Mint Hill resident sending Christmas spirit to Jersey Shore

Renee Ribera moved to Mint Hill from Fords, New Jersey 20 years ago but as the largest Atlantic hurricane on record made landfall on the shore of her home state on October 29, it definitely struck home.

“It breaks my heart that the shore won’t be the same,” Ribera said. “It will never be the same again.”

Toy donations can be made November 25 and December 2, from 3-5 pm at Olde Sycamore at the corner of Fairview Road and Olde Sycamore Drive. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Hurricane Sandy caused at least $20 billion in damage and caused power outages from Maine to Manhattan to North Carolina.

After the hurricane, Ribera began to figure out a way to help.

“It got me immediately thinking, what can we do, we’re here, everybody’s fine, we have power, we have resources,” Ribera said.

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News Notes & Happenings 11/15

Baseball camp

The Mint Hill American Legion post 4059 baseball team is hosting a winter baseball camp for players ages 10-19 every Tuesday beginning November 27 from 6:30 pm to

8 pm at Showcase Baseball Academy on Independence Boulevard. for more information, visit www.mhlegion.com or contact Bryan Bunn at 704-264-9273 or Steve Baucom at 704-507-1526.

Christmas Party

The Mint Hill Chamber of Com- merce and Charlotte Medical Clinic are presenting the Senior Christmas Party Saturday, December 1 at Independence High School. Gifts for seniors, prizes, and goodie bags for volunteers are still needed. Contact Mike Cochrane at 704-573-6547.

Tree lighting

The Town of Mint Hill will be hosting its annual tree lighting and open house December 2. Open house will be from 3- 5:30 pm, and the tree lighting will follow, at 5:45 pm.

Festival of Trees

Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews is presenting “Festival of Trees 2012” November 29, from 6-8 pm in the hospital lobby. The festival will feature live holiday music, hot cider, a silent auction, and Santa Claus.

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Bakery opens new doors

PHOTO BY LINDY SELLERS

Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery celebrated the opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony last Thursday and Friday.

The new location, 7069 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, opened a little more than a month ago, and according to owner Daphne Mullis, business has been booming ever since.

Members of the Mint Hill Town Commission and chamber of commerce were in attendance for the ribbon cutting and grand opening, part of the large crowd that made its way to the bakery for the celebration.

On both days light refreshments and drinks were served, promotions and door prizes were available, and all the bakery’s confections were available for purchase.

Mullis said the two-day celebration was immensely successful and at the new location, traffic has more than doubled.

With more space for baking, for customers, and for parking, the new location has turned out to be a success.

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Purple Heart memorial coming to Park on Fairview

A Purple Heart memorial erected by Chapter 106 is nearly identical to the one planned for the Park at Fairview. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAYMOND HAIT

The Park on Fairview will soon be home to more than one military memorial.

Chapter 634 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be erecting a monument at the park dedicated to those who have been wounded in the service of our country.

Raymond Hait is the Senior Vice Commander of Chapter 634, and has played a large part in the effort to get the memorial put up at the park.

“We went through all the channels,” Hait said. “We talked to parks and recreation, then we went to the city council—we’ve been all the way through it.”

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Independence can’t stop Butler’s Stribling from scoring

Last Friday night, two teams about six miles apart met in the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs: Butler and Independence. It was a home game for Butler, but since their stadium can’t hold the expected numbers, the game was at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.

This was the second time in three weeks that these two teams met, the first time being to decide the winner of the SW4A regular season conference. Butler came out on top during the first meeting, and Indy was hoping to change the outcome this time.

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