OCV Newsbrief, August 2013 
Dear Neighbor:


We trust that you are enjoying the sounds and sights of late summer here in Orange County, the singing of cicadas and goldenrod in bloom, both reminders that the start of the school year is not far away.  Here's a mini-newsletter on upcoming events, opportunities to engage, and community news.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Engage With Your Community
Orange County Provides Community Support
Upgrades Begin on Bingham Animal Research Facility
Upcoming Events   
  • Performances of Invisible Earth, Paperhand Puppet Intervention's 14th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant for all ages, are being held at Forest Theatre, on the UNC campus, every weekend - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - plus Labor Day matinees, from August 9 through September 8.  This enchanting performance is being billed as a "paradoxical pageant of hope, impending doom, and planetary possibilities," and stars a creative cast of monkeys, goats, chickens, pigs, and - yes - TRILOBITES!  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children.  We'd like to give special thanks to Paperhand for donating tickets to children participating in the Triangle's Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program.  For more information, go to www.paperhand.org.  
2013 Paperhand Puppet Flier
  • 15th Annual White Cross Tractor Pull, Friday, August 16, at 7:00 PM and Saturday, August 17, at 6:00 PM.  Burgers, Maple View ice cream, and more!  All ages welcome.  Proceeds benefit the White Cross Recreation Center.

  • Schley Grange Supper, Saturday, August 17, starting at 4:30 PM.  $8 buys a barbecue chicken dinner with all the fixin's.  Chicken donated by Latta Farms.  Homemade desserts!  Eat in or take out. 
  • Maple View Farm's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, September 22.  To be held at the Maple View Country Store on Dairyland Road.  Save the date!

Engage with Your Community  


With the assistance of volunteers from communities throughout Orange County, Project Engage is moving forward.  The goal of this initiative, which was featured in OCV's June Newsletter, is to engage neighbors in delivering services to rural Seniors.  As a first step, volunteers will spend three months both learning about the needs within rural Orange County and working to identify pilot service projects.  If you'd like to become a Project Engage volunteer or learn more about this program, please contact Alex Castro or Kellie Walter.

Orange County Provides Community Support  


The Cedar Grove Community Center, also discusssed in OCV's June Newsletter, now has an advisory board made up of neighbors interested in working with Orange County staff to develop this new facility so that it properly benefits the community.  One feature of the building will be a recognition of its heritage as an African-American school.  If interested in learning more about what is planned for this community center, please contact Jeff Thompson, Director of Asset Management Services for Orange County.

Come September, the county will be providing the Efland Community Center with four computers and wireless Internet service.  That's progress.    

Upgrades Begin on Bingham Animal Research Facility  


Following months of discussion, negotiation, and planning, UNC has begun work to upgrade wastewater and irrigation systems at the Bingham Animal Research Facility.  Old systems will be shut down and replaced with holding tanks for treated wastewater and a drip irrigation system.  For the full statement from UNC concerning this project, click here.

OCV would like to thank Preserve Rural Orange for raising awareness of these issues, and UNC for responding to the community's concerns  and agreeing to the necessary upgrades.  For more information, please contact Linda Convissor of UNC or Laura Streitfeld of Preserve Rural Orange.
We have plans to send out a full-length newsletter within a month or so.  In the meantime, please keep an eye out for newsbriefs and alerts.  


Thank you for supporting Orange County Voice and the rural community.



Bonnie Hauser, President 
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  - Margaret Mead
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