We’re looking for memories of long past summers on GHP and LHP and old photos. Please send some of your remembrances from your youth or tales from your parents and grandparents of summer fun and mischief along with scans of old photos to Geri at email@example.com . Even short snip-its will be welcome.
I’m looking to compile and preserve more of the history of our wonderful and treasured ponds and surrounding area to share with current watershed residents. It will be fun to reimagine older days and simpler times. Hopefully it will inspire us to work harder to protect our special environment for future generations.
Committee Help Needed
Would you like to get more involved with HPWA? Our committees are always looking for help, even a few hours of your time will help the various chairs with new ideas and prevent burnout.
Specifically the Nominating Committee would like 2 or 3 members to help secure nominations for the upcoming slate of Board of Directors Members. If you have a few hours and would like to get to know our board better, contact Jerry Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chair of Membership, Martha Sheldon could really use some help. See the Membership article and contact her at Martha.email@example.com
Our new Education Committee Chair, Tess Goldmann, has some great ideas but needs some help pursuing them. Contact her if you would like to get involved, have contacts in local schools, or some ideas for future projects at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have enjoyed any of our programs or have ideas for future ones, Geri Williams, our Outreach Chair desperately wants to hear from you at email@example.com
And our newly formed, but very active Social Committee chaired by Cheryl and Steve Nichols has already planned a number of activities for the summer, but they could use more help planning and helping on the day of events and would welcome additional ideas. Contact Cheryl at Cheryl@conproperties.com
David E. Alper Nature Preserve
This spring, Lee Pulis, with help from Botanist Irina Kadis and Alexy Zinovjev, revived the plant trail markers with new QR code identifiers that lead to detailed information for each plant identified along the one-third mile trail. It is a one-of-a-kind trail opportunity right here in our watershed in a beautiful setting that HPWA helped the Town of Plymouth preserve. Children and adults alike enjoy using their phone to learn more about various rare and common plants of our Pine Barrens Ecosystem. Take a break and enjoy this walk soon.
Camp Scholarships for Needy Children
HPWA has again made donations to the YMCA Camp Clark, the Plymouth Recreation Department Hedges Pond Day Camp and Camp Bournedale to enable needy children to attend these camps who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment and enjoy the outdoors.
The Plymouth Independent, an independent, nonprofit news organization is coming to Plymouth.
The Plymouth Independent is soon to launch. They are an independent nonprofit news organization staffed by experienced professional journalists. Conceived by a group of local citizens who are deeply concerned that this town of nearly 70,000 has no reliable source of news. They have begun the process of hiring an experienced editor and reporters committed to nonpartisan, thorough and fairly reported enterprise and investigative reporting.
When they begin publishing later this year, the Plymouth Independent will dig deeply into issues that affect the quality of life for all of us – issues that include education, the environment, public safety, development, town and county spending decisions, and Plymouth’s vibrant arts and culture scene. The goal is to promote transparency, accountability and community engagement through reliable, fact-based reporting.
This is great news for those of us in Plymouth who really want to be able to read thorough and unbiased information. If you are interested in learning more, you can go to their website: https://www.theplymouthindependent.org. Sign up for their email list. Perhaps you can send them a donation to help them get going.
The Town sent out their first Sustainability Newsletter by email recently. It contained some interesting and useful information. You can read it here: https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&folder=default0//wetm4QPKO%5B6nn%C2%80xslxtjw
A Guide to the ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Invasive Plants in Plymouth
is very well done with great information to identify and control or remove them. Here is a link to it: https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3479/Plymouth-Dirty-Dozen-Invasives-Species-PDF
Walking Readers Group at Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
Do you love reading AND nature? You are invited to join the Walking Readers Group as they explore nature-based literary selections while enjoying the beauty of Tidmarsh.
Saturday, July 15th at 8:30 am selections from New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry
Saturday, August 12th at 8:30 am selections from Braided Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
Saturday, September 23rd at 8:30 am selections from The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plans and Skills for the Modern World by John Forti
Registration is required for each session and space is limited. This group is open to adults and there is no cost to attend. Questions about accessibility or an accommodation should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org