Hopyard VOICE - June/July 2020

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Published for the Residents of Hopyard Farm Community

June 2020/July 2020

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS

The La Roche Family See Feature Article on Page 6

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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

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

Summer is finally here! Although it may not be the summer we were expecting, we are getting back to all of the things we love about this time of year. Here at Hopyard we’re adhering to local health guidelines and reopening our facilities in phases. A chart of the reopening plan for the community is located on Town Square under News and Announcements. If you are not already registered on Town Square, please do so at townsq.io with just your HOA account number (found on your payment coupon book). We are hard at work preparing to open the clubhouse and pool as soon as we can! Although it is hard to pinpoint a date at this time, we expect to open in late June. There will be new procedures and extra cleaning in place to keep everyone safe. The 2020 Pool Pass Application and Pool Rules will be mailed to all homeowners. All homeowners must fill out a new pool pass application each year. If you currently have a Pool Pass you will receive a 2020 sticker. If you are a new homeowner, you will need to submit

your Pool Pass Application and photos for your pass. You can email your application along with JPG headshots to hopyardfarm@verizon.net. All residents 2 years and older (as of June 1st) must have a pool pass to enter the pool. The maximum number of guests per household per visit is now 6 and you must remain with your guests at all times. Guests may not be persons who by residency qualify to be members, but are not in “Good Standing” or are not in possession of their validated pool pass. Please remember to look over your pool rules and regulations. Pool Pass Applications and Pool Rules and Regulations can be found on Town Square (www.townsq.io). Summer is a great time to get out and make necessary repairs to your home. Here are a few items that you can do: • Touch-up the paint on your mailbox post (white) • Be sure that your house numbers on your mailbox are easy to read in the event of an emergency • Touch-up paint any wood trim and your home’s foundation • Pressure Wash Mold/Mildew from your roof/siding/ deck/gutters and downspouts • Check front door and shutters for possible fading. Changing colors requires an exterior alteration application • Treat your lawn for weeds • Mow your grass every 7-10 days, Please do not blow grass clippings into the street. • Trim and prune your landscaping and add fresh mulch Please SLOW DOWN and watch for children that may dart out into the street. If you are planning an exterior project, refer to the Architectural Guidelines and please remember that all exterior changes or additions require prior approval from the Covenants Committee. Have a Great Summer! n

Items Our Local Food Pantry NEEDS: • Peanut Butter • Jelly • Boxed Milk • Canned Fruit • Shampoo • Conditioner 4

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Submitted by Dan Sweeney, President | dsweeney@hazelland.com

Hello, Hopyard Farm Homeowners! I hope all of you are doing well. This year has certainly been different for all of us, hasn’t it? These past couple of months have been difficult and were spent a lot differently than we ever expected – that is for sure. We are trying to work through all the social distancing requirements and are following the guidelines for reopening. I certainly appreciate your diligence and understanding as we move toward our new normal – whatever that might be. The good news is that the weather has finally changed, and we can at least get outside now. The flip side of that means we will be cutting grass and taking care of the flower beds and weeds. If you are new to the community - “Welcome to the Farm!” The community has a very active HOA with several committees. If you would like to get involved, please consider joining one of the following: Backyard Wildlife Management committee, Covenants Committee, Finance Committee or Pool and Rec Committee. There’s always room for another member, and the committees will appreciate your involvement. It is also a great way to meet your neighbors. Please contact Beth Panzano, your Community Manager, for information about each committee and to obtain an application. Beth may be reached by calling (540) 775-8350 or by e-mail to hopyardfarm@verizon.net.

I would also like to thank all our current Board and/or Committee Members. We sincerely thank you for the time you spend to make Hopyard such a great community. We realize the time you spend on the HOA means time away from your family, and we are very grateful for your continued dedication. Your efforts make Hopyard Farm a great community! As always, a couple of friendly reminders: 1) please watch your speed through the community – the safety of our residents should be important to everyone; and (2) please don’t forget to pick up behind your pets while walking through the neighborhood. It only takes a few extra seconds and your neighbors appreciate it, and so does the Board. As you know, the Annual Meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2020, and we are looking at alternate options if we are unable to meet in person. We are continuously reviewing the guidelines as they become available and will decide as we get closer to the meeting date. In the meantime, please remain diligent and stay safe. I am looking forward to seeing you as soon as it is safe to do so.

Dan Sweeney

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MEET THE LA ROCHE FAMILY

By Jon Burroughs

the stock market and playing Halo and Call of Duty on his Xbox. Atiba is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland Global campus, formerly University of Maryland University College, and expects to graduate in 2022 with a degree in cyber security.

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS It’s June and summer is upon us. The summer of 2020 will be a summer unlike any we’ve experienced in the past hundred years. Our summer trips and beach visits are in peril and summer fashions will be the most radical of clothing since the 1980s. Board shorts and bikinis will be replaced with facemasks, latex gloves, and long sleeve shirts. This month, I sat down with travel aficionados Atiba and Victoria La Roche from Spinnaker Lane. While travel may be on hold, it won’t stop the La Roche Family from dreaming of their future adventures and cherishing memories past. Victoria and Atiba moved to Hopyard Farm on March 23, 2020, from Woodbridge, VA. While the family was moving to King George to shorten Victoria’s commute to her job on Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division – NAVSEA, the La Roche Family chose Hopyard Farm because of the family-friendly environment and close sense of community. Atiba and Victoria first met in Baltimore, Maryland, where Victoria worked at Johns Hopkins University and Atiba at Fort Meade. The couple moved to Germany where they lived for several years. After Atiba finished his service with the U.S. Army, the couple returned to the U.S. and settled in Woodbridge. Atiba is a veteran of the United States Army and native of the Caribbean. At age 10, Atiba moved to Brooklyn, New York. After serving in the U.S. Army, Atiba took a position in logistics for the Department of Defense, at Walter Reid Hospital. Atiba is an avid traveler and scuba diver. His favorite recent travels include trips to Maldives and Egypt. In his spare time, Atiba enjoys trading on 6

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Victoria is a local Virginian, hailing from Woodbridge. A former cancer research scientist, Victoria now works in logistics at NSWC –Dahlgren. Victoria graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Biodefense/ Biosecurity. Like Atiba, Victoria loves to travel and scuba dive. Victoria’s favorite travels include Italy, Croatia, and Maldives. In her spare time, Victoria runs her small business Forever My Babies, an online cloth diaper and child clothing boutique. Visit her website at forevermybabies.com and support her venture. At just 22 months old, Christoph La Roche is an energetic little boy with big smiles. Christoph loves cars, dinosaurs, and basketball. In his free time, Christoph enjoys his favorite show – Peppa Pig. Victoria and Atiba are eager to meet their neighbors and make new, lasting friendships. While they may not be able to travel far this summer, they will make new adventures right here at home. As noted author Tim Cahill once said, “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” In the Hopyard Farm community, the La Roche Family is in for one fantastic journey. n





The Soils Beneath Our Feet After being a soil scientist for 37 years with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service I thought I’d pass along some information and fun facts about the soils here in Hopyard. To start with, Hopyard is sitting on ancient coastal plain sediments. These sediments are mostly clay or clay loam in texture. This shows that the area was in a quiet bay-like setting when the deposits were put down. If you notice, we are on a lower, more level surface than across Highway 3 and across Port Conway Road where the terrain is hillier. Those hills are remnants of what’s called the upper coastal plain. When the Rappahannock Riverbed was higher and flowed faster, it meandered across the coastal plain and carved out what is now a river terrace that Hopyard sits on. The soil survey of the county shows that most of the soils in Hopyard are of the Altavista, Dogue, and Wickham Soil Series. But, because the developer removed about one to three feet of surface and subsoil before foundations for the houses were dug, it is difficult to apply these soils descriptions and data to Hopyard. Instead, most of our yards are made up of the substratum (C horizon). If you have soil that is reddish yellow, you’re a bit luckier. This means not as much of the soil was removed and you’ve been left with some subsoil material (B horizon) at the surface. To make matters worse, when our homes in Hopyard were built, as is common in most developments, grading equipment further compacted the surface 4 to 6 inches before sod was laid down. The problems are several. First, we must address the compaction issue and then the acidity and infertility. With compaction our soil has not had the benefit of having many roots penetrate it. No animals have burrowed and very little organic matter (humus) is present. Few microbes or root channels are present. The clays we find in Hopyard are mainly kaolinite with few weatherable minerals. Kaolinite clay might be good for making pottery, but it is difficult for roots to penetrate. This combination of soil properties means that water infiltrates very slowly in this soil and few nutrients are present such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. This renders the soil strongly acid and infertile. The compaction makes plants subject to drought and increases the chance that fertilizer and pesticides that we may apply simply run off and are more likely to end up in the river or marsh. That’s not good in any circumstance but particularly bad here because we are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed which is already badly polluted. So, what can we do with the soil we have? Most of our neighbors in Hopyard are primarily concerned about how they can best manage their lawns. Firstly, we don’t have the option of breaking up the compaction which existed before the sod was placed, but there are management practices we can use to improve the soil structure. One is to add organic matter to our soil. One of the best ways to do this is through frequent, light applications of compost. Leaving mower cuttings on the lawn is the most practical way to add organic matter. Grass and other lawn species mostly have fine fibrous roots. They do little to break up the compaction, but by leaving cuttings, the organic matter in the 10

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soil will eventually increase. Organic matter helps our soil in two ways, first it helps to break up the compaction of the soil and increase its permeability, and secondly organic matter is needed to support an adequate microbe population in the soil. Microbes are needed to convert nutrients into useable forms for our lawns. Another way to better manage our lawns, and a practice encouraged at Hopyard, is to have a lawn that is multi species. In my yard, I’ve counted to 7 species of plants. Two examples in the mix are clover and spurge. Clover, which many of you know is a legume, fixes nitrogen (N2) out of the air and converts it to ammonium (NH4+). This is then converted to nitrate (NO3+) which greatly helps the lawn. I also have spurge that has long, fine woody roots that penetrate the dense clay layer below the sod. As those roots die and decompose, they leave behind root channels that allow water to infiltrate into lower depths of the soil. Other plant roots can also use these channels and are therefore able to extract the stored water. That little wiry rooted plant not only helps to reduce runoff but increases drought tolerance of the lawn. We all know how costly those water bills can get in peak summer. It takes years to improve the soil. But by making small changes in our practices, such as encouraging a multi species lawn, we can find that less fertilizer is required, and even herbicides are generally no longer needed (I dig out the Dandelions). In addition to this, your lawn stays green longer. I know we are trained to want to have that beautiful “golf course-looking” lawn. If you must have a mono species lawn at least think about watching the weather before any fertilizer and herbicide is applied in order to minimize storm runoff. The oysters, crabs and the rest of the ecosystem in our nearby marsh, our beautiful Rappahannock River, and the Chesapeake will thank you. A final practice to improve the lawn is the addition of lime to raise the pH of our acid soil. Most of our plants are acid tolerant, but they still may benefit from a little calcium and magnesium. The addition of about 60 lbs. for the average yard should be all that is needed. You should use dolomitic lime which contains magnesium in addition to calcium. In order to better understand the characteristics of your soil it is a good idea to get it tested by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. They will provide sample boxes and instructions for sampling your soil. There’s an office here in King George, 10087 Kings Hwy, 540-775-3062. Nine nutrients and pH are analyzed, and interpretations are given for fertilizer and lime applications. All of this for $10. So, if you renew the contract for your lawn service, maybe you can be prepared with some questions for them regarding what they are doing to improve the structure and quality of your soil. Do they know what the specific nutrient needs are for your lawn (You can be prepared with your soils test results as noted above)? Are they applying the nutrients you really need in the correct amounts? Are they adapting their fertilizer and pesticide applications with the weather in mind to reduce runoff? You may find this will save you money in the long run and create a more beautiful and sustainable lawn. I hope that you will find this information useful and interesting. Chris Smith, PhD Senior Soil Scientist, Retired, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Director, Hopyard HOA


King George Parks and Recreation

by Chris Clarke, Director of Parks and Recreation

Ten Things to Do this Summer Coronavirus has caused us to adapt and change this spring and may continue to do so into the summer. While we are hoping to still have a full slate of summer activities at King George Parks & Recreation, we also want you to know about other recreation opportunities in our area. Here are our top 10 recreational things to do in King George. 1. Visit the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Observation Deck at Cedell Brooks Jr. Park. The Native Plant Demonstration Garden, installed by local Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and other volunteers, is a great example of plants that are native to the Central Rappahannock region. These plantings show what will grow well in our local environment. The Eagle Scout Observation Deck was built by a team led by a local Eagle Scout candidate and overlooks the wetlands at the park. Both areas have information boards and learning opportunities. 2. Take a trip to Wilmont Landing, the only King George County park with water access on the Rappahannock River. Surrounded by a national wildlife refuge, Wilmont Landing offers a place to put in a boat, fish, and enjoy nature. Some of the greatest views of our county’s great landscape can be found here. 3. Visit Caledon State Park. This 2,587-acre park is a National Natural Landmark. Caledon is home to bald eagles and other wildlife. Enjoy a walk on a trail, visit the edge of the Potomac River, and spend some time with friends and family. 4. Go geocaching at Sealston Sports Complex . If you have never been geocaching, it is a GPS treasure hunt. Sealston Sports Complex has five caches hidden. Check out geocaching.com and set up a free account. Use your smart phone to find the cache, sign the logbook, and then replace the cache for the next person to find. Once you are hooked there are dozens of other caches in the County.

5. T ake a walk, run, or ride on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail. The County and the DRHT are partners in providing free access to this 15.7-mile trail. Access can be made at multiple road crossings. Please take care to stay on the Trail itself when visiting and respect the Trail’s neighbors. Find more information on the Trail at www.friendsdrht.org. 6. Sign up for Parks & Recreation programs. Eventually this pandemic will be behind us and programs like Play it Smart, soccer, gymnastics, karate, and so many others will begin again. Need a copy of our program guide? Stop by the Citizens Center (8076 Kings Hwy.) to pick one up or log on to the King George County website. 7. Drive to Dahlgren. There you can enjoy Barnesfield Park which offers a great playground along with two picnic shelters. Check out Wayside Park while you are there at the foot of the Harry Nice Bridge. Wayside includes a great natural beach area right on the Potomac River. Just be careful as bridge construction has begun. 8. Try your hand at tennis. Whether on the courts at Hopyard Landing or at the King George County Tennis Center (located at King George Middle School) tennis is a great lifelong sport. 9. Take some time to swim. While the Hopyard Pool is not a Parks & Recreation facility, we encourage everyone to take time to have fun this summer and the pool is a wonderful place to make friends and enjoy the outdoors. 10. Spend some time fishing. Be sure to check out www.dgif.virginia.gov/ fishing/ as you plan your trip to ensure you are following all the applicable laws for the state including licenses, limits, and advice on where the best spots to go are. For more information on any and all of the KGPR programs be sure to visit us on the web at www.kinggeorgecountyva.gov/384/Parks-Recreation or call us at 540-775-4386. We hope you have a safe and memorable summer. n

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YOUNG HOPYARD AUTHOR Submitted by Keira Lipinski

FATHER’S DAY Summer brings many exciting things: bright and sunny days, no homework, and plenty of pool time! The season also includes an incredibly special holiday for many of our Hopyard residents, Father’s Day! Father’s Day is a special holiday on which we celebrate our fathers for all the love and sacrifice that they give. This global celebration is recognized in over 110 countries worldwide! Typically celebrated on the third Sunday in June, the holiday dates to the early 1900’s. However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday. This means that in 2020, Americans will have been celebrating their fathers for over 50 years! Some of the more common ways we show our gratitude include showering our fathers with homemade gifts, sweet treats, or heartfelt cards. Our dads may be rewarded with a couch day dedicated to watching their favorite sport, or possibly with a trip to eat at their favorite restaurant. No matter the display of gratitude, the message is the same, “Thank you dad for all that you do!” Our fathers are some of our biggest educators in life. From teaching us to ride a bike or throw a ball, to picking us up when we’re down, and supporting us in all that we do, there is plenty of reason for them to have a special day. What are the best dads known for? Well, the answer is quite simple: all dads are the best

dads. They’re our first role models, biggest fans, and strongest supporters. This Father’s Day, it’s our chance to return the favor. At every field hockey game, musical performance, or academic event, I can always hear my dad’s loud cheers booming from the sidelines. My dad has taught me the importance of having dedication and passion in order to achieve anything in life. His unconditional love and support have encouraged me to reach for the stars, for I know he’ll always be one step behind, believing in me even if I don’t believe in myself. He leads my family by example and holds us together when times get tough, as many fathers do. I know it’s cliché to say, but I truly do have the best dad ever! Although there are few ways to truly repay our fathers for all that they have done and continue to do for us, we must take advantage of Father’s Day as a small way of saying thank you. This Father’s Day, give your dad a hug, make him a card, and let him know just how much he means to you.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Hopyard fathers and grandfathers, here’s to you!

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