Local businesses help Lions Club's food drive succeed

The Cornelius/Lake Norman Lions Club wants to thank all the area businesses that helped with its 2010 Holiday Food Drive. The collection benefited the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.

Business involved were Carolina Art Garden/Just Baked Cupcakes & Coffee, Lake Norman Auto and Tire Center, Piedmont Bank, The Shop Around the Corner, Edward Jones, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Norman office of The Charlotte Observer and Lake Norman Reality.

These local merchants collected seven boxes of food. The Cornelius Branch of Piedmont Bank collected the most.

Update on local fencer

Lucia Ahrensdorf, the 15-year-old Cornelius fencer I wrote about at the end of last year, just returned from the North American Cup in Dallas.

On Jan. 13, right after the snow, Lucia had to go to school for the morning, even though she was flying to Dallas that day, since she'd already missed so much of her classes due to snow days. She had time to attend for only two hours.

At the airport, Lucia and her mother found out that, coincidentally, they were on the same flight as someone else from her fencing club.

When they got to their hotel, which she described as "humongous," Lucia said, she was surprised that some things she had imagined about Texas were true.

"I didn't want to judge," Lucia said, "but I saw a lot of people wearing cowboy hats."

At the North American Cup, the fencing event was "so much bigger and had so many more people that were so good, more than I expected," Lucia said. Matches could change in a split second.

She attended the Division 1 men's foil finals. At that event, "The guy who had been to the World Cup Finals was up 11 to 2. This match went to 15, and the guy leading ended up losing," she said.

Lucia said everything was so exciting.

She participated in two divisions: under 16 and under 20.

"I didn't do too well," she said. Matches were to 5 points, and Lucia held her own until she was up against someone eligible for the 2012 Olympic team.

"I lost miserably," she said, with a score of 5-0.

Lucia plans to return to the venue next month for the Junior Olympics. We wish her the best of luck in that competition.