Village News, 6/7/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Hope you had a chance to watch some of the NCAA Softball tournament. Level of play rivaled what we had seen and will see in the Olympics. Congratulations FSU Seminoles!


High School Graduations – Has to be exciting times for graduating seniors and their families. We know about the following, but surely we have more.


  • Elissa Perdue will attend the University of Southern California studying Civic Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering. She's excited about a great school, great weather, her roommate from Vale and grateful for the great scholarship funds the school has offered her. 
  • Marin Henry will continue her education at James Madison University.
  • Ashley Koehle will study Elementary Education at Longwood University.
  • Julia Mast will study at New England University and play NCAA Ice Hockey.
  • Sam Treasure will study Engineering at Virginia Tech.
  • Teresa Weir will attend Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA majoring in Biology and playing Women's soccer. She is very excited to be an YJ! (yellow jacket) 
  • Sydney Trotto – I hope to include her plans next week along with other graduation announcements.


Last Call for the Food Drive – Village Teenager Natasha Yotmanee (Barnack Drive) is gathering food donations for the Capital Area Food Drive, but that ends tomorrow, 8 June. If you haven’t yet made a donation of non-perishable food items, please do drop off at 7008 Barnack Drive. Or, email to identify your address and date for her to pick up.


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.


Community Cleanup and Last Chance Corral - 9 June from 8 – 12:00 Noon at the parking lot at Rolling Valley Elementary School. I’d like to have you in line starting at 7:30 AM so we can optimize our time with the county crews. But don’t unload or leave anything until county trucks arrive. Get rid of old grills, appliances (washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, microwaves), televisions, 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 plan on paying dues for the current membership/fiscal year 2018 and also for FY19, $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.


            Prohibited Items - 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. Lawn Mowers and other gas fueled items should be drained of oil and gas before bringing them to the cleanup.  County staff has the final word on what they’ll take, but they haven’t failed us yet.


            We will be able to help those who may need help moving stuff to the site. Let me know ( if you need help.  During the cleanup, you can call me at 703/628-3613 to request assistance.


            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. I know that there will be two operational shop vacs in the LCC and a couple of line trimmers. Items not taken by 11:45 AM will be fed to the Jaws of Junk.


Lyme Disease – Have received a lot of info from county about the higher incidence of Lyme Disease this year. Already, county reports over 200 cases, one being my daughter in law. Here’s a link to a website that discusses how we can avoid ticks or being bitten by them -

2018 West Springfield Village Home and Garden Tour –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.


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). You can drop off up to 5 medium size boxes filled with whatever you want shredded. Put your boxes where they can unload easily for you ad you remain in your car. For more information -


Foxes – check out this video about fox in Fairfax County sent in by Michelle Hamilton (Barnack) -


For Sale – 1) Petmate's Sky Kennel Ultra provides your Medium or Large breed cat or dog with a safe travel and training kennel $50.00. 2) "Boston Rocker" made by Nichols & Stone of Gardner, MA with the steam curved rods on the back $75.00. See attached photos. John Hoffmann (Landor Lane) 703/866-3577.

Stay safe and enjoy the weather.


John Cooley




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