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December Things to do
Open forum: Mayor Travis will field questions Dec. 11 Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis will answer questions about the town, upcoming projects and transportation issues around town, including the notion of a “superstreet” for West Catawba between Jetton and Sam Furr Road. The Newsmakers Breakfast is Dec. 11 at The Peninsula Club. Hosted by Cornelius Today and Business Today, the forums are no-holds-barred question-and-answer sessions. The public is invited. The cost to attend is $12 and includes a full country breakfast. Doors open at 7:15 a.m., breakfast and networking follows and the pro-
gram starts at 8. The event concludes at 8:55 a.m. Travis is in the midst of his second term as Cornelius mayor. As mayor, he helps set objectives for the town commission, but only votes in the case of a tie on the five-member board. All elected offices in Cornelius are nonpartisan. Sponsors of the Newsmakers Breakfast include Donna Moffett Accountants and Consultants and Davidson Wealth Management. Reservations are required. Please call 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard.
Cornelius Christmas Concert Dec. 14 The Cornelius Concert Series at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will be held twice on Sunday, Dec 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This is Mt. Zion’s yearly Christmas program for the Lake Norman Community.
These concerts are free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken at the 2 p.m. concert to support the Cornelius Concert Series. Mt. Zion UMC is located at 119600 Zion St.
Christmas in Davidson, N. Meck parade Christmas in Davidson is Dec. 4, 5 and 6 with the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 6. These are don’t-miss North Meck holiday traditions, with literally thousands of people taking over the streets for the traditions you love. Enjoy horse-drawn
carriages, strolling carolers, people and food from 6 to 9 p.m. all three nights in Davidson. The Christmas Parade starts at 1 p.m. in Davidson Dec. 6 and ends near Town Hall in Cornelius. Our own Gene Ervin is the big man in red. www.corneliusanimalshelter.org
Open for adoptions Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Call for appointments 704-237-3602
Grady is an adorable five-month-old hound mix who was recently surrendered to the shelter when his owner could no longer care for him. He has a calm, sweet personality and knows basic commands. Grady has already been neutered and is current on all shots.
Tucker is a large, neutered, two-year old male Tuxedo who was recently picked up as a stray. He has a soft, shiny black coat with a white bib, front toes and back feet. He has a mellow personality and likes to cuddle up in your lap.
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Table of Contents Holiday traditions
Those special things you do every year help create shared experiences, memories. Page 4
Tis the season to be generous, but you better watch out Page 8
New residences, retail, greenway, park on east side of town Page 10
John McCurdy shares recipe for holidayperfect standing rib roast and scallops Page 23
Seniors North Meck Seniors Center is on the move Page 26
HOME DECOR ………………………… Page 22 HOME SALES ……………………… Page 18-20 NEWS-E ………………………… Pages 14-15 new coporations …………………… Page 29 SOUNDOFF…………………….....… Page 30
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D verse backgroun s enrich holida seas n December is a month of shared experiences. We use the dining room again, the good china comes out and presents are exchanged. In fact, marketing types are starting to call the dining room the “Experience Room.” Shared experiences among family and friends are cherished regardless of religion. Surveys show that what we all want are good memories. What follows is a round-up of holiday traditions observed by a variety of people from Cornelius. Merr y Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from all of us at Cornelius Today!
Merry C hristmas Happy Hanukkah
My favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies with my friend Barb. We make several varieties then distribute to family and friends.
The Christmas season takes me back to my youth and the anticipation of waiting on Santa to bring everyone gifts! I also enjoy the music, family gatherings, wonderful food and especially the blessing of our Lord’s birth and his purpose on earth as our Savior and Lord.
Linda S. Daley Cold Spring Lane
The Sounds of Christmas One of my favorite traditions was when the radio stations would start playing all Christmas music. Originally, that would happen two or three days before Christmas. Today, it starts two or three days before Thanksgiving. While I love all those Christmas songs, it’s too soon for my tastes. I wish we could go back to the way it was in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Dave Vieser Harborside Drive
Elie Bou Zeidan Zeidan is the owner of Cafe Elie on North Main Street
Mmmm, donuts In the Jewish tradition all holidays are associated with special foods. My favorite Hanukkah tradition as a child was lighting the candles, singing Hanukkah songs in harmony, and eating the special holiday jelly donuts fresh out of the deep fryer.
Esty Kurti Esty and John Kurti live on Swansea Lane
Christmas Puzzlers Every Christmas Mark creates elaborate themed challenges that require the kids to solve puzzles to get their presents. They love the game more than getting presents.
Lynette Rinker Lynette Rinker, the former mayor, and husband Mark live in Jetton Cove
Santa’s wine My favorite Christmas tradition was when I was a little girl, my dad would leave wine for Santa, yes wine... sometimes Vodka. This would keep Santa Warm. Good memories.
Toni and Rob Pilieci live on Tuscany Lane
Hanukkah treat Lighting the menorah and singing the holiday songs are always a treat.
Arlene Berkman Arlene and Milt live on Harbor Light Boulevard
Cake and tea Every year, mom would make applesauce Christmas cakes and save one for Christmas morning. Even though mom is gone now, I still maintain the tradition of sitting in front of the tree on Christmas morning with a piece of Christmas cake and a cup of tea:)
Linda Napier Linda and husband Timothy live on Colony Point Lane
Giving to people in need My favorite tradition is giving, especially to people in need. Christmas is all about God’s love being revealed as He gave His Son for us, so the best way to
CORNELIUS TODAY • December 2014 • 5 carry on the miracle of Christmas is to give freely. As we have been blessed so we should be a blessing.
How to make a classic Tom & Jerry
Farrell Lemings Lemings is senior pastor at Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius
It’s about family My favorite Christmas tradition is being with family. I enjoy catching up on relationships and reflecting on memories while feasting on holiday recipes. After dinner we gather around the decorated tree, sing carols and absorb the true meaning of Christmas by reading the birth of Christ from Luke 2. I am graciously blessed and I pray you are too this holiday season.
Torrie Thompson Torrie and husband James live on Danesway. They have two children, Alyssa and Spencer, and a dog, Raven
Parents served “Tom & Jerrys” Wonderful tradition We watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a tradition we have carried on for 25 years at our house. Over the years the boys have come to realize the true meaning of the quality of that film and the lessons it teaches. It teaches love of family, sacrifice for others, persistence, and the power of prayer. The Arrendale’s would recommend this tradition to anyone of any faith.
Del Arrendale Judy and Del Arrendale live on Sunset Cove Lane
When I lived in Ohio many years ago my family always served "Tom & Jerrys" to their adult guests. They made a batter which was sweet and sort of buttery. Then they would spoon the batter into a coffee cup or special "Tom & Jerry" glasses, add hot water and whiskey or sometimes rum to the cup and serve to their guests. The kids got virgin "Tom & Jerrys." I'd love to get the recipe for this great drink because I've never had the recipe and my Grandmother died before I could get it!
Diane Merryman Merryman lives in Kings Point
12 egg(s) 1 cup sugar 1 bottle brandy Pinch of ground allspice Pinch of ground cinnamon Pinch of ground cloves 1 bottle dark rum milk nutmeg
Separate the eggs and beat the whites until they form a stiff froth, and the yolks -- to which you have added the sugar -until they are as thin as water, gradually adding 4 ounces brandy. Fold the whites into the yolks. When ready to serve, give it another stir and then put 1 tablespoon of this batter in a small mug or tumbler. Now add 1 ounce brandy or bourbon and 1 ounce Jamaican rum, stirring constantly to avoid curdling. Fill to the top with hot milk and stir until you get foam. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on top. The milk can be toned down with half hot milk, half boiling water.
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The compassion industry tugs at heart strings, wallets
Charity at work: United Way received $1.27 million from Ingersoll Rand employees
By Dave Yochum ‘Tis the season for charities to pop out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, there are shrewd double-timers out there who take advantage of charities and non-profits that provide similar services. When it comes to doing good for others, it’s a jungle out there. One Cornelius charity has been suspended by the N.C. Secretary of State for failure to comply with Department of Revenue requirements. And there are dueling charities targeting the same audiences and tapping into the same people for support. “People get this great idea but they don’t have the financial tools to make it all happen,” says Linda Beck, the community director for United Way in Mooresville/Lake Beck Norman. “The beauty of giving to United Way is that we’re a good financial advisor as to where your money is going,” Beck said, referring to the arduous certification process United Way member agencies go through every year before they receive another round of funding. United Way, of course, had its own issues back in 2008 when its former CEO was asked to resign. Donations fell $14 million along with an unquantifiable loss in public trust. The new CEO, Jane McIntyre, turned the agency around and reestablished United Way as perhaps the best way to filter through literally hun-
dreds of ways to put your charitable dollars to work McIntyre reduced overhead by cutting salaries and staff, not to mention refrigerators. (Now there are four instead of eight.) The agency regained its financial footing during McIntyre’s tenure, with Ingersoll Rand employees in Davidson bringing in $1.27 million, up from $300,000 in 2009. Ada Jenkins Center, the gold standard of social services in North Mecklenburg, received a check for $61,400. Georgia Krueger, executive director of Ada Jenkins, is the dean of the non-profit world here. She and the Ada Jenkins board work hard to keep overhead down and services up, but a low overhead isn’t the end all and be all for a charity—it’s really all about providing the services.
water in today’s world. “It’s exactly where the whole toxic charity thing comes from beKrueger cause what happens is there’s a duplication of services, and what that means is that someone who knows how to play the system is going to play the system. They will find a way to get every bit they can,” Krueger says. Indeed, the 2011 book, “Toxic Charity,” says the “compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise,” but the results are often not measured, not analyzed. Charitable giving at home and abroad, author Robert Lupton contends, has not made a huge dent in poverty. To some extent, charity can increase dependency.
“The beauty of giving to United Way is that we’re a good financial advisor as to where your money is going,” — Linda Beck
“A lot of times a new non-profit comes along and they haven’t done any research, they don’t know what they’re doing and they just want to do good,” Krueger says. The notion of just doing good for the sake of feeling good doesn’t hold a lot of
He argues that while short-term mission trips cost upwards of $2.5 billion annually, they displace local labor, and distract local churches from their work. Lupton posits that mission-goers get more than they give.
Krueger uses the message of “Toxic Charity” to stay sharp. She works hard to partner up with other non-profit efforts, so as not to duplicate services “There are a lot of us out there, especially in our region…we will not duplicate services. We will partner with them instead. If there is a gap that we can fill together, we will do our darndest to have them in our building,” Krueger says. Non-profits should also be well managed and sustainable. Beck says United Way helps ensure that “donations are allocated to agencies that are financially viable and have sound financial policies.” Specific concerns are duplication of services, effectiveness and progress. Says Beck: “Are they making headway? Are they turning the dial?” Non-profit agencies supported by United Way in Mooresville-Lake Norman served 30,100 people this last fiscal year, up from 26,710 the year before. “We’re trying to do things that longterm change a person’s life,” Beck explains. Passion is part of the non-profit equation, so are blood, sweat and tears. And non-profits don’t have to be part of the United Way to make a difference. Take Arlene Berkman. She has invested well into the six figures of her and husband Milt’s money to launch The Foundation for Respect Ability, a legitimate 501c3 that helps fight bullyBerkman ing in schools. She was retired 16 months when she launched the foundation five years ago. The Foundation for Respectability is unique, and it has a successful track record of partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools on programs that help administrators —and parents— identify bullying as well as teach children how much damage bullies inflict. “Nobody puts in the intensity of time that we do in the school. I dreamt this up, from being a teacher and working with kids and working with teachers. I really understood how this works. I designed the program based on what we knew. That’s why we are unique…we came up with a program for the full school year… the kids get this all year,” she says. Continued on page 9
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Toys for Tots: Bud Kurtz at Ace Hardware in Cornelius
While some non-profit mission statements are impossibly broad, her mission statement is clear: “We want to convert bystanders into upstanders,” Berkman says. Toys for Tots has been making Christmas better for millions of disadvantaged children for more than 60 years. Marine Warren “Bud” Kurtz got this year’s effort in Cornelius and Lake Norman under way back in September. The retired colonel, a Marine helicopter pilot, and his team of retired Marines see to it that drop boxes for toys are at places like PostNet, Ace Hardware, Uncle Bob’s Storage, Michael Waltrip Racing, Chocolate Pizza, Walgreens, Habitat for Humanity and Jay’s at the Lake. These Santa’s helpers are busy. The job involves getting the boxes out and picking them up; delivering the toys to a storage
location (Uncle Bob’s on Westmoreland); sorting the toys by gender and age; and working with local churches and police departments on the “orders”—AKA wish lists—from deserving children. “This community is very generous,” Kurtz says, pointing out at the same time that the toys coming in and going out are audited. The Marines lined up about four dozen locations last year, and recruited nine new ones this year. Any monies that are donated go to purchase special gifts, like a hair-dryer for a 16-year-old girl. This is his busy season. “You just don’t give up, you keep going and going and going,” says this Marine. See Page 28 For a list of drop-off locations for Toys for Tots
Veteran’s Day Observances
World War II Veteran Rod Whisnant attended the program behind Town Hall Nov. 11.
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Almost everything is new in Antiquity Although Antiquity developer Cam Finley did not return phone calls, Gehron is hopeful that town officials will choose Antiquity for the new arts center. Gehron says leasing rates for the retail section are running $28-$30 per square foot, about the same as LangTree. Keen interest is currently being expressed by a prominent financial institution, as well as an eatery currently located in Charlotte which specializes in pita sandwiches, soups and salads. Most of the exterior construction work for the smaller retail stores will be done by March of next year. “After that we will witness the build out for each store to suit their needs, while the completion for Harris Teeter is set for July 2015. This will really be a premier neighborhood community with a total • A $4,000 grant from Electricities Coalition. "We'll even be able to access of over 81,000 square feet designed speis paying for decorative bike racks at a new supermarket without having to cifically for retail,” Gehron added. The shopping center will be easily Town Hall and nearby Smithville Park, cross I-77." accessible by making a right turn from Based upon previous new store openas well as murals and sculptures at the ings, the Harris Teeter in itself should the eastward extension of Catawba Aveexisting Cornelius Arts Center. generate well over 100 new jobs, and nue just past the railroad tracks. Harris • On Zion Street. The Mt. Zion AsSeniors projects abound provide the first truly modern super- Teeter will be a free-standing supermarsisted Living center opens in Decemket, with the front façade facing north ber, adding population—and concerns market on the east side of town since By Dave Vieser towards a parking area. The smaller at the fire department—to downtown Food Lion was built. Mayhew-Jones is In less than a year, the east side of retail stores will ring the parking lot on hopeful that Cornelius residents will get Cornelius. Cornelius will be fully transformed into the west and north side preference for any new jobs created. • Farther to the south, in Bailey’s a bustling downtown district with new Additional buildings on the north and However, there's a lot more to the residential all around—much of it tar- Glen, look for a new workshop where geting “active adults” and seniors. An- active adults can do wood working, chored by the new 53,000 square foot crafts and store gardening materials, as Harris Teeter, the shopping center is well as a multifamily/condo project with expected to generate renewed interest 96 units already approved and a request to add 32 more. There is also a request in the historic center of town. That’s not all. The town plans im- for a partnership with the town to build provements near downtown, including: pickle ball courts.
New Method Cleaners will move to new Harris Teeter shopping center
• Renaissance at Antiquity is an age• A new town-owned cultural arts restricted apartment complex east of center that is expected to support visual and performing arts. At roughly $4 mil- Main Street with 86 units. Completion lion, it could seat between 225 and 300 is expected next spring. people. The new Harris Teeter in Antiquity as well as two restaurants on what are • A new neighborhood park behind Cornelius Elementary School. Design called “outparcels” should be completwork started in November. Construc- ed in the spring or summer of next year. East-side Cornelius residents are tion of the playground and multi purvery happy about restaurants and shops pose fields is expected to start in June coming to Antiquity. "I think this will be of next year. a real plus for our section of town, both • The Antiquity Greenway will go out in terms of the stores as well as the jobs for bid in April. Construction of the .6 it will create," said Lisa Mayhew-Jones, mile greenway, which connects with Daco-chair of the Smithville Community vidson, should start in June.
Harris Teeter in itself should generate well over 100 new jobs, and provide the first truly modern supermarket on the east side of town
Antiquity Retail Center than just Harris Teeter. Some 28,000 square feet is dedicated to smaller retail tenants and according to Peyton Gehron, broker with New South Properties of the Carolinas which is marketing the properties, the center already has signed commitments from New Method Cleaners, Dunkin Donuts, Lee Nails and Great Clips.
east side of the parking area will house yet-to-be-named restaurants. Antiquity developers are optimistic about the center's success due to its location and growth potential. At full build out, Antiquity will be home to nearly 1,000 households, a significant addition to the residents already living in the east end of Cornelius.
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Changing demographics in 28031 With hundreds of units in new senior communities of one kind or another, the town’s demographics will change, as will politics. Town Commissioner Jim Duke Duke, himself an “active adult,” said aging Baby Boomers will have specific needs for amenities not seen in traditional homes and neighborhoods. “Active seniors don’t want the upkeep that traditional neighborhoods require. We have had several approvals for agerestricted communities in Cornelius that cater to the needs of this demographic,” said Duke, a Peninsula resident. The Town of Cornelius is a very comfortable and accommodating place for active adults, he said. “With our commitment to build walking, biking and jogging greenways, we become an attractive place to live closer to neighbors and in a planned community,” Duke explained.
Bailey’s Glen is a good example of a growing community that fits in well. “As an age-restricted community it improves our tax base, brings the mature and often wise together socially, and it puts a lessened burden upon a town’s infrastructure. Most importantly, these communities add to our diversity and bring us closer together as citizens,” Duke said. The downside is more congestion. In the case of Bailey’s Glen, particularly around Bailey Road and Highway 115.
New age-related project
The Courtyards at Nantz is a mixeduse office and residential development at the intersection of W. Catawba and Nantz Road with 63 age-restricted single-family homes. The Town Board approved the 21acre project back in June 2014. Developer Epcon Properties is preparing construction drawings for Mecklenburg County approval.
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DOT’s freeway-like plans for West Catawba may stall
By Dave Yochum Town officials are trying to put the brakes on an even more aggressive approach to widening the two-lane western half of West Catawba than the eastern part, which resulted in the loss of many left-hand turns into stores between Torrence Chapel and Jetton. The N.C. Department of Transportation is recommending a “superstreet” plan for Catawba from Jetton to Sam Furr Road. The superstreet concept basically eliminates left-hand turns from side streets onto West Catawba. The most extreme plan would eliminate lefts from Jetton onto Catawba. Mayor Chuck Travis said any plan for widening Catawba from Jetton to Sam Furr will come with a set of givens: Jetton, Nantz and We s t m o r e l a n d are “full moveTravis
ment” intersections, as well as the intersection of Catawba and Sam Furr. The DOT is suggesting that westbound traffic on Catawba Avenue turn right on Sam Furr, then make a Uturn to head toward Birkdale Village on a superstreet that would supercede Catawba. Mayor Travis said he plans to have a discussion with Publix, which took over Magnolia Plaza well before the superstreet concept was broached. A superstreet would take away the lefthand turn for west-bound traffic into Magnolia Plaza adjacent to the CommunityOne branch.
Retailers are not happy.
West Catawba stakeholder Mike Griffin, one of the owners of the Griffin Bros. Cos., which has an auto repair store and office building on West Catawba, said the concept would have a dramatic impact on any retailers that rely on impulse decisions—gas stations, for example, or casual dining.
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A Dunkin Donuts is coming to West Catawba where the selfservice carwash was, while a mixed-use project
is planned nearby. “The vision I and a lot of other people have for West Catawba is a main street with a lot of live, work and play opportunities,” he said. Being able to turn left—whether you’re heading east or west—is critical. “We’re woefully short on ‘work,’” Griffin said. “There are not enough commercial buildings and offices.” He said the concept has some validity, “but how it fits in our town, we have to weigh the benefits…I’m of the opinion it will have a negative impact.” Superstreets are as much as 200 feet wide to accommodate the turning radius of a big-rig truck. Crossing a superstreet on foot is not for the faint of heart.
It also doesn’t jive with the personal, pedestrian-friendly scale of Catawba around Robbins Park and Robbins Preserve, not to mention a variety of residential developments including Kings Point and Vineyard Point. “I have no doubt their design would get DUKE people from Point A to Point B quicker, but that’s not what we’re looking for,” Griffin said, explaining that the superstreet concept would stifle development between intersections and U-turns. Town Commissioner Jim Duke said he drove Poplar Tent Road in Concord for an “up close and personal look” at what NCDOT is proposing for West Catawba. “The superstreet does what it says, it moves traffic more efficiently and perhaps more safely. But for me, that’s where the benefits end. First and foremost the section of Poplar Tent Road that I drove was not a street, it was a highway, and a wide one to boot,” Duke said. “I believe that when prior boards planned to widen West Catawba, their vision was what we have for Phase I, from Torrence Chapel to Jetton,” Duke said. “Such a dramatic widening would completely change the character of West Catawba, turning it into a broad highway instead of Main Street Cornelius. There is much to explore and much conversation to be had before this project is blessed,” Duke said.
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GOP’s Bradford defeats Marcus for NC House seat held by Tillis Photo: Jackson Sveen
Bradford, campaign consultant Lawrence Shaheen and NC Sen. Jeff Tarte
If you thought there were a lot of political signs in the November election, you’re right. In the N.C. House District 98 race, John Bradford, the Republican victor, spent $3,400 on signs according to campaign aide Lawrence Shaheen. Natasha Marcus spent $3,300. Bradford, who lives on Baltic Drive with his wife Shea and children, will be sworn in by the man he is replacing, Senator-elect Thom Tillis. Each term is for two years. Bradford said he is “incredibly grateful to all the people who supported my campaign to represent District 98 in the North Carolina House. I am overwhelmed by all the support we received during this incredible journey. I sincerely appreciate Natasha Marcus and her team for their efforts.” Vowing to maintain an open-door policy, Bradford said he will continue to support “common-sense policies for our region and North Carolina.”
Observers said Marcus did well for a first-time candidate in what’s acknowledged to be a Republican district. She raised nearly $200,000 to Bradford’s $380,000-plus. The $380,000 reflects a personal loan of $160,000. “I’m very proud of the campaign we ran and I very much appreciate the donors and the volunteers who have helped us get this close and this far,” Marcus said. Bradford plans to resign from the Town Commission at the Dec. 15 meeting. U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis will be in attendance to swear Bradford in, at least ceremoniously. Tillis will technically not finish his role as District 98 Representative until Dec. 31. If that technicality nixes a proper swearing in, Bradford says “Thom will still attend to say a few words and I will have to wait until Januar y to be officially sworn in.”
Could he be president one day? Photo: Stephen Nance
U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis chose Cornelius Town Hall for his first press conference after defeating Kay Hagan. Tillis’ first elected office was the Cornelius Town Board, before moving up the political ladder to the N.C. House. He and wife Susan Tillis lived in The Peninsula before moving to a lakefront home in Huntersville last year. Tillis will be sworn in Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Buses are leaving from Greensboro and Charlotte Jan. 5.
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Nov 11 OK, here’s the story: Longtime fishing buddies go to church because one of them is getting married. The President of the United States says to the bride, “Why in the world would you want to marry this guy?” This isn’t a fish tale. Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter attended the wedding of Robert Wilson and Ineke Van der Muelen at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius Oct. 25. It’s the first time in memory that an American president, in office or otherwise, has visited Cornelius. Hundreds of wedding guests roared with laughter when the 39th president popped that question. Carter and Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Bill Cain officiated at the 5 p.m. nuptials at Bethel Presbyterian. The reception was held at the Langtree Plantation in Mooresville. “It was a privilege to participate in a wedding with President Carter. He is not only a President but a man whose faith in Jesus Christ is reflected in all that he does,” Cain said. Wilson, 69, and the former president met back in 1984, almost four years after Carter left the White House, when
both were volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Around 1994, he and a select group of Carter friends began fishing with the former president at places all over the world. The President and Mrs. Carter stayed in the Homewood Suites in Davidson, where there was a reception for family and friends Friday night. Before the wedding on Saturday, the men went to Hendricks Motorsports in Concord; Rosalynn Carter and the women toured Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville. The Secret Service had a command post on the fifth floor of Homewood Suites, Wilson said. “The service was formal and informal, serious and humorous,” said Wilson, a long-time construction executive and owner of Rowboat Dock and Dredge in Mooresville. The company built many of the marinas on Lake Norman. Cornelius photographer Deborah Young, owner of Deborah Young Studio on Catawba Avenue, took pictures of the wedding. The Wilsons live in Birkdale, within easy walking of the shopping area. Both are long-time Rotarians as well.
Incentives worth almost $1 million bring Charlotte firm to Huntersville Nov. 10 Incentives worth $126,727 from the Town of Huntersville, $338,923 from Mecklenburg County and up to $500,000 for a sewer line extension will help bring a German company from Charlotte to Huntersville. Burkert Fluid Control Systems plans to build a 120,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road in Huntersville. The German company says it will invest approximately $23 million over the next five years, and create 61 new jobs. While it’s not exactly a big eco-devo win for Mecklenburg County, Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain said: “Burkert’s relocation to Huntersville is a significant win for this community. They are a perfect example of how the town has worked to strengthen and diversify our economic base.” The company is moving from an existing facility on Whitehall Park Drive in southwest Charlotte to a corporate campus it will build on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road at Hambright Road. Burkert currently has people in five local locations in Mecklenburg. Harm Stratman, president and director of global sales for Burkert, said he is excited to expand within Mecklenburg County, and get the company's operations here under one roof. “We have a strong, experienced staff ready to take the next step to move to a site with long-range growth opportunities in Huntersville that offers quality of life, area schools and location close to Charlotte and the airport The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, as well as the Huntersville Board of Commissioners are expected to approve the economic development incentives.
Aquesta financial holding announces stronger third-quarter results
Oct. 22 Aquesta Financial Holdings says third-quarter operating income was $462,000 compared to year ago net income of $409,000 during the same year-ago quarter.
For the nine months ended Sept. 30, net income was $1.3 million vs. $1.1 million for the same period in 2013. Net interest income for the third quarter of 2014 increased to $2.2 million from $2 million. Total assets increased to $250.7 million at Sept. 30, 2014 compared to $233.9 million at year-end 2013. “We are very pleased about the excellent growth in our loan portfolio, core deposits and earnings for the quarter and year
to date,” said Jim Engel, CEO. Aquesta also announced Thursday that it will pay a dividend of 11 cents a share to shareholders of record Dec. 2. The dividend is payable on Dec. Engel 17. The new dividend represents a 10 percent increase over last year’s dividend.
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News-e Spectacular mast/cable system means bridge closes again
Nov. 19 It looks like the bridge over I-77 will close briefly one more time so that a massive superstructure complete with sailboatlike masts and cables can be erected safely. The so-called aesthetic makeover of Exit 28 will help “brand” Cornelius as the town by the lake, officials say. The closure, which will occur late this year or early next year, will ensure that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are safe should the vertical cables swing into the roadway during construction. The closure will likely happen for a short period of time during a weekend, said Andrew Grant, assistant town manager.
Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam said the town is requesting that any closure take place after the holiday shopping season. The aesthetic makeover, valued at more than $2 million, will also include distinctive abutments facing each direction of traffic on I-77. According to the town’s website, the new, nautically themed gateway bridge features five-foot lanterns on the four corners, as well as trees and other plantings. The bridge was last closed in the spring when the traditional interchange was converted to a Diverging Diamond.
Businesses, town map out strategies for Exit 28 retail Nov. 21 Secure with the knowledge that weekday lane closings at Exit 28 are finally a thing of the past, a group of some 30 local business leaders gathered Wednesday evening at Prosciutto's Restaurant to brainstorm methods of bringing customers back after long traffic delays during the summer kept customers away from the new Diverging Diamond Interchange. The meeting was facilitated by former Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Susan Medlin, the owner of an advertising agency on North Main Street. Her name has come up as a possible replacement for John Bradford on the Cornelius Town Board. There was no lack of enthusiasm among the attendees, and the ideas were wide-ranging. Among them: 1. Cynthia Team, a commercial broker, suggested an upbeat, positive Facebook page for Exit 28 merchants to help stores and restaurants affected by the Diverging Diamond construction. In fact, before the night was over, Team launched "Exit 28 is Great" on Facebook. It now has more than 200 members. 2. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam suggested "Shop Local" as a marketing slogan to help support businesses near Exit 28. 3. Tricia Sisson, owner of The Range at Lake Norman, suggested merchants review each other businesses via Google Plus re-
views to boost online exposure. 4. Dr. Michael Miltich, an otolaryngologist who is one of the finalists for Bradford's position on the Town Commission, suggested a card printed on both sides with a directory of businesses at Exit 28. Other suggestions included distributing flyers in local motel and hotel lobbies promoting the local businesses; create a new map highlighting local businesses; emphasize specials in all advertising to attract more customers; and conduct a street fair, complete with "open houses" to show that everyone is open for business again. Members of the town board, including Mayor Chuck Travis, were in attendance. Meanwhile, town officials have agreed to temporarily relax the sign ordinance, allowing businesses to advertise with banners during the key Christmas holiday season. Despite all of the positive vibes, several local business owners made it clear to town officials that any further closing of lanes at Exit 28 would be disastrous. "Let me make this clear," said Jack Salzman of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep, "if you shut down any of the Exit 28 lanes between now and the New Year, you'll be closing the door on some businesses forever." The meeting was organized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.
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20622 Bethelwood Ln.
These recent property transactions in Cornelius and Davidson were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds.
Cornelius 10/14/14 $280,000 Lincoln Conaway to Gregory & Cathy Kowalski, 20322 Val Cir. 10/16/14 $144,500 David & Nicole Bartlett to Russell Straith, 18717 Silver Quay Dr. 10/17/14 $1,650,000 Mark & Tammy Dyer to Brian & Kathleen Kenna, 20622 Bethelwood Ln. 10/21/14 $234,000 Scott & Chayree Thomas to Brandi Kilgore & Michael Coppola, 10004 Willow Leaf Ln. 10/22/14 $227,000 NVR to Andrew Group, 22351 Market St. 10/23/14 $251,000 Leonard Russo to ColFin AH-North Carolina, 9927 Willow Leaf Ln. 10/23/14 $175,000 John Gandy & Grace Meeks to James Granberry, 10969 Heritage Green Dr. 10/27/14 $558,000 Classica Homes to
8931 Robbins Pond Rd
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Home Sales HOMES
from page 18
18102 Bear Track Dr
21518 Norman Shores Dr.
20513 Queensdale Dr.
Eric & Carolyn Kozlowski, 8931 Robbins Pond Rd. 10/27/14 $275,000 William & Lynn Kiel to Paul & Amanda Dueitt, 19124 Juanita Ln. 10/28/14 $315,000 Jose &Agnes Acovski to James Gavin, 8807 Westmoreland Dr. 10/28/14 $540,000 Cathy Teague to Henry & Billie Ausdenmoore, 21518 Norman Shores Dr.
20322 Val Cir
10/30/14 $869,000 Thomas & Mary Ann Taylor to Craig & Doranda Montgomery, 18380 Nantz Rd. 10/31/14 $1,690,000 Jeffrey & Lora Shealy to Richard & Lori Hester, 20513 Queensdale Dr. 10/31/14 $393,000 South Creek Homes to Peter & Gertrude Capponi, 18303 Glenealy Dr. 11/3/14 $245,500 MS Antiquity to Lance Lindenberg, 22350 Market St.
18380 Nantz Rd.
11/5/14 $185,000 Jared &Lisa Firestine to Tara Vickers, 19150 Long Pond Ln. 11/5/14 $122,000 ZL Metz Homes to Cynthia Di Mella, 18023 Harbor Mist Rd. 11/6/14 $185,000 David & Sherri Drayton to David & Lynn Lucas, 18816 Nautical Dr. #5 11/7/14 $490,500 Cunnane Group to Veda Osborne, 20110 Dowry Ct. See HOMES, Page 20
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Home Sales HOMES
from page 19
18023 Harbor Mist Rd
11/10/14 $209,000 Hugh & Dagmar McDonald to Douglas & Susan Daschner, 18638 The Commons Blvd. 11/10/14 $512,000 Classica Homes to William & Mary Beth Morgan, 18120 John Robbins Ln. 11/10/14 $213,000 Eric & Marialice Hilt to Kevin & Kristin Quinn, 18734 The Commons Blvd.
Davidson 10/16/14 $520,000 William Gravely to James Davis & Mary Abernethy, 514 Walnut St. 10/16/14 $385,000 Troy Prince & Mary Morrison to Brian & Nichole Wallace, 318 Ashby Dr. 10/20/14 $275,000 Weekely Homes to Gary & Trisha Foster, 12444 Bradford Park Dr.
110 O Henry Ave
10/24/14 $578,000 Steven & Rebecca Stone to Angela Hager & James Tyrrell, 18314 Copeland Way 10/30/14 $480,000 Daniel P. Mahoney II & Emma Mahoney to Jennifer & George Ingraham, 110 O’Henry Ave. 10/30/14 $272,000 Trustees of Davidson College to Eleanor & John Jr. Young, 184 Morrison Hill Rd. 10/30/14 $812,000 KP River Run LLC to Jeffrey & Lora Shealy, 18102 Bear Track Dr.
Foreclosures 10/21/14 Penny & Brantley Dunn, 9932 Westmoreland Rd., Cornelius, Principal Residential Mortgage $160,300 11/7/14 John & Janet Eberle, 19915 Scanmar Ln., Cornelius, Homecomings Financial $260,000
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Put your swag on, Kelly Cruz Style
This month marks 20 years in business for Kelly Cruz Interiors, based right here in Cornelius, NC. Interior Designer Kelly Cruz begins planning her holiday decor projects in January when the wholesale showrooms in Atlanta open to the trade only, sharing what’s new for the next holiday season. Her team places orders at this time to ensure delivery of their Christmas product by September. Christmas in July is something we hear often from retailers. It’s a very good time for homeowners and businesses to plan ahead for the upcoming Christmas season because the showrooms open again for “last minute” buyers. Christmas décor is a lot of fun for Cruz, especially the projects featured in her photos here. For this client, December is a month-long celebration of birthdays, an anniversary, and of course Christmas. During December, this home boasts 170’ of pre-lit garland, 5 decorated trees each over 7.5’ tall, several smaller decorated trees, approximately 10 wreaths, and the client’s endless supply of holiday collectibles. The holiday décor in this lovely home is enjoyed by many at holiday par-
ties hosted by the homeowners throughout the month of December. Cruz says it’s not too late to purchase Christmas decorations for this year, and many creative people are available to help with the labor and ideas to add festive flair to your home. There are many local retail stores with an array of pretty holiday décor including Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop in Charlotte, Pier 1 Imports, World Market, and Target. Some interior designers and home stagers may still have time slots available and access to more creative holiday décor projects. Lake Norman has been Kelly Cruz’s primary residence for the past 15 years and has called Charlotte home since finishing interior design school. She likes to say she’s not originally from the south, but she got here as quickly as she could. The laid back lifestyle in the south and specifically Lake Norman mirrors her personality so she’s very happy to call it home. Jamie McNeilis is an Accredited Staging Professional and owner of Centerpiece Home Staging in Cornelius. Email Jamie at Jamie.McNeilis@CenterpieceHomeStaging.com for home decorating and improvement topics you would like covered in Home Decor
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More recipes served up online: www.CorneliusToday.com
Big bold dish offers best of land and sea
John mccurdy’s surf and turf
Ingredients • 1 5 lb Rib Roast • Jumbo Sea Scallops • Salt • Pepper • Garlic Powder • Canola Oil Start with a 5 lb. rib roast that has been at room temperature for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 375, then rub your roast with a blend of seasonings. I use a mixture of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a 4:1:1 ratio. Place the roast on a rack with the rib side down and the fat side up. Roast for 1 hour and then turn the oven OFF. Leave in the oven for another 3 hours, but under no circumstances are you to open the oven for a peak. If your oven door has a window and a light, you can look through that. About 30 minutes before serving, turn the oven back to 375. While it is resting out of the oven, you can begin to make the scallops. The secret to these is to use the jumbo sea
scallops. Bay scallops are no good, and you need to use dry pack scallops. Earth Fare, Publix, and Whole Foods have them. Harris Teeter sells the wet ones, and they don’t sear well, so pay the extra money and buy the good ones. Heat a frying pan or skillet on 8 or 9 on your stove. When the pan gets really hot, add a little bit of canola oil. Season your scallops on one side with salt and pepper, then place in the skillet with the seasoned side down. I like to place them in the pan clockwise so I know which one went in first. Set a timer for 90 seconds and start it when the first scallop hits then pan. While the scallops are searing, season the other side with more salt and pepper. You can add a little bit of butter half-way through the sear. After 90 seconds, begin flipping the first scallop in the pan and rotate around your “clock”. I like to add a touch of lemon juice after flipping. Another 90 seconds and you have scallops Gordon Ramsey would be proud of!
John McCurdy is sort of a food tease on Facebook where he posts pictures of the professional dishes he makes. Friends and relatives really do get to eat them, since he enjoys entertaining. “I really enjoy cooking, but I suppose you could say it arose out of necessity,” says McCurdy, who moved to the Heritage Green neighborhood in 2004 after 11 years in Charlotte. “I learned to cook through survival and watching the Food Network,” he says. “Who else is going to cook for me?” MCurdy’s hobbies include golf and going to the gym. A graduate of UNC Charlotte, he says “Cornelius is definitely the best town in North Carolina!” He’s in outside sales for Ram Tool & Construction Supply. January will mark 17 years in the same job. For Christmas, he’s planning to serve a standing rib roast with scallops. It’s a hearty meal: “The scallops add a nice touch to a good piece of beef,” he says. “I started making a lot more of them after watching ‘Hell's Kitchen’ and seeing all the failed attempts by the professionals in a stressful environment. It's really not that hard,” McCurdy says. How did you find this recipe? “I came across this recipe while watching one of the food channels. I looked some simple and delicious that I had to try it. It is a big hit with my family.” When do you like to make it? “I like to make it during the Christmas season and New Year's. It's a lot of food, so you want to have a lot of people around so your efforts don't go to waste.”
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Anti-toll endorsement may sink first-runner up’s bid for board By Dave Yochum Should an appointed Town Commissioner be a proven vote getter, or someone who was appointed to the board the last time there was a vacancy on the fivemember governing board for Cornelius? That was the substance of the discussion at the Cornelius Board of Commissioner’s meeting at Town Hall last month. After considerable discussion, they couldn’t agree. There are two apparent candidates: former Commissioner Bruce Trimbur, who was appointed in 2013 after seven months of discussion, and Dr. Michael Miltich, who was the first runner up in the non-partisan town board elections one year ago. The vacancy is the result of Commissioner John Bradford’s election to the NC House of Representatives. Mayor Chuck Travis worked behind the scenes to quickly find a replacement. His bestlaid plans went awry when board members, led by Woody Washam on one side, and Dave Gilroy on the other side, could not agree. Town politics are non-partisan, and relatively polite. But the Widen I-77 anti-toll movement pitted Republicans against Republicans. Indeed, Widen I-77 endorsed Miltich, which sources say may be a death blow to his nomination. Washam and Commissioner Jim Duke support Trimbur. Gilroy, with tepid support from Thurman Ross, wants Miltich on the board. What they managed to do was agree to postpone the decision until the Dec. 15
town commission meeting. Mayor Travis was trying to avoid what happened in 2013, when the board could not agree on a replacement for Commissioner Lynette Rinker who was elevated to mayor after Jeff Tarte was elected to the Trimbur North Carolina Senate. Travis said the entire eight-month affair was “mishandled.” Washam and Duke appeared to have Miltich made up their minds on Trimbur, while Gilroy was for Miltich and Ross was for a delay. On that note, Travis broke the tie—mayors normally do not vote under Cornelius’ form of government—and three out of five elected officials decided to hold off on a vote. Thing is, by not voting, more candidates may come forward, making the decision even harder come Dec. 15. Ever the diplomat, Washam said: “Decisiveness is not a virtue of this board.”
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Here we grow again October 2007 at the River Church on reached out to the community and asked West Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Were for partners to support the programs at you there for our very first grand open- the center and many area businesses ing? And grand it was with community rose to the challenge. The Senior Censupport, the board of Charlotte Meck- ter is indeed a partnership between the lenburg Senior Centers, local dignitar- Lake Norman community and the older ies and seniors galore. It was the begin- adults, each benefiting from the others’ ning of something great that has grown expertise. and grown. Who knew there was such We started out as an “Emerging” a need for senior programming in the Senior Center and grew into a MultiLake Norman area? Purpose Senior Center. With that new We started with a warm North Carolina state designagreeting, a cup of coffee and tion, we expanded our hours some playing cards. Then and added a program assistant. came exercise, lectures, potSeven years after that first lucks, and games. Throw in grand opening and now we’re some arts and crafts and the in our third location, the Robert word started to spread. We B. Blythe Building, formerly added an army of volunteers the Huntersville Police Station, and produced luaus, fashion at 102 Gilead Road, Huntersshows, bake sales and even Joanne Ahern ville. craft fairs. Our regular programs have Seniors Columnist Lonely seniors found continued and we plan to add friends, frail seniors gained strength many more like Zumba Gold, Senior through exercise. They soaked up the Light Aerobics, Chair Yoga, lectures and educational seminars and developed new workshops more frequently, more card skills like knitting and basket weaving, and board games as well as arts and all the while becoming more indepen- crafts. Coffee is always available and the dent and healthier mentally, physically, camaraderie is heartfelt. emotionally and spiritually. New friends We are excited about our two newest kept in touch with each other, called donated items, an upright piano and a when they were not well, had lunch to- table tennis table. Pickle Ball may even gether, bragged about their families and be in our future. grandkids. The laughter was contaWe are happy to be in the middle gious, the smiles were genuine, the hugs of downtown Huntersville where bus swept away the sadness that sometimes transportation is more accessible and plagues our souls. Huntersville Parks and Recreation and And then we out grew our home at Huntersville Elementary school are our the River Church. I am ever so grate- neighbors. ful for the generosity and community It is a beautiful building, freshly paintspirit of that congregation for giving us ed walls, new tile floors, large windows roots. So on we traveled to the Solid letting in the light, plenty of storage and Rock Christian Church in Huntersville plenty of handicap parking. But even in November of 2011 where the growing more beautiful than the building are the continued. For the first time we experi- smiles and laughter ringing throughout enced the loss of some of our loved ones. the rooms and hallways of this new locaWe started the Memorial Plaque so that tion for the North Mecklenburg Senior we would never forget them. We pushed Center. on, adding a dynamic Bingo Game, a Wii Come for a cup of coffee, come for Bowling Team , an Out to Lunch Bunch a tour, come for relaxation, and come and a borrowing library. Exercise in- for a hug. All are available in abuncluded Strength Training, Line Dance, dance. We’re at 102 Gilead Road in HuntArthritis Exercise, Stretch Class, Tai Chi, ersville. Call 704-948-2486. and The Matter of Balance class. We Joanne Ahern is the director of North supported Toys for Tots, Angels and Mecklenburg Senior Center Inc., a Sparrows Soup Kitchen, St. Jude’s Ranch United Way Agency. You can reach her for Children and Santa to a Senior. at 704-875-1270. Funding was always a challenge so we
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Focus on Business
Lula Bell Houston receives Lifetime Achievement Award www.toysfortots.org
Drop-off Locations CORNELIUS Ace Hardware
20510 N. Main St.
18615 Statesville Rd.
21031 E. Catawba Ave
Cornelius, NC 28031
Cornelius, NC 28031
Cornelius NC 28031
Lake Printing & Design
Chocolate Pizza Company
11020 Bailey Rd
19475 Old Jetton Rd
17111 Kenton Dr.
Cornelius NC 28031
Cornelius NC 28031
Cornelius NC 29031
Uncle Bob’s Storage
In Motion Fitness, Inc
Tenders Fresh Food
9225 Westmoreland Rd
19607 W. Catawba Ave Ste
18341 Statesville Rd.
Cornelius NC 28301
Cornelius NC 28031
Cornelius NC 28031
Jay’s at the Lake
19631 W. Catawba Ave
Michael Waltrip Racing
18200 Statesville Road
Cornelius NC 28031
20310 Chartwell Center Drive
Cornelius NC 28031
Cornelius NC 28031
HUNTERSVILLE Huntersville Fitness
Allen Tate Realtors
Allergy and Asthma Center
110 N. Statesville Rd.
15815 Brookway Dr
1725 Verhoff Dr.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Huntersville NC 28078
Huntersville, NC 28078
Toyota of North Charlotte
North Cross Shopping Ctr
Birkdale Shopping Village
3429 Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Huntersville NC 28078
Huntersville, NC 28078
True Health Center
10215 Hickorywood Hill
Birkdale Shopping Village
9525 Birkdale Crossing
Ave Ste C
Huntersville NC 28078
Huntersville, NC 28078
Huntersville NC 28078
Tuffy Auto Service
Pride Beauty Studio
9825 Northcross Court
16925 Caldwell Creek Dr.
11623 Birkdale Commons
Huntersville NC 28078
Huntersville, NC 28078
The Little Gym
Suite 130 Salon 9
9810 Gilead Rd.
Waterford at the Park
Huntersville, NC 28078
11920 Joleen Court
Huntersville NC 28078
12815 Statesville Rd.
Christian Montessori School
Huntersville, NC 28078
14101 Stumptown Road
Huntersville NC 28078
9718 Sam Furr Rd.
Carolina Office Systems
Huntersville, NC 28078
13245 Reese Blvd West #130
Huntersville NC 28078
9747 Sam Furr Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
1339 Hagers Ferry Rd
Lula Bell Houston, 91, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Business Today’s 10th Annual Top Women in Business Champagne Reception at River Run Country Club. Houston, who went to work for Davidson College in 1947 lives in Smithville. Business Today is a sister publication of Cornelius Today. She received a lengthy standing ovation when she accepted the award in front of 125 business leaders, most of them women. Having worked some six decades before retiring seven years ago, she was a friend to generations of students. Ms. Houston is a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson and a well-known gospel singer. She was escorted to the event by Bill Williams, also a Cornelius resident. Co-workers, students and administrators at Davidson College said Ms. Houston always had a kind word and a smile for the thousands of students she greeted at the laundry. It was her dedication and spirit that moved Davidson College Trustees to name the laundry facility for her—an extremely rare honor for a living person. Other winners include Holly Emerson, of Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, and Georgia Krueger, the executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center.
Bill Williams, Lula Bell Houston
Roberta Tondo, Julie Haugen
Chris and Shelia Brumlow
Shelley Johnson, Robin Salzman
Gail Williams, Courtney Honeycutt
DAVIDSON Our Town Cinema 227 Griffith St Davidson NC 28035 Bluhawk Wealth Mgmt 130 Harbour Place Dr. Ste 260 Davidson, NC 28036 Davidson College Athletic Department Davidson NC 28035
Huntersville NC 28078
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Focus on Business New Corporations These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State
Cornelius 10/15/14 Forms & Shapes LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/15/14 Springboard Innovations LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/16/14 Apus Family Holdings LLC, Patrick J. Hosmann, 17718 Kings Point Dr., Ste. A, Cornelius
ton St., Ste. 160, Davidson 10/27/14 Carolina Polymer Sales LLC, James W. Surane, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 114, Cornelius 10/27/14 Citizens Police Officer Relief Fund Inc., The McIntosh Law Firm PC, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 10/27/14 Red Paw Brewing LLC, Alex Woswicz, 649 Beaty St., Davidson
10/16/14 Columbia Davis Restorations LLC, Melanie Columbia, 18615 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius
10/28/14 Courtney Wood Massage Therapy LLC, Courtheny Wood, 18800 Hollybank Path, Davidson
10/16/14 DPACC Inc., Rick Kline, 230 S. Main St., Davidson
10/28/14 Glen Manor HOA LLC, David Dupree, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius
10/16/14 Sports Village Land Group LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/2014 Aqua Blue Vacation Homes LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/21/14 CWP Holdings LLC, Jonathan M. Allred, 315 Kimberly Rd., Davidson 10/21/14 One Sock LLC, R. J. E. Mardus, 452 South Main St., Davidson 10/21/14 Thunderbird Prep PTO, Susanna F. Parker, 17609 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 10/22/14 CNCPE Motorsports LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/22/14 Iberocoach NC LLC, Maria A. Brenes, 632 Concord Rd., Davidson 10/23/14 D’Vanz Motorsports LLC, Doug Van Den Brink, 10057 Switchyard Dr., Cornelius 10/23/14 Mary Lee’s Meals LLC, Mary Lee Linsenmayer, 611 James Alexander Way, Davidson 10/24/14 Honey Badger Enterprises Inc., Franci H. Pirkle, 19519 Weavers Cir., Cornelius 10/24/14 JMR Properties LLC, Laura S. Temple, 11106 Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 10/24/14 Landmark Homes Construction Real Estate LLC, Chad Alan Allman, 19901 Henderson Rd., Unit M, Cornelius 10/24/14 Xin Rong Inc., Zhen Liu, 624 Jet-
10/28/14 Greatful Foods LLC, Mark C. McDermott, 18628 Town Harbour Rd., Cornelius 10/28/14 Magna Wave Mobile LLC, Sue Gibbs, 140 Cedar Grove Cir., Davidson 10/29/14 Counseling Associates at the Lake Inc., Michelle L. Smith, 19501 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/29/14 Highland Crossing-Boone LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 10/30/14 Future Abode Inc., Todd Freeberg, 10716 Sapphire Trl., Davidson 10/30/14 JDSI LLC, Judson W. Stringfellow, 17537 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 10/31/14 Charming Travels LLC, Michelle Coomes, 709 Northeast Dr., Ste. 20, Davidson 10/31/14 Evolv3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitness Center LLC, Jacob Nauracy, 19924 Jetton Rd., Ste. 104, Cornelius 11/4/14 Davidson Integrative and Functional Medicine P.C., Craig Justice White, 104 Knox Ct., Ste. 100, Davidson
11/6/14 Crusse’n Classics LLC, Patrick M. Crusse, 21230 Rio Oro Dr., Cornelius 11/7/14 Lake Point Family Chiropractic PLLC, Jolynn Elizabeth Bachman, 19824 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 11/7/14 Medical Performance Consulting LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 11/10/14 A Loving Leash LLC, Robin Blair, 21320 Nautique Blvd., Apt. 301, Cornelius 11/10/14 Peak Performance Applications LLC, Stephen Whitfield, 18216 Coulter Pkwy., Cornelius 11/10/14 Tunedrc LLC, Matthew Sandness, 10427 Danesway Ln., Cornelius 11/12/14 Bob White Farm LLC, Sarah Porter Boehmler, 2045 Charden Rd., Davidson 11/12/14 NC Green Cleaners LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 11/12/14 Robin’s Nest of Black Mountain LLC, William H. Brown, 131 Woodland St., Davidson 11/12/14 Silver Fox Farm LLC, Sarah Porter Boehmler, 2045 Charden Rd., Davidson 11/12/14 Turkey Trot Farms LLC, Sarah Porter Boehmler, 2045 Charden Rd., Davidson 11/14/14 131 Main-South Park LLLP, Joseph S. Douglas, 9606 Bailey Rd., Ste. 250, Cornelius 11/14/14 J & T Ruskin Properties LLC, John R. Ruskin, 19210 Carrington Club Dr., Apt. 706, Cornelius 11/17/14 Valley Counseling Associates Inc., Carol Stanley, 537 Southeast Dr., Davidson 11/18/14 The Craftsman’s Daughter LLC, Melanie K. Spinks, 541 Cardinal Ct., Davidson 11/18/14 LGM Performance Coaching LLC, Jeff Mueller, 607 Wolfe Dr., Davidson
11/4/14 Simone Estate LLC, Richard R. Rolfe Jr., 9615 Caldwell Commons Cir., Ste. B, Cornelius
11/18/14 McLester Farm LLC, Charlotte McLester Morris, 1209 Torrence Cir., Davidson
11/5/14 Fulfillment Coaching & Consulting LLC, Donna S.Taylor, 18823 Swan Haven Ct., Davidson
11/18/14 Rise Up Consulting LLC, Alexandra Ruby, 20207 Bascom Ridge Dr., Cornelius
11/5/14 J Vicious Inc., Jaylene G. Moss, 9624 Bailey Rd., Ste. 290, Cornelius
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Your comments and opinions
Fixing Jetton "Since there are plans to redo Jetton Road, it would be a good time to widen the road to include bike lanes. I am always afraid someone will get hit biking that road and will not do it myself." —via email@example.com
Publix coming to Magnolia Estates
"We have had numerous calls into the Charmeck water/sewage department about an awful sewage smell as you pass the new construction site of Publix heading into and out of Magnolia Estates. No one has found the issue and fixed it. Did the Publix construction crew damage one of the sewer lines? Why can't we get it fixed by Charmeck or Publix? It is awful smelling. Ask all of the neighbors that have to drive through it daily!"
"On Tuesday morning on her way to work, my daughter was hit from behind by a 14 yr old boy going to school on a moped. This was at the busy intersection of Bailey and 115. My daughter could not believe it when the boy who was a passenger on the Moped went flying past her and hit the pavement. My daughter jumped out to find him bleeding and apparently in shock – and she called 911. What my family cannot believe, is that not one person in the line to get to Bailey or work got out of their car to see if the boy was OK and if my daughter needed assistance. Not only did no one make the move to check on them, some started beeping for my daughter to move her car. As a retired 65-yearold nurse, it saddens and sickens me that people are in such a rush and appear to not care to take the time in a situation that could have been a fatality."
—via anonymous contact link on www.corneliustoday.com On Nov. 12 Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Reynolds said there has been no sewer work (or tie-in work) at the construction site in the preceding month. “Therefore, it is not clear where the smell may be coming from. In fact, our general contractor and the construction team say they haven’t smelled anything on site. Could it possibly be the emptying of the port-o-let?” Editor’s note: Please let us know if the smell returns.
Man in big black truck "I'd like to call out the man speeding in an enormous black pickup truck with large mirrors going well in excess of the speed limit on Bethel Church Road."
Tongue in cheek “Since the DOT seems to be in charge of widening West Catawba from Jetton to Sam Furr, I want to know if there are plans for toll lanes?” —via anonymous contact link on www.corneliustoday.com
Accident clean-up "Please tell me who is responsible for cleaning up debris in the road after a car accident. Numerous times I pass intersections full of glass and metal debris." —via firstname.lastname@example.org
Need new entry sign "Is Publix going to update our entry sign on Catawba? Hoping so. There has been no contact from Publix and one would hope they would want our neighborhood to fully support them." —via anonymous contact link on www.corneliustoday.com
Diversify our shopping “Harris Teeter and Publix are virtually the same as one another in pricing and goods. Fresh Market and Whole Foods share the same type of customer—high-end foods, and readymade/specialty. Why can’t we attract Trader Joe’s, Aldi’s and Costco? With the number of apartments popping up these stores would be an excellent addition, since they cater to the young workforce, providing a quick-fix meal and not breaking the bank. Birkdale Sports Complex still sits empty and Lowes is still empty. Who handles bringing in businesses? I talked to Costco last year at the Home Show and they said that they are going in in Mooresville to compete with Sam’s and BJ’s. Can’t we share the wealth?” —via email@example.com
Good Job Police
"Wow! I am impressed with all of the traffic citations. Thank you Cornelius Police for keeping our town safe!"
"Cornelius Public Works was right on time in cleaning up the mountain of brush in front of my curb."
"Thank you to the artist who has placed a new sculpture in front of the town's public garden. It is people like you who give our town the culture it sorely lacks."
—via anonymous contact link on www.corneliustoday.com
—via anonymous contact link on www.corneliustoday.com
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to all of our 2014 Boat Hosts, Sponsors and Volunteers 2014 Presenting Sponsor
2014 Admiral Sponsors
2014 Captain Sponsors
2014 Commander Sponsors
AlphaGraphics - Lake Norman, Davidson Wealth Management, Hatcher Law Group, Edward and Terry Keible, Frank, Lynn & Erin Manis & Mama's Pizza, Kiwanis of Lake Norman, Ingersol Rand, Julia Holyfield/Tom Hansen, KS Audio Video, Lake Norman Realty, Law Firm of Bentz and Associates, McIntosh Law Firm, North Mecklenburg Rotary Club, Park Avenue Properties, Dixie Dean, Randy Stephenson
2014 Skipper Sponsors
Harvey's in Cornelius, Andy and Paula Smith, Jim & Carolyn Duke, LePage Johnson Realty, Raymond Kepner Funeral Home, Tracy Stehle, Mark & Lynette Rinker, Troy & Della Stafford
2014 Mate Sponsors
Deborah Young Studios, Margaret and Blair Boggs, Brampton Capital, Woody Washam
2014 Crew Sponsors
Bill & Linda Dagit, Lapis Financial, John Cherry, Tom & Ann Dutton, Mother Lode Wines, Chris & Sally Ashworth, Linda & Bill Dagit
2014 Food Vendors
Alton's Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bitez, The Brickhouse Tavern, Brewsters, Fireside Bar & Grill, Harvey's in Cornelius, Jack's Corner Tap, Lake Town Tavern