Chapel Hill: Opinion

Roses and raspberries, Jan. 21

Roses from downtown Chapel Hill resident Michael Parker to Jamil Kadoura of the Mediterranean Deli.

“Jamil’s new Market, attached to the restaurant on Franklin Street, goes a very long way to filling the grocery vacuum that has existed in Downtown for many years,” Parker writes. “In addition to the many Middle Eastern delicacies that one would expect, there are most of the staples needed to prepare any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The market has a fine selection of produce, eggs and dairy products, Med Deli pitas, fresh meat and poultry, and even Maple View Farm’s ice cream. It’s truly amazing what Jamil has been able to accomplish in a rather small space.

Roses from Emily Jack to Flyleaf Books and its owner, Jamie Fiocco, for bolstering an aunt’s holiday spirit on a dreary day.

“Three days before Christmas our home was broken into and, among other things, our Christmas presents were stolen,” Jack writes. “In an effort to re-purchase the children’s books we’d bought for our nieces, I stopped into Flyleaf. I told the staff of our theft and my quest for replacement books, and a staff member helped me search for new copies of the books that had been stolen. While I was paying at the register, Jamie offered me two additional children's books at no charge, saying, “The kids should have books.”

“I’ve heard many other stories about Jamie Fiocco and Flyleaf acting as exemplary members of the community. This was my first direct experience of their compassion and it warmed my heart,” Jack writes. “They've earned my highest respect and sincerest gratitude.”

Roses to members of Civil Air Patrol’s Orange County Composite Squadron for partnering with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes U.S. military veterans, by placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year-end holiday season. 

Cadets from the Orange County Composite Squadron joined with other North Carolina Civil Air Patrol squadrons in serving in the color guard for the wreath-laying ceremony at the Salisbury National Veterans Cemetery in Salisbury, N.C., on Dec. 13. Capt. Pete Wehr, commander of the Orange County Composite Squadron, said, “We will never forget those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect America.”

By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America and the Civil Air Patrol seek to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans who have served in the armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminated this year on Dec. 13 with an estimated 20,000 volunteers placing up to 227,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies were held throughout the day at more than 1,000 veterans’ cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 25 foreign locations.  

Civil Air Patrol is the largest group fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries held nationwide and abroad. Officers and cadets from about 400 CAP squadrons, including the Orange County Composite Squadron, participated in National Wreaths Across America Day observances on Dec. 13 at national cemeteries and war memorials in their regions, states and communities. 

The Orange County Composite Squadron meets weekly on Thursdays from 7-9 PM at the Emergency Management Center, 510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. If you are interested in learning more about Civil Air Patrol, contact CAP at