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Google FeedBurner Service to be Discontinued

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  Why is this important for Creekside?   For those of you who subscribe to posts and receive them in your email inbox, this service will stop delivering them in August.   Why is this happening? No explanation has been provided.  It's Google. Is there an alternative? If you don't use the Subscription service, there is nothing you need to do.  Otherwise, the simplest alternative is to set up a feed manually in your email client.  Here are the instructions for both Outlook-365 and the Windows 10 Mail app:   Under your address, look for a folder named RSS Feeds or RSS Subscriptions . Right-click on that folder to open a menu.  Select "Add a new feed." Copy and paste the following link into the text box of the dialog that opens: https://csvanacortes.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss Note:  Do not use the address creeksidenow.org here.  Copy it exactly as it appears. Click Save.   This is a straightforward process, so other email clients (gmail, etc.) should be simi

Life After Vaccine

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  Reprinted from Washington State Coronavirus Response (Covid-19) Just got your vaccine? Watch this video to learn what to expect over the next few days:   Every day, more of us across Washington are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The really good news is that once you’re fully vaccinated, you can start doing some of the activities you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. However, we also need to be mindful that others are still at risk.   Think of it this way:  If you’re fully vaccinated, the vaccine protects you from severe COVID-19 symptoms. To protect others, you still need to wear a mask, stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart, and avoid crowds and indoor spaces without open windows. That’s because we don’t know enough yet about whether the vaccine prevents the spread of COVID-19 from one person to another. What does “fully vaccinated” mean? You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after you get your second shot if you had to get two doses (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)

Evening Light, Creekside Circle, Spring, 2021

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It's Official, from the CDC...

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  Keep in mind, some businesses, offices and agencies may elect to continue indoor mask mandates in their premises.  Be sure to check ahead of time or take a mask with you.  Use good judgement and consideration for both your safety and that of others.  It may take some time for everyone to adapt to these new recommendations.

Spotted on Creekside Lane

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  And in case that's not awesome enough... Thank you Gretchen McIndoe for the photos. If you discover something special in your Creekside neighborhood, snap a picture of it,  Send it to me and I'll post it on the website.  You can find me in the Roster. -Dave

Spotted on Upper Creekside Lane

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  Thank you Suzie for the photo. If you discover something special in your Creekside neighborhood, snap a picture of it,  Send it to me and I'll post it on the website.  You can find me in the Roster. -Dave ......

Creekside Village Newsletter - May, 2021

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Subscribe to receive news from our very informational website… www.creeksidenow.org   Message from Our President Peggy Noethlich Owners, I am pleased to report the legal matter between Creekside and Pleasant View (PV), our neighbors to the south, is settled.  We will provide further details soon.  In short, we are getting two cash settlements (a total of $20,000), and a judgment, in the public record, against PV on the timber trespass.  On behalf of the Creekside BOD and all Creekside owners, I want to acknowledge and thank Dick Walsh and Norm Culbert.  They have been on the frontlines over the last four years and have spent so much of their time representing our property rights and interests.  This is unpleasant and time-consuming work –documenting the facts and assembling exhibits, meetings with attorneys, long depositions, negotiations and mediations, and trial preparation.  I am grateful this matter is behind us – but I am profoundly grateful for Dick and Norm.  Through all of this

Spotted on Creekside Circle

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  If you discover something special in your Creekside neighborhood, snap a picture of it,  Send it to me and I'll post it on the website.  You can find me in the Roster. -Dave

Creekside Village Newsletter - April, 2021

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Subscribe to receive news from our robust website… www.creeksidenow.org ! The days are gradually getting longer with more peeks of sunshine.  This means more flowers, baby animals, birds busy building nests, and the hope that we can get outside to see and say hello to our neighbors again!  If you are a hiker and come across any baby animals, check out what to do and what not to do on our website.    Message from Our President Peggy Noethlich:  I am happy to serve as your HOA President this year and look forward to the time when we can begin in-person meetings again.  It is a tough act to follow Kathy Anderson.  Kathy assumed her role as President as COVID arrived.  She researched the Zoom meeting platform, and soon the Creekside Board was running workshops and board meetings electronically.  Through her efforts, we have seamlessly continued to carry out Creekside work.  She has also led all our work in restating and amending our governing documents over the last few years.  Kathy conti

Directors' Meeting Minutes - March, 2021

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  DATE and HOUR:  Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. PLACE:  Via Zoom  -  Residents were notified of the Board meeting and invited to join. BOARD MEMBERS: Peggy Noethlich, President                Lee Worthy, Vice President               Marilyn Herst, Secretary               Kathy Anderson, Treasurer                Doug Gray, Member-at-Large MINUTES:  Alice Dickey CALL TO ORDER: President Noethlich called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m. QUORUM:  Alice Dickey confirmed all 5 Board members were present.   PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:  Marilyn Herst made a motion to approve February Minutes as written, Kathy Anderson seconded, all in favor, motion passed. CORRESPONDENCE:   1. Alice Dickey reported had received notices from Bank of the Pacific that two CDs would mature on March 9, 2021. 2. Alice Dickey said the information for the annual audit was sent to CPA on February 26th.  Received draft audit by email yesterday. GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1.  For the record:   Peggy Noethli

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