Archives: July 2017

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FXBG Sandwich Invitational!

Khal King organized the FXBG Sandwich Invitational this year in operation by the Free-Lance Star!
This is the 3rd year downtown restaurants and the local community have come together for such a fun event!
On August 10th from 5pm – 9pm come out to the new location at: Fredericksburg Hospitality House in Central Park to try some sandwiches.
Approximately 25 restaurants, food trucks, vendors and people from all over Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania county will be there showcasing their most delicious sandwiches.
The winner will early the title ‘SANDWICH KING’ and the top prize is $750 !
Come HUNGRY and support local businesses in Fredericksburg, VA while also enjoying some mouthwatering sandwiches!
Can’t wait until August 10?? Check out Summer Restaurant Week in Fredericksburg going on July 28  – August 8!

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Restaurant Week Returns to Downtown Fredericksburg !

Enjoy trying new places? Always looking for a delicious meal at a good price? Look no further!
Downtown Fredericksburg’s restaurant week returns July 28th and continues through August 6th.
What does that mean?!
23 participating restaurants that include some of my personal favorites: Capital Ale House, Foode, La Petite Auberge, Ristorante Renato, Sedona Taphouse, and Soup Taco, just to name a few! The participating restaurants will give consumers the options of purchasing 2 dinners for $20 or a two-course dinner for $20 PER person. And for the lunch crowds, a two-course lunch for $10 per person. For a full list of participating restaurants check out their Facebook page!
Restaurant week is a fun and less expensive way to taste and explore all the local eateries in downtown Fredericksburg. Not only are you enjoying your delicious meal, but you’re also supporting a small business!
Interested in some local friendly business competition? Check out the FXBG Sandwich Invitational!

201 Hillside Dr Lake of the Woods VA Under Contract

Your lakefront living begins here in this incredible home featuring 122′ of waterfront w/ fantastic main lake views, private setting, oversized lot, lush landscaping, & uplighting! The dock & decking are perfect for lakeside entertaining. Inside, you will love the gourmet kitchen & open floor plan. Lake of the Wood offers golf, pools, stables, fitness center, beaches, Clubhouse & much more!


Welcome home to 7129 Santa Cruz! This beautiful, light filled end unit town home in Heathcote Commons with 3 finished levels and 2 car garage. Great main level open floor plan. Finished basement can be used for office, family room, etc. Fantastic location close to everything. Community with pool, clubhouse, playground, and plenty of guest parking. Walking distance to shops & cafes, convenient to I-66 & 29/15.
This home is offered at $364,900!
Interested in learning more? Click here for more photos and information.
Contact Mary Maurer to inquire about this home today!

830 Eastover Pkwy, LAKE OF THE WOODS

Peace & serenity abound in this lovingly maintained open floor plan home with extra special features. Enjoy the woods, garden, & birds from the fabulous screened in porch and deck that extend outdoor living. Partially finished lower level offers endless possibilities. You’ll love the Lake of the Woods lifestyle: lakes, beaches, pools, golf, stables, tennis, fitness center, Clubhouse and much more!

Community Features

  • Management: Owner/Self-Management
  • Bar/Lounge, Basketball Courts, Beach, Boat Ramp, Club House, Common Grounds, Fitness Center, Gated Community, Golf Club, Golf Course, Jogging/Walking Path, Horse Trails, Lake, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Pier/Dock, Pool (Outdoor), Putting Green, Recreation Center, Riding/Stables, Security, Soccer Field, Boat Slip, Gift Shop, Tennis Courts, Tot Lots/Playground, Water/Lake Privileges
  • Management Included, Master Insurance Policy Included, Pier/Dock Maintenance, Reserve Funds Included, Road Maintenance Included, Tot Lot(s)/Playground Included, Security Gate Included, Snow Removal Included, Security Included, Pool(s) Included
  • Covenants, Restrictions

School Information

  • Elementary School: LOCUST GROVE
  • High School: ORANGE
  • Middle School: LOCUST GROVE

103 Hillside Dr, Lake of the Woods VA- SOLD

This waterfront rambler is sure to please! Beautifully remodeled, open and bright with windows all around to capitalize on lake views. Extensive platforming and decking to enjoy the waterfront to its fullest. Room for all your guests in the home and at the water! Enjoy the Lake of the Woods lifestyle: pools, golf, stables, tennis, pickle ball, fitness center, Clubhouse and so much more!

215 Saylers Creek, LAKE OF THE WOODS VA, SOLD

Welcome to 215 Saylers Creek !

Fabulous one level living on a large, private, nicely landscaped lot. Stone steps welcome you to this beautifully updated home. Features include an impressive stone fireplace,wood floors, & tiled baths. Spacious kitchen boasts new stainless appliances & granite counter tops. Enjoy all the lake amenities: swim in the lake, jump in the pool, play a round of golf, and enjoy dinner at the clubhouse.

Community Features

  • Management: Owner/Self-Management
  • Bar/Lounge, Basketball Courts, Beach, Boat Ramp, Club House, Common Grounds, Fitness Center, Gated Community, Golf Club, Golf Course, Jogging/Walking Path, Horse Trails, Lake, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Pier/Dock, Pool (Outdoor), Putting Green, Recreation Center, Riding/Stables, Security, Soccer Field, Boat Slip, Gift Shop, Tennis Courts, Tot Lots/Playground, Water/Lake Privileges
  • Management Included, Master Insurance Policy Included, Pier/Dock Maintenance, Reserve Funds Included, Road Maintenance Included, Tot Lot(s)/Playground Included, Security Gate Included, Snow Removal Included, Security Included, Pool(s) Included
  • Covenants, Restrictions

School Information

  • Elementary School: LOCUST GROVE
  • High School: ORANGE
  • Middle School: LOCUST GROVE

Civic Club Hosts BOD Candidates at Reception

By Pat Licata, President, Civic Club
Please join the Civic Club on Wednesday, July 12th, at 5:30 PM, as we host a Reception for the BOD Candidates in the Great Hall of the Clubhouse. The LOWA Board candidates are Carl Clawson, Bill Feterle and Cliff Wilks.
The reception will begin with a social time to include hors d ‘oeuvres and a cash bar. A presentation will follow in which each candidate will have up to five minutes to address the gathering.
The Reception for the Candidates is open to all members of the community. Please plan to attend so you may become better acquainted with the candidates. We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!
The Civic Club will dispense with group questioning and encourages members to ask their questions during the social time before and after the candidate’s presentations.
Following the Reception for the Candidates, consider having dinner at the Clubhouse. The deck is open, and the view of the lake is priceless.
The Civic Club has asked each LOWA Board candidate to answer nine questions and their answers are below. On behalf of the Civic Club, we wish the candidates good fortune in the election and want to express appreciation for their willingness to serve our community.

  1. Why are you running for the Board?

Carl Clawson: I am currently on the LOWA Board. It is a one year term. I love the Lake and wish to help preserve and enhance property values and to contribute to the highest possible quality of life for all Lake of the Woods Association members.
Bill Feterle: As a full-time resident, I have a vested interest in LOW. I served 2 years on a condo owner’s association in Florida, and feel I can contribute in a positive manner here.
Cliff Wilks: I am running for the Board because I believe it is time for me to take the next step in community service. I have lived in this community since 2003, served on the Rules Committee, helped rewrite and update the Bylaws, and chaired the Ad Hoc Pool Fitness Center Complex Committee. The experience gained working with many of the current and past Board members also provides an excellent basis for finding solutions. I will vote for those actions which I believe to be in the best interests of the Association and that comply with the governing documents.

  1. What are the 3 most important duties of a Board member?

Bill Feterle: 1) Listen to member’s concerns to better serve the entire community. 2) Maintain infrastructure and amenities, while being fiscally responsible. 3) Ensure that reserves are adequately funded.
Cliff Wilks: The Lake of the Woods Bylaws describe the duties of the Board and each Director. In my view the importance of those duties varies according to the problems or situations being addressed. The most
important duty is for each Director to cast their vote for decisions that are, in that Director’s judgment, in the best interests of the corporation and community, in accordance with the governing documents. Should I be elected, I would start as a Director in September. At that time the important duties would be voting for the Officers of the Association and beginning the budget process, which includes reviewing and approving an annual budget, levying appropriate charges to the Lot Owners, tenants and users of the various facilities. I think at that time it would be important to plan for the future replacement, expansion, acquisition, use and disposal of land, facilities, and equipment owned by the Association.
Carl Clawson: 1) Attend all board meetings and other meetings as required. 2) Make educated decisions as to what the community wants and needs. 3) Be accountable and transparent in the day to day duties to the board and the community.

  1. What should be the role between the Board and LOWA staff, particularly the General Manger?

Cliff Wilks: The Board sets policies, procedures and administrative decisions consistent with the governing documents for the General Manager and staff to manage the day to day operation of the Association. Directors should refrain from making daily operational decisions unless exigent circumstances require otherwise.
Carl Clawson: A Board member is to be as educated in the day to day operation of the community and to ask questions of the Managers when needed to make decisions at the board level. The General Manager and his staff must make decisions on the day to day operations and report back to the Board. All decisions of the Board and Management are to be communicated back to the Members of the community.
Bill Feterle: The board is responsible for the governance of the community. At the behest of the BOD, the GM. and his staff execute the enforcement of rules and regulations plus operations of all amenities.

  1. What do you think of the current status of our facilities/amenities?

Carl Clawson: Now we are in good shape of our present Facilities and Amenities. There are still a lot of ongoing repairs and decisions to be made. The Fitness Center will need to be replaced soon.
Bill Feterle: “Fabulous” LOW offers a large, diverse array to enable member’s enjoyment, in their choice of activities. Most are in good shape/usable and all must be maintained.
Cliff Wilks: I think that our facilities/amenities are generally in good shape. However the fitness center, clubhouse pool, and clubhouse parking lot near the clubhouse are in need of new construction for the fitness center, pool, and an increase in parking spaces for physically challenged individuals. I have not reviewed or inspected our marinas in responding to this question, but it is my understanding that some repairs are needed.

  1. What is your view of LOWA capital planning?

Bill Feterle: The Miller-Dodson survey projects 739 items for the next 30 years, taking into account inflation and future labor costs. This survey should be reviewed every 5 years. If elected I will delve into this matter much deeper.
Cliff Wilks: I think that LOWA has solid capital planning strategies and procedures. My understanding is that the 5-year capital planning process begins with the Planning Committee Chair and the General Manager soliciting committees and member input on projects to be considered for the 5-year plan. Projects are ultimately reviewed and placed in the 5-year plan by the Board of Directors.
Carl Clawson: At this time LOWA uses the Miller Dobson study guidelines for a 30-year plan. Every year the 5-year capital planning process is updated as to what the current needs and repairs are for the upcoming year for the community common areas and amenities. We as Board members review this plan with Management and decide what items can last a little longer or must be completed for the year.

  1. What has been your involvement with LOW community activities?

Cliff Wilks: I served on the Rules Committee from 2012 until 2016 as Secretary and Chair. I received an Outstanding Service Award in 2015. In 2016 I was appointed by the Board President at that time to Chair the Ad Hoc Pool Fitness Center Outdoor Recreation Complex Committee and completed the process called for in the Request for Proposal as set forth in that Committee’s Charter. I received the Outstanding Committee Chair of the year for 2016. I am a member, and the current President, of Chapter 1885 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, along with serving as the Membership Chair. I also help Cause 4 Paws raise money for feline rescue.
Carl Clawson: Currently I am on the Board of Directors. I served three years on the Environmental Control Committee, The Maintenance and Ecology Committee and the Equestrian Committee. I am a member of the LOW Lions Club and Lowlink organization. I volunteer my Time and equipment to help build handicap ramps and perform repairs for the less fortunate in the Lake and Orange County through The Lake of the Woods Church Home Help group and the Lions club.
Bill Feterle: I am a member of the LOW Lions Club. I also belong to the LOW church choir and have participated in 2 Joyful Noise Concerts. I have provided musical entertainment for LOWLINC and will in the future.

  1. Should the Association take an active role in the affairs of state and local government? What type of issues should be addressed?

Carl Clawson: Yes, we should, we are all in this together. It is important that we stay updated with what goes on outside the community because it will affect us in the long run. Some of the issues are the development of Route 3 as far as business development and the quality of our school systems in Orange County.
Bill Feterle: LOW comprises approx. 1/3 of the total population of Orange County, so of course we should be involved in matters which affect us as a community. A county supervisor is continually informing us at BOD meetings of any/all concerns, events, and legislation affecting LOW.
Cliff Wilks: Yes, the Association should take an active role in state and county issues where our interests coincide. The population in Lake of the Woods represents roughly one third of the population of Orange County and we have a large footprint at a major transportation junction. We should ensure that the state and county are aware of our community’s interests and we should be civic partners.

  1. Are you satisfied with how the LOWA budget is developed? Please explain.

Bill Feterle: Development of the LOWA budget is by the BOD, after input of data from management and committees.
Cliff Wilks: I am generally satisfied with the LOWA budget process. My understanding is that the operating budget process begins with the cost center managers who generally use a mixed method of zero based budgeting and historical review of the prior year’s expenses to determine their needs for the upcoming cycle. Once they believe it to be accurate, it moves through the administrative chain to the General Manager and eventually to the Board.
Carl Clawson: I am pleased that we have so many volunteers that serve on committees and work with Management and the Board of Directors to develop the LOWA budget. The Reserve study and budget was built after reviewing actual revenue and expenditures from three previous years and the current year. The stated board goals were a significant factor as was Board Budget Guidance. We review the five-year Capital plan to consider new initiatives, like wise we determine if any spending could be reduced or eliminated.

  1. What is your view for the future of LOW?

Cliff Wilks: I believe the future for Lake of the Woods Association is unclear. We need to ensure that our current and future Boards take actions to maintain and selectively enhance amenities. However, the Association needs to strike a balance between maintaining and enhancing the amenities and the financial stresses of ever increasing assessments on middle income members (including those on fixed incomes). We can do so by encouraging our boards to spend money wisely. In the end, if we do not sustain our aging infrastructure while enhancing our amenities, our continued existence as a closed community is questionable
Carl Clawson: We are the largest community in Orange County. I see LOW as the leader in the future development of Orange County. A lot of the Orange County leaders come from the LOW Community. If we develop and grow as we have in the last 50 years, I can see us as the most sought after community with the most amenities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Bill Feterle: My opinion regarding the future of LOW would be, at a minimum, to maintain our present level of facilities/amenities and when able, to improve upon them.
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Orange July Events

We have gathered some events going on in Orange, VA for you this July!
July 8th – Bull Riding Rodeo
July 15- Orange County Cruisers Cruise Night
July 15th – Annual Pig Roast at Hortons Vineyards
July 19th – July 23 – Orange County Fair
July 23- Virginia’s Covered Bridges Presentation By Ms. Ann Miller
Please visit Orange directly for updates and more events!
Not interested in what you see here? Check out the events at Montpelier and in Culpeper for July!


Culpeper July Events

We have gathered a list of events going on in Culpeper, VA in July for you!
Please click on the link to be directed to their website for more information & tickets for each event.
July 7th – Cattle drive weekend
July 7th – Libations on the Lawn
July 8th – Full Moon Field party
July 15th –3rd Annual Dino walk
July 17th – Adventure & Exploration
July 21st – Fort Germanna & Old House Vineyards tour
July 22nd – Cruisin’ for Heroes Monthly Bruster’s Cruise
For new & updated events, visit Culpeper !
Not interested in what you see here?
Check out other local events in Orange and at Montpelier !