Hadleigh Woods Gazette


Web Site: hadleighwoods.com                                                 Vol.  25, July 21, 2007



From the Board of Directors


Monthly Condo Fee Payment.  We see a growing number of late payments which result in extra trips to the bank. You are required to mail your payment so as to reach the P.O. Box 712, Windham by the 1st day of each month to avoid any late fees.


Landscape Committee.  The 2007 committee has been busy pruning, planting and replacing plants and shrubs throughout the community. All of their combined labor is donated for the beautification of Hadleigh Woods so we all can enjoy the results.  


Trial of Plantings under the Lawn Trees.  Thanks to a donation of hosta plants, four trees on Hadleigh Rd. are a test bed for a possible, wider planting. The Landscape Committee will monitor this trial and make a recommendation to the Board.


New, Custom Street Signs. You have probably seen them by now and appreciate the message. One is at the beginning of Flat Rock and the other at the beginning of Hadleigh, both elevated to make them easier to read. The cost was kept at an absolute minimum.  


Water Leaking Into Basements.   A special committee under the direction of George will identify the cellars with cracks that actually leak water. If you think you qualify, contact George so he can document your situation for further action.


Reporting Sprinkler Problems.   All the known lawn sprinkler issues have been corrected to the best of the Board’s knowledge. If you notice spray patterns that are goofy or aren’t operating at all, please report them to any Director for follow-up.


Pump House Moisture Reduction Program. In addition to opening the side windows for greater fresh air circulation and placing security bars over the openings, full length screens were recently installed on each window. The build-up of moisture inside the pump house is down somewhat over a year ago but further monitoring will continue.


Owner Alert # 1. This alert is to advise you that we have begun to see premature failures with the Hot Water Heater Tanks. Although things like this can and will happen, there are steps you can take to both extend the life of your heater and also alert you when a leak does occur.

1. Maintain the heated water temperature lower rather than higher.

2. Drain 2 or 3 gallons from the bottom of the tank every three (3) months to help reduce the build-up of hard metals inside the tank.

3. Check the condition of the sacrificial, anode rod inside the tank. It can be withdrawn from the top of the tank for inspection. It is there to attract hard metals and minerals so they won’t cause additional problems inside the tank (a plumber may be needed).

4. If you are away for more than a few of weeks, consider shutting the both the hot water heater and the cold water feed off, per the instructions that came with your tank.

5. Consider installing a monitoring device that will sense a leak and alert you (there are several on the market, consult a plumber).


Owner Alert #2. There may be a problem with deteriorating weather stripping at the bottom of your large, double hung windows. This won’t cause water leakage but could allow drafts to enter in cold weather. The vendor has been alerted and they are working with their supplier for a possible fix.  We’ll keep you posted.


Emergency Contact List.  Some of you have yet to return a completed Emergency Contact List that we distributed to you several weeks ago. We enclosed a second copy last month for anyone who misplaced the original. Please, fill one out and return it.


Hadleigh Woods Calendar:


Anyone for Golf? Every Monday at 10:00 AM the “H-W Golf School” is held at the quaint Applewood Golf Course located behind the Windham House on Range Rd. This is especially “open” to all beginners as more experienced residents are there to help you learn to play the game. In the short time it has been operating, several new golfers report having the time of their lives!


Breakfast Every Friday at 8:30 AM.  An informal breakfast open to all residents of Hadleigh Woods is normally 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 Hadleigh Woods “Open-To-All” bowling party is normally held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM. at Park Place Lanes.  Afterward, around 5 PM everyone is welcome to join in for dinner at J. Michael’s Sports Pub.   


Walking the Rail Trail Every Sunday at 8:01 AM. This is the new summer time which will revert to 9:01 AM the Sunday after Labor Day (Sept. 9th). Everyone is invited to be a walker on the paved Rail Trail between Roulston Rd. and Windham Depot Rd. Different distances for different folks can be readily accommodated. After the walk, around 9 AM, the walkers usually gather at the Kitchen at Windham Jct. for coffee and a light breakfast.   See the Web Site for more.


Sunshine and Showers, Showers and No Sunshine, Clear Days, Cloudy Days, Hot Days and Cool Nights, Hot Nights….There never seems to be a happy medium. This is the New England we love to complain about. Remember, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes and it will change!