Clear Creek Animal Hospital hosts fourth open house

A poodle is dressed as “Doose,” a cross between a duck and goose, for the dog costume show. PHOTOS BY DEREK LACEY

On Saturday, Clear Creek Animal Hospital hosted their 4th annual open house.

Events and festivities included tours, a dog costume show, demonstrations by Dog Training in Your Home, Tails of Hope Rescue, adoptable pets, and representatives from Royal Canin Dog Food and C-Vets.

“It’s been really good for us,” said Dr. David Gallagher, veterinarian at Clear Creek. “People get to come by and see the hospital, see what we do in the back, areas where they don’t normally get to go, and we try to have some fun events for people.”

Nena Boon, office manager at Clear Creek, said that every year, the open house gets a little bigger, and meeting people is one of the best aspects of the event.

“Just getting to know people in the neighborhood is always wonderful,” said Boon.

The main difference between this year’s open house is that it was held in the fall instead of the spring, and the weather turned out just right.

Also, being closer to Halloween, better costumes showed up for the dog show,

with attendees’ dogs dressed as anything from college mascots to lizards. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police awarded Top Five in public safety

For the first time, Mint Hill Police Department was awarded the Top Five Communities award for the 2012 North Carolina Traffic Safety Communities awarded by AAA.

AAA uses crash ratings from data compiled by the University of North Carolina Charlotte on traffic accidents in North Carolina communities, as well as number of law enforcement officers per capita, and presence of a formal traffic safety program to select the winners.

Mint Hill Police Department has just completed the third year of its traffic safety program, which teaches DWI courses to driver’s education students, hosts child safety seat checking stations, and other traffic safety programs.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program provided a grant to start the traffic safety program, and the Police Department usually participates with other county agencies when hosting seat-checking stations and other traffic safety events.

Officer Scott Blevins represented the Mint Hill Police Department at the North Carolina Traffic Safe Community Awards Luncheon in Durham October 18, to receive the award.

AAA awards the top five communities in three categories, based on population: less than 10,000, 10,000 to 30,000, and more than 30,000.

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Schools, businesses team up to stop bullying

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are teaming up with area businesses, Mecklenburg County Police Department, and CBS Radio for “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a campaign to fight bullying.

The program encourages any victims or witnesses to do just what the name suggests—stand up and speak out.

CBS and businesses like Great Clips Salon, Goodwill, Best Buy, MTB Mechanical, and Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are sponsoring the effort, which asks parents, students, and teachers to sign a pledge stating their intent to stop bullying.

The pledge consists of a statement that every student has the right to be respected and safe at school, and promises including treating others respectfully, not bullying, obeying the rules, supporting victims, speaking out, and notifying authority.

Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx came out in support of the program, releasing a video to CBS, encouraging people to join the cause, saying, “If we work together to eliminate bullying at home, at school, in the neighborhoods, and in the communities across our city, the quality of life of our young people will be so much richer.”

At the end of the pledge drive, the elementary, middle, and high schools with the most pledges will receive a CBS Radio pep rally.

A website is currently under construction and should be up and running by the end of the month.

Pledges can be found at any local Great Clips salon, or online at charlotte.cbslocal.com/stand-up-speak-out/.

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