Village News, 5/31/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


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Fox and Other Wildlife – Bill Steele recently observed two fox while out on his run. Both were moving about during daylight hours and one looked unhealthy. Most animals have adjusted to live in close proximity to us to include nocturnal animals out during daylight, but we should give them space. Reminds me when my own toddler son spotted a rat that had been uprooted by heavy rains in Louisiana. Thinking it was a gerbil he picked it up and was promptly bit. I failed my own kid, but please advise your kids to steer clear of our wildlife neighbors.


Tick Warning – Apparently this is a bad year for ticks. My daughter-in-law has an infected tick bite or may have Lyme Disease for the third time. She is on the antibiotics, but cautions all to know avoid them and how to remove if one is attached to you or your pets. County has a good webpage concerning ticks:


Rolling Valley Elementary School's 50th Anniversary Celebration – This Saturday, 2 June from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. There will be dancing, pizza, snacks, face tattoos, rock painting, tour of the school for alumni, dessert and lots of celebration!  We’ll have pizza ($2.00/slice), Kona Ice (varies by size) and snacks ($1.00) for sale.  Dessert, water, and popcorn will be free.  We’ll have spirit wear for sale ($10.00-$15.00) and this year’s yearbook ($18.00).   Please bring cash and no bills higher than $20.00. See attached flyer.


Food Drive – Village Teenager Natasha Yotmanee (Barnack Drive) is gathering food donations for the Capital Area Food Drive (21 May – 8 June). She is asking for donations of non-perishable food items that you can drop off at 7008 Barnack Drive or email to identify your address and date for her to pick up. You can also drop off your donation at the Rice and Spice Restaurant in Alexandria or the Asian Nine in DC


She will be collecting: canned or dried beans, peanut butter, pasta, canned fruit and vegetables, hot and cold cereal, canned meat (also poultry and fish), healthy snacks such as raisins and granola bars, and juice to include juice boxes. Let’s help her succeed.


Pool Party and Barbeque – Good time had by all who attended last Saturday’s co-sponsored event. Air and water temperatures were warm enough for the youngsters and big kids alike to enjoy the pool. Food was great as were opportunities to socialize with neighbors. Well done Village West Pool Board!


The pool is a separate entity from our village civic association. Pool President Jen Guernsey sent the following thank you note:


            Village West Pool would like to thank the Civic Association for its generous donation of beverages, chips and cookies for last Saturday's cookout at the pool. And thanks to everyone who brought a dish to share and joined in our festivities. We hope you had a great time at the pool! And if you did, we hope you'll consider pool membership. We offer a one-month membership as well as full-season memberships. To get more info and to join, visit our website at


            Village West Pool would also like to thank Jeff Carter, who responded to our plea for rocks. Our newly landscaped section is now complete! Thank you! 


            Since we had such great luck with the rocks, we thought we'd appeal to you again for some of the other weird items we need. Here's what we are after:

  • Throwaway hose. We need a hose that is still in decent shape for about 3-4 feet on the female end (the end that hooks up to the spigot). The rest of the hose can be in terrible shape.
  • Pavers. We'd like to fill in a couple of areas by our sheds. Any type paver welcome.
  • Large dog cage. Not for dogs - for propane canisters! We have to be able to lock 'em up. (An actual propane cage would be lovely, but they're pricey.)
  • Plastic storage bins with lids. We need some that are large and some that are shoebox-sized.

If you have any of these items that you're willing to part with, drop us a note at and we'll come pick them up!


Community Cleanup and Last Chance Corral - 9 June from 8 – 12:00 Noon. I’d like to have you in line starting at 7:30 AM so we can optimize our time with the county crews. Get rid of old grills, appliances, mowers, bikes, furniture, old tires (off rim) and other items too large for curbside pickup by your trash company. And, it is free for our civic association members. Membership forms will be at the site for those who still need to join, but you will be asked to join for current membership/fiscal year 2018 and also for FY19 for $20.00 total. This one event more than pays your cost of membership. Rolling Valley subdivision residents are also invited to join our CA and to partake in the cleanup.


No regular household trash, brick, mortar, ceramics, concrete, stone, dirt, engine oil, car batteries, paint, roofing shingles, drywall, asbestos, glass, waste animal, yard debris, brush or hazardous materials. County staff has the final word on what they’ll take, but they haven’t failed us yet.


If we have a pickup and crew, we can ideally help those who may need help moving stuff to the site. Let me ( / 703/451-7055) know if you will help at the site or as a crew member on a pickup, drive your pickup or help at the Last Chance Corral (see below). Also let me know if you need assistance moving items from your curb to the parking lot at Rolling Valley ES. No guarantees, but we do try. For this event, we do need to identify volunteers beforehand and especially have to know if we will have a pickup. Folks are asking for help, but we can’t commit until I know one of you will drive your pickup to help them.


Last Chance Corral – Just short of the Jaws of Junk, we put useful items in the Last Chance Corral that can be taken by anyone stopping by. This has been a very meaningful way to reduce and reuse items that still have useful life. So even if you have no junk, stop by to see if there may be a treasure for you in the LCC. Kids love watching the county crew operate the site. Items not taken by 11:45 AM will be fed to the Jaws of Junk.

2018 West Springfield Village Home and Garden Tour – Would you like to show your home or garden? Don't hesitate! Contact Tim at or 571/275-0871 by 1 June 2018. You pick which part of your home/yard you want to show. We’ll start at 6905 Smyth Street on 16 June and end no later than 1:00 PM.

This is a free self-guided tour showcasing some of our West Springfield Village properties. In 1966, Richmarr Construction Corporation began building what would become the 423 homes that comprise West Springfield Village. The five basic, original home models are the King, Queen (A or B), Prince, Duchess and Duke. Some believe we also have a Princess model, but not sure if it is one of the Queen versions. Newer models were added later to the east side of Rolling Road and also east of the previously built homes.


As times changed over the past 50 years, the homes and gardens in our village have also changed. This is a great opportunity to learn about the home or garden improvements and their unique challenges, share creative DIY projects and inspire others to start their own projects.


The tour will begin at 6905 Smyth Street where maps of the showcased properties will be distributed. Please note that this is a self-guided tour. We do not announce the homes in advance. Please pick up a map at 6905 Smyth Street and start touring the homes at your own pace. The event will be held rain or shine. See you on the tour!


Secure Document Shredding - 16 June from 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, at Springfield Government Center (must be in line by 12 Noon). For more information -


Correction - Congratulations! It’s my niece, Sarah Cooley who will soon be married to Mr. Jessie Broward in Hawaii.


Stay safe. Soon enough it will be hot and humid outdoors, but for now – enjoy the weather.


John Cooley



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