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Marvin Ranked Top Ten Happiest Places in NC 

Posted by Melody Monday, May 2, 2016 3:57:00 PM


Zippia, a career guidance website, has ranked Marvin as one of the top ten happiest places in North Carolina (See rankings here).  Marvin ranks #7.  Zippia reports:

There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.  And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into the most recent census data to help you identify which places in the United States have the biggest smile of them all.  On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which U.S. places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.  So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.  After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the a total of 3,580 places in the Unites States with populations between 2,000-10,000 people.  We then ranked each place from one to 3,580 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest.  Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Small Town in America”.

Council to hold Public Hearings 

Posted by Melody Monday, April 25, 2016 3:13:00 PM

Please take notice that the Marvin Village Council has called for public hearings to be held Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Village Hall (10004 New Town Rd.) for the purpose of receiving public comment on the following:

  1. Temporary Use Permit #16-11643 to allow a Sales Office to be located in the Model Home in the Courtyards at Marvin Subdivision
  1. Temporary Use Permit #16-11655 to allow a Sales Office to be located in a Model Home in the Tullamore Subdivision

The Village of Marvin reserves the right to make amendments to the proposed documents based on information received at the public hearing.  Citizens are invited to make written and oral comment.  All documents are available for inspection at the Village Hall during regular business hours.   

The Village of Marvin does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  If you need auxiliary aid or service or other accommodations in order to attend or fully participate at the public hearing, please contact the Village Clerk at (704) 843-1680 as far in advance as possible so that your request can be considered.

UC Council on Aging - Senior Volunteer Fair 

Posted by Melody Monday, April 25, 2016 2:41:00 PM

The Union County Council on Aging is hosting a Senior Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, May 10th from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center in Monroe. 

This volunteer fair is an opportunity for seniors to learn about different nonprofit organizations in Union County that are seeking volunteers.  Volunteering offers meaningful opportunities to make a positive impact in the community, as well as benefitting those who choose to volunteer.  It provides a sense of achievement and an introduction to new interests and hobbies, as well as opportunities to connect with others.  The agencies that are present will be there to introduce their organizations and to help find a volunteer opportunity that is perfect for the individuals. 

There will be approximately 10-15 nonprofit agencies represented at the fair.  Each participant will have the opportunity to discuss the volunteer services with the organizations in order to find a volunteer opportunity that best fits with that individual.  Any and all seniors with an interest in volunteering are welcome.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Lending Library at Marvin Efird Park 

Posted by Melody Monday, April 25, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Did you know that there is a lending library at Marvin Efird Park? All types of books are available, from children's books to all types of fiction and non-fiction book for all ages. There are a number of popular author's series available as well. Bring your lawn chair, grab a book, then find a nice, quiet spot to setup camp and read for awhile. Make time to enjoy nature!!

Glenn Miller Orchestra Comes to Town! 

Posted by Melody Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do next week?  Well, mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 26.  The Cuthbertson HS Jazz Band proudly presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra in concert.   The Cuthbertson Cafe opens at 6 p.m. featuring a coffee and dessert bar with entertainment performed by the Cuthbertson Jazz Band.  The concert follows at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.  

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.  Tickets at the door are $20.

For additional information call 980-269-6349 or email.

2016 UC Household Hazardous Waste Day 

Posted by Melody Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:27:00 PM

Union County Public Works is hosting the 2016 Household Hazardous Waste day on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church Street parking lot in downtown Monroe.  

Union County residents may drop off the following items:

  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): paints, solvents, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, cleaners, household chemicals, household batteries, cooking oil, grease and fluorescent bulbs.
  • Latex paint: must be less than 3 years old.  * Containers must be at least half full.  * All cans must have secure lids.  *No leaky or rusted cans accepted. * Paint must not have any solidification.  *Cans may be rejected.
  • Tires: off the rim, limit 10.
  • Batteries: lead-acid batteries
  • Motor Oil & Filters: limit 5 gallons
  • Paper Shredding Service: shred your personal and financial documents. ** Limit 5 boxes
  • Electronics: computers, laptops, printers, VCRs, mobile phones, TVs, microwaves, vacuums, electronic games, anything with an electronic motor, plug or computer chip.

Call Union County Public Works for additional information at 704-296-4210.

Voter Registration Deadline Set for June 7 Primary Election 

Posted by Melody Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:18:00 PM

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election. The deadline for registering and changing party affiliation for the June 7 Primary Election is Friday, May 13. The voter registration application must be received by the Union County Board of Elections by this date or postmarked by this date.

For more information, call the Union County Board of Elections at 704-283-3809 or send an email.

UC Heritage Festival - April 9-10 

Posted by Melody Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:53:00 AM

The Union County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will present the Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center. The event includes the Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk benefiting the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Registration is available on-line here.

Also, there will be a celebration for the opening of the Heritage Trail at 9:30 a.m. Other festivities include a vendor fair, the Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale, kids’ activities, raffle prizes, food and live entertainment. Local experts will offer free talks and cooking demonstrations. The event will take place in conjunction with the Union County Farm Show and Festival hosted by the UC Antique Tractor and Power Club. 

Click here for more information.

Union County to Offer Medicare Seminars 

Posted by Melody Monday, April 4, 2016 2:25:00 PM

The UC Council on Aging in conjunction with Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (through the NC Department of Insurance) has announced Medicare seminars in April at three of the Union County Library branches.  These FREE seminars entitled “Welcome to Medicare” are information sessions that will help individuals learn how the different parts of Medicare work, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties, and how beneficiaries can save money.  Individuals that are new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare are encouraged to come. 

Call the UC Council on Aging at 704-292-1797 to reserve your seat or for more information.

Welcome to Medicare Seminar Schedule:

Apr 7



Marshville Library: 414 Hasty Street, Marshville

Apr 14



Indian Trail Library: 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail

Apr 28



Waxhaw Library: 509 South Providence Street, Waxhaw


Marvin Efird Park Video 

Posted by Melody Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:14:00 PM

Thanks to Herb Pierre-Louis with Extreme Aerial Works for the beautiful flyover video of Marvin Efird Park.  Click here to view the video, then put on your play clothes and come on out and enjoy the park first-hand!!  The trails, playground and picnic areas are waiting for you!


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