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__________ Fall Nature Festival 2004 _________
Fall Nature Festival 2004 & Annual Meeting
The Hazen’s Notch Association held its 10th Annual Fall Nature Festival on Saturday, October 2, 2004 at the Bear Paw Pond Conservation Area in Montgomery. Sixty people turned out to enjoy a day of educational programs that included instruction in outdoor skills and guided nature walks amidst beautiful fall foliage.
HNA members and their guests from northern Vermont as well as from Canada and other New England states took part in the day’s activities. Five different nature walks lead by environmental educators and naturalists covered topics such as mushrooms, mosses, lichens, wetlands ecology, forest stewardship, and geology. Many people took part in the map and compass class, the orienteering challenge and the native american program.
Thanks to Deborah Benjamin of Eden, Dorothy Allard of Bakersfield, Sharon Anderson of Montgomery, Dave McMath of East Hardwick, Jon Kim of Bakersfield and Sebastian Massey of Montgomery for leading programs. Thanks to Avery Stanley of Montgomery for help with set-up.
A delicious lunch was prepared and served by Sharon Anderson, Megan Martinson and Louise Ransom. Members enjoyed their lunch while listening to classical guitar music performed by Martin Nopola of Eden.
President Rolf Anderson conducted a short business meeting during which the following people were elected to the board of directors: Jerry Crouter of Montgomery, David Ransom of Waterville, Anne McKay of North Troy, and David Hunter of Newport Center. Anderson reported that the 2004 summer camp was successful and that interest in and support of the association‘s activities was increasing each year. He noted that membership stood at slightly over 300.
Guest speaker Sara Marshall of Richford spoke about the significance of an environmental education in the lives of young people. Marshall was a member of the Hazen’s Notch education staff from 1995 to 2003. She is currently a science teacher at Montgomery Elementary School. HNA co-founders Sharon and Rolf Anderson presented Sara with a book about wildflowers in recognition of her many years of service to the association. Rain showers held off until 4 p.m. – just a few minutes after the last of the day’s programs ended.
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