June 2012 Newsletter

Alert Neighbors
Did you know that one of the best defenses against crime in any neighborhood is the residents who live there?  Knowing your neighbors and their daily routines is the first defense against crime, because activities that are “unusual”, or strangers who come and go, when your neighbors are normally away, can raise red flags and prompt timely intervention.  This watchfulness is not only helpful to your neighbors, it is a good thing for the entire community.  It can also be a lifesaver for an elderly neighbor.  If you live next door to an elderly, frail neighbor and you haven’t seen them for a day or so, there could be a medical problem that they need help with.  In this age of portable meth labs and indiscriminate crime, it pays to make sure we all know who is living next door to us—and that we get to know them.  Our community will only be as safe as we all want it to be, so please pay attention to those around you and immediately report anything suspicious.  If you get up in the middle of the night, look outside and see strange people walking around, or cars driving slowly around the neighborhood, please call the police.  Any police officer will tell you they would rather investigate something that looks suspicious, but might not be, than to investigate a crime after the fact. Help us out!

Johanna Woods Salutes Grads and Dads!
The month of May brings the promise of summer and the end of school!  If the end of school has made you a graduate – congratulations to you on your achievement.  If you are a Johanna Woods dad, we wish you a Happy Father’s Day – and we thank you for your involvement in your children’s lives.  Being a dad is a huge responsibility as you try and teach children (who often believe they are smarter than you!) the things they need to know.  It can be difficult to guide young, headstrong, kids with love and discipline, but good dads work hard at it every day!  Thanks dad for all you do.  We appreciate you!

Sad Neighbor News
Since our last newsletter, neighbors Godon Okerstrom and Boyd Ireland have left this world for the next.  Our condolences and prayers continue for their families.  They will be missed.

Neighbor Note
If you have not returned your Resident Information Sheet, we need for you to do so!

Our American Heritage  
Father’s Day Quotes
“My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.” Abraham Lincoln
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he is wrong.”  Charles Wadsworth
“A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be.” Author Unknown

The Dollar Stretcher
Here are some ways to stretch your budget during the work week.  1) If you go out for lunch, order water with your meal instead of tea or a soda.  You can buy a 2-litre of soda for what it costs to buy a drink with lunch.  2) Brink snacks from home and keep them in your desk for when you are at work.  3) If you plan to have pizza for supper, order in advance and pick it up on the way home.  Delivery charges can be as much as $2.50 before the tip for the driver.  It’s your money and it all adds up!

For Johanna Woods Only
One of our new neighbors, is an experienced TV Repairman and he has a great offer – for Johanna Woods only!  
If you have a TV, DVD, VCR, stereo or camcorder that needs to be repaired, give Pete a call.  He will provide a free estimate and reduce the normal fee for a service call by 50%!  Pete has operated a TV Repair Service in Wagoner for many years and he and his wife are now our neighbors!   You can reach him at 918-269-9245.  Note: Johanna Woods does not endorse any service provider, this information is listed only as a service to our residents.

Cook’s Corner
KC Style Bar-B-Que Sauce

 2 cups ketchup
 2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses 
4 tsp hickory flavor liquid smoke
2 tablespoons butter  
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder   
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika    
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, mix together all of the wet ingredients and the brown sugar, then add all of the dry ingredients.  Once everything is well mixed, reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for 20 minutes.  For a thicker sauce, you can simmer longer.  Brush the sauce onto any meat you are cooking during the last 10 minutes of cooking.  Enjoy!   

Community Calendar
June 1st – Rent is Due.
June 6th – Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
June 14th – Flag Day!  If you have a flag, plan to display it today!
June 17th – Father’s Day!