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.
Caleb Higdon (left), with the assistance of classmate Griffin Barth, recently hauled in this 40-pound catfish from the dock at Peninsula Yacht Club remarkably using a fly rod. Unable to haul it ashore because of its weight, the Community School of Davidson students had to jump into the water.
The fifth grade class at Lake Norman charter School recently toured the nation’s capitol, and among the stops was a visit with the U.S. Senator from the school’s home town of Huntersville, Thom Tillis. Above, the students listen to a talk delivered by Tillis on the steps of the Capitol Building.
Last week, eye care professionals from North Carolina visited members of the state’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., and one of the prioritized topics in each session was the statistically high occurrence rate of ocular melanoma in the Huntersville area. The visits included a session with Sen. Thom Tillis (center) of Huntersville. Doctors participating in the session include (front, from left) Susan Burden and Deborah Hudak; and (from left) Ali Torab Parhiz, Cameron Stone, Donald Budenz, Jennifer Williamson, Divakar Gupta, Robert Wiggins and W. Alan Skipper. During this visit, Dr. Michael Brennan and Dr. Odette Houghton, two of the growing number of eye experts directly involved in efforts to learn more about the local OM cases, had a private session about the OM issue with Tillis staff member Katy Talento.
This musician at the cruise ship pier on Tortola British Virgin Islands takes a break from entertaining tourists to catch up on the latest events regarding developer Nate Bowman’s most recent bid for the Anchor Mill parcel in Huntersville. Everyone on the island has been on pins and needles about it for about 18 years. Word around Tortola is that they can’t wait to see what the ground-breaking shovels will look like in another 18 years.
Eight members of the Huntersville Elementary School first grade class of 1972-73 gathered at the school this past Saturday in a reunion effort that began with a Facebook posting of the original class photo. The former classmates and their teacher, Rita Youngblood, met for lunch at Killington’s restaurant then went to the school for a tour led by Principal Jeffrey Ruppenthal. The class picture above was taken in the library where the original photo had been taken. Pictured are (front row, from left) Tina Hunt, Cheryl Lee, Janet Wilborn Pierson and Ramona Burris; and (back row) teacher Rita Youngblood, Amy Houston Smith, Kari Lynn Everidge Benge, Jack McGee and Teddy Jones.
An aerial view of the new swim beach at Ramsey Creek Park provides a unique perspective of the facility due to open Memorial Day weekend. Formerly an area of rocky shoreline, the new sandy beach will provide the only public swimming access on Lake Norman other than Lake Norman State Park in Troutman. The opening of the beach is pending completion of intersection impovements and a new traffic signal at Nantz Road and West Catawba Avenue, which county officials report is on schedule.