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Chatham Chatlist #3385 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gene Galin   
Friday, 03 April 2009

This digest contains the following messages:

  1. New Salem Church presents In Christ Alone  
         by: lorie barker <loriebar...@yahoo.com>
  2. screens for your windows  
         by: Judy S. Harrelson <j...@mikeharrelson.net>
  3. Abundance/Briar Chapel 5K race, May 9th!  
         by: Tami Schwerin <t...@blast.com>
  4. Moles and Voles  
         by: Al Cooke <al.co...@chathamnc.org>
  5. TOY BOX, Donations  
         by: Ann Watson <awat...@chathammrc.org>
  6. .just a note to express thanks  
         by: Marion Thomson <fm...@yahoo.com>
  7. Opportunity to host 4-H International Exchange Students  
         by: Lauren Irby <lauren.i...@chathamnc.org>
  8. Horse Board  
         by:  <OakTr...@aol.com>
  9. Scuttled Bus  
         by: tim keim <timkeim...@yahoo.com>
  10. Easter Presentation at PBC  
         by: Kelly Butler <ke...@2sparrows.org>
  11. Abrakadoodle Art Education Classes for Kids (2-12 yrs.) starting Saturday 4/4!  

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:39:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: lorie barker <loriebar...@yahoo.com>
Subject: New Salem Church presents In Christ Alone

The choir of New Salem Church is privileged to present “In Christ Alone†, a musical Easter experience celebrating that victorious day when God’s redemption plan was fulfilled. Come share this powerful message with us as we deliver the good news in music and word spoken.

Sunday, April 5 at 3:30 pm
 and
 Saturday, April 11, at 7:00 pm

New Salem Church
5030 Old Graham Road
Pittsboro NC 27312

Child care provided for infants and toddlers

Refreshments following the program

Call for additional information, 542-3869

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:33:34 -0400
From: "Judy S. Harrelson" <j...@mikeharrelson.net>
Subject: screens for your windows

Spring is here and you want to open your windows... but.... you find a hole or tear in your screen?

We can repair your screens for windows or doors.  If you currently don't have screens we can build you a new custom one to fit your window.    

Call Gay, Judy or Mike at 919 742 1003 for information.  

For details of all of our services - replacement glass, windshields, mirrors, shower doors and more - please see our website www.glasswarehouse.net

Thank you
Judy

----
Judy S. Harrelson
Glass & Window Warehouse and
Harrelson's Home Center
Energy Star® Partner
812 East Third Street
Siler City, NC 27344
919 742 1003
j...@mikeharrelson.net
www.mikeharrelson.net
www.glasswarehouse.net

******************************************************
Note to all -

My mistake on this post. It should have been held to go out in tomorrow's Classified Chatlist.

Gene Galin
Chatlist moderator
*******************************************************

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:44:46 -0400
From: Tami Schwerin <t...@blast.com>
Subject: Abundance/Briar Chapel 5K race, May 9th!

Get in shape and support a good cause!

Briar Chapel has a beautiful 5k (that is 3.1 miles) course and it is  
USATF certified.
Saturday, May 9th, race begins @ 8:00am sharp.
Baby joggers are welcome and registration is $20 and $25 race day.

To register online:
http://theabundancefoundation.org/briar-chapel-5k/

More information about the run?:  ja...@ecrun.org

Tami Schwerin
t...@blast.com
919-444-9300
http://www.theabundancefoundation.org
local food~renewable energy~community

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:57:07 -0400
From: Al Cooke <al.co...@chathamnc.org>
Subject: Moles and Voles

Gene,

Thanks for the link on distinguishing moles and voles and some control options (Chatlist # 3383).  I'll avoid recreating all of that.  But I will issue two cautions:
1. In North Carolina moles are a non-game animal.  Therefore, trapping requires a permit from the NC Wildlife resources commission.  Voles are a legitimate pest animal and may be controlled with registered products.
2. Everyone should be wary of ordering pest control products from out of state.   Even EPA approved products must also be approved by the NC Department of Agriculture for pest control.  When ordering pest control products online or by phone, ask if the product is registered in North Carolina.

Thanks.
alcooke

Al Cooke
Extension Agent, Horticulture
Chatham County Center
N.C. Cooperative Extension
PO Box 279, Pittsboro, NC  27312
919.542-8202; Fax 919.542.8246
al_co...@ncsu.edu
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/staff/acooke/home.html

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:29:57 -0400
From: "Ann Watson" <awat...@chathammrc.org>
Subject: TOY BOX, Donations

The Bennett Elementary School needs your help.  We are seeking a plain toy
box (undecorated/stained) to be auctioned on April 24 to support PTA
activities.  In addition, we would welcome gift certificates from local
businesses, and any other items that could be auctioned to help support our
school.  I know Chatham County is blessed to have so many talented artisans
in our midst now, and we would welcome donations from them as well.

Please contact me via cell phone if you can help.

Thank you,

Ann Watson

Cell 919-200-1163 or 919-548-5984

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 06:44:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Marion Thomson <fm...@yahoo.com>
Subject: .just a note to express thanks

Just a note to express thanks for the List of Hottest bulletin board topics...it really is interesting!   Marion Thomson
Fearrington Village

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:55:33 -0400
From: Lauren Irby <lauren.i...@chathamnc.org>
Subject: Opportunity to host 4-H International Exchange Students

Local families are needed to host Japanese exchange students, ages 12 to 18, for four weeks this summer as part of a two-way exchange program sponsored by 4-H.  N.C. 4-H is looking for 22 families to host students from Japan during the summer, July 24 - August 20. There are also opportunities to host Norwegian students, July 1-30, Costa Rican students, June 21-July18 and Finnish students, June 14-July 12. This is a great way for young people to learn about another country and culture.

The program is open to families with children of the same gender and within 2 years age of the exchange students.  Families without children in this age range can be considered as hosts for the adult chaperones from Japan.  All exchange students must have their own bed. Host families are responsible for all meals and transportation including pick up and return for the child. Health insurance is provided. Families must complete an application, submit 3 non-family references, and sign a disclosure in order to have a criminal background check for all family members 18 years old or older living in the home. In addition, local Extension staff must conduct an in-home interview with the family (all members present).

You don't have to be a 4-H member host; you just need a willingness to share your home and your world.  There is no need to know Japanese.  The students have all studied English and are anxious to use it.

The program gives host families a chance to share their culture, friendship, and family life with an exchange student and at the same time learn about Japanese life.  The homestays only last a month during the summer vacation, but the effects last a lifetime.

This 4-H Japanese Exchange program is one of the largest exchange programs involving North American and Japanese youth in the world.  Since it was begun in 1972 some 43,000 students have stayed with families in over 39 states, including North Carolina, and more than 7,000 American students have made reciprocal visits to Japan.

Information about the 2009 Japanese Exchange Students may be found at the website: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/randolph/4hprogram/exchange/index.php. Host applications for the program are available through 4-H, NC Cooperative Extension Chatham County Center at 45 South Street in Pittsboro.  Questions may be directed to Lauren Irby, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Chatham County at (919) 542-8202.

Lauren N. Irby
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Chatham County Center
N.C. Cooperative Extension
919.542-8202
lauren_i...@ncsu.edu<mailto:lauren_i...@ncsu.edu>
http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu<http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/>

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:07:23 EDT
From: OakTr...@aol.com
Subject: Horse Board

Oak Trace Farm located in the Staley/Liberty area has space for a couple of  
pasture boarders.  Large pasture area cross fenced with run in sheds and  
shade trees.  Tons of grass!  Riding ring (not the best but flat),  cavelettis,
jump poles, etc.  Quiet country area.  $145 a month.   Please email or call
919-663-3040 or cell number  336-669-6754.

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:19:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: tim keim <timkeim...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Scuttled Bus

SCUTTLED BUS
3-25-09
By Tim Keim
Previously published in the Chapel Hill Herald Sun

It's been a couple o' weeks since the Pittsboro Town Board met to consider its participation in bus service in cooperation with Chapel Hill Transit, Chatham County and the federal government. I've had time to mull over the statements and consult the meeting minutes provided to me by Town Clerk, Alice Lloyd. I was present at the meeting.

When I first heard the arguments of Commissioners Chris Walker and Gene Brooks against the bus proposal, I thought they had some merit.

Gene Brooks thought that Chatham County's offer to cover two-thirds of the cost was generous. He waxed nostalgic like the history teacher he once was, remembering when a man could ride a train to work and back from Sanford to Raleigh. He said if the country fell that it would be replete with tales of our neglected rail system. When Gene Brooks starts to praise something, don't get your hopes up. Brooks then implored the board to hold on to their reserves as the previous generation had counseled him. He continued, noting that our water treatment and wastewater treatment plants may soon need extensive renovation or replacement, therefore he could not support any expenditure on the bus.

He makes a valid point about our water infrastructure. It is old, out of date, and often out of safety and health compliance. But, despite his reservations Brooks supported the not very good,  relatively cheap chloramine treatment option for the town's notoriously bad drinking water. Instead of pushing for a really good system that would protect citizens from the carcinogens in our water, Brooks voted to do it on the cheap. Even after he heard expert opinion from Dr. Phillip Singer of UNC Chapel Hill that strongly doubted the effectiveness of chloramine use in our situation. Now Mr. Brooks wants to warn us about money we may have to spend on our water system that could have been addressed comprehensively before now. How curious and ironic it was, then, to hear Mr. Brooks paraphrase Singer's advise as he  cautioned about the possibility of needing to spend money on our water system.

Mr. Walker on the other hand is a banker. He foretold of a possible budget shortfall that would jeopardize the town's financial standing. He peppered Finance Officer, Scott Borror, asking him to speculate about the possibility of a budget shortfall. Mr. Borror conceded tepidly that “yes, it was possible.† The sense of his answer though was that it didn't seem probable. To summarize Mr. Walker's argument: To support the bus (even though the town has millions of dollars in reserve) would be imprudent in such uncertain economic times. Furthermore, he said that he couldn't live with himself if a single employee had to be laid off because money committed to the bus could have, otherwise used, saved that job.

I mustn't leave out Commissioner Clinton Bryan. His lack of knowledge and curiosity about the project was troubling. In a phone call to him just days before the vote, it was plainly evident he hadn't done his homework. And, since he's a car dealer, he may well have a philosophical bias against mass transit, but he wasn't ethically prompted to recuse himself from the vote.

Mr. Brooks and Mr. Walker were both very sincere as they made their arguments; paragons of wisdom and restraint. But it's difficult for me to reconcile their extreme caution with Pittsboro's financial fitness. Judge for yourself.

According to the North Carolina Treasurer's Office, Pittsboro has about 700 days of operating capital in the bank, thanks in part to the admirable frugality of Commissioners Brooks and Walker.

If Pittsboro paid one-third of the remaining $176,356 to help fund the 18 month bus pilot project, the most it could cost would be $58,197.48, or $3,233.19 per month. That's if no one rode the bus at all.  The potential cost is such a minuscule proportion of Pittsboro's Fund Balance that it wouldn't pose a risk to our ability to meet our needs.

Mayor Voller made exhaustive arguments documenting how this bus service would benefit Pittsboro and Chatham County. Town Manager, Bill Terry, doubted that Pittsboro would ever get an opportunity like this again. Commendations to Commissioners Pam Baldwin and Hugh Harrington for having the foresight to support the bus.

I must concur with Mr. Terry.  Chapel Hill Transit will supply the buses, the feds  will cover half the total cost. Chatham will cover approximately two-thirds of the balance. The internal combustion engine might be nothing more than a museum piece before an opportunity like this rolls 'round again.

But all may not be lost. Mayor Voller was able to get unanimous agreement, in principal, for the bus route if 2009 budget negotiations in July provided a favorable forecast. Commissioner Walker stipulated that no new taxes should be levied, no layoffs should occur, and that fewer than $120,000 would have to be transferred from the reserves to the general fund to cover any budget shortfall.

Let's all be watching this summer to see if that agreement is honored.

In the meantime, please contact the PBO town board and ask them to support mass transit for the prosperity our citizens.

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 21:12:09 -0400
From: Kelly Butler <ke...@2sparrows.org>
Subject: Easter Presentation at PBC

Pittsboro Baptist Church invites the community to its Easter  
Presentation on April 10-11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary,  
including performances by the sanctuary choir, drama team, and Kidz of  
Faith choir.  PBC is located at 121 W. Salisbury Street, downtown  
Pittsboro.  For more information, please call the Church Office at  
542-2986.

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 21:16:10 -0400
From: "Heather Bjork" <hbj...@abrakadoodle.com>
Subject: Abrakadoodle Art Education Classes for Kids (2-12 yrs.) starting Saturday 4/4!

Abrakadoodle (www.abrakadoodle.com/nc03 , 336-270-6307) offers MOBILE multicultural, mixed media art education classes, camps, parties & events throughout central NC, in collaboration with Crayola.  We are starting a new series of 6 classes this Saturday (4/4) & Monday (4/6) at Our Neighborhood School & Pizzeria (87 Thompson St., Pittsboro). We also offer classes & camps through the Parks & Rec Department of both Chapel Hill & Carrboro. To see a full listing of our classes & camps, visit www.abrakadoodle.com/nc03/schedule.html

Abrakadoodle's classes feature contemporary and master artists and artistic techniques from around the world.  Our curriculum exceeds the National Standards for the Visual Arts.  Artistic techniques that will be taught include: wax resist, bull's eye painting, texture rubbing, pastel blending and painting soft edged shapes. Non-toxic, washable art materials used. Pictures, books and music are incorporated into lessons (for children aged 20 months - 5 years) creating a multisensory learning experience for every child. Tuition includes all materials needed. There is a 10% sibling discount.

Sat. 4/4 - 5/16   9-9:45 AM Twoosys (20 mos. - 3 years), 10-10:45 AM Mini Doodlers (3-5 years), 11-11:45 AM Doodlers (6-12 years) - NO CLASS APRIL 11  
$ 72/child for 6 classes

Mon. 4/6 - 5/18  3:30-4:30 Doodlers (Kindergarten - 12 years) - NO CLASS APRIL 13  $78/child for 6 classes

Mon.  4/6 - 5/18  5-5:45 PM Twoosy/Mini Doodler (20 mos. - 5 years) - NO CLASS APRIL 13  $ 72/child for 6 classes

Dreaming of the Future Camp by Abrakadoodle®

If you've ever dreamed of being a super sleuth, a super hero or heroine, race car driver, architect or space explorer - this is the Abrakadoodle camp for you!  Follow the clues to create an artist's sketch of the perpetrator. Learn about fingerprinting and make your own special fingerprint art.  Show your super might in a photo illustration. There's a little competition - and fun, as you create and race your own race car. Put your imagination into overdrive as you design a city for the future. Explore outer space while learning about the Hubble Telescope. Build and name your own star! There will be future focused games, music and a new adventure every day!

SPRING BREAK CAMP  April 13-17 (9-noon)  Preschool (3-5 years) & (1-4 PM) Elementary (6-12 years)  $ 115/child (includes tuition & materials), 10% sibling discount

We also offer a FABULOUS Birthday Party (children 2 - 12 years of age) for up to 12 kids for $ 150 which we bring to you!  The b-day child even receives a SPECIAL gift from Abrakadoodle - a complimentary Abrakadoodle t-shirt!  We offer both FUN & EDUCATIONAL "ARTY" Parties & every child takes home a wonderful, framed masterpiece!  Call us (336) 270-6307 for more details and themes or pick your own custom theme!

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