Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:25:11 -0500
From: B Dwain Ritchie
Last year I wrote a post regarding Centruylink and problems with my DSL speed. I also questioned Centurylink as to who owns the fiber optic that runs down Hwy. 64 in front of my property. They saw my post and actually sent out a tech who got my DSL speed up to what I was paying for. A supervisor also sent me an email and said they didn’t know who owned the fiber optic but would let me know. They never did.
Last week I came home and there were 2 Centurylink vehicles at the end of my drive. I stopped and asked them what they were doing and they said they were splicing the fiber optic cable. I asked if I could get connected and they said “oh no, this just goes from point a to point b and it’s not for residential” .
I then mentioned that a family I know who lives not far from me, has spent a couple of months in the middle of nowhere in Kenya. They get 100mb speed in Kenya but we can’t in Chatham County. They had nothing to say about that. The trucks also left my driveway in a mess. We had just had the big rain. I guess they plan on leaving it this way.
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:21:11 -0500
From: John Graybeal
Subject: Mike Cross: A Part-Time Democrat?
In his latest effort, Larry Hicks tried to persuade us that Mike Cross from Chatham’s District 2 has had a fine voting record as County Commissioner. But the unfortunate truth is that after the Republican majority was elected to the County Board in 2010, Mike C. sided only about one-half the time with Democrat Sally Kost when she voted against bad Republican moves.. In the other votes, Mike C. voted with the Republicans thereby producing 4 â€“ 1 votes with Sally Kost dissenting alone.
The unfortunate Cross votes are highlighted by what may be the biggest one when he voted last November 16 with Republican Walter Petty against proceeding with County-wide zoning. They were on the losing side of a 3 â€“ 2 Board vote.
This seems to be the pattern of Mike C. votes. The Commissioner elections this year will determine whether the strong Democratic board elected in 2014 will continue to receive half support from Mike C. or full support with the re-election of Karen Howard in District 1 and the election of Mike Dasher in District 2.
Larry Hicks points to seven votes in 2014 and 2015 where he says Mike C. voted with the Democrats. But Mike C. doesn’t gain many Democratic credentials from those votes since Republican Walter Petty also voted with the Democrats in all but two of them (in a third one Petty was absent).
A scorecard of Board votes from December 2010 to December 2011 shows the stalwart Democrat, Sally Kost, voted 27 times against moves of the Republican majority. In those 27 votes, Mike C. voted with Sally K. 15 times or 56% of the time, but he voted with the Republican majority 12 times producing 4 -1 votes 44%, or almost one-half of the time. These votes make Mike Cross a part-time Democrat.
Many Board votes produced 4 â€“ 1 outcomes leaving Democrat Sally Kost the lone dissenter, when Mike Cross voted with the Republicans to ——
— Favor action by the Sheriff in assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration law;
— Remove the Environmental Review Board from the major subdivision planning process;
— Eliminate the requirement for certain Environmental Impact Assessments;
–Remove the LEED certification requirement for new County buildings, including the new jail;
— Approve a 2011-12 austerity budget that cut library hours, eliminated the book mobile, adversely affected environmental staff and eliminated certain meals for seniors.
— Eliminate the Council on Aging’s food program that provided basic nutrition for 24 Chatham residents (June 2011);
— Kill Chatham County’s affordable housing program (a series of votes July â€“ November 2012;
— Prevent arts programs, including the Chatham Arts Council, from receiving County funds (December 2013);
— Authorize the Planning Board to do a simple update of the existing land use plan rather than hire a consultant to do a first rate plan (December 2013)(which has now happened);
— Approve a budget that delayed construction of a new high school, refused to provide $34,000 to the Arts Incubator and refused a raise for non-teaching school staff (June 2012).
In short, the voting record for Mike Cross shows he is only a part-time Democrat. But the voters this year can elect Mike Dasher for District 2, who is committed to working full-time with his fellow Democratic Commissioners.
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:47:09 -0500
Subject: Billboards , insults , guns and McDonalds
I read an article in the Chatham County Line that made me go humm. Its headline was ( Keep this Billboard down ) with a photo of a Mc Donald’s add right beside a Dixie Gun and Knife show add on a billboard located on 15/501 North . I looked at the sign and didn’t see anything particularly wrong with it so I read the article. The persons writing it went on a rant about insensibility of putting such a sign beside a medical facility and a day care. I agree fast food has been contributing to the obesity of children for way too long oh but wait they were complaining about the Dixie Gun and Knife show add. They stated that the mentality required to put that sign there would be from a person with the intelligence of an earth worm I believe is how it was stated. Let’s think about this for a moment. Its true guns and knives are responsible in some way for deaths of some children in this country every year but the number of children who have suffered obesity from fast food who will have lifelong health problems and die from being junk food-aholics overwhelmingly outnumbers the numbers of injuries and deaths of children from fire arms and knives.
On the way to the beach there is a strip club billboard beside a large church. You would think that the church would object but instead it put its own bill board up beside the strip clubs stating, (Extremely hot tropical destination one way only) with a silhouette of a sexy devil lady with a trident and pointed tail pointing towards the strip club sign and an angel silhouette with wings and halo pointing towards the church with a sign stating (Comfortable lush Paradise destination one way only) .. I think its awesome that the church took the high road and let it be . My point is that its just a BILLBOARD !
Those pictures of guns wont fire a bullet to hurt a soul nor will they force anyone to go shoot anyone.. The McDonalds sign wont force people to allow their kids over eat . The billboard is on a major highway in a high traffic area and it makes brilliant advertising sense to advertise just about anything on that sign . Here’s what I think the real issue is .. I think if it was anti gun sign with an organic farm add there wouldn’t be a peep from these people .
I believe in freedom of speech and expression and that means freedom of advertisement as well . If your going to throw a childish fit over a billboard because you don’t like the subject matter your living in the wrong country . If you can have anti abortion , women’s choice , religious , atheist , democratic or republican and so forth billboards why is one certain type of add deemed more inappropriate than others ? Fair is fair , if it’s a bill board freedom of speech rules apply . They have the right to voice their opinions and write articles just like I have the right to voice mine here . Their article is in my opinion offensive to those of us who enjoy the Dixie Gun and Knife show as a good family outing event but I RESPECT their right to post it . I’m
not going to petition Chatham County Line and say they need to retract the article because it offends me and I find it inappropriate to be in that paper because I respect free speech . Just as the Chatham County Line is a publication a billboard is in like manor a type of publication . If these people find the billboard so offensive they have the right to rent the billboard and put their own ad on it reflecting what they consider is appropriate . They have the right to make an offer to buy the billboard and then they can remove it leaving nothing but grass and shrubs if they like . They have the right to ignore it all together . I just feel its wrong to infringe on the rights and insult the intelligence of those who put the billboard there or the ones who place adds on it . It’s a business and that’s what they do . If you don’t like having a billboard there don’t insult people , quit whining and do something about it!
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:37:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Piano tuning
Regarding Tuesday’s post on piano tuning. I’ve encountered a lot of piano tuners in this area who use that consarned visual machine that proposes to accurately determine if the piano is in tune. I’m glad that your recommended tuner also uses his aural skills to back that up. Very important! Otherwise, the tuner becomes so entrenched in the belief that a machine knows better than the human ear does. Scarey! The human ear is still more sensitive than any machine.
My question, though, is: how accurately does your tuner tune the uppermost 1.5 octaves of the piano? I’ve encountered at least one other tuner who does a great job throughout the keyboard yet neglects the top 1.5 octaves….because his ear isn’t sensitive enough re those extraordinarily higher notes. When I hear the tuner pound away incessantly on those tones, I know he doesn’t hear them…else he wouldn’t pound. He’d instead play them gently, thus getting a better assessment of their pitch accuracy.
Elliott – How accurate are those 1.5 octaves?
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:24:46 -0500
From: “Elliot M. Cramer”
Subject: artistic piano tuning
Artistic Piano Tuning
He’s great and very reasonably priced
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:28:47 -0500
Subject: Re: “Hicks, Larry M”
Regarding “Hicks, Larry M”
I think this recent discussion regarding Mr. Cross is getting way off base. I don’t personally see him as a Tea Partyer. But I also don’t see him as a whole-hearted Democrat. My observations of his voting record come from sitting in on county commissioner meetings over the years he has been on that board. I never could figure out ahead of time which way he would vote. Sometimes it was with the Democrats. But during the years of Brian Bock & Crowd dominating the board, he often voted on the Republican side.
In other words, Mr. Cross is a middle-of-the-roader…not a Tea Partyer. He’s probably sincere in his views. It’s just that he’s not wholeheartedly on the Democrat side. From my observations, he voted more often on the Republican side than on the Democrat.
The very fact that Mr. Bock has endorsed him, says CLEARLY that Mr. Cross will probably vote the Republican side often. Otherwise, Mr. Bock wouldn’t be endorsing him. Mr. Bock is a confirmed Republican… so of course he would endorse someone he thought would vote in his direction. That’s natural to Republicans. It’s also natural to Democrats to endorse someone they feel sure would vote in the Democrat view of things. And in this case, that is NOT to endorse Mr. Cross.
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:43:24 +0000
From: Debbie Roos
Subject: Register now for Spring Pollinator Garden Workshops & Tours
If you want to attract more pollinators to your farm or garden, or if you just want to expand your perennial garden and provide resources for pollinators and other wildlife, then Chatham County Cooperative Extension has a workshop just for you! Learn how to create a pollinator paradise like the one found at Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden<https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorgarden/> at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer their very popular pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on THREE dates this spring:
Wednesday May 18 from 1:00-5:00 pm
Saturday May 21 from 1:00-5:00 pm
Monday June 6 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
This is the same workshop offered on three different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules. Based on feedback from past workshops, I lengthened the workshop and decreased the class size. Class size is now limited to 20 people so the tour is not too crowded. I added an additional workshop to accommodate demand for a total of three spring workshops.
Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and protecting pollinators and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will start in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro and conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. The garden is comprised of ~180 different species, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina.
**** Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants (Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias incarnata) grown by local nursery Mellow Marsh Farm to take home to plant for pollinators! These species are great for both bees and monarch butterflies.
Click here<https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinator-slide-show/> to take a virtual tour of the pollinator garden to see how it progresses through the seasons.
Advance registration is required for these workshops. Click here to download a registration form<https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/2016/04/register-now-for-spring-pollinator-garden-workshops-garden-tours/> on the Growing Small Farms website. Space is limited and workshops often fill up so register early!
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
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Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:08:54 +0000
Subject: Do you want fresh, local fruits and vegetables at a low price?
Open to families in or very nearby Chatham County.
A UNC research program is offering weekly boxes of fresh, local fruits and vegetables from Chatham County farmers at a low price.
Along with the boxes, you get free healthy eating classes (along with free cooking equipment) to learn how to eat healthy and prepare the fruits and vegetables you get in the box!
You also have the chance to earn $615 (over 3 years) if you participate in a research project that involves answering questions about what you eat, how your family spends your food dollars, and what you think about the program.
You can get these low priced fruit and vegetable boxes if you are:
A parent of children between the ages of 2 -12 years who live in a household where someone receives:
o SNAP (Food Stamps) or WIC benefits
o Have a child enrolled in Head Start
o Or meet similar income guidelines
Call 919-962-3262 or email *protected email*
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:58:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: This Week at Pittsboro Roadhouse
Thu Apr 14 6:30pm Dinner
Fri Apr 15 8pm Stage
Sat Apr 16 8pm Stage
Faith Bardill and the Back Row Saints $5
Country / Classic Country and Rock / Beach Music
Sun Apr 17 11:30am Brunch
Mon Apr 18 6-8 pm
Joy of Paint $40 pre-registration
All materials & drink special included
Tue Apr 19 6:30pm Dinner
Folk / Contemporary Acoustic
Sun Apr 24 4pm
Band of Oz $12 online/$15 venue
*protected email* for music inquiries
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:08:17 -0400
From: Susan Morton
Subject: New Ladies 9-Hole Golf League starting at Chapel Ridge
This is to announce that a Ladies Nine Hole Golf League is being formed at Chapel Ridge Golf Club. We will be playing on Thursday mornings, beginning on May 12, 2016, and playing through the month of October.
Although we intend for this to be a fun, social experience, we will also be observing the rules of golf and proper golf course etiquette. All players must have a USGA handicap, or agree to begin the process of establishing a handicap at the beginning of the golf season. This league will be open to all players; new players, experienced players, Club members, and non-Club members.
There will be a kick-off social for all interested players scheduled before May 12; where and when to be announced in a future communication.
For more information or if you have any questions, please email, text, or call me, and I will be delighted to respond.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:10:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Bea O’Quinn”
Subject: Hanks Chapel Church BBQ Chicken
Hanks Chapel Church Barbecue Chicken Supper — Saturday, April 16, 2016
Dinner 4:00 PM-Until(Take Out/Dine In)
Half Chicken, Slaw, Baked Beans, Dessert, Drink
$9.00 per plate — Proceeds used for projects and outreach.
190 Hanks Loop Rd. — Approximately 4 miles east of Courthouse in Pittsboro off Hanks Chapel Road.
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:03:38 -0400
From: “Courtyard Coffee”
Subject: Courtyard Coffee
Don’t forget this Friday, April 15th is Downtown Siler City’s Third Friday ArtWalk! ‘The New Maniacs’ will be playing on the Courtyard Stage at 7pm. Works by the McCanless family, Al, Eck, Wil, Ezekiel, and Fiva, will be featured in the PAF Gallery. Fair Game Beverage and Four Saints Brewing will be pouring their beverages and Courtyard Coffee will have coffee, lattes, smoothies and frappes. Ouida will be serving pizza and Bendito will be grilling chicken! Other galleries downtown will also be open. We look forward to seeing you!
Joan and Brooke
223B N. Chatham Avenue
Monday – Saturday 7am til 5:30pm
Open later during special events
Pittsboro Pet Supply – It’s nice to not have to go to Chapel Hill to find a pet store that isn’t part of a chain!
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:09:53 -0400
From: “A. Robin Hill”
Subject: Cool pet things in Pittsboro!
I happened upon the new pet supply store in Pittsboro last night – Pittsboro Pet Supply. They had lots of different foods for all animals as well as other things. I was able to find a dog leash which my husband will finally be able to use where you squeeze in order to open the clip. Another good find was a dog toy with squeakers minus the fluff so those with pups who like to eat fluff won’t have to worry! They were both reasonably priced. AND there is a frequent buyers program!
Check this place out! It’s nice to not have to go to Chapel Hill to find a pet store that isn’t part of a chain! BUY LOCAL
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:33:40 +0000 (UTC)
From: Mackenzie Withington
Subject: Thursday Pittsboro Farmers Market from 3-6
We had a fabulous grand opening of our 2016 Thursday Pittsboro Farmer’s Market season. A big thank you to all who came out.
This week at the market we will have lots of spring vegetables to choose from, strawberries, baked goods, breads, beef, pork, chicken, veal, lamb, eggs, homemade hot sauces, jams, preserves, vegetable transplants, granola, natural soaps and natural beauty care and products. The market is located at Main Street Station in between Small St and Walgreens from 3:00-6:00.
Don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket for your chance to win up to a $100 PFM gift certificate good with any vendor all season long. Ask any vendor for more details.
We will also have Cynthia, Pittsboro’s best story teller joining us this Thursday and Ally on Bag Pipes. Hope you can all come out to support local and enjoy what our local farmers’ market has to offer.
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:18:10 -0400
From: Kathy Zinn
Subject: The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends, a national support group for families who are dealing with the death of a child, will hold its local 3rd Monday meeting on Monday, April 18, from 7-8:30 pm at the Evergreen United Methodist Church. The church is located at 11098 Rts. 15/501, 1/4 mile south of the Lowe’s food market at Mann’s Chapel Rd. Families may have lost a child of any age, for any reason, no matter how long ago. The group is led by its members, who are all bereaved families. There are no dues or fees, and it is not necessary to call before coming. However, should you wish to talk personally with someone, you may call Kathy at 919-542-2166.
Please note: we are back in our USUAL meeting place, on the grounds of the church, called “The Grove”, a gray building at the very back of the parking lot.