Bryant Woods Condo Association —Atkinson, NH Fall 2012
Bryant Woods Fall Focus
Inside this issue:
Alarm System 2
Board Gets New Member and President
The annual meeting of the Regional High School and two Cloud architect for Dell Services.
President’s Note 2 Bryant Woods Condo of them live nearby, with three
“The Board has accomplished a
Winter Car Storage 3 Association brought the election grandchildren. Her mother and
lot in three years,” Curt says.
Winter Weather 3 of one new Board member and sister live in the area as well.
“But a condo complex is a living,
Predictions the re-election of another. Lisa
Lisa has worked in fundraising changing organism, so the job is
Polacke has begun her first term
Volunteer Spotlight 3 for Lahey Clinic in Burlington, never done.”
on the Board. Curt Zingg was
Critter Corner 5 Mass., for 28 years. At
elected to his second term, and
Bryant Woods she serves
New Pool Cover 5 then his fellow Board members
on the Newsletter Board
elected him president.
Winter Warming Station 6 and volunteers for the
Activities Committee 6 The previous president, Joe Activities Committee.
Update Sheehan, chose not to run again. “Our Board has been doing
(See his farewell column, page a super job, which in turn
Harvest Dinner 6 2.) The other Board members has kept our condo fees
Septic System 8 are Vice President David stable and our community
Kingston Waste 9 Harrigan and Treasurer Tom looking awesome,” Lisa
Collection Kelley, both serving the final says. “I want to help in any
year of their three-year terms, way that I’m needed.”
BW 10/11 Meeting 10
Minutes and Secretary Dick Forgione,
Curt Zingg has lived on
who has two years left in his
Governor of Balsam Ct. 11 Overlook Drive since 1993.
He has a civil engineering Rear, left to right: David Harrigan,
Rodents in the AC 11 Lisa has lived on Ridgewood degree and works in Dick Forgione, Tom Kelley. Front:
Clubhouse Update 12 Drive for six years. Her three information technology, as a Lisa Polacke, Curt Zingg (President)
sons graduated from Timberlane storage team leader and
BW Groups in Action 12
Annual Report: Financial Picture Looks Strong
How things can change in five years. At the 2007 annual meeting, The goal is simple: to have the right amount of money available at
Bryant Woods had $3,499 in its reserve fund. At the 2012 annual the right time. In other words, the association aims to avoid special
meeting, the reserve fund has grown to a healthy balance. assessments, and to keep the condo fee unchanged for as long as
possible. The fee has stayed at $300 for seven years.
“We’ve come a long way,” Finance Committee chair, Pete Gargas
told the assembled unit owners on Oct. 11.“I think we’re in good Of the 28 items in the 20-year plan, five are considered “A items,”
shape – but of course, you never know.” Predicting when things the most significant expenditures. The A items are roofs, septic
will need replacing, and how much the work will cost, is not an systems, paving, decks, and front entrance landings. To replace
exact science, he cautioned. these five items would cost an estimated $4.3 million; to replace all
28 items would cost $4.6 million.
The reserve fund is money put aside for the repairs and
replacements listed in the 20-year plan. Every day that all of us live Many variables affect reserve fund spending. For example, our
here, we’re using the roads, septic systems, and other jointly owned septic systems have an estimated life of 15 years – yet some failed
property, and every day those things are aging and wearing out. within 10 years, while others have lasted 20. As another example,
the original 1999 plan called for all paving to be completed by
A 1999 study commissioned by Bryant Woods determined that our
2018, but it now appears that many of our roads are in good shape
reserve fund was underfunded; it also listed many items that
and will not need overlaying until sometime later.
needed to be added to the 20-year plan. The result was a new plan
that estimates when each item will need to be replaced and how The Board of Directors looks at the 20-year plan every year, to
much the work will cost. ensure that the expensive projects do not all hit at the same time.
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2012 BRYANT F a r e wNote—Joe o l u m n
WOODS October 2012 marks the end of 2011, Board members
the first half-decade of Ann responded to multiple calls
MANAGEMENT Marie'sWoods. residence at about unit owners'In calmer
It also marks related problems.
TEAM the end of my three years on
the Board of Directors, and,
times, we’ve overseen the
installation of a new pool deck
President: finally, the end of my term as and the renovation of the
president. clubhouse kitchen. Thanks to and I believe that the help of
Curtis Zingg 362-5591 Finance Committee Chair Peter additional members would
All three have been happy Gargas and his committee constitute an immense
email@example.com experiences. By moving here members, the needed repairs improvement. But I’m glad
Vice President: we found a marvelous place to and updates have been about the re-election of Curt
live; we’ve met many great accomplished without the Zingg and the election of Lisa
David Harrigan 362-9208 neighbors: and, through my necessity of raising fees. Polacke. The Board has been
membership on the Board, we needing a woman’s voice, as
firstname.lastname@example.org have come to understand the In conversations with Atkinson well as someone from Phase
Secretary: inner workings of a residents who live outside One.
condominium complex (which Bryant Woods, Ann Marie and I
Dick Forgione 362-5938 is at times a complex have heard appreciation for the I will miss the other Board
condominium). Board’s and BW residents’ members with whom I
email@example.com involvement in discussions served. They have always been
As was said by the old man about the waste treatment plant ready to offer help to their
Treasurer: putting a curse on his enemy, proposed for Hilldale Avenue. colleagues, to the many
Tom Kelley 362-6073 "May you live in interesting We’ve also heard appreciation hardworking committee
times.” Admittedly there have for the research and leadership members, and to the
THK1492@gmail.com been occasions on the Board of Dave Harrigan on the community at large. Their
Director: when the times have felt a little proposal to extend commuter genuine concern for all
too interesting. Mostly, rail to Plaistow, with a train residents of Bryant Woods is
Lisa Polacke (781) 552-1839 however, my term has been a layover station that would admirable.
time of friendship and impact residents of Atkinson
firstname.lastname@example.org accomplishment. Thanks to Peter and to Board
and Plaistow as well as the
Chair Finance Committee: This Board has updated and wetlands next to BW property. members Dave, Dick, Tom and
Curt. To Curt, our new
Pete Gargas 362-8977 clarified many policies crucial to I have to admit disappointment president, and to Lisa, good
the running of Bryant Woods. that our proposed expansion of luck in the coming year. If I
email@example.com In the windstorm of 2009 and the Board was not approved. can be helpful at any time, give
the many snowstorms of 2010- Board members work very hard, me a call.
Kay Galloway 362-6424 Caution: Your Fire Alarm Requires a Telephone Landline
firstname.lastname@example.org By David Harrigan around the home using sound given building.
Board Vice President and a flashing light. Only the
Newsletter Editorial Board: Pulsar system will automatically Because a fire in any unit is a
Think carefully before you contact the Fire Department, direct threat to people in
Dina Brown 362-9861 cancel your old-fashioned adjoining units and in nearby
thus saving valuable minutes
telephone landline and go while people are still waking up buildings, and because the
Jane Harrigan 362-9208 cellular-only. If no one else in Association owns the exterior
to the emergency.
Tom Kelley your building has a landline, of every building and maintains
362-6073 you will lose an important part In order to work, our Pulsar a master insurance policy on
Lisa Polacke 781-552-1839 of your fire protection. system relies on a telephone the rest, the Board of Directors
landline. Remove the landline is considering a mandate that a
email@example.com Every Bryant Woods home is and you’ll disable the alarm landline be present in every
equipped with safety devices to system. building. The cost could be
protect you, your family, and shared among the building’s
TOWN COOKBOOK your neighbors from fire in However, Pulsar needs only
your home. They include hard- one landline for each building,
residents. Fairpoint offers an
inexpensive local plan and
wired smoke alarms and not each unit. As long as Xfinity offers a reduced price
IS COMING sprinklers inside the home,
horns and strobe lights
someone in your duplex or
fourplex maintains a landline to
on phone service for its cable
and Internet customers.
mounted outside the garage which the alarm can be
Beginning in early November, door, and a professional alarm connected, all of you will still The threat to all of us is real;
the Atkinson Women's Civic system that automatically be protected. the long-term solution is not
notifies the Atkinson Fire yet clear. In the meantime, be
Club will be selling a cookbook Department via Pulsar Alarm Bryant Woods has a few very cautious about canceling
Systems, Ltd. of Plaistow. duplexes in which residents of your landline. Consult others
of 300 family favorite recipes. both units have already in your building to be sure that
For more information, contact In the event of a fire, the cancelled their landlines, thus a landline will remain to protect
Peggy McKane at 362-8216. sprinklers will begin spraying disabling their fire alarm. This all of you. And us.
water. The other devices will is a matter of concern to
attempt to alert people in and everyone, not just residents of a
Bryant Woods Fall Focus Fall 2012 Page 3
New Policy on Winter Car Storage in the RV Lot
The Bryant Woods RV lot, next to given winter, applications to store passenger cars will be
the clubhouse, provides parking for accepted beginning Nov. 1 (and not before). Applications will
recreational vehicles, boats and/or be approved in the order received, until all spaces are taken.
boat trailers, and other non-
2. Passenger cars may be parked in the lot only between Nov.
commercial transportation items
1 and April 30.
that won’t fit in a unit driveway or
that wouldn’t be appropriate to 3. In addition to filling out an application and following all
park there. routine procedures for storing vehicles in the lot, applicants
for storage of standard autos must sign a statement
In response to some residents’
acknowledging their understanding of three points: (a) vehicles
requests to park passenger cars in the RV lot during the winter, the
in the lot are not covered by the Association’s master
Board has revised the policy. Beginning this year, each November
insurance policy and are left at the owner’s risk; (b) snow
the Board will determine the number of available parking spaces in
plowing is not done in the lot, and any owner who wishes to
the RV lot. One space will be kept empty in case a new owner
move a vehicle must make his/her own snow removal
moves in who has an RV or boat to store.
arrangements, and (c) snow may not be moved to a place that
Any other spaces will be made available for other residents wishing blocks any other vehicle.
to store a standard automobile during the winter, subject to the
Finally, approval of an application to park a car in the RV lot one
winter does not guarantee parking for subsequent winters. The
1. Reservations are accepted for RVs and boats but not for process begins anew each Nov. 1, depending on lot space available.
winter car storage. If spaces in the RV lot are available for a
Dueling Winter Predictions: Take Your Pick
Two winters ago, Atkinson had seemingly endless cold days and 94 NOAA says “Expect a snow dump.” Here’s what the Old Farmer’s
inches of snow. Then last winter was mild with little snow, except Almanac says,
in October. And this winter?
“Winter will be colder and drier than normal, with below-normal
Well, it’s anybody’s guess, of course. But for what it’s worth, both
snowfall. The coldest periods will be from Christmas through early
the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which is based in New Hampshire, and January and in mid-January and early, mid-, and late February. The
the Farmer’s Almanac, based in Maine, predict a cold winter in snowiest periods will be in
northern New England. mid-November, mid- to late
December, mid- to late
Although the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts below-normal snowfall,
February, and early March.
government weather forecasting agencies like NOAA are expecting
the El Nino current in the Pacific to change weather patterns in a “April and May will be
way that could mean major snow along the East Coast. It depends slightly warmer than normal.
on how strong El Nino is: A weaker El Nino out West can mean a Rainfall will be below normal
snowier winter in the East. in the north and above
normal in the south.”
Volunteer Spotlight: The Bushwhackers and The Paint Brigade
Volunteers are people who do something they don’t have to do, barrel holders along the paths. Also, the railing on Bryant Woods
without expecting anything in return. Jeff Woodburn, chair of the Road that was replaced after an accident, and the floors in the pool
Grounds Committee, says the two groups he oversees – the area, including hallways, storage room and showers.
Bushwhackers and the Paint Brigade – do get something in return
The Bushwhackers are Woodburn, Gene Baldwin, Toby Jon
for their hard work: the satisfaction of keeping Bryant Woods
Esposito, Pete Gargas, Don Higgins, Val Kozak and Jeff Shaw.
looking good and keeping our condo fee down, plus the gratitude
This summer they cut brush and trimmed trees all along the
of their neighbors.
walking paths. They also removed bushes and limbs blocking
This year the Paint Brigade is Woodburn, Gene Baldwin, Pat drivers’ views at numerous intersections on Redwood and
Bouchard, Don Deveau, Hank Gardner, Pete Gargas, Val Kozak, Ridgewood, and removed tree limbs on Rosewood.
Joe Sheehan and Jim Stundze.
When you see a volunteer, be sure to say thank you. And if you’d
Here’s what they painted: The covered bridge, Beaver Bridge like to get outdoors and do some volunteer work yourself, come
(between Aspen and the clubhouse path), and the benches and next spring, contact Jeff Woodburn at 362-9678.
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Bryant Woods Fall Focus Fall 2012 Page 5
It’s a Bird; It’s a Dog (He Thinks); It’s Elliot the Parrot
By Lisa Polacke
Since he was 3 years old, Toby
Critter Elliot seem almost human, in Jon’s mom, reports that both
his own mind he seems to be Elliot and Lilli hide her shoes
Jon Esposito of Balsam Court
has had a passion for birds.
Corner part canine. When the and slippers and get into
When he turned 10, five years Espositos brought home Lilli, a trouble together. Now we
although shy at first, quickly sweet Havanese (a breed of the know why one of Elliot’s
ago, he told his mother that he
demonstrated his personality by Bichon type, which is the favorite sayings (in Ana’s voice)
wanted a talking bird—not just
following Toby Jon wherever national dog of Cuba), she and is, “Bad boy, Elliot!”
any talking bird but one that
he went, calling him by name Elliot quickly grew so close that
had a good disposition and
and mimicking his laugh. Elliot at times acts like a dog.
would interact well with Toby
Jon and his older sisters, Cira Eclectus Parrots are generally Lilli hates to be away from
and Dominique. After two classified among the top three Elliot, and is always looking for
years of research, Toby Jon parrots for talking ability. him. The two play together in
finally made his selection: a Elliot has such a large the house or chill out on the
Solomon Island Eclectus vocabulary that the Espositos couch. Elliot can run up the
Parrot. have lost count of the number stairs as fast as Lilli and is often
of words he can say, but among found playing with Lilli’s toys.
Elliot the parrot was born on
them are Hello when the phone
July 20, 2009, in Texas. When Elliot’s favorite foods are raw
rings, Hi when the doorbell
the bright green bird arrived at peanuts, grapes, apples, and
rings, and Good Boy to show
Logan Airport two months sunflower seeds, and at times
what he thinks of himself.
later to greet his new family, it Lilli shares her dog food and Toby Jon Esposito with Lilli
was love at first sight. Elliot, Though the talking can make rawhide chews. Ana, Toby and Elliot.
New Cover Will Protect Pool for Many Winters to Come
By Dick Forgione The Board visited the West Meadow Hill condo complex in
Board Secretary Haverhill, which has had a similar cover for years and
recommended it highly, thus assuring Board members that the
The pool is closed for the season, but the $2,900 investment would be worthwhile to protect our pool. The
improvements go on. Because the winter cover for the pool was cover has a 10-year warranty, but we hope it will last much longer.
on its last legs, the Board shopped around and found a new one On the question of adding a band of carpeting to the new deck,
that was professionally installed and anchored to our new deck. around the perimeter of the pool, a small majority of residents who
It’s called a Loop-Loc cover, and the manufacturer claims it’s so responded to our informal survey said they preferred carpet. So
strong that an elephant could stand on it without falling through. the Board attempted to go ahead with the project. However, the
The cover is made of mesh, which means that rainwater drains installer ran into problems and could not do the work before the
through it rather than collecting on top and creating puddles that weather changed. The Board will revisit the carpet install in the
can fill with debris. spring.
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W h e r e t o Wa r m U p I f Powe r BW Committee Contact List
G o e s O u t T hi s Wi n t e r Committee Chair Contact Info
Activities Committee Barbara Heaphy 362.9452
With any luck, this winter won’t bring a long power outage Nancy Blaisdell 362.6263
of the sort we had a few years ago. But it’s nice to know that Finance Committee Pete Gargas 362.8977
if it does, Atkinson offers two places to go for help.
Garden Committee Don Deveau 362.6203
In an emergency identified by Fire Chief Michael Murphy,
Landscape Committee Pete Gargas 362.8977
the Atkinson Fire Department will make its showers
available to town residents. The second location is the Newsletter Delivery Nancy Blaisdell 362.6263
Atkinson Community Center, on Main Street across the Team
street from the post office. Newsletter Editorial Dina Brown 362.9861
Board Jane Harrigan 362.9208
Though the center is not set up for sleeping overnight, it Tom Kelley 362.6073
offers a warm place to stay during the day as well as hot firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Polacke 781.552.1839
meals during an emergency. The warming center is staffed
by town employees and volunteers, including the Recreation Paint Brigade Jeff Woodburn 362.9678
Frank Duggan 362.4448
Commission and the Lions Club. If you’d like to volunteer
at the warming center , contact town recreation director Pool Committee Nancy Blaisdell 362.6263
Noriko Yoshida-Travers at 362-5531. Judy Baldwin 489.1823
Web Committee Dina Brown 362.9861
A Harvest of Good Food Dick Forgione
At the Harvest Dinner in the clubhouse on Sept. 8, more than Welcome Committee Nancy Blaisdell 362.6263
40 people raced the predicted rainstorm and shared a wide Kay Galloway 362.6424
variety of main dishes and desserts they’d prepared themselves
– everything from Chinese noodle salad to Greek meat pies to
strawberry mousse. Activities Committee:
The BW Activities Committee planned and organized the
event, including a raffle with prizes won by Bob Lonergan,
Save the Date
Dick Picotte and Pete Gargas. Fall is in the air, and the Bryant Woods Activities
Committee is planning a hayride on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2
p.m. A horse-drawn wagon from Twin Cedars Farm will
leave the BW clubhouse parking lot and travel the back
roads of Bryant Woods.
Young and old are welcome, so please invite your children
and grandchildren to join the fun. In addition to the
hayride, participants can get their faces painted and will
enjoy warm cider and donuts plus make-your-own hot
fudge sundaes and much more.
Details will follow soon, so if you plan on joining us,
please make your reservation as soon as you see the posted
notices. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-
Photo by Tom Kelley
Thursday, November 15—Bingo
Above from left to right: Don Deveau, Mary Lonergan, Lisa Sunday, December 2—Christmas
Polacke, Muriel Baxter, Nancy Blaisdell (co-chair), Penny Luncheon
Kelley, Virginia Welman, Grace Forgione. Kneeling in front: As we get closer to the listed events,
Barbara Heaphy (Chair) and Judy Baldwin. Activities further details regarding cost and
Committee members not pictured: Ruth Harrigan, Helen scheduled time will become available.
Busta, Anna Welch, Sandy Whitaker, Julie Zocchi.
Bryant Woods Fall Focus Fall 2012 Page 7
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Be Kind To Your Septic System. Here’s How.
In the last five years, Bryant Woods has had no septic failures.
Since replacing a septic system can cost as much as $150,000, we’d
all like that good fortune to continue. Here are some tips to help
your system last longer .
Septic systems contain living organisms that digest and treat waste.
Though few of us want to think about what’s happening
underground, it’s our job to keep those organisms alive and well.
Condo rules prohibit garbage disposals because they
accelerate septic system failure. If your unit has a
disposal, remove it.
systems make septic systems fail sooner. Do not install a
WHAT TO DO water softener.
Use water efficiently. A septic system can’t handle too Keep the following materials out of your toilets and drains:
much water at once. Rather than doing multiple loads of
System cloggers: Diapers, cat litter, cigarette butts or
laundry in a single day, try to spread them out over
filters, coffee grounds, grease, feminine hygiene products,
several days. If too much water enters a septic system, it
dental floss, cotton swabs, paper towels.
can back up into the yard, creating unsanitary conditions.
System killers: Household chemicals, gasoline, oil, paint
Limit use of commercial bathroom cleaners. Use
(latex or oil-based), pesticides, antifreeze, caustic drain
them in moderation. Mild detergent or baking soda work
cleaners, liquid fabric softeners, large amounts of bleach.
for many cleaning needs.
Remember, you septic system is not a trash can. Its health is vital
WHAT TO AVOID
to life in your home, and it’s to everyone’s advantage that all BW
Water softeners: Studies suggest that water-softening septic systems be kept in the best possible shape.
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Condo rules, documents and bylaws are
now available on the Bryant Woods
website: www.bryantwoods.org. Click on
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Bryant Woods Fall Focus Fall 2012 Page 9
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cylinders. Explosive or radioactive materials. Prescription drugs or
Accepted: Batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Aerosol cans and medical waste. Smoke detectors or fire extinguishers.
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BW Condominium Association Open Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2012
The meeting was called to order at 7:34 p.m. by Joe Sheehan, Board President. A quorum was established.
Steve Ziogas of Seeley and Schulz delivered the audit presentation. The auditors gave Bryant Woods a clean audit report. The balance sheet, revenue and expenses,
statement of cash flows, footnotes and disclosures were explained.
70-604 election, to transfer transferring a balance from the Operating account to the Reserve, was explained by Steve. A motion was made to approve the 70-604 election.
The motion was seconded. Vote: All in favor.
A financial report was given by Pete Gargas. The reserve balance is up and greatly improved from $3,499 at the 2007 annual meeting. The 20-year plan was reviewed. This
shows each reserve line item, expected life of each, years to replacement and cost to replace. Many things on the plan are estimates. Right now things look good; however,
that could change quickly.
Community status report was given by Rob Barnes. The follow items were discussed:
Rob commented on how involved this Board is and how much they do for the community.
Alarm testing in Phase One should be completed this month. All owners must return their fire service forms.
If a building does not have a phone line, it cannot be monitored by the alarm company. It is important that if there is a problem with the panel to communicate that
to management. If the alarm or strobe light goes off, leave the building and then call the fire department. Dispatch is not automatic in an unmonitored building.
Septic alarms or red lights mean problems with a pump station. Contact Harvard Management.
Reminder: No overnight parking on the roads is allowed. Owners should be considerate of neighbors and not block driveways.
An owner who wants to park an additional vehicle in the clubhouse parking lot needs Board permission.
A discussion was held on painting work. A comment was made that in prior years one unit owner’s water was used to power-wash multiple units. With the new
painting company, this has not been a problem recently. Rob asked that any complaints be made immediately so they can be addressed by the painter.
A comment was made about mildew on the rear of 25 Ridgewood Drive.
An owner asked why the stain looks blotchy. This stain that has been used for eight or so years. It is semi-transparent so may appear blotchy in some applications.
The Board is looking at other products.
A question was asked about replacing the sliding windows in all condos. A suggestion was made that a committee look at what would work well as a replacement.
The Board will look into this.
Reminder: Pets must be on leashes while outdoors, and pet owners are responsible to pick up after their pets.
Reminder: The speed limit in BW is 15 mph.
Kay Galloway gave the Nomination Committee report. There are two vacancies on the Board. Joe Sheehan’s position is expiring, and he will not seek another term. Curt
Zingg’s position is also expiring and he is running again. Lisa Polacke is running for the second open seat. Kay asked for nominations from the floor. There were none.
Nominations were closed. A motion was made to elect Curt and Lisa to the Board. The motion was seconded. Vote: All in favor.
Tom Kelley spoke about the website (www.bryantwoods.org) and the newsletter. The website has a link for owners to submit story ideas. The bylaws have been added to
the site for owners’ convenience. In the past year we had 334 work orders and almost half of them have been sent via the website. Owners who would like to be added to
the email list, or who have changed their email address, should contact Dick Forgione.
Nancy Blaisdell gave the Activities Committee report. Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2p.m. will be a hayride with face painting and make-your-own sundaes. Thursday, Nov. 15, is
bingo night. In December a Christmas luncheon is being planned.
Donald Deveau gave the Garden Committee report.
Pete Gargas gave the Landscape Committee report. Jeff Shaw did a lot of work this year. He thanked Grace Forgione, Joe DeMonaco, and Gene Baldwin as they watered
plants throughout the property. Bruce Voigt and Joe DeMonaco were thanked for their help on landscaping projects this year.
Nancy Blaisdell gave the Pool Committee report. New pool deck was replaced and looks great, some new furniture was added, the entrance area was painted, the upper
deck was washed, and a new pool cover was installed. Nancy, Judy Baldwin, Joe Lee, Benny Cordischi, Curt Zingg all volunteered to test the water daily. She thanked all
those who used the pool for following the rules.
Dick reported that there is now television in the clubhouse. Benny Cordischi built a TV shelf in the gym; he also donated a TV. The clubhouse is now a wireless hot spot.
The connections instructions will be in the newsletter.
Jeff Shaw spoke about the committee that has done tree trimming along the walkways. He also spoke about the 26 bluebird boxes. There were approximately three
dozen eggs this year.
Kay Galloway thanked the owners who pick up the litter on Bryant Woods roads.
Tom Kelley thanked Joe Sheehan for serving as president of the Board, and a round of applause was given for Joe.
Bryant Woods Fall Focus Fall 2012 Page 11
Need Something? The ‘Governor of Balsam Court’ Is There To Help
By Lisa Polacke but in getting everyone involved. A few
years ago, Val invited his neighbors to
When anyone on Balsam Court needs help, they know whom to
contribute $5 each to buy a balsam tree,
turn to: Val Kozak. If you’ve walked down his street, you’ve seen
appropriate for the street’s name, to
him outside, working on his own yard or someone else’s or just
plant in the cul de sac. Residents
talking with his neighbors.
worked together, removing stumps and
Val is retired and has lived on Balsam with his wife, Joyce, for 18 wild bushes to clear a spot. In the
years. Long ago, when a dog belonging to Katie Shea – then a clearing they planted flowers, put down
child, now a doctor – broke loose and was running around the pebbles and installed a park bench
neighborhood, Val caught the dog and brought it home. His donated by Nancy and Frank Duggan.
neighbors already called him the mayor of Balsam Court, but Katie
In the middle of it all grows a beautiful
was so happy that she promoted him to governor .
balsam tree, a tribute to the spirit of
When someone on the street is ill or has gone away for a while, Val volunteerism. From time to time you’ll
helps wherever he’s needed: trimming shrubs, planting rosebushes, find Balsam Court residents gathered
even working on plumbing. He watches out for everyone, young there, enjoying a drink and one another’s company. They’re proud
and old. “When I moved to Balsam Court,” says neighbor Ana of their accomplishments and feel that their street is one of the
Esposito, “Val helped me fix a loose outside water spigot and also best in Bryant Woods. Many of them help the whole complex by
furnished me with the names of tradesmen I could call when working with the Paint Brigade and the Bushwhackers.
Val is just one of the many Bryant Wood volunteers who make a
He takes pride not just in keeping Balsam Court well-manicured difference.
Have Mice Made Their Own Condo in Your AC Unit?
By Dina L. Brown
David Laventure of Advanced Pest Control, the BW official pest
Before covering your air conditioning control company, advises residents not to worry needlessly. Mice
unit for the winter, take a look inside. may be common, but unit owners can take steps to reduce the
In New Hampshire and other cold likelihood of damage, from installing screening and filling holes to
places, rodents, especially mice, often eliminating nearby food sources such as birdfeeders. Here are
find the electrical box on AC units to some other possible deterrents that experts and local residents
be a warm, dry, cozy place to live. The recommend: steel wool in the electrical box, baited traps,
bad news is that mice can damage your waterproof foam spray as insulation, peppermint oil on cotton
AC unit, the good news is that keeping balls, poisons like Decon or Rataway, mothballs, fabric softener
them out is relatively easy with one sheets designed for the dryer, cloves, or even WD-40 sprayed
quick annual check and some anti- on the wires.
Mouse condo inside one of
the many different BW AC rodent measures.
With a little effort, we can make sure that our AC units are clean
One hot night this past August, Bryant and mice-free before we seal them up for the winter.
Woods residents Jane and Dave Harrigan tried to turn
on their AC. Nothing happened, even though it had
worked the previous day. The repairman who came
took the cover off the HVAC unit in the basement and
discovered a burning smell coming from the
transformer. He installed a new transformer and then
went outdoors to look at the condenser.
Unscrewing the panel on the side, he found the
problem: Mice had chewed through the wires. Two
mice were dead inside the box, where they’d obviously
been living – and, as the repairman delicately put it,
“using it as their toilet” – for quite some time.
Shorting out the wires outdoors had blown out the
transformer indoors. Repairs required a new
transformer and some outdoor wiring, for a total of
about $350. The repairman, who said he had seen mice
in AC units numerous times before, caulked around
the area where the wires enter the electrical box on the
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Check Out These Changes at the Clubhouse
It’s Now a WiFi Hotspot Kitchen Gets an Upgrade
If you use the clubhouse, you can now use your smartphone or
Along with the new WiFi hotspot, you'll find some other updates in
other mobile device there without piling up minutes on your data the BW clubhouse. The kitchen, which was showing its age after 22
plan. As of mid-September, the Bryant Woods clubhouse is an years of use, has new cabinets and rolled-edge laminate countertops
XFINITY WiFi hotspot. The signal is available throughout the in a color called golden mascarello.
building as well as on both the upper and lower pool decks.
Fresh paint on the walls and a new faucet in the sink complete the
Here’s how to get on the Internet in the clubhouse: picture. In addition, the rear door of the kitchen has been tinted and
vertical blinds installed to reduce sun damage.
Step 1: Enable your WiFi ready device (mobile phone, laptop,
tablet computer, etc.). The kitchen renovation work, done by Steve Prudhomme of SAJ
Renovations after the Board solicited bids, was part of the general
Step 2: On the list of available WiFi networks, find and select maintenance budget approved by BW owners for the last fiscal year.
xfinitywifi, then launch your browser.
Downstairs in the
Step 3: Follow the on-screen prompts to sign in, using the sign-in workout room, you've
name on your XFINITY account. If you are not an XFINITY probably noticed the
Internet customer, you can access the Internet via the clubhouse addition of a
WiFi two times, for up to 60 minutes each. You must sign up for television. Benny
your two sessions by Dec. 31 of this year, then use both by Feb. Cordischi of Overlook
15, 2013. Drive generously built
the shelf and donated
For more information, visit xfinity.com/wifi. the TV for anyone
who wants to watch it
while using the gym
equipment. The TV
remote will be kept on
BW Groups in Action
The Forty-Fives are a social group Tuesday nights to get together.” with your first project. If you’d like to learn
of Bryant Woods card players. Carmen more about Needles, Hooks, and Hoops,
All Bryant Woods residents are welcome to
DeMonaco, Kenny Wilman, Jack Fitzgerald, please contact Ruth Harrigan at 603-362-
join the group on Tuesday evenings from
Hank Gardner, Ray Busta, Tom Kelley, and 5453 or email@example.com.
6:30 to 9 p.m. in the lower level library/pool
Bob Laprise faithfully get together every room/card room at the clubhouse. Just
Tuesday evening at the clubhouse. show up by 6:30.
The weekly gathering started as a friendly Needles, Hooks, and Hoops
game of poker by some former residents,
is a social group of Bryant Woods crafters:
then evolved about eight years ago into the
Ruth Harrigan, Virginia Wilman, Judy
game Forty-Fives. Originating in Ireland as
Baldwin, Muriel Baxter, Julie Zocchi, and
Spoil Five, the game migrated to Nova
Janice Licare. They get together every third
Scotia and then south, becoming especially
Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the BW
popular in the Merrimack Valley. Tom says
clubhouse to share knitting and crocheting
that when he was in Army basic training in
patterns, helpful hints, and the latest projects
New Jersey years ago, he could tell who was
and crafts each is working on. They
from the Merrimack Valley by whether they
welcome and invite crafters at all levels to
knew how to play Forty-Fives. The game is
join them. If you’ve ever thought about Displaying some of their crafts are members of
also known as Auction 120s, since players
learning how to knit or crochet, this is the Needles, Hooks and Hoops.
play to 120 points.
group for you. Although the members are From left, Virginia Wilman, Janice Licare, Julie
“Forty-Fives is either played with partners or busy working on holiday decorations, Zocchi, Ruth Harrigan, Judy Baldwin. Muriel
cut-throat,” Carmen says. “We enjoy each personal gifts and charity items, one of the Baxter (not shown).
other’s company and look forward to six would be happy to help you get started
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