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A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

September - October 2020

Edition No. 8

Welcome!

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Manager's Corner
 

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As the residents of the Highlands continue to persevere through these challenging times, our Community Manager, Scott, has a special message acknowledging the extra work our neighbors have put in around the community.

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Manager's Corner

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Dear Residents,

I want to thank all of our Volunteer-Residents for turning these challenging times we’ve faced over the last few months into positive and constructive ways to benefit their neighbors and others in our community. You have not ceased to utilize your time and talents to benefit so many great causes, from Meals on Wheels to Shriner’s hospital. Your generosity reminds us of what awesome residents make up our great Highlands Community.

Best Regards,
Scott Brown
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Soup's On!

As the weather begins to cool, it’s time to break out the crockpots and soup bowls! Whether you prefer something hearty like creamy tomato or lighter like chicken tortilla, this list of delicious fall soups will help you discover your new go-to cold weather dish.

Capital Improvements

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Our tennis and pickleball courts have received an update over the last few months. They’ve been painted, resealed, and are ready for their first match! Read on to take a look yourself.

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Capital Improvements

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Our tennis and pickleball courts have received an update over the last few months. They’ve been painted, resealed, and are ready for their first match!



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Sales Update
 

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Our sales team has lots of exciting projects going on and even more great deals to offer! Read on to hear all the updates regarding sales in our community.

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Sales Update

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The new section at the Highlands is going great! There is brand new construction of Palm Harbor homes with 7 different floor plans to choose from, with model homes already built to look at by appointment. Our new section has incredible views of the rolling hills and golf course. Just imagine sipping your morning coffee while you watch the swings in the distance.

If you are considering selling your home, while we hate to see you go, we want you to know we’re here for you, every step of the way. We employ the right kinds of media to sell your home, understand the lifestyle, and are vested in getting you more than outsiders.

I also want to remind all residents that there is an awesome referral fee ($2,000) paid to any resident that brings in a new customer who buys a new, Hometown America home. It is a chance to let your friends in on how wonderful it is to live here at the Highlands.

Did you also know that you can enjoy a new home even if you’re already a resident? With our trade-up program, our sales team can have you in a brand-new home in no time! For more information about this program, please contact our sales department.

When you see a new face in the community, please join me in welcoming them to our community. More and more folks are moving in and even more are coming. The Highlands at Scotland Yards has so much to offer!

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

Happy Updates
 

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Thank you to everyone who shared their beautiful Highland Rainbows on the Highland’s Chit Chat Lounge. These, as well as the virtual trivia and line-dancing, are great ways to pass the time! These types of gestures are what make the Highlands Community a great place to live.

Your Health

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Home Exercise Tips

As our daily lives have shifted over the past year, many of us have moved from the gym to working out at home. Exercising in a new setting can be a great, however, we need to be mindful of just how enthusiastic we’re being in our fitness pursuits. Learn about the most common home-workout injuries and how you can avoid them to stay safe and get healthy at the same time.

Hurricane Preparedness

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For those who have experienced hurricane season, whether it was an active one or not, know that it’s important to be prepared. This year, however, is a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to keep Floridians safe across all fronts, the CDC has created an article with tips from evacuation to how to stay safe post-storm.

4th of July Parade
 

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Residents displayed their patriotism with a golf cart parade this Fourth of July. Starting at the entrance, it made its way throughout the community. You could hear them coming with shouts of “Happy Fourth” as residents lined the streets to wave and greet the parade. Keep reading to relive all the fun.

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4th of July Parade

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Residents displayed their patriotism with a golf cart parade this Fourth of July. Starting at the entrance, it made its way throughout the community. You could hear them coming with shouts of “Happy Fourth” as residents lined the streets to wave and greet the parade. Relive all the fun by checking out the photos below.



Foster Parenting: Pet Edition

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Have you considered rescuing a pet but can’t fully commit just yet? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! Becoming a foster parent comes with an endless list of benefits for you and the animals you bring into your home. Keep reading to learn more.

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Foster Parenting: Pet Edition

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Have you considered rescuing a pet but can’t fully commit just yet? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! Becoming a foster parent comes with an endless list of benefits for you and the animals you bring into your home - so what are you waiting for?

What are the benefits of putting animals in foster homes rather than in shelters? Well, there are plenty. First up, it can increase a pet’s chance of finding their fur-ever home. As foster parents open their homes and hearts to these little guys and gals, they have a better understanding of the animal’s personality, which helps match them with the right home. It also teaches the animals social skills and basic house training, which they often don’t get in shelters, leading to an easier transition. Not to mention, keeping pets out of shelters prevents overcrowding, animal neglect, and gives that pet an invaluable taste of a loving home.

What are the benefits for you? First of all, it’s temporary. This acts as a trial run if you’re debating bringing a permanent furry family member into your home. You can also choose exactly what kind of pet you want to foster, from breed to personality, and many shelters will help match you with the right pet for your lifestyle. If you have other pets in the home, it’s a great way to socialize them to new animals.

Opening your home, and your heart, to an animal in need is a priceless experience. If you’re ready to take the plunge, check out this article to learn how you can be the best foster parent. Who knows, you might even find them so perfect you just have to adopt them!

*Before bringing any animal into your home, please make sure to check with your community’s guidelines on pets.

Home & Garden

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Indoor Herb Garden

Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t garden. Satisfy your green thumb all year round by creating your very own herb garden in your kitchen! Whether it’s mint or rosemary, this article will help you learn how to grow these herbs and more, all indoors.

Highland's Golf Course

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Golf is always better with your friends and neighbors! Our adjacent golf course that winds through our beautiful community offers weekly specials, men’s and women’s leagues, scramble tournaments, and points games. After the round, enjoy a delicious lunch on the patio overlooking the 18th green or stop-in for dinner served every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. We'll see you there!

International Food Traveler

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While you may have had to push back some of your travel plans this year, your taste buds don’t need to miss out. Keep reading to discover dishes from around the world that you can make in your own kitchen and decide which one you have to try first.

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International Food Traveler

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While you may have had to push back some of your travel plans this year, your taste buds don’t need to miss out. These dishes from around the world are sure to give you some new ideas to try in the kitchen (or for your next takeout run).

Are you in the mood for something hearty and filling that the whole family will love? Transport yourself across the pond and try Colcannon potatoes with a side of lamb chops from Ireland or the classic fish and chips with horseradish and mushy peas from England.

Have a sweet tooth? French macaroons are a classic, whether you want to splurge at a bakery or attempt the challenge of making them from scratch. The article above also features a classic apple pie recipe from Germany if you’re looking to spice up your Grandmother’s go-to.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, there are a host of recipes to satisfy this craving. Check out steamed mussels with peppers from Belgium or try your hand at making a classic chicken paella from Spain.

Sometimes cooking a new dish straight from a written recipe can be a challenge, especially when it’s from a different country. If you want to brush up on your skills before tackling the more complex dishes, check out some of the best online cooking classes.

Whether you’re looking to expand your palette passport by whipping something up in your own kitchen or by trying a new take-out option, there’s plenty of dishes out there to keep you on our toes for months!

Connect with Us
 

Socialize

Join us on social media through Facebook 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!

Experiences

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The New Wine Night

Spending time with friends has certainly shifted in the age of social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun with them. You can still enjoy wine night with your crew through one of these awesome wine subscription boxes; so break out the bottle opener and power up Zoom, it’s time for a wine night in!

E-Z Pay
 

E-Z 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.

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

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Brighten Your Day

There’s a lot going on in the world today and it can be easy to get bogged down in the daily news cycle. Take a break by checking out John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” talk show or laugh until you cry on America’s Funniest Home Video’s YouTube channel.