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

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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.

 

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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.

Be Prepared – Special kits available 11/12 at the Club House

Many of you may have already received this email from Kim Hosford. 

Just in case – we wanted to make sure you received the information from us too.

 

Disaster Preparedness Kits Available for Purchase

 

Many Charbonneau neighborhoods have been working hard on disaster preparedness.  It is important for each of us to be prepared in case of a power outage, earthquake, snow storm, etc.

Come to the Country Club dining room on Wed., Nov. 12th, between 10AM-4:00PM to purchase disaster preparedness kits and supplies.

Quake-Ready Kit Co. will be bringing all aspects of preparedness products from kits, first aid, water filtration, rescue tools, NOOA radios, emergency toilets, emergency solar lighting, pet preparedness products, and more.

 

What  is CHOA doing to prepare?  We will be sending you an email soon on what your CHOA Disaster preparedness chairman Janet Moore has been working on.

 

FORE – Preventing Golf Injuries

One of the suggested origins of the word FORE in golf: A warning cry of the Scottish military of “Ware before!” to signal those in front that they should “git yurrr hed duwn if ya dunna care t’be feeling’ a rright smarrrt boomp!” as guns would be shooting soon overhead. Soo what should you do if you hear FORE?  Drop and Cover!!

There is a real concern for our resident’s safety when there is the chance of you, your child/grandchild, or dog getting hit by a golf ball traveling at great speeds.

From Golf digest (June 1999):

Each year, nearly 40,000 golfers are admitted to emergency rooms after being injured at play, most by errant golf balls and flying clubheads.

Justin Tune was doing his buddy a favor — jogging back down the fairway to retrieve a dropped bottle of water — when he was drilled in the head by a ball from the tee 150 yards away.

“It hurt,” the 12-year-old from Twain Harte, Calif., recalls of that day last August. “And then I couldn’t move my right hand all that well.”

What Justin had suffered, the doctors later realized, was a cerebral hemorrhage to the area of his brain that affects muscle control. The good news: After six weeks and many test-filled trips to the hospital, Justin is back to normal.

Getting hit head-on is every golfer’s greatest fear. For good reason: The test data indicated a force of impact about a tenth of what would be expected in a head-on car crash. The likelihood of a fatality is quite small from such a blow. However, “impact at that speed could cause a concussion, cerebral bleeding or, for a child or an older person with osteoporosis, a skull fracture,”

From Yahoo: Tiger Woods generates approximately 125 MPH of club head speed and the ball (because of compression) leaves the club head at approximately 150 MPH. Tiger is not average.
The average good golfer will swing a 45″ driver @ about 95 MPH and achieve an initial launch speed of approximately 115 MPH

Golf course walker1The articles above refer to golfers need to be alert to miss-hit golf balls.  When I am walking on the streets of our neighborhood I am not as alert to the possibility of a golf ball coming my way, but after researching the web for this article I intend to be more aware of my surroundings, especially when the street I am on comes close to one of the courses and I hear someone holler FORE.  And I plan on following the rule of not walking on the golf course during the day when there are possible balls flying.

The best part about living in a golf community is the beauty that we enjoy daily.  We can enjoy this beauty and stay safe at the same time, by staying alert and remaining off the golf course unless  golfing during daytime hours.

Please share any comments below?  

Why is CHOA converting the local pools to Salt Water

aerobics-classYou may have noticed that the pool water at your local pool reminds you of days spent at the ocean. It’s not your imagination your pool may taste a little salty.

Slowly all pools in the CHOA area of Charbonneau are being converted to Salt Water pools. No more Chlorine smell. The assumption that maintaining a healthy pool requires that you buy and handle chlorine on a regular basis is not quite accurate. Many pool owners are discovering the possibility of utilizing saltwater as a means for having a pool that is safe and clean. The salt content in this type of pool is proportionately the same as that in human tears. Hence, you can safely open your eyes even while underwater.

How does a Saltwater pool work? Saltwater swimming pools draw on dissolved salt in the water to generate chlorine. The salt system utilizes a process called electrolysis to break down or separate the salt also known as sodium chloride or NaCl in the water.
The chemical reaction created by electrolysis produces chlorine in the form of sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid. These sanitizing / disinfecting / oxidizing agents are the same as chlorine commonly used in swimming pools in solid and powdered form. This means a saltwater pool is not actually chlorine free. It simply utilizes a chlorine generator instead of being dependent on chlorine added in other forms.

What should I expect
You will notice a “soft water” feel. If you have a water softener in your home, you know that the addition of salt makes water feel smooth and silky to the touch – like rain water. Most people prefer this to the sometimes-abrasive feel of chlorinated water.
A practical reason why we are converting to salt water pools, is they eliminate the need for most swimming pool chemical maintenance (which translates to lower maintenance costs). Sodium chloride (the result of the electrolysis process) reduces the accumulation of fungi and algae in the water. The result is less time spent cleaning the water and the pool surfaces.

How many pools have been converted so far?
So far C pool and F&G pool have been converted. This is a process that will take time, so know that your local pool is on the schedule.
Well I am off to the pool to enjoy the last few days of summer.