A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

March - April 2021

Edition No. 11

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Manager's Corner
 

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In this issue, we’re very excited to hand the reigns over to our new Community Manager, Claudia Betten, for her first message to our residents! Keep reading to hear from Claudia herself.

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Manager's Corner

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This New Year brings new beginnings, including myself as your new Community Manager at the Highlands! I am overwhelmed with the encouraging and kind messages of support from everyone I’ve met. I have no doubt we will overcome these challenging times and return to happier times here in our community.

A friendly housekeeping reminder - be sure not to place cans of unused paint out for trash pickup or in the trash dumpster. Once the trash truck crushes the waste, the paint will leak out of the truck and onto our beautiful Highland roads. An option for disposal of these and other unwanted items, is to bring it to our local recycling location: Pasco County – West Pasco Resource Recovery Facility - 9626 Handcart Rd, Dade City, FL 33525

Thank you for keeping our community looking great!

Sincerely,
Claudia Betten
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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It's Time to Moo-ve On

If you’ve been trying to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet, a great and easy way to start is with milk itself. With these non-dairy alternatives, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. Not only are there health benefits to reducing your dairy intake, but you also reduce your carbon footprint- it’s a win-win!

Resident Spotlight
 

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This issue, we are highlighting long-time resident and overall wonderful person, Colleen Ann Anderson. As she and her husband prepare to return to their native home in Virginia, we wanted to highlight all the things she has done for the Highlands. Read on for the full story.

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Resident Spotlight

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Colleen Ann Anderson has been a resident for three years here at the Highlands at Scotland Yards.

She is the wife of our Sales Consultant, Edgar Anderson, and sadly, they are returning to their native home of Virginia. Colleen has been the “life blood” of the Highlands. She has been instrumental in raising monarch butterflies, which evolved into the creation of our Veteran’s Memorial. Colleen also established the communication channel for the Highlands with her creation of the Facebook “Chit Chat Lounge”. This allowed for fellow Highlanders to communicate with one another with ease and enjoy various virtual games, which was a blessing with the inception of COVID-19. She also created the Dade City Marketplace where her fellow Highlanders could swap or sell wanted and unwanted items to one another.

Colleen’s favorite Highland’s amenity is our heated therapy pool and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends. Colleen and Edgar also love to spend time on their porch with their two darling puppies, Ellie Mae and Mojo.

She has been a helping hand to our residents in so many ways, far too many to list in one article. She has organized many different events, including wine tastings, parades, and most recently, gathered residents to Christmas carol to folks that were shut-in this holiday season.

It’s an understatement to say that Colleen will be missed at the Highlands. She truly embodies the Spirit of the Highlands.



Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

Congratulations to our most recent Yard of the Quarter winners: Joseph & Joanna Piazza. The Piazza’s yard always looks beautiful, and we want to give a great big thank you to Joseph & Joanna for their contribution to the beauty of the Highlands.

Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14 at 3 a.m. local time zones. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour!

Your Health

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Dreaming of Good Sleep?

Can you say you feel well-rested every day? Not only does sleeping soundly help improve your mood, but it also boosts your immune system, increases healthy digestion, helps your day-to-day productivity, and more. If you’re ready, check out these easy solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep, every night!

Happy Updates
 

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The Highlands team has replaced the timer on the sauna and it is now up and running! Please be sure to review the posted instructions to ensure your comfort and safety during your steam. Enjoy!

COVID-19 Vaccinations

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We are thrilled to say that the Highlands has served as a COVID-19 vaccination site for over 200 Highlands Residents! Read on to see photos of some of our very own neighbors after receiving their vaccines.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations

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We are thrilled to say that the Highlands has served as a COVID-19 vaccination site for over 200 Highlands Residents!



Your Guide to Nut Butter

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The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over, as there are now so many different kinds of nut butter alternatives, all claiming to be the healthiest. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein to fat content. There are even easy homemade options to reduce preservatives! Read on for the full analysis.

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Your Guide to Nut Butter

Different colored nut butters in mason jars

The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over as new alternatives step up to the plate. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein content.

While classic peanut butter remains a good option for protein, other types of nut butter may be best for your diet depending on what you want more of. For example:

  • Almond butter has a higher amount of nutrients like Vitamin E and healthy fats.
  • For a delicious, lower-calorie option, try pistachio butter.
  • Walnut butter offers an additional perk of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • To lower your sugar intake and still satisfy your sweet tooth, try cashew butter.
  • Sunflower butter is a great option for those with nut allergies, as is hazelnut butter.
  • For something more exotic, Tahini, another seed butter, is extremely high in nutrients, as is coconut butter.

If none of those sound like your cup of tea, there are easy homemade options that can help reduce preservatives, and you can use your favorite type of nut! All you have to do is roast your choice of raw nuts in the oven, seasoned or plain, and then blend them until smooth for creamy, fresh nut butter. The only question left is, which one will you choose?

Home & Garden

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Follow the Yellow Trend

As L. Frank Baum says, “the road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick”, and we’re taking that to mean improving your personal palace starts with accents of yellow! Brighten up a room with this happy color through accents like picture frames or throw pillows, or even go bold with an area rug or couch. With all these ideas, there’s sure to be something you love.

No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there telling you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

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No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there to show you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

There are two strategies for saving money on groceries. The first strategy revolves around planning before you even step into the store. Methods for doing this can include tracking your family’s most expensive items, and then learning which stores have them on sale. Many stores have cyclical sales, so buying these big-ticket items in bulk when they’re marked down can save you big time in the long run. Also, even though you may feel loyal to your usual grocery store, it may be worth it to price check other stores, or even discount grocers, for better deals.

The other strategy is how to use the groceries you buy most effectively to prevent waste and unnecessary spending. Buying in bulk is great in theory, but without planning it can lead to even more wasted money than before. Try freezing and dating things like meat, produce, and bread, or buying things in bulk that last longer like eggs, coffee, and snacks.

If you’re sick of spending time looking for coupons only to find you’re not saving money, these strategies are great options - happy shopping!

Connect with Us
 

Socialize

Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month.

Experiences

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Shop & Eat Locally

If you’re tired of buying limp produce from chain supermarkets, consider looking into ways to purchase local. Whether it be grocery stores that offer local products, farmers markets, or small mom-and-pop stores, you never know where you can find something special! The benefits of eating fresh, local produce are numerous; not only for your health but for your city’s economy as well.

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call (800) 206-2753 for a quote.

 
 

Entertainment

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At Home Detective

If you’ve binged every crime show on Netflix and you need a new mystery fix, we have the perfect option. With these Mystery Subscription Boxes, you can have new cases sent to your home whenever you want and solve mysteries from your couch. Use the materials to follow the clues and solve the case- you’ll be the newest Sherlock Holmes.