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Northwood Softball team advances to 3rd round of state playoffs. Game at home May 20 at 5 pm

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 22:33:39 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Northwood Softball team advances to 3rd round of state playoffs

Northwood’s Carson Shaner hit a game-winning home run in the 11th inning giving the Lady Chargers a 4-3 victory over rival J.F. Webb Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament.

Shaner’s high fly over the left field fence was the clincher, but the one which really saved Northwood’s season for at least one more game came five innings earlier. McKenzie Allgood hit a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game up at 3-3.

Video 1: Northwood ties Webb with McKenzie Allgood’s three run home run at

Video 2: 11th Inning Home Run & Celebration as Northwood defeats Webb at

Northwood (20-2) will play round three of the state playoffs this evening at home against the Corinth Holders (13-10) in Pittsboro at 6 pm

Other Chatham County school teams still in the state playoffs include –

Woods Charter Girls Soccer Team (play away at Franklin Academy on Wednesday at 5:30 pm)
Jordan-Matthews Girls Softball Team (play at home vs North Johnson tonight at 7 pm)

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Public thank you to Cassie & Phillip Kinney of Hwy 55 Burgers in Pittsboro and others

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 21:02:10 -0400
From: “Joyce Frank”
Subject: Public thank you to Cassie & Phillip Kinney and others

I publicly want to thank Cassie and Phillip Kinney, owners of Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Pittsboro, for all their hard work and generosity in hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit SonShine & Blessings on Saturday, May 14, 2016. I thank them also for giving their time, place of business, tickets to be sold, various paper and plastic products and other breakfast related items to make the event possible. A special thanks also goes to two of their employees who volunteered their time to help cook! The food was delicious and the fellowship was great!

Please be sure to support their business and thank them for the work they do to help support SonShine & Blessings and other local non-profits.

Also, I want to thank the many people who helped to sell tickets, get the word out about the event (including the Chatlist and Gene Galin), came to work, and of course, all those who came to eat and support the cause.

Saturday, I watched a whole bunch of people, some of which I knew very well and some I didn’t know at all, come together at the crack of dawn (some did anyway :)), to work, fellowship, and support SonShine & Blessings..a cause very dear to my heart! I got to see and visit with current board members, volunteers, students and clients as well as quite a few past students, friends, family, and even strangers. I was blessed!!

An elderly couple who just learned about SS&B, approached me and asked me some questions. The wife has Parkinson’s and they had formed a support group for Parkinson’s-affected families. They asked for ten brochures to take back to all the people in their support group! That, in and of itself, made Saturday and all the work involved in getting it put together worth the effort for me! 🙂

A special thank you to my husband, Mike, SS&B’s board members, volunteers and supporters, to Hanks Chapel Church’s Youth and leader, Abbie, to Ruth, and to all my friends and family who came out to help. I pray that God will bless each and every one of you for your efforts!

In Christ,

Joyce B. Frank
Executive Director

SonShine & Blessings
298 Lindo Johnson Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Phone/Fax: 919-542-5436
Cell: 919-810-1230

Find us on Facebook!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Chatham County Council on Aging needs Meals on Wheels Drivers for Bennett and Siler City

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 15:44:25 -0400
From: Rhonda Hampton
Subject: Chatham County Council on Aging needs Meals on Wheels Drivers for Bennett and Siler City

Volunteers Needed:  Regular and Substitute Meals on Wheels Driver positions are available for Bennett and Siler City Routes.

What is a Meals on Wheels Driver?  A MoW driver is someone who is willing to take an hour of their time and deliver a hot meal and peace of mind to home-bound seniors.

Who are we looking for: Individuals or teams to deliver meals as a regular driver for our Friday Bennett route and a Monday Siler City Route. Meals are delivered between *10:45a-12p *and the route takes about an hour.

We also need substitute drivers for all days of the week. Substitutes will likely only deliver 1-2 times a month.  Call for more details.

3 reasons to Volunteer as a MOW driver:
Meet friendly people.
Opportunity to give back.
Will be able to makes a difference in someone’s day.

Ready to make a difference?

Contact Rhonda Hampton, Chatham County Council on Aging Volunteer Coordinator at 919-542-4512 ext 236 or .

Rhonda Hampton
Volunteer Coordinator
Chatham County Council on Aging

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Triangle Community Foundation, Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County Announce Collaborative Grant Winner

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 17:28:02 +0000
From: Debra Henzey
Subject: Triangle Community Foundation, Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County Announce Collaborative Grant Winner

*         Meg Buckingham, Triangle Community Foundation, 919-474-8370
*         Lisa West, Chatham County Manager’s Office, 919-542-8200
*         Dina Reynolds, United Way of Chatham County, 919-542-1110

Triangle Community Foundation, Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County Announce Collaborative Grant Winner

PITTSBORO, NC-Triangle Community Foundation joins with United Way of Chatham County and Chatham County Government in announcing the winner of a new pilot grant focused on a collaborative approach to affordable housing challenges in Chatham County. Each sponsoring organization provided $10,000 to support the $30,000 grant.

A panel of volunteers from all three agencies selected a project called “Land Becoming Home” as the2016-17 grant recipient. Land Becoming Home involves a collaboration of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, Chatham Habitat for Humanity, and Chatham County Council on Aging.

“At Chatham Habitat, we get calls every day from people who own land in Chatham County but who cannot afford to repair their existing homes,” said Anna Spears with Habitat for Humanity. “In some cases, this may mean no running water, extremely high utility bills and massive structural damage. The repair costs could be enormous or the home is simply not repairable.”

For these families, staying on their land is of the utmost importance,” Spears said. “Family members may be close by, or the land may be their only asset. People in these situations may have no alternatives.”
Land Becoming Home focuses on this reality and tests a unique solution with two key elements:

*         It will identify a low-income household on family-owned land where the home structure is beyond repair. Land ownership will help leverage a zero-interest loan to replace the failing home with an energy-efficient, low-cost tiny home (less than 800 square feet) that is less costly to operate and maintain. The tiny home will be sold to the owner through a zero-interest loan.  Utility cost savings will help the owner cover the small mortgage involved.

*         A second component involves a tour and other strategies to educate public officials and the community about substandard housing conditions in Chatham. Follow up discussions will focus on how people end up in such poor housing situations and the barriers that prevent them from leaving.

Habitat for Humanity will handle the loan financing, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle will manage the building project and the Council on Aging will provide follow-up wrap-around services and help identify potential homeowners in need. Many of the homeowners in these situations are age 60 and older and often come to Council on Aging for help.

The three agencies involved in Land Becoming Home could not have supported the project alone, according to Daniel Sargent, director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. “We are so fortunate that our partners across Chatham County were willing to look at challenges in new ways and then roll up their sleeves and work together to give neighbors a safe, healthy home to live in.”

Similarly, this is the first time that the three funding agencies have come together around a collaborative grant in Chatham County. “This joint grant indicates a special level of commitment to collaborative solutions with a broader impact,” said Dina Reynolds, executive director of United Way of Chatham County.

According to Lori O’Keefe, president and CEO of Triangle Community Foundation, the selected grant project is a unique approach to addressing affordable housing in rural areas, which has many root causes that are intertwined. “If successful, the concept developed in this program has tremendous potential for broader replication.”

County Manager Renee Paschal agreed. “Addressing affordable housing needs is a top priority of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. The selected grant project has opted to focus on a need that is often overlooked. We salute the grantees for spotlighting and addressing situations like this.”

One of the grant partners, the Chatham County Council on Aging, consistently works hard to help older adults live in their homes as long as possible. Executive Director Dennis Streets said, “We offer meals-on-wheels, in-home personal care, minor home repair, donations of assistive equipment and other such assistance. But, if the house is structurally unsafe, these services are not enough to maintain a senior’s independence and well-being. That is why the idea of the ‘tiny home’ is so vital and exciting.”

Land Becoming Home is a one-year pilot that gets underway July 1, 2016. The three partner agencies have a specific timeline to accomplish key steps. They will produce a final project report showing the outcomes.

In keeping with the NC Public Records Law, e-mails, including attachments, may be released to others upon request for inspection and copying.

Debra Henzey
Chatham County Director of Community Relations
Cell 919-548-4662

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UNC Hospice is thankful to those who helped celebrate Nurses’ Week

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 15:50:14 +0000
From: “Ritter, Ann”
Subject: UNC Hospice is thankful to

The generous local businesses who donated their services to help us celebrate Nurses’ Week:
The Spa at Bell House
Beautiful You
New Horizon’s Trading Company
Al’s Diner
Verlie’s Grill
Day Spa Nail Salon
Spa Rituals
Lowe’s Hardware
Phoenix Bakery
Your gifts are much appreciated.


Ann Ritter, MA, ThM, BCC
Chaplain, Grief Counselor
UNC Hospice

287 East Street, Ste 221
P.O. Box 1077
Pittsboro, NC  27312

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Be a part of a Siler City gardening community in exchange for garden goodies

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 11:20:43 -0400
From: Gwen
Subject: Be a part of a gardening community in exchange for garden goodies!

Communities in Schools Chatham County works with youth in our Youth Garden.  All our produce goes to others who need help putting fresh veggies on their tables.  We donated over 1,000 lbs. of produce last year!

Our garden needs enthusiastic garden volunteers for watering and some garden maintenance.  An ideal fit would be someone who has gardening experience and a willingness to work with others in a cooperative effort to help provide our local community with healthy, fresh produce.  In return, volunteers can pick some of the fruits of our labor for their table!

Our Youth Garden is located in downtown Siler City between Against His Will and the tire repair at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 2nd Street.  To sign up to be part of our gardening team get in touch with Gwen or Geo at 919.663.0116.

Gwen Overturf, Program Director
Community Service/Restitution; Chatham County Teen Court
PO Box 903/208 North Chatham Ave
Siler City NC  27344
Voice: 919-663-0116 x406
FAX: 919-642-0164

Surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.

Visit our website: and like us on Facebook.

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Vouching for the effectiveness of the jewelweed remedy

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 10:42:43 -0400
From: “Jeannette Beranger”
Subject: re: poison ivy remedies

I can vouch for the effectiveness of the jewelweed remedy.

When I first moved to Chatham I got a raging case of poison ivy thanks to my dogs getting into it in the yard. I tried everything from steroids to calamine lotion to no avail. My arms were an oozing mess. My husband brought home the jewelweed extract spray from Weaver Street (can find it in the refrigerated section) and it finally did the trick. Now if I get an itchy sensation on my skin or think I’ve been exposed, I spray it on several times to be safe. I have not had another incident since the really bad one. We always keep it on hand at our house and I even have some at work. Works great on chigger bites too since the spray also has witch-hazel in it.


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Chatham Arts Council is having a party on June 5 and you’re invited

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 08:02:34 -0400
From: Lesley Landis
Subject: News from the Chatham Arts Council

Hi Chatham neighbors!

The Chatham Arts Council is having a party and you’re invited. Come over on Sunday, June 5, 2-5pm to our new home, the sweet little white house at 118 West Street, Pittsboro.

We’d like to meet you and hear about your creative interests. The arts council will also share news about the good year we’ve had, what we’re up to now, and our plans for the future.

We’ll have snacks and tasty beverages, and some music…it will be fun! Please RSVP thru our Facebook event here:
Chatham Arts Council, nurturing creative thinkers.
We invest in artists and we educate kids through the arts.

Lesley L. Landis
Secretary: Chatham Arts Council

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East Chatham Chargers Football and Cheerleading Registration Is Open!

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 07:42:05 -0400
From: Fiona Kapilovic
Subject: East Chatham Chargers Football and Cheerleading Registration Is Open!

East Chatham Chargers Football and Cheerleading registration is open! Programs available are co-ed age 5/6 Flag Football, and Tackle Football for the 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 age groups. Co-ed Cheer is available for all age groups.. Click here for more info and to register, or use the link below.

Thank You!

Fiona Kapilovic
ECC Webmaster

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Tainted Sierra Club endorses Chatham County Candidates

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:17:08 -0500
From: mphorn22
Subject: Sierra Club endorses Chatham County Candidates

Sierra Club endorses Howard and Dasher for County Commissioners
*Chatham County Candidates Get Sierra Club Endorsement for 3/15/16 Primary *

The North Carolina Sierra Club is proud to announce the endorsement of these candidates for the Primary election on March 15, 2016:  Commissioner District 1: Karen Howard; Commissioner District 2: Mike  Dasher.

Both of these candidates have shown their willingness and ability to guide the county through the days of coal ash, fracking, and growth pressures.

Commissioner Karen Howard is an incumbent who was first appointed to fill out Sally Kost’s unexpired term and then elected on her own’ with Sierra Club endorsement. Howard participated in the Board’s successful move to zone the un-zoned areas to get ready for the Comprehensive Land Use plan.

Mike Dasher has served on the County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board as well as the Green Building and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board. He has followed the Board of Commissioners actions carefully and, more consistently than his opponent, supports the efforts to zone the county and create and employ the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Along with the Sierra Club, former Commissioners George Lucier, Carl Thomposon, Tom Vanderbeck, Jim Elsa, Sally Kost, and Gary Phillips have endorsed Howard and Dasher, who will be crucial members as the Board of Commissioners creates balanced growth that will protect both the environment and economy of Chatham County.

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