Homes in the first phase of Presidents Pavilion are selling fast! 
 
Prices will increase in January 2018.  Reserve now to save over $10,000!
   
We only have two Williamsburg (2 BR/2 Bath with den - 1860 sq ft) and seven Yorktown apartments (1BR/2 Bath with den- 1460 sq ft) left! 
 
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Three Floor Plans To Choose From!
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The Williamsburg
The Jamestown
The Yorktown
Three Color Palettes To Choose From!
Shenandoah

Piedmont
Tidewater 

New Faces!
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Sky Hooks
Sky Hooks, when used for military purposes, are usually attached to a trailing cable from a Lockheed C-130 Hercules Aircraft. The sky hook is capable of "capturing" descending parachutes in mid-air. In the 1970's, spy satellites, taking pictures while going over the Soviet Union, would drop their exposed film using parachutes while over Hawaii. Sky hooks were then used to retrieve the parachutes as they descended. 
 
A Patriots Colony resident, Dick Henry, was heavily involved in this program while on active duty. He was given a commemorative plaque with a chrome-plated Sky Hook attached.
 
~ Daniel O'Connor ~ 
COMMISSIONING OF USS GERALD R FORD (CVN78)
On Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, the Navy commissioned a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN78), at the Naval Station in Norfolk, VA. Patriots Colony residents Bob and Gloria Antonio had the privilege of attending the ceremony which featured President Trump as the guest speaker.
Their son, Rear Admiral Brian Antonio, is the Program Executive for Carriers. His responsibilities include the acquisition, maintenance, overhaul and repair of all the Navy's carriers. Brian is a 1983 graduate of the Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture and a Naval Engineers and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Ford is the most sophisticated and powerful warship ever built. The ship is approximately 1,100 feet long and displaces 100,000 tons. Its automation allows for it to have over 600 fewer personnel aboard than the previous Nimitz class carriers and has been designed to have a life expectancy of 50 years. Because of its automation, technologies and design configuration, it increases its aircraft missions by a third. Powered by two nuclear reactors, it can navigate the world for 25 years before refueling.

Bob, Gloria, Brian and Brian's wife Kathy Sue


Two Aviation Pioneers
Katherine Stinson and Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart has been in the news recently and, a few years ago, a movie was made of her flying exploits. However, Katherine Stinson, who preceded her and equaled or surpassed Amelia's accomplishments, has remained virtually unknown with no noteworthy recognition. So, let us jump back into the golden age of aviation. The old Lone Ranger Radio show called it "the thrilling days of yesteryear." Then, every flight slipping the surly bonds of earth and dancing among the clouds was a thrilling adventure. 
Katherine Stinson (1891-1977) was the fourth woman in the U.S. to gain a pilot's license in 1912, at the age of 21. Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) gained her pilot's license in 1922, when she was 25, the 16th woman to receive a pilot's license. 
 
 
How We Met - Ron & Barbara Smith
In April 1967, after completion of Basic Officer Courses (Quartermaster) and as Assistant to the Logistics Officer for a training brigade at Fort Bragg, NC, I was home on leave in Oklahoma City on my way to Vietnam. One hundred miles away, Barbara was at Fort Sill, OK, receiving training to be the Assistant Director of a USO (United Services Organization) club somewhere in Vietnam. She had taken the USO position to leave her teaching position at a school for abused/delinquent children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
 
 
 
THINGS JUST AREN'T THE SAME ANYMORE
   
Have you ever noticed how they don't make things the way they used to? For instance, stairs are so steep now. The newspaper print is so small that I need a magnifying glass to read it. The material they use in clothing is skimpy now, especially around the waist. Also, they don't make a good mirror anymore. I recently bought a new one and could hardly tell that I was looking at my own reflection.

Actually, I've noticed that everyone looks so old now. I saw someone the other day that I used to know, and she had aged so badly that she didn't even recognize me. Everyone talks so softly in whispers now that I can barely hear anyone.

People ask me if I get lonesome living alone. I tell them, "alone"? "I live with four guys. I wake up in the morning with Charlie Horse, have lunch with Will Power, spend the afternoon with Arthur Itis and go to bed every night with Ben Gay!"

~ Char Connell ~

PHYLLIS MERRICK REMEMBERS 9/11
 
"Was that a plane?" asked residents on the 32nd floor of the Gateway Apartments in Battery Park as an enormous silver streak obliterated the daylight in their apartment on September 11, 2001-a crisp, 65 degree Tuesday morning. It was a plane; and from inside Flight 11, Flight Attendant Amy Sweeney was telephoning a loved one... "I see water, I see buildings; we are all over the place in rapid descent. We are low; we are flying very, very low. Oh my God, we are way too low," and the call ended as Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. just a block from the Gateway Apartments.
Twenty-four floors below, on the eighth floor of the Gateway Apartments, lived Phyllis Green (not yet a Merrick in 2001). An early riser, Phyllis had taken the subway under the North Tower arriving at her job at the Coleman Center, some five miles away, at 7:30 a.m. A friend on Wall Street called her to tell her about Flight 11 crashing into the North Tower, and everyone rushed to the lobby to watch on television as the second plane, Flight 175, hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.  CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING...