A 55+ Community in Prescott, AZ

April - May 2021

Edition No. 5

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Manager's Corner
 

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Spring is finally here, and our Community Manager, Tammy, isn’t just excited about it for the good weather! To hear about exciting new improvements and updates coming to Pine Lakes this spring, keep reading.

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Manager's Corner

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Hello Pine Lakes,

Spring is finally here! It’s so nice to have sunshine, warmer weather, and to see the flowers and trees are coming back to life. It’s definitely my favorite time of year. Another thing to look forward to is the many improvement projects underway and upcoming, beginning with the new pergola and facelift on the exterior of the clubhouse and office building. Next up, our pool and spa will both be resurfaced before pool season kicks off. For those of you who have been enjoying all of the flowers we have been planting the last few years, you’ll be delighted to see that we’re adding even more this year. We truly want Pine Lakes to sparkle like the gem that we all know it to be.

With the thought of “home improvement” in mind, we decided it would be nice to recognize homeowners in each edition of our newsletter, who truly go above and beyond to care for their site and yard. This month we kick off our “Pride of Pine Lakes” column to highlight those special homesites and homeowners and hopefully lend some inspiration to our entire community. If you have a yard that you’re proud of or a neighbor who has done a terrific job with their site, please email us pictures and we would be delighted to share that in our future newsletters! Also, if you have plans to make improvements at your site, be sure to take some good before and after pictures, you never know when we might be inspired to have a contest! In the meantime, keep reading to see our inaugural kick-off of the “Pride of Pine Lakes”.

Sincerely,
Tammy
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day. 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!

Firewise
 

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Spring is in the air and the dry season is around the corner. Starting on April 7, your Firewise volunteers will be starting our Firewise work projects to reduce the risk of wildfires. To learn how to get involved in this important program, read on.

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Firewise

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Spring is in the air and the dry season is around the corner. Starting on April 7, your Firewise volunteers will be starting our Firewise work projects to reduce the risk of wildfires. Because of the hard work of the volunteers over the years, we are going to be working in the community twice a month instead of every week. All residents are more than welcome to come out and volunteer on any work project. If you are a new resident and want to get involved in your community, this is a great way to do that and to meet a lot of your neighbors. It’s a bit of work but it’s also very rewarding and fun.

Please look for the Firewise emails for events, and from there all you need to do is show up and we will go over the program and get to work. The emails will let you know where to meet and what time to be there. If you can only volunteer for an hour or so, that’s no problem, we appreciate all the help we can get. We also hope to start up our educational meetings as soon as the clubhouse becomes available.

If any residents have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

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

Community Connections

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With so many new residents joining our community, we’d like to introduce a helpful group called Connections. If you’re interested in joining this group or would like to see what resources they offer, keep reading!

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Community Connections

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Connections + Community = Connections @ Pine Lakes

Community: A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Connections: A relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.

Connections @ Pine Lakes: A loosely formed group of residents that want to help where they can, without a huge commitment. No monthly meetings, no obligation.

We’d like to give a warm welcome to the new residents of Pine Lakes. You have joined a community that cares. You may or may not have heard Connections mentioned around the neighborhood. If you have, you may be wondering: what is Connections?

What does Connections do? Our volunteers provide residents in need with non-medical, short-term tasks such as grocery pick-up, dog walking, rides to appointments, connections to resources, and more.

How do I ask for assistance from Connections? Residents can call (928) 351-1414 and leave a message. The monitor of the messages will send out an email to all members of the group, and our volunteers respond if they can help. These volunteers then reach out to the resident in need and assist with the task at hand.

How can I become a volunteer? Send your contact information (name, address, phone, and email address) and tasks that you would be interested in assisting with to connectionspinelakes@gmail.com or call (928) 351-1414.

Have more questions? Please call (928) 351-1414 or email connectionspinelakes@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you! Whether you need assistance or would like to help please CONNECT with us.

Sales Update
 

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The sales office is busier than ever selling homes in our community! For updates on new homes and information on how to list your own, including gaining access to our Multiple Listing Services, 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!

Call us today at (928) 612-3215 for your comparative marketing analysis.

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!

History of the Poppy

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In this military history installment, residents Bob and Phyllis Soto teach us about the significance and history of the poppy in honoring veterans. To learn more about it, as well as how you can help honor military veterans on fast-approaching Memorial Day, read on.

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History of the Poppy

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From 1914 to 1918, World War I took a greater human toll than any previous conflict, with some 8.5 million soldiers dead of battlefield injuries or disease. The Great War, as it was then known, also ravaged the landscape of Western Europe, where most of the fiercest fighting took place. From the devastated landscape of the battlefields, the red poppy would grow and, thanks to a famous poem, become a powerful symbol of remembrance.

Across Northern France and Flanders (Northern Belgium), brutal clashes between Allied and Central Powers soldiers tore up fields and forests, tearing up trees and plants and wreaking havoc on the soil beneath. But, in the warm early spring of 1915, bright red flowers began peeking through the battle-scarred land, and these flowers were known as the Flanders poppy, corn poppy, red poppy, or corn rose. The brilliantly colored flower is actually classified as a weed, which makes sense given its tenacious nature.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian who served as a brigade surgeon for an Allied artillery unit, spotted a cluster of poppies that spring, shortly after the Second Battle of Ypres. McCrae tended to the wounded and got a firsthand look at the carnage of the clash, in which the Germans unleashed lethal chlorine gas for the first time in the war. Some 87,00 Allied soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing in the battle (as well as 37,000 on the German side). A friend of McCrae's, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was among the dead. Struck by the sight of bright red blooms on broken ground, McCrae wrote a poem, "In Flanders Field”, in which he channeled the voices of the fallen soldiers buried under those hardy poppies. Published in Punch magazine in late 1915, the poem would be used at countless memorial ceremonies and became one of the most famous works of art to emerge from the Great War. Its fame had spread far and wide by the time McCrae himself died from pneumonia and meningitis in January 1918.

"In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
   In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
  The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
   In Flanders fields.

In New York in November 1918, an American Woman named Moina Michael came across the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. She was so moved that she made a personal pledge to "Keep the Faith". She felt compelled to make a note of the pledge and hastily scribbled down a response entitled "We Shall Keep the Faith" on the back of a used envelope. From that day she vowed to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance.

"We shall Keep the Faith" by Moina Michael

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With all who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Moina later used the symbol of the Poppy to raise funds for U.S. ex-servicemen returning from the first world war.

I remember every year outside the grocery store while growing up my mom would get her poppy around Memorial Day. You don't see that much anymore.

In keeping with this, we are going to do something different this May. So, to kick things off on May 15, 2021 (Armed Forces Day, and my birthday, we will once again have our Veterans box on our fence. Next to that will be a container of handmade Poppies (compliments of Phyllis and Bonnie). Please come by and help yourself to a poppy and leave a donation to be given to U.S.S Vets-Prescott.

Your help would be greatly appreciated. It would be a no-contact visit unless you want to yell "hello" or wear a mask and bump elbows. Let’s show our Veterans their sacrifice was not forgotten, that we remember and want to help.

There might even be some homemade fudge for you to enjoy as well (for a limited time). The box will be out from May 15 until May 31. We look forward to your visit.

Be safe,
Bob and Phyllis Soto
(928) 227-3716
featherkeepers@yahoo.com

Pine Lakes Community Garden

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Your Firewise Team is going to start planting our community garden in mid-May, and considering the huge success it was last year, we couldn’t be more excited! Keep reading for how to stay in the loop with updates on the garden.

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Pine Lakes Community Garden

Garden

Your Firewise Team is going to start planting our community garden in mid-May. Last year it was a big success and many residents enjoyed the garden and the volunteers handed out lots of vegetables and herbs last summer. The garden is located below the tennis courts and we will be sending out updates about the garden through email, so keep an eye out for them. Thanks again to all the volunteers that helped out with the garden last year- it was a big success because of you.

If there are any questions, please let me know.

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

Pride of Pine Lakes
 

Yard of the quarter

For our first edition of Pride of Pine Lakes, we want to highlight long-time residents Judy and Wayne, who were nominated for their impeccable home site. Read on to hear more about them and everything they do to make their home look so good!

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Pride of Pine Lakes

Yard of the quarter

Judy and Wayne moved into Pine Lakes in 2005 and anyone who knows them will not be surprised to see them nominated for an impeccable homesite. Every time I’m on their street I am amazed at how spotless their site is, how the gravel is always neatly raked, and I don’t think a leaf would dare to fall on Judy’s yard! From the adorable little footbridge to the lovely statuary, this yard is something special. On top of all of that, they’re great people and residents.

Judy and Wayne, truly you are a wonderful part of our community and we thank you for sharing your lovely home site with us!

Best,
Tammy
Community Manager

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.

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?

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
 

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!

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.

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.

 
 

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.