Hopyard VOICE Dec 2020 / January 2021

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Published for the Residents of Hopyard Farm Community

December 2020/January 2021

MEET MEET YOUR YOUR NEIGHBORS NEIGHBORS

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THE HOPYARD VOICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dan Sweeney, President dsweeney@hazelland.com 540-891-1091 Melanie Smith, Secretary msmith@hazelland.com Chris Smith, Director cwshopyard@gmail.com WEBSITE www.TownSq.io MANAGEMENT Elizabeth Panzano, Community Manager 5888 Coakley Dr., King George, VA 22485 540-775-8350 hopyardfarm@verizon.net COMMUNITY MGMT. CORP. 4840 Westfields Blvd, Suite 300 Chantilly, VA 20153 703-631-7200 or 800-262-3090 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 POOL & REC COMMITTEE Dara Johnson, Chair hopyardfarmpr@gmail.com

The Hopyard Voice is published by Sassafras Creations, LLC and mailed free of charge to the 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. The publisher reserves the right to edit and reject any and all editorial and advertising submitted for publication in the Hopyard Voice. Every effort has been made to prevent typographical errors, however, Sassafras Creations, LLC cannot be held responsible for 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.

All rights reserved. Reproduction of material, both editorial and advertising, is forbidden without the written permission of the publisher. IMPORTANT COMMUNITY PHONE NUMBERS: 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 Solid Waste & Recycling (Landfill)...540-775-3267 KG Parks & Recreation........................540-775-4FUN Service Authority..................................540-775-2746 Dominion Virginia Power...................866-366-4357 Fire, Rescue Emergency Services....540-775-8900 Copyright 2020 Sassafras Creations, LLC

Thank you for welcoming Hopyard Voice magazine into your home for over the past four years! We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to help keep the community informed and connected! 540-775-3159 / Info@HopyardVoice.com / www.HopyardVoice.com 44 -- HOPYARD HOPYARD VOICE VOICE


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Christina Burroughs | christina@sassafrascreations.com

Much like the farmer plants different crops in the same field during different seasons so too shall new resources be available on the farm. There may be corn growing one season and soybeans the next, but the farm is still the farm, and the farmers are still the farmers. Only by changing out what is grown, the farmer allows for a richer residue in the soil which leads to vigorous growth. Hopyard Farm is no different in this analogy. Hopyard Farm is changing and growing so it is only natural that Hopyard Voice, a community magazine reflective of Hopyard Farm, should change too. This will be the last issue of Hopyard Voice magazine, but the farmer doesn’t cry with a rotation of different crops; he waits to reap a new harvest and rejoices in the bounty of his hard work. Hopyardigans are creating new resources for Hopyard Farm. Our committees are bringing new ideas to light. By doing so, they’re not only enriching the “soils” of our farm, but also encouraging growth and inviting residents to participate in the “planting,” if you will, of such projects. I am so excited to see what will sprout this coming season and for many years to come. I hope you will support those projects as you’ve supported Hopyard Voice magazine. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to publish Hopyard Voice magazine. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many cool, knowledgeable, and friendly neighbors which was my motivation for taking on the project in the first place. I’m thankful for my production team who have helped make the magazine a success. I’m thankful to the

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Board of Directors, the Community Manager, and Committee Chairs for supporting and contributing to the magazine, as well as everyone else who contributed their time and energy writing articles, taking photos at events, and participating in contests. I‘m thankful for our feature families so graciously welcoming us into your homes. I would be remiss if I didn’t say a special thank you to my husband Jon for interviewing and photographing feature families, and then writing the Feature Family articles each issue. Thank you, Jon! You’ll still see us around at HOA meetings, community events, and at the pool. I’ll continue to publish County Compass Magazine, a resource guide and lifestyle magazine for the Upper Northern Neck region, and you’ll still have the opportunity to stay connected to the larger community. As I say in County Compass, we’re living, learning, growing, and connecting. I hope you’ll stay connected by reading County Compass, submitting Letters to the Editor, as well as submitting news, events, and advertising. Hopyard Voice might be changing, but I can assure you, my team and I are attempting to enrich the social good of the greater community. After all, the farm wouldn’t be as great without the contributions of the nearby lakes, the rivers, and the surrounding regions! We’ll still have a community magazine, it’s just going to have a different name and a broader range. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Hopyardigans! Please stay in touch! n


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Happy Holidays, Hopyard Farm! I hope everyone enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving filled with good food, family and friends. I am sure for many the celebrations were smaller and perhaps spent via Skype or Zoom. 2020 has been a challenging year, but it is my sincere hope that 2021 will be a better year for all. If you are new to the community, Welcome to the Farm! Hopyard Farm is a wonderful community with a very active Homeowners Association. There are currently four (4) active committees: Backyard Wildlife Management, Covenants, Pool and Recreation and Finance, and I am happy to report that conversations have begun to re-establish a Communications Committee. Please consider joining one – it is a great way to support your community and meet new neighbors. There is always room for new members, and the Committees will be happy to have you on-board. If interested, please contact Elizabeth Panzano in the Community Office to pick up an application. I also want to extend a big “Thank You” to all who are currently serving on a committee and/or the Board of Directors. I am grateful for the contributions you make to the HOA. Your time is valuable, too, and the time you spend on the HOA is time taken away from your family. Thank you for volunteering your services! Your continued efforts help make Hopyard Farm one of the most sought-after communities as well as the great place it is to live and play! I look forward to working with you again next year. The 2021 Budget was approved at the October Board Meeting, and I am happy to report there will be no increase to your assessments next year. It was also announced that two (2) new sections had been added to the HOA - Sections 16 and 12, respectively. Construction of new homes should be underway or will be soon.

Submitted by Dan Sweeney, President dsweeney@hazelland.com

responsible for snow removal on all other streets/roads. Please keep in mind that the Developer is prohibited from removing snow on any VDOT-maintained streets. As always - a couple of friendly reminders: please DO NOT SPEED in the community! Our community is growing, and the safety of our residents should be a top priority for all! Please also remember to pick-up behind your pets when walking through the neighborhood - your neighbors and the Board appreciate it. Our first 2021 Quarterly Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21st. It is a bit early to predict how the meeting will be conducted, but at this point, I assume we will meet via Zoom. We will decide after the first of the year. In closing, I would like to take a moment to thank Christina Burroughs and Sassafras Creations LLC for publishing the Hopyard Voice over the past two years. I am sorry to report the December 2020 issue will be the last publication, although it will not be the last you hear from them as they publish the County Compass Magazine for King George and surrounding areas. I am sure you will agree that the publication was a great success and one that will be greatly missed – especially the feature articles “Meet Your Neighbors.” We have truly enjoyed the Hopyard Voice and will miss it, but we look forward to seeing you at the HOA meetings. Thank-you, Christina Burroughs and Sassafras Creations LLC! Happy Holidays to all of you! Please be safe.

Dan Sweeney

As winter approaches, I would like to remind you that snow removal is handled between VDOT and the Developer. If you live in Sections 1, 2 or 3, VDOT is responsible for snow removal on streets/roads which include: Bakers Lane, Champe Way, Coakley Drive, Fullers Lane, Hawser Drive, Hopyard Drive, Ianthas Way, McCarthy Drive, Nellie Lane, Parsons Lane and Weems Drive (from the intersection of Hopyard and Weems Drives to just beyond the intersection of Weems and Coakley Drives). The Developer is

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MEET THE WANG FAMILY

By Jon Burroughs Strength Though Sweat, LLC. Steve enjoys spending time with his three children and coaches them all in tennis. Jodi spends her weekdays as a homeschool teacher to Abiela, Josiah and Judah. Jodi loves to spend time with her family, enjoys running 4 to 6 miles a day, and according to Steve, is an amazing cook. Jodi has an aptitude for decorating and shopping as well. At just 10 years old, Judah is the youngest member of the Wang Family. A fourth grader, Judah enjoys playing football and tennis. He enjoys reading, spelling and history. Judah spends his free time reading the book series I Survived by Lauren Tarshis.

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS Over the past few years, I have had the honor and privilege of getting to know my neighbors through my adventures with the Hopyard Voice. While the sun is setting on our beloved neighborhood magazine, my heart is full of appreciation for the time I have spent with families I might otherwise have never met. Our community is strong and full of amazing people with wonderful stories. It seems fitting my last interview is with brand new Hopyardigans – the Wang Family of Hawser Drive, a family full of positivity and love for their neighborhood. Jodi and Steve Wang met while attending Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, California. The two fell desperately in love and in September 2001, married. The couple moved from California to Virginia with the dream of starting their own church. Both Jodi and Steve worked for WJYA 90.5 FM – Positive Hits. Steve, who once worked for the campus radio station at Calvary Bible College, took a position as station manager while Jodi worked both in an administrative capacity and as a weatherman. On October 17, 2004, Steve and Jodi realized their dream and opened the doors to Calvary Chapel – Stafford. Steve and Jodi both support the church, Steve as Pastor and Jodi with the women’s ministry. Since being married, Steve and Jodi have been blessed with three beautiful children, Abiela, Josiah and Judah. In addition to their work at Calvary Chapel, Steve and Jodi keep busy with other ventures and hobbies. Steve, a personal trainer and huge physical fitness fan, is the proud owner of

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Josiah, an eighth grader, is 13 years old. He enjoys playing pool, fishing, and target shooting. Josiah is a future entrepreneur and hopes to own his own self-storage facility. Abiela is in tenth grade. At 15 years old, Abiela’s life centers around tennis. Abiela practices over 10 hours each week and dreams of a D1 scholarship in tennis. In addition to her favorite sport, Abiela loves to write (check out her Young Hopyard Author contribution in this issue) and hopes to own her own business one day. Abiela is the proud pet owner of two bunny rabbits and dreams of a professional tennis career. When the Wang Family made the move from Fredericksburg to King George, they searched for a new home for over a month before setting their eyes on Hopyard Farm. Originally, the Wangs were interested in new construction but decided against building in Hopyard. After continuing their search, they found themselves back in our beautiful neighborhood. Steve, Jodi and the kids loved everything Hopyard had to offer and have taken advantage of our neighborhood amenities since the day they moved in. When they are not playing pool at the clubhouse or playing tennis on the Hopyard courts, the Wang Family loves playing board games together. George Bernard Shaw said, “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” The Wang Family have carved out their small slice of heaven here in Hopyard Farm. Take a moment to welcome them – you will likely find them most days at the Hopyard tennis courts, playing pool in the clubhouse or working out in the gym. One thing is certain – you will find the Wang Family happy together. Thank you, my neighbors and friends, for trusting me with your stories these past years. n



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HOLIDAY TRASH service CHRISTMAS: Friday’s, 12/25/20, residential collection will be completed Saturday, 12/26/20 NEW YEAR’S: Friday’s, 1/1/21, residential collection will be completed Saturday, 1/2/21 INCLEMENT WEATHER: Check County-Waste.com to see if trash pickup will occur in the case of inclement weather

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YOUNG HOPYARD AUTHOR Submitted by Abiela Wang

CHRISTMAS The bells are ringing, the eyes of children are sparkling, and happiness fills the atmosphere as Christmas comes near. This masterpiece of a day will be remembered forever in a child’s life for years to come. However, this society with its ever-increasing appetite for more tends to forget some particularly important aspects of this beloved day. As the time to celebrate Christmas draws near, with sounds of music and smells of cookies in the air, we as busy Americans are prone to lose sight of the reasons we celebrate this holiday, the old traditions and the birth of salvation. People at times, tend to be distracted with the outward decorations and lose sight of the reason we celebrate this holiday. Christmas is about presents and “joy to the world”, yet we tend not to remember. At this time of year many people are hurting and in need of love and emotional support. Even a smile given this season could be the greatest gift given away to a person who has neither the reason nor the hope to smile. An amazing way of spreading love all around is to be joyful. During this season, much stress is put into preparations, like shopping, cleaning, traveling, eating, and many other things. It is of utmost importance to put aside some of those examples and spend time with loved ones because at the end of the day children don’t remember the presents nor the clean house; they remember the time spent. Christmas is best remembered by spreading joy and spending time with family, and past traditions are a great way of doing so. As our society continues to advance, we fail to remember the classic traditions. These are centered around fun and the family. For instance, chopping down one’s own Christmas tree is an occasion of the past and most celebrators cease to take part in it anymore. Another tradition that is lost is mistletoe. It is now relegated to hallmark Christmas specials. Once long ago, people used this as an avenue toward kissing a special person. However, why watch Hallmark when we could experience a little Christmas magic ourselves? Another dying tradition would be caroling which once was extremely popular this time of year. While some churches still hold fast to this tradition, families should join and take part in this also. These old traditions should be reflected upon and maybe even brought back into this restless society. Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in America and by far the favorite of all the holidays; however, the significance of this holiday is what makes it special, not the popularity. For two thousand years, December 25th has been a time of joy and giving and this is because of one event, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Thus, the Jewish prophet testifies in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us, a Son is given: and the government shall 14

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be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” and this child was and continues to be a blessing to humanity. The reason why we can be joyful during this season is because God gave us His Son as a gift to save us. If we celebrated Christmas without Jesus, it would be like celebrating the fourth of July without the Declaration of Independence and thus there would be no giving nor joyfulness because those two factors are brought by Him. The coming generations should be taught the true meaning of this beloved holiday. At times, we fail to remember the motive behind December 25th, the past customs, and true meaning of this holiday because our culture runs fast on the gasoline of success, thus, there is nothing wrong with this. The challenge is to pause in the midst of rushing waves and see the beauty in even the smallest examples of life, and to remember the people closest to one’s self. Jesus was born in a lowly manger, and sometimes the most magnificent celebrations are often the most simple.



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