Somerset Lake Newsletter February 2020
 Somerset Lake Community Events
February 4th, 6:30pm, Welcome Committee Meeting
February 11th, 6:00pm PECO information session for South Hampton Parish
February 13th, 6:30pm Lake Committee Meeting
February 14th, Valentine's Day
February 17th, Presidents Day
February 20th, 7:00pm Board Meeting - Please note Board Meetings will Start at 7:00PM
February 22nd, 5:30PM Kids's Movie Night

Irish New Year's Party
The Irish New Year's Party on New Year's Eve, was a great success with almost 30 residents attending. Special thanks to Joe Lattanzio for coming up with the idea and Joe and Deb Lattanzio for hosting the Irish New Year's Party. We hope to make this a tradition here at the Clubhouse.

Thanks for the photo Joe!

Kid's Movie Night
Saturday, February 22nd

Come enjoy a showing of Finding Nemo with your child at the clubhouse. Drinks and snacks for the kids will be provided, but please bring your own adult beverages. Adult appetizers are encouraged but not required, and you can chip in for pizza if you would like a slice. Snacks start at 5:30pm and the movie will start around 6:30pm.

A special thanks to Joanna Costa for organizing the event.  
Manager Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 11am to 3pm.
Tuesdays 4pm-8pm
or by appointment
Clubhouse Hours
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday Noon-5pm
Hours may change due to resident rentals.
The clubhouse is not available for rental in March and April due to interior work. We will update you if the clubhouse hours change to accommodate this work.
Tell your neighbors that hard copies of the newsletter are now available in the clubhouse and the bin to the right of the clubhouse front door. 
Events Committee
We need you!

We have some really great ideas for the Community and we need an active Events Committee to put them into action. If you are interested in Luminaries for 2020, A Community Tree Lighting Event, Holiday Lights Competition, Pig Roast planning, 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 .
Welcome Committee

The Somerset Lake Welcome Committee meeting is February 4th, at 6:30pm.
Lake Committee
February 2020 Lake Committee Update
If you arrived home to find that a pipe had ruptured and gushed 1,246 gallons of water on to your floor (enough to fill 31 bathtubs), you would certainly be alarmed about the damage it may have caused.

But what if that 1246 gallons of water gushed off the impervious surfaces on your property (the roof, driveway, patio, etc.) and into your landscape? You may not worry about it at all since we often “need the rain”, right?
Well, more often than not, we DO need to worry about it. Below is a great illustration which shows where rain water travels in a typical landscape. Not only is most of the water NOT absorbed to water your grass and plants, it may carry all types of pollutants (fertilizer, motor oil, animal waste, etc.) into our sewers, creeks, watersheds and Somerset Lake!

As we all know, our beautiful community is shaped like a big bowl, with the lake being at the bottom of the bowl where all the runoff accumulates. The first diagram shows the sources of runoff, and the second shows ways that you can reduce the runoff by capturing it in your landscape. The lake committee continues to work with nearby property owners to find ways to reduce their runoff in our community, but this is a long process. We must also focus on runoff sources within our community, and make strides to reduce those which we have more influence. 

This spring, we will try to again provide opportunities for homeowners to purchase native plants in bulk for cost savings. These plants can be used in rain gardens, lakefront no-mow zones, and to increase long-rooted plants within your landscapes. Please be on the lookout for more information. And if you want to learn more about stormwater management, Penn State Extension has a lot of information available. 

Architectural Committee
Is it really February? It certainly doesn’t feel like it outside! If these balmy temperatures (well, as of writing this) are tempting you to tackle an exterior project sooner rather than later, make sure to stop by the newly established sample closet in the Clubhouse. The closet displays 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 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 ( ) 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 .
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.                   
Interior Committee

The Interior Committee would like to thank the board for approving reserved funds of $118,000 to be put towards updates to the main level of the clubhouse this year. Work will start in March and April with the rest being staged out through this year. The focus for the first stage will be taking down a wall in the theatre room, painting, updates to the electrical and lighting, and replacing ceiling tiles.

Laura Benincasa
Judy Froelich

Playground Committee

The playground committee has put together a revised scope of work, which will be shared at the February board meeting for their consideration. All residents are encouraged to attend.
Important Information for Southampton Residents
All residents of Southampton Parish qualify through a PECO attached home program and are eligible to receive free LED lights professionally installed in their permanent fixtures. This is completely voluntary, and there will be an informational session at the clubhouse on Tuesday, February 11th, from 6pm to 8pm . A PECO representative, John Connelly will be here to answer your questions and explain the program.
Thank you from Girl Scout troop 4141
A big thank you to the Somerset Lake community for your support in helping Girl Scout Troop 4141 collect much needed items for the Kennett Food Cupboard. Due to your generosity, we delivered over 12 bags of feminine products, diapers, canned goods and toiletries. Thank you!
Tennis Courts
During a few Spring like days some younger residents have been using the tennis courts for soccer. Please remember, the tennis courts are not to be used for soccer practice. In order to keep our lovely courts and net in good condition, please remind your family members who may not get this newsletter that there is no soccer playing on the tennis courts. Those soccer balls really damage the nets.
On-going Community Events (Classes and Clubs)
All Mondays in February - Yoga with Hilary 6:00 pm
All Thursdays in February - Yoga with Julia Byrem 10:00 am
February 14th - (Friday) Wine over Water 7:00 pm
February 28th - (Friday) Somerset Lake Beer Share 7:00 pm
February 25th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm - 7:30pm BDYoga - 8 weeks thru April 14th (NEW)

Somerset Lake Beer Club and Share what you bring!

Come on Friday, February 28th, to Somerset Lake's Beer Share, at 7pm. This beer club is for craft beer enthusiasts! Bring your favorite beer to celebrate the season to share. Women Welcome! You can bring any beer you like - home brew or store bought and taste what others bring.

Beer Share will be meeting the Fourth Friday of each month at the Clubhouse.

Snacks are appreciated but not required.

All 21 and over are welcome!


You are welcome to join the custom class called BDYoga created by our own Sheila Lindsey. It’s belly dancing for approximately 40 minutes then 15 minutes of stretching with yoga followed by a guided meditation. Learn to dance to your inner goddess with coin belts and veils while you learn the art of this beautiful dance. You will learn to shimmy, hip circles, undulations, veil dance and more. Come find your tribe! 8 week session. Drop ins are welcome. $8 per class or $55 for the 8 week session. Free coin belt if you buy the 8 week session along with a BDYoga T-shirt. 

(February 25th-April14th 6:30pm-7:30pm) 

Yoga with Julia Byrem 
Thursdays Mornings 10am - 11am - Aerobics room/fitness level of the clubhouse.

This yoga session will be drop-in only, to best meet everyone's scheduling needs. You can just pay as you go, $11 per class. I am very excited to meet everyone on Thursday!

For more details please contact:

Yoga with Hillary Fox MD

Monday Evenings 6pm-7pm - Aerobics room/fitness level of the clubhouse

$12 for drop-in; 5 class package for $50;
10 class package for $80

If anyone purchases a package and wishes to attend yoga in the park, the classes can be combined, makes it much easier to come to class and not worry about having to carry cash, and saves a little too.
Those who are still interested in a community yoga practice are invited to New Garden Park, Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm. As of now we are in Lyceum Hall and take our mats outside if the weather permits.
Please visit to learn more about Hilary and to subscribe to her newsletter or Facebook page.

Somerset Lake Wine Over Water
Come share Valentines Day with us, whether as a single or a couple, WOW promises friendship, wine and chocolate. The event is Friday, February 14th, starting at 7 pm in the Clubhouse. The wine suggestion this month is Rose. Chocolate dipping snacks or other nibbles are welcome, but not required. All Somerset Lake residents are invited.
Due to the planned renovations to the Clubhouse, we should have an alternate site for March 13 and April 10. Would anyone be able to volunteer their home or to arrange a site such as at a winery?
For January I think many were still recovering from the holidays, thus we had a smaller group. The hits were a homemade mulled wine and a Gluhwein from Germany. My own favorite winter warmer was the non-alcoholic mulled apple cider. I put a bottle of apple cider (cheap) into a crock-pot, added 4 cinnamon sticks and whole cloves (put in a tea ball for easy removal) and heated on medium for much of Friday. My whole kitchen smelled nice.
The Wine over Water group meets the second Friday of each month. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
Your WOW coordinator, 
Michelle Duncan

Energy Therapy

Would you like to: 
Reduce Stress? Calm anxiety or depression? Strengthen your immune system? Ease neck and back problems? Promote a sense of well being? Recover from surgery and remove drugs? Ease acute and chronic conditions including cancer? Remove medication and trauma from your energy field? Schedule your private session conveniently located at the Clubhouse today! 

Click Link for more info: Energy Therapy with Jeane
Melt Class with Amanda Yue
Discover MELT new stuff and the Secrets to Pain Free Living at any Age.

Pre-Pain Signals:
-Wake up with stiffness in our neck, low back, hands or feet
-Joints and muscles feel stiff after sitting for long periods of time

So pay attention to the signals your body is sending you and use this as a reminder that you should MELT today. Come to a MELT class and experience changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy, and pain-free for life. This all-levels class will use a MELT Soft Roller to simulate the results of manual therapy. Learn to eliminate stuck stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains, and unwanted signs of aging. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain, improve alignment, enhance athletic performance, and keep your whole body feeling great at any age. Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique self-care technique, featured in the bestselling book  The MELT Method . For more information about MELT, go 

Amanda will have class here at Somerset Lake if 5 or more residents are interested.
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