Growing up here in Caswell County, Irvin went to Bartlett Yancey and then went on to graduate from NC State.  His father was already in the insurance business and upon graduation form college, he encouraged Irvin to come and work a bit until he figured out what he was ‘really’ going to do with his career.

On a spring Tuesday, April 5, 2022, there will be a gathering at the Thomas Day House Museum in Milton and all are invited.  The businesses and organization there have gotten together along with the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce to organize a complimentary breakfast for the community. 

How often do we see quotes on motivation, leadership, encouragement, and inspiration?  If you are online, chances are you run across these daily.  A positive message like that can change the trajectory of your day and leave you wanting to make a positive difference in the world. 

For some time now there has been an interest in the community to have some type of a spring festival for the community.  This April 22 that is coming to life.  On Friday, April 22, Earth Day, a group of community organizations are coordinating the first Caswell Earth Day Kids Festival.  The week prior, the children will be out of school for Easter/Spring break and this year, there will be some exciting activities that they may enjoy experiencing.

As the baby boomers continue to age and need care in the final years, there is a greater demand for care for our elders.  Thankfully not all need to be in a nursing home and many desire to remain at home but need some additional assistance during the day to help with day-to-day activities. According to RuralHealthInfo.org, approximately 30% of older adults receive caregiving for health or reasons such as household chores or transportation, and adult children were the largest group of caregivers.

On a Sunday afternoon, an appointment was made by Sista’s Touch Salon owner, Pennie Allen, me and two of Pennie’s newest team members, Anisha Hollway and Jazmere Mims.  The purpose of the meeting was to visit with these two new graduates from Piedmont Community College having recently completed their cosmetology program certificates to interview for this short article. It was a great way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon as these two young professionals left me with a very positive outlook on the youth in our community.  

I’s all about Caswell’ said Lori Wilson, also known as the Tooth Fairy in Disguise.  It is always fun to run into people that are excited about Caswell County and shining a positive light on the community.  And a bright light it is. Maybe you have heard about or seen the Caswell County tooth fairy lady around from time to time.

Daniel Crisson began his career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) industry working for a company in Burlington, NC.  For several years, Daniel continued to have more and more requests from the community for assistance with various challenges with HVAC systems especially in modular and mobile home systems.  After work and on the weekends, he would assist people in the area with their air and heating issues.  Daniel began to think that he could probably start his own service and specialize in the modular and mobile home niche. 

Did you know that one third of the farmers in the United States today are women? Here in North Carolina the fastest growing group of farmers are female.

The National Women in Agriculture Association is a national network with the mission to save lives and eliminate poverty by increasing the availability of fresh, locally grown foods while expanding economic opportunities.

When you buy local, you are making a decision that will have far-reaching advantages in your community. Supporting local businesses, helps to support your local economy. Significantly more money stays in a community when purchases are made at locally owned – rather than nationally owned – businesses.

Over the past year our community like all others, has been through some challenging times with the initial pandemic and now a second wave that has almost surprised us all and forced itself once again into our daily lives.  Perseverance is one of the words that comes to mind when I think of our community and many of the situations, we find ourselves in these days.

Occasionally people say, ‘What about having competing businesses in the Chamber? Why should I join if my competitor is a member?' As in sports and nature, competition helps to make businesses stronger and better than they would be without it. For consumers, competition provides pricing, quality, and service options. For businesses it offers the opportunity to be better and continuously improve

This question comes up quite often. According to Merriam-Webster, a chamber of commerce is an association, primarily of people in business, to promote the business activity and commercial interests of the area while representing chamber members.

Preserving the Past and Embracing the Future...It goes without saying that our community, like many rural areas in the south, has experienced a past with happiness and sadness, good and bad and joy and sorrow.  How do we preserve the past in a way that we as a human race, can study, gain through wisdom and cultural change, accept innovations, yet still experience a sense of connection to our past that we can learn from and appreciate?