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Vol. XX, No. 31 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 11, 2007

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00P Pinochle
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Dup. Bridge
7:00P Billiards (L)
7:00P Cribbage
12:30P Ceramics
1:00P Bowling
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
7:00P Poker(L)
7:00P Poker (M)
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Scrabble
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Mtg

THANK YOU:   I would like to personally thank my friends at King's Gate for their generous donations to the 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer held in Boston this past weekend.   Opening ceremonies were held in Framingham, Mass on Friday & closing ceremonies at Bayside Expo Center, Boston.   Donations at this time are $5 million and will still pour in for the next month.   My daughter & granddaughter walked the entire route (60 miles).   There were many sore feet and tired bodies and many tears of joy for a great cause.   Closing ceremonies touched the thousands of people who were there.   Again, my own thanks to you all!!       ---Judy Spears

HEALTHLINE:   Barbara Cane, 267 Camelot Dr. called Genevieve Hale to say that their Grandson had died and her husband, Neil, had fallen down the stair and broke his right arm in two places.   That certainly will alter their plans as I understand they were planning on returning this week.   Prayers world be appreciated.   Cards may be sent to their northern address given in Directory.
     Betty Dowling asked me to put in the Newsletter that the address given last week for Tom was to be discarded.   Tom is very lonely in the VA Hospital and he wants to go home.   Betty said "Tom is a fighter and does not want to give up" but they both agree that this is the time to say it is enough.   Hospice will be called in as soon as he gets home.   May the dear Lord go with them.   Please continue to pray and send cards or call.       ---Jane Haggerty, Summer Time Health Line

NEWS ABOUT RESIDENTS:   Anne and Don Fisher will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary by taking a trip on August 29 on the American Queen from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati on the Ohio River.   They will be accompanied by ten family members.   (Their actual Wedding Anniversary date is October 11).   Seems like yesterday when many of us were with them when they celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a trip on the American Queen from St. Paul to St. Louis.   We all wish you many more happy years together!
     Mary Lou Richmond flew to California last weekend to surprise her sister when they celebrated their 50th Anniversary.   Surprises are always fun!

TRAVEL:   Our first show of the season will be September 23rd, 2007.   I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.   This will be on a Sunday matinee at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.   Off Broadway's longest running musical comes to Ft. Myers!   This hilarious musical comedy delves into dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws!   Our trip includes round trip transportation, the dinner buffet with delicious desserts, all taxes and gratuities.   Please consider joining us on this early tour.  Tickets are now on sale at the SPECIAL RATE OF $54.00.   Several reservations are in so check if you have signed up and payment is due at this time. Please make checks payable to Kings Gate Club Travel.
      All other shows and prices will be listed next week.   New Happy Heart Flyer's are in the back if you want to do a trip with them on your own, just let me know.   Happy Heart Tours are one of our Travel partners.
     January Cruise-Panama Canal, we have added a few more guests, our count at this time is 86.  We will have two buses from Kings Gate Club.   VIP Travel is still able to find rooms if you would like to join the fun.   Any travel questions please contact Don and Mary Lou, KGC's travel coordinators.   484-6807

SYMPATHY:   We extend our sympathy to Nip and Jackie Barker.   Nip's cousin had been ill for several months and she passed away last week in Texas.   Nip and Jackie flew to Dallas for the Memorial Service.

VIDEO'S:  "THE QUEEN" - DVD - CASE - CARD and MOVIE - MISSING.   Please return the DVD to the Video Room.   People are waiting to see it.   Thank you.   Jean Ickes

TREE TRIMMING:   Tree trimming will start the week of August 20, 2007.   Sign-up sheet is in the office.   If you have questions please call Rich Davis 412-1951.

KINGS GATE CLUB - THE EARLY YEARS:   Here is the final portion of the report which was written sometime ago by John Galaba, former resident of "our little bit of paradise":

     An interesting incident occurred in the early '80s.   A storm came up one afternoon that dropped 10 inches of rain in four hours.   We were unable to open the dam gates in those days.   Cow Pen Slew overflowed and water was running down all the streets in the Club.   Everyone was unable to leave the Club due to the flooded streets.   And if they could have, the intersection of Kings Way with Laurel Road was deep under water.  That corner has been raised since.   When the water subsided, it left fish flopping all over the streets.   Some people were so disturbed by the flood that they sold their homes.
     There was a lot of wild life in the early days.   There was no grass then so we could see the animal tracks.   Foxes walked through every night.   And wildcats.   That is why we were never bothered with rabbits in those days.   We had lots of armadillos.   Boy Scouts used to camp in the property on the other side of Cow Pen Slew.   Many times we watched them come over the bridge and chase and catch the armadillos.   They would then take them back to their camp and make stew from them.
     Alligators frequently came in from Salt Creek.   There used to be lot of alligators in our lake.   Mostly 3 or 4 feet long.   They used to sun themselves on the back lawns of homes on the lake.   One resident's wife was scared of them so her husband got his 22 rifle and decided to shoot them.   He found out that the bullets bounced off their hides.   He finally found out that he could kill them by shooting them in the eyes, which he proceeded to so.   I never found out how he disposed of the bodies.   Later we talked a trapper into trapping alligators for us.   Everything was fine until the state officials found out and made him quit.
     One time a big alligator moved in.   Everyone was afraid for visiting children.   We got permission to have him disposed of.   The trapper came in and baited a big hook with a rabbit and caught the gater and took him away.   If I remember right, the gater was a little over ten feet.
     We had a little excitement one night when a tornado came through.   It came in over Lot #62 next door to mine.   At that time, there was no home on the lot.   It did rip the gutters of my home, and then sideswiped the home across the street belonging to John Bas.   It then crossed the lake and again did not hit a home direct, but tore off the gutters and some siding on the home on, what I think was Lot #309.   We were fortunate that it did not hit any of the homes directly.
     These are a few of my early recollections.   I hope that they will give you a little insight on what it was like many years ago.

We will continue with more KGC history next week.       ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   We were up north in Minnesota a few days ago to visit my cousin and she showed me an e-mail which she had received from a friend.   It was about young school children given an assignment to name the current "Seven Wonders of the World.   Her friend said she had been under the impression that there was "one" list, but she said when she Googled the Seven Wonders, she was amazed to find not one, but many lists, and no two had all the same things on them.   She said then she was confused.   Now for the rest of the story.....One young girl had failed to hand in her paper, so the teacher asked her if she was having a problem with her list.   She said yes and that there were so many that she was having trouble choosing.   The teacher had her read her list so that the class could help her.   She said, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:   to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, and to love."   Hmmm, out of the mouth's of babes!   Makes one think, doesn't it, as to what is really important.       ---SJB

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