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A few weeks early and the warmer temperatures have the growing season off to a great start. Now is the time to start looking to our landscapes and our bushes and etc. to get a head start on the invasive insects and infestations that really hit our hedges and plant hard last summer. Washing them off and watching for ash white fly, mealy bugs and cochenille will be a weekly task if you want to stay ahead of problems. The build up of dust mixing with the sap the plants release when infested becomes an ever more devastating cycle.

Don’t be fooled by the recent light rains, the drought continues and conservative use of water is ever more important. We are continuing to see this resource flowing off of lawns and down the gutters. We all have a responsibility to find ways to help each other take action to prevent this as much as we can. Water conservation requires ongoing attention and absentee landlords and/or over zealous gardeners my not be aware of the water waste or the need to periodically adjust irrigation cycles to compensate for soil moisture content, lawn slopes and the cyclical water requirements of desert plants. The result of overwatering can lead to the unnecessary water waste and ultimate pavement edge damage. Overall . . . We in Montage are doing better but there are still residents not seemingly able to address the problem fully. Please check and adjust your irrigation systems quarterly.


We have a new manager at PPM looking to facilitate our interaction with them. Shelly Ruegsegger and her assistant Jasmine Meze will be taking our calls and providing the many services we often take for granted from our management company. Jennifer Zeivel has taken a new position with another company and we wish her success in her professional pursuits. Shelley had served as the manager for the Montage prior to Jennifer taking the job so we will have experienced personnel working with us.

Another change has taken place as Mr. Jerry Stamper has resigned as a board member. He will still be working with the Emergency Preparedness and Neighborhood Watch committee chaired by Mr. Michael Gialdini. Mr. Thomas Reed has been duly appointed by the board to fulfill the remaining term the Mr. Stamper is leaving.


The Annual Meeting for the Montage at Mission Hills Home Owners’ Association will be held on Saturday, March 21st, in the meeting room at the rear of the Children’s Museum located at 71701 Gerald Ford Dr., Rancho Mirage, CA. It is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have our usual potluck lunch. We look forward to seeing as many of our homeowners as possible and urge you to bring your favorite potluck dish. It is a great opportunity to meet old and new neighbors. We ask that you call Donna Tousignant at 760-321-9271 and let her know what dish you might be bringing so we can be sure to have all of the meals bases covered. If you would like to volunteer to help with the set up and take down, Donna is also the key person to call . . . Help is always welcome.