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Express lanes are coming

by Yustin Riopko


INDIAN TRAIL – Express lanes are just around the bend for Charlotte-area interstates. That’s why the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization asked the NC Turnpike Authority to increase its outreach of the projects. The turnpike authority gave a

The Shops at Nottingham Plaza and The Faded Rose are among stores holding Christmas in July sales this week. Santa is actually visiting The Faded Rose on July 14. See the calendar on page 6A for details.


presentation to Indian Trail leaders at the June 26 town council meeting about the imminent impact of express lanes on I-485 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) on the region. Express lanes are optional toll lanes that run within an existing highway corridor. Warren Cooksey, outreach director with the N.C. Turnpike Authority, said express lanes are meant to raise funding for

roads and provide faster and more reliable travel times. According to Cooksey, our region is growing faster than average. Nineteen other metro areas around the country with growing densities have already implemented 40 similar hot lane systems. Forty more are in the works. “With all this growth, we need cost-effective, long-term transportation alternatives,” Cooksey said.

“We have a lot of people coming and a lot of people already here. Nobody brought asphalt with them.” The price of driving in an express lane varies based on the amount of traffic. “Congestion – in a nutshell – is when the volume of demand exceeds the capacity of a lane. If you put a price on that access, you can see LANES, Page 5A

Food Looking for a hearty meal that’s not going to send you to the emergency room? The Jersey Mike’s on Kensington Drive in Waxhaw scored the highest restaurant inspection among Union County restaurants from June 29 to July 5.

Justin Vick Managing Editor

Drink Drink You don’t have to wish upon a star to find a reason to go to Growler USA’s Indian Trail. The craft beer destination offers Disney Trivia on July 19. Brush up on your “Snow White” and “Frozen.”

Our expo will help busy parents


Fitness Who wants to mimic yoga moves from a YouTube video, when you can work out with friends at Mathisen Square in Lake Park (July 14), Sweet Union Brewery in Indian Trail (July 18) and the Waxhaw Library (July 19)?

Movies Dwayne Johnson has the physical strength to hang from a ledge in the new action film “Skyscraper,” but can “The Rock” defeat the likes of Dracula and the cast of “Hotel Transylvania III: Summer Vacation” in a box-office smackdown on July 13?

Television In a world of overbearing parental figures and mountains of homework, Captain Underpants is here to save the day. Netflix releases the first season of “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants” on July 13 for the little ones to enjoy.

The uniforms of firefighters Michael Starnes and Bill Kennelly are draped over a Mustang participating in Waxhaw’s Fourth of July parade. Paul Nielsen/UCW photos

Parade recognizes heroes Waxhaw remembers two of town’s fallen firefighters by Paul Nielsen

Keepsakes Lynn Rivera creates fancy pens, 5A

WAXHAW — The theme of this year’s Fourth of July Parade in Waxhaw was superheroes throughout history. Some marchers, and even some attendees, dressed up as superheroes, as thousands lined the streets of downtown Waxhaw for the annual parade that also featured various floats, vintage cars and firetrucks. Waxhaw also honored two local heroes who are no longer with us. Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Depart-

ment firefighters Michael Starnes and Bill Kennelly passed away earlier this year and were honored as grand marshals for the parade. Two vintage Mustangs led off the parade, carrying the uniforms of Starnes and Kennelly. One of Waxhaw’s newest heroes – Elvis the Police Dog – followed the firefighters. Starnes, 33, passed away Feb. 21. He was with the Waxhaw Fire Department for 10 years, including serving as president of the board. He joined the Griffith Road Fire Department when he see PARADE, Page 3A

INSIDE: Photos from Indian Trail’s parade

Top scholar Union Academy star heading to N.C. State, 6A

August is generally when we have some of our most popular special issues, like the high school football preview or the back-to-school edition. With so much work going into these education projects, we decided to launch a special event in conjunction with these editions. It’s called the GEE WHIZ EXPO. GEE stands for Gifted Exceptional Education. A lot of our readers are busy people with little time to explore which companies and organizations have the best resources for their children, whether they are gifted, need extra help or somewhere in the middle. We hope to bring many of these groups under the same roof. We want to recruit companies interested in reaching this audience as sponsors or vendors for our event, scheduled for Aug. 10 at Five Stones Church in Waxhaw. We’re also working to secure free breakfast and lunch for everyone attending. This marks the third event our staff has organized. Hundreds of people came to our 2018 Thrive Over 55 Senior Expo on March 16 at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews. We also had a great turnout for our Women@Work Luncheon on May 11 at the Waverly Hilton Garden Inn in Charlotte. Both events were informative and fun. This one should be, too. Stay tuned for more details, but if anyone wants to talk to us about sponsoring or participating in the event, email Sales Manager Adrian Garson at You can also email kate@cmgweekly .com to be placed on an email list of reminders about the expo.

Superheroes unite for enterainment (left), while Mayor Steve Maher addresses the crowd (right).

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WESLEY CHAPEL – For much of their lives, sisters Tara Raj and Arianne Ortiz have practically been inseparable. The two shared the same bedroom growing up and worked at Subway as teenagers. When Raj moved from Ohio to Florida for college and then to Union County for her husband’s new job, Ortiz and her family soon followed at both stops. When each decided to get into the busi-

ness of creating handcrafted bath and body products from all organic materials, they knew who the perfect partner was to jumpstart their new economic endeavor. They call it “Earth’s Farmacy.” “I can’t imagine doing this with anyone else,” said Ortiz, who is the younger of the two by 21 months. “There isn’t anyone who I trust more,” said Raj, who lives five miles away from her sister in Wesley Chapel. The start of their business journey came after a scary moment for Ortiz’s youngest

son. His skin began to crack and break into hives when he was just a few weeks old. The doctor prescribed medicine, but Ortiz didn’t feel comfortable giving it to her child. “They may have helped him then, but they could have given him cancer later on, you just don’t know” she said. It was then that Ortiz and Raj went back to their roots and remembered their mother, Joretta, using natural products to see SISTERS, Page 5A

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WAXHAW – Savannah Brown, 6, and Lincoln Brown, 4, decided to forgo birthday presents in favor of asking friends to donate dog food. The Waxhaw siblings collected 12 bags of dog food to donate to an animal charity. Their mother, Natasha Brown, said the family has talked about how to help less fortunate animals. They just adopted a second rescue into their Waxhaw home. “As a mother, I am so proud that they think of others before themselves,” Natasha Brown said. “I am happy they have kind hearts.” Photo courtesy of Natasha Brown

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MillBridge developer asks for extension on roadwork by Yustin Riopko Contributor

WAXHAW – Town leaders didn’t seem opposed to giving developers of the MillBridge housing community more time to finish installing new traffic signals, but they would like to see more responsible planning. When work began on MillBridge at the end of 2004, developers agreed to provide road improvements to accommodate the increased density. That included a new traffic signal system at the intersection of Kensington Drive and Waxhaw-Marvin Road. Having initially installed a wooden pole traffic signal, MillBridge developers were tasked with upgrading that system to a mast arm by 2014. The town has extended that deadline twice, and builders want them to do it again. Officially, petition CU-007238-2018 is the “conditional use” request to amend

MillBridge’s building permit and effectively extend their deadline. The poles in the original plan for the new mast arm signal system might be close enough to the road to interfere with future road improvements or widening. MillBridge made a new plan with poles set farther back to allow for growth, but between construction time and the process of application and approval with the N.C. Department of Transportation, developers are already late – and they don’t expect to finish soon. The former deadline was Dec. 31, 2017. MillBridge is asking for a new deadline of Dec. 31, 2018, if the town doesn’t request the new plan with adjusted mast arm positions. If the town does request new pole positions, MillBridge wants a June 1, 2019 deadline. Town Commissioner Fred Burrell wanted to know if this extension would be the see ROAD, Page 3A

Families celebrate ‘Getting Ahead’ completion INDIAN TRAIL– For the past 16 weeks, seven heads of households have been investigating poverty in the community and their lives through Common Heart’s economic empowerment program, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World. These neighbors have been building skills and resources to move their families out of crisis and toward stability. Common Heart celebrated their graduation from the program. These “investigators” will be the Leaders for Change in Common Heart’s new initiative, Advocates for Change. The program brings together leaders from poverty and allies from middle class to improve understanding, build social capital, implement plans for economic stability, and become community change agents. “The goal for this program is personal and community change,” Executive Director Keith Adams said.

Food available for seniors MONROE – Low-income senior citizens in Union County may now be eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides a monthly package of food designed to supplement nutritional needs. The number of monthly packages is limited locally. Applications must be done in person at the Union County Community Shelter, 311 E. Jefferson St. No drop-in registration is available. Appointments can be made by emailing Tara. or by leaving a voice message with your name and phone number at 704-261-3496. Visit to donate to the shelter.

Hear about roundabouts MONROE – The Union County Planning Division is holding community meetings about proposed roundabout projects along N.C. 218 and 200. Representatives from the N.C. Department of Transportation will be available to discuss the projects and answer questions. No formal presentation will be made. Citizens can learn more about projects along N.C. 218 at Mill Grove Road, N.C. 200 and N.C. 205 from 5 to 7 p.m. July 10 at the Fairview Town Hall (Old Fairview School), 7516 Concord Hwy., Monroe. Information will be available about projects along N.C. 200 at Providence Road South, Potter Road, McWhorter Road and N.C. 522 from 5 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, 8623 Lancaster Hwy., Waxhaw.

Gardeners meet July 19 MONROE – Debbie Dillion will talk about Operation Bedroll at the next Union County Master Gardeners meeting. The free event starts at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. RSVP for the class by calling 704-283-3822 or email ucmgwebsite@ Visit for details.

Class of 2018 earns $135M MONROE – The Union County Public Schools Class of 2018 earned a record $135 million in scholarships this year, marking the eighth consecutive year the amount increased. This amount is $9 million more than the previous record-setting amount earned by the Class of 2017. The Class of 2018 received 2,400 scholar-

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ships. Six of the 11 high schools received more than $10 million in scholarships: Weddington ($31.4 million), Piedmont ($25.2 million), Marvin Ridge ($18.8 million), Cuthbertson ($12.9 million), Sun Valley ($12.3 million) and Porter Ridge ($10.4 million). Of the 3,305 graduates, 59 percent plan to attend a four-year college, 26 percent to attend a two-year college, 11 percent to enter the workforce and 3 percent to enlist in the military.

Kansas pupil makes honor roll LAWRENCE – Madison Cundiff, of Waxhaw, was among the more than 5,400 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas to make the honor roll for the spring semester.

Scholarship helps Waxhaw student head to college ABBEVILLE, Ala. – Moana Boakye, of Waxhaw, was among 36 students earning scholarships from the Jimmy Rane Foundation. The Cuthbertson High School graduate plans to major in criminology at the University of Miami. Boakye served as vice president of the National Beta Club, yearbook editor and captain of the junior varsity cheerleading squad. She was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and women’s basketball team. Her community service includes Relay for Life and Project Alive, as well as volunteering for Brookside Assisted Living, Operation Christmas Child and Servants with a Heart. “This scholarship is extremely important in pursuing my college plans,” Boakye said. “I’ve grown up in a single-family household and at times a four-year university seemed unattainable due to my financial circumstances.” The foundation has awarded 383 scholarships since 2000. Visit www.jimmyrane for details.

Class focuses on storytelling MONROE – Storyteller Linda Goodman offers a mini-workshop, “Good Medicine: The Healing Power of Story,” through the Council on Aging in Union County. Bullying, trauma and the loss of loved ones create an unbearable sense of mental anguish. Many people have discovered that storytelling is the salve that can soothe the broken heart, soften anger and nurture emotional strength. The following programs are open to any senior at no cost: • Indian Trail – July 17 at 10 a.m. at Indian Trail Town Hall, 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road. • Wingate – July 24 at 10 a.m. at Wingate United Methodist Church, 111 Hinson St. Registration is not required. Goodman’s one-woman show and book, “Daughters of the Appalachians,” has been performed as a play by theater companies around the country. Call the Council on Aging in Union County at 704-292-1797 for details.

Water fuels photo contest MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council is awarding a grand prize of $500 for its Snap It! Summer Photo Contest. Photography must contain the contest theme of water as the focal point. Submissions will be accepted on the group’s Facebook page from July 1 to 10 a.m. July 16. Voting spans July 17 to 31. The contest is open to Union County adults. Visit for contest rules.

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Union County Weekly • July 13, 2018 • Page 3A

Independence Day in Indian Trail

CRIME SCENE The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported these incidents June 29 to July 5:

Indian Trail

Animal Bite 100 block of Sidney Court 3400 block of Brookstone Trail Break-Ins, Vehicles 1100 block of Kinder Oak Drive Hit & Run 5600 block of West U.S. 74 Possess Cocaine 2100 block of Younts Road Possess Controlled Substances 6700 block of Old Monroe Road Possess Marijuana 100 block of North Indian Trail Road 4000 block of Sardis Church Road Property Damage 200 block of Kennerly Drive 1000 block of Tolka Road 2400 block of Devon Drive 3000 block of Twilight Lane 5900 block of Sunnywood Place Robbery 14000 block of East Independence Boulevard (2 cases) Thefts 1200 block of Technology Drive 2100 block of Younts Road (2 cases) 4100 block of Woodcreek Court 5100 block of Old Charlotte Highway 5500 block of Indian Trail-Fairview Road 8100 block of Hembywood Drive Thefts, Firearm 2500 block of Faircroft Way

Mineral Springs

Trespassing 6600 block of Forest Green Drive


Arson 500 block of Nash Street 600 block of Boyte Street Break-Ins 300 block of East Windsor Street 700 block of Mclarty Street 1300 block of Hickory Woods Drive 1500 block of Miller Street 1500 block of Walkup Avenue 1700 block of Icemorlee Street Break-Ins, Vehicles 300 block of Monticello Drive 500 block of East Park Drive 500 block of Nash Street 700 block of South West Street (3 cases) 1100 block of Helen Street 2000 block of Hasty Street (2 cases) 2300 block of Hanover Drive (2 cases) 2500 block of Road Table Road 2600 block of Nottingham Lane Defraud Innkeeper 600 block of West Roosevelt Bou-

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last of the series. “This is an improvement that’s been being talked about for a year and a half to two years,” Burrell said. “The next question is: Will June of 2019 be sufficient time to get it all done?” Mayor Steve Maher shared Burrell’s sentiment. “We’ve been doing nothing but continuances since

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was 17. Starnes worked for Ken’s Tire Service in Monroe for many years before leaving to join the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Service. Kennelly, 52, passed away June 12. Kennelly served with the Middletown (N.J.) Police Department for 25 years, was a lifetime member of the Lincroft Fire Company, and rose to the rank of chief with the Middletown Township Fire Department. Kennelly moved to Waxhaw in 2012 after retiring from the police and fire departments in New Jersey. He was on the board of directors as well as on the recruitment board for the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department.

levard Driving While Impaired 4400 block of Watson Church Road 4600 block of Wolf Pond Road 5000 block of Secrest Short Cut Road Interfere with Meters 6600 block of Sturdivant Landing Drive Felonious Restraint 900 block of Fitzgerald Street Hit & Run 500 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard 700 block of Boyte Street 1600 block of Skyway Drive 2000 block of East Roo3sevelt Boulevard 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 4400 block of West U.S. 74 Inhaling Toxic Fumes 600 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard Obtain Property by False Pretenses 100 block of Walnut Street 2500 block of King Arthur Drive 2900 block of West U.S. 74 Ordinance Violation 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Possess Cocaine 1400 block of Lakeview Drive 1800 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard Possess Controlled Substances 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 1200 block of Boyte Street 3300 block of Presson Road Possess Controlled Substance in Jail 3300 block of Presson Road Possess Marijuana 400 block of Morgan Mill Road 2400 block of West Unionville-Indian Trail Road 3000 block of Goldmine Road Possess Drug Paraphernalia 3200 block of Parkwood School Road 3300 block of Presson Road Possess Heroin 2400 block of Concord Highway Property Damage 200 block of Jones Street 300 block of East Jefferson Street 400 block of East Old U.S. 74 500 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 600 block of Maurice Street 1700 block of Icemorlee Street 2500 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 2600 block of Secrest Short cut Road 3300 block of Presson Road Resist, Delay, Obstruct 3300 block of Presson Road

Robbery 400 block of East Franklin Street 2000 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard Thefts 500 block of Crow Street 600 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard 800 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard 1100 block of Circle Drive 1600 block of Icemorlee Street 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard (3 cases) 2600 block of Foxworth Drive 2900 block of West U.S. 74 Trafficking in Methamphetamine 600 block of Latimer Way Trespassing 200 block of IB Shive Drive 600 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard 1600 block of Aviation Drive Unauthorized Use of Vehicles 200 block of West Houston Street

2013,” Maher said. “It’s very frustrating that traffic just builds and builds. We need to make sure we have a date, and action is going to start to accomplish that date, so we don’t have to come back in this board, and the next board, and the next board. That’s not acceptable for traffic improvements.” MillBridge civil engineer Weston Boles assured the board he has a detailed schedule and it will be done

on time. “I think everybody’s ready to put this one to bed,” Boles said. More than 750 homes are owned in MillBridge and the goal is set to sell 1,250 more. As density increases, town leaders want to keep traffic under control. Town leaders may make a decision on CU-0072382018 as early as the next board of commissioners meeting July 10.

“We had an opportunity to recognize and honor a couple of heroes,” Waxhaw Mayor Steve Maher said of Starnes and Kennelly. “Heroes represent the essence of what the country is about.” Four of the more popular costumed superheroes – Super Girl, Batman, Cat Woman and Spider-Man – were from Masquerade Designs of Waxhaw. The team was a hit with adults and children. “People dressed up in superhero costumes, and it was great to see kids along the parade route in costume,” Maher said. “I don’t know how they did it with the heat. I was sweating bullets just with my polo shirt on. But they did it.” Maher said he was impressed with the number of parade participants and the

large crowd of people that watched the parade snake through the downtown area. The town also hosted a 25-minute fireworks display that evening. “It was a perfect day for a parade,” Maher said. “We had a very good turnout and we had a good focus on what a Fourth of July parade is all about. On one hand, it’s a birthday celebration for our country, and we also pay tribute to the history, pay a tribute to what a great nation we are. We focus in on the freedom and opportunity we have in America. “I was also impressed with the turnout at the fireworks. That was terrific. Waxhaw celebrated the country’s 242nd birthday very appropriately as a small town community should.”

INDIAN TRAIL – Thousands of residents came together on Indian Trail Road to watch the Fourth of July Parade. Festivities in downtown Indian Trail included a military flyover featuring a Focke Wulf 149D. Photos are courtesy of Town of Indian Trail.


Break-Ins 6600 block of Raymond Helms Road Break-Ins, Vehicles 5200 block of Harkey Road Property Damage 400 block of Ancient Oak Lane


Driving While Impaired 4900 block of Weddington Road Thefts 7000 block of High Meadow Drive

Wesley Chapel

Break-Ins, Vehicles 6400 block of Weddington Road Posses Burglar’s Tools 6100 block of Lowergate Drive

A youngster on the VWF float shows off his patriotism.


Stallings Police reported these incidents June 25 to July 1: Break-Ins, Vehicles 2900 block of Old Monroe Road Child Abuse Unspecified location Obtain Property By False Pretenses 1100 block of Hammond Drive Possess Stolen Goods 300 block of Forest Park Drive Simple Assault Unspecified location Theft By Employees 1000 block of Commercial Drive Thefts 4000 block of Campus Ridge Road 14600 block of West Lawyers Road 15000 block of Idlewild Road

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Home Sales DATE SOLD



28079 Annandale 1016 Potomac Road



Anniston Grove 1610 Tarrington Way 18-Jun


Deerstyne 3600 Elk Way



Heritage Estates 9517 Heritage Lane 6-Jun


Tallwood Estates I 437 Foxglove Lane 15-Jun


Taylor Glenn 1010 Tatnall Lane 28-Jun


The Enclaves at Crismark 5109 Kinder Oak Drive 29-Jun $415,000 4012 Dunwoody Drive 25-Jun $365,980 5021 Tremont Drive 21-Jun $435,000 1113 Kinder Oak Drive 21-Jun $450,000 5107 Forest Knoll Court 11-Jun $475,000 3006 Tremont Drive 8-Jun $424,900 2033 Freeport Drive 1-Jun $479,650 28104 Atherton 305 Red Winter Court 7-Jun $942,771 Blackstone 504 Castlestone Lane



Bromley 6031 Hemby Road



Brookhaven 1004 Desborough Drive 29-Jun $650,000 1106 Lytton Lane 15-Jun $592,500 6012 Camrose Crossing Lane 7-Jun $685,000 3003 Camrose Crossing Lane 6-Jun $395,000 Camden Forest 5801 Camden Drive 7-Jun


Cobblestone 7230 Cobblecreek Drive 4-Jun $365,000 Emerald Lake 7123 Three Wood Drive 14-Jun Greylyn 1193 Carole Court


$393,500 $401,000

Highgate 5005 Red Willow Lane 29-Jun 2072 Kings Manor Drive 19-Jun 2040 Kings Manor Drive 4-Jun

$690,000 $997,000 $995,000

Lake Providence 8110 Lake Providence Dr. 26-Jun


Pleasant Plains 1215 Privett Park Place 29-Jun

Houses sold below $350,000 are not listed DATE SOLD


Sterling Manor 406 Garston Court 12-Jun 410 Garston Court 12-Jun Stratford Hall 2037 Fitzhugh Lane 1-Jun


$370,737 $363,895 $713,000

The Courtyard at Weddington Road 904 Morningstar Lane 8-Jun $405,000 The Falls at Weddington 109 Eden Hollow Lane 15-Jun $804,443 The Highlands at Weddington 5119 Hyannis Court 26-Jun $639,900 Walden Austin Village 2002 Laney Pond Road 22-Jun


Weddington Brook 2019 Brook View Court 1-Jun


Weddington Heights 3812 Mourning Dove Dr. 25-Jun 3701 Song Sparrow Drive 15-Jun

$595,000 $620,000

Wellington Woods 300 Devonport Drive 29-Jun 6760 Tree Hill Road 11-Jun

$440,000 $420,000

Willow Oaks 1118 Willow Oaks Trail 15-Jun 28173 Anklin Forrest 9001 Bitberg Lane 28-Jun 4401 Hoffmeister Drive 15-Jun 8909 Red Barone Place 6-Jun


$472,500 $420,000 $489,000

Barrington 8441 Fairgreen Ave. 8413 Fairgreen Ave. 8460 Fairgreen Ave. 8417 Fairgreen Ave.

28-Jun 22-Jun 15-Jun 6-Jun

$410,000 $417,450 $417,000 $394,000

Briarcrest 1705 Laurel Hill Drive



Bridle Path 501 Appomatox Drive



Brookmeade 705 Brookmeade Drive 2-Jun $468,785 912 Manorwood Drive 2-Jun $453,160 Canterfield Creek 9417 Belmont Lane 18-Jun 9415 Belmont Lane 7-Jun

$521,000 $427,000

Champion Forest 1221 Waynewood Drive 28-Jun 1102 Dobson Drive 19-Jun

$530,000 $532,000

Copper Run 1408 Huntcliff Drive 1340 Huntcliff Drive

$445,000 $458,000

29-Jun 28-Jun

Providence Forest Estates 2009 Providence Forest Drive 28-Jun $650,000

Cureton 8902 Carindale Road 29-Jun 3516 Mcpherson St. 27-Jun 2604 Bee Ridge Court 26-Jun 8012 Soaring Eagle Lane 25-Jun 8202 Caesars Head Dr. 12-Jun

Quintessa 5015 Caliterra Drive

Easthampton 1031 Easthampton Lane 15-Jun $360,000




Shannamara 836 Kilarney Court 29-Jun $368,000 321 Killian Court 15-Jun $436,000 4812 Shannamara Drive 15-Jun $360,000 216 Limerick Drive 6-Jun $394,900

Firethorne 1220 Firethorne Club Dr. 12-Jun 1018 Berwick Court 11-Jun 1004 Berwick Court 5-Jun

$500,000 $682,500 $570,000 $319,000 $529,900

$788,000 $965,000 $546,000




Hollister 7613 Caspian Drive 22-Jun 505 Chase Prairie Lane 18-Jun

$586,750 $455,000

Hunter Oaks 1001 Baldwin Lane 29-Jun 1702 Grayscroft Drive 29-Jun 813 Deercross Lane 21-Jun 602 Birchwood Drive 18-Jun 9002 Huntsmaster Place 15-Jun 915 Grayscroft Drive 15-Jun 910 Staghorn Lane 7-Jun 9200 Shrewsbury Drive 1-Jun 608 Queenswater Lane 1-Jun

$412,000 $550,000 $455,000 $485,000 $490,000 $364,000 $410,000 $372,500 $449,900

Innisbrook at Firethorne 404 Wingfoot Drive 29-Jun



$398,000 $550,000

Kingsmead 9308 Clerkenwell Drive 22-Jun 9104 Kingsmead Lane 21-Jun

$875,000 $968,000

Ladera 1237 Ladera Drive 9700 Chimera Drive

$796,870 $950,000

29-Jun 11-Jun

29-Jun 29-Jun 5-Jun 5-Jun

Silver Creek 5413 Silver Creek Drive 18-Jun


Skyecroft 308 Ivy Springs Lane



Stonegate 1303 Applegate Parkway 29-Jun


The Chimneys of Marvin 2414 Creek Manor Drive 28-Jun 2901 Julian Glen Circle 28-Jun 10212 Alouette Drive 25-Jun 2702 Creek Manor Drive 19-Jun 2609 Catesby Drive 14-Jun

$463,000 $605,000 $617,500 $550,000 $585,000

Somerset 8904 Dartington Lane 8612 Tintinhull Lane

$389,900 $490,000

20-Jun 18-Jun

The Courtyards at Wesley Chapel 1816 Axholme Court 21-Jun $511,570

Lawson 1208 Screech Owl Road 29-Jun $397,000 3605 Methodist Church Lane 29-Jun $420,000 1939 Chatooka Lane 25-Jun $459,999 2712 Lawson Drive 22-Jun $355,000 4805 Congaree Drive 18-Jun $460,000 4700 Pearmain Drive 15-Jun $446,000 1920 Chatooka Lane 13-Jun $500,000 2540 Surveyor General Drive 8-Jun $402,500 4117 Oxford Mill Road 6-Jun $450,000 2508 Trading Ford Drive 4-Jun $389,900 2005 Shearwater Lane 1-Jun $499,124 Longview 224 Glenmoor Drive 400 Eagle Bend Drive 8304 Marcliffe Court 100 Montrose Drive


Providence Road Estates 8914 Laurelwood Lane 28-Jun $705,000

Inverness on Providence 169 Barclay Drive 15-Jun $511,140 Kensington Place 836 Garrison Grove Lane 21-Jun 802 Garrison Grove Lane 15-Jun


$875,000 $1,500,000 $1,137,000 $825,000

The Gates at Ansley 1008 Giacomo Drive 21-Jun


The Reserve 2808 Tuscarora Lane 7-Jun


The Retreat 253 Old Post Road



Tullamore 3012 Rocky Hollow Drive 25-Jun


Tuscany 2205 Madeira Circle 2218 Madeira Circle 2217 Madeira Circle 2300 Madeira Circle 5411 Tuscany Drive

29-Jun 28-Jun 27-Jun 18-Jun 8-Jun

$412,300 $395,000 $355,000 $416,000 $472,000

Valhalla Farms 3415 Rainbow Drive 13-Jun


Walden at Providence 450 Walden Trail 15-Jun


Walden Pond 9004 Yellow Pine Court 27-Jun 9013 Yellow Pine Court 4-Jun

$650,000 $640,000

Marvin Creek 125 Turkey Hunt Court 18-Jun


MillBridge 2019 Hamilton Mill Drive 29-Jun 4094 Henshaw Road 28-Jun 5016 Hudson Mill Drive 28-Jun 3001 Westcreek Drive 28-Jun 3020 Henshaw Road 27-Jun 2009 Tailwood Drive 21-Jun 1637 Ridge Haven Road 18-Jun 1024 Hickory Pine Road 15-Jun

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LEFT: Lynn Rivera has been making pens from scratch for eight years. TOP: She creates one of her pens by carving out of an assortment of wood. Lee Noles/UCW photos

Pens handcrafted with passion, patience by Lee Noles Contributor

WAXHAW – One of the first things you notice when walking through Lynn Rivera’s workshop in the countryside of Union County is how much she knows about trees. Rivera’s knowledge is so pronounced, she can grab a block of wood and tell you the type just by looking at the grain and color. “This is oak,” Rivera said before picking up another block. “This right here is pink ivory. It came from Africa. The colors are amazing. Look at the bright red, the blues and oranges. Just beautiful.” Rivera’s passion shines through when she carves each piece of wood into elaborate writing pens and other items, which she sells in area art shops. She started eight years ago after attending a friend’s craft lesson on pen making. It has since grown to include letter openers and bottle stoppers. “I am not an artist. People have said that, but I just don’t feel like what I do is being an artist,” Rivera said. “I just reveal the beauty of the wood. It’s nature who is more of the artist.” Much of the wood Rivera uses comes with a story. One piece arrived after her neighbor hooked a fallen apple tree to his tractor and pulled it to her back door. The pink ivory was an important tree to the Zulu tribe in Africa and cannot be cut down by people. According to Rivera, the only way it can be sold is if an elephant knocks the tree down. The black walnut tree in Rivera’s side yard is still is standing, but there is a large limb that is split following a recent thunderstorm. “I am looking forward to working with that,” Rivera said. Once she has the type of wood she wants, Rivera splits it into two before drilling a hole into each piece. She then glues a brass top into the holes. Rivera proceeds to trim the wood so it is flush with the tube and places it into a lathe to cut away the excess wood. Rivera then shapes the pen into the design she wants. The final part is placing liquid acrylic on the pen to bring a shine. The process can take anywhere from four to 10 hours. “One thing I learned from this is pa-

Finished product in Lynn Rivera’s “hall of fame box.”

tience,” Rivera said. “Because if you try to force the drill too hard, it would get too hot. You cannot rush with the tools, because it will break the wood.” She motivated herself to get better at her craft by creating a wooden box she coined the hall fame for the pens she deemed high quality. When she made a pen better than one in the box, she took out the older pens and gave them to family and friends. After a while, she realized she was getting pretty good at what she did because she had more pens than people to give them to. “It’s not really hard to do, and it really doesn’t take any skill,” Rivera said. “I just have the patience, and I have gotten experience over the years.” The abundance of pens had Rivera deciding to put them into shops. Rivera, however, said being her own salesperson really isn’t her thing. She’s not big on putting pictures online to entice buyers. Even though Rivera isn’t focused on sales, her craft still draws recognition. Rivera was recently approached by a client to make a special pen after the customer saw Rivera’s work at 47K Marketplace in Monroe. The woman enjoyed going to the Double Door Inn in Charlotte before it closed in 2016. The woman hired Rivera to create four pens from a table that was at the Inn. “I am sensitive to how it looks,” Rivera said. “When someone uses one of them, they notice. The comment I get when someone uses it is they can’t forget who gave it to them. They just remember who it was. That is important.”

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clean their house in Ohio. The pair began researching the internet and reading books while talking to their mother to see what natural ingredients could be used to ease the child’s eczema. After testing the product on themselves, they gave it to Ortiz’s son. “She lathered him up and his skin was clear the next day,” Raj said of her nephew, who is now 6 years old. The sisters continued working at their home, developing everything from soaps to skin care, all under the idea it had to be purely natural. At first, they gave away their product as holiday gifts, but everything changed when friends planted the seed about turning it into something more. “They started asking ‘how much are these things?’” Raj said. “The light bulb went off, and we started thinking this could be a business.” One of the first things the pair did was get involved with a program for small business owners called SCORE. The nonprofit pairs people who are starting their own business with a veteran mentor who can help with such issues as solving operating problems or achieving access to funding. Ortiz and Raj developed a 37-page business plan that included getting lower financing and building a pricing structure. “It was just about getting the nuts and bolts down,” Raj said of being involved in the program. Another must for the pair was using both local and foreign ingredients in their products that was beneficial to the environment. The Lemon Zest, which helped Ortiz’s son deal with eczema, included oatmeal. The two also use shea butter from Africa. Receiving ingredients from foreign countries came when the sisters got involved in a business practice known as fair trade. The movement, which was started in the 1940s, helps developing countries with proceeds from sales going to buy books for education, getting medicine and securing clean water. “It’s important to us,” Raj said. “We are constantly saying when we are searching for ingredients, we are looking to see if the values they have matches with what we believe in.”

The Earth’s Farmacy sell items which include natural ingredients such as shay butter and oatmeal. Lee Noles/UCW photo

We are overachievers and we are creative.” • Tara Raj Co-owner Earth’s Farmacy

Making sure their product is environmentally safe is also at the top of their list. The sisters use recycled material, and the wrapping paper can be a catalyst for the environment. There are tiny seeds embedded in the lining of the paper. When a person is finished, they take the paper and plant it in a pot or in the backyard. As the paper breaks down, the seeds are released into the soil and wildflowers will grow in its place. The sisters are also looking toward the future with their products. They are interested in starting a wellness facility in downtown Monroe. They are also teaching classes on organic products. A class is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21 at Peddler’s Paradise. “We are overachievers and we are creative,” Raj said. “And when we get together, we want to do everything. It all goes back to a need. When someone says ‘Oh, I would want this’ we go back and think about how we can do it.”

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Open houses scheduled for upcoming I-485 project CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation and Turnpike Authority will hold two open house-style meetings to update the public on the I-485 express lanes project and gather input. Residents are invited to stop by one or both meetings to learn more information about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. Meetings are as follows: • July 25, 4 to 7 p.m., CPCC Levine Campus – Building II, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews. • July 26, 4 to 7 p.m., Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. The same information is at Residents can also ask questions and submit feedback online. Upon final approval by the Federal Highway Administration, the project will add an express lane in the median in each di-

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regulate the demand and the supply,” Cooksey explained. “A properly functioning variably tolled express lane doesn’t experience congestion, because the toll keeps the traffic flowing. Drivers know that price before choosing.” Express lanes users can buy a transponder for their cars to allow for automatic billing. Cameras mounted on overhead gantries will note license plates so the NCDOT can mail bills instead, but mailed bills cost more. Two to four feet of space will delineate toll lanes from the general purpose lanes. In addition to regular access points for drivers to switch between toll and regular lanes on I-485, the project includes “direct connectors” – entrance and exit ramps that bridge straight into express lanes from local streets. The two direct connectors will be located at Johnston Road near Ballantyne and Westinghouse Boulevard near Pineville. Another aspect of this project will repurpose the bus lanes on U.S. 74. Because space is more limited there, this six-mile stretch between I-277 uptown and Wallace Lane will actually create only one express lane for both inbound and outbound roads. The time of day will determine its direction, with the other lane serving as a breakdown shoulder in case of emergencies. The direct connector for this express lane will come from Albemarle Road to better serve drivers in the direction of Matthews and Mint Hill. Ultimately, the NCDOT’s plan for U.S. 74 is to continue the express lane from Wallace Lane all the way to I-485, and add one

rection on I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 to improve traffic flow from the 80,000 to 146,000 vehicles that travel the stretch daily. One general purpose lane will also be added between Rea and Providence roads. Existing lanes won’t be tolled. Three other projects will also be built at the same time as the I-485 express lanes project: • Widening Ballantyne Commons Parkway Bridge in Charlotte. • Building a new interchange at Weddington Road in Matthews. • Improving the John Street interchange in Matthews. The Federal Highway Administration is anticipated to approve the environmental documentation later this summer. Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2019. The project is expected to open to traffic in 2022.

Express lane projects The new express lane network will consist of three separate projects: 1. US-74 Phase I: Convert existing bus lane to express lane You can drive on it: Fall 2019. 2. I-485 Project: Add one express lane in each direction on I-485 between US74 and I-77 You can drive on it: In 2022. 3. US-74 Phase II: Add one express lane and one general purpose lane in each direction between I-485 and Uptown Charlotte Completion: TBA.

general purpose lane, making the entire corridor three regular lanes wide in each direction. This phase of the project will eliminate all traffic signals along the corridor and create parallel road connections in Matthews at places like Northeast Parkway and Independence Point Parkway. When the project is done, U.S. 74’s express lane will have direct connections with Sardis Road, Conference Drive and the I-485 express lanes.

Drive Time

Outside of rush hour, it would take about 15 minutes to travel the distance on I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (the area receiving the new toll lanes). The time might vary within a window of four minutes. The same trip during rush hour would take anywhere from 26 to 45 minutes – a 19-minute window of variation.

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Carolina Courts becomes ‘Triple Threat’ through deal

Union Academy’s Caleigh MacKinnon has the 10th-most goals in NCHSAA history and is a 2018 U.S. Soccer Scholar All-American. Photo courtesy of Caleigh MacKinnon

MacKinnon earns state title, academic honor by Andrew Stark

MONROE – On the soccer field, Union Academy’s Caleigh MacKinnon is known for two things – winning and scoring goals. Off the field, she’s a determined student. She accrued a 4.51 grade point average, which caught the attention of U.S. Lacrosse. The organization honored MacKinnon on June 27 along with 82 others from across the country with their highest academic honor, the U.S. Lacrosse Scholar All-American award. “It’s something that was really cool to get and to be recognized across the country,” MacKinnon said. “I think I am able to handle school and soccer together very well because I think it’s kind of my personality. I give 110 percent in everything that I do, and so I feel like I’m going to excel in one thing I wanted to excel in everything. It’s a big thing in my family that if you do all of the hard work it’s going to one day pay off. That’s sort of the way I approached it.” That was her winning formula on the field, too. Since MacKinnon arrived as a freshman, the Cardinals have been terrific. They have posted 79 wins over that stretch, including last season’s 25-1 mark that led to the first state championship in school history. And MacKinnon was a huge part of it. In addition to the 75 assists she’s compiled in the past three seasons alone, MacKinnon has developed a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net. “Mac is a pure goal scorer,” Cardinals coach Vic Johnson said. “She causes opposing defenses a lot of problems because of how fast she is. She gets behind them and puts a lot of pressure on them, and that’s no matter what team we’re playing. That makes our other players good, too. “She does something a lot of people can’t do because she’s so fast and so aggressive and can score. People have to worry about her, and that tremendously helps us in the long run like it did this year.” MacKinnon scored 20 times as a freshman and 65 times in her sophomore season, which is the 11th-highest single-season total in state history. She tallied 55 more last year and added 36 with a career-high 25 assists this season. The decline in goals and uptick in assists was by Johnson’s design to allow more players to be involved and, in turn, make the Cardinals more dangerous.

“It taught me a lot of leadership skills,” she said. “Even though I was a captain and the starting striker and scored a ton of goals my sophomore and junior years, I had to kind of take a step back and look at our team. We had a killer defense and a killer midfield and we were able to make combinations so that was the right thing for us and it paid off.” MacKinnon netted a hat trick in her final game, earning MVP honors for the state champs. It was a special moment for many reasons, one of which that it was played on MacKinnon’s new home turf. She spurned some smaller soccer scholarship offers to go to N.C. State, where she will concentrate on being a student. She plans on studying communication and leadership studies with dreams of one day working in sports communication or with a pro sports team. “I had a small phase where I was really determined to play in college and thought it was my calling and what I wanted to do,” MacKinnon said. “But the more I thought about it, I didn’t want to. My team won states this year, I was named the MVP there and I just thought it would be a good way to end it and focus on the things I’ve never tried in my life and have the best college experience that I can.” But MacKinnon’s legacy will live on at Union Academy. Not only did she help bring them their first team state championship and win a prestigious national academic award, she is also among the all-time greats. MacKinnon’s 176 career goals rank 10th all time in the NCHSAA record books. “She could have gone for the state (goal-scoring) record,” Johnson said. “She could have been very selfish and just went for it. But she took a step back to help us get more players involved and it paid off for us. You know, Mac played 25 games this year, and didn’t lose a single one. The only game that she missed we lost.” This season was the perfect ending for MacKinnon. “I knew when I first started during my freshman year how much I wanted to win that state title,” she said. “Our school has never had one and I wanted it to be us. Coming off the field at the state championship in Raleigh, getting the MVP and playing on my college’s field was the perfect send-off. I feel like I had done what I needed to do and it was really good chapter to end on. And to have that all tie in together with this award is perfect.”

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Carolina Courts has two locations in and around the Charlotte area and has built a reputation as one of the area’s premier basketball and volleyball training facilities. Now, with the addition of a recently announced partnership with Triple Threat Academy, that reputation will only expand, according to Carolina Courts Director of Basketball and Co-Owner Anthony George. Through this partnership, Triple Threat Academy will be the exclusive provider of basketball skills training at the Carolina Courts location at 240 Chestnut Pkwy. in Indian Trail and the other location in Concord. Triple Threat has been providing stateof-the-art training since 2017. It is led by Dorenzo Hudson and Paul Debnam. “We look forward to making that training available to our entire Carolina Courts basketball family,” George said. “We are thrilled to have Coach Zo and Paul on

board. I can’t tell you how excited we are to have these gentlemen lead training programs inside Carolina Courts. Our partnership with Triple Threat Academy will take basketball training in the Charlotte area to a whole new level.” Training options with Triple Threat include private lessons, small group training, the shooting machine, Vertimax training and advanced camps and events, which will be available year-round at both facilities. “This collaboration will cater to the large clientele at Carolina Courts,” said Hudson, who is the director of Triple Threat Academy. “Triple Threat embodies elite skills training for girls and boys with an emphasis on scoring moves and footwork. The underlying factor of our infrastructure is fostering relationships with families and motivating student-athletes to be elite, (and) we are happy to call Carolina Courts our new home.”

BUSINESS BRIEFS Kee becomes tax collector WAXHAW – Paula Kee was sworn in June 26 as Waxhaw’s tax collector. Finance Director Lisa White recommended Kee for the position. State statute requires town boards appoint the collector. “She has been here with the town since 2011,” White said. “I’ve been very impressed with [Kee]. She is very respectful and tries to help taxpayers wherever she can. She even calls people on her own, before there’s a penalty date, to remind them to pay. Even though she’s been the deputy for the last several years, she has done the lion’s share of the work.” Kee filled the vacancy left by former assistant finance director Ann Sutton. Tammy Holland filled Kee’s roles as assistant finance director and deputy tax collector.

Commissioners approve new housing development WAXHAW – Town commissioners approved zoning June 26 for a residential development targeted at empty nesters. The 105-home development, called Belshire, will be located on Helms and Waxhaw-Marvin Roads. Queen City Land petitioned to change the 31.63-acre plot from a standard single-residence zone admitting only detached housing (R4), to a specific kind that allows for townhouses and smaller lots (CD-R4-PRD). Town leaders voted to approve the change with conditions. The developer is prohibit-

ed from adding basketball goals, swing sets, playhouses, trampolines and swimming pools.

Beard has Winner’s Edge CHARLOTTE – Jude Beard, of the Allen Tate Realtor’s Union County-New Town Road office, graduated from the company’s Winner’s Edge training. Winner’s Edge is a required, comprehensive real estate training program that includes the latest in national real estate trends integrated with details about the local real estate market.

Realtor earns eService nod WELSEY CHAPEL – James Stinecipher, an Allen Tate Realtor in the Wesley Chapel office, has been awarded the eService Certification from Allen Tate Company. Realtors who receive the eService Certification have completed three hours of classroom instruction and the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Service Expert certification (online). The program is designed to help the agent understand and respond to the online customer, convert listing inquiries for their sellers and work effectively with the Allen Tate Client Relations team. Call 704-547-4810 or visit james.stinecipher to contact Stinecipher.

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Christmas in July The Shops at Nottingham Plaza holds its Christmas in July sale July 12 to 14, featuring Christmas merchandise at low prices. 10 a.m.; 2585 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe Magic Kid That Magic Kid Colin Elezazer performs music-themed magic tricks and gives lessons at Union West Library. Call 704-821-7475 or visit for details. 6 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Park Concert Southern Express headlines the Unionville Lions Club’s Concerts in the Park series at the Unionville Community Center. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs. 7 to 9 p.m.; 1004 E. Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Monroe Taproom Trivia Sweet Union Brewing holds its Taproom Trivia promotion on Thursdays. Teams compete for prizes. Call 704-628-5211 for details. 8 p.m.; 13717 E. Independence Blvd., Indian Trail

July 13

Ribbon Cutting The Faded Rose celebrates its membership in the Union County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Call 704-2894567 or visit www.unioncountycoc. comfor details. 11:30 a.m. to noon; 134 Main St., Monroe Cruise-In The Downtown Monroe Classic Car Cruise-In showcases motorcycles. The cruise-ins take place on the second Friday of the month through Oct. 12. Visit for details. 6 to 8 p.m.; Downtown Monroe Art Rally Rally in the Art Alley resumes with artist demonstrations and other activities in the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs “Art Alley.” The series takes place on the first and third Fridays. Visit for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 216 W. N. Main St., Waxhaw

July 14

Classes cost $5. Bring a towel or mat. Call 704-882-8657 for details. 9 to 10 a.m.; 3801 Lake Park Road, Indian Trail Santa Claus The Faded Rose invites children to have cookies with Santa Claus while he’s on vacation. The event is part of the rustic décor store’s Christmas in July promotion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 to 2 p.m.; 134 S. Main St., Monroe Coding Basics Union West Library presents Basics of Coding with CodeAcademy. Children learn how to create a website. Call 704-821-7475 or visit www. for details. 1:30 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Drum Circle Pachyderm Music Lab shows children how to create a beat with rhythmic games. The program, Just Beat It, takes place at Union West Library. Call 704-821-7475 or visit for details. 3 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail

July 16

Volcanoes Rock Union West Library explains volcanoes and engages in hands-on activities with children ages 7 to 12. Call 704-821-7475 or visit www. for details. 1:30 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pub Poker Growler USA holds a Monday Night Pub Poker promotion with food and drink specials. Games are free, but people interested in playing Poker need to get tickets from 7 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail

July 17

Healing Workshop Storyteller Linda Goodman offers a mini-workshop, “Good Medicine: The Healing Power of Story,” through the Council on Aging in Union County. The program, held at Indian Trail Town Hall, is open to any senior at no cost. Registration is not required. Call the Council on Aging in Union County at 704-292-1797 for details. 10 a.m.; 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail

Farmers Market Jon G’s BBQ rolls into the Union County Farmers Market, while Balsam Grove performs bluegrass music. The market is the place to get homegrown food. Call 704-283-3626 for details. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 805 Skyway Drive, Monroe

Book Club The Book Club at Union West Library discusses Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Call 704821-7475 or visit for details. 5:30 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail

Park Yoga The Village of Lake Park presents Yoga in the Park at Mathisen Square.

July 18

Ribbon Cutting ABA Enterprises celebrates its

new location with a ribbon cutting with the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Call 704-289-4567 or visit for details. 2 p.m.; 2606 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe Nature Program Union West Library demonstrates the importance of wildlife in Wild About Nature. Call 704-8217475 or visit for details. 3 p.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Brewery Yoga Meghan Helms teaches a yoga class at Sweet Union Brewing. The class costs $8, which includes beer, cider or wine. Call 704-628-5211 for details. 7 p.m.; 13717 E. Independence Blvd., Indian Trail

July 19

Sing-Along Union West Library holds a Book Sing-Along to popular tunes turned into books. Call 704-821-7475 or visit for details. 10:30 a.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Family Yoga The Waxhaw Library invites families to learn yoga basics. Call 704843-3131 or visit for details. 2:30 p.m.; 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw Ribbon Cutting Lehnhardt Price Family Law holds a ribbon cutting to celebrate its membership in the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Call 704218-2300 for details. 4 p.m.; 318 N. Hayne St., Monroe Outdoor Concert Retro Vertigo headlines the Town of Indian Trail’s HITs After Six concert series at Crossing Paths Park. Visit for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail Park Concert Union Road performs at the Unionville Lions Club’s Concerts in the Park series at the Unionville Community Center. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs. 7 to 9 p.m.; 1004 E. Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Monroe Disney Trivia Growler USA invites you to play Disney Movie Trivia while enjoying food and drink. The event is free but people need to get tickets from 7 to 9 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail Want to submit? Send calendar events to

PETS Union County Weekly • July 13, 2018 • Page 1B

5 tips for great dog photos on social media

Like proud parents showing off pictures of their kids, dog owners love sharing photos and videos of their furry friends on social media. A BarkBox study reflects this fun American obsession: Dog owners post a photo and/or comment about their dog an average of six times per week on social media. Also, the survey showed dog parents view dog photos or videos three times a week, and that 20 percent of the photos that dog owners keep in their phones are of their dog. Besides the “awww!” factor that adorable dogs attract, all the posting about your lov- The dog able four-legged animal can create pictures, with more awareness or without of you and ex- you, provide pand your social a positive network. “Having a reflection of dog gives you you and something in create good common with engagement many people, and posting pic- on social tures of them is media. That a way to connect can start fun while breaking conversation, free from negative, often nasty friendships discussion of the and bring world’s prob- opportunities.” lems or politics,” • Kris Rotonda, said Kris Rotonda, who with co-founder/CEO Robert Otillar of PetSmooch is co-founder and co-CEO of PetSmooch (, a social media network app for animal lovers. “The dog pictures, with or without you, provide a positive reflection of you and create good engagement on social media. That can start fun conversation, friendships and bring opportunities.” The trick, Rotonda said, is how to take even better photos and videos of your pets that will generate more responses on social media sites. “It’s human nature to be competitive,” Rotonda said. “This is no different, but in a much friendlier and positive, creative sense – ‘Look at my pup!’ It can be a challenge to photograph your dog exactly at the right time in a funny or cute moment.”  Rotonda shares five ways you can take better quality pictures of your dogs that will generate comments on social media. • Pay attention to background. Simple backgrounds, like a white sandy beach or green trees, make your dog stand out. “Whether you’re using a phone or a pointand-shoot camera, have your dog at least a dozen feet in front of the background so he’ll be more in focus than whatever’s behind him,” Rotonda said. “Pay attention to color, too: No black backgrounds for black dogs, brown backgrounds for brown dogs, and so on.”

Camden helps the Union County Fire Marshal's Office find where a fire started. Photos courtesy of Union County

Canines gain followers through cute photos by Isabel Rodgers and Justin Vick

Are you thinking social media is for the dogs because you’re not satisfied with your number of followers? Maybe it is. Take a look at some of the region’s most popular pooches online. Camden the Arson Dog The yellow Labrador Retriever investigates fires and educates youth about the importance of safety as a member of the Union County Fire Marshal’s Office. More specifically, Camden helps determine areas where flammable liquids might have been used during a fire. Pictures documenting this heroic pup and his adventures can be found on his Facebook page. Social media of choice: Facebook Handle: @firedogcamden Followers: 336 Barks of wisdom: I do so love it when I see the saws and empty cans come out. I find myself drooling like Homer Simpson. Sadie the Tongue Model The Instagram-famous goldendoodle enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Sadie’s Instagram page features photos of the fluffy black pup exploring the Charlotte scene, playing dress up and lounging with her owners. Social Media of Choice: Instagram

Handle: sadiedoodleclt Followers: 19,800 Barks of wisdom: Trying to motivate yourself to focus on hump day like #ruffdayattheoffice McGrady the Fabulous Deaf Dog This Australian Shepherd doesn’t let disability stop him from making a difference, specifically helping rural animal shelters. McGrady, who also came from a shelter, opened a nonprofit, Fabulous McGrady and Friends Foundation. The Matthews dog participates in fashion shows and airport therapy. Social Media of choice: Facebook Handle: @FabulousMcGrady Followers: 109,189 Barks of wisdom: Fireworks, what fireworks? I don’t hear a thing! #deafdogsofinstagram #aussiesofinstagram #charlotte #clt #dogofcharlotte #dogsincharlotte Charlie the Dalmatian Cindy Crawford’s trademark mole helped make her famous. Charlie the Dalmatian’s trademark is his eyes. The black dots that surround them are shaped like hearts. Charlie and his mother gets around to sites like BB&T Ballpark, Uptown Charlotte and Mountain Island Lake. Social Media of Choice: Instagram

Follow Camden, the heroic yellow lab who works for the Union County Fire Marshal’s Office, on Facebook at @firedogcamden.

Handle: charlie.the.dalmatian Followers: 52,500 Barks of wisdom: Does anyone else’s mom have embarrassing nicknames for them? Mine include (but are not limited to): char, Charles, lovey, char char binks, bubs, charchar, charmander, stop chewing on that, etc Finley the Vine Star Greg Baskwell and Finley gained a huge following by posting six-second videos on Vine. Even though Vine closed in 2017, Finley’s best clips can be found on YouTube, as well as longer videos. In one of them, Finley drives to PetSmart and loads up on dog biscuits. Social Media of Choice: Instagram Handle: finley4paws

Followers: 41,900 Barks of Wisdom: Finley is more of a doer than a barker. Murrow the Mutt You don’t have to be a thoroughbred to get some spotlight on the internet. Five years after getting adopted from an animal shelter, Murrow the mutt posts his adventures going to the groomer, pet store and vet. The furbaby of WBTV reporter Sarah Blake-Morgan was named after radio and TV journalist Edward Murrow. Social Media of Choice: Instagram Handle: @murrowthemutt Followers: 192 Barks of Wisdom: Went to the vet for a checkup. As expected, they told me I’m awesome.

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Gen Z, Millennials carry different attitudes about pet ownership ROCKVILLE, Md. – Pet ownership in the U.S. is trending younger and younger. The 57 million pet owners under age 40 account for 41 percent of all pet owning adults in the United States. Over the past decade, Gen Z (ages 18 to 24) and Millennials (ages 25 to 39) accounted for more than half of the growth in the pet owner population, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the new report “Gen Z and Millennials as Pet Market Consumers: Dogs, Cats, Other Pets.” “Adult pet owners under age 40 are as much the present as they are the future of the industry,” said David

Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts. “These younger generations of pet market consumers are critical to the bottom line of pet product and service marketers because the vanguard of the Baby Boomer generation is reaching the age when pet ownership declines sharply. Moreover, Boomers will be succeeded by members of Gen X, who spend heavily on pet products and services but are a relatively small population cohort.” Gen Z and Millennial pet owners are influencing the pet industry in different ways compared to their parents and grandparents. Packaged Facts found

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that generally both Gen Z and Millennial pet owners: • Trust in brand integrity and smaller pet product companies: Compared to Gen X and Boomer pet owners, Gen Z and Millennial pet owners are more likely to trust products offered by smaller companies such as regional or family-owned companies or smaller natural/organic product companies. However, smaller marketers need to be prepared with something more compelling than a run-of-the mill message if they are to reach out successfully to see TRENDS, Page 2B

Name: Jimmy ID: A1139377 Age: 2 years Weight: 50 lbs Sex: Neutered Male Date of Arrival: 6/3/18 - Stray Adoption fee: $10 Vaccinations: Has all required vaccinations

Pet in the City, a new pet supply store at 9600 Monroe Road in Charlotte, carries food from natural/organic product companies. Isabel Rodgers/UCW photo


Name: Katrina ID: A1138517 Breed Mix: Shorthair Age: 5 years Sex: Spayed Female Date of Arrival: 5/16/18 - Stray Adoption fee: $10 Vaccinations: Has all required vaccinations

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Eukanuba provides tips for new puppy owners ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Eukanuba, a dog food brand specializing in high-performance nutrition for active dogs, just wrapped up a campaign that celebrates memorable “firsts” pet owners share with their new puppy. “Welcoming a new puppy into the family is an exciting time,” said Jason Taylor, Eukanuba National PRO sales director. “It’s also an important time – it’s when puppies are learning critical skills, such as socialization, that can shape them into adulthood. That’s also why we believe it is so important that puppies receive the best possible quality nutrition from the beginning, setting them up for success.” In addition to nutrition, there are several key things all families should do when they bring home a new puppy: • Be prepared. Puppies need to be housetrained, which comes with routine. Take them out frequently, after every meal and nap, before bed and as soon as you get up in the morning. At the beginning, take them to the same place every time so they can recognize their own scent. • Plan playtime. Try to play three to six

room where the most time is spent, and allow dogs to explore that room at their own pace. • Don’t forget vaccinations. Vaccinations are important, as they help prevent contagious, potentially life-threatening diseases. Some are required, while others are recommended. Your veterinarian will help you choose the vaccination program best suited for your puppy, depending on the risk they face from lifestyle and environment.

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With the right nutrition, these tired little fur balls are going to grow up to be lean, adventurous dogs. UCW file photo

times per day, but remember that they’ll tire easily. Avoid leaving them alone too much or for long stretches – puppies need attention and crave social interaction.

PetSmart shares tips to keep pets safe from pests PHOENIX – According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illnesses from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes have tripled in the United States over the past 13 years. Veterinarians at PetSmart are providing tips to pet parents on how to help keep pests off pets. “With insect-borne illnesses on the rise, it’s important to protect our pets,” said Nick Saint-Erne, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert. “Parasites like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are problematic for dogs and cats as they spread diseases between animals, including heartworm. The best way to keep pets safe is to prevent infestation and mosquito bites from occurring in the first place.” • Take preventative steps. Flea, tick and mosquito control is an important part of keeping pets healthy and happy. Year-round treatment is ideal, and there are a variety of products that offer protection. Select a product that treats all infestation issues and prevents them from reoccurring. If your pet spends time outdoors or goes swimming, be sure to use a waterproof application. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn or dusk, so if you can avoid walking your dog during these hours, you can reduce the likelihood they will be bitten. While a preventative treatment is an optimal way to keep pests at bay, it can also kill any fleas that may have found their way onto your pet and repel new ones. • Use pet-formulated insect repellents. Never use human insect repellent on your pets. DEET, the active ingredient in many common bug sprays, can cause seizures, vomiting and irritation in dogs and cats. Likewise, if you are treating a cat for flea or tick prevention, ensure the repellent is specifically formulated for felines. • Look for clues that fleas or ticks have found their way onto your pet. “Flea dirt,” small, curly black droppings, can be found in the fur even when the fleas are not seen. To confirm if debris in a dog’s fur is flea droppings, Saint-Erne recommends placing it on a white paper towel and adding a drop of water to it. If it turns red, your pet may have fleas. Ticks attach to the skin for feeding, but can be found crawling on the fur

• Explore, and explore some more. Puppies are curious and are in a completely new environment. Let them explore their new home. Start with a single room, notably a

Petplan releases Pet Insurance 101 Guide NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Pet parents are faced with unexpected veterinary bills every day, and while some of them may be aware of pet insurance, they may not understand how it can help keep pets healthy and budgets intact. Written specifically to help the curious-but-confused understand the growing pet insurance industry, Petplan's "Pet Insurance 101" guide is available now at insurance.

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Proper grooming can be a preventative measure against fleas, ticks and other pests. UCW file photo

when they first settle onto pets. Conduct a quick spot check on pets following walks or time spent outdoors. • Remove stagnant water around your home. Mosquitoes need water to live and prefer to lay their eggs in stagnant water. Eliminate their breeding grounds by ensuring the area surrounding your home is free from standing water under bushes and behind structures like tool sheds and air conditioners, or in old tires or flower pots. Treat the issue promptly. If you find fleas or ticks on your pet, there are several ways to get rid of an infestation: • Bathe your dog using a specially formulated flea and tick shampoo that is designed to kill parasites. The shampoo begins to work after your dog is out of the bath. • Take your pet to the groomer and let them administer the treatment for you. • Clean the house. Thoroughly vacuum your home and launder your dog’s bedding, blankets and soft toys in hot water. A carpet powder or fogger can also effectively treat the home. • Use an on-premise insecticide, listed as safe for use around pets, for the house and the yard to prevent reinfestation. Visit PetSmart’s Learning Center (www. or speak with a PetSmart associate for more resources. Nearby stores are in Blakeney (9911 Rea Road), Cotswold (206 S. Sharon Amity Road), Matthews (9905 E. Independence Blvd.), Monroe (2875 W. U.S. 74), Pineville (9515 South Blvd.) and Wesley Chapel (6420 Weddington-Monroe Road).

• Get creative and playful. Lots of fullbody shots taken from 10 feet away can get mighty dull. “Get up close so your dog fills the entire frame,” Rotonda said. “Get even closer so you get the full effect of that long, wet nose. Photograph your dog head on, in profile, at 45-degree angles. And don’t get hung up on perfection. The best shots are often the spontaneous ones.” • Think fashion. Dressing up your dog or having them donning a hat often enhances the humor or visual appeal. “It adds personality to your dog,” Rotonda said, “if you can get them to sit still long enough.”

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these young pet parents. • Rely heavily on vet guidance for pet product purchases: Pet owners, ages 18 to 39, are far more likely than their older counterparts to depend on their veterinarian for advice about a wide range of pet products. For example, compared to 55- to 74-yearold dog owners, those in the 18- to 39-yearold age group are more likely to seek out the opinion of their veterinarians regarding dog foods and treats. They are more than three times as likely to have purchased dog foods from a veterinarian in the past three months. • Show interest in veterinary services in non-traditional venues: Veterinary service providers will find growth opportunities among Gen Z and Millennial dog owners by expanding veterinarian services in non-traditional settings. Dog owners in the 18- to 39-year-old age group express greater interest than their older counterparts in having a vet visit their home to provide routine dog health services or having a veterinarian vis-

Eukanuba puppy diets use more than 30 of the same nutrients found in mother’s milk, including clinically proven DHA levels to support learning, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and calcium to support bone growth, and antioxidants for stronger immune systems. Locally, Eukanuba is available at Larry’s Pet Grooming (7200 Albemarle Road) and Woof N Hoof (7710 Matthews, Mint Hill Road). Visit for more puppy resources. This free guide walks pet parents through a quick “pet insurance personality” quiz and a handy checklist to determine what kind of pet coverage best suits their pets' needs. Facts, figures and FAQs provide objective benchmarks to help consumers make the best choice for their unique situation. The American Pet Products Association estimates pet parents will spend more than $72 billion this year on pet industry expenditures, with an estimated $17 billion on veterinary care.

• Be in burst mode. This means putting a phone camera on “burst” to capture as many pictures sequentially as possible. “You know how difficult it can be to keep your dog’s attention and pose them,” Rotonda says. “So just start shooting while you’re trying to get their attention. In burst mode you’re more likely to capture the moment you want.” • Zoom in. Rather than get up close to your dog’s face – they’ll quickly get distracted – Rotonda suggests a zoom from a distance to catch expressions when they’re not always aware you’re looking. “Social media is all about connecting,” Rotonda said, “and really, nobody connects humans better than dogs.” it their work place to provide routine dog health services. A similar pattern holds for Gen Z and Millennial cat owners. • Have an eclectic menagerie of pet types: Gen Z and Millennial pet owners make up a disproportionate share of owners of birds, fish, reptiles or rabbits or hamsters. As a result, Gen Z and Millennial pet owners are prime targets for marketers of items such as reptile habitats, bird cages and stands and aquariums. Most differences between Gen Z and Millennial pet owners appear to be related to the fact that many adult Gen Z pet owners are barely out of their adolescence or teen years. Gen Z pet owners are more likely to make their pets part of their Halloween festivities or buy their pets special pet foods or treats on their birthdays. Meanwhile, Millennials focus more on the health of their pets. They are much more likely than Gen Z pet owners to be concerned about their pets having food allergies or intolerances. The report is available to buy at www.

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Easing the stress of moving on children, pets

Volunteers with Charlotte Loves Houston organize pet food donations in September 2017 for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. UCW file photo

ASPCA urges pet owners to prepare for hurricane season Forecasters predict highly active hurricane season that could potentially threaten the lives of thousands of animals NEW YORK – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging pet owners to take precautionary steps and offering key tips on keeping pets safe during an emergency. June marked the official start of hurricane season and National Pet Preparedness Month. “The string of back-to-back disasters we experienced last year tested the limits of first-responders across the country and put the lives of thousands of animals at risk,” said Dick Green, senior director of ASPCA disaster response. "As the ASPCA and other animal welfare organizations prepare for what's predicted to be another busy hurricane season, we can't stress enough how important it is to incorporate animals into disaster preparedness plans to keep families together and pets safe." The ASPCA is urging pet owners to take the following steps: • If you evacuate, take your pets with you. Never leave your pets behind or tether them to poles or trees, which prevents them from escaping high waters and getting to safe areas. • Make sure all pets are wearing ID tags

with up-to-date contact information. The ASPCA recommends micro-chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification, should collars or tags become lost. • Create a portable pet emergency kit with items including medical records, water, water bowls, pet food and your pet's medications. • Choose a designated caregiver, such as a friend or relative outside the evacuation zone, who can take care of your pet in the event you are unable. • Download the free ASPCA mobile app, which allows pet owners to store crucial pet records needed for boarding pets at evacuation shelters. It includes a disaster preparedness checklist. Last year, the ASPCA responded to six disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the wildfires in California, assisting more than 37,000 animals through pre-evacuation, field rescue, and post-disaster relief efforts. The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team deploys nationwide to assist in relocation, search-and-rescue, sheltering and placement of animals during disaster situations including wildfires, tornadoes and floods. Visit for life-saving disaster preparedness tips.

PHOENIX – Once the Realtor places a sign in your yard, life changes. And when "for sale" officially becomes "sold," the stress meter can rise as the prospect of moving merges with reality. Summer is prime moving season as families make their big transitions with the children out of school. About 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, according to do-it-yourself moving company U-Haul. If you're part of that group changing addresses, you probably have a to-do list five pages long, but what about the biggest variables in our life – children and pets. Here are some tips that can help make things easier on your family. A happy place for your pets When it comes to Max, Buster or Mr. Whiskers, your first concern is how to handle your furry friends on move-out day. If there is a long drive ahead and they haven’t spent much time in a vehicle, consult your vet for the best options. But also know that pets may become anxious and stressed well before move-out day as the process disrupts their daily environment. “A cat or dog will wonder what’s happening to its familiar territory,” explained Mike Keaton, spokesperson for the American Moving & Storage Association. “Designate a room to stay (as is) just for your pet while the move proceeds around them, with the pet’s familiar toys, food and water bowls. This will give them a reassuring and familiar space.”

Pets and children need special attention when the family is planning a move. UCW file photo

Involve your children Children want to feel like they're participants and not just bystanders to a process that involves changing bedrooms, backyards and the familiarity of home. Saying goodbye to a home is hard. If you are changing cities or states, consider a trip to a child's favorite restaurant, park or special spot to mark the occasion, all while building up excitement for the adventure ahead. "Letting kids pack their own toys or clothes is a good way to help them feel like they're part of the process," U-Haul spokesperson Sperry Hutchinson said. “Contributing to the relocation and packing their favorite things also lets children know that nothing is getting left behind.”


Dogs always feel the love during the Charlotte Knights' Bark in the Park promotion. UCW file photo

July 14 Info Table Carolina Poodle Rescue mans an information table inside PetSmar'ts Pineville location. Visitors can meet adoptable pets. Visit www. for details. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 9515 South Blvd.

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Cat Adoption Humane Society of Charlotte holds a Kitty Adoption Event at PetPeople Dilworth. Visit www.petpeoplestores. com/ for details. Noon to 3 p.m.; 2400 Park Road Anniversary Celebration The Humane Society of Charlotte celebrates its 40th anniversary at Southside Park. Animals will have $40 adoption fees. Visit for details. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 2645 Toomey Ave.

July 15 Dog Adoption South Charlotte Dog Rescue holds a adoption event at the PetSmart's Blakeney location. Visit www.petsmart. com for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 9911 Rea Road

July 16 Ballpark Bark The Charlotte Knights invite baseball fans to bring their dogs to the game against the Pawtucket Red Sox as part of the popular Bark in the Ballpark promotion. Ticket prices vary. Visit charlotte-knights/ for details. 7:04 p.m.; 324 S. Mint St.

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expected to open in spring 2019. Visit www.facebook. com/petparadiseballan tyne/ for updates. 4 to 5 p.m.; 9873 Harrisburg Road, Indian Land Beer Fundraiser NoDa Brewing Company hosts a release party for its Benny & The Pets beer. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of the beer will go to the Greater Charlotte SPCA. 4 to 9 p.m.; 2921 N. Tryon St.

July 19 Pet Grief A grief counselor helps people that have lost cherished pets overcome grief in the Pet Grief Support Group at Waxhaw Entrepreneurs. Call 704-256-7576 for details. 7 to 8:30 p.m.; 216 W. N. Main St.

July 21 Ice Cream PetPeople Dilworth holds an Ice Cream Social while supplies last. Visit for info. 1 to 3 p.m.; 2400 Park Road

July 22 Dog Adoption South Charlotte Dog Rescue holds an adoption event at PetPeople Waverly. Visit for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 7315 Waverly Walk Ave. Dog Adoption Family Addition Dog Rescue holds an adoption event at PetPeople Dilworth. Visit for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 2400 Park Road

July 27 Nail Trims Passionate Paws trims nails at PetPeople Waverly.

Visit www.petpeoplestores. com/ for details. 3 to 5 p.m.; 7315 Waverly Walk Ave. Paint Pets Paint Craze allows people to paint portraits of their pets. The class costs $45, which includes canvas, brushes, paint and other supplies. After buying a ticket email a photo of your pet to the company. Visit for details. 6:30 to 9 p.m.; 4950 Park Road

July 28 Adoption Event Greater Charlotte SPCA holds an adoption event at PetPeople Waverly. Visit for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 7315 Waverly Walk Ave. Cat Adoption Humane Society of Charlotte holds a Kitty Adoption Event at PetPeople Dilworth. Visit www.petpeoplestores. com/ for details. Noon to 3 p.m.; 2400 Park Road

Aug. 3 Dog Training Free Will Animal Training presents a seminar, “Do You Speak Dog? Intro to Dog Behavior and Training” at PetPeople Dilworth. Visit www. for details. 10 to 11 a.m.; 2400 Park Road

Aug. 5 Dog Adoption South Charlotte Dog Rescue holds a adoption event at the PetSmart's Blakeney location. Visit www.petsmart. com for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 9911 Rea Road

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5 ways to keep your dog healthy in the summer heat MISSION, Kan. – Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it's also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months. Maintaining your dog's hygiene, including cleaning his ears, bathing him and cleaning his teeth, is a critical component of helping him live a healthy lifestyle, from head to tail. These five tips can help keep your pup hygienic and cuddle-worthy throughout the hottest time of the year.

Don't bring Fido along for a car ride if you have to stop somewhere for an errand. You don't want to risk leaving him in the car too long. UCW file photo

1. Sit, stay, hydrate Be sure to have fresh water accessible at all times to keep your pet hydrated, especially in warm weather. If you're thirsty, chances are your pet will be, too.

rest and a quick drink of water. 4. Make nap time cozy and clean Your dog's bed may be where he feels most comfortable, which is why it's important to keep it nice and clean during the dog days of summer. Any bugs, fleas or germs your dog may pick up will follow him into the bed. Choose one with a removable cover to make cleaning it as simple a quick load of laundry.

2. Bond over bath time After a day in the sun with your pup, a bath is typically a must. Not only will it get your pup clean, but it can help cool him down from the hot weather. When bathing your dog, don't forget about his sweet puppy-dog eyes and face. Moisten a soft washcloth or sponge with room-temperature water and gently wipe your dog's face clean.

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PINEVILLE – Build-A-Bear launched a campaign to provide Canine Companions service dogs to children with disabilities. For every Promise Pets furry friend made in U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores or at through Aug. 8, Build-ABear will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to Canine Companions to provide assistance dogs to kids as they graduate the organization's professional training program. "At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we believe that having a furry friend by your side – whether it's a teddy bear, a pet, or an assistance dog – can bring comfort and provide support in times of need," said Emily Fuhrman, manager of giving. The company made a one-time gift of $300,000 to Canine Companions last year to honor its 20th anniversary. Since 1997, BuildA-Bear has donated more than $8 million in support of pets and animals. The nearest Build-A-Bear is located at 11025 Carolina Place Pkwy. Visit www. for details.

SAN ANTONIO – The Petco Foundation has kicked off its annual "Be a Lifesaver" campaign, promoting everyday lifesavers and encouraging all people to take small and large actions to make a difference for animals. Guests in Petco stores are invited to make a donation at checkout through July 22 to support animal welfare organizations throughout the country. Nearby stores are located at 3401 Pineville-Matthews Road and 6416 Rea Road. The Petco Foundation other actions anyone can take to help pets, including adopt, foster and volunteer with local animal welfare organizations. "Saving the animals in our nation's shelters is solvable when the community participates," said Petco Foundation president Susanne Kogut. "An important part of that effort includes those individuals who step up in their communities.” Visit for details.




5. Keep a clean smile When considering your dog's health, don't forget about his oral care. Dental treats such as Greenies Dental Treats Or Pedigree Dentastix. Treats help freshen breath and clean your dog's teeth down to the gum line, helping to keep bad dog breath from getting in the way of snuggling with your pup all summer. Visit and www.gree for details and tips for your pet's oral care needs.

3. Throw some shade Warm weather can make you want to spend the whole day outside. While your dog may love the extended outdoor playtime, make sure to fetch a spot that has a mix of sun and shade for when your dog needs a

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New Panthers owner ushers era of openness the organization’s past has been left there, Tepper said at a June 10 press conference. “I can’t emphasize enough the openness I plan to have with this organization now,” CHARLOTE –David Tepper has a vision he said. “I think there’s been an atmosphere for the Carolina Panthers organization as an where the business side wasn’t allowed to be open family. a team and talk about things. There’s going Panthers founder and former owner Jerry to be no impediment that in the future.” Richardson sold the team to Tepper forNew moreYork Times Syndication to The Sales Corporation The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation Mary Jo White, the attorney hired than $2.2 billion, after the NFL investigated 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018to inves620 Eighth Avenue, New1-800-972-3550 York, 10018 recomtigate Richardson’s allegedN.Y. misconduct, For Information Call: reports of Richardson’s workplace misconduct. For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 Release Wednesday, January 17, 2018 mended a league-wide prohibition on payoffs Tepper took ownership of the team JuneFor 9. For Release Monday, January 22, 2018 to keep victims of sexual harassment quiet. Whatever “culture” may have existed in

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Union County Weekly July 13  

Vol. 13, Num. 28 Special Edition: Pets

Union County Weekly July 13  

Vol. 13, Num. 28 Special Edition: Pets