The Great Flood of 1937 – January 27th

flyoverWhile the weather today is pretty bad, imagine what it was like in 1937. On January 27th 1937 the river crested and 70% of Louisville was underwater. They stored all of the streetcars in Louisville on Haldeman Ave. which is now 6th street in Beechmont. Beechmonter’s were luckier than most, because we escaped the flood. Southern Junior High on Ashland at Bellevue was used as a temporary shelter for people whose houses were washed away.
If you go up to the second floor at our house and look behind the attic bedroom door, you can see the names of the people who stayed here written in pencil there.

You can get more information on this “watershed” event at The Great Ohio River flood of 1937 or talk to someone over 75.


Kentucky Arbor Day – Plant a Tree

beech-treeKY Arbor Day – “Plant for the Planet!” Partners with the United Nations Environment Program 2009 Billion Tree Campaign to Give Away Trees Louisville, KY (April 4, 2009) – The Belknap, Deer Park, Highlands-Douglass and Upper Highlands Neighborhood Associations along with community businesses and individual donors are celebrating Kentucky Arbor Day on Saturday April 4th. Volunteers will give away 1,300 trees from the Kentucky Division of Forestry to anyone who pledges to plant and nurse them to  adulthood. These are 12 to 24-inch, bare-root seedlings. Canopy species mature into 70 to 120-foot trees – the choices include Oaks (White, Northern Red, Swamp Chestnut), Shagbark Hickory, Bald Cypress, River Birch, Persimmon, Kentucky Coffeetree, Yellow Poplar, Pecan and American Sycamore. Understory species are the Eastern Redbud and Flowering Dogwood, which grow to some 30 feet.

Warheim Park at 1832 Overlook Terrace, 40205, four blocks from the Douglass Loop, is the site of the joint Highlands tree give-away from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (?), rain or shine. Extra parking is available at Douglass Loop. Just follow the balloons to Warheim Park. The festivities include refreshments and entertainment along with plenty of information and expert advice from foresters, arborists, tree huggers, area naturalists associated with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and master gardeners from the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, UK College of Agriculture.

Stephen Spanyer – Chair of the 2007 & 2008 Belknap Neighborhood Association Arbor Day Committees – is spearheading the Arbor Day event for the expanded joint Highlands effort. This year Spanyer has found increased support for the United Nations idea “Plant for the Plant!” with the three Highlands neighborhood associations surrounding the Belknap neighborhood, as well as with more individual donors.

Since the UNEP in its third year has increased its goal from 1 billion to 7 billion trees planted worldwide, the local tree give-away has grown from 300 seedlings in 2007 to 1,300 seedlings on order for 2009. This translates into a greater variety of trees and more community involvement. Also, following the losses from the hurricane Ike windstorm, the “Plant for the Planet!” tree give-away will aid in the area’s canopy recovery.

Previous participants included many Belknap neighbors and friends, the Boy Scouts, extension service master gardeners, members of the Warheim Park board, foresters with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the city arborist and local businesses. New among supporters for 2009 are members of  Bellarmine’s Biology Club and neighbors and residents of Deer Park, Highlands-Douglass and the Upper Highlands.

For a wealth of additional information, check out these websites: – for global sponsor – for tree info & maps

Mayor’s Community Conversations 2009

First meeting Monday, January 26 at Westport Middle School

Citizens can talk directly with Mayor Abramson, department leaders


LOUISVILLE (January 13, 2009) – Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make city government accessible to citizens will continue in 2009.  The first “Mayor’s Community Conversations” is scheduled for Monday, January 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Westport Middle School.


At Mayor’s Community Conversations, Abramson, along with department directors from most Metro Government agencies, Metro Council members and other government representatives are available to meet one-on-one with citizens and answer questions about any issues and concerns.  MetroCall’s customer-service representatives also attend to log citizen requests into city government’s tracking system to ensure timely follow up and response.


“Community Conversations are a great opportunity for citizens to bring their suggestions and concerns directly to me, the department directors that report to me and to Metro Council members,” Abramson said. “With the economic challenges we all face, it’s more important than ever that residents can connect with the services and information they need from city government.”

Since the Mayor’s Community Conversations began in 2003, thousands of citizens have attended the monthly sessions to discuss topics ranging from planning and zoning, drainage, and crime prevention to parks, retail development and animal regulations.


Special accommodations are available, by calling MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 in advance.


Community Conversations are scheduled on the third Monday of the month* at 6:30 p.m. at rotating sites throughout the community.


2009 Mayor’s Community Conversations Schedule:

January 26*

Westport Middle School gym, 8100 Westport Road

February 16

Moore High School theater room, 6415 Outer Loop

March 16

Iroquois High School gym, 4615 Taylor Boulevard

April 20

Stuart Middle School gym, 4601 Valley Station Rd.

May 18

Newburg Middle School gym, 4901 Exeter Ave.

June 15

Ramsey Middle School gym, 6409 Gellhaus Lane

July 20

Carter Elementary School cafeteria, 3600 Bohne Ave.

August 17

Fairdale High School small gym, 1001 Fairdale Rd.

September 21

Atherton High School small gym, 3000 Dundee Rd.

October 19

Southern High School large gym, 8620 Preston Hwy.

November 16

Central High School large gym, 1130 W. Chestnut St.


None in December

* Mayor’s Community Conversations in January is on the fourth Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

For more information, visit Louisville Metro’s website, or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

Beechmont Garden Club 2009 Calendar

Organized in 1933 is still meeting
At the Iroquois Branch Library 2nd Thursday 10AM
We welcome visitors and new members.

Jan. No meeting
Feb. 12 Bees by Letha Marshall
March 12 Iris by Mary Zirnheld
Apr. 9 Workshop- painting an urn by Dot Wade
May 14 Plant sale and luncheon (members home)
June 11 Library garden clean-up
July 9 Visit Sunflower farm? TBA
Aug. 13 Let’s make a trough
Sept. 10 Let’s go visit with Hummingbirds
Oct. 8 Workshop– Fresh flower arrangement
Nov. 12 Workshop- Make a Christmas wreath
Dec. 10 Christmas Luncheon TBA

MSD New Years Resolutions

Louisville Metro’s waterways are some of the greatest community resources. They support fish, wildlife and recreational activities.
The Metropolitan Sewer District, along with citizen support, can improve and protect the quality of our waterways today and for coming generations. As part of the MSD’s Waterway Improvements Now program (Project WIN), we will need the help and support of all the citizens of Louisville Metro if we’re to meet the goal of clean waterways.
How can each of us help in the coming year? RESOLVE TO:
1.) Prevent localized flooding
2.) Keep storm drains and catch basins free of leaves and debris.
3.) Conserve water and prevent the overloading of sewers
4.) Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full and refrain from using them during heavy rains or immediately thereafter.
5.) Take the car to a car wash
6.) Keep oil and metals that wash off the car from flowing into storm drains by using a car wash, which sends the polluted water to wastewater treatment facilities.
7.) Dispose of fats, cooking oils and greases into the trash
Refrain from pouring these byproducts down the sink and prevent them from building up in sewers.
8.) Reduce use of toxic fertilizers and pesticides on lawns and gardens
9.) Prevent toxins from washing off the ground into our rivers and streams by not applying fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals when rain is forecasted.
10.) Think of the fish and wildlife before putting anything down the drain, such as paint, medicines, trash,
oil, or pesticides. Dispose of these items properly.
11.) Pick up at least four pieces of litter each day
Keep our community beautiful and prevent trash from washing off into our streams and rivers.
!2.) Spread the word
Talk to neighbors, friends, and family about the value of our streams and rivers.