Notice to all PBE Property Owners: Dues and water fees are due by March 31

Property Owners of Potomac Bay Estates:

This is a notice for fees due for 2020.

The 2020 annual membership dues are $300 per lot.  This is an increase of $100 over the prior year, as voted unanimously by the membership at the 2019 membership meeting.

In addition, for those properties that are connected to the community water system, the rate for 2020 is $325 per lot.  This is a decrease of $75 from the prior year, as voted by the Board of Directors.

All fees are due by March 31, 2020.  Please send a single payment for the total of your fees.**

Mail your check, payable to Potomac Bay Estates POA, to:

Martha Hulse
Treasurer, PBEPOA,
324 Potomac Drive
Heathsville, VA 22473

If you have any questions, please email me at  potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com.

Thank you,
Martha Hulse
Treasurer, PBEPOA

** Total Dues Calculations:

  • 1 Lot without connection to water system —  $300
  • 1 Lot connected to community water system —  $625
  • 2 Lots, one connected to community water system  —   $925

Witch Hazel is now blooming

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana,  Hamamelis mollis, and other cultivars) are shrubs, some of which reach 15-20 feet tall, others top out at 4-6 feet.  Witch Hazel may be the most neglected shrub ever — few people plant it.  Witch Hazel adapts to a range of conditions — wet, dry, hot, cold, good soil, bad soil, tender care, neglect — Witch Hazel just keeps plugging along.

Hamamelis mollis (also called “Chinese Witch Hazel”) is the most popular shrub.  The unique property about this shrub is that it blooms in late December through late January — in the dead of winter, after its foliage has died and the branches are bare.  Blooms vary — yellow, yellow-gold, dark orange, and combinations of these colors

Some gardeners plant Witch Hazel mixed with tall grasses so in the winter the garden features the dead, dried grass plumes as a backdrop for the brilliant yellow-gold Witch Hazel blossoms.

The blossoms have a somewhat strong, musky scent that is pleasant and quite noticeable.  On a calm day, you can sense the fragrance when you get within 8-10 feet of the shrub.

The leaves and bark of the North American witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, are used to produce an astringent  as a cooling agent for various uses in traditional medicine,  herbalism  and skincare products.  This astringent was widely used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans and is typically sold in modern pharmacies as witch-hazel water and as semisolid ointments, creams, gels, and salves.  It is commonly used to treat diaper rash in infants.   As an ingredient and a topical agent, witch hazel water is regulated in the United States as an over-the-counter drug for external use only to soothe minor skin irritations.

Here are some links to articles about Witch Hazel.

Here are photos of a Chinese Witch Hazel planted in one lawn in our neighborhood.

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Association Board of Directors’ meeting announced

The Potomac Bay Estates Property Owners’ Association (PBE POA) Board of Directors will meet:

  • Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 1:00 PM

  •  4142 Newman’s Neck Road (Williams residence)

Board meetings are open to all Association members.  If you plan to attend, please notify us by email to potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com.

Here is a copy of the agenda for the January 17 meeting.  _v.03_0117-2020 Agenda PBE BOD_0106

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Association annual meeting:  Saturday, April 18
  • Spring picnic:  Sunday, May 24