This is an interesting article. The agenda as published on the website for the Town of Pittsboro listed the Chatham Parks discussion and Mr. Smith's presence, so I am somewhat mystified by the element of surprise hinted at here about the ensuing discussion. In addition, the request for a discussion was published previously in the local paper: The Chatham Record.
I have lived in this area all my adult life, since 1970 and can attest that the changes to Chatham Co. -- Pittsboro in particular -- have been significant and to the good. In the last 8 years, with welcomed citizen input, Mayor Randy Voller and the Pittsboro Town Board have enhanced the liveability of Pittsboro via new parks, improved water quality and infrastructure, and collaborative programs that make the town inviting to new businesses.
Mayor Randy Voller has been a determined leader even in the face of extreme adversity. For example, as the Chatham County courthouse burned Mayor Voller was in the smoke-filled streets assuring citizens that the courthouse would be rebuilt and the downtown would be revitalized. He has helped grow Pittsboro and, with the boards that he has led, has had an indelible and positive impact on the town.
I knew the mayor's father, Lot Voller. Mr. Voller was a German immigrant, a retired and decorated Air Force officer, and caring man who moved to Pittsboro to be near and work with his son. Together they built communities and infrastructure in Chatham Co. and the piedmont region before the recession and banking crisis ravaged their businesses.
Lot Voller was a proud citizen who took his family to vote in every election. He didn't allow the right he'd earned to be taken lightly by those born to it. He contributed to resolutions passed by the Pittsboro Town Council, especially for Veterans, and was tremendously proud of his son's work.
I imagine that the Mayor's emotions in Tuesday's Town Board meeting were fueled by the memories of his father, falling as it did on the day after Veteran's Day and a week after the local elections. Randy Voller has often expressed a desire to spread his father's ashes on Jordan Lake, which his father loved, or in one of the parks that his father frequented often. - V. Penley
Here is a link to a good description of the forest and it's history...
I also came across a Free 157 page ebook called...
Hofmann Forest: A Narrative History of the North Carolina Forestry Foundation 1970-2008
By Bob Kellison, Butch Blanchard, Glenn Catts
If I recall, there was a nice webpage up on the history and characteristics of Hofmann Forest, which NCSU has removed. Is that page cached, and can anyone post that link? Having trouble finding it to share for background.
And miraculously, this band has a name, the Madison Elites. They are from the United House of Prayer, at the intersection of Holloway and Oakwood.
Holy moly this group is phenomenal! Saw them at the Durham Farmer's Market a few weeks back--startled me back into my memories of Mardi Gras in 1992. The children caught my eye, the band my ears. What a treasure, Durham!
As an outside this year, I very much enjoyed this report, Neil. Thank you!
I am astonished that there is no regulation. My daughter was towed last night from an apartment complex while parked in a spot where guests park (one of four near a dumpster.)
When she finally was able to locate her car, which she thought had been stolen, it was at Talbert's Towing. She was told $125 (cash only) by the person she talked to. She entered the premises through an open pedestrian gate to meet the tow operator. When she asked for some paperwork, who requested that she be towed and what time she was towed the operator said he didnt know and said 8:00 and she reponded she didn't park until 9:00, he got beligerent and said he could get her for breaking and entering since she came through the gate without being met there by him. No receipt was offered. Sounds like a scam to me.
George King is a slime ball.
I had to deal with him on multiple occasions while managing a local business downtown Chapel Hill. Once he ruthlessly towed a legitimately handicapped grandma's car within about 5 minutes while she ran into Panera Bread with her grandkids. She had a tag, parked in a handicapped spot, and legitimately needed the space. The lot she parked in was pretty much empty....at least 40+ open spots but since she went across the street and he got her on video camera he towed her car out to wherever his lot is in the sticks outside of town. They were stranded and helpless with no money to pay the hefty fines and had no way to get the car back. He refused to help her or see her side. This is just one of many instances where this asshole took advantage of people.
Please edit second paragraph. Two incomplete sentences. Thanks for the info otherwise:)
I have to say, I agree with the Sharky above. My full analysis is here: http://nikitab.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/the-bora-controversy-and-american-values/
I hope that the owners can re-constitute somewhere else. Great dining areas are hard to come by.
Steven, thanks for the comment. Another practical reason to like the July break: It gives teams time to work on a couple of other revenue streams, namely camps and summer friendlies.
As for Atlanta's lame-duck status in the fall--my hope is that the in-the-works Woosnam Cup will be treated with seriousness by the league. If it's seen as a prestigious piece of silverware, that might help motivate teams in Atlanta's shoes. After all, who doesn't want to "win the double"?
If NASL ever gets a national television deal other than the one that exists with Sportsnet in Canada (as in, an American national deal), then the idea of playoffs becomes palatable again. But with no TV, playoff games, as you mentioned become money losers, especially for the road teams.
But NASL did have some issues: Atlanta couldn't escape being a lame duck in the second season.
I like the July break for a number of reasons — too hot to play in the south, it's the time of year when people like to be going away for the weekend in Canada, not staying in the city to watch soccer — but I would prefer, for now, a full season and then maybe No. 2 visiting No. 1 in the Soccer Bowl.
Wasn't broke before he came into office....
I am sure money will determine the outcome of this sale....Corporations do not care about forests...The money made on this deal will be spent or pilfered away and the land will be lost for what reason....A few bucks today and what of the future. Pockets lined deals done we get the bill. Our government at work...always looking out for the little man..
ha! go back to canada, ya commies!
I attended last night's game and agree completely with Mr. Vitimello. Further, I was not offered napkins with my soft pretzel. The Carolina franchise is really going downhill.
It looks like the RailHawks have a chance to earn the distinction of having the year's best overall record, yet they will miss the post-season. This, of course, is the worst consequence of the split-season format in which the spring and fall winners face each other in the Soccer Bowl.
Your post points to the way the Soccer Bowl is working as intended: A slate of corporate parties, an ESPN3/Deportes webcast and more. If NASL is committed to this championship format, there's a very simple way to honor the best overall team, and that's to present a trophy. It sounds like one of the plans that emerged from a recent supporters meeting with the league is to create just such an award.
Such a shield or cup or trophy for the best overall record should be treated a prestigious piece of silverware, though, not as an off-the-cuff consolation prize. NASL could assist with this by keeping a separate table for the overall season on its website.
Graig Meyer is just what we need in Raleigh! He will be a spectacular legislator.
Looking forward to the changes. Hoping this revitalized Raleigh institution will be healthy and productive for years to come.
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