House Bill 508 and the loss of funding by local elected officials. Huntersville tax bills going up. County tax bills going up. Cornelius tax rate going down. Davidson providing costly cable service. Election 2011. Wiener, Obama, Tillis!

All of these events affect our lives and provide great headlines for our local media. While these events are happening, there is something more important getting ready to happen in the Lake Norman area.

Big Day at the Lake 7 is July 16 on Lake Norman.

If you own a boat, please seriously consider being a boat host for Big Day at the Lake 7.

As a family that is hosting Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers/Big Sisters for the sixth time, I can assure you the experience is something that your whole family will remember. The excitement and trepidation in the eyes of the Littles, as many of them go into the water for the first time in their lives, is only overshadowed by the disappointment in their eyes when it is time for them to come out of the water and head to a great afternoon party at the McGuire Nuclear Station.

Our children will tell you that they have as much fun, or more, than the Littles, getting to meet new kids and getting to share our wonderful treasure of Lake Norman with some great Littles and Bigs.

The size of your boat doesn’t matter. It is the size of your heart and your willingness to be a host for a day that makes a world of difference to these kids. So, I say to you: Please consider being a boat host this year. Go to www.bigdayatthelake-lkn.com.

If you need to know what to do, where to go on the lake on the 16th, or any other information, feel free to contact me, or anyone on the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Big Day at the Lake website.

– Brian Sisson, Huntersville