Birthday boy holds pillow party

HUNTERSVILLE ­– Bobby Terwilliger, of Huntersville, had his seventh birthday party on Feb. 23 and instead of presents he asked his friends to bring a pillow.

Bobby and his family moved to Huntersville from New Jersey in August 2012.

While they were spared from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, their extended family was not so lucky. Bobby watched the tides wash away his grandparents' and aunt’s homes, along with his history.

Bobby and his family decided to have a pillow party as a way to give comfort back to people. At Bobby’s birthday, they collected almost 30 pillows for the children assisted by the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Huntersville to have DMV office

HUNTERSVILLE – Residents looking to get their drivers licenses renewed won’t have to travel to Charlotte once the new Huntersville Department of Motor Vehicles office opens.

The office, to be located off Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, will also include a State Highway Patrol Office. The land where the DMV office will be was already state-owned, Planning Director Jack Simoneau said.

“The convenience factor is just fantastic for all of us in this area,” he said. “This will be a good, new, modern facility. It’s good access (for all Huntersville residents).”

Construction has already begun on the project, which should open next year.

Davidson power couple leaving the state this year

DAVIDSON – Davidson Commissioner Laurie Venzon announced that she will be leaving the town’s board and moving with her family to Kansas City later this year.

Laurie’s husband John Venzon serves as the chairman of the board for city-owned MI-Connection. He will also leave that post.

John has accepted a job at Jack Henry and Associates in Kansas City where he will work in the banking software industry.

Laurie Venzon was out of town this week and unavailable to comment. She was first elected to the board in November 2007. 

Transportation commission talks P3s on I-77

MOORESVILLE – The Lake Norman Transportation Commission will host an education and information session on public-private partnerships (P3’s) and the proposed P3 project for the widening of I-77 at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville.

LNTC Chairman Chuck Travis said the meeting is expected to include NCDOT’s Director of Transportation Program Management Rodger Rochelle, the head of Parson Brinkerhoff’s P3 Advisory Services, Michael Benouaich, and David Ungemah, leader of Parson Brinkerhoff’s managed lanes practice. 

The Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission is a joint agency of the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. The board's objective is to “study, investigate and advocate any and all transportation improvements in the Lake Norman area.”

Participate in historic cancer study

HUNTERSVILLE ­– Residents of the Greater Charlotte area are currently enrolling in an historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

People between ages 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

Lake Norman-area residents can go to the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics from 4-7:30 p.m. March 12 or 6:30-10 a.m. March 13 to particpate.

CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to 300,000 people across the nation. Individuals can visit or call 888-604-5888 to enroll.

As part of the in-person enrollment, individuals complete a brief survey, provide a waist measurement and give a small blood sample.

Over the course of the study – which is anticipated to last 20 to 30 years – participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years that will be sent to their homes. 

Applications now available for Davidson’s Town Day

DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson is accpeting applications for Town Day, scheduled for 10 a.m. May 4.

Nonprofits and food vendors can apply by April 1. 

This will be the 42nd year of Town Day and selected streets will be closed off to encourage citizens to walk or ride bikes into town for festivities on the green.

Highlights will include booths set up by the town’s nonprofits, the library’s book sale, games for families, recording of six-word stories about Davidson and food vendors.

There will music and entertainment all day, culminating with a concert on the Davidson Town Green from 5-7 p.m.

Find applications online at

Contact Kim Fleming, community and economic development manager, at 704-940-9602 or with any questions.


Hansil receives Lions Club’s highest honor for service

HUNTERSVILLE ­– ­Longtime Huntersville resident John Hansil was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Huntersville Lions Club in recognition of his commitment to humanitarian service over many years.

Hansil, who also was recognized as a 55-year member of the club, received the award from District Governor Tim Williams, of Linwood.

Over his years of service, Hansil was president three times and held other offices as well as leading some of the club’s major fundraisers.

Hansil’s award is considered to be the highest recognition given by Lions Clubs International.

Hansil previously was awarded a Jack Stickley Fellowship for outstanding service to the N.C. Lions organization.


NC residents nominate senior volunteers

The search is on for North Carolina’s outstanding senior volunteer.

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted through March 31.

Home Instead will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Cisit to complete and submit a nomination form online.

Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

Call 704-892-6888 for more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead Senior Care network’s services.