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By: Elaine Higgins
HAPPY NEW YEAR ! I hope current. So anytime that your
you all had a wonderful Christmas. northern address changes or phone
Thanks to The Behl’s for saving our number(s) change, please let us
Christmas Dinner. More to come know.
next month on that from your
newsy neighbor. 2009 DECALS
Due to the Holidays, I am
writing this newsletter a little Have you got your 2009 decal
earlier than usual so that I can get posted? If not, it needs to be. If
it to the printer before they close you are new in the park and did not
for Christmas. receive your decal registration, you
Let me start off with a few thing need to call or stop by the Tag
that were in last month’s Agency. Their number is (863)
newsletter that are worth 419-3177 and they are located just
repeating. across the street at the Tax
Collector’s office behind the
RESIDENT CONTACT INFO McDonald’s.
Please notify our office if you
have any changes to your northern POOL COVERING
address or if any of your phone
numbers have been changed in the We still need more volunteers
past year. Also, I know that when a for pool covering. During the cooler
lot of you first moved in you only months as our temperatures drop,
had a cell phone. If you have a there is a cover that is placed over
local phone number please provide the pool to keep the water warm
it to us. I want to keep our during the evening so that it can be
information on each resident enjoyed during the day depending
on the weather. If the projected BRIDGE LESSONS
temperature for the day is 69 or
below, the pool will stay covered. Starting Wednesday, Jan 7 at 1:30
Volunteers are needed to help p.m. Bill & Judy Swank will start up
cover the pool in the evenings a New Beginners Bridge Class. So
starting in January. Park if you are interested in learning
maintenance will uncover it in the this card game from lesson one,
mornings. If you are willing to help please come. Everyone is Welcome.
with this small task on a rotation They will be held every Wednesday
basis, please contact: Elaine at the and Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the
Park Office. The number is 422- clubhouse.
COMING TO BLUE HERON BAY
DOGS!>>>> HERE WE GO AGAIN Starting Wednesday, January 7 at
9:00 a.m. and every Wednesday
I continue to get complaints in there after, there will be a
the office regarding pet owners produce/fruits & vegetable stand
who are letting their dogs wander set up near the clubhouse. Please
onto others resident’s lots to come on out and support this.
relieve themselves. Please refrain Hopefully it will be profitable to
your dog from doing this. them and they will want to continue
When using the pet walk, be to come. It will sure beat driving
sure and stay in the pet walk area anywhere to get fresh fruits and
and not up toward the resident’s vegetables. They left word with me
homes. that they will have FRESH PLANT
Make sure ALL pet projects are CITY STRAWBERRIES.
picked up and disposed of properly.
If your dog goes poop, PICK IT UP!
PLEASE, DO NOT FEED THE
LINE DANCING These birds are considered
wildlife and should not be being fed
Where is everybody? Don’t forget by humans. They have their own
Line Dancing is every Thursday, means of getting their food source
(except Christmas and New Years) and do not need us to provide for
at 12:30 p.m. them. These birds can and will
cause damage to your screened GET YOUR TICKETS NOW:
rooms and other personal property. CONTACT:
Behavioral problems in these Doug Conran – 421-xxxx
birds can happen as they associate Butch DuBray – 421-xxxx
people with food. A big problem is Kathy Behl – 419-xxxx
the birds lose their fear of humans Sonny Kasuba – 422-xxxx
and become aggressive. There have HOSTED BY – THE CONRANS
been instances of sandhill cranes
that seemed tame attacking pets
and damaging property during Mon. Jan 5 – GARAGE SALE
breeding season. In addition, SIGN UP
parent birds that become 8:00 a.m.
dependent on people for food loose Monday, January 5 sign-up for the
their ability to teach their own how garage sale tables for the sale to
to properly forage for food. The be held on Saturday, February 7th
young may starve as a result. at the clubhouse. Numbers given
So if you are a bird lover, these on arrival to each person indicate
birds are better off without your your place in line.
help for their food supply. This is done on a first come, first
There are 21 tables in the main
JANUARY EVENTS: room and 20 of them rent for
$5.00 each. The table that is in
Sat. Jan. 3 - Coffee & Donuts** front of the stage will also have
English Muffins Available some use of the stage and will rent
8:30 a.m. for $7.00 because of the extra
$1.50 p.p. floor space it has. The exercise
room and the pool room will rent
for $8.00 per half. Only one half
Sat. Jan. 3 – NEW YEARS of the exercise room will be rented
Reminder: You are not allowed to
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
bring in large items such as
MUSIC BY “NIGHTFALL” bicycles, lawn mowers, furniture
ENTERTAINMENT – FUN - etc. Your larger items may have to
DANCING - REFRESHMENTS- be photographed and displayed that
CHAMPAGNE TOAST - BYOB way.
$7.50 Per Person
If you have items that you Sat. Jan 10 - Coffee & Donuts**
no longer want or need and would English Muffins Available
like to donate them to the BHB 8:30 a.m.
recreation table, please contact $1.50 p.p.
one of the recreation committee
members or you may simply drop Sun. Jan. 11-Ice Cream Social**
them off near the stage at the Birthday & Anniversary
There will also be a bake sale on 7:00 p.m.
this day. Someone will contact you Celebrants are FREE
for home-baked goods. Others - $1.50
If your Birthday and/or
Anniversary is in the month of
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN January, come on down and let’s
JANUARY – SAUSAGE DOGS – celebrate – IT’S FREE for you.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. And for any other’s who want to
Come enjoy a hamburger, hot dog, come and enjoy, it is only $1.50.
or a sausage dog along with chips, This is also the month that we
drink and dessert. Prices range not only celebrate January
from $1.50 -$2.50 depending on Birthdays and Anniversaries, but
your choice of meat. Sodas are also the Birthdays and
available for .50 cents. Anniversaries of those who were
up north during the summer
months. It’s free for you all too.
FARMER’S MARKET Just be sure and sign up, and
EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 9 am remember if you can’t make it
A.M. after you have signed up, please
scratch your name off the list.
Come on out and let’s celebrate
Thurs. Jan. 8 – Red Hat Society with each other and get together
Meeting & Pay Dues. for a time of fun and fellowship.
Will discuss Red Hat Society
letter & vote. Mon. Jan.12 – Red Hat Society**
Clubhouse 10:30 a.m. Pop Top Necklace Class
IMPORTANT ALL members Clubhouse 1:00 p.m.
attend: Don’t have to wear Red All supplies furnished $1.50 each
Hat Clothes. Don’t have to wear Red Hat
Tues. Jan. 13 – Mon. Jan. 19 - Fashion Show**
DONNA MOORE SHOW Brought to you by Belks at
(Impersonator) Posner Park and Luncheon.
For ALL Blue Heron Bay Ladies.
“Expect to be Impressed”
Clubhouse at 11:30 a.m.
7:00 p.m. $4.00 p.p.
Tickets: $5.00 Includes Lunch, beverage and
For tickets Contact: dessert.
Host:Bob Andrew -422-xxxx
or The Novack’s – 419-xxxx
Sat. Jan. 24 Coffee & Donuts**
Pam House – 422-xxxx
English Muffins Available
The Marcotte’s- 421-xxxx 8:30 a.m.
“Her impressions of Las Vegas
Super Stars & Country Legends are
done to absolute Perfection!” Sat. Jan. 24 –SMORGASBORD**
The Showbiz Profile DINNER
“This is The Best Show In Town” $5.00 p.p.
The Villages Sun Hosted By: Linda Bowden
Sun. Jan. 25 –Social Dinner**
Thurs.Jan.15 – Ladies Luncheon** NORBY’S Steak & Seafood
Ruby Tuesday’s 2425 Hwy 60 E. – Lake Wales
3635 S. Florida Ave. – Lakeland Meet there at 4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Clubhouse at 11:15
Mon. Jan. 26– Red Hat Society**
Sat. Jan. 17 -Coffee & Donuts** Luncheon for all Chapter
English Muffins Available members.
8:30 a.m. Southern Dunes – Haines City
$1.50 p.p. Pre-order menu on Board $12.50
per person. Carpool from
Clubhouse at 11:15 a.m.
Sat. Jan. 31 – French Toast Sat. Feb. 7 – Community
& Bacon** Garage / Bake Sale
8:30 a.m. 8 a.m. – 12 Noon
$3.00 p.p. BHB RECREATION IS ACCEPTING
Includes coffee & juice DONATIONS FOR OUR
RECREATION TABLE AT THE
GARAGE SALE. PLEASE CONTACT
**Sign-up sheets for these events MYSELF OR ANY OF THE OTHER
are in the clubhouse. PLEASE sign COMMITTEE MEMBERS IF YOU
up for events as soon as you know HAVE STUFF TO DONATE OR
that you will be attending. Knowing YOU MAY JUST DROP IT OFF AT
in advance the number of attendees THE CLUBHOUSE TO THE RIGHT
for each event helps us in our OF THE STAGE.
planning and making the necessary
arrangements and/or reservations.
Also, if you see that you Sun. Feb. 8 – MAGICIAN
cannot attend an event that you Terry Ward
previously signed–up for, PLEASE DISNEY PERFORMER
cross out your name on the sign-
up sheet. Thank you.
Sat. Feb. 14 – Chicken
UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED, Parmasean Dinner
ALL SCHEDULED EVENTS AND Salad, Pasta, Dessert & Bev.
OR ACTIVITIES ARE AT OR 5:30 p.m.
AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE. $5.00 p.p.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Sun. Feb.15 –Ice Cream Social
February is designated as
Red Hat Cruise – Feb. 2 –7 Sweetheart Month. During
this Social we will honor all couples
who have been married for 50
Fri. Feb. 6 –Garage Sale Set-up years and more.
2p.m. – 4p.m. If you have been married 50
Residents Shopping years or more, including this year,
4p.m. – 6p.m. and have a recent photo of
yourselves, please lend it to Connie
Andrew. She will make her own
copy of it and return your original. changes in vision, hearing,
That goes the same for your and reaction time.
wedding day picture. If you have 5. AND THE BEST ONE IS –
one of those that she can borrow GET AN INSURANCE
to make a copy of so that it can be DISCOUNT. ( Auto
posted next to your recent picture. Insurance companies in
We will display these pictures most states provide a
on our “Sweetheart Board” along multiyear discount to AARP
with pictures taken previously. You graduates! (Consult your
can reach Connie at 422-xxxx. insurance agent.)
As stated before, she will get You will need to sign-up in
photos from you and make copies of advance for this course. The
them and then return them to you. Cost is $12 for AARP members
and $14 for non-members. Only
checks will be accepted.
Mon. Feb. 16 & Tues. Feb. 17 – We will need at least 15
55 ALIVE –AARP Driving School residents signed up for them to
8:30a.m. – 12;30 p.m. come and do the classes. The
A classroom refresher course for class is limited to the first 30
drivers 50 years of age and older. residents.
This program is given in two
sessions over a two day period.
Each class lasts approx. four hours. Sat. Feb 28 – Come all Pirates &
Thee will be break’s during that Wenches- The Gasparilla Bash
time. You must attend both days to is coming soon. Mark your
be awarded a certificate of calendars.
completion. 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
FIVE good reason to take the Music By Nightfall
AARP Driver Safety Program: Entertainment – Refreshments –
1. Learn defensive driving Prizes – Just B.Y.O. Beverage
techniques. $7.50 per person
2. You do not have to take a Hosted By: Patti & Linda
test. Tickets Sales starting Jan 1 –09
3. You will get answers to Contact Linda at 421-xxxx
today’s driving challenges. Pedie at 419-xxxx
4. Find out how to adjust your The Novacks at 419-xxxx
driving to age related
FRIENDS WE HAVE LOST: In the Spotlight
By: Terry LaRock
We extend our deepest
sympathy to the friends and family Judy Foote was elected as a
of : Member of Parliament in Canada's
IRENE WASKO – General Election on Oct.14, 2008.
249 CRANE LANE Judy was born and raised in
Newfoundland,Canada and for the
past 18 years has been dedicated
NEWS FROM YOUR TRAVEL DESK to community service, working in
By: Walt Ellsmore several volunteer capacities. In
addition to her volunteer work
There is a cruise planned for within her province, she had also
April 29, 2009! It is a seventeen served with UNICEF for fifteen
day re-positioning cruise on the years.
Emerald Princess. The ship will Judy's political career started
leave Fort Lauderdale and stop at in 1996 when she was elected as a
the Azores, Portugal, Spain, France, minister of the crown, a position
England, Belgium, Netherlands, which she filled for 8 years. She
Norway and Denmark. Return will retired in Oct. 2007.
be by air. Judy's has had a varied
We have 6 people signed up for it, professional career, starting as a
and 18 more are “interested“. television journalist with the
Details are on the bulletin board in Canadian Broadcasting Corp. She
the clubhouse. has been a Director of University
Relations and has worked in the
There is a 7 day cruise on Premier's office, again as a
November 8, 2009 on the Emerald Director, this time in Public
Princess to the Eastern Caribbean. Relations.
The ship will leave Fort Lauderdale Judy holds many degrees
and sail to St. Thomas, St. Martin, including one in Art and another in
Grand Turk and Princess Cays in the Education. She also holds an
Bahamas. Bus transportation from Honorary Degree in Radio and
the clubhouse and return will be Television Broadcast Arts from
provided. Lambton College in Ontario.
Judy and her husband, Howard
moved into Blue Heron Bay at the
beginning of 2008.
Newsy Neighbor winners coming in 2nd, and for the
By: Terry LaRock second time in 3 years Sandy and
Tim Carr took 1st place. Some of us
Well, it's the new year once again, also enjoyed the camp fire and
the way the stores promote the s'more's afterwards. Thanks to
holiday season by starting in Sept. Sonny and Carole K. for getting it
now a days, I'm happy that New together once again.
Years Eve is still on Dec. 31st.
Now is the season that our Twenty ladies who do lunch
resolutions take over our every enjoyed the recently revamped
thought. Diet is usually the first on "Gift Mill" now called, "The Mill at
most people’s list and usually the Lake Hamilton." The restaurant is
first one we break. So I wish you now their main priority with a
good luck and hope that you all get larger menu, but it's still fun
to at least Feb. with your good looking at the lovely things that are
intentions intact. for sale.
Lots of fun events went on in With the ending of the year
Dec. and I was there to write it all 2008 and in many ways a very
down. We started with the Blue difficult one for our country, let us
Heron Christmas tree decorating remind ourselves that as Americans
and Yankee gift exchange. Nice to we have so much to be thankful for.
see that recent resident’s brought So we will look forward to 2009
down their 1st time ornament. We with good health, good friends and
also had a fun gift exchange, BUT neighbors, and a new hope for a
a somewhat sedate one, I prefer Happy New Year.
to see some good "ole fashioned"
pulling and tugging. Donna and Wally
hosted and, as usual, did a great Red Hot - Red Hat Happenings
job, I had the fun part of By: Terry LaRock
emceeing the gift giving.
It has been a really fun year
The golf cart parade was smaller with so many of us red-hatters
this year, but the attendence at getting to do so many fun things.
the clubhouse for hot cocoa and Having the opportunity to get
cookies was great. Placing 3rd in together with other red-hatters
this years competition were the and share laughs, food and shopping
Coopers', Alice and Harry, Arlene and lets face it ladies, these are
and Doug Conrad were first time
the things we do best. RESIDENTS ADS:
We have enjoyed Jean Hayes'
red hat parties, seeing the musical PAINTING & REMODELING –
"Hats", a very funny fashion show, Florida Room & Home Windows
danced and sang in the movie 30 years experience –
theatre along with the picture FREE Estimates – References.
"Mama Mia" oh! all right, so I was Roger T. DuBray
the only one who actually got up and 321 Crane Lane – Blue Heron Bay
danced, but it felt great. We went 863-421-xxxx
to a red-hat convention in
Kissimmee, once again went to see PRESSURE WASHING SERVICE
Bob Jackson, and most recently AVAILABLE-
made our own chocolate. Call Herm at 422-xxxx
Connie as always provided us
with news, fun games, and FOR SALE – (2) Wood Computer
suggestions that she and I receive Desks. 34” wide or 42” wide.
by attending the Queen's Council $20 Each.
Luncheons which is the reason why Call Doug Conran
the "Blue Heron Scarlett Belles" 184 Egret Drive
is one of the best organized 421-xxxx
chapters and certainly the most
fun. FOR SALE- SAMSUNG 50” T.V.
I cannot end this columm H.D. PLASMA. 1080I. Asking
without mentioning the passing of $800. Retails for $1,999.
one of our most beloved red- Call Ken Brown
hatters, Irene Wasko. Irene was 470 Kingfisher Lane
always the most fun to be with, she 422-xxxx
could make us laugh with her some
what off-color humor, her cooking
and baking which we all have FOR SALE – 2005 FORD 500
enjoyed at the clubhouse over so Colon Red. Only 17,000 miles.
many years, in fact if you just Excellent Condition. Asking
mentioned you liking something that $15,000.
she had made, you would soon get a Call Bill or Marilyn
call saying "come and get it". We 394 Kingfisher Lane
will miss you Irene and we thank 422-xxxx
you for sharing part of your life
If you would like to place a For Sale Welcome Committee:
ad, notice or an announcement in Pedie & Jack White,
the newsletter, the deadline is the Judy Churley, Kay Watson,
20th of each month. The ads are Ralph & Denice Curtiss
$5.00. You need to write the ad up Chairperson:
the way you want it to appear in the Phyllis Chase . . . . . .421-xxxx
newsletter and bring it into the
park office before the deadline. If you are new in BHB and have
Residents are not allowed to place not spoken with Phyllis or if you
any ad or other items on the need to up-date or change your info
bulletin board in the clubhouse. in the park directory, please give
her a call.
BHB Contact Persons:
Neighbor in Need Committee: Recreation Committee:
Terri LaRock . . . . . .419-xxxx Bob Andrew. . . . . . . . . . 422-xxxx
For any general assistance, such Terry Chase . . . . . . . . . . 421-xxxx
as a ride to an appointment, a meal Judy Churley . . . . . . . . . . 421-xxxx
fixed when ill, etc. or if you need Doug Conran . . . . . . . . . . 421–xxxx
some medical equipment that we Ralph Curtiss . . . . . . . . . . 422-xxxx
may have on hand, such as, Connie Novack . . . . . . . . . .419-xxxx
crutches, canes, walkers, Dave Davis . . . . . . . . . , 422-xxxx
wheelchair, bedside potty seat, etc. Elaine Higgins . . . . . . . . . 422-xxxx
Sunshine Committee: Walt Ellsmore . . . . . . . . . 419-xxxx
Gloria Marcotte . . . . 421-xxxx Evan Shirley . . . . . . . . . . . 421-xxxx
Will send cards to residents Mary Umphrey . . . . . . . . . 419-xxxx
hospitalized or ill, death in the
family, etc. So please, if you know BHB Group Travel Coordinator:
of any of our neighbors that are ill Walt Ellsmore . . . . . . . . 419-xxxx
or have passed away, please let email@example.com