J u n e 2005

June 18th - Juneteenth

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5-8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11th

The Anderson’s back yard
9100 Heatherwood
(Heatherwood & Vassal)

7/22 - National Hot Dog Day

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Come check out the new rock path and upper level patio in Dan and Claudia Anderson’s shady back yard. COVNA will provide all food and beverages, so just bring your lawn chair and a healthy appetite. We'll be grilling hot dogs and smoked sausage, plus we'll have watermelon, veggies, and yummy desserts. Water, tea, soft drinks, and adult beverages will be provided as well. Again, you are not expected to bring anything but yourself, significant other, and other family members. Typically, we have some award winning bakers who like to treat us to some of their dessert creations.


Monthly meetings are held on the
third Monday of the month.

2005 Meetings:

January 17th
February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th

June 11th - Picnic
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th -
Holiday Party

Doug DuBois
Barbara Klein
Melanie Malewitz
Marjorie Smith
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Claudia Anderson
President (292-9323)
Vice President (292-9313)
Secretary (282-0048)
Treasurer (282-1065)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-1932)
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Come one, come all....no, the circus isn't coming to town...it's time for the COVNA Annual FAMILY Picnic. I highlighted FAMILY, because we want to welcome all neighbors with children. We would like to meet some of the new blood moving into the neighborhood and this is a perfect time to do it. We will have some business to attend to around 6:00 pm when we should have the largest group of attendees at the picnic. There are three key items on our business meeting agenda:
1) Neighborhood Watch Program; 2) Oak Wilt; & 3) Recognitions.

With the spate of break-ins and burglaries in the neighborhood, the idea of implementing a Neighborhood Watch Program has gained a lot of support. Officer Fred Rodriguez, our District Representative, will have information for us to consider. It takes a commitment from the entire neighborhood to be successful, including volunteers from each street to be a Block Captain.

Oak Wilt has reared its ugly head once again, this time down south on Ramblewood. The Rosario's will need to have two big Red Oaks removed at 9405 Ramblewood. The Texas State Forest Service has provided us with an application for cost sharing funds and we need to discuss how much COVNA will contribute to the tree removal.

We are very fortunate to have very dedicated individuals who serve our neighborhood and we want to recognize those individuals. One person to receive recognition will be our Postal Delivery person - Ruth Lostin. She is a great set of extra eyes for our neighborhood and has been serving our neighborhood for quite some time. We also want to recognize the police officers, fire fighters, and EMS crews of the Southwest Command who work to ensure our safety and security.

Please join us on Saturday June 11th for the COVNA Family Picnic.

Doug DuBois


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Lions and Tigers and Oak Wilt…Oh my!
Dr. Jennifer Fritz, PhD in Botany, UT

In all seriousness, there is a threat to our wonderful neighborhood about which we who walk the tree-lined streets are aware . It is not burglaries or teen-age drivers or loose dogs. Oak wilt has already caused major destruction to the oak trees in Castlewood Forest in the past and is sadly on the move again.

Oak wilt is an aggressive disease caused by a fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum), first identified in 1944, that affects and kills many species of oaks (Quercus spp.), predominantly the red oak and live oak. It is one of the most serious tree diseases in the eastern United States, killing thousands of oaks each year in forests, woodlots, and home landscapes. Oak wilt is prevalent throughout much of the Mideastern US, including Texas.

The oak wilt fungus moves from tree to tree in two ways: transported underground through the roots or overland by beetles. The majority of new tree infections occur as a result of the fungus moving from an infected tree to a nearby healthy tree through connected root systems. The roots of trees in each oak group commonly graft to roots of other trees in the same group, forming a continuous under-ground network. When one tree in a group becomes infected and dies, the fungus spreads through the connected root systems, killing more trees. A continuous root system often does occur between Texas live oaks and red oaks in mixed stands.


Upper Pathway: Long distance spread of oak wilt occurs when nitidulid beetles carry spores of the fungus from spore mats on infected trees to wounds on healthy trees, causing infection and death of the tree. Time from infection to mortality may be very short for red oaks and Texas live oak, or many years for members of the white oak group.




Lower Pathway: Local spread of oak wilt occurs when the fungus travels through the interconnected roots of infected and healthy trees.

Depending upon soil type and the mix of tree species in a forest or yard, infection of healthy trees through root grafts can occur at some distance (up to 100 feet or more) from an infected tree. Some oak species, including northern pin oak and Texas live oak, often grow in large groups of similar-aged trees that share a common root system. Such situations can lead to rapid expansion of oak wilt centers if even one tree in the group becomes infected.

The fungus responsible for oak wilt may produce spore mats in dead trees, which are compact masses of spore-producing fungal material. These mats form just under the bark, in contact with both the bark and the infected sapwood of the tree. Oak wilt spore mats emit a strong fruity or wine-like odor that attracts many different species of nitidulid beetles also known as sap beetles. As they feed on or tunnel through the spore mats, nitidulid beetles often accumulate fungal spores on the surface of their bodies. New infection can also occur if the fungal spores are carried from an infected tree to a fresh wound on a healthy tree by an insect.

Nitidulid beetles are primarily responsible for
overland spread of oak wilt.

Oak trees often sustain wounds caused by construction equipment, storms, pruning tools, or vandalism. Fresh wounds usually leak sap. The sap attracts insects, including nitidulid beetles that have visited oak wilt spore mats. In Texas, mat formation occurs at any time during the year, but is most common in late fall and winter when the weather is cooler and wetter. In Texas, spore mats are formed only on Texas red oak and blackjack oak, and never on Texas live oak. For this reason, the red oaks are important for establishing new infection centers in Texas.

Stay tuned for more articles regarding this topic. Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and neighborhood coordination are all topics and issues that must be discussed and acted upon if we want to halt the spread of this despicable plant disease in our lovely neighborhood.
Much of this article was adapted from the USDA web site:


Tree Trimming
Leaf Raking
Hedge Trimming
Light Hauling, Etc.



The model of the Lunar Module seemed an appropriate vintage ad to use as filler for the back page because Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July 1969. Our neighborhood was started at about the same time. Regardless of talk of landing humans on Mars, I think this neighborhood is in better shape than the US space program. It’s a matter of priorities. Fortunately, keeping up the integrity of this neighborhood has remained a high priority for those who live in the Castlewood – Oak
Valley area. Our neighborhood association remains in the forefront of the efforts to keep this area a great place to live. Come to the COVNA picnic to enjoy the good food and meet your neighbors and stay to see COVNA taking action to reduce the threat of crime by working to set up a Neighborhood Watch program, finding resources to help reduce the spread of oak wilt, and commending those who serve our community, making it a safer and better place to live. And, let’s raise our glasses to toast one another.
(Only if you are of legal age)