Happy New Year

Best wishes for 2020 to everybody in Forest Home.

Holiday Party, Saturday Dec 14, 5-8pm

Join us for the annual Holiday Party, Saturday Dec. 14, 5-8pm, 127 Warren Road.

Bring your family, something to drink (wine is fine!), and something to eat (either savory or sweet) and we will enjoy an evening of neighborhood cheer together.

Disaster Preparedness Presentation — Nov 19, 6:45-8:30pm at the Forest Home Chapel

Dani Novak from Halcyon Hill has been working with the Red Cross and Pastor Rebecca Dolch at the Chapel to arrange this session.  Hopefully we will never need to use the advice the Red Cross presenters will offer, but it will be useful to get tips from folks with experience of helping people after disaster strikes, just in case.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:45-8:30pm, at the Forest Home Chapel, 224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca

Disaster Preparedness Presentation
by Maia Kunzmann and Suzann Hensley from the American Red Cross

Among the topics they will discuss are:

possible disaster scenarios,
preparedness kits,
communication plans,
specific advice and tips,
volunteer opportunities.

Flyer from Red Cross (PDF)

About the Citizen Preparedness Corps program (PDF)

Annual Meeting on Tuesday October 22 at 7:30pm

We will meet at the Forest Home Chapel at 7:30 pm on Tuesday October 22.  The agenda will include:

Conservation Challenges for Forest Home’s Forests.

We will be joined by Todd Bittner, Director of Natural Areas at Cornell Botanic Gardens, to learn about local forest conservation threats and actions. The discussion will include information on local efforts to manage the urban deer population, as well as other emerging forest issues, such as the emerald ash borer and Japanese knotweed. Todd will include information on what home-owners can do on their own property.

Annual Meeting Business

Reports from the President and Treasurer.

[Update:  Reports available online at https://fhia.org/minutes/]

Election of Board for new FHIA year, which runs from Oct 1.

Fall Brush pickup begins Monday October 21

The Town of Ithaca has announced that brush pickup will begin at 7:00AM on Monday, October 21, 2019. See http://www.town.ithaca.ny.us/Quick-News/2019brushleafpickup for details.

Also available is the Town of Ithaca’s October Newsletter, which has the brush pickup information and much more. See https://sites.google.com/a/town.ithaca.ny.us/prototype/Quick-News/townnewsletter

Forest Home Drive between Judd Falls Road and McIntyre Place to close 9/30 for about two weeks

The Town of Ithaca Public Works has announced that Forest Home Drive between Judd Falls Road and McIntyre Place will be closed beginning September 30 for approximately two weeks to replace the guide-rail and for associated road/shoulder work. The road will be closed completely.

Emergency services have been notified that alternate routes must be taken.

The Town hopes to keep the footpath beside/below Forest Home Drive open while they work on the road.

Forest Home Get-Together and BBQ – Date Changed

Because of the uncertain weather forecast for the original date, the Forest Home Get-Together and BBQ has been moved to the rain date. It will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:00 pm in our Forest Home Park.

This year is significant because it commemorates the 225th year of Forest Home, which was founded in 1794. We will have a special cake and wholesome cupcakes for the children to decorate.

Annual FH Get-Together & BBQ

Join us for our annual Forest Home Get-Together and BBQ on Sat., Sept. 14 at 3:00 pm in our Forest Home Park. See the attached invitation for details. This year is significant because it commemorates the 225th year of Forest Home. which was founded in 1794. We will have a special cake and wholesome cupcakes for the children to decorate.

History of the Byway — written for June 2019 Walk and Talk

For his June 29, 2019 Walk and Talk, Bruce Brittain compiled a history of The Byway.

Like the That Old House Tour earlier in June, this event was sponsored by Historic Ithaca.  There is one more Walk and Talk this summer.  See http://www.historicithaca.org/walk-and-talk/

Find Bruce’s history as a PDF at https://fhia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HistoryByway-bb-201906.pdf


Community Meeting on Forest Home Walkway

Come join us for a Community Meeting on our Forest Home Walkway on Wed. July 17 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. We  want to give everyone the time to attend, so come anytime during that time slot. Jim Weber, Town of Ithaca Director of Public Works, and others will be there to facilitate this opportunity for insight and input regarding the improvement of the Forest Home Walkway. Jim says that he will not have any presentation material at this meeting, but he may have existing conditions maps. The meeting will start at the bottom of the path, next to the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Pleasant Grove Rd.