MARCH 2007

Preparing For All Aspects of Spring
The arrival of Spring brings ìnewnessî to our world and community.  Flowers bloom, trees and grass become green again, temperatures warm and sunny days are longer!  What a wonderful time of year.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the grass would turn green, grow to just the right length and then stop?  How cool would that be!  Or, how about Spring showers without the winds and threat of severe weather?  No one would complain about that.  There have been a few, key word “few”,Spring times in Broken Arrow when we did not have much severe weather at all.  But, chances are we will have a few bouts with wicked weather this year.

Each resident has been assigned to a specific shelter in the event of threatening weather.  If you are not sure which shelter you should use, call the office so we can remind you.  Anyone in our community may  use any shelter, but since we won’t all fit in the same one, we have assigned folks to the shelter nearest them.  Please watch the weather carefully so you will know when to take cover and  don’t wait until the last moment to do so.  The doors to the shelters may have to be bolted shut at some point and we want you to be inside before that happens.  And, remember, no pets in any of the shelters.  We need all our room for our neighbors!

Daylight Saving Comes Early This Year
Benjamin Franklin was the first to consider the idea of moving clocks ahead or back in order to take advantage of natural light and conserve energy.  He first wrote of this idea in 1784 and the concept was used off and on in our country from World War I, until it was officially adopted in 1966.  In years past, we have moved our clocks forward one hour every year on the first Sunday in April.  However, in 2005 a new energy conservation act was signed into law that lengthens the daylight saving time period by a few weeks.  It calls for starting daylight saving time earlier and ending it a little later each year.  The new law takes effect this year and calls for moving our clocks forward on the 2nd Sunday in March.  So, don’t forget to ìSpring forwardî on the 11th of March this year, or you’ll be late for church!

The Mowing Season Arrives With Spring
After the winter we have had, even lawn mowing might be welcome.  Remember that in Johanna Woods the lawn is not properly maintained unless it is mowed, all concrete edges trimmed/edged and areas around the home, fences and storage buildings trimmed.  If you think you will need some help with lawn chores this year we have some neighbors who can help. Call the office at 355-1681 and we will put you in touch with folks who will help take care of this and keep your lawn looking good!

Income Tax Deadline Not Far Away
Don’t sweat it!  One of our neighbors is here to help!  Bette Lu Foster is a tax accountant.  She is ready, willing and able to help.  Give her a call at 286-8672.

Cooks Corner
Hash Brown Potato Casserole
Ingredients:                          Serves: 6 to 8
1 32-ounce package frozen hash browns (the cubed kind)
1 can Cream of Chicken soup, condensed
1 stick margarine
1 onion, chopped
8-ounces velveeta cheese
8-ounces sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Place frozen hash browns in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.  When ready to cook, place in a large oven safe casserole or crock pot.  Chop onions and add to potatoes, along with salt and pepper.  Melt cheese and margarine together in microwave safe bowl for 30 to 40 seconds at a time, stirring between melting cycles to prevent scorching.  Stir soup and sour cream into this mixture and add to other ingredients, mixing well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  If making in a crock pot, cook on high for  1 hour, then switch to low for 4 hours.  These are great with baked ham, and with these in the crock pot and ham in the oven, lunch is ready when you get home from church on Sunday!

For Johanna Woods Only …
For the Month of March we will have a drawing for a $25.00 Lowe’s gift card.  With home inspections just around the corner, there is no doubt that most of us could put one of these little items to good use!  All you have to do in order to be entered for the drawing is pay your rent on time!  We will hold the drawing on the 15th and will have the gift card in the hands of the lucky winner soon afterward.  So keep those cards and letters coming, get that rent in on time and you just might win.  Rent is considered to be on time if it is in the office or the rent drop box by the time we open for business at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the 6th.  If you bring it in at 9:15 a.m. on the 6th, it’s late and subject to a late fee.  As always, if you have any questions, please call us.

A Note About Trash Days…
We have always asked our residents not to set their trash out at the curb until the morning it is to be collected.  There are several reasons for this, but the best one is that we are surrounded by woods where raccoons, opossums and all kinds of critters live.  Even coyotes!  Additionally, there are stray dogs and cats that roam through our community regularly.  If there is anything in your trash that would provide a midnight snack for one of these nocturnal animals, there’s a good chance your trash will be all over your yard and the street by morning.  Please make sure that all small and loose trash is set out in bags that are secured at the top.  And be sure and set these bags out in the morning-not the night before.  Thanks for your help with this!

Free Dump Day…but only for Johanna Woods!
Just in time for all your Spring cleaning, we are having a free dump day for our residents.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 24th and you can bring all that “stuff” that you don’t need down and get rid of it!  The storage yard will be open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm for your cleaning convenience. We can take almost anything, just not these items:  liquids, tires, old fireworks or any type of explosive.

Community Improvements Continue
While we are looking around for repairs that will be needed around our individual homes, Johanna Woods continues to make improvements to your community.  This month, in addition to driveway and sidewalk repairs, we are painting and putting down new tile in the pool hallway and bathrooms.  You will be pleased when you see it!  We are working to make your community beautiful!

Yard Sale Ahead!
It’s been a couple of years since we had a community-wide yard sale.  If you would be interested in participating in one, please call the office.  We will try to schedule this for early April if there is enough interest!