Despite being a cold and windy Saturday the turnout was better than expected for the PCT plant sale. Gardeners were able to peruse the plants under the shelter of two large tents at the city hall complex. Plant sales totaled $1728 and raffle monies totaled $197. The Trust also took in $100 in new memberships. Thanks to all of those who came out to support the Trust. Hopefully the Fall plant sale will be warmer and sunnier!
The venue for our plant sale had changed this year to the Easthampton City Hall parking lot. Despite the change, a steady stream of gardeners looking to replace some of their plants lost due to the drought conditions made the plant sale a success Proceeds from all sales totaled $1304.25. Plants sold totaled $1,234.35 and raffle ticket sales totaled $70. Thank You to everyone that participated!
Dear Friends of the Pascommuck Conservation Trust:
During this Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust has worked very hard to keep our trails open to the public with regular maintenance, welcome signs, and reminders to keep a safe distance between hikers while enjoying our properties.
Due to the unprecedented Stay Home directives over the past month, everyone is happy to get outdoors even for a little while. During this time, however, the use of our trails is much heavier than normal and because so many are enjoying the trails, they are even more in need of regular maintenance. This has become very costly for the Trust and many of our planned special projects for our nine properties will be suffering unless we get a little help from our friends. Like many local organizations, one of our special fund raisers, the Spring Plant Sale, had to be postponed in order to keep everyone safe. We are optimistic that we will be able to schedule the Fall Plant Sale once the safe re-open begins. In the meantime, however, funds are short and we need your help.
As you may know, the Pascommuck Conservation Trust is made up entirely of volunteers, neighbors and friends who appreciate the value of our treasured sites and work very hard to keep them manageable for all to enjoy. We realize that these are very difficult times for everyone, emotionally and financially, too. If you would like to help the Trust by making a contribution, large or small, to our Maintenance Endowment Fund, we would greatly appreciate it. Contributions may be made through Network For Good here or directly mailed to the Trust at PO Box 806, Easthampton, MA 01027.
Thank you very much. Together we will keep our trails open for everyone.
The Board of Directors
Pascommuck Conservation Trust, Inc.
Thanks to members of the community Sue Walz’s 2020 calendars sold out. Proceeds from the sale totaled $485. Thanks to all of those who continue to support the work of the Trust!!
By Bobbe O’Brien & Sue Walz
The sun was shining early on Sept. 21st, for our Fall Plant Sale. It turned out to be the same wonderful weather we had for the spring sale. We had lots of plants to sell and we were very successful. The proceeds of the sale were:
- Plant Sales $ 1,167
- Raffle $ 222
- For a total of: $1, 389!
Our many wonderful plant donors and volunteers for the sale were: Mark & Diane Scott, John Counter, Sharon Ostrander-Lepine, Bobbe O’Brien, Beverly Wodicka, Emily Gallivan, Marcie Stock, Peter Jez, Harriet Tatro, Marlies Stoddard, Suzette Jones, Gil Billings, Gerrit Stover, Claire Baker, Darren McQuillan, Dawn Ackley, Deborah August, Linda Bush, Roger Anderson, Molly Goodwin, Sue Walz, Dianne McLane, Marty Klein, Michael Caron, Wendy Hammerle, for gourds, Cheryl Stevens, Deb Bombard, and Lynn Heady for Valley Bloomers plants and, our President, John Bator .
We are particularly grateful to David Stauffer from Easthampton Feed who donated the many succulent plants which went like hotcakes! And to Bart Estes for donating the beautiful cherry bench and donating $120, to Don and Valerie McQuillan for beverages, snacks and gourds, to Roger Perras for the lovely bird houses, to Sue Bishop and Terry Perrea for the raffle items, to Easthampton Savings Bank for displaying the first prize and selling tickets and a special thanks to Ed Procon for processing the cash.
We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped not only to lug all the plants from John Bator’s yard including John himself, his son Scott, Chris Zagars, Fred Andressen and the many volunteers who helped pot up the plants prior to sale. Thank you all! As always we are very grateful to Mike Superson of Big E’s Supermarket for putting up the tent and supporting the Trust each spring and fall. Thank you, Mike! The very happy raffle winners were: Deborah August, first prize; Annette Szcgiel, second prize Bill Burgart, third prize and Sandy Mumblow, fourth prize.