Ziggy the Snake Shows Off by Shedding His Skin!

Ziggy is a red corn snake that was adopted by the Audubon Naturalist Society from a family who could no longer care from him. Ziggy is an environmental education animal who meets hundreds of children each year when they visit the Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg for Reptile birthday parties or for school or scout field trips. For the last two summers, we have been able to host Ziggy here at the Broadlands Nature Center while the Rust staff is off for the summer. This summer, Ziggy shed his skin two times while he was visiting the nature center. You can stop by to see the skin he shed when this video was taken on August 6th, 2014 and to see his neighbor, Sunny, our albino corn snake, who also meets many children each year. Corn snakes shed about once a month, more frequently when they are younger, and less frequently as they age. Snakes prefer not to be handled much around the time they are shedding. During the days before shedding corn snakes may have trouble digesting food, may be irritable, and you may notice that their eyes look bluer and their colors duller 3-4 days before shedding. You may also see them soak in their water bowls or rub their faces on the sides of their habitats in an effort to kick start the shedding process.  As of today our resident snake, Sunny, is in the bluish stage. This explains why he refused food last Saturday and means we should see a shed in the coming days.

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Trash/Recycling Service Suspended February 13

Due to the amounts and types of precipitation in the Northern Virginia area, Patriot Disposal will be suspending collection services on Thursday, February 13th and their office will be closed.  Their primary concern is the safety of crews and customers.  Both trash and recycling will be collected on our next regularly scheduled pick up day of Monday, February 17th

Holiday Decorating Contest

The following homes submitted entries for the Holiday Decorating Contest.  Winners will be announced on December 20th.

21196 Sundial Court
21317 Small Branch Place
21381 Glebe View Drive
21385 Glebe View Drive
21408 Glebe View Dr
21500 Chickacoan Trail Drive
21590 Merion St
22124 Park Glen Dr
42740 Ridgeway Drive
42774 Middle Ridge Place
42784 Ridgeway DR
42875 Spring Morning Ct
42918 Cloverleaf Ct
42956 Ellzey Drive
42973 Ridgeway Dr

Loudoun County Health Check Survey

Loudoun County has launched a public health needs assessment to better identify those issues that are important to the community, how quality of life is perceived in the community, and what assets the county has that can be used to improve the community’s health.  To that end, they have developed a brief, anonymous survey for county residents.  Information can be found on their website at http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=2335.  A direct link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/loudounhealthcheck.

Halloween Decorating Contest Entries

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Halloween Decorating Contest!  Results are posted at https://www.broadlandshoa.org/halloween-decorating-contest/

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The following homes submitted entries for the Halloween Decorating Contest.

42855 Glyndebourne Court,
42784 Ridgeway Drive,
42740 Ridgeway Drive,
42918 Park Brooke Court,
42973 Thornblade Circle,
42971 Tealbriar Place,
43139 Royal Fern Terrace,
21957 Windover Drive,
21938 Windover Drive,
42985 Ellzey Drive,
42956 Ellzey Drive,
42937 Ellzey Drive,
21517 Chickacoan Trail Drive,
21463 Tithables Circle,
42775 Hollowind Court,
21385 Glebe View Drive,
42792 Vestals Gap Drive,
42796 Vestals Gap Drive,
21372 Small Branch Place,
43091 Forest Edge Square,
21547 Overland Park Drive,
21590 Merion Street

Thank You From The American Red Cross

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Dear Broadlands Association, Inc.

The American Red Cross, the patients we serve, and I personally would like to thank you for   sponsoring the Friday, August 30 blood drive.

Through the dedication of Broadlands Home Owner’s Association, we were able to collect 17   productive pints of blood with 18 individuals presenting to donate!  Those blood donations have the potential to save 51 hospital patients who rely on our combined efforts for life-saving blood.  It is only through the support of groups like yours that we are able to continue this life-saving endeavor.

Again, thank you for your support of the Red Cross blood program.  Please send my thanks to everyone who participated in the drive and let them know that they are silent hometown heroes.  I look forward to working with you in the future!

Best Wishes,

Judy Kordella

DRD Field Representative