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Pittsboro 1st Sunday Artisan Fair on Sunday, September 7

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 14:40

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:20:18 -0400
From: “iplaner@burrissamps.com”
Subject: PBO 1st Sunday Artisan Fair on 9.7.14

Hi Chatlisters,

We’re gearing up for your September PBO First Sunday Artisan Fair and want to invite you to join us from 12pm-4pm on 9.7.2014! Lots of great live music, artisans, kids activities, food, drink, shops, and in store events for you!

Details below:

(Hosted by the PBO Business Association)

1) BONFIRE FUGITIVES (Raleigh, NC) 1pm-3pm on the outside stage
2) ELIANA PLANER (Enloe High School) 3pm-4pm outside stage
3) JOSH JONES 2pm – 4pm at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts
4) GREGORY BLAINE 12pm-2pm at The Roadhouse and General Store
5) THE TAN AND SOBER GENTLEMEN 3pm-5pm at The City Tap

1) FREE TABLE SPACE for kids! (Art has to be their own creation, and they have to man their booths!)
2) SIDE WALK CHALK art drawing on Salisbury Street. Chalk will be provided by PITTSBORO TOYS.

1) Joyful Jewel: 1pm-3pm Artist Reception with: SHANNON BUEKER (Watercolor and Acrylic Painting with “By the Sea”) 4pm-5pm MARY ANN BUMBERA and ANORA McGAHA (Book Readings”Holding Sacred Space for Grief: Two Readings on Spiritual Healing)
2) Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts: 2pm-4pm Featured Artist Reception: QUINN HAWKESWORTH (Mixed Media) MICHAEL GALLAGHER (Furniture)
3) Starrlight Mead: Meadery Tours at 2pm and 4pm; Tastings from 1pm – 5pm
4) Vino!! Wine Shop: Tasting 12-5
5) Circle City Books & Music: Serving up free coffee and homemade cookies while you browse their books

1) The French Connection (eclectic art)
2) The Chatham Market Place (breakfast and lunch)
3) Starrlight Mead (tours and tasting)

Be sure and bring down your family and friends, there will plenty for adults and children to enjoy!!

Pittsboro First Sunday Coordinator


Chatham Marketplace offers a space for local artists to display their work in the cafe

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 14:35

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:07:54 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Marian Wall
Subject: Chatham Marketplace Artspace in the Cafe

Chatham Marketplace offers a space for local artists to display their work in our cafe. The artists are rotated on a monthly basis and the art gets exposure to most of the local community. This program has been well received by artists and by our customers.

If you are interested in displaying your work, please email marian@chathammarketplace.coop. We are now taking reservations for 2015 so please indicate what month you would like to hang your art work. This is on a first come, first serve basis and the calendar fills up quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.


Photo slideshow from Chatham County Ag Awareness Day

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:15

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:42:44 +0000
From: Debbie Roos
Subject: photo slideshow from Ag Awareness Day

Saturday’s Agriculture Awareness Day sponsored by the Chatham County Farm Bureau in partnership with Chatham County Cooperative Extension and Central Carolina Community College was a success!

View a photo slideshow on Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/2014-ag-aware-day

Have a great week!


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


So someone has TWO dogs running around loose without name tags.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:19

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:52:09 -0400
From: “Elliot M. Cramer”
Subject: Inept dog owners

Re: Found: 2 Adult Male German Shepards on 15-501 near Cole Park Plaza

So someone has TWO dogs running around loose without name tags. You can buy them for $1 at the Orange County Animal Shelter. FOCAS offered to buy 100 for the Chatham Shelter but there was no interest



FCC Seeks Comments on many aspects of Broadband Deployment

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:17

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:47:39 -0400
From: Marian Norton
Subject: FCC Seeks Comments on many aspects of Broadband Deployment

TENTH BROADBAND PROGRESS NOTICE OF INQUIRYAdopted:August 1, 2014Released: August 5, 2014Comment Date:September 4, 2014 Reply Comment Date: September 19, 2014


In the above (rather lengthy) document the FCC asks for comments on many aspects of Broadband including deployment, quality, speed, adoption, affordability, accuracy of mapping of unserved areas etc. This is an opportune time for Chatham residents, property owners, and business owners to again let the FCC know the state of broadband in our area and what our needs are. Please note the short filing time.

One satellite user from New York has already left his comments. You can look over it at: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7521751731

I don’t intend myself to address all of the questions raised in the document ( I will be commenting on #33, mapping, and a few others. Note on #33 that SBI is state mapping and NTIA is the National Broadband Map), but I hope with the variety of interests and expertise in the county and the vast audience of computer users reached by the Chatlist that we can provide the FCC with a rounded picture of the needs here, along with some ideas on what can be done to hasten further deployment of broadband here.

Comments can be made for 14-126 at this link: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=wkrfm

Please if you will, make a comment.
Marian Norton
Info also on Facebook–Broadband for Chatham


ZamBamBooGee gig @ Bynum Front Porch this Friday benefits vandalized bus

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:16

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:19:46 -0400
From: “Lisa Neal”
Subject: ZamBamBooGee gig @ Bynum Front Porch this Friday benefits vandalized bus

Hey Everybody,

Put on your dancing shoes! Have fun while helping a worthy cause! The ZamBamBooGee band is sharing its proceeds from this coming Friday’s performance at the Bynum Front Porch to help repair Bertha the Bus, which was damaged and made inoperable by vandals and which is used by Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company to bring people to explore the beauty of the river. This is the last show of the year in the Bynum Front Porch Friday Music Series, so don’t miss it!

The event takes place rain or shine from 7 to 9 p.m. on August 29 at the old Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, 27228. The website of the non-profit Bynum Front Porch suggests a pass-the-hat donation of $5 to $8 for these Friday night events, to support the music series and the performers. This time your donation supports “Bringing Bertha Back” as well, so any extra help is deeply appreciated. No one is turned away for lack of funds. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. Please leave your pets at home. Feel free to bring your coolers. Vendor foods include Barney’s Famous Hot Dogs and Snacks, Little Dippers Italian Ice, cool drinks and tasty treats.

On May 30-31st this year there was a rash of vandalism at the State Park recreation area in Bynum by the Old Bynum Bridge. The community was saddened by this senseless act in an area where so many folks love to walk, tube, swim, kayak and canoe. Particularly sad was the damage done to Bertha the Bus, which was not covered by insurance. We invite our loving community to join us as we dance the night away and help out our neighbor and good friend. See you there!

For more information see www.zambamboogee.com and www.bynumfrontporch.org .


Woods Charter School welcomes new teachers

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:14

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:17:53 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Woods Charter School welcomes new teachers

Woods Charter School kicks off the new school year with several new teachers. New teachers include Erin Collins, Summer Delciotto, Dena Floyd, Aimee Haygood, Ketie Lewis, Misty Peeler, Julie Rosen, and John Sheridan

Read the entire story at



Last Week’s Hottest Chatham Online Bulletin Board Topics – Week of August 17, 2014

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:10

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:48:26 -0400
From: Gene
Subject: Last Week’s Hottest Chatham Online Bulletin Board Topics

1. Warning: Crazy Cat Lady and her minions on the prowl again!!! (Read 5983 times) at


2. Art means Business (Read 3794 times) at


3. Living in a firearms friendly community like Chatham County (Read 3123 times) at


4. New owners of Cole Park Plaza plan to upgrade facilities & add McDonald’s (Read 2714 times) at


5. Larry Meadows is running for Chatham County Sheriff (Read 1332 times) at


6. 4 Pinocchios! Sally Kost is caught lying once again! (Read 930 times) at


7. Jeff Starkweather’s whiny liberal puppets just don’t get it (Read 928 times) at


8. Promises made – promises kept (Read 646 times) at


9. CJ – Chatham residents should verify county tax rate on vehicle registrations (Read 548 times) at


10. Businesses going in by the UNC Physicians’ Building on 15-501 (Read 513 times) at


11. Who do you trust with the Chatham Megasite? (Read 476 times) at


12. Liberal activist Democrats attend fundraiser for Hales, Crawford and Howard (Read 474 times) at


13. New Jobs In Siler City (Read 473 times) at


14. Chatham Arts Council has become fundraising arm of Chatham County liberals (Read 353 times) at


15. Penley’s ghostwriter basing election choice on the empty bus to nowhere (Read 298 times) at



Cathy Holt is celebrating the 15 anniversary of offering 6 yoga classes a week

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:07

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:39:47 -0400
From: Cathy Holt
Subject: Celebrating the 15 anniversary of offering 6 yoga classes a week

Hello Chatlisters,

I’m celebrating the 15 anniversary of offering 6 yoga classes a week near downtown Pittsboro. It has developed into a wonderful, heartfelt, community gathering space.Through breathing, meditation, movement and relaxation exercises, yoga joins body, mind, and spirit into a balanced whole. It can really be transformative, and I teach various level classes. The Chatlist survey showed the studio to be the favorite of Chatham County! Sometimes I have a wait-list to be able to register for a class, and occasionally I have a spot open where you can begin right away.

I hope you’ll take a look at the testimonial page of my web-site below and there are lots of pictures and information on my site.

The yoga classes nurture our need to awaken and to develop our human potential in a non-competitive environment. Almost immediately, your body responds and feels better, as yogas cleansing action begins to rid your body of toxins and your mind of any negativity. This brings your body into a state that is receptive for healing. The poses activate and stimulate your circulation, digestion, elimination, the nervous system and the endocrine system. It is a slow, practical, thoughtful system for improving life.
Come join us sometime soon!

For more information call:
919-542-4103 or write choltyoga@embarqmail.com or go to my web-site address below.
Be well,


Chatham County Dems and Republicans agree on major issue

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:02

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:35:19 -0400
From: Fact Guy
Subject: Chatham Dems and Republicans agree on major issue

We have ample evidence that John Graybeal and Jeffrey Starkweather are in charge of leading the opposition against the conservative commissioners. Graybeal and Starkweather will continue to write letters (for others to sign) with misleading talking points in the hopes of confusing us.

Let’s look at the facts based on actions and meeting minutes.

This group says they want commissioners who will support our towns. The facts confirm that we already have that. Here are just a few of the ways the county has been supporting municipalities. Have any of these folks asked our town elected officials what they think of the commissioners?


In 2012 the town needed to replace waterlines under Hillsboro St. to improve the water system for the town. They could not afford to complete the project so they asked the county to help. According the the minutes of the May 2012 meeting here is the result of that request:

*”The Chatham County Board of Commissioners further agrees to provide financial **support for the Hillsboro Street Transmission Line Project by appropriating an additional **$223,432.50 as a direct contribution to the Hillsboro Street Transmission Line Project **budget”*


The town has begun construction on a wastewater line critical to the future of Goldston. The town cannot afford the project without assistance from the county. The mayor asked the county for help. According to the minutes of the meeting in 2012 when the request was made, here is the result:

*”The County agrees:*

*a) To pay to the Town an annual payment of $126,000.00 (the “Annual **Payments†) to be used by the Town as herein provided. Such payment shall be made after **written notice from the Town and not later than 30 days prior to the due date of the annual debt **service payment financing the Town’s Wastewater Collection System Project”*

*Siler City:*

In order to achieve the certification for the siler mega site, hundreds of thousands of dollars needed be invested in site readiness, including over $1 million in engineering studies. The Town could not afford that and the effort would have stalled without help from the county. The county agreed to sell unused property in the Siler City industrial park and use the proceeds to pay for the engineering work. Because of that, the site is now certified. Even the most conservative estimates say this will create 3000 – 5000 jobs and add over $1 billion in capital investment.

If Penley, Starkweather, Graybeal et. al really want what they say the want, they will vote to reelect commissioners Petty, Stewart, and Bock.


Free “Unwind Your Mind” Clinic at Duke Center for Living at Fearrington on August 27th at 1pm

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:07

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:58:25 -0400
From: Janeen McDonald
Subject: Free Clinic at DCFL – August 27th, 1pm

Unwind Your Mind – Wednesday, August 27th, 1pm

Join us as we explore a few simple techniques to center your thoughts, calm your worries, and boost self-confidence anytime and anywhere.

DCFL Fitness Clinics are 30-minute informative sessions on a wide range of health and fitness-related topics. Space is limited – registration is required. Call DCFL at 919-545-2133 or stop by our Member Services Desk to register. These clinics are free and open to everyone, so register with a friend!

Duke Center for Living at Fearrington Health and Fitness Center is conveniently located on the Galloway Ridge campus at 100 Clynelish Close, just south of Fearrington Village on 15/501 in Pittsboro.


If you are in the mood for good Italian food, check out the Chatham Italian Kitchen in Siler City

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:16

Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:56:23 -0700
From: Ben McGraw
Subject: Chatham Italian Kitchen

Hi All,

If you are in the mood for good Italian food, check out the Chatham Italian Kitchen in Siler City!

My family had dinner there last night. The food was great, the owner and his family were very nice and it was overall a great experience.

Here is a link to their Facebook page:



Free Class on Fire Ant Control at Chatham Extension Center in Pittsboro on September 4

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:11

Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:37:04 +0000
From: Charlotte Glen
Subject: Free Class on Fire Ant Control, Sept. 4

Taking the Fire Out of Fire Ants
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Chatham Extension Center, 65 East Chatham St., Pittsboro

“Taking the Fire Out of Fire Ants” is a free program offered by Chatham County Cooperative Extension on Thursday, September 4, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Chatham Extension center in Pittsboro. Taught by Extension horticulture agent, Charlotte Glen, and Chatham County Extension Director, Sam Groce, the program will cover effective strategies for managing fire ants in lawns, parks, plant nurseries, farmland and pastures. Neither Glen nor Groce promise that fire ants can be eliminated. Their presentation will focus on understanding life within a fire ant mound and using the ants’ habits to our advantage. Several fire ant control products will be discussed, including those with organic active ingredients.

Home gardeners, farmers, landscapers, grounds managers, and county residents are encouraged to attend. 2 hours pesticide recertification credits in subclasses G, H, K, L, N, O, D and X will be available for certified pesticide applicators. Call 919-542-8202 or email extension.programs@chathamnc.org to register.


Education is a core commitment for Brian Bock, Pam Stewart, & Walter Petty

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:46

Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:55:53 -0400
From: Muddylaces
Subject: Education is a core commitment for Bock, Stewart, Petty

“The Republican majority on the Bd. of Commissioners does not appear to be a fan of public schools, and they have consistently squeezed the annual budget.” -Candidate Hales IW-4/30/2014

Candidate Hales has had trouble seeing reality looking through her partisan tinted glasses in the past.


The above quote is another example of not believing her lying eyes. She wants you to believe that the conservative candidates have done nothing but cut the school budget over the last 4 years. This could not be further from the truth. The board of education came to them with a funding request. It was rejected and INCREASED by $700k. Chatham spends more per student than 95 other NC counties. This board has a strong working relationship with the school board. In fact, the current board of commissioners was nominated unanimously by the BOE to receive a statewide award for continued support of k-12 schools.

“If elected, I would: First, increase teacher supplement pay to retain our teachers.” -Candidate Hales IW-4/30/2014

This is a good idea! BOCK-STEWART-PETTY already did it. It is refreshing that the liberal candidate is endorsing the conservative commissioner’s policies.
“Despite several tough economic years, Chatham County continued to boost its funding of schools. Increased funding for school operations increased more than 20% over the last 4 years. This helped offset education budget cuts at the state level and provided a 2% increase in supplements for teachers and teacher aids.”




The truth about arts funding in Chatham County, NC

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:40

Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:07:15 -0400
From: Heather Johnson
Subject: response to Cathy Holt re: Arts funding in Chatham County

I can appreciate that there is frustration that the Arts Council is not government funded. It’s just that Bock Stewart Petty campaigned and have governed on three guiding priorities: Public Safety, Education and Public Health. The Commissioners chose to fund a new Women’s Shelter because our women and children in danger in Chatham County need a safe place to live when they are in crisis. We also needed to fund teachers in Chatham County. Did you know that Chatham County is the only county in the state to locally fund teachers due to shortfalls coming down from the state and federal government? If the commissioners didn’t have strict priorities we wouldn’t have this funding and our students would lose out. Education would suffer.

Do you know that when the Arts Council funding was addressed by our Chatham County Commissioners, Brian Bock was the first Commissioner to personally show his support for our local artists by committing to give a $200.00 from his own pocket to them? To which all other 4 commissioners followed suit. So to suggest that they don’t support Arts in Chatham just isn’t true.

The County Commissioners currently allocate $250,000 to the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation. It is a very diverse board and they have full discretion on the use of those funds. The Arts Council keeps making the case (and I agree with them!) that Arts are an economic driver for our county to include tourism and artists businesses alike. Then why aren’t they applying for funding through the EDC?

Why not? If they did, and if the board agreed that it would be a good use of ED funds, then some would be allocated. Instead the arts organizations ave focused on requesting money through the non-profit grant procedure.

The commissioners have struggled to meet the requests by non-profits who focus on education, housing, and feeding those most in need – this approach to governance is totally in line with their stated priorities. They have stated that they cannot justify taking money away from these other non-profits to give to the arts which by their admission is an economic development activity not a housing, hunger or education issue.

I hope this helps to clarify why keeping Bock Stewart and Petty for another four years is good for Chatham County.

Heather Johnson


Circle Leader Training could be the right answer for you

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:28

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:13:30 -0400
From: Morlene Steenbergen
Subject: Circle Leader Training

Circle Leader Training: The first step toward the life you want for yourself

If you want to build a more secure future for yourself and your family, and you’re ready to take the next step,

Circle Leader Training could be the right answer for you.

*It’s free — and it works.*

In Circles, you will work hard, develop a larger community of friends you can rely on, and build positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect.

If you become a Circle Leader, here’s what you can expect.

Circle Leader Training includes two types of meetings.

You’ll be involved in group classes, which start with dinner and conversations, then move on to workshops where you will learn more about yourself, what you want out of life, and what you can do to reach your goals. If you have kids, they will be part of our Children’s Circle, which includes dinner and activities that will help them develop their talents, make new friends, and build their self-confidence.

*During the 12 weeks, you will be matched with 2-3 people — called Allies — who will be there for you while you are working toward your goals.

You also will have individual meetings, where you and your Allies work on your goals at a place and time that’s best for you.

*Circle Leader Training is offered as a 12-week class.*

*1.Resources and SMART Goals 2.Life, Jobs, and Budgets* * 3.Expectations and Leadership*

After you finish all 12 weeks, you can choose to become a Circle Leader. That’s when you and your Allies make the commitment to work together for the next 12 months or until you reach your goals.

After completion: You and your allies continue to work together at least a few times a month at your convenience. Weekly Circles Community Meeting provides ongoing support for working towards achieving your goals.

To apply go to this website—Ã http://www.circleschatham.org/application.html

You can print the application, fill it out, and mail it in OR you can just apply online.

Contact info:
Circles Chatham,
11098 U.S. Highway 15-501 N.,
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
John Moore —–> jcmoore189@embarqmail.com


A Simple Control for Fire Ants in Chatham

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:45

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:40:09 -0400
From: George
Subject: A Simple Control for Fire Ants in Chatham

Chatham County Extension announced today that they will hold a fire ant “management” program soon in response to calls from throughout the piedmont area, including Chatham County. See http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=19&recordid=5226 .

In an NPR interview, myrmecologist and wise man of biology E.O. Wilson, a Harvard and Duke prof, recommends using boiling water for fire ant colonies. He was reluctant to speak about any method of killing them because he loves ants, even fire ants. However he recognizes that most folks are not as tolerant as he is and wishes them to use the least ecologically destructive method that is effective in controlling fire ants.

Here is a link that contains, among other methods, the boiling water method:


To quote from that website:

“To use boiling water as a method, start with a sunny, cool day, preferably in the spring or fall when the ants are most active. Pour about 3 gallons of truly boiling water slowly over the mound. Some ants can survive up to 14 days underwater, so the key word here is boiling. The ants die from being scorched, not drowned. But be careful not to scald yourself! Try to collapse as much of the mound as possible while pouring. The ants, their larvae, and their stored food are all scalded and dead within seconds.”

Recalling the E.O. Wilson interview, Wilson notes that extreme cold (<16°F) will kill fire ant colonies. So it is surprising to hear that we have a problem this summer after the polar vortexes of last winter. Wilson further says that colonies in warm habitats such as those near vents and along foundations may survive harsh weather. It is these colonies that are sources for the spread of fire ants in climates where they would not otherwise survive.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_imported_fire_ant#Physical_methods

Ants are fascinating, don’t hate, appreciate!



The mare is back

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 17:43

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:53:26 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Dr. Gregg”
Subject: My mare is back! !

She was initially gone for days, then she’d return more often and I’d feed her generously, scrub her wounds, brush where she’d slept. Next step was coming home for food – again, delighted to see her, scrubbed the wounds, hosed the swelling, brushed her. She was put in her paddock – she’d blow through as soon as she’d finished the hay.

Then, the serious fence fixing began. She’d been in that paddock for years and now she’s very twitchy. The fence was fixed daily, better, stronger, with streamers so she could see the hot part. After too many days of that, she has stayed in her paddock for 3 days in a row, now. And I have finally slept a full night. Think pure thoughts for her, to relax. Boy, I hope I didn’t just jinx it.

I’d like to thank all the individuals who gave me good ideas and inspiration. Finally, I’d like to thank all my neighbors. Their beautiful green lawns now have hoof prints in them. They never complained but called me when they saw her. Thank you so very much. You guys are the best!!

People with prey animals note: the predators didn’t get this one.

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


Video of the Chatham veggie stand feeding catfish

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 16:40

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:05:52 -0400 (EDT)
From: deloispopp
Subject: veggie stand video feeding catfish

Thanks to Kerry who sent this video which I was not aware of. The Tarheel Traveler stopped by the Webster Family Farm and filmed this. It is quite interesting. Worth watching. Enjoy…



Liberal candidate for County Commissioner uses Chatham Arts Council as a fundraiser to bash existing commissioners

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 15:31

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:29 -0400
From: Taylor Kish
Subject: Chatham Arts Council

So let’s look at a local non-profit as a teach-able moment. I realize we are looking at a cherished gem of local people who love art. We all love art.

County taxpayer grants are one-time gifts (in a good economy). They are NOT intended to be a permanent source of funding.

I have a problem with a Democrat candidate for County Commissioner using the Arts Council as a fundraiser to bash some existing commissioners. That is dividing us, NOT bringing us all together. That is spinning one fact into a story of hating Republicans to win an election. Did the democrat candidate recommend we all contribute to the Chatham Arts Council OR election campaign?

CAC receives funding from many donors like Progress Energy. Lots of people support the arts. What percentage of the CAC’s annual budget was affected without another grant from Chatham taxpayers? The candidate did not say. Should we REQUIRE ALL taxpayers to support the arts? Sure. Why not? IF we have money in the budget to spare. Like when REAL unemployment is below 5%. And families are moving from welfare to work. And Medicaid roles start shrinking instead of increasing. And FEWER people are receiving Food Stamps. Chatham County’s budget is being squeezed by social welfare program increases that are mandated by state and federal law.

In reality, previous grants from Chatham taxpayers were not that much. A good Executive Director of ANY non-profit could replace that money with other donors in no time at all. Do you think the Arts Council is on the verge of closing down because they now lack a small taxpayer grant?

The democrat candidate was pandering as a campaign strategy and fundraising.


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