Board of County Commissioners
200 South Cameron Street
P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246

Contact: Donna Baker
Clerk to the Board
(919) 245-2130
Fax: (919) 644-0246

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July/August 2003

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No Change in Recycling Service for Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2003


August 22, 2003

Curbside recycling will be collected as normally scheduled on Labor Day.  If your recycling day falls on Monday, September 2, be sure to have your bin out to the curb by 7:00 am, or put it out the night before as usual. 

The Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed Monday, September 2, 2002.  Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3 (7:00am-4:00pm).

For further information contact:
Orange County Solid Waste Management,
(919) 968-2788
or email

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BOCC Meeting Updates


August 20, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2130

The Orange County Board of Commissioners updated their meeting calendar for the year 2003.

Monday, September 15, 2003 - 7:30 pm - BOCC Work Session - LOCATION CHANGE ONLY - Superior Courtroom, New Courthouse, 106. E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

Additional meetings:

Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 7:30 pm - Public Hearing for HSUS Animal Shelter Study - Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 7:30 pm - Public Hearing on Potential School Merger Impacts- F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC

Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 7:30 pm - Public Hearing on Potential School Merger Impacts, - Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 7:30 pm - BOCC Work Session - Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

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Rain Barrel Sales


August 20, 2003

While there has been plenty of rain this summer, last summer has not been forgotten.  “H2Orange”, an educational campaign aimed at creating drought awareness and encouraging consumer use of water saving devices brings rain barrels to Orange County.  The 65 gallon barrels have a brass spigot for garden hose connection, a screen in the lid to block mosquitoes and will be offered to Orange County citizens at a discount. 

Orange County staff will be available with conservation tips and to answer conservation and drought questions.

It is recommended to reserve a barrel prior to the sale. 

Sale Date:             September 6, 2003

Time:                         8am to 12 noon

Location:             Eubanks Road park and ride lot

Cost: $77.58 includes tax

Call 968-2050 for further information or to reserve a barrel or email leaving your name, telephone number and quantity desired.

For further information and to see photos of the system, visit the vendor website

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250 A-Mazing Years


August 20, 2003

Orange County, NC – Whether you call it a bio-billboard, Agro-tainment, or corny art, the McKee corn maze makes a huge statement, paying tribute to Orange County and 250 A-Mazing Years. 

In support of diversification of agriculture, the Orange County Soil and Water Office provided technical assistance in the layout of the corn maze at the McKee’s Cedar Creek Farm near Caldwell in Northern Orange County.  Over 12 acres of corn were planted for the design, making it one of the largest in the area.  With help from the State Division of Soil and Water Conservation and a specialized computer program, key points were surveyed and then it was, “almost like connecting the dots,” said Gail Hughes with the Orange County Soil and Water Office. 

With the summer rains, the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye and with several miles of possible paths; it should be fun for the whole family.  Let’s just hope aliens don’t confuse this with landing instructions. 

For more information:

McKee’s Corn Maze

Technical process – contact Gail Hughes, Orange County Soil and Water (919) 245-2753

(aerial photo available –  100K preview or 1.6 MB high resolution for publication, send request to ) 

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Friday-Night Football Spectators Cautioned About Mosquitoes


August 13, 2003

For more information: Debbie Crane (919) 733 9190 (office), Christine Miller (919) 715-3204

School is beginning across much of North Carolina, which means Friday night football. The return of that sporting tradition is prompting officials with the N.C. Division of Public Health and the NCDENR Public Health Pest Management Section to remind spectators and participants to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illness.  This warning is especially important in light of Monday’s announcement of the state’s first West Nile fatality.

State Health Director Dr. Leah Devlin issued the advisory, noting North Carolina has already recorded two human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) and that WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been identified in horses, birds and mosquitoes across the state.

“People participating in or attending outdoor sporting events or practice need to wear mosquito repellent, and if possible they should also wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts,” she said.  “We are particularly concerned about people at football games.  These games often begin right at dusk, which is one of the times when mosquitoes tend to be very active.”

The N.C. Division of Public Health and NCDENR are working with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to get the word out about mosquito-borne illness to school administrators across the state.

“August and early September are the big months for mosquito activity in North Carolina,” said Dr. Nolan Newton, chief of DENR’s Public Health Management Section. “Now is the time to be particularly careful in avoiding mosquito bites.”

Newton said that school administrators should also look around their campuses and make sure that there no place for mosquitoes to breed –  removing any containers that could hold water, making sure proper drainage is done, and using larvicides or fish to control mosquito larvae in ponds and other bodies of water. “Something as innocuous as a birdbath or an empty flowerpot can become prime mosquito-breeding territory,” he said.  “Make sure that containers stay empty of water and birdbaths are flushed completely at least weekly.”

EEE is a rare viral disease, which is transmitted by some kinds of mosquitoes. It attacks the central nervous system, causes inflammation of the brain and can be fatal to animals and humans. Wild birds serve as natural hosts for the virus. Mosquitoes bite the birds and then can transmit the virus to humans and animals. A person cannot catch EEE from another person.

About fifty percent of human EEE cases are fatal, with young children and the elderly most at risk. Symptoms can develop from a few days to two weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  They include rapid onset of fever and headache and can resemble a case of the flu.  Survivors of EEE infections may suffer from long-term effects to the nervous system.  Therapy is limited to treating the symptoms of the disease; there is no specific cure.  There is a vaccine for horses but no vaccine for humans currently exists.

WNV is spread in the same way as EEE. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.  Twenty percent of the people infected with WNV will develop West Nile fever, which is a mild illness with fever, headaches, body aches, an occasional skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. The CDC estimates that only 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will experience severe infection, which is called West Nile encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) or meningoencephalitis, a combination of both.  Symptoms of WNV encephalitis, meningitis and meningoencephalitis include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. People older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease. The incubation period in humans is usually three to 15 days.

Anyone exhibiting the symptoms listed above should contact his or her health care provider.

North Carolina has reported two WNV human cases this year – the one which proved fatal and an earlier case of a far milder form of the disease, which didn’t even result in hospitilization. There have been no human cases of EEE reported this year.WNV has been detected in birds or horses from 38 North Carolina counties.  EEE has been found in horses, chickens or other birds from 29 North Carolina counties.

Since West Nile virus was first identified, North Carolina has recorded four human cases – two in 2002 and two this year.  The state averages about one case of EEE a year.

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Orange County 250th Anniversary Celebration Wraps Up with Agricultural Heritage Festival featuring the Festival of the Autumn Moon


June 30, 2003

For more information: Dianne Reid, Orange County Economic Development (919) 245-2325

Orange County, NC - The grand finale of Orange County’s yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary will highlight the county’s rich agricultural heritage.  The “Agricultural Heritage Festival featuring the Festival of the Autumn Moon” will include historic crafts demonstrations, farming and animal demonstrations, artists booths, children’s games, a farmers’ market, displays of antique farm equipment, music, and “A Taste of Orange” – locally-produced food prepared by local restaurants. 

      The event will be held on the Blackwood Farm, a 150-acre site near the corner of New Hope Church Road (I-40 Exit 263) and Highway 86 between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

      The free festival will be open to the public on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Visitors must utilize off-premises park and ride lots, with free shuttles to the farm.  Park and ride lots are at Eubanks Road (off Airport Road in Chapel Hill near I-40), New Hope Elementary School (New Hope Church Road), A.L. Stanback Middle School (Hwy 86), and CCB (corner of Churton Street and Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough).

      The Agricultural Heritage Festival will be a retrospective look at Orange County agriculture from the vantage point of five 50-year segments. It’ll be somewhat like a county fair, but with lots of festival activities, all to celebrate 250 years of Orange County history and diversity. 

      Activities areas will include:
History Tent  

Agricultural heritage displays provided by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough in conjunction with the Orange County Historical Museum and the Burwell School Historic Site; an oral history corner in which elders relate their stories and reminiscences; and Interpreters for the following epochs – Native American (Occaneechi-Saponi); 1850s (Eno Soldiers Relief Society); 1870s/1880s (spinning and 19th century toys), and Turn of the 20th Century  (Tobacco grading and tying, Homelife artifacts, Butter churning, Worm Squirm and Agricultural Equipment

Children’s Games and Game Tent

Interactive Station Games  (walking stilts; wooden ring toss; wooden hoops; horseshoes; burlap sack races; jump rope; bocce); Colonial Picture Dress Up Station; Kite-Making Station; Board Game Stations (checkers, chess and dominoes) and Hopscotch Station

Artisan Tent

Spinners, Weavers, Indigo dye demonstration, Quilting, Chair caning, Whittling, Axe carving (carving bowl out of logs), Green wood furniture making with a shave horse and Basket weaving

Artisan Open Fire Area

Apple cider press, Blacksmithing, Soap making, Candle making, Hearth cooking

Farm Demonstrations

Tobacco tying, Corn shucking, Antique farm equipment display and tractors

Animal Demonstrations

Old Breeds Conservancy display, Cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, Sheep sheering demonstration, UNC Draught horses, Pony rides and “Rameses,” the UNC Mascot

Farmers’ Market

Participants from both the Carrboro and Hillsborough Farmers Markets

A Taste of Orange

Local restaurants will develop menus around what’s available from local farmers and sell their delicacies.  Seating will be available under a big top tent overlooking rolling pastures.  Soft drinks and water will be sold by the Orange County 250th Planning Committee to help offset costs of the celebration.

            The simultaneous seventh annual Festival of the Autumn Moon is a music and visual arts event that has been held in Hillsborough since 1997 to celebrate the arrival of the “harvest moon” and the autumn season. Hillsborough’s Festival of the Autumn Moon is unique in the Triangle area, although celebrations like this are common in other parts of the world.

      Festival of the Autumn Moon helps to showcase the work of many talented local visual and musical artists, as well as increase awareness of local history and historic sites. Featured works include pottery, mixed media composites, photography, woodworking, hiking poles, wearable art, literary works, jewelry, baskets, crafts, herbal art, acrylic and mixed media painting, and collage, papercut and calligraphy.

      Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music throughout the day on the Autumn Moon Festival Stage. 

      The combined festivals are being sponsored by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Hillsborough Arts Council, the Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission, the Cooperative Extension Services, the Economic Development Commission, Recreation & Parks Department, and other government and cultural organizations.

      For the most current festival information, call the Economic Development Commission at (919) 245-2325 or visit one of the following websites,, or

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BOCC meeting Change


July 2, 2003

For more information: Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board (919) 245-2130

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has made two changes to their regular meeting calendar for the year 2003.

The Board of Commissioners has changed the meeting date for their scheduled Joint Meeting with the School Boards from September 22, 2003 to September 29, 2003 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a Work Session for Tuesday, August 19, 2003, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina (prior to the Regular Meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. at the F. Gordon Battle Courtroom, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

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