Festival of Flowers – Call for Vendors

The Beechmont Neighborhood Association

Invites you to participate in our annual

Festival of Flowers

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

On historic Southern Parkway at Woodlawn

In the heart of Beechmont


Following is the procedure for the day:

SET-UP: 6-9 pm Fri. & 7-9:00am Sat. We will have security Friday from 9:00 pm-8:00 am Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs and/or tents.  Tents are advised.

BOOTH AREA:  Each vendor will be provided a 10’ x 10’ space.  Please sign-in at the BNA “sign-in” table, which you can identify by the balloons.  Verification of your fee payment will be made and you will be shown your booth location.   Rates are listed below.  No set up without registration.  Please advise if you need an electrical source.  We have limited outlets.

RAIN DATE:      No rain date.  We will be there rain or shine.

REFUNDS: We require a 2-week notice for a refund.

SALE ITEMS:      No Flea Market or Yard Sale items will be permitted.  Beechmont Neighborhood Association will be selling plants and herbs.  If you wish to sell any kind of live plants, you must first contact BNA for information.  BNA will be selling many live plants.  To maximize profits for all, it is necessary to coordinate flower sales.  Contact Laura Hosbach by phone or email to discuss the type of flowers you want to sell.

LOCATION: We will be on the West side of Southern Parkway, south of Woodlawn, at the Gazebo.  The Festival will extend south on the Parkway in the 4700 block and west on the south side of Woodlawn to the alley if needed.

UNLOADING:   You may unload from Woodlawn Avenue or ideally from the L&N Credit Union parking lot Friday evening.

NOTE:  No loading or unloading from L&N Credit Union after 8:30 am Saturday.  In addition, parking is available at the PNC Bank at the corner of Woodlawn and Southern Parkway.

BREAKDOWN: Each participant will be responsible for cleaning the area in and around their space when the event is over.

FEES: .           $25.00 per space if paid by May 1, 2010.

.           $30.00 per space if paid after May 2, 2010

We will have music and pertinent entertainment, as well as great demonstrations of crafts that draw from the garden, and many other special features that you, yourself may find interesting and that certainly draw the people who can appreciate your work.  Food and drink will be for sale all during the event.

This event will be published in the Courier-Journal and other publications in this area as well as the Neighborhood Link Calendar within the metro area.  Notices will be sent to radio and TV.  Posters and handbills will be circulated   Come join us!

Festival of Flowers Chair:  Laura Hosbach





E-mail  – if you wish

Fax no. – if you wish

Provide a brief description of your art or craft and please attach a photo (non-returnable)

Please fill out this form and mail it to:



PO Box 14332

Louisville, KY 40214


Direct all questions to:  Laura Hosbach



Thank You for Your Time and Consideration!


March – BNA Minutes

Board Members Present : Jeff Miller, Laura Speedie, Vi Thompson, Micah Followay, Bruce Cantrell Sr., Deveney French, Rick Pickerill, Linda Taylor, and Debbie Thompson,
Board Members Absent: Gary Guss, Dottie Krause, Bob Starck and Liz Meisburg
Visitors Present: Betsy Ruhe, Anthony Thomas, Lt. Joe Manning, Chris Bellsmith, Randy Clark, Mary Singleton and Ed Wall.

Meeting called to order by President Jeff Miller at 7:00p.m.

Crime Report: Lt. Manning reported on crime in the Beechmont area. A slight increase has been reported in the area compared to the same time last year. The overall crime rate has increased 1.6% over last year.
Blockwatches are a key to successfully preventing crime in your area. All in attendance were advised to join an existing block watch or call Officer Barbara Bailey in the 4th District to form a new block watch group.

Treasurer Report: The total balance for March 2010 was $6456. 58. A motion to accept report was made by Laura Speedie, seconded by Micah Followay.

February minutes were reviewed, motion made by Linda Taylor to accept February minutes, and seconded by Deveney French.
New Business: Bruce Cantrell reported on Operation Brightside clean up on March 27, 2010. Desales High School and Walgreens Pharmacy will have volunteers to help in our neighborhood clean up. Any one in the neighborhood, who has a few hours to volunteer to help in our clean up, is asked to meet at the corner of Third and Southern Heights at 8:00 a.m., Saturday March 27th.

Linda Taylor asked the board for additional funds to purchase T-Shirts and hats with the Beechmont Logo on them. A motion to spend up to $200 for hats and t shirts, made by R. Pickerill, seconded by L. Speedie.

Discussion: One of the benches at the Gazebo need the boards replaced, L. Taylor will check on prices.
The Finish Line Festival is scheduled for Aug. 21st 2010.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Jeff Miller and seconded by Micah Followay at 8:15p.m.

BNA Minutes for February

Members Present: Jeff Miller, Linda Taylor, Debra Thompson, Dottie Krause, Rick Pickerill, Bruce Cantrell, Gary Guss,
Members Absent: Bob Stark, Deveney French, Vi Thompson, Micah Followay, Elizabeth Meisberg, Laura Speedie,
Visitors Present: Judy Schroeder, Shawn Cady

Jeff Miller opened the meeting at 7:00 pm and presented agenda.
Dottie Krause presented copies of last month’s meeting minutes.
Linda Taylor presented copies of the next 4 months, Mar, Apr, May, Jun 10 BNA events calendar.
Jeff Miller stated the police officers normally present at the monthly meetings would not be able to attend this specially scheduled meeting, (changed due to weather). However, they presented Jeff w/a report on crime in the area.
Judy Schroeder, of Metro United Way, made a presentation to the board on education and the future of education in Louisville. Main focus: What is in the neighborhood that the children are interested in? Library, Beechmont Community Center. The board provided ideas on where she could provide some of information on her program. BNA suggested: library, Beechmont Community Center, TAP School on National Turnpike, local child development centers, Dr. Offices, etc.
Treasurer’s Report: Debra Thompson presented a monthly financial statement, ending balance $5883. Motion made by Gary Guss, 2nd by Jeff Miller, all approved.
Minutes of last meeting was presented, motion made by Linda Taylor, 2nd by Debra Thompson, all approved.
Jeff Miller presented the idea, of raising the cost of membership. Discussion ensured regarding to start to think about this. Since a lot of members were not present, we decided to not vote on this at this meeting, but put on agenda of future meetings. The board also discussed ideas of how we could get new members.

Committee Reports:
Membership: Gary Guss reported holding our own, a couple of new memberships from the block watch neighborhood. Upcoming spring events will bring in more members.
Beautification: Jeff Miller reported Beautification Committee, the water co and parks dept are still working on the Gazebo water line. Jeff is working w/these organizations to ensure the work is complete before Mini Marathon.
Publicity: Gary Guss reported Publicity Committee will be advertising the Mini Marathon Breakfast in all of the normal venues, CJ, Velocity, on line.
Old Business:
A discussion of the upcoming zoning meeting for the property at Central Station for the proposed Family Dollar. Jeff Miller reported he attended the meeting of the presidents of the surrounding neighborhood associations. They appeared to be well organized. Email on the upcoming zoning meeting will be sent out from Jeff Miller.
Linda Taylor requested the agenda for the BNA meetings be sent out in advance.
Linda Taylor requested the poster for the flower festival be brought to the April meeting, so that they could be distributed well in advance to get the word out earlier and may in advance.
Rick Pickerill reported on the progress of coffee shop, they are in progress and should be open soon.
The Variety shop on the corner has closed, no one knows the status as to who might be moving in. The building is for rent. A general discussion ensued as to possible uses for the building, restaurant, coffee shops, etc.
South Louisville Welcome Sign, Linda Taylor reported she is working on the design with the brick layers and the state to finalize the design, sizes, etc. Once exact dimensions are completed, this information will be presented to the Metro for them to coordinate w/the State.
Betty Rieber Memorial is closed. Jeff Miller presented the information to the family as to their options. The future of this action is now in the family’s area for any future actions.
Jeff Miller reported that the Spring Clean Up for Beechmont is set for 27 Mar 2010. Jeff asked for volunteers to call around and ask for help. Suggested local schools, etc. Debra Thompson reported she got the mailing from Brightside Cleanup on the free T shirts, bags, gloves, etc. Bruce Cantrell took this info and will to call Desales, Olmsted north and south and the local Catholic schools looking for support.
Visitor Shawn Cady attended the meeting and reported on his experience on the recent Nuplex spill. Gary Guss reported on attending the meeting. There is a process for Nuplex to store the waste water on site before shipping to a treatment plant. One of these tanks was overfilled and spilled about 100 gallons of wastewater into the moat. The sump in the moat had a hole and released this effluent into the outside groundwater and then into the sewer. Gary Guss reported an odor problem to Dan Johnson and the Federal EPA on that Monday. Others also reported it to Metrocall and 911.
New Business:
Shawn Cady reported that on Wed after the spill on Monday, middle of night of Feb 8, 2010 Louisville Firemen appeared and began to take readings. At this point, EPA is in the fining process, and the cleanup has started. Problem is this company has had 19 other violations, and even getting fined, is not enough to keep them from doing it in the future. Linda Taylor advised at the meeting that there were medical officials, and clean up people available to help people affected by the spill. Jeff Miller reported that the EPA finished their study and it is now back with the State EPA to monitor. Jeff Miller reported that he and Gary Guss is working with the other neighborhoods in the area affected by this spill to collect information and work as a group and present the situation as a group effort. He encouraged residents to report any strange smells quickly. Also keep a log of when the smell is noticed record dates and times and email to Gary Guss. This will be captured as a group and reported by BNA. 574-6000 is the phone number of Matt Stull who is the POC for Air Pollution Control.
Rick Pickerill made motion to adjourn at 8:25, 2nd by Gary Guss, motion carried.

Submitted By Dot Krause – Board Secretary

Latest Bugler is up on the website

Read the Bugler at www.beechmont.org

Burglar Proofing

Twenty One Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You
1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this : I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.)
14. Sometimes, I carry a clip board. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
16. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
17. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
18. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Face Book page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is away to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
21. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.
Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, Kentucky, security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
Protection for you and your home:
If you don’t have a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you. Wasp Spray When asked by a concerned person about using pepper spray, the local police department recommended that she get a can of wasp spray instead. The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.
Wasp And Hornet Spray On the heels of a break in and beating in Toledo, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.
A teacher in the art of self-defense has told his students for decades to keep a can of wasp and hornet spray near their door or bed. “This is better than anything I can teach them.” It is inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, “spray the culprit in the eyes”.
“That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.” Maybe even save your life. Please share this with all the people in your life.
Detective Bill Mattingly
Louisville Metro Police Department
7th Division Resource Unit