December 24, 2017 — Several Northern birds migrate to our area where they remain over the winter. Regular winter migratory visitors to our neighborhood include Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) and Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola).
A group of eight Tundra Swans was spotted on Presley Creek around noon, Sunday, Dec. 24. In previous years we have seen as many as 30-plus Tundras.
Here’s a photo of the group seen Dec 24. Tundra Swans feed on underwater vegetation — notice several of these swans have their heads under water, feeding.
Merry Christmas to all our Members and Happy Holidays
As the 2017 holidays approach, I wanted to express my appreciation to all our members, board directors, project officers, and our extended family of volunteers for the on-going support you provided during a busy and successful 2017.
Our major accomplishment was the long-awaited completion of the PBE POA Beach Stabilization Project. Many hours and ever more dollars have been invested in securing our common area beach, bulkhead, and fishing pier for the long-term benefit for our members and their guests, in the coming years. Years of planning and many hours of detailed discussion and legal documentation have finally come to fruition – Thank You Ray & Volunteers!
Other notable projects; I will call-out three: first the beautiful renovated signage at our community entry and beach areas – Thanks Buddy – Marie and Don – Katherine. Second our secure and technically advanced website; https://pbepoa.com/ . Thank you Joe Schlatter for monthly postings and maintenance and Martha Hulse for your technical acumen and consultation for this secure implementation.
Our third success is behind the scenes with Tink Seymour’s on-going Community Watch and CINC grass cutting over-watch – Thanks Tink.
I will stop here to say thanks to each member who took pride in your plantings and lawns this past year. Thanks for investing your time to make our community a better place to live and to visit.
As we welcome 2018 – I ask that we keep our optimistic outlook for the future and rededicate ourselves to our personal health, our community well-being, and happiness. Let’s continue to keep smiling, give thanks for our many blessings, and continue to offer our neighbors a wave, a thank you, and a helping hand.
God Bless you and yours in 2018. May you enjoy good health.
Dave Williams, President PBE – Property Owners Association
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all our friends and neighbors at Potomac Bay Estates !!
As of Sunday morning, December 10, 7:00 AM: We missed the worst of the predicted winter storm.
From Friday night, Dec 8, until after midnight, Dec 9-10, our neighborhood experienced cold rain mixed with snow; snow; winds up to 5 MPH; and, temperatures around and sometimes below freezing. We had almost no accumulation of snow in the neighborhood, with snow dusting the ground in most places.
However, most of Northumberland County experienced 2 – 3 inches of snow except on the roads — roads remained clear, although roads were wet.
As of Sunday morning, Dec 10, skies are clearing. Here’s a link to the weather forecast for the next few days.
As of 5:00 PM, EST, Friday, December 8:
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM EST SATURDAY…
* WHAT…Expect rain or snow to transition to all snow this evening, especially across the western part of the county. Plan on slippery travel conditions.
Total wet snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches across the eastern part of the county and up to 5
inches across the western part of Northumberland County.
* WHERE…Northumberland County.
* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 4 PM EST Saturday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.
The rocket launch from Wallops Island on Sunday, November 12, was successful. An earlier launch scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, was postponed.
The launch was barely visible from our neighborhood because of cloud banks over the Chesapeake Bay. For a few seconds after launch, the flame from the tail of the rocket was visible as a bright yellow-orange spot climbing into the sky then disappearing behind the cloud bank.
Rockets are launched from the Wallops Island launch pad from time to time. Watch their website for launch schedules: Wallops Island NASA website.
The rocket launch from Wallops Island — which will be visible from our neighborhood — has been postponed.
Launch is now scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 7:14 AM. Details on the Wallops Island NASA website.
Launch originally was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:37 AM. However, that launch was scrubbed with 1 minute 15 seconds left in the countdown because an aircraft had intruded into the launch airspace.
To view the launch, look to the east, across the Chesapeake Bay — Wallops Island launch facility is on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, across the Bay from our neighborhood. A good place to see the launch is at the end of the deck in our picnic area.