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SEPO Community E-Mails: April 2021

Sent 2021-04-28:Pool and hot tub - 

The repairman came today.  He ordered the part to fix the heater for the pool.  It might be here by Friday.  The pool is usable just not heated.


We are aware that half the jets in the hot tub are not working.  One of the Big Jets that controls half the little jets in the hot tub is broken.  The Big Jet is old.  Our repairman is searching for replacement parts.  We hope he can locate them  because buying a new Big Jet will be very expensive.  That being explained, we will limp along with half the little jets working while we explore what needs to be done to fix the situation.  The hot tub is hot and usable.  Thanks for your patience.

Jean Burgoine

Sent 2021-04-27: Thank You Note from Mary Ellen Schaefer - 

I would like to thank our community for their support and encouragement before and after Bob’s passing.  So many came to my side- Aida, Wanda, Kaye and my Marine Angel- Cal and Genie for their help with Bob several times.  How do I thank you all? I also want to mention the cards, food and visits by many.  We are blessed to be a part of our Sunshine Estates Community.      Mary Ellen Schaefer

Sent 2021-04-27: Pool Heater - 

Those of you who use the pool regularly already knew the pool was cooler than normal - right! I just now got my internet restored in STL and wasn't able to send out Jean's note till now. Sorry about that.

     Beth Parrish   SEPO Enews E-mail Admin


The pool heater is out of order.  You can still use the pool but the water is not being heated.  A repairman is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.  The hot tub is working properly.     Jean Burgoine

Sent 2021-04-21: MARKETPLACE: House for Sale  (Updated Contact Phone #) - 

House For Sale: 4348 N Kansas St. (Contact Phone # has been updated)

By Appointment Please

Please see the MARKETPLACE listing on the Sunshine Web site for the corrected Contact phone # and additional information concerning this house.     Randy & Linda Nicholas


Sent 2021-04-21: Availability to Send Sunshine E-mails - 

I will be traveling starting this coming Friday (Apr 23) thru Sunday (Apr 25). Therefore I will have limited capabilities to send your e-mails during that timeframe. Let me know if you have anything that is an emergency over the weekend and I will attempt to get it out in the evenings.

I'm still able to send them all day until Friday. And, as always, Community e-mails can be sent all summer long.

Beth Parrish     SEPO E-Mail E-News Admin   E-Mail:   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-04-20: Out of Office - 

Please note that I will MORE THAN LIKELY be out of the SEPO Office next Mon & Tues (Apr 26 & 27). And there is also a POSSIBILITY that I will be out next Wed (Apr 28) as well. I will not be able to answer phone calls during this timeframe, so please stop by the Office before or after these days to conduct SEPO business.

Valerie Basaldua     Office Manager   956-425-1420

Sent 2021-04-19: REMINDER: Neighborhood Watch Utility Ride this Tuesday 1pm - 

Dear Friends - Reminder - tomorrow  1pm at   Retzlaff Hall door. Use your golf cart. We will travel around SCCE checking out power poles, transformers and other stuff. Looks like good weather too. 
Next month is STOP-THE-BLEED month. We can give a class if you like.  - safely  -  very interesting.
Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276   Coordinator NW-CERT

Sent 2021-04-17: MARKETPLACE: House For Sale - 

House For Sale: 4348 N Kansas St. Please see the listing in the MARKETPLACE.    Randy & Linda Nicholas 

Sent 2021-04-16: Resident Passing - 

Current resident Bob Schaeffer passed away yesterday, 04-15-2021. This information has been posted in the Office and on the Web site In Memoriam page.  The flag has also been lowered in respect.
Valerie Basaldua     Office Manager

Sent 2021-04-13: Front Gate - NO SOLICITING sign - ignored - 

Dear Friends - The Treasure Seekers are already starting!  We have a NO SOLICITING sign at the Front Gate.  It is for real and means what it says.  A guy in a white tee shirt in a green SUV was nosing around in here yesterday looking for work on your home.  Oh I was working "over there" glancing toward the Storage Lot.  Bologna!
Ha - wonder if he knows what a hammer and a nail is?..  Anyway - All of you please be responsible to be extra vigilant. Now that we are seeing our Winter Texans go home, the rest of us inherit being extra "eyes and ears".  Also, with any Monkey Business - please try to get a description and a plate number.  Call me anytime.  Call the Office.  Call somebody!  Thanks
Lights On - Lock Up and Look Out for each other!
Don't forget the Utility Ride on Tuesday the20th at 1pm by Retz Hall.  See ya!
--   Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276   NW-CERT Coordinator

Sent 2021-04-12: PLEASE REVIEW/REPLY: Sunshine Web site: New Activities/Meetings Pages added - 

Thx to everyone for submitting the Acty/Mtg Request forms quickly so that Valerie could get her Office Calendar of events updated and I could get everything on the Web site. I now need you to review the following new Web site pages for accuracy or to determine if any updates are needed. I have added the following pages under the 'Events' Tab:

Note: There are multiple links on the pages above (in particular the Summary page) that take you to additional details about the various upcoming Activities & Meetings in the next months. Also note these events are subject to change at any time if they do not conform to the SEPO & Covid-19 restrictions defined at the time of the event. I know everyone is hoping and praying we are back to some sort of normalcy sooner than later.

And finally, those of you who were around pre-Covid-19 are very familiar with the 2-Page listing of SEPO Recurring Activities & Meetings. Those of you who are new Homeowners should become very familiar with it. The Summary Web page (above) and this 2-Page document should mimic each other. Let me know if you see anything that needs changed on either. I've been working on all of this until my eyes started turning to mush. So HELP keep/get me straight. Also - this 2-Page document should be available for print in the library by Thu this week at the latest. Thanks
Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin     E-Mail:     314-960-6710

Sent 2021-04-12: MARKETPLACE: Any Updates Needed (please reply ASAP) - 

I am in the process of cleaning up the Sunshine Web site and preparing for both Summer and next Winter Season 'Fun in the Sun' OR 'Fun in the Shade', whichever you prefer.

Would everyone please review the following pages and let me know if any updates are needed OR if everything needs to remain as it is now on the site. Some of these items have been out here since early last fall.

Thx so much for your rapid replies to the Web site e-mail below (or to sepoenews if that is easier).

Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin     E-Mail:     314-960-6710

Sent 2021-04-12: SEPO Financials: March 2021 - 

Hello Fellow Homeowners - HERE you can find the financials for March. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks     Mecca Henry,   Treasurer SEPO,   (469) 766-4245,

Sent 2021-04-12: AMENDMENT TO - CLOSED: Doggie Areas - 

The spraying for chiggers is being done as a result of resident complaints. Although it may be an inconvenience for some of you for a day, it does need to be done.

There will now be two spray days, which means two separate closings of the dog areas.

  • The Storage Lot dog area will be closed on Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021, ALL DAY. A sign will be posted there as a reminder.

  • The entire of TX Ave (including the dog area and the Gazebo) will be closed ALL DAY on Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021. Signs will be posted there as a reminder.

Thx for your patience during this necessary process.

Valerie Basaldua     SEPO Office Manager

Sent 2021-04-12: NW - CERT information and Utility Ride April 2021 -  

Please go this HERE to read the article and see all of the attachments.

Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator, 956-245-1276,

Sent 2021-04-12: CLOSED: Doggie Areas -  (see AMENDMENT to this info above) 

Both doggie areas will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, to spray for chiggars.

Valerie Basaldua     SEPO Office Manager

Sent 2021-04-08: Office Closing - 

The SEPO Office will be closing today, April 8, at 3 PM.     Valerie Basaldua   Office Mgr

Sent 2021-04-07: FOUND: Drill - 

A drill was found on the road and has been turned into the Office.     Valerie Basaldua

Sent 2021-04-06: PLEASE READ: Hot Tub Facts - 

Did you know?

  1. Children under the age of 5 should not be allowed in any hot tub.  It is just too dangerous for their little bodies.

  2. Children are susceptible to ear infections and damaging their eyes if they put their heads under water.  (Adults too). There is a higher concentration of impurities (urine, dead body cells, etc.) in a hot tub than a pool. There is less water in a hot tub to dilute the impurities than in a swimming pool.  KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER while in a hot tub.

  3. A child’s body is not as efficient at regulating its body temperature as an adult's. Children can experience hyperthermia quickly.  Hot tubs should not be considered play areas. If a youngster goes in the hot tub, he or she should SIT for a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes depending upon the size of the youngster. A responsible adult should be within an arm's length of the youngster at all times.

  4. The Red Cross recommends that hot tubs regularly used by children be under 100 degrees. The Sunshine hot tub is set at 102 degrees.

After reading this, if you want your young ones to use the hot tub, please, monitor them very, very carefully.

Jean Burgoine & Lenore Combs
SEPO Board


Sent 2021-04-05: MARKETPLACE: Potential buyer for home - 

Since I know there are some Homes for Sale with Sunshine that aren't posted on the Web site, here's a potential buyer for a home in Sunshine. I have also placed the info below on the Web site HERE.


To new friends,

My husband and I are in search of a 55+ community to call our home away from home.

We have visited Harlingen with a realtor to look at available properties, but as of now, have not found just the right place.

If there is a possibility that anyone in your community would be interested in contacting us regarding a home for sale in Sunshine Country Club Estates we would love to hear from you.

Our preference would be a 2 bedroom / 2 bath home.

Thanks for your time
Tom & Melanie
Contact information: or

Sent 2021-04-05: SUNSHINE DIRECTORIES: Everything is updated as of 04-05-2021 - 

All Sunshine Directory listings, including the photos list, have been updated on the Web site just now.

The directories (by Name, by Address, Renters and E-mail addresses) can be found HERE.

The Photo Book/New Residents directories can be found HERE.

Call with any questions and particularly if you have additional updates.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin     E-Mail:     314-960-6710

Sent 2021-04-05: REMINDER: On-Street Parking Restrictions - 

Sadly, it’s that time of year when our non-fulltime Sunshine friends and neighbors start packing up and heading to their summer homes. We hate to see you go and anticipate your safe return next year.
That said – we would like to remind everyone, concerning Street Parking, while you are packing up to leave and when you return in the fall.

No boat, boat or utility trailer, recreational equipment (with the exception of golf carts), or heavy equipment shall be stored on any lot, unless same is contained within the confines of a closed storage structure. An RV may be parked on any street, no closer than fifty (50) feet to an intersection, when possible, or on a driveway for the purpose of loading, unloading, and service for a period of up to three (3) days.  An extension of parking time may be submitted in writing to S.E.P.O for approval.

Each OWNER shall within ninety (90) days or upon actual occupancy of the subject lot, whichever date occurs first after a Home or RV is placed on a lot, provide concrete driveway and parking facilities for off-street parking.
Policies & Procedures: ON-STREET PARKING
B.  Vehicle defined: Any motorized or non-motorized vehicle or conveyance designed to move on wheels, i.e. Cars, trucks, boat trailers, golf carts, motor homes, motorcycles, etc.

  1. Pursuant to Article VI, Sec. 6.6 of the Covenants, there is to be no overnight parking of vehicles on the streets except that RVs may be parked on the street for up to three days for the purpose of loading or unloading. An extension may be granted for unusual circumstances or in the case of overnight guests as to parking on the street. Apply in the office for permission.

  2. No vehicle may be used at any time for the purpose of residence, temporary residence, or additional living space or used as any type of living quarters when parked on any street or driveway or the storage area in SCCE.

  3. Failure to comply with any or all of the above will result in the vehicle being tagged, showing date, time and violation. The owner will then be responsible for a $20.00 per day fee for each violation. This fee will be due by the 10th day of the month following the violation. All violation fees not paid within 30 days of due date will be assessed an 18% per annum penalty and possibly result in SEPO filing a lien against the owner’s property.

  4. SEPO is authorized to have a commercial towing service remove any vehicle of a nonresident in violation of these regulations 24 hours after posting notice of noncompliance on said vehicle.

  5. All lot owners or residents desiring to appeal any assessment for an on street parking violation shall do so in writing to the SEPO Board for consideration at the next Board meeting.

The SEPO Rules (Covenants, ByLaws and Policies & Procedures can always be found on the Web site HERE.

Safe travels to everyone who is heading out.
SEPO Board

Sent 2021-04-02: SEPO & Covid-19: Pool, Hot Tub & Pavilion -  

Past SEPO & Covid-19 Board decisions concerning the Pool, Hot Tub and Pavilion being closed have been largely based on CDC guidelines. After reviewing the CDC Information Release dated April 2, 2021, which includes the lifting of travel restrictions for vaccinated individuals, the following was approved by a consensus of the Board, via e-mail, on April 2, 2021.


The Pool, Hot Tub and Pavilion are reopened, effective immediately, to the following individuals.


  • Immediate families of Owners & Renters who have been vaccinated.

  • Guests of Owners & Renters who have been vaccinated.

Per the SEPO Policies & Procedures - Immediate family is defined as mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and the spouse of any of the preceding persons.

You are fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after having received the last dose. Vaccine numbers are up and vaccines are more available - many are immunized. Travel restrictions for those vaccinated have been waived. Recommendations for unvaccinated travelers remain in place.

No one has the right to ask anyone if they are vaccinated. The SEPO Board believes our Owners & Renters are responsible enough to respect the guidelines outlined above.

As a reminder, the current Policies & Procedures state:


  • Shower before using pools to remove any lotions. Soap is not allowed in the showers.

  • Diving into the pool is not allowed.

  • Running in the pool area is not allowed. If your guests are young children, keep them under control and have an adult supervising them.

  • Throwing any object into the pool or pool area is not allowed.

  • No bicycles or skates are allowed in the pool area.

  • Anyone displaying rowdy behavior may be asked to leave by any resident owner.


The Pool, Hot Tub and Pavilion will continue to be monitored to ensure Social Distancing.


Refer to this Web site page for the full list of all SEPO & Covid-19 Restrictions.

SEPO Board

Sent 2021-04-02: SEPO Staff on Holiday - 

This is Beth - I just found this. Valerie had sent it to me Thu afternoon.
Sorry so late but I forgot to mention the the staff will not be in today-Friday April 2, 2021 for Good Friday. We will resume work on Monday April 5, 2021 . 

Sincerely,     Valerie Basaldua   Office Manager

Sent 2021-04-02: MARKETPLACE: Dog/Cat Stroller for Sale - 

See this and other items in the Sunshine Marketplace
"FOR SALE" - Dog/Cat Stroller - (Added 04-02-2021) 

  1. ​​Contact:

    • Ralph Peterson

    • 607-590-0606

  2. Description:​

    • Dog Stroller.

    • Can be pulled behind a bicycle or pushed as a stroller.

    • Will accommodate an animal up to 40 lbs quite comfortably.

    • Can be seen at 4336 N Missouri.

  3. Pricing:

    • $50.00 or best offer

​Ralph Peterson

Sent 2021-04-02: REMINDER: Monday Birding Trip to Estero Llano State Park in Weslaco - 

Just a quick reminder of the Birding and Nature Club outing to Estero Llano SP in Weslaco on Monday.  In the past we have been able to eat a lunch on the covered deck overlooking the wetlands.  However, because of COVID-19, all the tables have been removed from the deck.  My wife and I are planning on eating lunch at Nana’s, a Mexican Restaurant about a half mile north of the park on rte 1015.  All are welcome to join us.  We will depart for the park promptly at 8:30 am from in front of our office/library area.  Questions? Call Ralph Peterson @ 607-590-0606.
Ralph Peterson

Sent 2021-04-02: Mail room/exercise area -  

The package room has a new look inside.  Shelves have been put up and the tables taken down.  Ladies and men, you can now use the room for your exercise and yoga videos.  Enjoy - -just like in pre-Covid times.  Yeah
Jean Burgoine     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-04-02: Dog poop - 

This is a reminder that dogs are never allowed on the golf course.  When you are walking or exercising your dog, it is your responsibility to clean up after it.  This applies to Texas Avenue, our doggie area in the storage area, and along canal on the east side of the community.  The canal top is considered a public walkway.  Please, please, please pick up after your dog.     Jean Burgoine   SEPO Board

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