Happy Birthday America! Our country turned 236 years old yesterday and we celebrated with heat, hot dogs, hamburgers and dazzling pyrotechnics. Our town was well represented at the ball park in Kannapolis for baseball and post-game fireworks where the O’Brien and Dunker families were spotted along with many others. What a nice mid-week break for all of us.
July 4th is President Obama’s older daughter’s birthday – Malia turned 14 – and we found three of our own residents who also celebrated a birthday yesterday: Judy Johnson, Bob Dortch and Jon Regen. In addition, Around Davidson includes news today of a new grandbaby for Pat McCall and an idea for summer fun that is close by.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG JON
John Regen is a firecracker! He celebrated his 78th birthday yesterday with family and friends. Jon and his wife, Barbara moved to Davidson in 2005 joining daughter, Suzanne Grzeszczak, and her family as well as son, Will Regen and his family, who were already well established as residents of our town. Their third child, Kelsey, lives in Arlington, Va.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jon tells a wonderful story of visiting his grandfather in Memphis when he was just a little tyke. Seems that Grandpa encouraged Jon to go door-to-door in the neighborhood to thank residents for flying the American flag in honor of his birthday – and the tale is still repeated about how Jon willingly did this until of an age when he realized that Grandpa had “pulled his leg!”
For his birthday photo, Jon donned a cowboy hat purchased years ago while on a ski trip to Colorado. He has it well dusted off and ready to wear next week when he and two buddies from Virginia are heading off on an adventure to the Calgary Stampede and a little touring in Banff and Lake Louise. Happy Birthday, Jon, and safe travels in Canada.
JUDY JOHNSON IS ANOTHER FIRECRACKER
Happy Birthday as well to Judy Johnson who celebrated a birthday yesterday with a picnic in her Hudson Place neighborhood. Judy and her late husband, Marvin, moved to Davidson in 1994 with their sons, Drake and Spencer. Judy is well known for her assistant teacher duties at Davidson Elementary School and looks forward to retirement from teaching this fall.
Asked about favorite birthday memories, Judy commented that growing up in Charlotte and then, after fourth grade, in Winston-Salem, that most years no one was around to celebrate with her. All her friends were off on vacation or at the beach for the holiday. Bummer! But we celebrate with you this year!
AND YET A THIRD – BOB DORTCH
Best wishes to Bob Dortch who is our third Fourth of July baby! Bob and his wife, Barbara, moved to Davidson in March of 1997 (unpacking the television first to watch the ACC tournament) with their daughters, Lauren and Lindsay. Bob’s birthday was celebrated yesterday afternoon when he and Barb gathered with Bob’s mother and other family members in Harrisburg. Bob practices law in Charlotte and makes the most of his free time “cruisin’” on his Harley.
Bob and Barb’s daughters are busy young ladies. Lindsay and her husband of three years, Robert Crozier, are caught up in the theater scene in Charlotte. Both majored in theater in college and have plans to try their luck in New York City soon. Lauren has worked this past year in Old Fort, N.C., with troubled youth in SUWS intervention counseling. (SUWS reaches troubled teens through “structure, unconditional support, wilderness impact and success.”) She plans to enter graduate school this fall in Pittsburgh to earn a master’s degree in social work.
Happy Birthday, Bob.
PAT MCCALL HAS A THIRD GRANDSON
Congratulations to Pat McCall who has lived in the St. Alban’s neighborhood for the past eight years and whom we affectionately call “Piano” McCall so as not to confuse her with Concord Road’s Pat McCall, AKA “Flower” McCall. (See Around Davidson, March 10, 2011, “Meet two Pat McCalls …”) Pat is a grandmother for the third time and recently welcomed her third grandson.
Pat’s son, Brian Munford, and his wife, Aimee, welcomed their first child in April. Owen Samuel Munford was born on April 21 in Richmond, Va., weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. and stretching to 22¼ inches. Brian is a busy fella with two restaurants in Richmond. Aimee has her own jewelry business, Garnett Jewelry, featuring a popular bracelet that she created and is now sold by Anthropologie.
Pat’s daughter, Laura, and her husband, Frank Cardaropoli, live on Grey Road and have two sons, Matthew (7) and Nicholas (8). Busy households keeping Pat on her toes with grand-parenting “assignments” in addition to her piano and organ duties in the community.
MINI GOLF IN YOUR FUTURE?
Hearing that George Lyles, youngest child of Steedman and Cissi Lyles of Concord Road, was working at Lake Norman Mini Golf, your correspondent just had to check it out. George graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 2011 and just completed his freshman year at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.
This is George’s first year working at the mini golf and he is enjoying his duties immensely. Stopping for a photo, we got to talk to fellow employee Kristen Porter as well. Kristen is the daughter of Tim and Debbie Porter of Bailey Road and a rising senior at Hough High School. She is beginning her second year of working at the “putt-putt” course.
It turns out that this is the second summer for Lake Norman Mini Golf, built by area residents Kip and Kari Zent. It is tucked on the west side of US 21 right next to the Modern Nissan car salesroom in Cornelius. You need to look for the sign with an American flag attached. (See our 2011 “Summer Scoop” feature on the new course, CorneliusNews.net, “A hole-in-one for Lake Norman Miniature Golf.”)
A round of golf, with many misting fans around the course, is $8 for those seven and older, $6 for ages 4-6. Children three and younger are free with a paying adult. The facility has a nice concession stand for a meal or snacks and a snow cone. It is open for golf beginning with weekends in February and daily when the weather is nice through November. Hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
George and Kristen particularly enjoy the company of their co-workers at the mini-golf. With outgoing personalities, they are eager to assist golfers if needed. Born in Davidson, George Lyles from an early age has “known everybody” so it is no wonder that he will serve as the Public Relations Chair for his sophomore class this fall at PC. So nice to visit with these young people. Now we need to check out our mini-golf skills.
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