Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Durham County Courthouse

This afternoon the Durham County Board of County Commissioners held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Durham County Courthouse, scheduled to be complete in 2012.  The new building will be located across from the American Tobacco Campus at 247 South Mangum Street.  Participants were able to view renderings of the new courthouse which will be eleven stories high and offer many conveniences lacking in the current facility.  From what I saw, it looks to be a beautiful addition to Durham’s vibrant downtown.

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Have Lunch with David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach at Duke University

The Council for Senior Citizens is hosting a fundraising luncheon April 6, 2010 at noon at Croasdaile Country Club.  David Cutcliffe, head football coach at Duke University, has graciously agreed to be the speaker for this event.  Signed sports memorabilia will be raffled off during the luncheon, so come out and support Durham seniors.  Jack and I will be there and we hope to see you too!  For more information, click on this link:

http://www.councilseniorcitizens.org/publications/temp/Coach%20Cutcliffe%20Luncheon%20April%206%202010.pdf

Kids in the Kitchen

This weekend, the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties put on its Annual Kids in the Kitchen event at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in downtown Durham.  Kids in the Kitchen teaches children how to make healthy food choices and encourages kids to be active.  Children in 1st through 8th grade participated in the event.

Representatives from SEEDS and DIG taught the children about organic gardening while fitness and sports therapy professionals hosted games for the children.  The day ended with a raffle for prizes such as soccer balls, basketballs, scooters and skateboards. Everyone left with a goodie bag filled with healthy treats, water bottles, jump ropes and lots of good information about nutrition and exercise.

Alexandra Yeager, Assistant District Attorney for Person County, lending a hand.

Fun and Games

Learning about posture

Project Grace

This weekend, the NCBA Young Lawyers Division Committee on Law and Aging hosted an event called “Project Grace.”  Teams of attorneys, paralegals and witnesses met with members of the community from 8AM – 2PM Saturday at Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh.  Everyone was welcome to attend and meet with an attorney to have Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills prepared for FREE.

It was a great event and we had a pretty good turnout despite the rain.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures.  Make sure to keep an eye out for the next “Project Grace!”

Finding the Right Care for the Elderly

This NY Times article has great tips on finding the right care for aging loved ones and how to pay for this care.  One note, the article says that Medicaid will not pay for assisted living.  However, North Carolina has a program called Special Assistance that can provide assistance to eligible individuals.  To find out if you or a loved one is eligible for assistance with the cost of long-term care, you should speak with an elder law attorney.  At Wiggen Law Group, we can assist you in planning for the cost of long-term care.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/health/13patient.html