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Come get support and resources to help quit tobacco!

The Chatham County Public Health Department in Pittsboro will be hosting free QuitSmart classes in June during three lunch time sessions.



QuitSmart Class Dates:

Wednesday, June 6th

Monday, June 18th

Wednesday, June 20th



All three sessions will be held in the Board Room at the Pittsboro Public Health Department (80 East Street, Pittsboro) from 12:00-1:15 pm. Lunch will be provided! Participants will also receive 2 free weeks of nicotine replacement patches to assist with the quit process.

Attendance at all 3 sessions is required to complete the program. Space is limited for these classes so please contact Anna Stormzand at 919-545-8445 or anna.stormzand@chathamnc.org to reserve your space or if you any questions about the program.

Chatham County is helping MedAssist host a free pharmacy day on June 1 at the Armory in Siler City. The event provides free non-prescription medications for people who may have trouble paying for these on their own. This can include things like medications for allergies, digestive issues, arthritis, dry eyes and an array of meds that people can get without a prescription.
We need 30 volunteers to help with set up the day (May 31, 1-4 pm) ) before and 150 volunteers to help in shifts on the day of the event (June 1).
VOLUNTEER SIGN UP ONLINE: www.medassist.org/volunteer
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The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will consider recommendations for revised water system development fees at an upcoming meeting and seek public input by June 2, 2018. The fees are collected to help pay for system improvements needed for new development. If approved, the fee for a basic residential meter would actually decrease a bit, but some fees for larger meters would increase.

A 2017 law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly gave statewide authority for local governments to charge development fees for water and sewer systems and clarified that the funds can only be used for system capital improvements.

As part of the new law's provisions, Chatham County hired a consultant, TischlerBise, to conduct a new system development fee study as required by the new law. The study looked at projected growth in population and jobs, expected water demands, water system connections, and other factors. It also looked at the county's future costs of the new regional water treatment facility on the western side of Jordan Lake.

This study is in draft form ready for public comment. After 45 days of public comment, the consultant will consider the public comments for possible adjustments to the calculated fees. The final draft of the fee study and recommended fee structure will be presented to the Board of Commissioners at the public hearing on June 18, 2018 at 6 PM in the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro.

Chatham County urges people to submit written comments no later than June 2, 2018. You can submit comments online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChathamWaterFees or by mail to: Chatham County Public Works P.O. Box 910 Pittsboro, NC 27312

Complete information on the proposed fee study and recommended fee structure can be found at www.chathamnc.org in the "In the Spotlight" feature. You also may call the Public Works Department at 919-545-8530 to obtain a copy by mail or email.

"We use these fees to defray the costs of water system facilities and improvements to serve new development and increase overall system capacity," said Assistant County Manager Dan LaMontagne. "This is a critical funding source for a county growing as fast as Chatham."

As an example, LaMontagne cited a regional partnership to build a new water treatment facility on the west side of Jordan Lake. "We expect our share of phase one of this project to cost $77.3 million. Without the system development fees, we are not sure how we could proceed with this facility."

Based on the study, TischlerBise has recommended a new fee structure for Chatham County. They recommend that the fee for the smallest water meters (5/8 X 3/4 inches) that typically serve homes and some small businesses be reduced two percent from $3,500 to $3,431. As to the larger water meter fees, some would go up and some would go down, depending on the meter size.

Meter size
Proposed Fee
Current Fee
% Change
5/8 X =BE inch
$3,431
$3,500
Down 2%
1 inch
$5,729
$7,000
Down 18%
1.5 inch
$11,425
$10,000
Up 14%
2 inch
$18,287
$16,000
Up 14%
3 inch
$34,310
$30,000
Up 14%
4 inch
$57,194
$40,000
Up 43%
6 inch
$114,355
$120,000
Down 5%

If you still wish to speak at the June 18 public hearing, you can sign up at www.chathamnc.org/bocinput or contact Lindsay Ray at 919-542-8200.
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Couples and Singles welcome!

Start your summer of movin' and groovin' to the sweet sounds of the Swade and Satin Band at the annual fundraising party for the Joy of Movement Studio. Proceeds go directly to this non-profit studio so it can continue to serve the community with the best dance, movement, and health and wellness classes in Chatham County.

Where- Joy of Movement Studio (Located in the Chatham Mills Plaza in Downtown Pittsboro)
When - Saturday, June 9th
Time - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost - $50 per person (Ages 21 and Up to attend)

Ticket Includes:
3 Hours of Music and Dancing from the Swade and Satin Band
Heavy Hors D' oeuvres and Non-alcoholic Beverages
Mini Dance Lesson (No experience needed to join in)

Party Highlights:
Live Music
Door Prizes
Silent Auction
Cash Bar

Call 386-795-6608 or email chathamsocialdance@gmail.com to reserve your spot on the dance floor today!
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Scrabble Games needed:

Chatham Literacy is holding its first ever Scrabble Tournament fundraising event on June 16th, from 5:30 - 10 pm, at the Chatham County Agricultural & Conference Center in Pittsboro. Chatham Literacy, a non-profit organization celebrating its 10th year anniversary, provides services to adults living or working in Chatham County helping them achieve the educational and literacy skills necessary to succeed in society.

We are looking for people with Scrabble Games who would be willing to loan them for this charity event. If you would be interested in loaning your Scrabble game please contact me at jpalaskas2@gmail.com. I will make arrangements to pick up your game by June 10th and return it within one week after the event on the 16th.

Scrabble Players needed:

Interested in playing in the scrabble event, either as an individual or as a team? All you have to do is register online at http://chathamliteracy.org/?page_id=5484. The evening will include dinner, live music, a bucket raffle, and of course scrabble. You get all of that for a $30 donation. Not interested in playing, but want to enjoy and support the fun...you can do that as well for a $20 donation, which includes dinner.

We hope you will support us in some way for our first scrabble event, which we intend to be the first of many. Help us make this a memorable event!
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Salvation Army of Chatham County is looking for a few good men AND women to serve on our Advisory Council. We meet third Thursday monthly at Sir Pizza excluding summer months and December. It's YOUR Salvation Army-come join us. You'll be a part "Doing The Most Good" for Chatham.

Call 919-542-1593.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1. The early predictions for hurricane activity this year are greater than the long-term averages, with a prediction of 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 63% chance of a major (Cat 3-4-5) hurricane striking the US coastline.

Are you ready? Take the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and learn how to get ready, gather supplies, and make a plan.

The next Chatham County class is June 15 (Friday evening), June 16 and June 17 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Chatham County Ag and Conference Center in Pittsboro. The class is free, there is no obligation for further participation, and it is open to all physical abilities.

Sign up at
https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?cofId=109755&sourcePage=Calendar&date=06-15-2018&srchEventTypeId=10&srchOgId=&legend=S+%3D+STATE%2C+L+%3D+LOCAL%2C+C+%3D+COLLEGE%2C+E+%3D+EMS%2C+H+%3D+HCC%2C+F+%3D+FEDERAL
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Do you have a family member or care for someone with special needs, such as learning or developmental disabilities? Could you use some help now or think you may need help in the future to meet their needs? Do you care for a special needs child transitioning into adulthood who may need help finding a path for the future?

If so, you are not alone. This survey’s goal is to help identify Chatham County people with unmet needs and help you access services for those individuals in your care. https://goo.gl/forms/ACmLJ6N1rlno8Vk53
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Please join us Mondays from 12:00 - 1:00 at the UNC Hospice Home (100 Roundtree Way, Pittsboro (behind Bojangles). It's a group open to all who are or have been involved with UNC Hospice, as well as members of the community who are current caregivers or grieving a loss. Come and enjoy a respite from the demands of your day--to reflect and write. There is no charge.

Carol Henderson, a writer and bereavement workshop facilitator who has led writing workshops all over the country and in Europe leads this group.

Contact Annie Ritter, chaplain and grief counselor at UNC Hospice: ann.ritter@unchealth.unc.edu or call her at: 984-215-2650 with any questions. For directions call 984.215.2675 if necessary. No commitment. Come any Monday you like.

Participants are under no pressure, ever, to read what they write. Hospice will provide pens and notebooks. We write in silence.

Research shows that writing about deep and important matters can help lower blood pressure and pulse, increase T cell production (that build immunity) and offer healing shifts in perspective.
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Help is available for those who may be experiencing a mental health problem. Many national and local resources to help are listed are below. Additional information is available at http://www.chathamnc.org/services/health/mental-health
Primary Local Provider
As of July 3, 2017, Daymark Recovery serves as the primary provider of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Chatham County community. They provide a full-service clinic located at 1105 E Cardinal Street, Siler City. See below for more information & how to contact.
Comenzando el 3 de Julio, 2017, Daymark será el proveedor de Salud Mental y Abuso de Sustancias en la comunidad del Condado de Chatham. Ellos proveerán un servicio completo de clínica situado en 1105 E Cardinal Street, Siler City.
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The Road to Recovery: Substance Use Resources
If you or someone you know has a problem with substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and/or other drugs, there are many national, state, and local resources available to help. If you think your drug and alcohol use has gotten out of control, or if you have tried to quit and have not been able to, you are not alone and there are resources available to help. Daymark and El Futuro programs on listed on this website. For more resources on local mental health providers in Chatham County, please visit www.chathamnc.org/mentalhealth
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CARE is bringing back its popular Beat the Heat! program offering free spay surgeries for female cats and dogs in Chatham County beginning March 1 through May 31, 2018. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 31st to be considered.

This free offer is available to Chatham County residents who qualify for CARE's targeted spay/neuter program, Lillie's Fund. There is a limit of three female pets per household. A co-pay of $20 is required for each additional female or male pet. Puppies or kittens require only a co-pay of $5 each, if the mom is spayed at the same time or before.

Go to chathamanimalrescue.org and click on any spay/neuter link for an application or call 919-542-5757 and leave a message.​
Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area is offering free Nature Journaling for Kids ages 7 to 11 on March 25th , April 8th, April 22nd, May 13th, and June 10th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. This is an opportunity for kids to put away their phones, escape from the internet and enjoy the renewing power of nature. Kids do not need to be artists or even good at drawing to benefit from this experience. These Sunday afternoon programs are for kids age 7 – 11. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian but a parent may bring more than one child. Pre-registration is required. Contact lowerhawfriends@gmail.com to sign up, or for more information.
Book clubs throughout our community are now able to checkout kits created just for them. Each kit will include ten copies of a specially selected title, along with discussion questions, author information, and suggestions for further reading, all contained in a sturdy zippered bag. Fiction kits available now are: * A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles * The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck * The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen * Persuasion by Jane Austen Nonfiction kits available now are: * Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance * Lab Girl by Hope Jahren * The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer * Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery * Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann Upcoming titles to be included are: * The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi * The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse Holland * The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash * An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn * The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro * The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu * Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan * The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan * Grace by Paul Lynch Fiction and nonfiction titles are selected by the Chatham Community Library Book Club<http://www.chathamnc.org/government/departments-programs/library/book-clubs>. After the club has discussed a book, a kit for checkout will be created. Each kit will checkout for six weeks to one library card holder who will be responsible to return the entire kit. Since most book clubs meet monthly, this gives time to pick up the kit, distribute the books to members at a meeting, discuss the book at the next meeting and collect the books, and return the kit to the library where it will be readied for another group to checkout. Book Club Kits have long been available from most other library systems in our area. With generous support from the Friends of the Chatham Community Library<http://www.friendsccl.org/>, Chatham County is now able to offer this service. To reserve a kit for your group, please send a message to cclbookclub@chathamlibraries.org<mailto:cclbookclub@chathamlibraries.org> or call the library at 919-545-8084. We will gladly accept a book club kit donation from outside clubs. When your group is finished with a title, please consider donating ten copies to the library for other groups to borrow.
Lunch Buddies needed!
Can you spare 30 minutes a week to have lunch with a youth at school?
Communities In Schools Chatham County is recruiting adult volunteers that can join a student (K-5 grades), for lunch to see how his/her day is going and encourage positive behavior.

To learn more contact Shirille Lee at (919)663-0116 or shirille@cischatham.org
Make a difference!

Visit www.cischatham.org
Did you know there's an urban garden smack in the middle of Siler City? It's the Communities In Schools Youth Garden. We are located in what used to be an empty lot next to "Against His Will" at 117 S. 2nd Street. Four years ago, this empty lot was turned into a wonderful garden retreat.
There's nothing more rejuvenating and fun than working with others in the garden. We weedeat, harvest, prepare beds for new plantings, mulch and pull weeds and more. If you or your child is interested in helping out, the more the merrier! Produce is distributed to clients in our social service programs and others less fortunate in our community. Call Gwen at
919.663.0116 ext. 409.
Sign up today for Board Leadership Boot Camp, a collaborative offering brought to you by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation, Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, the Triangle Community Foundation and Youth Forward.

Your commitment is to send 2 Board members to a series of 6 morning sessions on Board Leadership. To help with scheduling, you can identify a third board member to serve as an alternate in the event that one of the two primary board members has a conflict with a session.

Session Dates:

February 27th – Dimensions of Nonprofit Leadership (Note: Executive directors are also invited to attend this session.)
March 27th – The Effective Board
April 10th – Better Board Meetings
May 1st – Nonprofit Fundraising
May 15th – Financial Leadership
June 12th – Nonprofit Sustainability



Location: The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, RTP, NC 27709



Time: 8:00-10:00am



Fee: $250 deposit 100% refundable after you complete the series



Includes: Free consulting to help your board implement best practices



For more information or to sign up: http://www.esctriangle. org/our-services/board- leadership-boot-camp/



Questions: Email Anne Saffer at anne@esctriangle.org or call 919-294-9803
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Help a Child Succeed in School – Become a Volunteer Tutor

Tutors are needed for after-school tutoring and preschool programs that take place at Nature Trail, the manufactured home community on Mt. Carmel Church Road. The after-school program serves elementary and middle-school children and meets Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5. The preschool program meets two mornings and one afternoon per week for about 2 ½ hours each session.

All programs have a lead tutor who plans the lessons and activities to be undertaken each session and helps the tutors work with the children. Tutors in the after-school program generally work one-on-one with a child, although some small group sessions may also occur from time to time.

Tutors can volunteer for one or more days a week during the school year. While it is hoped that tutors will be consistently available during the school year, substitute tutors are available to cover times when a volunteer may be ill or traveling.

These programs are run by a local nonprofit, The Learning Trail. More information can be found on its website at www.thelearningtrail.org. If you are interested in helping a child succeed in school this year, you can find a volunteer form at www.thelearningtrail.org/volunteer which you can complete and submit electronically. Someone will contact you shortly thereafter to discuss your interest.
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The YAPPY Hour is back! Bring your two and four-legged friends and join us from 5:30 to 7:30 May 21 at Carolina Brewery and Grill, 120 Lowes Drive, Pittsboro, for a 'Paw'sitively terrific time! In case of bad weather, check our website for an update.

Your $10 Donation includes a YAPPY HOUR gift and two beverage tickets. Kids eat free with a paying adult. All donations go to support Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE).

CARE will also have merchandise for sale. All sales benefit our mission.

YAPPY HOUR Etiquette: If your dog is not feeling well, please leave your dog at home. Dogs must be kept in outdoor areas; be well socialized and leashed at all times; no retractable leashes; any dog disturbing others may be asked to leave; all dogs must be vaccinated and RABIES REQUIRED; dog waste must be cleaned up immediately by the owner; dog owners must be 21 years old to partake in adult beverages. Thank you for helping make YAPPY HOUR a safe event for all the four-legged family members in attendance.

The mission of Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) is to promote the health and safety of all cats and dogs in Chatham County.

CARE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay/neuter programs, and fostering homeless cats and dogs until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.

CARE began in 1975 making us over 40 years strong! See our website at chathamanimalrescue.org or chathamrescate.org for more information.

Mark your calendars for the rest of the season:
May 21
June 18
July 16
August 20
September 17
October 15