Training session: In honor of their 10th anniversary, Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) will offer Habitat Steward Training at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., July 16-17 and July 23-24.
Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 1-6 p.m. The National Wildlife Federation program offers 24 hours of classroom training by experts. Training will focus on: creating certified wildlife habitats; the value and benefits of native plants and the disadvantages of nonnative invasive plants; our native N.C. wildlife; soil and water issues; how to create/enhance habitat for the monarch butterfly.
Participants are expected to donate a minimum of 30 volunteer hours within the coming year. Cost is $55, for ages 16 and older. Email Debbie Foster for an application at firstname.lastname@example.org. Melinda Johnston
Excellence award: The town has received the 2016 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition for installing the region’s first Direct Connect Fast Charger for electric vehicles in its downtown area.
This award recognizes leadership in providing this service to the public and to electric vehicle owners while acknowledging the benefits to the environment, economy and national security by reducing fossil fuel consumption.
The decision to install the charging equipment in downtown Matthews was made with the intent of attracting visitors to local businesses and to reflect the town’s progressive thinking. Today, personal electric vehicle owners can expect to fully charge a typical vehicle in about 30 minutes for approximately $6. Since the equipment was installed, more than 65 charges have been recorded and that number is expected to go up as market demand increases.
New traffic pattern: Crews with Sealand Contractors Corp. of Charlotte has shifted traffic to the outside travel lanes along South Trade Street, from east of Fullwood Lane to west of Chaphyn Lane. The shift allows the contractor to complete median construction and striping for future bike lanes.
Improvements include the widening of South Trade Street, installing curb and gutter, grading, drainage and traffic signals. The work area also includes a 1,300-foot section of Fullwood Lane heading south to the intersections with Trade Street, along with construction of a one-way section of Chaphyn Lane, providing access to the traffic signals at the MARA sports complex. The project should be complete by the end of July.
Humane Society of Charlotte
Summer Food Drive: Temperatures are on the rise, placing more cats, dogs and other animals in the community at risk. At the same time, The Humane Society of Charrlotte’s supplies to care for them are running critically low. You can help give local animals the food, shelter and medical care they need this summer by making a donation at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=hsc&id=61.