Anitra Manca Thompson created our Mallardpointonline.com website and has maintained it for us from its inception until now. She also created and has maintained our Facebook’s Mallard Point Online closed group. These two instruments have helped bring our community together and kept us informed as to what’s going on in and around our community. If that wasn’t enough, this past summer she also chaired the annual Mallard Point Lame Duck Try-athlon, a very involved and time intensive job. Sadly, for us, she and her husband, Phil, are moving their family out of state. We owe her a big debt of gratitude for dragging us into the 21st Century. If you would like, you can go to our group site on Facebook or through the “Suggestion Box” feature of Mallardpointonline.com and thank her for her dedication and wish her and her family well in their new location. Anitra still has access to both, as she has offered to train her replacements and be available for consultations should we have problems or questions, even though she’ll be living on the moon. Rob Prinzing and Don Williams will do their best to replace Anitra. Yes, ladies, it takes two men to replace one woman. We apologize in advance and ask for your patience to bear with us when you experience our slow responses, errors and overlooked items while we learn the ropes. Neither of us wanted to do it, they had to hold a gun to our heads, and we have absolutely no experience in website management, but Anitra has been a great instructor.
We are always looking for Mallard Point news to post on this page. Did you photograph something special around our neighborhood that you'd like to share? Like the beautiful mist that rises from the lakes in the morning. Or your kids carving pumpkins or stringing an endless supply of Christmas lights in their front yard. Or Grandpa taking advantage of the tallest slide on our new playground. Are you a new or long-time neighbor that wants to introduce yourself by telling us all a little about your family? Did a neighbor make the local news or do a whole lot of good in our community that you'd like to brag about? All ideas are welcomed and encouraged. Please send us your freshly squeezed content using the Suggestion Box, or emailing our web admin team.
The annual Halloween Trick or Treat Hayride will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th at the intersection of Blackduck Lane and Widgeon Way. The costume contest begins at 5:00 p.m. with monetary prizes being awarded for First, Second and Third places.
After the contest, Trick or Treating will begin at the corner of Blackduck and Widgeon. We will Trick or Treat up Widgeon to Drake Lane, and then down Drake to Quandy Court. Residents on Goldeneye, Whister, Quandy and Widgeon Courts may set up at the top of their courts, if they wish to participate in handing out candy. Anyone wanting to hand out candy, but not on this year's route, may set up tables and chairs at the corner of Widgeon and Drake. Once at Quandy Court, everyone (including adults if they wish) will board the hay wagons. From Drake, the wagons wil go to the end of Greenwing Court without stopping, where children will start Trick or Treating at about 6:15 p.m. Residents of Redwing please meet the children at the top of your court. Children will Trick or Treat Greenwing, Merganser, Shoveler and Sheldrake. The hayride then continues to Bluebill Court and Mallard Point Court, before ending back at Blackduck and Widgeon.
- 5:00 pm: Costume contest at Blackduck/Widgeon
- 5:30 pm: Trick or Treating begins at Blackduck/Widgeon
- 6:15 pm: Children dropped off at the end of Greenwing to Trick or Treat Greenwing, Merganser, Shoveler and Sheldrake
- 7:25 pm: Early return wagons leave end of Merganser
- 7:45 pm: Children dropped off at end of Bluebill to Trick or Treat
- 8:00 pm: Children dropped off at end of Mallard Point Court to Trick or Treat
- 8:20 pm: Hayride will end with children being returned to Blackduck/Widgeon
- (All times are approximations)
We are again using eight wagons this year, which will hopefully eliminate the need to carpool any of the children. Having fewer private vehicles involved, combined with the police escort, increases the safety of all the participants. Also, we are designating two wagons for early return. These two wagons will be identifiable and will start the hayride with us. After dropping the children off at the end of Greenwing, these wagons will be waiting at the corner of Mallard Point Drive and Merganser for those who only want to do about half the route. At about 7:25 pm, the two early return wagons will leave Mallard Point Drive/Merganser to drop the younger children off back at Blackduck and Widgeon. After taking the early returning kids back to their vehicles, these wagons will rejoin the hayride at Mallard Point Drive and Merganser. It will not matter what wagons you get on at the beginning of the hayride because they are all going to the end of Greenwing to drop the children off initially. The hayride should reach Bluebill Court at about 7:45 pm and then on to Mallard Point Court. Everyone will then be returned back to their vehicles at Blackduck and Widgeon at about 8:20 pm.
Last year we had about 210 children participate, so we ask all residents to be prepared. Also, as in years past, we ask that participating households leave their lights on, and homes with long driveways to hand their candy out at the end of their drive. This is one of our most unique activities that we do every year. We ask that all households on this year's route participate to make this a memorable and enjoyable event for all the kids.
Thank you to all our volunteers who make this event happen every year, including our Fiscal Court Magistrate Stewart Hughes.
The new playground equipment from Miracle Recreation has been installed at the park. Mulch has been delivered to the playground area and drainage piping will soon be installed at the entrance into the playground area, as well as on the Drake side of the tennis courts.
The tennis courts have been refurbished and look great. A total of about $63,000 will have been spent on the tennis courts when we are finished. In an effort to protect our investment and out of courtesy to persons wishing to play tennis, we respectfully ask that all residents use the courts only for the activity of playing tennis. In the past we have had difficulty trying to prevent improper uses of the courts including the following: bicycle riding, skateboardking, playing "fetch" with dogs, kids hanging on the tennis court nets, playing soccer, and individuals from outside the neighborhood coming here to play on the courts. Many of these activities can cause damage to the tennis courts as well as prevent residents who want to play tennis from playing. Therefore, the Parks and Recreation committee approved installing locks on the tennis courts. With the consent of the Mallard Point Board, locks were installe atminimal cost to the neighborhood. We will begin utilizing the locks September 21, 2013. Any Mallard Point household wishing to obtain a key may do so by contacting Nancy Sebring of the Parks and REcreation committee at 859-552-8792. One key will be issued to every household requesting one for a fee of $5.00 paid in the form of a check to MPOA. If the initial key is lost, another one may be requested for a $10.00 fee. Residents who use the tennis courts are asked to shut and lock the gates after every use. Residents who use the tennis courts are asked to shut and lock the gates after every use. Within the last couple of weeks, we have also had a problem with deer getting onto the tennis courts, which could potentially damage them. The closing of the gates after every use will also prevent these incidents from occurring.