Congratulations to the Cornelius Police Department.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies recently selected them as a Flagship Agency, the highest designation a police force can achieve. The report said "The Cornelius Police Department exceeds other departments of the same size, or even larger, when it comes to professional police service...The enjoyment of a relatively low crime rate isn't accidental."
Soon, the complete report will be on the town's website, www.cornelius.org, so, be sure to check it out.
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The holidays will soon be here, and Cornelius has lots of ways to help you celebrate.
The Cornelius Arts Center has something to offer everyone this holiday season. Visit the Center until Dec. 23 to enjoy the latest exhibit. A public opening and reception with the artists will be 7-9 p.m. Friday. This is a great chance to buy an affordable holiday gift and help local artists.
The Cornelius PARC Department will present the annual Holiday Celebration 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 4 (right after the North Mecklenburg Parade), at the Town Hall.
The Cornelius PARC Department also will hold Cocoa with Santa 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8, also at the town hall. Children ages 4 and younger can bring their parents, stop by, visit with Santa and have a cup of cocoa. There also will be holiday-themed activities and a chance for photos.
For more information about PARC events, call 704-892-6031 ext. 160, or go to www.corneliuspr.org.
Saturday is Badminton Play Day for anyone age 18 and older. Held at the J.V. Washam Recreation Center 9 a.m.-4 p.m., this open play day is designed to offer badminton players a fun chance for competition with players outside the local area.
The participation fee is $15, including lunch.
Havana banquet and ballroom connection
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the change in location and name for Havana Social Club. The picture that went along with my column was one the Havana gave me. I got an e-mail last week that the picture was of the Oct. 16 wedding reception for Thomas and Keri McLeod.
Thomas's parents, T and Melanie, are old friends of ours who we haven't seen for about five years. Melanie sent me an e-mail. It's a small world that we connected with again through this column.
Bailey Road, between N.C. 115 and N.C. 21, is open to local traffic only for about the next week.
The christening of the Cornelius Fire Boat will be 3-6 p.m. today at the Peninsula Yacht Club.