Hopefully you have found your hiking gear, now you could start some stretching, as it is time for the FFG Hiking Group to get back on the trails. Our first hike of the season is March 15 and it is near Crab Orchard. We will start at Black Mountain, which is very familiar to most of us, and hike down to Cox Valley Road. Black Mountain features an overlook with a breathtaking view of Grassy Cove (let’s wish for clear weather). We will pass by Wynless Cave on the way down. A lot of the hike is downhill.
Bring plenty of water and bring lunch and/or snack(s) to eat on the trail. Bring insect spray for ticks and chiggers. Don’t forget your hiking boots.
Difficulty: At 4.5 miles this first hike of the season is rated easy. If you are thinking of hiking with us this year, this hike is a good one to get started.
Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. Hazards include uneven trails, drop-offs, slippery rocks and roots, stream crossings, wildlife encounters, auto accidents and more. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps.
If you are new to the area and thinking of trying some hikes you are welcome to join us. You don’t have to live in Fairfield Glade to hike with us. You can check out our website by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking to find our website for information on what to wear, what to bring and what to be aware of. You are responsible for your own safety during the hike.
There will be a sheet on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade Post Office for people to sign up for each hike. The group will depart from the parking lot closest to the 4-way stop sign in FFG at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge 8 a.m. sharp. Please be there between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. to receive information and form carpools. If you ride with someone else to and from the hike, the policy is to reimburse the driver for gas. The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $2 per person. Please have the correct amount. A car shuttle is involved with this hike; therefore, be prepared for some wait time at both trail heads.
Spring is almost here, so come and join us for some fun and exercise after a cold winter inside. For more information, call the leader of the hike Gary Ruetenik at 337-7921. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.
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Feeding and counting birds
A heavy mast crop last fall was one sign that led those who use old-time folk lore to predict conditions to warn that the winter of 2013-'14 would be bad. It was a good call. March blasts of arctic air make seeking out the remaining seeds, berries and nuts a matter of survival for wild birds and animals. Insect-eating creatures find food scarcer due to cold, as well.
Bad weather hurts the bottom line, but warmer weather is on the way
As a resort community, much of the revenue generated in Fairfield Glade relies on visitors. So far this year, cold weather has put quite a damper on outdoor activity. Due to the freezing temperatures and snow, January golf rounds recorded 943 18-hole equivalents – about 325 rounds under budget and 528 less than last year.
The Neighborhood Watch Coalition and you
I know you've heard the term "neighborhood watch," but have you given any thought as to what members of a watch coalition do? The first thing that probably comes to mind is that it's a group of very nosey people wanting to find out who you are, what you have, how much you're worth and all the other curiosities associated with people who can't mind their own business. That answer is simply wrong.
Covenant taps new CMC CAO
Covenant Health has named Jeremy Biggs, vice president of operations for the health system, to be president and chief administrative officer at Cumberland Medical Center, effective March 1.
Read the latest edition of "The Bulletin"
The Crossville Chronicle-Glade Sun also publishes a newsletter called "The Bulletin" in which you'll find a schedule of Glade activities and events, a restaurant and dining guide, golf information, and even tour schedules. Click here for the latest PDF edition of "The Bulletin."
Rep. Cameron Sexton Legislative Wrap
On Monday, HB590 passed 78 to 8, which will give a voice to citizens across the state. It allows communities by public referendum to cast a vote for or against when a city attempts to annex their property.
PATCHES OF LIFE: Took our toes to the beach
My daughter –in–law insists on me getting a pedicure when I visit her in Florida. Since the plans for the week included the beach, I was in favor. Well, to be honest I would have been in favor beach or no beach.
Questions on the rules of golf
We know everyone wants to play by the rules of golf. But sometimes it’s not the U.S.G.A. Rules of Golf. We would like to try and help people clarify any situation or rule that is confusing to them.
- Nature photographer named artist of the month
Fairfield Glade Hiking Group announces spring schedule
The Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will begin the spring season on Friday, March 14 with the first of 13 invigorating hikes throughout eastern Tennessee.
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