National Night Out 2022
NNO was a great success enjoyed by all who attended!
Thanks to Sherwood Forest ARP Church for hosting us, the Columbia-Richland Fire Department, the musical entertainment, the volunteers who helped to set up the event, and to the neighbors who came out!
See a few photos on Facebook…
(You must be a member of the SFNA private group on Facebook!)
SFNA Forest Friends
The Forest Friends committee is accepting requests for free native trees 3-5 feet tall in 3 gallon containers until September 18th. We’ll help you choose a tree that suits your yard and needs. Contact Valerie Marcil for more information.
We’ve also just learned that Dominion Energy has posted new guidance on plantings appropriate for powerline areas. Learn why they trim and spray under and around lines, and how and what to plant to avoid drastic cutting and spraying on the Dominion Energy website.
Or, go directly to the newly posted list of native trees and shrubs that will work under or near power lines.
This is a great list of smaller native plants that would be good to use in complement to larger trees. Appropriate soils and conditions are listed for all plants, as well.
If you have specific questions or concerns, contact the City’s Forestry and Beautification Department at 803-545-3860 or Dominion Energy at 1-800-562-9308.
Homeowner Insurance Offer
You may have seen a notice in your water bill or in the mail that the City of Columbia has arranged with HomeServe USA to offer insurance for your exterior sewer and water lines, and indoor plumbing.
SFNA wanted to find out more about the offer. Our Treasurer Henry Nechemias found HomeServe charges $9/mo. ($108/yr.; first year is 50% off) to cover both exterior water and sewer lines between your house and the street or water meter.
Henry checked with his State Farm agent who said their rider costs $66/yr. for similar coverage, but with specific limits and a $500 deductible. With State Farm, the maximum benefit drops from $10,000 down to $2,500 when your home is over 50 years old. There is no limit through HomeServe for water lines, and a $10,000 limit for sewer lines.
HomeServe’s website also indicates that they partner with Dominion Energy for an expanded range of insurance coverages, but we didn’t investigate those!
SFNA takes no position regarding these policies, but does suggest checking with your homeowner’s policy first to see if it makes sense to add this coverage through your existing policy rather than buying a separate policy.
Be a smart consumer; check and compare!
UofSC Belser Arboretum Open House
Saturday, September 18, 1pm-4pm
Join us as L.L. “Chick” Gaddy teaches us about the Trees of Georgia, common genera found in the US Southeast and in the Caucasus mountains of the country of Georgia, where he recently finished a plant expedition. Gaddy is an independent scholar and president of environmental consulting firm, terra incognita.
Open House is always the 3rd Sunday of every month.
SFNA General Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30pm-8pm
The next Annual Meeting of the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 from 6:30pm-8pm.
If you have an issue you would like discussed at the meeting please let us know!
The Crier goes out around the first of every month to keep neighbors and friends up do date on neighborhood events, and other events and information of interest.
If you have anything to share with your neighbors, please pass it along and we may include it in a future Crier.
Tell your friends and neighbors to subscribe. No membership required, but of course we would like everybody to join! New neighbor? Let us know and we’ll send out the welcome wagon.
Why should you join the SFNA? Benefits of the SFNA.