Here is an update for upcoming events at The Fells. Be sure to read to the end as we have some great activities planned!:
Summer Celebration---We have a Date!
Summer is flying by fast as always in New Hampshire and we finally have a date for our summer celebration! It has been suggested that the Poolside Thursday on August 15th be extended from 5:00pm until 8:00pm to hold the Annual Fells’ Summer Celebration on that evening. Rain-date of August 22nd. This has always been the most popular event at The Fells!
The format, great food, fun, and conversations with neighbors will be much the same. However, we hope that by making that week’s event a bit special we will have a turnout similar to previous Fells’ Annual Summer Gatherings. They have been a great time to meet new neighbors and reconnect with some that we may not have seen recently. It will be very casual. However, it would be helpful to have an idea of how many people plan to attend. We would also like some volunteers to help with set up and clean up. If you plan to attend, please email Nancy Monks at email@example.com. If you are willing to help, please indicate that in your email. More details will be sent out as August 15th approaches. Feel free to email Nancy with any questions. Thank you Nancy, for your willingness to get this fun event rolling!
Trip To Kimball's in Jaffrey!
On Sunday, August 25 we will have a caravan to Kimball's in Jaffrey leaving from the clubhouse at 4:30 PM. Kimball's serves an array of food and, in case you didn't hear---ICE CREAM! So you can plan dinner and dessert for that day! Those with unusual or fun transportation (e.g. convertibles, sports cars, motorcycles, mopeds, tandem bikes, etc.) are encouraged to drive them! No need to RSVP---just meet up at the clubhouse for a fun night! Questions? Contact Gerry Francis at 978-852-4349 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lowell National Park Tour
We have 12 spots reserved for the canal tour of Lowell National Historic Park on August 28 at 11:00. Right now we can make more if needed. This is a fascinating and fun tour that takes you on a boat ride through the canals and locks and describes how this city impacted and was impacted by the Industrial Revolution. The tour will end around 12:30 at which time we will take a short walk for lunch at Cobblestone's Restaurant---which was formerly a "men's only" club of the early 20th century. Following lunch there are other tours available for those who want to stay and take a short trolley ride to visit the Boott Mill museum which allows you to see and experience how the mills worked back in the day. There is also a Mill Girls exhibit, which tells of the girls' daily schedule and housing. If you are interested in grabbing one of the 12 seats on the canal tour, contact Joan Ostrowski at email@example.com or by cell at 603-289-7260 by July 28 so that we can save these seats and add more if needed. Cost is $10 PP for seniors. We will leave from the clubhouse at 9:15 to allow time to see the short film overview at the visitor's center.
Here is the menu for Cobblestone's: https://www.opentable.com/cobblestones?ref=15649&SP=ppc_g_us_restaurants&LS=gglppc&MID=us_restaurants&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8OmLy9W04wIVCp6fCh2R8wFrEAAYASAAEgIxKfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Here is the link to the Lowell National Park: https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm
We are "on" for this week! Hope to see you there rain or shine!
Please, if you are having difficulty finding your way around or you just have a question about something you come across on this site, don't hesitate to contact me. I can help! ~Mike Ronayne.
Welcome to our community website. This site is designed to be interactive and to allow the residents of the Fells the ability to add and maintain their own content. While I realize that this capability isn't for everybody, and that the learning curve can sometimes be a bit daunting, it does provide a venue for communication that isn't dependent upon a single individual (me).
For those of you who would like to have something added to the site - a favorite recipe, an upcoming local event, a testimonial and recommendation of someone who has done work for you - but don't have the time to learn how to do it yourself, please just send me an email with what you would like added along with any photos you might have including related web links to other sites and I will add the content for you. Since I do this for a living I am usually responsive within 30 minutes if I receive a request during normal working hours - which is a pretty broad window for me. ~Mike Ronayne
A few updates to share – August 2019:
Our next lawn treatment is scheduled for August 6th. This treatment will include spraying for post emergent crabgrass. Sorry for the short notice on this.
Street Tree Trimming:
The landscaping and grounds committee, in partnership with the board, has determined that many of the street maples in phases 1 and 2 should be trimmed back from road. As trees have grown, the volunteer clean-up day efforts of past years are no longer feasible. Mike Hennas (who recently pruned our shrubs) has been contracted to remove low growing limbs and prune branches away from road. A few street evergreens in phase 1 which have outgrown available space will be pruned or removed.
The contracted work will be limited to improving road clearance, visibility and mower access, important for all residents. Any additional tree trimming desired is the responsibility of owner.
Tree trimming will include trees at the Fells Berm and Glen Ct Island along with removal of dying trees at the Glen Ct Island.
This work is planned for early September.
Septic Pumping Schedule:
If your home is due for pumping this year, you can find your home’s scheduled day by clicking pdf here (241 KB) . You do not need to be home on the day of pumping.
Trailside Roads and Drainage:
The board remains committed to repairing the gravel shoulders. A contractor has been hired and the work is being scheduled. A date is not available yet but is expected to be within the next couple months. Thank you for your continued patience.
If you missed the June email, the board hired an experienced engineer, Steven Keach, to evaluate and make recommendations. You can read his report by clicking pdf here (114 KB) . Please note that you will need to be logged into your Fells website account to view.
Consider running for the board:
At our annual meeting in Dec, the community will elect a community member to fill the board position that will be open due to the expiration of Elaine Francis’s term. After two full terms, Elaine has decided not to run for reelection. If you are interested or just want to learn more, feel free to contact a board member. We will be sending out info on how to throw your hat in the ring, etc., at a later date.
Reminder: September 18th Community Meeting:
Please save the date. The board will update the community on the condo doc revision process begun last year. We plan to cover several other topics and allow time for Q&A. We will be sending out info and draft condo docs later this month.
A few updates to share:
Republic trash barrels were delivered to homes where they were not being used earlier this week. Our contract with Republic actually requires use of these barrels but Republic has been flexible on this. Republic is now encouraging all owners to use the barrels. It is the board’s understanding that Republic will continue to pick up garbage outside the barrel so long as the volume is modest (at the driver’s discretion).
Our contract specifies pickup of one barrel worth of trash per home. If you need more than one barrel, please contact Republic, www.republicservices.com.
We apologize for not providing any advance notification of the barrel delivery. We emphasized to Republic the need to improve their communications.
The posted speed limit within the Fells is 20 mph. It’s easy to get moving faster without realizing it. Please, with children and many walkers in the neighborhood and for the safety of all residents and guests we ask that everyone pay attention to all posted speeds. You can also help by reminding contractors and delivery personal to slow down if you see them exceeding the speed limit.
All owners are required to pump their septic tank once every two years in order to protect our community system. If your home is scheduled for pumping in 2019, you will soon receive an email from Andrew Knight at Foxfire with further details. Note that Andrew will coordinate the work to help reduce cost to each individual owner.
Andrew Knight was able to get pricing of $1.759 for propane through Energy North. If you are already an Energy North customer, you do not need to contact Energy North to receive this price unless you are on budget plan. You should check your first invoice in the Fall to ensure you are getting this Fells price.
Dates to Note:
A few updates to share:
Dates to Note
Trailside Roads and Drainage
Following the completion of phase 3 last year, concerns about the road (specifically the gravel shoulders) and drainage on Trailside and Vale Ct. remain. To better understand this issue, the board hired an experienced engineer, Steven Keach, to evaluate and make recommendations. Steven is familiar with the Fells having helped the association in 2012 to inspect phases 1 and 2. While the focus was on Trailside, Steven walked the entire community. You can read his report by clicking pdf here (114 KB) .
This report has been shared with Stabile and a meeting is being planned to discuss. We will share more information as available. However, the board is committed to ensuring that the shoulders near 2 and 16 Trailside are repaired (areas Steven identified as needing repair without delay). The catch basin repair noted on Hobbs Way has been completed.
2018 Financial Review
Each fiscal year, an independent review of the association’s finances is performed. You can find the 2018 report by clicking pdf here (464 KB) .
With the warm weather, we hope many residents are enjoying the pool. A couple reminders on pool use:
The holiday weekends are a very popular time to visit the pool. With the upcoming July 4th holiday, we ask that all residents be respectful of the fact that the pool is shared by all residents. If the pool is crowded, please limit the number of any guests.
As we finally enter the full beauty of summer, the board felt it would be a good time to remind residents of the lines of communication for issues with landscaping as well as a review of what our landscaping contract does and does not provide.
Who do I contact for landscape issues?
Contact Andrew Knight with Foxfire, our property management company. Email is best to reach Andrew firstname.lastname@example.org and, if you'd like, you can copy the board email@example.com. If you want to speak with Andrew, his number is (Tel. (603) 228-2151 Ext. 322). Andrew will maintain a log of requests and will contact Brian Labrie as well as the board, if necessary. Please do not contact Brian Labrie or any of the workers directly. Every time someone stops a worker or any contractor who is on site, you delay the completion of the work to be done. You may think, “It is only a quick question,” but many “quick questions” from various residents add up to significant delays for everyone.
What is covered by the association’s contracts?
The Association contract covers:
Owners must take care of:
Owners should submit a board request for approval before:
Thank you to everyone who shared their opinions on solar energy at the Fells. 63 responses were received to the recent survey. The board wanted to share a summary of the results and next steps with the entire community. As you may recall, this survey was sent out as a follow-up action item from a previous information meeting. The survey was not meant to be a formal vote.
Results on the three questions asked were:
Question 4 asked those who answered “NO” to the earlier questions to comment on why. Question 5 allowed general comments on solar. Several trends emerged.
• Concerns about aesthetics, detracting from natural surroundings.
• Financial concerns, both about payback for owner installing solar AND home value impact on neighboring homes without solar.
• Support for allowing solar, making a positive impact on environment.
So, what’s next?
No decision has been made yet to proceed further with solar exploration. The board will work with the solar committee to consider any next steps, if any. The board has determined that any decision to move forward allowing solar panels would require additional information and approval by a community vote.
And as always, the board can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board plans to establish a committee to advise and provide input in setting policies for the Fells community. We have come up with a proposed charter which you can find by clicking pdf here (678 KB) . We hope that you will take the time to read and think about whether you would like to be part of this group.
The board envisions this group to be a working committee. While we encourage all owners to participate in community activities, we have decided to limit the committee’s size to a small number (likely five owners) in order to maximize effectiveness. If you would like to be part of this group, please reply this email or email email@example.com by Febuary 17th and let us know. We will do our best to select a representative group from those interested.
An initial task for this committee will be an update of the Fells Rules & Regulations, last updated in 2005. We intend to use this as an opportunity to explore use of a committee approach at the Fells. We expect to establish other committees as the year progresses, with a landscaping committee likely in the spring.
As you are aware, we have been working with an attorney to update our 13 year old Condo association documents for change of declarant from Stabile to the Fells Association. We will also bring the documents into compliance with NH law and incorporate a lot of the best practices in condo work. We have held two informational meetings that have generated a number of comments from the community and are confident that we are on the right path to update and improve the documents.
Our original intent was to finalize the documents based upon community input and then ask the community to vote on approval at the Dec 10th, annual meeting. A key issue was raised at our last community meeting, Oct 29th, on insurance coverage and some lack of clarity in the state law. Our attorney is working with the appropriate state officials to get clarification. We also met with our insurance representative last week to further understand the relevant issues. As a result of these discussions, we have decided that we will not put the revised condo documents up for vote approval during the Dec 10th Annual Meeting. In order to meet this date and be compliant with state law and our current documents we would have to clarify the insurance approach, communicate the approach to the Fells community for explanation and publish the completed documents to the Fells community by Nov 16th. We do not believe that this could be done in an appropriate way for the Annual Meeting. We still intend to update the condominium documents in all due haste and plan to vote on them sometime in early 2019.
• Dec 10th Annual Meeting will be held, (will not include vote on condominium documents)
• Clarify the remaining issues in the rewrite of the condominium documents
• Communicate the expected approach to the issues to the Fells Community, this will likely be done in a community meeting (early 2019)
• Schedule vote on new condominium documents.
Please note as mentioned above, one of the open issues is insurance coverage. At this point, each unit owner SHOULD CONTINUE TO maintain the type coverage that they currently have as noted in the current declaration and bl-laws. We have reviewed the overall insurance coverage for The Fells with our current insurance provider and are confident we are adequately and appropriately covered.
If there are any questions or concerns please reach out to one of the board members.
The board wants to let all homeowners know about important meetings and community events scheduled for this fall.
We look forward to seeing you at these events and hearing your feedback on these topics! Feedback can be sent by replying to this email or by emailing the board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Someone recently removed a post regarding a women's retreat that was placed on the mail hut bulletin board, which was very disconcerting to the person who posted it. The board discussed this incident and developed the following guidelines for mailbox postings: Bulletin board should be used for announcements for the community---not for any commercial or political purposes. Nonprofit postings and community events are acceptable.
If you see something posted that you feel is not appropriate, please do not remove it yourself, but contact the board to make them aware of it.
Those of you who had your septic tanks pumped this year probably received with your bill from Souhegan a pamphlet providing tips on effective practices to maintain your septic system. One of the items Souhegan (and other septic pumping companies) recommends you to consider installing is a “septic riser.” These risers allow your tank to be pumped without digging up your lawn. They are just a few inches above your lawn, can be easily mowed over and are green in color:
The board is strongly encouraging residents to install these risers when you next have your septic tank pumped for the following reasons:
1. The initial cost of approximately $200 is offset by saving you the cost of digging up your lawn every time your septic tank is pumped (installation charges vary according to the depth of the tank). Souhegan charges $75 to dig to the tank covers.
2. You won’t have to reseed your lawn after the mess of digging it up.
3. State guidelines now require that septic tanks have these risers installed
4. Septic tank risers offer an important form of protection for your tank. Because they are slightly elevated above the ground, they prevent water from seeping into your tank the way it would if your cover was flush with the ground. When surface water gets into your septic tank, it can cause many different issues, so it’s important to have risers with waterproof covers that prevent this from happening.
We will talk about this briefly at the annual meeting on December 4. Or, as always, feel free to contact Souhegan directly if you have any questions.
As a reminder to everyone here at The Fells - when walking your dog, please remember to pick up after them when nature calls. After all, as much as we wish they could, they can't do it for themselves.This covers ALL Common areas including along the fire road, the septic leach fields, along the roadways, the berm, etc. We've heard a number of comments about Dog waste being seen in many of these areas now that the snow has melted.
You must also have your dog on lease at all times when walking the neighborhood. And, if you have guests visiting with their dogs please be sure they are also aware of these rules.
Please note that this applies to all of the unfinished lots as well as the completed areas of The Fells. We have seen an increased number of prospective buyers walking lots and we want to do everything we can to not negatively impact a prospective buyer's impression of our neighborhood.
And, if you notice anyone from outside the community walking their dog in the neighborhood perhaps you could politely inform them about this policy.
The Fells Board
The Fells Community Document Library will be continually updated with the latest meeting minutes and other important documents from our Board of Directors.
All meeting minutes and other documents are available for download and for reading in the popular Adobe Reader (PDF) format.
Because these documents are only meant for members of our community you will have to login to the website to access them. If you need help logging into your account please contact Mike Ronayne at email@example.com or (603) 672-3898.
Over the past few years, women at The Fells have gathered during the colder months at the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoons. We started as a “Craft Group,” but since many do not enjoy doing crafts last year we just called it “Open Clubhouse” and we got together to play games, cards, do crafts or just chat. We are kicking off Open Clubhouse on November 13 from 1:00-3:00.
We are going to start this year with a craft that everyone can help in making. We will be producing hanging hand towels that can be hung from a kitchen appliance and used for a quick wipe of the hands, thus saving on paper towels. Here is one pictured here:.
Elaine Francis has enough supplies to produce about 30 of these and we just need folks who are interested in doing an assembly line to get these put together. Once produced, we will sell them at local craft events with proceeds going to local charities. Or, you can purchase one! Tasks include measuring, hand sewing, sewing buttons and machine stitching one seam. If you can do any of these things, or if you enjoy afternoon tea or coffee come join us. We will have some treats to enjoy with the beverages.
At this gathering we will discuss how we want to move forward with our Tuesday afternoon gatherings. If you have any ideas, please share them!
If you plan to attend, please let Elaine know by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served.
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If you haven't heard about this weekly Monday night event most of the games start at 7:00 unless otherwise planned and run until around 10:00 based on the general consensus of the players. Everyone brings their own beverages & optionally their favorite snacks for sharing. If you are interested in playing please RSVP to John Chase - email@example.com or (603) 554-1927 so that we can get an accurate count. There is no commitment to play on a regular basis so feel free to try it out one night and then decide on a weekly basis if you are interested in playing on the upcoming Tuesday night.
And please note: this is a casual, friendly game where the "cards speak for themselves" - meaning that if you lay down your hand and declare that you have a straight and you really have a straight flush, someone will let you know so there is no risk of losing a hand because you missed something. This game is definitely for us amateurs...
First come, first served! We need a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 7 players (per table). If we have at least 10 players we will split into two tables of 5.Write comment (2 Comments)
We had a fun time at our first "Open Clubhouse" gathering on Tuesday, January 16th. Eight women attended. Some brought their latest sewing/knitting projects and others just came to enjoy the tea and the company.
The group thought it would be nice to continue meeting twice a month for the winter months, and Wednesday seemed to be the best day for the group. We will meet again on Wednesday, January 31 from 1:00-3:00. Then, after that, we will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. We will post a list of dates at the mailboxes and on the website calendar.
We discovered that there are some people who love to play bridge in the community, so at our next meeting we will offer an opportunity to join in a bridge game. We will also have Scrabble games available. If you have a game you would like to play, bring it! Or, you can just come for the tea and goodies! It is a great way to meet neighbors and remedy the winter cabin fever!
If you will be coming on the 31st, please let us know so we can plan refreshments by calling Julie Williams at (603) 858-0921 and tell her if you are interested in Bridge, Scrabble, something else, or just coming for fun!Write comment (0 Comments)
At our "Local Treasures" program on November 14th the group generated a list of recommendations for local and nearby places and events that might be of interest to newer residents (and the rest of us). The list is available in two formats - as the original Excel Spreadsheet and as a PDF. Residents can download these files using the links below.
There is also a graphic side-banner in the upper right side of the website that when clicked will download the PDF version of the above.Write comment (0 Comments)
What perennials would you recommend planting in sunny and shady areas around homes? (Some residents have moved from very different parts of the country and may not be familiar with even very common local varieties.)
You may recall that in late January there was a meeting at The Fells clubhouse to discuss various events at The Fells. As the community has grown, so have our activities. We have many social and informational activities that take place at the clubhouse as well as in the community. At the meeting in January, we generated even more ideas! We also had a number of volunteers offer to take on the planning of activities. For a full listing of the activities you can check them out here: pdf The Fells Activities Guide (212 KB) . As you review this list, please let us know if you are interested in adding your name as a volunteer for any of them.
To help those who are planning various events, we developed planning guidelines which you can find here: pdf Fells Neighborhood Event Planning Procedures 3 25 17 (415 KB) .
You will note that we no longer have “Wicked Wednesdays” or “Thirsty Thursdays” listed. These are now “Fireside Thursday” for winter gatherings and “Poolside Wednesday/Thursday” for summer gatherings.
We are excited about the way our activities are growing and we hope you will consider attending the events listed. We have a great community full of wonderful folks and many terrific activities!!Write comment (0 Comments)
Fells Sunsets - A Collection
Here for your viewing pleasure is a collection of sunsets taken from the deck of 16 Fells Drive in The Fells at Amherst community.
The Moon - taken by Brian Moyer
Taken with my Leica camera 25-400mm with both at f 8.0 125tt/sec
Any given day at the Fells you can see a sunset like this - as long as the sun is shining that is. And we can now share a couple of moonrises along with a great photo of the moon Thanks to Brian Moyer.
These photos were taken between 5/26/2010 and 7/13/2010 with a Canon D10 and 28-135 mm lense .
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