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Creekside Village Annual Meeting - 2021

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  We Zoomed Into 2021 DATE & HOUR: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PLACE: Via Zoom – Residents were notified of the meeting. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Kathy Anderson, President                            Marilyn Herst, Vice President                           Peggy Noethlich, Secretary                                 Norm Culbert, Treasurer                                 Lee Worthy, Member-at-Large    MINUTES:  Alice Dickey         CALL TO ORDER: President Anderson called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.   QUORUM: Alice Dickey stated there was a quorum, 27 in attendance plus 18 proxies for a total of 45.   PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:  Peggy Noethlich made a motion to approve the minutes of the 2020 Annual Meeting, Norm Culbert seconded, all approved, motion passed. PRESIDENT REPORT:  Kathy Anderson said a high priority this year and going forward is keeping everyone informed.  Thanks to Mary Robbins for taking the input from various sources and putting

Spring Babies — Do they Need Your Help?

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  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Apr 16, 2020 - Reprinted by Permission Keep Fawns in the Crib Every year we see people who want to “help” fawns left alone in the forest. But, just because baby animals are alone does not mean they need help. Fight the urge to pick up and rescue bedded fawns — you might save their life. Most fawns are not abandoned or orphaned; chances are their mothers are nearby. Fawns are born without scent, so if they remain still, they do not attract carnivores. A doe will often leave her fawn for long periods to feed and rest. She may only return at dawn and dusk to feed her fawn. In fact, fawns instinctively lie low while waiting for their mother to return. Deer may leave their young in odd places like porches or yards. In many cases, a doe may leave her fawn in the same spot for several days, until it is strong enough to move with her. If you encounter someone who has made the mistake of moving a resting fawn, you may still be able to salvage the s

Directors Meeting Minutes - February, 2021

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DATE: Thursday, February 18, 2021  PLACE: Via Zoom  -  Residents were notified of the Board meeting and invited to join. BOARD MEMBERS:  Kathy Anderson, President                Marilyn Herst, Vice President               Peggy Noethlich, Secretary               Norm Culbert, Treasurer                Lee Worthy, Member-at-Large MINUTES:  Alice Dickey CALL TO ORDER:  President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:40 am. QUORUM: Alice Dickey confirmed all 5 Board members were present.   PRIOR MEETING MINUTES: Peggy Noethlich made a motion to approve January Minutes, Lee Worthy seconded, all in favor, motion passed. CORRESPONDENCE:  None FINANCIAL REPORT: Norm Culbert said has almost finished last re-format of financials. CD rates are still below 1%.  Question – how to get new format to homeowners?  BOD will discuss after this meeting. GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1.  For the record, items discussed at the February 9 workshop:  Gutter and downspout replacement, Lead: Doug Gra

Creekside Village Newsletter - March, 2021

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  Subscribe to receive news from our new website… www.creeksidenow.org ! If you are not tired of snow yet…there are some great pictures of our neighborhood in its snowy glory! Have you read Mary McClung’s well written and entertaining article about touring the northeast USA?  Check it our on the website and subscribe so Creekside news get delivered right to your PC! Message from Our President Kathy Anderson: Thanks to all who attended the Annual Homeowners Meeting February 25 and elected a new Board of Directors. This year we say thank you and good-bye to Norm Culbert, who “retired” from service as Treasurer after four challenging years. Don’t worry, though, Norm’s not going anywhere. Rumor has it he will be managing the major maintenance and repair of both the sprinkler/irrigation system and Creekside’s roadways.  At the same time, Creekside welcomes new directors Doug Gray, Marilyn Herst, and Lee Worthy who have stepped up to meet the new challenges we will face in 2021. In addition

Fall Foliage Cruise Continued: Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  By Mary McClung We are now at our first Canadian port on the ”fall foliage cruise” I took from Boston to Quebec in October 2019.  Recent hurricane Dorian had hit Halifax, as evidenced by many downed trees.  Who knew that hurricanes extended this far north!  Halifax really deserves a 2-day visit but we are here for only one full day. The Acadian area north of Halifax is an interesting UNESCO World Heritage site. French settlers had prospered here but were kicked out by the fearful British based in Halifax (and many became the New Orleans "Cajuns" of today in the local dialect).  However, I chose a trip with four of my fellow ship mates on a private tour in the other direction because I wanted to learn about the history of the city and to visit the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.  A number of tragedies have affected Halifax.  We passed by “The Narrows,” where in 1917 an explosion decimated the northern part of the city.  A French munitions ship loaded with explosives for WWI battlef

Causland Memorial Park

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Reprinted from Fidalgo Island Crossings In a previous post , I spoke of the Red Rock Quarry next to the new John Tursi Trail as a source of stone for Causland Memorial Park.  This is Causland Memorial Park in Anacortes, Washington. Originally, the park was built as a memorial to World War I veterans from Anacortes.  Later memorials were added for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  The park is named for Harry Leon Causland, "one of the one hundred immortals D.S.C. 6795."  He received the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in France that resulted in his death.  Fourteen others from Fidalgo, Guemes, Decatur and Cypress Islands are also named in the memorial.  The park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places . On the day I visited, the flag was at half staff in recognition of the Orlando, Florida nightclub slayings. What makes Causland Park unique are the colored stone mosaics that decorate the bandstand and surrounding wall.  The source o

Creekside Village Newsletter - February, 2021

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The Speed Limit is 15 miles per hour throughout Creekside Village. We’ve seen both residents and delivery trucks exceed this speed limit, so please slow down! Also please ensure that all delivery trucks and other service providers use the H Avenue entrance, not D! Subscribe to receive news from our new website… www.creeksidenow.org !   It’s got the latest on COVID-19 news and vaccination sites!   For creative writers out there, go check out the recently approved Board guidelines for submitting articles about yourself…or a recent conversation with a neighbor, depending upon that neighbor’s approval, of course! Message from Our President Kathy Anderson : Greetings to all and welcome to 2021 . As we prepare for the new year and the annual meeting in February, I have a priority message : Complete your ballot and designate a PROXY . Whether the annual meeting is in-person or on-line, by law, the association may not make business decisions without a quorum, i.e., 50% of the membership in at

Directors Meeting Minutes - January, 2020

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DATE:  Thursday, January 21, 2021  PLACE:  Via Zoom  -  Residents were notified of the Board meeting and invited to join. BOARD MEMBERS:  Kathy Anderson, President                Marilyn Herst, Vice President               Peggy Noethlich, Secretary               Norm Culbert, Treasurer                Lee Worthy, Member-at-Large MINUTES:  Alice Dickey CALL TO ORDER:  President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:30. QUORUM:  Alice Dickey confirmed all 5 Board members were present.   PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:  Peggy Noethlich made a motion to approve December Minutes with the approved budget attached.  Marilyn Herst seconded, all in favor, motion passed. CORRESPONDENCE:   Notice from Bank of the Pacific that a $50,000 CD was maturing on 12/30/20.  Norm has renewed it for 3 months. Discussion about items going into packet for Annual Meeting - any changes needed, additions, proxies, etc. FINANCIAL REPORT:  Norm Culbert said he was pleased with changes made to accounting d

A Trip to Boston and Bar Harbor

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  By Mary McClung For those of you wishing this dratted virus would go away so you could get out of the house and have some fun, travel vicariously here.  Let’s make this an entertaining part of our Creekside blog.  I’ll start off with the first couple of stops on Norwegian Line’s “Fall Foliage Cruise” I took from Boston in October, 2019, before the virus struck. Boston is a history-lovers dream.  I arrived a day early so I could immerse myself in all things historical.  I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Revere, across the river from Boston but close to the airport.  The hotel has free transport from the airport and into Boston, plus a hearty free hot breakfast.  Bright and early the next morning after breakfast, I took the MTA into Boston to join the not-to-be-missed 4-hour “Revolutionary Story” walking tour with 11 others, hosted by energetic young historian Mike.  We walked along  the Freedom Trail, which includes 16 key spots associated with America’s fight for independence.  To the r