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A murder of crows, a Chatham tale, by Piedmont Pine Coffins

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 13:55

Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:42:40 -0400
From: Donald Byrne
Subject: A murder of crows, a Chatham tale, by Piedmont Pine Coffins

A murder of crows in both senses — that’s the tale of this post. But my hand was stayed, and to good effect. Read on.

And if you’d like to see more of these stories from off-grid Melleray Farmstead near Goldston, why not click over to PiedmontPineCoffins.com and subscribe to our blog in the lower right corner?

A flock of sheep, a brace of coneys, a murder of crows. Well, there’s been a murder of crows in our garden the last couple of years. It’s usually about 9 individuals at a time. They find the watermelons and cantaloupes a few days before a human would deem them sweet enough — and they make a killing! Peck right down to the rind, and there’s nothing to do but kick the dirt and grind your teeth.

At Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial home to Piedmont Pine Coffins, we’re immersed in cycles of life and death all year round: the garden, some hunting, chickens and predators, etc. This summer, for example, was a fantastic success for our millions of parasitic pastured barber-pole worms. Thanks to a worm-friendly wet hot June, in the last three months I’ve buried in the big manure pile 7 ewes and lambs. Half the flock.

Back to the gutted melons, which put me in mind for a “murder of crows,” if you catch my meaning. A country neighbor told us that the only way to demoralize the crows was to kill one and hang it high from the arch of the garden gate. The crows would see the corpse and, smart birds that they are, get the message to avoid the place.

I went so far as to stuff a mannequin with hay and set him in a chair with a broom for a rifle. He stayed there for a week getting familiar with the crows. The plan was to sneak out there one morning before dawn and take the mannequin’s place — but with a loaded Remington.

The crows didn’t fall for it and I never took a shot.

Crows have long been associated with death, but I never knew till now about their capacity for gratitude. True story:

Last spring my wife is near the greenhouse and hears a commotion. A juvenile crow (big head, little body) keeps swooping close to the ground, and the dogs are exercised about it. Our little agile Cash Money leaps suddenly and snags the bird mid-air! Nicole runs over and saves the bird from a mauling. The crow is cage-kept and fed and allowed to heal from a bite to the wing.

When I suggest that Fate has kindly brought us our crow to hang, that idea is quickly vetoed. By Nicole.

Instead, she releases the teen bird in the garden. Which is where, I have to admit, its family might reasonably look for a lost child. Like the info center at the mall.

The crow flops around cawing, and we lose it there in the high grass after a time. The next day we can’t find it.

The watermelons, unmolested, tasted great this year.

Carpetbagger Casey Mann’s laughable claim

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 13:31

Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:01:10 -0400
From: Tom West
Subject: Carpetbagger Casey Mann’s laughable claim

In Thursday’s Chatlist Casey Mann claimed that “One’s length of residency is not a factor in one’s ability to lead.”

Casey Mann hasn’t even lived in Pittsboro for a whole year and she knows what’s best for Pittsboro? Really?

In reality, most rational people know that Casey Mann is THE least qualified of ALL the other Pittsboro town candidates who have lived and been part of the community for years.


Stay tuned! “Best of Chatham County” is returning

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:55

Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:58:55 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: “Best of Chatham County” is returning

After several years of absence, the annual “Best of Chatham County” is coming back.

Watch for details here on Wednesday’s Chatham Chatlist.

More chathamcentric news more often via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/chathamnc

Chatham Chatlist Highlights at http://www.chathamchatlist.com/highlights

Chatlist Sponsorship Calendar at http://chathamchatlist.com/highlights/community-calendar/

Chatham Chatlist Archives at http://groups.google.com/group/chatham-chatlist

Chatham Journal Newspaper at http://chathamjournal.com/

Chatham Online Bulletin Board at http://www.chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard

Chatham County Online at http://www.chatham-county-nc.com

Chatham Animal Lovers group at http://groups.google.com/group/chatham-animals

Last Week’s Hottest Chatham Online Bulletin Board Topics – Week of Sept. 20, 2015

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:46

Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:20:53 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Last Week’s Hottest Chatham Online Bulletin Board Topics

1. Pittsboro town board candidate, Casey Mann wants to raise Chatham County taxes (Read 3754 times) at

2. Howard, Hales & Crawford give away $30,000 without going through budget process (Read 3090 times) at

3. Bogus Response from LWV: No videotaping of Pittsboro Candidates’ Forum (Read 2099 times) at

4. Is Kay Daly for real?? (Read 1157 times) at

5. Hey look at me! I’m Casey Mann & I’m more important than everyone else. (Read 871 times) at

6. Chatham Park is NOT being built for Jeff Starkweather & his old liberal friends (Read 774 times) at

7. Are the following statements true? (Read 749 times) at

8. Local business woman Heather Johnson is running for Pittsboro Town Commission (Read 558 times) at

9. Suspect in Mail Theft Arrested (Read 281 times) at

10. Randy needs to be more selfish. (Read 228 times) at

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge Annual Benefit for the Animals on October 24

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 07:28

Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:49:37 -0400
From: “Mari Trosclair”
Subject: A fun event in a gorgeous venue

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, a Pittsboro non-profit organization, is having their Annual Benefit for the Animals on October 24th from 6PM – 9PM. The Refuge rescues abused and neglected farm animals and provides them with a safe haven at their 20 acre sanctuary. Open for tours, the organization works to educate the general public about the issues that farm animals face in our society. The fundraising event includes a silent auction, open bar, live jazz band, and more! Learn more and get your tickets to this fabulous event here: http://piedmontrefuge.org/2015fundraiser/

Mari Trosclair, ePro, GRI, ABR
Grapevine Realty Services
*protected email*



“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” Le Corbusier

Heather Johnson has been active participant in the Pittsboro Downtown Vision Plan

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 15:28

Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:12:54 -0400
From: Heather Johnson
Subject: Clarification regarding V Penleys post

I have been an active participant in the process you are referring to as the Downtown Vision Plan. I never claimed any credit at all, rather that I have been a part of the process along with my fellow downtown business owners and residents. We have had the opportunity to weigh in on likes, desires, and planning for our Historic Downtown District. To be clear many dedicated folks have been meeting for years about improving downtown through the Main Street Program – I have never been a part of that program and never claimed to be. I am so thankful to the good folks in Main Street who laid the groundwork we needed to get the Streetscapes program going.

Here is the post to which you refer:

I am referring in this post to the materials that Casey Mann is distributing. my associates who have participated in the Streetscapes Downtown Vision Plan development are puzzled that she would distribute a sampling of the work that is not complete. It is still in the planning stages and nothing has been approved at this point. Some residents are upset about materials that Ms Mann is distributing. Even at the Town Board meeting last week a sitting commissioner talked about the upset people he has heard from – people upset about losing parking to the plan that Ms Mann is distributing and I had the opportunity to clarify that it is an incomplete plan. So yes, I think it is prudent to let people know not to worry.

Ms Mann’s personal Facebook Page says she moved here in February. It is understandable that when she’s only been here a few months, some information will get mixed up.

Ms Penley is with Casey Mann at every meeting I have attended. She is with her as she canvasses. There is a close association there. Ms Mann has made the Downtown Vision Plan a campaign talking point, but the information being distributed by Ms Penley and Mann is not accurate and I stand by that.

Literacy Rocks! in Pittsboro postponed due to bad weather. Future date TBA

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:31

Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 22:03:27 -0400
From: Chatham Literacy
Subject: Literacy Rocks! — postponed due to weather — future date TBA

Bad weather has forced the postponement of the first-ever *Literacy Rocks! *live music and food truck event that had been scheduled for Saturday, September 26, in Pittsboro. *We will set a new date soon and hope you will join us then.*

Please visit this website or “like” Chatham Literacy on Facebook for updates on the re-scheduled event.
*LIKE us at*…www.facebook.com/chathamliteracy

Chatham Cooperative Extension contact for general information at 919-542-8202

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:28

Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:22:39 +0000
From: Sam Groce
Subject: Cooperative Extension contact for general information

Chatlist subscribers:

On the last chatlist there were post looking for help in identifying an old piece of equipment and a list of fence builders for horse pastures. Often there are posts asking for advice on their lawn, garden, pasture or what is this weed, insect or other unknown. Cooperative Extension is here to help. Cooperative Extension is not just one agent, but we are team of several agents each with our own program strengths. So that might lead you to ask who I talk to. If you are unsure you can send your general questions with pictures if appropriate to *protected email* and our professional support team will make sure the question gets to the appropriate agent. Also please feel free to call if you want to use the now seemingly old fashioned way of contact at 919-542-8202.

Sam Groce

Samuel E. Groce
County Extension Director
Administration, Livestock & Forages, Community & Rural Development
Chatham County Center, NC Cooperative Extension
North Carolina State University
Post Office Box 279
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office 919-542-8202
webpage: http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/
e-mail: *protected email*

All electronic mail messages in connection with State business which are sent to or received by this account are subject to the NC Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties. Further information regarding public records can be found on the Office of General Counsel’s website: http://www.ncsu.edu/general_counsel/legal_topics/public_records.php

Eat a Rainbow at Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market in Pittsboro on Sept. 26

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:19

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:46:27 -0400
From: “Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market”
Subject: Eat a Rainbow at Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market!

This Saturday, September 26th, from 8am-1pm.

Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market is participating in Chatham County’s Eat A Rainbow Week!

Farmers will be providing free tasting samples of their produce representing all of the different colors of food found in a healthy – and delicious – diet!

We will also have a free prize raffle! Sign up for our mailing list and enter the raffle to win a basket of healthy-eating kitchen tools, recipes, and more!

We are also welcoming Boy Scout Troop 93, with their plant sale table, to market this week! They will be fundraising to support their troop and promote their annual plant sale coming up soon!

Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market is a grower/producer market located on the lawn of the Historic Chatham Mills building in Pittsboro, NC.

Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market
Come get fresh with our farmers!

Piedmont Health SeniorCare in Pittsboro seeking volunteers to teach crochet

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:05

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:24:51 +0000
From: Bobbie Wicker
Subject: PHSC seeking volunteers to teach crochet

Piedmont Health SeniorCare is a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly located in Pittsboro NC.  Within our adult day health program we provide meaningful activities that improve overall quality of life for our seniors.. We are seeking volunteers to come be a part of our activities.

Our participants have shown increased interest in crocheting and learning how to crochet. We are seeking volunteers that may be interested in leading a small group or working with individuals 1:1.

We are excited to have talented individuals come visit.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions. Thanks!

Bobbie Wicker, LRT/CTRS | Recreational Therapist, Piedmont Health SeniorCare
A Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Piedmont Health Services, Inc.
SeniorCare Pittsboro
163 Chatham Business Drive, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: 919-545-7337 etx. 2808
Fax: 919-545-7338
Email: *protected email*

Partisan Virginia Penley rambles on trying to make some kind of point

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 22:20

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:14:00 -0400
From: virginia penley
Subject: Some Clarification about Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is placing erroneous information on her website and Facebook page concerning her involvement in the Pittsboro Downtown Vision Plan that was presented to the Town of Pittsboro in June of 2014.

Pittsboro Roadhouse proprietor, Gregg Lewis, along with other local leaders helped to arrange the first meetings with the Pittsboro Business Association and Chatham Park early in 2014 to discuss securing the funds to ensure the approval of the Pittsboro Downtown Vision Plan, which needed participation from the NCDOT and the Town of Pittsboro.

General Tata came to a large meeting in Pittsboro after those initial meetings and where he committed to finding some of the funds to implement a downtown plan.

This was likely the first meeting Ms. Johnson attended concerning the plan. Chatham Park committed to fund the design at this meeting for NCDOT to utilize and the design which was later presented to the Town for approval.

Although Ms. Johnson should be commended for supporting an excellent Downtown Pittsboro Vision Plan, Ms. Johnson does not get credit nor can she imply credit for an outcome that has proven popular, but did not involve her in the initial meetings, the planning stages, or the approval by the appropriate authorities.

Hanks Chapel Revival Services start Sunday, Sept. 27

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 20:46

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 23:49:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: Bea O’Quinn
Subject: Hanks Chapel Revival Services

Fall Revival at Hanks Chapel UCC information follows. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us.

The Rev. David Cooper, pastor at South Fork Baptist Church in Todd, NC, will be our guest speaker Sunday evening through Wednesday . Following is the schedule with guest musicians indicated:

Sunday , Sept. 27 th – 10:00 am and at 6:00 pm, followed by refreshments. Redeemed Resonance at the evening service.

Monday , 28 th – 7:00 pm, with The Riverside Quartet.

Tuesday , 29 th – 7:00 pm, with Mitzi Brooks.

Wednesday , 30 th – 7:00 pm, with Sandy Creek, and refreshments following service.

Hanks Chapel is located at 190 Hanks Loop Road, approximately 4 miles east from the courthouse in Pittsboro, off Hanks Chapel Road.

Coming Up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse this weekend

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 09:23

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:49:22 -0400
From: “The Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store”
Subject: Coming Up at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

Hello Chatham County,

Here’s the week ahead.

Wednesday’s Specials and Events

Thursday Specials. Music by Acoustic Music Ed Davis.

Friday Specials. Music by The Holiday Band ($10) Fundraiser for the Northwood Women’s Basketball Team

Saturday Music by The Parsons (Americana / Folk / Bluegrass)

Monday’s Specials

Tuesday’s Specials. Music by Folk Singer / Songwriter Brien Barbour

October 3 ROOTZIE ($5)
October 4 – 10:30 Pittsboro Roadhouse Opens Every Sunday for Brunch
4PM CARE’s 40th Birthday Celebration ($) RSVP
October 6 Wake Up Wednesday’s After Hours Networking RSVP

We look forward to your next visit.

The Pittsboro Roadhouse
39 West St. Pittsboro, NC
*protected email*

Are the following statements about Pittsboro Town Council candidate Casey Mann true?

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 08:09

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:10:28 -0400
From: JeffA
Subject: Are the following statements about Casey Mann true?

1. Maryland native Casey Mann has only lived in Pittsboro since February. She has been a Pittsboro resident for less than a year.

2. Casey Mann lives in a house owned by Randy Voller.

3. Casey Mann drives a car owned by Randy Voller (Lot Voller’s old car).

4. Casey Mann works for a business owned by Randy Voller?

5. Casey Mann served (and some say failed) as executive director of the NC Democratic Party under Randy Voller.

Some may find it difficult to believe. Supposedly all of these statements are true. If all of these are true why are we not simply voting for Randy Voller?

BTW, what makes Casey Mann think she knows Pittsboro better than the people who have lived, raised their families and have been part of Pittsboro Community for years and years and years?

None of the other candidates have just parachuted in from out of town to run for the local town elections.

Many of the other candidates for Pittsboro Town Commission have exhibited way more frugality, energy and intelligence dealing with the long-term opportunities in Pittsboro than Casey ever has.

After all, Casey Mann has only lived in Pittsboro a few months and is pretty much the least qualified of all the candidates for the Pittsboro Town Commission.


Pittsboro Mayor and Town Council candidates forum’ tonight at 6 pm

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 07:05

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:39:03 +0000
From: Chairman Chatham County GOP
Subject: Pittsboro Mayor and Town Council candidate forum this Thursday

Learn more about the candidates who want to lead Pittsboro over the next four years. I encourage you to attend the candidate forum this Thursday hosted by the league of women voters. The forum will be held this Thursday September 24th in the Agriculture building located at 65 East Chatham Street from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Chairman Chatham County GOP

An opinion about Century Stink (that we so lovingly call them)

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:54

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:18:16 -0400
From: Bea Lee
Subject: Century Link DSL

I wanted to give my opinion about Century Stink (that we so lovingly call them)

we first moved to Chatham county almost 8yrs ago and had an aircard in the window for over a year and was told that DSL was coming soon.

we live 8miles west of town, so kind of out in the sticks.

As our neighborhood grew and more neighbors got frustrated with the lack of service, my next door neighbor really got the ball rolling! she was the squeaky wheel with Century Stink but they kept lying to her/us.

First they told us that they were getting Obama money, then later that they DID get that money but chose NOT to help us. Then they said to get a petition going with so many signatures, and she got that- that didn’t help either.

Then she found out that if you are within 2 miles of a school, who are required by law to have fast internet, that we can piggy back that and the edge of our neighborhood was just that- 2 miles away….. but that didn’t work much for them either.

Then she heard about a legislative meeting in Raleigh, that didn’t 100% pertain to us, but was more about Century Stink NOT wanting small towns to provide internet/dsl/fiber optics for their residents.

Once Century Stink found out that we were going to show up to this meeting and voice our opinion they PROMISED that we’d get DSL soon, but couldn’t provide a date.

So we were maybe 8-10 people who showed up and we also got to give some “speeches”

My neighbor had at that time a high school daughter who needed internet to do her homework and felt it would be discriminating if she got a lower grade just because of that or if mom had to take her to the library or McDonald’s every day just to do homework.

Another neighbor has an online business but has a really hard time doing it with the show internet (air card or satellite) and I used to work from home as well, but couldn’t do that here.

ALSO part of my speech, was HOW come the US is the most powerful country in the world and just because you live 8 miles away from a town you can’t get internet? even in North Korea they have fiber optics in the whole country!

After we said our peace and upset some of the BIG guys at Century Stink, we left and within a few months we got internet, though it kept getting delayed and there were also installation problems and problems with the routers etc.

The internet is fine for the most part, but after a storm, we have to reset the routers and I’ve had century stink guys out here more than a few times.

I still is tough that they are our only choice, so we have to do what they say and pay what they want for their services. And I feel bad for friends who are about 1 mile from me who don’t have internet and can’t get it still.

So I guess I’ll just say to keep being that squeaky wheel!

God Bless
Bea Lee

Not remembering . . .

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:17

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:29:27 -0400
From: “N.A. Booko”
Subject: Not remembering . . . .

It happened Sept. 19th 2000. I thought I would never forget that date.

Someone I had known and loved for forty three years died. How could I forget? For fifteen years now, something has happened to make me forget that date. I know I would have felt bad had I remembered, and feel bad two or three day later when I realize I had forgotten. Don’t know that had I remembered, if I could have coped.

Any annalists out there got a free answer?

N.A. Booko

N.A. Booko lives and writes in Chatham County

Cathy Holt finished her training to become a Celebrant

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:16

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:29:07 -0400
From: Cathy Holt
Subject: Ceremonies

Hello my Chatham neighbors,

I recently finished my training to become a Celebrant and am now certified to officiate at weddings, end of life celebrations, and all other rites of passage that are made more meaningful with ceremony! The first few ceremonies I’ve performed have gone really well. I hope that when you need a Celebrant in your life or know of someone who does, that you will think of me!

My website has been completely redone and now; in addition to yoga, it includes all the information about my new pursuit as a Celebrant as well a selection of my paintings and prints for purchase.

I hope that you’ll spend a few minutes exploring www.cathyholtyoga.com

Silk Hope Benefit BINGO tonight starts at 6:30 pm

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:08

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:56:58 -0400
From: Wanda Crawley
Subject: Benefit BINGO!

Silk Hope Benefit BINGO will be Thursday, September 17, 2015!
Doors open at 5:30
Early games start at 6:30
Regular games start about 7:15

Over $1,100.00 in prizes!!!

Benefit Bingo donates proceeds to local student scholarships, school supply requests and other community needs.

Please come out and help these worthy causes. Have fun-meet new friends and be a WINNER!!

Coming to the Ruritan Club Community Center for the 5th year-MISTLETOE MAGIC Christmas shopping event on November 14th from 10am to 4pm! More information in the Old Fashioned Day program book page 39. Email: *protected email*
Mark your calendar for a great day of Christmas shopping!!

Sep 27th: 8th Annual Amazing Pepper Festival! Twice as big this year!

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 07:05

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:24:12 -0400
From: Abundance Foundation
Subject: Sep 27th: 8th Annual Amazing Pepper Festival! Twice as big this year!

Dear Chathamites,

We have put together an amazing Pepper Festival for you this year! We have almost 50 Chefs, Brewers and Distilleries, tons of stuff for the kids to learn and do: Kids Pepperpalooza,
3 bands including The Stacks (they are a subset of the Avett Brothers), Awards, Kings and Queens and sweet connections….

Join us and check out the menu, activities, participants and get your tickets early to save $! http://pepperfestnc.org/

Abundance NC
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Pittsboro, NC 27312

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