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Chatham Chatlist #3383 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gene Galin   
Tuesday, 31 March 2009

This digest contains the following messages:

  1. Kudos to Northwood Theater!  
         by: Lindgren, Kerstin
  2. Pittsboro Farmers' Market opens this Thursday!  
         by: Debbie Roos
  3. Beginner Tai Chi Class Offered at  Senior Center in Pittsboro  
         by: Debra Henzey
  4. Dance Classes at Mina Bean'a Cafe starting April 9th  
         by: Dominique Metreaud
  5. Interfaith Devotional- April 5th Sponsored by the Baha'i Community  
         by: Alamance Baha'i
  6. Roofer Recommendation for Chatham Chatlist #3382  
         by: David Stallard
  7. Weed Control Strategies for Piedmont Pastures  
         by: Sam Groce
  8. replacement for watch battery  
         by: Rita  Ober
  9. Moles & Vole Removal  
         by: Sheila Beaudry
  10. Pittsboro Loves Mountains- Fundraiser Event Friday April 3, 2009  
  11. St. Bartholomew's Invites you  
         by: Karen Ladd
  12. 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt  
         by: Rocco Richard
  13. Ducks  
  14. bantam chicks  
         by: Sarah Cornette/David Cook
  15. Rock Spring Baptist Church invites you to dinner, The Lord's Supper  
         by: Lisa Thomas
  16. Taxing question

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:01:16 -0400
From: "Lindgren, Kerstin"
Subject: Kudos to Northwood Theater!

If you didn't make to Northwood this weekend for the performance of Into
the Woods, you missed a great show!  What excellent work by the cast,
the musicians, and the crew.  That's one tough musical, and those kids
made it look easy.  I have performed in and watched more than my share
of high school and community theater, and I think this might well be one
of the finest performances I've ever seen.  Congratulations on a job
very well done.  I wish the show could run for another weekend so that
more people could see what a fine piece of theater you created. You make
a former Northwood Player proud!

Kerstin Lindgren

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:36:54 -0400
From: Debbie Roos
Subject: Pittsboro Farmers' Market opens this Thursday!

After a long winter we can all celebrate spring this week because the Pittsboro Farmers' Market will launch its 13th season when it opens this Thursday! The market is open from 3:30-6:30 pm at the County Fairgrounds  behind the Food Lion shopping center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. You can learn more at Cooperative Extension's website at

The Fearrington Farmers' Market will open on Tuesday, April 7 from 4:00 pm til early evening. Learn more at

The Siler City Farmers' Market will open Saturday April 11 from 10:00 am til 1:00 pm at 118 W. Second St. between Clapp Bros. Implements and Southern States.

Come shop for the freshest produce, cut flowers, plants, baked goods, meats, cheese, and so much more. Hope to see you there!


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

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:45:45 -0400
From: Debra Henzey
Subject: Beginner Tai Chi Class Offered at  Senior Center in Pittsboro

Beginner Tai Chi Class Offered at  Senior Center in Pittsboro

Are you interested in learning the art of Tai Chi? Tai chi is good for relaxation and stress reduction, flexibility, balance and overall improvement of health.

The Chatham County Council On Aging is offering a morning class beginning Tuesday, April 7. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 am at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro.

The classes will meet twice a week for eight weeks. The cost will be $5 per person per class or $70 paid up front.  It is open to adults aged 55 and better.

If you would like more information, contact Lindsay Straughn at 919-542-4512 or email:

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 11:00:45 -0400
From: Dominique Metreaud
Subject: Dance Classes at Mina Bean'a Cafe starting April 9th

The Mina Bean'a Cafe will host a first series of beginner dance classes to
include, swing, salsa, waltz, cha cha, etc.
An eight week series of classes will begin on April 9th.
Below is included a letter from the instructors giving detailed information
on the classes.
Come and join the excitement!

The Metreauds
Mina Bean'a Cafe

Mina Beana Dance Classes

We will teach beginner social ballroom dance. This first eight-week series
will include basic steps and patterns that will allow you and your partner
to go out dancing for fun. This is not competition ballroom dance. We plan
to teach foxtrot, swing, waltz, cha cha, rumba, and salsa.

Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 7:00pm- 8:00pm. Classes
will be in eight-week series and will start April 9, 2009. The series is
$32.00 per person ($4.00/class) and will be due by the beginning of the
second class. It will not be refundable.

Singles are welcome, but it will be best if everyone comes with a partner
that you can practice with. If you are reluctant to take dance classes (like
I was when I began taking classes) but you would like to be able to dance, I
urge you to come to the first class. Everyone can dance. Dancing is walking
in time to music. I intend to go slowly and we are only going to teach basic
steps and patterns.

After this series, if there is enough interest, we will offer a second
series and teach patterns that you can add to what you know. This can
develop into a social dance group that can continue learning and meeting for
regular practice and entertainment.

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 11:10:30 -0400
From: "Alamance Baha'i"
Subject: Interfaith Devotional- April 5th Sponsored by the Baha'i Community

The Baha'i Community of Alamance County is sponsoring Interfaith Devotional
Meetings on the first Sunday evening of every month from 7-8 pm at the Upper
Chatham Lower Alamance Community Center in Eli Whitney. You are cordially
invited to attend. Please feel free to bring readings to share from your
faith. Refreshments will be served.
"The light of a good character surpasseth the light of the sun" - Baha'i

The Upper Chatham Lower Alamance Community Center is located about 20
minutes west of Chapel Hill.

The address is 8874 S. NC-87, Graham NC 27253 (shows up on Google Map).
Here are directions:
From Pittsboro, go north on HIghway 87 for 12 miles.  The UCLACC is on the
right side at Perry Rd. (2 miles before intersection of Greensboro Chapel
Hill Rd. and 87).

From Chapel Hill, go west on the Highway 54 bypass and exit at Jones Ferry
Rd. At Jones Ferry Rd go west, away from town, and turn right onto Old
Greensboro Rd. Take this road (it becomes Greensboro-Chapel Hill Rd) for
about 15 minutes to the flashing light in Eli Whitney. At that intersection,
turn left onto Highway 87. Go for about two miles. The UCLACC is on the left
side at Perry Rd.
If you need directions from other areas, or more information, please call
Thank you,
Baha'i Community of Alamance County

--------------------  6  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:02:37 -0400
From: David Stallard
Subject: Roofer Recommendation for Chatham Chatlist #3382

Responding to Roy Abel  in the subject Chatlist, we recommend Mark  
Stith, owner of RoofCrafters (933-1170) in Pittsboro, who did
two good roofing jobs for us at reasonable prices.

Dave Stallard
Fearrington Village

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:21:01 -0400
From: Sam Groce
Subject: Weed Control Strategies for Piedmont Pastures

Weed Control Strategies for Piedmont Pastures

The Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting an educational training class for livestock producers..  This class will also have the two-hour specialty (X) category credits needed by Private Pesticide Applicators.  The class will also be approved for commercial credits for commercial applicators.  The commercial credits will include Ag. Pest - Plant (O), Demonstration and Research (N) and Dealer (D) categories.

The class is titled, "Weed Control Strategies for Piedmont Pastures".  In this class we will look at some of the more common weeds that we find growing in our pastures here in Chatham County in the summer and fall and discuss control options for these weeds.  There will be a discussion of the different herbicides that are labeled for use in pasture and when we may want to use them and when definitely not to use them.  In this class we will also look at the relationship between controlling weeds in the summer and fall and the reduction of weed populations in the spring.  This program will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Dry Dock Seafood Restaurant in Siler City.  You are invited to come and eat at 6:00 p.m., but please note that this IS NOT a sponsored meal and you are responsible for the cost of your meal.

I hope that you can take advantage of this educational opportunity.  The only cost associated with the programs will be the cost of your meal.  I do request that you call or e-mail the Chatham County Center if you plan to attend so that I can have enough handouts and seats available for those who attend.  Please call at 919.542.8202 or e-mail  I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.  Employment and program opportunities are offered to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  In addition, the two universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.  North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Samuel E. Groce
Extension Agent
Livestock & Forages, Field Crops, Pesticide Education
Chatham County Center
North Carolina State Univesity
Post Office Box 279
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Telephone:  919.542.8202  FAX:  919.542.8246

--------------------  8  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:01:11 -0400
From: "Rita  Ober"
Subject: replacement for watch battery

Is there someplace local?

--------------------  9  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:24:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sheila Beaudry
Subject: Moles & Vole Removal

Here is some info that may help you:
"Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 10:11:12 -0400
From: "Diane Pettus"
Subject: Mole and Vole Removal

We have a huge problem with moles and voles in our back yard, which is now
criss-crossed with their tunnels and the holes our dog has dug as he sniffs
them out. Our cats and dog are entertained by this ongoing performance, but
all have proven themselves worthless as far as exterminating the problem. Is
there a business I can call for mole and vole removal? We have tried various
"solutions," and nothing has worked. Many thanks.
Diane Pettus"


Sheila -

Our own ag agent Al Cooke provided information several years back.
You can find the article at

Gene Galin
Chatlist moderator

--------------------  10  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:24:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Pittsboro Loves Mountains- Fundraiser Event Friday April 3, 2009


Please join us for a night of celebrating mountains, Appalachian culture
and grassroots activism with members of the citizens group Kentuckians For
The Commonwealth (KFTC) and North Carolina organization Appalachian

Friday April 3, 2009
334 Johnny Burke Road
Pittsboro, NC
($15 suggested donation)

• Learn about Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining happening in Appalachia
• Outdoor screening of coal films produced by Appalshop (
• Enjoy Old Time Music by The Hushpuppies
• Learn about North Carolina anti-MTR legislation and how North Carolina
residents can take action to stop the destruction of the Appalachian

Suggested Donation of $15 to go to KFTC, all donation levels appreciated.

Bid on local pottery, mountain music, and two tickets to shakori hills!

To be held at the home of Lora Smith, Joe Schroeder, & Alex Matisse For
more information call: 606-524-4074 or email:

To learn more about the work of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, please

To learn about your connection to mountaintop removal, please visit:

--------------------  11  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:24:48 -0400
From: Karen Ladd
Subject: St. Bartholomew's Invites you

The congregation of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church invites everyone to join us in our Holy Week and Easter celebrations. We are an inclusive and welcoming community. No need to get all dressed up. We hope to share our love of  the living Christ with you.

April 5: Palm Sunday
8:00 Holy Eucharist with procession from the Parish House to the Church and
congregational reading of the Passion Narrative
10:30 Holy Eucharist with procession including congregants from the Staunton
Memorial C.M.E. Methodist Church. The procession, with cross, musical
instruments and drums, will begin in front of the church and circle the block,
stopping three times for hymn singing. Bring an instrument, if you wish!
 The service will include the congregational reading of the Passion Narrative.

Wednesday, April 8 : 6:00 p.m.: An Instructed Passover Seder Meal. We will have a special
opportunity to learn something about one of the most important festivals
belonging to our Jewish brothers and sisters. An instructed Passover
Seder meal will begin at 6:00 p.m.. We’ll learn about the rituals, songs,
and liturgy that make this festival so rich in importance both for Jews
and for Christians. To the extent we can we’ll also enjoy the traditional
foods associated with it. Children are especially likely to enjoy this

April 9: Maundy Thursday
12 Noon - 1 PM: Free Community Lunch in the parish hall. Everyone welcome. Bring the kids, then play in our playground!
7:00 p. m.: The congregation of  St. Bartholomew's is happy and honored to be joining the congregation of Pittsboro Presbyterian Church for  Holy Eucharist with foot washing at the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church. Please join us!

 Also on April 9: 8:30 p.m. until Friday at 6:00 a.m.: The Garden Watch. St.. Bartholomew's
Churchwill be open all night for people to come for prayer and meditation. A
special garden display will be lovingly provided to enhance the setting and the

April 10: Good Friday
12:00 noon -- The Good Friday Liturgy with homily, congregational reading
of the Passion Narrative, the Solemn Collects, and the tolling of the bell.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: The Stations of the Cross. The church will be
open for those who wish to walk the Stations of the Cross. Printed
meditations for use at each station will be provided.

April 12: Easter Day – Alleluia!
6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Baptisms, followed by a reception in the
Parish Hall and the Easter Egg hunt in the Cemetery. Come meet the Easter Bunny!

 Karen Ladd

Lay Pastoral Leader

St. Bartholomew's Church
204 W. Salisbury St.

--------------------  12  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 16:43:24 -0400
From: Rocco Richard
Subject: 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hop on over to the Chatham County Parks and Recreation 7th Annual Easter Egg
Hunt at CCCC in Pittsboro this Saturday from 10:00-1:00.  There will fun =
and entertainment for the whole family.  Hope to see yaw there!!!!

7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 4th, 2009
CCCC in Pittsboro
Hunt Times: Ages 0-4, 10:30
                         Ages 5-7, 11:00
                         Ages 8-10, 11:30
Children's Games, Clowns, Balloon Animals, Fire Truck, Book Fair, Sheriffs =
Office, Pittsboro Police Department, Jordan Lake Rangers,
Concessions(fee applies)

Rocco Richard
Recreation Program Supervisor
Chatham County Parks and Recreation

--------------------  13  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 19:10:26 EDT
Subject: Ducks

Would the kind person who has a friend who knows a great deal about ducks  
please let me know once more what that person's name is, or e-mail address.  
Would appreciate it very much.

Brenda Gordon

--------------------  14  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:12:28 -0400
From: "Sarah Cornette/David Cook"
Subject: bantam chicks

Hello!  I had ordered some fun bantam chicks for my daughter's birthday this weekend--but the hatch FAILED!  Does anyone know where I can pick up some very new bantam chicks before Friday?  We are all set up for them over here.  I was hoping for little silkies, polishes, etc.  But would consider any bantam chicks at this point.  


Sarah Cornette

--------------------  15  --------------------
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:30:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: Lisa Thomas
Subject: Rock Spring Baptist Church invites you to dinner, The Lord's Supper
 & Praise/worship music

Rock Spring Baptist Church would like for you to join us this Friday, April 3rd at 6:00PM for Hamburger Steak, vegetables, dessert and drink for $3.50 a plate.  After dinner we will partake in The Lord's Supper followed by Praise & Worship music. Please email us at by Thursday to  let us know how many will be attending!!!  Rock Spring Baptist Church is located at 29 Rock Springs Church Road - Pittsboro (off of 15-501)   - (919) 542-3435 

--------------------  16  --------------------
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:15:29 -0500
From: "Mark Stinson"
Subject: Taxing question

Did you know ?
   Did you know property taxes were thought of primarily to obtain money for the government from business's that used their property to make money not to tax residents on their homes .  So far we can find no where in the Constitution where income taxes are legal or even suggested .  I'm learning some interesting facts in my study of property taxes and other nuisances we are burdened with .  Did you know there are places in the US with no property taxes ?  I'm looking into them with Alaska being on the top of the list with no property taxes at all except in the metropolitan areas with business paying the lump sum of the tax burden there .   I am studying the process they use to keep a balanced budget and run local governments . I need some help with data that's supposed to be in the public domain . I need to have the numbers for how much money Chatham County got from taxes ( all taxes including property taxes ) for last year  plus any government funding . I need to know how it was dispersed to the penny , what department got what and how much they spent .I want to know exactly how much it takes to run our county on for one year .  I'm serious about this . If someone can get me the facts I have some help to crunch the numbers to see if some of these other government funding options could work here in Chatham .  Why ,, simple ,, the letters from readers of my post that are fed up with paying high taxes on their homes . One lady wrote me to inform me her 40 year old double wide is taxed so high it takes three months of her retirement check to pay the property taxes . That's criminal to make anyone suffer that much just to pay a damn tax on something they worked so hard to own .. You pay taxes on a home when you buy it , every time you purchase anything for it and every time you pay someone to make a repair . We are taxed to death . I know about what my grandparents had invested in the home in the 1950s when it was built . To date they have paid almost 3 times the purchase price in taxes . There is something wrong with this . You work hard and buy a home ,, it should be your piece of dirt but its not . After the last payment is made , you have retired on very little income you come to a point you cant pay your property taxes and get behind its at that point you realize you never owned the property ,, the county does because when you quit paying taxes ( rent ) they foreclose on it and your on the street . I want to know all I can about how our county runs and how it expends it resources .  If someone will help me I will try to fit the no home tax method into the equation some other places use to see what it would do for us . Simply put , properties with commercial use that make the owners income would still pay the same taxes they already do . Home owners wouldn't pay a penny in property taxes but the secret is how you get the rest of the money to run the county . Its fair ,, its legal and its simple . For now I'm gathering information just like the load of crap given to Orange County residents that they cant modify or change tax re evaluations . It can be done but the method requires the county drop the tax rate to offset the new evaluations while a study is done to see if the values are really correct . That process can take several years ,, so while they are working out the mess the tax rate is dropped ,, taxes stay the same , until the next re evaluation . By that time the real estate market will have leveled out at lower home values . The problem with a re evaluation at this time is the methods used are from current year ( last years ) real estate values before the market crashed after being artificially inflated by greedy investors . Its all so confusing but if someone wants to help get me the financial information on Chatham County I will give it a shot .   This is a learning process , not a rock throwing party  at the County Government ,, I think we can do it better , cheaper , more efficiently and most of all ,, let people retire without worry about taxes .  Please ,, give me your input ,, goodnite Mark

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