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FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
October 2021        Volume 40        Number 9

 

President's Message

Carl Comforted by Cows

Carl comforted by cows

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 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.

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).

Officers:  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Judy Graham
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors:  
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 Kowal Production Editor
Ann Melchior Manager
Jenny Walker Assistant Manager
Deborah Repplier  Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Jackie Walters Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Leslie Palmer Graphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon Pitz Tech Advisor; FHA Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago

This Month's Contributors:

Carl Angel Matthew Leavitt 
Carolyn & John Boyle  Tad McArdle 
Ric Frank  Rose Krasnow 
Chatham County Historical Association Warren Ort 

Submissions:

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).

 

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.

Candidate Biographies

President:

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.

 

 

3-in-1 SHREDDING EVENT

recycle logo

Saturday, October 16

9 am-12 Noon

Shred Documents

Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Have Fire Extinguishers Checked

The Gathering Place Parking Lot

MASKS REQUIRED DURING EVENT

Sponsored by Fearrington Green Scene

 

happy road coneRoad 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)

 

Matthew Leavitt Scene Fearrington

 

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.

BeWild aBeWild

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.

—Warren Ort, healthsafetysecurity@fhaboard.org

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Mah Jongg tilesFearrington Dragons Mah Jongg

“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.

 

 

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“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.

 

 

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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!

—Jason Welsch, Moderator, Fearrington Green Scene, Cell Phone: 914-806-4852

 

 

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.

 

 

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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


Chatham ConnectingChatham Connecting logo

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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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
www.fearringtoncares.org

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
www.fearringtoncares.org

 

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).

NameAddress
 Catharine Gilliam Burns &
Dr. W. Woodrow (Wood) Burns, Jr.
8 Yancey (1045) 
Loretta Cook & Pat Skiver  28 Swim and Croquet (2020) 
Henry C. (Rock) Curlee III & Nancy Locke Curlee  4124 The Knolls Close 
Sandra Deschamps  13 Yancey (1042) 
Elizabeth Joy (Joy) & John R. Dibble 4502 Tyrrell
Carolyn Edmonds 414 Brampton Close
Carolyn & Neal Harrell 43 Caswell Sidewalk (1212)
Susan Mantz 259 Clover Thatch
Roger Jerry (Jerry) Rosenblum A-107 A Wing
Gayle P. Van Velsor 4607 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.

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Saturday
October 2
1 – 4 pm
(Rain date:
Monday, Oct. 4) 
Pickleball Club   Orientation Clinic
FV Tennis Courts
Art Gonzales
301-807-5074
artgon@verizon.net 
Friday
October 8
10 am 
Bulls & Bears Investment Club   Monthly Meeting
via Zoom
Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
ashearer1219@gmail.com 
 Sunday
October 10
3 pm
 Fearrington
Concert Series
 Fred Moyer, Pianist
The Gathering Place
Nina Alperin
919-545-9011
Barbara Hummel-Rossi
516-864-4023 Barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu 
 Tuesday
October 12
3 pm
 Genealogy Group  Zoom Presentation
“Chatham Heritage & Genealogy”
Linda T. Grimm
919-533-6296 
Wednesday
October 20
1:30 pm
Women of Fearrington WoF General Meeting:
Our Grantees Report
Zoom meeting
Adrienne Lallo
512-619-1365
Tuesday
October 26
7 pm
Democratic Club Zoom Meeting
Speaker
“Race & Real Estate”
Cheri DeRosia
919-923-4506 cheri_derosia@hotmail.com
Thursday
October 28
10 am - 12 noon
Women of Fearrington Road Trip: Riverwalk in Hillsborough, Optional lunch at Antonia’s Mif Flaharty
808-234-0008
Meeting Weekly in October  
Every Wednesday
1 pm 
Duplicate Bridge Club   Duplicate Bridge
The Gathering Place
Jean Hjelle
919-548-6216
jeanshjelle@gmail.com

 


 

 
 

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FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
September 2021        Volume 40        Number 8

 

 

President's Message

Carl Angel Sitting atop the wheel of fortune

Sitting atop the wheel of fortune

Fate & Us

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.—Maya Angelou


Once again Fate, with a sly grin, is sending us new challenges. Just when we thought we had glimpsed the end of the pandemic, Fate tossed in a variant. We cannot always share the sense of humor, but we put on a grim grin and adapt.

We got together and allowed strangers to stick needles in our arms. As if in a dance with Fate, we put masks on, took them off, then put them on again. We would meet and work distantly using something called Zoom, and somehow things got done. Our village is still expanding, and homes are being bought and sold. There seem to be more people anxious to live here than there have ever been.

Most of us do miss being with people face-to-face, or at least mask-to-mask. I get more done on projects meeting with people in person. For example, it was very satisfying and productive to have a short meeting in person with three others on the FHA board in my home. There we were comfortable without masks. We may have to work with remote meetings for larger groups for a while, and we will find signs saying “mask required” on doorways, but we adapt, and keep on doing what we have to do, innovating when necessary.

An example of that innovation and adapting was the recent event at The Gathering Place for National Night Out. Rain and drizzle forced us to move much of the event indoors, but we had a good turnout nevertheless, and people enjoyed themselves even while wearing masks—though some found eating through them difficult and let their masks down a bit. Warren Ort, Director of Health, Safety and Security, worked diligently with our management company to make the event a success. I met old friends and made new ones who had recently moved into the village—though I doubt I would recognize the new friends without their masks.

FHA keeps working because it is always a challenge to keep life in this village the way we all want it. Sometimes the challenges are broad ones, like the future of Beechmast Pond or managing our budget. At other times they are local, perhaps trying to resolve disputes among neighbors concerning covenants.

Maybe these are small examples, but they typify how we meet challenges and either change things or adapt. I just call it “resilience.”

Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.—Winston Churchill

 


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

wastewaterNews from Our Vice President: Wastewater & the Planning Committees

Some issues just won’t go away, particularly when it comes to our wastewater treatment plant. As reported earlier, Fitch Creations is working with their engineers, Diehl and Phillips, to upgrade the Fearrington plant. This will involve installation of a fourth tank, which will allow them to clean and refinish the existing tanks, one at a time. Plans have been finalized, and, if they haven’t already been submitted to the state for review and approval, they will be soon.

In the meantime, however, a new development appears to be in the works right across the highway from the village. Known as Fearrington Preserve, it contains more than 400 acres. The property owners have asked the Chatham Board of Commissioners to expand the Compact Community Ordinance (CCO) to include this land.

Of greatest concern is that they have indicated they don’t want to build their own private wastewater facility but would like to connect to either Briar Chapel or Fearrington Village. I testified at the Commissioners’ meeting on August 16th, urging the Commissioners not to approve any such expansion of the CCO if it meant expanding our facility into a regional facility. We believe that would have a deleterious impact on those who live anywhere near the plant. In addition, our rates would go up very significantly because we, the rate payers, would be charged for the cost of installing an approximately three-mile sewer line, as well as new pumping stations. This could literally cost millions of dollars. At the time of this writing, the Commissioners’ meeting had not yet taken place, so please stay tuned for the results.

On a happier note, the four subcommittees created by the Long-Range Planning Committee in response to the community survey done in 2020 are very busy working on ways to improve our community and come up with our top budget priorities. The Paths and Trails Committee has already submitted its report (see article elsewhere in this newsletter).

The other three committees (Aging in Place, Village Attractiveness, and The Gathering Place) are all expected to issue reports by year’s end. We are excited to have so many people who have volunteered to help us in this effort. The four committee chairs have also become members of the Long-Range Planning Committee! Thanks go to Patrick McGahan, Helene Carlson, Preston Thomas, and Sheila Creth for all their hard work.

 

 

Fearrington’s First National Night Out

Article and Photography by Gordon Pitz

communications@fhaboard.org

Pam Bailey feeds the hungry hordes

Board member Pam Bailey served pizza to hungry visitors.

National Night Out is a nation-wide campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal is to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places by enhancing the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, while bringing back a true sense of community.

Deputies awaiting backup

Deputy sheriffs wait outside The Gathering Place.

The FHA management company, Associa HRW, suggested that FHA should hold a National Night Out in the village. It would be an opportunity to foster the connection between Fearrington residents, law enforcement personnel, and first responders. The Chatham Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) agreed to attend, to meet and greet residents, and to talk to people about their activities.

Musical entertainment was provided by Guilty Pleasures, an acoustic band from the musical heart of North Carolina. The music they play stems from North Carolina’s musical tradition, but they are happy to explore broader musical styles.

Guilty Pleasures on National Night Out

Led by guitarist John McNeal, the Guilty Pleasures keep things lively.

For several days it appeared that the only barrier to a fun evening was going to be the weather. The forecast was not promising, but we decided to go ahead with events as planned, with some suitable accommodations. The Gathering Place was kept open, and many of the activities were moved inside. The Sheriff’s office and CERT set up tables for their displays. The Guilty Pleasures performed in the large meeting room.

The Fire Department, of course, was not intimidated by a light rain, and in any case, it proved impossible to move the fire truck inside.

Award to R.B. Fitch and Jenny

Carl Angel presents an award to R.B. Fitch and Jenny, accepted by Laura Morgan.

Food was available: pizza, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, and other good stuff was served. To keep the children (of any age) entertained, the event also included games, prizes, and awards.

John Cook of Associa HRW presented an award to Warren Ort in recognition of all the work he had done to bring off a very successful evening.

Carl Angel, president of the FHA Board, presented a plaque made out to R.B. Fitch and his late wife, Jenny.

Warren Ort receives award from John Cook Associa

Warren Ort is recognized for his contributions to Fearrington’s National Night Out.

The plaque recognized the long-term vision that had inspired R.B. and Jenny to establish Fearrington Village. It noted the uniqueness of a community that is embraced and enjoyed by all of its residents.

R.B. was unable to attend in person. The award was accepted by Laura Morgan, General Manager for Fitch Creations.

For more about Fearrington’s National Night Out, see the feature article written by Jackie Walters.

 

 

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).

Officers:  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Judy Graham
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors:  
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 Kowal Production Editor
Ann Melchior Manager
Jenny Walker Assistant Manager
Deborah Repplier  Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Jackie Walters Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Leslie Palmer Graphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon Pitz Tech Advisor; FHA Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago

This Month's Contributors:

Carolyn and John Boyle Gordon Pitz
Chatham County Historical Association Eric Saunders
Jan Kowal Jackie Walters
Tad McArdle  

Submissions:

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).

 

 

old time food truckA Taste of Food Trucks in Fearrington Village

The weekly arrival of food trucks at The Gathering Place has become a popular event for our residents. We have welcomed a variety of vendors offering cuisine from around the world—Japanese, Korean, Greek, Irish, and Mexican along with delicacies like fresh Maine lobster, gourmet brownies and ice cream. The convenience, diversity and pure deliciousness make these visits another wonderful amenity in our community!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy these food truck experiences, we invite you to join us for this month’s upcoming visits:

Wednesday, Sept. 1st - Umami (sushi,
Japanese, Asian fusion)

Thursday, Sept. 9th - Cousins Maine
Lobster (tails, rolls, bisque & more)

Wednesday, Sept. 15th - Doherty’s Paddy
Wagon (fish & chips and Irish fare)

Wednesday, Sept. 29th - Las Gringas
(authentic Mexican specialties)

These food trucks will be offering takeout options from 5 - 8 pm at The Gathering Place. Please plan to pick up your meal and enjoy it at home or at a friend’s. Swim & Croquet members are welcome to dine at the pool. Kindly refrain from dining at the restaurant seating in the Village Center.

Also it may be helpful to bookmark our special hotspot page at www.streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage. You can peruse the menus there, sign up for weekly email reminders, leave feedback for the trucks, and link to pre-ordering closer to the event—although walk-up orders are always welcome and accommodated! Note that pre-orders for Cousins Maine Lobster must be made through their app which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play.

We hope to continue our food truck venture well into the future and therefore request any fans who can spare an hour every couple of weeks to volunteer to please contact Deborah Repplier at drepplier@gmail.com.

 

 

Efforts to Improve Paths and Trails: Progress Report

In fall 2020 the FHA Board, through its Long-Range Planning Committee, circulated a survey to assess residents’ attitudes towards life in the Village. Four broad areas of concern were identified as opportunities for improvement: Walking Paths and Nature Trails, The Gathering Place, Aging in Our Community, and Village Attractiveness and Renewal. Volunteers were sought to serve on task forces that would address these areas (see May issue of The Belted Gazette). Each task force was asked to investigate the topic and propose potential steps for improvement.

A path in Camden Park

A path in Camden Park   Photo: Jan Kowal

The groups have been very active during the last few months. The Paths and Trails Task Force has already produced a report of its activities that should be of interest to many residents. They mapped all the Fearrington walking paths and trails, noted their limitations and potential, and provided GPS coordinates to assist residents in finding and using these assets. Then they explored the possibilities for improvement and expansion.

The Task Force believes that in some places it should be possible to make interconnections between paths to enhance convenience and enjoyment. In some places it may be possible to improve safety by installing crosswalks at busy and potentially dangerous intersections.

The Task Force provided an analysis of the feasibility and desirability of implementing these improvements. They considered factors such as safety, value to the community, and cost and difficulty of making each recommendation a reality. They noted that some of the changes require either approval from the NC Department of Transportation, a legal easement from one or more homeowners, or the agreement of Fitch Creations.

A path in Camden Park

On North Langdon Trail   Photo: Jan Kowal

An extensive report was prepared that lists all of the possible changes, together with comments concerning advantages and problems that might be associated with each one, and a summary assessment. The report includes a statement of the principles that guided the analysis and the procedure that was followed in evaluating the proposals. Residents are invited to examine the proposed improvements and send comments to Patrick McGahan, chair of the committee (pmcgahan86@gmail.com).

The Task Force will conduct further analysis of its top five recommended routes and make recommendations to the FHA Board.

Meanwhile, the FHA would like to express its appreciation to the Paths and Trails Task Force, and all of the volunteer task forces, for the time and effort they have contributed this summer to improving our life in the Village.

  

 


 

Features

 

 

Scene Around Fearrington96LPweb

Deputies awaiting backup

 

My preferred subject matter is pieces of outdoor landscapes and architecture, natural and urban. Fearrington Village offers many locations to explore subjects; Camden Pond is one of my favorites.

There are no intended story lines to my work. However, I try to communicate peace and beauty through abstract art and/or the enchantment or intrigue of transient moments in nature and life.

I am mostly self-taught as a photographer. Previously, I studied classical piano and then worked as a corporate computer programmer.

—Eric Saunders

 

Gimme Shelter! Where Abused and Neglected Animals in Our Area
Have Found Peace, Love, and Even Happiness (Part 1)

Article and Photography by Tad McArdle

For centuries, nonhuman animals were regarded as devoid of sensitivity and oblivious to suffering and pain. This view was even encouraged by Western philosophers such as René Descartes. Although this has been proven wrong by modern science and by unbiased observations, cruelty to animals continues.

But don’t give up! In our area there are several organizations devoted to rescuing both domestic and wild animals from bad situations, providing them with environments they can enjoy, and finding adopters who are aware of the needs of each animal they adopt. This month we will examine three of the shelters and adoption services, primarily focusing on cats and dogs, available in Chatham County. Next month our focus will broaden (stay tuned).

Animal Resource Center (ARC)

About six miles west of Pittsboro, on 64, turn right at Renaissance Parkway (formerly known as County Landfill Road) and you will soon arrive at the Chatham County Sheriff's Office Animal Resource Center (ARC), on the left near the end of the road.

Chatham County residents are fortunate indeed to have this facility. I was given an energetic whirlwind tour by Karen Rogers, the Director, and Sara Pack, Lieutenant Chief Public Information Officer. Karen, a trained National Animal Cruelty Investigator, started off by showing me the “little critter room” where they can accommodate “snakes, lizards, birds, Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, whatever we can fit in.” With the exception, of course, of venomous snakes and any animals dangerous to the staff, ARC accepts all creatures brought to them.

But the main population is dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. At the front of the building is the Cat Enrichment room, where the felines can stretch, exercise, and play in groups of 5 to 8, rather than sitting in their kennels all day. “The less stressed they are, the less likely they are to become ill,” said Karen. 

Lazy Cat sWhere do the animals come from? “People turn them in, or we get calls about strays and our officers go and pick them up…. If people are looking to adopt, all they have to do is come here or to the dog area. We try to match people and pets by personality. Some people bring their pets from home, and we do a meet and greet…. We have tiny stuffed mice that we throw around for them…. If they ever found a mouse in the real world, they’d know what to do.”

Another Room s

Cats and dogs who are ill are kept in an isolation room and given medical treatment until they are healthy, and then are moved back into the adoption area. There is a stray room for first arrivals; there are dog and cat kitchens for food preparation; there is a whelping room, a laundry room; and there is a behavior room and a big outside area for people to romp around and get acquainted with whatever dog or cat they are considering adopting.

ARC clearly has what’s needed to take really good care of their charges and to see that they have excellent future prospects. As for donations, they have a wish list on Amazon (https://bit.ly/arcwishes) so people can know what supplies are running low. Often people just stop by and drop things off or purchase things from the list and have them shipped to ARC. Karen said that most volunteering happens through word of mouth; they also have a volunteer contract.

Karen Rogers

Karen Rogers

To contact ARC by phone: (919) 542-7203

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/chathamcountysheriffnc/units/Animal-Resources 

Director Karen Rogers: (919) 545-7886

Lieutenant Chief Public Information Officer Sara Pack: sara.pack@chathamsheriff.com 

Sara Pack

Sara Pack

 

Goathouse Cat Refuge

Siglinda at the Goathouse s

Siglinda Scarpa

Now let’s focus on felines. From Pittsboro, go west on 64 to 87 North, and about 3 miles up turn left on Alton Alston, then left again on Goathouse Road, and you’ll come to the gate of the Goathouse Cat Refuge. This rescue was started 22 years ago by Siglinda Scarpa. Siglinda, who grew up in Italy and whose family had a tough time as part of the wartime resistance, remembers a night in her childhood when her father brought home a “little gray tabby” who was wet and cold; he put the cat under the blankets in her bed. Siglinda kept him warm all that night and grew to love him so much that his death from distemper at an early age led her to bring as many cats into their apartment as her mother would allow.

Outdoors at the Goathouse s

Outdoors at the Goathouse

And now Siglinda runs the Goathouse Cat Refuge, fulfilling a lifelong dream of providing a safe sanctuary for our feline friends. She is now responsible for upwards of 280 cats and kittens, seeing to their health, their nourishment, and good relationships not only among the critters, but between them and the volunteers and the workers (herself included). They have a staff of 14 who clean every day, do all necessary maintenance, and feed the cats and kittens.

Siglinda showed me around the refuge. First was the induction room, with a “shy room” off to the side, for the timid ones. She showed me a formerly feral cat in need of grooming (they are looking for groomers as “there aren’t many groomers for cats.”) Then there was a big room with hammocks, sort of a recreation room, and then we went outside to get a glimpse of the extensive grounds.

Goathouse Photo s

Another outdoor shot at Goathouse Refuge

Spaying and neutering, which had previously been done at Goathouse by mobile volunteer veterinarians, now is legal only in authorized clinics and can cost $60 per cat. This recently passed NC law has, of course, led to an explosion of kittens and puppies in other shelters, and their consequent euthanization does not sit well with Siglinda. As you look around the Goathouse Refuge, noticing all the contented cats and kittens, you get a sense of what it means to her to provide for their security. “The key is to pay attention,” says Siglinda, who had a recent heart operation and upon her return was surrounded by seven or eight of the little creatures who carefully avoided her chest but nosed up close to her face. In other words, they were paying attention.

As I was leaving, Siglinda told me this: “We always need help, need volunteers, have very few. And we need sustainers, we sometimes go without for two months.” Cat lovers and others can connect with the Goathouse by calling Siglinda at (919) 542-6815. Or you can visit the website (https://www.goathouserefuge.org/), where you can learn how to help. 

CARE logoChatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE)

Working closely with ARC and other shelters is CARE, a volunteer-based organization that has served this community since 1975. CARE is nonprofit and is supported by individual and corporate donors, the Woof-a-Palooza walk (https://www.chathamanimalrescue.org/woof-a-palooza/) being the major fundraising event. I recently spoke with Mary Bratton and Joan Cunningham, members of the Board of Directors, and one of my questions was about the impact of Covid-19 on their operation. CARE had to cancel some of their major fundraising events during the pandemic, including Woof-a-Palooza. Joan pointed out that things may be opening up again, and that they are currently partnering with Carolina Brewery for Dine and Donate every third Monday of the month. Before the pandemic, this had been known as “Yappy Hour,” occurring from March to October, where people would come, bring their dogs, and have contests; there was food and drink for purchase and entertainment for all. When the weather cools, Yappy Hour may resume.

Donations were also very high during the isolation months. Dog and cat adoptions were understandably at record levels during the pandemic; people were home and needed company. Adopters could meet and greet available dogs outdoors at the Community College. As for cats and kittens, CARE foster caregivers have been taking cats ready for adoption to the CARE office in Pittsboro, where they can mask up and socially distance for the meet and greet sessions.

Every day CARE hears from people in the community who have either lost a pet or found one, perhaps on their porch; or they have a pet they can no longer keep. “We provide consultation so that they know about the various resources available in the area,” said Joan, adding that CARE pulls many dogs and cats from ARC for their foster programs.

Mary spoke of her Josie, a cat “pulled from the euthanasia line” at ARC, and placed in a foster home, where Mary found her and brought her home. CARE never puts animals down. As a trauma therapist, Mary easily recognized a traumatized creature; the first time she put her hand out, Josie gave it a swat, and Mary thought “You’re telling me your life story.” But she knew enough to give Josie a chance, and within a week the cat would come up next to her on the couch. A month after Josie joined her, Mary opened a newspaper with Josie on her lap, and “she must have jumped eight feet.” So, it wasn’t just hands that had hit her. Nevertheless, after six months, Josie came to evince “a loving, sweet, adorable, playful little soul.” Nobody knew her age, but soon she was in what Mary termed her “second kittenhood.” Josie ultimately became a gentle and devoted companion and stayed with Mary for the rest of her transformed and happy life.

The CARE website (https://www.chathamanimalrescue.org) provides information on adoption, rescue, fostering, Lillie’s Fund (CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program for qualifying Chatham County residents), and volunteer opportunities as well; you can also call (919) 542-5757. In addition, you can follow CARE online at the following sites:

facebook.com/chathamanimal

YouTube.com/chathamanimalrescue

linkedin.com/company/chatham-animal-rescue-&-education-care

instagram.com/chathamanimal

twitter.com/chathamanimal

A native of rural western PA, 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?).


 

 

A Successful First National Night Out in Fearrington Village

By Jackie Walters, Features Co-editor; Photos by Gordon Pitz

Warren Ort, Director of Health, Safety, and Security for Fearrington, sees pulling off the first village-wide event in a year and a half as a success in itself. Combined with the high attendance despite the surging Covid-19 Delta variant, a weather forecast predicting heavy rains, the FHA Board’s decision to adopt a positive “let’s do it” attitude, along with attendees’ flexibility and cooperation, and no matter how you look at it, National Night Out was a resounding success!

Encouraged by the positive response he received from the Chatham County Sheriff’s office, the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, Warren, a self-described sailor used to changing forecasts, was determinedly optimistic that the weather would cooperate. And so it did. In a light rain, villagers and their invited guests talked to sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, and CERT volunteers in The Gathering Place’s parking lot as well as inside where the band, Guilty Pleasures, performed its unique brand of blue grass.

Fire Truck on display

Volunteer firefighters explain their equipment.

In a tribute to event organizers, Suzy Cashwell commented, “It was great to see how well the coordinators managed to get people indoors as the rain threatened. After the rain threat let up a little, I enjoyed seeing the kids taking a tour of the fire truck. One little boy was so excited, I could've followed him around all evening!” Vickie Shea said it was great to see so many community members socializing safely in the Gathering Place by wearing masks.

Reconnecting after the pandemic was a recurring theme, and another was the delight in the number of young families with children. Linda Patterson observed, “I love events like that so I can see people I haven’t seen for a long time.” Suzy added, “I was delighted to see so many people there, especially people I'd really missed seeing over the last year or so. And it was wonderful to see so many children, for a change!”

 

Steve Krasnow and Andy Foshee check the CERT preparations

Steve Krasnow and Andy Foshee check the CERT display.

The intended interactions among residents and first responders generated several comments. Linda “loved being able to chat with our sheriff and some of the first responders. I walked around the fire truck and asked one of the firemen how they used the various pieces of equipment. I didn’t know they did aerial and water rescue!” Vickie enjoyed the demonstrations at the CERT table of batteries and other gadgets useful during power outages.

This writer was intrigued by the word ‘Resources’ as opposed to ‘Control’ on the Sheriff’s Animal Resources vehicle. One of the Animal Resources deputies described in detail Chatham County’s efforts to support pet owners keeping their pets at home while ensuring their health and safety. Among the many services offered, qualifying residents can obtain low-cost spay and neutering, as well as attend low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. (For more information on the Chatham County Animal Resources Center, be sure to see Tad McArdle’s article, Gimme Shelter!, Part 1 in this issue.)

Animal Resources vehicle

 

According to Warren, the idea of hosting National Night Out was suggested by Kathy Wood from Associa HRW, our management company. Associa HRW is a corporate sponsor for this event in other communities it manages around the country. Kathy was able to recruit several event sponsors from among local businesses—Brightview, CTI, General Contracting, Fitch Creations, Henry’s Property Management, Morris Insurance, and Virlie’s Grill. Their donations reduced costs incurred by the FHA Board to under $100. Kathy also ensured the event was “child-friendly,” by assembling books, crayons, and games. First responders welcomed and encouraged children, who were invited guests of Fearrington residents or members of responders’ families, to talk with them.

National Night Out (National Night Out (natw.org)) is a nationwide event designed to build positive relationships among local communities, neighbors, local law enforcement, and first responders. It’s held annually on the first Tuesday of August.

 

 

Fearrington Puzzler96webThe Fearrington Puzzler

Question and Photo submitted by Chatham County Historical Association

Before it became a garage, this structure was an important Chatham County building. What was it? See the answer in our October issue.

Sept 2021 Puzzler

 


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Bulls BearsFearrington Bulls & Bears

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, and first since our summer break, will be on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 am at The Gathering Place and 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.

 

 

Fearrington Concert SeriesFearrington Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series is pleased to announce the start of a new season with a performance of the Three For All Trio on Sunday, September 12th at 3:00 pm at The Gathering Place. This talented ensemble will perform music from their engaging and varied repertoire which has delighted chamber music lovers throughout the Triangle. For more information about this year’s six-concert series, please contact Nina Alperin at 919-545-9011 or Barbara Hummel-Rossi at 516-864-4023 or barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu. A full subscription to our six-concert series is available for $100 per person. We welcome all fully vaccinated subscribers.

 

 

Fearrington Dem Club SmFearrington Democratic Club

The Fearrington Democratic Club's first meeting of the 2021-22 year will be on Tuesday, September 28 at 7 pm. Our speaker will be Liz Guinan, the newly elected, creative, energetic, delightful Chair of the Chatham County Democratic Party. Updates to the Chatham Democratic Party have been a long time coming, and we are delighted to welcome Liz to Fearrington. Register to get the Zoom link. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are invited to join us.

 

 

New! Fearrington Dog ClubDog Club

Do you like dogs and would you like to learn more about their behavior, health, and culture?

If so, mark your calendar for 7 pm on Wednesday, October 20 for the inaugural meeting of The Fearrington Dog Club at The Gathering Place.

The Club is being started to educate people about the pleasure and responsibilities of being owned by a dog. The monthly meetings will feature trainers and other experts talking about a wealth of topics such as canine good manners, how to find a good trainer, therapy dogs, how to read your dog’s body “language,” best toys and training tools, and more. Our first meeting in October will focus on enrichment: planning activities to enhance your dog’s physical and mental health—and have fun doing so.

More details about upcoming meetings will appear in the October issue of The Belted Gazette. For now, plan to attend the October 20 meeting. And please—leave your pooch at home!

 

 

Mah JonggFearrington Dragons Mah Jongg!!

The Dragons are Ready to Play

Fearrington Mah Jongg Dragons play on the second Saturday of the month, September 11 at The Gathering Place, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, provided that The Gathering Place is continuing to be open to Fearrington groups. We play under their guidelines. (Read the policy.)

As such, we must limit our number to 36, 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. Annual dues of $25.00 are being collected at the September game.

Drinks and snacks will be provided! These games are for experienced players! 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

Be a Mental Gymnast: Play Duplicate Bridge with Us, Face-to-Face

Every Wednesday in September except September 22 we will be playing (and hopefully thinking) at The Gathering Place at 1 pm. We welcome duplicate bridge players from outside Fearrington who are friends of Fearrington residents.

We average five or more tables and enjoy cookies supplied by one of our players, chocolate candy (who doesn’t want Just One Piece), and peanut butter pretzels. So, even if you don’t score, you can enjoy some pleasant conversation and food.

If you have any questions, please contact Jean Hjelle (919-548-6216) or jeanshjelle@gmail.com.

 

 

Duke logoFearrington Friends of Duke

Please save the date of Monday, October 11 for a Duke fall gathering. Meeting safely is our primary focus, so we will be watching Delta variant activity closely in order to make informed decisions. Please watch for follow-up emails as well as FHA Newsletter announcements. Meanwhile, stay safe and hopeful!

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

September 14, Tuesday, 3:00 PM, Zoom teleconference on Underused Genealogical Websites by Diane L. Richard. Newcomers welcome. Contact: Linda T. Grimm, 919-533-6296

 

 

Fearrington Golf ClubFearrington Golf Club

The Fearrington Golf Club invites golfers of all abilities to join our club. Founded in 1990, the club currently boasts a membership of over 50 golfers and is open to all interested players who reside in Fearrington Village and the surrounding area. The club offers year-round, scheduled play on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various courses in the area.

If you would like more information on joining and/or an application, please contact our Membership Chairman, Brian Wong, at bwong5705@gmail.com.

 

 

New! Fearrington Pickleball Group Hoping to FormPickleball

Over 30 residents tried their hand at pickleball Sunday, June 25th, using the newly paved Forsythe Street as makeshift courts. The FV Tennis Association recently agreed to share the Village courts on a trial basis to gauge the interest in this sport in the community. Interested in playing? Contact Art Gonzales at artgon@verizon.net.

 

 

Fearrington Rep ClubFearrington Republican Club

On Wednesday September 22, from 6:30 – 8 pm, join the Fearrington Republican Club for its Annual BBQ Supper at The Gathering Place. Rene Borghese and Craig Kinsey, Republican candidates for the NC 4th Congressional District, will be our guest speakers. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. RSVP to frc-nc@hotmail.com.

 

 

New! Fearrington RV ClubRV Club

We are RV enthusiasts and now own a 25-foot motorhome. From 2015 to 2017, we lived full-time in our 5th wheel and travelled the country. I would like to explore the possibility of starting an RV Club in Fearrington. If you are interested in gathering with other RV enthusiasts to discuss RV'ing and your favorite places to RV, please email Cathy Janis at cathyjanis@gmail.com.

 

 

Swim Croquet Club logoFearrington Swim & Croquet Club

Summer is not over yet!

Water classes will continue through the first two weeks of September as long as the water stays warm enough. Keep an eye on the online calendar and the attendants’ station bulletin board for updates.

Croquet summer activities will continue through September. Activities include Wednesday Wine & Wickets, First Sunday Organized Play on September 5, Thursday Morning Ladies Play, and a Summer Ladder. Remember the club is open year-round for croquet play. Contact Jan Droke at jantomdro@gmail.com to be added to the email list.

Finally, we want to remind you that effective Monday, September 13, we will reduce the pool hours to 2 to 7 pm each day. This schedule will continue until the pool officially closes on Sunday, September 26 at 7 pm.

 

 

Fearrington Village SingersFVS logo

The Fearrington Village Singers sadly announce that we must cancel our planned December concert. The surge in Covid-19 illness and death and the new requirement that people in The Gathering Place (where we practice) must be masked make it too difficult to continue as we had planned. We hope that conditions will allow us to continue in the spring with our customary concert. We will announce our spring plans when we can. For more information contact FVS Co-president Kathryn Doster at kathryn.j.doster@gmail.com.

 

 

WOF CMYK OvalWomen of Fearrington

All women new to Fearrington or Galloway Ridge are invited to an outdoor Welcome Coffee on Friday, September 10, at 9:30-11:00 am. Participants must be fully vaccinated. Contact Jan Cope-Kasten for more information.

On Wednesday, September 22, at 1:30 pm, WoF kicks off the 2021-22 season with a program about Chatham County’s 250-year history at our General Meeting. All attendees must now be masked at The Gathering Place. Touchless registration online. Program free to resident non-members in September.

Expanding on this theme: a road trip to the Old Lystra Inn, Alson Thompson House and Bynum Country Store on Thursday, September 30, from 10 am to noon, followed by a "brown bag" lunch.

A small group gathering will be held on a large, covered screened porch Tuesday, September 14, at 4:30 pm. BYO beverage! Contact Carol Wade to sign up.

Have you renewed your membership yet? We have an abundance of exciting activities planned for the year. Join us and connect with friends at our general monthly meetings, small group gatherings, birthday lunches, and road trips. Volunteer for one of our many committees designed to support our mission. Help build strong alliances with other groups in the community while making a difference. [Download 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.

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham Connecting logoChatham Connecting: Bringing Together Those Who Need Help with Those Who Can Help

School has started and the Tulip Poplar leaves are beginning to drop. If it’s time for you to get involved in a meaningful way with your Chatham County neighbors, there is no better place to start than the Chatham Connecting website (chathamconnecting.org). We are an all-volunteer effort, and our website lists more than 100 non-profit organizations and agencies that are looking for volunteers and donations. For example, Chatham Habitat for Humanity has reopened its ReStore and needs volunteers; Communities in Schools seeks mentors for kids; and Chatham Literacy is looking for more volunteers to work in tutoring, either one-on-one or virtually, to increase literacy among adults. Other organizations list their need for school supplies, food donations, or used clothes. Your neighbors will thank you.

 

 

Chatham County Council on AgingChatham County Council on Aging

The Chatham County Council on Aging announces In-Person Chair Yoga for fully vaccinated seniors. Practice yoga standing or sitting with the support of a chair. Relieve stress. Increase strength. Improve flexibility.

Classes held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11 am at the Community Center at Chatham Grove Elementary, 1301 Andrews Store Road, Pittsboro. Space is limited. Registration required. Contact Liz Lahti: liz.lahti@chathamcouncilonaging.org or 919-542-4512.

 

 

Chatham Literacy logoAward Winning Author Cassandra King Conroy to Appear at Chatham Literacy EventCassandra Conroy

Known for humor and honesty, author Cassandra King Conroy will speak at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center on Saturday, October 9 from 11 am – 2 pm (followed by a book signing). Proceeds to benefit Chatham Literacy. Go to www.chathamliteracy.org or 919-742-0578 for tickets ($100; tables seat 10).

 

 

EJI 1Community Remembrance Coalition—ChathamEJI 2

Please join us on Saturday, September 18 for a Black History Celebration as part of Chatham County’s 250th Anniversary and memorializing the 100th anniversary of the last Black lynching which took place in Chatham County on this day in 1921. Speakers and guests include the extended family of Eugene Daniel (the sixth lynching victim), Chatham County Commissioners Karen Howard and Diana Hales, NC Senator Valerie Foushee, US Congressman David Price, Dr. Charles Johnson, and Antonio Austin. For more information, please see crc-c.org.

For more information on the six lynchings which took place in Chatham County, visit https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/report and the video, Why Build a Lynching Memorial? at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-0FGYdTR7g&ab_channel=EqualJusticeInitiative.

 

 

LWVChatham County Town Hall with the Sheriff's Department

Chatham County Sheriffs Office

The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties invites the community to a virtual Town Hall with Chatham Sheriff Mike Roberson, Thursday September 9, 7:00-8:00 pm. Promote dialog with and understanding of the role of the Sheriff's department in policing efforts in Chatham County; explore ways to get involved with community outreach efforts. Sheriff Roberson will discuss how the department is funded, the geographic area it serves, training deputies receive, challenges they face, and he will answer your questions. Open to all -- Register Here.

 

Continuing Education Opportunities

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We offer year-round educational community that in normal times would take place on the Duke campus, as well as at other sites including Galloway Ridge for retired folks. Courses cover history, literature, natural or social sciences, art, music, drama, and current events. For the fall season, all courses will be held online. Catalogs will not be mailed but will be available online, as will registration. Catalogs are posted online two weeks before registration begins. Registration began on August 24-25 and will run until each class is filled. The fall term begins on September 13. To register and view courses, go to learnmore.duke.edu/olli. If you have questions, contact Warren Ort at 919-533-6597 or warrensailo@aol.com.

 

 

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Get Ready!! Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill is preparing for its 13-week fall semester (mid-Sept. – mid-Dec.) of non-credit courses. This semester will be based in a new location, the Church of the Reconciliation, 110 N Elliott Road, 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 fall 2021 catalog includes a registration form with full course descriptions and schedule and is available beginning in August at http://www.sharedlearning.us. Or, to receive a paper copy, contact Alice Parsons,
amparson@uci.edu, 919-642-0606.


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The Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed September 6 (Labor Day).

 

 

Happy New Year from Karen Metzguer

As we continue to monitor state and national guidance related to the pandemic, we are currently providing small-group in-person activities among vaccinated individuals here in the Center. We have upgraded air-handling filters and added fresh air intake in the system; both provide additional ventilation safeguards. The vaccine provides powerful protection from serious illness and hospitalization, but it is not a golden shield. I personally recommend masks for everyone in any public places, including the Fearrington Cares Center and in The Gathering Place where the vaccine status, or the Covid-19 infection status of vaccinated individuals, is not known.

In some ways, the “Fearrington Cares Year” begins in September: new volunteers join the Board of Directors, and our fall semester of programming begins in earnest as summer holiday activities and travel slow down. Furniture for the Center is finally coming together, and we hope to have pictures hung shortly after the building is furnished. Watch for information to visit and celebrate the Center expansion and renovation with us, this fall, if Covid-19 rates permit.

 

 

Four-Part Series: Value-Based Decisions at End of Life

The first two sessions in this four-part series will explore 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 will be 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. 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 1: Evolution and Limits of the Right to Choose; How ‘Not to Choose’ Is a Choice
Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Nancy M. P. King, JD, is a Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and in the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society at Wake Forest University. Her presentation will cover:

• History of end-of-life decision-making from Karen Ann Quinlan to today

• Treatment as the standard of care: bedside tales when patient values and preferences are not specified in advance

• State statutory hierarchy for surrogate decision-making

Session 2: Medical Aid in Dying (MAID): Lessons Learned from Vermont and Elsewhere
Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm (NOTE: Third Thursday) at The Gathering Place

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 United States

• 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 at The Gathering Place

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 NC 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 at The Gathering Place

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, September 14, 1:00-2:30 pm at The Gathering Place

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 (CAPS). 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, learning about this comprehensive home assessment will help identify critical areas of focus to support your goals. [Note: This program will be repeated on October 12 at 7:00 pm.]

 

 

Cancer Care in Older Adults: Walking in the Shoes of a Cancer Patient and Their Caregiver

Thursday, September 23, 1:30 pm at The Gathering Place

Someone you love has cancer. What do you need to know and how do you best assist them? Cancer in senior citizens is something many residents have experienced, are experiencing, or will be experiencing as they assist friends and family members with this malady. Please join our expert speakers and Fearrington neighbors, Dr. Hyman Muss and his wife, Loretta Muss, RN, both health professionals at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, who will share their expertise. Dr. Muss, the Mary Jones Hudson Distinguished Professor of Geriatric Oncology and Director of Geriatric Oncology, will discuss changes in oncology treatments and caring for senior patients who may have additional health issues in conjunction with their cancer diagnosis. Mrs. Muss, Coordinator of Patient and Family Advisory Council and the Patient and Family Centered Care, will share her expertise on the needs of the cancer patient and the critical role of the caregiver and friends.

 

 

New Movement and Support Group Schedules

The Parkinson's Support Group will change its meeting day to the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1:30-3:00 pm, starting in September, to coordinate with the Chapel Hill support group. We hope to be meeting in person at the Fearrington Cares Center, and we will be following the Fearrington Cares guidelines (www.fearringtoncares.org) for in-person meetings. Email updates with further details will be sent to individuals on our mailing list. If you are not already on our email list and would like to be, please contact Jan Cope-Kasten (jcopekasten@gmail.com).

The Brainiacs Memory Café will change its meeting day to Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Center and the Living with Loss Support Group will reconvene beginning Friday, October 1, at 1:00 pm in the Center.


 

Movement Classes

All classes 11:30 am and in the Center except as noted.
Attendees must be fully vaccinated.

Mondays—Chair Yoga VIA ZOOM
www.fearringtoncares.org (No class September 6).)

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Thursdays—Line Dancing

Fridays (September 24 – November 12)—Tai Chi
with Louise VIA ZOOM AT 1:00 PM; this
class has a fee and requires registration under Workshops at www.louisetaichi.com/my-services

Join Support Groups via Zoom

www.fearringtoncares.org

 

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursdays, September 2 & 16; 1:00 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center

 

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

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Mondays 10 am; (No meeting September 6.)

Parkinson’s Group:
Tuesdays, September 7, 21; 1:30 pm

Brainiacs Memory Café:
Wednesdays, 10:00 am.

Caregivers Support Group:
Wednesdays, September 1, 15; 1:00 pm 

 

 

Fall Prevention Screening

Fearrington Cares, together with Mobile Rehab, offers a free balance and fall prevention screening to help you find ways of reducing your risk of experiencing a fall. If you have fallen in the past year, feel unsteady when walking, or have become fearful of walking, it is important to take steps now to improve your safety and remain independent. For more information or to schedule a free screening, contact Karen at Fearrington Cares at 919-542-6877 or karen@fearringtoncares.org.

 

 

Living with Loss: Fall Series

Fridays, October 1—November 19, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Center

Living with Loss is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one—spouse, parent, child, family member, or friend. Meeting weekly, this group is hosted by Judyth and John Branson, residents of Fearrington since 2012. Judyth is a psychotherapist, and John is a retired Episcopal priest.

This is a group where we talk about both practical issues and feelings. We will have a chance to speak of our loved ones and all that is good. There are no expectations; this is simply a chance to meet and talk in the safety of the group where confidentiality is maintained. Please call and let us know you are coming so we can plan. All are welcome to one or more sessions.

 

 

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 North Carolina 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.

 

Happy Labor Day



 

Beltie on a bench for emailweb96LPWelcome to Our New Residents!

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

NameAddress
Henry, Jane & Sarah Birken   214 Summerwood
Keith H. Bruckner & Linda Deweese  370 Linden Close 
 Helen T. Buiskool & Richard A. Paschal 1374 Bradford Place 
Mignon R. Deberry
Julie M. & Zoe A. Schibler
9 Caldwell (1145)
Ed & Pat Hurley 472 Beechmast
Jeff & Michelle Massa 41 Caswell Sidewalk (1213)
Amy & Jim Norris 26 McDowell (1072)
Gloria & Julian Preston  4608 Montgomery 
Janet Robinson 4415 Richmond Close
Gary & Kathy Sandefur 276 Quail Run
Michael F. & Rosemary C. Stauff 22 McDowell (1070)
Caroline Taylor 4078 Woodleigh

 

Are you a new resident? To register your information in the Directory, please visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.orgFrom the top menu click choose Directory, then, in the dropdown menu, click 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 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 FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

September 2021 Calendar Fearrington September 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 web page for any updates to this policy.

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
 Friday
September 10
10 am
Bulls & Bears Investment Club  Club Meeting
at The Gathering Place
&
Via Zoom 
Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
Ashearer1219@gmail.com 
Friday
September 10
9:30 – 11 am
(Rain Date: Sept. 14) 
 Women of Fearrington  Welcome Coffee  Jan Cope-Kasten
920-573-2910
Sunday
September 12
3 PM 
Fearrington Concert Series   Three For All Trio  Nina Alperin
919-545-9011
Barbara Hummel-Rossi
516-864-4023
barbara.hummel.rossi@nyu.edu
Tuesday
September 14
4:30 pm
Women of Fearrington Small Group Gathering Carol Wade
203-215-8315
Tuesday
September 14
3 pm
Genealogy Group Zoom Meeting:
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Linda T. Grimm
919-533-6296
Wednesday
September 22
7 pm
Republican Club Annual BBQ Supper Donna Stewart
919-533-6886
Wednesday
September 22
1:30 pm
Women of Fearrington General Meeting:
History of Chatham
Adrienne Lallo
512-619-1365
Tuesday
September 28
7 pm
Democratic Club Zoom Meeting Cheri DeRosia
919-923-4506
Thursday
September 30
10 am – 12 Noon 
 Women of Fearrington Road Trip:
Historic Chatham 
Mif Flaharty
808-234-0008 
Meeting Weekly in September  
Every Wednesday
1 pm
(Except Sept. 22) 
Duplicate Bridge Club  Duplicate Bridge Club  Jean Hjelle
919-548-6216
jeanshjelle@gmail.com

 


 

 

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FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
July/August 2021        Volume 40        Number 7

 

President's Message

Criticism Dogs Us

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde

At two meetings with friends recently, I mentioned that I was in the final months of my presidency of FHA. To my surprise the responses I got were along the lines of “I bet you will be glad to get out of it; you must get a lot of grief from people!” Fact is, I don’t. Maybe it is because I try to make people laugh—sometimes at the most inappropriate things. It often makes my wife want to hide, which amuses me.

Yes, like other board members, I get a lot of emails and calls from people needing help or wanting action on something, but that is never a problem. People expect help. Sometimes, especially around covenants issues, tempers fray a bit. Our Director of Covenants, Ric Frank, deserves a medal.

Board members have disagreements, and we have residents who disagree with the board, but we do not let things get personal among us villagers. I was a corporate guy for a lot of years where competition was fierce, and then I worked in nonprofits or served on their boards. When we left Texas, I was on four nonprofit boards and President of one of them. All in all, things got antagonistic and personal more than I would have liked, but I always tried to lighten the mood.

FHA is busy with lots of area for disagreement. Beechmast Pond is a good example. We all agree it is important to preserve the natural setting, protect wildlife, and keep an attractive setting. It is also important to take the long view and to minimize demands on our budget. We may disagree about how to best accomplish all those goals, but we all want to acknowledge the disagreements and take a thoughtful approach to resolving the issues.

Our board of very competent people does work well together, and a key role for me is to facilitate that. There are heavy demands on time for all of us. We have disagreements, but we take the same thoughtful approach to resolving them as a group of friends. Two people have resigned, but that was for purely personal family reasons. As some terms for board members end, there will be openings on the board for next year, and you will hear more about candidates for these positions soon. Thankfully, Rose Krasnow has agreed to move from Vice President to President in the election scheduled for November. No one can do a better job than Rose to promote a congenial, cooperative approach to settling arguments.

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Board Meeting   Photo by Carl Angel

 

The village dogs are an important constituency of mine as well. As I walk my dog Lily around, we meet lots of other dogs. In the four years we have been here I have met only three that have loudly displayed initial personal antagonism (and turn up noses at my jokes) when I try to discuss mutual concerns. I admit having trouble remembering peoples’ names, but I do remember dog names. I recently met a small white dog with a memorable name—TaterTot—who immediately came to agreement with me.

The dogs do the usual “meet and greet” that goes on between them as they explore solutions to their problems. I often wonder if things might not be better if people could develop an equivalent way to interact, one that, as it does for dogs, allows them to share their moods and feelings. At least it might be a way to prevent disagreements from escalating into dog fights.

I like criticism, but it must be done my way. Mark Twain



 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

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A key finding of the 2020 Fearrington Community Assessment Survey was the interest from a majority of respondents to “aging in place."

In response, the FHA Board established a group of volunteers whose intent is to find ways to increase support and the quality of life for residents wishing to age in place.

Fearrington Cares provides residents with many resources and services through the varied programs they offer. The Aging in Community Team will work to identify additional resources available to support residents wishing to age in the community and in their homes as long as feasible.

Members of the Team are Karen Metzguer, Executive Director of Fearrington Cares, and residents Matt Alexander, Sheila Creth, Susie Eckblad, Abigail English, Bill Little, and Jane Woodard. Another five residents have contributed to efforts focused on identifying resources on specific topics.

The Team’s efforts began in May and will continue over the summer months.

—Sheila Creth

 

 

Beechmast Pond Survey ResultsSurvey

In May, residents of Fearrington Village were asked to participate in a survey on their preferences for maintaining Beechmast Pond. The survey presented five options suggested by Kris Bass Engineering (KBE), three of which would be changes to our current approach. Those options were:

• Continue with the current dredging activity every year
• Retain pond with an expanded forebay, with dredging every five years
• Remove pond and create a wetlands area, with bi-annual dredging
• Remove pond and restore it to a stream
• No opinion

The survey was open from May 14th through May 26th. Altogether, 353 responses were received. Below are the results of the survey:

Response Count Percent
Continue with the current dredging activity 26 7.4%
Retain pond with an expanded forebay, with dredging every five years 71 20.1%
Remove pond and create a wetlands area, with bi-annual dredging 12 3.4%
Remove pond and restore it to a stream 222 62.9%
No opinion 22 6.2%
Total Responding 353  
 
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).

Officers:  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: vacant
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors:  
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 Kowal Production Editor
Ann Melchior Manager
Deborah Repplier  Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Jackie Walters Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Leslie Palmer Graphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon Pitz Tech Advisor; FHA Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago

This Month's Contributors:

Carolyn Boyle Tad McArdle
Sheila Creth Gus Reed
Tony Daniels Bill Sharpe
Priya Jain Jackie Walters
Ed Lallo  

Submissions:

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).

 Over 62% of the residents of Fearrington who responded preferred the option of a stream restoration. The preferred option of a stream restoration is contingent on the FHA’s obtaining a matching grant to help cover the initial costs of the project. If the Board votes to pursue that option, then KBE will help in writing a grant proposal. It is also necessary that the proposal be sponsored by a nonprofit agency, and KBE will help to set that up.

The FHA Board will be visiting several restoration projects to acquire a better understanding of the possible end result of undertaking a restoration. Once the Board completes this review, it will vote on which option to pursue.

 

 

NC DOT logoMeeting with NC Department of Transportation

On June 16, members of the FHA Board and the Walking Paths and Nature Trails Subcommittee met with representatives of the NC Department of Transportation (NCDoT): Justin Bullock, Chatham County Maintenance Engineer, Jennifer Britt, Assistant District Supervisor, and Blaine Ritter from the Traffic Service Office. The purpose of the meeting was to address several questions that have arisen concerning roads and pathways in Fearrington Village.

The Walking Paths and Nature Trails Subcommittee has developed a list of proposed improvements for roadside pathways and crosswalks. In this connection, a number of questions have arisen. The questions concern state statutes and regulations that might affect proposals for new or modified pathways and suggested crosswalks. The committee’s proposals, and the attendant questions, were addressed to the NCDoT representatives. You can read the full list of questions and proposals in a separate document.

For several of the proposals, the right-of-way for state roads limits possible locations for new pathways. There are also other requirements that might apply. For example, pathways must usually be located seven to ten feet from the edge of the right-of-way. If a drainage ditch parallels a road, it is usually better for a pathways to be built on the opposite side. For a crosswalk to be approved, it must connect two existing pathways. Exceptions to the rules can be allowed, with the approval of an encroachment agreement between FHA and NCDoT.

There was some discussion of other safety issues, such as the installing stop signs, or safety improvements at the intersection of Village Way with Highway 15/501. In addition, current plans for resurfacing village roads during the next fiscal year were outlined. Contracts for the work will be let soon, and the resurfacing should be complete by June 2022.

There was not enough time before this issue of the newsletter went to press to include more details. However, a summary of the discussion will be provided on the FHA Website, and should be available by the time this newsletter appears. Please check the website for up-to-date information.

—Gordon Pitz (communications@fhaboard.org)

 


 

Features

 

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Priya Jain images

 

They say pictures are worth a thousand words; allow me to add few more. I’m an amateur photographer who believes in spontaneous and candid shots. Through my camera, I catch the visual beauty of nature, feel lucky to see the world in a unique way and able to connect with all my subjects—animate and inanimate.

In SoCal, going to the beach is like going to a grocery store, very habitual, weekends, weekdays and in-between.

As a result, I started carrying my camera outdoors all the time and taking random shots—still do it. If hobbies pass from parents to children, I believe my passion about photography came from my dad. I remember his Minolta and Kodak film cameras, manual focus, and all. He taught me a lot, including how to develop pictures!

My pictures may not tell a connecting story. The only common factor is sunlight/natural light and, of course, nature.

It adds the right narrative for the shot, boundless beauty or the attempt, you be the judge. I just appreciate everything I come across, and often times I am successful in catching the right mood.

—Priya Jain

 

Food Truck Trial Fosters Community

By Jackie Walters

A six-week trial with food trucks in Fearrington generated interest and a flurry of social gatherings among neighbors. Although the initial evening proved somewhat frustrating around process—there was confusion around ordering online, long waits for delivery, and a truck crew clearly overwhelmed by the huge volume of orders—the majority of residents were pleased with their food.

Picking up orders at the Umami truck

Picking up orders at the Umami truck    Photo by Ed Lallo

Among my Bush Creek neighbors, one couple perhaps typifies the variety of conclusions based on the first night. Husband: "No more food trucks because they can't get their act together." Wife: “No worries, we’ll continue trying the new fare.” Both agreed the food from the Umami truck was good, as did my other neighbors. Subsequently, 12 folks from this group gathered for dinner as they eagerly participated in Gussy’s Greek Food and Munchilove’s brownies (June 2), as well as the Fish & Chips from The Paddy Wagon (June 9).

Your order is ready at the Paddy Wagon

Your order is ready at The Paddy Wagon!    Photo by Ed Lallo

 

 

 

 

Gathering outside to eat al fresco, partaking of adult beverages, and reviewing the food continued a tradition begun during the long months of pandemic restrictions. Everyone contributed something—snacks to tide us over while waiting for pickup notification, homemade wasabi, and yummy chocolate brownies. Strikingly, the email traffic cemented plans for getting together as soon as the FHA email about the first food truck night appeared.

Several residents picking up orders at the food trucks commented that they planned to take their meals home, grateful for some variety and for opportunities to sample ethnic cuisine in the neighborhood. Some were caring for spouses who had had recent health issues, and getting a take-out meal offered in the Village, delivered hot and on-time, was a welcome respite from having to prepare a meal or drive a distance to a restaurant.

Others, like the Bush Creek ensemble, took advantage of an opportunity to entertain, share a communal experience with food, and build on relationships fostered throughout the pandemic.

According to our Village food truck coordinator, trucks are typically booked months in advance and trying to obtain commitments from vendors was no small feat. In nearby communities like the Preserve at Jordan Lake and Briar Chapel, trucks come in at least weekly and are committed for the season.

Approaching these first trucks, our coordinator discovered Fearrington Village was an unknown market to them. Although vendors like to have an idea of numbers in advance, they agreed to come when all they were told was that there were 1200 residents with an appetite for dinner options. Uncertainty is no longer a concern, as one of the food truck promoters recently shared via email: “I am telling you Fearrington has been awesome!! …it is truly THE busiest community I have sent any of my trucks to in the last year, honestly. They are all dying to come back out/dying to have their first trip, lol. On top of it being busy, they said that people were truly so, so nice and kind.” That certainly sounds like the neighbors I know.

Jackie Walters is on the staff of The Belted Gazette and lives in the Bush Creek neighborhood.


 

 

It Takes a Village: Food Truck Help Wantedhelp needed

Our FHA Board has approved having food trucks continue beyond the initial trial basis. To that end, there are a few volunteer slots to fill.

How would you like to be a truck greeter, or a coordinator of truck greeters? We need somebody willing to take responsibility for meeting the trucks about a half hour in advance on the dates they’re scheduled to assist them with parking—this also means putting out cones earlier in the day (at least for the summer months while people are parking at the pool).

We also need someone willing to own the responsibility for publicizing the trucks: posting on Nextdoor, submitting schedules to The Belted Gazette, printing and posting flyers at the mail kiosks, etc.

Note that for the summer, truck scheduling will likely continue to be somewhat irregular, but as soon as we’re able, the goal is to get them scheduled weekly. Please consider helping to make this endeavor successful! Send emails stating your interest to Deborah Repplier at drepplier@gmail.com.

 

 

old time food truckFearrington Village Food Trucks Page

We have a hotspot page that lists our complete food truck schedule! https://streetfoodfinder.com/fearringtonvillage will always have the most up-to-date information. Additionally, when pre-ordering opens closer to the “event,” you can link right from our hotspot page. You can leave feedback about the specific trucks, and perhaps most importantly, you can sign up for daily or weekly emails to send our schedule right to your inbox!

A couple of things to note: with one exception, all of the trucks use the Street Food Finder app for ordering (the same way you’ve been doing it). The one exception is Cousins Maine Lobster, which uses its own app and compiles loyalty points, etc. (you can download from Google Play or the Apple Store).

We will also continue to post info on our FHA homepage under the Announcements tab.

 

 

The Lyndfield Ladies—“Getting to Know You . . .”

By Tad McArdle

Lyndfield Close. Those of us who live here know just where it is. But what we may not know is that just about every day around 5 pm, a group of single ladies from the Close joined by one lady from nearby Wintercrest set up their chairs and meet for drinks (wine, milk, whatever) and for lively, intimate conversation. No matter what the weather, they have been observing this ritual since just before the pandemic put its grim and isolating hold on our nation.

Lyndfield Ladies

Front row: Nancy Jenkins, Tina Patterson, Peggy Bard; back row: Liz Neer, Carol Palm, Dell Ford, Pat McCann, Chriss Johnson, Linda Baggish, Sally Phillips, Irma Baron, Debbie Solomon; way in the back is a guest of Nancy Jenkins; not pictured: Pat Brubaker, Rita Duffy, Jackie Mason     Photo by Tony Daniels

I recently spoke to three of the Ladies: Nancy Jenkins (initiator), Tina Patterson (in it from the start), and native Londoner Peggy Bard, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday and, reportedly, has the best memory in the group. Nancy, the energetic pastor who finds listening to people’s stories “about as good as it gets,” was the one who got things going a short time before the pandemic closed down the country. According to Tina, Nancy is a very restless, active person who was “going bonkers” with isolation even before Covid-19 started, and who said one fine day in February or March, “I’m going out there with my chair.” She soon rang Peggy’s doorbell and went around the entire Close recruiting people, saying “Bring a chair and come on out!”

And they did. According to Nancy, every day around 5, people would look out their windows, and if anyone was out there, they would come out and join and just get to talking. Soon after the pandemic hit, conversation turned to toilet paper—where to get it, who was running out, etc. According to Nancy, her 12-year-old grandson asked her early on what they talked about; you can guess her answer. A shortage of toilet paper was a topic that in more formal circumstances might have served as a convenient icebreaker; however, given the range of topics that came up in the succeeding days, weeks, and months, it’s clear that these ladies were prepared to dive right in, no matter what the temperature or the subject. TV movies were a common topic, as were religion and recipes (several members were raised Jewish and exchanged some excellent Kugel techniques), and after some research, the group took votes on which area stores had the best bialys.

Politics came up occasionally, but without rancorous exchanges. According to Tina, there were some who did not vote the way the majority did, but they were not made uncomfortable by the discussion. “There was no war in the street.”

One major focus has been on people’s life stories. And when you hear life stories, what emerges may set you dancing or may be tough to hear; what the stories have in common is they are not your own. You may thenceforth see your own life differently.

Peggy Bard was 13 in London when World War II hit, and soon residents were rushing to air-raid shelters while terrifying sounds filled the air overhead. “The war changed everything,” she said. Her sister met and married an American G.I., and that eventually led to Peggy’s arrival in New York City in 1948 to visit that sister: “I was standing on the ship, waiting to get off, looking down at the pier where my sister and brother-in-law were standing, and there were loads of policemen standing around, and they were all carrying guns. And I had never seen that before. That was the first impression I had of America. I’ve gotten used to that now.”

In New York, Peggy began working in the talent industry having done similar work in London. She remembers doing background work for the movie, “The Red Shoes.” And that led Tina Patterson to recall that her mother had forbidden her to see “The Red Shoes” as she deemed it “too frightening.”

Tina’s mother had had a successful career in ballet. “My mother was very competitive and very tough,” she said. Tina wanted to be a ballet dancer as well. “But mom said no, as she was convinced that I didn’t have either the body (tight hamstrings) or the temperament. And she was right! After her ballet career, my mom turned to golf, and her near-fanatical approach led her to be a champion golfer. Then one day her husband’s father, a ’gallant’ fellow whose company she enjoyed, invited her to his fancy golf club for lunch. When the food arrived, he looked her straight in the eye and said, ’Now, it’s about the golf. It has to stop.’ Apparently, she had spent so much energy on golf that when her husband came home from work, she would be asleep, ‘dead to the world’.”

As time went by, and the daily meetings continued, the Lyndfield Ladies met each other’s needs. If there was trouble, they would gather ’round and deal with it. They would buy groceries for each other; they coordinated their Covid-19 vaccinations so that they almost all went to the Friday Center on the same day. They talked and they listened, and they learned.

So, the Lyndfield Ladies are going deep, day by day, discovering all sorts of things, and as Nancy summarized it, “We’re proud of ourselves, and we love each other.” As the song goes,

“Haven't you noticed?
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day . . . .”

“Getting to Know You” (Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II)
© 1951, Copyright Renewed, Williamson Music Company (ASCAP) c/o Concord Music Publishing.

Tad McArdle is a regular contributor to The Belted Gazette.

 

Fearrington Puzzler96webThe Fearrington Puzzler

June’s Puzzler Answer
Submitted by Bill Sharpe

June 2021 Puzzlers block

The concrete block in June’s Puzzler    Photo by Bill Sharpe

 

 

The large concrete block located off Barnsley remains as a remnant of the history of the land that is now Fearrington Village. It supported a steam engine to drive a sawmill for cutting and planing lumber. Jesse Fearrington (1919-2014) told me that the date on the block was 1912. The sawmill and steam engine were eventually moved up to sit beside Highway 15. In 1935 after the old Mount Pleasant Methodist Church burned, the Fearringtons prepared and donated lumber for the inside of the new brick church.

 

July/August 2021 Puzzler
Submitted by Gus Reed

Match the location in the table below with the column number containing its demographic information.

 

Location Column Number – Demographics
Chatham County  
Fearrington Village  
North Carolina  
Pittsboro  

 

Demographics 1 2 3 4
Education: BA or above 44% 42% 50% 78%
Median Household Income $57,341 $66,857 $44,399 $71,307
Females 51% 52% 60% 61%
Males 49% 48% 40% 39%

 

Check your answers in the table at the end of this issue.

Gus loves statistics and has two booklets with a focus on Fearrington.

 


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Fearrington.Concert.SeriesFearrington Concert Series

The Fearrington Concert Series happily announces plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Music lovers and subscribers are invited to enjoy Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts at The Gathering Place beginning on September 12 at 3:00 pm with the THREE FOR ALL TRIO. Former subscribers will soon be receiving information about the entire 6-concert series. Safety guidelines will be in place with possible restrictions on audience numbers, spacing, etc.

 

 

Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg!!Mah Jongg

Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg plays on the second Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm. We will play on Saturday, July 10, at 1 pm. We meet at The Gathering Place and will play under their guidelines. (Read the policy.)

As such, we must limit our number to 36. 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. Annual dues have been waived for 2021.

 

 

duplicate bridgeFearrington Duplicate Bridge Club

“Play bridge. It’s cheaper than therapy.”

We of the Fearrington Duplicate Bridge Club agree. After a year playing on computers, we have begun to enjoy each other’s company around the bridge table once again.

Join us every Wednesday during June, July, August, and the first half of September at 1 pm in The Gathering Place under the directorship of John Torrey, our new leader.

The first time playing is free. If you’d like to check us out, come to watch. We charge $7/time for hand records, our participation in the American Contract Bridge League, and our director.

If you have any questions or need a partner, please contact Jean Hjelle, 919-548-6216 or jeanshjelle@gmail.com.

 

 

The Fearrington Garden ClubFearrington Garden Club logo

We eagerly anticipate the return of in-person meetings this fall. The board has been plowing on, with numerous ideas for programs and road trips under cultivation. Given the pandemic, we were unable to put forth and vote on a slate of officers last year, so several members have "overripened" in their terms. To ensure that no one is overwhelmed with duties, the board has been working as a lively collective. And with several programs already tentatively planned, it's a wonderful time to join in and take a turn at the tiller. If you would like to help grow your Garden Club by serving on the board, please contact Susan Biddulph at sbiddulph@mac.com or 919-533-6306.

 

 

Fearrington Golf ClubFearrington Golf Club

The Fearrington Golf Club invites golfers of all abilities to join our club. Founded in 1990,
the club currently boasts a membership of over 50 golfers and is open to all interested players who reside in Fearrington Village and the surrounding area. The club offers year-round, scheduled play on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various courses in the area.

If you would like more information on joining and/or an application, please contact our Membership Chairman, Brian Wong, at bwong5705@gmail.com.

 

 

greenscenebanner2Fearrington Green Scene

The Green Scene usually suspends our monthly meetings in July and August when so many of us are off to the beach, the mountains, or other far-off places. But, in this era of Covid-19, when we haven't had any monthly meetings for more than a year, we thought that we just might interrupt the pattern—at least for July.

There is certainly no lack of environmental topics—global, national, and local—deserving of attention. So, we will meet on Wednesday, July 14, at 11:00 am, in the large room of The Gathering Place—allowing for social distancing.

Potential topics include:

- United States rejoining the Paris Accords
- Update on modification plans for the Fearrington Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Progress report on the FHA Trails and Walking Paths committee work
- Cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline
- Review of results report for the May 15, 2021 "3-in-1" Event

The Green Scene welcomes any and all Fearrington residents who share an interest in sustaining and improving our environment.

—Jason Welsch, Moderator
914-806-4852 (Cell Phone)

 

 

 

Swim Croquet Club logoFearrington Swim & Croquet Club

It has been great to see members this season enjoying all the recreational activities available at the club. The upper lawn is being used for badminton, volleyball, tether ball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes, while the cabana has ping pong, and the lower level has croquet. And in addition to relaxing in the pool and on the lawns, members are exercising in lap lanes and water aerobics classes.

Croquet summer activities include Wednesday Wine and Wickets at 5 pm, First Sunday Organized Play, and a Summer Croquet Ladder. Contact Jan Droke at jantomdro@gmail.com to be added to the croquet email list.

For questions or comments, email us at fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Village Singers Alive and WellFVS logo

FVS picnicWhat was that big group picnicking in Camden Park last May? It was the Fearrington Village Singers and their families. Director Matt Fry even brought his mother, whom he affectionately calls Momster. We haven’t been able to sing for a year because of the Covid-19 quarantine, but we are still together and hoping to be able to resume rehearsals in the fall. This depends on The Gathering Place and Galloway Ridge opening for larger groups like ours in September. Our goal is to create a holiday concert for you so we all feel as if we are getting back to the way we want things to be.

 

 

WOF CMYK OvalWomen of Fearrington

Women of Fearrington is on hiatus for the summer, but the new board is at work making plans for 2021-22. All women of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge are invited to join us! See our website for the form to join or renew your membership.

In May, Women of Fearrington granted $34,195 to fourteen organizations for programs supporting women and children in need in Chatham County. Heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and all who supported our fundraising activities and the Wonderful Options Fund.

In April, Chatham County kicked off a six-month, community-wide celebration of its 250th anniversary. On Wednesday, September 22 at 1:30 pm, WoF will host historians who’ve delved into different aspects of Chatham’s culture, growth, and contributions to the Triangle and beyond.

Keep in touch this summer via the website, www.womenoffearrington.org, for information on welcome coffees, small group gatherings, cooking classes, road trips, and other upcoming events.

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham ConnectingChatham Connecting logo

At last, life feels near normal! Non-profit agencies are powering up their activities and
seeking volunteers. No matter your age or interest, Chatham Connecting is the
starting point for learning about the needs of over 100 helping-organizations in Chatham
County. School vacation means there is time for children to get involved, and volunteering from home is an option for people whose outside activities are curtailed. Many agencies welcome new ideas for donation drives from groups or individuals. With studies showing the benefits of volunteering for mental and physical health, anytime is a good time to get involved. Your help and ideas will be appreciated.

 

 

Community Remembrance Coalition—Chatham

These activities will be taking place over the summer. To register, go to crc-c.org. All will be taking place via Zoom.

Saturday, July 10 @ 4 pm Virtual Storytelling for Children with Evie Evans, from Chatham Community Library featuring Black History stories

Wednesday, August 18 @ 7 pm Actor Sonny Kelly will perform his play, The Talk; made possible by a grant from the Paul Green Foundation

Thursday, August 26 @ 3 pm A book discussion of Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy* by David Zucchino, hosted by Adele Kelly and Armentha Davis    *Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction


fcares logo

 


 

 

Fearrington Cares Center Is Closed July 5—9

The Center may be closed for the holiday, but our volunteers will be busy providing medical transportation and handyperson services. If you need assistance with either of these areas of service, call the center at 919-542-6877 and leave a message in the appropriate voicemail mailbox; a volunteer will be in touch with you.Re-Opening Fearrington Cares—Phase 2

 

 

Re-Opening Fearrington Cares—Phase 2

“Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” (CDC 28 May 2021)

Using available guidance from the CDC and NCDHHS, Fearrington Cares is joining Chatham Council on Aging and other county agencies in opening in-person services. Please review our website (www.fearringtoncares.org) for a description of Phase 2 activities and guidelines. Note that some of our Movement Classes and Support Groups will be meeting in person!

 

 

Fearrington Cares Board of Directors

Committee work is not the most exciting volunteer opportunity around here, but we sure do need and appreciate individuals who are able to serve in this way. Directors serve two years, beginning in September, and can choose to continue for one or two more terms. Please thank these individuals if you see them out and about.

 

Continuing Directors:
Barbara Hummel-Rossi
Linda Patterson
Mark Asman
JoAnn Pitz
Cathy Somer
Anne Henkels
Carol Kurtz
Janine Griffin 

Retiring Directors:
Cindy Kahler
Kay White
Mike Hancock 

New Directors:
Mickey Kesselman
Terry Lucas
Carl Angel
Gillian Rogers 

 

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups & Education Programs Links Are on Our Website, www.fearringtoncares.org.

Click on the blue Zoom button on our home page and scroll to the correct program/class/support group. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up. Note that some of our Movement Classes and Support Groups will be meeting in person!

 

 

 


 

Movement Classes
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated.

Mondays—Chair Yoga
(Zoom only July and August; no class July 5)

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises
(Zoom in July; Center in August; no class July 7,
14)

Thursdays—Line Dancing
(No class July 8; classes begin in Center on July
15)

Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

 

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursdays, July 1, 15 and August 5, 19; 1:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
No July or August meeting

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center

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

Foot Clinic:
Thursday, July 15, August 19; appointment
required, call 919-542-6877

Support Groups Meeting in Person at the Fearrington Cares Center

 

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Mondays 10 am; no meeting July 5

Caregivers Support Group:
Wednesdays, July 21, August 18; 12:30–2:00 pm; no meeting July 7 or August 4

 

 

These People Bled for Fearrington Cares!

Story and Photos by Ed Lallo

The big white bus plastered with red crosses and Picasso-style human figures painted on its side sat in the nearly deserted Gathering Place parking lot. The loud hum of a generator broke the quiet as a lone masked figure entered the rear door. At the age of 86, Carol Goettman had walked over a mile from Galloway Ridge with a single mission: to give a pint of blood so others might live.

Carol Goettman    

Fearrington Cares sponsored the American Red Cross bloodmobile on Thursday, May 13. From shortly after 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, workers retrieved pint after pint of blood desperately needed during the current shortage. On that day, the Red Cross collected enough blood product from 20 donors to impact up to 48 patient lives; three people had the chance to donate for the first time.

Dan Lewandowski

“I usually give blood about twice a year, when it is convenient,” said Goettman, sitting on a couch at the front of the bus drinking bottled water to replenish her fluids. “This was a very good process with no problems. I am amazed they still want my blood; it is tired blood for sure.” Goettman’s O+ blood is drastically needed by hospitals across the state. For more than a year, the pandemic has resulted in a severe blood shortage, not just in North Carolina but across the USA. Fearrington resident Dan Lewandowski had a great blood-giving experience. “It was a little close quarters, but the chair was very comfortable and the staff was great.” Lewandowski, a former Detroit resident with A+ blood, gives regularly every eight-weeks. He admits he has not upgraded to the Red Cross phone app to schedule his appointments. “I’m old school, I guess,” he said.

“As a volunteer Blood Donor Ambassador at the Red Cross’ Durham Blood Center I’ve watched the number of donors drop significantly over the past year,” said Fearrington resident, Jackie Walters. “Where three donors were scheduled every 15 minutes, we now have one or none. Keeping the blood supply current is critical for hospitals as the pandemic amply demonstrated. I’m a Donor Ambassador and a blood donor.” Walters reiterated the importance that neighbors, like those in Fearrington, give blood regularly to “Give Life.” “I think everyone should volunteer to give blood if they can,” said Goettman. “Anytime you have an opportunity to do something nice and useful, especially at this age, you have to take advantage of it. The only downside of the bus was I miss the good cookies you get afterwards in larger venues.” 

 

 

Help Your Neighbors by Driving for Fearrington Cares!

Upcoming Training Session
Wednesday, July 14, 1:00 pm at the Fearrington Cares Center

Fearrington Cares can always use more driver, handyperson, and computer support volunteers. We will have training for drivers on July 14. Our drivers provide transportation for residents to medical appointments, other health related appointments, and grocery shopping. Requests must be within a 25-mile radius of Fearrington Village. Our volunteers work in a team of three drivers and are assigned to cover one week at a time, two weeks per year. Good driving skills, a current driver’s license, and insurance are required. Drivers use their own vehicle. If you have any interest in or questions about volunteering, please call the Center (919-542-6877) for more information.

 

 

Enriching Your Retirement Years with Pets

Retirement and golden years beckon with the promise of less stress and fewer demands. However, we may find that even happily anticipated changes also feel somewhat disruptive and unsettling. Our pets can be one way to buffer the transition and enrich this chapter of life.

1. Pets require an established routine around which we can structure daily life. Maintaining a consistent schedule, especially for eating and sleeping, can be a boon to brain and body health.

2. Walking your pet, playing fetch with your dog, or dragging a string or ribbon around the house as “prey” for your cat to “catch” are good sources of exercise. Keeping physically active equals healthy aging.

3. Our pets are totally dependent on us for their care, safety, and their very lives. That can give us a sense of responsibility and purpose.

4. Pets provide companionship, a wonderful antidote to loneliness and isolation. Their unconditional affection and acceptance remind us that we are loved and lovable.

Pet ownership is not the right choice for everyone; however, incorporating these four points can enhance anyone’s days! For more information on caring for your pets, check out the Chatham Animal and Rescue Education website at www.chathamanimalrescue.org. CARE is a non-profit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership through educating the community, providing targeted spay-neuter programs, and fostering homeless dogs and cats until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.



 

Beltie on a bench for emailweb96LPWelcome to Our New Residents!

 

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

Name Address
Teresa Balatico  28 Swim and Croquet (2020) 
Jenna Best & Alec Senese  101 Creekwood 
 Cheryl A. Brown  477 Beechmast
Celeste Collins   633 Spindlewood
Hans G. Fladung & Dr. Cathy A. Maahs-Fladung 12 Macon (4012)
John & Sheila May E 210 E Wing
Anne Michael 1312 Langdon Place
Jim Pearce 409 Brampton Close
Susan & Virgil Riggsbee 14 Macon (4014)
Ann & Kenneth Samuelson 19 Macon (4019)

 

Are you a new resident? To register your information in the Directory, visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.org On the top menu click on Directory then, in the drop-down menus, click first 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 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 FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

 

July/August 2021CalendarBeltie July Calendar

 

The Gathering Place has reopened with new Covid-19 guidelines in place (as of May 16). These guidelines will impact the way group meetings are held. Check with the listed contact person for more information about any restrictions.

Day/Date/Time Organization Event Contact
Meeting Weekly in July and August     
 Every Wednesday
1 pm
 Duplicate Bridge Duplicate Bridge  Jean Hjelle
919-548-6216
jeanshjelle@gmail.com 
 Coming in September:    
 Sunday
September 12
3 pm
 Fearrington Concert Series  Concert
Three for All Trio
Barbara Hummel-Rossi
919-533-6248
Wednesday
September 22
1:30 pm
Women of Fearrington General Meeting:
History of Chatham
Adrienne Lallo
512-619-1365

 

 

July/August Puzzler Answer:

 

Location Column Number – Demographics
Chatham County  2
Fearrington Village  4
North Carolina  1
Pittsboro  3

 

 

FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
June 2021        Volume 40        Number 6

 

President's Message

Carl Albert

Magic in the Village

A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there.

—from The Moon and the Bonfire, by Cesare Pavese

I grew up in a small town in Ohio, and I remember it fondly. There was a kind of magic to life there. People formed close relationships in neighborhoods and came together to help each other through problems. When relatives grew old and were alone, they often came to live with other family members. My great-grandmother came to live with us as I was growing up, and she lived to be almost 100. It added to my experience in a wonderful way. In our town it was not considered “magic,” simply normal. Yet looking back, it was indeed magic.

For many of us, that magic disappeared as we moved into an era where children moved away to cities for their careers. City life is very different. It was later in life for most of us when we chose to move to Fearrington Village, for many different reasons, but I believe we all wanted to capture some of that feeling we had lost.

Because I am often out walking my dog, and because of the role I have played in the FHA, I meet a lot of people and hear many stories. For example, I recently was discussing dog walking and was told how neighbors had pitched in to walk and care for the much-loved dog of a seriously ill resident. We all know how neighbors here help each other when health or other issues arise. What affects my old heart even more are the stories of people who act as caregivers for their spouse or another family member—even though they may have physical limitations of their own.

Before moving here, I served as volunteer executive director of a home health agency, providing home health aides and other services to over 700 low-income elderly or disabled people. I learned a lot about the struggles people face for themselves and the stresses on caregivers. So, all the care our residents give to each other, or the support they provide to caregivers, is incredibly special.

In our village, I work with a wonderful group of people on our FHA Board. They are all quite different in backgrounds and come from different areas of the country. Each has his or her own views on any subject. Sometimes we argue, but in the end, we come together in the best aspects of a team. Each spends considerable time and effort on FHA business, yet no-one has anything to gain from this other than the satisfaction of working for the benefit of everyone in the village.

Even the worst curmudgeon must admit that this is surely a form of magic in our village.

We are looking for more residents to join that team to fill out our FHA board as we head into 2022. Please, if you are interested, and if you too would enjoy the satisfaction of working as a member of a team, send a note to our Vice President, Rose Krasnow (vp@fhaboard.org). Rose will, I hope, be our president starting next November. That alone reassures me about how well the FHA will care for our village.

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

—from The Death of the Hired Man, by Robert Frost


 


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

wastewaterWastewater Treatment Update

Plans are moving ahead to upgrade the Fearrington Village Wastewater Treatment Plant. Fitch Utilities’ engineer is currently finishing the final in-house review of the plans. They will then need to get cost estimates from vendors and contractors, apply to the state (Division of Water Resources) for review and approval, and get a sediment and erosion control approval from the county. Since no work can begin until they have the necessary approvals, everything is dependent upon the timing of the review agencies, so we can’t yet tell you when the work will start.

The new treatment plant train will have aerated sludge storage tanks just as the existing one does, but the volume of the storage tanks will be substantially larger than was provided in the original tanks. The project also provides a better means for transferring waste sludge to the larger storage tanks. This is beneficial when the sludge hauler’s disposal sites are too wet, due to lots of wet weather, to allow sludge applications. The hauler has to leave the sludge on-site in this case.

Even though a new holding tank is being added on the existing site, the overall capacity of the plant will remain the same. Given the age of our existing tanks, Fitch Utilities plans to take each tank offline, one at a time, so they can completely scour it, make any necessary repairs, and recoat it. This work can only be done if the new tank is added, so that there will always be enough capacity to handle the current volume of wastewater. The changes being made should also improve the quality of the effluent being discharged into Bush Creek.

 

 

Hurricane Season Starts Early This Year. Are You Prepared?

Hurricane Fran, which struck the Triangle area in 1996.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has moved the official start of the hurricane season from June 1st to May 15th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasts an above-average season, with 14 named storms and 7 reaching hurricane strength. Three or four are predicted to become category 3, 4, or 5 storms

NOAA map showing the tracks of all known hurricanes between 1851 and 2013 that came within 65 nautical miles of Virginia Beach.

Chatham County is 170 miles from the coast. Nevertheless, Fearrington and the remainder of the county have been directly impacted by past storms, and, in the near future, are likely to be affected again. The NOAA map illustrates how many hurricanes have passed near us during the last 160 years.

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).

Officers:  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Leonard Kreisman
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors:  
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 Kowal Production Editor
Ann Melchior Manager
Deborah Repplier  Feature & Copyeditor; Proofreader
Jackie Walters Feature & Copyeditor; Proofreader
Leslie Palmer Graphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon Pitz Tech Advisor; FHA Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago

This Month's Contributors:

Corrie Biggers Ed Lallo
Pat Biggers  Warren Ort 
Josie Dickson  Doug Rhodes 
Betty King Bill Sharpe
Rose Krasnow Jackie Walters

Submissions:

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).

Being Prepared

Loss of power for several days, structural damage caused by wind and falling trees, and even flooding, are all possibilities with a strong storm. NOW is the time to start thinking about what you would do without electricity for days and with your home damaged by falling trees. In the past, the NHC has given the county a seven-day window to prepare for the possibility of an approaching storm. You may believe this gives you time to prepare, but NOW is the best time to develop a hurricane plan of action.

The Health, Safety and Security Committee’s Emergency Preparation web site goes into detail on how to prepare in advance for a coming storm. You and your family should review this information. You can access a convenient two-page PDF file on the FHA website.

Here are some additional points to keep in mind when preparing:

  1. Charge all electronic devices̶—cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc. Remember to have chargers with you if you leave.
  2. Keep a full tank of gas in your car. Do not park under or near trees that could fall on the car.
  3. Have enough cash on hand. Cash machines will not work if there is no power.
  4. In the event that you must evacuate your home, the county will activate a facility as a refuge to allow impacted residents to get out of harm’s way until they can make other arrangements. However, Covid-19, lack of privacy, and limited bathrooms and showers make a shelter an unattractive place to spend much time. It is better to stay with out-of-town friends or relatives if you can.
  5. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a two 2-week supply of water, or one gallon a day for each person. If there is an interruption of water service, it’s not a bad idea to fill up a bathtub with water to use in order to flush toilets.
  6. Keep credit cards, insurance documents, current phone numbers, and passcodes ready to go with you.

You can call the Chatham Emergency operations center at 919-545-8181 with any questions during a weather event.

Illustrations taken from the Chatham Emergency Response Team website.

  

 

Robocalls: What You Should Know About ThemPhone ok

If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. If you’re getting a lot of robocalls trying to sell you something, odds are the calls are illegal. Many are also probably scams.

Yes, a robocall trying to sell you something is illegal unless the company has your written permission to call you. Current Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules allow some exceptions. Examples of calls allowed without permission are political calls, calls that are purely informational (e.g., weather warnings), debt collection calls, calls from some health care providers (provided they are not trying to sell you anything), and messages from charities, provided the charities make the call themselves. If a charity hires someone to make robocalls on its behalf, the robocalls can only go to members of the charity or to previous donors. They also must include an automated option to let you stop future calls.

So what should you do if you get an illegal robocall?

Unfortunately, robocalls are cheap, and it is easy for scammers and telemarketers to make calls over the internet from anywhere in the world.

Hang up. Don’t press any number. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might instead lead to your receiving more calls. (The same goes for junk emails or spam that you receive on your computer. Do not click to unsubscribe, as doing so could result in only more spam.)

You may be able to reduce unwanted calls by using the FTC Do Not Call Registry. Go to donotcall.gov, or call 888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register. There is no charge to register your phone. If you receive an unwanted call after your number has been on the National Registry for 31 days, you can report it to the FTC. Report the number given on your caller ID and any number that you were told to call back.

This article was taken from the FTC consumer information website, consumer.ftc.gov.

 

 

old time food truckFood Trucks at Fearrington

Perhaps the pandemic has left you tired of eating the same home cooking every night? At the request of residents who felt that way, the FHA Board has agreed to have food trucks serving outside the Gathering Place on a trial basis. Volunteers agreed to organize the enterprise, and while we initially hoped to have six trucks over the course of six weeks, the reality is that trucks book weeks (if not months) in advance. The good news is that there are five trucks scheduled to visit the Village over the next several weeks. The details are provided on the accompanying flyer, which provides web links to menus. Also, worth mentioning is the food being offered appeals to all, with a full range of vegetarian items alongside seafood, poultry, and meat.

The trucks will be in The Gathering Place Parking Lot from 5 to 7:30 pm on the dates given. Some trucks let you order ahead online, but not all. The expectation is that after you place your order and pick up your food, you will take it back home to eat. There will be no tables set up by the truck, and the Fitch’s have asked that residents not use the seating and tables at the Goat or at the Roost. Please avoid using the Village Center as a place to consume the food.

If this initial trial is successful, we hope it will be possible to encourage other trucks to visit the Village.

 


 

Features

 

 

How to Stream Life

Story and photos by Ed Lallo

It has become a hot topic, even though it offers nothing but peace and calm. “Will it stay, or will it go?” That is the question.

The Fearrington Village Homeowners Association Board is in the process of determining the fate of Beechmast Dam and the pond it has created from the waters flowing from the stream along the Creekwood Trail.

Here are a few photos taken over the course of this year of the Creekwood Trail and the stream that feeds into Beechmast Pond. Both the trail and the pond are underutilized. Perhaps the question should be “How can we make the area pay for itself?”

Ed Lallo collage June 2021

About Ed Lallo

My business card read “photographer”; actually, it should have read “problem-solver.” My career has been telling stories with a camera. Photography is a powerful communication tool that reaches a wide variety of audiences.

A career that began in photojournalism for newspapers later expanded to contributing photographer for People Magazine and then work for corporate clients. I have traveled the world to places Google has yet to map; shooting for IBM, ExxonMobil, Learjet, Jack Daniels, Hallmark Cards, CSX Railroad, Walt Disney, Berkshire Hathaway and Dupont to name just a few.

“Life is a journey with countless stories all along the way. The most compelling are punctuated with striking images that call you back time and again.”

 

Many Residents Paused Their Saturday Routine for “Paws for a Cause”

By Pat Biggers, Women of Fearrington Publicity Cochair

Barbara Gilbert, event chair, shops at the sales table manned by Kate West.  Photo by Pat Biggers.

In April, Women of Fearrington held a spring fundraiser for our Wonderful Options Fund grants program. Paws for a Cause, a first-time effort, turned out to be a big hit! Although the Covid-19 pandemic presented us with many difficulties in execution, it also presented us with greater needs than ever for the women and children of Chatham County whom we put front and center in our fundraising efforts.

Jo Bolig registers with Debbie Liebtag and Joyce Brennan.  Photo by Ed Lallo.

Bob Biggers and Tucker.   Photo by Corrie Biggers.

Thanks to the generous response of many local businesses in providing raffle prizes and the equally generous response of our residents who participated, we were able to raise almost $4000 on Saturday, April 17—and have a lot of fun besides!

Each trail was marked and hosted, as here by Kathy Coughlan.  Photo by Ed Lallo.

Everyone involved enjoyed a lovely spring day. For a $25 donation, participants had their choice of trail and start time, and they received a goodie bag with trail maps, treats, and a raffle ticket for some great prizes. They also had the opportunity to visit our sales table, which featured Beltie cards and tea towels, homemade dog biscuits, and other treats. Many residents have asked for this to become an annual event. Stay tuned!

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Neighbors Verity Dunphy, Judy Dimon, and Jackie Castle enjoy their stroll with Bubby, Izzy, and Maxi.  Photo by Ed Lallo.

Paws for a Cause is a good example of how Women of Fearrington has been able to adapt in this challenging year to maintain their mission of “Learn, Laugh, and Lead!” Instead of monthly meetings at the Gathering Place, we had interesting Zoom webinars, featuring such topics as Pauli Murray, recycling, and travel through wine. Road trips were closer to home and followed CDC guidelines, with trips to the M&M alpaca farm, Mark Hewitt Pottery, and hiking at Jordan Lake. Small group outdoor gatherings were added for some socializing, such a hit that we plan to continue these post-Covid.

Cathy Morehead and Bailey start down the Millcroft Path.  Photo by Ed Lallo.

Our Annual Holiday Market used online ordering and timed pickups and was a bigger success than ever. Our Christmas toy donation to the Chatham County Department of Social Services was expedited through direct donations via Amazon and, since we publicized it beyond our own membership, we had contributions from the whole area. We invited other Fearrington clubs, including the Garden Club, the Green Scene, and the Genealogy Club, to participate in some of our programs, and we plan to expand this in the future.

Art Gonales and Ann Melchior ready to hit the trail at Camden Park with Clancy.  Photo by Ed Lallo.

When we hear that “It takes a village,” now we understand which village that is! Thanks to all who did their part and more to make this an outstanding year for Women of Fearrington.

As ever, for more information, go to www.womenoffearrington.org. We would love for you to join us!

 


 

 

Celebrate 250 Years with Chatham County

By Jackie Walters, Features Co-Editor

Chatham250 012021 marks Chatham County’s semiquincentennial (i.e., 250th anniversary of its founding). Although the celebration kicked off with Founding Day on April 10, county residents still have many opportunities to mark the occasion before official events conclude in October.
According to Hilary Pollan, Community Partners Analyst for Chatham County, many events offer both in-person and virtual ways to participate. For example, the Great Chatham County Campout on June 26 corresponds with the Great American Campout held annually in June. Residents are invited to camp at a designated campsite, in your own backyard or in a homemade fort in your living room, and, for one night only, at the B. Everett Jordan Dam in Moncure. Community organizations will be sharing videos about camping tips, conservation, and the natural environment of Chatham County.

The campout, like most events, is sponsored by Chatham250, the official home of the celebration: HOME | Chatham 250. Its mission is “to celebrate Chatham County through diverse community centered events and activities that highlight Chatham’s uniqueness, rich history, and promising future.” There are five Celebration Themes: Creative Arts, Growth and Change, Agriculture, Diversity and Community, and Natural Environment.

Five major events highlight these themes (Chatham 250 Events | Chatham 250). In addition to April’s Founding Day, these include the Chatham County Communities of Color virtual lecture series beginning May 28 and concluding on Juneteenth (June 19); an Agricultural Photo contest on August 1; a Sidewalk Chalk Festival on September 11; and the Grand Finale in Siler City on October 23—the Chatham 250 Parade/Carvana. Learn more and register for these events and for theme passports on HOME | Chatham 250.

With over 31 community partners, Chatham 250 offers several ways to stay informed and be involved. According to Hilary, the best ways to stay abreast of opportunities are to register for the Chatham250 passport; check out Chatham County social media (e.g., Chatham250 on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor); and subscribe to the Chatham News & Record and Chatham Magazine.

In addition to being a participant, there are also volunteer opportunities. Fearrington resident, Kimberly Steiner, wrote about her volunteer project for the Chatham County NC Historical Association (CCHA) in the April issue of The Belted Gazette [“Newcomer to Fearrington Records Chatham County’s Historic Structures”]. A primary partner of the semiquincentennial, CCHA is collaborating on five history projects this year, including profiling county artists and compiling histories of county churches. Perhaps you’ve been curious about all the roads nearby with ‘church’ or ‘chapel’ in their names?

Questions about events and opportunities? Email Hilary Pollan at chatham250thanniversary@gmail.com.

Whatever term you want to use for this momentous occasion in the life of our county—semiquincentennial, Quarter Millennial or Sestercentennial, join in the celebration. The next significant 250th will be the United States’ semiquincentennial in 2026!

 

 

It’s a Hit! It’s Outta Here!

Story and Photos by Doug Rhodes

Karen West, Covid-19 Slugger

The neighbors on Woodham gave Covid-19 a mighty whack, sending it well over the fence for a true home run. This all happened when these residents resurrected their monthly face-to-face Wine on Woodham driveway gatherings. Now mask-less, neighbors had fun wearing nametags and making reintroductions over adult beverages and fancy hors d'oeuvres. The pleasures of the afternoon were well supported by two jazz musicians who played old favorites, took requests, and soloed with their own riffs.

Jazz musicians “Griffanzo” Griffin and Danny Grewen

It was the trussed up Covid-19, however, rendered helpless in its confines, that was joyfully sent to oblivion by eager celebrants. The bruised cantaloupe festooned with raspberries carried the day and signaled the return of the Fearrington spirit and bliss.

 

 

Fearrington Puzzler96webThe Fearrington Puzzler

Welcome Fearrington Puzzlers! We’ll offer this feature regularly for readers who enjoy learning more about our Village. We hope you’ll put on your puzzler hats, do a bit of research (on the FHA site perhaps), and then share your answers with your neighbors. You’ll find the answer to this puzzler in the next issue.

June’s Puzzler

Submitted by Bill Sharpe

A large concrete block still sits on the back of a large lot off Barnsley Road at the eastern edge of Fearrington Village. What was it used for?

 

The concrete block in June’s Puzzler

 

Resurrection fern on a downed oak tree

 

May’s Puzzler Answer

Submitted by Fearrington horticulturist Betty King

WHO: Resurrection fern
Pleopeltis (Polypodium) polypodioides

WHERE: Can be found growing on a downed oak tree across from 639 Spindlewood and also in the Woodland Garden at the entrance to Weymouth Close.

Resurrection fern usually grows on tree trunks and branches and is not often found in Fearrington. It reproduces from spores, not seeds, and in spring, the new growth begins as a fiddlehead and uncoils to become a frond. During dry periods, the fern curls up and looks dead, but it revives once rains come.


 


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Mah JonggJune Mah Jongg!!

The Dragons are Ready to Play!

Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg plays on the second Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm. We will play on Saturday, June 12, at 1 pm. We meet at The Gathering Place and will play under their guidelines. (Read the policy.)

As such we must limit our number to 36. (Sign up for a space.) 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. Annual dues have been waived for 2021.

Bring your own beverage; no food is allowed.

These games are for experienced players.

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”

Fearrington Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Wednesday in June. Our game is held at The Gathering Place beginning at 1 pm. We play 24 boards.

Since each partnership is compared to others who have points in their range, you can be successful regardless of your ability level. We also welcome observers so you can learn if it is right for you. Generally, we have five or more tables. We then ask that you come with your Covid-19 vaccination notification, your own drink (should you want one), and $7 (which covers the cost of the handouts, use of the room, and supplies). The first time you play with us, there is no cost.

Should you be a single, you may bring someone outside of Fearrington who also has a love of duplicate bridge.

Any questions? Please contact Jean Hjelle, 919-548-6216.

 

 

Film ClubFearrington Film Club

Covid-19 restrictions are relaxing, and we look forward to a time when the Film Club can resume showing movies at The Gathering Place. The guidelines that are in place by the FHA will be followed. There will be no popcorn and treats until the “No Food” restriction is relaxed or removed. We’re eager to see familiar faces and new ones. All past paid memberships will be honored, and we’ll welcome new members and guests once guidelines are in place that will allow us to show movies safely and at a level that is comfortable for audience and Film Club team members.

 

 

NEW! Fearrington RV Club?RV Club

We are RV enthusiasts and now own a 25-foot motorhome. From 2015 to 2017, we lived full-time in our 5th wheel and travelled the country. I would like to explore the possibility of starting an RV Club in Fearrington. If you are interested in gathering with other RV enthusiasts to discuss RV'ing and your favorite places to RV, please email Cathy Janis at cathyjanis@gmail.com.

 

 

Swim Croquet Club logoFearrington Swim & Croquet Club

Summertime is here! Plan to escape to the club to cool off in the pool and to relax on our deck and lawn. This year several tables and chairs are set up for picnics and games on the upper lawn where volleyball, tether ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, cornhole and badminton games are available. You may want to find out if any food trucks are planned for the evening before you make dinner this season. Food truck details will be posted on our bulletin board as we get more information.

The water aerobics class schedule is on our website and also posted on the pool bulletin board where last-minute updates are added.

Looking for a croquet partner or foursome? Ask to be added to the Croquet Players list. The list will be shared with members interested in setting up play. Contact Jan Droke at jantomdro@gmail.com.

We’re looking forward to welcoming new and renewing members this year. Dues are not increasing. Former members who did not join or who did not suspend their membership last year may pay the suspension fee now ($25 per adult member) and avoid the reinstatement fee of $100. To find our website, go to the Swim and Croquet page under the Group Section of the FHA website. If you have questions send an email to: fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Village SingersFVS logo

How Singing Influences Our Health

The Fearrington Village Singers want to share the following benefits of singing—whether you sing in the shower or want to join us in the fall (if the pandemic allows). Experts recommend singing for at least 5 minutes daily, equating the benefits with that of physical exercise. (Adapted from AdiDisha Yoga.)

• Singing communicates to the body the “right” vibes that increase our vitality
• When singing, special chemicals release in the human brain that help us feel peace and joy
• Singing improves blood circulation in the throat area, which has a beneficial effect on vocal cords, tonsils, and numerous lymph nodes in the throat—and therefore significantly increases local immunity (in other words, we rarely catch colds)
• Singing improves the blood supply, which leads to brain activity intensification—the brain starts working more intensely, memory improves, any information is easier to perceive
• Singing is very useful for lung diseases, as it creates respiratory gymnastics that promote the development of chest and proper breathing, while significantly reducing the number of acute lung conditions
• With regular singing, the levels of immunoglobulin and hydrocortisone, which are signs of good immunity, increase in the body
• Singing has led to methods that treat stuttering and help improve diction
• Singing is used even in the fight against obesity—when nourished people still feel hunger pangs, singing two or three songs instead of eating helps to alleviate the urge to eat
• Singing improves blood supply in the head and generally rejuvenates the body, improving skin condition

 

 

WOF CMYK OvalWomen of Fearrington

Activities of Women of Fearrington are winding down now for the summer break. We celebrated our successful, if unusual, year with a luncheon and tour at Lavender Oaks Farm in late May and look forward to a “new normal” year beginning in the fall!

WoF members with a birthday in April, May, or June will celebrate at lunch from 12:00—2:00 pm on Thursday, June 10. Each person orders in advance from The Belted Goat, where we can enjoy outdoor dining.

We plan on holding more birthday lunches in the coming months for those with birthdays in the second half of the year. For more information, contact Eileen McCorry: mccorrye@gmail.comPlease register here if you plan to attend in June.

For continuing up to date information, do check our website, www.womenoffearrington.org.

 

 

Community Agencies

Chatham ConnectingChatham Connecting logo

June is a great month to get going and get active. Chatham Connecting, www.chathamconnecting.org, lists more than 100 non-profits in our county that need help with donations and your volunteer time. With schools closed for the summer, check out our website’s special button that connects directly to youth volunteer opportunities. For adults, you can search for agencies or organizations needing volunteers and specific donations by clicking on one of the volunteer categories, with further information listed by both volunteer activity and interest. And if you prefer to work from home, we have a button that lists those opportunities. Chatham Connecting is a one-stop website to learn about all volunteer opportunities in our neighborhood. We thank you for your support.

 

 


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Fearrington Cares Staff News

Fearrington Cares is delighted to welcome Teresa Balatico (teresa@fearringtoncares.org) as the new Administrative Coordinator and at the same time wish Pat Skiver a happy retirement! Although Pat nominally retired years ago when she moved from Michigan to NC, she subsequently became the first direct employee of Fearrington Cares and has served creatively and generously since 2008. Years of Board volunteers (especially treasurers!) and FC staff have been inspired by her big heart and have been enriched by her friendship. We are all grateful for her service!

Good fortune continues to shine on Fearrington Cares as we welcome Teresa. After an extensive search and now several days of orientation, we are discovering Teresa’s talents and compassion for others. Previous work has prepared her well for the multiple aspects of the role of Administrative Coordinator.

 

 

FC Cooking ClassThree Sauces, Two Sides, and One Chicken: A Zoom Cooking Class

Thursday, June 10, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Nationally certified personal chef, former hospitality manager, and restaurateur, Leslie Chartier, is now the Chef/Owner of The Travelling Cafe (thetravellingcafe.com), where she offers a custom meal delivery service, dinner party catering, and cooking classes. At the Cafe’s culinary studio in Pittsboro, she and other local chefs teach and entertain via online, in-home private, and in-studio public cooking classes. She is also renowned for her bespoke cakes for special occasions and weddings. Leslie received her formal culinary training and bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at Chatham County Community College. She was a class lead and culinary instructor for The Cooking School at Southern Season during its final two years.

Leslie will instruct us in the preparation of Mustard-Tarragon Cream Sauce (a tasty French classic), Zhoug (Israeli Spicy Cilantro Pesto), and Monkey Gland Sauce from South Africa (no monkeys will be harmed in the making of this Zoom class!). She will show us how to make haricot verts and new potatoes to accompany a roasted chicken and complete the lesson by using leftovers to prepare cold chicken and potato salads. Recipes will be provided.

 

 

Advance Directive Check-Up

No one should receive less care than they desire when living with a disability or chronic condition. How much medical care would you want if you had Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia? Many of us have real concerns that cognitive decline might impair our last years, but advance directives or living wills typically do not document our wishes in this specific situation. Unfortunately, dementia is an important factor that prevents people from guiding their own care. If, when you review your own documents, you find you want to add specific directives for dementia, a form may be downloaded from the nonprofit website dementia-directive.org.

 

 

Ambassador, Anyone?

Have you been wondering how to help maintain the high quality of life that Fearrington Village provides? One good way to “give back” is to serve as an Ambassador for Fearrington Cares. The main job of an Ambassador is to greet new neighbors soon after they move in and acquaint them with the services and programs of Fearrington Cares. Also, each Ambassador is asked to host at least two informal get-togethers a year—simple coffees or wine and cheese socials to which both new and established neighbors are invited to come, meet one another, and learn about current Fearrington Cares services.

Fearrington Village has twelve Ambassadors now, but we are seeking many more to cover every neighborhood. We need Ambassadors for Bush Creek, Camden Park South, Countryhouse Closes (except Weymouth), Henderson Place, the Historic District, The Knolls, McDowell Place, Montgomery, Richmond, Rutherford Close, and The Woods.

Please contact one of the following people if you’d like to know more about becoming a Fearrington Cares Ambassador: Janine Griffin (336-209-4204, jkgriffin001@gmail.com), Anne Henkels (919-542-2164, henkelsanne@gmail.com), Cathy Somer (919-533-6559, cathysomer2@gmail.com), or Karen Metzguer (919-542-6877, karen@fearringtoncares.org).

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups & Education Programs Links Are on Our Website, www.fearringtoncares.org.

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs links are on our website, www.fearringtoncares.org. Click on the blue Zoom button on our home page and scroll to the correct program/class/support group. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up.

 


 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Thursdays—Line Dancing

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesdays, June 2 and 16, 12:30–2:00 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, June 3 and 17, 1:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
No June meeting

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center

Nurse Consultation:
Appointment required, call 919-542-6877

Foot Clinic:
Thursday, June 17, appointment required, call 919-542-6877

Support Groups Meeting in Person

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Mondays 10 am, Fearrington Cares Center 

 

 

Are Pet Owners Healthier? Our Pets & Our Heartspuppy in owners arms

We all know our pets warm our hearts with their unconditional love and acceptance, but do you know how good they are for the physical health of our hearts as well?

1. Pet owners have lower blood pressures, lower cholesterol levels, and lower triglyceride levels than non-pet owners, all of which reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These markers also decrease after pet adoption. (American Heart Association)

2. When pet owners encounter physical or psychological stress, they show smaller increases in heart rate and blood pressure and a faster return to baseline values after the stress has ended. The reactivity to stress is even lower and recovery faster when the person’s own pet is present. This resilience in the face of stress reduces cardiovascular risk. (American Heart Association)

3. Petting and stroking a dog or cat decreases levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increases levels of serotonin (the “feel good” hormone). (Cleveland Clinic) Petting an animal also releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding. (Scientific American) All of these chemical reactions benefit heart health and create a sense of physical and mental well-being as a bonus.

The responsibility of a pet is not for everyone; if you choose it, Fearrington Cares encourages an ongoing thoughtful review of safety in your home with a pet. When we open our hearts to our pets, they may repay us by helping to keep those very same hearts healthy. In return for our care of them, our pets can take care of us, not only emotionally, but physically. Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) is a non-profit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership through educating the community, providing targeted spay-neuter programs, and fostering homeless dogs and cats until they are placed in loving, permanent homes. Please visit them at www.chathamanimalrescue.org.

 

 

Swallowing Disorders Support Group

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with dysphagia or another swallowing disorder, you are invited to join a local support group facilitated by speech pathologist Nancy Vallejo Smith that meets via Zoom. Email SSGCarolinas@gmail.com for more details and a link to join. Additional information is found on the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders website at swallowingdisorderfoundation.com/swallowing-support-groups/.

  



 

Beltie on a bench for emailweb96LPWelcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons were added to the Fearrington Village Directory between April 15 and May 14:

NameAddressContact Information
Frank R. GAILOR
&
Cindy D. WATKINS 
4031 South McDowell  Frank's Email: fgailor@hedgehogholdings.com
Cindy's Email: dunnavantwatkins@gmail.com
Frank's Cell: 919-656-3008
Cindy's Cell: 336-504-0945 
Lily T. GREEN
&
Gerald HASKINS 
175 Wintersage  Lily's Email: lilygreen@me.com
Gerald's Email: geraldmhaskins@gmail.com
Lily's Cell: 214-215-0199
Gerald's Cell: 352-258-5434 
Carol S. HAYES
&
Dr. James (Jim) R. HAYES MD, PHD 
594D Woodbury  Carol's Email: soccahayes@wi.rr.com
Jim's Email: gymhz@wi.rr.com
Home: 919-704-8576
Carol's Cell: 414-639-2667
Jim's Cell: 414-322-2052 
Mary LUCAS  G-303 G Wing  Home: mdlucasg303@gmail.com
Home: 919-704-8277 
Cameron MORGAN
&
Allison ROUNDS
41 Benchmark Cameron's Email: cthomasmorgan@gmail.com
Allison's Email: allisonrounds@gmail.com
Deborah Karen YOUNG 852 Langdon Deborah's Email: deborahkusa@yahoo.com
Deborah's Cell: 919-601-3438

 

Are you a new resident? Visit the website at https://fearringtonfha.org and on the top menu click on “Directory.” Then, in the drop-down menus click first on “New Resident” then “List Me in the Directory.” and fill in the resulting form to let the web team know of your arrival.

Then, in the "Login Form" on the upper left, click "Create an account" and follow the instructions. Doing so will give you full access to website features. The account activation process is described here:

https://www.fearringtonfha.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

 

June 2021 CalendarFearrington June Calendar96web

The Gathering Place is open with Covid-19 guidelines in place. These guidelines will impact the way group meetings are held. Check with the listed contact person for more information about any restrictions.

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Thursday
June 10
Noon – 2 pm 
Women of Fearrington  Birthday Luncheon  Eileen McCorry
(917) 509-6815 
Meeting Weekly in June...  
Every Wednesday
1 pm 
Duplicate Bridge  Duplicate Bridge  Jean Hjelle
919-548-6216
jeanshjelle@gmail.com

 

 

A New Brood of Ducklings in Camden Park 

JDickson ducklings

Sophie, Mama Mallard, and ducklings    Photo by Josie Dickson 

 

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FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
September 2021        Volume 40        Number 8

 

President's Message

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Fearrington Homeowners’ Association
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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).

Officers:  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Judy Graham
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors:  
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
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Newsletter Staff:

Jan Kowal Production Editor
Ann Melchior Manager
Jenny Walker Assistant Manager
Deborah Repplier  Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Jackie Walters Features Editor, Copy Editor; & Proofreader
Leslie Palmer Graphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon Pitz Tech Advisor; FHA Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago

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Submissions:

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).

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Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

No classes after December 18.

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, December 2 and 16, 12:30–2:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday, December 9, 3:30–4:30 pm.

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, December 3 and 17, 11:00 am–12:30
pm (new time).

Living with Loss Around the Holidays:
Thursday, December 3 and 17, 1:00–2:30 pm

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center

Nurse Consultation:
Appointment required, call 919-542-6877.

Support Groups Meeting in Person

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Mondays 10 am, Fearrington Cares Center (No meeting May 31.).

 

 

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Fearrington Directory Changes

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between ... and ... .  Want to reach out to your new neighbor? You will find their contact information on our community web page. Go to: FearringtonFHA.org > Directory > Find People.

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Are you a new resident? To register your information in the Directory, please visit the FHA website at https://fearringtonfha.org On the top menu click on Directory then, in the drop-down menus, click first on New Resident, then List Me in the Directory.  Fill in the resulting form with your information. Note: if you would rather your email address be used only for FHA emails that provide links to the newsletter and other important announcements, you can request that it be restricted this way by writing to directory@fearringtonfha.org.

Then, 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 FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

 

Calendar for ... 2021

The Gathering Place has reopened with new Covid-19 guidelines in place (as of May 16). These guidelines will impact the way group meetings are held. Check with the listed contact person for more information about any restrictions.

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FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
May 2021        Volume 40        Number 5

 

President's Message

 
Curmudgeon

Carl Albert
and Uncle Bob

 

The Troubled Curmudgeon

“…. just sliding down the razor blade of life” – Tom Lehrer

A very dear friend of years ago, whom my children called Uncle Bob, loved to be considered the world’s greatest pessimist, and he used the quote above whenever asked “how are you doing?” He also responded to coworkers’ cheerful cries of “TGIF” by saying, “Just that much closer to another Monday.”

Over the years I have used Uncle Bob’s character to make me look like an optimist. In reality, I am, as one of my household (but not my dog) has christened me, a Curmudgeon—one who expects the worst of people and events.

These days that “Curmudeondry” is under threat. Residents of the village, especially other members of the FHA Board, continue to do their jobs well, which does nothing to help restore my mood.

• Spring is the most dangerous foe, with plants and trees blooming and often a sweet smell in the air (not counting the pine pollen). Our FHA team is working diligently to keep the village and landscaping the way people wish it to be, which makes it harder for a curmudgeon like me to feel comfortable.

• For a while, selecting Associa HRW as our management company showed promise of being a bad decision. Yet board members are teaming with the excellent new Manager (Kathy) and Assistant Manager (Darla) to make things better every day. They do have to ask for patience from homeowners and service groups while they learn more about the operations of the FHA, but it becomes increasingly difficult to remain pessimistic.

• The Briar Chapel Community Park now has a dog park which is in use by many of our residents. My dog loves others but is mostly a “greet and sniff” girl who then wants to go hunting by herself. She goes with me because she knows it gives me joy to see all the other dogs.

• Neighbors, and people I meet on my dog walks, persist in being friendly and helping each other, and it seems to matter not a bit that I’m grumpy. They wear masks and maintain a recommended social distance. Do they do that just to irritate me?

• The Pandemic threat was an enormous boon for the Curmudgeon, but it seems to be losing its hold. Places where people meet are reopening, including our beloved Gathering Place so that we can see each other again and get out and travel. It appears that most people in the village have now been vaccinated.

• Members of many nonprofit boards on which I have served spent their time arguing, backbiting, or jockeying for position. However, this is far from the case with the current Board, which can be very annoying to the Curmudgeon. They ignore the thrill I get from interpersonal conflict and keep happily working together. Even now, they are actively engaged in a process forming committees to find the best ways to implement the will of residents from our recent Community Survey.

So, I am almost at the point of giving up. I suffer a great deal of emotional turmoil imagining myself to be an optimist, but I am being driven to it by people and events.


 

 

The Belted Gazette

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).

Submissions

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

Email submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org.

Have an idea for an article for an upcoming newsletter? Email us at the above address so we can send you a copy of our Guidelines and feature submission form.

Newsletter Team:

Jan Kowal Production Editor
Ann Melchior Manager
Deborah Repplier  Feature & Copyeditor; Proofreader
Jackie Walters Feature & Copyeditor; Proofreader
Leslie Palmer Graphic Designer & Photo Editor
Gordon Pitz Tech & Software Advisor; FHA Advisor

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz, Barbara Amago
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).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Pam Bailey
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Vacant
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

From the Editors

Help Wanted for The Belted GazetteBeltie Help Wanted

The Belted Gazette could use a few more hands-on-deck as we grow our community newspaper. Currently we are looking for a volunteer (or two) to assist the manager with various tasks, such as producing our monthly calendar of events. Good organizational skills, a basic knowledge of MS Word and 2-3 hours a week of your time is all you need. Think you might be a good fit? Contact Manager Ann Melchior at: editors@fearringtonfha.org.

 


old time food truckFood Trucks at Fearrington!

Soon you’ll be able to enjoy multiple dinner options right here in Fearrington Village. The Board has agreed to greenlight this endeavor with a 6-week trial period. Trucks will park at The Gathering Place and diners are expected to pick up and dine elsewhere—at home or at a friend’s—definitely not in the Village Center. We are working out the details and coordinating with vendors. When we have dates locked down, we’ll post on the front page of fearringtonfha.org, as well as on Nextdoor. Stay tuned.

—Deborah Repplier


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

water qualityVillage Water Quality: Is it Safe to Drink?

The Guardian newspaper recently ran a story on Pittsboro’s water quality (“A town’s water is contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’ “). The story was also reported in Consumer Reports, which had combined with the Guardian to investigate the issue. The local newspaper, Chatham News and Record, provided a comprehensive overview.

It’s a year-old tale about the troublesome level of contaminants in the Haw River, the source of Pittsboro’s drinking water, and how the city will have to develop ways to protect its residents against unsafe levels of exposure. To summarize briefly, water in Pittsboro contains PFAS, a dangerous carcinogen, at something like 80 times the amount of what experts say should be found.

Many Fearrington Villagers are asking, is our water similarly affected? Is it safe to drink? In answer to the first question, “No, we use county water, taken from Jordan Lake.” The Haw drains into the Cape Fear River just below the Jordan Lake reservoir.

In answer to the second question, County Commissioner Karen Howard stated, "County water … has not been impacted by the identified contaminants in Pittsboro's drinking water ... We are, however, aware of the potential risks to Jordan Lake and are working with our partners who also source water from there (Wake, Cary and Durham) to ensure that proper measures are in place to protect the drinking supply of some 750,000 North Carolinians. It will take collaboration and vigilance to stay ahead of emerging contaminants and we are committed to keeping our water safe.”

Chatham County maintains an up-to-date report on the quality of its water on its website. This report is a useful reference for anyone who is concerned about the safety of our water.

—Therese St. Peter

 

 

Signs of Spring: The Reopening of The Gathering PlaceGathering Place with sign

As more and more people become vaccinated against Covid-19, signs of a partial return to normality appear. In accord with this trend, The Gathering Place will be open for use by FHA clubs and other FHA organizations, under certain conditions, beginning Monday May 3, 2021.

Caution is still the watchword. The pandemic is by no means over, but for those who have been fully vaccinated, social activities become less risky. Accordingly, use of The Gathering Place is contingent on groups complying with certain guidelines.

Any group wanting to rent The Gathering Place must contact Clairbeth Lehn (gp@fearringtonfha.org or 919-542-3003) to book a date and time. The renter must sign the FHA rental agreement and pay rental fees. Groups may have credit from previous unused reservations that they can use.

The group must agree to comply with the following guidelines. These guidelines are based on current CDC, state, and county guidelines. Please read them carefully and be sure your group can comply.

1. A maximum of 8 participants is allowed at one time in the small meeting room, and 36 in the main meeting room. No more than 50 people are permitted at one time in the building, including the offices at the rear of the building.

2. There will be a maximum of three rentals per day, each rental being for one or both rooms.

3. Only fully vaccinated participants will be allowed to remain in the building. Responsibility for confirming that a person is vaccinated rests with the renting organization. It is recommended that participants keep a photo of their vaccination card on their cell phones for verification purposes.

4. All participants are required to wear masks while in the building.

5. All participants must remain at least 3 feet away from all other participants while in the building, or at least 6 feet if engaging in activities that involve heavy breathing such as exercise or singing.

6. To promote ventilation, the HVAC system must be operated with the circulating fan running continuously. Hospital grade air filters will have been installed in the HVAC system.

7. The kitchen will be closed. Beverages are permitted in the building, but no food.

8. Participants must complete a sign-in sheet for tracking purposes. The sheets must be left in a drop box installed beside the FHA office for that purpose. If any participant subsequently tests positive for Covid, the renting organization must inform the business office.

9. All participants must enter and leave The Gathering Place by the front door, except for participants whose mobility limitations require them to use the rear door.
10. The renting organization must provide hand sanitizer for participants.

11. No participant may attend a meeting if they exhibit any Covid symptoms such as loss of taste or smell or having a fever.

12. The renting organization is responsible for ensuring compliance with these guidelines.

These guidelines will be reviewed at least once a month. Based on experiences here and elsewhere, they may be relaxed if that seems appropriate. On the other hand, if the pandemic worsens, they may need to be made more stringent.

Changes in the guidelines will be announced promptly on the FHA website: FHA Home Page (fearringtonfha.org).

 

 

Shredding EventSpring 3-in-1 Shredding Event

Mark your Calendars! The Spring 3-in-1 Shredding event is coming up on Saturday, May 15 from 9 am to 12 noon at The Gathering Place. Follow the directions to the first stop, a large Shimar shredding truck which will chew up any documents you may have that need secure disposal. The shredder can also take most folders except for the hanging type that have metal hangers. Please stay in your car and wear a mask. There will be volunteers to take whatever you have to shred right out of your car. This keeps the line moving smoothly. The second stop of the event is The Fire Extinguisher Station where expert staff from United Fire and Safety Equipment Company can check the pressure of your fire extinguisher for free to see if the pressure is still what it needs to be. They can also show you how to safely use your fire extinguisher. If your fire extinguisher does need a refill, they can do that for you for a fee. The third stop is the Chatham County Sherriff’s van where you can safely drop off unused and outdated medicines.

This very popular event has been organized by volunteers from the FHA Green Scene twice a year for more than ten years and is an expense item in the FHA budget. In recent years the event has been underwritten by SunTrust Bank (now Truist) and by Fearrington resident, Amy Ghiloni, a Realtor with ReMax United.

—Maggie Tunstall, Former Director of Community Affairs

 

 

Help Us Make Fearrington an Even Better Place to LiveCow with question

The recent Community Assessment Survey suggested that a large number of residents consider Fearrington Village a highly desirable place to live, and many are willing to help in keeping it so. Some features stood out as especially important in enhancing the quality of our lives. In the coming months, we hope to develop these features further, making sure they can be maintained, and to address any deficiencies that now exist. To do this we need your help.

The FHA Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) has defined four “initiatives” that will become the focal points for future development. The four initiatives, and the LRPC member to contact for more information, are:

• Walking Paths and Nature Trails: Tony Daniels, tdanielsuk@icloud.com

• The Gathering Place: Steve Stewart, stewart859@att.net

• Village Attractiveness and Renewal: Dan Freehling, dan.freehling@gmail.com

• Aging in Our Community: John Eckblad, johneckblad@gmail.com

For each of these initiatives, we plan to form a team of volunteers. Each team will be charged with deciding on specific goals that ought to be pursued, how best to achieve the goals, and what might be needed in the way of time and money.

This will be an enterprise that involves the whole community. We are asking every resident to consider helping with one of the initiatives. More details have been provided in a separate document, which you can find on the FHA website. Each initiative calls for its own set of talents and interests among the team members. Please read the document to find out where you might best be able to help.

If you are able to invest your time, energy, and abilities over the next three to four months, the LRPC would be delighted to consider your participation in one of these projects. Please contact the person listed as the contact for the initiative that most interests you.

With your help, we can make Fearrington Village an even better place to live. To reword a well-known aphorism, “Do ask what the FHA can do for you. Then ask how you can help accomplish it.”

 

 

Hidden Gems on the FHA Websitecomputer screen

This is another article in the series devoted to the FHA website. It introduces you to some useful information, easily found if you know where to look, yet which is easy to overlook. It is especially valuable to anyone who is new to the village. Here are three of my favorite web pages, each of which can be found under the Info menu (short, of course, for Information).

Fearrington 101: Who Does What?

Helene Carlson was a newcomer to Fearrington about two years ago. She discovered there was a complexity to the organization of the village that was hard to understand, and that raised many questions she could not find answers to. Why did she have to pay dues to two organizations? What is the relationship between the FHA and the various service groups? What is a service group anyway?

Perhaps you have the same questions yourself, especially if you are a newcomer. Thanks to Helene’s investigations, you can find answers in the article Fearrington 101: Who Does What? Besides appearing on the website, the article is now included in the introduction to the printed Directory and Handbook.

Our History

As a result of the research that led to Fearrington 101, Helene learned a lot about the history of the village and the FHA. The website already contained an article that had been prepared by Carl Stromee, one of the original residents of Fearrington. The history had been expanded and brought up to date by Jesse Fearrington, Jr., who is the Great Grandson of Edwin Fearrington, who married the daughter of Elijah Cole, grandson of William Cole, Sr., who had purchased the land where the village is located in 1786. Find out more about these people, and what happened when their property was purchased by R.B. and Jennie Fitch.

Helene took that article and revised it. The article had been hidden on the website as part of the FHA Board Handbook. Now it can be found more easily under Info.

Village Maps

To understand a location that I do not know well, I find maps essential. Not only can I use them to navigate; they provide insights into the culture and the ambience of the area.

The maps on the website include all the street maps you can find in the printed Directory and Handbook. In fact, if we discover errors or omissions in a map, it can be updated on the website long after it appears in print.

The street maps are supplemented by three maps that show walking paths and nature trails. The availability of walking paths helps make Fearrington a more livable environment. The nature trails (Creekwood and the North Langdon Trail) provide tranquil settings in which we can escape the quotidian demands of our lives. Note that you must be logged in (see March article in this series) to have access to the trail maps.

One other map is a useful supplement to the Fearrington 101 article. It shows which organization is responsible for any given section of the village—a service group, the FHA, or the developer, Fitch Creations. It’s labeled “Map of FHA and Service Group Owned Properties.”

 


 

Features

 

 

Fearrington Puzzler96webApril’s Puzzler & Answer by Jesse Fearrington

The Belted Goat building is an example of adaptive reuse, changing to meet current needs. Originally, the building was a country store next to a family mill, located at the end of Barnsley. It was moved to its current location when the Fearrington home was built, which now hosts the Fearrington House Restaurant. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, the building protectively stored grain. Times and needs changed and in 1983, it opened as The Market, where basic food items could be purchased. Before it became The Belted Goat, it was The Granary Restaurant, a creative reference to one phase of its multifaceted identity.

 

May’s Puzzler: Who Am I?

1. I am a plant and I live in Fearrington, but I prefer coastal areas.
2. Fossil records show I come from an ancient line.
3. In youth, I am circular.
4. During droughts, I look dead.
5. Sometimes part of me is covered with little brown dots.
6. I have an affinity for bark.

What’s my name and where can you see me?

 

Troubles in Birdland: Bird Feeder Do’s & Don’ts

By Tad McArdle

Talk about stressful times! New health risks are showing up almost every day, and many of the birds we love are now besieged.

Healthy pine siskins congregating at their own feeder
Photo: Betty Akiba

When a sickly house finch showed up, all feeders were cleaned and disinfected; feeders for the finches were moved away from the house and dog yard.
Photo: Betty Akiba

One specific risk is salmonella (currently infecting pine siskins), which can spread to humans and their pets. Salmonella, according to wildlife expert Bradley W. Parks, can grow in seed feeders when they get wet, and seed-eating birds like pine siskins then spread it through their poop.

Another risk is FED (Finch Eye Disease, also known as Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis), which has evolved over the years from a pathogen (Mycoplas¬ma gallisepticum) originally limited to native western house finches. It seems to have leapt at one point from its habitat in turkeys and chickens to infect at least one unfortunate visiting finch and is now doing its damage to many species of finch in Fearrington and elsewhere in the area.

Here is a collection of feeding tips for faithful and conscientious bird nourishers, reminding you that things have changed, and we must adapt with rigor if we want to reduce the percentage of these infections:

1. When filling your bird feeder, it is recommended that you put in just enough for 1 day at a time, and that you always remove any feed left beneath your feeder.

2. Choose a food that targets a specific species in order to prevent diverse crowding at feeders. Diversity is fine as an aspiration for human societies but apparently quite dangerous for hungry birds, according to the Audubon Society, as it increases the risk of interchanging disease among bird species.

Birds

Adding suet feeders for birds like this northern flicker (left) and different types of feeding stations for birds like this cardinal (right) and blue jay (center) decreases the possibility of contamination.
Photo: Betty Akiba

3. A recommendation from Portland Audubon is to take down feeders for two weeks at a time to force birds to discover new and natural food sources.

4. While the feeders are down, always wash them with soap and water, then spray them with a 10% bleach solution. Let feeders sit for 10 minutes before rinsing; allow sufficient time to dry. Some recommend cleaning feeders once a week.

5. If you find a dead bird, wear gloves, and use two layers of plastic bag for disposal of each bird, as infections can spread easily from the carcass.

6. Avoid contact with bird droppings, for the same reason.

7. DO NOT attempt to medicate birds; this will allow infected birds to survive longer and spread illness.

These recommendations could do a lot to minimize or even help bring an end to this sad situation; our feathered friends may or may not directly appreciate our work, but we can certainly appreciate their zippy ways and enjoy the liveliness good health brings to all creatures.

Bird-Feeding Resources:

Audubon North Carolina:
https://nc.audubon.org/

Claws, Inc. (Wildlife rehablitation):
https://www.nc-claws.org/

Southern States—Carrboro:
https://www.southernstates.com/farm-store/store-locations/75647

Wild Bird Center of Chapel Hill:
https://www.wildbird.com/chapelhill/

Wild Birds Unlimited:
https://chapelhill.wbu.com/

Mason Farm Biological Reserve:
https://ncbg.unc.edu/venue/mason-farm-biological-reserve/

 

A native of rural western PA, 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?).


 

 

PORCHLogo Community fearrington smallFearrington Residents & PORCH—
An Amazing Partnership

By Tad McArdle

Want a simple way to do an amazing amount of good? Fearringtonians have no doubt heard of CORA, an organization that works hard and wonderfully well to provide food and other supplies to needy people in our area. CORA stands for Chatham Outreach Alliance, and dates from July 1989, when it provided food to one family of six. CORA has really taken off since then—in 2019-2020 it distributed 1.3 million meals, serving 57,530 people in need.

Intrigued? Impressed? Well, there is an organization right here in Fearrington, dating from 2011, known as PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill/Carrboro Homes), which is, as its website states, “CORA’s largest single contributor of residentially donated food.” Go to PORCH’s website (PORCH-Fearrington), and you may be startled by what you learn there. For instance, over the past ten years, PORCH has “collected and delivered 121.3 tons of food.” (In the form of a roadside line of bananas placed end-to-end, this amount would stretch from the Pittsboro Courthouse almost all the way to Mt. Airy, a distance of 103 miles.)

I learned a lot from their website and from interviewing Rosalyn Darling, who founded PORCH in 2011, and Karen Shectman, who has worked as a neighborhood “coordinator” (she prefers to call herself a “PORCH person”) from the time of its founding. Roz told me that it was 2011 when she saw an article in the News & Observer describing how three Chapel Hill women (Christine Cotton, Debbie Horwitz, and Susan Romaine) had come up with a great idea: “If you make it easy for people to donate to food pantries by just having to put the food out on their own porch, then you’ll get a lot of donations!”

PORCH group at CORA

Photo from CORA files
PORCH volunteers unloading bags to hand over to CORA. (Left to right) Carol Wilson, Roz Darling, Donna Fehrenbach, Hilary Murry, and Jon Darling. All are (or were) Fearrington residents.

Roz continued: “I called one of the three women in Chapel Hill, then went to meet with them. All three of them came, they talked about how they did it, and I thought it would work here. They were very helpful; they had all kinds of ideas, and so I first mentioned it at a Havurah meeting, which is the Jewish cultural organization in Fearrington, and asked whether there were any people interested in being able to coordinate their neighborhoods, because that’s how this program works. Now we have 27 coordinators all over the village. I started with 17 neighborhood coordinators, and then it just took off and grew.”

Karen says she gets a huge kick out of Roz’s monthly report which states how much food has been donated. Roz told me that on one recent morning they collected over 3,000 pounds of food from Fearrington and over $2,000 in cash and checks. Karen thinks they should “take a picture of the food collection every month, as they remove it from the truck. A ton of food sounds like a lot, but what does it look like?”

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Photo from CORA files
West Camden coordinators, Vicki and David Fields, and the two CORA drivers, during the January 2021 collection

According to Roz, the logistics of PORCH are as follows: “I send an email once a month to all the neighborhood coordinators, and then they send emails to their neighbors reminding them of the PORCH date and letting them know if there is any special thing that CORA needs. Then on PORCH day, their neighbors put their food out. Now it varies by neighborhood. In some neighborhoods, people just put it out on their front porch, which is actually the preferred model, and then the coordinators go around and pick it up and bring it back to their house and leave it on their own porch; in larger neighborhoods, that’s not feasible, so people are asked to 

bring the food over to the coordinator’s porch.” Before the pandemic there were three Fearrington drivers who went around and picked up all the food from the neighborhood coordinators’ porches and took it to CORA. But once the pandemic started, CORA wanted to reduce the number of person-to-person contacts. So, the CORA truck has been doing all of the pickups.

Karen has noticed that in recent months there has been an increase in requests for beans, rice, masa harina, and other staples. Roz says one reason for some of the need in Chatham County is the closing of local poultry and meat processing plants. According to a News & Observer article in April 2020, the coronavirus has caused the closing of many such plants in our state, including Mountaire Farms in Siler City. And many of the workers there were Latinx. Roz continued, “There really wasn’t anyplace else to find a job if you didn’t have a lot of skills; and as you probably know, even if you have work, a lot of places around here, like fast food establishments, don’t pay a living wage. So, a lot of people who work are also poor.”

Both women agreed that Fearrington Village has been wonderfully generous with contributions to PORCH. Said Roz: “Every month we DO IT; we have amazing coordinators. Some of the neighborhoods collect an incredible amount of food. We had one coordinator who was in her 90s, and when her husband was alive, they went around with a garden wagon that they bought specifically for this purpose. They walked around their neighborhood and picked up people’s bags and brought them back to their house. I’m impressed and amazed by these people’s dedication.” Karen added, “I wish, frankly, that a lot of these efforts would translate into changes in our government’s policy toward food insufficiency. But until that happens, thank heavens we’ve got CORA and PORCH.”

So if you’re interested, visit the PORCH website (PORCH-Fearrington) and find your neighborhood coordinator (Coordinators - PORCH-Fearrington). The statistics are astonishing, and the amounts are trending upward as needs increase.

 

 

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Minnie Gallman grew up in rural Ohio where her love of nature began. When she moved to Fearrington about six years ago, she began using her camera to capture the beauty of nature in North Carolina. Minnie took these pictures this spring as she walked around Fearrington. Gallman mused, "Flowers appeared everywhere—hidden in the woods, showy blossoms on a tree, or in carefully cultivated gardens. Their vibrant color palette and aromas make everyone smile." The most unusual flower she found was the Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as a paperbush plant, which smells like honeysuckle. Others, such as the camellia and the poppy, are more familiar.

Photos by Minnie Gallman (minnie-gallman.pixels.com).

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Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Bulls BearsFearrington Bulls & Bears

The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group of Fearrington residents who are interested in improving their investment knowledge and capabilities. We meet monthly during non-summer months and communicate regularly through email exchanges. We strive to share information, insights and ideas about investing.

Guests are welcome to participate in a meeting to gauge their interest in joining the club. The next meeting, and the last before our summer break, will be held by Zoom on May 14 at 9:30 am.

For more information about the club or to join our meeting, please contact:

Anna Shearer, President, at 703-217-0322 or ashearer1219@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Democratic ClubFearrington Dem Club Sm

The Fearrington Democratic Club is currently planning new programs to begin in September, but we may have a few surprises over the summer, so watch upcoming Belted Gazettes and Galloway Heards or the mail kiosks.

 

 

Mah JonggMay Mah Jongg!!

The Dragons are Back!

Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg plays on the second Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm. We will start back on Saturday, May 8, at 1 pm. We meet at The Gathering Place and will play under their guidelines. (Read the policy.)

As such we must limit our number to 36. (Sign up for a space.) 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. Annual dues have been waived for 2021.

Bring your own beverage; no food is allowed.

These games are for experienced players.

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

“If Bridge is just a game, then the Grand Canyon is just a hole in Arizona.”

Wednesday, May 5, we will begin Duplicate Bridge here in Fearrington every Wednesday at 1 pm at The Gathering Place for the next four months (May, June, July, and August).

We are a diverse group of players with varying abilities. When you are scored, it is against others who play at the same level that you do. We have a director who helps us abide by the ACBL rules. Many of our folks will explain what they might have done differently, but only if you ask. We are a fun-loving group who are anxious to see each other and play bridge once again. We do use bidding boxes.

We will be abiding by the FHA guidelines for the use of the Gathering Place. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring your vaccination card or verification on your cell phone. After the first time you present it, your name will go on a list, and we will only ask new participants for verification of vaccination. We will supply the list of participants weekly to the FHA office in case tracking of a COVID outbreak is necessary. The air conditioning will be on to help air circulation so remember to bring a sweater if you need one.

We are to wear masks while in the building and stay a minimum of three feet from one another when at all possible. We will serve no food; if you get thirsty, please bring your own drink. We will have hand sanitizer at each table. If you wish to wear gloves, feel free to do so. Please, if you are not feeling well, enjoy a good bridge book at home.

The cost for playing is $7. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach me at jeanshjelle@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Garden Club logoFearrington Garden Club

The Garden Club is pleased to partner with the Women of Fearrington for a wonderful outing to the Lavender Oaks Farm, outside Chapel Hill. We'll meet there on Tuesday, May 25, 11:30 am -1:30 pm for lunch and a tour. The cost is $30.00 per person. COVID guidelines will be observed. Please watch for an email from the Garden Club for details on signing up for this fun event.

You can check out the farm's website here: https://lavenderoaks.farm/.

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, May 11, 3:00 pm, Zoom teleconference
Presentation by club member Eddie Price: Introduction to Family Book Creator (FBC)

Eddie, a long-time genealogist and Village resident will present his experience using Family Book Creator to publish a book of his family history. Many of us aspire to publish our research results in book format to preserve our hard work for succeeding generations. However, in most cases, the problem is that nearly everyone plans to begin their book production as soon as the research is done. In reality the research is never completed, and consequently, a book is never published. That is exactly where the Family Book Creator (FBC) program comes in. It allows the creation of family books by just pressing a button. It only requires that the family data is being stored in the Family Tree Maker application (Personal Computer only and not Apple). Therefore, you need both programs (FTM and FBC) to make it work. You will find that viewing your research results in book format will give you new insights into your family history. FBC is a good tool that allows you to pass on your research results to future generations, simply by using the family data you have already entered into your Family Tree Maker database.

Newcomers are welcome. Contact Linda Grimm at 919-533-6296 for details about participating.

  

Fearrington Golf Club

 Fearrington Golf Club

The Fearrington Golf Club offers the opportunity for golfers in Fearrington Village, Galloway Ridge, and the surrounding area to meet other golfers and play a variety of courses within a 60-mile radius.

Scheduling and signup are done through our easy-to-use website. Our goal is to promote fun and safety by maintaining a smooth pace of play and allowing our members to enjoy the game of golf. For more information, contact Brian Wong, Membership Chairman at 919.656.6786 or bwong5705@gmail.com.

  

 

 Fearrington Non-Fiction Book Clubbook groups

 We are a co-ed group meeting monthly to read and discuss popular non-fiction books of all varieties: biographies, autobiographies, books about health, wellness, animals, science, history, politics, etc. Please contact Coordinator, Jan Doolin, for more information: jan@janetdoolin.com, 303-638-1561.

 

 

Swim Croquet Club logoFearrington Swim & Croquet Club

Pool Opening May 8

Plans are well underway for our pool season to begin Saturday, May 8, noon to 6 pm. We’re looking forward to enjoying our beautiful facility again with friends and family. Our spa is looking good after recent updating. And with help from the Garden Club, a large pollinator garden is in the works along the Croquet Court off of Village Way.

Go to our new website to find all the details. Expect to see changes from last year and possibly changes over the season as more COVID data are available.

We’re looking forward to welcoming new and renewing members this year. Dues are not increasing!

Former members who did not join last year or who did not suspend their membership last year can pay the suspension fee now ($25 per adult member) and avoid the reinstatement fee of $100.

To find our website go to the Swim and Croquet page under the Group Section of the FHA website: www.fearringtonfha.org. If you have questions send an email to: fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com.

 

 

FVS logoFearrington Village Singers Programs

The pandemic may have kept us from preparing concerts this year, but we have been learning more about music from some of our talented members. Did you miss our Zoom programs on Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Julie Taymor, or our Holiday Variety Show? You can find links to these Zoom videos and audio files on the home page of fearrringtonvillagesingers.org.

The Fearrington Village Singers are eager to get back to singing and creating concerts for the community as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

Swim Croquet Club logoWomen of Fearrington

Join us for a joyful celebratory buffet luncheon plus tour at nearby Lavender Oaks Farm Tuesday, May 25, 11:30-1:30, for $30 per person, due May 16. Guests are welcome. We are delighted that the Garden Club will join us! All CDC guidelines will be observed. Plus there’s a 10% discount in the gift shop! https://www.womenoffearrington.org/registration

WoF invites all new members to morning coffee on either Thursday, May 6, or Friday, May 7, 10 to 11:30 at the Village Roost, ordering from the Belted Goat. We look forward to getting together safely and finally meeting you! Please register here. Also, there is one last Zoom Welcome Coffee May 3.

We want to hear your opinions on topics for general meeting programs. Please share your ideas in this survey of cultural and intellectual enrichment and venue preferences, if any, by May 7. Thanks to you we continue to Learn, Laugh & Lead!

 

 

dog 305536 640Plans for a Fearrington Dog Club

Calling all Fearrington Dog Lovers: Are you interested in helping to form a village dog club? Some of the planned activities of the club might be guest speakers with expertise in canine behavior or health and training, gatherings at local dog parks for socialization with owners and pets and getting to know other dog-owning residents. If a village dog club interests you, please send an email to Warren Ort at warrensailo@aol.com. He hopes to book a May planning meeting at The Gathering Place.

—Warren Ort

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham Connecting logoChatham Connecting: Connecting Those in Need with Those Who Can Help

Chatham County is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2021, and programs highlighting our county's history, community, and culture will occur throughout the year. In May, “Local on Main” needs volunteers 16 years or older to help set up, serve, and take down tables for the Farm and Art Dinner which will be held on May 19. Call 814-331-7903 for information. The Community Remembrance Coalition—Chatham - Home (crc-c.org), plans a series of Equal Justice events including a book discussion late May of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Has spring cleaning yielded treasures that need new homes? Take a look at our website, Chatham Connecting, where you can find over 100 Chatham County non-profits that could benefit from your donations. Special buttons at the top of our webpage take you to youth volunteer opportunities and work-from-home options. If you prefer the outdoors this time of year, check out the Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area, which seeks volunteers to clean up the riverbanks and participate in other environmental activities. Whatever your interest there are organizations that need your help.

 

 

Book Discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

CasteOn Thursday, May 27 at 7 pm, the Community Remembrance Coalition—Chatham will hold a book discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents via Zoom. This is the first event leading up to the one-hundred-year remembrance of the last lynching of six that took place in Chatham County. The remembrance will occur on September 18.

Jan Kowal and Deborah Turrentine will lead the discussion. To participate, please register with Jan Kowal (pesch72el@gmail.com). Please provide your full name, email address, and affiliations, if any. You will receive resources and discussion questions for the event. The Zoom link will be shared closer to May 27.

  

 

Continuing Education Opportunities

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke is a year-round educational community that in normal times would take place on the Duke campus, as well as on other sites including Galloway Ridge. Courses cover history, literature, natural or social sciences, art, music, drama and current events. For the spring season, all courses will be held online. Catalogs will not be mailed but will be available online April 20. Registration, also online, will be on May 4th and 5th. Classes begin on May 17.

To register and to view courses, go to learnmore.duke.edu. If you have any questions, contact Warren Ort 919-533-6597 or warrensailo@aol.com.

 


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Fearrington Cares Phase 1 Re-Opening

We are delighted to begin re-opening many of the services offered by Fearrington Cares; details of our re-opening are found on our website: fearringtoncares.org/reopening-fearrington-cares-center-phase-1-march-and-april-2021/. The safety of our volunteers and of the villagers they serve remains a top priority and has required temporary modifications of our usual services. We hope you will consider joining one of our volunteer teams and invite you to read about Handypersons, Ambassadors, and Transportation on our website: fearringtoncares.org/volunteer. We have scheduled a new driver training at 1:00 pm on May 20 here at the Center; please complete a volunteer form found on our website or call us with questions about new opportunities.

 

 

Gut Health

Thursday, May 13, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Dr. Seth Crockett, a practicing gastroenterologist and endoscopist at UNC, as well as an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at UNC, will provide an overview of gut health and aging. As part of this program, he will also discuss colorectal cancer screening options, including colonoscopy. Dr. Crockett has been on the UNC faculty since 2012. His research relates to cancer epidemiology of the gastrointestinal tract, screening and prevention of colorectal cancer, and colonoscopy quality. Please bring to the session any of your questions about GI conditions.

 

 

Know Your Emergency Response Team

Thursday, May 27, 1:30 pm via Zoom

Plan to attend this informative discussion about the way you will be taken care of when you call 911. We all count on these helpers in an emergency; you will learn what you can do to have the best experience possible. The roles of the dispatcher, the fire department, and FirstHealth ambulance service will be outlined by FirstHealth Chatham County Director, Tim Simmons. Primary focus will be the explanation of various actions taken once EMS is on scene. A Q&A session will conclude the discussion.

 

 

Found a Yellow Envelope in the Mail?

If you discovered this brightly colored missive in the mail, you will find that it was our annual spring request for support. Daffodils are not the only important yellow things in the spring! Many thanks to our residents who have already responded to this annual appeal by sending a check or making a donation online. In response to your suggestions, this year we will send an email acknowledgment of your generosity if we have a valid address. If we have no email for you, an acknowledgment will be sent in the mail.

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, & Education Programs Links Are on Our Website: www.fearringtoncares.org

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs links are on our website, www.fearringtoncares.org. Click the blue Zoom button on our home page and scroll to the correct program/class/support group. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up.


 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

Mondays: Chair Yoga (No class May 31)

Wednesdays: Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Thursdays: Line Dancing

Fridays: Rhythm Without the Blues (Last class May 14)

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, May 5 & 19, 12:30–2:00 pm

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, May 6; Tuesday, May 18, 1:00 pm (Note one-time change of day)

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday, May 13, 3:30–4:30 pm (Note that this group will also be meeting in person—listed below)

Health Services Offered at the Fearrington Cares Center

 

Nurse Consultation:
Appointment required, call 919-542-6877

 

Foot Clinic:  Thursday, May 6, Appointment required, call 919-542-6877

Support Groups Meeting in Person

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Mondays 10 am, Fearrington Cares Center (No meeting May 31)

Parkinson's Support Group:
Everyone interested is invited to join the Parkinson's Support Group on Wednesday, May 12, from 3:30-4:30 pm. We will meet at The Roost (weather permitting) in the Fearrington Village Center for a socially distanced discussion on various topics.

 

 

Be a Hero: Donate Blood

Thursday, May 13, 9:00 am–3:00 pm, The Fearrington Cares Center

Make your appointment to donate using this link: www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Fearrington. You can also make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and using Sponsor Code “Fearrington.” (You may need to tell them that you want to schedule here in Fearrington on May 13.) All donors will be asked to wear a mask.

 

 

Spotlight on Support Groups: Living with Chronic Conditions

The goal of the Chronic Conditions Support Group is to foster mutual support with others, who by virtue of their similar experiences are good listeners and have helpful resources to share. Please join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1:00–2:30 pm via the Zoom button on the Fearrington Cares website to give this caring group a try. [Please note that the meeting in the third week of May will be on Tuesday instead of Thursday.] These are some reflections of current members:

“The Chronic Conditions group has been a meaningful part of my life for the last five years. It's a safe and confidential place to talk about our individual conditions, to exchange resources, compare experiences, and give and receive support. Group members understand one another in ways others can’t, and we don’t wear out friends talking about our chronic health conditions.”—Group member for five years

“This group has been there for me through a major surgery as well as offering support and new insights with health issues that have been with me for many years. I value their opinions, thoughtful ideas, and friendship.”—Group member for four years

“We recently moved to Fearrington Village and I found the Chronic Conditions Support Group. Even though my chronic conditions are in the mild range presently, I've found great support, information, aliveness, and value in my attendance at these meetings.”—New member

“I value the input from other group members who can understand living with life-altering issues. I come away better equipped to cope with not only the physical difficulties, but also the psychological effects of long-term conditions that have plagued me, some for a relatively short time and others that have been with me for years.”—Group member for five years

 

 

The Marines Only Wanted a Few Good Men…

But Fearrington Cares is happy to take more than a few good men and women volunteers for our Handyperson service. We are running out of capable hands to do the simple things that some of our neighbors cannot do. If you can change a battery in a smoke detector, replace a light bulb, fix a leaky faucet, or turn a screwdriver, you can be a big help to someone who can’t. You don’t have to be an expert at anything—you just need a sense of adventure and willingness to try to fix things. And if you don’t succeed, at least you tried to help. Please contact the Fearrington Cares Center (919-542-6877, info@fearringtoncares.org, or fearringtoncares.org/volunteer) to volunteer or for more information.

 



 

Fearrington Directory Changes

Beltie on a bench for emailweb96LPWelcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between March 15 and April 14:

NameAddressContact Information
Jim BUIE
&
Lucia HOLLIDAY
594F Woodbury  Jim's Email: jimbuie2@gmail.com
Lucia's Email: luciaholliday@gmail.com
Jim's Cell: 336-493-5070
Lucia's Cell: 336-493-5524 
Cole, Jackson, Pamela & Vivian CASE  523 Swim and Croquet  Pamela's Email: pamelasusancase@gmail.com
Home: 919-323-5027 
Susan Haynes CATES
&
Michael EC GERY 
382 Wintercrest West  Susan's Email: zencates@gmail.com
Michael's Email: geryobx@gmail.com
Susan's Cell: 252-207-1940
Michael's Cell: 252-305-5753 
Judy COHAN  580 Woodbury  Judy's Email: judithcohan@gmail.com
Judy's Cell: 919-819-9599 
Sally L. GODSHALL
&
Richard WITMEYER
628 Spindlewood Richard's Email: richwitmeyer@yahoo.com
Home: 919-533-3134
Richard's Cell: 919-200-5260
Dennis & Wendy O'KEEFE 4606 Montgomery Dennis' Email: dp.okeefe@icloud.com
Wendy's Email: wa.okeefe@icloud.com
Home: 330-659-4096
Teresa REED 51 Trestle Leaf Home: tejereed@embarqmail.com
Janet & John SWANSON 4038 South McDowell Janet's Email: jswanson1944@yahoo.com
John's Email: john.arthur.swanson@gmail.com Home: 352-751-1952
Janet's Cell: 352-454-4742
John's Cell: 352-454-4741

 

Are you a new resident? Be sure to register on our FHA community website. Doing so will give you full access to website features and allow you to be added to our resident directory. Log on to FearringtonFHA.org and on the top menu click on “Directory.” Then, in the drop-down menus click first on “New Resident” then “List Me in the Directory.”

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

 

May 2021 CalendarFearrington May CalendarWeb

The Gathering Place is reopening May 3 with Covid-19 guidelines in place. These guidelines will impact the way group meetings are held. Check with the listed contact person for more information about any restrictions.

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Monday
May 3
7 – 8 pm 
Women of Fearrington Zoom Welcome Coffee Jo Anne Rosenfeld
919-533-6479 
Thursday
May 6
10 – 11:30 am 
Women of Fearrington  New Member Coffee  Mary Ann Petrushka
443-602-1244 
Friday
May 7
10 – 11:30 am 
Friday
May 7
10 – 11:30 am 
New Member Coffee  Mary Ann Petrushka
443-602-1244 
Tuesday
May 11
3:00 pm 
Genealogy Group  Zoom Teleconference  Linda Grimm
919-533-6296 
Friday
May 14
9:30 am
Bulls & Bears
Investment Club 
Club Meeting
via
Zoom 
Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
ashearer1219@gmail.com 
Tuesday
May 25
11:30 am –
1:30 pm  
Women of Fearrington  Lavender Oaks Farm
Buffet lunch and tour 
Mif Flaherty
808-234-0008
Thursday
May 27
7 pm
Community Remembrance Coalition
—Chatham
Zoom Book Discussion of Caste
by Isabel Wilkerson
Jan Kowal
pesch72el@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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FEARRINGTON  HOMEOWNERS  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
April 2021        Volume 40        Number 4

 

 

President's Message

Doggone Carl

Doggone It!

When I was a boy, one of the few expressions of irritation permitted by adults (at least in their company) was “Doggone it!” I still use the expression, although I do slip occasionally. But in a time when our television and movies celebrate vulgarity to attract viewers (some of those expressions even suggesting anatomical impossibilities), it now seems such a sweet expression. Besides, I like “Doggone it” because it contains the word “dog,” which always has a positive note to me.

I am presently in need of an expression of dismay and irritation because, “Doggone it!,” the transition from our old management company to Associa HRW has been much more troubled and difficult than any of us thought it would be. FHA considered multiple companies, did reference checks, and took considerable care to validate Associa HRW as our management company. But the transition issues still surprised us.

Every single member of the FHA Board puts in a lot of time and effort to preserve things as we all want them to be and to improve many areas. We depend on our management company for many things. They receive residents’ dues; they pay the FHA bills; they help manage vendors and projects; perhaps most importantly, they respond to questions from residents; they help with requests for things like building projects, repairs for some residences, or with covenants issues.

So, we are working diligently with Associa HRW to get things right and identify mutually agreeable solutions for some of the larger issues:

• There were errors in names and ZIP codes on initial packages to residents, which caused issues in trying to pay FHA dues; that was fixed. There is work still to be done to get things set up properly for many residents, but progress is being made. The good news is that once everything is working, residents will not have to repeat the process.

• Just two weeks into her first month, our Assistant Manager quit. A new Assistant Manager, Darla Sandoval, is now in place. Based on results and comments from residents, she has been extremely helpful in solving problems.

• The Associa HRW Manager initially assigned to oversee FHA dues had issues that took him out of action for much of January and some of February—additionally, he may not have been the right person for the job. Associa HRW has now replaced that person with a brand-new Manager, Kathy Wood. It is early yet, but our impression is that she will be particularly good in this role.

• Our former management company had many issues with tracking financial operations and getting bills paid, which is one of the major reasons we chose a new company. Poor information from that prior company, and some delays by Associa HRW, have made getting things right even more difficult and frustrating than we had imagined. Our Treasurer is working diligently with Associa HRW to resolve these problems, and we are starting to see success.

So, “Doggone it,” we are too stubborn to let these kinds of issues stand in the way of getting things right! We hope to look back in a month or so and breathe a deep sigh of relief.
This is not the end, or even the beginning of the end, but it may be the end of the beginning. (Churchill)???


 

 

The Belted Gazette

The Belted Gazette is the official publication of our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA), produced by and for residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. The Gazette contains community news, reports from FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Gazette is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A PDF copy of the current issue and back issues can be found on the FHA website (fearringtonfha.org).

Submissions

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

Send 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.

Newsletter Staff:

Jan Kowal Ann Melchior
Leslie Palmer Deborah Repplier
Jackie Walters  

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago
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).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Pam Bailey
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Chris Jaeger
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

From the Editors

Meet John Webster, Our Naming Contest Winner

By Ann Melchior

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John Webster with his folk-art illustrated mantle featuring the Fearrington Galloways painted by his friend and trompe-l’oeil artist, Kate Ladd, of Pittsboro. John’s beloved Galloways are featured prominently throughout his home.

When told his entry, The Belted Gazette, was the winner of our “Name the Newsletter” contest, John Webster enthusiastically emailed back: “I’m both surprised and pleased all at once! I have had a love affair with the Belted Galloways for over 45 years!”

A few days later I sat down with John at his home for an interview. I learned the story of how John developed such affection for the cows we Fearringtonians consider our community mascot. That is when I realized John’s winning our naming contest was kismet.

But first, a bit about John. For many Villagers, Boston-born John Webster needs no introduction. John and husband, Kimball Page (“Kim”), moved to Fearrington in August 1986. This was a time, John hastens to add, when Fearrington was a small village and most residents knew one another. After renting homes on Creekwood, the couple bought homes on Brampton Close and later on Spindlewood. Eventually sizing down, they ended up at John’s current home on E. Camden, across from the park. In earlier days, both John and Kim were active Fearringtonians known for hosting fundraisers for local non-profits. John also served as the president of Fearrington’s Garden Club.

John’s home is filled with antiques, collectibles, trompe-l’oeil, and mementos of the Galloway cow. All are good memories of the life he shared with Kim, who passed away in September 2018 at the age of 89. John is mostly retired from a varied career that included being an antique dealer. More recently John worked for Southern Seasons, the now-closed Chapel Hill gourmet store where he was a manager and buyer. John smiles recalling how he talked Kim into working at Southern Seasons too, “for something to do in his retirement,” and how customers were charmed by Kim, a bon vivant with interesting stories.

What first brought John and Kim to Fearrington? Florida friends pondering a move asked the couple to check the development out. They did so in June 1985. Both were impressed with the little English-themed village that came into view as they turned onto Village Way. And that’s when John saw them: Fitch’s Galloways grazing next to the silo. John immediately recognized the unusual black and white cows, which he acknowledges colored his positive impression of Fearrington that day. In fact, John and Kim were so charmed by Fearrington on that visit they decided to move here, even though their Florida friends didn’t.

So, you might wonder, why was John so taken by the grazing Galloway cows that day? This story requires us to delve a little further back in time.

In the mid-1970s John and Kim moved to a rural Vermont home in Waitsfield, a half hour from Stowe. Their neighbor, a farmer, was a man named Werner von Trapp. Now the story gets a bit…musical.

This neighbor was the same Werner von Trapp who, in his childhood, was a member of the Trapp Family Singers. This singing troupe was popularized in the 1959 Broadway play The Sound of Music with Mary Martin, and later in the 1965 movie with Julie Andrews. As readers may recall, the von Trapp family fled to the United States from Austria in the 1940s where, when not performing on the road, they ran a lodge and music camp in Stowe. So yes, Werner von Trapp, John Webster’s neighbor, was of the musical von Trapp family. According to Wikipedia, Werner was the 2nd oldest son of the singing children (and referred to as “Kurt” in the movie). After serving in the US Army during WWII, Werner became a dairy farmer, raised six children with his wife, and retired to Waitsfield, VT where he raised…Scottish heritage Galloway cows.

And that’s the nexus. Werner von Trapp’s dairy farm was situated next to John and Kim’s Vermont home. “That’s the first time I saw a Galloway,” John recalled, “they were called Oreos.” John has studied the Galloway’s origins and knows that this cold-tolerant, docile breed was popular in nearby Maine where, he notes, RB Fitch acquired his first Galloways.

That is why John “felt it was home” when he and Kim first drove into Fearrington Village and saw Fitch’s cattle grazing. It brought back fond memories of living in Vermont with the von Trapp’s Galloways right next door.

Despite spending over two hours with John, I felt the interview ended too soon. As a newcomer to Fearrington, I enjoyed hearing about the Village “back in the day” when everyone knew one another and RB and Jenny Fitch were commonly seen around the ‘hood. I will now think of John, and his passion for the Galloway, whenever I walk or drive by the ‘Oreo’ cows grazing in our Village fields.


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

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On April 27th, at 7:00 pm, the FHA will host the second open meeting regarding the future of Beechmast Pond. As a reminder, the FHA is considering whether to keep the pond as is, to turn it into a wetlands, or to restore it to its original state—a free-running stream. After the next open meeting, a survey will be sent to residents, and the Board will make a decision about which option to pursue.

Since the first presentation, we have learned more about the availability of grants that would cover some of the costs. Here’s what we know now:

• There are two state grant programs that are considerations for our project. One accepts applications in January, and the other accepts applications year-round.

• We expect that it will take a year to obtain a grant and then another year to obtain all necessary construction permits. So, this is a two-year project or longer.

• All of the necessary design work has been completed to submit a grant application. Each grant application will cost about $1,500.

• Grants are available for the wetlands conversion, but there are fewer opportunities, and they would cover less than the 50% contribution that could be available for restoring it to a stream.

• The grant has to be submitted through a non-profit partner with an environmental mission statement. They would technically become the applicant for the grant. There are a number of such agencies that would be appropriate.

You can read more about the project in the October newsletter, and in the summary of the first open meeting in the March newsletter.

You will receive any further information we obtain and an invitation to register for the open meeting closer to the meeting.

—Jesse Fearrington (grounds@fhaboard.org)

 

 

What a Difference Our Fearrington Volunteers Makegetinvolved larger 2 orig

Fearrington homeowners, I have some good news for you! The Hospitality and Service Center will be re-opening on a limited schedule in April. We’re thrilled that many of the former volunteers have agreed to return. All will be wearing masks, of course, and everyone is at least two weeks’ post-second vaccination. We’ll limit visitors to one at a time.

These volunteers can provide you with useful tools, like access to a color copier and even colored paper if you like. There’s also a fax machine if you need it. Our Hospitality Center is a great source of information about Fearrington and the surrounding area—newcomers will find it invaluable.
As long as you wear a mask and you’re at least two weeks past your second vaccination, we welcome you to drop by The Gathering Place—or call with your questions between the hours of 9 am to 12 pm.

Available Volunteer Positions

Would you be willing to help out at The Hospitality Center? We’re looking for at least one more person to help staff. Additionally, our current volunteers may be looking for alternates to fill in on an occasional basis, on days they cannot make it. If you’re interested in learning more about these opportunities, please email me at the address below.

Kudos to Neighbors Who Keep Fearrington Clean

On a different note, many thanks to the neighbors who can be seen picking up trash along our roads and pathways. They carry a trash bag and a grabber with them whenever they go out walking. They too make a difference in the quality of life here in Fearrington. Although these folks wish to remain anonymous, I want to congratulate them on their community spirit and encourage others to join them in keeping our village looking good. If everyone does their part, we’ll continue to have a beautiful neighborhood.

Easter & Our Egg Hunt

This year we decided it was too early in the recovery efforts against Covid-19 to hold our VERY popular Easter Egg Hunt. We’ve been very fortunate here in Fearrington Village to have a healthy community, and we don’t want to jeopardize that now. Please wear your masks and keep up the social distancing a while longer, so we can all survive this pandemic. And next year, we’ll plan for our best Easter Egg Hunt yet!

In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter, and stay healthy!

—Chris Jaeger (community@fhaboard.org)

 

successJoin a Village Improvement Team!

Your FHA Board is very appreciative of your recent responses to our Community Assessment Survey, which have helped us identify what defines our mutual Fearrington Village vision.

Key findings of the Survey have led the FHA’s Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) to identify four new initiatives (along with the issue of Governance) that have wide community interest and can enhance life in our village. The four proposed initiatives are:

• Walking Paths & Nature Trails

• The Gathering Place

• Village Attractiveness & Renewal

• Aging in Our Community

In the recent Community Survey, 60% of residents stated that, depending on the topic, they would consider providing assistance to find solutions for the issues our village is facing. Our Board fully supports each of these four initiatives. To accomplish them, we need your help. Only with active community participation can we achieve our shared goals. Your engagement will help drive success. Now we are asking for your assistance. We strongly encourage you to consider joining a team focused on the initiative that interests you most.

If you are able to invest your time, energy, and abilities over the next three to four months, the LRPC would be delighted to consider your participation on one of these projects.

Fearrington Village Needs YOU! Learn more about volunteering.

—Long Range Planning Committee (c/o treasurer@fhaboard.org)

 

 

Using the FHA Website: The Directory

Last month I explained how to create an account on the FHA website and log in. This month I’ll show you how to use one of the most popular and useful features of the website, the Directory.

If you are reading this on the web page version of the newsletter, you can see the link to the Directory on the blue menu bar at the top of the page, fourth item from the left. If you have not logged in, you will find that you have access only to very limited features of the Directory, but if you do log in and hover your cursor over that item on the menu, you will see that there several options.

Figure 1 : Options for finding the person you are seeking.

You may want to explore all of these, but for now I focus on the first option, Find People. Suppose you want to find a friend’s email address. Select Find People, and you will see that there are a number of ways to find the person you are looking for (Figure 1). Again, you can explore them all, but let’s find the person by Last Name.

In the box labeled, Start typing … type the first two letters of the person’s last name. You will see a list of all residents whose last name begins with those letters. Sometimes that’s all you need. If the list is quite long, type a third letter. Rarely will you need to type more than three or four letters to find the person (see Figure 2; the personal details are blurred here to preserve privacy).

There is one strange quirk to the directory search process that you should be aware of and beware of. If it happens to you, it can cause a lot of frustration. Try the search for the same name one more time.

Tap or click on the small red Clear button beside the input box. Type the first letter, “p”. Then, as quickly as you can, type two more letters, “i t”. When I do this, no names at all appear in the list. It looks as if there are no residents whose last names begin “pit”, which we know is not true.

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Figure 2: List of residents whose names begin with the first three letters.

The problem is that the software managing the directory search cannot work correctly if the input characters are typed too quickly. They register correctly on the screen, but the search process that the directory search relies on is overwhelmed. This does not happen for every user, but when it does, it can be very disconcerting.

The solution is simple. Just type the initial characters one at a time, quite deliberately. After I was trapped by this quirk, I eventually trained myself not to rush through the typing.

There is much more to the directory you may find helpful. Your Neighborhood provides you with the directory information for everyone on your block. You can find this information for any block in the village. Select one of the 24 FHA areas from the dropdown list, and you will see the neighborhood listing for every block in that area.

Under Find Other you can obtain the directory information for Block and Area Contacts in any area, as well as information for the various Service Groups or for FHA Board members.

With all this information available to you, perhaps you can see why the Directory is considered to be so useful.

Happy browsing.

 

 

computer screenChanges to the FHA Website

Each month the editors of The Belted Gazette (as it is now called) produce an attractive, interesting, and informative newsletter. It suffers from a significant problem, however. By the time you receive it, the newsletter will be at least 10 days out of date, and there is no way to update any of the articles.

In the case of sudden, critical events, the Board will send an email to everyone. However, distributing emails to all residents whenever something happens is not feasible and can be very annoying.

The most efficient way to provide up-to-date news is through the website, fearringtonfha.org/. With the help of the webmaster, Jim Brooking, we have been redesigning the home page so that it emphasizes this important function of the website. When you first connect you should see a few short items that address the most recent issues the FHA has had to address. These may range from recent CDC guidelines concerning the pandemic to upcoming community events. Following a brief heading and a date indicating when the item was posted, there will be a link to a longer article.

We encourage readers who want to find the most recent information about any FHA issue to check the website. If there’s something important there, you will not need to search for it; it will be there on the front page. It is unlikely that something new will be posted every day, or even every week, but if something important has happened since the last publication of the newsletter, that’s where you can find out about it.

Jim Brooking is also exploring other modifications to the appearance of the website. For the next month or so you may notice other changes taking place. Please feel free to comment on these changes, indicating whether or not you find them helpful. The purpose of the website is to be useful to you.

—Gordon Pitz (communications@fhaboard.org)

 

 

Associa HRW

Associa HRW, the new management company, provided the following information about their new staff and their availability:

The Associa HRW office is located in The Gathering Place. The phone number is: 919-542-1603. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Kathy Wood is the new Community Manager. Darla Sandoval is the Assistant Community Manager. Please reach out to either if you need assistance with residents’ dues, with issues involving vendors, or with any of the tasks in which they assist the FHA.

The HRW office will be closed April 5, to observe Easter.

—Associa® HRW Management AAMC®
4700 Homewood Court, Suite 380 Raleigh, NC 27609
customercare@hrw.net

 

 

Parking on Village Roads

Our FHA Board has received a number of complaints from residents regarding cars being parked on the grassy edge of roads in the village. One road where this can become especially problematical is Creekwood, near the trail entrances. In some locations, parking on the edge of the road can be a safety hazard for walkers and for other drivers. It may reduce visibility and force pedestrians to walk in the road to pass the parked vehicles. In addition, when you park on the grass, your tires can dig up the grass and cause erosion. This is an especially serious problem now, following a very wet winter.

We ask residents to be especially careful when parking along roads. Please think carefully about the suitability of locations where you want to park. Here are some questions to consider:

• State law allows vehicles to park along state-maintained roads as long as other motorists can see them from a distance of at least 200 feet. This guideline applies to parking on any road. Can your vehicle be seen by other traffic?

• The law requires vehicles to be completely off the road, but to avoid being a hazard for pedestrians, this may not be sufficient. Try to park at least 24 inches from the edge of the road. Can pedestrians get by safely?

• To preserve our natural environment and protect the vegetation that we all enjoy, please avoid muddy areas, bare dirt surfaces, or any location where tires can cause damage. Are sure you are not harming the environment?

If you are using the Creekwood trails, consider parking in the village parking areas and walking over to the trails. There is parking on Market Street, less than 200 yards from the trailhead at the corner of Creekwood and Village Way.

The nature trails are an asset we can all enjoy, and we encourage residents to use them. Please bear in mind, though, that the natural resources can be very fragile.

—Health, Safety, and Security Committee (healthsafetysecurity@fhaboard.org

 


 

Features

 

 

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Story and Photos by Gordon Pitz

Early in March a female Bufflehead duck appeared on the lower Camden pond, joining Sophocles (Sophie) and the Mallards. A few days later she was joined by a male. The Bufflehead (a name derived from the abbreviation of Buffalo Head, so called because of the shape of the duck’s head) is not rare but is not often seen in Fearrington. They typically spend winters closer to the coast. In summer they head north to Central Canada for the breeding season.

 
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The breed is very small as ducks go, and it is not easy to get a close view. If you walk by the pond, they will quickly move to the far side. In any case, they may spend half their time fishing under water, disappearing for up to 25 seconds at a time. I managed to take these photos by parking myself in the shrubs on the north side of the pond, waiting for pedestrians to pass by on the south.

—Gordon Pitz (communications@fhaboard.org)

 

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Welcome to the debut of the Fearrington Puzzler! We’ll offer this feature regularly for readers who enjoy puzzles and for anyone interested in learning more about our village. This month’s puzzler is brought to you by, most aptly, Jesse Fearrington. We hope you’ll put on your puzzler hats and do a bit of research, on the FHA site perhaps, as well as chatting with some of your long-term resident neighbors.

What history is contained in the building that houses The Belted Goat?

Stay tuned for the May edition of The Belted Gazette to learn the answer.


 

 

Introducing Fearrington Book Groups

Part 2 of a 2-part series

By Katie Baer and Maggie Pearson

This is the second of two articles introducing book groups in Fearrington Village and includes suggestions on how to start your own book group.

The Belted Bookworms is unusual because it is composed only of men.

Vince Tollers started the group in 2013, soon after he and his wife moved to Fearrington. “I was in a men’s book group when we lived in Rochester, and I wanted to create something similar when we moved here,” he said. Initially, he invited six men he knew from his neighborhood, and the group has since expanded to 13 members.

“We organized as a way to talk about books of substance,” Tollers said. “We read widely, primarily fiction, but no ‘beach books’ or ‘fluff’.”

Typically, meetings start with a member giving a brief summary and then opening up discussion. There’s always a good ebb and flow, and good listening skills are key to the success of the group, Tollers noted. “Members offer different points of view, and we respect and enjoy hearing those.“

To identify likely good reads, the group often looks to lists of literary prizes, such as the Booker Prize and the National Book Award, but also chooses recently reviewed books and members’ suggestions.

The Belted Bookworms’ list of books read over the past eight years reflects the group’s wide range of interests. Just two recent choices: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.

Tea and Talk is a hybrid: a discussion group that relies on books, articles, and personal experience to support opinions on a variety of topics. “It is a group that likes to read but wants a more free-form organizing principle,” said one member.

Each month a member chooses a subject for discussion. Members are not expected to do research for the meeting but to come with ideas that draw on books or articles to clarify points of view. One member said that she wasn’t looking for “an English class. The goal is to learn something new. Our members are well-read so using books to bolster ideas comes naturally.”

Tea and Talk has six members who got together through word of mouth. Before the pandemic, the group met in members’ homes, and tea was always served.

Bookends, a popular group affiliated with McIntyre’s Books, is a somewhat structured group directed by Wayne Pond, PhD, a Fearrington resident and former director of UNC’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values. It is open to anyone in the community and does not limit the number of members.

Keebe Fitch, McIntyre’s manager and events coordinator, and Pond, developed a plan several years ago to foster a thematic approach to reading. Typically, several paired books (hence the name Bookends) emphasize a common theme, and readers read both books a month apart. “The dual selection often shows how authors in different time periods address a theme differently,” said Pond. Examples include politics: Washington, DC (Henry Adams--19th century) and Echo House (Ward Just--20th century) and friendship: Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) and Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner).

Pond typically starts each session with a brief introduction and then invites discussion. “Wayne provides a sense of decorum, but always generates a lively discussion,” said Fitch. The sense of collegiality has been a hallmark of the group, according to John McDowell, who’s been a regular for several years. People who attend are a well-educated, diverse group, he noted. “The high quality of discussion makes it feel like a graduate seminar,” he said.

Until Covid-19, the group met in McIntyre’s back room but recently revived in a virtual format.

For more information about upcoming discussions via Zoom, contact Wayne Pond at (919) 542-9194. The selected books are available at McIntyre’s at a 20% discount up until the meeting’s date.

How to Start a Book Group

Book groups in Fearrington Village usually start with one or two friends who share similar interests in reading and discussion reaching out to others who share the same interests and whom they think would get along well in the group. Over time a decision is made about the ideal size for the book group.

For newcomers, an ideal way to start is with an open book group such as Bookends, or groups supported by other independent bookstores or local libraries. (Check to learn if they are currently supporting book groups during Covid-19.) These larger venues offer a chance to meet like-minded people who enjoy the same kinds of books and who may want to start a smaller group. The Chapel Hill Newcomers also offers a way to meet other newcomers who might be interested in setting up a book group.

Group members interviewed for this article emphasized that developing a sustainable book group requires some clear choices:

1. What are the goals for the group - social, intellectual or both?

2. What kind of books will the group read, and how will they be chosen?

3. How often will the group meet and where? How long will meetings last?

4. Will there be rotating hosts and rotating discussion leaders?

5. Who will facilitate communication among members, such as keeping everyone up to date with changes to the schedule?

6. Will the group be women-only, men-only or mixed?

7. Will drinks or food be available?

Other comments include:

1. Ideally, total group size should be about ten so each meeting is assured of six or seven participants.

2. Start each meeting with a short social period to find out how everybody is doing, but once discussion begins, avoid non-book related socializing. End the discussion by asking about other books members have been reading.

3. Help all members feel valued by ensuring that everyone who wants to speak can do so.

4. Over time a book group serves many purposes for its members: intellectual stimulation, a place to deepen relationships, a way to encounter new ideas. Members with open tolerant attitudes fare best because the most interesting discussions often are those where there are differences of opinion. A book group should be a relatively safe place for members to express their ideas.

5. McIntyre’s offers a 20% discount on selected book group titles if the group supplies the bookstore with a reading list five weeks prior to its meeting. Call McIntyre’s for more information: (919) 542-3030.

 

 

Newcomer to Fearrington Records Chatham County’s Historic Structures

By Kimberly Steiner

Chatham County has a rich architectural heritage worthy of exploring and recording for its residents. I discovered this when looking for ways to become acquainted not only with my new neighborhood of Fearrington, but with my larger community following my family’s move here in 2014.

With a degree in art conservation, experience working in museums and archives, and an interest in history, I made new friends visiting the Chatham County Historical Association’s (CCHA) museum in Pittsboro. When a friend asked me to assist with some research for a project concerning the Bynum bridge, I dove into the wonderful local history collection at the Chatham Community Library.

An impressive find was a book titled The Architectural Heritage of Chatham County by Rachel Osborn and Ruth Selden-Sturgill. A compilation of surveys of historic homes in Chatham County conducted between 1980-1986, it records an expansive effort to document historic homes in the county. Curious about which homes were still standing and which had not survived the past thirty years, I got in my car and started searching, paying attention to the townships around Fearrington.

I found the ones still standing and was surprised at the number gone. I was also surprised to drive by distinctly older homes that had no entry in the book. Thinking about all the new development in the county and all the homes that might not survive the next thirty years, I contacted CCHA, met with Bev Wiggins, reported my drive-by findings and my concerns and proposed a project—a new survey of historic homes.

During the original survey in the 1980s, 211 homes were surveyed in Williams, Baldwin, New Hope, and Center townships. Since then, 37 of those have been demolished or are in ruins. That’s at least one house per year and doesn’t account for the countless historic homes that were razed prior to the 1980s survey. We can only assume that number is substantial since the county was founded in 1771 and has seen significant growth over time. The construction of Jordan Lake, for example, relocated or demolished numerous homes in New Hope township. Additionally, I discovered 134 homes within these four townships not published in Architectural Heritage that I felt warranted documentation. In my own research, I also identified 33 homes no longer standing that were not included in the book, and I’m sure there are many more I’m unaware of.

CCHA reviewed my proposal and graciously agreed to back the project. The goal of the project is to survey all homes within Williams, Baldwin, New Hope, and Center townships (including Pittsboro) that predate 1930. I began the project in October of 2019 and have surveyed all of Williams and New Hope townships to date. CCHA shares the surveys with the community through its website (Chatham County, NC Historical Association (chathamhistory.org)). Eventually, I will share my findings with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which maintains a map of historic structures throughout the state—a wonderful resource.

The survey process requires some planning, organization, research, a pinch of willingness from homeowners, and quite a bit of gas for my car! I mail homeowners a letter a few weeks prior to the date I intend to survey their home and give them a chance to respond. Some are excited to be included in the project, meet me at the door when I arrive, give me a tour, and tell me everything I’d ever want to know and more about their property. On the other hand, quite a few have told me to “bugger off”; some are reluctant, maybe because their property needs some repair or extensive renovations have obscured their home’s history; most are indifferent. Once on the property, I photograph the home’s exterior and take notes on certain architectural features. The whole process takes 5-10 minutes, and I typically survey up to 20 homes a day. After creating a write-up on the property, I send it off to CCHA.

The hardest part is not watching development creep in, witnessing homes falling apart, or showing up to a property and finding the house gone—it is the indifference to these situations I find troubling. In truth, my favorite part of the project is not visiting an impeccably restored home—it’s photographing a house before it gets demolished.

I believe it is important to preserve the memory of the places that have played a part in the collective history of our county. Chatham is my home—its story is my story.

The pandemic has temporarily paused the project, but I hope to complete Baldwin and Center townships by the end of 2021. Who knows what I will do when it’s done—our county is full of historic churches, mills, bridges, cemeteries, and tobacco barns! Who knows what you will do upon reading this—our county’s history awaits!

 


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Bulls BearsFearrington Bulls & Bears

The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group of Fearrington residents who are interested in improving their investment knowledge and capabilities. We meet monthly during non-summer months and communicate regularly through an email exchange group to share information, insights, and ideas about investing.

Guests are welcome to participate in a meeting or in our email exchange group to gauge their interest in joining the Club. The next meeting will be held by Zoom on April 9 at 9:30 am.

For more information about the Club, meetings, or the exchange, please contact:
Anna Shearer, President, at 703-217-0322 or ashearer1219@gmail.com.

 

 

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The Democratic Club’s April speaker on Zoom will be Jonathan Weiler, Ph.D., of the UNC-CH Curriculum in Global Studies. A specialist in the area of authoritarianism and political polarization, he will speak on the topic “American Politics and the Worldview Divide.” To get the Zoom link, please use the contact form on the Club website (FearringtonDems.org/contact-us). Please register as soon as possible; if your plans change, please cancel your registration using the same contact form. We look forward to “seeing” you on April 27th from 7:00-8:15 pm.

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duplicate bridgeFearrington Duplicate Bridge Club

There are three kinds of bridge players: 1. Those who can count, and 2. Those who can’t. We, the Fearrington Duplicate Bridge, have fun as well as exercise our brain.

As of this writing (mid-March) we are unable to provide the next time we will see each other face-to-face. The sooner the better is what we all would say.

The FHA Board and the Health and Safety Committee have determined they will abide by Governor Cooper’s guidelines. So, the inevitable is coming, just not yet. Those on our list will receive notification when I do.

Please text or email me if you have any questions: Jean Hjelle, 919-548-6216 or jeanshjelle@gmail.com. We welcome all levels of bridge players as our games are stratified allowing people to be compared with other bridge players with comparable skill.

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, April 13, 3:00 pm, Zoom Teleconference

Program details will be emailed to members around the 1st of April.
Newcomers are welcome: Contact Linda Grimm at 919-533-6296 for details about participating in this event.

 

 

Swim Croquet Club logoFearrington Swim & Croquet Club

Spring is here, and summer will be here before we know it! It is time to renew your membership or join the Swim & Croquet Club. The pool opening will be in early May with the actual date confirmed after all is set to comply with county, state, and CDC guidelines relating to Covid-19.

We had a very safe and pleasant season last year and expect this summer to be equally safe and enjoyable. Some good news on fees for this year; dues are not increasing!

And, if you did not join or suspend your membership last year, you can pay the suspension fee now ($25 per adult member) and avoid the reinstatement fee of $100. For more information, visit the Swim & Croquet page under the Group Section of the FHA website www.fearringtonfha.org. If you have trouble navigating the website or have questions, send an email to: fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Village SingersMatt Fry

How to Sing in Different Styles
Thursday, April 22, 4 pm

If you can sing, you can sing in any style. Right? Not necessarily. Matt Fry, Director of the Fearrington Village Singers, will talk to us about how to sing in different styles. How is singing choral music different from opera or jazz or country or early music? Join us to find out.

Join us on Zoom or find the link on fearringtonvillagesingers.org.

 

 

WOF CMYK OvalWomen of Fearrington

“Paws for a Cause,” a spring stroll with a friend, two-legged or four-legged, to benefit women and children in need in Chatham County: Saturday, April 17. A $25 donation gets you a time slot, goodie bag, and raffle ticket. More information and registration on our website.

We’ll celebrate our January-March birthdays on April 8. Order lunch from The Belted Goat and enjoy outdoor dining.

Amanda Brantley, of House in the Horseshoe, will speak April 21 at 1:30 pm, telling the stories of five brave North Carolina women in the American Revolution.

Enjoy the "beverage of your choice" on a member’s patio April 29 at 4 pm. Nibbles supplied!

For anyone interested in joining WoF, we are hosting two Zoom Welcome Coffees, Friday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 am, and Monday, May 3, 7-8 pm. Contact Jo Anne Rosenfeld or Barbara Fearrington for information.

Register for any road trips or webinars at WomenOfFearrington.org.

 

 

Continuing Education Opportunities

Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s Shared Learning Association offers non-credit educational courses for people who love to share learning with other adults with similar interests. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Shared Learning will offer 16 online courses via Zoom, beginning April 26 through June. Full semester courses are moderated by our members and include fine arts, hard sciences, humanities, current events, and social and behavioral sciences.

Spring membership will be free and students may take as many courses as they can fit into their schedule. The Spring 2021 Catalog includes a registration form with full course descriptions and schedule and is available online at: http://sharedlearning.usOr, to receive a paper copy, you may contact Mary Ann Freedman at: (919) 593-3335 or maryafreedman@gmail.com. Registration for the Shared Learning Spring Online Courses will begin the first week in April.


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Physiatry: A Different Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain Management

Thursday, April 8, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Learn about Physiatry, or the medical specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), with speaker Dr. Paul Tawney, a physician working with the North Carolina Orthopedic Group in Durham. He will talk about the current directions of the field of PM&R and the interactions with other medical specialties and ancillary care providers. Dr. Tawney’s practice focuses on various treatment options for patients with back, neck, and other musculoskeletal disorders. His practice also is the site for the Duke Amputee Performance Clinic. If you are living with chronic pain and interested in relief, come learn about this approach and whether the practice deserves a try!

 

 

Can Birding Improve Your Health?

Thursday, April 22, 1:30 pm via Zoom

It has been a long year, and it has been an even longer year since last spring. So, when the red, red robin comes bob, bob, bobbing along, members of the Fearrington Cares Education Committee hope that all residents of the Village will be more able to enjoy time outdoors. One sure way to enjoy the natural environment is to become more familiar with the birds of our area. We are delighted to bring you Nathan Swick, a celebrated ornithologist, to educate and engage us with our feathered friends.

Nate Swick is the editor of The American Birding Association (ABA) blog, a frequent contributor to www.10000birds.com, and a member of the North Carolina Bird Records Committee. Nate has been a birder for more than 20 years and helps lead birding excursions for ABA events and the Carolina Bird Club. He has discussed his book, The Beginners Guide to Birding (2018), at McIntyre’s, and he is returning to Fearrington (via Zoom) for this special presentation.

 

 

Foot Clinic Resumes

Appointments are available for the foot clinic. If you are living with diabetes, neuropathy, or lower leg issues and would like to participate, please call the Center (919-542-6877) to learn more.

 

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Resume

The Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group has resumed in-person meetings in the Center. Please contact Karen Metzguer (karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs Links Are on Our Website www.fearringtoncares.org.

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs links are on our website, www.fearringtoncares.org, and require one-time registration for events through May 2021. Click on the blue Zoom button on our home page to register for classes and events. Register once for anything that is a series; after you register, save the email you receive and use the provided link for the entire series. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up.

 


 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Thursdays—Line Dancing is back!

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, April 7 and 21, 12:30–2:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday, April 14, 3:30–4:30 pm (New
members can contact Jan Cope-Kasten
(jcopekasten@gmail.com) or Karen Metzguer
(karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.)

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, April 1 and 15, 1:00 pm

 

 

Pet Tips: Staying Safe with Our Pets as We Get Older

Fearrington Cares and Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE)

We all know how much companionship and comfort our pets give to us, particularly in this time of Covid-19. But as we age, our pets can also create hazards for trips and falls. A few simple precautions will help keep both owner and pet safer and more secure.

1. Exercise is enjoyable for both owner and pet. However, retractable leashes can be dangerous. An excited dog can turn a retractable leash into a lasso that winds around the legs of owner or bystander and topples one or both of them. A dog can take off and be in the middle of the road in the blink of an eye. And the sudden jerk when the lead runs out can injure the dog or owner. It’s best to opt for a 6-foot restraint for those expeditions outside. Remember that Fearrington Village covenants require both dogs and cats to be on a leash and under supervision unless they are confined to the owner's premises.

2. Pets require “stuff,” and their stuff can get in the way. Be sure that larger pieces of equipment (beds, scratching posts, toy baskets, etc.) are completely removed from traffic patterns. Put food bowls in an out-of-the-way corner or even under a table. Make picking up the day’s toys an established part of your bedtime routine.

3. Dogs and cats can both have “accidents” in the house. Turn on lights and check for slippery spots before stepping onto tile or wood floors. Our covenants also require that any droppings by a pet being walked off a resident's lot should be promptly removed by the pet owner.

4. Pets have an uncanny ability to materialize seemingly out of nowhere, especially at feeding time. Dogs with collar tags will usually warn of their approach. A breakaway collar with a bell for your cat can serve the same purpose. Make it a point to move mindfully, particularly in the kitchen, to avoid being surprised by your pet appearing suddenly underfoot.

5. Pets require us to do some bending and stooping, and heavy litter or food bags can strain backs and hips. Consider adjusting the weight of the supplies you purchase.

We hope these few ounces of prevention help you and your furry friends enjoy many happy and healthy years together. CARE is a non-profit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay-neuter programs, and fostering homeless dogs and cats until they are placed in loving, permanent homes. Please visit us at www.chathamanimalrescue.org.

 

 

Volunteer Appreciation

Fearrington Cares appreciates the volunteers who make this organization shine. We see you “work magic” 365 days of the year; your patience, grace, generosity, and humor inspire others. Thank you for serving your community! Many of you are eager to return to the services you provide as volunteers; we are designing and phasing in services this month!!

 



 

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The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between February 15 and March 14:

Name Address Contact Information
Sue CHURCH
and
James GRANT 
18 West Madison (1149) Sue's Email: suechurchgrant@gmail.com
James's Email: jimmywgrant@mac.com
Susan M. and Dr. Thomas (Tom)
GOLDSWORTHY 
4421 Richmond Close  Home: sv.gypsysoul@gmail.com
Susan's Email: susangoldsworthy@icloud.com
Home: 330-203-8381 
Dr. Anne-Therese and Gary P. HUNT  28 McDowell (1073)  Anne-Therese's Email: annetherese.hunt@gmail.com
Gary's Email: gary.hunt@unc.edu
Anne-Therese's Cell: 603-208-8222
Gary's Cell: 435-760-7875 
E. and R. MCNAY 4246 Henderson Place  Email: ermcnay@gmail.com
Email: rmcnayaz@gmail.com
Cell: 602-320-9864
Cell: 602-819-6391 

 

Are you a new resident? Be sure to register on our FHA community website. Doing so will give you full access to website features and allow you to be added to our resident directory. Log on to FearringtonFHA.org and on the top menu, click on Directory. Then, in the drop-down menus click first on New Resident, then List Me in the Directory.

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

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Fearrington Village clubs and groups meet on the dates listed below. While events are typically held at The Gathering Place, it’s currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. If you have questions about an event, please check with the contact listed for the most up-to-date information.

Day/Date/Time Organization Event Contact
Friday
April 2
9:30-10:30 am 
Women of Fearrington  Zoom
Welcome Coffee 
Jo Anne Rosenfeld
919-533-6479 
Thursday
April 8
12-2 pm
Women of Fearrington  Birthday Luncheon  Eileen McCorry
919-533-6821 
Friday
April 9
9:30 am 
Bulls & Bears
Investment Club 
Club Meeting
via
Zoom 
Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
ashearer1219@gmail.com 
Tuesday
April 13
3 pm 
Genealogy Group  Zoom Teleconference  Linda Grimm
919-533-6296 
Saturday
April 17
9 am-12 Noon
Rain Date: April 24 
Women of Fearrington  Paws for a Cause  Barbara Gilbert
919-533-6597 
Wednesday
April 21
11 am
Women of Fearrington Webinar:
Brave Women
of the
American Revolution
Tracy Bailey
302-561-1298
Tuesday
April 27
7 pm
Fearrington Homeowners Assoc. Open Meeting
Zoom Webinar
Gordon Pitz
communications@FHABoard.org
Tuesday
April 27
7 pm
Democratic Club Zoom Speaker:
American Politics & the Worldview Divide
Vickie Shea
919-545-0024
Thursday
April 29
4 pm
Women of Fearrington Members’ Social Tracy Bailey
302-561-1298
   Coming in May...    
Monday
May 3
7-8 pm 
Women of Fearrington  Zoom Welcome Coffee  Barbara Fearrington
704-351-1432
Tuesday
May 25
Women of Fearrington Lavender Oaks Farm Tour and Luncheon Mif Flaharty
(808) 234-0008

 

One more April activity for all of us, from resident Betty King:

Come visit the Woodland Garden at the end of Wealdstone in Countryhouse, just off Village Way. It’s a miniature walk in the woods that offers trout lilies, spring beauties, and bloodroot. Fern fiddleheads are uncurling and jack-in-the-pulpits are emerging from their winter’s sleep. There’s even a bench to sit a spell and enjoy the tucked-away notebook filled with love stories about each little plant.

Woodland Garden path

 

Woodland Garden ferns

 

 

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HOMEOWNERS’  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
March 2021        Volume 40       Number 3

 

President's Message

Carl and the March Hare

Hare and Usness

I think I saw the March Hare bounding through the woods, telling us that Spring is just ahead. Plants and trees will be blooming, which always gives us a spirit of renewal. As FHA faces the challenges of 2021 and beyond, we hope that this spirit will inspire more of us to offer to help in some way. We all depend on what I call “Usness.”

Spring, Usness, and renewal will, I hope include thoughts such as: What have our lives been like for the last 12 months? What can we change to make things better? What do I value most in the village? What can I do to promote those values?

Fearrington Village is much more than a village; it’s the size of a small town. But it retains one essential character of a village—we all care about our neighbors. To preserve the features we love, there are tasks that need to be accomplished, some of them highly skilled, some quite routine. Large towns have paid staff to do most of this, but we do not. We rely on the old-fashioned idea of doing for ourselves.

Like many residents, an important part of moving to Fearrington Village for my wife Kathleen and I was what we saw as a chance to be in a neighborhood where people shared common goals and faced the issues of “aging in place” together, i.e., Usness. A personal example of that in action this past year came when my wife broke her ankle. Word spread quickly across our neighborhood, and our friends volunteered to form a roster to bring food to us. They were genuinely concerned about Kathleen’s well-being (and I suspect held concerns about my skills as a caregiver).

The FHA Board is simply a group of residents who volunteer to represent all of us. Terms of our directors are limited and subject to elections so that there is some rotation among us. This ensures we stay grounded in addressing what we genuinely want to have done. You have seen that spirit recently in the Community Survey, which helped to inform our board about what residents want. The FHA board depends on the many volunteers who help get things accomplished. This improved newsletter, for example, would not be possible without volunteers, and our progress on Wastewater Management was achieved because of the talented people who joined our vice president to form a task force.

Many of you know that we have been searching for someone to take the role of Secretary to our Board. It is not an easy role to fill, and the term itself may be misleading; this person is a member of our executive committee who does much more than take minutes and maintain files. As an example of residents taking on volunteer roles, Pam Bailey has stepped forward to fill much of that role while we search for a person to fill the position on a longer-term basis. Even then, Pam wants to stay involved in a volunteer role.

You will see often in this newsletter that we are searching for volunteers for different purposes. We plan to bring more structure into recruiting and assigning volunteers from the rich talent bank in our village, and Pam Bailey hopes to become very active in this effort. Please consider volunteering. It is “us helping us.” Chris Jaeger, Director of Community Affairs, is preparing a list of roles that need to be filled, some requiring certain talents or interests, some that just need some of your time and energy. Some would be long-term commitments; some would be occasional jobs that need doing. I think you might find a slot that you think would be satisfying and fulfilling for you and a great help to others.

I once saw a comment about volunteering: “Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.” Those of us involved in preserving our village are not professionals at it. It does mean, though, that these may be the only jobs you can find where you are guaranteed a 50% pay raise every year.


 

 

Fearrington Homeowners’
Association Newsletter

The Newsletter is the official publication of our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA), produced by and for residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. The Newsletter contains community news, reports from FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Newsletter is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A PDF copy of the current issue can be found on the FHA website: fearringtonfha.org.

Submissions

Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. Send submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

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

Newsletter Staff:

Jan Kowal Ann Melchior
Leslie Palmer Deborah Repplier
Jackie Walters  

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago
Fearrington Homeowners’ Association
Board Members

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, click on the “FHA” tab on the FHA webpage (fearringtonfha.org).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Interim Secretary: Pam Bailey
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Chris Jaeger
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

From the Editors

From the EditorNewsletter Naming Contest Result—We Have Our New Name

Last fall, we announced a contest to rebrand our forty-year-old FHA newsletter. Soon thereafter, readers submitted 51 names for consideration. In January, we invited the community to vote for their favorite among our five finalists, which were: The Fearrington Villager, The Fearrington Post, The Belted Gazette, The Fearrington Times, and The Fearrington Chronicle.

And the number one choice? Receiving 30% of the 447 votes cast, the winner is The Belted Gazette.
Our team is gratified the winning name will allow us to feature a Beltie as our newsletter mascot. Even better, John Webster, the resident submitting the winning name, is a genuine fan of the Belted Galloway cow.

Since we conceived of this contest last summer, I’ve learned it takes time, work, and patience to find just the right name and design the perfect new look to go with it. For now, we are doing the housework necessary to launch a new name and look later this spring. April is our goal, but we want to get it right, not fast.

A shout-out to resident Steve Stewart for his help with our poll on Survey Monkey, the FHA’s online survey tool that helped us find our winning name.

We will feature an article about contest winner, John Webster, when we roll out our new name and look in an upcoming issue.

—Ann Melchior, Manager


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

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An open meeting for residents was held via a webinar on Tuesday, February 16. The meeting was attended by 210 registered residents. This is probably an underestimate of the number of viewers, since several couples may have watched together with only one person signing in.

FHA President Carl Angel gave an introductory address in which he described the difficulties we have encountered as Associa/HRW took over management responsibilities from Towne Properties and steps the company has taken to make sure operations run smoothly from now on.

Steve Stewart, a member of the Lifestyle Subcommittee, summarized the results of the recent community assessment survey. A 53% return rate for the survey suggests that the results give an accurate picture of what residents value most about living here and what concerns them. Most appreciated are the attractiveness of the village, the neighbors, the walking trails, neighborhood safety, and Fearrington Cares. Of most concern are wastewater issues, the future of the community after the developer leaves, the Village Center, and infrastructure issues.

Tony Daniels, FHA Treasurer, discussed the implications of the survey for future action. He pointed out that some concerns, e.g., the Village Center, are not under control of the FHA. He noted that most residents say they are willing to help in addressing their major concerns, and he discussed how important it is that residents step forward to volunteer their services. The Board hopes to match the skills and abilities of those who would be willing to help with the needs the committees have to find volunteers.

Jesse Fearrington, Director, Grounds and Lanscaping, discussed the issues involved in maintaining Beechmast Pond. Maintaining the pond is one of the larger expense items in the FHA budget, and the cost is increasing every year. Erosion in the watershed generates sediment that is gradually filling the pond. Regular dredging is expensive and cannot maintain an adequate water depth. There is a distinct possibility that future developments will make the situation worse.

Last year the Board commissioned a study by Kris Bass Engineering (KBE) to see if there might be a more cost-effective way to deal with these problems. Based on their study, KBE presented three different approaches to developing a long-range solution. The October issue of the Newsletter contains an article describing the three alternatives. The solutions were described, along with the costs of implementing each. The Board’s preference is for removing the pond and restoring the stream to its natural flow. This option is the most expensive initially, but long-term costs would be the lowest, especially if construction costs increase.

Tony Daniels then discussed funding issues raised by the Beechmast Pond options. He summarized the existing capital expense improvement plan, which addresses needs that might arise in the next 20 years. He explained how an investment in Beechmast Pond might be covered with some reallocation of funds, e.g., from a planned expansion of The Gathering Place. He also emphasized how factors beyond our control make the need for an early decision critical.

One more open meeting is planned for April, in which residents will have a chance to discuss the issue further. A survey of residents is planned for early May, with a decision about the direction to be taken being made by the end of May.

Residents attending the webinar were able to ask questions of the panel. Over 50 questions were submitted, some dealing with the two main topics, others addressing issues not discussed in the presentations. The panel provided answers to some of the questions, primarily those dealing with Beechmast Pond. Answers to all the questions were provided afterwards and are available on the FHA website. If the answers are not available when this issue of the newsletter first becomes available, they will be provided as soon as possible. A recording of the webinar is also available for a limited period of time and can be accessed from the same site.

—Gordon Pitz, Director, Communications (communications@fhaboard.org)

 

 

Accessing the FHA Website

Last month I tried to explain how easy it is to access the FHA website from the Newsletter. In fact, if you are reading the newsletter online, you are already looking at the website. The menu is at the top of your screen window and tapping the small panel with the sketch of the Beltie will take you to the home page. (Please don’t do that yet unless you know how to use the back button on your browser to get back here).

You do not need to be logged in to the website in order to access a lot of useful information, but one or two important features do require you to have an account and to log in. This month I’ll explain how to create an account and log in. As with many online operations, it’s not difficult if you know what to look for.

You can find a good description of what to do at the following link:

https://www.fearringtonfha.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87&Itemid=1019

An abbreviated version is provided here. It will be helpful if you have a way to read this, or what is provided at the link given above, while separately entering data into a second web page. Otherwise, you may need to take notes on what follows.

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If you are not logged in, you will see a warning at the top of the page (left).

If you already have an account, go to the home page and enter your username and password where indicated in the column on the left (you do remember your username and password, right?). However, if you do not have an account, you should click on “Create an account” (outlined here in red).

This will bring up a form for you to fill in. Only Fearrington residents may have accounts, so a manager will check your name and email address. Under “Name,” provide both first and last name. Provide a username or user ID, which must be unique, and an email address, which must also be different from any other user’s.

Creating an account

Finally, you will need to pass a test to prove that you are not a robot (you’re not, are you?). Don’t worry—the test is not hard, and if you do get it wrong, you can try again.Registration form

There is one more step in the verification process. As soon as your form is submitted, an email will be sent to you. If you think you did not get one, check your spam folder. The email will contain a verification link that you should tap. When you do this, website managers will be able to confirm that you are a resident. This may take several hours, but you will then receive another email confirming your registration. You may now log in, and begin further exploration of the website.
Next month I’ll point out some of the features you can access, both with and without an account.

Happy browsing.

  


 

Features

 

 

Introducing Fearrington Book Groups

Part 1 of a 2-part series

By Katie Baer and Maggie Pearson

book groupsTypically, reading is a solitary pleasure.

But that pleasure can be amplified if others share in discussing the book.

At least, that’s the experience of dozens of people who live in Fearrington and participate in book groups. They are among the estimated 5 million people in this country who are members of a book group/reading group. The basic template is similar for most of the groups: people select a book, all members read it, and they gather to discuss it.

However, the variations are endless: some groups are composed only of women, some of men only, and a few are coed. The groups vary by how they select the books, how they organize discussion, and whether they focus on fiction or nonfiction.

But what all groups have in common is the pleasure of sharing thoughts about a book with friends.
We talked to members of several book groups in Fearrington to find out how they operate and why they are successful. Here are a few of the things we learned:

  • The benefits are great and wide-ranging. Members enjoy developing a sense of camaraderie and neighborhood community as well as intellectual stimulation—“reading outside my comfort zone” was a familiar phrase.
  • The books that the members read tend to be substantive fiction, especially “literary fiction,” but nonfiction and poetry are sometimes included.
  • To encourage maximum discussion, the groups typically limit membership to 6 to 12 members.
  • Covid-19 hasn’t shut down book groups—only changed them from in-person meetings to a virtual experience via Zoom or another platform. Before the pandemic when people met in members’ homes, food and drink were sometimes part of the event.

Although the groups we profile are not currently accepting new members, we hope readers will use the information to open conversations, make connections and perhaps start a group of their own. (We offer suggestions on starting a book group at the end of this article.)

The Roundtable, started more than 20 years ago, is the oldest women’s book group in Fearrington Village. Several of the 11 current members have been part of The Roundtable for years, continuing even after moving from Fearrington. Meetings continue via ZOOM but will resume in members’ homes once the pandemic is in the rearview mirror. According to one member, “The group is limited both by the size of people’s living rooms and the goal of giving everyone time to participate in the discussion.”

In the spring, members vote on the next season’s books by choosing one title from 2-3 suggested by each member. The person who suggested a book becomes the facilitator. The Roundtable reads current fiction and, occasionally, classics.

One member noted, “We appreciate good literature and look for books that will extend members’ ecology and community. Our members are well-read and well-prepared, and we don’t get too far afield in our discussions,” said one member. “We are tolerant of different opinions and that has opened my mind to new literature and ideas. I have encountered books I probably never would have read otherwise.”

A few titles the group has liked: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Fearrington Havurah Book Club was started seven years ago by a woman new to Fearrington Village. Rita Dunkin said she missed the stimulation and fellowship of her group in Virginia and believed that other women might enjoy getting together to read good literature. Havurah means “friendship” in Hebrew, and broadening book club members’ social and intellectual engagement is the glue that helps hold the group together.

Only women who are members of the Fearrington Havurah Club may join the book club. Rita said women have joined Havurah “just so they could then be a member of the book group.” Currently, there are 11 members, and the group meets at The Gathering Place. Generally, the club reads books with Jewish themes or by Jewish authors, but they occasionally choose a book like Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, for example, because its issues resonate with the club’s membership.

Members suggest and vote on books for the next season in the spring. Usually, the person who suggested the book becomes the facilitator. One member said she especially liked the shared responsibility for leading the discussions.

Rita noted that The Fearrington Havurah Book Club’s success came from the close communication among group members. “To sustain interest in the Havurah Book Club, or any book club,” said Rita, “people have to feel that they belong and are appreciated. Members of the Fearrington Havurah Book Club have diverse points of view on everything from politics to religion to social trends but having a common background and common goal for the club keeps us going.”

Two recent reads: Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning and The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

The Eclectics—the name says it all! The Eclectics is a group of women who read widely, mostly contemporary fiction, some classics, occasionally nonfiction. When they started in January 2002, the all-women’s group wanted to concentrate on well-written books that were thought-provoking.

From the beginning, the group has maintained a steady commitment to reading good books and facilitating discussion that focuses on a book’s literary style, structure, and character development. The group’s method of selecting books assures that all members are engaged: each month, a different member chooses a book and leads the discussion. In pre-Covid-19 times, that member also hosted the group at her house. Since last spring, the meetings have transitioned to Zoom.

One member commented, “I think there’s a tremendous level of respect and trust in the group, shown by the fact that we do not vote on books, but leave the choice to the member whose turn it is to lead the discussion.” Typically, the facilitator brings insights from various reviews and interviews of the author.

Almost two decades of reading history—book, author, host—are captured in a master list. Two of the group’s recent favorites: Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

Profiles of other book groups will appear in next month’s issue along with suggestions on how to start your own book group.


 

 

Sophie Gets a New Home, But Keeps Her Name

By Gordon Pitz (communications@fhaboard.org)

Ducks of various kinds are often seen in Fearrington. Mallards come and go on the Camden ponds. Wood Duck boxes have been installed near ponds and open water, and recently two pairs of Mergansers settled on Beechmast pond.

Jones Grove Cemetery

Mallard duck and duckling
Photo by Gordon Pitz

Mergansers

Mergansers taking off
Photo by Alan Ziegler

One day in spring of 2018, a large black duck with an elaborately calloused face arrived on the lower Camden pond. This caused something of a stir among human residents of Fearrington village, and probably among the avian population of Camden ponds as well.

Dave Reynolds, who is not a Fearrington resident but lives nearby, often walks his dog Princeton in Camden Park. Dave owns several domestic ducks and recognized that this was a Muskovy. Once he realized the duck was going to remain in Camden Park, he started to feed it on a daily basis, and christened her Sophie.

There are several Fearrington residents who also keep an eye on Sophie. Abigail English walks her dog Ginger by the pond and helps to feed her. Doug Zabor, his wife Magda, and their dog Karee befriended Dave. A small group of friends help pay towards food. Please note, Dave and others ensure that Sophie receives the appropriate amount and type of food. Please, if visiting, do not feed Sophie or any of the ducks. Although Dave does say that if someone wants to take kids and grandkids to "feed the ducks," a few thawed out frozen English peas are a nice treat.

Sophocles

Sophie the Muscovy Duck   Photo by Gordon Pitz

Sophie is a domestic duck. Probably her owner did not want to keep her anymore, so left her at the Camden pond. Her wings had been clipped before she arrived. She can flap for short distances but doesn't really fly. She loves company, swims with the Mallards, greets the Blue Heron, and will waddle from lower to upper pond when her Mallard or Heron friends fly from one pond to the other.

Last winter Dave, who does a lot of carpentry, considered building a shelter for Sophie that would keep her safe from predators. He planned it for over a year and designed one that could float but remain anchored. Doug Zabor put Dave in touch with Greg Fitch. They discussed the design, the paint color, and possible placement. They agreed that the house would mirror the gazebos in Camden Park and they settled on the current location in the lower pond.

Jones Grove Cemetery

Dave Reynolds about to install the house
Photo by Doug Zabor

The lid of the duck house is hinged. Inside is a wire mesh that allows waste to drop through to the pond. He built the house large enough to accommodate several ducks at a time. Dave has agreed to maintain the shelter and keep the straw fresh.

To keep the house afloat, Dave used 4-inch PVC pipe he sealed under the platform. To test the platform, Dave and his brother Daniel launched it at Jordan Lake, and sat on it to make sure it would hold the weight of the house.

Sophies House

Sophie’s house, in place
Photo by Gordon Pitz

On a bitterly cold day, Dave donned a wet suit and screwed two long anchors into the lakebed. A few days later, Dave and Daniel installed the house. They floated it from the dam, then pushed it into its final location.

Doug Zabor has created an account of the installation, using photographs that he and Abigail English took, together with a video. The story can be seen here on Google Photos.

There has been some concern whether Sophie is able to get up onto the platform. The Mallards have no problems (see Dan Freehling’s photo). Sophie can mount the metal overflow ring in the upper pond, as seen in one of the photos in the illustrated story of the installation, so we hope she’s able to enter her own house.

duck house

Sophie and friends explore the new house
Photo by Dan Freehling

There was one more mystery about Sophie. When she first appeared in Fearrington, I was able to identify her as a Muskovy, based on the size and the face. Incidentally, the breed has nothing to do with Moscow (or Russia). They originated in South America and may have been named after the company that transported them to Europe.

They are often said not to be true ducks; they may be closer to Geese than other breeds. It is not easy to tell whether a single bird is male or female, unlike the Mallards. However, based on the caruncles (the red wattles), I concluded it was a male, so christened it Musky (the breed’s origins notwithstanding).

I assumed Dave Reynolds knew more about ducks than I did, but perhaps even he was not sure. He sent photos and a description to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR). Is it really Sophie? Maybe it’s Musky. It didn’t matter. She, or he, is a welcome addition to the village.

Well, as it turns out, CWR determined that, in spite of the pointed tail and proclivity to care for ducklings, Sophie is in fact a handsome male. His formal name is Sophocles, after the great Greek playwright. His familiar name can still be Sophie, or Soph.

With many thanks to Dave Reynolds and Doug Zabor for their help in preparing this article.

 

 

Scenes Around Fearrington

 

A Red Shouldered Hawk lends an eye to our Neighborhood Watch. Both photos by Tony Daniels

 

 

 

 

 


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Fearrington Bulls & Bears

Bulls BearsThe Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group of Fearrington residents who are interested in improving their investment knowledge and capabilities. We meet monthly during non-summer months and communicate regularly through an email exchange group to share information, insights, and ideas about investing.

Guests are welcome to participate in a meeting or in our email exchange group to gauge their interest in joining the Club. The next meeting will be held by Zoom on March 12, at 9:30 am.

For more information about the Club, meetings, or the exchange, please contact:

Anna Shearer, President, at 703-217-0322 or ashearer1219@gmail.com

 

 

Fearrington Democratic Club

Fearrington Dem Club SmThe Democratic Club’s March speaker will be NC State Senator Jeff Jackson, candidate for the US Senate in 2022. Senator Jackson is an Afghanistan veteran, former assistant district attorney, and current captain in the Army National Guard. First elected to the NC Senate in 2014, he has made statewide and national news for his commitment to ending HB2 (the ‘bathroom bill’), gerrymandering, and the ‘consent loophole’ in connection with sexual assault.

For the Zoom link, use the contact form on the Club’s website (FearringtonDems.org/contact-us). Please register soon to reserve a place; if your plans change, please cancel your registration through the Zoom link. We hope to see you on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:00 pm.

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy Group

Fearrington Genealogy GroupTuesday, March 9, 3:00 pm, Zoom Teleconference

Program details will be emailed to members around March 1. We have been holding Zoom sessions since September and have enjoyed interesting and diverse presentations by our club members. It has been great to be in touch with one another during the past six months.

Newcomers are welcome. Contact Linda Grimm at 919-533-6296 for details on participating.

 

 

Fearrington Havurah

Fearrington HavurahPlease join us for our next Webinar on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 pm when Havurah member Jan Doolin discusses mindfulness and meditation.

This presentation will focus on what is meditation and the nine forms of meditation, with emphasis on mindfulness meditation. We will briefly explore meditation practices in the five major religions and the many benefits of meditation. Jan has identified six skills for practicing mindfulness, and we will together do short, guided meditations: the “One Breath Meditation” and “The Loving Kindness Meditation.”

Jan is a retired attorney and is now a registered yoga teacher, teaching yoga, Pilates, and meditation, with 20 years of teaching experience. She teaches privately and conducts meditation classes throughout the year in her home studio. She also offers a weekly meditation circle here in Fearrington and on Zoom.

To register in advance for this webinar, use the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MtHlUkzGS_SPgVr_gWWmgQ

 

 

Fearrington Republican Club

Fearrington Rep ClubThe Fearrington Republican Club anticipates meeting again when The Gathering Place re-opens, and we are in a safer time. We hope that many have received or are in the queue to receive their vaccines soon.

In the meantime, the Chatham County Republicans welcome us to their annual CC GOP Convention on March 20. The program includes local speakers and party elections. It is currently planned as a virtual event. Any registered Republican voter can sign up at the website: chathamncgop.com.

 

 

Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club

Swim Croquet Club logoSummer will be here soon, and it will be time to start enjoying the Swim & Croquet Club pools and activities! Planning is underway to ensure we have another successful season, taking into consideration county and state regulations and CDC guidelines.

The opening date for the pools is planned for early May. When this date is finalized and more information is available about any changes in requirements related to protecting against Covid-19, additional information will be provided.

Residents will be able to join the Club or renew their membership beginning in mid-March. Look for additional information then.

You can learn more about the Club now by visiting the Swim and Croquet page under the Group Section of the FHA website: www.fearringtofha.org. You may also email questions to fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com

 

 

Fearrington Village Singers

FVS logoJulie Taymor Presentation
Thursday, March 25, 4 pm

Theatre, opera, and film lovers, get ready! Fearrington Village Singers’ own Mike Hardy will feature The World of Julie Taymor: The Lion King, The Magic Flute, Spider-Man, and more. Mike will introduce this massively important theatre director, show her TED talk, and close with a Q & A based on his forty years in the theatre world. Good-bye Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hello Taymor and beyond. One of a number of tradition-breaking and making directors from the past 30 years, Taymor’s distinctive style moved from her experimental work to Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, and cinema.

Zoom link available on fearringtonvillagesingers.org homepage.

 

 

Fearrington Yacht Club

fyc200Ahoy, Mates! It looks like we may be able to get out of the doldrums of the Covid-19 virus by the fall. On that optimistic note, we should start to plan for a fall trip and the annual FYC meeting/chowder dinner. Please contact Maggie Tunstall if you have ideas, suggestions, or would just like to help to get the Yacht Club up and sailing again. FYC Membership is open to residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge. NO YACHT REQUIRED! Members who paid dues for 2020 are automatically enrolled for 2021 at no additional cost. For event information and a membership
form, log onto the FYC page at: https://dev.fearringtonfha.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=155&Itemid=1197 

For general membership questions, contact Treasurer Sally Muncy, 919-619-8817. For club activities, or to volunteer with events, contact Commodore Maggie Tunstall at 919-542-0031.

 

 

Women of Fearrington

WOF CMYK OvalCome on a socially distanced road trip on March 11, at 11 am to the studio of Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Saxapahaw to learn how they use puppetry and performance to promote justice, equality, and peace by making merry with myth and memory. Cost of the tour is $20, with optional lunch at Eddy Pub.

Another road trip will be Wednesday, March 31, at 11 am to Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, followed by optional lunch at the Garden Café and then an optional extended hike through the Gardens.

Plan now to join us April 17 for “Paws for a Cause,” a spring stroll with a friend, two-legged or four-legged, to benefit women and children in need in Chatham County.

Paula De Pano, Beverage Director of Fearrington House Restaurant, will speak at the General Meeting webinar Wednesday, March 17, 1:30 pm.

Register for any road trips or webinars at WomenOfFearrington.org.

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham Connecting

Chatham Connecting logoThe season is changing, spring is nearly here, the daffodils are heading, and it is time for fresh starts. Thinking of how to get involved with the wider Chatham Community? This is a good time to check out Chatham Connecting www.chathamconnecting.org, an online resource that lists the volunteer and donation needs of 100+ nonprofit service agencies. The site installed a “Volunteer from Home” button to help locate opportunities during the pandemic. For example, Second Bloom is looking for volunteers with its domestic violence help line; CORA offers opportunities for individuals, youth, and groups to join in the fight against hunger; and the Chatham County Historical Association needs fundraisers. By clicking the Youth Volunteers button, older teens can find opportunities especially for them. Chatham Connecting brings together those in need with those who can help. Why wait?

 


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Dealing with the Risks of Phone and Computer Fraud, Spam, and Phishing Attacks

Thursday, March 25, 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Playing and working in the expanding fast lanes of the internet highways and byways have created many challenges and risks for such travelers and visitors in recent years. Online digital realms offer an enormous range of benefits for those who use computers, cell phones, and internet-based (VoIP) phones. Along with these benefits, using the internet has produced an increasing exposure to ever-more sophisticated hidden risks of threats and thefts of personal information, passwords, financial records, bank account contents, etc. We'll consider some key tips to defend yourself from such high-risk digital threats.

Jon Darling, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and former Acting Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, will help us prepare our digital defenses. Jon’s specialties include social psychology, sociology of family, and sociology of community, and he has focused on digital community networking since 1997. After retiring, Jon became a designated Maryland Legacy Leader on Public Policy and worked as a full-time legislative aide for constituent and policy matters in the Maryland General Assembly before moving to Fearrington in 2010. Jon has served the community in many capacities and is currently the Fearrington Cares webmaster.

 

 

Dealing with Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, but we can always use a little early assistance either with or without a pandemic.

Hope4NC Helpline (855-587-3463)

Hope4NC connects North Carolinians to mental health resources that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. The helpline is staffed 24/7 and provides free and confidential emotional support, counseling referrals, and community resources. As part of the state’s recent hurricane recovery efforts, it served over 4,400 people in the most impacted counties; now it is being made available to everyone in North Carolina’s 100 counties during the Covid-19 crisis. For more information, go to www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mental-health-developmental-disabilities-and-substance-abuse/hope4nc.

NCBAM Hope Line for Older Adults (866-578-4673 or 866-578-HOPE)

The North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry’s toll-free statewide Hope Line was established for older adults experiencing isolation. Trained staff and volunteers receive calls daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm to encourage callers with a friendly voice and a listening ear. For more information, go to ncbam.org/ministry-outreaches.html.

Cardinal Innovations Mental Health Crisis Line (800-939-5911)

Licensed clinicians are available on the Crisis Line 24/7 for anyone looking for services for mental health, substance use, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (www.cardinalinnovations.org/Mental-Health-Crisis-Line). Cardinal Innovations also provides a free and anonymous online mental health screening for anyone to complete. Find it on their website at www.cardinalinnovations.org/Resources/Mental-Health-Screening.

 

 

Rhythm—Without the Blues: A New ONLINE Movement Class for a Healthy Body

Friday, March 12, 19, and 26, 11:30 am—12:15 pm via Zoom

This ONLINE series is designed to help you move with greater ease and less pain. Anyone can join and learn within the safety of his or her own home. Veteran teacher Glenna Batson will guide you through simple, rhythmic movement sequences that you can do sitting or standing—whatever best fits your needs and abilities. Glenna will show how these movements relate to everyday activities, so you can keep a rhythmic liveliness going throughout your day.

The class builds on sound principles for range of motion, weight shifting, and balance. So, whether your goal is to ‘get moving,’ find freedom of movement, or simply enjoy yourself, you’ll uncover the FUNdamentals of maintaining healthy muscles and joints.

Glenna Batson, PT, ScD, MA is a former physical therapy professor and dance educator. She believes in the expressive power of mindful movement as a way of keeping the bloom of life going at any age and stage of life. She has lived in Fearrington since 2007.

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs Links Are on Our Website www.fearringtoncares.org

Occasionally Zoom program IDs and passwords will change; if you have saved a link it may eventually become inactive. Use the links on our website for a quick, current connection to all Zoom programs. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up. Please note: One-time registration is now required for participation in Classes and Support Groups through May, 2021.

 


 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

No classes after December 18.

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Thursdays—Line Dancing is back!

Fridays—Rhythm—Without the Blues (March 12, 19, 26)

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, March 3 and 17, 12:30–2:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday,March 10, 3:30–4:30 pm. (New
members can contact Jan Cope-Kasten
(jcopekasten@gmail.com) or Karen Metzguer
(karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.)

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, March 4 and 18, 11:00 am–12:30 pm (new time).

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Resume

The Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group has resumed in-person meetings. Please contact Karen Metzguer (karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.

 

 

UPDATE: Donate Over-the-Counter and Prescription Meds 

Updated March 18, 2021 by Fearrington Cares

The Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy (CCCP) in Siler City is a great place to donate medical items you no longer want or need. CCCP is a non-profit local organization providing quality pharmacy services to uninsured and underinsured residents of the county. They accept medical equipment that has been cleansed thoroughly or never used by a patient. They also accept supplies of all kinds (anything you can buy at a drugstore or medical supply store) and personal care items (soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, waterproof or disposable bed pads, adult underwear, urinals, disposable gloves, compression socks, bed risers, etc.).

The CCCP accepts unopened OTC (over-the-counter) medications of all kinds. They also accept ALL CURRENT prescription medications (except controlled substances) that are unopened and still sealed. If the medication was dispensed in a blister pack, unused pills that are still in the blister pack are also accepted. Their licensed pharmacists will take your leftovers and add them to others to make a supply for our less-fortunate neighbors in Chatham County. Instead of turning these (sometimes very expensive) items into a pharmacy or the police for destruction, please take them to the CCCP. For office hours and location, go to www.chathamcares.com/1.html or call 919-663-0177.

 

 

Covid-19 and Vaccine Information

Fearrington Cares maintains a website with county, state, and national information about the pandemic and the virus: fearringtoncares.org/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-current-information/. Vaccine information is changing frequently, so check the links on the website for the most current information.

Information on finding an appointment to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can be found at fearringtoncares.org/about-finding-an-appointment-for-the-covid-vaccine. Our site includes phone numbers and web links for several health care providers. Once you are added to their waiting lists, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment as they become available.

Specific details on the Chatham County Public Health Department (CCPHD) vaccine roll out are online at www.chathamnc.org/services/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine. You can join CCPHD’s waitlist by clicking the Covid-19 Vaccine Interest Tool in the center of the page. In addition, there is information on free transportation to vaccine appointments, which is provided by Chatham Transit (chathamtransit.org/category/news/).



 

Fearrington Directory Changes

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between January 15 and February 14:

NameAddressContact Information
Jay W. BRILL
and
Russell D. DAVIS
29 Benchmark Jay's Email: jaywbrill@gmail.com
Russell's Email: russ.davis83@gmail.com
Jay's Cell: 919-259-2198
Russell's Cell: 919-360-6994
Rich COX and
Jim MAY 
38 Speyside Circle  Rich's Email: richcox4569@gmail.com
Jim's Email: mayjim506@gmail.com
Home: 919-542-3599 
Lisa M. HALL  5 Matchwood  Lisa's Email: lisk8er@gmail.com
Lisa's Cell: 415-203-0627 
David L. (Dave) and Dremea L. HILL  1356 Bradford Place  Dave's Email: dlh25130@aol.com
Dremea's Email: dremeahill@gmail.com
Dave's Cell: 304-784-0214
Dremea's Cell: 304-784-7877 
Lee KAZANAS
and
Michele ZEMBOW
57 Stone Ledge Lee's Email: kazanas.lee@gmail.com
Michele's Email: mzembow@gmail.com
Lee's Cell: 518-524-1323
Michele's Cell: 973-202-6449
Betsy and Chester KYLSTRA 730 Spindlewood (626) Betsy's Email: betsy2849@gmail.com
Chester's Email: chester2849@gmail.com
Wendell LAWRENCE 42 Benchmark Wendell's Email: wendell.k.lawrence@gmail.com
Wendell's Cell: 919-620-7639
Claire J. OLIVER
Roberta J. (Sara) and
Steven R. WEXLER
630 Spindlewood Sara's Email: asarawexler@gmail.com
Steven's Email: swexler@nc.rr.com
Sara's Cell: 919-533-0170
Steven's Cell: 919-533-6234
Christopher Anders and
Margaret A. (Maggie) RANGE
712 Spindlewood (608) Home: magrange@me.com
Home: 202-363-9860
Barry and Patricia RUSSINOF 571 Woodbury Home: autobarry@msn.com
Home: 305-812-5595

 

Are you a new resident? Be sure to register on our FHA community website. Doing so will give you full access to website features and allow you to be added to our resident directory. Log on to FearringtonFHA.org and on the top menu click on “Directory.” Then, in the drop-down menus click first on “New Resident” then “List Me in the Directory.”

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

 

Calendar for March 2021

Fearrington Village clubs and groups will be meeting on these dates. Events are usually held at The Gathering Place unless stated otherwise. However, The Gathering Place is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, if you have questions, be sure to check with the person or web page listed in the “Contact” column for the most up-to-date information.

 

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Tuesday
March 2
7 pm 
Havurah  Zoom Webinar  Beryl Sherman
919-704-8018 
Thursday
March 9
3 pm 
Genealogy Group  Zoom Teleconference  Linda Grimm
919-533-6296 
Tuesday
March 11
11 am 
Women of Fearrington  Trip to
Paperhand Puppets 
Mif Flaharty
(808) 234-0008 
Friday
March 12
9:30 am 
Bulls & Bear Investment Club  Club Meeting
via Zoom 
Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
ashearer1219@gmail.com 
Wednesday
March 17
7 pm 
Women of Fearrington Webinar:
Beverage Director,
Fearrington House Restaurant
Tracy Bailey
(302) 561-1298
Tuesday
March 23
1:30 pm 
Fearrington Democratic Club  Zoom Mtg Speaker:
NC Senator
Jeff Jackson 
Vickie Shea
919-545-0024
Wednesday
March 31
11 am
Women of Fearrington Trip to Cape Fear
Botanical Garden
Mif Flaharty
(808) 234-0008
Coming in April: 
 

 
Saturday
April 17
9 am to 12 noon
(Rain date April 24) 
Women of Fearrington  Paws for a Cause  Barbara Gilbert
(919) 533-6597 

 

 

 

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HOMEOWNERS’  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
February 2021      Volume 40      Number 2

 

 

President's Message

Sanity

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe—Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Alice reading the poem “Jabberwocky”

Sometimes, when things in our world seem insane, I go with Alice through the looking glass to find a world where things are even sillier and less rational. It has usually improved my view of our own world. Lately, however, in a world beset with pandemic, job loss, and political characters who make the March Hare, Cheshire Cat, and Red Queen seem realistic and sane, that solution has not been so satisfying.

As I said in my last article, we humans try to impose our will on reality with New Year’s resolutions where, according to statistics, at least half will have been broken by this time. In our small world of Fearrington Village, your FHA works in many ways to maintain or create the environment we all want to see. Is this irrational? Is this, too, a resolution doomed to be broken? Take my word for it, our board members are just as sane and rational as I am—or nearly so.

It is my hope that the rationality of our work is evidenced by the continuous desire to work toward ends we all want. I think most of you know that we have recently completed a survey of residents to determine what your priorities are and what you want us to do. While I have resisted a few suggestions to jump in Beechmast Pond, the bulk of responses reinforce our direction to maintain or improve our grounds and landscaping, as well as upgrade The Gathering Place and mail kiosks. Those endeavors are a large part of our work and take the lion’s share of our budget.

We plan another open meeting via Webinar on the 16th of February, where you will hear more about the survey results, as well as other matters which are important to us all. We have in the past gotten good attendance at such meetings, and we encourage all of you to join. More information is provided elsewhere in this newsletter.

FHA is confronted by many tasks which are sometimes not recognized by all of us. For example, our Covenants Concerns Committee reviews a number of requests for building or property alteration, and they address requests for enforcing our covenants. We take great care to listen and take all aspects into consideration, and we tread carefully, respecting the people involved, and trying to avoid conflict to the extent it is possible. It is never an easy task.

We now have a new management company for FHA and several of our service groups, Associa/HRW. As always with such large changes, there are bumps in the road. We and the team from Associa/HRW are working diligently to ensure that things work smoothly. We have a good team in our new manager and assistant manager, who work out of The Gathering Place. I know from working with them that they try sincerely to be successful in meeting the needs of all of us.

We do our best to keep you informed about our actions, in print and via webinars, as well as by dealing with emails and phone calls. Perhaps indeed, “all mimsy are the borogroves”. To everyone, then, I wish sanity in this new year! Mayest thou avoid “the jaws that bite, the claws that catch,” and slay the Jabberwock that assails you personally in this irrational world.


 

 

Fearrington Homeowners’
Association Newsletter

The Newsletter is the official publication of our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA), produced by and for residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. The Newsletter contains community news, reports from FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Newsletter is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A PDF copy of the current issue can be found on the FHA website: fearringtonfha.org.

Submissions

Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. Send submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

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

Newsletter Staff:

Jan Kowal Ann Melchior
Leslie Palmer Deborah Repplier
Jackie Walters  

Printing and Distribution:

Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago
Fearrington Homeowners’ Association
Board Members

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, click on the “FHA” tab on the FHA webpage (fearringtonfha.org).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Leslee Shell
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Chris Jaeger
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

Important okFHA Open Meeting, February 16

The FHA tries to hold open meetings for residents every three or four months to present topics for discussion that are of village-wide concern. An open meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. We cannot hold it in person, but we will schedule a webinar that is available to everyone who wishes to attend. The webinars held last year were very successful; attendance was almost twice what it has been for in-person meetings in the past, and residents appreciated the opportunity to submit questions to Board members.

An email invitation will be sent to homeowners early in February. The invitation will contain a link enabling you to register for the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you attended the webinars last year, you will be familiar with the procedures. It will be very helpful if you download beforehand the free version of the Zoom Client for Meetings.

The agenda contains two items:

Results of the Community Assessment Survey

Plans for the Future of Beechmast Pond

Members of the Lifestyle Subcommittee of the Long-Range Planning Committee will describe the results of the assessment survey and discuss their implications for future action. The survey results are summarized in a separate article in this newsletter. A complete description of the results has been posted on the website, and links are provided in the summary.

Maintaining Beechmast Pond is one of the larger expense items in the FHA budget. Over the last ten years we have observed that the expense continues to increase each year. In 2020, the Board commissioned a study by Kris Bass Engineering to see if there might be a more cost-effective solution. Based on the results of the study, they presented three different approaches. The October issue of the Newsletter contains an article describing the three alternatives. These solutions will be presented at the open meeting so that residents can fully understand them. The ultimate goal is for residents to decide which is preferred.

We will be able to respond to attendees’ questions on these topics using the webinar Q & A. Attendees can type in a question to be answered by the speakers. If we are unable to answer all of the questions in the available time, answers will be prepared afterwards and posted on the FHA website.

We hope you will take time to attend the meeting, learn more about the two topics on the agenda, ask questions, and express your opinions.

 

 

Community Assessment Surveycommunity survey

In 2018, the FHA Board of Directors established the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC). This committee meets regularly to examine future issues of the Village and determine a way forward. In early 2020, the LRPC determined the need for a community survey and asked the Lifestyle Subcommittee to conduct that effort. During the summer and into the fall of 2020, the subcommittee developed the survey instrument and launched its survey in November 2020. The survey was distributed to 1709 individual residents; 900 completed surveys were returned, a remarkable 52.7% response rate.

Results Overview

Results of the survey suggest that residents have a generally positive view of life in the Village. They appreciate the attractiveness of their surroundings, their neighbors, the many paths and trails, and the general safety of the Village. Residents tend to be active, with the vast majority using the walking trails at least occasionally. Villagers use and appreciate the availability of Village shops and restaurants and the Farmers Market. Health and wellness are supported by the Duke Center for Living and Fearrington Cares, both used by over 40% of the population.

Major Concerns

Current concerns have surfaced, some of which are presently under the sole or partial control of the developer, Fitch Creations. Wastewater issues are apparently the primary concern of most residents currently. In the longer term, three other related concerns became apparent: upkeep of the Village, the future of the Village Center, and the community after the developer completes build-out. The deteriorating infrastructure is also of concern. In the short term, repair of infrastructure and improvement of trails appear to be of primary importance. Most Villagers are willing to contribute something toward problem solution, especially based on the specific issue at hand. However, approximately one quarter of residents had no interest in contributing.

Perceptions of FHA

The FHA is viewed favorably by approximately two-thirds of residents, though many of its activities are not fully recognized. The major source of displeasure, for those who do not believe the FHA is meeting their needs, deals with covenant enforcement. Other areas of displeasure are perceived lack of maintenance on trails, the tree canopy, and infrastructure. A lack of adequate communication was also noted. When asked what issue should be addressed first, wastewater management was selected, infrastructure also rated highly, as did trail maintenance and road safety. Many residents are concerned about individuals walking on roadways, despite the availability of trails. When asked about the potential for a dues increase to remediate these issues, the response was positive.

Feedback on The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a facility that serves as a meeting site for most organizations in Fearrington Village. It is used by two-thirds of residents, though use is variable from “often” to “hardly at all.” For most residents, The Gathering Place was found to meet their needs, though one in five found it inadequate. The inadequacies included shortcomings in technology, lack of room size, and lack of comfortable chairs. When asked what to do about The Gathering Place, over one in five residents were unsure, while another one in five said to do nothing. An additional one in five would like the existing structure to be modernized or expanded. There appears to be little interest in building a new structure.

Feedback on Walking Trails

One of the most popular features in Fearrington Village is the walking trails. More than 80% of respondents use the trails regularly. The trails are viewed as a major resource. Most people find them either fine, or useable but in need of maintenance. Forty percent of respondents feel that trail maintenance should be the responsibility of the FHA. Thirty-nine percent were unsure as to who should be responsible. There was notable support for an increase in FHA dues for trail maintenance. A majority of residents would like to have additional trails, mainly to provide more options for walking. There was broad support for policies that protect wildlife. However, several residents wish to have the deer population controlled. There was even greater support for policies to protect our tree canopy, which is rapidly aging.

Feedback on Communications

Communications within the Village is a topic of major interest. Most residents feel that FHA communication about issues and events is adequate, but roughly 40% feel either unsure about the quality of communication or found it inadequate. The FHA was cited as the major source of information about the Village, but neighbors and the Nextdoor online service also rated highly. The vehicle most cited as a source of information was the online FHA newsletter. Many residents also rely on the Directory. The FHA website appears to be under-utilized. The website meets the needs of two-thirds of respondents. For some, it appears that topics of interest are too hard to find, and the interface is not user-friendly.

You can find more details on the FHA website, where you can find the survey questions, a summary of responses to each question, and a more complete analysis of the results. Individual comments have been removed from the data file to preserve anonymity.

—Lifestyle Subcommittee of the Long-Range Planning Committee

 

 

Concerning the FHA Website

The FHA Community Survey found that almost 20% of village residents do not use the FHA website as a source of information, and fewer than 20% use it regularly. This is unfortunate, for the website is the most effective way for us to provide up-to-date information about important topics.

The most frequently used source for information is this newsletter. Proud as we are of the newsletter, however, it has some limitations. Anything you read here was written at least ten days ago, and it cannot be updated for another month.

FHA website 1But, if you are reading the HTML version of the newsletter online, you are in fact using the website right now! At the top of this page you may see a blue menu bar. This provides instant access to the features of the website. (If you are using a phone or other small device, you may not see the full menu; you should see a black bar labeled MENU. Tap the bar to see the full menu.)

On the left of the menu bar (or at the top of the menu on a phone) is a small picture featuring a Beltie. If you tap the picture it takes you to the website’s home page. (Please don’t do that yet, unless you know how to get back to the previous page—i.e., this page—in your web browser.)

FHA website 2At the top of the home page, you will see the most recently posted important information about village activities, whether it be information about Covid-19, FHA dues, or any other important topic. I can’t tell you what you will see, because I’m writing this at least ten days before you read it. But it is probably worth knowing.

In future issues of the newsletter, we’ll introduce you to some other features of the website that you may find useful or important. To access some of them it will be necessary to create an account with the website and log in. We’ll explain how to do that, too, though you can find out how on the website itself.

Happy browsing.

—Gordon Pitz (community@fhaboard.org)

 

 

Thank you from your FHAHomeowners Dues, 2021

The new management company, Associa-HRW, is in the process of developing a system for handling homeowner dues. The process has gone slowly, as the company adapts to its new responsibilities.

Because of postal delays, many residents received dues statements for 2021 quite late, and some who received them have questions about how to pay the dues. One problem is that the letter sent out by the company did not indicate the amount of the dues. If you are still not sure, dues for 2021 are $179.

You should receive a second letter from Associa spelling out the options for payment. You will be able to pay through a bank draft, or by sending a check to Fearrington Homeowners Association, c/o HRW, P.O. Box 11904, Newark, NJ 07101. Be sure to include your account number on your check. If you do not provide the account number, your payment may not be processed correctly.

Your account number is provided on the dues statement. Or you may call 919-542-1603. The assistant manager will be happy to provide you with the number.

Because of the delay in mailing the 2021 dues invoices, no late charges will be assessed through February 2021.

If you have further questions, please send an email to customercare@hrw.net, or call 919-542-1603.

 

 

Whither Wastewater Managementwastewater

Now that the interconnected wastewater system between Fearrington Village and Briar Chapel is no longer on the table, Fitch Creations, Inc., which owns and manages Fearrington Utilities, is once again managing our plant. We believe this is a good thing because our operator, John Poteat, knows what he is doing. As R.B. Fitch said, in the years prior to 2018 when we managed our own system, we received a total of three Notices of Violation (NOV). Once Envirolink took over we received many, many more. The Board also believes that billing will be much simpler. Fitch Utilities will bill for the entire year, and the rate will remain the same as it has been for the last three years. Those who prefer to pay over the course of the year will need to call to set that up.

You can also expect to see a lot of activity at the plant. First will be the smoke testing. You will soon be receiving a notice about this, if you have not already. Smoke testing will help determine whether extraneous flows might be entering the wastewater system, perhaps with rainwater getting into the pipes through failing joints, or holes caused by corrosion, or the invasion of tree roots. If you have plumbing upstairs in your house (toilet, shower, sink) that you haven’t used for a while, you could see smoke coming out of these pipes. Please don’t be alarmed; this is normal and not harmful in any way.

A bush hog contractor has also been hired to clear the area over the lines going from manhole to manhole throughout the community. It is expected that this work will begin within the next six months. It is important to keep vegetation from growing above the area of the pipes so that roots don’t infiltrate the system (see above). Also, we can access the system with vehicles and equipment when needed for testing, cleaning, emergencies, etc. Clearing has been done in Fearrington on a regular basis over the years, although it has not been done for a while.

Rose Krasnow and Fran Digiano met using Zoom with RB Fitch, Greg Fitch, and their engineer, John Phillips of Diehl and Phillips. They said they are hoping to completely rehab each of the three tanks by taking them offline one at a time. They will then sandblast the interior before recoating it. Since these are steel tanks, they believe this will extend the life for a considerable amount of time while keeping costs low. They also expect to replace corroded or failed metal pipes and wall sections within the plant itself, as needed, and to make some modifications that will enable them to remove nitrogen from the effluent. The plant currently operates under a 2011 permit that has no nitrogen reduction requirements, but they expect that will change in the future. We asked that they please look at ways to better control odor, which they thought they could do by increasing the size of the sludge holding tanks so that the sludge would not have to be removed as frequently.

We hope to work closely with them going forward so we can keep residents informed as to what to expect and when.

 

 

snowy roads okFearrington State Roads in 2021

In early February I plan to compile a list of needed repairs such as potholes, cracks, and other issues on state roads in the village that could be a hazard to our residents. If you can identify such hazards, please email the problem with detailed locations to my email address, warrensailo@aol.com. I will then forward this list to the Chatham Highway Department.

I have requested that NCDOT schedule repainting of the lines on our major village roads and add turning arrows on the intersection of Village Way and 15-501. In addition, I will request that reflectors or some other guides be installed to assist drivers making the turn from 15/501 South into Village Way at night. During the past year, the county complained that they had no extra funds for repairs or improvements. Hopefully with the new administration in Washington, more funding for such repairs will be sent to our local municipalities.

 

A Note from the Director of Grounds and Landscaping

Bench and volunteers


Photo by Jesse Fearrington

I want to thank all of the volunteers in Fearrington Village who help make my job easier. As a Board member, I took this job knowing that there would be duties and time commitments associated with the position. I am fortunate to have many in our community who help out with grounds. There are individuals who keep a lookout for any concerns and then notify me. There are the Trails Committee folks, headed up by Jim Fink, who maintain our walking paths, as well as the Green Scene volunteers headed up by Jason Welsch, who strive to keep our canopy in good health. Even our neighbors contribute by planting pollinator-friendly and native plants. As we look towards 2021 and plan for the future of our walking paths and of Beechmast Pond, I just want to thank you all for your contributions in the past and look forward to your continued support in the future.

The picture above is of the installation of a bench to replace the one near Village Way and Windstone. The bench was donated by Carol Kurtz and installed by Jason Welsch and Jim Fink.

 

 

Get involvedVolunteers Corner

Welcome all volunteers!

I hope you all have been safely getting through this January. We are making progress on getting the Hospitality Center staffed, and we hope to be open partially by the beginning of March. If you are interested in helping there, meeting and making new friends, contact me. We still have a few spots open! If you call the number in the directory under Director, Community Affairs, you will reach my secretary (my wife) and she will pass on any messages to me. ?

We are already planning a shredding event at The Gathering Place this spring to help clear your house of documents needing to be safely disposed of. If you want some good outdoor exercise helping, contact me.

Several great suggestions on future events have been received, and feasibility studies are ongoing. Please contact us if you have an idea that you would like to see happen. Let's work together to have an enviable social calendar as the Covid-19 crisis passes away. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 


 

Features

 

 

The Light Brigade Rides Again

Story and Photos by Gordon Pitz

The “Light Cavalry” is the name given to the intrepid crew of volunteers who maintain our nature trails. The cavalry was summoned into action after Christmas when a large dead tree fell across the North Langdon nature trail, near the corner of Langdon and Millcroft.

The problem was more serious than simply blocking the trail, as the tree had fallen across a fence surrounding the Habitat Restoration Project. This is an area where invasive plant species are removed and indigenous vegetation encouraged. The fence serves to keep out deer, who find the native plants a tasty meal.

hanging the fence

Hanging the Fence

old fence post

The only casualty of the engagement

A first sally with chain saw as the primary weapon was led by Jim Fink, supported by Jason Welch and Maarten Simon-Thomas. Their attack restored access along the trail. A follow-up charge by Jim, Jason, and Maarten, accompanied by Helene Carlson, Bil Rosenfeld, and Gordon Pitz, completed the recovery project.

The dead tree had impaled itself on a fence post. Removing the post required some heavy bombardment with hacksaw and shovel. A new post was installed, a damaged cable supporting the fence was repaired, and the fence was re-hung. As a final step, Maarten installed a motion-sensitive camera to record wildlife in the area. The native plants are once again safe from hungry deer.

wildlife camera

Installing a wildlife camera

Jones Grove Cemetery

Who knew a tree could cause such damage?

For examples of previous recordings from the area, and for more information about the North Langdon Trail and the Habitat Restoration Project, see this website. If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is well worth a visit, as it’s yet another example of Fearrington treasures that we can all enjoy, thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers.

 

The “Great Conjunction” Draws Fearrington Stargazers Out on the Winter Solstice

Jackie Walters, Features Co-editor

A cold, crisp, clear December evening drew several dozen Fearrington residents out at sunset to witness the “Great Conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter. With the closest degree of the two planets occurring so near to Christmas, this conjunction became popularly known as “the Christmas Star.”

Jones Grove Cemetery

Jupiter "pursuing" Saturn
Photo by Gordon Pitz

Astronomers define conjunctions as meetings of planets and other objects in the sky. Only the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in the solar system, is referred to as a ‘great conjunction.’

Although Jupiter “pursued” Saturn all month, the orbits finally overtook each other on December 21, the Winter Solstice. Their closest alignment appeared just a tenth of a degree apart (or as NASA explained, “[A] pinkie finger at arm’s length will easily cover both planets”), but in reality, they were 456 million miles (734 million km) apart.

According to NASA, Saturn and Jupiter’s orbits align in the sky about every twenty years. So why was 2020’s great conjunction considered so unusual? The last time the planets passed as close together was 1623, and the most recent observable (i.e., in the night sky) alignment occurred in 1226.

Jupiter and Its Galilean Moons Closing in on Saturn

Jupiter and Its Galilean Moons Closing in on Saturn
Photo by Gordon Pitz

Henry Throop, astronomer in the Planetary Science Division at NASA, explains: “Conjunctions like this could happen on any day of the year, depending on where the planets are in their orbits. The date of the conjunction is determined by the positions of Jupiter, Saturn, and the Earth in their paths around the Sun, while the date of the solstice is determined by the tilt of Earth’s axis. The solstice is the longest night of the year, so this rare coincidence will give people a great chance to go outside and see the solar system.”

Passing through Fearrington Village on the night of the Solstice, one would have seen sky watchers taking advantage of that great chance gathered along the fence line of the pasture near Galloway Ridge, in lawn chairs on the Village Green, or standing in streets and driveways.  With the right equipment, observers could see Jupiter’s four moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, as well as Saturn’s ring, all discovered by Galileo in 1610. Since the planets were low in the southwest sky, the only obstacle would have been trees or buildings obscuring the horizon. Cameras ranging from phones to telephoto lenses captured the moment that brought neighbors together to witness what for most of us will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. 2020’s close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction won’t be matched again until March 15, 2080!


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Fearrington Dem Club SmFearrington Democratic Club

The Democratic Club’s speaker on February 23, 7:00 pm will be Allison Riggs, Interim Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Her topic will be “The Current Status and Future Prospects of Voting Rights in the South.” Ms. Riggs has litigated redistricting cases on behalf of State NAACP Conferences in Texas, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, and in 2019 she argued the North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an impressively knowledgeable and engaging speaker. Click here to register and get the Zoom link. (Please register as soon as possible; if your plans change, please cancel your registration so others may have a chance to join.)

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, February 9, 3:00 pm, Zoom teleconference

Program details will be emailed to members around the first of February.
Newcomers welcome: Contact Linda Grimm at 919-533-6296 for details about participating in this event.

 

 

Fearrington HavurahFearrington Havurah

“Equal Justice in Chatham County” is the subject of the upcoming Zoom meeting of Fearrington Havurah on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Fearrington resident W. Robert (Bob) Pearson, retired Ambassador to Turkey, who currently serves as Co-Coordinator, Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Coalition Chatham and Chair, Education Committee, NAACP Chatham Community (East) Branch, will be joined by Ms. Mary Nettles, President, Chatham Community NAACP Branch, Pittsboro and the Reverend Carl E. Thompson, former County Commissioner for Chatham County and Senior Pastor, Word of Life Christian Outreach Center in Silk Hope. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3Tywb4PiSHytWhn7vknetA

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, contact us at fearringtonhavurah@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Republican ClubFearrington Rep Club

TO ALL FEARRINGTON REPUBLICANS and FELLOW CONSERVATIVES:

Please note that the Chatham County GOP will hold its REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION on March 20. To be a voting participant, you must be a registered Republican no later than January 31, 2021.

At this time, the convention will probably be virtual. This is an opportunity to participate in electing our party leaders and approving a Chatham County Republican Platform. It is an important time. Your inputs are needed. Please stay tuned for more details as we approach the date.

We all wait for our vaccine to allow us to return to a normal program. When safe, the Fearrington Republican Club looks forward to you joining us at our monthly meetings.

 

 

Swim Croquet Club logoFearrington Swim & Croquet Club

Our virtual Annual Membership Meeting was held on Zoom January 31, 2021. Watch for information about our meeting in next month’s newsletter. 

In the meantime, pick a pretty day to get out on our croquet court for some fun. Ladies Croquet continues on Thursdays at 10 am.

Remember to save your cards. Cards are activated for the season when you rejoin.

 

 

Fearrington Village SingersFVS logo

Choosing Music for a Concert
Thursday, February 25, 4 pm

Matt Fry, choral director of the Fearrington Village Singers, presents an hour-long Zoom program on how he puts together the music for the winter and spring FVS concerts. The FVS music committee puts together a wide selection of music from which Matt chooses. In addition to what he listens for, and how he orders the program, he will share the pros and cons of having others initially pick the music, as opposed to selecting it himself. Find the link to this Zoom program on fearringtonvillagesingers.org.

 

 

WOF CMYK OvalWomen of Fearrington

Are you interested in joining Women of Fearrington, or have a new neighbor or other friend in Fearrington or Galloway Ridge who would be? We are hosting two Welcome Coffees on Zoom, Friday morning, Feb. 12, and Monday evening, March 1. Contact Jo Anne Rosenfeld or Barbara Fearrington for information.

The deadline for contributions to our 2021 Wonderful Options Fund is fast approaching. We hope that you will be able to donate soon if you have not done so already. WoF continues to use 100% of your contributions to fund this grant program. We appreciate your donations whether large or small. Please click here for a donation form and a list of our grantees for 2020.

Our Webinar will be “The Benefits of Movement for People with Arthritis,” presented by Dr. Leigh F. Callahan, UNC Professor of Medicine. Register here to get the link for Wednesday, February 17 at 1:30 pm.

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham ConnectingChatham Connecting logo

If the coronavirus doldrums have set in and you find yourself going stir-crazy, we have just the thing to disrupt boredom and offer a world of good to your local community. Check out the easy-to-use Chatham Connecting website, which lists more than 100 nonprofits in need of both volunteers and donations of all sorts. Filter by activity or interest. For example, help kids who are challenged with virtual learning through groups like Communities in Schools, the Chatham Education Foundation, and Kidscope. Volunteer with animal welfare agencies or even work on social media. There are opportunities for youth to get involved too. And of course, monetary donations are especially welcome, given that many organizations have had to cancel fundraising events due to Covid-related concerns. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find a good fit—and whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Chatham Literacy logoChatham Literacy’s Unique Online Spring Author’s Event Involves Goats, Beauty and Excellent Writing

On April 20, from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, Chatham Literacy presents Duke Professor and folklorist Tom Rankin and noted novelist Jill McCorkle to highlight their acclaimed book, Goat Light (vivid photography and stories about their Piedmont farm).

Registration starts Feb. 15. Tickets $100/person (includes prize opportunities); available at https:\\www.chathamliteracy.org or 919-742-0578.

 

 

United Way CampaignUnited Way

The United Way of Chatham County concluded its annual campaign at the end of December, and we are pleased to announce that Fearrington raised $132,453 in donations, exceeding its goal of $128,000! Residential campaigns like Fearrington’s provide close to 80% of monies raised by the county’s campaign. These funds support numerous well-designed programs to help families, children and seniors improve their education, health and financial stability.

We are proud that Fearrington residents are exceptionally generous supporters of the United Way and extend our sincerest “thank you” to the many Fearringtonians who contributed to the annual campaign and to the United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund last spring. Our appreciation is also extended to those who volunteer their time and talent to United Way and other Chatham organizations, with special gratitude to our 2020 United Way neighborhood captains.

—Jack Zollinger, Galloway Ridge; Ruth Murphy and Ellen Shanahan, Fearrington Village

 


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Sparking Possibilities for Your New Year Ahead

Fridays, February 5 and 12, 1:30 pm via Zoom

The new year promises to be filled with dips, bumps, and curves! You may find yourself feeling a bit muddled, disconnected, or even stuck, as you face the new year ahead.

Join us for the last two sessions of this three-part Zoom series to explore, clarify, and spark possibilities on your path forward in 2021. Over the course of these one-hour sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to rekindle your personal set of strengths and apply down-to-earth tips and tools for living your best life forward. Come to one or both!

Each individual lively session combines “lecturette” with time for guided self-reflection, fun exercises, and focused discussion. This course is taught by Vicki Field, who has designed and led a wide range of workshops in her professional life and as a resident here at Fearrington Village over the past seven years.

 

 

Foot Health and Common Foot Conditions

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm via Zoom

Pain and uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of growing old or something to “put up with.” A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain, and maintain mobility. Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50 (about 115,000 in a lifetime.) Many of us are walking more than ever during the pandemic. Dr. Katherine Williams, DPM, a podiatrist with the Chapel Hill office of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, will discuss a variety of foot problems and treatments. She will give tips to keep your aging feet healthy, including knowing how to select proper fitting footwear.

 

 

“Hear Ye… Hear Ye”

Thursday, February 25, 1:30 pm via Zoom

Dr. Stephanie Sjoblad, an audiologist with the UNC Medical Center's Audiology Department, will speak on various aspects of auditory health and communication. She will discuss how best to communicate while wearing a mask, highlight resources that may be used with online communication, and cover other tips for communicating as one ages and loses hearing. There will be ample time for questions.

Dr. Sjoblad has provided hearing care services at Carolina Meadows for almost 20 years. She understands hearing loss in a unique way, having grown up as one of three siblings with congenital hearing loss. She has worn hearing aids since the age of six and received a cochlear implant in 2009. She now has bimodal hearing (one hearing aid and one cochlear implant). Dr. Sjoblad has been a member of the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1999 and the Clinic Director for the UNC Hearing and Communication Center since 2001. Her practice incorporates the most current research in audiology/communication.

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs Links Are on Our Website www.fearringtoncares.org

Occasionally Zoom program IDs and passwords will change; if you have saved a link it may eventually become inactive. Use the links on our website for a quick, current connection to all Zoom programs. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up.

 


 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

 

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, February 3 and 17, 12:30–2:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday, February 10, 3:30–4:30 pm. (New
members can contact Jan Cope-Kasten
(jcopekasten@gmail.com) or Karen Metzguer
(karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.)

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, February 4 and 18, 1:00 pm

 

 

Like to Socialize? Become a Fearrington Cares Ambassador!

Have you already broken some of your New Year’s resolutions? Here’s one well worth making and keeping: Resolve to help your neighbors by becoming a Fearrington Cares Ambassador; no diplomatic experience necessary.

Launched as a pilot project in 2016, the Fearrington Cares Ambassadors Program trained a group of volunteer residents to represent Fearrington Cares. When opportunities arose, the Ambassadors explained the various services and educational, health-related, and social programs offered by Fearrington Cares or referred Villagers with questions to the staff. The need for this program is even greater now because it can help Villagers cope with the various limitations on their lives imposed by the pandemic.

One of the many goals of the Fearrington Cares Board is to revitalize and expand the Ambassadors Program in 2021. To find out more about this program or to explore the possibility of becoming an Ambassador yourself, please contact Karen Metzguer, RN, Executive Director of Fearrington Cares, at 919-542-6877 (weekdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm) or at www.fearringtoncares.org.

 

 

You Can Be an Immediate Responder

Social psychologists have identified something called the “bystander effect.” When encountering an emergency situation, people who are alone will more likely take action than if they are in a group. This idea is still somewhat controversial, but what is not controversial is that if you identify someone who needs help, try to help them. You can be an Immediate Responder when our First Responders are minutes or longer away.

Fearrington Cares normally offers CPR classes at this time of year to help people be First Responders. Clearly, this is not a good option this year! However, you can still prepare yourself beforehand in order to help someone while 911 assistance is on the way. This is the true meaning of FIRST Aid. The Red Cross has a web site that describes necessary steps in providing this aid https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/performing-first-aid/first-aid-steps. Please review the five steps outlined. Some of the links to CPR videos don’t work (a common web issue!), but there are detailed instructions linked here: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/performing-cpr/cpr-steps. While obviously not as good as hands-on experience, this information can provide an introduction to you and a refresher if you’ve already had a CPR course. And when life finally returns to normal, watch for Fearrington Cares CPR classes!

 

 

Protect Yourself with Smoke and CO Detectors

Installing and properly maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home can save your life. CO detectors are needed even in all-electric homes because CO can seep into the house from an attached garage or a backup generator that is used during a power outage.

Everyone knows that the backup batteries in smoke and CO detectors need to be replaced at least annually. However, many homeowners are not aware that both types of detectors have a limited lifetime. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years; even if the test button on the alarm sounds when pressed, the sensors inside may no longer be able to detect smoke. CO detectors have an even shorter lifespan: they should be replaced every five years.

For more information on smoke detectors and CO detectors, consult the Consumer Reports buying guide: (https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/smoke-carbon-monoxide-detectors/buying-guide/index.htm).

 

 

Covid-19 and Vaccine Information

Fearrington Cares maintains a web site with county, state, and national information about the pandemic and the virus: fearringtoncares.org/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-current-information/. Vaccine information is changing frequently, so check the links on the website for the most current information.

Details on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Chatham County are online at https://www.chathamnc.org/services/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine. To be notified when it is your turn to receive a vaccination, click on the “COVID-19 V.I.T.” tool in the center of the page. After filling out the survey, you can choose to be placed on an email list to receive these notifications.

 

 

Open Part-Time Position at Fearrington Cares

Are you qualified and available to join a small, dynamic, mission-driven team and to work 20 hours/week? Fearrington Cares is hiring an Administrative Coordinator responsible for a portfolio that includes bookkeeping, database management, and communication functions for Fearrington Cares. The Administrative Coordinator maintains all financial records and documentation required for grants, ensures that revenues and expenditures are properly recorded and documented in a manner consistent with adopted fiscal policies, and supports the Board Treasurer. Additionally, the Administrative Coordinator coordinates Fearrington Cares communication and helps manage the facility. Download the complete job description from https://fearringtoncares.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Fearrington-Cares-_ADMIN-COORD_final.pdf.

 

 



 

Fearrington Directory Changes

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between December 16 and January 15:

 

NameAddressContact Information
Ellen and Rex ADAMS  18 Caldwell (1167) Ellen's Email: ellenadams@gmail.com
Home: 919-824-1183
Barbel E. BESSEYRE
and
Stan I. CHEREN
 130 Shadowbrook

Barbel's Email: barbelbesseyre@gmail.com
Stan's Email: ranchopark@gmail.com
Home: 919-942-9493
Barbel's Cell: 919-259-2886
Stan's Cell: 919-259-2665

Susan B. DRESNICK  37 West Madison (1176) Home: suesinnet@gmail.com
Susan's Cell: 305-607-6112
David L. (Dave) and Dremea L. HILL 1356 Bradford Place 

Dave's Email: dlh25130@aol.com
Dremea's Email: dremeahill@gmail.com
Dave's Cell: 304-784-0214
Dremea's Cell: 304-784-7877 

Ruth LANDA 371 Linden Close

Home: klanda@gmail.com
Ruth's Cell: 919-244-5558

James P. MCALLISTER
and
Pam G. PATTERSON

25 Caldwell (1185)

James's Email: jamespam25@charter.net
Pam's Email: p2patterson@gmail.com
Home: 980-297-9290

Diane C. SHUGARS 4321 Millcreek Circle

Home: diane_shugars@unc.edu
Home: 919-810-9395

 

Are you a new resident? Be sure to register on our FHA community website. Doing so will give you full access to website features and allow you to be added to our resident directory. Log on to FearringtonFHA.org and on the top menu click on “Directory.” Then, in the drop-down menus click first on “New Resident” then “List Me in the Directory.”

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

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February 2021 Calendar

Fearrington Village clubs and groups will be meeting on these dates. Events are usually held at The Gathering Place unless stated otherwise. However, The Gathering Place is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, if you have questions, be sure to check with the person or web page listed in the “Contact” column for the most up-to-date information.

 

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Tuesday
February 2
7 pm 
Havurah  Zoom Meeting  Beryl Sherman
919-704-8018 
Tuesday
February 9
3 pm 
Genealogy Group  Zoom Teleconference  Linda Grimm
919-533-6296 
Friday
February 12
9:30 am 
Women of Fearrington  Welcome Coffee  Barbara Fearrington
704-351-1432 
Wednesday
February 17
1:30 pm 
Women of Fearrington  Arthritis Webinar  Tracy Bailey
302-561-1298
Tuesday
February 23
7 pm
Fearrington Democratic Club Speaker Topic:
Prospect of Voting Rights in the South
Vickie Shea
919-545-0024
Coming in March…   
Monday
March 1
7 pm
Women of Fearrington Welcome Coffee Jo Anne Rosenfeld
302-270-7774

 

 

 

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HOMEOWNERS’  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
January 2021      Volume 40      Number 1

 

 

President's Message

Resolution

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.” —Albert Einstein

Well, by the time you read this, Santa will have come and gone for another year and the door to 2021 will be creaking open. Some folks will just see a long, dark corridor beyond the door. But wait, there appears to be bright light coming around the edges. The evidence seems clear; human ingenuity and adaptability will defeat the pandemic.

As people have done in the past, many of us will make new year’s resolutions as one way of maintaining some control over the future. Most resolutions tend to lead to disappointment (and subsequent criticism if others know of them). If I make any, I keep them to myself so that I am the only critic, and I tend to give myself a lot of leeway. I am tempted to resolve to swear off every virtue, so that way I succeed when I fail.

Our FHA team of board members and volunteers have done an excellent job in the year past, which presented many important and difficult challenges such as the wastewater management issue. There are always a multitude of challenges large and small and that team is always busy. For 2021, the team resolves to bring that same excellence to meeting its obligations which affect the values of all of us in our village.

Unfortunately, we cannot keep that resolution to ourselves and give ourselves a lot of leeway. In fact, we constantly publish information in the newsletter or in webinars to let people know what the team is doing. That means all of us who live here can be critics. That is as it should be, after all, we are the FHA and the FHA is us. The team of board members and volunteers are drawn from the many talented people who live here. We have term limits, which ensures that as new members come on board, we maintain a broad and varied perspective.

My term ends in November 2021, and my resolution is to let it end with no regrets. Like the old soldier of the ballad, I shall just fade away. I further resolve to write nine more of these presidential columns, even though that may elicit groans from many of you.

What I suggest as a resolution for you all to consider is joining the FHA Team, which depends on volunteers in many, many roles. See the Volunteers Corner in this issue, and in subsequent months, for just a few of the many roles that need to be filled.


 

 

Fearrington Homeowners’
Association Newsletter

The Newsletter is the official publication of our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA), produced by and for residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. The Newsletter contains community news, reports from FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Newsletter is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A PDF copy of the current issue can be found on the FHA website: fearringtonfha.org.

Submissions:

Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. Send submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

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

Newsletter Staff:
Jan Kowal Ann Melchior
Leslie Palmer Deborah Repplier
Jackie Walters  
Printing and Distribution:
Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago
Fearrington Homeowners’ Association
Board Members

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, click on the “FHA” tab on the FHA webpage (fearringtonfha.org).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Leslee Shell
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Chris Jaeger
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

From the Editors

Let the Voting Begin for the Newsletter Naming Contest!VOTE Naming Contest for Jan 2021

Your newsletter staff was pleased to receive a whopping fifty-one suggested names. Through a blind poll, we each rated the submissions individually, the ratings were tallied, and a list from most to least popular was formed. We had a fun time at our November meeting reviewing the options, with each stumping for our personal favorites. And, after lengthy discussion, we ended up choosing our top five vote getters.

Now, readers, it’s time to select your favorite and christen our Fearrington newsletter with an official name. One vote per household so be sure to reach a consensus with housemates. Voting couldn’t be easier—no absentee ballots or standing in line. Just click the Survey Monkey link below and vote your choice between January 1 and Friday, January 15.

https://www.research.net/r/99ZH5Q7

The name with the most votes wins, and we’ll debut the winner later this spring.

Remember, Survey Monkey will accept your household’s vote from January 1 through midnight, January 15.


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

Ear loopmasksRecommendations Concerning the Wearing of Masks

The Health, Safety, and Security Committee met to discuss the issue of wearing masks on Fearrington paths and trails. The following statement represents a consensus of the committee: Warren Ort, Carol Wade, Dr. Art Gerber, Karen Metzguer, Maggie Tunstall, and Gordon Pitz.

CDC's most recent guidelines for wearing masks dated 12/7/2020 read in part as follows: "People age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.… A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. … Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household. However, some localities may have mask mandates while out in public and these mandates should always be followed.”

It may be prudent to always carry a mask with you to don in certain situations, such as when two walkers are approaching from opposite directions and one cannot step off the trail to allow the other to pass. An example is Creekwood Trail where some parts do not allow this. Another would be coming upon a friend and stopping to chat for a while or coming upon a person experiencing a medical event.

The concept of wearing masks is not new. Masks have been worn by people in a variety of settings. No, not the eye coverings of the Lone Ranger or Marvel's Super Heroes, but mouth and nose coverings worn by surgeons, construction and demolition workers, and people in a variety of laboratory settings, among others.

The CDC guidelines emphasize that a mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching or removing a mask. The CDC website has some other very useful information including types of masks and which are recommended and not recommended.

Apart from the inconvenience of wearing a mask, it may cause breathing difficulties while engaging in high intensity activities such as running. The bottom line is that people have to use their best judgement when in the presence of others. Several factors determine the risk of contracting the virus from someone else: distance from others, time spent at that distance, ventilation, humidity, protective barriers, and any existing medical conditions (comorbidities).

An interesting planning exercise is an app developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT): An Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool. "The risk level is the estimated chance that at least one Covid-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event." Chances of exposure change depending on which county you're in and how large the event. Risk increases with the size of the gathering.

Note from the tool: "You can reduce the risk that one case becomes many by wearing a mask, distancing, and gathering outdoors in smaller groups."

—Carol Wade, for the Committee

 

 

Golf Carts in the Villagegolf cart

Recently, members of the Board have received inquiries about the golf carts that are occasionally being used in the Village. Fearrington was not built with a golf course and, therefore, was never envisioned as a golf cart community. Moreover, it’s important to point out that the roads in Fearrington are state roads. This means that any vehicle being driven on our roads must be licensed by the State of North Carolina, and the drivers of such vehicles must have a NC driver’s license to operate them. Although our covenants are silent with respect to golf carts, drivers must obey all traffic laws.

 

 

wastewaterWastewater Management Update

2020 has not been a year with a lot of good news, but we are happy to report that on October 20, 2020, ONSWC-Chatham North, LLC (Chatham North) and Old North State Water Company, LLC (ONSWC) filed to withdraw all the applications related to the transfer of the Fearrington Village wastewater system to Chatham North from the docket of the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

In addition, Greg Fitch let us know that, as of January 1, 2021, Fitch Utilities, not Envirolink, will manage the Fearrington Village system. Fitch’s prior operations team, consisting of John Poteat, operator of record, and Ronnie Wright, a longtime Fitch Creations employee, will return to their previous roles. In addition, Fitch Utilities has plans to upgrade and renovate our existing plant in 2021 to help it meet today’s stricter standards for discharge of effluent into Jordan Lake. Moreover, our utility rates will remain the same for now ($259.97/year), and residents will be billed annually, although payment plans can be arranged. All of this is good news.

However, the work of the task force is not done. Our consulting engineer has produced an excellent report for us that looks at the remaining life of the existing plant and questions whether it might make more sense to completely rebuild the plant using one of the many new technologies available today. The report, which can be accessed on the FHA website, takes into account the fact that additional capacity will be needed if Fearrington Village is to continue to grow. But such expansion would have to occur within the basic footprint of our existing plant. It also recommends that any such expansion do everything possible to minimize noise and odors since a number of Fearrington Homes are located in close proximity. We have shared this report with Fitch Creations, and we expect to meet with them and their engineering team early in the new year to discuss possible options.

We also need to be vigilant because we realize that another utility could seek to buy the Fearrington system. We have no objection if Fitch Utilities were to be taken over by a reputable company that could then make the necessary onsite improvements. However, given the scope of development being proposed in the county, we also know that it is possible a provider might once again put forth some type of interconnected system. We want to make sure that the voices of our residents are being heard throughout any such discussions. For these reasons, our task force will continue to meet on a monthly basis, with additional meetings as needed.

—Rose Krasnow, vp@fhaboard.org

  

 

Confusion over Envirolink Bill

Most of you have received a final sewer bill from Envirolink, and you may have been confused by the amount. The bill is over 50 percent more than you normally pay.

This does not reflect an increase in fees. Although the bill states that it is for services from November 13 to December 13, the bill actually covers service until the end of December. It is the last bill you will receive from Envirolink. On January 1, service will be taken over by Fitch Utilities (see separate article concerning developments in wastewater service). If you pay by credit card and incur an additional “convenience” fee, it will have increased as well.

Charges for 2021 through Fitch Utilities will be the same as they have been for this year.

—Gordon Pitz, communications@fhaboard.org

 

 

Fearrington Community Assessment SurveyCommunity Assessment Survey

 On or about November 15 we emailed access to, or hand delivered, 1709 individual resident Fearrington Community Assessment surveys.

When the Survey response period ended on December 8, 900 completed surveys had been returned. This means that 52.7% of Fearrington residents had completed and submitted their individual surveys. This rate of return translates to a 99% confidence limit and a margin of error of 2.25%. In our experience this is an excellent result. If you are one of these respondents, thank you! (Survey responses are anonymous, so we do not know who has completed our community survey.)

The FHA Lifestyle Subcommittee is in the process of analyzing our community’s responses and preparing a summary report. This summary report will address topics that concern most of our residents. Your responses will help our FHA identify priorities and indicate where you would like your resources invested in the community.

In addition to a written report, these findings will be discussed in an FHA Webinar early in the new year and continue a collaborative involvement about our community’s priorities.
Again, a very grateful “thank you” from the Lifestyle Subcommittee for your interest and participation in helping to clarify our community’s future direction.

—Lifestyle Subcommittee, Long Range Planning Committee, FHA Board

 

 

ice and snow on roads

 It’s That Time of Year Again

Yes, snow and ice are on the way. The effects we typically experience for portions of each winter remind us of the challenges we face on our 82 village streets and roads.

In most instances following snow and ice, plan on slippery walking and driving conditions for 12 to 48 hours, especially in shaded areas. Being in the South, the warming sun should improve conditions quickly. However, the NCDOT does not consider the public roadways in Fearrington Village to be their first priority, and it could be two to three days before these roads are treated and plowed. FHA does not own or maintain any roads within the village.

If residents leave vehicles parked along the edge of roadways within the village, the road crews will not plow the road. Therefore, for the sake of the neighbors on your street, please do not park your vehicles along the roadway.

For more information, visit the Health, Safety, and Security Information blog.

When driving and walking is hazardous, the best course of action is to stay home, open a good book, have a glass of wine, and wait for conditions to improve. Please have a healthy, safe, and secure holiday season.

—Health, Safety, and Security Committee

 

 

Volunteers CornerGet involved

 Hello, Fearrington.

I am Chris Jaeger, your newly volunteered Social Committee chairman for 2021. The next year has lots of potential to be a great return to social events, and we will be needing volunteers to help get up and running again. It will be a great way for you to get to know your neighbors and help make our community better.

We hope to get The Gathering Place welcome center operating soon. As you may know, it provides you a place to fax and use a copier as well as provide information like newcomers’ packets. With volunteers we had been open on weekday mornings before Covid-19, and we’ll do so again—perhaps starting on a limited schedule.

A big event has been the Easter Egg Hunt. Even though it is an outdoor activity, it may not happen this year. However, there are several other events that traditionally we have sponsored that we plan on continuing. These include Shredding Saturdays, Meet the Board Coffees, Newcomers’ Welcome, and more.

If you have ideas that you think the HOA should consider, send them to me and I will contact you to discuss them in detail. The success of community events depends on our wonderful volunteers, so join the team and find out how much fun we can have. I look forward to hearing from you.

—Chris Jaeger, community@fhaboard.org



 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations


 

Bulls BearsFearrington Bulls & Bears

The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group of Fearrington residents who are interested in improving their investment knowledge and capabilities. We meet monthly during non-summer months and communicate regularly through an email exchange group to share information, insights and ideas about investing.

Guests are welcome to participate in group meetings or in our email exchange group to gauge their interest in joining the Club. The next meeting will be held by Zoom on January 8 at 9:30 am.

For more information about the Club, meetings or the exchange, please contact:

Anna Shearer, President, at 703 217 0322 or ashearer1219@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Democratic ClubFearrington Dem Club Sm

The Fearrington Democratic Club is happy to resume monthly programs (via Zoom) in January. Our timely topic on January 26th at 7 pm is "The Road Ahead: More Gerrymandering or Redistricting Reform?” Our speaker is Dr. Jennifer Bremer, a policy analyst, researcher, and economist with over 35 years’ experience in the United States and more than 30 other countries. In 2018, she led a study team examining alternative approaches to redistricting reform under consideration in states that, like North Carolina, do not have citizen-initiated referendum, which led to the formulation of five principles for reasonable redistricting reform as a sound basis for redistricting reform in North Carolina. She currently focuses on public governance reform in North Carolina, where she serves as a member of the board of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and leads the League’s Statewide Redistricting Reform Team.

Click here to register and get the Zoom link.

 

 

Fearrington Garden Club logoFearrington Garden Club

On January 19, at 3 pm, the Garden Club will offer members a virtual presentation by the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alan Weakley will discuss the NCBG publication, Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast, which he co-authored. Dr. Weakley is a plant taxonomist, community ecologist, and conservationist specializing in the southeastern United States. Since 2002, he has served as director of the UNC Herbarium. Members: watch for the email that contains the Zoom link to the live program.

Despite this year's limited club activities, we hope everyone will renew their membership. Your dues enable the club to fulfill our mission of supporting the horticulture program at Chatham Central High. Please take your $15 (per member) check to the Garden Club's mailbox in the Swim & Croquet kiosk. The membership form can be found in the Groups Portal.

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, January 12, 3:00 pm, Zoom teleconference
Program details will be emailed to members around the first of January. Newcomers welcome: Contact Linda Grimm at 919-533-6296 for details about participating in this event.

 

 

Fearrington Rep ClubFearrington Republican Club

Your Fearrington Republican Club is still here and alive. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year. With all the changing edicts from NC government officials we do not know when we will be able to have a meeting at the Gathering Place. 2021 is a non-election year and we would meet the 4th Wednesday which is January 27, 2021. We will keep you informed by email if and when we will be allowed to have a meeting. Our email is frc-nc@hotmail.com and Fearrington Republican club also has a web page on the FHA website.

 

 

Fearrington Swim & Croquet ClubSwim Croquet Club logo

Our virtual Annual Membership meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2021, 4 pm to 5 pm. By January 11, 2021, an e-blast from postmaster@esoftplanner.com containing a ballot and details about our board election will be sent to members. Members may print the ballot or pick up a ballot at the Swim & Croquet kiosk. Please return your ballot to the Swim & Croquet box at the kiosk by January 15, 2021. A separate email with a Zoom link will be sent before the meeting.

Contact us at fearringtonswimcroquet@gmail.com with any questions you may have. We’re looking forward to communicating with you using the chat function on Zoom!

 

 

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Fearrington Village Singers Bob Maars on Guitars and Rock and Roll
Thursday, January 21, 4 pm

Join us on Zoom as Fearrington Village Singer’s own Bob Maarschalkerweerd talks about his guitar collection and professional connection with rock and roll. Back by request after appearing on the Dec 3rd FVS Holiday Variety Show, Bob demonstrates his guitars’ sounds and tones and talks about his years on the stage as an instrumentalist and singer in Gilbert and Sullivan and on Broadway. Find the Zoom link at fearringtonvillagesingers.org.

 

 

Women of Fearrington

Ever wonder what happens to your recycling? Shannon Culpepper, County Recycling Education Specialist, will speak at our January Webinar, rescheduled to January 27 to avoid conflict with Inauguration Day. Register here for the link.

How about some socially distanced hot chocolate? The event will be held January 12 on a member’s screened porch. Register online.

WoF masked holiday marketeers for Jan 2021 Photo by Ed Lallo

Masked holiday marketeers
Photo by Ed Lallo

The WoF Holiday Bakery & Market generated an amazing $5,427 for our grant program, which targets the needs of women and children in Chatham County. Fifty-one volunteers and ninety-three customers made this the most successful Holiday Market ever! Many thanks to everyone.

We’re also sending out a huge “thank you” to all who ordered a toy on Amazon or dropped one off for delivery to the Chatham County Department of Social Services. They were overwhelmed by the response! Many Chatham children in need will have a wonderful holiday this year. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

 

WoF toy drive gifts for Jan 2021 Photo by Chatham County DSS

WoF toy drive boxes
Photo by Chatham County DSS

 

WoF toy drive boxes for Jan 2021 Photo by Chatham County DSS

WoF toy drive boxes
Photo by Chatham County DSS

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham Connecting logoChatham Connecting

Happy 2021! Even with Covid-19 still a part of our lives, the New Year offers many opportunities to get involved with one of the many non-governmental organizations or official Chatham County programs in need of volunteers. Fearrington Village is a charity-friendly community so if you’ve been thinking of getting involved but don’t know where to start, try looking at the Chatham Connecting website, www.chathamconnecting.org. There you’ll find lots of information about the missions of over 100 non-profit organizations and official Chatham County programs. There is something for everyone no matter your interest. Your financial, time, or material donation lets your neighbors in need know that they are not forgotten during this especially difficult winter. Chatham Connecting is a volunteer-run organization that puts those in need together with those who can help. Please be part of the effort, as it’s a great way to start the New Year.

 

 

Continuing Education Opportunities

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University

A yearlong educational community on the Duke campus as well as other venues—including Galloway Ridge—is now on Zoom. Courses cover history, literature, natural or social sciences, art, music, drama, and current events. Winter registration: January 26-27. Term starts February 15. For class descriptions
and registration, go to learnmore.Duke.edu/olli. For questions, call Warren Ort, 919-533-6597.

  


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The Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed January 18.

The Fearrington Cares Center will be closed for appointments and the staff will be off on Monday, January 18, for a national day of service honoring the life of Martin Luther King.

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Program Links Are on Our Website www.fearringtoncares.org.

Occasionally Zoom program IDs and passwords will change; if you have saved a link it may eventually become inactive. Use the links on our website for a quick, current connection to all Zoom programs. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up.

 

 

Oh, My Aching Shoulder!

Thursday, January 14, 7:00 pm via Zoom

You may never be Tommy John or even get that reference (according to Casey Stengel, you could look it up). Of course, these days you could Google Tommy John and Casey Stengel. In any case, arms and shoulders can be sources of aches and pains for athletes and pseudo-athletes. The Zoom Education Committee is happy to host a presentation by Dr. Louis Almekinders, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder disorders. This program will cover common issues such as rotator cuff and biceps tendon problems, shoulder arthritis, and frozen shoulder. Dr. Almekinders will include common symptoms and basic initial treatment as well as some discussion of surgical treatment.

Dr. Almekinders is a native of the Netherlands who completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and a research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the ensuing 14 years, he worked as a team physician for the varsity athletic teams and became a tenured, full professor. In 2003, he moved back to Duke University to start the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic and is currently a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

 

 

Introduction to Breath Meditation

Thursday, January 28, 1:30 pm via Zoom

This program will introduce SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga) Breath Meditation, a set of breathing techniques that can help foster serenity. Every emotion has a specific breathing pattern, so learning to focus on and control the breath can help us manage our mind and emotions. The rhythmic breathing patterns of SKY Breath Meditation can lead the practitioner toward a state of deep meditative relaxation, reducing anxiety, anger, insomnia, and depression.

Lee Farrow, based in Mountain View, CA, and the daughter of a Fearrington resident, will lead the program. She will offer demonstration and coaching as well as findings from scientific research related to the technique’s effectiveness. Lee became a certified instructor for The Art of Living Foundation in 1997. She currently supports caregivers, military families, and her local community by teaching meditation and SKY Breathing for Kaiser Permanente and Project Welcome Home Troops.

 

 

Sparking Possibilities for Your New Year Ahead

Fridays, January 29, February 5 and 12, 1:30 pm via Zoom

Next year promises to be filled with dips, bumps, and curves! It will certainly be different from 2020! You may find yourself feeling a bit muddled, disconnected, or even stuck, as you face the new year ahead.

Join us for this three-week Zoom series to explore, clarify, and spark possibilities on your path forward in 2021. Over the course of three one-hour sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to rekindle your personal set of strengths and apply down-to-earth tips and tools for living your best life going forward. Mark your calendar for all three sessions: Fridays 1:30-2:30 pm, January 29, February 5, and February 12.

Each individual lively session combines a “lecturette” with time for guided self-reflection, fun exercises, and focused discussion. This course is taught by Vicki Field who has designed and led a wide range of workshops in her professional life and as a resident here at Fearrington Village over the past seven years.

 


 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

 

Mondays—Chair Yoga (No class January 18.)

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, January 6 and 20, 12:30–2:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday, January 13, 3:30–4:30 pm. (New
members can contact Jan Cope-Kasten
(jcopekasten@gmail.com) or Karen Metzguer
(karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.)

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, January 7 and 21, 1:00 pm

 

 

A Shout Out to Our Medicare Part D Volunteers!

A big “Thank You” to John Sullivan and Judy Fitzgerald who this year volunteered over 84 hours to assist residents with their Medicare Part D selections. While we know not everyone reviews their drug program during open enrollment, we celebrate the thousands of dollars this important annual review saves every year for residents who participate. Together, Judy and John provided 68 plan reviews, and collectively, those Villagers will save over $36,000 on Medicare Part D plans in 2021! If you have Plan D coverage, it’s hard to think of a good reason not to review it every year when open enrollment comes around.

 

 

Medical Equipment Loans (and More!)

Fearrington Cares has medical equipment on loan for short-term use. You may need equipment temporarily following surgery or during rehabilitation. You may also just want to "try out" a walker or cane to see if is helpful before making a purchase. You may need a wheelchair when someone is visiting for a week or weekend or to take a friend out to dinner, to a museum, or to a ballgame. (Eventually, we will be doing all those things again!) We have the following to loan:

 Commodes
 Crutches/canes
 Shower benches
 Walkers
 Wheelchairs

We also have a short list of equipment that residents have in their homes and are willing to lend to fellow residents. This includes equipment for young ones such as booster seats, Pack ‘n Plays, toys, and the like that can be lent on a short- term basis.

 

 

And We Need Equipment!

Our equipment stash exists due to the generosity of Fearringtonians. If you have something that is no longer needed but might be of assistance to others, please donate it to Fearrington Cares. Also, if you have equipment that you are willing to lend on a temporary basis, please notify us (919-542-6877) and we will add your listing. People are always searching for things like blow-up mattresses and necessities for young visitors (we’re not old but honestly most of us will not fit into a Pack ‘n Play). As always, we’re just neighbors helping neighbors!

 

 

Covid-19 Information

Fearrington Cares maintains a website with county, state, and national information about the pandemic and the virus: fearringtoncares.org/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-current-information/.

 



 

Fearrington Directory Changes

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between November 15 and December 14:

NameAddressContact Information
Susan B. ALCORN 4226 Henderson Place Home: suealcorn@carolina.rr.com
Susan's Cell: 704-905-0396
Carole J. BRECKINRIDGE
&
Michael J. (Mike) ENNIS
665 Graycliff Carole's Email: breck130@gmail.com
Mike's Email: michaeljennis@bellsouth.net
Home: 919-704-8548
Carole's Cell: 201-841-0805
Mike's Cell: 201-841-0890
Anne & Kenneth CLARK  4211 Henderson Place  Home: 919-704-8924 
John (Mark) & Virginia (Ginny) COSTENBADER  850 Langdon  Home: Jmcvkc@cox.net
Mark's Cell: 757-646-6661
Ginny's Cell: 757-636-7330 
Mary E. EBERST 4614 Montgomery Home: Mee7302@bellsouth.net
Mary's Cell: 919-815-2232
Virginia FAUST
Valerie C. MILLER
48 Trestle Leaf Valerie's Email: millerv@hpw.com
Virginia's Cell: 919-234-2869
Valerie's Cell: 919-624-8418
Carol FERGUSON 4062 Duplin Carol's Email: cferguson4461@yahoo.com
Home: 919-533-6262
Carol's Cell: 919-548-1127
David E. & Marsha H. FLEMING 1393 Bradford Place David's Email: 1046def@gmail.com
Marsha's Email: 0747mf@gmail.com
David's Cell: 315-261-9112
Marsha's Cell: 315-243-5368
Brenda & Dr. Brian GINSBERG 4215 Henderson Place Brenda's Email: bginsberg@hotmail.com
Brian's Email: ginsb001@mc.duke.edu
Brenda's Cell: 919-225-4443
Brian's Cell: 919-225-2947
Laurel GROPPER
Carl STICE
579 Woodbury Laurel's Email: lbgrop@gmail.com
Carl's Email: chapelhilleyecare1@gmail.com
Laurel's Cell: 919-593-1562
Carl's Cell: 919-593-1636
Frank HUGHES 4202 Henderson Place Frank's Email: Hues2hues@gmail.com
Frank's Cell: 704-491-8108
Linda & Mickey KESSELMAN 724 Barnsley (620) Home: mickey@kesselmanassociates.com
Home: 919-704-8882
Linda's Cell: 847-226-6388
Mickey's Cell: 847-542-3220
Joan LAWLER E-103 E Wing Joan's Email: joanladyfox@yahoo.com
Home: 919-533-6969
Mark & Meg MCCARTHY 4239 Henderson Place Joan's Email: joanladyfox@yahoo.com
Home: 919-533-6969
Jim PERRY
Denise SHAFFER
4213 Henderson Place Jim's Email: henderson2@meridianleeward.com
Denise's Email: henderson@meridianleeward.com
Dublin POPOV 347 Weymouth Close Dublin's Email: dublinpopov@gmail.com
Dublin's Cell: 984-214-2815
Jenny WALKER 924 Woodham Home: jennywalker2@gmail.com
Home: 919-593-8142

 

Are you a new resident? Be sure to register on our FHA community website. Doing so will give you full access to website features and allow you to be added to our resident directory. Log on to FearringtonFHA.org and on the top menu click on “Directory.” Then, in the drop-down menus click first on “New Resident” then “List Me in the Directory.”

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

 

 

 

Calendar for January 2021

Fearrington Village clubs and groups will be meeting on these dates. Events are usually held at The Gathering Place unless stated otherwise. However, The Gathering Place is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, if you have questions, be sure to check with the person or web page listed in the “Contact” column for the most up-to-date information.

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Friday
January 8
9:30 am 
Bulls & Bears
Investment Club 
Club Meeting
via Zoom 
Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
ashearer1219@gmail.com 
Tuesday
January 12
10:30 am 
Women of Fearrington  Hot Chocolate  Mif Flaharty
808-234-0008 
Tuesday
January 12
3:00 pm 
Fearrington Genealogy Group  Zoom Teleconference  Linda Grimm
919-533-6296 
Tuesday
January 26
7:00 pm
Fearrington Democratic Club Club Meeting
via Zoom
Vickie Shea
919-545-0024
Wednesday
January 27
1:30 pm 
Women of Fearrington  Recycling Webinar  Tracy Bailey
302-561-1298

 

 

 

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HOMEOWNERS’  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
December 2020      Volume 39      Number 11

 

 

President's Message

 

Grumpy?

I do not know about you, but I admit that this whole virus thing had made me even more grumpy than usual.

I am glad I have all the FHA activity to keep me occupied. I appreciate having a great team of individuals with whom to work. I am delighted as well that we have developed the ability to work together so well via Zoom, and to communicate across the Village via our new newsletter format and webinars. Everyone on our team brings their own ideas and opinions. We have disagreements, but we are always able to work cooperatively and settle differences based on respect for each other.

Like most people I miss working with others in person. Plus, many of us feel more “village bound”, with restaurants, shopping, and travel being restricted, and some external contacts falling away, nevertheless, “Hope springs eternal.” (Alexander Pope)
As I said in an earlier article, I am proud to see once again how humans can adapt, find new ways of doing things, and just keep on keeping on. But adaptability requires another element to turn ideas into reality. That element is hope. Whether entirely rational or not, we have the eternal hope that by adapting and making changes things can improve and be even better.

Once upon a time, I had a professor who presented ideas in a different way to help them stick in students’ minds. One section of his course dealt with why so many people commit suicide. He reoriented that section to discuss why more people do not commit suicide given all that we humans face in our lives. The answer was that somehow in our human character hope and adaptability reinforce each other so that we can overcome dark times.

As some have suggested, we may face a long, dark winter because of the virus. However, we do know that we are going into spring with the potential for a vaccine, for economic and social recovery, as well as (I hope) less political turmoil.

In our Village things look good for your FHA. We enter 2021 with a sound budget, a strong commitment to grounds and landscaping, a plan for Beechmast Pond, a resolution to our worries about wastewater treatment, and a new Management Company (Associa/HRW) to strengthen our ability to work effectively, and to efficiently respond to homeowner questions. We will also have the results of a community survey to enable the FHA to address those concerns that residents believe are most important.

Wow! Having written all that, I feel less grumpy.

 

 

Our Fearrington Homeowners’
Association Newsletter

The Newsletter is the official publication of our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA), produced by and for residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. The Newsletter contains community news, reports from FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Newsletter is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A PDF copy of the current issue can be found on the FHA website: fearringtonfha.org.

Submissions:

Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. Send submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

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

Newsletter Staff:
Jan Kowal Ann Melchior
Leslie Palmer Deborah Repplier
Jackie Walters  
Printing and Distribution:
Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago
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, click on the “FHA” tab on the FHA webpage (fearringtonfha.org).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Leslee Shell
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Chris Jaeger
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

From the Editors

Update on Newsletter Naming ContestName Our Newsletter Contest vert yellow

Thanks to all twenty-six Fearringtonians who submitted a total of fifty-one (wow!) suggestions for naming our newsletter. After much debate, we narrowed the choices to five at our November staff meeting. Watch for our January 2021 issue. Readers will receive instructions on how to vote for their favorite in our Survey Monkey poll. If all goes as we hope, the new name should appear on our nameplate this spring.


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

Latebreaking News Re: Your Water Bills

Due to a cyber incident that impacted the Chatham County Government on October 28, water bills were not issued in November. Personnel in the billing department of the Utilities and Water Division reported this week that it could be two (2) to four (4) more weeks before the billing system is fully operational. Of course, during this time, late fees will not be assessed.

Individuals with further questions can contact the utilities office at 919-542-8270. A link to the Utilities and Water Division website is also provided below:

https://www.chathamnc.org/services/utilities-water-division

 

 

wastewaterEnvirolink Payments: Important Notice

If you pay Envirolink wastewater treatment fees every month and use their autopay option, you may be in for a shock. A few residents discovered recently that they were in arrears for several months’ missed payments. They had signed up for automatic payments last year (2019). Since the rates did not change this year, they assumed the payments would be renewed and would continue automatically. This is not the case. It is necessary to set up automatic payments at the beginning of every year. If you use Envirolink autopay, please check the status of your account.

 

 

Fearrington Homeowners Annual Meeting, 2020annual meeting 1 orig

 

The 2020 Homeowners Association annual meeting was held Sunday November 15 as a Zoom webinar. Over 200 residents attended the meeting.

FHA President Carl Angel opened the meeting with a review of the board’s activities during the previous year. As he noted, the board’s plans were seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced everyone to change and adapt to new realities. Direct contact among board and residents was severely limited. However, some of the changes in procedures, such as moving to an online version of the newsletter and using webinars rather than open meetings, have had some beneficial consequences. Carl complimented the board on its ability to work together to solve problems and address serious issues. Some of these issues were reviewed by other speakers in the meeting and are summarized here. Carl noted finally how dependent we all are on the contributions of volunteers. Without the willingness of residents to help with the work that needs to be done, the village would be a much less attractive place to live.

Wastewater Management

Rose Krasnow, Vice President, reviewed developments that took place during the year concerning wastewater treatment. She summarized the origins of a plan to sell the Fearrington wastewater treatment plant to Old North State Water and integrate it with the plant at Briar Chapel. This plan had given rise to serious concerns among residents of both communities. A task force was formed to evaluate the planned system. An attorney helped us file a motion to intervene with the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC).

As the situation grew more critical, Integra Water, which owned the majority of Old North State, withdrew its application to the NCUC. Fitch Creations has resumed its management of Fearrington’s wastewater system and plans to upgrade the system. As of January 1, it will no longer be managed by Envirolink. The FHA wastewater management task force is now sharing all it learned about new technologies with Fitch Creations.

Rose noted that these developments are very encouraging, and she thanked the volunteers on the task force who had contributed so much time, effort, and expertise to the issue.

New Management Company

Rose also reviewed the search for a new management company. The existing contract with Towne Properties expires at the end of December. The board advertised for proposals from twelve management companies. Proposals were received from nine, suggesting that Fearrington is an outstanding community and that companies are happy to have us as part of their portfolio.

Three finalists were interviewed, via Zoom. The clear winner was Associa/HRW, and a new contract with them will take effect January 1. They will send bills for the new year, and residents who pay electronically will need to change instructions to ensure that dues are sent to the right place.

Residents should be receiving more information from Associa in the weeks ahead. A Community Manager will continue to have an office at the Gathering Place, as we have now. In addition, Associa offers other options when residents need questions answered quickly and, we hope, with minimum effort.

Treasurer’s Report

Tony Daniels, Treasurer, presented the FHA budget for 2020 and 2021. Details of the budget have been provided on the website. Tony talked about the Reserve fund and explained why it might seem so large. He suggested that overall, the 2020 budget is in a positive situation, in spite of the fact that there was a significant increase in legal fees. This increase was due primarily to the need for legal consultation concerning land transfers, and assistance in developing testimony for the NCUC. There is currently a surplus relative to predictions, but Tony pointed out that expenses during the last quarter tend to be quite a lot larger than for the rest of the year. There are plans to reallocate some unused operating funds to reserves so they earn higher rates of interest.

There are a number of uncertainties that will impact the budget next year. The current situation led the board to propose a 2% increase in dues for 2021, less than the 5% which has been the norm. The dues will be $179, which as Tony pointed out, still amounts to less than 50 cents a day.

Tony reminded everyone that a community survey will be circulated in November. The board wants to know which Fearrington services and amenities are most important to the community, in order to help them realign resources.

Questions

Residents were invited to submit questions to the board, either before the meeting began or during the meeting. There were 15 questions received prior to the meeting, which were answered by the appropriate board member. Over 30 questions were submitted during the meeting. Answers to these have been prepared and posted online, on the FHA website.

Recording

A recording of the webinar is now available online through the Zoom website.

 

 

Get involvedVolunteers Corner

Change on Community Affairs: As of November 15, we welcome Chris Jaeger as your new Director of Community Affairs. If you need to contact him about matters related to Community Affairs, you can still use the same email address as you did before: community@fhaboard.org.

FHA Secretary Needed: The FHA is still looking for someone to fill the position of Secretary. This is a very important job that needs to be filled by Board appointment. Duties are described on page 75 of the 2020 printed Directory. For more information, contact Rose Krasnow at vp@fhaboard.org.

Hospitality Office Volunteers: Even though the Hospitality Office Volunteers have not been staffing the office since March, they have been completing a variety of tasks as needed. Starting in January, we hope to have volunteers in the office two or three mornings a week. Details to be announced.

 

 

More on the Mystery of the Fearrington Postal Addressescourier truck

One of the little mysteries that confronts Fearrington residents is why our postal address is the way it is—a line for the street address followed by a line with the Fearrington Post number. Why both? And is it critical that they appear in that order?

Here is the definitive answer to those questions, as provided by the Pittsboro postmaster: The last address before the city, state, and zip code is used for delivery purposes.

Example: John Doe
              3 Matchwood
              3 Fearrington Post
              Pittsboro, NC 27312

The Fearrington Post is the delivery address. The street name helps subs so they do not have to use the directory book to look up the actual physical address in many cases, according to:

Peter J. Siragusa
Postmaster
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-642-0128

I’m still not sure I fully understand, but no matter—if that’s how the Postal Service wants it to be, that’s what I’ll use.

Don’t forget, companies such as UPS and Amazon that should deliver packages to your door need the street address, so you may as well use the same format for everyone.

—Gordon Pitz (communications@fhaboard.org)

 

 

cropped certCommunity Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationally supported, locally implemented initiative that teaches people how to better prepare themselves for hazards that may affect their communities. CERT trains them in basic disaster response skills such as team organization, disaster medical operations, fire safety and light search and rescue. Local CERT programs train and organize teams of volunteers to assist their families, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members during emergencies when professional responders may not be immediately available to provide assistance. Before, during, and after disasters, CERT volunteer teams perform basic response activities including checking in on neighbors, distributing information to the public, supporting emergency operation centers and helping to manage traffic and crowds. The ability for CERT volunteers to perform these activities frees up professional responders to focus their efforts on more complex, essential, and critical tasks. CERT volunteers also support their communities by organizing, promoting, and participating in emergency events, activities, and projects.

With training and information, individuals and community groups can be prepared to serve as crucial resources capable of performing many of the emergency functions needed in the immediate post-disaster period.

Some examples of training provided are online classes, talks by emergency professionals and actual field exercises.

Over the summer, CERT volunteers participated along with CORA in the Farmers to Family program to deliver food to families. CERT provided the manpower to load boxes onto charity vehicles.

In October 2020, CERT volunteers assisted in a Helicopter Aquatic Rescue training event at Jordan Lake.

Volunteers worked with the Chatham County Public Health Director to provide traffic control personnel for the Employee Drive-Thru Flu Clinic. This exercise served as a precursor for the possible distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine when made available.

At one time Fearrington had our own CERT program, but due to budget reallocation, the program was transferred to county control.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the CERT program, contact info@ChathamCERT.org or Fearrington resident Steve Krasnow at kkras4@verizon.net. An additional source for Fearrington CERT information is on the FHA web site under Health, Safety & Security/Community Response team planning.

—FHA Health, Safety and Security

 

 

dogs playingNew Dog Park

Good news for Fearrington dog owners. There is a new Chatham County dog park under construction. It is located on several acres of land within the Park at Briar Chapel, 1015 Andrews Store Road, opposite the rear entrance to Briar Chapel. There are separate large and small dog runs to avoid issues with larger dogs getting aggressive with smaller breeds. There has been an unforeseen delay in installation of water lines and park benches due to Covid and the recent cyberattack on the county’s communication systems. But the fence is completely installed and hopefully it will be open before year-end. The park will be available to the public.

There has been previous interest in building a dog park here in Fearrington, and Fitch was willing at one point to donate the land. But a site that suited neighbors could never be decided. Hopefully, this will provide owners the chance to let their dogs romp, run off leash and socialize with other dogs. After food, water and shelter the next thing a dog needs is adequate exercise. A tired dog is a good dog. Without exercise a dog will likely become frustrated and find boundless ways to annoy and destroy. The location is nearly in our backyard and not nearly as far away as the other existing dog park at Southern Village. So, keep an ear to the ground for when it opens and give it a try. Your dog will thank you.

—Gary Kibler, for the Health, Safety and Security Committee

Editor’s Note:

Thanks, Gary, for making Fearringtonians aware of the coming dog park. A well-designed park is a welcome addition to a community, and a fun romp there can be the highlight of a dog’s day.

Canine experts advise, however, that puppies, young adolescent dogs, toy breeds and many adult dogs don’t belong at dog parks. Toy breed dogs are at special risk (Google “predatory drift”). The high arousal and rough play often found at dog parks turn many dogs off. One bad experience at a dog park can be very costly to your dog’s physical and mental well-being.

Other options exist. An arranged play date in a fenced yard with a compatible neighborhood dog allows dogs to shed the leash and exercise freely. A responsibly run dog daycare facility with staff trained in supervising dog-to-dog interactions is another alternative.

Want to educate yourself before you decide? Off Leash Dog Play by Robin Bennet & Susan Briggs will teach you to recognize appropriate and inappropriate dog play, as well as how to know when your dog isn’t having fun. Also, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers offers an in-depth look at this topic (Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) on their web page at APDT.com. Click on the Resource Center tab and then click on the Dog Park icon.

Yes, we agree with Gary, a tired dog is a good dog. All our dogs, no matter their age, size or personality, benefit from play and enrichment, and they get to define what fun is for them.

—Ann Melchior, on behalf of The Newsletter Staff

 


 

 

 

The Land and the People – Part 2
Beyond the Tombstones – The Legacies

By Mike Zbailey

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 – The Historic Cemetery at Galloway Ridge (Nov. 2020) ended with the Smith family moving together into their home, Oakland, on Smith Level Road. Part 2 focuses on Mary Ruffin Smith and her influence on the larger community in which we live.

Jones Grove Cemetery at Galloway Ridge

The Jones Grove Cemetery at Galloway Ridge
Photo by Mike Zbailey

Mary’s brother, Sidney, died in 1867 at the age of 48. Their brother, Frank, died in 1877 at the age of 61 and was buried in the Jones Grove Cemetery. Maria Spear, Mary’s former tutor and lifelong friend, moved into Oakland after Frank’s death. After Maria’s death in 1881, Mary confided to a friend, “I am alone in this world. I miss her too much.” The star-crossed Harriet, Mary’s enslaved servant and the mother of Mary’s nieces, was freed after the Civil War and lived in a cabin near Oakland. In 1872, while in her cabin, she was struck by lightning and became paralyzed. Mary provided for her daily care until Harriet’s death in 1873.

Mary’s four nieces remained in the house with her. Mary provided for their education and raised them in the Episcopal church. The nieces were courted under Mary’s watchful eye, and each eventually married. Cornelia, Sidney’s daughter, and the oldest, married Robert Fitzgerald in 1869. Robert was a Civil War veteran from the Massachusetts Colored Regiment and was wounded at Petersburg. He had attended college and moved south to help educate freed slaves. He would become the grandfather of Pauli Murray, the most notable descendant of the family.

With her inheritance following Frank’s death, Mary was now one of the wealthiest landowners in the area. Mary Ruffin Smith died quietly at Oakland on November 13, 1885 at the age of 71. A large procession of carriages escorted the hearse to the Jones Grove cemetery where she was buried. She was described in the newspaper as “a lady of uncommon strength of mind, lofty character and large charity."

Kemp Battle, the President of the struggling post-Civil War University of North Carolina and one of Mary’s good friends, was named executor in her will. Mary willed about 1,400 acres of her property to the University of North Carolina for scholarships for the education of indigent students. The Smith scholarships allowed the university to increase its enrollment and broaden its student body. Mary Ruffin Smith is honored by the University with a plaque inside Memorial Hall. Mary gave her nieces - Emma, Annette, and Laura – 100 acres each from the Jones Grove Plantation land. From the Price Creek Plantation, Mary gave Cornelia 100 acres and willed the rest to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

The story continues. Cornelia’s husband, Robert Fitzgerald, taught school, farmed, and had a small brick-making operation. He began to slowly go blind because of a war injury, but even with his failing eyesight he built a small house at 906 Carroll Street in Durham where it still stands.

Jones Grove Cemetery at Galloway Ridge

Pauli Murray's childhood home in Durham
Photo by Mike Zbailey

Agnes, one of the Fitzgerald children, became a nurse and moved to Baltimore where she married William Murray, a teacher. Their youngest child, Anna Pauline, whom they called Pauli, was born in 1910. Following the death of Pauli’s parents when she was three, she went to live with her grandparents, Cornelia and Robert Fitzgerald, in Durham. Pauli graduated from Hillside High School in Durham and attended Hunter College in New York, graduating in 1933. She worked as a teacher and social worker and met Eleanor Roosevelt when Mrs. Roosevelt was visiting a CCC women’s working camp in upstate New York where Pauli was employed. They would form a long-lasting friendship.

Then came three events that would change the trajectory of Pauli’s life. In 1938, she applied to the law school of the University of North Carolina. She was refused admission because of her race. The second incident was in 1940 when Pauli and a friend took a bus from New York to Durham to visit her family. They were arrested in Petersburg, Virginia for sitting in the front of the bus and refusing to go to the back. She would not pay the fine and spent several days in jail before being released. In 1941, Pauli entered Howard University’s Law School where she was the only woman. She was class President and graduated first in the class. Then came the third life changing event. Traditionally Harvard Law School offered a fellowship for further study to the top student at Howard. Pauli applied but was rejected because of her gender. Later she earned a Doctorate from Yale Law School.

Pauli became a civil rights lawyer and activist for women’s rights. Her writings were used as part of the basis for the landmark school desegregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education. Pauli was not shy about advocating for important issues and wrote a critical letter to her friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., asking why there were no women in leadership positions for the March on Washington in 1963. In 1971, future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg named Murray an honorary co-author in her brief successfully overturning a gender discrimination case before the US Supreme Court.

Pauli’s list of accomplishments continued: she was a co-founder of NOW (National Organization for Women), was named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle magazine in 1947, served on President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women, and published the highly acclaimed biography of her grandparents, Proud Shoes.

Capping her career, Pauli became the first black woman in the US to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, the church of Mary Ruffin Smith. Her first service was in the small Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill where her grandmother, Cornelia, was baptized. Pauli Murray was named a Saint in the Episcopal Church in 2012. The Bishop said of her, “Pauli Murray had an agenda for human good that was constant and unswerving.”

Pauli Murray died on July 1, 1985 and is buried in the Cypress Hills Cemetery in New York. Her girlhood home on Carroll Street in Durham is being restored and will house the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. Pauli was honored on her one hundredth birthday in 2010 by both Duke and UNC. In 2016, Yale University named a residential college for her.

The Jones Grove land passed through several owners until it was purchased by R.B. Fitch who developed Fearrington Village. Pauli Murray’s legacy lives on in the laws of the land as well as the lives she has influenced. Jones Grove cemetery, still owned by the University of North Carolina, holds an impressive monument at Mary Smith’s grave and nine graves, including those of Mary’s brother, Sidney, and her parents. Maria Spear, Mary’s friend, is the only non-family member buried in the cemetery. The nine people lying in this small cemetery have a checkered history, but they leave an important legacy that affects us to this day.

"True emancipation lies in the acceptance of the past...in facing up to the degradation as well as the dignity of my ancestors." Pauli Murray

 

 

Main Street Pittsboro Receives Prestigious National Volunteerism Award

By Ken SternadThree Logos

Main Street Pittsboro has been named one of the nation’s top 100 winners of the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA), a new program designed to recognize and honor outstanding public service volunteers. The nonprofit organization was nominated by Pittsboro Mayor Jim Nass and Pittsboro Commissioner Kyle Shipp. “The vitality of the downtown area has really been bolstered by the work of this group, and it is all done by volunteers,” said Commissioner Shipp.

Among the accomplishments he cited were the organization’s efforts to provide matching funds to property owners to pay for downtown building façade improvements, installation of benches and new recycling containers, and handrails for better handicap accessibility. The group was also praised for launching Local on Main: Pittsboro's Art and Farm Dinner, an annual event where local farmers and restaurants prepare meals served by volunteers, while local musicians entertain attendees. “In the last year alone the Main Street Pittsboro District has seen six new businesses open, one business expand, 62 full-time jobs created and almost $7 million in private investment,” Shipp also noted.

Pittsboro's Art & Farm Dinner

Pittsboro's Art & Farm Dinner
Photo by Bett Wilson Foley

During a time when Pittsboro is realizing unprecedented growth, it’s not surprising that there’s an effort to ensure a vital downtown that also preserves the small-town integrity and uniqueness. Downtown Pittsboro, much like Fearrington Village offers the promise of a way of life—where people care for one another, where they smile and wave at folks they may not know, and where the momentum of life slows to a pace that fosters appreciation.

In addition to national recognition, the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award provides Pittsboro with a new municipal website, designed and hosted for one year by CivicPlus, sponsor of the STACVA program. The timing of the award, valued at $10,000, could not have been better, as Pittsboro had already budgeted for a new town website this year. Check out https://mainstreetpittsboro.org/.

Bart Russell, a principal with the Barton Russell Group, which created and administered the award program, applauded Main Street Pittsboro for its tremendous accomplishments. “Civic volunteerism is the lifeblood of many small communities, and the hometown heroes from Pittsboro being recognized by this award exemplify the very best of what it means to give back to the communities in which they live,” said Russell, who is a nationally recognized small-town America expert.

Fearrington Village resident Larry Newlin expressed his appreciation for the vision and hard work represented by members of Main Street Pittsboro. Newlin, a former White House rural policy advisor and former colleague of Bart Russell at the National Association of Towns and Townships, shared, “I’ve been really impressed by this organization’s work to help make our historic downtown a place where people want to visit and do business.”

Main Street Pittsboro got its start in 2011 when the town applied to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and was accepted into the North Carolina Main Street program. This statewide program is designed to help historic downtowns rebound from the loss of businesses and capitalize on their unique assets to retain existing businesses while also attracting new ones. NC Main Street is affiliated with Main Street America, a national network of more than 1,200 towns that share both a commitment to create high-quality places and build stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

“Downtown revitalization programs play a crucial role in ensuring strong, vibrant communities, and the work of Main Street Pittsboro and their volunteers will be more important than ever as we weather the impacts of the pandemic,” observed Patrice Frey, president and CEO of Main Street America.

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Pittsboro/Chatham County Welcome Center
Photo by Michael Fiocco

The Main Street Pittsboro organization is led by an all-volunteer board of local residents including Commissioner Mike Dasher, Thomas Delafield, Commissioner Michael Fiocco, Lesley Landis, Greg Lewis, Maria Parker-Lewis, and Randy Voller. And their work continues. The Pittsboro/Chatham County Welcome Center, spearheaded and financed by the group, has received its certificate of occupancy and has begun moving in furniture and equipment.

Of course, Main Street Pittsboro must proceed cautiously with the restrictions and challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the group has postponed many of the previously planned events that typically support its efforts. But these challenges have not hindered their enthusiasm, according to Mayor Nass, and they continue to look for more opportunities in the future to enhance the community of Pittsboro.

 

 

The 28th Annual Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour

It’s that time of year again when the Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour welcomes visitors into member artists’ studios on the first two weekends of December: Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, 10:00 to 5:00, and Sundays, December 6th and 13th, 12:00 to 5:00. A total of 42 local artists will offer the opportunity to safely experience their inspirations and to purchase affordable original works of art. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, glass, wood, digital, and fabric art will be on display.

This year’s tour will strictly follow NC Health and Human Services Guidelines. To ensure your safety, studios will be clean and sanitized. Masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing will be required for all visitors, and there will be limits on the number of guests in the studio at one time. See https://chathamartistsguild.org/2020-virtual-tour/ for virtual tour information.

Artists Among Us

While 2020 has in no way been a typical year for the artists participating in the Chatham Artists Guild Studio Tour, it has been a productive one. Fearrington Village boasts seven Chatham Guild Artists on the tour, among our many artists who have chosen to live and create within our community. While not all have decided to open their studios during the tour weekends, you can still experience creativity at work through virtual tours. Additionally, opportunities to purchase artwork or arrange for private studio tours are listed on individual websites.

Greenslade ForrestForrest C. Greenslade PhD: Nature-inspired Paintings and Sculpture

“I was that kid you could always find turning over rocks in streams, looking for what wonders nature would disclose to me. This curiosity about the natural world led me to a serious life as scientist and organizational executive. Now in retirement, I am again doing what I did in grammar school—turning over rocks and sculpting and painting the wonders that nature discloses.” 149 Tinderwood, 919-545-9743, www.OrganicForrestry.com. Virtual Tour Only

Lani Chaves: Real and Imagined People, Places, and ThingsLani Chaves

“I am grateful for this opportunity to bring you the full scope of my work to date. By embodying both the seen and the unseen in my paintings I am attempting to frame our shared world anew—in unexpected and beautiful ways. I invite you to discover what these paintings mean to you.” 167 Wintersage, 919-414-6003, lanichaves.com. First Weekend Only, Studio #19

West KarenKaren West: Oil Paintings and Prints of Diverse Domestic and International Subjects

“During my years living and working abroad, I spent time observing and trying to understand the unique expressions of people’s lives in their environments. This resulted in a number of paintings depicting people in activity that is meaningful to them, capturing universal emotions—joy, wonder, dedication, defiance. I also paint landscapes, still life paintings, and animals in their habitats. My goal is to create compelling compositions, patterns, light, and color congruence, with an image that draws the eye because of artistic harmony, but that provokes thought and emotion.” 923 Woodham - Home Studio, by appt. only, 919-457-8090, www.KarenWestgallery.com. Virtual Tour Only

Leslie Palmer: Drawings, Watercolor and Mixed Media Paintings, Giclée PrintsLeslie Palmer

“I delight in the creative process. It gives me energy, frees my spirit. My role as an artist is to nurture the creative space within me. I invite viewers to explore my paintings, let their spirit dance or rest in my world of imagery, colors, and mood. In my subjects, I search to capture the beauty and the mundane in the belief that G-d travels incognito. I find there is drama in layered color, understated texture, and subtle brush movements. This visual poetry speaks directly in the language of the soul, emotions…of intuition. My desire is to encourage reflection, quiet contemplation—a respite from life’s chatter.” 110 Creekwood, Studio visits and classes by appt. 919-929-9268, www.LesliePalmerFineArt.com. Virtual Tour Only

Jim AikenJim Aiken: Acrylic Paintings, both Abstract and Light in Nature Impressionism

“I’m a scientist and an artist. I love a unique and beautiful experiment, whether it’s in the laboratory or on canvas. Places I remember and recreate have distinct light effects that amplify shadows, shapes, and colors. Often my images are of nature, both real landscapes and synthesized ones, with various degrees of abstraction. I have been experimenting, recently, with abstract images that convey color harmony, texture, and motion. These celebrate earth, its elements, air, water, land, with a goal of juxtaposing colors surprisingly, drawing the viewer into airy, solid, liquid, and movement patterns that keep coaxing the eye back for more.” 300 Village Way, 970-471-3066, https://chathamartistsguild.org/artists/jim-aiken/. Virtual Tour Only

Minnie C. Gallman: Photography and Note Cards Depicting Nature and Eclectic SubjectsMinnie Gallman

“Photography is a creative outlet that encourages me to look at the world in a different way. My studio is the world and everything in it. My camera is my canvas and my lenses are my brushes. My digital darkroom allows me to refine my vision and use my imagination. I enjoy photographing a variety of subjects—architecture, abstracts, people, boats, monuments, and old cars. My primary interest is nature photography which presents a constant challenge to create photographs of something that is familiar to all of us.” 22 Speyside Circle, Home Studio, by appt. only, 919-533-6616, www.Minnie-Gallman.pixels.com. Virtual Tour Only

Bensen VidabethVidabeth Bensen: Original Hand-printed Cards, T-shirts, Framed and Unframed Prints, Calendars

"I've made hundreds of sketches during my years of living, traveling, and teaching in Europe and Asia and often return to those sketches for inspiration. I also find subject matter in the changing seasons in North Carolina. Each print is made from a stencil inspired by an original drawing and is hand cut or painted by hand on the screen. What I do is physical, so my level of production has changed a bit. This results in many more limited editions.” 601 Stoneview, 804-833-1401, www.HouseOfLifePrints.com. Virtual Tour Only

 

 

Jenny’s Park Clean-up—A Garden Club Service Project

Text by Dan Freehling, West Camden; Photos by Tony Daniels and Lee Newlin

 

Garden Club Service Project
Garden Club Service Project

In this time of Covid-19, finding safe projects and educational opportunities has been a challenge, but the Fearrington Garden Club has undertaken a new service opportunity that is outdoors, educational, and beneficial to the entire Fearrington community. The first Sunday of each month, members of the Garden Club descend on Jenny’s (aka Camden) Park—pruning shears and loppers and garden trowels in hand—to weed, prune, and even do some planting.

 

Garden Club Service Project
Garden Club Service Project

Club members and friends have met twice already, each time with close to 20 participants and working under the supervision of Ryan Cadwalader, Fearrington gardener and arborist. The work to date has taken place along the walking path of the lower pond and the center path leading from the pond up to the wildflower garden. Five dump truck loads of pruned limbs, “volunteers,” debris, and weeds have been hauled away, while more than 50 new plants have been added by the woods’ end of the pond. Pond views from the walking path are much improved and shrubs along the center path are more presentable, all while maintaining an appropriate habitat for wildlife—two mallards and a heron were spotted in November! Weather permitting, we’ll be gathering again the first Sunday in December. Until then, come enjoy a walk in the park, made all the more pleasant thanks to your fellow gardening enthusiasts.

 

Garden Club Service Project
Garden Club Service Project

 


 

Announcements

 

Fearrington Groups and Organizations

 

Bulls BearsFearrington Bulls & Bears

The Fearrington Bulls & Bears Investment Club is a group of Fearrington residents who are interested in improving their investment knowledge and capabilities. We meet monthly during non-summer months and communicate even more regularly through an email exchange group to share information, insights, and ideas about investing.

Guests are welcome to participate in a group meeting or in our email exchange group to gauge their interest in joining the Club. The next meeting will be held by Zoom on December 11 at 9:30 am.

For more information about the Club, meetings or the exchange, please contact:

Anna Shearer, President, at 703-217-0322 or ashearer1219@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Democratic ClubFearrington Dem Club Sm

The Democratic Club is taking a post-election break but will return to Zoom-based programs and other activities in January. Because of early deadlines for this newsletter, we encourage you to check the Club’s website http://www.fearringtondems.org/ after the holidays for updated program information and other resources.

 

 

Fearrington Garden Club logoFearrington Garden Club

Reminder about the Poinsettia Sale: if you ordered poinsettias, the date to pick up your plant(s) is Tuesday, December 8. (Sorry, but the deadline has passed for any new orders.) Pickup will be by appointment—and plants will be safely placed in your car trunk at a drive-by delivery point in Fearrington. Notification of your pick-up time and place is in progress. For questions, please contact Marilyn Boyle at 919-904-2217 or maboyle17e@gmail.com.

 

 

Fearrington Genealogy GroupFearrington Genealogy Group

Tuesday, December 8, 3:00 pm, Zoom teleconference. Details will be emailed to members around the first of the month. Newcomers welcome. Contact: Linda Grimm at 919-533-6296

 

 

greenscenebanner2Fearrington Green Scene

The last few months have provided a bumper crop of significant environmental developments. While the inexorable march of the Covid-19 virus has been an extremely serious negative development, there have also been quite a few positive developments that deserve recognition. On the very local community scene, I would like to report some results for the October 17 "3-in-1" event at The Gathering Place. With the enthusiastic cooperation of our fellow residents, we collected and shredded 8,400 pounds of Fearrington confidential paper. To put that in a bit of historical perspective: our May 2019 event generated 4,920 pounds. Our October 2019 event generated 5,040 pounds. In addition, the folks from the Chatham County Sheriff's Department collected 31.8 pounds of pharmaceuticals. That's a lot of unused pills that won't be flushed down the toilet.

Which is a convenient segue to another very positive community development. As Rose Krasnow reported at the FHA Annual (Zoom) Meeting on November 15, the company involved with the proposed interconnection of our Fearrington wastewater system with the (troubled) Briar Chapel wastewater treatment system withdrew its merger application from consideration by the NC Public Utilities Commission on October 20, 2020. This action had the result of canceling the proposed merger. Fitch Creations will resume responsibility for managing our aged wastewater treatment facility. This is an important step in our community retaining "control of our own destiny" when it comes to creating an improved facility that will more effectively treat our wastewater. The FHA Wastewater Management Task Force looks forward to assisting Fitch Creations in constructively dealing with this issue.

And while those two community developments were very gratifying, we shouldn't ignore the important Global Environment development in early November, when the presidential election resulted in Joe Biden becoming President-Elect. Mr. Biden has pledged to return the United States to the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change—an important "first step" in addressing the major environmental issue of our lifetime—and likely our grandchildren's lifetime.

—Jason Welsch, 914-806-4852 (Cell Phone)
Moderator, Fearrington Green Scene

 

 

Fearrington Swim & Croquet ClubSwim Croquet Club logo

A virtual Annual Membership meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2021, 4 to 5 pm. Virtual meeting instructions and details about our board election will be sent after the holidays. We will be electing several new board members.

Remember Thursday morning ladies croquet continues at 10 am throughout the winter. If you are new, we will help you get started. Come join us!

As the time approaches for renewals next year, remember to save your membership cards. All cards are reusable. Keeping them saves the time and resources of making hundreds of new cards.

 

 

Music recorderFearrington Village Singers Holiday Variety Show

Thursday, December 3, 4 pm

Join the Fearrington Village Singers on Zoom as they celebrate the holiday season with a variety of talent from the chorus.

• Songs by Tom Ludlow
• Recollections by Dorothy Samitz, Janet Keefer, Doug Rhodes, and Vince Tollers
• Tad McArdle on the djembe African drum
• Short stories by Mike Hardy and Pam Beaubien
• A guitar show-and-tell by Bob Maarschalkerweerd
• One of Matt Fry’s original songs
• Musical selections by Vera Gray and Gina Harrison
• A duet by Larry Nessly and Ruth Appel
• A sing-along
• Maybe more!

Everyone is invited to join us on Zoom. Paste this link in your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85336503002?pwd=YVA0UjRTdWlhUjRjaFdZd2lhaHZCQT09.

Or, find the Zoom link posted on fearringtonvillagesingers.org.

 

 

Women of FearringtonWOF CMYK Oval

Remember how excited you were as a child to receive a toy at the holiday season? You couldn’t wait to open your presents! Through its annual toy drive, WoF helps provide happiness for children in need. This year there are two ways to give: an Amazon wish list assembled by Chatham County DSS at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3N6XZ4FFWQAHU?ref_=wl_share (Specify “Wilder Horner, Chatham County DSS.”) with toys delivered directly to DSS or a toy drop-off (unwrapped and new) at 4036 South McDowell before December 1.

In this season of giving, please remember WoF’s Wonderful Options Fund, which provides grants to organizations serving women and children in need in Chatham County. Your gift may honor a loved one and can be included in your holiday card. Donation forms can be found at https://www.womenoffearrington.org/fundraising.

There is still time to order goodies from our Holiday Bakery and Market Tuesday, December 8. See https://www.womenoffearrington.org/holiday-bakery for your pre-order form. All proceeds benefit charity.

 

 

Chatham County Agencies

Chatham Connecting logoChatham Connecting

With the December holidays just around the corner we are reminded especially of the needs of our Chatham County neighbors. Here are three organizations that you could help right now.

"Christmas Wishes," a program of Chatham County Social Services (DSS) provides holiday gifts for children in foster care and/or receiving services through the child welfare system. Each year community donors volunteer to fulfill 3 specific "wishes" for each child enrolled in the program. Sponsors also may choose to give a financial contribution. All sizes of sponsorship are graciously welcomed. You may complete a pledge form at https://forms.gle/9T1BPirar7kh7KMV7. A monetary contribution may be sent by check payable to Chatham County DSS Foster Children’s Fund at: PO Box 489, Pittsboro, NC 27312. For more information: (919) 726-6270.

"Christmas Dreams" provides Christmas gifts for needy adult clients. Donors can choose to send a monetary donation or gift certificate for a specific retailer to the Chatham County DSS Adult Services Fund at the Pittsboro address above. Additionally, donations of personal goods, such as toiletry items, personal care items, and new or gently used clothing, are always welcomed. For more information: (919) 642-6958.

“Angel Tree” is a program of the Chatham County Council on Aging to help seniors during the holidays. Chatham County Council on Aging promotes and encourages independent living and physical and mental wellness among the population over 60 years of age via a broad variety of agency activities. For more information call (919)542-4512.

Bottom line: You will make a positive difference in an elderly person or a child’s holiday experience by donating now. For more information about these and over 100 other non-profits in need of your help please visit chathamconnecting.org.

 

 

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The annual United Way of Chatham County campaign is underway. Fearrington residents are generous supporters of United Way and its funded agencies. Based on last year’s pledges of $127,888, this year’s goal for the Fearrington Village–Galloway Ridge campaign is $128,000.

Many in the Chatham community continue to struggle due to the impacts of Covid-19. Chatham has seen an increase in the number of hungry children, homeless families, and isolated seniors this year. Please help make a difference in their lives by donating today. Visit www.unitedwayofchathamcounty.org and click “Donate Now” in the top right corner. Or return the pledge card you receive in the mail to PO Box 1066, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or call the United Way office at (919) 542-1110. Every dollar pledged through the United Way of Chatham County stays here to support Chatham residents.

—Jack Zollinger, Galloway Ridge; Ruth Murphy and Ellen Shanahan, Fearrington Village

 

 

Continuing Education Opportunities

Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s Shared Learning Association offers non-credit educational courses for people who love to ‘share learning’ with other adults with similar interests. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Shared Learning will offer 24 online courses via Zoom, beginning January 11 and ending in April. Full semester courses are moderated by our members and include fine arts, hard sciences, humanities, current events and social and behavioral sciences.

For a Winter membership fee of $25, students may take as many courses as they can fit into their schedule. The Winter 2021 Catalog includes a registration form with full course descriptions and schedule and is available online at: http://sharedlearning.us. Or, to receive a paper copy, you may contact Mary Ann Freedman at: (919) 593-3335, (maryafreedman@gmail.com). Registration for the Shared Learning Spring Online Courses will begin the first week in December.

 

 


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The Fearrington Cares Center Will Be Closed December 21–January 3.

The Fearrington Cares Staff will not be monitoring the phones or making appointments. All messages left in the general mailbox will be retrieved on January 4, when the staff is back at work. Volunteer drivers will continue to pick up prepaid groceries and prescriptions while we are closed; leave a message only in the Transportation mailbox and a volunteer will be in contact with you.

 

 

Celebrating Pat with Gratitude

Fearrington Cares is fortunate to have had an extraordinary employee in Pat Skiver and now she is retiring! Selfishly, we are tempted to beg her to stay, claiming we simply can’t do without her services! Instead, I ask you to join me in my deep appreciation for the talent, compassion, expertise, and care exhibited by Pat, here at Fearrington Cares and in every corner of the neighborhood. Pat’s note to you is as follows:

In January 2008, just three months after moving to Fearrington, I started working part-time at Fearrington Cares. I didn’t know much about the organization then, now 13 years later I am going to retire from employment, but not from volunteering. I know a lot more about Fearrington Cares now, and that is why Tom and I both believe that it is the “heart of Fearrington Village”. This job enabled me to meet my neighbors, make new friends, and serve my community. It has truly been a pleasure to work with so many generous, kindhearted people who are willing to give of themselves for their community. I am so pleased to call Fearrington Village home. Thank you all for your support, your commitment to CARING, and your friendship.—Pat

 

 

Living with Loss Around the Holidays

Thursdays, December 3 and 17, 1:00–2:30 pm via Zoom

Living with Loss Around the Holidays is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one—spouse, parent, child, family member, or friend. “The Holidays,” November through the end of the year, are often painful. This period may be filled with memories of loved ones no longer alive and with us in remembered, happy ways.

Meeting twice in November and twice in December at 1:00 pm on Zoom, this group is hosted by Judyth and John Branson. Residents of Fearrington since 2012, Judyth is a psychotherapist and John is a retired Episcopal priest.

This is a group where we talk about feelings: grief, being alone, emptiness, fear of the future, and doubts about ourselves. We will have a chance to speak of our loved ones and all that is good. There are no expectations; this is simply a chance to meet and talk in the safety of the group where confidentiality is maintained. All are welcome to one or more sessions.

 

 

Zoom Movement Classes, Support Groups, and Education Programs Links Are on Our Website www.fearringtoncares.org.

Occasionally Zoom program IDs and passwords will change; if you have saved a link it may eventually become inactive. Use the links on our website for a quick, current connection to all Zoom programs. If you would like to practice a Zoom connection and meeting, email info@fearringtoncares.org and we will set that up.

 

 

Join Movement Classes via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

All classes 11:30 am

No classes after December 18.

Mondays—Chair Yoga

Wednesdays—Otago Fall-Prevention Exercises

Join Support Groups via Zoom
www.fearringtoncares.org

Caregiver's Support Group:
Wednesday, December 2 and 16, 12:30–2:00 pm

Parkinson's Support Group:
Wednesday, December 9, 3:30–4:30 pm. (New
members can contact Jan Cope-Kasten
(jcopekasten@gmail.com) or Karen Metzguer
(karen@fearringtoncares.org) for information.)

Living with Chronic Conditions:
Thursday, December 3 and 17, 11:00 am–12:30
pm (new time).

Living with Loss Around the Holidays:
Thursday, December 3 and 17, 1:00–2:30 pm

 

 

A Note from Karen Metzguer, RN, Nurse and Executive Director

The Heart of Fearrington Village

We can't and never have been able to do it without YOU. The work of Fearrington Cares is funded 100% by Villagers, current and past. Not only are you and your neighbors volunteers for this organization, you have shared your financial resources for 30 years of service to the community. This final appeal for a contribution in 2020 comes with the immense gratitude I feel for the privilege of serving as your Nurse and Executive Director.

You may be surprised to learn the multiple ways we are able to receive financial support in addition to a check or a donation by credit card on our website (https://fearringtoncares.org/donate/):

 Donation of appreciated stock.
 Donation of proceeds from a vehicle sale.
 Matching donation from an employer/previous employer.
 Donation in honor of a service provided by one of our volunteers.
 Donation in memory of a friend or family member who has died.
 Donation of the proceeds of an estate sale.
 Donation at the time of death through a will.
 Donation through a trust fund or foundation.

Our programs and services continue to make a difference in this community. We hear regularly from individuals who are incredibly grateful for our education programs and movement classes, and who have been moved by the humor, warmth, and compassion of our volunteers.

We are grateful to each of you who have contributed and ask those of you who have not to consider joining your neighbors who are passionate about Fearrington Cares programs and services. Please make a donation before the end of the year. Fearrington Cares is a 501(c)3 organization.

 

 

Support for Caregivers Workshop

Do you care for someone with memory loss and live in a rural area? If so, you may to eligible to participate in a free six-week long online workshop offered by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

If you are a caregiver living in a rural area, care for someone with memory loss, are 18 years of age or older, and provide care for at least ten hours per week, you may qualify. Participants will receive a small cash stipend for completing four study surveys on their caregiving experiences. The study offers a free online workshop, caregiver handbook, and support from trained staff and other caregivers. Go to https://caregiverproject.ucsf.edu or call toll-free 1-833-634-0603 for more information.

 

 

Remember AmazonSmile When Shopping!

During this season of gift giving, many of you shop at Amazon. Fearrington Cares has registered with AmazonSmile so that if you shop at Amazon, you can choose to have AmazonSmile donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to us at no additional cost to you. Just shop at https://smile.amazon.com/ and designate Fearrington Cares as your charity of choice. When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. Then shop as usual and benefit Fearrington Cares at the same time!

 

 

Covid-19 Information

Fearrington Cares maintains a web site with county, state, and national information about the pandemic and the virus: fearringtoncares.org/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-current-information/.

 


 

Fearrington Directory Changes

Welcome to Our New Residents!

The following persons have been added to the Fearrington Village Directory between October 15 and November 14:

NameAddressContact Information
Beth and Ron GOLD 32 Caswell (1183) Beth's Email: bethgold3@gmail.com
Ron's Email: goldron@gmail.com
Beth's Cell: 757-353-1726
Ron's Cell: 757-353-9284
Tina S. HOWELL 4119 The Knolls Close Home: thowell@littleonline.com
Home: 919-704-8860
Tina's Cell: 704-287-5971
Karen ISAACS and Brian WONG  1372 Bradford Place Karen's Email: kisaacspittsboro@gmail.com
Karen's Cell: 919-270-5039
Brian's Email: bwong656@gmail.com
Brian's Cell: 919-656-6786
John B. and Mary (Bunny) LANCASTER 689 Spindlewood  John's Email: johnlancaster50@yahoo.com
Bunny's Email: bunlancaster@yahoo.com
John's Cell: 859-537-2205
Bunny's Cell: 859-321-9810
Kirstine (Tine) LINDEMANN
George MALACINSKI
907 Ashton  Tine's Email: Kirstinelindemann15@gmail.com
George's Email: Malacins@indiana.edu
Home: 919-704-8375
Tine's Cell: 812-272-2381 
Bill and Robin PICKARD 437 Crossvine Close  Bill's Email: billpick55@gmail.com
Robin's Email: robinpickard@outlook.com
Bill's Cell: 919-771-7149
Robin's Cell: 919-576-6536 
Edwin and Judith J. POULSON 14 East Madison (1039)  Judith's Email: judy.poulson@gmail.com
Edwin's Cell: 803-900-1347
Judith's Cell: 803-427-6724 
Chris L. ROBERTS  174 Wintersage  Home: 919-724-5371 

 

Are you a new resident? Be sure to register on our FHA community website. Doing so will give you full access to website features and allow you to be added to our resident directory. Log on to FearringtonFHA.org and on the top menu click on “Directory.” Then, in the drop-down menus click first on “New Resident” then “List Me in the Directory.”

Are you an existing resident whose contact information has changed? Don’t forget to update your listing on the FearringtonFHA.org web site. 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 FHA Directory & Handbook printed in January each year. Stay in touch with your fellow residents by keeping your contact information current.

Notice anything missing in this issue of the newsletter? If not, that’s good. We were wondering if readers would even notice. What’s missing is the Changes to the Directory content we printed each month listing new and updated contact information for existing residents. We have decided to omit this feature going forward. These updates are easily found in your FearringtonFHA.org online directory regularly maintained by a FHA volunteer. An added benefit? Your newsletter staff can use the space for information, articles and photos readers can’t get elsewhere. We hope you agree with our decision.

 

 

Pinecones

Calendar for December 2020

Fearrington Village clubs and groups will be meeting on these dates. Events are usually held at The Gathering Place unless stated otherwise. However, The Gathering Place is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore, if you have questions, be sure to check with the person or web page listed in the “Contact” column for the most up-to-date information.

Day/Date/TimeOrganizationEventContact
Tuesday December 1
All day
Women of Fearrington Toy Drive Deadline Kate West
713-203-1358
Tuesday December 8
9 am-1 pm
Women of Fearrington Holiday Bakery and Market Jo Bolig
919-542-0780
Tuesday December 8
3:00 pm
Fearrington Genealogy Group Zoom Teleconference Linda Grimm
919-533-6296
Friday December 11
9:30 am
Bulls and Bears
Investment Club
Club Meeting via Zoom Anna Shearer
703-217-0322
ashearer1219@gmail.com

 

 

 

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HOMEOWNERS’  ASSOCIATION  NEWSLETTER
November 2020      Volume 39      Number 10

 

 

President's Message

 

Adapting

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”—Charles Darwin

Out in the world it is common to hear that older people just cannot adapt to change. Well, just look around! We can see people every day in Fearrington Village wearing masks and social distancing but getting on with life. A real example is what Fearrington Cares has done in providing a drive-through clinic for flu immunizations. We are adaptable and resilient.

FHA has adapted as well, even though so much has changed. Yes, we have had to close The Gathering Place for most activities, but we are using it for a polling place for the upcoming government elections. Some activities such as the Easter Egg hunt have had to be cancelled, but we have not missed a beat in actions to keep our village the way we want it to be.

In fact, we have been aggressive in many areas to improve our surroundings and resources. Just as examples:

• We are changing our management company from Towne Properties to Associa/HRW to improve processes and add resources. More about this in this newsletter. You will hear a lot more as we move forward.

• FHA has set a direction to take on management of the trails and walking paths throughout the village, to assure they meet our needs at the lowest possible cost.

• We have managed to complete all our activities, with a strong emphasis on grounds and landscaping, within a very tight budget. We are always conscious of our responsibility as stewards of every dollar.

We have adapted by conducting most meetings via Zoom, including our recent open meeting by “webinar.” This allowed many more residents to participate and was highly successful. We are now planning our Annual Meeting, which will also be by webinar; this is taking a lot of planning and we are having to take a new approach to obtaining ballots for open board positions. So, we not only adapt but learn new processes, which will serve us well going forward.

“Older people just cannot adapt to change” – balderdash! (I had other words in mind, but the editors ruled them out).

 

Our Fearrington Homeowners’
Association Newsletter

The Newsletter is the official publication of our Fearrington Homeowners’ Association (FHA), produced by and for residents of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. The Newsletter contains community news, reports from FHA Board members, items of interest to residents, and announcements of club and neighborhood activities.

The Newsletter is published electronically eleven times a year (July/August is a combined issue). A PDF copy of the current issue can be found on the FHA website: fearringtonfha.org.

Submissions:

Content deadlines are the 15th of the previous month. Send submissions to: editors@fearringtonfha.org. All persons submitting content will receive a confirmation email.

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

Newsletter Staff:
Jan Kowal Ann Melchior
Leslie Palmer Deborah Repplier
Jackie Walters  
Printing and Distribution:
Carol Kurtz Barbara Amago
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, click on the “FHA” tab on the FHA webpage (fearringtonfha.org).

Officers  
President: Carl Angel
Vice President: Rose Krasnow
Secretary: Leslee Shell
Treasurer: Tony Daniels
Directors  
Communications: Gordon Pitz
Community Affairs: Margaret (Maggie) Tunstall
Covenants: Eric Frank
Grounds and Landscaping: Jesse Fearrington
Health, Safety and Security: Warren Ort
Infrastructure and Facilities: Mark Haslam

 


 

 

From Our FHA Board

 

 

Wastewater Management Updatewastewater

Important News!! Integra Water, which owns 95% of Old North State Water Company, has decided it no longer wants to operate plants in the State of North Carolina. As a result, they plan to sell the Briar Chapel Plant. We don’t know to whom, but it is our understanding that the potential buyers are not interested in managing an interconnected system between Fearrington Village and Briar Chapel. We are fairly confident that this idea, which we felt had many drawbacks, is dead. You have probably already read this if you use Nextdoor, but there are a lot of negotiations going on right now, so we don’t have much more to report—yet. Stay tuned.

 

 

Associa logoChange of Management Company

Beginning January 1, FHA business operations will be handled by a new management company. The current contract with Towne Properties ends this year, and a new three-year contract has been signed with Associa/HRW.

The new agreement is the result of a long search for a company that will support our FHA and the Board, now and in the future. We published a Request for Proposals last spring and received applications from nine management companies. We selected three finalists, and then conducted extensive interviews with company representatives. We also talked to board members of other HOAs in the region that had employed the companies. Associa /HRW was clearly the favored among the finalists.

A final contract was negotiated recently. In negotiations they have been anxious to meet our needs. The management fees will be about the same as those charged by Towne Properties, and locked in for three years. In return, an on-site manager has been retained, and Associa offers a number of services we do not currently enjoy.

Associa are also the managers for the Camden and Henderson Place service groups. In addition, Countryhouse and Bush Creek will be signing contracts with them. Millcreek Circle, which will become a service group in the next few months, and one or two other existing service groups, will probably select them.

The management company is responsible for financial management, including collections, disbursements, reports, and budgets. They also handle general administrative tasks such as maintaining records, filing reports, meeting insurance obligations, and administering rules such as covenants. The next few months will be a period of transition, and it is inevitable we will need to learn new procedures for conducting business. Eventually, however, we expect that all these operations will proceed more smoothly than we have been used to.

The improvements are likely to be most noticeable to board members, whose routine jobs should be facilitated. For residents, the most obvious result of the change will be that annual FHA dues are paid to a different company. However, when a problem or question about business operations does arise, Associa claims that their phone bank and internet, based response service is very easy to use and helpful. Residents of other HOAs that have worked with Associa have generally been positive about the help they offer.

Change of any kind often presents initial challenges, but once they have been overcome, it can turn out to have been a very good idea. More information will be provided in the newsletter and on the FHA website as it becomes available.

 

 

annual meeting 1 origFHA Annual Meeting, 2020

As with so many things this year, we have been forced to make changes in the 2020 Homeowners’ Association annual meeting. It will be held as scheduled, Sunday November 15 at 5:00 pm. We cannot hold it in person, of course, but we will schedule a webinar to make it available to everyone who wishes to attend. An email invitation will be sent to homeowners early in November. The invitation will contain a link that enables you to register for the meeting. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you attended the open meeting webinar July 16, you will be familiar with the procedures. It will be very helpful if you download beforehand the free version of the Zoom Client for Meetings. As an audience member, you will not be seen or heard, but you can ask questions of the speakers.

Prior to the meeting, a Summary of Board Activities for 2020 and the Treasurer’s Statement will be published on the FHA website. You can also find links to the reports on the FHA website: Look for Annual Meeting under the FHA tab. The links may contain only placeholders for now, but the reports will be available at least a week prior to the meeting.

During the meeting, speakers will give an overview of the most important issues that have confronted the FHA this year and describe the present situation with respect to the issues.

We hope to have time to respond to attendees’ questions on the topics described in the summaries. The webinar Q & A procedure will be used. This allows attendees to type in a question to be answered by one of the board members. We ask those of you who submit a question to provide a very brief heading describing the topic of the question, so it can be directed to the appropriate source.

In the next few days, ballots for open board positions will be circulated. We hope you will return your ballot (one copy per household, homeowners only) to a ballot box outside The Gathering Place, or by mail. The deadline for receipt is November 13. Results will be announced at the annual meeting.

We hope you will take time to attend the annual meeting and learn more about all the issues pertaining to life in Fearrington Village.

 

 

Problems with Package Deliveriescourier truck

Recently there have been several problems with package deliveries by Amazon. Because they are now using their own delivery service, most problems occur because drivers are unfamiliar with the village.

Carl Angel, president of FHA, and Tony Daniels, treasurer, have been in touch with officials at Amazon.com, and we have taken a number of steps that should simplify the delivery process for their drivers. Most problems arise because each location in the village has two addresses, a street address and a PO Box number. In some cases, there is a simple association between the two; in other cases, they are unrelated.

Delivery people need a reference source that connects PO Box numbers to the associated street addresses. Jim Brooking, FHA webmaster, generated a suitable data base from the FHA directory. This was bundled with street maps and provided to Amazon.

We continue to explore ways to help Amazon drivers deliver packages to your home. It appears that the number of problems has been significantly reduced. There are still occasional problems, but they can be minimized if we all make sure both PO box number and street address are provided whenever ordering goods online.

Note that for some delivery services it may not be possible to determine if a package will be delivered to the house or to the mailbox, so to be safe be sure to include both addresses.

 

 

update contact info icon2021 Directory: Check Your Information

This is the time of year when we update the printed Handbook and Directory. We try to make it as accurate as we can at the start of the year, even though it may be out of date soon after it’s printed.

Please check your current directory listing—names, street address, phone numbers, and email addresses—to make sure they are accurate. You can do this by logging into the FHA website, clicking Directory, and selecting Find People.
Hint: If the directory doesn’t seem to be working, type the first two letters of the last name, then the remaining letters one by one.

If you need to make changes, you can send the corrected information to directory@fearringtonfha.org. If you prefer not to have an email address published in the directory, you can request that it be used only for newsletters and critical FHA emails.

If you are an officer with one of the Fearrington clubs or other organizations, please ensure the current directory information for that group is also correct.

 

 Gathering Place as a Polling Place, November 3VOTE

As a reminder, for the state and national elections on November 3, Fearrington residents will be able to cast their ballots at The Gathering Place, which will be open for that purpose from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Every step will be taken to preserve the safety of voters and poll workers. Workers will be fully outfitted in personal protective equipment, and plexiglass shields will be in place between poll workers and voters. Voters will use disposable pens to mark their ballots and voting stations will be wiped down with sanitizer between voters.

Voters will be asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing designations inside and outside the building. Once voters enter through the main door, a one-way traffic pattern will direct them through the voting process. They must leave the building through an exit to the right of the kitchen. Curbside voting will be available and will be set up at the kitchen side of The Gathering Place.

Voting before November 3 includes two options. Early voting started October 15 but ends at 3 pm October 31. You can also turn in an absentee ballot at an early voting station. The closest location is Central Carolina Community College’s Health Sciences Campus, fronting 15-501 between Andrews Store Road and Jack Bennett Road.

 

getinvolved larger 2 origVolunteers Corner

Thanks to Jason Welsch and all the volunteers who turned out to help with the Green Scene’s Fall 3-in-1 Shredding Event. Thanks also to Amy Ghiloni, RE/MAX Realtor, who not only helped to underwrite the event but pitched in along with her husband. It was a cool morning, but we were too busy to notice. Look for the statistics on what we collected in the December newsletter.

FHA Secretary Needed: Because of demands on her time, our valued secretary Leslee Shell, has resigned her position as of the end of the year. This is a very important job. We do not yet have candidates, but along with the nominating committee we are searching for someone. Duties are described on page 75 of the 2020 printed Directory. For more information, please contact Rose Krasnow at vp@fhaboard.org.

 

Things You Can Do Personally to Combat Covid-19

SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification AppSlowCOVIDNC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that individuals use the app, SlowCOVIDNC, to slow the spread of Covid-19. Information can be found at their website: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc.

Perhaps you’ve heard of similar apps being used elsewhere. The app notifies people when someone who has tested positive is nearby. Persons who have tested positive must have also voluntarily loaded and activated the app on their phone for it to be effective. The app promises to protect the privacy of users, while anonymously sharing data regarding potential Covid-19 exposure.

COVID Symptom StudyCOVID Symptom Study

This app helps researchers understand how Covid-19 spreads. Relevant information can be found at https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-2. The study shares information from all over the world about the Coronavirus. Participation requires nothing more than reporting briefly on your health every day. There are literally millions of people who have volunteered to participate in the study. Many top research groups have joined and are making the information they discover known to others. If you want to know more about the research teams involved, or the media who are spreading the news they share, go to the website listed above.

Sign up to get the latest research from the study, direct to your inbox.

Both apps are available for Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

—Jan Kowal, editors@fearringtonfha.org

 


 

 

 

The Land and the People—
The Historic Cemetery at Galloway Ridge

By Mike Zbailey

A few yards south of The Arbor section of Galloway Ridge, inside an old stone wall, nine tombstones rise starkly above the barren ground. They tell the story of the Smith and Jones families, who lived on this land and whose legacy is an important part of American history up to this day.

Jones Grove Cemetery at Galloway Ridge

The Jones Grove Cemetery at Galloway Ridge.
Photo by Mike Zbailey

All the complexities and contradictions of the southern slave-owning society of the 19th century influenced the lives of the eight family members and one friend buried in the cemetery. Francis Jones (1760-1844), the patriarch, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a major landowner. This land, called Jones Grove Plantation, was his crown jewel. The plantation house stood nearby on land now occupied by The Arbor. Jones once offered to donate part of his land for a college to be built at this location. He was turned down in favor of the small hamlet called Chapel Hill. Mary Parke Jones (1761-1811) was his wife and Ruffin Jones (1794-1836) was their unmarried son. Their daughter Delia Jones (1787-1852) is buried a few feet away next to her husband, James Strudwick Smith (1787-1852).

Strudwick Smith was the illegitimate son of William Francis Strudwick. The Strudwicks were a prominent family in Hillsborough and part of the upper class in this important town. The Smith family lived nearby but were poor and of a different social class. William Strudwick was seventeen years old when he fathered his son and did not marry the child’s mother. Strudwick Smith later said, “Having been born poor, I have had to be the architect of my own future. I procured the means of advancement through my own labor.” Aggressive and ambitious, Smith was unpopular among his colleagues because of his blatant self-promotion and brash style. After studying medicine briefly at the University of Pennsylvania and becoming a doctor in Hillsborough, Smith’s ambitions took him far afield from medicine. He owned a general store, distilleries, a copper shop, and a substantial amount of land, some of which he inherited from his father-in-law, Francis Jones. He was active in the affairs of Hillsborough and was a member of the US Congress from 1817 to 1821. He became a Trustee of the University of North Carolina in 1821.

The Smiths had three children. The oldest, Mary Ruffin Smith (1814-1885), was raised as a refined, educated southern lady of the time. Mary’s father purchased an enslaved fifteen-year old girl named Harriet to be her personal servant. In the census records, Harriet is identified as mulatto, a designation used for men and women of mixed race. Later, Harriet married Reuben Day, a freedman, and they had a son, Julius. Since they were not permitted to live together as a family, Harriet lived in a cabin in Hillsborough.

Maria Louisa Spear (1804-1881), the only nonfamily member buried in the cemetery, was hired to tutor Mary, and they formed a friendship that lasted their entire lives.

The sons, Francis Jones “Frank” Smith (1816-1877) and James Sidney Smith (1819-1867), both attended the University of North Carolina. Frank also attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and, although he did not graduate, he became a doctor like his father. James Sidney, known by his middle name, was high-spirited and difficult and developed a serious drinking problem. In spite of his behavior and a reputation as a drunkard, he became a well-known politician and lawyer.

In her family memoir, Proud Shoes, Pauli Murray, Sidney’s descendant, vividly describes Sidney’s stalking and sexual assault of Harriet. The next day, Frank, who had his own designs on Harriet, severely beat his brother and left him bleeding on the front lawn. Harriet became pregnant by Sidney, and in 1844 their daughter, Cornelia, was born. Frank then developed his own dominant relationship with Harriet, a liaison that produced three children—Emma, Annette and Laura over the next eight years.

Oakland Price Creek Plantation on Smith Level Road level

Oakland—Price Creek Plantation on Smith Level Road.
Photo by Mike Zbailey.

In the meantime, Strudwick Smith’s aggressive land speculations and other ill-fated business ventures finally caught up with him, and he became mired in debt. He astutely sheltered most of his assets within his family before declaring bankruptcy in 1845. Even in the midst of the bankruptcy and its suits and counter suits, the Smiths, who all lived in Hillsborough, built a large house named Oakland at their property called Price Creek Plantation. The stately house still stands nearby behind a black iron fence on Smith Level Road. The entire dysfunctional family—Strudwick Smith, now mentally and physically incapacitated due to the strain of the bankruptcy; Delia, his wife, worn out from the family misadventures; Frank, the lecherous and now part-time doctor who maintained his bitterness toward his brother; and the drunkard lawyer-politician, Sidney—lived in the house. Frank’s and Sidney’s sister, Mary, appalled by her brothers’ lifestyle, brought her four nieces, her brothers’ children, to live in the house and be raised and educated as family members.

From this turmoil would come events that contributed to the post-Civil War survival of the University of North Carolina and which would have a major impact on American history in modern times as well as on the land on which we now live.

Next Month: Beyond the Tombstones—The Legacies

 

 

Our Surprising Neighbors, Part I

Story and Photos by Gordon Pitz

Fearrington Village is an idyllic place, a peaceful, rustic setting. In spite of development along the adjacent highway, there is plenty of farmland and unspoiled woods surrounding us. Surely, we should relax and sleep well feeling protected from all the threats that exist elsewhere.

Peaceful Woods

Peaceful woods adjoining the village

Yet look more closely. Walk along Millcroft, for example, between South Langdon and Ashton, and you will spot an overgrown trail marked by a buried cable post heading south into the woods. Less than 100 yards along the trail, you come to a barbed wire fence displaying several ominous signs. What kind of facilities might AT&T be referring to that need threats of heavy fines or long prison sentences to protect them?

No Trespassing

A serious warning

A satellite view of the area on Google Maps shows that less than a quarter mile from the nearest Fearrington homes lies an open field, labeled “AT&T Project Office.” Access to the field is via Big Hole Road, which connects with Mount Gilead Church Road. What is this big hole? Perhaps one can learn something by exploring the road.

Unfortunately, it may not be a productive exercise. Signs suggest you are not a welcome visitor. Pushing ahead anyway, you eventually encounter more imposing barriers to further progress.

So what do we know about this “AT&T Project Office,” and why is access so tightly protected? It turns out that, although quite a lot is known about its history, much less is known about what happens there.

Unwelcome

Unwelcome

Perhaps the best account is given by War History Online, a website devoted to war history, owned by Timera, Inc. The facility was built in the early 1960s as a cooperative venture between AT&T and the US Government. It was designed to serve as a well-protected command and control center in the event of a nuclear attack.

Like other similar structures built around the country, it relied on a military telephone system, AUTOVON, which at the time was at the forefront of communications technology. Supposedly, this structure was built underground, 13 stories deep (the “Big Hole”). In other words, it was probably designed to function should Washington, DC be destroyed in an attack. Remember, the cold war with the Soviet Union was at its peak during the 1960s.

gate

The end of the Big Hole Road

When the cold war came to an end, military strategies changed with the development of new technology. The site was officially deactivated in 1996. The Charlotte Observer reported in 2008 that the project had closed. The previously steady stream of traffic on Big Hole Road ended, and a Pittsboro trucking company reported hauling away the last of a load of sensitive equipment.

Those who might know anything about what went on at the Big Hole, or what is happening now, are notoriously silent. The silence, of course, has bred speculation and rumor. But perhaps the site really is just another military establishment that is languishing in moth balls. Some evidence supports this idea.

The trail that leads from Millcroft to the Big Hole offers a back entrance to the area. There are plenty of warning signs hanging on the barbed wire fence, but a fallen tree has created a large gap in the fence, and no-one has bothered to repair it. This lapse does not suggest a typical military concern for security.

Back Entrance

The “back entrance” to the Big Hole

It might be noteworthy also that over 100 acres of land along Big Hole Road are currently for sale, advertised as suitable for development as a residential subdivision. The asking price is over $2.7 million, almost $25,000 an acre. Would land that close to a secret cold war site be that expensive if the site were still active?

Nevertheless, it is difficult to believe that nothing is happening behind those imposing gates. The grounds beyond the gates appear to be well-maintained. You may recall that in 2016, AT&T laid miles of high-speed fiber optic cable through our village, yet I know of no one who was able to access the cable. In fact, it was laid along that trail from Millcroft to the Big Hole. Of course, if someone were bold enough to take the back entrance and see for themselves what lies over the hill, we might have a more definitive answer. But count me out; I’ll live with the speculation. I can’t afford a $10,000 fine or ten years in jail.

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Clairbeth Lehn

By Leslie Palmer

Life in Fearrington would not be as wonderful as it is without the amazing, often unsung, volunteers who give their time and energy. This month we shine the light on Clairbeth Lehn: “Oh, You’re ‘That Person’.”

Clairbeth Lehn finds the people who live in Fearrington Village and their diverse backgrounds and experiences fascinating. Her volunteer role as FHA Gathering Place Scheduler brings her into contact with numerous residents, which she enjoys, but she admits, “I know so many of them by name and their activities, but I do not know who they are. I play Mah Jgong or attend the Concert Series and see a name tag and say to them, ‘I know who you are.’ When they see my name, they go ‘Oh, you’re That Person'.”

Being the person who helps to make things happen is not a new role for Clairbeth. It’s one she is comfortable with and has played throughout her professional career. But it only takes a few minutes of conversation to realize that she truly is “That Person.”

Clairbeth, known to her professional colleagues as C.B., was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in its “burbs.” Graduating with a degree in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University in 1973, she began her career as a staff athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her certificate in physical therapy from Penn in 1977, she accepted a position at University of North Carolina’s Campus Health with dual responsibilities to the UNC Athletic Department as well as to the general student body. As a member of the UNC Sports Medicine Staff, Clairbeth had both male and female teams, with whom she worked and accompanied wherever they went. She recalls, “There weren’t too many days I did not enjoy going to work. Long hours sometimes but it was fun. I got to see many different places. Athletes are always fun to be around. Students are always fun to be around. I was offered the job opportunity at UNC and I stayed there for the rest of my career, retiring after 30 years.”

Clairbeth Lehn

What Clairbeth may not tell you is that she was one of just two women to become the first members of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) and the first from North Carolina; that she was instrumental to the development of the sports medicine program at UNC; or that she was inducted into the UNC Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. She is listed as one of the Pioneer Women of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). A little prompting may reward you with stories of her travels to Russia as an athletic trainer with the US Deaf Volleyball team in 1992, or how in 1993 she served as a US team athletic trainer at the Deaf Olympics in Bulgaria. Her photo was taken on a team trip to Australia. Closer to home, in 1994 the North Carolina Tar Heels women’s basketball team defeated Louisiana Tech 60–59 to win its first NCAA title on a 3-point shot with just 00:00.7 left on the clock, making it one of most exciting finishes in tournament history. Clairbeth was there, the person in the background, “That Person” helping to make history.
Looking for a house to buy in 1981, Clairbeth found her home in Fearrington Village’s Historic District. She has been a supporting member of the FHA Board, coordinating The Gathering Place scheduling and event calendar for more than fifteen years.

How did you first get involved with the FHA?

“I began volunteering for the FHA with The Gathering Place calendar. Two ladies were doing the calendar. Everything was on paper. I was talking with them and they asked if I would want to do it. When I took it over, I found a calendar software and started using it. At that point, it was not online. Once the FHA website was created by Jim Brooking, the calendar was added. That was when the calendar went public so that anyone could look at it anytime and find out what was going on. Before that people could not see all the events that were happening. I took it from a paper copy that simply kept track of the use of The Gathering Place to a computerized, accessible events calendar that easily allowed residents to see what was happening within the community and take advantage of the many activities and events.”

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

“Meeting the needs of the residents in any way they can.”

Clairbeth views her volunteer position as one that flies under the radar. In making decisions about The Gathering Place, she has worked closely with past FHA Infrastructure and Facilities Directors: Lowell Kennedy, Carol Kurtz, Elizabeth Krull, and, in the midst of Covid-19, Mark Haslam. Whenever the calendar is not working, Jim Brooking, our FHA Webmaster, is the person who solves her problems. Throughout the years, Clairbeth’s volunteer time, efforts, and expertise have allowed residents to use The Gathering Place for meetings and activities with few scheduling problems. She states that sometimes it is a case of keeping all the balls in the air, a behind-the-scenes juggling act to keep everyone happy. But, she admits to having dropped the ball on occasion.

Do you have an anecdote or comment about volunteering that moved you?

“I just wanted to do something small to help. I like working in the background.”

Lastly, what is your favorite part about living here?

“How many diverse organizations there are. You can join anything there is and if you do not like what there is, you can make your own. People come and go in Fearrington. They make a group and that group lives on after them.”

 

Photos from Residents

 

piebald deer

A piebald deer (similar to the one pictured above) was observed grazing in the wooded area between McDowell and Fearrington Cares in mid-October by resident Ann Melchior. They are considered rare and carry many genetic abnormalities which sadly shorten their lives.

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Fearrington Night Life. Look carefully at the cobwebs in the tree as seen through the gate. Photo by Sue Clark.

 

 

 

 

From the EditorsFrom the Editor

Would you like to write a feature article for our newsletter? Or do you have a topic you’d like to suggest? Is there a volunteer you’d like to nominate? We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions, whether or not you want to do the writing yourself. We have two new forms which may assist you and us. They can be found on the FHA website (https://fearringtonfha.org/index.php) under the Newsletter tab. Look for Guidance for Feature Submissions, which also includes the Feature Article Request Form. Deborah Repplier and Jackie Walters, our two feature editors, would be glad to assist you. You may contact them via editors@fearringtonfha.org to ask questions or express interest.