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Vol. XXIII, No. 30 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida July 31, 2010

CONDOLENCES:   Mike Maroney, formerly at 212 Princess Ave., passed away Sunday evening, July 25, ending his battle with cancer.   Services were held in Ohio on July 28, and his obituary appears on the internet at   Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Judith, and their family.

     Carol Myers is doing well after corrective surgery to her knee and should be home, in KGC, by this weekend.   Cards would be appreciated.
     John Eade had gallbladder surgery on Thursday, July 22nd.   He is home and says the recovery is slow.   Cards may be sent to his Kokomo address in the KGC directory.       --Ann Kellum

MICHIGAN GET TOGETHER:   August 4th, 3 PM dinner at Zehnder's in Frankenmuth, MI.   Please contact Sandy Vella at or Shirley DePasquale at

     6:00 PM  -  Happy Hour (BYOB)
     7:00 PM  -  Murder Mystery
Tickets will be on sale today, Saturday, 7/31 for $3 per person.   Strawberry or Blueberry Shortcake will be served by the cast.   The Clubhouse will be transformed into the "Mystery of the Sea," so we can all enjoy Captain Stubling's Cocktail Party aboard ship.
     Chairman:  Tom Hicks  
     Tickets:      Ann Kellum

CELEBRATING LIFE:   We wish a very Happy Birthday to these residents with August birthdays!
      August 1  Janet L. Meryweather
      August 1  Paul Roux
      August 5  Dom Marando
      August 7  Jim Cook
      August 13 Martha E. Hicks
      August 14 Diana Floyd
      August 16 Ed Carpenter
      August 18 Mickey Fournier
      August 18 Dot Grams
      August 18 Rod Kent
      August 20 Jan Collins
      August 22 Darlene Zeh
      August 23 Barry Squier
      August 23 Larry Collier
      August 24 Charles Hanlon
      August 29 Jane Bonyai
      August 29 Sandy Garver
      August 31 Jane McLaughlin
      August 31 Betty McDonald

Don and Mary Lou Richmond are glad to be home in KGC, after traveling about 4200 miles.   They shared this information about the Ohio Party, on July 21st in Cincinnati.   We thank George and Betty Agricola for making the reservations and organizing this social function.   The Agricola's daughter, Mary, and their son from California, Paul, also were a great help.   We boarded the BB Riverboat (River Queen) about ll AM.   We had a reserved area and 20 attended.   If you were not with us, you missed out on a great trip.   We had a great banjo player, and he gave the history of the Ohio River along with many tales and commentary.   We were each given cute cups, with snacks in them, and the date and location of our cruise.   The following people attended: Ken and Betty Craig, Thurman and Maggie Sorrell, Don and Mary Lou Richmond, Posy Gallaher and George Crobaugh, John and Sandy Eade, Jerry and Bonnie Douglass, Emil and Shirley DePasquale, Jay and Doris Dupler, George and Betty Agricola, their daughter, Mary, and son, Paul.   We had a buffet lunch which consisted of a beautiful salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, beef tips with gravy and fried chicken, rolls and butter and carrot cake for dessert.   Again, our thanks and appreciation to George and Betty Agricola.   A video is available on YouTube by clicking here or on the photo of the River Queen at

SYNOPSIS of the King's Gate Club, Town Hall Meeting held on Monday, July 26, 2010:
     Directors Tom Patricca, Mike McDonald, Charlie Fote, Don Richmond and Manager Charles Clotfelter presented an update on the lake condition to a crowd of approximately 50 King's Gaters.
     Tom gave a history of how the SolarBee equipment was researched which included a trip to Collier County to meet with the County Manager of Lakes and Streams and to see a SolarBee at work in a lake.   The Manager said very positive things about how SolarBee had cleaned up the lake and kept it that way.   Their piece of equipment was an older model that did not have the battery that allowed 24 hour operation.   The one in KGC's lake does have the battery for 24 hour service.
     Mike gave a history of the problems that the lake has had for more than twenty years.   He referenced a memo from H. K. Morrell, Chairman of the Lake Committee, to Richard Phillips, President of KGC, dated May 19, 1993.   In that memo, Dr. Morrell stated that in spite of previous efforts, the lake is over-ridden with algae and the Club is spending large sums of money without any success at all.
     Through the years since, large sums of money have continued to be spent on equipment and chemicals.   The only thing that has kept the algae under control is the repeated use of chemicals.   The budget for electricity to run the fountain and volcanoes, and the chemicals last year was $26,320.00.   One problem with chemical use is that it kills the good bacteria that a lake needs as well as small fish and zooplankton that support wildlife.   Since the SolarBee has been in service, there has been a noticeable increase in wading birds and the water clarity has improved.
     Without the use of chemicals, the algae have become more prevalent.   The SolarBee limnologist (a fresh water lake ecologist) said this is to be expected at first.   He says that it can take six months to a year before a significant difference is evident.
     KGC is renting the SolarBee unit for a one year trial.   If it seems to be effective in restoring a good lake balance and reducing the algae problem, the Club could purchase the machine and one half of the rental payments would go toward the cost.
     At the present time, the algae cover approximately 30% of the lake surface.   It does not appear to have increased in size in the last few weeks.   A very positive result is a recent test by the DEP showed a higher level of dissolved oxygen in the lake water than in any other of their previous reports.

TRAVEL SCHEDULE for 2010-2011 will be as follows:
      September 26, 2010 - Matinee show,   I LOVE A PIANO.   PRICE $55.00.
This is a piano salute to America's greatest tunesmith, Irving Berlin.   The show is a nostalgic musical journey spanning seven decades of American history with more than 60 Irving Berlin songs.   This spectacular new show features these songs:   "Puttin' on the Ritz", "There's no Business, Like Show Business", "Easter Parade", "Blue Skies", "Anything You Can Do", "Steppin' Out with My Baby", "God Bless America" and more.
      November 25, 2010  - THANKSGIVING SPECIAL, in the Off Broadway Palm Theatre.
THE ANDREW'S BROTHERS.  PRICE $60.00.      The bus will load at 4:00 pm for this evening show.
It's l943 in the South Pacific, and the Andrew's sisters are scheduled to headline the big USO show.   But when a flu outbreak quarantines the girls, mistaken identities and madcap comedy takes over.   You will  hear "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Slow Boat to China" and "Don't Sit Under The Apple tree".
      February 27th, 2011 - Matinee show,  FLAMINGO COURT.   This show will be in the Off Broadway, Palm Theatre.   Price $55.00.   Flamingo Court is a "slice of life" that follows the inquisitive and endearing residents of a South Florida, condominium complex called Flamingo Court.   Each condo reveals a cast of characters and some funny and touching life lessons; "Sex Lives After 60", "Where There's a Will, There's a Relative" and more.   Flamingo Court is a humorous and poignant look at condominium living, zany neighbors and retirement in Florida.
      March 6, 2011 - The Unsinkable Molly Brown - Matinee show. $65.00. Bus will leave at l0 AM.
A musical comedy based on the rags-to-riches story of Molly Tobin.   Born into poverty, she married into wealth and tried in vain to be accepted into Denver's society circles.   In l912, she was ship-wrecked in the Titanic disaster and through sheer determination, took over the lifeboat and kept the men rowing until they were rescued.   Songs include: "I Ain't Down Yet" and "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys".
      April l0, 2011 -  Church Basement Ladies, matinee show, Off Broadway Palm.   $55.00.   The Church Basement Ladies are back.   It's l969, the world is a changing, and the ladies of the church prepare for changes of their own below the "House of God".   While the world is dealing with Vietnam, the church basement ladies are coming to terms with pantsuits and guitars in church!   You'll laugh until your sides hurt.
      Note:   All shows at Broadway Palm Theatre include round-trip motor coach, bus drivers tip and full course buffet meal, including dessert, coffee, tea or iced tea, all gratuities (except for alcohol).
      Hard Rock Casino buses will be on the following dates:   October 28, 2010, November 16, 2010, January 13, 2011, February 24, 2011 and March 29, 2011
      Silver Foxes -  Venice Theatre 3/17/2011
      Sailor Circus - Best Little Show in Town, 3/25/2011
      Southern/Eastern Caribbean cruise - January 27, 2011--February 6, 2011
Princess Cruise Lines.   60 guests already booked.   For more information, check the travel web page at and click on the Ship.
      I will be glad to accept emails, but if you send an email and don't get confirmation within a few days, please send it the second time; this way I will not miss any emails.
      Don and Mary Lou Richmond, Travel Coordinators   94l-484-6807
VIP World Travel, Travel Agent 94l-377-0017, or 1-800-323-7448, Toll free nationwide.

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