My family and I have lived in Cornelius for almost 22 years. We have participated in sports, holiday events, helped local organizations, campaigned for the town’s candidates and tried to shop here and use local businesses.I have almost always been happy with the activities and services the town offers. But when I found out that leaf collection service would end, I was disappointed in my town.I had no idea what to do with my leaves. We have always just raked and blown them to the curb, then waited for the vacuum truck to take the leaves away. I did not want to have to bag the leaves or hire someone to take our leaves away. I’ve been spoiled by living here. I just wanted the service to continue.Thanks to the town residents who spoke up, and to town management, it appears our leaf collection service will continue, scaled back a bit. We now will wait until November for collection to begin. Everyone I’ve talked with is thrilled that we will still have our leaf collection. No one cares that much that the service will be scaled back; we just care that we will still have the service. Thanks to town officials for finding other savings in the town’s budget to pay for this. Thanks also go to the town Board of Commissioners for voting unanimously to restore our leaf collection.At Cornelius Arts Center• The art exhibition “Home Grown” both celebrates the holiday season and showcases the talent of artists from Cornelius and nearby towns. To participate in this show, check out the guidelines and fill out the submission form online at cornelius.org under “documents.” Each artist may exhibit one piece of art. The opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 8, during the second Friday Art Crawl. There’s also a holiday art sale Nov. 30 during Light-up Cornelius. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 2.• From 2-6 p.m. Oct. 31, kids of all ages can stop by the Cornelius Arts Center for “Halloween Bash at the Center.” This free event will have trick-or-treating, photos and other Halloween-themed activities.• From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 18-22, kids of all ages are welcome to Fall Fest to participate in arts and crafts such as leaf printing, painting and drawing. The cost per day is $8 for Cornelius residents and $10 for others. http://conta.cc/19xKXV2.For information on any of those programs, call 704-896-8823, visit cornelius.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Cornelius restores curbside leaf collection, scaled back
Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at email@example.com.
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