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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 fearringtonlink@gmail.com. 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@gmail.com.

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

Free Seminar Raises Awareness About Scams & Fraudulent Schemes Targeting Seniors

Event Also Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Each year North Carolina recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Increasing awareness of one of the most vulnerable populations is now more important than ever. The Adult Services Division of Chatham County Social Services Services, Cooperative Extension and the Council on Aging and NC Cooperative Extension jointly host a free event on the dangers of scams to bring awareness of elder abuse to you and your loved ones.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, May 30, 9:30 AM to Noon at the Council on Aging;-Western Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City. [MAP]

The program will include such topics scams and fraudulent schemes through the internet, sweepstakes, lotteries, home repairs, phone and telemarketing scams, reverse mortgages and Medicare fraud. Presenters include Hugh Harris with NC Department of Justice, Stephanie Bias with NC Department of Insurance, and the Chatham County Council on Aging.

Free Seminar Raises Awareness About Scams & Fraudulent Schemes Targeting Seniors 2019-05-06T13:26:04-04:00

Alternative to Throwing Away Unwanted CURRENT Unused Rx Medications

[Contributed by Elizabeth Krijgsman] You may not know of the Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy [CCCP]  in Siler City, but it is a wonderful place to donate medical items you no longer want or need. CCCP is a non-profit community-based organization committed to reducing health disparities by providing access to quality pharmacy services to the low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Chatham County.

They accept new and gently used medical equipment and supplies of all kinds, such as waterproof or disposable bed pads, adult underwear, urinals, disposable gloves, compression socks, bed risers—anything you can buy at the drugstore or medical supply store.

  • They accept personal care items: soap, shampoo, body lotion, deodorant, etc.
  • They accept unopened OTC [over-the-counter] medications of all kinds, and if only a tiny bit of the tube has been used, or most of the pills are still in the blister pack, they accept those too.
  • And they also accept ALL CURRENT prescription medications (except opiates and other controlled substances), even if they have been opened! If you have two pills left in the bottle or the blister pack, that’s two more than they have now. Their licensed pharmacists will take your leftovers and add them to other leftovers to make up a supply for our less-fortunate neighbors right here in Chatham County.

Instead of turning these (sometimes very expensive) items into the pharmacy or the police for destruction, please consider taking them to the CCCP. They are doing wonderful work, and they will be so grateful. For questions, office hours, and location.

IMPORTANT: note that by state law, the prescription drugs must be personally delivered to the pharmacy by the person whose name is on the prescription. They cannot accept prescriptions medicines brought in by anyone on behalf of someone else.

Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy

127 E Raleigh St, Siler City, NC 27344

Phone: (919) 663-0177

You are no doubt thinking, Siler City?? What a lot of trouble! But Siler City is no farther than Southpoint or Costco, and the drive is prettier, with less traffic.

  • The DMV office in Siler City is more accessible and less busy than the one in Carrboro. Combine your license renewal or application for official government REAL ID drivers license with a trip to the CCCP.
  • Siler City also has a full-service post office with lot parking, very near a used book store: Paperbacks Plus, 208 E. Raleigh Street, 919-742-4033.
  • Ask a friend or two to go with you, and make it a road trip. Stop for lunch in Pittsboro on your way home—or go exploring and find a place to eat in Siler City!
Alternative to Throwing Away Unwanted CURRENT Unused Rx Medications 2019-05-03T21:47:58-04:00
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