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Chatham Chatlist #3419 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gene Galin   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009

This digest contains the following messages:

  1. Swim Lessons First registration day is This Saturday!!!!  
         by: Rocco Richard
  2. Bed and Breakfasts hold Open House May 24 to Raise Funds for CORA  
         by: Karen Pullen
  3. wood chipper  
         by: Laura Lauffer
  4. Thank you  
  5. Asthma treatment?  
         by: kimberli matin
  6. Dora Owens in Concert Fri. at Mina Bean'a Cafe  
         by: Dominique Metreaud
  7. On the streets of Pittsboro  
         by: doug
  8. Chatham Shag Social -( Please post Thursday)  
         by: Pat Johnson
  9. CLLC donations  
         by: Meghann
  10. PLENTY of questions!  
         by: Happy Hunter
  11. Chatham Camera Club - 3rd Fri Art Walk  
         by: Linda Tompkins
  12. where is the closest Phy. Therapist?  
         by: Jimmy & Ida Pharr
  13. Toxic Sewage Sludge on Chatham County Farmlands  
         by: tim keim
  14. Recycle old cell phones  
  15. Old news for Chatham County  

--------------------  1  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 08:45:19 -0400
From: Rocco Richard
Subject: Swim Lessons First registration day is This Saturday!!!!

Registration takes place at The Chatham County Parks and Recreation office =
in Pittsboro.  Our office is located next to Hardees.

Session            Date                            Registration date and Ti=
me                 Evaluation day and Time
Session I:    June 8 -                         June 19   May 16 10am - 1pm =
                            June 5            10am-12pm
Session II:   June 22 - July 2           June 11    5:30pm - 7:30pm        =
                          June 19          10-11am & 6:30-7:30pm
Session III:  July 7 - July 17           June 25    5:30pm - 7:30pm        =
                          July 3             10 am - 11am
Session IV:  July 20 -  July 31       July 9       5:30pm - 7:30pm         =
                        July 17           10-11am & 6:30-7:30pm
Session V:Aug 3 - Aug 14             July 23     5:30pm - 7:30p            =
                        July 31           10-11am & 6:30-7:30pm



*         The swim lesson program will be conducted by Carolina Pool Manage=
ment, Inc.
*         Swimmers must participate in an evaluation class before being ass=
igned a class level.
*         Students must be at least 3 years old by Evaluation Day
*         Class size will be a maximum of 6 students per instructor.
*         A class must have a minimum of 3 students enrolled for it to be h=
*         Each session will be made of eight (8) 30 minute classes.
*         Classes will meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks.  (Friday=
s will be reserved for weather make up days.)
*         Five Group Swim Sessions:
Registration Day                   Evaluation Day
Session I:              June 8 - June 19        May 16                     =
              June 5
Session II:             June 22 - July 2         June 11                   =
                June 19
Session III:           July 7 - July 17          June 25                   =
                July 3
Session IV:           July 20 - July 31        July 9                      =
                July 17
Session V: Aug 3 - Aug 14          July 23                                 =
   July 31
Class Descriptions
Tadpoles         Students must be at least 3 years old by Evaluation Day.  =
This class emphasizes water orientation, basic water safety, and developing=
 a comfort level with the water.  Lessons will teach basic skills to develo=
p safe swimmers.
Beginner         Students must be comfortable in the water.  Student must s=
wim independently for 6 feet. Basic skills for freestyle and backstroke are=
Advanced       Students must be able to swim a minimum of 10 yards of both =
Beginner freestyle and backstroke.  Students will be taught the basic skill=
s for the four competitive strokes.
[cid:image002....@01C9D2DD.FAACBE00]FEE STRUCTURE

Registration Fee                           $5.00 per session for group less=
*         [cid:image003....@01C9D2DD.FAACBE00] Group Lessons               =
              $60.00 per session.  Limit 6 students per class.
*         Registration Fee                           $5.00 at the start of =
each session (Private/Semi Private)
*         Semi-private (2 students)                        $30 per 1/2hr le=
sson ($15 each) / $210 per session ($105 each)
*         Private                                          $25.00 per 1/2 h=
our lesson or $175 per session

*         Begins the first day your pool is open.
*         To enroll:
             * Sign up at the Chatham County Parks and Recreation Departmen=
t on Registration Day
                        OR Call/Email the Carolina Pool Management Office a=
fter Registration Day
* After Evaluation Day your student(s) will be assigned a class level and i=
*Leave a check made out to CAROLINA POOL MANAGEMENT.
*You must register in person.

Call CPM at 336-854-8884 to register after Registration Day or

Rocco Richard
Recreation Program Supervisor
Chatham County Parks and Receation

--------------------  2  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 08:57:37 -0400
From: Karen Pullen
Subject: Bed and Breakfasts hold Open House May 24 to Raise Funds for CORA

Have you always wanted to see Chatham County's five beautiful bed and
breakfast inns, talk with the innkeepers, take a tour?  On May 24, from
noon until six, you can do just that and benefit a worthy cause at the
same time.

Each inn will offer refreshments, a special gift, and a "goody bag" of
items and discounts from Chatham County businesses worth up to $35.  
You'll also be entered into drawings for tour tickets to the Carnivore
Preservation Trust, massage from The Spa at Bell House, and an overnight
getaway at any one of the B&Bs.

The five B&B's are: The Inn at Celebrity Dairy, B&B at Laurel Ridge,
Chapel Hill B&B, Rosemary House B&B, and Shady Wagon Farm.  You can
start the Tour at any one of the B&Bs.

Admission to the B&B Tour is $10 ($8 if purchased before May 24 at the
website  All proceeds will be donated to the CORA
Food Pantry which provides emergency food assistance to Chatham County
residents in need. CORA provides a week's worth of groceries to
thousands of families every year.

More information is available at the website

--------------------  3  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 09:58:36 -0400
From: "Laura Lauffer"
Subject: wood chipper

I need an industrial size wood chipper and operator to add some biomass to the red clay on our job site. The rental place on 64 closed, does anyone have a local recommendation?

Thanks chatlist, Laura

--------------------  4  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 10:17:44 -0400
Subject: Thank you

I'd like to thank everyone that took the time to call or write inquiring about the cleaning position in our offices. We have filled the position.

Allison Springer
Administrative Assistant
Chatham Transit Network

--------------------  5  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 12:34:35 -0400
From: kimberli matin
Subject: Asthma treatment?

Does anyone have a doctor in this area that treats asthma that they recommend?

--------------------  6  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 13:37:27 -0400
From: Dominique Metreaud
Subject: Dora Owens in Concert Fri. at Mina Bean'a Cafe

Dora Owens Celtic harpist,will give a concert of  Scottish and Irish music
at 8:30 at the Mina Bean'a Cafe, in Siler City during  this week's Third
Friday's Art Walk.  A Chatham County resident, Dora is a professional
performer at parties and weddings( website at  Concert is
We will serve our dinner special of Eggplant Parmigiana until 9:00 pm.

Mina Bean'a Cafe
222 E. Raleigh St.
Siler City, N.C.
919-663-3266 - cafe

--------------------  7  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 13:39:35 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: doug
Subject: On the streets of Pittsboro

Overheard on polling day:

"Sir, how do you feel about liquor by the drink?"

"Well, it's a bit early, but if you're offering...."

--------------------  8  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 16:39:10 -0400
From: "Pat Johnson"
Subject: Chatham Shag Social

Everyone is invited to the Chatham Area Shag Club May Social this Sunday the
17th from 5:30 till 9:00 at the General Store Café in beautiful downtown
Pittsboro.  Our theme for this month is “Happy Days Are Here Again” or
“CASA’s Own Economic Recovery Plan”.   The SHAG got its roots from the
dances of the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.  In the 30’s the nation was in a worse
depression than we are now and the government had an economic recovery plan
then also.  So pick your era and dress accordingly.  We will give a prize to
be best of each era.  Our secret dancers this month will be “Fred & Ginger”.
D.J Chigger Woods will provide the music.  Admission is $5.00.  Free if you
join CASA.  Come out and see what every one is talking about.

Patricia L. Johnson, President
Chatham Area Shag Association
P.O.Box  1498
Pittsboro, NC 27312

--------------------  9  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 17:20:17 -0400
From: Meghann
Subject: CLLC donations

Hello!  We at the Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC) are getting
ready for our annual Benefit Yard and Bake Sale.  The sale is May 30th
from 8-1 rain or shine (since we are indoors).  We are a group home for
adults with autism here in Pittsboro  If you would like to donate your
gently used  items to the yard sale it is tax deductible.  We will take
almost anything!  The items that we will not take are adult clothing,
large appliances and furniture, and used personel items.  The best items
are usually household nick-nacks, children's clothing/ toys/
accessories, books, picture frames, and that other rare thing you don't
know what to do with.  All proceeds go directly to our program.  Please
contact Meghann Smits if interested in donating items to our sale,
542-1910.  Thank you!

Meghann and the CLLC

--------------------  10  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 15:27:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Happy Hunter
Subject: PLENTY of questions!

I have been watching the posts about this PLENTY concept and so far have reserved judgment, but it sure has spurred a lot of questions in my mind, being a risk-averse person. Here are a few of them... if you KNOW the answers, please respond...either directly or to the Chatlist. If you have opinions about the answers, but don't KNOW it to be fact... then you're just like me and need to let the ones in the KNOW talk. Thanks.

    1) What is to keep someone from printing up a bunch of their own PLENTYs? I know that counterfeiting Monopoly money is not the same crime as counterfeiting US tender, so where does the PLENTY fall in that continuum of criminal possibilities?
    2) I see the list of businesses that accept this scrip listed on the PLENTY's website. One I used once, but none I use now, or most likely would use again. Do you think mainstream businesses like regular grocery stores or gas stations or feed stores (i.e., places where I tend to spend my cash locally) would ever sign up for this program?
    3) How do stores handle scrip? Will PigglyWiggly have a "Plenty Only" register, or will they have to deal with two sets of drawers?
    4) What denominations do PLENTYs come in? I am assuming (with full knowledge of that danger!) bills only, so what happens to the change?
    5) What is the benefit of the whole program? I mean, it might show local spending, but how does that fact help the average Chatham resident?
    6) According to the website THEPLENTY.ORG, this is all about the local economy. But isn't the person who is going to invest in the local economy by using PLENTYs the same person who would invest in the local economy using Visa? Or Cash? Or barter?  I just don't get what having a "local currency" does.

I have PLENTY of additional questions, even before you answer these. But these are the highest priority for me.  Thanks in advance for all the help!

--------------------  11  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 19:32:25 -0400
From: "Linda Tompkins"
Subject: Chatham Camera Club - 3rd Fri Art Walk

Chatham County Camera Club, Inc. / Gallery

 We've Moved!!!.Come Visit at Our New Location!!

WHERE:  229 North Chatham Avenue, Siler City, NC

WHEN:  Third Friday Art Walk in Siler City:  MAY 15, 2009 from 6:00 - 9:00pm

Featured Photographer:  ALAN RESCH, editor and publisher of The Chatham News in Siler City and the Chatham Record in Pittsboro

Alan D. Resch, editor and publisher of The Chatham News in Siler City and The Chatham Record in Pittsboro is our Featured Photographer for the 3rd Friday Art Walk in downtown Siler City, May 15, 2009 from 6-9 PM.  Our new gallery is located at 229 North Chatham Avenue.  We invite you to visit Alan's exhibit, which will be at our gallery during May and June.

Photography has been a hobby as well as a profession since age 12, when Alan had his first photo published in the Chatham News.  Alan grew up in Siler City and graduated from the UNC School of Journalism in 1959.  While in college he worked for the United Press International and continued working for them until mid 1962.  For UPI he served as a reporter and photographer, covering state and national stories in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

 In 1962 he returned to Siler City, where he served as a reporter before becoming Editor of the Chatham News in 1965, then Publisher in 1974.  Resch has won numerous photography and writing awards in the North Carolina Press Association.  He has served as president of the Communities Newspaper and on the Board of the press association.  He also served as president of theEastern North Carolina Press Association.

Alan is married to Mary John Little, formerly of Pinetops.  They have two grown children as well as three grandchildren.

The Chatham County Camera Club was formed in 2005.  We are a diverse group of amateur and professional photographers networked together by sharing our knowledge, experience and interest in photography.

We meet each 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM at the Western Chatham Senior Center, located in the Siler Business Park in Siler City, NC.  Our meeting in May will be Thursday, May 14.  The meetings are free and open to the public.  Please come join us!

For more information, visit our web site at

Linda Tompkins
Publicity, Chatham Camera Club

--------------------  12  --------------------
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 18:23:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jimmy & Ida Pharr
Subject: where is the closest Phy. Therapist?

Recovering from rotator cup/cuff surgery. Any idea about who the closest Phy Therapist outfit might be to the Pittsboro area?  I'm to contact them for therapy in a few weeks. (Groan). Surgeons recommended an athletic oriented one. (Maybe I'll finally become an athlete!!!)  Thanks, Jimmy

Jimmy (cell 919-815-1512) 
and Ida (cell 815-0584)
Pharr     919-542-5099
"Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."
"Mess with me and you mess with the whole trailer park."

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Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 18:26:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: tim keim
Subject: Toxic Sewage Sludge on Chatham County Farmlands

This editorial was published last year in the Chapel Hill Herald Sun. It is increasingly relevant as legislators consider this subject. Farmers have been told lies to get them to allow sludge dumping on the land that feeds this county. If they knew the truth, they'd reject the offer to host toxic sludge on their lands.                            

By Tim Keim

In my last column you’d have read that I believe farmers are the most important people in the world. Never will I back off that statement. I also mentioned that, for the sake of food security, protection of Chatham County farmlands should be our number one priority. In my first column I spoke about the dead zones growing in Chatham’s rivers and lakes because of fertilizer run off and under treated sewage. This is a continuing enumeration of the serious threats to our local life support system.

Chatham County farmers, like farmers across the nation, are desperate for some way to maintain productivity and profitability. Out of that desperation they have become the unwitting victims of the Synagro Corporation’s deceptive scheme to sell them on the idea that sewage sludge that is supposed to nourish their soil for healthier crops. Corporate producers call it “bio-solids.† But it’s better known as sludge.

The Harper-Collins Dictionary of Environmental Science describes sewage sludge as “A viscous, semisolid mixture of bacteria and virus-laden organic matter, toxic metals, synthetic organic chemicals, and settled solids removed from domestic and industrial waste water at sewage treatment plants.â€

Among the substances found in sludge are antibiotics, hormones like steroids and Viagra, metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic, concentrations of deadly e. coli, fire retardant, and the ubiquitous disinfectant, triclosan which can be found in anti-bacterial soaps, cosmetics and products for your baby. Triclosan, when exposed to sunlight becomes dioxin.

Then there’s the problem of what happens when thousands of other undetected compounds and disease causing bacteria are concentrated together in sludge.  The synergistic affects of that mixture may well be leading to antibiotic strains of deadly e. coli.. Remember last fall? E. coli bacterial contamination of spinach and lettuce killed people, and prompted a nation wide recall of those products. Those fields were irrigated with water discharged from sewage treatment plants.

Also, food crops take up heavy metals and concentrate them. Livestock fed silage contaminated by sewage sludge can pass this toxic burden on to humans as we dine on the flesh of these animals.

Fish populations in our area are already contaminated by fertilizer runoff, and several chemicals in sludge have an estrogen-like affect on fish, causing males to exhibit female sexual characteristics.

There are approximately 52 farmland sludge dumping sites in the Rocky River watershed in Chatham County above Siler City and Sanford. Sludge applied to these sites is very likely running off into the creeks and Rocky River. Set backs from  water courses are supposed to be observed, but there is no monitoring to ensure compliance. Furthermore, little to no testing of the Rocky River has been done below these sites to check for contaminants. In 2006, over 5 million gallons of sludge were spread on farmlands in Chatham County (Ed Hardee, Aquifer Protection Section, North Carolina Division of Water Quality, 2008). Cities that have permits to land apply sewage sludge in Chatham County include public utilities in Siler City, Burlington, Sanford, Cary, Apex, OWASA, Holly Springs, and Pittsboro (Ed Hardee, 4/17/08).  According to maps provided by Synagro, a number of fields receiving sludge are located extremely close to bodies of water These maps state that
 1-inch equals 660 ft. If these maps are to scale, the majority of these permitted fields do not meet the regulatory requirement of a minimum distance of 100 ft. to surface water(Blue Ridge Environmental Defense Fund).  
 A study conducted by Eastern Washington University and the USGS concluded that a range of compounds are “incompletely removed during wastewater treatment and sequestered in biosolids [a.k.a., sewage sludge] that are subsequently land applied.† The potential concerns surrounding the presence of these compounds in the environment include adverse psychological effects, increased cancer, reproductive impairment in humans and other animals, and antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria.

This ever mounting evidence bolsters an opinion I've held for years: some of the greatest crimes are perfectly legal. Intentionally spreading pollution may be legal, but it's a crime against nature and humanity. Chatham County is being used like a Third World toxic waste dump.

But there may be a glimmer of hope shining in this story.

Senator Barbara Boxer has called for Senate hearings to investigate the risks of pharmaceuticals in drinking water and the risks to water, food and health from sewage sludge used for fertilizer on farmlands.

As comforting as that might sound, I wouldn’t house all my hope in that prospect. Calling for hearings is one thing, actually defending our local farmlands is another. Any politician, national or local is going to need a lot of help to get the job done. Chemical companies and sludge traffickers like Synagro are not going to roll over and play dead. They have well-paid mercenaries of their own, in and out of government.

If Chatham County is going to grow a living, local economy free of legal, corporate pollution then I recommend that we engage our farmers directly and share our concerns with them. If farmers understand the risks of alienating their markets, they’ll have to think twice about hosting toxic sludge on their lands.

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Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 21:38:53 -0400
Subject: Recycle old cell phones

Help keep Chatham County green by recycling your old cell phones.? If you have any old cell phones laying around that you no longer use, please consider dropping them off at one of the drop off sites listed below to be recycled.? These phones will be sent to a recycling? company in Texas to be properly recycled according to EPA rules and guidelines or will be reconditioned and given to Battered Women shelters and US Military Soldiers overseas.?

Did you know that there are over 500 million used cell phones in the United States alone? Did you know that (1) old cell phone if not properly disposed of or recycled according to EPA rules, can contaminate 132,000 liters of ground water?? Good reason to recycle.?

Please drop off your old unused cell phones at one of these locations:? this weekend at the Pittsboro Relay for Life at Northwood High School (at the concession stand), or starting on May 20, 2009 other locations that drop off boxes will be located; Pittsboro Discount Drug located at 650 East St. Pittsboro; Performance Automotive & Tire located at 1027 East St. Pittsboro; NC Signs located at 7688 US 64 West, Pittsboro.?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

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Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 22:53:42 -0400
From: Will Sexton
Subject: Old news for Chatham County

To the Chatlist:

Today (as I write) marks a centennial of sorts for Chatham County.  A
hundred years ago today, Isaac S. London published his first issue as owner
and editor of the Siler City Grit.  Over the last few years, I've studied
the Grit and the Chatham Record from this period, and learned quite a bit of
the county's history.  I thought I would use my Fusion Rule blog - - to post a weekly look back to items in the county's
news a hundred years ago.  Also, as long as no one calls me a commie-lover
or an animal-hater, or steals stuff from my yard, and no fake people post
fake press releases about me, I'll post a little teaser to the Chatlist for
as long as I'm able to keep the feature going.  The first installment, of
course, highlights I.S. London's purchase of the paper, and a cool spell
that sounds a lot like the one we're enjoying this week.

Will Sexton

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