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News from the Hill - Volume 2, Issue 5 - May/June 1999

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)

Join Us for the Next Community Meeting
All Invited!

Please plan to attend on

June 3, 1999
Thursday 7:00 P.M.
Windsor Hill Elementary

We Want YOU!

The Ashley River Fire District will hold an election on June 15, 1999, to fill three positions on the Ashley River Board of Directors. The board consists of five members, each elected to four-year terms. To be eligible, candidates must be at least 18 years old, reside in the Ashley River Fire District, and obtain an application at the Ashley River Fire Department (located at 8045 Dorchester Road) any time between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Application deadline is at 5pm on June 8, 1999. All applicants must appear in person at the fire department when filing.

The elections will be held from 7am until 7pm on June 15, 1999. Ballots will be counted immediately after the polls close and the winner will be announced when the count is completed. The board conducts monthly business meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

Ashley River is our servicing fire department. Any additional information, contact Kim at 552-2425.


The Windsor Hill Civic Association (WHCA) has begun judging for the Yard of the Month. Members' yards will be judged by a panel of neighbors monthly to decide who will be awarded the WHCA Yard of the Month. The winner will be awarded a plant from our sponsor Wal-Mart Garden Center on Dorchester Road. A sign will be placed in the winner's yard. The winning address for May is 8409 Battle Forest Drive in Mill Creek. Congratulations!

See pictures of the First Ever WHCA Yard of the Month!

Welcome to the Playgroup!

Need to introduce your kids to some new friends? The "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" committee has assembled the WHCA Playgroups. We are devising a schedule that will be available for you and your child(ren) to participate in. One day may be as simple as a playground day, others more complex, but fun. We are planning to visit our local Ashley River Fire Department.

You won't have to pay anything to join, if you are a member, but you will be responsible for any other costs, if needed. This is not a camp or baby-sitting service. The parent must be present with the child.

The idea of the playgroup is for your child(ren) to meet and have a good time with other neighborhood kids.

Welcome Wagon

The Windsor Hill "Welcome Wagon" needs your help. If you notice a new neighbor moving in, please call us. We need everyone's help in keeping up with our new neighbors. Once we receive an address, we will stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood with a bag of goodies. The bag consists of several donations from local merchants including valuable coupons, lots of information, and samples of products. If you have a new neighbor or you are new to our community, please call Donna.

The Windsor Hill "Welcome Wagon" wishes to WELCOME our newest neighbors... The Turner Family in Plantation Pointe and The Green Family in Indigo Ridge.

For more information, you can contact your representative or call Donna at 760-1331. Check out our web site and e-mail her at

Covenants Corner

This is a new section we have added to the newsletter. Our intent is to inform everyone (including persons who rent) the covenants and restrictions for Windsor Hill. These are taken word-for-word.

Mobile Homes, Trailer, Trucks, School

Buses, Boats, Boat Trailers. No house trailer or mobile home shall be occupied or stored on any lot. Other habitable mobile vehicles, motor homes, camper trailers, school buses, trucks (other than pickups), or other commercial vehicles, boats or trailers shall not be kept, stored or parked overnight, either on any street or any lot, except within enclosed garages, carports or the rear of a permanent dwelling.

Obstructions to View at Intersections and Delivery Receptacles.

(a) The lower branches of trees or other vegetation in sight line approach to any street or street intersections shall not be permitted to obstruct the view of same. (b) No receptacle of any construction or heights for the receipt of mail, newspapers, or similar delivered materials, shall be erected or permitted to remain between the front street line and the applicable minimum building set back line; provided, however, that this restriction shall be unenforceable insofar as it may conflict with regulations, now or hereafter adopted, or any governmental agency.

Unsightly Materials

No trash, rubbish, debris, junk, stored materials, wrecked or inoperable remain on any lot. However, the foregoing shall rubbish and debris for pickup by governmental or similar garbage and trash removal service units.

In the event any owner of any developed lot fails or refuses to keep such property free from any weeds, underbrush or other unsightly growth, then the Developer, or its successor, may enter upon such property five days after posting a notice thereon, requesting the owner to observe this paragraph, and upon entry, remove all such unsightly items or growths at the owner's cost. No such entry shall be deemed a trespass. Developer's notice shall be sufficient, if it states in substance: "Please remove this unsightly item or growth: (Describe here) within five days or Developer shall do so at your expense. You are violating the Restrictions."

Developer shall have a lien on the subject property for any such costs until paid in full by the owner.

Can One Person Really Make a Difference?

Some of you may ask, "Why should I get involved in my Civic Association?

What can they do for me?"

Well, the answer can not be found in one newsletter. In several aspects, it can be very beneficial to you and your family to join. We must admit our membership is not where we would like it. Some people think they are already a current member because they paid their Parkway Association dues. This is not the case. The Parkway Association is totally separate from the WHCA. With WHCA, you have a choice in joining a group of homeowners, just like yourself, to better your community. With the Parkway Association, you have no choice to join as a homeowner.

Leash Law?

We all love pets... or at least most of us do. Did you know our area has a leash law? For the protection of your pet, loved ones, neighbors, and property, please obey the leash law. According to the Animal Control Officer for Dorchester County, any pet that leaves its owner's yard is automatically considered a stray. Once a stray, animals can be picked up by animal control or a concerned neighbor and taken to the local animal shelter, where it can be very costly to get your animal back.

Please be responsible for your pets. If your dog is a digger, fix the holes on both sides of the fence. If you're taking your pet for a walk, bring along a pooper scooper. Your neighbors will appreciate the clean-up. Summer is almost here and we like family time to include our pets. Ensure there is plenty of water and shade for your animals.

Let's all be responsible.

Ornamental Grasses

These grasses are listed in May's issue of Today's Homeowner ( Try one of these out: Try one of these out:

For outstanding fall color, these ornamental grasses turn attractive colors in autumn (the fall leaf color follows the botanical name): broom-sedge (Andropogon virginicus, orange), Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron,' wine-red), red switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms,' burgundy), and switch grass (Panicum virgatum, golden-yellow).

For a wet site or poorly drained soils, try sweet flag (Acorus calamus), feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora), or 'Woods Dwarf' dwarf ribbon grass (Phalaris arundinacea 'Woods Dwarf').

Screening, these grasses provide good heights, dense foliage and fast growth: Karl Foerster's feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'), compact pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'), or 'Morning Lights' miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'), or silver feather maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder').

While most grasses prefer full sun, these either tolerate or prefer light shade: golden meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis 'Variegatus'), hakone grass (Hakonechloa caerulea 'Variegata') or autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis).

Punchlist -- Things that need doing this month

Rejuvenate Perennials.

Dividing perennials every 3 years or so increases the number of plants and, more important, improves the health and flowering of older plants.

Sharpen Mower Blades.

Dull lawnmower blades shred instead of slice, giving grass tips a grayish color and ragged tops that invite insects and disease. Disconnect the spark plug or power source before disassembling the blade. To remove a blade, wedge a piece of wood between the mower housing and the blade to keep it from spinning. Then loosen the nut.

Screen Out Bugs.

You can easily fix small holes and punctures in screens. Just fill the hole or puncture by dabbing on rubber cement with a toothpick. For larger tears, either replace the screen, but most small tears can be repaired with a screen patch. cut the aluminum screening patch slightly larger than the damaged area and bed back some of the loose ends. Lay the patch over the hole and bend the strands to hold the patch in place. Bug free in no time.

Inspect Garden Hoses.

Hook up your hoses and check for leaks. Fix a single puncture in a hose by cutting out the damage section and rejoining the hose with a coupling fitting, which you can pick up at the hardware store for about $1.50. Also replace damaged hose ends.

Clean Out Air Conditioners.

If you haven't used your air conditioner yet, check it out before the really hot weather hits. Clean dust, insects and other debris from grillework areas and from cooling fins. Replace dirty filters. Dislodge cocoons and larvae from between fins with a wood or plastic (not metal) paint-stirring stick. Turn on the unit and test its effectiveness. Get any problem fixed before your repairman is overbooked with work.

Memorial Day - Remembrance

Remember those who have served in our military and reserves, past and present.

Without them, this country wouldn't be what it is today.

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