Village News, 9/30/21

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

Some eagle-eyed, fact-checking sharpshooters saw my error in the last enews. To set the record straight, we had not been in an early Indian Summer as I suggested in the 23 September edition. Indian Summers occur after summer ends (22 September) and normally after the first frost. My bad and certainly hope I didn’t contribute to climate change or global warming. At least I know that some read the enews even if your interest is just finding “gotchas”. Note - This intro was meant to be humorous; holster your shooting irons if you don’t think it is. But it would be a better community resource if more would contribute joyous family news (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, promotion, graduation, etc) or articles might be of interest to others. How ‘bout it?

1. CAWSV Membership – we’re getting there, only 120 short of funding objective. Please let me know if you have new neighbors and encourage them to send me their contact information. We’ll send another hard copy letter mid-October and want to include new residents who may have not received the last one we sent early August.  

2. No Excuse Needed Early Voting - All registered voters can vote early starting 17 September. Currently you may cast your ballots at:

More sites will open 21 October to include the West Springfield Governmental Center at 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield 22152. Remember, you can also vote by mail and return via mail or via ballot drop box.

Old fashioned, regular voting at normal polling stations is on 2 November. Rolling Valley ES is the polling station for those on the west side of Rolling Road, West Springfield ES for those on the east of RR. More on early voting can be found here.

3. Fairfax Peak – plans to convert part of the I-95 Landfill Mountain to a recreation destination anchored by an indoor ski facility, hotel, with other complimentary recreational facilities, as listed below: 

  • Multiple ski slopes, inside a structure, at approximately a 20-degree angle, including a slope compliant with the Fédération Internationale de Ski’s standards, ensuring it can be used for competitions. 
  • A specially designed area for skiing and snowboarding with a variety of ramps, jumps, rails, boxes and other features, capable for use in national snowboarding and freestyle skiing competitions.
  • A bunny slope for beginners, snow tubing run and area for skiers and snowboarders to perform tricks. 
  • Restaurant, ski shop and dining terrace at the summit.
  • A hotel at the base of the indoor snow facility. 
  • A gravity-powered, mountain coaster that will slide from the summit to Occoquan Regional Park. And, 
  • A ropes course and other outdoor activity areas.

More can be found here:  Fairfax Peak | Department of Economic Initiatives (

Rendering of Fairfax Peak

4. CAWSV Board of Directors – We need new Board of Directors (BOD) members. Some on the current BOD may be willing to continue, but a couple of us need to transfer the responsibility while we are still here and can help the incoming person. It would be helpful to have a Board Member from the east side of Rolling Road. It isn’t hard or time consuming; I guarantee - but may be good for the health of our organization to have some transition, continuity time. Give it some thought and let’s talk.

5. Calendar:

  • 9 October – Oktoberfest at Village West Pool
  • 14 October – Village Meeting, 7:30 PM, vote to Ratify FY21 Audit Report, vote to pass a FY22 Budget Proposal with markups if/as needed and vote to elect new Board of Directors.
  • 1 November – end of the FY22 CAWSV membership drive – will you be in?
  • 2 November – Election Day
  • 7 November – daylight savings time ends

6. OKTOBERFEST - Food - Beer/Wine - Games - Prizes - Photo Props - Music - Raffles – all at the Village West Pool, Saturday, 9 October 9 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM (rain date 10 October, same time). This event is open to all, so invite your friends and neighbors! For questions or ticketing assistance, contact

Get your Oktoberfest tickets now! For more details and to purchase tickets, go to the Village West Pool website,

This will be a super-fun family event that raises money for the pool... to be used for additional chairs and tables, and shade for the baby pool. Presale items are available through the website until noon on Friday, 8 October. Even if you can’t come, you can still enter raffles or just donate!

Here's what's in store:

  • FOOD/SNACKS/BEER/WINE - Bratwurst (reg & veggie) - Hot Dogs - Lots of Side Dishes - German-themed Desserts - Pretzels - Popcorn - Beer - Wine - Soda
  • GAMES & ACTIVITIES - Corn Hole - Yard Jenga - Throw Throw Burrito - Coloring - Temp Tattoos - Make a Corn Husk Doll - and more!
  • CONTESTS - Win Prizes! - Stein Hoist - Yodelling - Sausage Toss
  • RAFFLES – Winner need not be present to in! Put your raffle ticket(s) in the jar next to the prize you want to win! Prizes include:

Pool Pavilion Rental, Try Scuba Course, German Beer & Goodie Basket, CPR Course, Wine Basket, Restaurant Gift Certificates, ThinkFun Toy Basket - Vikings Swim Team Membership - Picnic Bag with Catered Picnic - Little Vikings Learn to Swim Program - Sailing Trip on the Chesapeake, Weekend Cabin Rental at Deep Creek Lake.

Can't come to the event? Email us at and we'll put your entries in for you! On the presale ticketing page, you can:

  • Get the discounted presale price for the full meal package (includes food, games, entry + one raffle ticket)
  • Purchase an entry ticket (no food, includes one raffle ticket)
  • Purchase extra raffle tickets at a presale discount
  • Donate to the pool!

This event is open to all, so invite your friends and neighbors! For questions or ticketing assistance, contact

7. House Cleaning - Lidia (Betty) Palacios has cleaned my home for a very long time. She has other village references and is remarkably thorough and honest. She will clean your home before and / or after a family celebration, once each week, twice a month or monthly. Prices vary with frequency but are very reasonable and competitive. She is at 571/241-7133 or by email at

8. Barking Dogs – Our dog (Sadiqi) is just as guilty as others, but it is my wife’s and my responsibility to not let her out knowing she’ll bark during quiet hours. (10:00 PM – 7:00 AM). It is also against county code for a dog to be allowed to bark for more than 5 consecutive minutes or nonconsecutive minutes in any 10-minute period. 

9. Scams – anyone else getting the “alerts” from someone claiming to represent Verizon that your account is to be terminated unless you contact them with all your personal data and promise of your first male born child. Dick Cheslock reported that another one has resurfaced where someone you “know” sends you an email asking to help him/her obtain a gift card for his/her friend who is gravely ill. They apparently had seized or hacked into that person’s computer, your friend - and sending that message to all in the contact list. They can be convincing and will prey upon your willingness to help others. Be warned and beware!

Stay safe and enjoy this cooler weather!

John Cooley


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