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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Monthly citizens meetings prove helpful for Mint Hill police

By Michele Dotson   Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

About 10 Mint Hill residents assembled at the Mint Hill Bojangles’ located at 9075 Lawyers Road on December 3, 2013. Chief Ledford says that the weather and the proximity to Christmas had an effect on the December turnout.

Although the crowd was smaller, they still had lots to talk about.

“We had a great discussion,” says Ledford. “Mostly, citizens were curious about police presence in their neighborhoods.” Continue reading

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Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation ribbon cutting celebration

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

clear creekClear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation hosted an open house and ribbon cutting event on January 7th from 2-6 pm.  The new facility is located at 10506 Clear Creek Commerce Drive in Mint Hill.

The festivities included tours, live entertainment by the Rocky River High School orchestra, hand massages, finger foods and refreshments.

The new facilities has a total of 120 beds, which includes some private and semi-private rooms, modeled more toward a home-like environment

Clear creek is the first nursing home in Mecklenburg County owned by Spruce LTC LLC, located in Kinston, NC. Continue reading

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Independence Leo Club Visits Lions Services Helps serve holiday lunch to visually impaired workers

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

On December 20, when the rest of their classmates were cracking the books at school and waiting for the end of the day to start their long holiday break, 17 Leo Club members boarded a bus to Lions Services on Tryon Street to help set up and serve the company’s annual Christmas luncheon.

Lions Services provides vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

The organization, founded in 1935 by the Charlotte Central Lions Club, provided employment for the blind. Initially, the goal was to employ WWI veterans to re-cane chairs.

In 1975, the company was incorporated as a nonprofit textile manufacturer with the purpose of providing vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind and became known as Lions Services, Inc.  Continue reading

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Ugly sweater party brings youth together

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

youth group 1For the youth group at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church on Margaret Wallace Road, Christmas wasn’t over on December 25.

The youth group gathered on Saturday, January 4 for an Ugly Sweater Party. The group played games, ate pizza, listened to music, and voted on the ugliest sweater.

According to Christian tradition, the Christmas season concludes on “Twelfth Night,” which is literally the twelfth night after Christmas, and falls on January 5.

Ellen and Ande Rummel have been youth group advisors for about three and a half years.

Ellen says, “The goal of the youth group is to create a Christian community where the youth of the church has the opportunity to socialize with other Christian kids and learn how to get involved in service projects for the Church and community.”

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Mint Hill resident receives promotion still finds time to clown around

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Brett Ford

Brett Ford

Long-time Mint Hill resident and 1988 Independence graduate Brett Ford is ringing in the New Year with a promotion at AT & T. This is Ford’s second promotion since joining the company in 2000.

“My first position for 10 years was a Service technician,” says Ford. “Then in 2010 I became a Facility Technician working on everything from the cut wire in your backyard, the jack in your bedroom that quit working, DSL, networking, high speed data lines and everything in between.”

Ford’s new position is a Specialist-Network Control in the AT&T Network Operations organization. He will oversee the circuits that handle the cellular traffic all across the country.

“It is a management position which came with a raise,” he says.

This is good timing for Ford, whose wife Madonna, a former surveyor, is beginning her student teaching in mathematics at Rocky River High School.  Additionally, Brett is finishing up a BA in Networking Administration. Continue reading

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