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                                         High Knob Owners Association Newsletter

                                                         September 2008 – December 2008

       High Knob Owners                         Sheriff’s Office on Keeping HK Safe and Sound 
        Association, Inc.
       Board of Directors                             Recent reports of multiple crime events on High
                                                Knob have been somewhat exaggerated, according to a
Don Day, President                              member of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
636-7074 (H)
donbon@shentel.net                      High Knob Highlights recently conducted a phone
                              interview with Sgt. Roger Vorous of the Sheriff’s Office re-
Wes Gillespie, Vice President garding some residents’ concerns about safety and secu-
636-1382 (H)
                              rity in the community. Vorous also stopped by the Septem-
                              ber 8 meeting of the HK Board of Directors to specifically
Bob Hilliard, Secretary       address questions from property owners and board mem-
635-9402 (H)                  bers regarding about a dozen actual and mis-reported                                 Sgt. Roger Vorous addresses
rhilliard@aol.com             thefts and break-ins, as well as reckless driving incidents                          questions about security issues
                                                                                                                   on High Knob
                              on HK roads.                                  Cont’d. on Page 6
Dave Henderson, Treasurer
(H) 636-9841
                                                Board of Directors Election Winners
Doug Stanley, Director                          High Knob Owners’ Association, Inc., held its Annual Meeting and Election for
636-3848 (H), 636-9973 (W)
                                                Board of Directors followed by a Community Picnic on Sunday June 29th.
                                                The meeting began at 2:00 PM in the clubhouse, with voting ballots collected
   High Knob Utilities, Inc.
        540-635-6131                            throughout the afternoon. Directors on the five-member board serve a two year term
                                                and the two positions open were held by Louise Fahey, who opted not to run this
Dave Henderson, President                       year, and Wes Gillespie. Don Day, Dave Henderson and Doug Stanley each have
Keith Arnett, Vice President                    another year.
Vince Bonzagni, Treasurer
Vic Jones, Secretary                            Don Day reported on the outcome of the election: “The results of the election to fill
Josh Douglas, Director                          the two vacancies on the High Knob Board of Directors are:”
Don Day, Director
                                                     Wes Gillespie (incumbent) – 119.5; Bob Hilliard – 73.5; Jeff Magyar – 52
                                                Hilliard, while not listed on the printed ballot, was a write-in
   High Knob Mgmt. Office
                                                candidate. Following the election the Board met to determine
                                                the positions for the board members, said Day. Positions on the
         HKoffice@hkoai.org                     Board now include:
  Cindy Kerns, Financial Assistant
         ckerns@hkoai.org                       Don Day – President           Wes Gillespie – Vice President
  Jerry Pomeroy, Field Svcs. Mgr.
  Lee Henry, Maintenance Assist.
                                                Dave Henderson – Treasurer    Bob Hilliard – Secretary
                                                               Doug Stanley – Director
 Management Office Hours:
     Mon—Fri 9 a.m.—3 p.m.
                                                    In this Issue:
When necessary, new hours will be posted
          on bulletin boards.                        More Firewise funding might be available. See Page 3
                                                     Where does Allegheny stand on pre-winter projects now? See Page 7
 Check Web Site Calendar for scheduled office
  closings: http://www.HKOAI.org                     Annual Wine and Cheese Event is September 27. See Page 3

                                                           Community Connections
                                 Pet Pointers: I am interested in preparing tips and hints on keeping HK pets safe and liv-
                                 ing more in harmony with the wildlife on the mountain. My goal is to come up with either
                                 a one-page flyer or a brochure we could present to the HK Board to review for inclusion in
                                 newcomers’ packets and handouts from the HK office.
                                 We could include HK and county requirements; spay/neuter programs in the area; contact
     Pet Tip No. 1: Do not put   info for lost pets or helping injured animals; emails and phone numbers of HK volunteers
     Lobster Hats on your cat!
                                 willing to help out or serve as a contact resource when a pet is missing.
       Having found two cats that we adopted; and losing track of one that went on a walk-about for a few days, we are
       familiar with the multiple efforts needed when a pet is lost or found. Also thinking about starting a committee/
       community group focused on animal issues in the community. If have some ideas or suggestions, please send
       your suggestions and contact info to my email address: Sharon_Gillespie@att.net. –Sharon Gillespie.

                                                  Around Town and Beyond
                                                         from Amanda Keach
    The County of Warren and Anti-Litter Council of Front Royal/Warren County and Allied Waste will be sponsoring
    “Warren County Fall 2008 Residential Clean-Up Day" on Saturday, October 25th from 8:00 am. - 2 pm. Open containers for
    bulky items, such as old furniture and appliances, will be at the VDOT Park N’ Ride located on Dismal Hollow Road in Linden
    and the transfer Station located on Shangri-La Road (Rt. 613) in Bentonville. Oil and paint will be accepted at transfer station
    only. Tires accepted at transfer station only. Remember to cover and secure your loads. All vehicles must display current county/
    town windshield decal or county waste decal.
    The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) is holding “Dining For Dollars” fundraisers on Sundays – Saturdays, Septem-
    ber 1st – December 31, 2008 at Glory Days Grill in Winchester or any Glory Days that you may frequent. When you dine at a
    Glory Days Grill on your designated nights, the restaurant will contribute 10% of your total food purchases to the SAAA. Simply
    ask your server for a copy of your guest check (not credit card receipt), and mail it to SAAA, 207 Mosby Lane, Front Royal, VA
    22360. For more information contact Kellie at 635-7141 ext. 205.
    The Samuels Public Library Foundation is sponsoring a Harley Davidson/PT Cruiser Raffle. They are selling 2,000 tickets at
    $100 each. The drawing will be October 31st at 2 pm. All proceeds go to the foundation to furnish the interior of the new li-
    brary. For more information contact Cheryl Harrison at 635-3153 or charrison@samuelslibrary.net.
    Belle Grove on November 5th thru November 7th, 2008 — for exclusive insiders’ visits to three National Trust Historic Sites &
    much more! The trip includes a visit to the Union Church of Pocantico Hills, a gourmet dinner at the acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone
    Barns, and tours of historic Kykuit, Lyndhurst, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The trip starts and ends at Belle
    Grove in Middletown, the cost per person is $595 (double room) & $995 (single room) and includes transportation, hotel accom-
    modations, exclusive tours, the Blue Hills gourmet Dinner, a private luncheon at Kykuit and wine & cheese reception at Lynd-
    hurst.. Space is limited, so please contact Betsey Anderson at (540) 869-2028 or by email at banderson@bellegrove.org .

    Warren County residents who are at least 62-years-old are being encouraged to register for a Senior Athletic Passport from
    Warren County Public Schools. The passports provide admission to regular season home athletic events at Warren County Middle
    School, Warren County High School, and Skyline High School. Admission to tournaments and playoffs governed by Virginia
    High School League and Northern Valley Junior League rules are excluded. The athletic departments of Warren County Public
    Schools enjoy support from residents of all ages. Many residents who do not have children in county schools attend events. Those
    interested in receiving a Senior Passport can apply in person at the Warren County Public Schools Administration office, 210 N.
    Commerce Ave. , Front Royal, VA. An ID including the applicant’s date of birth and address is required. Applications can be
    requested by calling 540-635-2171 ext. 261.

    The Blue Ridge Arts Council announces Oasis Vineyards will conduct “Art in the Vineyard” Saturday afternoons this fall. They
    are seeking Artists who would like to demonstrate and sell their works for October 4 and 11 and Saturdays in the month of No-
    vember. Please contact us at (540) 635.9909 or ambermitchell@embarqmail.com if you are interested. Do you have a few hours
    you would like to volunteer at the Arts Council? Contact us at (540)635-9909 or ambermitchell@embarqmail.com. Blue Ridge
    Arts Council and Front Royal Women’s Resource Center present Virginia Monologues, an Invitational Exhibit featuring Art
    and Literature by Women Artists and Writers. Exhibit Dates: August 14- October 3, 2008.

High Knob’s Annual Wine and Cheese Event Takes Place on September 27
        The annual High Knob Wine and Cheese Event is taking a new turn, according to Tom Lloyd, co-host of the
event with Josh Douglas. Attendance will be limited to 40, so register with the HK Office soon!
                                              The $15 per person fee includes a wine glass with the High Knob logo.
                                      The event is always a popular one. “We've had many successful tastings over the
                                      years, but the one we've planned for this year is going to be the very best. We've
                                      been able to bring in the greatest wines of Virginia from a local winery that many
                                      of you may know—Linden Vineyards.
                                               Nobody makes better wines than Linden, and we will be tasting them on
                                      Saturday, September 27, at 5 p.m. The founders of the vineyard will be here to
                                      present their wines, and we hope that you will join us in this first-ever tasting of its
                                      kind. Bordeaux, look out, and Napa, you've got nowhere to hide, because Linden
                                      is here! Cheers!”                                                    -Tom Lloyd

Rekindling Firewise?
In 2006, High Knob achieved recognition as a Firewise Community. The Firewise initia-
tive is a national, multi-agency program to minimize the threat of wildfires through com-
munity and private efforts at reducing areas where dry brush, obstructed access areas,
or limited water access might increase the risk of fire.
The Firewise Communities/USA named High Knob a Firewise Community in 2006 after
HK officials, staff, volunteers and residents put forth a significant effort to remove debris and brush from pri-
vate and community areas, among other tasks. HK received grant funding to help chip and mulch yard de-
bris, begin a program to set up reflective house numbers near the road to assist rescue personnel if there is
an emergency, and to initiate other activities that could further reduce fire risks.
A decrease in funding the national programs limited Firewise-supported activities over the past year, but
there is the possibility of getting grant money to help High Knob pursue establishing an alternate exit from
the mountain in case of emergency. The HK office and Board are dealing with issues regarding property
lines and easements at this time. If you are new to or were involved in prior Firewise efforts and are inter-
ested in working with HK officials on this endeavor, please contact the HK office.

Adopt a Bulletin Board
Each community bulletin board has a
volunteer monitor who decorates and
checks the postings from time to time.
There are one or two boards that need
volunteers to adopt them.
Contact the HK office if you are interested in sprucing up
the community by sprucing up the bulletin boards. HK
Office: 540-635-6086


                                                COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Pool Committee: Once again, the pool season was a great
    time for everyone to enjoy the beautiful summer months on
    the mountain.

    The pool committee would like to thank those who participated
    in helping to get the pool up and running for the 2008 sea-
    son. We would also like to thank Jerry, his crew, and our
    pool monitors for all their hard work and commitment in main-
    taining the cleanliness of the pool and the surrounding areas.

    As you may have noticed the pool committee had posted a
    full calendar of fundraising events that we had planned for the
    season. Unfortunately, due to lack of participation early on in
                                                                      Sniff! Sniff! Goodbye, Pool…’Til next year!
    the season it was not financially viable for the committee
    to continue to host these events. We would like to thank the people in the community that continue to sup-
    port us year after year in our endeavors to create a safe, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all.

    Hope to see everyone for the opening of the 2009 pool season! -Elaina Sadler

    High Knob Committees Seeking New Volunteers
    High Knob wouldn’t be as wonderful a place to live without the generous efforts of its volunteers who offer
    time, donations, advice, etc., to elected officials, office and facilities staff and, of course, the community at
    large. If you are new to High Knob, or have not thought about joining a Committee before, why not give it a
    try. Here are three of HK’s Committees:
    Beautification Committee - This committee is responsible for the upkeep and decorating of the bulletin
    boards throughout the community.
    Children’s Activities Committee - This committee is looking for men and women who want to help coordi-
    nate and be involved in events for High Knob children. Holiday-themed and other special activities for kids
    are sponsored by this committee. Contact Committee Chair Ruthie Miller at 635-1711.
    Pool Committee - The Pool Committee’s activities, planning, etc., is not confined to the summer months.
    They are always testing the waters for new ideas on how to improve pool-goers’ experience and overall
    safety while at the pool.
    Contact the HK office at 540-635-6086 for more information on these and other HK committees.

    Don’t Forget the Clubs!
    High Knob is also the home of a number of owner-initiated clubs established to foster interest in focused activities,
    such as the Knitting Club, or the Recipe Exchange Club; or group games, such as Bunco. Meeting times and loca-
    tions vary.
    There are also groups that meet on a regular basis in the HK Clubhouse, such as Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for the Coffee
    and Bagels club. That group not only meets for cordial conversing over coffee, they also have been integral to help-
    ing raise funds and providing manpower for projects such as restoring the front gate pillars.
    You can find a list of current clubs on the HK website at http://www.hkoai.org/org/fr12.asp; or call the HK Office for
    more information. If you think you would like to start a committee of your own, send an email to the HK office and
    to the High Knob Highlights newsletter for inclusion in the “Community Connections” column.

Critical Info and Tips for Safe Driving on High Knob Roads this Winter
If the 2008-2009 ”Farmers’ Almanac” is to be believed, much of the U.S. is in for a “numbing” winter with below average tem-
peratures and normal to above-normal precipitation in the region. The mountain roads of High Knob offered particular chal-
lenges, which can differ dramatically depending on where you live on the mountain. Usually, the Clubhouse is regarded as
the dividing line. You can have icy roads above Club House and dry, clear roads below—or it could be vice versa! Each
Fall/Winter season we run this article with advice about driving our roads during bad weather. Please heed the advice!

         If you have just moved to High Knob in the Spring or Summer, you might not realize that driving the steep
slopes in snow and ice requires a different level of preparedness. Get prepared now, before the first snow falls or ice
crystals coat the roads.
         High Knob typically spends more per mile than many state entities for snow removal, with the exception of
ski resorts. In a typical year, we spread over 660,000 pounds of material to treat ice. Most of the budget is expended
on upper elevations where temperatures stay below freezing for weeks at a time. The dirt roads do not drain when
melting does occur and water pools and refreezes creating the need to continually spend money on the same road
long after the storm is forgotten. For that reason and others, a mountainside will always be a difficult place to access
in the winter.
        Studded snow tires or chains, and four-wheel drive are a must, particularly in the high elevations. Chains are
the ONLY option in ice storms unless you walk, and even that can be hazardous without studded shoes. Ignoring
these facts will not only put you and your family at risk, but the safety of your neighbors as well. Outside experts and
long time High Knob veterans offer the following advice:
∗   First of all, stay home if you can. The snowplow routinely comes across joy riders that want to “see if they can
    do it!” They usually end up blocking the road.
∗   Change to studded snow tires and/or chains in winter and remove them in Spring to save the tread for next year.
    Street radial tires will not work on ice.
∗   Four-wheel drive is strongly recommended above Greenfield Road, although front wheel drive will work most of
    the time to the Clubhouse level.
∗   Adding weight to the rear of a vehicle does not help. This only adds centrifugal force in a turn that can cause a
    car to spin out of control on ice.
∗   It is safer to walk than take a chance during a storm with improper equipment. You will usually get a ride from a
    neighbor with chains or the snow truck. Roads cannot be properly treated until after the precipitation has ended.
∗   When climbing a hill on ice, do not stop. You may not be able to restart unless you have chains or a lot of luck.
    This is where stuck, improperly equipped and abandoned cars in the middle of the road create trouble and acci-
    dents. You will have to back down to a level area and restart or pull off the road. Use the accelerator lightly. If
    the wheels begin to spin you are wasting your time. Do not use four-wheel low when climbing. It has too much
    power and will cause a spin.
∗   When descending an icy slope, first check ahead to be sure there are not stuck cars in your way lest you slide into
    them. Next use four-wheel low if you have it and regular low gear. Allow the vehicle to descend at its own pace
    and avoid the brake until you are on a level surface. The brake usually causes the car to break traction and lose
∗   Do not abandon a car in the middle of the road! It can cause an accident where people are seriously injured as
    well as impede snow removal. Towing services do work on High Knob in these situations (because they use
    chains). The snowplow operator cannot tow cars out of ditches during a storm. His first priority is to clear and
    treat roads to try and prevent further accidents.
∗   The service road has been very dangerous in icy temperatures. In 2001, there were 14 wrecked vehicles on the
    service road. Eleven of those were equipped with four-wheel drive. After a storm has passed, we have been able
    to apply chemicals to the steep part of the main paved road. With the black surface it melts and drains making it
    a safer choice.

    Break-ins Cont’d. from Page 1
    Two recent break-ins on High Knob involved vehicles, according to Sgt. Roger Vorous of
    the Patrol Division for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Vorous is assigned to a sector
    covering several subdivisions and communities, including High Knob.
    The incidents are still under investigation, said Vorous, who said that they do not know at
    this time if the person(s) involved are from outside or inside the HK community. In the
    most recent incident, which occurred on Shenandoah Valley Drive in late August, a television, camera and radio were
    removed from an SUV parked in a driveway. The car was packed and ready for transporting a student to college. Vo-
    rous said the vehicle’s doors might not have been locked. Often, in vehicle thefts, the prospect of “opportunity” pre-
    sents itself.
    Vorous said that HK residents can observe some practical steps, many of which they are used to when traveling to
    work, shopping malls, etc., but tend to forget about when they return to the mountain. Remember to:

    •   Lock all doors.
    •   Do not leave CDs, change, cell phones, etc. sitting on vehicle seats. “Nothing visible,” said Vorous.
    •     Remove smaller items, or store in the glove box.
    When packing vehicles for long trips, try to do so shortly before departure, if possible.
    Investigation of break-ins such as the ones at High Knob usually includes a number of procedures, from fingerprinting
    to interviewing neighbors and friends of the family. Vorous stressed the importance of neighbors looking at for one
    another in a community. While High Knob residents often keep to themselves, reflecting the nature of the somewhat
    secluded area and “live and let live” philosophy that is part of High Knob’s appeal, Vorous said property owners can
    still be the “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff’s Office.
    Reckless Drivers can be Prosecuted
    Community awareness would also be helpful in dealing with other complaints that some HK owners have had regard-
    ing speeding on mountain roads, said Vorous. Residents have reported to HK Board members and staff that people
    driving too fast for road, weather and visibility conditions have resulted in near misses with persons, wildlife, vehicles
    and property. Recently a pet cat was hit by a vehicle near Massanutten Road.
    While the posted speed limits along HK roads have been established by the community and are not technically
    “enforced” by the Sheriff’s Office, complaints can be filed by individuals with the magistrate for reckless driving. The
    complainant would need at minimum to have the license plate number, a description of the vehicle and a description of
    the driver, even if the specific name or address of the driver is not known.
    Vorous said there is the possibility that High Knob might be able to use the department’s “visual speed enforcement
    trailer” at some point if speeding issues continue. The trailers show motorists their actual speed in relation to the
    posted speed limits. HK’s board officials could initiate the request for review and approval.
    Animal Control Issues
    Complaints to HK office and staff concerning unleashed dogs and roaming cats have resulted in the discovery of ani-
    mals that have been abandoned by owners. Vorous said this is a known issue in some areas, including High Knob.
    He said a determination first has to be made regarding the circumstances. Local ordinances can be enforced if a resi-
    dent has a dog that is running loose, barking excessively, etc. While housecats are not required to be leashed, residents
    letting them roam at will where there is an abundance of wildlife, an increased number of vehicles on the road, etc., put
    the cats at increase risk, but Animal Control officers will not trap or remove the cats.
    However, if it is determined that roaming animals—cats or dogs—were abandoned on the road or left behind in homes
    by owners who have moved, Animal Control officers will assist with trapping and transferring the animals to a shelter.
    Vorous confirmed that there are regular and random patrols of High Knob carried out by the Patrol Division. Contact
    number for the Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control is 540-635-4128. Information regarding reporting possible reck-
    less driving incidents can be obtained from calling that number or the office of the Magistrate at 540-636-2017.

                                Update from the HKOAI Board of Directors
        During the Annual Meeting in June discussion took place regarding county regulations on the firing of weap-
ons in various subdivisions. At the request of High Knob officials, Warren County is in the progress of adding High
Knob Code Section 177-3, designation areas where firearms are prohibited in the subdivision. This is expected to take
place sometime in October. Updates will be issued as this progresses.
                                             THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!
         As many of you know, Louise Fahey decided to step down as a member of the Board of Di-
rectors and did not seek another term in the June elections. The Board wants to particularly recognize
and thank her for the many years she has worked as a member of the Board of Directors and on vari-
ous committees.
        The many volunteers who work so hard to make the mountain a great place to live deserve the thanks of all
residents and property owners. Volunteering to help your community is very rewarding. The Board would welcome
anyone who desires to volunteer their services. New ideas and insight are always welcome.
        The Board would also like to thank Jim Coats who has been of tremendous help in recent weeks with the HK
staff working in the office and outside.

                                      Kids’ School Bus Stop at Front Gate Needs Adult Intervention
                                      In previous newsletters the HK Board of Directors and office staff have expressed
                                      concern about the activities of kids waiting near the front gate area for school
                                      buses and rides. Children tossing a football or baseball around might seem an
                                      innocent pastime, but when it occurs where drivers are entering and exiting High
                                      Knob from the main road, it can turn dangerous.
                                      Climbing on the stone pillars is also a source of frustration and possible injury.
                                      The former, because of damage to the pillars rebuilt by the efforts of many HK
                                      volunteers; the latter, due to the risk of falling or cuts from the stones. High
                                      Knob’s front gate pillars are private property and, if necessary, HK officials will
 Volunteers completed work on the     pursue legal action. So let’s avoid dangers, damage, safety risks and legal action
 High Knob entrance pillars in 2007   by encouraging our own and our neighbors’ kids to act sensibly near the bus area.
                                      “The playground is located at the Clubhouse please play ball there!” -HK Office

Allegheny Power Update
HK resident Amanda Keach has been following up on issues addressed during the December 2007 community meeting with rep-
resentatives from Allegheny Power.

         Kevin Brewster, Allegheny Power's Engineer for Systems Planning, reports that recent momentary
         power interruptions are being investigated. High Knob residents are encouraged to report all outages as they
         occur, or as soon as possible after the interruption.
          As of late August, all upgrades planned for 2008 have not been completed, due to a delay in obtaining permit
approvals from VDOT. The permits are expected very soon, and it is anticipated that work will begin in September
or October. A completion date has not been determined, but every effort will be made to finish upgrades before win-
ter, according to Brewster.
Next year, there is a great deal of work planned:
1. A second line will be built into the Linden Substation, which serves the High Knob Subdivision. Currently, there
is only one line connecting the substation to the rest of the system and if there are any issues on this line, service is
lost to the whole substation.
2. Automatic switching is planned in the Linden Substation which will allow service to switch to the second line
automatically if something happens to the primary line.                                          —Amanda Keach
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