UCW News briefs: June 5 — 11

Town honors Purple Heart recipients with proclamation

Indian Trail Town Council members stand with members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634, which was recently honored by the town. Photo courtesy of Indian Trail

Indian Trail Town Council members stand with members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634, which was recently honored by the town. Photo courtesy of Indian Trail

INDIAN TRAIL – Leaders in Indian Trail recently presented a proclamation honoring the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634.

The group is comprised of veterans who have been awarded Purple Heart Medals. The organization recently named Indian Trail as a Purple Heart City.

Waterfowl rescue facility again damaged in storm

INDIAN TRAIL – Last week’s storms damaged animal enclosures, fencing and a well pump at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue location in Indian Trail, according to a news release.

Tree limbs fell on several animal shelters, including one used to house pigeons, and other trees were left hanging over pens following the storm, according to group director Jennifer Gordon. The worst damage was to the area used to house disabled ducks, according to the release.

“We anticipated the storm, and had been moving animals to safety beforehand,” Gordon said in the release. “We are still assessing the damage and checking the birds, but we do need a lot of volunteers in the next few days to help with cleanup and repairs.”

The facility was damaged earlier this year during winter storms, and in 2011 from snow and ice. Find more information on volunteering at www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com.

Waste hauler to expand with transfer station

MONROE – Union County’s God Bless the USA waste hauler and recycling company is seeking to open a new municipal solid waste transfer station in Monroe to divert organic household waste from landfills.

The station would join the company’s facility at 3314 Westwood Industrial Drive, and allow food and yard waste to be used for compost and burning as an alternative energy source.

“Diverting approximately half of all residential waste will preserve dwindling landfill space for future generations, as well as keep residential waste hauling and recycling fees low for municipalities and individual residents,” according to a news release from the company.

The expansion also will include a compressed natural gas filling station that will be open to the public. The company invested in hybrid fuel collection trucks in 2010 and in compressed natural gas-powered collection trucks in 2012, according to the release.

The transfer station is awaiting state permits.

Weddington to host public hearings on The Falls

WEDDINGTON – The public is invited to two meetings focused on The Falls at Weddington subdivision proposal.

The meetings will be held June 18, a Wednesday, at town hall, 1924 Weddington Road from 5 to 7 p.m.; and June 19, a Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the site along Antioch Church Road. Call 704-846-2709 for more information on the

The forums will discuss the proposed 185-lot single-family subdivision, which would be built on 232.5 acres if approved by Weddington leaders. People can learn more about the proposal at the meetings and ask questions, according to a news release.

Club invites community to learn about horse riding

MIDLAND – The Union County Young Riders 4-H Club will team up with Brandywine Stables in Midland next week to introduce people to horses and let them learn about what the club does.

The event will be held on June 12, a Thursday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the stables, at 3424 Drake Road. There will be pony rides and grooming lessons, according to a news release.

Find more information about the club at http://union.ces.ncsu.edu/unioncounty4-hclubsandgroups.

Scouts to host WWII veteran

LAKE PARK – Union county Boy Scouts will have a chance to meet a World War II veteran at a special event next week.

Pfc. James Boyce Crumb Jr., an Indian Trail resident who landed on Normandy on D-Day, will speak to Scouts about his experience and answer their questions at the event on June 12, a Thursday, at Faith United Methodist Church, 3708 Faith Church Road in Indian Trail, at 7 p.m.

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