Mint Hill represented at Matthews Alive

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Pottery 51 artisan Althea Meade- Hadjuk wraps up a sale for a customer Saturday. Right: The Independence High School marching band, under the direc- tion of Christopher Moreau, was a crowd pleaser.

Pottery 51 artisan Althea Meade- Hadjuk wraps up a sale for a customer Saturday. Right: The Independence High School marching band, under the direc- tion of Christopher Moreau, was a crowd pleaser.

The crowds were out at Matthews Alive, the annual Labor Day weekend family arts and crafts festival in down- town Matthews that draws more than 200,000 attendees each year and con- tinues to grow. Independence High School, Blessed Assurance and the Matthews-Mint Hill Indian Guides marched in the parade. Local potter Althea Meade-Hadjuk was one of the featured artists in the Hendrick Arts and Crafts Pavilion, and artist Bar- bara Travell’s work was exhibited in the new McDowell Arts Center.

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Mint Hill Tractor Show

The 2013 tractor and hit and miss engine show will be held from 9 am to 3 pm Sep- tember 28 at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. There will be vintage tractors and farm equipment, cow pie Bingo, gold panning, food and music.

It’s not too late to register to bring your old tractor or hit or miss engine. There
is no entry fee. Call Dale at 704-506- 7773. For more information, contact www.minthillhistory .com or info@minthill history.com.

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Mint Hill Arts Crawl

It’s that time of year again. Time to enjoy a beautiful evening with the Arts Crawl  in Mint Hill. Not only can you visit the Mint Hill Arts opening on second Fridays, but now you will also be able to enjoy Pottery 51. Take a stroll down the street, appreciate the new sidewalks, stop for dinner at a local restaurant and come and see what Pottery 51 has to offer.

Potters have been busy all summer; some attending seminars, others attending work- shops, all improving their skills and bring- ing exciting new ideas into their work.

The Fall season featuring Brenda Roberts and Max McLeod.

A new patio is per- fect for spending an evening with friends and refreshments. Come join MH Arts for Arts Crawl, second Fridays beginning September 13.

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Mint Hill Police hosts Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a CopThe Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together September 9 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community is-sues, build relationships, and drink coffee.All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 am at Nova Bakery and Coffee, 3665 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situa- tions are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department to charge for ambulance service

Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department representative Roger Martin shares the findings of the long- range study completed in January. Martin demonstrates the need for additional personnel that will be funded by charging for ambulance service. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department representative Roger Martin shares the findings of the long- range study completed in January. Martin demonstrates the need for additional personnel that will be funded by charging for ambulance service. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

At the August 15 Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from the Mint Hill VFD made a presentation outlining a plan to move forward with billing for ambulance service. This plan is an effort for the service to become self-sustaining.
MHVFD Chairman Jerry Mullis addressed the Board to explain the findings of a study initiated in January to determine long-range needs of the department based on the steady increase of call volume due to population increases in the Mint Hill area.
“All indications are that our call load will increase each year,” says Mullis. “We need to be proactive in our readiness and future abilities to serve.” Continue reading

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Shands School raises funds for needed supplies

Shands School, a non-profit organization, serves students ages 8-13 with learning differences. Director Liz Morris, who is a trained vision therapist, says the school utilizes as part of its instruction, targeted movements that activated different parts of the brain.
“We use Brain Gym because we felt we needed to do in the classroom what we do in therapy,” she says.
The school operates on a one-room school house concept, where they take students where they are to where they need to go by catering to their individual needs and building a team family.
“We do thematic teaching here,” says language arts teacher Karen Johnson. “This year we will start with the theme of ‘force in motion’ which is more of a science theme, but all other subjects will connect around that theme.”
Right now the school is at capacity with 5 students from the Mathews and Mint Hill areas. At present, the school has several needs, such as improving their science labs by purchasing science equipment. The school is also need an awning outside of the front door.
“Every time it rains, water comes in through the mail slot,” says Morris. “And when the sun beats down on the front door all day, the handle is so hot you can’t even touch it.”
The school is currently looking to expand and is looking for a bigger, more suitable space.
“We do a lot of hands-on learning,” says Morris. “We focus on nutrition and we even grow our own food.”
Recently, the raised beds the school uses to grown their own food had to be moved because of a new tenant moving in across their parking lot.
Shands School is in need of several items for this school year to expand their science labs. Microscopes, magnifying glasses, and test tubes just to name a few. They could also use some additional art supplies and proceeds from the fund raiser will help greatly.
If you’d like to help, or know of a possible location for the expansion of the school in either the Mint Hill or Matthews area, call Liz Morris at 704-321-5705. Shands School is currently located at 130 West Matthews Street, Matthews, NC.

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