Saturday, April 22, 2017

Toads!

Do you hear the loud shrill sound coming from the streams and ponds on our golf course?  It's especially loud along the stream by the 17th hole.

Sue Reineck stopped me the other day and asked if I had heard the frogs at night so after dinner tonight (delicious meal at Francisco Grande with Jim and Janet Hoppe) we headed over to Reinecks with flashlights in hand to explore.  Sue thought they were spring peepers like she sees back east but after some careful research tonight, I think they are Arizona toads as they're too big for peepers.

Here's a picture from the internet of an Arizona toad calling:



(Don't panic.  These are NOT the Sonoran Desert toads that can be harmful to pets if eaten.)  These are harmless and helpful as they'll eat a lot of pesty insects.


REPRODUCTION AND CALLS:  Breeding occurs over a relatively short period (10-12 days) in February through April.  Breeding is not triggered by rainfall events.  Arizona toads breed in pools, typically along streams and rivers.  Eggs are laid in stringers on the bottom; clutches range from about 3150-4280.  Eggs hatch in 3-6 days, and tadpoles typically metamorphose in 1-3 months, but development can be slower in cooler water or at higher elevations.  The advertisement call is a trill that lasts 8-10 seconds.  Calling males are often strung out singly along stream courses.   This species has a tendency to hop, instead of "walk." 

I think we're going to have a LOT of tadpoles!!!!

Here are pictures of what we found in our creek:







This one is X-rated:

I tried to get a recorded sound.


And here are the avid froggers who accompanied me on tonight's excursion.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

North Gate Traffic


Sue,

This will be in the May newsletter, but please post in your blogs to help get the word out.

Everyone should already be aware by now that there will be extensive construction taking place in the Northeast corner of the Resort as we add new home sites, as well as the other projects planned for the Summer. To minimize construction traffic through the Resort, we will be utilizing the North Gate as a construction entrance. We will be starting this sometime in early May (Exact date TBD). The plan is to have the North Gate open Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 3:30pm, but this could vary as construction requirements dictate. Since the Gate is going to be manned anyway, Residents will be allowed to use the North Gate to enter/exit the Resort provided that the gate is not blocked by the entry/exit of heavy equipment which takes a bit of time to do safely. If you plan to use this gate during the Summer season, keep an eye on Channel 3 where updates will be posted in the event of planned changes to the schedule.


Gary Lambert
Operations Manager

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Santan Room

We're definitely into "off season" mode now.  Summer rules, etc.  More relaxed, quieter, and LOTS fewer people.  It's like living in two different cities.  

All our activities are gathered in one room for summer.  This year we're in the Santan Room.  Last night we had three tables of poker, one table of ponytail, and one table of Mahjong.


Pottery and Glass

While I was in the neighborhood, we peeked in the pottery shop.
Suzette is making a bowl and will be adding some small roses for decoration.


Sharon is sculpting a lizard for her patio.


Jeanette is finishing this awesome candle holder.  Can't wait to see it when its done.





Over in the glass shop, Sandy Milner is creating flowers.





Saw these fancy dishes but they were on a table that said 
"please no photographs".  
We got creative for this shot.  
Summer rules I guess.  LOL


Parking Lot Work

The moment the sewing room was moved, crews started on tearing up the blacktop.


Next will come the trucks to haul away all the debris.


Don requested this photo as I stood there are ordered him to get closer for better photos.



I bet it would be kind of fun to run this shovel and just break up the asphalt.



Panorama view of the work so far.



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sewing Room is moved

After disassembling all the electrical, plumbing, etc., the crews closed off each section with plastic to protect the inside during the move to its new location.






Then each piece was hooked up to the truck and moved over across the street where it will remain until it's new home is prepared.


The procedure seemed to go very smoothly without any incidents.









Now that lot is open and ready to go for the ballroom addition.



Sections will temporarily rest here.


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We see this new sign posted at the main entrance.  It might be interesting to attend this public hearing and see what else we can learn about our expansion plans.


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Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and family values..

Bill said, 'I didn't sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?'

Larry replied, 'I'm not sure, what was her maiden name?'


Phase 3 Information

  


  Obviously, we are always curious about what’s going on at Palm Creek.  Since we were very impressed with the planned revisions scheduled to be carried out this summer, we decided to investigate further.   

This picture shows the proposed project.   


You'll notice there are yellow, blue, and green stars on some of the lots.  These are considered the prime lots and therefore have a one-time lot fee. 

Yellow Stars = $5000 
Blue Stars = $10,000 
Green Stars =$15000 

The red stars denote temporary RV sites. 

Some of these lots are huge, some have great views of the Greenbelt, and some are close to doggie parks.  Our new Cavco/Champion Village Homes will fit there comfortably and some of the lots are large enough that there will be space to add a garage if you so desire. 

Home sizes available range from the cottage homes with about 670 ft.² up to the gorgeous Village homes that go up to 1300 ft.². 

In the upper right-hand corner labeled ”A" there will be a swimming pool, a couple of pavilions and a parking area.  In the upper center labeled "B" is a pavilion and a dog park.  Halfway down the page on the right, also labeled “B” is another pavilion and dog park. 

There are a lot of different lot choices depending on what you want.  If you see one you like, you will want to see Nancy in sales right away because she already has deposits on three of them. 

As for the rent, we did a little research and discovered that apartments in Casa Grande go for about $700 to $1300 a month.  There might be some for a little less than that but they’re probably not anyplace we would like to live.  The monthly cost in Palm Creek ranges from $561 a month to $741 a month.  In addition, the annual lot rent includes water and cable which means you will only be responsible for utilities. Trash and sewer are an additional $30 a month but this is only charged for the months you are actually here.   

We're  anxious for construction to begin so we can show you on the blog what progress is being made.   

Sunday, April 16, 2017

RC Flyers Information

I received a copy of the article that appeared in the Casa Grande RC Flyers club this week regarding the renovations to their airfield.  Our Palm Creek RC Flyers will have a great place to continue their hobby.


Fellow Members:
I wanted to thank the flying club at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort for donating three of their tables and four of their pilot stations to our club. Their field is closing on May 1, 2017 and we are hoping most of their members will join us at our field.
I also want to thank two of our members, Jerry Linderman and Ron St Pierre. Jerry paid for the truck rental and helped move the tables to our field and Ron and his family also provided the labor to facilitate the move. Without their kindness, and the generosity of the Palm Creek flyers, this would not have been possible.

Lastly I want to thank Jerry McDonald, Ken Hillery and Nancy Friedman for coming to our field work day this morning.  They were joined by Eric Schroder and the Maricopa 4 H Club members who worked tirelessly this morning to resurface, anchor and stain the work tables, install the pilot stations and move and anchor the starting table.  They also walked the runway to remove all the larger stones and the trash around the airfield and swept the lose gravel off the runway.  Without all of their help we, could not have competed these projects.  Also I want to thank Home Depot, who was kind enough to donate most of the material we needed.  If not for their donations and the labor of the individuals named above, we would have had to spend almost $1,000.00 from our club treasury to do what was done this morning.   Photos are below:
Sincerely,
Alan Friedman, President Casa Grande RC Flyers
AMA District 10 Associate Vice President


I'm sure this aerial photo was taken by one of their drones.