Spring Creek Village: New lanscaping for spring

The week before Easter was always a busy time for me as a young mother with three young daughters. I was usually busy putting the final stitch in their Easter dresses late the night before. The Easter bunny had filled the baskets and all was ready for morning. We attended church together and proudly stood as a family for our annual picture in our spring finery. This week I will enjoy some of these memories first hand again as my granddaughter, Samantha, visits. I hope she will someday understand there is more to this day than Easter baskets and new clothes. Let’s all take time to put our house in order and get ready for a new beginning. This time of year should bring hope and cheer to all as we see the new blossoms appear on our trees and plants. Keep these thoughts in your heart, and have a blessed and Happy Easter.

Speaking of new blossoms, take time to notice the beautiful plants that the Beautification Committee has added to our entrance. The parking area has also been the recipient of some new blooms as well. Next on the list is the living hedge around the compound. How about doing what you can t o make your home more beautiful having someone take care of your yard while you are gone. If you don’t, be forewarned, it will be done for you and you will be billed for the service.

Bingo players on Tuesday evening enjoyed cups of coffee from a new coffee urn donated by Rose and Herb Higgins. We will need another coffee pot before next season begins. Maybe you have one that you no longer use and want some extra cupboard space. Just contact me and I will be happy to pick it up. The butterfly special was won by a guest of Maureen Ladjanski, Frances Hunt, from Ocala. Mary Jo Cole celebrated her birthday by winning the Letter X, and Rose Pappas and Mary Merchant split the first half of the 15th Game and Jim Mangold won the Coverall.

Janie Griffith and Frank Salvatore shared the Big Basket. We all enjoyed Herb and Mary Jo’s birthday cake at intermission.

Edith Davidson and Evelyn Wright set the potluck tables as usual and Nan Largy, Connie Levesque and Sandy Brown stepped up to act as hosts since no one had signed up. The next potluck will be held on the 15th.

There is plenty of time for you to volunteer your services and it would be greatly appreciated. If you can’t think of something special to bring to potluck, why not buy one of our SCV Cookbooks. They are still available for only $7. This would be a nice Mother’s Day gift for a daughter, niece, or friend.20With the wedding season on the horizon, how about tucking one in with whatever gift you plan on giving. Many of today’s brides could use a good old fashion cookbook. Call me, Marilyn McKay or Marilyn Roberts to get your cookbooks.

You still have time to sign up for the April Shuffleboard Tournament to be held on the 15th. The list is on the board right next to the potluck calendar. You can get them both at the same time. If you need information, contact Marilyn McKay.

John Giesey with a 213/605 week at bowling took the men’s honors. Julie Vaccaro represented the ladies very well with 148/403. Most over Average honors went to Ralph Chrisinske with +79 and Julie Vaccaro with

+28. John Giesey and Carol Chrisinske won the Mystery Game.

Bridge players are still going strong and Betty Thompson, Ron Sullivan and Faye Ellingwood were the winners. Friday night the Pinochle players had Jane Griffiths, Herb Higgins and Carol Nagel in the winners’

circle. Jim Thompson took the door prize and Cassie Claphan the booby prize.

I mentioned that Walt Erickson celebrated his 90th birthday last week and while riding to church with Amanda last week, she filled me in on a little of Walt’s life. In the depression years around 1932 times were hard, Walter’s father lost his job and a year later, he died. Walt was oldest of the children and he took a job with the Detroit Times selling

newspapers on the corner of Six Mile Road to keep the family going. He was promoted to “jumper” after 2 ½ years. He later went on to work as a machinist at “X-Cello” but in the meantime took a test to become a firefighter. He passed the test but was drafted to serve in the Armed Forces where he chose to become a Marine. During his three years of service, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. When he returned home, he rejoined the Fire Department and served for 27 years. He retired at the rank of Captain. He moved to Spring Creek Village in

1976 and continued his “retirement” by working at the Naples-Ft. Myers Race Track. He has found time to play some golf and is a member of the San Carlos Golf Club.

His birthday was happily celebrated with his family at the Pewter Mug on Sunday, March 29th. That day was also the birthday of April Keller Burger another Kahlua Lane neighbor. She arrived on Saturday and spent the next few days getting her house ready for next year’s residents, although this birthday made her of legal age to reside in SCV. It won’t be long until we see her full time, we hope.

Coming up on the 10th my Mother-in-law, Rosa Floyd, will be celebrating her birthday and on the 13th so will Natalie Balzarini.

I am happy to report that Mary Palmer should be back at home with Burt as you read this. Sylvia Fears is20at home in SCV as well. The entire Maine contingent has been busy the past few weeks helping Bea Hill as she visited Lefty daily during his stay in the hospital. He is back at home and enjoying visits from his children.

On a personal note, I have to thank a local business, Action One computer services, located on Old 41. This is small business family trying to make it in today’s economy. I created a problem with my computer last week and feared I had ruined it. A quick call to Action One and Mrs. Woodsmith told me to come right over and they would take care of it. Less than an hour later I was back home. The charge was minimal and more than fair. Keep your local business people in mind when you need help. We all need to hang together just like Walt Erickson and so many of you did during the “Big Depression.”

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