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In brief - April 15, 2008

'Most Wanted' votes posted

The eighth finalist in the America's Most Wanted All-Star Award was named Monday, and Lake Wylie's Dick Mann is not among the final eight to compete for the $10,000 grand prize.

Mann, a volunteer with River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS, was nominated for the online competition allowing voters to decide which emergency responders from across the country should be recognized in the All-Star competition. For more information on the competition, visit amw.com/allstar.

Water Watchers program launches

LAKE WYLIE -- If the new program from the Lake Wylie Covekeepers gets much bigger, they may need to start looking for a new place to meet.

The first of three monthly meetings was held Wednesday for the new Water Watcher program, a training initiative allowing residents to monitor areas near their homes for possible threats to water quality. Resident response was so strong that prospective Water Watchers on Wednesday outnumbered the 15 to 20 active Covekeepers.

"We had 21 new people show up," said C.D. Collins, Covekeeper and board member of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. "A lot of them are interested in carrying this program into the future."

Water Watcher trainings coincide with regular Covekeeper meetings the second Wednesday of each month, and will be complete following the third meeting June 11. For anyone unable to attend, the first training session was recorded and still can be viewed.

"They can come to the second and third," Collins said. "Just because they missed the first meeting doesn't mean they can't catch up."

The Covekeepers have long-hoped to add to their membership and add "eyes and ears" to the Lake Wylie, Steele Creek and Gaston County areas.

"This really gives people a way to get started and help us and feel like an active part of what we're trying to do," Collins said.

For more information, visit catawbariverkeeper.org or call (704) 616-6009.

Buffer workshop slated April 23

LAKE WYLIE -- The York County Planning & Development Services Department invites the public to the Lake Wylie/Catawba River Buffer Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at Crowders Creek Elementary School, 5515 Charlotte Hwy.

In September of last year, more than 100 local residents packed a York County meeting to voice concerns on possible changes to the county's lake buffer rules. The first of several planned public participation meetings was set for December, though meetings have not been held since.

The December meeting focused on the current buffer ordinance and how the rules are enforced, while later meetings were to examine whether changes needed to be made. Anyone interested in helping create changes to the ordinance is welcome to participate.

For more information, call (803) 909-7230.

Alzheimer's support group starting up

LAKE WYLIE -- Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living joins the Alzheimer's Association to provide the Western County Alzheimer's Support Group. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 5, and continue the first Monday of the month, at Lake Wylie Retirement, 4877 Charlotte Hwy. Call (803) 831-9900 for information.

• Lake Wylie Healthcare Decision Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24. Ask questions and get important paperwork taken care of regarding power of attorney, living wills and advance directives.

Lake Wylie Retirement & Assisted Living is located at 5877 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie. For more information, call (803) 831-9900.

Shelter in need seeks support

In less than seven months, Tender Hearts House of Hope shelter has helped more than 50 women and children.

During the 90-day program, the shelter's clients have learned about nutrition, job skills and budgeting, and worked toward high school equivalency diplomas.

A 30-year-old woman staying at the shelter with her five children has earned her GED. The next step? To find a job.

Tender Hearts is an incredible ministry that has helped many people. In addition to its House of Hope, the organization provides food, clothing and shelter to York County's needy.

But now Tender Hearts is the one in need.

"We have until July 15 to find a way to buy the shelter's building," said executive director Ainslee House.

The building, which Tender Hearts is renting and has renovated, is owned by Howard Burrell, who is moving to Georgia to take over as pastor of a Baptist church.

"Our capital campaign will start on April 15," House said. "We've got to raise $136,000 in just three months."

Cornerstone Family Worship Center in York is holding fundraisers. And Tender Hearts held a "pantry party" recently for 21 pastoral and business people to tell them about the organization's good works. But it needs your help, too.

To make a donation, stop by Tender Hearts' thrift store at 511 Kings Mountain St., York. Or send donations to Tender Hearts, P.O. Box 634, York, SC 29745. For more information, call Tender Hearts at (803) 684-3132.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Taste of Belmont set for April 25

BELMONT -- A Taste of Belmont will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 25 at Stowe Manor, 217 South Central Ave., Belmont.

Nine Belmont restaurants will participate, with proceeds benefiting the Belmont Historical Society.

Tickets are $50, and include food and open bar. Prizes will be awarded for '60s and '70s-themed attire.

For more information, call (704) 825-1865 or visit tasteofbelmont.com.

Summer art camp accepting students

ROCK HILL -- Art camps for children aged 5 to16 will be held three weeks this summer with Ruth Ann Mauney, retired art teacher and a Rock Hill School District Teacher of the Year. Dates are June 16-20, June 23-27 and July 14-18. Projects include furniture painting, clay sculpture or pottery, photography self-portrait, tye-dye shirts, jewelry, wire sculpture vases and oil pastel drawings. Classes run 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (803) 327-7065.

Donate cell phone to help soldiers

LAKE WYLIE -- Century 21 Palmetto Homes is an official cell phone collection center for Cell Phones For Soldiers program.

Cell phones may be dropped off at 508 Bethel St., Clover, 4573 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie, or the York office at 1738 Old York Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Any make or model accepted. Drop off the cell phone with attached battery. The cell phones are recycled for cash to purchase calling cards.

Call (803) 222-5464 or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Send news and photos of events to news@lakewyliepilot.com. Submission deadline is noon Thursday prior to intended Tuesday publication date.

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