Archives for the month of: September, 2014

Neighbor feedback needed! Would a centrally located bulletin board/kiosk help you stay more informed and get more involved in all things Glen Echo? If so, where should it go? What should it look like? Send us an email ( or comment below. And take the poll too while you are here (scroll to the bottom). Unfortunately it would only let us keep it up for a week.

Lincoln neighborhood kiosk outside a local gathering place (coffee shop), Vancouver.

Lincoln neighborhood kiosk outside a local gathering place (coffee shop), Vancouver.

There are several merits to having a centrally located neighborhood kiosk. Mainly, it would provide a central place for finding out and posting information, especially for those neighbors who are not online or who choose not to participate in the neighborhood email listserve: A place for posting lost pet fliers, meeting neighbors, posting the latest neighborhood newsletter and fliers for upcoming meetings or events, or other items that may be of interest to the neighborhood and it’s neighbors. It could be simple or more ornate, it could be made of any number of materials, it could incorporate a bench (or not), maybe a place to pick up bags for your dog if you run out or forgot one or a little free library book exchange…there are seemingly endless possibilities. but first and foremost it would be about building and strengthening community.

Little free library kiosk in Atlanta.

Little free library kiosk in Atlanta.

There are also concerns to consider: maintenance, would it attract graffiti?, aesthetics, is it really necessary….

Whatever your opinion, we’d like to hear it. Is the idea of a kiosk something a majority of neighbors can get behind?

In an effort to provide something to respond to, I will be posting examples from the interwebs and from around Columbus as I find them.

(If you have pictures to add to the discussion, you can email and I will add them as time allows. If they are not your images, please provide a link to the source. Thanks!)


Arnada neighborhood kiosk, Vancouver.

Woodlands Garden kiosk

Woodlands Garden kiosk, Atlanta.


imageAnimal’s Garden (community garden on the corner of Hudson and N. 4th) is taking new members for next season.

A note from Trish who manages the garden:

“Animals Garden is comprised of a group of gardeners who’s goal is to grow food, add beauty to the neighborhood & learn as we go together.

Our garden has existed since 2003 & is a communal, private garden in partnership with Quality Service Products business owner, “Animal” & garden members.

We have berries, perennial herbs & flowers, asparagus, hops & a large variety of heirloom vegetables, all grown chemical-free.

Our garden is looking for new garden members who are kind, want to work with & learn as a group, are excited to garden & are willing to work hard to keep our garden beautiful. Gardening experience a plus. We garden communally, so all bounty is shared. All members are required to meet weekly as a group, Sundays 12-3 & do what is needed seasonally throughout the week. Children & friendly pets are welcome with thoughtful supervision.

We garden each year Spring-early Fall, with Earth Day often being our first day. We’ve recently had transitions with several members moving & look forward to some new, fresh faces! Anyone interested can request to be added to “Animals Garden” on Facebook or email Trish Clark at”



Happy Fall!

The Fall Edition of the GENCA Newsletter is finished. There is a lot happening — so much that not all of it fit in the newsletter, so check back here ( for additional content.

imageCheck out the fall 2014 newsletter before it arrives at your door! Volunteers will be distributing newsletters this weekend and early next week, so keep an eye out for the paper copy on your front porch soon.