Treasurer’s Report for 2017-2018

The Treasurer’s Report for the FHIA year from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 is available.


Annual General Meeting, October 22

Please join us on October 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Forest Home Chapel for our annual meeting.  The tentative agenda includes these items:

  • FHIA Treasurer’s Report,
  • FHIA Speakers Series,
  • FHIA Holiday Party,
  • Town of Ithaca short term rental policies,
  • Cornell’s North Campus Dormitory Project,
  • Election of FHIA officers.

Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to discuss at the meeting.  We will publish an updated agenda along with more information about the officer candidates next week.

Report on the FHIA Website

During 2018, the FHIA website was rebuilt, with extensive upating of the contents. The new website is suitable for both large computer screens and smartphones.

Here is a report on the new website that has been prepared for the FHIA Annual General Meeting: AGMWebsiteReport.

Beebe Lake

The Cornell Alumni Magazine has an interesting article on the history of Beebe Lake. It is at

Fall Picnic, Saturday, September 15

Fall is fast approaching, which means its time for the Fall Picnic at our lovely Forest Home Park. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with a rain date of September 22. We hope to see you there.

Cornell and the Emerald Ash Borer

You may have seen this piece from the Cornell Chronicle already:

If not, you may be interested to know that signs of the insect pest have now been seen in downtown Ithaca.
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Fisher Seen in Forest Home

Andy Galloway reported activity believed to be by a fisher a few days ago.

Over the last year we’ve had repeated deaths of our chickens, brutally committed (of course), and two nights ago our last two chickens were killed with injuries showing a very effective but small-headed predator: one chicken killed for the attacker’s pleasure had only a fist-sized deep hole in the breast and the head cleanly bitten off. So, not a racoon or fox. We can see a small fence opening that the animal used to enter the chicken’s hutch.

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Forest Home Drive Closed 6/11/18-8/13/18

The City of Ithaca has announced that Forest Home Drive will be closed from the Thurston Avenue intersection to the service drive of Olin Laboratory, June 11-August 13, 2018. Access to the Forest Home parking garage and the Toboggan Lodge parking lot will be maintained from the east.

Please comply with all posted signage, barricades, and flagger instructions.

To stay informed of construction projects, events, and other situations that can impact parking, visit

Weekly Yoga Practice at the Forest Home Chapel

Amita Verna is offering a weekly community yoga class in the Forest Home Chapel. Get in touch if you are interested.

Enjoy an hour long session of yoga asana practice that is suitable for all levels of practitioners. Whether you are a seasoned yogi looking for convenience and motivation to practice, or a beginner or somewhere in between, this practice will help to build balance, flexibility and and strength in the body and bring mindfulness in your daily lives. Amita will offer modifications for beginners and for those who have difficulty with balance or up-and-down movements or have some limited mobility.

There is no fee, but contributions of $5 will support a local food pantry.

Currently the sessions are at 5:30 pm on Thursdays. Everyone will need a mat. Amita strongly recommends that folks bring two blocks and a blanket for padding for the knees. there is space to store your mat, blocks and blanket at the Chapel if you wish to do so.

If you are interested, send Amita email at

Sunday School Help Needed at Forest Home Chapel

Dear Neighbors,

The Chapel is looking for someone over 18 (probably a college student) to lead our summer children’s Christian education program (Sunday School) for the summer months this year. The classes are typically small (at most 8 children), ages preschool–elementary, and the curriculum is provided. Worship starts at 10:00 and usually ends around 11:15. Pay is $25 each Sunday regardless of number of children. It would be wonderful if someone from Forest Home would be able to do this for us.

For more information please contact Sara Haefeli, Chair of the Chapel’s Education Committee, at