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The Gannondale Blog The Gannondale Website http://www.gannondale.blogspot.com/ http://www.gannondaleonline.org Pillar Post news of gannondale spring 2011 More Connected Neighbors Create a Safer Neighborhood WON’T SEE YOUBaglan 7540 Cornell Ave THIS IN GANNONDALE By Bob Here is Bob’s account of their travels- February 4, 2011- We arrived at our hotel in Bangkok, Thailand at 11 PM, and were escorted to our room, only to find another couple in our bed, WHOOPS!!! Bangkok is a bustling city of 10 million people, with many bright- ly colored taxicabs. Their history mu- seum is one of the best we have seen. There are statues of the Buddha ev- erywhere, including two of the most famous: the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade, 42 inches long, and the Reclining Buddha, 150 feet long, covered in gold leaf. February 7, 2011- We crossed the Mekong river into Laos and floated down the river for 2 days. The Mekong is one of the 10 longest rivers in the Bob and Nancy Baglan have been world, ending in the delta in Vietnam. frequent travelers since their retire- Laos is a beautiful, sparsely populated, ment in 2002. They have explored agricultural country. Ecotourism is Australia, New Zealand, and Greece growing and there are said to be wild together. Bob has visited Bhutan, elephants, cougars, leopards, and Peru and most of Central America bears in the forest. We stopped and and Nancy often travels to hiked up the river bank to a Hmong Nicaragua. Gannondale residents village and to a large limestone cave, since 1976, the Baglans left an icy containing more than 1000 Buddha statues. Our Laotian guide, a young St. Louis in February to explore parts man of 22, had been a monk for 10 of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam on years. We learned that most boys live a 23 day trip in Southeast Asia in monasteries for a few years. In one (made even more special by the town, we got up early to offer food to company of their daughter Amy, a the procession of monks. 2001 graduate of University City The Ho Chi Minh Trail lies in eastern High School). In the above photo Laos and was bombed constantly by they pose in front of the Ta Prohm the US for 9 years, 1964-73. Today, temple made famous in the movie there are millions of unexploded cluster Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. bombs that continue to maim and kill Laotians, prevent farming in this area and contribute to poverty. An interesting ar- away on the backs of elephants. I had vis- birth defects...sobering and especially sad cheological site is the Plain of Jars, hun- ited Machu Picchu in Peru two years ago , to confront, as Americans. dreds of large limestone carved up to 4 feet but Angkor was more spectacular. It is now February 22, 2011- On to Hanoi, much in diameter jars. It is not known who made visited by 4000 people a day. quieter than Saigon, and then to Ha Long them or why. February 18, 2011- Ho Chi Minh City Bay, a World Heritage site. Along the way February 13, 2011- On to Cambodia, (Saigon) presented a unique challenge. This we saw miles and miles of rice patties. where we visited a silk farm, a Hospitality/ city of 9 million people has 5 million motor Vietnam is the second largest exporter of Cooking school for underprivileged young bikes and few traffic signals. How to cross rice, and the cultivation of rice is still hand people, and a Training school for handi- the street? We waited for a break in the labor intensive, with the aid of water buffalo. capped people. In Phenom Phen, the capi- traffic but there were none. Finally a little old We boarded a small boat and spent two days tol of Cambodia, we visited a former prison lady smiled at us, took our hands, and and one night on the Bay. The highlight for where thousands of people were tortured walked us across the street. The trick is to Nancy and me was kayaking into a secluded and killed by the Khmer Rouge. Our guide walk at a constant speed and “trust” that the cove one foggy morning, just the two of us then took us to the “killing fields”. It is esti- motorists will go around you!! An hour out- and loud screeching monkeys. mated that 3 million people were killed by side of Saigon are the famous Cu Chi In all of the countries the food was deli- the Khmer Rouge between 1976-79, includ- Tunnels. The tunnels were hand dug, over cious, interesting and safe. All in all, it was ing our guide’s father and brother. 100 miles long, and used by the Viet Cong quite an adventure. The ancient city of Angkor (the Great in the wars against the French and the Note: Nancy sent detailed emails to friends Royal City) is the site of a large complex of Americans. during their trip, keeping them updated on the temples, built about 1000 years ago. For Saigon’s War Remnants Museum has Baglan’s adventures in Southeast Asia. You hundreds of years their existence was un- exhibits on the “American War” which we call can read her email dispatches on the known because the area was covered by the “Vietnam War.” It documents the world- Gannondale blog at jungle which bagan to be cleared in the wide resistance against the war and the http://www.gannondale.blogspot.com/ 1850s to reveal the amazing temples. The extensive use of napalm and Agent Orange temple stones were brought in from 30 miles which caused maiming, death, and horrific Watch for the Golden Flamingo Award during the months of May thru September. Members of the Gannondale Neighborhood Association Board will be looking for the “most improved” yard or exterior front facade and will s plant the Golden Flamingo in a prominent spot on the winner’ front lawn. Maybe this will be your year to win! Parking Restrictions on 7600 Block of Gannon As soon as Jeff Hales and Brian Burkett to the Forest Park Parkway and Highway purchased their new home at 7639 Gannon 40 construction. In March 2010, Jeff con- in September, 2009, they began an ambi- tacted County Councilwoman Barb tious remodeling project. Fraser and explained the parking situa- The house sits on the most southwest- tion and how it was affecting Gannon ern corner of Gannondale and was for- residents. He asked Barb to see if the merly owned by Marilyn Andrew and Bob County Traffic Commission would recon- Friend. Today it is easy to see how hand- sider the parking restrictions on North & somely their efforts have paid off with a South since the construction was com- house and yard spruced up and made pleted. Three weeks later, all of the park- even more attractive during the past ing restrictions on North & South were Christmas season by holiday lights. removed, opening up dozens of new Sadly, Jeff and Brian soon found it im- parking spaces. possible to park in front of their house Despite the newly available parking during many hours of the day and eve- and requests of both U City Shul and ning. Between the staff at U City Shul and Momo’s to encourage parking on North Momo’s patrons and staff, finding a & South, the problem on Gannon per- place to park on 7600 Gannon was al- sisted. Jeff and Brian would find their ways difficult. Often, they found their driveway blocked several times every driveway blocked and, in one instance, week and, on one occasion, had a ve- a car actually parked in their driveway hicle towed just so they could get out of on a Friday night! their driveway! See how empty the space is in front of Jeff Hales’ The problem stemmed from the lack In June 2011, Jeff contacted U City’s and Brian Burkett’s house in the middle of the of on-street parking on North & South, Public Works seeking relief. The solution day. It didn’t used to be this way. which then had parking restrictions due offered by U City was the Residential Parking Plan: with a petition, the signatures of 75% of the block residents and approval by the County Traffic Commission and U City Council, the 7600 block of Two Local Online News Sources Gannon could be designated “residential parking only”. Jeff collected signatures from 75% of his Gannon Two new links have been added to the Resources/News section neighbors on a petition in favor of making the 7600 at our neighborhood website http://www.gannondaleonline.org block of Gannon “residential parking only” from 11am University City Patch to 11pm daily. With Jeff, Brian and Shepherd Abrams http://universitycity.patch.com/ (7617 Gannon) in attendance, the petition was unani- We’ve been fans the University City Patch site since Gena Ellis mously passed by the Traffic Commission in December (7541 Cornell) recommended it to the Pillar Post. This online 2010, without protest from the U City Shul synagogue or Momo’s. The new parking ordinance was unani- community-specific news site does a fantastic job of covering mously passed by U City Council in January of this events in the Loop and the (often) dramatic goings-on down at year. On February 15, the 7600 block of Gannon be- City Hall. It was the Patch that first alerted us to the mis- came designated “residential permit parking only” printed Spring bulk item pick up schedule in the hard-copy between the hours of 11am and 11pm daily. UCity calendar. The University City Patch is run by profes- Neighbors noticed an immediate difference. “For sional editors, writers, photographers and videographers who the first time, I’m confident that I can leave and be live in or near UCity. able to return and park in front of my house. I no longer The St. Louis Beacon feel like a guest in someone else’s parking lot,” Jeff http://www.stlbeacon.org/ said. To those concerned about the lost parking for the Founded by veteran journalists (some who have worked at the synagogue and businesses, Jeff adds, “My very first Post-Dispatch), the Beacon focuses on St. Louis region news. concern before we sought any kind of parking change More expansive than the Patch, the Beacon really gives the on the street was for our neighbors at the synagogue Post-Dispatch some stiff competition. Online forums (like a and Momo’s. With the help of St. Louis County, the recent survey, “What should we do about young people in the synagogue and Momo’s now have more available Loop and elsewhere?”) and discussions are both features of the parking than they’ve had in years along both sides of St. Louis Beacon. North & South.” Residents of the 7600 block of Gannon (and their friends and family) are now required to display stickers Check Out the Neighborhood Directory or tags to park on the street. Except for a few ticketed cars since the rules have changed, spaces in front of A neighborhood directory is now published in the secure sec- homes on the 7600 block of Gannon are open to neigh- tion of the Gannondale website. The purpose of a Gannondale bor’s cars and, for the first time in many years, the block directory is twofold: (1) it allows neighbors to quickly contact can be swept clean by U City street crews! each other in the event of a crime or to share other important time-sensitive news, (2) it allows the Gannondale Neighborhood Since last November, Jeff has served as Block Association to email and/or call you, reducing the need to print Captain for 7600 Gannon. He’s also contributed his and distribute flyers, thereby saving money. time and talent to replace the light sensors on the Please check the directory to make sure your information is Stanford/Hanley pillar lights, repairing and relighting correct. Register to access the directory by clicking the Contacts the south pillar in the process. Jeff says that the north button at www.gannondaleonline.org and filling out the form. pillar’s light seems to require a bit more effort or (per- haps) an electrician. In either case, it might be best to You will receive a password to allow entry to the secure section convert both lights to traditional 110 v. fixtures and re- of the website where the directory is located. If you do not place the current lights with compact fluorescent want your information shared contact the Pillar Post at mystu- lamps (CFL) or light-emitting diode bulbs (LED) bulbs email@example.com or call 314-727-3579 and it will be removed. to create a softer, gentler illumination. Great ideas! Thanks, Jeff! Pets In The Post Jack, an 8-year-old tom cat and Fiona, a 3-year-old Siamese share their home with John Tawzer at 7619 Cornell. The tom cat was found as a stray by John’s sister in Iowa and chose John to adopt him by staying quiet in his arms for an entire visit. Jack seems to have an uncanny ability to know when john is about to come home. Jack sits and waits looking out a front yard facing window about 30 minutes before john arrives.When He sees the car pull up, Jack races to the basement to greet John at the door. the cat jumps up on john’s leg, Stretching out his body, and ecstatically purrs his own “Welcome HOme” greeting for several minutes! Jack was an “only cat” until John took in Fiona last year after her previous owner became violently allergic to cat dander. Instead of immediately introducing Fiona to the household, John kept the Siamese in the basement for a couple of days until her meowing caught Jack’s attention. John then let Jack “discover” the little lady cat in the basement and they have gotten along famously ever since. P r o f i l i n g a N e i g h b o r ’s S e r v i c e by Kim and Bryan Young Harold Jackson care services who tell him what to do. He is a wonderful gar- may schedule only dener who does meticulous work!” so much time per With several of his clients recently mov- customer, Harold ing, Harold is looking to increase his busi- says his competi- ness if any neighbors are interested. You can tive advantage is reach him on his cell 314-243-4842 to get his willingness to more information about his services and give his custom- fees. He knows all the quirks and peculiari- ers’ lawns the time ties of every Gannondale lawn because over needed to com- the last 10 years he reckons he has cut and plete the job. trimmed just about all the yards in our Harold asserts neighborhood or provided snow removal “You can see that services. your yard is being Born in the Central West End, Harold is taken care of. If a the youngest of eight children, although his lawn needs two family is originally from Bearstrap, LA (a hours of my time, little country town outside of Shreveport). In good weather, chances are you’ve seen I will stay and work on it until the job is He currently lives with his brother in North Harold Jackson rolling his lawn care equip- done. Even if you decide later to hire a lawn St. Louis County and uses public transporta- ment (mower, trimmer, rake and broom) out care service it will look better because of the tion (and his bike) to get around. Harold of the garage at 7571 Cornell on his way to time I took to start it.” Harold doesn’t pro- keeps his equipment in the garage of the cut and trim the yards of his Gannondale vide horticultural services (grass seeding, house he shared with Martha Austin (and customers. etc.) and he does not promise to make grass her sister, Amanda) who have lived in Harold calls his business, ‘Perfect Cut and grow where there is none! Gannondale since the late 1960’s. Trim’ and that’s what you can expect from Although he has used flyers to advertise As for the yard at 7571 Cornell, he keeps this warm, sunny man who has lived in his business, it’s “word of mouth” that re- it simple. Otherwise he would spend too Gannondale since 1982. In fact, many of his ally sells his services. Ellen Ross (7615 much time on Martha’s yard and have less clients’ yards have won the Golden Flamingo Cornell) and Jim Scott (7567 Cornell) are time for “Perfect Cut and Trim”. Award over the years due in no small part to two of Harold’s customers. Jim says “Harold Harold’s lawn mowing efforts. Right now, a is the most thoughtful and friendly neighbor big part of his business is cleaning up and I ever remember having, on either side of You can also find his business listed in the raking yards impacted by the recent cold and two oceans. He’s relentlessly involved in my service section of the Gannondale website icy winter. life and without him I don’t think my front www.gannondaleonline.org Here you will Harold’s motto is: “Your yard will be per- yard would survive.” Ellen adds “I don’t see other neighbors’ services listed. If you fectly cut and trimmed” and he takes the know what I would have done without him have a service you would like listed contact time to make sure the lawns under his care after my knee surgery last year. He sees firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-727- look great. Unlike many commercial lawn things that need to be done; I don’t need to 3579 and talk to Bryan or Kim. Officers Kim Mulkey Young - Pillar Post John Tawzer - Address: 7536 Cornell 7600 Cornell Block Captain Bryan S. Young - President Phone: (314) 727-3579 Address: 7619 Cornell Gannondale Neighborhood Email: email@example.com Phone: (314) 863-7619 Association Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 7536 Cornell Block Captains Phone: (314) 727-3579 Jeannette Huey - Email: email@example.com Margaret Johnson - 7500 Stanford Block Captain 7500 Gannon Block Captain Address: 7541 Stanford Address: 7509 Gannon Phone: (314) 862-2202 Nigel Taylor - Vice President Phone: (314) 863-2937 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 7552 Stanford Email: JohnsonMK@aol.com Phone: (314) 727-0293 Jeff Hales - Therese Siegel - 7600 Stanford Block Captain: 7600 Gannon Block Captain: Katie Zinser - Secretary Address: 7631 Stanford Address: 7630 Gannon Address: 7601 Stanford Phone: (314) 727-1714 Phone: (314) 283-5402 Phone: (317) 441-3375 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Robin Hattori - Mike Kimzey - Treasurer 7500 Cornell Block Captain The Pillar Post is interested in publishing news items, opinion Address: 7508 Cornell Address: 7508 Cornell pieces, advertisements, calendar events, club formations Phone: (314) 863-7248 Phone: (314) 863-7248 announcements, poems, photos, cartoons, special interests dates, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com etc...you get the picture...submitted by Gannondale neighbors.
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