Saturday, January 30, 2016

FEBRUARY 2016



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LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – Will go to Panera Bread 11:45 on Feb. 17th. Call Candace Wiley  for reservations, and say if you can drive, or you need a ride.

GAMES at CLUBHOUSE – We welcome new players.  If you would like to learn how to play one or more of these games below, give the lead person below a call and she will be glad to set up a lesson time. 
HAND and FOOT – Linda Knox – 1st  & 3rd Tue
EUCHRE – Judy Hamill – 2nd  & 4th Wed
BRIDGE – Liz Wallenfelz –1st  & 3rd Thurs
DOMINOES – Phyllis Wolf  – 1st  & 3rd Mon

BOOK CLUB – Monday, Feb 22 at 6:30 in the clubhouse.  We will be discussing "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins.   Like to read ahead?   March’s book will be “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.   We welcome all residents to join us. Call Marcia Witmer  with questions.


HISTORY PROGRAM-Dr. Rick Owens, Riverbend resident, is giving talks at the Delaware Senior Center [a.k.a. "MySource"] on Cheshire Road on Fridays in April from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.   
America’s Forgotten Wars     
1. April 1:  The War of 1812
2. April 8:  The Mexican-American War
3. April 15: The Spanish-American War
4. April 22: The Undeclared Naval War in the Atlantic: 1939-1941.     Includes readings from Potomac: A Story of America in 1940
5. April 29:  The Korean Conflict and other Undeclared U.S. Wars  
    since WWII, Includes readings from The Neutrality Imperative



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – FEBRUARY 2016

COYOTES have been observed in the community. On one occasion, four were seen together on Stonewoods Lane.  The sightings are generally in the evening.  They are dangerous animals. Be very careful of your pets. Never let your pet outside unattended.

SNOW AND ICE presents a safety issue. No matter how hard we try to remove or melt it, there may be some ice or snow in our community.  Take extra care when walking and driving on the driveways and streets even if they do not look slippery. Remember during these colder months we do not get out as much.  You might want to check on your neighbors to make sure they are OK.
  
RIVERBEND HANDBOOK:  I ask that you review your Resident Handbook. The Board would be pleased to review any recommendations from residents regarding our rules.  Recommendations for additions, changes or deletions of rules should be in writing and given or emailed to any board member.

GROUNDHOG DAY is on February 2nd.  I suspect we all look forward to an early spring.

LOCAL WASTE TRASH PICKUP REMINDER   Local Waste does not work on the following holidays.  If one of these holidays falls on or before our pickup date, the pickup will be delayed one day that week only. If the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, there will be no change in pick-up.
New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
TRASH:  Before you put out any items that are not “normal” trash, please call Local Waste at 614-409-9375 or 740-756-7156 to insure they will pick it up.  If such items are left out after trash pick up, you may be charged for their removal.

We wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  “When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown. 

John Morgan


JANUARY 2016

BIBLE STUDY-  Fridays from 10-12 in January except for the 1st

LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – Will go to Applebees on January 20. Call Candace Wiley9 for reservations, and say if you can drive, or you need a ride.

SINGLES GROUP –  We are going to Molly Woos on January 9 and to Bonefish Grill on January 23.  Call Arela Bunke  with questions.

BOOK CLUB – Monday, January 25th at 6:30 in the clubhouse.  We will be discussing "The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. For those that like to read ahead, February's book will be "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins.  We welcome all residents to join us. Call Marcia Witmer with questions.




PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – JANUARY 2016

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and Holiday season.  It is now a new year and we are looking forward to many new successes and challenges.
NEWSLETTER:  As you know, we have placed small black Newsletter Boxes on the Mail Box Banks for our newsletters.  There is a small colorful magnet that will be placed on the front of those Newsletter Boxes to alert you that the newsletter has been delivered.  It will be removed when the newsletters are gone.
TRASH PICKUP:  Since January 1st is on our regular trash pickup day, pickup will be delayed until Saturday January 2nd.
HANDYMAN:   Many of you have utilized a handyman to do work inside your condo.  There was a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch regarding things you should think about.  You need to make yourself comfortable with them before you let them into your home. This takes some pre-hire work. You should make sure they are trained, licensed and bonded and get a solid price before hiring. If possible get references.  You can get recommendations from your neighbor or at stores like ACE, Home Depot and Menards. You can also check on a handyman at the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, Home Adviser.com and Yelp.com.  Do not make a decision based on how good their advertisement or business card looks.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS must be taken down by January 10.
PLOWING:       Remember to remove any benches, planters or items from your driveways and sidewalks, as they will inhibit snow removal.  If you or your guests are parked in the turn-around or in the driveway the snow removal company may not be able to plow your drive or the adjacent residents’ driveways. Parking in the street is not permitted during snow removal.  We will not call the company back if your drive was not done due to vehicles in the way.
SUGGESTED RIVERBEND RESIDENT NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2016
  1. I will stop at each stop sign and look both ways before proceeding.
  2. I will follow the speed limit of 14 miles per hour.
  3. I will make every effort to attend Board Meetings.
  4. I will make every effort to attend Koffee Klatches, Pot Lucks, The Summer Cookout and the Christmas Party. I will invite my neighbor to attend as well.
  5. I will volunteer when able for Riverbend projects.
  6. If I see something unusual or potentially dangerous, I will report it to the Board.
  7. I will continue to enjoy living in this great community.
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year”. (Anonymous)
We wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year
John Morgan

EVERY DAY IS A 
NEW OPPORTUNITY
FOR A BETTER
TOMORROW

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

DECEMBER 2015


LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday the 9th of December at Giammarco’s.  Call Candace Wileyor reservations, and say if riding or driving.

SINGLES GROUP –  We are going to Vittoria’s on Sawmill on December 5th for our annual Christmas dinner, followed by dessert at the clubhouse.  Call Arela Bunke  with questions.

GAMES at CLUBHOUSE – We welcome new players.  If you would like to learn how to play one or more of these games below, give the lead person below a call and she will be glad to set up a lesson time. 
HAND and FOOT – Linda Knox – usually 1st  & 3rd Tue
EUCHRE – Judy Hamill  – usually 2nd  & 4th Wed
BRIDGE – Liz Wallenfelz – usually 1st  & 3rd Thurs
DOMINOES – Phyllis Wolf  – usually 1st  & 3rd Mon

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY –4 pm on Sunday Dec. 13.  Meat and punch provided – please bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert.  Games and prizes- all residents welcome!    


BOOK CLUB – The Riverbend Book Club will NOT be meeting in December.  Our next meeting will be Monday, January 25th at 6:30pm in the clubhouse. We will be discussing
"The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. We also have chosen a book for February's meeting--"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins. Please feel free to join us, or call Marcia Witmer at 740-879-4529 with any questions.

NEWSLETTER BOXES- Thanks to John and Pat Morgan, and Ken Wenner, for preparing and installing the new newsletter boxes near the mailboxes. The whole project took about 5 hours.  The mailbox areas are "back to normal," only better. 
Sylvia Bower (and the rest of the residents)


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – DECEMBER 2015

STREET REPAIR- Asphalt scheduling was difficult this year due to the initial rainy season.  Repairing our streets in the cold weather in December would have been a great inconvenience to the many residents that would have had their access to their driveways limited. As a result we asked the asphalt company to reschedule in the spring. Hopefully, we will be able to finish both Stonebend and Stonewoods by the end of next year.
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS- please make sure to follow the rules regarding holiday decorations.
XVI.                     Decorative Items NOT Allowed
  E. Displays placed on or hung from the roof or gutters
F.  Strings of lights giving a sense of motion or animation
G.  Broadcasts of music or chimes
H.  Blinking lights
I.     Flood or spot lights, either on the ground, in bushes or elsewhere

XVII   General Policies on Holiday Decorations (pages 14 & 15 of your handbook)
  1. Holiday decorations may not be displayed more than four weeks before or two weeks after the holiday.  (Christmas holiday decorations may be displayed beginning Thanksgiving Day and must be taken down by January 10.) 
  2. Holiday decorations or lights may be displayed inside windows or on front doors but must not be placed upon or hung from building gutters.
  3. Fences may be decorated as long as no damage (example: nail holes) is done to the fence.
  4. Trees in the Common Elements may be decorated as long as no damage is incurred and the decorations are then removed within 2 weeks after the holiday.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED – We will again be making a shovel list for winter sidewalk clearing.  We will be tying a brightly colored ribbon on the spouting near the driveway of each resident who wants his or her sidewalks shoveled. This will alert the snow crew as to which sidewalks need to be cleared. Please call Mary Grothaus if you are interested in helping put up the ribbons.


   REMEMBER, THIS IS OHIO - where the weather changes frequently and sometimes cruelly. No matter how much salt or snow removal we have, there is always some residual snow or ice possible.  Be very careful when walking on blacktop or cement. 

Have a very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year


John Morgan

NOVEMBER 2015

BOOK CLUB -The Riverbend book club meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm.   Our next book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.    Feel free to stop in, or call Marcia Witmer with any questions.

LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday November 18 at Olive Garden.  Call Candace Wiley for reservations, and/or a ride.

SINGLES GROUP –  We are going to J Liu in Worthington on November 7, and Rivage in Worthington on November 21.    Call Arela Bunke  a week in advance for reservations.
Our Annual Singles Christmas Dinner will be at Vittoria’s on Sawmill on December 5th, followed by dessert at the clubhouse.  For the Christmas Dinner, call Arela by mid-November

THANK YOU:  to those volunteers that planted, watered, weeded or trimmed the clubhouse and front entrance areas.   They include Cookie Driscoll, Mike Burroughs, Greg Wilson, Ralph Jordan, Ken Wenner, Sharon Smith, and especially Pat Morgan.  It looked beautiful thanks to your efforts.   Marcia Witmer

BIBLE STUDY – the first 3 Fridays this month, from 10-12  


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – November 2015

SOME THINGS TO DO AS WINTER APPROACHES:
It is time to clean up your annuals and perennials. Dead flowers should be removed. Annuals must be cleared out and perennials appropriately trimmed.

Your patio umbrellas and canopies shall not be displayed between November 1 and March 31st.

If you have ivy, lambs ear or other vining or “traveling plants”, you should remove them.  They encroach on other areas, inhibiting growth of appropriate plants and landscaping duties.

Put your hoses away.  If they are not properly drained and stored in your garage, they may freeze and break.  Our outdoor water spigots are considered freeze proof. However, some have frozen in the past allowing water damage inside your condo. You can buy Styrofoam covers for the spigot at local hardware stores made specifically for this purpose.

If you have planters or benches on or near your driveway, you will need to store them so they will not interfere with snow removal.
If you are a snowbird, or leave for any length of time during cold weather, you should consider closing down your condo.  There are suggestions in your rulebook under APPENDIX C-WINTERIZATION.  These are suggestions and do not guarantee that nothing can happen with frozen pipes or other cold weather issues. Remember, a broken pipe in your condo will most likely cause damage in some or all of the other condos in your building.




VETERAN’S DAY
November 11th is Veterans Day.  If you are a veteran, Thank you for your service. We all should take every opportunity to thank a veteran for their service to our country.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy: 
“November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear.” ~ Sir Walter Scott
Have a great November.
John Morgan

GAMES at CLUBHOUSE – We welcome new players.  If you would like to learn how to play one or more of these games below, give the lead person below a call and she will be glad to set up a lesson time.   
HAND and FOOT – Linda Knox  – 1st  & 3rd Tue
  There will be no Hand and Foot November 3rd.
EUCHRE – Judy Hamill -2nd  & 4th Wed
BRIDGE – Liz Wallenfelz  – 1st  & 3rd Thurs
DOMINOES – Phyllis Wolf  - 1st  & 3rd Mon


 HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED THE BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS THIS YEAR –“autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

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BOOK CLUB -The Riverbend book club meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm.   For October, we will be reading               Gray Mountain by John Grisham.  Feel free to stop in, or call Marcia Witmer  with any questions.

FALL POTLUCK:  Saturday October 24 at 6 pm in the clubhouse.   Hope you can come down, for good food and good company.

LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – WE’RE TAKING A ROAD TRIP! Wednesday Oct 21st at 11:45 at Cracker Barrel (near intersection of Hwy 71n and 36) Drivers Needed. Call Candace Wiley  for reservations, and say if riding or driving.

SINGLES GROUP –  We are going to the Columbus Fish Market on Oct. 3rd, and to J Gilberts on Oct. 17th.  Call Arela Bunke a week in advance for reservations.

GAMES at CLUBHOUSE – We welcome new players.  If you would like to learn how to play one or more of these games below, give the lead person below a call and she will be glad to set up a lesson time. 
HAND and FOOT – Linda Knox  – 1st  & 3rd Tue
EUCHRE – Judy Hamill - 2nd  & 4th Wed
BRIDGE – Liz Wallenfelz  – 1st  & 3rd Thurs

DOMINOES – Phyllis Wolf  - 1st  & 3rd Mon


History Series with Dr. Richard Owens
Delaware County Senior Center, Cheshire Road.
All programs 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., alternate Fridays on dates noted.

The War in Vietnam.  Oct. 9, 2015.
                [a] Roots of the Conflict, 1940-1963
                [b] Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Resolution
                [c] LBJ’s War:  “Hey, hey, LBJ……..”
Cultural Changes in the 1960’s.  Oct. 23, 2015.
                [a] Popular Culture
                [b] Civil Rights
                [c] The Counter-culture
               [d] The Protest Movements 
The Year 1968.  Nov. 13, 2015.
                  [a] Assassinations
                  [b] Tet
                  [c] An Explosion of Protest and the Power of Television
                  [d] The Election of 1968
                  [e] An Overview of the “Rest” of the 1960’s, 1968-1974

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – October 2015

PROTECTED AREA:  The wooded area to the north of our community is part of our property.  It has been declared a protected area.  As a result, it is illegal to dump trash, garbage or landscaping remains into this area. 

DOG CARE:  There has been an increase in complaints about residents failing to immediately pick up dog feces. It is the responsibility of the person with the dog to immediately pick up and properly dispose of dog feces.  Dog feces are unsanitary, deter from our community and present health  issues.  They also make it difficult for landscaping workers to complete their job.

FLOWERS THAT YOU HAVE PLANTED:  You must maintain flowers that you have planted during the growing season. Dead flowers should be removed when observed.  Annuals must be cleared out and perennials appropriately trimmed at the end of the season.

NEW MAIL BOXES: Some of the new mailboxes are a little tight when opening and closing.  This is expected, as they are new.  We do not want to adjust them until they have broken in.

RIVERBEND GREY TRIM: A number of residents have asked about the paint code for the Riverbend Grey Trim as they wish to do some touch up work. If you would like the code, please contact John Morgan and he will email you the code.  Please try it on a small, inconspicuous area first; the current paint may have faded.

NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK:  The great Chicago fire was on October 9, 1871. As a result, National Fire Prevention Week is always the week in which October 9th falls. On Sunday, October 11th from 1 PM to 4PM, the Orange Township Fire Department will open both fire stations for the public to tour and talk with the firefighters. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

GETTING A NEW REFRIGERATOR?  AEP will pick up your old working refrigerator and give you a $50 rebate. If you have any questions about the AEP Ohio Appliance Recycling Program, or if you would like to schedule your pickup date by phone, contact their customer service center at 877-545-4112.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need several volunteers to survey the 56 Chateau and Villa Patios. We need to log needed fence repairs. If you are interested, please contact John Morgan.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 2015 Newsletter

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CLUBHOUSE RENTALS – Reminder For clubhouse rentals please call Vicki Foster.

BOOK CLUB -The Riverbend book club meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm at the clubhouse.   The book we are reading this month is “Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, and we meet on September 28.  If you have read, or want to read this book and join us that evening, stop in!   Or call Marcia Witmer with any questions.

LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday Sept 16th at 11:45 at Red Robin.  Call Candace Wiley for reservations and/or a ride.

SINGLES GROUP –  We are going to the Polaris Grill on September 5, and Brio on September 19.  Call Arela Bunke  a week in advance for reservations.

BIBLE STUDY meets Sept. 11 from Noon-2, Sept. 18 10 am-noon, and Sept. 25, at 10 am-noon.

KOFFEE KLATCH Saturday September 26 at 9:30

WATER AEROBICS - Monday/Wednesday/Friday @ 9:30 am, through September 11.


EXTERMINATING OFFER-My son Jay Neff owns 1st Response Pest Management and he can offer a one-time group rate of $75 each for exterior spraying for bugs.  A contract for 3 sprays for spring, summer and fall 2016 would be $225. Anyone interested call me, Ann Neff,  by Sept 10 or email me.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – September 2015
SOS (Save our Shrubs):  I am asking all residents to become watchdogs of our shrubs.  When you see a shrub in distress, please let Dave Martin know. It is important that we follow up quickly to see if we can save it. If it looks like it needs water, give it a drink now and then.
MAIL BOXES:  Production issues have delayed the installation of our new mailboxes. Hopefully, they will be installed in early September.
STREET REPAIR: We do not have a firm date, but it should be around the middle of September.  This is the same time period as last year. We will make notifications and designate parking locations for those who will be affected. 
POOL CLOSING:  The pool will be closed at 9 PM on Saturday, September 12th. The pool has been put to good use this summer.  However, there have been many occurrences of people not putting the furniture back in its original location or putting the umbrellas down when they leave. This requires a volunteer to check the pool area every evening to insure that everything is in order. The pool is a signature area for our community. The better it looks, the more it will have a positive impact on our property values.  Also, umbrellas left up and unattended can and have been damaged by wind. 
PARKING REMINDER:  Parking in the turn-a-round or along the driveway may inhibit the entry and exit of emergency vehicles or your neighbors who share the driveway.  Parking on the edge of the asphalt causes damage. Also, parking on the grass or driving on the grass causes damage for which you may be responsible.  Please be courteous and careful when driving and parking in our community.
NEWSPAPER DELIVERY: I had received information that our previous newspaper delivery person was running over the edge of the grass in his car.  If you are aware of any damage caused by the delivery of the newspaper please let John Morgan know.
YOUR ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS:  Your annuals must be cleared out and your perennials appropriately trimmed at the end of the season. This would be a good time to review the rules pertaining to flowers, shrubs and other vegetation.
RESIDENT HANDBOOK AND RULES:  If you have any recommendations for adding or changing any of our rules, please submit them in writing to John Morgan.  The board will review all recommendations. 

FALL:  The summer equinox (Fall) will be on Sept. 23rd at 4:22 AM.
Have a wonderful September.
John Morgan

AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER

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LOST AND FOUND
A camera case was found in the community.  If you lost a camera case or knows someone who did, call Dave Hartman.

GUARD HOUSE / BULLETIN BOARD
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for decorations for either the guard house in the driveway, or the bulletin board in the clubhouse lobby, call Gary Stanfill.
  
CLUBHOUSE RENTALS - Reminder
For clubhouse rentals please call Vicki Foster. 

LADIES LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday August 19th at 11:45 at Villa Nova.  Call Candace Wileyfor reservations and/or to arrange a ride.

SINGLES GROUP –  For August dinner plans, call Arela Bunke .

BIBLE STUDY does not meet in August.

NEW BOOK CLUB
Our community book club meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm at the clubhouse.   The book we are reading this month is “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty and we will meet on August 24.   Call Marcia Witmer with any questions.


WATER AEROBICS - Monday/Wednesday/Friday  9:30 am

GAMES at CLUBHOUSE – We are looking for more players.  If you are a new resident and would like to learn how to play one or more of these games below, give the lead person below a call and she will be glad to set up a lesson time. 
HAND and FOOT – Linda Knox - 1st & 3rd Tue
EUCHRE – Judy Hamill -  2nd & 4th Wed
BRIDGE – Liz Wallenfelz -  1st & 3rd Thurs
DOMINOES – Phyllis Wolf  -1st & 3rd Mon

 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  – August 2015
MAIL BOXES: Due to rain and production delays, our new mailboxes will not be installed until August 5th (Weather permitting).
CURB STOPS:  A “curb stop” is the outside water turnoff for a building.   We have 35 buildings.  Earlier this year we were unable to locate a curb stop for a building that needed plumbing work. Bob Julian and Walt Olsen volunteered to locate the curb stops and document their location in the event of an emergency.  This was a difficult job requiring many hours metal detecting and digging in the hot sun.  However, they were unable to locate a number of the curb stops. Shrubs and other plantings may be covering them up.  As a result, in an emergency, we would have to use the master water turn off located in one of the four condos in the building needing work.  They are identified in your Riverbend Telephone Book on the last page.  Thank you Bob and Walt for your hard work.
POOL/CLUBHOUSE ISSUES: Remember that a resident must accompany any guest to the pool or clubhouse. Do not give your pool/clubhouse key to anyone not residing in your condo. To be considered a resident, an Owner Information Form must be completed and sent to Real Property Management.
STREET LIGHTS: Please thank Dave Martin for his hard work on the street light project.  After much research and shopping around, we have purchased new light fixtures.  Dave is currently putting them together and installing them.  Honorable mention also goes to Ken Wenner for his help in the installation. The volunteer work that they are doing on this project is saving the community thousands of dollars. I think you will like the look of the new lights.
TRASH POLICY:  As you know, the policy is that trash containing food items are to be put in a trash can with a lid (with your condo # on it).  If you wish to just use a trash bag for your trash, please put it out in the morning of the pickup.  We have had a number of situations where animals from mice to raccoons have gotten into trash overnight and made a mess.
SUMMER COOKOUT: The July 25th Summer Cookout was well attended. We all had a great time meeting with our neighbors and enjoying the hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and many side dishes and desserts.
John Morgan