Bluefield work to curb wrecks

Last week's snowstorm delayed plans by the town to begin installing a temporary curb on Bluefield Road to help reduce the number of auto wrecks and near misses at two major retail centers off Interstate 77 Exit 36.

The town's Public Works/Street Division was scheduled to begin installing a series of white and yellow posts to serve as a temporary curb at the access points to the Magnolia Crossing (Bloom) and Winslow Bay (SuperTarget, Michaels) centers.

The work is now scheduled to begin later this week, said John Finan, Mooresville director of public works.

The posts will eliminate left turns out of both locations, town officials say, which should significantly reduce collisions and near misses.

Finan said Bluefield Road drivers will still be able to make left turns into the centers.

The posts resemble the ones on Sam Furr Road near Northcross Shopping Center, off Interstate 77 Exit 25 in Huntersville, Finan said.

Help build Bradford Park trails today

Help build trails at Bradford Park this afternoon as part of Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department's second annual Huntersville Day of Service.

Volunteers are needed from noon to 4 p.m. to help construct the trails by removing brush and stumps, trimming branches on trees and making the trail surface easier to walk on. The project is open to individuals, groups, clubs and businesses.

Home & Landscape Show set for Cabarrus Arena

The seventh annual Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show will showcase home improvement experts and the latest trends for homes and outdoor living spaces Jan. 28-30 at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord.

The show will include about 10,000 square feet of landscapes, water features and exhibits.

Representatives from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry will present seminars throughout the weekend and will be available for consultation.

Celebrity guests will include Brian Santos, "The Wall Wizard" on HGTV, presenting seminars on painting, faux finishing and unique wall covering techniques; and Paul James, "The Gardening Guy" on HGTV, with gardening tips.

The event will also offer cooking demonstrations, beer tastings by Old Mecklenburg Brewery and wine tastings in Winery Row.

A kid's zone, regional artists, pet adoptions and "birds of prey" demonstrations will also be part of the event.

Hours are 2-7 p.m. Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for ages 16 and younger. Senior adults and military service members receive $1 off admission. Those 65 and older pay $5 admission Jan. 29. Parking is free.


Capital campaign a success, EDC officials say

Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp. received about $600,000 in private-sector pledges during its recent capital campaign, which saw a record 169percent increase in the number of investors, campaign officials announced.

"A whopping 169percent increase is unprecedented, even in the best economic conditions," Craig Norfolk, manager for ElectriCities in Huntersville and co-chair of the campaign, said in a news release.

"More than doubling our private-sector investments indicates that Lake Norman companies see the importance of growing the local economy."

A team of volunteer business leaders helped identify and contact potential investors. Mike Griffin, a partner with Griffin Brothers Cos. and chairman of the Lake Norman Regional EDC, also served as campaign co-chair. Severin Garrett of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions managed the campaign.

The EDC will spend the private money on product development, business retention and expansion, marketing and investor relations and communications.

The nonprofit corporation receives public funding from the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville and private-sector funding from about 60 corporations and individuals in the Lake Norman area.

In 2010, the EDC assisted with projects that created 322 new jobs and invested $98.4million. Details: