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Costly Jordan Lake clean-up rules hit an interesting speed bump

July 19, 2008
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Costly Jordan Lake clean-up rules hit an interesting speed bump North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission met Thursday to look over the state Environmental Management Commission’s proposed rules for cleaning up Jordan Lake — a key part of state government’s initiative to force clean-up of the manmade lake, an effort that’s drawn criticism from local governments for shifting the cost (hundreds of millions of dollars in Durham’s case) back to cities and counties as an unfunded mandate. According to the Burlington Times-News, which has the story as its lead article in today’s paper (the H-S and N&O, oddly, don’t appear...

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North Carolina bound

July 7, 2008
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North Carolina bound

North Carolina bound July 6, 2008 We are planning a trip to North Carolina next week. We are staying in Asheville with Wendy’s family for the first half of the week, and Durham-Chapel Hill for the second half. Through word of mouth we heard about a Goat Dairy in Pittsboro, NC call Celebrity Dairy that is also a bed-and-breakfast. We plan on staying there 1 night, then volunteering with Wendy’s old employer, the Chatham County Habitat for Humanity. Other things we want to do are visit the Durham Farmers market and our friends Stuart and Alice from Bluebird Meadows (website,...

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Yesterday was tricky

July 7, 2008
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Saturday, June 28, 2008 Yesterday was tricky Trying to figure out what to do when people or places were not dictating my next move. I did get my wash done, went for a short walk, dropped off a birthday card for my niece and was happy to do my Friday routine of NewsHour, Washington Week, NOW and Bill Moyer’s Journal. It helps me set my information needs for the week ahead. My challenge for the week ahead is not to over think the week ahead – getting back into the work mode without making work my life focus. Going...

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How to Argue and Stay Married!

July 2, 2008
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How to Argue and Stay Married!

How to Argue and Stay Married! By Betty Phillips After the honeymoon, when you realize that 50% of all marriages actually do end in divorce, marriage partners begin to realize the enormity of the tasks involved in staying happily married. Positive conflict management becomes a high priority in keeping marriages together. All couples argue, even in successful marriages, but happily married partners learn how to argue, stay best friends, and stay in love. The overriding principle in managing arguments and conflicts is to make sure that rational thinking prevails and emotions do not run amuck. Visualize a continuum of...

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Summer flora and fauna

July 2, 2008
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Summer flora and fauna

summer flora and fauna I love how lush North Carolina gets in the summer, and here are some growing things that have caused me to stop and take a picture. First, I took a wrong turn into a road behind a shopping center near my house, and found this field. At the time it was filled with little yellow flowers, but by the time I came back with my camera, they had been washed away by a summer storm. Next, as I was driving to visit some friends in Pittsboro, I saw a pond full of water lilies/lotuses. I...

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Gentlemen outside the Dollar General & Piggly Wiggly

June 21, 2008
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Gentlemen outside the Dollar General & Piggly Wiggly

Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:30:20 -0400 From: Barbara McCoy Subject: gentlemen outside store The gentlemen outside of the grocery store are very friendly and pleasant. They always greet me with a hello and how are you today.  They are retired and this has become their gathering place and no one around the area seems to mind. Sometimes

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The Down & Dirty of DIY

June 15, 2008
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The Down & Dirty of DIY

The Down & Dirty of DIY The week before Alex left for work in Wilmington he started a remodel project on our house. By he really I mean they. He and four guys worked A LOT on remodeling our bedroom and bathroom. Basically what happened was they turned what was Ella’s room into a master, reversed two closets, built a walk-in closet, completely gutted our bathroom, reconfigured the bathroom, framed it out, put up new drywall and put most of it back together. The result will be wonderful and I am very happy. We are living in that ugly...

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Bonnie’s Blurbs: Orchids Dead, Orchids Live

May 12, 2008
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Bonnie’s Blurbs: Orchids Dead, Orchids Live

Orchids Dead, Orchids Live …notes written the first of May. Motivation comes slowly, and then it races towards you. That’s what Spring ‘08 has been for us. First the idea that I might have two classes back to back on Wednesdays was daunting – and then the requisite number of couples did not appear for the Ballroom session. About the same time it became increasingly evident that fewer than the minimum students for the Really Simple Blogging class were interested. Both classes were cancelled. What a downer! But not for long. Life is nothing for me if not a...

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Blog Author Peter Winkler Becomes Certified EcoBroker®

March 27, 2008
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Blog Author Peter Winkler Becomes Certified EcoBroker®

It's official... I have earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation. This means that I have successfully completed a formal training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. In other words, I am certified to address and encourage the benefits of energy efficiency and green features in homes, such as the ones that will be built in Briar Chapel.

From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers...

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Third Annual Green Home Tour

March 22, 2008
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Mark your calendars! The 3rd Annual Green Home Tour will be held on May 3, 2008 (10 am to 6 pm) and May 4, 2008 (Noon to 6 pm). Including several Briar Chapel entries, there are currently 42 homes on this year's tour. Stay tuned for more details.

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Briar Chapel Greenways Progress

February 19, 2008
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Briar Chapel Greenways Progress

Work continues on site development of Briar Chapel. The photo at the right was taken near the 15-501 entrance to the mixed-use development, just behind the recently installed fence. This multi-use paved trail can accommodate two-way traffic and a broad range of users, including pedestrians, cyclists, the handicapped, runners, and strollers. Although this one has an asphalt surface, other trails may be made of either crushed gravel or concrete, depending on location.

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