4/27/2020

There’s still not too much to talk about or goings on to keep you informed. Everyone is staying inside, maintaining safe distances, and some others have headed north. We will be joining that group later this week.

It really has been an exciting winter. Extremely active socially in the park, until we couldn’t, ate out at many local restaurants, until we couldn’t, took part in several local attractions, until we couldn’t, and spent a whole lot of quality time with our loved ones in our homes. We can count them all in our blessings. Especially that we have no reported cases of COVID 19 in our park and have, for now, avoided that plague. We pray that we continue to receive God’s grace.

Be sure to keep a lookout for an email inviting you to sign on to our new website. It will be launched in the near future and will include a little bit of a face lift and many new benefits that will allow us to stay in better contact. Residents who have access to Facebook are invited to follow Hammock Estates ROC page. It is a great social venue and an awesome way to share more personal interests with your neighbors. Thanks to Joan Voight for setting it up!

Carol Parker of the Sunshine Committee shared apologies to Rod and Dolores Kelly. Rod is not in the hospital, he is home and comfortable. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Lynnette Pickup returned home last week and is feeling much better. She appreciates everyone’s’ prayers and concerns.

Nancy Mellinger was diagnosed with bronchitis. After getting some new Rx’s she is feeling much better.

Gary Brunner fell from a ladder at his home. He was in the hospital for a couple days but is now home. 

Please keep everyone in your prayers.

We were misinformed that we had no birthdays last week. (We miss Lynette when she isn’t here!) Our sincere apologies and Happy belated Birthday wish for Kathy Gardner, Phil Desautels, Alan Burns and John Tromp. This week’s birthdays are Susan Kimmel, Diana Green, Jerry Green and Lynne Brewer.

Anniversaries this week are celebrated by Joe & Helen Cole (56 years), Wayne & Joann Voight (67 years) and Max & Judy Fahl (62 years). WOW! Did you just read that! These three couples have been married for a total of 185 years!!

Be sure to continue referring to the Park Managers Emergency Notes on our website for any updates or changes as you continue to enjoy central Florida’s gorgeous weather.

This is my last newsletter for the season. We are planning to return to Beautiful Hammock Estates in early October. Until then, please stay safe, healthy and happy. 😊

4/20/2020

We have received information from Park Manager, Dave Zeller, pertaining to an update to our web site that will provide a communications platform coming in the near future. Please review the following:

The Board of Directors have decided to move forward with a communication platform for the park. They believe this is necessary so all owners can be informed immediately and kept updated as things arise.
The platform offers so much more for the owners than just information and updates in an emergency for warnings and preparations for hurricanes.
Below are listed some of the other benefits.

  1. Completely private – home owners only
  2. Access to ROC documents
  3. ROC & HOA Calendar
  4. Dynamic forms – report a safety concern and many more, work approval form
  5. Photo Galleries
  6. Community feed. chat with other residents
  7. Group pages – shuffleboard, cards, bingo and more
  8. Business listing for businesses that work in our park
  9. Member directory – you control what you want listed

Our site will be https://hammockestates.nabrnetwork.com/

Below is a link to a video that explains the platform. Please note that
we are not set up for billing and viewing your account. That requires a special software package.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxQaFH05NFQ

More information will be coming. We are planning to launch in 3 to 4 weeks, we are currently getting information on the site and going through admin training.

When the site launches you will receive a “WELCOME EMAIL” with instructions on how to log in.

We feel this will be a real asset to all residents. Please watch for future correspondence.

Carol Parker of the Sunshine Committee shared that Rod and Dolores Kelly went back home, Rod is now in the hospital and is not doing well. He hasn’t been able to eat any food. Being unable to swallow he is on liquids only. The Doctors tried putting stint in but that didn’t work.

Lynnette Pickup was taken to the hospital last night with chest pains. Tests are being done this morning and we are hoping for positive results.

Nancy Mellinger has been down for a week with a sore throat. She is maintaining her distance from all residents until she is on the mends.
Please keep everyone in your prayers.

We were informed that we have no birthdays or anniversaries this week. So, no cake for us this week.

Be sure to refer to the Park Managers Emergency Notes on our web site for any updates or changes as we continue to enjoy central Florida’s gorgeous weather.

4/13/2020

We are still practicing all recommended social distancing guidelines as we continue to fight the spread of COVID 19 throughout Highlands County and especially at Hammock Estates. No exception to this was the Easter Morning church service conducted outside the clubhouse. All 54 residents attending maintained the required distance and many golf carts were lined up along John L Street. It was a great opportunity to share this time with our neighbors and special thanks to Gerald Steel for delivering a wonderful message!

Unfortunately, we have learned of several residents who were not aware of the church service. There was no intention to not include any of our neighbors. Without a format in place to be able to reach out to everyone at once, this was left up to word-of-mouth to spread the news. This created a couple awkward scenarios. First being no one knew who has been informed and who wasn’t and, the other is likened to our high school days when the cutest girl in the class was not asked to the dance because all the guys thought surely someone else has asked her already. If only we knew what we didn’t know.

We are happy to announce the fence on the north boundary, behind Rodney Street residents, has been completely installed. Special thanks for helping goes out to Chuck & Carol Danzer, Claude & Elfriede Belton, Johnnie Baldwin, Ron Harmon, Terry Webber, Gene Smolinski and Punk Kochensparger.

Lynette Pickup has shared the birthday wishes this week for Dean Baumgartner, Patty Forrest, Gary Lewis and Judy Smolinski. There is one anniversary this week celebrated by Robert & Connie Brown (66 years).

Carol Parker of the Sunshine Committee shared that we have no reports of anyone not well at this time. If you know of anyone we should be aware of please let Carol know. As always please keep everyone in our park in your prayers. It seems to be working!!

Be sure to refer to the Park Managers Emergency Notes on our web site for any updates or changes as we continue to enjoy central Florida’s gorgeous weather.

If you have any information for our newsletter please send to mellingerr@aol.com or call Bob Mellinger from your directory.

4/6/2020

We are in the midst of Florida’s Social Distancing restrictions and following the CDC recommendations for avoiding personal contact. Face masks were passed out to all residents last week for venturing outside your homes. Our streets are quiet and (hopefully) safe. Please refer to the Park Managers Emergency Notes on our website for any updates or changes.

We have received several helpful guidelines on how to better protect yourself from the COVID 19 virus. It is reported the pH for the virus varies between 5.5 to 8.5. To beat the virus we need to take in more alkaline foods that are above the pH level of the virus. Some of which are: Lemon 9.9pH; Lime 8.2pH; Avocado 15.6pH; Garlic 13.2pH; Mango 8.7pH; Tangerine 8.5pH; Pineapple 12.7pH; dandelion 22.7pH; and Orange 9.2pH. Many of those are native to our area and plentiful. Eat Healthy & Beat That Virus!

Lynette Pickup shared the birthday wishes this week for Bob Mellinger, Diane Wood and Joe Flanagan. There is one anniversary this week celebrated by Bob & Ruth Helmstadter (51 years).

Carol Parker of the Sunshine Committee shared good news that Betty Lawson returned home and was told no treatment was needed at this time. We have no reports of anyone else not feeling well. If you know of anyone we should be aware of please let Carol know. As always please keep everyone in our park in your prayers.

3/30/2020

Once again, we had no Monday Morning Coffee & Donuts this week. Our clubhouse, as well as our pool and all social activities are closed until further notice. Please refer to the Park Managers Emergency Notes on our website for any updates or changes. It is our desire to follow all CDC guidelines and recommendations for the safety and well-being of the residents. Tentatively we are expecting the closures to remain in effect through summer. The Heartland Food Reservoir has donated three cases of bottled water for the park during the quarantine. They are in the clubhouse for anyone in need.

HOA President Bob Helmstadter has announced they board is looking for candidates willing to serve for the 2021 year. Anyone interested in volunteering or may know of someone they wish to nominate may do so by letting Bob know.

Lynette Pickup shared the birthday wishes this week, only one, for Mary Funk. There are no anniversaries this week.

Carol Parker shared that Bob Hazelett was in the hospital but is now home and doing better. Congratulations go out to Rick & Mary Motsinger on the arrival of their new great granddaughter. Please keep their family in your prayers while everyone recovers. No cards are going out at this time to avoid sharing germs. As always please keep everyone in our prayers.

We do have extra directories for anyone wanting a 2nd copy. That are available for $20 each. Please contact Linda Price or Nancy Pratt.

We are still seeking someone to take over the newsletter for the summer months, May – October, while I go home for the summer. It’s looking like a pretty easy gig with everything shut down. Please let me know, Thank you!

3/23/2020

There was no Monday Morning Coffee & Donuts again this morning. Our clubhouse is still closed, as is our pool and all activities. We did, however, have an informal gathering outside the clubhouse where about 46 social distancing-conscience-residents attended. HOA President Bob Helmstadter was able to share with us the current situations for our beautiful park.

There will be no gourmet committee for April and no entertainment planned until further notice. Many of our residents are returning north for the summer, some sooner than usual due to travel restrictions, and some are staying a little longer to wait out the virus. After all, if you must self quarantine, can you think of any better place than central Florida?!

Lynette Pickup shared the birthday wishes this week for Bill French, Sue Drudge, Mike MacDonald, Brenda Geiger and Russ Moody. There are two anniversaries this week celebrated by Bill & Nadene French and Jim & Freda Munda Munds (35 years).

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report noting that Bob Hazelett has recovered from his cough, Larry McLain had pneumonia but is getting better. Vicki McClain had a flare up with MS. Wayne Voight is starting to come around with his knee surgery. Doug Meyers has been riding his bicycle since his knee surgery and seems to be going much better. We are aware of four folks that are fighting bronchitis, but no cards are going around to avoid sharing germs. As always please keep everyone in our prayers.

HOA Membership Host John Pickup announced he has officially welcomed new residents, the Melinski’s, to Hammock Estates. We’re all looking forward to meeting them as soon as the social distancing restrictions are lifted!

We do have extra directories for anyone wanting a 2nd copy. They are available for $20 each. Please contact Linda Price or Nancy Pratt.

A sheet of corrections to the directory will be available soon. There are some corrections and a few additions/deletions. We are a community that is constantly changing, please keep your directory up to date.

New addition to the website, Emergency notices under Communications. Please look at this for park updates from Dave Zeller.

We are still seeking someone to take over the newsletter for the summer months, May – October, while I go home for the summer. Please let me know, Thank you!

3/16/2020

There was no Monday Morning Coffee & Donuts this morning. In response to the Governor of the State of Florida the Resident Owned Community (ROC) and the Home Owners Association (HOA) for Highlands Estates have decided to close the clubhouse and cancel all group gatherings through March 28. The situation will be further assessed at that time. This included the appreciation dinner for last Saturday, the Wednesday afternoon Jam Sessions and all scheduled activities. All reporting for the newsletter will be by correspondence. Please send any information you may have to Bob Mellinger at Mellingerr@aol.com.

Lynette Pickup shared the birthday wishes this week for Dick Asmussen, Bill Gardner, Pat Brevoort, Cynde Kochensparger, Pat Moody, Don Madden, Jerry Epson, Joe Cole and Laura Imboden. There is one anniversary this week celebrated by Mike & Tami Gerity.

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report noting that Bob Hazelett has a persistent cough. She has not been notified of anyone else being ill but, as always please keep everyone in our prayers.

Martha Watson submitted the gamming report for some of the activities last week. Claude Funk won the hotball at Bingo for $44; JoAnn Schultz won pinochle; Judy Fahl also won euchre; and Bob Mellinger & Jim Munds won horseshoes on Monday with Johnnie Baldwin winning on Saturday. There will not be any further gaming reports until activities resume.

We are still seeking someone to take over the newsletter for the summer months, May – October, while I go home for the summer. Please let me know, Thank you!

3/9/2020

After a brief Monthly HOA Business Meeting, President Bob Helmstadter moved into the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with 78 present.

We had two visitors this week, Carol Danzers’ brother, Larry and Bob Mellingers’ friend Dave Landis from Ohio. Dave Acker announced he is returning north this week to attend his grand daughters’ school event.

Cynde Kochensparker, a nurse and local resident gave us an update on the Corona Virus and the precautions everyone should be taking to prevent the spread. Most important is to avoid contact with anyone when not feeling well. More updates will follow as information becomes available.

Mary Funk provided the opener.

Lynette Pickup announced the birthday wishes this week for Claude Belton, Judy Fahl and Mary Little. There is one anniversary this week celebrated by Rick & Mary Motsinger (53 years!).

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report noting that Former resident Bob Thompson had heart attack last week. A card was mailed to Nancy and Bob from the park. Joe Cole is still not feeling well. Wayne Voight had knee surgery. Doug Meyers also had knee surgery. Grant Parker had surgery Friday on stent removal and the rest gallstones. He is recovering nicely. Please keep everyone in our prayers.

Judy Fahl announced we had 95 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the clubhouse.

Martha Watson gave the gaming report. The winners this past week were: Karen Potter at Bingo won the $44 hot ball jackpot; Max Fahl won pinochle; Max Fahl also won euchre; Ron DeGraaff won corn hole; Chuck and Carol Danzer won shuffleboard on Tuesday with no winners on Friday; and, Russ “horseshoe” Moody won horseshoes on Monday and on Saturday.

The calendar for the upcoming week includes the following: We have water aerobics today at 1:00 PM; Sewing Class at 1:00 PM; and Bingo at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday we have shuffleboard at 9:00 AM. Bible study at 2:00 PM.

Wednesday is Line Dancing at 10:00 AM, Water aerobics at 1:00 PM, Bluegrass at 1:00 PM and Pinochle at 7:00 PM.

Thursday is Corn Hole at 9:00 AM and Euchre at 7:00 PM.

Friday has Shuffleboard at 9:00 AM, Water aerobics at 1:00 PM and Game Night at 7:00 PM.

Lee Baldwin has shared an update on the Birthday News!!! Saturday, March 7, seventy-four residents converged at the Clubhouse to celebrate over 140 birthdays. We, of course, celebrated all the March babies, plus all of the babies born in May through October. The April babies will have their party on April, 4, the first Saturday in April.

We celebrated two very important Birthdays. Sandy Oleesky turned 95 years young on March 3, and his neighbor, Dick Asmussen will celebrate 95 years on March 16. They both received special Birthday Cakes, plus, all good wishes from the crowd. Just think, we might be celebrating their 100th in just 5 years! Wouldn’t that be special?

We had an array of fabulous sandwiches, chips and pickles, then gorged on 7 different flavors of cupcakes, and then washed it all down with Lime Surprise Punch. Nobody went home hungry; in fact, some of the ladies didn’t have to cook supper!!! YEH!!!

The Birthday Bunch Girls want to thank everybody who came out and made our efforts worthwhile. We plan the Parties so that nobody gets forgotten on their special day. Hope to see a big crowd in April.

Bob Helmstadter thanked the Birthday Party committee for a great celebration last Saturday and thanked the gourmet committee in February for a well done job. The volunteers are much appreciated.

Bill Gardner presented an update from the ROC, we now have an AED on premises. Those interested are encourages to learn how it operates.

Mike Watson reminded everyone that if the pool is not open and you would like to use it, to please call him for opening.

Linda Price reminded anyone that did not pick up their new directory to contact herself or Nancy Pratt and anyone wanting a 2nd book may purchase one for $20. Also, the updates and corrections to the directory will be posted on the bulletin board.

Carol Danzer reminded everyone of the Resident Appreciation Dinner on March 14. Please sign up! All residents are encouraged to attend at no cost. A $5 fee is charged for any adult guests.

The 50/50 winner was Pat Brevoort for $35.

The guessing game was worth $10.25 and won by Lon Childress. (That’s 2 weeks in a row for Lon!)

The donuts today were provided by Max & Judy Fahl and Joyce Chapman.

The closer was provided by Dave Acker.

We are seeking someone to take over the newsletter for the summer months, May – October, while I enjoy some Ohio weather. Anyone willing to help out will be greatly appreciated. Please let me know, Thank you!

If you have any additional information for the weekly newsletter, please send to Bob Mellinger at mellingerr@aol.com.

3/2/2020

After a brief Monthly HOA Business Meeting, President Bob Helmstadter moved into the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with 101 present. We had no new residents this week or visitors.

Lee Baldwin provided the opener.

Lynette Pickup announced the birthday wishes this week for Alexis Iveson, Dick Smith, Sandy Olensky, Betty Pfeiffer, Yvonne Moran and Mary Newman. There is one anniversary this week celebrated by Bill & Diana Morgan (46 years!).

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report noting that Ralph Centers fell on steps from Pontoon. He is all bruised and hopefully on the mends. Joe Cole has been not feeling well. He has been coughing. A card being passed around to be signed for him. Doug Meyers is having knee surgery and Cynthia Phillips has flu. Gerry McLennan has bad cold. We hope he is feeling better soon. Keep everyone in your prayers.

We also wanted to thank Cynde Kochensparker for all the cards she has given for the sunshine committee.

Judy Fahl announced we had 107 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the clubhouse.

Martha Watson gave the gamming report. The winners this past week were: Pennt Walters, Teresa Desautels & Rachel McDaniel at Bingo split the $41 hot ball; Punk Kochensparger won pinochle; Claude Funk won euchre; Russ Moody won corn hole; Mike McCarville and Ruth Helmstadter won shuffleboard on Tuesday with Ed and Annette Layher winning on Friday; and, Johnny Baldwin won horseshoes on Monday.

Linda Price shared the calendar for the upcoming week, we have water aerobics today at 1:00 PM; Sewing Class at 1:00 PM; and Bingo at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday we have shuffleboard at 9:00 AM. Ladies Luncheon at 11:00 AM and going to the Caddy Shack. Bible study at 2:00 PM and entertainment night at 7:00 PM. The entertainment will be Back Porch Revival with cookies provided.

Wednesday is Line Dancing at 10:00 AM, Water aerobics at 1:00 PM, Bluegrass at 1:00 PM and Pinochle at 7:00 PM.

Thursday is Corn Hole at 9:00 AM and Euchre at 7:00 PM.

Friday has Shuffleboard at 9:00 AM, Water aerobics at 1:00 PM and Game Night at 7:00 PM.

Saturday at 2:00 PM is the monthly birthday Party. Lee Baldwin asked for additional volunteers as this is going to be a larger-than-normal celebration for all birthdays in March and May through October, 143 in all. The theme will be Mardi Gras celebration.

Nancy Pratt announced the new directory is here! Please pick up your copy during morning coffee.

Carol Danzer reminded everyone of the Resident Appreciation Dinner on March 14. Please sign up! All residents are encouraged to attend at no cost. A $5 fee is charged for any adult guests.

The 50/50 winner was Bert Centers for $44.

The guessing game had a $16 carry over from last week and took in an additional $15.75 this week and was split among 6 winners. They were Carol Danzer, Lon Childress, Roberts Degraff, Kathy Gardner, JoAnn Schultz and Ron Harmon.

The donuts today were provided by Dan & Mary Newman, Mike & Betty McCarville and Alan & Nancy Pratt.

If you have any additional information for the weekly newsletter, please send to Bob Mellinger at mellingerr@aol.com.

2/24/20

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with 100 present. This included new residents Kurtis & Billie Calvary and visitors Judy Shotwell, sister of Pat Pierson and Ruby Newman is here until Thursday of this week. Welcome everyone!

Jim Stebleton provided the opener.

Lynette Pickup announced the birthday wishes this week for Dick Thelen, Carol Taylor, Judy Barlow, Ron Harmon, Joanne Madden and Betty McCarville. There are no anniversaries this week.

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report with sad news that Joe Flanagans’ sisters’ husband passed away last Tuesday Feb 18th. This is also Cynthia Phillips uncle. Cards are going around to be signed for both. Lee Baldwin is getting better but still coughing.
We received a Thank-You Card from Mick and Betty Jacobson. They stated. “I can’t begin to tell you what the friendship card from the park people mean to us. I cried.. it was very nice prescription ever… I don’t know all of the people’s names but. it was very special to us.”
As always, please keep everyone in your prayers
Joe Cole was not present but it was announced we had 114 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 in the clubhouse.
Judy Fahl gave the gamming report. The winners this past week were: Diana Green & Nikki DeHaven at Bingo split the $39 hot ball; Mike Watson won pinochle; Dick Thelen won euchre; Mary MacAuthur won corn hole; Annette Layher won shuffleboard on Tuesday with no one winning on Friday due to the “northern-like weather”; and, Jim Munds won horseshoes on Monday with “Horseshoe Moody” winning on Wednesday. In BUNCO, Carol Taylor had the most Buncos (5), and a 3-way tie most games (18) between Carol Taylor, JoAnn Schultz and Linda Stebleton.

Linda Price shared the calendar for the upcoming week, we have water aerobics today at 1:00; Sewing Class at 1:00; and Bingo at 7:00. Tuesday we have shuffleboard at 9:00. Bible study at 2:00 and game night at 7:00. Wednesday is Line Dancing at 10:00, Water aerobics at 1:00, Bluegrass at 1:00 and Pinochle at 7:00. Thursday is Corn Hole at 9:00 and Euchre at 7:00. Friday has Shuffleboard at 9:00, Water aerobics at 1:00 and Game Night at 7:00.

The Ladies Luncheon in March will be at the Caddy Shack next Tuesday. Also next Tuesday is Entertainment Night at 7:00

Carolyn Manning thanked everyone on behalf of Rick Motzinger for their assistance with the annual Fish Fry last Saturday. It was well attended and plenty of wonderful desserts were donated!

Kathy Morgan thanked everyone who attended and, especially everyone who helped at the 50th Anniversary party last Saturday. Two couples were honored for reaching that milestone and a card was read from Jim & Diane Wood expressing their gratitude for making them feel so loved.

Nancy Pratt announced the new directory is at the printer! If the work is back to us by Thursday, she is asking for volunteers to help put the directories together for distribution next Monday. A donation from the Bluegrass Committee was presented to Nancy in the amount of $500 to help offset the printing costs. Rick Motzinger, president of the ROC announced they are also making a donation to the directory from the fish fry proceeds.

Carol Danzer reminded everyone of the Resident Appreciation Dinner on March 14. Please sign up! All residents are encouraged to attend at no cost. A $5 fee is charged for any adult guests.

The 50/50 winner was Pat Moody for $44.
The guessing game collected $16 this week and there was no winner. That little annuity is rolling over to next week.

The donuts today were provided by Ron Harmon & Terry Webber, Gary & Connie Bruner and Skip & Barb Greeley.

Bob Helmstadter announced there will be an HOA Meeting at his house immediately following this morning coffee. All are welcome!

Harold Price provided the closer.

If you have any additional information for the weekly newsletter, please send to Bob Mellinger at mellingerr@aol.com.