May 2008

General election

Date of General Election - November 4, 2008, Polls are open 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 1:30am to 2:30pm

One-stop voting begins

One Stop Voting begins - October 16, 2008


Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:00am

One-stop voting ends

One Stop Voting ends - November 1, 2008, 1:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 9:00am

Second primary

Second Primary - June 24, 2008


Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 2:30am to 3:30pm

National Trails Day Hike

Members of the Town of Chapel Hill's Greenways Commission will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7, by leading a short, two-mile hike at noon along the Lower Booker Creek Greenway across the street from the Eastgate Shopping Center.

Those interested in participating should meet at Great Outdoor Provision Company in Eastgate. Commission members will provide information and maps to the public on community trails and greenways at a table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the store.

The Town Council is working to complete more than 28 miles of trails that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to quickly and safely access almost every part of our town. Among the trail projects being planned are the Morgan Creek, Bolin Creek, and Dry Creek Trails.


Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 8:00am to 10:00am


Great Outdoor Provision Company in Eastgate Shopping Center



Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 9:00am to 2:00pm


West Franklin Street

Walkable Hillsborough Day

Via e-mail and Town of Hillsborough web site:



Date: May 23, 2008


Holly Reid, co-founder of Walkable Hillsborough Coalition, 732-5999

Nancy Espersen, member of Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board and Walkable Hillsborough Coalition, 245-3977

Walk and Bike This Year at Walkable Hillsborough Day

HILLSBOROUGH — Join other pedestrians and cyclists in “Taking Steps to Connect” Hillsborough on June 7 in the 7th Annual Walkable Hillsborough Day, an event to celebrate National Trails Day.

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Old Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough, will include two bike rides this year along with three guided walks of varying lengths and exertion.

One walk will be a 5,000-step walk that will take participants halfway to the touted fitness goal of 10,000 steps a day. That 10,000-step goal is roughly equivalent to the surgeon general’s recommendation of 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

The guided walks and a family bike ride will leave from the Old Courthouse at 9 a.m. A 20-mile bike ride, coordinated by the Carolina Tarwheels Bicycle Club, will leave from the Visitors Center at 9 a.m. Participants in that bike ride should meet at 8:30 a.m.

After the walks and rides, participants will meet back at the courthouse at 10:30 a.m. for activities, prizes and refreshments. Games for children will include “Help the Pedestrian to the Sidewalk,” “Walkable Wishing Well” and “Eno River Swimming Holes.” Information from various organizations — such as the Eno River Association, Audubon Society and Special Transit Advisory Commission — also will be on display.

“A walkable and bikeable Hillsborough is a friendly, healthy and vital Hillsborough,” said Holly Reid, co-founder of the Walkable Hillsborough Coalition, which is coordinating the event. “Come out for Walkable Hillsborough Day and support the benefits of foot and bicycle traffic for our local businesses, personal and environmental health, and community connections for all Hillsborough residents.”

The Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board is sponsoring the event.

Sunscreen, hats and suitable footgear is suggested for participants. Bringing water bottles also is encouraged, although a watering station will be set up at Turnip Patch Park on Occoneechee Street. Hillsborough police officers will participate in the walks to ensure safety at street crossings.

In the case of rain, the event will take place at Masonic Lodge, 142 W. King St. The Old Courthouse is located at the corner of Churton and King streets. The Visitors Center is at 150 E. King St.

Participants will be able to choose from the following walks and bike rides:

5,000-Step Walk — 2.5 miles. The walk will take participants to Town Hall, through historic Hillsborough and to the future site of Riverwalk. It will end at the Farmers Market.

Short Walk — under 1 mile. The walk will take participants along Margaret Lane to Turnip Patch Park. Representatives from Turnip Patch Park and Margaret Lane Cemetery will be on hand to give an overview of the sites.

Short Walk and Bus Tour — half mile. Participants will walk to Turnip Patch Park and then continue with a bus tour highlighting Hillsborough’s current and future parks: Gold Park and Riverwalk, Murray Street Park, Kings Highway Park, Hillsborough Heights Park, Fairview Park and Mayo Pocket Park.

Twenty-Mile Ride — The route will be the 20-mile route used for BikeFest, which travels up Efland-Cedar Grove Road. The ride will be at C pace, 13 to 15 mph. Helmets are required, and participants will be asked to sign the Tarwheels’ waiver.

Family Bike Ride — The ride will follow the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough’s 6-mile route through historic Hillsborough. Cyclists will follow Margaret Lane, go through the mill village and ride to the Commandant’s House on Barracks Road. Helmets are required.



Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 4:30am to 8:00am


Old Courthouse, Hillsborough

Mother's Legal Rights Violated

I would like to thank everyone who has visited my website at and shared their stories. Here is just one:

Cheryl** is 37 years old. She is the mother of 3 children, ages 14, 7 and 14 months. Cheryl is employed full-time and lives in a 4-bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath home on 60 acres. Orange County Child Protective Services (CPS) removed Cheryl's 3 children from her custody on January 15, 2008, alleging that her 7-year old son was locked out of the house one day and had to call his father from a neighbor's house. According to the juvenile petition filed by CPS, Cheryl is "jittery" and her behavior raises "suspicions" of a personality disorder or substance abuse. To date, Cheryl has taken 27 drug tests which have all been negative.

Council Committee on Voter Owned Elections

I'm surprised to see our Town Council holding an official meeting at a corporate chain. Why not meet at Owen's or Breadmen's?

Title: Council Committee on Voter Owned Elections
Date: May 28, 2008
Address: 81 South Elliot Rd.
Chapel HIll, NC 27514
Location: Whole Foods
Hours: 8:30 a.m.



Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:30am


Whole Foods

Drought winding down

Can I just say YAY.

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority has lifted Stage 1 water restrictions, which limited watering to one day per week, among other measures.


OWASA customers remain on year-round conservation measures, which limit irrigation to three days per week (even addresses on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday; odd addresses on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

Watering is restricted to 1 inch per week and must be done before 9 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

- Chapel Hill News: Restrictions evaporate as lake levels climb, 5/25/08

OWASA chart



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