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Holocaust survivor speaks to Mint Hill Middle School students

By Leah Schmalz

When Irving Bienstock saw the Nazi military starting fires in synagogues, smashing windows, and raiding the houses of Jews on the night that is now known as Kristallnacht, his hope of survival wavered. “At that moment I thought I was going to die,” he said, as he recounted his story to eighth grade students at Mint Hill Middle School last Monday.

Bienstock covered his experience in Germany during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when Jews weren’t permitted to ride buses, visit parks, or continue to run their businesses. Most of his extended family was killed and his father was forced to flee. Finally the rest of the family was able to escape the country. His father eventually made it to the United States in 1939 and the rest of the family joined him the following year. Bienstock entered the military and returned to Europe five years later to fight in World War II.  […]

By |May 22nd, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments

Discover Mint Hilll

Discover Mint Hill, the annual showcase of the town’s civic, artistic and historical groups, was held Saturday, May 3.

The Lions Club was present selling brooms.

The Kiwanis had a prize wheel and participants of all ages spun for their chance to win a prize.

The blacksmith shop and the wheelwright shop were operational for demonstrations.

The date also […]

By |May 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Historic Bain Restoration supporters laid at cherry blossom wreath

Yesterday a group of Historic Bain Restoration supporters laid at cherry blossom wreath at the grave of John Bain, founder of the Historic Bain Academy  The tradition of the wreath-laying was revived in 2013 and continued this year. For many years following John Bain’s death on March 25, 1897, the ladies of Philadelphia Church laid […]

By |March 25th, 2014|Around Town, History|0 Comments

Semi-annual Masonic Lodge fish fry held 40 years and going strong

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The semi-annual fish fry was held on Saturday, March 15 at the Masonic Lodge on Lawyers Road. About 1,200 pounds of fish was breaded and fried for the fundraising event which happens in October and March each year to benefit charities supported by the organization. […]

By |March 19th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

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

The 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.” […]

By |February 2nd, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

New board sworn in at December Mint Hill commissioners meeting

Mayoral appointments made; Mayor Pro Tempore selected

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The December 12 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners was the first for newly elected member Richard Newton. Newton, along with fellow Board members Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, and Mayor Ted Biggers were sworn in just after the Municipal election results for Mint Hill were accepted.

Commissioner Tina Ross, who was reelected along with Austin and Ellington, is undergoing treatments for cancer and is expected to be sworn in at the next meeting.

“I ask that you keep Commissioner Ross in your prayers,” says Mayor Biggers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and we look forward to seeing her at our next meeting.”

Outgoing commissioner Brenda McRae was praised for her years of service and dedication to the town. […]

By |December 18th, 2013|Around Town, Featured Posts, Government, History|0 Comments