August 2012 Newsletter

Waging a War on Weeds
With the drought situation we are experiencing in Oklahoma, there is very little that is growing well except the weeds. Crab grass can be mowed down one day and be almost knee high a week later—even without rain. It’s incredible. We are seeing a few lawns each week that need to be mowed, but a lot more that could get by for another week or more, if it wasn’t for the weeds and crab grass that have sprung up. If you are one of the homeowners who have a lot of crab grass in your yard, now would be the perfect time to invest in a little Round-Up, or similar weed killer. Small, round brown spots on your lawn, where weeds once were, would look much better than the weeds look! This would not only improve the appearance of your lawn over time, it would most likely reduce the number of times you need to mow in a year. If you pay someone to provide your lawn care, that could be significant over the course of the summer. It could also result in fewer lawn tags from the office, asking you to take care of your lawn. We really hate giving out lawn tags when the whole lawn does not need to be mowed, but we can’t ignore knee-high weeds. The reason we deliver lawn notices on Friday is to allow the entire weekend to get the yard work done. The appearance of our lawns is a big factor in the first impression of our community. That’s why we spend so much time and effort to make sure they stay looking nice. Please join us in the battle to stamp out weeds in Johanna Woods!

Broken Arrow Schools Start August 23rd
The summer is melting away (almost literally!) and it’s time for school to start again. School buses will soon be back in the community, and kids will be waiting for them at various locations, or walking to meet them. Be watchful for this increase in activity in the mornings and afternoons and drive carefully! If your home has a student that used to ride the bus, but now drives to school, ask them to be especially watchful. New drivers are inexperienced and there are many distractions that can present real dangers to children who are walking or waiting for a bus. Also, remind your kids to properly dispose of any trash from morning snacks!

Neighbor Note
Here is a reminder for everyone who uses the pool: As a parent, if you are at the pool with your kids, grandkids or their guests, you should be the one paying attention to what they are doing! If the pool monitor has to call your kids down for running, jumping into the pool, or any other rule violation, don’t get mad at the pool monitor…they are just doing their jobs.

Staying Safe and Well in the Heat
Last year in America 206 people died as a result of heat and heat related stress. This is far more than die from lightning strikes, tornadoes, hurricane, floods or earthquakes in a typical year. We all have to be out in the heat from time to time, but in extreme heat, be more careful. Here are some ways to avoid being a heat-related statistic this year: 1) Increase your intake of non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks, such as water and juice and drink more before you will be outside 2) Wear light colored, loose fitting clothes. 3) Wear a hat to shade your head and neck. 4) Start earlier in the day on any outside chores.

Hot Weather Maintenance Hours
For the last several years as summer temperatures have reached record highs, we have adjusted the hours for our maintenance crew in order to keep them out of the worst heat of the day.  We have changed their schedules again this year, so please keep this in mind and call us early in the day if you need something from the maintenance crew.  They are currently beginning work at 6:00 a.m. and finishing up at 3:00 p.m.  With temperatures and heat indexes well above 100 on almost a daily basis, we are making every attempt to keep our staff safe and healthy.   We certainly appreciate your understanding as we make this seasonal adjustment.   

Back To School/Hot Weather Snack Corner
Home-Made Ice Cream Sandwiches

Graham Crackers – any flavor
Ice cream – any flavor
Plastic wrap – any color!

Let the ice cream thaw to a soft, but not runny or liquid consistency.  To assemble, spread one of the graham crackers with about a half cup of the softened ice cream.  Put another graham cracker on top to make the sandwich then wrap with the plastic wrap.  Place in the freezer for about 3 hours for the ice cream to re-freeze. The flavor combinations are almost endless and with no cooking required, the kids can enjoy a readymade, cold treat as soon as they get home!  Enjoy!
Summertime Community Improvements
As the mowing season slows down a bit, we have been busy doing dirt work, putting down sod and trying to keep it watered.  Over the years, we have seen erosion in some areas and as homes move out, we find opportunities to improve lots before the next home moves in.  There is always plenty to do, just like around your house, and we are trying to continually improve the appearance of the community.  We appreciate all of you who do the same!
Buckle Up…It’s An Election Year
It seems like every election year the campaign strategies get a little crazier and a lot testier, but maybe that’s because there is so much at stake.  Vast differences in political ideology have always existed and we always hear that this might be the most important election in our lifetime…but wait…this time it might be true.  If you pay any attention to the budget problems that have been going on in Europe or if you are a typical hard-working Oklahoman who knows you can’t consistently spend more than you make, you probably realize that we just might be at a political turning point in our nation’s history.  Whatever your view, your vote is important to the process and every American needs to exercise their right to vote.  We have a primary election on August 28th, just ahead of a general election in November.  If you are not registered to vote, you have until August 3rd to register for the primary.   You can register on-line, or pick up registration forms at a library, tag office or come by the office and we will print you one!  Please take time to make a difference this election year—VOTE!

No Parking…Under Shade Trees!
As the temperatures climb higher we are seeing vehicles here and there being pulled up into yards, under shade trees.  It might seem like a good idea, but please don’t.  We have never allowed parking on lawns except for brief loading or unloading periods and there is a reason for that.  Pulling a vehicle up on the lawn over and over makes ruts, will severely compact the ground and kill all the grass.  It will also be very difficult to repair so grass will grow again.  Our goal has always been to have nice green yards, and brown tracks across the yard do not help us reach that goal.  There are other ways to keep your car cool, like using inexpensive sunshades.  Please help us out with this.  The grass already looks bad, let’s not kill it!

Resident Referrals Mean Money in Your Pocket!
Know anyone who is thinking about moving?  Have you told them about Johanna Woods?   We have a few open lots due to some abandoned homes that were sold and moved and there are some very nice homes for sale.  If someone you know brings a home in or buys a home that is for sale, you get free rent, they get a new home and Johanna Woods gets a new neighbor!  It’s a win-win-win deal!  The Tode family gets to keep their August rent and you could be next.  It’s money in your pocket or your piggy bank!

The “Dog Days” of Summer
Have you ever heard a phrase or expression and wondered where it came from?  In Oklahoma we are all well-acquainted with the period of time called the “dog days of summer”, but here is a little trivia for you about that phrase.  Early European people connected the stars to form figures we know as constellations.  Some were bears, bulls, dogs, etc.  Canis Major is one of the dog images and the brightest star in this “big dog” star grouping is called Sirius.  Now this star, Sirius, also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky.  In the summer, late July and early August, Sirius, the “dog star” rises and sets with the sun.  The ancients believed that the heat from Sirius combined with the heat from the sun to create a stretch of especially hot and steamy weather.  They named this period of time “dog days”, after the dog star.  And the rest, as they say, is history.  We know that it’s the tilt of the earth that causes the increased heat, and now you know the story behind the phrase!

For Johanna Woods Only!
Summer has arrived like an inferno, temperatures are soaring and school is about to start!  To help keep you cool, help get the kids ready to go back to school or just to use anyway you want to, we will be giving away $25.00 in cool summer cash in August!  Your on-time rental payment is your entry for the drawing, so don’t miss out!  All rent is on time if it is in the office or the rent box by the time we open the office on the morning of the 6th!!  This opportunity is just for you—and just because you live in Johanna Woods!!  Be on time!

Emergency Response
Johanna Woods has enjoyed being a fairly quiet community over the years.  But it’s imperative that we never forget that crime can happen anywhere.   We must all keep our eyes and ears open to what is going on in the community.  If you see or hear something suspicious, call the police.  Management certainly needs to know when there is a problem, but the police are trained first responders. It’s their job to deal with any potentially dangerous situation.  Don’t try to deal with it yourself and don’t call management first.  Call the police, then us!

Our American Heritage
“When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.”
“The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments, consisting of two tables; one comprehending the duties which we owe immediately to God—the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men.”
“Corruption of morals is rapid enough in any country without a bounty from government.  And…the Chief Magistrate of the United States should be the last man to accelerate the progress.”
All quotes are from Noah Webster, considered the father of public education in America.

Community Calendar for August
August 1st – Rent is Due
August 5th – Friendship Day!  Make a phone call or send a card to a special friend.
August 6th – Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
August 23rd – School Starts for the 2012 – 2013 year!
August 28th – Election Day, Please get out and Vote!