Clear Creek DAR celebrates 20 years

Clear Creek Militia Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 20th Anniversary on April 14, 2012.  The Chapter was organized on April 18, 1992 by Mrs. William Kenneth Baucom (June Medlin) to recognize Mint Hill’s participation in the American Revolutionary War.  Among the charter members are Shirley Phillips West (Mrs. Lewis A. Jr.) and Amelia Robinson Ford.
The Clear Creek Chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at the Morningstar Lutheran Church on Idlewild Road.  The DAR promotes patriotism, education, and citizenship by working with veterans and schools.
A Genealogy Workshop will be held on June 2 from 1-4 pm at the Mint Hill Library by Jeanne McClary and NC State Genealogist.
Pictured above are the members of the Clear Creek Militia Chapter NSDAR along with Mrs. Judith C. Parker, District III Director.  Past Regents are:  June Baucom, Shirley West, Amelia Ford, Roberta Hart, and Janet Westbrook.  Johnsie Bickett is current Regent.

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Billotto brings culinary expertise to Mint Hill Arts

Heidi Billotto demonstrated her culinary skills at Mint Hill Arts. She arranged vegetable bouquets and provided a hands-on learning experience.

Heidi Billotto brought her culinary expertise to Mint Hill Arts May 22.  The food writer, reviewer, instructor, and caterer offered a free lecture and demonstration on culinary arts.
Surrounded by heaps of limes, oranges, onions, peppers, and mushrooms, Billotto cut curves and lines into produce to produce beautiful dinner party decorations.  Zigzagging her knife, she displayed blooming onions, blossoming peppers, tulip carrots, and rose tomatoes.  The bouquet was presented in a watermelon basket.  Cucumbers were sliced into leaves to add to the vegetable foliage.
Billotto dished out useful food tips as she sliced and arranged.  For example, purple peppers turn green when cooked.  Mushrooms should not be washed, but instead wiped with a paper towel, as they absorb water and will brown prettier when not soaked.  The oil in onions reacts with oxygen to make eyes water, and most of the oil is concentrated in the root end.  To avoid tearing up in the kitchen, cut off the top of the onion, peel it, and throw away the root end.  To present a bloomin’ onion and avoid the strong smell, soak the onion in cold water before presentation.  When cutting designs, as Billotto did with swirls in her mushroom caps, odd numbers look better than even numbers.  Try five swirls instead of four.
Billotto entertained her Mint Hill audience as she instructed them.  She expertly provided culinary lessons, patiently assisted her students, and provided some laughs along the way.
Billotto offers lessons in her home as well as private sessions.  She is featured in the local magazine Charlotte Living.

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Chamber holds monthly luncheon

John Aneralla joined the Chamber of Commerce for lunch at Jimmie's and won a business card drawing for Daphne's cupcakes.

The Chamber of Commerce met for lunch at Jimmie’s last Thursday.  Many members were in attendance, and a few shared information about upcoming events.
The Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas shared information about their documentary “Honoring Our Heroes—The American POW Experience: WWII 1939-1949.”  It showed in Mint Hill at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcroft Schoolhouse, the Morrison Regional Library, and the South Charlotte Banquet Center for free.
Mint Hill Dance Center will hold its free recital at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church June 16.  The theme is dancing through the decades.
The not-for-profit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is in the running for a free van.  The company competed with over 4,000 non-profit groups nationwide, and it is now a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good.  Vote for them on Facebook to support this group’s efforts.
Chamber members also gave testimonials about each other’s services.  Suzanne Wolf of Abbey Rose thanked Michael Habenicht for his website design.
“We’re working within the Chamber, working with each other’s businesses, and we should acknowledge that,” said Wolf.
Nate Huggins expressed gratitude for the free flowers Abbey Rose donated to Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care for Mother’s Day.  Huggins said many of the people there need that extra attention they might not be receiving elsewhere.
The guest speakers were Gene White and Nadia Mercelis of LegalShield.  They spoke about identity theft.

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Arrest warrants obtained in shooting

Arrest warrants are secured for Anthony Christopher Stith for the shooting that occurred May 14 at the Sunoco on Lawyers Road.  The warrants are for Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury (Attempted Murder) and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

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Supt. Morrison unveils entry plan

Incoming CMS Supt. Heath Morrison held a media briefing May 25 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. Dr. Morrison unveiled his entry plan, which establishes a framework for his few months on the job. He officially begins his new duties on July 2, but has been visiting Mecklenburg County regularly since being appointed in April.

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AFMAC documentary

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary entitled Honoring Our Heroes- The American POW Experience. WWII 1939-1949 honoring ex-prisoners of war at two venues: Friday, June 1 at 7:30 pm at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 7000 Park Road, Charlotte and Wednesday, June 6 at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews.  The time has not been determined. Light refreshments will be served.  The video is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.

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