Girl Scouts charm their way to sales

By Michele Dotson

Girl Scouts

(from left to right) Maddy Hillman, Marissa McDougald, and Jenna Oldja advertise their Girl Scout cookies on Saturday, March 8 at the corner of Hwy. 51 and Lawyers Road. Hillman and McDougald are students at Union Academy. Oldja attends Porter Ridge. The girls are from Troop 140 in Indian Trail.

We see them at work, at church, and even at our doors. Those adorable Girl Scouts with their green uniforms; badges proudly displayed, who whip out pen and order form with lightning speed.

“Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”

Who can resist them?

Not many of us, evidently.

Nationally the Girl Scout cookie industry has turned into an annual $800 million affair. 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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Local towns discuss economic park options

Town Manager Brian Welch speaks at the October 3 called meeting of the commissioners of Mint Hill, Indian Trail, Matthews, and Stallings. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

On October 3, commissioners from Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, and Stallings met to discuss the potential advantages of grouping together to further economic initiatives in the community by establishing an economic partnership between the towns.

Presentations were given on how partnerships are planned, built, and managed, what advantages they offer to the communities involved, and how that could possibly benefit the four municipalities.

No action was taken at the meeting, but the idea of such a collaboration was discussed and action could be taken in the future.

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