Archives: May 2013

Locust Grove Wal-Mart Manager to Address Civic Club

by Pat Licata-REALTOR, Lake of the Woods, VA

walmartTerralis Gibson, Manager of the new Locust Grove Wal-Mart opening this summer, will be the guest speaker at the Civic Club’s meeting to be held in the Woods Center at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 21st.  Mr. Gibson lives in nearby Spotsylvania County and has over twenty years of retail experience.
The Wal-Mart Corporation, while quite large, strives to be a good corporate partner with the communities they serve.  Last fall, Wal-Mart implemented a pilot program for career mentoring at Locust Grove Middle School.  Wal-Mart executives come to the school and work with twenty-one 8th grade students that have future plans to attend college.  The curriculum addresses goal setting, college prep, college planning, and how to pay for college.  Wal-Mart is to be commended for their Locust Grove Middle School mentoring program. Hopefully this will be first of many partnering projects with Orange County in the future.
In October of 2008, a team from Wal-Mart came to a Civic Club meeting and talked about building a store in Orange County.  The meeting was held in the Clubhouse’s Great Hall and nearly two hundred people attended.  There have been many bumps in the road over the last five years, but the promises of the meeting in 2008 will be fulfilled this summer with the opening of the Locust Grove Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart is the first “big box” retailer to build a store in Orange County.  The easiest way to hold down real estate tax increases is to expand economic development.  The Locust Grove Wal-Mart will create as much revenue for Orange County as a two cent increase in the real estate tax rate.
Come out and meet Mr Gibson on Tuesday May 21st at 7:30 pm in the Woods Center in Lake of the Woods.  The first “big box” retailer in Orange County is a significant event for shoppers and for tax payers. There will be time for questions at the  end of Mr. Gibson’s presentation. I know I am not alone in being thankful that my trips to Culpeper and/or Fredericksburg will be fewer, and that I am keeping my money in Orange County with the opening of the new store this summer. Thank you for coming to Orange County, Wal-Mart!
This blog post is an edited version of an article written by Jim Hopkins, Civic Club Director.
It’s another beautiful day at the lake!
Pat Licata, Lake of the Woods REALTOR
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They Came; They Conquered!

by Pat Licata-REALTOR, Lake of the Woods, VA
open house photoThe Lake of the Woods VA Community Open House, where the gates were open to visitors to view the community’s amenities and available homes being held “open” for the day on Sunday, May 5th, was, by all accounts, a huge success! Prospective residents came from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and many other states to gain more insight into our amenity-rich gated, recreational community located approximately 60 miles from Washington, DC.
80 properties were available to view, including homes backing to either of our two lakes or our PGA golf course, interior-lot homes, and vacant lots in various locations on which dream homes can be built.
In addition to homes and lots, visitors had an opportunity to enjoy a fabulous brunch or dinner at our Clubhouse overlooking the pristine lake, catch a horse show at our Equestrian Center, and/or meander through the golf Pro Shop located in the Woods Center, which also boasts Fareways Café, open from 7am-4pm daily.
REALTORS reported great traffic, and several sellers of the homes held open received contracts from people viewing the properties at the Open House.
Lake of the Woods Association hosts two Community Open House opportunities per year: in the Spring and in the Fall.  Call me today at 540/735-7998 for a personal tour of homes meeting your criterion, our amenities, and the main lake (by boat).
“It’s another beautiful day at the lake!”
Pat Licata, REALTOR
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"Sunsets at Salubria" Concert Series Begins

Salubria houseby Pat Licata-REALTOR, Lake of the Woods
Looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday evening without traveling far from Lake of the Woods? The Germanna Foundation will be presenting “Sunsets at Salubria,” a new concert series that features six of our region’s best bands.
From May through October on the first Sunday of each month, the concerts are being held on the grounds of the historic Salubria manor on Salubria Lane off of Route 3. The gates will open at 4:00 pm, with the music beginning two hours before sunset.
“We invite music and history fans of all ages to bring a picnic supper, folding chairs and enjoy the evening ‘rocking the boxwoods’ with music by recent recipients of Washington Area Music Awards (WAMIES),” states the website,
Admission is $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for Germanna Foundation members and students. Children under 12 are free.
All proceeds will support the Germanna Foundation’s research and restoration projects at historic Salubria.
Pat Licata, REALTOR
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It’s another beautiful day at the lake!