Independence Leo Club Visits Lions Services Helps serve holiday lunch to visually impaired workers

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

On December 20, when the rest of their classmates were cracking the books at school and waiting for the end of the day to start their long holiday break, 17 Leo Club members boarded a bus to Lions Services on Tryon Street to help set up and serve the company’s annual Christmas luncheon.

Lions Services provides vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

The organization, founded in 1935 by the Charlotte Central Lions Club, provided employment for the blind. Initially, the goal was to employ WWI veterans to re-cane chairs.

In 1975, the company was incorporated as a nonprofit textile manufacturer with the purpose of providing vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind and became known as Lions Services, Inc.  Continue reading

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Ugly sweater party brings youth together

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

youth group 1For the youth group at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church on Margaret Wallace Road, Christmas wasn’t over on December 25.

The youth group gathered on Saturday, January 4 for an Ugly Sweater Party. The group played games, ate pizza, listened to music, and voted on the ugliest sweater.

According to Christian tradition, the Christmas season concludes on “Twelfth Night,” which is literally the twelfth night after Christmas, and falls on January 5.

Ellen and Ande Rummel have been youth group advisors for about three and a half years.

Ellen says, “The goal of the youth group is to create a Christian community where the youth of the church has the opportunity to socialize with other Christian kids and learn how to get involved in service projects for the Church and community.”

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Mint Hill resident receives promotion still finds time to clown around

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Brett Ford

Brett Ford

Long-time Mint Hill resident and 1988 Independence graduate Brett Ford is ringing in the New Year with a promotion at AT & T. This is Ford’s second promotion since joining the company in 2000.

“My first position for 10 years was a Service technician,” says Ford. “Then in 2010 I became a Facility Technician working on everything from the cut wire in your backyard, the jack in your bedroom that quit working, DSL, networking, high speed data lines and everything in between.”

Ford’s new position is a Specialist-Network Control in the AT&T Network Operations organization. He will oversee the circuits that handle the cellular traffic all across the country.

“It is a management position which came with a raise,” he says.

This is good timing for Ford, whose wife Madonna, a former surveyor, is beginning her student teaching in mathematics at Rocky River High School.  Additionally, Brett is finishing up a BA in Networking Administration. Continue reading

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