View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


1/4 Share in N5535Q. Mooney M20C, 180 HP Lycoming, three-bladed constant speed propeller. Low time engine and prop. Newly redone panel including Garmin GNS-530.

TT airframe 5524.9
TT SMOH 297.9
TTSN prop 297.9

Contact Micah at 803.397.4923
Whiteplains Plantation (SC99)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Subject: Lee has passed

Yesterday, Monday, February 26th, at 9:26 A.M. Lee died in my arms after a nine month battle with cancer. Services will be at the Caughman-Harmon Funeral Home in Lexington. Visitation will be on Friday, March 2nd from 7 - 9 P.M. There will be a one hour visitation on Saturday from 3-4 P.M. before the Memorial Service which will be from 4 - 5 P.M. After the service there will be a Missing Man Fly-Over at Whiteplains at 6 P.M. followed by a social gathering at the Gardner's hangar. My heartfelt thanks to the incredible outpouring of love and support to me and Lee during this most difficult journey. You have touched my heart.
Nancy Van Wormer

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Subject: Open Letter to Whiteplains

I want to let you know about the new gazebo at Whiteplains. Last May, during the week that Lee was diagnosed with cancer, he and I purchased the strip of vacant land overlooking the pond that stretches from Frank Skenes hangar to the hangar lot near the flag pole. Lee has wanted to put a gazebo there but his disease progressed at such a rate that he was unable to complete his dream. I decided to act quickly in the hope that Lee would see the gazebo in place before he died. Dennis Ramsey and the ARB acted with lightning speed. With the incredible help of Rick Miller of Eastpointe Development, Jack Fastnaught, Alan Sisler, Don Cook, Hal Clark, our son-in-law, Mark Andy, Jim Causey, Micah Froese and Arnold's Lawn Furnishings, the gazebo went from idea to actuality in four days! Unheard of !! On the day it went into place, Lee was able to sit looking out the window and he was aware on some level of what had happened. He commented over and over again at what a beautiful sight it was.

While the gazebo is privately owned, Lee and I want everyone at Whiteplains to use it for picnics, coffee , reading, visiting, or just sitting overlooking the lake taking a moment of leisure. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to all of you who have been so incredibly supportive during our year of cancer.

This evening I met Gerry and Kathy Bean who own the beautiful lake. They loved the look of the gazebo. Kathy's 92 year old dad owns the lake property and plans to build a three bedroom ranch on the clearing below the gazebo to the right. I assured them that there would be no loud parties to disrupt the peace.

Thanks to all of you for your support.
Enjoy the gazebo,

Nancy and Lee Van Wormer

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Project is revealed.....

O.K. how many people guessed what the project was? Click below for the Photoshow to see if your right.

Message to Whiteplains

February 17, 2007

In May of this year Nancy and Lee purchased the strip of land between Frank Skenes hangar and the flag pole. Nancy wanted to build a memorial to Lee that would be fitting to the airpark and where people could rest awhile, picnic or simply enjoy the lake. While the gazebo belongs to the Van Wormers, they invite all Whiteplains residents to enjoy it once the deck railing is installed. Lee loves Whiteplains with all his heart and he and Nancy want to thank Whiteplains residents for their limitless acts of kindness, meals, prayers, trips to the store, but most of all, true friendship.

Nancy Van Wormer

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Mystery Construction Going on @ Whiteplains.....

New construction was spotted this morning between the hangars and hangar row. What could it be? Check out the enclosed photoshow.

Check back tomorrow for more pictures. Maybe we can guess what it is.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Saturday Clean- Up


This Saturday Feb. 17th is the date for our Whiteplains clean-up. There will be a kick-off beakfast on the rear deck of the Fastnaught's at 8:30 AM. Clean-up should take no more than 1 1/2 hours.

Thanks for your help.

The Fastnaught's

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Whiteplains UNICOM #12: Getting started in 2007

The Whiteplains community began the year in fine style, with 65 property owners attending the Annual Meeting, catered by Shealy’s Bar-B-Que, on January 16. Immediately after the Annual Meeting, the newly-elected Board of Directors met to select officers for 2007. They will be: Ken Plesser, President; Micah Froese, Vice-president; Terry Yon, Treasurer, and Todd Falstad, Secretary. Please feel free to contact any Board member (listed above plus Michael Branning) about any issues pertaining to Whiteplains.

The first regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2007 Board was held on January 26, and was attended by eight additional property owners. A budget was adopted that provides for routine operating expenses, pays off the existing commercial loan on the new lawn tractor, deposits no less than $9,000 in the paving reserve, purchases replacements for weather-beaten signage around the neighborhood, and acquires both General Liability and Directors & Officers insurance policies. This last item has been the topic of much discussion over the past year, so some amplification is in order.

Last June, we assumed ownership of the runway parcel from the developer. This made your Association potentially liable in any lawsuit that might arise as a result of an accident on our runway (or on any of our common property, for that matter). In the absence of General Liability insurance, an enterprising plaintiff’s attorney could choose to sue each property owner in the Association individually. Our liability policy provides coverage in the event of any judgment up to $1,000,000, plus it provides for attorney’s fees for any legal defense. In the absence of Directors and Officers insurance, any of the many volunteers who devote their time and energy to Whiteplains could be held personally liable in the event of a lawsuit directed at them as a result of the execution of their duties. Your Board believes that it has a responsibility to protect the property owners and the community volunteers from any such exposures, hence the new budget item this year for insurance. The aviation attorney who we retained to review the policies and offer advice called the decision “a no-brainer.” The combined premium is $4400, or about $44 per property…. a modest price for a lot of peace of mind.

A number of people have been involved during the course of this past year in researching the entire insurance issue to ensure that we obtained the proper coverage through a broker that understood the unique issues that face communities with aviation amenities. These folks include Ray Chaplin, Melissa Black, John Gardner and Ray Ackerman, along with all of the 2006 and 2007 Board members. Thanks to all for a job well done.

A big item that is yet to be dealt with is the capital equipment and labor needed to maintain our common areas. In 2006, we purchased a suitable mower, and financed it (in part) by providing additional manual labor in the form of selling mowing contracts on unimproved lots. However, our community simply cannot expect free manual labor from its residents forever; hence we must develop a plan to transition to contract labor over the next several years. We already pay a firm to maintain the Phase I and Phase II entrance areas; paying to maintain the runway environment and other common areas in the future is inevitable.

Your Board is doing its utmost to be good stewards of the Association’s money, and increases in regime fees (such as this past year’s) are taken only when absolutely necessary. To place it all in context though, the Living With Your Plane Association, a loose affiliation of the 450+ airparks in the US (and of which we are a member), has compiled demographic data on residential airparks around the country. They found that the most common level of annual regime fees was the $250-500 bracket… so we’re right in line with our like-minded brethren around the country.

Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Let it Snow....Let it Snow!

This morning, Feburary 1, 2007, we awoke to see snow falling in Whiteplains. As you know, this is not the norm for South Carolina. I managed to get a few pictures before it all melted away.
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