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March / April 2011

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 29, 2011

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

Orange County Seeking Applicants for OWASA Board

ORANGE COUNTY, 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.

 

Orange County is currently seeking applicants to serve as an Orange County representative on the OWASA (Orange Water and Sewer Authority) Board of Directors.

 

OWASA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. The Chapel Hill Town Council appoints five, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen appoints two and the Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints two board members. The OWASA Board adopts the annual budget; sets rates, fees and charges based on cost-of-service principles; approves bond issues to fund capital projects; makes policy decisions; and appoints the Executive Director, General Counsel and Independent Auditor.

If interested, you may apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp

Additional information on OWASA can be found on the following website:

http://www.owasa.org.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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DEAPR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 13, 2011

Contact: Tina Moon , Cultural Resources Specialist, Orange County, (919) 245-2517

Historic Preservation Photo Contest

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – MAY is National Historic Preservation Month, and for the fifth year in a row the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission is partnering with the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County to host a Photography Competition.  The theme for this year's contest is Historic Architectural Details.  Images should remind us of the past and help bridge the past to the present and to the future.  Photographers should select subjects that highlight architectural details of old buildings and other interesting structures in the towns, crossroads and rural areas of Orange County. 

Photographers—junior (youth) and amateurs—are invited to submit up to two entries in film or digital format.  Photos must be ready to hang—i.e., matted or framed.  Entry forms will be available at several locations including local libraries, the Historical Museum on Churton Street in Hillsborough, the Orange County Environment & Agricultural Building on Revere Road in Hillsborough, and the Visitor Centers in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

Entries will be accepted from April 1st through April 30th, and should be submitted to the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough or to the Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation office at 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough. 

Winners will be selected in two divisions, junior and amateur, as well as best in show.  The winners will be announced on May 27 at the Hillsborough Last Fridays event, and will receive cash rewards.  All photographs will be on display starting May 6th at the Historical Museum as part of the 2011 Preservation Month celebration.

For more information: contact Darcie Martin, Executive Director, Historical Museum, at 919-732-2201; visit the Museum website www.orangeNChistory.org; or contact Tina Moon, Cultural Resources Specialist, DEAPR, at 919-245-2517.

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Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 11, 2011

Contact: Mary Haywood, Orange County Main Library, (919) 245-2537

Romeo and Juliet at Orange County Main Library

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival is coming to the Orange County Main Library, 137 West Margaret Land in Hillsborough, to present Romeo and Juliet (for middle and high school students).   The performance will be on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the library Meeting Room (downstairs).


In 60 minutes with six actors, they’ll give you the whole enchilada (well, nearly the whole thing) – the warring families, the balcony scene, the intrigue, the sword-fighting, the tragic deaths! You won't want to miss this production of, arguably, Shakespeare’s most famous play.

More information about this performance and other library events is available by calling the library at (919) 245-2537, as well as on the Orange County library website events calendar at http://web.co.orange.nc.us/LibraryEvents/index.aspx.

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Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 11, 2011

Contact: Rich Shaw, Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation, (919) 245-2514

Orange County Celebrates Earth Day

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County agencies and partner organizations will host an Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9 a.m. until noon at River Park in Hillsborough.  The park is located at 140 E. Margaret Lane next to the Orange County Public Market House and the Eno River Farmers Market.  Orange County staff will share information about rain gardens, rain barrels, Stillhouse Creek restoration, land conservation, groundwater resources, plans for new and future county parks, and more. 

Also participating in the event are the Eno River Association, the Orange County Beekeepers Association, and the Friends of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail.  Rain barrels will be available for sale from the Boy Scouts.

This Earth Day event will be held in cooperation with the Eno River Farmers Market, which will be operating its Saturday morning market.

For more information contact Rich Shaw, Orange County DEAPR at (919) 245-2514 or rshaw@co.orange.nc.us

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Social Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Contact: Lindsey Dennis, Orange County Department of Social Services, (919) 245-2871

Orange County to Host Job Fair

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Orange County will host a Job and Resource Fair benefiting local employers and job seekers on Wednesday, April 13th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m.  The Job Fair will be held at the Social Services Department located at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough and is open to the public.

More than 30 local businesses with a variety of staffing needs are attending the Fair.  Participating local businesses include Duke University, Duke Medical Center, Durham Technical Community College, Lowes Home Improvement, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Time Warner Cable, UNC Hospital, Weaver Street Market and Sports Endeavors.

The Job and Resource Fair is an excellent opportunity for qualified employees to meet potential employers.  All job seekers are welcome. Positions are available for individuals with a variety of skill sets, from entry-level to experienced professionals. 

Job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally. 

For a full list of participating businesses or to see how your businesses can get involved, please contact Randy Haynes at (919) 245-2821.

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Emergency Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 4, 2011

Contact: Rodney Cates, Telecommunicator - Orange County Emergency Services, (919) 245-6100

National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week - Open House

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week will be observed the week of April 10 - 16, 2011.  During this week each year, the nation recognizes the dedication and outstanding efforts of the individuals who make the 9-1-1 system work every day.

Telecommunicators in the Orange County 9-1-1 center are public servants who answer over 600 calls for service per day, handling 21 phone lines and 35 radio channels.   They give up family times, holidays, and weekends to staff the center 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.   Telecommunicators deal with stress levels that are second only to the stress levels endured by air traffic controllers. 

To properly honor and recognize the outstanding work and dedication of local 9-1-1 telecommunicators, Orange County Communications will open its doors to the public to provide a “behind the scenes” look at what happens during a 9-1-1 call.

The tour is a rare opportunity to meet 9-1-1 telecommunicators face-to-face and to see the vital service they offer to the public as the first line of defense against crime, sickness and disaster when they answer your calls for help.

The Open House will be held on Tuesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The 9-1-1 center is located in the Orange County Emergency Services building, 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough (near the SportsPlex).

When you spot a fire truck, ambulance or a law enforcement vehicle responding to an emergency with lights and siren, know that a telecommunicator is working behind the scenes to get help to the crisis at hand.   

For additional information, contact Instructor/Telecommunicator, Rodney Cates at rcates@co.orange.nc.us or call (919) 245-6100. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: April 1, 2011

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

Orange Unified Transportation Board Vacancies

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.

Orange Unified Transportation Board (OUTBoard) advises the Board of County Commissioners by providing information and comments on major transportation issues and provides recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in the County. 

The major tasks of the OUTBoard are:

  • Identify and prioritize the County's roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding;
  • Assist in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Provide recommendations to the Board regarding Federal and State legislation affecting transportation in Orange County; and
  • Explore and make recommendations on Innovative techniques and methods to improve the efficiency and capacity of existing and future transportation systems.

The Board of Commissioners is currently seeking applicants to fill vacant seats in Cedar Grove, Cheeks and Little River Townships.  If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards

 

Select "Orange Unified Transportation 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.

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DEAPR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 31, 2011

Contact: David Stancil, Director, Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation (DEAPR) 919-245-2510 or Lori Taft, DEAPR, Parks and Recreation Director 919-245-2660

Fairview Park Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Grand Opening of Fairview Park will be held Saturday April 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.  The park is located at 195 Torain St., Hillsborough, NC.  Board of Orange County Commissioners’ Chair Bernadette Pelissier and Board Member Barry Jacobs will speak as will Fairview Community Watch representative Brian Lowen.

Funding for this park comes from a 2001 Parks and Open Space Bond, a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, Town of Hillsborough sidewalk funding and Orange County Payment–in-lieu funding.  St. Matthews Episcopal Church also provided funding assistance.   Amenities will include: a lighted baseball/softball field, lighted basketball courts, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, picnic shelter, playground, lighted tennis courts, volleyball court and lighted ¼ mile walking track.  The tennis courts will be the first public (non school) courts in northern Orange County. 

A master plan map of the park can be viewed on the main Orange County website, www.co.orange.nc.us .  Look under “What’s New” for the Fairview Park Site Plan. 

Activities for the afternoon include a tennis clinic, horseshoes, basketball and volleyball.  Refreshments will be served.  For additional information please contact David Stancil 919-245-2510 or Lori Taft 919-245-2660.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 25, 2011

Contact: Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, (919) 245-2300 or Michael Talbert, Deputy Financial Services Director, (919) 245-2153

Orange County Public Hearing on 1/4 Cent Sales Tax

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Department of Social Services Office in Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo St. in Hillsborough.  The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. 

The Public Hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on potential uses for possible proceeds from a one-quarter cent (1/4¢) additional sales tax referendum in Orange County. 

During the 2007 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly granted county boards of commissioners the authority to levy, subject to voter approval, an additional one-quarter cent county sales and use tax. 

It is projected the one-quarter cent county sales and use tax would generate approximately $2,500,000 for Orange County on an annual basis.  If the voters approve the referendum on November 8, 2011 implementation would not start until April 1, 2012 generating approximately $625,000 for the remainder of FY 2011-12. 

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 24, 2011

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

Orange County Parks and Recreation Council Opportunities

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.  Orange County is currently recruiting applicants for the Orange County Parks and Recreation Council (PARC). 

This council consults with and advises the Parks and Recreation Division of the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation and the Board of County Commissioners on matters affecting parks and recreation policies, programs, personnel, finances, and the acquisition and disposal of lands and properties related to the total community recreation program, and to its long-range planning for parks and recreation

Each member of the Council shall be a County resident and appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Central Recreation Center in Hillsborough. 

There are open positions for the Town of Chapel Hill within the city limits, Chapel Hill Township and Hillsborough

You may apply online at www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp .

 

To learn more about this commission, please visit the PARC website: www.co.orange.nc.us/deapr/rpac.asp or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 18, 2011

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

Applicants Needed for Orange County Human Relations Commission

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.  Orange County is currently recruiting applicants for the Human Relations Commission. 

This commission seeks to prevent and/or eliminate bias and discrimination by means of education, persuasion, conciliation and enforcement. It also advises the Board of County Commissioners on these matters, receives discrimination complaints, and conducts the corresponding investigation of such complaints.  There are open positions for the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, as well as At-Large

The Orange County Human Relations Commission’s responsibilities include:

  • Study and make recommendations concerning problems in the field of human relationships
  • Anticipate and discover practices and customs most likely to create animosity and unrest and to seek solutions to problems as they arise
  • Make recommendations designed to promote goodwill and harmony among groups in the County irrespective of their race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status or status with regard to public assistance
  • Monitor complaints involving discrimination
  • Address and attempt to remedy the violence, tensions, polarization, and other harm created through the practices of discrimination, bias, hatred, and civil inequality
  • Promote harmonious relations within the county through hearings and due process of law.

The Board is especially seeking individuals who are interested in women’s issues.

You may apply online at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp .

 

To learn more about this commission, please visit the Human Relations website: www.co.orange.nc.us/hrr/hrc.asp or call Donna Baker (919) 245-2130 or Jeanette Jones (919) 245-2125.

Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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BOCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 10, 2011

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

Orange County Seeks Applicants for the Carrboro Planning Board - Joint Planning Transition Area

CARRBORO, 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.

The Carrboro Planning Board consists of eleven members. Nine members are appointed by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, shall reside within the town. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the town’s extraterritorial planning area. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the town’s joint planning transition area.

The Carrboro Planning Board:

  • Makes studies and recommends to the board of aldermen plans, goals and objectives relating to the growth, development and redevelopment of the town and the surrounding extra-territorial planning area.
  • Develops and recommends to the board of aldermen policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner.
  • Makes recommendations to the board of aldermen concerning proposed conditional use permits and proposed zoning map changes.
  • Performs any other duties assigned by the Board of Aldermen.

The Carrboro Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

If interested, please apply at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/  or http://www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/AdvBoards/advbrdapp.htm

For additional information, select "Carrboro Planning Board" under "Boards and Commissions Listing" 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.

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Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 1, 2011

Contact: Michael Lanier, Agricultural Economic Development Agent, (919) 245-2063

Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit is March 21

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – The 13th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held March 21, 2011 at the Ruritan Club, 6116 Efland-Cedar Grove Rd. in Cedar Grove, one of the county's most well-known farming communities.  In addition to a full slate of agricultural topics, Joe Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Prawn Farm, is being honored as the 2010 NC Small Farmer of the Year.

Three tour stops are planned for the afternoon of the Summit:  Thompson Prawn Farm, Tiny Farm and the Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center. 

Thompson will talk about his prawn farm, his plans to vertically integrate his business by adding a juvenile prawn production facility to supply his farm and other regional prawn farms, as well as a discussion of his involvement in programs to purchase the development rights on his farm. 

Tiny Farm, owned by Mark Hockney is located just northeast of Hillsborough.  Hockney grows and sells lettuce and other greens to high-end restaurants and farmers markets year-round. It has become a highly efficient and profitable agricultural business that uses high tunnels for season extension of fresh locally grown vegetables. 

Participants can get a sneak preview of the 10,400 square foot Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center (PFAP), a farm and food business incubator scheduled to open the following month in April 2011.  Currently under renovation, PFAP will have two commercial kitchens, a multi-use facility, vegetable / fruit processing equipment, and entrepreneur offices geared to launch new businesses that value locally produced farm products.

The summit fee is $10.  Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  A sponsored lunch made with locally grown products will be served. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Orange County Cooperative Extension office at (919) 245-2050.  For additional information, including the agenda and driving directions, see the following link, http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu/ .

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Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: March 1, 2011

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

Tyler Promoted to Department on Aging Director for Orange County

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Frank Clifton, Orange County Manager, announced that Janice I. Tyler has been selected as the new Director for the Department on Aging effective February 28, 2011.  Tyler has served as the interim director since July 1, 2010 after the retirement of Jerry Passmore. 

As Aging Director, Tyler will be responsible for directing and supervising the operation of the Department on Aging.  She will oversee the operations of the two county senior centers, serve as support staff to the Orange County Advisory Board on Aging and interact with county departments, community agencies and the general public. She will report to Gwen Harvey, Assistant County Manager.

Janice Tyler has worked for the Department on Aging for almost 24 years as the Senior Centers Administrator and is the managing editor of the department’s Senior Times.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, completed advanced study in aging and is a graduate of the N.C. Division of Aging’s Ann Johnson Senior Center Institute.  Tyler currently serves as chair of the Senior Centers Alliance, a program section of the North Carolina Association on Aging.

Tyler’s professional affiliations include the North Carolina Association on Aging, North Carolina Senior Center Alliance, Southern Erotological Society, the National Council on Aging and the National Institute of Senior Centers.  

Tyler went through a competitive employment process of qualified applicants from across the region.  The five finalists were evaluated in two separate panel interviews which included both Orange County staff and individuals from community and state level organizations with expertise in aging and senior services. 

Frank Clifton commented Tyler stood out among the top candidates.  “Janice brought forth the best experience, knowledge and desirable characteristics to lead our Aging Department into the future,” Clifton said. 

  

Tyler said she probably won’t see much of a change in her day to day schedule.  “I look forward to continuing to improve the quality of life for what some might call our clients.  Here, I call them my friends,” Tyler said. 

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