Local/County – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Local/County – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Local/County – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Local/County – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/news/localcounty/ TV-G 63016882 Creating an internet based economy in Chatham County http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/25/creating-internet-based-economy-chatham-county/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:14:09 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7653 By *protected email* Chatham County, NC – I was glad to read that Tarus Balog has interesting ideas to create an internet based economy in Chatham and to build upon the arts and craft community in Siler City.  I’m hopeful…

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Chatham County, NC – I was glad to read that Tarus Balog has interesting ideas to create an internet based economy in Chatham and to build upon the arts and craft community in Siler City.  I’m hopeful that Balog realizes that educational opportunities must also be included in the plan so that all residents in Chatham have a chance to participate.

As a beginning, Randolph Electric is thinking about running fiber internet in Silk Hope and our state Senator, Virginia Foushee, has sponsored a bill to allow counties to to provide internet access. It has passed the first reading in both the House and Senate and is currently in committee. Maybe something will come of it.

SENATE BILL 208 (H390): AN ACT AUTHORIZING COUNTIES TO PROVIDE HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE AS A PUBLIC ENTERPRISE. ‘A county may provide infrastructure, including, but not limited to, conduit, fiber optic cable, and fiber optic wire, for the purpose of expanding high speed Internet access service in unserved areas of the county to promote and encourage economic development in the county. The county may lease the infrastructure to unaffiliated, qualified private providers of high speed Internet access service. Any lease contracts under this section shall comply with the provisions of Article 8 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes and shall be awarded on a technology neutral basis. The county shall use only unrestricted general fund revenue to provide the infrastructure. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit a county to provide Internet service.’

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2017&BillID=S208

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2nd annual Family Fishing Fiesta at Jordan Lake on April 8 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/07/2nd-annual-family-fishing-fiesta-jordan-lake-april-8/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:57:54 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7547 Pittsboro, NC – Come join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. State Parks on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jordan Lake State Park for a free Family Fishing Fiesta. Gather at White Oak Recreation Area…

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Pittsboro, NC – Come join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. State Parks on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jordan Lake State Park for a free Family Fishing Fiesta.

Family Fishing FiestaGather at White Oak Recreation Area on White Oak Beach Rd., Apex, to enjoy bank fishing, plus over a dozen hands-on activities and demonstrations. You can:

  • Learn how to cast and how to fillet a fish
  • Watch a tackle demonstration
  • Meet biologists, park rangers and law enforcement personnel, many of whom speak English and Spanish
  • Check out an electrofishing boat
  • And much more!

Loaner fishing rods and bait are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone fishes for free — no license required for the Family Fishing Fiesta.

Young anglers will receive prizes for special catches, and participants 11 and younger who participate in a scavenger hunt will receive a free tackle box  and a chance to enter the youth drawing to win prizes such as fishing poles and life jackets! Anglers 12 and older will be entered into a drawing to win a lifetime freshwater fishing license, courtesy of the American Fisheries Society, a composting bin, or a one-year subscription to the Wildlife Commission’s award-winning magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina.

Event Schedule

Fishing and activities all day, with demonstrations on the half hour, until 3 p.m.

10 a.m. 
Event begins. Pick up your scavenger hunt passport at the welcome table.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Stop by the grill at the pavilion for samples of grilled fish.

Noon

Food trucks and bring-your-own picnic lunches.

2 p.m.

Performance and Awards Ceremony

3 p.m.

Event ends

For additional event information contact CC King, 919-830-0202; or *protected email* or Derek Parsons, 919-326-0586, ext. 213; or *protected email*

How to get there:

Google directions

GPS coordinates:  35°44’24.0″N 79°00’45.7″W

Fishing Fiesta Map

Visit the Jordan Lake State Park website for park amenities and more.

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Are you interested in becoming a 4-H sewing volunteer? http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/16/interested-becoming-4-h-sewing-volunteer/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:45:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7330 Pittsboro, NC – Are you someone who might be interested in sharing your sewing skills with local young people?  Do you enjoy mentoring youth, increasing your existing sewing skillset, and working in collaboration with other enthusiastic volunteers to make a…

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Pittsboro, NC – Are you someone who might be interested in sharing your sewing skills with local young people?  Do you enjoy mentoring youth, increasing your existing sewing skillset, and working in collaboration with other enthusiastic volunteers to make a difference in our community?  If so, consider becoming a Chatham County 4-H volunteer!

4H VolunteersChatham County 4-H is currently seeking volunteers in our community to form a new sewing cohort.  You would embark on a new adventure teaching young people how to construct clothing from textiles with the guidance of a new 4-H STEAM Clothing FUNdamentals curriculum.  This new STEAM clothing curriculum looks at clothing in a whole new way – from the viewpoints of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  In other words, as processes all dedicated to one end:  garment construction.

Young people will discover why certain fabrics perform differently than others (science), become familiar with tools utilized for sewing (technology), and will learn basic sewing skills to understand how clothing is put together (engineering). They’ll also gain insight into colors and patterns for fabrics (art), as well as how adding and/or subtracting from a design makes a difference in the amount of fabric needed and how the garment will fit (math).

Come join the team!  If you are interested in obtaining additional information or joining the 4-H team as a community volunteer, please contact Ginger Cunningham, NC State Extension 4-H Agent – Chatham County, by email at *protected email* or via phone at 919-542-8202.

Interested in learning more about Chatham County 4-H?
Check out our county homepage at https://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/4-h-youth-development/ or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chathamcounty4h.

Chatham County 4-H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, providing education programming to youth between the ages of 5-18.  Employment and program opportunities are offered to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disability, with North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.  Chatham County 4-H is a proud participating United Way agency.

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CCCC offers culinary youth summer camps http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/15/cccc-offers-culinary-youth-summer-camps/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:21:36 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7388 Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s culinary program is offering youth summer camps in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties this summer. Camps in Chatham County include Culinary Teen Baking (June 26-29), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22), and Kids Cooking…

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Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s culinary program is offering youth summer camps in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties this summer.

culinary youth summer campCamps in Chatham County include Culinary Teen Baking (June 26-29), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22), and Kids Cooking Camp (June 12-15).

Camps in Harnett County include Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22) and Kids Cooking Camp (June 12-15).

Camps in Lee County include Culinary Teen Baking (July 17-20), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 26-29), and Kids Cooking Camp (June 19-22).

The Culinary Teen Baking and Culinary Teen Cooking classes are for students ages 10-15, while the Kids Cooking Camp is for students in grades K-4. Costs for each of the camps is $100.

To register by telephone or for more information, call the CCCC Economic and Community Development Division (ECD) Student Support Center at 919-718-7500. To register online, visit the website www.cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes/ and go to the Youth Summer Camps page.

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the website www.cccc.edu.

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Chatham nonprofits urged to apply for second collaborative grant http://chathamjournal.com/2017/02/23/chatham-nonprofits-urged-apply-second-collaborative-grant/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:16:29 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7340   Pittsboro, NC – Triangle Community Foundation is joining with United Way of Chatham County and Chatham County Government in announcing a new opportunity for Chatham County nonprofits to apply for a $30,000 grant focused on collaborative approaches to family…

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Pittsboro, NC – Triangle Community Foundation is joining with United Way of Chatham County and Chatham County Government in announcing a new opportunity for Chatham County nonprofits to apply for a $30,000 grant focused on collaborative approaches to family stability. At least two nonprofits must come together in a multi-prong approach.

The first such collaborative grant opportunity in 2016 focused more specifically on affordable housing.  This year, the grant focus is family stability, which can include affordable housing, but also such elements as skills/education, youth development, food, employment, transportation, health, mental health and many other factors that help support strong, stable families.

The deadline to apply for the collaborative grant is April 13, 2017. Applicants will be required to make presentations to a joint panel on May 4, 2017. All nonprofits that are part of the application also must complete their financial certification with United Way of Chatham County by February 28, 2017. Only one application will be selected and announced by May 15, 2017

Successful applications must address a discrete project that is separate from other programs the agencies offer on a regular basis. “The goal is to serve as a catalyst for nonprofits to come together to address local problems in a more systemic way,” said Gina Andersen, Community Programs Officer, Triangle Community Foundation.

The project must be ready for implementation soon after July 1, 2017 and completed by June 30, 2018. One lead agency will be responsible for submitting the application through Triangle Community Foundation’s website, and will serve as the fiscal agent.

Dina Reynolds, director of United Way of Chatham County, said, “We are very excited to join with the county and Triangle Community Foundation on this grant opportunity for a second year. We believe that it is so important to find ways to bring nonprofits together around the big challenges our community is facing.”

To find out more about the grant requirements and to submit an application, visit www.trianglecf.org/nonprofits/grants/  If you have questions, please contact Gina Andersen, community programs officer of Triangle Community Foundation, by email (*protected email*) or phone (919-474-8370).

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Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 in Pittsboro participating in Teacher of the Year Program http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/17/joe-wagner-vfw-post-7313-pittsboro-participating-teacher-year-program/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:01:32 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7185 by *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – The Veterans of Foreign Wars annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. This year Joe…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Veterans of Foreign Wars annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. This year Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 in Pittsboro is participating in the Teacher of the Year Program.

Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 Teachers who promote civic responsibility,  flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans  field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

WHO SHOULD YOU NOMINATE?
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for the award. If you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall, organizes community volunteer projects or invites local veterans to speak in class, anything to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs, this award is for them.
HOW DO I SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
Step 1: In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award. Be sure to describe the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his or her dedication to education.
Step 2: Download and complete the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award nomination form.
Step 3: Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to your local VFW Post byFebruary 15.
Note: Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals.
Nominations submitted by relatives or self are not eligible.
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS
Based on the nominees submitted, VFW’s local chapters – called Posts – will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit their winning names to their District-level judging. From there, the selected winners are forwarded to the Department-level (state-level). Once they are judged on a state level, the winners are passed along to VFW National Headquarters for
consideration in the nationalawards contest.

The rules eligibility requirements and submission form can be found below. Anyone can make a submission and the deadline for submissions to the Post is February 15, 2017.

Click on the links for Teacher of the Year Rules and Eligibility.

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Chatham Journal’s Top 50 Chathamcentric videos of 2016 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/13/chatham-journals-top-50-chathamcentric-videos-2016/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:52:43 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7147 Pittsboro, NC –  Here is a compilation of Chatham Journal’s Top 50 most popular Chathamcentric videos of 2016. There videos were  created by Chatham Journal’s multi-media journalist Gene Galin.  1 11th Inning Home Run & Celebration as Northwood defeats Webb…

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Pittsboro, NC –  Here is a compilation of Chatham Journal’s Top 50 most popular Chathamcentric videos of 2016. There videos were  created by Chatham Journal’s multi-media journalist Gene Galin.

  •  1
11th Inning Home Run & Celebration as Northwood defeats Webb

3:34

 2

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson talks about Community Outreach

3:32
 3
Chatham Commissioner Candidate Peyton Holland asks for people to be heard

2:32
 4
Bennett vs Pollard Girls County Middle School Basketball Championship Game – 2nd half

11:38
 5
Chatham citizen Mark Stinson asks planning board to slow down county-wide zoning plans
3:35
 6
Interview: Peyton Holland talks about growing up in the Chatham County School system
3:34
 7
Timelapse video of Northwood vs Southern Nash JV Football Game
0:59
 8
Bill Hall talks about his BBQ sauce at the NHS Spring Fling
2:39
 9
Barbara & Paul McCoy talk about marriage and life
9:53
 10
Northwood ties Webb with McKenzie Allgood’s three run home run
0:47
 11
2016 Pittsboro Christmas Parade
14:24
 12
1st 2016 football practice for Northwood Chargers
5:24
 13
Megan talks about Chatham Barbecue
4:12
 14
1st Half of Northwood vs Jordan-Matthews Football Game
12:15
 15
Northwood football coach Brian Harrington talks about 2016 Chargers
1:38
 16
Chatham Commissioner Candidate Peyton Holland speaks at Pittsboro Community House
3:28
 17
2016 Bennett vs Pollard Girls County Middle School Basketball Game – 1st Half
3:25
 18
Woods Charter School vs Roxboro Community basketball game – 4th qtr 1/31/16
2:53
 19
Chatham Commissioner Walter Petty voices his concerns about county-wide zoning
14:23
 20
2016 Woods Charter School Valedictorian Tommy Johnson
6:21
 21
Peyton Holland speaks about zoning at Chatham County Commission meeting
2:39
 22
Northwood Lacrosse Scimmage
6:41
 23
Chatham resident Denise Dunn speaks against county-wide zoning
2:32
 24
Peyton Holland talks about how his job experience will help him be a good county commissioner
5:32
 25
Scenes from Northwood’s first football practice in pads
5:30
 26
Daniel Hayduk at 2016 Woods Charter High School Graduation
5:09
 27
Jay Stubbs speaks about the tax increase in the proposed FY17 Chatham County budget
1:21
 28
Woods Charter School Class of 2016 final goodbye
1:55
 29
Time lapse of Northwood Chargers vs Jordan-Matthews Jets Football Game
0:54
 30
2nd Half of Northwood vs Jordan-Matthews Football Game
4:38
 31
Climate Change Committee member presents to Chatham Commissioners
3:16
 32
Northwood Chargers Football Coach Harrington speaks to players after practice
6:37
 33
Mark Stinson speaks out on county-wide zoning at Chatham Commission meeting
3:25
 34
Sophie Nachman at 2016 Woods Charter School Graduation.
4:20
 35
Chatham County Commissioner Candidate Peyton Holland speaks at Silk Hope Community Center
4:11
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Liberal Chatham Commissioner Candidate for District 1 Karen Howard speaks at Sprott Center
3:31
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Chatham Planning Board member Brian Bock voices concerns about countywide zoning
7:02
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Chatham Commissioner Candidate for District 1 Jay Stobbs speaks at Sprott Center
9:25
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1st Half of Northwood vs Carrboro Lacrosse Game
9:17
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Chatham County manager Renee Paschal presents review of FY17 county budget
16:13
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Unaffiliated Chatham Commissioner Candidate for District 2 Peyton Holland speaks at Sprott Center
6:46
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Coin toss before the Northwood vs Lee County football game – 9.23.16
2:15
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Interview: Peyton Holland talks about how he got on ballot and why he is running
2:26
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Kai Kinja speaks at 2016 Woods Charter School Graduation
1:58
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Katherine Nowak at 2016 Woods Charter School Graduation.
4:14
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Time lapse of Woods Charter vs Lincoln Charter Soccer Game
1:11
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Liberal Chatham Commissioner Candidate for District 2 Mike Dasher reads from a prepared statement
3:05
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Northwood vs Southern Durham JV Girls Basketball Game – 12/8/16
6:35
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Rose Holden at 2016 Woods Charter High School graduation
1:49
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Ms. Berg speaks to Woods Charter High School graduates
3:45

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Dangerous cold coming to Chatham County: People, pets & livestock impacted http://chathamjournal.com/2017/01/05/dangerous-cold-coming-chatham-county-people-pets-livestock-impacted/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:35:38 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7090 Pittsboro, NC – Forecasters are currently predicting 4 to 7 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon, followed by a major arctic blast lasting at least through Wednesday. Temperatures could dip into single digits, and highs may not get above freezing.…

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Pittsboro, NC – Forecasters are currently predicting 4 to 7 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon, followed by a major arctic blast lasting at least through Wednesday. Temperatures could dip into single digits, and highs may not get above freezing.

Snow projectionsChatham County reminds residents that they should take precautions to protect themselves, pets, livestock, and their homes.

Dennis Streets with the Chatham County Council on Aging reminds residents to check on seniors, those with disabilities, and other vulnerable people. “Make sure that they have sufficient heat in their homes and know how to use it safely, especially if they live alone. Also, make sure that they have ample food.”

The Council on Aging’s Winter Newsletter (pages 10-11) includes more helpful tips for senior in cold, icy weather.  You can find the newsletter on their homepage at:  http://chathamcouncilonaging.org/

If you must be out in freezing weather, avoid doing so during the coldest times of day. Limit strenuous activities when it is at or below freezing. Dress in layers, but remove some if you start to sweat. Cover all exposed skin if you go outside when temperatures near or go below single digits where frostbite can happen quickly.

Recommended clothing items include: mittens rather than gloves, long underwear made for cold weather, thick socks or layers of socks, and a warm hat or scarf that covers as much of your head and neck as possible.

Drink warm beverages with NO alcohol or caffeine. You also should eat warm foods with higher calories than you normally do to generate body heat.

For more tips on prevention and treatment of hypothermia and frostbite, visit: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.asp

Dogs and Cats

“With lows expected to drop into the single-digits this weekend, it is important to remember to protect your pets from the cold,” cautions Alan Canady, animal services director for Chatham County. “No pets should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Elderly, juvenile, and diseased animals are particularly at risk for cold-related injuries or death.”

If possible, bring outside pets inside or at least provide shelter in a garage or shed where they can get some heat. If they are outside for extended time, make sure they have a small, dry shelter protected from the wind with straw or cedar shavings.

Remember that water bowls will freeze quickly, so change water often.  A major caution: antifreeze and other chemicals used to clear ice and snow can be very tasty to pets, but also very deadly.  Wash their paws if they walk across areas treated with salt and chemicals.

More great tips can be found at:  www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx

Horses and Livestock:

Horses also need access to a barn or other shelter. Blankets will help protect them. Like other animals, they need access to unfrozen water.

Livestock owners need to provide extra nutrition, plenty of good bedding, and protection from winds and moisture.

A great resource on caring for farm animals in the cold can be found at:  www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/animals-in-winter-zm0z91zkon

Indoor Precautions

Space heaters come with instructions to ensure that they do not cause a fire or carbon monoxide problems. Please follow them. They should be at least three feet away from anything flammable. For more information on the safe use of portable heaters, visit: energy.gov/energysaver/articles/portable-heaters

Fireplaces also require precautions. The biggest dangers with wood-burning fireplaces are dirty chimneys, sparks and rolling logs. For gas fireplaces, proper ventilation is the main concern. More information can be found at: static.hpba.org/fileadmin/factsheets/product/FS_FireplaceSafety.pdf

Never use a kitchen stove or oven to heat the home. They are not designed for this and can create major safety hazards.

Household Plumbing:

To avoid frozen waterlines, shut off irrigation systems at the main valve, disconnect and drain outside water hoses, insulate exposed plumbing, close all exterior doors to unheated areas, and leave a sink running just a bit on the coldest nights.

For more information on protecting pipes, visit redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes

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Lynda Loveland of WRAL to emcee United Way’s Campaign Kick-Off http://chathamjournal.com/2016/08/16/lynda-loveland-wral-emcee-united-ways-campaign-kick-off/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:18:19 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6837 Pittsboro, NC – Join the United Way of Chatham County for an afternoon of celebration at the annual Campaign Kick-Off luncheon.  It will be held in the clubhouse ballroom of Governors Club on Wednesday, September 7 from 12 p.m. until…

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Pittsboro, NC – Join the United Way of Chatham County for an afternoon of celebration at the annual Campaign Kick-Off luncheon.  It will be held in the clubhouse ballroom of Governors Club on Wednesday, September 7 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

The event will feature local news personality Lynda Loveland as emcee.  Since 1998, Loveland has reported and anchored for WRAL news.  “We are excited that Lynda will join us for the biggest event United Way hosts each year.  We will honor and recognize the outstanding efforts of last year’s campaign volunteers, as well as  kick-off this year’s campaign,” said United Way Executive Director Dina Reynolds.

The keynote speaker is Chatham Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Touchstone.  He will deliver a state of the county address focused on economic development and growth.  Touchstone will be joined by guest speaker Ken Atkins of Chatham Park, who will give an update on the progress of the development. Musical entertainment will be provided by Sue Wilson on the hammered dulcimer and Betsy Kraus on the concertina.

The event will also feature a United Way member agency expo which will provide guests with an opportunity to learn about the human resource services available in our community.  Representatives will be available to share information regarding the services they provide and the volunteer opportunities they offer.  United Way is the advocate and the benefactor of 18 human service agencies in Chatham County.  They are:  The Boys & Girls Club, Chatham Cares Pharmacy, 4-H, Chatham Literacy Council, Chatham Soccer League, Chatham Trades, Communities in Schools, CORA Food Pantry, Council on Aging, El Futuro, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Girl Scouts, Legal Aid, Partnership for Children, Rebuilding Together, Salvation Army, WECAHN and the West Chatham Food Pantry.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the loyal support of our community.  The residential campaigns held at Governors Club, Fearrington Village, Carolina Meadows, Galloway Ridge, The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Siler City Country Club, Chapel Ridge, Briar Chapel and Powell Place are imperative to the continuation of critical human services in our community,” commented Reynolds.

United Way is grateful for the support of this year’s event sponsors:  AT&T, Briar Chapel by Newland Communities, Duke Energy, Governors Club, Nationwide Insurance and Realty World/Carolina Properties.

Tickets are $25 per person.  Reserve yours by calling the United Way office at (919) 542-1110 by Friday, September 2.

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Chatham Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers http://chathamjournal.com/2016/08/11/chatham-habitat-humanity-seeks-volunteers/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:38:52 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6809 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers for everything from answering phones to running the cash registers at the ReStore, and yes, swinging hammers to build houses. We have some specific needs, and you…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers for everything from answering phones to running the cash registers at the ReStore, and yes, swinging hammers to build houses. We have some specific needs, and you may be the perfect fit! Read on to learn more about the exciting opportunities available.

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· Sewing Bee – Our Sewing Bee meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8-3 at the Chatham Habitat office in Pittsboro. These are volunteers who love to sew and would like to use this skill to help Chatham Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses. They came together about two years ago and started making pillows, aprons, table runners and napkins, baby blankets, baby bibs, and other kinds of  handmade goods. They have fun designing and sewing new items to be sold at our Habitat ReStore, and they bring a pot luck dish for lunch where they enjoy their time of fellowship. We would love to add some new members to this group.

· Landscaping Crew – Every house that Habitat builds is finished by this group – they meet for one day and landscape the yards of each house to make sure that the homes look beautiful when the families move in. They choose decorative and functional plants, all of which are specifically designed to meet the needs of the space and the homeowners. We would love to have more people who love to garden get involved with this crew.

· ReStores – Both of our ReStores are located in Pittsboro, and we rely on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Volunteers help price donations to be sold, organize and design displays on the sales floor, unloading and moving furniture, helping customers load their cars, and working the cash registers. Volunteering in the ReStore is a great social activity – you’ll make new friends and meet new people every day.

· Office Volunteers – We are always in need of volunteers who are willing to give a few hours per day, at least once or twice/week, to work in the our office alongside staff.  Volunteers are needed to help answer phones and greet clients, take applications from potential homeowners, make phone calls to applicants, data entry, stuff envelopes, and organize closets and supplies. Spanish fluency is a big plus.

· Construction Work – Our construction team works every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm during the summer months, and 8:30 am until 3:30 pm after Labor Day. We are currently building two Habitat houses in Siler City on North Chatham Avenue. No special skills are needed, just a willingness to learn and work hard!  Must be over sixteen to work on site.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or would like to schedule a volunteer work day for your church group or civic organization, contact Mechelle Thompson today by phone at (919) 542-0794 x228 or by email at *protected email*

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