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About Jon Darling

Member, Fearrington Cares Board of Directors (September 2017 - September 2019), Vice-President (September 2018-September 2019) and Chair, Communications Committee.

Caregivers Summit in Chapel Hill on August 20, 2019

Caring for a loved one can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Caregivers understand they have a job to do as a full-time member of their loved one’s care team. Caregiving can be shared among you, your family, your case manager, therapist, or even your doctor.

The Caregivers Summit provides respite, resolution, and resources as you navigate life’s transitions.

DATE & TIME:  8:00 am to 3:30 pm on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

LOCATION: Friday Conference Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill (across from Meadowmont). Free parking (Be sure to park in the “Visitors” lots.)

  • Cost is just $15/caregiver. Register now for a day full of respite, resolution, and practical resources for your journey as a caregiver. Lunch is included. Coffee is also included for all sessions throughout the day.
  • Agenda and course descriptions can be viewed here.
  • Free offsite adult respite care for loved ones of caregivers attending the conference will be provided.
    • IMPORTANT: to register for free caregiving during the conference, please contact Ruth Sheets Adult Day Center at (919) 832-7227 or Florence Gray Soltys Adult Day Health Program at (919) 245-2017, or Charles House Eldercare Center at (919) 967-7570.
  • Scholarships are available for those who need assistance to pay the registration fee.
  • The full list of Exhibitors & Sponsors can be viewed here
  • Register and learn more at   |   Information hotline: 919-719-6765.

Underwriter sponsor: AARP. Promotional sponsors include The NC ALS Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association, among many others.

Caregivers Summit in Chapel Hill on August 20, 2019 2019-07-11T22:18:55-04:00

Health News: New Markers for Alzheimer’s Could Speed Up Drug Development

New Markers For Alzheimer’s Disease Could Aid Diagnosis And Speed Up Drug Development

Alzheimer’s disease begins altering the brain long before it affects memory and thinking. So scientists are developing a range of tests to detect these changes in the brain, which include an increase in toxic proteins, inflammation and damage to the connections between brain cells.

Health News: New Markers for Alzheimer’s Could Speed Up Drug Development 2019-07-04T19:52:54-04:00

Free Summer Computer Classes Offered at Chatham Community Library

Schedule for Free Computer Classes During July & August 2019

At the Pittsboro Community Library

Improve your computer skills at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. To see a description of each class. including topics covered and prerequisites (if any) for attending, click on the class name below.


Drop-in Computer Assistance:  July 10, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM [Registration is not required.]

Microsoft Word Basics, Part 1:  July 24, Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Microsoft Word Basics, Part 2:  July 31, Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM  [class document]

Online Privacy & Security:  August 6, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Drop-in Computer Assistance:  August 14, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM [Registration is not required.]

NOTE that the Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (July 10 and JAugust 14) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Click here to register online. For more information, call 919-545-8086 or email

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College [MAP].

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the library’s events calendar. Sign up to receive automatic email notifications when a new class is added. (Be sure to select Library Adult Events.)

Free Summer Computer Classes Offered at Chatham Community Library 2019-06-28T14:30:19-04:00

FearringtonEdge Programming Updates

Our Recent June 04th Program

As part of its effort to facilitate neighbor-to-neighbor technical information sharing, FearringtonEdge presented a Generators & Batteries program session on June 04. The session was designed for residents to speak to other residents who have installed backup power solutions. Over 30 Fearrington neighbors joined the conversation about cost, installation experiences, and maintenance of various emergency power devices ranging from whole house generators to a lightbulb that stays lit when the power goes out, Participants shared their plans for dealing with almost inevitable power outages during summer storms.

Our Next Program on Wednesday, August 07th

FearringtonEdge continues its focus on how technology can enrich our lives with an August 07th evening presentation by Durham County document preservation specialists about preserving, digitizing and online sharing of fragile but valued documents, photos, and books. (Please note that the flyer distributed at the backup power session referred to an incorrect date.) Residents who have items they would like to have evaluated for proper preservation should email Time restraints may limit the number of items specialists can review.

Our Other Future 2019 Programs (More Detailed Information Forthcoming)

  • Tuesday, September 03rd, a program in association with the Fearrington Homeowners Association, will be presented by the Chatham County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Tuesday, October 01st, a session led by Tom Foss* on staying safe on the Internet (just in time for online Christmas shopping)
  • Tuesday, December 03rd, a program by Tom Foss* about home network security

*Tom Foss is an experienced OLLI professor and Fearrington resident.

If you would like to share your technology successes with our community or have ideas for future programs, email us at

FearringtonEdge is sponsored by Fearrington Cares.

FearringtonEdge Programming Updates 2019-06-06T22:34:56-04:00

Karen Metzguer, Executive Director and Nurse Awarded Certificate of Appreciation

The Fearrington Cares Board of Directors awarded Karen Metzguer a formal Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her outstanding and remarkably dedicated service to Fearrington Cares and the many village residents served by Fearrington Cares and our several hundred dedicated volunteers.

Karen has been a practicing nurse continuously since 1976 and is a retired Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine, who spent 35 years working in infant mortality reduction at the local, state and national level. She worked as a Red Cross Disaster Nurse from 1995-2002 and assisted in emergency operations across NC, in VA, PA and at the Pentagon, September 11, 2001. She is also experienced as a Hospice Nurse, a Geriatric Care Manager and is currently the Nurse and Executive Director of Fearrington Cares.

This award was presented to Karen at the May 13, 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors and coincided with the recent 2019 Annual National Nurses Week sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA).

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The ANA theme this year is honoring America’s 4 million registered nurses and members of our nation’s most-trusted profession.

We hope you will join us in recognizing the invaluable contributions Karen adds daily to the lives of many Fearrington residents of all ages, as well as the contributions nurses in other communities and facilities make where they serve.

Thank you, Karen!

Karen Metzguer, Executive Director and Nurse Awarded Certificate of Appreciation 2019-05-15T21:12:45-04:00
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