Tom Leimberger & Herb Lunden

The square and compass are easily the most recognizable symbols of freemasonry. These architectural tools have special meanings that include a sense of judgement, balance and stability. Freemasonry or masonry can trace its origins to the end of the fourteenth century and to the stonemasons who created the organization.

Today, the programs and services of this worldwide fraternity are well known. Causes range from operating children’s hospitals, funding medical research, helping the underprivileged and contributing to local community needs. The 22 Shriners children’s hospitals in the US, Canada and Mexico comprise one of the world’s largest pediatric health systems.

Herb Lunden is proud to be both marshal and event chairman of the Wildwood Masonic Lodge No. 92. His 47 years of masonry make him uniquely qualified to create a spectacular event to benefit local charities.

On Saturday, September 19, our championship course will be transformed into a Par Three Extravaganza. All 18 holes will feature extraordinary prizes for holes-in-one, closest to the hole, lowest score and best team scores. “Our generous sponsors stepped up with amazing prizes,” Herb explains. “A Cancun vacation, airfare included, cars from both Phillips Buick and Phillips Toyota, a Bill Bryan jeep, golf carts from Cart World and Yamaha as well as a customized golf cart from Streetrod. Every hole will display major sponsors.”

The per person cost is $100 which includes cart, range balls and lunch. Hole sponsorships are $100 and includes company signage. Checks, credit cards or cash are payable to Wildwood Masonic Lodge No. 92, 103 Georgia St., Wildwood, Florida 34784. Contact Herb Lunden at 229-548-5514 or contact the Harbor Hills Pro Shop at 352-753-7711 for more information. Help us do good works in our local community.


Labor Day 2020


Today is Labor Day, a celebration of our county’s workforce. This is a special day that honors the American labor movement and pays tribute to the working men and women who help our economy prosper. It originated in 1882 as a “working man’s holiday,” honoring the industrial foundation of our great country.

Could those hardworking men and women ever imagined how labor has changed? Today, information and communication technology has altered every aspect of our familiar tasks. And I readily admit to taking instruction from my eight year old granddaughter on how to use emojis and text attributes effectively!

The coronavirus has made us even more dependent on technology as we self-isolate within our homes. Facetime and Zoom visits have replaced the real-life visits with loving family members out of state. However, a new ritual is gaining in popularity and we seniors can participate. Give yourself the day off from daily tasks. Power down that cellphone, laptop and iPad that tethers you to your daily routine. Then appreciate a device-free afternoon of safely social distancing with friends, a scrapbook-inspired walk down memory lane or any device-free hobby that you enjoy.

Exciting new programs for Harbor Hills’ popular clubs and charities are in planning for the coming year. All ladies who are residents of Harbor Hills are invited to join the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity. The virus may alter the way we typically raise funds. Regardless, all proceeds are donated to helping those less fortunate who reside in our area.

Honor those hardworking Americans we celebrate on Labor Day. Fun activities await even while wearing masks and abandoning our devices. Stay safe and welcome to our returning residents and those new to our area.


Kids Tennis Club

Junior Racquets Program

Harbor Hills Country Club golf members and guests will celebrate Labor Day 2020 in style. On Monday, September 7th, couples will drive their red, white and blue decorated carts to play in a 4-person scramble using team handicaps. The 8-9:30 tee times start the day’s fun. Members and guests will enjoy a delicious Labor Day lunch including baby back ribs and baked mac and cheese. Lunch is available to-go as well. The cost of golf plus lunch is $23.00. Lunch only is $18.00. Reservations are required. Call the Pro Shop at 352-753-7711 for information.

Game. Set. Match! Golf is not our only activity this Labor Day. Adjacent to our clubhouse, you will find our world-class tennis courts. Harbor Hills Country Club is one of the few facilities offering tennis, short court tennis and pickleball on an original Har-Tru (soft) surface. Our tennis pro, USPTA Elite Professional John Natolly, is excited to announce the 2020-2021 Racquets Center Seasonal Program. For the first time, program descriptions can be accessed via a link on the Harbor Hills website. This will allow members and guests to plan ahead for future events and additional services.

The Harbor Hills Junior Racquets Program will start in September. Local players of all abilities are always welcome. Reduced court rental rates are available for afternoon and evening players and for Village residents. Racquet sports players do not have to reside in Harbor Hills. Memberships are available for non-residents. Become a member and play racquet sports year round without any costly court fees. Email jnatolly@harborhills.com or call 352-753-9376 for more information. We are excited to welcome back our seasonal residents and let the fun begin!


The gentle hills of our community are a dog walker’s dream. My dachshund Bree meets many of his four-legged friends on our daily walks. Bella, Caramel, Maggie and Cooper are a few favorites. But his best buddy is Seymour, another playful doxie in the neighborhood.

Owning a pet provides significant health benefits, especially for seniors. Feeling lonely? Pets are great companions. They are little jesters and provide company in the most fun ways. During these days of isolation, it’s easy to laugh when that waggy tail anticipates a treat or a walk outside. Friend Margaret Gutierrez is owned by the magnificent Feisty, her twelve year old Siamese cat. Feisty is full of adventure, always ready to jump in his carrier for his next outdoor escapade!

A cart ride or walk improves my mood and Bree provides a sure way to get me out the door. Conversations with other pet owners in our friendly Harbor Hills neighborhood at safely social distances is a way for both friends and pets to socialize.

Whether stroking your cat, cuddling your dog or watching your fish swimming gracefully, caring for another living thing lowers anxiety and chronic pain levels. Pet owners may be less likely to suffer from high blood pressure or depression. Neighbor Laurie Carpenter is owned by Scarlett, her certified therapy dog who lifts spirits at assisted living facilities and is the Lady Lake library’s official Reading Dog.

Claudia Labbe is the hardworking Fundraising and PR Chairperson for the Humane Society SPCA. She reminds us that adoptable cats and kittens are currently showcased at Petsense by Lake Sumter Landing and the Petsmart located north of Fresh Market. Gainesville has a rabbit rescue and GREAT is the Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay. Visit hsspca.org for more information.


Dr. Claudia Thomas

Dr. Claudia Thomas

Fitness is an integral part of enjoying and prolonging our lives.  Exercise helps develop muscle tone, improves our balance and posture. For seniors, the pandemic has made it even more challenging to achieve fitness while managing the strains and pains of aging.

Harbor Hills resident Dr. Claudia Thomas offers guidance. She is an orthopedic specialist in Lady Lake in practice for 43 years. Dr. Thomas was the first woman to be admitted to the Yale Orthopedic residency training program.

In her practice at UNOVA Health Care, Dr. Thomas sees recurring complaints among her senior patients. Low back pain, shoulder pain and knee pain are most common. “Fitness is a key factor in minimizing symptoms,” she states. “Harbor Hills is unique. Our gentle hills offer walkers the perfect fitness opportunity, with or without their dogs!” Other outdoor activities such as running, bike-riding and gardening can also be enjoyed while social distancing.

Even moderate strength training can make a major difference in senior health.  It lessens the symptoms of chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. Yoga and chair exercises can be practiced within the safety of our homes. Set goals and switch up your routines to keep it fun. Don’t forget to play your favorite music and dance away!

Having survived cancer at the height of her career, Dr. Thomas cites faith as an integral component of a healthy life. To that end, she and her partners developed a mentoring program for at risk boys in Leesburg. God Spare Life is the name of Dr. Thomas’ autobiography. Many thanks to her and all the resident physicians at Harbor Hills and The Villages who keep us active, positive and safe!


Shanghai rummy

Shanghai rummy

The word ‘Shanghai” conjures up images of old movies (think “Shanghai Express” with Marlene Dietrich) as well as more recent ones (“Indiana Jones” begins at Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan.) Intrigue and excitement are synonymous with the name. For history buffs, the port city of Shanghai is fascinating. The two Chinese characters in the city’s name mean “Upon-the-Sea.” By 1700, Shanghai had a population of about 50,000, making it a large and prosperous port exporting silks, tea and porcelain.

In the 19th century, clipper ships in the China trade required a great deal of labor to operate. This gave rise to the practice of kidnapping people to serve as sailors by coercive techniques using trickery and deception. Since Shanghai was a common destination of ships with abducted crews, the modern term means to put someone into an undesirable position by pretense.

For a special group of Harbor Hills women, Shanghai has a very different connotation. Every Friday afternoon, they gather for a game of Shanghai rummy. The object is for players to organize all their cards into sets. Play ends once a player has arranged all her cards into sets or melds.

Country club member Fran Novak loves the game and is looking forward to the return of our winter players. “It makes you think,” she explains, “and you get a chance to catch up with neighbors and happenings in the community.”

Bring your nickels, dimes and quarters and join members for play any Friday at 12:30PM in the clubhouse. Seasoned players are excited to teach the game to new players. Members of Harbor Hills Country Club are invited and encouraged to join the fun.

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