Big Day in the Neighborhood

Big Day in the Neighborhood

Last Saturday was a big day in Southern Gables. With our wild and sudden weather changes, the leaves on many of our trees are hanging on for dear life. We don’t often hear leaves talking (they usually just whisper), but last week they were saying, “Hot day, cold day, oh look, snow!  I’m so confused, I ain’t goin’ nowhere!”  The Friday leaf raking for our seniors and disabled residents was snowed out and postponed, but by Saturday’s Leaf Collection Day we were “open for business” for everyone else in the neighborhood. 

By the time Saturday dawned, the snow that had interrupted Friday’s leaf raking was long gone. Its effects would be felt for a while though. since the young volunteers from Denver Christian Middle School were prevented from raking for our seniors and disabled neighbors who had signed up. During the following days (and even continuing into next week) many of them with their individual families are doing the work, one by one. For the rest of our Southern Gables list, we solicited volunteers to finish the job. Neighbors are stepping up: Good Samaritans, willing to help.  

There are still some openings where volunteers would be welcomed and appreciated….   

But didn’t we have a great time Saturday!  Our Leaf Day was well attended, and we took in 664 bags of leaves from 79 neighbors who drove in and a few who walked in, compacted in our collection bins by dedicated leaf stompers. In addition to the stompers, Ken Fischer brought in a big load with his big blue dump truck, and several other truck runners went around picking up bags of leaves.

Where do they go?  Our contract with Republic Services was not just to haul the leaves away, but to get them into the process of composting so they will have a beneficial future use. The organic matter will be made available through commercial channels to be returned to the soil – where in addition to things like fruits and vegetables, they will end up making more… leaves.

Thanks to all who helped out! Groups of volunteers came from Westwoods Community Church, Carmody Middle School, D’Evelyn and Lakewood High Schools. Individuals from the neighborhood included Doug and Judy Whitten setting up in the early morning and then directing traffic in and out the single gate; Ken Fischer and Jeff Bair driving the truck doing scheduled pickups; Marci DeMott, Michelle Tovrea, and James Johnson at the check-in station; Bruce Loftis, Carolyn Wolfrum and Monica Norval unloading, with Bruce and some of the adult Westwoods volunteers taking turns atop the bins stomping along with the students.

It was a great day!  Click a pic, scroll through.



Southern Gables Neighborhood Association: Raking Brigade

Special Edition: An Appeal for Help to Finish the Job

Our Leaf Collection last week was successful and fun, with lots of neighbors bringing their own leaves, BUT…

Denver Christian School students were scheduled to rake the lawns on Friday for some of our seniors and disabled neighbors who signed up to have that done. Due to the snow they were unable to rake. Some of them have been taken care of, but more help is needed.

𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙨? You can sign up below. For now, bagged leaves can be left at the individual homes. We are arranging a drop location where they can be taken to be sent to be made into compost, rather than going into the trash. If you sign up to rake, we will address that in a few days.

Please sign up if you can, contact the homeowner to say you’re coming, and rake ’em up this week or next. Here’s a link to get on the list of volunteers for this very worthwhile effort.  Click the big blue button below.


Leaf Day November 5

Leaf Day November 5

A few weeks ago we gave some tips about preparing for winter. Now we’ve had our first snowfall. (Told ya!) We hope you came through yesterday’s blizzard OK – we could almost see some snow on the grass! Continuing with the theme of having a good ride through the change of seasons, we will have our annual leaf collection day on Saturday, November 5 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

[Edit, November 4: This part is postponed because of snow. Saturday remains the same.]  A week from today, on Friday November 4, we will have some preparatory activity for the Saturday Leaf Day. Groups of eager young volunteers from Denver Christian Middle School will be raking leaves for the 40-some homes of seniors or disabled neighbors in Southern Gables that have signed up with us to have that done. The leaves from all that raking will be collected in two phases. First, on that same day Friday the 4th, a truck from Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms will be picking up the bagged leaves from many of those homes. Chatfield will use the leaves for over-winter mulch and then they will compost them to use for soil amendment in the next cycle of nature. Then on Saturday, our own Ken Fischer will be piloting his big ol’ dump truck around Southern Gables with other volunteers, picking up the leaves from the rest of those homes that the young volunteers have worked.

That Saturday will be a busy day. That’s the day when YOU, our Southern Gables neighbors, are invited to bring your leaves to the Green Gables Elementary School parking lot. Our receiving bins (dumpsters) this year are being sponsored by Lisa Huntington-Kinn of Your Castle Real Estate. The leaves will be taken to be composted, rather than being wasted in the dump where they would take up valuable space and contribute to long-term pollution. This event is for our Southern Gables neighborhood; even with some being used by Chatfield, we can’t take everybody’s leaves from all over. (We found that out in spades last year, having to turn people away.)

If people from outside our neighborhood come and really want to use the service, which is FREE for you, they will be able to do so at a cost of $20.

Are you in Southern Gables, by the way? Our Southern Gables Neighborhood Association covers the area from Garrison to Wadsworth, and Jewell to Morrison Road. When we say “Southern Gables” we really mean “Southern Gables and Valley View.” Yes we do love you, Valley View!

So then… just between us, OK? Leaf Drop on Saturday, November 5. And if you see the young volunteers working on Friday, wave and shout out a thank-you for their service. They’re such great kids!