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July 2012 Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Tammy Anthis, Editor Lake Hammock Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors 2012 Officers and Directors President: David Lennox Vice Pres.: Richard Gould Secretary: Doreen Hughey Treasurer: Pete Evans The Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Director: Tammy Anthis Tammy Anthis, Editor Director: Barb Cowles Director: Jim Fitch Director: Bob Marotti

2012* 2012* 2013* 2013* 2012* 2013* 2012* 2013*

*Denotes term ends at the end of the noted year Committee Chairs Activities: Gator Tales: Phone Squad: Sunshine: Welcome:

Activities Committee Tammy Anthis Jane Biba Kay Levinson Marilyn Smith

“Gator Tales� is available online at:


353-1959 422-6531 422-8543 421-1018

July is filled with summer splendors! It's time to stop and savor the everyday miracles that are all around us ~ songbirds, blue skies, flowers, fresh water, butterflies ~ what can we buy that is more precious than any one of these? Our culture makes it easy to be swept up in a current of consumption. And it's nice to live a comfortable existence surrounded by things that give us pleasure. But it's also comforting to realize just how little we truly need. July is a good time to make a list of the things that are absolutely essential to your happiness. How many can be purchased, and how many are so precious that they couldn't be bought at any price? July has remained stable as months go. It has always possessed 31 days.

Special Days in July: For our Canadian residents, Canada Day is the 1st of July. It honors the day that the British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada were united in one country, called the Dominion of Canada. We wish them all a Happy Canada Day.

The American Independence Day or the Fourth of July or the Glorious Fourth, is celebrated all across the United States with fireworks, parades, barbecue, family get together, carnivals, picnic, concerts, baseball games along with several political speeches and public as well as private events, guns and canons.


Manager's Report



Don’t forget to sign up for Lake Hammock Village’s 4 of July Cook Out. Signup sheets are in the clubhouse. You must sign up so an accurate count can be made for food/drink purchase.

It is that time of the year to check our homes, carports and lamp posts to see if they are in need of cleaning and/or repairs. There are several homes that are in need of washing (some only on part of the home…green is not an attractive color!) As well as there are some lamp posts that are in need of cleaning and painting. Carports are not to be used for ‘storage’ of boxes, etc. Your cooperation in maintaining the appearance of your home with cleaning, repairs and a clean carport will keep up the high standards and attractive park we live in. Thank you.

PLEASE watch your speed and ask your guests to obey the 15 MPH speed limit. Please stop at the Stop Signs. This also applies to golf carts and bike riders! REMEMBER this also means

when entering the front gates! We have had several close calls with cars speeding as they enter the front gate…. Remember we have walkers, bike riders and golf carts in the same area as you are driving. 

GATES We all know that we have had ‘problems’ at various times with our gates. The other night being one of those times. They are again working properly but I MUST REQUEST that you do NOT use your vehicle to push open the gates or try to force them open when they are malfunctioning. I witnessed one of our residents doing exactly that! This action could damage the gates mechanism, as well as damage your vehicle. This action does not ‘fix’ the malfunction of the gate! Thank you.

Thank you to the ‘few’ residents who volunteer their time to keep our entrance area outside the gates and inside the gates, our park streets and the lake area clean of your trash, cigarette butts and debris. Their dedication to keeping Lake Hammock Village attractive and clean is much appreciated. Thank you!


July 2012


President’s Report Happy Birthday/Anniversary July 1st is the 145th anniversary of the formation of Canada. The year was 1867 and four provinces joined to form the new country. British Columbia refused to join until a railroad was built to the west coast and Newfoundland held out until 1949. Today, Canada is comprised of 10 provinces and 3 territories. So, Happy Anniversary Canada. July 4th celebrates the 236th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Of course, we all know that this is when the 13 colonies declared their independence from England. It is a special day to celebrate a remarkable nationhood. As well, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 – the last conflict between our two nations. As history reports, when war was declared a group of American officers were dining at the British fort at Niagara. Once the messenger stated that war had been declared, all parties stood up, raised their glasses in a toast to the President and to the King, shook hands and parted ways. Those were the days of military courtesies. The end of this war saw the establishment of the world’s longest undefended border. And, as of now, almost 200 years of friendship between our countries. So, our family will gather and celebrate July 1st and the values that make us proud to be Canadians. And on July 4th, you and yours will celebrate all that makes America a great nation. May we all take the time to remember how blessed we are. My final thoughts for the month: “Life may not be the party we hoped for ………but while we are here, we might as well dance!”



Sick List Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers: May Cook – Palm Gardens Nursing Home Gary Harrer – Home Doreen Martell – Home Perky Schmauder – Home

Olive Craighton – Consulate Rehab Irene LoBello – Southern Gardens Betty Rhoades - Home Jean Zimmerman – Home

If you know of anyone that is sick or in the hospital please let Kay Levinson (422-8543) know so she can get a card to them. If you would like to be put on the prayer chain please contact Cathy Strohmaier (419-2699).

In Memoriam Our condolences to the family and friends of: Ruth Crocker (past resident) in the loss of her husband Al in South Harwich, MA. on June 4th. His obituary is posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse. _____________________________________________________________________________________

New Residents Welcome to our community!

Paul Bothun & Kenneth Trotter (119 Silvercrest Dr) Paul moved into LHV on June 1st from Orlando, Fl. He is retired from working in a hospital in Bayshore NY for 25 years. He enjoys helping men in home care and if you need any assistance with this please call him at (407) 558-5826. Celine Therrien (180 Glen Este Blvd) Celine is a house mate of Pauline Wells. She moved here from New Hampshire. She previously worked at Catholic Medical Center in the Finance Dept. She has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Celine enjoys reading, needle work, sewing, theme parks, hospital volunteering, church community service and bargain shopping at thrift stores.


Our Independence Day With our first fourth on that seventh month began A declaration of how we would forge our life In signature, John Hancock did lead by action The beginning of a nation which has firmly stood As we stop to embrace our Independence Day We should reflect back from this sixth millennium year Looking to the many trials we have faced as a country Most vividly, to that infamous September morn We have never, and never will succumb to threat Our rigid foundation is of, by, and for the people We heed the message of President John F. Kennedy It is what we do for our country that stands us tall As good citizens we put our trust in God, and each other Under one flag we stand, united for all the world to see Our Stars and Stripes form the Old Glory we so revere And how gallant are those who march with our colors As Americans, we hold freedom as a certainty Our bravest have given their all to this end If not for their willingness, we would not be The cost of liberty demands this commitment So many have endured the precious loss of loved ones We must stay aware of the tragedy they live with For they, more than any, feel the total cost of sacrifice Praise their fallen heroes, they left freedom for us My Dear Americans, as we take time to celebrate This independence held so deep in our hearts I hope that the following thoughts of America Bring forth emotion, for the USA that we love We shall always be ‘the land of the free' We shall always be ‘the home of the brave’ We shall always hear ‘God Bless America’ We shall always love ‘Mom and Apple Pie’


July Tuesday, July 4th – 4th of July Cookout – 2:00 PM in the clubhouse – food and drink provided. Thursday, July 5th – Activities planning for August (clubhouse) – 2 PM. Tuesday, July 10th - Dining by the Book at Smokin’ Jim’s (3615 Havendale Blvd., Auburnadale). Carpooling from clubhouse 4:30 PM. Grab your coupon book and enjoy a special meal with your neighbors. Jane Biba in charge of reservations (422-6531). Sunday, July 15th – Birthdays and Anniversaries celebration is at 6:30 PM (clubhouse) followed by a movie at 7:00 PM. This is for everyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary in July and everyone else who wants to help our residents celebrate their special day. Sally Phillips hostess Saturday, July 21st - Breakfast at Chat A Whyle (185 S Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred). Meet there at 8:30 AM. Jane Biba in charge of reservations (4226531). Thursday, July 26th - Early Bird Dining – Cherry Pocket (3100 Canal Rd, Lake Wales). Carpool 4:30 PM from clubhouse. Jane Biba in charge of reservations (422-6531)

Tuesday, July 31st - Ladies Lunch at Lake Ashton. Carpooling from the clubhouse (check signup sheet for time). Joanne Marko in charge of reservations (438-5011).

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis


UPCOMING EVENTS If you are not currently in LHV and wish to attend these events please email Tammy Anthis at or call (863)353-1959.

Saturday, December 8th – First Baptist Church of Orlando presents “Singing Christmas Trees” – Tickets will be around $18 pp and we will car pool from the clubhouse. Reservations must be made by September 1st. Sign up in the clubhouse.

Thursday, December 13th – Arabian Nights presents The World’s Greatest Holiday Show on horses. The cost will be $37 pp which includes the Great Hall pre-show entertainment and appetizer buffet, your entrée and dessert, unlimited Pepsi-cola products, tax, tip, and of course the incredible show. For $5 pp extra you can have unlimited beer & wine (can be purchased the night of the show. I have reserved 20 tickets but can add more if needed. Reservations by December 1st. We will carpool at need to arrive at the theater by 4:30 for a 6:00 pm show.

The activities committee would like to plan a dinner theater show for Sept., Dec. (Arabian Nights), March, and June. Places we will be checking out include: Titanic, Poluesial Luau at Sea World, Treasure Tavern, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Medieval Times, Capone’s Dinner Theater, and Magic Comedy. If you have any suggestions (dinner theaters, day trips) please let me know.


4th OF JULY–COOKOUT Wednesday – July 4th 2:00 PM @ Clubhouse Food and Drink provided ~ YOU bring the fun!

Sign Up Sheets In Clubhouse Or call Karen Patelunas @ 421-2040 PLEASE SIGN UP AS WE NEED ACCURATE COUNT FOR PURCHASE OF FOOD AND DRINK.


Cool Facts 

In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

Judy Scheindlin (Judge Judy) has a $25,000,000 salary, while Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a $190,100 salary.

More than 20 million meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere every day.

The ashes of the average cremated person weigh 9 pounds.

The Beatles have sold more records than anyone else with over a billion worldwide.

Lake Hammock Village 151 GLEN ESTE BLVD and 157 GLEN ESTE COURT


American Symbols

Liberty Bell is a treasured relic of the early days of American independence. It was rung July 8, 1776, with other church bells, to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Its inscription, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," is from the Bible (Lev. 25:10). The Liberty Bell weighs over 2,080 pounds (943 kilograms). The colonial province of Pennsylvania paid about $300 for it in 1752. Today the bell hangs in Liberty Bell Pavilion, just north of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell was first cast in England. It broke in ringing after its arrival and was recast in Philadelphia from the same metal, with the same inscription, in 1753. The Liberty Bell rang at each successive anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration until 1835. The bell broke on July 8 that year, while being rung during the funeral of John Marshall, chief justice of the United States. It became known as the Liberty Bell about 1839, when abolitionists began to refer to it that way. Previously, the bell had been called the Old State House Bell. The Liberty Bell is no longer rung, but it has been struck on special occasions. On June 6, 1944, when Allied forces landed in France, Philadelphia officials struck the bell. Sound equipment broadcast the tone to all parts of the nation. Independence Hall was the permanent residence of the bell from 1753 until Jan. 1, 1976, when it was moved to the pavilion.

Fireworks are combinations of gunpowder and other ingredients that explode with loud noises and colorful sparks and flames when they burn. Fireworks are also called pyrotechnics. Fireworks that only make a loud noise are called firecrackers.


Uncle Sam is a figure that symbolizes the United States. The term originated as an unfriendly nickname for the U.S. government during the War of 1812. The term "Uncle Sam" was used as early as 1813. In that year, a Troy, N.Y., newspaper stated that it apparently had arisen because of the initials "U.S." on government wagons. In 1816, the nickname appeared in a book title, The Adventures of Uncle Sam. It was later asserted that the term had its origin in a specific person--Samuel "Uncle Sam" Wilson of Troy, N.Y., who supplied the army with "U.S."-stamped barrels of provisions. The costume of Uncle Sam, decorated with stars and stripes, originated in cartoons of the 1830's and 1840's. But the figure did not assume its present form until after the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1961, Congress passed a resolution saluting Samuel Wilson as the person who inspired America's national symbol.

Flag: Red is for victory, white is for purity, and blue for loyalty. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country.

Independence Day is a good time to examine who we are and how we got here. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY


July Birthdays

Bob McDonald Mary Kline Frank Brady Dan Deuel Rex Lingruen Betty Larry Jenny Boettcher Gloria Brady Wanda Hensley Tim Stump Carl Morin Herb Hunt Dan Nolt Larry Dezinski Linda Herman Bob Renka Norm Brake

June Birthday Harold Cantrell

July Anniversaries

1st 5th 9th 9th 9th 13th 15th 16th 16th 16th 24th 25th 25th 26th 27th 28th 31st



James & Susan Huber 51 years


Calvin & Dawn Maluchnick 34 years


Gary & Geraldine Harrer 46 years


Jim & Cathy Mullison 22 years


Scott & Perky Schmauder


Don & Ruth Ives 30 years


Norm & Jan Baczkiewicz 40 years


Reg & Linda Herman 40 years


Jerry & Jeannie Growden 21 years


Don & Shirley Hinds 49 years


Rex & Eileen Lingruen 39 years


Don & Linda VanDeman 40 years


June LHV Volunteers Please, take the opportunity when we see them to say thanks. If any names were omitted please let me know & I will include them next month.

HOA/Activities Tammy Anthis (Activities, Bus Tours, Club house decorations) Jane Biba (Activities) Larry & Lorraine Dezinski (Potluck) Joyce Ladyman (Activities) Kay Levinson (Sunshine) Joanne Marko (Activities, Club house decorations) David & Mary Schnopp (Librarians) Marilyn Smith (Activities, Potluck, Welcome Committee) Cathy Strohmaier (Activities) All LHV Day/Night Time Resident Patrols

Gator Tales

Wed. Coffee

Tammy Anthis

Herman & Jane Biba

Andy & Nancy Belski

Leon & Linda Martin

Mary Ann Donovan

Jim & Cathy Mullison

Richard & Marian Spiegel

Marilyn Smith


Live with Intention Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Laugh. Play with abandon. Practice wellness. Continue to learn. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Lead or follow a leader. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.


July Celebrations this month

1st U.S. 1st Zoo - 1874

16th Birthday of Parking Meters - 1935

2nd Johnson signs Civil Rights Act – 1964

17th 1st dental school established (Harvard) – 1867

3rd 1st bank in U.S. – 1819

18th FDR nominated for unprecedented 3rd term - 1940

4th 1st bus built – 1829

19th Doc Holliday kills for 1st time - 1879

5th Bikini introduced – 1946

20th Viking 1 lands on Mars - 1976

6th 1st talking motion picture

21st 1st Battle of Bull Run - 1861

premiered in NY - 1928

7th Birthday of comic book – 1802

22nd Wiley Post flies solo around world - 1933

8th 1st American passport issued - 1796

23rd Ice Cream cone introduced in St. Louis, MO - 1904

9th Birthday of corncob pipe - 1869

24th Lance Armstrong wins 7th Tour de France - 2005

10th Birthday of Central Pacific Railway – 1862 25th World’s 1st test tube baby born 1978 11th Marine Corps created - 1798 12th Medal of Honor created - 1862

26th FBI founded - 1908 27th House begins impeachment of Nixon - 1974

13th 1st World Cup - 1930

28th 14th Amendment adopted - 1863

14th Birthday of tape measure - 1868

29th NASA created - 1958

15th Nixon announces visit to Communist

30th Johnson signs Medicare into law -

China – 1971


31st Jimmy Hoffa disappears - 1975


HAINES CITY COMMUNITY (For more information call Parks & Recreation Department 421-3700) Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Railroad Park Wednesday, July 4th: Thunder on the Ridge, Lake Eva Park – John Michael Montgomery performing Friday, July 6th & 20th: Movies in the Park, Lake Eva Park 8-10 PM Friday, July 13th: Movies in the Pool, Lake Eva, Aquatic Center 8 PM



Lakeland Community Theatre

July 20 – 29 - Chicago The Musical – Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM; Sunday 2:00 PM - $20

Lakeridge Winery Summer Music Series July 7 , 14th, 21st, 28th – 1:00 – 4:00 - Free th

Winter Haven Hairspray – July 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th at 7:30 PM July 22nd & 29th at 2:30 PM – Tickets $22

SUNCREST SALES CORPORATION at Lake Hammock Village 36106 Highway 27 Haines City, Florida (863) 421-5764

Lake Hammock Village Residents – Bring us a buying customer and receive $100.00

Office Hours

Sales Staff

Monday thru Friday * 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday * 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Closed Sundays and Holidays

Judy * Cell (863) 325-6846 Renee * Cell (863) 242-5400


Fourth Of July Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell an Abraham Lincoln quotation.






In the Kitchen with Susan Belski This will be a new feature in our monthly Gator Tales. Susan has had 6 years of experience as an Executive Chef. She is trained in Classic French, Italian, Cajun/Creole, American, and Vegetarian cuisine (with a little Mexican as well). Susan is currently in school to become a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist. Susan will offer unique, tasty recipes and cooking & nutrition tips. Readers are welcome to send in cooking questions or request for recipe for a specific diet (low salt, diabetic)

“Helping Our Neighbors� This is a committee not affiliated with any group or club here in the community. There are people who live alone and would not be able to fix meals in an event of illness and that is when this group will try to help. The committee would help with meals or snacks during a weekly/short period of time and maybe this assistance would help the resident get stronger and back to taking care of themselves a lot faster. The committee would only provide meals, approximately 1-3 days per week and nothing else. If you would be willing to help cook meals or know of anyone in this situation that needs short time assistance please contact Tammy Anthis 353-1959.


Our 26th Year! - Over 8,000 Roofovers Installed! Ask Our Lake Hammock Customers! Larrry & Lorraine Dezinski Joe & Joanne Marko Andrew & Nancy Belski Florence Browning Jeff Hunt & Lorene Johnson

Dennis Weinzierl Richard & Carol Gould David & Mary Schnopp David & Karen Butcher Leon & Linda Martin

1-352-242-5055 Thompson’s

Comfort Seal Roof Systems, Inc.™ Clermont, FL 34711 “Since 1986” FL St. Lic. # CCC1325522 Certified Contractor

A+ Rating



Gator Tales Changes

During the next few months hopefully you will notice some changes in our Gator Tales. I would like to make it more about our park and residents. In order to help with this I am in need of a reporter and photographer. The job of the reporter will be to write up articles of the various events happening in LHV and to interview new residents. The photographer will take pictures of events in the park, landscape, animals and flowers around our wonderful park. If you can help in either of these two ways or any other suggestions please let me know. Please fill out the comment form on the bottom of this page and drop into the comment box in the clubhouse or at my house (50 Sargent St) or you can email me at 1.

Things I would like to see continue in the Gator Tales:

_____ Sick list, Memoriam, Thanks

_____ Birthday/Anniversary

_____ Poems/Jokes

_____ Recipes

_____ Cool Facts

_____ Volunteers

_____ Celebrations of the month

_____ Community Events

_____ Word Search Puzzles

_____ Advertisement


Other ideas to add or delete to the Gator Tales________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

3. I am willing to help with the Gator Tales in the following areas:



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Newsletter Information All newsletters can be viewed in color on the web site at (click on Lake Hammock at bottom of page). Just a reminder any information for Gator Tales needs to be submitted to me by the 20th of every month. If you have any questions or suggestions about the Gator Tales please contact me in person, by phone or in writing. I am always looking for ways to improve the newsletter. Tammy Anthis (Editor)

Gator Tales Staff:

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Andy & Nancy Belski

50 Sargent St

Mary Ann Donovan

Richard & Marion Spiegel


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Sunday 1

Monday 2 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

Tuesday 3 1:00 PM Hand & Foot

6:30 PM Shuffleboard 7:00 PM Men's Poker 15


6:30 PM Birthday/ Anniversary Celebration 7:00 PM Movie 22

9:00 AM Water Aerobics

4 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics

5 8:00 AM

7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker

7:00 PM Men's Poker 9 9:00 AM Water Aerobics


2:00 PM Cookout

6:30 PM Shuffleboard



10 1:00 PM Hand & Foot 4:30 (clubhouse) Dining by the Book 17 1:00 PM Hand & Foot

6:30 PM Shuffleboard

11 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker 18 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker

7:00 PM Men's Poker 23 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

24 1:00 PM Hand & Foot

6:30 PM Shuffleboard

25 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker

7:00 PM Men's Poker 29

30 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

31 Ladies Lunch

6:30 PM Shuffleboard

1:00 PM Hand & Foot


Saturday 7


Men's Breakfast

9:00 AM Water Aerobics

6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker

2:00 PM Activities 6:30 PM 12Shuffleboard 8:00 AM (clubhouse)

Men's Breakfast



9:00 AM Water Aerobics

6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker

6:30 PM Shuffleboard 19 8:00 AM (clubhouse)

Men's Breakfast



9:00 AM Water Aerobics

8:30 AM Breakfast Chat A Whyle 6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker

6:30 PM Shuffleboard

26 8:00 AM (clubhouse)

Men's Breakfast 4:30 PM Early Bird Dining 6:30 PM Shuffleboard

7:00 PM Men's Poker Tuesday, July 10th – Smokin’ Jim’s (3615 Havendale Blvd, Auburndale) Saturday, July 21st – Chat A Whyle (185 S Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred) Thursday, July 26th – Cherry Pocket (3100 Canal Rd, Lake Wales) Tuesday, July 31st – Lake Ashton





9:00 AM Water Aerobics 6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker

Men’s Breakfast Meet at clubhouse