Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The University District is notorious for its uncontrolled intersections meaning that drivers must be attentive and take extra caution while driving in this neighborhood. Uncontrolled intersections refer to intersections that lack any sort of traffic control device, such as a traffic light, street sign, electric sound, visual signals, etc. Pedestrians must also practice safety measures when they encounter these intersections. Here are some helpful safety tips for drivers and pedestrians when travelling through uncontrolled intersections.  Remember, safety first!
  •  Pay attention to your surroundings
  •  Slow down when approaching intersections
  •  Never assume a driver will yield the right-of-way
  •  Be prepared to stop
  •  Look for vehicles, bikers, pedestrians, animals, etc.
  •  Yield to vehicles already in the intersection or approaching from the right.

Here are some other general tips to keep you safe on the road:

  • If you're biking, walking, or other, wear colorful or reflective gear
  • Don’t text or call while driving
  • Always remember to wear your seat belt(s)
  • Pedestrians always have the right away
  • Never drink and drive
  • Only park in permitted areas

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Taylor is Back!

Taylor worked for the Neighborhood Ambassador Program in the Fall of 2014. We are so excited that she decided to join us again and work for the program this semester. She will be in Area 2 which is also where she lives. 

Here is Taylor's brief bio: 

My name is Taylor McDermott and I am a sophomore at the University of Montana and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Women's Fraternity. I am currently a Business Administration major and plan to earn a degree in Accounting upon my acceptance to the School of Business. I'm so excited to return to the Ambassadors and serve you in our neighborhood!  
From last fall - Taylor helped out with our graffiti removal efforts

Friday, December 12, 2014

Unwrapping the Dilemma of Wrapping Paper

As the holiday season approaches and gifts are shared between friends, family, and loved ones, mounds of wrapping paper can quickly accumulate. It's best to have a strategy ahead of time to deal with this dilemma before the holiday season picks up so that you know how to best prevent waste. Here are a couple of tips:

1) A good present comes with a good story
"This gift is from a sheep herder who guided me to a secret temple on the steep mountain peeks of the Andes Mountains..." No, no, no. Not that type of story! I meant the newspaper! Why even bother buying overpriced holiday wrapping paper when you can get it for FREE from newspaper distributors around town? You could even try to match the story to the person if you wanted to get real personal. Didn't these people do an elegant job in their wrapping?

2) Recycle it
Most, but not all, wrapping paper is recyclable. Watch out for wrapping paper that is heavily dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives (gold+silver+aluminum lining, glitter, plastics).

3) Get creative!
How about having some fun with those mounds of paper! It's not trash at all, but rather supplies for some fabulous paper mache art. A great activity for those of all ages.

Also, don't forget to take pictures of the decorations outside your place for the Holiday Decorating Competition! Pictures are due by Saturday, December 20th. Send your picture to neighborhoodambassador@mso.umt.edu to win a holiday gift basket. Vote for your house or those in your neighborhood by using our Facebook page to determine who wins. May the friendly competition begin!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Preparing for Winter Weather

Looking for ways to save energy and money this winter? Try weatherizing! It's a cheap solution to making your apartment / house more efficient and cozy during the cold winter months. Menards put together this comprehensive video on how and where to install weathreization around your home. These supplies are available at practically any hardware store in town.

Some other things include reducing the heat used in the first place. Instead of going to turn up the thremostate a couple of notches, cuddle up in your favorite sweater or under a blanket. Snuggie time! While you're away from the house, go ahead and turn down the thermostat 10-15 degrees. There's no use in heating an empty house right? This is made easier if you have a programmable thermostat.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Station

U-District trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by our table at 405 University Ave. for some Halloween fun! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome Bags ready to go!

All 100 welcome bags have been filled and are ready to be delivered to incoming University District student renters! Thanks to all of the neighbors that volunteered to help out with the delivery efforts. We could not have done it without you!!