Read the latest and greatest from Annapolis Roads…
In this update:
* Community Fall Classic Family Potluck Picnic – Saturday, September 10th
* Monthly ARPOA Board Meeting: Tuesday, September 13^th 7:00-8:30 p.m.
* Annapolis Roads Recreational Water Testing: AACC “Operation Clearwater”
* Sewer Line Leak Ogleton Road – Repaired
* Lost and “Trapped” Dog Rescued – Carrollton Road
* SPCA “Walk for the Animals” Sunday September 25, 2022 8:00am – 12:00pm at Quiet Waters Park
* Labor Day Weekend – Linda Dodge
* What’s in Your Well Water?
SAVE THE DATE! – Community Fall Classic Family Potluck Picnic
Saturday, September 10^th – (rain date, September 17^th)
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
* Bar and beverage service begins at 3:30 and ends at 6:00 p.m.
* Food service begins at 4:00 and ends at 6:00 p.m.
* Clean-up begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. for completion no later than 6:30 p.m.
* The firepit is available for the Fall Classic but will not be hosted by the Social Committee
The fall community picnic, The Fall Classic, is traditionally a “potluck” and less structured than the catered Spring Fling.
Bring your favorite dish (or you favorite purchased dish – no guilt) to add to the grilled hotdogs (regular and all beef) and burgers provided by ARPOA. We are encouraging 1 or more veggie casseroles for those among us who are not carnivores. Rumor has it that there may be a meat free flat grill used to grill veggies for vegetarian fare…. Sorry, we can’t promise vegan, unless that is the potluck dish you choose to bring.
Also provided are beverages – alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Grilling and bartending will be performed by ARPOA Board members and community volunteers.
Also, the Beach Remediation and Preservation Committee members will have a table with information and briefing materials – more details to follow.
Volunteers for the Fall Classic: As always, we need and value community volunteers to assist the Social Committee with planning, activities, set up and clean up. If you can volunteer some time toward this event please contact Suzy Lutz at lutz1007@comcast or Carol Tabak at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENERAL QUESTIONS? Email email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monthly ARPOA Board Meeting:
Tuesday, September 13^th 7:00-8:30 p.m. via ARPOA Zoom service.
Details to follow prior to the meeting.
Annapolis Roads Recreational Water Testing:
Anne Arundel Community College “Operation Clearwater”
This week concludes the 2022 testing season. We hope you have benefitted from the testing. The ARPOA Board has contacted with AACC for testing for many years. Annapolis Roads community recreational swim/boating areas fared well this year, with no dangerously elevated values!
Below is a chart of the season. If you want to learn more or compare our values to other communities or to review past seasons, go to: https://sites.google.com/view/aaccecoperationclearwater/home. A link to this information is also located at the bottom of the Annapolis Roads website (https://annapolisroads.net/) home page – just click on the Water Quality (https://sites.google.com/view/aaccecoperationclearwater) icon.
Annapolis Roads site 1: at the beach, directly in from the path from Carrollton Road
Annapolis Roads site 2: at the community dock, Paca Lane
“Values are reported as colony forming units of enterococci per 100 ml of water (cfu/100 ml). Enterococci are bacteria found in the gut of warm-blooded animals including humans and birds such as geese and ducks. High concentrations of enterococci indicate fecal contamination and the possible presence of pathogenic bacteria. Values below 104 cfu/100 ml are considered safe for swimming.
After rain of more than 0.5 inches Anne Arundel County recommends avoiding contact with water for 48 hours.” [per Operation Clearwater].
Sewer Line Leak – Ogleton Road
As previously reported on the ARPOA Facebook page, there was a pressurized sewer line leak near 2664 Ogleton Road. Thanks especially to neighbors Bryan Hill, and Brian and Christine Vincent, the “water” running down the ditch along Ogleton Road was identified as being from the sewer system. An ARPOA board officer called in the request to the County’s Public Works emergency line on August 25th.
An emergency crew responded the evening it was called in. The source of the leak was determined to be in the line from the grinder pump to the street and not the grinder pump. A work crew with a fleet of required equipment arrived the following morning, August 26th. They found and repaired the faulty curb valve which was the source of the leak.
The crew completed the work and departed around noon. A County contractor will repair the base and replace the temporary patch with permanent pavement. [Photos from Linda Dodge]
Great service from the County! As a reminder the 24-hour emergency number for Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works for grinder pump and other sewer emergencies within the County owned and maintained lines is: (410) 222-8400.
Lost and “Trapped” Dog Rescued – Carrollton Road
As noted on the ARPOA Facebook page: Steven Griffiths noticed a little dog hiding in the bushes along Carrollton Road near Ogleton Road. When the dog didn’t move when called and upon closer inspection, he found that it was actually trapped and tangled in the bushes. Steven cut the shrubs with loppers, and he and Bryan untangled the dog.
Steven, and Bryan and Joann Dean tended to the dog while attempts were made to identify the dog that had no collar or tags.
An ARPOA board officer assisted with taking the dog to a local vet, Bay Ridge Animal Hospital (behind K&B True Value Hardware) to determine if it had a chip – the ASPCA which provides free scanning service was closed. Luckily the dog was chipped and clinic staff were able to contact the chip registry. The registry staff in turn contacted the last entity associated with the chip number, which was a pet adoption agency in WVa. The agency representative made contact with Steven, indicating she was anxious to recover the little dog and asked to pick it up that evening. Steven offered to meet the representative part way to deliver the dog.
Another happy ending thanks to Annapolis Roads’ residents who value pets, and especially, for Steven Griffiths for really “going the extra mile”.
Photos from Bryan Dean and Linda Dodge [Left- Steven Griffins literally chopping the little dog free. Right: Bryan Dean and “Doggie Jane Doe”]. See ARPOA Facebook for photos by Steven Griffiths.
Having a chip, in addition to a collar or tag with a contact number and a geo-locator collar can mean the difference in being reunited with your pet or not. If a pet escapes your home, it may not have its collar on; however, the “under the skin” chip is essential. As seen here, the simple survival of a lost pet, may be dependent upon simply being seen by a caring person who is willing to initiate its rescue.
Sun. Sep 25, 2022 8:00am – 12:00pm
See event details at:
SPCA Walk for the Animals | Anne Arundel County, MD (aacounty.org) (https://www.aacounty.org/news-and-events/events/event/09/25/2022/spca-walk-for-the-animals)
Labor Day Weekend – Linda Dodge
Personally, I have had a difficult relationship with Labor Day Weekend most of my life!
* As a child, it meant the end of the carefree summer and a return to the classroom;
* As a teenager it meant the last concert and the closing of the drive-in theater for the season… memory lane: DRIVE-IN THEATER OPENING INTRO/10 MIN INTERMISSION – Bing video (https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=drive+in+history&&view=detail∣=02D2D012EAAC6855A0E902D2D012EAAC6855A0E9&rvsmid=F1726801AE38462D9C12F1726801AE38462D9C12&FORM=VDMCNR) ;
* As an “adult”, I came to think of it as the end of “umbrella drinks” and steamed crabs; and
* Now, I think of it as a harbinger of cold weather and snow!
But, did you know –
Labor Day was actually established in an attempt to improve relations with American workers. Congress passed an act making “Labor Day” a legal holiday for all U.S. states and territories and the District of Columbia. On June 28^th 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the act into law.
For the unofficially official details and “Fun Facts About Labor Day” go to: Labor Day: 13 Fun Facts About The Unofficial End Of Summer (ibtimes.com) (https://www.ibtimes.com/labor-day-13-fun-facts-about-unofficial-end-summer-3285174#:~:text=Labor%20Day%20is%20the%20unofficial%20end%20of%20hot,to%20wear%20white%20after%20the%20end%20of%20summer.) , including:
* The end of Summer
* The end of hotdog Season
* The unofficial beginning of the football season
* And of course, you can’t wear white after Labor Day – right? The story behind why you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day (msn.com) (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/the-story-behind-why-youre-not-supposed-to-wear-white-after-labor-day/ar-BB18L3A7)
Regardless of your relationship with the Labor Day Weekend and how you choose to enjoy it, please do so safely, and if you “over imbibe”, please get a ride, don’t drive.
What’s in Your Well Water?
We hear anecdotal reports from residents of “well” issues and concerns – especially older or more shallow wells. Complaints vary from bacteria to hardness and odors.
Recently, a Carrollton Road resident mentioned on ARPOA Facebook page that he had been experiencing stomach upsets which led to him having his well water tested. The test revealed that the well was contaminated with bacteria. His message created a number of inquiries and sharing of similar instances.
Specifics about his well:
* drilled in 1970
* 83 feet deep
* water source is the Aquia Aquifer.
Here are some ways to keep your water clean, clear and healthy
* If you live in a home with a well, YOU are responsible for ensuring its safety and maintenance. Mark your calendar to have your well tested and inspected yearly.
* It is recommended that water be tested every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels.
* If you notice a change in your water, contact your local county health department (https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/beaches/pages/beaches_healthdepts.aspx) to arrange for a test or to request a list of State-certified water testing laboratories serving your area.
* Homeowners with wells should sample any time there is a change in odor, taste or appearance of the water.
* If you suspect a problem with your water, survey your well and consider making simple changes to stay safe such as having your septic system checked or decreasing the amound of fertilizers or other chemicals used around your well.
Note: To request well records for your property go to: Request For Copies of Septic or Well Records Online – Anne Arundel County Department of Health (aahealth.org) (https://www.aahealth.org/request-for-copies-of-septic-or-well-records/)
If you are interested in learning more about the aquifer that is the source of your well water read on. Information ranges from basic details of water levels to those seeking deep “nerd” dives into the details of our aquifers including chemical properties; and where/how to retrieve information about your well.
Coastal Plain Aquifers in Maryland (specific to Anne Arundel County below)
Aquia Aquifer – The Aquia aquifer is an important source of supply in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Queen Anne’s, Kent, St. Mary’s and Talbot Counties. It is also used to a lesser extent in Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, and Prince George’s Counties.
Magothy Aquifer – The Magothy aquifer is an important source of water for both public and domestic supply on Maryland’s western shore in Anne Arundel and Charles Counties, and in the central and northern portions of the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties.
Upper Patapsco Aquifer System – The Upper Patapsco aquifer system is an important source of water supply on Maryland’s western shore in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties. It is also utilized in Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, and Talbot Counties.
Lower Patapsco Aquifer System – The Lower Patapsco aquifer is an important source of water supply on Maryland’s western shore in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as in Cecil and Queen Anne’s Counties on the Eastern Shore.
Patuxent Aquifer System – The Patuxent aquifer system is an important source of supply on Maryland’s western shore in Anne Arundel, Charles, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as in Cecil County. [source: USGS]
Water Quality Problem Areas Based On Existing Conditions – Anne Arundel County Department of Health (aahealth.org) (https://www.aahealth.org/water-quality-problem-areas/)
HA 730-L North Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system text (usgs.gov) (https://pubs.usgs.gov/ha/ha730/ch_l/L-text3.html)
Coastal Plain Aquifers in Maryland (md.gov) (http://www2.mgs.md.gov/groundwater/coastal_plain_aquifers.html) [USGS]
MGS Study – Observation of Well Network [Anne Arundel County Observation-Well Network (md.gov) (http://www.mgs.md.gov/groundwater/current/anne_arundel_county_network.html) ]
The primary objective of these networks is to monitor the effects of water-supply withdrawals on groundwater levels at both a local (well field) and regional scale. More specifically the water-level data are used to help assess:
* long-term sustainability of the water supply;
* well interference (drawdown at each well in a multiple-well system added to drawdowns at the other wells);
* (3) potential for increased development of the aquifers;
* potential for salt-water intrusion, where applicable; and
* the role of ground-water extraction in land subsidence.
Groundwater quality (md.gov) (http://www.mgs.md.gov/groundwater/water_quality.html) – interactive map by aquifer and property or chemical levels such as: arsenic, hardness, iron, lead, nitrate, radon, salt chloride), and radioactivity.
Don’t forget to drink water and get some sun.
You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions. – unknown
Please, take care. Be safe.
Best wishes on behalf of the Annapolis Roads Board of Directors,
President, Annapolis Roads Property Owners Assoc. (ARPOA)
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