It’s Your Business: MaidPro

Kurt Van Horn stands in front of the MaidPro franchise he owns. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Kurt Van Horn stands in front of the MaidPro franchise he owns. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Kurt Van Horn has been running a home cleaning service for the past seven years. Starting out in Wingate, with Clean Carolina, Van Horn grew the business as far as he could by himself, and at the be- ginning of 2012, signed on with MaidPro, a national franchise based in Boston.

“I love the MaidPro model, it’s real, real good. It’s very customer-service oriented, which is where my heart is anyway, so MaidPro was a very, very good fit for me,” said Van Horn. “They really care about the franchisee and they care about the quality of clean for their customers.”

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Philadelphia Presbyterian working to increase organ donation awareness

An organ donation can save a life. Sometimes, it is the only thing that can, and knowing as much as possible about how the organ donation system works could help save many lives.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 118,211 people are waiting for an organ, 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ, and a single organ donor could save as many as eight lives.

Spurred by a member of the congregation who needs an organ transplant and his family, Philadelphia Presbyterian has been actively promoting organ donation awareness.

Doctors discovered a tumor in Philadelphia Presbyterian member Tom Watson’s liver last December, and since mid-February, Tom has been on the list for a new liver, which is the most-needed organ transplant in the U.S., with 96,249 people on the waiting list.

“It’s definitely the support to know that people are surrounding us and trying to take this opportunity to move forward and help people in the future so that there are more people aware of the good things about being an organ donor,” said Mardy Watson, about what the program has done for her and her husband.

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Local Veteran says ‘Thank you’

John Boone, 63, of Mint Hill, spent around 10 hours waving Marine Corps and American flags on the bridge over 485 at the Lawyers Road exit last Sunday, to show his gratitude and support for veterans and the country they fight for.

Boone, his four brothers, and his father all served in the military, and Boone served in the USMC 2nd Force Recon for five years, stationed in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

“I had the flags, had the truck and had the time,” Boone said. “I just wanted to do something for the Veterans and for America on Memorial Day. I just wanted to say, thank you. So, I just got up and went.”

Boone got plenty of support from passing motorists, saying that he kept wanting to quit, but people kept honking, waving, and stopping by. He had Iraq and Afghanistan veterans stop by, and a family took pictures with him. “I was surprised and honored. So, I stayed,” Boone said. “America is full of fantastic people. That’s the good news, is America is full of good people. From all walks of life, lots of people stopped by… It was unbelievable, unbelievable, I will never forget it.” PHOTOS COURTESY BROOKE BOONE

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Mint Hill News of Note: May 30

 

June Tunes

This June, the Town of Mint Hill is once again hosting June Tunes, a concert series featuring live performances from different bands each Friday evening, at 7:30, at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The concerts are free to attend and good for all members of the family. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

June 1—Lindsay Nicole

Lindsay Nicole is a singer/songwriter from Mint Hill, who began playing guitar at age 12. Lindsay has been a part of several nationally-released albums and advocates an anti-bullying message with her music. “I’m very determined to make a difference and help

teenagers and young adults discover themselves and understand that they are accountable for their actions and that they can make a difference” says Lindsay on her website. Her debut country album “Down Pour” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Blood Drive

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is hosting a blood drive June 30, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Blessed Assurance, 13001 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For more information, contact Blessed Assurance, 704-845- 1359.

SMILE Mint Hill

Manning Family Dentistry will hold a one-year celebration of their Smiling Faces program with food, games, and fun for the family, Saturday, June 8, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Manning Family Dentistry, 7322 Matthews Mint Hill Road. For more information, contact 704-545-3243.

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Chamber hears healthcare reform update at monthly luncheon

Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce members were updated on the latest happenings and developments with their chamber at the monthly luncheon, May 23, at Pine Lake Country Club.

Carolinas Medical Center-University President Bill Leonard speaks to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Chamber’s May member luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Carolinas Medical Center-University President Bill Leonard speaks to the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Chamber’s May member luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The Chamber’s newlydesigned website, www.minthillchamberofcommerce.com, designed by Michael Habenicht at Kaleidoscopic, Inc. in Mint Hill, is up and running, with new features, directories, photos, and a whole new look.

September 19 is the Chamber’s annual golf tournament, and this year, they are expecting as many as 120 or more golfers. For information on the tournament, registration, or sponsoring, contact the Chamber office.

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Board discusses peddling, graffiti at May meeting

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners discussed graffiti and peddling at a short meeting May 23.

The issue of graffiti was first brought to the council a few weeks ago, after some property in town had been vandalized with spray paint. The Town is looking into ways to establish a town policy for cleaning up graffiti, and instructed town staff to procure estimates of clean-up cost.

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford speaks to the Board of Commissioners about graffiti abatement in Mint Hill at the May 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Town manager Brian Welch informed the board that the cost to the town for the clean up of 25 square feet of graffiti would cost $500, with labor, time, and equipment all accounted for within that cost.

Board members further discussed specifics of a potential ordinance, including the definition of graffiti, time allotted for property owners to clean up the graffiti themselves, and punishment for persons caught vandalizing property with graffiti.

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