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July 2018                                                                  July 2018                                                    PGA C.A.N.!, Page 3

      From The Editor:

      Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

         Tears filled Dagmar’s                             Most of us have lived our entire lives in the freedom      Pause for a moment this July and think about Dagmar
      eyes as she held the diamond                      of the United States. We have been able to decide what   and Ferdinand’s quest for freedom from the tyranny of
      earrings given to her by her                      course our life would take. Each July we celebrate our   communist rule. They traveled from Austria to live in
      deceased husband more                             country’s independence from the British monarchy and the   Canada and then finally moved to the United States. I had
      than 30 years earlier. I had                      unanimous Declaration of Independence of the 13 United   the pleasure to meet Dagmar last year and was fascinated
      been  holding  them  in  my                       States of America. The document begins with the words,   as she described her life’s journey and unalienable rights
      safe pursuant to her request                      “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary   of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
      and she asked me to bring                         for one people to dissolve the political bands which have      Until next month…
      them to her. She spoke to                         connected them with another and to assume the powers of                   James A. Cioffi, Esq., Editor
      her husband, Ferdinand, as                        the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws             
      she gazed at and touched                          of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”          P.S. If you would like to share a story about the pursuit
      the earrings. It was as if he                        Most of us are familiar with the next paragraph which   of freedom, please forward it to me.
      were with her again for a                         begins, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
      brief moment in time.                             men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
         Dagmar grew up in Czechoslovakia after its founding in   Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those
      1918 - post World War I. When Dagmar was 13, the Nazis   are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”   PGA POA Jottings from page 1
      began to annex portions of the country and democracy      Thomas Jefferson of Virginia wrote the original draft
      was replaced with occupation by neighboring forces and   of the Declaration which was edited by John Adams      Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District
      the German goal to eliminate the Czech nationality. After   of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania,   has some pretty amazing pumps along the west
      World War II pre-war Czechoslovakia was re-established   Robert R. Livingston of New York and Roger Sherman of   perimeter of PGA National and when the lakes (which
      including the expulsion of more than 2 million Germans.   Connecticut, all members of the committee charged with   are all connected) reach a certain level, those pumps
      Unfortunately, the Germans were replaced by Russian   composing the document.                          turn on. They pump several hundred-thousand gallons
      troops and the communist party seized power in 1948.      I recommend viewing the play or movie, “1776,” which   of water per minute into the preserve and canals west
         Ferdinand was an accomplished architect and contractor   recounts the political struggle within the Continental   of the community. There are pipes that go from the
      after serving in the armed forces. Dagmar and Ferdinand   Congress to ratify the Declaration of Independence. The   community storm drains into the lakes and when the
      met in Bratislava at a shipping center while Ferdinand   historical figures come alive and propound their visions for   lake level gets higher than the top of the pipe, water
      was in the military. They married shortly thereafter. A   the country. Large portions of the dialogue and songs are   can’t flow into the lakes/canals and it backs up into the
      brief time after the communists seized control, Ferdinand   taken from the letters and memoirs of the representatives   pipes and the storm drains fill up causing standing water.
      and Dagmar were advised that their home belonged to the   who attended the Congress. It is a great way to celebrate   The moment it stops raining so heavily and steadily, the
      government and then his architecture and construction   the month of our independence which has endured for 242   levels drop again.
      businesses  were  confiscated. They  realized  they  could   years.                                       The whole point to my rambling is that Mother
      not live any longer under communist domination so they      The first and most prominent signature on the document   Nature just has to take a breath and within a couple
      developed a plan to leave their homeland and all their   was by John Hancock, President of the Continental   hours things get back under control. In 1999 there was
      possessions. Ferdinand paid an extraordinary sum to be   Congress. It is believed that the original document   a 24-hour period where PGA received 30 inches of rain.
      smuggled out of the country and paid for Dagmar to leave   produced on July 4, 1776 was unsigned and that a printed   I have pictures in my office of residents in row boats
      by a different route. They traveled dangerous journeys to   copy was signed later. There are 56 signatures on the   in the street. Since then, the pump systems have been
      Austria and were reunited there. They could not contact   Declaration. An original engrossed parchment version is   upgraded and replaced and the system works even better
      their families they left behind.                  on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  but even in 1999, no one had water inside their home.
                                                                                                                PGA security does a great job helping out by driving
                                                                                                             the roads in the rain and stopping to clear blocked drains
                                                                                                             free of leaves. If you have a storm drain on or near your
                                                                                                             property, be sure to keep it clear of leaves and debris
                                                                                                             (especially if it starts raining and the water carries the
                                                                                                             debris to the drain). Never lift the metal grate. The
                                                                                                             suction is strong and can literally pull you into the drain.
                                                                                                                As with everything, just be patient: the old saying,
                                                                                                             “If you don’t like the weather wait 30 minutes and it
                                                                                                             will change” must have been written for this area. If it
                                                                                                             has been raining heavily and you must drive, slow down
                                                                                                             and watch for standing water.
                                                                                                                Be careful, be patient and this too shall pass. Then
                                                                                                             before you know it we will have sunny days (so we
                                                                                                             can complain that we wish it would only rain to cool
                                                                                                             things off!)
                                                                                                                Have a good month!
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