Plantation Journal Riverwood Plantation, Augusta’s premier master planned community, evokes the warm feelings of the traditional neighborhood not just because of its green spaces, trails, and parks but because of the harmonious spirit of its community members. Winter 2013-2014
Important Dates •
Happy New Year!
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Back to School Second Semester
Annual Assessments Due
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Shepeard Community Blood Drive
Greenbrier Middle “Show Your Colors” 5k Fun Run
St. Patrick’s Day
Masters Week and Greenbrier Spring Break
A FEW WORDS FROM OUR DEVELOPER...
The Riverwood Plantation Development team has continued to move forward with our new homes communities despite the abundant rainfall we have received during the months of November and December. Our builder team has begun construction on 4 new homes in the Hillcrest Neighborhood and weather permitting hope to have several more breaking ground in January. The Ridges, which is our next phase of development off Franklin Ridge Drive has unfortunately been stalled by the wet conditions; however, we hope our crews will return to work as conditions allow. Despite the obstacles Mother Nature has provided, our Sales Team has continued to do a phenomenal job selling homes in Riverwood. Currently we are on pace to close 108 new homes in Riverwood in 2013. This is quite an accomplishment and we are all very proud of our Community Agents and the wonderful job they do as ambassadors for the Riverwood Community. As we move forward into 2014, we hope to continue to engage in several community projects in Riverwood, such as road shoulder improvements along Riverwood Parkway and General Woods which include mulch spreading and stabilizing wash out areas. We also plan to make improvements to the landscaping on Franklin Ridge. Utility crews have completed their infrastructure improvements which will allow us to re-install mulch in the disturbed area and replace plant and tree materials within the landscape. As always please feel free to contact me at 706-869-9800 ext. 28 if you have any questions or concerns. Bobby Bagwell Project Manager Riverwood Land, LLC. email@example.com
Fall/Winter Event Wrap Up! October 12th was a beautiful morning for our Semi-Annual Yard Sale. We had over 30 homes participating and had shoppers from all over Augusta. Thank you to our resident volunteer, Sandra Plastridge for organizing the event! We need your help planning the Spring Yard Sale. To learn more, email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Itâ€™s Spooky to Be Hungry Food Drive On October 19th, the Riverwood community came together and collected over 2,300 pounds of food and $2,299 for Golden harvest food bank!
Thank you to all our volunteers who made this happen. we could not have done it without you and we look forward to raising even more in 2014! Donâ€™t forget to
us at Facebook.com/rwpHOA
Fall/Winter Event Wrap Up! Concert at the Clubhouse On October 26th Riverwood welcomed County Line and Delta Cane for a Live concert under the stars. Over 100 people attended bringing golf carts, families, and friends.
County Line performing acoustically on the back porch of the clubhouse
Residents enjoyed live music, dancing, and food from Jus' smokin bbq and the retreat tapas bar food trucks. Thank you to Georgia Bank & Trust and Meybohm Realtors for sponsoring this event, allowing riverwood residents to enjoy this evening for free! Residents enjoyed the live music in the comfort of their chairs, blankets, and golf carts!
Questions on any upcoming events or interested in volunteering? Please email Lauren at email@example.com
Fall/Winter Event Wrap Up! Our annual Halloween Pizza Party is one of our favorite events of the year. Over 200 residents and their little ghosts and goblins joined us on Halloween for a pizza party and costume contest before heading out for trick-or-treating. Riverwood is full of creative people and we canâ€™t wait to see what costumes we see next year. We hope to see you there!
Our costume contest winner, Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy
Last yearâ€™s costume contest winners did an awesome job again!
Everyone loves the swings...
Queen of Hearts and a Fighter Pilot enjoying pizza
Visit with Santa
Kendall, Nathan, and Murphy having fun before Santa headed back to the North Pole.
Santa stopped by Riverwood on December 14th for one of the most anticipated events of the year. With the help of Trotter orthodontics, 90 families were able to get their pictures taken with santa and enjoy crafts and cocoa. Little Miss Ellie chatting with Santa about what was on her first Christmas list
Questions on any upcoming events or interested in volunteering? Please email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenbrier Middle School “Dream Machine Recycle Rally” Want to get rid of plastic bottles and aluminum cans AND help your local schools? Here’s an easy, free way to make a difference! Greenbrier Middle School students are participating in a national recycling contest called the Dream Machine Recycle Rally. Our school and others across America are collecting plastic bottles and aluminum cans in an effort to reduce the amount of waste products going into our county’s landfills and are competing for a $50,000 prize for the most pounds collected. We are expanding our volunteer efforts this year to include surrounding neighborhoods of Greenbrier Middle School, and we need your help! Once a month, the community is invited to drop off recycling at the front- side parking lot of Greenbrier Middle School. We are collecting clean, non-alcoholic, #1 plastic bottles and aluminum cans only. Girls from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20123 will be available to take your donations. If your middle school child walks or rides the school bus to school and has not been able to participate, this is the perfect opportunity for your child’s homeroom to get credit. However, EVERYONE in the community is invited to participate!
Mark your calendars with these Saturday dates and times:
January 4th 9AM – 11AM February 8th 9AM – 11AM March 1st 9AM – 11AM Thank you for your help and participation! For more information, go to www.dreammachinerecyclerally.com.
Greenbrier Middle School
Show Your Colors 5K Fun Run Saturday March 15 9 a.m. Look for details coming soon! email@example.com 5
FEATURED RECIPE BUFFALO CHICKEN CHEESE BALLS Perfect for a Super Bowl party! 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken 1/4 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot) 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 3/4 cups sharp Cheddar 1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions 1 cups all-purpose flour 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups panko bread crumbs Vegetable oil, for frying
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Blue Cheese Dip: 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 1/2 cup packed blue cheese, broken up 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 teaspoon chopped garlic Directions Have oil heated to 350 degrees F. Pick the meat from the chicken and discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add the hot sauce, pepper, cheese, and scallions, and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2-ounce balls, about the size of a golf ball.Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs. Set aside. When the oil is hot fry the chicken balls in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil. To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve the chicken alongside the dipping sauce. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aaron-mccargo-jr/buffalo-chicken-cheese-balls-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback
Feeling Creative? Try football-style chocolate covered strawberries that will be sure to impress all your guests! 6
Featured Yard Spotlight! 201 Newland circle
Keeping their yard beautiful is a family effort for the Prohaska's. The whole family loves to be outside and each has their roles in the yard. Johnny helps to mow, Joe blows leaves, and their youngest Michael helps pick up pine cones and sticks. Dad (John) mows, trims, fertilizes and plants trees and shrubs and Mom (Ruth) plants most of the color. Even their German Shepherd, Max, gets his paws dirty and keeps the squirrels from digging up the flowers! Do you know of a beautiful yard that should be considered for our next spotlight? Let us know! Email lyaﬀe@cmacommunities.com
Featured Family John and Ruth Prohaska have lived in Riverwood for 10 years with their three sons Johnny, Joe and Michael. We are fortunate to have such a loving, dedicated family in our community and enjoyed hearing their favorite parts about Riverwood! “We love the nature trails and beauty of Riverwood. However, our favorite aspect to living here has been our neighbors who have become some of our dearest friends. My sons and their friends created a "Newlanders club" this past summer, where they would get together and have an activity of the day. We even had t-shirts made up for them to wear on club day! Riverwood has been such a blessing to our family and a great place to raise our three boys.” -Ruth Prohaska
The Prohaska Family Family photo taken beside our Riverwood pond
Do you know a Riverwood family who should be featured in our next issue? Let us know! Email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org 7
Who Runs Riverwood? The Board of Directors of your Homeowners Association is currently made up of appointees placed by the Development Company, Riverwood Land, LLC. There is an active Advisory Board in place which meets quarterly with the Board to discuss major neighborhood decisions as well as the financial condition of the Association. As Riverwood Plantation continues to grow and gets closer to completion, the members need to assume more active roles within the Homeowners Association. Ideally, the current Advisory Board will step into the roles of the formal Board of Directors as the Developer begins to hand the management of the Associations affairs over to the homeowners. This Advisory Board represents a variety of sub-sections of the neighborhood and is well-informed about the decisions made on behalf of the Homeowners up until this point. The Advisory Board is listed below. In the coming year it will be necessary to set up functioning committees for architectural review, covenants, finance, social, and grounds who will participate with the Board and share in the time required to effectively run a neighborhood like Riverwood Plantation. Once these committees are established and meeting regularly, they will advise the Board of their recommendations of who will make the ultimate decisions on behalf of the community. The Board of Directors will be responsible for future decisions regarding the professional management of Riverwood Plantation. If you are interested in joining a committee, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. Advisory Board Brian Pagan, Newland Kathy Logue, Mitchell Park Kevin Corbin, Bishops Court Kim Downes, Claremont Laurie Pysinski, Kenton
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COVENANT CORNER What is a Community Association?
Some residents think homeowners associations exist just to tell them what to do—or not do. Actually, the association is more like a housing management or service-delivery organization that provides three types of services to all residents---owners and renters alike. Community services: These can include publishing newsletters, orienting new owners, holding community-wide information meetings, and scheduling recreational and social functions. Governance services: These can include ensuring that residents are complying with the association’s governing documents, that the association is adhering to local, state, and federal statutes (like fair housing laws), enforcing community rules and policies, administering design review policies, and recruiting new volunteer leaders. Business services: These can include operating the common property efficiently, bidding maintenance work competitively, investing reserve funds wisely, developing long-range plans, and equitably and efficiently collecting assessments. Providing these services requires good management (whether carried out by a professional manager or a self-managing board of home owners), strong planning and organization, and carefully monitoring the association’s affairs. It isn’t easy, but by fairly and effectively delivering these services, community associations protect and enhance the value of individual homes and lenders’ interests in those homes. Valuable information about our community, including our Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, are available online at www.riverwoodplantationhoa.com. 10
Riverwood’s Perfect Pet Drake is loving life in Riverwood Plantation. He was a stray that was abandoned and abused in 2012. We rescued him and brought him to live a happy life in Middleton on Sandleton Way. Drake has a great fenced in backyard and a doggie door to come into a warm and loving home. He loves to take walks and always takes his stuffed mallard duck with him. Drake is a happy Riverwood dog! You and your pet could be Riverwood Famous! Do you have a perfect pet? We’d love to get to know them and maybe even feature them in our next newsletter!Send a picture and a short paragraph telling us what your pet loves most about Riverwood to Lauren at lyaﬀe@cmacommunities.com.
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Classifieds CHILD CARE
My name is Julia Mork. I just finished my freshman year at Mercer University and I have made the Dean's List for both semesters. I really enjoy spending time with kids and I would love the opportunity to babysit. I have experience babysitting for 6 years. I also have my own transportation. Call or email me with any questions. 775-224-6910 OR julia.Mork@live.mercer.edu
Looking for someone to mow my lawn approximately every two weeks. Would prefer a middle school or high school student looking to made a little extra money. 3213774280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, my name is Maddie Crosby. I'm a junior at Greenbrier High School. I'm available to watch children after school and on weekends. Please call if you have any questions or would like to schedule babysitting. 7064212194 or email@example.com.
BRI-MAR Utility Trailer. 5' x 8' solid steel bed & sides, 7 years old in A-1 condition. This is not a Lowe's special! Must sell no place to store. $450.00 706-504-4297 or firstname.lastname@example.org ______________________________________________________ 2007 Lexus GX 470 for sale - Transferable Certified Pre-owned Warranty - 86,000miles - $27K - Great condition with backup camera, navigation, leather interior, etc. Pearl white with beige leather interior. 706-394-0067 OR email@example.com ______________________________________________________ North Myrtle Beach condo for rent. 2BR/ 2BA, one block from the beach and shopping. Ocean Keyes gated community. 1st floor, screened in porch and walk right out to pool, jacuzzi, tennis court, Billiard room and exercise room. ______________________________________________________ Bichon Frise Puppies for sale born 12/3/13. 3 males & 1 female ready for new homes in January. CKC Registered. Call Melissa @ 706-799-3538
PET SITTER I am available to pet sit while you're out of town or walk your dog while you're at work. I will care for your pet like it's my own. Reasonable rates. Insured and bonded. Call Connie (803) 810-3246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit card payment accepted.
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Unique Resolutions for the New Year Every year, people use January 1st as an opportunity to start fresh. The traditional resolutions are a good place to start, but new year = new ideas! We searched and have compiled some of our favorite fun, unique resolutions and hope they inspire you to try something new! Do you have a favorite resolution or a trick for sticking with it? Email it to email@example.com and you may see it on Facebook!
Weekly Card Giving. On New Year's Day, begin a list of every people you interact with on a regular basis. For most people, identifying 52 individuals is not difficult to do. From church members, to a local florist or even a hairdresser, begin listing all of the individuals who provide a service to you at some point during the year. From this list of 52 individuals, begin sending a card each week of the year as a way of expressing gratitude for their service and care. Learn something you never learned as a child. You may run your own company, pay your own bills and parallel-park like a pro, but do you know how to do a handstand or ride a bike? For this New Year’s resolution it’s time to nurture your inner child and learn that thing that you never learned to do. Whether it’s the number of days in each month, how to spell ‘necessary’ correctly, how to ride a bike or swim, we all have something we never learned as a child that everyone else seems to know. Set this to rights and have some fun at the same time by redressing this gap in your knowledge. Your younger self would be proud! Wait 30 seconds before looking up a fact you can’t remember on your phone, and try to remember it , like in the days before smart phones! Call someone on the phone at least once a week, and speak to him or her for at least ten minutes. Choose a word to reflect on, live by, or aspire to for the New Year (think words like: creative, green, yes, responsibility). If one of your resolutions is to become healthier, make sure you take advantage of the miles of trails right here in Riverwood! Do you already have a favorite route? We'd love for you to share it with us so we can start a fitness map.
Have a happy and healthy 2014!
Whatâ€™s New in Riverwood? We hope you are enjoying our first newsletter of 2014! Do you or one of your neighbors have a story to share? We are always looking for submissions for our quarterly newsletter and want to hear from our residents! We are also looking for photo submissions for our Featured Yard Spotlight! If you or your neighbors have a yard you would like considered, please send in a photo and the street address.
2013 Year End Dues Report RIVERWOOD PLANTATION
. 0.5% Deliquent Balances 99.5% Dues Collected
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You can keep an eye out for our newsletter in the following months: April 2014 July 2014 October 2014
100% Dues Collected
Show everyone how much you LOVE R iverwood! Oval Stickers and Koozies
Cost: Buy 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00 Available in the Riverwood HOA Office. Checks Only
Community Blood Drive with Shepeard Community Blood Center Saturday, February 8th Riverwood Plantation Keep an eye on your inbox for more detailed information coming soon!
Have an article you would like to submit to the Plantation Journal? Weâ€™d love to see it! Email the article to Lauren at email@example.com for consideration.
FUN AND GAMES Fun Holidays and Observances JANUARY - National Bath Safety Month JANUARY 17 - Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day FEBRUARY 4 - Thank a Postal Carrier Day FEBRUARY 16 - Do a Grouch a Favor Day MARCH 3rd - If Pets had Thumbs Day MARCH 9 -15 - National Bubble Week
Riddle Me This A Texas cowboy rode in to Oklahoma on . Sunday. He fell weary and decided to rest overnight. He woke up in the morning and rode many more miles, stopping again to rest in the evening. Three days later, he rode home to Texas and arrived on the same Sunday on which he left. How is this possible?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your guess in for a chance to win 2 Riverwood koozies and cups!
Math Puzzle Take your age and multiply it by two. Add five. Multiply by 50. Subtract 365. Add the value of the loose change in your pocket(under 1 dollar), then add 115.
Fun New Years Facts In Italy, Bolivia, and Mexico, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve for good luck in the new year. They wear yellow underwear on New Year’s Day for wealth. ***
Thefirst two figures in the answer will be your age and the last two figures will be the change in your pocket.
Fireworks are often used to ring in the new year because they are said to dispel unpleasant memories of the previous year.
Throughout the year, wishes from visitors to New York City are collected for the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square. At the end of the year, wishes are printed on small pieces of paper, which becomes the confetti dropped on Times Square at midnight.
We have plenty of volunteer opportunities! Contact Amanda at email@example.com or at 706-869-9800 for more information on how you can make a difference!
Welcome Lauren Yaffe! Lauren Yaffe is Riverwood Plantation's new Events & Facilities Manager. A South Carolina native, Lauren made Evans her home after graduating Augusta State University with a degree in Public Relations in 2012. She loves shopping trips, the Atlanta Falcons, "Friends" marathons, and spending time with her new husband, Nick and their puppy, Bandit. Lauren's favorite thing about Riverwood is the community feel and neighborly residents. She is excited to serve you at Riverwood Plantation. firstname.lastname@example.org 706-869-9800 ext. 21 or 706-910-4849
Community Manager Amanda Turner email@example.com 706-869-9800 ext. 35 Events and Facilities Manager Lauren Yaffe firstname.lastname@example.org 706-869-9800 ext. 21 or 706-910-4849 After Hours Common Area Emergency 800-522-6314 To ensure future delivery of this and other important information, please register at riverwoodplantationhoa.com For more information on Community Management Associates, Inc please visit cmacommunities.com and watch this short video http://youtu.be/xhwAP1isTqI. Have a wonderful start to the new year!