Village News, 4/18/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,


Transmitting in the Blind – In my Army, we often had to transmit a call for assistance such as a request for MEDEVAC or extraction without knowing if anyone could hear us. This is John Cooley (Juliet Charlie) transmitting in the blind, if you can read this, hit “reply” and “send” – no need for comment and I’m certainly not fishing for compliments. Critical comments are always welcome. Is this still an effective means of communicating?


Wildlife Neighbors – not referring to our resident party animals, but we do share our village with deer, coyote, fox, rabbits, squirrels, possums, raccoons and unicorns (for those of us who believe). And on wing we can often spot a hawk or even an eagle out patrolling for a snake snack or the occasional squirrel. We are blessed to have them. Just today or yesterday, a fox with what appeared to be 6 cubs were out for play and searching for food. Elaine Porter and Patty Zevallos snapped a couple pictures.


J&F Specialties, Inc – Not long ago we had a generous offer from a Village A-Level contractor who wanted to give back to his community by helping do work on certain village homes. We were and still are trying to identify original owners, widows or widowers, homes of deployed service members and those not physically capable of certain household work. By now, many of you know that that contractor is John Boynton (Truro Court) who owns and operates J&F Specialties, Inc. And, he is looking to add more to the list of those he will help. Please let me ( know if you want John Boynton to help with your home and fall into those categories mentioned above. John will provide the labor and expertise, but the cost of materials is on you, the homeowner.


Income Tax –Many have expressed disappointment that they would not get a refund or if so – a smaller than normal one. Most, if not all enjoyed more in their paychecks because there were less withholding being taken. That alone presented some taxpayers with smaller refunds or having to pay when you filed your taxes. But if you take that W/H savings from 2018 over 2017 and add that to the reduced total amount of income tax, my wife and I and hopefully you saved enough to pay attention. Too many don’t look at the math and concentrate on a smaller refund or having to pay out of pocket. Not a political opinion, just a mathematical reality. But state income taxes, now that is a different story…


Home and Pet Sitters – A couple weeks ago, we promised to assemble a list of those willing to serve as Pet Walker, Pet Sitter and/or Home Sitter. Here you go (in the order received):


  • Kate Weir (SVD east side) – experienced and will work separately or with her sister Teresa.  703/867-3403 /
  • Teresa Weir (SVD east side) – experienced and will work separately or with her sister Kate. Teresa’s is / 703/582-7469
  • Grace Branch (Vancouver) - 2+ years experience working with a vet. Text her at 706/910-7753.
  • Wesley Branch (Vancouver) – pet sit and lawn maintenance. Text him at 706/550-7212
  • Alyssa Burkhalter, age 18 (Ontario) – experienced pet, home and baby sitter. Will work separately or with her sister Rachel., 703/975-1728.
  • Rachel Burkhalter, age 16 (Ontario) - experienced pet, home and babysitter. Will work separately or with her sister Alyssa., 703/975-1748. 

Trade School Career Fair - (taken from county email) - Discover the Possibilities - Going to college is only one option. Learn about different opportunities in a variety of trade industries, including HVAC, commercial driving, healthcare, construction, college security, law enforcement and technology. Meet representatives from trade schools, another alternative to college. Adults and teens come dressed to impress! Some employers attending the Fair are looking to hire now!

Saturday, 4 May 4 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria VA 22310. Free parking available at the library and the elementary school next door. For more information and to register:

Free:  light oak bathroom vanity with off white sink top. Width - 22 inches, Length - 36“, base/top 37” and Height - 31”. Contact: Bob Lomax (8126 Edmonton Court) at 703/505-3191.


2nd Annual Home & Garden Show – Saturday, 4 May from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon – Last CallWe still need a few more homes for the 2019 tour.  

My home will be open for those who want to see how we handled a main or upper level addition without the home settling into the basement. Maybe you are proud of their home improvements and want to show what your home became or get ideas from what others have done. Where is that load-bearing wall and how can we address it in home remodeling? How do we account for that I-Beam that supports the main floor in the 3-level homes?


We aren’t looking to see how the rich and famous live – but what did they do to their 50+ year old home to improve it. No one comes away from this with bragging rights, but hope all who will either display their homes or travel about to see the open homes will come away with a deeper appreciation of what we have and what we can do.


Contact Tim Royster at or 571/275-0871 ASAP if you will show your home and/or garden or simply want to view other open homes.  Homeowners of the Rolling Valley subdivision are welcome to participate! You pick which part of your home you want to show. Remember, it does not have to be perfect to be on the tour! Join us to learn about remodeling projects, unique challenges and much more. 




May 4                          Village Home and Garden Tour

May 9                          WS Village Meeting

May 11                        Village Wide Yard Sale – We have one, but need another Volunteer                             Coordinator.

May 12                        Mother’s Day

May 18                        Yard Sale (Rain Date) – Volunteer Coordinator May Be Needed.

May 25                        Memorial Day Parade, Picnic & Pool Party – (Pool to be open to all during this weekend.)                       

May 27                        Memorial Day / FCPS Student Holiday

June 13                        Last Day School

June 15                        Village Cleanup (note change from the Community Directory)

June 16                        Father’s Day


Village Meeting – 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. Guaranteed to be finished by 9:00 PM or earlier. Major agenda items include a membership vote to set the dues for the next membership year (1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020). We also hope to have an update on the Rolling Road project and will have a sitrep on our current budget/spend plan. This is a good way to meet your neighbors and to make new friends. Older children are also invited to attend and express their opinions. 


Village Wide Yard Sale – 8 – 2:00 PM, 11 May with 18 May as rain date. Your civic association will place ads in the Washington Post to include their online service and on NextDoor. We’ll place yard sale signs throughout the village, but have to place them in front yards, not the verge between sidewalk and curb and certainly not in the Rolling Road median. We will also gather the list of participants by address and general category of items for sale and attach a copy of the village map to help guide potential buyers to each participating address. We deliver several copies of that list to participants who in turn provide to your customers to guide customers to other participating homes. We’ll also post on that same list our children’s lemonade stands. During the yard sale, we also run a Free-for-All where you put unwanted, but still useful items curbside clearly marked “FREE” for anyone who drives by to collect them. Have found that this is a good way to keep stuff out of the landfill, increase the interest in our yard sale and make some room in my overstuffed home.


Please let me know you intend to participate with your address and a general category of items you want to sell. We have learned that that category should include some “spice” to lure folks to your address.


And, we still need one more volunteer to make this event a success. We have one, but how about you?


Happy Birthdays – Jane Lomax and Suzanne McCormick – both were apparently child brides since both have daughters just a few years younger than they claim to be. Ha!


Pollen is back! Stay safe and Happy Easter!


John Cooley



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