A 55+ Community in Prescott, AZ

August - September 2020

Edition No. 1

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy Miles

Fall is finally on the horizon here at Pine Lakes and, with any luck, we’ll be enjoying some cooler temperatures in the next few weeks! As we move out of summer, our Community Manager, Tammy, is reflecting on the recent events of the past few months. Keep reading for Tammy’s special message.

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Manager's Corner

Tammy Miles

Dear Residents,

Fall is finally on the horizon here at Pine Lakes and, with any luck, we’ll be enjoying some cooler temperatures in the next few weeks! Over the past few months, we’ve persevered through many challenges, dealing with everything from a global pandemic and protests to staffing changes here in our office. I can’t help but think of a statement that Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel, once made:

“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.”

This has certainly been true of 2020 so far! As we all begin to adjust to the changes this year has thrown at us, I recently came across an article that I felt was very relevant to our current climate; so I thought I’d share it with you all and I hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely,
Tammy Miles
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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This is a friendly reminder that the Management Office will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Thank you!

Food

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Snacks for the Sniffles

Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? When it comes to our health, it’s true! We can boost our immune systems just by choosing different options to incorporate into our daily diets. Whether you’re looking for new snacks or recipes to satisfy the whole family, there are a ton of possibilities out there to help you stay healthy.

History of Flag Draping

American Flag

American Flags have been draped over military veterans’ coffins since the Napoleonic Wars in late 1700s and early 1800s. To learn more about this tradition, keep reading for a short history compiled by residents Bob and Phyliss Soto.

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History of Flag Draping

American Flag

American flags have been draped over military veterans' coffins since the Napoleonic Wars in the late 1700s and early 1800s. This custom is rich with tradition and requires a certain protocol. The significance of flags draped over coffins honor the memory of military members who serve the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Who Qualifies? Most veterans and active service members of the military qualify for flag-draped coffins at their funerals. However, The Department of Veterans Affairs states that veterans with dishonorable discharges are not eligible for an official burial flag.

What’s the Burial Flag Protocol? Burial flags should never touch the ground and when they are being used to drape a coffin, they should never be lowered into the grave. The flag should be removed from the casket and folded into a triangle with only the union, or the blue field, showing. It will then be given to the deceased's next of kin, friend, or specified associate, according to the Maine Military Funerals Honor Program. Qualified veterans may receive only one burial flag. Following the completion of a military funeral, a 3 rifle volley is fired in memory of the fallen followed by the playing of “Taps”. The flag is then carefully folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape. A properly proportioned flag will fold thirteen times on the triangles, representing the original thirteen colonies with each fold representing a uniqueness of its own. To learn what each fold means, click here.

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States that preserved for them the rights, privileges, and freedoms they enjoy today.

These are just some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future when you see flags folded, you’ll now you will know why.

Be safe,
Bob and Phyllis Soto

Firewise
 

Forest Fire

We had an outstanding turnout of volunteers for our first Firewise cleanup! We’d like to give a special “thank you” to the 16 residents that came out to help reduce the risk of wildfires in our community. Keep reading to learn how you can volunteer with the Firewise team!

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Firewise
 

Forest Fire

We had an outstanding turnout of volunteers for our first Firewise cleanup! There were 16 residents that came out to volunteer with us on June 10th. I would like to thank all of them for their hard work in helping to reduce the risk of a wildfire in our community. The Firewise team removed 95 trash bags and chipped the larger trimmings back into the area. If you want to see all that was accomplished, take a walk or drive down Oxbow and see everyone’s hard work!

If any resident ever has any questions about Firewise please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Rick Moshier
(951) 536-8312
Moshierrick@gmail.com

Stimulus
Check Tips

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As government stimulus checks begin to roll in, you may be thinking about what you should do with yours. Keep reading to learn a few helpful tips on how you can use these additional funds to your advantage.

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Stimulus Check Tips

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As government stimulus checks begin to roll in, you may be thinking about what you should do with yours. Whether it’s paying bills, investing, or spending it on that special wish list item, it all comes down to what is best for your wealth health.

NBC News recently compiled a helpful list of 5 must-know tips before spending your stimulus. Read through them below before making your spending decision, you might just change you mind.

  1. Make sure you have the necessities. First and foremost, make sure you are stocked up on the things you need like food, medicine, and other additional supplies. If you’re not, it can be a good idea to use your stimulus check to restock these items.
  2. Work with financial institutions. If necessary, you can use your check to pay any debts you might have, but check with your financial institutions first. Many banks and credit card companies are deferring payments and waiving fees, so make sure to check with them first before dropping a large payment.
  3. Save your money. If you have no immediate need for your stimulus check, consider saving it or using it to get yourself out of debt. This can be a great way to reduce future financial strain.
  4. Deal with your finances now. It can be tempting to avoid your financial problems until they become an immediate issue, but that will only lead to future stress. Get your finances in order now and figure out the best use for your stimulus money rather than wait until an issue arises.
  5. Give your money. If you are in a stable place financially, consider giving the money to someone in need. Many charities are readily accepting donations, or you could even consider helping a friend or family member who is struggling right now.

We hope these tips helped give you some viable options on how your stimulus check can go to good use. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Your Health

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Telemedicine Tips

Getting quality medical care has never been easier. If you are frustrated with scheduling and attending doctors’ appointments just for answers to a few questions, Telemedicine services are a powerful tool for you to utilize. Get prescriptions, care, and referrals all from the comfort of your home.

Online Book
Clubs

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There’s nothing quite like starting a brand-new book. Many online book clubs are now allowing readers the opportunity to connect, hear from the writers themselves, and try out new genres. There’s no better time to find your next literary obsession.

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Online Book Clubs

A collection of books

There’s nothing quite like starting a brand-new book. With new characters to get attached to and fresh worlds to immerse yourself in, there’s no better time to find your next obsession. Many online book clubs are now allowing readers the opportunity to connect, hear from the writers themselves, and try out new genres. There’s truly something for everyone!

Whether you are a woman looking for a casual group to talk to other female bibliophiles, someone looking to broaden their knowledge with award-winning titles, or looking for novels to help you make sense of the world itself, there’s a book club for it.

Another great feature of virtual book clubs are that they offer different levels of interactivity. If you’re simply looking for a list of recommended books on the same subject, you can find a club for that. If you enjoy reading or listening to what others have to say about a book but you’re not looking to discuss yourself, you can. If you like the best of both worlds, you’ll easily be able to find a host of groups that will allow you to share your opinion and converse with your fellow readers.

While it can be difficult to find people with similar interests to you, online book clubs might be the answer. They are a great way to immerse yourself in new literature and conversations with people across the globe without leaving the comfort of your home.

Connect with Us
 

Follow Us

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.

Home & Garden

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Increase Your Home Value

Many people say their homes are extensions of themselves, so while you improve yourself all the time, don’t forget to put in a little TLC into the space around you. From adding small details like a new paint color and fixtures to enhancing you curb appeal, you’ll start to see your home’s value grow in no time.

 
 
 

Experiences

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Stay and Play

A vacation doesn’t always mean traveling to some far-off destination. There are a lot of things you can do from your own home that provide the same level of relaxation and fun as a traditional escape. From creating your own film festival to treating yourself to luxurious linens, the options are endless.

 
 
 

Entertainment & Leisure

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2020’s Best Podcasts

Podcasts - the latest and greatest craze to hit our streaming platforms over the last year; but what does that mean for you? From informational to comedic satire, there is something for every taste! Get started by checking out Good Housekeeping’s list of the best podcasts for 2020.