An eagle spirit soars above

Friday, September 28, 2012

There’s been a lot of preparation and fanfare for Beaver Brook’s Fall Festival and Nature Art Show this weekend, Sept. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will offer music, food and an exhibit featuring regional artists.

While you’re enjoying the many activities the fair has to offer, be sure to stop in the center’s Maple Hill Barn and look up to the rafters. There, created for the bird exhibit – and thanks to the creativity of artist and puppeteer Brenda Weber, of Atkinson – is a new, special feature. Recently, under Weber’s guidance, several The PLUS Co. clients created a papier-mache eagle, an eagle’s nest, a mother eagle, two eaglets and a dragonfly to hang over the barn’s second-story beams. But what started as an art and community service project turned out a memorial to one of their peers.

PLUS Co. client Tommy Dionne, who always enhanced projects with his contagious excitement, died one week before the installation of the eagles he helped create. In his honor, the group named the eagle “Spirit.”

The PLUS Co., an acronym for People Learning Useful Skills, provides support and services to help people with developmental disabilities be independent.

In this case, the clients and mentors reached out and left a lasting remembrance of what can be accomplished with imagination and the drive to be a vital part of their community.

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