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April 2020 - May 2020

A Special Edition of Published for Residents of Hopyard Farm Community

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Welcome to the Neighborhood By HOPYARD VOICE Welcome to the Neighborhood by Hopyard Voice is published by Sassafras Creations, LLC and mailed free of charge to all residents of Hopyard Farm in King George, VA. Articles, editorials, letters, and advertisements do not reflect the opinions of the editor, publisher, residents, or Board of Directors of the Hopyard Farm Property Owners Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction of material, both editorial and advertising, is forbidden without the written permission of the publisher. Copyright 2020 Sassafras Creations, LLC

The publisher reserves the right to edit and reject any and all editorial and advertising submitted for publication in Welcome to the Neighborhood by Hopyard Voice. Every effort has been made to prevent typographical errors, however, Sassafras Creations, LLC cannot be held responsible for any typographical or grammatical errors as all printed editorials are submitted to Sassafras Creations, LLC and not written by Sassafras Creations, LLC or any employee of Sassafras Creations, LLC.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Manager’s Message ............................................................................................................. 6

Next issue of

Homeowner’s Association Welcome ............................................................................. 8

HOPYARD VOICE

King George Fire and Rescue“From Humble Beginnings to Humbly Progressive” ................................................ 9

is June 1, 2020 Advertising & Editorial Deadline is May 15, 2020 540-775-3159 Info@HopyardVoice.com www.HopyardVoice.com

Quick reference Guide to Some HOA Requirements.......... 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 22 2019-A Hopyard Year in Recap ......................................................................................17 Hopyard Hammerheads-“From Pup to Full Blown PredatorHow Hopyard’s Swim Team is Changing”.............................................................18-19 President’s Message/Developer’s Report ..................................................................20 Sweetheart’s Giveaway Winner .....................................................................................24 King George Parks & Recreation: “Summer’s Comin to Shine!”..........................25 US Census “King George Counts!”......................................................................................................27

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Important Reminders from the Office Submitted by Elizabeth Panzano, Community Manager | Email: hopyardfarm@verizon.net

MANAGER'S MESSAGE Spring has just arrived and already we have had to make lots of changes to our lives at home, at school, at work, etc. It is a difficult and stressful time for everyone as we try and do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19. The Board and management will be limiting activities at the clubhouse and will be providing updates to the community via Town Square announcements and email. In the event of any closing of the management office, this will be posted on Town Square as well as on the doors of the clubhouse whenever possible. In the event of an extended closing, management will still be accessible by phone and email. Soon you will receive the 2020 Pool Pass Application, Pool Hours of Operations and Pool Rules. I will start issuing pool passes and new stickers on Monday, April 20th. In order for you to receive your new pass or stickers you must be a homeowner in “Good Standing” or a renter with a lease on file with the management office. What exactly does that mean? To be in good standing, you must be current in your HOA assessments and not have any outstanding violations. All homeowners must fill out a new application each year. All residents 2 and older (as of June 1st) must have a valid pool pass to enter the pool. The maximum number of guests per household, per visit is now six (6), this is a change from previous years and you must remain with your guest(s) at all times. Guests may not be persons who by residency qualify to be members of the association but are not in “Good Standing” or are not in possession of their validated pool pass.

• All exterior alterations require approval by the Covenants Committee prior to installation. That includes playsets, trampolines, sheds, and even paint color changes. Not sure if it’s allowed? Contact me at the office first! • This year annual exterior inspections will begin in May in order to give homeowners a better opportunity to get their projects started and their lawns spruced up. • Trash cans may NOT be stored in your driveway or on the side of the home, unless they are in an approved enclosure. There are two styles of enclosures that are frequently used which are pictured at the end of the guidelines. • Doing spring cleaning or a big DIY Project? Please don’t put trash outside before the normal pickup time. • Dogs should be on a leash while walking in the community and please pick-up after your pet. • Grass should be cut every 7-10 days. Please do not blow grass clippings onto the street or sidewalk. • Basketball hoops must be kept in good condition and upright in the driveway. You can only store your basketball hoops in the rear yard. Basketball hoops are not permitted to be faced towards the street for “street play”. • Last but not least, if you haven’t already, please sign up on Town Square! Just go to townsq.io , all you need is your account number (on your payment coupons) and your zip code. Can’t find your account number? Just call the management office! n

There are a few items that I would like to remind you of as we enter another warm weather season. The first is please WATCH YOU SPEED IN THE COMMUNITY! As the weather gets warmer, kids will be out playing and soaking up some much-needed sunshine. 6 - Welcome to the Neighborhood by HOPYARD VOICE • April 2020 / May 2020

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dear hopyard farm homeowner Welcome home to the farm! This magazine is intended to provide a quick reference guide to help you settle into your new home. It contains points of contact and telephone numbers for services and a brief guide for some of the requirements of the Homeowner’s Association. It also identifies services and facilities located in King George that may be helpful to you. Hopyard Farm is a planned community. The Hopyard Farm Homeowners Association (HOA) is governed by the Board of Directors. The Association will own and maintain the common areas within the boundaries of the Association, as well as Hopyard Hall upon completion of the development. It also administers many additional services provided by the Association. This is your community. We hope that you will take advantage of the many activities offered and use the facilities provided. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome! There are several committees which contribute to the wonderful lifestyle we have here. Why not consider joining one?

Again, welcome home!

We are working hard to see that the Farm grows into a beautiful vibrant place in which to live and raise children.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dan Sweeney, President dsweeney@hazelland.com • 540-891-1091 Melanie Smith, Secretary msmith@hazelland.com Chris Smith, Director cwshopyard@gmail.com

MANAGEMENT Elizabeth Panzano, Community Manager 5888 Coakley Dr., King George, VA 22485 540-775-8350

WEBSITE www.TownSq.io

COMMUNITY MGMT. CORP. 4840 Westfields Blvd, Suite 300 Chantilly, VA 20153 703-631-7200 or 800-262-3090 HOA COMMITTEES

BACKYARD WILDLIFE COMMITTEE Dee Garner, Chair deaniebg@aol.com

COVENANTS COMMITTEE Marietto Jeffries, Chair Mariettoj@hotmail.com

FINANCE COMMITTEE Chris Werle, Chair cwerle1@verizon.net

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POOL & REC COMMITTEE Dara Johnson, Chair hopyardfarmpr@gmail.com


Station 1 Kings Hwy

By Jon Burroughs Photo credits: King George Fire and Rescue

KING GEORGE FIRE AND RESCUE – FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO HUMBLY PROGRESSIVE On August 14, 1946, twenty-five individuals were sworn in as the first firefighters of King George County, Virginia. Originally called the King George Volunteer Fire Association, and later renamed the King George Volunteer Fire Department, the King George Fire Fighters occupied a two bay building in the heart of downtown King George. Later, in 1966, the KGVFD purchased a new pumper truck and the two-bay building expanded to three bays. The inaugural KGVFD building still stands today and is home to King George Tire. In 2008, the King George County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution creating King George Department of Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services. The first, and current, Fire/Rescue Chief is David W. Moody. Today, KGFR has grown beyond its humble beginnings. King George Fire and Rescue sports 52 full-time employees, 14 parttime employees and 65 Fire & EMS volunteers. Their vehicle arsenal is expansive and includes 7 ambulances, 2 boats, 4 pumper trucks, 3 tanks, and 2 brush trucks among others. The County’s first Fire/Rescue Chief, David Moody, is a native Virginian. Growing up in his native Portsmouth, Chief Moody entered the emergency services field as a volunteer before rising to the rank of Station Captain for the Department of Defense. Chief Moody is a 2014 graduate of the prestigious National Fire Academy Open Burn Sign King George Fire and Rescue Station Location Map

Executive Fire Officer Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire & Emergency Services Administration as well as two associate degrees. Chief Moody resides in King George County with his wife and two children. Fire safety and prevention is a passion for Chief Moody and the men and women of King George Fire and Rescue. According to the Chief, your home should have one smoke detector per floor and one per bedroom. While many modern smoke detectors are hardwired to the home’s electrical system, a battery back-up is always important to maintain readiness. Chief Moody recommends changing your smoke detector’s battery when you adjust your clock for daylight savings time. The risk of injury due to fire or propane gas increases significantly in dense communities like Hopyard Farm. Things like fireworks and gas powered generators pose a significant danger to not only you, but your neighbors as well. In Virginia, any firework item that explodes or leaves the ground is illegal. KGFR reminds you when operating a gas-powered generator-- remember to position it away from your home and your neighbors’ homes. Portable generators, when positioned close to a home or inside a garage, can expel exhaust back into a home. The risk of carbon monoxide poising resulting from generator exhaust is significant. Using a propane grill inside an enclosed space such a garage or shed also poses a risk of carbon monoxide poising. When using gas-fueled equipment, always work in a well ventilated area. According to King George Fire and Rescue, Hopyard Farm community is well structured for fire prevention. With homes within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant and only miles from King George Fire and Rescue Company 1, Hopyard Farm is well protected. As King George County continues to expand and grow, Chief Moody and his staff are constantly assessing the needs of King George citizens and rising to the challenge of being progressively prepared. n

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Hopyard Hall

Hopyard Hall is the community’s center for activities. It contains a fitness center, media center, business center, billiards room, reception room, dining room, kitchen, and the community manager’s office. Hours of operation are: Monday through Fridays: 9a.m.-5p.m. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the main clubhouse facilities. The fitness center is available on a 24-hour basis and is accessed using a key fob, which is issued to residents by the community manager. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when using the facilities.

The pool is opened from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Pool hours and applications are on Town Square. Picture ID pool passes are issued to new homeowners in the late spring by the community manager and must be validated each year for the current pool season. The Hall may be leased by residents for private parties and meetings. Leasing documents can be found on Town Square or at the manager’s office. Please contact the on-site community manager for questions.

Assessments

Trash removal

Assessment payments are due on the first day of each quarter (January, April, July, and October). A $25 late fee will be charged if assessment payments are not received by the 10th day of the month. Please either pay through Town Square or submit CMC coupon with checks made payable according to coupon book directions. You may contact CMC’s customer service department concerning any problem related to the payment of your community association fee. (Ref Section 6.2, HOA Manual)

Trash removal is included in the HOA assessment fee paid by homeowners. Collection days are Friday. Recyclables need to be placed in the recycling container. Containers are provided by the trash company and may be obtained by calling them directly. Trash containers shall not be placed curbside prior to 6p.m. on the previous evening and shall be removed by 6p.m. the day of pickup. Trash containers and recycle bins must be stored out of public view on all non-pickup days and should be stored inside your garage, shed, or backyard. The contractor will pick up furniture, appliances, and other bulky household debris by appointment. Advance notice must be provided when large and/or heavy items are being disposed. There will be an additional charge to a homeowner for such disposal services. (Ref Section V, HOAManual)

lawns Grass must be cut (maximum height of six (6) inches and a minimum of two (2) inches and maintained on a regular basis. This includes trimming the high grass from the house, fence edges, AC units, mailbox, and light posts, as well as the grass areas along the sidewalks. Planted beds must be kept in an orderly manner. Owners are responsible for maintaining the neat and orderly overall appearance of their individual properties. (Section VI, HOA Manual)

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Backyard Wildlife Committee Dee Garner, Chair deaniebg@aol.com Hopyard Farm is surrounded by the Rappahannock River and is home to many species of birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, and rodents. The Backyard Wildlife Management Committee’s functions are to create, maintain, and protect wildlife habitats that surround the Rappahannock. In addition, the BWMC promotes and encourages backyard wildlife habitats with residents and provides assistance as required utilizing guidelines set forth by the National Wildlife Federation. They have on occasion, arranged seminars on composting, bird house building, tree planting, water conservation and best landscaping practices to support wildlife. They’re a committee that cares about promoting and protecting the wildlife with your help.

BWMC is always looking for additional members. They meet as needed for about an hour and occasionally are involved in functions as required to support the committee’s goals. Membership is free, you just need a good heart and have an interest in promoting and protecting the wildlife and the beauty of the Rappahannock River.

FINANCE Committee Chris Werle, Chair Cwerle1@verizon.net The Finance Committee advises the Board on HOA financial matters. They review the monthly financial reports and participate in the annual budget process. They meet as needed. Financial reports can be found on Town Square.

Covenants Committee Marietto Jeffries, Chair Mariettoj@hotmail.com The Covenants Committee is appointed by the Board. It is responsible for ensuring the aesthetic quality of the homes and their environs by establishing and monitoring the architectural review process. Any exterior alterations, permanent or temporary, require approval. Committee approval is not limited to major alterations, but also includes such items as changes in color, materials, etc. Approval is also required when an existing item is to be removed. Submission of an exterior alteration application by the owner proposing the project is required. Please refer to the Hopyard Farm Homeowner’s Association Owner’s Manual for additional information and a copy of the application form or contact the HOA office.

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Pool & Rec Committee Dara Johnson, Chair hopyardfarmpr@gmail.com The Pool and Rec Committee plans social events to bring the neighborhood together. They have coordinated both family and adult events, including cook-outs, yard sales, pool parties, and holiday gatherings. This committee also reviews and revises, as necessary, the policies and regulations of the community center, fitness center, and pool. The Pool and Rec Committee always needs more committee members and volunteers to help at specific events. The committee meets as needed.

volunteers

clubhouse rentals

If you enjoy meeting people and would like to contribute to your neighborhood then why not become a volunteer? Hopyard’s committees include Backyard Wildlife Management, Covenants, Finance, and Pool and Recreation. These committees help make Hopyard Farm a pleasant and active community in which to live. Your help will go a long way in achieving this goal. Your ideas and support will help make this community a healthy, attractive, and a happy place in which to live, whether you are retired or raising children or somewhere in between. Help make a difference right here in Hopyard by becoming a volunteer and joining a committee!

Reserve Your Space Early! $300.00 Deposit (Non-Alcohol Events) $600.00 Deposit (w/ Alcohol) *ABC Permits May Be Required Rental Fee is $100.00 Per Hour and Available on a First Come First Serve Basis to Homeowners in Good Standings. Please contact Elizabeth Panzano, Community Manager for more information.

Items Our Local Food Pantry NEEDS: • Canned fruit • Canned vegetables • Canned soup • Pet food • Shampoo • Conditioner • Body wash • Toilet paper • Deodorant • Dishwashing liquid *Non-perishable items can be put in the Love They Neighbor donation barrel at the King George YMCA. Monetary donations can be made at www.kg-ltn.org

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Utilities

State Informational Websites

Dominion Virginia Power: 866-366-4357 Service Authority: 540-775-2746

PUBLIC SERVICE PHONE #S Animal Control: 540-775-2120 Building Permits & Inspections: 540-775-7111 L.E. Smoot Memorial Library: 540-775-2147 King George Sheriff’s Office: 540-775-2049 Service Authority: 540-775-2746 Solid Waster & Recycling (Landfill): 540-775-3267 Fire, Rescue Emergency Services: 540-775-8900

Listing of State Agencies: http://virginia.gov Dept of Taxation website: www.tax.virginia.gov State Parks: www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/index Dept of Motor Vehicles: www.dmv.state.va.us Court System: www.sbe.Virginia.gov/cms/ Dept of Health: www.vdh.state.va.us State Board of Elections: www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms VA Sex Offender’s Registry: www.sex.offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor

Other Local Resources CVS Pharmacy 11458 Kings Hwy King George, VA 540-775-2288

RECREATION #s King George Parks & Recreation: 540-775-4386 https://www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov Caledon Natural Area: 540-663-3861

KG Co Historical Museum & Research 9483 Kings Hwy King George, VA KGHISTORY@verizon.net

More Useful Phone #S

Dahlgren Heritage Museum 17267 Dahlgren Rd (Rt 301) Dahlgren, VA http://dahlgrenmuseum.org

Commonwealth Constituent Viewpoint Line: 800-889-0229 Social Security Administration: 800-772-1213

King George County Schools KG County School Board: 540-775-5833

KG Emergency Alert System and state websites King George County uses the KGALERT system to Immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency. KGALERT delivers important emergency alerts, notifications, and updates to you on all your devices and email accounts: cell phone, email, etc.

King George High School: 540-775-3055 10100 Foxes Way, King George, VA 22485 King George Middle School: 540-775-2331 8246 Dahlgren Road, King George, VA 22485 Sealston Elementary School: 540-775-3400 11048 Fletchers Chapel Road, King George, VA 22485

This system is solely for the use of King George County residents and people working for businesses located in King George County. Registration is FREE of charge. To learn more about King George Alert, log in at https://www.kgalert.com and go to FAQ section.

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construction issues

leased homes

Any questions or concerns related to construction problems with your home or the lot on which it is located should be addressed directly to the customer service division of your builder. The Hopyard Farm Homeowner’s Association has no legal jurisdiction in such matters.

The Association requires that the owner of any home file with Board of Directors a copy of any lease executed on any home. If you are leasing your home, a copy of the lease should be provided to the on-site management office. The homeowner will be deemed responsible for failure of the tenant to abide by any rules or regulations or other duty-adopted regulations of the Association. If you are an investor owner, please ensure that CMC has your correct mailing address.

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2019-A Hopyard Year in Recap Hopyard Farm is continuing to grow! We’ve given the community plenty of “water and sunshine” and we just continue to reap the rewards of the hard work we invest in this beautiful place we call home. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of all we have going on? Anyone who has been here for Halloween can answer that question! 2019 began like most other years, except this year we knew we were saying goodbye to a century, so we had to make it count! And count we did! It comes as no surprise that we welcomed 78 new households to the “Farm” last year alone. In the spring, our Backyard Wildlife Committee kicked off the‘Yard of the Month’ program to recognize homes with outstanding upkeep. This program continued until the fall so that several homes could be recognized over the course of the “growing months.” The Backyard Wildlife Committee also spruced up the pool area by filling the planters with colorful plants and succulents. The Covenants Committee worked hard to advise residents on exterior home changes and made recommendations that would help residents stay within the architectural guidelines of our community. Hopyard Voice began a new column entitled ‘Young Hopyard Author’ which gives young Hopyardigans a platform to have their writing showcased. Young Hopyardigans chose to write about topics they were passionate about, but that were also relevant to the community. We learned that we have some talented young writers amidst us! The Hopyard Hammerheads, Hopyard’s premier swim team, began registration for the 2019 swim season and welcomed the largest team in Hammerhead’s history. The Pool and Rec Committee invited the Easter bunny to the clubhouse in April, and everyone who attended enjoyed breakfast and an Easter Egg hunt.

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opportunity to spend an evening relaxing by the pool with the annual Sip and Dip event; and there were also a couple of movie nights where families could “catch a flick” poolside. In August, we united for National Night Out which was an evening to promote crime prevention in our community and connect with local law enforcement officers, as well as their K-9 companions. They say, “time flies when you’re having fun!” Boy, was Hopyard having fun! So much fun that before we knew it, it was time to get back into the school routine and settle in for harvest season. The Pool and Rec Committee hosted October Fest at the clubhouse where adult Hopyardigans came together to enjoy an evening. We participated in campaigns for newly elected officials and watched the polls to see who would be named into office. Pumpkins began popping up on porches, and the Pool and Rec Committee invited residents to participate in a Halloween yard decorating contest, in addition to hosting the annual Halloween party at the clubhouse. In December, the Pool and Rec Committee invited Santa to read a story for Hopyard children. It was a night the children would not soon forget! They also invited Hopyardigans to participate in the Christmas yard decorating contest. Hopyard went above and beyond with lights and decor! Over the course of the year, the Finance Committee kept us on budget and kept us informed with up-to-date reports and information. Overall, 2019 was an amazing year for Hopyard; we truly did reap what we sowed! n

It wasn’t long before the Pool and Rec Committee were back at it again with several summer events. At the end of June, we enjoyed the Hopyard 4th of July Barbeque in which the community brought a dish and came out to enjoy delicious food and cool off in the pool. In July, the adult Hopyardigans had the

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Hopyard Hammerheads: From Pup to Full Blown PredatorHow Hopyard’s Swim Team is Changing By Emma Parker Alongside the seemingly endless days of play, lack of homework, and later bedtimes, summertime for many families in King George County also means the start of swim team in Hopyard Farm. The popularity of youth sports has risen over the years alongside the continual rise in the health movement that has targeted both children and young adults, and interest in competitive swimming in King George in particular is growing as well. Established as a member of the Rappahannock Swim League in 2013 as one of three King George based summer league teams, the Hopyard Hammerheads have quickly risen from a team of 43 to 141 summer swimmers in the short span of seven years. Compared to the Dahlgren Sharks and Eden Estates Eels, created in 1965 and 2000 respectively, the Hopyard Farm based team is a relatively young one in a relatively young subdivision. Despite this, the Hammerheads remain a force to be reckoned with. Rising in the ranks from the National Division in 2013, where they stayed for years, to the Freedom division in 2019, the Hammerheads are making their mark on the swim world as an impressive summer league swim team. Summer league swimming has been a staple of thousands of children’s summer routines for decades, as well as many kids’ very first introduction to the sport. The sport runs for two to three months over the summer and helps to keep kids ages six to eighteen active and engaged with other children their age while they’re out of school. The Hammerheads hold practices every weekday in the mornings and evenings, with swim meets typically falling on Wednesday afternoons. Swimming has been clinically proven to strengthen the heart as well as the lungs, and a University of Florida study has found that the exercise and socialization that swimming brings can lead to better

mental and physical health in children. Alongside these positive health impacts, summer swim teams have proven to be the ideal environment to introduce children of all ages to the world of competitive swimming. Swimmers are taught not just how to swim, but they also learn how to work with teammates and coaches of many different ages at meets, practices, and outside events. “The Hammerheads gave me a chance to be a part of something bigger than myself at a very young age and has since taught me good sportsmanship and how to work as a part of a team,” says twelve-year old swimmer, Mason Parker. “It also gives me time to play with my friends. Sometimes we even get to play water polo with the coaches!” The Hammerheads have formerly been led by coach Brandon Hendrickson (2013-2014), who is now the head associate coach at Hanover Aquatics, Connor Muncie (2013-2016, 2018), who is now head site coach at the Stingrays’ King George site, and Leann Miller (2017.) The Hammerheads’ most recent season was head coached by Zandy Knoke (2019) and Cole Lipinski (2019), who both plan to join the team again as co-head coaches for the 2020 season. Knoke and Lipinski are both lifeguard certified collegiate athletes who have participated in the sport for many years prior to coaching. Knoke, who has swum for Hopyard for 7 years and coached for 5 of them, says that her absolute favorite part about working with the team has been “watching all of my swimmers learn to love swimming as much as I do.” Knoke currently swims as a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College. “There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on one of your swimmers faces when they swim across the pool for the first time or go a best time in a meet.”

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The Hammerheads also give kids volunteer opportunities through fun registration events like car washes and ice cream socials, as well as job opportunities to high schoolers while they are out of school for the summer. Perhaps one of the more unique attributes the Hammerheads uphold is the fact that most of the head, assistant, and junior coaches have come from within the team, something that Stephanie Breeden, the team’s 2019 Co-Vice President, explains she wants to see continue in future years. “Having the benefit of having our coaches come from within the program means they know how to get all of our swimmers to be their best.” By employing young high school aged swimmers as junior or assistant coaches, the team introduces work opportunities for kids who normally would not be given these chances at such ages. The team employs multiple coaches each year to be present on deck during meets and practices, each of which are lifeguard certified. The Hammerheads’ “Learn to Swim” program allows children to learn the very basics of swimming in a closely monitored situation with multiple coaches in the water alongside them. This ensures that each swimmer- no matter their age or ability- is getting adequate, as well as safe, treatment from their coaches. In addition to this, the majority of the team’s coaches and board members live in the neighborhood as well. The team, which consists of both Hopyard Farm residents and some nonresidents, displays an undeniably strong sense of

community for both the swimmers and the families involved. Karyn Knoke, returning president for the upcoming 2020 season, is the perfect example of this established sense of community. “I’ve done what I’ve done for so long because of the kids,” she says. “I love getting to watch them grow up and see them enjoy swimming as they grow. It’s also so refreshing to see the older kids learn how to coach and become more confident in themselves as they do so.” There’s no denying the fact that the main goal of the team is to see its swimmers grow, learn, and have fun while they’re doing it. Starting the season with three times as many swimmers as it was originally founded with and ending as the 2019 RSL Division Champs, the Hopyard Hammerheads’ 2019 season was one of their best so far. Breeden explains that some of the team’s biggest plans for the upcoming 2020 season are to see the team grow in size with the addition of more swimmers and new coaches, as well as see the team continue to rise in the ranks as they become more and more competitive. Those interested in joining the team should contact hopyardst@gmail.com in order to stay updated on registration dates and fees. There will be two separate registration dates held; one in April strictly for residents, and one in May for both residents and nonresidents depending on availability. Both events will be located at the Hopyard Farm clubhouse with dates to be determined. n

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president’s message/ developer’s report Welcome to Hopyard Farm! My name is Dan Sweeney, President of the Hopyard Farm Homeowners Association, and I would like to introduce the current members who, along with me, make up your Board of Directors: Melanie J. Smith, Secretary/Treasurer, and Director, Christopher Smith, a Hopyard Farm homeowner. Melanie Smith and I work for Hazel Land Companies, Inc., parent company of Payne Street, LLC – the developer of Hopyard Farm. We began development of this beautiful community back in 2006. The initial builders were Hazel Homes, LLC (successor to Lee’s Hill Construction, LLC) and Ryan Homes. In 2008, Hazel Homes, LLC became the sole builder in Hopyard Farm until March 2017 when Ryan Homes returned. About this same time, Hazel Land decided to concentrate their efforts on furthering the development of Hopyard, and as such, Ryan Homes is currently the only builder on-site. Hopyard Farm is currently zoned for 898 lots spread between 17 Sections. Sections 1 through 13 and Section 17 are located to the south of Port Conway Road (also known as Route 607), and Sections 14 through 16 are located to the north at the intersection of Port Conway Road and Emerald Drive (Angora Drive is on the right). Hopyard Farm also includes lots of open space parcels in keeping with King George County’s rural feel. Amenities include a Gazebo near the intersection of Port Conway Road and Weems Drive, and walking trails that will surround most of the community at completion. The existing walking trail begins at Weems Drive and goes to Hopyard Drive. There are also tennis courts, a tot lot, and swimming pool, and residents have access to a public boat ramp on the Rappahannock River. We have a beautiful Clubhouse, known as Hopyard Hall, home office of your Community Manager. The Clubhouse also features a Business Office, Media Room, Fitness Center, Pool Table/

Library, Sitting Area, Kitchen and Swimming Pool. It’s a lovely gathering place where the Pool and Recreation Committee hosts community events throughout the year. Our quarterly HOA Meetings are also conducted there and are held the third Thursday in January, July and October each year. The Annual Meeting is held on the third Thursday in April each year, and I consider this “your Meeting.” Please be sure to register on Town Square (https://app.townsq.io/login), accessed through Community Management Corporation’s (CMC) website. It’s THE place to stay up-to-date on Hopyard happenings and so much more! Your HOA is very active and includes the following committees: Backyard Wildlife Management, Communications (currently inactive), Covenants, Finance, and the Pool and Recreation Committee. I sincerely appreciate the hard work from each committee – they work extremely hard for you. Their time is on a volunteer basis – which means time away from their families. If you are interested in joining a committee, please stop by the Clubhouse and pick up an application from Elizabeth Panzano, your Community Manager. I’m sure the Committees would welcome additional help, and it’s a great way to meet your fellow homeowners. We also have a very active Swim Team – the Hopyard Hammerheads! All Hopyard Farm children are invited to participate. Team membership is also open to non-residents, if the membership rosters are not filled for each age group. Registration typically begins sometime in April, and the Swim Meets begin in late-May. Please support your swim team and consider attending the meets. Several are scheduled at Hopyard and concessions are available. Go Hammerheads! Hopyard Farm is a growing community where there is something for everyone. We’re glad you chose Hopyard and hope you will be very happy here. Welcome to the Farm!

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Recreation and Playground Equipment All play equipment must be placed in rear yards. Wooden play structures of any kind require submission of an exterior alteration application. Heavy plastic toddler play equipment does not require an application as long as it will not be seen from the street. The use of public and private streets and thoroughfares as play areas is strictly forbidden. Basketball hoops are permitted in the driveway. They must be standing and in good order. They may not be faced towards the street for “street play.” Ref Section IV, HOA Manual)

Storm Doors

Satellite Dishes

Only full view storm doors which are white or the same color as the entry door or door frame do not require submission of an application. See Architectural Guidelines for specific types allowed.

Should be placed on the property in as the entry door or in the least visible spot from the street. If it needs to go in the front, landscaping is recommended to conceal it.

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Miles ~ Emerald Dr Majhi ~ Spinnaker Ln Rexrode ~ Emerald Dr Booker ~ Emerald Dr Stambouli & Boukous ~ Coakley Dr Lynch ~ Hopyard Dr Hall ~ Emerald Dr Rogers ~ Ithaca Ct Miller ~ Bagpipe Ln McKenzie ~ Leedstown Rd

HOA ApplicAtiOns

11321 Emerald Drive ~ Fence 5242 Spinnaker Ln ~ Trampoline 6174 Hawser Drive ~ Swingset 5216 Spinnaker Ln ~ Patio 6226 Hawser Drive ~ Fence 11315 Emerald Drive ~ fence 11326 Emerald Dr ~ Deck & Fence 5299 Longbow Rd ~ Fence 6133 Hawser Dr ~ Change front door color 6384 Brewery Ct. ~ Stone patio 11350 Emerald Dr ~ Deck and fence 5499 Leedstown ~ Fence 5244 Weems Drive ~ Concrete patio w/ steps 5479 Weems ~ Under deck storage Welcome to the Neighborhood by HOPYARD VOICE • April 2020 / May 2020 - 23


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King George Parks and Recreation

by Chris Clarke, Director of Parks and Recreation

Summer’s Comin’ to Shine! Clint Black sings “Nothin’ on Earth that’ll get me hummin’ like a heat wave comin’” Summer is right around the corner and the kids (and you) are going to need something to do. The Hopyard Farm pool is a great place, but not everyone can be a pool rat all summer long. King George Parks & Recreation offers a great line-up of summer programming to keep kids of all ages busy. Summer Sunsations (ages 5-10) and Teen Breakout (ages 11-15) are both weeklong camps offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to keep your child engaged and active all day long. We offer 9 consecutive weeks of camp starting May 26th. Camp meets weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate working parents. Each week (weather permitting), we will go on a trip to King’s Dominion, bowling, skating, and another field trip all as a part of camp. Check out our website https://www.kinggeorgecountyva. gov/384/Parks-Recreation for information on our soccer, basketball, and tennis camps.

The Community Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 a.m. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. You must pick up the event details on Friday, April 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This community wide hunt has prizes valued from $5 - $100. Thanks to NSWC Federal Credit Union for their continued support of this great event. The Mother/Daughter Tea is Saturday, May 2 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy lunch, tea, entertainment and more for $30 per couple. Grandmothers, aunts, and any other extra guests are just $15 each. Our monthly Flea/Craft Markets are back. From 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, May 2, June 6, August 1, and October 3. Stop by the Citizens Center to find something special to buy or become a vendor. Call us at 540-775-4386 for more information. “For my day in the sun I’ve been workin’ ‘til the sun don’t shine. Summer’s comin’ to shine!” See you at the parks! n

For the young at heart looking to travel a little we are offering regional trips this spring. These trips include… Sunday, April 5 – Hollywood Casino, Charlestown, WV Saturday, April 25 – Hillwood Estates Saturday, May 9 – Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Saturday, May 30 – National Harbor Therapeutic Movement classes will continue throughout the spring and summer. Join Paula Van Alstine on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. This class is designed for seniors and those with chronic pain to learn the essentials of functional fitness. It includes chair exercises, use of an exercise ball, and small weights. For the more spirited exerciser, REFIT is offered Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. This high energy class is $50 per session or $5 for drop-ins. Both of these classes are at the King George Citizens Center. Finally, we have a number of upcoming special events. The first is the Easter Egg-Str-Va-Ganza on Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Potomac Elementary School. Take part in a variety of activities including an egg hunt for just $5 per child. Egg hunts start at noon so do not be late.

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KG Counts! Join Us in Completing the Census Presidents have been counted here, now it’s your turn. The United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 2 requires that all residents of our great nation be counted every ten years. Starting in March you will get your chance to join not only those Presidents, but also your neighbors in participating in the United States Census. For the first time in our nation’s history you will be able to complete your census online or by phone so make sure you check your mail for an invitation with instructions on how to complete this short, ten question survey. It should take you no more than ten minutes to complete and your answers are vital to our county, the state, and the country. Here’s a few of the things that census data is used for… • Division of seats in the House of Representatives • Virginia State Senate and Delegate districts • King George County election districts • The distribution of $675 Billion of federal aid to states and localities including health, education, housing, and infrastructure programs • Planning by private business and governments on roads, hospitals, schools, and other investments • Response by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) in the case of a disaster What questions will you have to answer? They are simple ones, but they will never include your social security number, political affiliation, or credit card information. Here are the questions… • How many people are living/staying at your address on April 1, 2020 (Census Day)? • Is your home owned or rented?

• The name of each person in the home • The gender of each person in the home • The age and date of birth of each person in the home • The race of each person in the home • Whether or not each person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin • Finally, the relationship of each person to the person completing the form If you complete the census online at my2020census.gov, by phone, or on the paper census form that arrives by mail you are finished. If you fail to complete the census by May then a census worker, called a canvasser, will stop by your home to assist you in completing the required questions. All of your answers are completely confidential and cannot be released by the Census Bureau to anyone for 72 years. The Census Bureau only reports out total information for areas (states, counties, etc.) and cannot just release your household data even if asked for by a court of law, legislature, or even the President. If you have questions about the Census you can learn more by visiting 2020census.gov or you can contact the King George County Census Complete Count Committee at 540-775-4386 or crclarke@co.kinggeorge.state.va.us Remember #KGCounts! n

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