March 2017 Newsletter

Being Prepared For Whatever Spring Brings!
The arrival of spring brings “newness” to our world and community.  Flowers bloom, trees and grass become green again, temperatures warm and sunny days get longer!  What a wonderful time of year.  Wouldn’t it be nice if the grass would turn green, grow to just the right length and then stop?  How cool would that be!  Or, how about spring showers without the winds and threat of severe weather?  No one would complain about that!  There have been a few – key word “few” – spring seasons in Broken Arrow when we did not see much severe weather.  That’s rare and chances are we will have a few bouts with wicked weather this year.   Every resident has been assigned to a specific shelter in the event of stormy weather.  If you are not sure which shelter you should use, call the office so we can remind you.  Anyone in our community may certainly use any shelter, but since we won’t all fit into the same one, we have assigned folks to the shelter nearest them.  Please watch the weather carefully so you will know when to take cover.  Then don’t wait until the last moment to do so.  The doors to the shelters may have to be bolted shut at some point and we want you to be inside BEFORE that would happen.  Also remember, no pets in any of the shelters.  We need all our room for you and your families!

Daylight Saving Comes Early This Year
Thrifty old Benjamin Franklin was the first to consider the idea of moving clocks ahead or back in order to take advantage of natural light and conserve energy.  He first wrote of the idea in 1784 and the concept was used off and on in our country from World War I, until it was officially adopted in 1966.  When daylight saving first began, we moved our clocks forward one hour every year on the first Sunday in April.  However, in 2005 a new energy conservation act was signed into law that expanded the daylight saving time period by a few weeks.  It calls for starting daylight saving time earlier in the year and ending it a little later every year.  The new law requires moving our clocks forward on the 2nd Sunday in March.  So, don’t forget to “spring forward” on the 12th of March this year.

Sad Neighbor News
Neighbor Suzzanne Wright kept her final appointment in February.  Our prayers are with her husband Terry and son Alex.

Neighbor News
Spring in Johanna Woods always brings flowers, new neighbors and 4-sided inspections.  Enjoy the flowers, welcome your new neighbors and take a look around your house and yard!

Lawn Care Starts In Spring!
After the mild winter we have had, we are going to be mowing too soon!  Remember that in Johanna Woods the lawn is not properly maintained unless it is mowed, all concrete edges trimmed/edged and areas around the home, fences and storage buildings trimmed.  If you are going to need some help with lawn chores this year, but don’t know who to call we might be able to point you to some quality help.  Call us at 355-1681 and we will try and put you in touch with folks who will help keep your lawn looking good, for a fair price!

Cook’s Corner
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 (1.25 ounce) package dry taco seasoning mix
3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 lime, juiced.
Taco shells

Place the salsa, taco seasoning, lime juice and cilantro into a slow cooker and stir to combine.  Add the chicken breasts and stir to coat the chicken with the salsa mixture.  Place the lid on the cooker and set on high.  Cook until the chicken is very tender, usually about 4 hours.  Or, you can set the cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours if preferred.  Once the chicken is done, shred it using 2 forks and stir the shredded chicken in the crock pot.  Serve the shredded chicken in a taco shell with your favorite trimmings.  Sounds good to me!

For Johanna Woods Only!
Just in time for gardening or home improvement, one of our residents will win a $25.00 gift card to Lowe’s!  Right down the road and chock full of spring time “stuff”, they offer just about anything you need for your home or yard.  Your on-time rent payment is your entry into this gift card drawing so be sure and have your payment in the office before we open on the morning of the 6th.  That’s all there is to it and it’s just for you—because you live in Johanna Woods!

Tax Rendition Letters Due March 15th!
Letters from Wagoner County should have arrived in your mailbox by now.  You have until the 15th of March to review, sign and return this to the county or you will be charged a 10% tax penalty.  If it is not returned by April 15th, the penalty increases to 20%!  If you have not received one, call the Wagoner County Assessor’s Office at 918-485-2367.  If you got your letter, but are not clear about something or disagree with the value they have stated for your home, deck, carport, etc., now is the time to ask about those things as well!

Community Calendar
March 1st—Rent is due.
March 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee
March 12th—Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am.  “Spring forward” one hour.

Note: Four-Sided Inspections are scheduled to begin this month!