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Fun on the Lake

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Spring is in the air--and on the water.  A blast of warm weather helped launch activities on Sandpiper Lake.

Lake Action image courtesy of Lynne Wolfgang


2013 Spring Newsletter

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2013 Spring NewsletterThe 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

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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

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Garage Sale SignSpring 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

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Retention pond with water

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.


Growing in Knowledge-May 2013

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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

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Spring Beauties flower"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

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Growing in Knowledge newsletter from Purdue ExtensionIt'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

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Soccer ballTwo 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."

Bike Path SignSecond, 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.


Three Items for Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting image courtesy of Providence ArboursThe 2013 Quail Ridge Homeowners Association Annual Meeting is Tuesday, January 29, at 7:00 PM at Knollwood Country Club.  Three items in a recent mailing sent to homeowners are clarified in PDF document, including

  • Ballot and Proxy for 2013 QRHA Annual Meeting
  • QRHA Vote to Approve the Changes to the Covenants and Restrictions
  • 2013 Survey of Concerns

Recently the QRHA announcement for the Annual Meeting was sent to all Homeowners of record. In the mailing was the following information:

  • Letter from the President
  • 2013 Annual Dues Invoice & Directory Information
  • Ballot and Proxy for 2013 QRHA Annual Meeting
  • Quail Ridge Homeowners Association Vote to Approve the Changes to the Covenants and Restrictions
  • 2013 Survey of Concerns

As explanation for the last three (3) of the above mailing enclosures, the following clarifies their purpose

Ballot and Proxy for 2013 QRHA Annual Meeting

This ballot is a procedural requirement to conduct business at the annual meeting. In the past years, this procedure was satisfied when we had openings for Board positions and candidates were being elected. The 10% quorum attendance requirement was part of the candidates’ ballots that were submitted. This year we have a full Board as no terms are expiring nor are any members resigning.

Quail Ridge Homeowners Association Vote to Approve the Changes to the Covenants and Restrictions

This allows a Homeowner to accept the revised covenants as desired by your Board. The proposed revised covenants can be viewed in summary or in detail on the association’s web site. Since last November, volunteers have been canvassing our neighborhood for signatures of acceptance. If a representative has not received your acceptance, simply sign the form. Your signature will be registered and you will not be contacted.

2013 Survey of Concerns

This form allows Homeowners to pass along their concerns to the Board on the key issues in Quail Ridge. Homeowners are encouraged to be as general or as specific as they desire. The Board reviews these concerns and attempts to address the issues. These will compiled and presented on the web site in April and our Spring Newsletter.


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To maintain our vibrant neighborhood, the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association (QRHA) Board of Directors welcomes the input and appreciates the support of our homeowners.  Please contact a QRHA Board Member to share your ideas and concerns.

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