Mint Hill Madness makes wish come true for this year’s grand marshal

By Michele Dotson

This year’s grand marshal is six and a half years old.

He wants, above all things, to be a fireman.

And he wants to meet a princess.

The Town of Mint Hill and The Make A Wish Foundation have found a way to make that happen.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

On Saturday, May 24, Tim Brakman (who answers equally to Timmy) will ride on a fire truck, dressed in his fireman’s uniform, accompanied by his three year old sister, Kate, who, in honor of the occasion, has been named Miss Mint Hill Madness.

Before the parade, Tim will attend a reception in his honor at the Mint Hill Fire Department where he’ll meet the Mint Hill Beauty Queens and Ms. Mecklenburg, and tour the fire station.

Sister Kate will be decked out in her princess finery, which she has already taken quite a shine to.

“We got Kate’s dress the other day, and I wanted her to try it on,” says Brakman. “She wore it all afternoon and thought it was the best thing.”

Both Tim and Kate are excited by this new adventure. Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hilll

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

Discover Mint Hill, the annual showcase of the town’s civic, artistic and historical groups, was held Saturday, May 3.

The Lions Club was present selling brooms.

The Kiwanis had a prize wheel and participants of all ages spun for their chance to win a prize.

The blacksmith shop and the wheelwright shop were operational for demonstrations.

The date also marked the official start of the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market season which will be open weekends through fall.Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 5.15.56 PM

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Girls Soccer Independence & Butler. Independence Senior night.

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ soccer team visited Independence High School Tuesday afternoon looking to upset Indy on their final home game of the season and Indy’s senior night.

Indy got goals from four different players to take a take a 5-0 win over the Ravens.

The Patriots’ first goal came at the 6:01 mark in the first half when Mariel Guns scored
to give Indy a 1-0 lead.
17:52 into the second half, Indy’s Maddy Little broke free and scored the Patriots’
second goal.
Six minutes later, Indy’s Jocelyn Guzman added the third putting Indy up 3-0.  And just
twenty-six seconds later Karla Herrea added the fourth goal making the score 4-0 Indy.
The Patriots rounded out the scoring with one minute left when Mariel Guns scored her
 second goal giving the Patriots the victory over the visiting Ravens 5-0.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY RON MORRIS
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Carolinas HealthCare System brings jobs, emergency services to Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University, spoke on the state of healthcare reform and the impact Carolinas HealthCare System has on the Mint Hill area.

The April 24 Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting was held at Pine Lake Country Club.

Leonard described how the unintended consequences of the 2,000-plus page healthcare reform bill have proved challenging, not only to consumers, but also to healthcare providers.

“For the first time ever, Carolinas Healthcare projected a loss based on cuts in government reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid,” says Leonard.  Continue reading

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Dog silhouettes deter geese at town hall

By Michele Dotson

First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

 Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Drawn to the open space and newly planted grass, they came in numbers. First flocking to the grassy area, they soon began to wander the sidewalks and walk boldly up to the front doors.

Visitors soon had to dodge goose droppings, which are not only unsightly, but they can also be a health hazard.

To combat the problem humanely, the town purchased two dog silhouettes, which measure 24 inches high and 34 inches from tail to nose.

The dogs are made out of weather resistant plastic and are guaranteed to last three to four years. Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hill set for May 3

By Michele Dotson

discovery mint hill signDiscover Mint Hill is an annual event that brings citizens together with civic, cultural and historical groups. The event helps people learn about Mint Hill’s history, and how to get involved.

The event will take place at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

Organizers invite participants to stroll through the village and see what civic groups are doing to sup-port adults and children in need, how the cultural groups teach and develop talents, and how history is being preserved in Mint Hill. Continue reading

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