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Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 50                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                                    May 2010

 

I’m blown away!  Who can believe this kaleidoscope of color bursting forth?  The different pinks, the beautiful whites and yes, my favorite, the perky, bold yellow of the forsythia.  Add the punctuation of tulips, crocus and daffodils and you know it’s here….SPRING!

The April showers came early, in March, in the form of a fifteen-inch monsoon.  We survived!  So enjoy the arrival of this rejuvenating season featuring countless shades of green as leaves POP open and the grass shoots forth.  Give thanks; you don’t have to mow it!

“June is busting out all over” and she is beautiful.   Everything is so green and punctuated with vibrant hues.  Doesn’t our neighborhood look grand?  Many thanks to our landscaping team that work endlessly to color our world.

June is certainly a busy month.  It remains a popular time for marriages, graduations, and a joyful end to the school year for our grandchildren and the start of a long- awaited vacation period.  It’s wonderful to welcome the warmer days that allow us to seek each others company at the gazebo, on walks around the area and impromptu gatherings for chats. ENJOY!

Some important dates to remember:

 

June 14    Flag Day                                         Display your red, white and blue proudly.

June 20    Father’s Day                                   A day to remember loved ones.

June 21    First Day of Summer           Hooray!

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Important Association News

Message from the President

 

Water Testing – These are the results from the latest water quality testing performed by Pennichuck on 4/14/10. These are all secondary contaminants measured in milligrams per liter, which is approximately equal to parts per million. SMCL = Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level = threshold levels for aesthetic concerns; taste, odor, and staining.

 

Chloride

Sodium

Iron

Manganese

Hardness

Well #1

518

 

138

 

<0.01

1.90

562

Well #2

541

146

<0.01

1.96

578

Blend (tap water)

511

382

0.369

0.05

8.5

 The most notable difference is in our water hardness reduction.  This is a result of increasing our backwash frequency from 7500 to 5000 gallons of usage.  Unfortunately, this will result in an increase of our salt usage especially as our irrigation system begins.  Remember that the salt is used only in the backwashing operation and is discharged outside the pump house.

Decks - The Board is currently in the process of receiving bids from contractors to do our decks.  After our selection is made, we anticipate that the process of cleaning and staining of all our decks, stoops and stairs to begin shortly thereafter.  Our goal is to give the decks a uniform finish throughout our community at a better price than each individual homeowner could obtain.  Each unit owner will be assessed their share of the deck, stoop or stairs that was associated to their building.  We will notify each unit owner of what their anticipated costs will be before the work begins.  The Board will allow for time payments to accommodate those on limited budgets.

Living with our septic systems – Absolutely no fats (either solid or liquid form) or oils should enter the system.  Highly biodegradable, solid white toilet tissue, preferably single ply, is specified.  Flushable wipes are trash and should not enter the septic system.  Solid food should be placed in the trash and not washed down the drain.  Septic service companies recommend we use liquid vs. powdered cleaners for clothes and dishwashers.  Never use commercial Septic System “re-energizing” agents such as “Rid-X”.  Do not flush or drain any toxic waste products and when in doubt, don’t flush it!

Propane – Selkirk price (think of it as the wholesale price) posted on Thursday, April 29th, was 128.339 making the price per gallon $1.81 (Selkirk number + $.53).

Storage Shed – The Board has hired Joseph Maynard of Benchmark Engineering to file our variance request and represent us at the Zoning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday June 8th at 7:30 PM.

Treasurer’s Report -- To date, we have $182,837.44 in our various Capital Reserve Accounts.  An audit of the Association’s 2009 records was performed by Roger Labrecque of the Budget and Finance Committee and no issues were found.  The Association continues to be in good financial shape.

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 Landscape Committee

Thank you – All of us at Hadleigh Woods would like to say thank you to Sandi for the beautiful spring bulbs that she donated to our community.  We especially appreciate the time and effort Sandi put into the planting of these bulbs in helping to beautify our community.  Equally appreciated is the dedication and hard work that Diann does in beautifying the ledge-bridge garden.

Garden Areas – Many volunteer hours have been spent on beatifying our community, especially the garden areas.  We would appreciate if our “little guests” not be allowed to play in this common area.

Flower Planting – Although we appreciate individual creativity with the planting of flowers and such, we remind you that if you plant it you own the care and maintenance as well.

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 Volunteers Needed

Pump House – A great opportunity for someone to help at the pump house.  During the summertime we use almost 3 times the amount of water due to irrigation.  The result is that we back flush more often and therefore use more salt.  This means that we need someone to add salt each and every day.  If you would like to help, please contact Tom Tosto at 603-893-2846.  

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Team Maintenance

 Spiders - Before you use your gas grill this season, check for spider nests in the gas valves, etc. Spiders love the smell of propane.

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Just for Fun 

Tour of the Boston Freedom Trail ®

Walk into History………

When:                          Monday, August 23, 2010

Time:                           8:30 am-3 pm                          (meet at Park-n-Ride by Shaw’s)

Fee:                             $58   (includes motor coach bus, tour, & lunch)

                                    -Please note lunch tax/tip included in price-

Lunch:                         We will be eating at Maggiano’s.  We will have a family style meal which includes salads, main dishes, dessert, and coffee/soda.  Tax and tip are included!

Information:     This is a ¾ mile walking tour that lasts for about 90 minutes.  There are only 3 steps, the rest is flat!  We will go rain or shine!  The Tour covers:  Boston Common, New State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, Site of the first Public School, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil HallThe tour guides dress in costume and it is a great tour!

To register, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by e-mail at Recreation@WindhamNewHampshire.com

Payment is due at the time of registration.  Space is limited!

Just a quick little puzzle. I know, even your youngest grandchildren can do this one.  But, challenge yourselves, try to do it in a minute or under.

Name the Flower                                                               Name the Tree

1.       It’s part of the eye                                                       1. Keeps a lady warm

2.       When you got up                                                        2. The result of a fire

3.       A dairy product                                                           3.  Is it a couple?     

4.       Single men wear them                                                4.  Part of your hand

5.       Sweet smelling letters                                                5.  Near the sea

6.       A country with lots of autos                                        6.  A dried fruit

7.       The place for a kiss

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ONGOING

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, unless you are notified differently.

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.  After bowling (around 4:30 or 5:00 PM) we  go for dinner at J. Michael’s Sports Pub. Everyone is welcome to join us there.

Notice: The first week of each month we will be going to the Kitchen at Windham Junction after bowling and not J. Michaels.

Rail Trail Every Sunday.  Our walking of the trail has begun again on Sunday’s at 9:00 AM.  Some non-walkers join us at the Kitchen at Windham Junction at 10:00 AM.

Hadleigh Woods Diet Group.  A number of residents gather every Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM to weigh in and give ideas and encouragement for losing weight.  The cost is $2.00 per week.  Anyone interested in joining, please contact Joanne (978-828-3378) or Gratia (890-3140).

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Comments made in the year 1955…that's only 55 years ago! 

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20.00.'

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?  It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.'

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.'