My boys are getting to that age where trick-or-treat isn't quite as "cool" as it used to be -- but they still want candy!
As a parent, I don't have to worry about my sons walking around at night in UA, thanks to Pumpkin Patrol.
Coordinated by the Police Division, Pumpkin Patrol entails marked city trucks, staffed with city employee volunteers, patrolling neighborhoods throughout the evening of Beggars Night, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. These volunteers are available to assist young children should they become lost, scared, or hurt -- and, of course, to pass out candy. All trucks are equipped with two-way radios to alert appropriate personnel, if necessary.
Each Halloween, we also owe a debt of gratitude to a number of community businesses and individuals who help make Pumpkin Patrol possible by donating the candy that is passed out. So thanks in advance to all of you out there who donated to this fun cause. And, since Beggars Night is almost a week away, there's still time to help out -- just drop candy off at the Police Division offices at the Municipal Services Center or at Station 72 before next Wednesday.
We have an extensive list of safety tips that we like to share with families each year; visit uaoh.net and look for the Beggars Night calendar listing.
Calling all Weed Warriors
Part of what makes UA a great place to live is our residents' commitment to the community -- active volunteers and citizens who care deeply about their neighborhoods, public parks and local government -- which is why I wanted to pass along this volunteer opportunity to you.
UA resident and Invasive Species Forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Annemarie Smith, has launched a volunteer group known as the Upper Arlington Weed Warriors. She is currently recruiting a network of volunteers to work with the city's parks and recreation department on invasive plant control projects in our parks.
Invasive plants like honeysuckle, buckthorn and garlic mustard crowd out native plants, monopolize resources, suppress native trees and negatively affect songbirds.
Work days will be scheduled for select Saturday mornings throughout the year. Volunteers will help cut woody, invasive plants using hand tools and will drag the cut materials to a nearby chipper.
If you are interested in being added to the list of volunteers to participate in one or more of these events, or if you would like more information, please call Annemarie Smith at 614-570-3412 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. And look for and "like" the Upper Arlington Weed Warriors on Facebook.
File of Life
The UA Commission on Aging has been continuing its good work in support of our community's older adults, most recently partnering with our Fire Division to launch a File of Life Program.
The File of Life is a magnetic pouch that holds emergency medical information and is placed on the outside of the refrigerator. It's easy for EMTs to find when they are called to a resident's home and provides invaluable medical information if the resident is dazed, confused or unconscious.
Residents age 60 or older should have received the File of Life in early October. Additional kits are available at the Municipal Services Center and the Senior Center, or by calling the Commission on Aging at 614-583-5326. Visit uacoa.com for details of other Commission programming and services.
Many thanks to the Upper Arlington Community Foundation and the Upper Arlington Rotary Club for their generous grants in support of this new program.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.