BLUE HERON BAY
By: Elaine Higgins
I hope everyone is enjoying GARAGE SALE DONATIONS
themselves this season. There is
sure a whole lot to enjoy. January Our BHB Recreation is accepting
was a very busy month and we have donations for the upcoming Garage
a very exciting February & March Sale. If you have items that you
planned also. Be sure and check out no longer want or need and would
the bulletin board in the clubhouse like to donate them to the BHB
for the many happenings and events recreation table, please contact one
that our recreation committee has of the recreation committee
planned for the upcoming months members or you may simply drop
and also what volunteers have them off near the stage at the
planned to put on. We are so clubhouse, but let one of us know so
blessed here at Blue Heron to have we can put it in our storage room.
such wonderful volunteers. And
what is even more exciting is see to
see a lot of our new residents SUNSHINE FOUNDATION
jumping in to help. We even have
some people renting who are helping For the residents that donated
out. What a great way to meet to the Sunshine Foundation, I have
people. So if you would like to help posted a thank you letter from
out with any events or socials just them on the board down at the
let someone know and be sure to clubhouse.
sign up to be a volunteer on the
sign-up sheet at the clubhouse.
2011 PARK DIRECTORY GROCERY COUPONS FOR
The response has been very
good with the sign-up sheet down Don’t throw out your grocery
at the clubhouse. The sheets are coupons, take them to 385
to come down on January 28. Then Kingfisher Lane and Diana Caldwell
they will be sent off to the printer. will send them to our Military
Once we get them back, the families that are overseas and they
Welcome Committee will then can use them for items that are at
compile them together for their store on their base. So even
distribution. They will be available after you have gone through them
for pick-up on Wed. Feb. 23 and and cut the ones you want out, if
Wed. March 2 during the you will drop the rest of them off
Sausage Dog hour between 11:30 to Diana. She has a basket or box
a.m – 12:30 p.m. They will need on her porch for you to put them in.
to be paid for at this time. So if Or, if you call her she will come
you have ordered the pages and/or pick them up. Her number is 863-
a folder, please come down to the 438-5860.
clubhouse on the dates mentioned
above and pick up your copy(s).
AARP TAX AIDE
A special Thank You goes out to FREE Federal Tax Preparation
Mary Ellen Diamond. Mary Ellen and E-filing. Starting Thursday,
has been keeping our Directory and February 3 and every Thursday
Birthdays and Anniversaries thereafter until April 14 from
updated for the past couple of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Due to
years. However, Mary Ellen does unresolved tax issues, anyone
work full-time, so to ease the load, itemizing will be asked to wait until
Walt Ellsmore has offered to March to file). A couple of
handle this task as our new park residents from the park will be
directory coordinator. Thank you working with other volunteers in
again Mary Ellen for your time and preparing tax returns. This
effort in doing this for the service will be set up at the First
Welcome Committee when it was Presbyterian Church in Haines City
most needed. located at 104 Scenic Hwy.
If you have any changes that (RT.544). You must bring a copy of
need to be made to the directory your 2009 taxes, photo ID & S.S.
please call Walt at 419-0979. Cards, all W-2’s, Retirement
Income, 1099 Interest and
Dividends, Checkbook, Etc. If you Fri. Feb. 4 - GARAGE SALE
sold Stock, you must know the SET-UP and
purchase price. RESIDENTS SHOPPING
Preparations limited to basic The tables will be set up and
returns. For more information you your name will be on the table you
can call Kathy Behl at 419-2841 or have chosen. You may bring your
Ralph Curtiss at 422-0689. items down and set up any time
after 12 Noon. Please, If you are
TREE TRIMMING not helping set-up or have a space
rented, DO NOT come down at
Tree trimmers need to remove this time. The Residents Shopping
their trimmings and debris. If you will be between 4 pm – 6 pm. It
are paying someone to trim your is very hard for the merchants who
trees, they should be hauling them are setting-up to try and sell their
off. Also, for any major (high) items as they are trying to put
trimming, you need to make sure them out for display. So please, if
that the person(s) you hire are you are coming to shop, wait until 4
licensed and insured. Ask them for p.m. Those of you who are selling
a copy of their insurance, most will want to bring your money with
companies, if they have insurance you so you can be ready to sell your
carry a copy of it with them. items.
Garage Sale Participants, Please
FEBRUARY EVENTS: remember to observe all rules
about what’s allowed to be brought
Tues. Feb. 1 – Chili Supper** to the Clubhouse to sell. Also, be
5:30 p.m. mindful that you have space under
$5.00 p.p. your table to place items, but we
Includes: Chili, with assorted do need to keep the walk way area
toppings, Cornbread, Rolls or clear so shoppers do not trip over
Crackers, Dessert and Beverage. anything. As you sell items off your
HOSTED BY THE SWITZERS table you can place items from
under the table on top of it.
EVERY WEDNESDAY- SAUSAGE
DOGS, HOT DOGS, OR
HAMBURGER. 11:30 – 12:30
$2.50 - $3.50
Includes: chips, dessert and
Sat. Feb. 5 - GARAGE SALE Tues. Feb. 8 – Shaun Dunning**
AND BAKE SALE Entertainer
8 a.m. – NOON Time: 7:00 p.m.
Residents that are baking goods Tickets: $7.00
for the Bake Sale, please bring your If you enjoyed the Donna
items to the clubhouse by 7a.m. Moore act that was here last
On Saturday morning, enter the year, you are going to love Shaun
clubhouse through the kitchen Dunning. He is a World Class
door. You will see why when you get Entertainer.
there. Please be at your table no PURCHASE TICKETS FROM:
later than 7:45 a.m. The doors will Doug Conran…. 421-9568
open promptly at 8:00 a.m. for the Bob Andrew…..422-8979
sale and we ask that you remain at Judy Churley…..421-6866
your table until 12 o’clock noon or Connie Novack…..419-0174
until all your items are sold. We Linda Colhardt……421-8601
advertise being open until noon and
we want to be there, as we do have
some who will come in around that Fri. Feb. 11 - DEADLINE TO
time. PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE
Also, For those of you who do not VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER.
want to take your items back home There will be NO tickets sold after
with you and want to donate them this date and NO tickets will be
to a local charity, please pack your sold at the door.
items up and take them to the back
door of the clubhouse. We do ask
that you separate clothing from Sat. Feb. 12 – Coffee & Donuts**
other items. If you have boxes you English Muffins Available
can leave we would appreciate it. 8:30 a.m.
And if you can, and are able, please $1.50 p.p.
stay and help get the clubhouse set
back up to it’s original state.
Thanks. Sun.Feb. 13- Ice Cream Social**
Birthday & Anniversary
Celebrants are FREE
Others - $1.50
February is dedicated as Thur. Feb. 17-Ladies Luncheon**
sweetheart month and those The Outback
married 50 years or more may Cypress Gardens Blvd.
enjoy their treat for FREE, too. Winter Haven
So for this Ice Cream Social we Meet at the Clubhouse
will not only celebrate February at 11:15 a.m.
Birthdays and Anniversaries, but
we will also honor those that have
been married 50 Years or more. So Sat. Feb. 19- Coffee & Donuts**
if you have been married 50 years English Muffins Available
or more, including this year, please 8:30 a.m.
come and let us celebrate this $1.50 p.p.
wonderful achievement with you.
Wed. Feb. 23 –ATTENTION ALL
BLUE HERON BAY LADIES **
Mon. Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Red Hats are hosting
Dinner “Days of Wine & Roses”
Includes Chicken/Broccoli Alfredo Wine Tasting Party at the
w/ Garden Salad, Italian Bread & Clubhouse from
Dessert & Beverage. 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Time: 5:30 p.m. All Blue Heron Bay ladies are
Tickets - $6.50 p.p. invited to join in the fun with
To purchase tickets contact: The Red Hatters!
Helen Cote………………..422-5537 Please check sign-up sheet on the
Judy Churley……………421-6866 regular board and mark what you
Ralph Curtiss……………422-0689 will be bringing behind your name:
Darrell Fox ………………422-5168 Your favorite bottle of wine,
Joanna Gentry ………..937-205-9587 cheese, crackers or other snacks.
Sonny Kasuba …….422-5775 Non-alcoholic wine will also be
REMEMBER: There will be no Red Hatters wear your casual
tickets sold at the door. Red & Purple.
Sat. Feb. 26 – Sausage Gravy** UPCOMING EVENTS:
Biscuits & Jelly. Wed. Mar. 2 –BLOODNET USA**
Juice & Coffee 9am – 2pm
8:30 a.m. The bloodmobile will be here
$3.00 again for our second visit this
Hosted by The Mullauers season. I want to encourage all
those who are able to donate to
come down and give blood. It is an
Sun. Feb. 27 – Social Dinner** opportunity for us as a community
The End Zone to help those in need. We do have
U.S. Hwy 27, Davenport an account set up with BloodNet, so
Meet there at 4:00 p.m. if a resident is hospitalized and
needed blood, the hospital gives it
to them and then BloodNet will
**Sign-up sheets for these events reimburse you with a check for the
are in the clubhouse. PLEASE sign number of units that were used. So
up for events as soon as you know be sure and let me know if you or
that you will be attending. Knowing your spouse needed units of blood
in advance the number of attendees while hospitalized. I have the
for each event helps us in our paper work here at the office.
planning and making the necessary
arrangements and/or reservations. Sat. Mar. 5 – PIG ROAST
Also, if you see that you FOOD - FUN & GAMES-
cannot attend an event that you LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
previously signed–up for, PLEASE EAT AT 2:00 p.m.
cross out your name on the sign- ENTERTAINMENT 4pm – 7pm
up sheet. Thank you. Food, soft drinks, & beer will be
UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED, TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:
ALL SCHEDULED EVENTS AND Doug Conran…. 421-9568
OR ACTIVITIES ARE AT OR Bob Andrew…..422-8979
AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE. Judy Churley…..421-6866
Mon. Mar. 14 – Red Hat Society Day 3 - Breakfast – Coach to Mt.
Tea & Lunch Vernon/ arrive Jamestown/
Jamestown sightseeing/ Coach to
Thurs. Mar. 17 – St. Patty’s Day Williamsburg, Dinner at
Dinner Williamsburg Tavern Hospitality
Tues. Mar. 22 – Comedian Day 4 – Breakfast, colonial
Johnny Roberts sightseeing.
Day 5 – Breakfast, coach to
Thurs. Mar. 24 –Red Hat Bus Monticello, lunch at Minchie Tavern,
Trip to Lake Placid Monticello sightseeing, coach to
Staunton Stonewall Jackson Hotel.
Tues. Mar. 29 – Volunteer Day 6 – Breakfast, coach to
Appreciation Party Gettysburg, sightseeing, Wyndham
Day 7 – Breakfast, coach to
AROUND TOWN: Philadelphia, lunch on own,
sightseeing, Sheraton Society
RIBS ON THE RIDGE Hotel.
LAKE EVA PARK Day 8 – Breakfast, coach to New
555 LEDWITH AVE. York, board Caribbean Princess.
HAINES CITY Day 9 – At Sea
FRIDAY, FEB. 18 – 5pm – 9pm Day 10 – Halifax, NS
SATURDAY,FEB 19 – 10am – 5pm Day 11 – Saint John, NB
Live Entertainment,Crafts & Food Day 12 – Bar Harbor, Maine
Day 13 – Boston
Day 14 – Newport
TRAVEL NEWS Day 15 – New York
By Walt Ellsmore You may eliminate the coach tour
and just take the cruise.
There is a 14 day cruise/tour on Ask me for details and pricing.
August 6, 2011.
The itinerary is: Day 1 – Arrive in December 4, 2011
Washington, DC and stay at the Seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise
Melrose Hotel; on the beautiful Ruby Princess.
Day 2 – Breakfast, Arlington $50.00 shipboard credit per cabin,
Cemetery, full day sightseeing, Only $100.00 deposit per person!
dinner and evening tour. Day 1 – Depart Fort Lauderdale
Day 2 – Princess Cays YOUR NEWSY NEIGHBOR
Day 3 – At Sea By:Terry Larock
Day 4 – St. Maartin
Day 5 – St. Thomas The holiday season went out
Day 6 – Grand Turk with a BANG!!! and it started a new
Day 7 – At Sea season with another BANG!!
Day 8 – Fort Lauderdale Arlene And Doug Conran hosted
Please call me at 419-0979 for the most delicious French Toast &
details and pricing. Bacon Breakfast. What a turnout
that was. The food was great, hot,
and served with a friendly smile.
NEW TO BLUE HERON BAY There were about 40 people
attending and it couldn't be done
Leo and June Maisenbacher with out the help of folks like Patty
200 Egret Drive Schleicher, Roland Marcotte,
Ralph & Denise, Connie & Bob N. and
Leo and June will be at BHB for the always faithful Mary U.
the winter months only, then they Where else could we go to get a
will return to their home near fantastic meal for a great price and
Albany, New York. have lots of laughs with lots of
Leo and June both worked at a friends.
local hospital, Leo as a welder and
repairmen while June worked in the Metro Crime Agency was
payroll department. represented by agent, Mark
They have 5 children, 16 Rutledge, who gave us some very
grandchildren and 2 great helpful tips on safety while out and
grandkids. about. He also answered many
June likes to complete jigsaw questions about the tools that can
puzzles and loves working with be used to defend ourselves. Mark
wood. She has built doll houses, was terrific. He informed, amused
furniture and rocking chairs. Leo and explained all this information
roots for the New York Giants while never pushing us to by any
(YEAH!!). They also enjoy playing product. Telling us the things that
double pinochle. we can do to prevent home
They intend to do lots of what invasions were very impressing and
they want to do with some resting he was knowledgeable on both the
and relaxing thrown in. tried and true methods and the
more recent electronic gadgets.
The next event was a record helped Diana DuDray and Carole K
attendance for the monthly ice putting the sandwiches together,
cream social. great teamwork, great cooks and
Fifty residents showed up to great food.
celebrate their birthday or Sonny K and Maryanne Aroosian
anniversary, as well as those who were at the door greeting the
had birthday/ann. while they were hungry crowd and of course taking
away. Fred & Linda Colhardt host their money.
this event every month and they Andy Yankovich was asked to give
always do a great job. Whether it the blessing and Ralph Curtiss
was a free night for you or not it's acted as emcee. Ed Gentry helped
always a winner. set up the tables.
Harry Aroosian & Frank Muscari
What an evening! What a night! made sure the water and soda was
and as my mother always said "Its kept flowing.
a Great Night for Soup". The Blue Serving the meal were Denise C.
Heron Clubhouse was filled with the Diana & Roger D. Rebecca
aroma of home made vegetable soup Cammarano, Pam H. & Frank M.
and grilled cheese. Bakers were Linda Reynolds,Shirley
Sonny and Carole Kasuba put on Matton, Diana D., Ruth Petuske,
one of the best dinners in the Judy Bland, Virginia Carmichael,
history of BHB, and 128 people said Carole & Jean Truax. Mary U.
exactly that. I also want to helped serve and also did one of
mention that there were home the things she does best, held the
deliveries made to seven residents, 50/50 raffle.
no tip required. Sonny and Carole want to thank
Since the signup sheet was everyone who helped make this
getting longer & longer, Sonny & event such a great success and of
Carole knew they had better send course to thank all who attended to
out a call for "HELP!!" and one that make it a great night.
would be heard from one end of the
park to the other. Those who Next came the "Ladies
answered the call are as follows: Luncheon" and once again it was the
Ina & Mike Paolino made the best attended we ever had, 37
delicious soup, needing 3 grills ladies were there to eat, drink and
were Sydney Campbell and Janet make merry and we certainly did
Patton grilling the cheese that. We ate at "Mimi's Cafe" as
sandwiches to perfection. They also we have several times over the
years and all first timers were more than others, and others had
advised to order ANTHING that more stuff to strut with. I had to
came with a "muffin included". watch and wonder why our kids
Those of you who did not heed this think we live in an"ole age home?"
splendid advise were then forced to There wasn't one person on the
"order to go" 'cause one look at dance floor who looked or acted
this oversized delights is to old.
salivate. Since there was a delay in Putting this gala evening together
getting and paying our checks, I took lots of teamwork and that was
want to thank all of you for your provided by hostess Connie as she
patience. Your a good group and I’ll planned the decor and Lola
fight anyone who tries to say prepared all the food. Helping
otherwise (well anyone smaller than Connie were Fran Hein (she is co-
me) and enough said on that committee person of the BHB
subject. Next month will be at clubhouse decorating) me, and of
OUTBACK in Winter Haven, hope to course (what would we do without
see you there. her ) Pam House. Lola was assisted
by her daughter Linda and Joanne
The last big event was our annual Wiz. Everything Lola undertakes is
after the new year celebration, and always set with style and a touch of
did we celebrate!! Connie & Bob elegance, we all marveled at the
Andrew once again hosted and Lola array of food on the beautifully
Doty suggested that the theme attired table, and the trestle that
this year shoud be a "Black&White" Pam House created was perfect for
affair. taking pictures to commemorate
It was wonderful to see a room the occasion. We are already
filled with black and white dresses, looking forward to next year.
slacks, shirts and blouses. Bob I say it to all of us who live here
Andrew wore a tuxedo and looked year-round, to those of you who
dashing as he greeted the guests. make this a second home, and
Wearing their unique brand of especially to those who rent year
splendor were Butch Behl & Gene after year, what a great park Blue
Buckely also in their tuxedo -- Heron Bay is.
SHIRTS--. Entertainment by
Mandy & Jim was great and their
choice of music set the mood for an
evening of dancing and strutting
our stuff, some of us strutted
RED HOT RED HAT HAPPENINGS RESIDENTS ADS:
The first event of 2011 was a FOR SALE: 48” Glass Top Table
celebration for all our members with Solid Oak Pineapple Base, Four
birthdays as we usually do in Chairs with padded seats, all solid
January. wood. Make Offer.
Connie and Company (the company Call 419-2977
part being me and Joanne Wiz.)
Connie had seen an advertisement FOR SALE: Four Golf Cart Tires
of the Sanford Arms in Bartow and on Rims with Wheel Covers
we had lunch there in Nov. to check 215/60-8
it out. Load Star. $90.00
It's an old Victorian house that Call: 863-422-7292
the owners have converted into a
Bed & Breakfast with luncheons If you would like to place a For
also served. Connie made the Sale ad, notice or an announcement
reservations then and there. Since in the newsletter, the deadline is
it was still the holiday season the the 20th of each month. The ads
decor was beautiful and so like an are $5.00. You need to write the ad
old fashioned Victorian Christmas up the way you want it to appear in
Setting with Dickens Houses and the newsletter and bring it into the
antique ornaments. park office before the deadline.
This event is one the most Residents are not allowed to place
attended functions and we all enjoy any ad or other items on the
it very much. It seems to set the bulletin board in the clubhouse.
tone for the upcoming season.
See you all at the next outing.
BHB Contact Persons:
Neighbor in Need Committee: Recreation Committee:
Terri LaRock . . . . . .419-9620 Bob Andrew. . . . . . . . . . 422-8979
For any general assistance, such Ralph Curtiss . . . . . . . . . . 422-0689
as a ride to an appointment, a meal Connie Novack . . . . . . . . . .419-0174
fixed when ill, etc. or if you need Dave Davis . . . . . . . . . , 422-0525
some medical equipment that we Judy Churley . . . . . . . . . . .421-6866
may have on hand, such as, Elaine Higgins .. . . . . . . . . .422-3157
crutches, canes, walkers, Doug Conran . . . . . . . . . . .421-9568
wheelchair, bedside potty seat, etc.
Sunshine Committee: Bingo Committee:
Ann Bunke……………..1-847-804-3078 Walt Ellsmore . . . . . . . . . 419-0979
Will send cards to residents Evan Shirley . . . . . . . . . . . 421-2545
hospitalized or ill, death in the Mary Umphrey . . . . . . . . . 419-2977
family, etc. So please, if you know
of any of our neighbors that are ill
or have passed away, please let Ann BHB Group Travel Coordinator:
know. Walt Ellsmore . . . . .. 419-0979
Judy Churley & Kay Watson,
Ralph & Denice Curtiss,
Fran Hein &Terry LaRock.
Welcoming Coordinators - Bob &
Virginia Carmichael – 422-2019
Directory Coordinator –Walt
Ellsmore – 419-0979