Prior to the unveiling of the Never Forget 9/11 Monument in Cornelius Sunday morning, first responders from the area and many parts of the country were invited to surround the sculpture in honor of their service, including this “Fire Rider” from New York City. Fire Riders is a fraternity of retired firefighters. As required of all monuments that use a piece of the World Trade Center debris, the sculpture is oriented toward New York City, as highlighted by the red stripe in the concrete at the base. For more photos of the nearly three-hour ceremony, see Pages 12 and 13.
To do what they could to support a friend and stay distracted from their own sadness, Town of Huntersville employees and others turned out in shifts last Thursday to tackle an assortment of chores at the home of the Scott Treon family. Treon, a long-time member of the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department staff, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme cancer two years ago. Thursday’s spontaneous display of compassion came when word spread that Treon had entered the final stage of his battle against the brain cancer and been admitted to the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. These friends joined many others from the community at a candlelight vigil in Treon’s honor at the Hospice House Thursday night. Treon, a husband and father of three daughters, died Monday.
Entertainment for all ages greeted students outside the Historic Oak Street Mill in downtown Cornelius on Friday, Aug. 19, during the first “Jam the Hype” back-to-school party organized by Bella Love. Along with age-appropriate games and activities were food trucks, live music and socializing as students wound down the summer toward the first day of school.
Morgan and McKenzie Roebuck were among the first youngsters to have a soaking wet good time at the new splash pad in Smithville Park. The play area was donated by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, which pledged $150,000 toward construction, and opened Saturday, the same day that the Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival was also held in Smithville Park. For more photos of both events, visit localscroll.com.
The Lake Norman-based Lotta Foundation was a featured attraction at the annual Harvey’s Restaurant Block Party in Huntersville’s Vermilion neighborhood on Saturday. The foundation used the occasion to raise awareness of its efforts and the Aug. 20 conclusion of its annual coat drive. Pictured from left are Paul Bartolotta, Titus Bartolotta, co-founder of the Lotta Foundation, Nelson Bynum and Justin Werbiskis, owner of Pegram Insurance of Huntersville. For more photos of the block party, visit localscroll.com.
A medical evacuation helicopter comes in for a landing at NorthCross Shopping Center as part of last Tuesday evening’s National Night Out observance in Huntersville. In addition to a number of activities, residents had the opportunity to interact with public safety officials and view a variety of police, fire and medical vehicles.
The owners and employees of The Wiener Factory in old town Denver took the phrase “If it’s too hot, stay out of the kitchen” literally last week, shutting down operations as temperatures climbed to the mid- to upper-90s. Not only was the temperature too high to work inside, but probably for customers as well.
An ample showing of patriotism awaited the arrival of swimmers at the Rusty Rudder in Cornelius during the fourth annual Lake Norman Navy SEALs swim benefit. A group of U.S. Navy SEALs swam 13.6 miles from the Blue Parrot at N.C. 150 in Mooresville to the Rusty Rudder to raise awareness of and money to help prevent military veteran suicides.
Thanks to the efforts of the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Bragg and Huntersville’s Susan Tillis, wife of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis — as well as a team of local Baby Bundles volunteers — the military family of John and Madison Budwine recently received three sets of donated Baby Bundles essentials in preparation for the birth of their triplets. Susan Tillis was instrumental in resurrecting the Baby Bundles program at the ASYMCA following a visit to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville two years ago when she learned it had run out of donated newborn essentials and could no longer serve the enlisted soldiers and their new families. The second annual Baby Bundles Baby Shower in Cornelius earlier this year helped replenish the inventory, allowing the program to flourish.
Being a newspaper editor’s daughter, Kayla Warfield has a natural nose for news and, sitting still in traffic along Gilead Road Tuesday morning she had the opportunity to take this photo. Only minor injuries were reported as traffic patterns returned to some sense of normalcy following the holiday weekend, with the exception of this vehicle that overturned in front of the Market Square shopping center.