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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes of Meetings in 2018


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for January 2, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday February 6, 2018 at 7:30

Present were Brian Yates, Evan Westrate, Vaunita Schnell, Robin Dexter, Paul Roberts, Jay Werb, and Bob Burke.

Discussions initially cented on the upcoming development of the large vacant property on Needham Street.

April 28 will be the date of the Charles River Cleanup, and Brian set this as the date for the spring cleanup of Hemlock Gorge.

Brial told us that he spoke to Rob MacArthur, the first site supervisor of Hemlock Gorge in the 1980s. Rob is now Director of Conservation and Open Spaces for the city of Framingham. Rob recalled helping with the restoration of the Stone Building some 30 years ago. He said that the building's stone work was repaired by MDC masons. After that the roof was repaired either by the Army Corps of Engineers or the National Guard, no one recalls for certain. Rob would like to work with Brian to re-establish contact with the appropriate parties.

Brian announced that the response to our December mailing and appeal for dues was fair, but he did not have a number. Paul suggested we approach the Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses for support. It was pointed out that we are not an official 501c3 entity, and contributions would most likely have to be given to the public partner as part of cost-sharing project, as was the new railing work that was recently completed at the Stone building.

We agreed that the Stone Building roof repair and re-shingling would be our priority one project for 2018. We will try to contact Marty Rudi of the DCR who told us a year ago that there might be shingles already available.

Finally, Dr. John turned over several bpoinds of old Friends of Hemlock Gorge documents that he had accumulated over the last 25 years. Brian will add this material to the Friends' archives.

This meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

John Mordes, Interim Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for February 6, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 7:30.

Present were Brian Yates, Bob Burke, Robin Dexter, Evan Westrate, and John Mordes

Robin brought in an article on a new hemlock species that originated in Korea, developed at the Arnold Arboretum, and found to be resistant to the hemlock wooly adelgid. The article was published in the Harvard Crimson 2/5/18.

We have been unable to assess the health of the hemlocks that were injected with adelgicide in early 2016.

Brian has been unable to contact Erica  by phone. We suggested he try email. Eric.Aubin@state.ma.us  

Skating event on New Pond organized by Lee Fisher in January was a success. Around 40 people came. Story ran in “Village 14.”

Spring cleanup confirmed for April 28, the same day as the Charles River Cleanup.

The Waban Area Council has asked us to reach out to groups like The Friends of Quinobequin to establish collaborative efforts, e.g. clean up events. No one knew how to contact them and no one could remember hearing from them.

We also had a lot of pleasant small talk abut issues not relevant to Hemlock Gorge.

The meeting adjourned at 8:21

Respectfully Submitted,

Rob Porter, Interim Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for March 6, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 7:30

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

John Mordes, Secretary in absentia


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for April 3, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 7:30

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Pearson, Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for May 1, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 7:39

To be continued

Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Pearson, Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for June and August, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday September x, 2018 at 7:30

To be continued

Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Pearson, Secretary


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Minutes for September x, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday October 2, 2018 at 7:30

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Pearson, Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for October 2, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 7:30

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

John Mordes, Secretary pro tempore


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for November 13, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday December 4, 2018 at 7:30

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Pearson, Secretary


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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Minutes for December 4, 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:30

To be continued.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Pearson, Secretary


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