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Next FFHA Board Meeting: January 15, 2018

Goodbye Snow

Plowing of the roads in the community was completed for the start of the week and the melting is now underway. Some icy or slicks spots remain so caution is advised when traveling the roads until the situation improves and the snow is completely gone.

Reference Link: Winter Roads Plan

Each winter here on the Mountain is different; some are mild and others bring us challenges. Make no mistake about it, Fairview Forest experiences winter and chances are, if you’re a newcomer, you’ll find winter can be more vigorous than you expected. It's all about elevation. We live on a mountain with nearly 2,000 vertical feet of elevation change in Fairview Forest. A vertical ascent of 1,000 feet usually brings a temperature drop of 5 degrees. That means, among other things, that 38 degrees and rain in Asheville might very well be 28 degrees and snow on the Mountain.

Asheville receives about 15 inches of snow in an average winter, but much of Fairview Forest receives twice that much. The seasonal average above 4,000 feet — along White Oak Forest Road, for example — is 35 inches. The winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11 each produced snowfall totals exceeding 50 inches.

Read more: Winter On The Mountain

December Snowfall

Above, Mark Starkman enjoys a hike and the first winter snowfall of the 2017-2018 season here on the Mountain. (Above photos courtesy of Ellen & Mark Starkman)

Troy Clark, Chestnut Forest Road, reports 9.75" of snowfall as of early Saturday morning.

Megan Drollinger, Chestnut Forest Road, enjoys some time skiing after the snowfall event.

Obituary: Joyce Sanches

Joyce Sanches, a member of our community, died December 6, 2017, in Crosby, TX after a long illness. Joyce and her husband, Bill are seasonal residents of the Fairview Forest community and have owned a home on White Oak Forest Road for approximately 15 years. Their permanent home is in Crosby, a suburb of Houston, TX.

Joyce was very active in the Asheville community. She belonged to a ladies tennis league and volunteered at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. She was very talented in her own right. She designed jewelry and pottery. When she graduated college she received her degree in education but soon found her true calling was in interior design. She returned to school and earned a degree in design and opened a very successful interior design company in Texas.

Joyce's outgoing personality and sense of humor attracted many friends in Asheville and Texas. She will be missed by her friends and neighbors in Fairview Forest.

A memorial service will be held in Crosby, TX.

Fairview Forest send its heartfelt condolences to Bill and all of Joyce's family.

Road Paving Work Completed

The paving contractor, Emery Paving Co. completed the road paving in the community in late fall. Paving was done on Fairview Forest Drive — near Hickory Forest Road, and applied split seal to the main road beyond that point. Split seal is a process of alternately layering liquid emulsion, and stone until the proper layering is achieved. This is an economical process used for maintaining road surfaces. A portion of Chestnut Forest Road was paved where the road was badly pitted. On the main road, Emery Paving applied a fog coat, which seals the loose gravel, and extends the life of the new split seal.

Major Changeover At Mailboxes

In September, the Post Office implemented the changeover in the arrangement of our mailboxes. Postal workers replaced the locks and reordered the addresses.

Questions and/or concerns regarding the new mailbox alignment should be directed to James MacLeod at

A special note: For those of you whose homes are either recently sold or in a pending sale, and you no longer plan to receive mail in Fairview Forest, direct the new owners to contact James MacLeod about getting their mailbox keys. If you do need to continue receiving mail until your closing, please be sure to either pass the mailbox keys on to the new owners at your closing, or turn them in to James MacLeod. This is of logistical importance as, over the years, many keys have been lost which caused additional unnecessary aggravation to the system. So please be conscientious of the new mailbox keys.