Jenna Gatto May update

May has brought a lot of work and fun adventures. During the first weekend of the month all of RTOC and TTOC came down to Point Marion Park with me and we did a big clean up to help the town prepare for their Albert Gallatin Regatta that is held at the end of the month. We scraped mud off the dock ramp and boat launch, picked up trash and moved recycling containers to a more user friendly area, weeded around the basketball courts, cleaned up the wooded area, chipped tree stumps, laid gravel, etc. It was a long and rewarding day.
During the following week, RTOC headed down to Fredericktown to plant flowers in their community garden, as well as clean it up a bit. Then, the next day we headed to Greensboro to hike the beginning of the Warrior Trail, to familiarize ourselves and give the Warrior Trail Association a write up of things they can do to make it more user friendly. Soon we will be going out for a work day on the trail.
This month has not just been a lot of outdoor, out of the office work though. I had a lot of work to do working on the Point Marion Albert Gallatin Regatta Memorial Day Parade. I spent a lot of time contacting and confirming people, organizations, churches, bands, etc. to be there on the day of the parade to march through Point Marion. In addition, I helped with promoting the parade with flyers and press releases. All the hard work was worth it though, on the day of the parade we had around 40 units to line up and send out. It went smoothly and Sam, Ryan, and I had a lot of fun directing people into position.
Marah and I worked with Cara from TTOC on the Fayette County Children’s Water Festival, where we had a table and tried to teach children about different aspects of water. This was a fun event to prepare for, as we got to make seed pods to give out to the kids after they answered trivia questions about what we were trying to teach them. We built a terrarium to simulate how the water cycle works, and we built planters to show how plants filter water as it runs through their roots.
After all of our hard work this month a group of us went camping in Ohiopyle and took advantage of the recreational opportunities there. We biked down from Connellsville just in time to get caught in a crazy lightning storm, but we survived and had a fun night camping followed by a day in the river.
Now as we move into June everyone is working hard to prepare for our second Regional Action Town Meeting, as well as other regional projects that we have for the year.