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December 2013

 

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Seymour Center Concert

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims

Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 30, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center invite the public to attend a Celebration Concert, honoring the memory of beloved musician and teacher, Pearl Seymour. Admission is free.

The Celebration Concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, featuring diverse musical talent from the community, including winners of the Chapel Hill Music Teachers Association contest. Additionally, there will be vocal and instrumental performances honoring Pearl’s love of music and children.

Immediately following the concert, guests are invited to attend a reception and silent auction. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Proceeds from the silent auction will support the programs and services offered by the Department on Aging and the Friends of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.

For more information about the concert and sponsorship opportunities, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070, or visit http://www.friendsseymourcenter.org/

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Food for Fines Recap

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY REPORTS

SUCCESSFUL ‘FOOD AND TOYS FOR FINES’ DRIVE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 30, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) customers made the holiday season brighter for their fellow County residents.  

During the ‘Food and Toys for Fines’ drive, which took place from November 18 - December 13, the library accepted non-perishable food and toy donations in exchange for reduced fines.

Library customers generously donated nearly 100 toys and more than 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items.

Food donations were made by 125 library customers, while 85 patrons donated toys. The library waived more than $1,800 in library fines.

Orange Congregations in Mission accepted the food donations and the toys were given to the Toys for Tots campaign coordinated by the Orange County Department of Social Services.

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Quilters Exhibit

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims,

Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST SEYMOUR QUILTERS EXHIBIT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 30, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging will host an exhibition of handmade quilts crafted by The Seymour Quilters.

The quilts, many of which will be donated to charity, will be on display at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center from Monday, January 13 – Thursday, March 13.

The public is invited to attend the official opening of the Quilt Exhibit on Monday, January 13, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, featuring the delightful music of trumpeter, Horace Sher.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet The Seymour Quilters as well as ask questions and learn how to join the quilting group, which meets every Monday at 10:00 a.m.

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Bilingual Lunch & Learn

Media Contact

Anne Pusey

Head of Adult and Teen Services

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2534

apusey@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTING
BILINGUAL LUNCH & LEARN SERIES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 30, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Main Library is pleased to announce a new Spanish/English Lunch & Learn series beginning on January 17, 2014.

The meetings will take place at 12:00 p.m. every other Friday in the library’s meeting room. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch as they practice and learn Spanish or English from native speakers.

There will be six hour-long sessions facilitated by a bilingual volunteer, designed to encourage a relaxed, collaborative learning environment. English-speaking participants will have an opportunity to learn Spanish language basics or practice conversation skills, while helping others learn English.

Similarly, Spanish speakers will help English speakers learn Spanish, while practicing their own English skills.

The series is limited to five English speakers and five Spanish speakers. Advance registration is required, with preference given to those able to attend all six sessions.

Lunch & Learn Sessions

January 17

January 31

February 14

February 28

March 14

March 28

For more information or to register, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/library

or call the library at 919.245.2536.

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Boys and Girls College Soccer Showcase

Media Contact

Beth Young, Communications Manager 

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Phone: 919.245.2518

byoung@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY HOSTS BOYS AND GIRLS COLLEGE SHOWCASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 13, 2013)—The Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation recently hosted the Capital Area Soccer League’s (CASL) National Soccer Series College Showcase at the Orange County Eurosport Soccer Center. 

This event features high school boys and girls from the top soccer teams in the U.S.   The showcase spans six days and is considered to be a premier level tournament for competitive teams.  

The Boys Showcase for 15 to 19-year-old boys was held November 16 – 18, featuring 52 teams from as far away as Connecticut and Florida.  The event also hosted college coaches and scouts from approximately 20 states.  Attendance for the boys showcase was 5,356 over the three day period, with 190 teams being watched by spectators, college coaches, and scouts. 

The Girls Showcase for 15 to 19-year-old girls took place from November 30 – December 2, featuring 40 teams from as far away as Alaska, Texas, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.   The event also hosted college coaches and scouts from all over the U.S.  Attendance for the girls showcase was 4,319 for the three day tournament, with 130 teams represented. 

The showcase is a major contributor from the County’s economic development standpoint. The Eurosport Soccer Center generated $14,233 in revenue. More than 700 hotel rooms in Orange County were booked to accommodate the 9,675 athletes, coaches, chaperones, referees, and spectators. The weekend of the Boys Showcase resulted in $269,768 generated by daytime and overnight hotel stays. Similarly, the Girls Showcase resulted in $250,756, for a total of $520,524.

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Health Department Affordable Care

Media Contact

Stacy Shelp, Communications Manager

Orange County Health Department

Phone: 919.245.2462

sshelp@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS OF SLIDING FEE SCALE
FOR PRIMARY CARE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 13, 2013)—The Orange County Health Department reminds the community primary care services are available on a sliding fee scale for residents on a fixed budget or those with limited financial resources.

As flu season is underway, more people are in need of a visit to the doctor’s office. Charges are on a sliding scale based on family size and income - there is a minimum fee of $20 for any primary care visit, payable at the time of service.

Sick care is available for clients enrolled in Family Planning, Prenatal or Child Health Services at the Health Department at both the Hillsborough and Chapel Hill locations.

Family Nurse Practitioners and a Family Practice Physician provide primary care services.

In order to qualify for primary care, patients must be an Orange County resident or have insurance coverage if not a County resident. Patients will need to enroll in one of the prevention programs first to be seen for primary care. Prevention programs consist of family planning, prenatal care services and child health.

Orange County is a Carolina Access Provider and bills Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, United Health Care, and Cigna.

Evening hours are available one day each week at each site:

    • Tuesday - Hillsborough (9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
    • Thursday - Chapel Hill (9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

After-hours consultation is available by phone through UNC HealthLink and hospitalization and specialty care are provided through referral to UNC Hospitals.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Health Department Clinic at 919.245.2400.

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County Observes Christmas and New Years

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 12, 2013)—Orange County will close its administrative offices from Tuesday, December 24 – Thursday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.


The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Friday, December 27, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The County offices will close again on Wednesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Employees will return on Thursday, January 2, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Library

The Main Library, the Carrboro Branch Library and the Cybrary will be closed from December 24 - December 26. The Main Library and Carrboro Branch Library will close early at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and all three locations will remain closed on Wednesday, January 1.

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 – Thursday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular clinic hours and administrative functioning will resume on Friday, December 27.


Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 – Thursday, December 26, and will also be closed on New Year’s Day.  All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on a 24-hour schedule on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Parks

Little River Park is closed on December 24 and 25, but will be on open on January 1. Picnic shelters at Efland and Little River will be available to rent, during the holidays.

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be open on Saturday, December 21, and December 28, as regularly scheduled. The centers will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and will remain closed on Wednesday, January 1.

Orange Public Transportation will operate the dialysis routes each day except on Wednesday, December 25. Service will only be available for Carborro dialysis on New Year’s Day.

 

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

 

Christmas Schedule
Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed from December 24 - December 26, re-opening at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 27.

There will be no curbside recycling on Wednesday, December 25.  Make-up day for Christmas will be on Saturday, December 28.  Please place bins out by 7:00 a.m. 


Orange County Landfill and all associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be CLOSED from Tuesday, December 24, to Thursday, December 26. Regular hours of operation will resume on Friday, December 27.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will close early at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. All centers are normally closed on Wednesdays.  Regular hours of operation will resume on Thursday, December 26.

New Year’s Schedule

Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, at 8:00 a.m.

There will be no curbside recycling on Wednesday, January 1. Make-up day for New Year’s Day will be on Saturday, January 4. Please have your bins out by 7:00 a.m.

Orange County Landfill and associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be CLOSED on Wednesday, January 1. Regular hours of operation will resume at on Thursday, January 2.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers are normally closed on Wednesdays, and will experience no schedule change for the New Year’s Day holiday.

In the case of an overflowing recycling site, please do not leave recyclable items on the ground, instead report this by calling 919.968.2788 or send an e-mail to recycling@orangecountync.gov

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Solid Waste Holiday Schedule

Media Contact

Muriel Williman

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SOLID WASTE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2013)—The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing its operating hours for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed from December 24 - 26. Regular hours of operation will resume on Friday, December 27.

 

Christmas Schedule

There will be no curbside recycling on Wednesday, December 25.  The make-up day for Christmas will be on Saturday, December 28.  Please place bins out by 7:00 a.m. 


Orange County Landfill and all associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be CLOSED from Tuesday, December 24, to Thursday, December 26. Regular hours of operation will resume on Friday, December 27.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will close early at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. All centers are normally closed on Wednesdays.  Regular hours of operation will resume on Thursday, December 26.


New Year’s Schedule

Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2.

There will be no curbside recycling on Wednesday, January 1.  The make-up day for New Year’s Day will be on Saturday, January 4. Please place bins out by 7:00 a.m. 

Orange County Landfill and associated services, such as mulch sales and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be CLOSED on Wednesday, January 1. Regular hours of operation will resume at on Thursday, January 2.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers are normally closed on Wednesdays, and will experience no schedule change for New Year’s Day.

For more information, please visit www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp

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Book Launch Event

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

Barbara Claypole White, Author

barbaraclaypolewhite.com

Phone: 919.969.8586

bclaypolewhite@gmail.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST
BOOK LAUNCH FOR LOCAL AUTHOR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2013)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) is pleased to announce a book launch event for local author Barbara Claypole White’s novel, The In-Between Hour.

The launch event will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5.

The event, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library, will be held at the OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough and is free and open to the public. Claypole White will discuss the book and read passages from it. Refreshments will be served in the style of an English afternoon tea. 

 

The In-Between Hour is the story of two broken families coming together to heal in rural Orange County and includes scenes in the abandoned Occaneechi Village. Among the vibrant characters in the novel is 80-year-old Jacob, who is the result of the author’s research with John Blackfeather Jeffries, the retired chief of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation.

The novel has already received generous praise from reviewers and authors alike.

RT Book Reviews says, “Unique characters and realistic dialogue make this fast-paced story fully engrossing. The portrayal of a character with Alzheimer’s disease is particularly poignant. The setting comes to life with great descriptions of the Occoneechee Mountain area of North Carolina.”

New York Times best-selling author Karen White adds, "Barbara Claypole White has created a tender and emotionally-charged novel in The In-Between Hour. Her multifaceted, flawed characters, each with their own wounded heart, are carefully drawn.  Ms. White depicts the North Carolina mountain setting with an evocative sense of place, creating a perfect backdrop for this story of life, survival and, ultimately, of love that transcends all."

Claypole White is also the author of The Unfinished Garden, which won the 2013 Golden Quill for Best First Book, and introduced the first romantic hero in mainstream fiction with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A full list of local readings and reviews of The In-Between Hour and The Unfinished Garden is available at www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com

The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough.  Free parking is available in the Eno River Parking Deck behind the library.  Visit the library online at www.orangecountync.gov/library

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World Book Night

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2537

jarnold@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES PUBLIC TO TAKE PART IN
WORLD BOOK NIGHT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2013)—Orange County Public Library (OCPL) invites the community to participate in the 2014 World Book Night.

Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people—called Book Givers—go into their communities to distribute more than 500,000 free paperbacks to light and non-readers.

World Book Night, an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person-to-person, also seeks to touch the lives of others through the sharing of stories.

Read more about the history of World Book Night at www.us.worldbooknight.org/

Be a Book Giver

Book Givers receive 20 free paperback copies of one World Book Night title (book list is available at www.us.worldbooknight.org/books/2014), which is not too many to carry, but enough to share with a good number of potential new readers.

The books will be sent to the pick-up site of the Book Giver’s choice, including the OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough.  On April 23, 2014, Book Givers seek out light or non-readers, especially people who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, to be book recipients.

To become a Book Giver, please complete World Book Night's Book Giver Application by January 5, 2014. The form is available at www.us.worldbooknight.org/how-do-i-get-involved

Why is Orange County Public Library Promoting World Book Night?

To help bring World Book Night into Orange County, the OCPL Main Library is participating as an area distribution site.  The library will accept delivery of boxes of books from World Book Night for local Book Givers to pick up before the big night. The library will also hold a reception for area Book Givers the week before World Book Night.

The mission of World Book Night - to spread the love of reading - is one that is embraced by libraries all over the world.  Promoting reading and lifelong learning has always been a priority inside libraries, and now World Book Night is helping to promote this goal beyond the walls of the library building and into the wider community.

The OCPL Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough.  Free parking is available in the Eno River Parking Deck behind the library.  Visit the library online at www.orangecountync.gov/library

 

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BOCC Issues County Mananger Survey

Media Contact

John Anzivino, Senior Vice President

Springsted Incorporated

Phone: 804.726.9750

orangecountync@springsted.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT REGARDING COUNTY MANAGER SEARCH

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 6, 2013)—The Orange County Board of Commissioners is interested in hearing what residents think about the future of Orange County and the skills and qualities the next County Manager should possess.

The Board of Commissioners has retained Springsted Incorporated to assist with the recruitment and selection process for Orange County’s new Manager. An important part of the selection process involves obtaining information from the community. A short survey has been developed to offer the public an opportunity to share thoughts on the qualities, skills, qualifications, and experience as it relates to hiring a County Manager. 

Anyone who would like to offer an opinion concerning the characteristics that the Board should consider when selecting the County’s new Manager, is encouraged to complete the survey either electronically or on paper.

The electronic version will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Orange_County_Survey

The survey will be posted online until midnight on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Paper copies of the survey will be available either at the Orange County Main Library, 137 West Margaret Lane in Hillsborough or the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 200 S. Cameron Street in Hillsborough. 

Completed paper surveys may be returned to a convenient drop box at either location or mailed directly to Springsted and received by December 22, 2013.

 

For more information, please contact John Anzivino at 804.726.9750 or send an e-mail to orangecountync@springsted.com

 

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PLANT at Breeze Farm Workshop

Media Contact

J. Michael Lanier, MBA

Agricultural Economic Development Agent

NC Cooperative Extension

Phone: 919.245.2063

mlanier@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST PLANT AT BREEZE FARM WORKSHOP SERIES

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 6, 2013)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension invites residents who are interested in farming to attend the 7th annual PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow) at Breeze Farm workshop series.

The workshop sessions will take place at the Orange County Cooperative Extension Office on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., beginning on January 8, and wrapping up on February 26.

The Triangle area has a vibrant food scene comprised of Farmers’ Markets, locally owned restaurants and other food venues that have been attracting young people in the area and from around the country who want to start farm businesses in Orange County. 

The workshop series consists of eight (3) hour classes taught by local, experienced direct market farmers, as well as extension specialists and field faculty.  Marketing, business plans and recordkeeping will be emphasized along with production topics.  The program also provides acreage for lease to people who want to farm, but don’t own land. A business plan must be accepted by program administrators in order to qualify. 

Minorities are encouraged to attend. PowerPoint presentations will be available in Spanish for some topics. Participation is not limited to Orange County residents.

The Orange County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 306-E Revere Road, in Hillsborough.

For more information or to register, please visit http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu/ and click on the link, entitled, “PLANT@Breeze Farm Tentative Class Schedule.”

Civil Rights Statement
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status.  In addition, the two universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.  North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Mike Lanier, Agricultural Economic Development agent, at 919.245.2063 or via e-mail mlanier@orangecountync.gov or fax #919.644.3067, or in person at the County Extension Office. The request must be made at least 90 days prior to the event.

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Department on Aging Fundraiser

Media Contact

Cydnee Sims

Seymour Center Operations &Program Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4250

csims@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST A FUNDRAISER AND
ARTS & CRAFTS SALE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 5, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging, Program Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center will host a costume jewelry fundraiser as well as an arts and crafts sale.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Seymour Center.

Proceeds from the costume jewelry sales will support the programs and services offered by the Department on Aging. In addition to the fundraiser, handcrafted quilts, jewelry, paintings, woodwork and other items made by crafters age 55 and older, will be for sale.

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or handcrafted item just in time for the holidays.

The community can help to make this event a success. Prior to the event, gently used costume jewelry can be donated for the fundraiser. Donations can be dropped off at the Seymour Center on Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A charitable donation tax deduction form will be provided upon request.

For information about space availability or to display and market arts and crafts, please call Cydnee Sims at 919.245.4250.

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Carrboro Branch Library Hours

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CARRBORO BRANCH

TO RESUME REGULAR HOURS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 5, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) is announcing plans for its Carrboro Branch location to return to regular hours of operation.

Beginning on Monday, December 9, the OCPL Carrboro Branch will resume operations Monday – Thursday from 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Weekend hours will remain the same from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The branch—located in McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill—operated on a reduced weekday schedule in November, due to a power outage of the parking lot lights.

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BOCC Elects Chair and Vice Chair

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board

Phone: 919.245.2130

dbaker@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS RE-ELECTS
BARRY JACOBS AS
CHAIR

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 3, 2013)—The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted to re-elect Barry Jacobs as Chair of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for the year 2014.

The vote took place on Monday, December 2, during the BOCC’s annual organizational meeting. Additionally, Earl McKee was re-elected as Vice-Chair.  Both commissioners received a unanimous vote. 

Chair Jacobs expressed his appreciation to the Board for the vote of confidence.

“I trust I’ve served you well in the last year and if there’s anything that you needed that I could provide, I was available to do so. I hope the same will be true in the coming year,” said Chair Barry Jacobs.

Chair Jacobs was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 1998 and served as Chair in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2012.  Vice-Chair McKee was elected to the Board in 2010.  

For more information about the Board or to review the meeting agendas, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/occlerks/bocc.asp

 

E-mails can be sent to all members of the Board at ocbocc@orangecountync.gov

 

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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

Media Contact

Jason B. Shepherd

Orange County Fire Marshal

Phone: 919.245.6151

jshepherd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO PRACTICE
HOLIDAY LIGHTING SAFETY  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 2, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is

Reminding residents this time of year is when safety is not on the forefront of the mind.

Most holiday celebrations include the lighting of candles, lighting of trees or placing lights on the house. Having a basic awareness of the dangers that exist could help prevent families from dialing 9-1-1. December is the most active month for fires related to candles!

Candle Safety Tips

  • Candles should have a minimum 12 inch clearance from flammable items
  • Blow out candles when leaving the room or going to bed. Avoid lighting candles in the bedroom or where you are likely to fall asleep.
  • Place candles on a sturdy surface and in a sturdy candle holder
  • Do not let candles burn all the way down. Blow it out before it reaches the bottom of the container.
  • Do not use candles if an oxygen machine is being used in the home
  • Never use candles during a power outage, have flashlights available instead

 

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  • Choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched
  • Always cut at least two inches from the bottom before placing in the stand
  • Add water to the tree daily and gauge how much water the tree drinks. If you notice the tree does not drink water on a constant basis, you should consider removing it from the home.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet from heating appliances and if there’s a woodstove in the room, place the Christmas tree on the opposite side of the room or in a different room
  • Use lights that have a recognized testing laboratory. Do not use lit candles on the tree.
  • Do not connect more than three strands of mini string sets and no more than 50 bulbs that screw in. For LED installations, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always turn Christmas tree lights off before going to bed or leaving the home

 

Outdoor and indoor lighting can be an enjoyable experience when the project is finished. However if you overload a circuit or use the wrong lighting for the application, you will increase the risk of fire. When in doubt, always contact an electrician to verify the installation meets the requirements of the electrical code.

For more information about holiday fire safety, please call Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6151.

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