MAY 2003

Summertime in Oklahoma! Are You Ready?
Remember what they say about the weather in Oklahoma? If you don’t like the weather here, just stick around for a minute and it will probably change! Well, summer approaches. The pool will be opening at the end of the month and all the kiddos in Johanna Woods are already taking to the streets on their bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller blades! Flowers are blooming, yard work demands our attention and school is almost out for the summer! It’s an amazing transformation that occurs in our community at this time each year. And it’s a transformation that requires some adjustment to all of our routines. We all have to expand our schedules to include mowing and weed-eating the lawn every week or two. And as the kids take to the streets we have to pay more attention when we drive through our community. As parents, we need to understand that the streets are not a playground. We have a very nice playground area where it is much safer for them to play. Please talk with your kids and encourage them to play there. And as you visit with your kids, remind them not to trespass through the yards of their neighbors in the community. Many of our residents spend quite a lot of time and money on their yards each year. It’s very frustrating to have someone ride their bike through the yard or chase a stray ball into the flower garden after all that hard work. Please teach your children to respect the property of others! Ours will be a happier and more friendly place to live if we will do this.

Do you have a new neighbor on your street? If you see them out working in their yard, take a moment and introduce yourself. Our community will only be as friendly and safe as we make it.

Johanna Woods Pool Opens May 23rd!
As we have done for the last couple of years now, we will keep the office open for extended hours to make sure everyone gets signed up for their pool passes. You can pick these up during regular office hours beginning on Monday, May 19th. Extended hours are as follows: Monday, May 19th until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 20th until 8:00 pm, Friday, May 23rd until 8:00 pm. You can also pick up your passes on Saturday, May 24th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. No one will be admitted to the Johanna Woods pool area unless they have a current pool pass. Please remember that the pool monitors cannot issue pool passes and the only place they will be issued is at the office during regular or extended hours. Mark your calendar and come get your passes! The pool opens for the summer at 5:00 pm on May 23rd! Consent forms must be completed for anyone to bring the child of a friend or neighbor under 12 years of age. These forms are also available at the office. Get ready to swim!

There are several folks in Johanna Woods that are ready, willing and able-for a fee- to help you keep your lawn care chores from becoming a nightmare this summer.
They are:
Rob Sewell 355-0764
R.L. Woods 355-3090
Richard Beeler 355-5709
Wes Moheng 355-6000
Curtis Rinehart 355-5145
Guy Rosencutter 355-8556
Let’s keep our homes and community in top shape this summer!

Floyd Jackson Retires …
After almost 5 years of faithful and conscientious service, Floyd Jackson is leaving Johanna Woods. Floyd has been employed as the maintenance supervisor since August of 1998 and has been responsible for all aspects of community maintenance during that time. Johanna Woods has not found a replacement for
his position at this writing, but we hope to have someone on board shortly. Floyd leaves us due to some increasingly serious health difficulties and we wish him the very best in his retirement. Floyd also leaves us with some big shoes to fill, as he has served Johanna Woods well. He will be missed, but will no doubt drop in once in a while to share some of his experience with us! Best Wishes, Floyd!

Free Dump Day In Broken Arrow
Since we are all doing our Spring cleaning right now, you might like to know that the City of Broken Arrow wants to help! They will be having a free dump day on Saturday, May 3rd, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Just take your throw-away items to the Public Works Facility at 1700 W. Detroit and they will take them off your hands. This is the same place you picked up your trash bags in April. You can take almost anything to them with the exception of hazardous materials or liquids and it can be discarded for free! So if you weren’t able to sell all your “STUFF” in the community yard sale, you can now throw it away for free! If you have any questions about whether or not they will accept certain items, you can call 251-5311 and find out for sure! Get busy and get rid of that “stuff” you don’t use and don’t need!

For Johanna Woods Moms
Here’s something every mother can relate to: Real Mothers

  • Real mothers don’t eat quiche;they don’t have time to fix it.
  • Real mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sand box
  • Real mothers often have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids.
  • Real mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
  • Real mothers sometimes ask “Why me!” and find the answer when a little voice says, “’cause I love you best!”
  • Real mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or grades…it is marked by the progression from mama to mommy to mom….

    – Anonymous

Outdoor Cook’s Corner
Marinated Grilled Chicken
Yield: 4 Servings

4 boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup catsup
2 Tbs. Cooking oil
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp. Dry mustard
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. parsley

Whisk all the ingredients except the chicken together. Wash the chicken and prick each piece several times with a fork. Place the chicken in a gallon size ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the chicken in the bag. Close the bag and make sure it is tightly sealed. Refrigerate overnight. Place the chicken over hot coals and cook until the juices run clear, about 20 minutes total, depending on the thickness of the chicken. You can also use the marinade to baste the chicken while it is cooking. Discard the leftover marinade and enjoy!