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Briefly in South Charlotte: July 29, 2016


Battle of the badges: Who can collect more blood – the Matthews Police Department or the Matthews Fire Department? Find out Aug. 4 at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, a part of First Thursday, a monthly event in downtown Matthews. The event is sponsored by the Red Brick Partnership and is designed to showcase area businesses and promote activity downtown. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have two bloodmobiles in front of Matthews Town Hall from 2-7 p.m. The community is invited to donate blood and can choose to have their donation credited to either the fire or police department. At the end of the drive, the department raising the most units will win fundraising money to be donated to their charity of choice. Fundraising money will be contributed by various businesses dependent on their sales. The Butler High School Dream team will assist with the blood drive as well. From 5-9 p.m., the Mountain Island Band will be playing in front of Matthews town hall and from 7-8 p.m. Fitness Together will be organizing five physical competitions between the police and fire departments. For information visit The Red Brick Partnership Facebook page.

N.C. Wildlife Federation

53rd Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards: This year’s winners include Link Grass of Denver as Hunter Safety Educator of the Year; ReVenture Park, Charlotte, Business Conservationist of the Year; and Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District, NCWF Affiliate of the Year.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation first presented its conservation awards in 1958. These are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. By recognizing conservation leaders, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.

Grass has educated thousands of new hunters about hunting safety and conservation. Grass has introduced hunter education into the Lincoln County school system.

ReVenture Park, a “brownfield” restoration site, is transforming more than 600 acres of Superfund-designated land into a hub for renewable energy, recycling and wildlife habitat restoration. The ReVenture Park includes wildlife meadows, riparian buffers, a conservation easement protecting land, prescribed burns for management, and public use of nature trails.

The Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District is a leader in farmland preservation and a model for a natural resources conservation district. The district contributed a prairie tract to North Carolina’s nature preserve system, championed amphibian and reptile sustainability and has served as a leader in youth conservation education.


Give Back Boutique: Becky Swartz is a team leader at the store in Mooresville. Her last name was incorrect in South Charlotte News on July 27.