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March 2011 The Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Tammy Anthis, Editor Lake Hammock Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors 2011 Officers and Directors President:

Richard Gould


Treasurer: Reta Cramer Director: Herman Biba Director: Hank Marion Director: Ron Plouffe

2012* 2011* 2011* 2011*

The Unofficial Vice Newsletter Lake Hammock Village2012* Pres.: of David Lennox Tammy Anthis,Secretary: Editor Tammy Anthis 2012*

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

Marilyn Smith Tammy Anthis Jane Biba Marilyn Pena Marilyn Smith

“Gator Tales� is available online at:


421-1018 353-1959 422-6531 353-1782 421-1018

Manager Notes

Wow has the time we are in March already! Warmer weather has arrived. As you are outside enjoying our Florida sunshine and attending to your yards, gardens and shrubs; take a look at your home……. Is it in need of washing? How about your lamp post... do you need to replace a burned out bulb or is it in need of washing or painting?

Unfortunately I do not have a scheduled date for the ‘pine tree/RV & Boat Storage’ project. I have been assured that when they are ready to begin they will give me ample notice so as we can move out the RV’s and boats from the storage area. A few reminders:  Overnight guests in your home need to be registered with the office. Guest forms are in the clubhouse and at the office.  Residents are not to use the vacant lots as their ‘extra’ parking area. With a permit from the office, registered overnight guests are allowed to park in a vacant lot.  Speeding…watch your speed please! 15 MPH is posted throughout the park.

A recent malfunction with the pool heater caused the temperature of the water not always to heat 24/7. I was not always immediately aware every time this happened. For some unknown reason you (the residents) did not let me know when the water was cool. A ‘guest’ of a resident did call me to let me know the water temperature was cool…the ‘guest’ also informed me that 6 or 7 residents were at the pool complaining among themselves about it! How embarrassing that a ‘guest’ had to call me to tell me of the problem when residents were present and did not!

Come join us at the Office on Saturday, March 12 th for Lake Hammock Village’s Resale Open House. 11 AM to 3 PM

Have a hot dog and maybe meet a ‘new’ resident. TV!

Renee` March 2011


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March Is: March is the third month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, which is used in almost all the world today. It was the first month on the early Roman calendar and was called Martius. Later, the ancient Romans made January 1 the beginning of the year, and March became the third month. March has always had 31 days. Its name honors Mars, the Roman god of war.

March Symbols March symbols. The flower for March is the daffodil or jonquil. The birthstones are the bloodstone (a variety of chalcedony) and the aquamarine.

Popular beliefs There are many superstitions about March. We often hear that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." This means that the first day of March is often stormy, and the last day is mild and warm. Another saying is, "April borrowed from March three days, and they were ill." This refers to the first three days of April, which are generally rough and blustery like March. A third saying calls the first three days of March "blind days" because they are "unlucky." If rain falls on these days, farmers supposedly will have poor harvests.

Some March Trivia for You: Hares court and mate in spring. During courtship, they often jump and twist in the air. This behavior may explain the phrase "mad as a March hare."


Holidays in March Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th, the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland. It also is celebrated outside of Ireland in cities with a large number of people of Irish descent. Saint Patrick was not actually Irish. Historical sources report that he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland near the town of Dumbarton or in Roman Britain the Romans left Britain in 410 A.D. His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat he took on Patrick, or Patricus, after he became a priest. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is primarily a religious holiday. People honor Saint Patrick by attending special religious services, enjoying family and community gatherings and wearing shamrocks. St. Patrick's Day is primarily a secular holiday in the United States. Many people wear green clothing, and they hold parties and march in parades. The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737. Today, more than 100 cities hold parades. The parade held in New York City is the largest. St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day is here, you see. We'll pick some shamrocks, one, two, three. We'll count the leaves and look them over, And maybe find a four-leafed clover. I'll sew green buttons on my vest, Green for St. Patrick is the best. I'll wear a green hat, very high, And dance a jig--at least I'll try!


March 2011 Fun excuses to celebrate this month

1st Share a Smile Day


Freedom of Information Day Everything You Do Is Right


Dr. Seuss’s Birthday


St. Patrick’s Day


National Anthem Day


Johnny Appleseed Day

Fl. Became 27


State (1845)

First Walk in Space Day (1965)


National Pound cake Day


Swallow’s Return Day


Parachute was invented (1785)


First Day of Spring


Dentist Day


World Poetry Day

Telephone Patent Granted (1876)


National Goof Off Day

Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras


Toast Day


Harry Houdini’s Birthday

7th 8th

9th Ash Wednesday Barbie’s Birthday (52 years) 10th

First Paper Money issued (1862)


Pancakes First Made


First Basketball Game (1895)


Make your own Holiday Day


Girl Scout Day


National “Joe” Day


Daylight Saving Time Begins


Something On a Stick Day

Good Samaritan Day 14th

Albert Einstein’s Birthday


Coca-Cola was invented (1886)


Ides of March


Doctor’s Day


Tater Day


Irish Whiskey Pie 1 chocolate ready-to-use pie crust 1/4 c. Irish whiskey 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1 T. mint jelly 2 3/4 c. whipped topping

2 T. sugar 2 eggs, separated green food coloring 2/3 c. light cream dash salt

Combine gelatin, 1 Tablespoon sugar and salt in saucepan. Beat egg yolks lightly. Add egg yolks, cream and whiskey to gelatin mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in mint jelly. Chill until mixture begins to thicken. Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Beat in remaining sugar until mixture holds a stiff peak. Fold meringue and 2 cups whipped topping into custard mixture. Add green food coloring to desired shade. Turn into crust. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and refrigerate until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cutting.


Apple Fritters 5 oz Flour 5 fl oz Water 1/4 t Salt 2 Eggs (separated) 1 T Melted butter

2 Large cooking apples 4 oz Sugar Lemon juice Oil for deep frying Servings: 4

Make batter at least an hour before required, using following method. Sift together flour and salt. Make a well in the center. Add the cooled melted butter and some of the water and egg yolks. Work in the flour and beat until smooth. Add remaining water. Leave to stand. Just before using, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into batter mix. Peel, core and slice apples (slices about 1/4-1/2 inch thick). Dip into batter and deep fry in very hot oil (175180C) until golden. Drain and serve dredged with sugar and sprinkled with lemon juice.


0Lake Hammock Village March Happenings All the signup sheets for events are posted in the clubhouse.

HOA Board meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1st at 7 PM. Thursday, March 3rd - Ladies Luncheon at Magical Dining in Winter Haven. Carpooling at 12:15 PM. Activities Planning Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd at 3 PM in the clubhouse. All are welcome. New ideas for activities would be most appreciated. Early Bird Dining will be at Sizzling Grill, RT 27S on Monday, March 7th Carpool 4:15. Tuesday, March 8th at 7 PM meeting.

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Wednesday, March 16th is the Potluck Supper Night at 6 PM. Theme: Irish or Green dishes. Breakfast at “R-Eatery on Saturday, March 19th at 8:30 AM.

Sunday, March 20th will be the date Birthdays and Anniversaries will be celebrated at 6:30 PM. You’re welcome to stay for the movie at 7 PM. Creative Crafts on Monday, March 21st at 1 PM in the clubhouse. Wednesday, March 23rd will be Dining by the Book at Café Roti in Lakeland. Carpool at 4:30 PM. All Park Yard Sale on Saturday, March 26th from 8 AM – Noon. $3 per yard. Display Day, Tuesday, March 29th. Share your talent, hobby or craft with other park residents. From 2 PM - ? (Information on page 9) March Activities Chair, Marilyn Smith


Lake Hammock Display Day Do you collect, paint, do needle work? Come share your talent, passion and abilities on Tuesday March 29th from 2-? Exhibitors should arrive at 12:30 on Tuesday for set up. Sign up sheet at the hall Margaret Conley 353-7840,

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863-421-9700 Super Bowl Pool Winners 1st quarter – Jane Biba 2nd quarter – Pete Shevlin 3rd quarter – Russ Lander 4th quarter – Pete Shevlin


HAINES CITY COMMUNITY CALENDAR (For more information call Parks & Recreation Department 421-3700) Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Railroad Park Friday, March 4th: Movies in the Park, Lake Eva Park 7-9 PM Saturday, March 5th: Street Painting Festival – Railroad Park – 10 AM – 6 PM Saturday, March 12: A Country Affair (Arts & Crafts, food, entertainment) – 9 AM – 3 PM – Lake Eva Park Sunday, March 20th: Music in the Park – Lake Eva 2-6 PM Saturday, March 26th: Death by Chocolate – Lake Eva Banquet Hall - $25 ---------------------------------------------------

Lakeridge Winery ANNUAL Jazz, Wine & Seafood Festival A $2 donation- benefiting Autism Society. This signature event marks the beginning of springtime and the warmer weather brings people out to enjoy fabulous live outside music and entertainment throughout the entire weekend. Local Artists and Crafters are invited to display their work. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of tasty seafood specialties will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. March 25th (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) March 26th (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) March 27th (11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)


Lake Wales Little Theatre "The Miracle Worker" - Mar. 25 - Apr. 10 Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water". Director - Glenda Thurmond Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for Friday and Saturday evening performances and 2:00 p.m. for Sunday matinees.

Community Theatre Winter Haven Sound of Music – Feb. 24-March 20th – For tickets call 863-294-SHOW or visit the web site at



Fax 863-421-7378

Sales Staff John Bialy (Home) 863-422-0521 (cell) 863-956-6540 Judy Dixon (Home) 863-421-7244 (cell) 863-325-6846


Activities Committee Report We have a different Activities Chairperson for each month. The same few people have been doing the work every month and we need NEW VOLUNTEERS for this position. You may either chair the month alone or find a friend and co-chair. We are sad to say that if no one volunteers for the following months then we will not be having any planned activities for those months. We need your help for the following months: June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.

Responsibilities of Monthly Activities Chairperson 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

In charge of monthly planning meeting. Submit article for Gator tales re: activities for that month. Find or host the events. Calling restaurants to set up for reservations. Activity folder passed on to next month’s chairperson.

Lake Hammock Village Yard Sale The yard sale will be held on Saturday, March 26th from 8AM – 12PM. Donna Hunt (419-9230) has agreed to be the coordinator. The cost will be $3.00 per carport, and Donna will be around to collect on Friday, March 25th. She will need the help of the residents to help with food sales, taxi drivers, traffic control. The bake sale is a big money raiser for our HOA fund so we need all you good bakers to donate lots of bake goods for this event. Donna puts a lot of work & time into this event so please help her out by offering your help.







































March Birthdays Mike Molnar Lori Johnsen Richard Williams Judie Bott Lee Rhoades Rita Clapp Gary Harrer Russell Lander Grace Mosher Walter Strohmaier Don Ives Nyla Sharp Terri Stump Jeannette Spury Marileigh Osborn David Wakefield Nancy Kerrigan Frank Patton Donna Chilton John Cullen Norma Gossett Phyllis Lennox Carol Saunders Jan Baczkiewicz Elsie Torpey Audrey Sontag Doreen Hughey Suzanne Plasman Ronald Plouffe Arthur McKay Terry Talcott Dennis Weinzierl

March Anniversaries

1st 2nd 4th 5th 5th 6th 9th 9th 9th 13th 14th 15th 15th 15th 16th 17th 17th 19th 21st 21st 23rd 23rd 23rd 26th 26th 27th 28th 28th 28th 29th 31st 31st


Carl & Mary Morin 15 years


Randall & Kathleen Laszewski 40 years


Bob & Lorraine Sharples 9 years


Ronald & Arlene Plouffe 27 years


Sick List Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers:

Olive Craighton – Consulate Rehab room 107 Darlene Dinio – Heart of Florida Hospital Gail Seal - Home Marcyn Seal - Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center

If you know of anyone that is sick or in the hospital please let Marilyn Pena (3531782) know so she can get a card to them.

In Memoriam Joanne Marko in the passing of her husband Joe Thomas Gregory Wolfinger in the passing of his wife Susan ______________________________________________________________


Thanks to Richard Spiegel and Dennis Casey for installing the new mailbox tubes. Thanks to Tammy for making my day and putting a balloon on the mailbox for my birthday. Samantha Greenwell Jim and I would like to thank our neighbors for their help and thoughtfulness during my illness. Thanks for those who made it possible for me to receive 3 pints of blood (you know who you are). I am on the road to recovery. Hazel Van Dyke

Just a reminder: If you should need blood, Blood Net will compensate at $25 per unit up to 4 units. This is possible thanks to the generous donations of a few Lake Hammock Village residents. Questions call 421-1018.



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) Gator Tales Staff: (863) 353-1959 Nancy Belski 50 Sargent St Mary Ann Donovan Richard & Marion Spiegel ____________________________________________________


Lake Hammock Village Homeowner’s Association Homeowner’s Association Meeting, Minutes Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Board Members In Attendance: All present I.

Call to Order: President called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM followed by a Flag Salute.


Previous Minutes: a) Minutes from the Jan. 18th meeting were read. b) Motion to approve, seconded.


Treasurer’s Report a) Treasurer’s report read. b) Motion to approve, seconded.


Officers’ Report a) Secretary reported we have 4 more members pay their dues. b) President: 1) Reviewed rules for conducting the HOA meetings. 2) Discussed the last two meetings of the Board of Directors. 3) Explained the purpose of a Statutory Committee and asked for volunteers for this committee.


Committee Reports: a) Welcome: reported there were no new residents. b) Sunshine: reported on cards sent out. c) FMO: talked about the importance of joining the FMO. d) Activities: 1) Reported on the upcoming events for Feb. 2) Reported that we are in need of monthly activity leaders. 3) Reported that she still has a few Enjoyment Books to sell.



Manager’s Report: The Pine Tree cutting is on hold until further notice. Old Business: a) 2011 Budget – went over the 2011 proposed budget to be voted on in March. Discussion on the amount of bank interest we are currently receiving and look into something that might pay more interest.


New Business: a) Publishing of HOA Meeting Minutes in Gator Tales: A motion was made and seconded that the LH HOA approve, on a one year trial basis, the publishing, a synopsis of the minutes of regular HOA meetings in Gator Tales; and that the Board of Directors shall review this decision before the year is completed and bring further recommendation(s) to the regular meeting. The motion was discussed, voted on. Motion passed. b) Gator Tales: 1) Discussion on the size of Gator Tales and fitting it into the mailbox tubes. A motion was made and seconded to leave Gator Tales in the Club House to be picked up. The motion was discussed, voted on, motion denied. 2) A motion was made and seconded that the LH HOA buys the materials to provide larger tubes for the delivery of the Gator Tales for the approximate cost of $175. The motion voted on and carried. c) Speeding: A discussion was held on speeding vehicles in the park. The pros/cons of speed bumps were discussed. Management asked that if you see a speeder notify them of a description of the vehicle and license number.


Motion to close meeting. Meeting adjourned at 8:07 pm. Respectfully submitted Secretary LHV HOA




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A Thank you to February Activities Volunteers Super Bowl: Joyce Ladyman, Doreen Martell Brunch: Joanne Casey, JoAnne Lucito Anniversaries’ & Birthday: Edna Davidson, Alice Metzger Potluck: Joan Butler, Phyllis Lennox We appreciate all your help, setting up, for the events and baking those delicious cakes! Joan Lander & Marileigh Osborn P.S. Thank you Joan for heading all Feb. events. Marileigh

I would like to say “Thank You” for all the prayers, cards and visits during my recent stay at Orlando Regional Medical Center after having major back surgery. Thank you, Gail L Seal My mother Marcyn Seal took a fall on February 11th and is currently in Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center. Words of encouragement would be most helpful at this time. Cards can be sent to the address below: Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center Marcyn Seal 830 W. 29th Street Room 909 Orlando, FL 32805 Thank you, Jill and Gail


March 2011 Sunday


Tuesday 1

2 10:00 AM Shuffleboard

7:00 PM HOA Board Meeting 6

7 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 4:15 PM Early Bird Dining


8 10:00 AM Shuffleboard 7:00 PM HOA Meeting

8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes

Thursday 3 Men's Breakfast Meet & Greet for Wellness Ladies Lunch Activities

Friday 4


9:30 AM Water Aerobics

14 9:30 AM Water Aerobics

15 10:00 AM Shuffleboard

7:00 PM Men's Poker



6:30 PM Birthday/ Anniversary Celebration 7:00 PM Movie 27

9:30 AM Water Aerobics

22 10:00 AM Shuffleboard

7:00 PM Bingo

9 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes


16 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 6:00 PM Potluck 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes

17 St. Patrick’s Day

23 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts



8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

9:30 AM Water Aerobics

9:30 AM Water Aerobics

1:00 PM Crafts

4:30 PM Dining by the Book

7:00 PM Men's Poker 28

29 2:00 PM Display Day

30 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes


7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

11:00 AM Line Dance

11 8:00 AM 7:00 PM Bingo

9:30 AM Water Aerobics 11:00 AM Line Dance

12 Resale’s Open House & Resident Appreciation 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

7:00 PM Men's Poker 13


8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

18 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 11:00 AM Line Dance

7:00 PM Bingo

7:00 PM Bingo


19 8:30 AM Breakfast R-Eatery Brian’s Cart Clinic 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

11:00 AM Line Dance

26 8 AM – Noon Yard Sale 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker


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