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Neighborhood Meeting – February 20th at Mad Donna’s Loft

February 17, 2014 in General Meeting, What's going on by egatlin

Join us at Mad Donna’s Loft this Thursday for our quarterly Neighborhood meeting.

LSNA Logo 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mad Donna’s Loft (2nd Floor)
1313 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

February 20th, 2014 Agenda:

6:30-6:45 Introductions and Announcements
6:45-7:00 Lockeland Springs Eagle Scout project, by Antonin Koudelka
7:00-7:15 Rebuilding Together Presentation, by President, Scott Morton, and/or Executive Director, Becky Carter
7:15-7:25 Update from our East Precinct Officers
7:25-7:30 Judge Candidate Introductions, LSNA Wrap-up and Grant Application Announcement

Additional Information:
We are always looking for articles for the newsletter, please let me know if you are interested in submitting ideas or articles. Thank you.

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Lockeland Springs Grant Application 2014

February 17, 2014 in What's going on by egatlin

LSNA Grant ApplicationLSNA is starting to accept grant applications for 2014. The deadline is April 1, 2014. Download The 2014 Grant Application Here. Please submit an application if you have a project that will help our neighborhood. If you have any questions, please contact Annie Neal at or at 859-230-8118.

The purpose of this program is to provide funding and support for projects that affect and benefit the Lockeland Springs neighborhood. Factors that will be considered in awarding grants include building community, beautification, education, and safety. It is our hope that through this formal grant process, LSNA will have a better opportunity to support worthwhile community projects that benefit our neighborhood.

The amount and number of grants to be awarded will be decided by the Board of LSNA. We encourage applications for all types of projects, big and small. Additional details will be provided at the neighborhood meeting on February 20th at the Mad Donna’s and in the next issue of The Fountain. We look forward to helping support our community through this process!


This grant is funded by the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association (LSNA). The purpose of the grant is to provide funding and support for projects that affect and benefit Lockeland Springs neighborhood. The LSNA Board will select the grant recipient. The factors that will be considered in awarding the grant are:

  1. Building community
  2. Beautification
  3. Education
  4. Safety

Applications must be submitted by April 1 of the current calendar year to be considered. You may be asked to present your grant request at a LSNA general meeting. In addition, if you are awarded the grant, you will be required to: 1) submit a report on the progress/success of the project to the Board within 6 months of being awarded the grant; and 2) write an article which will be published in LSNA’s quarterly newsletter. In addition, the LSNA Board may request references and/or letters of support.

Download and Submit Your Application Today
Lockeland Springs Grant Application, PDF

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TREE PLANTING at Lockeland Springs Park

January 17, 2014 in Lockeland Park by egatlin

Saturday January 25, 8 am. Come put down roots!

Lockeland Park Clean Up Crew 2012Okay, so it’s not spring yet, but it’s hard to get ahead of early birds…they’re on the way, you know!

So fly on down to Lockeland Springs Park with us on Saturday morning, January 25, put down some roots, make places for birds to sing. Let the kids giggle with the gurgle from the springs, and float troubles right on down the stream.

We will be plantin’ pawpaws (the picking ‘em up and putting ‘em in your pocket part comes later, of course) and other trees on and around the valley floor, among the springs and streams. (Yes, pawpaws really are Tennessee natives, and they do have delicious fruit, and we will be planting them.)

Lockeland_Springs_Park_mapSo come at 8:00 (or when the spirit moves you, sleepyhead) to Lockeland Springs Park, at the end of the jag of Woodland Street alongside Lockeland Design Center (to the field at 1810 Woodland, to be exact). Bring a friend, a shovel if you have one, work gloves and boots. We’ll meet you there, or if you’re arriving later, follow the trail from the edge of the woods at the back of the field down into the valley. We’ll be at it until around noon…

In the meantime, whether or not you can make it on Saturday, come on down. Pulling privet and bush honeysuckle is as easy right now as it ever will be, after all the freezes and rain. Choose a warm sunny afternoon, call your buddy, come down to the open valley floor and work downstream, following the water. (It’s a great workout and stress reliever. Ask Joel Daunic; you may find him there already at work. We think he’s addicted to privet pulling; we’re glad to say he does it any time he gets a chance.) If you are wondering, the privet bushes are covered year-round with dark green, ¾” long oval leaves. Just don’t cutl the grapevines- raccoons, possums and birds love wild grapes, and cut vines sprout Tarzans.

So, we’ll be looking for you. Might even bake a cake if you let us know you’re coming Saturday morning.

If it’s below 32 degrees/ raining, the “make up” date will be the next dry Saturday above freezing.

Jim Polk and Bo Daniel Parr, Co-Chairs. LSNA Lockeland Springs Park Project
For more information, call Jim at (615) 507-8844 or email

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LSNA 2013 Year in Review

January 17, 2014 in Past Events, President's Corner by egatlin

LSNA had an exciting 2013. Below is a summary of activities and events that LSNA supported during the year, which aligns with our four-pronged mission toward building community, beautification, education and safety.

35th Annual Tour of Homes: In December, LSNA presented A Celebration of Home, the 35th Annual Tour of Homes, is the largest and most important fundraiser for LSNA. The East Nashvillian provided the history of the homes and we had hundreds of visitors. Funds raised will be used toward supporting LSNA’s mission.

Lockeland Park: LSNA continues to work with Metro Parks to develop this park, which features the historical Lockeland Spring. Improvements for 2013 included over a half dozen Saturday clean-ups and we planted approximately 35 trees, pulled hundreds (perhaps thousands) of privet and honeysuckle bushes and sprouts, and removed lots of brush and rubbish from the park. Volunteers included high school students from Vanderbilt University’s Science and Math program, parents from Lockeland Design Center, the East Nashville Mother’s Club and a homeschooling parents group. In December, we requested another 200 trees from the Tennessee Division of Forestry’s Urban Riparian Tree program, which we expect to plant in the next two months.

Holly Street Firehall: Celebrating the 100th anniversary, LSNA worked with the Metro Historic to install a historic market to commemorate the centennial. Metro Historic and LSNA shared the cost of the marker. The maker provides historic information on the Firehall as well as neighboring Bass Park.

Faux Paw Pet Costume Contest: LSNA assisted East CAN with this popular event at Tomato Art Fest. We had over 20 dogs participate and raised approximatly $500 for East CAN.

Quarterly Neighborhood Meetings: LSNA hosted quarterly meetings at the East Branch Library to provide a forum for a range of important issues and topics relevant to Lockeland Springs throughout 2013.

The Fountain: LSNA publishes The Fountain newsletter every two months to announce neighborhood activities, events, and news. In 2013, LSNA purchased a new mailing list to ensure that all neighborhood homes receive the newsletter. We also worked to clean-up our books and now request upfront payments for ads to sustain the newsletter. We have an amazing group that works on the newsletter and we hope to continue the mailings in 2014.

LSNA Grant Program: In 2013, LSNA launched a new grant program. We are using some profits from the Celebration of Home to fund the program. The purpose of the grant program is to award monies to organizations that seek to improve our neighborhood. This year, we had two winning submittals including the Holly Street Daycare and Park Center. A new sign was installed at the Daycare and landscaping improvements were made at homes owned by Park Center located on Shelby Ave. LSNA hopes to continue the program in 2014.

Donations: LSNA made donations to several important local community/charity organizations, including the East Nashville Mom’s Club for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Generation Connection for their summer camp. LSNA also donated to the Shelby Park disc golf course and recieved a marker at hole #1 crediting our organization.

Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge: LSNA participated in the newly launched Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge. The goal of the program is to create greener, healthier and more involved communities. LSNA achieved a bronze level in all three categories: Healthy, Green and Involved.

Community Character: As part of our LSNA bylaws, our organization works to “protect the integrity and character of the neighborhood.” To that end, we started the process to extend the historic overlay to the parts of Lockeland Springs that are not currently covered. Look for more information about this process in 2014 and let us know if you would like to get involved in this effort.

Membership Activity: In 2013, we increased our Facebook “likes” from approximately 60 to 270 in just twelve months. We also continue to support the Lockeland Springs Listserv, which has over 900 members. Our membership is at approximately 50 members, which we hope to increase in 2014.

These are just some highlights of activities and events that LSNA sponsored this past year. We are looking forward to more successes in 2014 but need your help. Please join LSNA and get involved today!

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Celebration of Home Tour 2013

October 31, 2013 in Christmas Tour of Homes, What's going on by egatlin

2013 Celebration of Home Tour PosterDear Friends,

On December 7th from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM and December 8th from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM Lockeland Springs celebrates what it means to be at home in East Nashville. Presented by The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association and Andy Allen of the Village Real Estate Group, the 35rd Annual Celebration of Home Tour features nine private homes, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Factory, and the Corinthian Lodge. Local eateries including Mad Donna’s, Woodland Wine Merchant, Fat Bottom Brewery, Pied Piper Creamery, Kismet Creations, Pomodoro East, and Lockeland Table, are serving goodies to tour goers. House on Holly, MC Granite, and Mint Julep Design have helped our homeowners get ready for the big day.

Advance tickets will be available the first week of November for $10.00 at Alegria, The Goodbuy Girls, Rustique (Erica Farr Judd’s new shop Sumner County friends) and Pied Piper Creamery as well as online Via Paypal. Tickets may also be purchased on the days of the tour at the Corinthian Lodge at 1400 Eastland Ave.

Peek inside the homes on the tour by taking a look at the upcoming issue of The East Nashvillian, the official tour publication.

The home tour is the only fundraiser for LSNA, supporting the development of Lockeland and Bass Parks and the neighborhood grant program that assists Lockeland Springs groups in completing projects that enhance our neighborhood.

The Celebration of Home Tour is also supported by Beth Haley Bath and Design, Lynn Taylor Homes, and I-Design Graphics.

For more information contact Elizabeth Smith at 668.7188.

See you on the tour!

Buy Tickets Via Paypal
If you pre-pay with PayPal, pick up your tickets during the tour at the Corinthian Lodge at 1400 Eastland Ave.

The Official Tour Publication


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Farewell to East CAN Founder Elizabeth Chauncy

September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized by egatlin

On a recent East Nashville afternoon I sat down with Elizabeth Chauncey and Sharon Green for a couple of cold beers and some conversation about the evolution of East CAN. Elizabeth, aside from being the face of the organization, is also the founding member and de facto leader. Or was.

Very quietly she has left the organization, as of August 13th, a couple days after the Tomato Fest. Over two hours we talked about the growth of the organization from a few people posting on the listserv to a large network of volunteers who work towards the ultimate goal: finding a human advocate for every homeless or endangered dog in East Nashville. To give you an idea of how the organization has grown under Elizabeth’s stewardship here is a quick history:

In August 2008 there was a dog that many people in East Nashville reported seeing running the streets in obvious pain and in need of care. This brought out a core group of individuals (including Sharon) who rallied around the cause of neglected dogs. In 2009 the first local television news story ran giving East CAN region-wide recognition. In the last two years support has grown exponentially shown by the number of companies and groups in East Nashville coming forward with ideas of how to give support. Usually the support is in the form of events designed to raise money. How much have they grown? Maybe the correct question is how much are they growing? To put the recent growth into perspective, in 2012, the full year’s vet bills amounted to $20,000. In the first quarter of 2013 alone, the organization has already paid for $14,000. Though no hard numbers exist, they estimate that they have housed in forever homes some 500 dogs. That is roughly a forever home found for a dog every three days. That does not even count the number of runaways reunited with their owners.

None of this sounds possible on the surface considering that East CAN has no facility for offices, dog housing, or even meetings. Meetings are held in living rooms, coffee shops, before/after rescue events. All external communication is done through e-mail, text messages, Facebook and the listserv. No one throughout the organization has ever accepted any form of payment for his or her time. And that time can be extensive. The core of the organization is made up of 5 voting members. All decisions are made through these 5 dedicated individuals. Elizabeth and Sharon both estimate that they are putting in a full time job’s worth of hours into East CAN.

It’s at this point of the conversation that I realize why this is a success. It’s the passion for the cause and their willingness to be uncomfortable, sometime very uncomfortable for the sake of our canine friends.

Seeing Sharon’s eyes well up four times while telling different stories, or Elizabeth describing some of the “field work,” gives me clarity and understanding. There is a tipping point where an individual moves from where most of us sit at concerned and supportive, to devoted and invested. Every member of the organization has a “dog who pushed them into action” story. These are stories that we see every day. There is just one unique situation that resonates for one person that pushes them over the edge.

Through the entire interview, I kept moving the conversation back to the topic that I had been discussing with Elizabeth before we met: the transition East Can will be going through with Elizabeth leaving and Sharon taking the helm. Boy were they resistant to that! I have 12 pages of notes about what they want the residents of Lockeland Springs to know about the organization, the welfare of the seemingly endless supply of dogs in need, how to engage your neighbors, what not to do with found dogs, alternate resources and the desperate need (please take note) of people willing to foster dogs, especially big ones, while trying to find forever homes or worried owners. What I really wanted to talk about, these two very inspiring individuals, they avoided like a taboo.

And every member of the voting council has the same fierce dedication and tireless effort. So much so that their group of significant others are unofficially known as the Wolf Pack. The wolf pack ends up doing a lot of the physical labor, dog house building and transportation, door knocking on houses with neglected dogs tied up in the back yard, etc. Interestingly, the voting members are all, and have always been, just women. I will say (I am sure to my wife’s displeasure) that one of the early morning puppy rescue attempts of a group of 5 puppies from under an abandoned house was the best singles pick up event any guy could possibly attend!

When asking Elizabeth about her goals, what she wants to do now that she is no longer involved, she talks about her staging business (Spaces By Elizabeth). “I’ve not had a conversation about anything except dogs in the past… It’s been a long time”. She also swears she is stepping completely away, cold turkey. Not a slow retreat. However, after doing some unscientific research, her East CAN facebook posts still outnumber her other posts by a clear 2 to 1 margin.

What about the future? My initial reaction (albeit an uneducated one) was panic when Elizabeth told me she was leaving. All I could think about was what the life of my sweet Basil (my East CAN rescue) would be like had Elizabeth not started what she did. And how many dogs in the future would not benefit from their human advocates. But after talking with Sharon Green it is clear. East CAN is here to stay, the growth will continue (as will the need) and though Elizabeth will be missed, there is a steady core group of individuals who will continue with their dedication to East CAN. There is a leadership training program in place, and a new group of feisty members joining to take up the reins.

When you tell your family and friends why it is that you live in East Nashville, and Lockeland Springs, what really makes this a community and not just a neighborhood or zip code, if you are not listing Sharon and Elizabeth by name, you are not telling the whole story. Elizabeth, thank you for all you have done, and Sharon, for all that you have done and continue to do. Simply amazing.