FOR SALE! 1212 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA 22508

 

1212 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA

is FOR SALE!

1212 Lakeview Parkway

1212 Lakeview Parkway in Locust Grove, VA is a spotless Lake Living Rambler nestled in Lake of the Woods, VA!  This home is just waiting for you to call it Your New Home! This home has weatherization upgrades galore, including additional 6″ insulation in the attic, new water heater blanket, windows have been sealed and the crawlspace is fully encapsulated!  This home also has LED lights throughout as well. Ceramic tile in the Foyer and gleaming Hardwoods greet you as you enter this home. The Florida room off the back of the house comes with a hot tub too for hours of relaxation after a long day!  1212 Lakeview Parkway features upgraded Black Appliances, Granite Countertops in the kitchen, an Oversized 2 Car Garage and a level paved driveway.  The Gas Fireplace with mantel in the Living Room provides a cozy feel on cooler nights.  You can have all of this and all the amenities that Lake of the Woods Living has to offer right outside your door!  Enjoy a round of golf, swimming in the pools, horseback riding, or take the boat out on the lake!

 

Click here for more information on this property:

http://realestate.homesinfredericksburgva.com/idx/details/homes/a004/OR9868446/1212-LAKEVIEW-PKWY-LOCUST-GROVE-VA-22508

 

Tax-Free Weekend 2016

Sales Tax Holiday 2016

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Virginia

August 5 – 7, 2016

The 2016 Virginia three-day tax-free holiday will begin on Friday, August 5, at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Under Virginia law, the tax rate is generally 5.3% (6% in certain jurisdictions) of the sales price and the tax rate on sales of food for home consumption is 2.5%. During this tax-free holiday weekend, consumers may purchase qualified items exempt of the sales and use tax.
On August 5-7, shoppers are encouraged to buy back-to-school items and take necessary precautions during hurricane season without paying state and local sales tax.

This holiday is not restricted to Virginia residents – anyone can purchase exempt items in Virginia during this holiday weekend, or buy exempt items for immediate delivery to a Virginia address well.

That means that during the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone.

In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.

Overview of Exempt Items

School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:

Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

< $20 Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear are exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. For a Detailed list of school supplies, clothing and footwear click on the link below:

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Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:   

Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item

For a Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items click on the link below:

LIST OF QUALIFYING HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS ITEMS-2

Energy Star and WaterSense Items:

Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Qualifying Energy Star items include dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators

Qualifying WaterSense items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories such as aerators and shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers

For a Detailed list of Energy Star and WaterSense items click on the link below:

LIST OF QUALIFYING ENERGY STAR AND WATERSENSE ITEMS-2

Fun Fall Family Crafts!

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For many families, sitting down and doing crafts with the kids is an ongoing activity, but finding new stuff to do that is fun, easy, and right for different age groups isn’t always easy.

We’ve scoured the Internet to find a few great family crafts for fall. They range in ease of execution (and appropriate age for certain aspects of the crafts). And they make use of fall colors, textures, and nature’s bounty, with a few spooky Halloween-themed crafts thrown in for fun.

Candy Corn Centerpiece

Perfect if you’re having a special dinner around Halloween or simply want an elegant yet fun display during this time of year, this centerpiece is so easy to put together, your kids might even be able to do it without you—although we don’t recommend it since all the candy might “accidentally” disappear if you’re not around.

To make it, pour some candy corn into a hurricane or glass vase, then place Ghost Peeps on top around the perimeter. Pour in some more candy corn to fill the inside and extend over the Peeps. The, top with flowers in coordinating colors – here they’ve used yellow daisies, orange spray roses, and white carnations.

Check out B Lovely Events for a bunch of other cool ways to use candy corn decoratively.

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Mason Jar Pumpkins

If you’re not keen on carving pumpkins or are looking for something cool to add to the Halloween décor mix, try these Mason jar jack-o-lanterns.

Start by using masking tape to cut shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth. A scissors with a funky edge can make this extra fun. Stick them on the jar to create your face.

The effect on the jars is achieved with frosted glass spray paint. Make sure to do this part in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) without the kids around.

When the paint is dry, peel off the taped areas to reveal the face and put a few tea light candles, or, preferably, the battery-operated version, inside to get a glow.

Be sure to remove the inner lid of the Mason jar or poke holes in the jar if the inner lid is not removable before lighting the candles.

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Felt owl

This simple project will have your kids feeling like master artists. Collect a few pinecones and gather up five colors of felt.

Cut two different colors for eyes – one color larger than the others – a triangle for the beak, a mask for the eyes and beak to stick to, and two long pointed oval shapes for the wings. See Whimsy Love for exact size recommendations and other tips. Attach all the felt to the pinecone with hot glue, add googly eyes, and voila: a super cute craft your kids will love.

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Milk Jug Pumpkins

The easiest Halloween décor you can imagine, you may not even need to buy any materials for this Milk Jug Pumpkin. Grab a couple of empty milk jugs, draw a pumpkin face with permanent marker, using a utility knife to cut holes in the eyes, and drop in low-watt cordless holiday lights.

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Mom Luck

Paper Bag Trees

This unique craft requires only three items, all of which you probably have hanging around your house if you have kids: brown paper bags, coffee filters, and watercolor paints.

First, paint the coffee filters with the watercolor paints in the colors of your choice. Once dry, cut out leaf shapes. The tree is formed from the paper bag.

Then, cut strips along the long sides of the bag, leaving the bottom of the bag intact. Next, open up the bag and start “twisting at the base to form the trunk of the tree,” said BlogHer “Separate the strands to form the branches and continue twisting them into shape.”

Use a hot glue gun (or white glue if the kids will be doing the gluing) to connect the coffee filter leaves to the paper bag tree branches. The finished product is something they’ll be proud to display in your home.

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Cinnamon Stick Candles

These might not be right for little ones who you’re not ready to introduce to fire, but for bigger kids, this quick and easy craft makes a pretty and fragrant display. All you need is a pillar candle and a handful of cinnamon sticks. Line the cinnamon sticks up around the candle – you’ll need a couple of hands to do this—and then fasten by wrapping twine around a few times and tying in a bow.

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The 36th Avenue

Acorn cap jewels

Not only are these fun to collect—we’re imagining a family nature walk foraging for acorns—and to make, but they can also be displayed year-round in a bowl or hurricane.

To make the acorn cap jewels, color the insides with markers and then place in an egg crate or something else that will hold them steady while they dry, like rice, beans, or Play-Doh. Then fill each cap with white glue like Elmers, allowing the color from the markers to seep through. They’ll need about 48 hours to dry, after which they’ll look “like vibrant, shining jewels,” said Kiwi Crate.

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Kiwi Crate

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 11 October 2015 10:09 am

Good Credit Scores This Way Ahead!!!

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12 Ways to Protect and Build your Credit

If you are in need of credit assistance and guidance on how to build your credit, then look no further!

  1. Dispute errors. By law each year you are entitled to a free credit report thru Equifax , Experian and Transunion credit bureaus. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com and request this thru them directly and dispute anything that appears to be incorrect.
  2. Negotiate. If you do find that there are late payments reported or balances that are not paid as agreed reach out to the creditor in attempts to pay them off or atleast agree upon a balance to get the amount showing as finalized on your credit report so you can move forward and build better credit references. Leaving them unresolved will not help your score.
  3. Check your limits. If you are showing balances using over 40% of what is available you are lowering your credit score. Make sure you are not using to the max of what you can.
  4. Get a credit card. Most lenders like to see 3 good credit references. Make sure you handle the card correctly, pay on time and do not use max available and keep those in good standing to build your credit score.
  5. Obtain a secured card.  If you have had bad credit card use in the past you can obtain a secured credit card where the bank will open a savings account allow you to deposit your own money to secure the line open.  Normally they start out at $300-$500 which is ok as you are starting out new and proving yourself credit worthy again.
  6. Add yourself as a Secondary.  If you cannot be approved as a card holder you can request being added at a secondary to an existing credit card which will report the history equally as yours if you are added to a account where the person is a responsible card holder.
  7. Raise your credit limit. If you are unable to pay off a large portion of a high balance credit card you can request to have the line increased so as to lower your usage percentage.
  8. Don’t close any cards. You can simply keep the line open and paid off but either freeze the card in an ice cube to not use it or cut it up and not request one to keep in hand. That way you are showing the reference paid in full but not used.
  9. Pay your bills on time. Late payments account for most drops in credit score its going to be viewed as mishandled if not paid on time therefore causing other creditors to not want to approve you for credit.
  10. Mix it up. You can open a car loan if necessary and a store credit card as long as you are handling the payments on time and not abusing the credit line available.
  11. Stop spending money! If you can save that’s the best thing to do. Do not fall for every gimmick or sale you see and purchase away.  Control spending while repairing or building credit.
  12. Beware of scams. Do not give out your social security number, name or date of birth to anyone asking that you do not know. Very quickly you can have accounts opened in your name fraudulently and then repairing it will take a longer time than simply preventing the fraud from the start.

If you are in need of further credit repair assistance, please feel free to contact any of the highly qualified lenders on my site by clicking here for further assistance to get you on the path to home ownership!

Life takes you unexpected places, Love brings you Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Man Cave

THE MAN CAVE OFFSHOOT THAT COULD JUST SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 19 April 2015 9:27 am

The typical scenario goes something like this: the room that used to be the garage or the extra bedroom or maybe even the entire basement gets co-opted by the man of the house, adorned with all sorts of branded banners and other team-logoed stuff and is christened the Man Cave or the Dude Dungeon or some other similarly monikered male-dominated space. The idea being that the rest of the house is the woman’s domain and therefore the man needs his special man space.

Seems fair, really. Most women we know don’t mind a bit that all the stuff we don’t want strew throughout the rest of the house is relegated to one place.

Except for this: There isn’t really a woman space equivalent – not in the kitchen or the living room or the breakfast nook or even the bathroom (even though it does have a soaking tub and a sit-down vanity and an immense walk-in closet with custom shoe storage).

If you’re one who believes that women need that one special place of their own, the “She Shed,” so named by folks at Lighter Side of Real Estate, might be your answer. Check out a bevy of their She Sheds here, and then see a few more examples below.

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Storybook hideaway/Zen lounge on Rural Intelligence? Yes please!

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Also featured on Rural Intelligence, this shed turned “Anglo-American” stunner was created for a contest, but should start being mass-produced right this very second.

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This designer shed from Shedly is ideal as a beachy modern getaway.

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A potting shed? An outdoor living room? This choice is yours in this shed featured on Inhabit.com.

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This shed from Costco featured on Tiny House Blog would be easy to doctor up to turn it into a retreat for those looking for a satisfying DIY project.

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Don’t you just want to curl up and read a book in this breezy shed on The Cozy Abode?

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Outdoor office anyone? Featured on Design Mom.

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Check out this shed-turned-poolhouse and a ton of other ideas here.

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Another DIY shed, this deluxe space from CNB Homes even has solar panels.

This cute potting shed is also a chic place to hang out. See more potting sheds on Shelterness.

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Preparing Your Home For A Spring Sale

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Spring is here, so the home buying season is upon us. Now is the time to prepare your home for sale this Spring. If you are thinking of listing your home, being proactive will make the world of difference between a smooth and a rough home sale.  There are many recommended steps that should be taken when prepping your home for sale and a proper checklist can assist in making sure that all of your little ducks are in a row.

First off, start by thoroughly deep cleaning your home and I mean really cleaning it. Insufficient cleaning of their listed homes is one of the most common mistakes that sellers make when preparing their homes for sale. Your routine cleaning won’t due in this instance, as items that are missed or avoided on a regular basis due to time constraints may stand out even more to prospective home buyers fresh eyes when considering purchasing your home. Spending the extra time to make sure the job is done right will certainly reap the benefits in the long run. Sellers should not only clean interiors walls and scrub bathrooms down entirely; including tiles and grout, but also steam clean the carpets, and power wash decks and/or siding.

Buyers will most certainly be interested in the storage space that the home has to offer, so organizing closets and other storage areas would be a smart idea.

Another painful thought to most sellers is repainting their home, but a fresh coat of paint will go a long way in how the home is received by prospective buyers upon the first walk through the doors. If your home has accent walls or deep hues, painting them a neutral color will not only make the room appear more spacious, but will ensure that the home fits with any buyers decor.

Lastly, old appliances and damaged counter tops and cabinets can also deter buyers, especially if upgraded homes are a fiber of the neighborhood’s character.

I hope that you found these tips helpful in assisting you prepare your home for sale this Spring!

14 Ways To Make Your Home & Your Life – Easier

14 Ways To Make Your Home – And Your Life – Easier

Written by Jaymi Naciri   

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Life is busy. Everyday, so many things to do. Finding a few shortcuts is key to keeping on track—and keeping your sanity. Employ a few of these tricks to make your life easier (and better!)

1. Put it on the list

It stinks to be driving home from Lowe’s only to remember the one thing you didn’t pick up. Or be reminded of four other things you wanted your handyman to fix—after he’s already left. Keep two running lists on your phone: one for the home improvement store and one for your fix-it person. That way you’ll always have the lists accessible and can add to them as necessary.

2. Stock up on vinegar

It can be used to unclog a drain, take ink off a wall, freshen up your washing machine, clean your coffeemaker, get rid of bugs, and about 90 other things.

3. Throw that newspaper in the trash the right way.

Wadding it up at the bottom of your trash gives you a place to soak up food juices and keep your trash can fresher.

4. Personalize your luggage.

Run a line of colorfully patterned tape across the top of your suitcase. When everyone else is trying to figure out which black bag is theirs, you can easily swoop in, gather your stuff, and be on your way.

5. Set an appointment.

No one knows when it’s time to change their air filters. It’s the truth. But keeping them clean is key to having an efficient heating and air conditioning system. And don’t forget about having good tasting water from your fridge thanks to a properly working filter. According to Energystar.gov, you can check the product information on the filters for the manufacturer’s suggested usage. Then, put the change-out dates in your phone’s calendar so you’ll always know when it’s time for a new one. Do this with your dryer too so you know when it’s time to have the lint trap cleaned.

6. Avoid the beeps.

Apply the same idea to your smoke detectors. Because when the batteries die, they will die at 3am.

7. Go LED.

Climbing ladders to change a bulb is no fun. Using the longest-lasting bulbs on the market will cut down on ladder time and also save on energy bills.

“LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent bulbs,” said myLEDlight. “An LED light will last over 7 years (constant use) before needing replacement. And, LEDs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs.”

8. Shortcut your cleaning.

Investing in a few products that do the work for you can help cut down on the time you spend scouring. For bathrooms, good old Scrubbing Bubbles is a favorite because you can spray it in your tub, shower, or toilet, and come back in a few minutes and wipe away. The Bissell Spotbot is one of our favorite items ever. This hands-free carpet cleaner allows you to spot clean with no effort at all. Put it on a spot, turn it on, and leave. Come back in a few minutes and the spot is gone.

9. Keep the sun out.

Looking for a way to cut your electric bills? Solar screens are effective and cost-effective, dropping the temps inside your home by 10 to 15 degrees and energy bills by 20 percent.

10. Keep your shoeboxes.

“Why pop for manufactured drawer dividers? You can make a completely customizable set with just scissors and shoeboxes,” said Real Simple. “Simply cut the boxes in half by length or width, as needed for your space, then tuck into a drawer.”

11. Go nuts

Forget about spending money on expensive furniture polishes. “Just rub a shelled walnut on the damaged area, and watch in amazement as the dings, scrapes and scratches all begin to darken and disappear,” said Apartment therapy.

12. Charge it!

Add USB chargers to your electrical outlets and end your constant search for a charger. Adding electrical outlets inside bathroom and kitchen drawers will greatly increase the functionality of your spaces while streamlining the look.

13. Make-your-own cleaning wipes.

Perfect for the DIYer, Paper towels and Pine Sol are a magical combination.

14. Mulch it.

A few bags of the stuff can transform your front yard, improving your curb appeal and providing great ROI—up to a 200 percent return on investment!

Fall Home Preparedness

As the weather cools down, our thoughts turn to visions of … leaf piles, broken gutters, and stopped-up chimneys. Or rather, how to deal with such household chores before the winter sets in. Here are 10 jobs that should top your priority list this fall for your fall home preparedness:

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1. Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s a great idea to do this on the day Daylight Savings Time ends. Check the expiration on your fire extinguisher and review your escape plan with your family as well.

2. Inspect your fireplace. Have the chimney cleaned professionally, clear out any leftover ashes from last year from disposal chute if you have one, fix cracked glass doors.

3. Get the garage into shape. Gather up summer items such as lawn chairs, umbrellas, garden tools, and beach toys, pack them securely and store them neatly. Move snow shovels, snow sports equipment, and other winter tools to the front of your storage areas so they are easily accessible.

4. Ready the garden for winter. If you’re in colder climes, decide if you’ll be feeding the birds, and get your feeders cleaned and filled. Empty hoses and pack them away. If your winter weather is more temperate, you may want to prepare for winter planting of garlic, leeks, onions, lettuce, and potatoes.

5. Clear the deck. Clean, repair, cover and store your patio furniture and barbecue to prevent weather damage.

6. Get to the gutters. Clean and inspect them. Make sure your downspouts are clear and that you replace any broken extensions so that water is properly diverted away from your homes foundation.

7. Prepare the furnace. Check that it’s working properly before you really need it — you don’t want to be waiting for the repair service when the temperature’s dropped into the single digits. Better yet, get a professional cleaning and inspection.

8. Set up humidifiers. If you don’t have a central humidifier, pull out your portables and get ready to use them once you turn the heat on. Dry air not only harms your lungs and skin; it can also damage wood furniture, which can become brittle and crack.

9. Consider an exterior paint job. Fall is a great time of year to freshen your home’s exterior paint, with lower temperatures and low humidity.

10. Install a programmable thermostat. It doesn’t have to be as fancy [or expensive] as the Nest. Preset temperatures for different times of day and save yourself some money on heating bills — plus ensure you’ve got a cozy home to return to.

Taking steps now while the weather is still pleasant will save you time and trouble over the winter months and ensure your home is cozy and comfy until spring!

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10 Things Today’s Buyers Look for in a Home

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10 Things Today’s Buyers Look for in a Home

While David Letterman’s Top 10 lists generally culminate in a No. 1 ranking, the following list includes in no particular order 10 things that are important to buyers today, especially Millennials who represent a significant buyer niche in today’s market.

Quality of the neighborhood – The National Association of Realtor’s 2012 Profile of Buyers and Sellers revealed that neighborhoods are really important to buyers, but that neighborhood choice varies by household composition.

Convenience to job – Commuting is a necessary evil, but homes that are close to work enhance work-life balance, a growing priority for many Americans, especially Millennials.

Overall affordability of homes – With job markets tight and retirement funds depleted or eroded thanks to the Great Recession, it has never been more important to keep housing related costs as low as possible, ideally no more than one third of your pre-tax income.

Quality of schools – A recent survey by realtor.com revealed that nearly 45 percent of today’s buyers are willing to pay a premium for quality schools

Homes suited for the next 15 years – Just five years ago, buyers were looking to stay in their home about 10 years. Today, buyers expect to stay closer to 15, so it’s important to find a home that can support lifestyles as they evolve through that time period.

A mortgage – In today’s tight credit environment, getting a mortgage can be a challenge. Buyers should be willing to consider homes below what they may quality for in order to bump up the loan to value ratio.

Energy efficiency – The National Association of Homebuilders surveyed buyers to see what was most important to them in new home construction and energy efficiency topped the list. Four of the top most wanted features involve saving energy: 94 percent of home buyers want energy-star rated appliances, 91 percent want an energy-star rating for the whole home, 89 percent want energy-star rated windows, and 88 percent want ceiling fans.

Open floor plans – Spaces that are great for entertaining mean quality time with friends and family, something especially important to Gen Y.

High ceilings – Taller ceilings are not only aesthetically pleasing in that they impart a grandness to the home, they also promote greater air circulation and more natural light than lower ceilings.

Technology – Can you run your home from a cell phone? Then market to a Millennial, who prizes a homes’ technological amenities prized over curb appeal.

What is most important to you when looking for a home?  What do you feel should have made the list?  Please share your thoughts and comments with me. I’d love your feedback!

 

This post was originally published on the ERA Real Estate blog, Owning the Fence I read this article at: http://rismedia.com/2013-10-15/10-things-todays-buyers-look-for-in-a-home/2/

 

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So Much To Offer in Lake of the Woods, VA….

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I have been a resident of the Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove community for 10+ years now and the plethora of activities that this community has to offer right inside my own gates never ceases to amaze me. With the over 50 clubs and organizations to belong to within Lake of the Woods, the hard part is choosing what to take part in. Whether its kids clubs or team activities, fine arts and crafts, or civic groups that interests you, there is something for everyone at Lake of the Woods. Not to mention, if you are an LOW member or even a tenant in a rental inside the LOW gates and are in good standing with Lake of the Woods Association, you can create a new club of your own. In order to create your own club or organization you need to present to the LOWA that there is adequate interest by LOWA members for the club’s creation and present the club for formal approval by the LOWA General Manager. Once your club or organization is formed, The Lake Currents offers free advertising in order to help solicit for members for your newly formed club. There is no reason not to get involved in your own community, especially when it has so much to offer; so pick your passion and sign up to get involved in a Lake of the Woods club or organization today. You never know, you may just enjoy yourself and make a few new friends along the way! For more information click on Lake of the Woods!