Women needed for Habitat for Humanity project

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In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of women volunteers, including recording artist Trisha Yearwood, will be pounding nails and raising walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2 – 10. Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Matthews are looking for local women volunteers to work one day on a Habitat Matthews’ construction site during the nine-day event. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary. Continue reading

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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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Symone Stukes rewarded by school for performance at Poetry Out Loud

A couple of weeks ago The Mint Hill Times told you about Symone Stukes, the second symone-stukes2runner at the Poetry Out Loud contest in Raleigh a few weeks ago. Staff and students at Independence thought Symone deserved more than third place, so they took it upon themselves to raise a little bit of cash to give to Symone for her hard work and awesome performance. The school raised $128 to give to her, a difficult task in these economic times.

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Mint Hill native releases ‘Restaurant Personality’

Stephen Healy displays his new book, "Restaurant Personalities."

Stephen Healy displays his new book, "Restaurant Personalities."

Stephen C. Healy, who was raised in Mint Hill and whose parents still live in Farmwood, dropped by the Mint Hill Times office today to show us his new children’s book “Restaurant Personality.” The book, which was illustrated by Thomas McDaniel, tells the story of a restaurant that serves up personalities. Healy said he hopes children take away from the book the lesson of learning to be one’s self.
“It’s the retelling of the quintessential coming of age story but told a little differently,” Healy said.
One-third of the proceeds from the book go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Healy said they have sold 1,200 books thus far, and he has plans to tour the Southeast for the next three months to promote the book. Healy has three more books coming out in the next year for Sleep Tree Publishing Co, two children’s books and a coffee cookbook for Dilworth Coffee.

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Empty Bowls Project hopes to fill bowls in Haiti

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Covenant Day School will feed six village orphanages in Haiti for an entire month from proceeds of their international Empty Bowls Project, “Sip Soup on the Sixth at Covenant Day School.”  Three thousand dollars was raised and 100 percent of these funds will be used to feed the hungry children in these Haiti orphanages. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger around the world.  Four hundred seventy Covenant Day School lower and middle school Fine Arts students sculpted and hand painted ceramic bowls which were offered for a nominal donation in exchange for a simple meal of soup and bread.  The “Sip Soup on the Sixth at Covenant Day School” occurred  during their annual GrandFriends’ Day celebration.
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