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The Olde Forge - Surrey Square Neighborhood


Dear Neighbors,

I hope that this newsletter finds you safe and well. I know that we are all stressed from the pandemic. It has been a long 2+ months. It seems like we have been stuck at home for longer. As you know, we have been under the governors’ “Stay at Home” and “Social Distancing” orders. First let me say that I am appreciative of everyone heeding these orders. I know that many of you still have to travel to your work location and I hope that you remain safe and virus-free. For those working at home, I hope that you are able to continue that approach. For the students and parents – I know that you have been extremely challenged with homeschool schedules and online learning issues. And for the seniors – both high school and college level – my thoughts are especially with you as you have had to endure the most unusual senior year.

Changing schedules – I have been trying to get our annual meeting scheduled, but the pandemic has proven to be an ongoing challenge. We have had to re-schedule it twice now. I will schedule an in person meeting as soon as possible. We will meet at the Korean Presby. Church on Braddock / Nan Mill as soon as we can. If we continue to have restrictions, I may consider a virtual meeting and I will keep you all posted on plans for that approach.

Caution on our neighborhood streets – During the pandemic, we have had less cars and buses coming in and out of the neighborhood. However, we have seen a big increase in the number of walkers, runners, bikers, dogs, scooters, strollers, and kids learning to ride their bikes out on the sidewalks and streets. Please use caution when driving. Stop at the stop signs and slow down!

Next, we jumpstarted Phase I of the membership drive this year to get the new process up and running. Many of you have joined the Civic Association again by renewing your membership and/or starting a new membership. I appreciate those who have joined already. For those who have not, please try to get your $10 annual fee in by June 1st.

Plans for Neighborhood Memorial -- Several of you have asked if we could build a neighborhood memorial of some sort for those who have left us to date. Joan Bishop and Gary have been working with the county to learn what is possible and where it could be. It seems buying and placing a memorial bench is easier than a tree planting with the county. Previously, there was a memorial bench that has since been moved. We are looking into replacing that bench, relocating it to the entrance of the OF-SS “side” of the walking bridge and erecting a memorial plaque of some sort. Please stay tuned for details on these plans.

Please send emails to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to me at my personal email. If you are in need of anything at all, please let me know. I know that the neighborhood will rally to help in any way possible.

Finally, happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, grandmothers (including greats), Godmothers, aunts, surrogate moms, and dads (who are moms) in the neighborhood. Please stay safe and well! 

Joan Bishop