Monday, May 15, 2017

Gardens, flowers, birds and bees

This weekend we spotted our first hummingbird in our yard - just in time as the feeder went out.  Blood root is blooming in the front yard.  Days (or parts of days) are refreshingly warm and pleasant - but we always have a light coat on hand.   I'm working on the June/July issue and enjoy taking photos of current sites and pulling together happenings.  I'd love for more advertisers to place ads in this neighborhood publication.  This issue wraps up 5 years of producing this bi-monthly publication.  This began in the summer of 2012.  Thanks to the readers and supporters of this project.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


We've had a few nice days or even hours of warmer weather to enjoy.  The snow slowly melts and seeps into the ground nourishing the plants.  The April/May issue is ready and has been distributed.  You'll learn about Sam Snively who lived just over Hawk Ridge on his farm, a couple teachers (one retired), a cool projects with Bluebirds, have a page to color of a bridge from Seven Bridges Road, and learn about lots of events in the community.  I always include resources to connect people and some photos taken recently.

I hope you can join together to play Bunco on April 25.  I'll teach everybody how to play this simple, fun game.  It's also a fundraiser for Circle of Hope so $10 donation is requested.

I'm also offering bus trips again this summer.  Eleven day trips are scheduled - going north, east and south.  We'll go on cruises, see theater performances, go to the Capitol, go to art fairs, eat out, and enjoy the scenic beauty and interesting history of events and places.  Please sign up early.  The trip list is at

Enjoy the days ahead.  The sunrises and sunset colors are short-term but beautiful.  Golfers are ready to play, I'm sure and the hockey players will have to wait until next year.  Get out on the Lakewalk, enjoy Brighton so close to home, and thank you for reading the current issue.

Monday, January 30, 2017

February is oh so fine - newsletter ready

I hope you'll enjoy the Feb/March issue and get to know more about the activities and updates happening in Lakeside.  There are some 'hotspots' like the Portman ice rinks.  New owners are now in place and are working on a sprucing up of the Snap Fitness Center.  Some neighbors are working toward a memorial for a popular and super friendly cat that once roamed the area.  An awesome person coordinates school groups and their visits to the Great Lakes Aquarium and lives in Lakeside - Samantha Smingler.  I also have included a handful of upcoming events in the community and some volunteer opportunities.
Have a sweet Valentine's Day and wear a bit of green for celebrating St. Patrick's Day.