April/May 2022 – The Women’s Issue

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Anna-Rhesa Versola

I love feel-good stories, and this issue offers at least a dozen doses of inspiration.

First, we meet Gwen Høeg, 18, a Northwood High School senior brimming with energy and ambition. The story on page 32 tells only the beginning of this young woman’s journey into the male-dominated motor sports world. She doesn’t yet realize that tenacity is her real superpower. Gwen is unafraid to give a wholehearted effort and make course corrections to achieve her goals. She believes she can, so she will.

On page 54, read about Angela Cacace, a powerhouse making room for women in the construction industry. Her hashtag #moveoverbob has grown into a full-fledged venture that amplifies positivity for female workers and male allies.

For Brandi Morris (page 40) and Hannah Brown (page 48), their families are a source of support for their businesses in downtown Pittsboro Red Moose Brewing Company and Deep River Mercantile, respectively. And throughout our fifth annual women’s issue, we learn about what drives Gwen, Angela, Brandi, Hannah and eight others who are passionate about the welfare of children, the benefits of art and literature, the rights of humans and animals alike, and the well-being of our own health as individuals and as a democracy.

As Chatham County grows, change is inevitable, and our quality of life depends on each of us and how we choose to act. These 12 women, whether on the brink of retirement or just starting to learn of their potential, serve as role models who show up every day to make a difference. – by Anna-Rhesa Versola

The Women’s Issue

32 Gwen Høeg
Northwood High School

36 Michelle Paige
Chatham County Democratic Party

38 Gilda McDaniel
Fearrington Village

40 Brandi Morris
Red Moose Brewing Company

42 Cindy Perry
Town of Pittsboro

46 Cristal Ocampo Ruiz
Chatham County Public Health Department

48 Hannah Brown
Deep River Mercantile

50 Genevieve Megginson
Chatham County Partnership for Children

52 Pandora Paschal
Chatham County Board of Elections

54 Angela Cacace
A. Marie Design + Build, Move Over Bob and The Bower Creative

56 Keebe Fitch
McIntyre’s Books

60 Pam Fulk
Carolina Tiger Rescue


64 What We Love About Living in … Powell Place
Three families share what drew them to the neighborhood north of downtown Pittsboro

86 In Her Garden, Goodness Grows
A local artist uses her backyard as a creative outlet

92 Plant This, Not That
Three local experts share their advice for picking native species


4 Letter from the Managing Editor

8 Six Events
Events you won’t want to miss

22 Noted
What we’ve heard around our towns

26 Who’s Who in Town & County Government
Cory Saulsbury moves up the ranks to Pittsboro’s water plant superintendent

98 Here We Grow Again
Updates on commercial and real estate projects in downtown Pittsboro

102 Engagement
Marro & Riggsbee

103 Weddings
Allen & Henning
Elkins & Moore


10 Fearrington Folk Art Show
12 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
16 New Mural at The Plant
18 Lyle Estill’s 60th Birthday Celebration


29 The Big Give
Our local nonprofits, how they support the community and how you can get involved

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