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Dear Neighbor:


As summer winds down and you're getting ready for the new school year, here's a few events that you may want to add to your calendar:

  • Grange Fundraiser Supper (Saturday August 18th, 4:30-8:00 PM, Schley Grange Hall):  BBQ chicken dinners, take-out or dine in the company of friends and neighbors.  Chickens donated by Latta Farms.  $8 benefits Schley Grange, a stalwart supporter of the rural community. Schley Grange Hall, off Hwy 57, 6 miles north of Hillsborough, 
  • White Cross Tractor Pull (August 17th, 7:00 PM; August 18th, 6:00 PM, White Cross Recreation Center, White Cross Road):  $7 benefits the White Cross Recreation Center. 
  • NC DENR, Public Hearing on Wastewater System Expansion at UNC's Animal Research Facility (Wednesday August 22nd, 7:00 PM, White Cross Recreation Center, White Cross Road):    NC DENR's Division of Water Quality will hear public comments on the proposed expansion of the wastewater treatment system at UNC's Animal Research Facility in White Cross.  Preserve Rural Orange, who blocked a $14 million facility expansion, is coordinating advocacy for this hearing.  For more, contact Preserve Rural Orange 
  •  Mountain to Sea Trail Update for BoCC (Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 PM):  The county commissioners will receive an update on the Mountain-to-Sea Trail - which will eventually connect public greenspaces, including the Eno River State Park, Occannecchi Speedway and Ayr Mount, the Town of Hillsborough and Occaneechi State Park.  Last Monday, nearly 200 people attended an open house, many raising concerns over the community impacts of the section of the trail that runs though Bingham Township where there are no public green spaces to connect.  For more, click here

There's more coming and we'll continue to keep you informed.    Don't forget to stop in at Flyleaf Books (August 29th, 7:00 PM) and listen to Barbara Claypole White read her novel, the Unfinished Garden, set in rural Orange County.


Thank you for your support to Orange County Voice and the rural community.




Bonnie Hauser, President

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