Neighborhoods Celebrate Connecting the Dots

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2010 Updated Oct 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN.---- Five local Northlander's were honored for their roles in the community at the Fourth Annual Connect the Dots Neighborhood Celebration on Saturday, October 3rd.

The event was held at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

The five core neighborhoods of Duluth, East Hillside, Central Hillside, Lincoln Park, West Duluth and Morgan Park all had something in common on Saturday.

Each area honored a local hero as part of the Connecting the Dots Neighborhood Celebration.

"All these different people coming together who love Duluth who are willing to contribute in some small or big way to make Duluth the best city it can be," Gretta Harris the Regional Vice President of National LISC said.

The main goal and underlying theme of the connecting the dots event is to showcase positive changes happening in Duluth's neighborhoods.

"We all seem to live our lives a little bit singularly, our families are very close, when we see this, we recognize that by reaching out we really do become neighborhoods," Hero of West Duluth Sunny Helbacka said.

Each hero is selected for the award by community club members and residents of the area and each hero honored at the event brings something unique to their community and strives to bring individuals together.

"I thought that it would be interesting to go out in the neighborhood with a chair and just sit there and visit with people as they are walking by or shopping or visiting other people in the neighborhood," Central Hillside Hero Gene McKeever said.

"Typically, what I've done over the years, and not just me, but with my neighbors, is to have neighborhood pot lucks and to have and help out with the national night out event," said East Hillside Hero Sandy Robinson.

"I've worked really hard in trying to make Morgan park a better place to live. To kind of keep the physical part of Morgan park good. To get people to believe in Morgan park and to speak positively about it," Morgan Park Hero Carl Nelson said.

Another Hero, Sandy Winklesky was not able to attend the event.
However, she has taken it upon herself to refurbish many of Lincoln Parks fire hydrants and has repainted over 80 in the community.

The event also hosted over 45 display booths from community organizations.

Written and Posted by: Jennifer Walch