Thank you Dominion

dominionThe Dominion Foundation, a part of the corporation that owns Dominion East Ohio Gas announced last week that they are making a $2500 grant to gregg’s gardens and the project to create a Garden District in Warren.

The Dominion Foundation contributes more than $20 million annually to non-profit organizations and schools in the states where they have significant business operation, like Ohio.

This grant brings us nearly half way to our goal of raising $50,000 in 2013. We are very grateful to Dominion for their support.

 

I see green!

april23Atlantic Street is a tough street to cruise down slowly just admiring the sights, but I had a chance yesterday, on a perfect, warm spring day to get out of the car and appreciate what is happening in the gardens. There is a lot of green coming up in nice neat rows (right) to reflect the care with which they were planted.

Come by and see for yourself but you have to get out on foot to really appreciate them.

We also have our first shipment of gregg’s gardens’ 2013 tee shirt (below), perfectly produced in awesome purple by our friends at Artistics on Market Street Courthouse Square. We will have them for sale on May 11th at the Dave Grolh Alley Rockin’ Artfest 2013 — and yes, we still need volunteers.

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Now that’s a BIG check!

TC big checkI always wanted to get one of those big checks — the kind they give golfers when they win the big tournament, and at long last it happened recently when the Trumbull County Commissioners presented us with a gift of nearly $500 that had been collected from county employees. Seen here are (l-r) me and Commissioners Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka.

This was very generous of them and we appreciate it very much. However, I am sorry to report that after the photo was taken they took back the big check and gave me a little, old ordinary version to deposit. Oh well, there is still the U.S. Open.

Volunteers needed

If you support gregg’s gardens, please consider giving us a few hours of your time on Saturday May 11th. We need volunteers between the hours of noon and 10:00 p.m. for whatever time you can spare.

We need help in several areas:

  1. Distributing literature and talking to neighbors in the proposed Garden District from roughly noon until 3:00ish.
  2. Distributing literature and selling tee shirts at the Rockin’ Art Fest 2013 in Dave Grohl Alley for a two-hour shift between 3:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  3. Other glamorous opportunities include helping with the party itself by, for example, serving beer and burgers or helping clean up for a two-hour shift.

The Rockin’ Art Fest 2013 in Dave Grohl Alley is being organized by Main Street Warren and they have generously offered to share the proceeds with gregg’s gardens if we can provide some volunteers. Your help will directly aid the effort to beautify Warren.

If you will help, please send an email to Stephanie@warrenexpressed.org that includes your telephone number and the times you can work; she will be able to answer most questions. We need you. I hope you can step up.

Thank you

Thank you to the employees of Trumbull County who contributed nearly $500 to the effort as part of their “Dress-down” program. I’ll post a photo soon. And thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Warren for allowing us to make our pitch at today’s meeting at the BV.

Where are the courts?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile we were at Harding we asked students how they would put some of the vacant lots to use. The overwhelming number one choice was “basketball courts.” I grew up a block from old Harding and we practically lived on the outdoor courts there. Today Harding has none, and i do a lot of driving around the city and have seen very few.

Alternative use for lots is something we will be talking about much more later, but a few outdoor courts would be a great place to start. They would give kids a chance to burn off some energy and wouldn’t cost much.

A day at Warren G.

HARDINGMatt Martin and I spent most of the day at Warren G. Harding yesterday and presented the story of gregg’s gardens and the plan to create a Garden District, to six, 12th grade English classes — probably about 100 kids in total.

We left with the names and email addresses of about 40 who expressed interested in participating in some way as yet to be determined; but at minimum these 40 say they will  attend a committee meeting to develop a plan. I count it as a good start.

School days

There has not been much to report the past week which has been filled with completing grant applications — a time-consuming and dreary task but one that has been very fruitful for us in the fund-raising front. I hope to have news on at least one of them soon.

Friday should be more fun as Matt Martin from TNP and I will spend the day at Warren Harding talking to several classes about gregg’s gardens and, we hope, enlisting their participation in the project. We will report back soon.

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