Queen’s Grant students win national theater awards

By Michele Dotson, Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
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Students from Queen’s Grant Community School won a Freddie G Excellence in Acting group award at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival, held January 17, 18 and 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

The students also collected the Playbill VIP award.  The playbills for their next show will be printed and shipped to them free of charge by Playbill magazine.

Students Garrett Costin and Hannah Snyder were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival.  The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 4,500 festival attendees.

The Junior Theater Festival offers an opportunity for students and teachers to interact with thousands of others who share their passion for musical theater.   Continue reading

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Tiderman picks up 200th win

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.38.58 AMIndependence’s Brian Tiderman picked up his 200th and 201st career wins at the 2014 Southwestern 4A Conference Wrestling Championship at Porter Ridge High School over the weekend. Tiderman won the confer- ence championship in the 220 lb. weight class with a first period pin over Butler’s Dean Looney. He was also voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Porter Ridge was the over all champion as the Pirates posted a score of 188.5. Independence, who was the regular sea- son champions, took second place with a score of 163.5. Butler placed third with 126 points. Myers Park earned fourth with 89 points. Rocky River was fifth 59.5. East Mecklenburg, 49 and Gar- inger 43 took sixth and seventh in the tournament. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

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CWP Photo Booths

SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS

Picture 1Since starting her photography business in 2012, Candice Wood of Mint Hill, focusing on wedding photography, saw the great demand for photo booths and decided to jump on board.  Photo booths are a great addition to wedding receptions, providing a fun way to add to the photographs you have from your special day.  Also giving your guests a keepsake print, which can take the place of wedding favors if you chose.  Offering a variety of props, backdrops, print layouts and sizes, digital downloads, albums, and more, each event is customized to make your experience unique and fun! Photo booths aren’t limited to wedding receptions; they can bring entertainment to any party or event. With the new “open air” design growing in popularity, it makes photo booths much easier to transport and fit into almost any location. CWP Photo Booths uses the newest technology to make the booth work very smoothly. From the easy to use touch screen, one button start, to having a print in your hands almost instantly. Every booth is accompanied by a professional attendant to offer assistance and answer any questions. Continue reading

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Free Korean War memorial book available at Mint Hill Town Hall

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Gift to veterans comes from Korean government with gratitude

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 8.56.46 PMThe town of Mint Hill has received hundreds of copies of a commemorative book chronicling the Korean War. “Korea Reborn-A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” is a hardbound, color and black and white, commemorative book that is meant to go first and foremost to Korean War Veterans.

“We have been asked to be the gatekeepers of the book,” says Mint Hill town manager Brian Welch. “We want to make sure that these books get into the hands of the veterans.” Continue reading

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Local nonprofit to be featured on National Geographic show

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 8.49.54 PMThe nonprofit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue will be featured on national TV next week.

The Indian Trail-based organization will be part of an episode of the show “We Move Animals,” on National Geographic’s Nat Geo Wild Channel, scheduled to air at 10 pm Saturday, Feb. 1 and re-air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The “Duck, Duck … Loose!” episode follows the Denicker family as they help rescue. Volunteers vaccinate, crate, relocate and release 100 rehabilitated ducks, geese and swans into the wild.

A National Geographic film crew spent about a week in September taping at the center’s Poplin Road facility. Continue reading

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Puppeteer creates mascot for shoe manufacturer

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 8.11.45 PMWhen Winston Salem shoe manufacturing company SR Max Shoes wanted a mascot for a series of commercials, they found what they were looking for when they came across Pamela Shook of Blue Moon Puppets. Shook, who has been a puppeteer since 1988, created a mascot who is soft, cozy, and black; just like the shoes. “SR Max Shoes primarily makes shoes for chefs,” says Shook. “The shoes are non-skid, very comfortable and come in pretty much one color; black.” The puppet mascot, appropriately named Max, will be the star of a series of commercials advertising the shoe to restaurants, chefs, and kitchen workers.  His motto, “Get a grip on it,” speaks to the shoe’s amazing non-slip technology. Continue reading

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