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Southfork News “FOR THE RESIDENTS, BY THE RESIDENTS” Happy 4th of July

July 2009

Happy 4th of July!.... Let's get this started now, So it will be out there on the fourth!

THE FLAG Red for the blood shed in the name of freedom, for which we fought, united. Blue for the oceans of time we have crossed, remaining the land of the free. White for the peace we wish to share, all men created equal. Stars to remember those who fought throughout the night, bravely, for our land. Stripes to remind us of the lashings taken by the prisoners of War. With a seal, in GOD WE TRUST, We each are one of many, in which we stand united in Brotherhood. A symbol of Pride, A salute to those who died in the fight, A blanket to cover us in times of need. Waving high to show we are still here, undefeated, With honor, you are presented to the world! A Salute to all you veterans!

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL! For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be. Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.

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ewsletter Information Note, any information to be placed in the newsletter, must be submitted between the 1st and 20th of every month. Please contact the editor ( Phyllis Grossi) at 567-6105 or drop off the information at 11150 Mesquite Dr. All newsletters can be viewed in color on the web site at (click on Southfork at bottom of page) Please contact Phyllis Grossi for any changes, deletions or additions to the calendar by the 15th of each month. Phone number is 567-6105


What’s in a ame Copied from another communities newsletter We all have things to do, people to see and places to go. We’re busy as bees; we are like the lightning bugs that dart everywhere and emit their beautiful lights in the darkest night. We can be everywhere volunteering, gardening, teaching, game playing, working, working out, walking, swimming and just plain living life to the fullest. So……’s my question:

“Why are we called SENIORS?”

Some hate that name with a passion. It brings to mind someone holding a diploma and wearing a tasseled cap and gown. I know we are not graduating from high school or college, are we then supposed to be graduating from life? Maybe we are supposed to disintegrate into the atmosphere like a science fiction character. Maybe when we reach a certain number (over 55) we will be taken to a lonely hill in the woods and left to die like the Indians did many, many years ago. (Wouldn’t that be awful!!!!!) It is my husband Joe who says, “One senior coffee” or “One senior ticket.” The word gets stuck in my mouth and will not escape under any circumstances. (Just between you and me, Joe thinks that I am fighting getting old but I am actually fighting the name, SENIOR.) One reason many older people resent being called seniors is that the term carries a lot of unwanted baggage. It symbolizes the socially reinforced idea that after 55 you move to the sidelines of life where you begin a downhill path of progressive decline and loss. No one wants to be associated with such negative images of aging. Maybe the time has come for that tedious name, SENIOR to be changed. Hmm……What should we be called? Prime Timers? Gods and Goddesses? Achievers? Shakers and Movers? Explorers? Adventurers? Royalty? Real People? Do we even need or have a special name???????

Sick List Joe Clifford Shirl Collier Carl Warschkow Jim Peltier

Dave Garside Joyce McCoy Irene Schreier Bill LaForest

Jim Gillis Delores Pesch

Get well wishes to all! ____________________________________________________________________________________

I MEMORIAM Janet Mottison Amaro

sister of Mary Ellett

Our condolences to the family and friends! ____________________________________________________________________________________

ew Residents Gene & Hattie Lane new address 11124 Mustang Mel & Bella Kinney new address 11144 Ewing Michael & Faye Gallagher 11129 Maverick Robert & Donna Elder 11055 Ewing

Welcome to our community! ____________________________________________________________________________________________

A note from the Silver Dove Here are some highlights I’m planning to entertain you with on the 4th of July at the Clubhouse. Following your meal, stay and listen to some country and patriotic music along with a few sing a longs. I’m writing an action story which will take place at 1600 Pa Avenue and using the sound effects with the keyboard!!! Also, stay after and learn how to make balloon animals. Hope you’ll hang around for a fun time. Submitted by, Colombe Remick

from the Association President Dear Friends, We are so blessed to be able to keep in touch thru the wonders of the Internet and Cell Phones. I am able to “talk” to Jim Morvatz, Aggie Mitchell and Phyllis Grossi daily thru the Internet and Tony Trubiano by Cell Phone, no matter where I am. Thank you all for participating in helping to formulate a Disaster Plan for Southfork. It has been long over due. Please give Jim and those who have already volunteered your help and support……….remember, there is not a lot of work now…..only if and when it is needed. There are not enough words to show how much I appreciate having such a great group of Officers and Directors of the Association this year. If you think they are doing a great job, please let them know. Take part in the activities that have been planned for July and August. It is very disappointing when only few attend. Looking forward to hearing from you, Dot Cady My cell phone number is 207-730-0081 E-Mail ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Birth of July 4th

233 years ago……on July 4th, 1776 This great nation, the United States of America, In a struggle for what was right and free, Was proudly born……… May we celebrate that precious freedom For which our forbears fought so bravely……. The freedom that is inherent In the Stars and Stripes, our revered flag…. Celebrate Freedom This Fourth of July!!!!!

From orm’s desk We have recently had an influx of cats coming into our neighborhood. “PLEASE”, do not feed them or encourage them as they become a nuisance. We can trap them and take them to the shelter and the shelter will find a home for them. If you would like to borrow a trap we have a couple of residents who have traps and have offered to loan them. Please contact Andy or Carolyn Henderson on Mustang Dr. They have trapped several and taken them to the shelter and they are very familiar with how it all works. Andy’s phone number is 813-382-7879. As I go through the park I notice that some people ignore the no parking on the grass rule. Do Not park on the grass or the street overnight, if you need extra parking, you may park in the RV storage area. Also, all utility trailers must be parked on the north side of the area along the hedge in the RV area and must have current tags on file with this office. The sun umbrella’s in the pool area are being left up and could be dangerous if a high wind comes up. They are expensive to replace when they are broken up by being blown down and damaged. PLEASE, if you use one put it back down before you leave the pool area. Note, there is a (Rule #4) that no alcoholic beverages are to be consumed in the pool area or club house, unless for a special function approved by your Board of Directors of the Home Owners Association. The dumpster in the RV Storage area is “Not for Residents” use. If you have tree or shrub trimmings, you must cut them approximately 3 foot lengths and bundle them and the Waste Services will take them away with your trash. “Please Do Not Throw Trash or Clippings” down around the dumpster. Thank you for your co-operation and consideration! Norm _____________________________________________________________________________________

Immediate First Aide Post Hurricane/Disaster After a major storm an ambulance may take awhile to come to our aide. We need a list of medically trained people living in Southfork who could be of immediate assist if need be. We need names, phone numbers and let us know if you’ll be in the area for the summer months. Need names of doctors, nurses, EMT’s, Nurse’s aides, etc. Call Colombe Remick at 352-567-5665 or Phyllis Grossi at 352-567-6105.

Women’s Club On June 3rd, a group of ladies gathered at the Golden Corral for their monthly meeting and all had a wonderful time. Mary Bolin made an appeal for Coffee to be sent to our troops. Our soldiers don’t have enough coffee and it is almost unbelievable that our soldiers who are fighting for our country don’t have coffee. So as usual the Women’s Club came to the rescue with the generosity of our members and some other people here in the Park, and we were able to send them 75 packages of Coffee. As you can see, the Woman’s club is always there to help whoever needs it. Next month on Wednesday, July 1st at 9:30AM, Georgia Duarte, Lois Albrecht and Marie Sternhardt will be hosting the meeting. Georgia explained that the meeting being on the first of July, the members should wear something patriotic (red, white & blue.) We will also have a “HAT” contest, create with anything you have but with a patriotic theme in support of our troops. It should be fun to see the different hats. See you there, Marielle, President PS……..Don’t forget to bring your can food or rice etc. for the needy to this meeting. ________________________________________________________________________

It Is The Soldier It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us Freedom of press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us Freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to demonstrate. It is the Soldier Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.

Ham and Broccoli Quiche 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (from 15-oz box) softened as directed on the box 1 ½ cups cubed (¼ inch) cooked ham 1 ½ cups shredded swiss cheese (6 oz) 1 cup frozen broccoli flores, thawed, well drained 4 eggs 1 cup milk 11/ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard ½ teaspoon pepper Directions: 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place pie crust in 9 inch pie pan, as directed on box for one crust filled pie 2.Layer ham, cheese and broccoli in crust0lined pan. 3. In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients, Pour over broccoli. 4. Bake 35 to 40 min or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. _____________________________________________________________________________________

Household Tips of the Month Heavy-Duty Disinfectant Cleaner ¼ cup powdered laundry detergent 1 tablespoon borax ¾ cup hot water ¼ cup pine oil, or pine-based cleaner Slowly stir the detergent and borax into the water to dissolve. Add the pine oil (available at hardware stores and supermarkets) and mix well. For bathroom cleaning, use the mixture full strength. In the kitchen, dilute it with water. Wood Floor Polish ½ cup vinegar ½ cup vegetable oil. Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

***PS** if you have any household tips, please send to Phyllis Grossi, editor

This picture was taken the beginning of May from the home of Brenda & Jim Knight on Ewing Dr. The flower is awesome and must at least 12 inches and so full.

Walkers It has been noticed that in the evenings especially during dusk and later we have a little visitor on Mesquite Dr that has been seen quite a few times. It is a possum and he looks a little hungry. Just be careful when walking towards the upper part of Mesquite and Bronco. Just another note, be very careful when walking past any home whether it be day or night. When a resident is backing out of their driveway, they have blind spots in the car and don’t always see the walker as they pull out of their driveways, even when looking both ways before pulling out. Please be cautious of this as you walk pass their driveway!!!!! This is also note worthy when walking or driving past some of the corners such as Mesquite & Bronco and also the streets leading into Brahman and the corner of Bronco and Maverick. It is hard to see if another person or car is coming in any of the directions and it is amazing no one has been hurt or hit by a vehicle at these corners. The other dangerous place is pulling out of the parking spaces in front of the clubhouse to either side of Prairie or Tumbleweed traffic. There have been some near misses with either cars or pedestrians almost getting hit. Please be careful! The scooters are another dangerous vehicle with sometimes no proper lighting on them. Also they should stay on the right side of the road and be careful around the clubhouse with cars pulling out of the clubhouse. All should have a backup mirror to see if there is any traffic behind before crossing on the road. PRACTICE SAFETY!!!!!!


Dateline, June 22, 2009, Dade City, Florida (TO ALL THE SNOWBIRDS) Temperature has reached an impressive 102 degrees in the shade on the porch of this reporter (Jim Morvatz), this afternoon at 2:59pm. Relief efforts are under way in the form of pool attendance or by consuming large amounts of lemonade, ice tea, etc. For those of you in absentia, you have to be here in order to experience this. IT’S HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Emergency Management Contact List I want to thank everyone who has sent in their information for the emergency contact list that we have instituted here in Southfork. As of June 17th, I only need 66 more homes to have a complete list of emergency contacts in cases of a disaster etc. of the entire community. This is a first time effort of this kind and a first of many more good things to come in cases of any need here. This list will be utilized for any type of disaster whether it be a fire, fallen tree on a house with a resident trapped under it, hurricane etc. Hopefully this list will never have to be used but it is in place in case of any emergency. If you haven’t already, we also need (if any) your Northern address w/phone #, any emergency contacts, preferably out of the park in case we are all in the same situation and please send this to attention: Phyllis Grossi, 10852 Tumbleweed Dr (association address) or if you are here, it can be dropped off at the clubhouse and placed in the suggestion box in the lobby beneath the bulletin board, or in my mailbox at home, 11150 Mesquite Dr. Thanks to all, Phyllis Grossi

RECAP OF HURRICA E PREPARED ESS MEETI G On June 15th at 9AM, the second Hurricane Preparedness Meeting was held with 29 Southfork residents in attendance. The main topic of discussion was the THREE ACTIONS to be taken to hekp prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Those three (3) Actions are:

1. Get a Kit              

Flashlight w/fresh batteries Drinking water for 3 days for each person in the household 1st Aid Kit Canned food Clothes Medicines Money Generators Bathtub full of water Pet Supplies BBQ Grill w/fresh tank of propane for cooking Rain gear Important Papers-Insurance policies, phone numbers etc. Contact numbers for relatives etc. needed

2. Make A Plan      

Get a map of where you plan to evacuate to Familiarize yourself with local emergency shelters When to leave if an evacuation order is broadcast Have sufficient gas in car Put hurricane awnings down Turn refrigerator to coldest temps and then do not open unnecessarily

3. Be Informed   

Purchase a weather radio Listen to TV bulletins and weather alerts Read newspapers and follow storm maps etc. (Utilize the internet to follow storms and make preparations)

The audience responded with ideas for accomplishing all of the three actions and were able to come up with many good ideas. Continued on next page……………………….

Continued from previous page on Hurricane Preparedness . The topic of discussion was then changed to answer the question Is Southfork prepared? In order to help Southfork to be prepared we then went on to form the following committees:   


Communication: To warn neighbors of an impending storm and the need to check on neighbors after a storm, especially those with special needs. Shirley Rouer, Phyllis Grossi, Colombe Remick and Tom McComb volunteered to form a calling committee. A 2nd committee was formed to prepare a list of persons that could supply emergency equipment in the form of chair saws, ladders, ropes, chains, pickups, and generators. These items would be used to help extricate persons that may be trapped because of a fallen tree, cut a patch thru the park and supply emergency power to those in need. Larry Ruffner and Jim Morvatz volunteered to make a list of those items. A 3rd committee was established to form a bucket brigade to haul water from the swimming pool in the event of a power failure of the water pumps to haul water for use in flushing toilets etc. Bill LaForest volunteered the use of his HD pickup in the event that this action is needed. A First Aid committee was established to make a list of those persons in the park who have had First Aid/CPR training and also any other persons who have had Nurses/First Responder/EMT training. A list of those persons will be posted on the bulletin board for easy reference. This committee will also do an inventory on the First Aid kit located in the Clubhouse kitchen and then try to schedule a meeting with management to get that first aid kit up to date and possibly obtain another one for close proximity to the pool. The facilitator of this meeting also showed a letter that had been sent to Scott Heiler concerning an electronic warning device that receives NOAA signals to activate both visual and audible signals that could be installed throughout Southfork. That device can also be programmed to call every phone number in the park to warn of a serious weather emergency. That letter was sent just a few days in advance of this meeting and no response had been received.

The attendees of this meeting realized that any emergency plan cannot be all encompassing and in the event of an emergency, common sense must prevail. Protect yourself first, then give aid or help to assist your neighbor. Any plan of this nature is always a work in progress. The main thrust of these meetings have been to make Southfork residents aware of how to prepare for an emergency and then how to react during and after a major disaster. By being prepared the Southfork Community can be as asset to the Pasco County Fire and Rescue Officials and to be able to fend for ourselves until professional help can arrive. The facilitator of the meeting also announced that a representative of the Pasco County Emergency Fire and Rescue will be a guest speaker after Monday morning coffee at 9AM on June 22, 2009. Submitted by, Jim Morvatz

CPR AND FIRST AID TRAINING After a recent Red Cross meeting held at the clubhouse I solicited names for anyone interested in attending a CPR and First Aid Training Class. Due to past experience we had assumed that those training courses were provided free of charge by the Red Cross. I was disappointed to learn later that, due to budget constraints, the Red Cross is no longer able to offer these classes free of charge. The current fee is quite high (close to $50 per person). We are currently working on a plan trying to come up with an alternative solution to this problem. The names of the persons that signed up before will be retained and will be contacted when we have been able to secure the same training for free or at a reduced rate. On a brighter note, Norm Spence, the park manager has agreed to send Andrew and his assistant Tony to the training class when they have been arranged . Since these two park employees are always circulating around the park, it would be great benefit to have them trained in these skills. Hopefully this has not caused any misunderstandings or inconvenience here at Southfork. Jim Morvatz, Member of the board of directors of the Southfork Homeowners Association.

Activities Hi everyone, Hope your summer is going great! I just want to remind you of our special events planned for July. Saturday, July 4th, is Independence Day and Hattie Lane and her committee are planning an indoor picnic at the Clubhouse with Colombe Remick, “The Silver Dove�, at the keyboard for your entertainment. This event will start at 2:00pm. Please support our volunteers and don’t miss this celebration of our independence!! Another special even is a “Biscuits and Gravy� breakfast which will be held on Saturday morning, July 25th at the clubhouse form 8:00 until 10:00am. Carol Sanborn and her committee are in charge of this event. Watch the bulletin board for the sign up sheet. Have a great month of July and Happy 4th of July!! Aggie ________________________________________________________________________

“All I really eeded to Know About Life, I Learned from oah’s Ark�


Don’t miss the boat Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat Plan ahead--it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark Stay fit -- when you’re 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big Don’t listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done For safety’s sake, travel in pairs Two heads are better than one Build your future on high ground Speed isn’t always an advantage, after all, the snails were on the same ark as the cheetahs When you’re stressed, float awhile Remember, armatures built the ark, professionals built the Titanic Remember that the woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than the storm outside No matter what the storm, when GOD is with you, there’s a rainbow waiting

Wanted For Sale

Roundabout Motorized Wheelchair w/batteries Asking - $1,500.00 Metal 5’ Ramp Asking - $50.00 Leave message on Phone if interested 352-521-6603 Jo Bellows

IS THERE ANYONE INTERESTED IN TEACHING BASIC COMPUTER LESSONS HERE AT SOUTHFORK? There are many people who would like to know the basics ics from turning on the computer to being able to find things and using the internet. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TEACHING, IT CAN EITHER BE AT THE CLUBHOUSE OR THE INDIVIDUALS HOME. Please put up a sign up sheet with when you are available on the bulletin board oard at the clubhouse. Wanted

For Sale Technic Organ

Is there anyone in the park who is familiar with the game “BUNCO” and if there is, is there are a few who would like to learn this game.

Asking $800.00 OBO, was over $2000.00 new. Includes, foot pedals and bench. In very good condition. If interested, experienced in giving beginner’s lessons, have background in music theory. Call Colombe Remick 352-567-5665 5665 For Sale Panasonic Upright Vacuum Cleaner Retractable cord, all attachments, extra filter bags. Very good condition. Asking $75.00 Emley residence, 11105 Ewing Dr 518 518-0992

Please put up a sheet on the bulletin board when you would like to have the people attend to learn this game.

Check all doors at Southfork and Pelican Hall at BJ. Make sure they are locked.

6 Charlie Jones

13 Pat & Phyllis Grossi

20 RoyGoddard

27 Ed Bellnier

emergencies Call Tony Trubiano 81 3-992-0844 at Southfork

5 Tony Trubiano

12 Sandy Com ier Betty Hinks

19 Tony Trubiano

26 Roy Hodges

Sunday on-91Monday 1


28 Bob Cochran

21 Ted Sternhardt

14 John Michaud

7 Willie Morris

30 Pepe Formoso

23 Pat & Phyllis Grossi

22 Joyce & Gladys Hudak

29 Laird Monahan

1 6 Ellen Jacobs & Donna Johnson

9 Jim Morvatz

2 Bob & Pat Minford


1 5 Jim Stevens

8 Bertha Starbird

If Pelican Hall at BJ 1 Ted Sternhardt is unlocked, call Joyce Hudak at 567-5826 And she will bring a key to lock the


eighborhood Watch Patrol

31 Jim Morvatz

24 Dave & Marylee Crane

17 Willie Morris

10 Jack Eastin

3 Laird Monahan



25 Jim Stevens

18 Gordon Bell

11 Ed Bellnier

4 Joyce & Gladys Hudak

July 2009


July 2009

Weekly Calendar of Events

Sunday : Church Of Your Choice … Softball @ 6pm _____________________________________________________________________________________ Monday:

Coffee @ 8am…… Line Dance @ 10am…… Women’s Poker @ 12:30 Men’s Shuffleboard @ 9am…… Hand/Foot @6pm……Euchre, 6:30pm _____________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday:

Mixed Shuffleboard 9am……Exercise @ 10am……Sequence @1pm Men’s Shuffleboard @ 9am……Ladies Shuffleboard @ 3pm Men’s Poker @ 4:30pm ……Dbl Pinochle @ 6:30pm _____________________________________________________________________________________ Wednesday:

Men’s Golf……Quilting@9AM…… Horseshoe’s @1pm Men’s shuffleboard @ 9am……Burgers and Dogs @4:30pm to 6pm Bingo @ 6:50pm TRASH PICKUP @ AM ____________________________________________________________________________________ Thursday:

Ladies Golf……Hand & Foot @ 9am……Water Aerobics @9:45am Dominoes @1pm……Men’s Shuffleboard @ 9am Horseshoes @3pm……Ladies Shuffle @ 3pm……Men’s Poker @ 4:30pm Yarn Hookers @ 6:30pm _____________________________________________________________________________________


Mixed Shuffleboard @ 9am……Exercise @ 10am……Women’s Poker @ 12:30 Men’s Shuffleboard @ 9am……Bid Euchre @ 7pm _____________________________________________________________________________________ Saturday: “65” (Card Game) @ 7pm TRASH PICKUP @ am _____________________________________________________________________________________

Special Monthly Events July 1st:


July 4th:


July 4th


Picnic (Potluck) 2pm Music by “The Silver Dove” at the keyboard

July 11th


Game Fight 7pm This is an addition to “65”

July 12th


Sunset Social by the pool 6pm

July 16 :


Potluck Dinner @ 5:30pm

July 18th:




Breakfast (Biscuits , Sausage & Gravy) 8am to 10am


July 25


Women’s Club @ 9:30am (Funny hat contest) (Dress patriotic for the meeting) (Remember to bring 2 cans of food etc. for the needy)



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