February 14th is Valentine’s Day! And is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine. The religious connotation dates from the late 5th century when Valentine, a Christian priest in Rome, was martyred about 496 A.D. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The romantic love association with St. Valentine began with Geoffrey Chaucer in the late Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Today, many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. So, send someone a reminder of this special day of love and friendship. “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” – well known words will do. Make someone happy!
Destruction and construction are the campus words for February and March as old residences are replaced by new. The Administration has finally been able to begin this process after receiving the long sought approvals by various city offices. The old residences are primarily from the 1960s and are more economical to replace than upgrade.
Fortunately, the staff at FPH has the expertise and capability to provide oversight to the design and construction of these new homes. In August 2013, FPH received a Livable Polk Award from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. The award was based on the sustainable development for incorporating updated design renovations at one of the lakefront cottages. Our team of construction, maintenance, marketing and housekeeping earned this award by listening to residents and designing residences to be safer and more pleasant.
Polk Senior Games are beginning this month from February 28 until March 16. There are 44 competitive games, everything from euchre to skeet shooting. Signed entry forms & Release of Liability forms can be obtained at this site: http://polkseniorgames.org/enterthe-games/. Signed Entry forms & Release of Liability forms must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 11. Last year FPH fielded several medal winners. This could be your year!
—Bob Bourquein, President