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December 2016

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DOGGIE COSTUME PARADE AND CONTEST

The first Doggie Costume Parade and Contest was held on Sunday, October 30TH with 22 dogs participating. There was a pirate, fisherman, Little Bo Peep and her lamb, hot dog, lobster, butterfly and many other fabulous costumes. You could hear a lot of oohs, aahs, and even laughs – especially when Robin Hood decided not to walk the runway even with the encouragement of his owner. I don’t know how the judges (Carla and Lael Trent who live outside of Tara Woods) made their winning selections. I couldn’t have picked them.

The costumes and dogs were sooo good.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

Lori Thomas’ Bailey, Most Original; Kathy Baldwin’s Earl, Most Original; and Judy Powers’ Chloe winning the Funniest. (We replaced the Spookiest with another Most Original since there were no spooky costumed dogs.) I must compliment all the owners and their dogs for their compatibility with each other as they were so close together. They were well behaved with no loud barking and no fights (which was one of my biggest worries). Keeping 22 dogs behaved in a small area was quite a feat. I would also like to mention how much the Garden Club’s Butterfly Garden greatly added to the theme of the

event with its spooky ghosts floating in the wind. It really looked good.

THANK YOU!

Finally, I would like to thank those who helped to make this all happen. Without them this event could not have proceeded so smoothly. Many thanks go to Lou and Pat Dunning, Jon and Mary Ellen Gold, Gail Sanfilippo, Diane Nunn, and Frank Millette. A big thank you to all who showed up to see the dogs and the event; having you there helped to make the event special. Another thank you to Bill Black for hosting his hot dog stand which was enjoyed by many who took advantage of his delicious fare. Finally, this whole event would not have been possible without the gracious support by Bob and Emy Stein, Island Visitor Publishing, LLC, who print our paper. Thank you, Bob and Emy. Barbara Roland, Columns Editor


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Ron and Pat Adriance are new part-time residents at 19523 Charleston Circle. They are originally from Maine. Ron is retired from Nichols-Parker Hannofin and Pat from East Coast Construction Mgt. Co. They are the parents of 2 children and 1 grandchild. Ron enjoys handy work and billiards and Pat likes golf and cooking.

JC and Tiffany Crimmins are new full-time residents at 19776 Cottonfield Road. They are originally from Brooklyn and Maryland. JC is retired from Brick Layers and Allied Craft Workers and Tiffany is still working, looking for a job in medical billing and collections. They are the parents of 5 children. JC enjoys lifting weights, boxing and workouts, and Tiffany enjoys shopping, crabbing and fishing. William (Bill) and Ellie Hubbs are new part-time residents at 19659 Kara Circle and are originally from Michigan. Bill is a retired high school math teacher from

Mount Morris Schools and Ellie is a retired medical assistant from Lapeer Family Urgent Care. They are the parents of 7 children and 17 grandchildren. Bill likes all sports and has coached baseball and football and officiated baseball, basketball and football. He enjoys golf and reading. Ellie enjoys reading, sewing, ceramics, dogs, and horses. They are not much into cards or bingo, but are willing to learn. Bill sang in a church choir for several years a while ago. Also: Central Michigan U grad (any other Chippewas?) Chris Kaelin and Dean Schafflein are new full-time residents at 19350 Amelia Road and are originally from Kentucky. Chris is still working at Health Park Medical Center and Dean at Home Depot. They were both active in the German American Social Club of Cape Coral. Chris likes to spend his off time hand-weaving cloth and camping. Dean is active in one of the local Hallmark ornament clubs.

Jerry and Cindy McKay are new full-time residents at 19279 Potomac Circle. They are originally from Wisconsin but have lived in Cape Coral for the past sixteen years. Jerry is employed with the City of Cape Coral at Coral Oaks Golf Course as a Grounds keeper but will be retiring in April 2017 after fourteen years. Cindy is employed as the Executive Assistant to the CEO for Hope HealthCare Services (Hope Hospice) for the past eleven years. Together they have a business, Life Made Easy Home Watch, which they started in March 2011. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren living in Wisconsin. Jerry’s hobby is working and Cindy’s hobbies are most things that involve creativity, shooting darts and reading. They both belong to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in North Ft. Myers where Cindy is an officer. Gary B. King is a new full-time resident at 2785 Steamboat Loop. He is originally from Connecticut

and is retired from General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. His hobbies include watching animals and birds. Katia DeBartolo is a new resident at 2785 Steamboat Loop. She is originally from Connecticut and is retired from Mystic Seaport Museum and Seniors Helping Seniors. She has 1 child and 8 grandchildren. Katia enjoys gardening, design and reading. Frank and Jan Risbara are new part-time residents at 2813 Steamboat Loop. They are originally from Maine. Frank is retired and Jan is semi-retired from Hanover Insurance Group. They are the parents of 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Frank likes playing cards and Jan likes reading, cooking and cards. Welcome to Tara Woods, Joanne Byrne

ATTENTION NEW HOME OWNERS ORIENTATION MEETING Orientation for new homeowners will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 10:30 AM in the Clubhouse Living Room. All newcomers (home owners and renters) are encouraged to attend. This 1 - 1.5 hour meeting is loaded with important information about our community and the surrounding area. A large packet will be handed out to all who attend which contains the Homeowners Association Guidelines, hurricane preparation tips and lots of other important and interesting information. The next orientation will be Saturday, February 11, 2017. We look forward to seeing you. Donna Phillips, 731-5802, and Bev Bayer, 464-9668

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FROM THE PRESIDENT It’s time to celebrate the Holidays in Tara Woods! There are a few events you don’t want to miss. By this time, the Clubhouse should be decorated beautifully for Christmas. The Christmas party is on Saturday, December 3rd, hosted by the New England Club. I hope you have your tickets! All the state clubs will be celebrating with special dinners and programs, so watch the Club bulletin board for the information for your club. The Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Caroling at the Clubhouse is on Wednesday, December 14th. The Parade starts promptly at 6:00 PM, followed by Caroling. You’ll want to get in line early in the Clubhouse parking lot to enjoy the pre-parade festivities. Don’t forget to charge your golf cart! The Parade covers the entire community. Please bring cookies to share to go with the punch and hot chocolate for the Caroling. Bring the goodies when you come for the Parade and leave them with Polly Brown in the kitchen. The Parade is always a lot of fun, but we need people to watch and cheer us on! The Parade route will be posted in the Clubhouse. Santa would love to see you! Please put Saturday, January 7th on your

2017 calendar to help undecorate the Clubhouse immediately after Coffee. At the November Homeowners Association Meeting, Frank Millette called attention to the revised Administrative Rules posted on the bulletin board, which will be voted on at the Monday, December 12th Association Meeting. Our By-laws currently require that the membership vote on these revisions, even though they are operating procedures for the Board to assist them in carrying out their duties. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these rules in preparation to vote in December. The Nominating Committee is looking for a couple of people to fill vacancies on the Board. We are in special need of a Treasurer. Please see Peggy Gamble or Fred Puhlfuerst if you would like more information or to submit a picture and short bio to be hung on our candidates poster. Don’t forget that the last opportunity for nominations from the floor to run for a Director position on the Board is at the Association Meeting on Monday, December 12th. There are no nominations from the floor at the Monday, January 9, 2017 Annual Meeting. The letter re-

garding the Annual Meeting, the budget for 2017, and the candidates running for the Board of Directors will be mailed to members in good standing shortly after the Association Meeting on Monday, December 12th. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting of the Association I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. We know how to celebrate all the seasons in our lively Tara Woods community, but we also know how to care for each other all year-round. In last December’s article I suggested that you “gift” someone with a “random act of kindness” this holiday season. What better way to give during the holidays - or any time - than to give a meaningful and unexpected gift. It may be the most memorable gift of all.

EDITOR: Barbara J. Roland (Barbara_Roland@comcast.net)

ASSISTANTS: Linda Engel, Mary Ellen Gold, and Marcia Poveromo PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Burke, Ann Kabbas, & Pat Sparany CALENDAR: Polly Brown CIRCULATION: Gail Sanfilippo, Manager COORDINATORS: Stuart & Belle Berman, Bill Black, Agatha Breen, Jane & Bill Crawford, Pat & Lou Dunning, Peggy Gamble, Lloyd & Carolyn Kelsey, Sharie and Norm Libby, Diane & Bob Nunn, Kathy & Roger Rafferty, Ed Simko, George Stelling, Susan Uccello, & Julia Wehrung. ALTERNATES: Claudette & Mark Burke, Joanie Byrnes, Joanne & Bob Byrne, & Al Dion REPORTERS: Reporters will be noted by their bylines at the end of each article. Lou Dunning, Tara Woods Homeowners Association Liaison

Janet Daly “Christmas is forever, not for just one day,for loving, sharing, giving, are not to be put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.” ~ Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas”

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Activities, Sports & Clubs can be found on pages: 16, 18, 20-22, 24, & 25. State Club information can be found on pages: 10 and 11.

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COLUMNS STAFF The staff of the Columns would like to wish everyone a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Healthy and Happy New Year. Barbara Roland • Editor, Gail Sanfillipo • Distribution Manager & Lou Dunning • TWHA Director

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH “Friendship multiplies joys and divides sorrow”. Submitted by Sam Topping

MANAGER’S CORNER As you can see, there has been much change in the back of the community with new construction going on. With that said I want to announce that I will be stepping down as Manager and stepping into a Project Manager position for the new phase of construction. A new manager will be taking my place in December to handle community affairs. She will be properly introduced at that time. It has been a pleasure to be your manager. I have a few more

grey hairs than when I started 14 years ago, but I feel we have made some great improvements to this community. We have won several awards and Tara Woods is now considered one of Hometown’s premiere communities. That’s great news for us as home owners, because it adds value to our homes. Just a couple of side notes: Please remember to observe our speed limit and our stop signs. We have a lot of walkers out now

and want everyone safe. Also, please do not feed the wildlife. If they become tame, they can become aggressive and have to be removed. At this time the community office staff and myself would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Doug Objartel 8-9/17

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FMO NEWS It’s Halloween as I write this and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday season. Many of you may be aware that over the past year there were numerous changes to 723. One of those changes requires that all newly-elected or appointed Board members must complete a Division-approved educational curriculum within one year before or 90 days after the date of election or appointment, or execute an affidavit in accordance with Section 723.0781.F.S. I’m happy to report that several of our TWHA Board Members have registered to take this course. Our December meeting is just down the road. It is Friday, December 9th at The Heritage. The meeting starts at 1:00 PM and all

FMO and non-FMO members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments are served half-way through the meeting. FMO can only survive with your support. There is strength in numbers and the more numbers we have the stronger FMO can be. If you are not a member I encourage you to join. Thank you, if you are already a member. Please remember to renew and don’t forget considering the Cross-Country Motor Club sponsored by the FMO. SAVE THE DATE. The Friday, January 13, 2017 FMO meeting will be held here in Tara Woods. Look forward to seeing a large representation. This would be an excellent opportunity to have any questions you have answered. Remember you need FMO and FMO needs you.

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During your working years, you are (hopefully) putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But once you’ve retired, how can you maximize the benefits you get from these plans? First of all, you need to be aware of the rules governing withdrawals from your retirement plans. If you are older than 59½, you can withdraw money from your traditional IRA without paying penalties, though the withdrawals will typically be taxable. But once you reach 70½, you generally must start taking “required minimum distributions” (RMDs) from these accounts, with the annual amount determined by your age, the account balance and other factors. (The situation is different with a Roth IRA. If you are the original account holder, you are not required to withdraw funds from your Roth IRA at any age. You can choose to withdraw your contributions at any time, tax and penalty free. To withdraw your earnings tax and penalty free, you generally must have owned the account for at least five years and have reached age 59½.) So, assuming you do have a traditional IRA and a 401(k) or similar plan, what should you do with the RMDs? You’ll probably require at least some of these distributions for your living expenses, but if you don’t need it all, what should you do with the “excess”? Here’s one suggestion: As part of your overall retirement investment portfolio strategy, you can reinvest the money into these three “buckets”:

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Near-term income bucket – For this bucket, you’re not concerned with high returns – you just want the money to be there when you need it for expenses and unexpected costs, such as a major car repair, a new furnace, and so on. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses – and your short-term income bucket could be an ideal source to help build such a fund. Medium-term income bucket – During retirement, you can probably never have too many sources of income, so you may want to fill a bucket with intermediate- and long-term bonds, which make regular interest payments. Long-term income bucket — Even when you’re retired, you will need some growth potential in your portfolio to help keep you ahead of inflation in the long run. So this bucket should be filled, not surprisingly, with growth-oriented investments. These investments can fluctuate in value, but as long as you don’t need to tap into them in a hurry, you may be able to avoid taking withdrawals when the price is down.

In addition to this “bucket” approach, you do have other options for your RMDs. For example, you could give your grown children some financial assistance, possibly for help in funding their IRAs. Or, you could contribute to a college-savings vehicle, such as a 529 plan, for your grandchildren. And you can always make charitable contributions, which allow you to support worthwhile organizations and, by doing so, earn some potential tax benefits. Clearly, you can do a lot with your RMDs. And you worked hard for them – so make sure they work just as hard for you.

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MIDWEST CLUB

Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it!! Here it is December already and time for the holiday season and all the festivities. It’s so nice to see so many of our “snowbirds” back. It gets lonely here in the summer. The Club’s Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 9th at 5:00 PM. As of this writing, all plans have not yet been finalized. Details about the food, such as what kind of meat is to be served and what the members will be asked to bring, will be posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse as soon as the decisions have been made. We hope that you will keep this date in mind and attend our Christmas Party.

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The November meeting was hosted by Eileen and Steve Robinson. This was our Club’s Thanksgiving meeting. A special thank you to all who helped and participated to make this a successful event. Thanks to all who helped decorate our Christmas tree. It is beautiful, as usual. Our December meeting will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 4th and will be hosted by Ken and Carole Clark and friends. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board. Please sign the sheet to indicate what you are going to bring and also if you are able to assist in any way. We will begin the day with our annual antipasto salad trays. Let’s make this a festive

occasion and wear your favorite holiday sweater or red and green if you so desire. We will play a game, have dinner, then have our monthly meeting. Don’t forget to bring $5.00 each to be donated to a charity to be determined at our meeting. We will also have a 50/50 drawing. If you are new to Tara Woods and are from New York or New Jersey, we welcome you warmly and extend an invitation to come join the fun and fellowship. The January meeting will be Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM hosted by Agatha Breen and friends.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM will be our first meeting of the New Year. In keeping with tradition, the Committee decided to go with Soups, Stews and Chowder as it has always been a very popular event. There is sure to be some fun games and quizzes prepared by Jan Puhlfuerst. The hosts for this meeting will be Agatha Breen and Friends. I hope all New York and New Jersey residents will join us. Be sure to check the sign-up sheet for all the details. Agatha Breen

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The New England Club will host the Tara Woods Christmas Party on Saturday, December 3rd. Thanks to all of you who volunteered to be on our various committees. We would not be able to achieve the high standard of parties that we aim for without all of you! Just one week later, on Saturday, December 10th at 5:00 PM, the New England Club Christmas Party will feature a roast prime rib dinner prepared by our very own Chef, Stew Franklin, assisted by Mike Renzulli and Ron and Sue Proulx. We are all looking forward to that night of delicious food, fun and relaxation! Don’t forget our beautiful tree will need un-decorating on Saturday, January 7th at 9:00 AM. Happy Holidays Judy Machnicz

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TREASURES OF TARA

Living on Charleston Circle is a spunky, fun-loving lady named Dottie Hargrove. She is real, and honestly “tells you like it is” in a kind, compassionate way. Dottie was raised in Meredosia, Illinois, an only child until much later in life when

her half brother was born. After high school Dottie dreamed of being a nurse and attended nursing school for one year until she met someone special at the skating rink, fell in love and married at 19. Soon after Tim and Joy were born. After 18 years of marriage she divorced and got a job as an office manager for a construction company. Traveling was an important part of the job and she was sent to Little Rock, Arkansas for a time. She then moved to Edina, Minnesota where she met the “love of her life”, Dave Hargrove, who also worked at the construction company. Dave had a son Rich, who was about the same age as Tim and Joy. The three children kept moving in and out of their home and they never knew who would be home. Dottie and Dave purchased a Restaurant and Bar with a

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rental cabin next door near Haywood, Wisconsin, a resort town. There they met the neighbors, Lois and Tom Heideman, who became lifetime friends. Dottie successfully ran the Bar/Restaurant, entertaining customers with her fun-loving spirit. Dave still worked in construction and helped Dottie run the business on weekends. They sold their Bar in 1994 and stayed in Wisconsin until 1999 when they bought their first home in Tara Woods. In 2006 they moved down the street to a larger home and encouraged Lois and Tom to buy their home here in Tara Woods. How fortunate to have four great people here! Although retired, Dave went every day to supervise the construction of the back lake. Because Dave had been in charge of heavy equipment workers, the

foreman offered him a job developing the lake and Dave accepted it. Dave got sick in October of 2007 and he sadly left us in January 2008. The next summer the grief-stricken, spunky widow drove by herself to Illinois, bought a house and became a snowbird for 7 summers. Last summer she stayed in Tara Woods for the first time and fell and broke her hip, needing surgery. She profusely praises Janell Wissler and Arlene Greene for their extreme generosity, care and undivided attention. Sharon and Don Boehlke were also life savers when they returned to Tara Woods. (Where else can you find such generous, wholesome friends?) Dottie has been active in the Midwest Club, Tennis Club, Red Hats, Bingo and Sewing

Club. With Sue Uccello they are responsible for starting the “Charity Sewing”, where they sew articles for homeless/poor or sick people. Dottie is a gifted seamstress and she uses her talents to help and teach other quilters. Her home is filled with beautifully crafted quilts. She is blessed with 4 grandchildren. Tim (and Tracy) have Jack and Michael; Joy (and Roger) have Samantha and Emily. Dottie has many, many friends and fully enjoys life. Ask her about the Fuccillo (Huge) cruise they (Dottie, Sharon and Bea) won and sailed on last winter! Thank you, Dottie, for all the laughs and love you give us. You are a special lady!!! Mary Nothnagel

The Midwest Club hopes everyone who attended the Halloween Party had a good time! A special thanks to Joe Parise and his crew for their work doing the Haunted House. Thanks also to everyone else who volunteered to help with all the rest of the work that makes a party a success. It was greatly appreciated.


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deadline for this Columns, we will have to report on the outcome in the January issue. As a reminder, there is no Round Robin in December. The list of Round Robin dates is posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board. – Linda Engel TENNIS LEAGUES WOMEN’S LEAGUE The schedule for our tennis matches for the upcoming season was approved at the SWIFT league meeting that was held on Thursday, November 3rd. Our first match was scheduled for Thursday, November 10th. We will report on the outcome of our first couple of matches in the January issue of the Columns. The schedule of this season’s tennis matches is posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board. – Linda Engel

MEN’S LEAGUE Red League The Tara Woods Stallions tumbled last Wednesday, as they were stung hard, losing to the Sabal Springs Stingrays 1-5. The takeaway we as a team get from this loss is that we must “inspire one another to aspire”, “believe to achieve”, but most of all enjoy! In victory or defeat there are lessons to learn, and ways to grow as individuals and as a team. For our next match we attend the “classroom” at the University of Lake Fairways. Hope to see some of you there showing your support in helping us achieve a different result. We celebrate the goodness of life through the games we play! – Dakota Windancer Continues:

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WORDS BY ANDY ROONEY Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. • I’ve learned .... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. • I’ve learned .... That when you’re in love, it shows. • I’ve learned .... That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day. • I’ve learned .... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. • I’ve learned .... That being kind is more important than being right. • I’ve learned .... That you should never say no to a gift from a child. • I’ve learned .... That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

• I’ve learned .... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. • I’ve learned ... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. • I’ve learned .... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. • I’ve learned .... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. • I’ve learned .... That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. • I’ve learned .... That money doesn’t buy class. • I’ve learned .... That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. • I’ve learned ... That under everyone’s hard shell is someone

They walked in tandem, each of the 92 students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears. This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and

no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation. A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened! All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!!!! The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said, ‘GOD BLESS YOU’ And he walked off the stage... The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God’s blessing on their future with or without the court’s approval. Isn’t this a wonderful story? GOD BLESS YOU!!!! Submitted by Irene and John D’Amico

• I’ve learned .... That when you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. • I’ve learned .... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away. • I’ve learned .... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. • I’ve learned .... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. • I’ve learned .... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life. • I’ve learned .... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. • I’ve learned .... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

TAKE A CAB With the holidays upon us, I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving. This is a first for me, as I normally don’t preach to others. As you may know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a “social session” out with friends. Well, two days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails followed by some rather nice red wine. Feel-

ing jolly, I still had the sense to know that I may be slightly over the limit. That’s when I did something that I’ve never done before - I took a cab home. Sure enough, on the way home there was a police road block, but since it was a cab, they waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident. This was a real surprise as I had never driven a cab before. I don’t know where I got it, and now that it’s in my garage, I don’t know what to do with it.

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who wants to be appreciated and loved. • I’ve learned .... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts. • I’ve learned .... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. • I’ve learned .... That love, not time, heals all wounds. • I’ve learned .... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. • I’ve learned .... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. • I’ve learned .... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them. • I’ve learned ... That life is tough,but I’m tougher. • I’ve learned .... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

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Continuing Tennis News: from page 16 White League Well, here we are with another tennis season at our front door. The tennis would not be very enjoyable if we did not have our huge audience. Please look at the Tennis Bulletin Board for the Red, White, Blue and Ladies tennis schedules. In the past years we believe the crowd may have been somewhat reserved, and wish you could be more verbal at our games. You may need to bring some liquid refreshment

to boost your cheering range. If we need more seats, just ask our friendly Doug to accommodate your request. Come early for the best seats. The White Team had their first match of the season against Pine Lakes on November 8th. We tied, with 3 sets won and 3 sets lost – a good start for a great tennis season. – Gerry Gagnon

have been testing our skills every Monday and Tuesday morning. A few more players are en route and should arrive shortly. Our first match was Thursday, November 10th, which was too early for the Columns deadline for me to report on the results. We hope to see our cheering section out there to support us as they did last year. – Bill Powers

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ENTERTAINMENT AROUND TARA WOODS BINGO at TARA WOODS

Be one of the winners at our Tuesday night BINGO.

And you can win more than once during the night!

If your eyesight isn’t as good as it once was, now you

can play too. We have really BIG game packs and “Specials” that are 8 ½” x 11” with 2” numbers.

No additional charge for the ticket that can make you the “King” or the “Queen” for the night and earn you even more money on all game sheets.

Game packets are sold with either 6 game squares

per sheet or 9 game squares. The “Special” game papers have 3 game squares. Buy as many as you’d like!

Our Tuesday night BINGO session consists of 14 regular games and 6 “Special” games

We also have “Hot Ball” prizes of $50.00 or more and a “Social” raffle. Sales STOP at 6:45 PM. Come join the fun.

BOCCE Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

(With the changing of the clocks which is the first Sunday in November • 9:00 AM during Daylight Saving Time)

No need to sign up Don’t need a partner New teams chosen every week ~ Easy to learn Questions: call Frank Millette 543-2954

BRIDGE

Looking for all bridge players. We play on Tuesdays in the Card Room – come between 12:30 and 12:45 PM. Call Beth first to come and join our friendly group. Call Beth Ferris, 543-6295, or Rita Sick, 731-1106, if you are interested in joining this friendly group to play bridge.

Ladies and Gentlemen, come join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Card Room. Cost is $3.00. Will you have the first Bunco or the last, or the most? Will you have the most wins, or the most losses? If you do, the prize money will be yours! Come join the fun. Questions: call Polly Brown 731-1614

HORSESHOES Every Friday at 1:00 PM At the Horseshoe Pits. Come join us for fun and laughs. Questions: contact Eddie and Pat Sparany, 652-3869.

AGGRAVATION Meets in the Clubhouse Card Room at 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday nights. The game consists of 11 hands and is easy to learn. Eight quarters gets you in. Come join the fun and play a great card game.

MAH JONGG Come join the Mah Jongg group. Do not know how to play? We teach the first three Mondays of the month. We have a great time. Come & join us on Mondays 12:00-3:00 PM. The Happy Ladies of Mah Jongg. Any questions, please contact: Jane DeGuire, 567-0656, or Ruth Zimmer,731-8594.

POKER, ANYONE ?!

LADIES! DO YOU PLAY POKER? How long has it been since you’ve played with friends? Did you know there’s a game every Monday night at the Clubhouse just for the ladies? Well, we really don’t have a “No Boys Allowed!!!” rule, but men usually don’t like to play with wild cards and we do. But they’re welcome to play as long as they are willing to “play like girls”. It is most likely the least stressful and least expensive poker you can play around here! It’s a good night to socialize with the ladies and make new friends with the girls who like to play poker. The stakes are very low. Call Polly Brown, 7311614, if you’d like to join us – she’ll fill you in on the details or answer any questions you may have.

EUCHRE CLUB Meets on Wednesday Nights In the Clubhouse Card Room at 7:00 PM. $.50 to buy in, but offers some “big” prize money!

SUNDAY NIGHT MEN’S POKER Texas Hold’em Style Tournament 7:00 PM in the Craft House If interested contact Bill Black, 636-978-7815

LINE DANCING Just a short reminder for line dancing: Line Dancing Tuesdays at 10:30 AM. Lots of fun and good exercise! Barbara Goodhue

Book Discussion Club

Thursday, December 1st at 1:30 PM 2760 Steamboat Loop Join us to talk about the books we have been enjoying and maybe borrow one you would like to read. Newcomers welcome. Questions: Call Marilyn Workman, 543-1168

HAND and FOOT CARD CLUB Come join the group for a fun-filled afternoon of cards! We meet on Fridays at 1:00 PM in the Card Room. Don’t know how to play the game? EASY! We will teach you! It is easy to learn. Questions: contact George Stelling, 731-6709, or Marty Hradkowsky, 609-709-7717.

MOVIE NITE Due to multiple functions at the Clubhouse, there will be NO movies shown in November or December. Thank you, Lloyd and Carolyn Kelsey


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TARA WOODS COMPUTER CLUB

BIRTHDAYS IN DECEMBER: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14

Agatha Breen, Magaly Estremera, Dee Hubbard, George Slochowsky Bob Detwiler, Nancy Parker Louise Patterson, Judy Powers Art Frederick Donna Porterfield Dick Heffron, Barbara Krilivsky Gail Sanfilippo Sharon Boehlke, Lillie Longacre, Barry Maberry, Barbara Roland Larry Baldwin, Lou Crowley, Katia De Bartolo, Sharon Maggert Phil Featherbay, Harry Hoffman, Chris Moriarty, Nancy Wuebbeler Muriel Boyle, Kirsten Gates, Bob Loring – 90 Yrs. Polly Brown, Dorothy Carlson, Kathy Rafferty

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Sidney Scott Jackie Nadeau “Max” Boschke, Dot Walton Sheila Hodgins Linda Dion, Maggie Discepolo, Kim Hickson, Carolyn Kelsey, Camille Rosalbo 20 Holly Ulrich, Judy Wintermute 21 Dominic Cirillo, Mike Peidlow 22 Carol Detwiler, Nete Godfrey 23 Sherri Osborne, Pat Williard 24 Herb Langill, Bill Nothnagel, Charlie Rosalbo, Janet Waldron 25 Sal Gasdia 26 Dennis Bayer, “Skip” Campbell, Tom Hubert, Bill Milligan 27 Diana Featherbay, Dave Jensen 28 Jan Gabriel, Pauline Paquette, George Stelling 29 Mary Green, Pat Maher, Richard Osborne 30 Bill Parker, Barbara Scott

ANNIVERSARIES IN DECEMBER: 1 2 3 6 7 10 12 13 14 15 16

LoAnn & Jim Hulskotter, Florence & Floyd Jacobs Sue Cook & Len Rolfe Helen & Dan Appese Joanne & Bob Byrne, Barb & Chick Jakacki Shelly & Rick Lubich Magaly & Julio Estremera, Diane & Bob Nunn Sandra & Ralph Mosher, Nancy & Wally Wuebbeler Peg & Dave Gamble Ginny & Bob Loring – 65 Yrs. Judy & Lee Brda Jean & Joe Bibeau

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Wanda & Clark Dorsett – 62 Yrs. Lois & Tom Heideman, Carolyn & Paul Key Becky & Joe Burza, Patty & Scott Lewkowski Peggy & Dick Gasmire Karen & Gary Stein Nedra & Al Ray Judy & Robert Holmes Dorothy & Jerry Krasovec – 60 Yrs., Lisa & Dale (Yo) Yoder Barb & John Bakun, Evie & Paul Loud

Contact Shirley Ringleben, 731-2748, before December 10th for Special Recognition of Anniversaries, 50, 55 or 60+ in January 2017!

It doesn’t seem possible that we are in the month of December and another year is almost over. The chorus is moving along with the songs we will be singing at our performance on Saturday, March 25, 2017. We hope you took advantage of the Community Opportunity Fair to visit our table and learn more about our chorus and also listen to some of our music. If you received one of our flyers, you know we rehearse in the Clubhouse every Monday afternoon from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. If you would like to join us, there is still time before our March performance. Due to the Christmas holidays there will only be one rehearsal on Monday, December 5th. Regular rehearsals will begin on Monday, January 2, 2017. Wishing you a Joy Filled Holiday Season and Many Blessings in the New Year. Shirley Ringleben

Welcome back to our Winter residents! In November, the Computer Club began a new season of free computer classes for the owners, renters, and guests of Tara Woods. These are held at 10:30 AM every Thursday in the Card Room at the Clubhouse. They are open to everyone, and there is no membership fee. Our normal schedule of classes begins on Thursday, December 1st. The first and third Thursday of each month is devoted to Computer Basics. This is a complete course on how to use your computer. The second and fourth Thursdays are reserved for General subjects, and cover a single specific topic of interest. If there is a fifth Thursday in a month, it is an open question and answer session where you can ask me almost anything you want. We will not meet on Thursday, December

22nd due to the Christmas holiday. It’s never too late to join our group, even if you’re a total novice. This is a great time to learn the Basics; we are starting again at the very beginning and assume that you know nothing about computers. The General topics cover all sorts of subjects, programs, and hardware, including Windows, the Internet, e-mail, multi-media, tablets, and e-book readers. We spend as much time as we need to on each topic, and the next topic to be covered is always posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. Feel free to attend only those classes that appeal to you. Bring something to take notes with and your laptop computer if you want to follow along on it. I will answer any question you care to ask me. I also give private lessons and set up or repair computers in your home. I’ve been designing and working with computers since 1968, and can help you with all of your computer needs. Please call me with any questions or comments at 652-0488. I’m looking forward to seeing you. Dave St.Laurent, The Computer Tutor

AN IRISH STORY John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stop. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door...... only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on. The car started moving slowly.

John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him. Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started tell-

ing everybody about the horrible experience he had just had. A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying.... And wasn’t drunk. Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other…Look Paddy....there’s that bloody idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!!!!’ Contributed by Bill Nothnagel


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Vegetables: Reliable cool season vegetables to plant this month include celery, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, and carrot. DECEMBER: WHAT TO DO Poinsettias: One of the most popular holiday plants is poinsettia. Enjoy it indoors now; then plant in the garden to re-bloom next year. Irrigation: Plants may need irrigation if the weather has been warm and dry. Monitor for signs of stress and water only as needed. Fungal disease: Continue monitoring for brown patch and large patch fungal disease through May. Cultural practices are key in control. Houseplants: Inspect regularly for pests on indoor plants. Keep in mind that plant specific temperature, light, and humidity are key to ensuring that indoor plants thrive. Soil Test: If plants did not perform as desired this year or new plantings are being planned, a soil test may be a good idea. Compost: Composting is environmentally friendly and produces a beneficial soil amendment or mulch. Plant debris provides the carbon ingredient needed for successful composting. Pests: While cooler weather generally means fewer pests, some populations actually increase at this time of year. Continue monitoring and treat as needed. Holiday Trees: Consider enjoying a live southern red cedar and then plant it in the landscape when the holidays are over. Protect: Falling temperatures may require protection of tender orchids, impatiens, and tomatoes Excerpts from the Florida Gardening Calendar University of Florida.


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team is looking better than ever. This is also a friendly reminder that the team will have its Spaghetti Dinner Thursday, January 19th. We look forward to serving you our Delicious Spaghetti Din-

ner, and seeing you again at the Ball Park. Thank You For Your Support !! “The MAGIC” Larry Baldwin

RED HAT “SCARLET LADIES” OF TARA Come join us for a great lunch. We go to a different restaurant each month. We collect $2.00 from each person per luncheon. Come join us the first Tuesday of the month. The sign-up sheet is

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Your NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is working for you.

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A primary reason for the watch is the protection of our residents. Check on your neighbors who may be housebound or ill. If you haven’t seen them for a while, check on them. If you are planning a getaway,

THIS MONTH’S TIPS: • Contact the front gate to inform them of any visiting relatives, guests or deliveries. We would hate to see your pizza delivered cold. • Our speed limit is 20 MPH • The Office maintains a list of

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mas and Holiday Season, all the Clubs are gearing up for parties and are looking forward to the 25th when we are able to enjoy Christ’s Birthday and the Season with loved ones and friends. (Lou and I wish our Tara Woods family peace and good will to all.) Please take this opportunity to refresh, renew friendships and enjoy meeting new friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. The Entertainers will be holding 5 rehearsals in December before our break for the Holidays. I expect to see everyone in the play at the rehearsal on Thursday, January 5th, 2017, and I believe there will be no books used. Yikes! This is a roundabout way

So, Ladies and Gentlemen…. First I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all who took the time to stop by our booth at the Opportunity Fair. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting old and new friends. If you are interested in talking to someone about the Entertainers and what we can do for you, please contact me, Pat Dunning at 599-4490. As we enter into the Christ-

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