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February Things to do

History group meets Feb.10 The North Branch of the Mecklenburg Historical Association will meet Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Zion Avenue. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in Room 209, will fea-

ture historian Robert Ryals, president of the New Acquisition Militia living history group. For more information, contact Sarah Sue Hardinger at 704-906-6656 or

DAR meeting is Feb. 12 The Alexandriana Chapter, Daughters of The American Revolution will meet Feb. 12 at The Hut at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street. Coffee starts at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting starting a half hour later.

The meeting topic is “Patriotic, Education and Preservation.” Speaker Mary Marrow is from the Mooresville Museum. For more information on the DAR and how to become a member, visit

Town’s Black History Month Celebration is Feb. 28 Cornelius will observe Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Town Hall. Members of the locally prominent Potts and Rivens families will be recognized and featured, along with memorabilia, performances, children’s activities and refreshments. This free event, which runs from from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., is offered in col-

Adoptable Pets

laboration with the Smithville Community Coalition. Smithville is one of the oldest communities in Cornelius, with roots dating back to the 1880s. The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition was formed in 2011 and is made up of residents, non-profits and faith-based communities.

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

Cole is a petite five-month-old black, male kitten who was picked up as a stray when he was about six weeks old. He has a silky, mediumlength black coat, big green eyes, and a very long tail.  He is frisky and playful and loves to climb. Please stop by and meet him.

Willie is an energetic one-year-old Husky mix who was recently surrendered to the shelter. He has a soft white coat with an adorable tan spot over one eye and cute tan ears.  He has a sweet disposition and is quite affectionate.  He would make a great family pet or companion.

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Table of Contents Ars Longa Vita Brevis

Cornelius is getting into art for the long haul Page 4

Pet sounds

The Cornelius Animal Shelter is where to find pets. Here are three tails Page 8

Avery’s story

A perfect sweetheart in Cornelius has Brittle Bone Disease Page 10

Building bridges

There’s more to come, but will it measure up? Page 12

Cornelius Cooks

Carolyn Oliver shares a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe Page 23

HOME DECOR ………………………… Page 22 HOME SALES ……………………… Page 18-20 NEWS-E ………………………… Pages 14-15 new coporations …………………. . . Page 24 SOUNDOFF, letters ……………… .Page 30-31

Keith Blankenship designed this month’s cover

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is in eyes of the beholders Art is an economic development tool By Dave Yochum When you’re this close to it you don’t know what you’ve got. For example, the intense growth in Cornelius feels normal. It’s no big deal that someone tears down a nice house and builds something bigger and better in its place. That roads are always under construction. Or that a huge grocery chain thinks Cornelius is a hot growth market. And that a national treasure, monumental sculptor Jon Hair, is in our midst. But the renowned sculptor says he is moving away. He’s sold his lakefront house on Norman Colony Road and closed down magnificent studio space on Treynorth Drive. “If I got some interest from the town, I wouldn’t mind staying here,” Hair says. Not known for his modesty, the sculptor says the outdoor art that is popping up around town is “just junk. A lot of the public art, they want something big and they want it cheap…it’s just a bunch of welders.” Hair is looking at moving more than three dozen of his massive clay sculptures to St. Petersburg, Fla., where there is an active art community with strong public-private support. Ultimately, that’s also what leaders in Cornelius want. The town has paid $18,000 for Hair’s life-size bronze of Mark Twain sitting on a bench in front of the public library. It’s worth considerably more. This spring and summer, a sculpture exhibit called “Beyond Walls,” will bring “first-rate sculptures” by less famous artists to Robbins Park. “It will be a nice place to go, with flowers and landscaping,” says Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. It’s all part of “place-making” in a growing com-

Lifesize bronze of Mark Twain by renowned sculptor Jon Hair

munity that might not yet have the museums or cultural amenities of Uptown Charlotte. But that’s the long-term goal, according to Washam and Commissioner Jim Duke. “Providing places for people to go and enjoy their surroundings…beauty is a part of life…and different things are beautiful to different people,” Washam says. In St. Petersburg, the art industry is an economic development tool, according to Wayne Aderholt, who heads up the Office of Cultural Affairs. “There are dozens of galleries, five museums

Public art on Catawba Avenue

and an active performing arts community,” he says. Public art dots the landscape, he says, acknowledging that he would love to have Jon Hair’s monumental sculpting studio in St. Petersburg. Hair, who once ran an advertising agency, began his sculpting career in 2000. He has completed more than 80 major public art commissions, including works for the US Olympic Committee, the US Air Force Academy, the city of Beijing and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. He has won eight national and international competitions. But providing economic development incentives to him is most likely out of the question. Indeed, the Lake Norman Economic Development Corp. says an operation like Hair’s is not on their radar. Rather, they’re more about big office users and manufacturing facilities, with hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of dollars of ratables. While artistic temperaments and bureaucrats won’t ever be a match made in the Louvre, one or two elected officials in Cornelius are reaching out to Hair to see if there’s a way he might keep a studio in Cornelius. Hair says his rent on Treynorth was on the order of $5,000 a month. He needs 30-foot ceilings, a tall order. But commercial realtor Robbie Lowrance is looking. Chances are the town can do no more than facilitate.

Hair says the Mark Twain sculpture is a Jon HAIR “parting gift” to Cornelius. “I would like there to be a legacy here because this is where I started,” Hair says, explaining that much of the public art world spins on a hyper-intellectual level where a fiveton bronze that looks like what it’s supposed to look like is not given as much weight as a something that has an almost incomprehensible aesthetic. Nevertheless, the City of Beijing purchased one of his pieces for $250,000. Hair sold another bronze for $1.1 million—it took four years to craft. Commissioner Duke says public art helps create “a people friendly community” that goes hand in hand with place-making and community building. Cornelius has evolved from a farm village centered on a plantation to a mill town to a diverse suburb near a fast-growing city. “We’re kind of expanding our identity as a community…morphing into a combination of the old town and the new communities in a progressive way. We’re becoming more of a town instead of east and west,” Duke says. Washam said a new arts center downtown “will take us to the next level...a blended effort by all citizens east and west, all income levels.” The new bridge superstructure at Exit 28, along with

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upcoming aesthetic enhancements and landscaping, is expected to be a “beautiful link” between east and west. Duke says art adds to the character of the community which will attract business relocations to our area and individuals wanting to live here because of the quality of life. Duke and Washam hope to have discussions about a timeline for the new arts center, as well as conversation about an appropriate funding mechanism for business and individual donations, at the town’s budget retreat later this month. Washam said an arts center downtown will be a meaningful economic development tool. “It’s what it is going to take to get us to be there,” he says. “I hope we can have a site in six months to one year. “There are probably three or four legitimate sites around town. What I’m starting to see is citizens hear about it and express a lot of interest in moving it forward,” Washam says. Mayor Chuck Travis says Hair’s Mark Twain statue in front of the library is a “natural fit.” “Art is an important part of our Town and impacts our quality of life on a daily basis....especially when it represents the talent of one of our own artists, the immensely talented sculptor, Jon Hair.” It may be difficult to quantify the impact that art has on economic development, Travis says, but “just like the Levine Arts Center in the uptown Charlotte area plays an important role in attracting new businesses to re-locate to our region, having the arts play an active role in our community helps attract those same businesses and families to locate and live in our town.”

Sculpture near Arts Center

At the Community Garden

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Looking for companionship? Dogs (and cats) from the Cornelius Animal Shelter make instant best friends By Jackson Sveen

The Cornelius Animal Shelter is a great place to find and give a second chance to an animal companion. The cats and dogs there are well taken care of and the right one will make a wonderful addition to your family.

Lily & Beau

Cornelius residents Bob and Pam Paynter rescued Lily and Beau from the Cornelius Animal Shelter. Bob and Pam have always had rescue dogs so when they were looking for a new companion, they went to the Cornelius Animal Shelter. There they found two-year-old Lily; A loveable high-energy mix. “We chose to rescue because the animals need love and make great pets because of it,” Bob said. “We are never alone when we have the animals and they are like our kids. They constantly make you smile.” The Paynters quickly learned that Lily also needed a companion to help expend some of that energy. They took Lily to the shelter to play with the other dogs and see which one might make a good fit. That’s when they found Beau; a mild-tempered mutt, who’s happy lying around all day long and only gets up to eat and play with Lily. It’s very important to make sure the animal you bring home is a good fit for the family. Bob says the two dogs have completely different personalities, but

Lilly and Beau belong to Bob and Pam Paynter

love each other and make great companions at their home. “Dogs are like people a lot of the time,” Bob said. “It’s always good to try to match the personality of the dog with the environment they’re going into.” The Paytners volunteer a few days a week at the shelter and know what it takes to make a successful rescue. Bob says it’s advisable to make sure you are committed and able to give yourself and your time to the animals. “It is a significant commitment to take care of a pet,” Bob said. “No matter what the dog has been through up to that point, it’s going to be a traumatic change for the animal. Be aware of what you are getting yourself into and be patient with the dogs as they may not have all the training that they’ll need eventually.”

Grace & Sasha

Dedee Jordan and her family rescued two lovable cats, Grace and Sasha from

Grace and Sasha were adopted by Dedee Jordan

the Cornelius Animal Shelter. “We wanted some feline friendship, and to give an animal a home that doesn’t have one and to get them out of a cage,” Jordan said. Grace was three years old when she was adopted. Shortly after, Jordan got Sasha to keep Grace company. “Grace and Sasha just took to each other perfectly,” Jordan said. “It’s almost like they were made for each other. It’s like they know they both came from the same place and are lucky to have a home. We are lucky to have them.” Jordan says when she knows someone looking to adopt, she first tells them to visit the Cornelius Animal Shelter. “They are super with getting the info together for you and processing and you have a new friend to take home with you,” Jordan said.


Candice Tatu and family rescued Stella, a blue heeler mix, when she was about 7 months old from the Cornelius Animal Shelter. When the families beloved, 14-yearold German Shepherd passed away, they took some time before realizing they wanted to get another dog. They looked around at different rescue shelters, but fell in love with Stella (named Bella at the time) at the Cornelius Animal Shelter. “Ever since then she has brought so much joy to us,” Tatu said. “Stella is just

Candice Tatu adopted Stella

a huge part of our life. She is our third kid and we love her.” Tatu says the advantage of rescuing from a small-town animal shelter like the one in Cornelius is that they take the time to find out the past history of the animal, learn their behavior and you can tell they treat the animals with care. “It was just a very positive outcome and we would absolutely adopt again from the Cornelius Animal Shelter,” Tatu said.


The Cornelius Animal Shelter is located at 19110 Meridian St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. You can call them at 704-237-3692 or visit www.cornelius. org/animalshelter for more information. If your application is approved, there is an $85 adoption fee for felines and $95 adoption fee for canines. All adopted pets are up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.

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When faced with unique challenges, this mom plans to ‘ROAR LIKE A LION’ By Dave Yochum or Janelle and Joseph Masters, raising four active kids in Cornelius is a full-time job. While Joseph works in marketing, Janelle stays at home mom during the week with Ethan, who is 6, Liam, 4, Kaitlyn, 2, and Avery Grace, 1. Thing is, Avery has Brittle Bone Disease, or Osteogenesis Imperfecta. It is a genetic condition that causes bones to break more easily. The condition can vary, of course, but it’s a lifetime thing,


with fragile bones being one of the most common symptoms. Others include hearing loss, fatigue, brittle teeth and respiratory problems. Avery was born New Year’s Eve a year ago with a complete femur fracture and fractured ribs. To put this in perspective, the strongest bone in the

body—the femur—was completely broken and was overlapping itself. “Avery has been the perfect fourth baby! She is a content, happy and easy going when she's comfortable and not in pain. She is playful and smiley with people she is familiar with. She has a gorgeous, infectious smile and smiles with her whole face. Avery draws people to her wherever she goes,” Janelle says. The little girl was the star of the show at a fundraiser for the Masters organized by Cornelius-based Little Smiles of North Carolina. In April, the entire Masters family is heading to the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., one of the top Osteogenesis Imperfecta research centers. The Masters will meet with multiple medical disciplines to determine best care practices for her, including rodding surgeries for her lower extremities. “This is our opportunity for an annual comprehensive check for Avery. In the future we are planning on having rodding surgeries performed at this facility by surgeons that do this on a regular basis as most pediatric orthopedic surgeons perform this surgery very infrequently,” says Janelle, a physical therapist. The past year has been one of growth for Avery, Janelle and the whole family. “Of course I get down at times. Not nearly as much as I did in the first six months or so that Avery was in our lives. I was very, very sad especially those first few months although I didn't want to let it show. I needed to be strong for her and my husband and for the other kids,” Janelle says. Having brittle bones is not a death sentence. “Everyone has their obstacle to overcome, whether it's internal or external. By the grace of God she will overcome

Avery Grace was born Dec. 31, 2013

her obstacles and be able to live a full and abundant life,” Janelle says. Nevertheless, when Avery was born her condition was described as being severe. She’s been in and out of the hospital, not to mention Intensive Care. She receives infusions every eight weeks of a medication called Pamidronate, which helps strengthen bones by allowing additional bone to build. But the new bone is still poor quality and breaks more easily than normal bone. “But it definitely helps,” Janelle says. “Avery was fracturing every week in the hospital until her first dose of PAM was administered and she went two weeks prior to another fracture. In total, she has had nine fractures but has not one since May.” Avery was born nine weeks early, weighing 2 lbs., 11 oz. She spent almost three months in Neonatal Intensive Care. And there were three kids at home, plus a husband and bills to pay. “I know that the challenges I face as a mom will change as Avery gets older. Right now, the challenge is keeping her safe in a household of three other children, one of whom has no good understanding that her sister is fragile. Having a medical background I feel that it is also my responsibility to ensure that she is getting optimal medical care and to provide her proper care if and when she does fracture,” Janelle says. There have been close calls.

Joseph and Janelle Masters

“Whether it's the kids stepping over her, her laying on the floor and the boys take off running through the house, something falling off a table and onto her. … My biggest fear is a skull fracture. The one close call that stands out the most in my memory is when Kaitlyn stepped off a stool and onto Avery's lower leg. I am not sure how we escaped a fracture,” Janelle says. Avery’s future will be challenging. She will need a wheelchair and dental implants. The Masters hope to buy a one-level ranch so Avery can go to every room. “We look ahead and worry about her ability to socialize well as the fact that she will look different than her peers. … I am going to have to be her voice when she's in school—to advocate for needs she may have—I will have to be the shoulder for her to cry on when the other kids are mean to her. I am going to be the one to roar like a mama lion.”

Want to help?

Contact Little Smiles. Margi Kyle of Cornelius is the founder of the North Carolina chapter. Little Smiles, 17748 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031 and then go to North Carolina chapter Email: or call Margi Kyle 704-896-5693

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The bridge: Town officials say it’s a work in progress ’Exit 28 Ridiculousness’ Facebook Posts Kip Zent miniature golf owner

By Dave Yochum The Town of Cornelius was in full damage control mode in mid-January after the new mast-and-cable superstructure was erected on the Catawba Avenue bridge over I-77. Town officials privately said they were underwhelmed by the design which came in shorter than originally conceived. Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant spoke to Rotary and Kiwanis club meetings about the design. The town, meanwhile, issued a statement saying that further enhancements, including landscaping, special lighting, tree removal and signage, would lend substance and scale to the overall effect. Mayor Chuck Travis said the DOT required that the height of the masts be reduced to 38 feet, which affected the scale. The design put out by the town shows eight cables on the outboard sides supporting the masts. In reality, there are only six. “Who’s counting cables,” asked one exasperated official. Grant said the original renderings used in presentations that showed eight cables were “preliminary designs.” When a reporter from Cornelius Today asked Grant about the change, he sent this to the town board: Copying the Mayor and Board in case you all receive similar questions: I just spoke to Dave Yochum about the # of cables. The illustrative conceptual rendering that Ratio produced back in 2012 was prior to any engi-

neering and structural guidelines/requirements provided by NCDOT. That conceptual rendering was what was produced by Ratio for the Town Board at that time to make a decision on the look of the bridge. The rendering does show 8 cables on one side of the mast and 4 on the other side. During the engineering and NCDOT review, there was a significant concern about what the bridge would be able to handle in terms of added weight, wind load, etc. The short answer is that NCDOT requirements caused a reduction in the number of cables. However, please keep in mind that it is quite common for final construction to change slightly from conceptual designs due to engineering specifications.” Town officials, including Mayor Chuck Travis and former Mayor Lynette Rinker, said the new bridge design, nautical in nature, will help brand Cornelius as a lake town, providing a boost to local business. To the right is a look at what was posted on the Exit 28 Ridiculousness Facebook page about the masts and cables on the bridge. The cast of commentators: Kip Zent, owner/operator of a miniature golf course business on Highway 21; Matt Zimmerman, a Cornelius chiropractor with offices on Catawba Avenue; Bill Russell response to Matt Zimmerman; Pat Helamandollar, owner of Savvy Salon and Day Spa; and Kurt Naas, the brains behind Widen I-77, the anti-toll group.

Sound Off Cornelius! "There has to be a way to beautify the sail - like masts that were put on the bridge to, well, beautify it! How about lighting the cables up so they can actually be seen? Maybe they should have used thicker cables to begin with? It's just like a pinterest fail compared to what the original renderings promised!" • Town officials say reports of sails going up on the bridge are a lot of hot air. More SoundOffs on Pages 30-31

I'm sorry but this is just maddening (to say it as nicely as I possibly can). What an absolute joke!! Thanks Cornelius, I wish I could send you an invoice for $28,000…that's how much my business was down this year during construction of this crippled pile of s--- albatross y'all decided to build for the same period last year. I know for a fact that some business owners closer to this project lost that in a week, some even less than a week! The city and chamber tout this area as a "lake" town!?! I've laughed at that sentiment since the day I moved here. LKN is practically a 32,000-acre private lake. … One last thing, I give it 3 years or less before someone tries to speed through the diamond on the inside lane and cuts just a little too close to the wall, drives up the incline, and puts their car rubber-side up on the bridge. … Rant over, I'm out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt Zimmerman chiropractor I had the pleasure this morning of driving past Exit 28 going south on 77 and then back north. This "Sailboat" exit is an epic failure in every sense of the word. You can't see the "sail" cables until you are about 50 yards away and it does not, in anyway, convey its artistic intention. HUGE WASTE OF MONEY! I had such high hopes for the design. It could've been great for all of the small business owners in the area. Instead it is a complete joke and utter disappointment. Let's see how the town spins this one. I suggest that they and the Chamber just keep quiet.

Pat Helmandollar Savvy Salon and Day Spa Actually, our business lived to tell about it—that is the bridge being closed on Saturday. Fortunately for us, we are able to contact many of our customers by e-mail or phone to give them driving directions to Savvy Salon and Day Spa in advance and we had a fabulous Saturday! Subway, however, didn't bother to open. What I want to know is why didn't they close it on Sunday instead? I went from City Hall west across the bridge just before noon on Sunday and it was open. What's that all about? I guess it is better for people to go to church than spend their money??? Better watch out, they won't have anything to put in the donation plate if the bridge continues to close on Saturday!

Bill Russell response to Matt Zimmerman The DDI and its components of cables and lights were never created to lure tourists. No one ever said such. Actually the notion is absurd. Its an overpass for gosh sakes! It was designed to accommodate traffic volume growing here at the lake and they used this opportunity to add anesthetics WHICH for the most part HAVE NOT BEEN INSTALLED YET!!!!! Operationally it’s open. But the brickwork, lanterns and columns may not be installed until after the design work of the Managed Lanes is settled. Why put that in and have it torn out? The striping, lighting, and landscaping is still to be done. Essentially we have taken the dents out and primed it but the car hasn't been painted!!! You dont get your back fixed in one visit to the Chiropractor do you?

KURT NAAS on real suspension bridges These are actual cable-stayed bridges, a newer type of bridge design where each cable holds up a section of the bridge. They are, as you see beautiful and functional. Exit 28 is a "faux" cable-stayed bridge, where the cables do not serve a structural purpose.

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News from

World-class bronze of Mark Twain placed in front of Cornelius Library Jan. 22 A lifesize bronze of Mark Twain by noted Cornelius sculptor Jon Hair has been placed in front of the Cornelius Public Librar y. Hair, whose nationally renowned studio is located in industrial warehouse space on Treynorth Drive, says it is “one of the best likenesses ever created of this great American Literar y figure. Twain is reading a copy of “Huckleberr y Finn” and is sitting on a high-quality steel and cast iron bench. The town paid $18,000 for the piece, which a member of the town staff said was considerably less than the value. Hair could not be reached for comment. While a number of town of-

ficials were unaware of the actual installation today, they are turning to outdoor art as a means of “placemaking” to generate more interest in Cornelius as a place to live, work and play. Hair, who lives on Norman Colony Road, began his career as a sculptor in 2000. He has completed more than 80 major public art commissions, including works for the US Olympic Committee, the US Air Force Academy, the city of Beijing and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. He has won eight national/international competitions in the last five years including the University of Cincinnati and NC State University.

Anti-toll group hires attorney, will seek injunction to fight ‘Lexus Lanes’

By Dave Yochum The Widen I-77 anti- group is apparently ready to throw a serious legal road block in front of NCDOT plans to use toll lanes to widen I-77 between Charlotte and Lake Norman. At a news conference tomorrow, Widen I-77 will announce the name of the law firm that will file a preliminary injunction to keep Cintra, a Spanish company, from executing a 50-year contract to build and operate private managed toll lanes. Elected officials in Cornelius would not comment on the record. Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy and Hunt-

ersville Commissioner Danny Phillips have expressed strong opposition to the plan for toll lanes. And none other than Sen. Jeff Tarte, an early advocate, seems to be having second thoughts. In a post on the “Exit 28 Ridiculousness” Facebook page about a trip from North Lake Mall to Exit 28 that took Tarte “an hour and one half with no accidents,” the former mayor of Cornelius said he “feels like the state of North Carolina does not care about us. This is one of two principal north-south transportation corridors for trucking. Based upon what I understand, Man-

aged Lanes cannot and likely will not solve this problem.” Town officials who’ve towed the party line during the I-77 debacle—which saw former N.C. Rep. John Rhodes protesting on West Catawba—were disappointed by Tarte’s statement. Tarte went on to point out that an “NCDOT report from 1990 that states I-77 from I-40 to the South Carolina border should be widened to four general purpose lanes in both directions (for a total of 8 lanes) has been forgotten.” He said that was disheartening. Meanwhile, the bonds that would be used to finance the project appear to be up in the air. A source told Cornelius Today that certain parameters have not been met, throwing doubt on the financial viability of the plan for managed lanes. The group will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit at the Arnold & Smith law firm in Charlotte. There are serious politics involved,

if not outright grudge matches. Widen I-77’s attorney, Matt Arnold, ran unsuccessfully in the May primary last year against NC Sen. Bob Rucho. The politicians who have stuck by the plan to widen 77 with tolls say it’s the only way to improve the road. “As much as they will tell you differently, we will have flying cars before I-77 is widened if they are successful in their legal action. The DOT will happily take their money and go build roads somewhere else,” one source said. Backers of the public-private partnership say the bonus allocation of road improvement funds would also go away which means that the needed improvements on secondary roads will disappear. “The upshot is the economic viability and quality of life in North Mecklenburg are at stake as these people play Russian roulette with our future. They can make this project go away but they…can’t make a new one come in its place.”

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News-e Town to front cost of Kiwanis splash park in Smithville, expand community garden

Newsmakers b r e a k f a s t Thursday, February 19 Jan 20. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of several community groups and citizens, the east side of Cornelius will receive two major upgrades to amenities in the Smithville Community. Cornelius Town Board met on Jan. 20, to discuss two potential projects to build a splash pad at the Smithville Park and to expand the Cornelius Community Garden. The board unanimously agreed to move forward in both projects. The final plans will come back to the board in the coming weeks for final approval.

Kiwanis Club making a splash at Smithville Park

After months of research, the Lake Norman Kiwanis club, partnering with the Town of Cornelius and the PARC Department will build a splash pad next to the baseball fields at Smithville Park. The approximately 1,300 sq. ft. splash pad will be similar to the one at the center of Birkdale Village where children will be able to escape the summer heat while playing in various types of interactive water fountains. “We are very excited, not just for Smithville but for Cornelius as a whole,” Lisa Mayhew, co-chair of the Smithville Coalition said. “This will give us a great outlet for some of us to use the splash pad in the summer, until you guys give us access to the lake.” The town of Cornelius will pay for the initial construction and ongoing maintenance of the splash pad while the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club will be responsible to raising funds over the next three years to payback the costs associated with the build. The estimated cost is $152,800 and cost an additional $15,100 annually to operate

and maintain the splash pad. John Aneralla, representing the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, said the goal is to have the project completed in the summer of 2015, in celebration and recognition of the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International. “It’s our goal to put our name on something that is needed in the community,” Aneralla said. “We feel confident that we have the man power and are partnering with the right town.” PARC Director Troy Fitzsimmons said the splash pad at Smithville Park is in essence is a pool with a recirculating treated water system. However, because of the zero water depth, the community will get an amenity that serves as a public pool in the summer heat, with little to no risk of drowning and thus eliminating the need for a lifeguard. “We have no real water assets in our town, like a pool,” Commissioner Jim Duke said. “If you want to use the lake, you have to own a place. So this is an exciting thing for the community.”

Cornelius Community Garden

The Cornelius Community Garden, built just two years ago, is already in need of added space and will get it by this spring. The roughly $6,000 project will add 48 new garden beds, including four planned for handicap accessibility. The new spots will be adjacent to the current Cornelius Community Garden off of West Catawba Avenue. The Southenders Club, a senior retired men’s social club in Cornelius with approximately 130 members, will donate their time to complete the construction of the expansion.


Jim Puckett

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Home Sales

18424 Town Harbour for $1,390,000

These recent property transactions in Cornelius and Davidson were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds.


12/15/14 $336,000 South Creek Homes to Judith Praver, 18201 Coulter Pkwy. 12/15/14 $1,390,000 Jon & Elizabeth Quinn to Benjamin & Kelli Telling, 18424 Town Habour Rd. 12/15/14 $397,500 Joseph & Melissa

Vale to Adam & Catherine Gautier, 21422 Baltic Dr. 12/16/14 $216,000 Thomas & Megan Finlay to IH5 Property North Carolina, 16527 Knox Run Rd. 12/16/14 $839,000 Michelle Mosley to William & Patricia Hirsch, Lot 387 The Peninsula 12/16/14 $207,000 Tracie Hazelwood to Heather Jewell, 19511 Denae Lynn Dr. 12/17/14 $285,000 Syed Faraz & Allison Mitchem to Jesse & Eileen Starman, 10017 Caldwell Depot Rd. 12/18/14 $249,000 Margaret Klinchenko to Rober Fasano, 19042 Natalie Michelle Ln. 12/18/14 $225,000 Epic Homes to Rene Leon & Maria Rivero, 20272 Harroway Dr. 12/18/14 $284,000 Johnny & Jennifer Snipes to Erik & Kelly Da Mata, 17451 Harbor Walk Dr. 12/19/14 $197,000 Diana & Kevin Corrigan to American Homes 4 Rent, 10723 Trolley Run Dr. 12/19/14 $158,000 Sheri Rodgers to Kevin & Mulligan Elliott, 19015 Long Pond Ln. 12/19/14 $230,000 Christine Strickland to Mattie Uneeda Humhreys, 20103 Lamp Lighters Way 12/22/14 $517,000 Classica Homes to Jonathan & Colleen Hole, 18029 John Robbins Ln. 12/23/14 $297,000 MI Homes of Charlotte to Cristina Calilung & Brian Esher, 2003 Bishops Ct. 12/23/14 $1,440,000 Regina Trimakas to James & Rebecca Cope, 18226 Mainsail Pointe Dr. 12/23/14 $224,000 Epic Homes to Ryan & Erin Turk, 20276 Harroway Dr. See HOMES, Page 19

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Home Sales HOMES

from page 18

12/29/14 $388,000 Jason & Karen Smith to Andrew & Diane Fulton, 21203 Harken Dr. 12/30/14 $460,000 Shelby & Lisa Jarvis to Justin Rachel Faunce, 21210 Pumila Ct. 12/30/14 $2,285,000 Richard & Natalie Zoerb to Kyle & Linda Taylor, 16621 Jetton Rd 12/30/14 $110,000 William & Jimena Schoeningh to James Lindler, 9025 McDowell Creek Ct. 12/30/14 $555,000 Kyle & Leslie Roth to John & Mary McCabe, 18321 Harbor Light Blvd. 1/5/15 $180,000 Wesley & Jasmine Pinnix to Frank IV & Michelle Chvatal, 10942 Shelly Renee Dr. 1/5/15 $329,000 Cunnane Group to Jonathan & Kathryn Elliottt, 1208 Inn Keepers Way 1/5/15 $272,000 Karri, Tara Henrickson, Tamara Hendrickson to James & Katie Flickinger, 17418 Grand Central Way 1/5/15 $1,120,000 Harry & Cathy O’Nan to Laurent & Florence Savornin, 17604

17604 Spinnakers Reach Dr. for $1,120,000

Spinnakers Reach Dr. 1/8/15 $251,000 Peter & Sarah Franck to Sean & Suann Kipp, 17219 Grand Central Way 1/9/15 $258,000 Diana Mullen to Sharlene Capp, 9032 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 1/9/15 $590,000 Ricky & Dawn Hollar to Peter & Tracy Keehnle, 20505 Island Forest Dr.


12/15/14 $484,000 Daniel & Kimberly Cook to Kenneth & Mary Welborne, 19601 Callaway Hills Ln. 12/15/14 $340,000 Urban Organic II LLC to CWP Holdings LLC, 315 S. Kimberly Rd. 12/17/14 $415,000 Michael & Erin Ficenec to Christopher & Kathleen Doyle, Lot 85 Bailey Springs 12/18/14 $215,000 Leigh & Todd WarSee HOMES, Page 20

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16621 Jetton Rd for $2,285,000

ren to Kathleen Rose-Bellot, 615 Beaty St. 12/18/14 $428,000 Weekly Homes to Cynthia & Matthew Stotts, 11627 Bradford Park Dr. 12/19/14 $315,000 MI Homes of Charlotte to Christine Strickland, 13531 Davidson Place Dr. 12/19/14 $280,000 Cynthia & Matthew Stotts to John Jr. & Kari Booth, 12423 Brenthaven Dr. 12/19/14 $515,000 William & Sherry Augustine to Charles & Katherine Engram, 13504 Scanlan Way 12/22/14 $500,000 Patrick & Karen Wood to Mario Hernandez & Gladys Prieto, 13038 Westmoreland Farm

12/22/14 $331,000 Weekly Homes to Philipp Noe, 11610 Bradford Park Dr. 12/23/14 $281,000 NVR Inc. to Jerry & Rediet Gletcher, 17207 Summers Walk Blvd. 12/30/14 $635,000 Steven & Brigette Gamrat to Jack Fraser Jr. & Dara BainFraser, 18328 Dembridge Dr. 12/31/14 $503,000 Geoffrey & Cheryl Grant to Michael & Deann Champagne, 17405 Lynx Den Ct. 12/31/14 $325,000 Urban Organic I LLC to Blue Heel Development, 442 S. Main St. Ste 100 1/7/15 $221,000 Meeting Street Towns LLC to William Jervis, 13637 Bradford Walk Ln.

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Interior stone trends

Highter island wrapped in Buck County southern ledgestone stone veneer

If you’re looking to update your home, why not try something different. I’ve seen the use of stone increase in popularity in a variety of applications right here in Cornelius. Rick and Diana Highter purchased their home in Robbins Park two years ago. Because it was a spec/inventory home, they did not get a say in the products used to finish their home. Now that they are settled, they have started making several changes to make the home their own. Most recently they installed a stacked stone veneer on their island. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also functional because it aids in wear and tear from people’s shoes when sitting at the island bar. They also installed the same veneer on their fireplace at the opposite side of the room in their open living/ dining floor plan concept. Having stone in both areas balances their large open floor plan. For their stacked stone veneer, the Highter’s chose the distinct look of Buck County southern ledgestone. Rick happens to be a buyer for Graco Distributers in Mooresville and purchases cultured stone and outdoor living products for a living. These products get distributed to home improvement stores, builders, lumber yards, and masons. Meanwhile on the other side of town, the Carr family is in the process of

making several improvements to their home. Like the Highters, they liked the look of dry stacked stone veneers. They updated their kitchen backsplash with the product as well as the fireplace in their great room. The Carrs shopped very local and purchased their fireplace stone from Carolina Tile and Stone, Inc. on Statesville Road in Cornelius, and their hearth floor was purchased at Surface Products on Northline Drive, also in Cornelius. Their mantle was custom made at Boone Lumber in Lenoir, NC. The kitchen backsplash is from Lowes. If you’re looking for a way to add pizazz to your own home, consider the trending concept of stone veneers. Not Stone fireplace only does it look great, but it is very functional and versatile. It can be used in a number of applications, holds up well, and does not need to be maintained. Jamie McNeilis is an Accredited Staging Professional and owner of Centerpiece Home Staging in Cornelius. Email Jamie at Jamie. for home decorating and improvement topics you would like covered in Home Decor

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A hearty Pennsylvania Dutch treat for a chilly February day

Carolyn Oliver is well known to anyone who likes to eat in Cornelius. She’s the friendliest and happiest waitress on the west side of town. The Pennsylvania native has worked at Big Bite’z for 11 years, having moved here from Chambersburg 20 years ago. She’s served the likes of Michael Waltrip, whose business is just down the street on Liverpool, Assistant Redskins Coach Don Breaux, FalconsPackers-Patriots linebacker Ron Acks and the movie star everybody says lives here, Matthew McConaughey. “I’m 99 percent sure it was him,” Carolyn says with the same good-natured enthusiasm that keeps local business owners and government officials coming back to Big Bite’z. Not to mention the food, of course. Big Bite’z owner John Zaravelis provides homemade cole slaw by the gallon on the third Saturday of every July for 600-plus picnic-goers at Big Day at the Lake. But Carolyn learned to cook from her mom. It was “basically your homestyle cooking, back in the day when everything was meat, potatoes and a vegetable.” Hearty Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and baking has brought car loads and bus loads of tourists to the Lancaster County area for more than a century.

“Up home everybody eats Hog Maw,” Carolyn says. In fact, every trip back home means a sausage and hog stomach run to a local meat provisioner. (Here in Cornelius, Food Lion stocks hog maw (the lining of a pig stomach); it can be special ordered from Ferrucci’s.) The Oliver family loves it. Husband Jeff is a long-time Cornelius firefighter who works full time for Penske Racing. Their three daughters (Diane, Leanne and Landon) are grown; so far the Olivers have two grandsons, Evan, 13, and Billy, 8, who love to play laser tag with their grandmother. “I simply love to play…as a matter of fact I just had my 60th birthday and that’s what Evan got me for my birthday.” Carolyn also loves to decorate. She’s still working on taking down the 15 Christmas trees she put up this year. “At Christmas we love to entertain. I turn this house into a Christmas wonderland. I did 15 Christmas trees in the house this year. I cut back, usually it’s 22.” Hannah the rescue dog rounds out the Oliver family’s home in Wellesley Village.

Hog Maw

Ingredients • 3 lbs. of potatoes • 2 lbs. loose pork sausage • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage


Peel and dice potatoes into cubes, adding sausage and shredded cabbage Mix thoroughly Salt and pepper to taste Fold into a cleaned and trimmed stomach from a pig, stuffing it full With a needle and thread, sew the stomach shut Bake 4 hours at 350 degrees Remove from the oven and cut into thick slices

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New Corporations

These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State

Cornelius 12/16/14 Cat Heating and Cooling LLC, Richard Borland, 19101 Brookcreen Garden, Cornelius 12/16/14 Stone Technology LLC, Todd Stone, 17221 Lake Path Dr., Cornelius 12/16/14 In This Together Enterprises Inc., Clarence Kuthan Jr., 20727 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 12/17/14 Fread Racing LLC, John C. Fread, 22116 Satilla Dr., Cornelius 12/17/14 Julia Bumgarner Realty Group Inc., Julia Bumgarner, 17935 Ragtop Day Ln., Cornelius 12/17/14 Lake Norman Land Group LLC, Adam G. Breeding, 9606 Bailey Rd., Ste. V260, Cornelius 12/18/14 Elearn Corp., Jean Resener, 17403 Summer Place Dr., Cornelius 12/18/14 Finley Partners LLC, Macon Carroll, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 12/18/14 Innovative Speed Shop LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 12/18/14 WFG Sweetgrass LLC, Hugh Franklin, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 12/19/14 JDW Holdings LLC, John D. Wagoner, 16334 Belle Isle Dr., Cornelius 12/22/14 Familia Avance Child Center – Orphanage, Christopher Meatyard, 10531 Bailey Rd., Cornelius 12/23/14 Honey Badger Ventures Inc., David A. Pirkle, 19519 Weavers Cir., Cornelius 12/23/14 Ryan Reed Racing LLC, Ryan Reed, 21612 Scott Crest Cir., Cornelius 12/29/14 Fund 22-Beaufort LLC, Anthony B. Bowman, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 202, Cornelius 12/30/14 KMK Family Holdings LLC, Kathryn M. Keele, 16915 Shipswatch Pl., Cornelius 12/31/14 LKNX28 Inc., Stephen Newsome, 21519 Ogden Cove Dr., Cornelius 12/31/14 Rogers Dry Cleaning LLC, Aaron Rogers, 20036 Zion St., Cornelius 1/1/15 Duncan Advisors Ltd., Dean Duncan, 16300 Barcica Ln., Cornelius

1/1/15 TCR Engraving & Graphics Inc., Teresa Heskett, 21530 Sandy Cove Rd., Cornelius 1/2/15 Mojeh Properties LLC, Yvonne Washburn, 10508 Quarrier Dr., Cornelius 1/2/15 Sweetgrass Realty LLC, Hugh Franklin, 19421-A Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 1/5/15 Nouveaux LLC, Julia Austin, 20901 Sierra Vista Dr., Cornelius 1/5/15 Soto Law PLLC, Claudia L. Soto, 19006 Kanawha Dr., Cornelius 1/6/15 Designs Rendered Inc., Brian Simons, 18558 Oakhurst Blvd., Cornelius 1/6/15 Event Enterprises Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 1/6/15 SCA Hangar LLC, Patrick C. Hosmann, 17718 Kings Point Dr., Ste. A, Cornelius 1/6/15 Warriortex LLC, Jeffrey May, 20346 Christofle Dr., Cornelius 1/7/15 Legal Solutions Talent Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 1/8/15 Tmesis Consulting LLC, David Scarfpin, 22701 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 1/8/15 Travis & Cindy LLC, Travis Fulk, 9805 Parma Dr., #101, Cornelius 1/9/15 Adkins Court Reporting LLC, Carol A. Adkins, 20011 Schooner Dr., Cornelius 1/9/15 Northlake Motors LLC, Adam G. Breeding, 9606 Bailey Rd., Ste. 260, Cornelius 1/12/15 Charlotte Outlet Store LLC, Vadim Shlangman, 18424 Nantz Rd., Cornelius 1/12/15 Concord Outlet Store Inc., Vadim Shlangman, 18424 Nantz Rd., Cornelius 1/12/15 Raleigh Outlet Store LLC, Vadim Shlangman, 18424 Nantz Rd., Cornelius 1/13/15 AV Bookkeeping Tax Services LLC, Adriana Vargas, 10117 Caldwell Depot Rd., Cornelius 1/13/15 McCrary Aviation Inc., Lawrence B. McCrary, 17631 Spinnakers Reach Dr., Cornelius 1/13/15 Nantz Properties LLC, Jonathan G. Roberts, 18412 Nantz Rd., Cornelius 1/13/15 Rinher LLC, Mylena Kaseman, 18213 Harbor Mist Rd., Cornelius 1/13/15 UR Site Drug Testing LLC, Mark Caske, 21624 Scottcrest Cir., Cornelius 1/14/15 KNE Management Group II LLC, Kathleen Eibeler, 8301 12 Magnolia Estates

More new corporations are online at

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Senior News

Pay attention, be smart and watch to your medications I can’t believe this is happening. I Let’s look at some hints for keeping had heard that it happens as we age, your medications straight. but I never thought it would happen Start by writing down all the meds to me. Some people tell me they can’t that you take including over-thekeep their medications straight, have counter, prescriptions, supplements, trouble keeping track of when to take vitamins and occasional pain killers. them, when to replace Keep this list in an easy them, when they don’t to find place, be sure your need them anymore and family has the list (includwhen they have to get ing doses and dates), and more. There are green keep it in your wallet as ones, red ones, orange well. You may also put and blue ones. Some are the list in a Vial-of-Life oval, some round, some container that you keep in square, some rectangular. the freezer. My parents had this probWhen you get a new lem, my aunts too. Not so prescription, understand much my sister, but defiwhen, how often, and how Joanne Ahern nitely my neighbors. much to take each time. Seniors Columnist I have 10, count them, Read labels carefully and 10 medications in my ask if you need to avoid medicine drawer. Now I’m sure some certain food or drinks. There often of you have fewer, and some of you are warning labels on the bottles so have even more. How did this happen? be sure to pay attention to those. Ask When did this creep up on me? How specifically whether the new prescripdid I get here, taking 10 medications? tion means you should stop taking one In fact, I am a pretty healthy person. of your other drugs or avoid certain I must say that most of my bottles of OTC treatments. Try to find a pharmapills are supplements but there are cist with whom you are comfortable a few that are prescriptions. I have a and stay with him or her. Since we pretty good handle on when to take often have more than one doctor, the each one: Before a meal, after a meal, pharmacist can be the one constant in on an empty stomach, on a full stom- the mix of your health-care team. He ach, just before bed, right after break- or she can get to know you and can fast. Some can’t be taken together and spot any new medicines and ones that others are every other day. It seems shouldn’t be used together. to be a pretty easy task for me to keep Managing multiple medications can them all straight but not all of us have be challenging. To stay organized ask it that easy. your pharmacist to put medicine in The timing of our medications is an bottles with large, easy to read print. absolute necessity in order for us to Store each drug in the original packbenefit from their use. age, and ask for easy-off lids. If you I’m going to borrow some informa- can’t get the top off, or it is hard to do tion from AARP about how to manage so, you may opt to just not take it and your medications. that’s not good. A recent study found one-fifth of oldLastly, develop a system for taking er adults take medicines for one health meds at the right time. Use a chart, a problem that may worsen another pillbox, or connect it to a daily chore condition. In other cases, a different such as brushing your teeth or set prescription or over-the-counter drug alarms for a particular time of day. or even a food or beverage can change Our meds, whether you take 10 like the way medicine acts in your body. me, or 20 due to difficult health issues, There is a lot that you can do to are there to help us. If taken impropmake sure medication helps, rather erly they can harm us. So be smart, than hurts, you. and pay attention.

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Spotlight on Business Growing popularity of triathlons brings new business to Cornelius

By Dave Vieser On the strength of market studies showing the Lake Norman region as a hotbed for active triathletes and cyclists, Ric Johnsen is getting set to open Podium Multisport in the former Cornelius Blockbuster store this March. Johnsen says the fact that the region is host for a number of triathlons and organized cycling events every year should help Podium Multisport make it to the finish line in fine form. "My goal is to establish a Triathlon and Cycling Speed Shop that will assist every athlete from beginner through elite to get faster," Johnsen said. "Our original store is in Atlanta, and the Cornelius store will be an independently owned business that operates under a license agreement from Podium Multisport, Atlanta, but on shared principles about how we serve our customers and support the multisport lifestyle." Their business will have several components, beginning with a retail store that carries established bike brands like Cervelo, Felt, Parlee, Orbea, Blueseventy, and Castelli. In addition, every athlete will go through a bike fit process on their new state of the art Guru Fit System which helps tailor the bike to the athlete. "We will help athletes enjoy cycling more by putting them on the right bike for their skill, needs, and body composition" Johnsen added. Multisport also plans to have a training studio equipped with Computrainers that allow athletes to ride indoors and receive vital feed-

back through the system which will help them improve. They will also host local coaches who will be running organized training classes in the training studio. "We will also be announcing a schedule of free clinics and special events that will promote the multisport lifestyle. In fact, we plan to sponsor a 15 person Race Team who will serve as ambassadors for the store and the sport, and a new Club Team that will be open to anyone who is interested in being part of the lifestyle." One side benefit of the new store will be to inject more traffic and activity into the former Bi-Lo's Shopping Center at One Norman Blvd. The center was built year ago to Bi-Lo specs. It opened the 42,000 square foot store in 1993. However, Bi-Lo's closed eight years later in 2001 as the chain began to reduce its presence in the Charlotte region. More recently, Blockbuster closed, then UPS relocated. Walter Perry of Lake Norman Realty represented Podium. Johnsen has been a competitive triathlete since 1984, and remains an active competitor with 8 Ironman finishes and two more planned for 2015. He has a good feeling about the new Cornelius location. "In an area where we already have annual events such as the Stumpy Creek Triathlon, Lake Norman Y triathlon, Davidson Triathlon and Lake Norman Excursion, I think we should fit right in."

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Non Profits

Habitat for Humanity director inspires 2,400 volunteers By Dave Yochum Jeff Porter, the new executive director of Cornelius-based Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, joined the workaday world as a shoe salesman at Thompson Boland Lee on the sout side of Atlanta. “I learned then that I loved working with people,” says Porter. He went on to get a bachelor of arts from Mercer University, in Macon, Ga., and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest before getting a Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University in Atlanta. This is a man, a highly educated man of the cloth, who also has a long-standing passion for Habitat for Humanity. Porter, now 51, served on the board of Habitat Iredell for three years and was a Habitat volunteer and fundraiser for 24 years— this, while serving as a pastor for more than 25 years and as senior minister at First Baptist Church in Statesville from 2002 to 2013. When Iredell Habitat merged with Our

Towns Habitat — based on Main Street in Cornelius — Porter became the full-time boss man, with 40 full-time employees and 10 part-time, and 2,400 volunteers who volunteered 49,000 hours of their time. It’s quite possibly the largest volunteer non-profit organization in North Mecklenburg. The budget for this fiscal year is $3.3 million.

Cornelius Today editor Dave Yochum quizzed Porter on a variety of questions. He’s a good sport, with 493 Facebook friends.

less on operations and more on delivering housing solutions.

Q. Running H4H was a career change. Why did you make it?

A. The mission of H4H states that we are to “bring people together to build home, communities and hope. Developments bring people together. Infills are good and make a difference to an individual family, but developments are better because they make a difference to an entire city. H4H works to transform crime ridden areas into thriving communities where individuals and families can build their lives.

A. During my 25 year career as a pastor I specialized in revitalizing churches that were hurt or broken by internal conflict. I had a way with helping people work together. When my local Habitat Iredell needed help, it seemed like a natural fit. My career in helping people work together didn’t change, but the means by which I served people did. Q. What is the biggest difference you see in Iredell vs. North Meck? A. While at Iredell we built one new house a year and repaired over 20 each year. North Meck was just the opposite, building 13 new houses a year but repairing 5-10. Now we are able to do both. Because of the merger we are spending

Q. What is the current theory around H4H developments vs. infill?

Q. To what extent will you rehab existing houses for current homeowners? A. We love rehabs. Rehabs enable us to redeem that history of a home or a neighborhood while making something sustainable for the future. Rehabs are more difficult to complete, but can be even more rewarding than a new construction.

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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

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Staffing the town Fire Department

Lacking in a Lexus

“Thank you Cornelius Fire Department for doing all you do in keeping us safe. I realize how hard it is to continue to solicit funds to operate and I think it is a shame you have to do so. I really do not think all of our town citizens know they rely on volunteers as firefighters. Though that in itself is not bad, but is it not about time for a full-time, permanently hired staff?” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Loud Talker “My kids and I must apologize to the mature lady in Harris Teeter who (we thought) was talking to herself really loud! We didn’t see the microphone and we thought you were crazy! LOL!”

—via anonymous SoundOff contact link on


L etter

“To the woman in the white Hendrick Lexus SUV loaner who decided to pull her vehicle directly next to the burning Dumpster at Marina Shores with 10-foot flames shooting out of it: You’re an idiot. Then to argue with the off-duty police officer who was trying to inform you that it was dangerous, you decided to tell him to calm down. Your stupidity also put the vehicle behind you in danger as you continued to express that you could not get around his vehicle which was parked three car lengths ahead of you. Folks like you put others in danger as you try to film instead of listen. Put your phone down, listen, and pay attention to what’s going on around you before you injure yourself or others. It’s not all about you!

to the

Sound Off Cornelius!! “Excuse me, I’m sorry if I have an opinion about pedestrian safety. The speed limit in front of Bethel Presbyterian Church is 45 mph, while on Highway 21 around the hill and Ron Shue it’s 35 mph. The anti-pedestrian approach in Cornelius is the opposite of Davidson. —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on


January feature: “Archaic liability law stymies victims” the injury as opposed to the company that caused the injury. Apparently there is no requirement for a report to a legal agent on the circumstances of such a fatal accident -- such required notification and subsequent investigation could perhaps prevent other situations where the incident is substantially hidden from the public and even from upper management of the firm. Thanks again for your great investigative reporting. Editor: The article on NC liability relating to slip and fall ("Archaic liability law stymies victims," January Cornelius Today) is excellent reporting on a situation that needs attention from lawmakers and the public. The facts in this case are very clear as the video clearly shows every detail. The practices of restocking (Harris Teeter refused to provide their policy) clearly puts customers at risk. The lack of following their own guidelines to not move someone who has fallen

without calling 911 and in fact management loaded my wife onto a cart and put her in our car as she endured severe pain. The incident report did not cite the relevant facts -- someone else had observed the accident -- there was a video and there was no follow-up to the coroner report that the death was as a result of the fall. The insurance company replied there was no legal liability on the part of Harris Teeter. How about moral liability that requires the public to pay for

Jim Hicks Norman Colony Road Editor’s Note: Mr. Hicks' wife, Stephanie, passed away in 2010. In an email, a Harris Teeter spokesman said the company had "no updated information to provide regarding this unfortunate incident."

Editor: Thank you for publishing the article about NC Slip and Fall laws. I feel so sorry for Mr. Hicks and his

family. What a tragedy. I tripped and fell over a loading dolly (not sure if that is the correct name) in the Harris-Teeter at exit 23 on November 15, 2014. I broke my arm. My case is still with their insurance company. I had been wanting to try to do something about the law, but did not know where to start. My goal isn’t money, (although I do think I should be compensated), but rather to stop this from happening to other people. It’s not a nice thought, but I believe that if the stores in NC knew they could be sued then they would be more careful of their customers. As a result of your article I know the politicians to contact and have a starting point. Also, few people know about this law and are surprised when you tell them that there is nothing you can do. Thanks for spreading the knowledge.

Sincerely, Barbara Groff

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So just look at them and sigh “Why is it that new parents feel so entitled to make every moment in the life of their child a ‘learning’ experience at the expense of those around them, yet

forgetting to establish that we live in a community where Other People exist? At the library last week, three of us stood in line behind a mother [while she] chased her toddler down, so she could check out about a dozen books one. at. a. time. on her own. No regard to the people behind them. That evening I spent nearly $50 on a meal with my spouse where I had to constantly hear the table next to me and their children act as if they were on a playground. Such a conservative bunch of people raising their children like a passel of hippies. Doesn’t make sense. When did people stop keeping their kids in check, and when did it become acceptable for them to ruin the ‘experience’ that others may desire?”

Hosted By Peninsula Club 19101 Peninsula Club Drive Cornelius NC

2015 Third Annual

LKN Chamber Women's Conference Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9am - 5pm

Key Note Speaker:

Astrid Chirinos Chief Development Executive -

—via anonymous SoundOff contact link of

Latin American Economic Development Council

Will landscaping bridge the gap?

Lunch is included, along with a wine and cheese reception at the conclusion Registration is only $75 per person at or call 704-892-1922 Attendees will enjoy: • • • • •

How about flags? “Where did the money go? The bridge is a farce—a sailboat? Looks like the money took a sail. Instead of marking Cornelius as a destination place it notes them as a farce place—puny, puny, puny. At least get some flags flying. Too bad you didn’t work with Jon Hair for some first-class statues to designate a destination place.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Totally underwhelmed “As regards the new bridge and the sail-shaped cable adornment....I am to-

tally underwhelmed...did they run out of money???!!!!” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

T.P. the bridge “The bridge might be more attractive if there were rolls of toilet paper from the mast. If there isn’t any money left I will donate a case. I was told the best view was from the sky so offer tours. It is so out of proportion to the bridge. What a joke and waste of taxpayer money.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Leadership Development Working with your strengths Self Defense demonstration Fitness Tips Panel discussion on marketing your business

• Book signing by Pamela Lue-Hing who will be discussing and signing her latest book:“Pink Slip to Powerhouse – 12 Steps to Next”.

Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

MSC Industrial Supply Co. Piedmont Natural Gas

Dixie Dean - Allen Tate Realtors Aquesta Bank Executive Women of Lake Norman

Program Sponsor Mama’s Pizza Express

Women’s Panel Sponsor Starr Miller Interior Design

Reception Sponsors The Range at Lake Norman & Good Clean Fun

Media Sponsors Business Today, Cornelius Today, Lake Norman Currents Magazine Lake Norman Publications, Lake Norman Woman Magazine

Profile for Business Today/Cornelius Today

Cornelius Today February 2015  

Cornelius Today February 2015