first_imgResidents say not much has happened in the Parkside neighborhood over the last two years, after its neighborhood association fell inactive.But now, a group of neighbors, led by Cheryl Aichele, is ready to see some change and unite the neighborhood in the process.“When you don’t have an active association, you can’t do much,” Aichele, 38, said.She reached out to other neighbors and the city about revitalizing the association, she said, after seeing an April 10 story in The Columbian about issues with the Truman Neighborhood Association. A couple other neighbors joined her.“We came together to figure out what we need to do,” Aichele said.Members of the former neighborhood association fell ill, moved away or simply became too busy with their daily lives to keep up the group, said 50-year-old Ralph Heiser, the former vice president.After reaching out to Judy Bailey with Vancouver’s Office of Neighborhoods, more than 50 Parkside neighbors met Aug. 17 to elect new leaders, including Aichele as president. They also filled the spots of vice president, secretary and treasurer, and created a traffic safety committee — a major concern for many residents, Aichele said.Longtime resident Sharron VanHovel, 82, said she was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who attended the meeting, because usually only a handful come.“I think it’s great. I’m all for it,” she said of the revitalized neighborhood association. “I can’t count how many times it just went to a handful of people. I’m hoping this works out; it’s really important.”last_img read more