February 2014 Newsletter

Wishing for Spring!
Wow!  What a Winter!  We’ve seen a few glorious previews of Spring mixed in with some very harsh reminders that it is still WINTER!!!  But, Spring will eventually arrive.   And that means it will be time once again for the 4-sided inspections on each home in the community.  These have proven to be a real asset to the overall quality of our community.    Here are key areas that the inspection focuses on:
-How does the paint  on your home look?
-Is the siding dirty and in need of a good power-wash?
-Is your skirting in good condition, secure around your home, with no gaps?
-Do steps, decks or storage buildings need painting, re-staining or repair?
-Is there “stuff” outside your home that needs to be discarded or stored out of sight?
-Do you have house numbers on your home or porch facing the street?
-Any broken windows, torn screens, or tattered blinds that are visible from the outside?
Now is a good time to look around and begin planning to repair any of these items that need attention.  You will be way ahead of the Spring Inspections if you plan ahead now.  The condition of our community as a whole affects the individual value of each of our homes.  If you are considering selling your home in the near future, you will be glad you, and your neighbors, kept things in good repair.  If you have questions about the inspection process, please ask.  Thank you to all of you who keep your homes looking so nice!

Wagoner County Assessor Visit Planned
Representatives from the Wagoner County Assessor’s Office will be in Johanna Woods on February 25th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  If you have questions about tax valuation, Homestead Exemption or if you are new to the community and want to make sure your info was transferred to Wagoner County when you moved, come on down!  We are pleased to be able to bring Wagoner County to you and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to have any tax related questions answered.  If you need any other details, just give us a call.

Sad Neighbor News
Vickie Tullio kept her final appointment in January.  She was preceded in death in October by her son Colby, also from our community. Our prayers continue for their family during this very difficult period.

When All Else Fails…
Read the rules!  Have you ever bought something that needed to be assembled and then attempted to put it together without reading the directions?  That works sometimes for simple things, but you will likely save yourself some grief and trouble by reading the instructions first.  Johanna Woods is a community that is operated and managed according to clear and published rules.  Every resident has the responsibility to know what the rules are and if you aren’t sure that a St. Bernard or German Shepherd will be okay in Johanna Woods, the time to find out is BEFORE you bring that adorable puppy home to the kids.  The rules are very important to our community and they are non-negotiable.

Our American Heritage
“Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life.  Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first—the most basic—expression of Americanism.  Thus the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”    Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913-2006), became the 38th President of the United States after serving briefly as the Vice-President following the resignation of Spiro Agnew.  He became President after the resignation of President Nixon.  He was the only person to succeed to the office of Presidency without having run for or been elected to that office.  Quotation and information taken from America’s God and Country, Encyclopedia of Quotations, by William J. Federer

Mexican Cooks Corner
Easy Tex-Mex Taco Bake
Ingredients:
2 cans (15 0z. Each) chili, no beans
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn, not thawed or drained
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
6 oz. Tortilla chips ( about 7 cups) coarsely crushed
Directions:
Preheat oven to 425° F.  Spray a 2-qt. Baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.  Combine the chili, corn, tomatoes and cheese.  Layer one third of the chili mixture in the prepared dish and top with half of the chips.  Repeat the layers and cover with the remaining chili mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the mixture is hot and bubbly.  Serve with sour cream and cheese as desired.  This one is fast, easy and good!  Enjoy!

Community Calendar
February 1st—Rent is due
February 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee
February 14th—Valentine’s Day!  Better not forget that special someone or you might be in a lot of trouble!
February 17th—President’s Day.  Normal trash pick up schedule
February 25th – Wagoner County Assessor Visit 9:00 am to 4:00 pm