FHA Newsletter: January 2022

FHA Newsletter: January 2022


January 2022           Volume 41         Number 1

President’s Message

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

So—let’s be honest. A lot of us make resolutions, but many of us don’t stick to them.

Nevertheless, I always find it exciting to look ahead to a new year, and that’s particularly true now. I think we can all agree that 2021 was difficult. The pandemic didn’t go away, and we all had to make decisions about whether it was safe to visit family, gather with friends, or continue to do everything virtually. Weather events wreaked havoc in many places, and politically speaking the world was in turmoil. But I’m an optimist, so hopefully things will get better in 2022.

The new board has started meeting, and I believe we will be a productive group. Remember, we are here to represent you and to try to make the best decisions for our community that we can. However, we need your help, so I thought I would suggest a few New Year’s resolutions for all of you.

1) When driving in Fearrington, SLOW DOWN! We don’t have many sidewalks, and we do have a lot of older residents, some of whom are mobility- or hearing-impaired. We also have a lot of wildlife. So, what’s the hurry? The speed limit is posted; make a resolution to abide by it.

2) When walking in the community, use the paths wherever possible. If the street is the only option, walk near the edge of the pavement so that you are facing oncoming vehicles. That makes it easy to get out of the way if someone has forgotten to keep the resolution above.

3) Read your covenants (if you live in an area covered by a service group, you will have two sets of covenants to read). Not sure you have a copy? Go to the FHA website or contact the volunteer office.

4) If you are about to undertake a project that involves the outside of your home (examples: repainting, adding a porch or some other addition, removing a tree), fill out the proper approval forms. No one on the board wants to tell someone after a contract has been signed that they can’t do the project they had hoped to do.

5) Get to know your neighbors. Fearrington is perhaps the friendliest place I have ever lived, but the pandemic has made socializing harder than it used to be. It’s so important for us to look after one another.

6) Join a club. There are so many in the community that there is bound to be one or more that interest you. It’s a great way to stay involved and to stay young.

7) Make the most of every day. Remember, you only live once!

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

—Rose Krasnow, president@fhaboard.org


From Our FHA Board


Brief Website Update

While we are continuing to make progress on the new incarnation of our website, we are unable to announce a launch date as of The Belted Gazette’s publication date. Please watch for an email in January with the announcement of the website launch date. that will set out a few highlights of the new site.

Don’t be concerned if you miss the email and find yourself on a different-looking site when connecting to fearringtonfha.org.

Your existing username and password will continue to work. You may want to check out “Navigating this Website,” which you can access from the menu at the left and try out the improved Search Website function at the top of the page. We hope that you will find the new site accessible and easy to use.

Our new website administrator, Conner Sandefur, is assembling a team of volunteers with a range of skillsets to help keep the website up to date and well maintained. Additional volunteers, with or without relevant experience, are welcome—please email admin@fearringtonfha.org.

That is also the email address to use if, after trying to find your way (as you would any website that you are encountering for the first time), you encounter problems you aren’t able to solve without some assistance. We will endeavor to get back to you promptly.

—Tony Carroll, Director of Communications (communications@fhaboard.org)

Health, Safety, and Security Updates

 Road Repairs

Road repairs have commenced in Fearrington Village. The first stage of the job, currently in progress, is to fill in potholes and patch surfaces. Then, a new layer of asphalt will be applied. The final product will be new roads with newly painted center lines. The work is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2022. Residents should exercise caution when driving on village roads and be on the lookout for large construction equipment.

Winter Storms

While our North Carolina winters are typically mild, winter storms can occur. Following the relatively rare instances of heavy snow and/or ice, residents should plan on having limited driving conditions and possibly slippery walking conditions for 12-48 hours; street and road conditions typically improve quickly within that time frame. For emergency medical transportation in such weather, contact 911. The state of North Carolina owns 50 (61%) of the 82 streets and roads in the village, and six service groups own the remaining 32 village streets and roads (39%). Note that the FHA does not own, control, or maintain any roads in the village. Only NCDOT and/or its duly authorized, suitably equipped contractors may plow, treat, or otherwise maintain any state secondary roads in Fearrington Village. The state must give priority to clearing main highways first, so patience may be necessary as NCDOT gets to the state secondary roads in the village as well as elsewhere in North Carolina. The applicable service groups are responsible for maintaining their own streets and are, therefore, responsible for any winter storm clearing or treatment they may feel is necessary or advisable.

—Warren Ort, Director of Health, Safety, and Security (healthsafetysecurity@fhaboard.org)

FHA Board Members

Our Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the health, safety, and welfare of residents. In addition to fostering resident participation, the FHA is responsible for maintenance of common property and covenant enforcement. For additional details, including job descriptions, visit the FHA tab on our webpage fearringtonfha.org .

President:Rose Krasnow
Vice President:Amy Ghiloni
Secretary:Judy Graham
Treasurer:Tony Daniels
Communications:Tony Carroll
Community Affairs:Pam Bailey
Covenants:Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping:Zachary Traywick
Health, Safety and Security:Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities:Mark Haslam
The Belted Gazette

Newsletter Staff:

Jan KowalProduction Editor
Ann MelchiorManager
Jenny WalkerAssistant Manager
Henri Deschamps Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Jackie WaltersFeatures Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Leslie PalmerGraphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon PitzTech Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol KurtzBarbara Amago

This Month's Contributors:

Tony CarrollBob Pearson 
Judy GrahamChris Ridley
Rose Krasnow Wendy Snodgrass 
Tad McArdle Maggie Tunstall 
Warren Ort Jackie Walters 


Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

Email submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org.

Do you have content for an upcoming newsletter? Email us at the above address and we will send you the Newsletter Guidelines.

The Belted Gazette is produced by the Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA), by and for the residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC.

The Belted Gazette contains community news, reports from the FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Belted Gazette is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A link to the current issue is emailed to all residents who have an email address in the FHA Directory. A pdf copy of the current issue and back issues can be found on the FHA website (fearringtonfha.org).

Report on FHA Annual Meeting

The 2021 Annual FHA meeting was held November 21, 2021, as a Zoom webinar. People from over 175 homes logged in. The minutes of the webinar are on the FHA website here. President Carl Angel gave introductory remarks. He described what a great pleasure it was to serve as president, despite the typical challenges and Covid-19. Fortunately, he will continue to offer support to the FHA and the community. Carl introduced the newly elected board members: Rose Krasnow (president), Amy Ghiloni (vice president), Anthony Carroll (communications), and Zachary Traywick (grounds and landscaping). He also announced the new members of the nominating committee, Steve Gambino and Stephen Stewart. Rose Krasnow, now FHA president, introduced two members of the board who had been appointed during the last year due to unexpected vacancies: Judy Graham (secretary) and Pam Bailey (community affairs), as well as those members of the board elected for a second term: Tony Daniels (treasurer), Mark Haslam (facilities), Ric Frank (covenants), and Warren Ort (health, safety, and security). Wastewater Treatment Plant Status Rose Krasnow explained that Fitch Utilities was going to make upgrades to the plant, without expanding the capacity. The state recently approved those plans. In the meantime, the Wastewater Task Force continues to follow the many developments proposed nearby, such as Vickers Village, Herndon Farms, and Williams Corner. Of particular concern, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners is considering a request from Congruus, LLC, to allow an additional 184 acres of land they own to the north of Morris Road and west of 15-501 to be included as part of the compact community ordinance land use map, which would give them the right to develop at greater density. Congruus has no plans to build their own wastewater treatment plant; rather, they say they will connect to either Briar Chapel or Fearrington Village. Fitch Creations gave a resounding no to this idea. The planning board voted to deny the Congruus request because no development plan was presented and there was inadequate infrastructure (both wastewater and roads). The board of commissioners voted November 15 on the Congruus application, but the result was a stalemate, so they will vote again at a future meeting. On a positive note, the board of commissioners recently created a study group to look at how wastewater issues can best be addressed if so much development is allowed to continue. Community Survey Rose recounted that 900 residents responded to the community survey. As a result, the long-range planning committee created four subcommittees to address the top priorities that had been identified. The subcommittees are paths and trails, village attractiveness and renewal, The Gathering Place, and aging in place. They have presented draft reports to the long-range planning committee. Two have been given to the board and are posted on the website, and the other two will also be posted after further review. Treasurer’s Report Tony Daniels, treasurer, presented the 2021 year-to-date budget, as well as the 2022 budget. These and monthly budgets updates can be found on the FHA website. The 2021 year-to-date budget was affected by inflation, which was over 5.6% and is now 6.4% nationally and is rearing its ugly head everywhere, although CD interest rates are still low. Our current budget status is good. Even though our anticipated revenue is down slightly for 2021, total expenses are also down for the year. The 2022 budget reflects increased costs that resulted in the board increasing our assessments by 5% (from $179 to $188). The assessment remains just over $.51 a day. The increase is due to inflation and supply-chain difficulties, implementing community improvements, and the need to seek legal counsel on several issues. The reserve annual funding increases by 3%, as recommended by the 2020 Revised Reserve Study. The grounds contract is increased, largely due to inflation, staff shortages, and increased areas of maintenance. Legal consultation fees for 2022 remain high due to examination of our covenants and any recommended modifications. Beechmast Pond Tony Daniels reported that the pond continues to fill with silt, giving it an average depth of 5 feet. The FHA spends $10-$12K in annual dredging. The board continues to do its due diligence to find a suitable cost-effective approach for dealing with the pond. The board’s final decision will be made in 2022. Recognition Gordon Pitz gave special recognition to Jim Brooking and Henry Castner. Jim received a well-deserved award from the FHA for advancing and maintaining the current FHA website for the last 10 years full-time as a volunteer. Henry, who died November 19, 2021, left a legacy for the village. Twenty-six years ago, Henry decided that Creekwood was the perfect place for a walking trail and laid out a series of trails. Thus began one of the outstanding features of the village. Questions And Answers Members were invited to submit questions either before or during the meeting. Thirteen questions were received, and the board’s answers are included in the minutes here.

—Judy Graham, FHA Secretary

This Month’s Features

By Chris Ridley, the originator of the idea, “Scene Around Fearrington”

As an amateur photographer, I have an eclectic iPhone style. With an eye toward the “story” as well as the scenery, I am always on the lookout for an unexpected view of the community I share. Nothing special. Just life, up the street and around the bend. To me, good photography is all in the “finding.” Fearrington is a treasure trove of wonders waiting to be “taken.” I am lucky to live here. I began my career as a page at NBC, working on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the early 60’s, eventually serving in advertising and design capacities at all four broadcast networks. I spent 17 years as vice president for corporate communications at PBS’s flagship, WGBH/Boston, where I represented shows like NOVA, Masterpiece Theater, This Old House, and Antiques Roadshow. I once cohosted a corporate sponsorship dinner with Julia Child at the Top of the Sixes restaurant in New York City. At age 50, I created and operated a wild bird and nature store called For the Birds in Concord, Massachusetts, the gateway to birding in the western part of the state. I have lived in my house here on Weatherbend for eight years with my therapy dog, Luna. I am fortunate to have an Historic District residence to use as my palette for home improvement and to show off my backyard sculpture collection purchased from local artisans. More photography at: chrisridley.hurleyworks.com cridley42@icloud.com

Fearrington Resident’s Medical Emergency
Reinforces Urgent Need for Blood Donors

By Jackie Walters

As of December 13, the American Red Cross had provided approximately 200 additional blood products for hospitals in the areas affected by the devastating tornadoes that struck several states on December 10-11. It responded to the emergency in spite of the nation experiencing the worst national blood shortage in over a decade—a situation the organization described as “dangerously low.”

In the midst of a pandemic and a busy holiday season, one might ask, “What does this national problem have to do with me?”

A few weeks ago, a Fearrington resident was unable to procure all of the units of blood his doctors at one of the Triangle region’s top hospitals said he needed. He was told the reason was the severe blood shortage across the country. A few weeks before, he had fought for his life, and the six blood transfusions he received stabilized him until he could heal. Like so many blood recipients, his situation was unexpected, critical, and life threatening. Currently, he is stable and does not require blood transfusions, but for him and his family, this was a real wake-up call.

According to Garrett Reid, donor services executive, American Red Cross Blood Services, when their inventory is too low, hospitals like UNC and Duke will reach out to other health care providers to obtain blood. But when the entire national blood supply is low, hospitals find themselves having to limit what they are able to supply. This forced “rationing” of blood was frustrating and upsetting to the patient, his family, and his physicians. Fortunately, this patient is now relatively stable, but his family, friends, and even his doctors became interested in how to prevent a similar emergency from arising in the future.

According to a Red Cross press release, the number of new blood donors has dropped by 34% since last year, making it one of the largest year-to-year decreases, and one that could threaten essential medical care for patients. Mr. Reid explained that, through its national inventory, the Red Cross can distribute blood whenever and wherever it is needed. However, blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed, and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on a hospital’s shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.

Every day, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the country’s blood supply, must collect enough blood to meet the needs of accident and burn victims, heart-surgery and organ-transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell disease. The need for blood is constant; every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. As our Fearrington neighbor learned, the dangerously low blood supply can affect a hospital’s ability to provide the number of units prescribed by a patient’s doctors for other life-threatening conditions.

Knowing his situation could happen to anyone and that it takes all eligible donors to make the system work, this resident reached out to Fearrington Cares to see what could be done. As a result, Fitch Creations is donating the barn as a collection venue, and 501 Pharmacy and Fearrington Cares have created a friendly challenge to promote the opportunity to donate blood locally on January 31. Read more about the event in the Fearrington Cares newsletter in this issue of The Belted Gazette. Supporting this blood drive or any of the many in our area is truly “neighbor helping neighbor” for Fearrington Village residents. Make your appointment today!

For more information about why giving blood is important, how you can help, and to make an appointment, visit Donate Blood, Platelets or Plasma. Give Life | Red Cross Blood, download the American Red Cross blood donor app, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Even if you can’t donate, you can volunteer to help at blood drives: Volunteering During COVID-19 | American Red Cross.


Jackie Walters, a long-time Red Cross volunteer, currently volunteers as a blood donor and a blood donor ambassador in the central Carolina region.

The Cairn and The New Year

Story and Photo by Bob Pearson

Nearly every day I walk about a mile along roads and through woods to get our mail. Down in the shadiest, quietest part of the trail, there is a cairn. It’s not an ordinary cairn because it is continuously being created. Every few weeks or so, someone tears it down, usually completely, and scatters the stones. A group of us, all unknown to one another, builds the cairn anew. I’ve started new cairns, as I did not long ago, or I’ve added stones to it—one day for the top of the cairn I found a perfectly heart-shaped stone nearby and placed it carefully on the very pinnacle.

Cairn along the trail

Cairn along the trail


Now the cairn is not a large thing; it’s never more than a foot across at the most and it’s never more than a foot or two high. Once begun, it grows and reaches up for several weeks until someone destroys it again. I’ve wondered why someone tears it down. Is there only one person doing this or are there a number—also perhaps unknown to one another? Maybe they are artists, taking pleasure in our group’s rebuilding, to see what sort of new creation might emerge. Or are they trying to wear us down, make us give up and abandon cairn building in that obscure spot along our little trail to the mail kiosk? Or, most intriguingly, are those who tear down the cairn also among those who build the new one?

For me, I like to think that we are just letting the cairn destroyers know that we’re not giving up. Whenever one cairn comes down, we start the new one. Maybe it’s just a gentle contest, or maybe we are trying to add a tiny bit of good to good’s totality. Getting mad doesn’t help, condemning doesn’t help, wishing it would stop doesn’t do any good. Doing good, it seems to me, is perhaps just not giving up and believing that cairn rebuilding might just stretch ahead into the limitless future.

When I think of our cairns and their fates, it reminds me of the promise of the new year. Although the world has a certain reality, and often there seems to be little that we can do about it, that’s not entirely true. All our holidays around the end and beginning of the year remind us that doing good and hoping for a better day won’t fade away. When we’re remembering how wonderful these holidays have been, perhaps we’ll also remember our part in just putting it all back together again for good and hope for what tomorrow may bring.

Bob Pearson is a retired diplomat. He and his wife, Maggie, also a retired diplomat, served in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in their careers. Bob is an avid walker on the trails of Fearrington and a member of a neighborhood history club and the Bookworms Book Club. He is active with American Diplomacy Journal, a digital magazine at UNC, and is a fellow with Duke’s Rethinking Diplomacy program. He works on a Chatham County equal justice project to improve race relations. The Pearsons have been in Fearrington since 2015 and enjoy golf and time with their grandchildren in Charlotte.

A Yacht Club in Fearrington?

Story and Photos by Maggie Tunstall

It may seem strange, but it is true: Fearrington has a yacht club. And the great thing about it is there is no yacht required. The only membership requirements are that you enjoy having fun and don’t mind being at events where alcohol is served. The Fearrington Yacht Club is a travel and party club, although it didn’t start out that way. Way back in the winter of 1991/92, several Fearrington men got together to launch their remote-control boats in the Swim and Croquet pool during the off-season. Soon their wives were organizing potluck suppers, and the Yacht Club was born.

Today there are no boats in the pool, but the club does schedule two regional trips to destinations where some kind of water event, such as a dinner cruise or a sight-seeing cruise, is included. We aim for about a half-day of driving to our destination, and we stay in a hotel that can provide space for a happy hour before we head out to dinner in a local restaurant.

A typical two-three day stay, usually in the middle of the week, includes venues of cultural interest such as museums, historic plantations, public gardens, entertainment, and some free time for shopping. Over the years, the Yacht Club has been to over 25 destinations (some more than once) from the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, including a tour of Fort McHenry, to Savannah, where we had a trolley tour of the historic city, lunch at The Lady and Sons, and supper at the historic Pirate’s House. We have been as far west as Lake Lure in the mountains of North Carolina and Bedford in the foothills of Virginia, where we toured the spectacular monument park honoring the American military men of the D-Day invasion. (The town of Bedford lost more men in that invasion by proportion than any other U.S. community.) We have also had a few more ambitious trips, including a 2002 canal tour in the low countries of Europe and two cruises, one to Bermuda in 2007 and one to the western Caribbean in 2018 that stopped in Key West, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.

A trip to Winston-Salem featured a tour of historic Old Salem

A trip to Winston-Salem featured a tour of historic Old Salem, including its shops and garden, which is being visited by Gary & Carole Kibler and Barb & Doug Ashby.

In addition to travel, we schedule two social events in and around Fearrington: a chowder dinner in the fall (a throwback to the wives of the pool navigators) and a spring fling. Club members plan all events. There is a modest membership fee of $15 per person annually. Trips usually cost under $200 per person plus the cost of the hotel (we arrange for group rates). Party costs vary from $10 to $50 per person depending on whether the party is potluck or in a restaurant.

Main Temple Chichen Itchen w Alex Tunstall

Alec Tunstall (far left), and other tourists viewed Mayan ruins that were a shore-trip option on our 2018 cruise of the weste rn Caribbean.

The Yacht Club has been dry docked for the past two years, but we will be launching again with a happy hour mixer on Friday, January 21, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., at The Gathering Place. Wine (1 glass per person), soft drinks, and light snacks will be served. Anyone interested in setting sail with us is invited. Please RSVP Commodore Maggie Tunstall at metunstall@nc.rr.com if you would like to join us.


Maggie and her husband, Alec, have lived in Fearrington for 22 years and have been members of the Yacht Club for 19 years. With other members, they have planned several of the club’s trips. Maggie has been commodore (Alec calls her the commodoress) since about 2014. 


Fearrington Golf Club Fall Tournament

By Tad McArdle

Fearrington Golf Club held its annual fall tournament on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. It was organized by Tad McArdle and hosted by Quail Ridge Golf Club in Sanford. The weather was perfect. The event attracted eight foursomes who battled it out using a recently invented “shambango” format.

Foursome winners were determined by combining each team’s two best gross scores per hole and adding them up for the round.

Winning team: Judd Barrett, Bert Bowe, Ken Indyk, and Malcolm Laner
2nd place: Ward Johnson, Michael Manning, Russell Secter, and Jeff Thyssen
3rd place: Fritz Chesek, Max Creamer, Jeff Massa, and Boyd Webb

(L to R) George Lankevich, Jim Leatherberry, Carolyn Harrel, Neal Harrell Photographer: Vince Tollers

Bango winners (closest to pin when all 4 balls are on the green):
1st place with 9 bangos: Mark (“Damn, I just missed the green again”) Costenbader
2nd place tie with 8 bangos each: George Lankevich and Betty Lawrence

Sandies (out of bunker into hole, 0 or 1 putt): Spencer May, Chris Osborn with 3 each (PGA level?); Ken Indyk and Russell Secter with 2 each; Mark Costenbader, Jerry Gianni, Chris Horn, George Lankevich, Betty Lawrence, Michael Manning, Bill Mazur, and Tad McArdle with 1 each.

Golf club

(L to R) Brian Wong, Chris Horn, Betty Lawrence, Buddy Lawrence Photographer: Vince Tollers

Quail Ridge provided a delicious lunch, with BBQ, turkey sandwiches, veggies, and fruit trays, and apple cobbler for dessert. Thanks to head pro Dale Fogarty and Chef Tonya, and to the new members and guests who joined the tournament, for helping to make it a success. And thanks as well to Vince Tollers for the accompanying photographs, which “memorialize” the “Fearrington Golf Club Fall 2021 Shambango Day.”


If you are interested in joining Fearrington Golf Club, check us out at: WWW.FearringtonGolf.Club or like us on Facebook at “Fearrington Golf Club.”

Tad McArdle is a regular contributor to The Belted Gazette and a member of the Fearrington Golf Club.

A New Year of Food Truck Fare

By Wendy Snodgrass

In the new year, we are welcoming back our favorite food trucks and introducing new vendors, too. Vegetarians and those aspiring to eat a more plant-based diet will be pleased to see Stairway to Veggin’ making a debut at The Gathering Place later this month! The upcoming food truck schedule along with menus can be found on our community hotspot page at www.streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage, where you can sign up for a weekly email reminder and also leave feedback for the vendors. For the month ahead, the schedule is as follows: January 5 – Doherty’s Paddy Wagon January 12 – Gussy’s Greek Truck January 19 – Bulkogi Korean BBQ January 27 – Stairway to Veggin’ All these vendors accept online ordering through the hotspot page, or you are welcome to visit the trucks and order in person. Thanks to all our neighbors who have supported this endeavor since its inception last year. If you have yet to experience food trucks in Fearrington, perhaps set a New Year’s intention to enjoy one of their delicious takeout dinners soon!

This Month’s Puzzler

Question: What river flows under this bridge? (→)

bridge in ChathamSubmitted by Chatham County Historical Association

Answer to December Puzzler:

Question: In the March issue of The Belted Gazette, Tad McArdle introduced us to CORA, the acronym for Chatham Outreach Alliance. As the Chatham Outreach Alliance prepares for the upcoming holiday season, this month’s puzzler asks: From what two languages could the name Cora derive, and what are the meanings of those words?

Answer: Cora is a given name, most commonly derived from the ancient Greek Κόρη (Kórē), an epithet of the Greek goddess Persephone. In Greek mythology Persephone was the embodiment of spring, and the personification of the vegetation that sprouts from the earth around this time of year. Alternatively, it may be rooted in the Gaelic cora, the comparative of cóir, meaning just, honest, virtuous, or good. Wikipedia


This Month’s Announcements

Fearrington Groups & Organizations

Fearrington Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series begins the new year with another exciting program featuring the “Zephyr Ensemble.” Based in Chapel Hill, these accomplished musicians will perform music from the baroque, classical, and early romantic periods on baroque-era wind and string instruments. Please join us at The Gathering Place on Sunday, January 16, at 3:00 pm. We hope that attendees will be fully vaccinated. When entering the building, you will be asked to sign in for tracking purposes. Masks are required of anyone entering The Gathering Place and must be worn while inside the building. Seats will be spaced for additional safety. Individual tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 per person if space is available. For more information, please contact Nina Alperin at 919-545-9011 or Barbara Hummel-Rossi at (516) 864-4023 or Barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu.

Fearrington Democratic Club

The 2022 primary election has been postponed to May 17 by order of the N.C. Supreme Court. Early voting will begin on April 28, but locations and hours for early voting had not been finalized by The Belted Gazette submission deadline. Election day voting will be in The Gathering Place, as usual. If recent redistricting stands, Chatham County would be in N.C. House district 54 (incumbent = Democrat Robert Reives), N.C. Senate district 20 (incumbent = Democrat Natalie Murdock), and U.S. House district 6 (new district, no incumbent). Our club is still planning a candidate forum—as soon as an updated schedule of spring programs has been arranged, the community will be notified through kiosk posters, emails to club members, NextDoor for Fearrington readers, the Galloway Ridge resident portal, the club’s website (FearringtonDems.org), and future issues of The Belted Gazette.

Fearrington Dog Club

The Fearrington Dog Club will continue to pause the launch of our new club until COVID masking requirements are lifted at The Gathering Place. Our first meeting will feature a presentation on enrichment activities for dogs. Our meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. All village dog enthusiasts are invited. Stay tuned. We are eager to get this club rolling. Questions? Contact Ann Melchior at amelchior@verizon.net.

Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg

The Dragons are Ready to Play! Fearrington Mah Jongg Dragons play on the second Saturday of the month, January 8, 2022, at The Gathering Place, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, provided that The Gathering Place is continuing to be open to Fearrington groups. We play under their guidelines. As such, we must limit our number to 50, and all participants must wear a mask. Contact Mary Donna Pond at mdpond@nc.rr.com to reserve your place. Because of this limitation, it is important to cancel if you discover you are not able to play so someone else can take your spot. Mary Donna Pond will be ordering 2022 cards for anyone who would like one. These cards are $9.00 for regular print and $10.00 for large print. You need to give your money to Mary Donna by January’s game. Drinks and snacks will be provided! May the jokers be ever in your favor! Contact Robin Weinberger at weinrob@msn.com, 919-219-5228, or Polly Williams at pw82550@gmail.com, 919-478-4260, if you have any questions. Want to learn how to play? Contact Mary Donna Pond at mdpond@nc.rr.com.

Fearrington Duplicate Bridge Club

Valorie Zentil (919-533-6804, vzentil@gmail.com) is the person to call with questions; Dianne Hale is the new president; Jo Ann Rosenfeld oversees publicity and will be writing the newsletter articles. Please join us for three Wednesdays: January 5, 12, and 26. We meet at The Gathering Place at 1:00 pm. Although we enjoy playing bridge on any day that ends in “y,” this one allows us to play bridge F2F (aka face-to-face). Any questions, contact Valorie Zentil at 919-533-6804 or vzentil@gmail.com.

Fearrington Garden Club

“Gardening: A Path to Health and Wellness” is to be offered Tuesday, January 11, at 3:00 pm at The Gathering Place by presenters Aileen Hewitt and Lee Newlin. Our Fearrington Village neighbors are sharing a wealth of experience gained from decades of backyard gardening, lives in the gardening profession, and passionate interests in better eating for better health. Learn how you can incorporate edibles into your garden and enjoy the pleasures of gathering fresh herbs and vegetables steps from your back door. Please observe mask and social distancing guidelines. Nonmembers: $5. Please join! 20_21 – GARDEN CLUB MEMBERSHIP FORM – PDF (fearringtonfha.org)

Fearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 3:00-5:00 pm, The Gathering Place (big room). Illustrated presentation by Jim Davis on finding and using land records in genealogical Research, with discussion following. Masks and vaccination required. Newcomers are welcome. Dues $15.00 (cash, please). Contact Linda Grimm for additional information at 919-533-6296.

Fearrington Green Scene

Given the publicity in recent months concerning the quality of drinking water in our area, we have been working on putting together a presentation, “What’s in Your Drinking Water,” by Fearrington resident Fran DiGiano, professor emeritus, UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. We were hoping to schedule that presentation in January. It appears that—for a variety of reasons—it will now have to be scheduled in February. When the date and time are determined, we will be publicizing that information.

Considering the worsening Covid-19 trends, and the expanding Omicron variant, we will NOT be having a Green Scene meeting on Wednesday, January 12.

On a more optimistic note, we are hoping that conditions permit us to safely schedule a field trip to the Sonoco Material Recovery Facility in Raleigh on Wednesday morning, February 9, 2022.

This is the facility that processes all our recyclables. We are planning to conduct that trip jointly with the Women of Fearrington. Stay tuned and stay safe.

—Jason Welsch, moderator, Fearrington Green Scene, 914-806-4852 (cell phone)

Fearrington Havurah

Havurah Fearrington will preview a new affinity group, Havurah Studies, at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 pm at The Gathering Place. The new group will be facilitated by David Winer, lay leader of Etz Chayim synagogue. David will be introduced at the January meeting, as will the underlying idea of the new group, an effort to find relevance to contemporary life in ancient and more recent Jewish texts. Jews and non-Jews will be welcome to participate in the group. Current Gathering Place precautions will be in place (proof of vaccination, required masks, no refreshments). Guests are always welcome with a $5 guest fee.

Fearrington Republican Club

Your Fearrington Republican Club will have as our guest speaker David Warren, Republican director of election integrity for the state of North Carolina. Our meeting will be January 26, 7 pm, at The Gathering Place. Come hear what safeguards are proposed for future elections. He will also talk about training programs for election volunteers. We will also have a donated piece of art that will be raffled. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are welcome.

Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club

The pool is closed, but the club is open during daylight hours for croquet, ping pong, and relaxing in the sun. During January and February, croquet activities include Wednesday Wickets at 2 pm, Thursday Ladies Day at 10 am, and First Sunday afternoon play. Here are a few reminders: The club is accessible with a key card and only during daylight hours. No one should be on the premises after dusk. When leaving, please be sure the door is locked. If you need a key card, reply to our email listed below. There is a one-time $5 charge, so be sure to hang onto your key cards for next year. The guest policy remains in effect. Non-member residents of Fearrington Village are not allowed as guests. Please encourage your Fearrington Village friends and neighbors to join the club. No animals should be brought onto the club premises. The cabana is open for ping-pong. Please be sure to close the doors when you leave. Lastly, please send an email to fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com if you become aware of any issues at the club. Look for an email with information on our January annual meeting in the next few weeks. Thanks for a great summer season; we are already planning for another great summer in 2022!

Fearrington Village Singers

Dear Members, The board has decided to suspend rehearsals in January as we watch how the current situation unfolds. We will meet later in January to consider the options available to us at that time and will communicate our decision to club members. While we are all frustrated and disappointed about not singing together in January, let’s make the most of these Happy Holidays.

Fearrington Yacht Club

Ahoy, mates! Our ship is sailing forward to the “Happy Hour Mixer” for current and former members and new residents who might like to join. The mixer will be Friday, January 21, from 4 to 6 pm at The Gathering Place. Although the annual $15 per person membership dues are usually required for participation in FYC events, they are NOT necessary for this occasion. Membership applications will be available at the mixer, along with news about upcoming events. The FYC is a party & travel club that usually has two parties and two regional trips per year planned by members. NO YACHT REQUIRED! Be sure to see the feature article about the FYC in this issue of The Belted Gazette. For event information and membership form, log onto the FYC page at: https://fearrington.org. Choose the Groups tab and click on the FYC logo, or contact Commodore Maggie Tunstall at 919-542-0031 or metunstall@nc.rr.com.

PORCH Fearrington

A big thank you to our generous residents who donated a total of 27,576 pounds of food from January to November 2021. Cash donations totaled $28,582 during the same period. The December collection will bring 2021 close to or above our record for any previous year! All donations go to CORA, the food pantry that serves our Chatham County neighbors in need. We distributed magnets with the 2022 collection dates to all the neighborhood coordinators. If you would like to have one, please contact your coordinator (https://www.porchfearrington.org/neighborhood-coordinators).

Women of Fearrington

All women new to Fearrington Village or Galloway Ridge and who are interested in learning about the village and meeting other newcomers are invited to sign up for our “Welcome to Fearrington” coffees, currently being held outdoors. Please pass the word to your new neighbors! Small groups will be scheduled monthly from October through May. To be placed on our invitation list for future coffees, please contact Jan Jan Cope-Kasten, 920-573-2910. Join us for a walk along the Eno River in Hillsborough, led by Kate West, on Thursday, October 28, 10 am to noon. Riverwalk is an easy trail with well-maintained paths, informational markers, and scenic overlooks. This will be followed by an optional lunch at Antonia’s Restaurant. Have you renewed your membership yet? If not, please take a moment to do so. Click here for a membership form. Please visit www.womenoffearrington.org for up-to-date information and registration forms. All our events are subject to government guidelines for health and safety.

Community Agencies

Chatham Connecting—Connecting Those in Need with Those Who Can Help

Happy New Year! If you are a newcomer to Fearrington Village, you may not know about Chatham Connecting, who we are and what we do. Chatham Connecting (www.chathamconnecting.org) is a volunteer-run organization whose website lists numerous government agencies and non-profits in Chatham County that need volunteers and donations of various kinds. As you browse the mission statements of the organizations, whatever your interest, you’ll see that there is something for everyone. Children, seniors, schools, hunger-relief organizations are just the start. There are even opportunities to help out while working from home, especially useful during a time of continuing pandemic concerns. Your time, material, or monetary donations let your neighbors in need know that they are not forgotten. If you are thinking about getting involved in 2022, why not find out more? Please be part of the effort; it’s a great way to start the New Year.

Continuing Education Opportunities

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke

A year-round educational community on the Duke campus as well as other venues—including Galloway Ridge—for retired and not-so-retired folks. Courses cover history, literature, natural or social sciences, art, music, drama, and current events. For the winter term, classes will be held on Zoom and some in a classroom setting. Courses will be listed online with registration starting Tuesday, January 11, at 9 am and on Wednesday, January 12, at 9 am. Winter term starts on Monday, January 24. Log on to learnmore.duke.edu for classes and registration info. If you have any questions, please email Warren Ort at warrensailo@aol.com.

Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill

Get ready!! Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill is preparing for its 13-week 2022 winter semester of non-credit courses. The term runs from mid-January through mid-May. Classes will be held in a new location, Church of the Reconciliation, at 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. Classes will meet both in a classroom and online and will be conducted by eager member moderators who determine study topics based on their interests, travels, expertise, experiences, and curiosity. A modest membership fee entitles members to take as many courses as they wish. The Winter 2022 Catalog includes a registration form with full course descriptions and schedule and will be available after the first of December at http://www.sharedlearning.us. To receive a paper copy, contact Alice Parsons, amparson@uci.edu or 919-642-0606.

Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed January 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; There Will Be No Movement Classes or Support Group Meetings.

Welcome to 2022 from the Fearrington Cares Board and staff! As we begin another year continuing to learn to live in a pandemic, I hope you are reassured to know that the Fearrington Cares Center is one of the safest indoor public places you can find. Our building was designated “excellent” when we participated in a UNC air quality study last year; we have both fresh air intake and MERV 13 filters in our air handlers. (We have been told most home systems have MERV 8 filters.) We continue to require that all who enter wear a mask and show documentation of vaccination. We ask your partnership in registering for groups and classes you wish to attend in the building so that we can avoid overcrowding. We are working hard to provide a safe gathering space for small group programs. This newsletter contains information about new programs and opportunities for you!

NEW This Year: Two Small Group “Get-Together” Opportunities

Two new programs will be offered monthly in the Center. The purpose is to provide a forum to engage in friendly conversations with your neighbors. For the first few months, we ask you to preregister. This will allow us to create a safe environment with proper physical distancing for mask wearing vaccinated individuals. Eventually, these will be drop-in opportunities.

Crossroads Conversations

Beginning January 12, 1:30-3:00 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Have you seen articles about “Precision Medicine” and initiatives which aim to understand how a person’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle can help determine the best approach to prevent or treat disease? In our first Crossroads Conversations, we will watch a short presentation and then break into groups of four to five to reflect and discuss the information. Topics will vary each month. If this appeals to you, we invite you to join us at Fearrington Cares on the second Wednesday of each month. We will be wearing masks and the group size is limited to 18 vaccinated folks. Call Fearrington Cares 919-542-6877 to register before January 10.

Busy Hands Together

Beginning 18 January, 9:30-11:00 am at the Fearrington Cares Center

Do you enjoy handwork or have a button that needs re-attaching? Would you enjoy crafting with others? If you crochet, knit, make cards, scrapbook, needlepoint, or do any craft that appeals to you, we invite you to bring your project and join us at Fearrington Cares for a monthly get together every third Tuesday. This is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and get some work done on your favorite craft. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, then let’s get together for crafting, conversation, and fellowship. We will be wearing masks and the group size limited to 15 vaccinated folks. Call Fearrington Cares 919-542-6877 to register before January 15.

The “Perils” of the Aging Eye

Thursday, January 13, 7:00 pm (via Zoom)

Have you ever wondered whether eating dark chocolate can improve vision in people with glaucoma, whether dry eyes are a predictable part of the natural aging process, or why environmental allergies cause eye problems? Whether your interest in eye health is general or specific, join this program presented by Dr. David Fleischman, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Fleischman is the Perioperative Medical Director of the UNC Hillsborough Hospital, the Fellowship Director of the Glaucoma Division, and the Director of Ocular Trauma. His presentation will cover macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as provide tips to improve your quality of life if you suffer with dry eyes or “allergy eyes.” Dr. Fleischman performs over 500 cataract surgeries per year as well as glaucoma surgeries and ocular trauma repair.

Building Healthy Routines with Occupational Therapy as We Normally Age

Thursday, January 27, 1:30 pm (via Zoom)

Please join us for this informative presentation designed to enhance the way you move through the world with ease! Experienced in a variety of healthcare settings, Lindsay Vorhees, a registered and licensed occupational therapist, has worked at Duke, UNC Health, WakeMed Rehab, and community-based programs integrating movement and mindfulness practices which address emotional, mental and physical well-being. Her work has been with both acute and chronic conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s Disease. Her community-based therapy has included the innovative use of dance and yoga. Ms. Vorhees is passionate about her vision for community and home-based practice to promote functional independence and lifelong wellness through creative and collaborative approaches. Her presentation will include methods and techniques for use at home which promote wellbeing among the normal aging population.

Movement Class NEWS!

Otago moves to the Center in January, Wednesdays, 11:30—12:30 pm. NEW Class: Chair Tap Dance, Thursdays, 10:00 am

Participants in our new tap dancing class will be seated while they make music with their feet! (Don’t worry about having tap shoes to get started.) Tapdancing consists of learning rhythm patterns. Learning and memorizing patterns is a great workout for your brain. And we all know that mental exercise promotes healthy brain activity and can help ward off disorders such as dementia or cognitive decline. So, let’s get tapping! Call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 to register.
NEW Class: Yoga for EVERY Body, Thursdays, 2:00 pm
Our yoga sessions will combine classic postures designed to cultivate flexibility, balance and strength—with modifications so each participant can proceed at their own pace. In yoga practice, body, mind, and spirit are joined together in movement and stillness, creating a natural unity that supports the healing process on every level. Class begins with meditative breath work, then a sequential series of postures, and ends with a guided healing visualization—all geared to enhance energy, vitality, and deep relaxation. This yoga is for EVERY body: all levels are welcome. Call Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 to register.

Movement Classes at the Fearrington Cares Center (unless otherwise noted)

Mondays, 11:30 am—Chair Yoga (Via Zoom; no class January 17.) Wednesdays, 11:30 am—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises Thursdays, 10:00 am—NEW Chair Tap Dance (Call 919-542-6877 to register.) Thursdays, 11:30 am—Line Dancing Thursdays, 2:00 pm—NEW Yoga for EVERY Body (Call 919-542-6877 to register.) Fridays—NEW Light Cardio class starting in March!

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

Alcoholics Anonymous: Mondays, 10:00 am. (No meeting January 17.) Braniacs Memory Café: Wednesdays, 10:00 am. Parkinson’s Group: Tuesdays, January 4, 18; 1:15-3:00 pm Cancer Support Group: Tuesdays, January 11, 25; 1:30-3:00 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center (9:00 am—12:00 pm, Monday—Friday)

Nurse Consultation: Walk-in clinic open for fully vaccinates residents. Appointment required for unvaccinates residents, call 919-542-6877. Foot Clinic: Thursday, January 20; appointment required, call 919-542-6877.

Support Groups via Zoom


Caregiver Support Group: Wednesdays, January 5, 12; 1:00 pm. Living with Chronic Conditions: Thursdays, January 6, 20; 1:00 pm

Blood Drive: Response to the Critical Blood Shortage

Monday, January 31, 9:00 am—1:30 pm

The need for blood is serious; at least one Fearrington resident was unable to get it recently due to the shortage. Fitch Creations, Fearrington Cares, and 501 Pharmacy are co-sponsoring a blood drive in January. If you are able, please call 800-733-2767 to schedule your appointment or go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Fearrington” to self-schedule. We are part of a friendly challenge between Fearrington Village and Briar Chapel with a sweet ending: donors from the neighborhood that has the most donors will be served pie by the other neighborhood in February!

UNC Healthcare Requests Magazines

UNC Hospitals is delighted to restart their magazine sharing program. Please help by donating magazines less than a year old. These magazines are distributed in waiting rooms and “provide wonderful distraction/reading pleasure for patients” reports a hospital representative. Please black out or cut off your mailing label and drop off your magazines at our Center between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm any weekday.

Will Your Cell Phone Stop Working on December 31?

Cell phone carriers will soon be shutting down their 3G networks in order to concentrate on their upgrade to 5G. This will impact you if you have old versions of cell phones (e.g., any iPhone older than an iPhone 6), medical alert devices, home security systems, smart watches, and other network linked devices that use 3G. If you are keeping an older cell phone just for 911 emergencies, that will also stop working if it uses 3G. The Lifeline program for discount phone service will also be affected if the phones are using 3G. Your cell phone provider may have already contacted you about this imminent service change. Verizon plans to completely shut down their 3G by December 31, 2021, and AT&T by February, 2022. The T-Mobile changeover will be completed by the summer of 2022. Note that smaller carriers such as Cricket, Boost, and Straight Talk use the networks of the larger companies and will also be affected. You can get more detailed information about this change (including information on assistance for low-income customers) from the FCC web site (www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/plan-ahead-phase-out-3g-cellular-networks-and-service). AT&T customers can see a complete list of wireless devices that will continue to work on that network after the changeover at www.att.com/idpassets/images/support/wireless/Devices-Working-on-ATT-Network.pdf. Those devices should also continue to work on the Verizon and T-Mobile networks. The individual Verizon (www.verizon.com/support/knowledge-base-218813/) and T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.com/support/coverage/t-mobile-network-evolution) websites do not provide a complete list of supported devices, but are still informative.

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between November 15 and December 14.  Want to reach out to your new neighbor? You will find their contact information on our community web page. Go to: FearringtonFHA.org (click Find People under the Directory tab).

Jill & William (Terry) Baker530 Weathersfield
Sally Bethune 16 Caldwell (1168)*
Steven Cohen & Nancy E. Roman4231 Henderson Place
Edel & Marcia Cordova-Roth69 Trestle Leaf
Joan & Martin (Marty) Diament7 Caldwell (1120)*
Kim & Scott Glasser4227 Henderson Place
Gary A. & Krista G. Herwig4503 Tyrrell
Nicole & Tyler Jeffery667 Graycliff
Phyllis Lovelace382 Wintercrest West
Kathleen & Lauren McCullough
Sue Olsen
905 Ashton
Anne & Beth Michael1312 Langdon Place
Becky & Rodney Petersen 1321 Langdon Place
Holly & Mark Schmidt12 West Madison (1134)*
Euphemia Y. (Euphy) Tyler1376 Bradford Place
Lou-Anne & Shela Williams4080 Woodleigh

*Where house numbers and post office box numbers differ, the Fearrington Post # appears in parentheses after the street address. 

Are you a new resident? To register your information in the Directory, please visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.orgFrom the top menu choose Directory, then, in the dropdown menu, select New Resident, and then List Me in the Directory. Complete the resulting form with your information.

To obtain full access to website features, you must also create a website account (available only to residents or non-resident owners).  Return to the website’s homepage and find the words Login Form in the left column. Click Create an Account and follow the instructions. You can read about the account activation process here.

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the http://www.fearringtonfha.org web site. On the landing page, click the Directory tab on the top menu and then choose Update Preferences on the drop-down menu. When you update your contact information online, the updates will be included in the Fearrington Village  Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

January 2022 Calendar

All activities will be held at The Gathering Place unless otherwise noted.

Mask Requirement Continues: Due to rising infections and the unvaccinated, individuals using The Gathering Place must wear a mask when inside the building, whether or not they have been vaccinated. This is in keeping with CDC guidelines. If a club does not follow the rules, it will lose its use of the facility. Group leaders may decide whether to require their members to be vaccinated. Check the FHA web page for any updates to this policy.

January 11
10 am
Women of FearringtonSmall Group GatheringCarol Wade
January 11
3 pm
Garden ClubMonthly MeetingAnne Morris
January 11
3-5 pm
Genealogical GroupJim Davis Presentation:
Using Land Records for Research
Linda Grimm
(919) 533-6296
January 11
7 pm
HavurahMonthly MeetingJill Kaplan
Ellen Spin
January 14
10 am
Bulls & Bears Investment ClubMonthly Meeting
Gathering Place
& via Zoom
Anna Shearer
January 16
3 pm
Fearrington Concert SeriesZephyr EnsembleNina Alperin
Barbara Hummel-Rossi
516-864-4023 Barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu>
January 19
1:30 pm
Women of Fearrington“Look Close, Think Far”
Ackland Art Museum
Director Katie Ziegler
Adrienne Lallo
January 26
7 pm
Republican ClubMonthly MeetingDonna Stewart
Meeting Multiple Days in January
January 5, 12, & 26
1 pm
Duplicate Bridge ClubDuplicate BridgeValorie Zentil
January 7, 21, & 26
(see WoF website for times)
Women of FearringtonRoad Trips:
Ackland Art Museum
Mif Flaharty

November 2021        Volume 40        Number 10

Carl Comforted by Cows

Carl comforted by cows

President’s Message

Small-Town America

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. —Robert Frost, The Hired Man

Don’t you just dread it when someone starts a story with the words “I was born and raised”? People can be so tiresome.

Anyway, as you know, I was born and raised in a small, rural town in southeastern Ohio. It was just normal that neighbors took care of each other, and older family members needing care moved in with family. The town council members were just other neighbors.

Unfortunately, the economics of life for most of us meant living our adult lives in cities where some of those old, small-town values seemed quaint; family members now lived a distance from each other, and those old folks needing help became residents of “elder-care facilities” or nursing homes. City life became the norm.

But then, when considering retirement, many of us choose to move across the country to a small town called Fearrington Village. Here, neighbors help each other, and we call on some of them to form our town council (aka the FHA). Even the toughest of us long-term city dwellers feel comforted by the cows, the village center, and the landscape.

Some refer to the village as a “bubble” because this part of Chatham County is developing all around us in different ways. Our bubble is a repository of highly educated people with an amazing variety of skills. Even though we came here to retire, we can assist in maintaining or improving life in our village, thereby keeping costs as low as possible. Volunteers shoulder much of the hard work in both the FHA and Fearrington Cares.

As the county develops, our talent base must not only manage affairs in our bubble but also work with external groups and government officials to ensure that the developments do not adversely affect life here.

I could go on and on about examples of village talent meeting those needs, but here are some key examples:

• Rose Krasnow has brought skills in city government and urban planning to bear on village problems like wastewater management. She also works with county and state officials to address problems that result from the increasing density of populated areas surrounding our village.

• Jesse Fearrington has also been heavily involved in these complex issues, and his understanding of all the rules governing such projects is invaluable.

• Improving communications within the village has been a goal. You will be seeing a new website soon, thanks to Gordon Pitz, who has brought you this new and improved newsletter.

This year, three FHA board members will leave, and other neighbors have stepped forward to take their places. Fearrington Cares also has some new board members.
Board members and volunteers are neighbors helping neighbors. FHA has annual dues that are very low. Fearrington Cares depends on your opening your wallets, since it depends on our contributions to help us all.
Taking on any of these roles involves not just the demands on a person’s time. It often entails taking the heat for decisions that must be made. What would we do if good people did not step forward to take these busy and sometimes stressful roles? So, when you hear of an opening on boards or the many committees, please just step forward. You do not want to see what happens if you do not.
Oh, and if you want details on my growing-up years, just invite me for coffee. I promise to go on for hours.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. —Oscar Wilde

From Our FHA Board

News Items

News from Our Vice President: Congruus CCO Proposal and Long-Range Planning Committee

Development Update

Last month, I reported that the Chatham County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was going to hold a public hearing on a proposal by Congruus LLC to extend the boundaries of the compact community map. The extension would include all their property, which is situated on the west side of 15-501 and stretches from Morris Road to Andrews Store Road and back to Parker Herndon. At that meeting, several people, including me, gave testimony that primarily focused on the assertion by Congruus that they planned to manage their wastewater by connecting to either the Briar Chapel Plant or the Fearrington Village Plant. Given the lack of notice that either community received, Commissioner Hales moved that the BOC bring the matter back in September, but that motion failed by a vote of 3–2. As a result, the proposal was sent to the Planning Board (PB).
On September 7, the PB held its public hearing on the Congruus proposal. The hearing was held virtually. Two people from Fearrington Village (FV) (Rose Krasnow and Vickie Shea) spoke, and many residents submitted testimony to the PB before the meeting. (Thank you all.) At the end of the hearing, the commissioners voted 9–1 to table the motion because they had concerns about the impacts of such a development on already overstressed infrastructure in this area, namely wastewater and roads. (The dissenting voter was ready to turn down the application that night.) The next PB meeting will be held Tuesday, October 5.
Although the applicant has not submitted their development plan yet, we know they are hoping to build over 1,000 residences. Fortunately, Fitch Utilities has indicated that they have no interest in accepting the wastewater from this proposed community, which is located outside of their service area.
A group of residents continues to meet to determine the best strategy to take in preparation for the next PB meeting. We will post information on the FV website as to how others can help. However, it is important to note that the PB only makes a recommendation to the BOC. The BOC does not have to accept their recommendation. I should also mention that the PB did recommend approval of a request to expand the compact community map to include 101 acres for the proposed Vickers Village. That development would be located on the east side of 15-501 along Jack Bennett Road and would include a maximum of 203 homes, including a mix of townhouses, single-family homes, and possible residential condos over retail.

long range planning quote LRPC Update

Last month, we let you know that the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) received the final report from the Paths and Trails Committee. At the September meeting, the Village Attractiveness and Renewal Team presented their report. Their mission was “To retain and enhance the unique character and appearance of individual neighborhoods and Fearrington Village as a whole.” To this end, the community was divided into ten areas of similar size, and members were assigned to conduct walk-through assessments of each of these areas. (No individual homes or properties were included in this survey.) The group then categorized the concerns into groups, including: 1) safety, 2) maintenance/repair, 3) signage, 4) landscaping, and 5) areas controlled by Fitch Creations. LRPC members were very impressed with the report and agreed it was ready to be sent on to the FHA Board for discussion and action.
Reports from The Gathering Place Team and the Aging in our Community Team are expected by the end of the year. Once all this information has been gathered, the FHA will seek to come up with an action plan that fits within our budget, benefits the maximum number of residents, improves the image of Fearrington Village, and enhances our property values. Successful implementation will require many new volunteers to step up to assist in realizing the plan’s goals.

2021 FHA Annual Meeting and Elections

Once again, given the Covid-19 surge caused by the Delta variant, the FHA Board has decided to hold our 2021 annual meeting via Zoom. This meeting will be held on Sunday, November 21, from 4 to 6 pm. Information about registering will be sent out via email closer to the date. Ballots will be distributed by our block contacts to every homeowner (or mailed to those who reside someplace else). This year you will need to return your completed ballot by Friday, November 19, so we can count them and announce the results at the annual meeting. You may either drop the ballot into the box that will be outside The Gathering Place or mail it to The Gathering Place, 599 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312. As in previous years, only one vote per lot owner and address is allowed.
For those of you who are new to the community, please know the FHA Board consists of ten members who serve staggered, two-year terms. Our nominating committee has met several times to put together a good slate of candidates for the coming year. Their bios appear below. A sample ballot will be available in the November issue of this newsletter and online. We encourage residents to nominate others to the ballot. According to our bylaws, this may be done by getting the approval of a candidate and having a minimum of 20 residents sign a petition for nomination. The petition must be sent to president@fhaboard.org and received by October 15, so that a final ballot may be created and distributed during the last week in October.
Our FHA Board supports the candidates listed on the ballot and believes they will make good additions to our board. Your vote is important! Please vote so we may obtain a quorum and add these volunteer candidates to our vacant positions on the board and the nominating committee.

Fearrington Homeowners’ Association
Board Members

Our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the health, safety, and welfare of residents. In addition to fostering resident participation, the Board is responsible for maintenance of common property and covenant enforcement. For additional details, including job descriptions, visit the FHA tab on our webpage (fearringtonfha.org).

President:Carl Angel
Vice President:Rose Krasnow
Secretary:Judy Graham
Treasurer:Tony Daniels
Communications:Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs:Pam Bailey
Covenants:Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping:Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security:Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities:Mark Haslam
The Belted Gazette
Newsletter Staff:
Jan KowalProduction Editor
Ann MelchiorManager
Jenny WalkerAssistant Manager
Deborah RepplierFeatures Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Jackie WaltersFeatures Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Leslie PalmerGraphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon PitzTech Advisor; FHA Advisor
Printing and Distribution:
Carol KurtzBarbara Amago
This Month’s Contributors:
Carl AngelMatthew Leavitt
Carolyn & John BoyleTad McArdle
Ric FrankRose Krasnow
Chatham County Historical AssociationWarren Ort


Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

Email submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org.

Do you have content for an upcoming newsletter? Email us at the above address and we will send you the Newsletter Guidelines.

The Belted Gazette is produced by the Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA), by and for the residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC.
The Belted Gazette contains community news, reports from the FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.
The Belted Gazette is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A link to the current issue is emailed to all residents who have an email address in the FHA Directory. A pdf copy of the current issue and back issues can be found on the FHA website (fearringtonfha.org).

Candidate Biographies


Rose Krasnow and her husband, Steve, moved to Fearrington Village after spending 39 years in Rockville, Maryland, where Rose managed her homeowner’s association for 17 years. She also served two terms on the Rockville City Council and three terms as mayor. She then became the deputy director of the Montgomery County Planning Department.

Rose has served as vice president of the FHA Board for the past two years. She agreed to head up the Wastewater Management Task Force when it became apparent that sending FV’s wastewater to Briar Chapel was not a good idea. She also leads the Long-Term Planning Committee and serves on both the nominating and finance committees.

Vice President:
Amy Ghiloni moved to the Historic District in Fearrington with her husband, Phil, in 2017 from Ohio. They have a son and daughter-in-law living in Durham and a daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren in Raleigh. Professionally, Amy is an active realtor with RE/MAX United, covering the entire Triangle area. She has been an agent with RE/MAX since 2005.
She brings with her many years of experience serving in different capacities on various boards. Some of those include president of a chapter of Saint Vincent de Paul, chairperson of the Community Service Committee for the County Board of Realtors and vice president of the County Board of Realtors.
She is looking forward to involvement in our FHA.

Director of Communications:
Anthony (Tony) Carroll moved to The Woods in Fearrington Village in May 2019, following his retirement from Dentons US in New York City, where he practiced corporate and mergers and acquisitions law. He has also acted as counsel to several private and public foundations. Since relocating to FV, he has audited several UNC history courses, played some tennis, and during the past election he became involved in researching and disseminating information concerning voting by mail. He graduated from Harvard College (AB English 1974) and Harvard Law School (1979).

Director of Grounds:
Zachary Traywick was born in Raleigh. After seven years in New Delhi, he attended elementary school in Apex before moving to Quito, Ecuador, in 1969. He has been coming to Fearrington to visit his father Jack since 1989 and lived here for 16 months ten years ago before moving back to Creekwood permanently earlier this year.
Zachary is a trained agronomist with 30 years’ experience in landscape management, having been employed in resorts, wineries, private estates, and colleges. Zachary is fluent in Spanish and enjoys travel, bicycling, and hiking. He is an avid reader.

Nominating Committee (vote for two):
Steve Gambino was born and raised in southern New Jersey and worked in the Philadelphia area retail music industry, including five years as a business owner. In 1985 he moved to western Massachusetts and began a 35-year career in operations and management accounting, including construction, retail, and manufacturing. Steve and his wife, Tracy, have been married for 36 years and also lived in New Castle, Delaware, before retiring to the Historic District of Fearrington Village in 2018 where they currently live, trying to keep up with two cats and their “mature” house. Steve has served on the finance committee of the HOA, has a lifelong passion for music, and collects live concert recordings.

Stephen Stewart has lived in Fearrington Village for the past 11 years. Before moving to Fearrington, he earned a doctor of public health degree in epidemiology and served as an academic department head and associate dean at a university in Virginia. He also served as a consultant to various US Government Departments and to the United Nations. Since retiring to Fearrington, Steve has served on the board and as president of Fearrington Cares. He is a member of the FHA Long-Range Planning Committee and is on two committees for the local health department.
Individuals currently filling the FHA positions of secretary, treasurer, director of covenants, director of community affairs, director of infrastructure & facilities, and director of health, safety & security will continue in their roles this year.

website design processChanges in the FHA Website

Work on a redesign of the FHA website, www.fearringtonfha.com, began in July, and is on track for completion in another month or two. Jim Brooking, the current volunteer webmaster, has been managing the site for ten years, creating a variety of functions requested by the board or by residents. Jim has spent his time and energy enhancing and maintaining the website, installing updates, protecting the site against hackers, and correcting errors. Understandably, Jim would now like to pass on these responsibilities to someone else.
It is unrealistic to expect that we can find volunteers in Fearrington with the skills and the free time needed to take Jim’s place. For this reason, the FHA board decided to seek professional help from outside the village. After soliciting proposals for a revision of the current site that would be easier to maintain, we engaged Chatham Fullstack, a website development company in Pittsboro that has helped a number of local non-profits.
We have been working with their lead developer, Sarah Pohlig, to create a site based on the WordPress web management system. WordPress is a widely used system for websites and is relatively easy to maintain. Sarah has been working closely with Jim Brooking to ensure that the capabilities of the current website can be migrated to a WordPress system.
A committee made up of Tony Carroll, Chris Kaman, and me has been working with Sarah to design a website that is both attractive and functional. All of the features offered by the current site will be available, together with some enhancements. The directory data base has been imported into the new WordPress site, and a routine for generating the printed Directory & Handbook is functional. Sarah has been developing a calendar that will integrate information about events in The Gathering Place, Fearrington Cares programs, and other village events. Tony Carroll has been working with FHA clubs to make sure their material can be adapted to the new website. We have designed a layout for the website, and a number of test users have been evaluating it for comprehensiveness and ease of use.
When this process is closer to completion, we will announce a date on which the old site will be replaced by the new one. The address for the site will be unchanged, and we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible. It appears that users will be able to retain their current usernames and passwords, so the launch should occur seamlessly.
The website draws on material from many sources—members of the FHA Board, the editors of The Belted Gazette, village clubs and other organizations, and individual residents. This is a perfect time to review what is available on the website now and consider ways in which its usefulness might be enhanced.
Once the new website is up and running, we will need help maintaining it and creating new content. If you have some background in website operations, especially if you are familiar with WordPress, we would appreciate hearing from you. Even if you know nothing about WordPress, if you are comfortable working with a word processor such as Word, you can probably learn enough to create pages for the website. Sarah will provide training for those who would be willing to learn. If you are interested, please let us know. Write to me at communications@fhaboard.org, using “Help with website” in the subject line.

Considerate Dog Walkersdog being walked

Consideration: Careful thought, typically over a period of time.
Most dogs in the village, like their owners and walkers, are friendly towards people and other dogs. Most residents of the village like dogs. But when you are off-property with your pet, please keep in mind that interactions between dogs and people can quickly become frightening. There is a Fearrington Village covenant requiring that dogs be on a leash, but simple rules are no substitute for thoughtful judgment. Of course, you want to restrain from your dog from frightening other dogs or your fellow walkers, but please be aware all the time of the potential for unfortunate incidents. The FHA Board thanks you for your consideration.


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f you knew Matthew Leavitt for the energy and support he gave to the many clubs and organizations he was involved in within the village—Fearrington Green Scene, Havurah, Artist Studios at Fearrington Village, Fearrington Friends of the Arts—to name a few. We knew him as a friend; an ardent documentarian of local demonstrations, rallies, and mar Saturday, October 16

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Road Repairs, 2021-2022

Justin Bullock, county maintenance engineer, has provided a detailed map showing which state roads in Fearrington Village are scheduled for resurfacing during the next year. The map is based on the village map found in The Directory. The project is to be completed by June 30, 2022.
The roads to be repaired are marked in blue. You may notice that most of the village roads scheduled for repair are located in the Historic District. These were the first roads built in the village and are in most need of repair.
We regret there will be some disruption for some residents during construction, but all residents will benefit from better and safer roads when construction is complete.
If you have any questions please contact Warren Ort, healthsafetysecurity@fhaboard.org.

Fearrington Streetlights: Let Their Lights Shinestreetlight

From time to time a streetlight in Fearrington Village may stop working. As the sun begins to set earlier, and the days grow shorter, this can be a growing hazard for pedestrians, cyclists, and even automobiles. Duke Energy will usually not repair a light unless they have been notified of the problem.
There should be a five- or six-digit letter/number ID clearly visible on a lamp post. If you should notice a streetlight that is not working properly, make a note of that number if you can. Note also the street, and the number of any nearby house.
Please report this information to Kathy Wood, Associa HRW, in the FHA management office. Contact the office at 919-542-1603 or send an email to kwood@hrw.net.

This Month’s Features

Scene Around Fearrington96LPwebScene Around Fearrington

Many of you knew Matthew Leavitt for the energy and support he gave to the many clubs and organizations he was involved in within the village—Fearrington Green Scene, Havurah, Artist Studios at Fearrington Village, Fearrington Friends of the Arts—to name a few. We knew him as a friend; an ardent documentarian of local demonstrations, rallies, and marches for social justice; and for his passion for nature photography.
More of his photography can be seen at: https://www.matthewleavittphotography.com/.
“I’ve been an ardent photographer since the 60s—my degree in journalism has a footnote in photojournalism. The advent of digital photography revitalized my passion, and I have been wandering with camera ever since. My favorite subjects include birds (especially herons, ospreys, and eagles), bees, dragonflies, and butterflies. I try to capture what I see, with as little Photoshop intervention as possible.”

—Matthew Leavitt (1947-2019)

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Gimme Shelter!

Where Abused & Neglected Animals in Our Area

Have Found Peace, Love, & Even Happiness

Article and Photography by Tad McArdle

(This is part 2 of an article in last month’s The Belted Gazette.)
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Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
Just 5 miles outside of Pittsboro is the 45-acre Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, founded in 2013 by Lenore Braford, whom I interviewed there one recent afternoon. Piedmont provides lifetime shelter for abandoned or neglected sheep, goats, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, and eventually—with some recently acquired acreage—cows and pigs. At the start of the tour, Lenore showed me a new multi-purpose pavilion overlooking a large open area, which is used for fundraising efforts.
We proceeded to a little customized barn, where a dozen or so sheep ran up to the fence. Sheep can keep as many as 50 faces in their memory banks. Since I hadn’t yet been entered therein, these sheep came close but wouldn’t let me pat their lovely heads. We moved on to the goats in a building with vertical climbing shelves. (All the Piedmont architecture is tailored to species’ preferences.) Sadly, several goats had had their horns removed by breeders, but they all now seemed contented. Bailey, who had sharp-looking horns, let me stroke between them. Todd, originally found wandering the streets of Raleigh, was contentedly munching his preferred brand of hay (Bermuda, alfalfa). We slipped out the gate and moved on to a little forested area where a flock of chickens, supervised by Carter, a big white rooster from NYC, ducked in and out of the bushes, perhaps in tribute to the old days when their small red or grey jungle fowl ancestors romped in the rain forests of southeast Asia, hidden from aerial predators. Piedmont has six different areas in the chicken house, as chickens are very particular about their diet and their associates.
Domesticated birds have many more health problems than mammals; overbreeding is the culprit. Piedmont has clinic spaces and quarantine spaces to deal with these issues, using vets they have worked with for years.
In the chicken house I met Black Bear the turkey, who is gloriously extroverted; male turkeys can show interest in people by extending their “snood”—the pinkish thing normally seen just above the bill, but which can on occasion hang down several inches—a turkey compliment.
I noticed CDs on top of several fence posts. “We use these guys for hawk protection,” said Lenore. Apparently, the predatory birds’ incredible eyesight works against them in this case; reflected sunbeams from way below freak out the hawks, and the chickens can go about their business. And of course, the roosters’ job is to establish protective dominance over their own area, so they just keep crowing all day long, keeping the hens safe and rival roosters away.
She showed me the duck ponds, where 26 waterfowl are grouped mostly by social preference, with occasional transfers based on careful observation. Beyond one duck pond I noticed a few geese, characterized by Lenore as “antisocial…don’t expect them to come close.” Lenore’s husband and refuge architect, Paul Drake, designed cantilever porches that stick out over the water, so waterfowl can start their days by running out and jumping in.
All in all, Piedmont Farm appears to provide a wonderful respite for beleaguered animals from country and city alike, with buildings and surroundings designed to mimic as closely as possible their preferred habitats. To contribute or volunteer, visit http://piedmontrefuge.org/.
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Paws4ever, which is near Mebane (https://paws4ever.org/), works with local shelters; its tagline is “Adopt, Care, Train,” and it functions as a safe haven for abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats by providing medical care and adoption services.
When you arrive, the first building you see is the Adoption Center, where I met Development and Communications Associate Emily Albert, and intern Avery Fletcher. I learned that Paws4ever takes in dogs and cats from local shelters, which often lack the resources to provide medical services, and gives them comfortable living spaces until a suitable home can be found.
Pictured here is the larger of two impressive training centers where certified professional dog trainer Susan Spinks runs individual and group training classes, which she hopes will fill clients and their pets with energy and optimism. Paws4ever also does manners training, to “help them transition into their adoptive home.” A well-timed canine or feline high-five can smooth the path to adoption.
Speaking of comfortable living spaces, there are three feline “community rooms” with shelves for perching—Moo Moo and Roman were obviously curious about their new visitor when I stopped in. These rooms are carefully designed to encourage cats and kittens to climb and play with their pals. Emily says they “try to group cats together that get along or have similar needs.”
As for dogs, they have a separate kennel area, with indoor and outdoor spaces so they have room to play outside in big fields throughout the day. Tony, one of rescued pups, was very anxious to lick my face. Volunteers, in addition to walking and playing with the dogs outside, will spend time on rainy days in the kennel with them, playing manners games, etc., which helps the pooches stay calm.
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If you want to meet and greet some exotic members of a former worldwide aristocracy whose reign lasted a mere 270 million years, I’ve got just the place for you: BeWild Reptile Rescue, located in Durham about a half-hour’s drive from Fearrington. I recently interviewed Nicole D’Avignon, president of the board, and AJ Hallatt, vice president, and was taken on an enchanting tour of their facility. In the first room we visited, I learned from Nicole that all the animals in the room were “ambassador animals.” In other words, they are trained to accept up-close encounters with humans, not necessarily with physical contact but near enough to give people a window into their world, increasing empathy with some very different forms of life.
As the tour began, I easily survived my first encounter with a caged but charming beaded lizard named Raina. According to Nicole, “Venomous lizards are a really different ball game from venomous snakes. They’re much slower moving. Still, we handle Rena with long Kevlar gloves and a hook; we don’t plan on ever being bit. They are carnivores, so we feed Rena thawed frozen chicks, mice, small rats, and a raw egg every once in a while.” Nearby were two Aldabra tortoises, Mustard and Acorn, both of whom love to be “shell-scratched,” and both of whom could live to be 200 years old, weighing 500+ lbs.
Nicole and AJ kept introducing me to more exotics. I met a crested gecko, whose name was Noumea; I met Taro the Chinese water dragon, who is one of their best ambassadors. I met Sansa, a female ball python who’s up for adoption and “needs a big cage.” At only 5-feet long, Sansa is too small to pose a threat to humans. According to AJ, “If she wraps around your neck, just move her to your shoulders. She’s just trying not to fall and break her ribs.”
Nicole and AJ often rescue animals that have been neglected or abused. In the rescue room they prepare these animals for adoption. Their vet bills are very high, last year exceeding $11,000. They said “people don’t always recognize the signs of pain or distress in a reptile,” the way they would with a dog or cat. BeWild often gets calls about non-native animals that people find outside, or on their porch. Accidental escapes? Sadly, no. The creatures are never claimed. Recently they got a call from someone wanting to surrender an animal, with the message that if BeWild didn’t take it, they were going to put it outside.
BeWild has 40 volunteers at present; Nicole and AJ are happy with the team, who are trained to keep elaborate records of diets, cleaning schedules, medications, etc., in case animal-control agents stop by. BeWild’s calendar is getting quite full with people stopping by for adoptions, surrenders, visits, and donations. To find out how to help, visit https://www.bewildnc.org/.
Additional Resources
Independent Animal Rescue (https://animalrescue.net/), which every year, according to their president, Alan Dow, finds foster homes for approximately 700 cats and 240 dogs and hires local and mobile vets to spay and neuter animals whose owners can’t afford that service.
Orange County Animal Services (http://www.orangecountyanimalservicesfl.net/), which as their website notes, “serves as the county’s only open admission pet shelter, which means no animal in need is ever turned away….”
Note: All of our local animal rescue groups and shelters have struggled during Covid-19, experiencing decreased funding, fewer volunteers, and now, as people return to onsite work, an influx of animals not coping well with being left alone all day. If you’re looking for ways to help, consider volunteering, donating, or providing items designated on the “wish lists” that many organizations have. And of course, you can always welcome a companion animal into your heart and home.
A native of rural western Pennsylvania, Tad McArdle has lived in Fearrington since 2010 and lives happily with his wife, Mary Roodkowsky, on North Langdon. Tad’s interests include writing, golf, the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens, physical fitness, Latin and African percussion, and providing quick and simple solutions to the major problems facing humanity (any suggestions?).

Food Trucks Continue to Deliver Delicious Takeout Experiencesold time food truck

With favorable feedback and a growing appetite for dining options, our Fearrington food truck schedule is being planned and confirmed for the months ahead. We will be welcoming back some of our favorites—Cousins Maine Lobster, Las Gringas, and Gussy’s Greek Truck—as well as introducing some new palatable possibilities!
For the complete schedule and online ordering options, visit and bookmark our neighborhood hotspot page at www.streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage. This is also a place where you can leave feedback for the truck when they do a great job (or not).
As we continue to enjoy this convenient and appetizing amenity in our community, please keep in mind the following:

• Online ordering is not required but may reduce your wait time. Walk-up orders are always welcome.

• Cousins Maine Lobster has its own special app for pre-ordering available from the App Store or Google Play. If they have a lunch scheduled for the same day, pre-ordering won’t open until 3 pm.

• Food truck fare is not permitted in the Village Center, so please pick up your meal at The Gathering Place and enjoy it at home—perhaps planning a fall picnic on your porch or patio!

Fearrington Puzzler96webThis Month’s Puzzler

Question & Photo Submitted by Chatham Historical AssociationOct 2021 Puzzler photo

October Puzzler: In what Chatham County town can you find this old mansion?
Sept 2021 Puzzler
September Puzzler: Before it became a garage, this structure was an important Chatham County building. What was it?
Answer: This building was the old Chatham Court House. When Pittsborough was founded in 1787 and a courthouse was built on the town square, this old courthouse was moved half a mile to Hillsboro Street. Businesses used it until 1929, when a fire demolished all the frame buildings on the west side of the street.
NOTE: The spellings used here for Pittsboro and Hillsborough are correct for 1787!

This Month’s Announcements

Fearrington Clubs and Organizations

Kiosk Courtesy

A number of club officials have expressed concern about the way club posters have been hung in the kiosks. If you need space for your club’s poster, please be courteous and do not cover or move another group’s poster to an obscure location.

Bulls BearsFearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club

The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group that is interested in improving our investment knowledge and capabilities. We do this through managing a small portfolio of stocks, making buy-and-sell decisions, and monitoring the US stock markets and trends. We meet monthly during non-summer months and share information, insights, and ideas about investing with fellow members.
Guests are welcome to participate in a meeting or two to gauge their interest in joining the club. The next meeting will be on Friday, October 8, at 10:00 am via Zoom.
For more information about the club or to join our meeting, please contact: Anna Shearer, president, at 703-217-0322 or ashearer1219@gmail.com.

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The Fearrington Concert Series continues to offer a variety of chamber music for your listening enjoyment. The second concert of the season features the extraordinary talents of pianist Fred Moyer, who continues to delight our audiences with his repertoire of classical and jazz classics. Please join us at The Gathering Place on Sunday, October 10, at 3:00 pm, for this delightful performance that is sure to please. The Gathering Place requires all attendees to wear masks; we hope all attendees will be fully vaccinated. Seats will be spaced for additional safety. A full subscription to our six-concert series is available for $100 per person, or individual tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 per person on a space-available basis. For more information, please contact Nina Alperin at 919-545-9011 or Barbara Hummel-Rossi at 516-864-4023 or Barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu.

Fearrington Dem Club SmFearrington Democratic Club

How did so many modern American cities, towns, and developments come to be
segregated by race? The Democratic Club’s speaker on October 26 at 7 pm will be Prof. Ted Shaw, who is the director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights and a distinguished professor at the UNC School of Law. He will speak on the topic of “Race and Real Estate”—the historical and legal underpinnings of racially segregated housing in the US.
To register and get the Zoom link, please use this link. This event will also be recorded and posted on the club’s website: Fearrington Democratic Club – Welcome Page (fearringtondems.org).

Fearrington Dog ClubDog Club

The Fearrington Dog Club is postponing the launch of its new club until COVID restrictions at The Gathering Place are lifted. So, please erase the October 20 meeting from your calendar and watch for future announcements here in The Belted Gazette. Our first meeting, whenever it is, will feature a talk on fun ways to exercise your dog’s body and mind. Stay tuned and stay well.

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“The Dragons Are Ready to Play!!” The Fearrington Mah Jongg Dragons play on the second Saturday of the month, October 9, at The Gathering Place, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, provided that The Gathering Place is continuing to be open to Fearrington groups. We play under their guidelines, which means limiting the number of players to 50 and requiring all participants to wear a mask. (Read the policy.)
Contact Mary Donna Pond at mdpond@nc.rr.com to reserve your place. Because of the 50-player limit, it is important to cancel if you discover you are not able to play so someone else can take your spot. Annual dues of $25.00 are still being collected at the October game. Drinks and snacks will be provided! May the jokers be ever in your favor!!
Contact Robin Weinberger at weinrob@msn.com or 919-219-5228 or Polly Williams at pw82550@gmail.com or 919-478-4260 if you have any questions.
Want to learn how to play? Contact Mary Donna Pond at mdpond@nc.rr.com.

Fearrington Duplicate Bridge Clubduplicate bridge

“Take a Detour from the Ordinary: Play Bridge.” This month join us for just such an opportunity EVERY Wednesday in October. Play starts at 1 pm at The Gathering Place. The first time is free; after that, players pay $7 to defray costs. Our director, John Torrey, keeps us honest, and hand records are available. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Hjelle, 919-548-6216.

Duke logoFearrington Friends of Duke

Reluctantly, we’ve decided not to continue with our plan to gather October 1 due to the level of the Delta variant in our area. We hope that conditions will improve so that we can resume our usual activities later in the year.

Fearrington Garden ClubFearrington Garden Club logo

For our October gathering, we’re touring the beautiful Montrose Garden in Hillsborough. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the grounds include several 19th-century buildings, a rock garden, scree garden, extensive woodland plantings, and large areas of sunny gardens with unique color and planting schemes. Unusual trees and trellises, fences, and arbors, designed and constructed by a local artist, enhance the gardens.
Our hour-long tours take place on October 11 and October 13 at 10:00 am and cost $15 per person. Each tour is limited to 20 people and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to join us, please email Debbie Liebtag: dliebtag50@gmail.com.Parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged.
A selection of plants, produced on the property, is available for purchase at the end of each tour, along with copies of Montrose founder Nancy Goodwin’s book, Montrose: Life in A Garden.

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, October 12, 3:00 pm, Zoom teleconference on “Chatham County Heritage and Genealogy: Facts and Sources” presented by local genealogist Jim Davis.
Contact: Linda T. Grimm, 919-533-6296
Newcomers are welcome.

Fearrington Golf ClubFearrington Golf Club

The Fearrington Golf Club (FGC) is a great way to develop new golfing friends and to play a variety of courses within a 60-mile radius. The FGC is open to players of all ages and skill levels. Outing schedules and sign-ups are done through our easy-to-use website. As always, we strive to keep our commitment to promoting fun and safety, maintaining a smooth pace of play, and allowing our members to enjoy the game of golf. Please consider joining us as a new member. For more information and an application for membership, please contact Brian Wong, Membership Chair, at bwong5705@gmail.com.

greenscenebanner2Fearrington Green Scene

After taking time off for the summer months, and since the world is still turning, and the environment is still very much in need, the Green Scene will resume in-person meetings beginning Wednesday, October 13, from 11:00 am till noon. We will meet—with masks—in The Gathering Place. OR—if the weather cooperates—we will grab some chairs and convene outside. Please come dressed for that possibility.
Our first agenda item will be crystallizing plans for the Saturday, October 16, “3-in-1” Event, which will take place in The Gathering Place parking lot from 9:00 am till noon. As most of you know, it is an opportunity for Fearrington residents to shred unwanted documents, have their fire extinguishers checked out, and dispose of unwanted medications.
We will also review the status of our wastewater-treatment facility, including some developments concerning proposals before the Chatham County Board of Commissioners about possible neighboring wastewater-treatment facilities.
There is also significant community interest in the status of the Beechmast Pond project as well as the Paths and Trails Committee. We will try to assemble current information on those topics for discussion.
All are welcome!

Knit Blitz

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Fearrington Knit Blitz

Do You Knit? Crochet?
In 2013 a group of dedicated knitters created a colorful Knit Blitz along the Creekwood Trail, followed by a second installation in the Village Center. Both whimsical projects caught the eye and brought smiles to viewers.
We have been given approval by RB Fitch to use a corner piece of Jenny’s Park property to do another Knit Blitz. If you are interested in signing on for a repeat project, work will take place during the coming winter with a spring target date for installation. Drawings will be provided for consideration, but inspiration from others is very welcome. If enough people are interested, we will have a meeting in late October. This is something that is pure fun…and don’t we all need a dose of that?!
Interested? Questions? Contact Carol Kurtz, 919/542-3582, McKurtz1322@gmail.com.

pickleball pickleFearrington Pickleball Club

We are holding our fourth and final pickleball clinic this year on Saturday, October 2, to introduce residents to this popular sport. Paddles and balls will be provided. Wear athletic shoes and attire. Suntan lotion and liquid refreshment encouraged. Covid vaccinations required. No advance registration needed; just show up.
Meet at the FV tennis courts on Saturday, October 2, 2021, (rain date: Monday, October 4) at 1 pm, 2 pm, or 3 pm. (Take Creekwood off Village Way and go left on Benchmark to end.)
Questions? Contact Mike Eberling (m7meber@aol.com) or Art Gonzales (artgon@verizon.net).

Fearrington Swim & Croquet ClubSwim Croquet Club logo

The pool season is over, but club activities continue. The upper lawn, cabana, and croquet court are available year-round.
Here are our croquet plans for the fall:
Jeff Soo, Internationally Known Croquet Player
Plans are underway for Jeff Soo to be here Tuesday, October 19! The day will include individual and group lessons and demonstrations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in this special activity.
Wednesday Wine and Wickets
Most Wednesdays will start with John May coaching up to eight members. It’s a great opportunity to learn and improve. If you like, bring a snack and your beverage of choice (no glass). We’ll rotate play and enjoy the company of other players on our beautiful court.
First Sundays
First Sunday organized play is scheduled for November and December. Players sign up the day before and receive an email Sunday morning with their scheduled time to play.
Thursday Morning Ladies Day
Play starts at 9 am in the summer and moves to 10 am in the fall.
Fall Croquet Ladder
Ladder play is a great way to get together with other players at a time that fits your schedule.
Court News
Two practice wickets have been added in the out-of-bounds area to help save wear on the main court. Wickets on the main court will be reset in late September. Sand is available in the bin for players to repair divots.
Contact Jan Droke at jantomdro@gmail.com to be added to the croquet email list.

WOF CMYK OvalWomen of Fearrington

All women new to Fearrington Village or Galloway Ridge and who are interested in learning about the village and meeting other newcomers are invited to sign up for our “Welcome to Fearrington” coffees, currently being held outdoors. Please pass the word to your new neighbors! Small groups will be scheduled monthly from October through May. To be placed on our invitation list for future coffees, please contact Jan Cope-Kasten, 920-573-2910.
Join us for a walk along the Eno River in Hillsborough, led by Kate West, on Thursday, October 28, 10 am to noon. Riverwalk is an easy trail with well-maintained paths, informational markers, and scenic overlooks. This will be followed by an optional lunch at Antonia’s Restaurant.
Have you renewed your membership yet? If not, please take a moment to do so. Click here for a membership form.
Please visit www.womenoffearrington.org for up-to-date information and registration forms. All our events are subject to government guidelines for health and safety.

Community Agencies

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Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Chatham County and a good time to think about your neighbors who need help in every season. Chatham Connecting, chathamconnecting.org, lists over 100 non-profits and government agencies serving the county and supporting those in the community who struggle to put food on the table, educate their children, and care for the aged. The list of organizations and their needs is diverse, and the ways you can help include volunteering, donating goods, or financial support. For example, CORA and Chatham County Schools seek to feed all students this school year. This effort needs volunteers, and you can register your interest at www.corafoodpantry.org. Donations are needed by educational non-profits such as Chatham Literacy, Communities in Schools, and The Learning Trail. The Chatham County Council on Aging seeks activity books such as large-print crossword puzzles and other supplies for seniors sheltering in place. The Chatham Historical Association, chathamhistory.org, seeks volunteers to prepare historical documents and pictures for digitalization in the state archives. Work on this program can be done with masks and social distancing. Check our website for information about the non-profit of your choice to learn more. We connect those who need help with those who can help.

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This Month’s Announcements

The News You’ve All Been Waiting For!

Not that winning lottery number! But Fearrington Cares has a newly revamped website. The site is now much easier to navigate, contains many more photos, and has streamlined text. Check out the education programs, support groups, movement classes, our helpful vendor list, and a new feature called Fearrington Faces.

Continuing Series: Ethical Decision-Making at the End of Life

The first session in this four-part series explored the ethical and legal context for end-of-life decision-making, from foundational “right to choose” cases that brought bioethics into public awareness in the 1970s, to the present-day landscape related to medical aid in dying (sometimes referred to as “assisted suicide”). Also included was a discussion of the limits of our choice mechanisms and the distress that can occur at the hospital bedside when patient preferences have not been communicated in advance. Session 2 continues those topics. In the last two sessions of the series, we will build on this background by supporting participants in articulating their values for care at end of life and exploring the range of available options for translating those values into purposeful advance care plans.

Session 2: Medical Aid in Dying (MAID): Lessons Learned from Vermont and Elsewhere

Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm (NOTE: Third Thursday) via Zoom

Mara Buchbinder, PhD, is a professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine and a core faculty member in the UNC Center for Bioethics. Her presentation will cover:

• Current legal landscape of medical aid in dying in the US.

• Stories from clinicians and patients in Vermont—and how they stray from the dominant public narratives about assisted death.

• Broader takeaway lessons about choice, control, and the privilege of planning.

Session 3: Death and Dying: Isn’t It Time We Talked?

Thursday, November 11, 7:00 pm (Zoom or in person to be determined.)

Deb Love, JD, MBA, MA (bioethics), an adjunct assistant professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine, and Mara Buchbinder will provide a joint session covering:

• Personal nature of values and preferences.

• Clarifying your values.

• Considerations in selecting your healthcare agent; understanding the North Carolina statutory hierarchy for decision-makers in the event you do not choose.

• Beginning the conversation with your loved ones.

Session 4: Helping Others Know and Honor Your Wishes

Thursday, December 9, 7:00 pm (Zoom or in person to be determined.)

Deb Love will complete our series by discussing:

• Advance directives and portable medical orders—benefits and limitations.

• Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED).

• Dementia advance directives.

• Differences between palliative care and hospice.

• End-of-life doulas.

Is Your Home an “Accessible-Place”?

Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 pm via Zoom

If you are contemplating how well your home will serve you as a supportive environment for aging in community, come learn from your neighbor, Doug Zabor, a certified aging-in-place specialist. Doug has combined the best references and designed an assessment that will benefit any homeowner interested in an accessible home. Recent clients commented, “Thanks for your recent aging-in-place assessment of our home. We appreciated your professionalism and the fact that you went just deep enough into the most important issues without getting us too lost in the details. We thought you asked all the right questions and we found your recommendations very helpful.” From looking carefully at your primary entrance to the placement of stability bars, this comprehensive home assessment will help identify critical areas of focus to support your goals. Note: This program is a repeat of the program presented on September 14.

Hospital at Home…Would You Be a Candidate?

Thursday, October 28, 1:00 pm via Zoom

UNC Health Care program leaders, Dr. Meera Udayakumar and Ila Mapp, RN, MSN, will present a new program that will be offered at the UNC Medical Center and Hillsborough Hospital. The program, which is in partnership with the Boston-based Medically Home Group, will identify patients needing acute-care level of service that can be provided by UNC staff in the patient’s home. Patients who qualify may have Covid-19, heart failure, COPD, pneumonia, or infections that require some monitoring, or require other services currently available only in an inpatient setting. Please join us to learn more about this aspect of care that UNC Health will provide.

New at Fearrington Cares: Cancer Support Group

Fearrington Cares will offer a new support group this fall designed to help people cope with a cancer diagnosis by providing a safe environment to share experiences and learn together while supporting each other. Three meetings are planned. In addition to our October 26 session, we will also meet on November 9 and December 14. Attendees will help design future meetings. If you or a loved one are living with a cancer diagnosis and are interested in attending, we welcome you to join us. Questions? Call Karen at 919-542-6877.

Movement Classes at the Fearrington Cares Center

All classes 11:30 am

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises (via Zoom) (No class October 13.)

Thursdays—Line Dancing in person; attendees must be fully vaccinated. (No class October 7.)

Join Support Groups via Zoom

Caregiver Support Group:
Wednesday, October 6, 20; 1:00 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursdays, October 7, 21; 1:00 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center
(9:00 am—12:00 pm, Monday—Friday)

Nurse Consultation:
Walk-in clinic open for fully vaccinated residents. Appointment required for unvaccinated residents; call 919-542-6877.

Foot Clinic:
Thursday, October 21; appointment required; call 919-542-6877.

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Mondays 10 am

Brainiacs Memory Café:
Every Wednesday, 10:00 am.

Parkinson’s Group:
Tuesdays, October 5, 19; 1:30 pm.

Cancer Support Group:
Tuesday, October 26; 1:30-3:00 pm.

Bricks for the Patio

2021 orders by October 15

As an ongoing fundraiser, Fearrington Cares is offering 4”x8” engraved personalized bricks; these will be placed in our patio every November. A brick can include your own name or be in memory or honor of another individual. You choose your own text, up to 3 lines, 20 characters per line. To order a brick, pick up an order form at the Fearrington Cares Center or download it from fearringtoncares.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/fearrington-order-form-1.pdf. Complete the form, attach a check for $125.00 made out to Fearrington Cares, and either (1) mail it to Fearrington Cares, 2020 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, NC 27312, (2) bring it to the center, or (3) drop it off in our Fearrington Cares box at the Swim and Croquet mail kiosk. The last order date for 2021 is October 15; all orders MUST BE PREPAID.

Knox HomeBox

Emergency responders have access to your home in an emergency if you install a Knox Box. To view and order the product, visit knoxbox.com/home. Call the center, 919-542-6877, for more information.

Medicare Open Enrollment

October 15 to December 7

Open enrollment is a great time to evaluate your Medicare coverage and make sure it’s still the best choice for your needs. You can use the Medicare open enrollment window to make changes to your Medicare plan, including:

• enrolling in Medicare Advantage.

• enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan.

• switching back to original Medicare from Medicare Advantage.

Our SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) volunteers are available again this year by appointment to help you review your plan. A session takes about 30 minutes; couples should schedule two consecutive sessions or separate half-hour times. Call the Fearrington Cares Center (919-542-6877) to reserve your session or for more information.

In-Home Vaccination Hotline for People with Limited Mobility

North Carolina has set up an at-home vaccination hotline for people with limited mobility. The NC Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to people who cannot leave their homes. Caregivers, providers, and individuals across North Carolina can schedule an in-home vaccination by calling 866-303-0026.

Beltie on a bench for emailweb96LPFearrington Directory Changes

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following new villagers were added to the Fearrington Village Directory between August 15 and September 14. Want to reach out to your new neighbor? You will find their contact information on our community webpage: FearringtonFHA.org (click on Find People under the Directory tab).

Catharine Gilliam Burns &
Dr. W. Woodrow (Wood) Burns, Jr.
8 Yancey (1045)
Loretta Cook & Pat Skiver28 Swim and Croquet (2020)
Henry C. (Rock) Curlee III & Nancy Locke Curlee4124 The Knolls Close
Sandra Deschamps13 Yancey (1042)
Elizabeth Joy (Joy) & John R. Dibble4502 Tyrrell
Carolyn Edmonds414 Brampton Close
Carolyn & Neal Harrell43 Caswell Sidewalk (1212)
Susan Mantz259 Clover Thatch
Roger Jerry (Jerry) RosenblumA-107 A Wing
Gayle P. Van Velsor4607 Montgomery

Are you a new resident? To register your information in The Directory, visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.org. From the top menu choose Directory, then, in the drop-down menu, click on New Resident, then List Me in the Directory. Fill in the resulting form with your information.
Then, to obtain full access to website features, you must also create a website account (available only to residents and non-resident owners). Return to the website’s homepage and find the words Login Form in the left column. Click Create an Account, and follow the instructions. You can read about the account activation process here.
Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the http://www.fearringtonfha.org website. On the landing page, click on the Directory tab on the top menu and then on Update Preferences on the drop-down menu. When you update your contact information online, the updates will be included in the Fearrington Village Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

Calendar for October 2021Beltie October Calendar

Effective August 10, 2021: Due to rising infections and the unvaccinated, individuals using The Gathering Place must wear a mask when inside the building, whether or not they have been vaccinated. This is in keeping with CDC guidelines. If a club does not follow the rules, it will lose its use of the facility. Group leaders may decide whether to require their members to be vaccinated. Check the FHA webpage (http://www.fearringtonfha.org) for any updates to this policy.

October 2
1 – 4 pm
(Rain date:
Monday, Oct. 4)
Pickleball ClubOrientation Clinic
FV Tennis Courts
Art Gonzales
October 8
10 am
Bulls & Bears Investment ClubMonthly Meeting
via Zoom
Anna Shearer
October 10
3 pm
Concert Series
Fred Moyer, Pianist
The Gathering Place
Nina Alperin
Barbara Hummel-Rossi
516-864-4023 Barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu
October 12
3 pm
Genealogy GroupZoom Presentation
“Chatham Heritage & Genealogy”
Linda T. Grimm
October 20
1:30 pm
Women of FearringtonWoF General Meeting:
Our Grantees Report
Zoom meeting
Adrienne Lallo
October 26
7 pm
Democratic ClubZoom Meeting
“Race & Real Estate”
Cheri DeRosia
919-923-4506 cheri_derosia@hotmail.com
October 28
10 am – 12 noon
Women of FearringtonRoad Trip: Riverwalk in Hillsborough, Optional lunch at Antonia’sMif Flaharty
Meeting Weekly in October
Every Wednesday
1 pm
Duplicate Bridge ClubDuplicate Bridge
The Gathering Place
Jean Hjelle