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Pauli Murray Awards
presentation set for Feb. 23

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is holding the 30th Annual Pauli Murray Awards on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 3-5 p.m. at the Whitted Building (300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough). The award is presented annually to an Orange County adult, business and/or youth that embody the attributes and spirit of Dr. Pauli Murray by serving the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice and human rights for all citizens. The public is invited.

This year’s ceremony will honor Mae McLendon as the adult awardee and Thea Barrett as the youth awardee. Ms. McLendon is a long-time resident of Orange County and has served the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area for over 40 years through elected positions, civic volunteerism and the ministry. Ms. Barrett is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, and is an advocate for sensible gun control, ending mental health stigma, and bettering the world for all through her service.

The keynote address will be given by Ed Pavlic, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Georgia. In addition to his many published works in publications like The New York Times, Boston Review, Harvard Review, and Callaloo, Pavlic has written 11 books of poetry, scholarship, fiction and non-fiction. Pavlic’s awards include the Albert Christ-Janer Creative Research Award (2015), the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2012, 2014), the The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize (2001), the Writer of the Year Award from the Georgia Writer’s Association (2009), and the Darwin Turner Memorial Award from African American Review (1997).

Come out to honor the legacy of Dr. Pauli Murray and show appreciation for this year’s winners and the quality contributions they make to Orange County. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Registration for Orange County Recreation Summer Camps begins Feb. 15

Registration for the Orange County Recreation Division's always popular summer camps begins Saturday, Feb. 15. In-person registration begins at the Central Recreation Center (302 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough) at 8 a.m. Online registration will commence at 2 p.m.

  • Click here to download a copy of the 2020 Summer Camps Guide (PDF)
If registering in person, please bring the completed Summer Camp Registration Form and a 25 percent deposit for each camp. Check or credit card (MC, VISA and Discover) accepted. Click the link to download and print out copies. Hard copies are available for pick up at Central Recreation Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Regular Online Registration begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15. Payment is due in full. Link:

Regular In-person Registration begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Central Recreation Center. Payment will be due in full. Check or credit card (MC, VISA and Discover) accepted.
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Animal Services to host low-cost rabies vaccination clinic Feb. 22

Orange County Animal Services will host its next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, Feb. 22.

These clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations.

The clinic will offer 1-year and 3-year vaccinations for $10. Pet owners will need to have a previous rabies certificate in hand to receive the 3-year vaccine. A tag alone is not sufficient. This upcoming clinic will take place on the following date:
  • Saturday, February 22nd, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $35 each, including registration fees. Owners can choose to have a pet receive only a microchip, only a rabies vaccine, or both. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including additional clinic dates and rabies vaccination clinic requirements, please visit or call 919-942-PETS (7387).
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Complete Count Committee unveils series of 2020 Census videos aimed at hard-to-count populations

In the 2010 Census, it is estimated that Orange County was under counted by 10 percent. Each person not counted results in a loss of approximately $1,800 per year in state and federal funding to our community!

The Orange County Complete Count Committee has created a series of short videos to help viewers understand the importance of the Census and how to take it. The videos also address concerns about confidentiality. The Census invitations will arrive in the mail the middle of March, so now is a great time to spread the word about the importance of the Census. All the videos are located here:

The videos are available in English and Spanish, with options for sound or no sound/subtitles. They are also available with English subtitles with audio from a native speaker in the following languages: Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Mandarin, Karen, and Burmese.

Please share these videos widely. If you have a question about the videos or would like a downloadable link please email or call Kristin Prelipp, at or 919-245-2462.

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Sherri and Gerald Schultheiss from Knightdale adopted "Choco Taco," one of the seized dogs.

Overwhelming interest in adoptions for seized dogs

More than 12,000 applications have been submitted for the first two batches of rescued bulldogs being made available by Orange County Animal Services.

The department has developed a special adoption process. Dogs will be available in batches ranging from 6-12. Interested adopters will submit applications during the viewing period. Once the viewing period has closed, adopters will be randomly drawn for each dog.

Dogs will be made available for adoption each week in batches of 6-12. The dogs will be viewable online at 5 p.m. on Saturday and viewable at the shelter beginning Mondays at noon. Applications can be submitted online (the preferred method) or at the shelter until 8 a.m. Thursday.

Interested individuals may apply for more than one dog each week. However, only one application per household per dog will be accepted. In addition, OCAS will impose a limit of one dog per family. Once a family adopts a dog during this process, applications for other dogs will not be considered.

More details about this special adoption process are available on the Orange County Web site. Interested individuals are urged to review all of the information provided on that page which includes information about how people are notified if they are selected to adopt an animal, and the timetable on which the process of adoption must occur.
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Upcoming free event at Senior Centers

I Voted! Now What? How to get more involved before the elections

Join the Policy and Advocacy Senior Resource Team to learn more about how to make your voice heard at the local and state levels and how to make advocacy fit with your life. You don’t have to wait until November 2020 to make a real impact!
Panelists and presenters will include:
  • Mia Burroughs, former member. Orange County Board of Commissioners
  • Mary Warren, Director, Triangle J Council of Governments Area
    Agency on Aging
  • M. Fillmore Bowen, Volunteer, AARP Advocacy
  • John Hammond, Former member, Senior Tar Heel Legislature; Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging
  • Richard White, Delegate, Senior Tar Heel Legislature; Member, Orange County Advisory Board on Aging
Wednesday Feb. 19, 3:30-5 p.m.
Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill
Please Register by Feb. 14, at (919) 968-2070
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