Reflexology – Social Hour Program Friday February 28th 3 pm

Did you know that Reflexology has been a treatment or zone therapy documented in histories of China and Egypt. The treatment was brought to the USA in 1913 by William H Fitzgerald MD.
The theory is that there are zones both on your feet and hands and that with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques application of pressure effects changes to other parts of the body. It is purported that reflexology works by releasing blockages that cause pain and illness. One claim is that the pressure received on the feet zones will send signals to the neurological systems that release endorphins reducing stress and pain.
Tami Marie , a certified Reflexologist will be our presenter at the Social Hour. Tami has a business located at 115 First Street and will not only speak but will demonstrate on some lucky attendee. Don t miss the event.

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Chili Cook-off 2020 Success!

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Social Hour Program Friday 21st 3 pm

Come and  hear about an assistance that may be in your, your family or your friend’s future.
“By Your Side” is an in home care service with staff ranging from RNs to CNAs and other caregivers that may prevent you from having to leave your home during a short or long term illness. The professionals can support care of those with dementia, recovery from surgery, respite for the family, companionship and hospice support. For the person by themselves By Your Side staff can set you up with automated technology or an automated medication dispenser that distributes the correct doses, a reminder alert and safe storage. They may be able to respond to emergency situations.
Come an hear Debby and Steve Shaw for additional information.

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What’s Happening with the Park’s Water Usage?

It was just a year ago that we were working on the park’s water system – replacing the water service riser on every lot. That project was completed at the end of April last year. As many of you know, we’ve also been measuring the park’s water usage on a daily basis since before the project started. Now, with more than a year’s worth of data, we can now do some meaningful year over year comparisons.

The graph (below) shows our average daily water usage in gallons for every month since September of 2018. The blue dashed line is the last few months of 2018, before the water project. The red line is 2019. And the green line is 2020. On this graph, February of 2020 is reporting only a partial month.

The last four months of 2019 and January of 2020 are the most interesting on this graph in that we can see and compare this year with last year. What these five months tell us is that our usage is down for every one of those months. In some cases, down substantially.

Take September as an example. In 2018 we used an average of 15,236 gallons of water every day. In 2019, we used an average of only 10,173. That’s more than 5,000 gallons… every day! Clearly, the project to tighten up our water supply system is paying big dividends. At roughly a penny per gallon, saving 5,000 gallons is saving $50 every day… Or $1500 for that month.

So, as the months and years go by, our savings will grow and recover the cost of the project in short order. And, remember, if we hadn’t done the project, the leaks would have continued to get worse and the cost of eventually doing the project at a later date would have grown too.

This graph is always available to our members on our website… on the member’s only page.

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Chili Cookoff

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Balance Fitness – January 31 Social Hour

Should the Anytime Fitness Gym on Dakota Street not work for you, there is alternative that might work fine. When the Woman’s Fitness on Central Ave closed, many of its members tried out the Body Shop nearby, however the place did not meet their needs.
The Body Shop is owned by Terry Brock and becoming aware that older citizens have different needs and abilities, he purchased the now closed Woman’s Fitness, furnished it with new equipment and reopened it as Balance Fitness. Terry describes the new endeavor that will be staffed from 9 am to 4 pm everyday, have a welcoming social environment and special programs geared to seniors.
Come and hear Terry give you an in depth description of how Balance Fitness may fit your needs.

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Date Correction – Landscape – Looking for some Help

When:  Tuesday the 28th 9:00 AM

What:  Trim trees

Where: Meet at Clubhouse

Also need someone who can drive the dump truck

 

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Water Usage Bulletin

Congratulations to all of us!

Water Saving Tips - Mokher PlumbingOn January 22, 2020 we recorded the lowest water usage for a single day since we have records! Nice news for the New Year!

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Backpack King Presentation

As requested by the Emergency Preparedness Committee and to share with our out-of-park members, Daniel Kresky, owner of Backpack King, visited the SKP Park with a wealth of knowledge and equipment. He showed items for a “Bug Out Bag” or “Go Bag” including food packets that may be heated with a shake-up packet like the hand and toe warmers, water in foil packets, ½ pint jar made into an alcohol burner which will flame, backpacks weighing less that 5 ounces and a nickle size envelope that when opened, soaked in water will grow into a 12X12” towel that can be used for cleaning, as a water filter or TOILET PAPER. There is a small battery operated piece, when shined into water, will kill both bacteria and viruses in water from unsafe sources. He suggests having a tarp that can be used to collect rain water. His backpack held so many items it would have taken four hours to describe. We kept him to one and a half hours. All items are available at his store on Central Ave.

Dan fielded several questions such as “Can medications be used after the expiration date”? The Pharmaceutical Companies will say NO however pills including antibiotics and opioids may loose some strength but may still work. Liquids have a short shelf life and should be discarded. Texts will reach others when phone calls may not and save battery life. Dan suggested we add one significant item each month to our inventory. He advises we reorder prescriptions as soon as possible to maintain an extended supply. Extra, for example, additional insulin may be provided by a pharmacy for emergency use however insurance probably will not pay for it. Medication bottles may be used to store and disguise cash including quarters for pay phones. Go and check out Daniel’s store for an eye opener.
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Pie Day – Let’s Have Some Fun

 

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