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Saturday, 15 June 2013 07:21

Win an iPad, benefit a fireman

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The effort to help one of their own continues for members of the Huntersville Fire Department, which is distributing tickets as part of a month-long fundraiser to benefit a fellow Huntersville fireman. Firefighter Jeff Reid, who has served the Huntersville community for more than three decades and also works with the Charlotte Fire Department, is awaiting a bone marrow transplant as the latest treatment in his ongoing battle with chronic lymphatic leukemia.

Saturday, 15 June 2013 07:20

A musical Eagle

Matthew Crowley, of Huntersville Boy Scout Troop 156, has earned the distinction of Eagle Scout after completing all of the merit badge requirements as well as installing a "sound garden" for The Children's House in Davidson for his Eagle project. The sound garden is a structure featuring instruments such as cowbells, xylophones, tin drums, tambourines, wind chimes, a triangle and a gong. It is designed to not only be a piece of playground equipment, but also a musically interactive environment for the children. Crowley is the son of Stephen and Leslie Crowley. Troop 156 is sponsored by the Huntersville Congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Saturday, 15 June 2013 07:20

Pushh is next 'On the Green'

The next Concert on the Green in downtown Davidson will be Sunday, June 16, 6-8 p.m. featuring the party/rock/variety sounds of Pushh. Concerts on the Green are regularly held the first and third Sunday evenings of the month on the Davidson Village Green.

Friday, 07 June 2013 01:01

Band of Oz on the Green

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The next Concert on the Green in downtown Davidson will be held Sunday, June 9, featuring the beach and variety sounds of the Band of Oz. Concerts on the Green are regularly held the first and third Sunday evenings of the month on the Davidson Village Green.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Interior designers took their best shot at decorating rooms using donated materials during the annual ReStore ReStyle Design Challenge on Friday, May 17, at the Mooresville Habitat ReStore. Monies were raised with online voting for the People's Choice Award (one vote for $1), T-shirt sales, ticket sales and donations totaling more than $8,000 to support the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Athletes hit the streets during two major charitable events Saturday morning to raise money to benefit children and families both locally and on a continent across the Atlantic. The fifth annual Jetton Road Triathlon continues to enjoy growth in both participation and giving, and the Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run in Birkdale nearly doubled its first-year's proceeds to help children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Keep tri-ing

From a married couple giving birth to the idea of holding a charity triathlon based in Jetton Park to last Saturday's fifth running of the event, Wakeman Charities Inc. has surpassed $125,000 raised for local charities.

Sheila and Jeff Wakeman played host to hundreds of athletes, volunteers and spectators for the 750-yard swim, 20-kilometer bike and five-kilometer event based at Jetton Park and staged within the park and along Jetton Road in Cornelius. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit Hope House Foundation of Huntersville and The Brookstone School in west Charlotte.

"This race builds community spirit and really gives people in our community a chance to come out and celebrate active lifestyles and charitable organizations in our area that really need our help," says Jeff Wakeman. "As the event reaches its fifth year, I have both been especially proud of how the people in the area have united together for the greater good of the community and to support the local charities."

The event regularly fills up with participants without advance promotion. This year, the race attracted participants from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In fact, the female and male winners were Kellie Darmody and Tyler Jordon, respectively, from the Naval Academy.

"My husband and I created this event because we are both athletes and know how valuable health and fitness is for a community," says Sheila Wakeman. "This triathlon offers a unique combination of sports and distances that can be achieved by both novices and seasoned athletes alike. Over the past five years, we have welcomed first-time participants as well as triathlon veterans to the sport. We have been fortunate to have many volunteers and sponsors that keep coming back to support the event, the charities and the athletes."

Hope House provides transitional housing, support and services for single, unaccompanied women with or without children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness for as long as a six-month stay providing support and services. Since opening in 2009 it has served more than 56 homeless individuals. Within this stable living environment, goals of Hope House residents can be pursued and include personal responsibility for taking care of the house, encouraging self-sufficiency through employment and educational objectives, and working towards affordable longer-term housing.

The Hope House is monitored 24/7 by trained community volunteer women who are scheduled and trained by the director. The volunteer program is called RAYS of Hope (Resident Advisors at Your Service). Each resident is assigned a case manager to assess and track individual goals and objectives weekly.

Brookstone School is a private, non-profit K-6 school founded in 2001 serving low-income children and families. Located in West Charlotte, Brookstone draws its student body ages 5-12 from the surrounding area and other economically challenged neighborhoods around the city of Charlotte. It provide academics and emphasizes the attributes for a successful life: character, responsibility, service, self-reliance and faith. Current enrollment is 103, 87 percent of whom qualify for the federal lunch program. The long-term vision is to serve 300 students in grades K-8.

Running wild

Meanwhile, in the nearby Birkdale neighborhood on Saturday, the Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run to benefit the Huntersville-based African Children's Project included Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, who finished first with a course record 15:09. Claire Naisby was the first female to finish at 19:40. Most importantly, though, with 711 registered runners and walkers, the event raised more than $30,000 for the African Children's Project.

The event was sponsored by 32 local businesses and churches, including signature sponsors Omega Sports and Funny Bone Embroidery. Another 30 local businesses contributed prizes for the event.

This year's event raised nearly doubled last year's event, which netted more than $18,000 to help pay for construction of the non-profit's first family-style home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

The African Children's Project, a 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers in the Lake Norman area and in Embu, Kenya, seeks to provide caring, family-style homes for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Mooresville residents Jason and Amy Yon and their two children will move to Embu in August to oversee the development of the property and to establish the orphan care ministry. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.africanchildrensproject.org" www.africanchildrensproject.org  or HYPERLINK "http://www.yonfamily.net" www.yonfamily.net.

Saturday, 18 May 2013 06:49

Rural Hill Center's first wedding

The Cultural Center and May Davidson Hall at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville, which was decked out in festive decor for a party planners gathering last month, was designed in part to increase the working farm's attractiveness as a host to a wider range of year-round events, including weddings. And this Saturday the new facility will host its first marriage ceremony when Caroline "Carly" Suddreth and Joshua David Morris exchange vows with more than 200 guests in attendance. The couple met through mutual friends in a pickup soccer game at Appalachian State University and selected the site to match their desire for a rural-inspired celebration.

The Center is modeled after historic barn architecture and has complete modern amenities including a full-service kitchen. It can be set up for rustic, casual, traditional and formal events to provide an indoor/outdoor setting for all types of gatherings. For more information, call 704-875-3113.

Saturday, 18 May 2013 06:48

Long locks

Cancer has touched the lives of many members of the family of 12-year-old Melissa Long of Huntersville, and she has seen them all go through the hair loss phase of cancer treatments. That's why she embarked on a goal of growing her hair specifically so she could donate it to Locks of Love, a charity that accepts donated hair to make wigs for those whose hair is temporarily robbed by treatment and can't afford hairpieces. Melissa recently made her donation and had her hair cut by Katie Pazmino of Hair Classic Salon. The Bailey Middle School student is the daughter of Jill and Tom Long of Huntersville.

Saturday, 18 May 2013 06:47

Rough Draft next Concert on the Green

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The next Concert on the Green in downtown Davidson will be held Sunday, May 19, featuring dance/variety band Rough Draft. Concerts on the Green are regularly held the first and third Sunday evenings of the month on the Davidson Village Green.

Sunday, 05 May 2013 13:56

Youth cycling at Fisher Farm

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Charlotte Youth Cycling League will offer a morning of mountain biking on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Fisher Farm in Davidson. Registration is open to anyone 14 years or younger who owns a bike and wants to experience the fun of racing in an encouraging, safe environment. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome and children younger than 6 can participate at no cost.

Founded in 2012 by area cycling enthusiast Mike Long and a consortium of Charlotte cycling shops, Charlotte Youth Cycling is working to make one of the country's most popular sports more accessible for youth in the region.

Sunday, 05 May 2013 13:56

Find out what's in your attic

CORNELUS, N.C. -- The Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission will host "Trash or Treasure: What's in Your Attic?" Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall, 21455 Catawba Avenue. Experts in ceramics, paintings, books, prints, toys, folk art, collectibles, furniture and other categories will examine personal items to help uncover the history and potential value.