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February 2004


Meeting This Month


February 26, 2004 at 7:00 pm


At Seven Oaks Elementary School


6:30 pm set up and get everything ready


7:00 pm meeting


8:00 pm after meeting social and clean up




8:30 pm out of the building so it can be locked




Hello Everyone

If you are new to our neighborhood: Welcome!  We have 4 meetings a year.  Please join us at Seven Oaks Elementary School on Thursday Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm.  The school is on Ashland Rd. behind the McDonalds on St. Andrews Rd. 

Another year has started and it feels like it is getting warmer.  Spring is around the corner.  With the bad weather behind us and yard work beginning for the new year.  I have posted the Lexington County Solid Waste Regulations on the web site.  I will also have a limited number of copies available at the meeting.  Remember the people who pick up our solid waste have restrictions on what they will take.  One is tree limbs larger than 4 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length will not be picked up.  Also leaves and grass clippings must be in bags or cans with a limit of 25 bags per week.  The closest solid waste collection site is on Old Bush River Rd.  They will take small appliances, TVís and other large items that they will not pick up at the curb. 

When you have visitors, please caution them about parking on neighborís property or blocking driveways.  I had a problem this week.  I was passing a car parked on the side of the road, on a hill and met an oncoming car.  We didnít hit the car but it was very close.  Other neighborhood residents have complained about people parking in a way that creates safety hazards.  When parking, please be considerate of traffic that must pass. 

Now that the weather is warm, many of us are walking off the winter pounds.  Watch for residents and children in our streets.  The speed limit is 25 MPH.  I have asked Dave Arnold to schedule random traffic checks on our streets.  Hopefully our speed limit signs will be here soon. 

With summer quickly approaching I would like to resume the Yard of the Month award.  Would anyone interested in volunteering to be on the selection committee and/or in charge of the committee please contact me.

As the weather warms up, we are starting to see the insect population awaken.  Mosquitoes are a particular menace in our area.  The state health department has received reports of confirmed cases of several types of mosquito-borne diseases.  The best preventive measure is to cut down on the mosquitoes in an area.  Water can collect in many different containers allowing mosquitoes to breed.  Regularly check any places that water may collect, such as plant containers or other open containers left in the yard to make sure they remain empty.  We donít need any more of the pesky critters! 

Notes from the Nurse:  February is designated American Heart Month.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death for adults in South Carolina.  I encourage all residents who are able to add some physical activity to your daily routine.  A gentle walk is a good way for many people to start.  Add a minute every day or so to your walk until you are walking at least 30 minutes each day.  More information can be obtained on American Heart Month activities from the American Heart Association. 

Another heart healthy tip is to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Itís even better if you can eat 9-10 servings a day.  Remember, a serving for most fruits and vegetables is only half a cup.  Four oz of fruit juice at breakfast, a sandwich with a generous helping of lettuce and tomato along with a fruit cup or slaw at lunch, an afternoon snack of carrot sticks with a low-fat dip, and a supper that includes green and yellow vegetable such as broccoli and a small sweet potato provide at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day.  Increase the size of each Ĺ cup serving to 1 cup servings and youíve eaten 10 serving for the day.  Many fast food restaurants are beginning to offer fruit and vegetable offerings with meals, so even if you are constantly on-the-go, you can make good food choices.

See you all there.








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