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xx IW - A warm welcome and fresh produce at Frosty Trading Post in Pittsboro
Yesterday at 10:25:32 PM by Gene Galin
A warm welcome and fresh produce at Frosty Trading Post in Pittsboro
Read the entire story at http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-warm-welcome-and-fresh-produce-at-frosty-trading-post-in-pittsboro/Content?oid=4216465



There's pickled corncob jelly and Jiffy corn muffin mix, sweet potato pecan butter and Frosted Flakes. There's motor oil, Palmolive dish soap, pickled squash and peach preserves. There's a basket of farm fresh potatoes next to cans of Pringles. And there are fresh "goodies" each week: "tomatoes, kohlrabi, cucumbers, yellow and zucchini squash, green beans, and yes ... some of our famous cantaloupes (and yes they are awesome)," wrote the store owner in an email to regular customers.

"We also have eggs, pork, peppers, and probably something else I've forgotten."

This is Frosty Trading Post, established in 1953 per the carved wooden sign out front.

Just under 8 miles from Carrboro's town center at the intersection of Jones Ferry and Crawford Dairy roads, Frosty's, as the locals call it, is akin to the more familiar Saxapahaw General Store, minus the cafe and gasoline and plus the magnetic personalities of father and son pair Bobby and Michael Kirk.

The Kirks, of Cane Creek Farms in western Orange County, come from a 100-year-old farming tradition. Over the decades the family has raised milk cattle, grain and vegetables, trained bird dogs, and run a field trial program for English setters. They've boarded horses, offered trail rides and lessons, and hosted deer, quail, grouse, and turkey hunts. But their primary focus these days is raising meat and vegetables for their community-supported agriculture program, a farmers' market stand and Frosty Trading Post.

Between customers Bobby told me about the music jam Frosty hosts on Thursday evenings, where about 30 folks show up. "Old time, soul, gospel, rock and roll . . . we play whatever," he said. "Whoever wants to come can come."

I must hear the song about Frosty's, Bobby insisted, which I'd have to ask Frank Crabtree, the son of the man who founded and built Frosty's, to sing for me.

I didn't have to wait long. Frank and his grandkids Christopher and Stephanie walked through the door a few minutes later for Gatorades, on break from hauling hay. The older gentlemen teased Stephanie for wearing shorts for field work while Frank recounted the genealogy of the trading post:

Frank's forefathers have been farming and doing business in these parts since the 1700s, the land granted to them by the king of England. His father built the store in 1953 as C.P. Crabtree's Trading Post and ran it for several years before returning to electrical work. He rented the store out in the late 1950s, and it became Crane's Trading Post. Frank's father came back to it before he retired, renaming it Frosty Trading Post, because "way back when, this community was called Frosty," Frank told me, "It had a post office."

Frank's sister ran the store for 28 years, until about 2010, Frank estimated. It changed hands once more before settling into its current iteration with the Kirks as lessees of the building and owners of the business.

As the Crabtrees returned to their hayfields, Michael Kirk arrived with fresh supplies to restock the store. He unloaded zucchini, Klondike bars, ice cream sandwiches and Drumsticks. His bustling about was my cue to let the Kirks get back to business, but Bobby insisted that I admire the hand-painted sign by Heart Song Signs of Dunn, on my way out the door.

It has a quotation from Thomas Jefferson: "Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."
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xx YMCA of the Triangle adds Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Chatham County to footprint
Yesterday at 10:19:28 PM by Gene Galin
YMCA of the Triangle adds Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Chatham County to footprint

Raleigh, N.C. The volunteer boards of the YMCA of the Triangle and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA voted this week to merge, giving member families access to more facilities and programs across the region.

Effective July 1, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Y will become a branch of the YMCA of the Triangle and Chapel Hill-Carrboro employees will become employees of the YMCA of the Triangle.

Included in the deal are plans for a new YMCA location in Chatham County.

A YMCA spokeswoman said fees for classes, which are set at the individual branches, and YMCA membership dues, including memberships to all the Ys in the system, were not expected to change.
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xx CJ - Chatham County Historical Society historic homes tour to showcase Pittsboro
Yesterday at 09:57:18 PM by Gene Galin
Chatham County Historical Society historic homes tour to showcase Pittsboro
Posted Saturday, July 26, 2014
http://www.chathamjournal.com/weekly/news/local/chatham-county-historical-home-tour-spotlights-pittsboro-140726.shtml

Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Historical Association (CCHA) invites the public to take a trip down memory lane during its bus/walking tour on Saturday, September 13, 2014, showcasing a number of Pittsboro's appealing and alluring historic homes and buildings.

Homeowners of selected houses will open their homes to tour guests between the hours of 10 am to noon (Tour #1) or 1 pm to 3 pm (Tour #2). Tour ticket holders will embark on Chatham Transit buses (each holding 16 guests) from the Chatham Historical Museum located in the historic Chatham County Court House in the heart of Pittsboro. Proceeds from ticket sales will enable CCHA to enhance the Chatham History Museum programs and displays.

Space on the tour is limited. A total of sixty-four tickets for the tour are priced at $50 per person, and will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis starting today.

When theyre gone theyre gone, said Cindy Perry, of the CCHA Tour Committee, so folks shouldn't dally, dawdle, or otherwise delay their purchase.

Tickets are available by mailing a cheque to the CCHA, Post Office Box 93, Pittsboro NC 27312. Indicate if you wish to attend the morning or afternoon tour. Ticket price includes bus fare, docent guides, costumed reenactors tour brochure, light refreshments.

The tour of historically significant houses and buildings in Pittsboro is a rare opportunity to observe the southern architecture up close and personal, and hear unique stories about each stop from docents and homeowners. A list of houses and buildings on the two hour tour can be found on the CCHA website (www.ChathamHistory.org). The buildings and homes open to tour guests are underlined.

The Chatham County Historical Association preserves and celebrates the unique history of the county; on this tour it spotlights Pittsboro , the oldest city in Chatham, named for William Pitt, the Younger in 1787.
Highlights of A Peek at Pittsboros Past House Tour:

    Governor Manly Law Office
    Masonic Lodge
    The Freeman House (Nancy Simon) Salisbury Street
    The Yellow House under renovation (Ray and Janet Carney) South Small Street
    The Hall London House (Bradshaw and Robinson Attorneys) Hillsboro Street
    The Manse (Cindy and Dan Perry) Hillsboro Street
    The Wade Barber House (Fred Royal) Hillsboro Street
    The Pilkington House (Jamie and Michael Fiocco) Hillsboro Street
    The Dr. McBane House (Michelle and Jon-Paul Guarino) Hillsboro Street
    Historic Chatham County Courthouse


About the Chatham County Historical Association: The Chatham County Historical Association, Inc. (CCHA) is a nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization recording, preserving, and communicating the history and heritage of Chatham County, North Carolina. The CCHA enables research projects into this heritage, and operates a museum of Chatham County history, located in the courthouse in Pittsboro, NC. We invite anyone concerned with the preservation of local history or genealogy to join the CCHA. The membership of the CCHA includes members located in Chatham County, across North Carolina, and in twenty-one other states. For information on membership or other CCHA activities, please visit our website at www.ChathamHistory.org, email us at History@ChathamHistory.org, or write to us at Chatham County Historical Association, Inc., Post Office Box 93, Pittsboro, NC 27312.


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xx New Store in PBO?
July 29, 2014, 08:45:17 AM by Everett McGill
Anyone hear about a new shop opening up in  PBO, next door to the Food Lion, in the old "bank"/Credit Union space?    Heard a rumor about a shop opening there that will be selling ammunition, firearms, etc.
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xx Living in a firearms friendly community like Chatham County
July 28, 2014, 07:15:41 AM by Gene Galin
I posted the item below on the Chatham Chatlist last week.
During the interview the owner, Erik Anderson, mentions that this is a firearms friendly community.

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:26 -0400
From: Gene
Subject: Country Arms Gun Shop opening in Siler City

I stopped by the new gun shop in Siler City on Saturday afternoon.

Country Arms is family owned business. They strive to give the firearm friendly community a place to get all your firearm needs. They carry many brands, such as Glock, Berretta, Browning, Benilli, Sig Sauer. They also manufacture ARs.

The public is invited to come out on July 26 from 12 noon - 3 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Country Arms, located at 1730 E. 11th Street in Siler City.  A Ribbon Cutting will take place at 12 noon, with an Open House to follow. Courtesy of Country Arms, guests will be treated to barbeque, hotdogs, beverages and more.  There will be several raffle drawings.  Rock 92 will join be there from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

View my interview with gun shop owner Erik Anderson at
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/A6uQdPSEaqw&amp;rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/A6uQdPSEaqw&amp;rel=0</a>


Gene
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xx Former Chatham EDC Chairman Joe Glasson talks about major development strategies
July 24, 2014, 08:34:20 PM by Gene Galin
Former Chatham EDC Chairman Joe Glasson talks about major development strategies in Chatham County, NC

In a presentation at Governors Club, former Chatham County Economic Development chairman Joe Glasson speaks about the major development strategies in Chatham County, NC

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/IrUFTcKTXi8&amp;rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/IrUFTcKTXi8&amp;rel=0</a>
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xx monthly support group for adults dealing with mental illness
July 23, 2014, 04:03:38 PM by Billie Hinton
Hello, all,

I wanted to let folks know that there is a free monthly support group that meets the second Tuesday evening of each month for adults living with mental illness. I facilitate the group and am the contact person for anyone wanting to join in.

Feel free to contact me directly for details.

Billie Hinton, MSSW, LCSW
919.604.2770
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xx Country Arms Gun & Ammo Store opens in Siler City, NC
July 23, 2014, 06:35:47 AM by Gene Galin
Country Arms Gun & Ammo Store opens in Siler City, NC

Country arms, LLC is family owned business, established in 2014. Located in Siler City, NC. We strive to give our firearm friendly community a place to get all your firearm needs. We carry most of your favorite brands, such as Glock, Berretta, Browning, Benilli, Sig Sauer and much more! We have 10 years experience in gun-smithing so don't hesitate to swing by when you have any issues with your firearm. We also manufacture AR's and have reinvented the AR with using only the highest quality materials and coatings, such as Calico Coatings, DLC (Diamond Like Coating) on our 42 position, fully adjustable gas piston system and bolt carrier group.

Their grand opening is this Saturday, July 26. Ribbon cutting ceremony is at 12 noon.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/A6uQdPSEaqw&amp;rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/A6uQdPSEaqw&amp;rel=0</a>


Video clip with owner, Erik Anderson.
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xx Randy, Graybeal and Starkweather
July 22, 2014, 07:22:30 PM by chathambooks
Every election cycle in Chatham that I can remember the public is graced with a letter from Randy Voller making an appeal to us to be civil and respectful during election season. I received the email below that was sent from John Graybeal (I'm sure I was not supposed to get it). It's interesting that Randy and Mr. Graybeal think that being a business owner or having a full time profession is a negative and should disqualify them from being commissioners. Stewart, Petty, and Bock are running their campaign based on their record not cynicism or sarcasm. In a separate email Graybeal mentions that they just need to wait for Starkweather to return (which he is soon) from CA with talking points for everyone. *sigh*
 
Below is the full unedited text of the email sent from Graybeal to democrats. What do you think? Clearly democrats don't appreciate this as they sent it on. It is interesting to note that Ms Sieverson's recent Chatlist post and Ms Penley's Letter to the editor this week contain exact quotes from Graybeal. According to this email I assume they are shilling for Graybeal and Voller both? I don't know but so far we haven't heard much from the candidates themselves. Perhaps Randy, Graybeal and Starkweather ought to consider that these damaging tactics are not actually helpful to their candidates. We are savvy voters in Chatham and if we don't have to wade through sneaky attack campaigns we like to make up our own minds based on facts and issues.

Heather Johnson

(I wrote this post myself)

 On Monday, July 21, 2014 10:02 PM, John Graybeal <graybeal@mindspring.com> wrote:
 
Inspired by a recent conversation with Chairman Voller, I've written a short, somewhat sarcastic and, hopefully, somewhat funny proposed letter to the editor that asks why Bock/Petty/Stewart or any of them want to be commissioners anyway.

It points out Stewart's full time occupation, Petty's substantial business operations (Atlantic Power Solutions) and Bock's pizza business (apparently owning two franchises in the 5-part Amante Gourmet Pizza & Taproom business). The letter has some snide comments as asides.

Any volunteers to consider sending the letter to The Chatham Record??? (I've already sent too many to them.)

J.
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xx JIM CRAWFORD for BOC District 4
July 21, 2014, 08:31:37 AM by Muddylaces
http://www.democracy.com/jim-crawford/issues.aspx
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