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Want Pickleball Lessons?
Posted on Jun 22nd, 2015

Individual Complimentary Pickleball Lessons
Learn to play America’s fastest growing fun exciting game!
Courtesy of PLA Member Gary Stephens

                     How do I sign up?

1st Contact USAPA Pickleball Ambassador, our Gary, at 928.369.5055 to determine a mutual date and time for your lesson(s).  Several lessons are generally necessary.
2nd Contact the recreation center and reserve the lower court for one hour.  You may make reservations up to 24 hours in advance.
3rd Meet Gary on the court and learn to play.
 
Gary can teach 1-4 players at a time so you are encouraged to bring a friend(s).
No equipment is necessary except non-marking athletic shoes and water.
 
Be Safe and Have Fun!
 
 
Emails
Posted on Jun 11th, 2015
Please Remember:
 
When an email is sent from PLA and in the subject line it has the content of the email with the word "Blast" after, it is an email out to all of you.  The system incorporates each of your names individually automatically, but the email content may not be specific to you, it is a general email to all members for whom we have email addresses. 
 
Lawsuit Update
Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

Ponderosa lawsuit update
 
Your board attended the May 15, 2015 hearing at County Superior court with Judge ROBERT B. VAN WYCK presiding. After oral arguments by both sides, Judge Van Wyke issued the attached ruling:
 
 
The Court will allow future discovery and discovery dates
The Court will set trial in the matter once Counsel confers as to a date and length for trial
The Court will hold its ruling in abundance for attorney’s fees          
 
What the ruling means for the (hopefully final) trial (date to be determined):
 
The judge ruled in our favor and is permitting all arguments we sought in terms of presenting our case in full.  The CCR study is appropriate as well as he will hear our argument about Ponderosa's process of buying the lot, being denied well variance, then seeking to condemn, so our attorney's fees up to that point are in play...he will listen to that argument too.
 
So far ten lawyers and four judges have been involved in this lawsuit, not counting the AZ Supreme Court refusal to hear the case. The primary objective of the lawsuit is to establish and confirm our right as a legal entity…defined as an association…to establish and enforce conditions, covenants and restrictions that have been adopted by the members of our association.
 
The key point: CC&R’s of an association are as valid as those of any other legal entity.
 
We will continue to keep you up to date on this critical issue.
 
The complete timeline of this lawsuit can be found on our website below this update.

 
 
Lawsuit Timeline
Posted on Jun 1st, 2015
 
Garden News
Posted on May 11th, 2015
Our members' garden has been producing successfully now for 3 summers. It has been enlarged twice to meet the increased demand for space. The staff prepares the soil and does a great job of keeping it watered for us. We are fortunate to have this benefit available. There are assigned spaces for the gardeners. Each space is maintained by the gardener as far as weeding and harvesting. If additional fertilizer is needed, organic is recommended and available at the local nurseries. Most vegetables do well without anything additional.
 
Planting suggestions for our short growing season are based on what has been successful to date. Share your successes with others and add to our list. . So far we have had zucchini, summer squash, beets, chard, tomatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach and kale, We recommend planting what you like to eat. Zucchini is easy to grow, but remember that you might get 40+ lbs from one plant and it needs extra space while growing. I have lots of recipes if you need them. Salad tomatoes such as pear, cherry, or plum are the most successful. Cherry and plum do well in containers and can be taken to Tucson or Phoenix for the winter. The indeterminate variety will do well if kept from freezing and prefer temperatures over 50. I had a red plum that lasted 3 years in a small container and produced for salads all year long. We need recommendations for a slicing tomato so let us hear from you.
 
Starter plants are available at the local nursery and big box stores or you can start from seed ahead of our outdoor planting date of around Memorial Day. The soil needs to be warmed up to a constant nighttime temperature of around 50 for best results before transplanting and this varies with the weather of course, but end of May is usually safe.
 
Have a great season and enjoy your healthy and delicious fresh vegetables. If you will be out of town for long periods, please ask a fellow gardener to watch your plants and/or harvest for you later in the summer. Julie and I will also be available for help if you need it.
Sandra Gaskill, MS
 
 
MAKE YOUR PROPERTY DEFENSIBLE FROM WILDFIRE
Posted on May 8th, 2015
MAKE YOUR PROPERTY DEFENSIBLE FROM WILDFIRE
 
Even though we have received some moisture lately, we are still subject to wild fires.  The warm daytime temperatures and high winds will have a drying effect on the grasses and light fuels and will quickly ignite.  Fires will easily spread.
 
Every spring PINETOP LAKES ASSOCIATION takes an active approach to make homeowners make their properties fire wise.  We provide Roll off dumpsters in which to dispose green waste. These  dumpsters are usually available from May through mid-June.  The cost of disposing is nominal and we do subsidize the overall cost of this service.
 
Many homeowners are very receptive to make their properties fire wise.  Some  don't feel that it is their responsibility. Neighboring lots and homes can affect your property if they are not maintained.
 
Major Home Insurance companies  are starting to inspect  properties  and deny home owner's insurance.  We have already had calls from homeowners about this.
 
As soon as the grasses start to green up, I will be inspecting all properties within PLA and sending notices for mandatory clean up.  If properties are not cleaned in a timely manner, properties will be cleaned, homeowners will be charged and fines could be levied by PLA as well as the Fire Dept.
 
This is a very serious matter and we all are responsible to take our part.
 
Rob Raven
CCR Director
 
If you have any questions, please call Rob at 928.369.2355
 
 
Summer Music Program
Posted on May 8th, 2015
New This Year!  
 
Chris Long, Mentor

Chris will offer beginning and intermediate for both children and adults totaling four classes per day three days per week. Classes would be fifty minutes long.  Classes would start Wednesday May 27, 2015 and continue until July 31, 2015.
 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
                        8:00 till 8:50 am                 Beginning Guitar   
                        9:00 till 9:50 am                 Intermediate Guitar
                        10:00 till 10:50 am             Beginning Guitar
                        11:00 till 11:50 am             Intermediate Guitar
 
Materials: Students will need a working guitar, case, extra set of strings, wire music stand and the Hal Leonard Guitar Method (I recommend the Complete Edition) Book One by Will Schmid and Greg Koch.
 
Curriculum: Students will learn fundamental concepts of music theory, how to read music and apply it to their guitar playing. Students will also learn the parts of the guitar, how to hold the guitar, how to fingerpick and play with a pick. Students will also learn how to play a major scale and blues scale pattern around the circle of fifths. Students will also have the opportunity to improvise over simple chords changes.
 
Biography: Christopher Long Bachelors of Music with a string emphasis from Arizona State University, Arizona State Secondary Teaching Certificate with a K-12 Music endorsement. I have fourteen years of instrumental music classroom experience. My main instrument is the String bass; I also play electric bass, guitar, piano, brass, woodwinds and percussion. Currently I am the Choir Director for Unity of the White Mountains and I teach music at Saint Anthony School in Show Low, AZ.  I also perform every Wednesday at Salt Restaurant and Wine Bar in Lakeside, AZ with the John Darst Trio. 
 
Class free to owners and immediate family. $3 for additional six, renters and guests. Guests must be accompanied by an owner, additional or renter. 
 
Summer Hours Begin May 1st
Posted on Apr 29th, 2015
M-Sa 6:30am-8pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
 
Trail Rides
Posted on Mar 12th, 2015
Rachael operates rides all year long conditions permitting.
928.369.8209
 
Facebook
Posted on Mar 10th, 2015
Check out our new Facebook page.  "Pinetop Lakes Association".
 

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