Once again today we received a plea for funds for a new (used) fire truck for the FFG fire department. The total cost of this truck is $100,000, and the letter we received stated that, to date, slightly over half of that amount has been raised from donations. We have also seen the ads which tell us that buying a specific meal will result in a $1 donation to this cause. We do not believe that 50,000 more of these inexpensive meals will be sold in the near future.
The FFG Community club spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year subsidizing our amenities. Our fire department is not an amenity. It is an essential service to our community – every bit as important as garbage pick up and sewer service. We all could take our own garbage to the county facilities like we take our recycling. We cannot put out a major fire in our own homes!
Why, then, cannot the club underwrite at least one third, if not half, of the cost of the required new fire truck? If there is something legal that separates our fire department as an independent entity from the Community Club, it should still be possible for the club to make a donation.
We believe our Community Club has, in the past, made donations to help support the Cumberland County Playhouse. We are in no way denigrating the importance of the Playhouse to our community, but this new (used) fire truck is terribly important, not only to the dedicated volunteers who staff our fire department, but to each and every one of us who owns property in our community.
Although we are willing to contribute to this fund, we urge the board of directors of Fairfield Glade to seriously consider making a substantial donation of at least one third, or more, of the total cost of this required new piece of fire fighting equipment in the very near future.
Thank you for your consideration.
Robert and Virginia Wiedemann
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FFG Board signs contract to reduce goose population for health concerns
A solution to the over population of Canada geese in Fairfield Glade is being addressed by Fairfield Glade Board of Directors. The board signed a contract with USDA Wildlife Services to remedy the health concerns caused by the large number of geese that have made their home in the resort. A presentation at the Community Center conducted by District Supervisor Keith Blanton, USDA Wildlife Services, provided the FFG Board and members an overview of the health problems due to goose droppings and methods to get the problem under control. TVA and TWRA established Canada geese flocks in Tennessee in the 1960s and 1970s. Hunters take about 20,000 geese per year during the hunting season.
Fairfield Glade hosts Bucky Cantrell Tennis and Pickleball Classic
This past weekend the Racquet Sports Committee and William Taylor, the Racquet Sports Manager, hosted the largest number of players to enter our newly combined classic tournament. This was the first year for Pickleball and combined with the USTA sanctioned tennis tournament there were 84 participants.
Schlafer inducted into TSSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2013
By now you may have heard or read that the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes our very own Cumberland County School Board Ninth District representative Dan Schlafer. The luncheon to induct the new members was held on Saturday, April 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
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Tickets on sale May 20 for Lions drawing
Grand prize for the fourth Lions Club drawing is “Create your own $8,000 Las Vegas vacation package” or $7,000 cash. How is that for a prize? You get to plan your own events at the Bellagio, Venetian or Wynn facility. This includes shows, attractions, gambling, meals or anything you desire.
Edward Jones breaks into the Fortune 500
Financial services firm Edward Jones breaks into the Fortune 500, as published by Fortune magazine, according to Ron Davis, a financial advisor in Crossville.
Students of the Month honored at Lions Club meeting
The first May meeting was reserved by the Fairfield Glade Lions Club to honor this year’s “Students of the Month” and their families. Nine of the 10 students were able to attend. Dakota Tillman, from The Phoenix School, was unable to attend because of prior commitments. Dakota was selected and honored for the month of April.
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Jean Redpath to headline Rugby Village Festival
World renowned Scottish Folk singer, Jean Redpath, will be just one highlight of this year’s 39th Annual Rugby Village Festival in Historic Rugby on May 17 and 18. This music and arts festival will take place in the restored Victorian village on East Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau on State Scenic Highway 52. Festival hours will be Friday Noon – 6 p.m and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
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