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VILLAGE WALK SOUTH THE VILLAGE PRESS www.villagewalksouth.com Winter 2011 Happy New Year Everyone! Another year and it goes by so fast! Let’s look forward to a happy, healthy New Year for all our families, friends and neighbors! We spent New Year’s Eve in Europe...well...Epcot to be precise! Traveled around the world... twice by midnight! It was similar to what Time Square looks like on New Year’s Eve...many, many people! And Disney, in their wisdom, decided to pass out paper hats...and noise makers...free! Ohhhh. So Everyone had one!!! And Everyone used them!!! I can still hear the noise in my ears! Fortunately, the closer it got to midnight, the fewer children you heard using them. And they had an awesome fireworks display around 9 pm and another one at midnight...that one was not to be believed! And out of all those thousands of people (I wonder what the count was...), shortly before midnight, we ran into some friends from Vero! Kind of crazy! Anyway, it turns out this other couple has been celebrating New Years Eve at Epcot for about 10 years now! Now that is crazy! But we were with our daughter and her new hubby...so what could be better! For the new year, let’s especially be “very” careful on those roads out there... there’s a lot more traffic now than during those quiet summer months. And today, 1/1/11, I think they all came out of the woodwork! Hopefully, there aren’t many days like this! And hopefully everyone enjoyed all the Christmas lights throughout Vero Beach...there seemed to be a lot more this year than last year! It was a very festive Christmas and holiday Season! 1 Once again this year Tara Plantation, west of the I.R.Mall on Rte. 60, was all lit up like a fairy land. The public is invited to drive through the area (only parking lights on) and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. It must take months to complete the project! And as a special children’s fundraiser, they open their office building (Tara Plantation) to the public. Each room in this large building is decorated for Christmas...large trees, Christmas villages, train sets, music, and more. Not to forget that Vero Beach must have more Christmas concerts and pageants than any other town around! It’s a wonderful time of year! We even had some bitter, cold weather (I can hear the snowbirds laughing...), but we really did! And at the very first sign of it...all the fashionable “Ugg boots” came out! Did anyone else notice? It was really funny. Like the Ugg fairy had hit Vero Beach! Anyway, not only did we have cold weather, but that wind was really fierce! And of course we now know...about the wind chill factor ...makes it much, much colder than just the ‘air temp’! Brrrrrrr! Some of us love this weather...even after growing up in it! Picture the old, 2 story brick house...steam radiators...a foot of snow on the ground...windy...and your dad doesn’t believe in “stoking” that furnace until just before you get up in the morning...at 7:00am... Then the clank and banging of all those pipes start up! But, aha! When bedtime came...you were prepared for it! ...2 pairs of pajama’s...one bathrobe ...and one or two pairs of socks. Then as many blankets and covers as you could find... But of course, walking to school in that weather didn’t seem all that bad... Mom’s bundled their kids in wool everything! Coats. Leggings. Mittens. Hats. Scarves. Heavy boots! You couldn’t feel anything except on the tip of your nose...and, actually, that was frozen, so technically, you really didn’t feel anything! And now...the north is getting another fierce snowstorm! Not only are the schools calling for ‘snow days’, but many of the company’s are too! I guess we really do have it pretty easy! 2 Now that the festive holidays are over, we see lots of friends and neighbors coming back into town. You can tell the snowbirds...they’re the ones in shorts... or driving around with the convertible top down! Hah! VWS COMMUNITY UPDATE Now, it will begin! And again, all these neighbors have been very patient Let’s see. What is new around the waiting for this moment to get here! neighborhood... I hope everyone has noticed the new The drainage swales next to the trellis trees that were planted on 6th Manor! areas will have the sod removed and be Now that most of the drainage problem regraded. The trellis fencing will be has been worked out, the board was secured, then, podacarpus shrubs will able to approve a planting program for be planted below the trellis fencing. that area. Residents have been patient These plants have a lovely deep, waxy and waited a long time to get to this green, feathery appearance. They point! tolerate wet conditions. They are easy (see photo below...) to keep trimmed. This was the shrub selected and approved for that area. It’s important to remember, shrub growth will take some time...but these plants will grow tall and thick and form a dense hedge! Once a nice hedge has formed, the trellis fencing will be removed. (photo below) Plus, there is a big project getting started on the wood trellises in the backyards of the homes on 6th Street, 6th Manor, 7th Street, and part of 5th Avenue. This was always in the plans, but couldn’t be dealt with until after the drainage litigation was over... But again, these neighbors will have to be patient. Due to the large quantity of 3 plants needed for this project, the plant should have all 3 documents, and each size selected was a 30 inch height. renter should have 2 of these After this long wait, I’m sure almost documents. The website everyone will just be glad to see some (www.villagewalksouth.com) provides action being taken! much of this information. Please do not plant Regarding shrubs...* proper plants in anything else along this proper locations. If you happen to be trellis area. on one of the outer edges of our property with a fence in your And of course, there’s the issue of the backyard...you have seen many trees and shrubs along the berm on the improper plants growing over your east end of the property... fence and into your gardens...or The board is very aware of the dropping more invasive seed pods into problem. But keeping our budget in your yard and garden. mind, and having other issues to POOL HEATER address first, it will have to wait a bit. Can we say “Finally”? Better knock on On the plus side, the Jacobus’s on 6th some wood, but yes, we believe the Manor will be donating the shrubs dug brand new pool heater is working well! up from their back drainage swale to I know we had a lot of visitors over the other areas, which I think includes the holidays who couldn’t enjoy it, but ‘berm’! Excellent! better late than never! I believe the current temperature is set at 85 degrees. A new addition will soon be added to the pool. A solar blanket! This will help ...a word keep the pool water at a more even temperature and help reduce heating from the ARC... costs. Since we are talking about shrubs, The board will be looking for volunteers please remember to always apply to to remove the cover in the morning the ARC before adding any plants or and replace it in the afternoon or making any changes to the exterior of evening...maybe on a rotating your home. This is stated in the VWS schedule. It should be fairly light- Covenants, the R&R’s, and the ARC weight and easy to do. Guidelines Modification. Every owner 4 If you enjoy the pool or if you would like to help your VWS community, maybe you could sign up to help by calling Debbi Coburn or one of the board members. The cover would only be used during the winter months. And what about a VWS social? There’s no better way to get to know each other than over some good food and a little wine! There’s even a CLUBHOUSE “boom box” all set up in the Club Like to make better use of the House and ready to go! Clubhouse? Why not start an exercise This is the best time of year to be doing class...a yoga class...qi-gong...or a it...sunny, mild and lots of new dance class! neighbors! It could be held once a With all our active, northern neighbors month...or twice a month! There could here for the winter...why not? They be games...cards...dominoes, etc. join other area clubs, why not a little There might even be...dancing! It time at VWS? would only take a few people to get the There’s a tv and dvd player all set up ball rolling! (Ruth-Ann has a name for and ready to go...you don’t need an it... “Thirsty Thursdays”!) instructor, just bring a dvd! Why not talk to some of your neighbors...spread the word...you might be surprised what happens! NEW! Some of our neighbors (Mary Guest and Judy Guest) have a yoga VWS Children instructor teaching a class every On a serious note...we are lucky Tuesday morning at 9:00am. This is a enough to have some wonderful, young mild type of yoga and involves children living in our neighborhood. breathing techniques. Mark would be When the weather is nice, they like to happy to have more students join. Cost play outside and ride their bikes. And is $15 per session (or less for a series). recently one of our young children got Just bring a mat and a towel. an electric ‘scooter’! I know she’s being instructed to be very careful and 5 watch for cars coming around the AND SPEAKING OF CHILDREN... corner. Chris Dean and her THREE grandsons! Unfortunately, we still have drivers that seem to forget their better judgment and race down our streets. This makes for a frightening combination... It only takes a minute, and tragedy could happen. I’d like to say that these people are visitors ...sometimes they are...but many times they are people who live in Maureen & Tom Collins with their three babies! our community. Maybe we could help prevent an accident and keep our children safe...if Who’s the you see someone speeding down our guy with roads, why not take their license the big ears? number? Report it to Debbi Coburn, the site manager. If a driver gets reported to Debbi more than a few times, the manager could call or send a letter to that person. And here is Joanne Conine’s first grandchild...baby Elias Lawrence! Posting signs is an option, a speed limit sign or “children at play” sign, ...but they become invisible after awhile. If you have any other ideas on how to handle this issue...please let me know. They can be passed along to the board. Beautiful Babies, all!!! And wasn’t Betty Bankert surprised to go on the web to see what her granddaughter, Danielle, created? 6 Her very own website! These young And we have another bride in people are amazing! residence! Chris Dean and long time And not to be forgotten, Betsy and beau, Alex Fritz, tied the knot this Terry Myers have a new baby of their January. They had a lovely private own!! Little KiKi...a “poochon”. She’s a wedding and reception at Oak Harbour. little white powder puff full of energy Can’t wait to see some of the photos! who they rescued from a puppy mill in Bachlorette north Georgia! She’s a very lucky little Party... girl! Joey’s! Wedding Plans & Wedding Bells~ And didn’t Erica Getz surprise all her friends and neighbors when she announced her engagement to Scott Howder! Some beautiful “bling”, too! And...only fair...didn’t her friends surprise her by throwing a surprise shower at the Green House Café? One of those great moments! Hah! Once she stopped crying and blushing, she seemed to have a wonderful time! Well, this past September was their wedding and what a beautiful bride she was! A lovely church ceremony with a And how about that Art Haeberle? reception at the River House with close After all the work he did with last year’s friends and family in attendance. Vero Beach Theater Guild, he’s back at it again!!! This year you can find him in the upcoming musical “Annie”...and word is, he’ll be performing a solo! ....Art? Wonderful! 7 And has anyone read Hank Schulte’s and his wife one night out dancing to newly published book? It’s a big one! live music at the M.T. ChopHouse! ...500 pages...but I bet it’s full of And Alice was always ready to go interesting facts and stories about the anywhere, any time! She and Ruth early days of pioneer newspapermen! I Haeberle made quite a team on the know there are quite a few history golf course! buffs out there that would really enjoy Her family, friends and neighbors are it. I believe they have it at the Vero invited to a get-together on Sunday, Beach Book Center! Maybe he’ll do a Feb. 13th, at 1:00pm at Bethel Creek “book signing”! House, across from JC Park on A1A. I guess it’s okay if I mention a book I There will be a short service recently had published, too...it’s a little remembering Alice, then live band one (7”x7”) and only 55 pages entertainment, sandwiches and long...but it’s the ‘real deal’! Just a munchies. little book of family history, anecdotes Fund-Raiser Update and photos that I put together for my sisters and brother. The worst part of Our team of Village Walk South the project was waiting till Christmas to “walkers” did a wonderful job at this get them sent off! years’ “Walk to Remember”...to raise money for the local Alzheimer & Anyone interested in creating a picture Parkinson Assoc. It was a beautiful, book or a story book, in just about any sunny morning at Riverside Park! Lots size... hard or soft cover...should visit of local sponsors on hand to pass out the “blurb” website. For ideas, you can information on services, freebies and go through the blurb book store and some delicious doughnuts, bagels, see what other people have created. pastries ...coffee, juice and water...and The only limit is your imagination! even some yummy ice cream bars after CONDOLENCES the 3 mile walk! On a sad note, we would like to express We had an enthusiastic team that our sympathies on the passing of Joe raised over $500 for the Walk. Scata and also Alice Herrington. Congratulations team! You did great! You would see Joe out walking every day...even in his 90’s! And what a lovely display of Christmas lights he put out every year! We even ran into he 8 And a note of appreciation to Dann and Michelle for donating shrubs to the east end of 6th Manor...the area is looking better and better! PLEASE NOTE: (look closely and you can see “Mr. & Mrs. With the aging of our air conditioning Fritz”, Art Haeberle, and Murielle McKinley among the VWS team!) units, more and more of them are going to need replacing. The new units Speaking of races... are much more energy efficient, much Chris Dean’s son-in-law, Joel, entered quieter, and sometimes larger! But an Iron Man competition this past please remember, if you’re getting your September in Wisconsin! This race outside condenser replaced and you involves a 26 mile run, 2.4 mile swim are getting a larger cement pad for it to and 112 miles biking! (can anyone set on, please contact the ARC or Dale say... “ouch”!) Best of all, Chris and first! A few residents have had these Alex got to visually track Joel through a pads moved in front of, or on top of link on the web! As he crossed the existing sprinkler heads...causing finish line, “team Ack” was there to unnecessary problems and expense. If cheer him on! you notice that a neighbor is going to Resident Artist... start this process, please pass the message along. Dann Jacobus has been busy and completed a new painting, entitled ANNUAL MEETING: “Spring Break”. This beautiful painting The annual meeting is this March 22, captures a scene in Eastern 6pm, at the Club House. Two board Pennsylvania where his son’s, Jeremy seats will be expiring. In anticipation of and Justin, go fishing. this meeting, a neighbor was kind enough to drop this newspaper article off to me , from the Press Journal for inclusion into this newsletter. In a condensed form it reads: “In the old days, being a good neighbor often meant lending your neighbor a cup of sugar, or to return 9 their lawnmower. But when you own regarding the Annual Meeting...either property together with all your by email or snail mail. Please go neighbors, there are a lot of extra through it carefully. Thank you. responsibilities. For example, someone TRELLIS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY: has to serve on the board. It’s a very Wow! What a difference! Dale and his difficult job, and it’s not a great way to crew have already finished the project make friends, but it’s a requirement of and it looks terrific! shared ownership. In addition, shared ownership works best when owners are When you’re out for a walk, be sure to extremely active—attending meetings; check these areas out! voicing their opinions and just generally keeping watch over their community. So if you think that you can buy a condo or a home in an HOA and just sit back and relax, think about this—who is it who is going to do all the work? Are you just going to let it sit on your neighbors’ shoulders? If so, then it’s not really fair to complain when they make a decision you’re not happy about. ...Community associations can do a lot of great things for a neighborhood, but it takes the involvement of as many owners as possible to make it run properly. The best communities already know what it takes; the worst are (photo courtesy of Jarrod Hooper) falling apart from lack of interest.” If you have an interest in donating your I think that’s about all for this time. time for a board position, please Remember, if you have any news contact the nominating committee, (births, weddings, trips, new Michelle Jacobus (539-9547) or Judy restaurants/shops, etc) that you would Bischoff (778-4945). like to pass along, please email me! All the VWS homeowners will soon be Thank you. receiving a packet from the board 10
"Happy New Year Everyone Another year and it goes by so fast"