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News from the Hill - Volume 2, Issue 2 - November/December 1998

Windsor Hill Plantation

Mill Creek
The Colony
Indigo Ridge
Moultrie Place
Plantation Pointe
Governor's Estate

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Windsor Hill Civic Association

P. O. Box 40672
Charleston, SC 29423-0672
Fax: (843) 552-0031 (24 hours)

Annual Elections

Board elections were held on November 10, 1998. Paid members received ballots with the October billing statement. In order for your vote to have counted, you had to be a member of the association. The names (& e-mail) for officers and board members are as follows:

Difference between Windsor Hill Parkway Association
and the Windsor Hill Civic Association (voluntary)

Many homeowners are under the impression the annual fee they pay to the Parkway, a.k.a. AMCS, Inc., is associated with the Windsor Hill Civic Association. AMCS, Inc. dues pay for the maintenance of the main road for the subdivision. Their concern is only for the upkeep of the main "Parkway". AMCS, Inc. is a management company hired by the developer for this purpose only. They have a meeting once a year, usually in May or June, in conjunction with your annual Parkway dues.

WHCA is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to represent the homeowners in the Windsor Hill Subdivision. We are elected by homeowners and must be a home-owner in Windsor Hill. We have one required annual meeting, the second Tuesday of November. Additional meetings are determined by necessity. We have annual dues of $20 that must be paid by October 31st each year. (Renewal: $15.00) We encourage homeowners to join us in our effort to improve our community and keep our property values up. We need your support to make it happen. It will take a group effort to make this a viable and thriving civic association. Persons wanting to join now can pay the dues either by mail to the address shown on the reverse side or given to your representative.

Christmas Safety

Electric holiday lights and displays sparkle and wow children and adults alike. But because too many homeowners don't know how to perform safety checks on light strings and ornaments, they're also potentially dangerous. In fact, last year 1,114 people suffered injuries by mishaps related to electrical holiday decorations, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Typical injuries like electric shock or burns result from too many light strings strung end to end, low-wattage ornaments burning high-wattage bulbs or overloaded extension cords. The National Fire Protection Association and the CPSC, as part of their Operation Decoration, have composed a safety-watch list for this holiday season. Key points include:

  1. Before stringing lights inspect for cracked sockets, frayed, loose or bare wires or loose connections. Unplug lights before replacing bulbs or fuses.

  2. Check light strings to see how many strings can be safely joined end to end. As a rule of thumb, don't string together more than three midgets.

  3. Never run extension cords through water. Even those labeled for outdoor use.

  4. Always turn off electric decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

  5. Brown or brittle needles are prone to fire, so always buy a fresh wreath or tree. Place the tree in a no-tip stand, and keep it watered. With an artificial tree, make sure it is flame-retardant. Place your tree at least 3 ft. from the fireplace or any other heat source.

 ~~ John D. Wagner

Keep That Tree

If you have a potted Christmas tree, it can live on after the holidays. But it will take some work--even with care, most living trees have only a 50-50 chance of surviving the transition from house to landscape. To improve those odds, choose a species suited to your climate, and be sure the tree will fit into your landscape at maturity or that it can be easily controlled with pruning or shearing. Buy a reasonably small tree; large ones are hard to handle and are more prone to transplant shock. Before bringing the tree indoors, spray it with an antidesiccant to reduce needle drop and moisture loss. The tree should stay inside no longer than 7 to 10 days, and keep the root ball moist, not soaked.

At planting time, remove any cover from the root ball. Plant the tree at the same depth at which it was growing and backfill with soil. Water well and add a layer of mulch to help keep the root ball moist and reduce damage from hard freezes. Then, stake the tree to prevent wind damage during the first growing season.

 ~~ Lynn Ocone

Punchlist --Things that need doing this month

Articles were provided from the current Dec/Jan issue of Today's Homeowner.

Also be sure to read the Windsor Crier back issues for Nov/Dec 97 and Feb/Mar 98 (they can be found on our web site).

We Need Your Help!

Some subdivision signs in Windsor Hill have been vandalized. The most common locations are at bus stops. We ask that parents with bus riders remind them to take care of the signs. Keep in mind it does cost a significant amount of money to maintain these signs.

Due to time constraints, business advertisements were removed. We will continue in next issue.

Season's Greetings

Happy New Year!

[Holiday Clip-art for all faiths]

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