Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everybody in Forest Home.

Save 12/5 (2-3pm) and 12/11 (7-7:30pm) for socially distanced and virtual events to celebrate the holiday season

The FHIA Holiday Party Planning committee is proposing the following events to celebrate the holiday season together in lieu of our usual holiday party in a neighbor’s home:

Holiday Treat Exchange
Saturday, December 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Forest Home Park

We will explore safe ways for people to share cookies and similar holiday treats. We will also explore the possibility of making contact-less delivery of treat bags to neighbors who may wish to avoid being in even an outdoor, masked, and socially-distanced group.

Swag Making
Saturday, December 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Forest Home Park

Those in the community interested in making an evergreen swag would receive materials (greens, wire, ribbon, decorative berries and the like) and some instruction on how to put together a simple, but lovely swag. We could post photos on the website of swags displayed inside or outside people’s homes.

Community Zoom Get-Together with Seasonal Readings and Performances
Friday, December 11, 7:00-7:30

The general idea is to invite neighbors to join and share a brief reading of seasonal content or a solo performance of a favorite seasonal song or tune.

More details and an opportunity to sign up will follow.

FHIA Holiday Party Planning Committee

Constance Stirling-Engman

Michael Bend

Downstream Bridge closure for inspection on 11/6, 10am-2pm

The Tompkins County Highway Department will be closing the Downstream Forest Home Bridge in the Town of Ithaca, on November 6, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for bridge inspection. This bridge will be closed to all through traffic and a detour will be in place. Please contact the Highway Department, at (607) 274-0300, with questions or concerns.

Annual FHIA Meeting

The FHIA Annual Meeting will be on Wednesday October 21 at 7pm, by ZOOM. This is the meeting at which officers for the coming year are voted on. We hope to see you there. The President and Treasurer will present reports for the year ending September 30 and Forest Home resident (and FHIA past president) Jon Miller will tell us about his experience with a heat pump installation.

More details, including ZOOM link to follow.

FHIA Scavenger Hunt Great Fun!

Participants in the first annual FHIA Scavenger Hunt, held this past Saturday, September 12, from 3:00 – 5:00pm enjoyed socially-distanced good fun as they hunted for the answers to clues around the neighborhood. The Forest Home Park served as an important waypoint where hunters could stop to chat with others and guess the number of chocolates in a jar. This may become a new FHIA tradition along with the fall picnic (missed this year due to COVID-19) in years to come.


Scavenger Hunt — Saturday, September 12, 3:00 – 5:00pm

Forest Home residents who did not complete the original survey can still join the hunt.  Please email us with your name, address, and the number of participants from your household by Thursday, Sept. 10 OR  just show up in the park on the day of the hunt at 3:00pm.

Everyone participating MUST follow social distancing guidelines, including maintaining appropriate distances and wearing masks. At the same time, we encourage you to interact with your neighbors along the way. We hope that this event serves as an opportunity for us to come together safely, to learn a bit about our community, and to have fun.

Those who expressed interest (on the survey) in “hunting” will receive a packet with a map of the neighborhood divided into 4 zones, and a list of clues (in the form of questions to be answered) to look for by zone. This packet will be hand-delivered to your door around 2:00pm the day of the hunt. Be prepared to write clue answers on a handout in the packet.

Virtual meeting with Cornell Community Relations, Wednesday August 19, 2020, 7pm

Special topics will include an update on the project to redesign the intersection of Cradit Farm Drive with Pleasant Grove Road and a community discussion about safety for pedestrians and cyclists on the steep section of Pleasant Grove Road between that intersection and the Downstream Bridge. Details to follow.

Virtual meeting with Cornell Community Relations, Tuesday June 9, 7pm

Stay home and hear an update on North Campus construction, including dealing with truck traffic. Also on the agenda will be where things stand on plans for re-opening the campus. Neighbors will be able to raise other topics.

Town of Ithaca Brush Pickup starts April 20th

There will only be one crew working so it may take a few days to get to you. All brush and yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the 20th. Leaves and non-brush yard waste must be in biodegradable paper bags. There will be no call-backs.
See http://www.town.ithaca.ny.us/Quick-News/2020springbrushandleafpickup for more details.

Forest Home Spring Cleanup is self-directed this year. Thank you to everyone who has been out there picking up trash. Send email to foresthomenews@gmail.com if you know of a problem area or want to see if there’s an area you can help with.

Upcoming dates

The Town will now start Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup on Monday, April 20.

FHIA’s Spring Cleanup effort is scheduled for Saturday April 18, 9-11am. We usually meet at the park and then spread out to pick up trash along neighborhood roads, etc. More details later on adjustments in light of COVID-19.

Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup begins Monday, April 20 [changed date].

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/2020springbrushandleafpickup for more details.

Practical Conversation about Solar and Heat Pumps POSTPONED
Wednesday March 25, 7pm. Forest Home Chapel

Installing solar panels or a heat pump system can reduce your fossil fuel use, improve energy efficiency, and make your home compliant with increasingly tight building codes. Both technologies are mature, but a mix of regulations, national and state tax incentives, historic homes considerations, and driven salespeople can make the selection and implementation process daunting.

Please join us for an informal discussion with Forest Home neighbors who have recently installed these systems. If you have already taken the plunge, please come and share your experience.