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Concerts for a Cause with Fair Game Beverage Co. & Abundance NC on Sept 17 & 24

September 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:46:17 -0400
From: Rose Dyer
Subject: Concerts for a Cause with Fair Game Beverage Co. & Abundance NC

Hey Chatham,

Join us every remaining Saturday in September for the last two concerts on the lawn!  From 5-8 pm, these shows are a recommended donation of $10-$15 and the proceeds go to a different non-profit both weeks.

September 17 – music by Saludos Compay, original and traditional music from Latin America and the Caribbean, benefitting the Zafer Estill Memorial Fund

September 24 – music by The David Wax Museum, a mix of Mexican folk rhythms and indie rock influences, benefitting the Chatham Partnership for Children

As always, we’ll have wines by the glass and bottle, wine spritzers, and draft beer, plus BreakFAST and Beyond will be on hand with his famous sandwiches & plates.

Feel free to visit our website to learn more.

Come join us!  220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro.

Rose Dyer
Fair Game Beverage Company
Pittsboro, NC
office – (919) 245-5434

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Monthly Taize Service at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Pittsboro starts Sept 21

September 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:06:02 -0400
From: Sue Mannshardt
Subject: Monthly Taize Service at St Bart’s

TAIZÉ MONTHLY SERVICE AT ST BART’S – Wednesday, September 21

Monthly Taizé prayer services continue this Wednesday, September 21, at 7 PM, in the sanctuary of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 204 West Salisbury Street, Pittsboro.

All are welcome, especially if your are seeking time for quiet reflection in the singing repetitively of simple prayer songs and chants, reading of sacred texts, and silent meditation.  Brother Roger, founder of the Taizé community in France, writes:

“Silence is essential in discovering the heart of prayer…Often God’s voice comes in a whisper, in a breath of silence…The important thing is a childlike attitude of trust by which we allow God to pray within us silently, and then one day, we will discover that the depths of our being are inhabited by a Presence.”

And on singing, he writes:

Singing is one of the most important forms of prayer and worship.  A few words sung over and over again reinforce the meditative quality of the prayer.  Simple chants  also provide a way of praying when we are alone, during the day or at night, even in the silence of our hearts while we are working.

So join us…coming together in song, prayer and meditation can be a beautiful experience of community as we move from summer into fall – the wonderful season of change and transformation.  For information, email Sue,

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Year around school might be worth consideration

September 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:41:59 -0400
From: “John R Dykers”
Subject: Year around school

Thank you for chipping in, Kathy. Seems to me the hold up is simply the enormous ripple effect of change. So many of our other ‘institutions’ revolve around educating our children.

Mia Munn, for example, mentioned all the summer camps for when the kids are out of school. This is why I like the 4 quarter system that delivers the state required days in 3 quarters, and families can choose to go all the time and finish earlier OR skip any quarter they wish for “vacation”.(my Father’s family was from New Orleans, and I never went to Mardi Gras because Florida schools where we lived were in session!) (Silly, yes, but family trips other than in Summer, may be quite meaningful)

Much of the NC Coastal vacation industry is built around “Summer Vacation”. How might it benefit from extending that to Spring and Fall??  And teachers can construct lesson plans to have sections each quarter?? Just thinking. Surely the transition will require lots of knowledgeable people thinking how to transition and it is always easier to keep our rhythms; even beneficial change is disruptive. But full time use of our massive capital investment building schools and imparting skills to teachers and staff seems to make this worth consideration.

Would teachers appreciate the enhanced status of a more obviously ‘full time’ job??  And we are looking at building a lot of new schools with new development around Pittsboro especially. There is disruption of “summer vacation” too???
John Dykers

→ No CommentsTags: 27344 · Education · Musings · Siler City

Pickleball in Pittsboro

September 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:25:52 -0400
From: Jim Wilson
Subject: pickleball

Pickleball is off to a great start on the Pittsboro Elementary School tennis courts. We now have enough players to add a day to our weekly schedule beginning next week.
Join us on Tuesdays and/ or Thursdays. Play begins at 9:00 am. We have loaner paddles and balls. Just show up wearing sneakers-prepared to have fun.
We provide quick-start coaching for beginners. Questions? Email .

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Proposed Hotel Incentives by Chatham County are backwards

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Proposed Hotel Incentives by Chatham County are backwards

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:05:09 -0400
From: “John R Dykers”
Subject: Hotel Incentives

Proposed: “The recommended incentive level would refund the hotel the following percentages of annual property taxes over the first five years before ending in Year 6:”
Year 1 – 90%
Year 2 – 80%
Year 3 – 75%
Year 4 – 75%
Year 5 – 60
Year 6 – 0%

I would suggest that the order of % change be reversed.  Or at least that the rebate only begin with the opening of the hotel.

hotel signIf starting with 0% that would require that the hotelier have adequate capital and be rewarded later for successful operation. Sure, it’s a new market, but venture capital takes a risk for promised reward, and the county will reward the capital risk if they stick it out long enough to be successful.
Understand that with the proposed 90% rebate the first year the hotelier is asking the taxpayer to take more of the risk with them. May be worth it to all of us.

This uncertainty is what risk is. “The hotel would be part of the Russet Run development, a phase of Chatham Park developed by the Eco Group.” “include the hotel as well as a brewery, senior living center, movie theater and grocery store.” How bound together is all this, and does the property tax incentive include the property taxes of any or all of the other entities?
Are Russet Run and Eco Group created so either may avoid the tax liability or abandon the debts of the other?

The concern is if the hotelier is doing this with “Other People’s Money” it is a lot easier to abandon the project and take ‘other people’s money’ and move on to another project. If they have more skin in the game, they will be more likely to stick it out rather than leave us with a white elephant.

John Dykers

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Recommend early treatment with doxycycline for tick bites

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Recommend early treatment with doxycycline for tick bites

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:49:27 -0400
From: “John R Dykers”
Subject: Lyme disease

Tom’s post is spot on, and this is the reason I have recommended early treatment with doxycycline for tick bites. 1. prevent tick bit by wearing light color clothes so you can see the ticks, long sleeves and pants tucked in socks and check frequently and as soon as you come in from any possible exposure. Hope you have a friend to check where you can’t see. If not at least bathe vigorously 2. tick crawling on you, flick away and don’t worry. 3. find a tick attached when you are checking and just came in from exposure, spray with ethyl chloride if you have it, or if not, still remove tick, with magnification if you have it, with pointed tweezers as close to skin as possible and steady gentle pull. Try not to squeeze the body of the tick. 4. If you find tick in the morning after exposure, remove and flip a coin. 5. If tick embedded in flesh at bite site, swollen or red or your access to tick bite limited, get prompt professional help to remove and start on doxycycline.

DEAR DOCTOR, please do not wait for rash or systemic symptoms or positive tests unless there are definite contraindications to treatment with doxy or old tetracycline or alternative antibiotics. I know you can’t make “a diagnosis” at this stage, but the patient with the target rash of Lyme or palmar rash of Rocky Mt Spotted Fever or systemic signs or symptoms of Ehrlichosis is a failure of vigilance. This is one circumstance where “overtreatment” is more appropriate than failure to treat. Erradication and prevention of illness is too easy and the “sick” patient is too sick. I have been burned by Football Coach Jim Tatum dying of RMSF at UNC Hospital because the diagnosis was not definite. Purist would not treat and by the time diagnostic palmar rash appeared he was in organ failure and died. $2-3 of tetracycline and he would not have needed to be even in the hospital.

John R. Dykers, Jr. MD retired.

big dog ticks are really not a problem, but otherwise species identity of tick as carrier or not is too unreliable with current knowledge base. I have been farming here since 1964 and this is how I would treat myself.

Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:54:32 -0400
From: Tom Glendinning <>
Subject: Lyme Disease

The question, Dr Dykers, is whether or not the doctors are Lyme literate enough to offer proper diagnosis and treatment in the proper timeframe.

When reported and treated incidence is 26-29 in 2015, the experience is not broad enough to build a decent database. Besides, its symptoms do not present in a consistent, predictable manner.

The Enzyme Immuno Assay, EIA, and Enzyme Immunoflourescent Assay tests are sometimes inconclusive and time dependent for point of infection. The doubling of testing with the Western Blot is also time of infection dependent.

This diagnostic problem decreases predictable diagnostic accuracy. It’s hard to nail down.

In Pittsboro area, 10 cases (not entire total, just those known by author) the incidence is not epidemic, but still significant in that diagnosis is difficult and unfamiliar to most MD’s.
If the tick bite is missed or ignored and sickness does occur, still start doxycycline or other antibiotic regimen chosen while waiting on test results. The diagnosis is difficult for the most knowledgeable doctor with a high index of suspicion for tick borne illnesses.
Information sources: CDC, VA Medical Center, MD’s, Lyme patients

Tom Glendinning

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Wake Up Wednesday: August 17th at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Wake Up Wednesday: August 17th at Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:15:20 -0400
From: Lesley Landis
Subject: Wake Up Wednesday: August 17th

The third Wednesday is 2 weeks from today, so that means it’s Wake Up Wednesday!

Join friendly people to network on August 17th. Doors open at 8:00 am at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. Our program runs from 8:30-9:30am.

Admission is $5 and includes a fresh, hot breakfast and introductions to people who can connect you to 12,000 potential customers. We’d like to get to know you so we can send you business.

Cindy Schmidt of the Chatham Historical Museum Committee will be the featured speaker

Grow your business and promote your services at Wake Up Wednesday on August 17th.
Wake Up Wednesday is on Facebook, too.

Lesley L. Landis
Facebook: Lesley Landis Designs
Secretary: Chatham Arts Council
Twitter: LesleyLandis
Instagram: middlenamelove

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Chatham Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Chatham Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:47:48 -0400
From: Mechelle Thompson

Dear Chatlist Friends,

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.

· 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 2 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!

(919) 542-0794 x228 (  )

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Mt. View Church in Moncure will host a spaghetti plate sale this Friday, August 12

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Mt. View Church in Moncure will host a spaghetti plate sale this Friday, August 12

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:59:52 +0000
From: Yolanda Bryant
Subject: Mt View Church Events

Mt View Church Hosts Fundraiser for Youth Programming
Mt. View Church in Moncure will host a spaghetti plate sale this Friday, August 12, beginning at 11:00 am.  Funds raised will be used for church youth programming. Call 919-545-4476 for more information or early orders. Deliveries are available with orders of 5 or more plates. Pick up plates at Mt. View Church, at the corner of Moncure-Pittsboro Rd and Mt.. View Church Rd. 919-542-4569

Mt View Church Celebrates Annual Revival
Mt View AME Zion Church in Moncure will celebrate its annual revival, beginning Sunday, August 14 during the 11:00 morning worship. Lunch will follow. Mt. View is hosting three additional revival evenings, beginning with praise service at 7:00 pm on August 15, 16 and 17. Rev. Stanley Burnette will be the featured speaker throughout revival. Rev. Juanita Cannon is pastor of Mt. View Church. 919-542-4569

Yolanda Bryant
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”   ~Harriet Tubman

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ALR Electronics has always been a security blanket of sorts

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on ALR Electronics has always been a security blanket of sorts

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:23:03 -0400
From: Rich Beaudry
Subject: ALR Electronics Thumbs Up!

While I don’t routinely visit Cole Park or ALR in specific, still I was dismayed at MaryPhyllis’ report that they were gone.  ALR has always been a security blanket of sorts and they provide service that is no longer commonly available.  Over the years, I brought in a number of items for repair.  All work has been expertly completely, with specific cost provided in advance and never an issue with the item afterward.  Last year, I brought in an older, high-end subwoofer that has now been discontinued.  I got my sub back in excellent working condition and with the comment that it was an excellent piece of musical equipment!

After 20 years as an occasional customer, I have nothing but excellent things to say about ALR.  And I admire the new approach of providing pickup/delivery while holding to very reasonable costs.

“History is just one damned thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee

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