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HIGHLAND LAKES

CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
April 2019
April 2019
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Community Garden
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Memo about Kathy Baldwin


Page 9

What Can Go Down The Drain?


Pages 16-17

Neighborhood News
Page 19

Native Plants
Pages 20-21

Fitness Room
Rules & Regulations
Page 22

Have You Heard?


Page 23

What’s Cooking?
Page 24

Women’s Club
Page 29

Mark Your Calendars!

Garlic Mustard Pull (pg 15)


May 19th

Community Garage Sale (pg 18)


May 17th - 18th

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20301 Silver Spring Drive Northville, MI 48167


Phone: (248) 349-4006 Fax: (248) 349-8821
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Highland Lakes
Management Section
Highland Lakes Board of Directors

Guy Balok, President


Michelle Todorov, Vice President
Margaret (Peggy) Zonca, Secretary
Ann Creviston, Treasurer
Michael Baynes, Director
Sandy Nolan, Director
Kathy Baldwin, Director
This section of the Herald contains minutes of the Board of Directors’ meetings
and management information. This section is the official medium of communica-
tions of the Association as prescribed by Board Resolution R-6, March 22, 1976.
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.

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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY
20301 Silver Spring Drive, Northville, MI 48167
Phone: 248-349-4006 E-mail: clubhouse@hlca.us
Fax: 248-349-8821 Web: www.HLCA.us
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Guy Balok, President................... 734-667-3507 Sandy Nolan, Director................. 248-349-3587
Michelle Todorov, Vice President...248-380-1611 Michael Baynes, Director..............248-826-9435
Ann Creviston, Treasurer..............248-894-4961 Kathy Baldwin, Director.............. 248-974-6688
Margaret Zonca, Secretary.......... 248-348-5283

PERSONNEL
Joe Poma........................................Property Manager Alexis Jackson......................................Receptionist
Emily Lutzenkirchen.....Publications & Records Assistant Terry Duke............................................Receptionist
Sharon Englund.......................................Bookkeeper Aishia Anderson...................................Receptionist

COMMITTEE INFORMATION
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON PHONE BOARD LIAISON
Clubhouse Barb Balok 734-667-3507 Sandy Nolan, Michael Baynes, Kathy Baldwin,
& Ann Creviston

Court Liaison Joel Lutz 248-349-6782 Peggy Zonca, Michael Baynes, & Ann Creviston

Engineering Tom Werner ----- Guy Balok & Kathy Baldwin

Community Social Brad Todorov 248-380-1611 Guy Balok, Kathy Baldwin, Sandy Nolan, &
Michelle Todorov

Finance ----- 248-349-1747 Guy Balok & Ann Creviston

Grounds Joel Lutz 248-349-6782 Guy Balok, Sandy Nolan, Peggy Zonca, &
Michael Baynes

Herald ----- ----- -----

Ecology Cathy Watkins 248-765-2327 Michael Baynes, Peggy Zonca, Michelle Todorov,
& Guy Balok

Pool Rosemary Campion 248-349-8227 Guy Balok, Peggy Zonca, & Sandy Nolan
Cheryl Huizing 248-231-7603

RV Hugh Battley 248-349-4841 Michelle Todorov

Tennis Carol Shields 248-756-7066 Michelle Todorov

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
After Hours Emergency ...................................................................................................................248-349-4006
Northville Township Police-Non-Emergency .................................................................................248-349-9400
Northville Township Fire Department ..........................................................................................248-348-5807
Northville Township Police and Fire Emergency ........................................................................................... 911
After Hours Maintenance Emergency ..........................................................................................248-349-4006
Assessment/Billing Inquiries .....................................................................................................248-349-4006
Consumers Power Company .......................................................................................................800-477-5050
DTE-Electric Company ...............................................................................................................800-477-4747
Hazardous Waste Information .....................................................................................................734-326-3936
HLCA WOW! Account Rep (Bob Sivori) ........................................................................................248-808-9872
WOW! Sales & Support ............................................................................................................1-866-496-9669
HLCA AT&T Account Rep (Denise Smith) .....................................................................................810-265-4946
AT&T Sales & Support (Phone or U-Verse) ..................................................................................800-288-3466
HLCA Comcast Account Rep (Erin Timmermann)..............................................erin_timmermann@comcast.com
Website .......................................................................................................................................www.HLCA.us
Association Facebook Page ..............................................................................................facebook.com/hlca.mi
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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES - March 18, 2019
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 Guy
Balok called the March 18, 2019 regular meeting of the Board of Directors to order at 7:02 p.m.
Attendance
The following Directors were present: Guy Balok, Michelle Todorov, Peggy Zonca, Sandy Nolan and
Michael Baynes. Kathy Baldwin and Ann Creviston were excused. Also present were Joe Poma, Property
Manager, and Emily Lutzenkirchen, Publications and Records Assistant. Approximately 16 Co-Owners
attended.
Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by library furniture.
Peggy Zonca, to take the meeting out of order. All in favor.
Motion passed. In the month of February the Association was unfavorable
$8,488 mainly due to the natural gas and vehicle repair costs.
It was announced at the meeting that Kathy Baldwin will not Year-to-date the Association is favorable $17,300.
be running in the next Board election. Guy read a tribute
highlighting her hard work and accomplishments while on Board Action: Motion by Peggy Zonca, support by Michelle
the Board. Kathy, we thank you for your service and you will Todorov, to approve the financial report of March 18, 2019.
be missed. All in favor. Motion passed.
Approval of Minutes: Clubhouse Committee Report: page 10
Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by Board Action: Motion by Sandy Nolan, support by Michelle
Sandy Nolan, to approve and file the minutes of the February Todorov, to approve the Clubhouse Committee report of
18, 2019, executive session of the Board of Directors. All in March 4, 2019, and the recommendation to approve the final
favor. Motion passed. draft of the fitness room rules and regulations. All in favor.
Motion passed.
Financial Report:
Court Liaison Committee Report: page 11
Joe Poma reported.
Discussion: Joe commented about the corral trash carts that
The income account is favorable $3,272 mainly due to the are discussed in the minutes. He has reached out to Advanced
recurring AT&T check and interest from investments. Disposal, but they have not returned his calls. Some residents
Utilities are unfavorable $17,361. The natural gas bills were are concerned about reaching the carts in the rear during
the winter. Advanced Disposal is also voicing protest due to
high due to the cold weather.
having to use a different truck and having to pull each cart
The administrative expense account is favorable $5,160 out individually. The original test on Longwood Ct. worked
mainly due to no major supply purchases and the well.
administrative payroll is far under budget because of fewer Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by
payroll days in the month. Sandy Nolan, to approve the Court Liaison Committee
report of March 7, 2019. All in favor. Motion passed.
Grounds expense is unfavorable $1,939. The vehicle expense
was unfavorable $7,601 due to DOT inspections, tractor Engineering Committee Report: page 12
repairs, a power steering pump being replaced on the 2007 Discussion: Joe added an engineering packet for unit 470.
F-150 and a gasoline purchase. The price savings on the A load bearing wall modification was done several years
Eco-Green sidewalk salt and fewer payroll days offset that ago which the Association was unaware. The current owner
amount. received approval from the township and our maintenance
and submitted an Engineering request form. He recommends
Maintenance repair & supplies are favorable $2,406 due to that it be approved.
no major repairs. Unit maintenance and repair is expected
Board Action: Motion by Sandy Nolan, support by Michelle
to be unfavorable in the month of March due to some major
Todorov, to approve the Engineering Committee report
repairs. of March 13, 2019, and the recommendations to approve
The taxes-ins.-reserve account is unfavorable $11,760 mainly modifications #1-4 and to add #5, unit 470, wall modification.
All in favor. Motion Passed.
due to a major foundation repair, installation of a new sump
pit for building #30 and the purchase of the main lounge and

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Ecology Committee: page 13
Discussion: Cathy Watkins confirmed that the Northville
Garden Walk is a go. She will be requesting for additional
help in the upcoming meeting minutes.
Board Action: Motion by Sandy Nolan, support by Michelle
Todorov, to approve the Ecology Committee report of March
12, 2019. All in favor. Motion Passed.
Grounds Committee: page 14
Board Action: Motion by Sandy Nolan, support by Michelle
Todorov, to approve the Ecology Committee report of March
11, 2019. All in favor. Motion Passed.
Co-Owner Forum:
A resident requested there be a community wide garage sale.
Participating residents can set up their own tables in front of
their unit and are responsible for posting their own garage
sale signs. The agreed upon dates are Friday May 17th and
Saturday, May 18th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be notice
in the Herald and newspaper.
The topic of recycling came up. Wayne County is still only
recycling cardboard. There are cities, such as Westland,
who are discussing ending the recycling program since the
community is paying but the recyclables are going to a dump
or just sitting in piles at the recycle center. The Association
will let the community know of any future changes.
A resident asked if there is a program for kitchen compost.
There is not a compost program and there is concern over
odor. Joe recommended that the resident reach out to the
Grounds or Ecology committees to share eco-friendly ideas.
A resident noticed that many porches on Hayes Ct. are in
need of repair. Joe commented that he will take an inventory
of the porches and the co-owner will receive a letter if it
needs repair since it is their responsibility. If the porches are
not repaired after a period of time after receiving the letter
the Association will have them done and will bill the co-
owner’s account.
Board Action: Motion by Sandy Nolan, support by Peggy
Zonca, to adjourn the March 18, 2019 public Board meeting.
All in favor. Motion Passed.
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

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MEMO

To: All Residents & Board of Directors

From: Joe Poma, Property Manager

Date: March 25, 2019

Re: Kathy Baldwin, Director

The election process for the Board of Directors will be taking place within a month and we were recently
notified that Kathy Baldwin will not be seeking re-election. Most of you know Kathy and have been privileged
to work with her during her 14 years of volunteer service to your community. In condominium management,
people come and go over the years and that is simply the nature of the industry, but it always seems hard to say
goodbye to those that have served alongside of you for so many years.

Kathy has been a resident of Highland Lakes since 2001 and was only here for 4 years before she became a
Board Member in 2005. She has served continuously since that time in almost every capacity that a resident
can be involved in. She served with the Finance Committee, Grounds, Clubhouse, Pool, Community Social and
Court Liaison Committees since 2002. When she became a Board Member, she was actively involved in the
Vision Committee; work that culminated in the creation of the McKenna Master Plan for the future of Highland
Lakes, and an architectural rendering and specification packet that, to this day, serves as a foundation for our
street signs, light poles, clubhouse and our upcoming siding project among others. Her involvement can be seen
in everything that we are doing here to make Highland Lakes a modern and appealing community, using the
best resources and materials from industry leaders that we can find. After Kathy was done with her work on the
Vision Committee, she became a liaison for the Engineering, Family Social, RV, Pool and Grounds
Committees, requiring her attendance at every monthly evening meeting throughout the year. In 2009 alone,
she attended 6 committee meetings per month and a monthly Board meeting. The Board meetings adjourned
early if they ended at 10:25pm. The June meeting adjourned at 1:05am. In 2009 and 2010, Kathy was busy
planning a roofing project, as the Board worked with a consulting firm and we were able to finally commence
the project in the spring of 2010. Fireplace inspections, roofing, project oversight, contracts and everything
needed to get a major capital improvement project off the ground required her involvement and input. Like
other members, she had her own opinions for the good of the community, but was moderate and fair in her
dealings. The roofing project was just one of several that the community has planned and implemented since
then. When the roofing project was underway, Kathy turned her attention to health and property insurance
negotiations with our brokers and was instrumental in obtaining the first bulk natural gas contract that saved our
community tens of thousands of dollars.

Much of the above information is based on her work from 2008-2010, a time when I first came to the property
and was amazed at the dedication that volunteers such as Kathy provide at no cost to the residents. I would
need 14 paragraphs like the one above to explain the work she has done; everything from project planning, right
down to flowers she planted and weeds she pulled around the clubhouse. On behalf of the Board of Directors,
management and residents of Highland Lakes, thank you Kathy. Best of luck in all you do.

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Clubhouse Committee MEETING DATE: March 4, 2019
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Barb Balok, Chairperson Guy Balok, Board President
Richard Wilson Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison
Yvonne Wilson Kathy Baldwin, Board Liaison
Elaine Anderson Joe Poma, Property Manager
Cheryl Huizing

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Renovation Update:
Furniture has been ordered for Main Lounge and Library. Delivery is expected sometime in April. Room designation signs
have been ordered and are expected within 4-6 weeks.

2. Old Business:
After much talk and consideration, Fitness Room Rules and Regulations were drafted and completed for Board approval.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: This committee recommends that the final draft of Fitness Room Rules and
Regulations be approved.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Barb Balok

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Court Liaison Committee MEETING DATE: March 7, 2019
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Joel Lutz, Chairperson Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Sharon Smith Guy Balok, Board President
Diane Butkowski Kathy Baldwin, Board
Barb Adams Sandy Nolan, Board
Barb Balok Joe Poma, Property Manager
Liz Oliver Richard Wilson
Dianne Hartman Colleen Pilgrim
Judy Nakdimen

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Aqueduct Court and Eddington Place: Currently have temporary Court Liaisons for these courts. Still seeking a permanent
liaison for Aqueduct Court; Barbara Adams will deliver this month. Sharon Smith will deliver Eddington Place this month.

2. Corral trash carts – test carts:


Joel reported that the trash company has agreed to put trash carts in 2 to 3 corrals as a test to see how well it works at keeping
loose trash out of the bins. A coordinator will be needed for each test court to explain and advertise the change and moni-
tor the bins once implemented. Signs and notices will be supplied, including a notice in the Herald and signs for the gates,
regarding the plan and purpose. Reminders that cardboard boxes should be broken down and preferably taken to the recy-
cling bin will be included. Discussion was held about content of notices and possible surveillance devices. Diane Butkowski
volunteered to be the coordinator for Iron Gate Court and Sharon Smith for Mann Court. Joel will contact Mike Baynes for
Richards Court since he expressed interest previously. Joe Poma will contact the company regarding obtaining the bins and
will review removal of the cement blocks from the bins in those courts. The hope is to implement the plan by April.

3. Fencing:
The question was raised about replacing the fencing on the patios. It was explained that the asphalt/concrete and siding proj-
ects will be done first before fencing is considered.

4. Trash Talk:
Judy Nakdimen has agreed to resume trash talk flyers that will be laminated and placed on the gates of the trash corrals, rotat-
ing them with new ones on a monthly basis. Ideas for subjects were discussed.

5. Old Business:
An update on the siding project was given, specifically regarding door colors. Doors should be painted to match the shutter
color or white. Black is not a choice. It was recommended that residents be informed that if they choose black shutters their
doors will be white. This should be included in the siding project presentations that will be held in March. A question was
raised about the trim that is around the Dundee units; will it be painted? That is one of the issues being considered.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: Property Manager has already initiated a corral cart discussion with Advance
Disposal.
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Sharon Smith

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Engineering Committee MEETING DATE: March 13, 2019
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Lorraine Scully, Chairperson Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Thomas A. Werner, Co-Chair
Kim Hudson, Secretary
Richard Wilson

MODIFICATION REQUESTS REVIEWED:

1 Unit 90 Patio 3 Unit 382 (5) Windows


Installation by: Martino Home Improvements Installation by: Wallside Windows
Notes: Meets HLCA Requirements Notes: Meets HLCA Requirements

2 Unit 207 Guest bathroom in basement 4 Unit 635 Storm Door SD-2
Installation by: Dani Haddad Installation by: Home Depot
& Master Plumber Stevenson Notes: Meets HLCA Requirements
Notes: Meets HLCA Requirements

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: To approve modifications #1-4


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Tom Werner

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Ecology Committee MEETING DATE: March 12, 2019
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Cathy Watkins Chair Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Liz Gannon - co chair Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Diane Pittaway
Sharon Smith
Richard Wilson
Judy Nakdimen

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
The goal of the Ecology Committee is to consider the impacts that various activities have on the environment of Highland
Lakes. This incudes the lakes and grounds. We are trying to introduce new best practices that will enhance and enrich our
environment while reducing costs and negative impacts.

So our discussion this month focused on:


1. Fall leaf pick up: the committee felt that mulching the leaves with a mower in the common areas will add nutrients to the
lawn; this will reduce the amount of fertilizer required throughout the rest of the year and in addition will green the lawns.
Around the units, the leaves will still be collected and hauled away. We discussed the costs involved with having leaves
hauled away.

2. Lawn Fertilizers: We are questioning aspects of the fertilizing program such as how often, and what chemicals are used
such as weed/feed and pesticides. This includes questioning the safety for people and pets.

3. Northville Garden Walk: This committee has been involved in restoring the woods at Silver Spring Lake. To date we have
cleared out invasive plants like buckthorn and garlic mustard and planted native plants. This year we are going to be in-
cluded in the Greater Northville Garden Walk as an example of environmental sustainability. We are looking for volunteers
to help with photography, pamphlet composition and folding, etc and helping the day of, July 10. No working in the woods
(Unless you want too)!

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: none


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Cathy Watkins

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Grounds Committee MEETING DATE: March 11, 2019
MEMBERS PRESENT: Elaine Anderson GUESTS PRESENT:
Joel Lutz, Chairperson Barb Balok Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Cathy Watkins, Co-Chair Sandy Jarvis Kathy Baldwin, Board
Judith Alessandri Judy Nakdimen Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison
Richard Wilson Earl Smith Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Rosemary Campion Joe Poma, Property Manager

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Iris, hydrangea and tall grass need to be trimmed back while still dormant to allow for this year's new growth.

2. Planned replacement of the Eight Mile entrance island's crabapple trees. The committee feels they should be replaced with
same type of trees (native ornamental version). Specific recommendation to come after discussion with MSU extension
service.

3. Committee to solicit plans and bids for relandscaping foundation grounds around front and two sides of Highland House.
Plans to be based on a minimum amount of ongoing maintenance. Carmin's Garden detail to be kept as well as two existing
trees.

4. Trees planted to screen out industrial property behind Ironwood Court seem to have recovered well now that they have
been regularly watered. Two or three deciduous trees would help the evergreens screen the view.

5. Garlic Mustard Pull will be Sunday, May 19th this year.

6. There is a drainage problem on the sidewalk in front of building 30 of Hayes Court. Will be dealt with when cement con-
tractor begins work in Highland Lakes later this year.

7. Creating a planting screen between Iron Gate trash corral and Silver Spring Drive not deemed to actually be beneficial.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: none


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Joel Lutz

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Coming Soon…..
The Highland Lakes 6th Annual

One of the wonderful features of Highland Lakes is our woodlands.


They make many areas around our community like an off-the-beaten-
path experience.

Unfortunately, our woods are being invaded by some ecologically


damaging plants, which left unchecked, are capable of eliminating the
native trees and plants that make up our wooded areas. In defense of
our woods a group of woods loving Highland Lakers have annually had a
day to remove as much as possible in that day of the invasive garlic
mustard plants.

Nothing difficult, just grab, pull and bag. The soil will still be moist and
will easily surrender up the plants that need to be removed.

How about you join us to enjoy an adventurous day with your


neighbors in one of the outstanding amenities of Highland Lakes.

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Sunday, May 19
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
We’ll gather in the Silver Spring beach/picnic area. Call 248-349-6782
(Joel Lutz) for more information.
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What Can Go Down the Drain?
Garbage disposals are designed to take a lot of abuse, but nowhere near what some we put them
through, these powerful machines do have their limits and when we use them improperly, we can do
just as much damage to our plumbing with a disposal as we can without one.

Everyone knows that certain things don’t belong going down a garbage disposal, but it’s practically
impossible to get a straight answer about what those things are. The easiest way to separate the things
that we can and cannot put down the disposal is to have an idea of how they work. Lots of people think
that garbage disposals have spinning blades like a blender, but they’re actually closer to a coffee grinder.
As the motor turns, it forces food particles in the main disposal chamber through a series of holes
around the perimeter, breaking them up into tiny pieces. From there, the food flows into the
wastewater pipe and on its way:

Ultimately, our garbage disposal is just a fancy front door to our kitchen sink: everything you put down it
eventually ends up in our pipes, just in much smaller pieces. In order for a piece of food to go from the
garbage disposal to the waste water treatment plant with no major detours along the way, it needs to
be soft enough to pass through the grind holes and water-soluble enough to resist clogging. This covers
most things we eat, but as always, there are some notable exceptions

Non-food items

This should be obvious, but never put anything that isn’t food down your disposal. It’s designed to break
down stuff that’s soft enough to chew, not glass, metal, or even paper. The first two are easy enough to
avoid, but don’t forget to peel off stickers and labels from produce or new kitchen gadgets and throw
them in the garbage not down the drain. While one or two may not do damage, they can build up over
the years.

Anything really hard

Our garbage disposals are powerful grinding machine, but that doesn’t mean they can handle anything
we feed them. The really tough stuff, think fruit pits, bones, raw meat, and fruit or nut shells don’t break
down at all. Instead, it’ll just bounce around the chamber, getting more and more banged-up until we
admit defeat and chuck it in the trash or compost where it belongs. If it’s too hard to chew, it’s too hard
to grind up.

Of course, just because our disposal can grind something doesn’t mean it should. Egg shells are a great
example of this: most disposals will eventually break them down, but they pose more danger to our
pipes than the disposal itself. The shards don’t exactly dissolve in water, so they’re prone to building up
over time and even clogging our pipes.

Known clog risks

On that note, it’s extremely important to avoid putting potential clogging agents down our disposal.
These are the worst offenders:

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Grease and oil: Never put large quantities of oil down any drain, not even one with a disposal. Cooking
grease floats on top of waste water, sticking to the walls of our pipes and trapping particulate solids
until it forms a massive plug. Let frying oil cool and dispose in the trash, or strain it and re-use.

Coffee grounds: Where fat floats, coffee grounds sink. Even if they don’t get caught in built-up grease
deposits, they can collect on the floor of pipes, eventually stopping the flow of water altogether. Throw
them away, compost them, or save them for garden fertilizer.

Anything that can absorb a lot of water: Cooked or raw rice, bread, pasta, grains, flours, and starches are
far too water-absorbent to safely pass through pipes.

Anything that can get stuck in a pipe probably will. When in doubt, think about what would happen if we
left that thing in a bowl of water indefinitely. If it would dissolve on its own, it’s probably OK; if it
wouldn’t, don’t risk it.

Fibrous or stringy substances

Thanks to good old common sense, most people know enough not to put chicken bones down the
garbage disposal, but might think nothing of chucking in a stalk of celery. Unfortunately, some fruits and
vegetables are so fibrous that their surprisingly tough structures don’t always break down in the
disposal. Over time, stringy fibers from foods like celery, corn husks, pineapple, onion and garlic skins,
asparagus, and artichokes can get tangled, putting unnecessary stress on the motor and shortening its
life.

Too much of anything

As is so often the case, when it comes to garbage disposals, the dose makes the poison. Even innocuous
foods like carrot peels can cause problems if you cram your disposal full of them and then switch on the
motor. Always run the tap, feed things in slowly, keep the pieces small, and throw away anything that
gives you pause, or makes a lot of noise.

With that said, the opposite is also true to some extent. A tablespoon of congealed bacon fat here or a
handful of chopped celery there won’t instantly destroy your pipes or disposal, but over time, bad habits
will come back to bite you. Treat your garbage disposal well—and clean it from time to time—and it’ll
have your back for years to come.

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Neighborhood News
Hi neighbor! Many of you may remember that Highland Lakes used to
include a page providing an opportunity for young people to list their names for
babysitting services in the Herald. This page was
discontinued in 2015 due to lack of participation.
The good news is that The Helpful Hands page is
making a comeback.

In addition to babysitting, children and adults


alike are invited to advertise other services and odd
jobs – free of charge. Spring is here and there may
be seniors and others who need help clearing off
their patios or planting gardens. If you specialize in
any other type of odd job or service, let your
neighbors know!

There will also be a new page for advertising items for sale. Our Clubhouse
has undergone a great transformation. After 47 years, there has been a complete
updating and renovation of the building. We hope that everyone will come and
enjoy the community events this year!

Due to the construction, there will no longer be a corkboard for


advertisement of items for sale. You are encouraged to use the Herald which also
appears on the Highland Lakes website (www.hlca.us) for advertising. There is a
one-time charge of $4.00. Your ad will stay in the Herald until you notify Emily
that you want it removed. You may also include one
picture. The picture should be sent to
Emily@hlca.us.

Sandy Nolan

Board of Directors

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Why Native Plants Matter
Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a
native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to
nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

Over the past century, urbanization has taken intact, ecologically productive land and
fragmented and transformed it with lawns and exotic ornamental plants. The continental U.S.
lost a staggering 150 million acres of habitat and farmland to urban sprawl, and that trend isn’t
slowing. The modern obsession with highly manicured “perfect” lawns alone has created a
green, monoculture carpet across the country that covers over 40 million acres. The
human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems, and the remaining
isolated natural areas are not large enough to support wildlife.

Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in


which they evolved. They are the ecological basis upon
which life depends, including birds and people. Without
them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds
cannot survive. For example, research by the entomologist
Doug Tallamy has shown that native oak trees support over
500 species of caterpillars whereas ginkgos, a commonly
planted landscape tree from Asia, host only 5 species of
caterpillars. When it takes over 6,000 caterpillars to raise one
brood of chickadees, that is a significant difference.

Unfortunately, most of the landscaping plants available in


nurseries are alien species from other countries. These exotic plants not only sever the food
web, but many have become invasive pests, outcompeting native species and
degrading habitat in remaining natural areas.

Landscaping choices have meaningful


effects on the populations of birds and the insects
they need to survive. The bottom line is this—
homeowners, landscapers, and local policy
makers can benefit birds and other wildlife by
simply selecting native plants when making their
landscaping decisions. To do your part, you can
use Audubon's handy database to discover
native plants in your area and which types of
birds they'll attract. Just enter your zip code, and
it's as easy as that.
https://www.audubon.org/native-plants

Benefits of Native Plants


Low maintenance:
Once established, native plants generally require
little maintenance.

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Beauty:
Many native plants offer beautiful showy flowers, produce abundant colorful fruits and
seeds, and brilliant seasonal changes in colors from the pale, thin greens of early spring, to
the vibrant yellows and reds of autumn.

Healthy Places for People:


Lawns and the ubiquitous bark-mulched landscapes are notorious for requiring profuse
amounts of artificial fertilizers and synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides. The
traditional suburban lawn, on average, has 10x more chemical pesticides per acre than
farmland. By choosing native plants for your landscaping, you are not only helping wildlife, but
you are creating a healthier place for yourself, your family, and your community.

Helping the Climate:


Landscaping with native plants can combat climate change. In addition to the reduced noise
and carbon pollution from lawn mower exhaust, many native plants, especially long-living
trees like oaks and maples, are effective at storing the
greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Conserving Water:
Because native plants are adapted to local
environmental conditions, they require far less water,
saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable
natural resource, water.

Wildlife
In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many
other species of wildlife benefits as well. The colorful
array of butterflies and moths, including the iconic monarch, the swallowtails, tortoiseshells,
and beautiful blues, are all dependent on very specific native plant species. Native plants
provide nectar for pollinators including hummingbirds, native bees, butterflies, moths, and
bats. They provide protective shelter for many mammals. The native nuts, seeds, and fruits
produced by these plants offer essential foods for all forms of wildlife.

~ Ecology Committee, Reprint with permission from Audubon.org

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FITNESS ROOM
Rules and Regulations
Maximum Occupancy 9

1. Open during regular Clubhouse Hours only.

2. Fitness Room is for use by residents and limited to 2 guests each (Non-residents).

3. No one under 16 will be permitted to use exercise equipment. If under 18 must have parent
or legal guardian present during use.

4. No wet shoes or bare feet allowed.

5. Beverages other than water are NOT permitted.

6. Use of Fitness Room is “at your own risk”. No attendants or supervision of any kind will be
provided by HLCA.

7. ALL Residents must leave their HLCA ID with the receptionist BEFORE entering the Fitness
Room. ID will be returned when you check out.

8. Use of equipment is on a first come first served basis, therefore please be considerate and
limit your time on the equipment to a 20 minute max when people are waiting.

9. Notify management/ staff immediately of any equipment problems, and do not use any
equipment that is not working properly.

10. No outside equipment allowed.

11. The volume of media devices (including television) must be kept to a reasonable level.
Headphones are recommended when applicable. If volume is such that it can be heard outside
the Fitness Room, you may be asked to turn it off.

12. Wipe down equipment with antiseptic wipes after each use. Place garbage in appropriate
receptacle and return ALL equipment to original location as displayed.

** Failure to comply with these rules and regulations could cause your Fitness Room
privileges to be suspended and future access denied. Management reserves the right to
prohibit use of the Fitness Room by any individual failing to comply with normal precautions
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Have You Heard?
As much as we enjoy our computers, I-Pads and mobile phones, they have become an
open road for hackers and scammers. Our personal information has become easily accessible.
Identity theft has become a common occurrence. When it comes to bills and other personal
documents, the best advice is to pull out the paper shredder and shred, shred, shred away!

Scammers are shrewd. They will often target the senior population.
Scams take many forms. Here are a few which have been currently
reported.

An elderly grandmother receives a phone call from an unknown


number. The person on the other end is calling from another part of the
world. She is told that her grandson who is traveling in that area has been
arrested and jailed. The person says he can free the young man if she will
hurry and send money. The aim is that in a flurry of panic and concern,
she will do anything to save the grandchild. This scam may seem
farfetched, but people have fallen for it. Never send money or give a
credit card number to a stranger who calls you requesting it for any reason.

Another common scam is when they send out a robocall telling you that your internet has
been infiltrated. They say that unless you have already “fixed the problem”,
you should call their customer service for help. When you call, they
want your credit card number to pay for their services to fix it from
their offices. They do not offer to come to your house even if you ask
them to do so.

Another recent scam is being done through social media. The


perpetrator goes on Facebook and finds a name complete with
profile picture. Then they use it to contact that person’s friends via
Messenger. When you receive the message, you think it’s your friend
when it’s actually not. Your “friend” tells you that there is grant
money available and that he or she has received $50,000. You are
given the phone number of a “lawyer” who will help you get grant
money too. The idea here is that since the message came from a person
you know, you will trust it. The texts can be very convincing, not to mention persistent. I know
this because it happened to yours truly. The only solution is to contact your actual friend and
confirm the truth. It’s a complicated world we live in. Beware and be safe!

Sandy Nolan, Board of Directors


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Beef en Casserole

8 large mushrooms 1 tsp. tomato paste


6 tbs. butter 1 tsp. meat glaze
3 lb. top sirloin or round beef, cut into 6 tbs. flour
1-inch cubes 3 c. beef broth
1/2 c. cognac 1/2 c. red wine
24 pearl onions, peeled Salt and freshly ground black
12 small carrots, peeled pepper to taste
8 small white turnips, peeled 2 bay leaves
2 celery hearts, quartered

Quarter the mushrooms through the stem. In a large Dutch oven heat two
tablespoons of the butter, add the meat and brown on all sides. Heat the co-
gnac, ignite it and add to the meat. Remove the meat from pan and set aside.
Heat remaining butter in the pan; add onions, carrots, turnips and celery and
sauté until browned. Add mushrooms and cook until moisture is released.
Remove from heat and blend in tomato paste, meat glaze and flour. Add stock
and wine; return to low heat and stir until the mixture boils. Season with salt
and pepper. Return the beef and juices to pan and add bay leaves. Cover and
simmer until beef is tender, two to two and one-half hours. Discard bay leaves.
Serves 8.

Recipe by Judy Nakdimen

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FRIENDLY, EXPERIENCED
REMINDER:
ELDERCARE ASSISTANT
New residents
please come in to
the Clubhouse and
get your picture ID’s
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD!
taken. Residents
who already own an ASSISTANCE/TRANSPORTATION TO MEDICAL/
ID please bring it to SOCIAL VISITS, SHOPPING, ERRANDS, ETC.
the Clubhouse for
MEAL PREPARATION; LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING
this years sticker.
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Highland Lakes Women’s Club


SAVE THE DATE:
The next get-together will be
April 4, 2019 at noon
Macaroni Grill
39300 W Seven Mile Rd
Livonia, MI
Arranged by Agnes Valle
May 2, 2019 at noon
Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro
43271 Crescent Blvd
Novi, MI
Arranged by Judy Nakdimen
For further information about the Highland Lakes Women’s Club, you can contact
Bev Dudley at (248)349-4139 or leratcat@aol.com
All adult female residents of Highland Lakes are invited to meet with us!

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Highland Lakes Court Liaisons
NOTE: ALL AREA CODES ARE 248 UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE

Anchor Ironwood Neptune


Tracey Green........................321-4614 Barbara Balok.............734-667-3507 Lucy Curtis (B33)..............349-0301
Mary Kay Wimsatt (B34)...767-9846
Althea Itham Elizabeth Oliver (B35).......880-2637
Sue Tocco............................ 231-8960 Daniel Long................734-245-6191 .
Norwood
Amboy Juliet Stan Savitskie .............. ..946-4338
Brad Todorov.........................380-1611 Debra Behrmann........734-934-0625 .
Oakland
Andover Kenyon Earl Smith.........................349-6478
Pam Takacs...........................374-0864 Elizabeth Dombles..............Unlisted
Old Bridge
Aqueduct Lagoon Linda Tomica...................349-6107
VACANT Marchelle Brotz...........517-525-1661
Pond
Bryn Mawr Lehigh Diane Pittaway............... .347-1078
Robert Gorczyca.............734-751-7828 Lela Lutz............................349-6782
Queen Anne
Dartmouth Lehigh Lane Kathy Baldwin..................974-6688
Colleen Pilgrim................734-292-6885 Dianne Hartman.................229-3884
Richards
Dearborn Leidel Mike Baynes....................826-9435
June Macveigh.......................348-0113 Barbara Adams..................982-8247
Sandy
Dorothy Gay Lilac Beverly Brenner...............348-2982
Gayathri Rao.........................344-8791 Barbara Evans...................348-3087
Savoy
Eddington Longwood Jason Kraska.....................unlisted
David Duey.....................586-996-2098 Jim O’Connor.....................344-6600
Schoolhouse
Farragut Lyric Leslie Wilcox.......... .........449-6726
Beverly Dudley.........................unlisted Minda Commire.................701-0004
Seabrook
Hayes Madison Andrea Valle.....................819-0704
D. & G. Loudy (B 30, 31 & 32) Judy Nakdimen.................344-0336
..................................................349-3308 Valiant
Malvern Ilio Alessandri ................ ..449-6959
Inlet Viviana Lande ...................320-0691
Betsy Byrne...........................207-6221 View Point
Mann Stanley Roberson.....734-674-3600
Irongate Sharon Smith.....................348-0706
Diane Butkowski....................982-2689 Whitman
Barbara Evans.................348-3087
Mariner
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April 2019
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 2 3 4 5 6
Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Clubhouse Yoga 9:30 a.m. Women’s Club
Comm. 7:00
noon
p.m.
Court Liaison
Comm. Trash &
Recycling Recycling 7:00 p.m. Recycling
Pickup Trash Pickup Pickup Pickup
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Grounds
Yoga 9:30 a.m. Pool Comm. Yoga 9:30 a.m. Election
Comm. Resumes Due -
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Ecology Comm.
Engineering 5 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Comm. 7:00 p.m. Trash &
Recycling Recycling Recycling
Pickup Trash Pickup Pickup Pickup
14 Finance Comm.
15 16 17 18 19 20
6:00 p.m. Yoga 9:30 a.m. Good Friday
Candidates Clubhouse
Night Closes at 1 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Trash &
Recycling Recycling Recycling
Pickup Trash Pickup Pickup Pickup
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Easter Yoga 9:30 a.m. Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Clubhouse
Closed Trash &
Recycling Recycling Recycling
Pickup Trash Pickup Pickup Pickup
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
Yoga 9:30 a.m. Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Women’s Club
noon
Court Liaison Trash &
Recycling Recycling Comm. Recycling
Pickup Trash Pickup Pickup 7:00 p.m. Pickup
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Clubhouse
Yoga 9:30 a.m. Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Comm. 7:00
p.m.

Trash &
Recycling Recycling Recycling
Pickup Trash Pickup Pickup Pickup

CLUBHOUSE WINTER HOURS


Monday - Friday......................9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday................Noon - 9:00 p.m. Sunday..............Noon - 5:00 p.m.