Miint Hill pet owners are coming home to happy

By Amanda Waters
Staff Writeramandawaters@minthilltimes.com
Since 2006, Mint Hill residents and others in the Charlotte area have placed their pets in the hands of professional pet sitters through Carolinas Critter Sitters, whose motto is “come home to happy.”  This company is licensed, insured, and certified to take care of all kinds of pets, from fancy rats to Great Danes in the comfort of their own homes.
Owner Jennifer Rust started the company after an 11-year career in Human Resources.  She wanted to get away from office politics, so she cashed out her 401k and started pet sitting.  She was already taking care of her six dogs and eight cats, and she received a great referral from her veterinarian.  After posting flyers and networking, she reached 100 customers in the first 10 months.
She soon after was able to hire other sitters.  Carolina Critter Sitters now has 13 sitters under Rust’s management.  They serve a great deal of the Charlotte area, and there are about 30 current customers in Mint Hill.
Sitters are trained to deal with all kinds of situations.  They know how to manage security systems and sick animals.  Rust has been able to streamline her business, writing procedure manuals, security protocols, and scheduling online. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Planning Board meets

The Planning Board met Monday at the Town Hall to approve the minutes of the March 22 meeting and to discuss and recommend the rezoning request filed by Sullivan, Burd and Roupas, LLC.  The dentists are asking to construct a new building at 6332 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
The first approval made by the Planning Board was to allow the front of the building to be on a private street.  The Monday meeting focused on sidewalks.
The site plan meets code requirements, but the town has asked Sullivan, Burd and Roupas to be flexible, shifting the sidewalk.  There was discussion on whether the sidewalk should be five or eight feet, but it was determined that five feet is adequate.
The closeness of the building to the road and to Queens Grant Charter School will add to the vision the town has for the downtown area.
The board carried the motion to send a favorable recommendation to the Board of Commissioners to work with the applicant.

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Artists invited to enter June juried art show

Mint Hill Arts has teamed up with art supply store Binders for a juried art exhibit next month.  This is the first time the groups have joined together for such an event, though they have been working together in other ways for years.  The opening reception is Friday, June 15, from 7-9 pm, and the show will run until July 11.
The show is open to all artists, including non-Mint Hill Arts members.  Registration fees are $20 for members and $40 for non-members.  Artists can enter up to two pieces.
Any medium or combinations of media will be accepted, including 2-D and 3-D work, with few exceptions and restrictions.
Binders has provided all of the prizes—gift certificates, ranging from $25 to $150. Continue reading

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Indy teacher sky dives

Long-time Independence High School  chemistry teacher,  Melissa Bliss, did something crazy before Mother’s Day—she went sky diving.  She made a trip down to Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina, where she met up with her tandem partner, the man who would be latched onto her when she made her big leap towards the ground.
There are a couple of procedures, including picking a flight suit, watching an informational video and doing a series of exercises before jumping.
“It was a very quick process before we went up in the air, the instructors made it out to be no big deal, so I wasn’t quite nervous.” Bliss said.
She paid extra for a videographer to go skydiving with her so he could take pictures and even make a video, so she could show her friends and family.
“It made a great, and shocking, Mother’s Day present for my mother,” she said. Continue reading

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Relay for Life

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The Mint Hill Park on Fairview hosted the Matthews-Mint Hill American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 18-19.  Teams raised money for the walk and set up booths, selling treats and passing out literature.  Throughout the night at least one team member was required to be on the track, representing the sleeplessness of cancer and the fight against it.  Cancer survivors wore purple and led the walk with a Survivor’s Lap.  Tina Ross (below), Mint Hill Commissioner and Hodgkin’s Disease survivor, opened the festivities saying “We walk tonight because we can make a difference and give those we know, as well as those we don’t know, more birthdays.”

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Get Set 4 Kindergarten

Rising kindergarteners are invited to participate in stories and activities that build pre-reading skills and prepare children for school at the library.  It is open to children three to five years old.  Registration begins June 1 for the June 15 session, and June 15 for the June 29 session.  Both sessions start at 2 pm.

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