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Spring (gardening) is in the air

It’s official. As of Wednesday, March 20, spring has arrived. That means enjoying the warm weather by getting outside and starting a new garden or changing up the landscape around the house.

And if you’re a beginner, a veteran, or just trying to supplement your grocery bill by growing your tomatoes and squash in your backyard, here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind when shrugging off that winter dreariness.

Bob Prophit, general manager at King’s Greenhouse in Stallings, offers up his expertise for people wanting to get growing this spring.

Getting a garden going has no shortage of benefits, and these days people get started for a number of reasons.

Sustainability, fresh produce, and stress release are all on that list, and even general health is a consideration.

“Gardening is good for you,” said Prophit. “Just in general, especially if you work in an office all the time. I mean, that’s a release, you get to go out and work. It’s healthy, you’re not sitting around, most gardeners are just happy; they’re doing something.”

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By |March 20th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Farmer’s market takes fresh look at helping local farmers and missions

A new, Mint Hill-based farmer’s market is bringing a fresh way to support local farmers and local nonprofits to the Charlotte area.

Founders Nick Knock and Leconte Lee combined their passions of health and public service to create go-go fresco, a new kind of farmer’s market.

Go-go fresco brings fresh produce from local farms like Barbee Farms and The Farm at Dover Vineyards to sell at different locations around Charlotte, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity and Charlotte Rescue Mission.

The idea came to Knock as he was riding his bike to the coffee shop one day, and from there it snowballed into a new take on both charity and produce.

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By |March 20th, 2013|Around Town|3 Comments

Board makes big Madness change official

The future of Mint Hill Madness took center stage again at the Mint Hill Town Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, March 14. It is official, there will be no Mint Hill Madness in 2013.

Dalton Taylor, a member of the organization formed to head Mint Hill Madness after the Chamber of Commerce gave up management of the annual festival, presented the latest updates on Madness, and asked the Board to approve a landmark date change.

The Board voted to approve the date change, from the regular date in September, to Memorial Day 2014.

Time was the driving factor to move Madness from September 2013 to May 26, 2014. The change in leadership took up critical money-raising and planning time, and to keep the September date, the town would have had to cover the cost itself.

“I realize this year, we are behind the power curve so to speak, in getting things done in a timely fashion to make the festival a success this fall. I wish it was different,” said Mayor Ted Biggers.

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By |March 20th, 2013|Around Town, Mint Hill Madness|45 Comments

Residents hear from developers on proposed shopping center

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Mint Hill residents gathered at the public library on Wednesday to hear a presentation by developers of a proposed shopping complex on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

The property is a 56-acre lot, with only the front 15 acres being developed for use.

The proposed development is a community shopping center, with a large anchor grocery store and smaller retail outlets, enclosing a parking lot in the center.

Along Matthews-Mint Hill Road, the smaller retail spaces will be built alongside a small park, with walkways, seating, and vegetation.

The presentation was given by Scott MacLaren, senior vice president of real estate investments at Stiles Corporation, who presented details about the project, and Chris Isaacs, president of the Isaacs Group, who answered questions regarding zoning and town requirements.

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By |March 13th, 2013|Around Town|10 Comments

Bain students have breakfast for lunch to promote healthier nutrition

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Sausage, eggs, French toast, grits, and hot apples were all on the lunch menu last Wednesday at Bain Elementary, part of National School Breakfast Week.

National School Breakfast Week, March 4–8, is an initiative created by non-profit group School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s Foodservice, first launched in 1989 to raise awareness about the School Breakfast Program and the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

Studies by the Food Research and Action Center show that eating breakfast increases student’s math and reading scores and improves cognitive speed and memory.

At Bain, Kindergarten through second grade students wore pajamas to school, and third to fifth graders wore nightcaps and robes over their clothes, all to promote breakfast.

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By |March 13th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

Students help turn T-shirts into new school for needy

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

T-shirts can send a powerful message, whether it’s voting, working to cure cancer, or in the case of Rocky River High School students, helping to build a school in South Sudan.

Students participated in a painting party hosted by the Rocky River Optimist Club, InterClub, and Any1Can, a project by Charlotte-based non-profit Mothering Across Continents, that focuses on T-shirts.

Students discuss global issues in class, then, at the painting party, students choose one of seven causes and paints a T-shirt about that cause.

The shirts will be shown at Washington D.C. to do a program at the end of April, just after an exhibition at Sensoria, Central Piedmont Community College’s annual arts festival.

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By |March 13th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments