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Board President's Message

The Board of Directors has approved Phase 1 of the “East Broad Street Brick Wall Expanse” Project.

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Spring Time in
Lowe's Farm


This year the amenity center’s flower beds were filled with a display of yellow daffodils and colorful pansies.

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Annual HOA Meeting Recap

CONGRATULATIONS! Erika Uggen and Chris Hamilton were re-elected to the Lowe’s Farm HOA Board.

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Advanced Placement Classes

Is your child planning to go to college and their school is offering classes?



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10 of the Best Perennials for North Texas

Bearded iris will bloom in early summer, with some varieties re-blooming later in the season.

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In the Kitchen


Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken - Try this yummy recipe for your weekend.



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Board President's Message
 
The Board of Directors’ approved Phase 1 of the “East Broad Street Brick Wall Expanse” Project at the April 8th board meeting. The City of Mansfield’s nursery vendor provided the HOA with a considerable discount which enabled the HOA to purchase all the trees and shrubs for this expanse. Phase 2 will include ground cover, maidenhair grasses, and three elongated dwarf yaupon - drift rose beds. Phase 1 will begin upon completion of the vendor’s paperwork and scheduling of a coordinated installation date with Site Landscaping. Site Landscaping will install the tree bubbler irrigation system.

Due to weather delays, Site Landscaping re-scheduled the installation of the entrance flower beds at Lowe’s Farm Parkway and Volk Lane for May 5. The designs for these flower beds can be viewed on the Lowe’s Farm website. Also, the boring for the up-lighting of the median trees along Lowe’s Farm Parkway will begin once the electric/water/gas lines have been located and marked.

The pool season begins on May 16th. If you need a new pool access card, please contact FirstService Residential. In order for your pool access card to be activated, you need to have a completed pool agreement form on file and your HOA dues paid. A pool party is scheduled for June 6th. Please check the Lowe’s Farm facebook page and website for details.

Ginnie Bucek, HOA Board President


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Annual HOA Meeting Recap

CONGRATULATIONS!


 
Erika Uggen and Chris Hamilton were re-elected to the Lowe’s Farm HOA Board at the March 17, 2015 annual meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please check the Meeting Packet and Powerpoint Presentation found on Lowe's Farm website under “Forms and Reports” page. The Board appreciates all the homeowners who attended the meeting and/or voted by proxy or on-line.

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10 of the Best Perennials for North Texas
             
Bearded Iris will bloom in early summer, with some varieties re-blooming later in the season.

Coneflowers are drought-tolerant, and will bloom from mid-summer to fall.

Columbine will bloom from mid-spring to early summer.

Mexican Mint Marigold will bloom from late summer to early winter and is drought and heat tolerant.

Coreopsis is great for areas with full sun and tolerates dry soil.

Mexican Petunia will tolerate wet and dry soils and prefers full sun.

Texas Star Hibiscus grows in full sun or partial shade.

Rosemary flourishes in the heat; producing small lavender-blue flowers in spring and summer.

Russian Sage has tall spires of small, purple-blue flowers and flowers from mid-summer into fall. It is drought tolerant and low maintenance.

Verbena thrives in full sun and flowers from spring to fall.

For more information, please visit 
http://blog.vmclandscape.com/2012/04/26/10-water-wise-perennials-for-north-texas

Spring Time in Lowe's Farm
 
This year the amenity center’s flower beds were filled with a display of yellow daffodils and colorful pansies. The wildflower circle was bountiful with Texas bluebonnets - a great area for homeowners to take family photos!

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AP Classes: Why They Matter
6 Reasons to Take Advanced Placement Classes

 
If your child is planning to go to college and your high school offers AP classes, he/she should take advantage of the opportunity. The successful completion of Advanced Placement classes has benefits during both the college application process and undergraduate life. Below are six of the biggest perks to taking AP classes.

1.  Impress College Admission Counselors
At nearly every college in the country, your academic record is the most important part of your college application. Success in difficult courses is the surest sign of your preparedness for college.

2.  Develop College-Level Academic Skills
AP classes require the type of high-level calculating and critical thinking that you'll encounter in your first year of college. If you can write essays and solve problems successfully for an AP class, you've mastered many of the skills that will lead to success in college.

3.  Save Money
If you take enough Advanced Placement classes, you can potentially graduate from college a semester or even a year early.

4.  Choose a Major Sooner
AP classes can help with your selection of a major in two ways. First, each course provides an in-depth introduction to a specific subject area. Second, a high score on an AP exam often fulfills one of a college's general education requirements. This means you'll have more room in your schedule to explore different academic fields early in your undergraduate career.

5.  Take More Elective Classes in College
Not only do AP classes help you zero in on a major sooner, but they also free up your schedule so you can take more elective classes.

6.  Add a Minor or Second Major More Easily
If you're particularly driven and have multiple interests, AP credits can make it more feasible to add a minor (or two) or even a second major to your undergraduate academic plan.

(source: Allen Grove, College Admissions Expert,
About.com)

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Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced    
1 small can mild diced green chiles
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper, to taste
2 chicken breasts {about 1 lb.}
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3/4-1 lb. cooked spaghetti
3 cups grated cheddar cheese
a few splashes chicken stock {optional}

DIRECTIONS
1. Place onion, bell peppers, green chiles, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chicken, mushroom soup and 1 cup of grated cheese together in a crock-pot. Stir to mix ingredients.
2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until chicken is fully cooked.
3. Remove chicken breasts, shred and return to crock-pot.
4. Pour in cooked spaghetti and remaining cheese. Toss to coat pasta in sauce and melt cheese.
5. Add in a few splashes of chicken stock to get sauce consistency you want.
6. Cook another 20-30 minutes on low and serve.


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Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT – Ginnie Bucek

VICE PRESIDENT – Chris Hamilton
SECRETARY – Paul Blevins
TREASURER – Scott Smith
DIRECTOR AT LARGE – Erika Uggen

board@lowesfarmhoa.com
 

Committees:


ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL– Scott Smith
COMMUNICATION – Ed Wood
LANDSCAPE – Dan Peters
SAFETY & POOL - Vacancies
SOCIAL – Charlette Fuller & Jane Thompson


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