JULY 2006

Happy Birthday U.S.A! 230 Years Old!
It’s Independence Day! 230 years ago the United States became a nation. And in the course of our nation’s short history, America has become the most blessed and prosperous nation in the world. The blessings of liberty that we enjoy today were costly to those who came before us, and should never be taken for granted by us. So let’s celebrate our Independence responsibly and gratefully, not just on the 4th of July, but every day of each year that passes. We have a great heritage as a nation. Let’s be sure we pass that history on to our kids, so they know why we are celebrating. The 4th of July is about much more than fireworks and time off from work, though we all enjoy those things. In the section titled, “Our American Heritage”, you can read a few quotes from our founding fathers and other leaders after them reflecting their views on liberty and the freedoms afforded to all Americans as a result of what happened in this country on July 4, 1776. Most of us have never known anything but freedom and it’s good for us to stop and remember our beginnings as a nation. Have a safe and happy.

Enjoying Fireworks-Legally!
It is illegal to set off fireworks in the city limits of Broken Arrow without a permit. We are in the city limits, so you must have a permit if you plan to shoot fireworks here. NOTE: There are permit restrictions that you must be aware of and everyone in Johanna Woods may not be able to shoot fireworks in front of their home, EVEN WITH A PERMIT. First of all, fireworks may not be set off on a through street that is more than 26 feet wide. If you live on Johanna Blvd., or one of the other through streets you cannot shoot fireworks in front of your home. They must be lit on a non-combustible surface, but not within 25 feet of a permanent structure, so that rules out your parking pad. New this year, a yard sign will be issued with each permit and must be displayed in your yard while shooting fireworks. Fireworks can only be discharged between 3:00 and 11:00 pm on the 3rd and 4th of July. Permits cost $20.00 and can be obtained at the Police department. Make sure you read ALL of the fine print, because fines are between $225.00 and $450.00 for violations of permit rules.

Rules for Individual Pools
Wading pools and even some larger pools are popping up in the community. All such pools must comply with the Broken Arrow City mandated safety requirements. Here they are: 1) Any pool over 18 inches tall must be surrounded by a fence that is at least 4 feet tall. 2) That fence must have a self-closing and self-securing gate. 3) If the fence is a picket style wooden fence, there must be no more than 4 inches between the pickets. If you have a pool in your yard you must be in compliance with ALL of the above requirements or your pool must come down. These conditions are critical to the safety of a small child who might pass by and decide to swim in your pool. As the homeowner, the burden of safety is yours.

Cooks Corner
Ranch Potato Salad
1 pound bacon slices, cooked & crumbled
2 cups mayonnaise 3/4 cup chopped green onions
1 (1 ounce) pkg ranch dressing mix
5 pounds unpeeled red potatoes

Directions: Boil whole potatoes in lightly salted water until tender. Drain, then run under cold water to cool. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Place in large serving bowl and refrigerate until well chilled. Mix onions, mayonnaise and ranch mix in another bowl, cover and refrigerate while potatoes chill. Stir dressing mix into potatoes, add bacon pieces and stir to distribute. Serves 10-12

Extra Holiday Pool Hours
Since the 4th of July is observed on the calendar date as opposed to a certain weekday, some businesses prefer to close on Monday anyway and some prefer to observe the holiday on the actual date. Based on this inconsistent preference and our own office schedule, we are providing extended pool hours for this year. These are listed in detail in the Community Calendar section. We hope this expanded schedule will better fit most of our residents’ holiday time off schedule. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the community office.

Re-Inspections in Progress
All of the preliminary home inspections were completed in May and re-inspections are now underway. Everyone should have received an inspection report in the mail. If you did not, please call the office and we will get a copy to you. Very few homes required more than routine repairs, so most time frames to complete the needed tasks were 30 to 90 days. Hopefully, most of the work was doable before it got really hot. We truly appreciate how nicely most of our residents maintain their homes and home sites. All of us benefit in one way or another from having a clean, well-maintained community, with properly maintained homes in it. You can check re-sale values in any area and you will find them to be the highest in good communities like Johanna Woods. And that’s because of you, our fine residents! We appreciate you all. If you still have work to do, get at it! We will be back to finish the re-inspections in the next couple of weeks.

It’s 11:00, Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
Broken Arrow has curfew laws because children and young people don’t need to roam the streets after dark. Ask any law officer and they will tell you that anyone out on the streets, late at night is usually up to no good. And, even if someone is not out looking for trouble, trouble has a way of finding them in the middle of the night! If you see kids or anyone wandering our streets after 11:00 pm, call the police at 259-8400 and ask them to check it out. It will help keep our community safer and more secure if we will all be watchful. It’s our community after all and we all must be involved. As a parent, are your kids in the house after dark? They better be!

A Word About Door-to-Door Solicitors
We don’t allow them! There are lots of people who want to sell you something. Magazine or newspaper subscriptions, the newest miracle cleaner, etc. Please realize if someone comes to your door selling something, they do so without the permission of the office and in violation of the law. Some might even tell you that they have checked with us and have our blessing, but they don’t. We have clearly posted NO SOLICITING signs in the community. Those who ignore them can be arrested. So, the next time someone knocks and offers you the best deal on cable since it was invented, feel free to ask them to move on. If the office is open, call us and we will handle it!