Firefighters control outside fire

HUNTERSVILLE – Firefighters of Huntersville’s Station 3 proactively went to a fire outside of their jurisdiction April 11 after seeing smoke in the neighborhood across from the station.

Crews found a working outside fire that was spreading toward a house, but had it contained before Charlotte firefighters arrived.

The fire cracked a front window of the house and had climbed the brick wall melting attic soffit, but didn’t cause any further damage.

The scene was turned over to the Charlotte Fire Department.

 

Hydrant flushing now through June

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Fire Department has begun its annual hydrant maintenance that will span until June and could affect water color.

All Huntersville stations will have firefighters checking each hydrant, performing light maintenance and testing and flowing hydrants to flush out sediment. During the tests, water discoloration may occur in the residents’ water line. A statement from the fire department recommends reconsidering washing clothes immediately after a hydrant flush. Running water in the sink for a few minutes should solve the problem.

The department will also clear around hydrants for accessibility. This includes removing shrubs, flower boxes, mailboxes or yard decorations that may block access to the hydrant.

The service is completed each year prior to the summer. For questions or concerns, contact the closest Huntersville fire station.

Davidson leaders hold community chat

DAVIDSON – Residents are invited to meet with town commissioners for a community chat April 29.

Drawing in Davidson residents who live across the county line, the event will be held at 6 p.m. Mount Mourne Fire Station, 1577 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville.

Community chats are usually held the fifth week of the month to allow residents to have informal conversations with the board and get updates outside of a typical meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept.  30. The location hasn’t been announced. 

 

Girls Scouts to plant trees

CORNELIUS – Girl Scout Troop 2123 and community supporters will plant 70 seedling trees around Cornelius Elementary at 9 a.m. April 26.

After finishing at Cornelius Elementary, they’ll plant remaining trees at Legion Park in Cornelius. 

“This will be a fun and memorable event as the kids and families involved will see their good deeds grow into beautiful trees,” volunteer Karen Zomick said.

The Girl Scouts received the seedlings through a National Wildlife Federation grant.

 

Fire department wins grant

DAVIDSON – The Odell Volunteer Fire Department, a Cabarrus County entity that also serves Davidson residents, received a $5,556 grant from Wells Fargo Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to buy a new thermal imaging camera.

The camera offers firefighters a way to see in low-visibility situations such as smoke and darkness. It helps find victims trapped in buildings or thrown from motor vehicle crashes, reduces property damage by pointing out hot spots that can be extinguished before they spread and allows for better navigation through uneven ground.

The grant is offered through a national philanthropic program to support fire service, giving grants for equipment, training and community education.

The Fireman’s Fund has given more than $500,000 to North Carolina.

Wells Fargo Insurance sells Fireman’s Fund products and can direct grants to support the fire service. 

 

Squadron offers boating class

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron conducts boating classes approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

The class runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 3 at the Duke Energy Environmental Center on McGuire Nuclear Station Road.

The class costs $45 per person (which includes lunch, course manual and instruction CDs).

Register in advance at www.usps.org/lakenorman/courseboatsmart.htm.

State law requires people born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, take NASBLA-approved course before operating vessels powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more.

Details: Bob Yannacci, sportscarguy@roadrunner.com or 516-547-7737.

 

Carolinas HealthCare presents wellness expo

HUNTERSVILLE – Carolinas HealthCare System will hold 'Health Matters,' a free event focusing on healthy lifestyle tips, insights and demonstrations that will help you get on track to better health.

The event takes place 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 26 at CPCC-Merancas Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Drive.

Registration starts 8:30 a.m.

Break-out sessions include:

• A wellness discussion with a local physician;

• Tips for creating a plan for adding exercise into your busy life;

• A presentation on healthy – and quick – nutrition options; and

• Complimentary prediabetes screenings.

The event will feature health vendors from the Lake Norman area who will demonstrate ways to a healthier body and mind. Light breakfast and lunch included.

Go to www.carolinashealthcare.org/healthmatters or call 704-512-3209 to register.

 

Green Drinks hosts county specialist

DAVIDSON – Christa Rogers, natural resources manager for the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, will discuss nature preserves, natural resources and the county’s prescribe fire program at the next Green Drinks Lake Norman meeting.

Green Drinks brings interesting speakers and topics, introduces new and growing companies, and builds the network to include more professionals in the green, energy and sustainable sectors.

Rogers is responsible for the county’s prescribed fire program, GIS applications and forest management activities.  Over the past two years, Rogers has served as adjunct faculty at Central Piedmont Community College where she instructs Introduction to Sustainability in the Geomatics and Sustainability Division.  She also serves as chairwoman of the Data Collection and Information Committee for the N.C. Prescribed Fire Council and active in Society of American Foresters, serving as North Carolina chairwoman for 2013.