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Hemlock Gorge mtg 11/13/12 7:30 p.m. Emerson Community Center


11/13/2012 7:30 pm

Friends of Hemlock Gorge Next meeting: This coming Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (delayed due to the elections) 7:30 p.m. Emerson Community Center. Critical agenda item: Using our dues money to landscape around the Stone Building. The windows are in (see website for pictures) and the spillway dam is very nearly complete (see website for pictures) · Erica has written: “If the Friends want to use dues money to improve the area around the barn there are a couple of options. If you want to do partnership matching funds again that cycle is coming around and we would need to submit a project soon. This would mean using a state approved contractor, waiting to see if the project is approved, and if it is the money would be awarded in early spring. This is the same way we paid for the windows. It would be a 2:1 match, but there's no guarantee that the project will be chosen. · If you want to use your dues money, then all we need to do is go over an acceptable plan (along the lines of the old one, or come up with something new), hire a contractor (your choice), have them get a temporary construction permit through the DCR and have our archeologist do a quick once over before they start. The only other obstacle would be the Conservation Commission (luckily, it's not Newton). There's a permit to submit that has about a $50 fee.” So: It’s time for the Friends to get to Stone Barn landscaping. Go over and have a look at the site before the meeting. Tell Erica and the rest of us what you think. Do we want to support new landscaping for this site? Or the Friends’ Bridge instead? Or graffiti removal? Or Karen’s planting project? Or something else? It’s your dues money that needs to be put to work. Note too: Melissa Moody, working with Erica, has actually gotten her QR signage project up and running along the Quinobequin Road trail, downstream of Hemlock Gorge. Go have a look and bring your smartphone and QR barcode reader. It’s neat, and we should plan something similar for Hemlock Gorge with the Troop 242 Boy Scouts. Her website is www.qbqtrail.org Very Impressive! Yet more agenda items: Review of the very successful fall cleanup, thanks to the Buddhist temple for their help, book sales, adelgids, trail conditions, planting project, website, member database, some items from Jerry, Jerry’s award, and matters arising. JPM

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