September Update

Our Local Sports Complex

Just south of us on Hwy 27, across the Polk County line, is a new 83-acre park and sports complex called Northeast Regional Park. Located at 50901 Hwy 27  Davenport, FL 33897, the biggest amenities are the multiple sports fields covered in AstroTurf to cut down on maintenance and needed waterings. But there’s also a playground, picnic areas, a rental pavilion, and boat access to the lake next to the park. There is still more areas to develop. A second phase is planned that will include a softball complex and a dog park, but the funds are not available at this time to build them. So stop by and check out our newest park.

Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day. No school that day and most financial institutions will be closed. Not sure about the origins? Check out this entry at Wikipedia for details.

Community Meetings For September

ARB : Monday the 9th and Monday the 23rd, 6 PM @ the Club House

Hearing/Fining : Tuesday the 17th, 6 PM @ the Club House

HOA Meeting : Thursday September 19th, 6:30 PM @ the Club House

Trash & Garbage Collection Information

We want to remind all our homeowners and residents if you are putting trash bags out and they contain food waste, please place them in a trash can with a proper fitting lid on it. We are having issues with vultures tearing bags open and getting into the garbage. You may also be inviting rodents to your yard leaving trash bags out with food in them.

The following rules and restrictions come from the Lake County Solid Waste Operations brochure:

Household Garbage
—Materials weighing no more
than 50 pounds each must be enclosed in a container
no larger 32 gallons and placed within 3 feet of the
curb or edge of the road by 6 a.m. on the designated
pickup day. NO constructi
on or demolition debris
such as fencing, floor tiles, etc. is allowed curbside.
Yard Waste
—Material must be bagged, bundled or in
an easy to handle container and weigh no more than
50 pounds. Limbs and branches must be tied in bun-
dles weighing no more than 50 pounds, be no longer
than 4 feet in length with limbs no greater than 6
inches in diameter.
Appliances and Furniture
—Residents should call
their designated hauler to schedule a pickup. Appli-
ances and furniture should be placed at the curb for
pickup by the hauler. If you do not know who your
hauler is contact Customer Service 352-253-1672.
E-Cycling
—Computer monitors and televisions over
19 inches. Call for bulk pickup.
Please check out the brochure for more helpful information including recycling, what items can’t be picked-up, and where you can take such items. And if you see the garbage service or recycling truck driving by you can always thank them for their hard work by offering a bottled water or soda.

Not-So-Easy Yard Work

NotSoEasyHedgeTrimming

Computer Corner

Windows XP Users Beware

If your PC is running Windows XP you need to know that on April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting this operating system. This means there will be no new patches for the operating system. Virus writers will continue to find new ways to infect your system to steal your information, but Microsoft will not be there to supply patches that will fix these security holes. So you have about 7 months to either upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1, or move to another OS like Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is an open-source, or free, OS that can run on all PC hardware. You would want to consider Ubuntu, or other Linux-based OS, if your PC is too old to run Windows 7/8.1 on it.

Microsoft has supported Windows XP for 12 years, two years more than their regular 10-year length. We don’t want to alarm XP users, but your data security will be at even greater risk after April 8th, 2014, and Microsoft won’t help users. Companies like Symantec, who make antivirus software, have promised to keep supporting their software after this date, but their job is made that much harder without Microsoft working to patch XP.

For a full report on the risks please read this article from ZDNet.com: Your perilous future on Windows XP

Recipes

Chocolate Cake in a Slow Cooker

This recipe is very easy to make. I like to serve it in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1  3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1  1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1  1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions:

  1. Spray your slow cooker crock with cooking spray (or use a crock pot liner bag).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until well combined. Whisk in the boiling water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
  3. Pour the batter into the slow cooker.
  4. Set your slow cooker to “Low” and let it cook covered for about 3 hours. The cake should have few to no wet spots on top and have separated from the sides of the crock. Turn off the slow cooker and let the cake sit for 30 minutes before serving.
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