Pleasant Valley getting ‘connected’ through its neighborhood e-mail list

       If you live in Pleasant Valley, Dick Wulf wants you to get connected.
       He has been serving as moderator of a community e-mail list since last October, and in July the Pleasant Valley Association (PVA) added his service to its resources.
       “The Pleasant Valley E-Mail Connection gives us the opportunity to build real community where we interact with, help and watch out for one another,” according to Wulf, who was elected this week as president of the PVA.
       Already, 95 households are participating in the Connection - more than 11 percent of the residences in Pleasant Valley, he said.
       A psychotherapist and former program director of the Pikes Peak Mental Health Association, Wulf noted that he was previously president of the association 28 years ago.
       The Pleasant Valley E-Mail Connection is “a way to send an e-mail to all who are signed up to the list,” Wulf explains in an informational sheet on the service.
       The way it works is this: A resident submits an e-mail and the moderator sends it out to everyone on the list. “But first the moderator checks the message to make sure it appropriately stays within the established guidelines,” he said.
       Recent “list” e-mails from Pleasant Valley residents have included incidents of stolen mail, wild-animal sightings, an upcoming garage sale, and requests for a gutter-replacement specialist and a stackable washer-dryer.
       Wulf said other possibilities for the list include neighborhood-safety communications from the Police Department, idea-sharing, store bargains, opinions on government actions, school annoucements and general “news and questions about things going on in Pleasant Valley - things that might be talked about across fences.”
       Wulf said his service is not modeled after any other he's seen. It just seemed like a good tool to help pull the neighborhood closer together, he said.
       He also said he wanted to “emphasize that our focus is personal and community, rather than political. Although we will be building a political block, it
       is not the primary purpose.”
       To sign up for the service, go to Wulf's website at and click on the signup link.

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