Spring Picnic Update
The DSPOA annual Spring picnic was held on Saturday, April 5. The weather was perfect and a cool breeze off the water kept everyone comfortable and "bug free"! 38 people attended and I feel confident in saying that no one left the area hungry.
The association supplied 16 lbs of delicious pulled pork (smoked by chef Bill Steen) accompanied by black beans and yellow rice (prepared by Lanie Cooney). In addition to this fare, those who attended brought side dishes and desserts to share with their neighbors and I can personally attest to the absolute deliciousness of every one of them!
The setting for this event was the covered patio area of Greg and Nicole Thompson on Bayshore Dr. If you wanted to build an area to host a gathering of people in comfort, this layout could be the blueprint! Thank you Greg and Noel for hosting us and making us all feel welcome. Another great big thank you goes out to Linda Goodman, also on Bayshore, for volunteering to loan us 6 long tables and 20 chairs to accommodate the guest seating. A very comfortable picnic was the result!
If you missed this year's event, you owe it to yourself to try to make it next year. It is a great time to socialize with your neighbors and meet new people who have moved into the area. We had 5 new neighbors attend this year and we were glad they were there.
Put a note on your calendars to attend the DSPOA picnic in April, 2015. I don't know where it will be held yet or the exact date, but I do know the food will be great, the company will be outstanding and you will have a great time for less than $5. Check it out!
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (I.e. It is sunny out today.)
R*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
There is a new indicator for stroke. Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.
If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
Any resident of Dixie Shores that is bothered by a dog or dogs that are running loose in the neighborhood (all dogs are required to be on a leash), constantly barking or in any other way cause a disturbance or creating a nuisance are advised to contact Citrus County Animal Control at 726-1121. This office is staffed by the Sherrif's department and is very responsive to citizen complaints.
Dog Walking Etiquette
Please observe common rules of decency when taking your pet for a walk in the neighborhood. No one wants to serve as the "bathroom" for someone else"s dog. If your pet needs to relieve itself while on a walk, you need to be prepared to clean up its "offering" before moving on. This is only common decency and will be very much appreciated by those who live along the way. If this is too much for you to do, please keep your pet in your own yard and off of the yards of others. Most pet owners are very respectful of this obligation but there remains a small minority who are unmindful of the rights of their neighbors.
I have been asked by the owner of the lots on the west end of Bayshore Dr to let pet owners know that walking their pets on the perimeter of the lots (outside the rocks) is perfectly fine as long as you clean up any mess left behind. The area inside the rocks should be considered off limits to pet activities. Thank you.
Check Your Emails For Truth
All of us receive many emails every day. These emails sometimes contain salacious or preposterous or inflamatory claims that we read and sometimes pass on to our friends and relatives without knowing if the information is factual. When we do this, we take the chance of perpetuating the spread of erroneous, misleading and sometimes, hurtful information. You can avoid possibly looking foolish or uninformed by eliminating the forwarding of untrue or irresponsible email.
It is much more responsible to take a minute and try to verify the information before hitting the "Forward" button. For those of you in the neighborhood who would like to be thoughtful "emailers", a listing of web sites which will help you verifying email claims is below. Click on a link and it will take you to the site. Once at the site, just type in several relevant words regarding the erumor and the site will give you information if any is available. Try it.
Truth Or Fiction http://www.truthorfiction.com/search.htm
Urban Legends http://urbanlegends.about.com
Fact Checker http://www.factcheck.org
If you have any questions about using these links, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org