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Vol. 8 No. 1

Early Summer 2013

President’s Message

Spring Clean Up

On April 13th, Birchwood held its Annual Spring Clean Up Day. This year was a banner year with over 50 volunteers helping to clean up our roadsides. Special thanks to all the members who participated – we really appreciate your hard work to help keep our community litter-free. Please encourage other members to throw their litter away appropriately throughout the summer season so we can all enjoy the beauty of Birchwood.

By Clare Bennett, President Activities in Birchwood are forging ahead. The pool renovation project is complete and the pool will open on schedule Memorial Weekend. Roads drainage and repairs will be in full force over the next few months as we repair the upper part of Butternut/Basswood. Following closely on the heels of that project we hope to commence drainage work on Old Oak Court. We will be renovating the office building by repairing the foundation and replacing the roof, siding, windows and doors. We recently modified the well, added gutters and enlarged the entrance foyer much to the delight of members who have stopped by the office in recent weeks. The salt project continues to be an important focus and we have identified a potential site for the shared well. Once our experts have completed several tests we will put forward a conversion plan to PADEP for their review and approval. If you have any questions on any of these, or other, activities please do not hesitate to contact the office and they will do their best to help you. It is nearly time again for the Board of Director Elections. If you are a Member in Good Standing and you are interested in serving on the Birchwood Board of Directors please submit your resume and your petition with at least 25 signatures of Members in Good Standing to the office by June 1, 2013. Serving on the Board is a great way to become familiar and involved with the activities and issues of the Association. However, it does require time and commitment. Board Members are required to chair one or more committees - committees are required to meet a minimum of four times a year – some of the more active committees need additional meetings. Directors are also tasked with reviewing paperwork and to attend our monthly Board meetings which are held the second Friday night or Saturday morning of each month or, on occasion, a Tuesday night. Directors may also be asked to attend additional special meetings and workshops throughout the year. Please consider coming out for the Board of Directors. I would like to remind you that if you would like to acknowledge a volunteer for their work on behalf of the Association you can do so by nominating him or her for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Nomination forms can be obtained from the office or on our website at www.birchwoodlakes.net. The forms should be completed and returned to the office by Friday, June 28th. The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in August. In the membership mailing last December we included a letter updating you on the issues regarding the Birchwood entrances, in particular, the 739 entrance. In that letter we asked for volunteers to step up and agree to not use that entrance Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:15pm and 6:30pm. We are again asking for volunteers to step forward. If we do not get enough volunteers additional measures will have to be taken to achieve the numbers we need to satisfy PADOT, otherwise they will require us to install a left-turn lane northbound on Route 739, at a cost to us of approximately $250,000. This topic is addressed in more detail later in this newsletter. Call the Birchwood Office if you would like to volunteer. I wish you all a safe, enjoyable (and warm) summer. I think we all deserve it after the long, cold winter we went through! I will see you at the newly renovated pool or at our summer activities.

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Annual Golf Outing Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Consider Serving on the Board

Serving on a Community Association’s Board of Directors provides a great opportunity to become familiar with the Association’s day to day business activities and challenges. It is important that all board members take their position seriously enough to effectively prepare and properly execute their duties. The key to any successful community association is a strong and committed board of directors, made up of members that understand their role and pursue it with interest and action. Effective directors not only become very familiar with their community’s needs, but they learn the association’s history and what must be accomplished to ensure its future well-being. Running a community association is, without a doubt, tough work and will require a commitment of a significant amount of time. Be prepared to spend time reviewing paperwork, attending board and other special meetings, as well as work on tasks and projects as needed. You will be asked to chair or co-chair one or more committees and hold several committee meetings a year to advance the various activities of the committee. You will be required to review and learn about various projects and activities and vote on many actions and decisions. It is extremely important that directors know what the purpose of an association is and how it should be run. An association acts through its officers and agents. While the board of directors makes the policies for the association, the officers and agents carry out these policies. Some of the officers’ duties are clerical, while other officers’ duties include carrying out substantive functions. Directors may also be given specific duties to carry out. Each and every director and officer has an affirmative obligation to act in good faith. They cannot make decision based on personal biases. Nor should they implement self-serving policies or rules. Still, directors should know that, while they will find that being a director may be demanding on occasion, they’ll soon find out that it can be extremely satisfying when progress is made and you are a part of that progress. They should know it is because of their efforts that the Community is moving forward. Personal note from President Bennett: If you are on the fence as to whether or not to run for the Birchwood Board of Directors this year, I urge you to take that leap. I have found it to be very fulfilling and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to give back and to play a part in the future of this community. It has been a huge eye opener. Unless you have served on the Board I can tell you, you haven’t a clue about what it takes to run a Community Association – I certainly didn’t and it continues to surprise me four years into my seat on this board! I am very glad I made that leap! IF YOU PLAN TO RUN FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME AND SIGNED PETITION TO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 1, 2013 For more information on elections, duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors please refer to the By-Laws. There are three seats up for election. Votes will be counted on August 16, 2013 and elected Directors will be notified in advance of the Annual Meeting on August 24, 2013. The elected officers will take their seats at the Annual Meeting and will sit for a three year term.

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Early Summer 2013

Activities Update

By Clare Bennett, President Below is an update on some of our activities. If you have any questions about any of these projects or any other activity in Birchwood please do not hesitate to call the office.

739 Entrance – Discussions with PENNDOT continue in the effort to mitigate costs in relation to the permitting of the 739 Entrance. They indicated that they are open to us reducing traffic by limiting access during the timeframe Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6:30pm. Another letter has been placed in the entrance mailboxes and bulletin boards asking for volunteers and explaining the steps that will be taken should we not get enough volunteers. The Board will take some or all of the following actions including limiting access to delinquent accounts, reassigning access during the timeframe in question based on heavy usage during the period in question, and adding an additional guest call box at one of the other entrances. If you use the 739 Entrance during the time periods referenced above and you would like to volunteer to use another entrance please call the office as soon as possible.

Pool – The pool renovation project has been completed and the pool will open Memorial Weekend, on schedule. The renovation included new piping, skimmers, tile, plaster and full decking. After the next reserve vote this summer we hope to replace and expand the fencing in the fall.

Salt Issue - Monthly field and quarterly lab testing continue and these results are being closely monitored by our hydro-geologist. Two exploratory wells were drilled at the properties identified for the shared well and further testing is approved to determine quality and draw of water. If these tests are successful our hydro-geologist will submit a plan to the PADEP for their review and approval before we can proceed with the conversion. Modification of the existing maintenance well has been approved to monitor how successful the placement of a packer will be and determine if it would be a viable option for some of the impacted wells in the area. We hope to hold a meeting with the area homeowners the end of May or early June, but we encourage you to call the office with any questions you may have in the meantime.

Upper Birchwood Lake Dam Permit – The permit application was submitted in September but it was not approved by PADEP. They had requested additional information including surveys and deed information on all the properties surrounding our dam. These surveys have been completed and the information has been provided to PADEP. We continue to research financial options to secure the $50,000 bond the PADEP requires of us.

Roads - The sealed bids for the drainage work to be done at the top of Butternut and Basswood were opened at the April Board of Directors’ Meeting and reviewed by the Roads & Maintenance Committee. An Action Without A Meeting was completed and Wayco has been selected to perform the drainage work. Work should begin around mid-June. Cornerstone Engineering has submitted the permit application for the drainage work for Old Oak Court to the Pike County Conservation District and they are also obtaining the required Chapter 105 Permit.

Delinquent accounts – The Board is pleased to observe that collections efforts are showing good progress. We continue to seek judgments on delinquent accounts and we are following through on liens and sheriff sales where necessary. If you are in arrears and wish to make payment arrangements please contact the office as soon as possible to avoid legal action.

Office Building – The Board has decided to repair the existing office building, including foundation, roof, windows, doors and siding. Estimates have been received and will be reviewed and approved at the May Board of Directors’ Meeting. Maintenance recently installed gutters and opened up the entrance foyer to create more space and it looks great!

Landlords/Tenants – New By-Laws and Rules and Regulations are in place relating to rental properties. Please review and observe the new By-Laws and Rules and Regulations if you have not already done so. All homeowners who rent out their home (unless it is a family member) MUST have a one year lease, insurance and registration form on file with the office. NO EXCEPTIONS. Citations will be issued if found in violation.

Badges – The 2013/2014 badges are now available at the office. All Members are reminded to wear their badges when using any of the common areas, and when attending meetings and/or recreational events. Anyone without a badge will be asked to leave the common area or will not be admitted to meetings or events. Repeat offenders will be cited.


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Notes from the Community Manager DATES to NOTE: By Bonnie Sipley Spring is here and the warm weather brings children to the playgrounds and basketball courts. More pedestrians are out on the roadways enjoying the warm weather, so please drive with caution and slow down for everyone’s safety. The office staff is preparing the 2013 badges to distribute to members in good standings so remember to pick up your badges at the BLCA office. Badges are required when using all facilities and common areas and must be on hand at all times as Public Safety will be checking. Boats must be registered with the BLCA office for Public Safety will be checking for stickers more strongly to enforce the Birchwood Rules & Regulations. Untidy lots have been a high priority and with the ongoing enforcement from Public Safety and the cooperation of residents, curb appeal has been improving in some of the problem areas but still have a ways to go. Please continue to have pride and respect for your community and your neighbors especially to avoid unnecessary fines. The Community Clean Up day was a success and a big Thank You goes out to all the volunteers who participated. Great Job! Once again we encourage members to come forward and join a committee and become involved in your Community.

Welcome New Members

During the months of February and March 2013, several homes were sold within the community. Birchwood Lakes welcomes the following new members into our community: Oleszek/Robinson, Prestigiacomo

Important Notes... Payment Plan Requests

If you plan on requesting a payment plan for your dues, you will need to write a letter requesting it and stating a simple reason why you need to go on one. You also need to include a check for $25.00 to cover the administrative cost. If do not enclose a check for $25.00 and/or a reason why, a payment plan will not be provided.

For a full listing of activities, see our monthly calendars on pages 10, 11 and 12. Monthly calendars are also posted on the website and updated as needed so check the site frequently or stop by the office for any changes or activities that may be added throug the summer. Events, dates and times are subject to change.

MAY May 25 JUNE June 01 June 29 JULY July 06 July 07 July 13 July 19 July 20 July 26 AUGUST Aug. 03 Aug. 16 Aug. 17 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 31

POOL OPENS (weekends only until June 14, then full-time) 8am-5pm Community-Wide Yard Sale Resume/petition deadline for Board of Director Candidacy 11am 3K Walk around East Lake 1pm-5pm Pool Party (rain date 6/30) 9am 9-11:30am 7pm-11pm 8pm-11pm 7pm 7pm-9pm

Meet the Candidates for the Board of Directors Pancake Breakfast (adults $4, children $2) Adult Luau at the Pool Teen Pool Party Jackpot Bingo Ice Cream Social (adults $2, children $1)

8am 9am 3pm 7pm 9am 9-11:30am 1-5pm

Fishing Tournament at Beach 3 Vote Hearing Deadline for submission of ballots in the office Adult Dinner Dance (Members $5) Annual Meeting Pancake Breakfast Pool Party

Call the BLCA Office or visit our website for pool and beach hours.


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Board Meeting Minutes

(These minutes are brief highlights. Complete minutes are available on our website or at the office)

Minutes of January 12, 2013

Approved Duane Moyer’s estimate of $16,050 for the drilling of the exploratory wells for the purpose of determining if either sites is suitable for the communal well. The bids are for two wells at 600 ft deep with 100 ft of casing. 6” drilling, 6” casing. Approved cost for repairs/focus to be paid from Operating Acct. #7060-004 Security/R&M Gates. Cost $260.00 + $15.60 tax. Transfer $275.60 from Acct. #7850-004 Security/Equipment Purchase to Acct.# 7060-004 Security/R&M Gates. Approved transfer of $725.00 from Acct. #80420 Reserves/Upper Birchwood Lake Dam to Acct. #80410 Reserves/Upper Birchwood Lake Dam Permit to pay Hanover Engineering for review of plans and permit application. Collections: Final Notice letters sent to 14 homeowners. Ten civil complaints were filed and several court dates were coming up. Judgments have been received on 8 accounts. Approved sending 8 delinquent accounts each over $12,000 to County Court. Treasurer Livingston requested that the fine structure relating to Untidy Properties be referred to Rules and Regulations for review noting the daily $25 fine is onerous and some of the accounts over the $12,000 were so high because of this daily fine. Issue referred to Rules and Regulations to consider changing from a daily fine to a weekly or monthly fine. Director Ritson is asking the Board to consider renting the Dino Six from EcoSolutions for future use to remove the peat piles in areas of the lakes. An end of season meeting with Eco Solutions will be set up. PAYMENT OF BILLS: Motion to approve the transfer of $600 from A/C #7620-007 Office/Supplies to A/C #7020-007 Office/R&M for payment towards Williams Well Drilling for office well pump replacement and other well work, invoice total $1,689.65 passed. Motion to approve the transfer of $412 from A/C #7980-007 Contingency to A/C #7370001 Admin/Dam Inspections for payment to Chuck Givler for dam inspections, invoice total $1,104 passed. Salt Update: Moyer Well Drilling has been hired to dig the two exploratory wells. Permits eceived from the Township. They will also be doing a step test on the existing maintenance well. They are expected to be in to perform these activities the end of January. Quarterly Lab Testing was conducted by Brian Oram, Hydro-geologist on December 17th and 18th and we should be receiving those results in a couple of weeks. We are waiting for the results of the 72 Hour Pump Test. Camera Surveys are also expected to be done by Moyer Well Drilling on two wells the end of January. These were postponed from December due to the holidays and homeowner availability. Judges of Elections: Approved the Judges of Elections: Pat Collins, Janet Flaherty,

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Nancy Halliday, Darrell Hayes and Carolyn Todino for the vote count on January 25, 2013, made by Director Martin, seconded by Treasurer Livingston. All Directors voted in favor. Motion passed. BLCA Transfer of Ownership (094-052-1200) - Member has decided not to sign his well pump over to Birchwood so that we can send it out to be examined so as to determine why it failed. The homeowner has indicated he will send it to be examined himself. The Board requests that he provide a copy of the examination report to the Association once he receives it. Community Manager Sipley is to set up a date and time to meet with the homeowner so that we can return his pump. Upper Birchwood Lake Dam Permit Application – Our Dam Engineer, Chuck Givler, has notified the Association that PADEP/Dam Safety is requiring communities to obtain surveys of properties surrounding the dams under application. In our case we have to obtain surveys of about 40 plus properties around the Upper Birchwood Lake Dam. We are waiting to hear back from Mr. Givler on specifics as this is a new requirement. We will obtain estimates and discuss further at the next Board Meeting. Sequoia Invoice: The Board received an invoice for $16,650 from Sequoia Tree Removal for work done on West Shore following Hurricane Sandy to remove the three trees and signed an agreement. President Bennett stated that she had informed him verbally, as did Maintenance when viewing the work, two trees on one home and a third tree on another property needed to be removed. However, while the agreement specified the homes it did not state three trees and the contractor denies he was told three trees in total. He stated that he knew when he viewed the sites with Maintenance that it was going to be more than three trees anyway. More than three trees were removed. The Board agreed to offer Sequoia a settlement of $6,500 but no more than $8,000 for this invoice Catch & Release Program – Inclusion in Rules and Regulations: Approved the new Catch & Release Program in the Rules and Regulations under Section 98-60-37. Effective January 1, 2013, Birchwood Lakes Community Association, Inc., has instituted a Catch and Release Fishing Program in all four of our lakes. A. Includes all fish species, no exceptions. B. Applies to all four lakes (Upper, Lower, Middle and East) C. The fine for this violation shall be $100.00 per fish. BLCA Fee Schedule – Collections Fees - Approved additional wording indicating A COLLECTION FEE of $300 will be charged to each member’s account that is processed for collection action. If the complaint amount is paid in full prior to a court hearing, half the fee, $150 will be credited to the account. If a payment plan is initiated and successfully completed with or without a civil complaint being filed, half the fee, $150 will be credited to the account. (The rest of the paragraph remains the same.) Review of Winter Roads Materials: Approved motion to rescind buying our anti-skid from D&S and having Community Manager Sipley write them a letter notifying them of the reason for that decision and approved Dingmans Ferry Stone as our vendor for anti-skid for $75 a yard picked up at their salt storage shed on Route 739 as needed. Office Renovation: President Bennett directed Community Manager Sipley to get estimates for the foundation, roof, windows and siding to repair the office building as well as to continue the search for vendors for modulars and temporary walls at the Conference Room. Conference Room Floor: President Bennett directed Community Manager Sipley to obtain quotes to lay down flooring in the conference room, probably a vinyl flooring. Remnants were discussed as a possibility. The Board agreed that State Representative Rosemary Brown may host a yearly coffee meeting in the Association, have space in The Birchwood Voice for a legislative update column and that Birchwood would provide them with a community liaison.

Minutes of February 9, 2013

Collections - 7 Constable Services ordered. Civil Court Hearings scheduled: Feb. 11th (4); Feb. 22nd (5) and March 11th (1); Judgments Received (11), Judgments Certified (3), Judgments recorded by lien (4). Financial Responsibility for Dam - 50G required for bonding for the dam (can be in the form of a LOC/Bond). COMMITTEE REPORTS Roads & Maintenance – Approved going to bid on work designs prepared by Cornerstone for Butternut/Basswood. Next drainage project for review will be East Lake View which is on our drainage project plan. The committee will look at this in the future. OTHER UNFINISHED BUSINESS Birchwood Lakes Upper Dam Application Survey –Awarded Gary Flood, Surveyor, project for $5,000. Office Renovation Proposals - The staff doesn’t want to move, and like where they are. The office can be salvageable. We have budgeted monies to complete the outside and the proposals are close to what we budgeted.


Conference Room Flooring - approved repair of concrete flooring and painting of floor not to exceed $200. Salt Update - Soil samples are being reviewed for transport. We have a trucking company already to do this service. There is a meeting 2/13/13 with Brian Oram and attorney to discuss claims process. Received input on 72 hr. testing. It was somewhat successful per Brian Oram and we will receive his report on this in future. Pulled out 3 pumps (two wells are Sta-Rite), who will examine pumps for failure. Special Meeting Vote Results – Approved eliminating this meeting for voting results. Middle Lake Project-Fees & Application form – approved not proceeding at this time with the application process for Middle lake. Verizon Proposal – Approved the Verizon Proposal.

March 12, 2013 Minutes

The swale (which we all identify as a ‘ditch’) was created to maintain and hold storm water when it can no longer soak into the ground and is designed to take water runoff from our streets and carry it to our lakes. Blockages can keep the system from progressing. Many of us experience wet basements, flooding on our lots or down our driveways, but if you follow some basic maintenance procedures, you may be able to minimize these issues. So when you are out doing lawn work and spring plantings, look at the swale on your property to make sure it is open and clear of debris. Below are some steps you can follow for routine swale maintenance: • Mow and maintain your swale at an acceptable grass height. Tall grass slows water. • Blow grass clippings back onto grass or landscape areas. • Keep your driveway culvert open. • Remove trash, leaves, limbs, toys and grass from your swale and culvert opening. • Don’t fill in your swale.

IT’S THE LAW: Who Must Wear a Life Jacket?

Children 12 years of age and younger on Commonwealth waters when underway in any boat 20 feet or less in length and in all canoes and kayaks. Boaters are required to wear life jackets on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak during the cold weather months (November 1 through April 30). This requirement is intended to protect boaters from dangers of cold water shock if they fall into the water. Over the last 15 years, cold water incidents represented only eight percent of boating related accidents, but resulted in 24 percent of the fatalities. Victims wearing a life jacket when exposed to cold water have potentially life-saving advantages.

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February 21, 2013 Action Without A Meeting - Approved Moyer Well Drilling purchasing an additional 200 ft. of casing 6” Casing per ft. - 17 lb. T&C 200 at $18.35 per foot for a total of $3,670. The purpose for the additional purchase is that they have already drilled the previously agreed 100 feet and have not hit rock as yet, hence the need for the additional casing to cover the difference until they hit rock. Should they hit rock before they use all the additional casing the remaining casing will be used in the second exploratory well, if needed.” February 25, 2013 Action Without A Meeting – Approved rescinding Action Without A Meeting, dated February 21, 2013 due to incorrect information. February 25, 2013 Action Without A Meeting – Approved an upgrade of casing for the Exploratory Wells from basic to 200 ft. of 6” casing, 17 lb. T&C 200 for an additional $3.35 per foot for a total of $670.00. The upgrade is required due to the nature of the unconsolidated materials discovered during the drilling and the need to hammer it into place may result in cracking of the basic casing if such casing is not upgraded in this instance TREASURER’S REPORT Collections – Treasurer reviewed the delinquent notices, complaints filed, and use of constable in service. The total payments received from delinquent accounts this month total $10,341.81. There are 10 property owners paying on delinquent accounts. There are 16 civil court hearing dates scheduled. Although a judgment will be entered, it will not be exercised unless homeowner defaults on agreed payment plan. COMMITTEE REPORTS Roads and Maintenance Committee – Butternut/Basswood loop being surveyed is being marked so we are in correct alignment. Community Safety – Approved mission statement changes indicating: The mission of the BLCA Community Safety Committee (CSC) is to provide support for our Safety Program, strictly through periodic research. The committee will make assessments and recommendations for improvements to our equipment, procedures, and personnel. These recommendations should assist BLCA Public Safety to properly perform their duties to make our community’s common areas safer for members and guests in accordance with our Rules and Regulations, and other governing documents OTHER UNFINISHED BUSINESS Office Copier Proposals –Approved leasing the Lanier for 48 months for $6,657.60. Salt Update - Moyer was out drilling well on Spruce/Barberry. They hit water which produced 10 gallons per minute which is workable. Water would have to be put in a water storage tank for use by residents. There is no feedback on Ivy Court yet from Moyer or on the step test at maintenance well. President Bennett noted she is trying to set up a meeting with Mr. Oram, and committee to go thru all of the testing and what are our next steps. Mr. Oram will be in March 19th/20th to do quarterly testing. Maintenance will be doing their testing next week. Mr. Catino asked all residents get letters to enhance communication. Concerns voiced over pumps and denial of the payment of a replacement pump. Mr. Catino’s well pump has been installed in his well but is not being used. President to review since the pump was not to be installed. Reimbursement Claims Process - Draft letter and form to be completed by residents seeking reimbursement reviewed. Director White asked if we shouldn’t consider putting in the period of time we would be subject to reimbursement requests on. President Bennett said she would look into this, and will update and send to members thru an AWAM. Board members requested to submit all other comments before end of this week. NEW BUSINESS Roads – Butternut/Basswood Bid Approval-Advertisement dates reviewed. Approved opening of bids no later than 4 o’clock on April 12, 2013. Advertisement of bids will be placed in Scranton Times, NJ Herald, Pocono Record and the Times Herald Record. The Board set 3pm for the pre-bid meeting on March 28, 2013. Burning Ban-One day lift – Approved lifting burning ban on April 27th, 2013 between 9-5 subject to restrictions being developed.

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Issues and activities on our lakes and in our environment

Geese control off to strong 2013 start

By Richard Buonomo On Saturday April 6th, members of the Lake Management Committee spotted and treated 30 Canada Geese eggs in nests discovered around the Middle, East and Lower Lakes. That’s already more eggs – humanely oiled – than all of last year which was a record, and that will not hatch and add to the potentially exponential population of nuisance Geese around our lakes. And we’re just getting started! Resident Canada Geese (they no longer migrate) are considered a nuisance mainly because of their copious droppings. Most BCLA members find geese droppings disgusting and the droppings contribute to unacceptable E.coli levels in our lakes and can be responsible for mandatory beach closings. Imagine you are selling your BLCA home and a prospective buyer sees yellow tape closing a beach for unsafe water contamination! In its 4th year administering a Canada Geese Control Program, the LMC has realistic expectations and has defined which techniques can be executed on a practical basis. We cannot totally eliminate the presence of Canada Geese around our community, but we can mitigate their potential explosive population growth. We can also deter geese from congregating, feeding and pooping on the Community’s most important public areas: our beaches and play areas. Deterring geese from spoiling our beaches is accomplished with an organic repellent periodically sprayed by BLCA maintenance personnel on our 5 beaches and surrounding grassy areas. We use Goose Stopper repellent composed of concentrated herb and food stuff that the geese find repulsive. Goose Stopper is safe enough that the USDA allows it sprayed onto certified organic produce! The geese congregate on beaches because they offer the fat lazy birds’ easy access to food without flying over a barrier. Once on the beach, they munch on surrounding grass and poop all over the beach. If Canada Geese are coming onto your lakefront property there are a couple of simple strategies you can employ to deter them. Growing native plants along the water’s edge (riparian buffer) will create a natural “fence” against their easy access. A riparian buffer also filters unwanted sediment and chemicals from runoff water entering our lakes. And, you can easily purchase Goose Stopper for your personal use through a number of internet websites. All you need is a small pump sprayer and follow the easy instructions that are included. If you suspect a goose nest near your home or notice a single or pair of geese constantly hovering around the same area, please email me or call the office. We will send a team out to look for a nest. And remember: NEVER FEED THE GEESE!

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An Open Letter to Our Members

Dear Birchwood Lakes Residents: If you are a regular user of the 739 gate during the hours of 4:15pm to 6:30pm Monday thru Friday, AND turn left into the entrance, the Board of Directors is asking for volunteers to reduce in-bound traffic at this gate by using our alternative entrances at Silver Lake, Doolan, and Church. The reason for this request is that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has reviewed the traffic-flow at our Rt.739 entrance and has determined that a north-bound “Left Turn Lane’” needs to be constructed or this entrance will be closed unless we reduce the volume of north-bound traffic turning left into the community from Rt. 739 during the problem period. Unfortunately, under PA State law, BLCA would have to pay for the construction of this “Left Turn Lane,” which would cost approximately $250,000. By using our alternative entrances and reducing in-bound traffic during this time period, our community would not have to construct the “Left Turn Lane.” We realize that this will be an inconvenience to many of our residents, but our community cannot afford this added capital expense at this time. Birchwood needs your support to have the traffic-flow reduced at this gate. If the number of volunteers is inadequate to meet the decreased volume that DOT has advised, the BLCA Board will have no choice but to implement the following option: • Requiring 50% of members in good standing, 50% of renters, and 100% of members not in good standing to use the other three entrances at Doolan, Silver Lake, and Church during the 4:15pm to 6:30pm period, Monday through Friday, by having their main gate access blocked. Members in good standing and renters will be selected alphabetically and will be rotated every 6-9 months. If you are a routine “Left Turn” user of the 739 gate and are willing to volunteer to use the other entrances during the 4:15pm-6:30pm period Monday through Friday, please complete the form below and mail or bring it to the office by June 1, 2013. Please note that by volunteering, your gate card access will be blocked for only the problematic timeframe and for a period of 6-9 months. Thank you for your cooperation – The BLCA Board of Directors.

Volunteer Form: 739 Gate Access

NOTE: This form is also located on the BLCA website. You can also download, scan and/or fax your response direct to the office at either fax number 828-9009 or by emailing it to: info@birchwoodlakes.net

____ I am a routine “Left Turn” user of the 739 entrance and am willing to volunteer to use the alternate gates at Silver Lake, Doolan, and Church from 4:15 to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday for a 6-9 month period (TBD). I understand that my gate card access to the 739 entrance will be blocked for this time period.

Print Name _________________________________________________________

BLCA Address _______________________________________________________

Phone Number(s) ____________________________________________________

Signature ______________________________


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DEET, Showers, and Tick Checks Can Stop Ticks Before You Go Outdoors Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks. Products containing permethrin kill ticks. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Use a repellent with DEET on skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth. For detailed information about using DEET on children, see recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. After You Come Indoors Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat for at least an hour effectively kills ticks. Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check. Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks: • Under the arms • In and around the ears • Inside belly button • Back of the knees • In and around the hair • Between the legs • Around the waist What to Do if You Find an Attached Tick 1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. 2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts CARPET • UPHOLSTERY with tweezers. If you are unable to HARDWOOD • TILE & GROUT remove the mouth easily with clean MONTHLY SPECIALS tweezers, leave it alone and let the DRY IN 1 HOUR! skin heal. 3. After removing the tick, thoroughCarpetCleaningPikeCountyPA.com ly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water. Watch for signs of illness such as rash • Family Owned & Operated or fever in the days and weeks following • 24 Years Experience • Rated #1 on Angie’s List the bite, and see a health care provider if these develop. Your risk of acquiring (2378) a tick-borne illness depends on many factors, THINKING OF SELLING including where you REAL ESTATE? live, what type of tick bit Handyman Services! We’re looking for you, and how long the Always Affordable Jobs people like you! tick was attached. If you Are Our Specialty become ill after a tick Our on-line adverstising, SINGLE FAMILY HOMES marketing and free training is bite, see a health care CONDOS • TOWNHOMES the best the Poconos has to offer. provider.

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Reduce Ticks in Your Yard • Regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas, and keep play areas and playground equipment away from away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation. • Consider using a chemical control agent. Effective tick control chemicals are available for use by the homeowner, or they can be applied by a professional pest control expert, and even limited applications can greatly reduce the number of ticks. A single springtime application of acaricide can reduce the population of ticks that cause Lyme disease by 68–100%. • Discourage deer. (Easier said than done). Removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them. Prevent Ticks on Animals Use tick control products to prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home. Tick collars, sprays, shampoos, or “top spot” medications should be used regularly to protect your animals and your family from ticks. Consult your veterinarian and be sure to use these products according to the package instructions. Courtesy of CDC

Motorcycle Access

It has been brought to the attention of the BLCA Board of Directors that motorcyclists are circumventing the entrance gates to gain access into the Community. The purpose of the gated entrances is to prevent illegal entry into our Community by people who are not residents or the guests of residents of Birchwood Lakes Community Association. Please help keep Community safety a priority - Members are required to use their gate cards at the entrances and we request that your motorcyclist guests are instructed to use the guest callbox to gain entrance.

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For Our Senior Citizens

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With the weather getting warmer every day, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching. The summer can be a great time for relaxing with family and enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Your body works hard every day to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than normal, which often is the root cause of heat-related illness. Essentially the heat forces your body to work beyond its limits. For senior citizens, this can be a dangerous – and even deadly – problem. Typically, heat-related illnesses are a direct result of prolonged exposure to the sun. This includes simple sunburns, heat exhaustion and sometimes even heat stroke. There are many different ways to combat these illnesses, however, some of which are very simple and easy to do. Here are some of the easiest ways to stay safe from the heat this summer: • Drink plenty of water. The easiest way to stay cool is also often the most overlooked. Drinking plenty of water during the hot summer months is a great way to stay hydrated and safe while out in the sun. The heat can dehydrate you quickly, so make sure to have plenty of water on hand during the day, whether you’re outdoors or not. • Protect your skin. Use sunscreen when you know you’ll be outside for a prolonged period of time during the day. It doesn’t take long to apply, and can save you a lot of suffering later. Wear a hat to lessen sun exposure to the face and neck – two spots extremely vulnerable to contact with the sun. • Limit strenuous activity and exercise. Your body works hard enough during the hot days that adding strenuous physical activity can be detrimental. If you exercise

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regularly, try it during the early morning or late evenings. Planning around the hottest time of the day can help to limit exposure to the heat and can be much easier on your body. Take regular breaks when possible if you have to work outdoors. • Take frequent breaks to cool down. When spending time out in the hot sun, it’s beneficial to take numerous breaks to allow your body to recover. Having a cool area in your home in which to recover can also be beneficial. Make sure your cooling device – whether you have an electric fan, a portable air conditioner or central AC – is working properly to ensure faster recovery. • Check on your friends and family. The heat can be especially difficult on young children and the elderly, so make sure to check regularly on your family, friends and neighbors during hot spells. Often heat-related issues arise before you have a chance to ask for help. (reprinted from Senior.com)

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How to Decorate a Flag Cake

No patriotic celebration would be complete without an All-American Flag Cake! Decorate your cake in the baking pan if you’ll be taking it farther afield than the backyard. To make this flag cake, we used a 9x13inch cake (use any type of cake mix you like). You’ll need two pints of strawberries, one pint of blueberries, and Fluffy Boiled Icing (or use Cool Whip). Wash the berries and drain them on paper towels. Stem the strawberries and cut them into halves. Spread the icing generously over the cake. (Whipped topping or whipped cream can be used in place of Fluffy Boiled Icing, but the finished cake will need to be refrigerated.) Fluffy Boiled Icing holds up well at outdoor picnics and barbeques. In the top left-hand corner of the frosted cake, arrange the blueberries into an outline of a rectangle that is 5 inches wide and 4 inches tall. Press the berries down into the frosting. Fill the blueberry outline in with the remaining blueberries. The blueberries look best if placed in rows: the icing between them resembles stars. Place strawberry halves cut-side down in rows going across the cake horizontally. The bottom stripe of the flag is red, so start the first row at the bottom. Be sure to press the berries down into the frosting so the stripes will not be raised above the fluffy frosting. (If you want to be technically accurate, there are 13 stripes on the flag.) Serve any leftover berries with the sliced cake and ice cream. For a stunning holiday effect, place a couple of sparklers into the top of the cake. When darkness falls and fireworks begin to burst, light the sparklers and serve the cake during the festivities!


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Home Remedies for a Myriad of Things

• Table Salt - Spills on carpet or Table clothes. If you spill coolaid, coffee, soda or tea, use table salt. Pour table salt onto the spill until salt looks dry and let set for 5 minutes and vacuum. After vacuuming you will have to brush out the salt from the vacuum brush. • Banana Bonanza - Put a banana peel (the inside part) on an itch caused by a bug bite or poison ivy; this will reduce the inflammation and relieve the itch. You can also use mashed banana as a facial–it’s great for moisturizing dry skin. Banana peel also has anti-acne properties: just rub the inside part of the peel over your clean face to get the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. • Candle Holders - To prevent the wax from melting and sticking to the inside of a votive candle holder, pour a bit of water in the holder, then place the candle on top. If you’re reading this tip too late, and there’s already wax stuck inside your candle holder, pop it in the freezer for an hour. The wax will chip right off. • Smelly Cooking Hands - Simply rub your hands over a stainless steel utensil under running water. This works especially well for the odor of garlic, onions or fish. • Dishwashers - To clean mineral deposits from the inside of your dishwasher, pour in a container of Tang® Drink Mix and run the dishwasher (don’t put dishes in for this load)! • Insect Bites - Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect bites and is also an effective remedy for diaper rash. • Mosquito Bites - Apply lime juice diluted with water on bites with cotton ball. • Gum in Hair - Soak the gum-coated hair in Coke® and it should wipe out easily. • Ink/Crayons/Markers - Hair spray in a can will remove ink, crayon, and markers off walls; just be careful not to rub too hard or it will take paint off too. • Duct Tape for Warts - Using duct tape to remove warts has been shown to work better than freezing. In one study, duct tape eliminated 85 percent of patients’ warts in two months. Make sure the wart and surrounding skin are clean, then cut a piece of duct tape a bit larger than the wart and press into place. Remove the tape every three days, rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone and repeat until the wart is gone. • Listerine for Blisters - Listerine can dry out blisters. Dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your blister three times a day until it dries and the pain vanishes. • Biting on a Pencil for Headache Relief - This won’t work for migraines, but if you get common tension headaches, the pencil trick may help prevent them. When you feel your jaw clench, put a pencil between your teeth (don’t bite down) and hold it there. This simple strategy will cause your jaw to relax, easing tension, forestalling the headache, and easing the pain. • Ants - Cinnamon - Lay ground cinnamon around where there are ants coming in and/or spray cinnamon essential oil all around the doors, windowsills, floors, etc. Peppermint – ants, spiders and mice don’t like it – spray your home entry points with peppermint essential oil. Chalk - They will not cross a line drawn in chalk! Vinegar – If you switch to using a vinegar/water solution for mopping the floors and cleaning the counters your ant problem should vanish.

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“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Community Yard Sale - May 25

Everyone loves a bargain. Some people are willing to walk a mile for one, or rise at dawn for one, or spend themselves into debt for one. BLCA’s Community wide yard sale is scheduled for May 25th from 8:00am-5:00pm. A yard sale can be profitable and a lot of fun. So why not join the fun while making some extra cash: we all know that one person’s trash is usually another person’s treasure. Yard sales attract many who just love to buy used or secondhand goods. Did you know though that rummaging through yard or garage sales provides a great educational experience for the kids! It does. It actually teaches children how to search for bargains and how to get the most for their money. Rummaging at yards sales is also an excellent way to entertain children. Young friends are eager to accompany older, experienced rummagers because kids think the oldsters “get all the neat stuff.” Yard sales can also provide a wealth of information--helpful hints, advice, and a bit of information ranging from recipes to shingling a house to which doctor is the best in town. So don’t procrastinate this year: it’s time to gather all those items you always say you are going to sell at a yard sale. It’s time to look at those clothes that you never wear. So why not sell those old magazines, that entire wall groupings or accessory

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displays, costumes the kids outgrown, baby items outgrown, cut-glass treasures, costume jewelry, frames, bikes and automotive parts, lawn furniture … just about anything will sell. Today is the day that you commit to Spring Cleaning and getting rid of all those items you promised yourself you would sell at a yard sale. Register now with the office at 882-2111 and give the office a general idea of the type of items you may be selling. This information with your home location will be highlighted on the overall map of our community. So clean up now and make a profit later.


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Burgers from the Grill Just Taste Better!

Make sure the grill is the appropriate temperature Medium-low to medium heat is best. Too hot, and burgers burn on the outside before getting done on the inside. Keep the lid closed while cooking; it shortens cooking time and keeps burgers moist. Use beef that is no leaner than 85% A little fat keeps burgers moist and flavorful. For ground chicken and turkey, add a little olive oil or broth to the mixture. Always clean and oil the grill grate This prevents burgers from sticking, extends the life of your grate, and helps put those beautiful grill marks on your patties. Cook burgers properly. Cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160˚F (170˚F for poultry). For an accurate reading, insert the thermometer into the patty horizontally. Get the Best Flavor - Meat with a higher fat content will be juicier but will also shrink more when it cooks. If you shop at a grocery store or a butcher that grinds their own beef, choose coarsely ground beef for juicier burgers with a more pleasing texture. Add just about anything you like to your burger mixture. Here are a few suggestions: • Fresh or dried herbs and spices • Dehydrated or fresh minced onion and garlic • Seasoning mixes for soups or salad dressings • Your favorite cheese: blue, goat, Gorgonzola, Feta, Stilton, Cheddar or pepperjack • Prepared sauces: Barbeque sauce, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, Hoisin sauce, plum sauce, oyster sauce, salsa, or salad dressing • Other tidbits like olives, capers, chopped tomatoes, diced chiles, crumbled bacon, or minced ham Wait on the salt! Don’t combine it into the mixture, especially if you’re not going to grill the patties right away. Salt will extract moisture from the meat, leaving you with bone-dry burgers. Instead, sprinkle each burger with salt right before you grill. Don’t Mix Too Much - Use a light touch when combining seasonings with the ground beef. If you mix it too much, your burgers will be dense and heavy.

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Rules and Regulations Highlights Section 98-10-5 Vehicle Decals

A. All member’s vehicles, including family members residing at the residence, and registered renters occupying the member’s home shall display a B.L.C.A. decal for identification and security purposes. Vehicle decals may be obtained from the B.L.C.A. office upon providing proof of the vehicle owner’s valid motor vehicle registration and current insurance. B. Location of vehicle decal: The decal shall be prominently displayed on the driver’s side back window, or the back bumper, or the decal may be affixed to the back of the driver’s visor which shall be positioned in the down position whenever the vehicle is in the community. C. The fine for violation of Section 98-10-5 shall be $25.00.

Donate Your Unused/ Unwanted Rowboat

Do you have an old rowboat you no longer need or want? Please contact the office to make arrangements to donate it to the community. You get a tax credit and BLCA gets to use the boat on one of our beaches and lakes. Boats must be in usable condition.

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Addressing Our No. 1 Concern: Unfair School Property Taxes

By Rosemary M. Brown, State Representative of the 189th Legislative District Because no tax should have the power to leave any Pennsylvanian homeless, I stand united with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support House Bill 76, known as the Property Tax Independence Act. I recently participated in a news conference at the state Capitol to reintroduce this legislation, which I believe would restore the right of Pennsylvanians to truly own their homes by replacing the burdensome and outdated school property tax system. I consistently hear the struggles my constituents have in paying their school taxes. Over the last decade, the school taxes have become completely unmanageable and they are dramatically affecting the district’s economy, vitality and standard of living. Our school property tax system is unfair and antiquated and it’s not working for residents of our community. That’s why we desperately need to change how we fund our schools. Because school districts cannot continue to raise taxes, the language of House Bill 76 provides avenues to correct this unfairness. The Property Tax Independence Act would replace school property tax funding for schools across the Commonwealth with new state revenues. The legislation would use an increased state Personal Income Tax and an enhanced and expanded state Sales and Use tax to replace school district property tax revenues. The income tax would rise from approximately 3 percent to 4.34 percent. The sales tax would be enhanced from 6 percent to 7 percent. Several special interest loopholes in the sales tax also would be closed.

Notices Building Permits

BLCA Rules and Regulations (Section 98-50-19), in accordance with the Association’s Covenants and Restrictions, require members to obtain a BLCA permit prior to moving to, constructing, or erecting any structure or building within the community. There is no fee for obtaining the permit. Additionally, permits are needed for septic repairs and tree removals. For more information, contact the BLCA Office at 570828-2111.

BLCA Curfew

BLCA has a curfew of 10:00p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:00p.m. Friday and Saturday. As a courtesy to other members, please observe the curfew hours.

Right of Way Notice

All property owners are hereby put on notice that the Association has a right of way on each roadway. Any personal property placed in the right of way is not the Association’s responsibility and will not be held responsible for any damages incurred to said property. All property owners are to refrain from placing personal property within the Association’s right of way. The Association does not permit encroachment of any Association property, which includes roads or right of ways, common area or any other location, which is BLCA property.

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According to this bill, by combining this plan with existing gaming revenues, these dollars would be enough to fully replace school district property taxes. House Bill 76 now awaits consideration in the House Finance Committee. State Sen. David Argall (R-Berks/ Carbon/Lehigh/Monroe/Northampton/Schuylkill) also introduced this legislation as Senate Bill 76 in the other chamber of the General Assembly. Because I believe it is vital to address all areas related to escalating school property taxes, I have introduced legislation that would require a two-thirds majority vote of a board of school directors to increase the millage rate of school property taxes, as compared by a simple majority vote. All members of the school board must be present, as compared to current law where only a quorum is required. The Public School Code states that all taxes required by any school district must be levied by the board of school directors. My proposal would require that a school district’s current millage rate of tax may not be increased in any succeeding year unless the rate increase is approved by a two-thirds majority vote of all members of the board of school directors. For more information, or to sign up to receive my weekly legislative email newsletter, visit my website www.RepBrown.com. My door is always open to hear from you regarding any questions or concerns you might have about state-related issues.

BLCA Boat Registration Reminder

A note to boat owners, especially our lakefront owners: Many of you may not have applied for or registered your boat(s). It is important to do so! All boats in the community must be registered and decals applied, including paddle boats. This season may be close to an end, but the BLCA will be addressing lack of compliance with registration of boats as part of its regular enforcement program. If you need more information, contact the office for details.

We’re Going Green

The Birchwood Voice is published in print, electronically at our website at www.birchwoodlakes.net, or in pdf format via email. We have recently had to revamp our mailing and email lists for the newsletter in response to member complaints that they had not received recent edition(s) by mail or email. We are asking all members to complete the form below, indicating your mailing preference and return the completed form to the Office. It can be mailed to Birchwood Lakes Community Association, 212 Aspen Road, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328 or it can be returned in person to the office. Alternatively, we have made the form available on our website at www.birchPLEASE CUT OUT AND MAIL OR DROP IT OFF TO THE OFFICE woodlakes.net. You can complete the form electronName: ___________________________________________________________ ically and email to editor@ birchwoodlakes.net. Unless Date: _______________________________________ by submission of this form you indicate otherwise, a Lot ________ Block _________ Section ________ hardcopy newsletter will be mailed to the address we have Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________ for you on file at the office. Members with tenants, _________________________________________________________________ please advise your tenants that if they would like a copy of Email:____________________________________________________________ “The Birchwood Voice” they can pick one up at the Office ___I prefer to receive a hard copy of The Birchwood Voice in the mail. or obtain it from the BLCA website. ___I prefer to receive The Birchwood Voice in pdf format to my email address. Your email address will be added to our database. ___I prefer to read The Birchwood Voice on the Birchwood Lakes Website at Please be assured that it www.birchwoodlakes.net. will be used only by BLCA to distribute the newsletter Note: If you change your email address from one listed above, please remember and any pertinent Associato notify the office. tion information.


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Birchwood Lakes Community Association Board of Directors

President..................Clare Bennett Vice President.........Joanne McInerney Secretary..................Linda White Treasurer..................Marcella Livingston Carl Fredrickson Leonard Glamann Carolyn Martin Thomas McConnon Charles Ritson

Standing Committees BLCA Property Development Chairperson Carl Fredrickson Co-Chair open By-Laws Chairperson Joanne McInerney Co-Chair Carolyn Martin

Capital Projects Chairperson Clare Bennett Co-Chair Charles Ritson

Finance, Budget, Contracts Chairperson Marcella Livingston Co-Chair Charles Ritson

Roads Maintenance & Construction Chairperson Leonard Glamann Co-Chair Louis Freeman

Rules & Regulations Chairperson Carolyn Martin Co-Chair Joanne McInerney

Voting & Elections Chairperson Linda White Co-Chair Carolyn Martin

Appointed Committees

BLCA Property Beautification Chairperson Carl Fredrickson Co-Chair Linda White

Community Affairs Chairperson Linda White Co-Chair Clare Bennett

Community Safety Chairperson Thomas McConnon Co-Chair Chas Ritson

Lake Management Chairperson Charles Ritson Co-Chair Thomas McConnon

Recreation Chairperson Joanne McInerney Co-Chair Adrianna Freeman

Contact Information BLCA Office: 570-828-2111 Public Safety: 570-828-6009 800-916-7501 (Dispatch) Website: www.birchwoodlakes.net BLCA Board of Directors Email: blboard@ptd.net Birchwood Voice Editor Email: editor@birchwoodlakes.net Police, Fire, Ambulance: 9-1-1 When a call comes in for emergency assistance (ambulance, fire, police), it is difficult for the Association to offer assistance in leading the emergency volunteers to your home if it isn’t clearly marked with a 911 address. Make sure your sign is visible from the road. If you need information on your 911 address, contact the BLCA Office 570-828-2111

Upcoming Board Meetings June 14, 2013 @ 7:00pm July 9, 2013 @ 7:00pm August 13, 2013 @ 7:00pm ANNUAL MEETING: August 24, 2013 @ 9:00am

2013 Dates to Note

See calendars in this issue NEWSPAPER DEADLINES: Late Summmer: July 10, 2013 Fall: September 25, 2013 DUES DEADLINES: Dues Mailing - early March Early Payment - March 31 Payment Plan Request - April 15 Dues Payment - May 1

Do you have a question about living in or visiting Birchwood Lakes?

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Check out our community website for updates and information Volunteers are always needed to join our committees. By joining you will get a better understanding of how your community works. Consider volunteering your time to help Birchwood move forward. The form for volunteering can be found on our website at www.birchwoodlakes.net or is available at the BLCA Office.

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BLCA Volunteer Recognition

Birchwood Lakes Community Association, Inc. relies on its volunteers to help us meet our mission and our goals. These volunteers work each year on setting budgets, reviewing and, when necessary, making recommendations to change our By-Laws and Rules and Regulations, reviewing community safety, maintaining a recreation program, beautification, communications, and so on. Our volunteers provide their time, dedication, skills and knowledge, sometimes serving on several committees at a time and over many years. The BLCA Volunteer Recognition Program has been developed so that we can recognize and honor our volunteers. Each year one volunteer will be chosen for our Volunteer of the Year Award which will be presented at the Annual Meeting in August. Nominations will be accepted at the BLCA Office through June 28, 2013. A copy of these guidelines and nomination form can be downloaded from the BLCA website or obtained from the Office.

Veteran’s News

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