July Newsletter 2018


A Message from Mickey

I hope everyone is having a great summer. Helen and I have been brain storming (watch out), and completing a project I’d like to implement for the 2018/2019 season:We have all our concerts, dinner shows and dances lined up and we’d like to offer season tickets to you for a reduced amount. What that means for you is that if you purchase the concert package, the dinner show package or dances then you would receive $10 off the package or $1 off each dance by buying early and all at once. You will also be able to choose the seat or table you would like to have for the season.

Something else we are looking at trying is serving lunch prior to the jam session on Wednesdays. We haven’t worked out all the details for that yet, but more than likely it will be a burger or pulled pork and hot dogs all with chips. We will keep you posted.


  • We will be having a Halloween Dance with Outside the Line, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 — be sure and bring your costume.
  • Our Welcome Back dinner/dance will be November 16, 2018 with The Cover Ups, a band you will be sure to enjoy. This will be FREE to the residents but you will have to come into the Activity Office.
  • We will again have The Southwest Surfers for New Years Eve with the cost at $50, with a dinner served at 6:00 p.m. and the band starting at 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring your own appetizers for later in the evening. We haven’t decided on a theme yet, but when we do I’ll let you know.
  • Another fun thing you need to prepare for is PROM Night!! This will be Friday February 15 so dig out your best gowns/tuxedos, suits or whatever you want to dress for prom in.

I’ll let you go for now but I’ll be in touch later in the summer. Watch the Resort calendar, The Resort Facebook page and The Resorter newsletter to see what else we are going to be up to for next year. I think you’ll love the events we are planning.

If you have any questions or responses please email me at tractdr@iiiaz.com, you can call me at 480 986 5299 if you want but I’m only in the office sporadically this summer until October 1.

Have a safe summer!

Activities Director,
Mickey Webb

Ticket order requests will be taken in order they were received. Please do not send orders unless you are sending in your order by mail to arrive by Oct 1st. No tickets will be pulled until then. Please send a check made to The Resort Activities after we verify your total. You may pick up your tickets when you arrive. We appreciate all your pre-orders. You can also buy your tickets when you return but don’t wait too long as some of the events sell out. Thank you in advance for buying tickets and all your support and enthusiasm for our activities!


By Dale Dauten

“Here’s what I want everyone to remember: “We went into this project to reduce what people had to pay for their television and internet. This was our goal – to be the first 5-star community of our size to have these wonderful and meaningful improvements for years to come – and we’re going to get there as fast as we can.”

                                                          Al LaCanne

It was JFK was pointed out that “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” Well, it’s time to finish the repairs to the HDTV/Internet and the sun is certainly shining. Hooboy, is it shining. And, as we’ll see in a minute, Mister Sun figures into the planning.

We asked for a status update from Tim Furlong, the Area Supervisor for GDS Communications and the one heading the project at both Silveridge and The Resort. Here’s his overall assessment: “It’s good. Nothing unexpected.” When I expressed surprise that he hadn’t been surprised, he smiled and added, “The more I dig, the more problems I find, but that’s with individual units, not with the park itself.”

As for digging, Tim told us last month that it would be the time-comsuming part of the project. He’d also explained that they’d focus work on Silveridge before turning to The Resort, so that’s where he started with this month’s assessment:

“The majority of the digging is finished. That’s by far the longest part. Once that’s done, we’re able to do our work and it goes faster.”

How fast?

“A few more weeks of digging, then the team comes in and does the resplicing. That could start by mid-July and we could be finished by the end of July. Then there’s the rebalance, where we adjust the ampliers based on our engineering report.”

So, things are progressing according to plan at Silveridge. I asked what the folks at The Resort should expect? “They’ll see us in July, and for sure in August.”

That’s when they’ll bury the lines at The Resort, do the resplicing, add new tops and fittings, then weather-seal and rebalance. All of which will solve the current issues where the heat is affecting the signal.

And that takes us back to working while the sun is shining. There’s simply too much summer sun. Tim asked that we let those in residence at the parks know this:

“As we get closer to the end of the summer, there will be night shifts. During the day, we have to take lots of breaks, so we can be much more productive in the evening. Some nights, we’ll be out there till midnight, or even later. So please don’t be alarmed if you see a ladder and a light.”

Instead of being alarmed, when we see a light and a ladder, let’s be grateful that Tim and his team are committed to getting the project done right before the parks’ season begins.


In keeping with his commitment that Silveridge and The Resort remain exceptional values, Al LaCanne has his team conduct an annual survey of how the parks compare to others nearby.

As you view the comparison chart (showing rents at the time of the survey, this past Spring), remember that Silveridge and The Resort…

  • Are among the most spacious in the area (some parks having double the number of units per acre), and they
  • Include water, sewer and trash, and well as the new HDTV and High-speed internet – a saving package that equals $300-400 a month.

As Al puts it, “We are relentlessly working to make our parks better, and to keep them the best value around.”