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OC Arts Commission sponsors talk about gospel, blues music & culture

The Orange County Arts Commission presents 2019 Piedmont Laureate David Menconi, Music Maker Relief Foundation founder/president Tim Duffy, and recent Grammy-winner Bill Ferris for a talk about gospel and blues music, culture and photography. The event will be held Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Burwell School in Hillsborough.

Duffy is the author of a fabulous new book “Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs.” The event also features a live performance by the acclaimed gospel group Dedicated Men of Zion. The event is free and open to the public.
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Orange County sells Limited Obligation Bonds to finance its FY 2018-19 Capital Investment Program

Orange County sold its Series 2019A Limited Obligation Bonds (LOBs) on May 15 and achieved a true interest cost (TIC) of 2.46% from the underwriting firms of FTN Financial and Robert W. Baird & Co. The TIC was well within the County’s capital financing cost estimates. The LOB par amount of $14.5 million and premium proceeds of $2 million will fund the County’s annual CIP requirements for County and School facilities and County vehicles and equipment. The LOB maturity terms matched the useful life of the assets being financed.

The Series 2019A LOBS will be repaid over a 20-year term from county tax revenues and user fees for the Enterprise Fund specific capital items. LOBs are rated one notch below General Obligation bonds for state and local governments due to the installment repayment appropriation clause in the LOB security pledge as compared to General Obligation bonds, which are secured by the full faith, credit and taxing authority of the County.

“The Board of County Commissioners and County Manager Bonnie Hammersley's collaborative efforts culminated in a successful bond financing to support essential County and School capital requirements” said CFO Gary Donaldson.
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Orange County Main Library to host “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on May 22

The Orange County Department on Aging and the NC Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will host its final free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar for the spring on Wednesday, May 22, at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough (137 W. Margaret Lane). The seminar will start at 4;30 p.m. and last for 90 minutes.

Are you turning 65 and eligible for Medicare? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the information “bombarding” you? Whether you are retiring soon, already retired or continuing to work, you’ll get valuable information including how and when to enroll, potential penalties for late enrollment, Medicare’s costs, benefits and options. The session will cover Medicare – and all its parts.

Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register in advance by calling 919-245-2015.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment with a certified Medicare counselor in Orange County, call 919-245-4274 or book online at
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Animal Services schedules low-cost rabies clinic, family fun fest on May 18

Orange County Animal Services will hold a Low-Cost Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 18, from 2 - 5 p.m., at Fairview Park (195 Torain Street, Hillsborough). The clinic will include arts & crafts, Animal Control Show & Tell, Spay/Neuter Program information, an "Ask A Trainer" booth, an "Ask A Veterinarian" booth, and more fun for the whole family!

One-year and three-year rabies vaccinations will be available as will microchips. Please bring a previous rabies certificate (from your veterinarian) if you want to get the three-year rabies vaccine for your pet! A rabies tag alone is not sufficient. Call (919) 932-4965 for more information.
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