FREE: 200 Year Old Sourdough Starter

Where but in Doral Woods can you get a deal like this? Several years ago I bought from King Arthur Flour Company a starter package of their famous Sourdough Starter which, as they explain “…descended from a starter that’s been lovingly nurtured since the late 1700s. When you feed it, it quickly becomes your own, adapting itself to your own region and climate…Sourdough starter is a living entity; it needs regular feeding.”

Feeding the (refrigerated) starter means because of the alcohol generated by the yeast I need to toss some of it and add fresh flour and water every week. The problem is, what to do with all that good starter that I’m supposed to toss. Well, I love to make Focaccia and Ciabatta breads with it and sourdough pancakes are to die for.

These are supposed to be sourdough pretzels that I fixed tonight. They taste better than they look. The ex-Food Lion container at the right shows you how much space a supply of starter needs.

But I always have some starter left and if you would like some and are willing to give it the same commitment you would give a prized pet then let me know and you can have some. — Sourdough Bob


Doral Swag Time

It’s that time again. We are looking for help to make the Doral Woods Street sign Christmas swags.

This year the swags will be made Sunday, 1:30 Dec 3 in my garage. If we get 8 people, it will take about 2 hours or less. 3 teams of 2 to make the swags and 2 to put them on the street posts.

Will train. Let me know. Bert Higgins, or 910-420-2664

Doral Crime Watch

This message came to me from a Doral Woods resident who lives on the first block of Montclair Ln — Editor

I made the mistake of forgetting to make sure my truck was locked last night. This morning I woke to the driver’s side door being left partially open with the center console and glove box left open after having been rummaged through. At this point, it doesn’t appear that anything of value was taken but wanted to make everyone aware that it happened in our neighborhood. 

2017 Doral Christmas Party

Save the date of Thursday, 12/14 for the Doral Woods Christmas party. Again at the clubhouse of PCC #7, attendance is limited to the first 80 who respond. Watch for the flyer. 

This year‘s coordinators, Alan Hall and Diane Cole-Hall could use some help with distribution of flyers and a co-chair, who would be willing to do the planning for 2018. Contact them at 910-585-0625.

The Doral Bench

Doral "Sit and Chat" Bench

Doral “Sit and Chat” Bench

The Idea for expanding (or not) the idea of the “sit and chat” bench (near the half way house on Doral Dr.) we have in Doral Woods is coming up for a vote this week. What is your honest opinion of having one in neighborhoods around Pinehurst? The execution? the Idea?

Please email me directly, my email is Thanks, Bert Higgins

Let me give a little more background on the bench. The Pinehurst Beautification Committee last year proposed a PILOT of a park bench in a neighborhood of Pinehurst. “The purpose of the neighborhood park bench areas is to enable socialization, rest and enjoyment of the visual stimulation of Pinehurst. To enable places where people can meet and socialize to develop new and on-going relationships in order to develop a better sense of community in a world where isolationism from electronic interaction and hectic pace is increasingly prevalent. As such, these areas will be in safe and quiet areas, as much as possible.”

I volunteered Doral Woods for the pilot. It cost us (DW) nothing. The bench itself is made of TREX, a very durable outdoor material. I believe that such a bench costs the Village about $350 and before the Village invests in more of them, they are asking how we, as a neighborhood, like it. If it stays, plantings can be added for attractiveness, once again at the expense of the Village. At this point, there is no plan to add more. Most likely the positioning of this, if it goes forward for expansion, will be for neighborhoods to ask for them and not for the Village to place them out arbitrarily.

— Bert Higgins

Irrigation Backflow Issue

I am sending this to post on the Doral Dispatch:

Here is information regarding the Irrigation Backflow memo that most of us received from the County:

We had our irrigation meter turned off some time ago, because we did not intend to use it. When we contacted the County about the requirement to install a backflow device, we were informed that since we have had our irrigation system turned off, we are not required to install the device. The County is going to remove the meter from our system, and it cannot be used. If we decide to use the system in the future, we can have the meter reinstalled with the device.

I understand that installation of the backflow device may cost upwards of $600; if you are not using your irrigation system, you can avoid that expense.

You must contact the County in order to have your meter removed.

Tony Wildt


The Hobsons Return To Doral

According to informed sources, namely Ray Bottoms, one of Doral Woods’ former finest is returning to The Woods.

Most of you will remember David Hobson, who moved to live in his home town of “down around Dunn”, NC, as they say, with his bride Carole several years ago. The Doral Dispatch has now learned that Hobson plans to return to Doral Woods in a few weeks when the purchase of his latest Doral Woods home has closed.

For years Hobson was a member of The Tin Whistles, was the treasurer of the Doral Woods Entrance Committee, hosted an annual Shrimp Boil event at his home, and ran the Pinehurst Foxes Golf Tournament which is one of the oldest golf groups in the area. 

Welcome back Dave!

— Bob Jones, Editor