Roses and Raspberries

August 28, 2013 

Lucky 13 Cyclists, from left: Holden Selkirk, Hugh Kelley, Miles Rosen, Aidan Kelley, Kyle Ferriter, Paris Buedel, DJ Recny, Arthur Mouw, Brian Burnham, Wes Malinchock, Caleb Roenigk and Jack Jansen.


Roses to the Chapel Hill-area businesses and organizations whose generosity and support helped 10 local teens and two leaders reach their goal of $30,000 for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center ahead of schedule.

The cyclists, dubbed “Lucky 13,” reached their fundraising goal on July 17, as they rode their bikes into Wyoming from South Dakota.

Significant donations came from the following Chapel Hill businesses and organizations: Performance Bicycle; UNC’s Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Program; L.E.K Consulting; Cirque Productions; Thomas Leech, DDS; Ideal Precast; Celeste Sloop, DDS; Julie Mol Orthodontics; Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic; Thundershirt; Carrboro Pizza Oven; Hershey and Heymann Orthodontics; Carolina Ventures; Holy Family Catholic Church; Calvert Holdings; High & Rubish Insurance; Pharpoint Research; Ruston Paving; Greenscape, Inc.; Pieroni Family Dentistry; J.B. Buckley Construction; Keith Taylor, DDS; Auto Pro to Call; Dental Power; C& J Heating and Air; and Montessori Community School.

The crew is still riding, headed to Astoria, Ore., and still accepting donations at

Roses to volunteers who worked tirelessly to complete the first-ever Rogers Road Paint Blitz sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HHOC)

Bob Ross, the famous American painter and television host, once said, “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” When HHOC created their A Brush with Kindness home repair program, they had their sights on a community where everyone had a safe, affordable, decent place to live.

Three years ago HHOC began repairing and providing improvements for homes in neighborhoods were it builds new homes. HHOC will begin the last round of new construction in its 50-home development called Phoenix Place.

Over the course of six days, nearly 100 volunteers signed up to paint, scrub, power wash, trim hedges and clean the gutters of four neighborhood homes. HHOC’s repair programs allow volunteers as young as 14 to participate. The youth responded strongly and were the primary workers during this six-day blitz. Also among the volunteers were a handful of longtime Habitat homeowners and their children.

Roses from a reader to the Chapel Hill police officers who responded rapidly to suspicious door-to-door solicitors. The solicitors arrived in the Glenn Heights neighborhood Thursday, Aug. 15, in an SUV, but were unable to show valid driver’s licenses.

The Police Department, by the way, will help you bring Neighborhood Watch to your area. Representatives will attend meetings, provide crime statistics for your neighborhood and present valuable crime prevention information to you and your neighbors.

To get started call 919-932-2929 or email the Community Services division at

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