OCTOBER 2001

America, America…
Certainly, by now there is no need to reflect on the events of the last few weeks. In the 72 hours immediately after the attack on our nation, no doubt we had all seen footage from every possible angle, heard heart-wrenching stories of loss and witnessed the emergence of our nation’s newest and bravest heroes. In the history of America it has always been the darkest hours that have provided the most clear and distinct definition of American character. And it is no different now. When tested, our small differences disappear and we stand together, shoulder to shoulder, rallied around the great symbol of America, our flag. Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner, the Stars and Stripes. And, as in the past ,adversity causes us to slow down long enough to remember why Old Glory is so precious to us and what being an American really means. It’s more than a privilege of birth, it’s the knowledge that we are all part of the greatest nation that God has ever allowed on the face of the earth. And it is the realization that this great privilege carries with it great responsibility.

America has always been a giving nation, proud to share our resources with our neighbors and even working to re-build the countries that have challenged us after conflict has ended. America truly has a great history shaped by Americans of so many different nationalities, beliefs and personalities. Many of whom could not enjoy the privileges of American citizenship by birth, but who came to be part of this great country through tremendous sacrifice and sometimes great peril. But whatever our backgrounds and regardless of how we came to be Americans, we must stand together now as Americans and ask God to Bless America-again. Let’s proudly display our flag because it is the single greatest and most visible sign of unity that exists in this country or any other. And let’s pray for our country like never before… GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Johanna Woods to Distribute American Flags!
Have you tried to find an American flag lately? If you have, you know that it is almost impossible. Demand is far greater than supply right now and flag producers are working overtime to try and fill orders. Johanna Woods will be giving away 5 flag kits in October, but we also have a flag for every home in our community. Your rent payment is your entry for the large flag drawing and a small American flag accompanies this newsletter. Please display it with pride!

Fall is in the Air!
And few things are more inviting on a cool day than having a pot of soup, stew or beans simmering on the kitchen stove. With this in mind we would like to feature these kinds of recipes for the next couple of months. Do you have a favorite you would like to share with your neighbors? Please bring a copy by the office and we will run it in our newsletter for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy the cooler weather and all the wonderful things it brings!

Where’s a kid to Play!
There have been a few complaints lately that our kids are trying to play ball-football, baseball, etc., between or behind homes in the community. And there just isn’t room! There is ample room at the community playground and in some of the fields/easements, but please talk to your children about trying to play ball around our homes. We don’t need broken windows or neighbors who are upset when stray balls hit their homes. We must all respect each other’s property! Thanks for your help!

Creamy Chicken Soup
Yield: 2 quarts

Ingredients:
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups chicken broth, divided
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken

Directions:
Melt butter or margarine in a large pan over low heat; add flour, stirring until it is smooth. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly add 2 cups of chicken broth, milk, and half-and-half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbling. Add salt and pepper, stirring to mix and add remaining chicken broth and chicken, stirring well. Continue cooking until thoroughly heated.