Roses and raspberries, April 24

April 24, 2013 

Roses from reader Lisa Inman to the charity organizations and volunteers that helped make the Color the Hill Fun Run possible. The team of charities included the Academy of Information Technology, an excellent learning program offered through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools; A Drink For Tomorrow from UNC-CH, a student-run organization that raises awareness and funds for the global water crisis; and the SKJAJA Fund, which provides funding for local kids to participate in social and educational enrichment activities.

These three wonderful local organizations provided the creativity, game plan and an army of volunteers to make the Color the Hill Fun Run a rollicking, vibrant and healthy event for all ages. Not only did they raise much need funds for their charities, the event brought together local families, university students and even Marines from Camp Lejeune all in the name of having fun and raising money for these three local organizations! Thank you for hosting an event that really put the "fun" back into "fun runs"! Our family can't wait for next year's Color the Hill Fun Run.

Roses from Preservation Chapel Hill to Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity for their successful application for a Preservation Plaque for the Webb House.

The house, located at the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley streets, was built in 1913 in the Colonial Revival style by businessman Junius Webb. It sits on land originally owned by David McCauley, for whom McCauley Street is named. Webb owned and operated a general store on Franklin Street with his business partner, Herbert Lloyd. Together they built the Webb-Lloyd commercial block around 1900, which now houses the Sugarland Bakery and Carolina Coffee Shop.

Kappa Kappa Gamma purchased the house in 1958 to house its Epsilon Gamma chapter at UNC. For more than 50 years, these women have encouraged one another to be only the best women they can be, and to share their energy and talents with the rest. Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded in 1870 with the goal of exploring the potential for women's impact on the world – years before the term "sorority" came into use.

The Preservation Plaque will be unveiled at a public event at 2 p.m. May 5, which also celebrates National Preservation Month and the 100th anniversary of the Webb House’s construction. Kappa members will provide guided tours of the first floor of the house.

Roses to architect Patric LeBeau, who donating his design services for the Rogers Road Community Center. Orange County Manager Michael Talbert has said he was “shocked” that LeBeau volunteered to do the job, since architects are typically paid about 8 to 10 percent of the project cost.

Orange County has authorized $650,000 to build the center, which could open as soon as summer 2014.

LeBeau’s design features rooftop windows to provide natural light, a covered porch to shelter children waiting for school buses and a rock well at the corner of Purefoy Drive and Edgar Street.

“It will be a kind of a testament from the county to this community to provide clean drinking water for the foreseeable future,” LeBeau said.

Roses from reader Kathryn Chan to Laura Dudley and all the folks at East Chapel Hill High School for their work on the used book sale fundraiser. They collected and organized more than 5,000 books, and raised more than $1,300 for the PTA Thrift Shop capital campaign, but also resulted in a slough of wonderful books being donated to the Thrift Store. Chan wrote that the Thrift Store has been “a big supporter” of East Chapel Hill High, providing more than $350,000 since 2003.

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