January 2010 Newsletter 
Dear Neighbor:
The new year brings exciting new plans and programs for Orange County Voice.   During the last year of advocacy for county initiatives, we learned that many Orange County residents, especially those in town, are unaware of the delightful rural community that surrounds them.  With your help, we are starting to change that outlook.
In 2010, OCV will launch new programs to extend our network into rural Orange County and build relationships with our in-town neighbors.  As always, we welcome your ideas and feedback on our programs and initiatives.
Bradshaw Quarry to Remain Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Beginning February 1, the Bradshaw Quarry Convenience Center (BQCC) will be open on Tuesdays from 7am to 6pm and Saturdays from 7am to 5pm - at least through June.  The revised schedule is based upon input from residents and is a compromise from the county's initial plan to close the center completely.
Long term plans for all convenience centers and other services to the rural community are the subject of the county's long term solid waste plan.  A preliminary report is tentatively planned for the BoCC meeting on February 2nd.  OCV will continue to monitor progress and advocate for the priorities and preferences expressed by 898 rural households in the Talkin' Trash Survey.
For more on where we stand, click here
Renewable Energy from Orange County Farms
OCV leaders are working with local farms to explore options to create renewable energy from a variety of sources ranging from solar arrays to methane from milking herds.  In addition to producing power for their farm operations, the farms can provide renewable energy for large public consumers such as UNC.  Goals include improving farm economics and reducing emissions and waste from milk production.
For more information, contact Bonnie.
BoCC to Discuss Dog Deer Hunting Ban on January 21
As hunting season comes to a close, the BoCC plans to discuss options for dog deer hunting in Northern Orange County on January 21.  The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Orange County Senior Center (attached to the SportsPlex in Hillsborough).
Out of county dog deer hunters are violating property rights and creating safety issues for northern rural residents.  Dog deer hunting is already banned south of I-40/85 in Orange County, and totally banned in Durham and Alamance counties - so hunters go to northern Orange.  As the area becomes more densely populated, an outright ban may be necessary to protect our northern neighbors.  To read some first-hand accounts of deer dog hunting encounters, click here
Please show your support by attending this important meeting -- especially if you live in northern Orange County and are impacted by dog deer hunters.
For more information, click here.
Yoga at Maple View Farm
Local resident and longtime yoga instructor, Lynne Jaffe, is offering to teach yoga classes at the new Maple View Agricultural Center on Dairyland Road.
Lynne has taught integrative yoga in numerous settings, at Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center and currently at UNC's Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.  Her gentle, non-judgmental approach encourages an attunement to one's own inner voice, while promoting clearer communication and integration between the body, mind, and heart.  

Initially we'd like to begin with an 8-week foundational course, with students signing up for the series (drop-ins only with some yoga experience and if space permits). Depending on your interest and availability, we may begin as early as February. The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can start!
For more information, please contact Lynne at 967-2365 or lynnedjaffe@gmail.com
OCV Rural Education Series: Tick Awareness
OCV is launching our rural education series.  Our first session on Tick Awareness will be held in March - just before the start of tick season.  We will be inviting physicians and veterinarians to meet with residents to discuss ways to protect yourself, your children, and your pets from tick-borne illnesses.  You will learn important and easy techniques to prevent tick bites from becoming debilitating, and even life-threatening, illnesses.
We are planning specifics and welcome your input. Right now we are planning 2 hour event.   To cover our costs, we may suggest a small donation of $5 per adult. 
Please contact Susan if you are interested in learning more or helping to plan the event.
New Orange County Library Opens in Hillsborough
Orange County proudly opened its new public library in Hillsborough on January 15th (see photo below of BoCC Chair Valerie Foushee at the Opening).
The opening marks the 100th anniversary of the library.  The light-filled, two-story building includes a large children's wing, a private teen room complete with wi-fi, and impressive computer resources.  For a full report, click here.
The library is part of the new Orange County West Campus, which is the new home for the county's planning, information technology and other departments.  The West Campus is adjacent to the county offices at Gateway Center, located above Hillsborough's Weaver Street Market.
N.Y. State Court Annuls Use of 'Eminent Domain' to Expand Columbia University
An indication of things to come?  Recently a NY State court ruled that the state could not use eminent domain on behalf of Columbia University to obtain a 17-acre site in West Harlem, dealing a major blow to the university's plans to build a $6.3 billion satellite campus.  For more information, click here.
Community Calendar
Don't forget the community calendar on our website.  
 In addition to highlighting  important events in the rural community, we have included links to other calendars - such as Harry's Market and  BoCC meetings.
If you'd like us to post your event or link to our calendar,  please contact Susan.
Thank you for your support to Orange County Voice and rural Orange County.  If you have ideas or initiatives to enhance rural Orange County or if you'd like to become more involved in our work, please contact either of us.
Bonnie                   &                Susan
Bonnie Hauser                               Susan Walser
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In This Issue
Bradshaw Quarry Open Tues & Sat
Renewable Energy from OC Farms
BoCC to Discuss Deer Dog Hunting Ban
Yoga at Maple View Ag Center
OCV Rural Education:Tick Awareness
New Orange County Library Opens
NY Eminent Domain Ruling
Community Calendar
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