• October 3 (Sat) SullivanMunce cleanup
  • October 9 10 (Sat, Sun) 13th Ghost Walk
  • October 13 (Tues) VRA Annual Meeting 
  • October 15 (Thurs) Coffee with a Cop
  • October 19 (Mon) Leaf collection begins
  • October 31 (Sat) Halloween Trick or Treat hours are 5:30pm to 8:30pm

President’s Letter

Hello neighbors,

I hope everyone who attended the picnic enjoyed themselves as much as I did. It was great to meet so many new neighbors interested in the VRA. Thanks to all that worked hard to hand-out flyers, purchase supplies, work the grills, help deliver chairs and tables and help setup and tear down.

Help CLEAN-UP THE SULLIVANMUNCE CULTURAL CENTER this Saturday, October 3 from 11:00 am to noon (just one hour!). please email me at president@zvra.com if you are available to assist. The VRA offers this as a public service and in thanks to the SMCC for allowing us to use their facility for meetings.

Our ANNUAL MEETING will be held Tuesday October 13, 7:30 pm at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

LEAF COLLECTION starts Monday, October 19. The town would appreciate the following courtesies during leaf collection:

Rake your leaves into long narrow piles along the curb. This makes it easier and quicker for us to vacuum the leaves; we cannot reach leaves more than a few feet from the edge of the street, and will not go up into yards to retrieve leaves the hoses cannot reach.
The leaf vacuums can only accept leaves. Please do not place sticks, pine cones, gravel or other non-leaf objects in your piles. Any damage to our leaf vacuums can delay collection.
Park your cars off the street if possible. The large truck and trail leaf vacuum are difficult to maneuver and clear streets make our job much quicker.

ZPD’s next COFFEE WITH A COP will be on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 from 9-11 am at McDonald’s (50 Brendon Way). Stop by and get to know the men and women of your police department.

I have also reached out to some of you regarding the beginning of a new VRA club. I have tentatively named it THE VILLAGE CRAFT BEVERAGE SOCIETY. The motto: “Seeking out the best in specialty brewing, distilling and vinting.” Anyone interested in participating or adding ideas please email me at president@zvra.com.

I hope to see you at the SMCC GHOST WALK on October 9 and 10 or at one of the other great events happening in Zionsville in October.


Scott Lusk

Village News and Events

SullivanMunce Cultural Center is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular events – the 13th Edition of GhostWalk – October 9 and 10, 2015.

GhostWalk is a 45-minute guided walking tour of the historic village of Zionsville, IN where guests stop at up to 7 different vignettes to experience reenacted ghost stories from Zionsville’s past. GhostWalk tours run every 15 minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both nights. Tours leave from the front lawn of SullivanMunce Cultural Center, located at 225 West Hawthorne Street in Zionsville.

Call SullivanMunce Cultural Center at 317-873-4900 for tickets. 


Village Gourmet Garden and Beverage Society Ends Its 2015 Season
by Beth Bugbee

Fun was had by all!

On Saturday, September 26, 25 Villagers were welcomed to Colleen and Todd Rech’s home for a wonderful pitch in dinner.  It was the last meeting of the Garden and Gourmet Group for 2016.  Their gardens are a labor of love which Colleen credits to Todd.  When they bought the home 5 years ago, it had been empty for quite a while and all the walls and windows were covered with vines.  What a difference now!

The group will start again next Spring and we encourage everyone to join in.  Don’t let the name of the group intimidate you.  We are not professional gardeners nor are most of the food offerings gourmet (unless you consider boxed brownies and chicken wings from the Friendly gourmet!).     

Hope to see you in 2016!


SullivanMunce Cultural Center Announces Free Access to Ancestry.com Websites 

The Zionsville Genealogy Library at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center now has Ancestry.com Library on a first come first served basis during our regular business hours.

The documents you discover can be printed for a small fee, or you can email them to your home or download to a flash drive.  Flash drives may be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop.

The Zionsville Genealogy Library contains more than 4,000 volumes, making it one of the largest privately funded genealogy collections in the region.  Resources include Boone County, the State of Indiana and offerings from 37 additional states.  We are also a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, bringing the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to your doorstep.

With more than 7,000 available databases, Ancestry.com helps genealogists and historians unlock their family story through sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, and a wealth of other information.  Their current collections are frequently updated and new databases are added on a daily basis.

HeritageQuest Online, in addition to census data, provides access to additional unique resources.  Freedman’s Bank Records can provide clues to trace African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.  The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library contains more than 2.3 million records covering genealogy periodicals published around the world since 1800.

For more information contact the SullivanMunce Cultural Center at 317-873-4900.

Nextdoor Online Group Being Considered for the Village

by Jill Rezek

Many of you may have already heard of, or are already using, neighborhood communication network called Nextdoor. Nextdoor is a free, private social network that can be accessed on your computer or via a mobile app. Creating a Nextdoor page is being considered for the Village.

Here’s how it works: A geographical neighborhood can be defined on the site, let’s say using the street boundaries of what we consider the Village. If you choose to join Nextdoor, you would be required to create a profile, which includes your real name and your street address. If your address falls within the defined boundaries, you could join the Village neighborhood. Other Zionsville neighborhoods using Nextdoor include: The Enclave, Village Walk, Cobblestone Lakes, Colony Woods, Fox Hollow, Preserve at Spring Knoll, and more. There are also larger groups, such as the general Zionsville area.

First thing to note is that Nextdoor would not replace the Village Voice or the eblasts we get from time to time. It would be a quick way for neighbors who choose to join to communicate directly with each other. I have been on the general Zionsville group for a few weeks and here are some of the posts I’ve seen:

  • ·      Requests for babysitting
  • ·      Requests for recommendations for dog groomers and construction contractors
  • ·      Crime and safety warnings including a car break in
  • ·      Announcement of a group forming to knit mittens for a homeless shelter
  • ·      Announcement of an over-50 walking group
  • ·      Offers of used furniture for sale

Next, this would not be the place to air grievances, get personal, or advertise. It would have to be moderated by volunteer(s) so, in the unlikely even that a post is not civil or within the spirit of the group, it could be deleted.

It is private, meaning members of the groups you belong to can see your posts, but it is not anonymous. Your personal information has additional privacy protection, but I encourage you to read the privacy policy for yourself.

I have just starting using the site and am definitely not an expert, but I’m willing to start a Village group if there is interest. At least one more volunteer moderator would be necessary but it doesn’t seem to be a time consuming task. Take a look at the Nextdoor site at www.nextdoor.com and see what you think. I’m not going to be able to be at the October VRA meeting, but feel free to discuss it there or email me. jcwrezek@gmail.com

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