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WELCOME FRIENDS & GUEST

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Lake Hammock Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors 2012 President: Vice Pres.: Secretary: Treasurer: Director: Director: Director: Director:

Officers and Directors David Lennox Richard Gould Doreen Hughey Pete Evans Tammy Anthis Barb Cowles Jim Fitch Bob Marotti

2012* 2012* 2013* 2013* 2012* 2012* 2012* 2013*

*Denotes term ends at the end of the noted year

Committee Chairs Activities: Gator Tales: Phone Squad: Sunshine: Welcome:

Activities Committee Tammy Anthis Jane Biba Kay Levinson Marilyn Smith

353-1959 422-6531 422-8543 421-1018

“Gator Tales� is available online at: http://floridacommunities.com/lake-hammock-newsletter.

Unofficial Newsletter of Lake Hammock Village Tammy Anthis, Editor

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December comes from the Latin word decem which means ten. It was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar which began with March. When January and February were added to the Roman calendar, December became the twelfth month of the Gregorian calendar. It is one of the seven months that has thirty one days.

For those who were born in the month of December the Turquoise is the traditional birthstone. The December birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Turquoise is associated - prosperity, success, happiness and good fortune. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the December Birthstone Turquoise are open communication, protection against December birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the throat, lungs, asthma, teeth, depression. and infection. The Turquoise is also used to enhance creativity, serenity and spiritual bonding. The flower for the month of December is the narcissus which symbolizes self-love, self-esteem and vanity. According to Greek mythology, a youth named Narcissus was gazing down at his himself in a pond of water. He fell in love with his own reflection. While kneeling beside the pond, he fell into the water and drowned. The narcissus plant sprang up from the place where he died.

HOLIDAYS IN December The most well known holiday of the month is Christmas Day, December 25th. Christmas!!! Our most fun holiday!!! All the senses are used to describe Christmas!! Just think of the warm feeling of drinking hot cocoa, receiving Christmas Cards, and spending time with family!! The sight of children opening their presents under the tree, the hearing of bells ringing, the delicious smells and tastes of the kitchen and the feel of a child's hand on yours, all are just some of the wonderful ways Christmas displays itself. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah usually begins in December. The dates vary from year to year. Some years Hanukkah begins in late November. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. This weeklong holiday honors African heritage and culture. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice or shortest day of the year occurs and winter begins. This takes place on December 21 or 22.

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Historic Events in December Many major events happened in the month of December. Here are four historical events that took place in December. The bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7th 1941. The first flight by the Wright Brothers was made on December 17, 1903. The United States Bill of Rights was passed on December 14, l791. The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773.

Guess the Christmas Song Can you figure out the proper titles to these seemingly Vulcan Christmas songs? Answers are on page

1. Bleached Yule 2. Castaneous-colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration 3. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors 4. Righteous Darkness 5. Arrival Time: 2400 hrs - Weather: Cloudless 6. Loyal Followers Advance 7. Far Off in a Feeder 8. Array the Corridor 9. Bantam Male Percussionist 10. Monarchial Triad 11. Nocturnal Noiselessness 12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers 13. Red Man En Route to Borough 14. Frozen Precipitation Commence 15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle 16. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Probiscis 17. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant 18. Delight for this Planet 19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings 20. The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals

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December President‟s Article December is upon us with all of its glitter, activities and religious significance. It is a busy time for everyone and as well, a time for reflection. I can recall many of our Lake Hammock events over the past year and applaud your support and involvement. I also must thank our Activity Committee for organizing the many monthly activities. During the upcoming month, please remember to check the sign-up boards for all the regular and special activities and events that will be occurring. And please join friends and neighbors in welcoming in 2013 at the New Year‟s Eve party. Lake Hammock Village Board of Directors will be very busy preparing for our Annual Meeting. You will receive information, a draft 2013 budget and a proxy form during the first week of December. Remember that your 2013 dues ($15.00) must be paid by January 5th so that you can vote at the Annual Meeting. This is also time to bring forward ideas for special activities for January and February, 2013. I believe that there is already a Health Fair in the planning stage for late January and a Fashion Show in February. This will be a great start for our new year. Our regular activities are always appreciated but now that we have our snowbirds back, let‟s enjoy some more fellowship together.

And I close with a quote from one of my favorite authors, Dr Seuss: “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled „till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn‟t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn‟t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

On behalf of the Board of Directors, may I wish all residents a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. Dave

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Sick List Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers: May Cook – Palm Gardens Nursing Home Ira Ladyman – Home Sally Phillips – Home Perky Schmauder – Home Audrey Sontag - Home If you know of anyone that is sick or in the hospital please let Kay Levinson (422-8543) know so she can get a card to them. If you would like to be put on the prayer chain please contact Cathy Strohmaier (419-2699).

SANTA RETIRES TO FLORIDA

„Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land Bright moonlight fell on warm Florida sand. So far away from the snow and ice, Soft winds off the water felt soothing and nice. Rudolph stayed home with the reindeer and sleigh, While Santa arrived in a red Chevrolet. He began his tour of the Sunshine State In a convertible coupe that just wouldn‟t wait. There were no chimneys or need of a broom, For Santa came in through the Florida room. He wore no red pants, but what do you think? He had on some shorts of flamingo pink! He relaxed on the beach and after a sail, Finished leaving his gifts on the Tamiami Trail. As he left the palm and papaya trees His whiskers blew in the tropical breeze. He stopped for some orange juice at break of day, But with deep emotion was heard to say: “Going up north sure gives me the blues. I guess it‟s because I‟ve got sand in my shoes. This good life brings me a much needed pause. So I‟m going back to get Mrs. Claus! We‟ll both return as soon as we can To retire for life in this beautiful land!” Repeating it over, he drove on his way, “Merry Christmas, Florida. I‟ll be back to stay!”

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LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE DECEMBER 2012 ACTIVITIES MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY NEW YEAR

December 4, Tuesday-LHV BOD MEETING-7:00 P.M.-Clubhouse

December 6, Thursday-LADIES LUNCH-HOTEL DAVENPORT--$15 (DRESS UP) carpool 11:30 a.m. MARILYN SMITH is in charge of reservations-863-421-1018-fixed menu-if you make a reservation-you MUST PAY-even if you can’t go!

December 6, Thursday- ACTIVITIES PLANNING FOR DECEMBER-Clubhouse 2:00 PM

December 8, THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREES-FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ORLANDO FL-at 3:00 p.m.-carpool 1:30 p.m.

December 9, HAPPY HANUKKAH-FIRST DAY OF HANUKKAH

December 9, Sunday-“BUNCO”-(clubhouse) 7:00 p.m. Cost $3-Please bring snacks to share & BYOB

December 10, Monday-KNIFE SHARPENING-clubhouse-10:00 a.m.

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December 11, Tuesday-LHV HOA MEETING-Clubhouse 7:00 PM

December 12, Wednesday-MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE-CRAFT SHOW-EAGLE LAKE-carpool 4:30 p.m.

December 13, Thursday-ARABIAN KNIGHTS-ORLANDO-carpool-5:00 p.m.

December 15, Saturday-BREAKFAST-at-R-EATERY (US 27 HAINES CITY) meet there at 8:15 a.m. Jane Biba is in charge of reservations-863-422-6531

December 15, Saturday-CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE-CLARK SMITH- 121 Silver Crest Dr.-1:00-4:00 p.m.

December 15, Saturday-CANDLES, CAROLS, COOKIES & CANS-CHRISTMAS CANTATA-6:00 P.M. clubhouse-PLEASE BRING “A CAN IN EACH HAND” FOR HOUSE BLEST IN HAINES CITY.

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December 16, Sunday-BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES-celebration is at 7:00 p.m. (clubhouse) Hostess-Margaret Conley-863-353-7640

December 18, Tuesday-EARLYBIRD DINING-AZTECA-WINTER HAVEN-carpool 4:30 p.m. Cathy Strohmaier is in charge of reservations-863-419-2699

December 21, Friday-KARAOKE-CLARK SMITH-clubhouse-7:00-10:00 p.m.

December 23, Sunday-CHRISTMAS CAROLING AND HAY RIDE-clubhouse6:00-8:00 p.m.

December 25, Tuesday-CHRISTMAS DINNER-clubhouse-2:00 p.m. Host/Hostess to be determined-

DECEMBER 26, WEDNESDAY-BOXING DAY-CANADA

December 31, 2012-NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY-8:00-12:00ISH P.M-BUFFET AT 10:30 P.M. -$5.00-DINNER & DANCE- BALL DROP AT 12:00A.M..

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE We’ve decked the halls and trimmed the tree We’re anxious for you to come and see. Please join us for our 1st Annual

Holiday Open House December 15, 2012 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at The residence of Clark and Joice Smith 121 Silver Crest Drive 10


LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE

“CANDLES, CAROLS, COOKIES & CANS” CHRISTMAS CANTATA DECEMBER 15, 2012, 6:00 P.M. PLEASE RESERVE THIS DATE WE WILL BE LIGHTING CANDLES, SINGING CAROLS AND EATING COOKIES! THE ADMISSION IS “A CAN IN EACH HAND” THE (NON-PERISHABLE) CANS WILL BE DONATED TO “A HOUSE BLEST” OUR LOCAL HAINES CITY FOOD BANK

PLEASE JOIN US AND BE BLESSED AS WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST!!!! 11


COME ONE! COME ALL! TO LAKE HAMMOCK’S FRIDAY NGHT

KARAOKE AND DANCE PARTY

LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE CLUBHOUSE DECEMBER 21, 2012 - 7 PM TO 10 PM LAKE HAMMOCK’S “NEW” DJ & KARAOKE HOST “CLARK SMITH” WILL PROVIDE THE MUSIC

B.Y.O.B AND A SNACK TO SHARE

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YOU ARE INVITED TO COME AND CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT THE FIRST ANNUAL LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE CHRISTMAS CAROLING AND HAY RIDE

MEET AT LAKE HAMMOCK VILLAGE CLUBHOUSE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM COOKIES AND WARM BEVERAGES FOLLOWING THE HAY RIDE

ALL AGES WELCOME HOSTED BY: CLARK AND JOICE SMITH

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Symbols of an American Christmas CHRISTMAS TREE There are many stories about how the first Christmas tree was trimmed. One of that the German preacher, Martin Luther, started the custom. As he was walking home one starry Christmas Eve, he cut down a tree. He took it home and trimmed it in candles. The candles stood for stars. Much later, Germans brought the custom to America.

STOCKINGS Hanging stockings goes back to an old legend about Saint Nicholas. The story is that St. Nicholas dropped bags of gold down the chimney for three girls who had no wedding gifts. The bags landed in stockings that were hanging to dry.

CANDLES The custom of putting candles in windows is an old one. People light them on Christmas Eve as a guide to the Christ child.

BELLS The custom of bell ringing began as a way to drive away evil spirits. Today bells ring at Christmastime as a symbol of the happy news of Christ's birth.

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HOLLY AND EVERGREENS

In ancient days, some people thought that holly would ward off evil spirits. Christians came to believe that the berries stood for the blood Christ shed. The leaves stood for his crown of thorns. Evergreens stay green all year and bear fruit in the winter. For this reason, they are a symbol of never-ending life.

CRECHE The first crèche, or manger scene, was created by St. Francis of Assisi in 1224. He used live animals and people in his scene. Today, many manger scenes are smaller models made of wood or china or other materials.

WREATH Evergreen boughs were used long ago in London as Christmas decorations in the street. Then in Germany they began putting them in the shape of a circle. This represents the love of God which has no beginning or ending.

SANTA CLAUS They wear different clothes and have different names, but they are all Santa Claus in different lands. In America, you know that Santa wears a bright red suit with white fur, a long red cap, and shiny black boots. In England, he wears the very same outfit, but there he is called Father Christmas. In France, he is called Pere Noel, which means Father Christmas. His costume is a bit different from the Father Christmas of England. He wears a long red robe and a white fur hat, and he clatters along in wooden shoes. In Switzerland, you see still another Santa Claus. He wears the clothing of a bishop--a long white robe and a tall, pointed hat. His name is Saint Nicholas.

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Answers to Trivia on page 4 White Christmas 3. All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth 5. He came upon a Midnight Clear 7. Away in a Manager 9. The Little Drummer Boy 11. Silent Night 13. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 15. Go Tell it on the Mountains 17. What Child is This 19. Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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2. Chestnuts Roasting over an Open Fire 4. O Holy Night 6. O Come All Ye Faithful 8. Deck the Halls 10. We Three Kings. 12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman 14. Let it Snow 16. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 18. Joy to the World 20. The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Look at these Lake Hammock Village homes 151 GLEN ESTE BLVD **157 GLEN ESTE COURT**148 GLEN ESTE BLVD 148 GLEN ESTE BLVD* *205 GLEN ESTE COURT**175 GLEN ESTE BLVD 176 GLEN ESTE BLVD *170 GLEN ESTE BLVD*201 GLEN ESTE COURT 83 REINEKE ROAD 16


The ENJOYMENT BOOK for 2013 is available. Great 2 for 1 dining coupons, discounts at a variety of businesses and attractions. Cost still only $30. To purchase one see Marilyn Smith – 67 Sargent

MOBILE KNIFE SHARPENING

On Monday December 10th we will have a mobile knife sharpening event in the clubhouse parking lot. 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

SUNCREST SALES CORPORATION At Lake Hammock Village 36106 U.S. Highway 27 * Haines City, Florida www.lakehammock.com Email: sales@lakehammock.com

Lake Hammock Village Residents – Bring us a buying customer and receive $100.00

Office Hours

Sales Staff

Monday thru Friday * 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday by Appointment Closed Holidays

Judy * Cell (863) 325-6846 Renee * Cell (863) 242-5400

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DecemberBirthdays 1st 1st 4th 7th 7th 7th 9th 10th 11th 12th 16th 16th 16th 18th 19th 19th 19th

May Cook Sharon Greenfield Michael Huber Gordon Arsenault Christine Dean Brin McDonald Mary Raymond Pauline Atteridge Scott Cameron Judy Loy Barry Anthis Barbara Dickerson Pete Evans Sue Pickard Rebecca Allred Ron Cowles Jack McQuade

20th 21st 21st 23rd 24th 24th 24th 25th 25th 25th 26th 27th 28th 28th 29th 31st

Willard Davidson Vito Destefano David Lennox Helen Vernon Mike Donnelly Earla Herring Kay Levinson Greg Schamerloh Marilyn Smith James Welch Jerry Buttler Florine Mackey Betty Pall Steve Pierce David Butcher Pat Marotti

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Wayde & Emily Marshall 24 years Fred & Judie Bott 27 years Edsel & Ruth Cloe 1 year

December Anniversaries 4th th

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Stephen & Christine Dean 3 years Bob & Debbie Renka 24 years Richard & Florence Browning 51 years Terry & Renee DeJane 40 years

24th 30th

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November LHV Volunteers Please, take the opportunity when we see them to say thanks. If any names were omitted please let me know & I will include them next month.

HOA/Activities Tammy Anthis (Activities, Bingo, Club house decorations, Gator Tales) Jane Biba (Activities, Bingo) Margaret & Jack Conley (Activities, Birthday Balloons, Crafts) Judy Dixon (Bingo)

Mary Ann Donovan (Activities)

Pete & June Evans (Welcome Back Dance)

Carol Gould (Bingo, Thanksgiving)

Richard Gould (Yard Sale)

June Gratz (Bingo)

Vivian Keller (Bingo)

Bee Koenig (Bingo)

Joyce Ladyman (Activities, Bingo)

Kay Levinson (Sunshine)

David and Phyllis Lennox (Welcome Back Dance) Karen Loveall (Bingo) Joanne Marko (Activities, Club house decorations) Mary & Carl Morin (Welcome Back Dance)

Betty Pall (Thanksgiving)

Bob Post (Yard Sale)

Betty Rhoades (50/50 Drawings)

David & Mary Schnopp (Librarians)

Clark & Joice Smith (Karaoke/Dance Party)

Marilyn Smith (Activities, Welcome Committee) Marian Spiegel (Bingo, Thanksgiving) Cathy Strohmaier (Activities, Gator Tales)

Gator Tales

Wed. Coffee

Tammy Anthis

Herman & Jane Biba

Andy & Nancy Belski

Lee & Nancy Emery

Mary Ann Donovan

Tom & Doreen Hughey

Richard & Marian Spiegel

Leon & Linda Martin

LHV Resident Patrol Barry Anthis

Lorrie Boran

Lee Emery

Bee Koenig

Leon & Linda Martin

Clark Smith

Thanks: To Richard Gould & Bob Post for a successful Yard Sale. David & Mary Schnopp

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December Celebrations this month

1st 2nd

1953 - Playboy Magazine first published 2001 - The Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

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1967 - The world's first heart transplant performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard,

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1945 – The U.S. Senate approves U.S. participation in the U.N.

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1945 - Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle.

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1790 – U.S. Capitol moves from New York to Philadelphia.

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1948 – In the Yukon a weather record was set of 87 degrees below zero.

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1980 – John Lennon shot.

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1921 - GM engineers discover that leaded gas reduces "knock" in auto engines.

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1927 - Grand Ole Opry - first radio broadcast from Nashville TN.

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1981 - Muhammad Ali's last fight.

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1900 - US Steel was formed.

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1978 - First Susan B. Anthony Dollar.

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1947 - NASCAR founded.

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1791 - The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, ratified.

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1944 - Battle of the Bulge began.

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1903 - First flight by the Wright Brothers (59 seconds, Outer Banks NC).

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1956 - Japan was admitted to the United Nations.

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19th

1979 - Chrysler receives a $1.5 billion government loan to help put the company back on its feet.

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1963 - Germany Berlin Wall Opened For 1 Day Passes.

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1620 - Pilgrims land at Plymouth.

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1952 - The first Corvette, a production-ready prototype, is completed.

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1947 - Bell Labs demonstrates the world’s first Transistor Radio.

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1889 - The Bicycle Brake Operated by Pedaling Backward was patented..

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1900 - U.S.A. Small Pox Epidemic.

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1933 - FM Radio is patented.

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1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens.

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1945 - The US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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1851 - Formation of the first YMCA in the United States in Boston.

30th

1980 - The Wonderful World of Disney TV Series is cancelled.

31st

1946 - Official end of WWII.

Membership drive now under way Hi Neighbors: Well here we are again, coming to the end of another year and the coming of a new year. The LHV annual membership drive is just beginning. We have had several homeowners renew their membership plus a few who have never joined before have joined. Your board of homeowners is inviting all to come to our monthly meeting; 2nd Tuesday of each month. To join the LHV Homeowners Association it is very easy. Submit your $15 to any board member. We are looking forward to meeting all of you new homeowners, also all of our friends and pass members. See you soon.

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Christmas Find and circle all of the Christmas words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a secret message.

ANGEL BELLS BETHLEHEM CANDLES CANDY CANE CAROLS DECORATIONS EGGNOG FAMILY FRANKINCENSE FRIENDS

FRUITCAKE GABRIEL GIFTS GOLD GREETING CARDS HOLLY ICICLES JESUS JOSEPH LIGHTS

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MANGER MARY MISTLETOE MYRRH ORNAMENTS POINSETTIA SANTA SHEPHERDS SKATES SLEIGH

SNOWFLAKES SNOWMAN STABLE STAR STOCKING THREE WISE MEN TOBOGGAN TOYS TREE WREATH


Haines City (For more information call Parks & Recreation Department 421-3700) Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Railroad Park Festival of Trees: Dec. 1st-31st 8 AM – 5 PM Lake Eva Banquet Hall New City Hall & Library Ribbon Cutting: Dec. 6th, 5:30-6:30 PM Movies in the Park: Dec. 7th, Lake Eva Park 7-9 PM Christmas Parade: Dec. 8th, 10 AM Downtown City Streets Glitter, Glisten & Snow: Dec. 10th, 1-9 PM Lake Eva Park City of Haines City - City Hall/Library Open House: Dec. 18th, 5-7 PM, RSVP to the chamber st

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Dec. 1 – Jan. 6 – Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate

Celebration

Saturday, December 1st – “A Celebration of Voices” Saturday, December 15th – Countdown to Christmas Concert th

Lakeridge Winery

Saturday, Dec. 8 – Sunday, Dec. 9th – Wine & Chocolate Festival

Harrison School for the Arts

Music of the Season Thursday December 13th & Friday December 14th at 07:30 PM

Lakeland Center

Wednesday, Dec. 5th – Nunset Boulevard Tuesday, Dec. 11th – Swingin’ Holiday Pops Wednesday, Dec. 12th – Cirque du Noel Thursday, Dec. 27th – Great Russian Nutcracker Friday, Dec. 28th – Three Dog Night

Lakeland Community Theatre

December 7th, 8th & 9th – Best Christmas Pageant Ever –

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Friday/Saturday at 7:30 PM, Saturday/Sunday at 2 PM - $10 th

Kissimmee

Saturday, Dec. 8 – 7 PM – Festival of Lights Parade

Winter Haven st

Saturday, December 1 - 2012 Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade at 6:30 PM can view from the parks bordering the lakes. Theatre Winter Haven presents It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec. 1st-4th, 8th-11th, 15th-18th – Shows at 7:30 PM and Dec. 4th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 2:30 PM

Florida Southern College The Christmas Gala – Dec. 8th – 7:30 PM - $8

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“CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY”

DECEMBER 10-14, 2012 6:30- 9:00 P.M. “DRIVE THROUGH NATIVITY” FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH-DAVENPORT WEST MAPLE AVE., DAVENPORT, FL 863-422-4542

DECEMBER 7-9 & 14-16 2012 6:30-9:00 P.M. “WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM” CALVARY FIRST ASSEMBLY CHURCH-HAINES CITY 4550 EAST JOHNSON AVE., HAINES CITY, FL 863-229-8065

DECEMBER 14-16, 2012 6:30-8:00 P.M. “BETHLEHEM MARKET PLACE” CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH-WINTER HAVEN 2101 OVERLOOK DRIVE, SE WINTER HAVEN, FL 863-324-4262

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EASY CARROT CAKE CAKE INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 ½ tsp. baking powder 1 ½ tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. salt 1 ½ cups canola oil (vegetable oil) 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 cups shredded carrots 1 small can (11 oz.) crushed pineapple, juice included 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Sift 1st five ingredients together into a large bowl. Add oil, sugar, and eggs (one at a time); mixing well after each egg. Add carrots, crushed pineapple with juice, vanilla and nuts. The batter will be soupy. Put in a 9 X 13 pan and bake in a 350° F oven for 35-40 minutes (check after 35 minutes). CREAM CHEESE ICING 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature ¼ pound unsalted butter, room temperature ¼ cup of shortening (Crisco) 1 box confectioner’s (powdered) sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract Use a mixer on medium speed and cream together cream cheese, butter and shortening. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until icing consistency.

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SNOWBIRD WELCOME BACK LUAU

Aloha to our Snowbirds!

Lake Hammock Village welcomed back the snowbirds that have returned with a Luau. Guests wore their favorite Hawaiian apparel with leis provided by the HOA. The evening started with a big Welcome Back to our Snowbirds letting them know that they were greatly missed and a wish for a safe return for those on their way. Residents brought their favorite appetizer or dessert to accompany the BBQ pork sliders, pasta salad and punch provided by the HOA. As most of you know, a party is not a party without a wide array of games and prizes, and this function was no different. Residents enjoyed a fun filled evening of activities that focused on the Luau theme. To loosen up the crowd and help them overcome their dancing shyness, the evening started with a popular dance from last year called the “Balloon Dance.” Residents filled the dance floor tying a balloon around one ankle and stomping out each other’s balloon to the wonderful music provided by our resident DJs, Clark and Joice Smith. This game proved extremely challenging to several of our residents and we had to finish the dance in a tie. The winners of the balloon dance were Pam Angeline and Lee Emery. In addition to the Balloon Dance, there was also a remake of the popular broom dance from Canada, which we called the “Coconut Dance”. Couples danced around the dance floor passing a coconut, of course the party organizers did not anticipate the coconut to drop and shed its juices, so before the dance ended we had to improvise with a broom from the closet. But in all fun, the couple who were able to keep the coconut/broom out of their

hands the longest was Don and Ruth Ives. Of course we had to throw in a relaxing type game, and a party is not complete without a game of trivia. Pete Evans proved to be the most knowledgeable on Hawaiian Trivia. Another popular Hawaiian game was Lake Hammock’s modified version of the limbo. Many of the participants showed off very clever moves to maneuver their way under the limbo stick. There were many flexible guests, and in order to choose the winner an old fashion game of high card/low card had to be played. The winner of the Limbo contest was Samantha Greenwell. There were also contests for the best male and best female Hawaiian apparel. After the men entertained the women with their version of YMCA, the women voted that Ira Ladyman was the best dressed male and the men chose Joyce Ladyman as the best dressed female. As guests were coming to the function they were handed a Luau word search and the winner of that game was Carol Gould. There was also a guessing game played with a jar full of Lava Rocks. After all the guesses were tallied, Alice Metzger won. Throughout the evening residents continued to enjoy music and karaoke, several door prize drawings for beautiful orchids, and great company. I would like to say thank you to David and Phyllis Lennox for all their help with organizing and facilitating this event. Also, I would like to once again thank Clark and Joice Smith for providing the music and karaoke. Without them, we would not have had such a wonderful fun filled evening. Planning has begun for Lake Hammock’s New Year’s Eve gathering. The flyer is in this issue of the Gator Tales and a sign-up sheet is in the clubhouse. Tickets will be sold prior to the event so we can have an accurate head count for food. Happy Holidays to all of our friends at Lake Hammock Village and hope to see you on New Year’s Eve!!!

Carl & Mary Morin

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ALOHA! Snowbirds


NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Monday, December 31, 2012 8:00 pm – Midnight Ring in the New Year and watch the ball drop at Lake Hammock’s New Year’s Eve Party Sponsored by the HOA A light buffet served at 10:30 PM, provided by the HOA Music and Karaoke will be provided by Lake Hammock’s new DJ s

Clark and Joice Smith

There will be Games and Prizes!

Tickets are $5.00/person SIGN-UP SHEET IN THE CLUBHOUSE Deadline to sign-up is December 28, 2012. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR An accurate head count is required for food preparation.

Hope To See Everyone There! Event is B.Y.O.B.

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The 2nd Annual Memorial Service is scheduled for January 13, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the LHV Clubhouse. In order to have a complete listing of loved ones that have deceased in 2012 and were not remembered in the March 2012 Memorial Service, please contact: Walter or Cathy Strohmaier via email-or by calling them at 863-419-2699. Walter email: pastorwalter1011@hotmail.com Cathy email: cathy.strohmaier@gmail.com We would appreciate having this information no later than December 15, 2012. Thank you. Cathy & Walter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Help needed for Who’s Your Neighbor column: I would like to start having articles in the Gator Tales about new residents in our park, guess the resident contest from written facts about our residents, park activities taking place. In order to help me out with this we need a reporter who can interview Lake Hammock Village homeowners about their lives. If you can include photos that is a plus. Pay is fantastic - a pat on the back once a month! Call Tammy Anthis if you are interested. If you see a fat man ... Who's jolly and cute, wearing a beard and a red flannel suit, and if he is chuckling and laughing away, while flying around in a miniature sleigh with eight tiny reindeer to pull him along, then let’s face it...

Your eggnog's too strong!

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Our 26th Year! - Over 8,000 Roofovers Installed! Ask Our Lake Hammock Customers! Larrry & Lorraine Dezinski Joe & Joanne Marko Andrew & Nancy Belski Florence Browning Jeff Hunt & Lorene Johnson

Dennis Weinzierl Richard & Carol Gould David & Mary Schnopp David & Karen Butcher Leon & Linda Martin

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Newsletter Information All newsletters can be viewed in color on the web site at www.floridacommunities.com (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. If you have any questions or suggestions about the Gator Tales please contact me in person, by phone or in writing. I am always looking for ways to improve the newsletter. Gator Tales Staff: Tammy Anthis (Editor)

Andy & Nancy Belski

50 Sargent St.

Mary Ann Donovan

(863)353-1959

Richard & Marion Spiegel

tanthis@tampabay.rr.com

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RETIREE'S LAST TRIP to PUBLIX Yesterday I was at my local Publix buying a large bag of Purina Dog Chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog, and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think...I had an elephant? So because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Safeway won't let me shop there anymore. Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Christmas Gift A guy bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas. After hearing about this extravagant gift, a friend of his said, "I thought she wanted one of those sporty four-wheel-drive vehicles." "She did," he replied. "But where was I going to find a fake Jeep?"

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Sunday 2

Monday 3 9:00 AM

9 HAPPY HANUKKA

16 6:30 PM Birthday/ Anniversary Celebration 7:00 PM Movie 23 6-8 PM Christmas Caroling & Hayride

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9:00 AM Weight Loss

10:00 AM Shuffleboard

1:00 PM Hand & Foot

9:00 AM Water Aerobics

7:00 PM Men's Poker

7:00 PM HOA Board

7 PM: Dominoes Men’s Poker

10 9:00 AM

11 9:00 AM

Water Aerobics

10:00 AM Shuffleboard 7:00 PM Men's Poker

17 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 10:00 AM Shuffleboard 7:00 PM Men's Poker

24 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 10:00 AM Shuffleboard 7:00 PM Men's Poker

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Wednesday

Water Aerobics

10:00 Knife Sharpening 7:00 PM Bunco

Tuesday

8:15 AM Coffee

12 8:15 AM

Weight Loss

Coffee 9:00 Aerobics

1:00 PM Hand & Foot

4:30 – Craft Show in Eagle Lake

7:00 PM HOA 18 9:00 AM Weight Loss 1:00 PM Hand & Foot

Thursday 6

8 AM Men's Breakfast 10 Shuffleboard

11:30 Ladies Lunch 2:00 PM Activities 13 8:00 AM Men's Breakfast 10:00 AM Shuffleboard

5PM Arabian Nights

2:00 PM Christmas Dinner

9:00 AM Water Aerobics 10:30 AM Line Dance 1:00 PM Pokeno

14 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 10:30 AM Line Dance 1:00 PM Pokeno

7:00 PM Bingo

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21 9:00 AM

9:00 AM Water Aerobics

8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

7:00 PM Dominoes Men’s Poker

10:00 AM Shuffleboard

Water Aerobics 10:30 AM Line Dance 1:00 PM Pokeno

7:00 PM Bingo

7-10 PM Karaoke

4:30 PM Early Bird 25 Merry Christmas

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7 PM Bingo

7 PM: Dominoes Men’s Poker

19 8:15 Coffee

Friday

26 8:15 AM Coffee 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 7:00 PM Dominoes Men’s Poker

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1 6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker -----------------8 1:30 PM Singing Christmas Tree 6:30 Poker

15 8:15 AM Breakfast 1-4 PM Christmas Open House 6:00 PM Christmas Cantata 22 6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker

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8:00 AM Men's Breakfast

9:00 AM Water Aerobics

10:00 AM Shuffleboard

10:30 AM Line Dance

7:00 PM Bingo

1:00 PM Pokeno

31 9:00 AM Water Aerobics 10:00 AM Shuffleboard

8:00 PM New Year’s Eve Party

December 6th, Thursday-LADIES LUNCH- Hotel Davenport December 18th, Tuesday- EARLYBIRD DINING-AZTECA-WINTER HAVEN

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Saturday

6:30 PM Ladies’ Poker

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