Mason Dixon Restaurant Now Closed

Thu, December 29, 2016 | POA News

The operators of Mason Dixon Restaurant, located in the Highlands Clubhouse, have elected on their own accord to close permanently. With the limited amount of traffic in the Highlands area, it has been a challenge for them to make the operation financially viable. The POA offered the operators a lease extension with favorable terms, but they decided it was in their best interest to close.

At this time the POA Board is considering various options for the Highlands Clubhouse. As of yet, no decision has been made.

On behalf of the former operators of Mason Dixon and the POA, we wish to thank all the patrons for their support through the years and we apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

Resolution Solutions

Mon, December 26, 2016 | Recreation

Resolve to get stronger and work out smarter in 2017! The Recreation department is here to help with two great programs:

Fitness 101 – Orientation: Attend this one-time workshop and learn the basics on proper use of our cardio and strength equipment. Each class is limited to 8 participants; class is free with a current POA photo member card, Silver Sneakers member card, or current Silver & Fit membership; participants without these cards will be required to pay the daily facility use fee. Sign up at the centers listed below.

Class meets at the following locations and times in January:

  • January 3 – Riordan Hall: 9:30 a.m.
  • January 10 – Branchwood Rec Center: 9 a.m.
  • January 16 – Branchwood Rec Center: 6:30 p.m.
  • January 18 – Metfield Club: 2 p.m.
  • January 23 – Riordan Hall: 1 p.m.
  • January 31 – Branchwood Rec Center: 9 a.m.

Personal Training: Ready to take your fitness routine to a new level? Know you need more guidance to achieve your goals? Personal Training gives you a dedicated certified trainer who can help assess and guide you. Sessions are generally 30 minutes in length outside of an initial visit with the trainer that may last up to 60 minutes.

Personal Training for the Active Senior: Robert Williams has been in the fitness industry for 20 plus years and focuses on improving functional strength to improve daily living and activities for senior adults.

Other personal trainers are available based on the individual’s goals and interests. Watch for more information at any of the POA fitness centers or call Recreation at 479-855-5073 if interested.

Loch Lomond Fish Dock Update

Thu, December 22, 2016 | Lakes and Parks

We are pleased to announce that the revamped fishing dock at the Loch Lomond marina has been completed, and is now open for fishing.

The upgrades to the dock moved the structure approximately 80 ft out from the bank and added a considerable amount of space for anglers to fish from.

This project was funded in part by a donation by the Bella Vista Fly Tyers.

POA Holiday Hours

Wed, December 21, 2016 | Member Services, POA News, Recreation


Bella Vista POA Offices and Member Services will be closed on Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2 in honor of the upcoming holidays.


All Bella Vista golf courses will have a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.

Tanyard Creek Practice Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.


The trap and skeet range will be closed on December 24, and will be open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 31.



Warmest wishes for health and happiness to you and your family over this holiday season and throughout the new year.



East Stump Dump Closing Permanently

Tue, December 20, 2016 | Member Services, POA News

The Eastside Stump Dump located on Trafalgar Rd. will be closing permanently as of December 30th, 2016.

The Highlands Stump Dump located off Rocky Dell Hollow Rd. in the Highlands area of Bella Vista will remain open for Bella Vista Members to use.

Please note: The East Dump is closing due to the fact that it’s now at capacity. The POA’s lease is within boundaries but this facility cannot hold any additional material.

Fitness Centers to Open on Sunday

Tue, December 20, 2016 | Recreation

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more physically fit and exercise more, keeping this resolution is about to become easier, or at least more convenient!

Beginning Sunday, January 8, the fitness center at Riordan Hall and Metfield Clubhouse will be open for use 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The fitness center hours at Metfield Clubhouse will also be extended to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday in 2017.

Branchwood Recreation Fitness Center and Pool Sunday hours will be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. effective January 8.

Recreation facility hours beginning Monday, January 2, 2017:

Branchwood Rec Center

  • Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Metfield Clubhouse

  • Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Riordan Hall

  • Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Live Christmas Trees Recycled As Lake Habitat

Tue, December 20, 2016 | Lakes and Parks

Residents may dispose of their live Christmas trees at Bella Vista’s Avalon Park Access at the East end of Lake Avalon.

Trees should be dropped off at the designated drop area near the boat trailer parking lot at Lake Avalon Park.

Members should not place trees in the lake. Once the trees are at the drop off location, a member of the Property Owners Association’s staff will decide where to place the trees based on where fish habitat is needed.

Trees will be collected through Jan. 30, 2017.

Holiday Hours for Recreation Amenities

Mon, December 19, 2016 | Recreation

Branchwood, Metfield Club, and Riordan Hall Holiday Hours:

Open 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. :

  • Friday, December 23
  • Christmas Eve, December 24
  • Friday, December 30
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31


  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • New Year’s Day, Jan 1

Fitness and water fitness classes will be on break starting December 23, 2016.
Classes will resume on Monday, January 2.

Kingsdale Tennis Center:

The Tennis Center (pro shop) will be *closed:

  • Friday, December 23
  • Christmas Eve, December 24
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • Monday, December 26
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31
  • New Year’s Day, January 1

*The courts will be open for drop-in play

Blowing Springs/ RV Park:

Open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.:

  • Christmas Eve, December 24
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31


  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • New Year’s Day, Jan 1

All Recreation facilities will be open regular hours on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Branchwood Holiday Pool Hours:

Friday, December 23 – Saturday, December 24: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • 7 – 8 a.m. Lap Swim
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Adult Swim (18 & Over)
  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open Swim (Children & Adults)

Sunday, December 25: CLOSED

Monday, December 26 – Thursday, December 29:

  • 6 – 9 a.m. Lap Swim
  • 9 – 11 a.m. Open Swim (Children & Adults)
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Adult Swim (18 & Over)
  • 1 – 4 p.m. Open Swim (Children & Adults)
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Adult Swim (18 & Over)
  • 6 – 8 p.m. Open Swim (Children & Adults)

Friday, December 30 – Saturday, December 31: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • 7 – 8 a.m. Lap Swim
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Adult Swim (18 & Over)
  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open Swim (Children & Adults)

Sunday, January 1: CLOSED

Regular schedule and classes will resume on Monday, January 2, 2017.


Mon, December 19, 2016 | Lakes and Parks

Scientific Name:               Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Common Name(s):         Bald Eagle


The Bald Eagle is the iconic national bird of the United States, and is thus recognizable by most people in North America.  This eagle has a white head and tail, a dark brown body, and bright yellow beck and feet.  This bird ranges from 28-40 inches in length and 71-91 inches in wing span, while weighing in at 6.6-13.9 lbs.  Females are typically 25% larger than males, averaging 12 lbs, while males average 9lbs.  The call of the Bald Eagle can be described as a series of sharp chirping whistles.


The Bald Eagle is native to North America where it inhabits nearly all of the North American landmass.  The bald eagle is considered a breeding resident along the western coast of North America from Northern California to the Southern Alaskan coast, as well as the Great Lakes area and in parts of Central and Southern United States.  In most of Canada and Alaska it is considered a summer breeding visitor, while in the rest of North America it is considered a winter visitor.


Being a sea eagle, the Bald Eagle is mainly piscivorous, feeding on fish.  They have been found to variously rely on fish common to the area, including different species of salmon, shad, bass, and catfish.  The Bald Eagle can harvest relatively large fish. While most captured fish range from 10-15 inches, the largest captured fish has been observed to be up to 34 inches in length. Although mainly piscivorous, it is also an opportunistic carnivore and will consume a variety of prey items. Despite being a powerful predator, the Bald Eagle usually avoids prey that could offer resistance, with the average size of prey being less than 6.6 lbs, and also typically attains most of its food items as carrion, either found or stolen from other predators.

The Bald Eagle is a powerful bird capable of great feats of flight. Using wind currents and flapping, this bird can read speeds of 35-43mph, and while carrying a larger fish may still reach speeds of up to 30 mph. It also holds the record for heaviest load carried for a flying bird, and was of a Bald Eagle flying with a mule deer fawn, weighing 15 lbs. When hunting, these eagles may dive to achieve speeds of up to 100 mph.

Due to this eagle’s reliance on fish, it is mainly found in wetland type areas, including lakes, streams, swamps, and marshes. If breeding is to be done, this eagle also requires older growth forests with large trees to accommodate their nests.  Bald Eagles have the largest bird nests in North America, and the largest tree nests of any animal in the world.  Nests average up to 13 feet deep, 8.2 feet wide, and can weigh up to weighs about 2,200 lbs.  Bald Eagles are sensitive to human disturbance and typically inhabit areas with very little human activity.

Bald Eagles attain sexual maturity around four years of age and mate for life.  Mating rituals consist of complicated flight patterns and freefalls involving both birds.  Nest building and egg-laying occur around February.

Special Notes:

Although the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species in 2007, the symbol of the United States is still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.   Only permanently disabled birds are allowed to be held in captivity, and only by educational institutions and Native American tribes with religious permits. The National Eagle Repository, a division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, processes deceased eagles for preservation and for feather harvesting for use in Native American religious ceremonies.

Because of its propensity for prey theft and scavenging the Bald Eagle has historically had a negative reputation. Benjamin Franklin made note of the Bald Eagles behavior in a 1784 letter, stating:

For my own part. I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly … besides he is a rank coward: The little king bird not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district.

In modern culture, the Bald Eagle is typically associated with the American idea of freedom and greatness, as well as the human ability to save a species from extinction.

Here in Bella Vista, Bald Eagles have been seen around Loch Lomond, Lake Avalon, and Lake Windsor and have likely visited all of our lakes and Little Sugar Creek. These birds can be observed easily in the fall, when there is less foliage, and also due to migratory activity from northern areas. At last count, in 2008, there were 146 Bald Eagle nests in Arkansas, and there has been an increasing trend for some time. Let’s hope they decide to nest right here in Bella Vista too!

Trash cart exchange available in January

Mon, December 19, 2016 | Member Services

BELLA VISTA, Ark. – Republic Services will allow residents to exchange their 95-gallon trash cart for a smaller size in January, if they desire.

Starting in November, Republic Services delivered to each Bella Vista residence new wheeled trash carts with lids. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, these carts will be mandatory for trash collection throughout the city.

Republic first asked residents to call during the month of October if they wished to request a smaller 65-gallon cart be delivered instead of a 95-gallon cart. They will once again accept these requests during the month of January.

Call Republic at 800-431-1507 to request the change. Exchanged carts will be delivered at the end of February. After the exchange period ends in January, anyone wanting to exchange for the smaller cart size will be charged an exchange fee of $15, said Jennifer Fagan of Republic Services. Residents can also request in January to change to the larger size, but will be subject to the exchange fee, she said.

“I would like to remind Bella Vistans that city ordinance requires each household to subscribe to solid waste removal services provided by Republic Services,” said Mayor Peter Christie. Residents without waste removal service could be subject to citation, he added.

Other changes to Bella Vista’s trash service starting in January include billing direct from Republic and the elimination of curbside recycling.

Residents will receive a quarterly bill from Republic in mid-December for trash collection service for January, February and March 2017. Bills will increase by $.33 per month. In January, residents will receive one final bill — for December 2016 trash service — with their POA water bill. After this, the trash bill will no longer accompany the POA’s water bill.

Christie encourages all residents to take recyclable materials to the AARP Recycle Center in Bella Vista — 400 Pinion Bluff Drive.

Direct trash collection related questions to Republic Services Customer Service, 800-431-1507 or by email to