PRESIDENT – Ginnie Bucek VICE PRESIDENT – Chris Hamilton SECRETARY – Paul Blevins TREASURER – Scott Smith DIRECTOR AT LARGE – Erika Uggen email@example.com
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL– Scott Smith COMMUNICATION – Ed Wood LANDSCAPE – Dan Peters POOL – Laura Redman SAFETY - Vacant SOCIAL – Charlette Fuller & Jane Thompson
Board President's Message
Summer is almost over!
The entrance flower beds were installed after many delays caused by spring rains and electrical repairs. Soon Fall annuals and perennials will be planted. Eventually, these flower beds will become more established like the bed at Fox Lane and Lowe's Farms Parkway. Also, you may have noticed the improved visibility along Lowe's Farm Parkway provided by the median tree lighting.
The beginning of this school year provided challenges in transportation due to the cancellation of bus services to Cora Spencer Elementary. This was a decision made by the school district based upon the completion of East Broad Street and the 2-mile state guideline. Hopefully, everyone involved was able to make the transition with car pools, etc.
The HOA is pleased to announced the Neighborhood Watch Program's coordinator, Mr. David Littlefield, reports 35 of our 38 streets have Block Captains. Officer Barndon Blansit, MPD's liaison, is working with David to provide informative training sessions for the block captains. This is an excellent example of neighbors working together to make our community safer!
Please join us at the National Night Out event to be held at the Amenity Center on Saturday, September 26th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Officer Blansit will be available to answer any safety questions.
Our amenity center and pool will close on Sunday, September 27th. We hope you enjoyed swimming and the dive-in movie selections featured this summer: Big Hero 6 (June), How To Train Your Dragon 2 (July), and Home (August). On Saturday, September 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate the end-of-the-pool season with a picnic-style meal in conjunction with the National Night Out event.
Our last dive-in movie will be shown at dusk. Please mark your calendar and email your family’s RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 23rd. The RSVPs will provide our count for Chick-fil-A sandwiches and enter you for the door prize raffle.
Bed Preparation and Care for Fall & Winter In North Texas: Our clay soil needs to be amended in order for our plants not only to survive but to thrive. The small particle size of clay essentially suffocates plant roots, but by tilling compost and expanded shale into the flower bed at least 6-8 inches deep, the clay is broken up thereby aerating the soil and adding missing nutrients. This can easily be done with soil builders. It is also important to remember that fall/winter pansies and violas are “heavy feeders.”
To encourage continuous blooms, a high nitrogen fertilizer (12-6-6) or Bone Meal is preferable. To protect your flowers from the coldest of weather, mulch the flower beds right after planting and water the beds thoroughly just before a cold spell in order to insulate the roots from any cold air that might slip through. Wash the frost off of the plants afterward, and once the soil thaws out, they will bounce back and resume flowering.
Besides the approved stains in the CC&Rs, these are also approved fence stains:
Wood Defender Stains - www.wooddefender.com 940 S. 6th Ave
Harvest Brown, Cedar Tone, Saddle Tan, Sequoia
Lowe’s Stains – www.lowes.com Hwy. 287
Mountain Cedar, Woodland Oil
10 slices bacon
½ cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tblsp. vinegar
1 bunch of broccoli florets (no stems)
1 cup dry roasted peanuts or sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or red grapes
½ cup chopped green onions
1. Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crush bacon into small pieces. Set aside.
2. Prepare dressing by blending sugar, mayo and vinegar. Store dressing in refrigerator.
3. In a serving bowl, mix bite-size broccoli florets, nuts, raisins or grapes, and green onions.
4. Before serving, combine bacon and dressing to broccoli mixture.