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Wild Acres World Wild Acres Lakes Property and Homeowners Association

Vol. 29 No. 3

July/August 2013

Mother’s Day Breakfast 2013 TOP RIGHT PHOTO: Donald & Karen Privatt, Sherryle Goldstein, Sharon Chippendale, Marion Privatt, Daniel Privatt, Richard Goldstein, Barry Privatt (in order from left to right around the table) CENTER RIGHT PHOTO: Vincent Muscari, Kathleen Johnston, Audra Muscari, Jason Miller, Ann Marie Miller, Zack Johnston, Joyce Snadecky and Taylor Miller (in order from left to right around the table) BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO: Susan Ridyard, David Ridyard and Evelyn Ridyard

2013/2014 Board of Directors The Board of Directors election was held on June 8th, 2013. The board had their reorganization meeting the following week on June 15. Congratulations and good luck to all!

Dmitry Kupershmidt, Chairman Michael Balagula, President Nonna Yelan, Vice President Angela Wilson, Treasurer Sofiya Takh, Secretary Ed Banz Myron Cowher Wendy Healey Leonid Mandel John Mascia Felix Rey

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Community Corner Happy Birthday July 2 – Ginny Grieco July 3 – Marcy Romano July 4 – Pam Gregory July 7 – Susan Jaczko July 8 – Susan Ridyard July 8 – Caitlyn Trabucco July 10 – Carl Will July 12 – Jamie Montague July 17 – Jessica Dorner July 19 – Erin Cielinski July 20 – Trevor Luna July 20 – Kathy Oswald July 22 – John Opalka July 27 – Vanessa Evers July 28 – Felix Rey July 30 – Jeff Nemeth August 1 – Joe Jala August 1 - Dylan-Eamonn Tracy August 2 – Joan Carillo August 2 – Ali Fortino

Manager’s Message

August 6 – Jeremy Jaczko August 7 – Bob Cassimore August 8 – Joe Luna Iii August 15 – David Cielinski August 17 – Melissa Opalka August 20 – Samantha Dorner August 28 – George Wright Happy Anniversary July 12 – Marguerite & Jeff Nemeth July 17 – Joe Iii & Linny Luna August 1 – Maureen & Fernando Suarez

By Edward Florentino, Sr., Director of Operations I’m excited that summer is upon us whereby WALPOA is delivering a full schedule for your entertainment. Our pool hours are accommodating along with other amenities, so I look forward to all attending and having a good time. In the coming months with the support of the Board of Directors I’m going to strive to create a culture of exceptional personalized service. Team building and training of our staff is important, which shall reflect honest customer service to the citizens of this community. Investing in individuals of caliber will create a solid product, enhancing our direction forward. I want to remind everyone that I operate a true open door policy, whereby if you just want to stop in my office and say hello, you’re certainly welcome. On behalf of the entire staff we thank you for your support and wish you an enjoyable summer season.

Public Safety Corner

By Chief Depaolis Summertime is here! Be advised that an 11:00 PM curfew for children under the age of 18 is in effect. We have children walking and riding bikes to the pools and playgrounds… PLEASE abide by all traffic rules and regulations. Remember to get your burn permits at the security booth and ALWAYS be careful with fires. Let’s make this a safe and fun summer!

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Congratulations to Iris Rose, our WALPOA 20132014 Dues Raffle Winner!

Community Dues and Payment Plans

Blood Drive

Wild Acres Clubhouse Friday, August 9, 2013 2:00 to 7:00pm Contact information:

Call (570) 828-7511 or email to schedule an appointment

By Ingrid Weicht We recently sent out more than 200 collection letters. If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible to avoid collection fees and court costs. Come in and see me if you need to be put on a payment plan. We will work with you to arrange a weekly, biweekly, or monthly plan. On or around July 8 we will turn off gate cards and a $25 charge will be added to your account. We cannot give out badges if you are on a plan, but you will be able to use your gate cards. Please don’t forget that the first of every month a finance charge is applied.

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That is what Woodsy Owl teaches us as children, but it goes for everyone, adults included. As you can see driving around Wild Acres, there is a lot of litter scattered on our community roads. Whether it is from people walking home from the pool concession stands, drivers and passengers tossing it out a car window or deliberate dumping of trash in the woods, this needs to STOP. Let’s take pride in where we live. First of all, take your garbage home with you. If you are in need of garbage collection services, call the Administration Office for the numbers of local companies. Secondly, if you are walking around and see litter, please pick it up; carry a plastic bag with you. If we all pitch in, we can keep Wild Acres a beautiful and clean place to live and raise our families. Thank you!

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the “Acres” in Wild Acres • • • •

WALPOA has 3200 total acres. WALPOA owns 732 properties; most of these are in the “SOS” section. WALPOA consists of 3044 properties; of these, 1456 have houses. WALPOA has seven lakes with a combined area of 165.1 acres. They break down as follows: - Wild Acres Lake: 86 acres - South Pond: 5.8 acres - North Lake: 16 acres - Long Ridge Lake: 8.7 acres - Sand Spring Lake: 38.8 acres - Fawn Lake: 7.3 acres - Little Fawn Lake: 2.5 acres


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Recreation Update

By Darlene Leiner, Recreation Director We are looking forward to a summer filled with fun. There are new games available at pool 2 including foosball, air hockey and ping pong. See a badge checker to sign up to use these games. Pool, lake and concession schedule is as follows: Pool 1 10am-6pm Wed-Monday; closed Tuesdays Pool 2 10am-8pm Sunday-Thurs; 10am-10pm Friday & Saturday Pool concession Open 12 noon to close North Lake 2 lifeguards on duty 10am-2pm every day If you have any suggestions, please see me. I am usually at the pools or go to the office.

Wild Acres Wildcat Swim Team

Summer has arrived and we have started our 2013 swim season. Through practices, swim meets, pep rallies, team building, and more we learn the fundamentals of swimming and develop great friendships while having lots of fun!! We are looking forward to seeing our returning swimmers and hoping to see many new faces. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact the office or you can find us at Pool 2 Monday-Thursday night at 8 pm. We would also like to welcome our coaches: head coach Brendan Panasiuk, Asst. Coach Janel Llewellyn, and Asst. Coach Leo Silverstein! Please come and cheer us on at one of our home swim meets: July 13, July 20 and July 27 at 7:30 am.

Ask the Sensei… By Sensei Albert Casale

Q: (Bushkill). Dear Sensei: I am concerned about my 19-year-old son. I have recently been noticing a lot of energy bottles and cans in his room and car. Can these products have a potential hazard to his health? A: Studies show it certainly could. Energy drinks come in a variety of formulations, but most contain caffeine and sugar and possibly herbal stimulants. Having an occasional energy drink isn’t necessarily bad, but many of these energy drinks contain very high amounts of caffeine, sugar and other herbal stimulants and acids. Some people create serious medical problems when they consume energy drinks with alcohol, which can cause a faster heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, impaired sleep, fainting or even heart attacks and nausea. In addition, the acid and sugars in these drinks can promote aggressive tooth decay. It’s very important to educate your son, about the potential hazards of energy drinks. I would encourage him to focus on being healthy, have an energetic life, regular exercise, adequate, sleep and to have a healthy diet.

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Letters from Board Members

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Financial “Reality Check” To the Membership,

Wild Acres Residents, With the recent election now behind us, I would like to introduce you to your new Board of Directors: Chairman Dmitry Kupershmidt, President Michael Balagula, Vice President Nonna Yelan, Treasurer Angela Wilson, Secretary Sofiya Takh, and Board members Ed Banz, Myron Cowher, Wendy Healey, Leonid Mandel, John Mascia, Felix Rey. We are an eclectic mix of individuals brought together by our shared love and desire to help improve the community. We are deeply honored that you have chosen us to represent your interests in the community and look forward to working both with and for you in the years to come.  And to those who have chosen to hide in the shadows and throw stones I remind you of the immortal words of statesman Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Stop whining!” Don’t wait around for someone else to act. I have been looking for leaders. But I realized leadership is about being the first to act. Come down off your high horses and join in the very process you hold so dear. Don’t just come to the meetings; come armed with good ideas and noble intentions.  For too long I have heard about how divisive Board politics can be. Consider this a wonderful opportunity to work together. Where some choose to chip away at our community I aim at bringing it together. Where some seek to tear apart, I desire to unify and build up, to create a community we can all be proud of.  I have two good ears and am always open to both constructive criticism as well as new and exciting ideas on how to best govern. To those that chose to participate in the process, the Board welcomes you with open arms and excitedly awaits your contributions. To those mired in apathy or are consumed by pointless bigotry and hatred, please engage in some careful introspection and reevaluate the kind of role you intend to play in local politics. Michael Balagula, Board of Directors President

I wish to give you a partial financial status update. We will call this a reality check. I began going thru the numbers as soon as I was appointed to the open Board seat. That just happens to be something that I do proficiently. For the 2012-2013 budget years for developed lots, the billable amount should have brought the Assoc. $1,058,250.00. Our budget and finance committee projected 85%; reality check is 77%: $814,852.50 actual $1,058,250.00 projected $243,397.50 LOSS For the dam assessment, again the budget and finance committee projected 85%; the actual is only 77%: $239,662.50 actual $311,250.00 projected $71,587.50 LOSS Now I will take just one line item out of the budget, maintenance expenses. Road repairs for this year’s budget were: $100,000.00; however, $148,906.98 was spent in the first month of the fiscal year. $48,906.98 over spent This leaves absolutely no money left for the remaining 11 months of the year for any road repair. To say this new Board has its hands full is an understatement. It’s going to take all of our knowledge and experience to effectively operate our beautiful association. I believe we have brought in a knowledgeable person with many years of management to lead us through the next couple years. Myron Cowher, Board Member

Dear Residents of Wild Acres, We proudly announce and welcome four new members to the Wild Acres Board. It is with deep gratitude and appreciation we thank you for your support in taking time from your busy schedule to research, consider and vote. Through your elected officials, your voice will be heard, through your elected officials you will be informed. It is very important that we unite and work together to protect our investment and improve the quality and status of our community. On the board of the wild acres community, I represent several committees, recreation and public safety. I would like to focus on ensuring that all residents are safe and that our community provides extra curriculum activities through which we continue to meet and build strong ties to each other. I am always open to new ideas and advices; please feel free to contact me via email with suggestions. I am hoping that we will continue succeeding in building a healthy, strong and powerful community. Together we will make a difference. Again your support in this election is greatly appreciated and through us your voices will be heard. I am looking forward to working with everyone on improving our community. Respectfully, Nonna Yelan, Board of Directors Vice President


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If you have anything you would like to put in our community newspaper, send your submission(s) to Take note of the following deadlines: June 19 August 19 October 18 December 18 This is for members in good standing to post announcements, birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, wedding announcement, birth announcements, congratulations, yard sales, houses for sale, etc. For advertising, contact the publisher directly at

Important Phone Numbers Wild Acres Administration Office 570-828-7511 Public Safety (non-emergency) 570-828-9052 Wild Acres Public Safety (EMERGENCY ONLY) 570-828-9700 Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance 570-828-2345 Delaware Township Fire Dept. 570-828-2223 Delaware Township Offices 570-828-2347 Dingmans Ferry Post Office 570-828-2812 Verizon 800-483-5000 Met Ed Electric 800-545-7741 Penn American Water Co. 800-565-7292 Blue Ridge Cable TV/Internet 570-296-8200

Aluminum Can Recycling

For those of you who may not know, there is an aluminum can recycling bin behind the Mail Hut at the front entrance of Wild Acres. Please drop off your soda and beverage cans there. In the process of helping the Earth, you will also be helping the Beautification Committee, as the proceeds go to them. This Committee is responsible for such things as Planting Day and the Annual Dog Show. Thank you!

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Bear proofing garbage cans and other information... For information

regarding inquiries to bear proof garbage cans go to website ( and NERainbarrel. com for questions about rain barrels. Also, you must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license to fish in all of Wild Acres lakes, NO EXCEPTIONS. PA Game & Fish Commission: www.\ license to obtain PA fishing license (can use credit card at site and print out license at home). All boats, canoes, etc. must be registered in the state that they are coming from as well as in Wild Acres.

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Do Not Feed Wild Animals

Why? Primarily, because you can create an unnatural dependency on your part for their supply of food. If that is interrupted, they can be in trouble. If it is a bear you can be in trouble. Once a bear learns food is available at a certain location he/she will aggressively pursue it. If it is not at the usual site, they have been documented, having destroyed screened porches trying to find where “their” food is. Encouraging them to eat from your hand (or even close to you) is like playing Russian roulette. You have no way of knowing what noise or scent or action will cause a bear to feel threatened and react violently. Can you or your child out-wrestle 400 pounds of bear with 2” claws? Think about it. Wild animals are just that - wild - and should be observed from a respectable distance. If you put food out to attract birds, it is best to find a way to hang the feeder at least six feet in the air to prevent the bears from taking it.

Upcoming Meetings

Your presence is important at the Board of Directors meetings. This is where you find out what is going on in the community, see your elected Board Members in action and how your dues are spent. This is also where you can voice your opinions about community happenings. All members in good standing may attend meetings and vote; please exercise your right to do so. Upcoming Board Meeting dates for 2013: July 20 August 17 September 14 October 5 (Annual Meeting) October 19 November 16 December 21

Planning to Rent Your Home? (On your own or through a Realtor)

If so, please stop by the Administration Office to fill out the proper forms. This information not only assists us in identifying non-property owners on your property, it also protects you against unlawful use of or entry to your home in your absence. These forms help save us, you and your renters unnecessary embarrassment, frustration and the conducting of unlawful acts within our community.

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Calling In Guests Permanent Guest List Please remember to call in your guests if they are not on


your permanent guest list. Doing this will expedite their arrival into the community. Also, please note that if you are in the process of selling your home, add your realtor’s name(s) or company name to your permanent guest list or call them in each time they want to show your house. This will avoid them being turned away at the gate. Thank you.

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Drainage Culverts

Recipe Corner

As a reminder, drainage culverts that are located on a resident’s property are the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain and keep clean. Culverts that are clogged with leaves and debris or culverts that are collapsed can cause extensive damage to our roads and other resident’s property. WALPOA does maintain a number of culverts and drains in the community. The culvert located at the end of your driveway is your responsibility to maintain. Please do not fill these culverts with leaves or other debris. Pay attention that children’s toys do not end up in them as well. A basketball is the perfect size to clog a culvert pipe. WALPOA will be making a better effort to ensure these pipes are maintained throughout the year to help minimize the potential for damage to community roads and damage to other properties in WALPOA.

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Preheat oven to 425˚. Melt stick of butter in 13x9 pan in preheated oven. While butter melts beat together the eggs, flour, milk, sugar, salt, and orange juice. When butter is melted remove from oven and pour batter into pan. Bake 20 minutes. Serve warm with fresh fruit and syrup. Enjoy!

Melissa’s French Toast Casserole • • • • • • • • • • •




1 loaf French Bread 6 Eggs 1 3/4 cups Milk 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 3/4 cups Sugar 2 tablespoons Vanilla 1/2 cup Flour 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon Cinnamon 1 stick Butter, Cubed Maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350˚. Slice bread and tear each slice into 1-inch pieces. Put pieces into a 13x9 pan. Beat together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour mixture over bread pieces. With hands, press pieces down into mixture being sure that all are moist. Drizzle syrup over top. Mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter into a crumb mixture. Sprinkle over top. Drizzle with more syrup. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Eat warm! Enjoy!

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2013-2014 Dues Invoices

2013-2014 dues invoices have been mailed. If you did not received your bill, please call the Administration Office (570-828-7511) so we can mail another copy. Keep in mind that payment was due May 1, 2013. Finance charges will be added starting June 1, 2013. You will not receive badges until your entire balance is paid. If it is easier for you to make payments, you may start doing so immediately. Thank you.

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In the year 2012, 26.5% of the American population volunteered in some way. Volunteerism can be anything from offering to drive a neighbor to and from the doctor during an illness to serving on the local PTA to stuffing envelopes for your church, emergency services or political party. In Wild Acres, volunteers work as committee members, litter cleanup crews, and helping out at special events. EVERY person in Wild Acres has a talent that could enrich the community. Maybe it’s your area of business or in your favorite hobby, that you have the expertise to lend us. Maybe it’s just physically pitching in whenever needed or baking for a special event. Please fill out the form if you would like to donate your time and/or services to Wild Acres. By each of us doing just a little, it helps a lot! Drop off the completed form to the Front Office or mail to WALPOA, R.R.1 Box 500, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328.

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