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Chatham Residents Cautioned about Flyers Urging Water Testing

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 13:18
ate: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 18:53:12 +0000 From: Debra Henzey Subject: Chatham Residents Cautioned about Flyers Urging Water Testing NEWS ALERT April 4, 2017 Contact:  Debra Henzey, 919-542-8258 Chatham Residents Cautioned about Flyers Urging Water Testing CHATHAM COUNTY, NC –  Chatham County has received several reports of residents across the county confused or upset by flyers […]

Climate change (aka Global Warming) claims are unsupportable on the evidence

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 03:47
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:27 -0500 From: chathammatters Subject: Climate Change (Chatham County Commission) response to Gina Robertson Gina, Thank you for your reply, I appreciate your thoughtful response. However you make a number of claims which are unsupportable on the evidence. You say that “The overwhelming consensus of those people (who study climate […]

April Fools? – Pittsboro Cat Parks

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 21:48
Survey results are in - Pittsboro residents rank Cat Parks as their number one parks and recreational priority. Cat Parks easily outranked other priorities by large margins. Survey respondents claim that for too long cats have been overshadowed by dogs. Items such as a robust greenway network, a thousand acre nature preserve, a downtown park capable of hosting downtown events such as farmers markets, food truck rodeos, and picnicking just couldn't compete.  Even playgrounds for kids, sports complexes, neighborhood open spaces, and aquatics centers got far fewer votes than the latest trend in leisure, cat parks.Seriously though, if you receive a survey in the mail asking about your parks and recreation priorities, please take a few minutes to fill it out.  And if you are a Pittsboro area resident and want to participate in online surveys for the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan, please do so at Or you could let others decide. .  . .  

Breakfast Forum Examines Economic Impact of Place, Parks, and Quality of Life

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 19:47
PITTSBORO  – The Town of Pittsboro Parks Department and the Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a forum, The Power of Place, Parks and Quality of Life: An Economic Development Perspective, on Tuesday, April 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will take place at the new Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.Experts in their respective fields will share their perspectives on how investments in Parks and Recreation and Economic Development go hand in hand. Panelists include: 
  • Kyle Touchstone – President, Chatham Economic Development Corporation
  • Jody Leidolf – Manager, Planning and Sustainability, Newland Communities
  • Sig Hutchinson – Chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners, and open space advocate
Paul Horne, Parks Planner for the Town of Pittsboro, will moderate the panel discussion.The event is free and open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact to make an individual or group reservation. Light breakfast snacks and beverages will be provided.

Light breakfast snacks & coffee will be served so please RSVP.The Town of Pittsboro is currently seeking public participation and input for the development of a long-range Parks System Master Plan. To learn more about the project, visit more information about the forum, contact Kyle Touchstone, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, at 919-542-8274 or Paul Horne at 919-542-4621.

The EDC is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote job creation and private capital investment in Chatham County.

The mission of Pittsboro Parks is to enrich the lives of Pittsboro’s residents through the creation of great public spaces, provision of recreational programming and the hosting of special events.  In doing so, we foster sustainable economic development, support the arts, encourage healthy lifestyles, and enable deeper connections to nature.  Link to RSVP for complimentary tickets:

What is a Parks & Recreation System Master Plan?

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:35
Great question; one of the best answers that I've come across is below:

"A parks and open-space plan outlines a systematic approach to providing parks and recreation services to a community. Parks and open-space resources within a community include environmental, recreational, scenic, cultural, historic, and urban design elements.

Jan Gehl (1987), the Danish urbanist and architect, states,
'The proper hierarchy of planning is life, space and buildings, not buildings, space, life.' Therefore communities need to plan for open spaces that provide a multitude of public functions before development occurs.  These functions are numerous and may include:
  • Protection of natural resources and biodiversity;
  • Creation of places for recreation;
  • Support for economic development opportunities;
  • Development of neighborhood gathering spaces;
  • Promotion of public health benefits;
  • Creation of civic and cultural infrastructure; and 
  • Shaping patterns of development through open spaces."
Source: American Planning Association. (2006). Parks and open-space plans. In planning and urban design standards (p. 38). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 

Play fort at Rock Ridge ParkI find the above text to be a pretty elegant synopsis of what parks planning is all about.

As the Town develops our Parks & Recreation System Master Plan, look forward to articles here providing insights into the planning process as well as articles highlighting some of the conceptual underpinnings of why we're engaged in this process.  So stay tuned. . . .

3rd annual Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge will be held on April 22

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 16:31
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 21:00:54 +0000 From: Erin Suwattana Subject: Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge Partnership for Children hosts 3rd annual ultramarathon event The third annual Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge will be held on April 22, 2017, with a new venue and a faster course. This year, the course will be […]

Bingo will be played Thursday, April 6 at Silk Hope Community Building

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 16:18
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 01:52:32 +0000 (UTC) From: Ethel Lindley Subject: Bingo Bingo will be played Thursday ( 4/6 17 ) at Silk Hope Community Building. Doors open at 5:30 and playing starts at 6:30. Enjoy a night of fun and fellowship while supporting a worthy cause. Smoke free environment and alcohol is prohibited.

Come Rock with Bynum Front Porch this Spring and Summer!

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:43
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:48:36 -0400 From: Bynum Front Porch Subject: Come Rock with Bynum Front Porch! *April 8: 10a – 12p Bynum Front Porch Bluegrass Pickin’ – *an acoustic jam. Singers, all ages and skill levels welcome. April 8: 6:30 – 9p Bynum Front Porch Storytelling show. Beggars and Choosers’ Pam Smith, Tyndall […]

Pittsboro multiple sclerosis support group meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at 6 pm

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:24
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:58:58 -0400 From: Eileen McKenna – MS Group Subject: Pittsboro MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Self-Help Group Mtg. Tues 4/18/2017 6PM Got MS?  You’re not alone!  Please join our multiple sclerosis support group on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00PM at an eatery in Pittsboro.  For exact location, please contact Eileen at *protected email*   or 919-535-4135, […]

Free Film Premiere April 7th at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:57
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:21:38 -0400 From: Craig Kolman Subject: Free Film Premiere April 7th at Chatham Mills! Hope to see you at Chatham Mills this Friday, April 7th for a free film screening! Free Film Premiere Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print Friday, April 7th Doors: 6:30 pm, Film: 7 pm Chatham […]

Tree ID Walk – April 5, 2017 – National Walking Day

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:53
Those boots are made for walking, so put them on and join me, your friendly neighborhood Parks Planner, and Margaret Tiano of Grand Trees of Chatham for National Walking Day. We'll meet in the parking lot of Rock Ridge Park at 4 PM on April 5, 2017.

Margaret will provide a Tree Identification workshop while we explore the diverse ecology of Rock Ridge Park.  We've done this for several years now and it's always been fun and informative. We saw a Fringe Tree in bloom last year and I learned how to identify a Black Tupelo or Black Gum Tree (There are several near the mini-amphitheater).

Unless there's a really heavy rainstorm or thunderstorms we'll still meet, so bring raingear, perhaps a water bottle, and comfortable shoes. We can still do this in a light drizzle.  Here's a link to NOAA weather forecast for Pittsboro. All ages are welcome!

There are other participating sites throughout Chatham County, check here to see if there is one closer to you. Each site will likely have their own inclement weather policies, so follow up with respective agencies if the weather is looking questionable.

A Huge Thanks to the Pittsboro Navigators!

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 21:43
Thanks to the Pittsboro Navigators Troop 133, who spent a recent beautiful Saturday cleaning up trash at Town Lake Park! They scoured the park and really made a huge difference. They even got a lesson in ecology and conservation by area naturalist Jennifer Platt DrPH, owner of TickWarriors. Their work was done in conjunction with the Haw River Assembly's annual Clean-Up-a-Thon which boasts:
  • 16 teams
  • 249 volunteers
  • 336 bags of trash
  • 35 tires collected from the Haw River and its feeder streams. 
Town Lake Park, of course, is the empoundment of Robeson Creek, which empties into the Haw River before continuing to Jordan Lake. The work of the Navigators may have impacts well beyond the park, since according to Clean Jordan Lake, 80% of the trash in Jordan Lake comes from the tributaries flowing into it. 
It's always encouraging to see our community demonstrate in action how much they value their parks and natural areas. Yay volunteers!  

Pictures from Northwood’s “Once Upon a Mattress” play

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 16:07
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:15:45 -0400 From: Gene Galin Subject: Pictures from Northwood’s “Once Upon a Mattress” play You will find photos of Northwood High School’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the Chatham Journal facebook page at You can come see the play this Friday and Saturday evenings. Admission is only […]

Guy Arnold believes that if you are not a scientist it would be impossible for you to have an informed opinion about Global Warming

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 04:06
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:17:58 -0400 From: “Guy Arnold” Subject: Latest Climate Change Rant by Taylor Kish I was unaware that our Heavenly Father had mandated that we burn  crude oil. Crude oil, and the various wonderful things that we have refined out of crude oil has served us well for over a century.  […]

Central Carolina Community College Blood Drive on April 13

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:53
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:45:01 +0000 From: Rhonda Jones Subject: Central Carolina Community College – Blood Drive Central Carolina will host a blood drive April 13th 10 a.m.-2:30 pm Location: 764 West Street Pittsboro, NC 27312 Multipurpose Room Sign up online at: Use sponsor code: CCCC Coordinator Rhonda Jones

Chatham County Employees Spring Blood Drive on Friday, April 7

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:52
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:23:37 +0000 From: Courtney Goldston Subject: Blood Drive on April 7th The Chatham County Employees Spring Blood Drive will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00am until 2:30pm in the Ag Auditorium of the Old Agriculture Building, located at 65 East Street in Pittsboro.  The public is welcome […]

Join Grand Trees of Chatham in celebrating National Walking Day on April 5 at 4 pm

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:11
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:52:46 -0400 (GMT-04:00) From: Margaret Tiano Subject: Tree Walk at Rock Ridge Park, 4 PM, April 5 Join Grand Trees of Chatham in celebrating National Walking Day, Wednesday, April 5th, at 4 PM.  We are partnering with Pittsboro Parks & Recreation again this year to lead a tree walk at […]

Merritt’s Chapel Barbecue and Brunswick Stew on April 1, 4 – 8 pm

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 14:07
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:30:14 -0400 From: Lori Hawkins Subject: Merritt’s Chapel Barbecue and Brunswick Stew This Saturday Merritt’s Chapel is serving up a great All you can eat dinner this Saturday from 4- 8pm.  The pork is slow cooked over night with vinegar based sauce and the brunswick stew is made from a […]

This Week at Pittsboro Roadhouse

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 13:43
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:35:45 -0400 From: *protected email* Subject: This Week at Pittsboro Roadhouse Thu Mar 30 7pm-9pm on Stage Roadhouse Storytellers 5 performers tell original stories Thu Mar 30 6:30pm Dinner Brittany Davis, Acoustic Fri Mar 31 7pm Stage Will Baker, The Sticky Wickets Blues / Rock / Originals Sat Apr 1 […]

Photos from Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center Grand Opening Celebration

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 13:31
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:11:02 +0000 From: Debbie Roos Subject: Photos from our Grand Opening Celebration The Grand Opening Celebration of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC)<> on March 25, 2017 was a huge success with an estimated crowd of 1,500 in attendance.. The event kicked off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony […]