A 55+ Community in Prescott, AZ

October - November 2022

Edition No. 14

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Manager's Corner
 

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The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s Rob’s favorite time of the year. Keep reading to see his message and more information about what’s happening in Pine Lakes!

Did you know that by dialing 211, you can find out all of your local county services and how to contact them? It’s a simple way to get vital information on your community and connect to helpful resources. Try it out!

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Manager's Corner

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Hello Pine Lakes friends and neighbors,

It was awesome to meet so many of you at some really successful events this past summer. We look forward to our upcoming gatherings so that we can get to know each other better and continue to build our community culture. Please feel free to come by the office and say hello as we welcome all.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and I must admit, this is my favorite time of year! Your HTA team is thankful for all the support that has come our way, and we are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community. Look out for some fun events coming soon. Thank you.

Rob Bartlett
Community Manager

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The office will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving.

Food

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Ghost (Pepper) Busters

Halloween may be just around the corner, but this season’s spookiest ghoul is in your salad bowl. Ghost peppers are one of the hottest peppers in the world. They are said to be 416 times hotter than a mild jalapeno— yikes! Could you handle the heat?

Pride of Pine Lakes
 

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Congratulations to Deb and Dale Socolick who live at 35 Maverick for being this issue’s Pride of Pine Lakes winner. What a beautiful yard! It’s great to see the pride that you both put into your home, and we are grateful that you share that with our community. Thank you.

Sales Update
 

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If you’re considering selling your home at Pine Lakes, let our Sales Team help! Read on to learn more about what they can do for you.

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Sales Update

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Thinking of selling your home? Here are some of the benefits of listing your home with the Pine Lakes Sales Team.

  • 5% total commission rate that saves you hundreds of dollars. Example: We sell your home for $140,000; This will save you at least $1,400.00 over other realtors.
  • A professional and courteous team
  • Focused on Pine Lakes exclusively
  • Smooth transition as we handle everything for you
  • Committed to a culture of service with integrity

Stop by the office today to learn more about what the Pine Lakes Sales Team can do for you.

Veteran Spotlight
 

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In this issue, we are featuring resident veteran, Brian Coddington. Read on about Brian’s service and how he got to Pine Lakes.

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Veteran Spotlight 

Veteran spotlight

Our own Brian Coddington enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1978 and was trained as a Telecommunications Operations Specialist. His first assignment was in the Philippines where he spent three years, then spent the next six months in Northern California.

Although he had no desire to leave, Uncle Sam decided to send Brian to South Korea in 1987 for a one-year tour of duty. He then went to Spokane, WA where he spent seven years at a satellite tracking station in the middle of the wheat fields.

He moved to South Carolina for the last five years of his military career. In the middle of those years, he was sent to Kuwait and spent four months in the middle of the desert, 70 miles from Baghdad. He didn't shed any tears when that assignment ended!

He finally retired in 2001 and moved from South Carolina to Arizona, where he got married and has been enjoying his Happily Ever After ever since.

We will be featuring a resident veteran in upcoming newsletters. Please let us know if you would be willing to share your story. Thank you.

Your Health

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Mango Go Go!

Fuel your busy calendar with a healthy, delicious snack. This delicious mango smoothie made with mangoes, bananas, yogurt, and milk is refreshing and easily transportable. You can also chop up some frozen mango and take it with you on the go.

Capital Improvements
 

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We are finalizing some exciting new improvements coming in 2023. Keep an eye out for a list of these projects in the December/January issue of the Pine Lakes newsletter.

Firewise Update
 

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It has been a year full of change for Firewise USA and it is time for a short hiatus for the late summer/fall. Stay on the lookout for more information in upcoming newsletters and bulletins.

Restaurant Review
 

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Enjoy Mexican and margaritas? Check out our review of El Gato Azul, a local Mexican restaurant that adds a special touch to any occasion.

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Restaurant Review

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Offering a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere, El Gato Azul on 316 W. Goodwin Street is a great place to meet friends for sangria or margaritas and enjoy the best Happy Hour in town! El Gato Azul adds a special touch to date night or any special occasion. Whether dining on the covered patio, creekside, or at the bar, you will feel home at El Gato Azul. Don’t forget to try the tapas!



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Home & Garden

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Check Out Your Liberty

Take pride in your book collection by creating a beautiful display. Place your largest books in the center of your coffee table and file the rest on a bookshelf or bookcase. Unleash your inner librarian and organize them. You might even discover a book you didn’t know you had!

Upcoming Events
 

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Keep your eyes peeled for our annual Halloween party sponsored by Pine Lakes Residents Association, and a Thanksgiving event, too.

Past Event Recap
 

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We’re glad that so many of you were able to participate at our Meals on Wheels event, Sock Hop, potlucks, Women and Wine and more. Hope to see you soon at our future events.

Gifts for Every Occasion

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Need gift ideas for the person who has everything? What would you bring to your coworker’s housewarming party? Have you been stumped on a gift idea for someone you just met? Having a list of fail-safe gifts puts the fun back into giving. Check out these ideas to be the best gift-giver in town.

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Gifts for Every Occasion

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For some, gift-giving is an anxiety-inducing task. Deciding the type of gift and an appropriate budget for the occasion can add stress to an already busy holiday season. Do you have a go-to gift for different occasions? If not, this article lists 44 unique gifts perfect for any occasion and any person.

Whether you are shopping for a hostess gift or ‘just because,’ gifts are a great way to show an individual you love that you appreciate or are thinking of them. But, gift-giving can be more complicated when your relationship is new or undefined. To avoid the discomfort of a bad gift, we recommend following these 12 gift-giving etiquette tips when choosing gifts for any occasion.

With holiday gatherings and other special events upon us, arm yourself with a shopping list fit for all relationships but don’t forget that not all gifts are tangible, gifts of service or time can sometimes be more meaningful to a person and may make more of an impact. Happy giving!

Experiences

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Axes to Grind Throw

Move over, meditation: axe throwing is the newest stress relief trend. At an axe-throwing venue, customers are able to test their aim by attempting to hit a bullseye while simultaneously releasing pent-up anger. Don’t worry, it’s a lot safer than it looks!

A Course in Etiquette

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You can tell a lot about a person based on the way they handle themselves at restaurants. Brush up on your restaurant etiquette to avoid a foodie faux pas. If all else fails, remember: your drinking glass goes on the right side of your plate.

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A Course in Etiquette

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Once, a hiring manager was asked his favorite way to conduct an interview with a potential job candidate. His response was “I like to take them to lunch or dinner. You can learn a lot about someone by taking them to a restaurant.”

As society becomes more casual (hello athleisure attire,) we have lost the significance of learning etiquette, and more importantly, putting it into practice. For a quick refresher, Kent State University put together a summary of dining etiquette for occasions where you find yourself in a formal setting.

Have you ever been to a restaurant with a new acquaintance or friend and were embarrassed by how they treated your waiter? How someone treats waitstaff is a great indicator of how they’ll treat others. Compare your behavior to this list of servers’ rudest customer conduct reports to make sure you aren’t ‘that friend.’

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
 

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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.

Entertainment

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The Main Stream

When the weather outside is frightful, streaming services are always delightful. Platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max are constantly adding new movies to their selection. So, what are you waiting for? Start streaming!