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 WOWS: Women of the Woodlands - April 2014

<br>Women<br> of the <br>Woodlands
Kathe, Dorothy, Joyce and Pat made sure there was plenty of green beer and ruben sandiches to celebrate the wearin'-of-the-green at last month's WOW meeting. We raised our glasses high in salute to a meeting well served!

Committees have been selected for the luau we are hosting on Tuesday, April 8 at 5pm. You will be receiving a reminder call during the week previous to that date of the job you signed up for. Reservations were closed for this event on March 25th.

The nominating committee announced the new slate of officers for the 2014-15 season. Mary Jean Sandberg will serve as President, Susan Ruscheinski will stay on as Vice President, Earline Churbuck will be the new Secretary, and Reni Slepka will remain as treasurer. There will be an installation luncheon to swear in these officers on Wednesday, May 14th at 12 noon at the Gulf Harbors Yacht Club. The cost of the luncheon will be $14.50 (which includes tax & tip). A sign up sheet with menu choices will be available during the luau. Those not attending the luau can call Margaret or Mary Jean to reserve a space.

The April book club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd at 1pm at Reni Slepka's. The title of the book that will be discussed is "The Orphan Train" by C.B. Kline.

It has been a pleasure for me to serve as President of this great group of ladies for the past two years. I am proud to be a part of the fiber of this wonderful community called "The Woodlands at Gulf Harbors."

Sincerely, Margaret Mardyniak,
President, Women Of the Woodlands

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Article Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014

 Gulf Harbors Yacht Club Events

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The Gulf Harbors Yacht Club is getting out on the water this spring! Several fun events are being planned, including:

A Sunset Wine & Cheese Boating Adventure on April 7th, hosted by Mike & Bev Ross

A Boating Adventure to Catches on April 26th, hosted by VC Dick Bourbonais,and his lovely wife Diane

And our not-to-be-missed, almost famous Poker Run on May 24th, hosted by Rodger Bubb.

For more information on any of these events or to join in, call Fleet Captain bob Frankel at 727-869-9435, or visit our website at

GHYC is now open to the public for Sunday Brunch from 10 am – 2 pm. Waterfront dining, some jazz and goodfriends! Join us!

A Special Easter Brunch is planned for Easter Sunday, April 20th. Call the GHYC and leave message for more information or to make reservations at (727) 849-4559.

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Article Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014


WoodlandsApril also brings a SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS to be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 6:30 P.M. at the GHWA CLUBHOUSE.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow members to vote on proposed Amendments to the Declaration of Protective Covenants and the Bylaws.

Please click on the "Read Story" link below to view proposed changes:

Read Story... | GHWA Official | Score: 0

Article Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014

 Non-Ethanol Gas at Citgo

FYIGreat news for all us boaters! The Citgo on Floramar at the entrance of Gulf Harbors is now selling non-ethanol gas! As you have probably heard, gas with ethanol can damage fuel systems on boats so this can save you a whole lot of trouble down the road! Make sure you visit and support our local merchants!

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Article Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

 Woodlands Off Duty Patrol Pays Off

WoodlandsFor the past several months the Gulf Harbors Woodlands Association has hired off-duty Pasco Sheriff Deputies to patrol their community for added security through a program offered by the Sheriff Department which provides off-duty deputies in marked patrol cars.

On January 30, 2014 at 1:12 am an arrest was made. The off duty officer stopped a suspicious vehicle occupied by a white male and white female. When asked why the subjects were stopped in front of an address on Lawrence Lane with no lights on, the subjects advised, “We were just looking at the houses in here. They are so pretty and big.”

The officer then observed what appeared to be several pieces of opened and unopened mail, including several USPS boxes, throughout the back seat and rear area of the vehicle in plain view.

Please be diligent in getting your mail or consider possibly getting a locking mail box. You may want to avoid leaving mail for pickup in your mailbox over night.

The Woodlands' choice to go with paid Sheriff patrols rather than a private security firm has paid off. Security firms cannot stop, question or arrest suspicious vehicles only report them.

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Article Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 Windsong Dockbox: Windsong Dockbox - February

Windsong Dockbox

By Capt. Bruce & Capt. Wendy Longman

This month we are going all out on flares. In conjunction with the US Coast Guard and Pasco County Sherriff's Marine Patrol, The Boater's Corner is offering a FREE flare demonstration and instruction seminar at the North Anclote Sandbar on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11 AM.


If you have your own boat, meet us at the North Sandbar at 11 AM. If you don't have a boat, Windsong Charters & Boat Rentals are offering a FREE RIDE to the Sandbar departing from Leverock's Restaurant Marina at 10 AM.

If you would like a free ride to attend the demonstration, you MUST sign up for it at - complete the form in order to reserve a seat on one of their boats.

Learning how to use pyrotechnics is extremely paramount. Knowing how to ignite them, seeing how they burn, and how the slag drops is important information. Pyrotechnics are dangerous! Another very good reason to attend our FREE flare instruction and demonstration.

If you have never ignited a flare before then this is a must for you to attend. If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation you will need the knowledge and confidence to ignite the flare safely. Igniting pyrotechnics while panicking might not present a good outcome.

Old Expired Flares

Bring them with you so you can practice. Windsong will also be providing a limited number of expired flares.

According to Coast Guard regulations the shelf life for pyrotechnic devices is three (3) years from manufacture. It is also suggested that you keep the

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Article Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014

 Fishing Club: Fish Tales Fishing Club News - January

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Meetings Every Third Thursday at 7 p.m.

As we approached the Holiday season our last meeting of the year was long but exciting. We wish all of the GHCA residents a Happy New Year. The Fishing Club continues to grow with one new member (Mike Napier) at our last meeting. We had twenty-one members attend the December meeting.

Captain Larry Lavin explained and demonstrated how to cast a bait net. It was very helpful. He showed us how to cast and told us where the best areas are to cast, and for what types of bait. He also gave tips on what his favorite chum is for the various baits. Did you know that for certain bait fish he a grits mix? These were just some of the things you can learn at our meetings.

We plan on having an educational speaker at every meeting. If you want to learn more about how to fish and where to fish, then attend our meetings. Mark Morningstar has done an excellent job on contacting and scheduling great speakers.

Fishing in the past few months has been excellent with many members telling us about the Grouper, Reds, Trout, Cobia, etc that they caught. Among the highlights, Steve Stein caught a sailfish near

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Article Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

 GHWA Official: Important Reminder From Woodlands Environmental Committe


In an effort to encourage compliance with Covenant 9.5, in last month’s issue the Environmental Committee asked members to check their homes against the list below to identify any areas that may be in need of maintenance and to address these issues:

-Stained / Dirty TILE Roof s
-Stained, Dirty, or Peeling (Painted) Driveways
-Stained / Mildewed Exterior Stucco, Siding, or Paint
-Stained/Dirty Soffits
-Cracked Walls
-Broken Windows
-Dirty, Deteriorating or Crooked Mailboxes
-Torn Screens
-Dirty Pools

The Environmental Committee is giving its second notice that it will be citing the issues above as Violations of Covenant 9.5 in February.

If you have identified any of the issues above at your property, please take note and plan your maintenance accordingly before February to avoid a Violation notice.

If it is your decision to repaint your house or driveway, or to replace your roof, please be sure to submit an Application For Property Improvement prior to starting your project.

The Environmental Committee appreciates your cooperation and compliance with our Protective Covenants. If you should have any questions or need a copy of our Protective Covenants, please contact us at 727-847-4266.

Read Story... | GHWA Official | Score: 4

Article Date: Sunday, January 5, 2014

 WOWS: Women of the Woodlands - January 2014

<br>Women<br> of the <br>WoodlandsLike the beautiful ornaments on a Christmas tree, the Women of the Woodlands turned out in their finest to enjoy the wonderful lunch Chef Dave prepared for us at the Gulf Harbors Yacht Club last month. A heartfelt thanks to Shirley, Carol and Joyce for a job well done.

The community yard sale that will be held at the clubhouse (one day only) on Saturday, Jan. 25th is open to anyone living in the Woodlands. There are still tables available at the clubhouse that you can reserve at a cost of $10 per table. If you prefer to participate at your own home, we will put you on a map that will be handed out at the clubhouse and provide you with a helium balloon for your mailbox at a cost of $5 per household. Please contact Margaret Mardyniak at 727-645-5609 as soon as possible if you wish to participate.

The next book club meeting will be Wed. Jan. 8th at Mary Jean Sandberg's. Members were asked to select any book they wanted about the Kennedys. With the multitude of books, both complimentary and critical about this extended family, this could turn out to be one lively discussion!

Dorothy Hamilton is looking for additional women who would like to play scrabble on Fridays along with the domino group from 10 to noon. Please call her at 813-468-4994 if you want to take part in a scrabble game.

The next regular scheduled meeting of the WOW's is Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 1pm. The refreshment committee has not yet been assigned.


See you in 2014... Margaret Mardyniak, President

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Article Date: Sunday, January 5, 2014

 Social & Hobby Clubs: Fish Tales Fishing Club News

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Gulf Harbors Fishing Club
Meetings Every Third Thursday at 7 p.m.

By Bob Richute - Secretary

We all survuved the Gulf Harbors Fishing Club Garage Sale and are into the Holiday season. We hope all GHCA residents had a Happy Holidays and a have a Happy New Year.

The Fishing Club continues to grow, four new members at our last meeting. We welcome Jim Humlicek, Beth Buschart, Tina Ritchhart and Tom Weist.

Ken Jones, also known as the “The Saltwater Fishing Coach” was our November guest speaker. He spoke about night fishing. He explained how night fishing is no different than day fishing except it is a bit less crowded on the waterways, the fish are still there, and still very hungry. Ken told us that the bait he uses is the same but the fish are not as spooked The best fishing is at full moon with high tides. You can get four to six hours of good fishing on an incoming tidal flow at night. Best places to fish are still around those oyster beds where you have some flowing water. The snook and redfish love those areas at night too. The tidal flow is very important to the fish since it provides movement, and the flow also expands the area of smell from your bait.

Mangrove snapper are also a good bite at night. The bigger snappers are more apt to attack your bait near the mangroves in the still of the night.

The club continue to get new members. Of the 34 people attending the meeting we had four new members as indicated earlier. Everyone is invited (men , women and children). Social time starts at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00. We are planning several family outings this year. Come to the meetings so we can get your input.

We had a lot of positive fishing reports last month. Many reporting going out and catching their limits of grouper, Trout , Cobia and Mackeral. Fall fishing is still real good.

January – Key Dates to Remember

– GHCA Meeting / Bylaws Vote

– Gulf Harbors Fishing Club Meeting

Guest Speaker – Captain Larry Lavin

Topic – Throwing a cast net for bait or fish. Bring your net to practice with.

November Raffle Winners:

John Brown – Bruce Melnick – Jim Humlicek

Jack Maresa – Jimmy Brown – Dave Post – Bob Cascella

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Article Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013

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