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County departments to relocate due to repair project at Link Building

The Orange County Human Resources Department will move to the third floor of the West Campus Office Building (131 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough) on Monday, and will remain there for the next year due to unexpected repairs at the Link Building. The entire project, which is being completed in four phases to address water intrusion issues, will take a little more than a year and will eventually impact other departments in the Link Building.

Staff phone and email contacts will remain the same. Some down time may be experienced during the move on Monday.

As part of the move, Asset Management Services will temporarily relocate to rooms 240 and 250 of the Whitted Building (West Tyron Street, Hillsborough). AMS will eventually relocate to Major Business Forms on north Highway 86 when the building is available.

Both departments will remain in their new locations through the duration of the repair project.

Later in April, the County Attorney’s Office and the Human Rights and Relations Department will move to temporary office space in the Sinclair Building at 105 W. Corbin Street, Hillsborough. They are expected to be in this new location for three months, then return to the Link Building.

Orange County Arts Commission announces Professional Development Grant Program Recipients

The Orange County Arts Commission has selected four arts educators to be recipients of its newly established Arts Educator Professional Development Grant Program. Ryan E. Ellefsen from East Chapel Hill High School, Kristen Morgan from Chapel Hill High School, Elaine Algarra from East Chapel Hill High School, and Sarah Cornette from Mary Scroggs Elementary have all received mini-grants to aid in their professional development as arts educators.
  • Ryan E. Ellefsen teaches Instrumental Music to grades 9-12 at East Chapel Hill High School and plans to use this grant to hire a tutor to give lessons to his bass players in the string orchestra class.
  • Kristen Morgan teaches Ceramics and Cultural Arts to grades 9-12 at Chapel Hill High School and plans to use this grant to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference to expand her knowledge of the craft.
  • Elaine Algarra teaches Visual Art to grades 9-12 at East Chapel Hill High School and plans to use this grant to attend either the AP Studio Art Institute in Atlanta or the SCAD Art Educators Forum in Savannah.
  • Sarah Cornette teaches Visual Art to grades K-5 at Mary Scroggs Elementary and plans to use this grant to attend a workshop at Penland School of Arts and Crafts this summer.
The arts educator grant program will reopen at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.
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Orange County continues the Aging in Community Speaker Series

The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to the next Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future speaker series, “RETIREMENT: Perhaps the afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” Robert Frost.
Do you ever wonder what possibilities lay ahead when you leave work? What do retirees say about money? How does your retirement affect your loved ones? Are there other considerations as you approach your new life?
These questions and more will be addressed by a diverse panel of “experts” on retirement. Our panel will include someone who is easing into retirement, someone who has retired within the last decade, and a married couple who is well into their new lives away from formal work. They will share their stories - the surprises, the ups, the downs, the opportunities and the experiences that helped them write their unique retirement script.
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
The event is FREE. Participants are asked to register by Monday, April 8.
For more information or to register, please call the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070.

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Spring Shred-a-Thons scheduled for April 25 & 27

Orange County Solid Waste Management will host its semi-annual Shred-A-Thons on April 25 and 27, with a slight change of schedule for the free events. Sort your paper and bring only confidential paper, not newspapers, magazines or advertising circulars.

The Thursday, April 25 event will be held at the recycling center in Hillsborough, behind Home Depot at the Hampton Pointe Shopping Center. On Saturday April 27, the Shred-A-Thon will be held at the Eubanks Road Park and Ride Lot in Chapel Hill, about one-half mile from the intersection with Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.  The Chapel Hill event will be “drive-through” this time when it has been "walk-up" in the recent past.  Residents drive up to the shredding point, and staff will help them unload and shred.

Both Shred-a-thons are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free and open to residents and small business in Orange County and the part of Chapel Hill in Durham County as well as employees of the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough and Orange County government.

There is a four box or bag limit per household or business. Keep out any plastics, metal or other non-paper materials. Your plastic bags and cardboard boxes will be returned to you for separate recycling. The shredded paper is recycled into paper toweling and toilet tissue in North Carolina.

Orange County seeks two or three volunteers for each event. If you are interested, please call 919 968-2788 or email: to volunteer.
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