By Don Williams
The Herring Ponds Watershed Association Board of Directors has recently added 3 new Directors to its ranks. I am very excited to report that we have appointed Tess Goldmann as chair of our Education Committee and Cheryl and Steve Nichols as co-chairs of the newly formed Social Committee.
Tess is a recent (2022) graduate of Smith College and is no stranger to HPWA. While attending Rising Tide Charter School in Plymouth, she served as our first intern. She worked with our former Education Committee Chair, Lee Pulis, one afternoon a week on updates to our old GoDaddy hosted website. She also took on making herring count instructional videos which Lee scripted, but she videoed and edited on her own. She created an origami fish-making activity for a HPWA general program meeting at Wildlands Trust to entertain kids and parents as a warmup for asking for herring count volunteers. She went to Boston for a Watershed Action Alliance Legislative Breakfast to work at the registration table and hand out HPWA materials. Tess currently works as a Stewardship Assistant at Wildlands Trust. In her role as Education Chair, she has already conducted a meeting between HPWA and Wildlands Trust to address clearcutting violations on land around Little Herring Pond. Tess is point person for the upcoming Children’s Herring Run Obstacle Course at the Herring Festival on April 22. She brings a fresh, young perspective to the position and it is our hope that she will be successful in forming strong partnerships with local schools and with our younger residents. Welcome, Tess!
Cheryl and Steve purchased their home on Herring Pond Road in 2019. Steve has owned Nichols Building and Remodeling for over 35 years. Cheryl owns C.A.N. Property Management Services, LLC on Courts Street where 17 employees manage over 350 units of affordable housing throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Our Board of Directors has been interested in building our Herring Ponds Watershed community; Trish and Tom O’Brien noted that Cheryl and Steve had presented outdoor movies at their house and organized an impromptu boat parade last summer. They met with the Board and we found them to be enthusiastic about running social events (see Upcoming Events for more information) for watershed residents. They love cruising Great Herring Pond on their pontoon boat, fishing, camping and walking the canal. With 5 children and 3 grandchildren, we know that their organizational and social skills are excellent. I can’t wait for the summer boat parade! Welcome Cheryl and Steve!
Tess, Cheryl and Steve could use volunteers to help with planned fun activities and future projects. If you would to help with the Education or Social Committee or are willing to get more involved with any HPWA activitiy, call Don at 508-833-4355 or email Donald_r_williams2003@yahoo.com. I hope to see you and chat at the Herring Festival or one of our other events.