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The Official Newsletter of the Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. Vol. 17, No. 11



September 27, 2019

We Said Goodbye to Summer...With Wet Dogs! by Janet Klingensmith, Pools Committee

We closed the 2019 pool season on Sept. 7 with our annual Soggy Doggie Swim. Twenty-four dogs and their families joined us for one final swim at the Sweetbriar Pool. Thank you to all who participated. In addition to all the wet fun, we raised $325 and 75 pounds of food for the Orange County Humane Society. A special Thank you to the local businesses who contributed to the gift bags distributed to our four-legged athletes: All Fur Pet Grooming, Lakewood Animal Hospital, Locust Grove Veterinary Clinic and Paradocs Animal Hospital. Congratulations to the athletes who won the following prizes:

Most Social: Toby Yelton

Best at Tricks: Einstein Fernandez

Most Improved: Conan Beanum

Best Swimmer: Maggie Steffersmerer

Judges Choice: Cricket Ward

Biggest Chickens: Bailey and Snickers Brown

Best Jump Distance: Sadie Buist

Photos by Dan Reams

President's letter 2 Board Agenda 2 Association News 2-10 General Manager's Column 3 CARC Final Report 3 Board Minutes 4 ECC Referendum Proposal 6 Calendar 9-10 Orange County 21 Classifieds 22-23

Friday, Sept. 27 Music on the Point with Chris & Mark 6-9 PM, Clubhouse Point Saturday, Sept. 28 LOW Small Business Day 1-4 PM, Sweetbriar Park Pavilion LOW S’mores Night 7-9 PM, Campground Pavilion Saturday, Oct. 5 LOWA Regular Board Meeting 10 AM, Community Center

Sunday, Oct. 6 LOW Realtor’s Open House Noon-4 PM, Clubhouse Monday, Oct. 14 LOWA Offices Closed LOW Trash Compactor Closed Wednesday, Oct. 16 LOWA Regular Board Meeting 2 PM, Community Center

LOWA Website Links TEKControl (Visitor Management) LOWA.ORG/TEKCONTROL Lake Currents online: LOWA.ORG/LAKECURRENTS

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President’s Letter by Clifton D. Wilks

The election of Directors has concluded; welcome back, Jennifer and Pete. Congratulations to Benita and welcome to the Board. Together, we will work for the best interests of all our Members. On to the referendum, where the ballot count is over 800, but nowhere near the goal of 2,600. Over the years, Members get upset when referendums are extended or not. This Board wants the referendum questions presented to be passed by you, the Members. The votes needed are 2,131 to pass the referendum. As a Member, I would rather not extend any referendum; however, I would certainly be in favor of extending the referendum to secure 2,600 ballots which gives a good sense of what the community wants. Ultimately, the Membership decides on extending any referendum. This is an important change to our Covenants that Members should welcome. There are two questions to be decided. THE FIRST QUESTION HAS FOUR SUBPARTS: 1. changing the quorum language (Section 5.B) to establish the committee’s quorum to be a majority of the ECC; 2. clarifying plan approval procedures (Section 5. D), 3. providing that Members have limited rights to appeal denial of plans, specifications and/or details to the Board (Section 5.E), and 4. clarifying that the Committee has authority to propose regulation changes to the Board of Directors regarding the height and size requirements of all types of buildings and structures, subject to Board approval (Section 6.C). Subparts 1, 2, and 4 are relatively simple. The first simply changes the quorum language to reflect a majority rather than three members. The second change reflects that Committee action is predicated on the receipt of completed plans, specifications and details. It also removes the administrative information about file retention as that can be covered in the regulations. The fourth change simply reflects that rules changes be submitted to and approved by the Board of Directors. Revision 3 has the most language because it will provide for a limited right of appeal for a denial from the Environmental Control Committee of an application for plans, specifications and/or details to the Board of Directors. This is a new limited right of appeal that you, as Members, do not have under the current Covenants. Currently, if your application is denied, you have no further redress available within LOWA, and your only real option to appeal to a higher authority is to go to court, costing both you and your Association legal fees. The third subpart has five paragraphs which provide the following information.  The first paragraph provides that any denial be made in writing, explaining the basis for such decision.  The second paragraph explains the basis for appeal.  The third paragraph explains how an appeal is made, including time limits.  The fourth paragraph outlines authority of the Board in reaching a decision, basic hearing procedures and a requirement for a written decision.  The fifth paragraph provides Board authority to adopt and publish reasonable rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to appeals of disapprovals or denials of the Committee to the Board. These rules, regulations, and/or procedures would be in the Bylaws, only after specific proposals go through the change process outlined in Bylaws, Article XVI. What might be appealed to the Board? Example 1: For instance, the Committee fails to approve or disapprove an application within 30 days as required by the Covenants and regulations. This would be a situation where the committee has failed to follow the regulations, and as a Member you might appeal such denial to the Board of Directors.

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Agenda (Tentative) Regular Board of Directors Meeting October 5, 2019, Community Center 8:45a.m. CALL TO ORDER 1. EXECUTIVE SESSION 10:00a.m. 2. OPEN SESSION 2.1 Pledge of Allegiance 2.2 Meeting Notice and Quorum Confirmation 2.3 Approval of Agenda 2.4 Approval of Minutes: September 18, 2019 3. REPORTS 3.1 Report from Orange County Supervisor – Lee Frame 3.2 Report from Orange County Sheriff - Mark Amos 3.3 Report from Security Chief – Scott Walker 3.4 Report from LOW Fire & Rescue President – Jeff Liebold 3.5 Report from Orange County Schools – Jim Hopkins 3.6 Reports of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary A. Executive Session Actions B. Committee Liaison Reports C. Committee Changes D. Referendum Update 3.7 Report of General Manager A. August Financials 3.8 Committee Reports A. Lakes Committee – John Bell, Lakes Committee Chair B. Finance Committee – Jane Haltmaier, Finance Committee Chair 4. MEMBER COMMENTS ON UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND NEW BUSINESS AGENDA ITEMS 5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS 5.1 Consideration of Awarding a Three-Year Security Contract Allied Universal Security Services 5.2 Consideration of Adopting Board Goals for the 2019-2020 Board Term 5.3 Consideration of Adopting Budget Guidelines for FY 2020-2021 6. NEW BUSINESS 6.1 Discussion of Replacement Reserve Study Report for FY 2020 6.2 Consideration of Entering Lots for Maintenance 7. 8. 9.

MEMBER GENERAL COMMENTS DIRECTOR COMMENTS SCHEDULED MEETINGS  Regular Board of Directors Meeting, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Community Center 12:45pm Executive Session, 2:00pm Open Session  Special Meeting of the Board for the Purpose of Reviewing the Reserve Study, Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Community Center 9:00am  Regular Board of Directors Meeting, Saturday, November 2, 2019, Community Center 8:45am Executive Session, 10:00am Open Session 10. ADJOURNMENT *The Board reserves the right to remove, add and/or relocate agenda items as necessary. Please silence phones and maintain order throughout the meeting. Thank you. Members of record may record any portion of this meeting so long as (1) you first notify the President for an announcement before you begin and (2) you do not interfere with other members or the official recording. (See Administrative Regulation 2016-4.)

See President's letter on p. 14

Board of Directors, LOWA, Inc.

Send email to the Board at: President: Cliff Wilks Vice Pres.: Jennifer Zukowski Treasurer: Walt Diercks Secretary: Pete Brown Directors: Heidi Brown Carl Clawson Benita Forrest


General Manager: Phillip Rodenberg ( Assistant General Manager: Chester Guzek ( Director of Facilities: Jessie Graves ( Director of Finance: Charlie Maneval (

Editorial Staff President of the Board General Manager Communications Manager: Carolyn Brodeur ( Communications Assistant: Lisa Naghshineh ( Copy Editor Dan McFarland ( Graphics/Layout: Chris Porter ( LOWA Communications Department: 540-972-2278

Lake Currents The official newsletter of the Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. (USPS 872-400) is published bi-weekly for its membership. Nonmembers $20 per year (25 issues). Periodical postage rate paid at Spotsylvania, VA 22553. Visit our web site at: ITEMS FOR PUBLICATION in the newsletter must be received in the Association office by noon on the Monday after publication for the next publication or by the preceding Friday if Monday is a holiday. All advertising and articles need to be submitted via email to The views expressed in guest articles and paid advertisements represent the opinions of authors and advertisers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. Call the communications office at 540-972-2278 for details about classified and display advertisements which must be prepaid (unless other arrangements are made). The inclusion of advertising, logos or web site links in this publication does not constitute an endorsement by LOWA, Inc. of the products or services so advertised. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to LOWA, Inc., 102 Lakeview Pkwy, Locust Grove, VA 22508

Members Give Our Community Appearance A High Rating

by Jessie Graves, LOWA Director of Facilities

Construction is complete and the new Clubhouse Pool/Fitness Center Building (aka CARC) has just finished its first pool season! The project finished on time and on budget. In May of 2018 the Board of Directors established a $5,086,193 budget for the final design and construction of the new complex. As of September 18, the project remains on budget with total project expenditures coming in at $4,864,160, leaving $222,033 for final payments to our Contractor and for incidentals that may occur as we close out our first season. Lake of the Woods Association approved a total of eleven change orders. Change orders included items such as the increase of the pool depth, grading and soil changes, lighting, and Fitness Center construction changes. Funding for the project came from a variety of sources (see below), including a loan from Mutual of Omaha. The authorized borrowing for the loan was $5 million, but the total amount borrowed was only $3,714,516. The loan will be repaid via member assessment. To date, we have billed a total of $1,626,556 and have collected $1,523,788. 

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Cash o Transfers from NCR Reserves o R&R Funds (Basketball Fence) o Sale of Liberty Blvd. Lot o Sale of Germanna House Property o Funds from Member CARC Assessments Borrowed o Mutual of Omaha Loan Total Funding Available

$ 301,865 11,700 10,000 134,356 913,756 3,714,516 $5,086,193

Newsbreak! The 2020 Independence Day Celebration Parade is ON. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 3, 2020. Member Stan Lasover, who has coordinated many a LOWA parade, is back. Want to volunteer to help Stan? Call him at 540-4129854. He needs volunteers. How proud are you of our community’s appearance? That was one of the questions posed in the 2019 Member Survey coordinated by the Planning and Communications Committees. Most members are “Very” or “Extremely” proud, which means LOWA is fulfilling one of its basic purposes from our Governing Documents to “further and promote the community welfare of property owners in the Subdivision.” According to the results gathered from 680 respondents on this question, members believe the appearance of the community is improving. In fact, the Planning and Communications Committee presentation called it a “significant shift into positive ratings this year.” As you can see from the graph and table below, a total of 93% said they were proud of the community appearance when you combine the three “extremely”, “very” and “somewhat” categories. The other 7% were “not very” proud, “not at all” and “no response”.  “Extremely” proud increased from 8% in both 2012 and 2014 to 18% in 2019  “Very” proud increased from 44% in 2012 and 46% in 2014 to 49% in 2019  “Somewhat” proud decreased from 41% in 2012 and 36% in 2014 to 25% in 2019 What is behind the numbers? Community appearance depends on everyone playing his or her part. Here is my list of contributors: Board of Directors, lot owners, employees, committees, youth and adult clubs, nonprofit organizations, LOW Fire & Rescue, LOWA Security, Golf Maintenance, and Orange County government. Who did I miss? 1. First and foremost, the lot owners of the 4,258 lots each have to make sure their lots meet the maintenance standards. Among these, owners investing in new construction and home renovations play an important part, as well as those continuing exterior maintenance at a high level. 2. Second, the Association has a double responsibility to (1) enforce the Covenants and Regulations regarding private lot maintenance and (2) to care for the common areas. a. We have a Board that just cut the ribbon on a major capital replacement/enhancement project at the Clubhouse Pool and Fitness Center. The Board reviews and approves Management recommendations on capital replacement projects. b. We have Environmental Control Committee members and Maintenance staff members that do both reactive and proactive inspections and follow through. c. We have a Maintenance Department with hard working crews that want to keep our common areas, roads, buildings, parks, recreational facilities, and other community features, etc. looking good. d. We have amenity committees and functional committees that think about how to get the best value.

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It’s taken about three years for this project to come to fruition; two years to design, and one year for construction. It took just one summer to realize that it was worth the wait. Members and guests of all ages have enjoyed the new facility. Some members have even said how much they love the new play features; including the recently installed basketball hoops. They especially liked the new Snack Bar which brought in over $20,000 in gross sales for its first season. The Fitness Center is open for business and we have met our budgeted goal for the sale of Fitness Center Memberships. More than 80 Members, Staff and Contractors helped to make this project a success; special thanks to everyone involved. For more information about the project, or to view the final report presentation, visit

by Phil Rodenberg, General Manager, CMCA ®, AMS ®, PCAM ®

Association News

Clubhouse Pool/Fitness Center Final Report

See General manager on p. 5

Member Services/ Holcomb Building: 540-972-2237 M-F; 8:30 AM-5 PM; Sat. 9 AM-1 PM Clubhouse: 540-972-2221 Office Hours: W-F, 9 AM-5 PM Dinner: W, SU, 5-9 PM; TH, F, SA, 5-10 PM Lunch: S, SU, 11 AM-4 PM Brunch: SU, 10 AM-1 PM Menus: Community Center: 540-972-9680 ECC Office: 540-972-2211 M-F, 7 AM-3:30 PM


Equestrian Center: 540-972-2238 M-F 8:30 AM-5 PM (Appt. required) Sat/Sun 9 AM-5 PM: Walk-in times for Lessons/Pony Rides- 10 AM, 11 AM Trail Rides, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM Fareways Café: 540-972-2216 Mon, Wed-Sat: 8 AM-8 PM Tues: 8 AM-8 PM Sun: 8 AM-6 PM Fitness Center: 540-412-6016 Daily 5 AM-11 PM Golf Pro Shop (Woods Center): Daily 7:30 AM Reserve a tee time 540-972-2230 Golf Course: 8 AM daily

Maintenance Office: 540-972-2223; M-F, 7 AM-3:30 PM

Tennis: Alice Mote 540-424-8004 Courts available 7 AM to 11 PM

Marina – Gas Dock Sat/Sun Only: 9:30 AM-5:30 PM (through Oct. 10)

Trash: LOW Compactor Site 540-672-9600 M, TU, TH, F, 7:30 AM-7 PM Sat 8 AM-5 PM; Sun 9 AM-5 PM Closed Wednesdays and holidays

9.9 Leaf/Brush Area: Daily 7 AM-7 PM Closed Wednesdays Pickleball: Paul Jacobson, 630-715-5657 Outdoor Courts available 7 AM-11 PM Security/Front Gate: 540-972-2210 or 540-972-2020 LOWA.ORG/TEKCONTROL

County Waste: 540-727-0887 Curbside trash recycling/collection: Wednesdays


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Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. Board of Director Goals - DRAFT 2019-2020 Board Term Published for member feedback, please email comments to by October 3, 5 PM.

Implementing Lakes Management Implementation Plan Build Flat Run Forebay on the Main Lake. Evaluate accelerating the construction project to complete by spring 2020. (Overarching Goals 1, 2) Improving Stormwater Management Complete design of the Patrick Henry Court to Small Marina Drainage Project by September 2020. Continue to address 2018 storm damage hot spots with design and construction solutions. (Overarching Goals 1, 2) Improving Financial Internal Controls and Risk Management Continue to improve internal controls policies and processes, and review quarterly updates from the Director of Finance. Consider creation of a risk/audit function. (Overarching Goal 7)

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Improving Golf Amenity Evaluate the cost effectiveness of bringing golf maintenance in-house. Revise and update the Golf Business Plan to improve financial performance and golf course use. (Overarching Goals 3,7) Approving ECC Appeal and Violation Charges Referendum Secure passage of the referendum to amend the Declarations of Restrictions with member’s participation of at least 2,600 lots through a comprehensive Board communication and outreach campaign. (Overarching Goal 1) Increasing Voter Participation Increase electronic voting, add telephone voting, and continue the advance towards a paperless voting process. (Overarching Goal 6) Registering Short Term Rental Properties a. Identify and register short term tenant properties, including AirBnB’s, to ensure the Tenant Fee is paid. Work with lot owners and agents to help ensure short term guests follow rules and regulations. b. Survey membership to get feedback regarding short term rentals, including AirBnB’s. c. Review Declaration of Restrictions, and Regulation III, Registered Tenants, and consider solutions to any identified problems. (Overarching Goal 4) Preventing Amenity Use by Uninvited Guests Review enforcement of Regulation II, Admittance to LOWA, to help ensure only members, tenants, and invited guests use recreational amenities. (Overarching Goals 3,4)

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Regular Board of Directors Meeting September 18,2019, Unapproved Minutes 12:45 p.m., Community Center Note: These minutes are provided to members for review

Present Clifton Wilks, President Jennifer Zukowski, Vice President Walter Diercks, Treasurer Phillip Brown, Secretary Heidi Brown Carl Clawson Benita Forrest

Others Phil Rodenberg, General Manager Linda Brooks, Recorder (from 2:00 p.m.)

Call to Order 1. EXECUTIVE SESSION Motion by Diercks , passed unanimously, to enter into Executive Session at 12:47 p.m. for the purpose of discussing matters involving violations of the Declaration of Restrictions and Regulations for which a member, his family members, tenants, guests or other invitees are responsible; and discuss and consider contracts. Motion by Clawson, passed unanimously, to exit Executive Session at 1:45 p.m. 2. OPEN SESSION Motion by H. Brown, passed unanimously, to enter into Open Session at 2:02 p.m., and to affirm that the Board met earlier today in Executive Session for the purpose of discussing matters involving violations of the Declaration of Restrictions and Regulations for which a member, his family members, tenants, guests or other invitees are responsible; and discuss and consider contracts. The Board also met in Executive Session on September 11 for the purpose of consulting with legal counsel. 2.1 Pledge of Allegiance 2.2 Meeting Notice and Quorum Confirmation Secretary P. Brown confirmed that a quorum is present and proper notice made to all members of record. 2.3 APPROVAL OF AGENDA Motion by Forrest, passed unanimously, to approve the Agenda. 2.4 Approval of the Minutes of August 21, 2019 Regular Board of Directors meeting; September 2, 2019 Annual Meeting of the Membership; September 4, 2019 Annual Board of Directors Meeting; and September 10-11, 2019 Special Board Meeting. Motion by P. Brown, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the minutes of the August 21, 2019 Regular Board of Directors meeting. Motion by P. Brown, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the minutes of the September 2, 2019 Annual Meeting of the Membership. Motion by P. Brown, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the minutes of the September 4, 2019 Annual Board of Directors meeting. Motion by P. Brown, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the minutes of the September 10-11, 2019 Special Board Meeting. 3. REPORTS 3.1 Reports of Officers: None. A. Executive Session Actions: None. B. Committee Changes Motion by Zukowski, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the Committee Change List dated September 18, 2019 as presented: (D-19-99)

See September 18 Board Minutes on p. 18

Timing of Flat Run Forebay Construction by Jennifer Zukowski, M&E Comittee Liaison and Heidi Brown, Lakes Committee Liaison


The Board will be considering accelerating construction of Flat Run Forebay from next winter to this winter at one of our October meetings. Why winter? The construction area of Flat Run Forebay needs to be drained 24/7 for approximately three months, the estimated time of construction. The sound of pumps, whether diesel or electric, will be less since nearby homeownerswill likely shut their windows during the winter and there will be fewer lake users at that time of year. Stantec released the 100% design for Flat Run Forebay earlier this month. The Lakes and M&E Committees are reviewing the design this September and the Board is waiting for committee feedback. The next step is to send out an Invitation for Bid (IFB). The bidding could take up to two months. That would put construction in the spring or summer when noise would be most annoying for homeowners and lake users, which is why we would need to wait until winter 2020. We could request a bidding time of just two to three weeks but that may preclude some companies from bidding. Finish Line Construction recently won a competitive contract with LOWA and could give us an estimate for construction by November 2019. The Board recognizes that in some circumstances it is necessary, and in the Association’s best interest, to obtain procurement without formal bids. Sole Source purchases greater than $25,000 require the General Manager prepare a Sole Source Justification Memorandum which must be approved by the Board prior to contracting with the vendor. The advantages are that we have already approved the contractor in a previous bid and the cost will be lower if we build this winter instead of next winter. The project was originally priced at $138,000, which is in our reserves. The current cost estimate of building the forebay is over $300,000. It will be more if we wait until winter 2020.

General Manager from p.3

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e. We have a Management, Operations Managers and their staff that care for our common areas on both land and lakes as good stewards. We love to see flowers and blooming trees at the Main Gate, sparkling blue water in the lakes and rolling green fields in the parks and golf course. 3. We also have community-minded groups here that put a lot of sweat equity and their own money into appearance efforts. Think of the Garden Club, with its annual tree planting and gardens at the Clubhouse, Dam Trail and Memorial Garden. Think also of the Lions Club contribution to the Sweetbriar Pavilion and now the newly-planned Hollyfield Pavilion. Think of all the little and big things volunteers do, from picking up a soda can on the side of the road to dedicating a Civil War history display in the Clubhouse. It all adds up, folks! And at the end of the day we have one of the best darned large scale community associations in the whole Commonwealth of Virginia! And we are not there yet. There are always going to be lot owners who do not or cannot live up to the standards. There is always a community asset that needs to be replaced or is wanting a fresh coat of paint. That’s why YOU are here! That’s why I’M here. We all play our part for the larger purpose of a safe, beautiful, livable community. Let us know what more we can do to improve the community appearance from your perspective. Write me at: GMOffice@LOWA.Org.

Schedule of Board Meetings from September 2019 - August 2020 Special Meetings of the Board will be announced through LOWA media outlets. All dates & times subject to change. Event Organizational Meeting - New Board Special Meeting - Board Retreat & Annual Legal Briefing

Date Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Location Community Center Community Center Community Center

Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting (Special) Meeting Dinner Meeting with Orange County BOS (Special Board Meeting) Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Saturday, October 5, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Saturday, November 2, 2019 Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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2:00pm 10:00am 2:00pm 9:00am 10:00am 6:00pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Saturday, January 4, 2020 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Saturday, February 1, 2020 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Saturday, March 7, 2020 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Saturday, April 4, 2020 Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Saturday, May 2, 2020 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Saturday, August 1, 2020 Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Environmental Control Committee Appeal and LOWA Violation Charges ReferendumProposed Language Directors Recommend Yes Votes on Both Questions. Electronic & Paper ballots must be submitted to no later than Dec. 9, 2019, or may be submitted in person or by proxy at the Lake of the Woods Association Special Meeting of the Membership Dec. 10, 2019, at 7 PM at the LOWA Community Center. If you have not received a ballot, please contact Vote-Now at or call 833-200-0602. 1. Shall the membership approve an amendment to Sections 5 and 6 to establish an Environmental Control Committee (ECC) Appeal to the Board of Directors? The first question will determine if there will be a limited right to appeal from denials of plans, specifications, and/or details by the ECC. It contains four subparts: (1) changing the quorum language from three to be a majority of the ECC; (2) clarifying plan approval procedures, (3) providing that Members have limited rights to appeal denial of plans, specifications and/or details to the Board, and (4) clarifying that the Committee has authority to propose regulation changes to the Board of Directors regarding the height and size requirements of all types of buildings and structures, subject to Board approval. Please vote “yes” to this question. This provides Members with a less costly avenue of resolving disputes about the ECC’s actions on plans, specifications and/or details, and allows the Board to resolve such disputes in whole or in part. Members will still have the right to pursue legal action after the Board’s decision if they so choose.

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PROPOSED LANGUAGE Language being removed will be shown in with strikethrough, new language is shown in bold italics. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL COMMITTE 7 B. The Committee shall be composed of not more than seven (7) members, nor less than three (3) members, with staggered terms, and shall be appointed by the Board of Directors. Committee members shall be subject to removal by the Board of Directors and any vacancies existing from time to time shall be filled by appointment. A quorum for this Committee shall be three (3) members. (Ref. Mar 1990) A quorum for this Committee shall be a majority of Committee members. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL COMMITTE 8 D. The Committee shall approve or disapprove plans, specifications and details within thirty (30) days from the receipt thereof. One (1) set of said plans and specifications and details with the approval or disapproval endorsed thereon, shall be returned to the person submitting them and the other copy thereof shall be retained by the Committee for its permanent files. of completed plans, specifications, and/or details in accordance with this Section 5 and Section XVI of the Rules and Regulations, as determined by the Committee. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL COMMITTEE E. The Committee shall have the right to disapprove any plans, specifications or details submitted to it in the event the same are not in accordance with all of the provisions of these Restrictions; if the design or color scheme of the proposed building or other structure is not in harmony with the general surroundings of such lot or with the adjacent buildings or structures; if the plans and specifications are incomplete; or in the event the Committee deems the plans, specifications or details, or any part thereof

to be contrary to the interests, welfare or rights of all or any part of the real property subject hereto, or the owners thereof. The decisions of the Committee with respect to plans, specifications, or details thereof shall be final. (Referendum Aug 1996) In the event that the Committee disapproves or denies the plans, specifications and/or details submitted, the Committee shall do so in writing to the submitting Owner, providing the date of the disapproval or denial and the Committee’s basis for the disapproval or denial, which shall include any provisions of the Declaration (i.e., recorded covenants), Bylaws, Rules and Regulations (hereafter “Governing Documents”) which the Committee deems applicable and/or supportive of its disapproval or denial. Any disapproval or denial of plans, specifications and/or details by the Committee pursuant to this Section may be appealed by the submitting Owner to the Board of Directors (“Board”). The grounds for appeal are limited to (1) the Committee’s denial violates one or more provisions of the Governing Documents or applicable law or statute and/or (2) the plans, specifications and/or details submitted to and denied by the Committee are not regulated by the Governing Documents or law or statute. The appeal must be in writing, with the following information: (1) a copy of the submitted plans, specifications and/or details, (2) a detailed statement of the reasons for the appeal, specifically addressing the grounds for the appeal as limited herein, and (3) the remedy sought. Any written appeal must be received by the Board within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the decision of the Committee. If the tenth (10th) day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal Holiday, such receipt of the written appeal shall be due no later than the next business day. The Board shall have full authority and discretion to affirm, reverse or revise, in whole or in part, the decision of the Committee. The Board shall have no time deadline during which to decide an appeal, but the Board shall make reasonable efforts to make such determination at a Board meeting within thirty (30) days after an appeal has been submitted to the Board. The Owner will be invited to speak at the meeting during the Board’s consideration of the Owner’s appeal, unless the Board determines, in its own discretion, that the circumstances of the appeal warrant immediate consideration by the Board, irrespective of the Owner’s attendance at the meeting. Any decision or determination by the Board of an appeal shall be provided in writing to the submitting Owner and shall be final. The Board shall have authority to adopt and publish reasonable rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to appeals of disapprovals or denials of the Committee to the Board. 6. SIZE AND PLACEMENT OF RESIDENCES AND STRUCTURES C. The Committee shall have the authority to to propose regulations to the Board of Directors pertaining to the height and size requirements for all other types of buildings and structures, including fences, walls, copings, etc. Any such proposed regulations shall require the approval of the Board of Directors.

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2. Shall the membership approve an amendment to Section 12 to establish an assessment of charges for violations of the Restrictive Covenants, Rules and Regulations?

by Alexander Vasquez, Community and Youth Activities Chair

The second question provides the Board with authority to adopt reasonable rules and regulations as may be permitted by applicable laws, including the ability to levy and assess violations charges established by the Virginia Property Owner’s Association Act. Such charges will be collectable as an assessment, including placing a lien against a Member’s property. Please vote “yes” to this question. Members are concerned about their property values. This measure will encourage Members to take care of their property as set forth in the governing documents by keeping the structure and lot in reasonable order thereby helping all property values. This provides the ability for the Association to charge Members not taking care of their property in accordance with the governing documents $1O a day for 90 days for ongoing violations and $50 for one-time violations. We hope that Members will respond to such notices by taking care of their property before charges are assessed. In addition, this provision provides for all charges for violations of rules and regulations.

Three hours a month, every month, the Community Youth Activities Committee creates family-friendly events for all LOWA residents to enjoy. The purpose of the CYA is to encourage community engagement, while enabling families to do more together. Currently, the committee has three member spots available for anyone who has the availability and desire to contribute some of their time twice a month: 1. The second Monday of every month at 7:15 PM we hold our meeting. This is usually between 30 and 45 minutes long; we go over upcoming events, ideas to make events better, and review what we learned from previous events. 2. Once a month, we hold a CYA event for the community. These events are usually two hours long, and range from a bingo night, family date night, S’mores night, pool party, movie night, and more! If you are interested, please fill out an application form in the Holcomb Building. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

PROPOSED LANGUAGE Language being removed will be shown in with strikethrough; new language is shown in bold italics.

LOW Realtor’s Open House Sunday, Oct. 6 Noon-4 PM, Clubhouse bhouse

12. LAKE OF THE WOODS ASSOCIATION H. In addition to all the remedies and authorities provided to it by this Declaration, the Bylaws, the Articles, the Rules and Regulations and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Board of Directors has the authority to adopt reasonable rules and regulations as may be permitted by, and so as to comply with, applicable statute, including a rule permitting the Association to levy and assess any violation charges established by the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended (“Act”) or any other applicable statute. Any such violation charges assessed against an Owner shall be collectible as an assessment, including but not limited to constituting a lien against such Owner’s Lot and being the personal obligation of such Owner.

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Minutes from the Special Board of Directors Meeting/Retreat September 10 and 11, 2019 (approved at the September 18, Board Meeting) will be published in the October 11, issue of Lake Currents. They are also available on-line at

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Rain or Shine | Lions Pavilion @ Sweetbriar Park Wine, Beer, Appetizers,, Food, Live Music, 50/50 Raffle $15 per person (includes admission, appetizers & first beverage) Additional food/drink tickets will be available for purchase I.D. required to obtain wristband

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Collection Drop-off Boxes for unused

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Saturday November 16 9:00 - 4:00 Sunday November 17 9:00 - 1:00 ~Saturday only~ Pancake Breakfast & BBQ Lunch will be served

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first musical, based on the Biblical story of Joseph, son of Jacob, and his coat of many colors.

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~Bake Sale (Saturday)~ ~ Kitchen & Bath Gifts/Accessories ~ Jewelry ~Wall Hangings~ ~Doll Clothes~ Cards for All Occasions~ ~Seasonal Wreaths & Center Pieces ~ Baby Items ~ the ever popular “Scrubbies” and so much more! All proceeds benefit LOWC Youth Missions Cash * Checks * All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Wednesday, October 16 2 PM, LOWA Regular Board Meeting, CC TV18, shown on Comcast Channel 18, features unique shows designed especially for Lake of the Woods.

NOTE: SCHEDULE SHOWN IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE To view our videos online visit: LOWA.ORG/TV18.

September 27 – October 3 8 AM 12:30 PM

LOWA Board Annual Meeting – September 18th Real Virginia

3 PM

49th Annual Meeting of the Membership

5 PM

LOWA Regular Board of Directors – September 18th

October 4-10 8 AM 12:30 PM

LOWA Regular Board of Directors – October 5th Real Virginia

3 PM

49th Annual Meeting of the Membership

5 PM

LOWA Regular Board of Directors – October 5th

Committee Meetings: Members are encouraged to attend. Meetings are subject to change; contact the Committee Chair for current information. Visit Committees.

Meeting Facility Key: CC Community Center CCCR Community Center Classroom CR Community Center Craft Room CH Clubhouse CHGH Clubhouse Great Hall CHPR Clubhouse President’s Room EQ Equestrian Center FW Fareways Cafe FC Fitness Center HF Hollyfield Park Locust Grove Elementary LGES School (Rt. 20) LLCH Lower Level Clubhouse LOWC LOW Church MCR Maintenance Conference Room RR Holcomb Building Reading Room SB Sweetbriar Park ULH Upper Level Holcomb WC Woods Center

Fitness: 10/1, 4 PM, CC Safety/Security: 10/2, 3 PM, WC ECC: 10/3, 8:30 AM, MCR Pickleball/Tennis: 10/7, 4 PM, CC Finance: 10/7, 7 PM, CC Equestrian: 10/8, 1:30 PM, CC Pools: 10/8, 7 PM, CC Clubhouse: 10/9, 1 PM, CH External Affairs: 10/14, 7 PM, CC CYA: 10/14, 7:15 PM, CC Rules: 10/15, 4 PM, CC

Have a show idea? TV18 is accepting new shows from members and local organizations to air on Channel 18 & our TV18 on For more information, view our TV18 Community Programming Guidelines on or contact the Communications Department at 540-972-2278.

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NOTICE OF CLOSURE: Spotswood Park is CLOSED for playground equipment replacement. Estimated completion is December 2019. The park is located on the 4500 block of Lakeview Parkway

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Saturday, October 5 10 AM, LOWA Regular Board Meeting, CC

Call: 703-966-9495 Fax: 540-785-4758 David Bradie

Owner, President

P.O. Box 191 Locust Grove, VA 22508


Friday, September 27 9 AM-3PM Lioness Card Party, Luncheon & Fashion Show (CH). Reserve: Connie 540-412-5958. 10 AM-3 PM DMV Connect Mobile (CC). Info: DMV2Go. 6-9 PM Music on Clubhouse Point with Chris & Mark. To benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Saturday, September 28 1-4 PM LOW Small Business Day Event at Sweetbriar Pavilion. Info: 540-972-9680. 10 AM-5 PM Fine Arts, Crafts, & Photography Show & Sale (CC). 7-9 PM LOW S’mores Night at Campground Pavilion. Facebook, LOW Youth Activities. Sunday, September 29 12-4 PM LOW Wine Tasting (SB Pavilion), LOWLINC sponsored. Tickets: 10 AM-5 PM Fine Arts, Crafts, & Photography Show & Sale (CC). Tuesday, October 1 10 AM Vision Impaired Support Group (CC). Info: Gail 540-972-1629. 6:30 PM Wilderness Toastmaster Meeting (CC). Info: Saturday, October 5 7 AM LOW Bass Anglers Tournament (CH Dock). Info: www. 10 AM LOWA Regular Board Meeting (CC). Info: 540-972-2214. 5-7 PM Shrimp Dinner at Lignum Ruritan Club (Rt. 3). All you can eat Spicy & Plain. Fee. Info:

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Sunday, October 6 12-4 PM LOW Realtor’s Open House (CH). Tuesday, October 8 9 AM-1 PM The Art of Aging Expo (Germanna CC, Culpeper campus), free. Info: 540-829-6405. 10 AM LOW Knowledge Club (CC). Info: Wednesday, October 9 7 PM LOW Civic Club Meeting (CH). Info: Pat 540-735-7998. Thursday, October 10 6:30 PM LOW Knowledge Club (CC). Info: LOWKnowledgeClub@ Saturday, October 12 2-4 PM Tennis Club Open Play & Potluck (HF), $2. Info: Miff at 540412-5958. 5 PM Good Time Cruise-In Car Show (LGTC). Info: Monday, October 14 LOWA Offices Closed LOW Trash Compactor Closed Deadline for submissions to the October 11 issue of Lake Currents is September 30.


Deadline for submissions to the October 25 issue of Lake Currents is October 14.

C al en d a r o f E ve n t s SPORTS & EXERCISE (subject to change) Location Aerobics




8:30-9:30 AM


M, W, F

Church 540-972-9060

Dance: Shag, line


7 PM

2nd/4th TU

Audrey 703-401-5050

Edelweiss Dancers


6-8 PM


Brooke 540-972-4628 Donna 540-972-1977

Exercising for Health


10:30 AM


Meditation Class



4-5 PM

1st/2nd TH

Terry 540-412-2282

Pickleball Beginner Class


9:30-11:30 AM


Dave 540-846-1613

Praise & Worship Dance


10 AM-12:30 PM


Sonja 540-972-1734

Senior Softball


9 AM


John 540-229-7940

Square Dancers Club


7:30-9:30 PM

2nd/ 4th/5th F

Dick/Lynn 703-298-6254

Square DancersLords & Ladies


7:30-9:30 PM

1st/3rd F

Ruth/Marty 540-412-2186 Joyce 540-972-1924


8:30-9:15 AM

M, W, F

Frances 540-972-5435


9-9:45 AM


Elba 540-850-8577

Volleyball Adult/coed


7-11 PM


Michael 540-809-7406

Walkers & Joggers Club

Grnsprings CH

9 AM 9 AM


Diane 540-388-2930

Water Fitness

Wilderness Pres. Resort

10 AM & 11:15 AM

M, W, F

Carol 540-972-6739


Rebekah 908-358-8406

Stretch and Flex Strength & Toning


Yoga – Gentle



10:30-11:45 AM 11 AM-12 PM

Yoga – Chair



9:30-10:45 AM


Rebekah 908-358-8406


9-10:15 AM 6:30-7:30 PM 9-10:15 AM


Rebekah 908-358-8406

Yoga – Foam Roll/Restore $


6:30-7:30 PM


Rebekah 908-358-8406

Zumba, seniors



Elba 540-850-8577

Yoga – Flow



9:30-10:30 AM ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, BRIDGE & FUN (subject to change)




AARP Meeting


9:30 AM

3rd M

Contact Larry 540-972-1847

Bridge, Sunday Duplicate


7-9 PM


Joe 540-972-8052/Caroline 540972-7688

Bridge, Monday Night


7 PM


Charles 540-972-8030/Mike 540972-8251 Betty 540-548-2112

Bridge, Wednesday Ladies


9 AM-3 PM


Book Club, LOW

Wilderness Lib.

1 PM

2nd W


Chess Club


6:30-8:30 PM


Jack 540-972-6211

Childhelp Auxiliary

LOWC, rm. 211

10 AM

1st W

Nancy 540-972-2599

Civic Club Meeting


7 PM

2nd W

Pat 540-735-7998

Civil War Study Group


10:30 AM

4th F

Charles 540-972-2401

Closet Quilters


12:30-3 PM


Maureen 540-972-7010

Coloring Book Club


10 AM



Craft Group


9:30-11:45 AM


Rochelle 540-972-3438

DAR Susannah Chandler


1 PM

2nd SA

Betty Larson 540-661-7202

Democratic Club


1:30 PM

2nd W

Kerry 540-220-8547

Fun Bunch 55+


10 AM-1 PM


John 540-972-5611

Garden Club


12:30 PM

2nd M

Jan 540-972-1630

Happy Tails Dog Club


7 PM

4th TU


7 PM

4th TU

George 540-840-2740


9:30-11:30 AM

W, F

Sharon 540-848-5810

Knowledge Club


10 AM 6:30 PM

2nd TU 2nd TH

Litter Pick-up in LOW

All around LOW

9 AM

3rd SA

Jan 540-972-1630


6 PM

2nd TH

Ann 540-972-3326 Rani 540-972-7859

Investment Club Knitting & Crocheting


LOW Lioness Club LOW Lions Club


5:30 PM

3rd TH

Charlie 540-903-7796



1-4 PM


Debby 540-412-5240

Mothers of Preschoolers

LOWC, Founders

9:15 AM

1st /3rd W


Open Mic Night


5:30-8:30 PM


Fareways 540-972-2216

Players, Theater Group


7 PM

2nd W

Marilyn 540-972-0392

Photography Club, LOW


7-9 PM

1st/3rd TH

Bill 540-834-9866

Republican Women’s Club


11:30 AM

4th W

Connie 540-972-0083

LGES (Rt. 20)

5:15 PM


Nita 540-219-7028 Audrey 540-222-3569

Veterans Club


7 PM

4th TH

Dan 540-972-0153

Wilderness Toastmasters


6:30 PM

1st/3rd TU

Woodworkers Club


7 PM

4th TU

Glynn 703-625-3849

TOPS weigh in/meeting $

Please refer to meeting room location key on previous page

by Jennifer Buist, Corresponding Secretary

Keaton’s Lake Swim Advisory

by Bobby Jones, Environmental Resources Manager On Sept.19, Lake of the Woods Association alerted the community that recent testing showed Keaton’s Lake (aka the Little Lake) exceeded the recommended state threshold for harmful cyanobacteria, also known as the harmful form of blue-green algae. The lake was treated with SeClear algaecide on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and retesting was done upon completion. Once LOWA receives the results of the follow-up testing, we will notify members as to whether the swim advisory has been lifted or if additional treatment is required. At the time of publication, a Swim Advisory was in effect and members were advised not swim in the lake and to be mindful of their pets and children. Members should check the website at the web address below to determine the current status of the swim advisory. Please note that the Main Lake does not have any recommended restrictions for safe swimming and water activities; no current reasons for concern. For more info visit

Association News

Happy Tails Dog Club Prorates Membership Dues

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Beginning on Nov. 1, Happy Tails Dog Club will be offering a prorated club fee for the remaining membership year. Nov. 1 through April 30, membership fees will be $25 for one dog and $38 for two or more. All club memberships will renew on May 1, 2020. This is a great opportunity for those curious about joining. The weather is great for you and your dogs to get out there and play at the park! Please email info@happytailsdogclub. net for more information.


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The Happy Tails Dog Club asked the LOW Woodworkers Club to build a pergola for their Dog Park. Construction started on Sept. 16. After a lot of moving 6” x 6” x 10’ lumber, numerous cuts, screwing, pouring cement, and ups and downs (note ladders in picture) the project ended on a HIGH note on Sept. 21. (Above) Jeff Cleaton (Below L-R) Hal Wood; George Hedrick, Glynn Smith, Dave Lyon, Gil Churchill,. Helping, but not pictured, were Rick Rappaport, Mark Everhart, and Bill Hillman. Happy Tails Dog club and LOW Maintenance also contributed to the success of the build.

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DAR Chapter Hosting Free Beginning Genealogy Workshop

LOW Veterans Club

by Fred Pulis, Member, LOW Veterans Club

LOW Community

by Marty Hartmann, Vice Regent

The LOW Veterans Club’s next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 PM at the Clubhouse lower level. The featured speaker will be retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer D.J. Mallmann. He has over 40 years’ experience as an imagery analyst, concerning areas of expertise in military, political, terrorism, and underground facilities for North Africa and the Middle East. Mallmann also retired as a senior analyst for the CIA. He currently is a resident author at the r e fic Lake of the Woods. His published book is entitled OfSHIBBOLETH and he will be discussing it as well. y tt Pe Nominations for elected club officers including ief h C r president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer are needed. Se ni o In addition, consideration will be given for the appointed positions of event coordinator, communications chairman, and historian. All members are encouraged to notify the nominating committee in order to seek nomination and election for the term beginning in January. The nominating committee members are: Chairman Bill Derryberry,; Fred Pulis,; and Ed Kessler At that same meeting, veterans are encouraged to bring pictures of themselves, taken in uniform, to be displayed on the Clubhouse Christmas tree. The unique concept was a great success last year, according to visitors to the Clubhouse. For information about the LOW Veterans Club and its activities, please contact club president Dan Greene at 540-972-0153 or email him at D






With so many TV programs presenting celebrities searching for their roots, not to mention all the DNA ancestry search ads, have you wondered about your own? Do you know where your family came from? Have you heard family stories, and wonder how true they are? What about your children? Do they know their ancestors? Well, if you have been thinking about mapping your family tree, here is an opportunity for you! We will be hosting a Beginning (your) Genealogy Workshop, presented by Genealogist Elizabeth Berry, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Wilderness Branch Library, from 11 AM to 2 PM. It is free to the public, and will include worksheets and handouts to help you get started, as well as assistance. There are even door prizes from Ancestry, Family Tree, Living DNA and My Heritage! Registration will begin at 10:30 AM. However, as we have limited space, we will also be accepting preregistration for a guaranteed spot at: SusannahChandlerChapter1@gmail. com, or call 540-661-7202. Walk-ins will be welcome, until the available space is filled. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be drawn at the end of program. Our monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 PM at the Community Center, and will offer free follow-up assistance to workshop participants. Feel free to contact us for information or questions at:, or 540-661-7202.

Tennis Club Play & Potluck by Miff Devens, Member, Tennis Club

The LOW Tennis Club is hosting an afternoon of open play on Saturday, Oct. 12, on the courts at Hollyfield Park. Play will be from 2 to 4 PM, followed by a shared potluck meal. This is a change from our standard Tennis Social time, and represents a celebration at the end of the high season. The Tennis Club will provide tennis balls and asks for a $2 contribution per person. As always, the tennis play follows Round Robin fashion with partners changing at 25-minute intervals. Our aim is socialization, not competition. All levels of experience and expertise are welcome. Please bring a dish to share with friends, and your own beverage, if you wish. The play and the gathering are weather dependent. Call Connie or Miff at 540-412-5958, and let us know if you are able to join us.

Schützenfest 2019 Lake Currents September 27, 2019

Ninth Annual October Festival Held at the LOW Woods Center

SSaturday, October 199 Join us for some Outdoor fun!! Sign up for golf at Pro Shop ($35 per person) Golf starts at 9:00 am Band plays free from 1pm-5pm

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• Nine Hole Scramble • Moon Bounce for Kids • Corn Bag Toss • Horseshoes • Kiddies Corn Bag Toss • Listen to free music performed by our very own Oompah Band

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Call the Pro Shop for more information about these events 540-972-2230

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow… That is, Saturday and Sunday

Michael Kasey to Speak to Vision-Impaired Support Group

by Madeline Salustri, LOWVAC member

by Gail Sauro, Group Leader

Wilderness Toastmasters

Photo by Jan Moore

Patty Bell displays her watercolor creations.

by Alayna Stiffler, Wilderness Toastmasters

The LOWVAC art exhibit and sale is here! Come Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, to enjoy the 37th Annual All Arts weekend. The event takes place at the Community Center from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days. There will be visual arts in all media, from paintings to woodworking, jewelry crafts, and stained glass creations. The art of writing will be represented by the LOW authors. On Sunday, from noon until 4 PM, there will be the very special Art of Wine, sponsored by LOWLINC. An exciting cooperative activity between LOWVAC and the Orange School System has yielded a new way to exhibit each school’s art program. Come view the nine large canvases, each created by a different school. Also participate in a raffle to win one of these original works. Join your neighbors for this weekend celebration of All Art. For further information, please contact Jan Moore at 540-972-9355 or Sallie Wallace at 540-226-9372.

Every other week, Wilderness Toastmasters meets at the Community Center. We are meeting people in our community that we would not have had a chance to meet without our Toastmasters meetings. We hope you will join us to find out more about how Toastmasters can benefit you, from your job to a Saturday afternoon get-together with people that you may be meeting for the first time, to the board room where you are pitching your next idea for an account. No matter what you do in life, talking is inevitable and words can be the difference between comfortable and uncomfortable. Wilderness Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesday at the Community Center at 6:30 PM. Our meetings are open to everyone who would like to visit, with no obligation. Feel free to reach out to us at if you would like more information.

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Lake of the Woods Community Open House

LOW Community

Michael Kasey is the featured speaker at the October meeting of the Lake of the Woods Vision-Impaired Support Group. Kasey is a co-founder of the Fredericksburg Area chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBV) and served as state president in 2015. His topic is Setting an Example. He will speak about his experiences with his own vision impairment, Retinitis Pigmentosa, an inherited disease in which the retina of the eye slowly and progressively degenerates. He will also present information about the resources available through M ic h a el the NFBV and discuss its upcoming annual convention. K as e y The LOW Vision-Impaired Support Group was established in 2016, and is sponsored by the LOW Lions Club. It is a discussion and education group for community members with impaired vision, offering the opportunity to discuss common problems and solutions related to vision issues, and to hear speakers on topics related to impaired vision. All are welcome at the monthly meeting. For info, contact group leader, Gail Sauro at 540-972-1629. The meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 10 AM in the Community Center, Classroom 1. 708 Yorktown Blvd $299,900

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The second question of the referendum, if passed, will provide authority to the Board of Directors to adopt reasonable rules and regulations, including a rule permitting the Association to levy and assess any violation charges established by the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act or any other applicable statute. Any such violation charges assessed against an Owner will be collectible as an assessment, including, but not limited to, constituting a lien against such Owner’s Lot and being the personal obligation of such Owner. SUMMARY: In the first question, Members will gain the benefit of a limited right of appeal of any denials by the Environmental Control Committee, a right that Members do not have now. In the second question, the Association will be able to more meaningfully enforce violations of the Covenants, Rules, and Regulations. VOTE “YES” to both Questions. Contact the Elections Committee Chair at, at or call 833-200-0602 to request a paper ballot. You may also have an email, with your voting information, resent to you by visiting the following URL: Voting electronically will save your Association, and therefore you, administrative costs

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Example 2: In another scenario, you have a disability and request an accommodation in the form of handicap ramp or other similar type aid and the Committee denies the request. You might appeal the decision based on the Committees alleged failure to approve your request, including possibly granting a variance, as a matter covered by the Fair Housing Act. In the hypothetical examples provided, the first determination will be whether the appeal meets the limited grounds for appeal. If not, then a decision in writing would deny the appeal for lack of grounds. If the appeal meets the limited grounds test, the appeal is scheduled for a Board meeting, unless the Board determines that immediate action is needed, and, in either event, a decision in writing on the merits would follow. THE SECOND QUESTION TO BE DECIDED IS WHETHER THE ASSOCIATION CAN CHARGE MEMBERS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE COVENANTS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS. The Supreme Court of Virginia decision in 2012 (Shadowood Condominium Association, Et. Al. versus Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, June 22, 2012) established that the ability to assess charges to Members must be clearly articulated in the Covenants. Prior to the above decision, the Association could, and did, charge lot owners a one-time charge of $50 for violations or $10 a day for up to 90 days for continuing lot violations. Those citations were heard by the Legal and Compliance Committee, and if denied, could be appealed to the Board. Under Section 12 of the Covenants, when a lot owner fails to maintain their premises and the improvements in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Directors, the Association has the right to enter the lot and repair, maintain, and restore the lot and the exterior of the buildings. Prior to entering a lot, there is a process of sending successive letters to the Member, requesting that they comply with regulations; if not, the Board of Directors can authorize entry into the lot to take care of the matter. Some examples are, but not limited to, the following:  lot cleanup due to fallen trees, dangerous trees, unkempt lawns,  structures in need of repair, including painting or demolition,  inoperable vehicles, vehicles without licenses or inspection stickers, and  other potential violations (see Covenants and Rules and Regulations). Now, the Association must notify the lot owner of the deficiency, request that it be resolved, and if not, contract the work to be performed at the eventual expense of the lot owner. However, the initial expense is borne by you, the members.

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Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting every Mon, Wed, Fri, at 7 PM at LOW Church (Rm 210). Info: LOW Church 540-972-9060. Cancer Support Group for Women and their Caregivers: Meetings are held at LOW Church. Please contact Suzanne Lentine for meeting dates/time or for more information, 540-972-9060. Dementia Memory Café: Second Wednesdays, 2:30 PM, Country Cookin’, 247 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper. This is a social event where the person with dementia and/or the caregiver(s) are welcome to come discuss issues. Contact Bonnie at 540-547-4824 or Dementia Support Groups: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Home Instead Senior Care, 111 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg; Mondays, 11 AM12:30 PM, England Run Library, 806 Lyons Blvd, Fredericksburg. Info: Ginny Biggs, gbiggs@ Grief Support Group: Griefshare is a free worldwide Bible based support group designed to help you through your grief journey after the loss of a loved one. See We meet twice a year for 13-week sessions of videos and discussions at the LOW Church. Several leaders, a minister, and a workbook will be available to assist you. Please call for days and for more info, 540-972-9060 or Living Water Community Clinic in Locust Grove (32345 Constitution Hwy, Suite H) offers free medical care and prescription assistance to the uninsured in Orange, Spotsylvania, and Culpeper counties. Medical care available on Thursdays from 5 to 8 PM. Call 540-854-5922 for appointments. Volunteers Needed. Info: 540-854-5922, Suzanne. LOWLINC - Non-profit membership service organization dedicated to enabling seniors at the lake to continue living fully and independently in their homes. Volunteer services provided: transportation, light home maintenance, computer assistance, check-in calls, friendly visits and referrals to screened service providers. Fee-based. Info: 1-855-LOWLINC or visit LOW Lions/Lioness Wilderness Food Pantry: Located behind Locust Grove Town Center, Route 20. Usually open the first and third Fridays from 9 AM to noon, the second Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM and the last Saturday from 9 AM to noon. Please call: 888508-9274 to confirm schedule and to check for special opening dates and times. Mail contributions to Lions Wilderness Food Pantry, P.O. Box 605, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Info: Stan, 540-412-9854.

LOW Lions Medical Equipment: Durable medical equipment is available for temporary loan to those with needs. Equipment can generally be picked up and returned 9 AM to noon Saturdays at the Lions Building near the LOW trash compactor. Lions also gratefully receive donations of used equipment, in clean and good condition, that can be readily used by others. In case of immediate needs, please contact Dave at 540972-2125, Susan at 540-972-2772 or Mark at 540-412-6694. If contacts are not immediately available, please leave message and we will return your call. Orange County Free Clinic: Offers primary medical care and prescription assistance to the uninsured in OC. Medical care available Mon. through Thurs., by appointment, and on Tues. evenings (walk-in). 101-C Woodmark Street, Orange. Info: Dorren Brown, 540-672-0793. Red Cross Blood Drive: Fourth Tuesday, every other month from noon to 6 PM. Next drive is Nov. 26 at the Community Center. You must be generally healthy and 17 or older. Go to for more detailed information. Make an appointment online or call 1-800733-2767. Making an appointment saves you time! Walk-ins accepted, on space available basis. Info: Christy, 540-412-2470. Seeking Counseling? The LOW Church offers affordable counseling for all persons by appointment. Info: Church, 540-972-9060. The Woods Cares: An AARP program, will run errands and do small repairs, light yard work for shut-ins and caretakers. Free service. Call Jeanette 540-9720726, or Ed 724-523-5255. Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Care-AVan will provide transportation to health care (including picking up prescription medications) and legal appointments for senior citizens (over 60) and persons (over 18) with physical disabilities. Available Mon-Fri. with minimum of 48 hours’ notice. Free Service (donations accepted), Call 540-825-3100 ext. 3358 or 3013. Vision Impaired Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 AM, Community Center, Room 1. Sponsored by the LOW Lions. Contact: Gail Sauro, 540-972-1629 or Gail.Sauro@

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Oct. 5, Shrimp Dinner. Lignum Ruritan Club located on Old Rt 3 is having a Shrimp Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 PM. All you can eat Spicy & Plain. Adults $20, Children 6-12 $10. Under 6 are Free. Info: Good Time Cruise-In Car Show at Locust Grove Town Center, Rtes. 20 & 611, second Saturday each month through Oct., 5 PM til sundown. Free to all, Family Friendly, Great Cars, Awards, Prize Drawings; 50/50, Food on Site, Proceeds go to Local Charities.; on Facebook: Good Time Cruisers of Locust Grove. Nov. 5, Election Day Chicken BBQ. 11 AM-6 PM, Clubhouse Lower Level. Menu: ½ BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Brownie. Sponsored by LOW AARP, all proceeds support Local Charities. Tickets ($10). Must be purchased in advance. Call Larry: 540-840-5648.

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Story Time Tuesdays at the Wilderness Library: Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29 (No story time on Oct. 1). 10:15 AM, Toddler Time - 15-20 minutes of stories, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, and music for children ages 18 months to 3 yrs old with a caregiver. 11 AM, Preschool Storytime - 30-45 minutes of stories, action rhymes, music, and crafts for children 3 to 5 yrs old with a caregiver. Info: 540-854-5310. Oct. 18-19, Save the Date. There will be a Semi-Annual Book Sale at the Wilderness Library. Happy Tails Dog Club, from Nov. 1-Apr. 30, the Club will offer a prorated membership fee. $25/ one dog; $38/two or more dogs. All memberships will renew on May 1, 2020. Email info@happytailsdogclub. net, for more information. Lost or Found Pets in LOW can be posted on LOWlostandfoundpets. Hearing Aids/Eyeglasses Recycled: Place used hearing aids and eyeglasses in LOW Lions boxes at Wells Fargo Bank, LOW Hair Studio, and LOW Security. Project EXCEL. The Orange County Office on Youth is looking for volunteers to tutor elementary school students who are as much as a year behind in reading. As little as an hour per week could make a big difference! Please email Ginny Biggs at: project_excel.ooy@outlook. com or call 571-259-8951 for more details and a volunteer application (a background check is required).

Cause 4 Paws. We are in need of volunteer foster homes, monetary donations and donations of the following: Purina Kitten Chow, Purina Cat Chow, Friskies Pate canned food and Fancy Feast Kitten Wet Food. Proceeds benefit feline rescue. Donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations can be mailed to Cause 4 Paws, P.O. Box 301, Locust Grove, VA 22508. For more info, see us on Facebook: causefourpaws Locust Grove VA or call LA, 540-485-4181 or Darlene 540-972-8038. LOW Directory. Cost is $10 at Member Services in the lower level Holcomb Bldg. Sales benefit F&R. Information: Dick or Carolyn Durphy at; or 540-972-3306. LOW Lioness Book Sale. Used books will be sold on the last Saturday of each month from 8:30 AM to 2 PM at the Ferris Building. Proceeds go to the Benevolence Fund. Book donations are accepted at our book sales and on Mondays from 9:30-11 AM. No reference or text books please. Info: Ann, 540972-4338; Sherri, 540-412-9854; or Helene, 540-412-0798. LOW Lions Medical Equipment Loan Program seeks donations of wheelchairs and rollators in working condition to share with neighbors in need. Donate at Velona Building (by compactor) any Saturday from 9 AM to noon, or call Lion Mark at 540-412-6694, Lion Susan at 540972-2772, or Lion Dave at 540-9722125 to schedule a pick-up. If you or a family member need a walker, shower bench, bedside commode, or other medical equipment, the Lions are here for you! Lions Furniture Pickup and Yard Sale. The LOW Lions accept donations of furniture and merchandise at the Velona Building (Shoosmith Road, near the trash compactor). Donations accepted Saturdays from 8 to11 AM. To arrange for donation pickup, call Doug at 540-495-0640. The Lions are a 501(c)(3) charity; donations are tax deductible. The Lion’s Yard Sale at the same location is open every Saturday from 9 AM to noon. O.C. Humane Society. Our local animals need your help. Volunteers are needed to respond by phone from home, to voice mail messages from the public, once every two months as part of a team. More information at 540-672-0069 or OrangeCountyHumaneSocietyVa. org. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and donations are taxdeductible. Please mail to OCHS, P.O. Box 852, Locust Grove, VA 22508.

Deadline for submissions to the October 11 issue of Lake Currents is September 30. Deadline for submissions to the October 25 issue of Lake Currents is October 14.


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Bluebirds in the Lake by Bev Arnold, LOW resident

Art of Aging Expo

by Ginny Biggs, Aging Together Join Aging Together for its seventh annual Art of Aging Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9 AM to 1 PM at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. Sixty-five exhibitors with samples and health screenings will be in attendance. Seniors of all ages, veterans, caregivers, families and senior-serving professionals are welcome to this free event. Highlights will include a senior art display, free flu shots, hearing and vision screenings, Red Cross Blood Mobile, PBS antiques appraiser Mark Grove, State Police drive through VIN# etching on your car, and the AARP Shredding Truck; plus lots of giveaways and door prizes. Aging Together will be collecting gently used iPods, iPads, iPhones and laptops for seniors. Collection boxes will be placed at all college entries. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call Aging Together at 540829-6405 or visit their website at

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by Alayna Stiffler, Knowledge Club Did you know that October is Fraud and Financial Abuse Awareness Month? Your local teams have partnered together to help bring awareness of the horrific crimes that are being committed against our older adults and of how many are being targeted. The goal of Knowledge Club is to help provide the right resources to people who are in need, whether it is for you, an older parent, or a sibling. On Oct. 8 at 10 AM, we have invited Lela Park of Virginia Senior Resources to speak. Lela offers a complimentary service to help families make the right choices when it is time to transition a family member into a facility, whether temporary or long term. Lela has been involved in the industry for many years. On Oct. 10, at 6:30 PM, our returning guest speaker, Sharon Accardo will share changes in Medicare during Open Enrollment and how the changes may impact you. We are also offering a daytime session of her presentation on Oct. 11 at 10:30 AM in the Wilderness Branch Library. Sharon’s services are complimentary and she has been a terrific asset to our community with all of the information she is able to provide. Knowledge Club is always free to all ages and we hold our meetings at the Community Center on the second Tuesday and third Thursday of the month. You are welcome to bring a friend who would be interested in learning more about any of our topics. Light refreshments always provided and if you are interested in suggesting a guest speaker, please contact us at

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Tickets for Joseph and that Amazng Dreamcoat are selling now. The first week of sales to the general public saw over a third of the tickets purchased. If you are planning to see the show and have not ordered your tickets, now would be a good time to go on line at or call me at 540-9726385. If I am outside with the dog or otherwise away, leave a message and I will call you back. Our evening performances will be on Oct. 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 PM, with matinees on Oct. 20 and 27 at 2 PM. I watched a small part of the rehearsal today and listened to the portion in which Joseph receives the coat. I can see why the brothers are jealous when they see Joseph whirling in that gorgeous coat. Joseph’s life certainly went through a number of changes over the next seven or so years. I am still waiting to see the Pharaoh do his Elvis impression. In the meantime, costumes are being finished, stages are almost built, and props are being collected. As usual, we welcome and extend an invitation to anyone who likes theater and is interested in joining our group to attend our meetings. Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Community Center in Classroom 1, starting at 7 PM. Our next meeting will be after the show on Nov.13.

This story began in 2016. And, if truth be told, it really began many years before that. It is about the bluebird trail on the Lake of the Woods golf course. If you have used the golf course, you may have noticed there is a bluebird nest box on the 100-yard marker of every hole. These boxes were installed over 10 years ago by the Ladies Golf Association as a memorial to deceased members. Since 2016, the boxes have been regularly monitored and maintained on behalf of the Virginia Bluebird Society. In 2016, a total of 74 bluebirds fledged. In 2019, 117 bluebirds fledged! This remarkable increase is directly due to regular monitoring, the replacement of all of the boxes, and the predator guards that were installed on each one. You may ask how this came about. It has been accomplished with the financial support of the LGA, the support of the LOW Garden Club, whose members have assisted in maintaining and monitoring the boxes, the LOW Woodworkers Club, whose members have now built 18 new cedar bluebird boxes, and of course the LOW golf course itself. Lastly, the Virginia Bluebird Society has provided the monitors along with valuable technical and educational guidance. This project is truly a community-wide effort! This year special recognition goes to Lois Powell, who allowed the monitors access to her property to check the box on the 14th fairway while it was closed for construction (it fledged 10 bluebirds, in spite of the noise and commotion)! For those of you who have bluebird or house wren boxes in your yards, now is the time to clean them and prepare them for the cold months ahead. The birds who use these boxes for shelter will thank you! You can find information on how to build and maintain a bluebird box at vbs@

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by Heather Kuzma, Publicity Chair, LGA Congratulations to the following winners of the Member/Member Tournament: 18-Holers - Flight A 1st Place: Anne Smith and Mary Kelly 2nd Place: Lori Barnes and Sue Richards 3rd Place: Jeanne Woodward and Sharon Debnam Flight B 1st Place: Nicki Buell and Phyllis Sakole 2nd Place: Betty Gosnell and Joann Roth 3rd Place: Gayle Buresh and Nittaya Carryer Flight C 1st Place: Linda Compton and Margaret Darby 2nd Place: Brenda Agnew and Sheran Marks 3rd Place: Elaine Shirkey and Nancy Sandford 9-Holers 1st Place: Mary Jane Atwater and Sherry Newman 2nd Place: Ellen Bearden and Mary Ann Rogers 3rd Place: Mary Ann Hamilton and Natalie Logan As of the Sept. 16 deadline for this article, the LGA had collected donations for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital totaling $8010. The election of officers for the 2019/2020 golf season took place at the annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Congratulations to the following ladies who will be inducted Nov.1 at the Fall Luncheon: President: Sheran Marks 1st Vice President: Karen Woods 2nd Vice President: Ellen Bearden Secretary: Pat Shrader Treasurer: Lisa Halpin Tournament Chair: 18-Holers: Janice Mincey and Loretta Yurkus 9-Holers: Kitty MacFadden and Karen Cakouros Mark your calendars! The new dates for the LOW Ladies Club Championship are Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16. It will be flighted. Look for the sign-up sheet in the pro shop. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Wilderness Food Bank on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Dottie Lohr will collect the items and deliver them to the Food Bank. Look for her car in the Woods Center parking lot with the trunk open on Tuesday morning. Our start time in October is 9 AM, with check in by 8:30.

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BOD President Wilks to Address Civic Club

by Karen Kovarik, LOW Childhelp Auxiliary Special Events Chair

by Pat Licata, President

Please plan to attend the Civic Club meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 PM, in the Great Hall of the Clubhouse. Recently re-elected BOD President Cliff Wilks will have an update for us on Board’s goals for the new fiscal year, as well as updates on current projects. There will be time allotted for questions, so please bring yours. Wilks is beginning his final year of a three year term as a LOWA Director, his second as president. He was elected to the LOWA BOD in 2017 by the membership, and subsequently elected by the Board as vice president in his first year, ilk s president in his second year, and re-elected president in W f f C li this, his third and final year on the board. Cliff had been an active member on LOW committees since 2012, until being elected to the BOD. He has won two LOWA awards: an Outstanding Service Award in 2015, and Outstanding Committee Chai in 2016. The 2019-2020 Board of Directors are President, Cliff Wilks, Vice President Jennifer Zukowski, Treasurer Walt Diercks, Secretary Pete Brown, and Directors Heidi Brown, Carl Clawson, and Benita Forrest. We hope to see you there!

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Lake of the Woods Childhelp Auxiliary members (L-R) Greg Stoner, Mary Lou McFarland and Gail Stoner supervise the September Leadership Group Outing to Rikki’s Refuge, a safe haven for animals which might otherwise be euthanized.

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The Leadership Outing is a program designed to promote social development and reinforce best behavior. Each month, two children are voted by their grouphome staff and peers to participate. As you know, Childhelp’s Alice C. Tyler Village is a residential facility, in Lignum, for neglected or abused children. For more info, check out Photos by Dan McFarland What other activities does LOW From one survivor to another: Auxiliary provide? Let me start with a Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village the personalized monogrammed duffel bag each child receives when youngster offers comfort and a they leave the Village. Most children celery stick to a horse at Rikki’s arrive with only a plastic bag of their Refuge Animal Sanctuary. personal items. Another initiative is the birthday backpack, which children receive on their birthday. It is stuffed full of goodies - one major gift and multiple dollar-store-type day brighteners. Then there are the multiple parties, from the holiday parties, to the pool party to Halloween. Further, we bring musical entertainment and educational groups to the Village, like Stage Alive performers, and Reptiles Alive. Did I mention Chaplain Dave’s gardening and zoo which we help to fund? These programs, among others, are created as quickly as members can think of new projects to benefit the children. All this is made possible through the generosity of our community. On Saturday, Oct. 5, our auxiliary is gratified to host our annual dinnerdance and silent auction. This entertaining evening is both our major fundraiser (in fact our only fundraiser) and also an evening for our members to socialize. Cocktails are at 6, dinner at 7 PM, with music provided by DJ Harry Lovell. Tickets are $60 each, and may be ordered from the LOW Auxiliary, P.O. Box 382, LOW 22508. You may reserve your place at the table by email to Laura at, or by phone 540-972-8552. If you are unable to come, but would like to support our activities for the children, a contribution of $30 or so would be most appreciated. Why $30. Because approximately half of the $60 ticket price is the estimated amount for tax donation. (A final figure for tax purposes will be provided in Childhelp’s official acknowledgement of receipt.) So, shall we dance? Hope to see you on Oct. 5.

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September 18 Minutes from p. 4 Name Action Committee Term-End Date Richard Troast Voting Communications August 20, 2022* V. Nadine Daniel Voting Communications August 20, 2022* Eugene Slagle Voting** Community & Youth Sept. 30, 2022 James Hutchison Voting ECC Sept. 17, 2022 Bob Kunka Term of Service ECC Mike Musatow Resigned ECC Mike Musatow Resigned Finance Pam Schubert Term of Service Finance Sept. 30, 2019 Ralph England Term of Service Finance Stephen Cain Advisor Golf Sam Birchett Alternate Lakes Arthur (Miff) Devens Voting Lakes Sept. 17, 2022 William Lukaczyk Term of Service Lakes Sept. 30, 2019 William Lukaczyk Advisor*** Lakes Joseph Moy Term of Service Lakes Sept. 30, 2019 Joanbeth Segal Voting Lakes Sept. 17, 2022 Luis Amador Voting Lakes Sept. 17, 2022 Denise MacDonald Resigned Legal & Compliance George Lovelace Term of Service Legal & Compliance Ralph Hancock Term of Service Legal & Compliance Jack Spadaro Voting Legal & Compliance Sept. 17, 2022 Bonnie Jackson Voting Legal & Compliance Sept. 17, 2022 Fay Potter Voting Legal & Compliance Sept. 17, 2022 William Holt Alternate Legal & Compliance Dan Cianci Term of Service Maint. & Ecology Sept. 20, 2019 A. L. Terrenoire Resigned Planning Tom Sheridan Voting Planning A. L. Terrenoire Resigned Rules Mike Musatow Resigned Rules David Jackson Voting Safety & Security August 20, 2022* David Gardner Voting Safety & Security August 20, 2022* _______ *Amended Term-End Date **Term Extended. ***As of October 1, 2019

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The LOW singles are enjoying some beautiful weather and great meals together on Wednesday evenings. We’d like to have you join us if you’re single and looking for some good company. The following are our events for October: Wed, Oct. 2 - Let’s go to O’Charley’s in Central Park. (Free pie on Wed!) Call Bob to RSVP at 540-972-9971 or email by noon that day. Meet in the lower level parking lot for carpooling by 5:15 PM. Wed, Oct. 9 - Our own Clubhouse. RSVP to Bob by noon and meet in the dining room at 5:15 PM. Wed, Oct. 16 - Bravo! in the Village behind Spotsylvania Mall. RSVP by noon and meet in the parking lot by 5:15 PM. Wed, Oct. 23 - Generals’ Quarters on Route 20. RSVP to Bob by noon that day. Meet at the restaurant at 5:15 PM. Wed, Oct. 30 - House Party! Happy Halloween! Meet at Joan’s house (140 Edgemont Circle) at 5:30 PM. RSVP to Bob. SOLO’s will supply fried chicken; everyone attending please bring a vegetable dish or a dessert to share. More details will follow about parking. Wear something ...well, Halloweenish. Newcomers are welcome.

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C. Referendum Update. President Wilks reported 801 Referendum ballots have been received as of September 2; 2600 ballots are needed by December 10. Management will be taking additional steps to increase the ballot returns by contacting members. 3.2 Report of the General Manager, Phil Rodenberg A. July Financials In July we collected $316,608 in current year lot assessments, for a total of $5,198,323, or 74.8% of FY2019-20 lot assessments billed. As of July 31, the Unaudited Income Statement Budget-to-Actual Comparison Summary showed a favorable variance of $460,443. Delinquency rate on July 31 was 5.7%, which is as expected at this point in the fiscal year. Regular water quality monitoring found no harmful algae blooms this year. Golf play on the 14th fairway has resumed following completion of the retrofit with forebay project. Staff is currently reviewing the 100% design for the Flat Run Forebay project submitted by Stantec on September 4. A Land Disturbance Permit is still pending with Orange County.

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Management recommends the Board approve the Employee Health Insurance Program as currently proposed for the period November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020. Cost of the renewal is forecast to be $335,178, which is $38,960 less than the $374,138 budgeted for LOWA Employee Health Insurance in FY2019-20. (A vote on the motion to accept the Employee Health Insurance Plan as presented was taken up at this time; see Item 7.1.) 4.2 Security Company Contract Finalist William Lowery, Allied Universal Security Services Director of Operations provided the Board with an overview of his company, staff, training, residential security services and tangible benefits. He responded to questions from the Board. Following receipt of bids from three qualified security service vendors, management recommends approval of a 3-year contract with two optional 1-year extensions with Allied Universal Security Services deemed to provide the best overall value to LOWA. Final Board consideration is scheduled for the October 5 Board meeting.

September 18 Minutes from p. 18 C. Other Business Spotswood Park Playgound was closed and will remain closed until further notice due to aging of the equipment. Two independent safety inspections identified safety issues that cannot be repaired and replacement of the 23-year-old equipment was recommended. The Board will consider funding sources and costs for replacement at their October 5 Board meeting. 3.3 Committee Liaison Reports 3.3A Legal & Compliance Director Clawson reported that Legal & Compliance Committee Chair Mike Cianci submitted a list of individuals found guilty of continuing or flagrant violations for consideration of action by the Board. 3.3B Ad Hoc Audit Committee (D-19-100) Motion by Diercks, passed unanimously, that the Board extend the term of the Ad Hoc Audit Committee and its members to February 29, 2020. Other Reports Director H. Brown said the Lakes Committee is studying the 100% Flat Run Forebay design submitted by Stantec. The Committee would still like to have some performance parameters to guide them in their review. The Committee is again studying night speed limits on the lake. Lake water quality reports do not appear to be available on our website. There is a significant safety issue with the roadside ditches on Mt. Pleasant which needs attention. Director Clawson said the Community & Youth Committee needs volunteers to maintain a quorum and help with planning activities. Director Diercks reported that the Fitness Center is within about $2k of meeting FY-2019-20 budget revenue projections of $107,000. Director Zukowski reported there will be a Planning Committee Town Hall held at the Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. on September 24. A Committee orientation program is in the process of being planned for October. Volunteers are needed on both the Finance and M&E Committees. Director P. Brown reported that External Affairs discussed Orange County plans to tackle the backlog of stormwater management projects by soliciting bids from engineering firms. 3.4 Committee Reports A. Pools Committee Pools Committee Chair Carolyn Bohling reported overall significant increases in both attendance and revenues this year due to two pools being in operation. Attendance was up 21%, snack bar sales were up 184% and visitor passes up 199% over last year. The Barracudas swim team captured first place in the Rappahannock Swim League. Priorities for next year include providing shade structures at the pools, more furniture for the Clubhouse pool and planning activities for next year. B. Finance Committee: No report available, rescheduled to October 16, 2019.


4. PRESENTATIONS 4.1 Employee Health Insurance Heather Marr, Account Executive with McGriff Insurance Services, Inc. summarized the results of the employee health insurance plan review, including a couple of minor changes in the program and costs compared to last year.

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7. NEW BUSINESS 7.1 Consideration of Approving Employee Health Insurance Package for the period November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020. (D-19-102) (This motion was taken up immediately following the discussion of Item 4.1.) Motion by Diercks, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the recommended Employee Health Insurance Program for the period November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020, namely: Three Health Insurance Plans through Anthem; a Dental Plan through Ameritas; Life, Accident, Long-term Disability and Employee-paid Short-term Disability Insurance through Mutual of Omaha; Employee-paid Critical Illness and Accident coverages through Allstate; and, Employee-paid Eye Care through EyeMed. 7.2 Discussion of Board Goals Board members suggested changes to the first draft of goals for the coming Board year that were established during the Retreat last week. The Board will consider accepting the final list at their next Board meeting. The General Manager will also prepare a proposed timeline for implementation of the goals at the October 5 Board meeting. 7.3 Discussion of Budget Guidelines as Recommended by the Finance Committee. Budget guidelines suggested by the Finance Committee were reviewed, and no vote to accept them was made at this time. A major issue to consider will be any possible changes to the payoff of the CARC loan. President Wilks asked Board members to send him any suggestions they have for additions or changes to the current draft guidelines.

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6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS 6.1 Consideration of Approval of Back Gate Design and Construction. (Resolution 2019-19) (D-19-101) Motion by Zukowski, passed unanimously, that the Board adopt Resolution 2019-19, a General Resolution, to authorize a transfer of $26,526 from the New Construction and Renovation Reserve to the Repair & Replacement Reserve for road work, drainage improvements, signage, and pavement striping for the back gate traffic plan; and authorize a change order to Chemung Contracting Corporation for Lakeview Parkway paving in the amount of $19,026 to design and build the road and drainage improvements at the Back Gate. The change order amount is part of the $26,526.

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by Barbara Crawford & Richard Gullickson, LOW Church

Each year in the spring and fall, The Lake of the Woods Church helps our community by conducting home maintenance tasks for those who can’t afford to have these jobs accomplished commercially. This approach to loving our neighbors helps the elderly, the disabled, and the needy remain in their homes. Our teams help with home repairs, painting, and yard maintenance. In the last six years, Home Helps has served 130 homes, including 16 outside Lake of the Woods, in Unionville, Rhoadesville and Orange. In 2018, the Home Helps teams completed 136 projects in 48 homes. Eighty-eight people volunteered, including 43 teens from The Lake of the Woods Youth Ministry. Seven women from Medi-home Health and Hospice also joined the team this year. In addition to the routine projects of installing doors, repairing and replacing faucets and smoke detectors, replacing guttering, rebuilding rotted thresholds, repairing leaky toilets, and doing lots and lots of yard work, the teams also did power washing, rebuilt decks, and built and installed handicapped ramps and stairs. Here are some comments from recent Home Helps thank you notes: “I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have your services. I was a mess that day and I needed the group prayer with the family – it gave me comfort and hope.” “You did a wonderful job repairing the side steps and posts. You have no idea how much this helped us. God bless all of you for the generous help you provide the community.” “I thought angels came to visit me dressed in sweatshirts, jackets and jeans. They raked, repaired, replaced and tackled mind-of-its-own ivy.” David Blackistone, on behalf of the Lake of the Woods Church and the Home Helps team, was pleased to receive the LOWA Community Service Organization Group Award at the annual meeting on Sept. 2. If you are interested in being a part of the next Home Helps session on Oct. 11/12, either as a volunteer or a neighbor in need of help, please call LOWC at 540-972-9060.


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This Sunday: LOW’s Third Annual Wine Tasting

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by Mary-Jane Atwater and Janis Rieley, Art of Wine Planning Committee Co-chairs

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Wine, food, art and fun! Go no further than Sweetbriar Park on Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon to 4 PM. Join your friends and neighbors in the Lions Pavilion to sample local wines from seven local wineries at LOW’s third annual wine tasting and LOWLINC fundraiser. Relax under the big tent as you pair your favorite wine with crab cakes, sliders or tacos purchased from two food trucks, or enjoy a cheese plate with your wine. Plus, you won’t want to miss the LOW Visual Arts Council’s Art Sale at the Community Center, featuring one-of-a-kind offerings from local artists. Wine-tasting tickets are $20 at the event (cash or credit). The first 500 ticket holders will receive a complimentary wine glass to use in tasting. Your ticket entitles you to free tasting with the seven participating wineries. You also can purchase a glass or bottle of your favorite wine to enjoy with your food, or a bottle or case to take home. Several of the wineries are offering special incentives if you bring your tasting glass to their winery after the event. A few reminders: Regardless of your age, you must show a Free Estimates! photo ID with proof that you are 21 or older in order to participate in Excellent References! tasting. Wine tasting is open only Residential & Commercial to LOW residents and their invited guests. The event will be held rain Bonded & Insured or shine. We will have a separate entrance with no entry fee for those Ana Maria Rocha who wish to come only for food. See you on Sunday! Owner/Manager Questions? Email lowlincwine@ Cell: 540-423-8363


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8. MEMBER GENERAL COMMENTS: Elections Chair Lisa McKinney provided a status report on Referendum votes received to date. One member asked how to replace lost ballot. 9. DIRECTOR COMMENTS: Directors commented on maintaining the appearance of lots, visitors using the Clubhouse parking lot to access the beach, short-term house rentals, and the two issues on the Referendum.

11. Adjournment Motion by Forrest, passed unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 4:02 p.m.

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by Cheryl Brown, S.A. Republican Women’s Club Meet Senator Bryce Reeves on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Clearwater Grill on Route 3 in Locust Grove. Meet and greet from 11:30 AM to noon, with a luncheon meeting beginning at noon. Senator Reeves is running for reelection for the Virginia State Senate, and is a bipartisan leader who knows people always come before politics. Also speaking at the luncheon is Katy Pistole, who will talk about her therapeutic horse ranch, Beautiful Brokenness in Mineral. She is also an author and will have books available at the luncheon. Please make reservations by contacting Toni Ruther at 540 972-0295 or email: Clearwater will offer a limited menu for $21 (all inclusive). Payment will be made to SARWC at time of purchase. Everyone is welcome.

by Lee Frame, District 5 Supervisor I recently had the opportunity to visit the L3Harris factory where the radio systems for the county’s new public safety radio system are being built and tested. I, along with other supervisors, wanted to see what we are getting for the $8.1 million that we are spending on this system. Although we saw little of the actual mobile radios that will be installed on sheriff’s vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances or school busses, we got a good look at the racks of equipment that will be installed at the 911 center and at the various antenna locations. Many of them are already assembled and are in various stages of testing. We also received a demonstration of some of the capabilities of the new radio system. The radios will meet the P25 communications standard, which will allow significantly expanded capability for communication between different groups. The P25 standard provides for thousands of different groups that can be established for various types of emergencies. Currently, if a sheriff’s deputy and ambulance or fire crew needed to communicate, the calls have to be relayed through the 911 center. This problem also extends to communication with other local jurisdictions and state or federal officials. For us geeks, there are some interesting features that give the P25 radios additional capabilities beyond the current models. Currently, different groups are assigned different frequency channels and there are a limited number of available frequencies. The P25 system uses several frequencies and when a user wants to make a transmission, the radio will look at which frequency is not in use at the moment and use that frequency. As soon as the transmission stops, that frequency is available for another user, substantially increasing the utilization of that particular frequency. It is possible for a responder to transmit on one frequency and get the response on another frequency, all without either user being aware of which frequency is in use. The radio system also has other advanced alternative transmission/ connectivity capabilities for field responders in a variety of circumstances. I recently had the pleasure of participating in the unveiling of a new historical marker on Route 20 at the Locust Grove Town Center. This was a replacement for the Mine Run Campaign marker that was destroyed in a vehicle accident several years ago. I mention this event as an example of how both public and private organizations, working together, can make things happen. Funding for the replacement was not in the state’s budget, but state involvement was required to erect such a marker. The effort to replace the marker was initiated by the Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group. The CWSG, Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and many individual donors came up with the funding for the marker. The Orange County Department of Tourism assisted the CWSG in working with the Virginia Departments of Historic Resources and Transportation, and arranged to get the marker’s wording defined, the marker cast and the necessary permission to place it along the highway. Senator Reeves also assisted in the process. Kenny and Laura Dotson gave permission to place the marker on their property, continuing their long-standing support to the county and it citizens. If you have questions about county government or want to let me know your feelings on specific issues, you can contact me at leeframe@

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Lake Currents September 27, 2019

10. SCHEDULED MEETINGS Regular Board of Directors Meeting: Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Community Center. Executive Session: 8:45 a.m. Open Session: 10:00 a.m. Regular Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 in the Community Center. Executive Session: 12:45 p.m. Open Session: 2:00 p.m.

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7.4 Consideration of Entering a Lots for Maintenance. (D-19-103) Motion by Forrest, passed unanimously, that the Board approve entry to the lots in Case Numbers 19-0918-1 through 19-0918-9 to perform maintenance as stipulated in the Environmental Control Committee Chair’s letter to the individual lot owners; and that each property be billed for the cost related to such work in accordance with Paragraph 14 of the Restrictive Covenants. 7.5 Consideration of Approving Atlantic Union Bank and Trust Corporate Authorization Resolution. (D-19-104) Motion by Diercks, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the Atlantic Union Bank and Trust Corporate Authorization Resolution. 7.6 Consideration of Authorizing the Sale of LOWA-owned Lot 1-27A. (Resolution 2019-20) (D-19-105) Motion by Clawson, passed unanimously, that the Board adopt Resolution 2019-20, a Special Resolution, regarding sale of LOWA-owned Lot 1-27A. 7.7 Consideration of Accepting all Committee Annual Reports. (D-19-106) Motion by Zukowski, passed unanimously, that the Board accept all Committee Annual Reports as submitted. 7.8 Consideration of Approving Paychex Organization Resolution for the Employee 401K Profit-sharing Plan and Trust. (D-19-107) Motion by Diercks, passed unanimously, that the Board approve the Paychex Organization Resolution for the Employee 401(k) Profit-sharing Plan and Trust.

by Audrey Borja, Member, Battlefield Boogie Club Catch the spirit and join us on Saturday, Oct. 12 when the Battlefield Boogie Club will host its 14th Annual Cannon Ball Blast! The Sunset Party at the Clubhouse will have something for everyone. Oh yeah, dinner and dancing to a Carolina DJ, showing off your foot work with shagging, line dancing and just plain free flow dancing. The entertainment will dazzle you, and our silent auction will have just what you want. Door prizes and 50/50 will surprise you with take homes. The fun will fill your evening, 5 to 9 PM, after a proud (sentimental) sunset toast. You won’t be out too late and you will meet up with old and new friends! Tickets are $35 per person, which includes one free drink and a room full of just what you need. For tickets, call Audrey 703-401-5050; Melinda 540-548-8684; or, Kathryn 540-972-0825. If we do not pick up, please leave a message. Thank you! We are going to have a Blast! 21



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Services 1 CALL ABOVE All, A+ BBB Rated, Ask Luke Zello Takes Care of It All. A Best of the Burg multiple category Top 5, Home Depot Pro Referral, Class A Licensed & Insured family operated company, 20+ year LOWA residents. Our professional tradesmen love to work and we donate heavily to a home in India that rescues the smallest victims of human trafficking. Protect yourself. Before you hire, verify licensed contractors at www.dpor. See All of our classifieds & give us a call. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. 1 LESS WORRY, Let Me Stain and Seal Your Deck or Dock, So You Can Relax For Years To Come. Call Long-Time Resident, Erich 540-972-2664. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY Service and Storm Damage Repairs. We work with your insurance! Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. 30+ YEARS RESIDENT. Animal Care and House Cleaning. Call Linda 540-220-2138. A&T ENTERPRISES Household repairs and upgrades. Install Toilets, Water Heaters. No job too small. LOW resident 6 years. References available. Terry 412760-4593. A/C & HEATING Installation/ Repair - Ask Luke Zello, 540-4063589. AIRPORT CONNECTIONS We drive you to/from IAD, DCA, RIC, BWI airports. Reliable service. Reasonable rates. 540-222-6649. AIRPORT RIDES at Lowest Local Rate. Free Quotes, 24 Hour availability. Didier’s Rides provides Uber ride sharing (LOW resident) at 540-661-2377. ALL HOME IMPROVEMENTS, all flooring, decks, basement finishing, roofing, painting, bath and kitchen remodeling, power washing, house and garage cleanouts, additions, house building. Gutter Cleaning and Install Seamless Gutters. Have small backhoe for digging drain pipes and drain tiles. Licensed and insured. Call Jerry at 540-840-2248 for free estimates. ARE YOU Just thinking about selling in 2019-2020. Market is strong, inventory is low. For no obligation consultation call or email Vassa Olson w/United Real Estate Premier. Serving LOW homeowners since 1991. Vassaatthelake@gmail. com or 540-840-9444.

ARE YOU looking to get your house cleaned? Need someone who is affordable? I offer the best service at a reasonable price! I’m living in the lake and I have special treatment for my neighbors retired people! Give me a call and we’ll get a great deal!! Wanda 434-825-3774 ASK LUKE ZELLO - Inside and Out Home Improvement and Repairs, 540-406-3588. ASPHALT Sealing, Repair - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. BARBARA’S CLEANING. Regular, Move-in or out, or One-time Cleanings are welcome. Baths & Kitchens a specialty. 540-672-8069. BASEMENT BUILDOUT, Call Mark 540-845-1816. BATHROOM/KITCHEN Remodel, Call Mark 540-845-1816. BRICK/STONE Masonry - Patios, walkways, porches, retaining walls. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. BULKHEADS and DOCKS, Boat Slips, Ground Level Decks, Wood Walkways, Lake Steps and Beaches. Since 1993 we have provided quality, affordable services to our neighbors at LOW. We are Licensed and fully Insured. You won’t hire us and then have us hire someone else (uninsured) to do your job. Our bulkhead replacement can be measured in miles, not feet. We build year-round and do not use large equipment in our work. See some of our work at both LOW Marinas, the small lake boat ramp, LOW Kayak Dock and Meadow Farms Golf Course. Free estimates, second opinions, and proof of Insurance are gladly provided. Call D&B Services, Inc., 540-972-7361. LOW Resident. CARPENTRY, FRAMING or Custom Build-ins. Call Mark 540845-1816. CARPET STEAM Cleaning – Garland Ray, Vietnam Veteran. Powerful truck-mounted equipment. Cleaning in Lake for over 20 years. 540-832-7602. CERAMIC TILING For Bathrooms, floors, foyers, countertops. Call 898-7773 for a free estimate. Ask for Bob Yak. References available upon request. CHIMNEY REPAIR - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. CLEANING - PROFESSIONAL Service. Excellent References. Call Lourdes, 703-795-5184 or KandHCleaningServices@gmail. com. CLEANING DONE Right! Over 20 years experience. All supplies included. Free estimates. Call Maid4-Hire, Theresa 540-920-8277. CNA STATE Certified Nurses Aid. LOW resident. Your CNA on the go, when you need short term care. Insured and Member of Chamber of Commerce. Diane Clauson, 540388-2930. CONCRETE MASONRY Driveways, Patios, Walkways, Hardscaping - Ask Luke Zello, 540406-3589.

CONTRACTOR - CHECK http:// to verify licensed contractors. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. CONTRACTOR - HIRE a Professional without all the material and subcontractor mark-ups. Credit cards accepted 3% fee. Call Mark 540-845-1816. CRAWLSPACE WATER Issues? Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. CULVERT REPLACEMENT Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. CUSTOM HOUSE Painting. Inside and out. Bob Yak & Sons, 540-898-7773. Free estimates. CUSTOM SHARPENING 540308-9895. DAVE THE MOVER LLC. 20 years experience. Local and distant. 540-229-9999. DECK STAINING - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. DECK STAINING/Painting/ Sealing. Call Mark 540-845-1816. DOCKS, BULKHEADS, DECKS, and more. Our company has been doing work in LOW since 1976 and has always given our customers affordable, quality and reliable work. Licensed and Insured and we do all of our own work. My Dad started the business in 1976 and I joined him in 1986 when I graduated from Orange County High School. Most of the original bulkheads in LOW were built by me and my Dad and the design for the bulkheads that are used today was created by my Dad, Rixey Almond. Many bulkheads and docks are still standing after 25+ years. We only use large equipment if it is absolutely necessary and then only with the permission of the homeowner. We also do Log Homes, Log Home Repair, Additions, Garages, Barns and no job to small. We will give references upon request or proudly take you to see our work. When you are planning to have work done always compare apples to apples!! Free estimates, second opinions, and proof of insurance are happily provided. Call Almond Construction LLC., Roger Almond 540-207-0979. DOG WALKING, Pet Care, Plant Care & House Sitting Services by Chelsea. LOW resident since 1982 with references! Call or text today 804-467-4770. DONAHUE HOME Improvements - Additions, sunrooms, screen porches, bath remodels, decks. Over 30 years experience. We do it all and do it well! Resident since 1967. 540-2202764. DRAINAGE ISSUES? Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. DRIVEWAY REPAIR - Premier Arbor Services LLC 540-718-3794. DRIVEWAY SEALING. 25 cents sq ft. Call Johnny B. Quick and save money at 540-903-5369. DRYWALL - NEW Drywall or Repair Work. Call Mark 540-8451816.

ELECTRICAL ISSUES, Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. ELECTRICAL ISSUES, Call Mark 540-845-1816. FALL SERVICES: Seasoned Firewood, Leaf Removal, Tree Removal, Fertilization, and Much More. Free estimates, Stanley Lawn Care, 540-308-8072. FASCIA/SOFFIT Rot, Call Mark 540-845-1816. FLEA & TICK yard treatments. 1st Class Exterminating 540-8546759. Rodent control. Free Pest Inspection. FLOORING - HARDWOOD/Tile/ Laminates. Call Mark 540-845-1816. FOUNDATION REPAIR - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. FREE ROOF Inspections, Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. GARY’S OUTDOOR Service - Grass Cutting, Landscaping, Gutters, Pressure Washing. Call 540-229-5959. GUTTER CLEANING/Guard Installation - Ask Luke Zello, 540406-3589. GUTTER GUARDS, gutter cleaning, gutter repairs and home repairs. 35 years experience. LOW Home Owner. Kenny Skeen, 540972-4326. HANDYMAN PLUS - 32 year LOW resident and Licensed Contractor. Serving LOW over 20 years. I don’t claim to know it all, and I can’t do it all, but what I can do, I do well. To inquire and for a free estimate, call Erich 972-2664. HOME IMPROVEMENTS & Repairs - 40 yrs Experience, LOW Resident, Reasonable Prices. Free Estimates. Better Call Paul 571-4050653. HOME REPAIRS - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. HOME REPAIRS, Call Mark 540845-1816. INSULATION - GARAGE/ Basements/Attic/Crawl Space. Call Mark 540-845-1816. JUNK HAULING - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. JUNK REMOVAL Fast, Call Johnny B. Quick 540-903-5369. KENNY SKEENS Home Repairs. 35 years experience. LOW Homeowner. 540-972-4326. LAMPLIGHTS LLC - Clean and Service Gas Fireplaces and Front Yard Lights Refurbish or Replace. Free estimates. Call Joel 540-8405343, LANDSCAPING HARDSCAPING, Retaining Walls, Patios, Walkways. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. LANDSCAPING - PREMIER Arbor Services LLC. Hardscapes, Yard installation, Stump grinding, Tree trimming, mulching, stone work. 540-718-3794. LAWN MOWING - Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. LEAF REMOVAL, 101HP Diesel ODB Municipal 16” Leaf Vacuum. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589.

SELLING? DON’T want the stress/expense of fixing & waiting for your house to sell when you could close in two weeks? Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. SERVICE UNLIMITED. Affordable plumbing, home repairs and service. Licensed and insured. Yearly Plumbing Program. LOW homeowner. 540-287-3984. 24 hours for emergency. SNAPPER JACK Yard Care, LLC, - Complete yard care, mulch, powerwashing, grass trimming and pruning. LOW homeowner. 540-9075800 or Fully insured and Free estimates. Veterans 10% off. TREE CARE/REMOVAL - Premier Arbor Services LLC, Complete Tree Service. Hardscapes, Yard installation, Stump grinding, Tree trimming. 540718-3794. TREE REMOVAL, Any size, anywhere. Fully insured. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. WATER MAIN Leak Repair/ Replacement, Ask Luke Zello, 540406-3589. WE BUY Houses & Fix yours! Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. WHAT’S UNDER Your House? We fix wet crawlspaces with transferable warranties. Sump pumps installed/replaced. Free inspections, second opinions. Licensed and Insured. Since 1993. Call D&B Services, Inc. 540-9727361. LOW Resident. WINDOW & DOOR Replacements by Bob Yak & Sons, 898-7773.

LOWA Employment Clubhouse – Part Time: Busser/Dishwasher: Must be able to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays. Responsibilities include loading, running and unloading the dish washer and assist with kitchen and busser duties as needed. Great team to work with in a pleasant environment. Good customer service and communication skills necessary. Equestrian Center – Part-Time Barn Staff: Successful, dependable candidates will assist with barn chores including cleaning stalls and paddocks, cleaning and filling water tubs, feeding the horses and blanketing when required. Additional duties may include assisting with pony rides and parties, trail rides and helping with shows and other special events. Weekday and weekend shifts available. Experienced horse handling skills plus good communication skills essential. Environmental Resources – Full-time Stormwater Inspector (SI). Successful candidate will demonstrate inspection and enforcement capabilities to ensure compliance with Virginia State Erosion and Sediment Control laws and Orange County and LOW ordinances and regulations. The SI will be Project Manager for Stormwater Management and Ditch Reconstruction programs. SI will review site plans, inspect land disturbing activities, conduct new construction inspections, review site plans for drainage easements. SI works independently on rough terrain and in inclement weather and have ability to lift light to heavy loads. Minimum two or four year college degree in closely related field from accredited institution. At least five years’ experience in stormwater management may substitute for educational requirements. At least one year experience in storm water management and five years’ experience in construction and heavy equipment operations. Proficiency in Microsoft office programs, auto cad and ARC explorer programs desired. Position requires excellent communication and customer skills to successfully interact with community members, LOW property owners, local government officials and LOW Management on a daily basis with occasional presentations to Committees and Board of Directors. Must be able to obtain certification within first year of employment for VA Combined Administrator to include Inspector, Plan Reviewer and Program Administrator certifications and pass VA Boat Safety Course. Fareways – Part-Time Line Cooks needed to accurately and efficiently prepare hot food products as well as prepare and portion food prior to cooking. One year experience is preferred along with good communication skills, ability to work flexible hours and a team spirit. Maintenance – Full-Time Roads Laborer. The qualified applicant will operate vehicles and equipment as required to maintain and repair streets, work with the team to patch holes, install/maintain street signs, cut brush and seasonable remove snow and ice. Must be able to lift 50 lbs., use a variety of hand tools, weed trimmers, chain saws and vehicles. Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions in loud noise level and exposed to fumes, hot liquids and materials. HS diploma required with one year related experience. All Pay Market Competitive. Submit applications and resumes to HR@ or fax to 540-972-2243. All positions must be able to pass a criminal background check and have a valid VA driver’s license. More information regarding these positions is available in the Human Resources Department. EOE.

12 FT. STARCRAFT Aluminum Boat on Gator Trailer. An oldie but goodie. Perfect for fishing on LOW’s lakes. Original wood seats and oars. Includes 55 lb., thrust trolling motor. Price: $800. Phone: 571-334-8876. BASS PRO Tracker Special Edition, $5200 OBO, 540-847-5018. HOOSIER PONTOON Boat Trailer, $600, 540-738-6102.

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LEAF REMOVAL/Yard Clean-up. Call Mark 540-845-1816. LOT CLEAN-UP. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. M.A.N.’s DRYWALL & REMODELING, LLC. Drywall and remodeling company. When you see the name Mark throughout these ads it is tied to my company. All work guaranteed for at least 1-year. Insured for your peace of mind. Don’t fall for contractors that markup materials and subcontractors. I am personally on every job working beside my guys. Show me a proposal by a licensed and insured contractor and I will beat their estimate. L.O.W. resident for 11 years. Free estimates. Credit cards accepted with 3% fee. Call Mark 540-845-1816. MOVING - DAVE THE MOVER LLC. 20 years experience. Local and distant. 540-229-9999. MOVING LOCALLY? Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. MULCH DELIVERY - Doubleshredded hardwood. For prices, call Brian, 540-219-7660. MULCHING (DELIVERY/ SPREADING). Ask Luke Zello, 540406-3589. NOTARY SERVICES – LOW. Onsite, will travel. Sherri Lahay Lasover, 540-412-9854 or 202-288-8564. PAINTING - INTERIOR and Exterior. Never sprayed, always rolled to give you better coverage and a better finish. Call Mark 540845-1816. PAINTING- PIONEER Painting: 30 years in business, licensed and insured, A+ rating on Angie’s List. Call 540-220-8439 for free estimate. PAINTING/STAINING, Interior/ Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. PATIOS, WALKWAYS, Retaining Walls - Ask Luke Zello, 540-4063589. PLUMBING PROBLEMS? Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. POWER WASHING- Go from green to clean. Do you have mold on your siding, rotten wood, that’s a HOA violation. Call 540-642-2349 for estimates or email: jnave@ Licensed/Insured. 10% Discount for seniors and military. PRESSURE WASHING. Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589. REMODEL - YOU have an idea? We’ll make it a reality. Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Basements. Call Mark 540-845-1816. REPAIRS & ROOFING. Install new and repair any small roof issues-- don’t wait until they cause extensive damage. Skylights, Seamless Gutters. Best warranty. 540-972-9444 or ROOF LEAKING - Give us a call for a free estimate. Leaky roof or new, we’ve got you covered. Call Mark 540-845-1816. ROOFING and REPAIRS - No leak guarantee! Ask Luke Zello, 540-406-3589.


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420 Deerwood Drive $285,000

11803 Plantation Drive $228,500

211 Pine Valley Rd $62,900

823 Eastover Parkway $42,000

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Lake Currents September, 27, 2019  

Lake Currents is a bi-weekly newsletter for Lake of the Woods Association, Inc.

Lake Currents September, 27, 2019  

Lake Currents is a bi-weekly newsletter for Lake of the Woods Association, Inc.