Possibilities & Opportunities Through Grants

With the recent changes within our City leadership, I often think that we have more possibilities for LaVergne.  It would be wonderful to see positive change that directly involves and affects the community.  However, in a city government that may be lacking the resources, how can you develop and sustain any new projects?

Grant writing is the answer that could bring many wonderful programs and ideas to life for residents.  Although the criteria, competition, and limitation to grants can be a drawn-out process, there are many available that could build or sustain new programs.  I’m  certainly not a professional grant writer, but I have researched, applied and been provided several individual grants.  My email is always full of grant alerts from many different resources and I’m always looking these resources over to see what funds can be found.  Grants are  available – this is what started my wandering mind imagining what great possibilities we could have for LaVergne!  For example,

2011 RBFF National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative
RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering education grants for 2011. Youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply by the December 27, 2010 deadline.

Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and under-served communities. Special consideration is given to programs that:

  • Offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities.
  • Encourage long-term involvement of participants.
  • Foster multi-generational participation, e.g., engaging seniors as youth mentors.
  • Provide adequate screening, selection and training of staff, instructors and volunteers (including a criminal background check).
  • Promote conservation education and include at least one conservation experience that actively engages participants in a hands-on activity.
  • Provide inclusive programming.
  • Support existing RBFF partnerships

Best Buy Consumer Electronic Grants

What are the Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling Grants?
The Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling grants are designed to help provide more environmentally responsible electronics recycling opportunities for consumers across the country.

Who can apply for the Grants?

  • Best Buy grants are open to any group across the country planning to conduct an environmentally responsible consumer electronics recycling event.
  • Grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. Grants range from $500 – $1500 per event, depending on the size and scope of the events.
  • Priority is given to electronics recycling events, but other types of events that include electronics recycling are considered.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective application process. The grants are, for example, for travel team expenses, field lighting, and international requests. The application evaluation process takes three-to-six months, which depends upon the date that the letter of inquiry is received.

    These are only a few of the grants available – there are many more.  I don’t know all the details; however, I wonder if any thoughts or ideas on the development of new programs are ever discussed at the City Committee meetings.  So tell me LaVergne, what brilliant ideas do you have or would like to see in our community?

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    Seeking Applications for City Committees

    Do you have the expertise to serve on a City Board or Committee, or ever thought about it, LaVergne?   I do have to admit the thought has crossed my mind a time or two!  Well it’s time to get out and contribute to our great City. The following committees and boards have vacancies to fill, according to the information from last night’s Board workshop.

    Historical Preservation Advisory Committee

    LaVergne Housing Authority

    Library Board

    Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

    Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals

    Beer Board

    Greenway Advisory Committee

    Local Emergency Planning Committee

    Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

    Stormwater Appeals and Advisory Board

    There’s a description of each Board/Committee available on the City website, along with the application and procedures.

    Clean Up & Trail of Treats Made for BUSY Day

    Ay yi yi… what a busy day in LaVergne!  We started this morning at Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp with a clean-up activity. Tons of people showed up, including this old woman with creaking limbs, an out-of-control sciatic nerve, and easily-sunburned skin!  My little group filled up three bags of litter from along Stones River Road.

    Photos after the jump…

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    Need Something to do on Saturday?

    Get in line if you want to join the “Autumn is my favorite time of the year club”… We finally have relief from the hot summer weather, the mosquitoes have gone into hibernation (we hope), and the smell of leaves is wonderful.  Fall is definitely a good time to get out and get some fresh air!  If you’re from LaVergne, we also have plenty of activities for you this weekend!

    On Saturday

    9:00 a.m. Community Clean-Up
    Location is the old road bed along Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp off of Stones River Road. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the clean-up is at 9:30am.  A hot dog lunch will be provided.  Remember to dress down!  Wear appropriate clothing to clean trash. Bags and gloves will be provided.

    2:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Trail of Treats
    Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and come to Veterans Memorial Park.  50 local businesses, vendors, churches, etc. will be there to hand out candy to children.  WE WILL BE THERE, TOO!  My thanks to the readers of thisislavergne.com who have provided candy and/or helped pay for candy.  I need to make some signs now!

    3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Free Bean Dinner
    A bean dinner will be served at Jerry Butler’s Realty office, located next to SunTrust Bank on 5068 Murf. Road. Beans, soups and cornbread will be served, but attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or donation for Lt. Cindy Murphy’s toy drive for the children.  LPD usually services around 150 families at Christmas.

    If you’re from Smyrna or love bowling, here’s something for you from the Smyrna Bowling Center,

    Grand re-opening of “This End” is now set for Oct 30th from 11am till 6pm and everyone that comes in that day will recieve one free game and shoes. I am also planning to have many things set up outside in the parking lot for everyone to do and enjoy. I have the Smyrna fire dept smokehouse, the Nation guard rock climbing wall, art booth by Ron Knight, id kits from D.A.R.E., Chris’ gifts and much more coming to this event. Please mark your calendars now to stop. Bring the young ones and they will get bowl in costume their one free game!

    And if you’re from Murfreesboro, here’s something for you…

    7:00 a.m. – ??  Yard Sale
    2281 Oak Hill Drive, Murfreesboro, Tn.
    Northfield to Left on Lascassas Hwy, 1/4 mile to left into Village of Garrison Cove (Aberdeen Dr.) first driveway on the left.

    On Sunday

    TRICK OR TREAT for LaVergne! Time is usually when it turns dark until 8:00’ish p.m.  Remember, only go to houses with porch lights on.  Parents, check the candy before kids eat it!

    And other stuff

    Finally, the city is trying to get an idea about how many will attend the swearing-in ceremony of the mayor and aldermen on November 18th.  The room holds 150 people, so they are trying to get an idea if the space will be big enough.  Click here to let the city know yea or nay.

    Also, I will be heading back to the Rutherford County Election Commission tomorrow to pick up the latest required campaign finance disclosures.  I hope to have them scanned and posted by this time tomorrow, if possible.  Am very hopeful that some will be more forthcoming than they were the last round.  And that’s all I’m saying about that…

    This, That, and Then Some

    Except for me and Adrienne worrying about certain smells and Theresa needing to find five minutes of serenity, no one is talking much on our open thread!  So I’m hitting my email files to give you some news From the City in the form of announcements,

    First the “ick” and “well thank goodness”:

    E.coli rumor false

    La Vergne Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Thomas Champagne is squelching a rumor than E-coli has been found in the La Vergne water supply, he announced on Friday.

    “In the past few days there has been a rumor going around town that there is E-coli in the drinking water,” he said. “This is not true. We do tests many times a day and weekly to determine the levels of potential contaminants within the water supply. E-coli has not shown up in these tests.”

    Some types of E.coli, which is a common type of bacteria, can make a person very sick.  The non-harmful types generally live in a person’s intestines. All warm-blooded organizisms have E-coli within their bodies. In the 2009 Water Quality Report, there were no mentions of E-coli present in the La Vergne water. A test done on October 14, 2010 also shows that there are no harmful bacterias within the water supply.

    For more information, contact the Water Treatment Plant at 793-6536.

    Want to do more for LaVergne than just read this site and comment? Time to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak,

    Community Clean-Up Day
    October 30, 2010
    Register 9:00 a.m.
    Clean-up begins at 9:30 a.m.

    Those helping will be cleaning up an old road bed near the Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp and running along side Hurricane Creek. This is the site for the proposed Greenway.  Wear long sleeves, long pants, boots and gloves.

    Everyone is invited to attend, including church and school groups, civic organizations, families and anyone who wants to help.  Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. for those who helped clean up.

    For more information, contact the La Vergne Parks and Recreation Department at 793-3224.

    And finally, don’t forget the Trail of Treats is coming up NEXT weekend.  I have signed up for our site to be there handing out candy.  Many of you volunteered to bring candy (I think we need at least 10 bags of 300 pieces and five of you have volunteered… we need MORE).  If you want me to pick up the candy on your behalf let me know and I’ll be sure to get you a receipt.   Meanwhile, here’s more info from the city,

    Bring non-perishable items to Trail of Treats

    People enjoying this year’s Trail of Treats are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event to help a local food bank.

    ”Obviously, this is not a requirement, but we hope that the generosity of our citizens comes through and they bring something to help the Smyrna/La Vergne Food Bank,” said Trail of Treats coordinator Angie Mayes. ”We’ve done this in the past, but this year, really want to push it so that the food bank gets a good deal of non-perishable items.”

    Trail of Treats is the City of La Vergne’s annual Halloween celebration for young people and their parents/guardians. It runs from 2 – 4 on Oct. 30 at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive in La Vergne.

    The Smyrna/La Vergne Food Bank is located at 130 Richardson Street in Smyrna. Their phone number is 355-0697.

    That’s it for now.  Have a glorious weekend!

    Announcements from the City

    UPDATED to add photos of boogers on a stick and a monster brain from last year’s Gross Grub event sent by Angie M. Tee-hee! Thanks!

    Since work with my “real” job is done, I thought I’d spend a minute posting some announcements from the city.  Here goes – from the city:

    Businesses encouraged to sign up for Trail of Treats

    Area businesses are encouraged to sign up for Trail of Treats, to take place from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.  This is a free event for both participants and vendors. No money can exchange hands.

    ”We already have 21 vendors,” said Marketing and Program Coordinator Angie Mayes. ”We’re shooting for at least 50 to sign up for and attend the event.”

    Those interested in attending should prepare to have treats for approximately 2,500 – 3,000 children.

    ”Dressing up is not required, but the children love to see adults in costume,” Mayes said. ”We have a variety of vendors at the event. Some vendors just pass out treats and some have info for the parents as well. We have dentists who pass out tooth brushes as well as banks, cosmetic reps and more.”

    Sign-up on-line at www.lavergne.org. Click on the Parks and Recreation Department link near the bottom of the page.  For more information, call the Parks Department at 793-3224.

    This looks like crazy fun…

    Gross Grub coming to La Vergne

    Organ-donor cupcakes, chocolate gremlins, cheddar eyeballs and toilet bowl punch are just some of the items that will highlight the La Vergne Library’s annual Gross Grub, taking place from 3 – 4 p.m., Friday Oct. 29 at the library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne.

    ”This is an annual tradition that children and adults enjoy,” said Library Director Teresa Wilberscheid. ”We come up with a number of ‘gross items’ for the young people to eat or drink.”

    In the past, more than 100 children have taken part in the event each year. They are welcome to come in their Halloween costume.  For more information, contact the library at 793-7303.

    Lock your cars…

    Residents warned to park smart at home

    La Vergne Police Department Chief Ted Boyd is warning residents to remain vigilant when parking their cars at home.

    ”When parking your cars at home, take care of your vehcile and possessions,” he said in response to a number of vehicle break-ins that have taken place in La Vergne in recent weeks.

    The city will begin to put up signs around the city that will read:

    ”Park smart at home. Lock your vehcile, secure valuables and take your keys..”

    For more information or to report a burglary at your home or work, please call the department at 793-7744.

    Hai Yah!

    KickBoxing Classes October and November

    KICKBOXING CLASS has been moved to the Multi-Purpose Bldg (5093 Murfreesboro Rd) due to early voting and conflicts.

    KICKBOXING CLASS has been moved to the Multi-Purpose Bldg(5093 Murfreesboro Rd) for the following dates: Monday Oct 11th, 18th, 25th and  Nov 1st at 7:30pm and Saturday Oct 30th at 10:30am. Saturday class on Oct 16th and 23rd have been cancelled. Classes will resume their normal schedule on Saturday Nov 6th at the Civic Auditorium. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

    Trick or Treat! Smell My Feet!

    Trick-or-Treating set for Oct. 31

    La Vergne Mayor Ronnie Erwin has approved OCt. 31 as the ‘official’ day to trick-or-treat in La Vergne.  In the past, there was been some qustion if the day falls on a Sunday.

    ”We want the children to be able to go out and have a good, but safe, time,” Erwin said. ”We didn’t want to confuse the public by moving the ‘official’ date to another day, so that’s why we’re going ahead and doing it on Oct. 31.

    For more information, contact Angie Mayes at 287-8690 or e-mail her at amayes@lavergne.org.

    Also, don’t forget that the annual Trail of Treats will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

    That’s it for now…

    Hey Candidates… Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

    If you’re running for office in the city of LaVergne… mayor, alderman… and you haven’t already reserved a spot in the business tent at Oldtimers Day, speak now or forever hold your peace.  You have only until this Saturday, August 21st to contact Angie Mayes at 615-287-8690. Better yet, go online and fill out the form. Follow the directions.

    Meanwhile here’s the latest slew of announcements from the city.

    Howl at the Moon 5K set for Aug. 20

    The annual Howl at the Moon 5K run will take place Friday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m., beginning at Veteran’s Memorial Park in La Vergne.  The start of the race will be near Pavilion B at the back of the park. Registration will take place at the pavilion.  The runners will run from the park, down Murfreesboro Road to City Hall, around the loop and back to the park.  There are a number of age brackets for the race, along with Clydesdale and Athena divisions.  For more information, call 793-3224.

    The race is sponsored by the La Vergne Parks and Recreation Department, Bridgestone/Firestone, Coca Cola, Sonic Drive-In, The Tanning Boutique, Dominos Pizza and Chick-fil-A.

    Storytime at the library

    Storytimes at the library will resume on Tuesday, September 7th.  We have several new and exciting storytimes planned this year, and some changes to our existing storytimes.   To view the storytime schedule, please visit the library’s online catalog page at http://catalog.lavergne.org.

    Summer reading concludes

    We at the La Vergne Public Library would like to thank all our participants for another fantastic summer reading program.  1,109 children and young adults participated in the summer reading program, and there were over 150 adult contest entries.  During the two-month summer program, the library checked out 23,723 items to children and teens and put on 23 events and programs during summer reading with 2,767 people attending.

    At the end of the summer reading program, a free skating party was held for all children who read 100 books or more.  Over one hundred children reached this milestone, and many others reached the 200 and 300 book level.  You should all be as proud of yourselves as we are of you!

    Community Garden in Lake Forest

    Anyone interested in working in and maintaining a community garden in Lake Forest next season is asked to call the Parks and Rec Department at 793-3224.

    And mark your calendars well in advance…

    Book Sale!

    The La Vergne Public Library will be conducting a book sale on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the storytime room.

    Zumba classes starting

    Zumba class is offered on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:15am at the La Vergne Civic Center.  Jane Ascher is the instructor; the class in open to all ages. For more information please call the Parks & Recreation Office at 793-3224.