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Hi, my name is Ed Burns and my wife's name is Claire. We are originally from Milford, Massachusetts. I worked for thirty-four years for the Massachusetts Army National Guard. I managed the Workers Compensation Program. Claire was a legal secretary. We have one son and one daughter. We are blessed with four grandchildren.

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We looked at three communities in the Ormond Beach area. Bear Creek was by far the best. No other community had three clubhouses and three pools. We also have a first class gym. Claire and I purchased a triple-wide 2002 Palm Harbor home. Our home backs up to a golf course. Our unity is spacious and requires minimum maintenance.

Our lifestyle in Bear Creek is fantastic. We enjoy an abundance of social activities. We are involved in the community. Claire has formed a quilt club which meets on Thursday mornings. They held their first quilt show in March. Our residents viewed the variety of quilts that they made. I manage the Horseshoe Program. We meet on Monday and Wednesday. Our horseshoe players support our community by setting up and resetting chairs and tables for Bear Creek events in the various clubhouses.

Our neighbors are terrific. Four of our neighbors are celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary by joining us on a cruise in Alaska. The caring, sharing, and support in our community is outstanding. We feel fortunate that we chose Bear Creek as our retirement community.

Ed & Claire Burns

It was a cold and windy February morning in our small town 30 miles South of Boston. We awoke to well over a foot of snow and this was the third substantial snowfall in as many weeks. While still half asleep, we headed out to shovel our walkway and remove the drifts of snow from our cars- pronounced cahs in Boston. The front door opened after some persistent coaxing.

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We were growing a bit weary from the harsh New England winters and it was that February evening when we had our first serious conversation about retiring to the sunshine state and settling in a nice adult community.

The Internet and various magazines provided us with a great deal of information and we eventually narrowed our search to four central Florida communities that we found appealing and wanted to visit. Appointments were made and we headed south in April.

Bear Creek was our fourth and final stop. We were exhausted at this point and almost canceled our appointment.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very friendly office staff and taken on a leisurely, informative golf cart ride throughout the community. Our tour of Bear Creek revealed a landscape of stately oaks, tall pines, and an amazing variety of palm trees. The well-maintained lawns, shrubs and flowers told us that the residents took pride in their neighborhood. The homes were also very neat and attractive.

Bear Creek is able to boast that it has not one, not two, but three beautiful clubhouses and three swimming pools. One pool is heated, so there's swimming year round.

You would think that buying a retirement home, a big decision, is something that a couple would discuss in length before making a final decision, but we were so impressed with the Bear Creek community that we made a deposit on a home that day and moved to paradise a few months later.

The activities at Bear Creek are too numerous to mention, but there's something for everyone. Horseshoes, tennis, bocce, aquarobics, yoga, shuffleboard, poker, and many, many more. In addition, several clubs are often looking for new members and there are always opportunities to volunteer and help out at community events. We have enjoyed volunteering and found that it was a great way for us to get to know our neighbors.

We have lived in Bear Creek for 5 years and our only regret is not abandoning our snow shovels a few years sooner.

Steve & Meri Crowley