A 55+ Community in Prescott, AZ

August - September 2021

Edition No. 7

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Manager's Corner
 

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Summer is almost over, and our Community Manager, Tammy, has enjoyed spending it getting to know many of our new residents. For a special message from her regarding some capital improvement projects, amenity updates, and more, read on!

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Manager's Corner

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Hello Pine Lakes,

Can you believe that summer is almost over? How did that happen? It’s certainly been a busy time for us all over the past few months. We’ve lost some greatly loved residents and we’ve welcomed some new residents to our community. Additionally, we’ve wrapped up our gas line repairs for this year and have been busy with road and yard work. We’re very pleased with how smoothly the repairs went this year and have plans to continue these repairs over the next few years, one phase at a time, until our entire gas pipeline system is upgraded.

Weather permitting, we will be keeping the pool open through September and it will officially close for the season on October 1. We’re delighted that everyone who used the pool and spa has been so pleased with the refinish work that we had done, and we have plans to continue improvements in the off-season!

As we head towards fall, enjoy the coming cooler temperatures and remember, no matter how hot it gets in August, at least we’re not in Phoenix!

Sincerely,
Tammy
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Pass the Pasta

We all hopped on the bread-making train, but have you tried your hand at homemade pasta? With this guide, you can start simple and customize your dish with a variety of techniques and sauces. Before you know it, you’ll be making fresh, artisan pasta!

Firewise
 

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The Firewise team is happy to announce that they have finished all of their volunteer cleanup projects for this year! Read on for more details on this and a special thank you message from Rick Moshier.

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Firewise

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The Firewise team is happy to announce that we have finished all of our volunteer cleanup projects for this year! It was very successful, as we averaged 10 resident volunteers on each cleanup project and had a total of 20 different residents that came out to help out throughout the year.

I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped, and for all the continued support for this very important national program. I would also like to thank all the residents for keeping their homesites and surrounding areas cleaned up. Due to these residents having defendable space around their homesites, it has made it much easier for the volunteers. Tammy and I will be submitting our Firewise recertification to the national website soon. Thanks again to all the volunteers for being invested in the safety of our community.

Sincerely,
Rick Moshier
Moshierrick@gmail.com

Veteran History: Charlton Heston

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In this issue, Bob and Phyllis Soto take a deep dive into the history of Charlton Heston, a WWII veteran who made a lasting impact. Read on to hear his story.

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Veteran History: Charlton Heston

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Not long ago we watched a movie titled "Last Man Club". We enjoyed it immensely, but at the end of the movie was a dedication to three men, one being Charlton Heston. The curious thing is, Charlton Heston hadn’t been in the film, so why the dedication? Of course, I went straight to Google.

It turns out that Heston was signed to star in the movie as the lead actor, but had to withdraw from the film when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As I read on, I discovered that as good as the movie was, reading about his military service was far more interesting.

In 1942, Heston was assigned to the 77th Bombardment Squadron of the Eleventh Air Force and was stationed on the Aleutian Islands, a chain of islands in Alaska. There, he was trained as a radio gunner. For the next two years, he flew several B-25 Combat missions over the Kuril Islands of northern Japan. His assignment was to man one of the waist guns that radiomen like him usually handled as the second gunner. The extreme weather they had to fly through, with no visibility and limited radar, was as dangerous as enemy aircraft. Radiomen were the only connections pilots had to their landing strips, and their primary role was to help guide the planes safely down.

In whatever spare time he had, which was not much, Heston plotted a world map and had it sent through the proper channels to his wife, Lydia. He was not able to tell her exactly where he was, but he had left a secret code with her before they'd separated. He told her to read his letters that quoted Shakespeare, and then look up the quote to find the act and the scene it was from. Those numbers would be the coordinates of where he was on the map.

Late 1944, word filtered through the base about the coming all-out invasion of Japan that would surely cost at least a half-million GI lives. Heston was sure he was going to be part of that grand assault. The army would be sending every available soldier it had to Tokyo. A grim silence engulfed the base as the men waited, on edge. One day, not long after, an army plane returning from a mission got caught in a crosswind and crashed onto the island. As Heston and others ran to help get the pilots out of their cockpits, he slipped on a patch of ice and was run over by an ambulance. He was taken along with the pilots to the base medical center. When he had recovered enough to travel, he was sent to Elmendorf Field in nearby Anchorage, Alaska. Still in a wheelchair, he was assigned to the control tower, convinced that if he was well enough to handle this, he should be considered well enough to be part of the invasion despite his injury.

Then, in August of 1945, the United States suddenly dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, one at Hiroshima and one at Nagasaki, and the war in the Pacific was over. There wasn't an American soldier anywhere who didn't celebrate the decision to use nuclear weapons on the enemy, including Heston, who believed the bombs saved the lives of those half-million GIs. He later said, “If we had to go through that invasion, I'm not sure I'd be standing here today.”

A few weeks after the Japanese officially surrendered, a still-limping Heston was transferred to Great Falls, Montana, where he was given a formal discharge. In March of 1946, the 23-year-old veteran was once more a civilian. He wasted no time heading back to Evanston and to Lydia, who greeted him at the train station with open arms and tears of happiness streaming down her face.

We found the portion of the article about the map and his way of letting his wife know where he was ingenious. That would never have crossed either of our minds. Nor were we aware of the expected invasion or the expected casualties. For us, it throws a new perspective into the bombings and that they weren't dropped just for the sake of dropping them.

Once again, we thank you for taking the time to read our article. Let us know if you enjoy them by sending an email to featherkeepers@yahoo.com.

Stay safe and healthy.

As always,

Phyllis and Bob Soto
(US Navy) (US Army)

Sales Update
 

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The sales office is as busy as ever selling homes in our community! For information on how to list your own, or to learn how you can earn money through our resident referral program, read on.

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Sales Update

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If it’s time for you to sell your home, while we hate to see you go, please consider listing with us. When you list your home with the Pine Lakes Sales Team, you will gain access to:

  • Sales Agents that are dedicated to selling your home quickly, professionally, and for what it’s worth.
  • Advertising methods such as MLS listing, resident referrals programs, digital marketing, multiple listing service, and placement on our exclusive Hometown America/Pine Lakes website.
  • Trusted and experienced professionals to show your home to potential buyers.
  • A team dedicated to handling the paperwork and community approvals, so you don’t have to.

Most people who call us and/or walk into our Sales Office inquire about homes for sale before contacting other outside realtors. Don’t miss out on these potential buyers!

We also offer referral bonuses if you refer someone to live in Pine Lakes and they purchase a new or brokered home. If you’re not planning on leaving anytime soon, don’t miss out on the chance to choose your neighbors, and earn money doing it!

Call us today at (928) 445-8950 for more information on what we can do for you.

Your Health

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It's Tea Time

Most of us are die-hard coffee drinkers, but that hot-bean water doesn’t do much for our health. Consider making an occasional switch up with different types of tea. Teas like ginger and mint can help with digestion and black tea not only gives you caffeine, but also helps promote healthy cognition. Which brew will you try?

Pine Lakes Community Garden

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The community garden is looking good! A big thank you to the 10 resident volunteers that have been taking care of it this year. We will be sending out emails on how residents can get herbs and vegetables once they’re ready. The community garden is located below the tennis and shuffleboard courts.

Pride of Pine Lakes
 

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In this issue, we’re excited to have two more beautiful homesites to share with you! To see who won and photos of their lovely yards, keep reading.

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Pride of Pine Lakes

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First up this month is the stunning front yard of Carol Grady up on Westgate. Carol has lived in Pine Lakes since 2004 and takes pride to a whole new level with her beautiful front yard! From the rock-lined footpath to the flower pots bursting with foliage and the adorable birdhouse, this garden is whimsical and charming. Thank you, Carol, for creating such a lovely garden that everyone driving down the street can admire and enjoy.


Pride of Pine Lakes yard

Next, if you go just a few doors down on Westgate you will come across the most charming home belonging to Pat and Romy Harder. Since joining our community in 2014, Pat and Romy have set about turning their homesite into something off of a postcard. The abundance of colorful flowers catches your eye immediately, and if you “stop to smell the roses,” the fragrance is intoxicating. I know for a fact that the hummingbirds approve because I saw two of them when we stopped to take this picture! Thank you, Pat and Romy, your pride in your lovely homesite shines through.


Pride of Pine Lakes yard

Beat the Heat
 

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Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax with a cold, refreshing drink, but summery cocktails often mean high sugar and calories. Discover how you can get fresh, low-calorie drink recipes sure to impress all your friends by reading on!

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Beat the Heat

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Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax with a cold, refreshing drink, but summery cocktails often mean high sugar and calories. With these delicious concoctions, you can get fresh, low-calorie drink recipes sure to impress all your friends.

If you’re into botanicals, a rose mojito may be the way to go. For those with a sweet tooth, try a whipped frozen creamsicle or a blueberry Tom Collins, two summery twists on some timeless classics. If you’ve jumped on the gin train, then you may love a fresh, strawberry gin spritzer or a watermelon gin fizz. With so many to try, you’d better get started!

So, you love the drinks, but how do you make them? There are some basic components and mixers that are important for getting started. First and foremost, make sure you have all the essential ingredients! Not only are the bases like vodka or gin important, but so are bitters, liqueurs, and mixers. Plus, don’t forget the cherry on top - literally! Garnishes can make or break your drink, so make sure to stock up on things like lemons, limes, and maraschino cherries. Having a stocked bar will make all your friends and family believe you’re a pro at your next poolside get-together or cocktail party. Which drink will you try first?

Home & Garden

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Is it time to ditch your wheezing vacuum or matted duster? If so, consider these top-rated cleaning tools designed to make cleaning your home so efficient that you might even look forward to your to-do list! After all, can it be called a chore if you’re having fun?

Get Deeper Sleep
 

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Do you struggle to get deep, restful sleep? Many experts blame an increased use of technology for our struggles with sleep, but did you know there are actually a host of smart products that can help you get better rest? From mattresses to apps, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading for the full list!

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Get Deeper Sleep

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Do you struggle to get deep, restful sleep? Many experts blame an increased use of technology for our struggles with sleep, but did you know there are actually a host of smart products that can help you get better rest? From mattresses to apps, there’s something for everyone.

For those who are curious about their sleep patterns, there is a multitude of options available for a wide range of budgets. If you’re willing to invest, Sleep Number mattresses are leaders in what they do. By giving you a “SleepIQ” based on how much you move, how many times you wake up, and how long you spend in each stage of sleep, you can receive an in-depth analysis of your sleep patterns. There are also removable mats that do something similar, and you can even track sleep on your smartwatch.

There is even technology made to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and even wake up easier in the morning. If you have trouble shutting down at night, the solution may be Dodow’s metronome of light, which projects onto the ceiling and helps to regulate and slow down your breathing. For those who wake up at every little noise, Bose created headphones that solely play calming sounds and promise to block outside noise. Even if you have no problem sleeping through the night, and your difficulties lie in getting out of bed, there’s an app for that too! Alarmy won’t let you silence your alarm until you complete a special mission, waking up your brain and readying you to take on the day.

These few items are only scratching the surface with all the sleep-aiding technology available. With all of these inventions, you’ll be sleeping more soundly in no time! Do any of these sound like a must-try?

Connect with Us
 

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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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Date Night = Best Night

Whether you and your significant other have been on two dates or 200, everyone can use a little help thinking of fun, creative ideas for your night out (or in)! Whether you want to class it up with a trip to your local art gallery or get cozy at a drive-in, we guarantee you’ll find something new to try.

 
 
 

Entertainment

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Toucan Play at This

In need of a new outdoor hobby? Turn your eyes to the sky! Bird watching is a leisurely activity that is fun whether you’re alone or with friends and family. Not to mention, you can enjoy it all year-round. With this guide from Audubon, you’ll learn everything you need to get started on your birding journey.