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December 1997

Our big & beautiful Oak trees are having the last laugh of Fall and making us pay for the shade they provided all summer. Walking through the West End, one is bound to notice how different personalities take on the challenge of Leaf Removal and Eradication. We have identified three distinct types: minimalists, naturalists and techies. Yard work minimalists just wait until all the leaves drop before doing any leaf removal. Naturalists generally live on high ground use gravity to their advantage. Then there are the techies, who take on a personal battle for control over the endless stream of leaves with two-in-one blower-mulchers and ergonomic rakes (this, not surprisingly, would be your editor). Whatever happened to raking the leaves into a big pile and jumping in?


A West End thank you goes out to Craig and Kim Dishner for hosting November meeting at their lovely home. The turnout was very good by West End standards. Jack Steelman with the Winston-Salem Downtown Development Corp. spoke about the future of downtown. The information he presented was very informative and sometimes inflammatory - the idea of a Motor Sports Hall of Fame elicited a negative response from most attending. Mr. Steelman said their group wants to revitalize downtown by bringing more restaurant and entertainment business to the downtown. Examples are:

PHASE 1 (1-3 years)

Create a new town square at the site of the old County Courthouse

Create an entertainment triad, anchors being the Stevens Center, the Millennium Center

and a new Urban Entertainment Center adjacent to the proposed new Town Square

Inclusion of a Motor Sports Hall of Fame (yiikes!) as a possible anchor to the new Urban Center

Provide more events / festivals


Renovate / enlarge the Convention Center

Develop a YMCA aquatic center

Create restaurant row along 4th Street

These are some excerpts from the "NEW DOWNTOWN PLAN". For those interested, more detail is available on our web site or from the editor. A Downtown Development Committee has been formed to draft a response to the new downtown plan. Committee members Helene Cannon, Nancy Dawson-Sauser, Jack Campbell and Andrew Leslie will have an update for the December meeting.

An idea for a "Crime Tip Line" was brought up. Basically, you call a number and a recording lists any crimes committed in the West End area. You would then leave any info you might have about the crime. More details in the next newsletter.


I recently received a phone call from an individual who wanted to advertise the sale of a piece of furniture. This was discussed at the meeting and we will have a "classifieds" section in future issues of the newsletter. Each ad will run for one issue at a cost of $2.00 per ad. Call me at 722-9804 or e-mail

Susan Ettinger 765-0383 work 723-9137 home

The next meeting is combined with a tree trimming and Christmas party. The festivities start at 1:00 PM on December 6 at Grace Court park. There will be a tree trimming and caroling. Please bring an ornament for the tree. Immediately following there will be Christmas cookies and cider at Kathy and Ken Otterbourg's home at 1201 Clover St. This event is for all ages and will take place rain, shine or other. Fun and frolic continue at Missy and Jim Vaughn's at 7:00 PM on 814 West End Blvd. Please bring an hors d'oevre or sweet treat. Beer, wine, and sodas provided - fun for all adults.

A new West End logo was discussed at a recent meeting of the Long Range Planning Committee. We can use the creative juices of all West Enders in this endeavor. All budding or seasoned artists can submit their logo ideas to David Elam 114 Piedmont Ave. or E-mail


The West End Association membership drive is here! All residents are encouraged to join. Dues help pay for this newsletter (current circulation 700),which in turn keeps you informed of important events happening in and around the West End. So join now and meet some of the fun people that make up the West End!


NAME OR BUSINESS________________________________________________________________




Regular Membership -- $15.00 / year

Senior Citizen or Full-Time Student -- $5.00 / year

Corporate or Business Membership -- $25.00 / year

Please enclose a check for the appropriate amount and mail to: West End Association

P.O. Box 10055, Salem Station

Winston-Salem, NC 27108




Nick Kefal will now be known as the "Mad Marketeer" -- his efforts in getting corporate sponsors for the West Ender are nothing short of incredible! Please patronize our sponsors - doing so will keep the West End viable for business. It will also provide you with a welcome alternative to the driving nightmare of the Hanes Mall Road shopping experience.

Sea Products, located in the heart of West End, has been preparing delicious holiday party fare for over ten years. Choose from hand-peeled shrimp, an elegant salmon mousse, or a poached filet of fresh salmon for those holiday parties. Seafood enhances any buffet table, and Sea Products has the best. We also offer a complete selection of the finest fresh and smoked seafood in the Triad and a complete line of prepared foods. Try our famous Maryland crab cakes or one of our satisfying homemade chowders to take the chill off after Christmas shopping. Discovered the secret to your holiday success at our unique store located behind the Snob Shop.
The "new" PREMIER IMPORTS offers a unique line of distinctive home accessories, gifts, wicker items and futons. They have the largest selection of futons and futon covers in the Triad area. Definitely a unique store with a lot of character offering those special accessories or gifts at competitive prices. Premier Imports is owned and operated by Lucia and Ed Williamson and they invite you to visit them at 1520 West First St., next to the Grecian Corner off the Hawthorne Curve, 722-1391.



P.O. Box 10055, Salem Station, Winston-Salem, NC 27108


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