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Reply to Duck Decoy

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:56

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:46:39 -0500
From: virginia penley <*protected email*>
Subject: Reply to Duck Decoy

Yes, Duck Decoy, since my husband died I have become more involved in the county and organizations like my precinct and the Democratic Women.

And I do meet with a lot of people and chat with them in order to formulate posts that I share on the chatlist.

For example, Jeffrey Starkweather dropped by my house this morning at 9:30 am on an errand and we chatted for about 30 minutes. I enjoy talking with all people in Chatham County and I find it interesting to hear his perspective on National, State and Local issues.

As for collaboration, I try get input from a lot of people in the area including, but not limited to, the former Mayor of Pittsboro, Randy Voller in order to produce posts that are factual and informative.

Sometimes I make mistakes and sometimes I write things that may be a bit pointed, but I am trying to come from a fair perspective and I am open to input from all perspectives.

As for the potential waste water treatment line from Pittsboro to Sanford, I understand that this policy goal has been publicly discussed for at least four years and perhaps longer.

I did a quick review of the Town Board meetings in Pittsboro and learned that a) the Town and County has studied this proposal at least twice; b) the members of Pittsboro Matters left the Town Board meeting I attended in September of 2015 before the staff and the Town’s consultants made their presentations on infrastructure; c) the Town Board approved the option presented by staff which included the sewer line and upfits to the current sewer plant and d) approved an application to the State’s revolving Fund for nearly 23 million dollars of infrastructure of which 18 million dollars was for the sewer line.

Furthermore, a quick review of the information supplied by the Wooten Company clearly indicated that whether Chatham Park was built or not, the Town had a latent and future need for up to two million gallons a day of sewer capacity. The Wooten Company and the town staff supplied a graph illustrating this.

Finally, the Town has been under a moratorium for many years and it needs to solve this vexing issue.

Perhaps the solution is a regional sewer authority, perhaps the solution is a combination of public policy goals, but no one can argue with a straight face that the Town of Pittsboro can ignore addressing this issue.

Beware of thin ice!

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:48

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:50:29 -0500
From: Muriel Eylers
Subject: Thin Ice!

Warning! A reminder to locals and a note to transplanted Northerners…

North Carolina weather is NEVER cold enough for long enough to freeze ponds/lakes with ice thick enough to support even the smallest person. We loose children every year to attempts to skate on the pond. Tell all the children you know to stay off the ice, no matter how thick it seems to be. Even your dog is not safe.

All you need is love!

More information about metal roofing

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:58

Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:25:03 -0500 (EST)
From: “Joe Suprick, PMP”
Subject: Re: Another for info on metal roofs

Roof Owners,

About 10 years ago, I discovered a number of roof nails tomb-stoning on my southern facing, shingled roof, which was ~10 years old. In addition a lot of grit was accumulating in the gutters on the steeper sections of the roof.

I started researching both items, only to discover a couple of things:

1. Our neighbor and others around the area were experiencing the same tomb-stoning, believed to be caused by using quick growth trees in the manufacturing of plywood, high humidity and drastic temperature changes experienced on the southern facing roofs. In the not to distant past, many deck owners experienced this tomb-stoning with nails used to retain deck boards, which is why we all use screws now.

2. The steeper the roof the less expected life from shingles…. Need to read the fine print. The warranty is betting most people will sell way before the 20 or 30 year expected life or marketing scam!

The sound experienced in old farm houses, is the result of the metal being installed over horizontal purlins, leaving 80-90% of the metal unsupported. This was done to save money and resulted in a nice resonant chamber, amplifying the sound. With today’s construction, the roof deck is made up of plywood or OSB, providing 100% backing and an excellent sound dampener.

Recommendation – If you plan on replacing your shingles with metal, remove all your shingles, repair any decking issues and have a high quality underpayment installed, followed by all the proper trim…. A number of roofers try and low ball the price by avoiding these critical things, only to have the home owner find out later…..

When I finally decided to do metal, I reached out to fellow Chatlister’s and found Dave Person, located in Bear Creek.

Dave did an excellent job and I have referred him to many other happy home owners.

My neighbor went with the cheep guy, who installed it over the old shingles, did not spend the money on all the trim, and had a number of leaks down the road. When he tried to get the original contractor out to repair it, discovered he was in jail. Then he called Dave as well…..

If you would like to see the job Dave did for me, drop me an e-mail.

BTW, He did my workshop 5 years ago as well.


Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:23:36 -0500
From: J <*protected email*>
Subject: Another for info on metal roofs

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:59 AM, Chatham Chatlist <*protected email*> wrote:

> Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:46:38 -0500
> From: j Carl Allred <*protected email*>
> Subject: Metal roof recommendations
> We live in a log home near Jordan Lake.  Looking for recommendations for
> roofing companies that install metal roofs.  Thanks in advance.

I too could use some info on who does metal roofs and who is recommended for doing them.  Our roof is 16 years old this year, and I’ve noticed that more and more of the grit from the shingles is washing off in heavy rains.
I haven’t inspected the roof yet (need to get up there and see what it’s looking like up close) but when I do replace it, I’m really considering a metal roof instead of having it re-shingled.

Additionally, for those of you who DO have metal roofs, do they sound as melodious in the rain as they do on an old farmhouse?  I remember laying in bed in my family’s old farmhouse that had a tin roof, listening to the rain.  Nothing else sounds like it, not even metal awnings.


The Power of the Hippie Commune

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:55

Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:18:12 -0500
From: Alex Kirk
Subject: The Power of the Hippie Commune

This week for Sunday’s Best 3 Minutes (where we take one big idea from Sunday’s message and bring it to you in a portable package) we’re giving a shout-out to the power of the hippie commune.

Whether you were involved in one or not, they were on to something: growth happens best in the context of community.

Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0nDqFmMzC0&feature=youtu.be

Alex Kirk
Lead Pastor, Chatham Community Church
*protected email*

There is a movement afoot to create community theater in Pittsboro

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:33

Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:06:03 -0500
From: Pyt Ensemble
Subject: Fwd: Pittsboro Theater

There is a movement afoot to create community theater in Pittsboro. This would be community theater that will do family oriented plays with adult actors. If you are interested, know someone who is interested, or are just curious, please come and join us for a brainstorming session on Tuesday, January 26th at 6 PM at the Bynum General Store.

All are welcome! We need actors, directors, playwrites, those with tech experience, musicians and just interested folks with great ideas. Come one, come all. For more info, respond to this post or call 919-410-2841.

Also, Pittsboro Youth Theater will be starting it’s spring productions of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Striking Out” on February 6th. Please be on the lookout for more information in the Chatlist soon or go to our website below for details.

Tammy Matthews

Metal Roof Recommendation

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:22

Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:21:04 +0000
From: Sherry Donoghue
Subject: Metal Roof Recommendation


I’m kind of backed up with reviewing my Chatlist but I did see that there were a couple of people looking for contractors for a metal roof. When we were looking for a metal roof for our home I also asked our friends here on the Chatlist and received a some recommendations. There was one company that was suggested a few times. We went ahead and set up some appointments to get estimates, including the company that was suggested a few times in the end we ended up going with the company that was suggested a few times.

The owner David, was a very nice gentleman, he was not pushy or sneaky trying to sell us things that we did not want he truly wanted to make ensure that we would be satisfied. The workers were very nice and cleaned up everything before they left. David then came back and we did a walk through to make sure everything was installed correctly and cleaned that there was no roofing debris left lying around.

I would suggest as we did, contact a few companies to get estimates and then chose the one that you feel most comfortable with. Below is the information if you would like to contact David, it has been a couple of years and so far we have not had any problems.

David Logue, President
Metal Works & Improvements Inc.
Office  919-266-0726
*protected email*

Good luck,

Pittsboro Matters case against Chatham Park was dismissed with prejudice

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:40

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:13:59 -0500
From: virginia penley
Subject: RE: Pittsboro Matters and Duck Decoy

Last week I posted a couple of comments after the latest misleading cyber communications from Pittsboro Matters.

I received a few private comments, which prompted me to do more research.

What I discovered was that their case was dismissed with prejudice by Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway on December 9th.

This form of dismissal is important to understand because such a dismissal is final and bars the plaintiff, Pittsboro Matters, from suing or bringing forward more actions on the same claim.

In addition, when a suit is dismissed in this matter there is an implication that the case was brought forth in bad faith.

I personally do not have an issue with the friends and neighbors who have raised reasonable issues and concerns about Chatham Park and who have supported Pittsboro Matters.

My issue is with the tactics, tone, strategy and potential end game for Pittsboro Matters.

We have a chance to work together to really create something positive and influential.

I sincerely hope that we will get there soon.

– Virginia Penley

Moon Asian Bistro in NE Chatham County — A New Place to Meet and Eat

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 17:12

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:07:44 -0500
From: Janet Keefer
Subject: Moon Asian Bistro–A New Place to Meet and Eat

My husband and I had lunch today (1/18) at the Moon Asian Bistro, which is located just north of Fearrington Village at 111 Knox Way, Suite 100, between the Chatham Ridge continuing care facility and the North Chatham Pediatrics and Internal Medicine clinic just off 15-501.  The restaurant is holding its grand opening now, and it promises to be an excellent addition to North Chatham County.  It features Asian fusion cuisine, with a menu of curries and classic dishes from Japan, Thailand and China (Mandarine, Hunan and Szechuan), as well as an extensive Sushi bar.  We had the “lunch special,” which includes white or brown rice (except for noodle dishes) and a soup or salad.

We both had Hot-and-Sour Soup, which was both when it arrived quickly at our table, and a deliciously perfect choice for such a cold, windy day.  We shared an order of Spring Rolls, and they were cooked to perfection:  delicately crisp on the outside, hot and tasty on the inside.  He had the Shrimp with Basil, and the shrimp were actual, identifiable, plump, tender shrimp. I chose the Pad Thai with chicken.  I have enjoyed pad Thai all over the world, including Thailand, and this was world class pad Thai.  The chicken was tender not rubbery as is sometimes the case.  The blend of noodles, green onions, mushrooms and sauce was flavorful and delicate.  All the dishes arrived at our table quickly fresh and hot.  The decor is tasteful Asian modern, dark floors and woodwork, a mixture of crystal chandeliers and Chinese lanterns, and, oddly it seemed, a giant flat-screen TV.  Unfortunately, the surfaces throughout the restaurant are hard and sure to bounce sound all over the place when the place is crowded, so it’s sure to be noisy. There is an impressive-looking bar, although its liquor license has not yet been issued. (Apparently North Carolina law requires that a restaurant be open for several weeks before it can be trusted to serve both both food and adult beverages.) Prices are reasonable, and the restaurant offers an extensive take-out menu. The Asian Moon Bistro fills a niche that has been empty far too long:  between fast food/sandwich shop and pricey-but-tasty upscale.

Janet Keefer

Sewer lines and Chatham Park

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 23:30

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:44:58 -0500
From: Duck Decoy
Subject: sewer lines and Chatham Park

The sewer line to Sanford that Chatham Park may want taxpayers to help fund stinks. Ms. Penley, a widow in the woods who has attached herself to powerful men, may be spouting the neighing of a trojan horse!

Mia Munn’s notes from January 11, 2016 Chatham County School Board Retreat

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 17:22

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:24:45 -0500
From: Mia Munn
Subject: My notes from the January 11, 2016 School Board Retreat

For more detail see BBS

Agenda with documents

Attendees included parent Matt White (public comments), Jeffrey Starkweather, Karen Howard, and John Bonitz (all or part of morning session), John Hunter/Chatham News/Record (Chatham Park), and Mia Munn (all day until closed session)

Public Comments –

·         Perry Harrison parent Matt White spoke about his daughter’s 3rd grade class, which started the year with rotating subs, had an interim teacher for a few weeks, and has had rotating subs for the past 6 weeks. He asked about the policy on substitutes for classes, and pointed out that
this one third grade class of students have had instability all year and have missed out on learning compared to the other three third grade classes at Perry Harrison.

·         Jeffrey Starkweather said he has been speaking to the board about a Northeast high school for nine years, since his grandchildren were toddlers. Given the current schedule (2020/2022) the older grandchild will have graduated before the school opens. A new high school in the northeast part of the county will increase economic development, decrease travel time for students, and attract families back from charter schools.

Communities in Schools Presentation

Update on 2nd year of Communities in Schools at Chatham Middle:
schoolwide programs (4-6/year)
daily 30 minute behavior/academic support groups
1:1 support/counseling
Backpack program
afterschool yoga class
Vouchers for eye exams and glasses
clothes closet (warm clothes)
field trips
summer camp scholarships

fully accredited CIS site in May 2016
looking for funding (current budget 63k)
$15K from CCS
$12,500 startup funds from NC CIS – not available next yr
$25K from Sas (includes student visits to SAS and volunteers)
Next yr – could use Title 1 or Focus School funding ? (allowed)
hope to expand to Virginia Cross

Update from Chatham Park

Revised numbers for projections of student population/schools needed.
Total over build out: 7950 students

Elementary: 4778 students – 8 schools (600 students per school)
Middle: 1685 – 2 schools (850 students per school)
High: 1490 – 1.2 schools (1200 students per school)

Note: the numbers presented in July
were slightly lower, 7602, and the elementary and middle school populations were wrong because CP counted the K-8 schools as elementary in figuring the percentages. This split also seems off – if all grades had the same number of students, you would expect Elem 3670/6 schools, Middle 1835/2.2 schools, High 2446/2 schools. Mr. Blice will follow up with CP on the numbers.)

Thales Academy is slated to open in 2017/18. The construction projections show the need for a new elementary school due to CP students in 2025, with first students in the district starting in 2018. (Note: looking at slide 15 of the presentation, the Elementary impact is 764 in 2025, higher than the elementary capacity of 600. Since schools are usually opened before they
are full, it looks to me like the elementary would need to open in 2023 – impact 491 students – or earlier. The split by grades and increase by years on this slide doesn’t seem to make sense because prior grade growth doesn’t reflect in subsequent grades consistently – and 12th grade is higher than 9th grade 2019-2026.)

Board indicated they would like updates from CP more frequently (last one was July 2015) – plan on monthly/cancel if not needed.

There were a number of questions about private and charter schools and land for these schools. CP said the estimates are for total students, not CCS students. There is a mix of housing so they anticipate needing a mix of types of schools. Different types of schools need different sizes of land.
Thales location is driven by the timing – land inside the CP won’t have roads/utilities by the time they wanted to open (2017). They again committed to giving land for schools that are needed due to their impact, but they will not give the district land until it is buildable (roads and utilities available) and the district commits to build within a reasonable time period.

CP said they had calculated impact fee and tax revenue impact of their building, and by 2025, the county would have receive $11M in inpact fees and $9M annually in tax revenue – average elementary school built in NC recently costs $15M.

County Commissioners Chair Jim Crawford drafted a Memorandum of
Understanding for the school system and Chatham park around timing of transferring land for schools. CP revised it and sent it back to Chairman Crawford last week, and he requested they send it to the school board (recieved last Thursday). A bit of discussion about it – board/admin was surprised to receive it. Terms (from discussion) that once a school site is buildable (roads and uitilities available), school board would have 5 years to make a commitment to build a school on the site (commitment = spending money, beginning design, etc), or the site could be made available for another type of school. CP anticipates that when a school site is buildable, housing will be built to support the need for the school.

There were some questions about the proposed school locations, co-locate with parks or with multiple schools on one site. CP said that is their preference, but they would be happy to adjust if the board wants something different. (Note: as far as I can tell, the school board has never discussed their preferences for school size, configuration, or co-location of schools in CP.)

Strategic Planning
“CCS Flight Plan 2020”
Strategic Plan Survey for staff, parents, community, business owners, will open for two weeks on January 14th

Equity & Excellence for Everyone
More than just “closing gaps” – focus on student growth in all subgroups

Focus on what schools can effect – instruction and teaching (not fixing all of society’s problems)
primary goals:
1.To explore barriers that our schools and school system have in place which limit students’ success
2. To take ownership for the factors that schools can control that  create the greatest opportunities for  student success
3. To foster community partnerships that help  engage families and address external barriers to school success Instruction & Student Support  will be the primary focus of the District Equity Team. While we can’t control all of the factors impacting student success; we can control what happens in
the school building during the instructional  day.

Innovative High School Planning Process
targets students who are at risk of dropping out of high school, first – generation college students, and/or students who would benefit from accelerated learning opportunities.
Letter of intent – last spring one of 13 approved to go forward to next step (work with Community College)
Ask for waiver from co-locate with community college (use SAGE)
If approved – to start in 2016-17

Proposed CIHS Design
â— SAGE Academy campus as our hub of options for non – traditional  learning opportunities
â— Students enroll in 9th grade in a cohort model of 25 students
â— Students begin full – time CCCC coursework by 11th grade
â— High school diploma of 22 credits that is purposefully accelerated
â— By year 5, students attain Associate in Science (Engineering Focus)  from CCCC (minimum 60 credit hours)
â— Additional options for internships and apprenticeships
â— Additional options for college enrollment Eligibility for Bachelor of Science in Engineering transfer credit

Transportation Challenges

Chatham Population per sq mile = 93.1
Efficiency rating for CCS transportation systm – 95.41% (higher than state average 94.25%) even though we are larger than most. less dense population than most, no cities, and Jordan Lake (which restricts east/west access).
Efficiency is % state pays of transportation cost, so CCS pays only 4.49%)- 1%= ~$25k
Efficiency down only slightly from 2013/14 95.83%.

â— Average AM Ride Times (from home to school)
Chatham = 28 minutes Range of LEA Responses = 11 min. to 81 min.
â— Longest 5% of Student AM Ride Times (from home to school)
Chatham = 93 minutes Range of LEA Responses = 10 min. to 200 min
â— Average Student to Stop Distances (from home to bus stop)
Chatham = 651 feet Range of LEA Responses = 66 ft. to 1,090 ft.
â— Earliest AM Pickup Times
Chatham = 5:11 am Range of LEA Responses = 4:27 am to 6:44 am
â— Percentage of Routes with Multiple Runs from the Same School
Chatham = 9.78% Range of LEA Responses = 0% to 46.8%

Would cost $1M to eliminate double/triple routes with kids getting to school before 7:20. (Note: Average teacher salary/benefits = $60k, so this would be the cost of 16.6 teachers)
Would cost $600K to split routes so no one gets on bus before 6am and all return home by 5pm. (Note: this would be the cost of 10 teachers)
Or/ed projected growth over 10 years (including Chatham Park, and other growth) is 2,540. This would require 27 additional buses ($2.16M for buses, plus personnel).
State recommended staggered start times so buses can be shared between schools. Would not work for most of county due to distance between schools,but could be continued in Siler City for VCE/SCE and Chatham Middle.

The Impact of the National Teacher Shortage/Recruitment Strategies and Retention Efforts in Chatham


causes: low pay in NC (10K below national average), declining enrollment in teacher education programs nationwide, increase in teacher licensure requirements (additional tests – Ms. Frazier questioned the testing requirements), difficulty in retaining teachers. Not unique to Chatham or NC – nationwide issue.

district is doing more nationwide recruiting (job fairs, national job websites, virtual job fairs, student teacher/university partnerships, tuition reimbursement for certified and classified staff and lateral entry (commit to staying in district 2 years), visiting international faculty,
increase in local supplement (competitive with many counties), policy advocacy at state level (Dr. Jordan on task force on teacher recruitment, credentialing, and retention)

district has 23 international faculty (can stay up to 5 years)

NC does not have true reciprocity with other states on teacher licensure (teachers have to take NC tests or meet other requirements, even if licensed in other state)

(Note: after the meeting I suggested that openings be posted on the district’s facebook and twitter, and that the district maintain contact with  graduates planning on going into education, maybe even offering them job-shadowing opportunities)

Summer Feeding Update  “more than just a meal”

2015 – 3623 breakfasts, 4077 lunches at 4 sites (Pittsboro Elementary, Bonlee, Virginia Cross, Jordan Matthews) and 1668 snacks (bookmobile) –
summer reading camps, YMCA summer program.
down from previous summer (4658 breakfasts, 5687 lunches, 1976 snacks).
Needs: Nature Trails (north Chatham Elem), Pittsboro Village Apartments (PES), Moncure.
Goal – increase 10%, increase community partnerships (use church vans, day camp programs), increase resources (buy mobile dining bus)

Additional Items for Discussion – How to create a Welcoming Environment for all Stakeholders (slides from presentation one by Wilson County Schools) –
shared by Del Turner from presentation at school board conference.

References National PTA standards for Family School Partnerships

Mia Munn

Coming Up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse this week

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 17:17

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:26:15 -0500
From: “The Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store”
Subject: Coming Up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

Hello Chatham County!

This weather is on a roller coaster, but aren’t the sunny days great?!

Thursday Jan 14
Jim Powers (of the Tuesday Night Music Club) (Americana) 6:00 pm

Friday Jan 15
Last Tuesday (R&B/Soul) 8:00 pm

Saturday Jan 16
Tommy Edwards, LaNelle Davis and Keith Thomas (Bluegrass/Americana) 8:00 pm

Sunday Jan 17
Laura Jane Vincent (Folk/Americana) 11:30 – 2:30

Tuesday Jan 19
Tony Galiani Jazz Trio 6:30

Thursday Jan 21
Dennis Cash (Folk) 6:00


Jan 22  Big Time (R&B/Soul/Blues/Carolina Beach Music) ($10)
Jan 31 Band of Oz  4pm ($15)
Feb 12 Nantucket w/ Brittany Davis ($15)
Feb 19 Hip Pocket ($15)
Feb 20 Thunderstruck (AC/DC Tribute)
and many more, and and two theater events!

Our Calendar

Trivia Night coming Wednesdays in February with Jon Spoon!

We look forward to welcoming you.

The Pittsboro Roadhouse
39 West Street
Pittsboro, NC
(919) 542-2432
*protected email*

Eat Smart/Move More – Take Control

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 16:36

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:33:09 +0000
From: Phyllis Smith
Subject: Eat Smart/Move More – Take Control

The Chatham County Center – North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be offering a program entitled “Eat Smart / Move More – Take Control” from 6:00pm – 7:30pm on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 65 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro. “Take Control” is a six-week, chronic disease prevention and management program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health.  It uses the theory of planned behavior to inform, empower, and motivate participants with strategies and skills to change their eating and physical activity patterns.  These strategies are consistent with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommendation to prevent chronic disease.  The program provides opportunities for participants to track their goals and progress toward healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.  Each lesson comes with a handout that summarizes the primary goals from that lesson along with a featured recipe.

Classes will be held in the Food Lab of the Chatham County Cooperative Extension building.  The cost is FREE due to being grant supported.  Registration is required, the deadline is January 28.  For additional information, contact Phyllis Smith, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, (919) 542-8202 or *protected email*

Phyllis Smith, RD, LDN
Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science
P.O. Box 279
65 East Chatham Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
(919) 542-8202
(919) 542-8246
*protected email*

Could you give about an hour per week to encourage and support a Chatham County youth?

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 15:53

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:23:00 -0500
From: Shirille
Subject: lunch buddy, tutor or mentor

Could you give about an hour per week (52 hours per year) to encourage and support a Chatham County youth?  Communities In Schools of Chatham County offers several volunteer opportunities to do just that!
Lunch Buddy – go to school and have lunch with a youth once or twice a week
Tutor – assist a youth with improving reading skills, math skills, assist with school work or homework
Mentor – interact with a youth to role model positive social skills and exposure to positive opportunities in and around our community
Need more information?  Contact Shirille Lee at (919)663-0116 or *protected email*.
Volunteer orientation/training:  Thursday, January 21st 5:30pm – 8:00 at the Carolina Brewery, Pittsboro or Saturday, February 6th 9:00am – 11:30 at CISCC office (208 North Chatham Ave.) Siler City.
Call to register today!!!!!

*Shirille Lee**, Program Manager*
*Mentoring Program*
* PO Box 903/208 North Chatham Ave*
*Siler City NC  27344*
*919.663.0116 x401 voice*
*919.642.0164 fax*
*Surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.*
*January is National Mentoring Month*
*You can make a difference in the life of a child!*

Upcoming Northwood HS “Pitch Please” performances

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 15:35

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:26:04 -0500
From: jlocts
Subject: Upcoming NHS “Pitch Please” performances

This Saturday, January 16, at RJReynolds auditorium performances start at 7 pm and a couple NC high school competitors who won ICHSA semifinals and a chance for NYC finals will also be performing–RJR A Cappella website for more information and directions

Saturday Jan 23  in Raleigh at Meredith College Encore A cappella jam, “Pitch Please” will also be performing.

February 20–The huge South ICHSA (International Competition for High School A Cappella) will be in Norcross, Georgia. Tickets are going fast so please support NHS “Pitch Please.”  www.freshtix.com.  ICHSA South Semifinals@Norcross High School  hosted by Varsity Vocals.

Please check NHS A Cappella “Pitch Please” on FaceBook for more and updated information.  Thank you!!

Chatham County GOP presents Tea with Susan Tillis on January 21

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:57

Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:38:02 -0500
From: John Palermo
Subject: Chatham Cty GOP Presents: Tea With Susan Tillis

Chatham County GOP
Tea with Susan Tillis
Chatham County Republican Party
Thursday, January 21, 2016
3:30 PM
The Governors Club
11000 Governors Drive, Chapel Hill

Sponsors: Rodney Alsup, Dolores Bilangi, Nancy Clark, Mary Clemmings, Brenda Dowling, Betsy Duncan, Sue Googe, Carol Kelly, Gladys Kofalt, Karen Kolias, Carol McNeel, Pat Quain, Cathy Wright

The Chatham County Republican Party will host, Tea with Susan Tillis.  Susan is the wife of North Carolina’s U.S. Senator, Thom Tillis.  She will share her stories about the campaign trail; election night; their settling into the Senate and Washington; spearheading Baby Bundles for our military families; and, the important and ongoing work in the Senate.

Many have already had the privilege of hearing Susan share her personal story, and it is both humorous and heart-warming.  Guests will be treated to champagne, a bountiful assorted tea sandwiches, petit fours and tartlets, and of course tea and coffee.

Tickets to the event will be $25 per person and reservations can be made by going online to http://www.chathamncgop.com/susan_tillis_tea. To become a sponsor or for more information, please contact Cathy Wright at 919-360-9484 or *protected email*.

While a Tea may sound like a lady’s event, we welcome all men!

Chatham County Republican Party – www.chathamncgop.com

Dog Obedience Classes Starting at CCCC in Pittsboro on January 29

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:50

Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:29:05 -0500
From: Patricia Sullivan
Subject: Dog Obedience Classes Starting at CCCC

Dog Obedience classes are starting at CCCC in Pittsboro, beginning Friday, January 29th.  This semester two classes are being offered: The first for beginner owner and dog and the second for dogs and owners who have taken a basic class and want to improve on what they have learned.  A more detailed description follows below.

For registration assistance, please call the Student Support Center during normal business hours at (919) 718-7500.

Any questions about the class, please give me a call at 919-663-0373.  I look forward to seeing you and your dog in class.

Pat Sullivan, Instructor

Beginner Dog Obedience. A fun yet intensive beginner obedience class for dogs over 6 mos old. Students will learn to train their dogs, with positive reinforcement, to walk on a loose leash, come when called, sit, down and stand.  A “must†for all new dog owners. No dog is too old to learn. First class is mandatory orientation – no dogs – owners only.
Course 1130
Fridays,  Jan. 29 thru March 11, at 3:00p thru 4:30p

Advanced Beginner Dog Obedience Class. This class will help you and your dog strengthen basic obedience skills and perform them around distractions; refine and strengthen basic commands by adding elements of distance and duration, with a focus on teambuilding, come, stay (sit and down), heeling (with or without a leash) and the stand.  For graduates of Basic Dog Obedience Class or equivalent.  No mandatory orientation for this class. Bring yourself, your dog and lots of soft treats
Course 1131
Fridays,  Jan. 29 thru March 11, at 3:00p thru 4:30p

Those that have skeletons in their closet need to keep the door shut

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 22:38

Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:54:48 +0000 (UTC)
From: Billy Thornton
Subject: Marks post #5451

The message that Mark added was a personal email to him from me. Since he decided to include it as an addition to his post I have decided to reply on the list.
Mark you say I do not know you but I have known you since you were in grade school. When you were in high school you sold a friend of mine a car that you stated that you had just installed a new motor in it. You sold it to them, if my memory does not fail me for $350, but the new motor used so much oil and smoked that they complained about it. You picked up the car and assured them that you would make it right but after about 3 months you had not contacted them and let them know what was going on. Come to find out the new motor was taken out of another junked car that your father had. After they said they were going to contact someone about this you agreed to give them their money back. It seems like that every time you or any member of your family needs something you always post on the chatlist about all your problems and the financial situation that you are in before you post anything for sale. I have never seen anyone else post such post on the chatlist in order to get people to feel sorry for them to get them to buy their stuff or maybe get money or goods sent to them. I have said to you before in post to you that you just need to just post what you have for sale and leave out all the drama about the other stuff. You sort of remind me of a lady I know that kept going to the doctor complaining about conditions or problems that she had but nothing could be found wrong with her. She would insist that she be admitted to the hospital and all types of test be run and would not agree to be discharged until after she had been there over 30 days. She would do this at different hospitals in the area. Come to find out she had had a insurance policy that paid her a few hundred dollars a day if she was in the hospital 30 or more days. Kind of sounds familiar don’t it.
Mark you say that you are not able to work but in some of your post you talk about all the things you do in your shop such as rebuild parts and what you can do on automobiles as far as fixing them. Well if you can do that for yourself I think that you can do it to earn the money you need to pay your bills and buy groceries. I know lots of people that do odd things around their place to earn extra money for their necessities. I know people that may not be able to work more than 2-3 hours a day but they get up and do it to help better their self. I would hope that in the new year you would pull yourself up and start, at least, look at what you are capable of doing and use that to help yourself out financially even if it is only 2-3 hours at a time. It is time for you to man up.
I will probably catch flap from some of the chatlist readers that have not been here for years and don’t really don’t know you but you opened the door to this. I would suggest that when someone sends you a personnel message that you may want to keep it personal and not leave yourself open for other stuff to be exposed. Those that have skeletons in their closet need to keep the door shut. Just my saying. Good day Mark.

Warning! Dave will be watching for litterbugs on Chatham roadways

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 19:47

Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:27:30 -0500
From: dave cohen
Subject: NC Swat-A-Litterbug

I’ve posted this before, but it’s time to remind everyone. Keep a notepad or voice recorder next to you while driving, and the next time you see some idiot toss a cigarette or other trash out the window, note the license, county, time, and road. Then. when you get a chance, go to http://www.ncdot.gov/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/beautification/litterbug/ (or just google “nc swat a litterbug”) and fill in a very brief form.
The Office of Beautification Programs promises to:
Notify the vehicle owner of the littering offense
Inform the vehicle owner of the penalties for littering
Urge the litterbug to stop littering
Send a formal notification signed by the Colonel of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Now, if we can just get an Office of Safe Driving to allow us to flag  moronic driving…

Chatham Community Church can help with New Year’s Resolutions

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 18:42

Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:20:03 -0500
From: Alex Kirk
Subject: Help With New Year’s Resolutions!

Help with New Year’s Resolutions!

Many of us have already given up on our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions. Where does the real power for change for ourselves and restoring a broken world come from?

Every week at Chatham Community Church we take one big idea from Sunday’s message and put it in a very short 3-minute video we call Sunday’s Best 3 Minutes.

This week, we’re talking about the power to create lasting change.  Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dj6oOnZpWg&feature=youtu.be

Alex Kirk
Lead Pastor, Chatham Community Church
*protected email*

Goodnite Mark’s dark side

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 22:36

Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:35:05 -0500
From: stinmar1
Subject: My dark side

In the 30 years of working on cars and trucks I can count on my two hands the number of people that felt I screwed them over and each time it was either bad judgment on my part for even doing work for them , bad communication or their bad judgement buying defective parts and blaming the mechanic. In any event I am not nor have I ever been perfect . Its very possible I sold someone a used engine that used oil but in 30 years I haven’t had one that I built where S&W machine Shop did the machine work that ever used oil . Not one . I thought about what Billy said and I thought of the people who complained about an engine and its been very few . Then I thought of how he could possibly know me or was he confusing me with the other Mark S in Goldston who was shot by a customer during a disagreement or maybe the other Mark S in Browns summit who ran a shop . I thought about responding to it all but I realized I don’t need to .

Do I handle things now like I did when I was younger ? No and as I think about it I haven’t since daddy passed . Do I wish I could have found a way to resolve the issues with those who felt I screwed them over ? Yes and no . Yes I have and always have tried to make things right but sometimes people don’t want you to make it right they want you to make it perfect and No for those wanting a $15000 restoration on a $350 budget its not going to happen with me or any other mechanic .

I get emails from those who read my post’s and actually get what I’m saying . Out of all of those emails last year I got 3 ,, only 3 that were negative .. I cant please everyone and I’m not going to try . Like I have said before if you don’t like my post don’t read them , just scroll on by

Goodnite Mark

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