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Next FFHA Board Meeting: January 15, 2018
Dreaming Of A White Christmas?
Fairview Forest had snow in the air on Christmas Day a half dozen times since 2000. There were just flurries in 2007 and 2011, but 0.3 inches fell in 2002 and those who were here on Christmas Day in 2010 probably remember it well; it was the whitest Christmas of them all. A three-day snowstorm began on the 25th and when it was finally over on the 27th, more than a foot and a half of snow blanketed the higher elevations of our community. At mid-elevations levels on the Mountain, 8.5 inches fell on Christmas Day, with temperatures mostly in the 20s; another 4.5 inches came down on the 26th, and finally 3.0 inches on the 27, for a three-day total of 16.3 inches.
Christmas in 2009 was a mess. Thirteen inches of snow mixed with sleet buried Fairview Forest on December 18th. Cloudy skies and cold temperatures on the following days prevented much melting. The roads were at best only marginally passable from the 18th onward through Christmas Day, and then on the 25th, with with 7 inches of snow and ice on the ground, a powerful rainstorm (with temperatures in the 30s) accompanied by east winds gusting to 70-80 mph blasted the mountain. Many trees came down and area homes lost power for periods ranging from a few hours to four days.
Flat Top Mountain at the top of the community (where weather records were kept from 1976 to 2009) registered our coldest and windiest Christmas Day in 1983. The temperature plunged to 16 degrees below zero and winds gusted to 78 mph, creating a wind-chill temperature of about 60 below zero.
Above photos show the wintry scene following
the three-day snowstorm that began on
Christmas Day, 2010.
Read more: Winter On The Mountain
December 2017 Snowfall
Above, Mark Starkman enjoys a hike and the first winter snowfall of the 2017-2018 season here on the Mountain, December 8th and 9th. (Above photos courtesy of Ellen & Mark Starkman)
Troy Clark, Chestnut Forest Road, reports 9.75" of snowfall as of early Saturday morning on December 9th.
Megan Drollinger, Chestnut Forest Road, enjoys some time skiing after the snowfall event.
Obituary: Joyce Sanches
Joyce Sanches, a member of our community, died December 6, 2017, in Crosby, TX after a long illness. Joyce and her husband, Bill are seasonal residents of the Fairview Forest community and have owned a home on White Oak Forest Road for approximately 15 years. Their permanent home is in Crosby, a suburb of Houston, TX.
Joyce was very active in the Asheville community. She belonged to a ladies tennis league and volunteered at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. She was very talented in her own right. She designed jewelry and pottery. When she graduated college she received her degree in education but soon found her true calling was in interior design. She returned to school and earned a degree in design and opened a very successful interior design company in Texas.
Joyce's outgoing personality and sense of humor attracted many friends in Asheville and Texas. She will be missed by her friends and neighbors in Fairview Forest.
A memorial service will be held in Crosby, TX.
Fairview Forest send its heartfelt condolences to Bill and all of Joyce's family.
Road Paving Work Completed
The paving contractor, Emery Paving Co. completed the road paving in the community in late fall. Paving was done on Fairview Forest Drive — near Hickory Forest Road, and applied split seal to the main road beyond that point. Split seal is a process of alternately layering liquid emulsion, and stone until the proper layering is achieved. This is an economical process used for maintaining road surfaces. A portion of Chestnut Forest Road was paved where the road was badly pitted. On the main road, Emery Paving applied a fog coat, which seals the loose gravel, and extends the life of the new split seal.
Major Changeover At Mailboxes
In September, the Post Office implemented the changeover in the arrangement of our mailboxes. Postal workers replaced the locks and reordered the addresses.
Questions and/or concerns regarding the new mailbox alignment should be directed to James MacLeod at email@example.com.
A special note:
For those of you whose homes are either recently sold or in a pending sale, and you no longer plan to receive mail in Fairview Forest, direct the new owners to contact James MacLeod about getting their mailbox keys. If you do need to continue receiving mail until your closing, please be sure to either pass the mailbox keys on to the new owners at your closing, or turn them in to James MacLeod. This is of logistical importance as, over the years, many keys have been lost which caused additional unnecessary aggravation to the system. So please be conscientious of the new mailbox keys.