Somerset Lake Newsletter July 2020
 Somerset Lake Community Calendar
August 13 - 6:30pm - Virtual Lake Committee Meeting
August 19th - 7:00pm - Fitness Committee Meeting
August 27th - 7:00pm Board Meeting via Zoom

We have a New Playground !
Thank you Olga!

On Saturday, July 18th, our Community came together to build a fabulous playground for our kids. It was hot, it was humid, there were masks that had to be worn, but we did it! A huge shout out to Olga Signer for heading the Playground Committee and all their efforts. We couldn't not have done it with out you! Literally!

Images by Olga Signer
A Thank you from Olga
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers! They worked really hard on a very hot day to make this project a reality! We could not have done it without you!

Pat Acox, Joe Bosik, Chris Brendza, Ryan Costa, Dana Damoretcki,
Chris Damoretcki, Joe DeMarco, Scott Duncan, Gary Hecker, Brad Jenkins, Richard Lage, Chuck Lage, Todd Litterelle, Ronald Mazik,
Daniel Nice, Courtney Nice, Heather Nicolas, Joe Nicholas, Marcy Papa,
Matt Papa, Krista Phillips, Chris Phillips, Jack Phillips, Patrick Phillips,
Jenna Phillips, Deb Roselle,
Vignesh Sankaran, Jacob Signer,
Tony Zecca

The playground is now OPEN! While enjoying the new equipment, please keep in mind the following social distancing rules:

  • Play area reserved for residents only
  • Use of playground equipment is at your own risk
  • Wash hands or sanitize after using equipment
  • Young residents under age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face coverings required by anyone over the age of 2
  • No close contact permitted. Keep 6 feet apart

Somerset Lake community will now be able to enjoy this new, modern playground for many years to come.  We look forward to seeing our neighborhood kids explore, imagine and play!
Image top left and bottom right Robert Calehuff
All other playground images Olga Signer
Pool News!
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New Time Blocks!
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The new time blocks makes the pool season even more enjoyable. We have simplified the pool hours while still maintaining cleaning and disinfecting protocols. The pool opening and closing times have not changed. Swim time is divided into time blocks followed by 30 minutes of cleaning/disinfecting. We are simplifying the first and fourth time block for various days noted as follows;
  • first time block for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will be 10am to 1pm
  • fourth time block for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be 6:30pm to 9pm 
 If you would like to print or save a copy, click  here  for the pool schedule. 
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Who Loves To Swim Laps?
Swim lanes are available for lap swimming the last hour of each day. Just ask the lifeguards and they will be happy to set the lanes up for you.
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New Pool Policy
Please carefully review the Clubhouse Pool Policy and Guidelines found  here. All individuals over 2 must wear a mask when entering and exiting the pool or bathrooms/clubhouse so we comply with the Pennsylvania State Requirements. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in helping the community stay safe.
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POOL REMINDERS
Bathrooms for emergency use only.
Please remember the restrooms are for emergency use only.  Please use bathroom facilities before leaving home.  Restrooms are located on the fitness level of the Clubhouse. Masks and shoes must be worn in the clubhouse – there are no exceptions.
Somerset Youth Permission Form
Parents of Somerset youth between the ages of 12 to 16, please complete the 2020 Club Somerset Youth Permission Form and send it in with your youth. Click  here  for a copy of the form.
Please note:   We are not keeping a lost and found. Anything left at the pool will be disposed of at the end of the day.  
Fishing At the Lake
Please clean up your fishing gear.
So many in our community love to fish. We are finding fishing debris such as hooks, lures, line, etc. being left around the lake, docks, and pool ledge under the fencing. This is a hazard for everyone. Please do not leave your supplies behind and clean up your area. Trash cans are nearby. A special Thank You to residents who pick up other people's trash.
Wednesday Food Trucks
Wandering Chef
Everyone has been enjoying our food trucks this summer. Please visit our website at Somersetlake.com to look at the most up to date Food Truck Calendar Schedule. The August schedule is listed below.

August Food Truck Schedule
August 5th - Wandering Chef and Gotta Lotta Gelata
August 14th - Olé Tapas
August 19th - Wandering Chef
August 26th - On The Roll
Please remember the Food Trucks are now located at the low er parking lot by the Tennis Courts.
KACS Food Drive @ Somerset Lake
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Many people in our community are struggling with making ends meet due to COVID. If you are interested in helping, please bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to the clubhouse. There will be a box outside for you to leave your donations. All items will be picked up daily to be delivered to the Kennett Area Community Service Food Bank. If you have fresh fruits and vegetables from your overflowing gardens you would like to donate, please leave those in plastic bags at 436 Buttonwood Dr on  Mondays only . You can leave it on the porch. If you would like to help out more, please contact Kate Richardson at  katew112@hotmail.com . Thank you!
COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT
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Fitness Committee
We are looking for volunteers to help decide what equipment in our Fitness area needs updating and determining options for replacement, as well as potential changes to the placement of equipment in the fitness area. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the clubhouse at  slakehouse@verizon.net . The committee's first meeting will be Wednesday, August 19th, at 7:00pm. Please ask those in your home if they are interested as well. We would love a good cross-section of ages represented from the community. We hope you can make it.
Welcome Committee
Welcome Committee members have contacted our five newest residents. We have found ways to meet outdoors, maintain social distancing and wear masks as we have begun meeting our new neighbors. Despite necessary modifications, we have enjoyed our visits and look forward to meeting with the remaining families.

Image by Kim Edborg
Events Committee
We need you!

We have some really great ideas for the Community and need an Events Committee to put them into action when the time is right. If you are interested in Luminaries for 2020, Holiday Lights Competition, or to help with or initiate any other event during the year, please volunteer. If you are only interested in one event that's great too! We need you!

If you are interested in helping, please email the clubhouse at slakehouse@verizon.net .

Image by Chuck Lage
Lake Committee
The new kayak racks were built. Thank you to Steve Kraft, Jim Linville and Chuck Lage. Eighteen (18) more slots were added for a total of seventy (70) locations between the boat houses and the outdoor racks. Chuck is in the process of contacting people to move the canoes to the left side, facing the lake and the kayaks to the right side.   
 
With the new kayak racks, there is now some space available for both kayaks and canoes on the outside racks. Please note that these racks cost $15 per year to rent and are reserved for HOA households that are NOT on the lake (lakefront homeowners should store boats on their property.) If you are interested in storing your boat on the outside racks, contact the clubhouse.

We continue to monitor the lake conditions. The lack of rain has not helped the lake quality, so we are hoping that August provides some precipitation. 

Next Lake Committee Meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2020 @ 6:30 PM.

I mage by Chuck Lage

Architectural Committee
Walking around the neighborhood, it is evident that quarantine may have slowed but certainly hasn’t stopped home projects…new roofs, exterior painting, landscaping. If any of these activities have given you the renovation itch, check out the contents of the sample closet. Please contact the clubhouse to make an appointment if you would like to see the sample closet.
Please refer to the displays of updated sample boards and binders outlining approved exterior paints/stains, trim paints, shutter styles/colors, roofing materials, etc. approved for each home series within the community BEFORE beginning a project. BEFORE you sign a contract to have any exterior work done, you first need to get Architectural Committee approval . Any new color requests or changes must also be approved by the Architectural Committee . This approval process may take up to a month. Please complete the Architectural Request Form found under the Document Links tab on the Somerset Lakes website (www.somersetlake.com) if you will be performing exterior work such as painting, staining, roofing, tree removal, window replacement, or hard scaping. This form can be downloaded and submitted electronically. Other specific guidelines (solar panel installation, approved roofing materials, shed installation, etc.) are also available under the Document Links tab.

If you have any questions or topics for the committee to address, please contact Cheri Hadley of Brandywine Valley Properties at (302) 293-8093 or cheri_prather@hotmail.com .As always, this volunteer Committee, in cooperation with Brandywine Valley Properties, Somerset Lake’s management company, will continue to review applications submitted by the Community for exterior home projects as well as handle requests for exceptions to the Community’s existing architectural policies.
Grounds Committee


If you have any questions or would like to request improvements to any community spaces, please contact  iglesiaseddie@yahoo.com .

Image by Chuck Lage


Traffic Safety Committee

The Traffic Committee met with representatives from the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department and New Garden Township to discuss various issues the committee is going to address in the upcoming years. The main focus of the committee to date has been gathering information on options to reduce speeding within the neighborhood, and developing an implementation plan. Over the next several meetings the Committee will formalize their goals, and layout their plans for improving safety within Somerset Lake. Any resident interested in joining the committee should reach out to Chris Brendza at  cbrendza@yahoo.com

Community Corner
Summertime Art!

We have many unknown artists displaying their creations in the community. This artwork is proudly on display showcasing the beauty of natural elements around us and sharing a positive message. We love our communities creativity and willingness to share creations.

Images by Robert Calehuff
 
On-going On-site Indoor Community Events (Classes and Clubs) have been canceled until further notice.
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Water Aerobics
Water aerobics will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:00 am to 10:00 am through August 20th. Watch the website calendar for schedule changes based upon instructor availability. A signed waiver is required for all participants. Remember there is no pool furniture but participants are welcome to bring their own chair.  No food is allowed at the pool. Only water or sports beverages are allowed. No glass containers at the pool. The clubhouse will not maintain a supply of pool noodles and water weights. Participants should bring their own equipment, and equipment will not be stored at the pool. The clubhouse is not open due to construction. Access to bathrooms on the fitness level is through the back pool gate and down the outdoor stairway.
Call for Photos!
Please send to the clubhouse any community photos you would like considered for the next newsletter with your name. Photos need to be less than 5MB to be considered. Please send them to slakehouse@verizon.net.
Somerset Lake Clubhouse | Phone (610) 274-0846 | Fax (610) 274-2114 | slakehouse@verizon.net