FHA Health, Safety, and Security Message: OUR RECENT POWER OUTAGE -- By approximately 10:40am Thursday in some sections of the village and by approximately 1:00pm in other sections, Duke Energy Progress was able to restore the power from the outage we experienced beginning sometime close to 5:30am. At one point during the day over one-quarter million North Carolinians were without power, and some still were late into Thursday night. We were fortunate it didn't last longer for us.
OUR STREETS & ROADS -- Overnight, much of the slush and snow on and along the village roadways will freeze, making early morning driving problematic. Remember that the FHA is not responsible for maintaining any roads or streets in the village. The state is responsible for 56 of our 80 secondary roadways and the five service groups are responsible for the other 24 in their respective neighborhoods. For a list of state secondary roads in the village and roadways maintained by service groups, see this streets and roads table.
The state gives priority to clearing and (re)treating main highways first, so patience (perhaps several days) will be necessary for them to get to all the state secondary roads in the village. Some of the service groups have made arrangements for clearing and treating their own streets; however, for another 12 - 48 hours residents should plan on having icy (and black icing) driving conditions on state roads in the village--especially at night and in early morning hours when temperatures are the lowest--and possibly slippery walking conditions.
For emergency medical transportation and other emergency needs in such weather, contact 911.
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We have updated the FHA website to a new version of the "platform" on which the site is built. This platform, called Joomla! (with punctuation), was originally installed as version 1.6, then updated to version 2.5 - where it has remained for the past two years or so. Version 2.5 is no longer being maintained, so any security or stability issues in 2.5 will no longer be addressed. The newer version is 3.3. With Joomla 3 we have taken the opportunity to make some changes on the site, consistent with the usage experience we have gained in the last couple of years:
- The home page now contains four tabs; each tab contains one of the four most popular pages on the site as measured by hit count. Opening the home page takes a bit longer than opening a single page, but once the page is open, it provides instant access to the four most visited pages on the site.
- The top menu has been reorganized to reflect how we understand many users' expectations after listening to you over the last couple of years, and also based on hit counts.
- A new link ("Compose Article" under "Newsletter" on the top menu) is provided for logged-in visitors to compose articles for the FHA Newsletter and/or the website. It provides an alternative to composing Newsletter (and website) articles in Word or other text processors and attaching or pasting them into an email to the Editors. Your article, written and composed on this page, will (at your option) will be sent to the Editors, or the website Content Editor, or both.
- The top menu is "pinned" to the top of the browser window so it's always visible even if you scroll down on a page.
- Remember - you can always return to the home page by clicking on the logo below the top menu.
- The Groups Portal (one of the home page tabs) contains links to all our groups that have a web presence as "tiled" icons which are the groups' logos.
- The Bulletin Board (another home page tab and the most popular page on the website) has been improved with a new option for selecting how much material is displayed. In addition, on the same Bulletin Board page, you can now search all Bulletin Board postings since July, 2008 for plumbers, electricians or anything else. Finally, the first time you open the Bulletin Board you will be shown the "rules" (formerly seen at the top of the page whenever you visit it) and "formatting hints" (just to remind you that they are there). This text will appear every six months or so, as a reminder. And you can always see it if you click the provided link (which also resets the six months clock).
- The items seen on the left of the new tabbed front page (weather, coming events) only appear on the home page. This replaces the left menu stack of old, which is no longer displayed. Functions formerly linked on the left menu are placed on the top menu now. Doing away with the left menu stack provides more room for content on other pages on the site.
- A little "Top of Page" icon appears at the lower right corner when the page is scrolled down below the header, and is pinned there. A user can click this and return instantly to the top of the page.
We'd like to welcome four new members to the FHA Website Team. Joining us are News Editor Dave Krepp, Village Calendar/Coming Events Editor Amy Levine, and Group Site Coodinator Frank Abrams. Libby Wilkie will join Dave on the news team once the spring "season" has come to an end. All are extremely capable and we are delighted to have them aboard.
....and We'd Very Much Like to Find a Co-Webmaster
Webmaster Jim Brooking is still looking for someone to provide support and back-up for website management and administration. While some technical skills (a good eye for design, and optionally a little programming experience within the last 10-20 years) would be helpful, equally important are attention to detail, willingness to learn, patience and persistence. If you want to know more, please contact Jim Brooking at .
In addition to publishing news and notices online, the FHA website provides another place for Fearrington groups to publicize their activities. There are no space limitations on the website, and color photographs and illustrations are easily included. There are now more than twenty Fearrington groups with their own websites contained within the FHA site, and an increasing number of representatives of these groups are learning to create articles that are unique to the website. As a user, you have probably noticed more of these featured articles on the front page of the website, particularly in the last year. It was with the two long, informative articles by written by Guy Baird with photographs by Jim Brooking -- The Trees of Camden Park and Trees in Fearrington Village Center -- that we first became aware of how great the interest was in content original to the website. Each of these articles now has over 2500 hits.
With the latest redesign, we have decided to end the practice of duplicating the weekly events roster on the front page in single-column format (with a long list of links at the bottom of the page) and listing them again in two columns under News. All upcoming events will as always appear, in date order, on the News page, now in three column format, and most will appear again on the Coming Events crawl which can be seen on all four main pages. The opening page of the website will now contain fewer articles, but will include all the featured articles we can get.
So how does a group get an article featured on the front page?
Our January collection for the CORA Food Pantry was our highest ever: 2,714 pounds! Our three vehicles were overflowing with contributions from our generous Fearrington neighbors. If you are new to Fearrington and would like to participate in this easy way to help our less fortunate Chatham County neighbors, please see the PORCH webpage: here. There, you will find the name of your neighborhood coordinator, who will help you get started. Thank you for helping in this outstanding effort!
Monday Evening, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fearrington Barn
Return with us to the heady days of our youth, when his music was the soundtrack for our coming-of-age and when Elvis was The King. Join the Women of Fearrington as we proudly present dynamic, local Elvis Illusionist, Keith Henderson (keithillusions.com), as he takes us back to the glory days of rock and roll, at least for one evening. We'll all "Shake, Rattle and Roll" to our heart's content with Keith as he sings some of our favorites.
In addition to the great music, the evening will feature a cash bar offering wine, beer, Elvis-themed cocktails, and some of his favorite munchies. The bar will be open both before the show and during intermission. And don't miss your chance to win an impressive collection of very special Elvis memorabilia from Keith's extensive personal collection. Raffle tickets will be available for $2.00 per ticket or 3 for $5.00 at our February meeting, before the show and during intermission.
Given all the "Elvis buzz" that has already begun, we anticipate that this event might well be a sellout, so get your tickets now by contacting Nancy Wilson at or at 919-542-3959. Advance ticket sales will be open to the general public beginning Feb. 1, but for now, Fearrington and Galloway Ridge residents have the inside track. The price is $18.00 per person in advance and, if there are any left, $20.00 at the door. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. You'll want to be there when they do to be sure that you're in the best seats when the show starts at 7:00!
All proceeds from this exciting event will go to support charities assisting women and children in Chatham County.
The Patient and Family Resource Center provides support, resources, and comfort to families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. For the month of April, Fearrington Cares will be the donation drop-off point.
- WISH LIST: Gift Cards: grocery stores, gas
- general comfort Items: lightweight gloves, socks, playing cards, hand sanitizers
- Boutique: UNC logo hats, large scarves, new wigs, lip balm, small skin lotion bottles
- Art Cart: coloring books, crayons/markers/colored pencils, forever stamps
Fearrington Cares hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Questions? Laura T. Jensen:
Blood Drive Update
A Fearrington Cares Health Services Program
This just in: you may not be able to get blood out of a turnip, but you can sure can get it out of Fearringtonians! At our recent blood drive, we had 48 Fearrington Heroes who stepped up to the plate. And this blood was the good stuff – rich and red!
New Member Special! 1984-like Prices! Imagine a cool swim in the pool, a relaxing soak in the hot tub with your family, children and grandchildren! It seems months away, but now is the time to join the Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club.
Two unique membership incentives are available during this membership drive. New single-adult families can join for exactly the same price as when the pool opened in the summer of 1984, $250; 2-adult families will pay only $500. Joining fees may be paid in two installments over 2015 and 2016. Even better, all former members are invited back to membership for only $75 per adult. The annual dues for all members are the best in the area at $210 per single-adult family and $420 for a two-adult family...
In addition to our usual first Thursday show, we will have a FEBRUARY FILM FEST
Film on February 20 cancelled due to weather – Dave: Dave runs a temporary employment agency and has a side job impersonating the President; and on February 27 – Grand Budapest Hotel - 2014 comedy film staring Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. For questions contact Ray Albers at 919-542-5839.
A big THANK YOU to our very own Joe Geoghegan, who helped guide 83 residents through the Medicare Part D open enrollment period during the last quarter of 2014. His assistance as a Fearrington Cares Volunteer and SHIIP volunteer helped save fellow residents close to $30,000 in premiums.
Fewer and fewer Americans are controlling more and more of our country's wealth. A French economist, Thomas Piketty, in a best-selling book has proposed that this is the intrinsic outcome of capitalist markets. This provocative idea will be analyzed by Stanley W. Black, the Georges Lurcy Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, UNC Chapel Hill. His talk, "Income Inequality: Are We Returning to the 19th Century," will be given on postponed until Monday, March 2 Tuesday, February...
Dr. Mickey Efird, Emeritus Professor Of Biblical Interpretation, Duke Divinity School returns again to Fearrington Village on March 2, 9, 16, and 23, for four lectures on The Gospel of John. Dr. Efird has a lifetime of knowledge of the Bible and its many translations, which makes his presentations very interesting & effective. Many residents have enjoyed his teachings here for 18 plus years. All lectures are from 9:45 am to 11:15 am at The Gathering Place. All Fearrington and Galloway...
Sharing Our Stories
Tuesdays, March 3 - April 21, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at The Fearrington Cares Center
An 8-week support group for anyone who has experienced a loss will be held twice in 2015. This group will be facilitated by two UNC Hospice grief counselors. No newcomers can join after the second week as each session builds on previous group work. Please contact Ann Ritter, Grief Counselor, (919-542-5545 or ) for further information about the...
Our first tournament of the year will be at Pine Hollow Country Club in Clayton on April 14. It is a 4 person team, low net, 2 better ball format. To sign up or for information, Gary Kibler, tournament chair, can be reached at 919 542-9995 or at . Guests are welcome but need to have handicap approval.
March is a good time to make up for all the "weather delays"; so dust off the clubs and get in practice before the April tournament. John King is...
Parkinson's Support Group
A Fearrington Cares Health Services Program
March 4, 18, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Anyone interested in Parkinson's Disease is welcome to join the Support Group at any time. We have a variety of speakers and discuss various topics at our meetings. Come visit and see for yourself if this is something that might interest you.
We welcome all residents to see Wadja (2012, PG, 98 minutes, 5 stars, subtitles) on Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm atTthe Gathering Place. (Free popcorn and beverages). A little girl yearns for a bicycle, but her Middle Eastern culture deems bicycles inappropriate for girls. Yearly membership (15 films) is $10 (checks to Fearrington Film Club preferred), or $3 per film. Questions: contact Ray Albers 919-542-5839
March 6, 13, 20 and 27
The February iPad classes filled up with 12 residents registering before the deadline. To accommodate additional people who are interested, Mig Hayes agreed to do the same classes in March. Classes will be held on four consecutive Fridays from 4:00-5:30 pm at The Gathering Place. These classes will cover Settings, Apps, synching with iCloud, troubleshooting and more. Your operating system needs to be running iOS8. The March class may be smaller but several people are...
The Fearrington Debaters will take a long look at the Boston Marathon Bombing trial now taking place. Meet at 499 Beechmast, March 6, at 1:00 pm.
Questions to be explored:
1. Did the FBI know the accused before the bombing?
2. Was the FBI and/or Boston Police running a practice drill at the same time as the race?
3. Why was a witness killed by 15 bullets in Orlando by the FBI shortly afterward?
To find out more and reserve your seat, please call Larry Rochelle at 919-542-6202.
TOPS Weight Loss Support
A Fearrington Cares Health Services Program
Every Friday (starting March 6), 2 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Fearrington Cares is initiating a weight loss support group using a national program, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly; www.tops.org). Weekly meetings are the heart of TOPS' support; they usually last an hour and will be held at the FC Center. Members will record their weight and a TOPS facilitator will provide a brief program covering a variety...
On Sunday, March 8, at 3 pm, The Fearrington Concert Series will present Brian Reagin, violinist in The Gathering Place. A Chicago native, Brian Reagin is in his 24th season as Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, and returns this summer to the Chautauqua Symphony for his 17th season as concertmaster of that prestigious summer festival. Please join us for this and the remaining afternoon of music, the UNC School of the Arts students.Contact Nina Alperin at 545-9011, or Barbara...
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