A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

July - August 2022

Edition No. 41

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Manager's Corner
 

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Community Manager, Larry, would like to wish all residents a great summer! Read on to learn about what he’s planning for the community in the coming months.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Greetings Friends,

Thanks to all our generous residents who donated to the Fremont Township Food Pantry on April 26. Specifically, I’d like to thank our volunteers Jeanette White, Mary Ann Spillman, and Phil Harris. We appreciate your hard work! An additional thank you to our Adopt-A-Highway volunteers who helped to keep our area roadways clean during the month of May.

Summer is here and it’s great to see our residents out and about in the community! There were many smiling faces among residents and grandchildren at the Fishing Derby and a fun time was had for all. Pancakes, sausages, coffee, and OJ were enjoyed at the Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to all who joined in on good times and fellowship with their friends and neighbors. Coming up, the Hot Dog Day will take place on July 13, and the Ice Cream Social on August 10. Please see our next monthly newsletter for more event details. There are many more opportunities later in the year to enjoy time with friends and neighbors.

We value all of you as our residents and appreciate the opportunity to help you continue enjoying life at Saddlebrook Farms. Thanks, and stay safe!

Yours Truly,
Larry Waco Jr.
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The community office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday, July 7, along with yard waste. Enjoy your holiday and be safe.

Food

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Iced Cocoa with a Kick

Looking for a way to change up your morning coffee? Try an iced mocha instead! Mix chocolate syrup and milk while simultaneously brewing half a cup of coffee on the side. Combine the ingredients before pouring the drink over ice, and voila! Your morning pick-me-up just got a whole lot sweeter.

Capital Improvements

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We have lots of projects planned for our community in 2022. Read on to see how we are continuing to improve Saddlebrook Farms for our residents!

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Capital Improvements

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Hometown America continues its commitment to providing new amenities and improvements for the Saddlebrook community.

Here are a few of the projects we have scheduled for 2022:

  • Road resurfacing
  • Road repairs
  • Seawall replacement and repairs
  • Drainage projects
  • Curb repairs
  • Walking path repairs and modification
  • Retaining wall reconstruction

We will continue to employ safe social distancing practices by our employees and outsourced partners while completing our projects.

Look for more updates about our 2022 capital improvements in the September/October 2022 newsletter!

Upcoming Events


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Get ready for the Saddlebrook Farms Annual Ice Cream Social! Read on to hear what we have planned for this great event and more.

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Upcoming Events

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The Saddlebrook Farms Annual Ice Cream Social will take place on Tuesday, August 10 (rain date Wednesday, August 11) at the Lake Lodge from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All residents are invited to enjoy some delicious cold treats. The flavors served will be Butter Pecan, New York Cherry, Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, no sugar added Chocolate Swirl, Dark Chocolate, and Moose Tracks (flavors subject to change).

Next, join us on Wednesday, July 13 as we celebrate National Hot Dog Day at the Lake Lodge between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a hot dog with all the trimmings, along with dessert and refreshments.

For added fun, carpool with your Saddlebrook neighbors and friends. We will have golf cart transportation at both events for those parking on Saddlebrook Drive. Hope to see you there!

Sales Update


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If you’re considering listing your home, now is the time! Inventory is low, and homes are going fast. Whether you’re in the market to sell or buy, read on to learn more.

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Sales Update

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Thinking of selling your home?

While we hate to see you leave, we’ll be there to assist you with the selling process every step of the way. Our onsite sales professional and Saddlebrook Farms expert Debbie Cox is here to help. For more information call Debbie at 847-223-6000, extension 2.

Remember, if a current Saddlebrook resident refers a friend or family member, and they purchase a Saddlebrook listed home, you will receive a $100.00 referral bonus. If the referral is for a new Saddlebrook home, you will receive a $1,000.00 bonus. Call Gabriella Appelt or Janine Birr at 847-223-6000, extension 1.

Your Health

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Burning the Midnight Muscles

Night owls rejoice! Studies show that working out at night has a slew of benefits. For example, lifting weights in the evening is more efficient because your muscles are at their peak daily performance. The biggest benefit of all? You won’t have to wait in line for any machines.

Past Event Recap
 

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Saddlebrook Farms and the Fremont Township would like to thank all of our residents who donated to the food pantry on April 26. Every little bit helps those in need. Special thanks to Paul Harris, Jeanette White, and MaryAnn Spillman for helping unload vehicles and organizing the donations.

Lawn Watering Schedule

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As the weather heats up, we thank our community for adhering to our lawn watering schedule. Read on for more information on this.

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Lawn Watering Schedule

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Effective from May 1 to October 31, all residents of Saddlebrook Farms must adhere to the lawn watering schedule outlined below. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Residents with addresses ending in even numbers should water between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Residents with addresses ending in odd numbers should water between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • All sprinkler systems are to be programmed to run between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. in accordance with the above schedule for even or odd-numbered addresses.

No lawn watering on Wednesdays.

Lawn watering will be restricted to morning hours only. Those residents that have irrigation systems are asked to notify their respective irrigation companies of the watering schedule when they activate your systems.

Grub Control Treatment

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The final day to sign up for Grub Control Treatment for your lawn is Friday, August 5. Please call the Community Office at 847-223-2212 or email us here. Small lots are $28.00 and large lots are $35.00.

Home & Garden

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Dig for Gold

Marigolds are beautiful flowers that will make your garden spring to life. To keep your marigolds in perfect condition, remember to water them regularly when the heat is high. Whether you choose to plant the French, African, or Signet variety, your marigolds are sure to brighten your days this summer.

Shredding Event
 

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If you have old documents, bring them to the parking lot at the Lake Lodge on August 23! Read on for more details about our paper shredding event.

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Shredding Event

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Get those old bills and unwanted records/documents together for Saddlebrook Farms’ paper shredding event on Tuesday, August 23, between 1:00-4:00 p.m. This will take place in the parking lot at the Lake Lodge and be a drive-thru event. For easier removal, place your boxes or bags in your trunk or the back seat of your vehicle. Make sure there are no paper/binder clips included or any kind of plastic, including notebooks and sheet protectors. Staples do not need to be removed. Certificates of Destruction are available at the event upon request.

Block Blue Light
 

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We spend a lot of time staring at screens. From the minutes we spend clearing notifications on our phones to the hours we spend searching the web, our eyes are constantly dealing with harmful blue light. Consider investing in a pair of blue light glasses to use your tech safely.

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Block Blue Light

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We spend a lot of time staring at screens. From the minutes we spend clearing notifications on our phone to the hours we spend searching the web, screens are a part of our daily life. But these screens emit blue light, which is harmful to the eyes and can strain them when looking at screens for long periods.

Not all blue light is bad, but there are measures we can take to prevent the problems that arise with too much of it. Blue light glasses are increasing in popularity as spending time online becomes more and more prominent in our daily lives. These glasses have benefits such as improving sleep and increasing work performance. Recent studies concluded that the glasses prevent suppression of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep. Because screens emit light, they can affect the amount of melatonin that your brain is producing as the brain is tricked into thinking it’s daytime. Blue light glasses block that and allow you to sleep restfully, even after a period of screen usage.

The glasses can also improve your work performance, as they bring comfort to the wearer about the potential damage the screen could do to your eyes. There are many advantages to trying out the glasses, and they are readily available to try! Stores like Target may sell them for as little as $10, and quality brands such as Warby Parker allow you to add their blue-light-filtering lenses to any frame.

Consider investing in a pair of blue light glasses and use your tech safely!

Discover a Hidden Talent

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It’s said that we only use 10% of our brains on a daily basis. Unlock more of your brainpower by cultivating a hidden talent! Practice a magic trick, pick up a new language, or work on your whistle. No matter what skill you possess, it’s sure to help you grow.

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Discover a Hidden Talent

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It’s said that we only use 10% of our brains on a daily basis. Unlock more of your brainpower by cultivating a hidden talent! There are many ways to find a new area of interest for you to explore. First, think about all the things that make you happy. If you love to travel, maybe learning a new language is a hidden talent for you to pursue. Another tactic is to examine the activities that you’re already good at. Perhaps if winning board games is a strong suit of yours, you can become a chess expert with those same skills!

A hidden talent can be anything. You are a unique person, and you know yourself best. Think about what you’d like to achieve and set out to do it. With practice, any passion can become a talent. Expertise comes with time and attention, and putting your mind to a task can help engage your brain in new and exciting ways. Remember not to give up!

There are many examples of hidden talents for you to try your hands at. Cooking, drawing, and learning an instrument may come to mind first, but there are so many more that you’ve probably never even thought about as a talent. Public speaking, speed reading, and creativity can all be talents, too. The most important thing is that your talent is a reflection of you. Try new things and see what you take a liking to. No matter what skill you possess, it’s sure to help you grow.

Experiences

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Come to the Wild Side

Looking for something new and exciting to try this summer? Get up close with exotic animals at your local zoo and interact with some of the animal kingdom’s majestic leaders in a safe environment. This fun, educational experience is the perfect place to spend a solo afternoon or to bring the whole family.

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!

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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Play Your Best Hand

When in doubt, there’s no entertainment like a classic card game. All you need is a deck of cards and your closest friends to have a fun game night. Enjoy crowd-favorite games like Blackjack and Crazy Eights or get creative and make up your own rules!