Fall picnic planned for Saturday September 11, 3pm-6pm

We are delighted to announce that the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions means that we can plan for our usual get-together and barbecue in the Forest Home Park this year. The rain date will be the following Saturday, September 18. If you have particular concerns or suggestions related to Covid, please share them with the board via foresthomenews@gmail.com so that we can consider them in our planning.

Former Forest Home school in guide to historic schools in Tompkins County

A recent newsletter from the History Center announces a guide for a “driving tour” to look at historic schools in Tompkins County. It includes the former Forest Home School at 100 Judd Falls Road. The school, which was built in 1921 and closed in 1964, is now the Lewis Building, used by Cornell Botanic Gardens as an administrative building.

See https://pocketsights.com/tours/place/Forest-Home-School-(now-Lewis-Building-Cornell-Botanic-Gardens)-43985

Inspired by this resource, some additions are being made to the FHIA website, to make available various short pieces written by Martha Warren Hertel (1915-2004), who was born in Forest Home and lived here most of her life. One piece she wrote is at School Life as a Fourth Grader about 1925. According to Lucy Hertel Staley, Martha’s daughter, this was written around 1992 at the request of a girl who was in 4th grade and a neighbor of Martha’s on Crest Lane. Thanks go to Lucy for transcribing Martha’s notes and handouts. Find them at https://fhia.org/martha-warren-hertel-miscellaneous-writings/. More will be added over time.

Earth Day, April 22, 7pm: Neighbor Thomas Campanella to speak about the American elm

On Earth Day, April 22, 7 pm, join us for a virtual presentation in our 2021 FHIA Speakers Series! Professor Thomas Campanella, who teaches in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, will be speaking to us about “The Rise and Fall of the American Elm.”  For zoom connection information, contact your FHIA officers at foresthomenews@gmail.com.

And do you have an idea for a presentation to our neighbors? Contact foresthomenews@gmail.com to tell us about your ideas and suggestions for the FHIA Speakers Series. We have an amazing group of neighbors who know a lot about a lot of things — and a lot that is worth sharing! We’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to contribute, or your suggestions for what other neighbors might contribute!

FHIA Spring Clean Up Apr. 17

It is once again time for our annual Spring Clean Up in Forest Home. The event will be self-directed, as it was last year. This will allow flexibility for people who prefer to socially distance. The cleanup will take place on Sat. Apr. 17 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. You aren’t expected to work that entire time. That is when Herb and I will be available for assistance. Herb and I will provide a couple of trash grabbers, work gloves and plastic bags to share. We’ll leave them by our back door, so just come by and borrow what you need. We’ll take the trash and debris to Tompkins County Solid Waste and Recycling Center.

Do what you can and stay safe near the roadside. You can also just clean up outside your own house. If you want to choose an area (some of you already have), let me know so that someone else doesn’t duplicate your efforts.

Areas usually covered include Forest Home Park, Warren Rd. up to the streetlights, Forest Home Drive down to the upstream bridge (near Caldwell Rd.), Judd Falls Rd. and McIntyre Rd. and any other area in FH that you feel needs sprucing up.

Thank you for your contribution and let me know if you have questions or would like someone to join you for safety and support. Herb and I are fully vaccinated and glad to work with anyone who wants a buddy.

 

FHIA Speakers Series

On Earth Day, April 22, 7 pm, join us for a virtual presentation in our 2021 FHIA Speakers Series! Professor Thomas Campanella, who teaches in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, will be speaking to us about “The Rise and Fall of the American Elm.”  For zoom connection information, contact your FHIA officers at foresthomenews@gmail.com.

And do you have an idea for a presentation to our neighbors? Contact foresthomenews@gmail.com to tell us about your ideas and suggestions for the FHIA Speakers Series. We have an amazing group of neighbors who know a lot about a lot of things — and a lot that is worth sharing! We’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to contribute, or your suggestions for what other neighbors might contribute!

New chapter in “On Childhood in Old Forest Home” by Randy Scott Little

Randy’s earlier chapters focused on outdoor explorations and learning about nature. He has added a chapter reminiscing about indoor activities using the construction toys from his childhood. He was delighted to find that Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and Erector Sets can still be purchased.

See https://fhia.org/on-childhood-in-forest-home/

For links to more about the history of our neighborhood, see https://fhia.org/History/.

Town Board on Monday, February 8 (5:30pm via Zoom) will discuss plans for Forest Home Walkway

An agenda item for the Town Board meeting scheduled for Monday, February 8 at 5:30pm will be a discussion of the latest drawings (billed as “100% progress plans”) for the Forest Home Walkway Improvement Project. The intent is to field any last minute comments and make final updates to the plans in preparation for a future board resolution to authorize bidding once the package is complete. The Town has provided the Forest Home community with many opportunities to give input over the last two years.

There will be a “persons to be heard” section at the beginning of the 2/8 board meeting. For those not familiar with the usual format for Town Board meetings, the opportunity for public input at these meetings is in a special period at the beginning of the meeting. The form of this period is that individuals who wish to speak raise their hands and are invited in turn to the mike where they have up to 3 minutes to speak. Whether or not you are able to attend the meeting in person, you can also send email to the Town Clerk, Paulette Rosa, at PRosa@town.ithaca.ny.us

The new plan has a couple of updates wrt the December plans discussed at the 12/15 Public Works Committee meeting that may be significant to users of the Walkway.

* The December plan had handrails on the right-hand side (going up) both on the lower section and above the zigzag. This plan moves the handrail on the upper section to the left. Note that the plan also includes re-grading of that section so that it has a minimal slope from right to left — just enough to encourage water not to flow down the Walkway itself.

* The December plan offered two options for railing style. The final choice (as clearly preferred by participants at both December meetings) is for a single rigid “pipe” rail. The finish will be similar to rails used by Cornell Botanic Gardens, e.g. by the steps up to the Observatory from Sackett Bridge.

Recap of points highlighted for the December plans that still apply:

* The design follows the current path of the Walkway
* The design has one section with steps, the steep section just before the right-hand bend.
* The design allows for maintenance equipment to come down the Walkway as far as the flat section, where there is a turnaround area. This addresses the concern about dealing with trees that fall over the Walkway.

We will provide the agenda and Zoom details for the Town Board meeting when they are available.

Public comment period and event on Feb 17, 2021 for “green building policy” formally known as Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS)

The Town of Ithaca and the City of Ithaca have been working jointly since 2017 on a Green Building Policy, now known as the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) which contains code requirements for new buildings and major renovations. These requirements are above and beyond the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. The objective is to substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while emphasizing affordability. An earlier draft was made available for comment in September 2019 and presented at a number of public events. Some of you may have attended some of those sessions.

Public comments on the new draft are requested by February 17, 2021 at noon. There will be a public hearing on the draft at the City of Ithaca Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) meeting on February 17, 2021 (probably at 6pm). See the message from the Town below for details of where to find the draft code, how to submit comments and where to look for information about the PEDC meeting closer to the date. Although this is a City of Ithaca public hearing and Forest Home is in the Town of Ithaca, the Town is encouraging its residents to participate.

==== message distributed by Town of Ithaca =====
Date: January 28, 2021
To: Town of Ithaca IECS Review Committee
From: Nick Goldsmith, Sustainability Planner
Re: Public Comment Period for Ithaca Energy Code Supplement

The Town of Ithaca and the City of Ithaca have been working since 2017 on the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS, previously the Green Building Policy), which contains code requirements for new buildings and major renovations that will substantially reduce GHG emissions while emphasizing affordability.

The Town Board and the City Common Council have provided guidance and approval of previous drafts of the IECS, which have also undergone significant public review. Over the last several months, City and Town of Ithaca Planning and Codes staff, attorneys, and elected officials have contributed to the development of the IECS and the IECS Ordinance. The goal is to maintain common regulations that will be adopted by both the Town and the City.

The January 28, 2021 drafts of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) and the IECS Ordinance are now being circulated for public comment. Your comments are respectfully requested prior to February 17, 2021 at noon. Written comments may be emailed to ngoldsmith@town.ithaca.ny.us or mailed to the Town of Ithaca at 215 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Oral comments may be presented at the City of Ithaca public hearing, which will occur at the February 17, 2021 Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) meeting. Directions for watching the hearing and submitting oral comments will be described in the PEDC meeting notice, which will be released February 12 on the PEDC webpage: http://www.cityofithaca.org/359/Planning-Economic-Development-Committee. A Town of Ithaca public hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

You will find the following IECS documents and additional project information at http://www.ithacagreenbuilding.com .

Ithaca Energy Code Supplement: A local energy code supplement with requirements above and beyond the New York State Energy Conservation Code.
IECS Ordinance: IECS-enabling legislation for the City of Ithaca that enacts the IECS as the regulatory document containing requirements for compliance. The Town of Ithaca will not be adopting an ordinance, but will be incorporating similar language into the IECS.
IECS Short Environmental Assessment form part I and II for the City of Ithaca
A document summarizing comments and responses relating to the previous IECS draft (08-08-19), which informed the current draft, will be posted on the website soon.
An IECS Reference Manual, which contains non-essential information to help understand and use the IECS, will be completed and posted at a future date.

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

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