Do you have a Skunk problem in your neighborhood?

SkunkIf you do have a Skunk Problem, here is information that may help

Signs of skunk damage may include:

  • Holes in lawn: small and cone-shaped; 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
  • Skunk tracks: five toes on each foot with visible claws.
  • Pilfered trash cans

Skunk Removal and prevention

(Source Purdue University and Wildlife Damage blog)

When skunks are living or rearing young under buildings, attempts to destroy them may result in the release of their noxious scent.

  1. Seal all possible entrances along the foundation, but leave the main burrow open.
  2. Before attempting removal, sprinkle a liberal amount of flour or a similar substance in and around the entrance.
  3. After dark, check for tracks to determine which openings they used as exits and the number of skunks involved.
  4. When the animals have left, close all possible entrances with sheet metal or hardware cloth to avoid reentry.
  1. Reopen the entrance the next day for 1 hour after dark to allow any remaining skunks to exit before permanently sealing the entrance.
  1. Remove unused pet food and water bowls at night and keep lids on trash cans to aid in discouraging skunks. Since skunks prey on the rodents that are attracted to scattered bird seed, take bird feeders in at night or attach a catch-screen to the bottom of the feeder.
  2. Fencing usually keeps skunks out of the yard; however, they will sometimes dig under. To prevent burrowing beneath a fence or other structure (sheds, decks, etc.), attach a 3-foot wide heavy gauge wire mesh screen to the bottom of the fence so it extends >24 inches outward. Secure the screen to the ground with garden staples and backfill over the mesh with rock mulch.

What if you meet the Skunk?

Deodorizing You, Your Pets and Your Clothes (From MrsClean blog)

This solution loses effectiveness almost immediately, so it cannot be stored and you will need to make a fresh batch whenever the skunks attack.

Store a sealed bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a small container of baking soda (separately) up in your cupboard so you’ll be ready in case of an emergency.

  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from drug store)
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent

Mix together the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. This is extremely effective at removing skunk smell and is actually recommended by chemists and proven to be highly effective. The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda work together to neutralize the odor, while the degreasing action of the dishwashing liquid help to remove the oily substance that contains the odor causing chemicals.

  • Remove clothes immediately and wash them in the hottest water possible. Use the strongest laundry soap you haveIt may take a while, but the smell will go away.
  • If you are the victim, hop in the shower and cover yourself liberally with the homemade skunk odor recipe above.
  • Wash pets right away using the same recipe. It’s safe for everyone.
  • Rinse completely.

Deodorizing Outdoor Items

Skunks don’t just spray people and pets, they spray your outdoor items, too. Skunks like to mark their territory, just like many other animals do. Favorites can include tires, corners of a home, a tree…it doesn’t really matter where it is because if you can smell it, it is definitely an issue.

 

Bleach was the best method for deodorizing outdoor items that had been sprayed

  • One part bleach
  • Nine parts water

Make sure to rinse the area thoroughly with water after scrubbing because bleach is caustic and will damage or disintegrate that it is left on over time. (Do not use bleach on paint)

*MrsClean (http://www.housecleaningcentral.com/en/cleaning-services/mrs-clean/about-us.html) is a housecleaning professional in Redland Washington.

 

 

Facts about Skunks if you are interested:

Skunks are a member of the weasel family. They vary in size (most are house cat-sized) and appear in a variety of striped, spotted, and swirled patterns—but all are a vivid black-and-white that makes them easily identifiable and may alert predators to their pungent potential.

Average Size: 20 – 30″ long (including the tail); 6 – 10 lbs.

Average Lifespan in the Wild: 2 4 years

Skunks usually nest in burrows constructed by other animals, but they also live in hollow logs or even abandoned buildings. Skunks are extremely adaptable and thrive in many different habitats, as long as food and shelter are available. Because they rarely travel more than 2 miles from their established dens, a skunk will typically settle down within 2 miles of a water source.

Mother skunks give birth to litters of two to ten young each year, usually in May, but can birth as late as early June. The babies follow their mothers around for several months, leaving in late July or early August.

Spray:A skunk’s spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail. To employ this scent bomb, a skunk turns around and blasts its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet (three meters). The odor can be detected up to 1.5 miles.

When a skunk is being chased by a predator first they will exhibit threat behaviors, stomping their front fee and hissing. Next they will spray an atomized cloud, that the predator will run through. Finally they will spray a stream directed at the predator’s face.

Digging: Skunks have strong forefeet and long nails which make them excellent diggers. They dig holes in lawns, gardens and golf courses in search of food like grubs and earthworms. When no other form of shelter is available, they may even burrow under buildings by entering foundation openings.

What they eat:Skunks are opportunistic eaters with a varied diet. They are nocturnal foragers who eat fruit and plants, insects, larvae, worms, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, and even fish. Skunks primarily eat insects, especially harmful to agriculture.

Disease Transmission (source Purdue University):Skunks are a primary source of rabies in many areas of the United States. Human and domestic pet contact with skunks should be avoided. If it is necessary to handle a skunk, take all precautions to keep from being bitten or scratched. Several other types of diseases and parasites affect skunks such as distemper, mange, fleas, ticks, lice, roundworms and tapeworms.

 

Disaster Preparedness: Message from City of Wilsonville

The following message is from:

Angela Handran, Community Outreach Specialist

Good afternoon,  I am reaching out on behalf of the City of Wilsonville.

 

The City of Wilsonville feels strongly that active measures need to be taken to be adequately prepared when a disaster occurs, and the City can’t do it alone.

The more people who are prepared the better it is for our community. Thus we are reaching out to Home Owners Associations, faith based organizations, and community groups and encouraging you to get involved with Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to learn how you can help.

This is a group through Clackamas County that helps prepare organizations like yours for a local disaster through trainings and disaster preparedness exercises. COAD is an extension of emergency management under FEMA. If you would like more information please feel free to reach out to me directly.

 

The next COAD meeting is on July 28th at Clackamas Community College from 9:00 to 11:30 am.

 

You are welcome to attend or if you are unable to make this meeting but want to become involved in COAD please let me know. I will be helping to relay the information from COAD to those interested.

 

COAD 

Mission:

The mission of Clackamas County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (CC- COAD) is to enhance the efforts of community stakeholders through collaborative planning, relief, and recovery activities in order to provide more effective services to disaster impacted communities

Who Should Be a CC COAD Member?

Community stakeholders, government, faith based organizations, businesses and volunteers committed to working together to meet local needs following a disaster

Benefits of Quarterly Meetings

  •  Share information – Who does what in disasters and how is it coordinated?
  •  Identify resources available through CC COAD affiliates
  •  Network with organizations that have a community disaster role
  •  Participate in disaster training to improve local capabilities
  •  Test assumptions with disaster simulations (exercises)

Kind Regards,

Angela Handran

Community Outreach Specialist

City Managers Office

City of Wilsonville

Direct Line: 503.570.1503

www.ci.wilsonville.or.us

 

Recent important article in Villager about use of the golf course

The article below was recently in the Villager.  It references an article from Arizona.  Please share with your HOA as it does a good job of explaining the reasons behind the new “golf only” rules for our course:

Dear Charbonneau Residents: The notice below appeared on May 27, 2015 in the Sun City West (Arizona) News. We want to share it with you to add to everyone‟s understanding regarding the recent decision to post signs throughout Charbonneau, which state there is to be no walking on the golf course.

Sun City, like Charbonneau, has homes surrounding their golf courses. They have decided to not only „ask‟ people not to walk their courses, but have also posted them “NO TRESPASSING.” Many golf courses have had to fence-in their property to control this safety issue. We do not want to take that step.

While most feedback we‟ve received has been positive, some residents have expressed strong frustration. Please read the article below.

We (Charbonneau Residents) are not alone with this issue.

Posted by Sun City West News, May 2015

Golf courses are for GOLF
The Rec Centers periodically receives requests from residents that the golf courses be opened for walking, bike riding, roller blading, and dog walking. Seems like those would be great uses for all that green space, right?

Well, not according to our insurance company. As it stands, those activities are considered trespassing, and we are asking our residents for help in stopping this problem.

Opening the golf courses to multiple uses is not covered under our insurance policy. The dangers of walkers or riders getting hit by stray balls is just too high. Most insurance companies wouldn‟t even cover us at higher fees for this use.

In October 2014, we had a very serious incident involving a golfer being struck by an errant golf ball. This is a person playing the game, knowing the etiquette and risks, knowing where to stand and how far back to be when another golfer is driving the ball. In this case, the golfer was waiting for the course to clear when he was struck on the head by a ball. It split his head open, and he had to be airlifted to Barrow Neurological Institute. The air transport bill alone was $6,000, plus there were high medical bills. Nobody claimed responsibility for hitting the ball.

If this can happen to a golfer who understands the game and the course conditions, imagine what can happen to a child or a non-golfer who doesn‟t know what is happening on the course.

What about night use, when the golfers are gone? We‟ve inquired about this as well, and the liability continues to exist because of the high possibility of someone getting hurt. The courses are not lit – nor will they be because we don‟t want to disturb the residents living along the courses – and bicyclists and walkers could easily get hurt out on the courses where there are no employees at those hours to offer help.

This is not a liability the Rec Centers can incur. As a result, all our courses are posted as “no trespassing.” This means the courses are open only to paying golfers.

And yet, we find we have trespassers breaking these rules. For the most part, these trespassers are our own residents – individuals who decide to have picnics on the courses, wade or fish in the lakes, take grandkids for joy rides in golf cars, or simply walk their dogs and leave their pet‟s waste in their wake. And of course there is the occasional golfer who decides to slip in on a later hole just to “hit a few” without paying fees. This is theft.

Please, help us keep our courses safe for everyone and don‟t be one of these people. We know the courses are tempting and your quick visit in violation of the rules may seem harmless. But all it takes is one accident and we have incurred a high cost.

Beardsley Park is great for picnics or walks. There is a pedestrian walkway north of the community, an indoor track at Palm Ridge and outdoor track at Kuentz behind the softball field. Plus we have the Par 4 course at R.H. Johnson. We have two dog parks. Fishing is available at Lake Pleasant. If you just want to hit some balls, check out the driving ranges where you can get a bucket of balls and play to your heart‟s content.

Please, save the golf courses for golfing. If you see someone trespassing, please call the Posse at 623-584-5808; we have given them permission to remove people from our property. If violators do not move along, the Posse may call MCSO, who can issue a ticket for trespassing.

Here is the full article and comments from residents:

We Are Not Alone

Thank you for your support, Charbonneau Golf Club

Disaster Preparedness Information

Here is the information (from 4/27/15 Board meeting as promised) that you need in case of disaster. When A Disaster Occurs – PLEASE REMAIN AT HOME – Place sign in window that can be observed from street or golf course (which ever is most observable walking by) that you “Need Help” or are “OK”

  • Team Leaders will report to  Pool house C on Lafayette (Operations Center) – where they will be given two way radios
  • Team Leaders will be given assignments of houses to check
    • To verify where help is needed
  • Team Leaders will make evaluations of general area and report back to Operation Center (Pool House C) where they observed problems with:
    • Power
    • Trees
    • Sewers
    • Gas

Please refer to the “Blue Book” for supplies you should have on hand.  If you did not pick up a “Blue Book” please call your coordinator to obtain one. Please contact your team coordinator if you have any questions

 

Name                                                                                                                Cell 

Janet Moore (Lead Coordinator) 503-314-0398
Betsy Knudsen (A&B neighborhood) 206-261-0285
Ty Kuhns (C&E neighborhood) 503-508-0596
Mike Tewell (F&G neighborhood) 503-789-6833

We need your help

Let me ask you a few questions:

Do you enjoy living in a resort like community?

Do you love the quality of life here in Charbonneau?

Would you like to make sure that you have some influence in maintaining the beauty and livability of your community?

Do you have one day each month (second Wednesday monthly meeting) that you could volunteer your time to meet with others (from 10 am to 12:30 pm)who have your same goals in mind?  The board position does require a significant time commitment for Committee Assignment, but if this sounds like something you would like……

 

We need new board members as some of our current board members’ terms are expiring.  If you would like to get involved or just want to learn more what the opportunity entails, reply to this post with your Name and how you would like to be contacted (we can look up your email and phone, you don’t need to post that), or call Bill Steele by March 26th.

 

Thanks – we look forward to getting to know you and working with you, as together we work to keep Charbonneau great

 

 

New Attraction in Charbonneau “The Oregon Wine Garden

I am so excited about the new“Oregon Wine Garden” here in Charbonneau. They have done an amazing job of making the old restaurant and bar look new and welcoming, downstairs with wood floors and a glass and metal bar.  Upstairs is new carpet, a wine tasting bar made from wine barrels with a glass top and tables dressed for dinner with beautiful white table clothes. I attended the complimentary Wine tasting both Wednesday and Thursday of this last week.  The wine is all local NW wines and Donnie our wine host had information and stories to educate us  about each wine that we tasted, five each day.  I am not much for white wines, but there was a sparkling Riesling from St Joseph Winery that changed my mind and was purchased for our household. We had reservations for dinner Saturday night where we ordered a bottle of the Pinot Noir we had tasted Wednesday.  I love appetizers so I had the roasted Brussel sprouts and the steak lettuce cups for my dinner and my husband had one of the specials that night Halibut Oscar.  The Brussel sprouts were wonderful with hazelnuts and the Steak lettuce cups had a surprising spicey taste.  Of course I had to try my husband’s dish and the Halibut with a light sauce and shrimp was fantastic.  Our friends shared Halibut fish n chips, which were huge and definitely enough for two. While we were eating dinner upstairs we were just able to hear music coming from downstairs, so later we ventured downstairs and heard the live music of Micheal Lucich and even some local Charbonneau residents.  Who knew that we had such talent for impromptu performances? I will be going back often and loved that I have this fun place to enjoy with friends and guests visiting Charbonneau.   You might have noticed their Trolley’s – They hold wine tasting trips too.  One that I am looking forward to is a Mystery Dinner on Friday the 13th (2/13/15). Check out all of their events at http://www.oregonwinegarden.com/events New Picture (2)Trolley If you have had an opportunity to visit the Oregon Wine Garden please leave a comment.  Would love to hear what you think.

Holiday Gathering (Results)

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About 65-75 people attended. Thanks to Ty Kuhns and his team (see Team below) the Country Club was beautifully decorated and everyone who attended had a wonderful time of socializing with their neighbors.

During our Holiday Gathering we again gave the opportunity for our residents to give to The Community Transitional School of Portland.  This year we raised $436.00.  The Transitional School is on a 2.35 acre plot in NE Portland and in their25th year.  There is a school with four large classrooms, a cafeteria, and a spacious office with adjoining workrooms; a large playground, track and basketball court; and a garden to serve the students at the school.  Most important is the parking lot with the four buses that will pick up the children, from wherever they are, and transport them to school.  Since most of the children may be in shelters or motels, the buses may be the only way for these children to have a school life and may possibly be the only meals they receive each day.  If you were unable to make it to the Gathering and would still like to contribute there are several ways to do so, please visit their webpage at:  http://www.transitionalschool.org/help/help.html

Special Thank You To The TEAM who made this event special

 Ty and Joan Kuhns,

Barbie Henderson,

Jim and Kathy Gibbons,

Ralph Martin,

Mike Tewell,

Goeff and Betsy Knudsen,

Pat and Eva Parisi.

And as always in the background, Kim and Susie.

CHOA Information Directory (Feeding Waterfowl, etc)

You might have read my article about artificial feeding of waterfowl in the January Villager titled Geese, Squirrels and Rats – Oh My!!

I was asked to write this article because of the problems that overfeeding of waterfowl can cause not just to our beautiful greens, but to the animals themselves, including a deformity called “angel wing” that may be the reason a now resident goose, you might have seen around one of the ponds,  has one wing that hangs down

CHOA has a policy that I was unaware of in regard to Waterfowl feeding on page 87 of the Information Directory

 http://choaonline.org/information-directory/

I have included the policy below in case you were unaware too.

Policy regarding feeding of wildlife in CHOA Neighborhoods 

Feeding of wild animals, for example, geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer in all areas outside your home, including your courtyard, is prohibited.

• Birds may only be fed inside a homeowner’s courtyard with a feeder hung above the ground.

• Homeowners should only use cracked birdseed or a seed mixture called No Waste®

• Homeowners may feed hummingbirds inside their courtyard and in common areas outside of the courtyard with a liquid feeder hung above the ground.

• Offenders of the above policy will be given one oral warning. Subsequent offenses will be enforced in accordance with CHOA’s Enforcement Resolution 2013-002.

• A fine of $25.00 could be issued.

I found No Waste® at Fred Meyer, and on sale

No waste

I hope this has been beneficial information.  I plan on highlighting other sections of the Information Directory in the near future.  If you are like me, I have never read the entire directory and so we can all learn together.

 

Waste Free seedWaste Free seed

Another benefit of being part of CHOA

Your CHOA provides the service of removal of leaves from all gutters once a year.   However, removal of leaves in downspouts is not provided.  The process of cleaning the gutters of leaves is beginning a little earlier than previous years.  It takes approximately two months to clean the gutters from all CHOA homes, dependent upon the weather.

Most “gutter problems” are the result of plugged downspouts.  The recommendation is to purchase and install “heavy metal” downspout covers, which will greatly assist in preventing gutter problems.   The downspout covers can be purchased at any hardware store, Home Depot, Lowes, ACE Hardware, etc.

I wasn’t sure what a gutter cover looked like, so I checked with ACE Hardware, they have an Amerimax  Expandable Alum. Mesh Strainer,  like the one pictured below. 

Wire Downspout cover

If you have covers that have worked for you or find a good buy on a cover, please share your information  below.