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BAYOU BUZZ THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • APRIL 2021

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Earth Day 2021. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Picture This. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sweetgrass Men's Club, Going Strong.. . . . . . 10 The Best Movies Coming.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 April Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Spring Into Spring Rolls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sweetgrass Glass Class .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Strawberry Bunnies and Carrots Cake . . . . . . 24 The Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Heart Health Superfoods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Committees, Clubs, Groups & Activities. . . . 36 In the Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 THE OF

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EARTH DAY 2021

CELEBRATING EARTH DAY FROM HOME

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was held on April 22, 1970. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans—10% of the population—ventured outdoors and protested together. President Richard Nixon led the nation in creating the Environmental Protection Agency which followed with successful laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Read more from EarthSky. org. McConnell originally chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22, which ended up becoming the official celebration date. (Given that the date of the spring equinox changes over time, it could have made things more complicated to go with that date!) Today, Earth Day is not only a day to increase awareness of environmental problems but it’s also become a popular day for many communities to gather together and clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. We’ve provided a list of activities and projects that you can do to improve your local environment further down the page!

his year, we celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22. The connection that we have to nature, plants, and the land is integral to our health and all that we are. Earth Day reminds us to take care of our planet—whether it’s cleaning up litter, planting more trees, recycling and repurposing, or going on a walk in a green space amidst the wildflowers. See ideas to celebrate! THE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY Earth Day 2021 will mark the 51st anniversary of this holiday. Typically, Earth Day is assigned a different theme or area of focus each year; this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.” Most years, Earth Day events range from river cleanups to invasive removals. With social distancing still in place for many of us this April, Earth Day has gone digital. Virtual events, like environmental lectures and films, will take place on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) instead. To see a catalogue of official events, visit earthday.org. Of course, social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside and enjoy nature, as long as you do so responsibly! Nature is not cancelled!

WHEN IS EARTH DAY? Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22. It’s followed closely by Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April.

WHAT IS EARTH DAY? Ever wonder how Earth Day began? The first Earth Day

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10 EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to inspire you! 1

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Support our native bees: The super-pollinators of the garden are … native bees! Learn more about these amazing heroes of pollination—and see how to make a native bee house (much like a bird house!). See how to make a bee-friendly garden habitat. Recycle and repurpose! Gardening needn’t be expensive. See ideas on recycling and repurposing garden items to make something out of nothing—and save money! We also have ideas on how to reuse in the kitchen and in the home and re-purpose everyday household items! Plant wildflowers! We’ll show you how to grow wildflowers in your garden for the pollinators—and to lift your spirits, too! Also, see our guide on choosing wildflower varieties which will thrive where you live. Reduce plastic dependency: Plastic permeates every aspect of our lives, including the garden. But as the world wakes up to its addiction, just how easy is it to ditch plastic while growing and storing more of our own food? See our ideas on how to garden without plastic. Don’t forget to recycle what plastic you can. See a Plastics Recycling Chart. And also, know what’s in all those bottled drinks!

Go native! Plants thrive best when they’re natural to your area. See our article on native plant landscaping and 10 tips for an eco-friendly garden. Bring nature into the garden with plants that attract butterflies and plants that attract hummingbirds! Start an organic vegetable garden. Here are tips on organic seed-starting, and our Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening to get you started. Conserve water! See our tips for watering wisely in the garden and tips on how to create your own rain garden. Also, avoid over-watering. Know how much your garden really needs with our watering chart! Watch our video demonstrating 10 smart watering tips for a healthy garden garden. Plant more trees! Talk to your local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property! See advice on how to plant a tree as well a our video demonstrating how to plant a fruit tree. Get kids involved! Pass down a love of nature and plants with kids. See our ideas on gardening with kids and also 6 simple kids’ planting activities from the Kids Almanac!

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Sweetgrass Mens’ Club, Going Strong

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he year 2020 was a challenging year in many regards, but the Sweetgrass Men’s Club didn’t let it stop us. Yes, we faced many restrictions as did all community clubs, but through the leadership of our 2020 President Bill Youngblood and board members, we were able to safely host our First Annual Horseshoe and Cornhole tournaments. Each of these activities attracted about twenty participants with plans to grow the tournaments and include more members for 2021. The Horseshoe Tournament was organized by Pat McNamara who did a great job of planning the event at Sunrise Park. Mark Kouwe was the Horseshoe Tournament Champion with Charlie Graci Runner-up. Emerson Chester organized and built the cornhole boards for the Cornhole Tournament held at the Bocce Ball courts. Vince Marziani was the Cornhole Champion with John Miller Runner-up. With limited fundraising during the year, the club was glad to use existing funds to purchase complete Thanksgiving dinners for twenty area families who were in need. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, club members met and Dee Temple, Chairman of our Donation Committee, provided assignments to the teams to deliver the dinners. Team members received heartfelt thanks from those receiving the dinners. The club was also able to provide a One Thousand Dollar ($1,000) donation each to Helping Hands and Friends of North Richmond during the year. In November club members approved a new slate of officers for the 2021 year. New officers are: President-Emerson Chester, Vice President-Malcolm Menchin, Secretary-Allan Sturdivant, Treasurer-Mark Kouwe and Past President-Bill Youngblood. The new board has met and is looking for new ways to continue the mission of the Men’s Club which is to promote friendship among the male residents of Sweetgrass, to provide assistance to other clubs and groups within Sweetgrass and to provide support to non-profit and charitable organiza-

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pring roll skins are magical. Made of tapioca starch, rice starch, salt and water they look like thin plastic disks. But give them a brief, 30-second soak in tepid water and they become pliable and translucent. Look for spring roll skins in Asian markets; stored in the kitchen cabinet, they'll keep for months. These can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Once rolled, place on a lightly oiled platter, cover with dampened paper towels and plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Level: Easy | Total: 30 min | Prep: 20 min | INGREDIENTS 4 ounces thin noodles, broken in thirds (Asian or spaghettini) 1 cup fresh cilantro, 1/2 cup whole leaves, 1/2 cup chopped 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers 3 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 2 Kirby cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise 1 carrot, peeled, quartered lengthwise and cut into thin strips 1 carrot, peeled, quartered lengthwise and cut into thin strips 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1 1/2 teaspoons honey Eight 8-inch spring roll skins

Cook: 10 min | Yield: 8 spring rolls

DIRECTIONS Cook the noodles until al dente in a pot of boiling water according to package directions, and then drain. Toss together the cilantro leaves, bell peppers, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, the salt, carrots, cucumber and noodles in a large bowl. Stir together the peanut butter, honey, chopped cilantro, 3 tablespoons warm water and the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice in a small bowl. Working with 1 spring roll skin at a time, soak it in a pan of tepid water until soft and pliable, about 30 seconds. Lift it out and place on a work surface. Spoon some of the noodle-vegetable mix onto the end of the spring roll skin closest to you. Roll it away from you once, enclosing the mixture, then fold the sides over the filling and roll the spring roll up. Repeat with the remaining spring roll skins and filling and serve with the peanut sauce.

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Strawberry Bunnies and Carrots Cake

Transform strawberries into adorable bunnies and carrots for a festive and fun Easter dessert that everyone will be hopping to eat.

Level: Easy | Total: 3 hr. (includes setting time) | Active: 1 hr. | 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients Cake:

Directions:

• Nonstick cooking spray • One 15.25-ounce box chocolate cake mix (plus required ingredients) • One 16-ounce container chocolate frosting • One 9-ounce box chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)

Bunnies and Carrots: • 1/2 pound large strawberries (about 10) • 12 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped • 2 teaspoons coconut oil • 1 teaspoon orange gel food coloring • 1 drop red standard food coloring • 10 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut • 4 drops green standard food coloring

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For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare the cake batter and bake according to the package directions using the prepared pan. Remove to a rack and let cool completely in the pan.

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Spread the frosting over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the cookies to resemble dirt.

For the bunnies and carrots: Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment. Cut the stems off half of the strawberries. Divide the white chocolate evenly between into 2 medium microwave-safe bowls. Add the coconut oil and orange food coloring to one of the bowls. Microwave each separately in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each, until the chocolate is melted and silky smooth.

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For the carrots: Dip the strawberries with the stems into the orange chocolate, lifting and twisting to coat completely and letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Place the strawberries on their sides on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the remaining orange chocolate into a small re-sealable plastic bag. Snip a very small piece from a corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate back and forth across the width of each carrot to create horizontal lines.

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For the bunnies: Dip the stemmed strawberries into the white chocolate, turning them with a fork to coat completely. Use the fork to scoop the fruit out of the chocolate, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Place on the prepared baking sheet cut-side down. Refrigerate until hardened completely, about 30 minutes. Transfer all but 3 tablespoons of the remaining white chocolate to a small re-sealable plastic bag. Add the red food coloring to the reserved white chocolate in the bowl and stir until completely smooth and light pink, then transfer to another small re-sealable plastic bag.

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For the bunny ears: Snip a very small piece from a corner of the white and pink chocolate bags. Use the white chocolate to pipe 2-inch skinny hearts on the parchment that the strawberries are on. Pipe as many hearts as you have

white strawberries. Fill in the hearts with the white chocolate. Pipe a small pink heart on each white heart to create the inner ears. While the chocolate is still wet, lay the pointy end of a white strawberry flat against the bottom point of a heart; this will be the ears on the bunny's head. Repeat with the remaining white strawberries and hearts. Pipe 2 tiny dots of white chocolate in the middle of each strawberry and adhere the mini chocolate chips for eyes. Use the pink chocolate to pipe a small nose beneath the eyes. Refrigerate until hardened completely, about 30 minutes.

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Stand the bunnies up and use the remaining white chocolate to pipe a bushy tail on the back of each. Refrigerate until hardened completely, about 30 minutes.

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For the grass: Meanwhile, combine the coconut and green food coloring in another small re-sealable plastic bag and shake until the coconut is green all over. Decorate the cake with the carrots, bunnies and green coconut grass.

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Boozy Easter Bunnies B

oozy Easter Bunnies have everything you want: chocolate, Irish cream, amaretto, Butterscotch Schnapps, bunnies with the tops of the heads sawed off… What? They’re chocolate, biting their heads off is better? INGREDIENTS • 1 Part Irish Cream • 1 Part Amaretto • 1 Part Butterscotch Schnapps • Splash Milk • Hollow Chocolate Bunnies

DIRECTIONS Gently cut the top off of hollow chocolate bunnies. Set aside. In an ice filled glass combine Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, amaretto and milk. Shake well. Strain mix into bunnies and add straws

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=Heart Health Superfoods+ Add these to your grocery list to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation and slash stroke risk When it comes to heart health, you probably know what the American Heart Association (AHA) offers as its top diet advice: Eat a good balance of fresh, fiber-rich fruits and veggies; whole grains; and healthy proteins, such as nuts, skinless fish and poultry. But recent studies have also named specific cardiovascular all-stars that are worth adding to your rotation. Here are a few standouts to add to your grocery list.

BEETS Why: Beets deserve a badge of honor in the veggie family, says Jorge A. Brenes-Salazar, M.D., a geriatric cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. That's due to their high doses of nitrates, which help keep blood vessels dilated and healthy. A 2013 British study showed that simply drinking a cup of beet juice daily significantly lowered blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Also know: When it comes to heart health, it pays to see red — or orange or yellow.“Fruits and veggies with those colors have carotenoids and flavonoids,” pigments known for their heart-healthy antioxidant properties, Brenes-Salazar explains. Try these other blushing nutrient-rich veggies and fruits: carrots, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, oranges, cantaloupe and papaya. PUMPKIN SEEDS AND WALNUTS Why: A study presented in 2019 at the AHA's Hypertension Scientific Sessions found that eating pumpkin seeds may help lower blood pressure.According to the AHA, pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber and a variety of nutrients, particularly heart-healthy magnesium (a quarter cup contains 42 percent of the RDA of the mineral). As for walnuts, a 2019 Penn State study found that participants who ate walnuts daily while lowering overall saturated fats saw their blood pressure decrease.

Also know: “Any nuts are good sources of monounsaturated fats,” says Kate Patton, lead outpatient dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. “For people who don't eat fish, they are a good way to get in those omega-3 fats.”A 2019 study presented at the European Society of Cardiology showed that eating nuts two or more times a week was associated with a 17 percent lower risk of cardiovascular mortality. But remember one word: moderation. These are caloriedense foods, so keep portions modest and avoid added salt, sugars and oils. Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University, advises limiting yourself each day to “an amount that will fit in the palm of your hand." TOFU Why: Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital reported in 2020 that a study of more than 200,000 people found a link between consuming isoflavone-rich tofu more than once a week and an 18 percent lower risk of heart disease. Beyond that, tofu is a great source of plant protein, so it's a smart substitute for red meat or pork.“It also has phytosterols — plant cholesterols that actually improve the cholesterol in our own bodies,” Brenes-Salazar says. What's more, the latest USDA dietary guidelines, issued in December, recommend around 5 to 6 ounces of protein (from meat, chicken, eggs, fish, nuts or soy products) a day, Kris-Etherton says. “When people are heavy meat eaters, they need to slowly find ways to replace the meat with other healthy foods, and tofu is one.” OLIVES AND OLIVE OILS Why: If you've heard of the Mediterranean diet (and who hasn't?), then you know all about olive oil. It not only boosts good, heart-protective cholesterol but also staves off diabetes and strokes. Recent research confirms its salubrious effects: A 2020 European study found that patients who had had heart attacks and subsequently followed a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil had better repair of the arterial linings; a 2020 study by the University of Minnesota Medical School showed that olive oil may help people live longer. Try to follow the USDA guidelines of 27 grams (about two tablespoons) a day. “Remember,” Kris-Etherton says, “olive oil is calorically dense.”As for olives, make sure to buy the low-sodium variety, available at many big-box stores. Speaking of oils, Brenes-Salazar warns against the recently voguish coconut oil; instead, he suggests using either olive or pecan oil, which is neutral in flavor, rich in monounsaturated fats and low in saturated ones. GARBANZO BEANS Why: First, they're full of fiber, which can help lower your bad 832-595-8000 832-841-9019

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LDL cholesterol. Second, “beans are an underappreciated source of good-quality protein,” Brenes-Salazar notes. Adds Patton: “All members of the legume family are super healthy because they are full of plant-based protein and the kind of fiber that lowers cholesterol and helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels." Also try: other heart-healthy legumes — pinto beans, red beans, kidney beans and black beans. But remember, canned beans can be high in salt, so either rinse them thoroughly in water or use dried beans. OATMEAL Why: Touted for its healthy properties for a half-century, fiberrich oatmeal cuts down on cholesterol absorption and contributes to gut health.“Oatmeal is a good source of healthy fiber, healthy fats and protein,” Patton explains. “Soluble fiber is really important for our digestive tract and keeping blood sugar levels stable.” Also try: quinoa, whole-grain rices (brown, black and wild), or whole-grain bread and cereal.“Look at the nutrition label and make sure ‘whole-grain’ is the first ingredient,” Kris-Etherton says. SALMON Why: The AHA recently reaffirmed its long-standing recommendation to eat fish — especially salmon and other oily fishes high in omega-3 fatty acids — twice a week to help stave off the risk of heart failure, stroke and other coronary disease. It may not be just the omega-3s that are good for you; a 2018 study found that an ingredient in fish and other seafood called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) may also reduce hypertension-related symptoms. Also try: The AHA recommends lake trout, herring, albacore tuna, sardines and mackerel.

BLUEBERRIES Why: They're high in soluble fiber and polyphenols (those antioxidants that absorb free radicals) and vitamin C. Also try: All berries — strawberries, raspberries, blackberries — have heart-healthy credentials for their fiber as well as their flavonoids and antioxidants. Hate berries? Consider red grapes, which are high in resveratrol, a heart-healthy antioxidant.

BROCCOLI AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS Why: Though most veggies are great for cardiovascular health, broccoli and brussels sprouts are ace players.A 2020 Australian study found that these and other cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, are linked to a decline in blood vessel disease.They're high in disease-fighting flavonoids and carotenoids as well as cholesterol-lowering fiber. Plus, like all veggies, their low caloric density means you can eat a lot without tipping the calorie scale. “You want to aim for such foods as part of a balanced diet because they're going to help with satiety,” BrenesSalazar says. Also try: spinach, kale, baby greens, Swiss chard and collard greens.“The consensus is that three servings a day of dark-green leafy vegetables will reduce your total risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” Patton says. CHILI PEPPERS Why: These hot little guys are high in a substance called capsaicin. It's what sets your mouth on fire — but it also has antiinflammatory, antioxidant and blood-glucose-regulating effects. That's good news for your heart:A 2020 study of 570,000 people found that those who ate chili peppers had a whopping 26 percent lower relative risk of cardiovascular mortality than those who rarely or never ate the peppers. What's more, though not nearly as rich in capsaicin as the super-hot variety, sweet green and red peppers are also a good source of the mighty C. Source: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/ info-2021/heart-health-foods.html

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with friends and family, we should not assume that everything is going well for them. And, we should make it a point to check on them by phone, text or email. Things are now “opening up”. We are told that life may be a lot better by mid-summer. It may be and then again, it may not be. So there still is a lot of uncertainty. Right now, however, we can take advantage of the fact that some of our organizations at Sweetgrass are starting to function again. Assuming things do continue to improve, we can enjoy the amenities the Lakehouse has available. From using the facilities to participating in the clubs these can all be beneficial in terms of improving our mental health. As someone who worked as a mental health counselor for over 30 years, I am well aware of the benefits of exercise, socialization, and activity. We have many gathering opportunities here in Sweetgrass but we can also set up a daily walk as part of our routine and it’s likely we could strike up a conversation with others we see. Consider seeking help if you are experiencing any of the following: feeling sad or down in the dumps, unhappy or blue, feeling discouraged, feeling hopeless, having low self-esteem, loss of interest in family/friends/colleagues, loneliness, loss of motivation, loss of satisfaction or pleasure in life, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, decreased or increased appetite. Unfortunately, many of us are uncomfortable visiting with a professional and our friends and neighbors knowing about it. While there should be no shame in seeing a professional, using things like Zoom, FaceTime, and phone calls have made therapy more convenient and have further protected our anonymity. In my practice I am involved in more sessions remotely than face to face in my private office.

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Sweetgrass Republicans

The Sweetgrass Republicans will meet on Wednesday, April 14 at the Rosenberg Civic Center (on Highway 36 opposite the Fairgrounds). Doors open at 2:00, and the program begins at 2:30. To RSVP or for more information, please e-mail sweetgrassrepublican@gmail.com.

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Sweetgrass Quilters will have our 2nd Annual “Airing of the Quilts” on Saturday May 1 (If raining, we will move date to Sat. May 8) All Quilters and/or residents who live in Sweetgrass are invited to display

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Committees, Clubs, Groups & Activities (CCGAs) HOA Committees

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Needs Assessment Committee Doug Acker dacker@aol.com

Kenji Nishioka kenji@hal-pc.org

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Committees, Clubs, Groups & Activities (CCGAs) Poker Club

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In the Neighborhood Big Cypress

Cindy Hess (281) 799-7487 ckehess@gmail.com Tom Queret (832) 603-1675 tqueret@att.net Bill Foster (832) 449-3071 wmfoster@mail.com Joan Barrett (832) 945-5186 joan@fsonline.com

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Escarpment Ridge

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Sharon Stutts (210) 834-1881 mcstutts@yahoo.com Candy Curtis (949) 922-7678 cancan123@aol.com Dan Noeth (309) 360-7550 dan.noeth@gmail.com

Windmill Glen

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Mark Tantillo (281) 762-1811 mark6067@aol.com Larry Girven (713) 594-7471 larrygirven311@gmail.com Sallie Wingeleth (801) 674-2206 salinslc@gmail.com

River Pointe

David Stanley djstan@ufl.edu Marsha Jacklitsch mjacklitsch@gmail.com

Rolling Ridge

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Rick O’Hara (979) 373-1529 marrickoh@gmail.com Beverly Porche bcporche@gmail.com Ruthanne Callaham ruthannecallaham@att.net

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