Local Briefs for Feb. 23, 2013

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 06:21 PM

Mineral Springs Special Meeting

The town of Mineral Springs will conduct a joint special meeting on a presentation by Bill Dustin on conditional zoning districts Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Mineral Springs town hall at 3506 South Potter Road, Mineral Springs. 

Union County Performance Ensemble adds show

Due to the canceled show from last weekend, The Union County Performance Ensemble will perform an additional show on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the CATA auditorium. 

Volunteer Days at Dogwood Park

Volunteer Days at Dogwood Park will be held Feb. 23, March 9 and April 13 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The park is at the corner of Highway 84 and Lester Davis Road. There are volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and volunteer hours can be signed off on. All volunteers must sign a waiver and parents must sign for those under the age of 18. Volunteers are asked to wear work/garden gloves and can bring shovels, wheelbarrows and other hand held tools that may be helpful. For more information call 704-243-7391.

Seasonal opening of Monroe lakes

The City of Monroe Water Resources Department will open Lake Lee, Lake Monroe and Lake Twitty on March 1.

The open season will run from March 1 to approximately Nov. 1. Hours of operations are generally sunrise to sunset and can be confirmed by checking with the Lake Inspector stations at each lake. No activities are allowed on the lakes except during the hours of operation and when an inspector is on duty. The November closing date will be adjusted due to weather and other factors and will be announced approximately two weeks before the lakes close.

The operation of the City lakes is governed by City and State regulations. The City must comply with North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources drinking water regulation in operating the lakes since they are classified for use as a drinking water supply source.

If you have questions regarding the regulations governing the use of the lakes, please contact the Water Resource Department at 704-282-4601.

SVMS collects for Heifer International

With its second Global Awareness fundraising project of the year, SVMS is collecting money for Heifer International. Heifer International is an organization that provides live animals to people living in poverty. Heifer International’s mission is to give a hand up, not a handout. The animals made possible by donations to the SVMS site will allow the recipients to not only feed their family, but also eventually offer help to neighboring families.

SVMS’s goal is to raise $5000. With that level of contributions, SVMS would be able to donate the Gift Ark, which is two of each of the animals in the Heifer menagerie. Not only do the recipients of these animals get food for their own family but the animal’s offspring allow the families to sell the surplus food to others and the extra income can mean education for the children in the family and an existence that is no longer just subsistent.

After a week of the three week campaign, the school has already raised over $700 and the push is on to achieve their goal by February 28. If anyone in the community would like to help, they can go to the Heifer International website and search for Sun Valley Middle School under Team Heifer under the Give tab or directly - http://teamheifer.heifer.org/sunvalleymiddle. With the help of the larger community, students at SVMS will be able to meet their goal.