Archives: October 2011

The Eagles Have Landed!

Pat Licata, Coldwell Banker Elite REALTOR from the Lake of the Woods
office in Locust Grove, released the eagle collection she and her
husband, John, own to the newly built Locust Grove Elementary Eagles.
Through Pat’s affiliation with the Lake of the Woods Civic Club,
Pat and other interested citizens received a tour of the school by
Principal Jesse Magruder.

When Mr. Magruder stated that the school, whose mascot is the eagle,
had two beautiful display cases, one of which would be empty,
Pat "flew" into action! “Immediately I knew that I wanted to help!
I was positive that John would be happy to loan the collection for
at least this first school year,” Pat stated.

Shortly after the tour, Pat and John gathered their flock of eagles
(more than 50 in all), and migrated it to Locust Grove Elementary
just in time for the first, inaugural day of school. Mr. Magruder
states that the students, faculty, and staff are extremely
appreciative and are enjoying the collection.

Pat, a 2010 recipient of Coldwell Banker Elite's "Shining Star" award,
is committed to making a difference. In addition to sharing her passion
for Lake of the Woods and surrounding areas as a REALTOR, she is
extremely active in her Lake of the Woods community, as well as the
Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors (FAAR). Pat serves on the
Communications Committee and the External Affairs Committee at the
Lake of the Woods Association, volunteers for Cause 4 Paws (an Orange
County feline rescue group), is a member of the Lake of the Woods
Civic Club, and also serves as a Block Captain for the Neighborhood
Watch Program at the lake. At FAAR, Pat serves on two committees:
Member Outreach and Education.

My Journey to Lake of the Woods

As a Lake of the Woods resident since 2008 (as a weekender and a full time resident), I’d like to share my Journey to the Lake. My husband, John, and I were interested in finding the perfect location for a second/vacation home. Initially, we were open to looking at a beach location, as well as a lake. We began searching in the summer of 2007 through the spring of 2008 for our getaway.
We decided fairly early on that the beach just wasn’t for us because of distance from Northern Virginia and lack of activity during “non-peak season,” we began focusing on the lakes in the area. Having made the trek to Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, and Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, something wasn’t “perfect” for us regarding each location. Lake Anna was too busy for us, and Smith Mountain Lake and Deep Creek Lake were both too far for us to enjoy a home regularly, and we also didn’t care for how few conveniences were located close by (ie, grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc).
Then we remembered having visited Lake of the Woods years ago, when we had been a guest of a friend. After our first house-hunting visit to the lake in early spring of 2008, we knew where we wanted to be. Lake of the Woods, as a gated, secured community, gave us peace of mind as weekenders. The community offered us close proximity (1 hr 15 min from Reston),  tons of conveniences, as we residents are supported by a grocery store, pharmacy, gas stations, cleaners, nail salons, automotive services, doctors, a library, a post office, many restaurants, and a brand new elementary school-all within 2 1/2 miles of the gates), over 50 clubs and organizations in which to participate, a fabulous club house overlooking the lake that serves excellent food, and a clear, pristine lake!! Oh…did I mention the PGA golf course and equestrian center within the community?? And the Community Center, and the non-denominational Church within the gates? Or the walking trails? And what about the wildlife!
We purchased our home in June of 2008, and after that first year (52 weekends), we realized that we had been to our home at Lake of the Woods 51 of those 52 weekends! That’s when we decided that the “allure of the lake” was just too great to resist and made the change from weekenders to full time residents!
Call me today at 540/735-7998 for a boat and car tour!

Falling For Lake of the Woods VA!

As much as I love the summer fun and activities at Lake of the Woods, I must admit that fall truly is my favorite season here. I look forward to the spectacular color display of the trees along the shores of the lake. I also enjoy the cooler weather and being able to get in and out of my car without becoming drenched. This week, I have had the pleasure of meandering through many of the streets within the gates with my client, Tom, who is looking for the perfect Lake of the Woods house to make his home! I must admit that simply driving within the community makes me smile. From watching a dad help his son put down that darned umbrella before boarding the bus (with the family’s tail-wagging dog along to see his friend off to school),  to swerving on countless occasions to avoid the squirrels and chipmunks playing “chicken” with my car, it is those simple experiences that make this place so special. I think it begins with the speed limit being 25-one is forced to slow down and take in the sights. When I pull down my driveway and see the swans gliding through the water, I know I’m where I belong…I’m home! And I truly look forward to having been a part of Tom’s journey to becoming a resident and also being high on LOW!
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR
Licata on the Lake

Too Many Leaves?

Just for fun, take an inventory of all the leaf removal tools cluttering your garage.
If you’re like me, you’ve got a half-dozen rakes of different sizes and materials, a couple of blowers in various states of repair, and a couple of infomercial gadgets that promise to make annual leaf gathering faster and easier.
In fact, you need only a few essential leaf removal items in your landscape tool collection to accomplish your autumn goal — removing the heavy leaves that smother grass and make your lawn a splotchy mess in spring.
Fewer gizmos and more elbow grease help home owners remove leaves and keep up withlawn maintenance, says Brett Lemcke of R. M. Landscape Inc. in Rochester, NY.
“The reality is, you can’t avoid hard work” when it comes to fall landscaping chores, says Lemcke. “There are some tools that will help us, but the best help is family and friends. The more hands, the better. Doing it yourself is daunting.”
Unless you tether a mower to a stick and let it mulch leaves all by itself.
Whether you rake, blow, or tie a mower to a stick, you should remove leaves at least twice each fall.
“Some people wait until every last leaf falls, and then they pick them up,” Lemke says. “You should pick them up throughout the season. Don’t wait until the last minute.”
Here are four essential leaf-removal tools that’ll help you clear your lawn before winter sets in:

  • Rigid leaf rake. This plastic, fan-shaped rake is your go-to rake for collecting leaves. Pick one with a cushion handle and a 30- to 36-inch fan. Avoid the super-wide fans that can spread to 48 inches; they’re too big to rake between shrubs and in flower beds. Cost: $10-$20 (30-inch fan).
  • Leaf tarp. Instead of scooping leaves into a million plastic bags, rake or blow them into a big pile on top of a polypropylene leaf tarp. Then drag the tarp to the curb and dump. Cost: $22 for 12.5-by-10-ft. tarp.
  • Leaf blower. Select a two-cycle, gasoline-powered blower to collect leaves in tarps or blow them directly to the curb. If you have a large yard, buy a backpack model, which is more expensive but more comfortable than handheld blowers. Cost: 2-cycle handheld blower: $180; 2-cycle backpack blower: $300.
  • Yard vacuum. This tool vacuums, shreds, chips, and bags leaves and other yard debris. Once leaves are ground up, they’ll decompose quickly in your compost pile. Cost: $400-$650.