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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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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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Human Relations Forum

Media Contact:

James Davis, Interim Director

Housing, Human Rights & Community Development

Phone: 919.245.2488

jadavis@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST ‘VOTING RIGHTS TO EQUAL RIGHTS’ FORUM
The Continuing Struggle

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 31, 2014)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission invites the community to attend the annual Human Relations Month Forum.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center located in downtown Carrboro. Ms. Ardith Burkes, interim executive director of the Compass Center for Women and Families, will serve as the moderator and make a special presentation.

2015 marks the 95th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.  Women’s Equality has been a long hard struggle against entrenched cultural, social and religious dogmas, and the 19th Amendment was a major achievement in that long story of liberation.

Though great progress has been made by and on behalf of women’s equality since then, there are still major barriers to true equity and gross affronts to the basic human rights that plague many women today.

The 2015 Human Relations Forum will celebrate the anniversary of the right to vote and will focus on the remaining barriers and some specific areas that require immediate action and attention, including economic inequities and sex trafficking.

 

Forum Panelists:
Orange County Commissioner Renee Price
Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle
Ms. Mary Ray, executive director of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
Ms. Donna Bickford, associate director of the UNC Office for Undergraduate Research. 

The thought-provoking program will address the inequitable treatment of women and challenge the audience to continue the struggle through fruition of gender equality.

Live entertainment will be provided by the band Lynn McGee and the Monarchs.  The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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

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Project Engage Graduation

Media Contact:

Janice Tyler, Director

Orange County Department on Aging

Phone: 919.245.4255

jtyler@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST GRADUATION FOR PROJECT ENGAGE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 31, 2014)—The Orange County Department on Aging is proud to announce the graduation of the second class of Project EngAGE Senior Leadership.

The ceremony will take place at the Central Orange Senior Center on Thursday, January 8, from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The public and County officials are invited to join Project EngAGE Senior Leaders and their families to celebrate this milestone achievement.

The following 12 Senior Leaders will graduate: Jan Dumont, Sheila Evans, Carrie Sue Florence, Glenn Flynn, Lowell Goldsmith, Everlina Jordan, Mary “Mary K” Kraft, Dazzie Lane, Vivian Herndon Latta, Jack Ramsey, Carolyn Schuft, and Edmund Tiryakian.

Together, they represent Orange County’s Bingham, Carrboro, Cedar Grove, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Little River communities.

These dynamic lifelong learners will serve as resources for older adults in the community and will join graduates from the first class to form teams to lead community improvement projects.

Project EngAGE is a 13-week senior leadership program created to empower and enable older adults to make a difference in Orange County communities. Senior Leaders were selected because of their dedication and connection to their communities and their interest in making Orange County an ideal place to age well.

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

For more information, please contact Janice Tyler at 919.245.4255 or send an e-mail to jtyler@orangecountync.gov 

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

UPDATE - ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 29, 2014)— 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.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend an informal tour of park space at Twin Creeks and Millhouse Road on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.  The tour start time has been changed from 2:00 p.m. to a start time of 10:00 a.m. at the former Julia Blackwood house, 6823 Millhouse Road in Chapel Hill.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

 

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 23, 2014)— 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.

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend an informal tour of park space at Twin Creeks and Millhouse Road on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.  The tour will start at 2:00 p.m. at the former Julia Blackwood house, 6823 Millhouse Road in Chapel Hill.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

 

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County Identifies Inactive Voters

Media Contact:

Tracy Reams, Director

Board of Elections

Phone: 919.245.2350      

treams@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO IDENTIFY INACTIVE REGISTERED VOTERS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 19, 2014)—The Orange County Board of Elections will begin mailing no-contact address confirmation voter cards on Monday, December 29.

These cards will be sent to a total of 12,992 registered voters who have made no contact, since the last two federal general elections. The cards will help to identify those persons who have moved outside of the county and who may no longer be eligible to vote using their existing voter registration record. 

To ensure an accurate and current voter registration roll, it is vital the voter card not be discarded should you receive a card in the name of a person who does not live at the address listed on the card.  Simply write “not at this address” and return it. No postage is required. 

In accordance with N.C. General Statute 163-82.14, List Maintenance is conducted each year, following a federal general election to identify those active registered voters who have had no contact with the county board office, since the registration cut-off of the federal general election prior to the last federal general election, which is October 12, 2012.

The address confirmation card includes a postage paid return card and requires a response from the voter.  If the address confirmation card is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, or the return card is not returned at all within 30 days of the date the card was sent, the registrant will be listed as inactive. 

Inactive voters whose address is not verifiable using the U.S. Postal Service, will remain on the list of registered voters for a period scanning two federal general elections.  If there is no contact from the inactive registrant during the inactive period through two federal elections, the registrant is removed from the list of registered voters.

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CERT Training Spring 2015

Media Contact:

Josh Hollingsworth

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6138

jhollingsworth@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES SPRING TRAINING: CERT PROGRAM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 18, 2014)—Orange County Emergency Services reminds residents that the next disaster cannot be predicted, but being prepared is the key! 

All neighborhoods should be ready. Emergency Services is hosting a comprehensive Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course.  The nine week training will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., beginning on March 3, 2015. The registration deadline is February 23, 2015.

The course is offered free of charge to those who live in Orange County, and course materials will be provided.  The training will be held at the Orange County Emergency Services office located at 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. All residents are encouraged to participate, but those younger than 18-years-old, must obtain parental or guardian permission to attend this important and valuable training.

The Orange County CERT program teaches residents basic skills on how to deliver emergency response in their neighborhood for the first 72-hours following a disaster. These residents are encouraged to form a community-based team that will be able to work together in times of disaster. 

Topics covered in the CERT Basic Course include:  disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic disaster medical operations, along with several other important modules designed to assist communities in disasters.  Anyone who lives in Orange County is encouraged to become part of the Orange County CERT program.

Along with acquiring valuable skills to use in local communities, team members will also have the option to participate in volunteer opportunities around Orange County. Following the basic course, additional training will be made available to those who want to advance their skills. CERT members also have opportunities to participate in meetings, disaster simulations and drills with others in the community.

The course will be open to the first 25 registrants on a first-come, first serve basis, as space is limited.  Participants are encouraged to register on the North Carolina Training and Exercise Management System (TERMS) by February 23, 2015, to ensure classroom space and materials will be available. 

For more information about this training, please visit www.readyorange.org and click on the CERT Program link to view the training calendar and a link to the registration page.

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Christmas Hours

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 FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 16, 2014)—Orange County will close its administrative offices from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The County offices will re-open and all employees will return on Monday, December 29, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The County offices will close again on Thursday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Employees will return on Friday, January 2, and resume regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Animal Services

The Animal Services facility will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, and will also be closed on New Year’s Day.  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 December 24, 25, 26, and January 1. The center will be open all other days during the weeks of December 22 and 29, including Saturday, December 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Health Department

The Orange County Health Department will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular clinic hours and administrative functioning will resume on Monday, December 29. Meantime, please call 919.245.2400 to learn whom to contact in case of an emergency or to report a communicable disease.

Library

The Main Library, the Carrboro Branch Library and the Cybrary will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26. However, the Main Library, Carrboro McDougle and Cybrary will reopen on Saturday, December 27, during regular weekend hours. The Main Library and Carrboro Branch Library will close early at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and all three locations will remain closed on Thursday, January 1.

 

Orange Public Transportation (OPT)

OPT administrative and dispatch offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, and again on Thursday, January 1. 

OPT will operate only Carolina Dialysis, the in-county dialysis route, on Wednesday, December 24, Friday, December 26, and Thursday, January 1. Full service will operate Monday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 31, and on Friday, January 2.

Advance notice is required to schedule trips; therefore requests for Monday, December 30, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22. Requests for Tuesday, December 30, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23.

Requests for Friday, January 2, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. Requests for Monday, January 5, must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31.

 

Parks

Little River Park is closed on December 24 and 25. The Central Recreation Center is also closed from Wednesday, December 24 – Friday, December 26, and on New Year’s Day.

The Central Recreation Open Gym will not host Basketball and Badminton on Friday, December 19.  However, the movie Frozen will be shown on that day at 6:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do classes and the preschool holiday party will also take place on the same day.

Senior Centers

The Central Orange Senior Center will be closed from December 24 - December 27. The center will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 30 and 31. The facility will also be closed on New Year’s Day.

The Seymour Center will be closed from December 24 – 26, and on January 1.

Solid Waste

Christmas Schedule
Curbside recycling is cancelled for Thursday, December 25.  The make-up day for Christmas Day only will be on Saturday, December 27.  Please place recycling bins at the curb by 7:00 a.m. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be closed on Thursday, December 25. Regular hours will resume on Friday, December 26.

Orange County Landfill and all associated services, such as mulch will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, December 27.

Solid Waste Administrative Offices will be closed Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 29.

 

New Year’s Schedule

Curbside recycling is cancelled for Thursday, January 1. The make-up day for New Year’s Day will be on Saturday, January 3. Please place recycling bins at the curb by 7:00 a.m. 

 

Orange County Landfill, Solid Waste Convenience Centers, and the Administrative Office will be closed on Thursday, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Friday, January 2. 

Change of schedule related to inclement weather events are posted on the Solid Waste Web page at www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/weather.asp and telephone recorded message at 919.968.2788.

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Waste Reduction

Media Contact:

Gayle Wilson, Director

Orange County Solid Waste Management

Phone: 919.968.2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY EXCEEDS WASTE REDUCTION GOAL, REACHING 64%

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 11, 2014)—The State of North Carolina reported the amount of waste landfilled per person that originated in Orange County was measured at 0.49 tons per person in fiscal year 2013-14.

This is a 64% reduction when compared with the base year of 1991-92 tonnage of 1.36 tons per person. For the first time, this exceeds the 61% reduction goal, set in 1997 as part of the state-required Solid Waste Plan. This measurement includes all types of solid waste from all sources within Orange County, regardless of landfill destination.

“When the 61% goal was established, many considered it overly ambitious compared to the state’s 40% statutory goal, plus no other county set a goal higher than that,” said Gayle Wilson, director of Orange County Solid Waste.

“The County and its three towns set the goal based on the amount of recyclables contained in the waste stream at that time and also increased the goal further to compensate for prior reductions that had taken place not due to County actions. Over the years the governments have re-affirmed the goal and continued to work on it together.”

Waste reduction rates in neighboring counties include: Alamance = 23%, Chatham = 41%, Durham = 13%, and Wake = 29%. 

“This achievement is a credit to all the residents and businesses of Orange County who recycle so much so diligently and constantly.  For many years, our elected boards have invested in and supported waste reduction and recycling because it’s in line with the values of this County and something the public wants,” said Commissioner Chair Earl McKee.

“Our staff and contractors do a great job picking up and processing the thousands of tons of materials set out each year. Each ton we recycle is a ton that is not landfilled and that ton is one we don’t pay to dispose of.”

To view the full report of all NC counties’ current and past waste reduction rates, please visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/swmar

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Sportsplex Holiday Events

Media Contact:

Robin Zwilling

Marketing and Membership Director

Phone: 919.644.0339

www.oc-sportsplex.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY SPORTSPLEX IS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 10, 2014)—The Orange County Sportsplex invites the community to  enjoy the holiday cheer as skaters young and old take to the ice in The Nutcracker on Ice.

Performance dates are on Friday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 20, at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the front desk or at www.oc-sportsplex.com

 

Skating with Santa

For those who want to catch a glimpse of the jolly white-haired man in the bright red suit, rumor has it he will be on the ice at the SportsPlex on Sunday, December 21, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Enjoy Skating with Santa and be sure to share any last minute requests with Saint Nick.

Slap Shots at Santa

The SportsPlex is also hosting two public skating session. Slap Shots at Santa will take place on Saturday, December 20, from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 21, from 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Take a shot at scoring a goal, while Santa plays goalie. This is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded.

Public Skate Admission

Adults = $6.50

Child Admission (12 and younger) = $5.50

1 Free skate rental, during the holiday season

12 Days of Fitness

Stay healthy and fit during your holiday celebrations. The Orange County SportsPlex fitness department is hosting a free fitness event. The 12 Days of Fitness is sure to keep you focused on staying fit throughout the holidays. For more information or to sign up, please call Susan Clayton at 919.644.0339.

For more information about these and other events taking place at the SportsPlex, please call Robin Zwilling at 919.644.0339.

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PLANT Workshops

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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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 4, 2014)— 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 meeting making the event subject to open meetings laws.

A planning meeting has been scheduled for the 2015 Agricultural Summit.  The planning group will meet on Monday, December 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cooperative Extension Food Lab in the Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

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County Launches OC Alerts

Media Contact:

Kirby Saunders

Orange County Emergency Services

Phone: 919.245.6135

ksaunders@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS TO LAUNCH NEW PUBLIC ALERT SYSTEM

Community Encouraged to Register for OC Alerts


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 3, 2014)—Orange County is partnering with the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) to introduce OC Alerts, a new community notification system.

OC Alerts, powered by Everbridge, will be used to communicate with businesses and residents who opt into the system. They will be alerted within minutes of an emergency or non-emergency event as well as receiving life-saving public service announcements.

The public can register for OC Alerts beginning today. Residents who register by Friday, December 5, will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.

With the OC Alerts system, messages can be sent via cell phone, landline phone, e-mail, text messaging, fax, pager, etc. Residents can register to be alerted about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic spills, violent crimes, road closures and OWASA’s water/sewer notices.

Residents and businesses currently listed in the Orange County 9-1-1 database will be automatically subscribed to receive OC Alerts by landline, although anyone can register, provide additional contact information or opt out.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to register, so they can receive OC Alerts by cell phone, texts, e-mail, etc. as well as by landlines.

“OC Alerts is much more robust and flexible than Code Red, our previous mass communication tool,” said Kirby Saunders, emergency management coordinator for Orange County. “Residents can control what notifications they want to receive, how they want to receive them and when they want to be notified.”

Residents who create a free account can utilize a free Android or iPhone application that will allow for two-way communication with emergency managers.

“We are committed to protecting our residents and visitors from danger that threatens our community. The ability to quickly reach as many people as possible in order to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment,” added Saunders.

For more information or to register for OC Alerts, please visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/signup or visit www.readyorange.org and click on the OC Alerts link.

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BOCC

Media Contact:

Donna S. Baker, Clerk to the Board-Orange County Board of Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 EARL MCKEE ELECTED CHAIR OF THE ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (December 2, 2014)— On Monday, December 1, 2014, during the annual Board organizational meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners elected Earl McKee as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the year 2015.  Immediately afterwards, Bernadette Pelissier was elected Vice-Chair.   

Chair McKee was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 2010 and served as Vice-Chair in 2013 and 2014.  Vice-Chair Pelissier was elected to the Board in 2008 and served as Chair in 2011 and 2012.  

Prior to the organizational meeting vote, Mia Burroughs was sworn in as a new Orange County Commissioner filling the seat vacated by Alice Gordon.  Re-elected Commissioners Barry Jacobs and Earl McKee were also sworn in. 

Commissioners Mark Dorosin, Renee Price and Penny Rich continue to serve on the Board. 

Additional information on the Board is available on the Orange County website.  http://orangecountync.gov/occlerks/bocc.asp

All Board members may be reached using the single email address, ocbocc@orangecountync.gov .

 

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