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Next monthly FFHA Board Meeting: Monday, August 28th
Residents Await the Solar Eclipse
Residents on the Mountain are marking their calendars and making plans to look skyward (with the appropriate eye protection, of course) on Monday, August 21st, for the opportunity to experience a rare total solar eclipse in western North Carolina. While the eclipse will only be 99 percent in Fairview, other areas west of Asheville will experience the extremely rare celestial phenomenon with one to two minutes of complete darkness as the moon moves in front of the sun.
Many people are expected to be traveling to the western North Carolina area from around the world to experience this amazing event. At 2:36 PM, the blue sky will turn pitch black and temperatures will drop with the stars visible as the sun disappears. While the total eclipse is just a couple of minutes, the transition will begin about 1 PM and end around 4 PM.
The next total solar eclipse visible from Fairview Forest will be in 2153; the last one in our area was in 1506.
Civilizations in the past have seen eclipses as predictions of doom, and reacted with everything from human sacrifices to wars. No human offerings are expected for this event, just a lot of excitement.
July Board Meeting Highlights
The July community Board Meeting was held on July 24th.
Rob Greene, FFHA President, announced that tree trimming by the utility company has been completed in the community — the painful but necessary project needed to keep the growth under control and away from the utility lines. The board agreed that already in many cases it is difficult to even pinpoint the areas where the trimming occurred with the rapid growth this season. The tree trimming is performed by the utility company approximately every four or five years and has a side benefit for the community providing cost-free trimming in many areas. The power company has also completed work on the Mountain including replacing some transformers.
Communications Chair James MacLeod discussed a request from the post office to realign the mailboxes alphabetically and numerically by street which would require additional mailboxes. The Association would have to purchase the mailboxes; the post office would pay for new locks and keys. After a lengthy discussion, the board voted to study the proposal over the next six months before deciding on the best course of action on the situation.
Julian Brinson, FFHA Treasurer, announced there are eight outstanding assessments remaining to be paid and that late notices have been mailed to those property owners.
Culverts in the community have been cleared and rip-rap is now on hand for ditches to be improved.
Received Your Snake Bite Yet?
Snake bites in western North Carolina and across the state have nearly quadrupled in 2017 compared to last year according to the Carolina Poison Center.
Copperheads, cottonmouths, as well as several species of rattlesnake, are native to North Carolina and officials say they are receiving on average about ten times the number of calls about copperhead bites than all other venomous snakes combined. Snake bites from copperheads are rarely fatal.
Asheville Wildlife Removal reports a large spike in the number of calls it had received for snakes, and even snake dens, or snakes with babies. Bites are not only on the rise among people. The Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital reports nine dogs were treated for snake bites over one recent weekend compared with about 50 cases total last year, with one pet even passing away.