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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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 email@example.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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
This Month's Features
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.
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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.
Where 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.”
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.
To contact ARC by phone: (919) 542-7203
Director Karen Rogers: (919) 545-7886
Lieutenant Chief Public Information Officer Sara Pack: email@example.com
Goathouse Cat Refuge
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!”
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.
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.
Fearrington Groups and Organizations
Chatham County Agencies
- Chatham Connecting
- Chatham County Council on Aging
- Chatham Literacy Council
- Community Remembrance Coalition--Chatham
- League of Women Voters
- Fearrington Bulls & Bears
- Fearrington Concert Series
- Fearrington Democratic Club
- New! Fearrington Dog Club
- Fearrington Dragons Mah Jongg
- Fearrington Duplicate Bridge Club
- Fearrington Friends of Duke
- Fearrington Genealogy Group
- Fearrington Golf Club
- New! Fearrington Pickleball Club
- Fearrington Republican Club
- New! Fearrington RV Club
Fearrington Groups and Organizations
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. A full subscription to our six-concert series is available for $100 per person. We welcome all fully vaccinated subscribers.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!
Want to learn how to play? Contact Mary Donna Pond at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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: email@example.com or 919-542-4512.
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).
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
This Month's Announcements
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 (email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.)
|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.org. From 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.
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.
|Bulls & Bears Investment Club||Club Meeting
at The Gathering Place
9:30 – 11 am
(Rain Date: Sept. 14)
|Women of Fearrington||Welcome Coffee|| Jan Cope-Kasten
|Fearrington Concert Series||Three For All Trio|| Nina Alperin
|Women of Fearrington||Small Group Gathering||Carol Wade
|Genealogy Group||Zoom Meeting:
Underused Genealogical Websites
|Linda T. Grimm
|Republican Club||Annual BBQ Supper||Donna Stewart
|Women of Fearrington||General Meeting:
History of Chatham
|Democratic Club||Zoom Meeting||Cheri DeRosia
10 am – 12 Noon
|Women of Fearrington||Road Trip:
|Meeting Weekly in September|
(Except Sept. 22)
|Duplicate Bridge Club||Duplicate Bridge Club||Jean Hjelle