MNA annual meeting is Oct. 25. Board nominations due by Oct. 15.

The Mentelle Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Ashland Elementary School. All association members are encouraged to attend. Information about joining the association can be found here. Dues are $10 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership.

The meeting will include a recap of the past year’s activities, a discussion of plans for the next year, an opportunity for members to contribute ideas and express concerns, and the election of officers and board members for the coming year.

Over the summer, Shelly Fortune stepped down as president because of added family and professional responsibilities. The board elected Ann Olliges to serve out Shelly’s term. Ann took the lead in organizing the neighborhood yard sale July 22 and the neighborhood picnic Sept. 17. Ann will be seeking a full term, and other officers are seeking re-election. But Shelly and Elaine Cook are not seeking re-election to the board, which leaves two board vacancies.

All offices and board seats are up for re-election annually, and any association member is eligible to submit his or her name for the ballot. If you are interested in running for the board or a specific office, please email secretary Tom Eblen no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, to have your name included on the ballot. Nominations also may be made from the floor.


Thanks for a great picnic!

Thanks to everyone for a fun and successful Mentelle Neighborhood picnic Sunday. About 125 people came for delicious food, conversation, great music — and even a fire truck!

Special thanks to Grill Master Eddie Owens; David Ponder and his band; the firefighters of the Lexington Fire Department’s Woodland Park Station; and Ann Olliges, who led the organization team.

A few dishes were left behind. If one of them is yours, email Bethany Baxter to arrange to pick it up.

Neighborhood Picnic is Today!

Don’t forget the annual Mentelle Neighborhood picnic today, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the North end of the Mentelle Park median. All neighborhood residents are welcome: homeowners, renters, association members or not. Hamburgers, hotdogs, brats and the trimmings will be provided by the association and expertly cooked by Eddie Owens. Bring a dish to share.

The street will be closed this afternoon around the last median. If you are parked in the street, please try to move your car no later than 4 p.m. and limit trips in and out for everyone’s safety. Thanks for your consideration.

Neighborhood Picnic is Sunday

The annual Mentelle neighborhood potluck picnic is this Sunday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., in the Mentelle Park Median. Eddie Owens will be grilling hamburgers and brats. Please bring a dish to share, plus your own beverage and a chair or blanket. 

There will be street games and live music; neighborhood musicians can bring their instruments and join in. The Lexington Fire Department will have a truck there to see, and you can chat with firefighters.

The association has a city permit to close Mentelle Park around the median nearest Cramer Avenue between about 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. For everyone’s safety, it would be helpful if parked cars were moved off that section of the street beforehand and in-and-out traffic was limited during the picnic. Sorry for any inconvenience.

If you can help tidy the median Saturday, please email Tom Eblen. If you can help set up or cleanup Sunday, please contact Ann Olliges