July 2014 Newsletter

The Course of Human Events
In April of 1775, shots were fired in Lexington, MA between British Soldiers and American colonists in what would be the official beginning of the Revolutionary War.  Tired of the heavy oppression of English government, the colonists decided their only course was to declare themselves “independent” and free of British rule.  Their decision and the war that followed led to the founding of the United States of America.  On July 4th, we will celebrate the 238th birthday of our nation.  In the history of the world—the course of human events—nations have come and gone.  History has recorded their rise and fall and the events that surrounded each beginning and end.  Our founding fathers were students of history and carefully crafted documents they hoped would safeguard America and keep her from one day occupying a place among the fallen nations of the world.  One writer stated that the only way to avoid repeating the mistakes of history was to learn from history.  So, on this 238th birthday of America we hope that each of you will take a moment to consider our beginnings as a nation.  Consider the sacrifice that went into our founding, the thoughtfulness and prayer that surrounded the events and the undeniable hand of Providence that aided it.  Then ask yourself what history will record about the America that we are part of…will ours be the record of a generation that fought nobly for right things that we believed in, or the record of a people that lived carelessly, while enjoying the benefits that others earned for us?

Fireworks in Johanna Woods
As in past years if you plan on staging a LEGAL fireworks display around your home it will be necessary to purchase a permit from the city of Broken Arrow.  These are available on-line at  www.brokenarrowok.gov or in person at City Hall.  The fee is $20.00 and only allows fireworks to be used on certain days, during a particular window of time.  There is also a requirement that you clean up the street and surrounding areas after your fireworks display.  There are other specific rules and requirements so please read and follow these carefully so you don’t wind up in trouble with the law—or with us.  This information is listed as a service to our residents and as a reminder that Johanna Woods IS IN THE CITY LIMITS of Broken Arrow, so use of fireworks without a permit and at any other time is illegal.  Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

New Neighbor News
Welcome to Zane Adam McIlveen.  He Arrived on June 7th to the delight of parents Tanya and Michael, grandma Diana and great-grandma Gwendolyn – all of Johanna Woods!  Welcome to our community!

Sad Neighbor News
Theresa Foshee kept her final appointment in June. She will be missed.

Our American Heritage
On June 11th, 2004 our nation paid it’s last respects to our 40th President, Ronald Reagan.  While he was not one of the founding fathers of our nation, he embraced many of the values and principles on which this nation was founded.  The following are some of his remarks on various topics.
“To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and every-day life, may I just say:  The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”  March 15, 1982, Alabama
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Summertime Cook’s Corner
Barbecued Burgers
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1  1/2 pounds ground beef
6 hamburger buns, split
toppings of your choice

In a small saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and set aside 1 cup barbeque sauce to serve.  In a large bowl, combine the egg, oats, 1/4 cup of remaining barbecue sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, pepper and salt.  Crumble the beef over this mixture and mix well then shape into 6 patties.  Grill over medium heat until done, basting with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce for last 5 minutes.  Serve  on buns with toppings of your choice and reserved sauce.

Community Calendar
July 1st—Rent is due.
July 4th—The Office will be closed for the Holiday.  The pool will be open from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm
July 6th—Unpaid rent is subject to a $25.00 late fee.