Local students win Burger King Scholars award

The BURGER KINGTM Scholars Program named the 2012 $1000 Scholarship Award. Recipients included: Cierra Harris from David W. Butler High School,  Jashawn Berry from Rocky River High School, Taylor Ruettgers from Queen’s Grant High School.

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MH Police warn residents of “grandparent scam”

The Mint Hill police are warning residents to be aware of a new scam called the “grandparent scam”. The scam involves a scammer calling elderly residents and pretending to be a grandson in another county and asking for a wire transfer of money. Three cases have already happened this year. The police department warns residents to be on the lookout for suspicious calls such as these.

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Lions Club to hold yard sale

The Lions Club and Bi-Lo are hosting a yard sale Saturday, June 2 from 7-11 am.  Parking spaces can be rented at Bi-Lo for $10, and vendors can set up as early as 6 am.
“I’m proud to say that our relationship has been a strong one and they have continued to work tirelessly on our behalf,” said Lions Club president Stephen Smith. The Lions Club has partnered with Bi-Lo on Lawyers Road for the last five years.  He credits much of the success of these events to the hard work of Bi-Lo managers Jennell Smith and Tonya Ivey.
“The Mint Hill Lions are so blessed because of the relationship with Bi-Lo.  It is through their efforts we can give back to the community,” said Lions Club member Rich Ferretti.
The partners work together multiple times a year.  The chicken and dumpling dinner was held in the fall, and the annual car show will be held June 9.
The Lions Club collects funds for various causes throughout the year.  They have provided Christmas presents, clothes, and food to local homeless children, sent 20 special needs children from Independence High School to Camp Thunderbird, and they recently awarded two scholarships to Independence students.
About the yard sale, Smith said “I think it will be a good turn out… Mint Hill is a good community.  If you say that you have a need they step up and help you out.”

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Billotto brings culinary expertise to Mint Hill Arts

Heidi Billotto demonstrated her culinary skills at Mint Hill Arts. She arranged vegetable bouquets and provided a hands-on learning experience.

Heidi Billotto brought her culinary expertise to Mint Hill Arts May 22.  The food writer, reviewer, instructor, and caterer offered a free lecture and demonstration on culinary arts.
Surrounded by heaps of limes, oranges, onions, peppers, and mushrooms, Billotto cut curves and lines into produce to produce beautiful dinner party decorations.  Zigzagging her knife, she displayed blooming onions, blossoming peppers, tulip carrots, and rose tomatoes.  The bouquet was presented in a watermelon basket.  Cucumbers were sliced into leaves to add to the vegetable foliage.
Billotto dished out useful food tips as she sliced and arranged.  For example, purple peppers turn green when cooked.  Mushrooms should not be washed, but instead wiped with a paper towel, as they absorb water and will brown prettier when not soaked.  The oil in onions reacts with oxygen to make eyes water, and most of the oil is concentrated in the root end.  To avoid tearing up in the kitchen, cut off the top of the onion, peel it, and throw away the root end.  To present a bloomin’ onion and avoid the strong smell, soak the onion in cold water before presentation.  When cutting designs, as Billotto did with swirls in her mushroom caps, odd numbers look better than even numbers.  Try five swirls instead of four.
Billotto entertained her Mint Hill audience as she instructed them.  She expertly provided culinary lessons, patiently assisted her students, and provided some laughs along the way.
Billotto offers lessons in her home as well as private sessions.  She is featured in the local magazine Charlotte Living.

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Chamber holds monthly luncheon

John Aneralla joined the Chamber of Commerce for lunch at Jimmie's and won a business card drawing for Daphne's cupcakes.

The Chamber of Commerce met for lunch at Jimmie’s last Thursday.  Many members were in attendance, and a few shared information about upcoming events.
The Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas shared information about their documentary “Honoring Our Heroes—The American POW Experience: WWII 1939-1949.”  It showed in Mint Hill at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcroft Schoolhouse, the Morrison Regional Library, and the South Charlotte Banquet Center for free.
Mint Hill Dance Center will hold its free recital at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church June 16.  The theme is dancing through the decades.
The not-for-profit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is in the running for a free van.  The company competed with over 4,000 non-profit groups nationwide, and it is now a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good.  Vote for them on Facebook to support this group’s efforts.
Chamber members also gave testimonials about each other’s services.  Suzanne Wolf of Abbey Rose thanked Michael Habenicht for his website design.
“We’re working within the Chamber, working with each other’s businesses, and we should acknowledge that,” said Wolf.
Nate Huggins expressed gratitude for the free flowers Abbey Rose donated to Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care for Mother’s Day.  Huggins said many of the people there need that extra attention they might not be receiving elsewhere.
The guest speakers were Gene White and Nadia Mercelis of LegalShield.  They spoke about identity theft.

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Arrest warrants obtained in shooting

Arrest warrants are secured for Anthony Christopher Stith for the shooting that occurred May 14 at the Sunoco on Lawyers Road.  The warrants are for Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury (Attempted Murder) and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

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