Town's redesigned website has plenty of info

Check out our new and improved town's website at www. There's so much information to see.

On the first page are pictures of our town, an update to our local weather and even a webcam so you can watch what's going on in front of the town hall or at the intersection of East Catawba Avenue and N.C. 115.

The latest town news is also there, including a video of the proposed diverging diamond interchange that may be built at Interstate 77 Exit 28; information about the Veterans memorial; and news from the police department about ways to keep the lake safe and new goggles that will be purchased to show the dangers of drunk driving.

You also can read the current agenda for the town board, as well as minutes from past meetings. There's an events calendar to keep up to date on all that's happening and a main menu that links to almost every other town site you'd need.

I admit I liked the old website. But I've had fun clicking on the links and exploring what the new layout has to offer. I'm sure once I get used to the change, I'll be thrilled that almost all the information I need to know about Cornelius is only a click or two away.

Holiday food drive

Until Monday, the Cornelius/Lake Norman Lions Club is conducting a holiday food drive to benefit the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center.

Collection centers in Cornelius are at Edward Jones, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Lake Norman Neighbors, Lake Norman Reality, Carolina Art Garden/Just Baked Cupcakes & Coffee, Lake Norman Auto and Tire Center, Piedmont Bank and The Shop Around the Corner. Be sure to drop off nonperishable food items.

Dance lessons for kids

The Cornelius PARC Department, along with DancinKids Studios, will offer dance classes for ages 2-12 beginning the week of Jan. 3. All classes will be at the Bailey Road Recreation Center. Some of the classes available are ballet, tap, tumble, jazz and hip hop. Go to or call 704-765-1450 for all the specifics.

Missing Mikey Mikey

For Valentine's Day 2007, I had enough jewelry. I wanted another ferret, a rescue no one else really wanted.

I found Mikey. Animal control had confiscated him; he had been used as a play toy for cats that had bitten off part of his tail.

Mikey trusted no one. He immediately dug his little pointy teeth into my nose, and I had to pry open his jaws to get him off. His answer to anything was to bite, usually me.

I spent almost three months working with two different ferret shelters, first getting him to trust people, then getting him to trust that hands would not hit, and finally getting him to realize he would always be safe with us. Mikey became the sweetest animal I've ever had.

Ferrets are sometimes aloof, but Mikey would come to me to be picked up, wrap his front paws around my wrist and his back paws around my elbow, and just stay hanging there as I went about my day. If that was not the position he chose, Mikey had to be cradled in my arms like a baby doll. We had to call him "Mikey Mikey" to get him to come, because he finally had such joy in life that he wouldn't pay attention unless he was called twice.

My sweet friend Mikey died last week. I want to thank all the wonderful people at Carolina Veterinary Specialists for taking such good care of Mikey and me. It's still really hard for me to realize that Mikey Mikey is no longer in my world, and it's a much sadder place.