A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

May - June 2018

Edition No. 16

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Larry's Corner
 

Larry

With spring in bloom, April was full of activities. And there’s much more around the corner! Read on for upcoming events and fresh outdoor spaces in Saddlebrook Farms.

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Larry's Corner

Larry

With spring in bloom, April was full of activities. The Easter Sunrise Service, the Craft Show, and the Victory Garden lottery were all very well attended.

We’re looking forward to upcoming resident events, including our Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 19 and the traditional Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 16. A new gathering called Hot Dog Day will be on Monday, July 23. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there.

We love seeing so many of you outside walking, riding, and visiting along our walking paths and exercise stations. Remember to check out our new gathering spots, including the Conversation Corner in Meadowview, the Picnic Pavilion at the Lake Lodge, and the two new piers on Hidden Lake.

We hope you continue to enjoy your spring and the warm start of summer!

Yours Truly,

Larry Waco Jr.

Pancake Breakfast
 

Pancake breakfast

The Saddlebrook Farms Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. All Saddlebrook residents are invited. We will be serving pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, and orange juice. Read on for details.

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Pancake Breakfast

Pancake breakfast

The Saddlebrook Farms Annual Pancake Breakfast will be served on Saturday, May 19 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. All Saddlebrook residents are invited. We will be serving pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, and orange juice. Come on out and enjoy a hardy breakfast with your neighbor.

If you’d like to help with this event, please call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212. Volunteer shifts are in one-hour increments starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m.

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

E-Z Pay Contest
 

EZ Pay

Got a lot going on this spring and summer? Save time and energy by signing up for the Saddlebrook Farms E-Z Pay program to have your monthly rent payment automatically deducted on the third of each month, and for the chance to win a $50 gift card. Read more for details.

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E-Z Pay Contest

EZ Pay

Got a lot going on this spring and summer? Save time and energy by signing up for the Saddlebrook Farms E-Z Pay program to have your monthly rent payment automatically deducted on the third of each month. Stop by the Community Office during normal business hours or e-mail saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com for a form.

New E-Z Pay subscribers will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card, and current residents already on E-Z Pay will be entered into a separate drawing as a “thank you” for subscribing.

Adopt-a-Highway
 

Highway

Saddlebrook Farms’ Adopt-a-Highway is on Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Arrive at the Lake Lodge at 9:45 for coffee and donuts. We will be cleaning Peterson Road, from Alleghany Road to Route 60. Vests, gloves, and bags will be provided. Please dress for the weather. If you’d like to participate, please call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212.

We're Closed
 

Closed sign

The Community Office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage and recycling will be delayed one day and instead will be picked up on Thursday, May 31 along with yard waste. Have a safe holiday.

Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

Roadrunners Camping Club

Camping

The Roadrunners Camping Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. at the Lake Lodge, where we will discuss upcoming campouts and other information. Camping trips will run from May through October. We invite all campers to join! For more information, please call George Helmich at (847) 543-8280.

Pot Luck Sing-a-Long

Horse

The winner of the St. Patrick’s sing-a-long contest is Eric Rehberger. Congrats, Eric! Our next Pot Luck Sing-a-Long is on Saturday, May 5 at the Lake Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We’ll be celebrating the Kentucky Derby. Read more for details.

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Pot Luck Sing-a-Long

Horse

The winner of the St. Patrick’s sing-a-long contest is Eric Rehberger. Congrats, Eric! Our next Pot Luck Sing-a-Long is on Saturday, May 5 at the Lake Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We’ll be celebrating the Kentucky Derby.

We’re not horsing around, and no reservations are needed. Simply bring your favorite dish to share with others. We’ll eat dinner together and then get to singing! Song sheets are provided. Ladies get out your fancy hats and guys don your spiffy duds! We’ll be giving away a gift card for the best hat and/or derby get-up.

Following the derby event, our next sing-a-long will be on Saturday, June 2.

Spring Fertilizer
 

Fertilizer

Late spring fertilizer with weed control will be applied to each homesite and the common areas between May and early June. If you do not want this application applied to the lawn around your home, please contact the Community Office at (847) 223-2212 by Friday, May 4.

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not to Clean

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby

Fishing derby

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16 for our 20th Annual Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. Read more for the derby schedule and additional details.

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Annual Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby

Fishing derby

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16 for our 20th Annual Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. Dress for the weather with hats and sunscreen, and bring your own chairs, blankets, and refreshments.

All Fishing Club members and derby volunteers should attend the planning meeting on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. Call Hans Guerentz at (224) 419-9100 with any questions.

GRANDCHILDREN’S FISHING DERBY SCHEDULE

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: REGISTRATION INSIDE THE LAKE LODGE
Each parent/grandparent and child will go inside the Lake Lodge to the sign-in table corresponding with their child/grandchild’s age. You will receive a tally card, name tag, and goodie bag. If you don’t have a fishing pole, a Fishing Club member can provide you with one, while supplies last. After you’ve signed in, find a fishing spot around the lake within the designated areas.

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.: GET YOUR BAIT
The Fishing Club will provide bait of worms or corn near the Lake Lodge at a designated picnic table.

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, FISH!
Fishing will begin. When a fish is caught, do not remove the hook. Take the fish and your tally sheet to one of the judges’ tables where it will be removed, verified, and measured. Once the Derby is over, take your tally sheet back inside the Lake Lodge to your corresponding age table where you will receive a raffle ticket.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: LUNCH
While tally cards are being verified, enjoy a hot dog lunch and refreshments provided by Saddlebrook Farms.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: RAFFLE AND AWARDS
Awards for first, second, and third place will be given for each age group of 6 and under, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15. Awards are tallied by the most fish caught in inches. All children will receive a raffle gift card prize ranging from $10 to $25.

Fitness Stations
 

Fitness

As the weather gets nicer, be sure to enjoy the outside fitness stations along Saddlebrook Drive, Equestrian Way, and Hidden Lake Lane walking paths. Click to view photos of the stations.

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Fitness Stations

Fitness

As the weather gets nicer, be sure to enjoy the outside fitness stations along Saddlebrook Drive, Equestrian Way, and Hidden Lake Lane walking paths.

Flower Gardening Group

Garden

The Flower Gardening Group is hosting a plant sale under the tent in front of the Lake Lodge on Wednesday, May 16 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. New residents who were visited by the Welcome Team are encouraged to bring their coupon for a free plant. Plants are reasonably priced, so stop by and peruse the beautiful greenery on sale.

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasing stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.

Trotter Rewards
 

Trotter

The winter months have proven active for several residents racking up miles for their Trotter Rewards. If you’re interested in the Trotter program, read more for details and to see which residents have clocked in impressive mileage.

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Trotter Rewards

Trotter

The winter months have proven active for several residents racking up miles for their Trotter Rewards.

If you’re interested in the Trotter program, pick up one of our tracking logs at the Community Office or Fitness Center, and simply start walking, running, or biking. Details for rewards are on the log, or you can donate your reward to Save-a-Pet, Fremont Food Pantry, or the American Heart Association. Please call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212 if you have questions.

100 Miles
George Bunchard
Chip Marks
Jan Johannsen
Sue Bishop

500 Miles
Shirley Thomas
Judy Knoblock

750 Miles
Judy Jacobson

1000 Miles
Chip Marks

1500 Miles
Colin Thacker
Yvette Tragas
Jim Ritchey

5000 Miles
Al Jacobson

7500 Miles
Jim White

Congratulations to all! Keep on trotting!

Talk N' Topics
 

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Join us on Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Lodge for the whimsical topic, “You Are Granted One Wish.” We invite you to daydream then come talk with us about it. Read more for topic and event details.

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Talk N' Topics

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Join us on Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Lodge for the whimsical topic, “You Are Granted One Wish.” Imagine a genie appears and grants you one of the following three wishes: You can fly like a bird, be invisible when you choose, or be able to read minds. Which would you choose and why? We invite you to daydream then come talk with us about it.

In June, our topic will be “How Do You Handle Stress?” We all experience it, yet some people seem to react better than others. When stress knocks on your door, what techniques or practices give you strength to work through the situation? Sharing this topic together offers each of us an opportunity to add new and useful stress-relieving techniques and coping skills to our lives. We look forward to chatting with you!

For inquiries about our group or topic, contact to Audrey Hill at (847) 548-6723 or Rosemarie Percox at (847) 223-1833.

Capital Projects
 

Tools

With spring well underway and summer around the corner, it’s prime time for a number of community improvement projects. Read more to see what we’ve completed and what we have planned for the rest of the year.

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Capital Projects

Tools

With Spring well underway and summer around the corner, it’s prime time for a number of community improvement projects.

Here are a few projects that we’ve completed so far this year:

  • Lake Lodge interior painting
  • Lake Lodge parking lot lighting
  • Garden Shed enclosures
  • Hidden Lake fountains
  • Bocce Court grading and re-leveling

These projects will be coming soon to Saddlebrook Farms:

  • Seawall repair and replacements
  • Road repairs
  • Curb repairs
  • Roadway crack filling
  • Erosion control projects at Derby and Surrey Court
  • Replace the existing pier at the Lake Lodge
  • Install an additional pier at the south end of Hidden Lake
  • Additional park benches in the community
  • Enhancements to the Lake Lodge Pavilion
  • Walking path extension

One last exciting project that we have just committed to is renovating the kitchen at the Lake Lodge. New cabinets, countertops, ceramic tile, and appliances are the upcoming remodeled features. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy private parties and neighborhood functions with a beautiful new kitchen area.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, or you enjoy concerts from some of our greatest musicians, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me

The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA

This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA

The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. 5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for folks as young as 50. Read on to find out the savings you have access to.

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Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for seniors. At many restaurants you can get a free drink or a percentage off your meal. You can even get discounts on traveling with some airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. There are tons of discounts for you to take advantage of!

Check out these two helpful lists to find where you can save:

 

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this list of frequently asked questions from the Manufactured Housing Institute so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

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