Your Chatham County Weekly Update for September 5, 2018

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Job growth in Chatham County is at an all-time high. With a winning combination of both Chatham Park and Mountaire Farms’ new chicken plant, Pittsboro and Siler City are exploding with growth.

“The pace of job growth here is the fastest in 25 years if it stays on this pace the rest of the year. A lot of good things happen when the economy is growing.” 

-Michael Walden, N.C. State University Economist

Mountaire Farms will employ 1,200 people in Siler City and will surely attract more workers to the town. The plant should start production by the end of the year.

Chatham Park will not have that fast of a turnaround, but change is still just around the corner. Construction for Mosaic, the newly approved mixed-use development, is projected to start this October and will take three years to complete. Mosaic will include condos, restaurants, a theater, and a hotel; there’s plenty to attract new residents and new visitors to Pittsboro.

Some Chatham residents are worried that the rapid county-wide growth could result in urban sprawl and environmental degradation. What do you think? Let us know at chatham@reesenews.org.

FYI: Siler City finalized several town board reappointments on Tuesday evening. 

  • Otis Martin was reappointed to the ABC Board.
  • Walter Petty was reappointed to the Airport Authority.
  • Ann Radcliffe was reappointed to the Planning Board.

Passionate about Parks and Recreation in Siler City?

There’s a vacancy for a member on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee calling your name. Contact the Town Clerk, Jenifer Johnson, for more information at jjohnson@silercity.org or 919-742-4731.

Notable + Quotable

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival has announced its fall Fall 2018 Lineup 

Lettuce, Donna The Buffalo, Locos Por Juana and Ryan Montbleau are set to headline the event, which will take place from October 4-7. The full lineup consists of over 50 musical acts. Tickets are on sale now.

Sell your talent at the annual Pittsboro Street Fair. This year’s fair will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is still booth space for Artists & Crafters with unique handmade artwork, crafts, and food.

“We have room for approximately 160 booths and will continue to accept Arts & Crafts vendor applications until September 28th. Please note that after September 16th a late fee of $30 will be added to applying vendor applications. If you are an artist or crafter interested in demonstrating or selling at the Pittsboro Street Fair please feel free to contact us at streetfair@pittboronc.gov.”

Around Your County

Crafting Snappy Salad Seed Bombs with Microflora Garden Co.
 Thursday, September 6, 4-6 p.m.
Pittsboro Farmers Market
This activity is free to the public, and free compost pick-up will be offered during the event.
 “Seed bombs are guaranteed to grow! Lettuces, arugula, kale, radishes and turnips will sprout in harmony and love to get started in nourishing vermicompost.”

Pig Out for JMArts
 Friday, September 7, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Jordan-Matthews High School
Plates are $8 each and include chopped pork barbecue by chef Gary Lamach, slaw, bread, drink and dessert. Plates will be served for “eat-in” at the JM Cafeteria or “take out” in a drive-through line beginning near the school’s main entrance.
 “All proceeds are used by JMArts, the nonprofit Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, for projects that include scholarships for student artists to study on university campuses during the summer, funding for the school’s November production of “The Little Mermaid,” tickets for students to attend professional performances and supplies for visual artists.”

Chatham Community Library Computer Classes
 Drop-in Computer Assistance
      → Wednesday, September 12, 4-5 p.m.
 PowerPoint Basics, Part 1
    → Tuesday, September 18, 3-4:30 p.m.

Fall Pollinator Workshops and Garden Tours
Tuesday, September 11, Monday, September 17, and Saturday, September 22
Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro
→ “The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center will offer three fall pollinator conservation workshops and garden tours as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series. This is the same workshop offered on three different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules and keep class size small.”
→ Online registration is required in advance. The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes a flash drive of resources plus native perennial milkweed plants.

Chatham County 8th annual Alzheimer’s Walk & 5K Run
 Saturday, September 15, 8:30 a.m.
→ Galloway Ridge at Fearrington Village
 Tickets are $30 right now, but prices will increase after September 14.

11th Annual Pepperfest
 Sunday, September 23, 3-6 p.m.
→ Briar Chapel’s Great Meadow Park
 “Hang out with your friends, listen to fantastic live music, while sampling delicious pepper-themed beverages and dishes made by dozens of star chefs, brewers, distillers and artisans. Bring the kids for fabulous activities, entertainment, bubbles and facepainting!”

The Business of Agriculture Series
 Mondays, October 1-November 19, 6-8 p.m.
→ Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro Campus, Building 42, Room 108
 This course is free, but pre-registration is required.
 “This eight-week series will enable experienced food and farming entrepreneurs to gain the skills needed to craft a new business plan to diversify, expand, or better manage their existing operation.”

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