Village News, 12/6/18

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,


Republic Trash – Each of our households have separate agreements with Republic or with American or whatever other service you use. Last year, I and your Board of Directors only negotiated the best deal for the collective “us”. We asked American to also bid, but they did not respond.


All who have Republic have twice per week collection of household trash, but most, like my family only use the Monday collection, not Thursdays. So, I suggested to Republic that instead of raising our rates, they reduce household trash service to once per week. Of course, that would have to be agreed to by each household who has an agreement with them. I had hoped to get a call back from them, but they have not (yet).


New customers outside our village are charged $99.00+ per quarter for the same service we have. Their price goes up to $111.00+ after the new customer discount wears off. Even with the price increases, we’re still saving about $20.00 per quarter.


The agreement is on our website, but I am willing to send you another copy of the agreement if requested. The term of our agreement term was set at 3 years, effective 12/1/17 and ending 11/30/20. It does have a military clause that will also apply to those who have to move due to work reassignment. If you choose to cancel your agreement with Republic:


  • You must personally notify them in advance by phone (703/818-8222) when you plan to move, cancel, or transfer service.
  • Unless notified in advance, you will remain responsible for the accrued monthly charges. All cancellations are made effective the last day of the month in which the cancellation is requested by phone.
  • Upon cancellation of service, the trash cart and bin will be scheduled for removal and an equipment collection and reconditioning fee of up to $45.00 will be applied to your account. If the equipment is not recovered, or is lost or stolen, then the account will be charged $100.00 to cover the loss. 
  • Customers under contract, at the time of cancellation will be charged for the remaining term of their contract.   

Recycling – It wasn’t hard to forecast additional price increases due the higher sorting standards demanded by those who purchase USA recyclables. Apparently we have been mixing trash with recyclables in the recycle bin. Here’s a more definitive list of what should not be placed in your recycle bin: Aerosol cans, Aluminum foil, Batteries, Clothing, Food waste, Napkins, Mirrors, Ceramic, Plastic bags, Shredded paper (but, in another place on Republic’s website they say yes to shredded paper placed into a clear plastic bag), Stickers/Address labels, Tissue, Styrofoam, Paper towels, Glass windows, baby diapers and Pyrex.


If in doubt, put it in your trash bin. County does have the incinerator that significantly reduces what goes into a landfill.


Kerri Henry Pottery – Would you like to see the workings of a home pottery studio? We have a Village Craftsman or more correctly a Craftswoman, Kerri Henry who owns and operates Kerri Henry Pottery.  Kerri does functional art, specializing in pottery to include mugs, brie bakers, serving pieces, chowder bowls, cheese plates and holiday ornaments. Kerry normally sells her wares at regional arts and crafts shows, but will also host her annual Open Studio and Holiday Home Show at her 8137 Edmonton Court home this Sunday, 9 December from 12:00 – 6:00 PM.  Stop by for wine, snacks and unique holiday gifts. But whatever you do, don’t ask her about any Colonial Watering Pitcher.

ComfortOne & Hamby Services – HVAC, Electrical panels and more. They’re offering a special for new customers - free in-home estimate on new HVAC equipment. They installed mine and at a great price. Contact them at 800/472-2408 or 540/696-5331.

A Practical Approach to Decluttering and Right-Sizing Seminar – Free! Sponsored by Village Realtor Tim Royster. Saturday, 15 December 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM in the Rolling Valley Elementary School Cafeteria. Call, text or email Tim Royster at 571/275-0871 or to RSVP. See attached flyer for more information.

Sturdy Coffee Table for Sale - good condition $25.00. Contact Helen at 793/569-7665. 



Winter Preparations – Kerri Henry said we should expect a harsh winter based on the amount of acorns hitting our roof. Here is a better list of tips that may also be helpful to you:


  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation
  • Check your home for water leaks
  • Review your fire escape plan with your family
  • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
  • Protect your home from frozen pipes
  • Replace your furnace filter
  • Run all gas­-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone. Edge your sidewalk first to make it easier to shovel snow.
  • Test your emergency generator
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper
  • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss 
  • Clean gutters to insure they drain as snow melts and refreezes
  • Drain and store outside water hoses and turn off water to outside taps.
  • Lay in a good supply of good cocoa mix (thanks to Louise Calise for this one)


Security – Packages are arriving daily at many Village homes. Some of the delivery vehicles are not marked as are UPS, FedEx or any other normal services. Suggest a cooperative agreement with your neighbors to help them secure their home deliveries when they aren’t home and hopefully they’ll help you. First agree and then help out.


2019 West Springfield Village Directory Ads – Last Call - Steve Hue at Printing Ideas asked  for our help in getting the rates and opportunity for ads out to potential advertisers. We are thankful for those who advertise since that allows us to get the directory at little or no cost. We also include directory advertisers on our website and in at least two enews during the year.


Here are the 2019 Community Directory ad rates: 


  • Back cover (8x10") = $275.00
  • Inside Front or Back cover (8x10") - $225.00
  • Full page ad (8x10") - $150.00
  • Half page ad (5x8") - $100.00
  • Quarter page ad (4x5") - $65 

Contact Steve ASAP to request type and size of ad and then email PDF or JPG ads to


Snow Blower For Sale – Ariens Deluxe 24 – Hardly use; just in time for winter use. New it costs $1000 - $1200, selling it for $650.00. More information, pictures and specs can be found at Stop by 6902 Ontario Street to see it, but first call Bobbie McClain at 703/569-2850. This could become a money making adventure for some enterprising teenager.


Upcoming Village Events:


  • 13 – 22 December - Holiday Decorating Contest – Your family is invited to drive the village to pick your top 5 winners based on whatever criteria you and your children want to use (theme, use of props and lights, sounds your children make when they view a decorated home). Refer to the map in your directory to see each of the homes in the village Send your 1st through 5th place winners to Tim Royster ( to tabulate and then place the highly coveted signs at the winners (1st – 3rd place). We ask you for 1 – 5 to help prevent ties.
  • 22 December - Christmas Caroling – Jason & Kerri Henry will again lead a group of carolers from the Village West Pool to the Cheney’s home also on the 22nd. They normally start 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 if they pass by your home.
  • 22 December - WS Village Christmas Party at Don & Susan Cheney’s 6702 Ontario Street home. We start the celebration at 6:30 PM. Don & Susan will provide a nice fire, hot apple cider and treats for all to enjoy as we wait for Santa Claus and possibly Mrs. Claus to make a pre-Christmas visit to our village. You are also invited to 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. This is a fun family event 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.        

Stay warm; stay safe!


John Cooley



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