A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

January - February 2018

Edition No. 14

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Larry's Corner
 

Larry

I hope this newsletter finds you well, filled with joy from a wonderful holiday season. The staff and I hope you enjoyed time celebrating with friends and family. With the new year beginning, we reflect on last year and ponder our resolutions ahead.

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Larry's Corner

Larry

I hope this newsletter finds you well, filled with joy from a wonderful holiday season. The staff and I hope you enjoyed time celebrating with friends and family. With the new year beginning, we reflect on last year and ponder our resolutions ahead.

We saw many of our resident groups grow and thrive in 2017, and we expect many of them to keep growing, from cardio drumming and yoga to bingo and Young at Heart. We hope these gatherings continue to expand in attendance and participation. We had new groups begin last year, and hope to start some others in 2018. These groups help keep Saddlebrook vibrant and social for all residents. The fellowship and camaraderie of the RC Flyers, Busy Hands, Men’s Golf, and Bocce Leagues are a strong reflection of that.

Please let me know of any new group ideas you may have. Cathy and I will do whatever we can to help gain interest and foster the development.

On behalf of the staff, we hope your 2018 will be happy and healthy!

Yours Truly,

Larry Waco Jr.

Upcoming Events
 

Check out the upcoming events happening at Saddlebrook Farms.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Check out the upcoming events happening at Saddlebrook Farms.

  • Saturday, January 6
    Saddlebrook Farms Veterans
    Lake Lodge, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 6
    Potluck Sing-Along
    Lake Lodge, 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3
    Potluck Sing-Along
    Lake Lodge, 5-8 p.m.
  • Monday, February 5
    Talk N’ Topics
    Lake Lodge, 10 a.m.

Food

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Shine at the Next Potluck

With an active social life and resident events year-round, you may have already cooked all of your signature dishes. Go ahead and try something new at the next community potluck using one of these easy recipe ideas from Martha Stewart Living. They have recipes of plenty- from slow cooker jams, and unique salads to quick desserts and savory pies. Maybe you’ll find a new fan favorite to add to your repertoire.

Talk N' Topics
 

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Happy New Year! There will be no January TNT (Talk N’ Topics) meeting, but we look forward to seeing you for the next meeting on Monday, February 5 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Lodge for some fun talk about cupid and love. Inquiries about our group or topics can be directed to Audrey Hill at (847) 548-6723 or Rosemarie Percox at (847) 223-1833.

Saddlebrook Farms Veterans

Veterans

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Veterans Remembrance event. Please come meet your fellow veterans at the Lake Lodge on Saturday, January 6 at 11:00 a.m. All Saddlebrook veterans and spouses are welcome. If you are new or have not attended before, we’d love to meet you. For information, contact Nick Konz at (847) 223-1294 or ngkjr@hotmail.com.

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents Day. The Community Lake Lodge will be closed from Monday, February 19 through Sunday, February 25 for renovations. Thanks to all residents for their patience.

Your Health

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Health Myths: Fact Versus Fiction

Which of these are unhealthy: wine, chocolate, coffee, or eggs? With so many health myths circling each one, it’s hard to tell. This article on SeniorPlanet.org aims to debunk common health misconceptions like if wine is good for your heart or if chocolate is actually bad for you. It’s worth the read if you want to enjoy your glass of wine or box of chocolates guilt-free!

Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Christmas tree

PrairieLand Disposal will be picking up live Christmas trees on Thursday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 10. Please have your tree at the curb no later than 7 a.m. Make sure all holiday trimmings are removed and do not place the tree in a bag. Due to New Year’s Day, garbage and recycling pick up will be on Thursday, January 4. President’s Day will have no effect on garbage pick-up.

Honor Flight
 

Honor flight

Saddlebrook resident Mike Ellis, who served four years in the Navy as a gunner’s mate, had the recent privilege of traveling to Washington D.C. with the Lake County Honor Flight program. Read more below to learn about his trip.

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Honor Flight

Honor flight

Saddlebrook resident Mike Ellis, who served four years in the Navy as a gunner’s mate, had the recent privilege of traveling to Washington D.C. with the Lake County Honor Flight program, along with 21 other veterans.

Mike visited the WWII Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Capitol Building, Pentagon, National Museum of the U.S. Navy, and Arlington National Cemetery, all in one weekend. His favorite stop was the United States Naval Museum.

Mike and fellow veterans returned home to a hero’s welcome at the Milwaukee Airport. A motorcycle and police motorcade escorted them to Veterans Memorial Park in North Chicago, where family and friends greeted the vets in a welcome home ceremony. It is a trip he will never forget.

Mike Ellis

A Holiday Thank You

Thank you

The Saddlebrook Farms staff would like to thank all the residents who sent cards and goodies to the offices for the holidays. It was very much appreciated. We would also like to thank the generous residents who donated to Toys for Tots and to P.A.D.S. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Home & Garden

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It's Not Easy Being Green

Bring some of that outdoor greenery into your living space and breathe a little deeper when you’re indoors this winter. Plus, they are good for your health and brighten your day when you can’t work in your garden outside. This article gives you some recommendations to keep them alive and well, while this article warns how you might kill them with kindness. Good luck!

Smoke and CO Detectors

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The Grayslake Fire Prevention District would like to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors once a year. So, start off 2018 right and change those batteries! Please also check the expiration dates on the bottom of the detector.

Saddlebrook Drop Boxes

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We have been receiving postal mail in our Green Community Drop Boxes. These drop boxes are for Saddlebrook work requests, payments, and other correspondence that should go to the Community Office. Postal mail should be placed in your curbside mailbox and put the flag up. Please notify your family members and others assisting you of this policy.

Stay Safe Outdoors
 

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During the winter season, those residents who are walking, biking, and running in the streets for exercise should take special care by wearing reflective vests or clothing, especially during the dawn and dusk hours. Pets should also wear reflective clothing if possible.

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Stay Safe Outdoors

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During the winter season, those residents who are walking, biking, and running in the streets for exercise should take special care by wearing reflective vests or clothing, especially during the dawn and dusk hours. Pets should also wear reflective clothing if possible. Other safety precautions include carrying a flashlights or wearing a flashing reflector. These items can be purchased in most home stores.

Residents driving should also be aware of safety and pedestrians. Abide by the 20-mph speed limit, stop at all stop signs, and use your turn signals.

Safety is the responsibility of everyone. We thank you in advance for caring so much about our community and our neighbors.

Travel

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Improve Your Cruising Technique

Ahoy! Cruising season is upon us, so there’s no better time to plan your experience than now. (And we’re not talking about your buffet line technique.) Travel channel lists seven ways you can improve your cruise, from trying new amenities on-board to extending your fun off-shore. Based on your port calls, these tips can set you sailing toward a fabulous vacation!

Snow Removal
 

Snow

After a spectacular fall, it’s difficult to think about the snow season. Whether you are a longtime Saddlebrook resident or have recently moved in, click to read about how the snow removal process works.

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Snow Removal

Snow

After a spectacular fall, it’s difficult to think about the snow season. Whether you are a longtime Saddlebrook resident or have recently moved in, we want to explain how the snow removal process works.

Yard Décor - We love that our residents decorate for the winter holidays with a variety of decorations. When placing those items, please take into account our ability to remove snow before you begin decorating. Now is the time to start putting away any planters, furniture, or outside décor before the snow flies. We need these areas clear so we can properly perform this maintenance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Removal and Salting - Saddlebrook will begin removing snow from the roads when accumulation begins. We will start on the main roads, and continue to the secondary streets shortly after. Road salting will be done at any time it is required. Salting on driveways and walkways of home sites is the responsibility of the homeowner.

Timeline and Process - Once we reach an accumulation of two inches, we will deploy our long-time, outsourced partner to begin removing snow from driveways. Depending on the snow event, some driveways will not be started until after the accumulation stops. We will remove the snow from driveways in a sequential fashion for maximum safety and productivity. Removal by appointment is not provided. All of our residents will be serviced as quickly as possible in this removal fashion.

Parking - Please refrain from overnight parking on the streets during snow events. Once the snow has stopped, you may pull your car out so driveway snow removal can occur. We do not remove snow from a driveway that has a car in it, strictly for safety purposes.

Please use caution and patience during snow events. Our staff takes great pride in our ability to remove snow so that you can have visitors, go to appointments, and get your mail. It’s all part of a sequence that begins with roads, then driveways, and then walkways up to the porch.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Larry at the Community Office at (847) 223-6000.

Go Volunteer!
 

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month? Click below to get ideas of volunteer opportunities you can partake in.

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Go Volunteer!

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month?

The Arts - Volunteers are always needed to help at art galleries, theatres, and concert halls. You can work as an usher or stagehand, help with costuming, or welcome patrons in the ticket office. Some organizations also need photographers or artists as creative help. Don’t miss an opportunity to let your artistic side run wild.

Hospitals - Most hospitals rely on the kindness of volunteer staff to keep things running smoothly. You can help do paperwork, run gift shops, and cheer up sick patients. Some hospitals even need volunteers to help in the NICU and rock babies to sleep! Not only is this a great way to help people in need, but it also provides a satisfaction like no other.

Animals - Animal shelters are always in need of someone to lend a hand. Other animal-based volunteer opportunities include pet sitting or dog walking. If you have a way with pets, there are plenty who need the love and attention of a caring person.

Trade Skills - Quality services such as carpentry, electrical work, and other contracting skills are hard to find. If you have these trade skills, seek out nonprofits that build homes or help folks in financial trouble. You can also contribute wherever our own community may need some sprucing up. Handy-man skills are hard to come by and in high-demand, so let people know you are willing and ready to help.

Outdoors - Opportunities in the great outdoors are plentiful. Many parks and recreational facilities use volunteer help for routine maintenance, for class instruction, as nature walks guides, and at information desks. If you love the outdoors, volunteering at your local park may be the activity for you.

This is only the beginning of service options available. If you see someone that can use your help, all you have to do is offer! For more information on volunteer opportunities, check out these helpful links:

6 Fun Volunteer Opportunities with Benefits

Learning and Volunteer Ideas for Seniors

10 Great Volunteer Jobs for Retirees

Capital Improvements

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As we turned the calendar from 2017 to 2018, we are reviewing completed projects and looking forward to starting new ones!

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Capital Improvements

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As we turned the calendar from 2017 to 2018, we are reviewing completed projects and looking forward to starting new ones!

2018- Here are a few projects that we will be starting right away:

Lake Lodge

  • Interior painting
  • Revamped parking lot lighting

2017- Here are some of the Capital Improvements that were completed in 2017. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

Lake Lodge

  • New decking off the back and side entrances
  • Exterior painting and window trim replacements
  • Renovation of the back entrance doorway
  • Opening of the new Lake Lodge Pavilion
  • Refinished the big room floor
  • New kitchen and café laminate flooring
  • Fresh coat of paint in the library, kitchen, and café
  • Additional picnic tables

Community Wide Projects

  • Resurfacing of Saddlebrook Drive along with portions of Belmont Court and Lippizan Lane
  • 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
  • New fountain on Hidden Lake
  • Roadway crack filling

Entertainment & Leisure

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The Magazine Appeal

There’s something special about curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a great read. If you’re tired of reading the same thing, then rediscover the appeal of magazines. Whether in-hand or on your tablet, these periodicals expose you to a wide range of topics, authors, and writing styles. Here’s a list of the top nine magazines for seniors catering to a broad range of interests.

Drive Smart and Safe

Man in car

When was the last time you updated your car? AAA reports that almost 90 percent of seniors fail to make adjustments to their vehicles than improve safety while driving. No worries, read on to see their list of simple changes you can make.

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Drive Smart and Safe

Man in car

AAA reports that almost 90 percent of seniors fail to make adjustments to their vehicles than improve safety while driving. The national auto club group looked at 12 vehicle modifications they believe keep seniors safer on roads, and found that fewer than nine percent of drivers reported using any of the devices in their vehicles.

According to the study, working with a trained technician is imperative to safety behind the wheel. Almost 90 percent of those studied reported that they did not work with a trained professional to install the modification, a key recommendation by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Take advantage of these low-cost changes and vehicle features to help reach your next destination safely. (And remember to work with a professional to make the modifications!)

Add steering wheel covers - This simple item can improve your grip of the wheel, especially if you have arthritis

Install convex or multifaceted mirrors - It’s a crucial addition than can minimize blind spots and increase visibility

Insert pedal extensions - These extensions to both gas and break pedals allow drivers to remain a safe distance from detonating airbags.

Purchase seat pads and cushions - Who doesn’t want to alleviates hip and back pain?

Install hand controls - This type of adaptive equipment allows drivers to regain independence and to be in control of their own transportation without using lower extremities.

In-vehicle technologies that improve safety are expected to become more standard in the future. To read the full AAA study and discover further information, click here.

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 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.