Somerset Lake Newsletter March 2020
 Somerset Lake Community Events
March 12th, 6:30pm - Lake Committee Meeting - Aerobics Room - Fitness Level
March 19th, 7:00pm - Board Meeting - Aerobics Room - Fitness Level
March 25th, 6:30pm - Sandy's Parish Grounds Committee Meeting - Aerobics Room
March 28th, 2:00pm-4:00pm - Meet the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt - Rain or Shine

Clubhouse Hours During Renovation
March 1st through April 30th, Upper Level of Clubhouse is closed for Renovations.
Fitness level will have regular hours from 5:00am to 10:00pm.
Clubhouse Managers will relocate to the kitchen during the renovations.
Manager hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:00pm to 3:00pm or by appointment on Wednesday.
Please continue to call or email the clubhouse with any questions you may have. The Upper Level Clubhouse doors that are accessed through the Fitness area will be open during Manager hours. You will not have access through the Front door of the Upper Level of the Clubhouse from March 1st through April 30th and will need to go up the steps from the fitness level to reach the Manager Office.
We have the current Clubhouse newsletter by the front door of the clubhouse. Please let neighbors know who may not have access to email.
Easter Egg Hunt at the Clubhouse
Come & join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, March 28th, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM .

We have a special guest, the Easter Bunny, so be ready to get your picture taken with him!

The kids will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone will enjoy donuts, muffins, juice, and coffee. Each child will also go home with a fun activity bag.

Cost is $5 per person, children and adults, payable at the event.

Don't forget your Easter basket!

This is an all weather event. In case of inclement weather, some, or all activities will be in the Fitness Level, but we hope to be outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Please click on this link to RSVP for the event by March 20th . We need to know how many people will be attending to purchase enough food and candy and please list the ages of your children.

If it is easier, you may also email the clubhouse at with your information.

Please contact the clubhouse if you would like to volunteer for this event. We love volunteers and appreciate the community support. A very special thanks to Deb Lattanzio for volunteering and helping with the planning of this event.
Happy Hour at the Clubhouse
Happy Hour was a blast!
There is nothing like enjoying food and drink with friends and soon to become friends at the clubhouse. Everyone had a great time eating, drinking, and socializing for happy hour! Thank you Christina Berlin for recommending Happy Hour. We would love for this to continue once the Clubhouse Renovations are complete!
New Walkway
Everyone is so happy the walkway to the lower level of the clubhouse has been replaced. It really looks beautiful. If you get a chance, please take a look for yourself. They did a great job!
Southampton Parish Residents & PECO
The free PECO replacement program was a great success for Southampton Parish. We have 24 homes (50%) of the community sign up for free replacement LED bulbs. The highest amount replaced in one home is 96 bulbs with a total of 1193 total bulbs being replaced for free in the Southampton Parish Community. We can't wait to hear back on how much the residents will save on electricity.
Somerset Lake Survey Results
Thank you for participating in the 2020 Somerset Lake Survey. There were 100 surveys completed. The following summarizes the percentage of combined “very important” and “important” responses.
Overall Importance:
  Clubhouse - 78.5%
 Pool - 79.6%
 Pavilion - 45.1%
 Playground - 40.3%
 Neighborhood Traffic - 76.4%
Pool Use by Time of Year:
 Before Memorial Day - 38.2%
 After Labor Day - 61.2%

Pool Use During Week:
 Open Earlier on Weekdays - 31.6%
 Earlier on Saturdays - 42.8%
 When School is In-Session - 46.4%
Pavilion Preferences:
 Outdoor Furniture & Lighting - 49.5%
 Fire Pit - 45.4%
Playground Preferences:
 Modern Equipment - 24.4%
 Much Larger Play Area - 17.5%
 For Older Kids - 12.4%
Support for . . .
  Speed Hump - Buttonwood - 63.9%
 Speed Hump – Broad Run - 61.9%
 Close Road via Clubhouse - 71.4%
 Golf Carts - 34.8%
 Use of Website - 79.6%
 Use of Email Notification - 89.8%

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.
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 Welcome Committee would like to thank Donna Lewis for creating and leading our group since 2018. As a longtime resident, Donna has served on multiple committees. She has also been a member of the Somerset Lake Board. Donna has been generous with her time, energy, knowledge and commitment to the people and landscape of Somerset Lake. Donna has left her mark on our community. She will be moving this month. We wish our good friend much happiness in her new home.

Betsey Linville
Welcome Committee Chair
Lake Committee
March 2020

As you know, The Lake Committee is addressing a number of various challenges within the lake. One of the biggest challenges is the accumulation of sediment on the lake floor. Sediment is caused by either organic or inorganic runoff accumulation. Organic sediment contains decomposable materials such as plant matter or animal waste. For the past few years, we applied probiotics to the lake to start rebuilding the lake beneficial biology. This year we have taken another step to incorporate a higher level of enzymes and biology which will eat the organic sediment, therefore decreasing it without utilizing mechanical means in the deeper, main areas of the lake.
Inorganic sediment is mainly comprised of minerals, caused by upstream soil erosion of streambanks which runs off into the lake during rain events. This sediment must be removed by mechanical means, such as dredging. Forebays 1 and 2 are quickly accumulating inorganic sediment and will need to be mechanically dredged. We have received three proposals for engineering services to begin the process of determining the scope of work to be completed and will then be able to get quotes for the actual work.
We are having a survey and analysis performed on the stream banks located north of the lake to try to understand what can be done to stabilize the banks and minimize the incoming sediment. New Garden Township is partnering with us to have the survey completed.
Bill Ward mentioned that Penn State Extension is offering a Master Watershed Steward Program, if anyone is interested to participate. It would be great to have a community member as part of this program.
The annual Watershed Congress will be held on March 14, 2020. Stroud Water Research is presenting and will use data that Bill collected and previously presented to NGT Supervisors. Bill is pleased that we have now have a second chemist -Michelle Duncan – to help with data collection and analysis. Thank you Michelle!    
If anyone is interested in purchasing native plants for their landscapes, we will be forming a group to make a bulk purchase to help each other select plants and to save money. Please reach out to Scott Duncan
We are again going to install live stakes along the streambank at the end of April. Anyone or any civic groups (boy scouts, etc.) that would like to offer help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Scott Duncan for more information.

The next Lake Committee Meeting will be held on March 12, 2020 @ 6:30 PM at the Clubhouse Aerobics Room - Fitness Level.
Architectural Committee
Is it really March? 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 Clubhouse to see the approved paint colors and roofing options.

The contents of the sample closet will be relocated to the massage room on the Fitness level during March and April. Make an appointment with club managers to look over the options during the next two months. Please refer to the displays of u pdated 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 ( ) 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

Thank you to Laura Benincasa and Judy Froehlich for submitting proposal for the interior renovations at the clubhouse. All the work you put into your proposal is appreciated.

From Laura:
' The Interior Committee will be submitting all the proposals, recommendations and pertinent information regarding the interior updates to the main clubhouse level this week. All the information will be reviewed by the Board and Brandywine properties and decisions made to begin the renovation phase. The plan is to try to move forward with what we can get done in the month of March and April.'
Playground Committee

The playground committee presented at the February board meeting. Thank you to everyone that attended! We reviewed the condition of the existing equipment and highlighted the main safety concerns. The revised design proposal was shared, which involves replacing the playset with a new, modern structure geared towards ages 5-12. The new playground would be compliant with all current safety standards, using quality materials that are durable, weather resistant, and made in the U.S.A. We also discussed how a "community build" would work. A "community build" utilizes neighborhood volunteers to assemble the equipment under vendor guidance and oversight. This 1-day build would allow us to keep our costs down and achieve a target completion by early summer 2020. The playground committee was encouraged by all the positive feedback and looks forward to the Board's decision.
Kids Area on Fitness Level
Calling all parents of young children. It is spring cleaning time and we would love to help you coordinate cleaning up the Kids Area. Please call or email the clubhouse if you are interested in participating in any way; for example, reorganizing storage of toys and books, going through toys, donating toys, spring cleaning, etc. Thank you in advance for helping!
Natural Areas
Our natural areas in the community are there for the enjoyment of our residents. Community natural areas are not areas you place your own organic materials. Please keep in mind many organic items don't break down quickly. For example, Christmas trees take time to decompose, and should not be placed in the natural areas. Please contact your waste management company to pick up organic items you don't want on your property.
On-going Community Events (Classes and Clubs)
All Mondays in March - Yoga with Hilary 6:00pm
All Thursdays in March - Yoga with Julia Byrem 10:00am
March 13th - (Friday) Wine over Water will be offsite - see below
Somerset Lake Beer Club will resume when clubhouse opens in May.
Yoga with Hillary Fox MD

Monday Evenings 6:00pm-7:00pm - 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 6:00pm-7:00pm. 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.

Yoga with Julia Byrem 
Thursdays Mornings 10:00am-11:00am - 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:

Somerset Lake Wine Over Water
Everyone had a wonderful evening enjoying Rose & Chocolate with friends at the last Wine over Water (WOW) Club!

Due to the Clubhouse refurbishment activity, it isn’t available in March. Instead meet us at the Kennett Flash for jazz by Monica Herzig’s SHEroes, an international supergroup of female jazz musicians on Friday, March 13. Doors open at 7:00 pm with show starting at 8:00 pm. The Kennett Flash venue is at 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square. 

The concert costs $25.00 in advance. Tickets can be obtained online (link below) or without service fee at the box office Wednesday to Friday between 2:00-6:00 pm. There is a $5.00 per person BYOB fee that is collected upon arrival. Bring any wine or beverage of your choice. Pizza from La Verona can be ordered upon arrival and will then be delivered to your table. Free parking is available behind the building, on the street and in the garage.

Once you purchase your ticket, contact the Kennett Flash (484-732-8295 or electronic correspondence) to request to be added to the “Somerset Lake” group. This gets you into our reserved seating area. If we get 15 or more, we get the whole balcony! You must register with “Somerset Lake” group to have a reserved seat.

Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and invite them to join us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
Your Wine-Over-Water coordinator, 
Michelle Duncan

Kennett Flash:
Monica and the band: 
The all-female all “first-call” talent group features a cast of international virtuosi assembled by pianist and composer Monica Herzig ; including  Leni Stern  (guitar, Germany/USA),  Ingrid Jensen  (trumpet, Canada/USA),  Ada Rovatti  (saxophone, Italy),  Jamie Baum  (flutes, USA),  Reut Regev  (trombone, Israel/USA),  Jennifer Vincent  (bass, USA),  Rosa Avila  (drums, Mexico) and  Mayra Casales  (percussion, Cuba/USA) rounding out the lineup extending the group’s serious pedigree on its second Whaling City Sound record to be released on March 23, 2018.
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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