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Waterford held its annual meeting on April 19. Elections were held to choose board members George Serey (three-year term), Carole vanSickler (three-year term) and Cookie Manos (two-year term). The new board of directors is Cookie Manos (president), George Serey (vice president), Steve Willia…

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As I write my column this week, I’m looking forward to going to my first Dodgers game in Dodger Stadium. Norm and I try to get to a different ball park each year. Even though we are Red Sox fans, it is fun to see other teams and parks.

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This Saturday is the Covington Lake community yard sale from 8 a.m. until noon. I think we are the first community yard sale, so it could be busy. The sign was put out on Carolina Forest Boulevard this past week so everyone will know about the sale. It’s also being advertised on several webs…

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Schools closed, businesses shut down and all were ready. The only thing missing was the storm and tornadoes. The Farm also prepared for bad weather. Paul Hoppes and our resident handyman Mr. Young took down the flags and made sure that all outside furniture was secured. I am not complaining …

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The Waterford Plantation Board of Directors invites all neighborhood residents to a “meet and greet” with the board candidates. The event will be held prior to the annual meeting on April 19 at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center. 

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Fortunately, the predicted tornadoes and damaging wind storms March 18 missed our area and went out to sea. Unfortunately, the Plantation Lakes Ladies Luncheon that day at Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar was canceled due to the severe storm threat. Social committee hostesses Diane Cola…

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The Waterford Plantation annual meeting is scheduled for April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center. There are three open seats for the board of directors. Nominees at press time are: Cookie Manos, George Serey and Carole vanSickler. A request has been made to have an open m…

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I’m back from a morning of picking up trash. I picked Carolina Forest Boulevard from River Oaks to Village Center Drive and then all of Village Center Drive. I picked seven bags of trash in three hours and I think I picked 100 empty cans of beer and mini alcohol bottles. I’m not sure why peo…

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The board has decided to open the large pool on May 1. At the present time, no decision has been made in reference to opening the small pool. We are also waiting for the DHEC regulations or suggestions on attendance at the pool. There have been many questions on Facebook about the rules. The…

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Our annual meeting is scheduled for March 30. Only candidates, board members, Waccamaw Management personnel, and members of the nominating committee will be allowed. You should be receiving a packet from Wacammaw Management with the names and resumes of the four candidates running for the bo…

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As I write my column, we are finally having a sunny day after a week of rain. The homeowners who have overseeded their lawns have beautiful green yards with all this rain. A few of my bulbs are in bloom, so I hope spring isn’t far behind. Some scientists say climate change could be the reaso…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m so sick of all the rain. The weather forecasters said that January was just slightly over the average, but I don’t remember so many rainy days since we moved here eight-plus years ago. I’m dying to get out and weed my gardens, but it just never seems to dry ou…

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All applications for the upcoming HOA board election have been received. A nominating committee made up of volunteers has been chosen. The annual meeting is scheduled for March 30. The meeting will be limited to the board members, the nominating committee (which will count the votes), candid…

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On Feb. 9, we visited the McLeod Carolina Forest ER and our physicians’ offices inquiring when McLeod would next offer a local vaccine clinic. They did not know of any nor did they have any vaccine vouchers to be used for one. We were told to check where we learned that McLeod Medical Plaza …

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Like most other folks struggling to find a space that’s normal and familiar during this pandemic, I’ve learned that smiling, even with a mask on, matters.

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It seems like more of my friends and relatives are starting to get call backs for the COVID vaccine. That makes me very happy. I truly believe we can control of this if we can get everyone vaccinated. It doesn’t mean that people won’t get the virus. But if they do, it will hopefully be a muc…

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This year the board decided to overseed the entrances. It has been a huge success. The ones at Wheatfield Drive and Farmers Rest Drive look beautiful. The downside, however, is it must be maintained all year.

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Groundhog Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, North Carolina, predicted an early spring. That was a different forecast than the one from groundhog Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Phil predicting another six weeks of winter. 

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On Saturday, the board attempted to hold a Zoom annual meeting. However, due to the fact that just 33% of proxies were returned — you need 51% to have a quorum — it ended up not being a legal meeting. 

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Susan and I got our first COVID-19 shots this past week. We were very lucky and called at the right time. We were on a few different lists and early one morning Susan saw an email from Grand Strand Medical Center to sign up for the shot. We went online and both got an appointment for later t…

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I stumbled across some true and some not-so-true quickie stories online begging to be shared.

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MaryLou, my trusty email provider who never causes me to call my computer guy, shared these “lighter side thoughts” with me, and therefore, with you:

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The Farm HOA held its first monthly meeting for 2021 on Jan. 12. There were no resident concerns and no reports from our committees. With the virus and the holidays, there was little going on in The Farm. President Scott Kavana did give a report on the irrigation on Mill Street. You may have…

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A Plantation Lakes family is proudly honoring their daughter in U.S. Marine Corps boot camp with a banner outside their front door. We thank her and all military for their service. Waccamaw Management sent them a warning letter to take the banner down as it is against the covenants. The fami…

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By the time this column is out, we will have a new president in Joseph Biden along with a new vice president, Kamala Harris. I hope this will mean a change for the good in the direction we are heading. The last four years for me have been four years of lies and bullying and I’m really tired …

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Merging into traffic from an exit to get back onto I-95 made me think, for the first time in years, of “A My Name is Alice,” the jump rope chant we sing-songed, maneuvering our legs around the rope.

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I hope you all had a very happy New Year’s Day and a merry Christmas. It certainly was a holiday season I will remember. We did nothing, saw no one, didn’t take our annual pilgrimage to New Jersey. Most people I know had about the same holiday week as Susan and I. Let’s all hope 2021 brings …

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Hope that everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. We enjoyed watching the magnificent but illegal fireworks displays that lit up the skies of Plantation Lakes at various places. The heavy rain by day did not hinder the great display.