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More than 150 people attended the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Hopebuilders Breakfast on Sept. 24. From left are Habitat volunteer Karen Clonninger, keynote speaker and Habitat for Humanity Charlotte chair-elect Boris Henderson and Volunteer Program Manager Cathy Petriano.
More than 150 people attended the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Hopebuilders Breakfast on Sept. 24. From left are Habitat volunteer Karen Clonninger, keynote speaker and Habitat for Humanity Charlotte chair-elect Boris Henderson and Volunteer Program Manager Cathy Petriano. COURTESY OF OUR TOWNS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat home: Homeowner Brenda Lubkiewicz moved into her new Our Towns Habitat for Humanity home Sept. 27 in the Norman Park Habitat community in Huntersville.

Over the past four years, Our Towns Habitat has built 16 homes for families earning 35 to 60 percent of HUD median income in the Norman Park community. Lubkiewicz’s home was supported by Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius.

Lubkiewicz works at Kilwins in Birkdale Village and has a daughter and son who will live with her in the Habitat home. After completing 400 hours of sweat equity, she will assume a Habitat mortgage and continue to work as a Habitat volunteer.

Hall of Fame plaques: Donnie Allison and the team of Sox & Martin will be honored with in-ground plaques at the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame dedication at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in front of the Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main St., in downtown Mooresville.

Sox & Martin will be the first drag-racing team to be inducted into the N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Ronnie Sox and his car owner, Buddy Martin, were the winningest Pro Stock combination in major league drag racing in the 1960s and early 1970s. The team won five National Hot Rod Association championships and more than 60 events. Sox died in 2013 and will be represented at the induction by Buddy Martin.

Donnie Allison, the older of the racing Allison brothers, will be the latest NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup drivers to earn induction. He was a 10-time winner in major league stock car races and competed in 242 races on the Grand National/Winston Cup level in his 20-year career. Allison was named the 1967 Grand National Rookie of the Year and won his last race at Atlanta in 1978.

For more information, visit or call 704-663-5331.

Fire rescue open house: The Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue will hold an Open House to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Station 2, 19230 Charles Towne Lane. Parking is available on Beaufain Street, off of Jetton Road behind Harris Teeter.

The fun, family-friendly event will include fire extinguisher training, water target practice with a fire hose, a live vehicle extrication demonstration, firehouse tours, raffles and lunch. All activities are free and open to the public.

For information, visit or call 704-892-1544.

Pawbrokers Jewelry Party: Lake Norman Lucky Cat will host a Pawbrokers Jewelry Party 4-9 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive in Cornelius.

Shoppers can select from donated jewelry and accessories, including vintage and retro items, gems, handmade pieces and estate jewelry in this fundraiser to raise awareness and support for the community’s feral cats.

Lake Norman Lucky Cat is a non-profit volunteer organization promotes the humane, long-term solution of trap-neuter-return-manage and to date has sponsored the spaying or neutering of 325 cats in the Lake Norman region.

All proceeds benefit Lake Norman Lucky Cat. Participants also are invited to bring cat food donations to the free event.

For more information, visit or call 704-877-7779.

Beer and Music Festival: Six of Lake Norman’s top breweries and bottle shops will showcase their brews at the third annual Laketober Beer and Music Festival 4-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius.

Live music will be provided by The Glass Hammers, Ben Gatlin Band and Pluto for Planet. Participating breweries and bottle shops include D9 Brewing Co., The Clown, Primal Brewing, Bayne, Cork and Cask and Old Town Public House.

The event also will include 15 food trucks, a cornhole tournament and a kids’ zone with crafts and games. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds benefit the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

For more information, contact Cornelius PARC at 704-892-6031 ext. 160.

Learn about downtown study: Citizens are invited to a public information session on Davidson’s Downtown Catalyst Study at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Davidson Town Hall.

The session will begin with a brief presentation of the project, including its history, timeline and input from the public. Conceptual renderings of how the 3.5-acre parcel of town land could be used will be shown. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The study currently shows a plan to raze Town Hall, relocate it to another downtown area and create a pedestrian-only street to house the Davidson Farmer’s Market and other town-sponsored events. Other goals are to add shops, restaurants, offices, residences, parking, outdoor green space and a home for the Farmer’s Market.

For more information, visit or contact Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming at or 704-940-9622.

Yard of Distinction awarded: Denise Overcash of 7074 E. Iredell Ave. in Mooresville recently received the Yard of Distinction Award from Mooresville’s Beautification Committee.

Winners are selected by committee members who live in the town or whose place of business is within town limits. To nominate a property, visit For more information, contact Irene Mann at 704-662-3191.

Gift card collection: Lydia’s Loft is currently accepting donated gift cards to give to clients for the holiday season.

Lydia’s Loft is a community-service organization providing clothing and small household items free of charge to those in need in Northern Mecklenburg and Southern Iredell Counties. It is staffed by volunteers from the greater Lake Norman area.

Lydia’s Loft gives its clients $10 gift cards to Walmart or Target. Individuals and organizations who are looking for a way to give back to the community are invited to participate in the gift-card program. Gift cards may be donated at Lydia’s Loft at 203 N. Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, First Baptist Church of Huntersville and the Ada Jenkins Center. To have someone pick up your donated card, visit

For more information, call 704-948-7797.

Vets elect officers: The Richard Warren Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1107 recently elected officers for the coming year.

Joey Sparacio of Mooresville was elected vice-president. Mike McGee of Statesville was named Treasurer, and Donald Poush of Kannapolis was selected as Secretary.

The VVA is a nonprofit membership and service organization dedicated to improving the complex issues affecting Vietnam veterans, their families and the community of veterans from all areas. The group meets 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month except in November and December at the Mooresville Library, 304 S. Main St.

Habitat breakfast held: More than 150 people attended the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Hopebuilders Breakfast on Sept. 24 at the Peninsula Club.

Boris Henderson, chair elect for Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, was the keynote speaker. Henderson moved into a Habitat home with his mother when he was 11. A graduate of Davidson College who also earned a MBA from Wake Forest University, Henderson serves as chief financial officer for the Drakeford Co.


Food donation: Doosan Portable Power employees recently collected 6,500 pounds of nonperishable food for the Iredell Christian Ministries Food Pantry in Statesville. The pantry provides 25,000 pounds of food each month as it serves 800 families in the Statesville area.

The Doosan employees were participating in the Doosan Day of Community Service, a company-wide volunteer effort that celebrates ongoing partnerships with communities where Doosan Infracore companies operate.

The food was collected over a two-week period.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley