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For the past few months, people have been forced to
cancel or postpone reservations of the Mallard Bay clubhouse for social
functions due to a statewide requirement limiting the number of
participants to 10 people. As of June 6, that limitation
will be raised to 50, which means, any function involving 50 or fewer
people in attendance, will be eligible for a reservation, assuming the
requested date has not already been taken.
here for a copy of the Executive Order that authorizes, among other
things, the number change and please let me know if you have any
questions. - Scott McGuire, 703-298-1192 (cell)
posted June 2
At approximately 4:45 pm, the afternoon
of Sunday, May 31, a Mallard Bay resident was in Kilmarnock and observed
a peaceful march of some 100 people moving from the vicinity of Tri-Star
Market east on Irvington Road then north on Main Street. Marchers
carried signs indicating the purpose was to protest the death of
George Floyd in Minneapolis.
At least two merchants on Main Street
were observed standing outside their places of business. Among others, the Kilmarnock Wal-Mart,
Food Lion and CVS Pharmacy were closed. Lancaster County Sheriff's
Office personnel were observed on the scene during the demonstration.
At any time, readers of this website are
encouraged to report verifiable first-hand reports of sightings of occurrences
of safety interest to members of the Mallard Bay community. Please
contact me with reports at 703-298-1192 for possible
inclusion on this website. - Scott McGuire
posted May 31
I recently received a warning concerning a story that there are folks
going around neighborhoods claiming to be representatives of the
"The Department of Home Affairs" (There is no such
organization in the U.S Government.) who are involved in taking a census
but, in reality, are intent on committing crimes at the residences they
visit. According to the U.S.
Bureau of the Census:
"There is a false rumor circulating online that individuals
posing as workers for the "Department of Home Affairs" are
going door-to-door to confirm that everyone has a valid ID for the
2020 Census - and committing crimes at homes they are pretending to
canvass. This is a hoax that originated overseas. The truth is, there
are not any census employees in neighborhoods across the country due
to our suspension of all field operations through April 29.
"When census employees do visit neighborhoods later this year,
they will not ask the public for any identification. Furthermore, it
should be noted that the United States does not have a Department
of Home Affairs. Besides not asking the public for any
identification, the Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social
Security number, your bank account information, your credit card
numbers, or for money and/or donations during the 2020 Census.
"If you'd like to verify that someone in your neighborhood is an
actual census taker, you can use the following information to help you
avoid any potential scams: What will a census taker be wearing when he
or she comes to visit? Census takers will have badges and briefcases
indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They may knock on
doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address for
inclusion in the census. Census takers will introduce themselves as a
Census Bureau employee, show their official Department of Commerce ID
badge, and explain the purpose of the visit.
"If you still have questions about their identity, you can call
800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative."
Scott McGuire, Webmaster
posted May 31
new family has moved into Mallard Bay next to and literally on top of
Webfoot pond (the upper pond on Mallard Bay Drive). They are Mr.
and Mrs. Canuck and Canadia deGeese, along with their
newly born quadruplets, Huey, Louie, Dewey and Zerelda.
Please welcome them to our community. When engaging them in
conversation, however, be aware they are particularly sensitive when
topics veer toward that of "Christmas Dinner" and "pâté
de fois gras".
Many thanks to Donald Mitchell for the
posted May 22
Just in time for our swimming pool
opening, the U.S. Center for Disease Control has issued guidelines for
pool use in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance is
contained in an article published in USA Today on May 20 and is well
worth reading. Many thanks to Sharon Hunt for
calling it to our attention.
here to read the article.
posted May 22
Probably because of the Corona virus and the attendant
quarantine, interest this year in when the Mallard Bay swimming pool
will be open has been unusually high.
Since May 9, several of our neighbors have been busy
getting the the pool and deck furniture ready for use. Now, a week
later, the day has arrived for the beginning of the 2020 season. THE
POOL IS OPEN!!
contributing to the effort were:
Mitchell, Coral Horton,
In the past week, these volunteers removed, folded and stored
the pool cover, removed leaves and branches from
the surface and bottom of the pool, brought the water level up to
replace that lost over the winter, added, tested, and verified the necessary
sanitizing chemicals in the water, checked the mechanics of the pool for
proper functioning, run the pool pumps to filter and clarify the water,
brought the pool temperature up to a comfortable
level, and cleaned the pool deck and furniture.
Additionally, this year, because of the virus quarantine measures,
Paul Malloy came up with a plan to use the pool and obey the legal restrictions at the same time.
When asked to comment, he modestly said "All I had to do was know
how to count to 10." Well ... not exactly. Paul has laid out placement of pool
deck furniture to provide the required six feet of social distance of
the 10 people who are permitted to be using the pool and deck at one
For those new to the community, please refer to the
"Swimming Pool" tab at the left for a complete list of
requirements for using the pool.
Please take a moment to thank our dedicated neighbors whose
labor and expertise has contributed to everyone's enjoyment of our pool.
posted May 16
the Mallard Bay clubhouse is not actually in use, all the doors into it
should be locked. Recently, on several occasions, the doors
between the restrooms and the interior of the clubhouse have been found
to be unlocked. As a reminder:
Each restroom has two doors:
One is between the restroom and the outside
deck. This one is always left unlocked to allow direct
access from outside the building.
One is between the restroom and the clubhouse
interior. This door is left locked to keep people using the
restroom from entering the clubhouse.
If you are inside the clubhouse and wish to use the
restroom, first unlock the door by turning the small round thumb turn in
the center of the doorknob to the the vertical or UNLOCKED
position. (The doorknob displayed here has its thumb turn in the
horizontal or LOCKED position.) This is done so that when you're
finished in the restroom and wish to return to the clubhouse, you won't
be locked out.
After you're back inside the clubhouse, return the
thumb turn to the horizontal position and before vacating the clubhouse,
please check to insure the doors to both restrooms are locked.
posted May 13
The floor at the Mallard Bay Clubhouse is
abused by probably the most wear and tear of any other single item there, so
every three years, the Board of Directors hires a contractor to clean it
up and spread a layer of sealant on it.
This year, the job was
done on Friday, May 8. It consisted of moving all the heavy furniture
onto the front porch, sanding, mopping and sealing the result. The
sealant takes a couple days to dry, so the clubhouse remained closed
to foot traffic until Sunday, May 10.
After the floor had dried, a crew
consisting of Marshall Sebra, Paul Malloy, Mary
McGuire, Blaine Swank, Bob Mitchell,
and Jeanne Widenmyer moved furniture from the front porch
to their proper positions. They also moved chairs and small tables
stored in from the kitchen and restrooms and reinstalled registers in
the floor. With some effort, members of the group also
repositioned the clubhouse gas barbeque grill back onto the clubhouse
deck. Sincere thanks to all who helped out.
posted May 8
It's remarkable what some gravel and hedge
clippers will do to brighten up the scenery. The Mallard Bay Board
of Directors contracted with a local tree removal company to improve the
looks of the boat dock area and the clubhouse parking lot.
On May 7, a load of pea gravel was spread on the
pedestrian path that leads from the boat launch parking lot past the
kayak rack to the boggy patch just at the beginning of the crabbing
pier. Not only does it look better, now you'll have a much harder
time coming back with muddy shoes.
At the same time, the steps to the swimming pool deck
were treated to a new dose of pea gravel and, soon, the clubhouse
parking lot will receive the same treatment.
To put the icing on the cake, much of the foliage was
trimmed back to improve the view of the Great Wicomico.
posted May 7
Horton has reminded us with a plea not to feed wild
animals. You'd not be doing them any favors. Feeding them
can make them dependent on us and what started out as an amusement can
turn into an annoyance that can lead to the animal's death.
Feeding wild animals is never a good thing. Doing so will get them used
to people and we don't want to make them dependent on us for food.
It should come as no surprise that if you feed your pets outside, it's
like inviting wildlife to dinner. It only reinforces the idea that
your house is where an easy meal is available.
We also need to carefully keep track of our small pets
when they're outside the house as they can fall victim to fox, coyote,
hawks and eagles, all of which are classified as predators and all of
which are around here in Mallard Bay. Size does matter. The
smaller the pet, the more likely it will look like dinner to a predator
and the more carefully you should watch it when it's outside.
If you spot a wild animal, consider yourself fortunate
that you're able to do something other folks in more densely populated
areas cannot do. Observe it only. Do not try to entice it to
come to you for a better look. Instead, invest in a better pair of
Thanks, Coral, for the reminder.
posted May 5