Archives: November 2012

Civil War Study Group Presents Relic Cabinet to Lake of the Woods (VA) Assoc.

New relic cabinet permanently installed in LOWA Clubhouse

In November of 2012, the Civil War Study Group, Inc. (CWSGI) formally turned over to the Lake of the Woods Association (LOWA) a cabinet custom-built to display relics of the Battle of the Wilderness found in LOW. This cabinet and fantastic relics are located in the Clubhouse. The six-foot-tall mahogany and glass cabinet, crafted by Coley’s Cabinet Shop of Fredericksburg with funds raised by CWSGI,  exhibits more than 100 relics and artifacts from the Battle of the Wilderness that took place May 5-7, 1864 in Orange and Spotsylvania counties, including in and around the Lake of the Woods area.  Some of the relics have been donated or loaned to CWSGI for display, and many others belong to LOWA, having been found on its properties. Dr. Peter G. Rainey, chairman of CWSGI, said, “The purpose of the cabinet is to display the CSWGI collection of Civil War relics and artifacts of educational value that will contribute to preserving the history of Orange County.” He noted the cabinet contains information about the battle and soldiers, people who lived in the LOW area at the time, and examples of weaponry and munitions used by both North and South.In addition to its educational programs, the Civil War Study Group helps local residents research their possible Civil War ancestors and can assist in searching property for relics to be displayed. For more information, contact Dr. Rainey at (540) 972-9291.

Dr. Pete Rainey (left) wtih Bob Shope, LOWA President

CWSGI Background:  Civil War Study Group, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization this year. Its primary purpose is to educate the public about the rich historical heritage of Central Virginia, with emphasis on the Battle of the Wilderness, which was fought May 5-7, 1864 in and around Lake of the Woods. Its membership organization meets monthly with educational presentations. In addition, members give historical talks to schools and civic groups in Orange County and the surrounding area. It developed three interpretive panels about the Battle of the Wilderness and had them installed in Lake of the Woods. These panels are quite interesting to many of the clients with whom I show property here in LOW.
Craig Rains                       Peter Rainey
(540) 972-2844                 (540) 972-9291   
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR
Licata on the Lake

Lake of the Woods VA Equestrian Center to Offer After School Pony Camp

As a recent trail rider from the Lake of the Woods Equestrian Center, and a fan of Manager Carolyn McFarland, I’m so happy to report that an equestrian-related afterschool program is being offered at the center! Way to go, Lake of the Woods!

Lake of the Woods Equestrian Center is now offering an alternative afterschool program for ages 7 years and up, Monday through Friday from 4p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Why go to the sitter when your children can participate in fun activities after school? Students will receive daily instruction in horse care, grooming, and riding as well as other activities related to the barn.

What a great way for our younger residents to become involved with one of our Lake of the Woods community amenities!

Competent staff will supervise all activities and be available to help the children with homework or arts & crafts projects for the last hour each day.

Children are recommended to bring drinks and snacks – space is available to store these items on a weekly basis if needed. Space will also be limited to a small group. You may enroll your child on a weekly or monthly basis.

Children may enroll for a week at a time or on a monthly basis.
Camp weeks are:
December 3-7
December  10-14
December 17-21
Cost is:
One week is $100 per child
One month is $390 per child
Camps will resume on January 7 and run on a weekly basis until June 14.
For more information, please call the Equestrian Center at 972.2238.
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR
Licata on the Lake

Saved by the Bell

Both Beau and I found ourselves in a precarious situation recently. And I have my beloved Carl, the swan that adopted me and ignited my passion for wildlife and writing, to thank for my having been in that position at all. I, who have only been in the lake once in 4 years (unintentionally, I might add; but that is another story!), was at Clubhouse beach with shoes off and pant legs rolled up, ready to go into the lake on a cold, windy November day to rescue a swan named Beau. Fortunately, we were both saved by the bell…fellow resident and swan enthusiast Patty Bell, that is!
Like most swan rescue operations in which I’ve been involved, they begin with a phone call. It was Patty who called this time to tell me about her regular, Beau, who had shown up at her house sporting an unfashionable necklace of sorts. Upon further discussing Beau with Patty, I realized that her Beau was my Jaws, a name I affectionately bestowed upon him due to his recognizable underbite (see photo). After a few attempts by Patty to remove the unwanted accessory, Beau became spooked and no longer would allow her to get close to him. The following day, Beau didn’t arrive at Patty’s home at dawn, as was the customary routine. And so the “hunt” began.
Postings on facebook, emails to residents with the help of another fellow resident and swan enthusiast Marge Eales, and driving around to various locations in search of Beau didn’t produce any sightings. So Patty, with the help of her husband, John, did a sweep of the lake on their pontoon boat. Surely enough, they spotted Beau at Clubhouse beach! Upon finding him, Patty called me. And so the “fun” began.
Beau toyed with us repeatedly for a while…coming close enough to the beach for us to think we had a chance to nab him before swimming away. As I was coming to grips with the fact that I would have to go in the water after him, I thought of a way to entice him onto the beach. I ran to the Clubhouse as quickly as possible, and Joey was right there to help save the day! She gave me a dinner roll, which Beau, like the residents who frequent the Clubhouse, couldn’t resist. One bite of that roll, and Beau belonged to us! He followed the crumbs we spread far enough onto the sand that I knew I would thankfully be spared the cold water.
Surely enough, with patience, I found myself in position to lunge forward and grab his neck. Patty quickly secured his flapping wings and pulled the plastic ring up over his head! Mission accomplished!!
My co-worker, Carol, realized that Beau’s necklace was actually the hard plastic housing or casing that surrounds a light on a boat. What most likely happened is that Beau, while feeding on the bottom of the lake, picked it up over his head accidentally. This could have had tragic consequences, as Beau could have easily gotten the plastic caught on something. So please…if you see any debris in the lake, take a moment or two to remove it.
It takes a community to look after our non-human residents, too! Won’t you please help us by joining our informal “wildlife watch” group? If interested, please email me at
Until next time…”It’s another beautiful day at the lake!”
Pat Licata, REALTOR
Licata on the Lake

Fresh Fir Christmas Wreaths For Sale at the LOW Front Gate!

Local Boy Scout Troop 197 is selling fresh fir Christmas wreaths  (decorated and undecorated)  for $25/each.  These wreaths are dipped in clear coat and will last months! You may find the order form in Lake Currents . The Scouts will also be selling the wreaths at the Lake of the Woods front gate on Friday, Nov 23rd (Black Friday) from 8-2p.  Please support these boys, as the funds help pay for camps during the year.
Thanks for your support!
Licata on the Lake
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!

LOW Civic Club Panel to Discuss Holiday Services for Needy

The Lake of the Woods Civic Club meeting will be held November 20th at 7:30pm at the Woods Center and features Bob Lingo, Orange County’s Director of Social Services, Mary Ellen Clark for SAFE (Services to Abused Families, Inc.), and Betty Beck from the LOW Lion’s Wilderness Food Pantry. Please consider donating a non-perishable food item for the Wilderness Food Pantry.
Thanks so much! I hope to see you there!! Pat Licata, REALTOR
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Licata on the Lake

Orange County Humane Society Needs Our Help!

Please adopt me!

The Orange County Humane Society will be in front of the Lake of the Woods Food Lion on this coming Saturday 11/17 from 10:00 to 2:00 collecting various needed items for the Orange County Animal Shelter. If you are out and about on Saturday and would like to donate a list of items is below. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
We are blessed to have a wonderful shelter with an even greater director, Beth Hamilton and her exceptional staff. Please help us to help the homeless animals of Orange County. Also…please spread the word!!
Non clumping clay cat litter
Towels/washable bedding
Paper towels
Canned dog and cat food
Washable cat toys
Kong dog toys
Collars & Leashes
HE laundry detergent
Latex gloves – long large size
Antibacterial liquid hand soap
Antibacterial liquid dish-washing soap
Grooming equipment and supplies
KMR milk replacement (puppies & kittens)
Your help is greatly appreciated!