Dear All,

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) would like to invite everyone to participate Thursday, April 1st at 12:15 p.m. for a 15-minute “Great Indy Cleanup”. If you could stop what you are doing at 12:15 on Thursday, pick up a bag (and your trash grabber if you have one), put on some gloves and clean up an area by your work, home, or wherever you are at that time think what a difference we all can make!

See the information below from KIB. Hope many of you will be out there!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

P.S. If you simply cannot get out at 12:15, how about taking some time before or after work or time that works for you on that day. The time is not what is important, it is the end result.

VIRTUAL GREAT INDY CLEANUP
THURSDAY, APRIL 1: ALL DAY
Let’s kick off the spring cleaning season together!

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) invites everyone in Indy to spend a few minutes outside of your home, work, or wherever you are at 12:15 pm on Thursday, April 1 for a 15-minute Great Indy Cleanup together (but at a safe social distance).

Imagine if everyone in the city stepped outside at the same time, with a shared goal to take care of our shared streets and public spaces. We picture smiling faces, waves to neighbors across the street, and the sounds of laughter … community.

WHEN
Any time on Thursday, April 1, 2021. We hope you’ll spend at least 15 minutes outside!

WHERE
In front of your house, in a nearby alleyway, outside of your business … wherever you are!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Grab an old grocery bag to reuse (or another bag available to you).
Put on your gloves or grab your litter grabber.
Pick up whatever you see for 15 minutes.
Get creative! Dance to your favorite song while you clean, wear a funny costume, something to make the world smile.
Wave to your neighbors!
Take pictures of your amazing work.
Wash your hands!
Share your impact by tagging @kibiorg and #GreatIndyCleanup online.
WHY
It feels good to do good, to take care of each other and our community. One of the many things we are known for in Indianapolis is doing things together. The coronavirus pandemic restricted Indy’s usual volunteer opportunities last year — but not our volunteer spirit and desire to help others and the environment. Let’s kick off spring cleanup season by making a difference across Indy.

SHARE YOUR IMPACT
Post pictures online of how many bags you clean up and tag @kibiorg + #GreatIndyCleanup.
Adopt-A-Block Captains: Share your impact and volunteer hours through the Adopt-A-Block Litter Report.

WANT TO DO MORE?
Organize a group of friends or neighbors for a Saturday morning cleanup! Request supplies like dumpsters, gloves, and trash bags here. Dumpsters are available this spring, summer, and fall through in partnership with the Department of Public Works.

Adopt your block and make cleanups a regular part of your week. Sign up here!

Dear All,

Indy Parks has more than 200 positions that need to be filled so they can have a successful summer of activities at our parks. They need lifeguards, day camp counselors, cashiers, food program coordinators, and more. The starting pay is $10 per hour up to lifeguards starting at $12 per hour. This is a great opportunity for students and others looking for a summer job. See the attached flyer for more information. Applicants can go to www.parks.indy.gov to apply. Please feel free to pass this information on to those who may be interested in working this summer for Indy Parks.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

Planting flowers is on many of our minds and what better way to get some of those flowers is through the

Dear All,

Planting flowers is on many of our minds and what better way to get some of those flowers is through the Wayne Township 4-H Flower Sale.  This can be a win for everyone, you get to order your flowers and pick them on the end of April and 4-H raises money for their many programs that they offer to boys and girls.

Last year they contracted with with a new grower, Schelgel Greenhouses, located in Marion County, who they are working with again.  Those I talked with, along with myself, were extremely pleased with the quality of these plants.

They still are selling their standard geraniums in four colors for $4.00 per pot, but they also offer hanging baskets and some combo planters.  The flyer tells more.

New this year is being able to order online with a credit card.  The link to order online is:    

https://farmraiser.com/campaigns/wayne-twp-4-h-flower-sale

You may still submit a paper form, just fill out the one that is attached and send it back.  Please note that the zip code should read 46214, which I did correct.
Orders must be placed no later than Friday, April 9th.  They will be ordering very few extras, so make sure you do place your order ahead of time.
 
You may pick up your flowers after noon on Thursday, April 29th, and from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m. on Friday, April 30th.  The pickup location is 8430 Warrington Drive, which is in the Chapel Glen neighborhood located off Country Club Road south of 10th Street.
 
Hope many of you will support 4-H by purchasing some of your flowers through them.  Please feel free to pass this information on to others and help get the word out about this terrific fundraiser.
 
Sincerely,
 
Janice McHenry
 

. This can be a win for everyone, you get to order your flowers and pick them on the end of April and 4-H raises money for their many programs that they offer to boys and girls.

Last year they contracted with with a new grower, Schelgel Greenhouses, located in Marion County, who they are working with again. Those I talked with, along with myself, were extremely pleased with the quality of these plants.

They still are selling their standard geraniums in four colors for $4.00 per pot, but they also offer hanging baskets and some combo planters. The flyer tells more.

New this year is being able to order online with a credit card. The link to order online is:
https://farmraiser.com/campaigns/wayne-twp-4-h-flower-sale

You may still submit a paper form, just fill out the one that is attached and send it back. Please note that the zip code should read 46214, which I did correct.

Orders must be placed no later than Friday, April 9th. They will be ordering very few extras, so make sure you do place your order ahead of time.

You may pick up your flowers after noon on Thursday, April 29th, and from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m. on Friday, April 30th. The pickup location is 8430 Warrington Drive, which is in the Chapel Glen neighborhood located off Country Club Road south of 10th Street.

Hope many of you will support 4-H by purchasing some of your flowers through them. Please feel free to pass this information on to others and help get the word out about this terrific fundraiser.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

 

Dear All,

Below is some very important information from INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) about the bridge replacement on Dandy Trail over I-74. I have been trying to get the information for this project for over a month, but had not received anything until today. I know many of us had already seen the sign saying that Dandy Trail will be closed on April 1st, which scheduling is confirmed below. The bridge is scheduled to reopen the middle of September. Both closing and opening could change due to weather. It seems that also during that time there will be four nights in which I-74 will be closed to remove beams and put in the new beams.

I do believe that there is a typing error in the detour. I think that it should read, “the official detour will be 34th Street to High School Road to Crawfordsville Rd.” as 14th Street would be almost 2 miles south of this project and is not a through street.

Hopefully this information is extremely helpful to many of you, especially those who either use Dandy Trail on a daily or frequent basis, as well as those who the detour will effect due to traffic. Please feel free to pass this information on to others who may be interested and not receive this information.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

 

 

News Release header
INDOT to Close Dandy Trail Bridge Over I-74 for Replacement
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is scheduled to close the Dandy Trail Bridge over I-74 on the west side of Indianapolis for replacement.

The bridge is scheduled to close on April 1. It will reopen in the middle of September. The closure and open dates are weather permitting and could change over the course of construction.

During construction, the Dandy Trail Pedestrian Bridge will remain open.

Detour

While the bridge is closed, the official detour for traffic will be 14th Street to High School Road to Crawfordsville Rd.

Crews will also be closing I-74 for up to four nights during construction. This is to remove old beams and bring in the new ones. Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter and INDOT East Central on Facebook for dates and times about those closures.

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Dear All,

While I took quite a few “before” and “after” pictures of what we picked up on Sunday, I picked out one of each I thought I would share. The “before” shows what that entire area looked like before we started and the “after” shows how we left the area when we were done. It is a shame that people don’t think before they leave their litter and trash behind. There are several trash cans in the area that can be used. Also, what is wrong with taking your trash with you and disposing of it at home in your own trash bin? Hopefully having the area clean those who are littering will think twice before they do it again.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

This past weekend you may have seen a lot of people out picking up trash along our roadways in both Wayne and Pike Township. Ryan Heathco, Lead Minister at Ben Davis Christian Church, in Wayne Township and Annette Johnson, Trustee, in Pike Township organized many of these cleanups. It was part of LoveThis.City. A huge thanks goes out to them and the work they put into organizing schools, churches, along with many other organizations/groups and for inspiring so many to get out to make a difference in our community.

PTRA (Pike Township Residents Association) President Susan Blair and I decided that we would do something about an area as part of LoveThis.City. If you have been just south of the Boat Ramps on Eagle Creek Park you may have noticed how much trash and litter had been left around and thrown out next to the parking lot. It was really an eyesore and definitely not the kind of impression we would want anyone to have about our area as they come to go out on a boat or dine at Rick’s Boatyard. We went out Sunday afternoon and worked until dusk picking up trash in the area, including the woods. We picked up five HUGE (and heavy) trash bags of all kinds of trash and litter (see picture). We also took before and after photos that just shows the mess that thoughtless people had created in this area and how it looked when we finished.

I would like to thank once more everyone who either went out this weekend as part of LoveThis.City or have gone out on their own lately. It really does make a difference and I would like to encourage you to keep it up. With so many areas done, those will be easier to keep clean. There are still many places that need that big cleanup. I hope that many more people will get out and pick up a bag or two. We can all do our part to improve the westside.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

More exciting news lately, especially for those of us here on the westside. On March 4th, Governor Holcomb announced the Next Level Trail Grant Awards for the second round and the B&O Trail was one of the big winners ($4,583,050). The portion of the grant in Marion County will be from Raceway Road (north of 21st Street) eastward for 2.4 miles to Furman Avenue (which is in Farley, east of Girls School Road). This is where it will connect to the section of the B&O Trail that the Speedway Trails Association is building with the grant they received in the first-round of Next Level Trails Grants. There is also a portion to the west of the existing trail in Hendricks County that will take the B&O Trail almost to State Road 39. When these two projects are completed a bicyclist will be able to ride on the trail from downtown Indianapolis to the middle of Hendricks County.

While the grant pays for most of the trail, this does require 20% in matching funds. This could include monetary contributions, land value, and in-kind donations of materials and labor. Some of the key partners included Central Indiana Community Foundation, IU West Hospital, Hendricks Regional Health, Indy Gateway, Hendricks County Community Foundation, Hendricks Power Cooperative, and numerous individual contributors.

You may read more about the Next Level Trail Grants in the Press Release or by going to on.IN.gov/nextleveltrails. There will be a round three, and hopefully that will bring more good news to our area.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

 

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner today announced 18 communities and non-profit organiz
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Press Release
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Gov. Holcomb announces nearly $30 million Next Level Trails grant awards
INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner today announced 18 communities and non-profit organizations will receive a combined $29.6 million for 70 miles of new trail development as a part of the second round of the Next Level Trails program.

Combined with the 17 projects announced as part of the first round in May 2019, the Next Level Trails program has awarded $54.3 million in funding for more than 112 miles of trail throughout Indiana.

“Trails have been an important resource for Hoosiers’ physical and mental well-being throughout the pandemic,” Gov. Holcomb said. “These projects are a transformational investment in quality of life for communities across our state and a valuable tool for economic and tourism development. We are creating important connections that take us one step closer to becoming the most trail-friendly state in the country.”

Next Level Trails is the largest infusion of trails funding in state history. The $90 million grant program is divided into two components: a $70 million fund for regional projects and a $20 million fund for local projects. A total of $30 million was available for the second round, $25 million for regional projects and $5 million for local projects. The increased interest in outdoor recreation Indiana residents displayed during the pandemic further demonstrates the need for such projects.

“Hoosiers visited trails and parks this past year in unprecedented numbers,” Bortner said. “Demand for trails has never been higher, and we are excited to partner with local governments and non-profits to build these important community assets.”

The grants awarded in the second round include 10 regional projects and eight local projects. The list of awards, project descriptions, and a map can be found here.

DNR received second-round applications for 62 projects in 36 counties, requesting a total of more than $93 million for more than 158 proposed miles of hiking, biking and riding trails. This total included 20 new applications and 42 returning applications from the first round. The DNR reviewed the applications for eligibility, and a multi-agency committee evaluated the proposals based on the Next Level Trails program objectives.

In addition to the $29.6 million awarded through Next Level Trails, the 18 second-round grant recipients contributed $21.9 million in matching value, resulting in a $51.5 million total investment in trails. The program requires a minimum 20% project match, which can include monetary contributions, land value, and in-kind donations of materials and labor.

Next Level Trails is part of Gov. Holcomb’s $1 billion Next Level Connections infrastructure program, which accelerates the completion of major highway projects, expands access to rural broadband services and pursues the expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.

Gov. Holcomb and the DNR also announced details of the third round of Next Level Trails. A total of $35 million will be available, including $25 million for regional projects and $10 million for local projects. Applications will be accepted starting Nov. 1 and are due to the DNR by Dec. 1. DNR will announce details for an applicant workshop webinar later this year.

More information can be found at: on.IN.gov/nextleveltrails.

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Dear All,
 
Tonight we “Spring Forward” with our clocks, and we all hope that it also means spring is going to be here soon to stay!  Just wanted to remind everyone that before going to bed tonight (Saturday, March 13th) that we need to set our clocks forward one hour.  Don’t forget those clocks that we many not pay attention to every day, like the ones in the basement or garage, as well as ones that may not automatically set in your car.
 
Just as important as setting your clock, and that is checking your smoke detectors and fire alarms.  Make sure if you still have some of the old style that the batteries are good.  Working alarms save lives.
 
Also, if you have lights that are on timers, both inside and out, it is a great time to adjust those accordingly.  It will be continuing to stay light later and lights do not need to automatically come on as early as during the winter.  Resetting the timers will keep the lights from being on before needed and also help make your home look cared for and occupied when you are not at home.
 
As we all “Spring Forward” with our clocks tonight and check our smoke detectors/fire alarms let’s all hope that spring really will be staying around.
 
Sincerely,
 
Janice McHenry
 
 

Dear All,

Last Sunday we had our first “group” clean-up since a year ago February with nine volunteers participating. We cleaned up along 56th Street by Eagle Creek Park. It was great to get started once again. Social distancing was observed, even with passing out supplies as the picture shows. We spread out and even took off in opposite directions or sides of the street. In the end we had 3 piles of trash to be picked up later. One of our piles is pictured here. It was great to get out again and work as a team to clean up an area, even though we were working basically on our own. Looking forward to being able to organize more cleanups soon.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

With the weather like it has been lately, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a “Spur of the Moment” clean-up! This will be on Sunday, March 7th, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. along 56th Street and Reed Road. We will be meeting in the Mayor’s Gardens Parking Lot (located south of 56th Street off of Reed Road) and I will have trash bags, gloves, along with reachers and some buckets to borrow. Things will be laid out and spaced for social distancing. Please do wear masks when we are gathering and starting out.

This is the first group clean-up we have tried since our “Leap Year Clean-up” last year. I am looking forward to trying to schedule these again on a regular basis and working together to clean up areas on the westside.

Can’t make it on Sunday? The weather is beautiful, so what is stopping you from going out on your own and picking up a bag of trash or two near your home? We all know there is plenty out there and lots of locations around our parks, bridges, intersections, and roadways that can use the TLC that we can all provide. I do hope that if you cannot join us on Sunday that you will take some time over the next few days while the weather is bright and sunny and help make an area litter free.

Looking forward to seeing a nice group on Sunday and making a lot of progress along 56th Street and Reed Road in getting trash picked up.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

“Spur of the Moment”        Clean-up

Sunday, March 7th

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

56th Street & Reed Road Area

Meet in the Mayor’s Gardens Parking Lot

(South of 56th Street off Reed Road)

Want to help make a difference in the Eagle Creek Park area?  The weather forecast is great for being outdoors, so why not join us in helping to make this area look better?  For more information contact  Janice McHenry by email: jfmchenry@iquest.net or by phone at 317-298-5285.  Trash bags, trash reachers, and gloves will be provided.  Please wear a mask when we gather.  Join us as we make a difference in this area!