Hey neighbors – don’t forget to join or renew your membership in the WHNA! Membership has now been moved to a calendar year, so if you join or renew today, you get membership for all of 2015! (Anyone who already signed up last fall or this spring is also a member for 2015.) Members get a reduced rate on tickets for the Westover Hills Home Tour coming up April 26. Membership forms will go out soon, but you can always join or renew online by clicking here. Sign up TODAY!
Curious about Westover Hills Elementary School? Come to the school’s Open House on Thursday, January 29, at 10 a.m. and find out all about it!
The Westover Hills Library Advisory Group is introducing a “Rain Garden and Landscape Project” that will make the library a much “greener” part of Richmond. Planning for the project is nearly finished, and installation work is scheduled to begin in February 2015. The project will be completed in stages as funding permits. You’re invited to a Gala Garden Party at the library on Saturday, February 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. to see the plans. There will be a raffle of native plants, and you may win!
WHAT is a RAIN GARDEN?
A rain garden captures runoff water – for instance, from the Library roof – and directs it into a specially designed landscaped area, or “rain garden.”
WHY this project? This multi-phase project will help the environment, the city AND the library.
- Economics: Native plantings thrive with less care and require less water than non-native plants. As a bonus, we’ll use less city water to keep our landscape green.
- Environment: Rain gardens keep runoff out of storm drains, which means less pollution in the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. The project aligns well with Richmond’s storm water management initiatives.
- Education: The library’s rain gardens will be highly visible examples of environmental stewardship. Westover Hills Library’s strong relationships with neighborhood public schools will provide opportunities for many “teachable moments,” formal and informal, for students, their teachers, and their parents. Others in the community will also benefit.
- Aesthetics: What’s not to like about an attractively designed landscape drawing positive attention to our neighborhood, the Westover Hills Boulevard/Forest Hill corridor, and the library?
How Can You Help? Come to the Garden Party on February 7 to learn more about the project, and consider making a contribution in any amount. Contributions (funding or in-kind) have already been pledged or received by the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association, the Richmond Public Library Foundation, our WHL Advisory Group, Fourth District City Council Representative Kathy Graziano, The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Reedy Creek Coalition, the Forest Hill Neighborhood Association, Four Winds Design, LC, and many individuals. Please help supporting this exciting civic project.
QUESTIONS? Contact Nancy Buck, Librarian/Community Services Manager, at 646-0652 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you plan to come to the Garden Party Gala, please RSVP to Nancy.
Many thanks to Richard Watson, who has served as Advertising Manager for WHNA’s newsletter for more than 15 years –and has done a tremendous job with it. The newsletter had very little advertising when Richard started volunteering on the RAG. Through outreach to area business and continuous “care and feeding” of advertisers, he successfully built the newsletter’s advertising base to the extent that now the RAG pays for itself.
Richard is one of those exceptional behind-the-scenes Westover Hills volunteers whose work makes a huge difference! It will be hard to fill his shoes now that he is “retiring” as Ad Manager. Fortunately he has agreed to continue in the job until WHNA finds a new volunteer. Richard, hats off to you for your outstanding service to the neighborhood association!
WHNA is looking for a computer-savvy volunteer with some organizational skills to handle advertising for our newsletter!
Richard Watson, who has ably served as Advertising Manager for over 15 years, is ready to “retire” from the post. But he stands ready to help a new volunteer. This is a great opportunity for someone to get more involved in the neighborhood association!
What does the Ad manager do? For each of the four or five RAG issues each year, the ad manager notifies advertisers of deadlines, receives the ads, forwards ads to the RAG editor, collects advertising revenue, and follows up with advertisers. Most of the work is done via email. Advertisers usually submit their ads electronically but occasionally it’s necessary to scan paper ads or use Photoshop to create or resize an ad for a customer.
Can you help? If you think you’re interested, please contact WHNA President Rich Meagher or Vice President Bryce Lyle. Feel free to contact Richard Watson to find out more about the job.