Litter Pickup Photos 1/15

Photos from the  January 15th litter pick are on the SESNA Flickr site.

Thank you for your  hard work.

Opportunity for a Railroad Quiet Zone in South Salem

Currently there is no funding available for the railroad quiet zone in South Salem except for the Mill St. crossing near Willamette University.

The citizens of Salem voted to pay for the safety improvements to address increased train speeds allowed and the horn blasts mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration. The city staff has done a great job of planning the improvements, however there are not enough funds for all of the railroad crossings in Salem.

The crossing at Hines St. is the most expensive proposed crossing improvement (approx. $1,500,000) in Salem because of the need to move railroad track switches. This improvement stands in the way of less expensive crossing improvements being included in the Railroad Quiet Zone. The improvements at McGilchrist St and Madrona Ave. are estimated to be $55,000 and $75,000 respectively. If funds for the Hines St. are found, then funding for the other two crossings would likely be found as well. These three improvements would allow all of South Salem to be in the Railroad Quiet Zone. See map below:

The only funding being considered for the Hines St. crossing is the ODOT Transportation Enhancement funds that city has applied for. According to the ODOT New Release, eligible projects for Transportation Enhancement Program include “Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists”. If Salem is not awarded these funds then, the only Quiet Zone crossing in South Salem will be just at Mill St. The design and construction of funded sections of the quiet zone is in progress, but for the Hines St. and South Salem no other funding source other than the TE grant is currently being considered.

At first glance, the Hines St crossing project looks like a pedestrian improvements project to a quiet industrial and residential street. The rest of the story is that this site is the key to restoring an important environmental factor to the livability of a wide swath of the second largest city in Oregon. This will be the only opportunity to extend the Quiet Zone into all of South Salem for quiet some time.

Please do not be quiet about this issue. Let ODOT know that this project is important to Salem. The public comment period is open until January 28th.

For more information: ODOT Transportation Enhancement Program announcement, flyer and web page. The City of Salem application is here.

Eric Lungren has posted comments and photos on his blog about the possible funding for the Hines St. crossing.


Jeff Leach
SESNA Transportation Committee Chair
Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association

Richmond Elementary’s Annual Winter Bazaar 12/3

December 3  – 6 to 8:00 p.m.
Richmond’s Annual Winter Bazaar is a sale we hold for our families to come
in and purchase items for their families. Some families purchase goods they
need. Our kids tend to buy things they can give to a sibling as a holiday gift.
If you have any new or gently used items that are clean and in good repair,
we would greatly appreciate them.
Items needed include:

  • lots of toys that kids can buy
  • unused bath/body products
  • unused candles
  • picture frames
  • small portable radios
  • jewelry
  • useful house wares
  • complete games
  • wrapping paper
  • tape
  • ribbon & bows
  • and anything else you think a child might love to have

Volunteers are needed too for set up and clean up and as cahiers, gift
wrappers and snack bar attendants.
Thank you for your support!
Rachel Cancino
466 Richmond Ave. S
(503) 399-3180

SESNA Events

*November 25- Outward Church is planning a Thanksgiving Day outreach at Richmond School.  Last year 50 families received a hot meal, Christmas tree and other items.  This year the need is greater than ever and it would be wonderful to get some SESNA neighbors involved in serving SESNA neighbors.  Volunteer time, donations and/or financial contributions are needed.   For more information, go to .

*November 29-SESNA has been chosen as the continuing Partnership for 2011.  There has also been discussion about combining efforts with the South Salem Connectors Community Progress Team.  Your input is needed as we map out a plan for the coming year.  Please join neighbors and partners at the Ike Box on the corner of Chemeketa and Cottage Streets at noon on Monday, the 29th.  Contact Jessica at

*December 3-Richmond will be holding a Winter Bazaar from 5:30 to 7:30 pm so that families will have the opportunity to do some holiday shopping.  Volunteers and donations of new and gently used gift items and clothing are needed.  Contact Rachel at .

*December 11-Mission Mill’s Free Family Fun Saturday features the theme, “Christmas Past and Presents” from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.    Call 503-585-7012 for more information.

*December 17-There will be an awards assembly at Richmond School at 8:45 am.  Contact Rachel at:

January 15-Willamette University students are looking for service opportunities happening that Saturday from 9:15 to 11:15 am.  Groups will be of approximately 25 volunteers.  Projects from SESNA are appealing since it is within walking distance of campus.  Contact Laura at

Poinsettias to Support to Marian Polk Food Share until 12/20

Hi Fellow Flower Lovers,

I just spoke to my SESNA neighbor Ellen Egan. She told me that she is opening up her green houses for poinsettia sales from Dec. 9 through Dec. 20. The profits from the sales will go to Marian Polk Food Share. Her poinsettias are outstanding. These are not you typical discount store plants! The proceeds will go to a worthy cause so I’d like to encourage folks to make the drive up to Egan Gardens and support a SESNA neighbor and an important fund raising event.

Egan Garden is at 9805 River Rd. NE. It’s around 11 or 12 miles and takes approximately 20 minutes. It it’s nice day it will be a beautiful drive in the country and even if it’s rainy, once you get there it will be dry inside and you will be standing in a sea of flowers.  I recommend it.

Jan Munsey


Join South East Salem neighbors and community partners to rake leaves for those who could use some help.  Volunteers are invited to meet at 9:00 a.m. at Richmond School, located at 466 Richmond, Ave SE.  Rakes, bags and snacks will be provided.  A pizza lunch for volunteers will be served at noon.

For more information, contact Austin Rowlader at 503-364-1005 or

National Make a Difference Day at Bush Elementary 10/23

Come and help us continue the great

work in the naturescaped area. Have fun weeding, planting and mulching.

Date: Saturday, October 23.

Time: 9.00 AM-1.00 PM

Refreshments will be provided.

Wear comfortable old clothes.

Bring gardening tools if you have them.

For more information contact

Aislinn Adams

Tel: 503 378-0780


Bush Elementary Naturescaping Project

is possible thanks to the generous support of

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District

Special Projects Grant.



Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Korean Church of Salem

Corner of 18th and Ferry Streets SE

1. Welcoming Remarks

2. SESNA Year in Review

3. Police/Compliance Services

4. Laura Tesler, City Councilor for Ward 2

5. City News – Shawn Adams, City Liaison to SESNA

6. Community Garden Report by Marcia Hoak

7. New Business

  • Vote on new Board
  • Announce Beautification Award Winners

8. Socialize/Eat

Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund Hosts 5th Annual Zambia Night Event 10/22

The fifth annual Zambia Night event will be a celebration of
the recently completed Light and Literacy project at the Memorial Library and Learning Center
in Lumwana West, a village in the Northwest Province of Zambia, Africa.  The event will raise
money for future projects with a focus on the “Education of Beth’s Girls:  Grades 8-12 &
Beyond” as more and more girls are asking to continue their education.  

The Zambia Night event will feature “Baskets for Beth” Silent Auction, belly dancing by the
Artemis Tribal Belly Dance Troupe, Mark Powers’ African Drummers—The Kola Nuts, a
Zambian Market (arts and crafts), music, children’s activities, program booths and displays, a
video/slide presentation on the “Light and Literacy” program, food, a no-host bar with Eola
Hills wines, and more.

The event and projects are sponsored by the local Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund
(EBZEF). One hundred percent of all contributions go to EBZEF, which is a 501(c)(3) tax
exempt, non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

When: Friday, October 22, 5:30-9:00P.M.
Where: Clockworks Café and Cultural Center (old Blue Pepper Café) at 241 Commercial St. Salem, Oregon, with free street and lot parking.
The Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund (EBZEF) is a local, non-profit organization which provides educational opportunities and scholarships to Zambian girls and women in  Lumwana West, a village in the Northwest Province of Zambia, Africa.  It was founded in memory of Elizabeth Bowers, a Sprague High School and Earlham College alumna, who died during her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. 


Linda Bowers, EBZEF Executive Director 
Phone: 503-585-4605

August 3rd is National Night Out! 8/3

Please join your neighbors on 23rd Street between Mill and Simpson if you do not have your own block party. So walk on over, bring a chair, something to throw on the grill, and a dessert for the dessert potluck. So come hang out with neighbors you know and meet new ones! 6-9pm