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MBPOA Monthly Meeting for November 2 Canceled

The November monthly meeting of the Mallard Bay Board of Directors has been canceled.

posted October 28

Mallard Bay Pool Gets a Facelift

Time takes its toll on almost everything, including the Mallard Bay pools.  Most years, by this time, the main pool and the kiddie pool would have been partially drained, treated with sufficient chemicals for the Winter and covered with a tarpaulin.

Not so this year.  Shortly after closing for the season, the pool was entirely drained, the surface carefully dried, and is now in the process of being scraped clean, patched, and resurfaced.  This includes a fair amount of manual chipping and peeling and application of materials with a machine that shoots a flame that resembles something seen on an Iwo Jima newsreel and sounds like a giant blowtorch.  When the resurfacing is concluded, the pool will be partially refilled, then treated with Winter chemicals, covered and put to bed.  It will re-appear sometime next Spring.

Click on a photo below to select a larger image.

Many thanks to Paul Malloy for the photos of work in progress.

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posted October 27


I know that this article will get laughs from some and sympathies from others, but a little goose that took up residency in Mallard Bay has taught me and a few others some life lessons.

Let me start from the beginning, when I first noticed Wingman.  It was mid-summer about three years ago that I noticed while driving up Mallard Bay Drive a commotion in the ditch of one of the two ponds.  I stopped and saw a goose floundering in the ditch with other geese a small distance away.  I stopped my car and saw that the goose in the ditch was bleeding from it’s right wing.  I started to get out of the car but it was terribly frightened and struggled to get away.  I figured well, let nature take it’s course.  The next day I saw the goose again and the same situation occurred day to day.  The goose seemed like it was going to make it!  Ted and I were amazed how it persevered through the day to stay a part of the flock.  Needless to say the goose’s wing healed as far as not bleeding anymore and hopefully not painful anymore, but she could not fly.  For some reason Ted named her Wingman and it stuck.

It was the winter of that same year that Wingman started coming to my shoreline along with others.  Mind you, she had to walk through the woods because she could not fly, but she wanted to be with the others.  I started throwing bread along the shoreline to gain her trust but she was not a fan.  Ted bought me a 50 lb bag of cracked corn and Wingman and I were pals from then on.  She came upon the shore and would stand right beside me-no more than 3 feet away- and let me drop the corn at her feet or take it out of my palm.  This practice continued all through every winter and into the month of March when she would go off with others for the nesting time.  She would visit me occasionally mid-summer and then I would not see her until fall.  This has continued for 3 years until this summer.  A new flock of geese came in and attacked her to chase her out of the flock.  Wingman walked all the way to Highland Pond on Canvasback Lane and lived there until last week we saw her floating in the pond.  Her story has endeared a few that have noticed her.  And she has taught me several life lessons:  No matter what your circumstances, always persevere;  be humble; be brave. Wingman I will miss you. – Linda Hobson


Editor’s Note:  There are indications that Wingman might have been shot.  The Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.  The Mallard Bay Property Owners Association Covenants, recorded on August 10, 2015 in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Northumberland County, Virginia states in covenant number 35 on page 9 that:

 "Mallard Bay is a wildlife sanctuary and no hunting shall be permitted on the property."

If you have any information pertaining to Wingman’s death, please report it to the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

posted October 24

Announcement of a Scam Warning From the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute

The Fall 2020 edition of the Newsletter of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute contains the following warning concerning COVID-19 testing:

"Virginia health officials are warning residents that scammers may call pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers in order to trick you into giving them your money.  Legitimate contact tracers will inform people when they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and then advise them about testing , quarantines, and monitoring for symptoms.

Contact tracers will never ask for money, bank details, or credit card information.  Their services are covered by tax dollars, and so, they will never ask for your money."

posted October 20

Gleamers and Blenders Donations

Because of the fantastic generosity of the property owners of Mallard Bay 13 bags of food was collected along with $555.00 in cash donations. Special thanks to all who donated and Linda Hobson for her help again in our second year of the food drive. - Bob Mitchell

posted October 18

Mallard Bay Board of Directors Expanded to 8 Members

The first order of business at the Annual Meeting of the Mallard Bay Property Owners Association was to increase the size of the Board of Directors to eight.  It was unanamously approved by those present at the meeting.

Immediately thereafter, two new board members were accepted:  Mr. John Miller and Mr. Keith Lilienfeld.  Welcome to both of you.  As of January 1, 2021, the Board will consist of the following:

Mary McGuire

Victoria Coffineau

Jeanne Widenmyer

Allen Garland

Lynda Browne

Marshall Sebra

John Miller

Keith Lilienfeld

posted October 17

Bob Mitchell Receives "Extra Mile" Award

At the Saturday, October 17, 2020 annual meeting of Mallard Bay Property Owners Association, Bob Mitchell was presented with the association's "Extra Mile Award in recognition of the substantial effort Bob has put into the betterment of our community.



Click here for the award's complete citation.

October 17

Denzel Mitchell, Avery Shivers and Tahi Wiggins - Article in the Rappahannock Record

These names might ring a bell with readers of this website.  It's the three Northern Neck natives, college students at the University of Virginia, who are responsible for a series of podcasts, many of which were recorded in the Mallard Bay clubhouse and are accessible by clicking on the "Podcasts" tab at the left of this page.

The Rappahannock Record featured an article on page A14 of the October 8, 2020 issue of the newspaper.  Denzel, of course, is the son of Donald and Tanya Mitchell of Mallard Bay.  Congratulations to them and to all three students on the recognition for your efforts.

Click here for a look at the article.

Many thanks to Lynda Browne for pointing us in the right direction!

posted October 8

Community Clean-Up Continues

On and after October 5, more evidence of clean-up activity was spotted.  Mary and Gary Yordy were seen on the lower dam participating in the removal of unwanted plant life on community property.  Brant Hays was seen towing a trailer full of brush that had been cut from various trees and bushes and Bob and Winky Mitchell, Steve and Roberta Jones, Lynda Browne and Mary McGuire were seen trimming bushes that had hidden much of the lettering on the on the stone marker that sits in front of the Mallard Bay guard shack.

Many thanks to them and to those others who, unseen or unreported, continued to clean up what was started the days before.

posted October 6

Tetherball Comes to Mallard Bay

A favorite game from our younger years has been installed in our community.  The setup is simple.  It's a pole in the ground (recycled from the one that held old basketball hoop) .  From the top of the pole is suspended a rope that supports an inflated ball, a bit smaller than a volleyball.  The ball hangs some 2 to 4 feet from the ground.

The site for the installation was decided upon -  close to the tennis courts/dog park and the entrance to Spring Valley Trail at the intersection of Canvasback and Pintail Lanes.  Blaine Swank provided the machinery to dig the hole that would support the pole.  Meanwhile, Gary Yordy fashioned a cap on top of the hollow pole to keep rain and insects out.  Blaine used three long notched wooden boards to support the pole in a perfectly upright position once it was placed into the hole.  When satisfied that the pole wasn't leaning, he and Mary McGuire added water to one hundred sixty pounds of quick setting concrete, mixed it up and poured it into the hole.  When the concrete set, the supporting boards were removed.

Next time the teacher lets you out for recess, give tetherball a try or, better still, introduce young visitors to the game!

How Do You Play Tetherball?

Tetherball is played with two players standing opposite each other with a pole between them.  Attached to the pole hangs a rope with a ball at the end.  The serving player starts the game by hitting the ball around the pole in one direction with his hand or forearm. The other player tries to hit the ball in the opposite direction. The first player to wrap the ball completely around the pole wins the game.

There are more rules than are summarized above.  They include measurements, playing zones, neutral zones, a foul circle and penalties.  As the rules were invented by adults, they generally make the game seem to be much less fun than it actually is.  Just stick with the basics and you'll agree.

Sincere thanks to Blaine, Gary and Mary for introducing us to teatherball !

posted October 6

CL-241XL - Canon PIXMA MX372 Color Ink CartridgeCanon 241XL Printer Cartridge

Just when you came close to giving up hope of ever finding a rare Canon 241XL color print cartridge, one pops up out of the blue.  Actually, though, it's really not out of the blue.  In fact, it has plenty of blue ink in it as well as red and yellowl.  Susan Malloy is offering it for the outstanding value of everyone's favorite price - FREE!  Call Susan at 301-518-6372 if you're interested.

posted October 4

Fall Cleanup - Windows, Plants and Hot Dogs

Several members of the Mallard Bay Community gathered together on Saturday, October 3 and days preceding that date to clean up our community in preparation for colder weather.  The sound of weed-whackers, chain saws, rakes, manual trimmers, brush being loaded onto trailers and groans due to aching arms, legs and various other muscles filled the air.

Ted Hobson and Gary Yordy cleared and hauled away brush near the Canvasback Lane tennis courts and in a two day project, along with Mary Yordy, cut back overgrowth surrounding Highland Pond.

Mary Yordy did a complete and time-consuming washing of clubhouse windows - inside and out!

Donald Mitchell cut back bushes along the driveway from the clubhouse to the boat launch area and, along with Bob Mitchell, cleared brush in the the vicinity of the boat launch ramp.

Roberta Jones and Lynda Browne cleaned up the area at the front entrance to the community.

Jeanne Widenmyer, Winky Mitchell, Bob Cleland and Anna Pascuzzo cleared weeds from front of clubhouse and swimming pool areas.

Brant Hays cleared weeds and debris from the multi purpose court and made several runs to the dump.

Sharon Hunt and Bob Mitchell cleared up the center island in front of the clubhouse.

Mary McGuire cleared weeds at the dock area and over growth from in front of the clubhouse.

Bob and Winky Mitchell provided hot dogs, chips and soft drinks for lunch.

The clean-up was followed by a lunch of the aforementioned dogs, chips and drinks on the clubhouse deck where participants engaged in exhausted conversation, enjoyed the weather and compared notes on aches and pains.

With hopes that the supply of Ben Gay does not run low at the Food Lion, sincere thanks are offered all who participated.

posted October 3