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Letter from LLC President
Slop the Flying Pigs in Linwood
Curbside Yard Waste Collection
Choosing Energy Efficient Lighting
Something to Walk About

Issue 2: April 2009

Letter from LLC President

Dear Friends —

Spring is here once again, and it is time for all of us to do our spring cleaning in the Linwood area. Please join us in the Great American Cleanup on April 25th, 2009, by collecting the trash around the neighborhood. Meet at the Tot Lot at 9:00 a.m. Get rid of any unsightly items that have accumulated in the neighborhood over this past winter. We can pile them up and the City will come and collect it all. A big Thank You to Jim Marthaler for again volunteering this year to spearhead and accomplish this important project for the community.

Please take lots of before and after photos for the Clean Up and send them to Jenny O’Donnell at jenr_o@yahoo.com for the newsletter and for the KCB project book. You don't have to wait for April 25th to do your share – really any time you can – just take before and after photos, and be sure to keep track of how long you worked (including your kids) and count the number of garbage bags you fill, the # of tires you collect, and the # of bags for recyclables that you fill. Please donít mix yard waste in with trash. Your clean up efforts are very much appreciated, and we can make them go further if we get cash prizes for all the hard work.

Also, please adopt the flower pots in places around Linwood. Residents and businesses are welcome to adopt-a-flower-pot for the neighborhood. We usually get flowers donated by Benken's Florist in Silverton. If you are interested in “adopting” a pot in your area, please call Eileen Salamon at 513-871-9072.

The flower pots were really beautiful last year and helped add color and life to the neighborhood. We would really like to see this project continued with help from the community.

Linwood Community Council, in conjunction with Linwood Baptist Church, is currently working on an application to have a mural painted on the wall by Church Street. We would like to emphasize Linwood heritage and pride on the wall, which can be seen from Beechmont Avenue, as well as from Eastern Avenue. If you are interested in this project, also call Eileen at the phone number above. We would love to include you on the committee for input on this endeavor.

In conclusion, we at the Linwood Community Council really need more participation from the neighborhood. We have only a skeleton crew at the meetings each month, and we would love to see more of our residents and businesses in attendance.

Linwood is a nice community to live in. We can't do it without you. Let's please try to get more involved to help keep our neighborhood a safer, cleaner and more attractive place to live.

Tom Salamon
President

Slop the Flying Pigs in Linwood

The Flying Pig Marathon will return to Linwood on Sunday May 3rd.

In 2007, Boy Scout Troop #445 won first place in the “fluid station favorites.” And this year, Linwood Baptist Church will be handing out orange sections in front of their Eastern Ave. Church. Other great ways to get involved are making signs or noise for your favorite or random runners.

Runners will arrive on Eastern Ave. from Columbia Parkway after coming from Fairfax. By the time they reach Linwood they will be nearly 20 miles into the race, for those running the full marathon. Your enthusiasm could help them get that last surge for their last 6+ miles.

If you would like to volunteer the organizers are still looking for volunteers for the entire weekend, not just race day. Groups or individuals can contact the official organizers via the internet at: http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/ and then click on the volunteers link. Or you can email: mary@flyingpigmarathon.com Or call 513-721-PIGS or mail a volunteer registration to: 644 Linn St., Ste 626, Cincinnati 45203.

If you would like to volunteer in Linwood—you can help the great folks at Linwood Baptist. They are cutting oranges on Saturday May 2nd and handing them out on Sunday May 3rd starting at 8:00 a.m.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Resumes April 6th

The City of Cincinnati will resume weekly yard waste pick up starting in early April. Yard waste must be placed out by the curb before 6 a.m. on your normal trash day. It must be clearly marked and in a separate container from any other type of trash or recycling materials. Grass clippings, leaves and branches, no longer than your arm (2 ft. long) should be in paper yard waste bags, cans or bundles no bigger than 2ft.x 4ft. Limbs will be accepted but can be no longer than 6 inches in diameter.

If you have a larger load, and want to get rid of it all at once you have a couple of other options. Hamilton County Solid Waste Management is again sponsoring yard waste drop off sites. The closest to Linwood is Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off St. Rt. 32) in Anderson Township. Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., in addition, all sites will be closed April 12, May 25, July 4, and September 7th, 2009. To participate, you must be a Hamilton County resident (show id or utility bill), have a pickup truck or less, no stones or pallets or dirt, and know you will have to unload it yourself. Or Hafner's accepts yard waste at the Wooster Road location and charges by the truckload.

There is a 3rd option!
Manage your yard waste at home. Call the Yard waste Hotline at 946-7755 for tips on backyard composting, grass recycling, or visit hamiltoncountyrecycles.org to download a copy of the Yard waste at Home Handbook. If you want to ask about the compost bins the county is selling—contact susan.schumacher@hamilton-co.org.

Choosing Energy Efficient Lighting

By Jenny OíDonnell

One way to save energy, and money—over the long haul is to change your incandescent light bulbs to the most energy efficient light bulb for the job. This is not a cheap switch though, the higher efficiency light bulbs are often 6 times more expensive than traditional bulbs, but proponents point out they will last longer (years) and will start saving energy immediately. It is estimated that the average household has 28 light sockets and spends 10-20% of their electric bill on lighting.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, if every U.S. household replaced just one regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, it would prevent 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the equivalent of taking 7.5 million cars off the road. And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that by replacing regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, Americans would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year.

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But what type should we use?

Compact Fluorescent bulbs use 2/3 less energy and last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb, but they also have mercury inside the bulb and need to be handled carefully and put into proper recycling bins and not thrown in the trash.

CFLs use about a quarter of the wattage to produce the same light. So to replace a traditional 60-watt bulb, look for a CFL that's about 15 watts.

Another issue is color. Current fluorescent lighting uses six standard phosphor blends: cool white, deluxe cool white, warm white, deluxe warm white, white, and daylight. The daylight phosphor which was used in early fluorescent lights tips the light toward the blue end and is criticized as being “cold”. The “cool” phosphors resemble daylight and are more nearly color neutral, while the “warm” phosphors tip the spectrum toward the red end and resemble incandescent lighting. Look for “2700K” for warm and much higher for cooler color.

GE recommends that you look for bulbs marked specifically for use with dimmer switches, otherwise you will shorten the life of the bulb. There are also 3-way fluorescent bulbs now.

Lastly, fluorescent bulbs are designed to be turned on and left on for at least 15 minutes. If you are going to be turning off and on quickly or frequently — an LED might be a better choice (like in a closet or the basement steps).

Recessed lighting — fluorescent bulbs are not recommended for completely recessed and enclosed fixtures as they get too hot so again an LED is a better choice.

LED bulbs burn a lot cooler than other bulbs and require much less energy so they are often used with solar batteries or in battery operated flashlights and are now being placed in traffic lights. They donít have mercury inside so are safer to handle than CFLs, but they are more expensive and often need special fixtures.

To estimate desired wattage — read the package as manufacturers know consumers need help with this. But as an example, a 3W LED is equivalent in output to a 45W incandescent.

Color varies from warm to cool light. “Cool” white light, which is ideal for task lighting, and “warm” light commonly used for accent or small area lighting.

LEDs plug in to several types of “pin” sockets or the standard “screw” (Edison) bases for recessed or track lighting.

One benefit is the type of glass used to diffuse (or not) the light. LED bulbs have a wide range of effects and even come in brilliant colors for decorating or holiday displays.

Information for this article came from the following sources where more information is available.

Something to Walk About

By Sarah Nesbitt

If you havenít been to Armleder Park, what are you waiting for? Armleder Park's walking & bike trail offers many perks such as bird and owl, and other wildlife watching. Some trails view the Little Miami River as well. Oh the sights and sounds of spring are here!

Why not treat your body and spirit to a trip to the park where you can stimulate your cardiovascular system and stimulate your senses to an illuminating sunrise or sunset that can be found right around the corner!

Armleder has an area where you can grill out, with restrooms nearby. Whether you just want to relax and watch the kids play at the play area, or bring your dogs to the dog park, youíre welcome anytime during the day! See you there!