A group of patriotic youngsters enjoy the sights and, except in one case, sounds of the Town of Huntersville’s first Veterans Day parade in downtown. Along with the parade, the day’s activities included a groundbreaking ceremony for the Veterans Monument at Main & Maxwell as well as a post-parade celebration at the intersection of N.C. 115 and Gilead /Huntersville-Concord Road. To see more photos of Veterans Day activities in the north Mecklenburg area see pages 8 and 10.
Mythical heroes, cartoon warriors and legendary historical leaders were among a multitude of famous literary characters recently roaming through Davidson during a recent celebration of reading involving Lake Norman Christian School (LKNC). Elementary students and faculty members at LKNC joined in the salute to reading by dressing up as their favorite characters. Students and teachers shared their favorite books and characters at the school and then took part in a parade to the Davidson Town Green, culminating with a group photo in front of the Davidson Public Library. The special day at LKNC also included a visit from Mrs. North Carolina, Wendy Jordan of Huntersville, and the school’s Fall Festival. LKNC is a private school currently serving 144 students at 251 South Street in Davidson.
No, this isn’t a real domestic dispute, but rather two costumed characters attempting to gross out fellow attendees at a Halloween party at appropriately named Ghostface Brewing and Pizzeria near the corner of Statesville Avenue and Center Avenue in Mooresville. It’s one of several Halloween events photographed by Nate Davis of localscroll.com. To see more galleries, visit his website.
On Monday, the Town of Huntersville opened a new stretch of Birkdale Commons Parkway, which provides residents of the sprawling neighborhood with another access and egress point to Babe Stillwell Farm Road. The 1,200-foot extension took a year to build at a cost of approximately $850,000. Ultimately, Birkdale Commons Parkway will extend to the yet-to-be-built Vance Road Extension.
A record gathering turned out for this past Saturday’s annual Laketoberfest as revelers enjoyed live music, food trucks, craft beers and more at Bailey Road Park. Produced by Bella Love and Old Town Cornelius, all proceeds from the event benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. To view more photos visit localscroll.com.
Among the featured attractions of last Thursday’s The Hope Runway fashion show to raise awareness of breast cancer and money for cancer reseasrch was 93-year-old, 26-year breast cancer survivor Marie Riggs. All of the fashion show models were cancer survivors, with Maria receiving a particularly high level of appreciation.
The Town of Cornelius’ annual All-American Dog Show brought out 450 people with 125 dogs, nearly 80 of them participants, to Bailey Road Park last Saturday. Sponsored by the Cornelius PARC Department, it was the first All-American Dog Show since 2014 as last year’s event was cancelled because of rainy weather. Dogs competed in a number of categories while pet-oriented vendors displayed products and services.
Golfers filled the fairways of Birkdale Golf Club Monday at the annual Angels of ’97 “Puttin’ Fore a Purpose” golf tournament. The Angels of ’97 organization’s fund-raising event is a companion to its annual spaghetti dinner. Over the past two decades, Angels of ’97, founded in honor of five “angels” who died before they could graduate with the North Meck High Class of 1997, has raised more than $700,000 to fund scholarships for area public high school students. Above, golfers practice putting surrounded by signs reminding them of other “angels” who have taken their place among the honorees in the years since.
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.