November 11, 2016

Food Collection Drive Saturday Morning

Your home will be visited tomorrow morning, Saturday November 11, by a small group of Hugo's Scouts. They'll be part of a city-wide effort known as "Hugo's Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need".  Scouts all across Hugo will collect non-perishable food and personal item donations for our Hugo Good Neighbor's Food Shelf.  

This isn't just a fun Saturday morning activity for kids.  It's an effort we can all be proud of.  Young people learn to work together.  They help to solve a tangible problem and draw inspiration to greater service.

On Saturday morning, Scouts will ring your doorbell seeking donations.  If you're not available (or would rather not answer your door in your pajamas) you're welcome to leave a bag at your front door before 10am or drop off at Viker's front porch at 4545 Garden Way N. These will all be collected by Scouts. Thanks in advance for your generosity and the community spirit that Victor Gardens residents are known for.

Hugo's Scouting for Food & Feeding the Need is a growing collaboration that now includes many Hugo and White Bear Lake Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troop 151, Boy Scout Troop 89, Cub Scout Pack 151, White Bear Lake's VFW, and Hugo's Good Neighbor Food Shelf volunteers.

Thanks again and see you Saturday morning!

October 24, 2016

Local Business Profile : Lake View Window Washing $3.50/pane

Tony Schwab recommends Jordan Hentges of Lake View Window Washing, who's offering Victor Gardens residents a special deal. Jordan will clean windows for $3.50 a pane. (That would be $7.00 for a double hung window, both sides.)

Tony reports that he's checked other window cleaner's rates and they are charging $5.50 to $7.00 a pane, so this is a good deal. Jordan is a bonded, single owner of Lake View Window Washing. He will clean inside and outside of each window, wipe each sill, dust the screens.

To set up an appointment, contact Jordan directly:

Jordan Hentges, Owner
Lake View Window Washing
(763) 439-5652

October 21, 2016

Irrigation Winterization Schedule

Below is the approximate schedule for the weekend.  Between email, text, and phone I think I have everyone.  If anyone needs to cancel please let me know.  I'm trying my best to route things as efficiently as possibly. 

 Just a reminder for everyone to have the irrigation water supply off and access to the controller before we arrive.  The schedule is pretty tight so have these things done will keep us on schedule.  If anyone has any questions please let me know and I will try to do my best to respond.

Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.

Saturday, Oct 22
14382 Poets Green
14348 Poets Green
14336 Poets Green

9:00 AM – 11:00AM
14282 Garden Way
14262 Garden Way
14252 Garden Way
14246 Garden Way
14212 Garden Way
14176 Garden Way

11:00 – 1:00
14160 Garden Way
14142 Jardin
14136 Jardin
14143 Jardin Ave.
14157 Jardin

1:00 -3:00
4377 Garden Way
14241 Arbre Lane
14251 Arbre Lane
4344 Arbre Lane
4362 Arbre Lane
4376 Arbre Lane

3:00 – 4:00
14303 Garden Way
14341 Garden Way
14351 Garden Way

4:00 – 5:00
14326 Cosette Way
14318 Cosette Way N

5:00 – 5:30
4545 Garden Way

5:30 – 7:30
14292 Cosette Lane
4540 Val Jean
4503 Cosette Lane
4477 Cosette Lane
4429 Cosette Lane

Sunday Oct. 23rd
11:00 AM
4653 Val Jean
4685 Val Jean

12:00 PM – 1:30
14415 Everton Ave N
14425 Everton
14435 Everton
14445 Everton

1:30 – 3:00
4704 Provence Way
4672 Provence Way
4611 Provence Way
4667 Provence Way
4677 Provence Way

14444 Everton Ave N
4662 Val Jean

14622 Grantaire Lane
14313 Grantaire Lane

4464 Cosette Lane
14305 Victor Hugo Blvd.
14338 Cosette Way
14322 Garden Way

October 19, 2016

Local Military Family Needs Help - home destroyed, all belongings and 2 pets lost.

In the past, many area families and Cub Scouts Pack 151 have supported efforts to lift the spirits of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines deployed abroad. We've just been offered the chance to step up again, this time to help a local military family at a very difficult time. The home of a Soldier's family with the 133rd Air Wing/210th burned a few months ago. The family is currently living in White Bear Township.

Chuck Haas, Hugo's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network leader, shared with me this morning a request for help, including a detailed spreadsheet of the family's current needs.  Here's the link to the PDF  
Please read through it and consider what you may be able to donate. With a request for specific items such as this there is the possibility that several people may provide the same item. So please, in your generosity, take a moment to call Kelly Wilkinson about what items are still needed, or alternatively, gift cards are always welcome.

At tomorrow's Cub Scouts Pack meeting at Oneka Elementary School at 6:30pm, we'll collect donated items to pass along to this family. You can also leave hand carry-able donations on my front porch at 4545 Garden Way N.  After tomorrow, you're welcome to follow up with Kelly Wilkinson regarding donations. Her contact info is:

Kelly J. Wilkinson, CMSgt (Ret)
Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager
133rd Airlift Wing
(O) 612-713-2367
(C) 612-741-8000

September 28, 2016

Irrigation winterization

It is getting to be that time of year again.  Irrigation Winterizations. 

The weekend of October 22 and 23.  The price will remain the same as last year which was $50.00 cash or check payable to Shawn Herman. 

Other times can be scheduled if this does not work for you but regular season rates will apply.

This is the tentative route I would use for the weekend based on last year numbers to help give residents a rough estimate of where they would be on the schedule.

On Sat. the 22nd the route starts at about 8 AM on Poets Green then to Garden Way West side of street heading south.  Around Jardin to Garden Way (usually mid morning), up Arbre, and around to catch the east side of Garden Way(usually early afternoon).  Then head east around to Cosette Way and take Victor Hugo down to Garden Way.  Go around the Park and back up the east side of Cosette Lane (mid to late afternoon) around to Victor Hugo.  From there I will head east down Val Jean to the Bridge.  Depending on response I will probably stop here due to darkness.

On the 23rd start time will depend on number of participants.  It probably would not be before 11 am.  I would begin again on Val Jean from the bridge heading east to Everton.  North on Everton, east side of street, to Provence.  Around Provence back down west side of Everton to Val Jean.  Then west down Val Jean to the Bridge.

As usual timing/scheduling will be totally dependent on the number participating and if there are any unforeseen problems encountered during the day. 

If you have any questions please let me know.

Everyone can sign up by contacting me directly as per the contact information below.


Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.
Cell/text – 612-366-6088.

September 14, 2016

Lawn Care - $40 Core Aeration Service

Core Aeration Promotes Healthy Grass
Tony Schwab has spoken to Jeff Ambrose of Pro-Aire Lawn Service again this year about lawn core aeration services.

Jeff has offered his aeration services to Victor Gardens residents for a number of years and does a very professional job. He's offering a Victor Gardens discount rate of $40/per lawn regardless of size. That's less than what most others charge for this service. For do-it-yourselfers, this is a pretty good deal considering the cost of renting the machine, time and effort involved, plus the cost of gas. Jeff's done a great job on our lawn over the years, and I would recommend his services to anyone.

Call Jeff Ambrose directly at (651) 274-1535. He's currently coordinating a schedule of Victor Gardens appointments.

If you're unfamiliar with core aeration, the U of M Extension Service describes it pretty well, "Core aeration is the best method of dealing with the problem of compaction in the lawn. Aeration promotes moisture and air penetration into soils, resulting in deeper and healthier root systems on the grass plants. ... The best time of year to aerate the lawn is late August to early October. Aeration can be done in the spring but will lead to additional weed seeds being brought to the surface where they may germinate. In fall, weed seeds will also be brought to the surface, but they will not sprout."

July 27, 2016

National Night Out Tuesday, August 2

You're invited to Victor Gardens National Night Out, Tuesday August 2, 6-8pm in Arbre Park.

  • Volunteer help needed
  • Fiesta Cancun offering taco bar for purchase again. 
  • Cake provided by KinderGardens 
  • Dilly Bars provided by BIRCH, inc. 
  • Water provided by Living Waters Lutheran Church
  • Bounce Houses
  • Crazy Hair 
  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Lorenz Dance putting on a show around 6:30p
  • Washington County Sheriffs Dept will be there too at some point
SignupGenius has a list of easy, half-hour long tasks (like keeping an eye on a bounce house, help with crazy hair or glitter tattoos, etc.). We really do need your help in this effort.  Please signup now.

July 24, 2016

Do you know this dog or cat?

In two separate circumstances, a Golden Retriever and a cat were found. If you know who these belong to please reply via Victor Gardens News' Facebook or

Both were found in VG's Single Family Village. The dog has a collar and was found on Jardin Ave, south of the Jardin fountain. The cat has appeared regularly over the last few days near Val Jean Park.

July 16, 2016

Pokemon Go safety for kids

A few of us have noticed a downside of the current Pokemon Go app craze for iPhone and Android devices.  Our Victor Gardens kids have been wandering into roadways while walking in groups and riding bikes.  They're following a GPS trail to virtual creatures, "capturing", "battling", and "training" them from within the app.  

Parents, please ask your kids if they Pokemon Go.  Talk to them about being safe when they're playing the game around the neighborhood, crossing streets and beyond.  A few of us have noticed a few close calls with oncoming cars, and at busy Frenchman Road intersections.

For those of you who've not heard of this recent phenomenon, please check out these articles: 

June 25, 2016

Movie Night Postponed Until Tomorrow (Sunday)

Due to weather concerns, Movie Night in Val Jean Park is postponed until tomorrow, Sunday June 26. Disney's Zootopia will be shown at 8:45pm.  See you then!

June 11, 2016

Unauthorized VG Pool Access June 10

Regardless of excuses (lost key fob, non-working key fob, left key fob at home, etc.), under no circumstance should any resident/owner allow anyone other than their own household members and up to four guests access to VG's pool or Neighborhood Activity Center. 

The Master Association's Board of Directors has the authority to revoke pool privileges of anyone who violates this policy.

On Friday evening, June 10, prior the pool's closing time Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Victor Gardens Activity Center & Pool. The response was the result of a surveillance report of an individual jumping the pool's security fence earlier in the evening.

Deputies discussed the situation with a few individuals and an Incident Complaint Report was filed. Victor Gardens Community Association ("the Master Association") and the Community Manager has been notified and will follow-up next week. Video surveillance from multiple cameras will be reviewed and cross referenced with the building's key fob electronic access log.

In and around the pool and surrounding area, video-surveillance footage is collected from multiple cameras. Each key fob swipe at the door is identifiable to a specific owner and time-stamped. This makes it easier to cross-reference the video surveillance and determine which owner's key fob was used to allow access.

Residents are reminded to not allow access to anyone who is not a household member or up to four guests. Fence jumping, sneaking in, or holding the door open is never allowed.  Violations should be reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Non-Emergency line, (651) 439-9381 and the Master Association's Management Company, Associa Minnesota. Customer Service, (763) 746-1188.

June 2, 2016

Empty Nester Happy Hour June 21

Tria Restaurant, 5959 Centerville Rd, North Oaks, MN 55127
Attention Empty Nesters of Victor Gardens!
We are planning a Happy Hour for Empty Nesters at Tria for Tuesday, June 21.
We will meet at 4:30 on the patio at Tria. We can socialize with old friends and meet some of our new neighbors. If you would kindly RSVP to Lynn Olson at by Friday June 17. Hope to see you there.