Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 62                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                                    June 2012


I haven't seen it documented anywhere but it appears clear to me “if you don't have a white winter, you're going to get a soggy spring".

We've had sufficient rain these months to offset the drought and transform our landscape from gloom to green. Our neighborhood is covered in a lush carpet of green, with a thick canopy of trees and blossoms of every color bursting forth.  Aren't we at Hadleigh Woods lucky?

Showers haven't curtailed our activities.  We had sunshine for Mother's Day, our very successful yard sale, and Memorial Day week-end.

However, many graduation and wedding celebrations had to be re-located indoors due to frequent downpours.  Hopefully, on July 4th we will have great outdoor weather.




 Important Association News

Message from the President

 The Board did their annual walk around the beginning of May and there are some issues that have arisen from that as well as the items that have come up at our meetings:


1.      Following are measures to be taken by everyone to maintain your septic tanks

a.     Conserve water

b.     Do not flush feminine hygiene products, diapers, cigarette butts, cat litter, coffee grounds, dental floss, tissues or wipes.  Even if the product states it is flushable, that does not mean it is bio-degradable

c.      Never put down paint, pesticides or harmful chemicals. Use bio-degradable washing detergent

2.     If you have an issue with something on the outside of your unit (stoop, siding, door frames, lawns), please do not try to repair it yourself.  Please notify the Board and we will follow up with you and the repair that will be completed.

3.     Wetlands – it is the Board’s position that no one should go into the wetlands for tree removal or correction.  If there is a question regarding trees close to the lawn or house, please contact the Board and we will investigate to make sure we can do something and if we can we will correct.

4.     If any unit owner is looking to do some changes outside their unit, please give the Board time to investigate and answer before you arrange with the contractor to do the work.  The Board does not meet weekly and they need time for proper education in the matter.  Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

5.     The inventory of the cottage is complete and there are copies available.  Please contact the Board for a hard copy.  In addition, it will be posted on our website.

6.     It was noted during our walk-around that many unit owners’ dryer vents looked as if they were clogged.  Please inspect on a regular basis as this could cause a fire.  It is the unit owners responsibility to have these cleared.

By now you all have received the information regarding our new well.  We are anticipating it will be functioning in July.  As agreed upon at our informational meeting in June 2011, the money is being borrowed from ourselves (from the Capital Reserve Fund) at no interest and being returned to the fund within 5 years.  The assessment is $25.00 per month.  The Board distributed the Condo Payment Sheet for the balance of 2012.  Sample below.




Condo Fee:                                  200.00                                                                                                                                                                       July 1, 2012

Well Assessment:                         25.00

Total Due:                                  225.00


Name:__________________________________                           Street Address:__________________________

Payable to HWACCA.  Drop in the mail slot inside the Cottage door (door code is 3087) or mail to Treasurer, HWACCA, 19B Hadleigh Road, Windham, NH 03087



 Board Meeting

April 13, 2012

Treasurer’s Report

Marian distributed the Profit and Loss Sheets from January through March 2012.

The CD’s were rolled over. Federal taxes of $219 were paid. The loan for the cottage is down to $16,000. $10,000 was transferred from the money market account to the checking account for the well project. Marian has made a schedule for the well project loan.


Marian reported that she had received an email from Joe & Mary Ann about a problem with their bulkhead. Marian told them that this will be taken care of after the walk around.

Richard & Joanne requested the board’s permission to change their porch door from white metal to wood, which would be stained to match decking.

Marian then requested that note be made in the minutes, of the board’s approval of Gloria’s request to build a new patio according to the specifications in her Email. This was approved between regular board meetings, because of a time issue.

 Water Committee

 Roger reported on the Well Water Project.

     1.     The Emergency Plan for 2012 has been updated as of April. This is a yearly requirement for a community water system. A copy was                  submitted to Richard for conversion to a PDF file and 4 hard copies with distribution to BOD, Lewis Builders, Pump House book,             website, and finally to DES.

2.     Final report to DES for the bedrock well #3 will be submitted to the state pending remaining water quality results, e.g. radiological and a few others. NOTE: No further action plan pending final approval of well #3.

3.     Final 48 hour testing of well #3 took place on March 30th and was completed successfully. Overall the tests went well and the 4 nearby wells were impacted minimally. The greatest impact on the neighboring wells was 4 feet, which is fairly minimal. The well # 3 quantity was excellent and did not draw down very much at all. The water quality looks good. The hardness is 235mg/l. Chlorides are within limits and manganese is high. The treatment being proposed is as discussed and consists of green sand filtration followed by a water softener.

4.     All these details will be finalized during the design submittal, which will follow the final report approval

5.     A meeting is scheduled for next week to discuss these details.

Landscaping Committee

 Andrea reported on the Landscaping Committee. She presented B & C’s 3 proposal for re-loaming and hydro seeding the property.

      1. Aeration & overseed whole property   $2900 year

      2. Compost tea (without seed) ½ inch compost  $40,000 year

      3. 4 inches of loam & hydro seed $96,000 year

The board will make a decision on these proposals at a later date.

Andrea asked for and was given permission to accompany the board on their annual walk around.

Old Business

Septic System

The septic systems cleaning by Rooter Man is now complete. A seam in one of the systems was coming apart and needed to be repaired, which cost $800. The usual cost of cleaning is $75 per unit, which is $150 per building. Next year the board must determine if more money needs to be put into this account.

Rooter Man recommends that the septic filters be cleaned every 6 months. The men who were here cleaning our tanks mentioned this to some residents, who now want to clean these on their own. The board does not agree with residents having their own filters cleaned, because it involves digging up of common areas.  The board has requested a proposal from Rooter Man for cleaning the filters every 6 months, which they will send to the organization with their bill for cleaning the tanks. The board will then make a decision.

Catch Basin

The board asked the man who cleans our catch basins about the sticks that were put in a basin by a visitor. He told the board that this was ok. It is not going to affect anything.

Age Certificates

Marian reported that she brought the certificates to Windham Town Hall. Five were missing, but she was told not to worry about it.  The town will follow up.

New Business

The date for the Inventory of the Cottage was scheduled for May 4, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

The Walk Around was scheduled for May 11, 2012 after the 12:30 p.m. board meeting.

The Paul & Pricilla have complained to the board about ants in their unit. Since no one else has complained of this, the board will not take action yet.

The date for the informational meeting to update unit owners on the well project and other issues will be scheduled for some time in June.


Lawn Carts

 We have a couple of lawn carts for everyone’s use.  They are handy for moving plantings, mulch, etc. They have a dumping feature which enables you to unload without shoveling. They are also strong and can carry up to 300 pounds.  Their pneumatic tires allow for easy travel over any terrain WHEN they are properly inflated.  Please notify someone on the Board or the Landscape Committee when you notice that the tires are low and need air. Thank You.    


 Team Maintenance

 Cook Out

 Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cookout starts at 2pm until >>>>>

Everybody at Hadleigh Woods and their families are invited.

Just bring your appetite & your chairs

RSVP to:

 Harry, Tom, Richard or Hartley

By Saturday, July 21st


 Book Club 

One of the blessings of retirement is more free time.  Many of us enjoy using some of it to enjoy a good novel.

We would like to start a Book Club which gives us opportunities to share our opinions and compare notes.

We hope you are interested in joining us.  Come to Marian's on Thursday, June 28th at 7 pm.

We will collaborate in regard to future day, time, selections, and refreshments.

Marian & Dolly 


Fun Activities

6/30 N.H. Food Truck Festival at Rockingham Park                foodtruckfestivalsofne.com

6/30-7/1  Boston-Portsmouth Air Show                                   bostonportsmouthairshow.com

6/30-7/2  Gunstock Annual Craft Fair                                      gunstock.com




Breakfast Every Friday at 8:30 AM.   An informal breakfast, open to all residents and guests of Hadleigh Woods, is held every Friday at 8:30 AM at the Alley Kat Grill located inside the Park Place Lanes.

Bowling Every Wednesday at 3:00 PM.  The H-WOpen-To-All” bowling party is held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM at Park Place Lanes.  Afterward we go for a meal at either the Kitchen or the lounge at Park Lanes

Rail Trail Every Sunday.  We have returned to walking the Windham Rail Trail.  The Derry Rail Trail is complete from the Windham line to route 102 (Main Street) in downtown Derry. Going to the Windham Kitchen is always a treat after walking a few miles.