Boulder Creek Grapevine September, 2008 CONGRATULATIONS Bzzzz Update To The Association! The bee business is huge, yet most of us are unaware of it. There is a large range of beekeepers – from hobby to commercial. Beekeepers take their bees near and far to fields and farms to We have 96% of our members in pollinate the crops. In 2000, a Cornell study compliance with the financial responsibilities showed honeybees help contribute around $15 owed to the HOA. We all deserve a pat on the billion of food production. With inflation, the back for doing such a wonderful job! The amount would be closer to $19billion today. outstanding balance is at the lowest figure in Last winter as many as 40% of U.S. bees died years. With the current economic woes, we see off. At least half of them from whatever causes this as the homeowners taking notice of the CCD. Researchers are trying to discover the positive aspects of the HOA, It is of great causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. Beekeepers importance that we protect our investments in our commonly use chemicals in the hives to combat homes and our community. THANK YOU all for varroa mites. However many more pesticides were bringing us to this point! detected in the hives. A virus was also found to kill off otherwise healthy hives. Most of those bees died away from the hive leaving small IN MEMORY OF clusters of bees without queens. This is a serious matter since it will cause a We are approaching the solemn anniversary of decrease in the harvest of a part of our food supply The United State’s most tragic day. All of us tuned – therefore increasing our costs in the grocery into news programs in disbelief as the disaster stores. In addition to this we have people making a unfolded before our eyes. Our faith and feelings of living by hiring out their bees for pollination. safety on American soil was at risk. Many others support themselves by selling honey, selling bees in season, making or selling beekeeping supplies, selling beeswax and by raising and selling queen honeybees. Without No matter what your spiritual practices may be, knowing the causes of CCD, some people could take a few minutes on September 11, 2008 to loose their livelihoods. remember all of the men and women who lost In your own back yards garden, be sure and their lives that day. Remember all who lost friends plant some flowers around the yard that will and loved ones. So many people live on with the attract bees to your yard. Salvia, bee balms and scars from that day. Take another minute or two butterfly bushes are just a few suggestions. Instead and remember all THE HEROES. of using pesticides for annoying insects, you can attract birds to your yard for a natural remedy. BOULDER CREEK CALENDAR Oct. 4 Community Yard Sale - 7am until 1pm – Start preparing now. As you search for POINTS TO PONDER things to sell, it is helpful to price as you go. Then put like items together in boxes or bags. On the Do illiterate people get the full effect of morning of the sale, things will run a little Alphabet Soup? smoother. Oct.20 Community Meeting – we are in the Association Savings process of planning. More information will be in the October newsletter so keep the date in mind. The HOAs biggest expense is the Oct.31 Halloween Costume Contest – We will management company. These companies perform be having our annual contest and it will be open many duties for the association such as, accounts for all ages. Start planning now. More details later. receivable and payable. They give advice as It would really be great if a few of you could help needed and take care of business as the board with judging and grouping ages together. It won’t directs. Decision making is not a part of their job. take long – all the kids will be anxious to Trick or This company also makes tours of our community Treat! If you can help out, call Annice Eury @ to provide the board with any items that need our 704 795-0096 attention. This is a necessary duty to protect Dec. 12 Our Annual Christmas Walk – It is values of all homes in the community by making always the second Friday in December. We are sure our CCRs are being carried out. working on this now, so if you would like to help We have not had an increase in management with this, call Annice. expenses in three years. With all increasing costs, we have to realize all management companies will be increasing their fees. There are ways we can UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND TOWN control some of our management expenses. We have already reduced our assessment billing to Sept. 1 – Labor Day once a year. This saves time and accounting as Sept. 5 – 13 – Cabarrus County Fair well as saving paper, printing, envelopes and Sept. 6 – Peanut Butter & Jam Festival *** postage. If everyone pays the assessment before Oct. 24, 25, & 26 – Christmas Made in the South the due date, there won’t be a need for a second Oct. 27 – School’s Out billing. If we could have100% of us abiding by the Nov. 4 – ELECTION DAY – please vote CCRs, we could reduce the number of tours of the School’s Out neighborhood. The result would be less time and Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day gas for the management company and a savings School’s Out for us. If there are no violations, again a savings of Nov. 22 – Concord Christmas Parade time, accounting, paper, printing, envelopes and Nov. 26, 27, 28 – School’s Out postage. Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 – School’s Out If we would all learn our CCRs and the handbooks we sent to everyone a year ago and we *** Peanut Butter & Jam Festival @ Carolina’s abide in them, we can accomplish; 1,) savings on Medical Center NE - 10 – 1 management costs, 2.) less stress for all, 3.) more FREE! Fun and games and information! pride in Boulder Creek, 4.) Higher property At 11:00, sponsors have planned the Wheels On values, and 5.) more time for the board to focus Parade bike ride. Children and adults can ride their on positive and beneficial benefits for our decorated “wheels” around the CMC – NE community. campus. Let’s all work together towards this goal. JUST FOR FUN YARD OF THE MONTH Little Johnny’s teacher asks,” What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no Our winner for the month of September is 5872 longer interested?” Little Johnny replies. “A Dove Point Drive. Congratulations for a job well Teacher!” done. We all thank you for doing your part to keep our neighborhood looking great! AMERICAN PRIDE GREEN TIPS Your refrigerator is the single largest power consumer in most homes. Since we can’t do without them our best action would be to A recent study conducted by Harvard maximize the efficiency of your fridge. Twice a University found that the average American walks year, remember to vacuum the coils on the back of about 900 miles a year. the appliance. If your fridge is in direct sunlight, Another study by the American Medical try to provide some shade for it. Regularly check Association found that Americans drink on the door gasket to make sure the seal isn’t broken. average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. A quick check for this is to place a dollar bill This means, on average, Americans get about halfway in and out of the door and close. If the bill 41 miles to the gallon. pulls out easily, you will need to adjust the latch eve all the creative ways to use vodka? or replace the seal. Pet Safety The lifespan of an unleashed dog is less than four years. Letting them run free threatens their The recommended temperature for the fridge is health and welfare. It also denies you and your between 37 and 40 degrees and at 5 degrees for family of the happiness it brings you. This will the freezer. Occasionally you may want to check threaten the life of your cat also. the temp in both parts. Place a glass of water with Our pets are a part of the family and a constant a thermometer in the middle of the fridge. After 24 source of love and affection and loyalty. Let’s hours, check the reading and adjust as needed. make sure all family members are safe and sound Check the freezer by placing the thermometer in Boulder Creek. between frozen packs of food and check in And remember, if you are searching for a new twenty- four hours. pet, look at animal rescues, our local animal Recycle your tea bags as compost (remove the shelter and the Humane Society. Maybe you will string). A great idea for the opened bags is to mix find just the one you are searching for and save an them with charcoal or ashes and use as a potting animal too. mix. If you only have a few bags, pour them out around the base of some of your plants. Some of the ladies might like to put some used tea bags on QUOTE OF THE MONTH their face. They will make your skin fresh and smooth! Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day. –Johann von Goethe WHO KNEW…… Vodka has been enjoyed since the Middle Ages. Because it easily mixes and has a high alcohol content, it is extremely popular in cocktails. Most likely you will be surprised to find many other uses for it. Since it is widely available Got mold? Instead of using your and less toxic than many chemical alternatives, harsh chemical sprays, spray it some bottom shelf you may want to include it in your cleaning vodka. Wait 15 minutes. Then scrub away with a supplies and medicine cabinet. toothbrush! If you enjoy being outside, you are likely to Make your own mixture to soothe your aches come in contact with poison ivy, poison oak and and pains away. If you find the scent of lavender sumac. Because of global warming, these plants to be relaxing – here is a fun treat. Fill a jar with are spreading. Most people are very familiar with fresh lavender flowers and top off with- you’ve the itchy, long lasting rash. People have reported got it- vodka! Tightly seal the jar and place that pouring alcohol on the area exposed works outside in the sun for 3 days. Have you ever made great. The alcohol washes away the culprit – sun tea? It’s the same idea. Next, take the mixture urushiol oil- and alleviates the rash. Please note, and strain it through a coffee filter and there you the vodka needs to be at least 100 proof to work. have it! Your very own tincture to rub into your Vodka will also work to kill pesky insects. aches and pains. By pouring some into small Simply pour into a spray bottle and spritz on the bottles and decorating them, you’ve got some very bugs. You can also spray it on yourself as a nice and unique for your friends. repellant. Please remember, don’t take aim at any Vodka to the rescue! You’ve got a nasty beneficial bees. The next time you head to the toothache and can’t get a dental appointment for a beach, pack the vodka. It will work wonders if you day or two. This will help. A shot of the spirit get a jelly fish sting. Just pour it on. The vodka swished over the area will help clean out some will disinfect and alleviate some of the pain. infection and numb some of your pain. Lastly, cut down on laundry. Save time, money, water, energy and save wear and tear on your clothes. After an item has been worn once, instead of tossing it in the hamper, lightly spray it with a little vodka. Hang in to dry in a well Want to know a great way to put a ventilated area. No scent will be left once it dries. shine on your chrome, glass and porcelain The vodka kills the odor causing bacteria. Can you fixtures? Just moisten a soft, clean cloth with believe all the creative ways to use vodka? some vodka and apply with some elbow grease. Just look at that shine! Do you want to have great and shiny hair? Add a jigger of vodka to a 12 oz. shampoo. It will give you healthier, lush hair. Maybe you would like to enjoy your fresh cut flowers a little longer. Add a few drops and 1 teaspoon sugar to the water in the vase. Your flowers will stay fresh longer. The only set back is you need to change the mixture daily – but it should be worth the effort.