Announcing the November 2020 (virtual) meeting of your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association!
Date: Monday, 9-November Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Location: Google Meet or 307-370-1277 PIN: 252 191 793#
To join the meeting, click on the Google Meet link above. If you have not used this tool before, you can find information here – Google Meet Training and Help. If you have trouble, you can always simply dial-in using the phone number and PIN listed above.
The Telford family lives on 62nd between Rhone and Center streets in what is likely one of the coolest homes in Foster-Powell – an old church turned single family residence! We had a moment to catch up with the Telfords over Zoom to learn about their history in Foster-Powell.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
“Clyde’s lived here his whole life. Erin has lived here 7 years, and John has lived here for around 14 years.”
You have a cool story about the home you currently live in. Tell us about it.
“It was a church when we bought it. I remember riding my bike by one day, and then I went home and asked John, ‘what do you think about buying an old church?’ It ended up working out, maybe against our better judgement!”
What’s your favorite part of living in Foster-Powell?
“Most of my friends live here! And Atlas Pizza!” from Clyde. Erin & John added, “The local vibe with neighborhood bars and stores, and the fact that everyone knows everyone and runs into everyone. There are tons of families, and you can still go to a down home spot on Foster.”
What would you love to see added to the neighborhood?
“I’d love to see a hardware store. Or, a Thai restaurant on Foster.”
What’s one neighborly thing that’s happened to you recently?
“A next door neighbor sent a text message the other day letting me know the dome light in my car was on. Last year, we finished our deck and wanted to put a bunch of Christmas lights up. A neighbor dropped off a bunch of lights. It took us a while to figure out who did it, but we were able to match up our green lights with the lights this person decorates with.”.
What would you improve about Foster-Powell?
“FoPo needs a lot of alley clean up. Also, I’d like to see everyone living along Powell be placed into an apartment.”
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“We love it here, and we’re here forever. Our neighborhood was the best ever for a coronavirus-safe Halloween.”
We agree! Well done Telford family and thanks for participating in our contest!
As the Chair of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, I feel compelled to make a statement on behalf of our community to reaffirm our commitment to inclusivity and support of all peoples. I was saddened to learn that there have been recent occurrences of hate speech in our neighborhood. This has been in the form of stickers that attempt to vilify people of the Jewish faith. As would be expected, members of our community who found these stickers responded swiftly to address and remove or cover up the content.
To those who perpetrated these actions, I say on behalf of your neighbors, hate has no home here.
To anyone who is justifiably angered by this, I say to you that hate cannot defeat hate. Only love can win. We have every right to feel angered by these hateful words. However, we can choose what happens after those angry feelings are experienced. We can choose love.
Someone is drawn to hate when they lack the support, love, and social-emotional connections of a community. While we always draw a firm line against hate, we should also open our arms to those who commit to leave their hate behind. We should call people in at the same time we call them out.
I encourage all of you to stand up and let your voices be heard. Let your neighbors know that they are welcome here. No matter a person’s faith, the color of their skin, their gender status, their housing status, their nation of origin, or any other trait that could be used to divide us… all people who bring love and respect are welcome in Foster-Powell.