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February 2013


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Reported Rabies Case

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919-968-2287




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department received its second positive rabies result of the year, from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Last year, the County recorded 12 positive cases.

The case originated on Monday, February 25, when a resident in the vicinity of Smith Level Road and Ray Road in Chapel Hill witnessed his dog chasing a raccoon after taking the dog outside. The homeowner took the dog inside and returned outside with gloves and a towel, catching the raccoon as it fell from a nearby tree branch.  Animal Control responded to the house and removed the raccoon for testing.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.  “Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death.” 

Fortunately, the dog in this case was currently vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina statute.  According to the state’s rabies law, if there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog or cat with a current vaccination must receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days).  By contrast, an unvaccinated animal must either be destroyed or quarantined for a period of six (6) months.

Meantime, a Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department is contacting the animal owner to evaluate their risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of exposure despite the precautions of protective gear.  A decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type situation.

Rabies is rooted in reservoir species, such as raccoons and bats. If there is any possibility of exposure, citizens should immediately call Animal Control or 9-1-1.




The 2013 Low-Cost ($10) Rabies Vaccination Clinics are underway and the next clinic will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at the Public Market House on Margaret Street in Hillsborough.  The cost for the clinics is $10 and this clinic will be cash only.  For additional clinic dates, please visit 

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.


  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times
  • Orange County’s ordinance also requires that all pets wear a rabies vaccination tag
  • Pets with current rabies vaccinations that may have been exposed to rabies must be revaccinated within five days (120 hours) or they will be treated as unvaccinated pets
  • Unvaccinated pets that may have been exposed to rabies must either be destroyed or quarantined at a veterinary office for six months at the owner’s expense
  • Rabies can be transmitted through secondary exposure as well, so do not touch your animal without gloves if it has had any possible exposure to a rabies vector
  • If a rabies suspect is alive, do not attempt to capture the animal.  Keep visual contact with the animal until Animal Control arrives. 
  • If you discover a bat inside your house, be sure not to release it, but do remove yourself and any animals from the area
Always call Animal Control immediately if you find a bat in your home even if there is no evidence of a bite. 




Main Library- March Activities

Media Contact

Jessica Arnold, Teen & Adult Programming Coordinator

Orange County Main Library


Mary Shaver, Youth Services Librarian

Orange County Main Library





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 27, 2013)—The Orange County Public Library will host special events throughout the month of March to help all ages “Get Creative.”  From interior design to photography…LEGOs to memes, there will be something for everyone to explore and enjoy at the library.

Kid Programs:

Kids are invited to make a butterfly to add to the “Butterfly Garden” located in the first floor children’s area.

March 2, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The Library will celebrate by getting creative in his honor!  Write a story or draw a picture based on one of Dr. Seuss’s books. Stories or drawings can be entered for a special prize. Entries will be accepted until the prize drawing on Monday, March 25.

Get creative at CHAKA After School with LEGOs and crafts at the Library.  CHAKA is Crafts, Hobbies, Arts, Kids & Activities.  On Tuesday, March 5, at 3:30 p.m., ages six to 11-years-old get creative with plastic interlocking blocks that spark the imagination and on Tuesday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. kids ages six to 11-years-old are invited to enjoy arts and crafts with Sheila Beasley from 4-H Cooperative Extension Service.

“Get Creative” will be the theme for Story Times on Wednesday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. This is ideal for little ones up to age two. The 10:00 a.m. multi-lingual story time will emphasize early literacy skills using picture books, songs, finger plays, and more. At 11:00 a.m., the three to five year olds will have Pre-School Story Time, using picture books, songs, finger plays, and a craft!

Teen Programs:

Teen Tech Week is March 10-17, 2013 – Come Check in at Your Library! 

Get creative with your tech this month.  Design a meme - a funny, catchy image that says something about the library and submit it between March 1 and March 17 for your chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card!  Learn more at

Celebrate Teen Tech Week with a special gaming event!  Everyone ages 11-18 is invited to come play Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect, board games, cards, and more on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bring your friends and bring your games if you want.

Teen Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 17, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and everyone ages 11-18 is invited to come tell us about your favorite book, learn about new books your friends liked and help us decide on possible themes for future months.


Adult Programs:

On Wednesday, March 6, come to knit, crochet a while, and enjoy the company of fellow yarn enthusiasts. All are welcome! Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library's first floor meeting room.

March also includes a special Photoshop class on March 18, at 6:00 p.m. to help you get creative.  All of these computer classes are open to everyone, registration is not required. The Library has seven laptops on a first come, first serve basis. Those with their own laptops are welcome to bring them! Find the full schedule of classes online at Class Schedule: March 4: Microsoft Excel; March 18: Photoshop; and March 25: Social Networks.

Saturday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m. local interior designer Vickie McDaniel returns to the library by popular demand!  Don't miss this opportunity to discover your unique design style and learn great tips from this design guru!  Registration is limited to 50 people, so sign up now at

Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff of Daylight Books and Project Space will lead a Photography Portfolio Review Workshop.  Through sharing their works-in-progress and discussing their ideas, photographs, image-making strategies and goals with the group, artists gain valuable feedback about the strength of their ideas and their ability to communicate these ideas visually. 

This session is open to amateur, aspiring, semi-pro and seasoned photographers. Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff will lead a group discussion oriented around each of the works presented. Registration is limited to 15 participants, so sign up now at

Wednesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., join Vanessa Vendola for “Unleashing Your Creativity.”  Do you want to rediscover your passion? Unleash your creativity? Be inspired and energized?  This versatile, one-of-a-kind playshop is FREE and open to all.  Participate in writing and affirmations, practice processing information, experience movement and free dancing and enhance your sharing and awareness.  Vanessa Vendola is an author, poet and speaker who lives her passion each day. 

For more information or to view the full list of events at the Library, please visit



Costume Jewelry Lecture

Media Contact

Brandie Martin, Branch Manager

Orange County Carrboro Branch Library






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 26, 2013)—The Orange County Carrboro Branch Library is hosting a History of Costume Jewelry, presented by Linda Browner.

The educational lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend the event on Sunday, March 3, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Linda Browner, a member of the Orange County Friends of the Library Board, will discuss the significance of her costume jewelry collection that dates from 1850-1950. Her unique collection will be on display as Browner explains the history of events regarding the 100 year timespan that affected costume jewelry. 

Attendees are invited to bring their own costume jewelry and Browner will assist with determining the dating of those pieces. 

The Orange County Carrboro Branch Library is located at McDougle Middle School on 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill. 

For more information about this event, please call 919.969.3006.



Social Services State Award

Media Contact

Lindsey Shewmaker

Department of Social Services

Phone: 919.245. 2817





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 22, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Social Services is the recipient of the Best Practice Award presented by the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services.

The Social Services Department partnered with the County’s Emergency Services Department to address the challenge of identifying qualified applicants to hire and train for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) positions.

In response, management for both County departments agreed to provide talented, hard-working Work First clients with an opportunity to receive training through an EMT certification program at Durham Technical Community College. The classes coincided with work experience activities at Emergency Services.

Three clients successfully completed the training and were certified through the state. Two of those individuals are full-time employees as a result of the program. This partnership achieved the dual goals of helping Work First participants to obtain full-time, permanent employment at a salary that moved them toward self-sufficiency, while allowing Orange County Emergency Services to find motivated, qualified individuals to employ as EMTs. The starting salary for an EMT in Orange County is $30,165.

The Work First program assisted clients with obtaining fee waivers and scholarships to attend training and as a result, the program budget was minimal. Due to the success of the concept, the program is ongoing and the former Work First participants who are currently employed are performing exceptionally well.

For more information about the Best Practice Award, please call the Orange County Department of Social Services at 919.245.2817.



Free Movie Series

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302

Mobile: 919.475.6650





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 21, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging is partnering with Second Journey to show free feature films at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center.

The next movie event will take place today at 6:45 p.m., featuring My Afternoons with Margueritte.  

The next film in the series, Cherry Blossoms, will be shown at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.

If time permits, audience discussion will follow each of the movies.

The film series is free and will take place at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.



County Weather Closures - Saturday, February 16


Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6135    

Mobile: 919. 332.3782


Updated 2:10 p.m.




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 16, 2013)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the following changes to Saturday operations. The Libraries and Animal Services will close early, due to the weather and current precipitation.

Orange County will experience two to four inches of snow accumulation. Roads will begin to become hazardous for travel. Given the predicted impacts of the storm it is necessary to end County events and close facilities early this afternoon. 

The Orange County Main Library, Orange County Cybrary Branch and Carrboro Branch will close at 3:00 p.m. today, instead of 6:00 p.m.

The Animal Services Department will close at 3:00 p.m. today, instead of 5:00 p.m.

All Parks and Recreation activities will be suspended today at 5:00 p.m.  This impacts two Junior division youth basketball games, one Mite division youth basketball game and a piano recital.  Junior games will not be rescheduled. 

The Mite game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m.  The Piano Recital has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Efland-Cheeks Community Center.  Impacts also include tournament schedules for the Mite and Midget divisions of youth basketball. 

For a list of disaster preparation tips, please visit the Orange County Emergency Services Web site at

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at

A ‘warning’ is issued when there is at least three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. An ‘advisory’ is issued if there is less than three inches of snow forecasted in a 24 hour period. 



Sr. Games Registration

Media Contact

Myra Austin

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2020




ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. (February 15, 2013)—The Orange County Senior Games is kicking off its 2013 Orange County Senior Games’ Athletic & Silver Arts Events. This year-round health promotion program for ages 55+, is currently accepting early bird registration forms. The 2013 Senior Games will take place from March 23 - May 15.   

The deadline for early bird registration is on Friday, February 22, and the final deadline is on Friday, March 8. Registration forms are available at the Orange County senior centers and recreation facilities throughout Orange County and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  

“We are looking forward to competing in this year’s athletic events. They are a fun aspect of the Senior Games,” said Bill and Lelia Livengood, regular participants.  “We encourage our peers to take part, regardless of athletic ability…there’s something for everyone.”

The SilverArts, a juried art show held at the Seymour Center, will begin on Monday, April 8.  The registration deadline for this event is on Friday, March 15.

The Recreation and Parks Department of Carrboro, Parks and Recreation Department of Chapel Hill, and the Orange County Department on Aging are sponsors of the Senior Games.

For more information or to have a registration form mailed, please call Dana Hughes, Senior Games Coordinator at 919.918.7372 or Corina Riley, Senior Games Registrar at 919.245.4251. 




Main Library Half Day

Media Contact

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Main Library







ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 15, 2013)–The Orange County Main Library and the Orange County Cybrary Branch will close from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. This will allow staff to devote time to developing the Library’s strategic plan.

The strategic plan will include input shared by the public, during a series of public input sessions and the results of an online Community Needs Assessment survey conducted in October of 2012.

For more information about the strategic plan, please contact the Main Library at 919.245.2525.



Economic Development Interns

Media Contact

Steve Brantley

Economic Development Director

Phone: 919.245.2325




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 15, 2013)–The Orange County Economic Development Department is currently hosting two college interns from South Korea. The students have recently completed a Master’s degree from Duke University, specializing in International Development Policy.

Jonwoo Kim and Jandee Eum are working on special projects focused on various aspects of economic development, as well as learning about Agri-tourism and the Piedmont Food and Ag Processing Center. The interns will also gain experience in tourism, managing projects and participating in events hosted by the County’s Visitor’s Bureau.

“A major component of this internship will be an opportunity for these students to provide the Economic Development Department with Korean-language marketing materials, which will be instrumental for promoting Orange County to future Korean investment prospects,” said Steve Brantley, director of Economic Development.

Jonwoo and Jandee will return to South Korea later this year and continue working with government agencies in Korea.




Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130    





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 11, 2013) — One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various County advisory boards and commissions.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for the Orange County Board of Equalization and Review.  This board hears appeals from citizens who are protesting assessed property values.  The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised according to the standards required by the General Statutes of North Carolina.

The Orange County Board of Equalization and Review will meet up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (April – June).  Members will be paid for all meetings attended.

Interested Orange County residents with knowledge of real estate are encouraged to apply.  Other interested citizens will also be given consideration.  If interested please apply at

Select “Equalization and Review Board” under “Boards and Commissions Listing” for additional information or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

With over 30 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.




Annual Pauli Murray Awards

Media Contact

James E. Davis, Jr.

Civil Rights Specialist

Phone: 919.245.2487





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 8, 2013)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission is honored to host the 23rd annual Pauli Murray Awards at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, in the Ballroom at the Central Orange Senior Center.

The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, adult and Orange County business owner who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.

Established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Award commemorates the life of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a distinguished and remarkable person who confronted discrimination, racism and sexism in her own life.

Dr. Murray’s family had deep roots in Orange County, where her grandmother was a slave and her great-grandfather was a slave owner. During a long distinguished career as a lawyer, professor, priest, poet, and activist, she continued to spread the spirit of conciliation in human relations in the best interest of all Americans.

The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

For more information about this and other events planned during Human Relations Month, please call James Davis at 919.245.2487.



Fundraiser Event

Media Contact

Kathy Porter

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4240






ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 8, 2013)—The Orange County RSVP 55+ Advisory Council is hosting an evening of champagne and wine tasting as fundraiser in support of the County’s RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program.

The “Cheers for Volunteers” event will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Seymour Center. The evening will include entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tastings from local businesses, such as Food Lion, Glasshalfull, Mediterranean Deli, Prasad’s, Queen of Sheba, and Shepherd's Catering just to name a few.

All proceeds will benefit the 2013 RSVP 55+ Volunteer Recognition ceremony scheduled in May. More than 350 RSVP senior volunteers contribute in excess of 45,000 service hours, assisting local non-profit agencies each year.

The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program recruits and refers people at least 55-years-old to volunteer at local non-profits. The volunteers are matched with opportunities based on their interests, skills and abilities.

Tickets are $30 and available at the following locations:

Chelsea Theater at Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill; Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill; and Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough.

Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the event.

For more information, please visit or call 919.245.4240.




Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130    





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 8, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

Orange County staff will be providing a new BOCC member orientation session on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., starting at the Solid Waste Administrative Offices, 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  The session will involve both presentations at the office and tours of County facilities in Chapel Hill (Solid Waste, Animal Services, Southern Human Services Center and Seymour Center). 




Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130    





ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 5, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend a facilities tour by Orange County staff on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. (prior to their 7:00 p.m. work session).   The tour will start at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough.