2012 Highlights March 7, 2020

January

Mountain winterberry near the marsh along Buckley Road.

February

Mary volunteered to scrape, sand, and paint the Wheaton House hallway and stairs.

March

Wilkes University students began sampling Fall Brook and Silver Creek periodically to study the presence of water bugs and insects as one way to monitor the health of the streams.

April

Our streams are stocked with trout every year, always with the help of kids.
Donna caught her limit on opening day.
Right on time, this trout lily bloomed on the first day of trout season.

Jaques Kaufman and Shelley Lay christening their bench. Read their
Winter Love Story in our December e-letter.

Trail Day Clean Up

This year we also created two new trails. Kevin Gates and Dave Clemens forged a Gorge Trail.
We disposed of a junked Chevy Chevelle (1972?). In addition to volunteer power, it took a front-end loader and Blake Kelly's M53 Deuce.
Ellen Fortunato and Hedi Randall cleaned up the flower beds in the silos.

May

Local Scout Adventures group spent a couple of hours digging out a patch of the invasive Japanese knotweed. What a root system!
The supermoon over Salt Springs. Taken by George Schreck.
Concetta conducted a series of gardening workshops. With volunteers Bob and Dorrie Mininger, George Schreck (not pictured), and Ellen Fortunato, Concetta first built a number of raised beds. These volunteers also helped with the programs and garden maintenance.
With a deer fence, of course.
First guided hike of the season. Here Donna Foster and Concetta Shirra are exploring Fall Brook trail.

June

George Schreck demonstrates the trench planting technique to Lee Maston. (It is used with tall tomato plants to keep the rootballs in the warm upper layer of soil.)
Lots of campers this month. This young lady was with Springville Scout Pack 97. Hiked, splashed, chatted, and hauled firewood in her camping clothes. You go, girl!
Mark Robinson's 35th Father's Day, with three of his seven children,
Ben, Rachel, and Brandi, and his wife Wendy.

July

Lots more camping.
The garden is thriving, especially those tomato plants.

August

Enjoying the waterfalls on a hot day. Fran Durso shared this photo on our Facebook page.
Enjoying the waterfalls on a hot day. Fran Durso shared this photo on our Facebook page.

September

Elk Lake fourth grade field trip - part three of our Environmental Education curriculum available to all county schools. Here Charlotte Remakus leads stream studies.
Elk Lake fourth grade field trip - part three of our Environmental Education curriculum available to all county schools. Here Charlotte Remakus leads stream studies.

Annual Celebration

Always lots of food. Susan and Champ doing a jig.
Always lots of food. Susan and Champ doing a jig.
And music. Kelly and Susan Pratt entertained us again this year, to the pleasure of all.
And music. Kelly and Susan Pratt entertained us again this year, to the pleasure of all.
And fun. Learning is a blast when you get to splash around in a creek catching bugs.
And fun. Learning is a blast when you get to
splash around in a creek catching bugs.

October

Pursuit of the pinata at the Halloween Fest.
Pursuit of the pinata at the Halloween Fest.

November

Laryssa Zahajkewycz led a cheese-making workshop. We'll have another next year.
Laryssa Zahajkewycz led a cheese-making workshop. We'll have another next year.

December

Happy Holidays from Mike and Beverly Hornak, Brooke, and all the Friends of Salt Springs Park!
Happy Holidays from Mike and Beverly Hornak, Brooke, and all the Friends of Salt Springs Park!