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Ewart named to theater board: Mary Kathryn Ewart, 44, was named to the Old Courthouse Theatre’s Board of Directors at the OCT membership annual meeting on June 13. She will serve a three-year term starting in July.

OCT has a history with the Ewart family. Becky Ewart, Mary Kathryn’s mother, served as a Board Member in the early 1990s. Jonathan Ewart, Mary Kathryn’s brother, is a two-time Metrolina Theatre Association award winner and the most recent recipient of OCT’s Mary Snead Boger Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mary Kathryn Ewart is a two-time NAWBO-Charlotte Rising Star finalist and a three-time AFLAC Founder’s Award winner. She is a member of the AFLAC-Concord District team, licensed in Life, Health and Medicare Supplement insurance.

Iron archway installed: A wrought-iron archway marking the entrance of the Union-Market Passageway was recently installed between 46 and 48 Union St. S.

Funded by the city of Concord, the archway was designed, fabricated and installed by Stanly County artist Alan Gilbert of Iron Work, Inc. The archway resembles vines growing around an oval sign. An additional iron vine will connect a directional sign inviting visitors to the passageway’s historical exhibit, which will be located on the Market Street entrance of the passageway.

In May 2012, the City Council adopted names for two Union Street South connector walkways to help guide visitors around the downtown business district. The Union-Market Passageway between 46 and 48 Union St. S. connects to Market Street. The project also included replacing faded murals. Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell created passageway art that commemorates several historic sites in Concord.

Explorer program honored: Three members of the Kannapolis Police Department Explorer Program recently attended the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg to participate in the 38th Annual North Carolina ALEEA Police Explorer Academy.

Explorers Robby Brown, Jose Estela and Tykeisha Graham joined 58 explorers from the region to participate in the simulated police academy. Activities included physical training, law enforcement operational classes and practical scenario-based training.

Estela was named the 2015 Most Outstanding Cadet by advisers from 13 different agencies in North Carolina and South Carolina. A rising senior at A.L. Brown High School and a varsity athlete, Estela was recognized for his hard work, commitment and enthusiasm. This is the third time a Kannapolis Police Explorer has received the honor in the past five years.

Officer David Zienka of the Kannapolis Police Department also was chosen as the lead law enforcement instructor for the academy. He has been with the department since 2009 and is currently the school resource officer at Kannapolis Middle School.

Smart water meters installed: Kannapolis recently completed the installation of Smart Water Meters. The new meters will allow city staff to automatically read water meters, help customers better understand the amount of water they use, identify leaks in the water system more accurately and improve the efficiency of the water system.

As a part of the new system, residents will be notified of a pending disconnection in their water bills when payments are overdue. Door hangers will no longer be left at a resident’s home.

This winter, the city will launch a customer portal to work with new smart meters. Residents can view their hourly, daily, weekly and monthly consumption of water information. The city also offers an option to pay water and sewer bills online at

Free fans for seniors: Senior citizens and disabled individuals who need a portable fan in their homes can obtain one through Operation Fan – Heat Relief.

The summer program helps provide a more comfortable living environment for those who need relief from the heat. Recipients must be at least 60 years old or disabled, live in Cabarrus County and not have central air conditioning.

To refer a recipient, provide the person’s name, address, phone number, age and date of birth to Cabarrus County Department of Human Services, 1303 S. Cannon Blvd. in Kannapolis or call 704-920-1400.

Upcoming library program: The Concord Public Library will hold several free events this summer.

This year’s Children’s Program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” while the Teen Program theme is “Unmask!” “Escape the Ordinary” is the Adult Summer Reading Program theme.

A class on Zinio for Libraries will be held 6 p.m. July 14 in the Meeting Room. Participants will learn how to download the newest magazine issues the library offers for free. Registration is required. Details: 704-920-2053.

Potential library volunteers age 13 and older can learn about opportunities to help at an orientation meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 14 in the Auditorium. General duties include shelving, collection management and administrative tasks. For information, contact Kyle White at 704-920-2066 or

Lee Street Theatre will perform 3 p.m. July 15 in the Auditorium. The new play was written for this year’s summer reading program theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” Details: 704-920-2058.

Minecraft Mania for rising fifth- through ninth-graders will be held 5-7 p.m. July 15 in the Auditorium. Kids can test their creative and survival skills with others in the world of Minecraft. To register, call 704-920-2053.

Storyteller Sharon Clarke will perform 3 p.m. July 22 in the auditorium. Stories and songs will abound as storyteller Sharon Clarke captivates audiences with her imaginative performance. Details: 704-920-2058.

Every Hero Has a Story: Heroes in the Stars will be held 3 p.m. July 23 in the Children’s Program Room. Kids ages 5-12 will learn about constellations and the legends associated with them in this exploration of how different cultures view the night sky. Books, songs, activities and a craft are included. Details? 704-920-2058.

A Teen Advisory Board informational meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. July 23 in the Meeting Room. Teens who want to make their voice heard in the community, develop leadership skills and have fun making friends are invited. Details: 704-920-2066.

The Comic Collective teen book club will meet 4 p.m. July 25 in the Meeting Room. Participants will debate who’s the best character in the Superhero Tournament of Champions. For details, callBrandon at 704-920-2052.