A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

July - August 2019

Edition No. 1

Welcome!

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Manager's Corner
 

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As we enter the summer season, many of our fantastic residents have taken the time to spruce up their home sites. We appreciate all the work you put into keeping our community beautiful. Keep reading for updates from Community Manager, Scott Brown.

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Manager's Corner

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As we enter the summer season, many of our fantastic residents have taken the time to spruce up their home sites. One of my favorite things to do as the Community Manager is drive around and see the pride of ownership in the community. Several people have recently upgraded their driveways and they look amazing! Along with lawns being replaced or upgraded, we’ve also seen a lot of new plantings going on. Thank you all for the love and care you give The Highlands.

You spoke, we listened. Our focus over the next few months will be on the entrance to the community. As time goes by, we need to refresh our landscaping, so stay tuned as we make you just as proud of the community as you are of your own home.

Sincerely,
Scott Brown
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. However, the sales office may be open.

Food

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Summer Drinks

We all love the occasional cocktail or glass of wine, but do you know how much alcohol can affect your mind and body? Take this quiz to test your knowledge! Then, once you’ve proved your skills, check out these fun summer cocktail recipes. Remember to drink responsibly.

Sales Update
 

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We’re so excited about the opening of the newest home section here at The Highlands. With seven different floor plans to choose from, you can tour the model homes now! Read on to learn more.

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Sales Update

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We’re so excited about the opening of the newest home section here at The Highlands. With seven different floor plans to choose from, you can tour the Palm Harbor model homes now! Along with these gorgeous homes, this new section also offers incredible views of the rolling hills and golf course located in beautiful Dade City.

Our first Open House was May 4-5 and had great results! As a reminder, all of our residents are eligible for a $2,000 referral fee if you refer a friend or family member and they purchase a new Hometown America home. This is your chance to pick your neighbors and let them in on the wonderful secret of living at the Highlands.

While we’d hate to see you go, if you’re thinking of selling your home, now is the perfect time. With only three active listings, you won’t have a lot of competition. Come see us at the sales office to talk about all of the possibilities.

Thank you all for warm smiles and waves throughout the community,
Edgar Anderson
Sales Consultant

Resident Spotlight
 

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This edition, we’d like to introduce you to Doug and Terri Hartman who purchased their dream home at The Highlands in August 2018. If you want to learn more about these great community members, keep reading!

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Resident Spotlight

Hartman family photo

This edition, we’d like to introduce you to Doug and Terri Hartman who purchased their dream home at The Highlands in August 2018. Before moving to Florida, they spent most of their married life in the Pittsburg area but spent 30 years vacationing in Florida on Ana Maria Island and in Orlando. Their decision to retire in Florida has been fated from the beginning of their marriage when Terri told Doug that her goal was to “retire in Florida and own a golf cart!”

While in Pittsburg, Doug worked as a controller at Rivers of Steel, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the steel industry in the area. Terri worked in the healthcare industry for the majority of her career, primarily as the executive assistant to the president of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg. They raised their two children there, Jim and Lisa, and Lisa still resides there with her family.

You can find them both taking part in community activities like Bocci ball and frequenting the Saturday morning coffee klatch. Outside of the community, Terri is a volunteer docent at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City and Doug is a member of the Dade City Rotary.

If you see them driving around the community on their golf cart, probably with their standard poodle Remy, make sure to say hi!

Recurring Events
 

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There’s never a shortage of fun activities and groups to join at The Highlands! Read on to learn how you can join in.

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Recurring Events

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Mahjongg
Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m.
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
A mahjongg marathon is held the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m.

Bunco
Times and locations vary but take place the second Monday of every month at a player’s home

Bible Study
Women’s Group: 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse library
Men’s Group: 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse Library
“Son” Flowers: 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse

Walkers
Walk with friends every morning at 5:45 a.m.

Bingo
Every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30. Cost is $5

Tennis
Every morning except for Sundays at 8 a.m.

Lassies’ Cards
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Open Games
Sundays at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse

Bridge
Second Wednesday of the month. If interested, contact Pat Carey.

Ceramics
Tuesdays in the Clubhouse at 10 a.m.

Ping Pong and Table Tennis
Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon

Early Morning Work Outs
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Quilters
Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Ladies Water Aerobics
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $1 per session.

“Soggy Bottoms” Water Aerobics
Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Koffee Klatch
Saturdays in the Clubhouse at 9 a.m.

Poker
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Mexican Train Dominos
Fridays at 7 p.m.

Happy Hookers
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

Your Health

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Exercise for Your Mind

Did you know exercise can improve your brain health? A recent study linked aerobic fitness to improved cognitive skills, especially for those at risk for dementia. Jogging or cycling can even improve problem-solving and decision-making skills. Learn more about how aerobic exercise can benefit you.

Chair Yoga
 

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Want to try yoga but not sure about getting down on a mat? Give chair yoga a shot! The beginner’s class is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse Main Hall. Exercise at your own pace and increase your sense of balance and joint health. For more info, contact Irene Mills.

Fourth of July Party

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Join us on Thursday, July 4 as we celebrate Independence Day! There will be a delicious dinner from our friends at “Will Cook Anywhere” of chicken, baked beans, rolls, dessert, and other fixings for $12. There will also be entertainment by Charlie Williams from 6 to 9 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Emergency Kit Items

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Emergencies are much easier to handle when you’re prepared, especially in the case of a hurricane. A simple kit can make all the difference when things suddenly go wrong. Click below for items all emergency kits need and see if there are any missing from your kit.

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Emergency Kit Items

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Emergencies are much easier to handle when you’re prepared, especially in the case of a hurricane. A simple kit can make all the difference when things suddenly go wrong.

  • 1. Flashlights and glow sticks – power sources are the first things to go
  • 2. A whistle—it is easy to make yourself heard if necessary
  • 3. AM-FM radios—battery operated to stay connected during an emergency
  • 4. Power packs—cellphones and pads are great tools because you can download useful information, but they are useless if you run out of power. Power packs can prolong the usefulness of your devices.
  • 5. Foil blankets—also known as space blankets, they are inexpensive, lightweight, and fold up to almost nothing while keeping you warm if need be.
  • 6. Batteries—you are going to need lots of batteries to operate your fans, radios, flashlights, etc.
  • 7. Bleach—bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens can contaminate your water supply. In emergencies, domestic chlorine bleach can purify water. Just make sure you have learned how to use it properly.
  • 8. Can opener—a manual (hand crank) can opener will save you some time—remember there may not be power for a while.
  • 9. Clothing—make sure you have the right clothing for various weather conditions.
  • 10. Copies of important documents—make copies of your license, passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc. Put those documents in zip-top bags so they don’t get destroyed by the elements.
  • 11. Deck of cards—you may not have your computer to play Solitaire. You can play the old-fashioned way or get a group of friends for a few rounds of poker.
  • 12. Duct tape— it seems to be the answer to all life’s problems. It can be very handy for a lot of sticky situations.
  • 13. First Aid kit—the American Red Cross website has great information on how to have a well-stocked kit.
  • 14. Fire starters—unless you can start a fire from scratch, stock up on lighters and matches.
  • 15. Hygiene kit—items you use regularly: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. You will want to clean up before you eat or after cleaning up.

From the Tribune News Service

Home & Garden

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Japanese Flower Arranging

Who said nature had to stay outdoors? With the art of Japanese flower arranging, you can showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of nature inside your own home. Learn more about the art from Ruby Maruyama, a Japanese flower arranging (or ikebana) professional!

Tools for School
 

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Ahead of the school year, Hometown America and The Highlands are teaming up to help children in need. If you’d like to help, we’ll be collecting pencils and erasable ink pens in the community office until August 1. Let’s start their school year on the right note!

Medicare Tips & Tricks

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Figuring out how to get the most out of your Medicare plan can seem tricky but with a few of these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be a health care pro in no time. Make sure you’re getting the best coverage and never miss another enrollment period, check out these helpful hints.

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Medicare Tips & Tricks

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Figuring out how to get the most out of your Medicare plan can seem tricky but with a few of these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be a health care pro in no time. Make sure you’re getting the best coverage and never miss another enrollment period, check out these helpful hints.

1. Enroll early on. You can sign up for Medicare three months before your birth month; take advantage of that if you can. This way you know you’ll have coverage as soon as you’re eligible and avoid those pesky late enrollment fees.

2. Review your coverage every year. Each year, open enrollment lasts from October 15 – December 7. During that time, you can choose to switch your coverage. Use this annual check to make sure you’re getting the best coverage possible.

3. Buy a Medicare supplement plan early on. If you have frequent medical services, Medicare Supplement insurance may be right for you. Click here to see if it fits your needs.

4. Don’t choose a plan based only on the premium. Some Medicare plans have premiums as low as $0 but that doesn’t make them the best fit for you. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring the other Medicare costs that come with each plan.

Health insurance doesn’t have to be scary. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge, you can make the best decisions for your life. Want more tips and tricks? Click here.

Ageless Influencers

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If you believe social media is only for the young, Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle has news for you. At 90 years old, Helen has 3.8 million Instagram followers. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered the top tips on taking the social media world by storm. Read on!

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Ageless Influencers

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If you believe social media is only for the young, Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle has news for you. At 90 years old, Helen has 3.8 million Instagram followers. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered the top tips on taking the social media world by storm.

1. Find your interest. This is the first and most important step to becoming an influencer. You can’t be everyone else so be yourself.

2. Show your knowledge. Everyone’s strengths lie in different areas, showing off what you know establishes you as an authority figure.

3. Have an opinion. Your voice is your influence. People will come to see what you know but they’ll stay because of what you think.

4. Network. It’s important to connect with other influencers so you can help each other throughout your journeys, not to mention it’s a great way to make new friends.

5. Engage your audience. As important as your knowledge and opinions are, followers want to feel like their part of the conversation. Ask them questions, give them ways to get involved.

Helen, known as @baddiewinkle to her 3.8 million Instagram followers, knows the important role she’s playing in breaking down myths about aging. She recently received the title of one of the four most popular and inspiring 50+ figures on social media. Along with her was Dan Griesel (@silverdisobedience), Cindy Livesey (Living Rich with Coupons), and Irvin Randle (@IrvinRandle). For more from all of these influencers, click here.

Travel

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Skip-gen Vacations

More grandparents than ever find themselves living miles away from their grandchildren. Some, however, have found a fun and creative solution: vacationing together. Skip-gen travel, as these trips are known, are becoming increasingly popular. Learn more and see if Skip-gen travel is right for you!

Save More, Work Less

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If you’re looking for ways to save more, you’re in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of discounts out there but we’ve compiled a few you don’t have to jump through any hoops for. Keep reading to learn how you can save big.

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Save More, Work Less

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If you’re looking for ways to save more, you’re in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of discounts out there but we’ve compiled a few you don’t have to jump through any hoops for. All you have to do to save big bucks is be over the age of fifty.

No matter your interest there is sure to be something you’ll love:

  • Shopping for your new favorite outfit? Get 20% off your purchase at Bealls every Tuesday!
  • If your sweet tooth is in the driver’s seat, head on over to Krispy Kreme where you can enjoy 10% off your order*.
  • Hungry for something different? Take 10% off your bill when you visit Bonefish Grill**.
  • Want to get active but don’t want to pay for a gym membership? If you’re a Medicare recipient, you can join the SilverSneakers program – free of charge!

What are you waiting for? Check out the full list of discounts here and start saving today!

*Discounts vary by location, please check with your local branch for their discount.
**Must have current AARP Membership

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

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Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Entertainment & Leisure

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2019 Top Summer Books

Whether you’re enjoying the warmer weather or trying to beat the heat, summer is the perfect time for a good read. No matter how hot it may be outside, these page-turners are definitely hotter. From mystery to romance to action, you’re certain to find something you’ll love in this list.