2 hellos, 2 goodbyes in Chapel Hill

The Town Council welcomes new members and bids farewell to those who are retiring

Staff WriterDecember 6, 2005 

The Town Council said "hello" to two new faces, "welcome back" to three others and "farewell" to two departing members Monday night.

Amid family and a packed audience, Laurin Easthom and Bill Thorpe took their places at the dais for the first time. Incumbents Ed Harrison and Mark Kleinschmidt returned for their second four-year terms.

Mayor Kevin Foy started his third two-year stint.

Mayor Pro Tem Edith Wiggins and Dorothy Verkerk officially ended their council service.

Bill Strom took Wiggins' place at the right hand of Foy.

Kleinschmidt was sworn in by Mike Nelson, who will step down as mayor of Carrboro tonight.

The openly gay politicians are partners. Kleinschmidt got a kiss from his mother and then a kiss from Nelson after his oath.

Foy went it alone, but the rest of the newly installed members had family members join them.

Proclamations were read honoring Verkerk and Wiggins, and each was presented with a white orchid.

Wiggins, who served nine years on the council after an eight-year stint with the local school board, was honored by several friends.

Dolores Bailey presented her with 18 roses -- one for each of her years as a leader, "and an extra one for when you sit back and say, 'Whew, no more night meetings,' " said Bailey, who heads a local nonprofit organization.

Verkerk was honored for her "good humor, compassion for others and generosity."

Staff writer Matt Dees can be reached at 932-8760 or matt.dees@newsobserver.com.

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