Local Interest

Water Fowl or Foul Water? Sewage Spills Contaminate Local Waters

Bald eagles, great blue herons, mallards and many other wildlife species of the Catawba River rely on local streams and creeks for food and shelter. Though beautiful from above, what lurks beneath the surface of these important waters? Disturbingly, on average, more than 1,000 gallons a day of raw sewage entered a stream or creek […]

The Gleaning Network – Gathering local crops to end hunger

By: Lisa Moore Many of us will sit down to a healthy dinner tonight taking for granted that food is always readily available to us. We cannot see the faces of hunger here in Charlotte who don’t always have access to nutritious food:  kids who will go to school hungry, seniors that aren’t able to […]

Slow Food in Schools – Connecting Kids with Sustainable Food

At Shamrock Gardens Elementary in Charlotte students are learning more than the three R’s. They are well on their way to becoming master gardeners. By learning where their food comes from, how to prepare it and the importance of sharing it with friends and family, these youngsters are gaining knowledge in food tradition and sustainability. […]

Namaste – A Sacred Gesture of Honor

Before you roll up your mat and slip on your shoes to leave the yoga studio, you’ve probably noticed the pause at the end of class when the teacher unites the students to say, “Namaste.” Perhaps you are a seasoned yogi attuned to this word’s true meaning or a beginner that unwittingly mumbles it just […]

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – Healing Under Pressure

By: Lee Walker Three-year-old Sharon Baer of Charlotte had a difficult time coming into this world. During her  delivery she suffered a stroke that resulted in a form of cerebral palsy. Her speech was delayed and she had paralysis in the right side of her body. But now her world is getting brighter. Recently her […]

ChiRunning – Combining modern physics and inner focus for pain free running

By Ana Maria King Jeanne Higgins grew up running.  She started at age seven when her brother bet her a dollar that she couldn’t run a mile without stopping. Twenty-five years later, Higgins’ ankles and hips began to rebel at the stress of running. For eight years she could not run without fighting the onset […]

Blowing the Whistle on Tea’s Health Benefits

Since tea was first discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung around 2737 BC, it has been consumed as both a beverage and a medicine. Not only is tea soothing and delicious, but research indicates it offers important health benefits as well. So what makes tea good for the body?  It contains high levels of antioxidants […]

Latta Plantation Nature Center: An Eco-Vacation in Your Own Back Yard

By Lisa Moore Eager to escape the daily grind of the city for some greener pastures, but gas prices are keeping you home? You can both protect and admire the environment with a fun-filled trip for all ages to Latta Plantation Nature Center, located in Huntersville. A former cotton plantation owned by traveling merchant James […]

Energy Audits Can Reduce Utility Bills

Are You Ready for Winter? With cold weather right around the corner, it may be a good time to consider an energy audit of your home. By assessing how much energy your home consumes and taking measures to make your home more energy efficient, savings of up to 30% are possible on utility bills. An […]

Organ Donation – Giving the Gift of Life

By Lisa Moore For much of his life, Bill Katsanos struggled with the complications of Polycystic Kidney Disease, a progressive, incurable disease that is typically inherited. The 47-year-old Charlottean battled pain, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, frequent urination and a brain aneurysm that was luckily caught early. After a year and a half on dialysis, […]