News from GMVA, August 8, 2008
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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter

August 8, 2008

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in this issue
We Need Your Support of the Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market to Return in the Fall
August Yard of the Month Winner
See an Astros Game
Help Make Your Newsletter Better
Is You Cul-de-sac an Orphan?
Report Problems
Join Us at the August GMVA Meeting
West Nile Virus Alert
Beverage Shoppe Manager Returns to GM
N-Style Specials
Recommendation
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Greetings!
 
Please join us for the August GMVA meeting on August 18th at 6:30pm.
 
We are interested in your concerns and comments. Please let us know what we should do to make Grogan's Mill a more vibrant community. Send your comments to: suggestions@gmva.org.
 
Pass It On: If you find this newsletter of value, please pass it on to your friends and neighbors.
Farmer's Market Presentation to the WCA 
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The GMVA is making a presentation to the Woodlands Community Association
Board on Wednesday, August 13th requesting financial support to help sustain and grow the Farmer's Market for our community.  We welcome your support in this effort and invite you to either send us your testimonials regarding your experiences with the local Farmer's Market or come to the meeting on the 13th and sign-up to give a brief statement to this effect.  The WCA meeting begins at 7 PM that evening and takes place in the large board room at the Community Associations Building at
2201 Lake Woodlands Drive.
 
Please send your comments to suggestions@gmva.org.
Farmer's Market Will Return for a Fall Season 
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The Grogan's Mill Village Association thanks all of the loyal supporters of our first Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market that just concluded the Spring season. 
 
We will be returning in the Fall, in our same location, starting on Saturday, October 4th and running for the next 10 weeks, ending on Saturday, December 6th.  Hours will remain 8 AM to 12 Noon. 
 
Again, we appreciate all of you coming out to our initial Farmer's Market and look forward to seeing you again in the Fall.
August Yard of the Month
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August 2008 Yard of the Month
Homer and Cheryl Dunn have lived in their home in Grogan's Mill for the past eight years. Cheryl reports that Homer deserves all of the credit for their yard. He spends many hours gardening and is creative with spot watering. He uses soaker hoses and containers to insure deep water to plants that need it while not watering the yard as a whole.
He chooses plants with an eye to color throughout the year. He, also, incorporates an herb garden in the front yard to provide fresh herbs for cooking during the spring and summer months. This year his herb garden included Basil, Silver Lemon Thyme, Dill, Texas Tarragon, Pineapple Sage, Italian and Greek Oregano, Rosemary and Lemon Balm.  
August is a challenging month for the yard and time is spent keeping things alive as well as preparing beds for fall plants. Homer is proud of this work, but states that he is fortunate to live in an area where many people take pride in their yards and work very hard to make the neighborhood look lovely all year long. He enjoys sharing plants and information with neighbors.
 
The August 2008 GMVA Yard Of The Month was selected by Donna Gossett. 
See an Astros Game with the GMVA
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On Saturday, September 13, GMVA along with other Village Associations, will be providing a bus to take GMV residents to the Astro's night game (6pm) against the Chicago Cubs.  Tickets are priced at $13; the bus is free. This year the GMV bus will be shared with Panther Creek Village and will leave from the Panther Creek Village Center at 4:30 pm. Because we will only have 28 tickets available they will go fast.  Contact Joe Giovanniello at (281) 363-2698 to get your tickets.
Tell Us What You Want to See
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WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE IN OUR NEWSLETTER AND ON OUR WEB SITE. Please let us know what you want to see in the newsletter. List of resident recommended service providers, invitations to join food co-ops, help wanted ads, lists of baby sitters recommended by residents, comments on the political situation in the Woodlands. Would you like to meet the store owners and managers at the shopping center? Let us know by sending your suggestions to suggestions@gmva.org.
Is Your Cul-de-sac an Orphan? 
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In Grogan's Mill we have over 200 cul-de-sacs. A few of them are known as super cul-de-sacs, which are generally found at the entrance to subdivisions and are maintained by the Community Association from your assessment dollars.  The vast majority, such as those found at the end of streets, have been deeded to the county as part of the right-of-way, and are not maintained unless it is by the home owners on the street.  While some of these cul-de-sacs are well maintained most are neglected and do nothing to improve home values - these are the ORPHANS.  
 
The Grogan's Mill Village Association is asking residents to take action and get involved in long-term cul-de-sacs maintenance programs. The association is establishing a Cul-de-sacs Revitalization contest which will start this year and culminate in 2009. A prize will be awarded to the winning cul-de-sacs. In the near future an application and guidelines for the contest will be posted on the GMVA website:  www.grogansmillvillage.com.  
 
If you have any ideas for this project please submit them by email to: suggestions@gmva.org or submit them by mail to GMVA, PO Box 7522, The Woodlands, TX 77387-7522.
Report Infrastructure Problems
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The GMVA would like to compile a list of infrastructure problems in Grogan's Mill.  We need your eyes and ears to help us, though.  If you see something broken in your neighborhood, such as a broken curb, broken sign, broken mailbox, etc., please contact any Board member or write to us at suggestions@gmva.org.  You will be helping out your entire village with just a few sentences.
Chris Nunes to Speak at August GMVA Meeting
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Chris Nunes, the Director of Parks and Recreation, will attend the August 18th GMVA meeting at 6:30PM to report on what actions are being taken at Sawmill Park.  
 
See the entire agenda on the GMVA Web site.
 
If you have questions or comments please send them to suggestions@gmva.org.
West Nile Virus Alert
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Environmental Services-- West Nile + mosquito pool confirmed

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently reported the first positive pool of West Nile MOSQUITOES (+WNv) in The Woodlands for 2008. The sample was collected during the week of July 14 surveillance. Over 250 sites in the community have already been monitored this season.   We remind residents West Nile virus is endemic to our area. If you must be outside during the dusk to dawn hours when the disease-carrying Culex quinquefasciatus is active, remember to wear long, loose, light clothing and apply repellent.  

See www.thewoodlandsassociations.org and click Environmental Services then Mosquito Information for more recommendations, or call Environmental Services at 281.210.3900.
Nick Ransford Returns to GM Shopping Center 
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Welcome back Nick Ransford!  He is back as the manager of the Beverage Shoppe in the Grogan's Mill Shopping Center. He is looking forward to seeing all of his customers. 
N-Style Salon August Specials
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Kid's wet cut - $12.00 (12 yrs & younger) 
Perm & Haircut Combo - $10.00 OFF - Starts @ $80.00 less $10.00 = $70.00 (short hair), style not included - (long and thick hair - extra)
 
T ZONE HIGHLIGHT - $65.00 - (1 color = 10 foils) includes haircut and blowdry

SHIVA Products - 20% Off  - including Tourmaline Flat Iron Pro - reg. price $84.00
 
EXPERIENCED HAIR STYLIST NEEDED - COMMISIONS OR BOOTH RENTAL 
Personal Recommendation
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We at the GMVA would like to provide information that may be useful to our residents.  Bruce Cunningham had a great experience at a local acupunturist.  If you have something great to say about a Grogan's Mill business, please let us know so we can share with other residents.
 
My arm has not been fully functional since I had a biking accident a couple of years ago.  I could not reach to get a glass out of the cupboard. My MD said it was a damaged nerve and there was nothing he could do about it.   Recently, after some exercise it got significantly worse. My Pilates instructor, seeing my plight, asked if I had ever tried acupuncture. In my more than 70 years I had not, I thought it sounded kind of unbelievable.   My instructor is very professional and understands the muscle and bone structure of the body. I decided to give it a try. It worked beyond my expectations, after one treatment I was able to use my arm, after three it is back to normal.  It is great to be mobile again.
 
--Bruce Cunningham
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