Quote of the Month

"Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, 'Never take candy from strangers.' And then they dressed me up and said, 'Go beg for it'. I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on people's doors and go, 'Trick or treat… no thank you.'”

"-Rita Rudner-"

As part of the official Annual Resident's Meeting and the meeting following, these officers were elected.

President - Dave Borchardt

Vice-President -
Sandy Baumstark (60)

Treasurer -
Richard Granata

Secretary -
Connie Riter

Member at Large (1 year) -
Bonnie Harrison (40)

Member at Large (2 year) -
Mike Kereluk (82)

Member at Large (3 year) -
Pat Hillard(182)

So far this has been a record breaking summer for heat. I’m not sure where the numbers will end up but we have had the most number of days with temps above 115, most number of days with temps above 110 and most number of nights where the temperature has not dropped below 90. When it’s all said and done we will publish the records. Some of these records may stand for a while. I’m sure all of our winter residents are enjoying their summer in the Northern part of the country and are probably pretty happy about not being here.

David Borchardt

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in memory of Tom Hennessy who
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Happy Hallowe’en by
Connie Riter
Over 100 years ago everyone sent not only Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s cards, but also special Halloween postcards. Since e-mail and phone messages were not available for another century, they relished these special postcards saving them in special albums.
Back then Halloween was spelled “Hallowe’en” which means “Saints’ eve” in Scottish. The word “eve” was contracted to e’en. Favorite cards were made in England by the Raphael Tuck Publishing Company which were publishers for the British King and Queen and also in Germany where the International Art Publishing Co. had an office in Berlin as well as in New York. Most cards could be bought in lots for about 10 cents each and mailed for a penny stamp. I began collecting postcards in the 70’s which I purchased in New York auctions and now am selling them. One of my recent sales of one Halloween card went for $30!
Here are some of the “special ones” I have. They show jack-o-lanterns, little children bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins, chasing witches, and lots of black cats being pulled on leashes. There is no mention of “trick-or-treating” as we did as children. Some of the cards have little poems. “Let your hearts with joy be light. Sing and laugh the livelong night.” Another one shows an owl in front of a full moon. Lighted candles are around the owl. “With Hallowe’en candles burning bright. Beneath the moon’s bewitching light. May ghosts and goblins grant to you…That all your wishes shall come true.”

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