Community Table, Salutes, And Putt-Putt

Happy Labor Day weekend, Harrisburg! It is difficult to believe that another summer has come and gone. Please make the most of your time and, if you feel so inclined, start stocking up on Halloween candy and pumpkin spice everything.

Yes, those seasonal items have already found their way onto our local store shelves. Yes, we’re shaking our heads, too.

If you haven’t heard by now, Our Community Table ministry is accomplishing some pretty wonderful things at Rocky River Church, located just over the Harrisburg Town line in Concord.

Cindy McNamara was on carb duty during Saturday’s meal at Rocky River Church.

For two hours on Saturday, volunteers served baked chicken, spaghetti, salad, fruit cups, rolls, and water to hundreds of community members in need of some support. The ministry’s compassionate team of volunteers also dished out generous portions of companionship and understanding to those who stopped in to grab a hot meal, or picked up a to-go order for family and friends.

Some of those who dined at the church also had the opportunity to pick up some gently used clothing, or receive a complimentary trim from a professional hair stylist. The monthly meal is open to everyone, and organizers say they typically serve between 1,000 and 1,200 meals – a truly impressive number.

Our Community Table meals are always served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church on the last Saturday of the month—aside for November, when the meal is served on Thanksgiving Day. (That falls on Thursday, November 28, this year, if you want to mark your calendar now.)

Rocky River Church sits on the corner of Roberta and Pitts School roads. Swing on by next month, or visit, to learn more about the program, which began serving free hot meals in June 2018. You can also visit the website to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Those who attended the Ragin’ Bulls home-opener against Concord on Friday evening were treated to something special – and we’re not talking about Hickory Ridge’s 63-8 thrashing of the Spiders on the gridiron.

Two dozen local veterans, including a large group of Purple Heart recipients, were in attendance and recognized prior to the start of the contest as part of the district’s Military Appreciation Night festivities. The veterans, some of whom traveled from as far as South Carolina, were invited onto the field for a special pre-game ceremony that included military salutes and the playing of “Echo Taps,” before supervising the coin-toss. Check out some photos of the event here:

A tip of the cap to Hickory Ridge Athletic Director Philip Furr, and the entire staff at the high school, for hosting such an important event that recognizes those who so bravely served our country. Harrisburg’s own Michael Stubbs, a decorated Vietnam veteran and commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Combat Wounded Veterans Chapter 634, also deserves a heaping of credit for helping organize the district’s annual “Salute To Veterans.”

Our 2-0 Ragin’ Bulls are off this week and will next host Cox Mill on Friday, September 13, in a non-conference game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. on The Ridge.

So, you’re “allegedly” the best miniature golfer in your family? Your spouse and/or children always end up bowing down to your putt-putt prowess?

Well, here is your chance to defend your so-called title, while helping a local nonprofit get off the ground.

Harrisburg’s Kathy Miller-Lista is the founder of The Open Door House, a nonprofit that will one day soon offer housing, counseling, and other vital assistance to young men and women after they’ve aged out of foster care. To help raise some seed money for her dream, Kathy is organizing her first Mini Golf Tournament fundraiser this coming Saturday, September 7.

The Open Door House is holding a mini golf fundraiser on Saturday, September 7.

The fundraiser will run from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Lost Duffer Miniature Golf, 110 Barton Creek Drive in Charlotte. Tickets are $20 per adult, and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Teams are being organized and can feature anywhere from four to eight people each. 

In addition to bragging rights, the winning team will come home with the Golden Key. There will also be raffle prizes, Rita’s Italian ices, and more.

Tickets can be purchased on The Open Door House website,, and PayPal is accepted. Let’s all do our part to help a neighbor fulfill a dream so she can offer an invaluable service to not just our community, but those in the surrounding areas.

Finally, as of earlier this week the Harrisburg Town Parks and Recreation Department was searching for three or four more Pee Wee football players to join the Harrisburg Cowboys team.

Organizers are looking for players ages 9, 10, and 11 – namely those between 75 and 130 pounds – and age 12, and between 75 and 110 pounds.

If you are interested, please call Parks and Recreation at 704-455-7275, or email Recreation Coordinator Mike Kirby at

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