A 55+ Community in Prescott, AZ

June - July 2021

Edition No. 6

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Manager's Corner
 

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Summer is here, and Community Manager, Tammy, hopes everyone is enjoying all the newly refreshed amenities. For more on that and other important reminders, read on.

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Manager's Corner

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Hello Pine Lakes,

Welcome to Summer! We truly hope that everyone is enjoying the newly resurfaced pool and spa, as well as the improvements to our landscape and building exterior at the office and Clubhouse. We’ve received many compliments from folks about how fresh and revitalized things are looking, and we have had a wonderful time putting it all together.

We’re well underway with our continuing gas line replacements on Rockridge and hope to be completed and back to normal very soon. We’re working with the ACC to continue repairs and replacements to the gas lines as needed throughout the community and have made excellent progress. We’ll continue the improvements in phases over the next few years until everything is updated.

As we move further into summer, we want to remind everyone to stay safe and drink plenty of water. A lot of folks new to northern Arizona don’t realize how deceptive our altitude and arid climate can be. Dehydration can be a real problem here, especially in the summer months.

Have a terrific summer, and as always, if we can assist you in any way, we are simply a call or email away!

Tammy
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Fourth of July. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Smokin’ Good BBQ

If you’re a big barbecue fan but haven’t quite mastered the art of making it yourself, now’s your chance! With warmer weather ahead, outdoor barbecues are a great way to socialize safely, and with these recipes, your dish is sure to be one to remember.

Firewise
 

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We are in the middle of the dry season, and the Firewise Team is working hard to reduce the risk of wildfires in our community. To learn what you can do to help, and how to be prepared in case of an emergency, read on.

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Firewise

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We are now in the middle of the dry season, and the Firewise team has been working very hard to reduce the risk of wildfire in our community.

We ask all residents to continue to work on your homesites and keep them clear of possible fuel by removing pine needles and keeping the roof and gutters cleaned. Additionally, trim shrubs within three feet from your home. All residents should have a go-bag packed with clothes, medicine, some food, water, and any important paperwork in the case of an emergency.

Another way to be prepared is to download the Code Red App on your phone or tablet. You can download it from the Apple or Google App Store. This app is an emergency notification system for Yavapai County.

Please remember that it’s not if we will have a wildfire in our area, it’s when.

Stay safe,
Rick Moshier

Veteran History: Martha Raye

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In this issue, Phyllis and Bob Soto are back with another war-time tale, this time of a remarkable woman named Martha Raye who served in the Vietnam War. Read on to hear her story.

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Veteran History: Martha Raye

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While the majority of us in the community of Pine Lakes have had our COVID-19 shots, it will still be a while before things get back to normal and meetings can safely take place, so we will be continuing our series here. I found this on Facebook one morning and found it very interesting, so I thought I'd share.

Most of us in our younger years can remember watching this woman on TV, but this shows another side of her I didn't know. There may be some Veterans here in the Park that had the privilege of seeing this wonderful comedic actress during her USO shows, but I wasn't one of them. I think they would have been great to see.

Please take the time to read this, you won't regret it.

Martha Raye endured less comfort and more danger than any other Vietnam entertainer.

The following is from an Army Aviator who took a trip down memory lane:

It was just before Thanksgiving '67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large Global Response Force west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags by noon, so the Hook (SH-47 Chinook) was pretty rough in the back.

All of a sudden, we heard a “take-charge” woman's voice in the rear. There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a Special Forces beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboard. Maggie had been visiting her Special Forces heroes out west.

We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku. As we all started unloading our sad pax's, a USAF Captain said to Martha, "Miss Raye, with all these dead and wounded to process, there will not be time for your show!"

To all of our surprise, she pulled on her right collar and said, "Captain, see this eagle? I am a full bird in the US Army Reserve, and on this is a 'Caduceus' which means I am a nurse, with a surgical specialty, now take me to your wounded!"

He said, "Yes ma'am. Follow me."

Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku, she would cover a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break.

The rank of Colonel in the US Army denotes a senior commissioned officer with at least 19 years of service in the military, notated by a silver eagle insignia. For this reason, a colonel is sometimes referred to as a full bird colonel to distinguish from a lieutenant colonel, one rank below. A full bird Colonel is just below Brigadier General.

Martha is the only woman buried in the Special Forces cemetery at Fort Bragg.

Hand Salute! What a great lady. We did not know this about Martha Raye. I hope you enjoyed learning about her as much as we did.

Be safe,
Phyllis and Bob Soto

We're Hiring!
 

We're hiring!

Are you or someone you know thinking about making a career move? Hometown America is now hiring for multiple positions, across the United States! For more information, check out our Career’s page.

Your Health

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The Danger of UV

With summer rapidly approaching, so are the sun’s UV rays. Are your skincare products up for the task? Check out this guide for tips on products to help protect your skin from the sun, while keeping it healthy, so you can have the look you want and the protection you deserve.

Sales Update
 

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The sales office is busier than ever selling homes in our community! For updates on new homes and information on how to list your own, including gaining access to our Multiple Listing Services, read on.

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Sales Update

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If it’s time for you to sell your home, while we hate to see you go, please consider listing with us. When you list your home with the Pine Lakes Sales Team, you will gain access to:

  • • Sales Agents that are dedicated to selling your home quickly, professionally, and for what it’s worth.
  • • Advertising methods such as MLS listing, resident referrals programs, digital marketing, multiple listing service, and placement on our exclusive Hometown America/Pine Lakes website.
  • • Trusted and experienced professionals to show your home to potential buyers.
  • • A team dedicated to handling the paperwork and community approvals, so you don’t have to.

Most people who call us and/or walk into our Sales Office inquire about homes for sale before contacting other outside realtors. Don’t miss out on these potential buyers!

Call us today at (928) 612-3215 for your comparative marketing analysis.

Pine Lakes Community Garden

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Our community garden is coming along great! Thank you to all the volunteers helping to water and hand out veggies. We will be sending out emails to inform residents when they can come down and have some veggies and herbs picked for them. The garden is located below the tennis courts - stop by and take a look!

Pride of Pine Lakes
 

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In this issue, we’re excited to have two beautiful homesites to share with you! To see who won and photos of their lovely yards, keep reading.

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Pride of Pine Lakes

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We have 2 beautiful sites to share with you this month!

First up is 175 Northview. If you drive up Northview, tucked quietly on the right side of the street is a picturesque little garden filled with colorful flowers, pots, and meandering paths around the yard. Don and Ro have lived there for nearly 3 years, and every year Don tends to his yard with patience and diligence. He has it designed so that beginning with bulbs blooming in the early spring, until the mums burst with color in the late fall, there is always something blooming to enjoy. It’s a fun yard to watch because there is always something in bloom and it always looks fabulous. Thank you Don and Ro for being such a wonderful part of Pine Lakes!



Next, if you find yourself at the corner of Santa Fe and Midway, right on the corner at #25 is a little slice of heaven! Mary and Robert have also lived here in Pine Lakes for some time and have turned their front yard into an oasis. Filled with flower beds, colorful flowerpots, and places to sit, it’s not hard to imagine enjoying a gorgeous summer morning with a cup of coffee. With so much to choose from, the hummingbirds and butterflies must be frequent guests to this site! Thank you, Robert and Mary, for all of your hard work, and for sharing your beautiful yard with the community.



Home & Garden

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Water You Waiting For

With gardening season in full swing, there are many ways to make sure your plants thrive. The most important being making sure they all get the correct amount of water, without over or under doing it. Keep your plants, wallet, and the environment happy with these efficient ways to water your garden.

Listen...
If You Dare

Crime scene tape

True crime podcasts saw a revival a few years back, but have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? From unsolved crimes and true stories to unexplainable spooky tales, there’s plenty to try. Keep reading to find your next obsession.

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Crime scene tape

True crime podcasts saw a revival a few years back, but have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? From unsolved crimes and true stories to unexplainable spooky tales, there’s plenty to try. The perfect option to make a long drive or day cleaning the house speed by, which will you tune into first?

For those who can’t get enough of Criminal Minds or Law and Order, these crime podcasts telling true stories may pique your interest. Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad features a retired detective and a crime journalist tackling unsolved cold cases. Root of Evil follows two sisters investigating their great grandfather, who was accused of an infamous murder. If you’re looking to uncover a less morbid series of crimes, Fraudsters discusses some of the most unbelievable tales of scams and fraud out there.

While true stories are always intriguing, for some, diving into the fictional or mythical can be more entertaining. If that’s you, consider The Something Scary Podcast, which creates fictional tales inspired by real-life stories. Brainwashed discusses a CIA conspiracy theory, and gives you a chance to decide if you’re a believer or not. RedHanded discusses everything from serial killers to hauntings, so you’ll always be on your toes.

Whether you’re a true crime junkie or new to the genre, there are so many options out there that we’re confident you’ll find one to get hooked on.

Need a Boost?
 

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If that third cup of coffee isn’t giving you the energy (or the nutrients) you’re looking for, it may be time to switch things up. Many natural, healthy foods can give you higher, and more consistent, energy levels than caffeine and there are even habits you can implement into your day-to-day routine to help you feel refreshed and ready-to-go.

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Need a Boost?

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If that third cup of coffee isn’t giving you the energy (or the nutrients) you’re looking for, it may be time to switch things up. Many natural, healthy foods can give you higher, and more consistent, energy levels than caffeine and there are even habits you can implement into your day-to-day routine to help you feel refreshed and ready-to-go.

A diet change may be easier than you think and all you need for more consistent energy throughout the day. Foods like oatmeal, seeds, and nuts are high in fiber and healthy fats that your body burns through slower so you feel fuller longer and don’t have that dreaded energy crash. Fruits like papaya, banana, and pineapple are rich in nutrients and antioxidants to flush out toxins in your system that may be weighing you down. Even reaching for a cup of water before another cup of coffee can help you be more hydrated and function at a higher level.

Introducing new habits into your lifestyle can also positively affect your energy levels. Taking control of how often you stare at screens is a big one - allowing your smartphone or tablet to distract you throughout the day or staying plugged in right until you fall asleep is draining on your eyes and brain. Additionally, taking time to walk around, stretch, and enjoy the sunshine will improve not only your mood and physical health, but increase mental energy as well. If you’re looking for a more out-there method, try sniffing fresh rosemary! Studies show the scent helps increase cognitive performance.

Whatever methods you try, we hope you find yourself refreshed, energized, and ready to take on your day!

Connect with Us
 

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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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Step it Up

As the weather warms up, there’s no better time to explore the various parks and hiking trails in your area as trail walking is the perfect way to exercise while taking in the natural beauty of your home. Ready to get out there? Check out this helpful website to find trails near you.

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.

 
 

Entertainment

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Switch to the Switch

Are you ready to be the coolest grandparent, parent, or member of the friend group? Consider investing in the Nintendo Switch. It’s extremely user-friendly, versatile, and provides fun for one to four players with ease. Not convinced? Check out just a few of the countless games available to play!