Fall Park Clean-Up Day Saturday, Oct 22st at 9:30am

By Girija Mahan

Join us for Fall Park Clean-Up Day!
Saturday, October 22nd from 9:30am – 12:30pm

Come one, come all as we spruce up the Burch Avenue Park for our upcoming Halloween celebrations! Activities include: Raking, raking, and raking, painting benches, yanking out weeds, picking up trash, and piling up branches.

BANA Halloween 2016!

By Annie Thornhill

It’s time for another exciting Burch Avenue Neighborhood Halloween Fest! Join us from 5:30 – 6:30pm on Monday, October 31st to celebrate Halloween. Starting at 5:30pm we’ll have games in the park, a costume bin for those that don’t have costumes ready, spooky stories, and food from local eateries. At 5:45 we’ll have an apple eating contest and the our now-annual costume parade and contest. This year there will be prizes for individuals and households (think families, roommates, pets, etc!) so start planning now. Around 6:30pm we’ll close out the festivities so that folks can begin trick-or-treating in the ‘hood.

See you on Halloween!

Mural Durham- Saturday, October 22nd from 1-4pm

By Amy Unell 

Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 1-4pm

Stop by anytime from 1-4pm to see Durham artists in action for an awesome afternoon of local food, music and live graffiti/mural painting at the Art Annex, a hidden gem maker space in Burch Avenue neighborhood and Duke campus on 404 Gattis Street.

Check out DukeCreate FREE workshops taught by Durham artists including ceramics and screen printing, plus hands-on painting, crafts and dance. Adults, kids, all are welcome! This will be the first of monthly workshops open to the community. The next community arts session is 11/12 from 2-4pm. See you on October 22nd!

Mural Durham connects Durham through creativity, one mural at a time. MuralDurham.com

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By Annie Thornhill

Congratulations to neighbors on the following exciting events!

  • John Froelich and Jennifer Lischer were married at Immaculata Church on Saturday, April 30, 2016. We welcome the whole family (JJ, Jenny and Elizabeth) into the neighborhood!
  • Caroline and Ryan Asher are excited to announce the arrival of their son, Bennett Stroud Asher, born on April 28. They are looking forward to him being a part of the growing number of BANA babies!

Postman Extraordinaire

By Mark Eckert

Who is the one person who knows everybody in our neighborhood? Why Bennie Cain, Jr., of course, who has been the postman for the Burch Ave area for nearly 15 years. He can tell you who lives where around here.

Born and raised near Mt. Olive in Wayne County, Bennie joined the Marine Corps after high school. After serving four years, he left the corps and moved toNew Jersey. In 1988, Bennie started as a part-time employee of the postal service but was encouraged to apply to become a carrier. Bennie returned to North Carolina and settled in Durham in 1990. Bennie and his wife Rachel have three grown children and three grandchildren ages 18, 12 and 10. He enjoys working on old cars and owns a 1979 El Camino and 1971 Chevy pickup.

Bennie said it was his first supervisor at the US Postal Service in New Jersey who encouraged him to apply to be a mail carrier. “I think he knew that I like to meet and talk to people,” Bennie explained. He also takes his job seriously. “I deliver the mail the way I want my mail delivered.”

Bennie said he got his biggest thrill as a mailman the first time he had a customer sign a “3849” – the form used for registered delivery. “I knew then I was really a mailman,” he said.

Bennie delivers mail in our neighborhood and to some apartments across Duke University Rd. He is one of the few carriers in Durham who walks his entire route. Bennie estimates he walks about 12 miles a day delivering the mail.

Bennie retires this year after a long and distinguished career. We’ll miss you Bennie!