The Springs Newsletter
July 22, 2021
New This Edition
Day Worker Code Change August 1
Effective August 1, the Day Worker gate code will change.
 
This code can be given to companies and individuals needing access to your home or property for periodic maintenance (e.g., housecleaning, window washing, landscape maintenance), repairs, tree trimming and cutting, deliveries (e.g., mulch, appliances, furniture), etc. The code is programmed to open the gate during the established workday activity times for The Springs, which are Monday - Saturday, 7 AM to 7 PM. Please contact the Security Committee if you need the new code. For obvious reasons, it will not be published. The old code will be deactivated September 1.
 
Most companies that frequently come into The Springs have been assigned gate codes. That includes package delivery (USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon), utility services (propane, trash pickup, 811 utility location, Windstream, etc.), and a few businesses that are used regularly by you or your neighbors (landscapers, pest control, realtors, etc.). There’s no need to request a Day Worker code for these frequent visitors.
 
Note that you can always share your 3-digit gate directory code with anyone you need to allow in if you’ll be able to answer the call from the gate. The gate system can call your landline or cell phone. If you are not listed in the gate directory and want to be added, or you need to change the phone number that the gate will call, or you don’t recall your 3-digit directory code, please contact the Security Committee.
 
We strongly recommend you not share your personal 4-digit gate code with anyone outside your immediate family as your personal code provides unlimited 24/7 access through the gate.
 
Security Committee: Jerry Bushey
Fiber-Optic Cable Installation Moving Forward
By the time you are reading this, you will have noticed the start of construction for our new fiber-optical cable. The first work will be done on Healing Springs with the trenching and boring being done by Broadlinx Telecom of Salisbury. The work will begin from around 1052 Healing Springs Drive and work down Healing Springs toward Highway 8. The first segment that will be completed should eventually run the length of Healing Springs with the trenching and boring work taking approximately 2 weeks (weather permitting).
 
Right now, we do not have the timeframe for the first drop lines to homes, but we will communicate that as soon as it is available. The initial work will be the laying of cable fairly close to where the current Windstream lines run. The existing utility lines will be identified, similar to the process followed for the trenching work that was done for our street lights. If any of you have irrigation lines, dog fence lines, or other utility connections that exist into the easement areas, we would ask that you make them known to us. Anything that is within your lot lines doesn’t need to be brought to our attention, yet. Broadlinx Telecom will work with you identifying those lines when they run the connection to your home.
 
We are obviously excited to see this work begin. As more details become available, we will make sure to keep everyone informed. In the meantime, if there are any questions we can help with, please contact Jerry Bushey

Previously-published information on this topic is in the "Announcements and Events" section of our website's Home page.

HOA Board of Directors: Jerry Bushey
Party At The Pool.....?
ABSOLUTELY! Lots of people bring a simple supper or a picnic to the pool and enjoy the amazing view. Others know that Dominoes on Rt. 8 in Southmont delivers to our pool and many enjoy pizza with a cold beverage.
 
One note of caution—please do not bring beverages in glass, beer and wine in particular. Ice cold, canned beer or wine decanted into a thermos or wine boxes are great. Also, many plastic tumblers are difficult to tell from glass and are safe to use.
 
Glass in any shape, form, or color is not allowed in the pool area. Besides the fact that most people walk barefoot in the pool area, if any glass gets into our pool, the pool will have to be drained, completely vacuumed, and refilled. We do not even want to contemplate that scenario, both for its cost and inconvenience.
 
So, party on at the pool, with plastic!

Thank you.

Recreational Facilities Committee: Liz Roland
Springs Neighborhood Watch 2.0 Meeting
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
at The Springs clubhouse
Light refreshments served at 6:30 PM
**Program begins promptly at 7:00 PM**

Read the DETAILS

Security Neighborhood Watch Subcommittee: Janet Curtis
The ARC Announces New Members
At our meeting Monday night, the ARC welcomed two new members, Ken Hamrick and Frank Rehak. We have been extremely busy over the last year, averaging ten active housing projects. We appreciate Ken and Frank’s volunteering to help keep the ARC strong and the continued support of members Ken Vander Schaaf, Steve Barnhart, and Lisa Castronova.

Charlie Ryan resigned his position as co-chair because he will be leaving the community at the end of the month. We thank Charlie for his fourteen years of dedicated service to the committee and wish him well in his future endeavors. We’ll miss you, Charlie, and remember to stay out of the “kitchen.” (Sorry, folks - insider pickleball joke, a game Charlie dearly loves.) 
 
Ken Vander Schaaf has been named our new co-chair.
 
Review Committee: Dan Field
Community Yard Sale - Your Donations Needed
A joint Springs and Healing Springs Volunteer Fire Department Community Yard Sale will be held at the Healing Springs Fire Station on Saturday, September 18, 7:00 AM to noon. 

Every other year, The Springs’ Social Committee organizes a community yard sale with proceeds going to a worthy cause. This year, we are doing a joint yard sale with our Healing Springs Volunteer Fire Department, with all proceeds going to scholarships for volunteer firefighters and to new firefighting equipment. Our highly-trained first responders play a critical role in protecting our Springs community and were first on scene during the four-alarm fire here last June. We want to thank them for all that they do for our community. 
 
As you are doing your household cleaning and sorting, we ask that you please consider donating your gently-used treasures to our September yard sale. Donations may include: clothing and shoes, jewelry, housewares, cookware, working appliances, lamps, rugs, artwork, toys, books, games, sports and exercise equipment, camping gear, planters, pottery, linens, etc. You can drop off your items Friday morning, September 17, at the Healing Springs Fire Station at the intersection of Highway 8 south and Bringle Ferry Road.  

If you need assistance transporting your items or have questions, please contact Ali Bachand or Sally Barnhart. As we get closer to the date, more details will follow.
 
Details:  
  • The Springs and Healing Springs Volunteer Fire Department Community Yard Sale at the fire station on the corner of Hwy 8 and Bringle Ferry Road.
  • Saturday, September 18, 7:00 AM - noon
  • Drop off, staging, and pricing your donations - Friday morning, September 17, at the fire station
  • Rain date - Saturday, September 25

Social Committee: Ali Bachand and Sally Barnhart
More Details Of Our July 3rd Party At The Clubhouse
Pictured to the left are the members of the Social Committee who planned and hosted the Independence Day party at the clubhouse: from left to right, Laurie Bushey, Ali Bachand, Angie Robusto, Sally Barnhart, and Prudy Mitchell. Additional photos of the guests and activities have been uploaded to the Photos page of our website. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)

The 4th of July celebration brought many residents together in a wonderful, fun, and delicious packed event. Not only were we blessed with a beautiful day, but also many residents turned out (96) for food, fellowship, and games. Lynda Sobieski, who was a guest of Emily Telford, was the winner of the bingo black out. Congratulations, Lynda.

Many volunteers made this successful event happen. First and foremost, our very talented Social Committee members Prudy Mitchell, Ali Bachand, Sally Barnhart, Laurie Bushey, Cindy Pflumm, Joan Fierstein (who organized online reservations and the dishes brought by members), Liz Tilley, and newest member, Angie Robusto, as well as their respective husbands. Special appreciation to board member Cathy Moore and Alex/Liz Roland who assisted in cleaning and cooking. 

Social Committee: Prudy Mitchell and Ali Bachand
Did You Know? Airplane “black boxes” or flight recorders (FDRs, CVRs, and CVDRs) are not actually black but bright orange (to make them easier to locate at a crash site).

The First Person To Win Two Nobel Prizes Was?
Fredrick Sanger
Linus Pauling
Marie Curie
Albert Einstein 

See the answer below.
Documents And Blog Posts On The Website
Logon to our website to catch up on what's new at The Springs.

Downloads: The Architectural Review Committee has updated its Construction Approval Forms.

Off the Cuff: We have two recent postings from residents:
  • Inside/Outside Electrical 
  • House Renovation Architects and Tree Removal Services

Communications Committee: Joyce Ish
Committee Corner
Scheduled Meetings
Contact the committee chair before attending.
All meetings are at the clubhouse unless otherwise noted.

ARC: Monday, August 9 - 5:30 PM
Security: Wednesday, August 18 - 10:00 AM
Firewise: Thursday, August 26 - 4:30 PM

If you are interested in joining a committee, refer to the Committees page of our website, which will explain what its initials stand for, what it does, and how to contact it.

Communications Committee: Joyce Ish
Trivia Answer: Marie Curie

Winning a Nobel Prize is a prestigious honor. Being the first to win two Nobel Prizes is a pretty big deal—a feat only achieved by four individuals and two organizations in the entire history of the Nobel Prize. But to be the first to win two Nobel Prizes and the first to win a Nobel Prize in two different categories? Even more impressive. Add in that you did it all as one of the most accomplished female scientists of the 20th century and were the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and, well, you’ve got Marie Curie.
 
In 1903, Marie Curie was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Physics for her work with her husband Pierre Curie “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel” (Becquerel also received a Nobel Prize in Physics that year, making it a true banner year for research in the field).
 
Later, in 1911, Curie received the sole Nobel Prize in Chemistry for that year “in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element.”
 
Curie remains the only woman to receive two Nobel Prizes.

Communications Committee: Joyce Ish - Reference: How-To Geeks
In Review
Annual Meeting Date Set
The Springs Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, at 7:30 PM at the Southmont Fire Station. In the coming weeks, the board will add information on proxy votes, candidates, and other pertinent information.

HOA Board of Directors: Curtis Ish
List Of Ongoing Topics
Clicking on the link(s) below will take you directly to detailed information on the topic. All ongoing topics are posted on the Home page of our website in the "Announcements and Events" section.  
 
Visit Our Website: www.thespringsathighrock.org 

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Downloads: Official Documents/Fire and Evacuation Plans 
Off the Cuff: Our blog page
 
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