October 1, 6:00 p.m. at The Barn Fearrington Cares is throwing a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary! Don't miss out on a yummy light supper and fabulous music by the Red Clay Ramblers, North Carolina's Tony Award-winning String Band. Join your friends and neighbors for a night of foot-stomping fun, right here at the Barn...no long commute or worries about getting home! Forget jackets and ties....think blue jeans, boots and a plaid shirt.Tickets ($45 pp) are for sale on Wednesdays at the Fearrington Cares Center from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. You can also pick up a flyer and mail in the form with your check. Don't miss the fun! Buy your tickets now!
Guy B. Baird
Jim Brooking (photos)
I doubt that many Fearringtonians are concerned about invasive plants, except perhaps for some gardeners dealing with stilt grass (more on that later). Nor, far as I know, neither Fitch Creations nor our FHA Board have issued alerts. But quite a few invasive species are among us. That being the case, it occurred to me that some may want to know more about our so far generally benign invaders.
A comprehensive definition of them is:
Invasive species or invasive exotics adversely affecting the habitats they invade, economically, environmentally and/or ecologically.
Those I will describe are here with us and have been declared undesirable in one or more states.
Ingrid and I have, or have had, quite a few of those plants in our garden. Some have been planted deliberately; others just showed up on their own, perhaps via seed brought in by birds. Stilt Grass is the only one that bothers me. Ingrid would also include English Ivy that I have allowed to colonize several of our large trees.
I will describe and let you know where you can find perhaps a surprisingly large number of "invasive" trees, shrubs, vines and grasses.
From left to right: Betsy Anderson, Judy Abrams, Cathy Somer, Donna Stewart
Betsy Anderson and Judy Abrams took over the reins of the Women of Fearrington as Co-Chairs from Cathy Somer and Donna Stewart on July 1. The transition of leadership, however, began almost as soon as the two of them were voted into office in April. They have been planning ever since. New ideas have surfaced.
One of the most enjoyable benefits of Women of Fearrington membership is the opportunity to easily meet people and make new friends when volunteering to help on one of the many teams. Betsy and Judy intend to enhance those opportunities to meet others through small informal group activities focusing on fellowship and fun that will enhance a strong sense of community. They hope that access to such opportunities will entice newcomers and residents who are not familiar with WoF to join and lapsed members to rejoin.
Building on some of the programs and traditions instituted as recently as last winter, Betsy and Judy will continue to create small group gatherings. Cooking classes, Toys for Tots as part of the Holiday Luncheon, and Pop-Ups will continue. Added to these opportunities will be local Road Trips, small group gatherings that are formally scheduled but informally executed, and an opportunity to celebrate birthdays during lunch at The Granary with fellow celebrants sharing the same month. Pure fun!
Webroot, an internet software security provider, compiled this list to provide the answers to common questions often seen, as well as a few tips for better password policy.
What are some of the things that makes a password not secure?
Insecure passwords are short and use common words. Any password that is 6 characters or shorter is easy to brute force, that is easy to create all possibilities. Using a password that contains personal information is also not secure as hackers know this is a common technique people use to make a password they won't forget.
What are the real dangers?
There are many dangers to a weak password which boil down to which account it is protecting. From access to bank accounts to social media, passwords are used to protect access and if compromised, the consequences can be financial loss or someone having access to your email.
Many people think, "If I am not going to give my password out to anyone, then it can be as easy as possible so it's easy for me to remember. Besides, who would bother taking the time to try and guess my password?" How is this kind of thinking inaccurate? The, "it won't happen to me" logic is wrong. The reality is that hackers today can perform large scale attacks that look at millions of accounts. They might not be targeting you specifically, that is until they break into your account. It is more a crime of opportunity.
Calling all Story Catchers!
A Fearrington Cares Volunteer Service
Fearrington Cares needs a small team of individuals willing to interview residents for our 25th anniversary. Please contact Karen (919-542-6877) or ) during July if you can donate 10-12 hours between August and November 2015 helping with this interesting project.
United Way will begin its annual school supply drive Monday, July 20 through Friday, August 22. The primary needs are backpacks, crayons, notebooks, paper, binders, pens, folders, erasers, rulers and pencil sharpeners. Donations of school supplies may be dropped off at 32 McDowell in Fearrington or at the United Way office at 72 Hillsborough Street in downtown Pittsboro. Please join the United Way for the 2015 Campaign Kick-Off & Annual Meeting. It will be held in the Governors Club ballroom on Wednesday, September 9 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The event will feature a presentation by Chatham Park, dinner and musical entertainment. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets call Alane Coore at 919 542-1110.
In August, the book club will feature "Factory Man" by Beth Macy on Tuesday August 4 at 6:45 pm, and on Thursday August 6 at 1:00 pm. Call the library 919-545-8084 for more information or visit www. ChathamLibraries.org.
New members wanted! If you like to knit, crochet, or do any kind of sewing please join us for fun and relaxation. We meet the first Thursday of every month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at a member's home. If you have questions or want more information call Pat Slamin at 919-542-2903.
The Chatham County Alzheimer's Campaign has launched. It's called Square Off Against Alzheimer's with well renowned non-artisans creating art on a 12x12 canvas. The art will be presented at a reception and silent auction on Friday, August 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Hugh Chapin Auditorium in Galloway Ridge. This reception will provide an opportunity to increase awareness, to raise campaign dollars and to promote support for families in Chatham County who struggle with Alzheimer's disease...
Please join us for a friendly game of Scrabble. We are a social group for Fearrington and Galloway Ridge players at all skill levels. Beginners are welcome. All you need is interest in, and love of, the game. We meet on the first and third Thursdays every month at 1:00 pm in the Players' Lounge at Galloway Ridge. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Karen Merrey at or (919) 533–6756.
Our mission at Chatham Habitat for Humanity is to help families own affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. We need volunteers to work at our construction site. We are currently building at 613 West 5th Street in Siler City and our summer hours are every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm. We will start building in Pittsboro in September. The hours will change to 8:30 am until 3:30 pm. If you would like to meet new friends and...
Parkinsons' Support Group
A Fearrington Cares Support Service
July 16 and August 20, 5:00 p.m. at The Belted Goat. Members of the group are encouraged to meet at the Belted Goat at 5:00 p.m. Bring a snack to share and come enjoy the music and friendship.
Many thanks to our out-going board for all of the heavy lifting and hard work they have done through 2014-2015! Great thanks to David Jackson and Dick Chase for leading us in a productive and artful year, to Enid Handler and Jon Fish for creating special meetings where we learned about the varied aspects of art and to Terry Ames and Carol Schachner for creating a well-organized and fun-filled two-day excursion to Charlotte. We also include our gratitude to willing committee members who kept us...
Ahoy Mates. The Easton MD trip in May was a great success. Thanks to Doug & Barb Ashby and Gary & Carole Kibler for their great planning. Members should have received a memo about the trip to Charlesston October 6th and 7th. Please wait for the registration forms that will be sent in August to sign up. Mark your calendars for the annual Chowder Dinner which will be held the evening of Sunday, November 8. Details and registration forms will be sent in early September. Don't forget to...
For more than 20 years, the Fearrington Concert Series has brought fabulous music to Fearrington Village. The 2015-16 season begins on Sunday, September 27, at 3:00 pm in The Gathering Place with pianist Dmitri Shteinberg. A native of Moscow, he has appeared across North America, Europe, Russia, Bulgaria, and Israel. Please join us for this and five other wonderful afternoons of music at The Gathering Place. Other concerts include artists such as the Oak City String Quartet, the Vega String...
The new 2015-16 officers are:
President: Mary Hancock
Vice-President: Martha Moore
Secretary: Barbara Hummel-Rossi/Sandy Reul
Treasurer: Vicki Hooper
Membership: Carol Greenslade
Hospitality: Linda Daniels, Joyce Kennedy
No meetings in June, July or August but we hope to see all previous members and many new members in September. Remember: you can pay dues any time by putting a check into the mail kiosk at Swim & Croquet. Membership is $15.00 per member. You won't want to miss our guest...
Seven non-profit organizations serving the women and children of Chatham County received grants from Women of Fearrington from our fund-raising activities. The Autism Society of North Carolina will offer additional scholarships to the Camp Royall summer program. The Child Care Networks, Inc. will fund the Child Care Center Directors' Institute. Communities in Schools, Chatham County, will enhance in-school enrichment experiences. CORA's Snack Program will expand its ability to provide...
Save The Date: Interactive Dementia Training
A Fearrington Cares Support Service
October 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Would you like to have a few more skills for interacting with individuals experiencing dementia? As part of our efforts to make Fearrington Village a Dementia-Friendly community where residents are comfortable interacting with persons living with cognitive decline, we are hosting a community training session on October 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Please hold the date, share the invitation with...
Volunteer Drivers Needed
A Fearrington Cares Volunteer Service
Fearrington Cares is recruiting new drivers. Each week a team of three drivers stands ready to transport residents to their doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions, grocery shopping or to pick up a prescription. Would you be willing to serve on that team and be obligated just one week every six months? If so, please call the Fearrington Cares Center (919-542-6877) and talk to Pat or Paula about this opportunity to help your...
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