Memorial Day 2021 event planned at Orange County Veterans Memorial
The Orange County Veterans Memorial Planning Committee will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony, on Monday, May 31, at the Veterans Memorial Site on Homestead Road. Our guest speaker will be Nick Palmisciano, CEO of Diesel Jack Media, Founder of Ranger Up, Former United States Army Captain, and Ranger. Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for the Posting of Colors promptly at 8 a.m. In case of inclement weather, we will be inside at the Seymour Center Theater.
This year, our event will be even more special due to the recent passing of Major Everett "Bud" Hampton, a decorated United States Marine and World War II veteran. Bud served on our committee and had been an integral part of our planning and fundraising for the memorial.
Personally, I also will be honoring my father, who recently passed. CWO-4 Charles H. Price, Jr., like Bud, lived to be 98 years old and was a World War II veteran. Dad was a Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a member of the 332nd Fighter Group.
Orange County is working to create the memorial, to commemorate the sacrifices made by the thousands of men and women who have answered the call to serve our nation for our freedoms. To learn more about the Memorial and to make a donation to make this become reality, please visit their new website.
We’re halfway there
Orange County has one of the highest rates of vaccination in the state, with more than half (50.4 percent) of our population having received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine through May 24.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at a time and date that is convenient for you, call 919-913-8088 or visit https://www.myspot.nc.gov/ and search for your zip code to find locations near you. The Health Deparmtent also hosts pop-up vaccination clinics throughout the county. Check the vaccine page on our website for a schedule. Health Department has events planned at the Rogers Road Community Center (May 29) and the Buckhorn Flea Market (June 12).
With the easing of mask mandates as more people are vaccinated, businesses continue to reopen. Local businesses of all types have suffered this past year, so as we start to return to normal, please consider patronizing your favorite restaurant, salon, barber shop, boutique and art gallery. Be sure to follow the guidelines established by the local business regarding masks.
Summer camps parks and rec/coop. extension
Summer is almost here...officially. Orange County Recreation is offering in-person camps this summer. More information, including program descriptions, be found at http://www.orangecountync.gov/621/Spring-Break-Summer-Camps. Pre-registration is required.
Orange County Cooperative Extension is also offering camps. Check out their website for a schedule at https://orange.ces.ncsu.edu/events/. And again, be sure to read and follow their safety guidelines.
Buckhorn Area study continues
Orange County Planning Department hosted a community meeting on May 17th to present information related to the ongoing Buckhorn Area Study. Some people said that they were confused by the format. Please know that the meeting format was changed in order to provide community members a chance to ask questions of staff, get answers and voice their concerns.
The feedback gathered will be compiled and presented to the Board of County Commissioners at our June 1st meeting, and we will continue to study the best ways to work with our Efland and Orange County residents and the City of Mebane to bring economic development to the area.