Thanksgiving History
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in America by the Pilgrims who landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on November 11, 1620. There, Governor William Bradford and the other leaders on the Mayflower signed the Mayflower Compact before ever setting foot on dry land. This was the first great constitutional document of America and established the purposes of the new colony and recorded why they had undertaken such a perilous journey. This group of courageous people had left England for Holland in 1607 as a result of terrible religious persecution. In 1620, they returned to England to board the ship bound for America. Of the 103 pilgrims who sailed to the New World, 51 died that first terrible winter. On November 29, 1623, three years after landing and two years after their first Thanksgiving, Governor Bradford made an official Thanksgiving day proclamation: “To all ye Pilgrims: In as much as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetable, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims…render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” What do you have to be thankful for this year? Celebrate the holiday with thankfulness. It’s part of our great American Heritage! Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Veterans Day
World War I ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Fighting between the Allies and Germany had ended several months before with the Armistice, which went into effect on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918. After that, November 11th became known as Armistice Day and became a holiday in the United States in 1926. On June 1st, 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all who have served our country, past and present. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the ones who made-and continue to make-freedom a reality in our lives.

Fall Cook’s Corner
Hearty Stew
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 C frozen mixed vegetables
2 C water
3 carrots, chopped
2 C cooked elbow macaroni
1 15 oz. Can tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste

Brown the hamburger in a soup pot with the onion and celery. Drain if needed. Add the water and carrots and cook until the carrots begin to get tender, this may take a little while. Add the other vegetables, the cooked macaroni, tomato sauce, Italian spices, salt and pepper. Simmer until the flavors are blended and all the ingredients are thoroughly warmed. Serve up on a cool day with a little warm bread and enjoy!

Neighbor to Neighbor Services
Do you need some mending or alterations done? One of your neighbors can help you out if you do. Onia Sears has been a seamstress for many years and can help with all of your routine sewing needs. Don’t throw away good clothing if it can be mended or altered to fit a little better. Give Onia a call at 355-4292. Her rates are reasonable and she will be glad to help keep your wardrobe in repair. Call for any sewing needs, she wants to hear from you.

Jewelry Making
If you are looking for a special jewelry gift this year for Christmas, or another special occasion, we have a neighbor that can help with that, too! Ron Wendland started making jewelry a few years ago and would love to help you design a unique and special gift. Give him a call at 355-2243. He has some pieces he has made that you can look at or he can work with you to design a special item. Christmas is just a few weeks away…get a head start on the holidays!

Thanksgiving Dinner-For Johanna Woods Only!
In keeping with our Thanksgiving tradition we want to help provide the Holiday Dinner for some of our residents. As in the past, we will be giving away five $15.00 Wal-Mart gift certificates to help with the holiday meal and trimmings! All you need to do to be entered for this drawing is to complete and return the Resident Information Sheet that is included with this letter. That’s it! We will be drawing on the 15th so be sure and get those updates in! You just never know…it could mean a few more dollars in your pocket when you do that holiday grocery shopping!

The Right to Vote
The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, states that, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And so it has been for our nation from its inception. Every American has the right to vote and have a voice in choosing the leaders that will move our states, and ultimately our nation forward-or backward. There will always be differences of opinion as to the direction our country is moving, but we can all still have a part in trying to influence it. General elections are coming up in our state and in our nation on November 7th. Please take the time to exercise your right to vote!

Refinancing Rates Still Low
If you have considered re-financing your home in the past, but just never got around to it, it’s not too late! Even though interest rates have started to rise, attractive re-finance rates are still available. Several of us in Johanna Woods have re-financed and been able to reduce our payment, the term of our loans, or both. And, best of all, it doesn’t cost anything out of pocket to re-finance! If you would like to check into saving some of your hard earned money each month, come by the office and pick up an application. If you qualify, you will also be able to skip one of your monthly payments. Now wouldn’t that come in handy with Christmas only two months away! Check it out!

It’s Time to Update our Resident Files
Along with your newsletter is a copy of the Resident Information Sheet. We ask our residents to complete this once every year to make sure we have the most current contact information on file in the event of an emergency. Phone numbers change all the time and we need to stay current. Please take a few moments to complete this sheet and return it to the office. This information is private and is for Johanna Woods’ use only. When you return it, completely filled out, you are entered into our drawing for a Thanksgiving Gift Certificate! Thanks!