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The Rain Exchange: saving water, saving money

Water is expensive. It’s a necessity. It’s a commodity. And it falls right out of the sky.

Mark Hazen and Michael Helms realized this, and realized that water shortages can be a serious problem and expense to homeowners, and have worked for nearly the past year to establish The Rain Exchange.

The Rain Exchange installs a system to catches the rainwater that falls on a homeowner’s home or property, and stores that water in an underground storage tank for later use.

“We’re starting to see that water is getting more and more expensive, and we have customers who spend $800-900 per month on their water bill,” Hazen said, adding that this system could save 60-65 percent of that water usage.

The way the system works is simple, The Rain Exchange will install downspouts on the house’s gutters, collecting all runoff rainwater from the roof and diverting it into a buried storage tank.

Connected to that storage tank is a pump, which allows that water to be used in a number of ways, depending on what the homeowner would like to use it for.

Mainly the water is used for irrigation, washing cars, and general outdoor water use, but it can also be piped back into the home and used in toilets and washing machines, and if a special filter or purification system is installed, could even be used as drinking water.

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By |May 15th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

It’s Your Business: Cottage Yarn

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Lyn Millward first learned to knit as a teenager, an exchange student in Sweden between her junior and senior year in high school.

But as life happened, she drifted away from the art, until her daughter received yarn and knitting supplies for her eleventh birthday.

She relearned how to knit to help teach her daughter, and it wasn’t long until she was knitting, crocheting, learning new skills and even teaching classes at her LYS (local yarn shop), Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill.

Her daughter, Chloe, worked at the shop on weekends, and one day,the previous owner  called to let Chloe know she was retiring. Lyn was concerned about the future of the store, and would eventually take over as owner.

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By |May 15th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill board holds budget workshop

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners met with other town leaders to discuss and plan the 2013- 2014 budget at a workshop meeting Tuesday, April 23.

Budget requests were presented from Mint Hill Fire and EMS, public works and police department, and commissioners approved special requests from nonprofits in Mint Hill.

David Leath, Fire/EMS Director presented the Fire Department’s budget report to the commissioners. The budget will stay much the same as the 2012-2013 budget, requesting more money for uniforms, turnout gear and office supplies.

Leath requested $20,550 for new uniforms, a cost that breaks down to $925 per employee, as well as $12,500 for five complete sets of new turnout gear, and $2,000 for a new computer for the department.

Tim Garner, public works director, presented the budget request for the public works division, which included four items: a backhoe at $93,500, two mower decks at $12,800, lettering and decals for trucks at $2,964.00, and repair costs for the town’s street sweeper, at $58,659.

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By |May 2nd, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Submit your Mother’s Day story!

Mother’s Day is May 12 and we want to hear why your mother is special. E-mail us in 100 words or less what your mother means to you. You may also send us a picture. Email: news@minthilltimes.com or post it on our Facebook page. You may also mail us your story to PO Box 690577, […]

By |April 19th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

Adventures and history in herbs

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

 

At the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, right next to the Doctor’s Museum, which showcases historical medicinal techniques, there sits a small herb garden.

Roses, Foxglove, Thyme, sage, lavender, oregano, peppermint, and even catnip all grow in the garden, and all have medicinal properties and were once used by doctors.

In 1997, Virginia Frazier helped a Girl Scout, Blair Gutledge, with her project, an herb garden at the Mint Hill Historical Society.

After Gutledge grew out of girl scouts and moved on, Virginia and her daughter Brenda Dills would resurrect the neglected herb garden every year, to keep the plants growing and healthy. They decided it would be smarter and easier to just maintain the garden themselves, which they still do today.

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By |April 17th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

Mint Hill hears from Tarte, Brawley at Town Hall

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

State representatives Bill Brawley, House District 103, and Jeff Tarte, Senate District 41,  stopped by the Mint Hill Town Hall Saturday, April 13, to field questions from residents and give insight into pressing state matters.

Less than 20 people attended the meeting, but among them were Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers and town commissioners Lloyd Austin and Mickey Ellington.

The meeting began with discussion on the proposed formation of an airport authority fot the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Brawley is the primary sponsor of House Bill 104, which is creating the airport authority, and cited that the Charlotte airport is sixth in the nation for number of flights, and twenty-seventh by number of passengers.

“We hit way above our weight class, as far as number of flights,” Brawley said. “Part of the reason is because of the low cost to operate out of Charlotte Douglas, and that has been because of the way the airport has been managed for a number of years.”

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By |April 17th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment