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To all whom these presents shall come, Greetings!  

The community pool is closed but that does not mean that people are not out walking in the community. Actually with the cooler weather, people are out more in the evening walking; our children are out in the morning and the afternoon walking to/from bus stops; and, we are still out walking our pets. Drivers, please be careful and do not driving while texting or so excited in conversation with friends in the vehicle that we become distracted drivers and end up on the steps of a home or in a ditch or drive over brick driveway column markers!

Hallowe'en is coming. There will be a Hallowe'en Parade in Running Man on the 31st at 5:30 PM starting at Choptank and ending at the RM Clubhouse. Come out, meet your neighbors and see the mini-goblins, princesses, pirates, Star Wars characters and maybe even a Mini-Me.

There is a Night at the Transportation Museum on 24 Oct, from 5 - 8 PM at Fort Eustis. Admission is free and (really) for kids 12 and under. Museum exibits come alive and give guests free treats. Ample free parking and plenty to see and experience. Click here for more info.

There has been a great deal of talk about ZIKA. With the cooler weather we may be forgetting about the conversations. Well, good since there have been no cases of Zika in Virginia and the particular mosquito that spreads Zika doesn't reside here. Soure: York County

Three good things for York County Residents, 22 Oct 10AM - 2 PM:

Don't just flush expired, old, unused medications. It will end up in the dea dispose drugsChesapeake Bay and then in the seafood you eat. Instead take your old drugs to Washington Square Shopping Center, York-Poquoson DARE Office, 5338D Geo Washington Hiway on 22 Oct from 10 AM - 2 PM. No needles, liquids or sharp implements.

While doing some fall clean up/clean out, if you have documents, personal papers, old income tax returns, etc., the DARE office is joining with the York County Beautification Committee to provide shreddingdocument shredding services FREE to help prevent identity theft. You don't need to remove staples or paperclips. you can bring the documents in plastic bags but please insure that no plastic bags are among the papers being shredded. The plastic can damage the shredder. And there is a maximum of four 12" x 10" x 15" boxes per person. That's still a great deal of documents that are safely destroyed to protect your identity.

And on the same date/same place, 22 Oct, the Peninsula Food Bank will be accepting canned/boxed food donations for the needs of the hungry in our area.


For new residents and long time residents, there is at Busch Gardens. Click here for more info. The park is open only Fri - Sun and 30 Oct is the last night.

Many churches and organizations will have events around Hallowe'en like Trunk or Treat, Haunted Trails, etc.

Cookies with Santa in Running Man Clubhouse - 26 Nov from 10 - 12.

We also ask that you bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots sponsored by the US Marine Corps (Reserve).

More information will be in the letter you receive. If you have any questions, comments, issues, come to the meeting or contact a board member (prior to meeting).

St Nick at Endview Plantation

December 8-9, 2016

This is an opportunity to see Christmas as it was celebrated in a home 150 years ago. There is a visit with St Nick (he wasn't called 'Santa Claus yet). There are private family settings for photo opportunities. Parents are requested to bring a wrapped present for their child and a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food bank.

Advance reservations must be made by calling: 757-887-1862.

Images from Why Christmas.com.


PARKING: We do not have 'No Parking' signs in Running Man and no restrictions on parking until the Annual Yard Sale. We have also been remiss in not restricting parking around fire hydrants. We have also been over-eager to disguise hydrants with foliage to beautify our yards. If the fire station can't find the hydrant due to foliage -- the foliage will be removed. If the fire station can't find the hydrant since vehicles have parked there to both obscure locating the fire hydrant and to prohibit access by fire or emergency personnel -- then the vehicles will be ticketed, towed, or pushed out of the way. I will get images of how one local community marked up the streets so that it looks like Dorothy in Oz with the yellow brick road. Use common sense neighbors about parking on the street. Can a fire or EMT vehicle get through your street with the vehicles parked there? Can a fire vehicle find the fire hydrant? These may sound like silly questions but they are also common sense questions. Don't let an emergency come up that discovers we don't have the correct answer!

On the weekend before the election
(Saturday night as you go to bed), dst endsturn your
clocks back one hour on 6 Nov. Many will still probably end up early for church services, but that is OK. Congress still has not decided whether to keep or halt the practice of daylight savings time.




Block Captains are needed. Contact Kevin Francis, call - 420-2409.

Information about things to do is included because we are all human and we tend to do things when we get motivated.

Some information regarding schools, demographics, York County General Info and the Welcome page have updates as of 2015 Statistical Digest.

Go to the Budget Page and preview the budget for RM for 2016. It is a PDF file and you should view it in Adobe Reader.

RMCA Board Minutes are posted on the page for the Board at the bottom of the page.

We had the warmest October, November and December 2015 on record. Followed by snowy days in March 2016.

OFFICIALLY: Political signs are not allowed on property in Running Man
UNOFFICIALLY: Tiger paws are not really permitted on the asphalt but on the driveway. Tabb High has the stencil and the particular shade of orange paint.

Things happening in the near future:


Vacation: let the York County Sheriff check your home while you are away through the vacation house check program; stopping your mail delivery; letting your neighbors know you will be out of town for a while. Be safe, not sorry!



Next meeting RM Board of Director Meeting is 15 Nov at 7 PM in the Clubhouse.


RMCA Board meetings held 3rd Tues of each month at Clubhouse, 7 PM. blank    





Contact any RMCA board member if you want a subject covered, addressed, or want to add your own article.

Do you hve any comments about the Smoke Signal? Contact any RMCA Board member.

Why should you want to live in York County, Virginia and Running Man in particular?
I could give you many opinions from previous and current residents but opinions can be tainted so let's go with some facts:

Temperature -- lowest average low -    40.4F (2015) 32.6F (2012) January
                            highest average high - 80.75 (2015) 87.4F (2012) July
Precipitation -- 47" (2015) [45.6" - 2012] annually and 9.7 inches of snowfall (Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar)
Population density - 625 per square mile
Median household income -- $82,073 (2015) [$81,406 - 2012]

Then there are nine 4 year institutions and 3 community colleges that serve York County:

Christopher Newport University

College of William and Mary

Eastern Virginia Medical School

ECPI - East Coast Polytechnic Institute

Hampton University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Regent University

Virginia Wesleyan College

Paul D. Camp Community College

Thomas Nelson Community College

Tidewater Community College

Source:  2015 Hampton Roads Statistical Digest

York County has a rich cultural heritage spanning 400 years. In the heart of Virginia's Historic Triangle, national landmarks such as Yorktown, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg blend naturally with the treasures of the gentle pace of life in York County, one of the most livable places in the country. Nestled in the woods adjacent to scenic rivers, Running Man is a peaceful sanctuary cherished long ago by native Americans who enjoyed the bounty of these lands -- and today by a new generation of Virginians.

Ms. Beth Cerri has organized a yard and garden club.  I have enough trouble just trying to kill the weeds and keep the grass from dying.  I would never profess to have a green thumb.   However, Ms. Cerri seems to have beaten the dirt devils and can grow anything -- OK, what she does is take her lot and grow what suits the lot according to soil, drainage, sun, etc.  Bottom line -- her yard looks  great and she is willing to share her expertise.  The RM Yard and Garden Club has held a couple of meetings, is free, and you can learn something about your yard.  Please look for the next meeting in the Smoke Signal or the temp sign in the medians.

Some residents have come to RMCA board meetings -- nothing really to shout about -- except they get to see/hear how we handle the business of the community.  Some have also presented concerns which various committees on the board handle and will address.  The invitation still stands -- anyone may come just let us know in advance to permit accommodation of space and time.

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