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Updates & Neighborhood News – October 2018

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October 18: Next Meeting of Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association’s Steering Committee

The next meeting of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association Steering Committee will be Thursday, October 18, at 6:30 PM at Spirit Lutheran Church. The agenda includes finalizing who is on our Steering Committee, based on actions at our elections on September 20, and reviewing the status of our River Access Project that aims to improve Boyd Park. The public is always welcome.

Connect With New Neighbors

Connect is a Chippewa Valley-wide effort to welcome and nurture new Neighbors. Connect invites you to inform them of any new Neighbor you come across. Connect will then meet and welcome the new folks and give them a welcome bag containing useful items and info. This service is separate from, but complementary to, our Neighorhood’s humanKIND project. Connect fosters a diverse and inviting community. They aim to educate others on the value of diverse Neighborhoods. You can reach Connect at connectchippewavalley@gmail.com or on Facebook at connectchippewavalley.

Bluebird Restoration Project at Forest Hill Cemetery

This was the second year of a bluebird restoration project led by Shelly Sutley at Forest Hill Cemetery. Boy Scout, James Cerutti, along with several Neighbors, monitored the 10 nest boxes around the perimeter of the cemetery several times a week and recorded the results of each visit in NestWatch, a data collection site for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This year 22 bluebirds successfully fledged as well as 5 chickadees and 7 wrens. Just recently, some of those young bluebirds were observed gathering in the area where they fledged, preparing to migrate. We hope to welcome them back next season and continue our efforts to restore the native bluebird population.

Trunk and Treat October 28th At St John’s Lutheran

St. John’s has gone to bat for our Neighborhood Association over the years, most recently in providing “Summer Stretch” kids to maintain the boulevards on Margaret Street. Here are two ways you can be a part of their events at 1804 Highland Avenue.

Trunk and Treat
On October 28, 2 -3 P’M, you can decorate your trunk and give out sweets. For more info contact Jen at 829-0863, or Chris at 834-9571. And…

November 8th Dinner and Live Auction
St. John’s 13th Annual Chicken and Biscuits Dinner, with veggies, cole slaw, dessert and beverage on a donation basis, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Live auction starts at 6:15. Benefiting from this are many of St. John’s annual programs.

Space Unicorns vs Stinky Muffins at Boyd

On a recent September Saturday at 10 AM about 18 Neighbors gathered at Boyd Park to have intergenerational fun and show how to better utilize the green space of Boyd Park. As we look for ways to improve Boyd let’s think about the facilities at the park we already have, like our Shelter, and how we can very inexpensively make our park more successful by offering simple, fun activities like Kickball. In this Kickball game the Unicorns defeated the Muffins, 28 to 22. Passersby on the bike trail and other park visitors were invited to join the game. The Robertson’s Roadside Ice Cream and Diner (formerly Dairy Queen) provided treats. Joey Robertson, who operates the Roadside with his parents, John and Mo, still lives in our Neighborhood. Thank the Robinsons when you have a chance… or better yet, visit them for a meal or ice cream treat. In the meantime, consider other creative uses of our Boyd Park green space… soon to be our winter white space.

A Successful Savers Fundraiser

Chad Rowekamp led a successful, $96 fundraiser for our Neighborhood Association by helping to collect and deliver items for a Savers opportunity to receive money for donations on a per-pound basis. In the picture it looks like Chad’s son Owen is making sure his dad is not giving away any Harry Potter items. Thank you, Chad, for your initiative and follow-through!

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