June 1, 2009
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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter

June 1, 2009

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in this issue
Come to the GMVA Wine and Cheese Party
Revised Bylaws Approved
Farmer's Market Signs Stolen
June Yard of the Month Winner
Would You Like a Dog Park?
Sawmill Parking Lot and Pathway Closure
New Equipment for Parks
Pool Season Begins
ISO Rating Could Affect Your Home-owner's Insurance
SH242 Expansion
Concert-in-the-Park Summer Series Begins
The Beverage Shoppe
Quick Links...
Contact Information
Greetings!
 
The GMVA Board would like to welcome our new subscribers.
 
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.
Come to the GMVA Wine and Cheese Party 
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The Grogan's Mill Village Association will hold a free "vino e formaggio" (wine and cheese) party on Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 till 7 PM. It will be held in the GM shopping center under the eaves in the area between the Morena Martial Arts Institute and Village Nails. We want you to come and meet new people, have some fun, and find out what is going on in the community.  Our system of local government is changing and your village association is going to be your direct representative to The Woodlands Township government.  While you are invited to just show up, we would appreciate it if you would let us know if you are interested so we can estimate the head count.  Please let us know at party@gmva.org.  We will send you a reminder.  
Revised Bylaws Approved 
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The GMVA approved the Revised Bylaws at the May meeting of the Board.  The Bylaws are posted on our website at www.grogansmillvillage.com.  Two changes in Board positions were also made at the same May meeting.  Nick Ransford, who has served as Area Representative for the past three years tendered his resignation from the Board.  Nick has been a tremendous help in so many ways to the Board, especially as our liaison with the Merchant's Association at the Grogan's Mill Village Center.  We will certainly miss seeing Nick on a regular basis, but are glad that he will remain as one of our volunteers for future events.  Bob Leilich, who has already volunteered numerous times for GMVA projects and events, was elected unanimously to replace Nick on the Board.  Also elected unanimously to a new position on the GMVA Board is our immediate past-President, Bruce Cunningham.  Bruce will serve as Vice President of Governmental Affairs, and as such will represent GMVA and our resident's interests to The Woodlands Township.
Farmer's Market Signs Stolen 
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On Saturday, May 30, five of the directional signs for the Farmer's Market were stolen by someone who is irritated about signs.  Three of them were on the private property of the GM Center.  The individual who did it is a white male, mid-40's, five foot nine, dark hair and a beard.  If you have any information on this individual we would appreciate if if you would let us know. 
June Yard of the Month Winner Announced
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June 2009 Yard of the MonthTony & Laura Catania - South Red Cedar Circle

Tony & Laura Catania have lived in Grogan's Mill since February 1978. Hurricane Ike did extensive damage to their yard. Laura, with the assistance of their good friend, Heather Wassaf, redesigned
their front yard layout and they are looking forward to watching  it develop over the coming years. Yard plantings include: Red Oak, Chinese Pistash, White Dogwood, Wax Myrtle, Encore Azaleas, Gardenias, African Iris and Loropetalums. Congratulations to the Catanias. 

The Yard of the Month and additional yards chosen for special recognition were selected by Chris Wren.
Would You Like a Dog Park? 
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It has been proposed to the Woodlands Community Association Board of Directors that consideration be given and construction funds allocated for a Dog Park in Grogan's Mill Village.  The proposed Dog Park would be located at one of our current parks: either Tamarac Park or Sawmill Park.  If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact us under the "suggestions" section at our website www.grogansmillvillage.com. or stop by the GMVA table at the Farmer's Market for more information.
Sawmill Parking Lot Closed and Pathway Closure 
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A message from the Parks and Recreation Department:
 
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Sawmill Parking lot is still closed for construction. It will be closed for the month of May.   Sawmill pool is open weekends only, until the regular pool season begins on Friday, June 5. Pool Patrons will be directed via signage to park at the First Baptist Church of The Woodlands adjacent to the park.
 
Also, Until further notice, the pathway section from Sawdust Rd to the Nature Trail in the Village of Grogan's Mill is closed due to a pathway bridge collapsing. Staff is working on a plan to repair the bridge.

The Community Associations of The Woodlands apologizes for any inconvenience this will cause.
New Equipment for Parks
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The Woodlands Community Association awarded a bid at the May 13 meeting for Wheel-friendly areas.  $100,000 will be used to replace equipment for Creekwood and Tamarac parks.
Pool Season Begins 
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2009 Pool Season Community pools opened for the preseason on Saturday, May 9. Bear Branch, Cranebrook, Creekwood, Falconwing, Harper's Landing, Rob Fleming, Sawmill and Windvale Pools will be open on weekends only until the regular pool season begins on Friday, June 5. Hours are Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. In addition to weekend-only use, Bear Branch Pool will be open daily (except Wednesdays) from noon to 6 p.m. during the pre-season. For the full schedule, visit www.thewoodlandsassociations.org, click on Parks and Recreation, then Pools and Aquatics

ISO Rate Effective June 1
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Effective June 1, 2009, The Woodlands Fire Department will be officially classified as Public Protection Class 2, commonly referred to as ISO 2, according to the Insurance Services Office and the Texas Department of Insurance. It is approximated that a homeowner's premium may reduce in cost by six to eight percent, depending on the insurance company, however each insurance company varies as to the percentage of decrease due to this new rating.
 
If you have questions about your policy and rates, please contact your local insurance provider after June 1, 2009. The Woodlands Fire Department will have a form letter for residents in need of verification to insurance companies.  
SH 242 Expansion 
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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) intends to hold a public meeting in The Woodlands to reveal plans to widen the section of SH 242 from IH-45 to FM 1488. The meeting will be held June 11 at The Woodlands High School College Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
 
TxDOT will have preliminary site plans available at the meeting for public review and comment. This is the first step in the lengthy process to expand the number of lanes on SH 242. However, there is no firm schedule or funding for SH 242 construction at this time.
Concert-in-the-Park Summer Series 
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Concert-in-the-Park Summer Series - June 7 through July 5, Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Northshore Park, located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive. Concerts are free and open to the public.
See the schedule for this and other events on the GMVA Web site.
The Beverage Shoppe 
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The Beverage Shoppe currently has over 33 different items on SALE from Vodka, to Tequila. Visit The Beverage Shoppe in the Grogan's Mill Village shopping center: "We Keep Your Summer Fun In Good Spirits".
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