ACA NEWS, June 2015

By: Nick Sauter and Kristin Haight

A Word from the New Vice Chair – Kristin Haight

It is with great admiration that we say good bye to our Chair Don Kaikkonen, who has lead, inspired and motivated the ACA to achieve great things over the years.  We look forward to carrying on his good work in the future and hope that he stops by to say hello every so often.  Thank you Don for being a great leader and huge supporter of the Argyle Community!

In the interim, our new Vice Chair, Kristin Haight will be acting as Chair.  I, Kristin moved to Argyle in December 2014 and immediately became involved with the Argyle Community Association.  From the first meeting, I was welcomed with warm open arms into a group of fantastic, passionate and committed Board of Directors who are working together to create a better community for us to live in. 

I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.  Many people would say that I am full of energy, enthusiasm, patience and ideas to pursue.  With your help, I hope to work with you, the residents to execute my vision of having a more engaged community full of excitement and fun!  That means engaging people of all ages, including youth.  It is no surprise that I am passionate about youth engagement.  I went to the University of Guelph for Child Youth and Family Studies, then worked at a number of agencies in London and area supporting youth after graduation.  I am currently pursuing a graduate studies certificate in Project Management at Fanshawe College that I hope to apply to a community development role – ideally in Argyle.  On a side note, my hobbies include quilting, board games, gardening, cooking and crafting.

I look forward to getting to know all of you!  Some people don’t believe me when I say this but, I can be shy sometimes so if you see me out and about, please don’t hesitate to say hello!

Sincerely,

Kristin Haight
communicationsargyle@gmail.com

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ACA Garage Sale

To help fund operations of the ACA a Giant Garage Sale is planned for Saturday June 6 at 56 Moffat Cres. (off Vancouver St.) A donation of new or gently used items would be much appreciated, please call Jetty (519-451-5484) for drop off instructions.

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Shift London

By now, Londoners are likely well aware something big is up as far as the city’s public transportation system is concerned. Consultants, staff and managers have been busy for months conducting meetings and information sessions to prepare us for a big shift in the way we get from point A to point B. The entire effort is indeed called “SHIFT” with the byline MOVING LONDON FORWARD. All part of a

1.3 billion dollar effort to modernize how we get around, from bikes, buses, rail and even walking. This mega-project’s name is the TMP (Transportation Master Plan).

Argyle residents are certainly keenly interested we don’t get left at the sideline when it comes to Rapid Transit service. (See “A voice from the past” later in the NEWS.)

Rapid Transit route planners are fully cognizant the most intense demand is from the East to the city’s centre and from there northward, (check shiftlondon.ca). Well folks, we hope the planners realize the heart of Argyle is the Argyle Mall, sporting four bus bays & shelters plus parking. The current favourite for the eastern terminal, Fanshawe College, doesn’t even have enough space to park a dinky car, much less accommodate a bus every five or six minutes. Hope that City Council’s decision-making system from the sixties and seventies has changed as it relates to what services Central East London does and does not receive.

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Infrastructure

Has anyone noticed a lull in infrastructure work in our neighbourhoods? Maybe not those of us who daily have to squeeze through the bottleneck at the Highbury Ave bridge, however, overall not a heck of a lot else seems be happening as compared to West London. Yes, the Gore Road Bridge is finally being finished, but then, it’s at least eight months overdue. Please take a peek at the “PROJECT LIST” on our website. The Hamilton-Gore Rd. intersection remains a health hazard and a neck-twister for people making a right turn. Have a comment, write to nikker@rogers.com.

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London Plan

At present the “London Plan” (Version Two) is being presented, you can find the lengthy document on the city’s website under “Draft Revised Plan-Version 2”. Several public input meetings have been scheduled.  Please see the link for more information http://thelondonplan.ca/

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Membership

Though the Argyle Community Association’s membership keeps growing, now at nearly 1,600, we are now putting a larger focus on engaging our members in the community through volunteering, joining a committee or becoming a member of the Board of Directors. What we all want so desperately is a good life for our families and fair treatment from the city….well, it doesn’t happen by itself. WE NEED YOU!! We’re asking you for help to donate a bit of your time and talents to forge our future. Please call our Membership Chair Jetty for more information on how you can get involved at: 519-451-5484 or Click here to join!

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Trees in Argyle

With the help of ReForest London and its many partners, Argyle has received two new forests.  The first is at Mildred Baron’s Park on Kathleen Avenue behind the Home Hardware.  The Second is in Nelson Park on Kipling Avenue.  These are really great parks to bring your kids to for picnics, sports and an opportunity to watch a new forest grow!

Secondly, ReForest London gave the ACA 50 free seedlings to giveaway at the Clarke Road Home and Garden Show.  We are happy to report that all 50 seedlings found a home, even those that needed some extra love!  We had a great time talking to residents at the event.

Thirdly, we had the most successful Tree Sale Argyle has ever seen and one of the most successful ones in all of London!   We sold 111 trees!  That’s 31 more than last year! 

Lastly, Argyle has been chosen as one of four neighbourhoods to be blitzed with trees on Sunday June 21st!  Please click here to find out more information about the tree blitz and how you can get involved or if you want a tree to be planted in your yard!

We would like to say a BIG thank you to Louise from ReForest London who has been a great supporter of our community! 

Click here to see pictures!

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A Word on the Monarch Butterflies - Bruce Parker

Please let the good folks from the Argyle Community Association know that the Monarch butterfly needs their help. The population of this popular butterfly is at an all- time low and the problem is due to the destruction of the only plant used for laying eggs and feeding the larva; the Milkweed. I am a member of Nature London, Monarchwatch, and Monarch Health, and all agree to start treating this plant as the beautiful wildflower which is it. There are 3 species locally which can be purchased through various plant nurseries to add to your garden and help the Monarch butterfly.  I also tag the migrating Monarchs each autumn, spending much of my time at Hawk Cliff, near Port Stanley. I have tagged over 3000 Monarchs in 16 years with 21 being recovered in Mexico. They are an amazing insect so please spread the word. Please click here for more information about monarch butterflies!

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Proposed Zoning Change in East London

A VOICE FROM THE PAST……………..please click on the sidebar or here to read a 2003 presentation that was made to the (then) city’s environmental committee about a proposed zoning change, (ultimately defeated).

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Social Media

Looking for more regular Argyle updates?!  Our social media accounts are booming!  Please like us on facebook Click here - “Discover Argyle” and follow us on Twitter Click here - @ArgyleCommAssoc.

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Events in Argyle

Adult Book Club at the East London Library Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm

Free Sports Drop in Night at Clarke Rd Secondary School Thursday June 4th and 11th at 7:00pm

Big ACA Garage Sale fundraiser Saturday, June 6th 8:00am – 2:00pm at 56 Moffat Cres

Trails Open London Sunday, June 7th All day

ReForest London Neighbourhood Tree Blitz Training Thursday June 11th 7:00pm – 8:30pm: at the East London Library

Housing Support Services at East London Library Saturday June 13th 9:00am – 11:00am: Public Engagement Session on Regional Healthcare Service Thursday June 18th 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Kiwanis Seniors Centre

Discover Argyle Day at the East London Library Sunday June 21st 11:00am – 3:00pm

Argyle Neighbourhood Tree Blitz Sunday June 21st 12:30pm – 4:00pm:

Argyle Community Association Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, June 24 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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