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The Bell Tolls for Thee

This is Ken Larsen. For Whom the Bell Tolls is an Ernest Hemingway novel about the Spanish Civil War.  Beginning in the year 2029, people will think it’s about the Durham Orange Light Rail Project (DOLRT). 2029 is the year the DOLRT is supposed to be finished.  With it will come lots of bell ringing, over two hours every day, on over 40 at-great crossings along the route. At an at-grate or level crossing is where a train crosses a street at street level.  When a train approaches such a street, it’s horn will blow, barriers will be lowered,...

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The Commentators: Are We Teaching Our Young People?

This is Fred Black. I was in a fast food joint and lunch came to $5.73, and I handed over a $10 bill.  The college-aged cashier said that the cash register’s computer was down, so they were using a hand calculator today. I asked if they ever taught him how to count up.  The stare that I got answered the question.  So, I said, “Well let me show you.  If my bill is $5.73 and I give you a $10, you take out 2 pennies and say $5.75.  Then you take out a quarter and say $6.  And then...

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The Music in My Head – 2/24/17

2/24/17: Steve Earle “Copperhead Road” Today’s “Music in My Head” features special guest, Aaron Keck! Coming to Memorial Hall here in Chapel Hill on March 3, Steve Earle is known as one of the great American singer-songwriters. Earle’s trademark blend of folk, roots rock and country music lends itself well to songs crafted around pieces of Americana. Music born of Earle’s personal life and political views combine with well-told stories to create a piece of Nashville history that retains a cult following to this day, with fans relentlessly pursing his unique sense of rebellion, civil disobedience and confession. Today’s...

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2017 Marathon Jam – Pickin’ for a Cause

“Curatas Per Musica,” Latin for “Healing Through Music” is the motto of the Marathon Jam. A non-profit organization that “seeks to improve the lives of injured Veterans, First Responders and their families,” Marathon Jam’s main focus is to hold its annual namesake fundraiser. The tenth iteration of the annual “Marathon Jam” is taking place this Saturday. According to the lead organizer, John Santa, the Marathon Jam has helped to raise over $150,000 in 13 years. This year’s Marathon Jam will benefit Fisher House, an organization that provides comfortable and convenient shelter for family members of veterans receiving medical care....

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The Commentators: Knowledge is Power

Commentary by Brian Thornburg I don’t know about you, but I really appreciate the hard working teachers in our neighborhood schools.  They do a tough job for one of the smallest paychecks in all 50 states.  When Governor Cooper recently announced his plan to get our teachers’ pay back to the national average, I was encouraged to say the least. Teacher pay was frozen back during the last recession, when the Republican Party began their majority in the GA.  During that time, average teacher pay sank to the bottom of the list of states.  A steady exodus of good...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Ian

Meet Ian! He’s a two-year-old male, black and white domestic shorthair cat. He’s been at the Orange County Animal Shelter since February 6, 2017, and is looking for his forever home. Ian is part of the “Valentine’s Adoption” special, which means you can adopt this sweetie for just $50 during the month of February! Ron Stutts says “I’m an amazing, affectionate, laid-back cat!!!” Won’t you adopt me? For more information about adopting Ian contact the Orange County Animal...

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Hometown Hero: Vimala Rajendron

Winning Chapel Hill Magazine’s “Best Indian Food in Chapel Hill” award in 2012 and consistently placing as a finalist in “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” polls in Indy Week’s “Best of the Triangle” awards isn’t the only thing that’s made Vimala’s Curryblossom Café notable here in Chapel Hill. The owner, Vimala Rajendron, garners just as much positive press as the food she helps to create. Rajendron is this week’s Hometown Hero, because her dedication to service and commitment to the Chapel Hill community is always on display. Right in front of the Curryblossom Café is a familiar sign that...

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The Commentators: Open to All

Chapel Hill is Open to All—Except Alexan’s New Residents Commentary by Matt Bailey At a recent Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, a council member proclaimed, “I don’t want another Alexan popping up.” Alexan is the new apartment and retail building next to Whole Foods. It was originally named Village Plaza apartments. That sentiment was echoed by several other elected officials behind the dais for all to see on live TV. The timing of the comment during this official government meeting is troubling, because some of Alexan’s first residents were moving into their new homes there that very day.  Do...

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Hometown Hero: Norma Centeno

Norma Centeno, teacher assistant at Ephesus Elementary School is this week’s Hometown Hero! Centeno is described by her colleague Kirsten Venema as someone who wears many hats at the school. “She started a Spanish reading and writing club at Ephesus,” Venema said. “She’s a fantastic artist—she’s the go-to person at Ephesus if we ever need any drawings or life-like images for science or social studies or anything else.” Centeno also works with the Blue Ribbon Mentor program at the school, designed to improve the achievement of students of color. Venema teaches English as a Second Language at Ephesus and...

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Hometown Hero: Ladnor Geissinger

Ladnor Geissinger, professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is this week’s Hometown Hero! Described as a “mathematics genius,” the retired professor volunteers to work with students at Carrboro High School for two hours each day, five days a week. Working with Jeffery Robinson, an ESL teacher at CHS, Geissinger helps struggling students understand the basic vocabulary associated with mathematics and the methods to read and solve word problems. Geissinger has been volunteering his time and efforts teaching students at CHS since 2012, and has been a “steady force” in a volunteer group that now...

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