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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Thanks again Whiteplains

Great Job

As most of you know Denise and I are working the South Carolina Breakfast Club along with other team members (SCBC).
This is a large task in it's self. Without the help of others it could not be done.
Terry Yon was cracking us up with eggs, Nancy Bonucum was on a two hour coffee break along with lemonade detail. Neil Bonucum was serving up the grits. Jim wheat whipping the yokes and cleaning up. Sherri Camp was not only looking good but kept the egg area, cook trailer and tables looking good.
Thanks again to everyone who helped.
Terry also took a lot of pictures, I hope Don can get some of them on the blog.

PS: Lee and Nancy Vanwormer were truly missed, they are a big part of our SCBC team.


As you all know Frank J Skenes Jr., passed away yesterday, July 17th. In his memory, Franks friends and neighbors here at Whiteplains have sent a $150. flower arrangement to the Thompson Funeral Home in Lexington, for tonight's calling hours. We are recommending a minimum donation of $10. If we receive additional money it will be forwarded to Odyssey Home Health Service Hospice or Palmetto Hospice as per the families request. Checks can be forwarded to Peggy Como, 224 Whiteplains Court, Gilbert, SC 29054 or just stop by. Thanks ever-so-much for your continued support.

Peggy Como

Update - Frank Skenes Funeral Seating

Janet has made arrangements for Whiteplains friends to be seated directly behind the family at the funeral. Also suggested that anyone having a Whiteplains white shirt wear it.
If you will not be wearing a Whiteplains shirt, please inform the ushers that you are part of the Whiteplains family so that you will be seated with the group.

Everyone is welcome at the gravesite. Per Adam's request, Harry will do a fly-over in the Cherokee 6 at the gravesite.

Also, anyone who would like to bring a covered dish to be taken to the house after the service please let me know.


Monday, July 17, 2006

Frank Julian Skenes Jr.

LEXINGTON - Services for Frank Julian Skenes, Jr., 64, of Lexington, SC, will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, July 19, 2006 in Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Adrian Moldovan. Burial will follow in Woodridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Johnny Dickerson, Charlie Dickerson, Jimmy Shealy, Mark Dantzler, David Bostick, and Don Accordini. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm Tuesday at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. Memorials may be made to Odyssey Home Health Service Hospice or to Palmetto Hospice.Mr. Skenes died Monday, July 17, 2006. Born in Columbia, SC, he was the son of the late Frank Julian Skenes, Sr. and Mary Kathleen Amick Skenes. Mr. Skenes was a private pilot and was affiliated with White Plains Plantation. He enjoyed traveling, boating, hunting, and fishing. Additionally, Mr. Skenes was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Jamil Temple and the Air National Guard. He was a member of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church and was owner/operator of Skenes Construction, Inc.Surviving are his wife, Janet Kay Skenes of Lexington; daughters, Frankie Shannon Skenes McVey and husband Tracey Gerald of Lexington, Holly Wynette Skenes Moldovan and husband Adrian Emil of West Columbia, Angela Nichole Strickland of Lexington; sons, Frank J. “Top” Skenes, III and wife Kayren Lear of West Columbia, Adam Pierce Skenes of Lexington; sister, Jo Ellen Anderson and husband Butch of Lexington; brother, Kenneth Carroll Skenes of West Columbia; grandchildren, Dylan York Miller, Tyler Austin Miller, McKenzie Jordan Miller, Jeremy Payton McVey, Kaitlyn Nichole Strickland, and Garrett Gabriel Skenes.


Frank passed away last at 2:25 last night.

I will post the arrangements when Janet calls me.

Please keep the family in your prayers.



The arrangements for Frank have been made.

Visitation will be Tuesday night from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Thompson Funeral Home in Lexington.

Funeral service will be at Saxa Gotha church (HWY 378) in Lexington at 11:00 am Wednesday.

Burial will be in Woodbridge Cemetary. (This is on the road behind the John Deere place on hwy 378.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Whiteplains UNICOM #5: Runway Access

One of the most significant things to have happened in the last few weeks is the transfer of ownership of the runway parcel from the developer to the homeowners association. Of course, along with ownership comes liability. The issue of liability insurance is the subject of ongoing discussion in the Board, but this UNICOM is devoted to a different aspect of liability: the recent increase of unauthorized and inappropriate vehicles on the runway. This problem doesn’t belong to Niel any more; it belongs to us.

Aircraft in the departure and landing phases of flight are not very maneuverable. For safety and liability reasons, we must tightly control the use of the runway for anything other than aircraft. The following paragraphs describe the Board’s view of the types of runway incursion issues, and what we must do about them.

Visitors’ cars/trucks. Vehicles driven by guests of property owners are of the greatest concern because, if a driver enters the runway, he/she is probably both lost and unaware of an aircraft hazard. A committee has recently been formed to evaluate signage throughout the community, and appropriate signage at all runway access points will be an important part of the committee’s agenda. This should help a great deal. We can all help by alerting our visitors (including delivery vehicles) to the presence of a runway in the neighborhood.

Construction vehicles. Construction workers are much like visitors, so property owners and general contractors should make them aware of the presence of the runway. Sometimes, a construction vehicle may need to access a building site via the runway, but this should be a choice of last resort, not a convenience. This is particularly true for heavy loads… there is already substantial damage to the runway edges from things like concrete delivery.

Property owners’ cars/trucks. There are cases where some property owners have vehicles (cars, boats, campers, etc.) stored in their hangars, and the only available entry/exit is via the runway. It has been a long-standing policy that this is fine, provided that usage is limited and the utmost caution is observed. On the other hand, use of the runway as a convenience or short-cut is totally inappropriate. If you need to drive to a neighbor’s hangar, please use the street.

Unlicensed vehicles. This includes ATVs, go-carts, golf carts, motorcycles, bicycles, RC model cars and planes, and other such “toys.” It is inappropriate to operate these vehicles on the runway surface, with the possible exception of crossing from one side to another, and then only with extreme caution.

Pedestrians. Walking along the runway is dangerous to both pilots and pedestrians. Please don’t do it. If you need to walk across the runway, please look in both directions before proceeding.

Maintenance vehicles. Access to the runway is required by maintenance vehicles to cut grass, spray herbicide, repair runway lights, and the like. Such vehicles should have headlights and flashers on and, in addition, their drivers should monitor 122.9 mHz to listen for inbound air traffic. Pilots should be on the lookout for maintenance vehicles.

A runway in the midst of a residential neighborhood presents a very real potential for serious personal injury or property damage… but the risk can be managed and minimized. Please help our community by doing three things:

1. Observe this simple common-sense rule: “Except in extraordinary cases, the runway is only for aircraft.”

2. In those extraordinary cases, turn your headlights and blinkers on, lower your windows to listen for approaching aircraft, and monitor 122.9 mHz, if you have the capability.

3. If you see a visitor or neighbor with an inappropriate vehicle on the runway, do not hesitate to offer a friendly reminder of our policies and the safety/liability issues.

Thanks for helping to keep Whiteplains safe.

Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Friday, July 14, 2006

A Dream Come True!

James wanted to share a few pictures that were taken at McEntire AFB. Frank Skenes always wanted to see a F-16 Fighter Jet up close. His wish came true last week. Not only was he able to see one, but was able to sit in one as well. Frank said it was a bit "Tight", but managed to get in. Were going to put a PhotoShow together and share it with you as soon as some other pictures come in.

Snips & Bits at Whiteplains!

Today the new top for the mower was installed. Thanks to Bill Como, Jim Causey and Don Cook. Enclosed are some pictures of the new top after it was installed. Also a few pictures of the driveway from the Michael & Leslie Benton new house that has to be replaced due to the poor quality of cement. Over 62 yards of cement have to be removed and re-poured.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Whiteplains Calendar - July 2006

Birthdays - Happy Birthday to the following members:

July 03 - Ann C argile
July 05 - Frank Skenes & Carolyn Yon
July 06 - Terry Yon
July 14 - Darham Harrison
July 20 - Bev Harrison
July 24 - Janet Skenes
July 25 - Diane Fastnaught
July 28 - Jane Jefferson
July 30 - Kay Franklin

SC Breakfast Club dates:

July 02 - Salisbury (RUQ)
July 16 - Winnsboro ( FDW)
July 30 - Laurns (34A)

Other Special Days:

July 4th
July 17 - Pilot's Assoc. Mtg. 7 PM @ Dennis' hangar! To be resheduled.....

Bob & Elaine's New Curbing - PhotoShow

Check out the Photoshow and see how its done. Click on link below.

Don Cook

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Photo Show for Ray's Plane

July 5, 2006

Ray Chaplin's plane was loaded up and sent off to the paint shop to be painted. See a short photoshow at the following link:
Don Cook