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Seniors enjoy annual Christmas lunch

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimescom

At 8:30 am on Saturday, December 7, about 50 volunteers converged on Independence High School to prepare for the annual senior citizen Christmas lunch.

In just under two hours, 600 gift bags were prepared, 600 places were set for lunch, tables were decorated, food brought in, drinks prepared and prizes displayed.

Just before the opening remarks by emcee meteorologist Larry Sprinkle, organizer Mike Cochrane pulled some young volunteers aside for a little pep talk.

“Thank you all for coming out today,” says Cochrane. “There’s nothing better than giving of yourselves, your time and effort.” […]

By |December 14th, 2013|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Rocky River’s Festapallooza Celebrating of the gifts of special needs students

By Michele Dotson
Staff Writer

On December 20, Rocky River High School will sponsor its 3rd Annual Festapallooza.
What started three years ago as a collaborative project between the special education class and the drama teacher has turned into a school-wide, two community agency, and 10 visiting high schools event, featuring a play, a lunch, and a Special Olympics basketball exhibition.
“The first year Rocky River opened, I was teaching an adapted version of Hamlet,” says special education teacher Ann Lake. “I approached the drama teacher, Mr. Webster as a possible collaborative effort. My students were reading the story and acting it out in class. The first year, we took five scenes and invited the parents, the administration, and a few CMS support staff.” […]

By |December 4th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

Volunteer group clips coupons for troops – Receives commendation letter from national program

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Tuesday, November 26 was cold, rainy, and absolutely miserable outside. Inside the club house at Alpine Village, though, things were warm and cozy. A faithful group of 13 showed up on this dreary day to cut and sort coupons to send to US troops to help soldiers and their families make […]

By |December 4th, 2013|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|2 Comments

HomeArama Draws Large Crowds – Showcases Mint Hill’s Cheval neighborhood

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The Home Builders Association of Charlotte has selected Mint Hill’s Cheval as the site for this year’s HomeArama event, currently in its 25th year. The show opened November 9 and will continue through the 24. Ticket holders enjoy a self-paced tour of six luxury homes which are open and superbly adorned with […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Around Town, Real Estate|0 Comments

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mint Hill

The Christmas wreaths are up in Mint Hill, a sure sign that Christmas is on its way. The lighted wreaths can be found on both sides of the street all the way down High 51 through downtown Mint Hill, as well as at the intersection of Lawyers Road and Margaret Wallace Road. The wreaths, coupled […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Around Town, Good deeds|2 Comments

Texas Roadhouse of Matthews to hold fundraiser for Bain restoration project

Texas Roadhouse, located at 10450 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC (704-814-0285) will donate a percentage of its food sales on Sunday, November 24, to the Historic Bain Academy Restoration, as well as any donations received that day.

Patrons should present the Texas Roadhouse coupon between 11 am and 10 pm, and the Bain project will receive 10 percent of those sales.  Proceeds from the Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser will go toward restoring Historic Bain, which was established 1889 and has served thousands of students in its 124-year history. […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Around Town, Bain Elementary School, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments