Happy New Year to everybody in Forest Home.  Let us hope the the new year will allow FHIA to hold a full program of events, so that we can renew old friendships and greet newcomers to the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, here is a picture of winter in Forest Home.

Gorge in winter, near Lover’s Leap (Wendy Petti)

This is one of many fine photographs in the Fall and Winter section of the Pictures part of this website.  If you have recent photographs to add to the collection, please send them to foresthomenews@gmail.com.

The Town of Ithaca has announced that vacuuming of leaf heaps is almost complete but will continue until the whole town has been visited once. This may run into Thanksgiving week. 

For the rest of the month of November, the crews will be picking up paper-bagged leaves starting each Monday, possibly extending through the week to encompass the entire Town. Use biodegradable paper leaf bags. Please fold over openings of bags to close; do not staple or tape. Place bags at edge of street.

Leaf collection in the Town of Ithaca will start at 7:00AM on Monday, November 8th, 2021 and will continue throughout the week until finished. Leaves should be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the first day of collection. Leaves may be raked to the shoulder of the road or bagged in biodegradable paper leaf bags (30 gallon bags are available at many stores in the area). Other debris such as pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, grass clippings, etc., cannot be vacuumed and should be placed in bags. Please fill bags and place on road shoulder, folding over openings of bags to close —- do not staple or tape. No plastic bags will be picked up.

The Town’s crews will go around the entire Town once with the leaf vacuum. For the rest of the month of November, the crews will begin picking up paper-bagged leaves each Monday, which could extend through early week to encompass the entire Town.

After the usual association business, President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, etc., there will be a demonstration by Lars Washburn and his sister Katrina Mackey of the high-end radio their grandfather bought in the mid-1930s, which has recently been restored to functionality. Lars lives in the house on Judd Falls Road that his grandparents moved into in July 1929.  The radio is a McMurdo Masterpiece V.  Much more intricate than other radios from this era, it would have been that decade’s equivalent of today’s high-end home theater setups.

McMurdo Masterpiece V radio in 112 Judd Falls Road in the 1930s.

Lars says, “I can demonstrate the radio from my grandmother’s chair in my Forest Home living room, situated as photographed in the attached 1930s picture.”

He will have an HD camera and separate microphones on hand to distribute the sound and images via Zoom.

The Public Works Department will be picking up brush, limbs, and branches starting Monday, October 18th, and will continue throughout the Town until finished. All yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the first day of collection. There will be no second collection and no callbacks.

Leaf collection will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 8th, 2021 and will continue throughout the week until finished.

For detailed guidance, see Town of Ithaca September 2021 Newsletter

Given the spike in asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in Tompkins County and concern about transmissibility of the new variants, we are simplifying the event. It is no longer the usual barbecue, but a simple Ice Cream Social.  We will not be grilling and are not asking residents to contribute side dishes and desserts.

We encourage individuals and families from Forest Home to bring their own beverages to the park — no alcohol, please. Some families may want to bring food to eat themselves. Bring masks and be thoughtful about social distancing.  Come any time after 3pm. Consider bringing chairs.

Starting around 4pm, we (FHIA volunteers who are vaccinated, masked and gloved) will serve ice cream. We will provide bowls, spoons, and napkins.

It’s not necessary to bring anything but yourselves and your appetites, but if you are inclined to bring something to share, we ask that it be finger food that can be picked up easily without any serving utensil and without digging into a deep container. It could be presented on a tray or platter with items separated, preferably individually wrapped.

We will have a supply of masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and gloves.

You may have noticed that the damp weather has brought out a lot of mosquitoes.  Consider applying your preferred repellent before you come.  And check for ticks afterwards.

IMPORTANT!  Plans have changed.  There will be no barbecue, but we will serve ice cream.

(Updated 9/8/2021)

We are planning to hold our usual get-together and barbecue in the Forest Home Park. The picnic will be on Saturday September 11, with a rain date of the following Saturday, September 18.

We need vaccinated volunteers to help with:
* grilling
* serving food (instead of the usual self-serve buffet)
* setting up before the party
* cleaning up after the party

We will have a supply of masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and gloves.

To volunteer, please write to us at foresthomenews@gmail.com.

We encourage parents or grandparents of small children to make suggestions that would make them comfortable to bring the children to the party.

We will check guidelines from the Tompkins County Health Department and other COVID resources closer to the date and will send an update if the picnic needs to be postponed.

The meeting with Cornell Community Relations, Wednesday August 11, 2021, 7-7:30pm
will include updates and Q&A on
[A] the North Campus Residential Expansion (NCRE)
[B] student move-in (beginning on August 19 — see https://scl.cornell.edu/residential-life/housing/housing-details/moving-campus)

with NCRE project manager Chris Davenport and Student and Campus Life Communication Director Karen Brown, and Community Relations staff.

Residents should check email for the ZOOM link.

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.

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.