United Neighborhoods of Evansville, in association with the City of Evansville, is honored to present the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference this October 6-8! This conference, now in it’s 31st year, brings together movers and shakers from 5 states across the Midwest to a weekend designed to inspire your community!
The 2017 UNOE Membership packets will be mailed to all 2016 Neighborhood Association presidents at the beginning of January. If you are a NA president please fill out all of the paperwork and return the required forms to the UNOE office.
We are asking this year that those of you who would rather receive an UNOE newsletter via email to please check the box under your officer information. This not only saves time but also printing and postage. Be sure to keep us updated with any new addresses, phone numbers or emails as we get requests for the latest NA information from the city and other organizations throughout the year.
Also please consider signing up for one of the committees that are listed in the packet. If you want more information on the various committees you can call the office at (812) 428-4243 or email email@example.com. Your cooperation helps the office run smoothly!
United Neighborhoods of Evansville hosted our 21st Annual Sparkplug Banquet October 27, 2016. Over 200 people from 30+ neighborhoods gathered together to honor and celebrate their “sparkplugs,” those who are standouts in their efforts to improve and protect the places they call home.
From police officers, librarians and ministers to neighbors who turn into Batman when the circumstances call for it, there’s no specific type of person or way to be a Sparkplug. You just have to have a heart for service.
Let’s meet them now!
Darla Farris of Akin Park had this to say about CPO Chad Diedrich. “He is a great officer. He comes to all our meetings, listens to our concerns and tries to solve them. He also talks to kids and gives stuff to them while he is at our meetings. Great man!”
Culver Neighborhood Association appreciates Carol McClintock because “She has been a member of Culver Association for several years and has always been willing to get involved and help out the association. This year she was instrumental in getting an information outreach program off the ground and going at full speed. It is our pleasure to have Carol be the Culver Neighborhood Association Sparkplug Award Recipient.”
Richard Eich, of Arcadian Acres Civic Association, says, “Officer Anna Gray, has served as our Crime Prevention Officer over the past few years, not only in name, but through her display of leadership and daily involvement in our neighborhood. Officer Gray consistently goes above and beyond in support of our Neighborhood Association, making herself available when we have needs or just have questions. She brings a contagious energy to our leaders and neighbors, making her a true SPARKPLUG of Arcadian Acres Neighborhood Association. Without her leadership and hard work, we would not be the healthy association we are today. ”
Jim Grace of Eastview Neighborhood Association says ” As Pastor of Fairlawn United Methodist Church, Rev. Randy Owens hosts our monthly meetings and volunteers when needed, as well as acting as our secretary. He puts action behind his heart for service offering free dinners and family fun days. Our neighborhood association is so blessed to have Randy.”
Jenny Triggs, president of Helfrich Neighborhood Association, says that “Lindsey Schenk has been a wonderful asset to our community. She never hesitates to report unusual activity and has done wonders in reporting open drug activity when she sees it. She always has fresh ideas on attracting new members and helping build our neighborhood association.”
Jane McManus of Greater Lincolnshire Neighborhood Association says “Chris Mills is our neighborhood hero. When we were experiencing a rash of vandalism and vehicle break-ins, Chris installed cameras on his property. Additionally, he hired, at his own expense, the private security firm Lawman to patrol late at night, and he accompanied the patrols. One night, Chris’s camera alerted his phone to the presence of an intruder. Chris captured the suspect while in his bathrobe, armed with a cell phone and a gun. Chris Mills is our Bathrobe Batman!”
Lorie Van Hook of Mount Auburn Neighborhood Association describes Chris Borries as “a wonderful neighbor who keeps the neighborhood connected with the “goings on” and “happenings” on our street. She is caring and thoughtful, always sharing in her gardening bounty, especially tomatoes and peppers and is often the go-to person for pet-sitting. Chris is a true friend to our neighborhood families, both human and animal. Her generous and attentive heart exemplifies what a true neighbor is.”
Pam Grewe of South Dexter Neighborhood Association had this to say about Sparkplug Mikki Spencer: “Mikki volunteered to letter and paint yard signs inform neighbors of our monthly meetings. These signs immediately sparked interest among our neighbors. Many have asked “What is it?” or “What do you do?” Thanks to Mikki’s signs attendance at our meetings has increased. Members willingly take responsibility for putting the signs in their yards each month. Mikki’s idea and willingness to share her talent has been the Spark behind South Dexter this year!”
Tom Littlepage of Southeastside Neighborhood Association says that Officer Andy Carlile ” is more than a crime prevention officer. He is part of our community. He goes above and beyond the duties of a police officer. He protects our neighborhood every single day. He is never more than an email or a phone call away. He works long hours away from his family and makes sacrifices to ensure our neighborhood association is informed.
Vogel-Spring Park Neighborhood Association‘s J.D. Strouth says that “Ruth Hall consistently serves our neighborhood year in and year out as treasurer and a block captain. But this year, Ruth undertook a major project when she led our Neighborhood association to collect plastic lids and bottle caps, which we had recycled into a park bench for Wesselman’s Park playground.”
Pam Buchenberger of Bellemeade-Bayard Park Neighborhood Association applauds Beth Heil. “She has been with the East Branch Library for eighteen years and has been Customer Service Supervisor for thirteen of those years. Beth is dedicated to providing outstanding library resources and services to everyone who walks through the doors at the East Branch Library. She attends all of our meetings and is instrumental in keeping us informed of the activities offered to children and adults as well!”
Rene McCormick of South Lincoln Park Drive Area Neighborhood Association explains why Officer Jason Pagett is their Sparkplug. “Although our meetings were reduced this year, Jay kept contact with Block Leaders and was instrumental in helping us express neighborhood concerns to those capable of assisting and alleviating the problems. Thank you for your interest and participation, Jason!”
Greg Stilwell of Business 41 Neighborhood Association gives his thanks to Officer Eric Krogmen. “He attends all of our meetings and does an excellent job. He gives us detailed crime reports and helps us with our neighborhood problems. Many thanks, Eric!”
Donna Montgomery of CHAIN says that Francis Easterly is a new member of the CHAIN Neighborhood but “he is well known in our area. He cleans up the trash on Cedar Street, Cody Street, the alleys, the greenway and now Cedar Hall’s playground nearly every day. He also mows some of the neighbor’s yards and part of the Greenway. We like to claim him as mayor of Cedar Street, who looks after his neighbors.”
Deanna Outlaw, president of the Westside Improvement Association, relays how Charlie Stocker, Steve Craig and Gordon Dingman turned a simple “Adopt a Spot” into the Helfrich Gateway Project. “They plotted, planned and brought their vision to the Board. We never imagined the corner would come to fruition with so much creative thought, artistic vision, and just plain tenacious get ‘r done attitude. Phase I and II are now complete with Phase III planned for next year. These guys worked night and day for a project that will benefit not only the west side but Evansville as a whole.”
Leonard Collins, president of Goosetown Neighbhorhood, has “nothing but praise” for Sparkplug Lauren Legate. “Lauren is always making sure the meetings are good to go and helping keep order. She has been a great asset with her help with the administrative work of managing a neighborhood association. Lauren’s work with the Potter’s Wheel has been a great help to our organization and the neighborhood at large. Not only does she help prepare and serve meals to the community every Tuesday and Saturday, but through her contacts she has even been able to assist those struggling with homelessness. She organized 4 annual neighborhood clean-ups with Keep Evansville Beautiful and brought in the neighborhood youth to help.”
Judy Wargel of the Riverside Neighborhood Association says “Pam Guthrie has lived in the Historic District since 1972. She has served on the Preservation Commission for many years and was president for several years. Since 2011 Pam has organized the Historic Homes House Tour. Monies raised were used for Historic District signage and has helped fund the replacement of cobra head lights with safer and more historically appropriate lighting.”
Lucy Williams of Glenwood Neighborhood Association on Andrew and Breanna (not pictured) Bondurant: “The Bondurants took residence in a Community One renovated house in Glenwood a year ago last August and wasted no time getting involved in the GNA. They immediately expressed an interest in engaging Glenwood youth by chairing a block party at Caldwell Park which was a huge success. When the RNNC was announced, they eagerly wanted to attend, which they did, driving themselves to Champaign. The Bondurant’s bring a fresh prospective and new outlook are just the spark the neighborhood needs to make Glenwood, and thereby the city of Evansville, the best that it can be
Melanie Stagg of Western Terrace Neighborhood Association on why Gus and Dorthy Hunter are 2016 Sparkplugs! “Gus and Dorothy have lived in our neighborhood for over 50 years. They have been involved in many activities and events throughout this time. Currently they have been block captains and passed out newsletters for ten years. They decorate their yard for every holiday, and were awarded best decorated yard for Christmas 2015. They also maintain our corner at Helfrich and Mount Vernon Avenue, planting flowers and decorating for each season.”
Community One, a ministry of Crossroads Christian Church, was awarded a Sparkplug Award by Tepe Park Neighborhood Association for their devotion to rehabilitation of the neighborhood.
Oak Hill Neighborhood Association’s Jonah Hust on Dr. Dan Adams, “Councilman Adams has proven himself to be a true community leader, not just by good ideas and thoughtful suggestions, but by his actions. Over the course of the last year we have approached Councilman Adams on multiple occasions for a variety of different issues. Each time he has been receptive to our concerns and has even taken a personal approach to the resolution of some of our issues. He is a true asset to the city of Evansville and the Oak Hill Neighborhood Association.”
We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you!
The Sparkplug Banquet is almost here! For your convenience we have provided all the forms you need to register for the banquet, nominate a neighborhood “sparkplug,” or donate a door prize! You are free to snail mail or email the forms, but at this time we are not accepting online payments for the banquet.
The menu for evening is a choice of glazed chicken with roasted potatoes or eggplant cannelloni with angel hair pasta in a roasted red pepper sauce. All meals include fresh grilled vegetables, seasonal greens, fresh baked bread and bread pudding with a caramel glaze for dessert.
Click here to download the form to register your neighborhood. Single registrations are also fine, just mail a check to UNOE or bring cash to the office. This also includes the form to nominate a neighborhood “Sparkplug,” someone who is working hard to ignite the community.
If you are a local business who would like to donate a door prize the form can be found here. We appreciate your support!
We are still looking for sponsors as well. See this post for information on sponsorship levels. We appreciate everyone who gives back to their community in this way!
See you at the Sparkplug Banquet October 27th!
We are looking for sponsors for the Sparkplug Banquet! We want to shine a light on local businesses while you help us celebrate our community sparkplugs who constantly ignite their communities to action!
We have several levels of sponsorship available, something for every type of business budget.
|EMBER – $75||GLOW -$150||KINDLE $300||INSPIRE $550|
|· One business card ad in event program
·Thank you reaching 1,000+ followers
·Thank you letter
|· Recognition on the banquet big screen
· One quarter-page ad in event program
Thank you reaching 1,000+ followers across our social media channels
· Thank you letter
|· Recognition on the banquet big screen
· One half-page ad in event program
· Two complimentary banquet tickets
· Two door prize tickets
· Thank you reaching 1,000+ followers across our social media channels
· Thank you letter
|· Recognition on the banquet big screen
· One full-page ad in event program
· Four complimentary banquet tickets
· Four door prize tickets
· Thank you with logo reaching 1,000+ followers across our social media channels
· Thank you letter
We also have a very special opportunity for one Presenting Sponsor. The Ignite level is valued at $3000 dollars. The Ignite Sponsor will receive:
- Prominent logo and placement on event program as Presenting Sponsor
- Prominent recognition on the banquet big screen with logo
- One full-page ad back cover of event program
- Named as Presenting Sponsor at banquet
- Opportunity to welcome banquet guests
- Complementary table of eight (8) at banquet
- Eight door prize tickets
- Eight United Neighborhoods of Evansville T-shirts
- Four mentions with logo across our social media channels reaching 1,000+ followers
- Named as Presenting Sponsor in media release sent to local media outlets
- Opportunity to enter basket for door prize give-a-way
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 428-4243 for more information on sponsorship. We look forward to supporting your business while you support our sparkplugs!
UNOE wants you to be an informed voter! Join us for our annual Candidates night as we hear from candidates running for State Representative Dist. 77 and 78, Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder, County Coroner, County Commissioner, County Council at Large, Judicial and School Board.
United Neighborhoods of Evansville will provide the moderator for the evening. All candidates will be given 2 minutes to speak with 4 minutes of Q & A from the audience. Candidates will not be allowed to question or comment to each other on any issues! Candidates that are uncontested will not be allowed to speak due to time issues but are encouraged to attend. There will be a 10 minute intermission.
We are excited to provide this opportunity to the community to meet their candidates and hear what they have to say! Please be advised that this event takes the place of our regular general meeting, which usually takes place at 6:30 PM. We will be starting 30 minutes early to accommodate all candidates. Please click the link below for a list of candidates.
Join us for the 21st Annual Sparkplug Celebration Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Walnut Rooms at the Tropicana Executive Conference Center!
Our annual celebration of Evansville’s neighborhoods formally recognizes community “Sparkplugs,” individuals who go above and beyond to serve their neighbors and neighborhood, with a banquet style awards program. Over 300 neighborhood and community leaders attend each year, and we hope you will be among them!
We are thrilled to announce the keynote speaker will be Wil Marquez of w/Purpose, an urban and public design firm from Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Marquez is an authority on urban and public design and has led collaborative projects on creative place making, branding, and design.
Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in sponsorship of the event or for more information.
2016 Fall Heavy Trash Pick-Up Begins Monday, August 22
The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility announces that Heavy Trash Pick-up will begin next Monday, August 22, and is scheduled to run through Friday, October 21. The semi-annual curbside service is available to city residents who pay for trash service with their monthly water bill, including newly-annexed areas. Apartment complexes, mobile home communities and business/commercial customers are not eligible.
The collection schedule and area maps are available on the City of Evansville’s GIS website at www.evansvillegis.com/trash. To help keep crews on schedule and prevent heavy trash from sitting out on the curb longer than necessary, the number of days allocated for collection in each specific area has been determined based on the volume of heavy trash in the past and the number of days required to collect the trash.
Heavy trash must be placed in manageable, organized piles where normal weekly trash is collected before 6 a.m. on the first day collection is scheduled in each specific area.
Items that will be collected include:
- Must be rolled in sections no longer than 4 ft. and no wider than 2 ft. in diameter
- Sofas, tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs, etc.
- Stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters, etc.
- Limit two of each type of appliance per household
- NO Televisions or electronics.
- NO computers or accessories
- Building materials/construction debris
- Must be in trash cans, boxes, etc. of such size and weight that they can be reasonably lifted by two average adults
- Containers must be strong enough that they do not break apart while being lifted even if they are wet
- Privacy fence sections must be cut in half or smaller manageable size
- NO concrete blocks, bricks or steel poles
Items that will NOT be collected include:
- Any trash that Republic Services would pick up as part of its regular residential waste collection contract
- Televisions or electronics
- Automobile parts
- Hazardous materials
- Computers or accessories
- Concrete blocks, bricks or steel poles
Heavy trash that does not meet these requirements will not be picked up. If a customer has complied with all of the heavy trash collection requirements yet feels they were missed, they should call Republic Services at (812) 424-3345 within two days to report a possible missed pick-up.
Note that many items not collected through the city’s heavy trash pick-up can be properly disposed of through programs offered by the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District, including Tire Amnesty Days, Electronics Recycling Days and Household Hazardous Waste Day (Tox Away Day). Additional information about these programs and upcoming program dates is available on the Solid Waste District’s section of the city website at www.evansvillegov.org/Index.aspx?page=50 or by calling (812) 436-7800.
CONTACT: Edward Ziemer
Evansville Water & Sewer Utility
Thank you to Ella Johnson-Watson, Director of Communications at Mayor Winneke’s office, for the information.
Here is some information from The League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana on how you can work for the upcoming election.
A bi-partisan volunteer committee organized by the local GOP and Democrat party chairmen have developed a plan for improving the election process. The committee has asked the League of Women Voters to help recruit the more than 320 election workers needed. The League is committed to recruiting at least 100 and is asking community organizations to join us in the effort. This is all in keeping with the League’s motto that “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”
The application forms should be returned to Guy Sides, chair of the
Here is an application form you can download: Election Worker Application Form
The forms can be emailed to Guy Sides, or if you prefer, you can send them to:
3204 Renee Drive
Evansville, IN 47711
Questions? Call (252) -619-8849 or
It’s almost time for National Night Out 2016! Tomorrow night, Tuesday August 2nd meet us at Wesselman Park from 6-8:30 PM for free food, games and fun! Local law enforcement will be on hand for safety demonstrations, as well as lots of local organizations with fun goodies and information. UNOE will be on hand with our new misting station to help keep you cool!
Hope to see you there!