Good Morning, LaVergne!

While we all have long anticipated warm weather, the downside to the extreme change from last week has created sickness in my household!  I was so looking forward to the warm front that we currently are experiencing, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the time to enjoy it.   The weather has brought on illness that has confined me to home, both of my kids have been sick this week and I’m also feeling a bit under the weather.

So is anyone else stuck at home this week with sickness in your household, I’m hoping that everyone is healthy and free from the terrible germs that are lingering in the air.

Ch. 4 Cool Schools Comes to LHS

At 8:30 tonight, my 15-year old had already gone to bed … she and her friend are getting their beauty sleep for tomorrow!

From Tonya on Facebook,

Tune into Channel 4 News tomorrow from 5-7am…. Cool Schools will be at LaVergne High School!! Choraliers will be singing 1st thing!! Dont miss it!!

After the crazy hours I’ve kept this week, I expect to be in a deep sleep at 5:00 a.m.  Y’all tell me what I miss!

Photos for Ashley

About a year ago, LHS student Ashley Scott learned she had cancer.  From the website Hope, Faith & Photos for a Cure we learn more,

Last April of 2010, Ashley injured herself during a softball game and what the doctors thought was to be a sports related injury turned out to be more. She knew something was not right and after further persistence and biopsy, a tumor was found and she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma Stage 4 Cancer.

Life changed in an instant.  It was hard. Hard for her to comprehend and lose many things she loved like softball and her hair.

Photographer Carla Lynn designed Hope, Faith & Photos for a Cure as a fundraiser for Ashley.  On Sunday, February 27th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., top photographers from across the area are gathering for a photo shoot.  Admission is $10 p/person (all going to Ashley Scott) and all proceeds from photos ordered online via Pictage also go to Ashley.

As a community, we need to rally around this fundraising effort.  If you have a child, go have their photo made.  If you are newly engaged or need a family portrait done, do it here.  If you need a professional photo taken, this is a great opportunity.  And it’s for a really good cause.

Here’s more information,

When you come to the Marathan Village (the red tall short bldg located at 1305 Clinton Street, Nashville) we will be set up on the 3rd floor and the stairs will be straight across. As you come in- there will be Registration tables set up, where you will pay your admission of $10 a person and also complete a form that asks of your contact info, email address and consent for use of any images for media/web publications.

Here’s a map to Marathan Village via Google Maps (the link takes you to the map where you can zoom in/out):

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this event.  I will try to post more about it as the photo shoot gets closer.

Photo by Carla Lynn of Carla Lynn Photography.

It’s Hoops Time in LaV

Are the kids getting on your nerves at home and you want to find something for them to do during the winter?  You know… exercise, learning to be a team player and good sportsmanship?

Universal Sports League (formerly La Vergne Youth Basketball) will be holding signups on Saturday, December 11th from 10:00 am – 12 noon at Rock Springs Elementary School. This league is open to boys & girls ages 5-18.

Registration is $95 for Ages 5-13, with a $5 sibling discount, and $120 for Ages 14-18, with a $10 sibling discount.

For more info on Universal Sports League (formerly La Vergne Youth Basketball), please contact Julie Vestal at 615-305-5890, or visit www.universalsportsleague.org.

At the web site you can print off 3 forms, the sign up, the medical release form and parents code of conduct, If you will do that and have them filled out when you arrive at Rock Springs it will make the process much faster.

ALSO, we are still needing some great coaches.  That would leave me out.

~~~ THIS WILL BE THE LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS ~~~

Thanks to Steve for the info!

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?

    O Christmas Tree

    In honor of our city’s annual Christmas tree lighting tonight, I changed our header to something more holiday-ish than what my husband describes as a stick in the water.

    The ceremony tonight begins at City Hall at 5:00 p.m.  We’ll see the Roy Waldron Elementary School dance team perform, then be serenaded by their choir.  We’ll have about an hour then before Mayor & Aldermen meet at 7:00 p.m.

    If you come, bundle up because … sheesh … is it cold out!

    Mashup: Toy Drive & Swearing-In

    For today’s new word, let’s explore Mashup.  According to Urban Dictionary.com, mashup is “v. To take elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music and combine them to make a new song. n. A song comprised of elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music.”

    Mayor Elect Senna Mosley called me this morning with an idea for our own LaVergne Mashup.  She would like to invite people who are attending the Swearing-In Ceremony tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. to consider bringing a new toy for the police department’s “Toys for Children” program.

    Not "unwrapped" like this... just no Christmas paper unwrapped.

    Ms. Mosley said one of her goals as mayor is to invite residents to be more involved in community activities like the Toy Drive.  Any new unwrapped toy is welcome because children of all ages are being served.  Need is not limited to age, so little kid and big kid toys are wanted.

    If you have questions, again you can contact Alderman Waldron at at 708-2909 or Lt. Cindy Murphy at 394-8402.

    By the way, the best mashup (imo) of all times is the Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” mix with Oasis “Wonderwall” … great great music mix, especially the Aerosmith thrown in at the end, “Sing women, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears…”  (Earworm!)