I received an email from Nancy Almgren regarding the proposed “Veterans’ Memorial” at the village entrance. I spoke to Ray Cameron about this project and he said it would include a low brick wall with plaques honoring the five branches of the service and facing benches of a similar style. This will be around our Flag pole. The plaques and an American Flag and MIA Flag have already been donated. The project should be done in time for a memorial service on November 10, 2009. This will be followed by our Second Annual BBQ picnic. He says there will be at least one honor guard for the service. Hopefully, local dignitaries will be able to attend as well. This is just the beginning. The Memorial Committee has its sights set on other places as well. There is a possible Memory Walk near the lake as well. If you have questions regarding these upcoming projects and wish to help or contribute to the fund, contact Judy Reddick or Nancy Almgren. Checks can be made out to the amenities corporation and noted that it is for these projects .. There are Memorial Fund forms available in the club house.
Pets bring much happiness to their owners, and while we have had an ongoing controversy over their “territory”, let me tell you about a couple of the dogs in our park who bring happiness to others as well. Linda Bowser has taken “Bowser” to visit the residents of Estero Life Care Center on several occasions and now “Pinkie” DeSalle and owner, Barb, are visiting patients at Joanne’s House. This is a hospice house located on Imperial Pkwy off East Terry St. Pinkie has been certified as a “Hospice Therapy Dog”. I am sure these visits are much appreciated.
Bingo results for last week were kept by Vera Stivers, as I w as not able to attend. Libby Smith finished out her months in SCV calling the numbers we all look for. Bob Forsberg won the Butterfly Special and a little later Bobbi Adams and John Landry split the Nine in the Corner special. Carol Ellingwood won the first part of the 15th game and Imy Benko took the Coverall. Claudette Swift claimed the Big Basket at the end of the evening.
Following Bingo, several men set up the serving tables for Wednesday’s Pot Luck Dinner. Edith Davidson and Sharon Wright set the tables for the evenings’ festivities while Evelyn Wright was busy shuffling. Louella, Richard “Mo” Mosciski and Sandy Brown served as hosts. There were about 45 people in attendance which is quite a crowd this late in the season.
Celebrating her birthday on the 14th was Marietta Sorenson. Coming up on April 26t h is Sam Adams birthday as well. Many happy returns to both of them.
In addition to it being Tax Day, April 15th was the last Shuffleboard tournament of this season. The First Place Team #12 was Janet Bartley and Marilyn McKay. Second Place was #5 Beverly Ferreira and Bud Williams. Phil Pearson served as chef at the grille cooking up hot dogs and Irene Williams baked some wonderful beans. Sheila Taylor brought a variety of delicious cookies and Sally Wright surprised Ralph with a pull-apart birthday cake which was enjoyed by all. This cake was a large amount of cupcakes under a thick layer of frosting. It was elegant! Marilyn McKay thanks all who help her keep this game running smoothly, as well as all the participants. She hopes to see more SCV residents shuffling next year and wishes every one a great summer.
Bridge winners on Thursday night were Don Owsley, Sandra Crockett and Alice Cates. Pinochle Winners on Friday were Mary Jo Cole and Carol Chrisinske. Kay Hadam took the Door Prize and Shirley Grayko the Booby Prize. Just so you know, sympathy for the Booby Prize winners is not necessary, our card games often afford a better prize for that than some of the other winners.
I understand that we might have to wait a little longer to get a secure mailbox in the clubhouse. It seems someone threw a wrench in the works and we might not get one. Another note of interest might be what happened to the Stop sign at the corner of Mai Kai and South Seas? S eems someone didn’t see it sent it flying. We’d better mark our new divider at that corner with flashing lights before someone takes out the new plants as well!
Gerry and Ginny Noble took an unexpected trip north last week for the funeral of their son-in-law. Our sympathy and prayers go to out to them and their family.
The season is rapidly winding down. It seems like only yesterday that we were greeting our neighbors on their arrival in SCV. Unlike the old saying “The last one out, please turn out the lights.” We would appreciate it if you would all leave=2 0your front post light shining brightly and ask someone to replace the bulb if needed. Arrange to keep your yard in good condition to make it easy on the eyes of those staying behind and yourself when you return. Mr. Prez sent out a note to that effect and included some good advice regarding yard and porch decorations as well. We hope that hurricane season will pass us by but if it doesn’t make sure you have removed anything that could inadvertently become a flying object. Those yard birds were not really meant to fly. Our blessings and prayers go with you during your travels and your safe return to your Florida home.