Improved school lunch

CMS Child Nutrition Services wants families to know that when students return to school in a few weeks, they’ll find healthy new choices in their school cafeterias that meet tough, new federal nutrition standards. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, school lunches will meet age-appropriate calorie limits, larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce); a wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes; fat-free or one percent milk (flavored milk must be fat-free); more whole grains; and less sodium.

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Maestro stays in Charlotte

The Charlotte Symphony announced on Tuesday that music director Christopher Warren-Green is extending his contract through the 2015-2016 season.  He was able to improve the public image of the Charlotte Symphony, both locally and internationally.  Warren-Green works around the world, including conducting at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011.  Music education and community connection has been important to Warren-Green’s work in Charlotte.

“I am very enthusiastic about staying in Charlotte and continuing the work I have begun,” said Warren-Green. “My wife Rosemary and I have been welcomed so enthusiastically into the fabric of the Charlotte community. This shows that the community can and will help us create the New American Orchestra right here in Charlotte.”

The Charlotte Symphony was founded in 1932.  It is Charlotte’s largest arts organization, playing to over 200,000 audience members every year and affecting the musical education of over 12,000 students.

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Victory Junction provides camp for ill children

Carolyn Mullis spoke to the Chamber of Commerce last Thursday about Victory Junction, a Nascar-themed camp for chronically ill children.

The Petty family founded victory Junction in Randleman, N.C after their son died in a racing accident.  They donated 84 acres to build the camp.

Mullis described it as “one of the most amazing places in the world,” and it is funded “through the wonderful support of Nascar drivers and fans.”

More than 14,000 children and families have spent a summer week or a weekend at Victory Junction since it opened in 2004.  Children from every state in the U.S. as well as seven countries have attended camp.  Over 13,000 volunteers positions since 2004 have assisted in its operation.

Camp is free to children, thanks to donations from corporations, small businesses, and individuals.  Thirty hospitals provide medical assistance as well.  Campers’ chronic medical conditions include autism, cancer, diabetes, hemophilia, and spina bifida, among many others.

There are 35-40 full time staff members, and camp relies on 70 summer counselors and 70 volunteers each week.

Mullis said the camp provides an opportunity for kids to gain independence from their parents, learn from others with medical challenges, and make friends.

She encouraged chamber members to take a tour of the camp, and to get involved through volunteering or donating.

“It does take, not only a lot of volunteers, it takes money to keep this place open…one of the bad things about building a place like this is it takes a lot of money to keep it going,” said Mullis.  “You get a wonderful feeling when you’re there.  It’s just indescribable how it can lift your spirits.”

For more information, visit victoryjunction.org.

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Chamber welcomes new member

Rich Ferretti welcomed Yatin Patel at RX Care Pharmacy into the Chamber of Commerce at the July meeting. Photo by Amanda Waters

The Chamber of Commerce met at Jimmie’s last Thursday.  Rich Ferretti welcomed everyone and made some announcements.

The Mint Hill Madness committee is looking for volunteers to help with arts and crafts at the festival.  He introduced the board of directors and the new ambassadors.

“Your chamber is growing, and I just think that’s a wonderful thing,” said Ferretti.

Denise Hallett announced the new member orientation will be Thursday, September 13 from 4-5:30 pm at Pine Lake Country Club.  The orientation is open to all members.

“It’s a chance for you to learn a little bit about what the chamber is doing,” said Hallett.  “In order for this to grow we’ll need your help.”

The chamber welcomed its newest member, Yatin Patel at RX Care Pharmacy.  The pharmacy is located at 11304 Hawthorne Drive Suite 120.  Patel provided an overview of services, including generic medications for $3.50, free delivery to homes in Mint Hill, and working with pharmaceutical companies to provide medications to those without insurance.

Dana Gravely announced plans for Kilahpalooza.  She asked businesses for raffle prize donations.

Nate Huggins announced Blessed Assurance won a $40,000 handicap accessible van, and he invited the chamber to a community event to be held at Scott Clark’s Toyota dealership.

“I want to thank each and every one of you,” said Huggins.

Karrie Lawrence announced the Kiwanis Club golf tournament and asked for sponsorship.

Whitleigh Cook announced the flash mob plans for Mint Hill Madness and asked for participants.  To participate in the flash mob, contact Cook at minthilldancecenter@gmail.com.

Carolyn Mullis announced the Matthews-Mint Hill Optimist Club will meet every second and fourth Wednesday from noon to 1 pm at the Palmetto Grill.  She invited others to join.

“These wonderful service organizations make all the difference in our community,” said Mullis.

During the testimonial section of the meeting, Mike Cochran said “I have never had a bad experience with any business in mint hill.  Most of the folks who open up businesses in mint hill have pride in what they’re doing.”

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Kiwanis Club asking for golf sponsorships

The first annual Kiwanis Club of Mint Hill Golf tournament is being held at Emerald Lake September 1.

The Kiwanis Club is asking for sponsorships.  The platinum sponsor is Wilburn Auto Body, and the gold sponsor is Clear Creek Animal Hospital.  The silver sponsor includes two players and is $750, and the bronze sponsor includes one player and is $500.  The tee box sponsor is $100.  Monarch Mortgage and Texas Roadhouse are sponsoring the lunch and dinner.

Fees are $100 per player, or a foursome for $360.  The kiwi pack includes two mulligans and 20 raffle tickets for $20, mulligans are two per player at $5 each, and raffle tickets are $1 each.

The plan of events is registration at 11:30 am, lunch at noon, welcome at 12:50 pm, and the shotgun start at 1 pm.

Game and raffle prizes include the Kiwanis Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the highest scoring Kiwanis Club, as well as accompanying bragging rights for a year.

Emerald Lake assured a temporary clubhouse would be available, as the last clubhouse burned down in July.

“Our goal is to raise money to continue to grow our club and service the children of the community,” said Brad Simmons.  “It is to support our programs that we do with the schools ever year.  The Mint Hill Kiwanis Club takes care of the Terrific Kids programs at Clear Creek, J. H. Gunn, and Lebanon Road…We are trying to expand our club to include some of the other schools in our area.”  They also sponsor the Aktion Club and Key Club in local middle and high schools.

Their goal for the golf tournament is to have at least 60 players in the tournament and to raise $5,000.

The Kiwanis Club of Mint Hill meets every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Jimmie’s.  Simmons encourages those interested to join, as the club is always looking for new members.

For more information about the Kiwanis Club or the golf tournament, contact Brad Simmons at bradsimm@bellsouth.net or Tina Ross at katrinar87@earthlink.net.

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