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Meridian Ranch Community Directory
Butch Gabrielski
Wayne Reorda
Newsletter Sponsor Thank you to Antler Creek Golf Course, CreekView
Grill, DRC No. 1 and DRC No. 2 for their sponsorship of
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A publication of The Meridian Service
Metropolitan District
Rec Center News Ongoing October Events & Activities
• Swim lessons for all ages - group lessons and private lessons available.
• Gymnastics for all ages and abilities with new coach Desiree Pounds; call front desk for more info
•Women on Weights - Small group weight training facilitated by Personal Trainer, Sarah Aldrich. *Two classes available
• Adult Pickleball - Wednesdays 9:30 am - Noon
• Adult Open Gym Volleyball - Thursdays 6-8 pm
• Ballet and Jazz classes starting October 3rd on Tuesdays and Thursdays
• Mini-camps October 10th, 12th, 17th and 18th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
• Trunk or Treat - October 28th from 1:00-2:30 pm We need Trunkers! Sign up at the Recreation Center.
John Wilson, from Duke University, defines volunteering as “any activity in which time is given freely to benefit another person, group or cause.” The YMCA operates on volunteerism. Below is a snapshot of the Y and its volunteering efforts.
Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive personal and social change.
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
• Lead our boards of directors and committees
• Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
• Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes
• Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices and the pursuit of higher education and goals
• Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
• Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
• Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors
October Active Older Adult Events
• 2nd and 4th Wednesday @ 5:00 pm; Quilting Club
• Lunch Out - 1st [email protected] 1:00 pm at Carrabas
• Potluck - 3rd Thursday @ 12:15 pm
• 1st Thursday @ 12:30 pm and 3rd Thursday @ 1:30 pm; Pinochle.
• 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 12:30 pm; Mexican Train (a dominos game)
• Did you know that if you have an insurance policy that covers SilverSneakers that you may come and take any SilverSneakers classes that we offer at no cost? You need not be a resident of Meridian Ranch. Come check us out! We’d love to meet you.
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“We've used Chris for many years now, for multiple transactions. He's amazing and highly recommended. His laid back personality certainly
helps in stressful situations - but at the same time, he is a fantastic
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He's honest, genuine, and very good at his job. He's also just a really great
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It’s that time of year where budgets are being planned and approved for 2018. The annual assessment will be mailed out in November for payment January 1, 2018. Did you relocate this year? Perhaps you moved and have a tenant residing in your home, or a property manager checking on your mail. Did the DRC receive your change of address? It is the owners’ responsibility to pay the annual assessment.
NEW LOCKBOX ADDRESS: If you use bill pay to pay the DRC annual assessment, please note there is a NEW address- please make the necessary adjustment with the bank, so the payment can be processed in a timely manner.
Meridian Ranch DRC no 1 or DRC no 2
c/o The Warren Management Group, Inc
PO Box 98035
Phoenix, AZ 85038-8035
As noted in the Covenants and Restrictions for each DRC:
Assessments: Section 4.22 for DRC no. 1 and Section 5.1 for DRC no. 2 of the Declaration establishes an obligation upon each Owner of property to pay assessments to the DRC.
Section 4.23 for DRC no. 1 and Section 5.2 for DRC no. 2 of the Declaration
Assessments are used for the purpose of:
*promoting the health, safety, and welfare of the Owners, to protect and enhance the value of the Lots in the Property, and to provide the funds necessary to enforce the terms and conditions of the Covenants.
Remember ALL Improvements must be submitted and approved prior to installation! This includes fences.
Governing Documents can be found on the website:
Questions? Please contact your Meridian Ranch DRC Management Team:
Jamie Adams, CMCA, AMS, PCAM - Managing Agent
[email protected]
[email protected]
October 8-14, 2017 is Fire Prevention Week
“Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
If a fire breaks out in your home, can you and your family members safely escape in time?
Modern fires burn hotter and faster than ever before. “Lightweight” construction materials and the synthetics used in modern furnishings and belongings contribute to rapid fire spread and produce deadly toxins when they burn. That’s why it’s important to have working smoke alarms and an escape plan for your home.
For this year’s Fire Prevention Week, the Falcon Fire Protection District would like all residents to do some simple things that go a long way toward keeping your family safe.
1. Make sure working smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area.
• Properly working smoke alarms provide early warning of a fire so you can escape.
• Smoke alarms should have fresh batteries.
• Alarms need to be replaced if they are more than ten years old.
• Test alarms monthly (don’t forget to notify your alarm company in advance!).
2. Create an escape plan for your home.
• Draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
• Practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with
everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Stay connected:
Facebook: @FalconFireDepartment
Twitter: @FalconFireDept
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1
Fall Basketball registration begins
Dance Classes Start! See the front desk
for times.
for times.
for times.
6 AOA Lunch Out at Carrabba's
1:00 pm
7 Flick-N-Float
6:00 pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
11 Pickleball
Barre Class 5:00 pm
13 14
Pilates/Cardio Fusion Class
AOA Potluck 12:15 pm
AOA Pinochle 1:30 pm
Barre Class 5:00 pm
20 Parents Night Out 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Dance Class
Barre Class 5:00 pm
1:00 – 2:30 pm
5:00 pm
October 2017 EVERY Wednesday is Ladies Night @ the CreekView Grill from 4 pm until Close
EVERY Thursday, Kids eat for Free w/ a paying adult. Dine –in only at the CreekView Grill
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As a premier real estate agent in Colorado Springs, I’m here to provide you with all the resources and information you need to buy or sell real estate. I work with with buyers and sellers in Colorado Springs, Peyton, Monument, Castle Rock, Woodland Park and the surrounding areas. I’ve had extensive training in the latest real estate marketing strategies. I’m confident that I can offer you knowledge and tools most other agents can’t.
Contact me so I can keep you updated on the latest real estate activities in our community and answer any questions you may have. I look forward to assisting in all of your real estate needs!
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Halloween Safety Tips For The Whole Family Below are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to reduce the risk of injury.
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility. Make sure shoes fit and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
• Masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, so try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long as they may easily hurt themselves if they stumble or trip.
• Small children should never carve pumpkins. Have your children draw a face on the pumpkin with markers and then parents can do the cutting.
•Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.
• To keep visiting trick-or-treaters safe, you should remove from the porch and walkway anything a child could trip over such as hoses, toys, bikes and
lawn decorations. Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
• Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
• Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Also, have them carry their cell phone and agree on a specific time when they should return home.
• Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys. Only cross the street in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or driveways.
• Only go to homes with a porch light on and NEVER ENTER A HOME OR CAR FOR A TREAT.
If you’re trick-or-treating, you should remember these tips:
• Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home. Tell children not to accept—or eat— anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect wrapped treats for signs of tampering and throw away anything that looks suspicious.
• Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
• Please don’t leave animals unattended outdoors on Halloween, the noise and pedestrian traffic can be unsettling to some. If you don’t plan to be home with your pet this Halloween, be sure they’re comfortable in the house. Try keeping your pets in the back of the house and turning on some background noise like the TV or radio. If you plan on staying home and hand out candy be sure to restrain pets so they do not inadvertently try to escape, jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
• Treats can be harmful or fatal to pets, they can choke on the wrappers, and chocolate is poisonous to both dogs and cats. Please don’t feed candy to animals.
• Keep pets away from candle-lit jack o’lanterns, the candles can burn a pets’ nose and/or light fur on fire.
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Students Surprised by Mom's Early Return From Deployment By Matt Meister, Director of Communications
U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Dorothy Anderson-Burrs, was greeted by her husband, Robert, Aug. 8 at Peterson Air Force Base after returning from a seven-month deployment from Qatar. He told her that she had somewhere to be. A special surprise reunion was set up at Meridian Ranch Elementary School because her daughters didn't expect her home until the end of the month.
“I came up with the idea because I wanted to recognize my wife because of all the service she does for our country,” said Robert Burrs. Mr. Burrs and the school coordinated a reunion during an art class. Students were told that a renowned artist had traveled the world and was going to share experiences with them.
Eliana Burrs, third-grader, appeared puzzled when she heard who the special guest speaker really was. When she saw her mom, she jumped from her seat and sprinted into her mom's open arms. Eliana's sister, Eve, was called over to the class from Falcon Middle School for the special surprise. Their older brother was present too.
“When you do get home, these are the times that make all the difference in the world," said Master Sgt. Anderson-Burrs. "It makes a difference to be able to come back to your kids, come back to your husband, come back to a community that supports you so much.” The moment served as a reminder of the sacrifices all men and women who serve make every day.
“Stay encouraged," said Master Sgt. Anderson-Burrs, speaking to others serving away from their family. "A lot of times, we lose sight as to why we are there, but family is one thing and reason to get you through it. It’s one thing that’s going to bring you home.” A family dinner was at the top of their list of things to do after being reunited. Master Sgt. Anderson-Burrs is part of the 21st Space Wing, 4th Space Control Squadron (4SPCS).
Eliana Burrs, 7, a third- grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary School, jumps into her mother's arms Aug. 7 during a surprise reunion. Master Sgt. Anderson-Burrs is part of the 21st Space Wing, 4th Space Control Squadron (4SPCS) and returned from a deployment in Qatar several weeks early.
Getting your landscaping
ready for winter: With winter right around the corner, there are several things you can do to keep your landscaping healthy, as well as protect your irrigation system. October can be a good month to plant shrubs and trees prior to the ground freezing. With proper care, the plant material will come out of winter ready to blossom and thrive. Make sure to water your landscaping as needed during the winter with a garden hose. Your lawn will need one last fertilization prior to the shutdown of your irrigation system. This will help it come out of dormancy in the spring ready to thrive. Your lawn should be cut a little bit taller before and through winter to help it maintain moisture. In the month of October temperatures can dip below freezing with good chances for snow. Watch the weather forecast and when the temperature drops below freezing, make sure to shut down and drain your irrigation system to prevent damage to it or to your house. A broken pipe will not only cost you loss of water, but potentially expensive repairs.
Garden Tips • Time to plant garlic! Garlic is a Fall bulb and you harvest it in the summer. Check out your local garden center for some great selections of garlic. There are some great varieties from other countries. There are different colors and flavors. It's interesting all the different types of garlic that are offered. I wouldn't trust the garlic you buy at the grocery store for planting. If it's organic you should be able to use it because you know it hasn't been treated.
•Plant spring bulbs! Take some tulip and daffodil bulbs and put them in plastic pots and make the soil damp (not soggy or too wet). Keep them in a cool dark place over winter. If they get extremely dry you can add a little water. Not a lot. You don't want them to start growing but you don't want them to shrivel up either. Come mid-to-late March you can start watering them and you will have an early pot of spring flowers.
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Falcon Sprinkler Winterization SPRINKLER BLOWOUTS!
Don’t get caught having your…