Roses and raspberries

May 21, 2013 

Roses from reader Geoff Scott to the entire Trailheads running group, and particularly race directors Kate “Trigger” Albrecht and Dave “Balto” Dirito for putting on the sixth annual Philosopher’s Way Trail Race through the Carolina North forest. This 750-acre tract with 20-plus miles of trails, both groomed and single track, lies on the northern edge of Horace Williams airport, and represents a tremendous resource to all local residents. Greg Kopsch, forest manager, is in charge of conservation of the forest and ensures its continuing availability to local walkers, runners, mountain bikers, dog walkers, birdwatchers, etc. One recent Saturday, 400 runners enjoyed these trails in what has become a mainstay of the spring running season. Yes, it was a race, but it was actually more a celebration of these trails, and an open invitation to those who haven’t experienced their beauty to come out and explore. And special thanks to all runners and the clean-up crew. We covered the race trails on Sunday and found only one tissue left behind, and that could have come from anyone. So, thank you, runners, for leaving the trails in the same pristine condition you found them.

Roses from reader Joann Davis to all those who put on a special concert that was held the afternoon of April 20 at the Carrboro Arts Center. “Notes of Grace,” a concert In memory of the Sandy Hook tragedy, benefitted the Sandy Hook School Support Trust Fund, and brought in close to $1,000.

“What makes it worthy of notice was that it was dreamed up, organized, and presented by Sophie Nachman, a ninth grader at Woods Charter,” Davis writes. “She requested local musicians to share their talent for this worthy cause, requested and sold baked goods, and requested donations in lieu of ticket sales. Musicians from Woods Charter, Carrboro High School, and UNC performed.

“Sophie felt she could do more as a group effort than by herself, so she printed up posters and postcards, which helped to get the word out. Facebook spread the word farther, and donations came in from people who could not attend, but wanted to help. It was a wonderful success.

“I know I am biased as her grandmother, but I am very proud of her.”

Roses from Preservation Chapel Hill to all the recipients of 2013 Preservation Awards! The Preservation Awards celebrate outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in historic preservation in the Chapel Hill community. Award winners have made significant contributions to protecting America’s heritage through their efforts to protect, promote, and preserve Chapel Hill’s historic places – the places that make Chapel Hill truly special.

Benjamin Brodey, John Harvey, Matthieu Campbell, Bill Worthington, Gustavo Ocoro, and Rick Morgan received a Founders Award for their rehabilitation of the Old Methodist Church at 201 Rosemary St. We also awarded a Founders Award for the Gorgon’s Head Lodge rehabilitation project. Charles Langston Harris received the Young Preservationist Award for outstanding service to the community. The Jackson Center and Self Help received the Advocacy Award for their work in the Northside neighborhood and convening the Northside Compass and Resource Groups.

Roses also to Tom Heffner and Don Tise for serving on the Award Selection Committee, to celebrity bartender Freddie Kiger, and to Aloft Hotel’s WXYZ Lounge for being a gracious host for the event and for making a donation to Preservation Chapel Hill.

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