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LIGHTUP Festival – Lanterns in the Year of the Rooster

On January 28, the Year of the Rooster begins. The Chinese zodiac assigns animal signs based on a 12-year cycle, and our last year of the Rooster was in 2005. Marked by Hurricane Katrina, the Kyoto Protocol, and the creation of YouTube, it’s almost a sure bet that this Rooster cycle will be comparably eventful to the last one. In order to properly celebrate and ring in this new year, the inaugural LIGHTUP Lantern Festival is coming to Chapel Hill. A community project celebrating diversity in the Chapel Hill community while supporting arts and education, LIGHTUP is the embodiment...

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Hometown Hero: Cresha Cianciolo

This week’s Hometown Hero is Cresha Cianciolo, a frequent volunteer and organizer for many programs instilling positive change in our community.   As a founding volunteer for annual fundraiser “Opening Doors,” benefitting the Community Home Trust, Cianciolo has helped raise the capital to help push for local affordable housing. She has also volunteered with the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library as a member of the board of directors.   Cianciolo is a partner with Music and Memory at Carol Woods, a program that seeks to help bring sufferers of dementia peace and connection through matching music that...

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Bijagua Hit Hard By Hurricane Otto

Costa Rica is, more or less, considered a “safe zone” when it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms making landfall and causing significant damage. Since reliable records of tropical cyclones began in 1851 only three storms have moved over Costa Rica: a tropical storm once in 1887, a tropical depression in 1973, and Hurricane Otto in 2016. On November 24, after making landfall in Nicaragua, Hurricane Otto moved over the northern part of Costa Rica, causing widespread damage. Hurricane Otto was the strongest hurricane on record that late into the year, and one of the hardest hit communities was...

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Celebrating Local Business with 100 Days of Local Happiness

To celebrate local businesses and celebrate the new year, we are asking businesses to play the New WCHL Music Programming from 10am – 3pm Monday – Friday.  We will celebrate these businesses by mentioning them on the air and online, every day! 100 total mentions! You can play the new WCHL on the radio or streaming on; in your office, in your waiting room, in your store or anywhere you work!   Get 100 Days of Happiness for $350, Now That’s Happiness! How it Works From 10am – 3pm, you simply play WCHL’s New Music and More! What...

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The Commentators: Traffic Blues

Commentary by Wesley Hyatt Here’s my wish for the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2017: put traffic information on your traffic information signs. I’ve noticed in my morning and afternoon commutes on the highways that these signs are often blank, even while traffic is at a standstill. Apparently someone at the NCDOT thinks it’s normal for backups to occur and so nothing gets posted, even if there are accidents ahead which people may want to avoid and take alternate routes. This is not the way this should be working. The signs should be warning us of what to expect that’s not normal. If the NCDOT doesn’t know how to do this, may I suggest listening to Nicki Morse in the morning and Aaron Keck in the afternoon? Both of them are able somehow in the confines of the WCHL studios to relay succinctly any traffic jams as they happen. It’s a real convenience to me and many other listeners, and it’s what the NCDOT traffic information signs should be doing right now. So come January, NCDOT, take a few minutes to listen to Nicki and Aaron, paraphrase what they say is going on in Orange, Durham, and Wake county highways, and put that on your traffic information signs. For an agency with a dubious public image for quality service, it can only help your...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Maghee

Meet Maghee! She is a short hair with a beautiful dark brindle coat, complete with a white blaze on her forehead and chest, plus four white socks. A recent mother, Maghee’s motherly instincts shine with a puppy in the house. She has a very healthy amount of energy that belies her age, loving to chase and be chased. Friendly toward guests and not too much of a barker, Maghee would be perfect for the home that needs a 60-pound lap dog that enjoys walks on a leash and knows that a doggie door is essential. She’s fully vaccinated, spayed,...

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Report a Closing /Delay

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The Commentators: Moving On

Commentary by Sharon Hill. I have almost made myself sick with my feelings of political dread. Because of media pundits screaming gloom and doom for America because of the outcome of the Presidential election and because I have listened and absorbed all the vitriol that has matched my thinking, well… I got tired. Therefore, for all who share my exasperation, I say “let’s move on.” Has anyone noticed holiday lights are sparkling in our neighborhoods? Are you hearing the Christmas carols? Is your calendar full for holiday gatherings from now through New Year’s Eve? However you celebrate the holiday season, focus on what you are grateful for. Even if it’s the small things, says psychotherapist Fran Sherman. It can be your being thankful for a sunny day, or grateful to have good friends. Sherman says that when you feed your brain that positive information, you feel better. So, I am moving on and will focus on enjoying this holiday season. I hope you will,...

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