The Springs Newsletter
May 12, 2022
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Tennis/Pickleball Courts To Be Rebuilt
After years of study and planning, the board has followed through on its commitment to rebuild the tennis/pickleball courts near the clubhouse. A bid of $145,886 from Court One in Granite Quarry was approved.

The work needed is extensive and won't be completed until next spring. When finished, the area will feature one tennis court and four pickleball courts, two of which will be permanent and two of which will be temporary with movable nets, thus providing ample room for tennis playing.
 
Part of the project will be to remedy a drainage issue that has resulted in flooding and undermining of the south side of the area. The fencing will need to be removed but will be reinstalled when finished. The existing, cracked asphalt will be pulverized and blended with a new base.
 
Court One has not yet scheduled the job, but it is anticipated that work could begin in September. The subcontractor that would do final resurfacing and court painting cannot fit us on their schedule until next spring, meaning the job will not be finished until then.
 
The board found no better alternatives to get this done sooner. We recognize that the conditions on the court have deteriorated significantly over time and decided to act now to improve this important Springs amenity.
 
HOA Board of Directors: Karl Svatek, president
Neighborhood Watch
Last week, we had a community meeting to re-launch our Neighborhood Watch activities and also review fire safety practices unique to the geography and topography of our surroundings. The sheriff's department, led by our community liaison, Chris Azelton, presented materials on Neighborhood Watch. Our Healing Springs Fire Dept. Chief, Chris Bean, and National Forestry Service representative, Wesley Sketo, highlighted areas for us to consider in fire safety.

Both of these subjects require us to be mindful of our surroundings and always on our watch to protect our neighborhood. We expect to have more meetings on these topics as well as provide related newsletter articles on them. We encourage everyone to be active in the process and helpful to our neighbors.
One thing that was discussed was the need to change our day worker code more frequently. While monthly changes were suggested, we feel quarterly change should be adequate. In the future, we will change the day worker code on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Newsletter articles will alert you to the change, and we will also try to distribute the change through a neighborhood contact list.

Thanks to Janet Curtis and Bruce Fleming for arranging the meeting agenda. Thanks also to the Social Committee for providing refreshments for the meeting.

Please contact Janet should you desire to know more about the Neighborhood Watch program or Bruce should you desire more information on our Firewise activities.

Security Committee: Jerry Bushey
Pool Opening
Over the past couple of weeks, Bill Conrad has worked to get our pool and hot tub ready for the season. A few final details are left to complete in order to comply with the Board of Health. Even though the water will still be cold, we will be ready to open the pool on Friday, May 20. Please be certain to comply with all the regulations on use of the pool and hot tub.

Recreational Facilities Committee: Liz Roland
Clubhouse Library
The Springs Book Club meets monthly in our clubhouse 'library' and has decided to gradually add books to the library shelves. As we finish a book discussion or discover a book we'd like to recommend and donate, we'll put it on the library shelf. We ask the community to please email lizatthesprings@gmail.com as they borrow books, so she can keep track of them. Happy Reading!

The Springs newsletter will occasionally list the new books to keep the community informed.

NOW ON OUR LIBRARY SHELF

1. BEYOND INNOCENCE, The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt by Phoebe
Zerwick.
An award-winning investigative journalist and director of the journalism
program at Wake Forest has documented the ongoing catastrophe faced by
an innocent person in prison and makes an urgent moral call for an America
reckoning with racism in our criminal justice system.

2. OLD DOGS AND CHILDREN by Robert Inman.
This compassionate, spirited Southern novel is the story of Bright Birdsong, a strong-willed widow who painfully comes to realize her responsibility for most of the burdens of her life. At sixty-eight, she still has a chance to right some wrongs and become the person she’d like to be.

3. THE FIVE WOUNDS by Kirstin Valdez Quade.
Holy Week in small town Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old, chronically unemployed, never without a beer, Amadeo Padilla is given the role of Jesus in the Good Friday Procession and a chance to redeem himself, until his fifteen-year-old very pregnant daughter Angel arrives on his doorstep. This tender, funny beautifully written novel tells the story of the baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge.

Springs Book Club: Liz Roland
Spring Fling
The Spring Fling was a welcome fun event to bring in the new season. Participants were able to socialize with friends and neighbors. New residents met their neighbors and enjoyed the social event. Thanks to those who came with the treats. They were delicious. We were not able to get the karaoke functioning the way we wanted but will try for better results next time. Thanks to Social Committee planners Karen Beard and Ali Bachand. A big “shout out” to committee members and residents for helping to set up and clean up. The next social event planned is for the Fourth of July. More information to follow.

Social Committee: Ali Bachand

What is special about May's full Moon ?

It's the 5th one this year.
It coincides with a total lunar eclipse.
You can see the cheese holes in it.
It's the first supermoon this year.

See the answer below.
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Communications Committee: Laurie Bushey
Trivia Answer
This month's full Moon is the first supermoon of the year, and it coincides with a full lunar eclipse.

May’s full Moon reaches its peak on May 15-16, 2022! Plus, this full Moon will be a supermoon and coincide with a total lunar eclipse for most of North America.
When to See the Full Moon in May 2022
May’s full Flower Moon reaches peak illumination at 12:15 A.M. (EDT) on Monday, May 16. This means that it will reach its peak on the night of Sunday, May 15, in more western time zones.
Venture outdoors on the night of the 15th to get the best view of the bright full Flower Moon! Find a location with unobstructed views of the horizon, if possible. See what time the Moon will be visible in your area with our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator
Spot the Full Flower Supermoon
May’s full Moon is the first supermoon of the year! A supermoon is most commonly defined as any full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at least 90% of perigee (the point in the Moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth). In 2022, there will be four supermoons. Read more about supermoons here!
A “Blood Moon” Total Lunar Eclipse
This month’s full Moon coincides with a total lunar eclipse! A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth stands directly between the Moon and the Sun, which results in Earth casting its shadow on the Moon. During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon is fully obscured by Earth’s shadow, giving the Moon a reddish hue. This phenomenon is where the term “blood moon” comes from. 

Communications Committee: Laurie Bushey
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