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March Things to do Hoyt Wilhelm Park dedication March 25

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Regardless of precisely where he grew up, the town will​dedicate the new baseball fields behind Cornelius Elementary School March 25 in honor of the late Major League pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. Wilhelm, who grew up in Huntersville but went to the old Cornelius High, played many a gam on an old baseball diamond at the same site. The famous knuckleballer was born on a farm in what is now Huntersville when places east and west of the center of Cornelius and Huntersville were unincorporated Mecklenburg County. A humble, down-to-earth athlete, his knuckleball baffled hitters. Plenty of people in Cornelius in their 70s, 80s and 90s

remember the modest, God-fearing pitcher who passed away in 2002. Wilhelm also pitched for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1952 and 1972. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. The official dedication of James Hoyt Wilhelm Park, which includes four lighted T-ball fields, two multi-purpose fields, a basketball court, walking trail and restrooms, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25. There will be refreshments, including, you guessed it, hot dogs and Cracker Jacks..

​Women's Conference is March 30 The Lake Norman Women's Conference will be March 30 at The Peninsula Club. The event, which starts at 10:30 a.m. includes a luncheon, fashion show and such speakers as Sharon Reed, chief empowerment officers of Global Girls Project; Jeanne Miller, chief of the Davidson Police Department; Beth Wood, North Carolina State Audi-

tor; and Jane Campbell, retired U.S. Navy Captain. The keynote speaker is Dr. Marcia Conston, vice president for enrolment and student services at Central Piedmont Community College. The $75 fee includes lunch, networking and a wine and cheese reception.​To register, call 704-892-1922 or visit

Local Events every Thursday:

Adoptable Pets Wednesday, April 12 – Holy Week Wednesday Night Supper 6:30-7:30 pm. Free meal in the Family Life Center Gym Thursday, April 13 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service – 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary. This service is a remembrance of the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Friday, April 14 - Good Friday Worship Service – 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary. This service remembers the story of Jesus crucifixion and death. Saturday April 15 – Community Easter Egg Hunt 11am – 1 pm. This will take place on the front lawn (If raining, Family Life Center Gym)

This is free and open to the community.

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

Silent Saturday Service – 1 pm in the Outdoor Chapel (sanctuary if raining). This is a quiet and reflective service focusing on helping us learn to hope when we cannot see hope. Easter Sunday, April 16 - 7 am Sunrise Service Located between the Sanctuary and the Cemetery in the parking lot. (Free pancake breakfast after) 8:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary with Chancel Choir, Brass and Handbells. Identical to the 11:00 am service. 9:45 am Worship in the Family Life Center with the Praise Team. 11 am Worship in the Sanctuary. Identical to the 8:30 am service.

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Hudson is a loveable black and white Pit mix who was recently picked up as a stray in Cornelius. We think he is about ​a ​year old. He is​​friendly and playful and loves to sit in your lap and have his ears scratched.

Sabrina is ​a petite ​3​-​year​-​old​ kitty with beautiful silky fur and pretty eyes. She loves to be petted and scratched behind the ears. She doesn’t seem to like other cats, so a single​-​kitty home would be best.

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Table of Contents FAMILY BUSINESS

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John Kepner forges new path in time-tested business BY DAVE YOCHUM Death may be inevitable, but a final resting place 6 feet under isn’t, says John D. Kepner, co-president of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Cremated remains are turning up not just on mantles, but in jewelry and even tree plantings. Raymer-Kepner, like most funeral services these days, can handle these details and ​still run a solid enterprise.​Indeed, Kepner was just named the Lake Norman Chamber’s Business Person of the Year.​His five full-time employees handled 282 deaths last year. “The top three trends that impact us in funeral service today are cremation, personalizing each individual service with celebration of life, and disposition of the body. For years, the tradition of funeral service was a day or two of visitation with the body present, a funeral service at the funeral home or church and burial in a cemetery,” Kepner says. Nevertheless, the $20 billion funeral industry is not dying. The entrepreneurially minded are adapting to the new ways that the living want to memorialize and remember the dead. Kepner, 61,​says the cremation trend has changed the business; ground burial is less likely than it was five or 10 years ago. “We have adjusted well,” Kepner says, explaining that crema-

tions make up 60 percent of the volume at Raymer-Kepner, reflecting both the rapid growth and family mobility that characterizes Lake Norman. (Nationally, it’s more like 55 percent.) Meanwhile, the cremation side of the business is growing between 5 percent and 10 percent a year. “Cemeteries are different today than in the past. There will always be traditional burials, but if I was to get involved in that area, I would lean toward beautiful cremation gardens along with the burial plots,” Kepner says. While some other funeral services have invested in cemeteries, Kepner invested more than $100,000 in a crematorium. The Kepners—his brother Jim is also co-president, wife Claudia is director of operations—may have a leg up when it comes to strategizing in a deceptively fast-changing business. They have been in the business a total of five generations, with John and Claudia’s son Jonathan, 30, representing the fifth generation in the family business. It’s a rarity in a diverse line of work that includes not just embalming and burial or cremation, but coffins, headstones,​counseling​and even memorial tapestries. Kepner’s great-grandfather launched the family business when he bought an existing funeral home around 1900.

The establishment, in West Virginia, dated back to 1845 when the young industry was just getting out of the ground. Less than 20 years later, thousands of Civil War dead needed to be embalmed for transportation home, a funeral and burial. He’s a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a trade association for independent operators. Large chains have rolled up small operators across the country, in larger cities and suburbs. Kepner says many times a familyowned business might not have family to leave the business to. “The corporate companies are a good option. They will keep the former owners on for a period of time and eventually move their own directors into position,” he says. The fact that the Kepners were hands-on local operators, helped smooth the decision to sell the former Raymer Funeral Home to the Kepner family in 2011. Kepner attended West Virginia University, ​and studied business at W ​ est Liberty State College​ . He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Courses there included not just embalming, but business and psychology. “The funeral business can be difficult at times. I do find the business

side of funeral service is very interesting and I enjoy developing systems that make the business work. But my greatest satisfaction is guiding a family through a very difficult time, making the experience as meaningful as possible,” Kepner says. Son Jonathan recently attended a Selected Independent meeting for funeral directors younger than 40. The focus was on communicating—learning to say “yes, and” instead of “yes, but”—and community outreach. The Kepners speak to groups, sponsor events and even have a booth at the chamber’s business expo where they give away chocolate caskets. It means funeral directors are saying “yes” to a viewing with dad’s treasured motorcycle, right there alongside a rented casket, which runs about $995. The body is cremated, without the casket, of course, and there’s a celebration of life, not a funeral. Immediate cremation runs about $2,000, while a traditional funeral, with “all the bells and whistles” is more like $8,000 or $10,000. “Our goal is to work with each individual family to make this event as meaningful as possible, while staying within their budget,” Kepner says. Profit margins are smaller in a world where traditions are smaller. “You have to adapt,” Kepner says.

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More growth challenges town, developers on traffic issues BY DAVE VIESER The unprecedented growth which Cornelius continues to experience makes the town an attractive destination for some, but also poses major challenges for both builders and the town staff, including the Board of Commissioners. For example, when developers propose new homes in Cornelius, they are usually required to fund a traffic impact analysis (TIA) which the town's planning board and board of commissioners lean on for crucial approval decisions. However, what happens if the study fails to take into account important information? That kind of situation is unfolding on the east side of town where developer Meeting Street Cos. has proposed building Antiquity Woods—99 houses and villas on a 16-acre parcel. The required traffic analysis was completed in December, but the study never took into account the planned expansion of the Davidson Elementary School from a K-5th grade to a K-8th grade facility. The school, while across the town line, is just a short walk from the proposed entrance to Antiquity Woods. Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials estimate that after the construction is completed in 2019, the school enrollment will increase by between 300 and 400 students. None of those additional students or the traffic they will generate were factored into the traffic analysis provided to the town. "My primary concern has always been safety,” said Giselle Massi, who lives in the Antiquity community. "I made the town aware that the traffic study did not include the info about the school and that I believed it could certainly affect the accuracy of the traffic analysis." Wayne Herron, Cornelius planning director, conceded that the original analysis performed by A. Morton Thomas and Associates for the developer did not include the school HERRON expansion. "However, we are not requiring a revision at this time,” he said. "The TIA is

Cornelius growth in dollar and cents

$100 million FY 2016 Value of construction Source: Julie Niswonger, Town of Cornelius Finance Director. Total assessed value rose from $5 billion in FY 2015 to $5.2 billion in FY 2016. The $200 million increase is half personal property, half buildout.

just one of the tools we use to develop a recommendation on a project. At this time, based on the plan that was submitted, we have adequate information to justify our recommendation of denial, if the applicant chooses to move forward." Herron said that if Meeting Streetschooses to make any revisions to their plan, and the town wants the TIA updated, the school expansion information would be added. But the episode leaves one to wonder what would have happened if an alert neighbor hadn't spotted the discrepancy?

Equally as challenging is the establishment of speed limits. While the state sets the limits for roads under their jurisdiction, the town has control over some significant thoroughfares, most especially Jetton Road. Indeed, the town board decided to set a 35 mph limit on the entire length of the road, where the limit was previously split between 35 and 45 mph. The decision came after an $11,400 study on traffic issues within the Jetton Road corridor between West Catawba Avenue and Charlestown Lane. Yet, eight years ago, in 2009, the town's

Traffic Advisory Board (TAB) recommended the same speed limit be lowered. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam was Chairman of the TAB at that time. "I recall that recommendation being made. WASHAM There were diverse opinions then as there is now about the speed limit. At that time, the levels of traffic on Jetton and to the park were not nearly what they are now, so the earlier town board chose not place it on the agenda for discussion." He said the speed limit reduction seemed to be a reasonable initial direction to attempt to make Jetton safer overall particularly for walkers and bikers. "As I said at the meeting on Feb. 6, we need to get this right." Getting it right includes getting input from residents as well as developers and engineers.

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Fundraiser supports toddler, grandparents Susan Joosten never dreamed of being a new mom at age 52. Tragically, her 26-year-old daughter died suddenly at age 26 this past Thanksgiving. Susan and Robert Joosten are parents all over again, and struggling with schedules, an active toddler and immeasurable grief over the loss of a child. Their daughter Samantha, a graduate of UNC-Charlotte, died after an epileptic seizure. Samantha’s son Carter is now 20 months old, and the father, the Joostens say, signed over his parental rights to the Joostens. Susan Joosten, the director of membership sales at Freedom Boat Club in Cornelius the past five years, and Robert Joosten, a commercial plumber, lived in Massapequa, N.Y. before moving to Lake Norman 11 years ago. They also have an adult son Nicholas. They’re suddenly dealing with not just funeral expenses, but all the costs around raising a child,

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Be Baroque: Bach Birthday Bash An award-winning third-year student at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, Davidson's Clara Gerdes, returns to bring Bach-lovers and organ-lovers a memorable evening on Davidson College Presbyterian Church's very awesome Wicks organ. She will perform an all-Bach program for the annual Bach Birthday Bash. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 13 in the sanctuary of DCPC on Main Street in Davidson and includes a soprano piece sung by guest artist Margaret Carpenter Haigh. Following the performance is a meet-the-artist reception hosted by Friends of the Organ. Performances are free with donations gratefully accepted to enhance the growing series. Gerdes was the winner of the 2014 Albert Schweitzer and UNCSA School of the Arts organ competitions and the recipient of the first annual Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Her performances have been broadcast on WDAV 89.9 classical public radio and NPR's "From the Top." She is also Organ Scholar at Saint Mark's Church on Lo-

cust Street in Philadelphia. Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh has performed as a soloist with the Portland Symphony in Maine, as well as the Winston-Salem Symphony. A Gates Cambridge Scholar at Clare College, she is pursuing a doctorate at Case Western Reserve University. Bach, by the way, was born March 21, 1685, same year as George Frideric Handel.

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Arts Center transformational for downtown Cornelius

Wessling: ‘The most exciting project Cornelius has ever had the chance to be a part of’

BY KATE STEVENS The proposed Cornelius Arts Center will feature state-of-the-art ceramic and pottery studio space designed to attract artists from all over the country as well as serve as an artistic and cultural hub for the Lake Norman region, said Greg Wessling, the chairman of the board of directors for the Cornelius Arts and Community Center. Speaking at the Business Today

and Cornelius Today Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 23, Wessling called the arts center, along with a proposed downtown arts district with cafes, shops and galleries, “the most exciting project Cornelius has ever had the chance to be a part of.” Wessling fielded questions from a Newsmakers Breakfast audience of about 60 people at The Peninsula Club and outlined the multi-million dollar art center’s latest develop-

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ments. It would be a transformational project downtown The Cornelius Arts and Community Center is the non-profit organization tasked to run the proposed arts center. Wessling said its board of directors is currently working to hire an executive director to lead the arts center independently from the town by mid 2017. Voters in 2013 approved a $20.4 million bond package of which $4 million was earmarked for town center redevelopment including the arts center. Last year, the town agreed to purchase the old Farmers Co. warehouse property—the blue buildings just west of police headquarters—as the art center’s future site for $1.5 million. The 1.85-acre parcel includes a historic cotton gin. Wessling hopes to preserve and utilize in the new arts center. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2018 with

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the grand opening set for one year later, Wessling said. The arts center, the jewel of the community’s proposed art district, will be a “public-private endeavor” with the Town of Cornelius serving as its landlord, Wessling said. From research conducted by visiting theaters and art centers across the state, Wessling said the board of directors learned the proposed art center needs a special draw that would attract artists and community members much like the Charlotte Ballet’s annual performance of the “Nutcracker.” The board of directors believes that revenue source could be a worldclass ceramic and pottery studio offering classes and studio availability seven days a week, Wessling said. “That will become, we believe, our signature piece,” said Wessling. The popularity of such an activity is already apparent at the current Cornelius Arts Center on Oak Street where its ceramic program is “oversubscribed year after year,” Wessling said. The board of directors may have a deal with Charlotte-based Clayworks, one of the largest ceramic arts studios in the country, to offer satellite locations at the new arts center, Wessling said. “We think we can become a national reputable force in ceramics where people will actually come to us from all over North America to learn about and be credentialed in ceramics and pottery,” Wessling said. Early artist renderings for the three-story building call for a basement with parking, a 7,400 squarefoot ground floor ceramic studio with

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ing similar courses. Joe Roy asked Wessling what the non-profit envisioned the arts center to look like. Wessling replied designers would make the building fit the town’s current streetscape while preserving the mill site’s history. “You won’t come to Cornelius and see something that doesn’t fit,” said Wessling, who added the building is expected to be LEED-certified. The Newsmakers Breakfast was sponsored by Dixie Dean of Allen Tate Real Estate. Other sponsors include the Knox Group, a commercial real estate com-

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glass windows; a flexible-use theater accommodating theatrical, dance and live music performances; and a special events room with a kitchen. The ability to host catered weddings, corporate events and parties at the arts center, as well as provide snacks and food in between classes, will increase revenue and the center’s reputation as a “destination entertainment” location, Wessling said. On the second floor, the proposed arts center will have classroom space, music practice rooms and individual artist studio spaces and galleries. Outside, a 10,000 square-foot urban plaza features an amphitheater and space for outdoor lectures and concerts, Wessling said. But, the bigger picture, Wessling said, is the development of the art district near Main Street and East Catawba Avenue where art shows and street festivals could be held. “A revitalization there could be good for the town and good for the community and certainly good for this project,” Wessling said.

Already using $5.5 million in public monies, the remaining construction costs of the arts center and its fundraising sources are still largely unknown, Wessling said. The non-profit is currently utilizing the services of Capital Development Services in Winston-Salem to find an executive director as well as create a fundraising study to see how much money the local community is capable of raising for the arts center, Wessling said. During the breakfast’s question and answer portion, Cornelius resident Sid Morris asked Wessling how the arts center would generate revenue on a daily basis. Wessling answered he and board members felt confident the proposed art center’s classes, including those at the ceramic studios, would help keep the books in the black. “Within three years of opening, this will be completely self-sustaining,” Wessling said, adding he and board members had examined other successful art centers in the state offer-



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‘Fifth commissioner’ reflects on Town Board mid-term BY DAVE YOCHUM A little more than a year into his first term, Commissioner Mike Miltich says it’s not so much what he’s learned on the Cornelius Town Board, but what he’s “now seeing: how land is being used/developed, how the traffic flows or doesn’t, how the utility lines have been run, etc. The things that I can have an impact on as a Town Commissioner to preserve and improve Cornelius.” It’s a complex job, helping direct this town. Miltich won a tough battle for a seat on the five-member board in November 2015, having placed sixth when he first ran in a 10-way race in 2013. He had announced his anti-toll sentiments well before most other candidates, yet he was skipped over twice when openings occurred on the Town Board. Anti-toll sentiments were not necessarily the thing back in 2014, when then-Commissioner John Bradford was first elected to the NC House of Representatives. Bruce Trimbur was

Miltich will run for a second term

appointed to fill Bradford’s term; Trimbur has since moved away. Dr. Mike—he is a doctor with Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates—said the I-77 toll issue is by no means over and done with: “Not until the contract is cancelled and this area gets the General Purpose lanes it deserves. That is the only way we can achieve parity with the remainder of Mecklenburg County and the other metropolitan areas of North Carolina. Until then, North Mecklenburg will be adversely economically

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burdened.” He and other commissioners are at odds with Mayor Chuck Travis who traveled to Raleigh on his own to support the tolls, even after the Town Board passed resolutions opposing the current toll plan. “The Widen I-77 lawsuit is still in play judicially, Gov. Cooper has commented that he will look at options— administrative—and it is anticipated that legislation will be filed during the current long session of the General Assembly. This means there are events occurring in all three branches of state government to change this onerous contract,” says Miltich, who lives on Nantz Road. Miltich says he plans to “actively support” Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam in his plans to run for mayor this year. Mayor Travis has not stated whether he will run again. It takes a unique person to want to not just run for public office these days—look at all the scrutiny and anger—let alone serve. Miltich says he has town-related business meetings two or three nights a week, sometimes four. “And there are the occasional events on the weekends such as those put on by the PARC Department or grand openings,” Miltich, 64, says. “So there is a time commitment, which I anticipated. That is the reason I didn’t run for public office until I could afford the time required away from the office.” Miltich says he is a better listener than talker. “What I do as a doctor is I listen first and then I treat.” His “Cornelius Conversations” are one way he listens. The open meetings over Italian food and drinks at Brooklyn South are a way to find out what residents are concerned

about, as well as how they would fix problems, “which I can take to Town Hall.” He is the alternate delegate to the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the critical—and Charlotte-centric—regional transportation committee, as well as the new North Mecklenburg Alliance, a committee that discusses mutual transportation issues in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, and the Land Development Code Advisory Board. “So transportation and land use are my main areas,” the surgeon says, comparing the roads and highways around Cornelius to human arteries, albeit with a “profound lack of connectivity.” He says the CRTPO is “convoluted and bizarre.” For one thing, it’s virtually impossible to get our way on a local issue if Charlotte’s representative disagrees. “It's a political beast and political beasts don't always follow common sense,” Miltich says. Commissioners expect there to be a large slate of candidates this November. Denis Bilodeau, a candidate in 2015, has retained a political consultant; another name mentioned is WidenI-77 founder Kurt Naas, who also lives in The Peninsula. Miltich says he will file for reelection. “It takes more than one term to be effective,” he declares.

Mentor: His father, Dr. Anthony Miltich, who is 101. ”He taught me what it meant to care for others, and how to be a professional—put your client’s interest before your own.”

Family: Wife Ann Miltich, and two boys, as well as three daughters with a previous wife and six grandchildren.

Little known fact: Miltich, a self-proclaimed computer nut, still has a slide rule

Goal on Town Board: “Bringing in businesses that doesn’t bring in a lot of traffic… internet-based businesses.”

Biggest issue facing Cornelius: “Traffic. Is it traffic or is it growth? I can see this as the same answer. We don't like what has happened here.”

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Big Day at the Lake launches with a record-setting splash

"Big Day at the Lake brings together people of different ages, different diversities and different means. Big Day sets the example that everyone deserves an opportunity no matter the circumstance." —NC Rep. John Bradford Cornelius resident, supporter and Boat Host

Thanks to donations that were pledged or received Feb. 9, Big Day at the Lake is well on the way toward its goal of a $100,000 cash contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.

on their lives. Corporations and individuals stepped up to help at-risk children in Big Brothers Big Sisters in a generous way—more than $65,000 came in on the first official night of fundraising at a private home in Cornelius Feb. 9.


Big Day at the Lake, which consists entirely of volunteers in and around Lake Norman, has three goals: Provide an unforgettable day of fun on the lake for children who would not otherwise experience Lake Norman or Mountain Island Lake, recruit “Bigs” or mentors for at-risk children in BBBS, and raise money for a proven non-profit that focuses on at-risk children. Thanks to donations that were pledged or received Feb. 9, Big Day at the Lake is well on the way toward its goal of a $100,000 cash contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. ​Jim Engel, CEO of Aquesta Financial, increased the bank’s support to the Admiral level—$5,000. He said ​​ t​ he Lake Norman community through Big Day at the Lake is in a unique position to share positive life experiences of boating, swimming​​and a group cookout with hundreds of disadvantaged youths. ​“​Many of these children have never

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The 13th year of Big Day at the Lake got under way in early February with a kickoff party that included remarks from NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, NC Rep. Chaz Beasley and a “Big Brother” and his “Little Brother” who shared the positive impact their mentoring experience had

been in a boat or even seen the lake. The success stories behind Big Brothers and Big Sisters are truly inspiring, including​ s​tate ​s​enators and a new member of the Masons. But, just as inspiring is seeing the smiles of children taking their first inner tube ride or riding in the bow of a speedboat. Aquesta Bank is proud of the opportunity to do our small part in supporting such a great cause​,” he said​ The Presenting Sponsors: PayPal, the worldwide online payments system, and Champion Tire & Wheel, a Corneliusbased company that provides logistics services for motorsports teams. “We have always subscribed to the idea that every kid deserves a chance. Big Brothers Big Sisters with the help of Big Day at the Lake lay some foundation for kids to gain a brand new perspective on the world. Who knows where that might take them. After hearing some of the stories, it seems like Big Day at the Lake provides a lot of perspective to more than just the kids as well,” said Kevin Mahl, co-owner of Champion Tire. Big Day at the Lake this year is July 22. More than 200 at-risk children were hosted by more than 175 Boat Hosts last year, the 12th straight year that Duke Energy has hosted the picnic that fol-


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"We were delighted to host a fundraiser for Big Day at the Lake. Big Brothers Big Sisters gives at-risk children their love as well as their time. A day at the lake is the perfect fun day for all to enjoy. It is the least we can do." —Ericka Cain Ericka and Bill Cain hosted the Big Day at the Lake kickoff at their home in Cornelius

lows for 600 participants. Big Day at the Lake’s fundraising team is chaired by Della Stafford. The kick-off co-chairs were Laura Engel, Heidi Hansen and Tracy Yochum. Thanks to businesses and individuals, Big Day at the Lake is responsible for raising well over $850,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the past dozen years. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves some 250 children in North Mecklenburg. In-kind contributions, ranging from restaurants—Alton’s, Big Bite’z, Brewster’s, Brixx, Mama’s Pizza Express, Port City Club and Tenders—to printing, courtesy of AlphaGraphics, has kept Big Day at the Lake overhead at an absolute minimum over the years. For many of the children in Big

Brothers Big Sisters, Big Day at the Lake is the highlight of their year. The event brings people together who would not otherwise come together. In fact, “Come Together” was the theme of the kick-off event. Rusty Knox, a Davidson singer and Realtor, sang the Beatles hit moments before Sen. Tarte spoke about the value of people coming together to make for a more productive and peaceful society. The next fundraising event is the Beach Bash Thursday April 27 at Port City Club from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The co-chairs are Scarlett Hays and Liz Marlow. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction at this event, please call Liz Marlow at 704560-7534 or ​Scarlett Hays at 4​ 04-3989954.

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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery taps into Cornelius, LKN Feb. 20. UPDATED 2pm. It looks like Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will put a significant operation on an industrial site on Zion Avenue formerly owned by MacLean Curtis, the manufacturer which moved to Mooresville. It’s a nice economic-development win for Cornelius, the downtown area in particular. Town officials have maintained a code of silence around the key industrial property which has been vacant since MacLean Curtis moved out last fall. It is unclear if there are tax incentives to facilitate the deal. But Mecklenburg County tax records show the property transacted in January for around $3 million. The purchaser was WMHY LLC, a new North Carolina corporation. Its address is 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte, the home of Olde Mecklenburg. The “Pop the Cap” movement a decade ago helped uncork the beer industry here by removing the limit on how much alcohol brewers could have in their beers. During the current legislative session, brewers like Olde Mecklenburg want lawmakers to change the law requiring brewers to use a distributor once they reach 25,000 barrels of production a year. The rule mostly benefits distributors. Craft beer is big business is North Carolina. Olde Mecklenburg owner John Marrino is a legislative donor, having given NC Sen. Jeff Tarte’s campaign $1,240, and Rep. John Bradford’s campaign $1,000, according to The NC Beer & Wine Wholesalers Associaton also gave Bradford’s campaign $1,750, according to Distributors are merely middlemen between brewers and the retail outlets, like restaurants, that sell beer.

Distributors are more helpful to small brewers just starting out, as opposed to the larger craft brewers. NEW: Rep. Bradford, a Cornelius resident whose first elective office was the Cornelius Town Board, said local craft breweries create local jobs. Distributors play in important role in beer and alcohol sales, he said, and there’s a way for both of these groups to co-exist with minimal impact to each other’s business models. “My goal is to ensure local owned craft breweries can continue to operate and self-distribute as long as they remain truly craft. I think the limiting factor should be determined by where the actual jobs are created as well as the location of the company headquarters,” Bradford said. Marrino, an engineer by training, expanded into an old factory on 8.5 acres in Charlotte in 2014.

“Local craft breweries create local jobs. Distributors play in important role in beer and alcohol sales and there’s a way for both of these groups to co-exist” —N.C. Rep. John Bradford

It is a major attraction, with not just a brewery, but a German-style “Brauhaus,” complete with high ceilings, wood paneling and soft German pretzels, Currywurst and a great selection of traditional sausages as well as fresh salads, handmade pizza, wings and premium Angus beef burgers. The Zion Avenue site is at the northern end of a fast-changing—and convoluted—road alongside the Antiquity mixed-use development. Old houses are transitioning to offices. Mecklenburg County land records show the property is assessed for around $1.15 million. The WMHY deal is dated Jan. 31. An Old Mecklenburg spokeswoman would not comment, nor would members of the Cornelius Town Board. OMB, Charlotte’s oldest craft brewery, was named best brewery tour in the United States by USA Today. There are more than

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Lower speed limits part of best eco-devo practices today Speed limit now 35 mph on Jetton west of Catawba

thus maintaining or increasing our property values. While we have made great strides in our town, we are not there. It will take many additional quality of life enhancements to keep Cornelius economically sound to ensure that we are the best of the best,” Washam said.

​​Not everyone agrees

“This town has basically turned the roads over to the bicyclist and walkers. The heck with the car traffic! There are miles of sidewalks and trails at taxpayer expense for walkers and now we are expected to give up the roads for bikers safety. This is asking too much of our road system and car traffic. Very bad move​,” —Phyllis Deaton, Peninsula Resident Feb. 13. By Dave Yochum. New speed limit signs are going up today on Jetton Road. While the speeds will be lower, urban planning types, not to mention Realtors, expect a gradual increase in economic development and real estate values as Cornelius becomes a kinder, gentler place for Millennials and Baby Boomers. The most cycling-friendly towns and neighborhoods are “that much more attractive to younger and older people,”​ says Brian Jenest, founder of Cole​​Jenest & Stone, the land planning and urban design firm behind the Billy Graham complex in Charlotte. ​A Davidson ​town commissioner, he said cycling is a “very viable way” to create the street-level ambience that attracts new businesses and homebuyers alike.​Davidso​n has done well with an emphasis on the human side of roads and infrastructure. It is the home of top employers like Valspar and MSC Industrial, as well as a wide array of high-demand residential neighborhoods, both newer and older. “Any time you can create places that provide options for people to move

around, whether bikes or walking, it is providing options to the car that are important,” ​Jenest​ said.

​Golf is not the same​as it was

Golf courses were a major driver 25 years ago, not so much now. In fact, Bloomberg put out a news story in August of last year with this headline: “America’s Golf Courses Are Burning.” They reported that 800 courses have closed in the past decade. ​”Co​mmunities that have more choices around walking and cycling—not just automobiles—are “the ones that enjoy greater success and greater value and greater economic success for the community and greater values for the property owners,” R ​ ose​said.​ Today’s “knowledge worker” is in ​ high demand in places like Portland and Seattle, and even Kannapolis where the North Carolina Research Center is helping transform the thinking around downtown. There, urban planners are seeing to it that there are not just bike lanes and lower speed limits, but facilities for bike storage. Kannapolis has just invested in covered bike parking at the

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​A safer town

Of course, safety is paramount, and most people think erring on the side of safety is smart. There have been a host of car accidents on Jetton near the commercial strip between Charlestowne Lane and Aquesta Bank, in particular around left-turn options at Old Jetton. The 45 mph stretch ran about a mile from West Catawba to just west of Peninsula Shores. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam said it is important for Cornelius to “more seriously consider every opportunity to make our town safer for pedestrians and cyclists.” “Millennials and the B ​​ aby ​ Boomer population simply expect this. We need to keep our millennial population interested in living here to supply the work force in order to properly promote quality economic development in our town and region. This current and future population looks for such things as greenways, bike paths and pedestrian/ bike friendly streets. Also, when these quality of life needs are met, people in all stages of life will want to live here

​Phyllis Deaton, a senior citizen who has lived off Jetton Road since 1972,​ said she is “not very happy with the 35 mile per hour change beyond Jetton Cove​” in a post on “This town has basically turned the roads over to the bicyclist and walkers. The heck with the car traffic! There are miles of sidewalks and trails at taxpayer expense for walkers and now we are expected to give up the roads for bikers safety. This is asking too much of our road system and car traffic. Very bad move​,” she said on the first news post about the speed limit reduction on Jetton speed-limit-reduced-jetton​. ​The difference between d​riving ​a mile at 35 mph and 45 mph is 22 seconds​.

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Mecklenburg County School Board member Rhonda Lennon s​ aid she is “in support of lower the speed limit on this residential thoroughfare that is used by CMS buses every day.”​​Indeed, a backpack carried by one of Laura and Jim Engel’s children was actually hit while the child was crossing Jetton.​ Davidson resident John Cock is an ​ expert on cycling accommodations as​ economic development. He is vice president of Alta Planning + Design, a nationwide consulting company specializing in bicycle-related economic development.​ “From a demographic and economic development perspective, we are seeing huge changes. The boomers are retiring and the millennials are buying homes. Both of these groups are wanting to lead active lifestyles,” Cock said​. Town commissioner Jim Duke said ​ the lower speed limit makes sense. “​ Slowing traffic down dovetails nicely when it comes to safety and the direction the Town is taking to bring more biking, jogging, and walking to our town residents​,” he said.​

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Feb. 14. By Dave Vieser. A new north-south roadway—known as the Northcross Drive Extension—which will connect Cornelius and Huntersville west of I-77. The NCDOT unveiled preliminary details, including a sketch of the proposed route, Monday during a public information meeting at Lake Norman Baptist Church. Click here to view the map

of the proposed route. The route selected by the DOT is almost entirely in Cornelius and will connect with the north end of Northcross Drive, alongside the Stratford Forest subdivision, and then extend in a northwest direction through mostly vacant land until connecting with Eagle Ridge Way, which ends at Westmoreland Road. Eagle Ridge Way will be straightened under the NCDOT plan. About half of the planned route will traverse land owned by the Cornelius Parks Department. The new road will connect with the McDowell Creek Greenway. The project is being managed by the DOT. “They will perform the engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and construction,” said Assistant

Town Manager Andrew Grant. The total project cost is estimated at $10.2 million; the town will provide $2.51 million in local matching funds. Funding for the extension is derived from Bonus Allocation Funds generated by the I-77 toll lane project. “This is a prime example of building a local road where residents can get between Cornelius and Huntersville without using high volume regional thoroughfares such as Hwy. 21,” said DOT spokesman Warren Cooksey. Current projections call for the acquisition of needed property to begin in 2019, with the two years needed for construction starting in 2020. One issue of major concern among local residents at the meeting was the future of the intersection at Eagleridge Way Lane and Westmoreland Road.

“A traffic analysis is already under way to study existing and future traffic volumes at that intersection,” Cooksey said. “The project will be designed so that the intersection accommodates anticipated traffic volume growth through 2040 in a safe and efficient manner. However, it is too early to know whether that means a new traffic signal, a roundabout or just a stop sign.” The NCDOT will continue to accept comments from area residents on the project through Feb. 27. Once the comment period ends, DOT officials will review the citizen input and provide an updated plan to town officials.

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Humpty Dumpty has a great spot Feb. 8. There is new public art on Catawba Avenue, ​ appropriately enough ​in front of Cornelius Elementary School​.​ Humpty Dumpty is a six-foot tall sculpture of etched and cast aluminum and steel by Greensboro-based artist Eric Isbanioly. The piece features the artist’s rendering of the fabled character seated upon an open book, with the Humpty Dumpty poem on one side and a word search on the other. Isbanioly says this about the piece: “I didn’t want the story to end with Humpty being broken with no hope of coming together. I believe that if we work together there is nothing that can’t be fixed. So my hope is that people will gather together around this sculpture and work together to find ‘Humpty Dumpty’s pieces’ and

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Duke Energy raids mosquito spray budget Feb. 7. By Dave Vieser. In what company officials are calling a “refocus of resources,” Duke Energy is dropping its mosquito spraying program on Lake Norman. Duke Energy spokeswoman Kim Crawford said the company regularly reviews its operations “to ensure we are as efficient as possible and can continue to offer affordable rates and services to our customers.” As part of this review, they are re-focusing their resources on mosquito education across their entire service area in the Carolinas. According to Crawford, the service was provided by 14 seasonal employees at an annual cost of between $500,000 and $700,000. The program was started by company founder James B. Duke and provided mosquito control along 1,700 miles of shoreline surrounding five of the company’s largest urbanized reservoirs: Lakes Norman, James, Wylie, Wateree and Keowee.

The spraying was conducted from May through the end of October, and was the oldest continuous environmental program of any utility in the United States, as well as one of the first in North America. Hank Kramer, who has worked in the spraying program for a decade, says the news was a surprise to many people. “We had no idea this was coming…we did so much more than just spray for mosquitos.” He said they also pulled navigation hazards like logs and aquatic plants from the lake. Mosquitoes are known to spread disease, including the West Nile Virus. North Carolina and South Carolina have more than 60 mosquito species, many of which have adapted to live near homes. In previous years, Duke officials had said that removing or managing the water in which they breed was an effective way to reduce the mosquito population.

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Feb. 16. Robert and Kira Anderson, were the first two Cornelius kids to earn new bikes through the Earn-ABike Program offered at the Neighborhood CARE Center on Smith Circle. The GearUp Bike Shop, as well as the CARE Center, are part of the outreach of Grace Covenant Church, located on Hwy. 21 near Home Depot. Robert and Kira completed the necessary mechanical and community service hours to earn the bike of their choice, said Michelle Hoverson, director of CARE and pastor of compassion ministries at Grace Covenant. CARE means this: C – Connect people in need to community resources. A – Advance people with life skill and recovery programs. R – Reduce pressures on single parents and families in distress. E – Equip the next generation for success. “As a compassion ministry of Grace Covenant Church, the Neighborhood CARE Center’s vision is to meet people where they are and help them become who God has created them

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sentence for the suspect. Dag was a vital part of the police department. “Not only was K9 Dag serving this town and department, he had become Cpl. Queen’s trusted partner for over four years. Cpl. Queen’s actions reflect favorably upon himself, this department, and the Town of Cornelius,” the police said in a press release. Dag’s online memorial says: “We are grateful for K9 Dag’s service to Cornelius Police Department and the community. He will be greatly missed by all.”

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1/27/17 $383,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Lisa Lynch & Michael Himchak, 17108 Courtside Landing Dr. 1/30/17 $365,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Elaine & Elliott Cuff Sr., 17105 Courtside Landing Dr. 1/31/17 $161,000 Michael D’Amico to Juan & Manypakhone Kelly, 18731 Silver Quay Dr. Unit 38

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2/9/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 173 Bailey’s Glen 2/10/17 $206,000 MS Antiquity to Susan Jones, 20144 Lamp Lighters Way 2/10/17 $240,000 Mary Jean Pittman to William Hessel, 19611 Deer Valley Dr. 2/10/17 $950,000 William Griesser to Joseph Douglas, 18324 Harbor Light Blvd. 2/13/17 $182,000 Amanda Thompson & Charles Lewis II to Averi Mauney, 11325 Heritage Green Dr. 2/13/17 $1,055,000 John & Deborah Benson to Sasha & Grace Bubanja, 19528 Mary Ardrey Cir.

2/14/17 $225,000 Nicholas Pollicino & Quynh Nguyen to Naomi & Walter Loewe, 176 Harbor Walk Dr. 2/14/17 $249,000 James & Alice Hill to Ashley Bush, 18709 Nautical Dr. Unit 305 2/14/17 $562,500 Jose & Carol Mejia to Michael & Karen Norton, 21037 Norman Shores Dr. 2/15/17 $415,000 Diana Taylor to William & Antonette Webb, 10930 Rio Oro Dr. 2/15/17 $289,500 Frances Dawson to Evgenia Salnikova & Paul Rudolph, 20911 Calipso Ct. 2/15/17 $155,000 Robert Fasano to Julia

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Home Sales

13514 Robert Walker Drive in Davidson for $1,000,000

18023 John Robbins Lane in Cornelius for $595,000


Kristi Moore, Maria Levy & Gustavo Da Costa, 16712 Spinnaker Ln. 2/17/17 $120,000 Jennifer ullom to Sam & Elno Ventures, 17234 Poole Place Dr. 2/17/17 $371,000 South Creek Homes to David & Mary Jane Ryan, 17902 Coulter Pkwy. 2/17/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 257 Bailey’s Glen 2/20/17 $182,000 Amanda Thompson & Charles Lewis II to Averi Mauney, 11325 Heritage Green Dr.

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Deal, 7601 Woods Ln. Unit 50 2/15/17 $134,000 Fairmount Property Group to Providence Nieves & Gloria Colon, 10553 Trolley Run Dr. 2/15/17 $282,500 David & Joanne Moore to John Manore, 19427 Yachtman Dr.

2/15/17 $135,000 John & Martha O’Flynn to Allison Methta, Rakesh & Kimberly Mehta, 19745 Deer Valley Dr. 2/15/17 $256,000 Evelyn & Donald Watkins to CSH Property One, 20843 Brinkley St. 2/16/17 $161,500 Miles & Jamie Copenhaver to Sarah Prendergast, 8814 Westwind Point Dr. 2/16/17 $182,000 William Pfishner Jr. to

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2/2/17 $577,000 Christopher & Elizabeth Berl to Andrew & Jane Healy, 18313 Dembridge Dr. 2/2/17 $577,000 Christopher & Elizabeth Berl to Andrew & Jane Healy, 18313 Dembridge Dr. 2/3/17 $293,000 Katherine McClain & Elizabeth Breedlove to William Geisler & Mary Ingram, 16806 Summers Walk Blvd. 2/10/17 $286,000 Patricia Babb to Michael & Lindsay Day, 17323 Summers Walk Blvd. 2/14/17 $980,000 Worley Clark Jr. to Ritesh & Veronica Kirad, 13518 Robert Walker Dr. 2/15/17 $437,339 Alex Hirschberg to Cody & Jennifer Bender, 13209 White Birch Terrace 2/17/17 $320,000 Todd & Elizabeth Hobbie to Rylan Keogh, 453 O’Henry Ave.

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Serve up a new look in the kitchen with easy updates Renovating a kitchen can seem overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time it won't break the bank or your family routine. If you don't plan to reconfigure your layout, style and finishes, backsplashes and paint can do wonders. Neutral palettes are generally the way to go, with accents ranging from a painted wall to open shelving— walnut comes to mind—can update a tired kitchen whether you're staying put or thinking about moving. Appliances and countertops are critical. The appliance brand should be consistent with the price point of your home, says Realtor Dixie Dean of Allen Tate. Stainless steel is a must and light quartz or gray Caesarstone counters are hip. Lighter cabinets, including White Shaker-style, are back and can be

easily updated by a painter who is experienced in painting cabinetry, but Dean says don't overlook painting inside the cabinet doors as well. "Chalk paint is another technique producing positive results. Just make sure it doesn't end up looking like a DIY project," Dean says. Realtor Neal Crites says another trend is personalizing pantries, whether it's a pocket door and complementary light fixture or a rustic barn door and wallpaper. Feel free to express your personal style. K.C. Kercher, with Re/Max Executive, suggests mixing it up with metal accents. "Accessorizing with different finishes is a trendy, costeffective way to update your kitchen. In addition to stainless steel and gold, homebuilders are seeing copper accents emerging as the metallic detail of choice," she says.

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Red Dirt Alert

Zoning amendment reduces uncertainty around open land BY DAVE VIESER Cornelius officials are considering an amendment to zoning regulations which would either deactivate or close conditional zoning applications after a six month period with no activity. The proposal will be discussed at the Tuesday March 14 meeting of the town's Land Development Code Advisory Board. "We currently have applications that have remained open with no activity for over a year,” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. "Many neighbors have noted that these open ended applications impact potential home sales and property values. While every property owner and applicant should have the right to a reasonable process and time line, keeping an application open infinitely with long periods of inactivity may not be fair and appropriate to neighbors and the community." Herron said the town staff checked

a number of other nearby jurisdictions and found there is currently no uniform way of handling this issue. For the purposes of the new law, activity is defined as submission of a plan for review or presentation, holding a community meeting, a traffic study or other required plan in the process of preparation, a technical staff meeting or committee review, or a Board review. Several developers contacted by Cornelius Today declined to comment on the proposal. However, local Realtors and residents seemed supportive. "I like it,” said Julie Baker, with RE/MAX Executive Reality. "As a Realtor I can see where having applications hanging out there for so long would impact people." Allen Tate's Zeke Ward agreed. "I have had clients concerned about proposed development applications especially if it is direct line of sight.

Green space is a premium and very desirable." Resident Debbie Smith, who lives in Vineyard Point, also likes the idea of setting up a time limit for developers. "I would agree on that law. There are people that I know of who can't sell their place due to pending applications, such as the Houser family land located next to Vineyard Point." Under the proposal, if a case is

closed or deactivated, the applicant may file a new application with new fees. The application and review would then start from the beginning of the review process and it would be considered a newly filed application. If the Land Development Board likes the proposal, it will then move to the Planning Board and the Town Board for consideration.

Food, glorious food: More helpings for Cornelius Crews are busy clearing land on Hwy. 21 for the new Arby's restaurant. The 2,200 sq foot eatery will be right across from Lake Norman Tractor and just south of Westmoreland Road. This Arby's will not look like the one at Exit 33 in Mooresville, but rather will be modeled after the chain's new prototype layout. A 30-foot evergreen buffer will be provided between the new eatery property and the residential property on Washam Potts Road behind the site. Officials had hoped to be open in January, but now project a late spring opening.

site. Circle K has taken on a higher profile in 28031; it also runs the store on West Catawba Avenue at One Norman Boulevard previously managed by Kangaroo and Marathon. The new Circle K should be open by late spring.

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It's a combination of food and fuel which will be available on the southwest corner of Bailey Road and Hwy. 115, where a new Circle K facility is about half complete. ​Company officials believe there is room for more gas and C-store shopping in that part of town. Indeed, the new Circle K will have a full array of convenience store goodies as well as five gas islands on this 1.38 acre

Papa Murphy's Pizza is opening at the Publix/Magnolia Estates Shopping Plaza near PetSmart. This one is a bit different from your typical pizza-to-go facility: All the ingredients are prepared on the store's 1,500 square foot premises but then the pie is baked at home. Prices start at $5 per pie.​ Papa Murphy's is a franchisor and operator of the largest take and bake pizza chain in the United States, selling fresh, hand-crafted pizzas ready for customers to bake at home. The company was founded in 1981 and currently operates over 1,500 fresh pizza stores in 38 states, Canada and United Arab Emirates.

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CorneliusCrossword St. Patrick’s Day: Time for a craft brewski Across 1 4 8 9 13 14 15 17 18

Nautical marker Instinctual, in Huntersville Usually it’s 24 bottles The butt of some jokes? Pool equipment MC’s lead-in St Patrick’s Day events Press spokesman, for short Spooky looking, in Mooresville 21 It’s usually more than 4% proof 24 TV show, set in California, “The __” 25 Charge 26 By the glass and from the spigot, goes 30 across- 3 words 28 Panther rival in the NFL 29 “Much ___ About Nothing” 30 Goes with 26 across 35 Cousin of a leprechaun 36 “Message ___ bottle!” - 2 words 37 Musical ability 38 Strong desire 39 Color for St Patrick’s Day

Down 1

Bringing the boat into its slip 2 Cartographer’s blowup 3 Former 4 Fathers 5 Run up a tab 6 Way back when 7 Spots for lodgers 10 ___ Fell, English Lake District peak 11 Word with frog or year 12 Vessel 15 Multicolored pattern 16 Type of beer 19 Robin of legend 20 “Fest” go with 22 Green field 23 Evening, to an Irish poet 26 The ____ of his exystence 27 Green, sounds like a river through Dublin 28 Plucked-string sound 31 Pub noise 32 Apple ___ 33 Mariner’s heading, abbr. 34 Rock’s Steely ___

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Craig Smith new sales director at Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep

Craig Smith, ​g​eneral ​m​anager of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was recently promoted to s​ ​ales​ d​irector over the dealership and its sister store Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Together, the dealerships sold 4,800 cars in 2016. He​has been with t​he dealership​ ​ since 2003​. “I’m looking forward to the new challenges presented by managing multiple dealerships and

setting some new sales records​," the 22-year veteran of the car business said. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram​has 110 employees here, making it one of the largest private em-

Crossword puzzle answers (from page 31)

ployers in Cornelius. The Gastonia operation has 80 in Gaston County. Smith, who attended St. Andrews College, lives in Davidson with his wife Holly and two children.

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Chris Hailey

Diversity happens when you include Inclusion requires a conscientious effort

BY DAVE YOCHUM Chris Hailey, who ran for Mecklenburg County Sheriff as a Republican in 2010 and 2014, is black, but chairing the Diversity Council has been an eye-opener for him. “When I became chairman of the diversity council, it educated me to the point where I was not as conservative as I used to be. My whole attitude has changed, getting to know people from the lesbian and gay community. I have grown more as a person, than at any point in my life. There are so many people in so many categories that suffer,” Hailey said. The diversity council, an outreach of the Lake Norman Chamber, holds regular events like “Lunch and Learn” that focus on topics like inclusion, a key component of a pro-active approach to diversity. Gone is “Chicks with Sticks,” a golf tournament for women. “Simply put, diversity involves who we are as a people based on our age, gender, race, color, ethnicity, country of origin, religious beliefs, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental and physical ability, veteran status, education level, record of conviction and economic circumstance,” Hailey, 53, said. Diversity is all about Inclusion, which is

all about involvement and empowerment. “It’s where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized, valuing and practicing respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living,” Hailey explains. “Belonging” is the new term in the diversity lexicon. “You can include me all day, but what’s more important is that I feel like I belong,” Hailey says. Hailey himself exemplifies diversity. He grew up in a family of 10 children in Wadesboro. Both parents worked in manufacturing and to help boost the family income, his mother was a small business owner—a beautician—on weekends. He won an athletic scholarship to Brewton-Parker Jr. College and Shaw University to play both basketball and baseball. He studied adapted physical education and kinesiotherapy and got a master’s in Organizational Management from Pfeiffer University in 1999. After college, he joined the Raleigh Police Department and later the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He went on to Central Piedmont Community College as director of public safety training, retiring two years ago. He is currently working for Securitas USA and as a private consultant focusing on securityrelated issues. Hailey says his perspective as an Af-

“During Black History Month, we not only should celebrate those who have made North Carolina a better place to live for everyone, but we should also acknowledge the deep sacrifices people made to get us to where we are now.” —Gov. Roy Cooper He declared February Black History Month in North Carolina

rican-American is one of many diverse perspectives we have as unique individuals. “It’s circular,” he says. “You have to get out of your whiteness and I have to get out of my blackness.” But it has to be genuine to be effective, to tap into diverse markets. Business decisions are more informed when they’re

made with diverse thinkers. “With the continuing growth of diversity in America and our local communities, as a diverse people, we must learn to live together by exhibiting mutual respect and acceptance of one another’s differences, values and beliefs,” Hailey says.

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New Corporations

S S E N I S U B These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State

Cornelius 2/1/17 Business Center at Alcove LLC, Ben Garrido, 15825 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 2/2/17 B&D Concrete Incorporated, Jason Johns, 12615 Old Westbury Dr., Cornelius 2/2/17 Dogwood Properties of Lake Norman LLC, Sara Tompkins, 20437 Island Forest Dr., Cornelius 2/2/17 It’s All Grace LLC, Samara McMillen, 20635 Queensdale Dr., Cornelius 2/2/17 Liz Kelly LLC, Elizabeth M. Kelly, 17110 Kenton Dr., Apt. 313, Cornelius 2/2/17 Nines Management LLC, Christopher S. Boukedes, 17044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius 2/2/17 Suman Gera LLC, Suman Gera, 17716 Springwinds Dr., Cornelius 2/3/17 SRH-Banner Elk LLC, Steve R. Craig, 19235 Beaufain St., Cornelius 2/3/17 SRH-Cornelius LLC, Steve R. Craig, 19235 Beaufain St., Cornelius 2/6/17 blok inc., Robert A. Kolb, 10820 Sherrill Ave., Cornelius 2/6/17 Calensia LLC, Wahid Y. Tawfik, 17416 Summer Place Dr., Cornelius 2/6/17 Health Finance Partners LLC, Rob-

ert B. Newkirk III, 179626 Spinnakers Reach Dr., Cornelius 2/6/17 Red Pill Marketing Group LLC, C Todd Seriff, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-244, Cornelius 2/7/17 North State Development LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 2/8/17 Pinpoint Markets LLC, Nicholas Astroth, 19825 N. Cove Rd., #202, Cornelius 2/9/17 ‘Ani Salon & Spa LLC, Anita K. Layton, 19900 W. Catawba Ave., Unit #104, Cornelius 2/10/17 Aqua Fun Water Adventures LLC, Steve Haimbaugh, 18418 Torrence Chapel Estates Cir., Cornelius 2/10/17 KJJA Enterprises LLC, Keith Roach, 20101 Norman Colony Rd., Cornelius 2/10/17 MC Wildcat Properties LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 2/13/17 Competition Logistics LLC, William D. Anthony, 19510 Jetton Rd., Ste. 300, Cornelius 2/13/17 Not Just Media LLC, Chase Billow, 18139 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 17, Cornelius 2/13/17 Pragmatic Integrations LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 16731 100 Norman Pl., Cornelius 2/13/17 Zip Tuning LLC, United States Cor-

poration Agents Inc., 19100 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 2/14/17 Applied Construction Services Inc., Bianca S. Harring, 11120 Heritage Green Dr., Cornelius 2/14/17 CABCSN LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 16731 100 Norman Pl., Cornelius 2/14/17 KNE Ventures LLC, Kathleen Eibleler, 8301 12 Magnolia Estates Dr., Cornelius 2/14/17 Your Storage LLC, Biance S. Harring, 11120 Heritage Green Dr., Cornelius 2/15/17 New Vision Rental LLC, Kuopin Michael Yu, 19110 Mary Ardrey Cir., Cornelius 2/16/17 BuscanCasa LLC, Hoover Gutierrez, 10064 Switchyard Dr., Cornelius 2/16/17 Carolina Dream Builders LLC, Sean Mulkerrins, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 600, Cornelius 2/17/17 CLT Renovations LLC, Chris Tarry, 11118 Aprilia Ln., Cornelius 2/17/17 Cornerstone Commercial Properties of the Carolinas LLC, Christopher Couchell, 17115 Kenton Dr., Ste. 200A, Cornelius 2/17/17 Rebecca Mangini Realty LLC, Rebecca A. Mangini, 8625 Forest Shadow Cir., Cornelius 2/17/17 Roc’s Truck Service Inc., Randy Humphrey, 18636 Starcreek Dr., Ste. G, Cornelius

Davidson 2/1/17 SVG Properties LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 2/1/17 Team Elite Aquatics Inc., Copeland Richards PLLC, 215 South Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 2/2/17 Chen Bos LLC, Ron L. Turner Jr.,

568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson 2/2/17 Living the Light LLC, Fiona N. Raffan, 225 Anniston Way, Davidson 2/2/17 Rush & Jett Sport Performance LLC, Kristin Ratnofsky, 119 Chambers St., Davidson 2/3/17 Performance Physiology LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 2/7/17 A Boundless Life LLC, Carli Prillaman, 715 Greenway St., Davidson 2/8/17 Exports Unlimited LLC, Thomas Lindow, 805 Lake Park Dr., Apt. 304, Davidson 2/8/17 Turio Capital LLC, David E. Philips, 244 S. Faulkner Way, Davidson 2/8/17 Yellow Monkey Solutions LLC, Shelley Scavo, 17031 Winged Thistle Ct., Davidson 2/9/17 Focus/Tracks LLC, Chris Rafford, 282 Harper Lee St., Davidson 2/9/17 Integrity Strategic Solutions LLC, Robert F. Hull Jr., 18900 Craggy Meadows Ct., Davidson 2/10/17 CAVOK Family Office LLC, James Blakey, 6695 Fox Ridge Cir., Davidson 2/13/17 Applied Innovations LLC, Jonathan Bolenbaugh, 14220 Baudelaire Ct., Davidson 2/14/17 Flipping Hagers LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 2/15/17 Garden Grove Landscape Inc., Luke Lang, 12602 Robert Walker Dr., Davidson 2/17/17 3A Whitehall LLC, Watson Commercial Development Inc., 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson

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Thank you



• Provide a full day of fun for kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters • Raise money for an efficiently run non-profit • Recruit mentors for children in BBBS

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Commander: AlphaGraphics of Lake Norman • John and Shea Bradford • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Jim and Carolyn Duke • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • KS Audio Video - Ken Ziegler • Shelley Johnson and Craig LePage • Lake Norman Realty - Abigail Jennings • The McIntosh Law Firm • Rose Associates - Kathleen Rose • Troy and Della Stafford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte • Dirk & Heidi Tischer • Brian and Tricia Sisson & Erica Erlenbach Friends: John and Nancy Aneralla • Chris and Sally Ashworth • Rod Beard • Chaz Beasley • Law firm of Bentz and Associates - Catherine Bentz • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Crafty Burg’r • Dixie Dean • Dresslers Restaurant • Tom and Ann Dutton • Rusty Knox • Rhonda Lennon • Thurman Ross • Jennifer Stoops • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam Food and Beverage Vendors: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bite’z, Brickhouse Tavern / Port City Club, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Herrin Brothers Ice, Mama’s Pizza Express, Tenders Fresh Food

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28OH3! Black History Month Cornelius’ Black History Month Celebration at Town Hall once again brought together African-American families to share their stories and celebrate their history, not just in North Mecklenburg, but the nation as a whole. Organized by the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition and Cornelius PARC Department, the event Feb. 18 included a short video that told of classes at the Torrence-Lytle School for black baby sitters and a woman, Brenda Tapia, who was among the first to be born at a previously all-white hospital.

Davidson College Archivist, Jan Blodgett Marshall Lowery, the author of the selfpublished memoir “If You Wanna Help the Poor, Then Don’t Be One of Them,” attended the Ada Jenkins School.

An exerpt from Marshall Lowery’s book

A song at Black History Month

Ron Potts, co-founder of Smithville Community Coalition, helps recall the history of African-Americans in Cornelius

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28OH3! Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Woody Washam, John Kepner, Sharon Washam and Justin Moore served the hungry at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Life is tough in 28031

Mike and Ann Miltich show off their raffle tockets

Big Day at the Lake

People relaxing on the beach at Jetton Park on Feb. 19

One definition of freedom Big Day at the Lake set-up team: Jim Engel, Ken McGee, Heidi Hansen, Nico Iannelli, Nancy Cameron, Scarlett Hays and Tracy Yochum

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us

Jeff Walters, 29, was outside the Dollar Tree store singing with an open guitar case on a warm Monday night. A ‘traveling kid,’ he said he plans to hitch-hike to Tennessee or maybe catch a freight train. Tips were less than expected in Cornelius; he said he plans to retire next year. A reporter from Cornelius Today gave him shoes to wear.

Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am

NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 8:30am, 11am Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

"In reference to 'Lack of tree ordinance aids allergy sufferers,'

Wild Wild West Catawba "If you really want a kinder, gentler town, please lower speed limits on West Catawba west of Jetton. We can't turn left out of our neighborhood, Westmoreland. It's awful for us and dangerous for children. By the way, no one stops for us when we try to walk across to Port City." —via anonymous SoundOff link on

You better love your neighbor "Why, in a city that's a constant traffic jam, would the city continue to allow more housing? No developer is mandated to add traffic lanes at the entrance to avoid forced stops during left turns. Your article about no more big subdivisions/projects is because there is no land left other than tiny lots. So let's squeeze in four big homes into an acre of land. Privacy? Forget it. You better love your neighbor. Why no permits to widen our roads? What, no comment? Signed, 'Squeezed in Cornelius.' —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com

Big mirrors on big trucks mean something "I'm curious if the very large mirrors on those noisy black pick-up trucks are compensating for something that's really small. Compensating for tiny brains come to mind." —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Dog pound not doing their job “I live on carter circle and there have been more than one aggressive dogs that Kenny should have locked up long ago and has not. 2 smalls dogs on meridian street bit 2 people and almost bit me these dogs coming out after everyone went on for months before he did anything. now we have a large black and white dog running loose I have talked to Kenny about it he said that the dog is not always friendly and knows where it lives but yet it is still allowed to run loose. this morning one of the people that walks the dogs from the dog pound got attacked by the black an white dog. as usual I bet Kenny want do anything about it. he is not doing his job or obeying the laws. something needs to be done before a child is attacked by a dog.” —via The town says Officer Russell and Cornelius Police are keeping a close watch on dogs in this area. Police have spoken to two different pet owners and have given them verbal warnings. There have been no additional calls regarding the first dog. The owner of the second dog is aware that they will receive a citation if there is another incident.

Speed limits at parties "With all this talk about speeding on Jetton there should be a Cornelius Conversation or a Coffee Chat about the suck-ups who beat a path to the top elected official in the room, all others be dammed." —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com We’ll let your spelling of ‘dammed’ slide, in honor of the fourth hydroelectric unit at Cowans Ford Dam, which began generating electricity 50 years ago this year.

The title has nothing to do with the letter that followed in your last issue. The Town of Cornelius government doesn't care about trees. They only care about money. There were 6 acres of beautiful hardwoods on Jetton Extension that were knocked down for the Epcon development. Only a few people cared if they were destroyed. I was one of them. Trees provide nesting for birds, habitat for all animals, enhance beauty of the landscape, moderate temperature which provides for a healthy atmosphere. They will never pass a tree ordinance in Cornelius and all the rest of the trees which you see today will be gone in the next few years because no one cares enough to stand up for them." —via Our headline was meant to be funny—the 'bright side' of eradicating every single tree in the path of development. The town tells us if a new development is permitted by right, there is no preservation requirement. While it appears every tree was converted to useful and valuable reading materials at both Epcon sites and the new Classica project on Jetton, we also want to commend the mayor for going out of his way to save a tree in front of Bruster's in Kenton Place where they have installed a new drive-through window.

Catawba-Ferry Street crosswalk

Home-made speed sign on Brinkley

"Glow in dark color signs are useless after dark. Cars must not be able to see pedestrians looking to cross. They don't stop. Time for a push button to get a red light even if at sign level to get people to stop." —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on


Your comments and opinions since 2006

Westmoreland at Hwy. 21 "Two points of contention. First, being the added traffic on an already packed road. It can take several stoplights just to get through the Westmoreland-Statesville intersection. Secondly, why allow the nursery to build where they've selected, when we have an old, dilapidated building on the northeast corner that is one major eyesore? Talk about poor planning. And that intersection is too small (go figure) and lacks left-turn arrows for Westmoreland. I'm baffled as to why this city allows so many permits, while not holding the developers responsible for adding more traffic onto already overpacked roads. You're taking in additional tax monies, but you're not using them for its residents to drive on un-congested roadways. Why?" —via anonymous SoundOff link on North Carolina law prohibits levying "impact fees" on developers, both residential and commercial

Response to ​'N ​ ew road will connect Cornelius, Huntersville​' "​ ​Great planning as always by NCDOT.​" —via online comments on www.​

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery taps into Cornelius, LKN “Of course right after we move away my favorite brewery moves in down the street!!!” “Finally, something that will benefit the downtown area instead of the new apartments that look like the projects behind the Teeter!”

Tarte looks ahead to another election “Are you there to make friends or fix issues?” “Nice, good work Jeff” “Separate yourself from the swine and walk with purity.” “Stay focused on the real prize, Jeff! And I agree on what you say about investigating the NCDOT!! Crooks stealing our money, let's rat them out!” “I would say it cost citizen McCrory more than it cost Senator Jeff Tarte” “Follow the money Jeff and it will probable lead to the attorneys who approved this outrageous contract.” —via comments from Cornelius Today on Facebook

Bethel Church speeding Hail to the chief

“We cant wait!!! We can’t skip 77 traffic into the city” —via comments from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“I have lived off Bethel Church for a long time, and I've complained about the speeding here for a long time, especially on the speed-a-way between Ca​“​Thank you Police Chief Bence Hoyle tawba Avenue past the church, the Boy Scout hut, the child-care center and for pushing the town leaders to adopt the youth house, on up to the Flagship area. It just seems like common sense a 35 mph limit on Jetton Road. And, to have the speed limit be 35 mph, just like it is on Torrence Chapel, the same thanks to the town leaders, for doing so.​ kind of road. I want to say I am no longer terried to us the crosswalk at Jetton Sign me grateful driver.” Park now that it is 35 mph. Please enforce speed limits regardless of where —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail- they are. West Catawba—no one goes 35 mph there! com —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Even year VS. Odd year “I believe all elections should be held on April 15th.” “If our focus is on convenience instead of competence, we will end up with famous, incompetent legislators.” “I would question how much money it would really save. The BOE full time staff would still be there in the odd years and in the even years if all election were held at the same time they would likely have to hire more temp staff due to the higher work load. Also, unless you are going to say no bond issues or other referendums can occur in odd years, there would be costs to hold those votes which are currently covered when those votes occur in odd years now.” —via comments from Cornelius Today on Facebook


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Cornelius Today - March 2017  
Cornelius Today - March 2017