Briefly: Hillsborough mayor, Town Board members take office

December 6, 2013 

Mayor, commissioners take office Monday

HILLSBOROUGH The post-election swearing in of the Town of Hillsborough mayor and new commissioners will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Town Barn.

The oath of office will be administered to Mayor Tom Stevens, who was re-elected to a third two-year term, and commissioners-elect Kathleen Ferguson and Jenn Weaver.

The town also will recognize commissioners Frances Dancy and Mike Gering with resolutions of commendation for their long service on the board. Both Dancy and Gering chose not to run for re-election, with Dancy having served 16 years and Gering 12 years.

In addition, the Hillsborough Police Department with Orange County Emergency Services will recognize two citizens with Community Hero Awards for their action in saving the life of a pedestrian in October who collapsed on Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough. The citizens are Jorge Arroyo and Dan Davis.

A reception will follow the oaths of office, after which the Board of Commissioners meeting will reconvene.

The agenda for the Dec. 9 regular meeting is now available on the town’s website at

The Town Barn is located on the Town Hall campus, 101 E. Orange St. Parking is accessed from East Corbin Street.

Learn how to farm at county workshops

HILLSBOROUGH The Orange County Cooperative Extension invites residents who are interested in farming to attend the seventh annual PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow) at Breeze Farm workshop series.

The workshop sessions will take place at the Orange County Cooperative Extension Office from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8, and wrapping up on Feb. 26.

The Triangle area has a vibrant food scene comprised of Farmers’ Markets, locally owned restaurants and other food venues that have been attracting young people in the area and from around the country who want to start farm businesses in Orange County.

The workshop series consists of eight 3-hour classes taught by local, experienced direct market farmers, as well as extension specialists and field faculty. Marketing, business plans and recordkeeping will be emphasized along with production topics. The program also provides acreage for lease to people who want to farm, but don’t own land. A business plan must be accepted by program administrators in order to qualify.

Minorities are encouraged to attend. PowerPoint presentations will be available in Spanish for some topics. Participation is not limited to Orange County residents.

The Orange County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 306-E Revere Road, in Hillsborough.

For more information or to register, please visit and click on the link, entitled, “PLANT@Breeze Farm Tentative Class Schedule.”

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