Oakhurst Invest in the Future...
Last holiday season was very successful and this year we are hoping our community will once again rally to assist those less fortunate.
Oakhurst at Kingwood is proud to once again partner with Montgomery County Youth Services (MCYS) for the donation drive. In addition to the new unwrapped toys, MCYS also accepts gently used baby items, formula, diapers, wipes, and new or gently used baby clothes.
Representatives from MCYS will be on hand to answer questions and take donations on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. during our holiday event at The Lodge on Rock Creek Drive.
We would like to remind everyone a donation is not required to attend the holiday event and you do not have to attend the event to make a donation.
posted on 21 Nov 2015
Walking Pets Responsibly...
Animal safety is often overlooked because we like to think we are in control of our pets. The reality is no matter how much training we put into our animals, we are never really in control. Dogs will be dogs. That cannot be changed. As such, dogs can get excited and all the training we do reverts back to their instincts of fight or flight.
We never really know how an animal is going to react to an outside stimulus or how a person is going to react to our pets. This basic principal is the reason why Montgomery County and Oakhurst at Kingwood have rules governing the containment and control of animals. Our deed restrictions states “Animals are not permitted to roam the property and must be controlled on a leash if they are not on a lot.” Montgomery County Animal Restraint Ordinance states “All dogs and cats must be under restraint” as defined by the ordinance.
Please walk your pets responsibly.
posted on 14 Nov 2015
Annual Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive
Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Lodge on Rock Creek Drive
He's making a list and checking it twice. On December 6th Santa Clause will stop by our own Oakhurst Lodge on Rock Creek Drive to help light the Oakhurst Christmas tree.
Santa would love to visit with your little ones. Sweet treats, warm drinks, and activities will be provided for the children. Don’t forget to bring your camera! But if you do, our staff photographer will be taking photos free of charge.
We will also collect new unwrapped toys to help Santa with his deliveries to the less privileged children of East Montgomery County.
Santa will enjoy taking photos with you cats and/or dogs from 1:00 p.m. to 1: 30 p.m. ONLY. Pets must be on a leash, vaccinated and well mannered.
See you there!
posted on 14 Nov 2015
Turkey Frying Safety Tips...
Fried turkey has quickly become a very popular staple of the Thanksgiving table and many people simply buy their fried turkey from a restaurant, business or friend. If you are planning to try this tasty treat on your own this holiday, here are some safety tips to keep in mind.
- Don’t’ overheat the oil.
- Cooking oil boils at 350 degrees and heating the oil past that can cause the vapors to ignite causing serious burns.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
- Accidents happen when curious children or playful pets get to close to the pot of boiling oil.
- Spilled oil can quickly ignite once the flame from the fryer makes contact with it.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed.
- Partially frozen turkeys can cause the hot oil to splatter.
- Lower the turkey in and out of the oil.
- Dropping or dunking the turkey can cause the hot oil to splatter.
- Make sure the fryer is used outside only.
- Most turkey fryers use propane as the fuel source to heat the oil, this gives off gasses that must be properly vented.
- Don’t use the fryer in the rain.
- Rain, or any liquid cooler than the oil, can cause the oil to splash or flash into steam. Both of which can cause burns.
- Use a thermometer.
- Don’t guess when the oil is cool enough to move after cooking, use a thermometer to make sure it is safe.
- Disposal Plan.
- Have a plan in place for the disposal of the used oil. Do not pour it into your house drains or into the street storm water drains.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
posted on 14 Nov 2015
Why Sign-up for the E-Newsletter?
Oakhurst is proud to offer our residents the option to receive our association newsletter electronically. The electronic version of the newsletter has a similar look and feel to the printed newsletter.
Each home subscribed to the electronic newsletter reduces paper volume used by 18 sheets of paper a year and 2 postcards a year. This comes to a savings of $12.00 per home. The more homes signed up, the more association dollars saved in printing costs.
Additionally, residents who sign-up to receive the e-newsletter will also get their community event invitations electronically. These special e-vites can be used for entry to community events by displaying the e-vite on your smart phone.
posted on 04 Nov 2015
Tree Stakes: How Long Do I Need Them?
If you've just bought a new to home in Oakhurst, you'll notice the trees in your front yard are staked to keep them growing straight and true. In general, the tree shouldn't need the support for more than six months to a year—or after one growing season. Once that timeframe passes, it is safe to remove them from the trees in your yard.
If left beyond the trees growth needs, these stakes can become rusty, unsightly and can damage the growth your tree's trunk and root system. To remove stakes on trees that have begun to over grow those stakes, you may have to contract an arborist.
The association asks that any unsightly tree stakes be removed from your front yard as those are considered "refuse" by our deed restrictions.
We all enjoy living in a community where the yards are beautiful and well kept.
posted on 02 Nov 2015
Eye Spy With My Little Eye...
Have you ever seen a suspicious activity, a streetlight not working or something out of the ordinary at your neighbor's house while they're not at home? Maybe vandalism to community property, a broken sprinkler, missing or damaged street signs? When residents of the community communicate issues such as these, they can be investigated and resolved in a timely manner.
There are a variety of ways to report these different situations that are available on the Oakhurst Community Association website:
- The suspicious activity form for not in-progress activity http://www.oakhurstonline.org/safety.php
- Contacting the responsible agency directly http://www.oakhurstonline.org/contacts.php
- Sending the board an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The more vigilant eyes we have, the safer and happier our community can be! Thanks for your help in making Oakhurst a great place to live.
posted on 02 Nov 2015