Bain recipient of field to fork garden

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Fuel Pizza Garden

Students at Rama Road worked with their teacher to grow vegetables and herbs used to make a healthy pizza last spring. Bain Elementary School has been awarded a Field to Fork pizza garden for the spring of 2014. Basil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are some of the vegetables that will be grown at the school located on Bain School Road.

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Chili Cook-off Fundraiser

The Town of Mint Hill will hold the Arts & Science Council Chili Cook-off Fund- raiser Thursday, February 27, from 11: 30 am to 1:30 pm at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. The chili cook- off will raise funds to support the arts in Mint Hill. A $5 ticket will allow sampling of all the chili entries. If you would like to enter your chili, con- tact Margie Nichols at 704-545-9726 or mnichols@admin.mint hill.com. Registration forms may be obtained at www.minthill.com. Chili participants will need to have their chili at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy by 11 am.

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Commissioners approve land purchase pending approval of grant

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@mintilltimes.com

Town of Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of property at 9801 Brief Road at its January 24 meeting.

The 27.558 acre purchase is pending the approval of a “PARTF” grant by the State of North Carolina which will cover half of the $670,000 purchase price.

The town has put $5,000 as earnest money towards the purchase, which will either be applied at closing or refunded if the grant is not awarded.

The contract specifies an inspection period ending on July 18, 2014.

No decision has been made about improvements to the property or what kind of park will be built.

Future town meetings will be held for citizen feedback if the grant is funded.

 

 

 

 

 

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Make your wedding day special

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
A bride never should never try a new hairstyle on her wedding day. Taking time to find a flattering style before the big day is a must. Brides-to-be got the chance to have their hair and makeup done as part of the festivities at the Bridal Showcase.

A bride never should never try a new hairstyle on her wedding day. Taking time to find a flattering style before the big day is a must. Brides-to-be got the chance to have their hair and makeup done as part of the festivities at the Bridal Showcase.

The 2014 Bridal Showcase held at the Charlotte Convention Center was packed with brides to be and their entourages looking for that special touch for an upcoming wedding.

There were vendors for venues, flowers, cakes, table linens, photography, wedding gowns, food, stationary, and entertainment.  All the things one needs to plan, prepare, and remember that special day.

But there was more.

Dance lessons, chiropractic care, photo booths, real estate, hair styling, weight loss, spray tanning, luxury portable restrooms for that outdoor wedding, and even officiates promising to make your wedding day the best it can be. Continue reading

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Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation ribbon cutting celebration

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

clear creekClear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation hosted an open house and ribbon cutting event on January 7th from 2-6 pm.  The new facility is located at 10506 Clear Creek Commerce Drive in Mint Hill.

The festivities included tours, live entertainment by the Rocky River High School orchestra, hand massages, finger foods and refreshments.

The new facilities has a total of 120 beds, which includes some private and semi-private rooms, modeled more toward a home-like environment

Clear creek is the first nursing home in Mecklenburg County owned by Spruce LTC LLC, located in Kinston, NC. Continue reading

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Ugly sweater party brings youth together

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

youth group 1For the youth group at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church on Margaret Wallace Road, Christmas wasn’t over on December 25.

The youth group gathered on Saturday, January 4 for an Ugly Sweater Party. The group played games, ate pizza, listened to music, and voted on the ugliest sweater.

According to Christian tradition, the Christmas season concludes on “Twelfth Night,” which is literally the twelfth night after Christmas, and falls on January 5.

Ellen and Ande Rummel have been youth group advisors for about three and a half years.

Ellen says, “The goal of the youth group is to create a Christian community where the youth of the church has the opportunity to socialize with other Christian kids and learn how to get involved in service projects for the Church and community.”

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