Thursday, March 31, 2011

NC Arts Council Community arts internship application deadline May 2

The North Carolina Arts Council is accepting applications for two paid community arts internships with local arts councils or arts centers through Monday, May 2.
This opportunity provides two individuals with a three-month intensive internship with one of N.C.’s local arts councils or arts centers under the supervision of the executive director or staff member who will help the intern design a training program within the spectrum of community arts administration.
Interns receive a $5,000 stipend to cover living expenses. The intensive, supervised program is designed to introduce community arts administration skills including learning organizational structure, planning, fundraising, grant writing, financial management, marketing, programming, publicity and promotion, and interagency relationships.
About 66 percent of internship recipients have eventually been placed in full-time arts positions.
“This type of work experience cannot be replicated in the classroom,” says Janie Wilson, the arts in communities director for the N.C. Arts Council.
The location of the internship is based in part on interns’ interests and the nature of the operations of the host organizations. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate a strong interest in a career in community arts administration.
Internships are scheduled for a three-month period starting September 1, 2011, and ending Dec.1. Click here for guidelines.
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, application and narratives and a list of three references by Monday, May 2. Download an application at here.

Submit your poems!

The Poetry Council of NC’s annual poetry contests are open for submission until May 31. PCNC sponsors annual poetry contests in nine different categories, including best NC book of poetry, free verse, traditional form, humorous verse and performance poetry. There are also separate contests for NC elementary, middle school and high school students.

In most categories, first-, second- and third-place winners are named as well as three honorable mentions. Prizes range from $15 to $100. Winning poems are published in the Council’s annual anthology Bay Leaves and on the Council’s website, and all winning authors are invited to read their winning poems at Poetry Day, held this year on Oct. 1 at Catawba College in Salisbury.

To be considered, poems must be no more than 40 lines, previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Entry fees are $5 for individual poem contests and $10 for the book contest, but there are no entry fees for the student competitions. Performance poems are limited to two minutes and will be performed and judged live at Poetry Day. Complete details and guidelines are available at or from Ed Cockrell at 2906 Gait Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, (919) 967-5834.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

They like it cute, they like it pink

Ooh La La Pet Spa opened a new location in Hillsborough at 141 N. Scotswood Blvd. Priding itself on quality care and creating a positive experience for the pets, Ooh La La offers not just the basic grooming, bath and nail trim but also nail polish—including glow-in-the-dark—and hair dye. Ooh La La operates by appointment, though walk-ins are welcome before 1:30 p.m. if space allows. Senior and regular customer discounts are available. For more information, see hte March 30 edition of the News of Orange.

Protect yourself from ticks!

Ticks are everywhere in North Carolina, from the deepest, densest woods to even right downtown. And though tick-borne illnesses can be scary things, preventing them is quick and easy.
Tick season stretches from early March to October, though some ticks remain active during the winter months as well. The easiest protection is to wear long clothes, tucking shirt into pants and pants into socks, and performing tick checks.
Even if you do get a tick on you, the important thing is to remove it correctly and as soon as possible. Don't touch it or disturb it for danger of releasing more infected saliva. Use a pair of fine-nosed tweezers to gently grab the tick right by the skin and pull out the direction it went in. Then tape it to a notecard so it can be identified in case of an infection.
If you do get a tick bite, many times nothing happens. If you start getting flu-like symptoms, however—especially if it's not flu season and there's nothing going around—see your doctor and inform them of the tick bite.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

State officials: don’t burn outdoors today or tomorrow in North Carolina

People should not burn outdoors today and tomorrow because high winds and dry air have increased the risk of wildfires in North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service and the N.C. Division of Forest Resources.

The agencies have issued red flag warnings or fire danger statements for most of the state for Wednesday.

The more severe of the two statements, a red flag warning, means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will occur shortly. Strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create high fire growth potential. Parts of North Carolina will have sustained winds between 15 mph and 35 mph, with possible gusts more than 50 mph.

Instead of burning outdoors, people should compost their brush piles or leave them until the state receives a soaking rainfall, state officials said Wednesday.

For wildfire information, please view the N.C. Division of Forest Resources’ website.

For more information, contact Brian Haines, public information officer with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources, at (919) 857-4828.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dispose of prescription drugs properly

Prescription Drug Take Back will be held Thursday, March 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Kerr Drug on U.S. 70 in Hillsborough.
The Hillsborough Police Dept. and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are sponsoring a drug drop off! Bring unused and expired medicines to this special collection where law enforcement can dispose of them properly. Operation Medicine Drop is a program administered by Safe Kids North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Insurance.

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Post Office celebrates grand opening

A new Post Office in Hillsborough celebrated its grand opening Thursday, March 10, and its owners declared themselves “ready to serve the Hillsborough and Chapel Hill customers in grand fashion.”
Eagles Chief Operating Officer Kuntal Gandhi and Hillsborough Postmaster Tom Pollard presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Contract Postal Unit at Eagles Convenience Store #5, 620 Hampton Pointe in Hillsborough. The Eagles CPU is open six days a week—Monday through Friday— from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is one of 21 CPUs in the Triangle Area, all serving as convenient alternatives to traditional Post Offices.
“This office will help to increase convenience and access to postal services for customers unable to travel to the main Post Office,” said Pollard, who oversees the Eagles CPU. “A full line of postal products and services are available at the new CPU including postage stamps, Express Mail® service, Priority Mail® service, special services, packaging products, and much more. We are very excited for the residents of Hillsborough and the community at large.”

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bus service to come to Hillsborough

The Hillsborough Town Board approved an agreement with the Orange County Board of Commissioners for a circulator bus service through the town. The free bus would operate for four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon—a schedule set to maximize connectivity with Triangle Transit Authority's 420 route—and currently has 16 stops, one of which lies outside the town limit. Planning Director Margaret Hauth said that the route will undergo some fine-tuning once the service has begun and the public can give some feedback on additional routes, convenience of times etc.
The bus service will be funded through a three-year Federal Transit Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, which funds 80 percent of the cost each year and requires and 20 percent local match. The North Carolina Department of Transportation will supply that local portion for the first year, and Hillsborough will pick up the funding for the second and third years.
The service should start sometime in late spring early summer, hopefully in May.

Preliminary stop schedule for the Hillsborough circulator bus route
Note: these stops are subject to change as the bus route is tweaked over the next few months.
Stop 1—Fairview Park
Stop 2—Faucette Mill/Cornelius streets
Stop 3—Whitted Forest Apartments
Stop 4—West Hill Avenue (Bennett Mobile Home Parkes)
Stop 5—West King Street (Village Diner)
Stop 6—West King/N. Hassell streets (near the Recreation Department)
Stop 7—Library
Stop 8— Department of Social Services Hillsborough Commons
Stop 9—Patriots Pointe Apartments
Stop 10—Gateway Village Apartments
Stop 11—Oakdale Village
Stop 12—Orange County Durham Technical Community College
Stop 13—Hampton Pointe
Stop 14—Senior Center/Sportsplex
Stop 15—Orange County Courthouse
Stop 16—North Hills Plaza

A note from state Senator Ellia Kinnaird

Dear Friends,

Another week at the legislature, another week of divisive issues.
North Carolina, along with one other state, has protected its beaches by not allowing hardened structures—called terminal groins—along its coast. The reason for the policy is that on the other side of the groin, the sand is scoured away, leaving the next beach with a receding shoreline and a severe deficit of sand, thus requiring re-nourishment of the lost sand, an expensive proposition.

Not even all the coastal communities agreed on the need and usefulness of groins. One town that would be affected, Sunset Beach, passed a resolution against it. But many towns and homeowners were in favor, as some condominiums are about to fall in the sea. Orrin Pilkey and John Hood of the John Locke Foundation were both opposed, leading some to speculate that the end of the world was, indeed, upon us. The vote was divided, not along partisan lines, but more geographical. The final vote was put off until Monday so those who don’t want the taxpayers to pick up the bill for beach re-nourishment could work out a deal with the bill’s sponsors. The sponsors had added a provision that the communities installing the groins would put up a bond to cover the costs if it ran over or if another community sued. But that wasn’t enough for those concerned the taxpayers will end up picking up the tab.

In another partisan, but esoteric, bill, the Senate voted to not conform our tax law to the federal tax changes. President Obama gave a tax break to small business owners by allowing them to accelerate their expenses in the first year. But this would be a loss to our budget of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. The Republican sponsor was not too happy, wanting to give a tax break to the small business owners but realized that would put an even larger hole in the budget. (Tax law, although I took it in law school, is way beyond me, but I think this is a reasonable explanation.)

A moratorium on annexation by cities passed easily. I voted against it because cities have grown in an orderly fashion in North Carolina with our current statutes. There has been a need for updating and changes that people have urged for years, but a complete moratorium, even with a sunset to revisit the issue, could last for many years, thwarting meaningful growth of our cities. In Virginia, their moratorium that passed 28 years ago is still in effect. A comparison of the vitality of our cities such as Charlotte and Richmond, show that Virginia’s cities have not thrived, while ours have. Some cities even have “doughnut holes” right in the middle of the city, unannexed areas that are still in the county and don’t have city services.

But of course the big news was Gov. Perdue’s veto of Senate Bill 13 requiring North Carolina to join other states in suing to declare the individual mandate for insurance unconstitutional. The Attorney General, Roy Cooper, advised the Governor that states cannot nullify federal actions based on the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. The House Democrats stuck together to uphold the veto. However, in the Senate, we could not override the Governor’s veto the bill requiring her to cut this year’s spending in the ways they dictated. Interestingly, after the veto, the Republicans said they would not try to override her veto and instead passed a bill requiring an amount to be cut, but giving her discretion of how to find the money. It was a complete surprise when they brought up the veto override, since we passed that bill and it is pending in the House.

In another sobering presentation in a year of sobering news, the Employment Security Commission announced we owe the federal government a startling $2, 631,866,556.00. Yes, that is two and a half billion plus. The reason is not only the economic meltdown resulting in high unemployment (but remember the bankers who caused it got $10 million bonuses) but also during the boom years of the 90's, employers asked for a reduction in their contribution because they had a nice surplus in the Trust Fund. Alas, here we are, grasshoppers instead of ants (for those of you who remember your Aesop’s Fables, the ants stored up for the winter while the grasshoppers played all summer.) So now we are hoping the feds will rescue us and we will only need to pay back the staggering interest owed of $80- $100 million dollars.

Then there is the matter of tax refunds owed to our citizens. Since we are broke, the governor is planning to take available monies to pay them back and then pay back the funds after April 15th when the revenues start coming in. That seemed to have sparked the latest skirmish between the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to revive Senate Bill 13 on who decides and where the monies are to come from.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hagan votes to support small business

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, voted for a long-term extension of two successful programs that give small businesses opportunities to participate in federal research and development. In a key procedural vote, the Senate voted 84-12 to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, both under the Small Business Administration, for the next eight years. The programs are set to expire on May 31.
In 2009, North Carolina companies won a total of 94 SBIR/STTR awards totaling $55 million, a 43 percent increase over 2007.
“By extending these successful programs for an eight-year period, our North Carolina small business entrepreneurs will have the certainty they need to continue to produce innovative research, expand their companies and add jobs,” Hagan said. “Small businesses remain the key to our economic recovery in North Carolina, and I have long been an advocate for these programs that allow our smaller companies to participate in high-level research and the development of next generation technologies. Given today’s overwhelming bipartisan support for these programs, I look forward to quickly passing this bill in the Senate and getting it to the President’ desk as soon as possible.”
The SBIR program designates resources to increase the participation of small, innovative companies in federally funded research and development. Similarly, the STTR program provides federal funding for small firms to work jointly with non-profit research institutions, such as research and development centers, universities, university-affiliated hospitals, and other non-profits.

Carrboro comedy camp registration open

DSI Comedy Theater will make summer camp a laughing matter this year. Beginning June 4 and ending Aug. 5, the theater is offering full and half-day one-week sessions for kids ages 8 and up.
At DSI, campers are not grouped by experience. However, students can register for a specific level as long as they fit that age group. Camps are small enough that every student gets personal feedback. More information on Summer Camps can be found at or emailing
DSI Summer Camps help students: improve verbal ability, enhance active listening skills, build body awareness and boost self-confidence. Improvisation can have a positive impact on students both on- and off-stage. By learning performance games in a safe environment, DSI students are encouraged to take risks as they develop the a
bility to both tell stories collaboratively and work in the moment.

Youth 101 Fullday (Ages 8-10): June 27-July 1, 9:30am - 3:30pm ($195)
Youth 101 Halfday (Ages 8-10): July 5-July 8, 9:30am - 12:30pm (4 days, $85)
Youth 101 Fullday (Ages 8-10): July 11-July 15, 9:30am - 3:30pm ($195)
Youth 101 Halfday (Ages 8-10): July 26-July 30, 9:30am - 12:30pm ($100)
Youth 101 Fullday (Ages 8-10): August 1-August 5, 9:30am - 3:30pm ($195)

Youth 201 Fullday (Ages 9-13): June 27-July 1, 9:30am - 3:30pm ($195)
Youth 201 Halfday (Ages 9-13): July 5-July 8, 9:30am - 12:30pm (4 days, $85)
Youth 201 Fullday (Ages 9-13): July 11-July 15, 9:30am - 3:30pm ($195)
Youth 201 Halfday (Ages 9-13): July 25-July 29, 9:30am - 12:30pm ($100)
Youth 201 Fullday (Ages 9-13): August 1-August 5, 9:30am - 3:30pm ($195)

Youth 301 Fullday (Ages 13-17): June 20-June 24, 10am - 4pm ($195)
Youth 301 Fullday (Ages 13-17): August 1-August 5, 10am - 4pm ($195)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Applications for the Summer Teacher Institute in Raleigh due April 15

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh announces its 2011 Summer Teacher Institute, titled Exploring African American Life and Culture Through Primary Sources, from Monday to Friday, July 25 to 29. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 15. Space is limited, so apply early for this opportunity to explore the contributions of African Americans to the history of North Carolina and the nation. Hear noted scholars, visit three North Carolina historic sites, tour exhibits, and discover resources from the Library of Congress and the N.C. State Archives. Learn how to find and use related primary source documents, artifacts and historic sites.
Appropriate for instructors of all grade levels, the Summer Teacher Institute is particularly relevant to social studies for middle grades and to United States history for high school. Each day of the institute focuses on a different era of the state’s history, from the colonial period to the present. Topics include African Americans and the Civil War, the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, African American businesses, and craftsmen and artists.
North Carolina educators can earn up to 40 contact hours. A $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch each day, parking, field trips and extensive classroom resources. Teachers who live more than 50 miles from Raleigh will receive reimbursement for hotel and dinner at the state rate. Educators within 50 miles of Raleigh will receive a reimbursement of $75 toward travel. All institute requirements must be completed in order to receive the reimbursement.
The Summer Teacher Institute is primarily funded through the grant Teaching With Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University. The program’s mission is to build a consortium that fosters collaborations between the Library of Congress and the educational community to increase instructional use of Library of Congress digitized primary sources within K-12 classrooms.
For more information and an online registration form, click here or access the registration form on the website by clicking “education,” then “online teacher workshops.” Look under the heading “teacher workshops.” Or call 919-807-7995 for details.

Orange County Department on Aging resource fair

Latonya Brown, the Orange County Department on Aging's resource and benefits specialist, announced plans for the third annual Resource Connections Fair. This year's fair, themed "Live well, Laugh often, Love much," will be held Wednesday, March 23, at the University Mall in Chapel Hill. The four-hour event will begin at 10 a.m. and features more than 50 agencies and specialists seeking to improve and enrich the lives of local older adults.

"The fair will provide important tools to help seniors and their families gain information on how to become motivated and empowered to take charge of their lives," Brown said.

Specialists will be on-site to provide wellness screenings, professional insight and expert advice on such issues as assisted living, Alzheimer's disease, Medicare system navigation, financial counseling and legal planning. Steve Toll—a well-known, classically trained and versatile local musician—is just one of several sources of entertainment scheduled. Free refreshments will be provided, and a raffle will offer the opportunity to win some great prizes.

For more information on the third annual Resource Connections Fair or the Orange County Department on Aging, visit the organization's website or call either senior center. For the Seymour Center, call (919) 968-2070. For the Central Orange Center, call (919) 245-2015.

Plant a tree, save the planet

Today is North Carolina Arbor Day! Everyone grab a shovel and get ready to plant a tree. But wait….
Before planting a tree, make sure you know how to do it correctly, advises the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
How a tree is planted, and initially maintained, makes all the difference in the world. Too many people are content to simply plant a tree, but don't ensure that the tree has the chance to go on to live for many years.
"Planting a tree is making an investment in the future," says Sharon Lilly, ISA Educational Director. "You must care for and nurture your young tree so that it will pay dividends for years to come."

Tree Planting Tips
There are a few simple tips to remember when planting your tree this spring:
1. Prepare the perfect hole for planting.
• Dig the hole two to three times the width of the root ball. Do NOT dig deeper than root ball depth. Make the sides of the hole slant gradually outward.
• For bare-root trees, neatly cut away any broken or damaged roots. Soak the roots for a few hours prior to planting to allow them to absorb water.
• Container-grown trees should have the plastic or metal containers completely removed. Carefully cut through any circling roots. Remove the top half of pressed peat/paper containers.
• Balled and Burlapped ("B&B") trees should have all of the ropes cut. Pull the burlap at least one third of the way down. Slit remaining burlap to encourage root growth. If in a wire basket, cut away the top of the basket.
2. Plant the Tree.
• Gently place the tree in the hole. Partially backfill with the soil from the hole, water to settle the soil, then finish back-filling the hole. Tamp the soil gently, but do not step on the root ball.

A few pointers
While you may have finished planting, Arbor Day aficionados should remember these final touches:
• Remove tags and labels.
• Do not stake unless the tree has a large crown or the planting is situated on a site where wind or people may push the tree over. Stake for a maximum of one year.
• Prune only the damaged branches.
• Soak the soil well, making sure no air pockets form between roots. Wait until next year to fertilize.
• Spread two inches of mulch over the planting area, but do not place it up against the trunk.
• Be sure the root ball has plenty of water throughout the year.

For additional information on planting and other tree care topics, or to find a local ISA Certified Arborist, visit ISA's website.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sell your wares at the Burlington Farmers' and Crafters' Market!

Local farmers, artisans, crafters, bakers, sweet makers and other creative types are cordially invited to apply for vendor space in the 2011 Burlington Farmers' & Crafters' Market which will open in May.
The Market is hosted by Burlington Outlet Village and takes place on Sunday afternoons from 1 tp 5 p.m.
For details, please e-mail our Market Manager, Kim Draluck, at
A vendor application can be downloaded from our website here.

Help conduct a community health opinion survey

The Orange County Health Department is required to conduct a community health assessment every four years. To assess the health of the county, a large group of volunteers have been working for many months. They are reviewing the available data related to various health issues and talking with community members and service providers. Their goal is to find out where there are gaps and needs for people living in Orange County and also what emerging issues or trends may be affecting the health of residents.

A key component of the assessment process is a community survey. Staff and volunteers from the Health Department will be traveling door-to-door to survey a random sample of households across the county. The survey will take about 45 minutes to complete and will be confidential. The name of the person who is surveyed will not be asked nor will it be connected to their responses in any way.

Teams of surveyors will be working in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas of the southern part of the county on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. The following weekend on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, teams will be working in Hillsborough and the northern portion of the County. All volunteers will be wearing Orange County Health Department or Healthy Carolinians of Orange County T-shirts and identification badges; many will be driving county cars.

If a surveyor comes to your door, please take the time to share your opinions with them. Also, please secure pets for the safety of the surveyor teams. Participants will not be paid, but will receive a small gift of appreciation and informational materials about Orange County services.

The results of the survey will be compiled and included in the final report of the community health assessment, which will be completed in November 2011. People’s responses and opinions will help to determine the direction of future programs for the health department and other agencies across the county who depend on the community assessment process to determine what the needs of the county are in terms of health.

Volunteers are still needed to help conduct the surveys. If you are able to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on any of the survey days listed above and would like to be involved in this important community process, please contact Amanda Bartolomeo at or 245-2388.

Bilingual English-Spanish speakers are needed as well as. Volunteers need no prior experience; training will be offered on each survey day from 8 to 9 a.m. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided to all volunteers.

Help this puppy get home safe!

Scarlet, a 4-year-old hound dog cared for by the Berry family of Hillsborough since being rescued as a puppy, tussled with a fox while out on a hike in February—a feat Tamara Berry believes was meant to protect her and her two children, Zack and Jackson.
But since Scarlet was six days late on her rabies shot (the family took one of the kids to the doctor for flu during the scheduled vet time, so Tamara had to reschedule), the dog must be quarantined at a veterinary clinic for six months—at the Berrys' expense. The endeavor will cost the family $4,700. And that in addition to the several thousand dollars it took for Tamara to get rabies shots herself so she could visit Scarlet at her quarantine in Chatham County, where Orange County Animal Control transported the dog.
Both Zack and Jackson, ages 12 and 9 respectively, have offered to get summer jobs to help with finances. Local businesses—such as Cup A Joe, Dual Supply, Webster's Cleaners, Paws on the Corner, Purple Crow Books and Blissful Journey Day Spa—are working to help the family raise money through collection tins.
And you can help too! By visiting the businesses and e-mailing

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Flag at half-mast Tuesday, March 15

For those who were wondering...
Gov. Bev Perdue has joined President Obama in ordering all North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, March 15, in tribute to Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, who had been the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, and in remembrance of the generation of American veterans of World War I.

All employees of the Department of Administration—and especially the staff of the Division of Veterans Affairs—joined Perdue in honoring Mr. Buckles, who was so determined to serve his country that he lied about his age to become a soldier. He died on Feb. 27 on his West Virginia Farm at age 110. He will lie in honor at the Memorial Amphitheater Chapel at Arlington Cemetery from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday for the public to pay their last respects. The burial service takes place at 4 p.m.

Submit to March Madness AND help the community!

Are you planning on building a bracket for the NCAA Tournament?
Build your NCAA bracket on GoodBrackets and support non-profits!
GoodBrackets is a March Madness-inspired fundraising competition.
Sign in, make a donation and choose a non-profit to support. Fill out the NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket and compete to win prizes for yourself and the agency.

This year's prizes include:
A Perfect Bracket Prize: $50,000 prize for the nonprofit of any player with a perfect bracket.

Best Bracket Prize:1 percent of the money donated on the site, minimum $500, for the nonprofit of the player with the best bracket score. The nonprofit of the player with the highest overall bracket score (most correctly picked games) wins this prize. Keep in mind that the more people that play, the larger this prize becomes.

Most Popular Non-Profit: 1 percent of the money donated on the site, minimum $500, for the nonprofit that is chosen on the most brackets. The nonprofit that is picked the most times by players wins this prize.

For individual prizes please check the website.
When you make a donation on GoodBrackets, you will receive a receipt and a thank you note. GoodBrackets will send the donations to the non-profit following the tournament.

GoodBrackets is a sprint, not a marathon. Critical dates:
March 17, 15 minutes before tip-off of the first game: GoodBrackets "locks" and brackets cannot be created or changed. Most popular nonprofit prize will be tabulated and awarded.
April 4: National Championship Game: The tournament ends. Best bracket prize will be tabulated and awarded.

Take the Arts Economic Impact Survey!

The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) is partnering with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) in the latest national economic impact study entitled Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. This is also North Carolina’s first statewide arts economic impact study! The OCAC’s participation in this important research project will allow the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and cultural industry in Orange County to be quantified. It is well known that this industry creates jobs and generates government revenue. In May 2012, a report will be received that will tell the arts community just how many jobs and how much money we represent.

Orange County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including historic sites and museums, are now collecting audience surveys from attendees at their events. The survey is a simple one-page questionnaire that takes less than two minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous.

We need your help! Please complete the arts economic impact survey provided at a broad range of arts and cultural events in Orange County during 2011.

So far, the OCAC has contacted at least 80 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Orange County to participate in this study. Orange County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and representing all arts disciplines can be involved in this study. If your Orange County nonprofit arts or cultural organization would like to participate, please contact the OCAC at or call (919) 968-2011.

Low-cost rabies vaccination clinic tomorrow in Chapel Hill

Orange County Animal Services Center will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic tomorrow (Thursday, March 17) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the shelter, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. North Carolina law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets more than 4 months old to be vaccinated against the disease.
The vaccination costs $10 and is open to the public. Dogs should be kept on leashes and cats in their carriers.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous systems of mammals. Though all mammals can contract and carry rabies, the most common wildlife reservoirs in North Carolina are raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes. The disease is typically spread through saliva into an open wound.
Animals not current on their rabies vaccination that encounter a rabies vector must either be euthanized or quarantined for six months at the owner's expense.

See today's (Wednesday, March 16) edition of the News of Orange for more details.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Race to Nowhere" shown at Cedar Ridge High School

Cedar Ridge High School is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a screening of “Race to Nowhere,” on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. “Race to Nowhere” is a film being used to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright and contributing citizens.

A concerned mother-turned-filmmaker aims her camera at the high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools, society and our children’s lives, creating disengaged and stressed-out youth. "Race to Nowhere" points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

This documentary film, which is shown by sponsorship only, will come to Hillsborough on March 22 at the Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 sold in advance at If tickets remain, they will be $15 at the door. After the film, we will hear comments from a panel of experts taking written questions from the audience.

Sponsored by the CRHS PTSO and Choral Boosters. More information can be found at or by e-mailing

Hagan cosponsors bill to protect military families from foreclosure

United States Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) yesterday cosponsored a bill to increase foreclosure protections for military personnel serving overseas and their families. Hagan is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Banking committees.
“This bill will ensure our servicemembers do not return home from war to find a foreclosure sign in their yard,” Hagan said. “North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation, and it is our duty to protect our heroes and their families from wrongful foreclosures. I will work with my colleagues to advance this important bill in Congress this year.”
The Protecting Servicemembers from Mortgage Abuses Act of 2011 would incentivize financial institutions to comply with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Enacted in 2003, SCRA is intended to prevent active duty military from certain financial and legal hardships as a result of their absence due to military service. Unfortunately, financial institutions have repeatedly failed to comply with the SCRA. Major loan servicers have been responsible for mistakes that led to thousands of mortgage overcharges and a number of unlawful foreclosures and evictions.
During testimony in the House of Representatives earlier this month, an executive from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. testified that the company “failed to comply with aspects of the law” in overcharging 4,500 servicemembers and improperly foreclosing on 18.
The bill would double the maximum criminal penalties for violations of its foreclosure and eviction protections. It would also double civil penalties in cases where the Attorney General has commenced a civil action. In addition, the bill will give servicemembers the time they need after returning from deployment to regain solid financial footing.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and, in addition to Hagan, it was cosponsored by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

A new restaurant in town

Pueblo Viejo, at 107 James Freeland Memorial Drive, opened its doors Monday, March 7, taking the place of the previous resident Casa Ibarra.
Pueblo Viejo serves traditional Mexican food, has outdoor seating and a stage for live music and dancing.
To learn more about the new eatery, see the Wednesday, March 16, issue of the News of Orange.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Agricultural Summit to be held March 21

The 13th annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held March 21 at the Ruritan Club, 6116 Efland-Cedar Grove Road in Cedar Grove, one of the county's most well-known farming communities. In addition to a full slate of agricultural topics, Joe Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Prawn Farm, is being honored as the 2010 N.C. Small Farmer of the Year.

Three tour stops are planned for the afternoon of the Summit: Thompson Prawn Farm, Tiny Farm and the Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center.

Thompson will talk about his prawn farm, his plans to vertically integrate his business by adding a juvenile prawn production facility to supply his farm and other regional prawn farms, as well as a discussion of his involvement in programs to purchase the development rights on his farm.

Tiny Farm, owned by Mark Hockney, is located just northeast of Hillsborough. Hockney grows and sells lettuce and other greens to high-end restaurants and farmers markets year-round. It has become a highly efficient and profitable agricultural business that uses high tunnels for season extension of fresh locally grown vegetables.

Participants can get a sneak preview of the 10,400-square-foot Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center (PFAP), a farm and food business incubator scheduled to open in April 2011. Currently under renovation, PFAP will have two commercial kitchens, a multi-use facility, vegetable and fruit processing equipment, and entrepreneur offices geared to launch new businesses that value locally produced farm products.

The summit fee is $10. Registration will take place from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. A sponsored lunch made with locally grown products will be served. Seating is limited.

To reserve a spot, contact the Orange County Cooperative Extension office at (919) 245-2050. For additional information, including the agenda and driving directions, visit

Hillsborough seeks bids for grounds maintenance

The Town of Hillsborough is seeking bids from qualified, professional grounds maintenance firms to maintain a neat, uniform appearance on town property and town-owned rights-of-way.
The deadline for receiving bids is 1 p.m. March 28.
The scope of work will include mowing, trimming, edging sidewalks and removing trash, limbs and leaves. The contractor will furnish all materials, labor and equipment necessary.
Work will be performed between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with any schedule changes approved by the Hillsborough Public Works Department. The 2011 grounds maintenance season will start in April, once a contract is approved. Work typically begins in March and ends in November, depending upon weather.
Copies of the request for bids and draft contract are available at the Town Annex, 137 N. Churton St.
For more information, contact Public Works Supervisor Ken Hines by phone at 919-732-1270 Ext. 78, fax at 919-732-5310 or mail at Public Works Supervisor Ken Hines, Town of Hillsborough, PO Box 429, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

This week declared National Flood Safety Awareness Week

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has labeled March 14 through 18 National Flood Safety Awareness Week.

Flooding is the most common, costly and deadly natural disaster in the United States each year. Ninety percent of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve flooding, and more than 20 percent of all flood insurance claims come from policies in moderate- to low-risk areas.

During National Flood Safety Awareness Week, FEMA is reminding families and businesses to take measures to ensure they are aware of their risk for flooding, to protect their homes and property from such an event, and to purchase flood insurance.

Get a kit—You may need to survive on your own after a flood or other emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.

Make a plan—Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Be informed—Find out if your home is at risk for flood and educate yourself on the impact a flood could have on you and your family.

More flood safety information can be found at, and to learn more about flood insurance and to find an agent, visit

Burwell School hosts Candace Bailey

The Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St., is happy to welcome Candace Bailey as our guest for the March meeting of the Hillsborough Literary Association (HLA). The reading and lecture will be on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Bailey will be providing an insightful and rich history lecture and reading about women’s heritage in the Antebellum South. Her book, Music and the Southern Belle, will be available for purchase and signing after the reading and a light reception will follow. For more information, please visit our website,, or call 732-7451. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.

Hillsborough woman to show her quilt this week!

Susan Hudson of Hillsborough was named a semifinalist in the American Quilter's Society's Quilt Show and Contest for her piece Redwork101. Only her second time entering the competition, Hudson said she was pleasantly surprised at the honor. Her quilt will be on display March 16 through 19 in Lancaster, Pa., and finalists will be announced March 16. For more information on Hudson or the contest, see the March 9 edition of the paper.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Develop a program to promote tourism!

The Tourism Board, on behalf of the Town of Hillsborough, is requesting proposals from non-profit agencies and civic groups to establish programs to promote and support tourism and visitor services within Hillsborough. Funds are to be allocated from monies collected by the 1 percent prepared food tax. Application forms are now available at Town Hall, which is located at 101 E. Orange St. Completed applications are due by 3 p.m. on April 1. The Tourism Board will review applications and make recommendations for grant awards to the Town Board based on availability of funds and other criteria.

For more information and an application, please click here.

New line of seeds available at Weaver Street Market

Sow True Seeds, an Asheville-based seed company, began selling its products at the Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough at the end of February. The company prides itself on producing organic and non-hybrid or open-pollinated seeds—meaning that farmers and gardeners can reuse the seeds from mature plants to get the same, healthy product the next season. The organization attempts to encourage sustainable practices by providing planters with the means to reuse seeds and support local agriculture.
For more information, see the Wednesday, March 16, edition of the News of orange.

A note from Ellie Kinnaird

Dear Friends,
I heard from many of you disagreeing, indeed distraught, over my vote on charter schools. In fact, I encountered the same from some of my colleagues who feel this will draw funds from our regular public schools. And I agree with the arguments if the bill is not fixed in the House to require new charters to provide food and transportation so that all children can attend even if they are poor and haven’t a way to get to the school they feel fits them best. One of the original reasons for charter schools was to free teachers from so much bureaucracy. My Person County superintendent tells me they have to send 160 forms to the Department of Public Instruction. My hope is that the regular schools will also be freed, because their administrative requirements mean they have to have several layers of administration just to fulfill those burdens.

This has been a highly partisan week. The Republicans have been out of power for so long that they are in a hurry to enact those measures that they have not been able to when the Democrats were in control of the agenda. And one can certainly understand that.

In spite of 77 percent of people polled believing that people harmed by medical errors should be awarded damages, the Senate passed a bill giving complete immunity to emergency room doctors for injuries they caused by negligence. They also capped the amount a person could recover for damages such as mutilation, disfigurement, paralysis, brain damage, loss of limb, or even death. About 63 percent of persons polled totally opposed such a restriction. People who suffered many of those injuries wrote and sent us pictures of the horribly injured; children who have life-long seizures and paralysis, loss of arms, legs and a nose; and people who are permanently paraplegic from medical negligence. But even those cases didn’t move the supporters of the bill.

A bill allowing community colleges to not offer federal loans to students passed. About 362,000 students nationally took out private higher cost loans in 2007-08 when they could have taken out safer, more affordable federal Ford loans with a fixed interest rate of 6.5 percent. The rationale is that if a community college has too many defaults on federal loans, they cannot issue Stafford and Pell grants for three years. But the threshold is 25 percent in three consecutive years or 40 percent in one year. Whereas the default range in North Carolina is from 7 percent to 16 percent. In addition, the community colleges have “bank day” when the private banks come on campus to offer credit cards, checking and loan opportunities. Most community college students work or have families to support and need low cost federal loans. Many community college students end up using credit cards, the most expensive loan, to pay for books and supplies, which can be a major part of their costs along with living expenses.

Another bill that I voted for removed testing requirements for high school Algebra II, Civics and Economics, U.S. History and Physical Science. For years, teacher, parents and students have complained about “teaching to the test.” Interestingly I heard another viewpoint from a young teacher who graduated from East Chapel Hill High and UNC-CH. He teaches in a low-performing school now and feels his students need the goal of passing the test to achieve in these subject areas and compete for college slots.

Another bill that passed requires that an agency cannot adopt a rule that results in additional costs on those subject to the rule except in an emergency, a federal regulation or court order. One wonders what effect that would have on environmental rules for industrial swine farms, or nursing home oversight.

As you know, I go outside the legislative activity in my reports to observe and comment on the wider world. In the jobs and the economy area, Duke University has forged a partnership with a large medical center in India to study diseases and the development of new drugs. And BCBS outsourced lower end jobs this year. In another interesting piece, federal taxes are the lowest as a share of the economy since 1950.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A note from CBS about coverage changes for the NCAA tournament

It’s time for March Madness, and we wanted you to be aware of big changes in how CBS Sports covers the tournament.

Briefly, CBS and Turner Sports have joined together to televise every single game in its entirety. This is good news for viewers with access to CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV because they will be able to watch the game of their choice. However, since many viewers do not have access to cable or satellite, some may be disappointed in the games that CBS provides WRAL-TV under this new arrangement, including the possibility that WRAL may not be broadcasting games involving our local teams.

We’ve tried to anticipate the questions fans might have and have attached a comprehensive set of FAQs. If appropriate, we would appreciate you helping us communicate these changes to local viewers.


Why Is This Year Different Than Prior Years?

A: The NCAA negotiated a new 14-year contract with CBS and Turner Sports to make every tournament game available on TV. Over the course of the 67 games of the tournament, 26 will air on CBS (including the Final Four and Championship Game), 16 on TBS, 12 on TNT and 13 on truTV.

What Is Different About the Coverage?

A: CBS television stations across the country, including WRAL-TV, will no longer have the choice of what games to air, even if the teams are of local interest. The national game selections will be determined by CBS and the three Turner networks. In any scheduled time period, each network will carry its assigned game and only that game. CBS will no longer be allowed to “flex” from game to game in search of a more competitive match up, or to fill time between games.

Will WRAL Carry the Games of Local Interest?

A: Not necessarily. WRAL-TV has no choice in what game it airs. The station will carry whatever game CBS chooses to broadcast nationally.

Can CBS Pick Any Game It Wants?

A: Actually the networks will be picking “locations” instead of “games” for each broadcast window. The networks will be evaluating the interest in the combination of the two games being played in each regional site and will make their selection accordingly. As such in each broadcast window, CBS will not be able to take one game from one site and the second game from another.

When Will the Broadcast Schedule Be Determined and Announced?

A: Once the NCAA brackets are announced on Sunday, March 13 at 6PM (ET), CBS Sports and Turner Sports will work together to set the broadcast schedules for the first and second round games for each of the four networks. The schedule for the “First Four” games on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16, and the second-round games on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 will be announced within 24 hours after the “Selection Show” Sunday night and will be posted and continually updated on

If the CBS Game Is a “Blow Out,” Will CBS Move to Another Regional Site and Show the Remainder of a More Competitive Game?”

A: No. They must stay with the game that they were scheduled to broadcast.

Will CBS Switch to Other Games if Their Game Ends Early?

A: CBS will no longer be permitted to take viewers to other games in progress other than a brief “look-in.” (Each network is only allowed a total of up to three minutes of “look-ins” during each half of each game.) Upon the conclusion of any game, viewers will be taken to a studio location for updates, highlights and possibly brief “look-ins,” schedule permitting.

Will Any Games Be Simulcast on More Than One Network?

A: No. Each of the games will be shown nationally and independently.

What If Viewers Do Not Have Access to TBS, TNT or truTV?

A: Unfortunately, fans that do not have cable or satellite, or whose channels do not include all three Turner networks, will not have access to a portion of the games on television. Any game that is not assigned to CBS will be shown on one of the Turner networks only. However, as in years past, all games are available for free on NCAA “March Madness on Demand.” Go to and look for the link to “March Madness On Demand” or paste the following in your browser--

Why Is This Good for Viewers?

A: Presuming a fan has access to all four networks, he or she can customize their viewing to their preferences and switch from game to game whenever they choose. The broadcast windows will be basically the same as in the past, but will be staggered in such a fashion that a fan can essentially watch wall-to-wall basketball all day and all night.

Will the games be available in high definition?

A: All games on WRAL-TV will be broadcast in high definition. The three Turner networks will have the games in high definition on their respective HD channels. Check with your cable or satellite provider to confirm whether you can receive the Turner channels in HD.

Will WRAL-TV still offer its multicast of the games on Time Warner Cable?

A: No. This new arrangement precludes the Station from providing the multicast.

Will some satellite subscribers still have the opportunity to subscribe to DirecTV's Mega March Madness?

A: No. It is no longer available.

Time to spring ahead!

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday! It’s time for the clocks to spring ahead. At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13, clocks will change from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m.

In the U.S., Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.

The time—2 a.m.—was originally chosen as the changeover time because it seemed the most convenient with minimal disruptions. Most people were home and in bed at that hour.

Give your pet his shots!

Orange County Animal Services Center will hold its second low-cost rabies vaccination clinic of the year on March 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the shelter.
The vaccination fee is $10. Dogs must be on leashes, and cats must be in individual carriers. Animals that may be nervous or unsettled should be kept inside a vehicle for their vaccination.

North Carolina law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 4 months must be vaccinated against rabies.

See the March 16 edition of the News of Orange for more details.

Picture! Andi Morgan of OCASC holds one of the center's newest boarders, a labrador retriever mix puppy. Since there were no vaccinations happening that day, I decided to give some of their cute animals some publicity instead!

Earth Action Day Festival application deadline extended

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation presents the Earth Action Day Festival, a celebration for sustainable living, at Southern Community Park on Saturday, April 9, from noon to 5 p.m. The outdoor event will feature a host of interactive activities for all ages, live entertainment and a food pavilion with local eats.
Get to know your community and learn how our daily choices affect our environment, both ecologically and socially. Enjoy the Swap-O-Rama-Rama clothing swap, a scavenger hunt and many other educational opportunities for children and adults.
The deadline for booth applications has been extended to March 18. Register today online. Exhibitors will reach over 3,500 people in the community with your message to live more sustainably. Organizations whose mission is to conserve and preserve are encouraged exhibit.
Local artists are encouraged to apply and sell their art. The entry fee for non-profits and artists is $40 and $75 for commercial organizations.

Orange County Student Serves as Governor’s Page

Anthony Klopfer of Hillsborough participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. Anthony spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page in the Department of Transportation for the week of Feb. 28 through March 4.
“By participating in the page program, high school students from all parts of North Carolina have the opportunity to see first-hand how our government and government agencies work,” Gov. Bev Perdue said. “These students represent North Carolina’s future, and it is important for them to understand how our state functions.”
The Governor’s Page Program provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the roles and functions of state government. During the week, pages have a chance to attend press conferences, meet with the governor and assist in day-to-day office operations. Some of their responsibilities include filing documents, assisting in mass mailings, answering telephones and delivering agency messages.
Pages also tour several state government buildings, such as the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Executive Mansion, Supreme Court, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of History and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women.
Anthony is the son of Rudy and Lori Klopfer and is a junior at Orange High School.
The one-week program is open to high school students between the ages of 15 and 18, who are in good academic standing at their schools. Application forms are available year-round, but appointments are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
For an application or additional information, contact the coordinator of the Governor’s Page Program toll free at 1-800-820-4483, or visit the program online.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hagan highlights high unemployment among veterans

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) commented on national February unemployment numbers and the number of unemployed veterans. The national unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent in February. Despite progress on overall unemployment, unemployment among returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan still exceeds national unemployment. In February 2011, unemployment among these veterans was 12.5 percent, and among males, it was even higher: 13.3 percent.
“The unemployment numbers for our returning heroes from Afghanistan and Iraq are particularly troubling,” Hagan said. “I have cosponsored the Hire a Hero Act, which would make a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans permanent and extend the credit to members of the Guard and Reserve. North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation, and as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am continuing to look for additional ways to help connect our veterans to employment opportunities.”
The Hire a Hero Act, introduced last month by Hagan and Scott Brown (R-MA), extends the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to include members of the Guard and Reserve and makes the credit permanent for veterans.

Grand opening set for new Hillsborough PO

Hillsborough’s newest Post Office facility is ready for its big introduction to the world.

The Eagles Convenience Store Contract Postal Unit (CPU), located at 620 Hampton Pointe Blvd., celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Hillsborough Postmaster Tom Pollard was present with civic, business and postal leaders to commemorate the occasion.

The Eagles CPU is now open six days a week—Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is one of 21 CPUs in the Triangle Area, all serving as convenient alternatives to traditional Post Offices.

“This office will help to increase convenience and access to postal services for customers unable to travel to the main Post Office,” said Pollard, who oversees the Eagles CPU. “A full line of postal products and services are available at the new CPU, including postage stamps, Express Mail® service, Priority Mail® service, special services, packaging products and much more. We are very excited for the residents of Hillsborough and the community at large.”

The Postal Service has re-engineered the entire Contract Unit Postal program to better answer the needs of postal customers nationwide.

“The Postal Service is continuously tasked with finding smarter and more efficient ways to reach our customers,” Pollard said. “Our CPUs, our Automated Postal Centers (APC), our online services at and our face value stamps at major retailers (Food Lion, Harris Teeter, CVS, etc) throughout the city and state are allowing us to change the way we do business, to make us available to more people 24 hours a day.”

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Clean up, clean up everybody, everywhere!

Join the Haw River Assembly's 21st annual Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon!
On Saturday, March 12, volunteers will gather at locations along, riverbanks, creeks, bridges, islands and along the shoreline of Jordan Lake prepared to remove trash that threatens wildlife and water quality. We can’t be sure what sort of garbage they'll find—it could be anything from engine blocks to cinder blocks—but we know they'll find a lot of it!
Last year’s clean-up collected more than 600 bags of trash and nearly 200 tires with the help of several hundred volunteers and stretched 100 miles from Greensboro to Moncure. The 21st annual Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon offers volunteers an opportunity to get involved in their community and to help make our waterways healthier and safer for people, fish and wildlife. For the second year, we will be partnering with the city of Durham on their “Creek Week” program, which provides opportunities for Durham residents to explore their local waterways.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. Citizen’s groups and local youth groups are encouraged to participate. Volunteers work in teams—you can join an existing team in Guilford, Alamance, Chatham, Orange, Durham or western Wake counties, or start your own. Those interested need only bring clothing appropriate for the weather, sturdy work shoes and a willingness to work. We will provide bags and gloves. Contact us on how to get involved.
For more information about how you can get involved, contact the Haw River Assembly at (919) 542-5790, e-mail us at or check out our website:

Monday, March 7, 2011

school board meeting tonight

The Orange County school board is having a regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Central Office. The agenda can be found here. Superintendent Patrick Rhodes is set to lay out the district's budget situation ahead of a budget public hearing at A.L. Stanback Middle School on Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. The school board will also be discussing SB8—which deals with charter schools—which Donna Coffey has discussed at length on her blog.

As always, I'll be live-tweeting the meeting over at @NewsofOrange. Follow along with the hashtag #ocsboe.

Grady Brown's Sundaes for Slides at Maple View

Monday, March 7th – PTA’s Sundaes for Slides 3 to 8 p.m. at  Maple View Hampton Pointe (Wal-Mart Shopping Center). The Nutter Family, owners of Maple View Farms, has offered to host this GAB Playground Fundraiser at the Hampton Pointe Location (Walmart Shopping Center) from 3-8PM.  They will donate 10 percent of all ice cream sales to the GAB PTA for our playground!  The fifth graders came up with some great names for a custom sundae to buy that night only! It was an honor to have Ms. Jones, our wonderful principal, select the winning name of 'Cougars n' Cream' sundae! Come and try this delicious sundae and help support our playground!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Volunteer for local advisory boards

The Town of Hillsborough needs your help. Consider volunteering for the following committees.

Margaret Lane Cemetery Committee

The Margaret Lane Cemetery Committee works to preserve, restore and beautify the historic Margaret Lane Cemetery, also called Old Slave Cemetery. Members work to learn more about the cemetery’s history and the names and history of the people buried there. The cemetery—located on Margaret Lane and bounded by Hillsborough Avenue and Occoneechee Street—dates back to at least 1885.

Committee members serve three-year terms and meet every two months at 2:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month. The committee will consider changing the meeting time based on availability of new members.

For more information, contact Cemetery Administrator Ken Hines at 732-1270, ext. 83.

Planning Board

The Planning Board reviews planning issues in the town’s zoning jurisdiction. A Hillsborough resident is needed to fill an in-town vacancy.

The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month to review and make recommendations to the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners on rezonings, subdivisions and ordinance amendments.

For more information, contact Planning Director Margaret Hauth at 732-1270, ext. 86.

Tree Board

The Tree Board regulates planting, maintenance and removal of trees on town-owned public property and rights-of-way within the town. Residents with experience in arboriculture or horticulture especially are encouraged to apply.

Members serve three-year terms, with the board meeting at 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

For more information, contact the town’s Tree Board representative, Ken Hines, at 732-1270, ext. 78.

Water/Sewer Advisory Committee

In-town and out-of-town customers are needed to fill vacancies on the Water/Sewer Advisory Committee. The committee of eight members is responsible for making recommendations to town staff and the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners on issues related to the management of the Water and Sewer Fund. This includes public information and general operational and financial issues.

Typically, the board is made up of four in-town customers and four out-of town customers, serving four-year terms. The committee meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Town Barn, located at 101 E. Orange St. on the Town Hall campus.

For more information, contact Utilities Director Kenny Keel at 732-1270, ext. 75.

Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board

Hillsborough needs a representative for this board, which provides input and advice to the staff of the Animal Services Department.

The Animal Services Department has animals available for adoption and partners with area rescue organizations to place animals. The department also manages licensing and offers low-cost rabies clinics, spay/neuter programs and other services. In addition, it provides animal control services to the unincorporated portions of Orange County, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. Responsibilities include enforcing N.C. general statutes as well as county laws that apply to animals.

The Animal Services Advisory Board meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the community room of the Orange County Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. Members may serve two three-year terms.

For more information, select the “Animal Services Advisory Board” link on the county's Boards and Commissions page or call county employees Donna Baker at 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones at 245-2125.

Orange County Human Relations Commission

Hillsborough’s two seats on this commission are open. The commission works to prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination through education, persuasion, conciliation and enforcement. It also advises the Orange County Board of Commissioners, receives discrimination complaints and conducts corresponding investigation.

The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the community room of the Orange County Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. Members may serve two three-year terms.

For more information, select the “Human Relations Commission” link on the county's Boards and Commissions page or contact James Spivey at 245-2488.

Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Board

The town needs a representative for this board, which provides advice on solid waste matters in the county to the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

The board recommends programs, policies, changes in services and other matters related to the county’s solid waste system, which includes the landfill, solid waste convenience centers and recycling programs. Members investigate new technologies, suggest amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan and provide recommendations concerning any proposal for a change to rates, fees and charges. The board also provides advice to the county manager for use in developing the solid waste system’s annual budget.

The advisory board meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Orange County Solid Waste Management Administration Building, 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. Members may serve two three-year terms.

For more information, select the “Solid Waste Advisory Board” link on the county's Boards and Commissions page or contact Assistant Town Manager Nicole Ard at 732-1270, ext. 77.

To apply

A volunteer application is available on the town website under Boards and Commissions in the Town Government section. Copies also may be picked up in the town clerk’s office on the Town Hall campus, 101 E. Orange St. Completed applications will stay on file for future vacancies.

If interested in representing Hillsborough on a county advisory board, please apply through Orange County’s Boards and Commissions page.