A Newsletter For Horseshoe Bend Homeowners

MAY 2022

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{As a reminder, all Horseshoe Bend residents can access all HOA documents, including meeting agendas, minutes, and committee reports by logging onto the HorseShoe Bend - Homeowners Association website, using your personal login information and following the links under the ASSOCIATION heading on the home page.}


The next HOA meeting is scheduled for May 21st @ 10:00 AM at the Dogwood Lodge. The meeting will also be available to attend virtually, via Zoom. The link and information needed to join virtually is provided below.

Topic: HSB HOA - Regular Meeting May 21, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM Central Time

Link To Join Zoom Meeting:

A meeting reminder, with the link to the meeting, will be sent out by email to all HSB residents on the day before the meeting. We hope many of our HSB residents will be able to join our meeting!

Horseshoe Bend Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social! - May 28th!

The HSB Hospitality Committee is excited to host the first annual HSB Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social on Saturday, May 28th, from 11:00 - 1:00! Please make plans to attend this FUN outdoor social event that will be held at the HSB Commons Area.

We will be grilling hot dogs and serving up chips and drinks, along with ice cream treats for all! Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch if you prefer. Fun outdoor yard games will be set up for both the adults and kids to enjoy!! Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets, fishing poles, or other items to enjoy for some outdoor fun!

Please note that the boat ramp will be closed due to this event from 10:30-1:30 on May 28th. If you are planning to launch a boat on the boat ramp on this date, please plan accordingly around this event.

Hope to see everyone there!!

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The HSB Community Cleanup Day, held on Saturday 4/23, was a great success!! Maintenance & Improvement Chairs, Judy & Larry Branton, want to share the following:

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Enjoy the video below of a photo history of Community Work Days dating back to 1990!

There is a rich tradition of volunteerism at Horseshoe Bend and it is incredible to look back at and realize all of the work that has been accomplished by HSB residents over the years. The collective "can-do" spirit of those who have contributed over time and who are dedicated volunteers today is so inspiring!! Check out the video below!
Community Cleanup @ HSB

Home Ignition Zones & Defensible Space - ZONE 2

Horseshoe Bend is becoming Firewise!! Your Safety and Security Committee has taken the first steps to making Horseshoe Bend a Firewise USA™ recognized community! Over the next few months, our HOA newsletter will provide valuable information that you, the home/property owner, can use to improve and protect your property from fire!

Firewise Program: Zone 2

The first topic we’re providing is Home Ignition Zones and Defensible Space. Last month we covered Zone 1. This month we are going to cover Zone 2, the Intermediate Zone.

The intermediate zone is the area 5-30 feet from the furthest exterior point of the home. Within this area, careful landscaping and creating breaks in the vegetation can help influence and decrease fire behavior.

  • Clear vegetation from any outbuildings, propane tanks, or other infrastructure in this area.
  • Keep lawns ‘lean, clean, and green’.
  • Remove ladder fuels, or vegetation under trees) so that a surface fire cannot reach tree crowns. Prune trees up to 6 feet from the ground. For shorter trees, trim branches so they do not touch the ground but do not exceed 1/3 of the overall tree height.
  • Create space between trees and tree crowns.
  • Break the continuity of fuel across the landscape in this zone. Limit vegetation to small clusters of trees or shrubs and create fuel breaks with flower beds, driveways, or walkways/paths.

Creating and maintaining defensible space is crucial to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire event. This is the “buffer” area you create between a structure on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or wildland areas that surround it. This space, when properly maintained, will slow, or stop the spread of wildfire and could protect your home from catching fire. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

As part of the program, our community must
invest a minimum of $28.50 / or 1 VOLUNTEER Hour per dwelling unit (aggregate) in its Firewise USA™ program. For us, that’s about 100 hours, and the good news is that any work you have done or do yourself counts! This would be mowing, clearing brush, cutting down trees (both personal and commercial), blowing out gutters, cleaning your roof, etc.).

Please email with any “volunteer hours” for work you do, or pay to have done, so that we can meet the requirement of the program.

Click here to view the Risk Assessment Report that Texas A&M Forest Service did for Horseshoe Bend.

To view the assessment data for HSB, click here.

Information cited in this article, and much more, can be found



LMC Committee Applied Fertilizer To The Lake

On April 7th, once the water temperature warmed over 60 degrees and several days of sunshine were predicted, several members of our Lake Management Committee applied 700 pounds of granular fertilizer across the lake.

BIG thanks to our LMC for their hard work to keep our lake healthy & beautiful!


The HSB Lake Management Committee recently completed a community-wide fundraising effort, in order to raise enough money to supplement their budgeted funds for fish stocking this year. Through the generous contributions of many HSB residents, the quantity of fish and species of fish that will be stocked in our lake this year will be greatly increased!

Fish stocking will occur in three phases this year, with a variety of different fish being stocked at various times of the year.

PHASE 1: Tilapia (stocked on April 28, 2022)

PHASE 2: Florida Large-Mouth Bass (will be stocked in June 2022)

PHASE 3: Thread-Fin Shad (will be stocked in July 2022)

The LMC Committee voted to stock tilapia in our lake for the first time this year, as it is a great forage food for bass, as well as beneficial to the lake. In addition to helping keep the lake clean, tilapia consume filamentous algae, which can interfere with fishing and even cause fish kills in late summer as the dying algae consumes oxygen.

On April 28th, sixty-two pounds of 6-10 inch tilapia were released into the lake. Members of the LMC Committee picked up these fish from Tyler Fish Farms and released them at the docks in the Commons Area.


Spring has sprung and several of our HSB fishermen/women are beginning to enjoy some GREAT fishing experiences on our lake! (Don't forget to send in YOUR fishing photos!)

Check out this largemouth bass caught by Fred Jones, guest of Ray Sims, on April 13th! This fish weighed in at 9 pounds 7 oz. Congratulations on a great catch Fred!

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Joe & Lorinda Hanz have made Horseshoe Bend their home for a little over five years. They were both born and raised in Northern Ohio near Cleveland. They married 32 years ago after which they moved to the Houston area to escape the cold weather and snow. They lived in The Woodlands and, most recently, Brenham prior to moving to HSB.

Lorinda and Joe have one son who now lives in Grapevine. Lorinda's career has included a stint in the U.S. Army along with being a nanny, caregiver to the elderly, volunteer in various capacities in a number of schools and homemaker. Joe's entire career has been spent in the IT field starting with application programming and continuing on to systems programming and consulting, manager of systems software and, for the last 30 years prior to retirement, operating system software development for large IBM mainframes.

Their interests include traveling both at home and abroad. Lorinda enjoys gardening, yard work and home improvement projects. Following retirement, Joe jokes that his major interest has been laying around, briefly interrupted by his interest in automobiles & trucks, desert exploration and hiking.

When asked what they love most about living in HSB, they shared, "Living on the lake surrounded by nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city."

Great neighbors = a great neighborhood! We are so happy the Hanz family is part of our HSB community!

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Photo Credit: BOB CUMMINGS

BIG thanks to BOB CUMMINGS for capturing and sharing this amazing photo of a sweet Easter parade on our beautiful lake! How many babies can you count?

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Please take the time to vote in the upcoming election on May 7th! See information below for final early election dates and polling locations. As a reminder, HSB is located in Precinct 4.

Run-off Election Dates/Locations:

Early voting for run-off's:

May 16-May20, 8am-5pm, in Quitman, at the Annex Building

Election Day: May24th, 7am- 7pm at your precinct polling location.

  • Carroll Green Civic Center – 1-1,3-1,4-1,4-4
  • Yantis community Center – 1-2
  • Alba Community Center – 1-3,1-4
  • First United MMC – 2-1,2-2,2-3
  • Holly Lake VFED – 3-2
  • Hawkins Community Center – 3-3
  • Winnsboro City Auditorium – 4-2,4-3
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Make plans now to attend this FREE local book festival! This year's festival will boast:

● Published authors from all over Texas signing/selling their books

● Keynote speaker, Michael Granberry will share interesting anecdotes from his new book, A Hole in the Roof :The Dallas Cowboys, Clint Murchison Jr., and The Stadium that Changed American Sports Forever.

● Four author panel discussions throughout the day (Children's; Mystery; Poetry; Navigating the Spectrum)
    ● Interactive children’s literacy activities (story times; free books for kids; drum circle; crafts)
        ● An evening program of music and poetry, featuring a Spoken Word monologue.


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        FREE DUMP DAY IS MAY 14th!

        Get all of those items ready that you have been clearing out during your spring cleaning! See information below about Free Dump Days in May.


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        JUST FOR FUN...

        Early Beginnings of Winnsboro Center for the Arts & HSB!

        Winnsboro Center for the Arts is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year! While this may be a small-town arts center, they are known for doing things in a BIG way! Perhaps you have visited WCA to view an art exhibit, or to attend a concert or theater production on their Bowery Stage? Or maybe you have participated in an arts education class, or even attended one of their annual events, such as the Winnsboro Arts & Wine Festival, an Evening Under the Stars Gala, or the annual Festival of Books.

        Originally established by a group of local artists and concerned citizens in 2001 as Trails Country Center for the Arts, the art center’s name was changed to Winnsboro Center for the Arts in 2009 by its Board of Directors. In fact, the earliest beginnings of this vision for an arts center in Winnsboro started with former residents of Horseshoe Bend! Many long-time residents at HSB still recall packing up their lawn chairs and going to Al & Myrna Stillman's house in HSB to hear concerts on their property. In fact, it has been said that local favorite singers, Adler & Hearne, may have performed some of their earliest concerts right here at Horseshoe Bend! How cool is that?

        Enjoy the video below that outlines the rich history of Winnsboro Center for the Arts, beginning with Al Stillman's vision, to truly become the cultural arts center, not just for Winnsboro, but for all of East Texas!

        To learn more about the history of WCA, make plans to visit their current retrospective art exhibition, Prelude & Promise: WCA Celebrates 20 Years of Art, on display now through June 11th. The Prelude & Promise exhibition features multiple artists from WCA’s past, present, and future in a variety of art mediums including painting, pastel, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition includes works from some of WCA’s founding members including Tracy Hopkins, Grahame Hopkins, Al Moore, and Georgia Moore. It will include photos from the first official WCA photographer, George Hitz. Works by Linda Lucas Hardy, Donna Page, Shirley Gordon, Nancy Beauchamp, Spring Parnell, and Jim Willis, as well as many others will be featured.

        Winnsboro Center for the Arts- Twenty Years in the making , A Short documentary




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