This past week two benches were installed. One along the wooded area near Clapp St. that overlooks a field and the Mt Tom Range. The other is in the Old Trolley line open meadow area.
PCT’s 40th Anniversary celebration was attended by about 50 people. There were 5 different speakers to open up the festivities. John Velis, State senator, Mike Tautznik, former Easthampton mayor, Jeff Bagg, Easthampton City planner and Robert McDonald, Angel Monument Director all spoke of the importance of having PCT as part of the community. John Bator, President of the Trust then spoke of the history and vision of the Trust and he followed his speech by playing his Save the Pond song with a backup chorus. A detailed timeline put together by several board member was on display as well as special 40th anniversary celebratory trail map describing 8 of the PCT properties and trails. A pdf of the 1982 to 2022 timeline can be viewed/downloaded here.
Children who attended were able to paint their own small porcupines.
Our thanks to Mt Tom Ice Cream for the donation of PCT Porcupine Parfait ice cream specially made for the event and to Northampton Rental Center for the donation of the speaker/microphone and podium.
It was a cool cloudy blustery May day for the Spring Plant sale. A steady stream of patrons bought plants throughout the day at the Easthampton City Hall parking lot. Proceeds from all sales totaled $2,386.00. Plants sold totaled $1,484 and raffle ticket sales totaled $360. Memberships totaled $262 and T shirt and tote sales totaled $280. Thank You to everyone that participated!
The annual meeting on April 19th at City Space was attended by around 40 people this year as well as some attending via Zoom. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation by Tom Riccardi who brought in live raptors and discussed how some of the birds were injured or obtained. A Youtube link to the full meeting is here.
Due to a collapsed bridge at our Pomeroy Meadows conservation area, the Ranch Avenue entrance is closed until further notice. We are planning replacement of the bridge which is complicated by the unstable terrain and considerations of climate change effects there. To access the trail, please use the Paul St. entrance. There is limited parking there so please respect private property. We do not allow dogs, even leashed, at this area (sensitive wildlife habitat). Thanks for your understanding and support!