First We Eat: The partnership that powers the downtown hotspot restaurant trifecta

First We Eat: The partnership that powers the downtown hotspot restaurant trifecta

It’s the downtown restaurant hub that attracts those on a lunch break, families eating out, date nights, and one looking for a tasty drink. Located just above the intersection of West King Street and Churton Street sits the hot spot of three restaurants all managed by a partnership called First We Eat: Bona Fide Sandwich Co., LaPlace Louisiana Cookery, and The Wooden Nickel. 

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Mystery Brewing Public House Kitchen: a place for community and collaboration

Mystery Brewing Public House Kitchen: a place for community and collaboration

Exposed brick, bold blue accent walls, a wall of pure sunlight, bookshelves stacked with games, a piano open for community use - and of course good beer, a new robust menu, and the upcoming spring beer release - Mystery Brewing Company’s kitchen and menu is a Mystery no more: it’s the perfect place for an after work brew or a Sunday brunch.

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The Memory Project: artwork connects students with Bolivian children

The Memory Project: artwork connects students with Bolivian children

Art is a form of communication, of connection, and Orange High School students have experienced this first hand as they create artistic portraits of Bolivian children that will eventually be gifted to the children depict. 

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Invasive plant species, Eno River, to be treated this summer

Invasive plant species, Eno River, to be treated this summer

Hydrilla crowds out native vegetation, reduces water flow, restricts recreational activities such as fishing, swimming and boating, can harbor a toxic bacteria that kills waterfowl, bald eagles and other birds of prey, and it has a dense biomass, acting as a sort of barrier between the species above and below the hydrilla, therefore affecting the entire ecosystem.

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The Occaneechi Tribe: staking claim to their culture and land once again

The Occaneechi Tribe: staking claim to their culture and land once again

Turtle Island is a good, romanticized, description of both Jefferies and his ancestors, and even his grandchildrens’ youth, everything from fishing and hunting, exploring backwoods and running through fields, learning valuable lessons from being immersed in the land, much of which was a custom of his people.

He knew these lands, and learned to value them in a special way from a young age – but so did his ancestors – ancestors that were forcibly displaced by European invasion in 1701.

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“Our-story”: The heritage of the Occaneechi Indian Tribe

“Our-story”: The heritage of the Occaneechi Indian Tribe

Less than 20 weathered cedar poles stand at the site of what was once a full Occaneechi Village Replica, located behind the Courthouse downtown.

At the Dec. 17 Occaneechi Replica Village Dedication Ceremony, John “Blackfeather” Jeffries, once, and still referred to as, the Tribal Chief, stood with tribal administrator and cousin, Vicki Jeffries, and other tribal members, with a circle of over 100 community members standing around them and a fire, celebrating the reconstruction of the replica site, which will be completed in early 2017. 

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Hillsborough resident helps build shelter at Standing Rock

Hillsborough resident helps build shelter at Standing Rock

On Nov. 29, the group of 17 people arrived at Standing Rock, the same time a blizzard arrived as well. They stayed at the Rosebud camp, located on reservation land across the river from the main camp, Oceti Sakowin. The team stayed about six days, with five people erecting a shelter, and the others jumping in where they could help – cooking and serving meals, sorting supplies and donations, and even cleaning portajohns.

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Humans of Hillsborough: Rosa Faucette Swanson and Jim Swanson

Humans of Hillsborough: Rosa Faucette Swanson and Jim Swanson

What is your favorite part about this town?

Rosa: “I think it’s the memories. It’s the memories of growing up, of, around the corner when James Pharmacy was a pharmacy. We would come up here with our grandfather and we would go in there. He had his own booth in the back that he would sit in, it was Mr. Faucette’s booth. And at the end of this road right here, used to be...

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A Welcome Home: Runyambo family will soon have a house in Hillsborough

A Welcome Home: Runyambo family will soon have a house in Hillsborough

The Runyambo family made their way to the United States several years after having their lives interrupted by a civil war in their home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Soon, they will have a home in Hillsborough thanks to their hard work and the work of Hands for Habitat, Orange County Schools, Orange County Habitat for Humanity, and Sports Endeavors.

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