Village News, 5/16/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,  

No Enews Next Week (5/23/2019). If you have something that is urgent – use the FaceBook Group which is again a closed group that goes to over 500 recipients. If you still need to get onto that group – go to, search for West Springfield Village and drop the simple request to join the group. Suggest you not wait until you have lost your dog or cat or pet bird to join. The closed group works like a champ thanks to Wendi Dorey!

Memorial Day Weekend Picnic and Pool Party – 25 May – VW Pool will be open free to all. This will be a good time with great food and fun in/around the pool. The pool will grill and sell (at very modest prices) hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Our civic association will provide chips, drinks, ice and some desserts that will be free. Family of deployed service members will eat for free – just inform the cashier. Not a requirement, but we do request you bring a complementary side dish (potato salad, green salad, baked beans, deviled eggs) to share with others. If any of you have a good southern recipe for deviled eggs – I’ll buy the eggs if you’ll prepare and bring them to share. Thanks to Jenna Barron for represented our CAWSV in the function.

Village West Pool News - This weekend, the pool will be holding work days from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday. It's the last hurrah to get the pool ship-shape for the season! We welcome any helping hands, for any amount of time...including those of students who need to rack up some community service hours. It's "actually fun," according to a recent 14 year-old volunteer!

Saturday, May 25 is pool opening day featuring our annual pool party, co-sponsored by your very own Civic Association. Pool hours are 12-9 that day, and the grill will be open 1-3 and 5-7 offering burgers and dogs. The Civic Association provides drinks and chips. We'd love it if you could bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to round things out. Pool hours on Sunday and Monday are 12-8, and the pool is open free to the entire community all weekend. Come join us for some fun!

Village West Pool offers monthly and weekly memberships. And we have a super-fun swim team - including Little Vikings for kids who can't yet swim - with morning or evening practices for all. Tell your friends and neighbors! For more information, visit us at or email us at

Village Meeting – We met last Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. And as advertised, we finished right at 8:30 PM. We did have a written update from VDOT concerning the Rolling Road project and did vote to keep our dues at a whopping $10.00 for the fiscal/membership year 2020 (1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020). Treasurer Liz Greene provided an update to our current budget / spend plan that showed that we are ok financially, but can’t respond to unforeseen, large-ticket items without additional fund raising. We have nothing on our radar for such extra money, but never know; do we? Most importantly, we had plenty of time to shoot the breeze and reacquaint ourselves with neighbors and friends. Wish you would have been there; maybe next time (10 October). The minutes from the meeting to include an update from VDOT about Rolling Road will be posted to our website ( soon after they are approved by those at the meeting. Get ready Rolling Road homeowners and renters, it’s coming!

Village Yard Sale – Thanks to Bernie Koehle and Brandi Morris for putting out the signs before the sale and then picking them up afterwards. Hope all who were selling had a good day. Rain date will not be necessary or used this year.


May 25                        Memorial Day Picnic & Pool Party

May 27                        Memorial Day / FCPS Student Holiday

June 13                        Last Day School

June 15                        Village Cleanup

June 13                        Last Day of School

June 16                        Father’s Day

August 1                      Our Civic Association Membership Drive Begins; ends in November

October 10                  Village Meeting at 7:30 PM at RVES

Village Cleanup and Last Chance Corral – Saturday, 15 June from 8 – 12:00 Noon. This event is for Civic Association West Springfield Village members only, but membership forms will be on site for those still needing to join. If you join there, it will cost you $20.00 dues for this membership/fiscal year and next.

Line up starting at 7:30 AM so we can optimize our time with the county crews, but do not put your offering on the parking before the county crew is set up and ready for you.  

Unwanted items that still have useful life will first be placed in the Last Chance Corral where anyone can take them for free. Every year we have wonderful treasures in the LCC making it worth your while to stop by to shop. This has been a very meaningful way to reduce and reuse items that still have useful life. Items not taken by 11:45 AM will be fed to the Jaws of Junk. So even if you have no junk, stop by to see if there may be a treasure for you in the LCC.

This is how you can 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 without an additional cost. This one event more than pays your cost of membership. Rolling Valley subdivision residents who are members of our CAWSV or who will join at the site are invited to join our CA and 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.

We need volunteers to work the site and crew pickup trucks to help move certain items from curb to the site. Typically, we help civic association members who need assistance, but will not have time nor the insurance to move items from homes. If you need help, let me know ( and have someone there to help load and at least make sure we take what you intended. Please let me know in advance if you are willing to work the cleanup and if you have a pickup you’ll also volunteer. Kids love watching the county crew operate the site.

Congratulations! I welcome the opportunity to post announcements about your child/young adult who may be graduating high school and/or college. You are probably tired of hearing about my kids and grandkids, but as promised – you give me something about your family and I’ll not bother you with news about mine. But, in the absence of news about any other family -  

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet First Class Katrina V. Cooley will graduate on 22 May and receive a commission as an Ensign in the USCG. Her first duty assignment will be to a Medium Class, Fast Response Cutter (the John McCormick) out of Ketchikan, Alaska. Knowing that my wife chose to keep and use her father’s family name, can you see the irony of the cutter’s name?

You boaters get a good look – she may be the skipper or deck officer coming along side your vessel to save your backside. Stay safe good people!

John Cooley, CAWSV

Semper Paratus!