The Children's Schoolhouse at 17616 Caldwell Station School Road will host a free community Landmark Party Oct. 14 to celebrate the recent designation of its building as a Mecklenburg County Historic Landmark.
The building was recognized as a well-preserved example of early 20th-century rural school architecture, as was its importance as a northern Mecklenburg County community center in its day.
The free celebration at the schoolhouse from 5:30 to 7p.m. that night will include prizes for the youngest and oldest guests in attendance. Refreshments will be provided, and the playground will be open.
The building operated as the Caldwell Station School from the 1890s to 1931, when the Mecklenburg County Board of Education closed it as part of a consolidation of small area schools.
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American Legion Post 86 bought the building and property for $600 in 1932 and used it for community meetings and square dances.
The building was later sold to a private owner and was used as commercial space.
In 1991 it was bought by the Children's Schoolhouse, which has continually operated it as an educational facility since then.
The Children's Schoolhouse is a parent-run cooperative preschool for ages 3 through 5.
Anyone Caldwell Station School photos and documents from the 1890s to 1931 is invited to take them to the party.
DNP IMS to expand Concord plant
CONCORD DNP IMS America Corp. will add 30 jobs as it expands into 1,600 square feet of its manufacturing plant in International Business Park.
The company makes thermal transfer ribbons for bar code and dye-sublimation printers.
The expansion will include $5million in property improvements and $20million in additional equipment, Concord officials said.
DNP IMS employs about 100 workers at the facility, 4524 Enterprise Drive.
Commissioner suggests new recycling approach
MOORESVILLE Town commissioner Miles Atkins said Mooresville should consider offering curbside recycling in partnership with a private recycling company that already picks up recyclables for some homes in the Mooresville area.
Partnering with a company such as Think Green would reduce taxpayers' cost, partly because the town wouldn't have to buy or maintain recycling trucks, Atkins said.
A public-private partnership would also generate private-sector jobs, he said.
Atkins told the Observer of his idea two days after Town Manager Steve Husemann offered a plan for the town's first curbside recycling program.
Under Husemann's plan, residents would pay $36 a year to have the town pick up "single-stream" recyclables once every other week.
"Single stream" means residents don't have to separate their recyclables by type.
For years, residents have had to drive their recyclables to town transfer stations or pay a more expensive private company to pick them up.
The town would pay for the program through subscription fees and transfer station savings. Participation would be optional.
Mooresville commissioner Chris Carney agreed the town should consider partnering with a private company if it will reduce costs.
"All private companies should be encouraged to make proposals," Carney said.
The decision on how to approach curbside recycling rests with the commissioners, who could vote on it as early as their Oct. 4 meeting or decide to hold off until after their early budget review in November.
'The Produce Lady' launches e-newsletter
KANNAPOLIS The Produce Lady, a program of N.C. MarketReady, recently launched a monthly e-newsletter that encourages N.C. families to eat healthy fruits and vegetables purchased at local farmers markets.
The newsletter includes selection tips, health benefits and recipes. Each issue focuses on a seasonal crop.
View the newsletter at www.theproducelady.org. Click the newsletter banner on the right-hand menu bar.