Help keep your identity to yourself

You can shred your personal documents for free from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 behind Cornelius Town Hall (rain date Sept. 25).

This service, intended to help protect you and the rest of our community from identity theft, is available thanks to the Cornelius Police Department in partnership with Recall Document Management and Aquesta Bank.

Bring any confidential paper documents to be safely destroyed; you don't even need to remove clips or staples.

Details: Sgt. George Brinzey or Officer Vickie Williams, 704-892-1363, or

Couch-to-5K running plan

The Cornelius PARC Department will help people ages 18 and older change from couch potatoes to runners in six weeks. The program will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 27 at the Bailey Middle School track.

You'll learn proper warm-up techniques, work out toward running a 5K and learn stretches for quicker recovery after running.

Jeff Heal of Fitness Together will lead the class. A former high school track coach, Heal has been in the fitness industry for more than 15 years and is now a personal trainer.

Registration is $40 for residents and $48 for others. Register at the town hall or online. Details: 704-765-1450;

Dogs need your help, again

If you read this column regularly, you will remember North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue recently won, with your help, a grant from Pepsi to help pay for rebuilding.

That money can be used only for building costs, no matter how desperate the other needs are, and "the emergencies we encountered in the last few days are more than we can handle on our own," an NMAR representative said.

Among the dogs who need help:

A tiny basenji was found with bones protruding from its foot;

Four male puppies were rescued because they were not fed or watered, were covered with fleas and were left outside in the heat;

On the way back to the shelter from picking up the puppies, volunteers found a starving beagle.

These dogs all need help, and NMAR needs money to help pay for them.

"Without amazing supporters like you, NMAR would never have been able to save the 2,500 dogs that have come through our gates over the last 10 years," the representative said.

My dog Daisy was an NMAR rescue puppy, and she is the smartest, sweetest dog I've ever had.

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