OCTOBER 2006

Water, Water Everywhere!
And it’s not safe to be playing in it! Since the heavy rainfall that our area experienced in May, it has become apparent that the creeks that run through our community are being forced to handle more run-off than in the past. During the last heavy rainfall in August, 51st Street was closed between 29th Place and 30th Street as water poured over the roadway and into the creek, to be carried away. At that time, the creek was very high and the water was flowing through the creek at a very high volume and rate. We have made sure that this problem of increased volume is well known to the officials in the city who are responsible for managing it. They have assured us that they are taking steps to make sure that Johanna Woods does not experience any ill effects or problems as a result of this additional water volume. Be assured we will be following up to make sure that they ARE doing something about it. In the meantime, parents, we need to make sure that we don’t have kids playing in or around the creeks in our community. This has never been a safe practice, but with the increased volume the creeks are being asked to handle, it is imperative that our kids are kept out of them. Rushing water can carry away homes and cars. And a young person or child will be no match for the force of the water moving through our creeks after a heavy rain. Make sure you know where your kids are after a heavy downpour. We want everyone in the community to be safe!

Are You Registered to Vote?
Deadline for Voter Registration Approaching!
If you plan to vote in the general election that will be held in November 2006, and are not registered to vote, you have until the 13th of October to register. You can do this by visiting the court house in Wagoner, the library or area tag agencies. If you have moved you may need to register in your new precinct in order to be able to vote. Free elections are one of the cornerstones of our republic and important issues and races will be decided. Make your voice heard!

Preparing for Winter
It’s always a good idea this time of year to plan for colder weather. Here are some things to consider as you look ahead to another winter in Oklahoma:

  • Is your skirting intact? Gaps and openings will keep it colder under your home and increase the possibility of pipes freezing. It will also increase the opportunity for small animals who are looking for shelter from the cold to move-in with you! Don’t let them.
  • Do your smoke detectors work? Check the batteries and make sure they work. If you don’t have smoke detectors, call the office, and we will provide them.
  • Is your heat tape plugged in? Is it insulated? Is it still working? If it’s several years old, make sure its working now before it gets really cold outside.
  • Outside faucets? Wrap or insulate them and make sure you disconnect any hoses. Any water left in the hose or faucet can freeze and cause trouble!

Fall Cook’s Corner
Pizza Casserole

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced pepperoni
16 ounces pizza sauce
4 tablespoons milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Cook egg noodles according to package directions. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, brown the ground beef with onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Drain the meat after cooking. Stir in the egg noodles, pepperoni, pizza sauce and milk and mix all these ingredients well. Pour this mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Yields: 6 servings

Former Office Assistant News
For those of you who remember Shelli, our former officer assistant, we thought you might be interested in knowing that she is a new mother! Shelli came to work for us in September of 1998 and worked here until February of 2004. She married Nathan Donaldson in September of 2004 and they have made their home in Muskogee since then. On August 31, 2006, they became the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy, William Jack. All is well with this new little family and we extend our best wishes to them as they begin their new adventure-and full time occupation-raising a child!

Flood Siren Test Signal
As you probably realize, the tornado sirens are tested in our community once a month from Spring through Fall. This is normally done on the first Monday of each month, at 12:00 noon, but only if no severe weather is in the area. For the last few months, a second, different siren has sounded immediately following the normal tornado test. This new warning is a flood warning. Given the “new” water problems that have resulted from the building developments to our north, it is important for everyone to be familiar with this sound. If you hear it anytime other than on a normal test day, please make sure you know what’s going on around your home!

Does Your Skirting Look Like This?
There is nothing harder on vinyl skirting than weed-eaters. But, what can you do? We have to keep our lawns neat, but no matter how hard we try, every once in a while, the skirting is going to take a hit. Over a period of several years, the results of diligent lawn care can really begin to show up. Well, help is here! There is a product on the market called SkirtGuardā„¢. This is a piece of hard plastic 4 1/2″ tall that comes in 7 foot lengths. It snaps onto the ground track, in front of the skirting, and protects it from the weedeater! We have obtained a display sample of this product and have been in touch with the manufacturer. If enough residents are interested in it, we can buy it for 57Ā¢ per foot and pass the savings on to you! This is much less expensive than new skirting. And, not only will it protect your skirting, it will “hide” holes that are already there! If you are interested, stop in and see the display or call the office today!

Broken Arrow! The Place to Live in Oklahoma!
Did you know that Broken Arrow was recently listed as the best place to live in Oklahoma by Money Magazine? In a recently released survey, that took into account such factors as housing affordability, educational opportunities, job growth, low crime rate, leisure activities, weather, (weather? They must not have taken the survey in July!) and health care access, Broken Arrow ranked first in the state. And, we were listed among the top 100 best places to live in the United States. Our nearest neighbor Tulsa did not make the top 100 list. Congratulations on your choice of where to live! Not only for choosing Broken Arrow, but for choosing Johanna Woods! We have always known that we have an above average group of residents here. It’s nice for our city to receive such a glowing report from a national source like this!