JULY 2003

Happy Birthday – U.S.A!!

Independence Day is almost here once again. And this year the City of Broken Arrow is planning one of the largest fireworks shows in the entire state. The Glory Daze Family Spectacular will take place on Friday, July 4th at the Indian Springs Sports Complex, located at Aspen and 131st Street. Limited parking is available in the complex, but there is a $5.00 per car parking fee.

For $1.00 per adult, you can ride a shuttle over to the festivities. You can catch a shuttle at the SE campus of Tulsa Technology at 4600 S. Olive, Oliver Middle School at 3100 W. New Orleans, Wolf Creek Elementary at 3000 W. New Orleans, Childers Middle School at 301 E. Tucson, Spring Creek Elementary at 6801 S. 3rd or Broken Arrow’s NSU campus at 3100 E. New Orleans. The festivities at Glory Daze will kick off at 3:30 and end with the fireworks display. There will be lots of entertainment and fun for the whole family, so plan now to attend.

And as always, remember that it is illegal to set off fireworks in the city limits of Broken Arrow and Johanna Woods IS in the city limits. Therefore, it is illegal to set off fireworks in Johanna Woods. So, as tempting as it may be to light those fireworks at the end of the driveway or in the street-don’t do it! Every resident of Johanna Woods has agreed to abide by all state, city, local and federal laws. Don’t let a firecracker get you into trouble! Find a nice place outside the city limits and Johanna Woods to set off those fireworks! Have a safe and happy July 4th.

Independence Day Facts

“When in the course of human events…” These words appear at the beginning of our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty, The Declaration of Independence. This document was drafted when it became obvious to our founders that completely severing the ties of the Colonies and Great Britain was inevitable.

On June 11, 1776, a committee including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston began the work, but it was Thomas Jefferson that actually crafted this great document. The final version was officially adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration on July 6th, 1776.

On July 8, 1776 the first public readings took place in Philadelphia’s Independence Square. It was not until many years later in 1941 that Congress declared July 4th a national holiday. There were 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence pledging their lives, fortunes, and their “sacred honor” to each other and the future of our young nation.

Summertime Cooks Corner
Sunny Vegetable Salad
5 C Broccoli Florets
5 C Cauliflowerets
2 C (8 ozs) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2/3 C chopped red onion
1/2 C raisins
1 C mayonnaise
1/2 C sugar
2 T cider OR red wine vinegar
6 Bacon Strips, cooked crisp
1/4 C sunflower seeds
In a large salad bowl, toss broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, onion and raisins. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour this mixture over the salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Uncover, crumble bacon and sprinkle bacon and sunflower seeds over salad. Yield: 12-14 servings. And it’s good!

Johanna Woods Teenagers Rally Support for the Troops

Two of Johanna Woods own young people did more than talk about supporting the troops recently, they came up with an idea and got a fundraiser going to make it happen. Victoria Macaruso and Sarah Kellogg were concerned with the expense our soldiers were faced with while trying to keep in touch with loved ones at home. With the consent of Centennial Middle School officials, they launched the G.I. Joe Phone Home Program. They went class to class each day for a week with a soldier’s boot collecting pennies. By the end of the week, they had almost 80,000 pennies which they used to purchase phone cards. The cards were then sent to Company D, 245th Aviation Division of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Way to go girls! Thanks for putting a great idea into action!

Johanna Woods Summer Maintenance Hours Begin

It sure didn’t take long for those temperatures to shoot up into the high nineties once June arrived! With the increasingly warm temperatures, our maintenance crew has changed to their summer work hours to beat the heat a little. They will be starting work at 6:30 each morning and ending their day at 3:30 in the afternoon. Please keep this in mind if you need some input from the maintenance staff. You will need to call a little earlier in the day. And be patient with us if you hear a weed eater in the creek around 7:00 am! It gets hot out there in a hurry!

Johanna Woods Office Hours Expand

Based on the number of homes for sale in the community and a few empty lots, the office will be open on Saturdays until further notice. This is something that we began at the end of June in order to be able to provide increased availability to both our current and future residents. For right now, the office will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Come see us if you need something. We are always here to help! And don’t forget that we are still offering a free month of rent and cable as a referral “thank you” if you recommend Johanna Woods to a friend or relative and they move in with us!

Freedom Has Never Been Free…

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence did so at great personal risk. They signed and pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor, knowing that they could be killed if they were captured by the British. Nine of them fought and died from wounds or hardships suffered during the Revolutionary War. Eight of them had their homes and properties looted. Many were driven into exile and hiding and separated from their families. Others had their property laid waste, but each made the sacrifice because they believed in the cause of Liberty. These were not rabble-rousing ruffians, but soft-spoken men of means and education. As you celebrate the 4th of July this year, think about the blessings of Liberty that you enjoy and remember that Freedom still costs something-even now!