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January / February 2010

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Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 25, 2010

Contact: Noah Ranells, Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator (919) 245-2330


Piedmont Local Food Community Visioning Process Initiated

A process has been initiated to gather input and develop priorities for local food efforts in the Piedmont Region.  The project, which is led by a 16-person steering committee, is part of the Strong Roots program funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund and supported by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.  In addition to supporting the community visioning process, $30,000 in grant money will be available to fund the implementation of a priority project that emerges from community input. 

The process of gathering community input was launched today with the distribution of an electronic survey to area organizations and list serves.  The survey is also accessible to all members of the public who are encouraged to complete it by visiting the Orange County web site at www.orangecountyfarms.org.  People can complete the survey between now and March 5, 2010.  Results will be shared on the web in late March.  Also in late March, a meeting of persons involved in local food efforts will be held to evaluate the survey input and identify priorities for future initiatives in the Piedmont Region, including the project that will be funded through the grant. 

“We are excited about this opportunity for a significant investment in work on local food in our region,” says Noah Ranells, Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator for Orange County and author of the grant that resulted in the available funds.  “We want to get input from a wide range of people and organizations to help us define common priorities for local food efforts and, specifically, to identify a project we will implement with grant funds.”

Through the process information will be gathered about local food consumption habits, perspectives on possible initiatives and their impact on issues related to access, availability and the economic viability of local food.

Members of the Local Food Community Visioning Steering Committee include:

Alice Ammerman, UNC-Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Gerry Cohn, Farmland Preservation Consultant

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfield, UNC-Anthropology

Robin Crowder, UNC-Sustainable Farming & Health / Gillings

Nancy Creamer, NCSU Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Molly DeMarco, UNC-Food Security & Sustainable Food Systems

Mary DeMare, Chatham Marketplace

Cathy Jones, Produce /Poultry Farmer

Sandi Kronick, Eastern Carolina Organics

Bernadette Pellisier, Orange County Commissioner

Noah Ranells, Agriculture Economic Development Coordinator, Orange County

Jonathan Romm, Company Shoppes

Debbie Roos, Sustainable Agriculture Agent, Chatham County

Joe Schroeder, Rural Advancement Fund International - Field Coordinator

Kathryn Spann, Dairy Farmer

Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto - Chef / Owner

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 15, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker , Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners (919) 245-2130


Change in BOCC Regular Meeting Schedule for 2010

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following change in 2010 meeting calendar.   

The location has changed for the Orange County Board of Commissioners Legislative Breakfast, scheduled for Monday, February 22, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.

The meeting location has been changed from the N.C. Botanical Gardens to the Solid Waste Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 12, 2010

Contact:  Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

 

Orange County Weekend Delays

ORANGE COUNTY -County services operating on Saturday, February 13, 2010 will open on a one-hour delay due to the projected inclement weather.  Services include the libraries, parks and recreation, senior centers, solid waste convenience centers and the animal shelter. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

 

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 4, 2010

Contact:  David Hunt, Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

 

Orange County Government Offices on One Hour Delay Friday

ORANGE COUNTY - Based on the Winter Weather Advisory and predicted overnight precipitation and temperatures, Orange County Government offices will operate on a one hour delay the morning of Friday, February 5, 2010.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m.

Updates on Orange County Government operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County switchboard number at (919) 732-8181. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 4, 2010

Contact: Donna Baker , Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners (919) 245-2130


Change in BOCC Regular Meeting Schedule for 2010

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-40, the Board of County Commissioners provides notice of the following change in 2010 meeting calendar.   

The location has changed for the Joint Meeting of the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Hillsborough, scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting location has been changed from the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron St. in Hillsborough to the New Orange County Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, in Hillsborough.   (Meeting room entrance on side of building)

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Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 3, 2010

Contact: James Spivey , Orange County Office of Human Rights and Relations (919) 968-2288


Pauli Murray Human Relations Award Ceremony

The Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Office of Human Rights & Relations will host 2009 Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards on Sunday, February 28, 2010 in The Little Theater located at New Hope Elementary School, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, an Orange County adult, and an Orange County business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all citizens.

This year’s Ceremony will also commemorate Rev. Dr. Murray’s 100th birthday which will be November 20, 2010.  The commemorative program will include poetry performances from students trained by a member of the local Spoken Word group; music provided by the St. Ambrose Jazz Mass Ensemble from Raleigh, NC; comments by a representative from the Governor’s Office; written comment from the Lt. Governor’s Office; acknowledgement of the winners of the middle and high school student essay contests; and acknowledgement of the recipients of the Pauli Murray Human Relations Awards. 

The public is encouraged to attend this community event.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Rights & Relations at 960-3875.

 

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 1, 2010

Contact:  David Hunt, Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

 

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Tuesday

ORANGE COUNTY - Based on road conditions and predicted overnight temperatures, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Tuesday, February 2, 2010.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers and  the Orange County Landfill will open at 9:00 a.m.

Waste industries will run urban curbside recycling on Tuesday (blue bins). 

There will be NO RURAL CURBSIDE RECYCLING (orange bins)  ON TUESDAY, no make up day will be scheduled.  

Apartment and commercial recycling routes will be run on Tuesday, but some access may be limited, sites will be serviced as possible.

Updates on Orange County Government operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County switchboard number at (919) 732-8181. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

 

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: February 1, 2010

Contact:  Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

 

Orange County Monday Evening Closings

ORANGE COUNTY - Due to the current road conditions and the predictions of refreezing road surfaces tonight, Orange County Government evening services have been canceled for Monday, February 1, 2010. 

Orange County libraries will close at 6:00 p.m.

Senior centers will close at 5:00 p.m.

Orange County Parks and Recreation will close at 5:00 p.m. 

(The Parks and Recreation activity cancellation “hot line” number is 919-245-2669.)

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Aging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 31, 2010

Contact: Jerry Passmore, Orange County Department on Aging Director, (919) 245-2000

 

Orange Public Transportation and Senior Center Updates

ORANGE COUNTY -

Due to poor road conditions, on Monday, February 1, 2010, Orange Public Transportation (OPT) will only provide transportation services for essential medical appointments and the 420 bus route between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. 

For additional information call (919) 245-2008. 

Senior Centers

Orange County senior centers will open at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2010.  No lunch will be served.  Call ahead to confirm specific classes or events previously scheduled for Monday. 

Seymour Center, Chapel Hill – 919-968-2070

Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough – 919-245-2015

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 31, 2010

Contact:  David Hunt, Information Specialist, (919) 245-2126

 

Orange County Government Offices on Two Hour Delay Monday

ORANGE COUNTY - Based on road conditions and predicted overnight temperatures, Orange County Government offices will operate on a two hour delay the morning of Monday, February 1, 2010.  Offices that normally open at 8:00 a.m. are now scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.

Updates on operating hours will be provided on the main Orange County switchboard number at (919) 732-8181. 

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

 

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 29, 2010

Contact:  Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300

 

Orange County Weekend Closings

ORANGE COUNTY -County services typically opened or operating on the weekend will be closed Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31, 2010 due to the projected inclement weather.  Services closing include the libraries, parks and recreation, senior centers, solid waste convenience centers and the animal shelter. 

Also, the Human Rights and Relations Month Kickoff that was scheduled on Sunday at the Carrboro Century Center has been canceled. 

The National Weather Service predicts 6 – 10 inches of snow in the Orange County area with a possibility of intermixed sleet.  With significant amounts of snow, sleet and/or ice, travel may become very hazardous or impossible. This is especially true on secondary and rural roads.  Temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing through midday Monday. 

Depending on the severity of the snow event and conditions throughout the weekend, a decision will be made Sunday afternoon/evening on the Monday work schedule for Orange County offices.  Please monitor local media outlets or call the County’s main switchboard at (919) 732-8181 for updates on Orange County office operating hours. 

As always, emergency services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

 

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 29, 2010

Contact:  Frank Montes de Oca, Orange County Emergency Services Director, (919) 245-6100

 

Orange County Winter Storm Preparation

ORANGE COUNTY - The National Weather Service predicts 6 – 10 inches of snow in the Orange County area with a possibility of intermixed sleet.  With significant amounts of snow, sleet and/or ice, travel may become very hazardous or impossible. This is especially true on secondary and rural roads.  Temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing through midday Monday. 

Residents are encouraged to prepare for an extended stay at home with several days supply of food, beverages and prescription medication.  Take into consideration special supplies that may be needed for infants, elderly and pets.  The low Sunday night is predicted to fall to around 10 – 12 degrees.  With the possibility of pipes freezing, it is advised to also have drinking water stored and available.  Residents may want to contact friends and/or relatives for an alternate place to stay if power is lost.   

Orange County Emergency Services has been busy this week preparing for winter weather.  Conference calls have been held with emergency partners including representatives from area municipalities, law enforcement, UNC hospitals, area fire departments, American Red Cross, school systems, Animal Services, Health Department, Solid Waste, Public Works, OWASA, Forestry, Parks, and others. 

Generators have been tested, shelters stand ready to open if needed, chain saws have been sharpened and volunteers representing multiple agencies stand ready.   

If shelters are needed, the two primary shelters in Orange County are Smith Middle School, 9201 Seawell School Rd., Chapel Hill and C. W. Stanford Middle School, 308 Orange High School Rd., Hillsborough. 

Residents are encouraged to monitor local radio and television stations for storm and shelter updates. 

In an emergency call 9-1-1. 

 

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Register of Deeds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 26, 2010

Contact:  Joyce H. Pearson, Orange County Register of Deeds, (919) 245-2675

 

Orange County Register of Deeds Office Closed February 12 and 15

HILLSBOROUGH -  The Orange County Register of Deeds Office will be closed on Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15, 2010.  The office is located in the third floor of the Gateway Building, 228 South Churton Street in Hillsborough. 

The Register of Deeds serves as the custodian of public records for Orange County.   Records use may range from deed of trust or mortgage for home loans to genealogy research. 

Services include the following:

  • Recording real estate deeds
  • Issuing marriage licenses
  • Providing copies of birth and death certificates
  • Providing certified copies of military discharges
  • Administering oaths for individuals who wish to be a notary

During the closure, carpet which did not meet acceptable air quality standards will be replaced.  Monday, February 15 was scheduled to have minimal impact on real estate transactions as it is Presidents’ Day and banks will be closed.

The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:00 a.m. 

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Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 26, 2010

Contact:  Dottie Schmitt, Economic Development, (919) 245-2327

 

Solar Company Chooses Hillsborough for Headquarters

Nature's Energy Solutions, LLC (NES) has chosen Hillsborough, NC as its new base of business operations. NES provides full service renewable energy systems integration, design, and installation solutions for residential, agricultural, governmental and commercial applications.  NES also provides information to their clients on available financial incentives for project implementation. 

NES and its sister firm, Energy & Environment, Inc., has plans to open solar technology manufacturing plants in Virginia and North Carolina for production of their American-made, cutting edge technology.  NES' manufacturing facilities will be constructed with their custom made technology, and will function completely “off grid”.  NES' first manufacturing facility in Virginia is scheduled to be completed in early 2010. This facility will produce solar shingles, solar siding, solar windows and solar shades.

Karim Salehmohammed, CEO of NES, made a concerted effort to locate his new business in Orange County, because he considers Orange County to be “The hidden treasure of North Carolina for a new business.”  The Hillsborough office will be the exclusive distribution center for North and South Carolina.  NES offers 19 different products, each designed to fit specific system needs and efficiency. 

Brad Broadwell, Orange County’s Economic Development Director noted that “We are fortunate to have attracted yet another solar and renewable technology company to Orange County. It seems that even in the current economy, the Board of County Commissioners' focus to attract renewable technology, particularly solar companies, has had some success.” 

NES will hold a formal grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Their new office is located at 206 Millstone Drive in Hillsborough.  The general public is invited to attend.

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Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 22, 2010

Contact:  Carl Matyac, Cooperative Extension, (919) 245-2062; Mike Lanier, Cooperative Extension, (919) 245-2063; or Noah Ranells, EDC, (919) 245-2330


12th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit

The 12th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held on Monday, February 8, 2010 at the future Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center (the former Orange Enterprises building), 500 Valley Forge Road, Hillsborough, just north of the intersection of I-85 (exit 165) and (new) NC Highway 86. 

The cost is $5 per person, which includes a full lunch featuring locally grown meats and produce, and light snacks. 

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The morning program will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon, followed by lunch.  There will be an optional afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Parking is limited.  Overflow parking will be available in front of Home Depot, in nearby Hampton Pointe Shopping Center, with shuttle service to the Valley Forge building via Cooperative Extension’s 4-H van.  In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held the following Monday, February 15, 2010.

Please call the North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050 to reserve your seat. 

This year’s Summit has something for everyone.  The morning sessions include:

  • Dr. David Smith, the newly appointed Director of the NC Agricultural Research Service at NCSU.  Dr. Smith will be our keynote speaker and talk about agricultural research at the University. 
  • Dewitt Hardee, from NCDA, will talk about farmland preservation efforts going on at the state level as well as water quality issues.
  • Nancy Herndon from Herndon Farms and Rob and Cheri Bowers, from Whitted-Bowers Farm, will talk about fruit and berry production. 
  • George Teague, a local, long-time dairy farmer will talk about his experience transitioning from a conventional to an organic dairy as a member of the Organic Valley Cooperative.
  • Cedar Ridge High School students will share a clip of an ongoing film project to record the histories of long-time local farm families.

The optional afternoon session focuses on innovative ways for new farmers to obtain land for farming.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 14, 2010

Contact: Angela Thompson-Rockett, Assistant to the Clerk of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, (919) 245-2125


Vacancies on Orange-Person-Chatham Area Programs Board

HILLSBOROUGH, NC - 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. With over 40 different boards and commissions, volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

The Orange-Person-Chatham Area Program Board (OPC) serves as the comprehensive planning, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring group for community-based mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse programs.  It is a local political subdivision of the State.

The OPC Board meets regularly the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and currently there are 4 vacancies on the Board.  The Board is especially seeking individuals to complete their Board per statutory requirements, i.e. a Professional with Financial Expertise, a Professional with management of Business Skills, and a Family member of consumer with a developmental disability (Family member includes; next of kin, parent, or guardian of a client. Family member does not need to be an OPC client). 

Additional information on OPC can be found on the following website.

http://www.opcareaprogram.com/board.htm

Information on many other volunteer opportunities to serve on boards and commissions for Orange County Government can be found at the link below.

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards

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HSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 14, 2010

Contact: Gwen Harvey, Orange County Assistant Manager, (919) 245-2307


Outside Agency Funding

Orange County and the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill announce the formal opening of the outside agency grant application period for 2010-2011, the budget year beginning July 1, 2010. The 2010-2011 Grant Application, Grant Application Instructions, and Grant Application Checklist are available for immediate use on the Orange County web site at www.co.orange.nc.us/hsa/funding.asp.

Completed applications are due to the County and/or the Towns no later than Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 5:00 PM.  

Each year the County and Towns invite outside agencies to submit applications for general fund appropriations to support the delivery of vital community services that benefit the residents of Orange County.  Local governments recognize the role a strong network of non-profit providers can play in helping secure the social safety net and improve the quality of life for all individuals and families, especially those adversely affected by the economic downturn.  

Agency applications are reviewed by teams of community volunteers and governmental staff. Advisory recommendations are provided to County and Town Management as they formulate annual budget proposals. Specific outside agency appropriations are approved by the elected County and Town boards when they adopt their budgets.

The County and Towns strongly solicit interested outside agencies to submit their comprehensive and competitive applications by the February 15, 2010 due date.  For additional information please contact:  Gwen Harvey, Orange County, (919-245-2307); James Harris, Town of Carrboro, (919-918-7319); and Karen Rose, Town of Chapel Hill (919-968-2873, ext 154).

 

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Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 13, 2010

Contact: Tracy Reams, Orange County Elections Director (919) 245-2351


Orange County Board of Elections Open House

The Orange County Board of Elections will host an open house at their new office location at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough.

The open house on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. will provide the public an opportunity to visit with the Elections Board and staff who were previously located on East King Street. 

 

2010 Candidate Filing Period

The 2010 candidate filing period begins at noon on Monday, February 8 and ends at noon on Friday, February 26 at the Orange County Board of Elections located at 208 South Cameron Street in Hillsborough.

All Notices of Candidacy, together with the proper filing fee, must be in the possession of the Orange County Board of Elections by noon on Friday, February 26.  Filing will be open for the following offices: State Senate, State House of Representatives, County Commissioner, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, Clerk of Court and Orange County Board of Education.  Notices arriving after that time cannot be accepted. Filing fees exceeding $50.00 must be paid with individual check or money order, payable to the "Orange County Board of Elections". Business or corporate checks are not acceptable.

Information on the 2010 election, including filing fees, can be found on the Board of Elections website http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/ or by contacting the Orange County Board of Elections at 919-245-2350.

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Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 12, 2010

Contact: James Spivey , Orange County Office of Human Rights and Relations (919) 919-968-2288


Human Relations Month Kick-Off

The Orange County Human Relations Commission will host a Human Relations Month Kick-Off event on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro Street in Carrboro. 

The event will feature a panel discussion on “Health Care Disparity and Housing: What it Means to You”. 

The panel includes the following:

Gary G. Bennett is an associate professor at Duke University and holds an appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Bennett’s work seeks to understand and intervene to reduce obesity in high risk populations.

Hayden Bosworth is the Co-Director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also maintains dual professorial and research appointments at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He develops, evaluates, and implements programs to reduce healthcare disparities.

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is an assistant professor at the Duke University Medical Center.  She is the director of The AAKOMA project; a study examining readiness to engage in treatment for African-American adolescents with major depression.

Cedric M. Bright is a Staff Physician at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Duke University.  His area of expertise is focusing on the reduction of health care disparities in underserved populations.

The event is open to the public.  For additional information, contact James Spivey, 919-968-2288. 

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 6, 2010

Contact: Nancy Coston , Department of Social Services Director (919) 245-2800


Orange County Department of Social Services in Hillsborough Relocating

HILLSBOROUGH - Offices of the Orange County Department of Social Services in Hillsborough will be relocating from the West Tryon Street site to a new location at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough opening on January 20, 2010. 

All Orange County offices will be closed for business on Monday, January 18th in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  The Hillsborough Department of Social Services offices at the Whitted complex in Hillsborough will be closed Tuesday, January 19th to facilitate the move.

Department of Social Services offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 20th at 8:00 a.m. at the new location on Mayo Street. 

Relocation of services to Mayo Street includes the Veterans’ Services Office.

The new facility will consolidate staff currently stationed at various buildings throughout the county and help to improve service to an increasing number of clients while providing appropriate confidentiality. 

Services provided at the Department of Social Services’ Chapel Hill location, at 2501 Homestead Road, will not be impacted by the move. 

For additional information about the relocation, including the location of the new building, please see the Orange County website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/orangeonthemove .

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 6, 2010

Contact: Frank Montes de Oca, Orange County Emergency Services Director (919) 245-6100


Cold Weather Safety

ORANGE COUNTY - Several rounds of arctic air plunging south all the way to the Gulf of Mexico have turned most of North Carolina into a virtual ice box. The average daily temperature has remained below freezing since January 2nd and will remain below freezing through the weekend and early next week. Based on current forecasts, Central North Carolina could experience as many as 12 consecutive days where the daily average temperature remains below freezing. If these bitterly cold temperatures last through Tuesday of next week this will be the longest spell of cold weather since February of 1980.  Both fire and ice may pose a threat to human life. 

ICE

As a result of the prolonged cold weather many ponds and small lakes have developed a thin coating of ice. This ice is more dangerous than it appears and is not thick enough to support the weight of a person or animal if they attempt to venture out onto a frozen pond.

If someone does fall into bitterly cold water hypothermia will develop within fifteen minutes. Just a few minutes in cold water makes it very difficult to swim or even to keep afloat. In addition, a sudden, unexpected entry into cold water may cause a reflexive "gasp" allowing water to enter the lungs. Drowning can be almost instantaneous.

The human body will cool down 25 times faster in cold water than in air. Survival time in near freezing water can be as short as 15 minutes. Water temperature, body size, amount of body fat, and movement in the water all play a part in cold water survival. Small people cool faster than large people and children cool faster than adults.

FIRE

Due to the prolonged period of cold weather many residents are augmenting heating of homes through the use of gas logs, fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. House fires resulting from heating material within the home ranks second for the most deaths and property loss falling only behind improperly discarded smoking material. Space heater fires account for 74 percent of home fire deaths according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Common causes of home fires are from placing space heaters too close to combustibles and fueling errors involving liquid or gas fueled heating equipment. 

The American Red Cross recommends taking the following preventive measures to minimize the chance and impact of fire.

1) Make sure all smoke detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries.

2) Never use charcoal or gas grills indoors to heat homes due to the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.

3) Have your fireplaces, wood stoves, chimney connections and flues inspected by a professional and cleaned if necessary prior to the start of every heating season.

4) Be aware of overuse of electrical outlets - don't overload your electrical outlets and be careful of extension cords that present hazardous walkways.

5) Have one or more working fire extinguishers in your home.

For additional information on emergency survival visit the Orange County Emergency Services website. 

http://www.co.orange.nc.us/ems  

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: January 5, 2010

Contact: Lucinda Munger, Orange County Library Director (919) 245-2528


Grand Opening Weekend Events for the New Orange County Main Library

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Orange County Main Library this weekend.

The new Orange County Main Library located at 137 West Margaret Lane in Hillsborough opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from county and state officials on Friday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m.  Max Preston, a member of the Friends of the Orange Library, will present a recap of the history of the library. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

The festivities continue Friday evening from 5:30-8:00 p.m. with an art exhibition, “Another Side of Orange County” by local photographer Kent Corley. This exhibit was put together especially for the new library opening and will be on display at the library from January through the end of March.

Children and families are invited to enjoy Max Preston and the Preston Puppeteers when they present “Books Are Good” on Saturday, January 9th at 10 a.m. In this original marionette program dedicated to the new Orange County Main Library, two bookworms discover new worlds using books and their imagination. They are joined onstage by other marionettes, including Barney the clown, Spot the dog and Bat Bart the pirate.  

Max Preston is the creator of the marionettes. He first became interested in puppetry over 50 years ago when he made his clown marionette, which will be featured in the “Books Are Good” production. Since then, he has written and presented many marionette productions with a variety of themes. 

For more information about the new library and other available services, visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/library.

 

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