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The Gator Gazette The Official Newsletter of Country Lakes Village
CLV Website: www.countrylakesco-op.com
Honoring Our Veterans Free Concert and Karaoke Night Tim Burns, son of CLV residents Debi and Rory Burns, shared his talents in a free performance on April 24. Tim performs at various clubs and events in New York and while visiting his parents here at CLV, he entertained a nice crowd at the clubhouse. Tim selected an array of music including songs he has written. In connection with the concert, Leroy Everett filled the intermissions with karaoke. Several residents shared their voices to complete a very entertaining evening. See photos on page 17.
Surrounding the plaque recognizing the past and present veterans in our community are these beautiful military plaques. Three of them were donated by residents: Sue and Charlie Eckert, Dee and Dale Jesse and Bill Rank. The other two were purchased by the Residents’ Club.
Veterans Request Veterans, if you are not on the CLV register, please contact Gary Hudson, 561-307-5596 or Larry Smith, 607-742-4776. A veterans project is in the planning stages and it is important we have the names of all current veterans living in Country Lakes Village I. Thank You!
Thank you, Tim and Leroy!
JUNE IMPORTANT MEETING
Newsletter Deadline: 15th of Each Month
Co-op Input & Board Meeting Monday, June 18, 2018 CLVII Clubhouse (Must be a shareholder to attend meetings)
When you have articles to be included in the newsletters, please submit to Martha, Lot 270, [email protected] or Phone 941-479-7289. Summer issues will not be combined.
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by Nancy Davis
Office: 941-722-0556 Community Related Emergency After Hours 844-285-2099 Just a few reminders:
regulations as posted in each area. No glass or other breakable containers, utensils, etc., are permitted in the recreation areas except in the clubhouse and patio area. No drinking or smoking is permitted around the pool or spa, except in the patio area.
The community rules and regulations state: “guest visitations are limited to a period of up to fifteen (15) consecutive days or a total of thirty (30) days in a calendar year.” Country Lakes is a 55+ plus community and it is the responsibility of the residents to abide by the rules.
Remember prior to the commencement of any project whether it be painting your home, driveway, lamp post or changes to landscaping, permission must be obtained from the management.
The recreation facilities are provided for your enjoyment. The clubhouse, swimming pool, recreation rooms, tennis courts and shuffleboard courts are open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please observe and follow the health, safety, and sanitation
If the local laws and ordinances require a permit, it’s in your best interest to hire a contractor that is licensed and insured. Homeowners are liable if their unlicensed contractor is injured on their property. Having a licensed, insured contractor is the responsibility of the resident.
Florida Landscaping Tips
No contractor is allowed to park their vehicles/ trailers on resident or park properties overnight. No unlicensed trailers of any kind are permitted in the park.
Susan Griffith of the local Extension Office, left, made a return visit to CLV to give residents more tips on Florida friendly landscaping. Master Gardener Juanita Centanni invited Susan to make the presentation and answer questions. It was a very informative session. Susan noted that only 1% of all water on earth is of drinkable quality and stressed the importance of conservation since Florida has the highest domestic use of water in the U.S.
For any community related emergency after business hours please call 844-285-2099. Thank you for your cooperation regarding these and all community rules.
She suggested expanding flower beds containing native, low maintenance plants rather than turf grass which needs more water. A couple of the suggestions were Coreopsis or Tickweed and coral honeysuckle which is a vining plant, as well as other plants that attract Florida birds. On top of weed block material, three to four inches of melaleuca/flori mulch as an alternative to cypress mulch, helps reduce water consumption. With the use of this type mulch, it helps save the Cypress trees. The alternative mulch is made from scrub trees. She recommended a slow release fertilizer and noted fertilizing is banned from June 1-September 30 in Florida. There is a large fine connected with this ban.
Thank you Susan and Juanita for an informative session!
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COUNTRY LAKES CO-OP NEWS & NOTES JUNE, 2018
by President, Sharon Benedict
Board: Don Burchell, vice-president; John Johnson, treasurer; Sue Dibble, secretary; Duane Ely, Ken Gravitt, Cheryl Koepke, Sue Eckert and Chet Syiud, directors. legal. They are now DMV registered, insured, have wipers, signal lights, seat belts, road legal tires, road approved windshield and a horn. If the rain cooperated, the new roof should be on the CLVI Clubhouse. The Tennis Court Project in CLVII has begun; again weather could detain its completion. The new floor in the CLVII Library is completed. The new floor in the CLVI Pool Table room began the 1st of June. Are you prepared for Hurricane season? I hope you picked up your disaster planning guide. The information pamphlets are available in both clubhouses. For those of us who will be here, these are some of the recommendations. First of all, get a tote. In that tote keep enough food to feed your family for three to seven days. Choose items that are non-perishable and need no refrigeration or cooking such as canned goods, protein and snack bars, peanut butter, crackers. You should also pack a two week supply of prescription medicines. Water, this is so important. Stock up on cases of water in case a “boil water” order is put in place. Have gallons of water on hand for drinking, washing. Have a supply enough to last 7 days. Have flashlights and extra batteries packed in the tote. Other items are a first aid book, portable radio, nonelectric can opener, maybe a book to read. Many other items are recommended in the Disaster Planning Guide, including having important papers with you. Be sure you pick a copy up today. Once packed, store your tote and hope you never need it. Should you need to evacuate as we did with Irma, just grab your tote and you are ready to go. Do this now and you avoid the rush should we get a hurricane! At the end of hurricane season just unpack your goods and use them, or donate them to food banks. If you are a snowbird and forgot to put items that are outside in a secure place, please contact a neighbor and see if they can do that for you.
Our golf carts are back on the road and are now registered and road safe. We realized we were vulnerable to DMV violations by driving them on the road and not having the carts equipped with the necessary items needed to make them road safe and road
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SUNSHINE REPORT Jennettie Lierman
[email protected] 618-303-3501 Well Wishes: Anne Burrows is now living in a hospice facility in the Philadelphia area to be closer with family, Sunrise of Haverford, 217 West Montgomery Ave, Suite 112, Haverford, PA 19041, cell remains 410-598-2876. I understand Anne is very sharp and in touch, and generally gets most of the answers on Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every day.
Donna Thorne’s great-granddaughter, Jordyn Gugliemini, passed away on Tuesday, May 1. Cards can be sent to: Donna Thorne, 5700 Bayshore Rd, Lot 524, Palmetto, FL 34221; (Grandparents) Ashley & Jack Gugliemini, 4013 Highland Ave, W, Bradenton, FL 34205 and (Mom) Ashley Gugliemini, 4601 66th St. W, Apt. 1004A, Bradenton, FL 34210. Keep Donna’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Jordyn’s obituary link: http://www.brownandsonsfuneral.com/obituary/jordyn -gugliemini
Charlie Eckert’s sister: Jane Crompton, 357 Country View Dr, Lower Burrell, PA 15068; Ken & Sharon Fleming, 597 Laurier Dr, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; J O Keith (CLV II), 6201 US 41 North, Lot 2066, Palmetto, FL 34221; Meadow Lane Assisted Living, 150 Meadow Lane, Attn: Lea Meinhold, Bad Axe, MI 48413; John Sheeley’s brother Richard, 275 Tollgate Rd, Anna, IL 62906 and John & Barb’s address: 41077 Turnberry Ln, Clinton Township, MI 48038.
Bill Toban passed away from a lung condition on May 12. Jane and Bill rented in our park for years from Rod and Noreen. Cards can be sent to: Jane Toban, 137 Beck St, Rehobeth, MA 02769-3008, Ph: 508-930-3122, Cell 508-252-1259. Continued on Page 18
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There is Happy Hour each Friday throughout the summer from 4-6 p.m. Bring your favorite beverage and snacks and join in fun and companionship. The first Friday of each month is pot luck night, beginning at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. Join us for great food and a relaxing atmosphere.
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Rest in Peace, Andy
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We miss your smiling face but know you in a far better place than this earth. You were a friend and loved by many. May you rest in peace!
Cathy Kasch, left, and Betty Neal decorate the clubhouse bulletin board each month and hide one or two items that do not belong. Bob Obendorfer identified the two hidden items, a fish and a heart, on the beautifully decorated April bulletin board. Bob received a certificate entitling him to a free Saturday morning donut and coffee.
Mike’s Walking Count By Mike Lierman Mike’s count for May: 22 houses for sale, 43 newspapers delivered, 22 houses with life at 7a.m., 7 fire hydrants, 15 speed limit signs, 5 no parking signs, 4 tow-away signs, 127 houses with trash cans at the curb and 3 of those cans were turned over, and 85 houses with recycling cans at the curb.
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CLV Homeowners’ Association (HOA) JUNE, 2018 A Note from HOA President: Mary Wright son for this year’s drive. His experience is valued.
As I prepare this report (May 15) it is raining cats and dogs and the heat is on in the house! The temperature here in Ontario is 49 degrees F. Rather unusual for mid May. No shorts yet! Oh for a little of your Florida sunshine!
We will continue to work on improving our lines of communication to our Leaseholder households. An e-mail list will be developed to be used for quickly informing and reminding of meetings, events and things pertinent. Kat Whittaker has offered to assist us with this process. Thank you Kat. Your expertise is valued.
A few things to follow up on with you. Since our last HOA Board Meeting, April 10, the HOA/CO-OP Sharing Committee met April 11. The minutes of each of these meetings will be posted in the monthly Newsletter. The next meeting is scheduled for November 14, 2018.
By-laws govern how the Home Owners’ Association can conduct itself. The Board of Directors will be working throughout the summer months looking at how the current By-laws require updating. The process takes a considerable amount of time. When completed they must be brought to the membership for a vote of acceptance. Then they are sent to Talahassee for state approval.
The Annual door-to-door HOA Membership Drive 2018 will be November 13 thru the 30th. Board Directors will be visiting each Leaseholder home to provide information and membership applications. The fee per household continues to be $10 a year. Thank you to Roger Relich who will be the Chairper-
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Several weeks ago Seagrape neighbors realized a Florida Sandhill Crane was in distress. The beautiful bird looked weak and neighbors noticed its top beak was broken off possibly from some kind of animal attack. Neighbors, Velma McCrae, Mary Bright and Joe and Mary Bauer worked together to help this beautiful creature. They herded the wounded bird into Velma and Mary’s lanai and decided what to do.
Joe called the Wildlife Education and Rehab Center, a volunteer organization that survives strictly by donation. A representative from that organization came to Country Lakes Village to help these neighbors save this large bird. The man told the Seagrape neighbors that this Florida Sandhill Crane does not migrate but is native to Florida. It is among the endangered species with only 4,000-5,000 left in the wild. The man brought a cage and took the bird to a veterinarian where it remained for several days. The organization rep asked the neighbors if they would care for the bird while it rehabilitates. They were told his beak would grow back. (Isn’t nature wonderful!) Of course, loving the beautiful creatures, they said ‘of course’. When returning the crane, he told the four neighbors that the vet had filed the beak and stitched its tongue which had been damaged in the attack. He showed them how to feed the bird by dropping pellets of food the organization provided into a bucket of water so the bird could maneuver its beak to pick up the food. This was accomplished several times a day until one day the crane helped itself to pellets in a bowl sitting on a small outside table. They were told not to touch the bird because it is a wild animal and they wouldn’t want to make their home a bird sanctuary.
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Joe Bauer is seen feeding “Sandy.” Pellets are dropped in the water so she can maneuver her bill to pick up the food pellets.________________________________________
curled up in front of them and took a long nap. “He just ignored us,” said Mary Bauer, spokesperson for the group. “Sandy” as it was named, would leave during the day and one day came back with a “friend.” The Wildlife representative told the neighbors they cannot identify it as male or female because they look alike. But, I think most feel the injured bird is female. (Maybe it’s because the thinking is females are more vulnerable? Just my assumption) Since the rehabilitation process, residents know when the two birds, which are said to mate for life, are temporarily separated by mostly the rehabbed bird wandering off. The loud, shrill call resounds through the community until they find each other.
It has been a learning experience for the four neighbors and they are very happy they could help Mother Nature take care of this beautiful creature. Following According to the is an update from Mary Bauer: neighbors, the Sandy's beak is progressively starting to get crane did not much better, the lower beak which was trimmed fear them. After is just about back to normal and the upper beak, one feeding, the neighbors were which had the most damage, is also starting to sitting out at form her nostrils and a small black beak is startVelma’s talking ing to peak out from the nostrils. when the crane
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“The May Ladies Luncheon was held at Ferraro’s Italian Grill which was, in my opinion, delicious! “ said Jennettie Lierman, chairperson of the events.
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the Ladies Luncheons to donate to help feed the school-aged children. Peanut butter crackers, cheese and crackers, cookies, juice boxes, food that doesn’t require cooking and wrapped are all acceptable. They also need children’s socks to wear in the Soup Kitchen.
Throughout the summer, I would like those attending
Barb Clymer will host the June luncheon on the 20th at 11:30 a.m. Details are in the Clubhouse on the bulletin board. Hope to see you there!
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It’s Tradition! Sea Hut is always a great time, good food and a lot of conversation to kick off the summer dine-outs. Above are a few shots of some of our residents and a guest enjoying the evening. Thank you, Mike Lierman, with the help of Donna Thorne, for hosting a very pleasant evening. Jennettie Lierman, we missed you! Hope you are feeling better. We need a host for July. If you are our next host for Dine-Out, please call Jennettie, 618-303-3501, or Mike, 618-802-0101, for all of the details.
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Country Lakes Village 2018-2019 Entertainment Schedule Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
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The 2018-2019 Event Schedule is posted in the clubhouse. Please consider hosting one of our events. It’s not too early to sign up. If you are a Snow Bird and want to sign up, please contact Sue Eckert at 724-776-9209 or [email protected]
Join us in the Clubhouse on Saturday mornings for Coffee and Donuts. Find out what is going on in our little community. Dog Owners: Be considerate of your neighbors! Refrain from allowing your dog to defecate or urinate in a neighbor’s yard. It is also against the rules and Florida law to allow your dog to be off leash. Cat Owners: Cats are not allowed to run free to damage property and make a mess in neighbors’ yards. It’s a rule! 15 15
well. There are ferns, European wild ginger, sedges, lavender, sedums and lungwart. Ornamental grasses are great in container gardening too, as are dwarf conifers and small shrubs.
Tid Bits by Juanita Centanni Container Garden to Dress Up the Yard Many containers will remain attractive all summer long, just look for warm-weather annuals that bloom all summer or have foliage that remains attractive. Geraniums, marigolds, wax begonias, coleus, scarlet sage, salvia, walking iris and flowering tobaccos like nicotiana are all good choices; but you will find many more in the local garden centers. Experiment and if one plant doesn’t work out, don’t worry about it, just dig it up and try something else. Herbs can always be a good companion and you’ll have something right from your garden to spice up your dishes: basil, parsley, thyme, chives are good. Containers planted with hardy perennials and shrubs can be grown and enjoyed from year to year. Hostas and day lilies are great container gardening plants but many other perennials work as
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Concert and Karaoke, from page 1
Tim Burns, seated left, performed in concert at the CLV Clubhouse April 24. Tim, his daughter Abby and wife Pam were visiting their parents, Debi and Rory Burns; and Pam’s parents, Buddy and CeCe Rogers, all residents of Country Lakes Village. Tim performed some his original Americana tunes with influences from the blues, rock, country, bluegrass and some good old fashioned rock and roll with a little karaoke, too. There was a little dancing going on also. To the right are some of our residents lending their voices in karaoke.
Tim Burns strums his acoustic guitar at the Clubhouse during his Concert and Karaoke night as Marcio, our dancing machine, sings a Brazilian ditty and Marcio’s wife Carol dances along.
HOA Continued from Page 8 It is with great sadness that we reflect on the passing of and serious illnesses of, many of our cherished residents. Please continue to remember in your thoughts and prayers, our HOA Treasurer Donna Thorne. Donna is grieving the passing of her Great Grand-Daughter Jordyn. There is final peace for this special child. On behalf of your Board of Directors, be safe, be well and continue to enjoy all that CLV offers its residents.
Sunshine Report Continued from Page 5 If mailing your well wish to residents in the park please use: 5700 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto, FL 34221 along with their name and lot number. You can also use the No Postage Needed, across the hallway from the bulletin board for your well wishes. Please address with name and lot number. Drop in the slot by their last name. Rory Burns, Lot 223; Norma Davis, Lot 505; Charlie & Sue Eckert, Lot 254; Ed Gough, Lot 300; Dave Head, Lot 216; Marilyn Measday & Kathleen, Lot 542; Betty Sagraves, Lot 316; Bill Schippnick, Lot 339; Dave Smith, Lot 905; Pat Sweeney, Lot 514; Donna Thorne, Lot 524; Dona Turgeon, Lot 712; Lynn Turgeon, Lot 704; and Butch Wagstaff, Lot 201. Remember to hug your Care-Giver.
Florida Crane Update from Page 9 They usually come in the mornings then we put the pellets out for Sandy. ‘Butch’ is too fussy to eat the pellets so he wanders around looking for whatever he can find. But he does join her for a drink of water.”
This and That from your Gator Gazette editor… Martha Ackerman Summer is almost here and life goes on at CLV. The Summer Dine-Outs have begun. Ladies Luncheons continue to be enjoyed by those of us who live here year-round and the guys still enjoy their Wednesday lunch out with the Romeos. It’s funny, you just never know what you will see here in our little community. I hope you enjoyed the article on the Florida sandhill crane. I’m hoping we see little cranes in the future. A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor called me and said look out your front window. I just had to get a shot of this fast moving water turtle trekking down the street. He certainly isn’t one of God’s prettiest creatures, but I watched as he made his way back to the water. As editor of this newsletter, I sometimes encounter a dilemma regarding content for this newsletter. (I had some of the same problems as the editor/publisher of our hometown newspaper back in Ohio.) An article came to me that I feel this isn’t the forum to address the subject. There is a more appropriate place to handle some issues without causing hard feelings. Last but not least, I want to remember a friend who our community lost last month. Andy Nawrcaj was a resident who was always willing to help his friends and neighbors. He is missed by all who knew him. Our sympathy and hugs go to Lynn.
Just an FYI, if you see them around the park, please remember these are wild birds, so please don't feed them. Bread, hotdogs, etc., can be harmful to them. Also, if you are driving on Seagrape, please slow down. For some reason Sandy likes to curl up on the road. Maybe she likes the warmth. I don't think they will let us put up a Watch for Crane Crossing Sign.
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Our hope is when her beak has developed they will return to the wild and hopefully start a family of their own.
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Your #1 Mobile Home Rooﬁng Company
For over 3 decades, we have made it our aim to provide the highest quality mobile home roofing services in our community. You can always count on us to give you an honest assesment of your roof. Not only will you get the best experience at a fair price, you’ll also get the best warranty coverage available on the market! Don’t risk getting a cheap job or being taken advantage of by another company, call us today!