Archives: February 2013

Spring into the Lake of the Woods VA Community Yard Sale on April 13, 2013!

We all have extra “stuff” that we’d love to discard…but why give it away when you can make a few dollars??? If you are planning to sell your house, this is a perfect opportunity to de-clutter, which definitely helps a Lake of the Woods house for sale show better to prospective purchasers. Sweetbriar Park is the site of the LOW Spring Community Yard Sale  to be held on April 13th, 2013, from 8am-2pm. So begin planning now to free yourself of those items you no longer need or want to make room for the treasures you are sure to find! Or…simply to de-clutter.
Call Sylvia or Sara at 540-972-9680 ext. 2, for additional information and/or to register. See you there!
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR

Cause 4 Paws Fundraiser at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse on Sunday, February 24th

I'd love a new home! I will love you!

I’d love a new home! I promise to love you for it!

Enjoy a great dinner at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse overlooking our gorgeous lake from 5-8pm on Sunday, February 24!  And please…don’t keep it a secret; invite all of your friends!  Having dinner at the Clubhouse Sunday night, and providing a ticket to your server that can be obtained from this Friday’s Lake Currents, or from volunteers stationed outside the dining room, will enable a 15% donation (off of your food bill excluding alcoholic beverages, taxes, or tips) be given to Cause 4 Paws. We will also have t-shirts and other selected items for sale, along with a donation jar. But that’s not all–we will be holding a 50-50 raffle!
Cause 4 Paws is a feline rescue organization that serves Orange County and the local area. Volunteers feed cat colonies, provide transportation to and funds for spaying and neutering, foster abandoned kittens and cats, and perform adoption services. In addition, we hold a monthly yard sale out of the Holcomb Building once/month for most of the year.
We are always seeking volunteers! If you have the ability and desire to either provide cat food, take the animals to and from veterinary offices, to our adoption sites, or help us fund raise, we would gladly welcome your assistance. And one of the easiest ways you can help is to come to the Clubhouse for dinner on Sunday between 5-8pm!
Thanks so much!
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR
Licata on the Lake

Dr. Stubbe's Reception at the Lake of the Woods, VA, Clubhouse Set for February 20th

Dr. Herman StubbeSince the Lake of the Woods area has been fortunate to receive the dedicated service of Dr. Herman Stubbe for many years, it is perfectly fitting that a reception in his honor has been arranged by the LOW Civic Club. Dr. Stubbe is retiring after practicing at the Wildnerness Medical Center since 1993. Please plan to stop by the Clubhouse on Wednesday, February 20th, from 5-6pm to express your appreciation to Dr. Stubbe personally. Reservations are not required, and a small voluntary donation may be made at the door to defray the reception cost.
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR

Supervisor Lee Frame to Address LOW Civic Club

lee frameThe Orange County FY2014 budget will be one of several topics that Lee Frame, District 5 Supervisor, will address at the Civic Club’s February 19th meeting. We hope to see you at the Woods Center at 7:30pm to hear about the budget process and the progress being made, along with other great information!
In addition, Mr. Frame will speak about Orange County’s Comprehensive Plan. Another topic being addressed is the Wilderness Gateway Study, which concerns future development along the Rt. 3 corridor.
For those Lake of the Woods residents interested in the Orange County school budget, this is a perfect opportunity to ask Mr. Frame questions.
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, REALTOR
licata on the lake

Surprise! Surprise!

Pen-Pen at the LOW dog park

Pen-Pen at the LOW dog park

Did you know that there is a dog park inside the LOW gates? While I pride myself on knowing a great deal about our community’s fabulous amenities, my husband, John, and I had no need for frequenting this park until we received the calls. This was simply one amenity about which we hadn’t given a second thought when deciding to purchase a home in LOW.

The first call from our daughter, Alle, was to state that she, in fact, had been graduated from Old Dominion University; we were proud and our checkbook relieved! The next was to inform us that she had secured a job in northern Virginia. She had to start in 4 days, which required a quick move from Virginia Beach and commuting from our home; we were excited! “The call” advised us that she wouldn’t be coming alone; we were surprised…yet not so surprised!
Alle and I are animal people.  John insists that he is not (but I know differently). So when the “surprise” was revealed, I was secretly thrilled. Out of respect for my husband, and being a good wife, I did not flaunt the excitement I felt at the prospect of having a dog in our home.  John’s reaction wasn’t so secret. I believe the statements he adamantly declared to Alle were, “I will NOT have a dog in this house! You are welcome, but the dog is absolutely not!”
I have experience handling situations like this; I have had a relationship with John since 9th grade. If I can remain silent and patient (extremely difficult for me on both counts), eventually he comes to his senses and agrees with me. Of course I said that we couldn’t possibly force Alle to part with her dog, PenPen; of course I said that PenPen wouldn’t be a problem whatsoever; of course I said that I would be solely responsible for caring for PenPen while Alle was away from 6am to 7:30pm.
For a few months, our daughter was a nomad while working and looking for a roommate and a place that would also allow a cat and a dog. Of course, the dog lived with us during this time! It became quite clear rather quickly that the dog needed training. $650 worth of boot camp later, PenPen became a delight! And play dates with other dogs followed, along with frequent early morning visits to our dog park. It truly is the perfect size for training! And those terrific trails!
Our new canine addition prompted a household adjustment period. Our cats and the dog have each declared territory and sometimes even co-mingle! The vacuum cleaner has experienced an exponential increase in use. Our ridiculously large bathtub that hadn’t been filled since last year when it was Bella-the-permanently-injured-swan’s temporary home is again seeing use…for dog bathing.  And John’s socks can be found, well, everywhere! They are PenPen’s favorite toys!
Alle has settled into her new townhouse that is shared with PenPen the dog, Cashi the cat, and Katie the roommate. We share (by demand!) visitation rights. And our home is too quiet until PenPen’s return!
I wish you could witness the utter excitement PenPen displays when she sees John, even if the time apart has been mere minutes! I wish you could see the smile on John’s face when he receives this over-the-top, loving display.  John and “man’s best friend” are presently sharing some quiet time on our bed. Yes, PenPen is in MY spot with her head on MY pillow! No, that dog is absolutely not welcome in this house!
Until next time…It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Licata on the Lake
Pat Licata, REALTOR