March 2018 Newsletter

Winter and Spring —- In the Same Week!

Sometimes in the same day!  When spring arrives for real it renews our world with color and new life!  Flowers bloom, butterflies and birds return from their winter habitations to fill our neighborhood with wonder and sweet songs.  What an amazing time of year it is!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy 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 times in Broken Arrow when we did not have much severe weather at all.  But, chances are we will have a few bouts with wicked weather this year.  Each resident has been designated to a specific shelter in the event of threatening weather.  If you are not sure which shelter you are closest to, call the office so we can remind you.  Anyone in our community may use any shelter, but since we won’t all fit into the same one, we have assigned residents to the shelter that is nearest to them.  We ask you to please watch the weather carefully during spring.  When there is a chance that severe weather could threaten, we want you to know when to seek shelter and PLEASE don’t wait until the last moment to do so.  If a storm bears directly down on us, the doors to the shelters may have to be bolted shut and we want you to be inside before that happens.

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11th

Daylight Saving Time was approved in the United States in 1918 and the concept was used off and on in our country from World War I, until it was officially adopted in 1966.  In early years, we moved our clocks forward one hour on the first Sunday in April.  However, in 2005 a new energy conservation act was signed into law that lengthens the daylight saving time period by a few weeks.  The new law calls for moving our clocks forward on the 2nd Sunday in March, which is just around the corner.  So, don’t forget to “Spring forward” on the 11th of March this year, or you’ll be late for church – and out of step with most of America!  To me, a national holiday on the Monday after we move our clocks forward would be an awesome idea!

Neighbor News

Congratulations to the Layne’s.  They landed an Olive Garden Gift Card for paying their rent on time!
Congrats also to the Lees who enjoyed free rent in February as a referral thank you!
On a sadder note, Ethel Reeves kept her final appointment in February.  Our prayers continue with family.

Playground Equipment Repair

In doing our seasonal facility inspection we found we have some minor repair work to do on our large playground set.  Our work will require that we put up a barrier fence which will make the play set off limits for a few days while we service it.  If you have children that go to the park area, please make sure they know they need to avoid our work area.  We need to have a small stretch of warmer weather in order to make the repair and we understand there will be children out and about, wanting to play at the same time.  We hope to get the work done and make it available for them just as quickly as possible and we will appreciate your help with this.

Frozen Food Cook’s Corner

Italian Meatball and Biscuit Bake
1 (22-oz) pkg. frozen cooked, Italian meatballs
1 (16.3-oz) can refrigerated Grands™ Buttermilk Biscits
1 (14-oz) jar tomato pasta sauce
6 ounces ( 1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the meatballs in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on medium for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are thawed.  Separate the biscuit dough into 8 biscuits.  Cut each biscuit into 8 triangular pieces.  Add the biscuit pieces to the meatballs and add the pasta sauce.  Toss to coat, then spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges are a deep golden brown and biscuit pieces are no longer doughy.  Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake an additional 2 to 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Spring Inspections Ahead

Warmer weather means spring inspections are not far away!  While you are getting out and enjoying the warmer temps it’s a great time to start looking around your home and yard.  You can get a head start by starting to clean up leaves and checking a few things out in advance.  Here are some areas to look at: 1) Skirting.  Over the years the weed eater can take a heavy toll on skirting.  Large holes and other badly damaged panels need to be replaced. 2)  Is your home dirty?  Power washing is an oft needed remedy for vinyl siding and if your home or skirting is green and dirty, cleaning it will be on your list. 3)  Clean up the yard.  If you didn’t rake leaves in the fall, you might as well get started on the ones that didn’t get carried away by the wind. 4)  General appearance.  Will you need to paint?  Are windows and screens intact?  If not, this will likely require your attention.  We have never asked for homes to look perfect, but we do want them to look neat!

Community Calendar

March is National Frozen Food Month!
Our recipe fits nicely with this theme.
March 1st—Rent is due.
March 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
March 11th—Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am.  Move your clocks ahead one hour.
March 30th—Good Friday, the office will be closed.