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Archive for October, 2014

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Join us THIS Sat., Oct. 18 for North City Farmers’ Market’s End of Season Harvest Fest Celebration!

Saturday, October 18 will be the last day of North City Farmers’ Market’s 2014 season - so, that means it’s time to celebrate.  Please join us for all of the activities - or as much of it as you can during the market hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As we’ve done for the past 8 seasons, we’re planning a lot of extra activities and fun to ensure that a good time will be had by all at our annual Harvest Fest.

We'll all be jumping for joy at the North City Farmers' Market Harvest Fest!

We'll all be jumping for joy at the North City Farmers' Market Harvest Fest!

On top of our usual fresh produce and local artisans, we’ll have face painting, live music and a dance troupe, a pumpkin painting contest, costume contest, kettle corn, and more! La Mancha Coffeehouse will also be handing out caramel apples and selling their delicious hot apple cider.

Please join us - and feel free to bring the whole family - and invite all of your neighbors, as well!  We’re looking forward to seeing you between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the 2700 block of N. 14th Street.

For more information, be sure to visit the North City Farmers’ Market Facebook page by clicking HERE.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Helpful Tips for Saving Energy, Saving Money, & Saving the Planet at ONSLRG’s Energy Conservation Workshop

Stay tuned for some good information from Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Energy Conservation Workshop held on October 7.

Among the presenters were Richard Reilly of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earthways Center, who offered good introductory overview and practical information on the value of making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

Click HERE or on the image below to view a PDF version of Richard’s presentation.

We also will post a copy of the presentation made by Crystal Howard of the Metropolitan Sewer District. Watch for that to be uploaded and available for viewing soon.

Thank you to our panel of neighborhood residents who’ve installed energy-saving improvements at their homes, John Thro, James Cox, and Tom Bratkowski. These residents discussed their experiences and lessons from installing solar panels, geothermal, and white roofs.

Other presenters included Clarence Hanks of Laclede Gas, Tony Johnson, an energy auditor from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Thanks to the generosity of Ameren Missouri - and the connection made by Sal Martinez, Executive Director of Community Renewal & Development - all attendees were able to go home with free boxes of Energy Star certified, compact fluorescent light bulbs.

A portion of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s programming, including this workshop, has been funded in part with Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, made possible by the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Old North Walking Club Ends 2014 Season with a “Walk to the Trestle”

On Sept. 28, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrated the conclusion of the inaugural season of the Old North Walking Club with a Walk to the Trestle.  The Trestle is a 1.5 mile abandoned railroad alignment purchased by Great Rivers Greenway and planned for future development as a “Rails to Trails” paved and landscaped bike and walking path.

The Trestle will connect the Riverfront Trail to the southeastern corner of Old North, as the Trestle touches down near the intersection of Howard and Hadley.

As it crosses over Interstate 70, the Trestle offers phenomenal views of downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, the North Broadway commercial corridor, Produce Row, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Old North.

The Old North Walking Club and a few new friends met at the ONSLRG office on N. 14th Street and made the 0.8 mile trek to The Trestle, where the participants could enjoy spectacular views and and refreshing and delicious treats at a picnic on the Trestle.  A total of 55 people took part on the walk and picnic.

At the Hadley Street “trailhead” of the Trestle, Todd Antoine of Great Rivers Greenway met the group to provide a brief orientation on what The Trestle’s neighbors would be able to see.

On the Trestle, Todd showed how The Trestle fits into the broader plans for a regional, connected greenway.

Other display boards showed renderings of what the Trestle will look like when completed.

After looking at the plans and renderings of what will be coming to the Trestle, the Old North residents and friends got to go explore what the Trestle looks like today, while taking in the incredible views.

The tour of the Trestle concluded with a one-of-a-kind picnic with neighbors…

After the fun on the Trestle, the group enjoyed a leisurely walk back to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, past many of the neighborhood’s amenities, including Jackson Park (above) and the tree-lined streets of architecturally significant homes (below).

Thank you to Great Rivers Greenway for providing financial support to make it possible for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to host the Old North Walking Club this past summer.  For more about GRG, click HERE.

With this support, the Old North Walking Club went out for 28 separate group walks with 60 different individuals participating.  The walks averaged 9.42 people participating per week on walks.   If we add up every individual’s walking time and distance, our walking club collectively walked 456 miles (equivalent to walking from St. Louis to Detroit) and for 283 hours (almost 12 days straight of walking!)

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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