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April and May 2009

Dutchland Woods At Home Because Home Is Where One Starts From
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N E X T I S S U E D U E D A T E M A Y 1 5 , 2 0 0 9 SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:

Dutchland Woods Annual HOA Meeting News Dutchland Woods POA
trustees held their first meeting of the new calendar year Sunday, March 15, at 5:30 PM at the White House. Items of interest are as follows: The playground has been improved by excavating beneath the equipment areas and replacing the excavation with new mulch. The excavated dirt was spread behind the new White House shed, and will be seeded this spring. The Annual Cleanup Day will be Saturday, April 25th, and the Annual Garage Sale will be the following weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. The big decisions at the first meeting after the Annual -Meeting were the election of officers, which are as follows: President, Ned Burris; Vice President, Steve Koebbe; Treasurer, Dave Eck; and Secretary, Vicki Kemper and Jan Richards serving alternately as co-secretaries. In addition, Ned will maintain the Website, Mike Jantauch will be in charge of the Pool. Jodi Strutz will be in charge of Social and Recreation, and Brian Church will be in charge of White House Maintenance and The Dolphins. A new Social and Recreation Committee is already at work planning activities for the subdivision. Committee members include Jodi Strutz, a new trustee; Sharon Pierce, chair-

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chairperson; Karen Stephenson; and Shaun Brunner. Karen Stephenson will also manage the Dolphins this year. Lots of activities are being considered and your ideas would be welcome, especially since they will have a $0 budget. Participants will have to support their own activities. That’s a novel idea! A summer kick-off picnic will be announced soon. All are welcome to attend Board meetings which are held the third Sunday every month, 5:30 PM, at the White House. Graeme George
GCGeorge@RoadRunner.com

DUTCHLAND
Are you interested in learning how to grow and preserve your own food? Are you interested in contributing healthy fresh vegetables to area food pantries? Would you like for your children to learn to eat vegetables? If so, your family

WOODS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Spring is coming soon. The garden plots will be located behind the White House as they were last year. Dan Remley

might be interested in participating in the Dutchland Woods Community Garden this year. Please call Dan Remley at 755-3278 or e-mail him at Remley.4@osu.edu to sign up for a plot.

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Joanne & Brad Arnott Independent Unfranchise Owners of Market America, Inc. PH: 755-0997 Email: bjarnott@aol.com

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Garage Sale is just around the corner… start going through your closets and grab your items for the big sale! Community Garage Sale Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2. Sign up to be a part of this fun event! For more information contact Sharon Pierce at 759-4160
Would you like balloons on your mailbox to gather attention to your sale? Would you like maps to show buyers where the sales are? Be a part of this group of homeowners gathering to create great events for social events. The new Trustee covering social events is Jodi Strutz (254-0301)please contact her or Sharon Pierce to join the group for one activity or more!

Scott Lyle, Mortgage Loan Originator Contact Information 513-509-1736 Email Scott.Lyle@53.com 30 Fountain Square

What a great community! Be a part of it! Great ideas are forming into fun events!

Dutchland Woods At Home
Meet the Schmidts of 6729 Woodland Trace Court Ken Schmidt has been a machinist at Loroco Industries in Blue Ash for 26 years. Linnette Schmidt is the director of the Mom's Morning Out program at Hopewell First Church of God. Lindsay Schmidt, 9, is a third-grader at Woodland Elementary School. Kenny Schmidt, 6, is a first-grader at Wyandot Early childhood Center. The family moved to Dutchland Woods in June of 2002, just nine days before my Kenny was born. Some family projects include installing a back yard fence, a back yard stone patio, a hot tub and a pool. The front yard is now landscaped with bricks. One challenging project was moving a shed via truck, chain and logs from another yard to their own. ”That was fun to watch,” Linnette said. She calls her husband a “true do it yourselfer” and said he enjoys the work. But, when Tomahawk cheerleading season starts up and her children get involved in their many activities, she said the projects may be scaled back. “We are currently planning a kitchen remodel, which includes knocking down a wall, installing new ceramic tile throughout, and new kitchen cabinetry and countertops,” Linnette said. “We will also be having a deck put in around the pool. My husband will still be able to stay busy with the other projects, which include building a roof on the back of our house for shade over our patio, finishing a fire pit/landscaping project in the back, building his outdoor kitchen, and finally, beginning the task of finishing our basement. Our advice for neighbors thinking of doing similar projects would be to plan the project and decide on a completion date. Get a lot of estimates, ask your friends who they would recommend, decide if any of the work can be done yourself, and have a lot of patience.” “We really love living here because of our wonderful neighbors and friends. Everyone is always willing to lend a hand, whether it is helping you out when you get stuck in the snow, sitting with your sick children while you run to get medicine, planning a neighborhood grill out when the power goes out, or sending someone over to help whenever you call on them for any reason. The people around here are just like family to us. We also appreciate that our location is so convenient to just about everything you need.” When the weather gets warm, you will find this family at the swimming pool, in the company of friends or just hanging out on the patio. “Of course there will also be the usual Kings Island trips, local park adventures and the annual trip up North to Grandpa's horse farm,” she said. “I am mostly looking forward to just relaxing and sharing happy times with friends....times that will hopefully include delicious meals being cooked in our new outdoor kitchen area.”

This community newsletter is to keep you informed and up to date on what is going on in the neighborhood and to provide you with up to the date information on local and national real estate news! Please consider thanking the contributors and sponsors and calling them when you are in need of their services! We could use help delivering the newsletter! If you would like to deliver to your street please call me! Several neighbors have delivered the newsletter for years. Please consider helping! If you have an article idea or would like to place an advertisement, please call me at 513-378-1461 or email me brendaswigert@gmail.com

Easter Egg Hunt Sunday April 5th 2pm Fun! Fun!! Fun!!! Egg hunt on the Dutchland Woods White House Lawn! Come bring your children and their baskets to gather their eggs! Prizes ! Fun! Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, please bring your own camera for pictures.

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WIN MOM A MAKEOVER!
Win Mom a Makeover valued at $200.00 with owner Karen Welch, Master Stylist Courtesy of Bajon Salon & Spa and Your Neighborhood Realtor, Brenda Swigert! Receive your choice of an Artistic Consultation, Artistic Cut and Style, Full Highlight and Conditioning Treatment… Or spend the day being pampered with a European Facial (Facial is a FULL 60 minutes) Shampoo & Finish Scalp Massage Classic Manicure Classic Pedicure Contestants must be 18 or older! Email “I want to win a Makeover for Mom” to Brendaswigert@gmail.com (include name and telephone number) Deadline is May 1, 2009 Winner will be notified by email and phone. All decisions are final.

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Mom’s morning out!
Moms' Morning Out-Now Registering!
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6 months – 24 months 1 day a week: $45/month Wednesday: 9:30am–12:00pm 2-5 Year Olds 2 days a week: $90/month Mon & Wed: 9:30am–12:00pm

Beginning Oct 2009 -Lunch Bunch $5/day Children bring lunch and eat with friends. Optional for all children Mon & Wed: 12:00pm-1:00pm “Totally Optional Tuesday” Advance Reservations Required Open to all members and Non members of MMO 2-5 yr olds Tuesday: 9:30- 12:00pm $ 25.00 / per day

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Thank you for spending the time keeping up with the neighborhood! This newsletter is brought to you by Your Neighborhood Realtor Brenda Swigert I live on Netherland Drive and am passionate about our neighborhood! Call me anytime! 378-1461

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provisions
From Ohio Realtor…. The “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” passed last month is a $780 billion package, with roughly 35 percent devoted to tax cuts (mostly for 2009) and the rest to spending intended to occur in 2009 and 2010. The mix of provisions of interest includes: Homebuyer Tax Credit– Provides for a $8,000 tax credit that would be available to first-time homebuyers for the purchase of a principal residence on or after Jan 1, 2009 and before Dec.1, 2009. FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Loan Limits– The bill reinstates last year’s 2008 loan limits for FHA, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae loans. These limits were equal to the greater of 125 percent of the 2009 local area median home price or $271,050 for FHA and $417,000 for Fannie and Freddie, with an overall maximum cap of $729,750. These limits will expire Dec. 31, 2009. Neighborhood Stabilization– Provides $2 billion in additional funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The NSP was created by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2009 to provide grants through the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) to states and localities to address the problems that can be created when whole neighborhoods are decimated by foreclosures. Commercial Real Estate– The bill focused on green building and energy efficiency as well as business tax incentives. The stimulus provides significant funds for state energy programs, which could be used to support commercial property owners’ investment in energy efficiency upgrades. Rural Housing Service– The bill provides an additional $500 million to existing USDA Rural Housing programs. The RHS provides both a guaranteed loan program and a direct housing loan program for those meeting the program’s eligibility criteria. Low Income Housing Grants– Allow states to trade in a portion of their 2009 low-income housing tax credits for Treasury grants to finance the construction or acquisition and rehabilitation of low-income housing, including those with or without tax credit allocations. Tax-Exempt Housing Bonds-Tax exempt interest earned on specified state and local bonds issued during 2009 and 2010 will not be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Energy Efficient Housing Tax Credits & Grants– To promote green jobs and energy independence, ARRA invests significantly in efforts to make homes and buildings more energy efficient. The bill provides state and local governments with $6 billion in energy efficiency and conservation grants for energy audits, retrofits and financial incentives. For more information call me anytime! Brenda Swigert, Your Neighborhood Realtor 513-378-1461 brendaswigert@gmail.com

Interior Remodeling ∗Kitchens & Bathrooms ∗Additions

Coupon Exchange Cutting CouponS Saves Money
Interested in joining a coupon exchange where we swap coupons that we don’t want? The

process is simple. All you have to do is keep the coupons you don’t want and we can meet for a “power 15 minutes” to exchange them over a cup of coffee. If you are not available to meet you can still join and we will drop off and pick up for you! So email me if you are interested and we’ll get together for a quick meeting soon. This isn’t a group where we will be investing a lot of time. The idea is to save time and money! Email me today if you are interested! Brendaswigert@gmail.com

Things Are Looking Up! SAVOR EVERYdAy!

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A. Restrooms B. Small Playground C. Large All-Access Playground D. Small Picnic Shelter E. Large Picnic Shelter F. Amphitheater G. Sprayground H. Basketball Courts I. Open Lawn Space J. Parking K. Detention Pond L. Non-Paved Trail—- - M. Paved Trail—- - N. Buffer Planting/ Reforestation O. Wetland P. Skate Park = = = = Utility Easemnets

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Wilhelmina Park Update
A meeting February 18th at the Liberty Township Administration Offices revealed the latest plan for Wilhelmina Park, located on the north side of Wilhelmina Drive at Netherland Drive. A meeting held at the White House December 4th was attended by enough residents of Dutchland Woods to make it plain what our wishes are. Those ideas and suggestions have been incorporated into the latest plan. Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., Architects, Engineers and Planners have been employed to develop the plans and supervise the construction. Of particular interest is the fact that of the twenty parks being considered by Liberty Township for acquisition, development, and or improvement, Wilhelmina Park has been rated number ONE. The number of people in Dutchland Woods who have shown a real interest in this park is largely the reason for this status. Although the $2,000,000 price for the land is not expected to be fully paid off until 2016, there is nothing to stop the development of the park except development money. People can take advantage of the park now, but motor vehicles are not allowed. Rick Plummer, Liberty Township Maintenance Superintendant, has mowed the strip along Wilhelmina and will mow a path around the perimeter. Take a walk or bike ride around the park and envision all the improvements anticipated. Graeme George GCGeorge@RoadRunner.com Please see the print of Wilhelmina Park and the legend. To view it in color please visit www.Dutchlandwoodsathome.com click on the tab and you’ll be provided a link

3 Bedroom home on cul-de-sac with walkout from lower level. Huge lot! Lovely kitchen with lots of cabinet space. New carpet throughout. Screened porch for entertaining or just relaxing! New windows'03,new front porch, updated light fixtures,6 panel doors, wooded view. New Roof'09.Lower level is plumbed for bath. New windows 2003. New Furnace and heat pump 2006. New front door 2007. Landscaping and stone work and lights. Garage is insulated, with electric and dry wall. Cleared back yard made yard larger with open parklike sitting. Beautiful backyard backs up to woods. All closets have new wire shelving. All new 6 panel doors. Ceiling fans with lights in all rooms

Featured Home For Sale This Month

4 Edam Ct Priced to sell at $167,00

Call Me For More Info! Brenda Swigert 378-1461

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Reach Out Lakota is a non-profit, ecumenical, communitysponsored organization that gives eligible families in West Chester and Liberty Township food and clothing, as well as paper, cleaning, baby, personal care and household items. No one can predict a layoff, a fire, or unfortunate event. The economic downturn and cost of fuel has caused a financial crisis on some families who have never before had to ask for aid. We help our neighbors who have fallen on hard times. We also provide referrals to other agencies when additional assistance is required. Over 1,000 pieces of clothing and 18,000 pounds of food are given away monthly. Hours for Services: Mon 5-7 pm, Wed. 10-noon, Fri 10-11:30 am
West Chester and Liberty Township have a reputation for being a wealthy community. But, in fact, the population is quite diverse. People of all income levels reside here and sometimes our community members fall on hard times. In 1991, a group of area residents recognized the need for an organization that would provide temporary help for those in need. And, in the community spirit of the Lakota area, they took it upon themselves to provide that help. That was the beginning of Reach Out Lakota. Now, in its 15th year, Reach Out Lakota, the only food pantry in the area, has collected and distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and thousands of articles of clothing to those in their own community who are in need. The donations that are raised in the area stay in the area.

Do you need help or know someone who does? This is a resource in our own community. If you need help, please call or visit Reach Out. If you don’t please consider giving or donating so that others might make it through this difficult time!

We would love for you to see us in action.Tours are welcome and available.Please call us to schedule a tour of our facility:(513) 779-7515.

Reach Out Lakota 6561 Station Rd. Mailing Address PO Box 362 West Chester, OH 45071 513 779-7515 email: lward@reachoutlakota.org

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Coming Events in Dutchland Woods
DOLPHINS SIGN UP PARTY!! APRIL 26, 2-4 for more information please contact Karen Stephenson at 777-2004

Dutchland Woods Annual Picnic June 14th
2:00-8:00pm will include pet show and fishing tournament. This has been a lot of fun in years past. Bring your family and a picnic if you like along with your lawn chairs. Stay tuned for more information! Questions? Call Jodi Strunk 254-0301

Brenda Swigert Your Neighborhood Realtor® Office: 759-4000 Res: 755-9597 Cell: 378-1461 Website: www.brendaswigert.com

7360 Liberty One Drive Liberty Twp, OH 45044

MY LISTINGS & SALES!!
ACTIVE SOLD! ACTIVE

4968 Long Drive Liberty Twp $205,000

20 S. Dock Side Drive Springboro $188,000

6931 Rotterdam Ct Liberty Twp $167,000

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ACTIVE NEW LISTING!

155 Hollytree Drive Liberty Twp $149,000

6951 Rotterdam Ct Sales Price $176,500

4 Edam Ct. Liberty Twp $167,000

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Call me today and ask me about the $8000 tax credit for first time homebuyers! Happy Spring!
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1317 Meadow Vista Hamilton Twp $298,000

6785 Netherland Ct. Liberty Twp $179,888

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