Matthews certified as wildlife habitat
The Town of Matthews recently earned the coveted Community Wildlife Habitat designation from the National Wildlife Federation, becoming the 64th community in the country and the fourth in North Carolina to do so.
The local program, Matthews Naturally, was accomplished with help from Habitat and Wildlife Keepers, or HAWK, volunteers.
To become a certified community, Matthews needed to log a minimum of 150 houses, five schools and five other public places as certified by the federation’s guidelines for animals: food, water, shelter and places to raise young. The town now has 181 houses, six schools and 14 public places, which include six parks. A community celebration will be scheduled this spring.
If you haven’t had your property certified, it’s not too late.
Eligible locations need a mailing address with a 28105, 28104 or 28106 zip code. Becoming certified costs $20, paid to the federation, and signs can be purchased for an additional fee.
To see if your home, business, school or place of worship can be certified as a wildlife habitat, call Debbie Foster at 704-841-1372 or email email@example.com. For more information or to certify your property, visit www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife.
Mint Hill DVD nets award
Carol Timblin and Becky Griffin of the Mint Hill Historical Society recently accepted the Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians on behalf of the nonprofit.
The award was presented to the group for its “Step Into History” DVD produced and directed by Carol Timblin and Larry Ferguson.
For more information or to purchase a DVD visit www.minthillhistory.com.
Matthews manager honored
The North Carolina League of Municipalities recently elected Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett to its Board of Directors during the League’s annual conference in Charlotte, according to a news release.
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of more than 540 communities. The board is responsible for representing the opinions of members when deciding the direction of the League. The League promotes good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services — as directed by its membership, according to the release.
Blodgett has been the Matthews manager since 2003. Previously, he served as the city manager for Whiteville and worked in various capacities in other city/county governments.
Blodgett has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Married with four children, he enjoys bicycling and reading. He is an active member and past president of the Matthews Rotary Club.
No turkey grease down the drain!
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department is asking customers to take special care this holiday season when cooking to properly dispose of waste. That means, no fats, oils or grease down the kitchen sink.
These items as well as dairy products and other foods clog plumbing and can cause raw sewage to overflow into local streams and creeks.
Instead, these types of waste should be thrown in the trash, according to a news release.
Baby wipes, paper towels, mail and medication are also items that should never go down drains.
For more information, visit http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Utilities/GreaseFree/Pages/Home.aspx.