Spring Potluck Supper, March 20 — and more dates to save

Thinking ahead to Spring, here are a couple of FHIA events for your calendar.

The Spring Potluck Supper will be on Friday March 20 (5:30-8:00pm).

On Wednesday March 25 (7pm), hear from some neighbors about their experiences with heat pumps, solar panels, etc.

Both events will be at the Forest Home Chapel.  Further details to follow.

Other upcoming events of local interest:

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Forest Home Chapel will present the first of its Spring 2020 series of Conversations for an Engaged Community.
“Living in the Purple Zone: communicating with people who have very different opinions from yours.” Jeff Shepardson, professional mediator and Director of Conflict Transformation Services of Central New York, will lead an hour-long workshop helping us find pathways to positive conversations.

Saturday, March 7, 4:00pm at the Forest Home Chapel
Concert by Forest Home Baroque Chamber Players

* Beth Kelly, baroque flute
Aika Ito, baroque violin
Zoe Weiss, viola da gamba
* Lizzy Lyon, baroque cello
* Matthew Hall, harpsichord

*indicates Forest Home resident

Music by Francois Couperin and Dietrich Buxtehude played on period instruments.
Admission is free; donation accepted.
Reception following the concert in the basement of the chapel.

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM -3:00 PM at Boynton Middle School
Climate Wise Gardening: An Earthkeeping Fair
FREE! Over 30 demonstrations, exhibits, and talks on how to adapt your garden practices in the time of climate change:

  • Create a rain garden or swale to deal with flooding or wet areas
  • Modify your lawn for less mowing and more plants
  • Choose pollinator and bird-friendly perennials and shrubs
  • Use cover crops to enrich soil while reducing erosion and weeds
  • Healthy soil is key – best ways to improve without chemical fertilizer
  • Free soil pH testing – bring a dry sample from your garden
  • Lyme disease, invasive pests, tomato blight – what to do!
  • Free tree and shrub seedlings to take home

Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup begins Monday, April 13.
The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up yard waste (brush, leaves, pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, and grass clippings). All yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the first day of collection. See http://www.town.ithaca.ny.us/Quick-News/january2020townofithacanewsletter for more details.

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