Helping Hands knit for charity

Helping Hands knitted 162 hats for premature babies for local hospitals.

Almost a decade ago a group of knitters gathered together at the Mint Hill Library to make hats for premature babies and the homeless.  Today there are 25 members of Helping Hands that meet at Hobby Lobby to continue this charitable work.
The group donates their hats and blankets and scarves to various organizations.  Presbyterian Matthews receives the hats for babies, the Linus Project collects blankets for ill children, and the Special Olympics takes red and blue scarves.  Helping Hands also knits hats for chemotherapy patients and Charlotte’s homeless.  The group sends 40 pounds of goodies to Citizen Sam, an organization that sends stockings to soldiers overseas for Christmas.
Knitters of every skill level are invited to join the group.  Helping Hands meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
“If anyone comes to us with a need we will do our darnedest to fulfill that need,” said member Nancy Kucera.

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Voters head to polls May 8 for primary

The 2012 primaries are fast approaching.  The last day to return absentee ballots is May 7 at 5 pm, and the primary election is Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 am – 7:30 pm.  Districts six and 41 are voting for County Commissioner and State Senator.
Residents of Mint Hill have two options for the Mecklenburg County Commissioner: Ed Driggs and incumbent Bill James, both Republicans.  County Commissioners serve two-year terms. Continue reading

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Movies on the Lawn

Movies on the Lawn starts this Friday.  Movies will be shown on the lawn at the Mint Hill Town Hall Fridays in May at dusk or around 8:30 pm.  May 4 is Charlotte’s Web, May 11 Black Beauty, May 18 Babe the Gallant Pig, and May 25 An American Tale.  Each movie is rated G.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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Farmers Market opening day

The Mint Hill farmers market’s opening day is May 5.  Local vendors, crafters, bakers and growers will sell their goods at the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm until September 29.  The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club has set up an antenna, and Doc’s Front Porch will be playing folk music, joined by Dwight Moody and Bill Williams for opening day.

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Independence softball ready for playoffs

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Coach Ken Orsilio has a lot to be proud of this year when it comes to his Independence girl’s softball team. The squad has a record of 16-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference with its last regular season game this past Monday night against longtime rival Butler High School, which they won 10-0.
As they end the year in conference play and head into playoff territory, Coach Orsilio has high hopes for the team and his two brightest stars, Erin Standley and Katie Pearsall. The two have played together for years now, and their chemistry and experience playing together has really uplifted the team this year. Continue reading

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