Volume 7 Issue 6
A Hufﬁnes Community
Savannah, TX 76227
A Look Inside... Savannah Schools:
School bells are ringing again! Ryan is also the
Savannah’s youngsters have returned home of the Ryan
to the classroom. Raiders boys bas-
ketball team, 4A dis-
The children of Savannah are for- trict champions for
tunate to be served by several great the last two seasons.
Denton ISD schools. Rated from Go Raiders! Ryan is
National Night Out: page 10 Recognized to Exemplary by the Tex- proud of their ath-
as Education Agency (TEA), these letics department,
schools provide the highest quality of which includes a
education for the young people of our wide range of sports
community. The Denton ISD is itself in which students
a TEA Recognized School District. may participate, Savannah Elementary School: Exemplary since 2008
depending on interest
Savannah Elementary School and skill. In addition to basketball, now, full of promise. With the hard
boasts a lot of “Gator Pride” (their they offer football, cheerleading, ten- work of teachers and students, as
school mascot... The Gator). They nis, baseball, softball, soccer, cross well as the steady involvement of the
have been rated Exemplary since country, track, golf, volleyball and parents, we can expect to continue to
Fall Fishing Tournament: page 10
2008! In the school’s mission swimming- something for everyone. see great academic results at all three
statement it says that Savannah The 2010-11 school year is beginning of our schools.
Elementary is “in partnership with
families and the community...”. As
Time for a part of their continuing effort to
Association Dues pursue this partnership with parents,
See Page 3 the school will be holding seminars
to reach out and involve them in the
education process. In September they
held their ﬁrst parent seminar entitled
Contents this issue “Developing teamwork in a child’s
educational experience.” The school Other Fun
also has a very active PTA. The PTA Trunk or Treat: Bring your bag and get
2 Homeowners Association ready for trick-or-treat fun right there
sponsors programs and events such
as a Sock Hop, Field Day, Book Fair, in the Sports Pavilion parking lot.
3 News & Notes
Reﬂections Contest, Chess Club, Sci-
ence Fair and a Fall Festival. Hay Ride: What would a fall festival
5 Committee News be without a good old fashioned hay
This year our annual Fall Fest will ride? Provided by 380 Sports
6 Clubs & Classes Navo Middle School serves grades 6
be on October 16th from 4pm-7pm
thru 8 and has been rated as Recog-
at the Sports Pavilion and parking lot. Face Painting: Kids can enjoy getting
7 Scouting News nized (the TEA’s second highest rat-
ing) for the past two years. Navo has their faces painted by the great folks
8 Home & Garden also been recognized by the National
Contests from Lifepoint Church.
Pumpkin Cooking Contest: Pumpkin
Center for Educational Achievement
10 Event Highlights has to be an ingredient. Two catego- You can also visit the Savannah Pump-
(NCEA) as being a “Texas Higher
ries, 1)Baking; 2)Cooking. Entries kin Patch and pick your own Hallow-
Performing School” based on stu-
11 Upcoming Events can be dropped off at the clubhouse een pumpkin: $2 for the medium and
dent improvement rates and on the
any time before 3pm on October 16th. $1 for the small. If you get hungry,
percentage of students scoring at or
12 Financial Focus Winners announced at 6pm. Mylestone Barbecue will be there
above NCEA’s College and Career
Readiness Target for reading. once again. The hot dogs are a great
13 Savannah Spotlight Costume Contest: Trophies awarded deal for $1, but for a real treat we
for best costumes. Sign up for con- recommend the Black Angus Bris-
Ryan High School has achieved
13 Tech Corner test at the festival. Contest will be in ket Sandwich for $5 (also available...
the rating of Recognized this year.
Sports Pavilion Parking lot beside DJ Rib Sandwiches, Turkey Legs, Corn
One great program the students can
13 Welcome New Neighbors at 5pm. Winners announced at 6pm. on the Cob and more).
take advantage of at the Ryan cam-
14 Church Listings pus is the Revolution Prep SAT
Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Bring Music will be provided by a DJ spin-
Course that will help them prepare
your entry to the festival by 4pm. ning tunes in the parking lot. So, bring
15 Sports & Fitness for the November 6, 2010 SAT. The
Registration is under the sports pavil- the whole family out for an evening of
classes began September 25th. For
ion. Winners announced at 6pm. fall festival fun... See you there!
16 Family Life more information, visit the website,
17 School News
w w w. p re m i e r m g t c o n n e c t . c o m / s a v a n n a h
18 Savannah Pets
17 DCFWSD News US POSTAGE PAID
AUBREY, TX 76227
20 Calendar PERMIT #17
LIONSGATE HOMES ~ 972-782-9125
Savannah Community Association
Community Winter Hours:
Your HOA Staff
Association Closed Sunday
Association Manager 972-346-3020
OFFICE Fitness Center firstname.lastname@example.org
4:30am-midnight • Oversees all aspects of the management and
maintenance of Savannah Community Assoc.
• Oversees onsite SCA management team
701 Savannah Blvd. Questions About Your HOA Account? • Property inspections
Savannah, TX 76227 Call Premier Communities: • Addresses Community Association issues
Phone: 972.346.3020 877.378.2388 • Issues access cards
Fax: 972.346.3022 www.premiermtgconnect.com/ • Orientates homeowners with the Association
Assistant Manager 972-346-3020
• Assists in the SCA offﬁce
• Assists with property inspections
• Issues access cards
• Assists the HOA manager
• Helps orientate homeowners with the Association
Activities Director 972-346-2828
Go to PremierConnectTM for all of your email@example.com
HOA information. View CCRs,
• Assists in the SCA offﬁce
your account information, up to date
www.premiermtgconnect.com/savannah • Issues access cards
community calendar, HOA forms, past • Coordinates events with Social Committee
copies of The Magnolia Times, a directory and more. If you haven’t registered yet, • Schedules rentals
contact the Communications Director, Deborah Victory: • Coordinates master calendar
Do You Have Your Communications Director 214.975.8642
To access the pool and ﬁtness center you will need a valid magnetic access card
• Coordinates newsletter submissions & design with
• Website maintenace & registrations
(SCA dues must be up-to-date in order to be eligible). If you are a new resident, we • Photographs events
encourage you to come by the HOA ofﬁce at your earliest convenience to get your
access card. You will need to ﬁll out some basic paper work and review governing
documents (CCRs, Bylaws, etc). Please bring either your...
a) current driver’s license and closing papers Jeffrey Landesberg Senior Manager
b) your new drivers license with Savannah address
Page 2 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
into their new homes, they don’t take
the time to read all the ﬁne print.
as possible, so if there’s anything you
don’t understand, please let us know.
Can’t ﬁnd yours? Visit the Associa-
We’ll be glad to clarify any confusing
language or give you other materials
tion website: that answer your questions. Meetings
That old expression—ignorance of The Board meetings will be
Click on “forms and documents”, the law is no excuse—isn’t exactly closed during the months of October
Have You Read then look for the “Association Docu- our motto, but it’s close. and November. In the meantime, if
you have a matter you wish to have
ments”. Choose “Legal Documents”
Your CCRs Lately? from the drop down menu. There addressed by the board, please con-
they are! tact either the General Manager
When you bought a home in (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Savannah, at closing you should have your Village Advisor (see page 5 for
It’s very important to have copies of
received copies of all our governing contact information).
the governing documents because
documents, your Covenents, Condi-
you’ll be expected to know and com-
tions & Restrictions (CCRs). These There will be no meeting during
ply with all rules and regulations of
documents include the rules and regu- the month of December due to the
the community. It’s our responsibility
lations. Sometimes these documents holidays. Board meetings are nor-
to make these documents—the by-
get lost among all the other papers mally held on the 4th Wednesday of
laws and the covenants, conditions,
you received at closing. And many the month at 6pm in the Clubhouse
and restrictions—as understandable
homebuyers are so involved moving Theater. The meetings will resume
an open format in January 2011.
NEW- Quarterly Billing Schedule
Your Board of Directors and Pre- The due dates for quarterly assess-
mier Communities have listened to ments will now be October 1, 2010; Pilot Point: The Dallas Model A Ford Club of
your feedback over the last several January 1, 2011; April 1, 2011; and Dallas will kick off the festivities
months, and have been in discussions July 1, 2011. As long as your account Bonnie & Clyde Days at 9:30am with a parade starting at
about how to adjust the assessment is either current or prepaid as of the During the 1930’s there was no Lantana Resort & Marina, winding
payment schedule for the owners. The late date, no additional late or collec- bigger media personalities than the through Pilot Point and ending at its
goal has been to provide staggered tion fees will be assessed. infamous Bonnie & Clyde. In 1967 historic town square.
billing, yet low administrative costs Bonnie and Clyde came to Pilot Point,
and processing for both the associa- Please be sure to always include a Texas once again when Warren Beatty There will also be a tractor parade,
tion and its members. coupon with each dues payment re- was looking for authentic locations cotton pickin’ contest, demonstration
gardless of your payment frequency for his seminal ﬁlm. To celebrate that of a peanut shucker, and an old fash-
Previously, dues have been payable to ensure that your payment is mailed famous ﬁlming and to recognize the ioned melodrama at the Opera House.
twice per year with payment plans to the correct remittance address and history of North Texas during that
available for owners who reached out is applied correctly to your account. memorable time of the 1930’s Pilot Come get a taste for what it was like
and established a plan in writing. We You may also make payments on- Point is hosting Bonnie & Clyde Days to go to the “picture show” in the
know that we have many owners who line via credit card or direct debit on October 9th. 1930’s at the Movie House on the
would like to break their payments up to your bank account by visiting square. In addition to clips of famous
into a more frequent schedule, and www.premiercommunities.net. The Pilot Point’s town square will be ﬁlms you’ll see news reels, cartoons,
therefore have established a QUAR- turned into a piece of living history serials and short subjects that enter-
TERLY PAYMENT SCHEDULE for If you have any questions about a pay- in the form of re-enactments, events tained your great grandparents and
all owners. ment plan you may already have in and demonstrations to give visitors can still amuse and delight audiences
place and how this change in billing an appreciation for what it was like of all ages.
By now you should have received frequency affects you, please call our to live in North Texas during the
your new coupons that will provide customer service department at 877- Great Depression. All participants and guests are en-
you a schedule of four times per year 378-2388. couraged to dress in costumes of the
beginning in October 2010. You may The legendary bank robbery scene era. Dress in your best 1930’s style
still choose to pay your regular as- We are hopeful that the new approach from the ﬁlm will be re-enacted ex- and get in the spirit of the day.
sessment annually, continue to pay the will assist you and your family with actly where it was originally shot, The
dues semi-annually, or pay the dues in the assessment payments that work to Merchants & Farmers Bank Building
quarterly installments. make our community a success. on the square.
How Do You Like Our
In the interest of keeping things Many thanks to Savannah resident,
fresh and new, The Magnolia Times John Lee Smith, for his continuing
has revamped and updated our look. input. John is a new member of the
The paper will still have the sections Communications Committee with
that you’ve come to know and look many years of experience as a graph-
for: News, Event Highlights, Commit- ic designer and creative director. His
tee News, The Scouting Page, church suggestions have played a big part in
listings, backpage calendar, etc. The the changes you see and will hope-
only difference is a little fresher look fully see in future issues.
and feel. We hope you like it!
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 3
News & Notes
From your Advisors...
Little Elm Lions Start training now, but in case you
can’t complete the route, they will
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Bike Ride have trucks and people to pick you The Savannah Advisors and the Please RSVP to the email address lo-
up and take you to home base in Lit- Resident Board Member have got- cated next to your village before the
On October 17th the Little Elm Lions tle Elm Park! ten together to try to develop a way date of the meeting. The meetings
Club will sponsor a 50 mile Charity
where we can hear from YOU, the all will be held in the Savannah The-
Bike Ride! For a $25 entry donation,
resident, on topics that are of inter- ater at 7pm in the evening.
riders will receive a Commemora-
est to us all. How are we going to
tive Ride T-shirt, goody bags loaded
do this? By inviting everyone to at- Continental Congress Village
with coupons from local stores, and
tend a special meeting per village on Monday, 10/11
chances to win gift baskets. Our local For more information, visit the Lions the following topics: RSVP by 10/10
Walmart store has been very gener- website at: continentalcongressadvisors@sa-
ous in donating all the water, fruit, www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ 1) What do you like MOST about vannahca.com
and juice for the water stations. LittleElmTX/index.php your community of Savannah?
2) What do you like LEAST about Sea Pines Village
your community of Savannah? Tuesday, 10/12
3) What would you like to hear at the RSVP by 10/11
annual meeting and/or what would email@example.com
you like done differently?
4) How can we make it easier to get Greenview/Georgia Villages
YOU involved in your community as Wednesday, 10/13
a volunteer or on a committee? RSVP by 10/12
5) What ideas do you have on saving firstname.lastname@example.org
We want this to be a a chance to “sit Monday 10/18
down together and talk as neighbors RSVP by 10/17
and friends” with no developer or email@example.com
HOA involvement. This will be a
relaxed meeting with no slide shows Peachtree Village
and no speeches. Tuesday 10/19
RSVP by 10/18
This is the schedule, per village, so firstname.lastname@example.org
be sure and mark it down so you can
attend and let us hear from you. We
would like to get an RSVP from you if PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING
you plan on attending in order for us YOUR COMMENTS WITH YOU
to make sure there is enough seating FOR THIS MEETING.
available for everyone that is coming.
For all of you HOA information, visit
Page 4 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
Dues Pay for All
By Druetta Russell
the Good Stuff! Resident Board Member
I am so proud to be serving and ations, trying Pancake
representing my fellow neighbors and to make their
friends in our community of Savannah. payments. All Breakfast
I hope and pray that I will do a fair job it takes is one Sponsored by the Hospitality Commitee
for everyone concerned because I take simple phone
this responsibility very seriously. We call to set these Want to get to know your neighbors?
are currently in the process of doing payment plans Check this out...
the 2011 budget and several residents up. If you are
have come to me already this year one of these residents that aren’t pay- What: Pancake Breakfast
wanting their pool season back the ing, and you moved into this commu- When: Sat, October 9th, 9-11am
way it was, wanting to replace all the nity, please understand your dues are Where: Savannah Clubhouse
fences that need maintenance, want- what pays for the things we all enjoy.
ing to keep our social events and even So if you need help, call Premier and Please come and welcome your new neighbors to the community and get
make them bigger, etc. All of which they can work with you, but if you to know the old ones! RSVP to Candice Roy at scaactivities@savannahca.
are good and valuable ideas, however don’t call, they can’t help. com or call 972-346-2828 by October 2nd to let us know how many from
it takes money to have such amenities your family will be joining us.
for all of us to enjoy and it also takes Otherwise I am concerned that every-
everyone paying their dues on time to one will lose out on the things that we
have this income. all enjoy in our great community. Let
us all be good neighbors and meet our
That is why I am writing to you about
a serious topic that cannot be over-
looked. Why you ask? The answer
obligations that we have made to this
community and our neighbors when
we moved in here. If you need help,
is a simple one: We have residents
that aren’t keeping the commitment
they made when they moved into the
call Premier at 888-378-2388.
Let’s not get to the point where we
Look for a committee that suits you, then contact them, attend
neighborhood and that commitment have to stop the social events or have
was to pay their HOA dues on time an even shorter pool season. If we a meeting... get involved! Whether you are a green thumb
in the months of April and October. don’t see a change, I am sure our dues interested in the Landscape Committee or a friendly soul in-
will be increasing just to meet our cur- terested in Social or Hospitality, there is a committee for you.
The Board and Premier have made rent obligations, never mind the items
every effort to come up with pay- we want, such as another pool facility.
ment plans for those in difﬁcult situ-
Chair: Donella Callen
Meets 2nd Tues of the month,
Advisory Board Committee 7pm in the Cafe’
Meets the 3rd Sat of the month, 8am in the Board Room Lanscape Committee
Wisteria Village Peachtree Village ca.com
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Chair: Veasey Manley
Architectural Standards 3rd Tues, 6:30 in Board Room
Meets on a regular basis to review plans for
exterior home improvements submitted by
Co-Chairs: Dave Young & Gary
Jon TenBroeck Marie Stankus Lindsey Smith Need Volunteer
fellow homeowners. Members ensure that Hicks
the improvements fall under the guidelines
Georgia Village Sea Pines Village stipulated in the CCRs.
1st Thurs, 7pm in Board Room
(and Greenview Village) Sports Committee
? Chair: Barrett Walch
Meets 3rd Tues of the month,
6:30 in the Cafe’
Chair: Rebecca Akers
Meets 2nd Thur of the month,
6:30 in the Cafe’
Donnie Brewer Need Volunteer Robert Tague Cindy Tallent Finance Committee Hospitality Committee
Continental Congress email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS the
ABC? Chair: Patrick Etie
Meets 1st Thur of the month,
Chair: Rob Adams
Meets 2nd Wed of the month,
The Advisory Board Committee mem- 7pm in the Board Room
@savannahca.com 7pm in the Cafe’
bers serve as advisors to the Board
of Directors by gathering input from Pool Committee Safety Committee
? the committees and individual hom-
eowners on issues affecting the com-
Chair: Shelly Brewer
Meets 1st Fri of the month,
Chair: Tammy Young
Meets 1st Tues of the month,
6:30 in the Board Room 7pm in the Board Room
Teen Committee Social Committee
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 5
&Classes We would like to discuss having our
luncheons catered by a local restau-
Savannah Story Time wel-
comes parents to bring kids of all
of Savannah rant. I believe “The Real House-
wives of Savannah” might enjoy a ages to enjoy fun time together
“Real Housewives of Savannah” “once a month” catered lunch at our in the Clubhouse Theater every
will meet Thursday, October 7th at beautiful clubhouse. Thursday at 11am. The group
1pm in the café. Bring a box lunch. sings, reads books and does crafts.
We’ll show a movie at 2pm in the If you would like to be a part of this Parents that bring their young-
theater room after our lunch. fun group, give us a call... Barbara sters are encouraged to make Please contact the group ahead of
Huddleston phone 972-347-6767 donations for the crafts that are time so they can be sure to have
We just showed “Chicago” Septem- or Connie Geiser phone 972-347- planned. Place your small dona- enough craft materials for all the
ber 2nd to everyone’s enjoyment. 9421. Lets’ hear from you- Won’t tion in the box available or just children. Email storytime@savan-
We also would love suggestions from you join us? ask what materials will be needed. nahca.com.
you for our next get together and any
video you would like to show in the By Barbara Huddleston
50 Plus Club - email@example.com
Boy Scouts - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cub Scouts - email@example.com
Health & Wellness Club - firstname.lastname@example.org
Holistic Parenting - email@example.com
Poker Club - firstname.lastname@example.org
Real Housewives of Savannah - 972.347.6767 / 972.347.9421
Savannah Girls Night Out - email@example.com
Come join us the 1st Thursday of each month for lunch and a movie!
Scrapbooking Club - firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Time - email@example.com
The Community Association does not
Feeling Stressed recommend or endorse any resident clubs.
By Todd Taylor
Cloudscape Healing Arts Classes
Please, stay calm. And I’ll tell you Boot Camp Babes/Team Training - firstname.lastname@example.org
why. Because stress is killing us! I just
heard a statistic that stated as much as Excel Performing Arts - email@example.com
90% of every illness and disease re-
lated to stress. That’s a lot! But don’t Sunrise Yoga - firstname.lastname@example.org
freak out about it. Own it. And do
Classes are independent of the HOA.
something to let it not affect you. Contact for availability & fee information.
Now, let me back up a bit to the part
where I said, “Own it,” because this
is where it makes a difference. What For a full calendar of clubs, classes and events,
I mean is, take control of it instead of chest, like what Sue Greenwood was
dates, times & locations...see backpage calendar.
letting control you. Easier said than saying in the last newsletter. It’s what
done, right? Right. But still do-able. helps make activity like yoga, Tai Chi
Really. or meditation so effective.
I love how Dr. Herbert Benson ap- The second part is to remember a time
proaches it. He points out that our in our life of joy and wellness. When
bodies, under stress, are in continual we do this, we reprogram ourselves
ﬁght/ﬂight response, unable to think, to the positive, healthy thoughts and
digest or rest & rebuild properly. Have feelings our bodies can relate to. It’s a
you any idea how important thinking, wonderful way to counteract the previ-
digesting, resting and rebuilding tissue ous muscle memory of panic or pain.
is? VERY! So how do we stop it? Try it! You’ll like it!
He suggests we do two things. The Todd lives in Savannah, where he practices
natural therapy (visit www.CloudscapeHealin-
ﬁrst is to learn how to evoke a relax- gArts.com) and co-leads the Health & Wellness
ation response. One of the best ways Club, 1st Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 in
to do this is by abdominal breathing, the Savannah Café.
instead of breathing with just your
Page 6 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
Star Gazing Party Back to Scouting
In August, members of Cub Scout powerful telescopes to observe the
night sky and learn more about the
Pack 372 visited University of North
Texas’s Rafes Urban Astronomy Cen- planets, stars and constellations. The Cub Scouts wrapped up the sum-
ter in Denton. The Scouts were given Scouts can apply this towards earning mer and kicked off a new scouting
an astronomy lesson by UNT students their Astronomy Belt Loops. year with the annual “Back to Scout-
and then were able to use the Center’s - Karin TenBroeck ing” Pool Party on August 29th.
The boys enjoyed hot dogs, cupcakes,
and swimming with their fellow scouts
Annual Popcorn Fundraiser at the Savannah Pool. - Karin TenBroeck The Pack recruited three new members at the
Cub Scouts kicked off their place a popcorn order please contact
Annual Popcorn Fundraiser in Sep- email@example.com.
tember! This year the popcorn is be- - Karin TenBroeck
ing sold in redesigned packaging that
is more eco-friendly and allows for
more product in each package.
There are many different product
choices available including caramel
corn and the very popular microwave
popcorn. Customers may also make
a donation to support our military
troops. The Scouts use money from
this fundraiser to cover expenses for October 23: Pack 372 Fall Family
campouts, achievement badges and Camp & Raingutter Regatta Everyone had a great time, including some members of the Wolf Den
other scouting activities. Popcorn December 11: Caroling
sales will continue through Octo-
January 8: Cub-O
ber 25th. If you would like to sup-
port the Savannah Cub Scouts and January 21: Pinewood Derby
Scouts Go Digging Scouts Presented with Badges &
for Diamonds in Arkansas State Park Awards at Court of Honor
Recently we packed our bags and chances of ﬁnding one are still high-
once again headed for Arkansas- not a 41% chance of ﬁnding a diamond Troop 372 recognized scouts and
just for fun and the great outdoors, but every hour. Sadly those chances their achievements at their quarterly
with hopes of striking it rich by min- weren’t high enough because we left Court of Honor held in August.
ing for diamonds. the park diamondless.
Merit badges and awards earned on
We had a magniﬁcent camping To cool down we visited a their own over the summer and at
spot with a great view of a local water park complete summer camp were presented, in-
good sized lake. Some with slides, water can- cluding the mile swim badge earned
boys slept in tents, oth- nons, and a giant tree by Tyler Hite, Cody Hemming and
ers made shelters, but house. We all enjoyed George Hartgrove. Tyler Hite, Cody Hemming & George
Hartgrove were presented with badges earned
most slept under the stars. the park and the nice cool over the summer.
A meteor shower called water. On Sunday we headed Rank advancement was also recog-
the Cenntinals passed by and home with many tales to share nized, including Anthony Sparks on Clarke, who were awarded with
Ceres passed by at midnight. It is with our families and friends. If who was presented with the Scout their 2nd Class rank badge.
the largest meteor in the solar system. you would be interested in joining Badge, and Armand Jackson and Ori- - Christina Clarke
us on one of our campouts come see
The next day we went to the Crater us on www.troop-372.org, or visit us
of Diamonds State Park, the 17th in person at the Savannah clubhouse
largest diamond sight in the world! from 7:00 to 8:00 on most Mondays. Surprise Camp
Since 1924 people have been min- - Braden Arnold, Troop Historian Scouts from Troop 372 showed up at the normal camp meeting site early in
ing diamonds from the spot and the Troop 372 the morning, packed for a weekend adventure… but just not sure where. After
a few hour of travel, they arrived at the USS Lexington.
Scouts enjoyed hours of exploring this historic aircraft carrier, a wide variety of
2010-2011 Calendar Navy planes, learning about the battles, why the Lady Lexington is called the
Scouts have planned out the next more about Boy Scouts and getting “Blue Ghost”, and a late night scavenger hunt. Even after eating in the ofﬁcer’s
scouting year through September of a glimpse of their activities, more mess and sleeping in the crew quarters, a few scouts have a new interest to learn
2011 including advancement, their information can be found online at more about serving in our U.S. Navy. - Christina Clarke
monthly camps and summer camp. www.troop-372.org.
If you are interested in learning
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 7
Proper Tree Are You Taking Your
Pruning: The Facts Sink For Granted?
A few precautions and a little pre-
Why is it important to prune your branches. It also includes selective
ventive maintenance will save you
shade trees on a consistent basis? thinning to lessen wind resistance.
trouble in the long run.
Proper pruning improves tree health, This is the most common type of tree
structure, aesthetics and safety pruning performed. * Aerators should be cleaned every
of the tree. Hazard Prune (Class III) – we recom- 3-4 months. The aerator is the assem-
mend this when safety considerations bly and screen through which water * Flush drains daily with scalding
What are some good examples of are of concern. It includes the removal passes as it leaves the spout. If you water.
shade trees? of dead, diseased, decayed, and weak have hard water, you may want to use
Red Oaks, Post Oaks, Live Oaks, branches. This type of pruning is of- a rust or scale remover. Replace aera- * Never pour grease down a kitchen
Chinese Pistache, Maples, Sweet ten times performed on commercial tors if they have deteriorated. drain.
Gums, Bradford Pears, etc. sites, parking lots, and school grounds
where safety is a big concern. * Clean your disposal. * Be careful not to disturb exposed
How do I prune or what should I 1. Put ice in your disposal pipes, such as those under your sink,
ask for when hiring someone else Proper tree pruning is a practice we 2. Turn it on knocking things into them. Each time
to prune? recommend homeowners and property 3. Run until ice is gone, and turn off a pipe is hit increases the likelihood
There are three classes of tree managers employee every 1 ½ years - 4. Flush water down the disposal that it will eventually leak.
pruning: 2 years. Even dead or decaying wood
Fine Prune (Class I) – this provides can take nutrients away from living
the highest quality of pruning for the tissue and stunt the growth of trees.
tree’s health. Fine pruning is done
when aesthetics are equally impor- Good tree pruning practice is some-
tant to structural integrity. Dead, dy- thing that can make a big difference.
ing, diseased, decayed, interfering, When done properly you can help add
obstructing, undesired, and weak value to your home or property.
branches are pruned here. It also in-
By Neil Bales
cludes selective thinning to lessen Lawns of Dallas
Standard Prune (Class II) – this is Lawns of Dallas has more than 25 years of
used when aesthetic considerations experience providing estate-quality design
and maintenance services to the ﬁnest resi-
are secondary to the structural integri- dential and commercial properties in the
ty of the tree. It includes the removal Dallas area. Visit their website:
of dead, dying, diseased, decaying, www.lawnsofdallas.com
interfering, obstructing and weak
Page 8 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
of the month
The Yards of the Month are chosen
by the Landscape Committee. Along
with the recognition and admiration
of their neighbors, Yard of the Month
winners are each awarded a gift card.
SEA PINES VILLAGE
yards of the month
We just wanted to remind every-
one that the Holiday Season is almost
upon us. Your Landscape Commit-
tee will be picking the best decorated
yard for Halloween and Christmas.
The time to have your yard decorat-
1031 Charleston ed by is the 15th of October and the
GEORGIA / GREENVIEW 15th of December.
1148 Cotton Exchange
We had alot of nicely decorated
homes last year. We hope to see more
this year. Make our jobs tough! Good
luck to one and all!
Your Landscape Committee
Nature’s Solution to Colds / Flu
The “common cold” is aptly conventional medicines are combined
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The ﬂu is less common with 35-50 ﬁrst place is much better than the best
million infections annually in the U.S. cold and ﬂu treatments. Some preven-
There are more than 50,000 deaths a tion tactics include, washing hands fre-
year from ﬂu infection in the U.S. quently with soap and water, avoiding
people with colds and ﬂu, using alco-
Some products commonly used to treat hol based hand gel and by sanitizing
or prevent cold/ﬂu include: surfaces.
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The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 9
On August 3rd, Savannah residents demonstration and Carter Blood-
came out for an evening of fun and care was on site accepting blood
a chance to get to know their neigh- donations. The Safety Committee
bors and local safety personnel. was there, of course. As always,
For the kids, there was Lazer Tag they encourage folks interested in
and a giant inﬂatable water slide. keeping Savannah safe to join the
For the whole family- snow cones Neighborhood Crime Watch. In-
and barbeque! The Navo Fireﬁght- terested volunteers should contact
ers presented a ﬁre extinguisher them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
F ll Fishing Tourn ment
The Fall Fishing Tournament in Most Fish Caught
September was a big success! Sea 1st Place: Jason Collins
Pines Lake was surrounded by an- 2nd Place: Tarra Rozell
glers of all ages. Eighty-one par- All the other young participants tied
ticipants in all! The winners of for 3rd most caught: Nickolas Rozell,
the different categories are listed Garrett Brummett, DJ Minnick, Ariel
below. There was also a drawing Gallegos, Morgan Young, Christian
Farwell and Ruben Alcantar.
held. The winner of the adult draw-
ing was Gloria DeLeon who took
The Sports Committee worked
home an electric smoker. The win-
hard to make this tournament the
ner of the kids’ drawing was Jason
best ever. A special THANK YOU
Collins. A mountain bike! This
to all the wonderful volunteers
was particularly good news for Ja-
who made it happen.
son, who had recently had his bike
stolen. It’s great when things work
Largest Fish Caught
1st Place: George Frye
2nd Place: Larry Gallegos
Most Fish Caught
1st Place: Ivory Turner
2nd Place: George Frye
Largest Fish Caught
1st Place: Ariel Gallegos
2nd Place: Jason Collins
Page 10 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
Teen Late Savannah wouldn’t be what it is
without all the dedicated volunteers
Night Swim who give their time and talents to
this community that they love. In
The Teen Committee has had a busy September the HOA showed their
summer. Late Night Teen Swims appreciation with a special dinner,
like this one at the beginning of Sep- door prizes included. Once again,
tember were a real blast! For more THANK YOU for all you do!!
information about teen related ac-
tivities planned in the future, contact
Kids’ Field Day
Christmas Event Mark Your
Calendars October 9th kids ages 4 -16 are invited to gather in
That’s right- mark your calen- Just like the breakfast, purchase the field next to the Sports Pavilion parking lot for a
dars... December 4th will be the tickets beginning November 1st. day of competition.
date for our annual Christmas Train Rides for the kids. Each From 2pm-4pm children will compete
Celebration. child will recieve a bell (everytime in relays, baseball and football
a bell rings, remember, an angel tosses, soccer kick and
The fun begins in the morning gets his wings!) tug-of-war. There will be
with Breakfast with Santa in ribbons for all who participate
the Clubhouse from 9am-11am. The Angel Tree will be in the club- and event winners will be awarded prizes!
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for house throughout the holiday
kids. This includes a picture with season. Please stop by and adopt
Santa and a pancake breakfast an angel. Make someone’s Christ-
seated with good old St. Nick mas dreams come true!
himself. Purchase tickets starting November 13th
November 1st. Contact Candice 7pm-11pm
at email@example.com. Clubhouse
The theme of the night is the 80’s
In the evening get ready for the
“Polar Express”.. lots of holiday fun
night Dress appropriately! Breakfast Club, Ma-
donna, Flock of Seagulls....
from 5pm-7pm. During the festivi- $20 homeowner
ties, the movie “The Polar Express” $30 non-homeowner.
will be playing in the theater. Checks Only
Santa Pictures are $3 for home- Tickets go on sale October 11th.
owners, $5 for non-homeowners.
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 11
Helping Parents falling behind on bills. If this has hap-
pened in your family, it might be time
Control Their to suggest that you step in and help
them make sure their bills are paid on
Money time. In today’s world, this is easier
than ever, since online bill payment
Among the many issues that can can be used for nearly every regular
arise in dealing with parents who are bill that comes due. You can have
growing older is when and if they your parents arrange to have ﬁnancial
need someone to help them man- institutions send you copies of bills
age their money. The ability to make and statements to help track transac-
sound ﬁnancial decisions is often one tions and possibly spot any errors that
of the casualties of old age, but it also could occur.
can be one of the most sensitive top-
ics facing elderly parents and their Consider establishing a power of
adult children. When is the right time attorney
to step in and offer help, and what is A durable power of attorney allows a
the best way to approach an elderly responsible adult to step in and take
parent about it? care of personal and ﬁnancial affairs.
This can include the authority to make
The challenge of handling money all decisions related to ﬁnancial, real
appropriately can be signiﬁcant, in estate and legal affairs for the parent.
part because an This is a major
increasingly com- step, and some
plex ﬁnancial parents may ob-
world can lead ject to it. But it is
anybody to make important to have
Tips for Increasing mistakes. In addi- a discussion about
tion, elderly peo- setting up a “pow-
Your Property’s ple with limited er of attorney”
ﬁnancial experi- arrangement be-
Value ence can be par- fore issues of an
Whether you’re thinking about ticularly vulner- elderly person’s
selling your home or not, I encourage able to scams and capacity to make
you to consider taking the following sales pitches, cre- decisions become
actions to improve the exterior of your ating the potential more serious. If a
home. For example, if you do a nice for losses that could total thousands parent were to become incapacitated
job of landscaping your home, you’ll maintained vehicle will make a much of dollars. In some cases, a parent, before power of attorney was estab-
certainly help it’s value, but, if every- different statement about you and such as a widowed spouse, may not lished, court action would be required
one on your street does the same, then your property than an unattractive, have been the one who handled fam- to name someone as legal guardian
your value will be multiplied – it’s the poorly cared for vehicle. ily ﬁnances, and therefore lacks expe- for the elderly parent.
neighborly thing to do. • Paint – a fresh coat of paint can be rience in dealing with money. In other
one of the best investments you can cases, traits of old age may begin to Even with a legally binding durable
EXTERIOR - The 15 Second First make to increase the value of your impair their ﬁnancial savvy. power of attorney in place, not all
Impression home. If you don’t want to spend the ﬁnancial institutions will recognize
You’ve probably heard how important money to paint the whole house, con- Adult children of aging parents it. Check with any institution where
ﬁrst impressions can be. But did you sider just the shutters and trim, or just should watch for signs that help may an account is in place to determine if
know that within 15 seconds a buyer the front of the house. be needed and begin to talk about they require that the parties involved
has developed an opinion of your • Windows – Attractive windows it with them. Better yet, have this sign additional paperwork to give
property? . can increase the value of your home. discussion early enough so that par- another individual access to a par-
Replace any cracked or broken glass, ents are in a position to provide the ent’s account.
• Landscaping – Neatly trimmed keep your windows clean and apply information you need to know about
shrubs are essential. Taking time to touch-up paint where needed. their ﬁnances. A sensitive responsibility
do this costs little, but has a big im- • Roof – the roof may be the single In situations where one sibling takes
pact. Besides being freshly mowed most important aspect of your home. Identify all accounts and locate control of parents’ ﬁnances, it is im-
and trimmed, a lawn should look A well-maintained roof will say a pertinent documents portant to be sensitive to concerns of
healthy. If there are spots that look lot about the overall condition of A good starting point is to compile a brothers and sisters. All actions taken
beyond help, a little sod goes a long the property. Replace any broken or list of all of their ﬁnancial accounts, on behalf of the parents should be
way to restoring the look of a well- missing shingles or tiles, repair ﬂash- regular bills that must be paid (rent, transparent and appropriate for their
maintained lawn. ing where needed, and paint eaves and utilities, car payments, taxes, etc.), in- needs. It is a good idea to document
• Front walkway and sidewalks – fascia boards. surance policies, and even safety de- all activity to help assure that every
Landscaping is not limited to the lawn • Gutters/Downspouts – Neat and posit box or safes used to store valu- action has been done in the parents’
and shrubs, but encompasses every- trim-looking gutters and downspouts ables and documents. It is also vital to best interests.
thing from the street to your doorstep. make a house look shipshape. Make assure that their will is current and in-
This is referred to as “curb appeal.” sure run-off areas aren’t eroded, and cludes medical directives, living wills It may also make sense to involve a ﬁ-
Make sure your sidewalks and front that you have concrete “spillways” on and health-care proxies. nancial advisor to help in the process.
walkway are clean and free of weeds. every downspout. If parents already work with an advi-
If sections are badly cracked, consider • And, ﬁnally, THE FRONT If your parents don’t want to reveal sor, consider setting up a meeting with
having them repaired. DOOR. Your doorway is the focal much information now about their ﬁ- that advisor and the parents. Have an
• Driveways – whether front or point of your house. Repaint it. Ap- nances, you might want to ask them open and frank discussion about con-
rear, there are two elements of the ply new hardware. Install a brass kick to at least provide clear direction cerns and discuss plans for the best
driveway with which you should plate. Install a new front light ﬁxture. on where it can be found if the time way to manage their money going
be concerned. The ﬁrst is its surface Remove the kids’ bikes and toys, and comes that children need to step in. forward. A trusted advisor should be
condition. Power wash oil or other thoroughly clean the front porch able to support you in the process and
stains. If it’s badly cracked, consider Help or take over bill payment help assure that the parents’ interests
having it repaired. The second is the
By Wayne Taylor, Realtor Even elderly people who have more remain the top priority.
appearance of the vehicle parked in
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage than enough money can be prone to
Ofﬁce: 972-731-1238 ~ Cell: 214-562-7106
the driveway. A newly waxed, well-
Page 12 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
Communications Chair By Karin TenBroeck
Veasey Manley and his family Veasey worked for Countrywide at friends in Savannah”, says Veasey. Currently Veasey is serving as the
moved to Savannah in November of the time of the attacks of 9/11. Af- To Veasey, his friends and neighbors Chairman of the Communications
2005, on the day after Thanksgiving. ter that date, Countrywide decided are the most important part of Savan- Committee. He knows that Savan-
He was attracted to Savannah by the to spread out critical roles to mul- nah. Many of his neighbors are from nah, like many local communities, is
warm architecture of the houses. His tiple locations other states and feeling the effects of a down econ-
wife, Gail, loved the clubhouse and as part of their they are all able to omy. “Our community is the sum
pool area as well as the amenities for disaster recov- serve as extended of its individuals, and as such we
their children. ery plan. Veasey family for each should spend more time ﬁxing issues
was asked to re- other and give than complaining about them”, says
Veasey was raised in Oxnard, Cali- locate to Plano, each other sup- Veasey. He asks residents to help
fornia and his wife and children Texas and then port. He really en- make Savannah an even better place
were all born in Santa Barbara. His they eventually joys the neighbor- to live by “keeping an open heart,
profession is in computer systems, ended up in Sa- hood yard sales. embracing their neighbors, and vol-
speciﬁcally high availability internet vannah. “After He sees it as a unteering in the HOA committees
web farms. He enjoys this as his ca- the fall of Countrywide my wife and time when he can meet neighbors that and events.”
reer and his personal hobby. I decided not to return to California he might not otherwise see very often.
because we loved our home and our
Corner JEFF PIERCE
Now that school is back in ses-
sion I have the challenge of helping
with homework. So what do you do RACHEL FALLWELL
when your child asks you to help
them construct an anti-derivative? I MAGGIE MAHAN
have the fortune of working in the on the same graphing calculator that books. The most incredible calculator
Education Technology division of you will be using in the testing center. I have come across is the TI-Nspire™
Texas Instruments. For those of you Visit collegeboard.com and ets.org to . It can be used for algebra, geometry,
who can’t simply walk across the of- see the calculator policies. calculus, statistics and physics. Check
ﬁce and get help from someone with out its interchangeable keyboard,
a doctorate in mathematics, don’t I am continually amazed at the ad- mouse like movement via a touch pad
despair. The good folks in Ed Tech vanced technology that goes into the and rechargeable battery pack. Like
have put numerous tools online for TI calculators as well as the world all advanced electronics, learning
parents, students and teachers (edu- wide following of graphing calcula- how to use it can be a challenge. To
cation.ti.com). Some other good tor enthusiasts. There are accessories view video tutorials on how to do spe-
sites for parents and students include from other companies that extend ciﬁc tasks go to AtomiClearning.com/
Hotmath.com, Tudor.com, CoolMath. the functionality. You can get data k12/en/ti_nspire.
com and Aleks.com. probes from Vernier.com that mea-
sures things like the moisture content In all fairness I should mention that
When the time comes to buy a graph- of soil, blood pressure and the amount there are other manufactures of graph- www.premiermgtconnect.com/savannah
ing calculator, the idea of getting of oxygen in the room. When I was ing calculators: HP, Sharp and Casio.
an app for a mobile phone comes in school the TI-84 seemed to be the The most important factor in decid- New to Savannah?
to mind. The problem with doing most popular. Decades later, the TI-84 ing what calculator to buy is what is Make sure you are registered on
that is your mobile phone will not Plus is still going strong. the teacher using to teach the class or PremierConnectTM!
be allowed in high stakes testing. Contact
what is in the course text book.
Assessment testing like PSAT, AP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out ZoomMath.com for some By Veasey Manley,
ACT and PRAXIS have strict rules apps to make homework easier by Communications Committee Chair
on what technologies are allowed to making the math problem on the cal- email@example.com
be used. It just makes sense to learn culator look just like it does in the text
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 13
Is your church having a special event? A new youth pro-
gram, marriage seminar or special celebration to which
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Ministry of Frisco Bible Church
you would like to invite the communities of Savannah &
Providence? Notify The Magnolia Times and we’ll help Are you in need of some help around that you can’t reach, need help in Sunday afternoon of every month.
you get the word out at NO CHARGE! Our paper is pub- the house? We would like to assist the yard, help putting together a bi- Please contact Michael and Paige
lished every other month with deadlines a month in ad-
vance of publication... so contact us ASAP!
you. Our small group of friends is cycle for your children or have any Mercer by phone (214-801-1531)
looking for opportunities to serve our other labor based need, please let us or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
community and meet our neighbors. know. Best of all, there are no strings schedule a time.
So, if you need a light bulb changed attached! We are available the ﬁrst
Page 14 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
GET FIT WITH KRISTI
Discount Tickets for
The Holiday’s are coming up and I always seem to gain weight! What can I
do to avoid gaining those extra pounds this Holiday season? Savannah Stars Fans
Thanks, We have partnered with the
Holiday Blues Dallas Stars this season to provide
special discounts to all Savannah
Dear Holiday Blues, will keep you ﬁt. Yes, I know it’s Homeowners Association members
cold. Yes, I know it’s busy this time throughout the year. They created an
Here are a few ways to keep you on of year, but if you want to stay ﬁt, online link speciﬁcally for us, with
track this Holiday season. you have to have the NO EXCUSES the discount already included in the
mind set. Aim for 30-60 minutes of prices you’ll see.
1.) Drink a glass of water before you daily exercise.
eat. Did you know that sometimes Choose from several different seating The Stars have a terriﬁc schedule this
people could mistake being hungry 5.) Use a smaller plate, and take and pricing options, including seats year, with plenty of weekend games,
for really being thirsty? Research smaller bites. Use a salad plate in- for select games discounted as much great opponents and a great young
has proven that if you drink a glass stead of a dinner plate and ﬁll up on as 54% off the gate price! team hitting the ice!
of water before and during your meal salad, fruits, and veggies ﬁrst. When
that you will eat less. you take a bite chew slowly and en- To take advantage of this special of- If you need something customized
joy your food. Before you get up for fer visit http://stars.nhl.com/savannah (family outing of 10 or more people,
2.) Eat small portions throughout the seconds think to yourself “Am I re- and follow these steps: suite outing, team building, customer
day. This will help to keep your blood ally hungry?” wait a few minutes get 1) Enter the password: stars appreciation, etc.) – please call Me-
sugar level so you never get to that up walk around and then 2) Select the game you want gan Walker at 214.387.5514 or email
“I’m Starving” phase. Portion con- make your decision. 3) Select the seats you want email@example.com for options
trol is the key to keeping your weight 4) Pay for your tickets and details.
down. Instead of starving yourself 5) Print your tickets (or choose to
all day for that big night event, eat have them mailed or left at Will Call) Enjoy the season, and GO STARS!
smaller portions, and try eating a
healthy snack 30-60 minutes before
you arrive. 380 Youth Sports:
3.) Be a picky eater. Try and avoid Sign Up for Basketball
processed foods and extra carbs such
as cheese, crackers, pasta and creamy Basketball season is right around the corner. Practice will begin November
sauces. Instead, stick with lean 15th and the games will begin December 4th. The cost: $115.00. For infor-
meats, fresh foods and those specialty mation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
foods that you only eat once a year.
To avoid dessert overload try this tip: Anyone who wants to coach basketball please call the Basketball Commis-
Cut a ¼ a piece from a few of the des- Kristi Dear is a Certiﬁed Personal Trainer and
sioner at 940-300-4276. Please feel free to join our meetings the second
sert’s to sample, instead of having a Owner of Boot Camp Babes here in Savannah. For Tuesday of every month in the Savannah Theater.
more information, visit her website:
whole slice of each one. www.kristidear.com
4.) Exercise. Keeping up your ﬁtness E-mail Kristi_dear@cebridge.net and your ﬁtness
routine during the Holiday season question could be featured in the next issue of the
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 15
Are Your Children Getting
In order to grow and develop prop- So how much sleep do you and your
erly, children need a good amount children really need? Below is a chart
of sleep. When they are very young of the recommended amount.
– babies and toddlers – parents usu-
ally adjust their schedules to ensure 0-6 months: 16-20 hours (with many
that their children are getting enough naps during the day)
sleep. However, by the time children 6-12 months: 14-16 hours (with mul-
start school, the busy schedules set tiple naps during the day)
in and school-aged children (from el- 1-3 years: 10-14 hours (including one
ementary through high school) are av- or two naps)
eraging one hour less sleep per night 3-6 years: 10-12 hours
compared to 30 years ago. 7-12 years: 10-11 hours
12-18 years: 9 hours
Some of the reasons for the lost hour Adult: 8 hours
of sleep are overburdened schedules
(too many extracurricular activities), Look at the chart above and evaluate
extra homework, bedroom access whether you and your children are
to television, video games, texting, getting enough sleep. If not, it may be
computers and an earlier start to the a good idea to consider some schedule
school day. adjustments. While you can’t change
the start time of your children’s school
Sleep is important for many reasons. or your work, you can adjust bedtime
During sleep, children’s brains are schedules and activities before bed. It
working diligently – releasing growth is recommended that children do not
hormones and appetite control hor- have media access for an hour before
mones, growing brain cell connec- bedtime (including television, video
tions, consolidating newly learned games, and computer), because these
material and organizing memories. activities arouse the brain and make it
When children and adolescents don’t more difﬁcult to go to sleep. Similarly,
get enough sleep, these processes are
By Carolina Vidaurre Culinary Sense disturbed and the consequences can
be long lasting. Lack of sleep can
young children often have nightmares
or awakening dreams when they
watch television right before bed-
The Holidays are coming! The lead to moodiness, depression, poor time. Reading books, telling stories,
Holidays are coming! Visions of school performance, memory and coloring, listening to soothing music,
family dinners and animated conver- concentration problems, low impulse or other quiet activities can be part of
sation by the ﬁreplace come to mind. control, poor problem solving skills a calming bedtime routine that helps
Well…. Maybe not; but one thing and even weight gain (because sleep your child get a more restful sleep.
surely needs to be in our mind when deprivation leads to increases in a
preparing for the holidays: food safe- hormone that causes us to feel hun- - Bridget Vittrup, Ph.D.
ty. Here are a few tips to practice to gry and decreases the hormone that
help us get through the holidays safe- makes us feel full).
ly in the kitchen:
Brigitte Vittrup Simpson is a professor and researcher in Early Childhood Development &
Education at Texas Woman’s University. If you have questions about parenting and child
Wash your hands with soap and guidance, e-mail email@example.com, and your question could be featured in the next iss
water before handling the turkey or The proper way to thaw a tur- ue of this paper.
any food. key is to store it in the refrigerator at
40o F or below. Allow 24 hours for
Use separate cutting boards for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.
meats and vegetables. Do not place
cooked foods on the same cutting Stufﬁng the turkey is not recom- Quick & Easy Snack for Kids...
board used for raw meats. mended. Cook the stufﬁng separately
and ensure that the turkey and stuff- Cinnamon Toast of Love
Avoid wiping hands on towels ing reach an internal temperature of
after touching raw foods. Use pa- 165o F. Use your thermometer and Prepare a snack with your kids on a cold afternoon or a rainy morning.
check the inner thigh or the thickest It is easy and smells wonderful.
per towels to wipe off surfaces and
hands after washing to avoid cross part of the breast.
Wash knives and utensils with Remember to refrigerate leftovers 4 slices white bread
warm water and soap and use a sani- within 2 hours after cooking. Cut the 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
tizing solution of bleach and water turkey into small pieces and store in 3 ½ tablespoons sugar
for sanitizing utensils and surfaces. shallow containers. 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
Prepare solution using ¼ teaspoon of Instructions
bleach to 1 quart of water, mix, and For more tips on Thanksgiving food Place the bread on a cutting board or large plate
store in spray bottle for easy use. Do safety, go to.... Spread butter on the bread slices
not forget to label the bottle! www.fooddomain.msu.edu/docs/
(about 1 ½ teaspoon of butter per slice)
Pour the sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and stir.
Store fresh turkey in the refrigera-
Place the prepared bread slices directly on the rack of a toaster
tor at 40o F or below if cooking within
oven or regular oven and toast until golden brown and bubbly.
Carolina Vidaurre has a Bachelor’s degree in (About 2-3 minutes).
Biology is a registered Environmental Health
Store turkey inside a pan to catch Specialist who has worked in the public
any juices from falling on other foods health ﬁeld as a health inspector for ten years.
Yields: 2-4 servings.
or produce. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree Serve warm with a cup of hot cocoa… and enjoy.
Page 16 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
Letter from Principal McWilliams of Savannah Elementary...
Another Great Year Begins
Dear Students & Parents of Savannah with families and the community, our
Elementary, staff will foster academic achieve-
ment, personal character, and social
We are looking forward to another responsibility to develop independent
great year at Savannah Elementa- life-long problem solvers. I hope to
ry. We have tons of great activities meet each one of you. If you have any
planned this year; from our Fall Fest questions or concerns feel free to send
coming up October 22nd to our Sock me an email or join me on facebook
Hop in the spring. I appreciate the for the latest school information.
opportunity to care for your children
each and every day. I am committed Sincerely,
to providing a safe learning environ- Mr. Michael McWilliams
ment for all students. In partnership Savannah Elementary Principal
Savannah PTA Upcoming Events
Savannah We are increasing membership and The PTA wants to thank all parents
working on a school agenda de- who have joined the PTA and would October
PTA Update signed to support teachers, parents
and community. Our goal is to make
like to extend the welcome to all
members of the community to help
17 Savannah Grill Night 5-9pm – proceeds
benefit our school
22 Fall Festival
The Savannah PTA wants to welcome strong ties between teachers, par- make this school year a success!!! November
all the parents and the community to ents, students and the community to Please check out the full details 2 PTA Meeting 7pm, Cafeteria
the 2010-11 school year. This year create a great learning environment about our PTA on the PTA tab within 3 Double Dave’s Pizza Night (Teel Pkwy)
5-8pm – proceeds benefit our school
the PTA has started with a bang!!! for our children. the Savannah Elementary website.
21 Savannah Grill Night 5pm-9pm –
proceeds benefit our school
Child’s Natural Immunity
Have you ever wondered why a week will also add much needed
some children are always getting sick nutrients to the diet.
while others seem to ﬂy through the
school year immune to the germs that Highly salted snacks like chips can be
are rampant in our schools today? changed to include high water content
Since school days have just begun, vegetables with nut or vegetable dips
you can start now to boost your chil- that are much more satisfying and
dren’s immune system. nourishing to the body. Make sure to
add some garlic and onions to those
To prevent the onslaught of illness- soups, sauces and dips because garlic
es that runs through the classrooms especially, has a natural antibiotic and
each fall, follow some simple steps onions are high in vitamin C.
now that will strengthen your little
ones and yourself. Take action today Offer foods that are lower in sugar
and avoid the rounds of medications and salt, higher in water content and
that actually de- nutrients. Make
stroy part of the Take action today & avoid eating fun again
immune system. the rounds of medications by making each
that actually destroy part plate a rainbow
Less sugar con- and involve ev-
sumption will of the immune system. eryone in the
boost the immune system. This selection, shopping and preparing of
means cutting down on sodas, and food. They will be much more likely
highly concentrated fruit juices and to adopt change if they have a say in
offering high water content fruits like the process.
watermelon, home-made lemonade,
berries and other juicy fruits. They Lastly, add some immune strengthen-
are in abundance now and in season, ing herbs that will give the greatest
so the cost is low. Teaching your chil- beneﬁt. Uńa de Gato® or cat’s claw is
dren to drink plenty of pure water too a great choice. A brand that is mixed
is paramount, because dehydration is with honey and vinegar tastes good
a major cause of lowered immunity. and is great before and during any ill-
ness to quickly restore your health.
Replacing sugary cereals, with alter-
natives like homemade wafﬂes, pan-
cakes and English mufﬁns are great
Carol Crampton, ND, advertise
choices. By spreading them with or-
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The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 17
Why Are My Dog’s Ears Smelly? How to Clean That Pet Stain
By Teresa Koehlar ture promotes Oops! So your furry friend has had 6) Walk over the wet area several
The Pet Nanny the growth of a little “accident”. What do you do? times to absorb excess moisture.
Do you often see your dog scratch- fungal infec- 1) Remove any excrement and blot 7) Place a stack of magazines, books
ing its ears or shaking its head? If so, tion. Owners the entire wet area immediately with or other heavy objects over the area.
it could be suffering from an ear infec- should never a cloth or towel.
tion. Ear infections in dogs could be put a Q-tip 8) Allow everything to stand for 4
due to ear mites, bacterial infections, in the dogs ear because when a dog 2) Pour a small amount of liquid de- to 6 hours.
food allergies, unhealthy environment shakes its head, it’s easy to a push too tergent onto the cloth or towel and
or improper dog hygiene. rub stained area with just enough 9) Remove the towels.
deep. Simple cotton tissue or balls
work the best. ﬁrmness to remove the stain.
When a dog’s ears are smelly, it is 10) Use a soft-
usually an indicator that they have a 3) Mix together 1 quart warm water bristled hairbrush
For dogs with chronic ear infections
bacterial or fungal infection. Another and 1/2 cup white vinegar. to raise the nap
with reddish brown discharge I rec-
indicator is constantly shaking it’s of the carpet.
ommend ADL (Animal Dermatology
head. Certain breeds, due to the anat- Laboratories) Foaming Ear Cleanser 4) Pour mixture onto the stain, soak-
omy of their ears, are also more prone This cleanser is soapy and loosens ing the area.
to ear infections. dirt, hair and wax in the ear canal
5) Place several clean, dry towels
prior to ear ﬂushing procedure. Be
Food allergies are another source. over the stained area.
sure to follow with Ear Flushing
Avoid products with wheat and corn
ﬁllers. They contain gluten. All pet
foods need a binding agent, so select
rice products; they are gluten free.
Eliminate processed pet treats and
Ear infections should not go untreat-
ed. Constant shaking of the head and
ears can cause blood vessels in the Lost Pet? You can post lost/found pets on the
HOA website’s free classifieds:
“people food” from your dogs diet.
Great healthy treats for dogs: carrots,
apples, berries, melons, celery, green
ear ﬂap to burst and ﬁll with blood
and ﬂuids this requires medical treat-
ment and possible surgery.
Found Pet? www.savannahca.com
We’ve had many lost pets reunited with
beans and asparagus. Of course, their families this way!
never feed your dog chocolate, on- Making home ear examinations and
ions, grapes/raisins, macadamia nuts cleaning a monthly routine protects Two local shelters to check:
or avocados. your dog from serious medical ill-
nesses, hearing loss and pain. You can City of Denton Animal Shelter
Prevention is key! Routinely clean the reduce your veterinarian expenses and
dog’s ears. You can purchase an ear 300 South Woodrow Lane in Denton
ensure the health, quality of life and
cleaning solution with drying agent happiness of your dog. Phone: (940) 349-7594
from your veterinarian. Have your vet
show you the proper way to clean the Little Elm Animal Shelter
Teresa Koehlar, the Savannah Pet Nanny, of-
dog’s ears. Always put cotton balls fers in-home low-cost pet microchipping (see 1104 W. Eldorado Parkway in Little Elm
in your dogs ears during baths and ad on this page). She also offers a variety of Phone: (214) 975-0460
avoid water getting inside ears. Mois- pet-sitting services.
Check for microchip at either below. Both keep a lost & found list.
Twin Lakes Pet Clinic @ 972-347-9799
Savannah Pet Nanny @ 214-789-2004
In Savannah & Providence
Contact Deborah Victory
Special rates available for Savannah homeowners.
Page 18 The Magnolia Times October / November 2010
Law Enforcement Update Water District
In an effort to continually improve
law enforcement services for the
in October. The Little Elm Town
Council voted on July 20 to ofﬁcial-
residents of Savannah and Artesia, ly dissolve the contract. Ofﬁcials New Phases of Development
Denton County Freshwater Sup- from the District and Little Elm With a goal of spurring additional home sales and community growth, the Dis-
ply District #10 and the Little Elm are now moving forward with dis- trict recently approved the construction of new development phases in both Ar-
Police Department have been in cussions that could result in a new tesia and Savannah.
discussions to redeﬁne the contract contract designed to provide for an
between the two entities. even greater concentration of pa- Proposed Brazos Electric Cooperative Transmission Lines
trols and services for the residents The Board of Directors unanimously passed a measure opposing the installation
The District joined several other of Savannah and Artesia. of Brazos Electric Cooperative transmissions lines that would align with Savan-
communities along the U.S. 380 nah’s western border.
Corridor last spring in contract- Savannah and Artesia residents
ing with Little Elm to provide law who have concerns, questions, or DCFWSD #10 Fiscal Year 2001-2011 Budget
enforcement services. One of the suggestions regarding law en- With a focus on maintaining quality streets, water facilities, and common areas,
Districts involved in the contract forcement services are requested providing high-quality law enforcement and ﬁre protection services, and main-
recently expressed a desire to seek to contact Rob Adams, District taining the tax rate, the District recently adopted the FY2010 – 2011 budget.
services elsewhere, providing the #10 Board of Director and Law
remaining parties with an opportu- Enforcement Committee Chair, at Artesia - Stage II Water Management Plan
nity to redeﬁne the contract to pro- email@example.com. Work to install a permanent water line continues and is on schedule to be com-
vide enhanced service levels. plete in Winter 2010. Due to high demand during peak periods, the District is
In the event of an emergency, as asking all Artesia residents adhere to the Stage II water restrictions that allows
As a legal formality, the Little Elm always, please call 9-1-1. landscape watering on Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street ad-
Police Department notiﬁed all par- dress ending in an even number and Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers
ties on July 12 of their intent to with a street address ending in an odd numbers.
cancel the current contract effective From DCFWSD #10 Board of Directors
Town Hall Meetings
District #10 ofﬁcials are scheduling Town Hall meetings in Savannah and Ar-
tesia in the near future. The meetings will be held to provide residents with in-
formation about district responsibilities, projects, funding, and priorities. A brief
presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with the board
The District #10 Board of Directors is adamant about maintaining quality infra-
structure for the residents of Savannah and Artesia to secure property values and
safety and aesthetic standards for both communities. Street and curb repairs are
currently underway in both communities.
Water Pressure Analysis
The District’s Engineer is currently conducting a system-wide water pressure
study to identify any issues and ensure all residents are receiving the maximum
water pressure allowable with the current facilities.
Logo & Website
The District is currently working on a logo, and exploring all options regarding
a dedicated web site. Goals include increasing transparency of district business
and branding the District to provide a recognizable identity for all present and
futures communities within DCFWSD #10.
The Magnolia Times October / November 2010 Page 19
October Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Library = L
Board Room = BR
Theater = TH
Sports Pavilion = SP
Pool Pavilion = PP Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Cool Down Room = CDR
Tennis Courts = TC
Multi-Purpose Room = MPR
Soccer Field = SF
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
BootCamp Babes 5:30am BootCamp Babes 5:30am Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR
Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Team Training 6:45am MPR Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR
BootCamp Babes 8:30am Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR BootCamp Babes 8:30am “Real Housewives of Savannah”
Lunch Club 1pm Cafe’ Poker Club 7pm- BR
Creative Movement 10am MPR Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR Health & Wellness Club 6:30 Cafe’
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR
POOL COMMITTEE Kid’s Field Day
SAFETY COMMITTEE 2 - 4pm
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR SOCIAL COMMITTEE SPORTS COMMITTEE
7pm Board Room (date change) 7pm Board Room
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR 7pm BR See Page 11
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
BootCamp Babes 5:30 & 8:30am Girl Scouts 6:30pm BR Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Team Training 6:45am MPR 380 Youth Sports 7pm TH
BootCamp Babes 5:30am ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Creative Movement 10am MPR Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR Team Training 6:45am MPR Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR 8am Board Room
Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR Scrapbook Club 7pm BR
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR BootCamp Babes 8:30am Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR
7pm Board Room
Sea Pines Georgia/Greenview HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE
4 - 7pm
Village Meeting 7pm TH Village Meeting 7pm TH Village Meeting 7pm TH 6:30pm Cafe’
see page 4 see page 4 see page 4 See Page 1
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
BootCamp Babes 5:30 & 8:30am Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR
Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR
BootCamp Babes 5:30am Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR
Creative Movement 10am MPR COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR 6:30pm Board Room Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR FINANCE COMMITTEE BootCamp Babes 8:30am
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR 7pm Cafe’ Boy Scouts 7pm Cafe’ Water District Meeting
Wisteria Peachtree 6pm Artesia Clubhouse
Village Meeting 7pm TH Village Meeting 7pm TH
see page 4 see page 4
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
BootCamp Babes 5:30am
Team Training 6:45am MPR Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR BootCamp Babes 5:30am
BootCamp Babes 8:30am Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR Team Training 6:45am MPR Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Creative Movement 10am MPR Girl Scouts 6:30pm BR BootCamp Babes 8:30am
31 Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR
Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR
6pm TH: Closed Meeting
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR
November Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4 5 6
BootCamp Babes 5:30am Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR
Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR BootCamp Babes 5:30am Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR
Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
BootCamp Babes 8:30am Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR
“Real Housewives of Savannah”
Creative Movement 10am MPR SOCIAL COMMITTEE BootCamp Babes 8:30am
Lunch Club 1pm Cafe’
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR 7pm BR Health & Wellness Club 6:30 Cafe’ POOL COMMITTEE
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR 6:30pm Cafe’
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR ELECTION DAY SPORTS COMMITTEE
7pm Board Room
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
BootCamp Babes 5:30am Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR BootCamp Babes 5:30am ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BootCamp Babes 8:30am Girl Scouts 6:30pm BR Team Training 6:45am MPR Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR 8am Board Room
Creative Movement 10am MPR 380 Youth Sports 7pm TH BootCamp Babes 8:30am Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR Poker Club 7pm- BR
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR
7pm Board Room 7 - 11pm
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR 6:30pm Cafe’
7pm Board Room See Page 11
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BootCamp Babes 5:30am
Team Training 6:45am MPR Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR BootCamp Babes 5:30am Beg. Jazz/HipHop 3:30 MPR Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
BootCamp Babes 8:30am
Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR Team Training 6:45am MPR Intermed. Jazz/HipHop 4:40 MPR
Creative Movement 10am MPR
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR BootCamp Babes 8:30am
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR Boy Scouts 7pm Cafe’ Water District Meeting
6:30pm Board Room Scrapbook Club 7pm BR
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR
6pm Savannah Clubhouse
6pm TH: Closed Meeting
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
BootCamp Babes 5:30am
Team Training 6:45am MPR Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR BootCamp Babes 5:30am
BootCamp Babes 8:30am Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR Team Training 6:45am MPR Sunrise Yoga 7:30 MPR
Creative Movement 10am MPR Girl Scouts 6:30pm BR BootCamp Babes 8:30am
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR Thanksgiving
28 29 30
BootCamp Babes 5:30am
Team Training 6:45am MPR
BootCamp Babes 8:30am Beginning Tap 3:30 MPR
Creative Movement 10am MPR Intermediate Tap 4:40 MPR
Beginning Ballet 3:30 MPR
Intermediate Ballet 4:40 MPR
Boy Scout Troop #372 7pm BR