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Adopt A Highway Program November 2015 Update
I am Eugene Rogers, the new coordinator of Fearrington Village’s Adopt A Highway program.
I want to publicly thank Anne Beirne for her excellent leadership of our volunteers in recent years. It is my sincere hope that I can successfully follow in her footsteps.
I invite all residents of Fearrington Village to join in this great public service. Our team of energetic, friendly folks diligently clean up our portion of 15-501 on a monthly basis, weather permitting. It has been my experience that they are very welcoming and good people to work with.
Our next scheduled pick up will be on Saturday, December 5th. We will meet at the Gathering Place parking lot at 9:00 a.m.
If you wish to join our group, please contact me at: email@example.com or 919-542-0424.
How time flies when we're having fun. In August we completed our 6th clean-up of the year. We're looking at doing three to four more for 2015. The summer months are a little difficult because of the hot weather and vacations. But then the winter months have rain and snow! Nonetheless our stalwart team of volunteers show up, go out, and leave the highway leading to Fearrington Village the cleanest expanse in the state! (Well, that's our story; we're sticking to it.) We're always looking for more helpers. Send me your email and I'll add your name to SignUp Genius. Then you'll get an email message announcing the next cleanup and you can sign up. There's are no minimums or maximums. You can come once a year, or every time. We'd love to have you join us. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Category: Adopt-a-Highway
20 June 2015
Eleven Fearrington Village residents braved the heat and humidity this morning on a "Day Before the First Day of Summer" pickup and came away with 15 bags of trash. Well, we left the bags out there on the highway, trusting that DOT workers will fulfill their side of the bargain and pick them up this week. The last couple of times, they left a bag or two out there but trying to convince them to take a second swing-by is difficult. It doesn't helpt that DOT has not updated its online reporting site (yet) this year, leaving us the choice of reporting a pickup for either 2013 or 2014. One hesitates to force the issue, lest further complications arise. In any case, our team today consisted of seasoned professionals Al and Ann Blackburn, Lee and Jim Wilson, Ann and Fran DiGiano, Malcolm Laner, Barbara Harris, Gene Rogers and David Field. Technically, David Field may not yet be a "seasoned professional" but he has learned the task so quickly, that we are proud to promote him. If anyone else out there would like to add such a prestigious line to your resume, do feel free to contact email@example.com. We'll be happy to add you to our sign-up list. No money needs to change hands and there is no hard nor fast obligation. Just a willingness to help out, if and when you can!
27 April 2015
Six hardy souls were out again on this past Saturday...Wrong! There were seven...but one, Ray Albers, unable to join us at 8:30 am, instead went out an hour early and did major work on his own. Thank you Ray. He is just the best. On the other hand, I personally believe all our team members are "just the best". Ann and Al Blackburn are relatively new to the Village, but are among our most enthusiastic participants. (Al especially...) Malcolm Laner is back after a bout with physical ailments. Sandy Jacobs and David Field are welcome newish additions. And of course there's Colette File, whose efficiency and attention to detail are legendary. There are others who join us most times whom we'll talk about next time. New members always welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org!
20 December 2014
On Saturday, despite the snow, a group of nine stalwarts went out to clean up the highway for the holidays. Special kudos to Ray Albers and Chuck Waldron who got stuck with what was apparently the worst stretch; long after the rest of us were back home or celebrating with a hot chocolate at The Goat, they were still out laboring away. We owe you one, guys! Great finds this time out. A wallet belonging to a Fearrington Village resident was retrieved and returned. Thanks to all who came out this month: Colette File, Ray Albers, Barbara Harris, Nina Verin, Ann and Al Blackburn, Gene Rogers, and Chuck. Also, thanks to the 20 or so other volunteers who have come out during the course of the year to help ensure that the highway leading to our shared homesites is the cleanest in the state. I greatly appreciate your cheerful smiles and dedication and I do believe our fellow Fearrington Village residents feel just as proud of you as I do. Happy New Year to all. See you at The Gathering Place, followed by Hwy 15-101! Anne
July 19 2014
We did a pickup today, having skipped June. We're also going to skip August. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is volunteer numbers! We're usually a little short in the summer as we all try to escape the heat. The heat is another good reason to take it a little easier at this time of year. So look for info for a September pickup. The good news is, even with a bit of time lapse between pickups, we're still getting about the same amount of trash: 13 bags today, which is average. The big find was a Visa debit card. Lunch is on... (kidding..) Also, noticed that the drinking habits along 15-501 are undergoing seasonal adjustments. An empty bottle of Cinzano today--so refreshing for summer drives, I guess. The usual Corona, Bud Lite, and today, a small bottle of Wild Turkey. All empty. We checked. Thanks to all who turned out. A cheerful, hardworking crowd making a difference for all of us! Jennifer Armstrong, Babara Harris, Ray Albers, Besty and Dan Green, Jim and Lee Wilson, Peter Wilkie, and Chuck Waldron. You're the best! Anne
April and May 2014
We had two pickups since our last report and both were efficient and timely. Our May 24th pickup followed an accident that had occurred the previous day at the corner of Weathersfield and the highway, so there was glass and rubber and assorted other detrius in abundance. Our April cleanup had to be rescheduled to the 26th due to poor weather (remember those days?). In both cases, our stalwart group was able to get more trash into fewer bags...just one more way that we're trying to help the environment. Thanks to all who came out. You're the best!
MARCH 15: New Records Set!
What a great day out there on Highway 15-501 when a record (for us) group of 16 volunteers showed up to pick up the trash. Some of our long time experts including Ray Albers, Barbara Harris, Ann Holoman and Colette File were joined by a few people we haven't seen for awhile with a few newbies and relatively new newbies, including, but not limited to: Betsy and Dan Green, Jennifer Armstrong, and Al and Ann Blackburn. With this fine group we were able to speed through the task and then a few stalwarts continued down the road to join other Fearrington Village residents, under the fine leadership of Betty and Simon Thomas Maarten, who had gotten together to help clean up the banks of the Haw River. Good work everyone. Thank you.
Record group prepares to take on 15-501
Continuing down to the Haw River for more trash duties.
It was about more than trash out there today. Our hardy band, joined this week by some new volunteers, including Max Van Voorst, Gene Rogers and Jennifer Armstrong, who, along with other newbies and seasoned veterants helped pick up 19 bags! (A new record, athough, a little more consolidation might be in order...just saying!!) Trash aside, the mysterious good luck of Ray Albers and Carol Kurtz continues. First they picked up a $10 bill. Later, an AAA membership card. Later, some credit cards, college id etc. All cards reunited with their owner. The rest of us had to be content with the usual--beer bottles, fast food bags, ciggies. However, what a good job. Thanks everyone. Next scheduled pickup is Saturday 15 March. Think of it as your pre-St. Patrick's Day workout.
Hardy volunteers on 22 Feb included Earl Sharp, Jim and Lee Wilson, Jennifer Armstrong, Max Van Voorst and Ken Heisig. (Not shown, $10 found by Carol Kurtz and Ray Albers).
Eleven hardy souls, 10 packed trash bags. Thank you for showing up on a what was a chilly morning. The good news is we were out there before it got really cold! Good to see Ray Andrews again alongside Ann and Fran DiGiano, Patrick Murphy, Pat Skiver, Carol Kurtz, Ray Albers, Barb Harris, Ann Holloman and Chuck Waldron. Long time volunteers Colette File and Malcolm Laner had other duties today. Luckily, Pat Skiver found the perfect gift for Colette, duly delivered to her door. (Sadly, they turned out to be plastic....) Next pickup will be February 15th (the third Saturday of Feb.) As we finally managed to meet a deadline for the newsletter (Hey! It's a slow learning curve..), perhaps we will see some new volunteers next time out.
Ann DiGiano and Pat Skiver with flowers for Colette File! What a friendly, thoughtful group....
Thanks to the stalwarts who came out on 21 December to get our Fearrington stretch of highway neatened up for the holidays. We were eight sturdy souls who picked up 10 big bags of rubbish. Bigger than usual because there was a lot of consolidating underway. We go through bags at a great rate; the government bureaucrats who hand them out will, undoubtedly, be pleased. They'll just have to go looking again for supplies for us. The big find of the day was a truck brake, which didn't make it into a bag, due to cumbersome size and weight. Neatly placed, however, next to the other orange bags. That's it for 2013. Thanks to all. We'll see you on January 18 2014!
Thanks to a great team, members of which showed up in force on Saturday 16 November. There were new (to me) faces, along with the stalwarts and it was largely done in record time. Except...poor Malcolm Laner. He took on the area around Anderson's Store..where there had been an ugly traffic incident Friday evening. Malcolm was saddled with the debris. This was all the more taxing in that when he was an officer of the law back in California, the company that towed the cars/wrecks was also responsible for cleaning up the left-overs. Malcolm was looking tired and worn by the time I prevailed upon him to call it a day. So cheers for Malcolm and for everyone else. Special kudos to Jim and Lee Wilson who have been married for 50 years and are still finding ways to enjoy being outdoors together. And to Colette File and Barb Harris, who are so keen.
Successful pick-up 28 October
The "formidable" Colette File was going out there today anyway so I went along to see how it should be done. A few hours and nine bags later, we had things neat enough to see us through to our next scheduled Adopt-a-Highway pickup on Saturday 16 November. This will be the weekend before Thanksgiving so anyone who's around who can help out will be most welcome. We will start at 8:30 am in deference to winter hours. Thanks to all. ab
CALIFORNIA DREAMING 26 OCTOBER
Apologies to those who did not get the email sent out early this am. When I saw there was a "Freeze Warning" on Weather.com until 9 am and the temperature was showing 26, I thought it was too cold to be out there picking up trash. I have since learned that we don't cancel for cold weather! Will work on a better way of informing people...I didn't want to phone because of the sleeping spouse phenomenon, assumed everyone compulsively checks emails first thing and forgot that not everyone has figured out Sign-Up Genius yet. So, my bad, all round. I did go out to buy sticky buns and waited at The Gathering Place for about 20 minutes in case there were those who did not get the message. I gather I should have stayed longer as some people showed up after I had left. Apologies. Also, I have a bunch of extra sticky buns if anyone would like one... Re. Sign-Up Genius: When you get a message from Sign-Up Genius, if you click on the link you will get to the main "invitation" which has further info and a place to check whether you'll be there or not. This am when I canceled, I had Sign-Up send an email to everyone who had indicated they would be here today. If you didn't check your email, you didn't get the message; if you hadn't signed up through Sign-Up, you didn't get the email anyway.
Well, a work in progress. One of our newest volunteers (Go Pat Skiver!) had the excellent suggestion that if ever such an occasion comes up again, I could put a message right here on the website. Will do.
Colette says she's going out there sometime anyway this week and I've asked her to call me so I can make it if possible. Ray Alpers suggested I let everyone else know too, just in case, but I would not like you to feel imposed upon. Officially our next pick-up will be 19 November so things will look nice for Thanksgiving.
If you have a better or alternative idea, please let me know. I can be reached at email@example.com or 533-6115.
RESULTS: 21 SEPTEMBER
Many thanks to the stalwarts who showed up today. We were seven...or possibly eight...A spy suggests another of our crowd was out on her own earlier. This will be investigated as clearly pictures are needed. Anyway we picked up 13 bags of trash in about 14 hours of work. The usual beer cans; styrofoam, which is far worse than plastic although plastic is annoying; a deer carcass (left untouched per guidelines) and an interesting looking, if permanently inanimate, turtle. A number of us followed our morning jaunt with a great lunch, courtesy the Fearrington HOA Board, and if you'all were anything like me, a little rest in the afternoon. Thanks again. See you 26 October on the highway. Below, a few of the stalwarts, plus the defunct, but attractive, turtle.
NEXT CLEANUP: 21 SEPTEMBER
Okay, folks. Time to start planning another great weekend and this one should be a doozy. We will start at 7:30 on 21 September at The Gathering Place and then we'll whip out there to the highway, get it spic and span, be home in time to shower and change and then attend the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch (details below). Think how smug we can all look. :-) I'm putting out the usual notice through Sign-up Genius. As always, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
11:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
THE GATHERING PLACE
Please RSVP to Debbie DiSabatino 919-542-2438 or email@example.com by Tuesday, September 17, if you plan to attend the brunch so they can gain an accurate catering count and pre-print name tags for attendees.
August 24 Roundup and Results
Nine hardy souls claimed first use of the new trash pickers. Ray Albers, Barbara Harris, Ann Holloman, Chuck Waldron, Ray Andrews Fran DiGiano, Ann DiGiano and Malcolm Laner gathered 14 bags and other extra trash, putting in 14 hours of work, and making the approach to Fearrington Village that much nicer...again. Thanks to all.
Thirty-six hours and counting!
Our next pickup is Saturday 24 August. Those present will have the first chance to use the fab new trash pickers. You will be able to brag to your friends for years to come that you were there for the inaugural of these state-of-the-art tools. New members welcome! We meet at The Gathering Place at 7:30, divvy up our highway sections and head out in pairs. An hour, an hour and a half, and we turn in our trash pickers till next time. Big prizes for those with the most interesting stories to tell (trash related). Prizes and awards to be determined at a future date...Anyone wanting more info, do contact me at 919-533-6115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget, your grandchildren will be impressed by your show of civic responsibility!
Emails have gone out...
..from Sign-Up Genius. We're hoping this will be a good way to keep track of volunteers for our monthly clean-ups. We have new pick-up tools thanks to the FHA board. Looking forward to seeing a big group on the 24th. Also, new volunteers welcome! We are all so proud of Fearrington Village, and when we drive up or down the highway and see the Adopt-a-Highway sign--and the neat aspect of the entry to our homes--we can all be pleased. Our group is at least three times better than many Adopt-a-Highway groups. The rules say we need to clean up a minimum of four times a year. Here at Fearrington--we do it 12 times! This means a) our area looks great b) our time out there is not onerous. However, no one volunteer needs to be out there 12 times. Can you come once, twice? That would be great. Cultural opportunities abound, including understanding the psyche of drivers who throw rubbish from their cars. We're starting a contest for "most unusual" trash. Details to come! If you'd like to be on our invitation list to come out, make a meaningful difference, meet great people, and have some fun, please email me at email@example.com.
The New Season Got Off to a Great Start on July 13, 2013
Left and Center: the Group Gathers / Right: Patrick Murphy was caught enjoying a reward.
We returned to the Gathering Place after the pick-up so Chuck and I could meet everyone. FHA Board Community Affiars Director Debbie DiSabatino served her devilishly delicious homemade sticky buns, which were a tasty "rich reward" for the highway clean-up. As under Bev and Ray's excellent leadership for the past seven years, it's the team that makes it special. The resident volunteers and Debbie's baking made it easy, fun, and effective. Thanks to all. See the July pick-up stats in the table below on this page. See everyone again in August.
Next Collection: Saturday, August 24th at 7:30am
We would usually do this on the last Saturday (August 31st); however, that would be over the long Labor Day weekend; therefore, we moved it to be a week earlier this month.
Announcing a New Coordinator for Fearrington Adopt-A-Highway!
We are so happy to announce that a new resident to Fearrington Village, Anne Beirne (far left in the picture) called Ray and me a few weeks ago and volunteered to take over the position as Coordinator of the Fearrington Village Adopt-A-Highway Group. Anne comes to NC from CA where she was active with an Adopt-A-Highway group. Anne will be assisted by her husband, Chuck Waldron (second from the left in the picture).
We can identify with Anne and her family, since it was eight years ago (January 2005) that we moved into Fearrington from CA and became coordinators of the group. Ray and I started picking up litter around Fearrington when we first moved to Fearrington Village. We jointly assumed the coordinator role 7 years, 4 months ago, in February 2006.
From our first day everyone in Fearrington was so supportive, and we have appreciated this.
Please join us for the next pick-up on Saturday, August 24th, 7:30am at the Gathering Place parking lot. Thanks for your support. We look forward to continuing to pick up with the group each month, and to assisting Anne and Chuck as much as possible. To join the group, to volunteer to pick up on some dates, or for more information, contact Anne.
Volunteers usually meet on the last Saturday of each month at the Gathering Place parking lot to get equipment and work assignments. Collectively, we pick up litter from our assigned two miles of Route 15-501. Fearrington Village has been an active participant in the North Carolina Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway Program for more than 20 years. Our goal is to maintain property values and keep our beautiful state clean and green.
We presently communicate through e-mail, however, the Fearrington Forum may prove to be a more robust way of communicating information. The group meets at 7:30am during the spring and summer and 8:30am during fall and winter. The work is not strenuous, and can be a good form of exercise. FHA provides the group with reachers to save our backs, and DOT provides the bags, vests, and gloves. We usually complete the task in two hours.
If you would like to become a member, just e-mail me.
Maps Showing Outline of Our Pick-Up Area
Point A North: Just Past Jack Bennett Road to Point B South: Bynum Cemetery (just past Mt. Gilliad Church Road)
Number of Bags
Number of Hours
|Dec 2013||8||10||12||Holiday clean-up accomplished. Nice warm day. It would get to 75 degrees! Not bad for the first day of winter.|
|2||9||7||This was on Mon 28 October and followed the cancellation on Sat 26 Oct due to wimp factor of organizer. It was chilly! This won't happen again. Honest. Short of rain and snow and sleet and all that. Next pickup will be Saturday 16 Nov at 8:30 am.|
|7||13||14||Followed by FHA lunch. Thank you! Next pickup will be October 26.|
|9||14||14||The next pick-up will be September 21, 2013.|
|14||17||2||First pickup of new era! Great coffee and cake afterwards.
|April 2013||14||21||2||The next collection will be on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30am (early because the regular date occurs on Memorial Day weekend this year). Note the start of summer earlier hours.|
|March 2013||5||15||3||We were unable to complete all our areas, but 8:30am to 11:30am (three hours) was a good effort.|
|December 2012||1||24||6||One energetic person working alone over three days.|
5 Collection Days to Catch Up
|33||100(!)||19||Many of the same collectors; not 33 different ones; maximum was 20 at any one collection time. Extended collection north and south on 15/501 over several days / cleaned up for Jan & Feb.|
|January 2012||Cancelled||--||January litter was picked up in February.|
On the beautiful fall morning of October 15th, ten volunteers spent more than two hours gathering 30 bags of litter from Fearrington Village's stretch of 15/501. This larger-than-normal pickup was due to having postponed the pickup because of bad weather and the fact that the DOT had recently mowed the right of way and median in this part of Chatham County. We greatly appreciate the volunteer efforts that go into this project, which is conducted on behalf of the entire Fearrington Village community.
The November pick-up was scheduled for the 19th in order to make our "front yard" especially attractive for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The weather was responsible for the cancellation of our September pick-up, so we are rescheduling for 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2011. We plan to get back to our normal last Saturday of the month at the beginning of next year (2012).
UPDATE posted October 9th: Four regular members of the pick up team will be unable to join us this time. Since NCDOT has recently mowed the high grass, and chopped much of the strewn trash into pieces, we will need to have several additional volunteers this month to be able to complete the pick up in two hours. Please contact a friend to bring along to help keep Fearrington Village a beautiful place to live. We meet at the Gathering Place parking lot, and the needed supplies will be provided.
On October 1, several members of our group joined volunteers to help clean up Jordan Lake. All members were advised of this event but if you would like additional information, please contact Fran DiGiano.
The holidays will be upon us soon and we will adjust accordingly. Note that starting with the October pick-up, we will seasonally adjust our start time back to being at 8:30 AM until the return of the warmer weather. The scheduled dates for pick-up for the remainder of the year are:
- October 15
- November 19
- December 17
If you have any questions, call or e-mail Bev or Ray Andrews
The August pick-up was canceled because of the expected bad weather here on Saturday, August 27th, which was related to nearby Hurricane Irene then much to our east.
Since we did not have our regularly scheduled August pick-up, we will do our next pick-up on Saturday, September 17th, sooner than usual. We're looking forward to seeing returning and new volunteers for the next pick-up. As usual, we will meet at the Gathering Place at 7:30 AM and then fan out to our work areas. This date change will get us out there a little bit earlier and make it easier for volunteers to attend the September 24th Volunteer Thank You Brunch.
After Action Report on July 30th Pick-Up
Seven volunteers were in town for the monthly Adopt-A-Highway Pick-Up on Saturday, July 30th. We picked up 18 bags of litter before the heat really set in. Thanks to everyone who could make the pick-up.
The North Carolina DOT has informed us of the LITTER SWEEP, a biannual cleanup drive that will be conducted September 17 - October 1, 2011. In addition to normal cleanup operations, Keep North Carolina Beautiful will have a contest for the most unusual roadside litter found during the event. First place is $250; second, $100; and third, $50. To participate, see the LITTER SWEEP website for rules and other related information, download an entry form, and mail the completed form with an attached photograph of the item and the person who found it. Identify the name of the road where the item was found, and you may be rewarded.
The Unusual Litter Winners who participated in a litter pickups during NCDOT’s Spring “Litter Sweep.”
- 1st place: $250 Kemila Slade found 1730 Farthing coin
- 2nd place: $100 Michella Huff found abandoned bass boat
- 3rd place: $50 Elaine Hatfield found current paycheck for employee at local company
Enter the fall Unusual Litter Contest – deadline is Oct. 31, 2011. Go for it!!
These are certainly times that fry men's souls. Despite the continuing expected high temperatures for Saturday, July 30th, we are still on for this regularly scheduled Adopt-A-Highway pick-up. We're nothing if not dedicated :-).
We will meet at 7:30am, however, the highway safety signs we put up each time will be up at 6:30am, if anyone goes out early. If anyone wants bags early, call Bev and Ray 919-542-5171. Bev and Ray are going out at 6:30am, and Ray will return to the Gathering Place at 7:30am to meet with those who plan to arrive at the regularly scheduled time.
A SECOND APPEAL FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS: To do this work right, we need to have a corps of at least 12 people. We call on all of you to contact your friends and neighbors to join us in making our area a model for others to emulate. The state does not do this pick-up work, and if we do not, it would just continue to pile up.
We have a small band or regulars; however, when for various reasons some of us cannot make it to a monthly pick-up, we need to be able to call upon others who could fill in for them. To volunteer, you do not have to commit to work each month. Any time you could help out would be deeply appreciated, even if only several months during the year.
Even if you cannot make it during the high heat season, please get in touch with us to indicate that you could assist in cooler times.
All necessary supplies, including a safety vest, a picker, gloves, and bags are provided. Yes, we realize that the high heat season is a bad time to recruit volunteers; however, the need is on-going and it cuts across all seasons.