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Creekside Village Autumn 2020

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"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go."
-Unknown




"How beautiful the leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days."
-John Burroughs




"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house"-Nathaniel Hawthorn, The American Notebooks




"Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits."
-Samuel Butler




"Every leaf speaks bliss to me / Fluttering from the autumn tree."
-Emile Brontë, "Fall, Leaves, Fall"




"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby




"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Welcome Beth and David

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Meet Our New Neighbors on Creekside LaneWhen Beth and David moved to Creekside in June, their arrival was announced quietly … no moving van or U-Haul accompanied them.  They had no furniture, not even in storage. It’s not that they don’t like furniture.  They had disposed of it all in mid-2019, along with their home, so they could take off and see the world.Travel is their true passion. Every chance they got they would travel.  They had previously visited most of Europe on vacation, sometimes staying for as long as 2 and even 3 months.  They enjoyed immersing themselves in the culture and daily lives of those in various European countries.  France had been a favorite, dispelling the snobbish French attitude held by many.  Each country had its special quirks and joys that delighted them and as David says, “I think it’s hard to be a good citizen unless you travel.  It used to be so easy to think our country was the ‘correct’ way to live and act.  Visiting other people and their culture…

Friends of the Berm

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On Tuesday, October 6th, members of the Landscape Committee, joined by some of their friends, went to work on those naked berms along Creekside Lane.  Recall that English Ivy had taken over and was starting to encroach into adjacent yards, trees and shrubbery.  While beautiful growing on stately manor halls in rural Britain, it tends to be an invasive pest in the Pacific Northwest.  
The ivy was removed a couple of years ago.  The banks were treated and barked to prevent regrowth of the persistent plant.  After lying fallow for a while, the berms were now ready for replanting.  With blue sky and sunshine, it was a perfect day for gardening.  And just in time to catch the autumn rains.
The new plantings include Golden Thread Cypress, Azaleas, Winter Heath, David Viburnum, and native Sword Ferns.  This selection was chosen for low maintenance, drought tolerance and cost-effectiveness.  These have also been growing successfully around the Creekside campus.  A second phase of plantings is …

Directors' Meeting Minutes - September, 2020

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DATE:  Thursday, September 17, 2020 PLACE:   Online via Zoom
BOARD MEMBERS: Kathy Anderson, President          Marilyn Herst, Vice President         Peggy Noethlich, Secretary         Norm Culbert, TreasurerMINUTES:  Alice DickeyResidents were notified of the Board meeting and invited to join on Zoom.CALL TO ORDER: President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:35.QUORUM: Alice Dickey confirmed there were 4 Board members present.  
PRIOR MEETING MINUTES: Norm Culbert made a motion to approve August Minutes, Peggy Noethlich seconded, all in favor, motion passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT:  Norm Culbert said the Reserve balance now exceeds $700,000, about $100,000 is working capital for the Reserves.  Running close to budget.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & GENERAL REPORTS:1. For the record: On September 1 the BOD appointed owner Marilyn Herst to the Board, filling the position vacated by Craig [_]*.  Herst will assume [_] duties as Vice President.  She will serve until the Annual Meeting in February, at…

Creekside Village Newsletter - September, 2020

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Visit Creekside’s Website at  www.creeksidenow.org to obtain copies of Board meeting minutes, governing documents, forms and more. Subscribe to the latest news and weather.Message from Creekside’s President:  How I Spent My Summer Vacation—Learning!COVID-19 has presented some special challenges. We have had to learn new ways to conduct business. It’s been difficult to welcome new neighbors and socialize with friends, hold meetings, and work effectively with service providers. Kudos to committee members and owners who have stepped up to help.  Meanwhile, the Board of Directors continues the 2021 budget development process and to collect reports and requests for maintenance and repair. Creekside is a 30-year old development that is showing its age. Major assets that have reached the end of their useful life and soon will require maintenance and replacement include gutter and downspouts, roadway surfaces, and the sprinkler and irrigation system. It also has become clear that Creekside ca…

Directors' Meeting Minutes - August, 2020

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DATE:  Thursday, August 20, 2020
PLACE:  Online Via Zoom

BOARD MEMBERS: Kathy Anderson, President
         Peggy Noethlich, Secretary
         Norm Culbert, Treasurer

MINUTES:  Alice Dickey

RESIDENTS JOINING:  Marilyn He*, Marilyn Ho* Robert M.* Mary R*, Jerry S*, Dick W*, Suzie W*.

CALL TO ORDER: President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:50.

QUORUM: Alice Dickey determined there was a quorum.

PRIOR MEETING MINUTES: Peggy Noethlich made a motion to approve June Minutes, Norm Culbert seconded, all in favor, motion passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:

1. Alice said no outstanding correspondence, all maintenance requests have been forwarded to committees.

2. Kathy related questions posed by buyer of one of the units, she spoke with the realtor representing the seller, gave him the pertinent information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & GENERAL REPORTS:

1. Alice has now been given a job title – HOA Administrator.  This will be used in documents where needed.

2. Kathy read the email from Vice President Cra…

Creekside Village Newsletter - July-August, 2020

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Subscribe Now to receive news from our new website www.creeksidenow.org, where you can also obtain copies of our governing documents, meeting minutes, and request forms.

The Board of Directors’ focus now is on 2021 Budget Development, which will begin in earnest as on-line ZOOM meetings on Monday September 14. As provided in Part 7.1.2 of the By-Laws, the BOD will welcome owners who wish to serve as members of a Finance Committee convened for this purpose. The minimum time commitment is approximately 12 hours’ attendance at three 3-hour workshops from 9 am to 12 noon, September 14, 21, and 28. The BOD welcomes ideas and questions from all members, and everyone is welcome—if only to observe. If you are interested in participating, please notify any board member.

Meanwhile, the BOD asks owners to submit by Labor Day any reports of maintenance and repair issues they have noticed in and around their buildings to the HOA Administrator, Alice Dickey. Please send them via email to creeksidere…

Website Update

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There some some new things on the Creekside Village website to mention.  First, you have probably already heard about the new domain name for the site:  CreeksideNow.org.  You can see it in the address line of your browser right now.  Not only is it easier to type and remember, this simpler name will boost our rankings in search engines.  If you have bookmarks or links to the old name, they will automatically redirect to the new one. 

Like many of us, browsers are sometimes resistant to change.  If you are having trouble loading the site, clear your history and cookies, open a fresh browser, and use the full URL:  https://www.creeksidenow.org.  From then on, you should be able to open the site with the simple version, CreeksideNow.org. 



Second if you're a regular visitor to the Creekside weather site, a new link has been added just below the Current Conditions data.  This opens a new page with more detailed information.  The new page looks like this.

Finally, work has begun on the …

Creekside Village Newsletter - June, 2020

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Message from the Board of Directors: Taking a break. There will be no Board of Directors meeting or workshop in July. We are still around and available by phone or email. The next workshop is Tuesday, August 11, at 9:00 a.m., and the next Board meeting is Thursday, August 20, at 8:30 a.m. The Senior Center and Methodist Church remain closed, so Creekside is conducting its meetings on-line via Zoom, and owners will receive invitations by email. The Board will notify everyone as soon as we resume regular meetings. Kathy Anderson, President

Stay Alert: The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is reporting vehicle prowls on the rise. ‘Tis the season!

Special Message from Dick Walsh and a reminder to sign up for fiber-optic internet service:
I know that many people have expressed an interest in the broadband network that Anacortes is building. It also seems that many people are just sitting by and waiting for it to happen in their neighborhood before signing on. Anacortes would really like you to …

Wearing a Face Mask in Public Is Now Required in Washington

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"Starting Friday, June 26, all people in Washington state are required to wear a face covering when you are in any indoor or outdoor public area. This can be a cloth face mask, several layers of fabric tied behind the head, bandana, or scarf. It needs to cover your mouth and nose. Children under 2 years old should not wear a face covering. People who are unable to wear a face covering because of medical conditions are not required to. You can take off your mask to eat, drink, or communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. We hope most people will wear a face covering to protect the health of their friends and loved ones.

Not following the order may result in a misdemeanor charge. This could be a fine of up to $100 and/or up to 90 days in county jail."

Keep in mind, businesses may disallow entry to persons not complying with the order.  You should ask if they provide alternate accommodations in such cases.

Note that you need not wear a mask or face covering whil…

Message from Dick Walsh: Anacortes Fiberoptic Internet Service

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Hello All,
I initially posted this on Nextdoor Digest but I know that only a fewCreekside residents are signed on to Nextdoor, so I asked that it beposted here on Creekside's own website and asked Peggy to mention it inthe Newsletter.
I know that many people have expressed an interest in the broadbandnetwork that Anacortes is building. It also seems that many people arejust sitting by and waiting for it to happen in their neighborhoodbefore signing on. Anacortes would really like you to show your interest to signing on when available.
First, let me sing the praises of optical fiber transmission... We moved here from a small town in Vermont. That town was of low population even by Vermont standards (600,000 people in the whole state). Our town, of about 36 square miles had a population of 900 people. Some of them even lived beyond the power lines. They did not, however, live beyond the telephone lines. The local phone company had underground copper wire lines to every home that wante…

Directors' Meeting Minutes - June, 2020

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DATE:Thursday, June 18, 2020 PLACE:  Via Zoom Teleconference
BOARD MEMBERS: Kathy Anderson, President Craig Illman, Vice-president Peggy Noethlich, Secretary Norm Culbert, Treasurer MINUTES:Alice Dickey
RESIDENTS JOINING:Due to technical difficulties no residents joined.
CALL TO ORDER: President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:40.
QUORUM: President Anderson determined there was a quorum.
PRIOR MEETING MINUTES: President Anderson asked for a thumbs up from Board members if they approved the May Minutes, all approved.
NEW BUSINESS:
CORRESPONDENCE:Alice Dickey said no outstanding correspondence, all maintenance requests have been forwarded to committees.Did receive the notice from PSE regarding no/low usage on irrigation meters, Alice has responded.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: 1. July break – there will be no workshop or BOD meeting in July.Notice to be put in Newsletter, plus reminder email to all residents. 2. New rental – An owner of one of the rental units is putting in a new tenant, plus using…