Message from the Board – January 2021

Happy New Year. Even though 2020 had its share of challenges, there is always something to be thankful for.  We hope your 2021 is off to a great start.

The HOA Board did not meet in December but we still had some business to attend to.  The results of the survey sent out with the annual assessments has been compiled into a spreadsheet and is posted below.  We received approximately 56 survey responses and read through every comment in order to gain an understanding of where residents feel the Board needs to focus more attention.  We will be discussing several issues in the coming months and will keep you apprised as we move forward.

The Village of Oak Lake Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 via Zoom.  Look for information from Sterling ASI regarding the Zoom link, meeting time and Agenda around the beginning of February if you would like to join the meeting.

The landscaping color change to pansies has taken us from Fall into Winter.  These flowers should get us through the colder months.  And if you have noticed that West Airport is looking a little cleaner the past few weeks it is because we have contracted a porter service to come out every Monday and pick up trash and remove bandit signs along West Airport and the immediate vicinity.  There are still members of the Board and several residents who pick up trash and remove bandit signs frequently, but it is nice to have some professional help with this never-ending chore.

The Board reached out to the county engineer on December 22, 2020 regarding the large pothole on the westbound side of West Airport at the entrance of the neighborhood.  This pothole was “patched” before Thanksgiving and we were told it would be repaired after the holiday, which has not happened.  The engineer responded that the pothole will be repaired as soon as he can get a crew out.  We will continue to follow up on this issue until it is repaired.

Annual assessments are due January 1st, 2021.  Please make your payment before January 31, 2021 to avoid a late fee.  If you need to make payment arrangements, please contact Sterling ASI at 832-678-4500 or www.sterlingasi.net.

Village of Oak Lake
Board of Directors

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Around the House – December 2020

The following information on various religious celebrations during the months of November and December comes from Deseret News.

December has finally arrived, and with it comes an abundance of colorful lights, vibrant decorations and family parties. Most of these celebrations are inspired by Christmas and Hanukkah, the two major religious holidays celebrated by Christians and Jewish believers, respectively, in America.

But those are not the only religious holidays that some families may celebrate together. In fact, the Interfaith Calendar organization lists 14 religious holidays for the month of December. Below are those holidays with a short explanation of each.

November (date varies): Mawlid el-Nabi — Islam

This is an Islamic holiday that honors the birth of the prophet Muhammad, who founded Islam. Shia and Sunni believers will celebrate on separate days by reading the prophet’s teachings.

November (date varies): Advent Fast begins — Orthodox Christian

Though Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, the fasting starts midway through the month with only two weeks until Christmas. The holiday is celebrated by believers lighting advent candles, hanging wreaths and attending church ceremonies.

December 6: Saint Nicholas Day — Christian

This holiday honors the birth of Saint Nicholas, the saint who serves as a role model for gift-giving and is commonly known as Santa Claus.

December (date varies): Hanukkah — Judaism

This is the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, which celebrates the Maccabean revolt in Judea. Eight candles are lit with a menorah to honor the holiday.

December 8: Immaculate Conception — Catholic

In the lead-up to Jesus’ birthday celebration on Christmas, Catholics celebrate the day of Immaculate Conception to honor his mother Mary, who they say was preserved from original sin for her entire life.

December 12: Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe — Catholic

This is a primarily Catholic holiday celebrated by Mexicans and Americans of Mexican descent that honors the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary in Mexico City.

December 17: Posadas Navidenas — Christian

This is a primarily Hispanic Christian holiday that commends Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

December 21: Solstice — Wicca/Pagan

Solstice is the point in the year “when the earth is most inclined away from the sun. It is the most southern or northern point depending on the hemisphere,” according to Interfaith Calendar. Pagans and Wicca believers will celebrate that event through Yule, in which believers also honor “the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun.”

December 25: Christmas — Christian

Christmas is a primarily Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many will attend church, have family parties and exchange gifts.

December 26: Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathustra) — Zoroastrian

Unlike many of the other holidays in the month, Zoroastrians honor the death of their prophet, Zarathustra, who founded Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions.

December (Date varies): Feast of the Holy Family — Catholic

Catholics use this day to honor Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

December 28: Holy Innocents Day — Christian

Christians solemnly honor the deaths of children killed by King Herod, who was attempting to kill Jesus.

December 31: Watch Night — Christian

Christian religious service held on New Year’s Eve and associated, in many African American churches, with a celebration and remembrance of the Emancipation Proclamation (enacted January 1, 1863), which freed slaves in the Confederate states during the American Civil War.

January 24: Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) — Buddhist

This holiday celebrates the historical Buddha’s decision and vow to sit under the Bodhi tree until he reached spiritual enlightenment. It is celebrated through meditation and is embraced similar to how Christians celebrate Christmas to honor Jesus Christ.