Fireworks and COVID-19 are a Bad Mix

How to stay safe during July 4 celebrations. Celebrating America’s Independence Day is synonymous with fireworks. But handling pyrotechnics yourself is dangerous and not recommended. With...

Your Owner’s Manual and You: A Crash Course, Part II

One of my favorite features of an owner's manual is the inclusion of some basic part numbers. Take for example light bulbs. Light bulbs...

Home Buying in an Uncertain Economy

Home Buying in an Uncertain Economy Things have changed rather drastically in 2020. You might be thinking about buying a home, but you're not sure...

Knowing Your Core Muscles-Lats

Bear with me as we talk about the core back muscles. Trust me that it will all come together within the next few weeks....

6 Book Series about History for Kids

Lots of parents read to their kids when they’re little, but did you know that big kids need to be read to as well?...

Answering your Most Common Mask-Related Questions during COVID-19

It’s been a month already, do I still need to wear a mask? As stay-at-home restrictions gradually lift across the country, many are starting to...

Where in the World is Phil- COVID, Part 3

7/ At this time MOST European countries still have tight restrictions on foreign visitors at international arrival points, including border crossings. There are daily...

How to Improve your Flower Photography

It’s okay to photograph flowers on an overcast day. In fact, it is the best day to obtain the soft even light used to...

Your Owner’s Manual and You: A Crash Course, Part I

Your owner's manual is perhaps the most in-depth, complex, thorough piece of reading material you own. It has everything from basic specs to complex...

Where in the World is Phil- COVID, Part 2

6/ Pricing will stabilize very soon. There were some real bargains out there in early May. A flight from Charlotte to Miami on American...

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Ethanol Gas for Beginners

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Family-Friendly Hikes Near Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC - Trying to find a fun outing for the kids this summer amid COVID-19 restrictions has been challenging, to say the least....

Where in the World is Phil- COVID, Part 5

6/ Once again the S word, Sanitation. This will be the biggest visible change. There will be a constant cleaning and disinfecting of high...

Obituary for George Edward McDonald

MINT HILL, NC - George Edward McDonald was born on July 13, 1947, and lost a courageous battle with cancer on June 28, 2020. ...

Message from Mayor Brad Simmons

Mint Hill Residents, The summer of 2020 is not what we had planned in January. We have had to cancel Mint Hill Madness and our...

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Obituary for George Edward McDonald

MINT HILL, NC - George Edward McDonald was born on July 13, 1947, and lost a courageous battle with cancer on June 28, 2020. ...

Message from Mayor Brad Simmons

Mint Hill Residents, The summer of 2020 is not what we had planned in January. We have had to cancel Mint Hill Madness and our...

You Can Still Get Fit in Phase Two with Gunn Fitness

WAXHAW, NC - Regina Gunn Arndt, the owner of Gunn Fitness, hasn’t just created a gym, she has created a family of individuals all...

Stallings Elementary Teacher Named Participate Learning Teacher of the Year

STALLINGS, NC - Jake Roberts, a third-grade teacher at Stallings Elementary, has earned the title of 2020 Participate Learning Teacher of the Year. Roberts,...

Gym Owners Eagerly Await Move to Phase 3

MINT HILL, NC - As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state of North Carolina, business owners forced to shut their doors on...