Dear All,

Are you like me and remember stories from your parents (or grandparents) of picking flowers from their yard (especially peonies – our state flower) and taking them to decorate the graves of those family members, neighbors, and friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our Country on “Decoration Day”?  Perhaps you even joined them in visiting cemeteries and helped place some flowers as a child.  Today is the day that we set aside every year to remember the men and women who have died while in military service, especially those who died in battle or as a result of wounds.  While we know the meaning of Memorial Day, do you know the history?

Our national holiday was not always called Memorial Day, nor was it always on the last Monday in May.  In 1868 General John Logan called for May 30th to be set aside as a Nationwide Day of Remembrance.  This was first called “Decoration Day,” in which people would go to cemeteries and put flowers on the graves of those who lost their lives in the Civil War and say prayers.  He selected May 30th because it did not fall on the anniversary of any Civil War Battle; on May 30, 1868 the first national celebration took place at Arlington National Cemetery. 

After World War I it was decided that all those who lost their lives in any war should be recognized.  The tradition continued of people visiting cemeteries and memorials, decorating the graves of the war dead with flowers, wreaths, and flags.  Volunteers would go to national cemeteries making sure all were remembered.  The poppy became a symbol, because in the war torn battlefields the red field poppy was one of the first plants to grow back.  Paper poppies were worn to commemorate the sacrifice of those men and women who gave their lives by fighting for our country.

From 1868 to 1970 Memorial Day was always observed on May 30th.  While in the 1880’s it was called Memorial Day, it was still known to many as Decoration Day for more than a century.  In 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of Memorial Day due to a ceremony on May 5, 1866 honoring local heroes who had died in the Civil War.  The state of New York was the first to designate Memorial Day as a national holiday in 1873.  In the late 1960’s the official name became Memorial Day and it was one of four holidays that were changed from their traditional dates to a Monday to make a three day weekend.  In 1971 Memorial Day became a National Holiday observed the last Monday in May.

While some of the traditions may not be carried out to the degree they once were, these are part of our history and past that we should never forget.  As we go about our day today, take time to think about the history and meaning behind Memorial Day.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

Dear All,

Just wanted to make sure everyone remembers that trash service will be delayed for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Since Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day there will be no trash pickup that day.  All trash will be delayed one day.  For those of you who normally have your trash picked up on Monday, it will be picked up on Tuesday.  Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday and ending with Friday’s trash picked up on Saturday.  Normal trash schedule then will return on June 1st.

Hope this information is helpful.  Just wanted to let everyone know so that you would not put your trash out on your regular trash day and it would sit outdoors.  With the forecast being in the 80’s next week, trash could get very “ripe” if it sits.  Please feel free to pass this information on to others, not just in our area but throughout Marion County.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry 

Dear All,

Are you aware that for the June 2nd Primary Election there will only be 22 voting sites in all of Marion County?  That means where almost all of us have voted in the past will not be open for voting.  I have attached the list of the polling locations that you can vote in person on election day.  The building names and addresses are on this list.  Remember that you may vote at any location throughout Marion County, it does not need to be in your area or township.

The two polling locations that are closest to most of us and that we would be most familiar with are:  North Wayne Elementary School which is located at 6950 W. 34th Street.  This is outside of I-465 just west of Eagle Creek Parkway and east of Dandy Trail and is probably the closest for most of us.  Krannert Park Community Center is another one that is familiar with a lot of you.  It is located 605 S. High School Road, which is outside of I-465, south of Rockville Road and north of Washington Street.  These are the two that are located in Wayne Township.  There are two locations in Pike Township:  Guion Creek Middle School located at 4401 W. 52nd Street and Eastbrook Elementary School located 7625 New Augusta Road.  These four locations are the closest ones to all of us.  The polls will be open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on June 2nd.  Please refer to the list to see other locations.

Early voting begins on Tuesday, May 26th, and continues until Sunday, May 31st.  There will be three early voting locations:  Beech Grove High School, Broad Ripple High School, and the City-County Building.  On weekdays you may vote from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the weekend from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

If you have not already sent in your application to vote absentee, there is still some time and this is encouraged for this election.  All applications MUST be received by Thursday, May 21st though.  Everyone may vote absentee this year.  If you no longer have your application to vote absentee, go to Indy Votes or vote.indy.gov.  Absentee voting allows you to vote in the privacy of your home without going to one of the vote centers.

Please share this information with others throughout Marion County, as the attached list does have all 22 sites that will be open on election day.  Remember, these are the only polling locations for the June 2nd election and if voting in person don’t forget to take your I.D.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear Eagle Creek Park Neighborhoods,

 

Here is the latest information from Indy Parks about Eagle Creek Park as well as some other Indy Parks information.  I know that many of you have been wanting to know when vehicles will be allowed back into Eagle Creek Park.  That will happen on Thursday, May 21st. (This is a few days later than some information which went out yesterday.)   The gates will also be staffed again during the hours the park is open.  The Earth Discovery Center, Ornithology Center, and the Office will remain closed.

 

They are in the process of doing the much needed road repairs on the northern end of the park.  This is work that has been asked to be addressed for several years.  Glad we were able to get it on the list to be done this year.  While they are doing the work on this area there may be detours in the park, although hopefully most will be by Thursday.


 

Remember that all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and shelters are still closed until further notice.  Also, do not park in areas that have "No Parking" signs, along roadways, or in grassy areas.  Please maintain social distancing when using trails, in parking lots, etc.


 

Please share this information with others.  I will try to keep you updated if I hear anything else about Eagle Creek Park that would affect all of us.  If you hear anything, please share it with me as well.

 

Take care and be safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

Janice McHenry

Eagle Creek Park Update:

Good afternoon. Indy Parks just received notification that our plan to allow vehicles access into Eagle Creek Park has been pushed back to Thursday, May 21. With the current road construction schedule and a few weather/rain delays, the crews will need a few extra days to complete the main parkway.

We apologize for any inconvenience especially as we recently announced plans to allow all vehicles access into the park. If anything changes with this plan, we will let you know as soon as possible.

The previous message has been adjusted as well to reflect this new update. Thank you.

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Greetings. As we ease into May, we thank you for loving Eagle Creek Park (ECP) as much as we do. We really appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your families, and we take pride in knowing that all of us are doing our part to keep our parks and park spaces healthy and safe. Around the city, our meals program has served free meals to more than 42,000 children and families (since March 16). And, our staff continues to shine through virtual programs on fitness, nature and animals, safety tips, park tours, art exhibits, and so much more.
 
Eagle Creek Park Update:

  • On Thursday, May 21, ECP will begin allowing all vehicles access into the park, and the park’s gates will also be staffed for payment or membership card entry. The park will remain open daily from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 
  • Indy Parks will reopen its four dog parks including ECP’s Gordon Gilmer Canine Companion Zone on Thursday as well.
  • The ECP Earth Discovery Center, Ornithology Center, and Administrative Office are still closed. 
  • Indy Parks previously announced the temporary closure of all family centers, playgrounds, basketball courts, indoor facilities, shelters, and tennis courts. To protect the health and safety of park users, closed and restricted amenities should not be used until further notice.
  • Currently, outdoor spaces and trails (except for the closed spaces) are still available for visitors to enjoy, but Indy Parks is asking residents to follow social distancing.

We are taking advantage of the nice weather to get caught up on some much-needed road repairs and tree work throughout ECP. As you visit the park over the next few weeks, you will notice strip-patching to the north end of the parkway and other minor repairs. Due to this work, there may be some temporary detours from 6200 to 6500 Eagle Creek Parkway and in other park areas. 
 
With temporary vehicle restrictions in place until Thursday, May 21, Indy Parks encourages you to avoid areas that are overcrowded and to always maintain proper physical distance from others (at least 6 feet).  If an area is too crowded, please come back at another time or find an alternate outdoor location to visit. Please note that the city’s parking guidelines are still in effect at ECP and throughout the city. We are encouraging residents to not park on the roadway, grass, and any non-designated parking area. Parking in prohibited areas could result in your vehicle being ticketed or towed by law enforcement officials.
 
If you plan to walk, hike, or bike to the park, please plan ahead and bring your drinking water, hand sanitizer, and anything else you will need to stay healthy and safe during your visit. 
 
To help limit the spread of the coronavirus, Indy Parks will continue to work with state, city, and health department officials to evaluate possible reopening dates for our services and amenities. Please visit parks.indy.gov for the latest news on open, closed, and restricted amenities.
 
Don’t forget to stay updated on our virtual programs featuring park naturalists, animals, and our beautiful park surroundings.
 
Thank you.

Indy Parks

Dear All,

Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine, Marion County Public Health Department, have announced the next steps for Indianapolis’ reopening of the economy.  While many restrictions will still remain in place, some businesses may start reopening on Friday, May 15th, with additional changes possible on June 1st.

Attached is a summary flyer that spells out the next steps for you to check out.  Remember that wearing a face covering, washing your hands often, keeping a distance of six feet between yourself and others, and practicing other social distancing is still strongly encouraged.  Also, high-risk individuals as well as those over the age of 65 are still encouraged to stay at home.

I hope that this information is helpful.  Please feel free to pass it on to others in our City.  Don’t forget that you may always go to Indy.gov/covid to learn more.

Take care and be safe.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

To all our wonderful Mothers,

Happy Mother’s Day!

While this day may not be celebrated like we would all like, or like we have done in the past (and hopefully in the future), it is time to let Mothers know how special they all are, and how much what they do and have done for their children, grandchildren, and others is appreciated.

Wishing you all a pleasant, peaceful, and healthy day.  Take care and be safe!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

Registered voters in Marion County should have recently received an application to vote by Absentee Ballot in the June 2nd Primary Election.  In case you did not receive it or you have misplaced it, I have one attached.  You may also go to IndianaVoters.in.gov and click “Vote By Mail or Traveling Board”.  For the June Primary Election everyone may choose one of three methods of voting:  absentee vote by mail, early voting, or voting in person on June 2nd.  Every registered voter may vote by absentee this year, if you so desire.  Just remember that you must request your ballot by May 21st.

If you are not registered to vote or you still need to update your registration, you may do so online at indianavoters.in.gov.  The deadline to do this is Monday, May 4th.

Hope this information is helpful.  Please feel free to pass this on to others who may be interested.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

Attached is the press release from DPW (Department of Public Works) about restarting the Heavy Trash Collection Program on May 4th and the ToxDrop program on May 9th.  Households are still allowed two heavy trash items per month.  DPW asks for your patience as they have increased precautions as they pick up and also are anticipating more trash being put out this month.

ToxDrop will resume its regular schedule on May 9th at the Perry Township Government Center.  Since our Trader’s Point Collection Center is open the first Saturday of the month, it will not be open until June.  There are new precautions in effect for both those who are dropping off and the staff.  The press release does have more information about both heavy trash and ToxDrop.

Please feel free to forward this information on to others who may be interested.  This does apply to all of Marion County and not just our area.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry 

May 1st, known as May Day, is a celebration of the return of spring.  You may have remembered as a child making paper “May Day Baskets” in school and putting paper flowers  (or dandelions and violets) in them.  Perhaps you put the small basket on a neighbor’s doorstep or gave them to your mother.  This is a very old European celebration and most likely had to do with ancient agricultural rituals.  On this day there also may be Maypole Dances with bright colored ribbons and a crowning of  a “Queen of May”.  Most often, baskets of flowers were given anonymously.

While the picture of the flowers are not in a basket and you know where they came from, I still wanted to take time to say “Happy May Day,”  hoping spring has returned and that we will have better times ahead.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry