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Summit Coffee staff & friends grow for ‘Movember’

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Summit Coffee Co. in Davidson once again is partnering with Movember to raise money and awareness for men’s health initiatives. Throughout the month of November, Summit will host and participate in various events to benefit Movember, an international non-profit that’s become an industry leader in the fight against prostate and testicular cancers, as well as in support of mental health. Read the full story

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‘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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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Davidson Prosthetics gives patients back mobility

Prosthetist-orthotist Molly Matthews at her work bench (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

Prosthetist-orthotist Molly Matthews at her work bench in downtown Davidson (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

small business spotlight bugMolly Matthews helps patients who have lost the use of a limb through an accident, stroke, or other mishap to recover some mobility and independence. She makes prosthetic limbs and orthotics, and devices that can provide everything from extra support for a stroke victim suffering from foot drop, to a new leg for an amputee.  Read the full story

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