Batten Down the Hatches!

From the National Weather Service and Jefferson County Emergency Management ( a ‘warning’ means that this is going to happen):


Advisory: High Wind Warning until 11:00PM Wednesday

Dear Nixle User,

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 11 PM PDT WEDNESDAY… The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 11 AM to 11 PM PDT Wednesday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect.

* WIND…Southeast and south winds will increase Wednesday morning and persist into early Wednesday evening. Sustained wind speeds of 20 to 35 mph are possible, with gusts to 50 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…Everett, Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, Anacortes, the San Juan Islands, Bellingham.

* TIMING…Winds will increase late Wednesday morning, peak on Wednesday afternoon, then ease Wednesday evening.

* IMPACTS…Winds of this magnitude can cause tree damage and scattered power outages. This will be the first event of this magnitude this season. Such events commonly bring more impacts in terms of tree damage and power outages than the same wind later in the season.

* AFFECT ED AREAS: ADMIRALTY INLET AREA … EVERETT AND VICINITY … SAN JUAN COUNTY … WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY … WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY

Instructions:

Winds of this magnitude can cause tree damage and scattered power outages. Large falling branches have been known to cause fatalities during windstorms. Secure loose outdoor objects or light-weight furniture before the winds arrive.

For full details, view this message on the web.


If you want to sign up for alerts from Jefferson County Emergency Management, go here: http://www.nixle.com/ . (Note that these are the folks that will alert you to all sorts of impending emergency situations: fire, flood, earthquake, traffic, etc. )

TVHA Board Meeting Agenda for 2 Oct 2017

TVHA BOARD MEETING AGENDA

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bay Club, 3:00 pm

  1. Call to order & determination of quorum. Attendees, please sign in.
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Approve Minutes from the August 7, 2017 regular Board meeting.
  4. Introduction of new homeowners
  5. Comments from the Chair
  6. Comments from the Floor
  7. Formal Correspondence –
  8. Committee Reports:
    1. Architectural Review Committee (ARC): Lloyd Gill
    2. Vegetation Management Committee (VMC): Debbie Wills
      1. Landscape contract decision
    3. Financial Management Committee (FMC): Vicki Derrenberger & Kathy Kubesh
      1. The Finance Committee recommends $690 of contingencies to be moved into the expense line item Land and Capital Improvements for the purpose of cleaning up the corner of Timberton Drive and Heritage Lane, that was discussed but not arranged prior to the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
    4. Old Business:
      1. None
    5. New Business:
      1. Potential revisions to SBCA ARC process (Vicki and Lloyd)
      2. Issue resolution process review
    6. Comments from Floor
    7. Comments from the Board
    8. Next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, December 4, 2017, at 3:00 pm at the Bay Club
    9. Adjourn

 

Bears?

From a resident:

From: Rennae H
Subject: Bears

Message Body:
Took a short walk on the trail beginning at marker 20 from the grassy area on Heritage. About a 1/2 mile on the trail and we saw fresh bear scat right in the middle of the trail. Just wanted to let walks know.

Perhaps trail walkers should consider carrying bear spray on their travels around area trails. Here’s an article about walking in ‘bear country’: http://www.wta.org/go-outside/trail-smarts/how-to/hike-backpack-bear-country .

Gazebo Walk

A few of the neighbors took a walk to the Gazebo August 19th. They gathered at the memorial park (southwest corner of Heritage and Leighbrook; look for the Bobcat sign), then took a walk up to the gazebo. Trail access to the gazebo directly north of the memorial park – there is a post with a sign there now.

Gathering at the Gazebo
View from gazebo, looking west

The Vegetation Management Committee has cleaned up the trail to the gazebo, repaired a few gazebo posts, and put up a trail marker at the beginning of the trail.

Tent Caterpillars

From the Seattle Department of Transportation-

It’s that time of year again: Yes, we’re facing the return of the Western tent caterpillars. Their unsightly nests clutter trees, shrubs, providing them protection from predators ( birds and bats, to name a couple), as they happily munch away. The creatures, also known as Malacosoma californium , hatch in the spring when new buds are forming and spin their webs on tree branches and shrubs.

As recently noted in the local print and broadcast media, Seattle and Puget Sound regions have experienced an increase in recent years in the Western tent caterpillar population. Populations change from year to year-they can be high for several years then become very low. The good news is that a healthy tree or shrub can generally tolerate a total defoliation without suffering permanent damage. The bad news is that in years with high populations, these critters can be a real nuisance.

The Life Cycle

The egg masses are visible in winter, are grayish-brown and about one inch long. As soon as the eggs hatch in April or May, the caterpillars begin eating leaves and create “tents” – white, silky shelters that cover the forks and tips of tree branches and shrubs. They feed during the daylight and return to their tents at night.

The caterpillars are easy to recognize.  They have a yellow checkered pattern with a blue dotted line down their backs, and can be three inches long when mature. The caterpillars molt four times over a period of five or six weeks, then stop eating. They choose a place to spin a cocoon and lay their eggs, and moths emerge about two weeks later. The adult moths mate immediately, lay eggs, and die a few days later; the eggs winter over until spring, when the whole process begins again.

What to Do

Many city departments use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach when dealing with Western Ten Caterpillars.  Control measures are only considered when population levels are extremely high, and other factors such as high public use combine to make control necessary.  In those cases, mechanical means such as hand pruning or picking the webs from branches are used. Chemical controls for tent caterpillars are not used as they may be harmful to beneficial insects and birds.

While unpleasant creatures, they are not harmful to people. Natural predators include many garden birds, wasps and ground beetles. Homeowners who see infestations on their property should watch the number of tents forming and monitor the leaf damage.

Individual tents can be removed by pruning in the early morning and evening when the temperature is cool and caterpillars are inside them ( a pole pruner is useful for high branches). Put pruned nests in a bucket of soapy water or seal them in a plastic bag and crush it. Do not remove large branches or perform excessive pruning as a means of caterpillar control- you may do more damage to the tree by pruning than the caterpillars would do by defoliating the branches.

To view pictures of Malacosoma californium copy and paste the following link into your browser.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Malacosoma_californicum_(caterpillar)#/media/File%3AWestern_tent_caterpillars_Malacosoma_californicum_in_Joshua_Tree_NP_at_sunset.jpg