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Strobilus presents an afternoon of French songs on February 19

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:18
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:27:23 -0500 From: Strobilus Music Subject: Strobilus presents an afternoon of French songs on February 19 At 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, February 19, Drs. Lucy Hoyt, soprano, and Deborah Hollis, pianist, present “Les Chemins de l’amour” kicking off the Strobilus Spring 2017 season at Cahapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church. […]

Pittsboro Parks & Recreation System Master Plan

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:49
What is a System Master Plan?A System Master Plan is a strategic guide that outlines the goals and vision of a community’s parks, recreation and greenway system. It is the broadest public document for parks and recreation planning and typically sets forth a long-range vision and implementation plan after a methodical analysis.

Why does Pittsboro need a System Master Plan?In general, planning represents good stewardship. With the ongoing development of the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), new polices and action items are being defined for parks, greenways, open spaces, and natural areas. Updating these ordinances requires a new focused look at how best to meet the needs of a rapidly growing and diversifying population. This plan will provide that focused look via a systematic community-driven planning process.

How long is the planning process?The process should take approximately ten months to complete. The project kicked-o? in January, 2017 and includes five main phases:

  • Existing Conditions (Winter, 2017)
  • Needs & Priorities Assessment (Spring, 2017)
  • Long-Range Vision (Summer, 2017)
  • Implementation Plan (Summer, 2017)
  • Final Plan Development (Fall, 2017)

Adoption or approval of a final, publicly vetted Parks System Master Plan is targeted for the fall of 2017.

Why should I care?A well connected, robust parks and recreation system, or lack thereof, can play an instrumental role in shaping the essential character of a community. As a member of this community, whether you’re a newcomer, a longtime resident, a business owner, or a frequent visitor for work or play, your input is vital to help craft the community that you desire. The rapid growth anticipated for our small town underscores the importance of this endeavor as well as the necessity of YOUR input.

Who is guiding this planning process?The Town of Pittsboro Parks and Recreation Department is working closely with a team of planning consultants who  bring national expertise and local knowledge to the planning process. Public participation will play a key role in the planning e?ort, with residents and visitors providing input and feedback throughout each phase of the project. A project steering committee, made up of community stakeholders, is also guiding the development of the project. Finally, for extra transparency, each phase of the planning document will be posted online to allow for public input and review.

What is the most important thing I can do to help?The most important thing you can do is to participate in the planning process. Participate in as many events as you can and be sure to provide your thoughts online as well at www. Help us network this important planning process through emails, Twitter, Facebook, etc., with friends, family and co-workers.

When should I participate?Feel free to participate in as many events as you would like and that time permits. Even if you can participate for an hour, please free feel. Be sure to check the project website for upcoming opportunities.

Where can I get more information?Be sure to visit  to find additional information, discussion topics and ideas. This website will be active throughout the entire planning process. Draft sections of the report will be posted on that website. Bookmark the site and visit often!

Friends of the Haw River Updates

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:36
This group has hit the ground running since their founding as an official Friends of the State Parks chapter focusing on our well loved  Lower Haw River State Natural Area.

Read more about their numerous activities in their latest NEWSLETTER.

Highlights include their:

  • installation of trash cans at several paddle access points
  • acquisition of a grant for a hiking bridge over Pokeberry Creek, &
  • details on an upcoming Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon 
    • Saturday March 18th from 9-12 at the US 64 Bridge
Be sure to check out their website too.

Not recommend anyone to that business

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 04:10
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:19:54 -0500 From: stinmar1 Subject: My opinion L Ingam I know you dont like me , Im fine with that . I want you to read this and take it exactly as I mean it . This is my opinion based on what I saw standing on the property of […]

Tax preparation recommendation

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 22:27
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:57:19 -0500 From: “John R Dykers” Subject: tax  preparation Ward and Faust in Siler City 919-663-2311 John Dykers they followed Bobby Wood who followed Raymond Massey doing my accounting since 1965 when it got too complicated and time consuming to do it myself any longer!

Recommendation for a local, reliable tree removal service

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 21:25
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:40:05 -0500 From: Julie Nathanielsz Subject: re: Tree Removal We have had excellent work done by C.J. Hartman. His company is CCC Tree Removal 336-682-6143. CJ’s prices are reasonable, he is very reliable, and he and his crew work diligently. My husband and I recommend him highly. Best, Julie On 2/14/2017 […]

Good goings-on at St. Bartholomew’s in Pittsboro

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:18
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:44:24 +0000 From: Lisa Patterson Subject: Good goings-on at St. Bartholomew’s in Pittsboro February 15 – Taizé service Taizé begins at 7:00 PM and is a Christian form of contemplative worship that includes song, scripture and silence. It originated in the community of Taizé, France about 75 years ago; its […]

This Week at Chatham County Libraries

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:16
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:07:44 +0000 From: Susan Clayton Subject: This Week at Chatham County Libraries Did you know the Chatham Community Library has a really neat pop-up book display in the lobby case? It is on loan to us for the month of February! Come check it out. Tuesday, February 14 10am   […]

3rd Friday is Game Night @ Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro on February 17

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 18:14
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:31:19 -0500 From: Craig Kolman Subject: 3rd Friday is Game Night @ Chatham Marketplace Join us for our first monthly Game Night on Friday, 2/17!  We’ll have games for young & old to choose from.  Play in a group or one-on-one.  Cost is FREE.  Come over and play!  The fun […]

Sad to see you chose the 3rd Friday for your Chatham Marketplace game night

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 17:30
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:53:41 -0500 From: Lynn Hicks Subject: Chatham Marketplace game night The game night sounds like a fun thing to do, however it’s sad to me that you chose the 3rd Friday for your, in competition with Siler City’s 3rd Friday art walk and music at the Incubator and Courtyard.  East […]

There is no shortage of vindictive people in Chatham County

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:15
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:35:46 -0500 From: cryptik Subject: Re: Stinson’s mean post- Libel? Mark Stinson’s post defaming a Chatham County business borders on, if not libel. To warn people not to do business there is outright mean. He gives no details as to the offence committed against the ‘person’ wronged. “In the United […]

Local History in the Path of Growth: Historic Preservation and Chatham Park presentation on Feb. 19

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:39
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:36:58 -0500 (EST) From: Historical Association Subject: Historic Preservation and Chatham Park You are invited. Local History in the Path of Growth: Historic Preservation and Chatham Park Sunday, February 19, 2017  2:00PM Historic Courthouse, Pittsboro Please join the Chatham County Historical Association for our annual meeting and Paul Webb’s presentation […]

Bynum Bridgefest Artist Application Deadline is February 15. Juror & Awards announced

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 22:38
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:48:49 -0500 From: Philarthropy Org Subject:   Artist Application Deadline, Juror and Awards – BridgeFest Artists Application Deadline: Feb. 15th! If you have not yet applied, our deadline is fast approaching and time is running out. Reminder, bePhilARThropy is hosting it’s 2nd Bynum Bridge Fest and Studio Tour on April 22nd […]

Spay or neuter your pets for Free through March 31

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 22:14
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:55:41 -0500 From: Carolyn Wood Subject: Spay or neuter your pets for Free! In celebration of Valentine’s Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, CARE (Chatham Animal Rescue and Education) is offering Free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats from February 14 through March 31, 2017. Applications must be postmarked […]

Mean post

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:46
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:27:41 -0500 (GMT-05:00) From: xcavator Subject: Stinson’s mean post- Libel? Mark Stinson’s post defaming a Chatham County business borders on, if not libel. To warn people not to do business there is outright mean. He gives no details as to the offence committed against the ‘person’ wronged. That company has […]

Dyker’s generalization certainly is neither all wrong nor all correct

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:15
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:46:38 -0500 From: cabe Subject: Dyker’s post John Dyker made the flat statement in his recent Chatlist post that any job is better than no job. That assertion seems overly facile and deserves much more reflection. Taking a job that pays minimum wage, but requires a car (with the expenses […]

Rather read Mark’s posts than L Ingram’s nasty, hateful ones

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 03:52
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:17:30 -0500 From: Susan Subject: L Ingam I’d much rather read Mark’s posts than your nasty, hateful ones.

Chatham County Legislative Priorities

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 03:35
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:54:38 -0500 From: Raymond Gastwaite Subject: Chatham County Legislative Priorities Each year our County Commissioners determine what positions they (that is, we as county citizens) will take with the North Carolina legislature. On January 23 the Commissioners will receive recommendations from County Staff. While I have strongly disagreed with positions […]

Scrolling down past “Goodnight Mark”

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 03:17
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:07:22 -0500 (GMT-05:00) From: lingam32443 Subject: Scrolling down past “Goodnight Mark” I wouldn’t think of it! Your post is always like a breath of well chewed bunk. Always creative in a redundant way. Always a fresh coat of white-wash on the same out-stretched hand. As far as Gene printing or […]

You can scroll past the posts without reading them

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 02:44
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:11:08 -0500 From: Carol Hay Subject: All things must pass I’ve been enjoying the Chatlist since the previous troll disappeared under the bridge.  Unfortunately now it seems we have another.  I can scroll past the posts without reading them, but I can’t avoid the feeling of spite conjured up when […]