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October 31, 2009

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October 9, 2009

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October 10, 2009

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Posted September 8, 2020

Friends of Canonchet Farm
2020 Update

By Tom Hoagland,
President, Friends of Canonchet Farm

To all our wonderful supporters and dedicated volunteers:

Hello to everyone in this our one and only newsletter of this terrible, yet historic “COVID-year.”

In what is now the new normal, our association’s work has continued, despite the virus, clearing invasive plants from the edges of the coastal ponds, the trails, and the West Beach Parking Lot, and now the South County Museum grounds. Our small core of dedicated volunteers, masked and socially distanced, has most recently cleared the long-neglected Native Plant Garden at the museum in preparation for replanting at the end of September with newly-purchased plants and shrubs made possible by a generous grant from the South County Garden Club. An additional and extremely vital part of this project will be the removal of more than 20 highly invasive burning bush and Japanese barberry shrubs on the Museum grounds. They will be replaced in part by native shrubs.

Canonchet Farm Events

Unfortunately, due to the virus, all our scheduled walks, talks and other events for the fall have been cancelled, including our participation in ‘Gansett Days. As of today, the well-attended On Pettaquamscutt Winter Speaker Series, which we cosponsor with Narrow River Preservation Association and South County Museum, is still scheduled for the last Sunday afternoons in January, February and March. We will go forward, if not in person at the Narragansett Library, at least virtually. With luck and good science, perhaps we will be able to schedule some walks and talks in the spring.

Annual Meeting

Our 2020 Annual Meeting was another casualty of the pandemic. Because we could not conduct a meeting this year in the South County Museum, as we have been accustomed to do, the Board of Trustees met via Zoom on September 3. We accepted the resignation of Kathie Kelleher as President after three years in that role, following her ten years as Secretary and Vice President. Thankfully, Kathie has agreed to stay on the Board of Trustees for an additional three-year term so that she can continue to provide guidance and wisdom to the organization. Carol Prest has stepped up to be our new Vice President and Jim Kowalski and Richard Vangermeersch have agreed to continue in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Returning trustees are Mike Lapisky, Beth Laliberte, Bob Stepanian, Alan Woodmansee, and Dennis Webster. In addition to Kathie, both Jim Kowalski and I have re-upped for new three-year terms. Finally, I want to formally welcome Melissa Crawford as our latest new member to the Board of Trustees.

Come Join Us

Trail work clearing invasives on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon will begin October 3 and will continue throughout the fall, winter and spring, weather permitting. We are a jolly group and always in need of new blood, so if you are going a little stir-crazy and want some exercise, come join us at our equipment trailer on the grounds of South County Museum. We provide gloves and tools, but we strongly suggest you bring your own water and mask. I hope to see some of you there! Stay safe and healthy.

Tom Hoagland
On behalf of the Friends of Canonchet Farm Board of Trustees

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