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Meet Campbell, Bradford Oct. 11 at Town Hall for debate, BBQ Come on out to Cornelius Today’s Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum Oct. 11 at Town Hall where incumbent John Bradford, a Republican, will face independent Jane Campbell for a lively discussion about issues in NC House District 98. The event, which is hosted by Cornelius Today, costs $8 to attend. The price includes a traditional pork barbecue lunch, complete with cole slaw, beans and a beverage. Lunch is catered by Harvey’s Bar and Grill in Huntersville. A Color Guard from American Legion Post 86 will present the flag and Mayor Chuck Travis will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Music teacher Brianne Lute will lead guests in a patriotic song or two. Lisa Mayhew, the co-founder of the Smithville Community Coalition, will moderate the discussion. Donna Moffett, a former chair-

woman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, will be the timekeeper. Cornelius Today readers are invited to submit questions via our Facebook page; “live” questions will be collected during the forum. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Town Hall. You’ll learn how Bradford and Campbell view the top issues. Candidates are available to greet the public before and after the formal program. The event will conclude with a check presentation to American Legion Post 86 for the new soldier monument. Sponsors of the Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum are Aquesta Bank, Dixie Dean, an Allen Tate agent; The Julie Jones Team, KS Audio Video and Sam James Funeral Home.

American Legion Post 86 golf fundraiser on Oct. 15 American Legion Post 86 will host a golf fundraiser Oct. 15 at the Lakewood Golf Course in Statesville. Proceeds will support various projects including the Veteran’s Memorial Statue. The entry fee is $340 per

team which includes green fees, cart, mulligans, skirt and a 50/50 raffle, as well as lunch and beverages. Hole sponsorships are available. Information: Randy Wally at 704‐840‐4413.

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Table of Contents FOSTERING A BETTER WORLD

Paula and Andy Smith opened their home and hearts. Pages 4-5

CHANGING POLITICAL SCENE

Four experts discuss impact of tolls, HB2, crime on November elections. Page 6

NC HOUSE DISTRICT 98 RACE

It’s incumbent John Bradford vs. Jane Campbell. We ask questions to help you decide. Page 8

CHEERS, SALUD, GO TEAM

We take a look at sports bars in and around Cornelius. Page 12-13

CORNELIUS COOKS Betty Moon shares her recipe for Brandied Apple Pie. Page 28

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Leading by example and with your heart

Foster families like Andy and Paula Smith’s provide nurture and a safe environment when it is most needed

By Dave Yochum Picture this: Summer’s over, the kids go back to school that very morning and you have the house, an enormous one, all to yourself. The day looks positively stress-free except for five rescue dogs. Then the phone rings at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. you’re driving home from the hospital with a newborn boy. Thank goodness Paula and Andy Smith had a car seat in the attic of their home on Freshwater Lane. “It wasn’t on my radar,” says Paula, who was already a foster parent. “I got the phone call, they said ‘I know your hands are full… but there is an infant,’ he needed to place him immediately.” “I said, ‘I will call Andy and I will call you back.’ He did not hesitate…he said, ‘go get him.” Andy is co-founder and managing partner of Cornerstone Wealth, a financial advisory firm. The couple has a biological daughter, who is 6, as well as another adoptive child, an 8-year-old boy. “I literally was just filled with so many emotions, fear, excitement. Can I do this? Can I help him get on track?” The infant boy had had drugs in his system—like his birth mother, like so many babies pouring into the foster care system around the country. There is a foster care crisis in the United States: There are now hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system na-

tionwide. Indeed, the photos of a man and woman passed out in the front seat of an SUV in Ohio, as well as a video of a woman on the floor of a discount store—next to a terrified child—have gone viral. The hard reality of the nationwide meth crisis is that marginal parents are having their rights terminated, which means that children anywhere from newborns to teens are in need of a safe place to live. But any child living in a neglectful or abusive environment—or their primary caregivers who are unable to care for the child—can be temporarily removed from that living situation. Biological parents and caregivers can also become ill, die, or land in prison. But the opiate crisis has thrown the system for a loop. Hard data is sketchy nationwide—each state has its own program—but in Ohio the hospitalization rate for neonatal abstinence syndrome has soared from 14 for every 10,000 live births in 2004 to 134 in 2014. Foster families like the Smiths provide nurture and a safe environment when it is most needed. Paula knows many sad stories, having communicated intensely with a social worker over multiple placements. “Do you want a book?” Paula asks. continued on page 5


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Her mother was a stay-at-home mom who “always wanted to help the helpless. It used to drive me crazy as a kid, I was taken to retirement homes to read to seniors. But as I’ve matured, I’ve noticed I have this desire to want to help the helpless, whether it be animals, children, the elderly. I’ve always had a tender spot for the underdog…always leaning toward the underdog and the person who can’t always help themselves,” Paula says. Her dad was an abusive alcoholic. But some hearts are big, no matter the circumstances in which they were raised. “I can look at the children and I can understand how they feel. You never know what Mom or Dad is going to be that day. You never know who is going to be walking in the door. It helps me relate to those children a little bit,” Paula says. “There’s a piece of me that, well, I understand. I survived and I am better for it, so I like to think there is hope for everyone.” Part of her attraction to Andy was that he wanted to marry a woman who saw the home as a full-time career. “That’s kind of what brought us together,” she says. “He is out there doing his thing, and I am more the quiet one at home, kind of the introverted one at home…that’s where I thrive.” They’ve been married 10 years and attend Elevation Church. The Smiths, who support Big Day at the Lake and other nonprofits, say the legal system strives to help the children and respect families at the same time. A foster child may be returned to a member of the biological family. The Smiths understand that, although they do hope to adopt. “Foster is temporary and you’re helping them in that time frame, while the legal system does its thing to either rehab the parents in order that they can go back or if they don’t rehabilitate, seek out family members who can potentially raise them…or, if none of the above, they would be up for adoption,” Paula says. Paula says there is “so much to consider” for potential foster parents. “This is something a family has to do together. It’s a family decision, if you have children, every family member needs to be prepared for the good the bad and the ugly…you just don’t know who God is going to bring through the door.” The new baby is now a month old, and Paula is thrilled. He looks healthier than that first day when it was just Paula and him in the car driving back 18721 The Commons Blvd from Davis Regional Medical Center Westmoreland in Statesville. “If I can help the less fortunate or the underdog, that’s Sold where I’ll be,” Paula says.

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Election 2016

Consultants differ on how HB2, I-77 tolls will impact election jobs and the state economy. Those concerns are echoed by business leaders, who are focusing on competitiveness and nondiscrimination, Wilson said. Consultant Tom Chumley, a Democrat who has worked as a strategist on numerous campaigns, said HB2 feeds into a perception that lawmakers in Raleigh have an anti-urban bias and are treating large metropolitan areas such as Charlotte like “a great They agreed on something: governor’s race is too close to call. From left: Neal Orr, Andy Yates, Thomas Chumley, Michael Wilson big liberal cash cow.” Chumley said the controversy over By Donald White sula Club in just seven weeks before has shown that issues such as educa- HB2 represents a big departure from House Bill 2 and voter identifica- an election that will see races for tion and job creation are much more past North Carolina leaders who tion have been big issues in the Gen- president, governor, U.S. senator and salient for people who plan to cast worked to forge consensus during times of contentious debate. He said eral Assembly, so it was no surprise the entire council of state along with ballots this year. “HB2 makes for great TV,” Yates past leaders during the civil rights that they would top the agenda when a host of local races and judgeships two Democratic and two Republican on the ballot. But the consultants said, but for the average voter it is movement, including Charlotte Mayor John M. Belk, helped prevent the political consultants took audience disagreed on how big a factor the de- “way down the list of priorities.” Democrat Michael Wilson, who is kinds of violence other cities were questions at the Cornelius Today and bate over the so-called bathroom law working on Chaz Beasley’s campaign seeing by bringing people together Business Today Newsmakers Break- will be in the Nov. 8 election. Republican consultant Andy Yates, for the N.C. House of Representa- to integrate the city. fast in September. GOP consultant Neal Orr of PBT The economic and social impact founder of the Red Dome Group, said tives, said the passage of HB2 origiof HB2 took center stage during the HB2 “does not register with voters” nally made him want to leave North Advantage says it’s unfair to pin the panel discussion, held at The Penin- as a top concern. He said his polling Carolina. He changed his mind when blame for HB2 totally on Republihe met Beasley and decided to leave cans in Raleigh. “There’s politics evhis position as an investment bank- erywhere involved in it,” Orr said. “It ing analyst for Wells Fargo Securities certainly didn’t start in Raleigh.” and work on the campaign full time. Orr said that few people have acWilson cited what he called a bifur- tually read the text of HB2, which is cation in how North Carolina voters only four pages long, but “everybody are reacting to the effects of HB2. has an opinion about it.” “State-level polling (outside of It remains to be seen how the HB2 Mecklenburg County) shows a much issue will ultimately play out at the greater focus on the social issue ballot box, but Chumley said it could aspect” of the law, he said. But, he benefit Democrats across North Caradded, Charlotteans are much more olina because “the intensity on HB2 concerned about how the law affects

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is in urban areas” that oppose the law and want to see it repealed. “This is going to come back to bite” North Carolina Republicans because most new voters are coming to populous areas such as Mecklenburg and Wake counties, Chumley said.

Voter ID

One issue North Carolina voters won’t face at the polls this year is voter ID. An appeals court in July struck down a North Carolina law that would have required voters to present an ID when they show up at their polling place. Chumley said the law was unnecessary because in-person voter fraud, where someone impersonates a voter, is essentially nonexistent. He said the real fraud comes from absentee ballots, which favor Republican candidates, “but that issue was never touched” when state lawmakers were writing the bill. The appeals court decision was the correct one, Chumley said, because it targeted Democratic constituencies in a way that was intended “to slow down the vote.” Orr, on the other hand, said that

because the voter ID law never went into effect its potential impact remains unclear. And Yates said that without an ID requirement “you can’t tell whether there’s fraud.”

I-77 tolls

Road construction and road funding also came up during audience questions for the panel, and there was wide agreement from panelists that the I-77 toll lane contract with Cintra was handled poorly. Chumley cited North Carolina’s history of having “pretty good roads” funded by gasoline taxes. “We violated that deal” by implementing the toll lanes, he said. “We’re not raising money like we should for roads.” Yates said toll lanes are “a very salient, huge issue” in the North Mecklenburg and Iredell County areas but “not an issue” elsewhere in the state. The Knox Group was the Presenting Sponsor of the Newsmakers Breakfast. Breakfast sponsors were Donna Moffett Accountants & Consultants and The McIntosh Law Firm. The Coffee Sponsors were Davidson Wealth Management, KS Audio Video and Pierce Family Chiropractic.

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Election 2016

Bradford, Campbell discuss coal ash, Obamacare, HB2 By Donald White The NC District 98 House of Representatives race pits incumbent Rep. John Bradford against retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jane Campbell. Bradford, a Republican who lives in Cornelius, was first elected to office in 2011 as a Cornelius town commissioner. In 2014, he ran for the state House seat being vacated by then-House Speaker Thom Tillis. Bradford defeated Democrat Natasha Marcus in the 2014 general election. After earning a degree in engineering from Clemson University in 1996 and an executive MBA from the University of Memphis in 2000, Bradford worked for IBM Corp. for 10 years and ExxonMobil for four years. He started his own business, Park Avenue Properties, a Corneliusbased residential property management and real estate investment firm. During Bradford’s first term in the state House, his peers chose him as freshman majority whip. Bradford serves on eight House committees and three joint legisla-

tive oversight committees. Bradford has been recognized as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He was also awarded and recognized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as the “Most Business Friendly” Cornelius Town Commissioner. He has served on several national and local boards, including the National Association of Residential Property Managers, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Visit Lake Norman, and United Way of Central Carolinas. Bradford has been married to his wife, Shea, for 15 years. They have four children, ages 13, 11 and 9-year-old twins. Campbell was raised in a military family and grew up around the globe. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College in 1987 and stayed in Davidson for two more years after graduation to work at the college. In 1989, Campbell joined the Navy. She was commissioned in 1990 and deployed

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in support of Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm later that year. As a career navy officer Campbell served on three different ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, where she was one of the first women to serve on a combat ship. Her tours in Washington, D.C., included assignments in the Pentagon and with the National Security Council at the White House. After she was promoted to the rank of captain, Campbell volunteered for a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where she served in Kabul from 2009-2010. While she was still on active duty, Campbell was given

the opportunity to earn her master’s degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College. Since retiring from the armed forces in 2015, Campbell has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations in North Carolina. Campbell and her spouse, Heather, live in Davidson. Both candidates agreed to answer questions on important issues for Cornelius Today. For their responses to previous questions, visit corneliustoday.com/ wp/district-98-bradford-vs-campbell

Would you support expanding the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to state agencies to provide healthcare for the uninsured?

would create nearly 40,000 jobs in the health care industry.

Bradford: No, I would not support further expansion of Obamacare into NC. This federally mandated program is failing and all but one of the NC insurers have already withdrawn from the program. This failure has created unaffordable increases in monthly premiums and has hit the pocketbooks of NC working families very hard. I do not support putting uncontrollable healthcare costs on the shoulders of North Carolinians. Campbell: Yes. Look at the fact that Governors like John Kasich (R-OH), Chris Christie (R-NJ), and Jan Brewer (R-AZ) opted to expand Medicaid in their states. They looked beyond the politics of this important issue. It is time for NC to take a step forward to support the more than 500,000 North Carolinians who would benefit. It is also expected that the expansion

What is your position on fixing the coal ash problem?

Bradford: I was one of the few Republicans in the NC House who voted against the most recent coal ash legislation. I am a former Environmental Engineer so I have several years’ experience working with soil and groundwater contamination. I believe there is a corporate obligation to remediate the coal ash issue as expeditiously and reasonably as possible while offering clean water alternatives to anyone impacted by the ground water contamination. Coal ash is an unavoidable by-product of burning coal to meet our energy consumption needs. We must invest in alternative energy sources as well as focus on effective solutions to re-use coal ash in environmentally friendly ways. One opportunity is to invest in continued on page 9


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coal ash re-processing facilities that can repurpose coal ash for concrete production. NC concrete companies are importing re-processed coal ash for their production needs so there is a real opportunity to re-purpose coal ash in a safe and effective manner. Campbell: We have to fix the problem. While we acknowledge that coal was the fuel that powered the economic engine of NC for decades, it is time to take action. One of the largest local piles of coal ash was started in 1929. However, we live in 2016 and we can’t ignore our 21st century knowledge. Coal ash is toxic, and it is polluting our environment. We have to address this issue and not hand it off to the next generation. Researchers at NC A&T recently announced an important breakthrough, saying “we have a method of solving the problem.”

There are restrictions around locally driven minimum wage changes in HB2. Thoughts?

Bradford: As a business owner I

pay my employees based on competitive market forces and not based on minimum wage. I understand the pressure business owners face in meeting payroll demands every two weeks. It is a very slippery slope to give local City Councils the ability to increase the minimum wage above the Federal established minimum wage. There are very real and unintended consequences when minimum wages are increased without regard to economic principles. Examples include business owners investing in more automation and switching to outsourced or offshore labor versus creating local, W2 employee positions. City Councils should focus on local governance and business owners should focus on running their business free of interference from their local City Council overreach. Campbell: HB2, sponsored by my opponent, was and is bad legislation. It has cost our state dollars and jobs, and has negatively impacted North Carolina’s reputation. Local municipalities around NC should have the flexibility of locally driven wages, Dillon’s Rule not-

withstanding. We don’t cap the costs of food, housing, and transportation across the state, why should restrict the wages of the employees paying those costs?

How do education and economic development work together?

Bradford: These two are like hand and glove. Businesses build their workforces with employees who possess the skillset that is best suited for their business needs. An educated workforce is the key to economic prosperity and growth in NC. As our workforce receives more/better education, NC becomes more attractive to companies looking to expand and relocate to our great state. Currently, 57 cents of every dollar in our annual $22B state budget are allocated to

education. We must spend this money responsibly and invest in pre-K, primary, and secondary education to give North Carolinians the tools they need to be able to compete for the best jobs available in the workforce. Campbell: An exceptional public education system (Pre-K to PhD) is critical to attracting new companies and new residents to N.C, and retaining them once they are here. Our education system’s ability to educate and train the 21st century workforce is vitally important. Whether that is providing some students the solid foundation to pursue higher education, or others with the technical skills needed to join the workforce after graduation – both of these pathways must be second-to-none.

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Recycling: It’s easy to be a good citizen By Donald White For environmentally minded people in Cornelius, going green has nothing to do with how they’re going to vote in the presidential election. It’s all about reducing, reusing and recycling to protect the planet. Americans generBEARDSLEY ate about 254 million

tons of trash and recycle and compost about 87 million tons of this material, which adds up to a 34.3 percent national recycling rate. Recycling and composting prevented the release of approximately 186 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, comparable to taking over 39 million cars off the road for a year. Total weight of things recycled in Cornelius has climbed to 2,446.82 tons in 2015 from 2,376.86 tons in 2014.

(The total so far for this year, through August, is 1,531.96 tons.) Tyler Beardsley with the Town of Cornelius says 736 of the new larger 96-gallon recycle carts have been deployed. “We have a handful of multi-family condos that have recycling,” Beardsley said. “Some have roll-out carts and some have recycling dumpsters. The town does not provide solid-waste services to apartments.” Beardsley says the town is trying to educate people not to place plastic gar-

bage bags in curbside recycling bins. He says the bags get twisted around machinery during the recycling process, which brings the operations to a standstill until they are removed. If you’re confused about what kinds of materials can go into those curbside bins, never fear. We checked with the town to see which types of materials — some of which you may never even have thought about — are OK to recycle while some are definite no-nos.

Can the following items be recycled?

1) Lids on cans/jars?

Yes, but the lid should remain on the can or jar.

4) Wax-coated containers such as milk cartons or juice boxes?

OK to recycle as long as the liquid has been emptied.

7) Old computer disks/CDs/DVDs?

Old computer components and disks need to be taken to a recycling facility that accepts these materials, not put in the curbside recycle cart.

2) Post-It Notes?

Yes. Post-It says that based on recycling trials at recycled paper mills the adhesive on the paper does not interfere with paper recycling because it is substantially removed in the paper de-inking process

Cellphones need to be taken to a recycling facility, not put in the recycling cart.

11) Paper and plastic straws

5) American flags?

There are specific rules on how to dispose of an American flag. These should not be put in the recycle bin. Local Boy Scout troops often dispose of flags.

10) Cellphones?

Straws are not recyclable.

8) Clothing items?

No clothing or textiles.

12) Used printer cartridges

3) Paper mixed with plastic, such as envelopes with plastic windows for recipient’s address?

Fine to put in curbside recycling bin.

6) Batteries?

Batteries can be recycled but need to be taken to a battery recycling facility, not put in the curbside recycle cart.

9) Eyeglasses?

These cannot be put in the recycle cart. Friedman Eye Care at 19900 W. Catawba Ave. accepts old eyeglasses for the Lions Club.

Printer Cartridges are recyclable at the full-service recycling center. They should not be put in the curbside recycle carts.

Sources: Town of Cornelius, www.postit.com, New York Department of Environmental Conservation


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even in the Lake Norman area, a good 20 miles from Bank of America Stadium, it’s not hard to find watering holes that cater to fans. The term “sports bar” itself is somewhat controversial in the bar and restaurant industry, with some owners and managers saying they’re wary of the term because of the less-than-pleasant imagery it calls to mind. “I bristle a little bit at the sports bar tag,” Thom Perez, Hickory Tavern’s chief marketing officer, told FSR Magazine’s website. “It conjures images of sawdust on the floor, duct tape on barstools, and food served in plastic baskets with wax paper. That’s not who we are.” Still, sports bars make up a large chunk of the bar, nightclub and drinking establishment industry. And they’re doing good business, too. According to Technomic’s 2013 BarTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report, 31.7 percent of the topgrossing survey participants were sports bars. But even with multiple sports and special events such as the Olympics and World Cup, there are only so many games to go around each year, and sports bars need more than just fan enthusiasm to stay profitable year-round. “Sports fills a bar about 70 days a year,” bar consultant Jon Taffer,

host of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” told The Post Game website. “People think sports will fill a bar 200 days a year or more. Even in cities like St. Louis where they’re hockey nuts and they go to almost every game in the season, the typical sports bar does about 70 days a year in sports.” So what keeps fans coming back during the offseason? “The rest of the time they have to have great food, great beverages going,” Taffer told Post Game. His suggestion for keeping customers coming in when their favorite teams take a break? Offer a great burger, a basket item (such as fries or chicken wings), and a dish that includes bacon. Other popular ways to keep patrons coming back when the game isn’t on include theme nights such a poker, karaoke and trivia and bar games such as pool, darts and electronic game consoles. Several venues in our roundup offer more than one of these. Of course, big-screen TVs are the real draw on game day, and if you’re looking to catch the game with a group of friends there is are no shortage of screens at sports bars in and near the 28031: Tropicana Sports Bar told us they have 10 TVs showing games, Lucky Dog Bark & continued on page 13


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Brew has 14 (including a 100-inch projection screen), Hickory Tavern near Birkdale has 44, and Duckworth’s in Huntersville has a whopping 75. Good luck keeping up with all the action there! The local sports bars we talked to all had at least NFL Sunday Ticket, and several said they subscribed to broadcast packages for other sports such as the NBA, MLB and the NHL as well. So gather some friends together, grab a cold one (or several), and enjoy this list of favorite drinking establishments for Cornelius sports fans.

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at $2.79 a gallon. The situation, of course, can change with deliveries of fuel at any one of these stations. Regular was available and priced at $2.29 per gallon at the Citgo just east of Exit 28, and $2.29 a gallon at the Cashion’s on Sam Furr Road at the western end of Catawba. That’s where Joel Jaffe, who just moved here from New York, was filling up his tank. “This is better than New York where it’s $2.75 a gallon,” he said. “It will be pretty hairy, touch and go,” Kloza said, explaining that Georgia was hit hardest at first, but now it’s North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s turn. “Georgia can get product from Tampa and Savannah,” said Kloza, a well-known expert in the petroleum industry. He is quoted in national media frequently. Charlotte will truly get back to normal in October, he said. Supplies will normalize first, then prices. “Some stations will be out of product here and there…but everybody will be able to get gas in a few days. Prices are up to about what they are going to go to,” he said. Over the longer term, crude prices will remain soft, with product widely available in 2017, Kloza said. “It will take a little while to go back to normal…normal has seen too much gasoline in the inventory system.”


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Jetton safety study options unveiled at Town Board Sept. 21. By Dave Vieser. An $11,400 safety study designed to address ways to improve traffic safety on Jetton Road between West Catawba Avenue and Charlestowne Lane suggests a partially closed median at the intersection of Old Jetton and Jetton, and erecting a roundabout at the intersection of Charlestowne Lane and Jetton Road. Town Board members received the details of the study from Jason Gorrie, representing WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering. Gorrie also suggested that the town could consider lowering the 45 mph area speed limit as a safety factor. The focus of the study was on the Old Jetton Road/Jetton Road intersection since the accident rate at that corner was significantly higher than any other corner within the study area. The suggested options were divided into two alternatives: Under Option One, motorists exiting Old Jetton Road would be prohibit-

ed from crossing Jetton Road, or from turning left onto Jetton Road. Motorists on the opposite side from the CVS lot would face likewise traffic prohibitions, and would need to turn right and then make a U-turn prior to West Catawba to continue their travels. Under Option Two, similar movement restrictions would be supplemented by the construction of a roundabout at the Charlestown Lane/Jetton Road intersection. The cost for each of the two options was dramatically different: $300,000 for Option One and $1.2 million for Option Two. Gorrie suggested a lower cost approach to start: Establish a “No left Turn” from Old Jetton Road out of Harris Teeter; prohibit any direct “cross over” from the CVS parking lot to Old Jetton Road; allow both right and left turns out of CVS onto Jetton Road. “There is minimal traffic out of the CVS lot, while Old Jetton Road is heavily traveled,” he said. “Denying a left

turn from CVS places an unfair burden on those folks, and the notion of folks merging left on outbound Jetton to make a U turn is, in my view, unworkable. If CVS shoppers have problems with a left onto inbound Jetton Road, they have a number of other alternatives out of that parking lot area.” Discussion of changing the speed limit generated the usual concerns from the board. “There are people who are hell bent on lowering the speed limit to 35, and there are folks who say no way,” said Commissioner Jim Duke. “Let’s do it right. Let’s get citizen input.” No decisions were made as the board members plan to review the study and also provide an opportunity for residents to comment. During the earlier public comment session of the meeting, the only speaker was Cornelius resident Jodi Archer who asked if the town planned to take over maintenance of Bethel Church Road and Torrence Chapel Road, as

they have done with Jetton Road. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam, who ran the meeting in Mayor Travis’ absence, said that the town has not yet requested maintenance from the NCDOT but that the board could so in the future if they want. Also at Monday’s meeting the board: • Appointed Cheryl Crawford as Planning Board Chairwoman. • Recognized Brian Simmons for his seven years of service on the Planning Board, including four as chairman. • Set Monday Nov. 7 as the date for a public hearing to consider permanently closing a portion of Kunkleman Drive, north of Knox Road. This road closure is associated with the proposed Watermark Condos project.

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Sept. 19. Two employees at Good Clean Fun, a woman-owned playground cleaning and maintenance company on Northline Drive, were robbed at gunpoint early this morning. The incident took place between 6:40 am and 6:45 am and the perpetrator, described as a thin black male in his mid- to late 20s, fled the scene. More than $1,000 in cash was taken. Marilyn Celenza, the owner of Good Clean Fun, said her employees were traumatized by the events which happened while it was still dark outside. “When there’s a gun, it gets personal,” she said. Here is a more complete description according to the Cornelius Police Department: He was a black male with a medium to dark complexion, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing dark pants and a blue hoodie as well as a camouflage cloth bandanna covering his face. Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.


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Sept. 22. By Dave Vieser. More than 100 people came to Town Hall this week to look at traffic options designed to relieve congestion on Main Street, between Washam Potts Road and Potts Street. The meeting was one phase of a comprehensive $143,367 traffic study of this portion of Hwy. 115 being conducted by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Hwy 115 in Cornelius is a rather unique situation,” said WSP’s Senior Transportation Planner Richard Odynski. Combining retail, residential, commercial, even a railroad within close proximity, are challenging from a planning perspective. “One of the study’s goals is to evaluate alternatives to improving transportation for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians along the corridor,” Odynski said. The 115 corridor often becomes congested when it is used as an alternative for north/south traffic during times of delays or incidents on I-77. The recent growth of the Antiquity community, along with its retail component, have added more traffic. WSP presented four separate options at the meeting, which could improve vehicular movement while also providing a safe conduit for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Option One: This option would only impact driveways entering Main Street/115, making them either right in/right out, closing them completely, or remaining as is. Option Two: Railroad Street would be realigned and both the Food Lion and Ace Hardware entrances would be redesigned and signalized. Option Three: This option would be similar to option two, adding left turn restrictions at the 115/Catawba

Avenue intersection. Option Four: There are two versions. Option 4A would add a connector road from 115 paralleling the utility lines north of Antiquity and eventually connecting to South Street north of the Antiquity Bridge. Traffic at Davidson Elementary School would be increased under this option. Option 4B would relocate the connector road so that it ran parallel to the railroad track, reconnecting to Hwy. 115 at the Twin Oaks Road intersection. This option would increase traffic through a residential area. “We also have room for a fifth option,” said Odynski. It could be a hybrid combination of the first four or “something completely different,” he said. “That’s why we wanted to meet with the residents and get their ideas.” Commissioners Jim Duke, Mike Miltich and Woody Washam all attended the meeting. Miltich urged residents to seriously consider all options. “I know some won’t like the connector road concept but too often in the past, we’ve built first, then tried to catch up with adequate roads. Let’s think outside of the box.” WSP engineers will spend the next month assimilating the comments from residents and eventually developing a fifth option, which they hope to present to the town board within two months. According to town planner Jason Pauling, the total cost for the 115 feasibility study is $143,367, of which Cornelius is covering up to 25% or $35,842. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization is funding the remainder.

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Sept. 19. The Cornelius Police Department today released results from a DWI checkpoint officers conducted over the weekend in conjunction with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Davidson Police Department and Huntersville Police Department. The checkpoint was conducted Saturday night, Sept. 17, between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. at the intersection of Catawba Avenue and Westmoreland Road.

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for a table of 10 people. Proceeds go toward supporting charities that address unmet needs of youths, the poor, the elderly, the distressed and the disabled. Ticket sales close Oct. 28. To purchase tickets, send payment to the Peninsula Community Foundation, 19101 Peninsula Club Dr., Cornelius NC 28031 or go to www.thepeninsulacommunityfoundation.org.

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Sept. 26. Making the fishing pier at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius accessible to disabled veterans is the goal of the Patriot Military Family Foundation, a nonprofit based in Mooresville. The organization hopes to build a fishing pier that veterans who have been injured in the line of duty can enjoy. The goal is to dedicate what will be called the Patriot Pier on Memorial Day 2017. In addition to the

fishing pier, money raised for the project will include benches, picnic tables and landscaping. “It will be a fantastic addition to the park for veterans to proudly fish, enjoy family time or watch a sunset over Lake Norman,” the organization says on its GoFundMe page. The Patriot Military Family Foundation is seeking contributions for the Patriot Pier project through its GoFundMe page.


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18843 Flat Shoals Drive in Cornelius for $1.2 million

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from page 22

8/22/16 $1,182,000 Tracy & George Kraus Jr. to James Juhl & Linda May, 16926 Belle Isle Dr. 8/23/16 $128,000 Marshall Ardrey to Treva Wood,19419 Fridley Ln. 8/23/16 $235,000 John & Kristin Claycomb to Lisa & Terrence Maher, 10065 Switchyard Dr. 8/24/16 $136,000 Jenna Gisi to Bryan Poplin, 18801 Oakhurst Blvd. Unit 2E 8/25/16 $622,000 Tony & Vickie McMillan to Matthew & Meghan Belmont, 18503 Square Sail Rd. 8/25/16 $1,225,000 Gerald & Amy Kurtz to Christopher & Gretchen Harrison, 19511 Mary Ardrey Cir.

8/25/16 $275,000 Jennifer Sorensen to Jeff & Angela Buchanan, 21608 Old Canal St. 8/26/16 $220,000 Anap & Ashley Dashputre to Craig & Debra Burger, 964 Gardners Way Unit 4 8/26/16 $388,000 David & Susan Orr to Michael Byrnes & Jessica Borowitz, 21451 Harken Dr. 8/26/16 $230,000 Melissa Tilley to Alex Clayton, 10505 Quarrier Dr. 8/26/16 $77,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 283 Bailey’s Glen 8/26/16 $433,000 South Creek Homes to Robert & Diana Davidson, 11629 Mount Argus Dr. 8/26/16 $180,000 Lori Ray to Jennifer See HOMES, Page 25

18224 Peninsula Club Drive in Cornelius for $1,320,000


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Home Sales

16903 Flying Jib Road in Cornelius for $800,000

HOMES

from page 24

Tampa & Greg Thomas, 6973 Bailey Rd. 8/29/16 $129,000 Kristen & Randall Cox to Kelly Braman, 18817 Nautical Dr. Unit 302 8/29/16 $278,500 Melissa Gary Baker to Stefan Irina Tripsa, 18709 Ronceverte Dr. 8/30/16 $940,000 Michael & Kellie DeMayo to William Griesser, 18324 Harbor Light Blvd. 8/30/16 $800,000 Michael & Cynthia Hosey to Tom Jr. & Haley Gentry, 16903 Flying Jib Rd. 8/30/16 $1,069,000 Randy & Leslie Duncan to John & Vicki Wrona, 7415 Windaliere Dr. 8/31/16 $159,000 Brandon & Whitney Thompson to Kristin Castellon, 20236 Church St. 8/31/16 $250,000 James Watson & Amy Fraser to Paul O’Fray & Jennifer Santiago, 17111 Claret Ct. 8/31/16 $42,000 Thurman Ross Jr. to Jonathan & Olivia Mader, Lot 109 Bahia Bay 9/1/16 $234,000 Courtney & Robert Teague Jr. to Harold & Barbara Chappell, 18791 Nautical Dr. Unit 106 9/1/16 $180,000 Steven & Amanda Meierdiercks to Lauren Henkel, 10707 Meadow Crossing Ln. 9/1/16 $485,000 Kristine & Bobby Huffstetler, Richard Kruger, Joseph Kruger to Todd & Rebecca Walke, 22300 Country Club Ln. 9/1/16 $735,000 Todd & Sara Meredith to Richard & Jennifer Day, 9455 Titus Ln. 9/1/16 $395,000 South Creek Homes to Anne & Ross Hamilton, 11519 Mount Argus Dr. 9/1/16 $72,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 291 Bailey’s Glen 9/1/16 $700,000 Jill Gregory to William & Kelly Muller, 21303 Baltic Dr.

9/2/16 $679,000 Classica Homes to Garrett & Kathjleen Galomabeck, 9516 Robbins Preserve Rd. 9/2/16 $1,200,000 David & Lois Steed to Joseph & Tiana Losinski, 18843 Flat Shoals Dr. 9/2/16 $177,000 James & Laurel Mount to William Price Sr., 11238 Suunto Ln. 9/2/16 $211,000 Christina & Eric Stratton to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Nine, 18743 Victoria Bay Dr. 9/2/16 $542,000 Garry & Kathleen Galombeck to David & Vanessa Barszczowski, 18017 John Robbins Ln. 9/2/16 $710,000 William & Eileen Polian to Allan & Michelle Delossantos, 17103 Freshwater Ln. 9/6/16 $693,500 The Southlake Co. to Jonathan & Rebecca Fortune, 20411 Bethelwood Ln. 9/6/16 $1,320,000 Southern Cottage Corp. to David & Lois Steed, 18224 Peninsula Club Dr. 9/7/16 $206,000 Sung Chun & Jennifer Stofer to Amerian Homes 4 Rent Properties Nine, 19443 Fridley Ln. 9/8/16 $105,000 Joanne Solly to Laurel & Daniel Matias, 21246 Hickory St. 9/8/16 $180,000 Kristofer & Diane Norris to Soren Reenberg, 21329 Catawba Ave. 9/8/16 $160,000 Donna Armstrong to Robert & Patricia Sanderson, 18742 Nautical Dr. Apt. 202 9/8/16 $263,000 Erin Williams to Stephen & Alexandra Romanko, 18814 Cloverstone Cir. 9/9/16 $257,000 Lance & Kelly Kemp to American Homes 4 Rent Proerties Nine, 19335 Windjammer Cir. 9/9/16 $130,000 Robert & Christine Danbeck to Kevin & Nancy McKee, 10649 See HOMES, Page 26


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Home Sales

18628 Silent Falls Cove in Davidson for $690,000

HOMES

from page 25

Trolley Run Dr. 9/9/16 $2,050,000 Gordon & Stephanie McGibbon to James Han, 18310 Mandarin Point Dr. 9/9/16 $290,000 South Creek Homes to Donna Armstrong, 11731 Meetinghouse Dr. 9/9/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 154 Bailey’s Glen

9/9/16 $171,000 Jan & Sabina Piechowska to FREO North Carolina LLC, 10515 Meadow Crossing Ln. 9/9/16 $215,000 Amy & Jacob Poston to Eric & Genevieve Barber, 11304 Heritage Green Dr. 9/9/16 $314,500 MS Antiquity to Janice Belter, 1107 Inn Keepers Way 9/9/16 $245,000 Dawn Salzman to Erin & Larry Wilson, 18310 Flagman Cir. 9/9/16 $282,000 Erin & Christopher

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13420 Robert Walker Drive in Davidson for $950,000

Schmalzried to Martin & rose Levin, 20594 Harbor View Dr. 9/13/16 $340,000 John & June Cherry to Corner Oak LLC, 21300 Catawba Ave., 19724 Meridian St. 9/14/16 $169,000 Sergio & Laura Tovar to FREO North Carolina LLC, 9176 Glenashley Dr. 9/15/16 $293,500 South Creek Homes to Walter & Virginia Glass, 11708 Mount Argus Dr. 9/15/16 $70,00 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 168 Bailey’s Glen 9/15/16 $490,000 John Beasley IV to Bryan & Tobynn Partridge, 10900 Decora Dr. 9/15/16 $780,000 Raymond & Leslie Smith to Stephen & Alexis Lowe, 19309 Yachtman Dr. 9/15/16 $300,000 Andrew & Judith Hoxie to Daniel & Jacquelyn Sipko, 18721 The Commons Blvd. 9/15/16 $111,000 Cameron Sherrill & Robin Sherrell to Laura Finan, 19624 Ferbia Pl. Unit C 9/15/16 $380,000 Sandra & Joseph Fondino Jr. to Christopher Slocum & Georgia Cornell, 18413 Neville Ave. 9/15/16 $323,000 South Creek Homes to David & Mary Scott, 18006 Coulter Pkwy. 9/15/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 248 Bailey’s Glen 9/16/16 $278,000 Matthew & Michele Cianella to Chia Hsiang Shao & Kuei Fang Chan, 9319 Glenashley Dr. 9/16/16 $1,190,000 Paul Adkins to John Donoghue, 20613 Lagoona Dr. 9/16/16 $208,000 Michelle Carpenter to FREO North Carolina, 10957 Heritage Green Dr. 9/16/16 $527,500 Epcon Cornelius to the Jane Ford Braxton Revocable Trust, 18725

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Davidson 8/16/16 $425,000 Chessman Homes to John & Helen Dahlem, 12228 Bradford Park Dr. 8/17/16 $402,000 Eleanor Payne to Trustees of Davidson College, 209 Larimer Rd. 8/18/16 $315,000 Matthew & Cristina Shaul to Carol LaTorre, 214 S. Faulkner Way 8/18/16 $394,000 William Cobb & Mary Garrett to Michael & Janice Duggan, 207 N. Downing St. 8/19/16 $443,500 Erik & Amber Darnell to Luis & Julie Rizo, 11938 Bradford Park Dr. 8/22/16 $713,000 Gar DiFazio & Halina Wawrzyniak to Benjamin Pollock & Brandi Arnold, Lot 5 River Run 8/22/16 $485,000 Cynthia Billbrough to Wisty & Jeremiah Holleman III, 12d9 O’Henry Ave. 8/23/16 $950,000 Christopher & Constance Spoeneman to Joy & David Schulenberg, 13420 Robert Walker Dr. 8/24/16 $562,000 Kathleen Stanley to Idan Cudykier to Halleli Stav, 18806 Riverwind Ln. 8/25/16 $690,000 Carranza & Evelyn Pryor to Christopher & Connie Spoeneman, 18628 Silent Falls Cove 8/26/16 $250,000 Luke & Liezl Breitwise to Celine Latulipe, 510 Liburdi Ct. 8/26/16 $413,500 Ronald & Sandra Berg to Natham & Emily Deering, 119 N. Lynnbrook Dr. 8/29/16 $399,500 Mom Properties to NC Buckeyes, Unit 100 Davidson @ South Main 8/30/16 $547,500 David & Elizabeth Stewart to Matthew & Caitlin Santos, 100 Hillside Dr.

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Ally Whalen, founder of Ally Whalen Design in Huntersville, says trends in the more fashion-forward sofas change about every three to five years

Sofa, so good Imagine life without a sofa. Impossible, right? The very idea puts the kibosh on a well-executed Sunday snooze. A classic neutral sofa can be a blank canvas for colorful pillows, or a pleasing offset for art or a beautiful rug. Add color and texture, and you have an entirely different feel. Above all, the sofa should be comfortable and inviting, but know that it will announce an elegant or casual approach to life. Classic lines in many styles withstand the test of time. Fabric vs. leather is an important decision based on appearance and budget. Your choice of sofa material will have impact the entire room. Leather varies according to the part of

the hide that is used. For longevity, consider selecting a higher grade of leather that will get softer over time. Sofas are expensive, but, chosen wisely, can be more than serviceable for five, seven, even 10 years. Indeed, it’s possible to spend $700 for a comfortable couch, and even $7,000, as well as anything in between. Ally Whalen, founder of Ally Whalen Design in Huntersville says trends in the more fashion-forward sofas change about every three to five years, “but there are certainly ones that never go out of style.” “The rolled arm I don’t ever see going out of style, it’s a classic! Not the huge rolled arm of the 90’s, but a smaller simpler arm will always stand the test of time,” Whalen says. Designers pair a classic sofa with a very contemporary piece or pieces with good results.

To transition traditional and contemporary furnishings and art, Whalen likes a track arm sofa for a more contemporary look

There’s nothing wrong with skirted sofas either. “Skirts on sofas work well in a number of different styles— cottage, traditional, transitional, farmhouse, coastal. As long as the skirted sofa is being mixed with some non-skirted pieces, it will always work well,” Whalen says.

To transition traditional and contemporary furnishings and art, Whalen likes a track arm sofa for a more contemporary look. “It’s cleaner, simpler and works well in transitional, contemporary and modern looks,” she says.


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Betty Moon’s Brandied Apple Pie is as good as it looks

Betty Moon shares her recipe for Brandied Apple Pie

For Betty Moon, and husband, Dave Moon, Cornelius is the place to be. They built their lake house on Baltic Drive in 2010, having lived in the Ballantyne Country Club neighborhood in South Charlotte for four years. The couple, who met when they were teenagers, raised daughters Adrienne and Allison in Hudson,

Ohio, a small town between Cleveland and Akron. Dave is an HR consultant. Betty was born in Cleveland, and lived over her family’s tavern. “Back then those really were the only neighborhood family restaurants around. My father ran the tavern and my mom cooked,” she says. Fish frys on Friday night are what

she remembers most. She talked to the steelworkers when they would stop in for a beer after work, hungry and exhausted. Betty’s father passed away when she was 11. Her grandmother moved in so her mother could go back to work. Betty has been in the financial services industry for 30 years, working in a wide variety of roles, from

Brandied Apple Pie

branch financial adviser to managing a trust and private banking organization, to building and leading a nationally recognized bank brokerage firm. Bank of America recruited her in 2006 when she was completing a doctorate in business at Case Western Reserve University. Today she works for SAP, a global technology company, helping financial services industry executives embrace new technologies and improve their customers’ experience. To this day, she believes cooking and baking together can be to bring people together. “David and I cook together a lot!” Indeed, they’ve been married 39 years. Betty shared her recipe for Brandied Apple Pie with Cornelius Today’s readers. “This recipe makes a really big pie, so its great for get-togethers with family and friends. The entire house smells so welcoming while it’s baking, with the amazing fragrance of apples and cinnamon,” she says.

—By Betty Moon

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5 pounds of your favorite crisp apples like Gala or Granny Smith, peeled, quartered, cored and cut into thick 1/2-inch slices. 1 stick unsalted butter 2 whole vanilla beans 1 c granulated sugar 1/2 c light brown sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1/3 cup Calvados (apple brandy) or other brandy 3/4 c heavy cream

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. The trick is that you cook the filling before baking the pie by sautéing the apples in a couple of batches. Mix together the sugars and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. For each batch: Melt 1/2 the butter in a very large skillet. Split open a vanilla bean, scrape the inside onto the butter, and add the bean to the pan. Add 1/2 the sugar mixture

on top of the apples and sauté over medium heat about 15-20 minutes stirring frequently until the apples soften and caramelize. Pour in about half the brandy and cook a few minutes so the alcohol burns off. Add 1/2 the cream and cook a minute or two longer. Spread the apple mixture on a large baking tray to cool while you sauté the second batch. The filling can be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it. When ready to bake, just use your favorite pie crust recipe, or save time with a pie dough from the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Fill the unbaked pastry bottom with the apples, mounding them in the middle. Place another pastry on top, cutting a few slits to let out the steam. Be sure to remove the vanilla beans out of the filling just before baking. Decorate the top by brushing on a little extra cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, then lower heat to 350 and bake until crust is a golden brown, about 30-40 minutes more. Top with French Vanilla Ice Cream and whipped cream!


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Crossword puzzle Welcome to the neighborhood Across 1

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Indie rock band, a sea bird, a boat brand rhymes with iconic 1960s candidate Music holder Rowboat equipment See 28 across Special attention, for short Champagne with Perignon You can’t get there from here. Well you can, but you have to drive out of Cornelius to do so, _____ Forest Kilmer of “Batman Forever” Exists Lucky ___ Bark and Brew, in Cornelius Arizona names At the Lake Tide description Lots of West Virginia street names in this neighborhood east of I-77 Tack to this neighborhood with sailboat names, goes with 10 across Evil or No? Ball position at the Peninsula Club A street, a family name and isn’t pronounced the way you might think

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Once an independent community west of town, it became part of Cornelius in 1968 What? Cornelius, 2014: on one of these “only” became “noly,” 2 words Dawn time Historical period Challenged Decays Life story If you walk to Huntersville, you’re on the right track in this neighborhood, _____ station Formal address Saw things? 2016 Olympics site Decorative pot Relative of a gull Mother or human Captain’s position on The Lake Spell-off Zero Accomplished Freshwater or Stableford ___ , abbr.

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Mt. Zion celebrates 50 years with organist Woody Washam

50 years at Mt. Zion UMC 12 ministers 12 associate ministers 14 choir directors 9 U.S. presidents 1 organist Woody has been with Cornelius at its most joyous times, and its most difficult

Woodrow Washam Jr. will be honored Oct. 9 for being the official organist at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for 50—count ‘em, 50—

years. A reception in his honor will be held after a special, music-filled worship service at 11 a.m. But be sure to call this affable

66-year-old “Woody.” He’s met just about everyone in Cornelius, and seen everything there is to see in 28031 at least once. He began playing at Mt. Zion when Lyndon Johnson was president. The Supremes’ “Baby Love” was No. 1 on the charts. Woody has been there with Cornelius at its most joyous times, and its most difficult. In addition to being the organist at 600-plus weddings—a few folks more than once, he says—he has played the organ at some 350 funerals and memorial services. He’s ecumenical: Woody says he’s done the most weddings with the late Rev. John “Didi” Wayland, the former pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church. Woody’s favorite hymn: “Blessed Assurance.” He spends about two hours a week practicing, “depending on the difficulty of the music

that Sunday.” He is a lifelong member of Mt. Zion, following in his parents’ footsteps, and a banker with a following all around Lake Norman. Washam is also Cornelius’ mayor pro tem, which means he is the top vote-getter among members of the Cornelius Town Board. He is also an active member of the Visit Lake Norman and United Way boards of directors, as well as a long-time member of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club. He attended Cornelius Elementary School, J.M. Alexander Middle School and North Mecklenburg High School. Woody went on to attend Catawba College where he received a BA degree in Business Administration and a minor in Music. The public is invited to attend the special service, as well as the reception after.

Woody Washam played patriotic songs at Cornelius Today’s BBQ & Candidate Forum in 2014


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12th annual Top Women

Top Women Champagne Reception honors leaders Twenty-three women leaders will be feted at Business Today’s Top Women Champagne Reception at River Run on the evening of Oct. 27. In addition to champagne and hors d’oeuvres, there will be a mini-business expo designed with women in mind. The annual tribute to women in the Golden Crescent is in its 12th year. Winners will be announced in the October issue of Business Today, to be published next week. The event recognizes those who have established a successful organization, excelled in their field and devoted considerable energy to civic roles, not business endeavors alone. Nominations were open to the public this past summer, and closed Aug. 31. The nominations were judged by prior winners, dating back to 2005. Nominees from Cornelius include: Arlene Berkman, founder of Respect Ability Foundation; Shelia Brumlow,

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owner of OhanaKey Co.; Kathleen Holden, president of Home Helpers; Cheryl Kaufman, president of Alliance Legal Solutions; Lee Kieffer, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential; Lisa Mayhew, founder of the Smithville CommUnity Coalition; Cindy Michael, vice president of A+ Network; Donna Moffett, CEO of Donna Moffett Accountants & Consultants; Danielle Ratliff, owner of Serenity Now Massage Therapy; Jennifer Szakaly, owner of Caregiving Corner; Karen Tovar, owner of The Tovar Group; and Deborah Young, owner of Deborah Young Studio. This year’s presenting sponsor is Duke Energy. Novant Health is the platinum sponsor and the champagne reception is sponsored by RE/ MAX Executive - Sandy McAlpine. Reservations and pre-payment are required. To RSVP, call 704-895-1335. Tickets are $39 in advance.

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Business

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Diversity luncheon: Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla; Chamber Board Chair Callan Bryan; Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales; Diversity Chair Christopher R. Hailey; Sandy Tilley, executive director of Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen; and Commissioners Mark Gibbons and Dan Boone.

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Four local businesses and nonprofits were recognized Thursday for their efforts to promote diversity and inclusiveness in their hiring, management and marketing practices. The 2016 Champions of Diversity winners at the event sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce were: Charles P. Utz of Merrill Lynch for Lifetime Achievement. Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville in the nonprofit area. Aquesta Bank representing small business. MSC Industrial Supply in Davidson as the Corporate Diversity recipient. Finalists for the honors were, in alphabetical order:

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John Aneralla, Bulldog Asset Management. Al Huntz, We Care Cleaning Services. Charles P. Utz, Merrill Lynch.

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Aquesta Bank. Savvy Salon and Day Spa. We Care Cleaning Services.

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Rotary Youth Exchange

Diplomacy one student, one family at a time By Donald White Bridging the gaps between cultures can seem a huge undertaking. But for some exchange students and their host families, understanding begins with simple one-on-one interaction. Rotarian Richard Colven and his wife Mary are passionate about youth exchange programs, and not just because they met as exchange students in Japan 34 years ago. Colven, the owner of Camp Wagging Tails on Bailey Road, said the experience would rate “as one of the most enriching experiences of our young lives.” Through the worldwide Rotary Youth Exchange, the Colven family hosted an exchange student from Germany last year. This year, Thanagorn Khoonchandee, 17, is attending Hough High School and staying with Ineke and Bob Wilson at their home in Birkdale. Ineke is the former district governor of Rotary. Rotary’s student exchange programs can also spread a message of tolerance in troubled times, as one exchange student found out earlier this year. In March, Marcellin Niset watched the aftermath of the coordinated suicide bombings in Brussels in horror. Two of them hit the last place he had seen before he left his native Belgium: Brussels Airport. Niset was spending a year in Alaska—which he describes as “a wilderness filled with beauty and love”—as part of the Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange program. His dream as part of the program was to serve as a cultural ambassador, “being the custodian of national values and beliefs.” Often this was easy. Niset says he made countless Belgian waffles for

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people in his host country. He shared facts about his homeland with his host club and community. But Rotary’s program gave Niset a chance to do even more than that: “going deeper, and sharing what makes people from my country unique, explaining why we think and behave differently, without judging, is harder. There is not just one way to do things, and one way isn’t better than another, just different.” The importance of that mission was brought home to Niset in a powerful way on the day of those heartbreaking attacks. How could such horrors be inflicted on his beautiful country by people who didn’t understand cultural differences and didn’t want to take the time and effort to see that diversity is ultimately a strength? “How in a world interconnected, multicultural, and full of exchange students, can terrorist attacks still happen?” he wondered. Niset thought back to his first orientation with the other exchange students. His coordinator shared with them the motto of the Rotary Youth Exchange: “Make peace in the world, one student at a time.” Other attacks around the world broke Niset’s heart. He said he had a friend from France, two from Indonesia, one from Germany. “All of them felt the weight of terrorism,” he said. “It oppresses you, makes you fearful, sad and angry.” But because of his experiences with the Rotary Youth Exchange, and the friends he made in the program, Niset was more determined than ever not to let those negative emotions — fear, mistrust, hatred — carry the day. In-

stead, he used his time in the U.S. to share his values, his beliefs and his identity. Niset says youth exchange programs like Rotary’s can promote peace and respect across nations and cultures. “This is the power of Rotary Youth Exchange,” he said. “And it can be the pride of Rotary, too.” Colven says such programs can be a tool of lasting peace. UN

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28OH3! Bethel Presbyterian Church annual BBQfundraiser

Florence Flowers and Rita Gibson attended the Bethel Presbyterian Church BBQ

Rev. Ernest Gardner iii and Barbara Hopkins

Rotary Zero K Fun Run

Carolyn Sigmon, former Cornelius town clerk

Participants cross the Zero K finish line

Cornelius Elementary Field Dedication Tommy Knox directs traffic

Jeff Porter, Terry Keible, a silent auction committee member

Grace Johnson and Brenda Rhodes serving cupcakes

Hope Towner, with Bariium Springs, Children’s Hope Alliance

Lots of smiles as students run through the Panther tunnel marking the opening of a new park complex next to Cornelius Elementary School. The Panther players run through the same tunnel at the start of all home games


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28OH3! {Never Forget} unveiling One of the most important events in American history is forever commemorated in front of Fire Station No. 1 in Cornelius. A 2-hour ceremony Sept. 11 drew 1,000 people, including firefighters from New York as well as Cornelius and police, military, ordinary citizens and elected officials ranging from Cornelius commissioners to U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis. The new monument, called “Never Forget,” faces northeast, on a line that passes through Washington D.C. and New York City. Speakers included Steve Giordano, who was working in the Twin Towers, Fire Chief Neal Smith, Police Chief Bence Hoyle, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, NC Rep. John Bradford and US Sen. Thom Tillis.

‘Never Forget’ Monument unveiled

World Trade Center Monument designer Shane Albritton

Speaker Steve Giordano was in the WTC tower when the first plane hit at 8:46 am

Harry Saake had the idea for monument

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us

Ricky Overcash helped drive the WTC beam to Cornelius

JV Washam 5th Grade Chorus

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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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New Corporations

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

Cornelius 8/25/16 AG2 LLC, Benjamin C. Griffith, 16540 Pender Pointe Pl., Cornelius 8/25/16 Coachable LLC, Benjamin I. Ebong, 19825B North Cove Rd., #205, Cornelius 8/25/16 Narayani LLC, Lochner MMM LLP, 19521 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 8/26/16 Staged 2 Move LLC, Joni Gabriel, 21143 Harken Dr., Cornelius 8/29/16 Gordon & Khul Properties LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19004 Long Pond Ln., Cornelius 8/29/16 Lieberman Properties LLC, Michael Lieberman, 16216 Walcot Ln., Cornelius 8/30/16 BC Financial Consulting LLC, Rick Bonen-Clark, 18926 Kanawha Dr., Cornelius 8/30/16 Bearing Point Residential LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 201, Cornelius 8/31/16 SD Arbys Cornelius LLC, Jeffrey R. Wakeman, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 100D, Cornelius 8/31/16 Sports Bridge, Douglas Deffenbaugh, 10310 Meadow Crossing Ln.,

Cornelius 9/1/16 Bywater Media LLC, James Montemurno, 9018 Glenashley Dr., Cornelius 9/2/16 C & M Entertainment LLC, James W. Surane, 18825 W. Catawba Ave., #150, Cornelius 9/7/16 Gamble Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 9/7/16 The Jordan Barker Foundation Inc., Holly Barker, 10604 Quarrier Dr., Cornelius 9/7/16 Seven Suns Entertainment LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19030 Kanawha Dr., Cornelius 9/8/16 Gorman Group International LLC, Jennifer Sharp Gorman, 16930 W. Catawba St., 101B, Cornelius 9/8/16 Holm Spring Consulting LLC, Izaak Clark, 1144 Inn Keepers Way, Cornelius 9/9/16 Lake Legacy Maps LLC, Jack A. Shaw, 17303 Players Ridge Dr., Cornelius 9/9/16 Lake Norman Meditation LLC, Cynthia J. Ferguson, 18326 Mainsail Pointe Dr., Cornelius 9/12/16 Mind the Ps Marketing LLC, Karen B. Smith, 16239 Sasanoa Dr., Cornelius 9/13/16 Barkley Road Property LLC, Kathryn B. Godley, 20940 Bethelwood Ln., Cornelius 9/13/16 Falls Landing At Elk River POA, Joe

Shipbaugh, 18605 Northline Dr., Unit L-4, Cornelius 9/14/16 Catalina Bay Unit Owners Association Inc., Ben Garrido, 15825 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 9/14/16 Panda Merchandise LLC, Alex Presley, 19220 Mary Ardrey Cir., Cornelius 9/15/16 Cook & Presley Investments LLC, Alex Presley, 19220 Mary Ardrey Cir., Cornelius 9/15/16 Garrett Hill LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20417 Harborgate Ct., Unit 501, Cornelius 9/16/16 ColorSmith Hair Studio Inc., Dawn Koferl, 17036 Kenton Dr., Ste. #102, Cornelius 9/16/16 Luxury Auctions Marketing Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425 G. Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius

tion Agents, 19701 River Falls Dr., Davidson 9/1/16 Arrow Holdings LLC, Paul B. Atkinson, 463 S. Main St., Davidson 9/1/16 Carolina Organizers, Elizabeth Fackelman, 18214 Old Arbor Ct., Davidson 9/2/16 Charlotte Premier Estate Auctions Inc., Rebecca Lauder, 559 Davidson Gateway Dr., Ste. 200, Davidson 9/6/16 Love’s Roadside Mechanic LLC, Grace Amanda Love, 9606 Seymour Ln., Davidson 9/7/16 CAO Dressage LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 10600 Archer Rd., Davidson 9/7/16 Puckett’s Bucket LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 9/7/16 Winborne Real Estate LLC, Virginia C. Winborne, 532 Catawba Ave., Davidson

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9/8/16 American Boulder Concepts LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson

8/24/16 Reve Interior Design Inc., David Montgomery, 13542 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson

9/14/16 Mustachian Properties LLC, Dustin Branham, 575 Davidson Gateway Dr., Ste. 101, Davidson

8/26/16 JayBird Ventures LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 15420 June Washam Rd., Davidson

9/15/16 Davidson Capital Advisors Inc., Elizabeth F. Cashion, 413 Pine Rd., Davidson

8/29/16 Ryder Services LLC, James L. Ryder, 744 Twin Oaks Rd., Davidson

9/15/16 The Lord is Our Righteousness Inc., United States Corporation Agents, 13632 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson

8/30/16 RPM Maintenance LLC, Nicholas Casa, 1310 Torrence Cir., Davidson 8/30/16 Szilagyi Leadership LLC, Stephen Joseph Szilagyi, 15027 June Washam Rd., Davidson

9/16/16 CSSM LLC, Matthew Fuhr, 748 Cotton Gin Alley, Davidson 9/16/16 Petalplums LLC, Leeryn Howard, 249 Harbour Place Dr., Davidson

8/31/16 OBJEX LLC, United States Corpora-

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Traffic ridiculousness Bills will come due “It is a moot point. Cintra will have looted the money and will be long gone by the time any liabilities come due. We will be left holding a bag of substandard construction and overdue maintenance. That will be the legacy of McCrory’s single term as governor.” —Via Business Today NC Facebook page in response to ‘Commissioner Puckett throws cold water on aging I-77 culverts’ on Aug. 24

To all the complainers “Dear friends, Every time I go to read the SoundOff section, I see nothing but complaints. The majority of these include, “this town used to be a nice place to live.” I have lived in this town since the only things that existed were a Cashion’s, a Ham & Eggs restaurant, and a First Union bank trailer; Interstate 77 didn’t even run through the town yet, you had to take 21 to get up here, and the lake was actually somewhat clean. Be that as it may, imagine how much change I have witnessed in these past 30 years. Please just go with it and enjoy it for what it is. Your complaints and whining do nothing but provide entertainment and sighs to those who already understand this principle. If you are discontent, feel free to leave. There are plenty waiting to replace you.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com

Question on new church “This is an honest question: If Cornelius has very little land left to develop AND it wants more commercial tax base (echoed by the Town), why are they approving tax-free churches on prime commercial real estate (Elevation, now LIFE Fellowship) - our remaining developable land that is ideal for commerce? Genuinely curious, and no poke at the church.” —Via Cornelius Today Facebook page in response to ‘LIFE Fellowship church will open in Cornelius this fall’ on Aug. 25

Plan for the number of spaces residents use “I feel the need to apologize to Mr. Beardsley, as the author of “Parking Between the Lines” he is correct notices were issued, we just happened to not get ours because we were not part of an email list. That said, it still doesn’t solve the issue of the lack of thought for the residents that lost most of their street parking in favor of drawn lines only. In the past week we have learned our HOA did create this issue in asking for the town to enforce town parking ordinances because of the “traffic mayhem.” A simple “get off your phone and pay attention when you drive through the neighborhood” would have sufficed. Parking on both sides of the street as well as in the courts is due to a lack of planning on the developer’s part to provide garage space and driveways that would actually hold a vehicle. HOA Management response is this is supposed to be like a “city”; this is not a city environment. People don’t want to carry their groceries two blocks when there is a perfectly usable street right in front of their house, that again has always been utilized before. Antiquity has a bad issue with not having the forethought that residents would have more than one vehicle and this issue will rise again when the monstrous apartments are completed with only 360 parking spaces for 300 apartments. And I would imagine also when they build Antiquity Woods. Let’s try to stuff as many houses and people into one space and let them duke it out for a drawn parking space.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com in response to Tyler Beardsley’s quote from August’s Sound Off section

Littering our streets with unwanted Yellow Pages “It seems every year some drops an unwanted Yellow Pages book on every single front door step downtown and beyond. Not only is this flat-out illegal, it is just stupid and wrong. I once caught the poor souls that agree to do this and the exact response was, ‘Well you can just throw it away and call them to tell them not to bring it.’ I don’t even need to comment on that level of irresponsible idiocy. I am seriously considering starting a class-action lawsuit against the company responsible for this because it never stops even though it is completely illegal. If you have received unwanted Yellow Pages or directories, email rob@skilstak.com so we can begin putting together a list of signatures. If there are any attorneys out there interested in being involved please contact me. I’ve had enough.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com

“Rather than spending money on landscaping Exit 28, why not spend money to make driving safer by installing lane divider signs when exiting the Exit 25 ramp towards Denver. It’s virtually impossible to see the start of a lane divider at night and while raining as well as daytime. The same is true for so many lane dividers on Catawba by Exit 28 and many other places around Cornelius and Huntersville.” “I’ll do it for 30K!!” “Ridiculous!!! Is the town of Cornelius going to water it with the silly water truck that waters the unnecessary bushes planted in Torrence Chapel park? Where is the priority for spending ??!!!” “Why don’t they take the money and fix that gravel pit at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Westmoreland? Might take a crew about half a day. Or the intersection of Nantz and Catawba? Or both? See how easy that is?” “Lipstick on a pig.” “Who has time to look, when you’re so busy keeping your eyes on the road? They could have used that money toward widening 1-77.” —Via Cornelius Today Facebook page in response to “Exit 28 landscape contract on tonight’s Board agenda’ on Sept. 6

LKN Rafting “Just once we would like the Police and LKN commission to consider the good boaters when talking about raft-ups. Not all raft-up participants are the problem. Some of them never play loud music, always practice safe boating, and are respectful of the law and the residents. Maybe it would be a good idea to identify the offenders and deal with them directly. Leave the good boaters alone. We care about the lake and its residents.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com


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2 ramp lanes to north 77 “Interstate 77 can barely handle one lane of traffic coming off the ramp at Cornelius I-77 northbound.... how will two lanes of congestion on the ramp help? Guess it will move the congestion a little bit away from the CHAMBER!” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com

Remembering the Rudder “I truly believe there is a conspiracy to destroy Lake Norman. First Exit 28, a toll instead of fixing the gridlock on 77, ruining the beloved Sandbar, opening a fake beach to cause MORE traffic, unfettered building of apts & homes without any infrastructure, & now the loss of one of our most beloved & needed landmarks on the water. You should be writing about the demise of LKN.” “This is horrible news. Such a great establishment. I can tell you a lot of Panthers are not going to be happy, as we have repeatedly seen some big names there. Shame on the landlord ” “Will miss the fried pickles.” “That was just a little hole in the wall place to eat years ago. Our Realtor took us to eat there when we moved here...25 years ago!”

Need community’s support “I would like to ‘sound off’ for help from the community. Our neighborhood has collectively asked the owner of this Pink Boutique clothes truck not to park it in our neighborhood. This truck looks horrible and blocks the streets causing a safety issue and takes away the charm we all enjoy in our homes. The owners live next to us and make no effort to park it when not being used at a more appropriate location. After we have politely asked and unfortunately had to send the police they simply don’t care and continue despite all our effort. The owners rely on the community to support their business yet ignore and disrespect the very same community that want to sell to. My request is for the community to stop buying from this truck business until they decide to respect the community they live in. Thank you for your support!” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com

Wayne Herron, planning director for the Town of Cornelius, responds: “The Town Land Development Code only prohibits commercial vehicles with more than two axles from parking in residential districts. It is our understanding that the Pink Boutique truck is less than two axles and is therefore permitted to park in any legal parking area on a residential street.”

“I hope it stays a restaurant. There are too few on the lake.” “It’s not closing because of a greedy person! It’s closing because of the police having to be there every weekend for fights...noise complaints, etc. Hopefully they will clean it up and put something in there without the late Fri. and Sat. riffraff.” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook in response to “Rusty Rudder loses lease; no word from landlord on plans for property” on Sept. 6

Vagrants on street corners “I’m not trying to sound insensitive to the homeless, but I’m tired of pulling up to a stop light only to have an “alleged wounded Vet,” “Can’t find work,” “Families with children sitting on the side,” asking for a hand-out. It’s making our town look bad and the police should make these people leave the sidewalks, roads, etc. I feel for these people but if you can stand out there all day, then you can stand with a utility sign “STOP” “SLOW” “MEN WORKING” on our roadways to earn a living. Rant over.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com

Pedestrians in the streets “The government has told folk it is great and legal to walk into traffic going 45 mph as long as the folk are in a crosswalk! No wonder so many pedestrians are getting hit, killed and ruining the life of an innocent automobile driver. What happened to common sense, look both ways, and cross when the way is clear. I witnessed a man crossing Jetton at Meta with his wife. Yes, they were in the crosswalk....but traffic was oncoming in all four lanes... what did he do....stepped in front of the traffic and held up his hand. Good luck. Once again ... This is not fair to drivers ... Govco is wrong!” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on CorneliusToday.com

Contradictory speed limits on Bethel, Catawba “Are you aware the sidewalk simply ends on Bethel Church Road where the speed limit goes from 35 mph on West Catawba, up to 45 mph on Bethel? This isn’t pedestrian-friendly! Now that I think about it, why is the speed limit on a residential street so much higher than a commercial artery?” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on CorneliusToday.com

Blame it on the lane “Didn’t they say that putting in the whole new interchange would ease congestion??? Maybe this time it will work. Keep trying.” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“Why in God’s name are they doing this now? Why didn’t this happen over the summer when traffic wasn’t ‘as bad’???!!!” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“They are doing this to help keep traffic moving to the entrance of 77 south. If you notice you need to stay in that lane now if you are going to turn left on 21...this will give another lane so traffic moving on 77 south will continue to flow and not back up traffic. Come on, guys, we have grown 140% in the last 10 years, it’s going to help congestion....progress! Let’s be positive!” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“It would help if there was an additional lane all the way to Exit 30 for people who are getting on at 28 NB for that 1/2 mile. And I don’t mean a toll lane!” -- Via Cornelius Today Facebook page in response to “Exit 28 construction project will close lanes” on Sept. 7

Thanks, Charlotte and Cornelius! (Sarcasm alert) “1.) When you force people off the highway, it can’t be a surprise that we end up using roads not meant for heavy traffic. Thanks, Charlotte. 2.) When you surround a neighborhood in huge apartment buildings, including the one going up in Antiquity, you choke the neighborhood and the small town. Thanks, Cornelius.” —Via Cornelius Today Facebook page in response to ‘Traffic out of control? Petition will be presented to Town Board Monday’ on Aug. 12


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