Published: Jun 12, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Jun 12, 2012 04:34 PM
Roses to all the students who graduated from local high schools this past weekend.
For 12 years, y’all have been climbing toward this height. It must feel great to finally have made it.
Soon comes the hard part. We wish we could have given you a world with more opportunities, but the economy went over a cliff four years ago, and the picture is improving at an excruciatingly slow pace.
We hope that by the time you celebrate your next graduation, if that’s what’s on your to-do list, things are better. But the truth is that many of you are going to have to scrap to carve out a place for yourself.
For now, though, after 12 years you’ve earned the right to be proud and enjoy your accomplishments. We’re proud of you, too.
Roses to Time Out Restaurant, which is one of 30 restaurants nationwide included in the Travel Channel’s new show, “Best Sandwiches in America.”
Time Out has been feeding local folks for more than three decades, so it’s good to see the place get this kind of recognition.
From the sound of things, some of the other competitors go the gourmet route – Seared Beef Tongue with Smoked Green Onions from Austin’s Noble Pig, for example, or the Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll from the Galley Restaurant and Pub in Naples, Maine.
Time Out, which is about as unpretentious an eatery as you’ll ever see, keeps it simple: its entry is its basic Chicken Cheddar Biscuit: Fried chicken, cheddar cheese, Southern style biscuit.
Incidentally, we’re a bit appalled that the list includes a Pulled Pork Sandwich – from Los Angeles.
Roses to UNC, for turning 107 acres of environmentally sensitive land over to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
The land, the bulk of the 119-acre Parker Property, will be appended to the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre natural treasure administered by the NCBG. The new tract expands the Mason Farm reserve, a gorgeous and undeveloped expanse of forests and former farm fields that includes streams, steep slopes and woods, and that is home to a remarkable variety of life: more than 800 species of plants and more than 200 species of birds, plus 67 species of butterflies, 51 species of reptiles and amphibians, 29 species of mammals and 28 species of fish.
It is the most biodiverse tract of its size in the Piedmont – and it’s right here within the Chapel Hill city limits. The Mason Farm reserve protects natural areas, supports academic research and provides public education opportunities to the public.
The Parker tract dramatically increases the size of the Mason Farm reserve. That’s important because contiguous tracts of natural land are critical to the continued preservation of wild plants and animals.
The Parker property is in good hands; the Botanical Garden is a superb track record of managing the lands under its care. The garden had sought the transfer of the tract for many years, so the folks over there are rejoicing.
Good on the university for taking this step.
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