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Orange County Public Library awarded federal grant

The Orange County Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to expand children’s outreach efforts in northern and western rural Orange County. Grant funds come from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-19-0034-19).

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. With the LSTA grant, the library will increase access to library services for children and their families, provide outreach to community centers, schools, and other community organizations that serve children and families with a focus on children from birth to age 8.

“We recognize that getting to the library can be difficult for many families," said Library Director Lucinda Munger. “This grant will allow us to take library materials and programs to families that live in underserved areas of the county. Some of these children are the very individuals who struggle with succeeding in school. By getting services to young families, we hope to impact success in school and to promote a love of learning.”

The Orange County Public Library received one of the 43 competitive grants for fiscal year 2019-2020 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year’s federal allotment of $4,676,190. The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity, expanding access, and community engagement in North Carolina’s libraries.
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Aging, Elections to host Voter ID forums

The Orange County Department on Aging and the Project EngAGE Policy and Advocacy Senior Resource Team invite the public to attend one of two Orange County Voter Forums – Voter ID Laws.

Do you have questions about the voter ID law? We can help! These public forums will provide information about the voter ID law as it stands now, how it may impact our community, how to get a valid photo ID, and how to volunteer!

Representatives from the Orange County Board of Elections and You Can Vote will talk about the law and how you can get involved to help educate, register and spread the word about voting in North Carolina.

Presentations will take place during the first hour, followed by a Q&A time and an opportunity to meet with program representatives.

Locations and Dates:

Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill)
Monday, July 15, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Passmore Center (103 Meadowlands Dr., Hillsborough)
Thursday, August 8, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The forums are free and open to the public.

Eno River Bridge Replacement in Orange County Begins Next Week

HILLSBOROUGH (NC DOT Press Release) – Work begins next week on the project to replace the U.S. 70 Bypass bridge over the Eno River on the east side of Hillsborough.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $4.8 million contract to Conti Enterprises of Edison, N.J., to replace the 78-year-old structure, which has reached the end of its useful life.

The contractor will begin constructing a temporary, two-lane detour bridge adjacent to the existing structure at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 8. Traffic will be shifted onto the temporary bridge once it is complete several months from now, and demolition and replacement of the permanent bridge will follow.

The new bridge, designed to last 75 years, is scheduled to open by July 2021. 

It will feature 54-inch-tall concrete and metal railing that will be safer for bicycle traffic than the substandard concrete rails on the current structure, which are about half the height. It will also be 27 feet longer for a total of 265 feet that will accommodate a future greenway that could one day pass under the bridge.

Drivers should pay attention and obey the posted speed limit throughout the work zone.

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Orange County Animal Services reminds pet owners to exercise caution during hot weather

Orange County Animal Services reminds residents to be mindful of pets during the hot temperatures that arrive with our summer season. High temperatures will reach the upper 80s and 90s for the foreseeable future. Knowing the dangers for pets is a critical part of responsible pet ownership.

One of the biggest areas for concern is people leaving pets inside cars during summer months. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can reach deadly levels in minutes, even if parked in the shade and even with all the windows cracked. In Orange County, it is against the law to leave animals inside a parked car if the outside temperature is 70 degrees or higher. Because pets cannot sweat, their bodies cannot regulate temperature like humans, and they can go into irreversible organ failure that is often fatal inside a car or other overly heated environment.

Other dangers are also present during extreme heat, including pets who do not have access to fresh water and shade. Walking pets in these temperatures is not advised, as the heat can cause heatstroke and the pavement can cause quick damage to the feet of walked pets. Temperatures of these kinds are even harder on senior pets and pets with medical conditions.

For more information on the dangers of hot cars, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website. The ASPCA also offers more general information about hot weather dangers for pets at
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Orange County's Complete Count Committee held its first meeting on Monday. Chaired by Orange County Vice Chair Renee Price, the committee will devise strategies to encourage residents to fill out the 2020 Census form next April. Census results determine how more than $675 billion in federal tax dollars are distributed each year. An accurate count ensures Orange County residents receive the appropriate share of federal revenues. The committee consists of community partners, elected officials from Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough and others.
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