Matthews redefines its historic preservation outlook

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A Historic Preservation Task Force appointed by Matthews Mayor Lee Myers has completed their work and presented their recommendations to the Matthews Board of Commissioners tonight.

The group began meeting in November 2008. They were charged with answering three questions: What is the future of the history in Matthews? Do we need a plan to preserve the history of Matthews? If so, what should the plan look like and whose responsibility is it to preserve the history of Matthews?

The Task Force was co-chaired by Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Taylor and Paula Lester of the Matthews Historical Foundation. The group made the following recommendations: Continue reading

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Health talk this weekend at MH Farmers’ Market

100_7238This Saturday, June 6, the Charlotte Medical Clinic—Mint Hill will offer the second in a series of Health Talks presented by the doctors at the clinic. Dr. Stephanie Simon presented the first workshop on osteoporosis and provided free bone density screenings. (See picture.)  On Saturday, Dr. Glen Powell will speak to visitors about menopause, at 10am in the Ashcraft Schoolhouse at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Once a month during the Farmers’ Market, a doctor from CMC will speak on another subject and offer other free screenings.

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Independence High School FFA plants flowers for historical society

Independence High School FFA lends MHHS a hand. Photo: Sue McDonald

Independence High School FFA lends MHHS a hand. Photo: Sue McDonald

Last weekend students from John Hess’ (teacher) FFA club at Independence High School planted flowers, shrubs and trees at the restroom project here at the village. Judy Stanley, who creates the beautiful flower beds at the town’s properties, designed the plan and enlisted the students. I’ve attached a few pictures, and hope you are interested in using them in the paper. Students : Allie Valiente, Alfredo Valiente, Summer Stanley, Hayley Williams and Desmond Stephens. Courtesy of Sue McDonald, (Mint Hill Historical Society) Continue reading

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This week in Mint Hill history

In 1960, the Mint Hill VFW at their Christmas party, named Clarke A. Prather from Wilgrove as man of the year because of his strong commitment to community service organizations.  Boy scouts, civil air patrol, Woodmen of the World, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Philadelphia Presbyterian Church are among the groups he is active with.  In an acceptance statement, he called Mint Hill his second home.

In 1979, Troy Pollard began his third term as mayor.  He commented that MInt Hill is now the second largest town in the county.  He added that a search is taking place for a site to build town hall on.

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This week in Mint Hill history

In 1973, a re-zoning proposal that would have required new homes in some parts of town to be built on one acre lots was voted down by the Mint Hill Town Board. There was concern that this proposal would keep middle class citizens from buying these properties and that it would stunt future growth.

In 1987, a list of groups, families, and individuals who had donated to the VFW memorial was printed in the local newspaper. This memorial had been dedicated in November.

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