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Flagpole Project Approved by BCA!

By Dick & Evan Myers

Last month we reported that Evan Myers, from Boy Scout Troop 115 in Penn Hills had proposed organizing the erection of a flagpole and flag on the BCA Clubhouse grounds in order to fulfill his service project requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout. Evan had met with the BCA Board at the July 20th meeting and received tentative approval to proceed with the project pending the development of further details and having the design reviewed and approve by the Blackridge Garden Club.

Since that meeting has met with Tom Borellis at the site to discuss appropriate locations for the flagpole. Tom was able to provide blueprints of the property including the old master-plans for the landscaping around the club- house. Evan and his father took measurements at the site to record the current conditions and marked up the old drawings to indicate the proposed location of the new flagpole. The drawings were then reviewed and approved by the Blackridge Garden Club and then by BCA President, Bill Miller. The proposed project will now be submitted to the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America to have the project approved.

Evan will now be focusing on the details of getting the work done. Ceil Greber has offered to purchase the pole and flag at a discount through her employer. He is hoping that other local Blackridge residents will be willing to contribute either time or money to the project. Help from local contractors would be especially appreciated. He is looking for help with digging and pouring the concrete foundation, setting the flagpole, electrical work to provide lighting and landscaping. Evan’s troop will be happy to help with the labor (with some professional guidance). Please call Evan at 412-243-1367 with any suggestions or offers to contribute time, money or expertise!

Repair of Entrance Signs to Begin

By Adrienne O’ oole

Part of proceeds from the Garden Club’s 2005 ‘Bloomin Corners benefit will be used to repaint and repair the Blackridge entrance signs. A contract to restore all twelve of the familiar corner signs plus the two at the BCA entrance was ap- proved at the September meeting of the Garden Club’s Executive Board. The project will include stripping, cleaning and painting each sign and repainting the letters.

All of the signs are made of fabricated aluminum. Some are newer than others but all show signs of deterioration in varying degrees. Repairs should be completed before winter. Work will be done by Art Passante at a total cost of $2630. Repairing the signs follows the Garden Club’s repair of the sidewalk corner at Collins and Graham last year. That project, completed at a cost of $3000, was paid for from profit from the 2004 benefit.

With proceeds from next spring’s benefit the Garden Club is tentatively planning repair of the masonry benches at the Collins entrance. The intersection of Collins Road and Graham is the first corner landscaped by the fledgling Garden Club over 60 years ago. These improvements are in keeping with the Garden Club’s promise to return all profit from the annual benefit back to the community. In addition to financing repair to the signs and maintaining landscaping at the corners and the BCA entrance, proceeds from the 2005 benefit allowed the Club to give $1500 to the BCA for general operating expenses and $500 to the Swim Club.

The 2006 Bloomin’ Corners benefit will be on March 18 at the Longue Vue Club. In February everyone in Blackridge will be asked to contribute to the success of the affair through the purchase of tickets for the grand drawing and for the event. Subsequent Blackboards will include benefit details. Lil Huguley will again chair the benefit assisted by co-chair Tara Taylor and members of the Garden Club.

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