Breconwood is a community of 88 twinhomes in Minnetonka, Minnesota. It is located just a half mile from Lake Minnetonka and a short walk to the crossroads of Highway 101 and Minnetonka Boulevard (known as “Ty Abel’s Corner”), which offers a unique collection of shops and services. Our residents enjoy the privacy of a mature suburban setting, the many conveniences of association living, and the company of like-minded neighbors.
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November Breconwood NewsletterPosted 11/21/2013
Submitted by Nan Nicolle
What’s Going On??!!
The Minnetonka Senior Center: Travelogue to Southeast Asia--Monday, Dec. 2, 10:30 AM. Minnetonka resident Fred Leverentz will share his experiences of traveling to Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Cost: $2 - due Friday, Nov. 29
Lunch & a Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – “To make the most of their meager savings, a group of British seniors moves to India to live out their golden years at the Marigold Hotel. They discover the once lavish resort has wilted and they try to adjust to their new reality.” Cost: $5, due Wed Dec. 4
Burwell Victorian Christmas Open House: Sunday, Dec 1, 1- 4PM, No cost
Monthly Board Meeting
- Held November 12, 2013
Present: D. Olmsted, J. Broun, S. Trucker, N Nicolle, C. Buikema, J. Warner and C. Flynn
Absent: I. Kostka
Guests: P. Jones, D. and O. Gatz
Secretary’s Report, S. Trucker
Treasurer’s Report, for J. Broun: Catching up with budget as the year finishes up, expect all of the siding project payments to be made by the end of November. One uncollected dues for October. If you have any questions or need any dues information please email Jon Broun firstname.lastname@example.org
Website, I. Kostka Anyone with problems, contact Irene at Irene_kostka@comcast.net. 2014 directories are almost ready to go to print. Should be ready within a week.
Trees and Landscape, C. Flynn: We have a call into TreeCare and hopefully they will be back in the next couple of weeks to finalize the clean-up of trees and branches. The stumps from the fallen trees have been removed and the invoice submitted. We have 2 bids out for landscaping at these areas and the work would be done in the spring. Boughs and lights will be installed at the entrances after Thanksgiving
Lawn Service, I. Kostka: Rose Co. will blow and rake leaves and mow lawns (for the last time this year) after November 15. The sand buckets are in place for residents to use on icey driveways and roads and entrances. Thanks to J. Broun for putting them out and keeping them filled during the winter. (Do not put garbage in these buckets.)
Maintenance, J.Warner : The siding project is down to the punch list stage. Brick and tuckpointing is done for the year and the list for next year has been received
Old Business: The new mailboxes on Comstock Road should be here shortly
New Business: Discussion was held regarding the dog bite which occurred on November 3 on Comstock Road. A dog residing on Tioga Road was off-leash and aggressively approached and bit a resident. The dog continued to remain off-leash for a period of time. A Police report was made by both parties and the dog was quarantined for a period of 12 days at the owner’s home since he was current in his shots. Insurance information from the owner was received by the injured resident. A notice is being sent to the dog’s owner according to the rules in the Sixth Amendment of our Declarations with a fine of $25.00. This will constitute the first warning, a subsequent warning will carry a minimum fine of $50.00 and a third infraction may require removal of the dog.
Special Note: Welcome new resident, Kirk Vesterstein at 17901 Comstock Road
Our Roving Reporter, Nan Nicolle
- Interview with Jack & Gwen McKernan
Gwen grew up in Seattle, WA where she began her love of horses and animals in general. She was able to ride neighbor's horses and was in a riding club. Her dad had a career in the Navy and the family moved to Washington DC and later to California. Gwen attended Hood College in Maryland, graduating from school in NY. with a degree in merchandising/fashion. Gwen put this to use working at Dayton Hudson in Detroit as a buyer. She and Jack met in Detroit and married in 1955. They have 4 children and 5 grandkids and one happy puppy named Toby. Jack was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Larchmont NY where Jack participated in swimming, baseball, and football. He also sang in the glee club and acted in the play the "Stage Door" (he actually forgot his lines) Jack enlisted in the Navy in 1945 graduating from high school the next month. No sooner had he joined the service then the Japanese surrendered, his second day in boot camp. He then went to aviation machinist mate school having the dream of being a pilot. He later enrolled in Bucknell University and after graduation he worked for American airlines. He then took a sales position with American in Detroit where he met Gwen. Jack then joined Hygrade Food Products selling Ball Park Franks and other meat products to the military. In 1971 the family moved to Edina. Jack joined Land O'Lakes as a Manager of worldwide military sales. Later, as director, International sales they traveled extensively to such places as Japan, Egypt, Mexico, South America etc. Gwen and Jack ended their work careers as real estate agents for Edina Realty. Gwen's hobbies are gardening including being a member of the Mtka Garden club and in addition, grows 22 tomato plants in their back yard. She plays tennis weekly and has been with her aerobics group for the last 27 years! Jack is very involved with fund raising with the Edina Lions, loves golf and poker and works part time at Richards 9 hole in Edina. Currently he's on the committee of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon which assists needy military and vets' families. The McKernan's are great examples of leading full and interesting lives!
A note from Duane Olmsted, President of the Breconwood HOA Board of Directors
Due to a recent incident involving a dog that was running loose in Breconwood, I want to remind you of the rules of our Sixth Amendment, filed March 29th, 2012, specifically:
- Article A., section 6: Pets must be on a leash which does not allow the pet to reach or threaten other Owners or their pets when outside the unit at all times. Pets may not be tethered outside the Unit without Owner supervision.
- Article A., section 10: All pet bites must be reported to the Minnetonka Police Department within twenty-four hours.
If you observe a violation of our rules, I ask that you contact me or another Board member immediately so action can be taken to correct the situation.
- The Breconwood Ladies’ Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of the month at D’Aimco’s in Wayzata at 11:30 a.m. Call Gwen McKernan if you have questions.
- The Reader’s Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month. Social time at 9:30 a.m. with the book discussion at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Call Nan Nicolle if you are interested in attending. For December, we are reading Old Man and the Sea.
- Men’s Breakfast Group meets at the Beanhaven in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 am. Questions? Call Bob Haskin.
November RemindersPosted 11/9/2013 Submitted by Irene Kostka
Winter is on its way--are you ready?
- Clean your gutters before it all freezes solid. Not doing so can cause ice dams and damage to buildings and roofs. It's easier and cheaper to clean the gutters.
- Garden debris will be collected at the street by Rose Co. on the third Monday of November which is November 18th. This will be the last pick-up of 2013 so get all your twigs and bags of debris to the street by 8 a.m. on the 18th.
- Leaves will be blown, raked and picked up by Rose after the 15th of November. They will not be picking up bags of debris on that day.
- All storm sewers need to be kept clear of leaves and debris. Adopt one on your street and keep it clean of leaves, ice and snow.
MN - Minneapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
- Scattered clouds
- Temperature: 3.2 °F
- Wind: West-Northwest, 16.1 mph, gusts up to 21.9 mph
- Pressure: 1013 hPa
- Rel. Humidity: 84 %
- Visibility: 10 mi
- Sunrise: 5:39am
- Sunset: 2:32pm
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 4:53am