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September 2011 Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Tammy Anthis, Editor Lake Hammock Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors 2011 Officers and Directors President: Richard Gould Vice Pres.: David Lennox Secretary: ofTammy Anthis The Unofficial Newsletter Lake Hammock Village Treasurer: Reta Cramer Tammy Anthis, Editor Director: Herman Biba Director: Hank Marion Director: Ron Plouffe

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

Mary Ann Donovan Joanne Marko Tammy Anthis Jane Biba Marileigh Osborn Marilyn Smith

“Gator Tales� is available online at:


422-3465 438-5011 353-1959 422-6531 421-6289 421-1018

Manager Notes Don‟t forget to sign up for the End of Summer ~ Pool Party on Saturday, September 3rd 2 PM – 6 PM. Hosted, and Organized by Mary Morin and Betty Paul. Funded by Mary & Betty and Co-Funded by LHV Management. As well as our very own resident Ron Plouffe will be the entertainment. Mary and Betty have planned lots of fun activities and games (with prizes) for everyone. Even though this is called a “Pool Party” there will be lots of activities and games planned both at poolside and inside the clubhouse. The small charge of $1.00 is only to help pay for the great prizes that Mary and Betty have purchased. Hot Dogs will be supplied “free”. Bring a snack to share and BYO drink of your choice. Even if you „forget‟ to sign up…..just show up for this fun planned afternoon.

REMINDER It is that time of the year again that many of our homes are in need of power washing. This hot humid weather brings the “green” out on our homes. Be sure to check the sides and back of your homes as the front might be okay. Thanks…

Lake Hammock Village is now on FACEBOOK! Hopefully by the time you are reading this our LHV Facebook account will be up and running!

On Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00 PM the H.O.A. has invited Paul Johnston, General Manager for Heiler Communities, to meet with the residents. Paul is looking forward to discussing any issues and concerns you as a resident may have regarding Lake Hammock Village and the community in general. Paul is all about “helping the residents” and having a good line of communication between Residents, Home Owners Association and Management. „REMINDER‟ PICK UP THE POOP! On several occasions as the sales department has been showing prospective „new‟ residents around the park, out to the lake and thru the RV storage area there have been several seen piles of „poop‟ NOT picked up…especially on the side of our paths out to the lake and around the RV Storage area. Please, Please, Please be courteous to your fellow residents and clean up after your pet!


The sapphire is the gem for September. The morning glory is the flower for the month of September. According to the Georgian calendar, September is the ninth month. But, on the Roman calendar, it was the seventh month. September has had 29 days, and 31 days; but, since the time of the emperor Augustus, it has had only 30 days. Summer ends and autumn begins at the autumnal equinox, on September 22 or 23 in the northern half of the world. September is one of the warmest months in the Southern United States. Northern states have warm September days, but the nights get much cooler. It is also harvest time for crops. And, in Switzerland, it's called Harvest Month.

SEPTEMBER QUOTE You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person. ---unknown

Trivia An orange tree may bear oranges for more than 100 years. The famous "Constable Tree," an orange tree brought to France in 1421, lived and bore fruit for 473 years.


Holidays in September: Labor Day is a holiday honoring working men and women. The United States, Puerto Rico and Canada all observe the first Monday of September as Labor Day. Australia celebrates the Eight Hour Day commemorating their successful struggle for a shorter work day and Europe celebrates Labor Day on May 1. The first Labor Day parade in New York City was held in September 1982. Two men are credited with playing an important role not only in bringing about the parade but the holiday as well. Matthew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, N.J., and Peter J. McGuire, a New York City carpenter, who helped found the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, are said to have suggested a holiday to honor working people in the United States. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday, and in 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday. Grandparents’ Day – September 11th -"The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day." Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a combined event that is annually observed in the United States on September 17. This event commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become US citizens.


September 2011 Pain Awareness Month, Better Breakfast Month 1st Mary Had a Little Lamb published 1830 2nd U.S. Department of Treasury

17th Constitution/Citizenship Day 18th

Cheeseburger Day


Talk like a Pirate Day

established 1789 3rd

Skyscraper Day Burj Dubal world’s tallest 2,717 feet


Newspaper Carrier Day - 1833

20th International Student Day


Labor Day


World Gratitude Day


Read a Book Day


Band-Aide Invented 1921


Raggedy Ann's Birthday 1915


First Day of Autumn


International Literacy Day


Cherries Jubilee Day


Teddy Bear Day


Good Neighbor Day


Sewing Machine Birthday 1846


National Pancake Day


Grandparent’s Day


Tonight Show’s Birthday

Patriot Day 12th

1954 28th

Chocolate Milkshake Day

First Airport Opened – Douglas Arizona 1909



Positive Thinking Day

VFW Birthday – Denver, Colorado 1899


First Department Store Opens – 30th

Marble Dry-Goods Palace in 1846 15th

Make a Hat Day


Lone Ranger’s TV Birthday 1949


Safety Pin invented 1849

September All the signup sheets for events are posted in the clubhouse.

Thursday, September 1st is the Activity Meeting at 2:00 PM in the clubhouse. Saturday, September 3rd is a Pool Party to end the summer. $1.00 per person. Please bring your favorite snack or appetizer to share and B.Y.O.B. 2:00-6:00 PM. Hostesses: Mary Morin, Betty Pall, Arlene Plouffe. Tuesday, September 6th will be the HOA Board meeting at 7:00 PM. Early Bird Dining will be at Homestyle Buffet on Wednesday, September 7th. Carpool 4:30. Tuesday, September 13th will be the HOA meeting at 7:00 PM. Ladies Lunch will be on Thursday, September 15th at High Seas Restaurant, 7000 State Road 544 East, Winter Haven. Carpool 12:00 PM. Saturday, September 17th will be breakfast out at End Zone, 42605 U.S. HWY 27, Davenport. Meet there at 8:30 AM. Birthdays and Anniversaries celebration is Sunday, September 18th at 6:30 PM at the clubhouse followed by a movie. Dining by the Book (Enjoyment Book) at Holiday Inn, 3405 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland on Wednesday, September 21st. Carpooling at 4:30 PM. Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00 PM – Come and meet Paul Johnston, General Manager for Heiler Communities. He wants to discuss issues and concerns you may have regarding LHV. This is your chance to ask him your questions and get some answers. Hope to see you all there. Potluck Supper will be on Monday, September 26th at 6:00 PM. Come join us Mary Ann Donovan & Joanne Marko, Chairpersons for September




When: Saturday, September 3, 2011 Where: Lake Hammock Village Pool Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (or until everyone is waterlogged) Cost: $1.00 per person (money to be used to purchase gifts for games)

Music will be provided by DJ Ron at no cost!

The inside of the clubhouse will be open for individuals to take relief from the heat.

Games will be played

Sign-up sheet will be in clubhouse to get an approximate head-count. Money will be collected at the door.

(gifts for the winners)

Please bring your favorite snack or appetizer to COMPLIMENT THE FREE HOT DOGS and to share with other attendees!

Hope To See Everyone At This End Of Summer Party!!!!

B.Y.O.B. for those that do not drink beer


Organized by: Betty Pall, Arlene Plouffe and Mary Morin

SNOWBIRD WELCOME BACK DANCE Saturday, November 5, 2011 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm THE THEME OF THE PARTY WILL BE “HALLOWEEN IN NOVEMBER” (Costumes Optional) Your host and hostess will be Carl and Mary Morin There will be: ***

Music – all request evening – provided by DJ Ron;


Lite appetizers and non-alcoholic punch provided by your host and hostess; (if you have a favorite snack you want to bring feel free to do so, but not required);


Costume contest – gift certificate will be given for the best costume (to be voted on by the non-costume attendees);


Door prize – gift certificate to the winner; and

Lots and Lots and Lots of Fun!!! The cost of tickets will be $5.00 From the proceeds the DJ will be paid. All remaining proceeds will be donated to the

Polk County Humane Society on behalf of

“The Residents of Lake Hammock Village” To purchase tickets see Carl/Mary Morin at 85 Reineke or call 353-1023. There will also be a sign up sheet in the clubhouse starting September 1st. Tickets will be distributed starting Oct. 1st.

Please make every attempt possible to join us for this fun-filled evening. It’s been a quiet summer; let’s Welcome Back our Snowbirds in style. If you can’t attend the dance, we welcome any small monetary donations for the animals (i.e. $1.00 / $2.00).


Labor Day Word Search






September Birthdays

September Anniversaries

Jack & Margaret Conley – 3rd 54 years

2nd - Barb Cowles 3rd – Chuck Koenig 4th – Dean Cramer 8th – Brian Lund 10th – James Huber 12th – Shirley Hinds 13th – Lyndle Herring 15th – Merrill Davis 16th – Judy Dixon 16th – Linda Pierce 19th – Linda Bialy 19th – Vita Destefano 21st – June Evans 21st – Richard Welch 22nd – Andy Belski 22nd – Lester Iceman 23rd – Roger Martell 24th – Ellen Davis 24th – Eileen Lemay 25th – Margaret Hendges 25th – Karen Patelunas 26th – Walter Paulovske 27th – Barbara Stauffer 29th – Pauline Wells

Lloyd & Betty Larry – 3rd 57 years Richard & Marian Spiegel – 5th 47 years JC & Audrey Hertsch – 6th 55 years Bill & Karen Patelunas – 9th 34 years Steve & Linda Pierce – 14th 15 years Dean & Reta Cramer – 15th 55 years Ira & Joyce Ladyman – 23rd 56 years Larry & Lorraine Dezinski – 24th 23 years Russell & Joan Lander – 26th 58 years


Sick List Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers: Bob Atteridge – home hip surgery Olive Craighton – Consulate Rehab Irene LoBello – Southern Gardens Doris Rockwell – Life Care

Herman Biba – hip surgery Paul Heidenreich – at his daughters Sally Phillips - Home Elsie Torpey – Home

If you know of anyone that is sick or in the hospital please let Marileigh Osborn (421-6289) know so she can get a card to them.

In Memoriam Carl Morin – passing of his mother in Maine ______________________________________________________________ Acts of kindness warm the heart, soothe the soul, and make the world turn more gently. It’s nice to know that there are still people who take such pleasure in doing special things and making others feel good… Thank You. You’re really someone special To all our friends at Lake Hammock for thinking of me while in the hospital. Special thanks to Nancy Roy and Jeff and Lori. Elsie and Robert Torpey ______________________________________________________________ It is so good to be back home among friends and neighbors here in Lake Hammock Village. Thank you to all who supported me with calls, cards, visits and prayers during my long illness and recuperation. This made all the difference and I will always be grateful. I’m looking forward to joining activities again soon. Thanks again. Sally Phillips


Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cake This was enjoyed at our July 4th Bunco. Baked by Barbara Pund 2 tubes (rolled pkgs) of crescent rolls

1½ cup sugar

2 8oz pkgs. Cream cheese (softened)

1 stick butter (melted)

3 tsp. cinnamon Spray bottom of a 9x13 pan. Spread one tube of rolls on the bottom and sides of the pan. Pinch together to form one even piece. Mix together the cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar. Spread evenly over the layer of rolls in the bottom of the pan. Carefully lay the other tube of rolls over the top and pinch together to make one piece. Pour melted butter over the top. Mix cinnamon and the ½ cup sugar. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate. Cut into bars to serve. ____________________________________________________________

NEEDED Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry is looking for toiletry items; toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash clothes, plastic bowls, bar soap, stick deodorants and any plastic or paper shoeboxes you have. Please bring donations to 92 or 93 Reineke Rd. ______________________________________________________________ Someone who knows something about organs to please check out the organ in the clubhouse to let us know if it works or needs any fixing. ______________________________________________________________ Start saving your items you would like to donate to the HOA to sell for our Nov. 11th yard sale.


HAINES CITY COMMUNITY (For more information call Parks & Recreation Department 421-3700) Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Railroad Park Friday, September 2nd, 16th: Movies in the Park, Lake Eva Park 8-10 PM Sunday, September 18th: Music in the Park – Lake Eva 2-8 PM

Lakeridge Winery Jazz at the Winery $2 donation to outdoor fairgrounds. September 17th (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) September 18th (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) _________________________________________________________

Theater Winter Haven September 15 - October 9, 2011

Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm with Sunday (9/25) at 7:30 pm & Saturday (10/1) at 2:30 pm Nominated for nine Tony awards, this musical celebrates friendship among men and devotion to family.


BINGO BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8TH Invite your neighbors and come on down on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM for a fun night of games and a little laughter. The doors open at 6:30 PM (you must purchase cards by 6:45 PM) For the newer residents, Bingo is held every Thursday evening. ______________________________________________________________

Bible Study Informational meeting to determine an interest in starting a nondenominational Bible Study Group on Tuesday, September 13th at 9:00 AM in the clubhouse. Time and day for future meetings will be determined at this meeting. Questions please call Bob Marotti – 984-4455


STATE OF FLORIDA Is it legal to feed birds and other wildlife? In Florida, it is illegal to feed sandhill cranes, bears, raccoons, foxes and alligators. Intentionally placing food or garbage, allowing the placement of food or garbage, or offering food or garbage in such a manner that it attracts black bears, foxes, raccoons or sandhill cranes and thereby creates a public nuisance, is prohibited. It’s never a good idea to feed any wildlife. Feeding animals may cause them to concentrate on food provided by humans so they become a nuisance or a threat to people. Feeding stations tend to be places where wildlife congregates and diseases are readily passed among individuals. In addition, most food fed to wildlife is junk food. Bread and other human food are generally poor substitutes for naturally nutritious food that wildlife finds on its own. Often, the human need to offer food is due to strong emotional attachments to animals and the desire to help wildlife. Research has shown, however, that the consequences of feeding wildlife are far more detrimental than helpful. About the only exception is bird feeders and feeding stations that are maintained with the proper food items and cleaned regularly (several times a week) with a 20-percent bleach and water solution.

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VOLUNTEERS A notice for volunteers was posted in the clubhouse and two comments were printed on it. I would like to talk to those individuals regarding their concerns but since they did not have the courtesy to sign their names, I cannot talk to them individually. The comment was made that we do not let volunteers “Do it another way� and out with the old, in with the new. I can only speak for myself as a member of the activities committee and the LHV Board. I have found that when someone new wants to do a new activity they are completely in charge of running that any way they see fit. The only time the Board gets involved is if it involves them paying out money. We long time members of the activity committee would love to step aside but have seen no new residents step up and say they would chair the monthly activities. My suggestion to the people that don’t like the way things are done is to come to a Activitiy Meeting or a LHV Board meeting and voice their concerns or volunteer. We look forward to hearing from you in person. Submitted by Tammy Anthis ______________________________________________________________

A big thanks to one of our newest resident Jim Fitch for taking on the job of chairing our Nov. yard sale. Thanks to Mary Morin, Betty Pall & Arlene Plouffe for organizing the pool party. Thanks to Carl & Mary Morin for organizing the November dance. These residents have stepped forward and helped with the activities in the park. I hope the residents thank them for their hard work and volunteer to help out for their events by working or attending the events.


A message from the HOA President: At first I was very angry. A posting at the clubhouse by HOA secretary Tammy Anthis, requesting more volunteer participation in activities had been defaced with negative comments by one or more parties who were unhappy with the HOA. The transgressors had not signed their writings. Then I was furious. The treasurer’s report posted at the hall was defaced in red ink. Who was this vile person who had written “No HOA meeting? Why?” across the page? As I thought about the comments on the treasurer’s report, I realized that is was most likely the work of someone who was not an active HOA member. Most of the membership knows that by tradition regular HOA membership meetings are suspended for two or three months during summer. Maybe this should be taken as an opportunity to invite the uninformed residents to participate in the HOA. Boards of Director’s meetings have continued through the summer. The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. The meetings are open to all residents. It has been my policy to allow anyone attending an opportunity to speak. If someone is unhappy with the board’s actions, we would like to hear from them. Regular membership meetings of the HOA will resume on September 13th. We encourage all residents of Lake Hammock Village to attend. It is your chance to be informed and to stand up and be heard. We encourage you to take this opportunity and present your thoughts and ideas. This is your association. Take part…be active. We want to hear your opinions, even if we disagree. I hope no future postings are vandalized. I hope that everyone will come to the meetings to present their thoughts. Surreptitious scribbling can accomplish nothing. Richard Gould Note: I will be out of state for the September 13th meeting but I would be glad to listen to your comments or complaints in person at your convenience.


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. Tammy Anthis (Editor) (863) 353-1959 50 Sargent St

Gator Tales Staff: Nancy Belski Mary Ann Donovan Richard & Marion Spiegel


Restaurant of the Month I would like to start a new article of dining out and places to go on a monthly basis. If possible, I would like some input from you residents of good eating places with a little description of the restaurant. All you have to do is give me the details and I will put it together to place in one of the monthly newsletters. So please help me with this new venture for the newsletter and let me know where you have dined, where it is located, and any special features about the restaurant. I have updated the restaurant book on the shelf in the clubhouse and would like to include some new restaurants.



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Thursday 1 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

Friday 2 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

5 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men's Poker Shuffleboard


12 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

6 7:00 PM Board Meeting

13 7:00 PM HOA Meeting

7:00 PM Men's Poker Shuffleboard

18 6:30 PM Birthday/ Anniversary Celebration 7:00 PM Movie:


19 9:00 AM Water Aerobics


7:00 PM Men's Poker Shuffleboard

26 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 6:00 PM Potluck 7:00 PM Men's Poker Shuffleboard

27 6:30 PM Texas Hold’em

7 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 2:00 Wii 4:30 Dinner 6:30 Ladies’ Poker 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker


14 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 2:00 Wii 6:30 Ladies’ Poker 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker



8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

9:00 AM Water Aerobics

12:00 PM Ladies Lunch

11:00 AM Line Dance

21 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 2:00 Wii 4:30 Dining By the Book 6:30 Ladies’ Poker 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker


28 8:15 Coffee 9:00 Aerobics 2:00 Wii 6:30 Ladies’ Poker 7:00 Dominoes Men’s Poker


8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

9 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

2-6 PM Pool Party


11:00 AM Line Dance 7:00 PM Shuffleboard

7:00 PM Bingo

17 8:30 AM Breakfast End Zone

7:00 PM Shuffleboard

8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

23 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 11:00 AM Line Dance

6:00 PM “Meet & Greet” Paul Johnston

8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

7:00 PM Shuffleboard 30 9:00 AM Water Aerobics

Early Dining – Homestyle Buffet, Hwy 17 Ladies Lunch – High Seas Restaurant, 7000 State Road 544 East, Winter Haven Dining By The Book – Holiday Inn, 3405 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland



7:00 PM Shuffleboard

2:00 PM Activity Meeting 4


11:00 AM Line Dance 7:00 PM Shuffleboard