Monday, October 8, 2018

Meet your Neighbor Jeffrey Hunter

Penned by Francey Petty, Mont Del Neighbor

Jeffrey Hunter
16 Crosslands Road, Mont Del

Jeffrey and his wife, Debbie, moved to Mont Del in 1998, from the southwest part of Fort Worth.  They have two adult children who both live in Houston along with three grandchildren.

Jeffrey is at the wonderful crossroads of life where he recently retired from Lockheed, having worked as an engineer for 34 years.   While he is modest about his accomplishments in Backpacking Expeditions, it is amazing to those of us who are not privy to that sport.   He started these adventures when his kids were young and he and his wife would take them on day hikes to the national parks.    After his son joined the Boy Scouts, Jeffrey started backpacking with Troop 50 on multi-day treks.    

But as time went on, Jeffrey began doing longer hikes by himself.  He has backpacked in New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, California, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.    Recently, he finished an incredible 480 mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango! It took 26 days.  The plan for food he needs along the way is diversified.  In addition to carrying the initial week supply of food, he buys food in nearby towns, or ships a package to a Post Office.  Normally his pack weighs up to 35 pounds with food and water.  All the luxuries of backpacking are carried in the pack including a tent, a sleeping bag, rain gear and a filter to process water that he derives from streams and lakes.  I asked him about the solitude and safety on such a long trip and he said those subjects did not bother him…that he does not worry about it although he prepares well and is safety minded.  He loves the solitude and beauty of nature…being alone is something he treasures.  Jeffrey commented, “If hikers are inexperienced and think they are smarter than nature, then accidents and problems can happen.” 

His adventures are continuing with another hike of 180 miles this fall when he walks the Ozark Highlands Trail.   Jeffrey will drive to Lake Fort Smith Trailhead and his wife will pick him up at journey’s end near the highway 65 bridge over the Buffalo River.   It will take about 12 days. His daily diet while on the trail which is carried in his backpack include dehydrated food, granola bars, power bars, peanut butter, jerky, peanuts, dried fruit and most importantly:  CHOCOLATE!     He admits that sometimes the trek is difficult but is a wonderful metaphor for the struggles of life.  You just have to keep going, taking one step after another.  This indeed is a very private kind of adventure and challenge. 

You may wonder what else Jeffrey does for a hobby while he is not participating in hiking all these years.   He is a Furniture Builder!    Through the years, he has built furniture for his home and for his adult childrens’ homes, which includes beds for the grandchildren.  He enjoys sleeping in a bed he built whenever he goes to visit his children. 

I’m sure everyone reading this report wishes Jeffrey well on his next journey. 


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Trunk or Treat

I'm genuinely excited for this.  I think this will be a lot of fun.  It's a safe place for the kids to play while the adults can socialize and just enjoy the fresh air and (hopefully) cooler weather.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Yard of the Month October 2018

This months honor goes to 14 Legend Rd.  Keep up the great work!

Proposed Minutes for the Mont Del HOA Annual Meeting September 2018

Proposed Minutes
Mont Del HOA Annual Meeting September 18, 2018

  1. Call to order at 7:05
  2. Intro to speakers
  3. Jim Hinderaker, Assistant City Manager for the City of Benbrook
    1. Upgrade of hwy 377 and new architectural standards and business restrictions
    2. Capital improvement projects
      1. 377 beautification
      2. Animal shelter, due to open in October
      3. Emergency access bridge
      4. Vista lane extension
      5. I-20 lane addition and sound walls (not funded)
      6. RM 2871 roadway expansion (2024)
    3. Commercial development
      1. New Audi dealership on Hawkins boulevard
      2. Raising cane’s chicken
    4. Residential development
      1. Eight residential projects in the works
        1. 2389 lots or units
    5. Many questions were asked about commercial and residential development
  4. Cathy Morris, Economic Development Director for the City of Benbrook
    1. Benbrook Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a type B corporation
    2. Several projects are ongoing
    3. There is a budget and grant program to help a businesses improve their facilities
    4. Benbrook is mostly a retail economy
  5. Annual Mont Del Meeting activities
    1. Motion read the previous minutes waved, minutes approved
    2. Treasurer’s report approved
    3. 2018-2019 proposed officers is approved
    4. 2018-2019 Area Directors remain as listed
    1. Cheyne Hadley was thanked
  6. Directories
    1. Please email Chad any new info for the new directories
  7. PayPal is now available to pay dues
  8. David Corley III is heading up a committee to design an improved entryway committee
    1. Asking for volunteers to help design and implement
  9. The new bench was dedicated to Don Shipe at the Pond
  10. Old business
    1. Chad and Anna Jones are the new welcome wagon
      1. Have welcome 5 new neighbors
    2. Bill Bettis will take over flag patrol
    3. State of the ducks
      1. Three ducks out of the permanent group remain
      2. No new ducks will be introduced to the pond
      3. Migratory ducks will still stop over occasionally
    4. Yard of the month
      1. David Corley will continue to issue yard of the month
  11. Fall projects
    1. Trunk or treat Oct. 28, 5-7pm
      1. Fill your trunk with candy and park it around the park
      2. Come by and bring friends
      3. Fliers will be passed out
    2. Ladies annual cookie exchange Dec. 1, 2-4pm
    3. Donuts with Santa at the Castros
    4. Movie by the pond to be discussed
  12. Spring projects
    1. Potluck
    2. Looking for new ideas
  13. New business
    1. No new business discussed
  14. Meeting adjourned at 8:19pm