MARCH 2003

Stormy Weather—and Storm Shelters are on the Way!
Hopefully, the storm shelters will arrive first! Johanna Woods has been investigating how to provide everyone in the community with shelter in the event of a tornado for a couple of years now. The decision has been made and construction on two, free-standing above ground shelters is scheduled to begin immediately. These shelters will be located at the north and south ends of the community. Once they are completed, there will be ample capacity to shelter all our residents when severe weather threatens. And of course, the basement will still be available. Because there will be several shelters located throughout the community, each of you will receive a map showing the location within the community of the shelter nearest your home. In order to assure that all our residents can be accommodated in the event of a storm, this will also be the shelter that is suggested for your use. Certainly any of the shelters will be available to any of our residents, but from a practical standpoint, no one shelter will be able to safely and comfortably shelter everyone. It’s an exciting time in our community! It will be wonderful to have storm shelters and even more wonderful to never need them-but this is, after all, Oklahoma!

Neighborhood Watch has a Tip for You!!
The long, cold winter is almost over and increased daylight hours results in increased activity. Unfortunately, not all of that activity is legal. Each year we get reports of stolen bicycles. There are a few simple steps that can be taken to keep that from happening. Always lock your bicycle securely. And do this whether you will be gone for a few minutes or a few hours. The best kind of lock is a U-lock that will secure both wheels and the frame to something stationary, such as a tree, fence post or a porch rail. You can also mark your bicycle with an engraver to make it easier to identify. We have an engraver in the office. Just bring your bicycle by and we will help you with this. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. If the opportunity is reduced, so is your likelihood of being a victim!

The Mowing Season Will Soon Be Upon Us!
Are you ready for it? Just a reminder that in Johanna Woods the lawn is not properly done unless it is mowed, all concrete edges trimmed/edged and areas around the home, fences and storage buildings trimmed. If you need some help with this we have a list of neighbors who can help. Call the office at 355-1681 if you would like some information on lawn care folks in Johanna Woods. We will be mowing before you know it-and no doubt before we are ready for it!

Is the Tax Dealine Closing in on You?
Don’t sweat it! One of our neighbors is here to help! Bette Lu Foster is a tax accountant. She can help. Give her a call at 355-0114.

For Johanna Woods Only…
For the Month of March instead of a cable drawing, we will be drawing for a $25.00 Schwans gift certificate! This, of course, since March is National Frozen Food Month. Such a deal! Schwans is a home delivery food company and they have some of the most wonderful frozen things around-and they will deliver them to your door-at your convenience! Now can you get a deal like that anywhere else but in your neighborhood? I don’t think so! Your on-time rent payment is your entry for the drawing. If you are selected, you will receive the gift certificate and a catalog of all the good stuff you can order. They have everything from steaks to ice cream! And it’s just for you-from Johanna Woods!

A Note About Trash Days…
We have always asked our residents not to set their trash out at the curb until the morning it is to be collected. There are several reasons for this, but the best one is that we are surrounded by woods where raccoons, opossums and all kinds of critters live. Even coyotes! Additionally, there are stray dogs and cats that roam through our community regularly. If there is anything in your trash that would provide a midnight snack for one of these nocturnal animals, there’s a good chance your trash will be all over your yard and the street by morning. Please make sure that all small and loose trash is set out in bags that are secured at the top. And be sure and set these bags out in the morning-not the night before. Thanks for your help with this!

Free Dump Day…but only for Johanna Woods!
Just in time for all your Spring cleaning, we are having a free dump day for our residents. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 15th and you can bring all that ìstuffî that you don’t need down and get rid of it! The storage yard will be open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm for your cleaning convenience. We can take almost anything, just not these items: liquids, tires, old fireworks or any type of explosive.

Cook’s Corner
Hash Brown Potato Casserole
Ingredients: Serves: 6 to 8

1 32-ounce package frozen hash browns (the cubed kind)
1 can Cream of Chicken soup, condensed
1 stick margarine
1 onion, chopped
8-ounces velveeta cheese
8-ounces sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place frozen hash browns in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. When ready to cook, place in a large oven safe casserole or crock pot. Chop onions and add to potatoes, along with salt and pepper Melt cheese and margarine together in microwave safe bowl for 30 to 40 seconds at a time, stirring between melting cycles to prevent scorching. Stir soup and sour cream into this mixture and add to other ingredients, mixing well. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. If making in a crock pot, cook on high for 1 hour, then switch to low for 4 hours. These are great with baked ham, and with these in the crock pot and ham in the oven, lunch is ready when you get home from church on Sunday!