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Emma Boettcher, left, worked at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough while earning her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She now works for the University of Chicago Library. 

Former OC Librarian ends Jeopardy champ's record-setting run

Emma Boettcher, a former circulation assistant with the Orange County Library, ended James Holzhauer's record-setting run on Jeopardy in an episode that was broadcast to the nation on June 3.

Boettcher worked with the Main Library from April 2015-March 2016 while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She now works for the University of Chicago Library.

"She was a dedicated co-worker," remembers Nancy Crews, branch manager. "Her car broke down one day before she was scheduled to come to work, but she didn't call out. She called an Uber. Here's a grad student calling Uber to get to work."

Boettcher auditioned four times for Jeopardy before being selected, then was put up against Holzhauer, who had won 32 straight matches and amassed more than $2.4 million in winnings. He was within reach of Ken Jennings' all-time record of $2,522,700 before succumbing to Boettcher, who mirrored Holzhauer's strategy of going for high dollar clues first and taking advantage of the Daily Double when she found them.

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Department of Aging recognizes 2019 Direct Care Worker Outstanding Service Awards

Orange County Department on Aging and the Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP) honored 31 individuals for their outstanding service in long-term care on May 9 during the SHARP Direct Care Worker Award ceremony.

This event recognizes direct care workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc.) who served clients in Orange County within the past year, making a difference in their clients’ lives on a daily basis and in the community.

Commissioner Renee Price represented the Board of Orange County Commissioners and recognized all 31 nominees including 10 individuals who received the following 2019 SHARP Direct Care Worker awards:
  • Client Impact Award: Pearl McGill and Christina Rich 
  • Going the Extra Mile Award: Chastity Bullock-Sassone and Tom Riley
  • Leadership Award: Lynette Moore and Melvin Brodie
  • Longevity Award: Patricia Miller
  • Rising Star Award: Evelyn Zacatenco-Trejo and Mariah Littlejohn
  • Direct Care Worker of the Year: Rodah Samuel

Orange County Animal Services to host
low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday

Orange County Animal Services will host its next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 8. 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, June 8, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Animal Services Center
1601 Eubanks Road in 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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Solid Waste to waive fees for removal of debris caused by April storms

Orange County Solid Waste has announced that homeowners impacted by the storms that hit Orange County on April 5 are eligible to have their solid waste disposal fees eliminated when bringing storm-related debris to the Orange County Landfill.

Only properties identified by Orange County Emergency Management are eligible for this waiver, and the following restrictions apply:
  • Affected property owners have 72 hours to apply to the Department of Solid Waste Management of the need to dispose of storm-related debris and request a fee waiver.
  • Property Owner will have six consecutive days following approval of the fee waiver application in which to utilize the fee waiver.
  • Property owner will be limited to 2 trips per day to the Landfill while fees are being waived
  • No tractor trailer size loads will be accepted as part of the waiver.
  • The Property Owner or their representative must adhere to the size limits for tree stumps, and all material shall be required to comply with the Regulated Recyclable Material Ordinance.
  • Tree logs shall not be longer than 12 feet in length nor wider than 14 inches in diameter. 
Once an application is approved, the property owner will receive a unique identifier, which must be presented, along with ID, to the scale house upon arrival at the Orange County Landfill (1514 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516). Materials must be disposed of at the landfill.
  • Click here for more information.

Orange County to host community yard sale on June 8

Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Jerry M. Passmore Center invite the public to a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us for this multi-vendor yard sale and come prepared to find those hidden treasures you thought were gone forever.

The sale will take place in the front parking lot of the SportsPlex and Passmore Center, located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.
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