Day of Celebration planned for July 24

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“Happy Birthday”

to the following county employees : July 2: Nicole Kubinsky

Penelope Mason July 5: Rodney Frazier

Ken Reeves July 7: Robert White July 8: Stacy Carey

Andrew Maloney July 9: Tiffini James July 10: Taira Blount

Leshea Clayton Pat Huff Tracy Neal July 12: Kelley V. Lawson July 13: Clarence Peace July 15: Will Robinson July 17: Angela Miles July 18: Bennie Perry July 20: Jennifer Seeley July 23: Savannah Gilliland

Lisa Matthews July 24: Barbara Burwell July 25: Dewey Floyd July 29: Timothy McCall July 30: Lauren Matthews

Michelle Ogle July 31: Kathy May

Have you signed up to participate, yet?

Day of Celebration planned for July 24

Granville County Government Monthly Employee Newsletter

Several departments of Granville County Government will be sharing information about services available to our residents during the July 24th celebration at the Granville Athletic Park. All county services will be located under the GAP’s Sports Pavilion, along with our municipal partners and local museums.

In addition to county services, there will be approximately 40 community non- profits on site who will be assigned spaces throughout the park to share resources with the public.

“This event is a great way to showcase all our county has to offer,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Sue Hinman, who also chairs the 275th Anniversary Planning Committee. “We have great people who live here and many resources available to the community… as well as the area’s largest outdoor recreational area. What bet- ter place to celebrate than at the GAP, with an event to spotlight the Granville County of yesterday and today?”

If your department has not yet reserved a table, please contact Assistant County Manager Korena Weichel at korena.weichel@granvillecounty.org. Tables/chairs will be provided under the sheltered Pavilion area for county departments.

For a message from Board Chair Hinman about this event, please see page 2.

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JULY 2021

Granville County celebrates 275 years of history and progress on July 24th at the Granville Athletic Park.

The community-wide event kicks off with the dedication of the Phase III expansion of the Park at 9 a.m. to officially mark the completion of the new amenities. Six new tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, an all- inclusive playground, a sheltered pavilion, a fitness station, open playspace and addi- tional parking are all included in the expan- sion, which adds 11 acres to the already existing GAP.

Following the dedication will be opening ceremonies for Granville County’s 275th Anniversary Celebration at 10 a.m., with a presentation of colors and remarks from local dignitaries. Activities and entertain- ment is planned throughout the day as residents and visitors are encouraged to explore the park, visit vendor booths, enjoy live music, see local exhibits and demon- strations, and learn more about community resources, all while enjoying great food and fellowship.

The day-long celebration continues until 4 p.m. Bring your entire family… there’s something for everyone!

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The following staff members have recently joined our team:

Alliyah Mitchell, Social Services Jennifer Cruz, Detention Center Bruce Parrish, Veterans Services

Cory Harrell, Detention Center Travis Knight, Social Services Reese Newton and Meredith Wilson,

Parks and Grounds (part-time) Welcome to our staff!

Social Services also welcomes Patrice Wilkerson, transferred from

County Administration.

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Message from the Board Chair

Effective July 1, 2021, our virtual telemedi- cine will no longer be provided by MDLive.

Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina has partnered with telemedicine provider TELADOC to provide you and your family with access to fast and convenient quality medical and behavioral healthcare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you currently use Virtual Visits for your non-emergency care, please be sure to switch your account to www.bluecrossnc.com/

teladoc, 1-800-835-2362. Members pay a

$10 copay and will need to reference your BCNSNC Group Number (on your medical ID card) when accessing care.

Human Resources Director Angela Miles can be reached at 919-603-1338 (angela.miles@granvillecounty.org) with any questions about your benefits.

Changes announced to virtual telemedicine

WELLNESS

New Youth Programs Coordinator to lead Granville County Teen Court

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Gran- ville County Center, announces the addition of Tiana Jones as the new Youth Programs Coordinator for Gran- ville County Teen Court and Juvenile Service programming. A native of Granville County, Jones is a graduate of South Granville High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, earning her Master of So-

cial Work from the University of Michigan. She has strong community ties and brings a wealth of knowledge to the pro- gram. Welcome, Tiana!

Granville County celebrates a his- toric milestone this year as we ob- serve our 275th Anniversary. To eve- ryone who has worked to ensure that this observance is one to remember, the Board of Commissioners appreci- ates your efforts and extends a spe- cial “thank you.” Whether you will be volunteering your time during the cel- ebration at the GAP, served on the 275th Anniversary Planning Commit- tee, provided sites for the sale of our

souvenir coins, assisted in the promotion of Lewis Bowling’s new book, helped distribute flyers, or made phone calls to solicit participation in these efforts, we appreciate your sup- port!

If you have not yet volunteered to assist on July 24th, it‘s not too late to get involved! There is much to do as we join together to spotlight all the great things about our home county, and we have much to be proud of. As we man tables, provide resources, help direct traffic, distribute programs, make ourselves available to answer questions, etc., we are showing our residents that Granville County is a great place be! If you’re interested in serving as a volunteer at the event and have not yet signed up, please contact Human Re- sources Director Angela Miles as soon as possible to be add- ed to the growing list of volunteers. If you are not able to vol- unteer, we hope you bring your family out to show support and enjoy the day’s activities!

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we thank you for the dedicated service you provide to our residents every day, and we look forward to seeing you at the GAP on Saturday, July 24th as we celebrate 275 years!

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Tree seedlings available for order

...that a flag receptacle box is lo- cated in the hallway near the Tax Ad- ministration office on Williamsboro Street? Residents are invited to bring damaged flags here for proper dis- posal by the Boy Scouts. If you have a flag that needs to be “retired” after the July 4th holiday, please keep this option in mind.

DID YOU KNOW..

Board of Elections seeks poll workers

The N.C. Forest Service is now taking seedling orders for the upcoming tree planting season, which is mid-December through mid-April of 2022. Nearly 50 tree species are available through the NCFS Nursery and Tree Improvement Program, including conifers and hardwoods. It is sug- gested that orders be placed early, as seedlings sell out quickly. For more details, contact County Ranger Rob Montague at 919-693-3154 or visit the NC Forest Ser- vice website at www.ncforestservice.gov.

Sheriff’s Office “bridges the gap”

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with local organizations and members of the community to help

"bridge the gap" between law enforce- ment and the county's residents. Out- reach events have included outdoor "fun days" at several areas across the county, where cornhole, snow cones, and other activities have been enjoyed.

"Bingo with a Badge" is also sched- uled at the Granville County Senior Cen- ter in Oxford (107 Lanier Street) every first and third Thursday for our seniors.

For more information about these events, please contact the Sheriff's Of- fice at 919-693-3213.

When you vote, the person helping you is a dedicated community mem- ber committed to the election pro- cess, serving as a front-line repre- sentative of the Board of Elections office. If you know someone who would like to be an election official during Early Voting or on Election Day, please ask them to consider joining Granville County’s team of dedicated poll workers. Visit our web- site at www.granvillecounty.org or call the Board of Elections office at 919- 693-2515 for more details.

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North Carolina Room Specialist Mark Pace, of the Richard H. Thornton Library, will play the part of “John Penn”

at the Granville Ath- letic Park on July 24th. Pace, who has been recog- nized with the Na- tional Daughters of the American Revo- lution’s Community Service Award, will add a historical presence to the event as he portrays one of North Carolina’s three signers of the Declara- tion of Independence. Originally from Virginia, Penn moved to the Stovall area of Granville County in 1774.

Volunteers build ramps to assist our seniors

After a nationwide pandemic resulted in many of our most vulnerable citizens being quarantined for more than a year, volunteers are now working togeth- er to help "build a bridge" for better access to side- walks, driveways and outdoor spaces. Led by retired contractor Garman Troup, who has constructed more than 2,500 ramps during his 35-year career, these volunteers have been working to assist those with physical disabilities and impairments that prevent them from getting outside on their own.

If you would like to assist in this effort by donating your time or project materials, or if you know a local resident who could benefit from this program, please contact Senior Services Director Kathy May at 919- 693-1930.

Meet “John Penn” at the GAP

The Tar River Land Conservancy recently opened their new public trails in Stem. Representatives of Granville County, as well as from Butner, Stem, the Na- tional Guard, Universal Leaf and Scout Troop 401 of Creedmoor, participated in a ribbon cutting to formally open the new addition at the Roberts Chapel Conserva- tion Area. Congratulations, TRLC!

Tar River Land Conservancy

opens new public trails

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Safety Corner

Be cautious of road work near Thornton Library

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris/waste is no longer accepted at the County's seven (7) convenience sites, effective July 1. Materials no longer accepted include insula- tion; carpet/tiles; plywood/particle board; wood from con- struction sites/buildings; asphalt (from roads); gypsum/

sheetrock; shingles; bricks; plastics; salvaged building com- ponents (doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, etc); and site- clearing materials such as trees, stumps, earth and rock.

For proper disposal of these types of wastes, residents are being directed to the Oxford Landfill, located at 6595 Land- fill Road. The landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday.

Heat illness prevention

As temperatures soar during the summer months, it is important to know how to stay safe in the heat. To prevent heat -related illness, be sure that you are staying hy- drated by drinking water -

even when you aren’t thirsty - as well as taking breaks to cool off. Heat-related illness can occur quickly and be very dangerous, especial- ly if you are not paying attention

(Information provided by Reba Duke, Safety Coordinator, Emergency Management)

Construction work at the intersection of Main and Spring Street in Oxford has closed the street to traffic in the area of the Richard H. Thornton Library. Staff offers a reminder that even though the street is closed, the parking lot remains open. Drivers in that vicinity should be cautious of the road work as they maneuver through to the library, which contin- ues to be open to the public and will be returning to normal operating hours on July 12.

Change announced at County’s

seven convenience sites

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July

Observances:

July is:

* Parks and Recreation Month

* Family Fun Month

* National Picnic Month

* National Ice Cream Month

News of interest?

If you have news to share for future newsletters, please send

to lynn.allred@granville- county.org.

Weekly observances:

July 3 through Aug. 11 Dog Days of Summer

Dates to remember:

July 4: Independence Day July 11: Pet Photo Day July 11: World Population Day

July 15: Pet Safety Day July 21: National Hot Dog Day

July 28: National Hamburger Day

The new Animal Shelter is now open to the public! Next week is “Animal Shelter Ap- preciation Week.” Go by and see this spacious new facili- ty at 515 New Commerce Drive in Oxford and show your support for our staff!

“...because of its unity,” by Abigail Humphries, J.F. Webb High

“...because its history is amazing!”

by Kristen Replugle, Tar River Elem.

“...because we have an emergency system that helps the citizens of our county stay safe,” by Chase

Briggs, Creedmoor Elem.

Students of Granville County Schools participat- ed in a nationwide art con- test sponsored by the Na-

tional Association of Counties (NACo) and were asked to tell - in words and through art - why they “love” their county.

Submitted artwork had been on display at branches of the Granville County Library Sys- tem, at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford and at the Granville County Animal Shelter during the month of June, and travels to the Granville County Museum for a special art exhibit that opens on July 18. Student art will also be on display at the Granville Athletic Park on July 24 as part of the 275th Anniver- sary celebration.

Here are just a few of the reasons our stu- dents love living in Granville:

Elijah Garrett, Creedmoor Elementary:

“Because I love our greenways.”

Andrew Kendall, Tar River Elementary:

“Because of the beautiful parks.”

Kent Hicks, Tar River Elementary:

“Because of the beautiful Tar River Trail.”

Nicholas Brown, Creedmoor Elementary:

“Because of the interesting flag.”

Brim Royster, J.F. Webb High School:

“Because of my family connections here.”

Gage Ellington, Tar River Elemen- tary: “Because of the fishing.

And the animals. And farms.”

Logan Dudley, Creedmoor Elementary: “Because of Wilton Slopes.”

Bailee Baker, Tar River Elementary: “Because of all the amazing people.”

Be sure to check out the exhibit at the Granville County Museum in Oxford, and at the GAP on July 24.

Cinnamon Apple Slices - Grilled

(Courtesy of Jennifer Brown, Granville and Person County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent)

3 honey crisp apples, cut into 3/4 inch slices 3 Tbsp melted butter

3 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. honey

Brush apple slices with melted butter on both sides. Grill apples (indirectly) for about 6 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear.

As soon as you pull them off the grill, sprinkle the top of the apples with cinnamon and drizzle with honey.

(Source: Michigan State University Extension: https://www.canr.msu.edu/)

“I Love My County Because…”

Recipe of the Month!

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