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We know times have changed. Some of us love picking up a paper copy of our Riverside News and reading about topics of community interest, while many of us consume news solely online or among friends and neighbors. There are also individuals who like keeping informed any which way they can, and we appreciate all of you.

Riverside News is typically published 4 times per year. We’ve scaled it back to 2 issues in 2021 due to low content submissions. While our generous neighborhood advertisers have offset the financial cost of the print newsletter, our volunteers contribute hours of time each issue securing content and advertisements, arranging layouts, and delivering the print editions.

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Conservation Yards of the Season Winners

Congratulations to our neighbors!

Lawn Reductions and/or Green Fertilizers & Irrigation Practices: Carol Buckingham and George Nixon

Carol and George have a pesticide free yard with over 700 gallons of rainwater storage that feeds extensive vegetable, herb and fruit gardens. Material for composting is collected from 9 households.

The lawn is seeded with clover and chemical free so it needs no water and stays green longer. Invasives, like ivy, are plucked when they appear. Water runoff and AC condensate is channeled to fruit trees/bushes.

Native Species: Betty Garrett

Betty’s nominator shares that he’s, “Surprised no one has nominated my wife, Betty, for recognition. So, I decided to do it myself. No doubt you have seen her flower gardens on our corner. One thing for sure— the bees, butterflies, finches, and hummingbirds, etc., know where it is. Lots of native species, too!”

Pollinator Friendly: Liz Hodges

Liz’s nominator notes that, “Over the years Liz has lived in Woodland Heights, she has planted and nurtured many bee-friendly plants, both native and ornamental. She and her husband Neil are committed to gardening organically and to tackling exotic invasives without using herbicides. They have a lovely vegetable garden, fruit tree and a stunning bank of azaleas that numerous neighbors stopped to admire this spring.

Nominate a Conservation Yard of the Season!

Do you or your neighbors work diligently to ensure you’re cultivating best practices that leave the neighborhood and the watershed a better place? Is your yard (or a neighbor’s) a habitat for both native flora and fauna?

Then nominate your yard (or a neighbor’s) for our Conservation Yard of the Season program! We’re highlighting those yards, and the individuals and families who tend to them, that support best practices in conservation right here in our neighborhood. It’s similar to a “Yard of the Month” program that highlights the prettiest yards in a neighborhood; only our program highlights the yards that help our environment and the James River ecosystem!

Yards recognized must be those of active members of our Woodland Heights Civic Association. If you’re not a member, join today!

Nominate your yard (or a neighbor’s) today!

Woodland Heights Makers’ Day makes a difference – helps offset costs of community playground equipment

The second annual Woodland Heights Makers’ Day, an arts and crafts festival showcasing handmade goods from local artists and artisans, took place on Saturday, November 23. More than 500 people attended the event, which raised $2,776 to help offset the cost of new playground equipment at PHSSA used by students and children in our neighborhood.

Nearly 30 vendors set up tables at Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (PHSSA) showcasing a variety of goods.

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Congratulations to our fall Yards of the Season

We celebrated three neighbors for their conservation efforts at our November 2019 meeting. They were recognized for cultivating best practices that improve their yards and our neighborhood’s ecosystem.

  • Native Species (Flora)  + Invasive Removal: Cezar Carvalhaes
  • Lawn Reductions and/or Green Fertilizers: Carl Joseph
  • Pollinator-Friendly (Fauna): Susan Spain

Congratulations to our community members! Each received a yard sign recognizing their work and a gift card to a local nursery.

Nominate your yard (or a neighbor’s) for our Conservation Yard of the Season program! We’re highlighting those yards, and the individuals and families who tend to them, that support best practices in conservation right here in our neighborhood. It’s similar to a “Yard of the Month” program that highlights the prettiest yards in a neighborhood; only our program highlights the yards that help our environment and the James River ecosystem!