“Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century Bill Gates” … interesting to think that Andrew Carnegie would need to be defined.

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With the prospect of a new year ahead, the last blog of 2010, will celebrate the 100th anniversary one of the loveliest buildings on campus.  Now known as the Carnegie Guest House, it was dedicated on September 10, 1910 as the Carnegie Library.Interior of Carnegie Library from Cornelia Shaw scrapbookThe name comes from Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century Bill Gates – who took some of the monies made by his companies and helped build libraries across the nation. Most were public libraries but a number of colleges, including Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, received funding as well.

via The Davidson College Archives & Special Collections blog — Around the D.


How often do official records and oral history differ? Everyone I know will remember Christmas 2010 as a white Christmas. Sounds very Grinchy to me!

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oral history, media, official records, Charlotte,  headlines:

John Tomko, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., says the official snow depth reading is taken at 7 a.m. Charlotte had no snow at 7 a.m., so according to weather service in Greer, S.C., Charlotte had no snow on Christmas. And the official records in Greer, S.C., will state that Charlotte’s last White Christmas was in 1947.

via Musta been a Grinch who stole our White Christmas – CharlotteObserver.com.

Kuykendall back in president’s office at Davidson | DavidsonNews.net

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Welcome back, John!

He takes over as the college seeks replacement for Ross. College also announces it won’t alter policy requiring a Christian as leader this time, but will begin discussions within a year of new president’s arrival.

Former Davidson College president John Kuykendall has returned to his old post temporarily as the college searches for a replacement for Tom Ross, who stepped down Dec. 10.

via Kuykendall back in president’s office at Davidson | DavidsonNews.net.

worst of the worst …

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technology, iPhones:  So I have the worst cell phone service in a major metropolitan area AND I use the worst carrier!

Consumer Reports, the influential product review publication, says AT&T Inc. is again the worst-rated cellular service provider in the U.S., a blow to the carrier’s effort to rehabilitate its network and reputation.

via Consumer Reports Says AT&T ‘Worst-Rated’ U.S. Carrier – WSJ.com.


Lake Norman Boathouses

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I have never noticed the boathouses on Lake Norman … I’ll have to look.

Picturesque boathouses dot Lake Norman’s shores, nestled among the changing leaves on trees. The lake is also lower in the fall and winter, exposing views of the shoreline not seen otherwise.

via Charlotte news, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, weather, traffic, sports, banking, North Carolina, real estate, jobs, cars | CharlotteObserver.com.


McAdenville — A Charlotte area holiday tradition …

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I attempted to take John to McAdenville the first year we were dating … it was a fail … I have been back a time or two.  They were enchanting.

Christmas lights reflect across the pond in McAdenville. ROBERT LAHSER – rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

via Photos – McAdenville Lights Up – CharlotteObserver.com.

Rock Hill — Urban Knitting

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I like this one!

Gallery Up organized a collection of knitted or crocheted swatches from local crafters to decorate Main St. in downtown Rock Hill. This project was inspired by other recent Òurban knittingÓ happenings across the world and provides a creative new way of seeing commonplace objects such as sign posts, benches and trees. This sculpture by Robert Hasselle on Main Street was decorated.

via Photos – Urban Knitting – CharlotteObserver.com.