Gumwood Road Compensation
The Quail Ridge Board has been advocating for fair compensation for the restoration of the two neighborhood entrances that will be affected by the Gumwood Road expansion project. St. Joseph County has recently agreed to a compensation package that the QRHA has accepted. These funds have been earmarked for restoration of landscaping, irrigation, electrical, cutting all four walls, lights, and limited trees and shrubs.
The timing for the Gumwood Road restoration project keeps getting pushed back, but recent dialogue with parties involved in the process suggest the following schedule:
Growing in Knowledge-May 2013
The April and May Growing in Knowledge newsletters are now available. They're loaded with information for the casual home gardener and serious green thumb alike, with feature articles, recipes, and monthly tasks for the lawn and garden.
Get tidbits in the April issue regarding vegetables that suppress weeds, leaf scorch, and cluster flies. Or learn how to get training with eight neighbors in soil sampling with Purdue Extension.
The May issue features proper handling of cantaloupes, which are expected to be in short supply because Indiana growers are switching to other crops after the 2012 Salmonella outbreak. Get the Purdue Tree Doctor app to identify and manage over 175 problems on on 60+ kinds of trees. Avoid common garden mistakes. Sharpen mower blades to improve turf recovery. And enjoy a recipe with smashed potatoes, goat cheese, and chives.
Spring Stroller Walk with SJC Parks
"Looking for a way to enjoy spring with your little ones? The St. Joseph County Parks invite Quail Ridge residents to join us for a Spring Stroller Walk. Come on out to Bendix Woods Co. Park on Thursday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. for songs, stories and a guided walk to see the spectacular spring wildflowers, like these Spring Beauties. $3/child. Register by Tuesday, April 23, at (574) 654-3155." Thanks to Amal Farrough of St. Joseph County Parks for personally inviting Quail Ridge families.
Growing in Knowledge-March 2013
It's springtime, and the March 2013 Growing in Knowledge delivers its regular sound advice for monthly activities in the garden and home. But this issue also asks insightful questions about why we garden and whether it is for the right reasons. Author Phil Sutton advises, "Grow for the taste and fun, not that you believe you are safer" from chemicals. And if you're going to grow tomatoes, he steers readers to an award-winning variety with lots of favorable attributes. You'll find more on horticultural oils; a recipe for cannellini with tomatoes and sage; a word puzzle; and, of course, the list of monthly activities. Thanks to Phil Sutton, ANR, and Purdue Extension.
Recreation Enhancements Coming
Two recent developments will increase the quality of life for Quail Ridge residents and augment home values. First, the nearby Knollwood Fields will remain open and maintained for soccer and family recreation. As reported in a South Bend Tribune article, Jim Basney purchased the nine acres and will lease the property to Michiana Soccer Association. The fields had been put up for sale with the prospect of development negating their availability to the community.
At the QRHA Annual Meeting on January 29, 2013, Board Member Clare Roach, who had been spearheading an effort to preserve the fields for public use, said, "Personally and on behalf of everyone in the community, thank you. Turning them into a sports complex, used particularly by families,...potentially putting in playground is really exciting."
Second, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners endorsed a network of local multi-purpose trails when it partnered with Granger Paths and "approved a construction engineering agreement for the construction of Adams Trail," a leg of the bike and pedestrian path along Adams Road between Elm and Cherry Roads, as reported in a South Bend Tribune article. The commissioners recognized the value of the private initiative that is saving taxpayer dollars to improve the community. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2013.
Fun on the Lake
Spring is in the air--and on the water. A blast of warm weather helped launch activities on Sandpiper Lake.
2013 Spring Newsletter
The 2013 Spring Newsletter is out, with news on important Quail Ridge dates, events, home sales, new neighbors, community improvements, and a CCR update. Thanks to QRHA Board Member Clare Roach for taking the time to put this together.
Greenworld Announces Leaf Pickup
Greenworld will be servicing Quail Ridge with leaf pickup in 2013. Kathleen Long of Greenworld writes, "Weather permitting; we have scheduled your spring pass of curbside leaf collection for the week of April 22nd."
Now if we can only get some pleasant weather to get the leaves to the curb...
QRHA Garage Sale is May 10-11
Spring cleaning cometh, and with it is the Annual Quail Ridge Neighborhood Garage Sale on Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that it starts one hour later on Friday to allow school buses to clear out before the outside traffic moves in. Signs will be put up at entrances and announcements will be in the South Bend Tribune the week before. Homeowner who are participating in this event are encouraged to put a couple of green balloons out at the curb to show visiting drivers where the garage sales are.
Retention Ponds Awareness
Due to the heavy rainfall recently in addition to the snowmelt, the retention ponds are doing what is expected to prevent street flooding and are filling with water. Please avoid walking/playing in the retention pond area as the water level at this time is unknown and could be dangerous especially for young children.
Please help the neighborhood to prevent potential icy streets tomorrow by making sure the storm drains in front of your house and on your street are functioning and not clogged. Thank you for your help in keeping our neighborhood safe.