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May 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 Vice Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village 2011* Pres.: Donna Hunt Tammy Anthis,Secretary: Editor Donna Chilton 2010*

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

Lori Johnsen Tammy Anthis Jane Biba Marilyn Pena Marilyn Smith

“Gator Tales� is available online at:


588-1599 353-1959 422-6531 353-1782 421-1018

Manager Notes Lake Hammock Parking At the LHV HOA meeting last Tuesday I introduced our new "Parking Permit� for your guests. Since we had such a small attendance of residents at the meeting I am sending this email so that all residents will know about this from me and not from "word of mouth" which sometimes is not repeated in accuracy. As per our Rules and Regulations, Paragraph # 10,�Parking of vehicles on the lawns is not permitted. The Park reserves the right to remove such vehicle (s) in the Park at its sole discretion. Temporary parking on vacant lots is permitted for guests of residents; however, overnight parking is not permitted. Overnight guests needing parking arrangements other than in their host's driveway must contact the Park Manager in advance." Parking Permit: When you are going to have a guest at your house and they are unable to park in your driveway and there is a vacant lot close to your home, your guest are allowed to park there with a Parking Permit. "IF" it is only for a few hours than a Parking Permit is not required. "IF" it will be for overnight or all day a Parking Permit will be required. The Parking Permit can be obtained at the office and will have your lot number and dates that your guest will be parking on the vacant lot. The Parking Permit should be placed on the dashboard of your guest vehicle. Parking of a resident's vehicle (including golf carts) is NOT allowed on any vacant lot or your grass. We have extra temporary parking at the side of the Clubhouse if needed. Please do not park in front of the clubhouse unless you are there for clubhouse activity or clubhouse visit. A 'notice' will be placed on any vehicle parked in the grass or in a vacant lot without a Parking Permit. If the vehicle is not removed it will be considered an "unauthorized" vehicle and will be removed at the vehicle's owner's expense. This is as per our Rules and Regulations and this is also posted at the entrance of our park. If you have any questions, please come in and see me or give me a call at the office. Thanking you all for your cooperation.

Renee Community Manager


Facts about May Emerald is the birthstone for May. Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley are the flowers for the month of May. According to the early Roman calendar, May was the third month. Later, the ancient Romans used January 1 for the beginning of their year, and May became the fifth month. May has always had 31 days. Several stories are passed around to show how the month of May was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth. Her name related to a Latin word that means increase or growth. May is one of the most beautiful months of the year in the North Temperate Zone. Usually the snow and ice are gone and the hot temperatures haven't arrived. The first garden begins to sprout in May. The wild flowers are blooming, and the trees and grasses have turned green. Wild flowers that bloom in different parts of America are the forsythia, dogwood, violets, and jack-in-the-box. Many birds have built their nests, and mother birds are sitting on the eggs, which will soon hatch. The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. It is the most famous horse race in the United States. Many Mexican Americans celebrate what they call Cinco De Mayo, on May 5th. It is the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. It is a national holiday in Mexico. Mother's Day (May 9th) was first observed in 1908. It was designated by Presidential proclamation, and was recognized officially by Congress and the President in 1914. It is celebrated in honor of Mothers. Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday of May. The United States honors the men and women of the military services. The Armed Forces Day Celebration combined the Army, Navy, and the Air Force in 1950. Prior to that year, they had been held at separate times. Memorial Day or Decoration Day is observed, in most states of the United States, the last Monday in May. It is a legal holiday and is observed in memory of those who died while serving the United States in war. The graves of the war heroes are decorated with flowers. It was first observed in 1866.


Flowers Find and circle all of the flowers that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a secret message - a quotation from Romeo and Juliet.






May Activities May's activities are varied and should appeal to almost everyone. The first scheduled event is on Monday, May 3rd with By-The-Book dining. We will be eating at Harbor Side Restaurant on Lake Shipp. Carpooling from the club house at 4:30 pm. Grab your coupon book and enjoy a special meal with your neighbors. The theme of the All-Park Brunch (pot luck) on Saturday, May 8th is to celebrate all mothers - no matter where they may be. We will come together at 10:00 am at the club house. The Polk Museum of Art, which is “more than an art museum”, is the location of our May 11th (Tuesday) trip. The museum, located in Lakeland, currently has four exhibitions in addition to their regular collection. They are “Florida Landscapes”, “Art & Design: Movement”, “Japanese Textiles & Prints” and “Functional Ceramics”. We will see the museum at your pace and then travel to Zohras for lunch. Zohras restaurant is located on Lake Wire and provides beautiful lakeside dining in a historic home. It has earned a reputation both for outstanding service and their food which is prepared by Executive Chef Jose Rodriquez, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts. We will gather at the club house at 10:00 am to carpool to Lakeland. Maps and directions will be provided to the drivers. Saturday, May 15th at 8:30 am will find Lake Hammock Village residents gathering at R-Place Eatery for their monthly breakfast outing. “Happy Birthday” wishes will be filling the air at the clubhouse on Sunday, May 16th at 6:30 pm. Everyone celebrating a birthday in May and those who wish to part of the celebration will enjoy cake and ice cream. A classic movie will follow at 7:00 pm. Keep an eye on the bulletin board for the name of this month's classic movie.


The All-Park Pot Luck is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00 pm. An attorney and counselor at law will be our featured after dinner speaker. Linda Littlefield of the Littlefield Law Group, P.A., is providing a free seminar relating to elder law issues. Plan on joining us for dinner and stay for up-to-date information within the field of elder law. Early dining will be Friday, May 28th at La Fiesta Mexicana in downtown Haines City. We will meet at the club house at 5:00 pm to car pool to the restaurant. The mariachi band is scheduled to begin playing at 6:00 pm. This will give us time to enjoy their good Mexican cooking and beverages before the atmosphere becomes electric as the band begins to play! Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st concludes the month's activities. Join your neighbors at the pool at noon for a short ceremony which will include raising a new USA flag. Then we'll all travel back to our own Lake Hammock dock for a hot dog roast courtesy of the HOA Board. We will enjoy the new tables and grills that have recently been installed by our park's owners. Bring a dish to share, a portable chair and your own favorite beverage. See you there.

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Saturday 1 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

2 7:00 PM Cribbage

3 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 2 PM – Activ. Meeting 4:30 PM Dining By The Book 7:00 PM Men's Poker

9 7:00 PM Cribbage

10 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Men's Poker

4 10:00 AM Shuffleboard 7:00 PM HOA Board Meeting

7:00 PM Classic Movie

17 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics

11 10:00 AM Shuffleboard Polk Museum of Art Trip & Lunch

18 10:00 AM Shuffleboard

7:00 PM Cribbage

7:00 PM Cribbage

12 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics 7:00 PM

Men’s Poker Dominoes

24 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics

31 9:30 AM Water Aerobics 12:00 PM Memorial Day Picnic 7:00 PM Men's Poker

6 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 Line Dance



9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics

10:00 AM All Park Brunch 7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

Afternoon Golf

19 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Water Aerobics

7:00 PM

25 10:00 AM Shuffleboard 6:30 Texas Hold'em

13 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 Line Dance

14 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics


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

Afternoon Golf

7:00 PM Bingo

Men’s Poker Dominoes

7:00 PM Men's Poker 30

Men’s Poker Dominoes

6:00 PM Potluck

7:00 PM Men's Poker

Cribbage 23

Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics 7:00 PM

7:00 PM Bingo

7:00 PM HOA Meeting 16 6:30 PM Birthday Celebration

5 8:30 AM

26 8:30 AM Coffee/Donuts 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics 7:00 PM

Men’s Poker Dominoes


20 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 Line Dance



9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics

7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

28 9:30 AM Exercise or Water Aerobics


Afternoon Golf

7:00 PM Bingo 27 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 11:00 Line Dance 7:00 PM Bingo

5:00 PM Early Bird Dining

7:00 PM Ladies’ Poker

HAINES CITY COMMUNITY CALENDAR (For more information call Parks & Recreation Department 421-3700) Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Railroad Park Saturday, May 1st: Haines City Rotary – Death by Chocolate 7-9pm – Lake Eva Banquet Hall - $25.00 per person. Saturday, May 1st: Spring Fest & Earth Day – 9am-4pm - Railroad Park Sunday, May 2nd: Cinco De Mayo 12:00-7:00pm – Lake Eva Friday, May 7th: Movies in the Park – Lake Eva Park – 7:00pm Saturday, May 15th: Cruise In – Railroad Park 5-9 PM Sunday, May 16th: Music in the Park – Lake Eva Park 2-8 PM Saturday, May 22nd: Bike Fest – Railroad Park 4-9 PM

Events Around the Area Saturday, May 1st: Bok Tower Gardens – 20th Annual Concert Under the Stars – 7:30pm. Call 734-1222 for tickets and information. Saturday, May 1st: Love Out Loud – Kissimmee – 11am-6pm – this event aims to provide a fun, free and educational day. Saturday/Sunday, May 8th/9th – Jazz on the Vineyard Green – Lakeridge Winery – 10am-5pm – $2 admission


Dear Blessed Friends at Lake Hammock Village, Thank you for the wonderful set up for Bill’s Memorial, Thank you for all the delicious sweets, punch & coffee served after the memorial. It’s so wonderful to have such wonderful caring friends I feel I can call on. Thanks for all your food and cards. Bill often said if he ever won the lottery he wouldn’t want to move and I agree. Thank you again. God Bless each and everyone. Love, Vivian Keller

Results of the 2010 Haines City Relay for Life April 23 thru 24 at Lake Eva Park: Thanks to all those from the park who walked: Tammy Anthis Jan Baczkiewicz Donna Chilton Renee DeJane Judy Dixon Gail Seal Marilyn Smith Dennis Weinzierl Herman & Jane Biba came out for a stroll as they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary! Total money raised through donations and cookie sales from Chilton Signs & Design and Lake Hammock Village HOA was $532. Thanks to everyone for their efforts in helping find a cure for cancer! Sincerely, Donna Chilton ______________________________________________________________

Sick List Please keep Jim and Cathy Mullison in your thoughts and prayers as Jim has been in the hospital for neurological testing.


Daily Humor The Zen of Sarcasm 1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone. 2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire. 3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that's the time to do it. 4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted. 5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else. 6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. 7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. 8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. 9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not for you. 10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. 11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment. 12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. 13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield. 14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. 15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket. 16. A closed mouth gathers no foot. 17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. 18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works. 19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. 20. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. 21. Never miss a good chance to shut up. AND 22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.


May Birthdays

Richard Browning Richard Gould Ira Ladyman Nancy Belski Charles Vernon JC Hertsch Mary Jo Burkett Terry Barnhart Debra Kemp Glenn Loy Lenora Hensley Joan Lander Leon Martin Bonnie Opalewski Tammy Anthis Lloyd Larry Pauline McKay Geraldine Harrer Wayde Marshall Chris Goodwin Karen Loveall

May Anniversaries

1st 1st 5th 6th 7th 9th 10th 13th 14th 16th 17th 17th 19th 20th 22nd 22nd 22nd 23rd 24th 31st 31st

Bill & Linda Mabry 39 years Ron & Penny Boettcher 43 years Andy & Nancy Belski 45 years Leon & Linda Martin 45 years Norm & Marion Helmkay 47 years


1st 6th 12th 27th 28th

Bunco Fun


On April 23 we had our first monthly game of Bunco. 16 people attended and fun was had by all. The big winners were: Joan

Lander for most wins & most Bunco’s, and Richard Spiegel for most losses. Hope to see more out for the next Bunco night. Watch the bulletin board for dates and times.


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. I look forward to your many submissions. Tammy Anthis (Editor) (863) 353-1959 50 Sargent St

Gator Tales Staff: Mary Ann Donovan Bob & Gail Roubaud Richard & Marion Spiegel


Lake Hammock Shuffle Board Group

Norman, Tim, Terri

Bill, Connie, Richard, Jan

Russ, Norman, Tim

Sharon, Norman, Tammy

Bill, K.Z., Connie


Key Lime Pie Ruth Crocker

9 inch graham cracker crust 1 small pkg. lime sugar free jello 1/3 cup hot water dissolved in jello 8 oz cool whip lite 2 containers Colombo Key Lime Yogurt Mix jello & water – fold in cool whip lite and Key Lime Yogurt. Pour in pie shell and chill.

Holiday Dinners Due to the rising cost of food and guest no shows the activity committee and Lake Hammock Board of Directors have voted to increase the guest charge to $4 per guest and $2 per guest for children 12 and under. This amount must be prepaid to the hostess one week before the dinner. This will be for our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Dinners held at the clubhouse.

HOA Board/Homeowner Meetings There will be no meetings for the months of June, July, and August. ______________________________________________________________

Directory Changes We have new phone numbers for Mary Kline and Ruth Cloe. Please check the directory located in the clubhouse for these changes.


I Once Had a Mother An original by Don Allan Dinio I still remember her vividly everyday whenever I see one. I wish she was still around. I envy people who still have theirs. I cry a tear inside me when things go wrong and feel down and realize that she is no more. I still remember how tight she was with her hard-earned money. She was an expert in division when it came to food. As much as I hate hand-me-downs, it was a religious tradition in our family. Now I know why and learned from her the basics of accounting, if not the basics of surviving. I still remember how kind and sympathetic she always was. She gave all her time to everyone who needed her services, day or night, especially to the needy - the poor. Every time I hear a baby cry... it automatically flashes a picture of my mom in her white cap and uniform. But when she got old and sickly, we barely afforded a nurse like her to take care of her needs. She seldom complained of her pains and took everything so calmly. I still remember when she always told me not to get married too soon till I find a steady job and a stable income. I have always wondered if that was her good excuse because she never liked the women I have dated. Now I really know why. She had her reason. You can't feed your family with love or pay your bills with it either. I still remember when she always told me to watch the people I hang around with. She always nagged me to come home early whenever I left the house on Friday and Saturday nights to party. She was always worried about me because I was a teen-ager. I really did not know what she was worried about. With what I went through in life, without her nagging advice, I might not even be here to write this down for her. Now I know and understand why mothers always worry. It is mothers' inherent nature!


I still remember when I was really young and confused, I ran away from home. I thought that was better for me because she had too many house rules for me to follow and too many things for me to do. Little did I know that, to be on your own was twice harder than to follow mom's rules. She did not stop me from running away. She believed in freedom! I believe now she tricked me into own hard way! I still remember the last time I saw her - in her coffin decked with flowers. My sister told me that it was an expensive coffin. Boy, it seems like I heard her say, "Why did you buy this one for me? It's too expensive! You could have used the money for the family!" That's my mom, practical and sensible. Today and on every Mother's Day, to those who still have their mothers, be glad! Never take them for granted. One thing is sure, you will miss them when they are gone. Did it ever dawn on you that you saw a card - that's almost perfect for your loved one and was about to buy it - then realized that - that "special someone" is six feet down? To all the mothers, who have sacrificed a lot for their children for them to have a better future, especially my mom, may this serve as a perpetual tribute and lasting memory for you. Love, your son!

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Wanted Denny and I would like to know if anyone is interested in selling a golf cart. We are looking to purchase a four seater with accessories in good condition. Thanks, Donna Chilton 353-8351 The Bathtub Test During a visit to the senior’s home, I asked the director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized? “Well,” said the director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.” “Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.” “N o.” said the director, “A normal person would pull the plug, Do you want a bed near the window?” SUNCREST SALES CORPORATION

AT LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE 36106 Highway 27, Haines City FL 33844

863-421-5764 Fax 863-421-7378 John Bialy (Home) 863-422-0521 (cell) 863-956-6540 Nancy Kerrigan (Home) 863-421-8854 (cell) 863-207-1492 Kay Levinson (Home) 863-422-8543 (cell) 863-206-1675


Summer Activities Summer is fast approaching us . . . . . many have already headed north to their other homes but many of us are still here at Lake Hammock. We have had many wonderful activities in the past months and would like to see many of them continue. Some suggestions have been; shuffleboard, euchre, golf, pinochle, canasta, bunco, day trips. A signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the club house for you to sign your name and what activities you would like to see us offer (and attend). Please let us know a day and time that is best for you and we will go with the majority.

Needed The ladies play poker on Saturday at 7:00 pm and we would love to have more players. No experience necessary, just bring your nickels, dimes, and quarters.

For Sale 81� long sleeper sofa, in very good condition. Three years old. $300 or best offer. Call Jeannette Spury 421-6189 82 Reineke Rd



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