Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring Fling --update

Things are shaping up for our first annual Spring Fling on May 5th. We plan to have about a dozen home improvement vendors. We will have free balloon animals and face painting for the kids. We will have garden related items for sale at the “boutique” table as a fund raiser for to renovate our front entrance. We will also be selling hot dogs ($1 each), soda (.50), chips (.50), coffee (.50) and baked goods as well. So plan to stop by for lunch.

We are still in need of donations (hot dogs, buns, soda, and stuff to sell at the boutique). We also could use an extra table and chairs if anyone has any we can borrow for the morning. If you want to volunteer to help in any way, please call Debbie at 919-210-1450.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Durham Performs “Smoke Tests” on Sewer Lines Throughout May

DURHAM, N.C. — If you notice small amounts of smoke rising from drains and manhole lids over the next few weeks, don’t be alarmed. The City of Durham Water Management Department is conducting smoke tests on City sewer lines, which will continue through May.

“The main focus of this project is to locate defects in the City’s sewer system, which is one maintenance component of the sewer infrastructure,” said Jerry Morrone, engineering manager for the City’s Water Management Department. “Smoke may rise at any point where there is a defect in the sewer line, including yards, stream banks, storm drains, and manhole lids. The smoke is non-toxic, will not stain anything, nor does it create a fire hazard. It may have a slight odor,” he said.

According to the Water Management Department, smoke may also enter homes or businesses through plumbing pipes. Smoke testing begins today near Duke University including Duke University Road, Morehead Avenue, Anderson Street, Markham Avenue, Academy Road, Gattis Street, and Pinecrest Road and will continue in this area through Friday, May 4.

As the smoke testing occurs during May, residents and businesses will receive notices prior to testing in their area.

For information about the smoke testing, visit www.DurhamOperationGreenlight.org or contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Happy Birthday to Edith!!

Happy Birthday to Ms. Edith and thanks to those who came out to help celebrate it!!






Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Red Fox Sighting

Imagine my surprise this morning when I looked out my kitchen window and saw a large red fox in my fenced backyard. I have seen a fair number of deer, a few opossums and at least one racoon over the years of living in HVN. This was the first fox I have seen.

Learn more about red foxes:
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/red-fox/

So I am trying to figure out why the fox would jump my fence to come into the backyard. I don't have cat or dog food outside. I do have a dog which foxes generally avoid. In doing a bit of reading, it turns out that foxes eat both fruit and wild birds. I have several bird feeders and I am using a new bird food that is seed and fruit. So he may have been trying to get the fruit in the feeders or hanging out to see if any birds came by for the fruit that he could catch. Just a theory.....