Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New SBNA Secretary/Blog Administrator

Many thanks to Aubrey Ash, who agreed to fill the vacated position of SBNA Secretary and to administer this blog.  In keeping with our neighborhood bi-laws, if anyone else wishes to nominate themselves, we will have a special election of the secretary position at our SBNA annual picnic in August, rather than wait until our annual meeting next spring.

If you have any news, event, or services to be be posted on this blog that directly affects our neighborhood, please reach Aubrey at  Also, if you have a new neighbor or would like to make sure you are on our SBNA email list, Aubrey will have possession of our master list, so please contact her to update new email addresses.

It's been my pleasure to serve our neighborhood and this blog, which is a good tool for keeping us all informed on the going-ons in our small part of Columbia.

Beth Cunningham

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Annual Meeting Minutes Posted and Secretary and Blog administrator Needed

SBNA Neighborhood Association held its annual meeting on March 9, 2016. Meeting minutes are posted on this blog by clicking the Meeting Minutes tab on the right-hand side of this page.

URGENT!!! We are needing a neighbor to fill in the vacant position(s) of SBNA secretary and/or blog administrator (of this blog) which has been vacated by Beth Cunningham, who volunteered for the position during the past three years. No members at the meeting volunteered to take Beth's place, so we are reaching out to all of our neighbors who were not present to consider taking on these tasks. A motion was made to consider splitting the duties into two positions, one which is secretary, taking meeting minutes and notifying neighbors (via email) when we have our annual meeting, special meetings (seldom), annual garage sale and picnic.  The other position Beth had been doing was administering this blog (via Google blogger) which greatly helps our neighborhood communication with each other.  If you are willing to take on one or both of these positions, please contact Beth Cunningham for details on how we can transition to the next officer(s).

To keep our neighborhood association vibrant and effective, we need neighbors willing to serve. Please consider volunteering for this vacant position(s).

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Burglary at Unitarian Universalist Church on Shepard Blvd.

On Friday night, Feb. 26, 2016, the Unitarian Universalist church on Shepard Blvd. was burglarized.  If anyone saw suspicious activity at/around the church after 7:30 pm friday night, please contact Columbia Police Department. It's a reminder for neighbors to lock their doors and keep a watchful eye.
Please be sure to come to our annual SBNA meeting on March 9, where we will discuss neighborhood safety issues among other topics.  Columbia Police Officer Tony Ash is one of our neighbors and is planning to be at our SBNA meeting to answer questions and update us on neighborhood crime issues.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SBNA Annual Meeting March 9, 2016

Please mark your calendar for the annual membership meeting of our Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association on Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. at Universalist Unitarian Church, across the street from Shepard Boulevard Elementary school.

We will be having the election of SBNA officers at the meeting. Please consider taking a more active role in our neighborhood and become an officer. Our current SBNA officers have been in their positions for the past three years and would like to pass it on to new officers. Also, we are inviting the mayoral candidates running for the Columbia City Council in the April election to speak and answer questions at our meeting.  We will also invite Columbia Police Department to attend and answer any questions about neighborhood safety.

So, please come and meet your neighbors and hear what's happening in our neighborhood and make plans for our annual summer garage sale and picnic. If you can help us with the small costs of our association, we ask families to pay $5 each year for annual membership.

Hope to see you then!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Registration for Super Scout 5K Race in Shepard Blvd. Neighborhood

Happy New Year from the Super Scout 5K! There are 63 days until the third Super Scout 5K.  The excitement is building for the March 5th race and fun run.  There are many things that we are working on before the race and so much information that we’d like to tell you. 

First, you should know that most of our updates and announcements are made at  Please make sure to check the page often.

The Basics
The Shepard Elementary School PTSO is hosting the third Super Scout 5K so Cub Scout Pack 733 can try to raise 20,000 pounds of food for the BSA “Scouting for Food” program.  Food and cash collected will help The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.  Sponsorship is provided by Noodles & Company this year.  In place of multiple sponsors, Noodles & Company has provided full funding.  This allows for a reduced youth fee and a family fee.

Friday March 4th                4pm to 8pm;  Packet Pick-up at Noodles & Co, Conley Road.
Saturday March 5th ;           7am; race set-up & race day registration
                                                8am; volunteer meeting
                                                9am; Super Scout 5K Race
                                                10am; fun run.
                                                10:15 awards
                                                10:30 clean up

Super Teams:  Again this year we have invited the fire and police departments to participate as super teams.

Registrations:  The on-line registration is the preferred method due to ease of administration

On-line registration is the only way to pay by credit or debit card.  There is a processing fee for registering on Race Roster.

The following paper registrations are the only way to pay be cash or check:
Family Registration: Families of four or five can have the registration fee capped at $50.  Families of six or more (i.e. two adults and four children) will need to email the race director.   The charge for large families may be ‘at cost’.  Family registration will need to be done by paper and turned in to a Pack 733 leader or the Shepard Elementary office.

Individual paper registration:  This method can be utilized by delivering the form with a check to a Pack 733 leader or the Shepard Elementary office. Please make check payable to “Cub Scout Pack 733”

Additional swag
You can add on a stocking hat to your registration, as supplies last.  A picture of the stocking hat is available on the on-line registration site.  Stocking hats are $6.

Additional t-shirts can be purchased in addition to the one you receive for your 5K registration.  Or, say, if you are only doing the fun run (free in 2016), you might want to purchase the event shirt.

Further Information
Please use the following links or emails for additional information, updates or have questions about the Super Scout 5K:

Thanks for your help and support.

John Korte
Super Scout 5K race director

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Little Free Library on Meadowlark

Neighbors, looking for a good book to read and finding it in walking distance? Thanks to Cokie and Robin Blake, we have a second "Little Free Library" in our neighborhood where anyone can take a book and return a book - not necessarily the book you borrowed.  Some time ago, neighbor Jan Dye heard of the idea happening in other parts of the country, and she put placed a library in her front yard at 2222 Bluff Blvd. The newest library in front of the Blake's house is near the corner of Meadowlark and Pheasant Run.

Just in time for the cooler months when you can cozy up to a good book indoors! Cokie and Robin invite you to stop by their little free library anytime. Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Socket Internet Survey on Fiber Internet Service

Some of our neighbors have been in contact with local phone/internet companies to bring in fiber to our neighborhood to increase internet speed.   According to neighbor Matt Villasana, "Basically, if an area gets enough interest, Socket will look to bring their fiber network to serve those neighborhoods. Please share the link, below, and ask that they fill out the form if they are interested in fiber connectivity."  For more information from Matt, you can email him