Anna Griffin

Hometown Hero – Sarah Fallin

Our Hometown Hero for this week is Sarah Fallin, Program Coordinator for Orange County Animal Services. For the past 13 years, her love of animals and knack for working with people have made this position her “perfect job.” “I like my job because it is working with people and animals,” said Fallin. “It is the best combination. However, being a part of seeing our animals go to their forever home is the most rewarding.” Prior to her work with Animal Services, Fallin worked with people with developmental disabilities for about 25 years. She garnered skills working with people, and...

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Hometown Hero: Nick Nickerson

Nick Nickerson, 71, is running 3,000 miles in two years to raise awareness for finding the cause of autism. Nickerson’s 28 year-old son, Adam, is autistic. Nickerson began his “3,000 Miles for Autism” run across the equivalent distance of the continental United States on April 2, 2017, and has already reached the 450-mile mark. His family has experienced the stresses associated with raising a special needs child. Seemingly everyday tasks can become difficult, it can be complicated to find proper accommodations, and care for children with special needs takes work. Nickerson is passionate about finding the cause of autism...

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Hometown Hero: Tameka Tisdale-Williams

This week’s Hometown Hero is Tameka Tisdale-Williams. She works in the Administrative Services department at Orange County Emergency Services and recently organized an event that provided 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary students in Hillsborough and surrounding areas. Tisdale-Williams organized the event with her husband, Tyrone. It was held at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion in Hillsborough on July 15, and provided 200 backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in need. According to Williams, she came up with the idea to do such an event last year, but this year she successfully secured enough sponsors and...

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Hometown Hero: Dave Moreau

This week’s Hometown Hero is Dr. Dave Moreau, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill in the City and Regional Planning department and one of the founders of the board for The Orange County Water and Sewage Authority. He has contributed to efforts for clean air and water for Chapel Hill, Durham and other nearby communities through his involvement with OWASA. OWASA is a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, an association that promotes high standards in water treatment and distribution systems. In 2013, OWASA was one of the first utility providers in the nation to receive the Partnership’s “Director’s...

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