Betsy Fay

I hope everyone enjoyed our second annual National Night Out block party this past week. Over 100 residents and their families, along with 20 police officers and firemen, attended the party.

The night was to honor first responders. The tables were covered with all kinds of goodies that people cooked, along with hot dogs and ice cream from Stone Cold Creamery (Yum)!

The Horry County Police Department brought its Incident Command Center, motorcycle and police vehicles, and both fire stations in Carolina Forest brought their fire trucks.

Everyone was allowed to tour the Command Center and check out the fire trucks. Children especially liked this part.

Deb Harris and her mom, Melania, did face painting, and there was corn hole to play. The pool was busy with children and adults alike. We also collected a huge box of school supplies for A Day of Hope.

As Chief Hill was leaving, he hugged me and said the staff really appreciated being invited to our block party and had a great time talking with people while enjoying the food.

I realize how lucky I am to live in such a great community.

We sent all the leftovers to the fire house for the staff on duty.

Thank you to the social committee of four people who helped organize this event.

They include Juliet Lotts, Sherry Baker, Deb Harris and me.

Coming events include our community yard sale on Oct. 5 and our Christmas party on Dec. 7.

If you haven’t gotten your key card to the pool yet, you need to contact Janine at Premier Management to get it.

One homeowner was caught by someone’s security camera not cleaning up after her dog. It went viral on our Facebook page. Please clean up after your pets when walking in Covington Lake.

The social committee hopes to start a welcome packet in the near future that we can hand out to new owners. If anyone is interested in helping, let me know.

We have several new owners this month and would like to give them some information to make their move easier.

As you can see from the markers in front of Covington Lake, we will lose a large amount of our front lawn and some of our median. The board has been working with the engineers to save as many of the trees as possible.

People who have Spectrum cable lost their power for several hours this week when construction crews cut through a cable line between Covington Lake and Spring Lake.

The boulevard is starting to look very different as the area is cleared for the road and bike way. Please slow down and pay attention when driving, as lots of vehicles are entering and exiting the work areas.

School starts on Aug. 19, so you need to be aware of children walking to bus stops.

Remember that our speed limit is 20 mph. I’m told that the police will really be out that first week to monitor speeds of cars on Carolina Forest Boulevard, especially in the school zones.

The next bag of books sale is Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Carolina Forest Library. We will try to put out some children’s books every few hours so everyone will have a chance to get some. Usually they are gone in the first two hours.

We continue to have lots of donations of new and used books along with audio books, DVDs, VHS tapes and CDs.

This month’s special of buy one book and get one book free on all adult books has kept The Nook very busy.

One of the churches that owns land on Carolina Forest Boulevard is looking for suggestions on how to use the land, other than for another church.

My husband’s suggestion is a building where nonprofits and HOAs could hold their meetings, as finding places for these meetings is quite the challenge.

If the senior center is having problems raising money for the senior center by the library, maybe they can combine with this group and build the senior center on this land instead.

It could still be used for meetings in the evening since the senior part is mostly during the day.

The Carolina Forest Civic Association’s Joe DeFeo Memorial Scholarship golf tourney is this Saturday. Last year, they gave out one $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior.

We have one team from Covington Lake with Norm Fay, Randy Stroup, Tim Mayfield and Chuck Johns.

Good luck.

Happy anniversary to Deb and Tim Mayfield Aug. 22.

Look forward to hearing the news and events of the neighborhood.

Email me at bffrn12@gmail.com.

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