Chatham Chatlist #2872
Written by Gene Galin   
Thursday, 26 July 2007
This digest contains the following messages:

  1. Classes for Fall at CCCC, Pittsboro  
  2. dance night  
  3. Crepes in Pittsboro!  
  4. Golf Tournament Golfers and Sponsors Needed  
  5. response to Steve  
  6. ** CCCC Class -- Getting the Most Out of Teams  
  7. ** CCCC Class - Leadership: Parnering with Other Personality Types  
  8. **  
  9. ** Subject: Re: Jim Nitsch's post  
  10. ** To Steve Candelori about the new mega-mall  
  11. ** Low cost spaying and neutering  
  12. Ramonas to Play NC Girls Rock n' Roll Band Camp!  
  13. ** Blackberries & Tomatoes  
  14. Found Dog  
  15. Environmental Survey for Chatham County  
  16. ** Art brewing  
  17. Industrial Biofuels Tour-First Friday!  
  18. ** TeenWorks Teen Center Auction  
  19. ** Music this week at the General Store Cafe  
  20. Friday Free Film  
  21. Last Monday Night  
  22. ** Pittsboro Place  
  23. Level F  
  24. ** Help building shelters for horse non-profit...  
  25. Steve  
  26. PBO Treasure Hunt, THIS SATURDAY 7/28 @10:00 am  
  27. Homo stupidus  

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:06:55 -0400
From: "Robin Kohanowich" <>
Subject: Classes for Fall at CCCC, Pittsboro

The Sustainable Farming Program
CCCC, Pittsboro Campus
Fall 2007

Registration begins August 8, 2007 - Call 919-542-6495 ext 223 or 241

NEW This Fall!
   Sustainable Living: A Practical Guide
Fiber Animals
                             Permaculture Design Practicum*

Sustainable Cut Flower Production
 A look at the business of growing and marketing quality cut flowers.
This course will cover such topics as site and seed selection, growing
flowers that maintain their quality, marketing strategies and bouquet
Monday 9/10/07 to 11/26/07, 7-9 pm. Leah Cook, $56.25

Sustainable Living: A Practical Guide. This course will examine
everyday practices that can lessen your load on the planet, support your
local economy and enhance your personal health. Topics include basics of
home gardening and eating local, energy efficiencies in the home,
reducing household chemical exposure, and conscientious consumerism.
Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 8/20/07 to 11/15/07 Laura Lauffer, $56.25

Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing
Students will learn the fundamentals for basic house construction or
remodeling work from experienced builder, teacher and farmer Kevin
Meehan. Topics covered include the NC building codes, framing, cabinetry
and trim, stairs, wiring, drain lines, and hot/cold supply lines with an
emphasis on sustainable and low impact building techniques. Excellent
course for those new to the construction trades. Tuesday, 7-9 pm,
9/18/07 to 12/4/07 Kevin Meehan, $56.25

Growing Organic Vegetables
This course will present the fundamentals of organic vegetable growing
and offer hands-on training in the most important skills involved. Grow,
harvest, and utilize a variety of vegetables organically, learn about
irrigation installation and season extension structures. Students
interested in organic certification for their farm and selling products
both wholesale and retail should take Organic Farming (see below).
Tuesday, 9/4/07 to 10/30/07 6 to 9 pm, Doug Jones, $56.25

Fiber Animals - An overview of raising animals for fiber, including
llama, sheep, goats and rabbits. Course topics will include animal care,
harvesting fiber (shearing) and the steps to a finished product of
locally produced fiber. Costs and considerations of getting into the
fiber business will be discussed. Wednesday, 6-9 pm, 9/12/07 to 10/17/07
Laura Young, $56.25

Permaculture Design Practicum- Learn how to apply the principles and
concepts of permaculture design to a project site of your own choosing.
Learning the tools of site analysis, design development and applying the
fundamentals of permaculture can yield a functional and beautiful
landscape. Wednesday, 6-9 pm, 9/5/07 to 10/3/07 Matthew Arnsberger,
$56.25 (*Not new - but “returningâ€- many of you have been waiting
for this course!)

Organic Farming
Six week crash course on how to develop a certified organic vegetable
farm. This class will help you understand the standards and practices of
organic farming, design your farm for efficiency and profitability, and
become familiar with the equipment and materials needed in a class
format that supports the development of a sound business and farm plan.
The class includes hands on training at the campus’ Land Lab with Land
Lab manager Cheryl McNeill and focused class time tapping the 17 years
of organic experience of Tony Kleese.  Suggested for the more
‘seasoned’ organic gardener. Thursday, 9/6/07 to 10/18/07, 6 to 9
pm, $56.25

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants - Field Study
The focus of this field study will be locating, identifying,
approaching, collecting and marketing edible and medicinal plants.
Frequent field trips to local areas for identification and sustainable
harvest of native plants are planned as part of the learning experience.
Learn how to explore herb habitats and communities, and discover ways to
open up to this healing, nurturing, and renewing force. Most of the
class will take place outdoors, so come dressed accordingly. Students
should bring a notebook suitable for use outdoors. Thursday, 2 to 5 pm,
9/13/07 to 12/6/07. Will Endres $61.25

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
Herbalist and Wild Crafter Will Endres shares his more than thirty
years of experience in the gathering and preparation of wild herbs for
personal use and sale. Learn how to wisely integrate plants into your
daily life. This is an interactive course where you will be given the
opportunity to ask all of your herbal questions. The preparation of
herbs for use by drying, and by making fluid extracts will be covered.
This course complements the Field Study class, but neither is a
pre-requisite. Thursday, 6 to 8 pm, 9/13/07 to 12/6/07. Will Endres $55

Other courses under the “Sustainability Umbrellaâ€

Biofuels - 3 courses, An Introduction, Biofuels II and Biodiesel

Natural Building - Introduction to ecological home design

Sustainability 101- a field trip class that demonstrates sustainable
practices in food and energy production and businesses. Take this course
along with Sustainable Living: a Practical Guide.

Solar Electricity - Basics of solar PV design and electric generation,
solar resource siting and more.

For details on these classes and others visit the CCCC Continuing
Education on-line catalog at

Registration begins August 8, 2007 - Call 919-542-6495 ext 223


Robin Kohanowich
Coordinator, The Sustainable Farming Program
764 West Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 07:35:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: pam king <>
Subject: dance night

Join us for a great time of music & dancing at our monthly "Dance Night".
  Western Chatham Senior Center
  112 Village Lake Rd.
  Siler City
  Friday, July 27, 2007
  7-11 PM
  Cost: $7 per person
  Raymond Bradley and Ramblin' Fever
  playing old & new country and rock & roll
  For more information or directions, call the senior center ... 742-3975.

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:33:51 -0400
From: "Joel Argote" <>
Subject: Crepes in Pittsboro!

You've had them in Bear Creek at the Art in the Garden show, you've had them in Bynum at the Music Series Fundraiser, and now you can visit us in our very own Pittsboro at this Friday's Fishy Friday!  Come by our booth at the circle in downtown Pittsboro where we'll be making our delicious, authentic sweet and savory crepes from 6:30 until the movie ends. You can choose between a shrimp crepe with grilled peppers and onions or a spinach, feta, grilled onion, and tomato crepe.  For dessert, try our classic Nutella crepe, served with or without fresh strawberries. C'est bon, ca! We hope to see you there.   

Jody Argote

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 11:47:46 -0400
From: "Melanie Laskey" <>
Subject: Golf Tournament Golfers and Sponsors Needed

The Chatham Coalition for Adolescent Health (CCAH) and Chatham YMCA is
collaboratively hosting a “Strong Kids” golf tournament on September 10th at
The Chapel Ridge Golf Course.

Help to make this year’s first annual “Strong Kids” golf tournament
successful.  If you are looking to get your business's name out and support
a great cause at the same time this tournament is the way to go. Advertise
your company and/or bring a team to the tournament for some good networking
and fellowship and fun.  If you’re a golfer and want to get a team of four
together that would be fantastic too.

The tournament will begin at 9:00 am.  The entry fee includes green fees,
cart, lunch, player gift package and chances to win prizes.

The CCAH is a 501(c) 3 entity; your prize donation is tax deductible to the
extent allowed by law.  For more information or if you are interested please
contact Melanie Laskey at 545-8514 or Bruce Murray at 545-YMCA.

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 13:36:46 -0400
From: "Mark Stinson" <>
Subject: response to Steve

 After I posted this I gathered a bit more information . It looks like its more of someone wanting him shut down than his lack of permits . Apparently He was licensed as a business and when that took place a discussion ensued  as to his future ventures in producing a biofuel . At that point he wasn't required to add any more permits and since the city changed its policies without giving him or just about anyone there any notice ,, he got screwed . I had a conversation with my friend Gene that operates a business in High Point . He said for some time there had been rumblings that the cities policies were a bit unfair and sometimes erratic . He said his knowledge of what happened was a direct result of another business complaining because it was hurting their bottom line . This has happened before and impossible guidelines and codes were put in place to make sure some business didn't have a chance .   I have a good feeling you will hear more about this as its getting ready to bite High Point in the butt .  I'm doing more research in this but before you bite my a## over this ,, and I wonder why you would unless you were involved in it in the first place ' Take time to look at a bigger picture . Cities in general have become too complicated and one sided depending on the people running them and their affiliations with certain businesses . Its true ,, things are better in the country and that's why . I got an enormous amount of positive feedback from this ,, your the only one biting my ,, well you know over it ,, kinda makes me wonder ?   Goodnite Mark

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 14:25:29 -0400
From: Ken Boggs <>
Subject: ** CCCC Class -- Getting the Most Out of Teams

The Fall 2007 Continuing Education Schedule arrived on my door step
today and I'd like to call your attention to a new class -- *Getting the
Most Out of Teams*. It is class C-3300 running from 8/28/07 to 10/30/07
on Tues & Thurs evening from 7-9 PM at the Pittsboro campus. Here is
more of a description of this class.

    "The American educational system from K-12 thru college provides
    little training in developing the skills need to make teams work
    and, for the most part, punishes natural team inclinations and
    behaviors. In this course, the student will have fun learning about
    the skills and how to use them. Finally, the class provides
    preparation for transferring these skills to the student’s real
    world including ongoing follow-up support."

Registration begins Monday, August 6th.

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 14:35:46 -0400
From: Ken Boggs <>
Subject: ** CCCC Class - Leadership: Parnering with Other Personality Types

The Fall 2007 Continuing Education Schedule arrived today and I'd like
to call your attention to a new class -- *Leadership: Partnering with
Other Personality Types*. It is class C-3299 running from 8/27/07 to
11/05/07 on Monday & Wednesday evening from 7-9 PM at the Pittsboro
campus. Here is more of a description of this class.

"In this course, the student will evaluate his/her own Psychological
Type using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and develop insight into the
consequences of this type. The course then does something unique. It
turns attention to the use of Psychological Type as a Rosetta stone to
decode and unlock the potential present in key relationships, focusing
on students in the class as well as “type watching” in our ordinary
daily world. This course material very special since it is not available
anywhere else. "

Registration begins Monday, August 6th.

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 14:55:19 -0400
From: "Ray Kelley" <>
Subject: **

I have some boxes that could be used for moving. They held medical supplies
in their previous life. First come First serve.

Ray Kelley
Cambridge Hills Assisted Living
P.O. Box 1209
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 19:53:39 -0400
From: Jim Nitsch <>
Subject: ** Subject: Re: Jim Nitsch's post

Dearest Steve,
    My momma's gonna be so proud when I tell her I was voted to be a  
poster boy.  Wait.  Not voted.  Deemed.  Dang.  I've been Deemed by  
someone I've never had the pleasure to meet.  Probably never will  
either.  Have the pleasure.
    I will gladly accept your deeming if it makes you happy to deem me  
so.  Unfortunately though, if you were to read that again, what I  
posted, you will see that I was not the author.  Never even said if I  
agreed with what the author said.  Just said "I received this today  
and have not seen it mentioned on this list.  So, I figured some  
might be interested.

    Basically I kind of take offense to the tone of your posting  
implicating me as your new worst enemy and I really don't feel the  
need to defend anything.  So.  Sorry if your looking for some kind of  
fight on the chatlist.  I'm not interested.

    I was interested in the math thing though.  6 super wall marts on 30  
acres.  Your right.  1.3 mil acres is only 29.84 acres.  A far cry  
from 30.  Heck.  The biggest super wall mart I was able to google was  
218500 sqft.  6 of those would be 30.096 acres.  Way way over that 30  
acre mark.

    Have fun and if you need gas money for bowling or dinner let me  
know.  I'll be at home looking at the stars.




Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 22:34:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Jim Nitsch's post


    Like it or not, I deem you the new "fear mongering poster boy",  
us all that the "Empire" is on the march again and it's gonna strike.

     What do you have against economic boost? You certainly can't  
make it
happen. What about job creation? You don't want the citizens to have  
to dine out? Is there something wrong with families going out to a  
alley to have fun?....young lovers to take in a movie? We are not  
to such pleasures in your world? Thanks.

    What is wrong, for one thing are your figures. Six super Wal-
Marts on 1.3
million sq. ft.? Nope! Not unless you stack'em one on top of each  
other. How
about making South Point look like small potatoes. Now that you have  
base following at your back and the rest scared for their lives, do  
the math
: 1.3mil.sq.ft. sounds big, it's not even 30 acres. Cole Park Plaza is
bigger than that.

     Talk about propaganda, what do you consider your babble? What  
back door
will this giant be pushed through? Don't you trust your newly elected
planning board to do the right thing? I'd have to say that they are  
on your
side if they stand anywhere.

     Your claim that "your charmed, authentic, historical community  
is at
stake" is fear mongering in it's purest form. You  should be  
embarrassed and
ashamed for trying to scare people and do it with skewed truths.

     This "mall" might not be a good idea. It may not be built as  
It may never come to be, who knows...? But, if it does, let me be the  
to invite you to stay home and snivel while I take my family out to  
and bowling. ( I don't support Hollywood in public.) And quit trying to
scare people.  It won't work with me around.

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 06:05:58 -0400
From: Phyllis Thomas <>
Subject: ** To Steve Candelori about the new mega-mall

     Thank you for expressing your sentiments on this subject.  You are
certainly not the only person in Chatham that feels this way.  I'm tired
of having to drive 20 or more miles to get a decent meal, and it would
be wonderful not to have to drive to Cary or Burlington to take in a movie.
    Times are changing, and growth is inevitable.

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 06:08:27 -0400
From: Phyllis Thomas <>
Subject: ** Low cost spaying and neutering

    Can someone refer me to the group that does low-cost spaying for
dogs and cats?  They do the work for $20 for people with incomes less
than $40,000.

    Thanks for your help.

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 07:56:06 -0400
From: "Ashley Hinnant" <>
Subject: Ramonas to Play NC Girls Rock n' Roll Band Camp!

Hi everybody!
I am posting the following for a friend...
Ashe  :)
Hi All,
The Ramonas, my band, will be playing the NC Girls Rock n' Roll Band Camp show at the Cat's Cradle on Saturday, July 28th.  
The show starts at 7pm, and the Ramonas will most likely go on at about 9:30.  However, I hope everyone will come out to see the hard work that the camp participants (girls - ages 12-15), and we, the band camp volunteers, have done to put on this show.  Also, they will be giving away door prizes donated by a lot of great area businesses.
All money raised will go back into the camp so that we can continue to empower and build the confidence of our future girl rockers and local female leaders.  
Please come and join me in celebrating women who rock!
Kim Overcash
Ashe McBride Hinnant
Assistant to Dr. Karen Allen, Provost
Central Carolina Community College
919.542.6495 ext. 201
919.542.6798 (fax)

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 07:14:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Billy Thornton <>
Subject: ** Blackberries & Tomatoes

Hi everyone. I just got back from Busy Bee Farm and wanted to let you all know that this will probably be the last week to pick berries. They have lots and lots of tomatoes though. You can pick them up by the pound or the bushel. If you are going to do some canning this will be the place to get them. While you are there getting your tomatoes pick up some new red potatoes. Call them at 542-5890 or go by the farm at 1092 Dewitt Smith rd. Best if you call first to make sure they still have some and are open.

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 11:43:17 -0400
From: "Angela Partin" <>
Subject: Found Dog

In the process of searching for our 2 missing dogs, we have found a dog.  It's a female, about 30-35 lbs. or so, no collar.  She was found in the woods near St. Matthews Church off 902 in Pittsboro (near intersection of 902 and Pittsboro-Goldston Rd.).  If you've lost a dog, please call 362-1260 to describe her.  thanks

Angela Partin

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:23:23 -0400
From: "Susan Graham" <>
Subject: Environmental Survey for Chatham County

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is seeking your input to ensure that
our educational programs adequately address the important issues in your
community. Please visit this site and complete the brief survey.


Your contribution to identify community needs is greatly appreciated. This
data will be used to develop our four-year plan of work for 2007-2010. Thank
you for participating in this very important needs assessment for Chatham
County. Your input is important to us.


Please feel free to contact us at (919)542-8202 or email should you have questions or at any time we may be
of assistance.


Thank you.



Susan S. Graham

Administrative Secretary, Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

North Carolina State University

Post Office Box 279

Pittsboro, North Carolina  27312

Telephone: 919.542.8202; Fax: 919-542-8246




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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:35:37 -0400
From: Forrest Greenslade <>
Subject: ** Art brewing

Art Excitement Brewing in Chatham*

Chatham Artist’s Guild artists will be featured in August and September
at the new Carolina Brewery & Grill at the intersection of 15-501 South
and Hwy 64 Bypass in Chatham County. The first of a series of Carolina
Brewery art exhibits will display two-dimensional works of art by
sixteen juried Guild artists.

“The Chatham Artists Guild welcomes Carolina Brewery & Grill Pittsboro
to Chatham County and is thrilled with our partnership in presenting and
supporting our community’s artists.” states Leslie Palmer, Guild
President. “Chatham County is filled with talented artists. When we
began to discuss what to hang on the walls of the Pittsboro restaurant
it seemed natural to feature local artists work,” says Carolina Brewery
owner Robert Poitras. “We are excited to be working with the Chatham
Artists Guild and look forward to being an active part of the community.”

Among the works on exhibit are paintings by Rita Baldwin, Shannon
Bueker, Jeff Christian, Beth Goldston, Joey Howell, Katherine Jardine,
Jeff McFall, Diane Taylor, Joan Sommers, Sally Sutton, and Melody
Troncale; drawings by Leslie Palmer; photographs by Mark Bashista and
Juan Pons; prints by Vidabeth Benson; fabrics by Jean Vollrath; and
multi-media art by Rita Spina.

An art exhibit reception will be held Monday, Aug. 27^th from 5-7pm when
the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists. Refreshments
will be served.

The Chatham Artists Guild, a 501(c) 3 non-profit member organization, is
composed of nationally and regionally recognized artists of Chatham
County, who since 1992, have presented the Chatham Open Studio Tour. The
Guild and the Chatham Studio Tour have gained a strong reputation
through high quality professional art. The Guild requires that its
members meet these standards. All members must be professional working
artists or crafts persons, and must have working studios located within
Chatham County.

Carolina Brewery celebrates its twelfth year in business in 2007. The
locally-owned brewery and restaurant has drawn international attention
for its handcrafted beers, all brewed in-house by Brewmaster Jon
Connolly and his team. Carolina Brewery is equally dedicated to food and
its expanding menu, which raises the bar on traditional bar fare. Both
the Chapel Hill and Pittsboro kitchens feature Culinary Institute of
America graduates. Carolina Brewery & Grill Pittsboro will feature the
same award-winning beer and great food as the Chapel Hill location.
Brewmaster Connolly will oversee brewing operations in Pittsboro, and
the new facility will produce all beer for Carolina Brewery’s expanding
restaurant, grocery, and direct to consumer sales. In the kitchen, Head
Chef and Culinary Institute of America graduate Andrew Forster moves
from Chapel Hill to run the Pittsboro restaurant.

Forrest C. Greenslade, PhD
Chatham Artists Guild --

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 15:25:11 -0400
From: Tami Schwerin <>
Subject: Industrial Biofuels Tour-First Friday!

Dear Chatham,
We have a new fancy form to fill out to register for the First Friday  
Industrial Biofuels Tour!

You can do it from either the biofuels website or the abundance website:

Next tour is Friday, August 3rd ... 10:00 a.m.  Come over and see what  
everyone is talking about!
(limited to first 25 people)

(tour an industrial biofuels plant that uses waste fat to make local  
fuel, home of Eastern Carolina Organics,
Biodiversity Project, Abundance Foundation, Piedmont Biofarm and more!)

Tami Schwerin

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:46:44 -0400
From: "Rita Marley-McKenzie" <>
Subject: ** TeenWorks Teen Center Auction

TeenWorks Teen Center, SOS after-school and summer camp program for
disadvantaged youth, will be holding an auction on Friday, August 17th to
raise money to support its programs. Donations from businesses and
individuals are greatly needed. If you have anything that can be auctioned
off, please contact either Tonya Headen-Lee, Director at 742-1318 or Rita Marley-McKenzie, Board Chair at 642-6980 All donations are fully tax-deductible, and we can
arrange pick-up, if needed. We are looking for all services and goods (new
and gently-used). We would especially love to hear from local artists as
well. Thanks in advance for your help!!!


Be sure to mark your calendar to join us at 6pm on Friday, August 17th in
the Paul Braxton Gym in Siler City for the auction!

Thanks to Greg Bennett for providing auctioneer services.


Thanks, Rita.

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:32:34 -0500
From: "Vance Remick" <>
Subject: ** Music this week at the General Store Cafe

This week at the General Store Cafe.
On  Thursday, July 26th from 8-10 pm, we will have Jazz with the Second
Third,  Johnny Waken on  Friday, July  27th from 8:30-10:30 pm  and
Fescue 911 on Saturday, July 28 from 8:30-10:30 pm.   Enjoy our Sunday
Brunch from 9 am until 4 pm on Sunday, July29th. 
Special Announcement:
The GSC will be closing  every Monday beginning July 16th.
 Don't forget to check our website for the regular lunch and dinner
menus Monday-Saturday, weekly dinner specials Thursday-Saturday, our
Sunday Brunch and other links and details at

Joyce Remick
General Store Cafe
39 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 23:51:23 -0400
From: Tony Baker <>
Subject: Friday Free Film

OK Folks, here's the skinny. Pay attention. Take notes.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" in the Capital Bank parking lot at the Circle in
Friday Night, July 27
Sponsored by the Pittsboro Merchants Association. "Working to turn Chapel
Hill and Durham into bedroom communities."

Admission: Free

Munchies, not free, for sale:
Howard's Fabulous Fish Sandwiches.
Crepes (sweet or savory) by Jody.
Shrimp Kabobs by Angelina
Hotdogs by Barney
Popcorn by Leslie
Sodas and water by the PMA

Time: Sundown (8:30-ish)

You merely have to show up with your own Barcalounger, the family,
appetites and maybe enough time to browse the shops in town.

Warn the kids that the movie has important but strong themes.

(Thanks to Tami Schwerin (the projector), Eric Shook (assorted hardware),
Noah Smith (stand-in projectionist), Capital Bank (the parking lot/drive-in
theatre) and the guys at Radio Shack (for working with us on the amps at
the last minute last month). Be nice to them. These are good people.

Linkage to the future schedule:

See ya at the movies,

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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 08:15:58 -0400
From: Rachel Hoff <>
Subject: Last Monday Night

Sorry many of you missed it.
Please join us in august for muisc at Piedmont Biofuels.
Here is an artical about it:

Something pretty exceptional happened at a Triangle rock show Monday
night—not Bishop Allen at Local 506 or Lola Ray at The Pour House.
Instead, it was The Castanets—a revolving group of improvisers led by
Brooklyn songwriter Raymond Raposa—playing outside the walls of Piedmont
Biofuels in Pittsboro. The set—split between Raposa, a vertically gifted
drummer, guitarist Jesse Ainslie and Matthew Houck, who’s one of this
land’s absolute best, most heartbreaking songwriters as
Phosphorescent—was beautiful, the words and largely improvised
instrumentation drifting through what must have been one of the few
chilly nights of this roasting season.

That alone was remarkable, but the real treasure came because the
band—stuck in traffic and pulling through Richmond around the show’s
original 8 p.m. start time—was three hours late. No one left. Instead,
people kept coming, heard that they’d be there until 1 a.m., and stayed
anyway. They talked, hung out. Strangers met, became friends. Dogs ran,
swam together. I meant to share some ice cream, but I sort of forgot and
ate it myself. My roommate passed around an 18-pack of Budweiser to new
faces. One man offered bug spray and blankets. When Raposa and Houck
pulled up, the excitement for the bands was tempered by the comfort of
hanging out in a gravel parking lot, drinking cans of beer late at night
like teenagers out for the summer.

I’ll stop there, as this entire reflection runs the risk of sounding too
romantic. But that’s something that cuts two ways in this case. On one
hand, it’s self-evident that stuff like this doesn’t happen in Pittsboro
every night—or month, for that matter. Pittsboro is a town of 2,850
people, and it has neither the facilities nor the people to support two
fantastic touring bands every Monday night of the year. A friend I made
in the pre-show chatter wrote to me the next night to say, “Things such
as that don’t really happen, quite like that, in Pittsboro very often.
Last night made me sad that I moved away from there.”

But, it did happen this week because there was the facility to support
it and the people to make it happen. Coincidentally, because the band
was late, nearly some 40 people wound up lounging on the wet grass,
listening to the bands and drinking beer out of their own cans. Half of
them arrived just before the band did, or, properly, just after a packed
town-hall meeting that lasted for several hours just a mile away. An
ardent group of citizens had gathered to express their opposition to a
rezoning move that would allow a 2 million square foot shopping center
and 300 residential units to build on Industrial Park Drive. That means,
I’m told, that the entire complex would back right up to the front gates
of what was, Monday night, sort of like paradise.

In a pretty comprehensive News & Observer story on the subject, Emily
Matchar quotes a local shop owner saying, “Growth is growth.” No, it’s
not. With apologies to the people there, Cary is the place where such
thought prevails. As mush as developers in Chatham County love to, well,
develop, the people of Chatham County genuinely seem to relish their
rivers and love their outdoor festivals and treasure their ample plots
of land. If you want to build a mall, sure, OK, do it. But if you want
to build a mall—also known as a nexus for cars with one driver and no
passengers and for general wastefulness—that backs up to the facilities
of the people that are doing some of the most important, honorable work
in this pollution-heavy and growing state, that’s flatly disrespectful.
Build the mall, and say goodbye to the organic, hydroponic greenhouse of
Screech Owl that sits on the same land. Say hello to the pestilence
you’ll most certainly be for the farmers that fill up their trucks with
biodiesel when they drop off their goods at one of the state’s biggest
organic food depots, Eastern Carolina Organics. And, lastly, say goodbye
to dogs howling at bearded musicians playing unisynths and singing songs
about blood in the mouths of horses. In that case, shop at your own risk.

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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:22:19 -0400
From: Blue Heron <>
Subject: ** Pittsboro Place

When I went to the meeting on Monday night I  had not decided whether  
I would like to have “Pittsboro Place” built or not. Yes, I enjoy  
going out for dinner and a movie, shopping for new shoes, etc., as do  
most of us.

But as I listened to the presentation and the speakers, I realized  
that in having” Pittsboro Place” in that location, we would be losing  
the opportunity to have a valuable industrial park.

“Pittsboro Place” would offer most of us some conveniences and  
entertainment, but it would also bring us enormous amounts of traffic  
and it would NOT bring business to our historic downtown.

Much of the discussion on Monday was about the huge number of jobs  
that Pittsboro Place would provide. Many of these would be minimum  
wage jobs with little or no opportunity for advancement.

  An industrial park would also provide many minimum wage jobs. They  
would need cleaning crews, receptionists, perhaps they would have  
their own cafeteria. They might also hire trainees who would learn  
new skills which would lead to better paying jobs. We have all heard  
stories of C.E.O.’s who started out as mailboys.

A movie theatre and a bowling alley [some people at the meeting  
expressed a desire for these] could be located elsewhere near  
Pittsboro - let’s  think of Pittsboro’s future and KEEP our only  
industrial park location!

Katherine Ladd

--------------------  23  --------------------
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:40:32 -0400
From: Dan Cahoon <>
Subject: Level F


What exactly does level F mean? Fun? Friendly? Fascinating? Other words
that start with F? This was from the lawyer representing Pittsboro
Plunder, I mean Pittsboro Place (proposed retail and housing
development on East 64). He told the county commissioners and our
fabulous mayor that "no matter what, the circle will be at level F" in
a matter of time. I would love a rubric that detailed what level F
means (how much traffic etc.) and how someone calculates this "level".
I probably won't understand the exact statistical methods for measuring
traffic in this fashion, but I am curious nonetheless.
This particular measurement may be practically meaningless and is used
primarily as a gauge for traffic planners. I don't know what can be
done about level F but it sounds ominous. I know what F word I use when
I almost get creamed by big trucks and SUV's that don't even slow down
at the circle. As I have posted before though, caution is the best
strategy when encountering stupid and inconsiderate drivers.

I also heard about a possible bypass that could alleviate some of this
level F type traffic (and ease the possible traffic nightmare
developing from a large shopping center on 64 west), as well as dire
warnings about what could happen to our charming downtown.

The impassioned objections shared by the many brave opponents to
Pittsboro Place Monday night were articulate and informative. I
especially enjoyed Barbaras' stirtorian (sp?) comment to the assembled
people. In my opinion she shut PBO place down right there. Many other
folks also had excellent information and opinions that also should let
the commissioners know exactly how the majority of PBO residents feel
about non sustainable development in our town. The proponents for the
development had a rather weak argument in my opinion. Many mentioned
that they wanted something "to do" in PBO. This made me think about
"doing" in PBO.

There is much "to do" in PBO and surrounding lands. We have a growing
arts culture here (if you take time to participate). There are cool
movies played outdoors in two locations recently. The mill has hosted
several worthwhile productions and hopefully will host more (if the
place can be made hospitable. Practicing lines when you can see your
breath freeze is an interesting experience). First Sundays usually have
some interesting characters walking about. We have some terrific
restaurants and hang outs if you come at the right times. Local
churches are welcoming and open to all. Just walking around PBO is a
joy. I wish I could do it more as part of my daily work routine.

No, we do not have a place for teens to "hang" out. No mall. No
"joints" where young people can be seen and see. I don't know if we
really want something like that. I am sure young people would like
someplace where they could go and do that sort of thing. When I was a
kid we drove up and down Stratford road trying to be cool. It was
called cruising then and we thought it was the top of the tops. I
participated in this many times but ultimately found it to be
oppressively boring. My friends didn't understand why I chose a good
book over a cramped VW filled with cigarette smoke.

No, you can't buy underwear in PBO ( I have been to Family Dollar. They
do not carry my brand of underwear). You can't buy Nike or Addidas or
any other high dollar commercial shoe in PBO. You can buy excellent
GOOD shoes at New Horizons on Hillsborough st. They are also high
dollar but worth every penny (and sustainable!). You can't buy cheap
brand new clothes made in China in PBO, but you can buy the same stuff
at the Thrift Shop if you go often. There is no bowling alley or movie
theater in PBO. We cannot currently purchase a bloomin' onion in PBO
(no worries mate) or a margurita made with koolaid and cheap tequila.
We don't have a Dicks or an REI (I would actually look in those stores,
sorry, can't afford anything right now). We don't have Cary shopping in
PBO. It is true.
But I don't want it here. I have seen my home town (WS) grow in this
fashion. When I was young I went to see President Ford open the largest
Mall in North Carolina at the time (Hanes Mall). It quickly became a
mecca for teens and others to hang out in and walk in air conditioned
splendor. I participated with others  for years by "hanging out" at the
mall. I even worked there for awhile. It got old. That sort of thing
always gets old and then you have empty stores, desolate parking lots
and a distinct lack of trees, flowers and fields.
In my home town, the mall just grew and grew and then the road out to
the mall grew and grew and grew until the creeks and valleys that I
used to roam (by myself, the other teens didn't find my passion for the
outdoors very appealing) and explore were paved over and turned into
rainwater retention ponds, parking lots, and 4 lane roads that were and
still are congested with polluting cars. It is no longer a beautiful
place. It is a nightmare. I shudder when I return there and visit. That
area is the reason I am here. That sort of development turns my
stomache. I don't want or need any of the mass produced items available
at those sorts of places. The only reason I go to Lowes Home
Improvement is because I can't get what I need anywhere else. J.
Henry's will order it for me if I plan ahead (I don't usually).

PBO and the surrounding area is teaching me a new way to live. I am
learning to make my life work with resources readily available. I am
learning that local is best. I am learning that I don't need Marshalls
(never did frankly) or a bowling alley (I can bowl, in fact I collect
bowling balls). I do like watching movies on a big screen but I am
learning it is more fun in a parking lot or field with good friends and
a glass of wine. I am learning to spend my money on sustainable goods
and therefore make a positive impact on local and global economies.

As an aside, I must share with you my experience in emptying the drop
boxes for the PTA Thrift shop. Each week this summer I have filled my
truck and trailer with items donated to the thrift shop. The boxes are
jammed full each week with clothing, toys, obsolete electronics, books,
strange indescribable items (it is like a mystery) and distressingly,
trash (please don't put trash into the drop boxes). When I empty these
boxes I think about how much stuff we buy and where it came from. We
have too much. We buy too much. We don't need that stuff. We don't need
the stores to buy it in.

I think I know what Level F means. It means we are on the verge of
letting convenience and consumerism take over our wonderful community.
I think we can encourage sustainable development and keep our dollars
local. In fact, I am counting on it.
Come to the meeting next Monday night (July 30) and hear what your
neighbors and friends have to say about plunder in PBO.  Hear what
outside developers  have to say. Look our county leaders in the eye and
let them know you care.
Let them know you are at level F!

Dan Cahoon
72 Ruby Red
Moncure, NC 27559


--------------------  24  --------------------
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:48:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: lynn mitchell <>
Subject: ** Help building shelters for horse non-profit...

The Finish Line Foundation, Inc. is in great need of someone or ones that can build shelters for our herd of sanctuary horses.  Winter is around the corner and we are running out of time.  Right now the winter storms are weathered by trying to hit the storms just right and blanketing everyone.  Our domestic horses can handle cold and they can handle wet.  But wet and cold at the same time is more than these very special horses have the ability to weather.

Your help is much appreciated.  I can be reached at 919-548-6085 or at

Thank you,

Lynn Mitchell, Finish Line Foundation, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) organization
"Changing tomorrow for Horses today"

--------------------  25  --------------------
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:58:30 -0400
From: Dan Cahoon <>
Subject: Steve

Steve, would you like to retract any of your statements. They sound
kind of hostile to me. People get upset when things they care about are
taken away. Sometimes there is a good reason or maybe someone actually
didn't take care of business the way they should and so end up losing
something good. I often find that the reason I lose is because I made
the mistakes myself. Laws are laws, permits have good foundations that
protect the rest of us from long term damage.
But people can be corrupt and people do use laws and permits to help
them get richer or to protect what they have. I don't know why the
plant in High Point is having difficulty. Mark is concerned that there
is a contingent of people who don't want bio fuels to be a successful
part of our energy strategy. He is also concerned that a huge local
refinery might also be "targeted". I understand that. I hope you do as

There are some people who just don't want "green" fuels or low mpg. I
work with people who get mad with me when I recycle or conserve (as if
I am hurting someone by doing so, WHO CARES IF I ROOT AROUND IN THE
TRASH CAN FOR ALUMINUM?). There are people who actively work to defeat
environmental protection. I personally am a member of the left wing
conspiracy. I am working to get rid of the bigots, racists, polluters,
big oil, good old boys etc. I intend to fight for a world where my
children can live in peace, health and prosperity.
 From your posts, I can see that you care about these issues as well.
Please allow the rest of us to post without retribution. I am brave and
so am willing to speak out. Mark Stinson and others are also brave and

Why should he retract his statements? Should you retract yours? Should
I retract mine?


Thank you Steve for your comments. They make me think and also justify
my zeitgeist. I wish more people with views in opposition to mine would
speak up and out. It gives me the opportunity to respond.

Dan Cahoon
72 Ruby Red
Moncure, NC 27559


--------------------  26  --------------------
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:53:19 -0500
From: Lesley Landis Designs <>
Subject: PBO Treasure Hunt, THIS SATURDAY 7/28 ...10:00 am

Ahoy Me Hearties, both Young 'n Old!
Pittsboro's on the horizon and the bounty is in the spyglass!

Gather at th¹ Community House on Thompson Street at 10:00 a.m. this
Satterdee, July 28.
Pick up a packet o¹ clues an¹  hade ou¹ t¹ search th¹ streets fer booty.
When the sun hits the crow¹s nest, weigh anchor at th¹ Chatham Mills lawn
fer summer bounty.
Ya swabbie! See what the town larders hold. Avast, ya scurvy knave! Brave be
ye, for

Lan'lubbers Translation: Calling treasure seekers of all ages! Gather at The
Community House on Thompson Street (behind Elizabeth¹s Pizza) at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 28. Pick up a packet of clues and head out to search the
streets of our town for "The Treasures of Pittsboro." The Treasure Hunt
concludes at the Chatham Mills lawn at noon for summer treasures.

There is no charge for this event and it is for all ages.
The Pittsboro Treasure Hunt is sponsored by Pittsboro Together.

--------------------  27  --------------------
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 10:14:29 -0400
From: Dan Cahoon <>
Subject: Homo stupidus

Martha, don't give up. Don't move out. Your fight isn't over. You
deserve to see the outcome to your support for sustainable living. We
are stupid, but we need you. I have been planning on "leaving this
stupid state" for 23 years now and am still here. I understand how you
feel. Growing up in NC can be difficult for free thinking, educated
individuals. But without them and us, how bad do you think it would be?
Stay, fight, live.
I don't know if this town can stave off fatal development. I know that
my little pocket of green ain't goin nowhere any time soon and my
children are planning on taking over when I'm gone. This is my last
stand. I am like a cornered animal, fighting to the death. Together we
can become the future and all the bone heads and confederate carry
overs from bigone days will be left behind. Our children (and theirs)
are too smart now to continue the "old ways". The authoritarian powers
are waning. The development we see all around us is going to fail and
then we will have some of the last of the good stuff.
Let the curmudgeons and ignoramuses spume and sputter. They just know
their way of life is changing.
Let me know if you need some rejuvenating opportunities. The good
people of PBO and Chatham county have saved me from despair. Please
don't leave now.

We are the agents of change.

Dan Cahoon
72 Ruby Red
Moncure, NC 27559


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