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December Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2605 Meadow Star

1st Place – 2605 Meadow Star

Yard of the month for December is awarded to Gary and Margaret Wilcox of 2605 Meadow Star Court. This fanciful display shows what marvelous effect can be achieved with the judicious use of color.  The committee loved the creative wreath treatment of the oval window, the green Christmas tree with presents on the porch and the blue-scarfed snowman. This is the first time the Wilcoxs have won or placed in the finals. It is a delight to see, so let them know you enjoy it.

 

Finishing  second are Danny and Karen Watkins of 2609 Coxindale Drive.

2nd Place - 2609 Coxindale

2nd Place – 2609 Coxindale

Their home is decorated in the traditional style with the Christmas tree and candles in the windows, wreath on the door and the whole house flood-lit for a warm glow.

In third are Chris and Laurie Burchall of 8414 Yucca.  Their fanciful lighting gives a cottage feel that is warm and friendly.  The Burchalls were last year’s first place winner for December.

3rd Place - 8414 Yucca

3rd Place – 8414 Yucca

The Committee would also like to recognize Mary Frances of 8501 Wheeling Drive with and Honorable Mention for the tasteful decorations she provides. Mary won Yard of the Month in of this year.

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to  Jamie Visocan and Larry Deckard who assisted me on the judging panel.

For December, Yard of the Month will be awarded to the home with the best decorations.  So bring it on–lights, wreaths, swags, greenery, … you get the idea.  Several homes have started already.  But we won’t judge until Sunday, December 22, 2013, so you’ve got until then.  Happy Holiday decorating!

August Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2640 Iman

1st Place – 2640 Iman

Yard of the Month for August is awarded to Charles and Robin Markham of 2640 Iman Drive.  Their yard is at its best in the peak of summer.  The Bermuda grass lawn is a lush green carpet and the orange and yellow lantana add vibrant color.  This is the second time the Markhams have placed first, having done so in September 2011.

 

2nd Place - 8508 Wheeling

2nd Place – 8508 Wheeling

Finishing a very close second are Bryan and Kristen Maness of 8508 Wheeling.  This is their first time placing in the top three and their yard could easily get recognition for most improved.  All their work last year in putting down zoysia sod has paid of with a lush carpet of lawn that invites one to nestle into the chairs under the shade of the oaks and pines. Look for more color this Fall to propel them into first…

 

Harrell and Susan Queen of 2816 Coxindale finished third. This is the fifth time the Queens have placed in the finals.  They finished second in November of 2012 and first in January of this year and second the last two months.  It seems that their yard always looks perfectly maintained.

2nd Place - 2816 Coxindale
3rd Place – 2816 Coxindale

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to  Jamie Visocan and Larry Deckard who served with me  on the judging panel.

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July Yard of the Month

Yard of the Month for June is awarded to Frederick

1st Place - 8501 Bluebill

1st Place – 8501 Bluebill

and Elizabeth Hull of 8501 Bluebill Court.  Their yard provides a cool retreat for those hot days of summer.  A standout are the colorful flowers that grace the front entry

Moving into second place are second are Harrell and Susan Queen of 2816 Coxindale.

2nd Place - 2816 Coxindale
2nd Place – 2816 Coxindale

This is the fourth time the Queens have placed in the finals.  They finished second in November of 2012 and first in January of this year and second last month.  It seems that their yard always looks perfectly maintained.

The Kennedys are again a contender, and one look makes it easy to see why they are always in the running.  One of Graham’s friends commented that “he thinks Graham combs the grass to be sure all the blades line up.”

2nd Place Tie Wheeling-8516
3rd Place – 8516 Wheeling

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee who has retired from the judging panel but will be helping in an advisory role.  Joining the Architectural committee is Jamie Garrett.  Please welcome her and thanks to Larry Deckard who served with me  on the judging panel.

June Yard of the Month

1st Place - 8501 Wheeling

1st Place – 8501 Wheeling

Yard of the Month for June is awarded to Mary Frances Warren of 8501 Wheeling.  Mary Frances is a first place winner for the first time and her yard is one to enjoy for months to come.  The freshly and generously planted summer seasonal flowers promise to be a riot of color this summer.

Moving into second place are second are Harrell and Susan Queen of 2816 Coxindale.

2nd Place - 2816 Coxindale

2nd Place – 2816 Coxindale

This is the third time the Queens have placed in the finals.  They finished second in November of 2012 and first in January of this year.  It seems that their yard always looks perfectly maintained.

The Kennedys are again a contender, and one look makes it easy to see why they are always in the running.  One of Graham’s friends commented that “he thinks Graham combs the grass to be sure all the blades line up.”

2nd Place Tie Wheeling-8516

3rd Place – 8516 Wheeling

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to Jen Magee and Larry Deckard who served with me  on the judging panel.

Alyson Pond Master Plan – Third Installment

Alyson Pond Playground

E. Playground Perimter Walk The purpose of the perimeter walk is to provide access from the parking lot to the playground facilities, the tennis courts and the walkway on the dam and the gazebo and dock on the pond.
The walkway begins at the parking lot with a wide 8′ landing that carries you through the entry gates into the playground area. it stops first at the information Center where the path splits with the right path circling to the right of the playground with spurs going to the tennis courts and to the basketball court. It continues around to the picnic bench area where another spur climbs the hill to the bridge, dam walkway and gazebo and dock.
The path to the left circles to the left side of the playground and has another access point there. It continues by some seating benches and joins with the right path at the picnic tables. From there another spur climbs the hill and connects to the dam pathway on the other side of the bride. The dam path then connects to the patio at the back of the clubhouse.
The path is a paved surface (asphalt, concrete, chapel hill gravel) that is 4 feet wide and without steps for at least one complete segment allowing for strollers, wheelchairs and bikes to utiize it. Those sections that pass over drainage swales will have ‘bridges’ of treated planking to allow water to pass underneath and pedestrian traffic above. The path will further be constructed soas to be compliant with ADA requirements for accessiblity. This may require routing changes, additional access points, wheelchair parking or “ground” space, accessable surfaces in the “use” zone, ramps and elevated routes or transfer systems.
F.  Kiddy Pool – The purpose of the ‘kiddy’ or wading pool is to a provide a safe water feature for toddlers. The pool would be located adjacent to the existing pool compound.
A detailed analysis is required to determine to what degree existing infrastructure could support the pool addition. Specific areas to be adressed are:
• structural stability and finish
• water circulation, heating and filtration
• skimming, inlets and outlets
• cross-connection control
• maintenance costs for chemical control and water testing

G. Other – Included in this section are additional landscape plants and irrigation systems. The purpose of the landscape plants is beautify the area, provide shade, control erosion and reduce landscape maintenance cost. The purpose of the irrigation system is provide healthier turf for erosion control and to provide a higher quality recreation area.

The hillsides adjacent to the pool and on the backside of the dam would be take out of turf and planted with shrubs to eliminmate the liability of a dangerous mowing area and to improve the aesthetics of the grounds. Trees would be planted around the playground to replace those damaged by storms and to provide shade and comfort in the playground area. Other existing turf and bed areas would be reviewed for compatibility with form and function based on current and projected growth.
To maintain the plantings and turf in the clubhhouse/playground area, an irrigation system would be installed. In keeping with new regulations, smart control systems would be employed. To improve efficiency and reduce operating cost cost, the pond would be utilized as the water source.
Finally, additional lighting would be installed for improved security and after-dusk enjoyment of the landscape features. For safety and reduced operting costs, low voltage LED systems will be utilized.

This concludes the review of the items addressed in the 2000 Master Plan for Alyson Pond. The next step is to identify items that were not included then, but are of general interest to include today. These items will be collected from the results of the homeowner surveys, email feedback from this series of blogs and a special meeting to be convened for the sole purpose of discussing the Master Plan.

Once all this input has obtained, the next step will be to determine today’s costs of each of the projects and then rank them according to their cost/benefit. This step may include the employment of additional expertise to develop more detailed specifications of form and function and contractor feedback to options and costs.

Once this data is in hand, the Master Plan will be revised and the funding for the Plan evaluated to take into account current escrow amounts and allocations to the fund.

The final step will be developing an installation calendar and letting bids for the work to be done.