BLUE HERON BAY
By: Elaine Higgins
winners. There will also be some non-
This is my kind of winter. If I
strenuous games that you will just need to
remember correctly, I think last year’s
use your noggin’. So come on down and sign-
winter was a nice one too. We have had some
up so that we can have a great time with
of the most gorgeous days these past
months. I am hoping our winter is behind us
and we can welcome in our Spring soon. The
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flowering shrubs are starting to bloom
already and our grass, with a little water,
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can be green again.
preparation and e-filing on Thursdays,
I am hearing so much about the huge
10am -2pm, at First Presbyterian Church in
attendance’s that we are having at the
Haines City located at 104 Scenic Hwy (544)
events at the clubhouse. That is wonderful.
starting Feb. 7 through April 11.
A lot of people are getting out and getting
Bring your 2011 taxes, all W-2s,
to know each other. We still have a few
retirement income, 1099 interest and
more things planned for this season so be
dividends, checkbook, etc. If you sold stock,
sure and sign up for them or get your
you must know what you paid for it. For
information, call Ralph Curtiss – 422-0689
or Kathy Behl – 419-2841.
SIGN-UP SHEETS POSTED FOR
PIG ROAST GAMES.
If you would like to join in the fun and
games that start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday,
FRIENDS WE HAVE LOST:
March 2, the day of our Pig Roast, please be
We want to extend our deepest sympathy
sure you sign up for them on the bulletin
to the family and friends of:
board in the clubhouse. There is a sheet for
Larry Bland – 333 Kingfisher Lane
Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball and
Bean Bag Toss. You will need to purchase a
pig roast ticket to participate in these
games. Prizes will be awarded to the
MARCH EVENTS: Sun. Mar. 10 – ICE CREAM
Sat. Mar. 2 - PIG ROAST $2.00
FOOD, FUN & GAMES Come on down and enjoy friends, fun,
MUSIC & DANCING conversation and ICE CREAM. Have a scoop,
TICKETS $10.00 split or a sundae, cake and pie, toppings
GAMES BEGIN AT 9:30 a.m. galore and a whole lot more.
(Sign-up now for the games on bulletin
board inside clubhouse)
(PRIZES AWARDED) Wed. Mar. 13 – BloodNet**
EAT AT 2:00 p.m. Blue Heron Bay Blood Drive
MUSIC & DANCING 4pm – 7pm 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Food, drinks, & beer provided. Giving Blood Saves Lives.
Hosted by: The Conrans If you are able, please be sure and come
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: down for the second blood drive of the
Connie Novack – 419-0174 season. There will be a sign up sheet put up
Roger Mullauer – 438-6140
with time slots that you can put your name
Doug Conran – 421-9568
Pam House – 422-7825
Sonny Kasuba – 422-5775
Blue Heron Bay Residents Club has a bank
(blood) account set up with this organization.
So remember, if you or your spouse has to
receive units of blood while in our local
hospitals, BloodNet will reimburse you, not
Wed. March 6th and every Wednesday of your insurance company, for it’s cost. Just
this month will be Sausage Dogs. let me know and I will turn in the info for
11:30 am – 12:30 pm you.
Come on out and enjoy a hamburger, hot dog Also, I received a notice from BloodNet
or the famous sausage dog. Complete with all saying that there is an increased demand at
the fixin’s including chips & dessert along area hospitals for O negative, B negative and
with a drink for a small cost. A negative blood. So if you are any of the
above, please consider donating on this day.
But all types are encouraged to donate.
Sat. Mar. 9 - Coffee**,
along with your choice of Donuts, Sat. Mar. 16 - Coffee**,
or Bagel w/ cream cheese. along with your choice of Donuts,
8:30 a.m. or Bagel w/ cream cheese.
$2.00 p.p. 8:30 a.m.
Sun. Mar. 17 - St. Patty’s Day Includes 2 Hot Dogs to roast, Baked
Dinner Beans, Chips and Marshmallows for roasting.
5:30 p.m. BRING YOUR OWN BEVERAGE,
TICKETS - $8.50 p.p. BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR,
Hosted by: Dick Giles & Judy Churley LET’S GATHER BY THE FIRE
Dinner includes: Corn Beef, Potatoes, AND ENJOY THE NIGHT AIR!
Carrots, Cabbage, Dessert and Beverage.
DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH . THERE Sun. Mar. 24 - Social Dinner**
WILL BE NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE Olive Garden
DOOR. Cypress Gardens Blvd. Winter Haven
Contact for Tickets: Meet there at 4:00 pm
Roger Mullauer – 438-6140
Judy Churley – 421-6866
Helen Cote – 422-5537 Mon. Mar. 25 – Red Hat Society
Pat Villemaire – 207-2462 Bus Trip to Tarpon Springs
Doug Conran – 421-9568 Be at the Clubhouse by 7:30 a.m. The
Denise Curtiss – 422-0689 bus will leave at 7:45 a.m. and arrive at
Tarpon Springs by 10:00 a.m. to board
the 90 minute boat cruise. When we
Tues. Mar. 19 – Ladies Luncheon** return, you will be on your own for
Olive Garden shopping & lunch.
Lakeside Village; Lakeland Pair up in groups & have fun!
Meet at the clubhouse 11:00 am The bus departs to come home at
3:00 p.m. We should arrive back to the
clubhouse at approx. 5:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 23 - Coffee**, The Cost is $21 p.p. for bus trip and
along with your choice of Donuts, includes driver gratuity. The cost of the
or Bagel w/ cream cheese. boat cruise is $18. Please pay Connie
8:30 a.m. Andrew by March 13th. Cash or Check.
$2.00 p.p. Bus Is Full. If you would like to be on
Stand by, let Connie know.
Sat. Mar. 23 – OLD FASHION
WIENER ROAST** Sat. Mar. 30 - Coffee**,
Cook your own dogs from the fire. along with your choice of Donuts,
Assistance will be available. or Bagel w/ cream cheese.
6:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m.
$3.50 p.p. $2.00 p.p.
Sun. Mar. 31 - EASTER DINNER** and enjoy in this time of celebration.
4:00 p.m. Whether you hosted, set-up, cleaned-up,
$3.00 p.p. cooked, baked for the bake sale, entertained
Hosted By: The Naif’s or organized, decorated, bingo helpers,
HAM, ROLLS AND ICED TEA & COFFEE exercise leaders, or helped with any
WILL BE PROVIDED. actitivites and or events, whatever it
Please Bring a Family Size Dish to Share maybe…………….COME!
for our Easter Dinner. See Sign-up
Sheet and mark your choice of a Dish you
want to Bring. Sat. April 6 – Sausage & Pancakes**
Along with Juice & Coffee
**Sign-up sheets for these events are in the 8:30 a.m.
clubhouse. PLEASE sign up for events as $3.50
soon as you know that you will be attending.
Knowing in advance the number of attendees Wed. April 10 – Sausage Dog
for each event helps us in our planning and Finale’
making the necessary arrangements and/or Sun. April 14 – Ice Cream Social
Also, if you see that you cannot attend an Tues. April 16 – Ladies Luncheon
event that you previously signed–up for, Sun. April 28 – Social Dinner
PLEASE cross out your name on the sign-
up sheet. Thank you. TRAVEL NEWS
UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED, ALL
SCHEDULED EVENTS AND OR There is a flyer in the clubhouse announcing
ACTIVITIES ARE AT OR AROUND THE a 7 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on
November 3, 2013. The cruise will be on the
NEW, beautiful ROYAL PRINCESS and will
UPCOMING EVENTS: be the first 7 day cruise from a US port. It
will tour the Mediterranean starting in June
Tues. April 2 – Annual Volunteer 2013 prior to coming to Ft. Lauderdale in
Appreciation Dinner.** late October of that year. You may check it
5:00 p.m. out on line at princess.com/learnships/rp.
There will be a sign-up sheet posted for you
The videos are great! We have reserved
to sign up for this. It is necessary that you
state rooms in most categories, but it is
let us know if you are coming. We encourage
all of you who have volunteered of their time anticipated the ship will be sold out soon. A
and efforts to keep Blue Heron Bay down payment of 20% of the cost per person
Recreation up and running to please come will hold your choice.
In the Spotlight and finally the rewards of always making it a
by Terry LaRock grand success.
So thanks to both of you for your years
As we all know Febuary's gargage sale of service, and of your dedication to all of us
was the swan song for Connie and Bob who appreciate what you have acheived over
Novack. the years.
These 2 people have lived this event for
5 years. That meant 2x's a year, bi-
annually, twice within 4 months, any way you
New at Blue Heron Bay
say it, was a 365 day a year job.
By: Terry LaRock
Connie and Bob accepted donations all
year thru, picking up the items from
neighbors homes, storing them in there Mary Oravitz
Florida room (which they can now reclaim as 183 Osprey Drive
there own) making sure all items were clean
Mary will be a part time resident here.
and in working order.
She is from New Castle, Del. where she and
First order of business was selling the
her husband raised two children. She also
tables to our residents so they could display
has two lovely granddaughters who of course
their own articles.
are the apple of her eye. Gabriele is 15 and
Then came getting everything down to the
Briana is 11.
clubhouse, pricing all the hundreds of items,
Mary worked in the nutritional services
sorting and boxing them up.
for 27 years before retiring.
In the mean time they had to get volunteers
Mary had recently lost her husband of many
to handle the bake sale and man the BHB
years when she decided to visit her friend, a
recreation club tables.
friend who is also a part-timer in our park.
Having a team of helpers to set up tables,
After a few weeks she knew that she liked
move dozens of chairs, making sure that all
it so much that she wanted a place of her
safety rules were considered was also an
own. She also loves to spend the summer at
important task for them to undertake.
Bob and Connie have given countless
Mary enjoys the pool and luncheons and
hours to this, our biggest project at BHB
the many events at the clubhouse.
and for all these years they have done a
She is a lover of the Broadway Plays and
anything exciting that goes on in the New
Being very special friends to me, I know how
much the garage sales have meant in their
Mary also enjoys reading and she reads all
lives throughout these years and as relieved
types of novels.
as they are to finally say goodbye to it, I
Traveling in the future is something that she
know that it is also bittersweet for them.
is looking forward to also.
They have enjoyed the comradre, the
laughs, the work, the frustrations, the fun
Garry and Linda Wills
198 Osprey Drive John is retired Navy and they have 2
children and 5 grandchildren.
Linda and Garry are from Ottawa, Brenda collects Blue Willow Dolls and John,
Ontario Canada. Garry retired from Loblows Indian Artifacts and Antique Guns.
Supermarkets Ltd. after many years. Linda John loves watching and attending Navy
had a day care service and loved having a football games and playing soft ball
house filled with children from infants up to Traveling will be their main objection in
the year of 12, many who still keep in touch the future.
They have 2 children of their own as well Your Newsy Neighbor
as 4 grandchildren. Another member of the Terry LaRock
family is their American Cocker Spaniel
named Casey. It seems as though Jan 1st 2013 was just
Linda loves to sew, but their main passion a couple of weeks ago but already we are in
is anything that has wide open spaces where out 3rd month of the "not so new year
they can fish, ski, skate and something anymore" The young say that time flies by
called ski-skating. They love boating and when you are having fun, but for us older
fishing at their summer home. folks, time flies by even if your just sitting
They have been so busy renovating their like a bump on a log.
home here, but have still found time to get No matter, there is just so much to do at
involved in everything that BHB has to BHB that we can always find something to
offer. keep us busy.
They also enjoy making maple syrup and
create butter tarts. Our garage sale was once again a great
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Ottawa event and sadly it will be our last if some
Senators are the teams that they root for. stouthearted folks don't step up and say
Both really love it here and are making "WE CAN DO IT & WE WILL"
sure that they have lots of fun and
adventures during the winter months here. The "Ventriluquist Showcase" was indeed
a night to laugh and let loose.
****************** Entertaining us for the evening were Dale
Anderson, his wife Kathy and several friends
John and Brenda Kelly that they brought along.
293 Kingfisher Lane Dale started using puppets and mannequins in
high school and continued to hone his craft
Brenda and John are from New York way over the years.
up in the Adarondaks Mountains. The show started with a song that
They will enjoy their winters here in sunny introduced us to some of his friends and
Florida very much. were they ever friendly.
Everyone really enjoyed the 100 year old to all who helped make 98 people smile.
brothers, one of which was a doctor.
He also got some of us involved with his Social Dinner was at Chili’s in Lake Wales
rendition of "SENIOR RAP" calling on Denise and this is always a good place to eat and be
and Ralph, John Harper and Jocelyn Rivait. with your friends and neighbors. As you know
Dale’s show is always one that “seniors” love Mary now hosts the monthly social dinners
to join in on. Thanks to Doug for setting up a and does a great job.
night of joy.
A personal thanks to all the ladies who
Chili dinner was hosted by Janet and Jim attended the "LIA SOPHIA" Jewelry Party
Switzer, and as last year, the house was at the clubhouse. It was a great turnout and
packed with hungry eaters. I hope everyone had a good time. My
I myself haven't ever really had a meal of daughter-in-law Joan Marie would also like to
chili before, but I love Janet and Jim so I extend her thanks for all who came down.
thought I'd come down and nibble. What There is not enough for me to say about my
nibble I can't believe I ate the whole thing. best friends who helped me pull this event
Great Food!! off, if not for them I would have run away
Helping out of course are best friends Denise from home the night before the big event.
and Ralph, Denise and Jim, Janice and Stan They pulled me together and actually made it
and Pam. fun. Connie Andrew, Connie Novack, Joyce
The delicious desserts were baked by Rush & Joanne Wiz. I love you all.
Cynthia, Joanna, Anna Mae, Connie, Kathy and
Carole. Recently Mary U was presented with a CIVIL
We are all very grateful to this really SERVICE AWARD for her extraordinary
great couple, they always volunteer and work work for the kid back pack project. I will
hard to make our time spent at the clubhouse write more about this after the BHB
a fun and filling evening. volunteer appreciation dinner.
Chicken and Biscuit Night was another CHRISTMAS RE-CAP: As we assembled for
night to wine and dine, well maybe dine and Christmas Dinner the real host of our meal,
iced tea. Santa, greeted us along with Mrs. Claus.
In the kitchen cooking up some awesome food They gave us a warm welcome wishing us a
were hostess Bonnie Jenkins and her very Merry Christmas. Ralph Curitss gave the
able volunteers. Joan Bowlby helped with the invocation and the food soon disappeared
chicken and prepared the salad for the along with the desserts. Many of those with
servers Helen & Ed Cote, Pam House, Liz full stomachs stayed to enjoy the
Proteau, Lil Obriot, Catherine Lueck, Joanna conversations and help with the clean-up, we
Gentry & Marv Bowlby. Grace was said by our thank each of them. We especially thank
favorite Irishman Pat McCarthy. Carole John & Mary Harper who appeared as Santa
Kasuba was the offical greeter. Job well done and Mrs. Claus. Pat & Mike Villemaire helped
Doug and Arlene with the organization of the Recreation Committee:
event. Those doing the serving were Pam Bob Andrew. . . . . . . . . . 422-8979
House, Butch & Kathy Behl, Ralph & Denise Doug Conran . . . . . . . . . . .421-9568
Curtiss, Patty Schleicher, Fran Hein, and Roger Mullauer . . . . . . . . .438-6140
Diane Caldwell. We also cannot overlook the Connie Novack . . . . . . . . . .419-0174
help we always get from Mary Umphrey. Dave Davis . . . . . . . . . , 422-0525
Elaine Higgins .. . . . . . . . . .422-3157
For Sale: Solid Wood Pub Style Table Walt/Sue Ellsmore . . . . . 419-0979
with 4 chairs. Has Hidden Leaf & Drawer Mary Umphrey . . . . . . . . . 419-2977
on Bottom. Asking $300.00. To See at 244 Diana DuBray . . . . . . . 518-569-3489
Kingfisher Lane 863-422-7292. Lorraine Bilodeau . . . . . . 422-6294
BHB Contact Persons:
Neighbor in Need Committee:
Terri LaRock . . . . . .419-9620
For any general assistance, such as a ride
to an appointment, a meal fixed when ill, etc.
or if you need some medical equipment that
we may have on hand, such as, crutches,
canes, walkers, wheelchair, bedside potty
Gloria Marcotte . . . . 421-5337
Will send cards to residents hospitalized
or ill, death in the family, etc. So please, if
you know of any of our neighbors that are ill
or have passed away, please let Gloria know.
Judy Churley & Kay Watson,
Ralph & Denice Curtiss,
Fran Hein &Terry LaRock.
Welcoming Coordinator –
Judy Churley 421-6866
Directory Coordinator –Walt Ellsmore