A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

November - December 2017

Edition No. 13

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Larry's Corner
 

Larry

It was great seeing all the happy grandchildren in their Halloween costumes at the Trick or Treat event last month. What a great turnout, and thanks to all who participated! Also, thank you to everyone who created the beautiful fall decorations that made the community look wonderful.

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Larry's Corner

Larry

It was great seeing all the happy grandchildren in their Halloween costumes at the Trick or Treat event last month. What a great turnout and thanks to all who participated!

Also, thank you to everyone who created the beautiful fall decorations that made the community look wonderful. The corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins, and gourds all create a festive fall look.

Before the weather turns, make a point to stop by the Lake Lodge and spend a few minutes enjoying the change of colors and scenic overlook at our new Lake Lodge Pavilion. We hope you will enjoy time with family and friends in the peaceful setting. As the holiday season approaches, I wish all of you, on behalf of the staff, a wonderful Thanksgiving rich with gratitude and joy.

Yours Truly,

Larry Waco Jr.

Upcoming Events
 

We have several events coming up in the next couple months. There is bound to be something for everyone here at Saddlebrook. Click to see for yourself!

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Upcoming Events

Calendar
  • Friday, November 3
    Veterans Day Remembrance
    Lake Lodge, 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Monday, November 6
    Talk ‘N’ Topics
    Lake Lodge, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13
    Craft Show
    Lake Lodge, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2
    Trim-A-Tree & Pot Luck Sing-A-Long
    Lake Lodge, 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Food

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Thanksgiving Made Simple

Thanksgiving means good food and even better company. Cut your cooking time in half with these savory meals that take less than an hour to prepare. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.

Veteran's Day Remembrance

Veterans

All Saddlebrook Farms residents were invited to join us at the Lake Lodge on Friday, November 3, from 8 to 10 a.m. as we remembered the many brave Veterans who have served our country. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.

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Veteran's Day Remembrance

Veterans

All Saddlebrook Farms residents were invited to join us at the Lake Lodge on Friday, November 3, from 8 to 10 a.m. as we remembered the many brave Veterans who have served our country. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.

We are privileged to have a number of men and women veterans who live at Saddlebrook, and were honored to recognize them on this day. Guest Speaker Andrew Tangen, the new Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County, spoke about Veterans Day and shared his military experience.

P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

Box of clothes

Starting November 13, Saddlebrook Farms will be collecting much needed items for the homeless in Lake County. These items include travel size toiletries, laundry detergent pods, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, and gift cards to area stores and restaurants. We will also be accepting gloves, hats, and scarves. Adult sizes are preferred, but we are accepting children’s gloves as well.

We're Closed
 

Closed sign

The Community Office will be closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. There will be no yard waste collection.

The Community Office will also be closed on Monday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday, December 28.

Your Health

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Stretch the Pain Away

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits. If you suffer from this, you know it can be difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Check out these gentle stretches to ease the discomfort so you can continue living pain free.

Talk N' Topics
 

Speech bubbles

Join us on Monday, December 4, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. The topic will be "Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?"

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Talk N' Topics

Speech bubbles

Join us on Monday, December 4, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. The topic will be “Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?” Join us with your best jokes and funny stories and be prepared to laugh the hour away! Inquiries about our group or topic can be directed to Audrey Hill at (847) 548-6723 or Rosemarie Percox at (847) 223-1833.

Craft Show
 

Paint brushes

We thank everyone who came out to the Saddlebrook Farms Annual Craft Show on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 at the Lake Lodge. All residents, family, and friends were invited to get some early holiday shopping done. Stay tuned for photos!

Yard Waste Collection

Trash

The last yard waste collection will be on Thursday, November 30. Please have your recyclable bags at the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Home & Garden

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Front Porch Flair

Make your front porch pop with fall containers filled with beautiful blooms and foliage. Southern Living provides the best ideas and tips for how to bring a beautiful fall planter to life. Whichever you choose, your home will be decorated perfectly for the season.

Trim-A-Tree & Potluck Sing-A-Long

Pot luck

Bring your neighbors and Saddlebrook friends to the last Potluck Sing-a-Long of 2017 on Saturday, December 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will be decorating the Lake Lodge by trimming several trees for the holiday.

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Trim-A-Tree & Potluck Sing-A-Long

Pot luck

Bring your neighbors and Saddlebrook friends to the last Potluck Sing-a-Long of 2017 on Saturday, December 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will be decorating the Lake Lodge by trimming several trees for the holiday. Bring an appetizer, salad, soup, main dish, or dessert to the potluck dinner at 5 p.m. We will be singing holiday songs after dinner. Wear your charming holiday sweater, shirt, or outfit for a chance to win a gift card. Let’s get in the spirit. Ho, Ho, Ho!

Toys for Tots
 

Toys

Saddlebrook Farms will be collecting Toys for Tots for the Lake County Marines from Wednesday, November 8 to Friday, December 15. If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy, please drop it off at the Community Office during normal business hours. Last year 335 toys were collected by our generous residents of Saddlebrook Farms.

Adopt-a-Highway
 

Adopt a Highway

Thank you to all those who helped with our annual Adopt-A-Highway cleanup! The next cleanup will be in May 2018. We hope to see more get involved to make the roads around Saddlebrook Farms cleaner.

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Adopt-a-Highway
 

Adopt a Highway

Thank you to all those who helped with our annual Adopt-A-Highway cleanup! It was a stifling, 90 degrees out, but the following troopers endured the heat and made it through the annual clean-up:

  • Jean Cooksey
  • Joe Donnelly
  • Annette Erl
  • Alan and Judy Jacobson
  • William Maihack
  • Chip Marks
  • Nancy Nowaczek
  • Rich and Vivien Starr
  • Tom Toman
  • Jack Wall
  • David Ward
  • Chris Wheelock

We thank all of you for your generous help. The next cleanup will be in May 2018. We hope to see more get involved to make the roads around Saddlebrook Farms cleaner.

Travel

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Holiday Journeys

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season stress you out. Make your travel plans effortless using these holiday travel tips. Being mindful and strategic while you travel will ease the stress and make the season more fun!

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Clock on pillow

It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read more for tips on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

Clock on pillow

It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read the tips below on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

1. Make a sleep schedule - Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. The consistency in your sleep cycle will ensure that your body is properly rested and that you receive the best sleep each night.

2. Limit naps - Long naps during the day can severely interfere with a good night’s rest. In order to maximize your sleep, limit naps to 30 minutes and take them earlier in the day instead of later.

3. Include physical activity - Exercise during the day can have a huge impact on the sleep you get at night. Make exercise a regular part of your daily routine and you’ll see great improvements in your sleep.

4. Create a comfortable sleep environment - For better sleep, make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Also, remove any noise or distractions that could hinder a good night’s rest.

For other useful tips on sleeping better, check out these links:

Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep

Healthy Sleep Tips

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

Stress

The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, read more for some tips.

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Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

Stress

The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, and should be enjoyed instead of dreaded. With presents, food, decorations, and more piling up it can be overwhelming. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, start with these tips:

1. Have a gift-wrapping strategy - Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap gifts. Take care of gift wrapping as soon as you purchase, and use a sticky note as a reminder of the contents.

2. Make a budget and a gift list - Before you step into a store make sure you have a set holiday budget and gift list for each person you’re shopping for. This will eliminate financial stress and ensure everyone you love receives a gift.

3. Use simple décor - Small and simple decorations are just as festive as large and flashy ones. A few decorations around the house is plenty to suffice for holiday cheer, and are extremely easy to put up and take down.

4. Enjoy store bought treats - Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, opt for store bought baked goods. They are still delicious and will be much easier to prepare.

5. Pick paper plates - Fine china may be pretty, but it can be a huge headache to wash and put away. Using disposable plates and plastic utensils are a great substitution, and can be tossed when the meal is over.

Want more tips and tricks for a stress-free season?

Christmas Calm: Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Capital Improvements

Tools

We’ve been working to improve Saddlebrook Farms. The fall season saw many projects completed and we have more on the way. Click to read more and see the list in details.
 

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Capital Improvements

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As we enter the winter season, most of the projects for 2017 have come to completion. Here are some of the Capital Improvements that have been completed this year:

Lake Lodge

  • New decking off the back and side entrances
  • Exterior painting and window trim replacements
  • Renovation of the back-entrance doorway
  • Lake Lodge pavilion
  • Refinished the big room floor
  • New kitchen and café laminate flooring
  • Re-painted library, kitchen, and café
  • Additional picnic tables

Community Wide Projects

  • Re-surfacing of Saddlebrook Drive along with portions of Belmont and Lippizan
  • Sealcoat and striping of parking lots at the Community Office, Lake Lodge, and Fitness Center
  • Seawall repair and replacements
  • Curb repairs
  • Erosion control projects at Derby and Surrey Court
  • Installation of six outdoor fitness stations around Saddlebrook Drive and Hidden Lake Lane.
  • Hidden Lake fountain
  • Roadway crack filling

Here are a few things we hope to complete prior to the end of the year:

  • Replacement flagpoles
  • Exterior lighting around the Lake Lodge
  • Painted crosswalks at specified areas

Entertainment & Leisure

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Adventures in Words

There’s no greater pleasure than delving into a good book and not putting it down until you’ve read every page. The adventure you take while reading can truly make the world fade away. Click here to see the most popular books of 2017 so far, and add some to your reading list.

Special Feature: Online Safety

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As technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips from retired police officer, Donna Brown, on how to keep yourself safe online.

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Special Feature: Online Safety

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Technology plays a huge part in our everyday life. We use it to make a phone call, share a picture with our friends on Facebook, or send a quick email. Regardless, the use of technology is constantly changing and improving for the better. However, as technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe online.

  • Credit Theft:

    Check your credit at least once a year. While this may not prevent theft, it can catch it earlier on. By regularly checking your credit, which is free, you can catch someone trying to use your name for unauthorized mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.

  • Scams:

    Lottery scams and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scams are two of the most prominent and cyclical scams. Scam victims will receive a call or email, stating they have won the lottery and must pay a small fee to collect it. Legitimate lotteries do not request payments.

    The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scam victims will receive a call or email stating there is a warrant for their arrest due to owing back taxes and are requesting a payment through gift cards. The IRS never requests payment gift cards.

  • Social Media:

    Don’t post photos when going out of town. Crooks prowl social media looking for vacant homes. If you do post, have a friend check on your home daily and collect your mail and newspaper. Having light timers, inside and outside, can help as well.

  • Computers:

    Secure your computer from viruses. There are many reputable anti-malware and anti-virus software companies available that offer great products and protection at very reasonable prices.

  • Check Writing:

    Always think twice when writing a check to a person or business you’re not familiar with. Checks provide your name and address, which is very useful information for those with nefarious intentions. Use your debit or credit card instead of writing a check if you can. If using a debit or credit card, try to use them at establishments with updated security chip readers.

These are just a few ways for you to stay one step ahead and protect yourself. Learn the balance between enjoying technology and being precautious.

About Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Donna Brown is a former Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) homicide sergeant with more than 26 years of experience and author of Behind and Beyond the Badge. Brown began her career at TPD during a time when there were only five women in a department of 150 plus officers. Throughout her career, she worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a member of several different investigative units and as a homicide detective-sergeant, allowing her to work with a large variety of the first-responder community. After retiring, Brown wanted to write a book capturing and exploring career-defining moments of a first- responder. She felt her book was vital considering the many officer-involved shootings bringing negative spotlight on what she felt was not representative of public servants.

Want to hear from Donna Brown? Check out Behind and Beyond the Badge on Facebook for a list of upcoming tour stops!

Behind and Beyond the Badge book

Come Socialize
 

Socialize

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 hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

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 SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

 

E-Z Pay
 

EZ Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.