Durham Seeks 2014 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations

October 26th Deadline to Submit Nominations

Residents who think there are certain Durham properties that have outstanding curb appeal are now invited to nominate those properties for the 2014 Golden Leaf Awards.

The Durham City-County Appearance Commission and Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc. are seeking nominations from the community to recognize new developments and buildings in Durham that provide positive attributes to the built environment. Homeowners, building owners, architects, landscape architects, developers, realtors and anyone involved in design, planning and construction in Durham are encouraged to enter projects completed within the last five years.

Visit http://www.durhamgoldenleaf.com to review the complete list of categories, submission criteria and nomination forms. All submissions are due by Sunday, October 26, 2014.

For more information, contact Planner Wade Griffin with the Durham City-County Planning Department by email at Wade.Griffin@DurhamNC.gov or by phone at (919) 560-4137, ext. 28229.

America Recycles Day Art Contest

America Recycles Day(ARD), the only nationally recognized day to celebrate and promote recycling, is on November 15.  Local governments across the country are planning special collection events, community presentations or other activities to educate their citizens about recycling programs.   This year, North Carolina will recognize ARD with a poster contest open to K-8 students in partnership with the Carton Council and Keep NC Beautiful.  The poster winner will have their poster printed and distributed to schools across North Carolina!  Please contact schools in your community and encourage them to have students enter to help promote recycling in schools.

Students can win fantastic prizes such as:

One $100 gift card
Two $50 gift cards
Recycling bins for their schools, or Recycle Guys stickers, recycled newspaper pencils, and activity books.

The deadline for entry is October 31st and full contest information and entry form can be found at: www.recycleguys.org

Durham Farm and Food Network – Oct 23 Public Forum Invitation

Durham County residents and those who work in Durham County are invited to join Durham County citizens and a broad coalition of community organizations for a local food public interest meeting on October 23, 2014.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm at the Shepherd’s House Church at 107 N. Driver St. in Durham.

The agenda includes exploring our mutual interests in food and agriculture and how we might work together to support vibrant farms, healthy people, thriving local economies, strong communities, and resilient ecosystems in Durham County.

The purpose of the meeting is to examining the relevance of a food council for Durham County and to take initial steps towards developing a council as a formal entity.

A food council is a group made up of representatives from the different parts of the local foods system, including consumers, producers, processors, retailers, local decision-makers, and other stakeholders including those working on environmental sustainability, health, food access, social equity, and animal welfare.

Every food council organizes in its own unique way, but most focus on assessing the local food system, identifying and bridging gaps in the system, and developing key linkages to drive action in the region and across the state.

For more information or to RSVP for the local food meeting, visit https://durhamfarmandfoodnetwork.wordpress.com

Come to the Durham EcoFair!

This is a great opportunity for you to learn about products and services to help you protect the environment, live a healthy lifestyle, and save on your utility bills!

When: October 21, 2014 from 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Where: The Human Services Complex, 414 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor

Free give-aways and a scavenger hunt with prizes!

This will also serve as our grand celebration for Charge Ahead Durham.  (ChargeAheadDurham.org).  We will showcase all the hard work individual Durhamites have been doing to make our place a greener, healthier, safer place to live and announce our Grand Prize winners!

Cankerworm Prevention Workshops – September 17 and 22

CANKERWORMS: Those creepy green worms that fall from the sky

Want to learn how to get rid of them? Come find out!

Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-7:30PM – Cooperative Extension on Foster Street

Monday, September 22, 6:30-7:30PM – Kirby Horton Hall at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Cankerworms are destroying our Willow Oaks. Join the band wagon to fight these pests. Find out how at our informational sessions with experts from Duke University, Durham County Cooperative Extension, and the City of Durham.

Let us know you are coming by signing up at www.TreesAcrossDurham.org  or call 919-354-2729.

Durham County Encourages Residents to Join Statewide Effort to Reduce Litter

Residents tired of litter in Durham County can now do more about it by cutting out unsightly waste during the annual North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Fall Litter Sweep.

Last year, volunteer groups and other participants removed millions of pounds of litter from North Carolina roadsides. The negative effects of litter include declining property values, reluctance of business relocation and investment and increased crime.

The Durham County Solid Waste Division strongly encourages churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and concerned citizens of Durham County to join others statewide in organizing a cleanup team in this year’s litter prevention effort.

This year Fall Litter Sweep runs September 20 – October 4, 2014, throughout all of North Carolina.

In Durham County it’s easy to partner with NCDOT for Fall Litter Sweep during the two-week period by simply:

  • Organizing a volunteer group.
  • Choosing any state road to clean up. The chosen road can be in your neighborhood, one you travel on to work, or any state road you believe needs attention.
  • Contacting the NCDOT maintenance office in Durham County at (919) 477-2814 or 1-800-331-5864 to reserve cleaning supplies (i.e. safety vests, orange bags for trash and      blue bags for recyclables).
  • Designating a person from your team to pick up needed cleaning supplies.

After your cleanup:

  • Leave your orange bags filled with trash on the roadside.
  • Call the NCDOT maintenance office again at (919) 477-2814 and this time give them the number of bags filled and their exact location on the road for pick up.
  • Take your blue bags of recyclables to a local recycling drop off center. A list of recycling centers in Durham can be found at www.dconc.gov/recycling.
  • Request your certificates of appreciation from NCDOT by completing the form found atwww.ncdot.org/~littersweep.

The beauty of fall will soon be here with vibrant colors of leaves. Residents of Durham can make fall in Durham County even more beautiful by participating in Fall Litter Sweep.

For more information about participating in the 2014 Fall Litter Sweep, call the Durham County Solid Waste Division at (919) 560-0437 or NCDOT at (800) 331-5864.  Information about the Fall Litter Sweep is also available at www.ncdot.gov/~littersweep.


Durham E-Waste Recycling & Shredding Event October 4

Free & Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents & Businesses

Durham residents and businesses waiting for the next free opportunity to recycle electronic waste and shred confidential documents should plan to attend the E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event early next month.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper.

The event, co-sponsored by the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:

·         Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.

·         Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.

·         Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.

·         Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines

·         Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaners

·         Power tools, cordless tools, etc.

·         Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems

·         This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon

Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:

·         Paper may contain paper clips and staples; hanging file folders will not be accepted

·         Only paper should be brought for shredding; CDs, DVDs and other non-paper items will not be accepted

·         All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper

·         Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material)

·         Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility

Durham residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/wr_transfer.aspx.

Canker Worm Control Workshiop – Sept 9, 7 pm

Tue Sep 9, 2014   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC

Canker worms are becoming a growing problem in Durham.  They are those nuisance inch worms that appear in the spring and defoliate the trees.  To combat this problem there will be a series of workshops to demonstrate how and when to wrap a barrier around you tree to get the biggest impact, learn when and how to glue, and when to remove the barrier so that you don’t girdle the trees. Class is free, but registration is required. Contact 919-668-1707 or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xq7ZoB-sk1Y0ElB3NYww8XiNhWygA1ZLEsihDRikTOY/viewform?usp=send_form

Fall Lawn Clinic September 13, 10-11 a.m.

A Fall Lawn Clinic, or How I Stopped Torturing My Yard and Saved the Lakes

When: Saturday, September 13, 10-11AM

Where: 301 Spring Garden Drive, Durham

Our lawns greened up with the rain and fall is the time to make changes in your yard so it’s a good time to learn how to have a “smarter” lawn. For example, as we try to reduce nutrients going into our lakes, can you make a difference by using the best times to fertilize and best ways to control weeds, and making sure you aren’t spreading more  fertilizer than you need?  Do you have microclimates in your yard — and how do you deal with them?  Can you make planting choices that make a lower impact (and take less money and work)?The Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Sierra Club will be having a lawn clinic from 10:00AM to 11:00 on September 13.  We will start at Melissa Rooney’s  house in the Fairfield Neighborhood (301 Spring Garden Drive), walk around to look at cool yards and talk about how lawn chemicals get into stormwater.  In the process, we will learn some practical things about lawn care.

Directions to 301 Spring Garden:  From Herndon Road, turn onto Springmoor Lane (the smaller of the two entrances to the Fairfield neighborhood). At end of Springmoor (T intersection), stop at stop sign and look straight ahead – that is the house.

Cover Crops and Crop Rotation class this Saturday

SATURDAY AUGUST 16 from 10-11 a.m. in the Briggs Ave. garden, Durham Master Gardener Leanna Murphy Dono will be leading a class on “Cover Crops and Crop Rotation” to help gardeners learn about planting fall/winter cover crops (like clovers and legumes) that help soil recover nutrients, improve soil structure and prevent weeds when not planted in vegetable crops.  If it’s raining at class time, we’ll meet at the Extension Office instead.

During the class, we’ll examine some cover crops growing in the garden now (many thanks to Marsha Booker-Hibbs who helped Leanna plant and turn under some cover crops in July), and we’ll look at how they are turned over/break down.  You’ll learn about the benefits of planting buckwheat, rye, crimson clover, cow peas and more and the timing of planting in the rotation (spring vs. summer.)

All the Briggs Avenue Community Garden plot owners who attend will be able to put in a cover crop for a hands-on planting demo.

This class is free and open to the public (including Master Gardeners for continuing education credit and Briggs plot owners); please call Pana at 919-560-0525 or email: prjones2@ncsu.edu  to pre-register.