Betsy Fay

It has been a hot week in Carolina Forest, and I’m enjoying our pool in the afternoons. I’ve had a busy week with the Friends of the Library bag of books sale, so I enjoyed the time I had reading a good book.

The Covington Lake social committee met on Thursday evening to discuss National Night Out on Aug. 6.

Juliette Lotts agreed to make a sign for the front median, and Sherry Baker and her husband Dave taped a note on each homeowner’s door during their daily walks, so everyone in Covington Lake should now know about the event.

Please email me if you are coming and let me know what side dish you are making so I will know how many hot dogs and waters/juices to get. Two years ago, we had about 100 homeowners at the event, and hope to break that record.

At the block party, we will have corn hole along with face painting and chalk for the children. There will be fire and police equipment for all to see and staff for all to meet, and the pool will be open for use.

I was sad to hear of the sudden death of Captain Bob Carr. Captain Carr used to live on Clandon Drive and was very present at our first National Night Out. He was a regular speaker at the civic association meetings. He will be missed.

We will be collecting for A Day of Hope during our block party. They support over 200 needy children every August with new shoes, haircuts and school supplies.

They are requesting pencil boxes, composition notebooks, index cards, spiral notebooks, highlighter packs and folders.

We will have a box at the block party where you can put your supplies.

A reminder: Cars should not be parked on sidewalks at any time. You can park on the street during the day but must be off the street at night.

Many of the local HOAs had a meeting on July 18 about the way our communities are charged by Santee Cooper for our street lights. We pay a rental fee for each light, plus an electricity fee, and in many communities, this is a very hefty monthly bill.

They are looking for the public to get legislature to help change this contract through public pressure, as they all have the same contract. I will let you know if I hear more about this plan.

As I noted earlier, the Friends of Carolina Forest Library had a very successful bag of books sale this past week. The next one will be in September.

We did get a large donation of new and used children’s books after the sale, so try to stop by and check out the selection.

As part of Summer Quest, there are daily hands-on activities for children and parents alike.

The other day, kids were all over the library floor doing marbles chutes and other fun activities.

On July 31, the library will be doing a space station STEM event at 10:30 a.m.

The Friends of Carolina Forest Library will hold the annual Family Fun Day on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For $5 per child, there will be all kinds of games and bouncy houses for children, along with prizes and food.

There will be a petting zoo, and pumpkins to decorate.

To volunteer to help, even for a couple of hours, contact Marilyn Keyser at marilynkkeyser@yahoo.com. High school students who need community service hours are welcome to volunteer. It is a fun time for all.

The work on Carolina Forest Boulevard is moving along very rapidly. From what the board is hearing, we will have three lanes leaving our community as left, straight and right-hand turns.

We will lose some of our front median and a good part of our front lawn.

Right now, they are just clearing the land and then will work on electricity, drainage ditches and a new larger water pipe for the whole street.

A bike/walk path will go from Carolina Forest Elementary School to River Oaks Drive on our side of the street, along with the widening of the road.

Please be especially careful when driving because of all the activities going on along the side of street. It is easy to be distracted and that is when accidents happen.

Look forward to hearing the events and news of the neighborhood. Email me at bffrn12@gmail.com.

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