Monday, October 23, 2017

For the Record

     Our sixth annual Daffodil Planting Party was a success of course,  because of the hard work of the participants. Despite the small number of crew who opted to spend their Sunday afternoon digging in the dirt at the Grand Trunk Cemetery, several hundred bulbs were planted in four locations within the cemetery. We were fortunate to receive a large number of donated bulbs from the City's Cemetery Division, as well as from Skillin's Greenhouse, Jean Koster, and each participant.

  I still have many bulbs left, so I am hoping that if Girl Scout Troops who may be looking for an outside activity during their Troop meetings, or for a fun service project, have only to contact me,  and I'd be happy to provide the bulbs and tools and the support. 

 A heartful "thanks" to Janet and Eric Christopher, Stacia Hanscom and her Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 1547: Nora Hansom and Hadleigh McPartian, Karen McPartian, Hadleigh's Mom, Ann Rich, from Skillins' Greenhouse, who has volunteered for the last two years, and has brought along donated bulbs, compliment of Terry Skillin,   Kitty Chadbourne, representing the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and our indomitable Sawyers, descendants of Isaac Sawyer, Sr., Isaac Sawyer, Jr.  and Anthony Sawyer, all who are interred here at the GTC. We are always happy to see Benjamin L. Sawyer,III and his wife Norma, and Robert Sawyer. Robert celebrated his 91st birthday this past August.  He is amazing.  He walks every morning from his home in South Portland to the Bug Light and back!

Janet and Eric Christopher raked leaves on Saturday.

Stickers I prepared to give participants.

As promised, donuts and cider for the workers!

Donated bulbs ready for planting.

Tools ready!

Nora Hansom and Hadleigh McPartian, Junior Girl Scout, Troop 1547 hard at work.

Stacia Hansom and Karen McPartian share a moment.

Ben, Norma and Robert Sawyer

Anthony Sawyer's descendants.

Kitty Chadbourne, representing the Elizabth Wadsworth Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution.

A very special "Thanks" to all for the care you have given to this little piece of Portland history, and by your service, the honor
you have paid to the souls interred here