(a talented, happy, sad, but so powerful life story)
Stefan has been a long time resident of our Five Oaks Community. He is a wonderful talented individual with a powerful life story. Through the years, I have enjoyed his many jokes, and have had the pleasure of listening to this talented sweet guy!
(provided by Judy, a long time Resident of Five Oaks) Dated June 2, 2018
Hungarian Festival @ Five Oaks Clubhouse: Stay Tuned!
The Hungarian Club of the Triangle has been meeting at the Five Oaks Clubhouse for over fifteen (15) years. The first Hungarian Festival was held at the Clubhouse in 2012, and an invitation extended to the Five Oaks Community. The decorations and the fine art pieces are put together by the Hungarian Folk, and authentic Hungarian dishes are prepared and served. Beautiful traditional decorations are created and demonstrated by these amazingly talented people. Needless to say, it has been a great success!
In later years, the Five Oaks Community has had the opportunity to enjoy this lovely traditional event on a few occasions. This year we have good news. Rumor has it that we will again have the Festival at our Clubhouse ~ maybe sometime in November. So stay tuned ~ when we get that date, you’ll get that date!
(Information provided by four long time Butternut Road Homeowners)
(Rosan, Marylu Dow & David)
(Message posted by Rosan – Dated May 30, 2018)
In the Beginning: Bobby Roberts and his brother were the original developers of Five Oaks—the plan was to have townhouses/condo, smaller garden or patio homes, and larger single family homes all in the Five Oaks development. In 1974, the 4100 townhomes were constructed and furnished models helped potential buyers decide which townhouse they were interested in buying. The first single family houses on Butternut Road were shells under construction and unfinished until Rosan bought her house in Fall of 1974 and she moved into the house in early 1975. The developers had their architect design four houses and after building one would reverse the plan so that the four designs appeared to be eight different houses—the designs are quintessential 1970s architecture.
Long Time Residents: Only two of the original owners of houses still live on Butternut Road—Mary Jane and Rosan. Many long-time residents still reside on Butternut—parents of young children when they bought their homes and now they are grandparents. In 1975 the pine trees in Rosan’s front yard only came to the roof line – now they are huge!
Security Guard Booth: With all the construction going on in 1974, the developers installed a security guard booth and gate at the entrance to the development to prevent construction equipment and materials from being stolen and which were removed once the Roberts Brothers were gone.
In 1974: The 11 miles of I-40 (from 15-501 to joining I-40 going to Raleigh) had not been built and land was vacant between East Gate Shopping Center and the Five Oaks development. Utility lines were buried and all homes were electric until gas lines were installed several years later. Water was furnished by the City of Durham and residents were billed at the outside-city rates. Residents had private garbage pick-up twice a week but there was no recycling or yard waste pick-up. The original developers turned Five Oaks Drive, Butternut Road and Pine Cone over to the State and thus the homeowners have never been responsible for repairs or repaving of these streets. For some reason the streets for the town houses were not turned over to the State of North Carolina and therefore the homeowners (HOA) are responsible for the repairing and maintenance of their streets. A tertiary sewage treatment plant was built into the development and the treated sewage discharged into the holding pond (a.k.a. “lake”). Once the City annexed Five Oaks the sewage treatment plant was abandoned but the building is still present at the back of the property.
Recreational Assn: Townhouse and condo owners are required to join the Five Oaks Recreational Assn. and once the developers were gone, the Board of Directors of each HOA became responsible for decision-making, assessments for repairs, etc. A swimming pool with lifeguards and tennis courts with a tennis pro on site were early amenities for the Members, and although initially for only the residents of the Five Oaks development and their guests, membership was later opened to others outside the Five Oaks community, including the Butternut Road homeowners.
Moving of Clubhouse: The Clubhouse had to be moved when the 11 miles of I-40 connecting 15-501 to the I-40 corridor to Raleigh was under construction due to requirement for a noise buffer between residential areas and an Interstate highway. The original location of the Clubhouse did not allow for sufficient noise abatement from I-40 traffic and was moved a short distance.
Annexation: For the first decade, the Five Oaks development was unincorporated within Durham County. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office provided police protection with the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department providing fire service and a volunteer E.M.T. service. Duke Power (a.k.a. Duke Energy) installed and maintained the street lights. Both Chapel Hill and the City of Durham sought to annex Five Oaks for the revenue. Residents addressed the City Council asserting that they did not want nor need to be annexed into either Chapel Hill or Durham City since they had all of the services they needed and it would mean doubling property taxes for the Five Oaks residents. Unfortunately, the N.C. General Assembly passed a statute that enabled municipalities to annex areas without the consent of affected residents. Five Oaks was annexed into the City of Durham and went on City Water and Sewage treatment, fire, E.M.T. and police protection as well as the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, and solid waste pick-up changed to weekly.
The Five Oaks “Lake” (a.k.a. tertiary sewage treatment holding pond): The lake has been periodically stocked with fish and people did fish in the small “lake”. It has had to be drained on several occasions due to beavers building dams and causing problems. Muskrats may also have been burrowing into the soil under the lake; at least one beaver has been spotted in the lake lately. The pond has to be drained slowly, the debris from the aquatic rodents removed and then the pond allowed to refill from rain water. Geese are attracted to the lake and no longer migrate becoming year round pond residents. Loss of habitat in Durham county for wild life has resulted in a herd of small white-tailed deer in the development and we also have a mated pair of Red Shouldered hawks year round.
Speed bumps: The design of the original speed bumps on Clubhouse Drive were the raised Five Oaks logo in concrete that spanned across the street but they had to be removed due to constant complaints regarding tire and front-end alignment damage caused by these creative speed bumps.
Note f/Ellen: Our thanks to the four long time Butternut Rd residents for their help in preserving the history of our lovely Community.
Note f/Ellen: It is no longer necessary to stock the Lake with fish, and fishing is enjoyed, but on the Clubhouse side only.
June 16, 2018 Lunch Bunch: (posted by Pixie) My husband Bob and I attended today’s lunch bunch at NAMU at Straw Valley in Durham. We absolutely loved it! The food was extraordinary. Well prepared, fresh and nicely presented. Most of us had something different and were equally pleased. The wait staff were very helpful. Having to order at their serving bar was very helpful. It gave us opportunity to have all questions answered. All in all, a great afternoon!!
*************************************************************************************************************** May 28, 2018 Memorial Day Celebration (1:30pm) Although the weather was sortof yucky, our Pool Memorial Celebration was very enjoyable. There was a people count of approximately forty (40); half adults and half kids. The slide was a hit, the soda dive was fun, and Pizza and Ice Cream served. And at this hour, there were actually quite a few in the pool. If anyone should have a photo of today’s event, please send it, so it may be included here. *************************************************************************************************************** May 19, 2018 Lunch Bunch:
The location, the food, the presentation, and the comradeship all blended together for yet another enjoyable Five Oaks Lunch Bunch at the Fusion Fish in Chapel Hill. We welcomed a new 4100 Neighbor; said *hello* to a few who had moved away, (so glad they keep coming back); some who returned from vacation or illness, and of course, our long time Lunch Bunchers. Thank you Ladies & Gents for a fun afternoon! FULL CALENDAR OF FIVE OAKS EVENTS
***************************************************************************************************************** FREE YOGA SERIES Posted by Chris (dated 6/4/2018)
Yoga in the Clubhouse has been a wonderful addition to the offerings in Five Oaks for the last month. Classes have been well attended with 5-15 students practicing per class. We have been exploring proper alignment in basic yoga poses, slowly building our practice, and incorporating some meditation techniques each week.
Please come and join us for the last few weeks of the series, we would love to have you!
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(Jan 2018) A large stray dog took up residence in the Five Oaks Community. This stray found shelter under a porch or two, as well as in the old water treatment shed across the Lake. This pooch appeared calm, confident and certainly *street smart*. Many of our neighbors, while walking their dogs, encountered him just standing and staring ~ not at them, but their dogs (friendly but kept his distance). Not to be too anthropomorphic, he was wary of people, but it was apparent he yearned for canine companionship. Through the many weeks he wandered loose around our neighborhood, and he met and made many friends/admirers. One of his regular hangouts, with the guidance of Independent Animal Rescue (IAR), was his *feeding station*, with many neighbors contributing kibble. IAR was an extremely important player in this saga – providing and assisting with setting up a humane trap at the location of the feeding station. Through these weeks, he was also spotted on Farrington Rd, Durham Chapel Hill Rd, Prescott Pl, with eighty (80) responses flooding the NextDoor site
(Feb 2018) This marked the beginning of a fight to save our *wandering* pooch. And again, Gina and Emily (IAR volunteers) offered to help, and came up with a plan: (1) we need to get him to come to the same location; (2) two Five Oaks neighbors (Barbara) will feed him at specific times twice day; (3) other than these two Neighbors, all others will stop feeding him; (4) he must be enticed to come to the same place and at the same time for food; (5) donations of food was welcomed; (6) thanked everyone for the outpouring of concerns for our Wanderer; (7) searching for a loving forever home. By law, all stray dogs must be surrendered to Animal Control for rabies testing, but with IAR’s involvement, he could be fostered from Animal Control as soon as he was approved for release. One problem! He had to be trapped first! He, indeed, started to come to the feeding area (loved hot dogs, but rather picky about his kibble). Now, a perfect trap was necessary! After jumping through hoops, a Missy Trap, although labor intensive to install, was finally in place at the feeding location.
(Mar 2018) One morning, our Wanderer was trapped, but only for fifteen (15) minutes. He actually dug his way out, and trotted off once again to wander. He did, however, return on several occasions ~~ no doubt looking for his turkey, and especially his hot dogs. It was decided a more traditional larger trap was necessary. And again, jumping through even more hoops, there was success with Orange County delivering a new trap. An alert was put out to avoid leashing him; he had to feel comfortable around people; he must maintain low stress levels (it was learned through these many weeks, that he certainly did not like being confined or touched). The food dish was placed half way into the new trap (the trap is triggered when he noses around the bowl to eat). But when he returned to the area to have his daily meal, this smart pooch actually pulled the dish completely out of the trap, before the trap could engage. He was again off to wander! The dish was then shoved to the back. We had the help of a Neighbor (who had an excellent view of the area where the trap was located); and she would report all the sightings of our pooch. There were also two ‘dead dog on the highway’ scares; one was a coyote and one was a deer. But each scare heightened the reminder of what was at stake ~ anxious time for the people manning the front line, as well as the Five Oaks Community and her sister Communities. It’s also to be noted here that every avenue possible was exhausted through these many weeks to find this guy’s owner, but sadly to no avail. Also, sadly, he was not micro-chipped!
(Mar 18, 2018) Volunteers, over several hours, attempted to get a leash on our Wanderer, but each time, although friendly (especially if they were accompanied by a dog), as soon as he spotted the leash, he would quietly back away, and trot off. He was a master of evasion. After a month and a half, all it took was Roxie (Wonder Dog), and Ron (Dog Whisperer). For some mysterious canine reason, he acted like a puppy around Ron ~~ his new favorite people. Ron was able to pet him, hold him, and ultimately simply pick him up and quietly place him in the crate. Ron had developed a good relationship with our Wanderer, saying he is a normal, affectionate pooch, who absolutely loves Roxie. With the help of Gina (IAR volunteer) and Barbara (Five Oaks), he was then delivered to the Orange County Animal Control. Our Wanderer was concerned, but calm and gentlemanly throughout.
(Mar 24, 2018) Barbara (Five Oaks) and Gina (IAR) delivered him to his foster home, with a huge fenced in yard (reinforced to thwart digging). Although through these many weeks, our Wanderer was referred to Skippy/Spotty, it was decided, Gina (IAR) had earned naming rights, and our Five Oaks Skippy/Spotty is certainly a *Trooper*. Trooper continues to thrive with his loving foster parents and many friends, where he continues to work on his social skills.
(May 2018) Trooper is now in his forever home. Ethan (a tall, slow moving quiet guy) and Erika (who has been working with Trooper at a Doggie Care Center) have officially adopted Trooper – and he is now known as Jayce. Similar to his relationship with Ron, he acts like a smitten puppy around Ethan. He has become a shameless lapdog ~~ dignity surrendered. He’s a happy boy, with two female doggie friends; and he also trots (or wanders) off daily to the Day Care Center with Erika. #HappyBoyHappyEnding!
So many to thank: The team of IAR, Mary, Gina, Barbara, Sally, Dana, Tom, Pattie, Veronica, Emily, Andy, folks of the Five Oaks Community, folks of our surrounding Communities, and our thanks to Barbara, for her diligence and dedication, and to Barbara & Sally for providing the contents of this Saga ~ with a wee bit of poetic license by Ellen. And, of course, a huge thank you to Erika and Ethan ~~ for giving our infamous wandering pooch a loving forever home!.
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47 SECONDS OF A GLIMPSE OF OUR GOSLINGS Gosling Sightings: (May 6, 2018) This is a first for me ~~ seeing *one* gosling family! There has to have been others that just didn’t survive for one reason or another (sad). I sure hope this little guy can make it; (May 7, 2018) Family of six goslings (and a few ducks) sighted today; (May 18, 2018) Another first for me ~ these two families are traveling together. So cute cause there are six little bitty ones and one somewhat larger (who has survived alone) actually hanging out together. I’ll keep trying to get a photo ~ stay tuned. Have you spotted any other families, or have a photo?. If so, please leave a Comment below, and I’ll for sure post it (Ellen).
Sad Story w/Happy Ending: A little pooch was found tied up in a Five Oaks backyard ~ abandoned! It was discovered a resident moved out and left this cutie without water or food for nine days. She was in poor shape, and picked up by the Shelter. But after she got a full workup and found to be adoptable, our long time residents, Hugh and Kay Bailey, brought her home, and named her *Maya*. Maya had several loving years with the Baileys before she passed. Maya will always be remembered by the many Five Oaks people who loved her.
In the Fall of 2013, I would see a Neighbor quite often carrying a rather large turtle to a grassy area and put her down; and again, picking her up and putting her down – and again and again. Although the Lake was sort-of close by, it could not be seen from where she was standing. Out of curiosity, I stopped one day and asked the Neighbor if the turtle was her pet, and why continually up and down, up and down? She explained to me that she volunteered her services to rescuing and rehabilitating turtles. She then went on to introduce me to the turtle, *Nancy Reagan*, who was looking rather poorly at the time. She had been hit by a car, and her once thick shell, was not looking very healthy. The Neighbor brought the turtle home for a little R&R, and part of her ritual with Nancy was to get her outside for her daily exercise. She certainly got that exercise, cause every time the Neighbor put her down, Nancy would scoot her way (as only a turtle could scoot) in the direction of the Lake. Nancy had a purpose! I was told, at a much later date, that Nancy was back to her ole turtlely self – and finally enjoying her life in a body water somewhere (posted by Ellen 5/14/2018) WANNA MEET *NANCY REAGAN*?
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************************************************** Sweet sweet Chester: Chester was one of the very few *first* visitors to our Dog Park back in August of 2004. Chester has long since passed, but he will always be remembered by the beautiful red Camillia bush to the left of the park’s entrance gate (planted in his memory). When it bloomed this year (2018), it was so sweet and gorgeous, and so was he!
Bunco dates back to the late 1800’s, and was played by groups of women, school children and couples. The old fashioned game of the future is becoming ever more popular at parties, social events, and new groups are popping up across the country.
This progressive dice game, under its original name of 8-Dice Cloth was played in England during the 18th century. It was unknown in the United States until 1855, when it was introduced into San Francisco during the Gold Rush by a crooked gambler. This shady character, traveling from the East to West coast had made many stops in route to the California gold fields. He also made various changes to the gambling game he called Banco. After a few years. the game and activity was re-christened Bunco or Bunko. During this same period, a Spanish card game, Banco, and its Mexican derivative, Monte, were also introduced to the to the population of San Francisco. Bunco dice and Bunco cards were combined to form a more efficient method of separating the hardworking citizens from their money at numerous gambling locations, These locations were known as Bunco parlors. Hence, the word Bunco came to be a general term that applied to all scams, swindling and confidence games. After the Civil War and into the turn of the century, Bunco flourished as the population grew and the economy recovered. Between 1870 and 1880, in virtually every large city in the country, Bunco-Banco games were in operation. Some Bunco locations were furnished elaborately while others resembled professional offices.
During the 1880’s, and into the mid 1890’s, Bunco was played in Texas & Oklahoma, through Kansas & Missouri, in towns and cities along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and from New York to the Great Lakes states. Through the Victorian era and prior to WW1, Bunco had achieved permanent placement as a traditional family or parlor game, promoting social interaction. During this period, Bunco groups, consisting of 8-12 people and as many as 20 people enjoyed an evening of food, drink, conversation, and friendly competition. During Prohibition and the roaring 20’s, the infamous Bunco gambling parlors resurfaced in various regions of the US. The most notorious speak-eases and Bunco dice parlors were located in and around Chicago, Illinois, The term “Bunco Squad” referred to the detectives who raided these establishments!
After Prohibition, Bunco group activity declined in the major cities of the country, but spread to the suburbs as housing development and migratory population expanded nationally. Not much was heard about Bunco activity from 1940-1980 (WW1, Korea, Vietnam). Since the early 1980’s Bunco activity has increased due to a combination of circumstances; a return to traditional family values, a sense of neighborhood and community and, the desire and need for social interaction. Traditionally most Bunco groups consist of 12 players (usually groups of women & occasionally couples). Kids are even beginning to play at parties and other social events. Playing Bunco is great way to maintain relationships and make new friends.
In 2012 our Community was enjoying a rather safe and peaceful harbor, ~~ but then it started ~~ a rash of break-ins (both homes and cars). We had seven break-ins on Beechnut Lane alone, as well as, a string of break-ins in the Hickory Downs, 4100 and Farrington Communities. We were SHAKEN! It was a tough period of time for all of us. There had been a previous attempt to get Community involvement, but to no avail. THIS HAD TO STOP!
I called a Five Oaks Community meeting, and invited the Durham Police Department to speak to us. Sixty concerned residents came to that first meeting – an incredible turn out. Because of that turn out and a huge interest in our safety, we were on our way to forming the Five Oaks Neighborhood Watch program. The Police shared with us many safety tips, and informed us about issues that put our Communities at risk, i.e. bad lighting, overgrown bushes, and much more. They worked with us to bring Five Oaks to a knowledge of safety. New concepts were locked doors, porch lights on (criminals hate light!), security systems, window safety alarms, safety devices, and much more!
Block Captains signed up at that meeting to watch sections of homes within the four Five Oaks Communities. Block Captains reported several incidences that resulted in apprehending criminals – one actually carrying a Safe down one of our streets. A resident had installed a camera, and through ignorance, the intruder looked straight into it. It was shown on WRAL News – very effective to catch this culprit. Safety has increased significantly. since that first meeting in 2012. Although we can still improve in areas, such as leaving car doors unlocked with valuables in sight, we’ve come a long way with locking doors, keeping Pin Oaks garages closed, trimming bushes, porch lights on, and internal and outdoor camera monitors.
I have been involved in PAC3 (Partners Against Crime for District 3 (our Police District with offices off MLK by Harris Teeter). Check out the DPD website at https://durhamnc.gov/205/District-3 to learn more about the support District 3 can provide. Over the five (5) year period, I have developed good relationships with Durham Police, Investigators, et al, and have learned about crime statistics, criminal justice systems and so much while attending many Police meetings. I’m now on the Executive Leadership Team, providing even more impact for District 3 involvement and greater visibility for Five Oaks.
And to further promote our neighborhood’s safety: National Night Out (a national event), has been a huge success here in Five Oaks, drawing over 100 residents to learn more about our safety, as well as an opportunity to meet our super great District 3 Police. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize and meet other neighbors, and all for a good cause. This event is usually held the first Tuesday in August, and this year it’s scheduled for August 7, 2018. We expect to draw huge crowds once again. There are many give aways (restaurant certificates, gift cards, Five Oaks Neighborhood Watch branded materials, such as pens and jar openers. In previous years, we’ve had food trucks, sheet cakes, and as mentioned above, lots of goodies, and should be repeated this year. This is an event you’ll want to attend or maybe even help organize. We encourage all the Five Oaks Communities to join in this once a year event. Community involvement is the best way to keep our Community safe! We need your support to make this event, as well as our Neighborhood Watch program, a success. We are also calling upon our Block Captains to once again get involved….we need you
Our next Neighborhood Watch meetings are listed here: June 4th: First kick off meeting for National Night Out;
July 23th: Second kick off meeting for National Night Out;
August 7th: National Night Out event;
October 6th: CPR Training Night;
December 10th: Neighborhood Watch Appreciation Night.