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November, 2015

Remarks at the 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony at Vietnam Memorial Vietnam Women’s Memorial
By Daria Sommers

First I want to thank the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Association, the National Park Service, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial fund for the invitation to be a part of this Veterans Day ceremony honoring the courage and sacrifice of all the men and women who served in Vietnam. And as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the ground war, I want to offer a special remembrance to those who fought and to those who lost their lives the battle of Ia Drang.


Aging in Place - Carolina Villages expands services

Carolina Villages, a local nonprofit that is part of the national village movement, provides support to residents in areas of Orange, Chatham and Durham Counties who wish to remain in their homes as they age. There are now two membership levels for households and individuals, and an expanded area served by Carolina Villages.


Volunteers Remove Trash at Jordan Lake after Heavy Rains

Fran DiGiano, president of Clean Jordan Lake said, "We are happy to report that 75 energetic volunteers in our Annual Fall Cleanup were able to remove most of the stain on one-half mile of Jordan Lake shoreline left by trash from the recent heavy rains."

DiGiano pointed out that floating trash volunteers could not reach will be removed in a later event when the lake level is lower. "We're grateful nonetheless for a few boaters who were scooping the trash out and to a few others on land who walked into the water to get it."

The area tackled was a large cove just to the north of the entrance of Stinking Creek into the Haw River Arm. This same area was part of Clean Jordan Lake's 2014 Fall Cleanup. While this area was trash-free after the 2014 cleanup, the recent heavy rains flushed more trash off the Haw River watershed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined volunteer boaters in ferrying 170 bags of trash and 13 tires about two miles to a dumpster provided by Chatham County's Waste Management Department. Tires are being recycled by Bridgestone America.

Chatham Social Services Sponsors Vital Holiday Programs

All year long, Chatham County Social Services (DSS) works full time to help the county's most needy adults and children. With Christmas coming soon, DSS is asking residents to take action now to also help those in need through two established holiday giving programs.

Christmas Wishes brightens the lives of children involved in various programs with Social Services by granting them three specific wishes. The second program, Christmas Dreams, is based in the Adult Services Unit and helps bring holiday cheer to elderly and disabled adult clients.


Bringing Performing Artists into Chatham Elementary Schools

Imagine if Jackie Robinson, the all-star African-American baseball player, were still alive and able to share his first-hand account of how he pushed the color barrier in America. Would we see the courage in his gait? Hear the lilt of frustration in his voice?

Some Chatham County students will have the opportunity to experience what life might have been like for the record-setting player when acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley springs to life as Jackie Robinson at North Chatham Elementary School in his one-man production of Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart.


Last Plane Out of Saigon
By Richard Pena and John Hagan
Story Merchant Books, 2014
Reviewed by John Heuer

On May 25, 2012, in announcing a 13-year long commemoration of the war in Viet Nam funded by Congress at $65 million, President Obama proclaimed: "As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away… They pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces."

As a response to the official commemoration, Veterans For Peace has launched a campaign toward an honest commemoration of the American war in Vietnam that honors the anti-war perspective. This campaign can be followed at, and welcomes the new book Last Plane Out of Saigon, by Richard Pena and John Hagan.


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Pittsboro to Celebrate Holly Days

Thanks to the work of many community partners, the Pittsboro Business Association presents Pittsboro Holly Days – a 5-week series of events during the Christmas season to promote our downtown. We hope that you will think local when shopping and celebrating this year. For full details, please visit the Association’s website or Facebook Page: at or at


Chatham Literacy Seeks Volunteers

The Chatham County Literacy Council (Chatham Literacy) has made a big difference in the lives of more than 400 adults in Chatham County by helping them improve their language skills. Presently there is a need for tutors and proctors. As a tutor you would provide one to two hours of assistance or instruction in reading, writing, basic math, English as a Second Language learning, GED preparation, citizenship preparation and/or computer literacy one or two days a week. As a proctor you would be valued as an occasional test administrator.

There are three orientation sessions available. Let the Council know which date works for you by phoning 919.533.7531 or emailing Terri Buchanan at The orientations will be held in the Double Study at Chatham Community Library on CCCC/Pittsboro campus -- 197 NC Hwy 87, Pittsboro 27312 on the following days and times.

Nov 24 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Dec 1 (10:00-11:00 am)
Dec 1 (6:15-7:15 pm)

To find out more about the Council’s programs, visit

African Children's Choir Concert

The world-famous African Children's Choir will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 29th, in the Northwood High School auditorium in Pittsboro. Proceeds will benefit the Sprott Youth Center in Moncure. Tickets are $25/adult and $12.50/kids age 12 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling Houston Blair in Pittsboro at 919.599.8336 or Angela Partin in the Moncure-New Hill area at 919.795.5724 or through the Sprott Center's website at Tickets will also be available at the door.

Nonprofit Summit — Chatham County 2020: Getting Ahead of the Growth Curve

Come and join with colleagues to explore the future. Chatham County is growing and changing, and the pace will only accelerate. How will that affect nonprofits and their abilities to fulfill their missions? This is a summit OF nonprofits, FOR nonprofits. It is not a conference. It will be highly interactive with no lectures and only a few brief presentations.

Who: Chatham Nonprofit Leaders
When: Thursday, December 3, 8:30-1:30
Where: Holmes Meeting Room, Chatham Community Library
Includes: Morning Refreshments and Hot Lunch
Cost: Free for the first two representatives from each Chatham nonprofit organization; $12 for all others
Sponsors: OneChatham, Triangle Community Foundation, Central Carolina Community College, and United Way of Chatham County To register: Go to

For any questions, write to

New Grant for Affordable Housing Collaboration

Triangle Community Foundation has announced a $30,000 pilot initiative with United Way of Chatham County and Chatham County Government to promote community collaboration in addressing the problem of access to affordable housing in Chatham County. The special initiative will offer funding to a partnership of at least two collaborating agencies serving Chatham County.

All agencies in the collaboration must first pass the United Way and Chatham County certification process for nonprofits. Eligible projects must address one or more aspects of affordable housing and contributing issues, which are outlined in materials provided to potential applicants. The application process for the grant begins with an announcement going out to nonprofits in late November. The online application form will be available by Dec. 3, 2015, on Triangle Community Foundation's website at:

The applications will be due April 15, 2016. Agencies will be required to make a presentation on May 4, 2016 and the award announcement will be made by May 5, 2016. For more information, contact Meg Buckingham, Triangle Community Foundation, 919.474.8370; Lisa West, Chatham County Manager's Office, 919.542.8200; or Dina Reynolds, United Way of Chatham County, 919.542.1110.


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