Far Hills Association

Welcome to Far Hills Association serving the Sunset Lake community.

The Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6pm to discuss Association matters.  The meetings are held at Levins Hall, meetings held in the winter are done so via conference call.  We encourage Association members to attend.

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Annual BBQ 2017

Annual BBQ

Hi all,

Come on down to the beach for some fun and meet your neighbors!  The Annual BBQ is scheduled for July 22nd from 1 to 5 PM.  We will have chicken, burgers, sausage and hot dogs, as well as assorted soft drinks and water.

We ask that each family attending to bring a side dish to share with everyone.

There will be entertainment from 2 to 5 PM. Also the water slide will be set up for the kids and of course the lake for all to enjoy.  

We would like to hold the boat parade at noon, so decorate your boat.  We will launch the parade from Ripple Beach at noon.  There will be a $50 prize awarded for the best decorated boat.

Finally, I am asking for volunteers to help set up at 10 AM at the Ripple Beach (set up tables, organize the food, set up the water slide and help cook the food).  Your help will be appreciated.  Please email me at sunsetlakesocial@gmail.com get involved.

Thanks,

Steve Scott

Social Director

FHA

Easter Egg Hunt

ATTENTION MEMBERS

 

The Far Hills Association will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at Ripple Beach on Saturday (April 8th) at 11:00 AM.  Rain Date will be Sunday (April 9th).

 

We will have coffee and doughnuts for the adults.  The Easter Egg Hunt for the kids will be for plastic eggs containing wrapped candy and loose jelly beans.

 

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.

 

 

Steve Scott

Social Director

FHA

1ST ANNUAL "TRUNK OR TREAT"

ATTENTION MEMBERS:

 

We would like to announce our first annual "Trunk-or-Treat".  Some neighbors will be gathering in the Ripple Beach Parking lot on Halloween night during Trick-or-treat hours (5-7pm) to hand out candy.  There are a bunch of us who don’t get kids to our houses and would like to participate.  Please stop by to see us and anyone else who wants to give out candy to come join us!  Feel free to decorate your trunks!  Hope to see you there.  

 

 

DAM CLEANUP

ATTENTION MEMBERS

 

We are looking for volunteers to help clean up the dam area this Saturday October 8th from 9am to 1pm.  We need to do some major cleanup there before the dam is due for inspection.  If you are able to help out, please wear long sleeves and bring gloves and brush clearing tools.  Thank you very much, hope to see you there.  

 

Steve Drury

Dam Director

FALL CLEANUP DAY

 

FALL CLEANUP DAY

The summer has come and gone :(   so now it's once again time to do a fall cleanup of our beaches and other Association facilities.   We are having a clean-up day starting 9:00 am on Saturday October 15 (rain date Oct 16).  Once again, if we get a good turnout of 25-30 people, it should all take only a few hours.  And to give you a little incentive, there will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for one lucky participant.

 

Some of the things we need to do to prepare for the winter are:

1. Remove rafts and store in the garage

2. Move picnic tables off the beaches. Repair and paint picnic tables as needed.

3. Clean up beaches

4. Restain portions of Levins Hall

5. Restain swing set on Ripple Beach

6. Remove and store volleyball nets, horse shoes

7. Clean up debris outside of garage

8. Clean swale on North side of Ripple Beach

9. Repair/prevent erosion at beaches

10. Clean Levins Hall refrigerator

 

There are several other smaller items to do.  We will have a list ready on the 15th.

 

Please bring gloves, shovels, rakes, paint brushes, and other tools.

 

If you are interested in helping out on a day other than the 15th, please let Dave Urban (maintenance director) know by email (farhillsmaintenance@gmail.com).

 

ILLUMINATION NIGHT THIS SUNDAY!

ATTENTION MEMBERS

 

Sunday September 4th is Far Hill's Second Annual Illumination Night!!

 

Decorate your docks, beaches and house with paper lanterns torches or other lights. At dusk get in your boat and cruise around enjoy the illumination. 

 

See you on the lake, have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

ANNUAL MEETING

REMINDER

 

 

ANNUAL MEETING THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH, 2016.  THE MEETING WILL BE AT 9AM AT RIPPLE BEACH, PLEASE BRING A CHAIR AS WE HAVE THE MEETING OUTSIDE.  THERE WILL BE AN ELECTION FOR DIRECTOR POSITIONS AS WELL AS AN UPDATE ON WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND THE LAKE. MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.  THANKS.

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ASSOCIATION BBQ-THANKS!

Thanks to everyone that helped out at the Association BBQ last weekend.  I would also like to give a special thanks to Mike Perry who lives on Winding Cove Rd. and works at New England Sheet Metal in Leominster. He made a new grill tray for one of the charcoal grills at Ripple Beach.  The trays were in sad shape.  Thanks again!!!
 

 

FHA ANNUAL BBQ

SAVE THE DATE

FHA Annual BBQ on Saturday, July 23 @ 1pm. Raffles, music, water slide and more. Bring your favorite side dish to share with others.

Boat parade @ 12:30 to begin our festivities.

This Saturday, FHA Spring Green Day

Hello Everyone:

 

This is just a friendly reminder that we need your help and support on Saturday morning at 9 AM for Far Hills Spring Green Day.  As outlined below please bring any tools and gloves that you think you might need to help.  If you are interested in our neighborhood beautification efforts and would like to help that get kicked off please come at 8:45 for a short kick off meeting.  

 

We need you and hope to see you there!

ATTENTION MEMBERS:

 

The Board of Directors has been trying to find a way to get more participation for our Spring “workday”, as we have called it in the past.  It really is not a work day because itis about 3 hours of effort by the Board Members and several regular members who come and try to do what we think we can get done with the number of folks that show up.

 

We also have been approached by several people about how to make our Far Hills Properties all that they can be.  Their aim (and all our aims really) is to make Far Hills the Gem that it can and should be.  We have noticed a surge in the participation for our summer cookout and all the new faces of members that have the desire to be part of something set apart by its beauty and uniqueness in all of New England.  Do you know anyone else who owns their own lake? 

 

I met a non-member from Town recently and he said “ when I look at what you have at Sunset Lake I think of Carmel in California or the destination aspects of Lake George.”

I thought at first that he was kind of “off”.  Upon further reflection I started to think that if we had a master plan we could be all that we want to be and raise our properties to the level that anyone driving in here would take pause at its beauty and uniqueness.  Property values would increase and the setting would be perfect and it would be a haven to us all.

 

To do that, we need to step up our efforts, ramping up the care of our Far Hill’s Property.  As part of an overall long term planned approach we can do it.  Just look at the new horseshoe pits that came about because one of our members wanted to make it happen!

 

We have had suggestions that we could do it by neighborhoods (with the boards approval of what needs to be done) and that is an excellent way to get the place moving along a path to make where we live as special as it can and should be.

 

This long dissertation brings us to the point of this Email.  We need you to come and be part of our spring property maintenance effort.  We are going to call it Far Hills Spring Green Day.

 

We have to let people know that it is special and that we care about it. That starts with the work we need to do Saturday morning the 14th of May at 9 AM.  We need about 30 people.  We hope to have:

 

3 crews of 4 people with trimming equipment to cut back brush at the sides of the roads and pick up trash.

1 crew of 3 people to spruce up the Lollipop Beach Area and cut brush, pick up trash, rake out the beach etc.

1 crew of 4 people to spruce up the Ripple Beach Area open up the clubhouse, cut brush, pick up trash, rake out the beach etc.

2 crews of 3 people to clean leaves and debris from trenches and culverts.

1 crew of 3 people to spruce up the dam area and start a maintenance program there.

 

That is 28 to 30 people (not a terribly large number) when you consider that we get about 12 or 13 now.  So please come and bring any tools that you think will help.  Don’t forget your gloves, wheelbarrows, loopers, trimmers, shovels and rakes.  If you are coming alone bring a neighbor or 2.  If you do come we are going to have a drawing for $50.00 for one lucky participant.

 

We know that many cannot make it on that day but we plan to offer chances for them to help by sending specific email blasts later on, for addition tasks that need to be done neighborhood by neighborhood.

 

Also on that Saturday at 8:45, Paula Dolan will be at The Clubhouse for a short kickoff meeting to organize a committee to develop a beautification plan and schedule for the Association’s properties. All are invited and your input is welcome.

 

               Some possible items for discussion:

               -  The Sign at Blueberry and Dunn is an immediate item that needs to be addressed.  The replacement and wording on the sign would inform the public of the                                                        Association Rules that must be adhered to while on our private property. 

               - Unique Street signs encompassing our logo is another possible item for the future, again letting people know (in a positive way) that they are on our property and                                 Associations rules must be maintained.

               -Garden areas at some intersections could be re-established and neighborhoods’ could organize their own crews to take care of brush, trash etc.

               -A plan to accept cutting of perennials and flowering plants from residents for planting around Far Hills’ property.

               -All ideas are gladly received.

Attention Members: Level 3 Sex Offender

A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

 

Many of you are aware that there is a registered Level 3 sex offender living within our Association. Understandably, this has caused a great deal of anxiety among some of our members. I spoke with the Ashburnham Chief of Police regarding possible actions that the Association can take to protect our families.

There are no legal restrictions on where the individual can go. Consequently, the Association cannot legally prevent the individual from using our beaches or other common areas. The individual has the same access to the Association common areas as all members in good standing.

We have to rely on awareness and education to protect ourselves. Make sure that your neighbors are aware of the situation. Talk to your kids. Don’t instill panic, but educate them on how they should respond to a potentially compromising situation. And of course, if you see any activity that you consider inappropriate or dangerous, call the police.

 

Art Sims

President, Far Hills Association

SPRING CLEANUP DAY

ATTENTION MEMBERS

The Board of Directors has been trying to find a way to get more participation for our Spring “workday”, as we have called it in the past.  It really is not a work day because itis about 3 hours of effort by the Board Members and several regular members who come and try to do what we think we can get done with the number of folks that show up.

 

We also have been approached by several people about how to make our Far Hills Properties all that they can be.  Their aim (and all our aims really) is to make Far Hills the Gem that it can and should be.  We have noticed a surge in the participation for our summer cookout and all the new faces of members that have the desire to be part of something set apart by its beauty and uniqueness in all of New England.  Do you know anyone else who owns their own lake? 

 

I met a non-member from Town recently and he said “ when I look at what you have at Sunset Lake I think of Carmel in California or the destination aspects of Lake George.”

I thought at first that he was kind of “off”.  Upon further reflection I started to think that if we had a master plan we could be all that we want to be and raise our properties to the level that anyone driving in here would take pause at its beauty and uniqueness.  Property values would increase and the setting would be perfect and it would be a haven to us all.

 

To do that, we need to step up our efforts, ramping up the care of our Far Hill’s Property.  As part of an overall long term planned approach we can do it.  Just look at the new horseshoe pits that came about because one of our members wanted to make it happen!

 

We have had suggestions that we could do it by neighborhoods (with the boards approval of what needs to be done) and that is an excellent way to get the place moving along a path to make where we live as special as it can and should be.

 

This long dissertation brings us to the point of this Email.  We need you to come and be part of our spring property maintenance effort.  We are going to call it Far Hills Spring Green Day.

 

We have to let people know that it is special and that we care about it. That starts with the work we need to do Saturday morning the 14th of May at 9 AM.  We need about 30 people.  We hope to have:

 

3 crews of 4 people with trimming equipment to cut back brush at the sides of the roads and pick up trash.

1 crew of 3 people to spruce up the Lollipop Beach Area and cut brush, pick up trash, rake out the beach etc.

1 crew of 4 people to spruce up the Ripple Beach Area open up the clubhouse, cut brush, pick up trash, rake out the beach etc.

2 crews of 3 people to clean leaves and debris from trenches and culverts.

1 crew of 3 people to spruce up the dam area and start a maintenance program there.

 

That is 28 to 30 people (not a terribly large number) when you consider that we get about 12 or 13 now.  So please come and bring any tools that you think will help.  Don’t forget your gloves, wheelbarrows, loopers, trimmers, shovels and rakes.  If you are coming alone bring a neighbor or 2.  If you do come we are going to have a drawing for $50.00 for one lucky participant.

 

We know that many cannot make it on that day but we plan to offer chances for them to help by sending specific email blasts later on, for addition tasks that need to be done neighborhood by neighborhood.

 

Also on that Saturday at 8:45, Paula Dolan will be at The Clubhouse for a short kickoff meeting to organize a committee to develop a beautification plan and schedule for the Association’s properties. All are invited and your input is welcome.

 

               Some possible items for discussion:

               -  The Sign at Blueberry and Dunn is an immediate item that needs to be addressed.  The replacement and wording on the sign would inform the public of the                                                        Association Rules that must be adhered to while on our private property. 

               - Unique Street signs encompassing our logo is another possible item for the future, again letting people know (in a positive way) that they are on our property and                                 Associations rules must be maintained.

               -Garden areas at some intersections could be re-established and neighborhoods’ could organize their own crews to take care of brush, trash etc.

               -A plan to accept cutting of perennials and flowering plants from residents for planting around Far Hills’ property.

               -All ideas are gladly received.

 

SPRING CLEAN UP DAY

ATTENTION MEMBERS

 

Spring cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday May 14th with a rain date of Sunday May 15th.  We are looking for volunteers for a number of clean-up duties.  The association will be holding a raffle for those that attend, the winner will receive a $50 gift card!!!!  Please come and show your support to beautify our neighborhood.  

I will be posting a list of jobs that we would like to get done, please email farhillssecretary@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.  Thanks!   

 

 

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