Butler High senior stays connected to heritage

By Leah Schmalz

Conor Quinlivan, left, hugs his mother at the Trish Quinlivan at the World Irish Dance Championship qualifying event.

Conor Quinlivan, left, hugs his mother at the Trish Quinlivan at the World Irish Dance Championship qualifying event.

Conor Quinlivan, a senior at Butler High School, is a successful Irish dancer and novice hockey player. While the two activities may seem quite different, they’re both reflections of his family and heritage.

Quinlivan began learning Irish dance at the age of four. His mother, who was born in Ireland, got him involved. Throughout his 13 years of dancing, Quinlivan has taken part in state and international competitions. While he was overseas to compete in the World Irish Dance Championships, he was able to stay with aunt and explore Ireland, including the town where his mother was born. “I got to see all of my family,” he said. “We went to different towns and ventured all around.”

December was a busy month for Quinlivan. In addition to placing eighth in the qualifying event for the World Irish Dance Championship, he also started playing ice hockey. While Quinlivan’s father is also Irish, he was born in New York. As a result, both of them are fans of the New York Rangers NHL team. Quinlivan’s love for hockey prompted him to learn the sport, and he enjoys playing.

In the fall, Quinlivan plans to attend Central Piedmont Community College. While he will continue dancing and playing hockey, he wants to major in special education. He’s worked at Camp SOAR at the Levine Jewish Community Center and enjoys it. “My sister has been involved with special needs. She brought me to one of the special needs camps and I was hooked,” he said.

Quinlivan had the chance to attend a different high school, but looking back he wouldn’t change a thing. “I’m glad I ended up staying at Butler because the faculty and staff were amazing to me,” he said. “I had a great time.”

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Dr. Steve Bain connects with lineage during Mint Hill visit

By Leah Schmalz

Steve Bain: Dr. Steve Bain stands next to a portrait of John Bain at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Steve Bain stands next to a portrait of John Bain at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

When Dr. Steve Bain, a professor at Texas A&M, began researching his family lineage, he never imagined it would take him to Mint Hill. The link extends back to Bain’s great-great-great grandfather, who was John Bain’s uncle.

Bain received a gracious welcome last Thursday at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where some of his ancestors are buried. Mayor Ted Biggers presented him with several mementos from the town, including several pins and an ornament of the town hall. “We were quite excited when we heard we had a namesake from the Bain family coming,” said Biggers. ““This is about…meeting the community and connecting so when people come here they don’t have to have the last name Bain to feel welcome.”  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Legion Baseball summer season gets underway

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The summer season has started up for the Mint Hill Legion Baseball teams. The season will continue through the month of June with playoffs beginning on July 1. This year Mint Hill will host the Junior Legion Area 4 semi-finals on July 5, 6 and 7 and the finals on July 11, 12, and 13 at Independence High School.

“Like I told them today, ‘Right now we’re the ingredients and we’ve got to blend you into a team,’” said Coach Kelly Moore. He said the team this year is comprised of younger players than last year’s team, which had 11 members go on to play college baseball. “That just makes our jobs as coaches more fun,” he said. “We’ve got big shoes to fill from last year.”  Continue reading

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Art Crawl in the Hall partners local artists, businesses

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, Mint Hill Arts and the town of Mint Hill have teamed up to present the Art Crawl in the Hall this Saturday at 5:30 in the town hall. The event weaves together local artists, business owners and government officials for a night of casual networking, refreshments and art appreciation. The first June Tunes event follows at 7:30 with a performance by Lindsay Nicole and Hwy. 74.

The art crawl showcases the quarterly art exhibit on display on the first and second floors of the town hall building. Work from local artists ranges from photography to watercolor to mixed media. “It’s not a huge show but it’s a quality show,” said Michael Hutchinson of Mint Hill Arts. “It features amateurs from all over the area, just like our organization is made up of all kinds of people, all walks of life.”  Continue reading

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Pop Warner football program stresses development, safety

By Leah Schmalz

With growing concern over concussions among sports players, it only makes sense that parents exercise a degree of caution when considering which sport their children will play. To address these concerns, Mint Hill Athletic Association offers Pop Warner football, a program that stresses safety above winning.

A national program, Pop Warner is tuned into ways to prevent concussions among young players. “The statistic [from the program] that I think is surprising to people as far as concussions is it’s safer than soccer up until the age of 15,” said Dennis DiCarlo, commissioner for the Mint Hill Pop Warner football program. “They keep the ages and weights really confined.”  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Lions Club holds annual 5K, proceeds aid humanitarian projects

By Michele Dotson
Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.42.48 PMThe annual Mint Hill Lions Club 5K was held Saturday before the start of the Mint Hill Madness parade.
Long associated with Mint Hill Madness, the competitive run returned this year on a new schedule to coincide with the festival which had traditionally been held in the fall.
More than 250 runners participated. 
Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill placed first overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:31.
Jessica Alley from New Castle came in first overall in the women’s division with a time of 18:51.
Community support was visible with many area residents, teachers, local students, and public servants participating. Continue reading
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