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January 2015

 

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Dixie Swim Club

Media Contact:

Terry Colville

Operations Manager

Central Orange Senior Center

Phone: 919.245.2016

tcolville@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST DIXIE SWIM CLUB PRODUCTION  


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 27, 2015)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to join the Orange Community Players (OCP) for their Valentine dinner theatre production, the Dixie Swim Club.

Performances will take place at the Central Orange Senior Center from Thursday, February 12 – Sunday, February 15.

The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five unforgettable Southern women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team. These friends set aside a long weekend every August—free from husbands, kids and jobs - and meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.

As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges life flings at them. When fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends rally around their own with strength and love, taking this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.

Don’t miss this hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. This production is co-sponsored by the Friends of Central Orange and Orange Community Players.

Tickets will be sold at Central Orange Senior Center, located at 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough or online at http://ocpnc.com/ 

For more information, please call 919.245.2015.

Performance Schedule and Admission Fees

Thursday, February 12

 $15 advanced - $18 at door
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / Show Time 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 13, & Saturday, February 14 - Dinner Theatre
$38 advanced only
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Buffet at 6:30 p.m.  / Show Time 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 16 - Matinee Dessert Performance
$22 advanced - $25 at door
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  / Show Time 2:00 p.m.


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Rural Recycling Carts

Media Contact:

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY DELIVERS ROLL CARTS TO RURAL RECYCLING
SERVICE AREA

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 27, 2015)—Orange County Solid Waste is delivering recycling roll carts to residents currently residing in the unincorporated or rural portion of the county that receives bi-weekly curbside recycling collection.

Approximately 7,000 blue recycling roll carts with black lids are being delivered to residents who had previously requested a cart.  Delivery started on Friday, January 23.  It is anticipated all carts will be delivered by the end of February, weather dependent. 

Residents may start using their new roll cart as soon as they receive them, on their next scheduled recycling day, at their usual recycling location.  Each cart will have a full color brochure tied to the handle containing detailed instructions about proper material preparation, cart placement as well as information regarding other solid waste programs and services.  

Residents who receive a cart can either keep their 18-gallon orange recycling bins for household use, or recycle the bins by dropping them off at one of the five Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout Orange County.  Some bins will be repurposed for reuse in area schools or available to residents upon request.

Please note we are offering 95-gallon roll carts as an OPTION for curbside recycling in the rural curbside service area only.  Rural residents who want to use the orange bins for bi-weekly curbside recycling can and should continue to use their bins at the curb as normal.  Carts will only be delivered to those who have requested a cart.  

Rules and Regulations

If a residence has a cart at the curb, only the cart will be collected, not a mix of bins and carts at a household, or any materials left on the ground.   Carts must also be at the curb or edge of the road, prior to 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day; allow three feet between the cart and other objects, such as trees or mailboxes; and must have the cart opening facing the street.   The cart lid will have three large arrows on it helping to guide how to properly place it at the curb.

Using a cart for curbside recycling will help to increase collection efficiency, increase collection capacity, reduce litter, and be safer for our drivers.  

To request a new roll cart for bi-weekly rural curbside collection or for more information, please call Orange County Solid Waste at 919.968.2788. 

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Sheriff Scholarship

Media Contact:

Sheriff Charles Blackwood

Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Phone: 919.245.2900

csblackwood@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF RETIRED SHERIFF

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 27, 2015)—The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Organization (SOCO) is honored to introduce the Lindy Pendergrass Law Enforcement Officer Scholarship.

A $1,000 scholarship will be presented to an outstanding graduating senior from Orange High School as well as Cedar Ridge High School, interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice. 

“This scholarship has been established in Sheriff Pendergrass’ name with the hopes of providing deserving high school students, striving to pursue a law enforcement career, the assistance they need to achieve their goal,” said Sheriff Charles Blackwood.

The scholarship is a tribute to Mr. Pendergrass’ 32 years with the County and a total of 58 years in law enforcement. Throughout the course of his career, Sheriff Pendergrass afforded countless men and women the opportunity to begin their career in law enforcement. His dedication to the citizens and to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is regarded as a true legacy.

To support this scholarship fund, please make checks payable to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and designate Lindy Pendergrass Scholarship Fund in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to: Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

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Rabies Case

Media Contact:

Bob Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 221

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES 2ND POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2015

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 26, 2015)—Orange County Animal Services has received its second positive rabies test result of the year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. This incident involved a raccoon.  The County recorded a total of 23 positive cases last year, a marked increase in the number from the two previous years with 12 positive cases each.

 

The case originated on Thursday, January 22, when a Chapel Hill resident was walking his two leashed dog on a trail in Carolina North Forest.  The dogs lunged at a raccoon that suddenly appeared on the edge of the trail. One of the dogs sustained injuries from the raccoon. The dog owner immediately called 9-1-1 and stood by keeping track of the exact location of the raccoon.  With his assistance, the responding Animal Control Officer found and removed the raccoon for testing. 

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department will contact the owner and his wife to evaluate whether they are at risk of rabies exposure. Of concern is the possibility of secondary exposure from the owner handling his dogs immediately after the incident.  There is also a concern with the risk to his spouse of tending the wounds of the injured dog.  As is always the case, 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.

Fortunately, both dogs involved in this case were currently vaccinated against rabies and they have already received their booster shots pursuant to North Carolina’s rabies laws.  According to these laws, if there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog,  cat or ferret 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 up to six (6) months.

“Pet owners need to be absolutely sure that their dogs, cats and ferrets are currently and continuously vaccinated against rabies,” said Bob Marotto, animal services director.  “They need to take precautions to prevent their pets from having opportunities to come into contact with wildlife, but if this happens they need to report the incident immediately, track the location of the wild animal if possible, and do what they can to avoid direct contact with any of the animals.”

Raccoons are a host (or reservoir) species to rabies in our area and the region. Any other animal that becomes rabid in this area is likely the victim of the “spillover effect.” When an animal other than the dominant reservoir species, which is the raccoon in North Carolina, contracts the virus, it is called “spillover.” The other species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons are dogs and cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.

The other host species of rabies in our own region and others is bats. Of the few cases of rabies in humans in our country in recent years, most have been traced to bats. If there is any possibility of exposure from a bat, it is critical that citizens immediately contact their animal control program. If an incident involving a bat – or other rabies vector, such as a raccoon or skunk – should occur outside regular hours of service, an Animal Control Officer should be reached right away through Emergency Communications (9-1-1).

2015 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The next Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics will take place on Thursday, February 12, from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center, located at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.   The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  Microchips will also be available at the next clinic for $25.

Clinic dates for the rest of 2015 are posted at http://orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/rabies.asp

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.  

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919-245-2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC MEETING CALENDAR UPDATES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 23, 2015) – Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting changes and special meeting. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have added a Work Session on Thursday, March 19, 2015 to be held at the Whitted Building, 300 W. Tryon St. in Hillsborough starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have added a Joint Planning Area (JPA) Public Hearing on March 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. with the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro prior to the joint meeting with Chapel Hill.  The meeting will be held at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd. in Chapel Hill. 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners have canceled the Work Session previously scheduled for February 12, 2015. 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS § 143-318.12, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following special meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

A majority of the members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend the Annual Agricultural Summit on Monday, February 16, 2015 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Whitted Building, 300 W. Tryon St. in Hillsborough. 

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County to Host Community READ

Media Contact:

James E. Davis, Jr. 

 Human Relations Commission

Phone: 919.245.2487

housinghumanrightscd@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST COMMUNITY READ
Shedding Light on Equal Rights for Women


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 21, 2015)—The  Orange County Human Relations Commission is hosting a Community READ in March and inviting book clubs and reading groups in Orange County to discuss the issue of the inequitable treatment of women.

The community can participate by reading Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich is the well-known author best seller of Nickel and Dimed in the USA.  In Global Woman she brings her characteristically acute analysis to the plight of women and their children in the broader global economy. 

The Community READ will take place on Monday, March 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough, 137 W. Margaret Lane. Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough and Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill will have copies of the book on sale.

The Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro Libraries will order additional copies of this book in hopes that book clubs and all citizens of Orange County will read it in preparation for a community-wide discussion, led by Dr. Donna Bickford, associate director of the Office for Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

For more information about the Community READ, please contact the Human Relations Commission at 919.245.2487. 

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Library Art Exhibit

Media Contact:

Erin Sapienza, Branch Librarian

Orange County Public Library – Carrboro Branch

Phone: 919.969.3006

esapienza@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS

 ART SHOW AT CARRBORO BRANCH

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 21, 2015)—The Orange County Public Library (OCPL) Carrboro Branch presents THEN AND NOW-Celebrating past and present members of the Carrboro Branch Library's Art Committee.

For the past 18 years the walls of the Carrboro Branch Library and McDougle Middle School have been adorned by the work of more than 1,750 local artists in more than 60 exhibitions. The art shows, supported by the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library, the Orange County Arts Commission and on occasion, Strowd Roses Inc., have been curated by members of the Carrboro Branch Library's Art Committee, which includes professional artists and library staff.

This exhibition honors those who have worked tirelessly to bring beautiful art works and community issues to our library patrons and the McDougle family.

Participating artists include Nancy Whittington, Barbara Keighton, Linda Carmel, Nerys Levy, David Otto, David Taylor, Debbie Suchoff, Louise Francke, Artie Dixon, Alex O'Connor, Alice Levinson, and Gordon Jameson.

The show will run from January 24 - March 25, 2015.  OCPL Carrboro Branch will host a reception to meet the artists on Sunday, February 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The show is made possible by a grant awarded by the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library and the Orange County Arts Commission.

For more information, please contact Nerys Levy, library art committee chairperson, at rilevy@mindspring.com  

The Orange County Public Library is committed to supporting the arts, sharing ideas and strengthening the Orange County community through the regular exhibition of local artwork.

For more information about arts in the Carrboro Branch Library, please visit http://orangecountync.gov/library/cbart.asp

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919-245-2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 16, 2015) – 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.

Currently there are several openings for the Orange County Housing Authority.  Applicants must reside in Orange County. 

Orange County Housing Authority members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  The goal of the Orange County Housing Authority board is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for the low and moderate income families in the County.  At least on member of the Board shall be a Section 8 holder.  Other board members may represent the following areas of interest:  real estate, development, affordable housing, municipal law and banking.

If interested in serving, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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County Observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO CLOSE OFFICES IN OBSERVANCE OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 15, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices on Monday, January 19, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.


The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Tuesday, January 20, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, exceptions apply to the following County departments or services.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed on Monday, January 19.  All 9-1-1 calls for emergency animal control services will be answered on dates the Animal Services Center is closed. The after-hours drop location will also be open and checked daily throughout the holidays.

 

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center will be closed on Monday, January 19.

 

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department will be closed on Monday, January 19. Regular clinic hours and administrative functioning will resume on Tuesday, January 20. Meantime, please call 919.245.2400 in case of an emergency or to report a communicable disease.

Library

The Orange County Public Library’s Main Library, Carrboro Branch and Cybrary will be closed on Monday, January 19. All three locations will re-open on Tuesday, January 20.


Parks

There is no Open Gym at Central Recreation Center on Monday, January 19. Little River Regional Park will be open from 8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.

Orange Public Transportation (OPT)

Administrative and dispatch offices will be closed on Monday, January 19. OPT will operate limited service serving the in-county dialysis route only (Carolina Dialysis). Full service will resume Tuesday, January 20.

In order to provide two working day notice for scheduling trips, requests for Wednesday, January 21, must be received by 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 16.

 

Senior Centers

The Seymour Center and the Central Orange Senior Center will be closed.

Recycling, Landfill, and Solid Waste Convenience Centers

Curbside recycling will be collected as normally scheduled on Monday, January 19.  Please place recycling bins or cart curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Solid Waste Convenience Centers, the Orange County Construction and Demolition Landfill (and all associated services, such as mulch sales) and the Solid Waste Administrative office will all be CLOSED on Monday, January 19.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

  

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

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Winter Weather Hazardous Roads

Media Contact:

Kirby Saunders

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245. 6100 

ksaunders@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY WARNS MOTORISTS OF HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2015)–The National Weather Service is projecting that temperatures will drop to the mid to upper 20s overnight.  

The combination of any lingering water or moisture on roadways from this afternoon could refreeze this evening and cause patchy areas of black ice, especially on elevated surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses. There is also a chance for dense fog in the morning. 

Orange County Emergency Services will continue to monitor the roads tonight and into Thursday morning and share road conditions on its social media accounts @ocncemergency and www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency

Drivers who encounter hazardous conditions on the roads can utilize Orange County's social media to report the hazardous areas go to www.Twitter.com/OCNCGOV and www.Facebook.com/OCNCGOV. Please do not post messages while you are driving.

Safety tips, preparedness information and registration for the new OC Alerts emergency notification system can be found at www.readyorange.org

For more information, please contact Kirby Saunders, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator at 919.245.6100.

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Winter Weather Advisory - County Service Changes

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY WINTER WEATHER SERVICE UPDATE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2015)–Due to Winter Weather, the following changes in County services are in effect.

Department of Environment Agriculture Parks & Recreation

Due to the likelihood of hazardous conditions tonight, the County is cancelling recreation and athletics programs scheduled for this evening.

Solid Waste Management

Due to icy road conditions, collection for curbside recycling Rural Route 8 is CANCELLED for Wednesday January 14.  MAKE UP DAY for Rural Route 8 is scheduled for Saturday, January 17.  Route 8 includes Hwy. 54 West (from Carrboro city limits to Oak Hollow Rd.), Old Greensboro Hwy, Carl Durham Road, and the section of Dodson’s Crossroads between Dairyland Road and Hwy 54.  

Wednesday’s Urban Route is being collected on a two-hour delay.  Every attempt will be made to finish that route today.  However, if streets are impassable due to ice, other unsafe conditions, or blocked by cars, those streets will be collected on Thursday, January 15. 

Wednesday Urban Routes include the Town of Hillsborough and the Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill (north of Franklin Street and west of MLK Jr. Blvd.).

If Wednesday is your regular recycling day and your cart was out by 7:00 a.m., but is missed due to inclement conditions, please leave it out until Thursday, so it can be emptied.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility located  at 1514 Eubanks Road is CLOSED today, Wednesday, January 14.  Regular hours will resume on Thursday.

Please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp for updates on curbside recycling collection and other scheduling issues or call our office at 919.968.2788.  Updates will also be issued on the Solid Waste and Recycling list-serv.  If you wish to receive those notifications, please click on the link below http://www.orangecountync.gov/email/subscribeform.asp?Recycling=true

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Winter Weather Advisory

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Orange County

Phone: 919.245. 2302  

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO OPEN AS REGULARLY SCHEDULED

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 14, 2015)–Orange County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today (Wednesday, January 14).

The administrative offices will open at 8:00 a.m. however; employees are encouraged to take their time arriving to work to ensure their safe arrival. Employees who do not feel comfortable driving in can exercise the leave policy in the Hazardous Weather Plan.

The Emergency Services Department has been monitoring conditions since the early morning hours and will continue to do so until the winter weather moves out of the area.

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

Due to icy road conditions, collection for curbside recycling Rural Route 8 is CANCELLED for Wednesday January 14.  MAKE UP DAY for Rural Route 8 is scheduled for Saturday, January 17.  Route 8 includes Hwy. 54 West (from Carrboro city limits to Oak Hollow Rd.), Old Greensboro Hwy, Carl Durham Road, and the section of Dodson’s Crossroads between Dairyland Road and Hwy 54.  

Wednesday’s Urban Route is being collected on a two-hour delay.  Every attempt will be made to finish that route today.  However, if streets are impassable due to ice, other unsafe conditions, or blocked by cars, those streets will be collected on Thursday, January 15. 

Wednesday Urban Routes include the Town of Hillsborough and the Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill (north of Franklin Street and west of MLK Jr. Blvd.).

If Wednesday is your regular recycling day and your cart was out by 7:00 a.m., but is missed due to inclement conditions, please leave it out until Thursday, so it can be emptied.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility located  at 1514 Eubanks Road is CLOSED today, Wednesday, January 14.  Regular hours will resume on Thursday.

Please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp for updates on curbside recycling collection and other scheduling issues or call our office at 919.968.2788.  Updates will also be issued on the Solid Waste and Recycling list-serv.  If you wish to receive those notifications, please click on the link below http://www.orangecountync.gov/email/subscribeform.asp?Recycling=true

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. 

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Agriculture Summit

Media Contact:

Dr. Carl Matyac

Orange County Cooperative Extension

Phone 919.245.2051

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST 17TH ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL SUMMIT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 12, 2015) Orange County agricultural leaders will partner with the Orange County Cooperative Extension and Orange County Economic Development Department to host the 2015 Agricultural Summit, at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16, at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough. Farmers, homesteaders and residents interested in advancing their knowledge of local food systems are invited and encouraged to attend.

Attendees can look forward to hearing about increasing farm profits with agri-tourism and local food systems. Advance registration is available online at www.orangecountync.gov or by calling 919.245.2059, or at the door beginning at 8:00 a.m. Sessions run through 12:00 p.m. with tours following lunch. There is no charge to attend the summit and includes a locally sourced lunch sponsored by Orange County Economic Development.

Featured speakers include: Jeff Manley co-founder and director of The Rock Ranch, a 1,500 acre working-farm located in Upson County, Georgia. Mr. Manley serves on the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences among other boards; and Annie Baggett, agri-tourism marketing specialist with the NCDA&CS Marketing Division and owner of Sunshine Lavender Farm located in Schley, in northern Orange County.

 “There are many innovative ways to get food from the farm to the table,” said Orange County Commissioner Renee Price. “This year’s summit reviews local food systems and will have discussions on food hubs, distribution channels, processing centers, and expanding markets.”

Since 1992, food sales from farms directly to consumers in Orange County increased from $40,000 to $1,422,000 according to an Orange County, NC Census of Agriculture Data, 1992-2012. Farms selling food directly to consumers increased from 29 farms in 1992 to 120 farms in 2012.

About the Agricultural Summit
The Orange County Ag Summit has become an example of strong partnerships within the agriculture industry. The success of the summit has always been a byproduct of side-by-side collaboration among Orange County elected officials, agriculture industry leaders, university research, teaching, and extension.

The Whitted Building is located at 300 W. Tryon Street in historic downtown Hillsborough.

For more information, please contact Kay Evans at 919.245.2059 or send an e-mail to kevans@orangecountync.gov

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Path to Freedom Exhibit

Media Contact:

Terry Colville
Central Orange Senior Center Operations Manager

Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.2016      

tcolville@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST RURAL SCHOOLS FOR
COLORED CHILDREN - PATH TO FREEDOM

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 12, 2015)—Orange County and Free Spirit Freedom (FSF) will present a two-day event entitled “Rural Schools for Colored Children—Path to Freedom,” as part of Black History Month celebrations in Orange County. 

A photography exhibit and reception will take place at the Central Orange Senior Center on Saturday, January 31, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The opening reception at 4:00 p.m. will include a brief program explaining the exhibition.

An afternoon of storytelling and a reception will be hosted at the same location on Sunday, February 1, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to all ages.

The photo exhibition will feature new images of remnants of old rural schools, taken by Jacquelin Liggins —Sarten, Haith, Corbett, Jones Road, and Morris Grove—built for children of color during the days of segregation. Other historic photographs that have been reprinted also will be on display.  Statler Gilfillen will share commentary about architectural details seen in the photographs. 

On Sunday, elders from the Orange County community will be in the spotlight for a storytelling dialogue with one another and the audience, reminiscing about their feelings, experiences and adventures in the County’s segregated school system. The panelists include: Hattie Vanhook, Melvin Beasley, and Etta Johnson, Reverend Kaye Crawford, Dr. Freddie Parker and Peter Sandbeck. 

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

Free Spirit Freedom is a cultural arts initiative that combines history and the arts to link our past to the future, show our unique identities, and acknowledge a broader spectrum of values. “We want to discover and document the missing chapters of our local history before that knowledge is lost, and that way, chronicle events that have made Orange County what it is today,” said FSF co-founder Thomas Watson.

“Rural Schools for Colored Children—Path to Freedom was conceived as an effort to gather images and narratives of days-gone-by from the people that attended schools for students of color. What challenges did they face?  How did these schools help in advancing the cause of freedom and justice?” said FSF co-founder and Commissioner Renee Price.

This two-day event is made possible by grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Orange County Arts Commission, through individual donations, and with the assistance of the Central Orange Senior Center and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. 

Free Spirit Freedom is a project of the Hillsborough Arts Council, a 501[c]3 nonprofit organization with a gallery in Hillsborough. The photography exhibit will remain in the Central Orange Senior Center throughout February.

For more information, please contact either Thomas Watson at 919.451.1844 or County Commissioner Renee Price at 919.619.1139 or reneeprice2012@gmail.com

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2015 Piedmont Laureate

Media Contact:

Martha Shannon, Director

Orange County Arts Commission

Phone: 919. 968.2011

mshannon@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION NAMES 2015 PIEDMONT LAUREATE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 12, 2015)—The Orange County Arts Commission is pleased to announce James Maxey, a speculative fiction author from Hillsborough, as the region's 2015 Piedmont Laureate.

Mr. Maxey will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties, giving the public an opportunity to meet him and learn more about his body of work. He writes fast-paced, action-driven pulp fiction with strong emphasis on character growth and world building, dealing with larger-than-life characters adventuring in exotic worlds.

The Piedmont Laureate Program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the program’s mission is to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region. A different literary form is recognized each year– 2015 is speculative fiction.

Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature.

As Piedmont Laureate, Maxey will receive an honorarium and serve until December 31, 2015. His duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of speculative fiction. A schedule of the Laureate’s 2015 activities will be available online at www.piedmontlaureate.com

Readers who delve past the dragons and superheroes on the covers of Maxey’s books will discover stories that explore the deeper aspects of the human condition. In the course of introducing imaginary worlds, Maxey hopes to provoke readers into thinking more deeply about our own world and our shared responsibility to improve it.

Influenced by Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking, Mr. Maxey is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop where he studied with author-in-residence Harlan Ellison, and a graduate of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. He honed his craft over many years as a member of the Writer’s Group of the Triad and continues to be an active part of the Codex Writers’ online community.

For more information about James Maxey, please visit www.jamesmaxey.net

For more information about the Piedmont Laureate Program, please visit www.piedmontlaureate.com or contact Martha Shannon at 919.968.2011or mshannon@orangecountync.gov or contact any of the other sponsoring agencies.

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Breeze Farm Workshop

Media Contact:

Michael Lanier

Agricultural Economic Development Agent

Cooperative Extension – Orange County Center

Phone: 919.245.2063

mlanier@orangecountync.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION TO HOST
2015 PLANT@BREEZE FARM WORKSHOP

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 4, 2014)—The Orange County Cooperative Extension will host its 8th annual PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow) workshop series.

The workshop begins on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, and consists of eight (3) hour classes taught by local, experienced direct market farmers, as well as Extension Specialists and Field Faculty. The series will focus on topics, such as marketing, business plans, recordkeeping, and production. 

The workshops will take place each Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. until March 4, meeting at the Cooperative Extension Office at 306-E Revere Road in Hillsborough.

This series is geared toward young people with limited resources who are interested in farming, but anyone is welcome to attend. Participation is not limited to Orange County residents.

For more information or to register, please visit http://orange.ces.ncsu.edu/ and click on the 2015 PLANT@Breeze Registration link located under the NEWS heading.  Please submit checks to the address listed on that page.

Persons with disabilities or with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Mike Lanier at least 90 days prior to the event, at 919.245.2063 or send an e-mail to mlanier@orangecountync.gov or fax 919.644.3067, or in person at the County Extension Office.

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

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New Director of Housing and Human Rights

Media Contact:

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY HIRES DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, HUMAN RIGHTS &
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 8, 2015)—The County Manager’s Office is pleased to introduce Audrey Spencer-Horsley as the new Director of the Housing, Human Rights & Community Development Department.  She will begin on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Ms. Spencer-Horsley has more than 20 years of experience in administering federal, state and locally funded affordable housing and community development programs for Fairfax County, Virginia. She has served in similar roles in other municipalities in Virginia and most recently in Maryland. She has specialized in homeownership and rental programs; particularly for persons and households with low and moderate incomes, disabilities, and or homeless and elderly populations.

Spencer-Horsley has focused her efforts ranging from preservation and development to rehabilitation programs to transitional housing, shelters and supportive housing to meet the needs of respective populations. 

“My goal has always been to fulfill my commitment to public service excellence in making a contribution to a better quality of life and I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue my public service career with Orange County,” said Spencer-Horsley.

Audrey has guided, led and or served on teams in the preparation and implementation of neighborhood and community improvement plans in collaboration with many communities and participating public and private agencies. She has led and or coordinated the preparation of HUD’s required Consolidated and Annual Action Plans for use of local, state and federal resources to address identified community needs and priorities. 

“Ms. Spencer-Horsley’s expertise and vast professional skills will be an asset to the County Manager’s leadership team and intergovernmental partners in addressing the goals and priorities of the Board of County Commissioners and the needs of our residents,” said County Manager Bonnie Hammersley. 

She will be instrumental in contributing to a strong foundation as it relates to planning and prioritizing the use of a variety of funding resources dedicated to addressing homelessness, increasing and preserving the availability of affordable housing, with an emphasis on building stable communities in Orange County.

Spencer-Horsley has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia.  She is a Certified Public Manager through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Institute for Regional Excellence (IRE) and the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Municipal Management.  

To schedule an interview with Ms. Spencer-Horsley on or after January 20, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 919.245.2302.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919-245-2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION AND REVIEW

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 8, 2015)— 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.  The board hears appeals from citizens concerning various property tax issues, including valuation and exemption appeals.  The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised and assessed according to the standards required by the North Carolina General Statutes.

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).  Additional meetings may occur as needed during the year.  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 www.orangecountync.gov/boards.  To be considered for appointment at the March 17 Commissioners’ Meeting, applications must be received by February 20, 2015.

 

Select “Board of Equalization and Review” under “Boards and Commissions Listing” for additional information or call Donna Baker 919-245-2130 or Thom Freeman 919-245-2125.

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

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Library as a Warming Center

Media Contact:

Lucinda Munger, Director

Orange County Public Library

Phone: 919.245.2525

lmunger@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY INVITES PATRONS

TO GET OUT OF THE COLD

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 6, 2015)—Orange County would like to remind residents they can visit the Orange County Public Library as a place to get out of the cold as temperatures are forecast to drop below 20 degrees tomorrow and Thursday.

The downtown Hillsborough location is open on Wednesday, January 7, and Thursday, January 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, January 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane.

Colder temperatures along with wind gusts of 30mph will bring the wind chill down to zero on Wednesday night into Thursday. Temperatures will remain below freezing for a period of up 48 hours.

If pipes have frozen in the past…they most likely will again unless precautions are taken. Consider additional insulation, opening cabinet doors, so the house heat gets closer to the wall, and let the water trickle (drip) overnight.

Check your insurance policy for flooding due to frozen pipes to see what is covered. Sometimes the home structure is only covered (drywall, insulation, furniture), but not replacing the busted pipes.

Wear warm clothes and keep a blanket in the vehicle if traveling…even if only to the quick mart or grocery store. Fill your vehicle gas tank.

Fill propane tanks (if used for emergency heat), or generator tanks (if used for emergency heat/power). Make sure chainsaws crank, have fuel mix, and chain oil.

NEVER USE CHARCOAL GRILLS FOR EMERGENCY HEAT. They produce the highest amount of carbon monoxide and are killers.

For more tips on winter weather safety, please visit www.ready.gov

 

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Volunteers Needed for Tax Season

Media Contact:

Judy Mathias

Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program

Phone: 919.245.4243

www.orangecountync.gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH TAX SEASON

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 6, 2015)—The Orange County RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program is in need of volunteers to assist low to middle-income clients with either scheduling their tax return appointment or checking in for their appointment.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free IRS service for eligible clients offered at sites in Orange and Chatham Counties.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the telephone team to schedule appointments or to make reminder phone calls. The telephone team will read from a script to screen clients for eligibility and to inform them of the records they need to bring.

Volunteers are also needed to serve as support coordinators to administer the client check in/out process, which involves greeting clients. This opportunity is ideal for a people-person who is organized, pays attention to detail and enjoys assisting others.

Both groups of volunteers will receive free training and ongoing support.

Training Dates

 

Telephone Team (select one of the following dates)

Tuesday, January 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 15, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Support Coordinator (select one of the following dates)

Tuesday, January 20, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 22, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please call the RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program at 919.245.4243.

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Pet Winter Weather Tips

Media Contact:

Andi Morgan, Communications Specialist

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387 ext. 219

amorgan@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ANIMAL SERVICES REMINDS PET OWNERS TO KEEP PETS WARM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 6, 2015)—Orange County Animal Services urges residents to keep pets safe as winter temperatures drop this week and beyond.  Forecasts for the week of January 6, 2015, are said to bring record lows to much of the United States, including temperatures in the low 20s for much of North Carolina. 

Animal Services recommends bringing outdoor pets inside if at all possible, especially overnight.  If indoor arrangements absolutely cannot be made, adequate shelter that protects from wind and rain should be provided for all outdoor animals, including horses and goats.  Shelter should be closed on three sides and insulating materials like blankets and straw should be placed inside for additional warmth. 

It is important to note that for most breeds, fur alone is not enough to keep outdoor animals safe in temperatures of this kind.  Cold and wind of this level can be fatal for animals if measures are not taken to provide adequate protection.

For more information and tips for keeping pets safe, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association site at https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx or The Humane Society of the United States site at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html

For more information or to report animals that are outside and potentially at risk during this week’s lows, please contact Animal Services at 919.942.7387. 

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