Thursday, July 2, 2015

Welcome new officers!

With a new fiscal year, we welcome new officers to the GHNA. For those who missed our annual meeting in June, Chuck Macklin is our new president and Jeanne Novotny is our new member-at-large. 

Our other officers are Anne Haynes as secretary, Jeff Morris as treasurer, and Claudia Lindman as member-at-large.

We also voted on an amendment to the bylaws to only require 30% of Votes to be present to reach quorum. This amendment passed. The bylaws can be viewed at http://grandviewhillsna.blogspot.com/p/bylaws.html.

Other business discussed included:
  • Proposed amendment to remove the requirement to readopt the bylaws annually. Article VI currently requires the bylaws to be reviewed and re-adopted each year. The officers will need to draft language for the amendment and publicize it ahead of the next meeting so it can be voted on.
  • Proposed amendment to reduce quorum to 20% or 25% of Votes. Those present felt more discussion was needed on this issue. 
  • Introduced possibly adding procedures for proxies to the bylaws. This would be most useful if all items for voting were presented ahead of time, including having candidates for each office announced prior to the meeting. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor on this issue.
  • The idea of holding electronic meetings was considered. This would provide a way for those who are unable to physically be present to join the meeting via some sort of technology. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor on this issue.
  • Meagan Eller spoke to Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, about adding a mural to the railroad underpass on Smith Road. There are two possible ways this could happen: 1) If the neighborhood is interested in making this a neighborhood project, we could apply for a Neighborhood Improvement Grant. (Past grant projects can be viewed here.) The grant would require work and some equity on our part, but we would have more say in the process, including the artwork. Miah would be able to help with a lot of the details, like getting permission from the Indiana Railroad, finding an artist, etc. 2) If the neighborhood doesn't want to take on this project, we can contact her about adding it to the city's long list of improvement projects. It would likely take longer and we wouldn't have as much (any?) say in the artwork, but we would not have any responsibility. There is at least one other railroad underpass on the west side for which there is interest in a similar project. It is possible that beautifying all the underpasses or at least several could be a larger project and might bump it up the list. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor to discuss the pros and cons of each option.
  • Anne Haynes brought up the idea of applying for a Neighborhood Clean-up Grant. While we would provide the volunteers to do the cleanup, HAND would provide dumpsters, a chipper, and other needed equipment. We will start an email discussion and a discussion on Nextdoor on this idea.
  • Molly O'Donnell from the Monroe County Energy Challenge spoke briefly at the beginning of the meeting. They have an Energy Mobile that they can bring to neighborhoods. Here is a description of the Energy Challenge and the Energy Mobile from Molly:
"The Monroe County Energy Challenge (http://mocoenergychallenge.org/residents-saving-and-energy-in-your-home/) is a collaboration between several public, private and non-profit partners in Monroe County to compete in the Georgetown University Energy Prize. We are one of 50 communities competing over a two year period for a $5 million award for the community which best: 
"1) fosters innovative approaches to energy efficiency, 2) educates the public on energy issues, and 3) grows the market for products and services which enhance energy efficiency. 
"Our goal is to reach 80% of residents and achieve a 10% reduction in natural gas and electricity use in 2015 & 2016 as compared to 2014. Monthly usage from every resident's gas and electric meter is sent directly to Georgetown by the utilities, so every residentially-metered property is included. With 2/3s of city housing and half of the County being rentals, this can seem a bit daunting. Neighborhood associations have been helping distribute our Task of the Month fliers (sent via CONA Google Groups) and have been inviting us to attend their meetings, block parties and picnics. 
"The EnergyMobile, purchased with a grant from Vectren, is stocked with weatherization supplies and accompanied by trained volunteers (our "energy ambassadors"). We will be going into neighborhoods throughout the county to help people assess their homes, and suggest, and in some cases, remedy issues that cause energy to be wasted. We would let your neighborhood association officers know when that will take place there, and distribute door hangers the week before.  
"FYI: Also included in the Challenge are municipal buildings in Bloomington, Ellettsville, Stinesville and Monroe County and all area public, and several private, K-12 schools. Thanks to a grant from the Joyce Foundation, teachers are being trained to use energy assessment tools, like thermal camera, and will encompass energy efficiency topics into their curricula. And the municipal partners received a grant from the State Office of Energy Development to make infrastructure improvements including converting to LED lighting."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Need a book to read?

After neglecting the Little Free Library over the winter, I was finally able to rotate the stock today.

Photo of Little Free Library #6788 full of books.
Come find a book!
A list of the current selections is below.

Only so many books will fit in the library, but, as you can see below, I have three boxes of overflow stock to rotate through.

Photo of Little Free Library #6788, plus three boxes of extra books.
Eeny, meeny, miney, moe
If you find a book in the Little Free Library that you want to keep, please feel free to do so. There are plenty of other books and some of these would surely like to find a loving home. Also, because there are so many that don't fit, I would like to share a list of my current inventory. If there is something on the list that anyone would really like me to put in the library, please let me know and I'll make sure to do so.

What's currently in our Little Free Library
  • Murder at the National Cathedral, by Margaret Truman
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  • The City of Falling Angels, by John Berendt
  • Daddy's Girl, by Lisa Scottoline
  • The Measure of a Man, by Sidney Poitier
  • Bitsy's Bait & BBQ, by Pamela Morsi
  • A Coffin for Dimitrios, by Eric Ambler
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
  • Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues, by Patricia C. McKissack & Frederick McKissack, Jr.
  • When the Sacred Gimmill Closes, by Lawrence Block
  • Chasing the Night, by Iris Johansen
  • Fatal Burn, by Lisa Jackson
  • Confessions of an Actor, by Laurence Olivier
  • Innocent Erendira and other stories, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Dear America: Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, by Mary Pope Osborn
  • Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, by Mary Pope Osborn
  • Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  • Jungle Moves boardbook (Disney)
  • Cars Little Golden Book (Disney)
  • The Amazing Mumford Forgets the Magic Words! (Sesame Street)
  • The Raggedy Ann and Andy Book
  • The Raggedy Ann Book
  • How Spider Saved Valentine's Day, by Robert Kraus
  • Phineas and Ferb: The Best School Day Ever
  • Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Chef
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
  • Rosie's Walk, by Pat Hutchins
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • My Little Pony: Pony Pop Stars
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Mouse Family
  • Ducks in Muck, by Lori Haskins
  • What's for Lunch, Charley?, by Margaret Hodges
  • Splat the Cat with a Bang and a Clang
  • Junk, Sweet Junk, by Molly Wigand
  • Scooby-Doo! Mummies at the Mall
  • Hanging Out with Mom, by Sonia W. Black
  • The Backyardigans: A Merry Fair
  • The Adventures of Snail at School, by John Stadler
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney)
  • Cinderella (Disney)
  • Glasses for D.W. (Arthur), by Marc Brown
  • Scared of the Dark (Sesame Street)
  • 10 Rubber Duckies, by William B. Winburn
  • The Little People's Guide to the Big World
  • Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz
  • The Ninth Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack, by Jim Davis
  • 4 coloring books (please feel free to tear pages out if you color them!)
What's currently in a box and would like to come out
  • Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
  • U and I: A True Story, by Nicholas Baker
  • Revelation, by L. Christian Balling
  • The Sins of the Fathers, by Lawrence Block
  • Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian
  • Killing Fear, by Allison Brennan
  • See No Evil, by Allison Brennan
  • Seduction by Design, by Sandra Brown
  • The Plan, by Stephen J. Cannell
  • Future on Fire, by Orson Scott Card
  • Secrets She Left Behind, by Diane Chamberlain
  • Red Storm Rising, by Tom Clancy
  • Clear and Present Danger, by Tom Clancy
  • Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy
  • My Gal Sunday, by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad
  • Beach Music, by Pat Conroy
  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dstoyevsky
  • Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black, by John Feinstein
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman
  • Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton
  • Lucky's Lady, by Tami Hoag
  • Still Waters, by Tami Hoag
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
  • Lost Souls, by Lisa Jackson
  • Shiver, by Lisa Jackson
  • Blood Game, by Iris Johansen
  • Dead Aim, by Iris Johansen
  • The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, by Douglas C. Jones
  • Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv
  • Under Her Skin, by Susan Mallery
  • They Wear What Under Their Kilts?, by Katie Maxwell
  • 'Tis, by Frank McCourt
  • The Ladies of Missalonghi, by Colleen McCullough
  • Blue Truth, by Cherokee Paul McDonald
  • Long Way Down: An Epic Journey by Motorcycle From Scotland to South Africa, by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman
  • Six Seconds, by Rick Mofina
  • Night Ferry to Death, by Patricia Moyes
  • Desperately Seeking Mary, by Duncan Newcomer
  • Strong, Sleek and Sinful, by Lorie O'Clare
  • Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
  • Three in Death (Interlude in Death, Midnight in Death, Haunted in Death), by J.D. Robb
  • Cut Throat, by Sharon Sala
  • Murder in Gray and White, by Corinne Holt Sawyer
  • Beyond Reach, by Karin Slaughter
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Floors and Stairways, Time Life Books
  • Weatherproofing, Time Life Books
  • Mama Makes Up Her Mind, by Bailey White
  • Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, by Bailey White
  • War and Remembrance, by Herman Wouk
  • Scottish Girls About Town, various
  • Raggedy Ann: A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book
  • Tarzan Jungle Adventure (Disney)
  • Thomas & Friends: Thomas' ABC
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy Second Giant Treasury, by Johnny Gruelle
  • Arthur's Tooth, by Marc Brown
  • The Sesame Street Library Volume 2, Featuring the Letters C and D and the Number 2
  • The Sesame Street Library Volume 3, Featuring the Letters E and F and the Number 3
  • The Sesame Street Library Volume 4, Featuring the Letters G, H, and I and the Number 4
  • Walt Disney Volume 1, Alphabet A-Z
  • Walt Disney Volume 13, Seasons and Holidays
  • Walt Disney Volume 19, A Guide to Fun and Learning
  • Walt Disney Circus Lights, Circus Tights
  • The Backyardigans: Cops and Robots
  • The Twiddlebugs at Work (Sesame Street)
  • Bread and Jam for Francis, by Russell Hoban
  • Three Little Kittens
  • Peter Rabbit Went to the Circus
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • The Soapsuds Fairy, by Candida Palmer
  • My First Book of Opposites
  • Puss in Boots
  • Goldilocks & the Three Bears
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • My Little Book of Mother Goose Rhymes
  • Sesame Street 1, 2, 3 Count with Me
  • The Backyardigans: Jungle Colors
  • The Backyardigans: Super Senses Save the Day!
  • The Backyardigans: A Is For Adventure
  • The Backyardigans: Deep-Sea Countdown
  • The Backyardigans: Time for a Snack!
  • The Guardians of Toothiana part one: A Tooth Is Lost, by William Joyce
  • The Guardians of Toothiana part two: A Queen Takes Flight, by William Joyce
  • Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking: Brownies Soothe the Savage Beast, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking: A Recipe for Disaster, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • Dragon Slayers' Academy #1: The New Kid at School
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers, by Donald J. Sobol
  • A-Z of Horror, by Virginia King
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
  • Dear America: My Name Is America: The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier, by Jim Murphy
  • The Monsters of Morley Manor, by Bruce CovilleAmy Moves In, by Marilyn Sachs
  • How To Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell
  • The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
  • Scorpions, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Phone Calls, by Ann Reit
  • Just a Summer Romance, by Ann M. Martin
  • The Babysitter, by Daniel Ransom
  • Best Friend, by Shirley Simon
  • Ghosts and Witches Aplenty: More Tales Our Settlers Told, by Joseph and Edith Raskin
  • Haunted Playground, by Shaun Tan
  • Blue Willlow, by Doris Gates
  • Boys Are Dogs, by Leslie Margolis
  • The Magician's Nephew, The Chronicles of Narnia book 1, by C.S. Lewis

Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 Neighborhood Garage Sales!

Grandview Hills will join several other east side neighborhoods for our annual neighborhood garage sales on Saturday, June 14th. Fifteen households in Grandview Hills plan to participate this year.

Participating households

Starting at 8 a.m., rain or shine! Other neighborhoods holding sales on Saturday include Park Ridge, Park Ridge East, Eastern Heights, and Tamarron.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Annual business meeting minutes

Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association Business Meeting, May 19, 2014, 7 pm

A quorum of nine households (voting members) was present.

Re-adopt the Bylaws:  the Bylaws were unanimously re-adopted.

The following sentence was inserted into Article 1 unanimously:  “The Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association (GHNA) is a tax exempt 501(c)(7) organization.”

An amendment was proposed last year to redefine quorum as such: “Quorum for GHNA meetings shall be any members present."  This was discussed but not voted on because most people seemed not in favor.  We will publicize a different motion for a 30% quorum for the next time we meet.

Elections:  The following people were elected to terms of office:  Secretary – Anne Haynes, Treasurer – Jeff Morris, Member at Large – Claudia Lindman.

Officers’ reports:  Jeff Morris reported our balance is $144.02.  Gillian reported that the stitching group went very well and made a knitted/crocheted quilt that it  donated to Middle Way House.  The group will resume meeting in the fall.  Meagan and Chris installed a Little Free Library in their yard and that was the first one in Bloomington.  Jessica coordinated a neighborhood cleanup.  Gillian wrote a grant for euonymus eradication, but we did not get the grant. 

People expressed interest in knowing what is going on with the Duke Energy expansion of the power station on Grandview Drive and why we were not informed as a neighborhood.  Meagan offered to contact Vickie Provine to get any information she can. 

We will put information about GHNA and how to join on the flyers Meagan makes for the yard sale, and put sign-up sheets at each participating house so people can get on our email list.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

Respectfully submitted,


Anne Haynes, Secretary

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's in the Little Free Library

After the long winter, I have finally switched out some of the stock in the Little Free Library. If you haven't stopped by in a while, check out the new selections. Actually, if you have stopped by recently, you should still check out the new selections.

Little Free Library
Here is a list of what was in the LFL at 4 p.m. today:


  • War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
  • The Music of Change by Paul Auster
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Babysitter by Daniel Ransom
  • Just a Summer Romance by Ann M. Martin
  • Phone Calls by Ann Reit
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Curtain by Agatha Christie
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
  • The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • Future on Fire by Orson Scott Card
  • Murder in Gray and White by Corinne Holt Sawyer
  • Time to Murder and Create by Lawrence Block
  • The Essential Writer's Companion
  • Still Thoughts volume 1 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen
  • Desperately Seeking Mary by Duncan Newcomer
  • The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
  • Native Soul by J. Douglas Bottorff
  • Run for Your Life by James Patterson
  • Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White
  • Sleeping at the Starlite by Bailey White
  • Parsival or a Knight's Tale by Richard Monaco
  • Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  • Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
  • U and I by Nicholson Baker
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • The Boggart and the Monster by Susan Cooper
  • Creative Girls Club Mystery Series: Danger After Dark by Ellie McDonald
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  • Amy Moves In by Marilyn Sachs
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
  • The Dollhouse Murders by Berry Ren Wright
  • Goosebumps #37 The Headless Ghost by R.L. Stine
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  • Dragon Slayers Academy: The New Kid by Kate McMullan
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers by Donald J. Sobol
  • Polite Elephant by Richard Scarry
  • A-Z of Horro by Virginia King
  • What's for Lunch, Charley? by Margaret Hodges
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss
  • The Lion King
  • Babar Saves the Day by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • A Not So Ugly Friend by Stan Applebaum and Victoria Cox
  • The Mystery of the Missing Berries by M.C. Hall
  • Curious George Flies a Kite by H.A. Rey
  • The Soapsuds Fairy by Candida Palmer
  • Little Critter to the Rescue! by Mercer Mayer
  • The Dream Child by David McPhail



Monday, February 24, 2014

Neighborhood afghan project

Gillian submitted the afghan project that the stitching group made to the Neighborhood "Pot Luck" site at HAND.

Afghan created by the neighborhood stitching group


Here is what she wrote:

Our Neighborhood Stitching Group started meeting to share a common interest of knitting, crocheting, stitching and mending. It was a way to get to know each better. We meet one time per month and rotate the meeting location to each member's home.  I proposed the Afghan project based on a 'Warm Up America' http://www.warmupamerica.org/ pattern and project idea. The group eagerly embraced the idea and we started early 2013. We all had leftover yarn to donate, and found needles and crochet hooks in our supply baskets. And for a couple of dollars, we sourced a few balls of yarn from Opportunity House and Goodwill. The project was a very positive experience and the common goal helped link us together. We each enjoyed making the Afghan blocks  in our meeting, individually at home, on vacations, or on a lunch hour at work. The finished piece includes 49 blocks - 7 rows of 7 blocks, all 7" x 9" in size. Knitted and crochet blocks in all patterns were encouraged. We finished the project in early Feb 2014 and donated it to Middle Way House, Bloomington, Indiana. One of members delivered the project and reported: 
  "I just delivered the Afghan to Toby Strout, Director, at Middle Way house. They were amazed and thrilled to have it!  And I got a chance to tell them a little about our neighborhood.  They insisted on taking my picture with it, though I made sure to let them know several people contributed to the work. I think they will use this in their newsletter."
Our group consists of experienced stitchers who were very excited to welcome two 10 year old neighbors to our group. We have all enjoyed getting to know each other. This project is suitable for all levels. Give it a try! We did and we loved it!
Members of the stitching group with the afghan

Friday, February 7, 2014

Neighborhood afghan

Our neighborhood needlework group has been working for several months on a group afghan. They completed it at Monday evening's gathering and donated it to Middle Way House.


Thanks to everyone who worked on the afghan! I'm sure it was very welcome, especially in this cold weather.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Current selections in the Little Free Library

Thanks to all the neighbors who donated books. The Little Free Library is full! I hope all our neighbors and folks around Bloomington (whether they live here or are just visiting) enjoying using the LFL.

Here's a list of what is currently in the library.
Today's selection

Floors and Stairways, a reference book from Time Life Books
Weatherproofing, a reference book from Time Life Books
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy, by Charles M. Schultz
The Discovery of King Arthur, by Geoffrey Ashe
At Home, by Bill Bryson
Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, by Craig Nelson
Long Way Down, by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton
The Man from St. Petersburg, by Ken Follett
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Survival in Auschwitz, by Primo Levi
Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back, by James Carville
My Quiz Book, by Lizzie McGuire
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Hop On Pop, by Dr. Seuss
Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobol
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
They Wear What Under Their Kilts?, by Katie Maxwell

Selections will change as books are borrowed and new ones left behind. As you can see, we have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, classics and with books for various ages. Bring the kids on by to find a book!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Little Free Library

We have a new addition to the neighborhood: a Little Free Library!
Take a step on the path.
As you walk through the neighborhood, take time to stop by. The Ellers at 514 Staats are excited to be stewards for Little Free Library #6788.
And choose a friend for the journey.
The way it works is simple: We've stocked a variety of books we hope will be of interest. There are some reference books, classic fiction, children's fiction, and light reading. Stop by and take whatever catches your fancy. Come back and bring books to contribute.
Or leave a book for someone else to discover.
*Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol of Hudson and Rick Brooks of Madison in 2010 and has grown to include little libraries in most states and dozens of countries. Little Free Library's mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading, foster a sense of community and connection, and build more than 2510 libraries around the world (the number of "real" libraries built by Andrew Carnegie).

Friday, July 19, 2013

Real estate update, July 2013

There are a few properties for sale in the neighborhood. Click the addresses for links to the listings.
As always, it doesn't hurt to pass the word if you know someone in the market.

Updated 7/20/13:
  • Lot on Meadowlark (may include acreage on Grandview next to the power substation).
Updated 7/22/13: