“Groundhog Day” Potluck & Skating Party is here!

Join us at 12:00 noon THIS Saturday, February 2nd, for a “Groundhog Day” (a.k.a. Winter Fest) potluck lunch in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.    Winter Fest 2012Then head down to the pond for skating and bonfire, weather permitting.  Please bring a main dish, side dish, salad, soup, or dessert to share.  Coffee, cocoa, cider and hot tea will be provided.

If you are not into skating, board games will be available for those wanting to stay inside.  Also, it is always a good time for getting acquainted with your neighbors.

RSVP – Please let Ken, kbperdew@q.com, 303-838-7768, or Tracie, tracie.schaefer@yahoo.com, know if you will be there so as to know how many to prepare for.  Thank you!

Hope to see EVERYONE there!

February 2013 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 PM, Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Regular monthly reports will be given.  The five member 2013 Board of Directors will be elected.  To be eligible to vote, completed membership forms and ballots, found in the 2013 Newsletter, must be in before this meeting.  Nominees are Brad Burk, Dan Colligan, Jeff DeBerry, Paul Ellis, Ken Perdew, Tracie Schaefer and Ted Stein.

Dues for the calendar year of 2013 remain at $35.00 plus $25.00 for fishing permits.  Renters may also become members.  For additional information, call Ken Perdew at 303-838-7768.

Bear Counting In Canada

I want to share a link to a very special YouTube video that we obtained through an email sent to Paul Ellis this week.  Rick Mercer and some wildlife experts demonstrate how they perform a winter bear census in the hibernation den of a black bear and her three young cubs.  They are in a park named after the Algonquin Indians located in northern Ontario, Canada.  It has Bear Countingentertainment, education and amazement all rolled up into one video!  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vJRDpTUIrJI&vq=medium

Many thanks to those that helped with the newsletter!

newsletter2013gAfter the regular monthly ECHPOA meeting on January 2, 2013, many people stayed to help put stamps and stickers on the annual newsletters.  We also want to thank all those who submitted the articles, pulled them together, had them printed and folded before the meeting even started!

To see more pictures, click on the Newsletter Mailing page under the Photo Gallery menu option.  To see a copy of the newsletter that was mailed out, click on the January 2013 issue, on the Annual Newsletter page, under the Meeting Minutes & Newsletters menu option.

One way to prepare for winter!

Patrick Humphreys sent an email to Ken Perdew,woodstacking001 Ken forwarded it to me, and I could not resist in sharing it here on our blog!

To view more amazing pictures on how to stack your wood for the winter, click on the Wood Stacking page under the Photo Gallery menu option.  I think we should have a “Community Wood Stacking Contest” next year!

Cell Phone Question for our Neighbors

I recently received this question on our blog:

Cell PhoneWe are contemplating purchasing a home in Elk Creek Highlands and were wondering if anyone has a cell phone carrier that works in the area.  If not then who supplies hard line phone service to the area and what is the approx monthly cost of it.  Also is there any internet providers in the area?  Thanks

Below is my answer.  If there are other neighbors with another experience / advice, please let us know by either making a comment at the end of this article or sending me an email at CUNColorado@aol.com!

Our cabin is located near the Elk Creek Highlands Property Owners Association Building and pond.  I have heard of a few reception “spots” throughout the community, however, there were none on our property.  We use Verizon Wireless and purchased a Network Extender from their website for a one time fee of $270.  It acts like a “mini-tower” and allows us to get cell phone reception within 40 feet from the extender, inside and outside our cabin.  In fact we get more “bars” with the extender than we do with the regular towers in Denver!  It is about the same size as an internet router, needs to be connected to the internet through the router, and placed in a window for the best signal.  We decided to go with DSL for internet access and pay CenturyLink $45 per month for that service.  Unfortunately, at this time the “fastest” DSL you can get in our area is only 1.5 mbps.  There are rumors that CenturyLink will have “fiber” in our area sometime in February, 2013, and the available speed will be 12 to 20 mbps.  Meanwhile, the speed we currently have does cause problems if one person is using the cell phone and one person starts up the computer to access the internet.  The reception worsens and internet video streaming begins to jump.  Our extender is also provider specific, only cell phones with Verizon service can use it.  I know there are other neighbors that use a dish and DirecTV for their services, however, for what we need the Network Extender works fine!