February/March 2023

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I sold cookies to my family and neighbors when I was in Girl Scouts, although to be honest, I helped eat most of my profit. Kids today seem to have more initiative and resources at their fingertips to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. Starting on page 50, you can read about four budding businesses created by children like Sophia Chutz, who learned to sew from her mom and taught herself to crochet. The George Moses Horton middle schooler hopes to soon open an online shop for her Stitchin’ Mama enterprise to sell her skillfully crafted tote bags, baby blankets and stuffed animals.

Anna-Rhesa Versola

Beginning on page 40, you’ll find family-friendly recipes that are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. I’m a big fan of veggie pot stickers, so I’ll follow 9-year-old Anna Jane Germain’s example and craft my own from scratch. I was lucky that I had a Filipino grandmother who taught me how to make my own tasty, after-school snacks. Some young folks in our towns find their role models at the Pittsboro Boys and Girls Club, where Executive Director Traci Newby helps them develop a sense of community and friendship that is food for the soul.

As an immigrant kid raised in North Carolina, I remember struggling to develop a true sense of belonging that I believe is crucial for kids to grow into confident young adults. Brenda Clegg – who was named the Chatham County Public Health Department’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer last July – shares how her childhood experiences shaped her views on page 26.

Our area offers so much for kids, including plenty of summer camp options (check out our camp guide on page 62). Our children grow up fast. We hope this issue gives you ideas for ways to enjoy every moment of this special time while it lasts. – Anna-Rhesa Versola, managing editor


36 Welcome to the Club
Executive Director Traci Newby reflects on the Pittsboro Boys & Girls Club’s impact in its first year

40 Kids in the Kitchen
For these young cooks, the secret ingredient is practice

50 An Eye for Color and Entrepreneurship
Meet a high school freshman learning the business of art

52 Bone Appétit
These siblings were inspired to bake healthy snacks for dogs

56 Hooked on Her Hobby
A Pittsboro middle schooler learns the ropes of business ownership, stitch by stitch

58 Clay All Day
Two miniature makers got inspired to sell their sculpted creations

62 Summer Camp Guide
There’s a camp in the Triangle for every kid’s interest from sports and science to art and engineering


22 Wanna Getaway
Plan your spring and summer travel in North Carolina with advice from our staff

30 Good Bones
Orthopedic doctors aim to bring awareness to the importance of bone health

72 Let There Be Light
One couple finds the rhythm of retirement in an award-winning home


4 Letter from the Managing Editor

8 Six Events
You won’t want to miss

18 Noted
What we’ve heard around our towns …

26 Who’s Who in Town & County Government
Chatham County Public Health Department welcomed its first diversity, equity and inclusion officer

88 Deal Estate
What you get for $179,900 to $3.4m in Chatham

92 Here We Grow Again
Commercial development updates, plus a look at upcoming projects


10 Chatham County Literacy Council Luncheon
12 Chatham Arts Council Roving Performance
14 Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours
16 Reindeer Run 5K


95 Schwarz & Thomas
96 Marro & Riggsbee

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