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Over 60% of Casey Mann’s campaign funds come from outside the county

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:28

Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:08:17 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Over 60% of Casey Mann’s campaign funds come from outside the county

From http://chathamjournal.com/2015/10/29/casey-manns-campaign-financials-show-little-local-support/

Pittsboro, NC – In the race for Pittsboro town commission, candidate Casey Mann’s most recent campaign financial reports show little local support for her. According to those reports, Mann raised  a total of $4,240. Of this amount, $2,705 came from outside Chatham County and represented 64 percent of campaign funds she raised.

Casey Mann’s pre-election report submitted October 26 shows individual donations of $1,440 with only one donation of $50 from Pittsboro by Beverly Bland. There were three campaign contributors from Chatham County: Bert Bowe of Fearrington Village ($75), Erika Lindeman of northeast Chatham ($100) and Jan Nichols of Moncure ($150). The remaining $1,065 came from outside Chatham County and accounted for 74 percent of the campaign funds raised between September 23 and October 19.

Casey Mann PreElection Report 2015

Her thirty-five-day report submitted September 29 shows total campaign contributions of $2,800, which includes $375 in contributions from other political committees. Individuals contributed $2,425. Individual Chatham county contributors included Bruce Ladd of Carolina Meadows ($100), Patricia Learned of northeast Chatham ($100), Jan Nichols of Moncure ($100). There was also a $10 contribution from Casey Mann herself. Pittsboro mayoral candidate Cindy Perry contributed $50 to each of the commission candidates including Mann. Lesley Landis, the wife of Casey Mann’s mentor Randy Voller, contributed $500. However, Mann paid Leslie Landey back $804.50 for graphic design work. The Crawford for Chatham Campaign contributed $300. The remaining $1,640 came from outside Chatham County and accounted for 59 percent of the campaign funds raised before September 23.

Casey Mann 35 day report 2015

Disheartened and disgusted by intolerance

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 23:57

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:02:31 -0400
Subject: Goodnite Mark’s intolerance

I find it really, really difficult to get my head around the profound intolerance represented in Goodnite Mark’s post on Chatlist #5395. It isn’t possible to know how many people he alienated with his comments, but my bet is that it is plenty. (And isn’t Mark the same guy who has gone to the well on the Chatlist, on numerous occasions asking for help from his Chatham County neighbors with one or another of his multiple problems?)

He describes as “idiots” people who choose to support an (unnamed) socialist and atheist. He then offers a bizarre definition of a communist as someone who is “a socialist who is also an atheist with a mentality of overtaxing everyone and letting government spread the wealth.”

But what really disheartened and disgusted me is his statement that he can’t see “how anyone who hasn’t lived here all their life can honestly say they will represent the wants, desires and needs of lifelong residents.” I wasn’t born here, but we’ve lived in North Carolina for 40 years of my adulthood. My family, according to the folks who have looked into our genealogy, has roots in North Carolina that are 200 years deep. I’m not running for office, but apparently Goodnite Mark, and people who think like him, would instantly claim that I am incapable of weighing the pros and cons of issues, of thinking carefully and critically about those issues, and of listening to the “wants, desires and needs” of Chatham County residents, because I am not a “lifelong resident.” From his stated perspective, I would therefore be unqualified to hold elected office in this County.

It’s a good thing he sees that politics is toxic to him (as he says), but it looks as if he’s already well poisoned by his own intolerance of the wealth (yes, wealth) of differences among Chatham County residents, whether lifelong or not.

The intolerant, stuck-in-the-mud attitude Goodnite Mark expresses does neither him nor the citizens of Chatham County — no matter what their political or religious persuasions — any favors. Goodnite Mark, and perhaps others, may want Chatham County to be an isolated island of no change, of any sort at any time. If so, they are trying to live in a fairy tale, a never-never land. They’ll need truck loads of fairy dust to make that come true.

Pat Cabe

Chatham Council on Aging will begin hosting a “Wellness/Health Discussion Group” once a month

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 16:48

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:44:54 -0400
From: Alan Russo
Subject: Wellness/Health Discussion Group

The Council on Aging will begin hosting a “Wellness/Health Discussion Group” once a month at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro starting November 20th.

The Health Discussion Group will be an informal platform for Chatham County folks over 55 years of age to gather with people of similar interests and discuss everything from healthy lifestyle, juicing, natural cosmetics, health problems, natural therapies, to,  the environment, self sufficiency, meditation and anything else important to living a healthy and productive life.

The group will meet the third Friday of every month at 2pm in the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro

To sign up or for more information please contact Alan at 919-542-4512 or e-mail at *protected email*

Alan Russo
Meal Site Manager
Chatham County Council on Aging
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Blog: http://chathamcouncilonaging.wordpress.com/
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This Week at Chatham County Libraries

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 16:02

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:42 +0000
From: Susan Clayton
Subject: This Week at Chatham County Libraries

Tuesday, Oct. 27
10am                       Preschool Story Time
11:45am-2:45pm   CCL Computer Lab Closed to the Public for a College Class

5:30-6:15pm          Reflective Reading & Meditation Forum
  Chatham Community Library is offering a six week forum designed to deepen our reflection and personal understanding. Each session will consist of a short reading, followed by 15-20 minutes of silent meditation/contemplation, and close with a few moments for shared insights. The readings will draw from the writings of some of the world’s most profound thinkers. We will start with a reading from HD Thoreau’s Walden. Jeshua Pacifici will host the forum.
Tuesday, October 27th
This last session will start at 5:30pm and conclude at 6:15pm.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
3-4:30pm                    Finding Reliable Health Information Online-How do you make sure you’re finding reliable information about medical conditions, prescription drugs, and wellness online? This class will show you how to find and use free, high-quality health resources online! Participants should be comfortable operating a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and navigating the Internet. This workshop is FREE and open to the public; however, class size is limited and registration is required. Call 919-545-8086 to sign up.

4pm                               “All Ears” Read to a Therapy Dog Program. Scout is back from summer vacation and on a new  day! Young readers (ages 6-12) can improve their reading skills by reading to our friendly and licensed therapy dog, Scout. Each child will have a 15 minute session reading a book to Scout. The sessions will be every other Wednesday afternoon and space is limited so pre-registration is required. Make sure to make a reservation to read to him. Scout is waiting! To register or for more information contact Children’s Services at 919-545-8085

7pm                                What’s Wrong With Blackbeard?

           The traditional historical interpretation of the notorious Blackbeard, and the pop culture-Hollywood incarnations it has begotten, may be among the more enduring historical hoaxes of colonial American history. Much of what the public knows about the infamous pirate simply isn’t true, nor is there documentary evidence to support it. To find the elusive truth of history, noted North Carolina research historian and author Kevin Duffus has delved deeper into the primary sources than anyone to discover a new, more accurate account that reveals the identity, origins, and motivations of Blackbeard and his inner circle of pirate cohorts.
Join North Carolina Historian of the Year, author, and filmmaker Kevin Duffus in an all-new multi-media presentation that lays bare the popular myths of Blackbeard’s widely-believed surname of Teach, his ferocity, his purported birthdate, his many houses, his many “wives,” and his long-lost treasure. “What’s Wrong With Blackbeard” is as humorous as it is thought-provoking, as surprising as it is provocative, exposing one of the greatest myths of the Golden Age of Piracy.
“This the best kind of history because it enables us to ask new questions about issues that we thought were already answered,” says Taylor Stoermer, former Colonial Williamsburg historian. “Duffus takes a provocative approach, but it’s based on solid methodology and a really responsible, really deep reading of the sources. So it really adds to our understanding of the past and keeps it alive.”
“No one in the modern era has researched Blackbeard as deeply and thoroughly as Duffus has,” says Hampton History Museum curator J. Michael Cobb. “He’s left no stone unturned in his effort to get at the truth behind all the fabrications, exaggerations and distortions.”
There will be a Q&A session following the presentation and Kevin will have books for purchase and signing.
To register, please call the circulation desk at 919-545-8084.

Thursday, Oct. 29
9-12 & 1-3pm        Genealogy Assistance. Reservations requested. Contact the Reference Desk at 919-545-8086.

Friday, Oct. 30
9:30am                   Toddler Story Time
10:30am                 Preschool Story Time
4pm                         Pokemon Meetup
(Alice in Wonderland characters will take over staffing the library today!)

Saturday, Oct. 31
Happy Halloween!
12 pm                     Anime Club- Special time and Halloween Edition. The Anime Club will be hosting a Teen Halloween Event, Please feel free to wear your Halloween Costume or a cosplay costume! Snack, drinks, and fun provided! Note to Parents: This anime showing is PG-13. Children under the age of 11 cannot be left unattended. If you have any questions please contact Katie at 919-545-8084.

Wren Library, Siler City
Wednesday, Oct. 28
10:30 am               Preschool Story time

Goldston Library, Goldston
Thursday, Oct. 29
10:30 am              Preschool story time

“Love, butter & the company of cats is the recipe for a good life”. Julia Child.
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NCDOT Hosts Public Meeting on Safety Improvements to US 64 at Big Woods Rd

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 15:47

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:35:28 +0000
From: Debra Henzey
Subject: News Release:  DOT Hosts Public Meeting on Improvements to US 64 at Big Woods Rd

Contact:  Kelly Becker, (919) 773-2890 (DOT)
October 26, 2015

NCDOT Hosts Public Meeting on Safety Improvements to US 64 at Big Woods Rd

PITTSBORO, NC- On Nov. 5, 2015, the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold a public meeting regarding proposed improvements along US 64 at the intersection of Big Woods Road and Seaforth Road in Chatham County. The proposed enhancements are intended to address safety and mobility issues at this intersection.

The meeting will be held on Nov. 5 from 4-6 pm at Jordan Lake State Park facility located at 280 State Park Road in Apex.  Residents and business owners are invited to drop in any time during this period. NCDOT will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and receive comments.

Anyone can submit written comments and questions until Nov. 19, 2015 by contacting Kelly Becker, NCDOT Transportation Mobility & Safety Division, 1561 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1561 or call 919-773-2890 or email *protected email*.

Project information is online at http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings

In keeping with the NC Public Records Law, e-mails, including attachments, may be released to others upon request for inspection and copying.

Debra Henzey
Chatham County Director of Community Relations
Cell 919-548-4662

Correction: Bett Wilson FOLEY is the Bett accepting SECRET campaign funding

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 14:33

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:53:56 -0400
From: Joe
Subject: Correction: Bett Wilson FOLEY is the Bett accepting SECRET campaign funding

I was informed that I make a big mistake in the email I sent into the Chatlist titled “Why are Terry, Bonitz and Foley lying to voters?”

Yes, we ALL want to know “Why are Terry, Bonitz and Foley lying to voters?” but the context of the email was incorrect. In the email I refered several times to Bett Wilson TURNER. One of the candidates is Bett TURNER and the other is Bett FOLEY. Bett TURNER is NOT receiving secret campaign funding from the truthmatterspittsboro PAC.

I’m sorry for any confusion this may have caused. My sincerest apology to Bett TURNER for my mistake.

Once again to be perfectly clear, former county commissioner Betty Wilson’s daughter, Bett Wilson FOLEY, is the Bett accepting secret campaign contributions from the shadowy PAC called truthmatterspittsboro. The other Bett, Bett TURNER is NOT part of this Orwellian doublespeak situation going on in Pittsboro.


Just a thought on the Pittsboro elections

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 01:46

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:40:11 -0400
From: “*protected email*”
Subject: Just a thought on the election

I am really trying to stay clear from politics.  I realized its toxic to me when I see all the idiots out there defending people running for office who idolize a socialist and admitted atheist .  My understanding is that a communist is basically a socialist who is also an atheist with a mentality of over taxing everyone and letting government spread the wealth .  I really don’t want to feel the Burn of one such admitted socialist atheist in office running a country that was designed by our founding fathers to be free and  the farthest thing from a communist nation on earth .

I really have an issue with local politicians who idolize Bernie Sanders. This kind of mindset is the last thing we need in office in this county. I personally don’t see how someone who hasn’t lived here all their life can honestly say they will represent the wants , desires and needs of lifelong residents . I can see someone like this pushing an agenda that will uproot many of us and push us out of Chatham .  I don’t really feel the need to say anything else other than people need to wake up and go vote before its too late to make a vote that really counts .

Goodnite Mark

Tempting to react thoughtlessly to the remarks of Taylor Kish

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 23:27

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:13:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brad Page
Subject: Reaction

It is tempting to react thoughtlessly to the remarks of Taylor Kish.

In its last post the persona mixed in particularly triggering accusations at legitimate citizens going about their business of protesting legally and rationally against the 7,000 acre development Chatham Park Investors plans in our midst. Somehow, Kish claims, Chatham Park Investors are above the profit-driven-at-any-cost motives of covering these acres in miles of concrete with resulting pollution and disruption for the citizens already here. The language in the last post is just short of calling PittsboroMatters and TruthMatters an evil empire when they are exercising the same democratic rights guaranteed to all of us by the Constitution.

Many of us may consider Taylor Kishs slanders a reasonable tactic though this public ranting is obviously appalling. It tells me the depth of tolerance that runs through our democracy which, if it’s to function at optimum, requires a high degree of mutual respect between stakeholders in any action that affects all of Chatham County. PittsboroMatters simply asks that Chatham Park Investors stick to the promises they made when submitting their proposal to the Pittsboro Town Board.

Why complicate this argument with inflaming words when a cool head is needed? I’m tempted to make many guesses here but they would only be speculation. And the result would be a like-minded response to Taylor Kish in the same language it has already used.

This week we vote on the new Board, our reasonable and democratic right to take action as citizens. Perhaps Taylor Kish would like to include all of us in this evil empire of democracy.

Brad Page

Thanks for checking out the Pittsboro candidate videos

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 15:36

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:11:03 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Thanks for checking out the Pittsboro candidate videos

Thanks to all those took the time to check out the Pittsboro candidates videos from the forum I posted on www.youtube.com/user/genefoto

There were about 40 folks who attended the forum last Tuesday night at CCCC. As of this evening there are already some candidates who have over 40 views.

The top three candidate forum video clips are
1. Jay Farrell makes opening statement at Pittsboro’s candidates forum (334 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SzqXDuk3tE
2. Heather Johnson makes opening statement at Pittsboro’s candidates forum (116 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aHlzsgRwdU
3. Cindy Perry makes opening statement at Pittsboro’s candidates forum (94 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4ebfnIbyLk

I posted each of the candidates opening statements.

You can now find their answers to the question about how to handle possible gentrification at https://www.youtube.com/user/genefoto

Their answers to a question about schools in Chatham Park should be available sometime during Monday.

I should have all of the video clips of candidates answer uploaded by the end of this week.

Thanks to the local Chapter of the NAACP for hosting the event and not getting their underwear in a wade over me or anyone else recording the event (unlike some ladies at the League of Women Voters.)


Last Week’s Hottest Chatham Online Bulletin Board Topics

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 14:45

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:11:58 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Last Week’s Hottest Chatham Online Bulletin Board Topics

1. Bogus Response from LWV: No videotaping of Pittsboro Candidates’ Forum  (Read 4047 times) at

2. World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Site in Pittsboro  (Read 2116 times) at

3. Bill Terry Propoganda  (Read 1593 times) at

4. Is Pittsboro Matters hiding behind truthmatterspittsboro.com?  (Read 1405 times) at

5. Starkweather v. Voller. I need an explanation.  (Read 799 times) at

6. Casey Mann said she “moved to Pittsboro February 2015”  (Read 557 times) at

7. Videos from Tuesday’s NAACP’s Pittsboro Candidates Forum  (Read 448 times) at

8. Is the quoted portion true?  (Read 399 times) at

9. Information on 2015 Municipal Elections in Chatham County from Dawn Stumpf  (Read 365 times) at

10. Chatham County Residents Learn Coal Ash to be Trucked Through Neighborhood  (Read 324 times) at

Chatham Habitat for Humanity Cars for Castles Cruise-In is set for Nov 7

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 14:36

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 18:15:34 -0400
From: Becky Loflin
Subject: Chatham Habitat for Humanity Cars for Castles Cruise-In Rain Date

Chatham Habitat for Humanity Cars for Castles Cruise-In has been scheduled for the rain date of November 7th from 10 am till 3 pm at the Chatham County Fairgrounds. There will be breakfast, lunch, raffle prizes, door prizes and more!  This is hosted by the Chatham County Stallions.  $20.00 per car.  Entrance for spectators is free.

All proceeds benefit Chatham Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build safe, affordable homes for Chatham families.

*Sponsors: * Pittsboro Ford – Title Sponsor

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
Duke Energy
Ed’s Auto Collision
Luke’s Corner Convenience & Gas
Pittsboro Police Department
Walker Auto Parts

For more information, contact Becky Loflin at 919-542-0794 x 207 or *protected email* or Norman Clark at 919-542-5469

Chatham Republicans to host candidate for State Superintendent

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 13:20

Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:47:16 -0400
From: Cathy Wright
Subject: Chatham Republicans to host another event

October 24, 2015
Brian Bock, Chair, Chatham County Republican Party
*protected email*

*Chatham Republicans to host candidate for State Superintendent*

Following a very successful event earlier this month, with more than 260 people in attendance, Chatham County Republicans are ramping up efforts to promote Republican candidates who will advance the party’s efforts for freedom, prosperity, strength and a vision for the future.  Over the next several months, events and volunteer opportunities will be added to the calendar in order to ensure that the party is ready for the 2016 elections.

The next event scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2015, will be an informative discussion about education in North Carolina, with special guest speaker and candidate for State Superintendent of Schools, Rosemary Fernandez Stein, MD.

Dr. Stein is the founder of the International Family Clinic in Burlington that serves underprivileged children in Alamance County, offering additional services in Spanish, French, Hindu and Hebrew. She has been a member of the Alamance Community College Board of Trustees since 2008.

Stein has treated and cared for children and their parents for 22 years and she understands that one of the most important factors to a child’s success is education.  She started a countywide after-school program, called the Mustard Seed Club, to provide elementary school children with after-school tutoring and religious education, and serves up to 200 children every year.

Dr. Stein will talk about what needs to be improved in our education system, the obstacles to improvement, and how each of us can help.

This meeting and interesting conversation will take place at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Pittsboro on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:00pm. There is no charge for admittance however an RSVP would be appreciated at www.chathamncgop.com.

Humanist Happy Hour at City Tap in Pittsboro on October 28

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:19

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:51:33 -0400
From: Gretchen Niver
Subject: Humanist happy Hour

Come and join some happy Humanists for our monthly Humanist Happy Hour at Pittsboro’s friendly City Tap.  Humanists are not such a rare breed in this neck of the woods.  Lively conversation, good food and drink.  Wed., Oct. 28 at 6 PM.

Sponsored by the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle, which meets every Sun. at 1:30 at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill.

“The Real Dirt on Farmer John” Screening at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Pittsboro on Oct. 27

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 10:16

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:36:14 -0400
From: Samantha Birchard
Subject: “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” Screening, 10/27 at 7 p.m.

Join us this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for a rare screening of the award-winning movie *The Real Dirt on Farmer John.** The Real Dirt on Farmer John* tells the story of John Peterson’s efforts to revive the family farm at Angelic Organics. Angelic Organics resurrected traditional farming approaches while pioneering new ones, and, along the way, John Peterson became a landmark figure in the organic food movement. Piedmont Biofarm will be introducing the film and leading a discussion afterwards. St. Bartholomew’s Church, located at 204 W. Salisbury St. in Pittsboro, will be hosting the event. For directions, go to www.saint-barts.org

Here’s just one sample of the rave reviews for *The Real Dirt on Farmer John*:

“One man’s extraordinary life as a gateway to a larger history of tragedy and transition. It’s an unflinching account of what farming takes and, more important, what it gives back…”
– Jeannette Catsoulis,
*New York Times*

We hope you can make it!

Why are Terry, Bonitz and Foley lying to voters?

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 09:56

Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:49:36 -0400
From: Joe
Subject: Why are Terry, Bonitz and Foley lying to voters?

Why are the so-called Pittsboro truth seeker candidates accepting secret campaign funds?

It is hilarious to see the so-called truth seekers of Bett Wilson Turner, John Bonitz & Bill Terry accepting secret campaign funds from the PittsboroTruthMatters political action committee.

Bett Wilson Turner, John Bonitz & Bill Terry are willing to accept secret campaign financing without trepidation, what other secret activities are they willing to put up with?

What’s a reasonable person to think? Pittsboro citizens might suspect that Bett Wilson Turner, John Bonitz & Bill Terry will NOT do everything overboard, properly and in the open.

There appears to be little hope of true “open government” if Bett Wilson Turner, John Bonitz and Bill Terry are elected.

And why is Bett Wilson Turner willing to tarnish the Wilson family name by doing this? Are you so desperate to win that you will take secret money from anyone? I always thought your mom brought the Wilson girls up better than this.


Heather Johnson is a local Pittsboro business woman who is involved in her community

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 14:30

Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:47:59 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: A local Pittsboro business woman getting involved in her community

At the Chatham County Chamber of Commerce meeting at Governors’ Club, Pittsboro Roadhouse proprietor, Gregg Lewis got up to talk about all the positive changes taking place in the town of Pittsboro

At the 1:55 point of his presentation on what’s going on in the Pittsboro business district and the people getting involved in making that positive difference, Greg Lewis points out the efforts of Heather Johnson and others https://youtu.be/j8AmoKRdMwQ?t=1m55s

It’s pretty neat when the head of the Pittsboro Business district acknowledges your efforts in front of a room full of  Chatham County business leaders.

Greg notes that “they’re involved. Just go out and see.”

So take Greg’s advice and go out and see Heather Johnson at Chatham Business Services (https://www.facebook.com/ChathamBusinessServicesLlc?fref=nf ) at 20 Sanford Rd in downtown Pittsboro behind Greg Lewis’ Roadhouse restaurant off the traffic circle in Pittsboro, NC (919) 444-9500

Here’s a video of my visit to the business shortly after she opened her doors in 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw6kT7QADn4

I am not a resident of Pittsboro proper and cannot vote in this year’s municipal elections, but I would not hesitate to cast my vote for Heather Johnson and I recommend that voters in Pittsboro do cast one of their three votes for town commission for Heather Johnson.

Gene Galin

Trunk-or-Treat Event Coming to Chatham’s Southwest District Park on Oct. 30

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 17:33

Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:46:48 +0000
From: Debra Henzey
Subject: Trunk-or-Treat Event Coming to Chatham’s Southwest District Park on Oct. 30

Contact:  Tracy Burnett, 919-545-8555
October 20, 2015

Trunk-or-Treat Event Coming to Chatham’s Southwest District Park on Oct. 30

Chatham County Parks & Recreation invites residents to its Trunk-or-Treat event with movie on October 30 from 6 to 8 pm at Southwest District Park in Bear Creek.

The event will include children’s activities, bounce houses and concessions for purchase. The movie “Maleficent” will begin at dark.

The park is located near Chatham Central High School at 15124 Highway 902 in southwestern Chatham County.

In keeping with the NC Public Records Law, e-mails, including attachments, may be released to others upon request for inspection and copying.

Debra Henzey
Chatham County Director of Community Relations
Cell 919-548-4662

Early Voting starts October 22 for Chatham County municipalities

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 17:09

Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:06:21 +0000
From: Dawn Stumpf
Subject: Municipal Elections

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to who is eligible to vote in the Municipal Elections on November 3, 2015.  Below should be some information that I think may be helpful to all.  Could you please let others know.  Call me with any questions.

Election Information November 3, 2015
Eligible voters are those that are registered to vote in the Town of Pittsboro, the Town of Siler City, the Town of Goldston or the Goldston Gulf Sanitary District.  Voters in the ETJ or other parts of Chatham County are not eligible to vote in this election.
Early/One Stop voting will only be conducted at the Board of Elections office at 984 Thompson Street in Pittsboro.  There will be no early voting site in Siler City or in Goldston.  Any eligible voter can vote at the Early voting site in Pittsboro.  Early voting starts Thursday, October 22, 2015 and ends on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  You can check the website at http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=1793  under Elections 2015 to see an early voting schedule and Sample Ballots for the Municipal Elections.
In person registration is available for this election.  Same Day or In person registration is only available at the early voting site.  Any Persons wishing to register and vote after the registration deadline may appear in person at the one-stop absentee voting site, complete the voter registration application form and provide proof of residence by presenting valid documents showing current name and address. Acceptable forms of identification include:

*   A North Carolina driver’s license with current address
*   A utility bill with name and current address
*   A telephone or mobile phone bill
*   An electric or gas bill
*   A cable television bill
*   A water or sewage bill
*   A document with name and current address from a local, state, or U.S. government agency:

*   A student photo ID along with a document from the school showing the student’s name and current address.
*   A paycheck or paycheck stub from an employer or a W-2 statement
*   A bank statement or bank-issued credit card statement

On Election Day, November 3, 2015 there will be three polling places open for voting.  All polling places are open on Election Day from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm.

Those sites are:

For Pittsboro
Multipurpose room at Central Carolina Community College                                                            764 West Street in Pittsboro

For Siler City voters
Earl B. Fitts Community Center
111 South Third Avenue in Siler City

For Goldston and Goldston Fire Department Sanitary District Voters
486 Church Street in Goldston

Photo ID is not required to vote in the Municipal Elections this year.

Dawn Stumpf
Chatham County Elections
*protected email*

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 132,et.seq., this electronic mail message and any attachment hereto, as well as any electronic mail message(s) that may be sent in response to it may be considered public record and as such are subject to requests for review.

Operation Save-a-Life/Get Alarmed Chatham County have FREE Smoke Detectors

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 16:52

Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:37:06 +0000
From: Debra Henzey
Subject: The Importance of Smoke Detectors – Don’t Delay
Prepared by Dennis Streets, Chatham County Council on Aging, and Thomas K. Bender, Chatham County Fire Marshal

The Importance of Smoke Detectors – Don’t Delay

On Saturday, October 10th, a 4 am apartment fire in Miami, Florida took the life of an 83-year-old woman.  This is a story that could be repeated in communities across the country, including Chatham.

fire safety is important for people of all ages, people over the age of 65 reportedly face the greatest risk of dying in a fire. In 2011, older adults had a 2.7 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the population as a whole.  Persons aged 85 and older have the highest relative risk—more than 4.5 times more likely to die in a fire than the total population. As the United State Fire Administration explains, some older adults are at greater risk because decreased mobility, ill health, and limited sight or impaired hearing can limit a person’s ability to act quickly to escape a fire emergency.

So what can be done to help?  The chances of surviving a home fire nearly doubles with the initial warning from a smoke alarm.  The good news is that our Fire Marshal’s Office has a program called Operation Save-a-Life/Get Alarmed Chatham County.  They have FREE Smoke Detectors and will install them if needed.  Please contact their office at (919) 542-8259 or your local fire department if you or anyone you know is in need of one.

For those who already have smoke detectors, it is essential that these detectors are tested periodically and their batteries replaced at least once a year.  Caregivers are encouraged to check the smoke alarms of those unable to do so themselves.

In addition to assuring the presence and maintenance of smoke alarms, there are other steps that seniors and others should take to protect against fires.  Here are a few tips:

·         Think about and plan how you will escape from each of your rooms.

·         Speak to your family members or neighbors about your fire safety plan and practice it with them.

·         Those who use a walker or wheelchair should check all exits to be sure they can go through the doorways.

·         When cooking, never approach an open flame while wearing loose clothing and don’t leave cooking unattended.  Use a timer to remind you of food in the oven.  In 2013, nearly half of our residential fires were associated with cooking.

·         Never use the oven to heat your home.

·         Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords.

·         Be especially careful if you are on medication that makes you drowsy.
Older adults who smoke must be extra careful as the leading cause of residential fire deaths among older persons is careless smoking.  Never smoke in bed or near and oxygen source, gas stove, or flammable object.

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Debra Henzey
Chatham County Director of Community Relations
Cell 919-548-4662

NC issues final permits for burial of Duke Energy coal ash in Chatham County

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 15:04

Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:40:06 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: NC issues final permits for burial of Duke Energy coal ash in Chatham County

Regulators in North Carolina issued water permits late Friday that will clear the way for Charah Inc. to move coal ash from Duke Energy’s (NYSE:DUK) Dan River and Cliffside plants to a clay mine in Chatham County.

The Division of Waste Management approved the water quality monitoring plan for the Brickhaven Mine site in Chatham County, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality issued the final approval to proceed. The plan to bury coal ash at the mine has long been opposed by local residents.

Charah now has all the federal and state permits it needs to move coal ash to the mine.

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