Dear Neighbors, Here is information about your community. The Dougall’s Baby Boy Has Arrived – Jeanine and Jonathan Dougall welcomed their new son, Liam Matthew, who was born on Sunday, June 1st. Liam arrived just before 7 p.m. Mom and baby are doing well. Dad has survived too! Congratulations to the new parents. Pool Conditions & Issues The conditions at the pool have improved somewhat. On most nights, the pool lights have been turned out, the gate has been closed and the umbrellas have been closed at the end of the night. Food scraps have not been left to attract ants. To those who have been conscientious, we thank you for your help and appreciate your efforts. However, we still need to do better. There have still been many nights where the pool has not been left in order. Remember, if there is no one else remaining at the pool when you leave, please turn down the umbrellas, turn out all lights including the men’s’ and women’s’ bathrooms, make sure there is no trash or food remaining and close the gate when you exit. There have been several instances of people from outside our community using the pool. This is not something that we want to allow. If you see someone at the pool that you do not recognize, find out who they are and if they are not from our community or with someone who is, please discretely report them to the Sheriff. There is no trespassing allowed at our pool. I have already discussed this problem with our Deputy Pete Sabella and he said that they will be happy to stop by and escort the offenders to the entrance of our community. On another note, please do not let your children play with water balloons at the pool. The balloons when broken have been clogging the pool filters. This could burn out the filter system and create an unnecessary costly repair. We do not have anyone who is responsible for taking care of the pool area. It is up to those who use it to police their space when they leave and to ensure that the pool is left in good order if they are the last to leave. Reminder - the pool is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Control In Lawn and Shade Trees - Trees that have been mass attacked by southern pine beetles cannot be saved by the application of an insecticide to the outside bark or by injecting it into the tree. The most important step in stopping a beetle infestation in a yard is to remove all infested trees. Residual healthy trees can be protected by the application of an approved insecticide to the entire outer bark surface of the trunk. Tree companies are often limited by their spray equipment and can only spray up the tree about 15 feet. This will not be effective in preventing attacks from the southern pine beetle or Ips engravers. Lightning struck pines should he removed as soon as possible to avoid a southern pine beetle or any other bark beetle problem.
Southern Pine Beetle - This beetle attacks all species of southern yellow pines of sapling, pulpwood and sawtimber size. It is particularly destructive in overmature and overcrowded stands. Infestations are often caused by extended droughts, flooding, lightning strikes, and man caused disturbances. Adult beetles are about 3/32" in length and reddish brown to black. Trees are killed when thousands of adult beetles bore underneath the bark to feed and lay eggs. Blue staining fungi are carried on the beetles' bodies from tree to tree. These fungi once introduced into trees will proliferate into the water conducting tissues stopping sap movement within the tree. This causes the needles to dry more rapidly. Signs of attacks on the outside of the tree will be pitch tubes and boring dust. Needles will turn a pale to yellow green, then red, then brown. The time required for the needles to begin fading after an attack depends on many factors. Trees attacked during the summer will begin to fade in about two weeks, whereas, those attacked in early spring or late fall may not turn color for several weeks to months. The pine beetles are very small insect, only about 1/8 inch long, that drill holes into the pine trees, then lay eggs under the bark. The first indications are many small globs of sap and/or tiny clusters of sawdust on the bark. The more obvious indication of an infestation is when the pine needles suddenly turn brown. The tree dies, either directly from the damage by the beetles, or from a fungus that the beetles bring into the tree.
The Pine Bark Beetle Invasion Continues Pine bark beetles are the most destructive insects of pines in Georgia. They have been occurring in many yards in our neighborhood.
Dead pine trees need to be removed quickly so they do not create a hazard.
Left : Pine trees that have died due to Pine Bark Beetle attack.
Yard Upkeep and Maintenance There are still some homeowners who have not spread pinestraw or pine nuggets in their beds. Also, bushes need to be trimmed and yards maintained to keep weeds from growing. Now is the time to do this. We are in the middle of summer and these things should have been done by the end of May. Even though we are in a drought, you still need to take care of your yards. Please look at your yard and if needed, do the necessary things to make it look nice. This is a reflection on our community. Your help is appreciated.
Free Summer Movie Days for the Kids Children can enjoy free movies at several of our local theatres. Below you will find the information. It might be a good break during the week to let the kids go the movies and stay cool. ______________________________________________ Regal Cinemas North Point Market 8 6500 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta ,GA 30022 770-663-0660 http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalsche dule.aspx?state=GA Free movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the summer “Free Family Film Festival.” First-come, firstserved seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer. Movie Schedule July 1st – 3rd - Arctic Tale & Bee Movie July 8th – 10th - Wallace & Gromit & Alvin & Chipmunks July 15th – 17th -Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium & Firehouse Dog July 22nd - 24th -March Of The Penguins & Robots July 29th – 31st -Everyone's Hero & Happy Feet ______________________________________________ AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 – Admission is $1 donation to charity. Wednesday’s at 10 a.m. 350 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041 Located at The Avenue Forsyth GA 400 at Peachtree Parkway (GA 141) Showtimes:404-816-4262, Guest Services:770-781-0636 http://www.amctheatres.com/smc/movies.html Movie Schedule July 2nd – The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep July 9th – Alvin and the Chipmunks July 16th – Shrek the Third July 23rd – Bee Movie July 30th – Surf’s Up Aug 6th - TMNT _______________________________________________ Movies 400 415 Atlanta Rd, Cumming, GA 30040 Movieline: (678)513-4400 - Office: (678)947-4473 http://www.seethemovies.com/familyfilms.php# Now through the summer, while kids are out of school, MnM Theatres offers free family movies on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 10:00a.m. The concession stand offers a special size $1.00 Popcorn and
June 7th Cookout & Potluck Dinner at the Pool The cookout and potluck dinner was held at the pool on Saturday, June 7th . Derrick Hershey did a super job in organizing the event. It was a fun evening with over 45 residents in attendance. The weather was perfect and the water was so refreshing. The food was great. Thanks for all who attended. July 12th Old Fashion Summer Ice cream Social Mark you calendar for the upcoming ice cream social that will be held at the pool on July 12th at 7 p.m. We’ll provide vanilla ice cream, bowls, and spoons. You provide your favorite topping (fruit, nuts, syrup, whipped cream etc.). Please R.S.V.P. to Brad Thomson at email@example.com or 678-333-7867. We’ve had a great turnout at our previous get-togethers. Let’s keep the party going! Chicory Creek Entrance Sign Just in case you missed it. A big thanks goes to Greg Bryson who helped in re-securing the Chicory Creek shield to the north entrance sign. It had fallen down a couple of weeks ago due to the retaining nails rusting through. With the quality workmanship given to the project, the sign should be there for many more years.
Left : Chicory Creek shield is missing from entrance sign
Right : Greg Bryson was instrumental in getting Chicory Creek shield secured on the entrance sign
$1.00 Soda for these showings only. Bring a can of food to support our can food drive and receive a free popcorn! No glass or boxes please. Free Family Film Festival Size only, Limit One Per Customer Movie Schedule July 1st & 3rd – Spiderwick July 8th & 10th – Veggie Tales July 15th & 17th – Fantastic 4 July 22nd & 24th – Horton Hears a Who July 29th & 31st – Nim’s Island Aug 5th & 7th – Daddy Day Camp
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Right : Steve Vorbeck (left) with Beth and JB Marquette
July 4th Fireworks As we look forward to celebrating the upcoming July 4th holiday, we ask that the use of fireworks in the neighborhood be limited to during the daylight hours. Remember that some of your neighbors have children who will go to bed early and that shooting off fireworks may scare them or keep them up during the night. While we understand the fun and excitement surrounding this most special day, please have consideration for your neighbors and do not use fireworks past 10 p.m. We thank you for your consideration and understanding. Finally the Last Word – Thank you to everyone who has been working so hard to make our community a better place to live. I appreciate all of your comments and input. If you have any suggestions or ideas on improving our community, please let me know. Thank you, Mike Shore President Chicory Creek HOA 678-947-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Left : Kristin Bryon & La Rue Shore (right)
Right : Seth and Leah Reynells and their family
Left : Will and Derrick Hershey with Greg Bryon (right)
Left : Beth and Scott Mason with Adrienne Hershey (center)
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