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Taylor inflames Chatham Liberal hate

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:25

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:18:21 -0400
From: Whatzup
Subject: Taylor inflames Chatham Liberal hate

It is no surprise that Chatham County’s left has little use for free speech. We have seen here on the Chatham Chatlist that Its predominant tactic is trying to bully its opponents into silence.

Chatham County liberals’ hostility toward Taylor Kish’s free speech is merely a function of the fact that their oxen are now being gored.

And don’t the rest of us all just love it!

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Register for a Six Week Non-profit Leadership Course at CCCC

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:23

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:58:56 -0400
From: Maggie Zwilling
Subject: Non-profit Leadership Course

SIX WEEEK NON-PROFIT LEADERSHIP COURSE — REGISTER TODAY

Nonprofit Leadership Empowerment

Credit Hours: 18

CEU’S : 1.8

Date: March 31 – May 5

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $90 — Scholarships available

Location: Bldg 45, Rm 134, Pittsboro Campus

Become a force for good!

Join us for this nonprofit leadership class! It’s a must for any leader or aspiring leader of a nonprofit organization. The focus of the class, is based on the six principles of high impact nonprofits from the book “Forces for Good,†by best selling co-author, Leslie Crutchfield.

Students through discussion identify an introspective overview of their own organizations strengths and weaknesses. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the principles learned to their own organizations

For more information, contact the Student Support Center at 919.718.7500.

Don’t forget to ask about available scholarships!

Maggie Zwilling

Continuing Education

Community Services Coordinator

CCCC, Pittsboro Campus

919.545.8048

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Intro to off grid homesteading, starts next week! Meeting at the offgrid homestead

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:57

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:13:00 -0400
From: Laura Lauffer
Subject: Intro to off grid homesteading, starts next week! Meeting at the offgrid homestead…

Please note the second class in our sustainable living series. Logan Parker is an amazing instructor who walks the talk of small house and off grid living.

Register soon, I think this class will fill up!

919 545 8044

Introduction to Off-grid Homesteading

This course is planned to introduce students to homesteading concepts and provide the necessary background knowledge for purchasing land and creating an off-grid homestead. The course will be taught at a working off-grid homestead near Siler City.

Introduction to Off-Grid Homesteading 1256 20 4/1 – 4/25 WSa 6:00p – 9:00p

70.55 PMC Pittsboro Offsite

Laura Lauffer, LEED GA

Sustainability Coordinator & Lead Instructor

Sustainable Technologies Program
Central Carolina Community College
Pittsboro, NC 27312
llauf177@cccc.edu
919 545 8032
Check out our classes in Continuing Education Spring Semester, NEW!
Sustainable Living Series

http://www.cccc.edu/ecd/schedule/schedules/spring2015/pdf/Sustainable.pdf

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Two music events at unWINEd this weekend

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:54

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:36:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Ray & Joni ”
Subject: Two music events at unWINEd this weekend

Join us on Friday, March 27th for Rob Matthews ~ guitar~. Rob plays a variety of sounds. 7 to 9:30pm

Fifth Sunday Jazz Lunch, March 29th Open 1 to 4:00pm

Music by ~ Jeremy Marcotte ~ Jazz piano

Catered ~ Chef Bill “Sliders and More” 1 to 3:00pm

See you in Deep Chatham ~ 5 miles South of PBO courthouse down 15/501…

Winest regards, Joni and Ray

unWINEd, LLC
237 Center Grove Church Road
Moncure, NC 27559
919-548-9384
www.unwinednc.com

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Ending a sentence with a preposition has long been acceptable

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:07

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:34:32 -0400
From: kathy hughes
Subject: the preposition argument

rest assured: ending a sentence with a preposition has long been acceptable, given that the sentence is well-constructed to begin with. check out the chicago manual of style.

kathy hughes
hughes1844@aol.com
go heels!

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Register for the Chatham County Senior Games which start on April 17

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:40

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:21:15 -0400
From: “Megan Coggins”
Subject: Register for Senior Games-Time is Running Out!

Chatham County Senior Games will be held in various locations throughout the county April 17 thru May 1, 2015. Event sites include: Bray Park, Carolina Meadows, Carolina Preserve, Duke Center for Living at Fearrington, Fearrington Bocce Courts, Paul Braxton Gym, Pittsboro Senior Center, Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, Northwood High School, Siler City Country Club, Thomas Brooks Park and the Western Chatham Senior Center.

The Senior Games wellness and prevention program seeks to keep the body,mind, and spirit fit while also fostering enjoyment with friends, family,spectators, and volunteers. Seniors age 50 years and better are eligible toparticipate.

Sporting events will include: archery, basketball shoot, billiards, bocce,cornhole, croquet, cycling, football throw, one-mile fun walk, golf,horseshoes, softball throw, swimming, tennis, track and field events.

Silver arts cover four categories:

Heritage Arts: basket weaving, china painting, crocheting, rugs, jewelry, knitting, needlework, pottery, quilting, stained glass, tatting & needlelace, tole/decorative painting, weaving, woodcarving, woodturning and woodworking.

Literary Arts: essays, life experiences, poems and short stories

Performing Arts: comedy/drama, dance, line dance, instrumental and vocal

Visual Arts: acrylics, drawing, mixed media, oils, pastels, photography, sculpture, and watercolor.

Those interested in serving as event volunteers or sponsors or who need to register as a participant should contact Lindsay Hickling, 919-542-4512, ext. 228 or lindsay.hicking@chathamcoa.org

The registration deadline has been extended through Monday April 6, 2015.

North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and wellness for adults 50 years of age and better. NCSG, Inc. is sponsored statewide by the N. C. Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Megan D. Coggins

Development Director

Chatham County Council on Aging

Eastern Chatham Senior Center

365 Highway 87 North

PO Box 715

Pittsboro, NC 27312

(919) 542-4512

megan.coggins@chathamcouncilonaging.org

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Public meeting about a new subdivision on Mount Gilead Church Road on April 6

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:24

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:16:37 -0400
From: John_Roach
Subject: Public meeting on new subdivision

There will be a public meeting about a new subdivision on Mount Gilead Church Road.

Monday, April 6 2015 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Haw River Baptist Church

1372 Mount Gilead Church Road across from Silverberry

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Child Care Networks will be holding annual Day of the Books event in Siler City on Saturday, April 25

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:06

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:18:47 +0000
From: “Williams, Meredith”
Subject: Day of the Books

Child Care Networks will be holding the annual Day of the Books event in Siler City on Saturday, April 25, 2005. We are currently in need of donations of gently used children’s books and dress up clothing/costumes. Both will be given away to children, free of charge, at the event. You can drop off donations at the following locations:

In Pittsboro:

Child Care Networks, 33 Deegan Dr.

St. Bartholomew Church, 204 W. Salisbury St.

Angelina’s Kitchen, 23 Rectory St.

In Siler City:

Paperback Plus, 208 E. Raleigh St.

First United Methodist Church, 1101 W. Raleigh St.

Walgreens, 1523 E. 11th St.

We appreciate your support in helping make the Day of the Books a wonderful event for families and children in Chatham County!

Meredith Williams

Program Assistant

Child Care Networks

919-542-6644 ext 10

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Chatham County Parks and Recreation Upcoming Events

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:27

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:05:44 +0000
From: Megan Gilliland
Subject: Chatham County Parks and Recreation Upcoming Events

· 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Spring into Safety Event will take place this Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in Pittsboro at CCCC (764 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312). This event is free to the public. Hunt times are as follows: ages 0 to 4 at 11:00 a.m., ages 5 to 7 at 11:30 a.m. and ages 8 to 10 at 12:00 (noon). There will be children’s’ games and activities, Kalvin the Klown, bounce houses, local law enforcement agencies, spring safety demonstrations, concessions will be available for

purchase.

· National Walking Day is Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. Chatham County Parks and Recreation along with The Town of Siler City, Pittsboro Parks, Chatham County Health Department, and Chatham County Council on Aging, and Goldston Recreation will be hosting walking events at different locations throughout the county on this day in hopes to encourage everyone to be active and exercise regularly. The first 10 participants to sign in at each location on this day will receive a free t-shirt. The locations and times are as follows:

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§ 8:00 a.m.-Boling Lane Park, 302 South Fir Avenue, Siler City

§ 8:30 a.m. – Southwest District Park, 15124 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek

§ 9:00 a.m.-Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Hwy 87, Pittsboro

§ 10:30 a.m.-Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City

§ Noon-Robeson Creek Greenway, 80 East Street, Pittsboro

§ Noon-Siler City Health Dept. Clinic, 1000 S. Tenth Avenue, Siler City to Paul Braxton Park, 1000 S,

10th Ave, Siler City

§ 3:30 p.m.-Curt Askins Memorial Park, 355 Goldston Glendon Road, Goldston

§ 3:30 p.m.-Robeson Creek Greenway, 80 East Street, Pittsboro

§ 4:00 p.m.-Rock Ridge Park, 1397 Old Sanford Road, Moncure

§ 5:15 p.m.-Central Carolina Community College Track, 764 West Street, Pittsboro

§ 6:00 p.m.-Northeast District Park-5408 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill

§ 6:00 p.m.- Washington Avenue Park, 1305 Washington Avenue, Siler City

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (919) 545-8555 or by email at recreation@chathamnc.org

Chatham County Parks & Recreation

Recreation@chathamnc.org

(919) 545-8555

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This Week @ The City Tap in Pittsboro

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:19

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:30:53 -0400
From: Jeffrey Towson
Subject: This Week @ The City Tap

Good morning Chatlisters. Spring has sprung and so has the great live music at the Tap. Check it out, you’ll see. And when you stop by, be sure to ask Seth about his crocheting, he’s really taken to it.

Wednesday @ 8:00 -* Open Mic*

Come check out some of Pittsboro’s talent at Open Mic! As always on Wednesdays it’s $1 off draft beer as well

Wednesday @ 8:00 -* Vinyl Lounge*

Caleb spins the tunes from his wide selection of LP’s. Ranging from 70’s funk, Reggae, to Rock n Roll and everything in between, he’ll weave a tapestry of tunes that will keep the feel good going all night.

Friday @ 8:30 PM – *Christiane & The Strays*

With Christiane’s biggest songwriting influences being Dolly Parton and Amy Winehouse, the range of her musical interests makes it hard to confine her music to any one genre. Now playing with The Strays: Josh Kearns on mandolin and Rachael Kearns on fiddle, the music takes traditional bluegrass and turns it on his head. Christiane’s voice reads more Norah Jones than Alison Krauss, with lyrics and rhythms that convey anger as much as heartbreak. Christiane and The Strays experiment with rhythms, volume and speed, and performing Christiane s original songs, along with an array of often surprising covers, they’ve found that their varying musical backgrounds together result in an interesting and energetic chemistry.

Christiane & The Strays

Saturday @ 8:30 PM – *Tommy Edwards & Lanelle Davis*

Tommy Edwards, also lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, has been one of the Southeast’s most respected traditional bluegrass artists for years. Joining Tommy on stage is the wonderful singer and bassist Lanelle Davis. Come treat yourself to some of the finest bluegrass and bluegrass influenced music you’ll experience anywhere.

Tommy Edwards

Cheers!

The City Tap

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Coming Up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:09

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:37:52 -0400
From: Anora McGaha
Subject: Coming Up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

Hello Chatham County & Friends of Chatham,

Here’s what’s coming up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

WEDNESDAY Nights

6:30 Performance Night: Open Mic and Karaoke w/ Raleigh Event DJ

7:00 Next Dai Poker

THURSDAY March 26

6:00 John Westmoreland (Jazz, African, Classical) http://www.reverbnation.com/johnwestmoreland/songs

FRIDAY March 27

8:00 Highway 49 (Rock / Classical Rock / Pop) http://www.reverbnation.com/nchighway49/songs

SATURDAY March 28

1:00 and 3:30 Next Dai Poker

8:00 Joe Bell & The Stinging Blades http://www.soundstreet.us/videos/joe-bell-the-stinging-blades/

SUNDAYs at 10 AM – Come join the volunteers for Sunday Lunch Deliveries.

MONDAY March 30

7:00 Line Dancing w/ Diane Perry ($4)

** S A V E T H E D A T E S **

SUNDAY April 5

–Easter Sunday Brunch at the Roadhouse – 10:30 – 3:00 http://pittsbororoadhouse.com/easter-sunday-brunch-at-the-pittsboro-roadhouse/

–Pittsboro First Sunday Artisan Fair 12 – 4:00 in town

MONDAY April 6 – NC Revelers Big Band Orchestra http://pittsbororoadhouse.com/big-band-in-pittsboro-nc-on-first-monday-nights/

SUNDAY BAND SERIES – April 12 be the moon – Fundraiser for Relay for Life. ($10)

http://www.reverbnation.com/bethemoon

MONDAY April 13 – An Evening with Mr. Wonderful (Dean Martin Tribute) http://youtu.be/0-wtDMOPRsg

FRIDAY April 17 – Southern Grace ($10)

http://www.reverbnation.com/southerngracerocks

SATURDAY April 18 – 3rd Saturday Pittsboro Food Truck Rodeo 5 – 8 pm

THURSDAY April 30 – THE LOCK-IN CABARET 7pm The first one delighted guests. See pictures and video at https://www.facebook.com/ThePhoenixTheatreCompany

MONDAY May 11 – Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre with Phoenix Theatre Co. (RSVP)

SUNDAY BAND SERIES – May 17 Two All Female Bands ($10) –Shoot to Thrill ( AC/DC Tribute) | –Dirty White Girls (Foreigner Tribute)

FRIDAY May 29 – Big Time! – Fundraiser for Partnership for Children ($15) http://www.reverbnation.com/bigtimepartyband

SUNDAY BAND SERIES

–June 14 – The Castaways ($10).

–July 26 – Jim Quick & Coastline ($15).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

PITTSBORO ROADHOUSE

Good Food. Good Music. Good Times.

www.pittsbororoadhouse.com

919-542-2432

info@pittsbororoadhouse.com

*Anora*

Anora McGaha

Webmaster & Marketing Pittsboro Roadhouse

ClearSight Creative

Apex & Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA

919-741-9449 cell/text

919-741-5227 Skype

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Wellness of Chatham will be hosting its next meeting in Pittsboro on Thursday, March 26

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:02

Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:58:34 -0400
From: Traci Philips
Subject: Free talk: Wellness of Chatham

Wellness of Chatham will be hosting its next meeting this Thursday, March 26th from 6:30-8:00pm at The Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro.

Engaging Our Inner Critic: Changing Our Relationship From Adversary To Ally with Shannon Crane

Many of us are frustrated with the voice in our head that finds fault with us and seems to constantly criticize our every move. Typically our response is to ignore this part of us or push it away. The more we try to silence our inner critic, however, the more we unconsciously engage in distractions and addictions. The key to transforming ourselves and our lives is to engage this part of ourselves as an ally. This does not mean we give it permission to call us names or necessarily agree to the messages it is giving us, however it does mean we start to listen in a new way.

Come learn more about internal systems and having a dialogue with this part of ourselves to change our relationship from adversary to ally.?

Shannon Crane is a writer, speaker and coach passionate about sharing how one’s focus, feelings and perspective influence the quality of life. She helps individuals break free from disappointment to discover their power to create and see things from a soul perspective.

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Holy Week services at Church of the Holy Trinity, just half a mile south of Cole Park Plaza

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:57

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:53:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: Donna Moss
Subject: Holy Week services at Church of the Holy Trinity, Chatham

We invite Chatham County folks to join us for Holy Week services. Holy Week is bookended between Palm Sunday (this Sunday) and Easter Sunday (April 5). Come to one or all of these services. Our physical location is at Evergreen United Methodist Church, 11098 US 15 501 Hwy N, Chapel Hill 27517-6009. It’s on the east side of 15/501, just half a mile south of Cole Park Plaza. You are welcome anytime:

Palm Sunday 3-29 at 8:30AM: We will be making the turn from Lent to Holy Week in our Palm Sunday service.

The Way of the Cross 3-29 at 6:30PM: We will be reflecting on the stations of the cross with music and with works of art commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion and the events leading up to it.

Maundy Thursday Service 4-2 at 6:30PM: We will recall when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as well as the Last Supper when he instituted Holy Communion.

Good Friday Service 4-3 at 5:30PM: We will remember our Lord’s suffering and death on the cross.

The Great Vigil of Easter 4-4 at 7:30PM: We will begin our Easter celebration with one of the greatest services in the tradition of the Church.

Easter Sunday 4-5 at 9AM: Join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Thanks,

Donna MossMore info at this website: www.holytrinitychatham.org

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Spay or Neuter your pets for FREE – Offer extended through March 31

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 08:35

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:31:46 -0400
From: Carolyn Wood
Subject: Spay or Neuter your pets for FREE – Offer extended

​CARE (Chatham Animal Rescue and Education) has extended its offer of FREE spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs through the end of March. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31st to be considered.

This free offer is available to Chatham County residents who qualify for CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program, Lillie’s Fund. (Limit of three pets per household; additional pets: $20 co-pay each)

Call (919) 542-5757 or go to chathamanimalrescue.org and click on any spay/neuter link for an application.

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Nature’s Hide & Seek Family Hike at Jordan Lake (Free) on March 29th

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:27

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:38:28 -0400
From: “Gretchen Smith”
Subject: Nature’s Hide & Seek Family Hike on March 29th

Sunday, March 29th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM: Nature’s Hide & Seek Family Hike at Jordan Lake (Free)

Many things in nature go unseen. Their size, color and location can make them hard to find. On our walk, we will see if we can find some of these things. Join a Park Ranger on a “Nature’s Hide & Seek” walk on the new Kids in Parks TRACK Trail at Jordan Lake’s Seaforth recreation area. Fun for the whole family – kids and the young at heart! The trail is an easy 1.5 miles that begins on the western side of the beach parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Picnic tables are available if you want to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before the outing. Meet at the TRACK Trailhead sign at Seaforth recreation area off Hwy 64 at Jordan Lake. Please register for this free hike by calling 919-545-8044 Monday through Friday at Central Carolina Community College’s Continuing Education department.

About the Exploring Nature in Chatham Series

The “Exploring Nature in Chatham” series is offered by Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) with Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) to promote conservation of Chatham’s natural resources and the college’s Ecotourism program. For more information about this series, go to http://chathamconservation.wikispaces.com/Announcements.

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Recommended Painter

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 00:17

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:05:02 -0400
From: Nan Jekubovitch
Subject: Recommended Painter

i am “nan” one of the painters recommended by Kathy Hughes on Thursday’s Chatlist. i finished painting for Kathy about a week ago and appreciate her taking the time to post a recommendation.

My full name is Nan Jekubovitch and i have been painting in Chatham County and the surrounding area since moving to North Carolina in 2003. i have many satisfied and so repeat customers. i am happy to come by and discuss your house projects, give a painting estimate, and provide references.

If interested please use this email address or leave a message on my cell phone: 919-704-6447

Nan Jekubovitch

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Thanks to Deputy Luke Scala for clarifying where medications collected in the take back events end up

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:32

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:40:57 -0400
From: George Greger-Holt
Subject: Prescription Take Back Day

Many thanks to Deputy Luke Scala for clarifying where the medications collected in the take back events end up, and thanks to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham Cares Pharmacy and Chatham Habitat for co-sponsoring this opportunity for Chatham residents to dispose of their unused medications in a safe way. By disposing of medications in this manner, they are less likely to get in to the wrong hands.

Just a reminder. If you couldn’t bring your medications to the Pittsboro Habitat store take back event, there are permanent drop boxes located at the Pittsboro and Siler City Police Departments. Call the respective departments for hours of operation.

“According to Deputy Luke Scala at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, “all prescription drugs that are collected will not be recycled or reused in any way. They are incinerated following the collection event.” This is standard policy for prescription collection events.”

George Greger-Holt

Community Outreach Coordinator
Chatham Drug Free
www.chathamdrugfree.com

“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.†Live long and prosper, Spock.

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Good manners and correct English are never out of style.

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 21:26

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:58:30 -0400
From: dorasue christian
Subject: Old School

In my opinion, good manners and correct English are never out of style.

When I was a young girl, a classmate ask the teacher “Where is the book at”? Her answer was “behind the preposition at”

This taught me a lesson I never forgot. One should not end a sentence with a preposition.

Dorasue

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The Fix is in? Jim Elza has a history of disregarding public input

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:30

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:34:08 -0400
From: Whatzup
Subject: The Fix is in? Jim Elza has a history of disregarding public input

Jim Elza was the Polk County, Iowa’s director for planning and development. From the article below we can see that he has a history of claiming “broad-based public input is essential to the success of the plan,” but not really following through on the claim.

Unfortunately we are seeing this same non-transparent pattern being followed right here in Chatham County now.

The article is a long read, so I picked out the pertinent paragraphs that show a pattern of disregard for public input by Mr. Elza.

*Mother Earth:*

http://www.dmcityview.com/archives/2006/01jan/01-26-06/mother-earth.shtml

By Carolyn Szczepanski
carolyn@dmcityview.com

Rebecca Holdridge hasn’t taken a vacation in five years, and, lately, she says even a good night’s sleep has been hard to come by. Living just east of Ankeny with area development running rampant, she worries that, the moment she takes even a moment’s rest or leaves town for so much as a week, some nightmare scenario will deal the final blow to her rural way of life.

So, a year ago, when Polk County began the process of revising its Comprehensive Plan – a document that guides, not only land use and housing development, but outlines economic development priorities – Holdridge was first in line to make good on the county’s claim that “broad-based public input is essential to the success of the plan.” Over the course of 2005, as more than a dozen participants from her North Central region met month after month, Holdridge says, “I made sure I made every meeting; it was that important to me.” But, as the draft plan debuts next week at a handful of open houses, Holdridge and others say the county’s claim of “broad-based public input” is little more than public relations. According to critical citizens, they were fed a bunch of rhetoric about their vital participation while the fix was already in for a feast of development that feeds the expansion-hungry cities and starves rural integrity.

As *Jim Elza, county’s director for planning and development and project coordinator for the comprehensive plan* says, the revision was needed, not just because the previous one dates to 1990, but because the past decade of growth has necessitated a new vision. In that effort, the county signed a *$384,000* contract with URS Corporation to provide background studies and facilitate six committees – economic development, housing, and four geographic quadrants – over a 15-month process culminating in a tangible strategy that Elza says will “steer public and private decisions” as the county moves toward 2030.

*Those committees, Elza explains, offered the public “tremendous” opportunity to engage in open debate and have their ideas and concerns directly considered by the plan’s overall steering committee. But, make no mistake, Elza emphasizes: the steering committee – staffed by “people in public and business occupations” appointed by the Board of Supervisors – was the “ultimate arbitrator.” And participants who are crying foul about their level of input are simply trying to “misconstrue” the process, Elza says.*

*”These are advisory committees,” Elza says forcefully. “They are not deciding, they’re advising. They were given instruction on their roles in the beginning and if they thought they were a deciding body, I’d take umbrage with that.”*

And Holdridge wasn’t the only one who began to question the consistency of the committee’s progress and the efficacy of the public input. As Mike Baldus, also a North Central committee participant, explains, there was the perennial dividing line between the supposed “zero-growth fanatics” and the development-hungry “grow-or-die” types. But as the meetings progressed, he adds, it seemed that “there were also some mysterious things going on behind the scenes that, to this day, I’ve not really figured out what was happening, who was pulling what strings.”

“Towards the very end,” he explains, “they came back with maps [outlining proposed patterns of growth] for us to pick from again, and some of what we had already established had changed. Which left some of the members saying, ‘Wait a minute, I thought we agreed to this map and, if so, why has that part of the map changed?'”

Elza, who fielded calls from concerned residents like Holdridge, counters that such supposed mysteries were simply a matter of “point of view” and, in an attempt to foster consensus and dialogue instead of divisive voting, the process included inherent compromises. But some worry that the process stacked the deck in favor of cities, rather than citizens.

Elza counters that, “We clearly said the Beltway was in the plan; there was no vote on whether or not to have the Beltway,” and instead emphasizes that, on the issues up for debate, the public’s voice was heard. “I think people don’t realize how much we’ve gone out to ask people what we should be doing,” he says. “But we have to absorb 150,000 people in this 25-year period, and part of the question we struggled with was, ‘Where do you put them?’ You might be in favor of saving all the agricultural land; we want to save as much as possible, too. But you still have to put 150,000 people here. No matter how you cut it, we have to provide for that, and that’s what the plan does.” Not to mention, he adds, the plan deals with population realities while addressing environmental issues like water quality and runoff. “It’s more concentrated growth; less sprawl, if you will,” he summarizes. “Of course, that’s not the view of everybody.”

Maybe Mr. Elza needs to step down as the chair of the Chatham County Land Use Plan subcommittee.

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Good propane specialist is S&H Oil in Siler City

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:37

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:56:36 -0400
From: Crystal Headen
Subject: propane specialist – S&H Oil in Siler City

In response to Mrs. Joy and her need for a propane specialist – S&H Oil in Siler City serves nine surrounding counties, including Chatham, and does an excellent job installing propane systems and informing the customer about propane and ensuring they know what to do in any situation that may arise. They have an awesome team of individuals who are efficient and reliable in understanding a customer’s needs and go above and beyond to meet those needs. Give them a call at 919-742-4165 and let them provide you with an estimate – you won’t be disappointed:)

**S&H oil also sells gas appliances (i.e. stoves, water heaters, grills, etc.) **

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