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Notes from the Monday, December 1, 2014 Chatham County school board meeting

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:03

Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:34:50 -0500
From: Mia Munn
Subject: My notes from the Monday December 1, 2014 school board meeting

Agenda with files

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/group_pages.phtml?gid=3618610&nid=468880&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

Meeting started shortly after 4pm. Several community members were attendance for the swearing in of new members. Angela Millsaps and myself were there for the whole meeting.

Judge Beverly Scarlett swore in Jane Allen Wilson, Gary Leonard, and Del Turner.

Reorganization. Del Turner nominated Gary Leonard as chair. There were no other nominations and he was accepted by acclamation. Del Turner nominated Jane Allen Wilson as vice chair. There were no other nominations and she was accepted by acclamation.

Public comment was made by a Northwood junior, Hunter Koch. She had previously sent an email to a number of people. She was unable to read her entire comments from the email (with some updated numbers) because of the 3 minute time limit for public comment, but here is the entire text:

Northwood High School’s current enrollment is approximately 1,300 students. The original building was established in 1973 and went through additions of mobile classrooms within the last decade and an arts wing expansion in 2010.

The arts program, which includes fine arts, dance, theatre, vocals, marching band, jazz band and performance band, utilizes an auditorium that cannot hold one half of the school.

The auditorium at Northwood High School has a capacity of 600.

Northwood has received twice The John F. Kennedy Center School of Excellence Award, of one of the most prestigious calibers and given to only five schools in North Carolina. Northwood was one of only two high schools to receive this honor. Art teacher Leslie Burwell had over four hundred students sign up to take her Beginning Arts class last school year—she was booked with overcrowded arts classes, some of which had 37 students. There was a shortage of stools for students to sit on, materials to use, and Burwell’s time. She also taught a small honors arts course during her planning period.

The student to faculty ratio, according to the last count in 2014, was 17:1.

This school year, she has her small office to use during her planning period as there is another teacher—a “floating teacher†holding class. This is due to the fact that Northwood does not contain enough rooms to teach students in.

The lunchroom is used by approximately 150 students during four separate 25-minute lunches. A number of students at Northwood buy lunch from the cafeteria every day and have to stand in a ten to twenty minute line to do so. By the time lunch is over, some students have not consumed their food.

The lunchroom had to be expanded previously, but now the capacity is capped at 428.

There are approximately 300 students in the current freshman class alone, and predictions have the school growing and being forced to support even more students than it is now.

The hallways don’t fit enough people. There are seven minutes to get to our classes and in the bus lobby, an expanse of open space, five or six minutes is spent attempting to make a path through the throngs of people packed shoulder to shoulder. Students have been stuck in the bus lobby for the full seven minutes on multiple occasions.

The library can fit a maximum of 100 people comfortably, although there are, on most mornings, double that trying to use the space as a quiet study spot or to print assignments and check out books. There are not enough chairs, tables, or floor space to accommodate the volume of students wishing to study. For that reason, it becomes crowded, loud, bustling, and busy in a matter of mere minutes.

The student parking lots continue to be a problem for students whom drive themselves and their siblings to school. There is a main paved lot, a secondary, smaller lot reserved for seniors, and two makeshift gravel lots for students to park. Nevertheless, there is always a shortage of spaces and a lengthy waiting list for parking passes, even with 40 new spaces added at the beginning of this school year.

Class size continues to grow at our school. In extremely crowded classes, there can be numbers upwards of 35. Some faculty members teach extremely high volumes of students in order to satisfy the needs of the curriculum and large enrollment at the school. Roddy Story, a social studies teacher, taught 110 combined students in his classes last school year.

So what is the problem? The auditorium is too small. The lunchroom is too small, the hallways are too small, the library is too small, the parking lots are too small, *our school is too small. *Northwood High School has *never *seen this many students, not in 41 years of existence, and Chatham County is only expanding in size and population. Projected numbers have 60,000 people moving to the area in the next 40 years.

The problem is *no one will listen to us. *Northwood’s Student Council spends 30 to 45 minutes, on average, at each meeting discussing the topic of capacity. Who will listen to us? Who do we have to talk to? Who must we write? What must we say?

*Before something is done. *At what point does someone step up and raise their voice, crying out for the students who don’t have time to eat? For the ones who are turned away from the library at 7:30 am and have to sit in the hallway to study? For the art students that must draw on their lap, or fight for a chair to sit in?

If not now, when? If not now, when will the health and well being of Chatham County’s students be put in the spotlight? Why can’t we care about the students of Northwood High School? Why is it that some people at my school spend seven minutes getting through 3 square feet of space and we have to have 4 separate assemblies because we can’t fit in our auditorium and why is it okay for our school to be ranked #3 in the state of North Carolina and #6 nationally but still have math classes in a mobile trailer? Why is it acceptable to send a Morehead Cain Scholar to UNC-Chapel Hill but have kids that don’t eat their lunch because by the time they’ve made it through the massive line, 25 minutes is up?

When will things change? That’s what I’m asking for. That is why I am at this meeting, speaking for everyone who attends my school. We may be small by some standards, or microscopic by others. We *need help. *We need money, we need teachers, classes, space, buildings, classrooms, and we need it now. If there is not a new high school built in the next couple years, please help this one. There is a student every day at our school that does not receive the attention needed to succeed because their class is too big or the library simply too small.

You, you the human listening in this room tonight, have been chosen. You have been elected to represent the people that have a voice. You swore an oath to perform your job to the best of your abilities, to say what is needed to be said and work for the betterment of tomorrow. The students of Northwood High School are desperately reaching out to you, for your help and aid to make sure no student goes unnoticed in their struggle and journey to receive an education.

Bring attention to our issues. Contact the people who can make a difference, *be *the difference. There is no time more valuable than right now.

Thank you for your attention and action.

Recognitions – Dr. Jordan thanked Karen Jordan (who was sworn in to the county commissioners after the break in the school board meeting below). Karen Jordan said she originally ran for school board to help her kids, but realized that she wanted the same things for all kids in the district. She thanked the great school district staff.

Barb Chapman from the NC School Board Association (had been the trainer for the CCS board last year) presented a special award to the board for exemplary training. Ed Dunlap, the chair, does not normally send a representative to present the plaque in person. All (four) board members were recognized at the state meeting for completing 12 hours of training last year. The board’s admin assistant (Sheila Talley) was also recognized. The CCS board is the only board in the state to receive level 3 training, and Dr. Chapman could only remember one other board earning that level since 2006.

The new cleaning contractor, Unifirst, presented the first (of five) clean schools award of the year to the janitorial staff at Pollard Middle School.

2013/14 Audit report

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2394738/3618610/File/2014-2015%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/2014-12-01%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/CCS%202014%20Final%20Required%20Auditor%20Communications.pdf?43b53f&43b53f&fc11bf&fc11bf&fc11bf&fc11bf&3292b0&3292b0&3292b0&ec4abd&ec4abd&ec4abd&1c577a&1c577a&1c577a&1c577a&1c577a&bb80e7&49d4d5&7ce171&14ed26&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

The auditor presented the audit report for last school year. There were no issues of any kind with any fund. The fund balance decreased $1.3M, ending at $6M. This is consistent with what has happened in many other districts. The child nutrition program ended with $1.2M fund balance. Dr. Jordan recognized the excellence work of the finance department.

Financial statements

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2394738/3618610/File/2014-2015%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/2014-12-01%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/CCS%202014%20Final%20Financial%20Statements.pdf?43b53f&43b53f&fc11bf&fc11bf&fc11bf&fc11bf&3292b0&3292b0&3292b0&ec4abd&ec4abd&ec4abd&1c577a&1c577a&1c577a&1c577a&1c577a&bb80e7&49d4d5&7ce171&14ed26&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

Resolution Supporting Local Control of School Calendars

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2394738/3618610/File/2012-12-03%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/Resolution%20on%20Local%20School%20Calendar%20Authority.pdf?1c577a&bb80e7&49d4d5&7ce171&14ed26&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

The board approved the resolution 5-0.

The meeting recess for an hour to allow the board and administrators to attend the swearing in of Karen Howard as a county commissioner. When the meeting reopened, there were only 4 members (the application process to fill Karen Howard seat is open until noon of Friday, December 19, 2014).

Resolution regarding state proposal to assign letter grades to each public school

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2394738/3618610/File/2012-12-03%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/Resolution%20Regarding%20State%20Proposal%20to%20Assign%20Letter%20Grades%20%28December%2C%202014%29.pdf?bb80e7&49d4d5&7ce171&14ed26&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

Dr. Jordan said the state accountability program that will assign letter grades to schools and districts is flawed and the impact hasn’t been studied. The letter grades will provide misleading evidence to indict the effectiveness of public education. The program will weight student growth 20% and performance 80%. During the development the ratio was reversed (80% on student growth). The grades won’t be released until February. Accountability is good, but it needs to account for variables. A number of boards have adopted this resolution (attorney said recently Durham, Pender, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro). Dr. Jordan said he hadn’t heard of any district board’s supporting the program. David Hamm asked how many districts were supporting, because it will have less impact if not nearly unanimous. Dr. Jordan didn’t know. School boards should not be partisan, but this issue is. Some boards may not take a stand either way. Gary Leonard said the issue is the % split, not accountability. Teachers are evaluated on student growth. The resolution was approved 4-0.

Emergency Epi-pen Policy

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/

2394738/3618610/File/2014-2015%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/2014-12-01%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/5024-6127-7266%20Emergency%20Epineprhine%20Auto-Injector%20Devices.pdf?14ed26&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

State has required every school to keep two epi-pens for emergency use. The policy is taken directly from the NC School Boards Association recommendation. The school system will get the prescriptions for the epi-pens from the county health department. The state is paying for this year. The pens are good for one year, so next year, the districts will have to pay, at a cost of $109 per school per year ($1,893 for the district per year). All staff will be trained on recognizing anaphylactic shock, and two people in each school will be trained to administer the injection. Each school will have a plan for this emergency. David Hamm asked if this would be added to the substitute teacher training, and it will be. Approved 4-0.

Waiver of Facility rental fees

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2394738/3618610/File/2014-2015%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/2014-12-01%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/Agenda%20Item%20form%20-%20Waiver%20of%20Facility%20Rental%20Fees%2012-01-14.pdf?49d4d5&7ce171&14ed26&sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

For the county Council of Churches to JM auditorium for the MLK day celebration. Approved 4-0.

County Heads up document on the 2015/16 budget

http://board-of-education.district.chatham.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2394738/3618610/File/2014-2015%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/2014-12-01%20Board%20Meeting%20Files/Heads%20Up%20Document%20for%20County%202015-2016-Final.pdf?sessionid=04e715066ad5141f39e1f861d74b1bfb

The county funding has not kept up with the school system growth. Per pupil funding has decreased 138.83 since 2010-2011. This represents $1,291,119 for the current school year population. This includes charter school students (since local per pupil funding is sent to charter schools based on the school’s student population from the county). This year there are 898 charter students from Chatham County. The district expects to ask for a total increase of $2.83M for next school year. This will cover:

Affordable Care Act payments for part-time employees ($50k – 9 employees met the threshold this year before the board put a cap on hours in place – there can be exceptions to the cap for things like long-term subs).

Changes to eRate funds for technology. If the district has <50% students eligible for Free and reduced lunch (currently 49.44%) then the county would need $137K (91k if >50%)

Restoring World Languages at the middle school ($435K) – 330K for 6 teachers and 105K for materials. (daily classes; eventually students could earn credit for HS language course in middle school)

Drivers Ed (no longer funded by the state next year) 175K

Increased funds to charters (due to increased per pupil funding) $90K

Local supplement increases for teachers and classified staff (increase at 5year increments) $875K (supplement is in the middle of the adjacent districts. Some districts use a % of salary, so state salary increases also increase the local supplement. May be asking for additional increases in future years. Additional $250 for each 5 years experience for teachers and $100 for classified staff.

Unfunded (understated in previous budget requests) local supplements $356K

David Hamm said he was glad that the budget includes the performance plan put in place for this school year. (original posted version did not have this included). Dr. Jordan said the district didn’t want to tell the commissioners how to fund the additional needs. They may come back and say they need to eliminate the performance pay program ($700K). The board may also need to discuss the performance pay program. The state is asking each district to propose a plan, but the state is stressing performance, not growth like our local plan. (No other district has a local performance plan this year.) The performance pay checks will go out before the break. All 17 schools receive them. (More difficult to calculate than expected, due to teachers split between schools.) Forecasted that only half of the schools would meet or exceed growth expectations. David Hamm said he understands the importance of World Languages, but the K-3 teachers are dying trying to do all of the required testing. They need relief. District cut TAs to handle state budget cuts, then there were state cuts to TAs. (fortunately no one had to be fired due to retirements). Need to look at how to help. Dr. Jordan said that TAs won’t help with testing, since teachers have to do the testing. Approved doc 4-0

Dr Jordan asked board members to send the chair items they would like to discuss at the January retreat, which will be held at the courthouse.

The board adjourned to closed session at 6:40 pm

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

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Pittsboro Youth Theater will perform in two showings of “Fables and Folk Tales” on Dec. 14

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:56

Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:52:28 -0500
From: Tam Matthews
Subject: The Pittsboro Youth Theater and Community House Fundraiser

The Pittsboro Youth Theater will perform in two showings of “Fables and Folk Tales” at 2pm and 7pm at the Pittsboro Kiwanis Club building at 309 Credle St. in Pittsboro on Sunday, December 14th.

Seating is limited and tickets may not be available at the door if they all sell ahead of time. The 2:00 show is almost sold out!!!! The 7:00 show still has plenty of seats but they are going fast too. Visit pytensemble.squarespace.com for more information, to buy performance tickets or make a donation to the Pittsboro Community House Fundraiser..

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Cane Creek Farms is at Frosty’s now

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:53

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:42:35 +0000 (UTC)
From: Bobby Kirk
Subject: Great for Deer sausage.

Cane Creek Farms is at Frosty’s Now and has lots of Pork Fat from their pasture raised Mulefoot hogs. Great for Deer sausage.

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Thoughts about contractors

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:51

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:45:21 -0500
From: Al Cooke
Subject: Mitsubishi split mini systems

Monda Welch,

We had Mitsubishi mini-splits installed last year by Chatham Heating & Air Conditioning (919.542.5319). We were pleased with the system and, more to the point, pleased with the company and their work. I think it took them 2 days (maybe 3?) to install two outdoor units and the 3 indoor units they run. I would recommend them.

On the chance that this is one of the 5 companies you have already contacted, here are some further thoughts that may or may not be applicable:

– leaving a message does not imply a completed communication. Many times I have listened to messages where the speaker ran through a name or number so quickly I could never get it. Many other things can go wrong when leaving a message – system fails, children forget to pass along the message, accidental deletion. Call again?

– my knee-jerk reaction for the other two is that there is no good excuse for failure to follow up. On reflection, people have physical/medical emergencies, family members die or need immediate attention, and various other things take significant precedence. These types of things are much more significant for small local businesses (that may hinge on one person) than for larger corporations. The first business we dealt with for the mini-splits took several days before calling back to report difficulty with determining the size of system needed; apparently there were some issues with our house that don’t fit the “standards.” He continued until I called to tell him we had contracted with CH&AC. The first business comes highly recommended via the Chatlist. Apparently CH&AC had more experience and familiarity with the mini-splits. They were on it quickly. It may be that other companies you have called are less familiar with this equipment.

– some decades ago there was a client I failed to call back due to what I considered a condescending attitude. I didn’t intend to not call back. I could just never persuade myself to do it now. On reflection, I suspect she was just acting/speaking in a way people in another part of the world act that I wasn’t accustomed to. Or maybe I was just young and arrogant. My mistake.

– yes, sometimes small businesses have so much going on that taking time to call a “bird in the bush” is not fair to the clients they have ongoing commitments to. It’s a “good problem” to have – too much business demand. It’s not the best practice, but it’s a disadvantage of running a small business and trying to keep overhead low – no office staff other than the owner and his/her spouse or children.

Good luck with getting your mini-splits in. We encountered them in other countries and have found them practical and efficient. As you know, they are not incredibly common here. But Chatham Heating & Air Conditioning knows them and can do the work. We like ours.

Cheers.
alcooke

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14th Pittsboro Community DANCE Jam on January 24

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:32

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:59:30 -0500
From: Kim Calhoun
Subject: 14th PBO Community DANCE Jam, January 24th!

Dear Chathamites~
It’s been too looooong since the last FUNtastic community dance! Don’t miss the ONLY ONE in 2015! SAVE THE DATE NOW, tell your friends, and brush off your dancing shoes!
All blessings~
Kim (DJ K Luv)

**14th PITTSBORO COMMUNITY DANCE JAM!**

Saturday, January 24th, 7-10pm
Pittsboro Community House
65 Thompson Street

Create and celebrate commUNITY through dance!

Bring your family and friends and get your groove on as DJs K Luv and Diego play hot jams from around the globe, including soul, Latin, R&B, reggae, pop, African, and hip hop. These all ages, multi-cultural gatherings are offered in a welcoming, smoke and alcohol free space. $5 suggested donation–Under 10 & over 65 free! No one turned away for lack of funds!

Bring your own water bottle. Dress to celebrate life! Enjoy past pictures at the PBO Community Dance Jam Facebook Group. Send your friends this facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/572841002846274/

Questions? www.abundancehealingarts.com/events, kimcalhoun@gmail.com, 919 636 2545.

*******************************
Kim Calhoun

http://www.AbunDanceHealingArts.com

kimcalhoun@gmail.com
(919) 636 2545

• Community Herbalist
• Wild Edibles Educator
• Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist #4361
• Registered Yoga Teacher
• Polarity Therapist

Sign-up for monthly AbunDance Healing Arts email announcements: https://madmimi.com/s/3f8975

Like AbunDance Healing Arts on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AbunDance-Healing-Arts/141308000608

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Upcoming Christmas Events at Hanks Chapel Church in Pittsboro

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:27

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:52:37 -0500 (EST)
From: Bea O’Quinn
Subject: Christmas Events at Hanks Chapel Church

We invite you to join us for any or all of the following events at Hanks Chapel UCC as we prepare for Christ’s birthday this Christmas season:

– Saturday Dec. 13 at 10:00 – Caroling at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living Facility.
– Sunday Dec. 14 at 10:00 “Come as You Are” Christmas Program, followed by our monthly lunch in the fellowship hall, and a surprise visit by Jolly Old St. Nick.
– Sunday Dec. 21 at 10:00 Christmas Cantata entitled “2,000 Decembers Ago”, created by Joel Lindsey, arranged and orchestrated by Russell Mauldin.
– Wednesday Dec. 24 at 8:00 Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve Worship Service.

Hanks Chapel is located at 190 Hanks Loop Road, off Hanks Chapel Road just east of downtown Pittsboro. Sunday School is at 9:00 and Worship service at 10:00 every Sunday . We can be found on Facebook at Hanks Chapel Church.

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Fearrington Village Singers present A JOYFUL NIGHT, a Holiday Concert on Dec. 10

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:57

Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:42:54 -0500
From: Janet Keefer
Subject: Fearrington Village Singers Holiday Concert

The Fearrington Village Singers will present A JOYFUL NIGHT, a Holiday Concert, in the Barn in Fearrington Village on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.. Under the direction of Matt Fry, the women of the Village Voices, the men of the Harmony Grits and the Fearringtones will each present separate selections and will also join forces as the Fearrington Village Singers to provide a rich selection of holiday songs that are at once familiar but at the same time a bit new and different. Tickets are $8, and they go quickly. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., so arrive early to secure a good seat.

Janet Keefer

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Chatham County Business Intro: Horizon Renovations LLC

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:24

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:30:10 +0000 (UTC)
From: Hillary Graves
Subject: Business Intro for Chatlist

Horizon Renovations LLC is an award-winning, licensed, North Carolina general contractor business proud to specialize in the highest level of new home construction, residential and commercial renovations, and custom cabinetry.
Our cabinet gallery showroom, located at 44 Hillsboro St., Suite B, in downtown Pittsboro, showcases our unique work and has samples of everything we offerincluding: tile and stone flooring, granite and quartz countertops, custom lighting.
We are proud to offer: New Home Construction, Whole House Renovations, Custom Cabinetry, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Additions, Basement Finishing, and Home Improvements.
Our hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00PM, and First Sunday (after hours by appointment only).
Stop in and see us today!
919-542-4442Â /Â www.horizonrenovationsllc.com

Hillary Graves
Horizon Renovations LLC
Pittsboro NC, 919-542-4442

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Join Big Tree Ambassadors for After-school Fun & Games at Chatham Community Library on Dec. 12

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:52

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:54:45 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: Margaret Tiano
Subject: Big Tree Ambassadors: Friday, 12/12, 3:30 PM, Chatham Community
Library

Join Big Tree Ambassadors for After-school Fun & Games at the Library

Come join the fun and celebrate the coming of the winter season with Big Tree Ambassadors, Friday, December 12th at 3:30 PM. We will be starting a little earlier this time so we will have some daylight to go outside and practice our winter tree id. Lots of changes, big and small, are happening all around us. Come observe and savor nature’s feast for the senses with us!

This after-school program is geared to ages 8-12, but children and adults of all ages are welcome. You don’t have to have attended a prior session to come to this one. Each session is independent of the others and is composed of creative role play and hands-on activities.

Margaret Tiano
Outreach Volunteer
Grand Trees of Chatham – Tell us about your favorite tree!

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Chatham County Seeks Applicants for Planning Board Vacancies

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:48

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:47:37 +0000
From: Debra Henzey
Subject: Chatham County Seeks Applicants for Planning Board Vacancies

Contact: Jason Sullivan, 919-542-8233
December 8, 2014

Chatham County Seeks Applicants for Planning Board Vacancies

PITTSBORO, NC-Chatham County’s Board of Commissioners invites residents interested in serving on the Chatham County Planning Board to submit an application to fill several vacancies no later than Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

The Planning Board advises the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on planning, zoning and subdivision issues. Terms are four years unless filling an unexpired vacancy.

The duties include: monitoring trends related to land use, proposing needed amendments to the land use plan; establishing development principles and guidelines; proposing ordinances for orderly development in accordance with the land use plan; determining whether proposed developments conform to the land use plan and development principles; keeping the Board of Commissioners and the public informed on planning issues and reasons for board recommendations; and conducting meetings to get public input.

The upcoming vacancies are assigned to specific Board of Commissioner districts as follows:

* One seat is an appointment of the full board

* Two seats for Commissioner District 3

* Two seats for Commissioner District 4

* Two seats for Commissioner District 5

* One seat for Commissioner District 1 (a two-year term to fill a mid-term vacancy)

The Planning Board typically meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually in one of the county facilities in Pittsboro.

To submit an online application to serve and to view a map of the Districts of the Board of Commissioners, visit www.chathamnc.org and use the Quick Links dropdown box at the top of the page to select Board & Committee Application. Or contact Debra Henzey at 919-542-8200 to get a printed or emailed copy of the application form.

If you have questions about the Planning Board’s duties, contact the Planning Department at 919-542-8204.

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
919-542-8258
Cell 919-548-4662

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Chatham County Beekeepers Association lost one of our members this year to cancer

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:57

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:01:09 -0500
From: “Pat Weisbrodt”
Subject: Thanks to Phyllis and Kevin

The Chatham County Beekeepers Association lost one of our members this year to cancer. Joseph Pedagno was a talented and respected man who was taken from his family and friends too soon.

We asked his wife, Teresa, what she would prefer that we do to honor his memory. Out of the choices we suggested, Teresa chose a birdbath at the community college in Pittsboro next to the hives that the association maintains. Besides his bees, she told us that Joseph loved dragonflies. The search was on and nothing was found. Then, talking to Phyllis Fleming (VP of CCBA) and Kevin Kuhnel (welding instructor and artist) at their booth at an art show, Kevin offered one of his dragonflies and said, “We’ll get it done†. They placed their creation in the garden on Saturday. We still need some kind of plaque to let people know why it is there, but I think Joseph would love it the way he loved life, family, and his bees.

Many thanks to Phyllis and Kevin for a beautiful “Beebath†. The CCBA is truly grateful for the time and energy these artists donated. They both do amazing work and I hope you get to Kevin’s studio this Saturday. I hear he is serving chili and beer!

Pat Weisbrodt
President

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Get into the Christmas spirit at Pittsboro Toys with a holiday sing-a-long on December 7

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:53

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:49:31 -0500
From: Samantha Birchard
Subject: Kids’ Holiday Sing-a-Long: 12/7 at 1:30 p.m.

This Sunday at 1:30, we’ll be getting into the Christmas spirit at Pittsboro Toys with a holiday sing-a-long led by local children’s music teacher Carrie Boone. The Pittsboro Christmas Parade will begin at 3:00 p.m., and First Sunday begins at 12:00 p.m., so it should be a very festive afternoon. We hope to see you then!

Pittsboro Toys is at 15 Hillsboro St. Please call 919-545-1546 with any questions.

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Receive Christ this Christmas at Pittsboro United Methodist Church

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:50

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:36:30 -0500
From: Ben Alexander
Subject: Christmas Joy at Pittsboro UMC

Join us as we prepare to receive Christ this Christmas at Pittsboro United Methodist Church!

-Sunday 12/14 at 11:00 Christmas Cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child”
-Thursday 12/18 at 7:00 Christmas Cantata Encore
-Wednesday 12/24 at 4:00 Children’s Christmas Eve Program
-Wednesday 12/24 at 9:00 Communion & Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship

We’re located at 71 West Street. Phone is 919-542-4525. Worship services are 8:45 & 11:00 every Sunday. You can check us out online at http://pittsborounitedmethodist.org/. Or drop me a line at benjamind100@gmail.com.

Peace,

Ben

Ben Alexander, Pastor
Pittsboro UMC

http://pittsborounitedmethodist.org/

919-545-9000

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Angel Tree needs your help

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:48

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:24:51 -0500
From: Marianna Spence
Subject: Angel Tree needs your help

Hi Friends,

There are still about 20 families left on our Angel Tree (holiday wishes program). Please stop by Second Bloom, 68 Hillsboro Street, and pull a tag with the holiday wishes of a family in need. Return gifts – unwrapped or placed in gift bags – by Friday, Dec. 12. The clients of Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services and the Garden Place Shelter appreciate your supportthis holiday season!

Marianna Spence

Marianna Spence
Development and Public Relations Coordinator
Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services
919.542.5445
www.fvrc.org

Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FVRCChatham.

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Public hearing concerning two proposed mining permits to be held December 10 in Pittsboro, NC

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:45

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:18:13 -0500
From: Herb & Connie
Subject: Public Hearing Mining Permits McLaurin Rd/Tick Creek

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources will hold a public hearing concerning two proposed mining permits for the Big Hill and Green Valley Quarries on McLaurin Rd. These proposed quarries are located on Tick Creek. The hearing will be held at the Chatham County Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro on December 10, 2014 at 7 P.M.. For more information, see the public notice in the November 27 issue of the Chatham News/Record or contact Judy Wehner at judy.wehner@ncdenr.gov.

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Chatham Community Library paver sale is ending soon

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:57

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:52:14 -0500
From: Pat John
Subject: Library Pavers

It’s True — The Chatham Community Library paver sale is ending soon!! Before it’s too late, purchase your paver to help raise money for our wonderful community library. What a great holiday/Christmas gift this would be for that special person or group.

Each paver costs $150 and can contain 3 lines of 15 characters (including spaces & punctuation) per line. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library, engraved pavers will be installed on the sidewalk plaza approaching the main door of the library. Take some time and walk around the library plaza to read some of the paver messages already installed. Send us your favorite quote or simply use one of our examples. (Note that pavers will be engraved in all caps).

In Honor Of
(name here)
Loves to Read!

In Memory Of
(name here)
Mom read to us

Your Business in one, two, or three lines

Remember that the Library pavers are an ideal way to: Capture a memory; Give a present to a loved one in perpetuity; Recognize an area club, neighborhood team, family, or group; Honor an admired author or book; or Display community support from a business.

What would Your paver say? The paver sale ends December 31, 2014, so DON’T miss this final opportunity to support your local library and leave some of your wit and wisdom for posterity. Pick up a paver order form at the library or contact Pat at *919-533-6966* <919-533-6966> or at *patj99@gmail.com* for more information and/or on-line order form. You can also visit the Friends of the Chatham Community
Library (FoTCCL) Website. While the old web address can still be used, the new and quicker address is: *www.friendsccl.org* and look for the paver order form information.

Don’t wait another day — order your paver now before it’s too late! Ends December 31, 2014. Thank you for your support of the Chatham Community Library.

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Chatham County CORA Pantry Food Drive through the week of December 20th

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:54

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:42:50 -0500
From: chrmaureen
Subject: CORA Pantry Food Drive

We are having a FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Chatham County CORA Food Pantry. We will be collecting now through the week of December 20th.

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about getting our local pantry stocked up for the holidays. Please tell your family, friends and neighbors to stop by these convenient locations listed below to drop off their donations between the hours of 9-5. Please see the list of items listed they are in need for below.

Chatham Homes Realty – 490 West Street, Pittsboro
Chatham Homes Realty – 111 Siler Crossing, Siler City

This is a list of what they are asking for though all other donations will be accepted.

Mac and Cheese and other Pasta Varieties
Canned Tuna & Salmon
Canned Ham
Canned Fruit (lite)
Canned Soups
Canned Veggies: Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, Tomatoes and Potatoes
Canned or Dried Beans
Dried Milk
Jiffy Baking Mix
Corn Flour and Corn Meal
Grits
Boxed Cereal: Healthy Low Sugar
Paper Goods
Toiletries

NO Glass Containers Please

Thank you!!

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Tax Volunteers needed to assist low to middle-income clients with preparing their tax returns

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:50

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:35:30 -0500
From: “Megan Coggins”
Subject: Tax Volunteers Needed-Program Serves Chatham

The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program, which also serves Chatham County, is in need of nine more volunteers who want to assist low to middle-income clients with preparing their tax returns, in turn making a difference in their lives.

If the volunteer openings are not filled, appointment slots will be closed and fewer people will be assisted with preparing their tax returns. Last year, more than 1,800 residents in Orange and Chatham counties were served by this program.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free IRS service for eligible clients offered at sites in Orange and Chatham counties.

Individuals interested in learning more about the program should attend this FREE orientation session or contact the RSVP office:

* Thursday, December 4, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill

Volunteer Opportunities

* IRS-trained and tested volunteers serve as tax preparers to electronically prepare and file tax returns at no charge
* Telephone operators schedule appointments using software
* Site support coordinators assist with checking clients in/out
* Computer assistants handle minor troubleshooting

RSVP will provide FREE training starting on Monday, January 5, for all VITA volunteer assignments.

For more information or to volunteer, please call the RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program at 919.245.4240 or 919.245.4243.

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Graymatter will be back at the Pittsboro Roadhouse on Friday night, Dec. 5

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:48

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:29:16 -0500
From: Bev Gude
Subject: Graymatter returns to the Pittsboro Roadhouse!

Graymatter will be back at the Pittsboro Roadhouse on Friday night (12/5)!
Music begins at 8pm so plan to come by for some wonderful Roadhouse dinner and then sing-a-long and dance-a-long with us! Warm staff, yummy food, well-stocked bar, generous dance floor and loads of family fun. Kick off the weekend and the holiday season this Friday night…with the Pittsboro Roadhouse and Graymatter!

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As for the fracking issue, the sellers do have to disclose if they have reserved their mineral rights.

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:35

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:28:11 -0500
From: Linda Boyd
Subject: Re: fracking/Chatham Park

Sherry,

I would highly recommend Clawson Jernigan or Forest Kennedy of Jernigan and Associates. They charge a little more than some other inspectors but they are worth every penny – very thorough.

As for the fracking issue, the sellers do have to disclose if they have reserved their mineral rights. Your family member should get a sellers disclosure form that discloses any known defects in the home as well as information about the surrounding area. Fracking is done in areas with a high shale content so you might want to investigate that in the area where the home is located. The problem with fracking is that they don’t just disrupt the ground in the immediate area where they frack, but they go down a certain depth into the ground and then could possibly travel underground with the equipment to find the pockets of gas they are looking for. So, even if they are not fracking right near the home, it could impact the surrounding area. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this map but you can see the general areas of fracking here http://rafiusa.org/issues/landowner-rights-and-fracking/fracking-map-in-nc/

If you google Chatham Park you will see maps of the park that are color coded to show you where they plan to build residential or industrial development in relation to where the house is located. There is an interactive map found at this website

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/01/3953957/chatham-park-development.html

Best wishes to your family member in purchasing a new home,
Linda Boyd
Go Realty
919-943-1873

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