July 2017 Newsletter

America’s Birthday
The fact that our country is 241 years old, should make the oldest among us feel young!  But, if it doesn’t, maybe some home-made ice cream, a family picnic and fireworks will help.  We hope that everyone enjoys time with their family and has a safe and happy 4th of July.  The City of Broken Arrow will once again offer fireworks permits to allow you to legally set off fireworks inside the city limits.  The permits cost $21.00 this year and can be obtained at the Broken Arrow City Hall One Stop center or online at: brokenarrowok.gov.  The fine for setting off fireworks illegally is $150.00, so a permit might be a good investment.  The permit allows for the use of fireworks only between specific hours on the 3rd and 4th of July.  As you plan your holiday celebrations please remember that Johanna Woods IS in the city limits of Broken Arrow.  Therefore, you must have a permit if you plan to use fireworks in Johanna Woods.  We expect our residents to abide by all local, city and state laws all the time—including the 4th of July!  We also hope you will be considerate of your neighbors property and make safety your first priority.  If you make a mess in the street, you must also clean it up!  Happy 4th!

Independence Day History
“When in the course of human events…” These words appear at the beginning of our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty, The Declaration of Independence.  This document was drafted when it became obvious to our founders that completely severing the ties between the Colonies and Great Britain was inevitable.  On June 11, 1776, a committee including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston began the work, but it was Thomas Jefferson that actually crafted this great document.  The final version was officially adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776.  The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration on July 6th, 1776. The first public readings took place in Philadelphia on July 8th.  There were 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their “sacred honor” to each other and the future of our young nation.

Sad Neighbor News
Neighbor Ed Vyrostek kept his final appointment in May.
Summertime is in full swing and the summertime heat is starting to crank up!  Please drive through the community carefully and alertly at all times.  Our streets are busy with summertime traffic and activity.

Pavilion Progress!
Have you noticed the progress behind the office?  The removal of the pool is complete and the site has been prepared for the new construction.  Part of the new fence has been installed, concrete work has begun and by the time you are reading this, construction might already be underway!

Summertime Cook’s Corner
Strawberry Angel Food Dessert
1(10 inch) angel food cake
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 (18 ounce) jar strawberry glaze

Crumble the cake into a 9 x 13 inch dish.  Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.  Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese and sugar mixture.  Mash the cake down in the pan with your hands, then spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake.  In a separate bowl, combine the strawberries and the glaze, stirring until the strawberries are evenly coated.  Spread the strawberries over the cream cheese layer.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Our American Heritage
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.  That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… We, Therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”  Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, who loved his country and later served it as Governor of Virginia and President of the United States.  On June 24, 1826 he wrote a letter in which he said of the Declaration of Independence, “..For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”  Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826. He is buried on the grounds of Monticello, the home he loved.  John Adams, our second president, died on the same day.

Community Calendar
July 1st—Rent is due.
July 4th— Tuesday, the office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday.
July 6th—Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.