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October 2010 The Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Tammy Anthis, Editor Lake Hammock Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors 2010 Officers and Directors President:

Judy Dixon


Treasurer: Director: Director: Director:

Gail Seal Herman Biba George Palmer Walter Strohmaier

2010* 2011* 2010* 2010*

The Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Vice Pres.: Tammy Anthis,Secretary: Editor Donna Chilton 2010*

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

Lori Johnsen Tammy Anthis Jane Biba Marileigh Osborn Marilyn Smith

“Gator Tales� is available online at:


588-1599 353-1959 422-6531 421-6289 421-1018

Manager Notes

As October arrives so do some of our winter residents ~ Welcome Home” We have had a long hot summer and hopefully our returning winter residents will bring some cooler temperatures with them! As our weather cools and we are able to be outside more to enjoy our Florida sunshine it is a good time to take a look around your home and check for repairs and upkeep needed…don‟t forget to check your lamp post as well.

SOLICITORS It is posted “No Solicitors” are allowed in the park. If a solicitor should approach you, please advise them that there is no soliciting allowed. If they don‟t leave call the police. As per our Rules and Regulations # 15 ~ Your dog or cat MUST be on a leash outside your home. This includes your yard or driveway. I have been receiving numerous complaints about dog owners not having their animal on a leash when outside their home. Please pet owners keep your dog on a leash at all times when not inside your home. Thank you. The mowing of the “back 40” is scheduled for this month.

To the residents who have called, emailed or come by the office to clarify or confirm something that they were told by another resident. This action really helps to keep down the rumors and gossip that might be considered „truthful and actual‟ (which sometimes is not the case) to a minimum. Thank you again. Note: A few of these emails and phone calls have come from our winter or vacationing residents who wanted clarification or confirmation before they return so they do not repeat something that is not truthful or actual.

Renee` October 2010


Facts about October Gemstone: opal and the tourmaline

Flower: calendula

October is the tenth month of the year. October was the 8th month in the early Roman calendar. October has had 31 days since the time of the Roman emperor Augustus. The first frost usually happens in October in the North Temperate Zone. Leaves change to their brilliant colors, and begin to fall, making the ground a beautiful haven of color. The farmers have to finish harvesting of the crops, but winter isn't here yet. The cold won't stay. In fact, we will still have warm days ahead. Most birds have left for the south by the first frost, but the sparrows love the weather. They are seed eaters, and eat many weed seeds that would otherwise damage the next field crops. Farmers bring in the last of the fall crops and either store or ship them to other parts of the world. In some parts, apples and grapes are still on the trees and vines. Many apples are harvested at the end of October. Football usually dominates the scene in October. Hockey also begins its season in October. And, the World Series will steal some of the spotlight from other sports.

The Angel of October is Barbiel - October is the month of breathtaking beauty. Nature dazzles our eyes with one last hurrah before retiring for the winter, cloaking the trees in vivid hues of burgundy, gold, and orange. The trees' beautiful colors were there all along, but were hidden by conformity of green. They shed their green uniform to reveal their individual beauty, because the changing season alters their daily dose of sunlight. Circumstances force them to change their colors. The luckiest among us are like the trees ~ when change comes during the seasons of life, they emerge in their own glorious coat-of-many-colors, woven from the threads of both the good and the bad that is cast upon them. Barbiel is at your side when change enters your life, and is ever-present to give the support you need to weather the transformation.


Holidays in October

The first week of October is Fire Prevention Week in the United States. Do you know what to do in case of a fire? Make sure you change the battery in your smoke detector this month and also make sure the fire extinguisher is functioning properly. Columbus Day honors Christopher Columbus' first voyage to America in 1492. Columbus Day became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1971. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Before 1971, a number of states celebrated Columbus Day on October 11th . Cities and organizations sponsor parades and banquets on Columbus Day. Thanksgiving – In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on October 11th We want to wish all our Canadian friends and residents a Happy Thanksgiving. Halloween - It started almost 2000 years back, when the Pagans used to celebrate the last day of the Celtic year to honor the dead known as All Hallows’ Eve (October 31st ). It is the evening before All Saints Day (November 1st), which was created by Christians to convert pagans. It is an important date on the Catholic calendar, a time to observe and honor saints. As per the traditions, it is believed that the spirits of the dead return to where they lived and the witches, demons as well as the evil spirits become active. A traditional food is eaten during this time known as “barnbrack”. It is a fruitcake and is believed that while eating if someone finds a ring in the cake it means he or she will get married soon or if they get a piece of straw good luck is on its way.


October Happenings Lake Hammock Village October activity calendar is reflecting the return of cooler weather and our winter residents. We welcome both equally!! Monday, October 4th at 1:00 pm sees our crafting group gathering again. We plan to create fall wreaths. Watch for the sign-up sheet which will go up the last week of September.

The HOA Board will meet on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:00 pm. The activity committee will gather at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 7th to finalize November's calendar of events. Friday, October 8th will find the early diner's eating at Long Horn's Steakhouse in Winter Haven. Gather at the club house at 4:30 pm to carpool to the restaurant. The Home Owners Association meeting will convene at 7:00 pm, Tuesday October 12th. 8:30 am Saturday, October 16th is time to join with other Lake Hammock Villagers for breakfast at R-Place Eatery.

Bring your favorite dessert to celebrate National Dessert Month with our October birthday/anniversary get together Sunday, October 17th at 6:30 pm. Sign up to let us know what fabulous dessert you will be bringing! A classic movie will follow at 7:00 pm. Ladies Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19th at the Back Porch. Gather at the club house at 11:00 am to car pool to the restaurant. Come prepared to enjoy the rural setting and the antiques along with the tasty offerings from the restaurant.


National Fire Prevention Month is also observed in October. A representative of the Haines City Fire and Rescue will join us on Wednesday morning, October 27th at 8:45 am. to help us learn the ABC's of fire extinguishers. The program includes an informative video presentation and discussion on the proper use of fire extinguishers, PLUS an opportunity for each person to extinguish a fire using the new Bulls Eye digital fire extinguisher hands-on training system. This system utilizes realistic, self-generating digital flames which respond directly to the trainee's actions. If trainees fail to use the proper technique, the flames respond accordingly – flames can diminish, grow gradually or reignite. Please sign-up for this event so the Fire Inspector can bring enough materials for all who participate! Enjoy your coffee and doughnuts while learning something new.

“Dining by the book” will gather at 4:30 pm on Friday, October 29th to carpool. Watch for the sign-up sheet to find out where we're going.

Are you ready for your inner child to emerge and have an evening of foolish-ness? Sunday, October 31st is Halloween and we'll have our monthly pot luck starting at 6:00 pm. Come in costume, bring a fall favorite to eat and enjoy an evening with other ghosts and goblins. (Please consider signing up to host this activity.) Looking ahead to November the committee would like you to save Saturday, November 6th – 7-10 pm. for a Welcome Back dance with one of our own residents as our DJ Ron for the evening. Saturday, November 13th is the date for the fall garage sale. Mark these dates on your calendar.

COMING SOON!!! The 2011 Enjoyment Book will be available mid-October. Enjoy outings, services, a variety of events at a 2 for 1 price. L H V folks do a Dining by the Book once a month.


HAINES CITY COMMUNITY CALENDAR (For more information call Parks & Recreation Department 421-3700) Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Railroad Park Saturday, October 2nd: Health Fair – Lake Eva Banquet Hall – 9-2 PM Saturday, October 16th: Cruise In – Railroad Park 5-9 PM Sunday, October 17th: Music in the Park – Lake Eva Park 2-8 PM Saturday, October 23rd: Bike Fest – Railroad Park 4-9 PM Saturday, October 30th: Fall Festival – 10 am – 2 pm

Events Around the Area Lakeridge Winery Vintage Venture - $2 Vintage car show and music from the 50’s and 60’s Saturday, October 9th – 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday, October 10th – 11 AM – 5 PM

Celebration Events Saturday, October 2nd – Neighborhood Porch and Yard Sale Friday, October 8th /Saturday, October 9th – Oktoberfest with falling leaves Leaves fall at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 pm


Halloween Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell an activity played on Halloween.






Sick List Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers: Olive Craighton – The Meadows at Cypress Gardens – she would love to have visitors. After 2:00 pm is good. Ed Franici – had a serious fall Bruce Lemay - Home Helen Sheets – Savannah Court of Haines City 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 Gerry Heidenreich – former resident of LHV passed away on September 7th Helen Trvdik – lived at 149 Chuck & Bee Koenig – daughter passed away ______________________________________________________________ SUNCREST SALES CORPORATION AT LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE 36106 Highway 27, Haines City FL 33844


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Sales Staff John Bialy (Home) 863-422-0521 (cell) 863-956-6540 Judy Dixon (Home) 863-421-7244 (cell) 863-325-6846 Kay Levinson (Home) 863-422-8543 (cell) 863-206-1675


October Birthdays

1st 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 5th 5th 7th 11th 13th 14th 18th 19th 21st 21st 21st 22nd 23rd 23rd 24th 24th 24th 25th 27th 27th 28th

October Anniversaries

Karen Butcher Paul Heidenreich Dorothy Huvar Nancy Roy Lorraine Sharples Gina Mabry Eileen Lingrven Elaine Pepe Jim Mullison Cathy Strohmaier Marian Spiegel Robert Atteridge Jack Conley Reta Cramer Charles Boston Lorraine Dezinski Kathy Post Stacy Anthis Connie Marion Mona Morris Renee DeJane Camille Gentry Helen Shevlin Jane Biba Terry DeJane Robert Post Phillip Greenfield

1st 2nd 7th 9th 10th 11th 12th 14th 16th 16th 19th 24th 29th 30th


Robert & Pauline Atteridge 50 years Willard & Edna Davidson 56 years Merrill & Ellen Davis 4 years Wayne & Carol Saunders 45 years David & Mary Schnopp 29 years Don & Helen Sheets 52 years Peter & Helen Shevlin 8 years Walter & Caroline Paulovske 41 years Robert & Janice Chapman 23 years Greg & Annaliese Schamerloh – 17 years James & Charlotte Hooton 20 years Rick & Bonnie Opalewski 35 years Harold & Georgia Cantrall 59 years Charles & Debra Kemp 28 years

Words to Live By I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things. Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.


I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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


Grandma’s Attic I would like to have you start up "grandma's attic" again. This summer I have had folks here at LHV who have had many needs. A lot of needs I couldn't fill. We are all in the same boat and never know when we will need help, be it in need of material things, actual help or just a "HUG". It never hurts anyone of us to give a ride, stop at Wal-Mart and get something for someone, loan a shower chair or give a word of encouragement. We are in need of items that you are willing to loan. Any medical equipment, walkers, showers chairs, wheelchairs, bedside commodes any devices that you may have that you used in the home rehab setting. We also could use any bedding items, aerobeds, cots, rollways, baby and toddler stuff, playpens, highchairs, strollers and all kinds of "bouncy" stuff. Once again, I will explain how "Grandma's Attic" works. Folks offer to lend "stuff". I compile a list of available "stuff" with items, lenders name, address and phone. When you need an item, YOU PERSONALLY CONTACT THE LENDING PARTY to see if item is available. The list of items will appear in the Gator Tales and will be located on the board in the clubhouse. I really need your generosity to show through. My list is short and sometimes the need is great. THANKS................... BARBARA PUND 863 419 8231- 93 Reineke RD or _____________________________________________________________

New Residents Welcome to our community!

Judy & Thomas Parker 119 Silver Crest Drive

Please add them to your directory




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Happy Senior Halloween You know you are too old to Trick or Treat When:

10. You get winded from knocking on the door. 9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you. 8. You ask for high fiber candy only. 7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over. 6. People say: “Great Boris Karloff Mask,” and you’re not wearing a mask. 5. When the door opens you yell, “Trick or …” and can’t remember the rest 4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders. 3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won’t dislodge your hairpiece 2. You’re the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

And the number one reason Seniors should not go Trick or Treating 1.

You keep having to go home to use the restroom.

Have a fun Halloween and hope to see you all out at LHV clubhouse on Oct. 31st for the Halloween Costume Pot Luck. 17






Friday 1


9:30 AM Water Aerobics


4 9:30 AM Water Aerobics

1:00 PM Crafts


7:00 PM HOA Board Meeting

7:00 PM Men's Poker


11 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men's Poker

17 6:30 PM Birthday/ Anniversary Celebration 7:00 PM Movie 24

18 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men's Poker

25 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men's Poker

31 6:00 PM Halloween Costume Pot Luck


7:00 PM HOA Meeting


11:00 AM Ladies Lunch

26 6:30 Texas Hold'em

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

7 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 AM

13 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes

14 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 AM

20 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes

21 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 AM

27 8:30 AM Fire Safety Talk Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men’s Poker Dominoes

28 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast


Line Dance 2:00 - Activ. Meeting 7:00 PM Bingo

Line Dance


7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker


9:30 AM Water Aerobics

7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

4:30 PM Early Bird Dining

15 9:30 AM Water Aerobics

16 8:30 AM Breakfast R-Eatery 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

7:00 PM Bingo

Line Dance


22 9:30 AM Water Aerobics

23 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

7:00 PM Bingo

11:00 AM

Line Dance 7:00 PM Bingo

29 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 4:30 PM Dining By The Book

30 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker