The Springs Newsletter
November 18, 2021
New This Edition
Password-Protected Website Pages
For Members Only
Within the next few days, our website is going to make two of its pages password-protected: HOA Board Meeting Summaries, and a new page, Financial Reports. You will find both under the hub, Member Resources. Our blog page, Off the Cuff, which is already password-protected, will also be moved to the Member Resources hub.
Only property owners in The Springs will be able to access the information on the three pages. To do so, you will need a username and password. If you are already registered for Off the Cuff, nothing will change. The username and password you are using to log on will give you access to the minutes and the financial reports, as well.
If you have not registered for the blog and want to view the protected pages, contact the Communications Committee to set up an account. Please include your
  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Street address in The Springs
  • Requested username (Email addresses may not be used as usernames.)
  • Requested password 

Communications Committee: Joyce Ish and Judy Heffner
Fire Fuel Removal
Removing brush and fallen limbs is the best way to ensure that, in the event of a fire, flames have nothing to consume close enough to your home to ignite it.  Every year, The Springs Firewise Committee works with the state of North Carolina. The first step is to be annually certified as a “Firewise Community,” by documenting our efforts to minimize fire danger. We just successfully completed this step for 2022.

The next step is for us to apply for a Fire Fuel Removal grant. If we are approved, the state will pay a contractor to remove up to 50 piles of flammable materials. A pile is the equivalent of a wood cord, 4’x4’x8’. Homeowners collect the piles and place them just off the HOA right-of-way for removal. We must make our Fuel Removal grant submission by December 17. If we are approved, homeowners applying will be given plenty of time to assemble their piles.

We are limited to 50 piles for all of The Springs. The maximum number of piles you can initially request is 3. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email your request to and include the following: name, phone, address, email, and the number of piles. Once your information has been entered on our request sheet, you will be sent program guidelines and asked to return a signed copy. Please address any questions to Bruce at the email above. Thank you.

Firewise Committee: Bruce Fleming
What state is the number one cranberry producer in the United States?
New Jersey
See the answer below.
Annual Meeting - November 6, 2021
Saturday evening, November 6, members of The Springs at High Rock HOA met at Camp Walter Johnson, Denton, NC, for their required annual meeting to elect directors for the coming year. Unfortunately, once again, there were not enough lots represented by attendees or members’ proxies to meet the required number to constitute a quorum, so motions from the floor could not be entertained.

Serving on next year's board of directors will be Jerry Bushey, Curtis Ish, Cathy Moore, Karl Svatek, and Steve Vogel. The board wants to thank retiring director, Alan Hoppensteadt, for his many years of valuable service to the community. Al has agreed to stay on as chair of the Finance Committee.

The 2021-22 directors will meet on November 18 to elect HOA officers and board liaisons to the committees.

HOA Board of Directors: Curtis Ish
New On The Website
Summarized minutes of The Springs HOA Meeting, September 23, 2021, are now available.

The recently revised Community Dock Regulations document has been uploaded to the Downloads page.
Our neighborhood blog, Off the Cuff, has several new posts:
  • Advent Bible study
  • Looking for jewelry repair recommendation
  • Roofer recommendation
  • Chanukah lighting service

Communications Committee: Judy Heffner
Upcoming Events
Holiday Party Plans
The Social Committee is pleased to announce that our annual holiday party will be at 6 PM on Saturday, December 4, at the clubhouse. All residents and property owners who would like to attend must register by November 20 with Joan Feierstein at or by texting/calling 828-308-1110. Due to occupancy limitations, there may or may not be room for guests. Please indicate on your reservation how many guests you would like to bring, and we will notify you if there is room. There will be a $20 per person charge for invited guests. 
Dress will be festive casual. If you are a property owner whose last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert of your choice. We will be serving an Italian buffet, as well as vegetarian dishes. Punch, soda, coffee, and water will be available; feel free to bring your own alcoholic or other beverages. 

There will be a thank you card to Bill Conrad for his work in the community throughout the year at the check-in table. Cash donations will be accepted. 
We are so excited to gather this year in person as a community at this festive event. We look forward to seeing you there.  

Social Committee: Ali Bachand
Committee Corner
Scheduled Meetings
Contact the committee chair before attending.
All meetings are at the clubhouse unless otherwise noted.
HOA Board of Directors: Thursday, November 18 - 9:00 AM
  • Contact: Karl Svatek at 336-859-0123
Security Committee: Monday, December 6 - 1:00 PM
ARC: Monday, December 13 - 5:30 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: Wisconsin

Wisconsin has been the number one cranberry producer in the United States for over twenty years and produces half of the world’s cranberries. In 2003, Wisconsin made the cranberry their state fruit. The American or large-fruited cranberry is indigenous to the North American continent. It can be found along the northern portion of the United States from Maine to Wisconsin and along the Appalachians to North Carolina.

Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods. The most popular was pemmican - a high-protein combination of crushed cranberries, dried deer meat, and melted fat. They also used it as a medicine to treat wounds and as a dye for rugs and blankets.

Historians generally agree that cranberries had to have been on the table for the first Thanksgiving feast.

Communications Committee: Judy Heffner
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.  
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Home page: Announcements and Events
Contact a committee: Email a committee with a question
Downloads: Official Documents/Fire and Evacuation Plans 
Off the Cuff: Our blog page
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Next edition of the newsletter: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Deadline for submitting an article: noon, Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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