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Pauli Murray Awards ceremony
to be held Sunday

The Orange County Human Relations Commission is holding the 29th Annual Pauli Murray Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 3-5 p.m. at the Whitted Building (300 W. Tryon St. in 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.

This year’s ceremony will honor Lorie Clark as the adult awardee and Joe Van Gogh as the business awardee. Ms. Clark has spent a large portion of her career as staff with the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, where she provides students opportunities, resources, and enrichment to be successful in high school and beyond. Joe Van Gogh is owned by Robbie Roberts, who values diversity in his establishment and shows appreciation for employees by being certified as an Orange County Living Wage employer.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley, Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University.

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.

Health Department offers free Glucose, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and BMI health screenings at senior centers

Do you know your numbers? Knowing your heart health numbers and keeping them in a safe range you can improve your health and reduce your risk for heart disease. Come to this free screening clinic sponsored by the Orange County Health Department and Walmart - Hillsborough Pharmacy to check your numbers.

Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough
Tuesday, March 5 and May 7, 10 a.m. – noon

Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill
Thursday, March 7 and May 2, 10 am – noon

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Orange County to host a discussion exploring a little-known end of life option

The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to attend a discussion on the, Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED): A Little Known End of Life Option.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, March 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

As modern technology prolongs our lives, a life well-lived can often end with a long and painful struggle. Increasingly there are more end-of-life options available that afford greater personal control over the time and manner of death. A “good death” is more likely when medical practitioners and those supporting the dying person are more informed about these options.

The Project EngAGE End of Life Choices Senior Resource Team, a program of the Orange County Department on Aging, proudly hosts Elliott and Susan Schaffer for a discussion of the medical, ethical and legal issues involving VSED. They will share the end of life story of Susan’s mother, Beatrice Belopolsky, a resident of a retirement community in New Jersey.

Elliott Schaffer, MD, is a retired geriatrician who was formerly the Medical Director at Martins Run Life Care Community in Media, Pa. Susan Schaffer, JD, is a retired attorney who was formerly Senior Counsel at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are asked to register by Wednesday, March 6. For more information and to register, please call the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070
Legal Aid of North Carolina discusses free legal services for seniors and low-income individuals at monthly sessions at senior centers

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc is a non-profit, federally funded organization that provides free legal assistance, advice and representation to low-income individuals and senior citizens on a variety of non-criminal legal issues. At the senior centers they execute Simple Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney.

Each monthly session opens with an hour-long presentation on "Consumer Protection Law." A Legal Aid attorney will talk about laws that safeguard our finances and protect us from financial exploitation. This series will include six separate workshops on various topics including scams, identity theft, elder abuse, managing credit and debt, and unfair debt collection.

Legal Aid is also available for questions regarding Wills and Advanced Directives. After the presentation the attorney will be available to provide one-on-one confidential advice.

To schedule an appointment: Call Melany Earnhardt, Esq., at Legal Aid of North Carolina, 919-533-2015.

Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough
Thursday, February 28 and April 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill    
Thursday, March 28 and May 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Soil & Water annual blueberry plant sale ends March 1

Orange Soil & Water's Annual Blueberry Plant Sale is going on now.  All profits from the plant sale are used to send local students to our Resource Conservation Workshop held at North Carolina State University.  

  • Orders are pre-pay only with payment due by Friday March 1, 2019
  • Plants are $10 each and vary in height from 16" to 20"
  • Three varieties to choose from
  • Place order online or by phone 919-245-2750
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