‘Roach-killing chemicals in drinking water,’ Catawba Riverkeeper warns

This full-page ad appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Charlotte Observer (Catawba Riverkeeper).

This full-page ad appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Charlotte Observer (Catawba Riverkeeper).

By JONATHAN COX
DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net

Readers of The Charlotte Observer were treated to a gruesome sight Tuesday – a full-page ad featuring a photo of a dead cockroach floating in a glass of water.

The caption reads: “The same chemicals used to kill roaches are in our drinking water reservoirs … legally.”

The nonprofit environmental organization that paid for the ad, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, warns that state water permits for North Carolina power plants do not place limits on the amount of arsenic (used to kill roaches) or thallium that the plants can release into neighboring bodies of water. Continue Reading

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Friday is Rotary World Polio Day in Davidson

RotaryEndPolioMayor John Woods has proclaimed Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, as Rotary World Polio Day in Davidson. The town encourages all citizens to recognize Rotary International for its more than 105 years of service to improving the human condition in local communities around the world. Continue Reading

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County commission adopts smoking & tobacco ban

MECKLENBURG COUNTY TOBACCO LIMITS

The Mecklenburg County Commission on Oct. 21, 2014, approved two pieces of legislation that will limit tobacco use on government property:

  • Smoke-Free Government Grounds – Commissioners approved a Board of Health rule requiring smoke-free government buildings, vehicles and grounds in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. Smoking is defined as all lighted smoking products such as cigarettes, cigars, little cigars and pipes.
  • Tobacco Free Parks – Commissioners adopted a Mecklenburg County Ordinance to make most Mecklenburg County parks tobacco free. Tobacco is defined as all smoking products, as well as smokeless products (chew, dip, snuff) and electronic cigarettes. The rule affects most parks, greenways, parklands and facilities owned and operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, with the exception of regional parks and county golf courses. In north Mecklenburg, that includes Bradford Park, Waymer Field, and Jetton Park.

See more about the ordinance at the links below.

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net/ CorneliusNews.net

Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Tuesday approved new rules to limit smoking and tobacco use on government property in the county, the City of Charlotte and the county’s six towns. The commission, in its role as the county Board of Health, also passed a separate ordinance that makes many county parks tobacco free.

The measures passed Tuesday night had been softened slightly amid opposition. Earlier this month, county officials revised the proposal to exempt 18 regional parks and county golf courses from the rules. In north Mecklenburg, that includes Bradford Park, Waymer Field, and Jetton Park.

The smoking ban also doesn’t apply to outdoor areas of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, public streets and sidewalks, and state buildings and properties. Continue Reading

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Rubbing elbows with celebs, for A Giving Spirit Foundation

At the Project ALS Gala in New York Thursday were, top, from left, Grace Powers, Dillon Nels, Lexi Powers, Amelia Woodall, Ben Stiller. Bottom, from left, Katie Couric, Libby Dy, Temple Dy.

At the Project ALS Gala in New York Thursday were, top, from left, Grace Powers, Dillon Nels, Lexi Powers, Amelia Woodall, Ben Stiller. Bottom, from left, Katie Couric, Libby Dy, Temple Dy.

Amelia Woodall of Davidson is a sophomore at Woodlawn School.  She was among representatives of Davidson-based A Giving Spirit Foundation who attended the Project A.L.S 16th annual This Is Your Life gala Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Cipriani in New York City. AGSF was founded in 2008, soon after Amelia’s mother, Laura Woodall, was diagnosed with ALS. Amelia shared these thoughts after her trip to New York.

By AMELIA WOODALL

This past weekend, I was able to be a part of an experience that changed my life and that will change the future of A Giving Spirit Foundation’s Teen Council. Continue Reading

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