A special birthday request

 

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Abigael Aycock is 8 years old. Her birthday was February 9. There was a party with friends, family, games, and fun, but one thing was missing: presents.

Abby didn’t want any presents for her birthday–not for herself anyway. She wanted anyone who was going to buy her presents to buy a pair of shoes, to be donated to those in need.

“We have massive birthdays, and I always try to something really cool and memorable for their birthdays,” said Elizabeth Aycock, Abby’s mother.

The idea came last August, from a commercial about a girl in Texas, who gathered 300 pairs of shoes for charity, and Abby told her mother that she wanted a big birthday party with lots of friends, and for presents: shoes.

Abby’s reasoning behind the charity is straightforward and plain, “It’s nice,” she said. “And I’d be growing closer to God.”

Thirty-one pairs of shoes were gathered at the party and then donated to A Child’s Place, which will give them to homeless children in Mecklenburg County.

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Mint Hill shopping center sells for $2.5 million

The Mint Hill Festival Shopping Center, located at the corner of Lawyers Road and Matthews Mint Hill Road, was purchased earlier this month by Sierra Building Group, a Canadian real estate firm.

The 59,077-square-foot facility cost Sierra $2.5 million, and was bought from Regions Bank, who acquired the property after American Asset Corporation, the property’s previous owner, went into foreclosure in 2012.

Toronto-based Sierra specialized in home and community building, with most of their properties in Canada, but also builds and manages commercial and retail spaces.

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February reminds pet owners to brush teeth

Your dog’s bad breath might tell you more than what type of snack he found out in the yard.

Bad breath, along with red and swollen gums, brown teeth, frequent pawing at the mouth, and reluctance to eat hard foods, can mean that your pet has a dental disease.

National Pet Dental Health Month is an initiative by the American Veterinary Medical Association that encourages pet owners to brush and care for their animal’s teeth.

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Keeping an eye on mange

“Just imagine your dog with all its hair fallen out, and it smells like yeast, really badly.” That’s how Nancy Yaeger, veterinary technician at Heart and Hand Veterinary Clinic in Matthews, described mange.

Mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites that animals carry with them their entire lives, but only cause a problem if the dog is subject to high stress, or if the dog’s immune system is compromised for some reason.

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“Well Seen and Captured” opens at MHA

Visitors packed in Mint Hill Arts’ gallery last Friday night, February 8, to see more than 140 photographs for the opening reception of MHA’s annual photography-only show, “Well Seen and Captured.”

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The walls in MHA’s gallery were lined from ceiling to floor with original photographs on a wide range of topics, including architecture, abstracts, portraits, and landscapes.

The show was sponsored by Biggs Camera and Fast Frame of Matthews, who donated the prizes. First, second, and third place prizes were $100, $75, and $50 gift certificates to Biggs Camera, and all four honorable mentions received $25 gift certificates to Fast Frames.

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Library’s Strategic Plan discussed at community forum

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Citizens and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library officials met at the Mint Hill branch library for a community forum Thursday, February 7, to discuss the future of the library.

The meeting was the last in a series of community forums at various library branches, all with the same goal of gathering community input on the library’s three-year strategic plan.

Topics discussed ranged from uses of meeting rooms, available materials, and operating hours, among many other topics.

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