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Jim Crawford for Chatham

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:39

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:10:26 -0400
From: James Crawford
Subject: Crawford for Chatham

My name is Jim Crawford. I am the Democratic candidate for Chatham County Commission, District Four.

I grew up in a large family on a farm. I believe in high quality public education and I have taught US History as a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill and as a faculty member at Elon College, UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A & T.

One lesson that history teaches is that our country thrives when it has leaders willing to invest in our people and places to achieve a mutually shared vision. Our county needs commissioners who cultivate citizen participation and who will deliberate and make policy in public view to achieve a shared goal. Our county is better served by women and men who regard government as a positive force to create a higher quality of life for all citizens rather than a necessary evil.

I am currently a member of the county planning board. We have been busy reviewing numerous sub-divisions which, along with Chatham Park, will transform our land and future. We need to revise our 2001 land use plan, something the current board refuses to do. We need a road map for balanced growth that preserves our rural character while also attracting good quality businesses and growing Goldston, Pittsboro and Siler City. If elected our team will invest year in and year out in Chatham’s municipalities.

The county’s aging population is growing. I have personally visited many of our at-risk senior population while volunteering as a carpenter for the Council on Aging. Seniors who rely on the county for transportation and access to the bookmobile were dealt hard blows by ideologically-driven Republican penny-pinching. I want to closely examine these and other recent cuts in county services, particularly those that adversely affect this vulnerable population in order to ensure that our local government is investing in its people and being a positive force in their lives.

I have served on the parks and recreation advisory board. Rather than invest in making all of the county’s properties serve our people and draw visitors from neighboring counties, the current board has failed to capitalize on the value and importance of a high quality parks and recreation system. In addition their budget priorities fail to comprehend and leverage the intangible and tangible value of arts and culture to economic well being and quality of life in Chatham County.

Finally, while the current GOP-led Board of Commissioners has disbursed the affordable housing funds from Briar Chapel to worthwhile groups, the leadership still has no coherent plan to address the real need for affordable living in Chatham County. While “kick the can” was a fun game to play as a child it is no way to govern a county.

I invite you to learn more about the Democratic vision for Chatham and the strong team that Karen Howard, Diana Hales, Mike Cross and I will have in place for you after November 4th.

Please visit my website to find out more: http://www.democracy.com/jim-crawford/issues.aspx.


Pit bulls are not wild, vicious, blood thirsty animals any more than your black lab is

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:02

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:18:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Dr. Gregg”
Subject: Pit Bulls

I personally own a pit bull – wonderful little cutie pie. My little guy has never, ever, growled, taken an angry look, or bitten me. I can take his food when he is in the middle of it. Takes all his shots like a big boy, lets me trim his toenails, and sleeps in bed with his mom (me). If I see a pit bull who is not similar to my little guy, my eyes follow the leash up. The answer is there.

My guy is a perfect gentleman on a leash, wagging for deliveries ( what’d you bring me? ). To characterize a breed by the activities of a few is racism. Pit bulls are not wild, vicious, blood thirsty animals any more than your black lab is. They are wonderfully smart and trainable. In England years ago, they were called the ‘nanny breed’. The child and the dog would grow up together. The dog would keep his child safe..

I’ve never seen a dog that was born dangerous. It takes human pathology to make that happen.

Elaine Gregg, DVM, CVA, CPI
HorseFeathers Mobile Veterinary Service, PLLC
Conventional Western Medicine and
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Wag more, bark less


45% of home don’t have ‘land lines’ anymore

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:21

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:54:09 -0400
From: “John R Dykers”
Subject: cell tower

45% of home don’t have ‘land lines’ anymore.!
A taller tower is more functional and fewer are needed. Just don’t fly your airplane into it!
John Dykers


Did you know A LOT of people no longer have a HOME phone? They rely on a cell phone to dial 911

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:16

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:15:16 -0400
From: Marilyn Bourque
Subject: Cell Phone Towers

To the objectors who are ALWAYS opposed to each and every change (NO MATTER WHAT IT IS)

What do you care how high a cell phone tower is??? You will not even see it unless you CHOOSE to look WAY up!

DIAL 911 or? on your HOME phone if your cell is not working. Did you know A LOT of people no longer have a HOME phone?

Maybe if you spent your time keeping up to the new trends instead of of opposing the new beneficial options to the majority of the population not just your little corner of the world you could keep up to date.


Good to know John Graybeal is author of hate mail to Chatham Record about Bock, Stewart, Petty letters

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:55

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:31:33 +0000
From: Ray S
Subject: Good to Know!

It is good to know that every time I see any anti-Bock, Stewart, Petty letter to the editor in the Chatham Record it’s just another hateful missive from the delusional ever clever self-congratulatory liberal John Graybeal.



We love the Mid-Chatham Farmers Alliance CSA from Harland Creek Farms

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:53

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:14:25 -0400
From: Mia Munn
Subject: CSA

We love the Mid-Chatham Farmers Alliance CSA from Harland Creek Farms http://www.harlands-creek-farm.com/hcf-csas

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:34:34 -0700
From: Debbie
Subject: CSA

Anyone know of an organic CSA in the Pittsboro/Chapel HIll area?

Mia Munn
Candidate for Chatham County (NC) School Board District 3
Email me your school or campaign concerns at Mia4Chatham at gmail.com
My campaign website is Mia4chatham.com


Mark Zimmerman column highlights the differences between Chapel Hill & Chatham County

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:42

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:43:55 -0400
Subject: Chatham County leads way

The Chapel Hill News carried a column on Sunday by Mark Zimmerman that highlights the differences between Chapel Hill and Chatham County and the results that follow. Not only is it well written but underscores how elections can make a big difference. We don’t ask for your vote in November lightly. Walter Petty, Pam Stewart and I understand that serving as County Commissioners is an honor and a tremendous responsibility and are working to earn your continued support.

The article can be read by clicking on this link: http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2014/07/14/4005228/mark-zimmerman-chatham-leads-way.html?sp=/99/586/885/905/



Northwood Lady Chargers softball team will conduct their annual softball clinic on August 2

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:40

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:50:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: Claire Wilson
Subject: Northwood Softball Clinic

The Northwood High School Lady Charger softball team will conduct their second annual softball clinic on Saturday, August 2, at Northwood’s Softball complex in Pittsboro. The clinics will be open to girls ages 7 through 14 and divided into two sessions beginning at 9:00 am sharp with the 7 to 10 year olds. They will work out until 12:30 p.m. The older girls ages 11 through 14 will begin at 2 pm and conclude at 5:30 pm.

Coaches include Northwood head coach Butch Edenfield and assistant coaches Rich Droese and Gary Blankenship. Also assisting will be various current and former Northwood softball players, and present and former travel ball coaches.

Attendees will be taughtvarious defensive and offensive drills and techniques. Coaches will work withthe girls on throwing mechanics, fielding techniques, outfield skills, andsituational play. Offensively, participants will focus on proper swingmechanics, bunting and base running.

Cost of the clinic is $30.00 and will include the instruction and a t-shirt at the conclusion ofthe clinic.

Long time Northwood Head coach Butch Edenfield is excited about this year’s softball clinic. “We are looking forward to another successful clinic.†Edenfield said. “Last year we had almost 40 girls participate and to have these young athletics working side by side with the varsity players, onlymakes the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved .â€

To guarantee a t-shirt, register before July 25th. If anyone needs a registration,contact Claire Wilson at clairewilson65@aol.com.


Have an emergency? Maryphyllis recommends you dial 911 on your land line

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:20

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:07:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: mphorn22
Subject: Karen Howard

Read it again, ChathMom. The cell phone tower is planned to be much higher than needed in the community where Karen Howard and numerous others live.

Dial 911 on your land line! That way you always have ability to phone in when cell phone towers are currently out of commission during natural disasters. That’s the true segue into the modern age: responsibly taking what is good and viable from the past while also using the good of the present.

- Maryphyllis


Karen Crowell hates living in a firearm friendly community

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:05

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:33:32 -0400
From: Karen Crowell
Subject: firearm friendly community?

Anyone who aspires to live in a “firearm friendly community” obviously isn’t concerned about how many domestic violence incidents involve guns. Anytime there are guns in the hands of angry people, someone ends up getting hurt. Or dead.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a serious crime. Referring to a deadly weapon as an “AR” is tacitly admitting that it isn’t friendly. It does nothing to diminish the fact that it is an Automatic Rifle, an assault weapon that is intended to rapidly and repeatedly fire. Indiscriminately. At a moving target, or a crowd of people. A very deadly weapon. Appropriate for use in a combat zone.

Why anyone would want to live in a combat zone, I have no idea. But if you want to live in a “firearm friendly community” and you think owning an assault rifle is the best way to defend yourself, then a combat zone is a much more accurate description of the kind of community you imagine living in.

Hardly what I would call “friendly.”

Karen Crowell


Liberal CCEC leader Caroline Siverson not happy with successes of Chatham County’s “common sense” leadership

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:26

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:57:50 -0400
From: Caroline Siverson
Subject: Response to “Chatham leads way” column

On July 16th Commissioner Brian Bock posted a link to a July 14th column published in the Chapel Hill News titled “Chatham leads way by getting out of way”. It is also featured on the Chatham County GOP website.

Mark Zimmerman, apparently a Chapel Hill/Durham realtor, has pitched in to promote the re-election of the Bock/Petty/Stewart team to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. His “testimony,” however, adds nothing since he seemingly lacks personal knowledge of the facts he recites. He has simply parroted the State of the County Report issued by Bock/Petty/Stewart this spring, much of which has been found to be distortions of the fact

For example, the State of the County Report claims of 270 percent job increase in Chatham. But it ignores the fact that employment in Chatham declined from a high of 16,498 in 2008 to 13,880 in the third quarter of 2013. And the Report brags that 1,177 new jobs have been added but, unfortunately, 2,618 jobs were lost since 2008.

Zimmerman claims that there was capital investment of $250 million in Chatham since 2010, although he doesn’t give any source for this data. Even the County Report claimed only $140 million. And Furthermore, the Report was only able to claim that school operations had been increased by 20% by counting increases made by the prior Board of Commissioners and ignoring the reduction made by the current Board in their first year in office.

Zimmerman notes that the property tax rate has not been increased for four years. True, Bock and team retained the 62-cent rate that was in effect when they took office. Luckily, an expanding economy prompted by federal policies has produced a richer tax base and increased property tax revenues even without a rate increase. The economy would likely have expanded even more rapidly if additional federal stimulus measures had not been blocked by Republicans in Congress, but that’s another story.

It was the Republican “No Taxes Never” mentality that caused the commissioners to delay a property revaluation. A revaluation would have helped many homeowners who were paying too much property tax because their property had declined in value due to the real estate crash. But the Bock group didn’t want a revaluation because that would have required them to increase the 62-cent tax rate in order to stay revenue neutral, contrary to promises made during their 2010 campaign and not a popular political move at any time.

Zimmerman praises development plans for Chatham Park, but many worry that this mega-project threatens to destroy old Pittsboro, and that the lack of environmental safeguards imposed with its approval spells huge problems for the future.

Any Board would have supported the Chatham-Randolph mega-site project, but it has yet to land an industrial operation. Moreover, its prospects may be uncertain in light of the determination by General Assembly Republicans to destroy the public school system, a well-known factor in attracting the sorts of new businesses that will provide good-paying jobs and that are essential for the success of the mega-site.

Given the Republican-led disasters in both Washington and Raleigh, the Bock/Petty/Stewart team now seems embarrassed even to identify themselves as Republicans. They sign off in their current ad blitz not as Republicans, but as “common sense conservative commissioners.” The fall campaign will document the misinformation these Republicans (aka “conservative commissioners”) presented in the 2014 State of the County report, as well the facts regarding their many failings over the last four years.

Caroline Siverson


Neighbor’s llamas were attacked by two stray dogs

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:23

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:37:25 -0700
From: stephanie talbott
Subject: Pit Bull & terrier murderers

Late this afternoon, my neighbor’s llamas were attacked by 2 stray dogs… one appearing to be a pit bull/pit bull mix and the other a terrier.
The dogs mauled one of the elderly llamas, which mercifully had to be put down. Animal control was called to file a report. My husband and I were called to assist in loading the dead llama onto a trailer, and I was appalled to see the carnage; massive tissue and muscle damage throughout her body with some bones exposed, and the left ear torn off, The pit bull had since returned to the property, appearing to be interested in the three remaining llamas, yet, no appearance from animal control. Around 6:30 PM, I telephoned 911 to file a report again. The dispatcher confirmed the report had been filed yet other calls had come in during that evening, so they would get there when they could. Dispatch recommended not removing the llama’s body until Animal Control could see the situation. It is now 9:30 PM, and we are called again to move a dead body since Animal Control has not appeared, and we can’t leave this body out in the field.

SO… a couple of questions; is this a typical response for Animal Control?
Are any others finding their domestic/farm animals mysteriously mauled???? … we live about 4 miles west of Pittsboro, off hwy 64, across from the Solid Rock Baptist Church.
We will be looking for these dogs and their owners.


4th Annual Mead Day Celebration in Pittsboro on August 2

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:20

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:47:38 -0400
From: Starrlight Mead
Subject: 4th Annual Mead Day Celebration, Aug 2 12-5

A day set aside by the American Homebrewer’s Association to make and drink mead with your friends! We think it’s a great excuse for a mini-Renaissance faire! *Our Fourth Annual Mead Day* event is our biggest event of the year!

*Saturday, Aug 2* from noon – 5 pm
Inside the mill, on the lawn out back and at the Meadery

Sword fighting Knights*,* Mead Wenches, Renaissance music by Thunder and Spice, Vendors with great Items, Mead Slushies, Face Painting, Fairies, Turkey Legs from Chatham Marketplace and … Much More!!

This is a Free Event and Family Friendly! Bring the kids! Bring Grandma!
Rain or Shine (fingers crossed for shine!)

Get more information on our great vendor lineup and schedule of events on our website at: www.starrlightmead.com/events

Hope to see you here!

Starrlight Mead
480 Hillsboro St., Suite 1000 (Chatham Mills)
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Hours: Th – Sa 12-6pm, Su 1-5pm

Find us on Facebook!


Next Matter of Balance Class with Council on Aging starts in Siler City on August 7

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:38

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:21:09 -0400
From: “Megan Coggins”
Subject: Next Matter of Balance Class with Council on Aging

The Chatham County Council on Aging has scheduled an eight-week program, A Matter of Balance, to help seniors address concerns about falling.

According to the Council, people who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. The program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

The program will be held on Thursdays starting August 7 from 1-3 pm. The classes are free to the public and will be held at the Western Chatham Senior Center located at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City. For more information or to register contact Marlene Stonecipher at 919-742-3975. Class size is limited, so please call to reserve your space.


Tales of Old Hyway 64: Sandy blonde mystery

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 09:36

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:50:04 -0400
From: “N.A. Booko”
Subject: Tales of Old Hyway 64: Sandy blonde mystery . .

I live on a part of old hyway 64- built in 1921 and abandoned in 1942. It is twenty feet wide asphalt and winds in and out of several properties between Pittsboro and Siler City. I used it as a driveway for my antiques shop during the 70s, 8os and 90s.

Sandy Blonde mystery:

Upon retiring one night, I couldn’t fall asleep. I was in a semi-dark room and just couldn’t keep my eyes closed. I kept staring at the wall. I suddenly realized, even tho I knew I was not asleep that a picture or image was beginning to develop on the wall- which now looked like a movie screen. I saw an old one room shack, weathered and worn, perched against rolling hills and a bright blue sky. On the porch was a man, sitting in a straight chair, leaning backwards, balanced on the two back chair legs, his feet propped up on the column holding up the roof.

He had long sandy blonde hair, a mustache, a blue and white plaid flannel shirt, faded blue jeans and cowboy boots. Appeared to be somewhere between 35 and 45 years old, slim build.

I fell asleep shortly after. Next morning, it was so clear in my mind what I had seen I had to comment about it at breakfast to my better half. Not much discussion since it was so meaningless.

We lived next door to our antiques shop. We took turns in the shop, while the other did chores, shopping, etc. Late that morning, I was working in the yard and minding my own business, a car pulled up to the shop and parked. I sorta ducked down behind a shrub as not to distract someone interested in antiques- not gardening. I took a peek to see who was going in the shop. It was tall sandy blonde haired man, a mustache, about forty years old. Blue plaid flannel shirt and faded blue jeans. Tennis shoes. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

I gave the situation about fifteen minutes before I went into the shop. When I opened the door and glanced to the back of the shop, my partner had a huge smile- At that moment, I knew that he had recognized exactly what I had seen. I felt compelled to tell the gentleman about my ‘vision’- He didn’t seem to mind and confessed that he had indeed lived in a similar house in the mid-west and often sat in a straight chair, leaning back- feet propped up. We all had a good laugh and they probably forgot about it- but I didn’t.

It bothered me then and it bothers me now- why did I see it and was there a deeper meaning . . . one that I didn’t see? Maybe if I hadn’t fallen asleep, I would have seen more of hisfuture- maybe even preventing some accident or such . . .

N.A. Booko

N.A. Booko lives, writes and frequently nods off in Chatham County . . .


Please help us feed those who need in Chatham

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 08:30

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:17:02 -0400
From: Heather Johnson
Subject: Please help us feed those who need in Chatham

Greg and Maria Lewis at the Roadhouse are putting together meals to go out to elderly folks every Sunday morning. Our neighbors are just showing up to help put them together and it only takes a few minutes when we all pitch in. Moms and Dads and kiddos and grandparents are all helping! It’s a great atmosphere knowing that we are all just giving a few minutes of our time to do a really good thing. We even had a 4H group show up to help one Sunday – what a blessing! We live in the best community THANK YOU to Greg and Maria for giving us this opportunity to give back. My littles are enjoying getting to see a couple of folks every Sunday. My daughter even made a card for one and they really do see the value in how they are contributing to their community. They look forward to Sunday mornings delivery and visits.

The Roadhouse is also making meals for the Women’s Shelter because we have learned they could really use food. Greg is committing the meals and we will help get them delivered There is shelter for them but they provide their own food. Can we help them out Chatham?

To help Greg, Chatham Business Services will now be a food collection spot for the Women’s Shelter. We’ll deliver as often as we fill our basket in the office. Please bring whatever foods you can to 20 Sanford Rd. If you have anything extra they truly do appreciate this!!

Thanks everybody and we hope to see you any Sunday at the Roadhouse at 10:00.

Heather Johnson
Chatham Business Services LLC


Where are all the butterflies?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 07:25

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:48:23 +0000
From: Debbie Roos
Subject: where are all the butterflies?

A lot of folks have noticed a dearth of butterflies this year in our area and have asked me why we are seeing so few. We don’t know for sure but on Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website I share the thoughts and observations of one of our state’s top butterfly experts. Read the article here: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/07/where-are-all-the-butterflies/


Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension


Chatham’s resident Republican hater loves Caroline Siverson’s post

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:15

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:30:53 -0400
From: Lynn Contant Fass
Subject: Caroline Siverson’s post

very well written Caroline. I have observed this REPUBLICAN board for years, the disrespect to the residents and Sally Kost, is beyond. The Bock group is a head bobbing what ever you say “Brian”, it appears not even thinking or researching the subject in hand. This is disrespectful to the residents and to the people that actually voted for them. Vote Democratic, and return the county and state to the people!


Does Karen Howard really not want a cell phone tower because it is not a low income neighborhood?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 21:33

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:26:33 -0400
From: Kira Dirlik
Subject: Out of context

On Jul 14, 2014, at 7:42 AM, Chatham Chatlist wrote:

> Intentions don’t mean much at all, when you publicly state that you
> don’t want a cell phone tower because you’re not a neighborhood of
> low income homes.

I’m not stating a pro or con here, but is this really what she said?
I can’t imagine any politician actually saying that out loud in public. In the several references here to her saying that, no context is given. Does anyone here know where and when she said this, and the other sentences by her and others surrounding this? Just curious.



Thanks to Michael Mansour with Selling Directly

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:28

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:47:52 -0400
From: Penny Jeffrey
Subject: Shout out for Michael Mansour-Selling Directly

Thanks to Michael Mansour with Selling Directly who helped our home sell within just 1 week!
Michael’s real estate knowledge and expertise is amazing.
The flat rate service Selling Directly can offer was very helpful for our situation. http://sellingdirectly.com/ 919-545-0503


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