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  • 10 Kickin’ it for Cancer 16 Hanging of the Greens 22 Thanksgiving - Lodge Office Closed 23 Lodge Office Closed 29 Men’s Card Night 1

    Owl Creek News OCTOBER 2018

    10607 HobbsStation Road • 502.244.2550 • •

    Owl Creek, a neighborhood where we take pride in our community. Every resident plays a vital role in making our community the best place to live in Louisville!

    13 Oktoberfest 24 Town Hall Meeting 25 Men’s Card Night 28 Kids Halloween Party & Chili Cook-OffO



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    It’s time for our Annual Town Hall Meeting and New Resident Reception. This is a great opportunity to meet the Board members and to extend a warm welcome to our newest neighbors.

    The Owl Creek Board of Directors will update residents on the financial and operating status of the Association and answer any questions. New residents will be introduced and welcomed with a short reception immediately following the meeting. Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan seating and refreshments. Please email the Lodge at if you will be attending.

    OWL CREEK OKTOBERFEST Saturday, October 13 3 PM - Midnight

    This year marks the Seventh Annual Owl Creek Oktoberfest! Join us under the tents next to the playground for a day of fun and German food! • Full German meal (including Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, German

    fried potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, German cole slaw and fried biscuits with homemade apple butter). Prepared and served by Schnitzelbank Restaurant/Catering of Jasper, IN.

    • Event fully catered, so we need food orders by OCTOBER 5 - see insert in this newsletter; Dinner available from 6-7:30 p.m.

    o Adult Meal Tickets - $17 o Kids Meal Tickets -(same meal as adult with smaller

    portions) - $14 for 8 and under; no charge for ages 2 and under

    • Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs Food Truck from 5-9 p.m. or while supplies last

    • Multiple Oktoberfest draft beers. • Live music 4-10 p.m. from the “The Rhinegold’s” plus recorded

    German music throughout the day. • 2018 Owl Creek beer steins for purchase - $15. • Crafts for the children from 4-6 p.m. • Classic German games. • Snack Bar – Open at 4 p.m. with limited snacks while they last

    for $1-$3. • Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks and Water available for purchase.

    This is one of the most festive events Owl Creek offers, so plan on joining us under the tents, next to the playground, on October 13 for some German fun. See registration form included in newsletter.

    CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY AND CHILI COOK-OFF Sunday, October 28, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Gym

    Dress up your little one and join us for Owl Creek’s Children’s Halloween Party at the Gym (please remember to wear tennis shoes to protect the gym floor). Parents can wear costumes too! Activities will be included. Costume parade will begin at 4:30 p.m.

    Special thanks to Kelsey Whelan for volunteering to coordinate the party.

    Note: We still need volunteer costume judges. Please email Kelsey to let her know if you can help -

    Calling ALL Owl Creek Chili Chefs! Get your crock pots ready! Our annual chili contest is open to ALL Owl Creek residents, and all types of chili is welcome: traditional beef, chicken (or white), vegetarian. So even if you don’t have kiddos attending the children’s party in the gym, swing by to mingle with your neighbors and taste some fantastic chilis. Grand Prize winner receives a $25 Visa gift card and bragging rights!

    Details for the chili contest: • Bring your chili to the gym between 3:45-4:00 p.m. the day of

    the party. • Chili should be cooked and HOT in a CROCK POT. We’ll have

    extension cords. • Please bring a hot pad for your crock pot. • You do NOT need to bring a serving spoon/ladle. • If you make your chili with a spaghetti type noodle, please

    break up the noodles into shorter pieces! This makes it much easier to serve in the tasting cups.

    • If your award-winning chili requires a specific condiment, please bring so that we can set it up with your chili.

    Residents attending the Halloween party will be the tasting judges. Voting takes place at the chili cook-off table. One vote per person.

    Owl Creek News OCTOBER 2018

    10607 Hobbs Station Road • 502.244.2550 • • Owl Creek, a neighborhood where we take pride in our community. Every resident plays a vital role in making our community the best place to live in Louisville!


    • Event fully catered, so we need food orders by OCTOBER 5th; Dinner available from 6-7:30 p.m.


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    LANDSCAPE UPDATE Jim Julian, Landscape Chair

    As you are probably aware, this year has been a bit of a struggle with our new landscape crew, Mullins Landscaping. Last year there were three companies that bid for the contract: Al’s Complete, Bright View (formally Valley Crest) and Mullins Landscaping. I was unsatisfied with Al's Complete Landscape as I had been with Valley Crest before the bidding cycle because of excessive weeds in the planting beds, so we chose Mullins this time. Although there were a couple of reasons for this decision, their business service structure which utilized a dedicated crew to visit the islands and medians for weed control was the main factor. OCCA is unique in that we have 42 islands and medians most of them with no grass. So the maintenance crews rarely visit them to control weeds, despite constant reminders.

    Additionally, Mullins is a smaller local company and their bid was about 5% below the other bids. It seemed like a win all around. However, as you have likely witnessed, things did not go as planned. To be honest, it was not completely Mullins’ fault. This season has been a challenge for every landscape company, as there was too much water and heat at the wrong times. However, the unseasonable weather showed the weakness of the smaller Mullins, as their ability to recover from adversity and get back on schedule, was muted by the smaller workforce. As a result, the appearance of our landscape has not been up to our expectations, therefore, we will be ending our agreement with Mullins and have requested proposals from new landscape service providers for 2019 and 2020.

    My recent experience with the various landscape companies suggests that while most companies are capable of mowing and spraying, few possess the natural attention to detail to adequately care for our islands and medians. As a result, we are going to approach the issue with more diligence this cycle. During the current “Request For Proposal (RFP)” process and the follow-up meetings with the bidders, we will spend more time focusing on the unique needs of OCC. We will make bidders aware of our specific needs so they can present detailed plans and contingencies to ensure OCC landscape is returned to the aesthetic appeal we are accustom.

    On top of all the plant care issues this season, we have also been struggling with several irrigation system leaks. We may be turning off the system early, to make repairs and plan for system updates. This may impact when we remove the flowers from the beds. We will not be planting pansies this fall as they have not done well in recent memory but will plant tulips to start next spring off with color.

    On a more general front, we have finished a complete maintenance cycle of the perimeter fence. Over the past several years, we have replaced most of the original fence. We will continue with the annual fence maintenance program, replacing whole sections as needed to ensure we keep the fence in good condition and looking good.

    We have also removed several trees this summer. A pine that was across from the estate section entrance was leaning too far over the street with the concern Being it might fall during a storm. This was completed about the time the new estate section entrance pavers were installed.


    We still have several more Ash trees to remove in the community green spaces, but as they don't directly pose a risk to property, we will remove them as funds are available.

    We will be planting trees this fall to replace some of the ones removed this spring and summer. We will likely plant some Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) as they do well in the area. If you have any suggestions we can take them into consideration.

    Lastly, if you have been to the track or soccer field recently, you likely noticed construction (more accurately, ground prep.) has begun for the apartment complex. A wall will be installed by the developer that wraps around their property, however, the end of Morat will be open to OCC when their fence is complete. We will be developing a proposal to continue some type of wall with a key/code access gate for OCC residents to have pedestrian access to Morat and Hurstbourne.

    Thank you for your patience while we go through these transitions and hopefully next year we will be back to the look OCC has known.

    More recently, we had a pine tree in the west median at the Sentry and Hobbs Station Road intersection die so it was removed. This was followed by the removal of three very large dead and dying Ash trees along Ward, adjacent to the perimeter fence.


    This month we are reading ”The Haunting of Hill House“ by Shirley Johnson. The story takes place over a single week in rural 1950s America. The story begins with a brie

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