From Sam Smith, Acting Savoy Fire Chief:
I would like to invite you for an exciting training opportunity with AirLife Helicopter and Savoy Fire Department on Monday July 19th. Weather and emergency call dependent the helicopter will be landing at Bill Smith Park around 7:15PM. Spectators are able to watch the landing from the west parking lot off of Prairie Rose Lane. After landing and shut down, there will be an opportunity to view the helicopter as well as a question and answer session with the flight crew.
More information on AirLife:
AirLife is stationed at Carle Foundation Hospital with an air medical transport team on duty around the clock, providing complete air medical transportation services throughout east central Illinois. As the region's Level I Trauma Center, it is imperative to bring critically ill or injured patients to the highest level of care as safely and quickly as possible. The 22-member flight crew consists of experienced EMS pilots, critical care flight registered nurses, neonatal nurses, and critical care flight paramedics. AirLife currently operates one single-engine Eurocopter EC130 with a travel speed of 150 miles per hour. Its interior is fully medically configured and equipped with the very latest patient care equipment, GPS, satellite tracking and avionics. The large cabin acts as an airborne emergency room allowing the flight team full access to the patient’s entire body so that critical care procedures can be performed en route.
Sounds like a great opportunity!
You should have received your 2021 dues invoice in the mail this past week. The website was updated today, and everyone should be able to pay their dues online this year.
2020 Dues statements should be mailed out soon. These statements should arrive by May 1st and due June 1st. Please visit our Dues payment page to pay online.
2019 statements for Prairie Fields HOA dues will arrive in the mail this week. Please keep an eye out for them.
The Prairie Fields HOA board has been made aware by the US Postal Service that a document with Prairie Fields letterhead has been placed in at least one resident's mailbox without postage. This message did not come from the board. Mailboxes are federally owned and it's illegal to place notices in mail boxes without using the USPS. Any future notices found by the USPS will be collected and disposed of. If you would like to communicate a message to a neighbor please do not leave notes in their mailbox.
Our 4th of July parade will take place at 9 AM on Thursday, July 4th. The parade departs from the parking lot at Prairie Fields park, heads west around the block, and returns to the park. All types of parade-goers are welcome but bicycles are encouraged. Awards will be given out for the most festive bikes in the parade.
The 2019 Prairie Fields neighborhood wide garage sale will be Friday, May 17th through Sunday, May 19th from 8 AM - 2 PM. All three dates will be advertised in the News-Gazette, on Facebook, and on Nextdoor, though you can sell on any of the days you choose.
Prairie Fields residents voiced questions and concerns about coyotes during the 2019 annual meeting. Here is some helpful information on the topic:
1) Urban coyotes rarely feast on pets and garbage. They typically stick to a natural diet of small rodents, fruit, deer, and rabbit.
2) The easiest way to avoid negative interactions with coyotes is to avoid feeding them, whether accidentally or on purpose, to prevent habituating them to humans.
3) Trapping and killing or relocating urban coyotes does not reduce the overall coyote population. Coyotes are territorial so removing some from a particular area may actually increase the population short term, as neighboring packs will compete for the newly "freed" territory. Coyote packs protect and regulate their territories so overpopulation will not occur. In rare cases coyotes can become aggressive towards pets and humans, in which case an animal control officer should be contacted to remove a targeted problem animal.
4) Coyotes can add benefits to the community. They help control populations of other sometimes problematic urban wildlife such as rodents, deer, and Canada geese. They also reduce the presence of feral and free roaming cats in natural spaces, which helps songbirds in parks.
For more in-depth information on coyotes, please click the button below:
You can access the 2019 PFHOA Annual Meeting PowerPoint presentation by clicking the button below:
The Prairie Fields 2019 annual meeting has been moved to Thursday, 1-24 from 7:30-9 PM. The meeting will be held at the Savoy Municipal Center. Join us to discuss new ideas, volunteer for neighborhood events, meet your new board members, review our annual budget, and voice comments or concerns you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!