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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter 

August 28, 2012
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The Bridge is Out!
Take Precautions Agains West Nile Virus
Learn More about the Groundwater Reduction Plan
GMVA Website Receives Facelift
Grogan's Mill Famer's Market has New Coordinator
Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market
Blood Drive at The Woodlands Mall
Free Car Seat Check Event
National Night Out
Registration Open for Serving Our Seniors
N Style Salon Specials
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 Pathway and Bridge is Closed Due to Recent Heavy Rains 
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Due to the June 12 storm and subsequent rains, the pathway that runs from Sawdust (Grogan's Point area) to S. Millbend (Grogan's Mill Village Center) is closed. The bridge washed out and is not structurally sound. The Parks and Recreation Department is working as quickly as they can to replace the bridge, unfortunately there is not a quick fix and it will take a few months before the pathway is re-opened. What had been a twenty foot bridge is now going to have to be forty to sixty feet. Barricades were installed at either end to deter people from using the pathway.
 
Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus 
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From The Woodlands Township:

Texas is experiencing greater West Nile virus (WNv) activity than usual according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Over 95 samples of mosquitoes in The Woodlands/South Montgomery County area have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Residents are urged to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites.

 

Stay indoors from dusk to dawn when disease-carrying mosquitoes are active.  If you must be out, wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.  Use repellent.  Apply according to label instructions.

 

Avoid over-watering, control run-off from irrigation systems and eliminate sources of standing water.  Check water meter boxes, French drains and plant pots.  Maintain pools and change pet water and bird baths twice a week.  Use mosquito dunks to treat sources of water that cannot be drained.

 

For more information about repellents and reducing mosquitoes, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/mosquitoinfo.

Groundwater Reduction Plan
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Starting in 2016 The Woodlands will begin using surface water drawn from Lake Conroe, it will be mixed with the existing ground water that we use.  To prepare for this major expenditures will have to be made on water purification facilities and pipelines to bring the water from Lake Conroe.  In 2013 construction of a pipeline will begin.  Within the community Research Forest and Grogan's Mill road will have major construction as pipelines are laid in and near the roadway.

 

Funding this project will be reflected in your water bills beginning in September when water rates in The Woodlands will increase by a third.  To find out more of what is happening and why visit the websites of the San Jacinto River Authority (our water wholesaler) and the The Woodlands Joint Power Authority (who distriburtes water to our homes).

 

GMVA Website Receives Facelift
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Have you been to the GMVA Website lately?  Our site has received a facelift!  Please take a look and let us know what you think.  The GMVA Website  first  debuted in 2005, so we are excited about  the  first  major make-over in eight years.
Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market has a New Coordinator 
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Tracy Sagehorn The Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market Coordinator, Katerina Graham, recently resigned the position to pursue her own dream of becoming a small, independent organic farmer. We miss her and wish her well, but look forward to the day when we can welcome her back as one of our organic produce vendors. 

 

 Katerina was an amazing Coordinator and hard to replace, so we were fortunate to find another bundle of energy and enthusiasm, our new Coordinator, Tracy Sagehorn (pictured). Under Katerina's excellent tutelage, the market hasn't missed a beet (pun intended). Tracy is a relative newcomer to The Woodlands, moving here with her husband, Steve (a government contracting consultant), and son, Cole (age 4) from Alexandria, Virginia. Tracy graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising.

She has been a farmer's market enthusiast for as long as she can remember and it didn't take her long to find the Grogan's Mill Village Farmer's Market. She was so impressed with the variety of vendors and their products that when she learned that GMVA was looking for a new coordinator, she jumped at the opportunity.  GMVA had several highly qualified candidates to choose from, making this a really tough decision.  Congratulations to Tracy and all our best wishes to Katerina.

Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market 
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Sign for Farmer's MarketWe are experiencing the "dog days" of summer as our commitment to staging a year-round market continues.  Be sure to borrow an umbrella from the basket near in the center aisle to help provide some shade as you shop.  Although this is a very slow time of the year for growing fruits and vegetables, Atkinson Farms of Spring, TX continues to grow throughout the summer supplying us with fresh produce.  Come late-September or early-October, our other farmers will be rejoining the market, too. 
 
Please continue to support all our vendors  who are there  each Saturday morning.  The offerings include fresh produce, artisan breads and other baked goods, free-range chickens and grass-fed beef, roasted nuts as well as gluten free nut butters, goat cheese and lotions  and soaps , Texas olive oil,  local Texas honey, delicious prepared Indian and Mediterranean specialties along with all the varieties of Grande Tamales.  If you have allergies, check out the chemical-free soaps and cleansers.  We hope to see you at the market! 

 

The market takes place every Saturday morning from 8 am until 12 noon at the Grogan's Mill Village Center, the corner of Grogan's Mill Road and South Millbend.

For more information, please see the GMVA Website.
Blood Drive at The Woodlands Mall, August 31 
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The Woodlands Mall will host a blood drive for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Friday, August 31 from 1 pm to 7 pm.  The donation unit will be across from the JCPenney court.  Donors who credit Channel 11 will receive a commemorative Commit for Life t-shirt and a gift certificate for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream, while supplies last. Compliments of The Woodlands Mall, every donor will receive a coupon from Chick-fil-A and a cookie from Great American Cookies, while supplies last.

 
Township Sponsors Free Car Seat Check and Fingerprinting Event
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As part of its National Night Out celebration, The Woodlands Township is sponsoring a free car seat check and fingerprinting event at The Woodlands Target, located at 1100 Lake Woodlands Drive, on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's officers and certified technicians will be on hand to check the installation of car seats and also to assist with child fingerprint records. Participants should bring their child, child's car seat, their vehicle and vehicle owner's manual.

 

The Woodlands Fire Department firefighters will also be on hand to allow children to get an up-close look at a fire truck, and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will show off Hap, its newest K-9 member.

 

For more information about National Night Out in The Woodlands, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/nationalnightout.

 

 
National Night Out
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National Night out this year will be on October 2 between 5:30 and 8:00 pm. The Woodlands Township provides supplies like invitations, ballons, brochures and various fliers which can be picked up at the Township Offices on September 19 between 10 AM and 6 PM. Visit the Township website to find out more.  www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

The GMVA will also be hosting an NNO party at the newly refurbished Sawmill Park.  Details to be provided as it gets closer.
 
Registration Open for Serving Our Seniors (SOS) Day 
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Registration is now open for Interfaith of The Woodlands' Serving Our Seniors (S.O.S.) annual day of service which will be held on Saturday, October 13.  Working with Interfaith of The Woodlands, volunteers including individuals from corporations and member congregations will spend one day serving our community seniors through various projects including yard work, painting, cleaning, gardening, crafts and light home repair. 

 

Registration forms are available on-line at www.woodlandsinterfaith.org, or by contacting Amanda at 832-615-8224 or abadnek@woodlandsinterfaith.org.  The deadline for registration is September 28.

N Style  Salon Specials 
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August Specials at N Style Salon:
 

$65 T Zone Highlight Special - 10 foils (one color), + hair cut + blow dry
$30 Clarifying Treatment - removes chlorine (pool water), and mineral deposits from the hair

 

20% off REDKEN Hair Products
$5 "Travel Size" Shampoo & Conditioner Duos (save $5)
$8 SHIVA Scalp It Shampoo (reg. $11) Summer
Clearance specials: 50% off - come by and take a look and what is on sale!!

 

We will be collecting food items for the Montgomery County Food Drive during the month of August.
Please drop these off at the shop and I will forward on...

Items needed:
Canned meat - NO tuna or vienna sausage please
Instant Oatmeal
Can fruit or fruit cups
Pudding cups/Jello cups
Juice cups or other easy open Single serving size
Soups - canned or Ramon noodles
Peanut butter / jelly
Mac & cheese - single serving size

Thank you for giving back to the community.

 

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