Friday, May 26, 2006

Returning June 12

After today, there will be no posts until I return from vacation on June 12. You can email me at to tell me what I missed or to tell me what you think of the blog so far!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

June Tennis Clinics

There are four new tennis clinics in the month of June. From 8:30 - 9:30 am, on Tuesdays will be "Beginner Tennis for Golfers, " on Wednesdays will be "4.0 Ladies Aerobic Tennis," on Thursdays will be "4.0 Men's Aerobic Tennis," and on Fridays will be "Tennis for Juniors." Call John Natolly at 753-9376 for details or sign up in the Tennis Pro Shop.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Join the Round Table!

Each month the residents of Harbor Hills are invited to join the management staff for an informal discussion group. There is no agenda; there are no minutes. No official homeowners' association business is acted upon at this meeting, but residents have a chance to draw attention to their concerns. It's a great way to keep up to date with first hand knowledge of current resident and club issues. The meeting is normally held at the club at 10:30 am on the first Wednesday of each month and all are invited to attend. Occasionally the date or time may change so it is a good idea to check with the receptionist at 753-7000 to confirm that the meeting will be held at its normal time. If you would like a reminder email before each meeting, please email me at

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Latest on Lois

Many of our members ask me for the latest news on Lois Sandman who worked in the Signature Grille until bone cancer made work impossible for her. Lois has completed her radiation therapy and continues with chemotherapy taken in pill form. She remains tired but determined to fight the cancer. Lois was surprised when I told her how often members ask about her. She wants you all to know that she is fighting and "getting there" little by little. If you want to send your good wishes, please address them to:
Lois Sandman
634 Cedar Lane
Lady Lake, FL 32159.
A special thanks goes to LuAnn Miller for the great photo of Lois.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Please . . .

Please obey the speed limit signs posted throughout Harbor Hills. The hardest one to remember to follow is the 10 mph speed limit through the tunnel. Please think about the children living near the tunnel and the golf cart path that leads up to the clubhouse. Both of these are good reasons to slow down through the tunnel area!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Coming in June

The rebuilding of the golf course greens will begin on June 5. The dirt work on the front nine holes will take approximately two weeks. During this time, the back nine will remain open. If you wish to play 18 holes, you will need to make two tee times. As soon as the dirt work is complete on the front nine (approximately June 19), the back nine holes will also close. The grow in period for the grass sprigs will take approximately eight to ten weeks if weather cooperates. Temporary fairway greens may be opened in the middle of August.
Beginning June 19, the club including the pool, fitness center, grille, golf shop and driving range will be closed on Mondays. The driving range and pro shop will be open from 8:00 - 4:00 Tuesday through Saturday. The grille will be open from 10:00 - 4:00 Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 - 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
With enough member support, we will try to continue our Wednesday Night Member Dinners throughout this period. Member dinners will still be held on Wednesday evenings if 30 people have signed up by Monday of that week at 3:00 pm. You may make reservations by calling the front desk at 753-7000.
Please bear with us during this rebuilding period. The results will be worth it!

Fish Tale (Tail?)

Tiit Gentalen, our resident fishing expert, provided this photo for me to post. This 8 pound bass, his largest fish this year, was caught this week in the Orange Canal. Look closely at the cuts on the tail. Mr. Gentalen thinks that this fish was lucky enough to escape the jaws of one of our local gators!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Don't Forget!

The Blood Mobile will be at Harbor Hills tomorrow, Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. Photo ID is required for first time donors. If you have questions, please call Karen at 753-7000. Your donation could help save a life!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Do Not Disturb!

Sunbathing on Hole #16.

A Gator Reminder

As I am sure you have heard in the news, this is mating season for alligators, the time of year when they are most aggressive. Please do not feed the gators. Gators who have been fed lose their fear of humans. The photo above was taken just one canal South of Harbor Hills.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Closeup!

Another Irrigation Suggestion

The little bit of rain we are getting today makes me think of water. And I always like to pass on ways to use our water more efficietly. It was suggested at the last Round Table meeting that residents with established landscaping may want to consider adding risers to the misters that water their landscape beds. The original misters may not be properly irrigating the mature plant material. Some of our residents have taken on this project and have reported success. They report that it is inexpensive and not difficult to tackle.

Monday, May 15, 2006

A Little Hiking or Biking?

There has been interest expressed in starting a new group at Harbor Hills that would focus on physical activity such as hiking or biking. It was suggested that an outing once a week might be scheduled and enjoyed by the new group. If you are interested in helping to organize or in participating in a group of hiking/biking enthusiasts, please contact Max Wood at

Mother's Day at Harbor Hills - Peacock Style

We hope all the Mom's enjoyed their special day yesterday. Here is the newest Mom at Harbor Hills showing off her brood. There are six chicks; it's not easy getting Mom and all six in the same photo!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Proud as a Peacock!

This proud male peacock was showing off in front of the clubhouse yesterday afternoon. The females have been in hiding lately. I wonder if that means a batch of babies is on the way.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

St. Augustine Suggestion

One of our residents suggested that I pass on a tip for maintaining your St. Augustine lawn. He suggested that, at this time of year, you may want to try mowing your lawn at a height of up to 4 inches rather than cutting it closer to the ground. I did my homework and found that the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service suggests that cutting lower than 3 inches will encourage shallow rooting, which will cause your lawn to be less tolerant of drought. It is raining today (thank goodness), but this has been a very dry season. You may want to give this suggestion a try.

Sad News

We are sad to report that long time Harbor Hills resident, Bob Rhodes, has passed away. His service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13 at the Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock, Virginia. The phone number for the funeral home is 804-436-0042. Our sympathies go out to Anne Rhodes and her family. The address for Anne Rhodes is 132 Lancaster Drive #180, Irvington, VA 22480.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Be a Lifesaver!

Lake County will be supplying certified instructors to teach CPR and the use of our defibrillators at the three classes listed below. Classes will be held free of charge at the Harbor Hills clubhouse. If you are interested in recertifying or taking the course for the first time, please choose the class that is convenient for you and call Rose at 753-7000 to reserve your space. You never know when the skills you learn in that one class might make a difference in a medical emergency!

Monday, May 22 at 9:00 am
Thursday, May 25 at 9:00 am
Thursday, May 25 at 1:00 pm


HAVE YOU SEEN . . . ???

Have you seen a fawn colored female boxer? A visitor to Harbor Hills lost her dog here at 3:00 pm on Monday. If you spot her pet, please call Tracy at 352-342-2657.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Best View in the World!

The Rain is Finally Here! (At Least a Little Bit)

The much needed rain is finally falling! Even a little is better than none! While rain is on our minds, it may be a good time to make sure your rain sensor is in good working order. According to St. Johns River Water Management Authority, each house is to be equipped with a rain sensor that will prevent your irrigation system from coming on when we have had sufficient rain. It would be beneficial to test your rain sensor to make sure it is operating before the "rainy season" arrives. Each time it prevents your irrigation system from coming on it saves water and reduces the size of your next water bill!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Welcome New Neighbors!

Please join us in welcoming the four new families that closed on their homes in April and the twelve new families we expect to close in May! In April, we welcomed the Aery, Hilgart, Pinder and Weiss families. So far in May, the Dyer family has joined us. If you see a new face around the community, please introduce yourselves!

Thursday, May 04, 2006


The Blood Mobile will be at Harbor Hills on Friday, May 19th from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. All blood donors will receive a free "Club Red" enrollment, a $10.00 Publix gift card, $10.00 off admission for donor and two guests to Sea World and 50% off for donor and three guests to Medievel Times. All first time donors should bring a photo ID. For more information, please contact Karen at 753-7000.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A New Blog for Community Information!

At our most recent informal Round Table meeting, it was suggested that we start a new blog, so far nicknamed "Mary's Blog," to share information of interest to the residents of Harbor Hills. I will be posting information that may be of interest to some or all. Please email me at with your suggestions of information you would like to see posted here.