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JACK AND LENORA: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
JACK AND LENORA: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
The Landings free college got off to a powerful start in February with a full house for the first presentation by Irv Kushner and an overflow crowd for the second presentation by Jay Handelman, art editor and theater critic of the Sarasota HeraldTribune. From today’s perspective (mid-February) it looks as if we can expect similar turnouts in March. Here is March’s schedule:
This community is very fortunate to have many knowledgeable, dedicated volunteers whose efforts often go unnoticed because they work quietly and efficiently serving The Landings.
Mike Knupp, known as the man who responds day or night, needs no introduction.
It isn’t just Mike’s commitment that he generously shares; he shares his expertise as in environmental and engineering consulting, land and water conservation expertise, and organizational management expertise.
Mike currently serves as the Chair of the Security Committee, a member of the Roads Committee, and
the Lakes and Drainage committee. He has served on The Landings Homeowners’ Board and been President of the Landings Management Association.
Add equanimity, sense of fairness and his willingness to educate us whenever necessary and we get a bit closer to describing how much of himself Mike has given to our community.
It’s time to acknowledge and take note of Mike’s contributions as one of the most significant members of our community. Therefore, The Landings Management Association bestows the Greenfield Award on Mike Knupp.
March 2nd: To begin with, Irv Kushner will tell us about Two Gun Cohen: a Chinese General. Learn how an impoverished Jewish kid, a juvenile delinquent from the slums of the East End of London, became a General in the Chinese army.
March 9th: Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President and CEO of the Mote Marine Laboratory and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Beth Brady will present Sea Change . Hear about Mote’s research and its exciting future. Mote SEA, planned for Nathan Benderson Park, is projected to inspire 700,000 visitors from the Sarasota-Manatee region and around the world each year with its incredible displays of marine life, interactive technology, and windows into Mote’s amazing science. This presentation will be followed by a mouth-watering reception.
March 16th: John Bruno, Emeritus
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at The Ohio State University, gave us a terrific talk about Parkinson’s disease last year. This year, his topic will be The Neuroscience of Depression and Anxiety: Two Sides of The Same Coin . A lot of us are at least a little bit familiar with this topic.
March 23rd: Sandra Caccic, one of our tennis pros will let us in on What goes on behind the scene in professional tennis? Sandra played for many years on the WTA tour, reaching a ranking of 39th in the world in 1992. She’ll be introduced by Adrian “Mo” Moghina and her colleague, Jen Fiers, will give us some additional insights into the world of tennis.
March 30th : Frank Pipers, a charter member of the Free College Hall of Fame, will treat us to another informative and entertaining presentation: The Erection of an Insurrection. While Jan 6th was a bell weather event, the U.S. history is pock marked with insurrection. The talk will put into perspective the history of insurrection, highlight the failed insurrection of the 1940’s, and identify the common thread that underlies all these uprisings. After that, the season will wind up with a bang with wonderful refreshments provided by the Landings realtors Judy Greene and Tara Lamb again.
This is the seventh in a series of articles highlighting the work of special volunteers who help to make The Landings such a wonderful community. The Eagle interviewed Paige Packman for this issue.
If you want something done in The Landings, Paige Packman is your go-to person.
Paige, and her husband Jeff, were getting ready to retire and had previously visited family on the east coast of Florida, which was not for them. After visiting Naples and Cape Coral, they were reminded that Jeff’s second cousin, Betty Greenspan, lived in Sarasota. After talking with her, Betty found them a rental on Heron Way that was posted on the LRC bulletin board. Paige and Jeff rented the home in fall of 2015. The Packmans loved the friendly Landings’ community with its tennis, nature, arts, and culture. Before they left, they bought the upstairs condo right next door to the rental and moved in fulltime in 2018.
Paige, who is from Buffalo, NY, had a distinguished career as a project manager. She received her mathematics degree from University of Buffalo, followed by an MBA, while working full-time in computer programming. She moved on to work at Price Waterhouse where she transitioned to IT Project Management. She then spent 14 years with IBM, 6 years with Washington Mutual Bank, 6 years with the City of Seattle, then worked as a consultant, leading software, security and infrastructure implementation teams. Throughout her career, she was one of only a few women in technology.
In 1986, she took a break from work to travel, and five months into her trip, she met Jeff in the Sinai Desert, who was also travelling. They hit it off and spent two years exploring the world visiting Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal, Tibet, China,
India, Bali, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, then finally on to Australia and New Zealand. After traveling together, they got married and moved to Seattle. When asked if she and Jeff have any upcoming travel plans, she mentioned Japan, Korea, French Polynesia, Tunisia, and Algeria. They certainly have been and are world travelers.
Jeff started his professional life with a masters in social work and went on to have a successful career in financial services. Paige and Jeff have one son, Chase, who is 31 and lives in Denver.
After moving to The Landings, Paige volunteered to work with the Security Committee to help them implement a new speed monitoring program to keep our roads safe from speeders. She also wanted to beautify the LRC pool area and front entrance, so she joined the LRC Landscaping Committee to make that happen.
She suggested that the LRC hold monthly happy hours, which led to her being LRC Social Director, where she worked with her committee to expand LRC social programs. She also served on the tennis, Eagle, and kayak committees after retiring in late 2021. She has been a leader and instrumental in adding new programs at the club, where she now sits on the LRC Board.
On top of her volunteer service to LRC and LMA, Paige joined the Board of Landings South IV and is now their President. She was responsible for launching Heron Way Happy Hours during COVID, which is a popular event that has brought the community closer together.
Paige is the “poster child” for leadership in The Landings.
Paige was asked what she liked best about The Landings now that she has been a resident for several years. She said, “It’s like a peaceful oasis with lots of social
activities, lectures, tennis, and most of all, the friendliest community in Sarasota. I’m inspired by all the talented and interesting people who live in The Landings.”
She said the future of The Landings looks bright if “we continue to build community connections and cohesiveness.” She said, “I’m thrilled to see people coming forward to volunteer their expertise to launch new activities, from Mahjongg to line dancing to sound baths! This enables us to leverage their skillsets to provide more activities of interest for our residents. I personally love bringing people together in teams, to build a sense of community and trust, like I did when I was working in tech. It’s even more fun to do this for our own Landings community.”
There are few other residents in our community who have given so much time and so much of themselves to enhance The Landings as has Paige Packman.
EVERY DOG (PARADE) HAS IT’S DAYPaige Packman
I thank you and my colleagues on the LMA Board, for the privilege of serving you as President of LMA. You can count on me to take an open, fair, and reasonable approach to all issues that we on the Board will deal with. One of the great strengths of The Landings is our diversity. The board will make this diversity a strength and assure we allow our differing perspectives to be debated in an arena with civility and regard for the facts. We on the board are committed to transparency, decisionmaking based on what is best for the community at large, respect for our fellow colleagues, and respect for our neighbors. We ask that as we consider the best path forward, in what will certainly be a challenging year, that all community members keep this in mind. Thank you!
I would like to introduce the new executive team: Judy Greene, who is a former board member and well known to the community as chairperson of the Maintenance Committee and a member of the Security Committee, will be Vice President. Harvey Greller will start his second year as Treasurer and Sue Camins will become Secretary. New members of the board; Amy Drachman, Ray Lee and Amy Lyons will take their place beside returning members Harry Moser and Elida Ramberger. This is a strong and talented board that I look forward to working with. Perhaps, a better way of saying this, is that I look forward to depending on them because the position of President has become far too demanding for one person. Success for me as a President will only come if I can effectively delegate to my colleagues on the boardBy Jeff Smith
and to our management company, Pinnacle Community Association Management. In addition to Heather Hamilton, owner of Pinnacle, I would like to introduce Emily Riddle who is now our primary contact at Pinnacle. She can be reached at emily@ pinnaclecam.com or at 941-444-7090. There are three important board initiatives underway:
• The Roads Project: The roads committee advises (as of mid-February) that the bid process in currently on track to be completed by mid-March. At that point, the committee will know if the necessary two or more contractors have bid for the project and if any of the bids have been acceptable in terms of pricing and other critical parts of the project. Stantec, our engineering firm and advocate throughout the process, will advise their views to the committee based on their expertise and experience. The roads committee will make a recommendation to the board and will consider the recommendation. Due to
the importance of this topic, the board will plan to hold a town hall meeting where the community can familiarize itself with the recommendation and ask any questions.
• Five Year Plan: I am coordinating the 2023 Five Year Plan. The purpose of the plan is to set priorities for the future direction of the community in a manner that will preserve and enhance our heritage. The plan will provide a roadmap for LMA’s key activities and help hold us accountable to the community for our progress. To provide input to the plan, we are interviewing board members, committee chairs, and Association Presidents. We will also be sounding out the community at large through a resident survey to gain their perspective on the key priorities that emerge from this process. We look forward to presenting our draft Five Year Plan at a future town hall meeting.
• Security Appraisal: I am working with the Security Committee to engage Pinnacle’s Security Division to assess Landing’s security by a comparison of our existing security infrastructure (including technology) and methodology as compared to the best practices of similar communities. The assessment is a starting point that will give us a top-down view of where we are and whether and how we should move forward. The findings will be presented to the Security Committee and then to the board for discussion and next steps.
I look forward to working with you in the months ahead as we answer your questions and listen to your input. We appreciate your being part of the process as The Landings moves into the future.
LMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
JEFF SMITH President
JUDY GREENE Vice President
HARVEY GRELLER Treasurer
SUE CAMINS Secretary
AMY DRACHMAN Director
RAY LEE Director
AMY LYONS Director
ELIDA RAMBERGER Director
HARRY MOSER Director
Property Manager — Pinnacle Management Company
LMA COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
HARVEY GRELLER Finance
JOHN SCHMIDT Communications
NORMAN OLSHANSKY The Eagle
MARALYN KAUFMAN Environmental
AMY DRACHMAN Governance Advisory
SUE CAMINS Governing Docs Review
HARVEY GRELLER Hazardous Waste
JEFF SMITH Lakes & Drainage
PAUL WEINER Landscaping
HARVEY CAMINS LMA Property Mgr Needs Comm.
JUDY GREENE Maintenance
JACKIE MASSARI Kayaks
CALI LAMPTON Nominating
ELIDA RAMBERGER Roads
MIKE KNUPP Safety & Security
AMY LYONS Social/Community Events
HARRY MOSER Standard Op. Procedures (SOP)
EDDIE GOLDSTEIN Website Designer
One of the Oxford dictionary’s definitions of a mentor is a person who gives advice in a particular field. In one’s life if you’re lucky, you will meet someone who becomes a mentor. Jack Jost has been my mentor for ten years. I first met Jack Jost in the fall of 2014 when my wife Christine and I moved to The Landings from the Boston area. Given my background in environmental engineering, my new neighbor, Larry Lawrence, thought I would enjoy meeting Jack. That day, a new friendship was born. Jack has taught me a lot about community service in general and municipal drainage specifically. Jack is one of the humbler persons I’ve ever met. You would never know how accomplished an engineer Jack became in his long career.
Born into a typical Midwest family in St Louis in 1936, he graduated from high school in 1954, attended Central Methodist College and went on to graduate from the University of Missouri’s prestigious school of engineering at Rolla in 1958 with a degree in mechanical engineering. It was at CMC he met the love of his life, Lenora Stone.
Marrying after graduation, off they went on a career journey around the world starting with Shell Oil in Houston. It was in Houston where their first child Suzanne was born.
Next stop was a transfer in 1960 to New Orleans where second child Lewis was born. Jack was promoted to Field Superintendent in charge of four oil and gas fields. Wanting to get back to St Louis, Jack and Lenora moved back in 1963 where Jack was recruited as an engineer at McDonald Aircraft.
While in St Louis he took a position as a Project Manager with Monsanto overseeing the construction of a new nylon manufacturing plant in South Carolina. In addition to working full-time, Jack started a 6-year night school graduate program at Washington University in St Louis where he received a master’s degree in engineering administration. In 1969, he was promoted to Director of Engineering Services at Monsanto. In that role, it took him on world travel, often accompanied by Lenora.
On the road again, in 1981, the Jost family moved back to Houston from St Louis where Jack became Vice President of Planning and Administration at Monsanto Oil Company, and son Scott was born. In 1986, Monsanto decided to exit the oil business and Jack was given the task of selling the company and at the same time having to find his next opportunity.
Guess where that opportunity took the family? Yep, back to St Louis they went, where Jack took a job with Sverdrup Engineering Services as a contract engineer working on numerous projects for Tropicana in Bradenton. Tropicana was so impressed with Jack’s work, they offered him a full-time position where he stayed for ten years, until his retirement in 1989 as Director of Engineering. At Tropicana, he had responsibilities for all aspects of facilities expansions at the Bradenton complex. Jack was also charged with analyzing and development ports of entry into the European markets. He and Lenora spent six months in Paris on that endeavor (tough assignment).
The move to Tropicana brought them to their home here in The Landings
©By Mike Knupp
What does a guy do in retirement after a career like that? Jack became deeply involved in philanthropic activities, putting his engineering, project management, and business skills to use for the good of the Sarasota arts community. Among his community service activities, Jack served as Chairman of the Florida West Coast Symphony Board and served on the board of Selby Gardens. As Chairman of the Trustees at First United Methodist Church he put his engineering management skills to work as the project manager to select the architect, engineers, and general contractor for the renovation of the church. He also managed the leasing of parking facilities on State Street owned by the Church and negotiated the sale of those facilities to the developer of the Mark building on State Street.
But what about The Landings? Jack’s service to our community is also noteworthy. In his quiet way, he has given of his time and expertise in a variety of ways. He has served on the boards of the LMA, the LRC and the LS 1 Condo Association. On the LRC Board, he chaired the selection committee to hire a general manager, resulting in the hiring of our great GM, Kevin Lechlitner. On the LMA, he chaired the committee that updated the Club Articles of Incorporation, Covenants and Bylaws. He was actively involved in the creation of the Dick Bayles Park (Eagles Nest area), the rebuilding and enhancement of the Gazebo, and the creation of Phillip Shores Park.
He became certified in storm water management and used his engineering knowledge to oversee the operation and maintenance of the 15+ miles of The Landings drainage system. This was how I leaned about the system at the foot of the master for five years.
Enough about Jack. What was Lenora doing on this incredible journey of the Jost family? I don’t think Jack would have enjoyed such a successful career without the love of his life at his side managing all those moves and changes for the 65 years of their marriage.
Lenora was a music major at Central Methodist University where she met Jack. Even with moving around the country, Lenora put her music degree to good use at several organizations. In St Louis, she directed the Mt. Zion Methodist choir for ten years and even found time to get a degree in interior design from Maryville College.
After moving to Sarasota, Lenora has been engaged in many cultural and philanthropic activities in the area. She became a docent at the Asolo Theater and a greeter at the Ringling Art Museum. After returning from Jack’s assignment in Paris, she got involved with the Florida West Coast Symphony Association and served as President. Lenora took up cello in her 60’s when the symphony offered an Adult String Education Program. After learning to play, she played in the Sarasota Pops Orchestra for several years. She still plays in several string ensembles in Sarasota.
Here in The Landings, Lenora was the beloved director of our mixed chorus group the Landoliers for 15 years and still sings in the group. She loved to entertain friends and neighbors in their beautiful home and was always the first one on the dance floor at any party. Jack and Lenora’s pride and joy is their three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Daughter Suzanna has recently retired from Elsevier
as a Managing Director based in Cambridge, MA. She and husband Mike now split their time between Boston and The Landings where she purchased the unit above her parents on Heron Way. Following in Jack’s footsteps, she is President of LS1 Condo Association. She has two children; Claire and William both of whom graduated from University of Michigan. Claire lives in Highland Park, Illinois with her husband Evan, and first great grandchild Robin Jack Reinstein.
Son Lewis graduated from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Texas. He practices law in Houston, TX. He and his wife, Christine, have a daughter, Elizabeth.
Son Scott followed in his dad’s footsteps as an engineer graduated from University of Texas. He lives in Austin and works for Rockwell Automation as an engineering manager. He, and his wife Lael, have two children, Shannon and Alex. Shannon, a graduate of Texas Tech, lives in Chicago and Alex, a graduate of UT, lives in Austin.
It is with a sad heart that we will be saying goodbye to the Jost’s as neighbors and good friends as they move into the next phase of their life’s journey. Jack and Lenora will be moving in March to Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay. The family will continue to own the condos on Heron Way and will use them for the family. As Bob Hope would close out all his shows, I want to say to Jack and Lenora, “Thanks for the Memories” and all of your contributions from all of your friends in The Landings
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After a brief LRC event pause due to the post-holiday COVID surge, we are now back in business with an expanded set of social events and club activities! February was a funfilled month with our first ever Chili Cookoff, and popular annual events such as the Superbowl Party, Landings Art Exhibition and Dog Parade!
We hope you can join us for a crowd favorite - our annual Caribbean Rock and Roll Pool Party on Friday March 3rd, with Lisa Rott & the Island Hoppers, and Mediterranean food truck Maggie on the Move. Signup early and plan to dance the night away! Another popular event returns from last year - Landings Karaoke Night - to be held on Sunday April 2nd. We are also excited Landings Baseball Outings are back - this year on Sunday, March 26th, thanks to organizer Karl Maggard.
Cards and Games
Watch out for the card sharks - we now have many card game options, thanks to our generous Landings volunteers - Betty Greenspan is leading Mahjongg Learning Group, Ray and Linda Lee are holding Bridge classes, Nancy Friedberg is leading a Canasta group, Poker by Ron Pierce, and old favorite Trivia Challenge run by our very own Kevin Lechlitner.
Arts & Learning
Again, kudos to the willing Landings sponsors who organize these activities:
• Art Group led by Marie McHugh
• In Cucina con Valentina by our
Italian Chef Valentina Valentini
• Landoliers Singing Group, organized by Norm Olshansky
• Landings Free College, organized by Ralph & Dee Recapito and Irv Kurshner
• Line Dancing will return in April, sponsored by Landings dance professional Marc Mitchell
• Writing Workshop, led by Lee Hall DelFausse.
• Rumor has it that an Origami class by Barbara Rothman is forthcoming!
Don’t miss good times on the courts with LRC Monthly Tennis Round Robins, Pro Exhibitions, and Triples Social mixers! Pickleball is also available several times per week. If you'd rather, ping pong is always an option.
If you prefer to have your fun out of doors, look for our monthly biking and kayaking excursions, try the weekly Landings social golf group, or perhaps fish with the Fish Whisperer from The Landings gazebo.
Fitness and Health
Be sure to check out the LRC fitness schedule for fitness classes, aqua Zumba or try a relaxing Sound Bath Meditation to nurture your mind and body, now offered twice monthly by Landings resident Sally Sammons.
Look at the Landings Activity Summaries and be sure to mark your calendar. Most activities and events require LRC membership. No excuse for being bored here at the Landings!
Good news –COVID rates have dropped significantly, so we have restarted inside social events! Key dates are listed below, we are back in action! Paige Packman
Here is the upcoming schedule of Landings social events, subject to change based on COVID rates. If you are planning a new LRC event, please reach out to me at email@example.com, to minimize event conflicts. Thank you! Paige Packman, LRC Social Director
Trivia Challenge Tuesday March 1 & 15th, 7 PM in Lakeside room No signup needed. $5 fee.
Pancake Breakfast & Koffee Klatch
March 8th, 9 -11 AM Poolside March 23rd, 9-11 AM Poolside No signup needed.
Pickleball Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30-4:30 PM
Picnic lunch at 11:30 AM followed by game at 1:05.
Salsa Dance Lessons Series of 4 classes: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 5-7 PM
Landings Karaoke Night
Sunday April 2nd, 5:30 – 8:30 PM Pizza from Origins to be provided.
Cooking Lessons 3/18, 4/1
Rock & Roll Pool PartyFriday March 11, 6-9 PM
Note: Non-LRC members pay $5 guest fee plus class fee.
Band: Lisa Rott& the Islanders. Food truck: Maggie on the Move.
Advance signup not required. Use TeamReach phone app with Group Code LPBS to stay in touch.
Signup complete; Karl Maggard to distribute ticket via LRC. Participants who signed up at LRC will be billed on LRC statement.
Signup in LRC Office. Questions? Contact Paige firstname.lastname@example.org
Signup at LRC. Cover fee and BYOB.
Watch for LRC emails or contact Valentina at email@example.com
Signup required. $10 music cover fee. Food truck signup also required. To be posted 2 weeks prior.
Tennis Round Robin & Pro Exhibition
Friday 3/25, 4/22 at 2 PMSignup at LRC, $7 fee for beer & wine.
AM at Pool
Newcomer Reception March 23, 5-7 PM. For newcomers who moved to Landings since Jan 2020
$10 per class, contact Sandy at 941-928-3558
Invitations to be sent early March. RSVP required. Free of charge.
Twenty-four players of all skill levels participated in “Triples” on February 10th and had a competitively good time doing so.
A special thank you to George Ulrich for once again organizing the teams and format and to George, Lee Delfause, Lil Peltz-Petow, and Neil Goldman for feeding balls to the players on four courts.
When Triples play wrapped up, George organized a group of players for a fast-paced game of tennis ping pong.
Sign up early for the next Triples event on March 10th. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Mondays 3 - 5 PM
Mah-Jongg Learning Group
Weekly signup at LRC. Hosted by Ray & Linda Lee. Free for LRC members; guest partners pay $5
Wednesday 1-3:15 PM Poolside Room Hosted by Nancy Friedberg at Nancy611@comcast.net
Mondays 1 - 3 PM Lakeside Room
Questions? Contact Betty Greenspan at 941-780-1528.
Poker Most Wednesdays 6 PM Poolside Room
To signup, email Ron Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest fee $5
Lakeside Room. Watch for Kevin email, $5 fee
Thursday 10 AM – 1 PM Lakeside. Art Studio Exhibit on April 16th!
For more info, contact Marie at email@example.com
In Cucina con Valentina
Landoliers Singing Group
Mar 4 & 11 Breadmaking Mar 25th Cooking Demo April 22nd, May 12th
Tuesdays 3 - 5 PM Lakeside Room. Concert April 16th 4-6 PM!
Landings Free College
Look for LRC announcements or email Valentina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Signup with Norm at Nfpconsultingresources@gmail.com
Thursdays 2:30-4 PM Through March 29th No signup needed
NEW: Origami Workshop
April 6th 1:30 PM Lakeside Room Guest fee $5
Wednesday 3:30 PM Poolside Room “Lover of Words” Guest fee $5
Compliments of Landings Artist Barbara Rothman
Hosted by Lee Hall DelFausse at email@example.com
Inspired by a lot of residents commenting over the past few years that we need to “get together” and get to know our neighbors betterWE DID IT! On a beautiful Sunday, February 5th the Pine Harriers -
meaning Pine Harrier Drive and Pine Harrier Circle residents gathered to sharing food, beverages and conversation getting reacquainted with old friends and welcoming the new additions to the neighborhood.
It was a phenomenal turnout! We numbered just under 100. It was heard as we walked among our friends how much it was enjoyed and the desire to do this again and we will! Thank you to all that participated.
Spring is here and with it comes a sense of new beginnings and fresh starts. This season is the perfect time to treat yourself to something sweet and refreshing, and what better way to do so than with Abel’s Ice Cream?
Abel’s premium ice cream is made with only the finest ingredients and is available in a variety of tantalizing flavors to suit every taste.
As you bask in the sunshine and take in the sights and sounds of spring, enjoy a
scoop or two of Abel’s Ice Cream. Whether you’re looking for a classic flavor like Abel’s award-winning vanilla or chocolate, or something more adventurous like Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake ( Cheesecake ice cream swirled with a decadently rich chocolate cookie crunch and teaming with pieces of creamy cheesecake ) they have something for everyone. And don’t forget, Abel’s Ice Cream is not just for dessert. It’s the perfect pick-me-up to
enjoy any time of day. So why wait? Head to Abel’s today. Spring is here and it’s time to start a new beginning with Abel’s Ice Cream. Go ahead, treat yourself!
Abel’s is located at 1886 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota in the South Bridge Plaza. Open Sunday through Thursday from Noon-9:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from Noon-10 pm. Learn more online at our website, www.abelsicecream. com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Sea Scallops … $22
Shrimp and Seafood Au Gratin … $16
Fisherman Platter … $32
Baby Back Ribs … $24
Orange Pecan Chicken … $16
Filet Mignon … $24
Filet Mignon & Stuffed Shrimp … $34
Filet Mignon & Maine Lobster Tail … $48
Stuffed Shrimp & Maine Lobster Tail … $42
Twin Maine Lobster Tails … $54
FRIED SEAFOOD PLATTERS
Coconut Shrimp … $22
Large Gulf Shrimp … $20
Fish & Chips … $19
Fried Combo … $28
PASTA & BOWLS
Shrimp & Crab Scampi … $24
Salmon Pasta … $21
Chicken & Shrimp Curry … $21
Sweet ‘n Spicy Chicken & Shrimp … $22
Pasta Primavera … $16
Turtle Pie … $9
Key Lime Pie … $9
Sample Platter … $12
Ice Cream Bar … $6
*Prices subject to change*
Thank you for electing me the new President of the Landings Racquet Club. Please give thanks to Mayson Brooks for all that he did for the club during his tenure as President.
The club’s new exterior stucco and paint are nearly finished. The club looks a lot more modern and welcoming because of the improvements made.
Tennis activities are in full swing with many competitive leagues playing at all levels. Following our dry spell with Covid, we now offer more social events than ever at the club. Join us for tennis, pickleball, ping pong, yoga, Mah-Jongg, canasta, poker, and trivia.
We now are also offering art classes, a writing workshop and cooking classes. The club has never been more vibrant and please thank Paige and the Social Committee for spearheading all our new offerings.
Recently, we held our first (and hopefully, annual) chili contest where I felt all seven chefs were
winners. Our art show and the dog parade are also club highlights. Many of our members are gathering to watch sports events on our new 75” TV. We hosted an event to introduce the club to new members in February and hope to generate more interest in joining the club. Thank you for your vote of confidence in leading this wonderful organization!
The best doubles teams are looking to constantly go to the net and finish points. When you are the serving team your goal is to get about 75% of your first serves in. This will give you a better chance to stay in control of the point and it will also give your partner a chance to poach because usually the returner’s goal is to get the ball in play on a first serve. Also, you have a better chance to receive a short ball off the return that gives you the opportunity to go to the net. On a second serve, the returner will usually try to hit an aggressive return and come to the net before you do.
Your first volley when you come to the net should go crosscourt at least 80% of the time. That will give you a better chance to make the volley because you are going over the lower part of the net and you are hitting away from the net player in front of you who is looking to steal your ball and put it away.
The best team’s practice serving, returning serves, and their volleys on a regular basis.
I will start 30-minute clinics that will give you the opportunity to work on these parts of your game on Friday March 3rd. I had these clinics going before the pandemic and they were very popular.
The first clinic will be from 9-9:30 a.m. and it will focus on footwork.
The second clinic will be from 9:3010 a.m. and it will focus on return of serve. The third clinic will be from 10-10:30 a.m. and will focus on volleys. Finally, the clinic from 10:3011 a.m. will focus on the serve. There will be a maximum of six players per clinic and the cost is $15 each.
The clinics are open to 3.0 players and above. The sign-up sheets will be at the pro shop. These clinics will be available every Friday until the end of May.
Our next social round robin and pro exhibition will be on Friday March 24th from 2-5 p.m.
The social round robin will consist of a doubles tennis round robin and a pickleball event.
Sign up at the pro shop.
See you on the courts!
The 2023 LRC Board of Directors are as follows: Beth Cotner, President, Sue Ault, Vice President, Rick Waller, Treasurer, Bob Golicher, Secretary, Beverly Austgen, Paige Packman and Paul Weiner.
The monthly LRC Board meetings are on the third Monday of the month in the Lakeside Clubhouse at 3:30 p.m. I will always send a reminder via email prior to the meeting for any members that would like to attend. If you aren’t receiving emails and would like to be added to my database, please call me in the Pro Shop or email me at LRCTennis@hotmail.com.
Thank you to Paul & Jo Weiner for sponsoring the Koffee Klatsch on February 7th in honor of their grandson Max Weiner’s Bar Mitzvah. We had special guests for
the Koffee Klatsch February 22nd as well. Judy Greene & Tara Lamb provided the delicious assortment of goodies. It was a nice treat to have them back again as they hosted one breakfast a month for eight years. They retired after their final breakfast back in June of 2018. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a Koffee Klatsch in the future, please speak directly with me when you get a chance.
We are reaching the end of a long project that started back in October. First the exterior of the buildings received a new stucco finish. Then, after the stucco cured, all the buildings received a fresh coat of paint. The final piece of the puzzle was completed in the middle of February when all the exterior window frames were sanded,
primed, and painted. The buildings all look brand new again! By the time you are reading this, hopefully our new granite coffee bar has been installed as well. Fingers crossed!
By the time you read this, the kayak area will have another layer of security providing more protection for the launch area. A security camera has been installed overlooking the kayak racks; it will be monitored by the main gate guard house. The security consultant employed by the LMA and LRC helped us design a system that would provide more protection against theft
in that area of the Nature Trail.
Simultaneously, a kayak subcommittee has been working with a consultant who is communicating with the county powers-that-be to obtain approval for a launch system. The current launch access is difficult (at best) to maneuver. We are confident that our consultant will secure permission from the county to slightly increase
the space between the mangroves, thus allowing access for a ramp to a launch platform in the area beyond the mangroves. The wheels of government move slowly, but we are optimistic that there will be an approved option that makes launching less difficult, increasing the ease of being able to enjoy the delights of kayaking throughout the area. This sub-committee has also investigated alternatives for building a launch system.
The Kayak Committee has a contingent that has worked with yet another consultant to discuss the possibility of removing some buttonwood trees along the trail; this would create space for approximately a dozen more racks. We have obtained an estimate from the builder of the current racks for these additional racks. Currently all 72 kayak berths are rented for the year with a current waitlist for more than a dozen spots. While all these projects are costly, priority is being given to the launch permitting and installation. But first, we need Sarasota County approval. Stay tuned!
One more important note, there will be a kayak outing on Thursday, March 16 at 10 a.m. We will be launching from the Nature Trail with John McFetridge leading the group once again in exploring the Philippi Creek area. It is posted on TeamReach so please sign-up so that we will know how many additional leaders we will need.
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“Seascape photography” is, and always has been, one of the most popular photographic genres. The sheer beauty of a platinum sea with a bright red sun setting over the horizon is an image that sends photo enthusiasts, young and old, running to get their cameras.
But how do we define “seascape photography,” and what makes one seascape better than another? Here are some tips that might come in handy the next time you are out taking pictures.
Seascapes are much like landscapes in that the orientation is almost always horizontal; the format is longer than it is high. One cannot begin to talk about “seascape photography” without taking into consideration its single, most important element: depth of field.Manteiga
The photographer needs to calculate “the hyper-focal range,” which, in layman’s terms, is the distance beyond which all objects can be brought into an “acceptable focus”. If one wishes to get technical about it, there is a formula for this operation: H=f+f2/(N x C). Ideally, when shooting seascapes, photographers should try to maximize their depth of field, setting their aperture at F8, or smaller. However, this is not always the case, especially when there are objects in the foreground. It all depends on what we wish to emphasize. Do we want uniform clarity, or do we want to focus on the object in the foreground, leaving the background somewhat blurry?
conform to both movement and available lighting. For crystal clear images, a short exposure time is recommended. For a softer, more mystical, image, longer exposures often produce the best results. It is a good idea to have a tripod handy, because there are times you will want to leave the shutter open for as long as 10 seconds at a time or more.
Shutter speed is another very important consideration. Are we looking for drama (waves crashing onto a rocky shoreline), or serenity (a tranquil and inviting sea)?
and water produces desirable reflections that can add intensity to your image, thus enhancing its quality.
beautifully composed image that combines both color and light. The overpowering presence of the volcano is not lost, even though the focus is primarily on the three colorful canoes in the foreground.
The third key element in “seascape photography” is lighting, especially ambient light. It is preferable to shoot either during the early morning hours or in the late afternoon. The bright, harsh, mid-afternoon sunlight is something that photographers never like to deal with. The use of special filters is often recommended when shooting under harsher conditions. Because water is the dominant element in seascapes, the interplay of light
When attempting to capture a nice water image, be it a lily covered pond, a rushing river, or a droplet of water on the side of a glass, lighting, texture, color, and composition are all equally important. Plus, always remember, your objective is not just to shoot a pretty picture but create something that is “out of the ordinary”.
Featured in this issue are photos by three Landings photographers.
The abstract photo you see here is nothing more than a reflection of some trees along the side of a river. It was shot by Bob Manteiga on a Canon EOS 7D using a Tokina 28-70 macro lens 1:2.8 with a red filter, at an f stop of 8 and a shutter speed of 1/100. The movement of the water gives the image an almost surreal quality.
We are sorry to have to announce that because of a major outbreak of COVID-19 at The Landings, all indoor activities at the Landings Racquet Club have been cancelled until further notice. This includes the scheduled return of the Landings Artists Art Show. We have a new date for this event: Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kayaks galore! There has been so much interest and activity surrounding kayaking activities that another adventure is planned for Sunday, February 26th at 10 a.m., launching from the Nature Trail.
Because water is in constant motion, we need to adjust our shutter speed settings to
Same artists and same set up in both the Lakeside and Poolside
Once again, John McFetridge has agreed to pilot this outing. It has been posted on TeamReach, but we wanted to make sure that all were informed. if you have not done so already,
The photograph of the Osorno volcano on Lake Todos los Santos in Porto Varas, Chile was taken by Rick Waller on a Sony A6500 camera with an 18-200 mm zoom lens, at f8, and a shutter speed of 1/250. It is a
Our January 21st outing at Turtle Beach was quite the success. There were more than 36 people who joined the outing, most of whom then gathered for lunch at a nearby restaurant. John led that with assistance provided by Wayne Trotter.
There have been complications getting the 2023 billing and annual contracts issued by Pinnacle. By the time you read this, it is hoped that we will be back on track.
See you on the water!
The surfer was taken at Turtle Beach on a Samsung S22 phone camera at F2.4 and an exposure of 1/1,597 shot in program mode. Although the format of most seascapes is horizontal, I chose to shoot it vertically because the object in the foreground on which I was focusing was a young surfer, standing in an upright position. Note how the colors on the surfboard match the colors of the sea he is contemplating.
The other photograph in this group is a marvelous shot of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia taken by Betty Greenspan on her I Phone 13. The calm, rippling water, the prominent rock formation, and the simplicity of the structures give the photo the look of an oil painting.
Our April issue will feature Part II of “Seascapes and Other Water Images”.
The next regular meeting is at 6:00 p.m. February 9th, in the Poolside Room at the Landings Racquet Club followed by the Association’s Annual Meeting of
Members at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting material will be mailed or, if the member has so elected, emailed to each member.
Our May issue will be dedicated to “postproduction editing techniques”. So, if you have any photographs that meet these criteria, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please return the proxy or register on-line to be sure we have a quorum for the meeting.
Saturday, February 11 was a perfect day for The Landings Art Show, a little windy but sunny and balmy. Thank you to all who came to show their support for the many artists participating.
The art was on display in both the Poolside and Lakeside rooms of the Landings Racquet Club. Eighteen artists created beautiful, professional, and inviting displays with their works of art. The displays included: Betty Greenspan showed exquisite silk flower arrangements, Robert Sharpless shared his wildlife photography, and his wife, Barbara, mixed media paintings. We enjoyed Barbara Rothman’s origami birds and
fish, and she spent time teaching visitors how to create them. Lynn Mayne demonstrated her tapestry weaving technique on a loom she included in her display. Gary Bowan showed a magnificent pottery vase he created in addition to new paintings.
This year, in addition to their traditional framed images, the photographers Robert Manteiga, Michael Cohen, and Rick Waller regaled us with slide shows of their work on large screens. It really added a lot to the show.
Anne Parsons, a fine art, and narrative portrait photographer showed several great examples of her beautiful work. Karen
Gundersheimer created interesting small sculptures made with recycled found objects. Two fabric artists, Isabel Becker with her colorful pillows, and Allison Small, returned to the show this year. In addition to her usual beading and fabric creations, Allison showed a new series of small collage paintings. Nancy Friedberg displayed her beautiful mosaic and bead work. Last but not least, painters Dianne Verreinder, Dotti Glen, Linda Stewart, and Marie-Louise McHugh displayed some of their great paintings and cards. All in all, the show was a success and very well received after a two-year absence due to the Covid pandemic.
Most of us don’t think of East Bradenton as an exciting place to visit. While West Bradenton has downtown with museums and riverwalk, great beaches and parks, it seems that East Bradenton lacks some excitement or adventure.
If you are a baseball fan however, especially of the Pittsburg Pirates, LECOM Park is a baseball field located in East Bradenton. It is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It also hosts minor league baseball games for the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates' Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League. LECOM Park's nostalgic charms in its city neighborhood appeal to many baseball traditionalists and ballpark enthusiasts, some of whom consider the facility to be Florida's version of Fenway Park.
A place to visit if you are interested in Florida’s historical past is the Manatee Village Historical Park. It’s located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East. Their mission is to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period 1840-1918. They do that through museum exhibits and collections of historical and replica buildings set on nearly four acres under the shade of hundred-year-old oak trees. The museum has two permanent exhibits, "One Century Plus of Ranching in Manatee County" in the Wiggins General Store and "Life on the Florida Frontier" in the 1912 Settlers House. In addition to the exhibits, the Manatee Historical Park also hosts special events throughout the year like lectures, book signings, festivals, workshops, and demonstrations.
The Mixon’s Grove, which has the most delicious orange juice ice cream, is a great visit to a dwindling industry. Ride the Mixon’s Orange Blossom Express and you’ll learn about the history of Mixon Farm and discover a delightful new world happeningBy Betty Greenspan
in the grove!
Mixon’s Grove offers complimentary wine sampling at the wine counter and 17 spectacular flavors to try! Buy a $5 glass of wine and take it with you on the tram ride! The tours are educational and fun. The tram will travel past Mixon's Magical Maze and Butterfly Garden, the amazing Play Place, Wedding Pavilion, Gazebo, and Koi Pond with a stop at the Wildlife Rescue Center. There is even an interactive educational show with rescued Florida wildlife, such as reptiles, birds, tortoises, and more! A portion of each ticket sale is donated to Wild World Rescue Sanctuary, Inc.
Mixon Select Wines are made especially for Mixon's by Aspirations Winery in Tampa, Florida. Bulk juices of several types of grapes are imported from around the world, including muscadine grapes grown right at Mixon Fruit Farms! The juice is processed and fermented using time-tested blends to produce top quality wines. These wines are then infused with natural Florida tropical fruit juices for uniquely delicious table wines. I loved everything I tasted. How bad can watermelon wine be? I eventually bought the Peach Chardonnay…so take that Sonoma! There’s even Orange Blossom perfume which I sadly forgot to try!!
Updated info about Bradenton Village of the Arts from a previous West Bradenton post. I had noted that The Village of the Arts is an eclectic live/work community of galleries, studios, shops, restaurants, and healing arts businesses housed in colorful 1920 cottages. Most of the galleries are open only on the weekends. One of my favorites is the Joan Peterson Gallery which was voted Best in 2022 by the Bradenton Herald. In addition to Joan’s beautiful acrylic paintings, there are great artistic gifts including pillows, tee shirts, and even phone cases. Check out villageofthearts.com.
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Every Tuesday is Appraisal Clinic Day: make an appointment to come in and get an updated value on your jewelry by one of our very experienced GIA gemologists. It's very important to update the valuable pieces in your jewelry collection especially since all precious metals, diamonds, and colored stones have gone up dramatically in the last few years. We aim at becoming your trusted go-to family jeweler. We carry a vast selection of diamonds and colored stone jewelry and are proud to carry the new fresh & trendy Imperial Pearls Collection.
We look forward to serving Sarasota, Osprey, and Venice from the beautiful Bay Street Plaza.
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Looking into the water at Siesta Key Beach is an incredible, captivating feeling - hues of blue and green dancing in light waves on top of crystal white sand with sunlight reflecting on it. Undeniably, the “Siesta Key Watercolor GemstoneTM” has captured the colors of this experience.
It’s no secret that the sand on Siesta Key Beach is composed of 99% pure quartz. The crystalline white sand of Siesta Key is luxurious, soft, white and cool to the touch 365 days a year. This is why our beloved beach has been revered as one of the most beautiful in the world. Wanting to capture the experience and essence of Siesta Key beach was the goal of the proprietor of Silver City, Monica.
“Tourists always wish they can somehow take their vacation memories with them,” so with this in mind, Silver City designed the Siesta Key Watercolor GemstoneTM. They were able to capture the colors of Siesta Key’s blue/green water and put it into a quartz gemstone. This quartz gemstone is a fusion of the tropical colors that surround us. Just looking into the clear, beautiful gemstone will transport you back to our island paradise representing the Sea, Sky and beautiful sand of Siesta Key Beach.
Silver City has now become a “Must Stop” destination for tourists (Currently named #1 shopping destination on TRIP ADVISOR on Siesta Key). Shining brightly among the cases of this uniquely mirrored store lies the much raved about Siesta Key Watercolor GemstoneTM Every jewelry piece is designed and made by Silver City Sarasota. The staff of Silver City Sarasota is very proud of their unique collection and variety of designs in Sterling
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Seven creative chefs filled crockpots with their favorite chili recipes for the LRC’s first Chili Cook-Off last month!
Allison Small contributed a 3-bean, meatless version. George Ulrich concocted a turkey white bean chili, while Ernie Matijasic, Rich Greenspan, and Catherine Urban cooked up varieties of beef recipes. Roseanne Clark and Matt Couzens spiced up differing versions of bison chili.
Seventy LRC members eagerly sampled the offerings, then cast their ballots.
The winner was Matt Couzens, who proudly donned the “Champion” apron he won. Runner-up was Rich Greenspan.
The spicy event was beautifully organized by Helen Bella and Jen Trotter, with the able help of Wayne Trotter who conducted the vote.
Thank you for a delicious evening of fun and comradery!
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Tristan Reynolds, 24, Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad/grad school at University of Alabama, Life Science Consultant at Capgemini Invent Consulting
Do you have any pets? I have a dog, Murphy, who stays with my parents now.
Do you play any instruments? Yes, I play the guitar – electric and acoustical. Do you have brothers and sisters? Yes, I have two sisters. Kennedy (22) and Bailey (19)
How long have you been in The Landings? My parents purchased a place in 2022.
What do you like most about The Landings? I’ve been to the racquet club and met a lot of people. I had good conversations with the people I met there. It’s also so beautiful in The Landings.
Ice cream? Chocolate
TV Show? Game of Thrones (Season 1-6)
Video game? Counter-Strike
Sports Team? Alabama Tide Football
Food? Pasta – any sort
One word to describe you would be: Curious.
What do you do in your spare time?By Heidi Bodor
Play the guitar, watch shows, play chess, and eat out.
What is your 5-year goal? I’d like to be on the cusp of senior leadership in my consulting firm.
Who is the most inspiring person you know? My Dad. (Don’t tell my mom) He is a talented, smart, hardworking guy who is extremely good at what he does. He makes time for family. He has this kind of electricity and makes people feel special.
What is something you have tried and failed and learned from? Chess.
I’d play at first and stink. You think “if I’d play over and over, I’ll get better at it.” You can’t just keep trying. You must navigate strategically and study the openings to improve.
Who would you rather meet – your great-great grandparents or your greatgreat grandchildren? Definitely my great-great grandparents. They probably have a lot of wisdom. I love to learn about family history. I’m more interested in the past.
What famous person would you like to meet and have lunch with?
Joe Rogen. He is a podcaster and is fascinating, smart, gives an unbiased perspective and is hilarious.
One thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet? Travel to Europe
If you could change anything in the world, what would it be? Slave labor at the bottom of supply chains. I’d try to clean those companies up.
Favorite place to visit? And why? Sarasota. I love the water, palm trees, and have a bunch of friends there and, of course, love visiting my parents.
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We are sorry to have to announce that because of a major outbreak of COVID-19 at The Landings, all indoor activities at the Landings Racquet Club have been cancelled until further notice. This includes the scheduled return of the Landings Artists Art Show. We have a new date for this event: Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our January 21st outing at Turtle Beach was quite the success. There were more than 36 people who joined the outing, most of whom then gathered for lunch at a nearby restaurant. John led that with assistance provided by Wayne
The sun shone brightly on some sixty pooches strutting their stuff at The Landings’ 2nd Annual Doggie Parade last month. There was a Bichon dressed as French sailor, a Yorkie who wore penguin wings, a pirate, a farmer, an angel, and a bumblebee to name a few of the many adorable costumes. Other participants just proudly showed off their unadorned, Godgiven fur. The highlights for their owners were listening to dog-lover Barbara Pendrell introduce their pets to the onlookers gathered on Eagles Point Circle and preen for the cameras of photographic pros Rick Waller, Nancy Isseks, Bob Manteiga and Anne Parsons. The dogs sniffed out the treat bowl at the table dedicated to
Same artists and same set up in both the Lakeside and Poolside Rooms.
The Landings’ beloved Lauren Johnson, who knew the name and favorite treat of every dog in the neighborhood. In honor of Lauren, who passed away earlier this year, Amy Grossman wrote a touching poem and Rudy Blohm framed a photograph of Johnson. Generous dog owners made donations to Lauren’s pet rescue organization, Satchell’s Last Resort.
Thanks to realtors Judy Greene
and Tara Lamb, coffee and human treats were available for the twolegged parade-goers.
There have been complications getting the 2023 billing and annual contracts issued by Pinnacle. By the time you read this, it is hoped that we will be back on track.
See you on the water!
Kudos to organizers Fern Vaughan and Barbara Pendrell for all their hard work and that of committee members Jen Trotter
The Landings Homeowners Association held its regularly scheduled board meeting on January 12th at 5:00 p.m. at the Landings Racquet Club.
The board approved landscape changes on Pine Harrier Circle and
and Carolyn Friday and many volunteers, who made the parade possible, particularly Angie and Gary Eason and Sheri and Bob Golicher who set out all the tables and “music man” Steve Holtzkener.
a replacement roof on Peregrine Point Drive.
Members at 7:00 p.m. Meeting material will be mailed or, if the member has so elected, emailed to each member.
I am Sonny the Sato (Sah-to). I bet you are wondering, "What breed is this"?
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Well, it is not a breed, but Sato means "street dog" in Puerto Rico. My owners, Jean and Harvey Greller, rescued me during Covid from a shelter in St. Petersburg, FL, where I was being fostered. Mom and dad discovered that two of my friends and I wandered into a FEMA tent for shelter after an earthquake in Puerto Rico. They thought that any dog who found a FEMA tent for shelter must be pretty smart. They couldn't wait to meet me.
Waiting at home for me was Latte, another Sato rescue who was twelve. Sadly, my sister died at fourteen during Hurricane Ian. Now I am the only pup in the house. I have been here for three years so; I am guessing I am about five years old.
My Mom Jean worked in an animal shelter in New Jersey where she and five of her friends formed a group called Project Animal Worldwide.
These women went to Puerto Rico several times and even did a documentary on the Sato dogs of Puerto Rico.
I may not be a pure breed, but I am pure heart and soul.
as Mom says, “SATOS ROCK”. I am planning to walk in the Dog Parade coming up in The Landings. Text Karen at 941-855-0347 for your dog interview and photo shoot.
One of Florida’s most iconic inhabitants is the gopher tortoise which is found in all 67 counties in the state. Note that gophers are not turtles. The primary difference is how they are adapted to their environment; turtles tend to live in water or spend much or most of their time in water and are adapted to survive in a water environment and its food sources. Tortoises are not equipped for water and live completely on land. The gopher tortoise is the only tortoise that lives east of the Mississippi river.
and elephantine hind feet. They have been in existence for about 60 million years and are related to the Galapagos tortoises.
The tortoises average 6–9” in length with a maximum of 16” and the average weight is 8.8 lbs. They have long lives ranging from 40–80 years and up to 100+ in captivity and tend to be sedentary as they sped 80% of their time in their burrows. They also have small ranges with the average is 4 acres and tend to live in colonies.
grew up in the Midwest, to the Boston area to in financial services
Today, the gopher tortoise is listed as endangered, and the tortoise and its burrow are protected under state law.
Joel had always had photography, and even someday being a Geographic photographer. he found that he had a dedicate to this lifelong says that “his postventure into architectural something entirely organic”. A realtor friend
Joel was a “decent” asked him if he would photographing some she was listing. The him the “opportunity to and perfect” his craft.
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Gopher tortoises dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on lowgrowing plants. Their large limbs are uniquely designed to excavate long and deep burrows which average 15’ in length and 6’ deep and can be as much as 30’+ in length. They share their burrows with more than 350 other species including the Eastern indigo snake, rodents, gopher frog, Florida mouse, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets. These underground tunnels provide ideal winter hibernation quarters, retreats from the summer heat and shelter from fire for both the tortoise and the other resident animals who share their quarters.
Media Workshops, and Mike Kelly’s video tutorials, “Where Art Meets Architecture,” for helping him move on from real estate photography to working with architects, interior designers, and developers.
Gopher tortoises are herbivores that feed on low-growing vegetation such as grasses and legumes, and other herbaceous plants. They obtain most of their water from the plants they eat and rarely seek water to drink, usually only in a drought.
He is passionate about, “producing high quality images that enable his clients to attain their business objectives through the proper presentation of their work”. Joel’s licensed images are used for advertising, website development, and client portfolios. Now, he says jokingly, his dream is to be a photographer for Architectural Digest.
Joel’s “go to” camera is a Sony a7r IV full-frame mirrorless camera, less bulky than many of the other SLRs on the market. He uses a variety of lenses depending on the kinds of shots he is taking… from wide-angle lenses
This makes gopher tortoises a keystone species that other species rely on to survive.
The gopher tortoise is a large terrestrial reptile which possesses forefeet well adapted for burrowing,
Tortoises do not reach sexual maturity until about 10–15 years of age and tend to mature faster in areas where food resources are abundant. During the breeding season, males visit female burrows within a colony and court the resident females by bobbing their heads, nipping at the females’ shells, and rubbing against the females to distribute pheromones from scent glands on their legs. Females lay their eggs in the sand mound at the burrow entrance or in another open, sunny spot. Predation of eggs and hatchlings is high. Females may only have one successful clutch every 10 years.
to intermediate zoom lenses, all with extremely high-quality glass. He even has a drone camera equipped with a Hasselblad lens that he uses for aerial photography. His camera bag includes a variety of tripods to maximize stabilization. While most architectural photographers employ a variety of lighting techniques, Joel prefers ambient lighting combined with the technology afforded by high-resolution images, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and other software packages.
We offer you a selection of Joel’s images, and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Our March issue will be dedicated to “seascapes,” and other “water” images. So, if you have any photographs that meet these criteria, please send them to me at email@example.com.
If you see a gopher tortoise in The Landings, please do not disturb them. Take a picture and note the date and time of day and send it to me at HansGHawrysz@gmail.com.
Newcomer to the Landings, Richard Herbst, caught the nice pompano pictured below, on his first experience with the Fish Whisperer at the gazebo. Also pictured is the Fish Whisperer with a lady fish caught the same
day. On another day in February, resident Matt Cousins joined the Fish Whisperer at the gazebo and together caught about 20 fish including four different species, snapper, lizard fish, redfish, and sheepshead. Recently, John
Demos caught a nice Snook at the gazebo.
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Rivalries were at a fevered pitch, and not just between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles in Arizona. Fans of both teams had their own cheering squads revved up inside the LRC last month.
After the crowd of fifty or so placed their $5 in the betting pool, downed some chicken wings and guacamole, they then dispersed between the Lakeside Room and the Poolside Room to watch the big game. It was at halftime when things got rowdy.
The Lakeside Room fans streamed into Poolside Room to angle for the best spot to watch Rihanna’s half-time performance. Everyone had realized that although the screen was smaller, the sound was superior. Lots of grumbling and laughter ensued at the noisy interlopers’ arrival. At one point the picture vanished, as remotes were grabbed back and forth. Eventually, the ruckus died down, the half-time show concluded, and the game resumed.
Thanks for the fun party goes to organizers Philippe and Gayle Maraval and to Wayne Trotter for managing the betting pool. Chiefs’ fans were surely pleased by the 38-35 victory. But the one who had the most to celebrate was Nancy Gold, who won $100 for the final score!
Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” After reading the quote, facilitator Lee Hall Delfausse, began the meeting of The Landings writing group called Lovers of Words. Each of the 10 participants had 10-minutes to write, using a prompt, and tell a story. Now, after three meetings, the group has discovered that writing has become easier after every session as they let their stories flow.
The group, led by author Delfausse, is learning how to write spontaneously and how to overcome writer’s block. Also, to participate, each writer must then read her work aloud and listen to positive comments from others, another hurdle. Each meeting focuses on a different aspect of the writing process such as choosing strong verbs, using the five senses, developing similes and metaphors, and creating chiasmus.
Joan Lowry, a second-year participant in the group, said, “After each hour-long session, I leave feeling inspired and happy that I have doneBy Lee Delfausse
The Fish Whisperer always enjoys teaching people how to fish. While most of his students are children, Bruce Reznick, a new homeowner in The Landings, had a great day for his first time fishing at the gazebo. If you want to learn how to fish, or just want to have an experience fishing at the gazebo, contact the Fish Whisperer at email@example.com.
something creative that day.” The group also provides a chance to share information as well as opportunities for publishing.
Delfausse has organized other Lovers of Words groups in Vermont and hopes to one day have the
numerous groups collaborate on a book incorporating their essays. Delfausse is a Landings resident and author, who has published the novel, Snow Sanctuary, several short stories, and has a second novel on the way.
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The Landings January bike outing to Myakka Park was a great success. Lots of gators and wildlife seen throughout the park including this limpkin, pictured above. The Bird and Canopy Walk were closed due to Hurricane Ian damage but we were able to identify some great hiking trails to explore on our own and during future visits.
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• 3 poblano pepper seeded and diced.
• 2 medium onions, diced
• 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
• 2 pounds lean ground bison
• 6 tablespoons Mexican chili powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 14.5.-ounce can whole fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed by hand
• 15.5- ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 15.5-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
• 15.5-ounce can white hominy, drained and rinsed
• Optional for serving: low-fat sour cream, chopped medium red onion, fresh cilantro leaves, shredded cheese, lime wedges, diced avocado.
1 Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
2 When the oil shimmers, add the bison, and cook until browned taking care not to break the meat into very small pieces., about 10 minutes.
3 Transfer the bison to a plate using a slotted spoon. Discard remaining liquid.
4 Keeping the pot at medium-high heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil, the poblano peppers and onions.
5 Cook until softened about 5 minutes.
6 Add the chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt, cayenne pepper and garlic.
7 Cook and stir until the spices are fragrant and toasted, 1-2 minutes.
8 Add the tomatoes with the juices and bring to a simmer while scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pan, about 2 minutes.
9 Return the bison to the pot and add the black beans, kidney beans, hominy and 4 cups of water.
10 Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes.
11 Season with salt. Serve with the optional ingredients above.
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