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Chatham County History of Communities of Color

In conjunction with the Chatham 250 celebration, Chatham Community Library will host a virtual lecture focusing on the genealogical and heritage resources available through the County’s public libraries and other related sources.  This event is part of the Chatham 250 lecture series chronicling the histories of communities of color in Chatham County, and will feature experts in history and genealogy who will touch on the various groups that settled in Chatham County and the places from which they came.

Participants will learn about specific genealogical resources—what they are, where they are stored, how to access them, and who can help with their research. The presentation will also contain helpful tips to aid those who are building family histories or researching and tracking records.

This event is free and open to the public and made possible through the support of volunteer experts and organizations.

Registration for this event is required and is available here: https://tinyurl.com/ChathamHeritage
Chatham County History of Communities of Color 2021-05-31T14:33:31-04:00

Fearrington Cares Blood Drive on May 13, 2021

Story and photos by Ed Lallo

The big white bus, plastered with red crosses and Picasso style human figures painted on its side, sat in the nearly deserted Gathering Place parking.  A loud hum of a generator broke the quiet as a lone masked figure entered the rear door. At  the age of 86 Carol Goettman had walked over a mile from Galloway Ridge with a mission, to give a pint of blood so others might live. 

Fearrington Cares, a not-for-profit founded by Fearrington residents believing neighbors should helping neighbors, sponsored the American Red Cross bloodmobile. From shortly after nine on a Thursday the 13th of May till three that afternoon, workers retrieved pint after pint of blood desperately needed during the current shortage.

“I usually give blood about twice-a-year, when it is convenient,” said Goettman, sitting on a couch at the front of the bus drinking bottled water to replenish her fluids. “This was a very good process with no problems.  I am amazed they still want my blood, it is tired blood for sure.”

Goettman’s O-positive blood is drastically needed by hospitals across the state.  For more than a year the pandemic has resulted in a sever blood shortage, not just in North Carolina but across the U.S.

Fearrington resident Dan Lewandowski had a great blood giving experience.  “It was a little close quarters, but the chair was very comfortable and the staff was great.”

Lewandowski, a former Detroit resident with A-positive blood, gives regularly every eight-weeks.  He admits he has not upgraded to the Red Cross phone app to schedule his appointments.  “I’m old school I guess,” he said

 “As a volunteer Blood Donor Ambassador at the Red Cross’ Durham Blood Center I’ve watched the number of donors drop significantly over the past year,” said Fearrington resident Jackie Walters. “Where three donors were scheduled every 15-minutes, we now have one or none.  Keeping the blood supply current is critical for hospitals as the pandemic amply demonstrated.  I’m a Donor Ambassador and a blood donor.”

Walters reiterated the importance that neighbors, like those in Fearrington, give blood regularly to “Give Life.”

“I think everyone should volunteer to give blood if they can,” said Goettman.  “Anytime you have an opportunity to do something nice and useful, especially at this age, you have to take advantage of it. The only downside of the bus was I miss the good cookies you get afterwords in larger venues.”

Fearrington Cares Blood Drive on May 13, 2021 2021-05-27T22:46:24-04:00

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The research, tracking thousands of people from age 50 on, suggests those who sleep six hours or less a night are more likely to develop dementia in their late 70s. Could getting too little sleep increase your chances of developing dementia? For years, researchers have pondered this and other questions about how sleep relates to cognitive decline.

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds 2021-04-20T20:14:37-04:00
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