Thanks for the support

HOLLIS – The Beaver Brook Association announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently.

Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O’Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excellent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She also has assisted on organized trail work days.

The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Bonnette has attended many guided wildflower walks at Beaver Brook. After a few years, she surprised the organization with the creation of a beautiful Wildflower Book with photos of flowers in bloom at Beaver Brook. The book is organized in order of the bloom times. Bonnette donated proceeds from the sale of the book to Beaver Brook.

Bonnette has been involved with a new wildflower identification project at BBA that will be showcased in the spring.

The Education Volunteer of the Year is Kyle O’Hannon, of Hollis, for reviewing all of the Beaver Brook educational curricula and matching them up with federal education standards. Her work helps teachers and districts know what educational objectives Beaver Brook field programs can accomplish.

Judi Barthakur, of Nashua, is volunteer Hike Leader of the Year. She is well acquainted with trails at Beaver Brook, and is a hike leader with the Massachusetts chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club. Barthakur has been offering free guided weekend hikes for visitors to Beaver Brook.

Another award of special merit went to Tom Sileo, who writes descriptions of BBA trails, including identification of flora and fauna observed on the trails, their natural history and accompanying photographs. You can see Sileo’s work in the most recent newsletter and on the website. This is a hobby of Sileo’s, who is a financial adviser at Raymond James in Nashua.

One of the goals of the Beaver Brook Education Department is to promote local foods and gardening. It did this through teaching children in summer camp and botany classes about how plants grow. Participants dehydrated berries and made fruit leather, and made vegetable and fruit juice with students.

The BBA also created a class called Digging in the Dirt, and hosted an "Organic Home Gardening" series of classes and meetings on New Hampshire school gardening.

One of the nicest things to come out of this effort was the design and creation of a Children’s Garden at Maple Hill Farm. Students were able to access the garden all summer to taste and touch plants, to weed and to pick flowers. Garden Volunteers of Special Merit were Edith Couchman and Ginnie Hoffman, both of Hollis.

The Ellen B. Nichols Award for Lifetime Service to Beaver Brook was awarded posthumously to Shirley Cohen, of Hollis.

Thanks for the support

HOLLIS – The Beaver Brook Association announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently.

Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O’Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excellent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She also has assisted on organized trail work days.

The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Bonnette has attended many guided wildflower walks at Beaver Brook. After a few years, she surprised the organization with the creation of a beautiful Wildflower Book with photos of flowers in bloom at Beaver Brook. The book is organized in order of the bloom times. Bonnette donated proceeds from the sale of the book to Beaver Brook.

Bonnette has been involved with a new wildflower identification project at BBA that will be showcased in the spring.

The Education Volunteer of the Year is Kyle O’Hannon, of Hollis, for reviewing all of the Beaver Brook educational curricula and matching them up with federal education standards. Her work helps teachers and districts know what educational objectives Beaver Brook field programs can accomplish.

Judi Barthakur, of Nashua, is volunteer Hike Leader of the Year. She is well acquainted with trails at Beaver Brook, and is a hike leader with the Massachusetts chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club. Barthakur has been offering free guided weekend hikes for visitors to Beaver Brook.

Another award of special merit went to Tom Sileo, who writes descriptions of BBA trails, including identification of flora and fauna observed on the trails, their natural history and accompanying photographs. You can see Sileo’s work in the most recent newsletter and on the website. This is a hobby of Sileo’s, who is a financial adviser at Raymond James in Nashua.

One of the goals of the Beaver Brook Education Department is to promote local foods and gardening. It did this through teaching children in summer camp and botany classes about how plants grow. Participants dehydrated berries and made fruit leather, and made vegetable and fruit juice with students.

The BBA also created a class called Digging in the Dirt, and hosted an "Organic Home Gardening" series of classes and meetings on New Hampshire school gardening.

One of the nicest things to come out of this effort was the design and creation of a Children’s Garden at Maple Hill Farm. Students were able to access the garden all summer to taste and touch plants, to weed and to pick flowers. Garden Volunteers of Special Merit were Edith Couchman and Ginnie Hoffman, both of Hollis.

The Ellen B. Nichols Award for Lifetime Service to Beaver Brook was awarded posthumously to Shirley Cohen, of Hollis.

Thanks for the support

HOLLIS – The Beaver Brook Association announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently.

Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O’Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excellent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She also has assisted on organized trail work days.

The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Bonnette has attended many guided wildflower walks at Beaver Brook. After a few years, she surprised the organization with the creation of a beautiful Wildflower Book with photos of flowers in bloom at Beaver Brook. The book is organized in order of the bloom times. Bonnette donated proceeds from the sale of the book to Beaver Brook.

Bonnette has been involved with a new wildflower identification project at BBA that will be showcased in the spring.

The Education Volunteer of the Year is Kyle O’Hannon, of Hollis, for reviewing all of the Beaver Brook educational curricula and matching them up with federal education standards. Her work helps teachers and districts know what educational objectives Beaver Brook field programs can accomplish.

Judi Barthakur, of Nashua, is volunteer Hike Leader of the Year. She is well acquainted with trails at Beaver Brook, and is a hike leader with the Massachusetts chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club. Barthakur has been offering free guided weekend hikes for visitors to Beaver Brook.

Another award of special merit went to Tom Sileo, who writes descriptions of BBA trails, including identification of flora and fauna observed on the trails, their natural history and accompanying photographs. You can see Sileo’s work in the most recent newsletter and on the website. This is a hobby of Sileo’s, who is a financial adviser at Raymond James in Nashua.

One of the goals of the Beaver Brook Education Department is to promote local foods and gardening. It did this through teaching children in summer camp and botany classes about how plants grow. Participants dehydrated berries and made fruit leather, and made vegetable and fruit juice with students.

The BBA also created a class called Digging in the Dirt, and hosted an "Organic Home Gardening" series of classes and meetings on New Hampshire school gardening.

One of the nicest things to come out of this effort was the design and creation of a Children’s Garden at Maple Hill Farm. Students were able to access the garden all summer to taste and touch plants, to weed and to pick flowers. Garden Volunteers of Special Merit were Edith Couchman and Ginnie Hoffman, both of Hollis.

The Ellen B. Nichols Award for Lifetime Service to Beaver Brook was awarded posthumously to Shirley Cohen, of Hollis.