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Water smart: Concord utility customers who replace their home's toilets with WaterSense low-flow toilets are eligible for a one-time credit of up to $150 on their water bills. Toilets must be installed before submitting a credit application.

The WaterSense High Efficiency Toilet Credit Program is part of the Catawba River Interbasin Transfer settlement agreement. The credit program will be available until May 14, 2020. Details: Barbara Pierce, 704-920-5725, or


Connectivity: Harrisburg recently received a $300,000 Congestion Management-Air Quality grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation. Residents can look for future sidewalk projects on Morehead Road and Morris Drive to be funded by the grant. The project will complete a loop around the Town Center, through Rocky River Crossing and into Harrisburg Park. Construction is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.


Help the hungry: The Food Lion family of banners, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food, has kicked off the ninth annual Hunger Has a Cure campaign. The campaign runs through Dec. 27 and supports local food banks affiliated with the domestic hunger-relief charity Feeding America. Customers can purchase ready-made food boxes or donate food in bins. The grocer has donated nearly 300 million pounds of food to Feeding America and its affiliated food banks since 2002.