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2014 Board of Directors (Elected by general membership)

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Directors Trina Searcy, President Tom Martineau, Treasurer Joe Barnett, Director Mark Worley, Director

Mark Reichert, Vice President Joanie Trotman, Secretary Dan King, Director

Administrative Staff Nancy C. Johnson Anne Marshall Gregory Durant Erin Murphy

Operations Director, Bookkeeper & Editor Office Manager Field Manager Assistant Editor, Assistant Office Manager

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. T: 850-668-3231 | F: 850-894-1477 E: Admin@killearnlakeshoa.org 7110 Beech Ridge Trail, Tallahassee FL, 32312 Corporate Records are available upon written request.

www.KillearnLakesHOA.org If you haven’t already, register your information with our NEW website if you wish to continue to receive resident email alerts from the association office. Directions to do so are directly beside the registration box located on the ‘Contact Us’ page. Thank you!

Cover Photo Contest Photographer:

Our April cover photo was chosen from a file on our computer that is full of saved photos from residents. Generally we are able to find the origins of our photos but this photo was sent so long ago that we can’t find any information about the photographer.

Board Meeting – Association Office @ 7pm Palm Sunday Passover Begins Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt @ Tekesta Park, 11am Easter Earth Day Arbor Day

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Kids Annual Fishing Contest @ Lake Monkey Business Park, 8am Cinco De Mayo Mothers Day Quarterly Open Members Meeting – Bradfordville Schoolhouse Community Center behind Wendy's @ 7pm Captain Steve Harrelson with LCSO Crime Prevention will present program Memorial Day

Important Phone Numbers

Fire Department Dispatch (non-emergency situations only)

891-4310

Talquin Electric (ex: Light out on your street) (Bradfordville office):

893-6853

Outages (24-hour service):

(1-888) 802-1832

Leon County Sheriff ’s Office Dispatch:

922- 3300

Leon County Public Roads (Limbs & Trees on KL roads):

606-1400

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG:

(1-800) 432-4770

Animal Control

606-5400

Leon County Mosquito Control

606-1400

Waste Management

574- 3000

Leon County Storm Water Questions:

606-1400

If this is your photo please let us know! Did you know that your photography could be showcased on our cover? If you have a photo you would like to submit for consideration, simply send it to admin2@killearnlakeshoa.org. All submitted photos should be at the highest available quality {at least 300dpi}. Entries will be reviewed by the Editor, Assistant Editor, and a Board Member. The selected photo will appear on an upcoming issue of the “Lakes View” Magazine. It would be helpful if you could share a personal story along with the photo. Call our office at (850) 668-3231 if you have any additional questions. We look forward to “showcasing” your photo submissions! 2

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Editor’s Note

are turning out to be our event months of the year! The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Tekesta Park on Saturday, April 19th at 11 am. Come and hunt for the prize Easter eggs and sit in the Easter Bunny’s lap for a photo and candy. This event is over fairly quickly, so try not be late or the eggs may already have been found. Thank you, Joanie Trotman, for volunteering to chair this event. Trina Searcy turns over the baton after having served as chair for many years. A huge thank you also goes to Epiphany Lutheran Church and School for cosponsoring this event. We are grateful for all the help and volunteers they provide every year. Epiphany Lutheran Church will hold Easter Sunrise services Sunday, April 20th at 6:30am in Tekesta Park. Breakfast will be provided at the church immediately following the service. The Annual Kids Fishing Contest will be Saturday, May 3rd at Lake Monkey Business Park. This contest starts promptly at 8am and is over at noon. (Rules of the contest can be found on page 6). Also, enjoy performances by Killearn Lakes Taekwondo and be sure to stay for the hot dogs. The drawing for prizes begins at noon as F&W Committee Chairman, Mark Reichert, reads out the numbers on tickets held by all those eligible for prizes. The grand prize winner with the biggest catch, and those catching the many tagged fish, are also awarded their prizes from an assortment of fishing gear chosen especially for the event. Bring your dollars as Kona Ice will return with their delicious shaved ice. The food, chips and drinks are free. Sponsors of the Kids Fishing Contest and your dues support events like this. Please look for the Sponsor banner displayed at the prize table and thank the sponsors when you can for their support in making this one of our favorite and most successful events of the year. On a personal note: Later this month our former employee, Anna, and her husband Ryan Prentiss will be welcoming their baby girl. I will try to have a photo of the new family in our next issue. I’d love to hear from you regarding topics you might like to see addressed in future issues of “Lakes View”. Until the next edition…

Nancy C. Johnson Operations Director, Bookkeeper & Editor

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Bryan's Brief Can you feel it – Spring is about to bust out all over our county and there’s no place like Leon County in the Spring. Uncle Sam’s awaiting our tax returns and hopefully refunds are coming for all! The Legislators and lobbyist are back in town and we’re closely monitoring any actions they’re considering that could adversely affect our residents. Here at the County, we’re beginning preparations for our FY14/15 budget process. The following are updates on some of the more visible projects and issues in District IV:

Solid Waste Collection The volume of calls has dropped off significantly, but please don’t hesitate to call us if you see areas where we can improve - 606-1899. Our Solid Waste staff can be reached at 606-1800 if you have ongoing, unresolved issues. As always, I’m here too if you need me.

Killearn Lakes Stormwater Project Improvements Work started last month and as you already know, they’re working their way north. Unfortunately, work has come to a halt due to all the excessive rain we’ve received. We’ll have to wait for the area to dry out some before we can get back to work. The HOA has a graphic of the areas we’re working and staff will have biweekly progress meetings with the contractor and provide updates to the HOA as the project moves forward.

April 2014

Beech Ridge/Kinhega Roundabout As requested, two east bound lanes are being added. We are moving forward with the design level planning and will work with the Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association as we move through the process.

Workshop on Fire Safety Infrastructure Needs in Unincorporated Leon County (2-25-14) A recommendation was made to increase the funding of $30,000 per year to $100,000 per year for the installation of hydrants (4 to 5 hydrants a year) and it should be ratified April 8. Maps showing water line locations will be circulated to firestations to determine the need with criteria prioritized on livable infrastructure (housing density). I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as your District IV Commissioner and I commit to you that I will continue to do the best job I can in representing you and our community. As always, I welcome your input and appreciate all of you who act as my eyes in the District. Many of the improvements we’ve already made, or are currently working on, came from citizen suggestions or observations. As you plan for your neighborhood/homeowner’s association meetings, please let me know the dates and times so that I may join you. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions or concerns, deslogeb@leoncountyfl.gov or 606-5364.

Leon County Board of County Commissioners

Bannerman Rd Widening Project and Thomasville/Proctor Rd Recreation Property The eventual solution is to four-lane Bannerman Rd, but we’re currently working on a public private partnership to do an interim improvement of adding four lanes on Bannerman from Thomasville Rd to 900 feet west of Quail Commons. This will be funded using concurrency dollars and allocating gas tax dollars in 2015 to complete the four-lane widening process.

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2014 KLHOA Fishing Contest Rules Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

All Killearn Lakes Homeowners’ Association members in good standing are invited to participate, so bring your kids out to Lake Monkey Business for a day of great fun, food and prizes! The rules for the contest are listed below. 1.

The fishing contest is open to all Killearn Lakes residents ages 16 and under and their guests. Parents can assist their children only. Please let the kids do the fishing!

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The contest begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at noon.

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Fishing within the netted area is available in shifts, from either 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. or from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The netted area is open to all contestants from 11:00 a.m. - noon. GREEN is designated for the 8:00 to 9:30 time slot. RED is designated for the 9:30 to 11:00 time slot.

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There are approximately 50 tagged fish within the netted area. If a tagged fish is caught, you are guaranteed a prize. (You can only win one prize regardless of the number of tagged fish you may catch.) If you catch a tagged fish, locate one of the Fish and Wildlife Committee volunteers or bring it to the tent in order for your catch to be logged. Please DO NOT remove tags from the fish.

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Prizes will be awarded for tagged fish only, with the exception of the biggest (by weight) fish of the day. The child who catches the biggest fish wins the grand prize. If you would like your fish considered for The Biggest Fish of the Day Contest bring it to the tent to have the fish weighed and logged.

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Any remaining prizes will be awarded by raffle. You must be present to win a raffle prize.

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All prizes will be awarded at the culmination of the contest

CASTING CONTEST RULES If you cast a plug into the ring, your name goes into a drawing for a limited number of prizes. The Killearn Lakes Homeowners’ Association Fish and Wildlife Committee recommends a catch and release of all bass. Most importantly,

HAVE FUN!!!


R.E.S.P.E.C.T

By Tom Martineau, KLHOA Board Treasurer

Over the years, our Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association Staff has received many compliments and words of encouragement from some of our more than four thousand two hundred property owners. It is always a morale booster when this happens. Smiles beget smiles. Unfortunately, these compliments and encouraging words are at times eclipsed by angry and disparaging remarks from other homeowners who seek to express their dissatisfaction about a matter by making direct personal, verbal or written, attacks on our Association’s staff. Whenever homeowners are unhappy with a situation in Killearn Lakes, we want to know, and explore if and how we can rectify the unsatisfactory situation. However, making our staff targets of derogatory, belittling, sneering and scornful language is never acceptable. Your KLHOA Board of Directors passed a resolution in 2006 addressing how it views insults leveled against KLHOA staff. A copy of this resolution is displayed in the KLHOA office, and is reproduced herewith: “Be it known that the staff and volunteers of Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association will not tolerate verbal or emotional abuse from any of its homeowners, renters or tradesmen employed on their behalf. As per this policy, these actions will be considered as a direct threat. The employees, volunteers and hired contractors may use appropriate actions to defend themselves from such threats. These actions include, but are not limited to” hanging up the telephone, demanding the abuser vacate the premises, calling 911, filing for a restraining order, or in extreme situations using a chemical deterrent or whatever means necessary, against the abuser. “Persons in violation of this policy are hereby notified that any and all future communications between Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association and the person(s) in violation shall be conducted via certified mail. “Killearn Lakes will take legal action whenever possible against those individual who feel that it is in their right to verbally abuse or threaten the staff, volunteers and hired contractors of Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association. Furthermore, the violators are subject to their offenses being published in a public forum as an example.”

In Germany, the laws include a sanction against leveling verbal or written insults against public officials. The first paragraph of the Beamtenbeleidigungsgesetz states, “Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.” This law has as its thesis that public officials carry out their duties based on existing policies, rules, and laws. Consequently, they should not be the subjected to humiliating, insulting, scornful, or contemptuous language or treatment. Employees of the Homeowners Association serve at the direction of the Board of Directors, and implement policies of the Board. They are not in the habit of acting unilaterally or whimsically. If you have a complaint, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of a Board Member or a Staff Member. Personal attacks, insults, and other appalling behavior will not give extra weight to your complaint. Instead, it will serve merely as a reflection of your character. Complaints received by the Homeowners Association fall usually in the category of “misunderstandings.” For example, some of our property owner/members mistake the KLHOA for the all-powerful seat of government: they believe we are law enforcement, the arbiter of disputes between neighbors, parole officers, road maintenance, animal control, noise control, litter patrol, the health department, and many other roles or functions. Often, the complaints issued end with a question, “Just what am I getting for my annual dues payment?” We will answer this question in a separate article in the next issue of Lakes View. Look for it in the month of June. In the meantime, please feel free to dial 911 if you need the sheriff, an ambulance, or the fire brigade. Or look in your issue of Lakes View Magazine for other frequently called numbers. If you do call us at the Association Office, please be respectful and wellmannered, even if you’re boiling with anger. (Try humming Aretha Franklin’s song, however briefly, before you call.) We promise to be equally courteous and work on resolving your complaint.

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Spring Tune Ups for Your Home By Mark Worley

This time of year there seems to be more leaves falling than in the fall, which demands your attention to keep your roof and gutters free of debris. A shingle roof is designed for positive drainage (water running one direction). If pine straw and leaves are in a valley the water will back-up under the shingles and cause an unnecessary leak. Did you know that 85% of roof leaks are in the valley? Another area of concern are the gutters. If they are filled and cannot drain properly the same occurrence will happen with water backing up and causing wood rot. While you are inspecting your roof, check the plumbing boots (those pipes sticking out of your roof ). Squirrels really like to eat the lead type of boots, while the plastic boots always break down due to UV exposure. Both types, if compromised, will result in a roof leak.

Light Pollution… What is it? Simply put, light pollution occurs when artificial light intrudes on the night time setting. Light pollution results from outdoor lights aimed upward or sideways — the light scatters in the atmosphere and reflects back to the ground. When I moved into my house I placed flood lights on the four corners of the house like most people do. My new neighbor brought to my attention that one of the floodlights was shining into their bedroom window and asked if I could redirect that light. That’s light pollution on a personal scale. With new homes starting to be built again on those vacant lots next to you, it would be a good idea to see if your light is extending too far into your neighbor’s space. There are ways to reduce light pollution, starting in your own neighborhood. Make sure outdoor lights reflect downward in what are called fullyshielded fixtures. Also consider exchanging high-wattage bulbs for dimmer ones and selecting warm-white lights with low emission blue light. A great way to save energy and reduce trespassing light is to turn off outdoor lights unless needed. For more information about light pollution go to http://thisbigcity.net/four-ways-to-reduce-light-pollution-in-cities/.

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Spring Cleaning By Trina Searcy

Spring is here!! For many of us that means it’s time to clean up! Spring cleaning is all a part of pride of home ownership and it is also being a good neighbor. We take pride in living here in this beautiful community. Part of that pride comes from having such a beautiful place to live and having great neighbors. We have beautiful entrances with flowers that bloom year round. Our common grounds are kept up throughout the week with mowing, blowing and trash pickup. Trees are continually being trimmed back and kept from falling into the road ways. Our sidewalks even get blown off! When you come into our neighborhood and pull into your driveway, look around. I know it’s time for me to get busy cleaning my home and yard, is it for you too? If you encounter a neighbor that is having a difficult time getting outside you can always help them out by mowing, blowing, trimming or picking up limbs and sticks. That’s all part of being a good neighbor. When I help a seller get their house ready to sell this is a list I use for them. I hope you will find it useful too. Happy spring!!

Roof and Gutters • • • • • •

Repair or replace loose, damaged or blistered shingles Clean gutters and downspout strainers Check gutters for leaks and proper alignment Clear obstructions from vents, louvers and chimneys Check fascias and soffits for decay and peeling paint Inspect chimney for any loose or missing mortar

Exterior Walls • • •

Paint siding if necessary Check masonry walls for cracks or any other damage Replace loose or missing caulking

Garage • • • •

Lubricate hinges and other hardware on your garage door Inspect doors and windows for any peeling paint Check condition of glazing around all windows Test electrical outlets

Yard • • •

Mow lawn, reseed or sod if necessary Trim hedges, prune trees and shrubs Weed and mulch flower beds

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Lake Friendly Yard O

By Joe Barnett

ne of the goals of our Lake Friendly Yard program is to reduce stormwater pollution and our latest recipients, Michael and Joanne Mendez, have a yard that does just that. Between thunderstorms, I rode my bike to evaluate our latest Lake Friendly Yard and first thing Joanne said to me was “welcome to our whole yard rain garden”. Their one acre yard on a hill had no stormwater runoff during my visit. Rain gardens work! Michael Mendez fell in love with Tallassee as a student and his wife, Joanne, loves our seasons and hills. Michael, Joanne, and their daughter Tekla are one of the earliest Golden Eagle residents, moving here in 1985. Joanne loves golf and used to teach tennis which is how she met Michael. They love Golden Eagle and Mike was a past president and board member for six years. He is proud of the parks and picnic areas they were able to provide residents.

I rode my bike to evaluate our latest Lake Friendly Yard and the first thing Joanne said to me was “welcome to our whole rain garden. They also like to kayak fish for trout, flounder, bluefish, and even sharks along the coast. Joanne is an ARNP with 35 years of medical experience. They are in great shape and like to paddleboard, walk, and keep as many toxins as possible out of their homes. Michael and Joanne are active in the community supporting River Keepers, Save the Wakulla, the Youth’s Symphony and promoting GAPS nutrition by Dr. Campbell McBride (gapsdiet.com). They are practical and their yard shows it! Scattered throughout are citrus trees that include two grapefruit trees they received from Cy Eubanks, Sr and a few other citrus were bought from “Just Fruits”. One of the trees from “Just Fruits” grows lemons, tangelos, and oranges. Abandoned tangerine seeds have started two other trees on their own. Other food plants include blueberry, loquat, kumquat, olive, persimmon, ginger, lemon grass, society garlic, rosemary and fig trees. Joanne sprouts new trees off the fig for gifts. They also have a garden planted with tomatoes, kale, lemon grass, cilantro, and spinach. 12

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They love the peace, beauty, and quietness of their yard. It is full of wax myrtles that the birds love. The waxy fruits are great bird food. Their yard looks like a natural forest with red oaks, water oak, loblolly pine, dogwoods, sweetgum and a cedar tree with bright golden lichen. White jasmine covers their fence as a natural border. There are also yellow confederate jasmine, bromeliads, red blossoming camellias, aloe, irises, gardenia, and red buds. Recently I saw a “treated” yard with a “stay off ” sign where I counted 100 dead worms in the street. Fertilizers have been a big pollution and algae problem in our lakes. I asked if they fertilize their yard or if they need any pesticides for their “forest” and Joanne said no. She said she doesn’t want to poison her family or the many birds and animals that have made her yard a home. She plants grass like liriope to stop runoff areas.

I asked why their yard is so heavily forested and most are not. Joanne said when she moved here all the lots were forested and the homeowner’s covenants were very strict to keep most of the trees. Now builders cut many of the trees down during construction. She said she has literally had to stand in her lot to keep her trees from getting cut down. A neighbor’s lot had the most beautiful grove of dogwoods all cut down. This causes many residents to spend a lot of money by having to maintain high maintenance grass. As good neighbors helping to keep our lakes healthy, Mike and Joanne will receive a $100 gift certificate and a sign for their “Lake Friendly Yard”. PS– Mike and Joanne would like to have a very casual pot luck dinner the first Saturday of every month. The first pot luck will be Saturday May 3 from 4-6PM at Tekeska Park. Everyone bring their favorite dish to share with others and let the fun begin!

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Dog Diary vs Cat Diary The Dog’s Diary

8:00am 9:30am 9:40am 10:30am 12:00pm 1:00pm 3:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 11:00pm

Dog food! My favorite thing! A car ride! My favorite thing! A walk in the park! My favorite thing! Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing! Milk bones! My favorite thing! Played in the yard! My favorite thing! Wagged my tail! My favorite thing~ Dinner! My favorite thing! Got to play ball! My favorite thing! Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing! Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat’s Diary Day 983 of My Captivity My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Good Grief! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage. Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as I was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs. I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now… 14

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Don’t Let One Mistake Derail Your Child’s Future By Mary Pankowski

www.tallahassee.com/article/20140218/OPINION05/302180005/Mary-Pankowski-Don-t-let-one-mistake-derail-your-child-s-future

So, you’ve just gotten your child out of juvenile detention — reduce the charges to a misdemeanor. Money spent on a good defense now what? attorney who has experience with juvenile defendants is an It’s not something parents think will happen when they bring investment in your child’s future. their new bundle of joy home from the hospital. But each year, Just as you would not go see an eye doctor for a heart problem, thousands of parents find themselves with children on the wrong side lawyers The Tallahassee Bar Association can tell you what attorneys of the law. work with youthful offenders. M any people mistakenly believe that records of these youthful indiscretions are wiped away clean when Parents must talk to their teenagers their child turns 18. However, felonies may remain on a child’s permanent record into adulthood. regarding the consequences of a Why am I sharing this information with you now? felony charge. “Free passes” don’t Because I’ve just retired after an 11-year second career as a prosecutor with State Attorney Willie Meggs. Eight exist. Decisions they make today may of those years I was assigned to prosecute juveniles. I limit their chances tomorrow. counseled many parents who received a call from law enforcement or from the Juvenile Assessment Center in the middle of the night informing them that their child had just If you cannot afford a private attorney, the court will a point a been picked up for an alleged crime. If you get a similar call, you public defender. should know how to begin assisting your child to deal with the No matter whom you work with, it is critical to push your consequences of a bad choice. Better yet, perhaps you can use this attorney to get the best outcome possible for your child. Make sure information to avoid such a late night phone call. they know that you and your child will do whatever is necessary to show the court that your child is more than this one mistake. Sometimes despite all the work of good attorneys, loving families First, warn your child! and a remorseful defendant, the facts of the case still lead to a felony Parents must talk with their teenagers regarding the conviction. Unfortunately, this conviction will remain on your child’s consequences of a felony charge. “Free passes” don’t exist. Decisions record. Many college applications require that such crimes b e they make today may limit their choices tomorrow. disclosed. Further, it is important to educate kids on what constitutes a As you can imagine, this does not help the prospects for felony in Florida. Did you know that simply touching the door admission. Often it means an automatic rejection. However, almost handle of a car that you don’t own, with the intent to steal what’s all colleges have an admissions appeal process. inside if the car is unlocked, is a third-degree felony? If you know that your child will face this extra hurdle, plan a While you could not imagine y our son holding up a head. Encourage your child to apply to colleges early, so that if there convenience store, it is possible that what he thinks is funny or a p is a rejection, there is s till time to appeal the decision before that rank could affect where or if he goes to college and what his career freshman class is filled. choices will be when he graduates. Also, admissions officers want to see evidence that the child has Unfortunately, even the best advice is often not followed. So, if learned from the mistake. A thoughtful essay filled with concrete your child gets in trouble with the law, the next step is damage control examples of a new start will increase the chances of a college or to protect his or her future. university giving your child a second chance. Find an attorney who can help work with the State Attorney’s Many of the college scholarship programs are not available to Office. If this is the child’s first brush with the law and the students who have a felony on their record. However, for potential circumstances of the crime allow, a prosecutor may be willing to

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students of Tallahassee Community College, there is a place to turn. Many generous friends of TCC have established the “New Start” Endowed Scholarship program. This scholarship is unique in that it provides financial assistance for students who have been involved in the juvenile justice system, but who have turned their lives around. I think we can all agree that helping our children succeed is a goal that all Floridians share. I hope the readers of the Tallahassee Democrat will consider sharing their blessings with those who have made poor decisions and help us assist more of these troubled youth reach their full potential. I f you are interested in helping youth get a “new start,” please contact Robin Johnston at the TCC Foundation (850-2016067 or Johnstonr@tcc.fl.edu). If you wish to make a gift to the TCC Foundation, go to https://tcc.thankyou4caring.org. Mary L. Pankowski is a former assistant state attorney whose assignment was as a prosecutor working with juveniles. She teaches a juvenile justice course in the College of Law at Florida State University. Contact her at mary@marypankowskilaw.com. No matter whom you work with, it is critical to push your attorney to get the best outcome possible for your child. Make sure they know that you and your child will do whatever is necessary to show the court that your child is more than this one mistake.

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Service Interruptions By Kim Gay

Service, safety, cost, and reliability are all paramount to Talquin and its Members. Unfortunately, Members served in Killearn Units 2 and 3 recently experienced extended, repeated outages due to equipment failure serving those areas. Crews assessed the issue and made plans to restore power to the accounts impacted by the outage while repairs were underway. This plan worked as expected until demand increased during the evening when another point unexpectedly failed in the system. Talquin Electric engineering is now planning for a rebuild of the system and preparing to begin underground electric improvements throughout the impacted areas in Killearn. The system will be installed using directional boring technology, ensuring there will be minimal impact on existing vegetation and landscaping. Talquin plans to communicate with the Homeowners Association, as well as impacted home owners, as construction plans are solidified. The project is expected to start in 2014 and be completed in 2015. Electric outages are frustrating, and our Members like to have timely and pertinent information when they have been impacted. Talquin uses social media such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as

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our website, www.talquinelectric.com to provide important outage information. During major or extended outages, updates on expected restoration times and causes are listed whenever possible. The fastest way to notify our 24 hour dispatch, if you experience an outage, is to sign up for text outage notification in advance of the outage. In order to receive and send notifications, Members may sign up on the website and will be directed to text #outage to 85700 if they experience a power outage on their account. This service is not yet available for water accounts, but it is currently being developed and tested and will be available in the near future. This notification program will also send a text when a Member’s power is restored. For those who do not use texting services, outage reporting numbers are: 1-866-899-4832 (Automated System) 1-888-802-1832 (Live Operator) Thank you for your patience as we begin this upgrade to improve the service we provide to our Members.


Learning Should Not Stop in the Summer By Victor Aderhold

“I never thought Jay would like going to school in the summer. After the third day (at Woodland Hall Academy), he got me up to go to school early!” That’s not an unusual comment to hear during the Woodland Hall Academy Summer Reading Program. Students work with a tutor for two periods a day and go to a small group (5:1) class in reading as well. This intensive, individualized instruction in reading helps to fill in gaps the child may have missed during the school year and can give him a boost in reading skills for next school year.

Enthusiastic, caring teachers use proven multi-sensorial teaching techniques which help keep the students interested and active in their learning. Enthusiastic, caring teachers use proven multi-sensorial teaching techniques which keep the students interested and active in their learning. The program meets the needs of students 6 years old to 14 years old. Depending on their needs, phonics, comprehension skill development, handwriting, vocabulary building, study strategies and test taking techniques are taught and practiced. Woodland Hall Academy’s Summer Reading Program runs June 30 – July 25th. Because it is a tutorial program, space is limited. More information may be found at www.woodlandhall academy.org or call (850) 893-2216. Submitted Robyn A. Rennick Woodland Hall Academy (850) 893-2216

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Almost-Famous Spicy Fried Shrimp Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-spicy-fried-shrimp-recipe.html

Ingredients For the Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek) 2 teaspoons honey Kosher salt For the Shrimp: Vegetable oil, for frying 2 large eggs 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Directions Make the sauce: Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl; set aside. Prepare the shrimp: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavybottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk the flour, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.

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Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, dip in the beaten eggs, then return to the flour mixture, turning to form a thick crust. Fry the shrimp in the hot oil until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon. Toss the shrimp with the prepared sauce. Arrange the lettuce in a shallow serving bowl or on individual plates. Top with the shrimp and garnish with scallions.


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e Key to a Long and Healthy Life? Social Connections! By Susan Parris Davis, Coordinator, Leon County Senior Outreach

Recently, I attended the 2014 Positive Aging Conference in Sarasota. Since I coordinate senior services for a living, I had heard some of the information before. Most of us are keenly aware of how important diet and exercise are to healthy aging, but there was another topic that kept cropping up in the many workshops I attended…the value of social connectedness. Older adults are subject to several life changes that can disrupt their social life. Retirement, loss of a spouse, and moving to a new area are just a few new circumstances that seniors face. Losing those friendly connections can lead to higher health risks, especially in older adults. According to Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Developmental Studies, mortality is about three times as high for isolated people compared to those who have more sources of social contacts.

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For some, it is difficult to admit how socially isolated they feel. However, it is best to recognize these feelings as a signal to reach out. If you are an older adult looking to improve these healthy social connections, then gather your courage and try something new. Leon County Senior Outreach, a program of the Tallahassee Senior Foundation, has some great activities in the Bradfordville area. Our Lunch and Learn program features engaging speakers, a host of exhibitors with a variety of resources and information, health screenings, a delicious catered lunch and most importantly – fun and fellowship! Perhaps you would like to try an art or fitness class? We offer these too, and they are specifically designed for the mature adult. Take a positive approach to life and join the fun. New friends are waiting just for YOU!


Maundy ursday and Gd Friday By Christine Wright, Publicity

Deer Lake United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday opportunities. On Maundy Thursday, April 17th at 7:00pm join us for a “Walk with Jesus- an Interactive Journey to the Cross.” On Good Friday, April 18th at 7:00pm our worship arts ministry will present the Easter cantata “Followers of the Lamb” – “Behold the precious Lamb of God who saves us from our sin, who calls us all, His love to know. In faith, we follow after Him. We follow after Him.” Deer Lake United Methodist Church is located where Kinhega meets Deerlake Rd, and is next to Killearn Lakes Elementary School.

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Cyndy’s Ruminations By Cyndy Reichert

“KILLER” A Novel Jonathan Kellerman Jonathan Kellerman has been writing his Dr. Alex Delaware novels since 1985. “KILLER” is the 29th book in this bestselling series. Dr. Delaware is a child and forensic psychologist sleuth, who is often called upon to help the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with murder investigations by his best friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis. Chapter One starts with this conversation… Dr. Connie Sykes says “I’m not going to shoot you, Dr. Delaware; even though I should.” Alex ponders the proper response. Several go through his head; but when in doubt (which he faces daily), make eye contact, and say nothing at all.

Backtrack a month or so… Delaware has been asked by a judge to consult in what appears to be a straightforward case of a child custody battle between two diametrically opposite sisters. Cherie (Ree) is the fun-loving, free-spirited single mother of Rambla (who is named after the road where she was conceived). Dr. Connie Sykes, Ree’s older sister, is dominating, cold-hearted, antisocial and a very successful owner of a pathology lab, who thinks she should be the legal guardian of her sixteen month old niece. She is accustomed to getting her way. Delaware conducts interviews with both siblings, and Rambla. He then writes to the court an extensive opinion in favor of the birth mother, Ree. The irate pathologist, Dr. Sykes realizes that to win, someone has to lose. That’s when she visits Dr. Delaware’s office … with no appointment… to threaten his life and utters the afore mentioned quote. She then decides it would be more practical to put a hit out on Dr. Delaware so she wouldn’t get her own hands dirty. Dr. Delaware is facing a dilemma. He realizes the threat as she caresses her handbag where there appears to be a bulge he believes is a gun. If he presses charges, he knows that Dr. Sykes would be eager to use the “system” as a weapon and to file a spiteful lawsuit against him, complicating his decision recommending Rambla remain in the custody of her mother.

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He could call his friend, Lt. Sturgis, but was worried that a complaint against him to the LAPD brass would not help Milo, who was always an official irritant on the force many times operating beyond his official boundaries. Even with Milo’s high “solve” rate (with help from Delaware), he would be vulnerable. Dr. Delaware decided he needed to share his experience with the love of his life, Robin. She is very understanding and loving, so they decide to take extra precautions, like locking the gate at the end of the driveway and all the doors, including her studio behind their home where she makes her living transforming wood into guitars and mandolins. Everything seems to mellow out over the next week and a half until Milo buzzes from the front gate. When he arrives, he is accompanied by Detective Millie Rivera, North Hollywood Division. Together they report the news that will change Dr. Delaware’s life. They inform him that Dr. Constance Sykes has put a hit out on Delaware that was “brokered” out to two assassins and they already have their eyes set on him. An informant to the LAPD, who was a former child patient of Dr. Delaware and is now a gang-banger, threatened the assassins to abort their mission at the last moment. This sets off a chain of events where kidnapping, murder and mayhem ensue. It is a puzzling case with twists and turns that have Dr. Delaware, his detective friend, Milo Sturgis, and the entire LA police force bewildered as the drama, which started in the courtrooms, shifts to the back streets of LA. Alex Delaware novels are among the best psychological mysteries ever written, combining fascinating psychology with unforgettable characters and genuine chills. I hope Jonathan Kellerman is already working on number 30!


Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association would like to welcome The Wharf Express to our neighborhood, the newest addition to our business family! The Wharf Express takes pride in affordable, fast and high quality seafood, while providing a family friendly environment along with some good ol’ Southern Hospitality. The Wharf Express offers a large variety of healthy, fresh seafood with some alternative options for those who don’t like seafood. They have a great kids menu for your wee ones and even have a special kid’s room that is meant to entertain your kids while you eat and socialize with your family and friends. The Wharf Express also caters so don’t forget to call them for all your catering needs. The Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association was lucky enough to experience their catering at the last Board Meeting! The food was so good that by the

end of the meeting there was not a shrimp to be found. Don’t forget- Every Thursday at The Wharf Express is Kids Day, where families can take advantage of a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

6806 Thomasville Road • Tallahassee, FL 32312 Phone: 850-765-1077 Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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Don’t forget The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 19th at 11am in Tekesta Park. The eggs go fast so don’t be late!

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February Lakes View Corrections By Erin Murphy

In the last issue of Lakes View I wrote an article suggesting different ways to keep your pup on your property and out of trouble. After the article was published, and placed in your mailboxes, a resident called in to make a small correction/suggestion. I suggested keeping your dog in the garage while you are away, but the resident advised against that since a lot of us keep harmful chemicals in our garages. She suggested that you could instead hire a pet-sitting service. A pet sitting service is a great way to keep your dog occupied and happy, while in a safe environment. If you see something in our publication that you think should be corrected please let us know!


een Corner Classifieds Designated printer of the “Lakes View” Magazine PET SITTING AND DOG WALKING – Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Day or Night Call Karlee Jones at 933-1610

children (of all ages) and pets (of all types) please don't hesitate to call me at 727-742-3856. :)

PETSITTER – Reliable and experienced 17 year old petsitter. I have my own transportation. Please call Christine at 545-4612.

BABYSITTER & PETSITTER – Responsible, mature and enthusiastic 16 & 17 year old Chiles High School students, TMH certified available for babysitting and/or pet sitting. Please call Gabby & Claudia (850) 893 2342.

BABYSITTER – Hello, my name is Robyn Szczerba. I'm a 17-yearold senior at Chiles High School, an experienced babysitter, and I absolutely love kids. I am also CPR and First Aid certified and I have my own transportation. I'm available for babysitting as well as driving kids to and from activities. References provided upon request. Please contact me at (602) 510-4787 BABYSITTERS – Experienced 12-year-old Sitter and Mothers Helper. Prefer watching ages 4-9yrs. I love kids and I am very responsible. Bonus: household jobs such as folding laundry, dishes or tidy up your home. $3-5/hour. Available weekdays from 4-8 p.m. Sat. 10:30-4:30 p.m. and Sun. 1-8 p.m. Summer hours are more flexible. Can provide my own transportation. Call Emily at (850) 894-0421. BABYSITTER & PETSITTER – Need a 17 year old with CPR and TMH Babysitter's course certification to entertain your kid's for the night out, or the summer? Need a petsitter with lots of experience and patience? Call Brittany at (850)-688-4287 for a break! BABYSITTER & PETSITTER – ATTENTION to anyone who needs a reliable, hardworking, and responsible baby or petsitter! My name is Rachel Stadtfeld and I would love to come and watch your precious kiddos or pets! Call me anytime, even on short notice, for any occasion you may need to go out for! I am 17 years old and have much experience with children (past nanny) and pets (have 3)! I attend school at Chiles High and live in Golden Eagle. I am a licensed driver and a great student. For a fun and safe time for your

BABYSITTERS – My name is Delaney Stoner and I am a 18 year old senior at Chiles High School student. I love kids, I am great with them, and I have references available upon request. I am able to babysit in the Golden Eagle-Killearn Lakes area at anytime! Please feel free to call me whenever you need a babysitter at 850-841-0837! BABYSITTER - Reliable and experienced 13 year old; certified as babysitter by American Red Cross. Available most times during the summer and nights/weekends during the school year. Can provide my own transportation. Please call (850) 508-6819.

Teen girl, available for petsitting, house-cleaning, babysitting, or mother's helper. Very responsible, and has experience. Call Bethany at 893-9313. MOTHERS HELPER & BABYSITTER

Experienced 11 year old babysitter and mothers helper! Loves kids and very responsible. Available Saturdays and Sundays anytime! Ages 3- 8 only. Will provide own transportation. Please call Maisy Ivory at 850-385-7717

Note: These ads are complimentary and available to student teens of our community involved in weekend and after school entrepreneurial projects. Ads must be renewed for each issue. Please call the office at 668-3231, if you want to edit or continue your ad. Thank you.


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