An area law enforcement officer has been recognized by the state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts to make boating safer on Lake Norman and the other lakes in the Catawba River chain.
Officer Scott Strickland of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s law enforcement division was presented the MADD Hero award during the group’s annual awards banquet Feb. 6 at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.
Strickland was one of two Wildlife Resources Commission officials to be honored during the state MADD chapter banquet. Geoff Cantrell, a public information officer with the law enforcement division, received the “Heart of MADD” award for his work in developing and coordinating the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.
“We are honored to work hand-in-hand with our heroes in law enforcement and dedicated mission partners as we work towards a day of no more victims,” LaRonda Scott, director of North Carolina MADD, said in a prepared release.
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Strickland, stationed in Iredell County, was recognized for his proactive enforcement efforts and his efforts to educate the community on the dangers of irresponsible boating. He is just the second Wildlife Resources Commission officer to receive the MADD Hero award, which is presented annually to law enforcement officers for community involvement.
Free vessel safety checks
The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron will conduct free vessel safety checks on boats and personal watercraft at three locations around Lake Norman this year.
The vessel safety checks will be performed between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at:
▪ April 25, Kings Point Morningstar Marina, 18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius.
▪ May 23, Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius.
▪ June 6, Holiday Marina, 20139 Henderson Road, Cornelius.
The vessel safety checks, performed by U.S. Power Squadrons-certified examiners, will cover items required by state and federal law, plus 16 other recommended safety items.
Boats and PWCs passing the safety check will receive a decal to affix to the vessel, which could also qualify the owner for a discount on their marine insurance.
In addition, vessel safety checks can be requested by appointment by going to the website, www.safetyseal.net/GetVSC, and entering the ZIP code, which will provide a list of certified examiners with contact information.
For information, call 704-663-6791 or 704-609-4276, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will hold a special Earth Day event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville.
The theme of the LNWC’s Earth Day program is “All Things Nature.” Featured will be exhibits from local nurseries, landscapers, outdoor specialty stores and other outdoor-themed organizations.
In addition, participants can learn how to construct a wildlife-friendly yard, experts will hold seminars on subjects like “Bird-Brained Gardening” and “Aliens Among Us,” and music, food and beverages, and hand-on crafts will also be available.
NCCSR class schedule
N.C. Community Sailing and Rowing, based at Blythe Landing Park in Cornelius, has several sailing and rowing classes coming up.
Classes available to the public are:
▪ Racing rules of sailing, 6-8 p.m. March 4.
▪ Adult Flying Scot “learn to sail” classes, March 28-29, April 11-12, April 18-19.
▪ Youth advanced Opti/Introduction to racing, April 14-May 21.
▪ Youth skills development, April 15-May 20.
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