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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION March 2016

March 2016

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. FIND US ON FACEBOOK! www.facebook.com/hlca.mi

Notice of Annual Election Page 7  Yoga Anniversary Annivers ary  page 14 Know Your Neighbors  page 15  What’s Cooking?  page 17 

Mark your calendars!! 

March 19 Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt March 25 Clubhouse closes 1 p.m.

St. Patrick’s  Day 

March 27 Clubhouse closed for Easter 

20301 Silver Spring Drive Drive Northville, Northville, MI 48167 Phone: (248) (248) 349-4006 Fax: (248) (248) 349-8821 Facebook: www.facebook.c www.facebook.com/hlca.mi om/hlca.mi  Website: www.HLCA.us

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Highland Lakes Management Section Highland Lakes Board of Directors

Kathy Baldwin, President Michelle Miche lle Todorov odorov,, Vice Presi President dent Tom Byrne, Treasu reasurer  rer  Sandy Nolan, Secretary Kathleen Connor Connor,, Director  Judy Nakdimen, Director  Guy Balok, Director  This section of the Herald contains minutes of the Board of Directors’ meetings and management information. information. This section is the of cial medium of communica tions of the Association as prescribed by Board Resolution R-6, R- 6, March 22, 19 1976. 76. We recommend that you not only read but save this section of the Herald for future reference. Resolutions and Regulations approved by the Board become part of your Association By-Laws. 3

HIGHLAND LAKES LAK ES CONDOM CONDOMINIUM INIUM ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY DIRECT ORY 20301 Silver Spring Drive, Northville, Northvil le, MI 48 481 167 Phone: 248-349-400 248-349-4006 6 E-mai l: clubhou E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] hlca.us Fax: 248-349-8821 Web:: ww Web www.HLCA.us w.HLCA.us

After Af ter Hours Emergency Maintenance Phone: 248-349248-349-4043 4043 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kathy Baldwin, President ........... 248-97 248-974-668 4-6688 8 Kathleen Connor, Director .......... 248-207248-207-6417 6417 Michelle Todorov Todorov,, Vice President . 248-380-1 248-380-161 611 1  Judy Nakdimen, Director ............ 248-344248-344-0336 0336  Tom Byrne, Treasurer ............. ................. .... 248-345-9334 Guy Balok, Director ............. .................... ....... 734-667-3 734-667-3507 507 Sandy Nolan, Secreta ry .............. 248-349-3587 PERSONNEL   Joe Poma...... Poma......... ...... ...... ...... ...... ..... ..... ...... ..... ..... ...... ..... ...Proper .Property ty Manager Guinevere Eatmon... Eatmon...... .....Senior ..Senior Receptionist Rec eptionist (NOTARY) Leja.......... ...... ..... ..... ...... ..... ..... ...... ..... ..... ...... ..... ..... ...... .....Receptionist ..Receptionist Emily Lutzenkirchen .....Publications & Records Assistant  Julie Leja....... Sharon Englund.......................................Bookkeeper Alexis Ale xis Jackson....... Jackson........... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ .......Recept ...Receptionist ionist COMMITTEE INFORMATION COMMITTEE Clubhouse Clubho use

CHAIRPERS ON CHAIRPERSON Barb Balok

PHONE 734-667-3507 734-667-3507

BOARD LIAISON Tom Byrne, Judy Nakdimen, Sandy Nolan

Court Liaison

Joel Lutz

248-349-6782

Kathy Baldwin, Sandy Nolan & Kathleen Connor

Engineer ing

Tom Werner

248-349-4459

Tom, Byr Byrne, ne, Kathleen Connor

Community Socia Sociall

Brad Todorov

248-380-161 248-380-1 611 1

& Judy Nakdimen Guy Balok, Judy Nakdimen & Michelle Todorov

Finance

Joyce Elvy

248-349-17 248-349-1 747

Tom Byr Byrne, ne, Guy Balok, Kathleen Connor

Grounds

Mart i Tupper

248-348-9811 248-348-981 1

Kathy Baldwin, Kathleen Connor & Judy Nakdimen

Herald Lakes Ecology Pool

RV  Tennis

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Kathleen Connor, Sandy Nolan

----Rosemar y Campion

----248-349-8227

Guy Balok, Tom Byr Byrne, ne, Michelle Todorov Guy Balok, Kathleen Connor, & Sandy Nolan

Cheryl Cher yl Huiz ing

248-231-7603 248-2317603

Hugh Battley

248-349-4841

Michelle Todorov

Carol Shields

248-305-7123 248-305-71 23

Michelle Todorov

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Afterr Ho Afte Hour urs s Em Emer erge genc ncy y ...................... .............. ................ ................ ................. ................. ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ........... ... 248-349-4006 Northville Township Police-Non-Emerge Police-Non-Emergency ncy ...................... .............................................. ............................................... ..................................248-349-9400 ...........248-349-9400 Northville Township Fire Department .................... ............................................ ............................................... .............................................248-348-58 ......................248-348-5807 07 Northville Township Police and Fire Emergency ........................................................... .................................................................................. ............................... ........911 911 After Hours Maintenance Emergency .................... ............................................ ............................................... .............................................248-349-40 ......................248-349-4006 06 Assessment/Billing Assessment/B illing Inquiries .................... ............................................ ............................................... .............................................. .................................248-349-4006 ..........248-349-4006 Consumers Power Company ...................... ............................................. ............................................... ............................................... .................................800-477-5050 ..........800-477-5050 DTE-Electric Company .................... ........................................... ............................................... ............................................... ............................................800-477-47 .....................800-477-4747 47 Hazardous Waste Information .................... ........................................... ............................................... ............................................... .................................734-326-3936 ..........734-326-3936 HLCA WOW! Account Rep (Bob Sivori) ...................... ............................................. ............................................... ..........................................248-808-987 ..................248-808-9872 2 WOW! Sales & Support ...................... .............................................. ............................................... .............................................. ........................................1-8 .................1-866-496-966 66-496-9669 9 HLCA AT&T Account Rep ( Denise Smith ) ....................... .............................................. .............................................. ......................................810-265-4946 ...............810-265-4946 AT&T Sales & Support (Phone or U-Verse) .................................................... ........................................................................... ..............................800-288-3466 .......800-288-3466 HLCA Comcast Account Rep (Fred ( Fred Campbell ) ....................... ............................................... ............................................... ..............................248-953-7380 .......248-953-7380 Web site .................... ........................................... .............................................. ............................................... ............................................... ...........................................www.HLCA.us ....................www.HLCA.us Association Facebook Page ...................... ............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .........................facebook.com/ ..facebook.com/ hlca.mi  4

Highland Lakes Herald

Herald Committee

Wilma Leonard  Joy Gaskin

The Highland Lakes Herald is the ofcial news medium of the Highland Lakes Condominium Association, serving all residents, groups and organizations. The Association Association and its Board of Directors control and are responsible for the contents of the Herald.

Herald Staff 

 Ray Parzych  Betty Parzych  Joel Lutz Tom DeGalan Gloria Janks  Ilio Alessandri  Barbara Evans

The staff of the Highland Lakes Herald serves on a voluntary  basis. Editorials reect the opinions of the staff and are not construed as representative of the general membership of the Association. The Herald welcomes comments, suggestions and articles from its readers. All material submitted for publication in the Herald must must be true, factual, and newsworthy. newsworthy. The editor reserves the right to withhold items from publication  pending verication of facts. fa cts. In some cases where wher e items are of a critical or controversial nature, the editor reserves the right to solicit comments from those with opposing viewpoints. Materials submitted for publication are to be given to the receptionist in Highland House. All materials submitted must be signed, but signatures will be withheld upon request. Communications to the Herald should be in writing. No material will be accepted for publication in the upcoming issue after the 20th of the month.

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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY 2016

Three Director seats (of 2-Year terms) are up for election this year. If you are interested in becoming a Board member member you must submit submit your resume to the Clubhouse by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016. Candidates Night will will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016, prior to to the regular open Board of Directors meeting. Ballots will be mailed the week of April 25, 2016, and must be returned to the Clubhouse by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016. Election results will be announced at the 41 st  Annual Meeting of the Membership on Monday, May 16, 2016.

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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES - February 15, 2016 The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of Highland Lakes Condominium Association was held on the third Monday of the month, in accordance with the By-Laws of the Association. President Kathy Baldwin called the February 15, 2016, regular meeting of the Board of Directors to order at 7:31 p.m. Attendance

The following Directors were present: Kathy Baldwin, Michelle Todorov, Sandy Nolan, Guy Balok, Kathleen Connor, and Judy Nakdimen. Also present were Joe Poma, Property Manager, and Emily Lutzenkirchen, Publications and Records Assistant. Approximately six Co-Owners attended. attended.

Approval of Minutes:

discussed this issue but nothing was conrmed. Since it doesn’t really affect the Clubhouse Committee, it Board Action: Motion by Judy Nakdimen, support by will be considered by the Pool Committee. Kathleen Connor, to approve and le the minutes of the January 18, 2016, executive session of the Board Boa rd of Board Action: Motion by Sandy Nolan support by Kathleen Connor, to approve the Clubhouse Committee Directors. All in favor. favor. Motion passed. pass ed. report of February 2, 2016, and the recommendation Treasurer’s Report that attendants be instructed to inform any renter who refuses to follow the rules that the rental deposit will Joe Poma reported. favor. Motion passed. passe d. not be returned. All in favor. Currently, the Association is running a budgetary Report page 11 surplus of $70,948. Three accounts are responsible responsible for Court Liaison Committee Report page roughly $50,000 of this amount: utilities, staff salaries Joel Lutz reported. (due to lack of overtime), and snow removal, all resulting from the mild winter winter.. The rest are categories Discussion:  Joel commented that some light posts that we haven’t really used yet. The Association is along Silver Spring Dr. are unpainted and the spending money as needed but is being very efcient. Committee would like to explore what it would take to have them painted black like the other ones. Michelle Also Mother Nature has been on our side. commented that she believes the Association painted Receivables are at $53,881. Two uncollectible balances all the light posts black in the past even though they have been written off and the Association Association is continuing do not belong to Highland Lakes and asked if the to pursue collections where appropriate. There haven’t unpainted posts could be done in-house. Joe replied  been any property insurance losses; therefore, there that although technically they could be painted inhave been no insurance deductibles. Things such as house, the Association is not allowed to use co-owner taxes, which are related to the lack of need for overtime money on non-Highland Lakes property Joel replied staff, reect on that as well; which is positive in nature. that it may not be our property but it does contribute to Highland Lakes’ image. Joe replied that it can be Vehicle expense expe nse is positive year-to-date. addressed again in the spring. Unit repairs are slightly over because of repairs such as  basement leaks, roof repairs, etc. All told, the the nancial Joel reported that some pet pail pedestals recently were  positioned in the far end of the trash corrals making report is in a good position coming co ming out of January. it difcult for the residents to put their pet waste in. Also, some have two rows of cinder blocks instead of three. Michelle asked why they were put in the Clubhouse Committee Report  page 10  back side of the corral. Joe replied that he spoke to Barb Balok reported. Darin in maintenance in regards to this and his answer Discussion:  Michelle inquired about the wording on was that in some instances, like on Scenic Lane, they #1 of the report. The wording leads her to believe were placed in the back due to the pet pail pedestals that there will be a charge for both the kitchen and the  jutting out six inches, thereby interfering with the gate terrace when in fact the rental will be for the kitchen opening. The others will be relocated in the spring and only during parties. Barb replied that the Committee the plywood caps will be replaced with capstones. 8

Joe further explained #4 of the Committee report. The re department found themselves with a surplus of smoke detectors that they wanted to fan out to the general public and be involved in the installation  process. They decided that, since there are a limited number of smoke detectors, they would aim their efforts to homes with senior citizens or families with young children. The Fire Department, if they choose to implement this program, will notify residents.

Management Report  page 12-13 Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by Judy Nakdimen, to approve the Property Management report of February 15, 2016.  All in favor. Motion passed. The Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Board Action: Motion by Kathleen Connor, support  by Guy Balok, to approve the Court Liaison Committee Committee report of February 4, 2016.  All in favor. Motion passed.

Michelle gave a verbal report for the Community Social Committee. On March 19th there will be an Easter pancake breakfast beginning at 10 a.m., a book reading at 11:30 a.m., and an egg hunt at noon, along with a photo op with the Easter bunny bunn y. There will be no charge for the breakfast. Cathy Watkins re revi view ewed ed th thee new by-laws for the Ecology Committee (formerly known as Lakes Ecology). The rst meeting will take place on February 22 at 7:00 p.m., at which time they will decide on a regular date for their meetings. She is optimistic optimistic that their plans such as informational walks, demonstrations of the native plants, and articles a rticles in the Herald will make more residents want to be involved. Michelle asked if Cathy had a list of the former Committee members to contact and Cathy replied that she did not but has been in contact with one of them via email for a bit now. Kathy Baldwin commented that at the February 22nd meeting the Committee itself will need to review and approve the new by-laws. Once approved, they need to  be brought back to the Board for nal approval. Co-owner Forum

Tom Werner reported that for the last several months there have been issues with the street lights going out. He drove the property last Saturday and found at least six to eight lights out, all of which happen to be on the route recently taken by DTE. Joe commented that he spoke to Jason Jason about the lights. Jason will drive the  property at night to take an inventory of all the lights. The lights that have issues seem to be connected to one another. another. One reason may be that the ground is expanding and contracting which is causing splices to come apart. The Association isn’t isn’t sure that DTE is responsible for the problem. Joe mentioned that three out of the six lights that Tom brought up are currently  being worked on.

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT COMMITTEE: Clubhouse Committee

MEETING DATE: February 2, 2016 GUESTS PRESENT: Kathy Baldwin - Board B oard President Tom Byrne, Board Liaison Judy Nakdimen, Board Liaison Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison

MEMBERS PRESENT: Barbara Balok, Chairperson Elaine Anderson Rosemary Campio Campion n Ann Creviston Mary Gonzalez Cheryl Huizig Mary Lou Levine Ying Zhang SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:

1. Use of Pool Terrace and Kitchen . Considered the possibility of charging a fee for groups of 10 or more. This issue will be discussed by the Pool Committee. 2. Failure to Follow Rules in Rental Agreement. Recently, some co-owners renting the Clubhouse have refused to follow rules such as restricting food to the Highland Room. Motion by Rosemar Rosemary, y, seconded by Cheryl, that attendants be instructed instruct ed to inform renters that if any rules are broken, the deposit will not be returned. All in favor. favor. Motion passed. Saturday, February 20, to sort and shelve 3. Book Shelving Date. Some members will meet in the Library at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, books.

4. Low Meeting Attendance. All were pleased with the good turnout for the meeting. improvement. Will discuss 5. Long-Term Plan. Members were encouraged to inspect the Clubhouse and note any needs for improvement. and prioritize for future budget years. Neig hbor. Agreed to repeat this event when the number of new residents reaches 25. 6. Meet Your Neighbor.

attendants be instructed to inform any renter who refuses to follow RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: That attendants the rules that the rental deposit will not be returned. NEXT MEETING:Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Submitted Submit ted by Barbara Balok, Chairperson 10

HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT COMMITTEE: Court Liaison

MEETING DATE: February 4, 2016 GUESTS PRESENT:

MEMBERS PRESENT: Joel Lutz - Chairperson Diane Pittaway - Co-chair Barbara Adams - Secretary Carolyn Toyer Dianne Hartman Peggy Zonca Stan Savitskie SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:

1. There are some replacement street light posts on Silver Spring Dr. that appear as bare metal. Need to explore what can be done to have them painted to match the rest, considering that they are actually DTE Energy's property. Will discuss with management. 2. It was noted that the “Pet Pail Pedestals” recently installed do not meet objectives. Only two layers of cinder blocks were used instead of three that are needed to raise the top of the pet pails to the height of the trash corral walls so that passing dog walkers can easily see them. Also, they have not been placed along the edges of the trash corrals that dog walkers are most likely to relate to, leaving them to attempt throwing their doggy bags across the bin, and based on observations, hitting the pail at best only 50% of the time. Will discuss with management. 3. The February Herald includes a survey regarding “Open” “Open” Board Meetings touching on the declining attendance to them. Options proposed include meeting meeti ng every other month, or on a quarterly basis, or keep it monthly. monthly. The Board would continue to meet monthly, and committee reports would still be submitted monthly for the Board and the Herald . Co-owners are encouraged to fill out and turn in with their recommendations at the clubhouse. 4. Northville Township Fire Department is attempting to provide smoke detectors to families that “need” them, ideally those with very young children, elderly or incapacitated. If qualified, contact Tom Hughes at the NTFD: 248-388-0324. 5. Eddington Place and Building 46 in Malvern Court both need back up

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recommendations to the Board RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: There were no recommendations NEXT MEETING: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Submitted Submit ted by Barb Adams, Secretary  11

MANAGEMENT REPORT Board of Directors, Co-Owners FROM:  Joe Poma, Property Manager TO:

Property Manager’s Report DATE: February 15, 2016 RE:

1. RV Lot: Te epidemic o thef in Northville continues and within the last two months, our RV Lot was the target. Tieves used bolt cutters to access the yard and stole two trailers; one was a 27 oot travel trailer and the other was an 8 oot tool trailer. Tese are possibly the same people that were placing cars on cinderblocks earlier in the year and stealing tires, right in the middle o well-lit courtyards surrounded by condominiums. Tere was one night over the summer when 15-20 cars were broken into throughout Northville. Northville. Although the Board and Management are discussing measures to prevent this activity, the property owner has the ability to make the largest difference by making their specific vehicle an undesirable target. In the case o trailers or RV’s, that may include the use o hitch-locks or something that cannot be accessed by bolt cutters, or even the use o axle locks or “boots” “bo ots” that Detroit Police tend to use on vehicles that have outstanding parking tickets. You have probably probab ly seen these on V and they are very effective. Hitch locks locks cost between $15-$30, while axle boots are closer to $100. Remember to remove personal property rom your vehicle and make sure it is locked at all times. Te police are investigating this ongoing problem.

project can start as early as April 1st. By 2. Roofing Project: Springtime is ast approaching and remember that the roofing project the time you read this report, I may very well have a list completed that shows the order o which the buildings are being rerooed this year. Te order o construction is important to people that want to plan vacations or plant flowers. We don’t don’t want any stationary vehicles, patio urniture in the wrong place or reshly planted landscaping that stands to be destroyed by the work. I you are one one o the 18 buildings remaining to be re-rooed, call the office and perhaps I can give you a ballpark date. Te buildings are re-rooed re-rooed at the rate o one per p er week, provided the weather is perect and that is usually not the case, but hopeullyy, I can pin down an estimated date or you. Due to the size o this year’s hopeull year’s project, the work will be completed within the “calendar “calendar year” instead instea d o by September 30th. 30t h. It should be done long beore December. 3. Asphalt / Concrete: With the above inormation about roofing in mind, we will soon turn our attention to the asphalt & concrete and inrastructure inrastru cture o our property. Te roads, catch basins, some o the courtyards and almost all o the gutter pans and curbs are 40 years old. Now that roofing roofing is drawing to a close, and because the asphalt and concrete work is extensive, we have retained a consulting firm to provide provide us with details and critical areas that will guide us through the construction just as we did with the roofing. It is worth noting that the program is already budgeted in the long term account, just as the roos were and currently we have $1,000,000 spread over three years to accomplish this; that will buy a lot o asphalt & concrete, although since it would only buy one interior road, we will be concentrating on courtyards, sidewalks and curbs throughout our community. Tis year, the work will be minor, but the consultants will be out & about taking core samples, lo oking in catch basins and will be throughout the property. A report will be generated or the Board, thereafer reported repor ted to the residents and work will commence next year i everything remains on schedule. We should be as excited about this project as the roofing, since this will enhance the visual aspect o t he community along along with the property values and most o all, saety o our residents. Details will ollow. ollow. 4.

Shrub Trimming: In an effort to save the Association money, management will be hiring three seasonal grounds employees to do the shrub trimming throughout the community, rather than having Davey ree ree do the work. Although this is an experiment, it is our hope that in-house employees will bring a personal approach and a higher level o care with your shrubs. Perhaps our ecology committee can chime in with the proper way to trim Forsythias or any variety that is prevented rom flowering or otherwise damaged by quick work, or when all o the shrubs are treated as the same variety and trimmed in the same way. Please be patient with our staff as we try this new method; it may take slightly longer this year but our goal is to start the trimming at roughly the same time.

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Don’tt orget to turn turn in the surveys that came with your February Februar y Herald. Resident opinion is valued and Resident Surveys: Don’ was the primary cause or our new recycling program. program. Te Board would like your input input as to the requency o the public Board meetings. Low resident attendance has caused the Board to re-think its position and perhaps change to a bi-monthly or quarterly ormat. As a side note, residents residents have asked me i changing the Board meeting ormat will prevent them rom getting monthly approvals on Engineer Engineering ing and other matters. Te answer is no, because the Board Bo ard will still meet to approve what is presented by the committees. Te only difference is that the minutes o o the committee meetings will not be publicly presented, but will be placed in the Herald ollowing approval.

MANAGEMENT REPORT Board of Directors, Co-Owners FROM:  Joe Poma, Property Manager TO:

Property Manager’s Report DATE: February 15, 2016 RE:

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collect ion o Herald Herald Herald Archives: I have uploaded the ew issues rom 1979 that we have. You may now access the entire collection archives at the clubhouse rom 1973-1979 by visiting our website and clicking on the “committees” tab on the lef side o the page and then clicking on the “Herald” “Herald” committee tab, where you will find the archives. Once opened, you just double-click on the picture o the specific Herald you are looking or. or. At the same time that the old Heralds are being scanned into the computer, I am copying the originals and placing them in reerence binders that will eventually be located in the lof library or all residents to access. We also have the archives rom 2010 through the current date on the website and I will be starting to upload the 1980’s soon.

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Board Meetings: For those that are not aware as to how Board meetings are structured, there are two sessions on the 3rd Monday o ever everyy month (at the current time). Tere is an Executive Session Sess ion at 6pm and a Public Session at 7:30pm. Te Executive Session meeting historically included only the Board and Manage Management ment o the Association, while the Public Session was open to all residents. Over the years, there has been speculation and disappointmen disappointment, t, primarily due to a ear o the unknown, that the Executive Session was a orum to “hide” things rom the residents or take secretive Board action without any input. Since we are a corporation that employs people in-house rather than contracted management and maintenance, there are employee matters, legal matters and other sensitive inormation that is handled by either the Board in general or a subset o directors chosen or that specific task. Anything private, human resource related or sensitive financial inormation that should not be disclosed to other residents (i.e. payment plans, plans, etc.) are discussed at this closed door session. Realizing that there was concern about Board voting on financial matters, purchases or projects without resident input, the Board decided to open the portion o the Executive Session dealing with financial matters to the Finance Committee. Furthermore, any proposals, bids or purchase requests made by management are also being sent to the Finance Committee members via e-mail as well as the Board members. With the exception o personal employee matters or other sensitive non-fiscal inormation, the residents are now constructively in the room at the Executive Session (even though the Board members are also residents). Te Public Session is still ormatted to include all o the committee reports, approval o corporate minutes, management reports and most importantly o all, the co-owner orum that allows any resident to voice their concerns to the Board directly.

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o the spring season, residents will begin to work on their homes and do yard Reminders for Spring: With the advent o work. It’s time to put away away the sleds and snow shovels, clean off the ront porch and de-clutter the perimeter. perim eter. All landscaping reuse such as twigs, leaves and plants must be placed in paper yard bags and placed next to the trash corral, not inside o it. Brick pavers, chunks o concrete and fill dirt are not accepted or picked up at the corrals. Tese items must be disposed o in another manner or remote location. Lawn & lea pick up will resume in April. April. I you are remodeling your home or doing construction work, remember that anything that affects the common element must have Engineering Committee and Board approval. appr oval. Tis includes doorwalls, windows, ront entry doors, decks, patios, interior wall modifications (moving a wall or cutting into a load bearing be aring wall), fireplace installations, high efficiency urnace & hot water tank installatio installations ns or installation o a retractable awning. I you are unsure as to whether you need approval, approval, please call the office to veriy. Change your urnace filter, check your smoke detectors and replace any batteries throughout the home (thermostat too).

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Christmas Lights: I you haven’t haven’t already done so, it’s it’s definitely time to remove rem ove all o the lights and decorations. decoration s.

One Year Anniversary of Yoga Classes at Highland Lakes A recent article of a HAP Healthy Living magazine was entitled: 10 Reasons to Try Yoga - Yoga promotes health of the mind, body and spirit. Mounting evidence suggests Yoga Yoga can help to: 1. Lower blood pressure 2. Improve muscle strength and flexibility 3. Reduce stress 4. Decrease inflammation 5. Alleviate chronic low-back pain and other chronic aches 6. Lessen anxiety 7. Reduce depression 8. Increase level of dopamine (a feel-good hormone) 9. Improve sleep 10. Stimulate the immune system

Here at Highland Lakes about 10 – 15 women and men of all ages (oldest person is 88) regularly attend the yoga classes that Janice Booher leads for residents of Highland Lakes. In February, we celebrated our first anniversary with a brunch after our yoga class. When asked what the people liked about taking the yoga classes their responses were: Great way to start the day, relaxing, better balance, helps with arthritis, experienc experience e less pain, provides good sense of community,, meditative, mindful, deeper breathing, strengthening, keeping fit and calming with a community little massage at the end. Again we thank Jan who so generously provides provides her time and services for our benefit. So if you want to try Yoga we meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am and also Thursdays at 6:00 pm.

Submitted by Marianne Brandt

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Know Your Neighbors Dora and Ernest Garcia, Queen Ann Court, Conversation During Yoga luncheon

As I have mentioned in a previous article, the swimming pool is a good opportunity to meet and talk to your neighbors. neighbors. During the last couple of years, years, I missed a gentleman who used to come come to the swimming pool with with his blind adult son. So when Dora and Ernest Garcia joined joined the yoga class, I recognized the gentleman. During our one year yoga celebration, I asked what happened to their son. They told told me the sad but but also inspiring story. story. Their son, Daniel, Daniel, used to be a sucsuccessful engineer but about four years ago he was diagnosed with glaucoma which resulted in his blindness; hence he could no longer be employed as an engineer. However, they spoke very highly of the BSBP Training Center (Michigan) (Bureau of Services for the Blind in Kalamazoo), who retrained him in computers and also how to do daily chores to prepare him for independent living. Daniel currently lives by himself in an apartment in Kansas City working for the IRS. A car provided by by the IRS picks him up and brings him back to his apartment daily. daily. He does his own grocery shopping to take care of himself and, in addition to his job, he also volunteers his time as the Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind located in Kansas City, Missouri. Needless to say, Dora and Ernest are very proud that Daniel was able to overcome his adversity and visit him as often as they can.

Submitted by Marianne Brandt

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Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 19th 10:00 - 12:00 Breakfast 10-12:00 Book Reading 11:30 Egg Hunt 12:00 ALL RESIDENTS AND GUESTS WELCOME! 16

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

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1 egg white vegetable cooking spray 1½ pounds chicken tenders ¼ cup all-purpose lour

1. Preheat oven to to 425°. Stir together crushed crackers crackers and next four ingredients. ingredients. 2. Whisk egg white just until foamy. 3. Place a wire rack coated with cooking spray in a parchment paper-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll jelly-roll pan. 4. Dredge chicken tenders in lour; dip in egg white, and dredge in saltine mixture. Lightly coat chicken on each side with cooking spray; arrange chicken on wire rack. 5. Bake at 425° for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown, turning once after 12 minutes. Submitted by Joy Gaskin

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

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1. Pour chocolate syrup into 12-cup luted tube pan sprayed with cooking spray spray.. 2. Beat cake mix, water water,, oil, and 3 eggs with mixer mixer 2 min. or until blended. Add sour cream; mix well. well. Pour over syrup in pan. 3. Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer mixer until blended. Add remaining remaining eggs; mix well. well. Blend in evapoevaporated milk and melted chocolate; gently spoon over cake batter in pan. Cover with foil sprayed sprayed with cooking spray, sprayed-side down. 4. Place tube pan in large large shallow pan. Add enough water water to larger pan to come at least 2 inches inches up side of tube pan. Bake 1 hour 30 min. min. or until toothpick toothpick inserted near center center comes out clean. Cool cake completely in pan. pan. Refrigerate 2 hours. Invert cake cake onto plate; remove remove pan. Serve cake topped topped with Cool Whip. Submitted by Joy Gaskin 17 

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March 2016 SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY TUES DAY

WEDNESDAY WEDNE SDAY

1  Yoga 9:30 a.m.

Ladies Pinochle 12:30 p.m.

THURSDAY THURS DAY

FRIDAY FRID AY

SATURDAY

2 3 4  Yoga 9:30 a.m. Euchre Club Women’s Club 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m.  Yoga 6:00 p.m.

5

Court Liaison Comm. 7:00 7 :00 P.M. P.M.

6

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8  Yoga 9:30 a.m.. a.m.. Ladies Clubhouse Comm. 7:00 p.m. Ecology Comm. Pinochle 12:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

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15  Yoga 9:30 a.m. Engineering Comm. 3:00 p.m.

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Board Meeting 7:30 p.m.

27 Happy Easter! Clubhouse closed

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19 Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. 12 p.m.

 Yoga 9:30 a.m. Euchre Club & 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 23

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30 Ladies Pinochle 12:30 p.m.

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1

2

 Yoga 9:30 a.m. Clubhouse closes @ 1 & 6:00 p.m. p.m.

Ladies Pinochle 12:30 p.m.

29 No Yoga

10  Yoga 9:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Ladies Pinochle 12:30 p.m.

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Finance Comm.  Yoga 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

9

31 No Yoga

Euchre Club 7:00 p.m.

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