Bain recipient of field to fork garden

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Fuel Pizza Garden

Students at Rama Road worked with their teacher to grow vegetables and herbs used to make a healthy pizza last spring. Bain Elementary School has been awarded a Field to Fork pizza garden for the spring of 2014. Basil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are some of the vegetables that will be grown at the school located on Bain School Road.

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. Continue reading

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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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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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Commissioners approve land purchase pending approval of grant

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@mintilltimes.com

Town of Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of property at 9801 Brief Road at its January 24 meeting.

The 27.558 acre purchase is pending the approval of a “PARTF” grant by the State of North Carolina which will cover half of the $670,000 purchase price.

The town has put $5,000 as earnest money towards the purchase, which will either be applied at closing or refunded if the grant is not awarded.

The contract specifies an inspection period ending on July 18, 2014.

No decision has been made about improvements to the property or what kind of park will be built.

Future town meetings will be held for citizen feedback if the grant is funded.

 

 

 

 

 

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