March - April 2017
EDITION No. 9

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors

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Community Office Hours Update

For your convenience, the Community Office will be open until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

The Community Office will be closed on Friday, April 14, 2017, in observance of Good Friday. 

March and April Happenings at Saddlebrook Farms

We have awakened from the slumber of winter at Saddlebrook Farms, and there’s so much happening that we couldn’t possibly cover it all in the Bulletin.

We have made calendars for you to download and print.

Download March calendar of events.

Download April calendar of events.

We hope to see you at many of the events in the community sharing good times with your neighbors.

Landscape Maintenance Program

Don’t want to have to worry about maintaining the landscaping around your home? Sign up for the Saddlebrook Farms Landscape Maintenance Program.

Easter Sunrise Service

The Easter sunrise service is returning to Saddlebrook Farms.

• Sunday, April 16, 2017 • 7:00 a.m. • Lake Lodge

Saddlebrook resident, Reverend Robert Beaven, will lead this Catholic Mass. Communion will also be offered. Visit with one another and enjoy refreshments after the service.

Volunteer Piano Player

If anyone is interested in playing the piano during this service, please call Cathy at 847-223-2212.

E-Z Pay for Rent Payments

There is still time to sign up for EZ Pay for your monthly rent payment and be entered for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card. Avoid the cold and never pay a late fee. Have your rent payment automatically withdrawn from you checking or savings account on the 3rd of each month. Come to the Community Office to sign up or request an E-Z Pay form by e-mailing saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com

 

Those already on the program will be entered into another drawing as a thank-you for using E-Z Pay.

Scams 101—“Can You Hear Me Now?”

What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear, "Can you hear me now?" I'll bet you think of the Verizon commercial. Unfortunately, those were the good old days. Today, the question has taken a nefarious turn?a new scam.

Homeowner Tip of the Month

Springtime is a time to clean up, check up and spruce up your home and property. We've included a handy checklist below to jog your mind on many of the chores that have piled up over the winter. Get started now so you can enjoy the warm-weather season with your friends and neighbors.

Trotter Rewards

Betcha Didn’t Know

Many people are confused and believe that the four-leaf clover is the shamrock, but it's not. The shamrock, or three-leaf clover, is associated with St. Patrick's Day. It derives from the Gaelic Seamrog and means "little clover," and it's the Emerald Isle's iconic symbol. Some say the three leaves stand for the Holy Trinity. Others say the leaves stand for faith, hope and love. If you're lucky enough to find a four-leaf clover, the fourth leaf stands for luck.

Larry’s Corner

I know many of you have reached out to me about the new cable TV system here at Saddlebrook. The overwhelming question has been-“why the change?” 

BroadStar TV Update

Just a reminder if you do not have TV service from AT&T, Dish or Direct TV and want to keep the Saddlebrook service, you must call BroadStar at 847-886-0303 or visit the site online at www.BroadStar.com/saddlebrookfarms to sign up for service.

Early Spring Fertilizer with Crabgrass Preventative

Light Aerobics

The Light Aerobics group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. has now moved to the Fitness Center. This group performs light aerobics exercises to videos, and there is no cost to attend. If you are interested in joining, please stop by the Fitness Center at the scheduled time. If you don’t have a Fitness Center key fob, complete the agreement form at the Community Office during normal business hours, and you’ll receive your key right away.

Feed My Starving Children

Please mark your calendar now and join your Saddlebrook neighbors for our spring packing session at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

The work is easy, light and fun, and sit-down jobs are available. If you have packed before, come back and join us again. If you have never packed, there is no time like the present to lend a hand. It’s easy to learn, and they provide an instructional video.

FMSC Spring Packing

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Noon–2:00 p.m.
  • 742 East Park Avenue in Libertyville
  • Registration: Cut-off date to register is Friday, April 14, 2017

If you would like to join us in spring, call Myke Cardosi at 847-231-4461 or MJ Samer at 847-231-4840 by Friday, April 14, 2017. If you receive voicemail, leave a message saying that you would like to volunteer for FMSC and be sure to include your full name and phone number. We hope to see you in April!

It's Victory Garden Season

Every year we set aside an area for residents to enjoy their gardening skills and get some exercise at the same time. Whether you had a garden last year or are a first-time gardener and wish to take advantage of the opportunity this year, please download the form, complete it and return it to the Community Office or place it in one of the green drop boxes by Friday, March 17, 2017.

Victory Garden Guidelines

Victory Garden Volunteers Wanted

Not much to do this spring and summer? How about volunteering at the Saddlebrook Farms Victory Gardens? We are looking for volunteers to mark plots, attend the garden lottery, trim around garden sites and maintain the sheds and the areas around the garden.

If you are interested, please attend our volunteer planning meeting.

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • Noon
  • Community Office
  • Call Cathy at 847-223-2212 to volunteer

Village of Round Lake Park Vehicle Stickers

As a convenience to our residents, representatives from the Village of Round Lake Park will come to the Lake Lodge in March to sell vehicle stickers.

Saddlebrook Farms Annual Pancake Breakfast

Mark your calendars. Our Annual Pancake Breakfast will take place in May.

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Lake Lodge

Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea. We hope to see you there sharing a breakfast with your neighbors. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your neighbors.

Fishing Club

The Fishing Club will hold its first meeting of the year in March. All residents are welcome to attend and join the club.

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Lake Lodge

There is no charge—just sign up at the meeting. We will discuss stocking the lakes for 2017, fishing and the biggest fish caught in 2016 as well prizes for the biggest fish caught in 2017.

Please continue to donate your aluminum cans for fish. The money made from recycling these cans goes towards stocking the lakes and the Annual Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby on Father’s Day weekend.

For questions or more information about the Fishing Club, call Hans Guerentz, Fishing Club president, at 224-419-9100.

Daylight Saving Time Reminder

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2:00 a.m., time springs forward one hour. At the stroke of 2:00 a.m., the time magically becomes 3:00 a.m., and you’ll lose that extra hour of sleep you received last November.

This is a reminder to turn your clocks and watches ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, March 11, 2017.

Capital Improvements

In the January/ February edition of the Bulletin, we reviewed some of the notable improvements from 2016. We are very excited about what is coming in 2017!

Welcome Team

Would you like to be part of the team that welcomes new residents to Saddlebrook Farms? If so, please plan to attend one or both of our planning meetings.

  • Monday, March 20, 2017 and Monday, April 17, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Lake Lodge

If you would like to be part of this team, call Cathy at 847-223-2212 for details.

Payment Reminder

As a reminder to all residents, the Community Office does not accept cash or credit cards for rent or invoice payments. Checks and money orders are the only accepted forms of payment.

St. Patrick's Potluck Sing-Along

Come to an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration at our Potluck Sing-Along. Wear your Irish green, lederhosen and fedoras.

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Lake Lodge

Bring an Irish dish, main dish, appetizer, salad or dessert for dinner. All resident are invited and song sheets will be available.

The next sing-a-long will be on Saturday, April 1. Bring your Saddlebrook neighbors. It’s a great way to make new friends and to welcome new residents into the community. 

Lawn Watering Schedule

Seasonal watering restrictions are in effect from Monday, May 1, 2017, through Tuesday, October 31, 2017?morning hours only.

Those residents who have irrigation systems are asked to notify their respective irrigation companies of the programming change when scheduling appointments to activate their systems. Restrictions are as follows:

  • Residents with addresses ending in even numbers should water between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • Residents with addresses ending in odd numbers should water between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • All sprinkler systems are to be programmed to run between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. in accordance with the above schedule for even or odd numbered addresses.
  • No watering at any time on Wednesdays.

Thank you,

Larry

Yard Waste Collection

Collection will begin on Thursday, March 30, 2017, and continue until the end of fall.

Please put your yard waste in paper recyclable bags and place it at the curb by 7:00 a.m. Recyclable bags can be found at most home improvement and grocery stores. Plastic bags will not be picked up.

Yard Waste Guidelines

Yard waste consists of leaves, grass clippings, pieces of sod, small dead branches, flower debris, and small bush or tree trimmings. Please observe the following guidelines for yard waste disposal:

  • No plastic of any sort including bags and flower or small shrub containers. These can be placed in your recycle bin.
  • No pet feces.
  • No food scraps.
  • Dirt and clay must be placed in a separate bag from yard waste.
  • Root balls, cut and tied into 3-foot by 4-foot sections, can be placed on the side of the driveway for pick up.
  • Tree and shrub branches must be bundled and tied in three-foot sections.
  • NO dumping in the wetlands, lakes or by the Victory Gardens. 

Reporting Outages

To avoid delays, the proper procedure for reporting electrical outages is to call Commonwealth Edison at 1-800-334-7661.

For phone and internet outages, call AT&T at 1-888-611-4466, or call your provider.

Love It or List It?

Your full-time, in-house Sales Department is excited to remind you this month of two important items when it comes to you and your home in the community.

SafeHaven National Insurance Agency

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency for all your homeowner protection needs. The company specializes in covering manufactured homeowners and renters.

 

In today’s market, many insurance companies are either very difficult to work with or do not write insurance policies that provide adequate protection. When it comes to your home, make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that not only offers competitively priced policies but also provides the protections important to you.

 

Visit their website at www.safehaveninsurance.com or call SafeHaven National Insurance Agency today at 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Potpourri

Get Ready for March Madness
March Madness starts Sunday, March 12, 2017. The NCAA has released the first-ever, "in-season" Sweet 16 bracket. View the complete playoff and championship schedule and mark your calendars so you don't miss any of the action.

Travel

It's Cherry Blossom Season
The National Cherry Blossom Festival springs to life March 20 - April 16, 2017, in and around Washington, D.C. It celebrates Tokyo's gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the nation's capital. In addition to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the area hosts a number of spectacular events. For more information, check the official website.

Your Money

Are You Overpaying on income Tax?
Did you know that some or all of your Social Security may not be taxable? Calculations are made on adjusted gross income (AGI). See the table midway down the page at the link to determine if a portion of your Social Security income is tax-free.


Take Every Legal Deduction You Can
Tax avoidance is legal. Tax evasion is not and is subject to criminal penalties. According to Investopedia, “Tax avoidance is the use of legal methods to modify an individual's financial situation to lower the amount of income tax owed… by claiming the permissible deductions and credits.” View “Top Seven Senior Tax Breaks” at FindLaw, and double-check with your tax preparer to ensure you’re taking full advantage of deductions and credits to which you are entitled.

Food

Eat Your Fiber
PhysiciansCommittee for Responsible Medicine reports that dietary fiber decreases the risk of colorectal cancer by helping carcinogens found in waste pass through the body quickly. No, it doesn't have to taste like cardboard - avocados, berries, coconut, figs. View a list of 20 high-fiber foods. One easy way to increase your fiber intake is to add ground flax seeds, chia seed and avocado to a morning smoothie?a delicious and nutritious way to start your day.

Home & Garden

Add Some Spring Pizzazz to Your Home
Spring is here, a new season, a new beginning. It's a time to lighten and freshen your home. Add spots of color and put away the dark and heavy items for the season. Need some ideas? HouseBeautiful presents 16 ways to bring your home out of the winter doldrums.


Get Ready for Gardening
It seems like yesterday we were putting our gardens to bed. And now, it's time to prepare them for the season. Real Simple offers an easy, five-point plan to prepare for a spectacular garden full of blooms this spring and summer.

Your Health

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death, but it is preventable. According to Healthfinder.gov, six out of ten deaths can be prevented. Follow the preceding link to view a wealth of information and help to spread the word.


The Magic of NO!
How often do you feel overwhelmed, that 24 hours in a day is not enough time to get everything done? You can change that with the addition of one little word: "no." It's harder than you think to say it at first, but once you get the knack of it, you can do for others with pleasure when you choose to do so. Try The 24-hour No Challenge.