April 11, 2015

Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need update

Update: 4/11/15 2pm

We have great news!  Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have completed their collection drive for today.  Together, these teams fanned out throughout the City of Hugo and collected over 2425 pounds of donations.  That's a 46% increase over last November's effort.

Even with over 100 volunteers, covering nearly every neighborhood in Hugo is a big task.  It's possible that Scout teams, however, were not able to make it to your home this morning. We did miss a few bags and we're working to pick them up this afternoon and tomorrow.

To request a pickup, please email markviker.pack151@gmail.com .  Please leave your address and unit number.  Alternatively, you can drop off any donations to the front porch at 4545 Garden Way N. this weekend.  We'll make sure they're delivered to the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf right away.

- MV

April 9, 2015

Food Shelter Collection Drive Saturday Morning

Your home will be visited this Saturday morning, April 11, by a small group of Hugo's Scouts. They'll be part of a city-wide effort known as "Hugo's Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need".  Scouts all across Hugo will collect non-perishable food and personal item donations for our Hugo Good Neighbor's Food Shelf.  

This isn't just a fun Saturday morning activity for kids.  It's an effort we can all be proud of.  Young people learn to work together.  They help to solve a tangible problem and draw inspiration to greater service.

On Saturday morning, Scouts will ring your doorbell seeking donations.  If you're not available (or would rather not answer your door in your pajamas) you're welcome to leave a bag at your front door before 10am or drop off at Viker's front porch at 4545 Garden Way N. These will all be collected by Scouts. Thanks in advance for your generosity and the community spirit that Victor Gardens residents are known for.

Hugo's Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need is a growing collaboration that now includes many individual Hugo and White Bear Lake Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troop 151, Boy Scout Troop 89, Cub Scout Pack 151, White Bear Lake's VFW, and Hugo's Good Neighbor Food Shelf volunteers.

Thanks again and see you Saturday morning!

Thanks to Dawn LaFontsee!

Dawn LaFontsee served on the Master Association's Long Term Planning Committee, the Master Association's Landscape Committee, and as VG's Creek Side Villas Liaison to the Master Board.  She and her husband John were great neighbors and friends to many in our neighborhood.  Although they've moved away, their positive impact on our community will remain.  We wish Dawn and John all the best in their new home and thank them for their years of service and friendship.

Spring projects

Over the last few months the Victor Gardens Community Association's Board (also known as the Master Board) has taken action on a variety outdoor maintenance and improvement projects.  As Spring rolls in, you'll start to see work finishing up on projects such as:
  • The Victor Square pond fountain has been started up for the season.
  • Repairs have been completed at our Neighborhood Activity Center.
  • Pool and Neighborhood Activity Center key fob access has been upgraded along with improved security camera recording systems.
  • As the ground warms up, the uneven area under the broken Poet's Green Fountain will be dug up, re-leveled, and re-set.  The fountain will be converted to a planter in the same location, installed with drip irrigation, and professionally planted and maintained.
  • Repairs to Jardin Fountain have begun.  A few replacement parts have already been installed.  The fountain will be re-started up after the repairs are completed.
  • The City of Hugo will complete its work at Poet's Green.
  • Electrical service will be completed at Victor Gardens main entrance at Frenchman Rd. and Victor Hugo Blvd.  This work will facilitate the future installation of holiday lighting, landscape lighting, etc. near the wooden arbor and surrounding median area south of Frenchman Rd.