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11th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit

From the County:

The 11th Annual Orange County Agricultural Summit will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009 starting at 8:30 a.m. until lunch.  The summit will be held at the old Orange Enterprise building, 500 Valley Forge Road in Hillsborough.

This year the featured speaker will be Steve Troxler, the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of North Carolina.  In addition, topics of discussion will include, youth in agriculture, farm diversification, government programs that assist farmers in energy conservation and how to enhance farm income with hunting leases.

Lunch will be served using locally grown agricultural products as part of the $5 registration fee.  Seating is limited, please respond no later than February 5, 2009.

To register and for additional information contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Orange County Center at (919) 245-2050.


Monday, February 9, 2009 - 3:30am


Orange Enterprise building, 500 Valley Forge Road, Hillsborough

Mommas for Obama organizational meeting

I am the local organizer for the Momma for Obama National Rally here in Chapel Hill. On November 1 from 2:30 to 4pm on the Southern Village Green in Chapel Hill, mothers and families across the nation will gather in a demonstration of unity and support for Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden. This Wednesday, October 1, at 7pm, at my house I am hosting an organizational meeting for this rally. I would like to invite anyone from your organization who is interested to attend and/or contact me for more information.
thank you,
Christine Ellestad
101 Buck Taylor Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 3:00pm

Climate Change Awareness Day

Focus the Nation is a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America—creating a dialogue at over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, places of worship, civic organizations and businesses, and directly engaging millions of students and citizens with the nation’s decision-makers. The students at UNC signed onto this initiative in the fall of 2006 and have been working since then to put together an event that will bring the community together around this important discussion.

In support of the student effort, Orange County and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have officially proclaimed January 31, 2008 as Climate Change Awareness Day.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 1:00am to 6:00pm

Where'd that page go? a.k.a. 404 Page not found

Have you followed a link to OrangePolitics only to get a "Page not found" message (or this here page) instead of the blog entry you were expecting? When we moved this site from Wordpress to Drupal in January 2008, we were able to keep most of the addresses from changing. However, there are some anomalies that fell through the cracks.

Where's my profile?

I'm making some changes to how profiles are handled to (hopefully) make them easier to use, and to require a bit of info such as name and precinct. You can see any user's profile by clicking on the name associated with a comment, event, or blog entry.

If you previously created a profile (information beyond your username and e-mail), I will be copying it over to the new profile shortly, so you probably won't even notice the difference. You can always edit your profile by clicking on the 'My account' link under your username in the sidebar.

Elections 2008

The 2008 primary election was held on Tuesday, May 6th, the primary run-off for County Commissioner from District 2 was on June 25th, and the general election on Tuesday, November 4th. See related blog posts and events at See early voting locations and hours at:


A running list of known problems with the current (beta) version of OrangePolitics 3.0:

  • Previous users are not having to opt-in to the terms of service.

Problems specifically with entries imported from the old site:

  • Some comments have the wrong timestamp. (Which ones?)
  • All content was "created" on the day it was imported.

OrangePolitics' 5th birthday

Details TBA.

Winter Happy Hour

When we had OP’s 4th birthday party back in September, there was a lot of interest in getting together more often, so I agreed to organize quarterly gatherings. As promised…

OP Happy Hour
Wednesday, Dec. 19
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
At Fuse
Special guest: Beta version of the new OrangePolitics! (code name: “OP 3.0″)

I will demo the new site and take your suggestions for improvement. There will also be socializing for everyone (ie: non-geeks)! Bring your favorite elected official. Media are welcome as well.

We’ll be done in time for you to watch the game at 9:00. Please come!


Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education (choose up to 3):

· Jean Hamilton
· Jeff Danner
· Lisa Stuckey
· Pam Hemminger



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