Village News 12/15/16

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,


Short report today.


WS Village Christmas Party – at Don & Susan Cheney’s 6702 Ontario Street home on Saturday, 17 December. Don & Susan will provide a nice fire, hot apple cider and treats for all to enjoy as we wait for Santa Claus to make a pre-Christmas visit to our village. We invite you to also bring holiday treats to share and a clearly marked gift for your child if you want Santa to present the present to him or her. Drop off those clearly marked gifts with your child’s name written on it before we start gathering at/about 6:30 PM. Santa believes that he will arrive at/about 7:10 PM if Rudolph can again find the way. This is a fun family event and evening that all of us can enjoy even if bitterly cold that evening. Regardless of the weather or your religion, come celebrate the holidays with neighbors and friends.


Christmas Caroling – Jason & Kerri Henry will lead a group of carolers from the Village West Pool to the Cheney’s home also on the 17th. Jason will serve grilled food and provide drinks (all free) to those needing nourishment to sing more loudly. He will start serving at/about 5:00 PM. He expects to commence the walking and singing at/about 5:50 PM. Words to the carols will be provided to help make this another joyful, family event whether you join them or are serenaded by them as they pass by your home.


Holiday Decorating Contest – Your family is invited to judge their top 5 winners based on whatever criteria your children suggest. We ask that you drive to see each of the homes in the village (see the map in your directory) during the evenings of the 16th through the 20th of December. And then select your top 5 to send via email to me ( by late evening on the 20th.  We will tabulate the results and pick the top 3. We ask you for your top 5 so as to reduce the chance of a tie. Lastly, we place the highly coveted Decorating Contest Signs 1st – 3rd place on the respective yards. Each year we have many homes that are truly entertaining. Cruise the village to enjoy the displays and contribute your judging results.


Freeze Preparations – Jeff Carter (Ontario) wanted to remind all to shut off the valves to the outside hose bibs to prevent pipes from freezing. That and other tips to prepare your home for the winter freeze can be found at


Theft of Christmas Decorations and Displays and Packages – here we go again. Seems like some would rather steal others’ property than buying it for themselves. Here again, we really need the passive Neighborhood Watch to kick in. Step outside before heading to bed to see whether all is indeed quiet in your immediate area. Keep an eye on your neighbors and hope they’ll return the favor to you. Let them know if you are expecting a package and ask them to secure it for you until you get home. And, reciprocate the same to them.


Separate Yard Debris Collection - Wednesday, 21 December is our last day for separate collection of leaves and yard waste until Wednesday, 1 March 2017. During that window of time, limited yard debris collection will happen on Mondays along with household trash collection. Christmas Trees without ornaments and decorations are to be collected on the first two Wednesdays of 2017.


Free - 4’ split leaf philodendron plant. Great as a corner plant. Call John Hoffmann (Landor Lane) at 703/866-3577.




Free – Tom Fowler (8129 Edmonton Court) has a new 4 X 8’ Pallet to give free to the first come. A lot of you have converted these pallets into Christmas decorations so Tom will wait before hauling it to its forever home. Come save it.


Directory Ads – Steve at Printing Ideas has set the rates for ads in our next Community Directory:


  • Back cover/inside back cover (8x10") - $230.00 (Only 1 spot available)
  • Full page ad (8x10") - $150.00
  • Half page ad (5x8") - $95.00
  • Quarter page ad (4x5") - $55.00


If interested, reserve a spot with Steve at or by phone at 703/591-1708. You can also find his contact information in their ad in our current directory.


Village-Owned & Operated Businesses – We’d like to eventually feature each of the village resident owned and/or operated businesses in the enews and also on our website. Please send a brief narrative about your business along with contact information to and also to There is no cost other than a few minutes to write us a message.


This week, we don’t have one to feature. Apparently all are busy getting ready for the holidays, but at your leisure - please send us something.


Upcoming Events: January edition of the Village Crier and Community Directories will be delivered door-to-door mid to late January depending on when they are done and of course the weather. All get the Crier; civic association members also get the Community Directory. Non-members may purchase a directory for $10.00 that also comes with membership to our Civic Association of West Springfield Village. New neighbors who arrived our village after 1 November have free membership for the first membership/fiscal year (1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017), but will need to provide membership listing information (name, address, phone & email).  


Stay warm and keep your pets warm as well.


John Cooley




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