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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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Hometown Heroes – Mae McLendon

For over forty years, Mae McLendon has worked within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, serving on numerous public service and volunteer committees.  Mae has proudly served twelve years on the Chapel Hill Planning Board and has been a valued and respected member of the Lions Club Precinct, an organization that strives to expand voter participation through voter registration and education. Mae is also an active member of the Northside Conservation Task Force, a committee that oversees community sustainability, development and conservation of historical property within Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Mrs. Mclendon is a “living dynamo, she just doesn’t stop.” If you ask...

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Adopt-a-Pet: Balto

Meet Balto! This handsome guy is a two-year-old shepherd/huskie mix who was found as a stray. He LOVES attention from people and really doesn’t like being left alone. He’s very well-mannered and knows how to walk politely on a leash.  He enjoys going for walks, knows “sit” and “down” and really likes belly rubs.  Balto is really smart and already proven to be quite the escape artist, so he shouldn’t be trusted in the yard by himself. He would love to meet you and be your best friend, so come meet me him today!  For more information about Balto visit Paws4Ever.org...

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The Commentators: What I Learned From The Water Crisis

Commentary by John Paul The recent water crisis in Chapel Hill Carrboro brought several things to mind. First, how interconnected and fragile our infrastructure can be.  A mishap in the addition of a chemical in the water purification process led to an order for thousands of people to not use water, portable toilets across campus, moving a basketball game to Greensboro, and significant economic disruption for area restaurants and hotels. A more important insight was realizing how we take for granted our automatic access to plentiful and clean water.  Twenty-four hours denial of that access was surprisingly inconvenient but...

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NC Comedy Arts Festival 2017

The NC Comedy Arts Festival is coming up next week! Find out more from this article published by The ArtsCenter. Article reposted with permission by The ArtsCenter Laughter is the Best Medicine: NCCAF 2017 Interview: Zach Ward Posted by Jenks Miller The ArtsCenter is gearing up for the 2017 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (NCCAF), a multi-venue comedy showcase and workshop featuring college groups and professional acts, improvisers, sketch writers and standup comics that will take place in Carrboro February 15th – 26th. Over the years, the NCCAF has grown both in size and stature; it is now recognized...

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Adopt-A-Pet: Marina

Meet Marina! This little girl is the last of her litter to be adopted.  She is the calmest and most timid of her litter, but also very playful and sweet and affectionate once she knows you. Marina will be turning 1 this Friday and would love nothing more than to find her forever home. Her wide eyes are a stunning yellow that compliment her beautiful smoky coloring.  She would love to have a playmate and is friendly with other kittens. If you would like to adopt Marina, please visit The Goat House Refuge and meet Marina and her friends. View...

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A Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day

If you or your Valentine are gluten sensitive, dining out when you’re gluten-free can seem difficult. Meet Hadassah, the owner of Triangle Gluten-Free, a new gluten-free only business. Triangle Gluten-Free is a start-up that focuses on local, seasonal, organic and sustainable food as much as possible. “We really have to focus on farm-to-table cooking and dining to avoid GMO’s which wreak havoc on the digestive system,” says Hadassah. On February 7th,  Triangle Gluten-Free will be hosting a Sweetheart Social at Midway Community Kitchen.  Come and enjoy an array of appetizers, a 3-course dinner, plus dessert and wine! This is a...

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The Commentators: Unity Through Opposition

Commentary by Sharon Hill Have you ever heard that every curse is followed by a blessing? I believe we are experiencing the blessing that follows the curse of the dreaded national election result. Not since the 1960’s have Americans exhibited such an uprising against unpopular aggression. Back then the sit-ins, demonstrations and marches against racism and the Vietnam War forged a bond across the country. People stood up to our leaders to let them know that change was needed. Now we are seeing marches, not just in the USA, but across the world against what could be called tyranny....

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The Commentators: The Magic of Living

Commentary by Jane Salemson Those of you who know me either personally, or from commentaries I have recorded over the years, know that I live with a foot on either side of the Atlantic. It is not an easy way to live, loving both sides, always thinking about what is going on in two similar countries, separated only by the same language and the Atlantic Ocean. Bonuses of this double life can often be a surprise, and one in particular came during the recent New Year’s weekend. My family, now living in New Jersey, had come down to Chapel...

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The Commentators: The Roads More Travelled

Commentary by Wesley Hyatt There’s good and bad news in the State transportation improvement program proposed for the next decade. The good news is that the NCDOT plans to widen NC-54 from Glen Lennox to the Parkwood neighborhood in Durham. Hallelujah, even if construction won’t start for another eight years. The bad news is that there are no plans to widen I-40 between Hillsborough and 15-501. Are you kidding me, NCDOT? I-40 is at least six lanes for more than one hundred miles between Winston-Salem and Raleigh, except for about eleven miles in Orange County. Long backups already are...

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