Chapel Hill: Opinion

May 20, 2014

Roses and raspberries, May 21

Roses to the Orange County Board of Commissioners for stepping up to fund the new Rogers Road Community Center.

Roses to the Orange County Board of Commissioners for stepping up to fund the new Rogers Road Community Center.

The commissioners, neighborhood leaders and residents broke ground last week on a new 4,000 square foot center that replaces a previous center that closed two years ago because it failed to meet code. The center was a hub for community activities, including a food pantry that helpd feed 40 families.

The center costs $650,000 and the commissioners agreed to pay for it, without any assurance the towns of Carrboro or Chapel Hill would chip in. It was a good-faith gesture to residents who have shouldered the burden of living next to the county landfill for 40 years.

Roses to to neighborhood leaders David Caldwell, Carl Purefoy and the indefatigable Rev. Robert Campbell, who all manned shovels at Thursday’s ceremony. They have kept the concerns of the Rogers Road community front and center in Orange County government discussions long after most would have given up.

Roses from Meals on Wheels to state Rep. Verla Insko, Orange County Commissioners Renee Price and Penny Rich, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, and Carrboro Alderpersons Damon Seils and Michelle Johnson, for taking the time out of their busy schedules to deliver Meals on Wheels.

“The support of these community champions is very much appreciated,” publicity chair Sharon Bushnell writes, “not only by the meal recipients, but also by all the folks at Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels who are working to end senior hunger in our community.”

Meals on Wheels has served the community for almost 40 years. It provides meals Monday through Friday to more than 140 recipients in southern Orange County. Nutritionally approved meals are prepared by K&W Cafeteria and supplemented with fruit, milk, and desserts made by a “Baking Brigade” of volunteers. All meals are delivered to homebound seniors by volunteer drivers, and more than 28,000 meals were delivered to more than 130 recipients in 2013.

For more information or to find out how you can help go to

Roses from Mae McLendon to Anissa McLendon and Joe Bynum and members of the Planning Committee for the 2nd Annual St. Paul Village 5k Walk/Race which was held on March 1. More than 150 participants braved the cold weather to walk or run from McDougle Middle School's track through the streets of Carrboro back to McDougle. Donations were made to TABLE and Club Nova.

More roses from Mae McLendon to Nancy Jenkins, coordinator and members of Planning Committee for the 2014 Chapel Hill Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 23. “Neither the rain, cold or the Carolina Alert could stop walkers,” she writes. “This is one of the most profitable and well attended CROP Walks in the nation. Money raised helps eliminate hunger on the local level through Inter Faith Council for Social Service food programs and Church World Services in their effort around the globe.

Roses from Tony Smith to four graduating seniors on the Carrboro High School field hockey team who have committed to playing field hockey at the next level in the fall of 2014. Katie Wilson will play for Sewanee College, Maddie Smith for Rhodes College, Alex Grant for UNC and Tanner Watson for UNC. “The smallest high school in town continues to do big things,” he writes. “Go Jags!”

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