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.
The Cedarfield community in Huntersville has established a neighborhood swim league designed to introduce children to the fundamentals of swimming and to have fun while doing it. More than 100 children participated in this year’s league, in which they competed against the Davis Lake, Skybrook and Wellington neighborhoods. This year, Cedarfield swimmers wore pink swim caps in support of cancer awareness. Above, Matt Flanders takes a deep breath while racing toward the finish.
With nuclear reactors serving as a backdrop, about 10,000 gathered on the lawn and in the cove at the EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station for its annual Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert. The Symphony featured its “Summer Spirit” performance including selections from Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Batman and more. The annual free concert is one of the many programs and events offered at the EnergyExplorium. To learn more about programs, visit duke-energy.com/energyexplorium.
In what has become a tradition, participants in the week-long Young Elites Leadership Summit gather for a group photo, this time forming the stylized “YE” associated with the organization. The fifth annual Summit is taking place this week at Davidson Day School with 120 high school girls from throughout the region taking part in a wide range of activities and presentations emphasizing leadership skills, goal-setting and the importance of facing challenges and expanding personal horizons.
Last week, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville welcomed its one millionth visitor to the downtown Huntersville museum, which opened in October 2010. Yolanda Zheng, age 3, and her parents, Jiangxia Sun and Yuan Qin Zheng of Charlotte were the lucky visitors who arrived Tuesday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. to find themselves becoming part of the museum’s history. Yolanda was presented with a special prize package to mark the occasion, including a one-year family membership to the museum. Above, the lucky family is pictured with Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla (left), Can Can, the museum’s mascot, along with Catherine Wilson Horne (second from right), president and CEO of Discovery Place; and Barrett Long, senior site director of Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville.
Pictures paint a thousand words, but in this case two prominent ones often associated with political proceedings, as North Carolina Sen. Jeff Tarte, a former mayor of Cornelius, holds a sign he won in a raffle at Sunday evening’s farm-to-table community dinner to benefit the Cornelius 9/11 Memorial. With Tarte, but not touching the sign, are Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis (right) and (from left) Cornelius-Lemley Fire And Rescue Chief Neil Smith and Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle. See more photos from the event in Normanopolis.
Fellow students of Kristina Dontino’s Pine Lake Prep fourth grade class, who recently won the school’s “Penny Wars,” pose at the school’s spirit rock painted in her honor with Kristina occupying the place of honor. The rock was painted in honor of Kristina, who recently completed her final chemotherapy two years after being diagnosed with leukemia. Kristina is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Dontino of Huntersville. In addition to earning the honor of painting the spirit rock, the class also won a trip to Olive Garden restaurant.