Entrance sign painted, little more work needed

Marie and Buddy Catterton took on the task of restoring our entrance sign.  Here’s the way the sign looked before they started work.


This photo does not show the extensive termite damage on the rear of the sign, nor does it show the real condition of the paint — peeling, dried, flaking off.

And here’s the sign as of April 19 after weeks of scraping, filling, and painting.  They will apply two coats of sealer front and back, let the sealer dry, then they will re-mount the sign on the posts at the entrance to the neighborhood.

The newly-restored entrance sign, sitting in Marie and Buddy’s garage, waiting for two coats of sealer before it’s replaced at the neighborhood entrance.

Thank you, Marie and Buddy!!

Thanks, Kathy and Don Peebles — Rebuilt Common Area Sign

The old sign at the entrance to the common area at the western end of Potomac Drive has been given new life thanks to Kathy and Don Peebles.  The old sign was designed, built, and painted by Carol Seymour.  Over the years, weather had taken a heavy toll on the sign, so, Kathy and Don took on the mission of refurbishing the sign.

They removed the old letters; sanded, scraped and repainted the sign background; purchased new letters as needed then cleaned and painted all the letters.  Here’s the rebuilt sign.


And here’s the “before” sign:


Thank you, Kathy and Don!!

Marie and Buddy Catterton are working on the sign at the neighborhood entrance.  After almost 15 years, the old carved wooden sign had been attacked by termites as well as the weather.  Marie and Buddy removed the sign from its mounting about two weeks ago.  Since then, they have cleaned and painted the mounting posts; scraped the old paint from the sign; applied several coats of primer-sealer; and are now painting the sign.  It should be done and back in place by early May.

Common Area Caution

After completion of the beach project, the contractor graded and seeded the common area after which the seeded area was covered with straw, which was covered with nylon netting to hold the straw in place.

After a couple of storms, some of the netting was blown away.  On Tuesday, March 28, Frank Goyette and Joe Schlatter placed straw blankets over the areas from which the netting had blown away.

Grass is beginning to sprout under the straw — we need to protect the new grass until late this summer at which time it will be fairly well established.

CAUTION:  Although the netting is secured to the ground with wire staples, the netting still presents a tripping hazard because the net can catch on shoes and can bunch up under your feet.




Refurbishing our neighborhood signs

Two signs in the Potomac Bay Estates are showing their age — the welcome sign at the entrance to the neighborhood, and, the sign at the entrance to the common area at the western end of Potomac Drive.

Two of our resident couples have agreed to refurbish these signs:  Marie and Buddy Catterton will work on the main entrance sign while Kathy and Don Peebles will restore the common area sign.

Here are “before” photos.

Here’s the sign at the entrance to the neighborhood



And here’s the sign at the entrance to the common area.



We will post photos as work progresses.

Beach Project Completed!!

Today — Friday, March 10 — marked the end of a week in which our contractor and neighborhood volunteers completed work on our beach project.  Photos of the completed project are in our Photo Album on page Beach Project Completed.

On Monday and Tuesday, the contractor placed stringers from the 8 X 10 deck to pilings in the Potomac River, ready for volunteers to extend the deck to its full length.  The contractor then graded the common area so water will run into the ditch along the road, through the culvert and into Presley Creek.  He seeded the area with contractor mix grass seed and Bermuda grass then covered the seeded area with straw and plastic net.  The contractor mix grass should sprout in 2-3 weeks.   The Bermuda will not sprout until temperatures are consistently above 80 degrees; this grass will provide a thick carpet.

On Wednesday, the materials to complete the deck were delivered.

On Thursday, aided by spring-like temperatures and a calm, sunny day volunteers completed most of the work on the extended deck.  Thanks to Dave Williams, Frank Goyette, Ray Michelini and Joe Schlatter from the neighborhood, as well as Dave Hancock, our neighbor at Kritter Korner.

The weather turned nasty on Friday with rain showers, increasing winds from the Northwest and falling temperatures.  Nevertheless, Dave Williams, Frank Goyette, Don Peebles, Sandy Rowe, and Joe Schlatter completed the deck by installing guard rails and top rails.

Two minor tasks remain:  (1) installing signs, and, (2) planting salt-tolerant grass along the top of the bulkhead.

CAUTION:  Most of the common area was graded and seeded.  The seeded area is covered with straw and plastic net.  Although the plastic net is stapled to the ground, it creates a tripping hazard.  When you walk over the parts of the common area covered by net, please watch your step as your feet can become entangled in the net.  Watch children closely.  After the grass has sprouted and begun to establish itself, we will remove the net.  Until then, please be careful.