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President’s Message

Manager’s Message

By Ken Anders, WLPOA Board President I hope all of you have had a wonderful winter season. The holidays are behind us and I know I am looking forward to warmer weather. I would like to speak a little about the roads; please be patient with our Maintenance Department when the ground and the gravel pile freeze it becomes difficult to repair pot holes. At this point the maintenance department’s main focus is to keep the roads clear of snow. Please help us in keeping our roadways clear by not parking your vehicle in the roadway. We have come across an unfortunate delay to the repair of a washed out road in Section 18; the intersection of Stony Hollow and Round Hill. An anonymous individual filed false complaints to the Pike County Conservation District and the Department of Environmental Protection. This unmindful recklessness to undermine our efforts not only creates delays, but could cost our community hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra costs. We have since been notified by these institutions that everything implemented by the current Board of Directors is adequate. The project will now go forward as planned, and hopefully be completed by the time this issue reaches you. The bridge project will start up as soon as the weather allows. Coming sometime in April there will be a vote sent out to the members to open skiing for the next season. I would like each member to think about this carefully. Skiing has now been closed for three years. Have you seen your dues go down? Have your roads been repaired? Skiing is an amenity that has always been part of our community; therefore, we are not allowed to just close it. The way the ski slope was closed triggered many lawsuits, which have cost us a great deal of money. The only way we can get skiing open is for the members to vote to open it. I believe this could be done without an assessment. If an assessment would be needed that would be disclosed to the members before the vote. Please do not vote no because you just don’t like skiing. This amenity increases the value of your home and helps build a stronger community. I would like to extend a special thanks to the volunteers on the Recreation committee for putting together wonderful Holiday Potluck and New Year’s Eve events, without them this would not be possible. I would love to see more members come and enjoy some of these parties. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you and your kids to meet new people and have fun! The next event will be Saint Patrick’s Day, look for the flyers. I would like to thank all other committee volunteers and the members of the Board of Directors. These are the people that get things done. We could always use more members to get involved on committees or to run for the Board of Directors.

By Denise Lavache, C.M.C.A. This winter sure is off to a slow start with above-average temperatures and not much snow to speak of, but it’s not over yet! Before you put your shovels and snow blowers away for the season here are a few tips for winter power outages: • To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-888-LIGHTSS. • Have a flashlight on hand with fresh batteries. • Have a portable radio with fresh batteries. • Have candles and matches ready. • Keep a gallon of water, per person, on hand. • Cordless phones require a plug-in power source. Have on hand a cellular phone or a basic telephone that can operate on power delivered through phone lines. • Disconnect major appliances to avoid possible damage from restoring service. • Keep ready to eat food/drinks on hand (cookies, granola bars, hard candy, etc.) • If you have a well and pump, keep a supply of bottled water. • Keep the refrigerator closed. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer. • When indoors, never use a gas stove or lantern that is intended for outdoor use. • Entertainment to keep busy; cards, games, books, etc. Please use caution when our roads are snow covered and try to limit all non-essential traffic while our plows are at work. We ask that all members be patient and rest assured that we will get to your road as quickly as possible; please try to keep in mind that we have 23 miles of roads in Winona Lakes. Calling the association office cannot ensure your roadway is cleared any faster and chances are if our WLPOA roads are snow covered, so are all major roadways and highways. Please also keep in mind if you just finished clearing your driveway, we might not be finished clearing your road. Our Maintenance crew works around the clock during snow storms to keep the roads safe for our members, so when you see them on the road wave and/or honk to thank them for all their hard work. Small gestures like that go a long way to keep our crew warm during the cold winter months. Should you notice a hazardous condition on our roadways please report it to the office, and if you are involved in an accident or other emergency please dial 9-1-1 first. Update on the 911 Readdressing project: Important readdressing information can be found here http://www.monroeco911.com/readdressing.htm. The readdressing project is progressing in a municipality-by-municipality format with Middle Smithfield Township’s proposed release date of February 17th, 2012. Please remember to keep this is a proposed date and could change. If you have any further questions regarding the Readdressing Project, contact the readdressing project staff at 570-420-3466. For those of you, who have chosen the two payment option, let this serve as a friendly reminder that the second half dues payment is due now. Payment options are still available please call the office for details. As always, if my staff and I can assist you with anything please do not hesitate to contact us at the office.

Winona Lakes Communications Committee Launches Mobile Site As part of our continuing efforts to make information available to a wide range of audiences, the Winona Lakes Communications Committee has launched a mobile version of the Winona Lakes website that will allow users to more easily access information on their BlackBerrys, iPhones, Droids, and other mobile devices. Members are increasingly using mobile devices to access the Internet and the Winona Lakes mobile website will enable more users to quickly get to the information they need. For your convenience, the QR code is listed on the bottom of page 1 (< at left). The mobile site can be accessed at: http://m.winonalakes.net

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Vouchers are available at the Mountain Resort Villas Rental Office in Blue Heron (32 Red Fox Court, Lake Harmony, PA 18624). Vouchers are available to homeowners of K.A. Diehl/Appletree managed communities and the Villages located at Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski areas. Owners must have identification for proof of ownership when purchasing vouchers.

Request Road Repairs Online The Roads and Maintenance Committee in cooperation with the Communications Committee has created an online form for members to report road problems in Winona Lakes. Members now have an easy way to report maintenance problems such as potholes, downed signs and shoulder washouts. The request form can be accessed at: http://www.winonalakes.net/road_request.htm

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Flat screens TV’s go where TV’s have never gone before By Anthony Valentino Just when you thought we were at the final frontier when it comes to Television Technology, we find ourselves outdated with the Flat Screen TV’s we have in our homes. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas in early January. LG Electronics (Soul Korea) introduced a 55-inch OLED TV that is just 3/16 of an inch thick as well as a whopping 84-inch TV with 4K-display resolution. What is OLED and 4K? OLED, or organic light-emitting diodes, are more energy efficient, thinner and provide better black levels when compared with standard current LEDs used in TVs today. Also they do not require a backlight that LCD TV’s require. LG’s 55-inch OLED TV weighed less than 17 pounds. 4K is an emerging standard for resolution in digital film and computer graphics. The name is derived from the horizontal resolution, which is approximately 4,000 pixels. This designation is different to those used in the digital television industry, which are represented by the vertical pixel count; for example 480p, 720p, and 1080p. 4K represents the horizontal resolution because there are numerous aspect ratios used in film — so while the horizontal resolution stays constant, the vertical resolution depends on the video source (a.k.a. letterboxing). 1080p refers to TVs with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, or about 2 million pixels. The newer 4K standard refers to TVs with a typical resolution of 4,096 x 2160 pixels, or about 8 million pixels. The end result with OLED and 4K (or 8K) TVs is that viewers will be able to see sharper and brighter images on even larger screens that are lighter than even smallerscreen TVs currently available. Don’t rush out just yet to be the first on to your block to purchase one of the Hi Tech Marvels LG plans to start production in July of this year. However, there is no official word yet on when we’ll see these on store shelves or at what price. And there is still no 4k content available at the present time. Remotes also go Hi Tech - LG also introduced a new line of remote controls that work like the Wii remote where you just point and select your function. As stated in the Companies press release: “Users can easily browse and navigate the Smart TV ecosystem using LG’s new, ergonomically-designed Magic Remote which now recognizes four different types of command input: Voice Recognition, Wheel, Magic Gesture and Point.” (http://www.lg.com).

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Winona Lakes 2011/2012 Board Meeting Schedule All meetings start at 10:00 am Saturday, December 17, 2011 Saturday, January 21, 2012 Saturday, February 18, 2012 Saturday, March 17, 2012 Saturday, April 21, 2012 Saturday, May 19, 2012 Saturday, June 16, 2012 Saturday, July 21, 2012 Saturday, August 18, 2012 (Annual Budget Meeting) Saturday, September 15, 2012 Saturday, October 20, 2012 (Annual Election Meeting)

Photo I.D. Cards Free to members, replacement cards are $5 each. Four (4) guest passes are alloted to each voting member per lot owned, free of charge. Replacement guest passes are $2 each. Renters are allowed photo I.D. cards at a cost of $5 for each card issued, provided that the property owner surrenders his/her rights to the amenities. Renters are limited to two adults and four children per household and do not receive guest passes.

Fire Safety PLAN TO GET OUT ALIVE ✔ Do you have a home fire escape plan with a predetermined location to meet outside? ✔ Is there at least one smoke detector, per level, in your home or apartment? ✔ Do you test your smoke detectors weekly? Replace batteries yearly? PORTABLE KEROSENE HEATERS ✔ Do you use ONLY Grade K-1 kerosene? ✔ Do you store kerosene in a container for kerosene heater use only? ✔ Do you open a window approx. one inch, for proper ventilation, when heater is in use? ✔ Do you place heater at least 36” away from combustible material? ✔ Do you make sure exits are not blocked by heater? ELECTRICAL HAZARDS ✔ Are there enough electrical outlets in every room? ✔ Are you avoiding the use of multiple attachment plugs and extension cords? HOUSEKEEPING HAZARDS ✔ Do you keep your basement free of rags, papers, mattresses, and other combustibles? ✔ After using oily polishing rags, do you place them in metal covered cans for disposal? ✔ Do you store paint and/or varnish in tightly closed containers? ✔ Has everyone in your family been warned NEVER to use gasoline or other flammable fluids for cleaning clothes, furnishings or floors?

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Going Phishing and Other Adventures in Internet Piracy A Guide to Avoiding Identity Theft and Financial Ruin reprinted from www.geeks.com Surely you’ve encountered the “Dear Valued Customer”, “Verify Your Account” or “If you don’t respond within 48 hours, your account will be closed” emails flying across the screen, threatening corrective action unless you take the time to respond. Worse yet, what about those pesky pop-up windows that sporadically appear when you visit your bank’s website, urging you to verify account details Welcome to the world of Internet piracy and malware, where phishing for dollars nets more prize money for fraudsters than Drew Carey could ever give away in a single Showcase Showdown. Acting as legitimate business entities, phishers flood your inboxes with emails demanding personal information (i.e., your username, password, social security or driver’s license numbers, banking or credit card numbers) in order to mollify some threat of dire financial consequence. They are responsible for the pop-up messages at legitimate websites, or they can spoof these same legitimate websites, employing official logos (hijacked directly from official websites) and other company paraphernalia as integral parts of their scams. They deploy Trojan keystroke loggers and viruses to your PC in order snatch what you type away from your fingertips. They may call by phone, using the same threats and tactics to collect tidbits about your life using “social engineering”. In fact, hackers may even take advantage of backdoor security lapses in broadband routers to change DNS settings that re-route traffic to their own websites, executing malicious JavaScript code to mimic legitimate websites and hijack your router. Hackers then have access to any username or password combinations you enter as you surf the web. Armed with your private information, phishers can wreak havoc on your financial well-being – applying for credit cards and loans, enjoying shopping sprees at Internet merchants, and draining bank accounts at the speed of light faster than you can say “identity theft.” Just because something looks and sounds legitimate doesn’t mean that it is, and you’re not alone; even the most Internet-savvy users face the dangers of identity theft if they’re not careful. According to a joint report issued by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Anti-Phishing Working Group, online thievery is a billion dollar industry and growing in sophistication as technology advances. Between March and April 2010 alone, Antiphishing.org reported a substantial increase (55,643 in April compared to 20,871 in March) of unique phishing expeditions targeting email, social networking sites and voiceover-IP (VOIP) applications. Protecting Yourself The best protection against Internet piracy is not disclosing any information. If you don’t know the person, don’t say anything, and don’t click on any links within an email message without first verifying the request with the legitimate entity the messenger purports to represent. A quick search for the company in Google or Yahoo will give you the relevant information. If the alleged entity is your bank or credit card institution, use the contact number listed on your statements. As a general rule, reputable companies will not collect personal information over the Internet because of lax security. If the emails are indeed spam, the government encourages you to forward them to spam@uce.gov, reportphishing@antiphishing.org and to the company being impersonated. Before entering usernames and passwords, verify that websites are secure by looking for the https:// in the URL and the logo of a closed yellow lock in the lower right corner of the browser window (or just to the right of to the URL field in IE8.) One caveat does hold, however: Hackers hover like hawks over new technologies, and they will resort to forgery of these same digital security measures in the pursuit of wealth. Online job seekers make themselves especially vulnerable to attack by leaving contact information and personal histories on bulletin boards. Always verify the validity of a source before uploading personal information. Thwarting unauthorized access to your desktop or notebook computer should be a top priority as well as creating a barrier between you and the pirates. Use antivirus, firewall, and anti-spyware software on your system, and update these programs regularly. Internet Explorer and Firefox provide excellent tools to monitor fraudulent sites. The phishing filter bundled in Internet Explorer 8 and 9 (located under the Tools menu) warns users of potentially threatening phishing sites by comparing the website against a confirmedsmlist of suspect sites. Firefox’s anti-phishing feature functions in much the same way as the IE8 filter (access this feature by going to Tools > Options > Security).

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For an extra layer of protection, download EarthLink’s free Scam blocker tool-bar addon application, which also warns users of the security risks associated with a website. Finally, change the default password of your broadband router and/or Wireless Access Point (WAP), remove access to unnecessary services like FTP and Telnet on servers, and block unused ports to prevent tampering or scanning by hackers. If your wireless network hardware supports it, enable WPA or WPA2 protection, even if you are currently using WEP which has been inadequate since 2003. Careful and frequent review of your financial statements will alert you to any unauthorized charges against your accounts. Contact your bank or credit card company and alert them immediately to any suspicious activity. You are not liable for credit card charges you do not authorize. Remember – unless you initiate the contact, reject all requests for personal information. Damage Control If you suspect yourself to be a victim of identity theft, you can take the following measures to minimize damage to your financial reputation: • Change your passwords. Select passwords that do not disclose identifying details and cannot be associated with you (e.g., your birthday.) • Contact your financial institution immediately, and close any accounts that have been tampered with. • If you’ve disclosed any personal identifying information, contact one of the three credit bureaus to determine whether a fraud alert should be placed. • Contact the Social Security Administration to report fraudulent activity. • Report thefts to the local police. • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.org) and the FTC’s Fraud and ID Theft Division (www.consumer.gov/idtheft). • If your bills do not arrive on time, receive denials of credit for any unknown reason or find purchases you did not make, call your financial institution immediately. Conclusion Internet piracy is very much alive and rearing its ugly head. It is important to stay vigilant and avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and the financial ruin that can ensue. Closing backdoor security lapses, avoiding unfamiliar emails altogether, and maintaining your security and antivirus software will aid in the fight against malicious hackers.

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