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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETINGS  

BETSY  ROSS  HOUSE

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 -- JANUARY 2014

   

September 19, 2013

Presiding: Devon Gray, Secretary

There was no quorum for this quarterly business meeting, so no business was conducted.  Informal discussion proceeded to cover topics of immediate interest, including ongoing traffic concerns, the upcoming annual foot-race sponsored by South Portland Historical Society, and the Land Trust.  With poor attendance, the upcoming holidays, and possibly inclement weather, it was decided to forego meetings until the start of the new year. 

 

October, November, December 2013

No meetings were held during this quarter. 

 

January 16, 2014

Presiding: Devon Gray, Secretary

With no quorum attending, an informal meeting was held to plan the calendar and arrange speakers for the coming months. Some speakers that will be invited include Tex Haeuser – South Portland Planning Director, gardening consultants, investment specialists, and the South Portland Historical Society.  Times and programs will be posted on the website at www.WillardNeighborhood.org.  WillardFest for 2014 will be held on Saturday, July 12 this year. Laurel LaBauve asked that anyone interested in helping with this popular event should contact her at  LaurelLaBauve@gmail.com.  In addition, their website is www.WillardFest.org, plus Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WillardFest).  Diane Blahusch offered to establish a presence for Willard Neighborhood Association on Facebook.  Her proposal was greeted enthusiasm.  

                                                                                   Respectfully submitted, Devon Gray, Secretary 

 

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WILLARD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

MINUTES OF MEETINGS

BETSY ROSS HOUSE

MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST 2013

May 16, 2013

Presiding: Devon Gray, Secretary

At this Quarterly Business Meeting, the Treasurers Report and Minutes of recent meetings were offered.  

General Discussion centered on upcoming Willard Fest with Amanda Bradley representing that organization.  Their committee meetings were held at coordinator Laurel Bauve’s home, generating participation from volunteers, community tables, venders and performers.  Also discussed were the resurfacing plans for Broadway, the South Portland Historical Society’s Kite Festival scheduled for May 18, and the South Portland Land Trust Plant Sale for that same date.  Some suggested inviting newly elected City Councilman Michael Pock to speak at a monthly meeting.  Other speakers suggested were the Garbage-to-Garden program and Sparks Arch’s regarding Urban Wildlife. 

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:15pm

 

June 20, 2013 

Willard Neighborhood Association hosted Michael Pock, the area’s representative to the South Portland City Council.  After a brief self-introduction, there was general discussion about City Council meetings, City budgetary considerations, traffic concerns, and answers to questions posed by the group.  Upcoming events mentioned during discussion included the Buy Local event scheduled at Bug Light August 17 and a Road Race on July 7. 

 

July 18, 2013

Tyler Frank, founder of the Garbage to Garden program brought interesting discussion of his innovative effort to us this month.  He told us that about 5% of Portland was using the service and interest continues to grow as more people learn of the convenience and sustainability of the easy composting plan.  Garbage to Garden will pick up on the regular trash-day and leave a clean bucket for $11 per month.  Volunteering for the organization permits many people to take advantage of the services at no charge.  You can learn more at their website GarbageToGarden.org .  

 

August 15, 2013

Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne with Friends of Casco Bay brought an informative and amazing powerpoint presentation filled with interesting facts and extensive photographs.  He told us of practice drills by the U.S. Coast Guard that would help protect our Bay in case of an oil spill – SONS Exercise or Spill of National Significance.  He included information about algae, chemicals, and increased deaths of whales & seals.  With a strong, diverse staff and Board of Directors, the Friends of Casco Bay is a non-profit, educational organization whose work focuses on the waters of Casco Bay, but has far-reaching influence in many areas of the world.   The words of one attendee emphasized the impact of Joe Payne’s talk on the appreciative audience,  “People just don’t know what they’re missing !”

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Devon Gray, Secretary

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