June 2015 Newsletter

Johanna Woods Myth-Busters
Over the years there have been several recurring statements made by residents, that sound good, but are simply not true.  So, taking them one by one over the course of the next few newsletters, we would like to dispel these “myths”.  1) “I own my home, so I can allow anyone I want to live here with me.”  This is not true.  While it is true that everyone in Johanna Woods is a homeowner, no one in Johanna Woods owns the land their home occupies.  We are a land-lease community, which means that residency is governed by a lease.  In simple terms, a lease is a contractual agreement.  In Johanna Woods the lease allows our residents the use of land for their homes and personal enjoyment, subject to a monthly rental and the provisions of the lease agreement.  Now, one of the most important provisions of that lease is the number of persons that the lease includes and this is clearly stated on the lease at the time it is signed.  Once it is signed, if a resident allows additional persons to occupy their home, they are also allowing them to occupy land owned by Johanna Woods—and the resident has no authority to permit this.  As a result, they are in violation of their lease and subject to any remedies the law provides to correct that violation, up to and including eviction.  Besides, this there are federal housing laws that regulate the number of people who can reasonably and safely occupy a home.  Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that our rules, which are provisions of the lease agreement, require that we do a criminal background check on everyone over 18 years of age BEFORE they move into our community.  As you can see, it’s very important that everyone who lives in Johanna Woods has the legal right to do so.  Perhaps most important to the safety of our community is that we know WHO is living next door to you and your family!

Dad’s Special Day
June brings a time of recognition for dads!  That day falls on Sunday, the 21st of June this year and we hope you have already given some thought to honoring your dad on his special day.  The role that dads play in the life of their kids should never be minimized or taken for granted.  The guidance and direction that  a dad gives his children is paramount in helping them become the parent and citizen they will eventually be!  Thanks dad for all you do!

Neighbor News
-Congratulations to Carol Harland!  She won the April drawing but we didn’t have room to report it in May.
-A MAJOR thank you to all of you who have worked so hard in between rain showers and floods to keep up with your lawn work!  We appreciate you all so much!

Our American Heritage
“At the establishment of our constitution, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that the invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all inability to account.”
Thomas Jefferson from a  letter to Monsieur A. Coray, written October 31, 1823

Need Some Dirt?
Several years ago we lost a lot of trees in the big ice storm.  Some were very large with extensive root systems and we are finally beginning to see evidence of the deterioration of these roots.  This is leaving large depressions and uneven areas in some resident yards and can make it difficult to mow.  If you have one of these patches in your yard, please call the office and let us know.  If it ever dries out, we will bring some dirt and help correct this!

Cook’s Corner
Marinated Steak Kabobs
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 pound sirloin steak, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium onions, quartered
2 medium tomatoes, quartered
Sauté the onion in oil and remove from heat.  Stir in the lemon juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire and mustard, then pour over the meat and vegetables.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to cook, remove the meat and vegetables from the marinade and alternate on the skewers, reserving the marinade.  Grill for 5 minutes on each side over medium coals, or until desired level of doneness is reached, brushing often with marinade.   Yield: 4 Servings

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 21st—Father’s Day!