Friday, May 21, 2010
West Newbury townspeople gather for only a few great community events each year, among them the Mill Pond Winter Carnival, summer concerts at the Bandstand, and, of course, Town Meeting. But one day we all celebrate together is Memorial Day, with youngsters and old folks, antique cars and marching bands, Boy and Girl Scouts, Little League teams, and of course, our Veterans, whose sacrifice and service we honor on that day. This year’s parade will be Monday, May 31, starting by the Post Office and concluding at the Training Field. The event is chaired by Steve Alvino, and this year’s Grand Marshall will be Dick Cushing. If you wish to participate, contact Steve at 978 363-1557, or if you wish to ride or drive your horse or pony, please call Felicity Beech at 978 363-2021. The parade will step off at 10:30 and will conclude with the kids riding back to the Public Safety building on the town’s firetrucks, always a hit with the young folks.
The following Saturday, June 5 is “National Trails Day”, which we will celebrate by walking the newly marked Indian River Trail, starting from Mill Pond at 11:00. Led by members of the West Newbury Open Space Committee, Barry LaCroix and Don Bourquard, participants will see natural and historical sites, and complete a “passport” entitling them to a hot dog luncheon at the Mill Pond Building after the hike.
Land owners and trail users are encouraged to join us on June 5, as we explore the wonderful trail network that is available to us. Many hours of volunteer work have gone into clearing trails this spring, especially around Mill Pond and down to the River Road trail, and now is the time to enjoy them. Wear long pants and good shoes. Leashed dogs are welcome as well.
And don’t forget the Garden Club Plant Sale this Saturday, May 22 at the Training Field! Hardy local flowers, shrubs and trees, herbs and vegetables will be available with knowledgeable experts there to discuss their planting requirements. I suggest you arrive at 9 a.m. as some of the choicest plants are in limited qualities and sell fast.