Neighborhood Pride

SALEM IS A GIVING COMMUNITY by Brenda Baker
Salem continues to collect a splendid variety of non-perishables for the Salem Baptist Church Food Pantry.  The provisions benefit Salem neighbors and the Baptist sponsored STOWE Center families.

Recommendations and other necessities:
Cans – meats, fruits, vegetables, milk, juices, broths, soups, stews, shortening
Bottles/Jars – fruit juices, vegetable oils, salad dressings, condiments, peanut butter, jams, jellies, syrups, broth cubes
Boxes – cereals, oatmeal, casseroles, side dishes, desserts, snacks, pancake/bread/biscuit/stuffing mixes, crackers, bread crumbs, croutons
Dried -meats, beans, rice, pasta, potato flakes, fruits, nuts, grains
Powders – sugar, flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, spices, seasonings, sauces, flavor packets, powdered milk
Seasonal – excess garden produce
Other – bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, bath tissue, detergents, cleaning solutions

LEAF PATROL by Larry Rinehart

Retirement in the winter can be boring. Having patrolled the Salem neighborhood as the self-appointed leaf patrol, I have noticed a surprisingly large amount of leaves piled in the curbs of our streets lately. With melting snow and spring rains, these leaves can create a hazard to our antiquated storm sewer system. These leaves can clog our sewers, making it possible for water to back-up into our basement drains and cause unnecessary damage to our homes.This process can happen as leaves collect in the sewers over a period of years, but heavy snow and strong storms (like we have had this year) can create immediate problems as well. It is important for us all to do our part not only in the Autumn, when the leaves are falling, but also in the Spring, when storms stir up the mud and take the debris from ouryards down into the pipes.There is also an aesthetic value to keeping our yards clear of sticks and leaves: As people drive through our neighborhood, we want them to see that we value our homes and care about the appearance of our area. That sort of pride is one of the many hallmarks of a great neighborhood!

CREATE A CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT by Pam Unger

A number of neighbors have asked how we obtained the Certified Wildlife Habitat sign on one of the perennial beds in our front yard.  Simple!  The National Wildlife Federation, whose motto is “Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future,” offers step-by-step instructions on its website at www.nwf.org/backyard/.  Basically, you need to attest that you provide food, water, cover, and places for birds or animals to raise their young and that you garden in an environmentally friendly way.  The certification and sign cost $15.  We’d love to see these signs sprouting up all over the Salem neighborhood!

Recycling and Trash Removal

Take advantage of the recycling bin at Salem School.  Here you can mix paper materials with all other types of recyclables.  At Indianola Plaza there are many more bins available, but you’ll need to separate your papers into the bright yellow/green bins.  As you walk around the neighborhood, please carry a bag and consider picking up trash along the sidewalks and roadways.  It sure makes for a better view for us all.

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