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Swimming Pool Technical Maintenance
Director Paul Malloy has been busy for the past few weeks
ordering chemicals and working with contractors who were sealing the
inside of the dry pool, then obtaining and inspecting and getting the
official OK to proceed with opening it. This year, the 350 pounds
of chlorine tablets and 520 pounds of salt needed for pool start-up were
ordered, picked up and delivered to Paul by Mary and Scott
McGuire. Paul has now seen to it that the pool has filled, given
its initial dose of chemicals and the heater has been started.
Each year, at this point, Mallard Bay
volunteers gather at the pool to clean furniture. On May 8, the
following folks, under Paul Malloy's guidance gathered at the pool to
clean off furniture. They were Paul Malloy, Tanya
Mitchell, Susan Malloy, Debbie Tupper,
Bob Mitchell, Linda Hobson, Larry Tupper,
and Mary Yordy, Bob Mitchell brought his
pressure washer and the rest of the volunteers used diluted bleach to
clean off the accumulated dirt from pool chairs as well as glass-topped
tables, umbrellas and chairs located on the clubhouse deck
adjacent to the pool deck.
Many thanks go to the volunteers who took
part in this annual project. When the opening date of the pool is
announced, it will be reported on this website.
Posted May 5
Down by the Mallard Bay boat launch lies
a green canoe with the words "Mallard Bay" painted on its
sides. Unfortunately, it's seen better days. It leaks and
despite attempts to keep it afloat with several layers of duct tape, it's of no use to
anyone. WAIT A MINUTE! How about turning it into something
else? (The trendy word for that is "re-purposing")
and it's a very popular activity for folks who can't bear to get rid of
their damaged stuff.
Mallard Bay is offering a one-time
opportunity. The first person who takes the canoe away gets
it. (Paddles not included). No messy forms to fill out, no special permission
needed. Just pick it up and start trying to alter its originally
intended purpose. First come, first served. Here are some
Turn it into a flower planter.
Use it as a beverage cooler.
Cut it in half and turn it into two
When a loved one passes away put his or
her ashes in the canoe, douse it with gasoline, push it into the river, then
light it with a burning arrow for a real Viking-type funeral.
Click on this link for more ideas
This announcement will stay on the
Mallard Bay website for one month, after which time, if the canoe has
not been claimed, its final destination (sniff) will be the dump.
Posted May 6
Boat and Engine - 2000 Sea Ray
240 Sundeck with MerCruiser 5.7L EFI, Bravo 3, 260 horsepower. 331
A/B Battery Switch
Pump Out Head
On Lift in season
Bimini Canvas Package
Forward Cockpit Table
2006 LoadRite Tandem Trailer with
Rollers and disc surge brakes. New tires- current Virginia
inspection to 11/21 Requires 6,795 lbs. towing capacity for boat with
full tank of gas and trailer.
Serviced by Tidewell Marine. I have all
Contact Chip Hunt at 703-268-9478
Posted May 5
At the May 3 meeting of the Mallard Bay Board of
Directors, Ted Hobson, the Chairman of the Architectural
Review Committee, (ARC), Ted requested permission to add Gary
Yordy to the committee. His request was approved
Gary will replace Dave Marcel who has
served there for several years. Many thanks, Dave, for your
Posted May 4
no surprise that the COVID virus has led to cancellation of several
social get-togethers in Mallard Bay, but at the regular monthly meeting
of the Board of Directors, Social Committee Chair Bob Mitchell
announced that, in view of the number of people who have been fully
vaccinated and the easing of restrictions on attendance at indoor and
outdoor private events, he and the Social Committee plan to hold an
Independence Day picnic in the clubhouse on Saturday, July 3. All
Mallard Bay Property Association members and their guests are cordially
invited to attend.
So, mark your calendar and be prepared to
re-establish old friendships, catch up on news items you missed over the
past several months while watching endless re-runs of "Gilligan's
Island", and sample the delicious food that typically appears at a
Mallard Bay social function. (I'm pretty sure Jeanne Widenmyer
hasn't lost her touch making deviled eggs!)
Posted May 4
The Spring 2021 Edition of the Virginia
Sheriffs' Institute Newsletter contains an article warning that scammers
are now seeking information contained on vaccination cards with the
intent of gathering identity information. The entirety of the
article is quoted below.
"At a time when more Americans are
receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, there has also been a surge of
people sharing this news with family and friends via social media by
posting a photo of their vaccine card. If your privacy settings
are not strict, anyone can view your vaccination card, which includes
your name, date of birth, patient number and other personal
information, and that mans scammers can have full access to this
information, which could lead to identity theft.
"Your date of birth is one of the
most prized pieces of information a scammer can obtain, so be sure to
guard it from disclosure on social media sites. And, if you've
already posted your vaccine card on a site like Facebook, remove it or
redact the personal information by covering it."
Posted April 30
Bay Landscaping Chairwoman Lynda Browne was recently busy
planting two Rhododendron and three Hydrangea bushes in the space
directly in front of the clubhouse main entrance. She was assisted
by volunteers Mary McGuire and Bob Mitchell.
thanks to all three for their contribution of labor to the beauty of our
they've bloomed, (in case you don't want to make it obvious that the
only flower you can for certain identify is a dandelion), you can
impress folks with your botanical knowledge, by remembering that the top
photo at the left is rhododendron and the bottom one is hydrangea.
Posted April 30
with the substantial cutting and trimming of trees and brush from the
playground across from the Mallard Bay clubhouse, several bags of grass
seed were distributed as were a number of bales of hay to assist in the
growth of a new lawn on the site.
This photo was taken to show the grass is
starting to sprout and features in the far right background, the
chairs recently donated (see article below) by Roxanne and Larry
Many thanks to Linda Hobson
for being the ramrod for the playground project.
In order to give the grass an honest
chance of developing into a beautiful lawn, please resist the temptation
to engage in keg parties, clog dancing and drag racing on this
Posted April 27
It's the time of year for maintenance and
addition to various amenities in our community. Here are two that
come to mind.
The new dog park now has two new white Adirondack
chairs for folks to use while Fido and friends are off sniffing new
smells. Special thanks goes to Bob Mitchell for
using his truck and strong back to place the new chairs.
For use on the other side of the
community, Roxanne and Larry Norris generously
donated two folding Adirondack chairs to place at the fire pit in the playground across from the Mallard Bay clubhouse. Thanks to
you, Roxanne and Larry for your generous gift to our community.
Posted April 24
Effective midnight, May 15, the COVID
restrictions on how many people may participate in indoor social
functions has been raised by Governor Northam to 100. The maximum
for outdoor functions has risen to 250.
This change has a major bearing on
planning for use of the Mallard Bay clubhouse.
Reminder: Whether or not you get
your desired dates for the clubhouse is dependent on how early you make
your reservation. Just calling to ask about the availability of
specific date or dates does not insure you get the dates you
want. Only after a signed application has been properly filled out
and signed by you, then received, and approved by clubhouse
administration, will the application be approved, signed and returned to
the applicant before it's approval is final. First come, first
here for a blank copy of the Mallard Bay Clubhouse Agreement.
here for a look at the document authorizing the maximum attendance
change. (Note paragraph B).
Posted April 3
The Northern Neck Branch of the
Brotherhood of Absolutely Really Cool Canines (BARCC), at a recent secret meeting, discussed
concerns from the membership about the difficulty of operating the gate
latch installed on the fence surrounding the new Mallard Bay dog park. It
seems the existing latch, due either to faulty manufacturing or
insufficient lubrication, did not function easily enough for our humans to operate it quickly, resulting in several cases of our canine
comrades wandering out of the park, thinking that the day's
"outing" was over. Accordingly, BARCC contacted Mr. Blaine
Swank a human well-known for his abilities to solve difficult canine-related problems. The following are directions on using the
new, improved latching mechanism:
Note that the gate consists of two
swinging sections - a left side and a right side.
For everyday access to the park, use
the left side of the gate by making sure your human
lifts the latching mechanism to allow the gate to swing in toward the
park. (see photo)
Enter the park, insure your human
enters as well, then make sure he/she re-latches the gate. (see other
Note that the right side of the gate is
primarily to be opened (with some slight difficulty) by humans so a
lawn mower may pass through.
Our thanks and a hearty AARF to Mr. Swank
for his skills utilizing his brain, his collection of tools and his
opposing thumbs. If you have any questions, please bark
posted April 20
What's black, white and red, weighs in
just north of 200 backbreaking pounds and serves as a major destination for pooches answering "nature's call" while
enjoying the new Mallard Bay dog park?
Answer: It's a fire hydrant which,
thanks to Marshall Sebra (who transported it to and placed it in
the park) and Paul Malloy (who gave it a snappy new paint
job), now serves as a traditional centerpiece and primary point of canine
Thanks very much to Marshall and Paul for
their aesthetic contributions.
Posted April 15
Saturday, April 10, volunteers responded to the call from Facilities Maintenance
Chair Marshall Sebra (pictured) for help in repairing the
surface of the Mallard Bay power boat dock. Over the years, nine
of the planks which form the walking surface on the power boat dock had
rotted and during the course of the day, it was discovered that three
additional planks on the kayak dock were similarly rotten. The
damaged planks constituted a potential danger to people walking on the
Over the course of more than two hours,
the volunteers, Mallard Bay property owners John Miller, Paul
Malloy, Larry Tupper and Bob Mitchell
performed the back-breaking job of helping Marshall to pry loose
the nailed-on rotten planks and to replace them with new wood ones.
Thanks very much to Marshall for leading
the group and to those who answered the call. Thanks, also to Bob
Mitchell who provided his pickup truck and his strong legs to
help bring the heavy new wooden planks from the lumber yard to the
Mallard Bay boat launch.
Posted April 10