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A couple of years passed without this neighborhood celebration -- but now it's back

DAVID F. ASHTON - Working the grill at the revived Reed neighborhood picnic were Conor MacLeod, and Haley Holenstein, both of them life-long Reed residents. It had seemed as if the Reed Neighborhood Association (RNA) had given up having a summer picnic and block party. But RNA Board Members didn't want to see it go, and revived it on Sunday, September 10, holding it at the Reedwood Friends Church playground area on S.E. Steele Street.

"When our Board Members changed, somehow holding a summer picnic didn't come up for a year or two," admitted RNA Vice President and Treasurer Michelle Maida. "But with a new Board, and some members returning, the first thing we said was we wanted have the picnic again!

"A past Board President, Mark Gossage – although he's no longer on the RNA Board – agreed to be on the committee to help put this picnic together," Maida explained. "This was put together in less than a month – with not enough time to get a grant, and get the street closed. But one of our Board Members is affiliated with the church, and here we are!

"It's so fun getting your neighbors together," observed Maida. "It helps create a sense of community when you get to know who they are, and they get to know each other. That encourages neighbors to get involved, with the result being a better neighborhood."

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