Heard from Andrew today:

Looks like we will be in the clear to start the pool work as soon as the weather turns in the spring.

We still need donations.  About $81,000 more to be able to open in 2016.  It’s easy to donate.

Options for donations

  • Tell your friends, family, co-workers and employers.
  • Donations are tax deductible.
  • Donations make great Christmas and holiday gifts.

Donations can be made at the Red Basket site by clicking on the link to the right.

Checks for donations can be mailed.

Make the check out to:

Fieldale Heritage Inc.

Mail to the following address:

Fieldale Heritage Inc.
P.O. Box 590
Fieldale VA 24089

Write Rec. Center in the MEMO line and it will be earmarked for the Center & Pools.

Work Day #1

Thanks to all who could make it today & I’ll give proper notice before the next one!! I think we accomplished most everything we had planned:

The 4th grade classrooms (bowling alley) are in essence clean. We donated multiple loads of items to Goodwill and the green boxes, separated and segregated items for recycling and lumber items that need to be broken down. There is still a LARGE number of Christmas light strands in a box that we held on to in case anyone is interested & has the time to untangle & check. All the paint/solvents/cleaning products that were obviously unusable we stored separately and will dispose of responsibly when the County accepts those items later in the year (or in the spring). ALL the trash was hauled except a few bags which I set just inside the door (my truck is full). There are several items on a table in the 2nd classroom that we left for possible yard sale or definitely Goodwill.

All the items from the pump room at the pool were loaded and hauled away. We plan to pump some water from the “new” pool into the “old”(enough to cover the bottom) next week.

The front desk area was gone through and we’ll need a few hours there yet to be completely done.

I apologize for not thanking everyone here individually but I don’t want to leave anyone out, so THANKS TO ALL!!!! It is very impressive what can be accomplished in a short amount of time when several folks are working at it.

Bob Tuggle has the  site up and he is posting these messages and has a calendar. I’ll be working more closely with Bob to be sure information gets out to the site as well as facebook.

Next I suppose we should tackle the upstairs area (desk/pool room/ping pong/card room), there are some recyclable items that need more than one back to move.

There are several (many actually) dead limbs around the ball field, we kicked around the idea today of gathering them up & having a small bonfire sometime over the Holidays, will keep you posted on that.

Thanks Again,


Workday Saturday

Sorry for the late notice but we will have a workday this coming Saturday the 12th beginning at 9:00 AM. Anyone that wants to come is more than welcome and we plan on working in these areas:

Items for the trash were hauled out of the pool house basement two weeks ago, they need to be loaded.

There are many items in the 4th grade classrooms (bowling alley) that can be hauled to Goodwill. Many things there that may have been Goodwill items at one time are no longer, they need to be bagged for trash.

There are several wooden frames that need to be broken down, nails removed and the lumber stacked in the garage out back. Hammer, crowbar at least needed.

There are several old filing cabinets that need to be emptied and hauled for to the recycler, along with one heating unit and several pieces of wire, copper pipe etc. If they cant be hauled Saturday these items need to be placed together near the door.

Although we need to concentrate on ONE area at a time we do need to remove the trash bags from the desk area upstairs and haul off.

I think that’s it, if there are questions it’s easiest to call after today rather than e-mail…276-340-2310

And if anyone coming wants to donate some HEAVY DUTY black trash begs let me know, we’ll get some if not.


Brighten your day.


From Andrew Kahle

This will be a brief update on what will be happening and what has been done at the Y.

We were notified last week that the paperwork for the Red Basket fundraising campaign had to be in this week. It had to be accompanied by estimates to justify the dollar amount we were asking to be raised.

There were three areas we received estimates for:

(1) Upgrading the bath house for ADA compliance to include new plumbing throughout and installation of new support beams under both restrooms. (2) Well repair: the gentleman that drilled the well inspected it with a camera a few days ago and it has not caved in as was thought, the pump has dropped below the casing. He has several options to repair with the easiest being fishing the pump out again. (3) Pool repair: the estimate we asked for was to remove all of the existing filtration systems and replace with new. I talked with the representative form National Pools at length and he indicated that this was the proper sequence in which to do things (there are cosmetic issues in the pools but we can take care of those). The same representative looked at the pools two years ago and indicated that if the funds were available the first priority would be to replace the old systems. All the paperwork was submitted yesterday to Red Basket & should be online soon, when I know for sure I will message again with all the particulars.

I will send out another message later in the week with some workday information and have considered doing one before Christmas. Aside from removing some items for the trash from the pool house there wont be much to do there so we may start in on the 4th grade classrooms (bowing alley) for the 1st workday (or several depending on how long it takes).

We haven't had an official workday but much has been done already: Terrell Odell has kept the yard looking nice & with help from Mac Gordon the trash has been picked up all around. Josh Turner and his Dad got up any remaining trash and some more leaves from around the fences. Donnie Trantham spent most of one day blowing all the leaves out from inside the pool fence onto the "pool road" and the Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department burnt those Wednesday night. Ricky Putman helped in removing the bolts from the diving boards and when we get a few more hands (and backs) we will take those off for the winter. Raeburn French has taken of contacting the well driller and meeting with him at the Y. If I failed to mention anyone else that has been "on the ground" I apologize, there have been several others doing tedious paperwork and making phone calls (Mary Alice & Bea to name a couple).

The only pressing issue at present is getting some water back in the "old" pool before it stays cold. If the well is fixed soon (Raeburn said that could be the end of this week or the first of the next) we will use a generator and fill form there. We have other options in the works if that doesn't happen.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

...The pool estimate also included ADA compliant pool lifts (the standards have changed and the one we have is out of specification)


Where can we make contributions to the Community Center Fund?

Great question!

Fieldale Heritage Festival Inc.
P O Box 590
Fieldale, VA 24089

Make checks payable to
Fieldale Heritage Festival Inc.

Home of the Fieldale Heritage Festival, Recreation Center and Pools