The town is collecting neighborhood contact information to keep neighborhoods informed about town activities.
If you have your neighborhood's homeowners' association information or are a community leader in a neighborhood without an HOA, please e-mail Hillary Pace at the town of Indian Trail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include the name of your neighborhood and your contact information. If your neighborhood has an HOA, include contact information for the HOA and the name of the HOA president and managing company. Marty Minchin
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Attention pie bakers: Indian Trail is looking for entrants to its annual pie-baking contest at Family Fun Day on Oct. 18.
New and experienced bakers are welcome. The winning pies will be awarded prizes, and their creators can claim bragging rights as the best pie baker around.
Entry forms are available at www.indiantrail.org and at the Indian Trail town hall, and they must be turned in by FridayOCT10. Pies must be entered in the categories of apple, berry or pecan.
Pies must be delivered by 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 to Family Fun Day on the lawn of Indian Trail Elementary. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. Marty Minchin
If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can pick up your forms from the town hall at 10004 New Town Road. The town hall is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. New residents must be registered to vote by Oct. 10 to vote on Nov. 4. Forms are also available online at the Union County Board of elections website at www. co.union.nc.us/Government/Voting/tabid/ 171/Default.aspx. Esther Robards-Forbes
Maribel Andon and Michelle Williams were recently named North Carolina Association of Housing Code Officials Inspectors of the Year at the annual conference in Kitty Hawk.
The two Monroe code enforcement officers were nominated by their supervisor, Tami Stout. “I have never met two more conscientious, capable and caring people in my life,” Stout said in their nomination form.
In the past year, the two have handled in excess of 1,700 code enforcement actions, roughly five new cases daily. The actions ranged from public health nuisances for high grass, graffiti, illegal parking, other nuisances as well as minimum housing cases.
Andon has been with the city about seven years and is the first Latino person to win the award. Williams has been with the city five years.
“They are not only very dedicated to the city and their job, they really care about the community and the citizens they serve,” Said Stout. “They take so much of their own time and money to do what they can to help and its just great that receive some recognition for all their hard work.” Esther Robards-Forbes
The North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 will install two 12-megawatt gas turbine electric power generators on a seven-acre site in Monroe. The generators will arrive in February and will be operational by summer. By locating the generators in a member city, Monroe receives an electrical power source that can be used during emergencies to serve critical needs. The two generators will produce 24,000 kilowatts of electrical power during summer peaks, enough for 28 percent of the city's power needs. This enhances Monroe's and the entire agency's ability to recruit and retain vital industrial firms.
“Overall, the program is an excellent opportunity for the City of Monroe and (the state power agency),” said Bob Smith, Monroe City Council member and ElectriCities Board member. “The addition of the generators in Monroe will provide our citizens with 24 megawatts of electrical power we can use to serve the City during an emergency, such as a hurricane or ice storm. The power plant is also an economical source of peaking power for all (agency) members.”
The purchase and installation of the generators will cost roughly $20 million and is fully covered by the state agency, which will also pay the costs needed to operate and maintain the generators. The gas turbine generators are being supplied by Solar Turbines, Inc. of San Diego, California. Solar Turbines is a division of Caterpillar.
The primary fuel for the generators will be natural gas supplied from Monroe's city-owned gas system. The generators will be able to operate using fuel oil in the event natural gas is not available.
As a public power community, the city of Monroe owns and operates its electric system and serves more than 10,000 customers located both inside and outside the city limits. Esther Robards-Forbes
Fall is here, and so is Autumn Treasures, Waxhaw's annual festival and arts and crafts fair.
And once again, the agenda is packed. Works from more than 80 artists will be featured, including jewelry, woodcrafts, pottery and paintings.
The event will be held Oct. 11-12 in downtown Waxhaw, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
A pancake breakfast will be held at the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department on Main Street from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday.
The Barnful of Quilts will again be held at Fox Farm on Sims Road.
There also will be live entertainment and music, as well as activities for the kids.
Civil War re-enactments will be held at the Museum of the Waxhaws will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Details: Cathy Murphy, 704-843-2195, ext. 26. Mike Torralba
The Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers to build a women's auxiliary program. They are also accepting applications for volunteer firefighters. Visit their website at www.wesleychapelvfd.com for more information or call Steven McLendon at 704-843-0425. Esther Robards-Forbes
In celebration of National Physician Assistant Awareness Week Oct. 6 – 12, Wingate University will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 11 to showcase its new PA program. Members of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA), area PA's and their families are invited to attend the open house from noon to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Following the open house, they can attend the Wingate – Lenoir Rhyne football game at 1:30 p.m. The PA's and their families get in free to the game. Wingate's inaugural class of PA's will be announced prior to kickoff.
For tickets to the event, contact Marie Irving at 704-233-8051. Esther Robards-Forbes
A new 4-H group is forming. The Breakaway Riders will be a 4-H Horse Program chartered in Mecklenburg County with meetings in the Monroe area. You do not have to have a horse to join.
The group will do community service work to benefit local equine groups in the area as well as teaching participants to develop leadership abilities, an appreciation of horseback riding and sportsmanship.
The first meeting is scheduled for 3p.m. Oct. 26 at the Union County Saddle Club in Monroe, off East Sandy Ridge Road between Stack Road and Hwy 207. For more information, visit www.cals.ncsu.edu/ an_sci/extension/horse/ 4h_Horse/4hmain.htm or email Miranda Kaplan at email@example.com or Erin Desloge at MonarchFarmNC@aol.com. Esther Robards-Forbes
Call Neighbors of Union County, 704-358-6035 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.