July 2012

Happy Birthday to US!
In 1776, the brave men who signed the Declaration of Independence, launched the United States on a course of freedom from British rule.  236 years later, in our nation’s relatively short history, America has become the most blessed and prosperous nation in the world.  The routine liberties that we enjoy, and often take for granted today, cost many who came before us everything they had.  Since the majority of Americans have never known anything but freedom, it’s good for us to stop and remember our beginnings as a nation.  Men of great character risked everything to “insure the blessings of liberty” to themselves and their “posterity”.  We have a great heritage as a nation, but unless we make a conscious effort to pass that history on to our kids, they will think the 4th of July is just about fireworks, picnics and time off from work.   We all look forward to those things, but let’s not forget why we have the freedom to celebrate and enjoy them in the first place.  We are Americans, and we have a wonderful history and a marvelous heritage.  As you enjoy your 4th of July activities, take a moment and pass it on!  Happy July 4th!

Legally Enjoying Fireworks in Johanna Woods
Fireworks can only be set off in the city limits of Broken Arrow WITH A PERMIT and Johanna Woods is in the city limits.  Please be aware that there are rules that must be observed when discharging fireworks in the city limits.  Violation of these rules can result in a large fine, EVEN WITH A PERMIT!  Be sure you understand all the the fine print so you don’t get into trouble.  For safety’s sake one of the most important rules is that fireworks must be discharged on a non-combustible surface, but not within 25 feet of a permanent structure.  That rules out most parking pads in Johanna Woods.  Be very careful with your fireworks and keep the safety of your home and that of your neighbors’ homes as your first priority.  Yard signs are issued with each permit and must be displayed in your yard while shooting fireworks AND you must clean up all trash and debris from your yard and the street when you are done.   Fireworks can only be discharged between 3:00 and 11:00 pm on July 3rd and 4th.  Permits cost $20.00 and can be obtained online or at City Hall.

Neighbor News
Dear Parents:  If you have children who ride, walk or play in the streets, PLEASE remind them that they need to IMMEDIATELY move to the side of the street when they see cars approaching.  The streets were not built to provide kids with a great place to play and they must realize that traffic has the right of way!  Let’s have a safe and friendly summer!!!

Our American Heritage
“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” Patrick Henry
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote!”
Ben Franklin
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and what never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson
“America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  Abraham Lincoln
“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”  Thomas Paine

Re-Inspections in Progress
All of the preliminary home inspections were completed in May and re-inspections are now underway.  Most homes only required routine repairs, so most time frames to complete the needed tasks were 30 to 90 days.  Hopefully, most of the work is in progress or done, because it is starting to get 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.  We will be working to finish the re-inspections in the next couple of weeks.  If you have an item that you need a little more time with or if there is something on your inspection report that you don’t understand, please call us!

The Summertime Dollar Stretcher
Well, it seems like we are off to another hot summer.  Since we all see the biggest increase in our energy bills due to keeping our homes cool, here are some areas that might help save a little:  1)  When washing dishes in the dishwasher, let them air dry.  2)  When you run the clothes dryer make sure you are drying full loads.  3)  Be sure and clean the lint filter before every use, and 4) if you have not cleaned the vent line from the dryer to the outside, you could be spending far more to dry clothes than needed.  Cleaning this out, at least annually, will not only save money, it could prevent a fire.  4)  Install clean a/c air filters.  Dirty filters can make units run longer!

Staying Healthy on Sunny, Hot Summer Days
You were probably expecting to see things like drinking plenty of water, wearing sun screen, etc.  Surprise!  Keep reading for a different take on some summertime health subjects.  1)  Protect your eyes from the bright sunshine by wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet A and B rays.  This can help prevent cataracts and wrinkles around eyes.  2) Improve your diet by taking advantage of the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables.  A healthy body is better able to deal with the stress of hot days.  3) Unwind on a small vacation!  Getting away can help lower your blood pressure and other stress levels.  Oh…and that water and sun screen stuff is a good idea too!  Have a fun and safe summer!

Cook’s Corner
Southern-Style Chicken Salad

8 to 12 ounces chopped, cooked chicken
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped celery
1 large egg, hard boiled and chopped
1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, onion, celery, and egg and stir to blend.  Add the relish, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and blend well.  Serve on your favorite bread and enjoy!  Serves 4.

Rules for Individual Pools
Large pools and even some wading pools  must comply with the Broken Arrow 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 the children in our community.  If it’s easy to do, a small, unsupervised child might decide to go for a swim in your pool…with tragic results.  Please make sure that can’t happen.

“My Favorite Things”
On her 69th birthday, Julie Andrews sang one of the songs from “The Sound of Music”, with a slightly different set of lyrics.  Many of us can relate…

“Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings, Bundles of magazines tied up in strings, these are a few of my favorite things…
Cadillacs and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses, Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses, Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings, these are a few of my favorite things….
When the pipes leak, when the bones creak, when the knees go bad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad. 

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads and bunions, no spicy hot food or food cooked with onions, bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring, these are a few of my favorite things.  Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’, thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’, and we won’t mention our short shrunken frames, When we remember our favorite things….When the joints ache, when the hips break, when the eyes grow dim, Then I remember the great life I’ve had, and then I don’t feel so bad!”  Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation…

Community Calendar
July 1st – Rent is Due
July 4th – The office will be closed for the Holiday, but the pool will be open from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm!
July 6th – Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.

We hope that each of you enjoy a safe, fun and pleasant Independence Day!