Southern Branch Library takes big step forward
The Board of County Commissioners moved closer to making the Southern Branch Library in Carrboro a reality last week with our vote to approve an additional $1.8 million for the project.
Libraries are essential resources in a community, for children, teens and adults, and bring a community together by offering many services beyond books and periodicals. They played an important role during the early days of the Civil Rights movement...when many a child walked in to get her or his library card.
The facility will also provide a permanent home for the Orange County Skills Development Center and will bring some much-needed parking spaces to downtown Carrboro, which will help our local businesses. A win for everyone.
Construction could begin as soon as this year.
Big Night In for the Arts
Be sure to watch and support the Big Night In for the Arts event this Thursday, March 11. This virtual performance will feature nationally known entertainers who happen to call the Triangle area home, including: Ariana DeBose, Tony-nominated actress/singer/dancer and Raleigh native; Branford Marsalis, a three-time Grammy-award winner and internationally renowned saxophonist based in Durham; country music star Scotty McCreery from Garner in Wake County; Mandolin Orange, a nationally acclaimed folk music duo from Orange County; and Mike Wiley, a nationally acclaimed actor and playwright based in Chatham County who shines the light on key figures in African American history through his performances.
The fundraiser is co-sponsored by United Arts, Chatham Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, and our own Orange County Arts Commission. Proceeds will fund arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and arts relief efforts. It will be broadcast live on WRAL beginning at 7 p.m.
You can make donations now to help ensure the arts survive and thrive during and after the pandemic (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/bnitf/event/821221/). Remember to support your favorite local restaurant by ordering dinner to enjoy while you watch these great performances.
Celebrating women leaders in Orange County
March is Women's History Month, a time to recognize the often unsung contributions women have made throughout history. In Orange County, women make history every day.
A woman serves as the leader of every elected body in the county, and women make up the majority on every governing board except for the Town of Hillsborough, where it’s a 50/50 split between men and women. Check out the roster of women elected officials.
- Orange County Board of Commissioners: Renee Price (Chair), Jamezetta Bedford (Vice Chair), Amy Fowler, Sally Greene and Jean Hamilton.
- Town of Chapel Hill: Pam Hemminger (mayor), Jess Anderson, Hongbin Gu, Amy Ryan and Karen Stegman.
- Town of Carrboro: Lydia Lavelle (mayor), Barbara Foushee (mayor pro tempore), Jackie Gist, Randee Haven-O'Donnell and Susan Romaine.
- Town of Hillsborough: Jenn Weaver (mayor), Kathleen Ferguson and Evelyn Lloyd.
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education: Jillian LaSerna (chair), Joal Broun, Rani Dasi, Lisa Kaylie and Mary Ann Wolf.
- Orange County Board of Education: Hillary MacKenzie (chair), Brenda Stephens (vice chair), Carrie Doyle, Bonnie Hauser, Jennifer Moore and Sarah Smylie.
- State legislators: Sen. Valerie Foushee and Rep. Verla Insko.