After planning, executing, & compiling all the data for the Point Marion Albert Gallatin Memorial Day Parade we were able to cross that project off our list. Next year’s organizer will have it pretty good with contact information, flyers, press releases, & the do's & don'ts of planning a parade. At the beginning of June we were able to knock of California & Point Marion's Town Assessments. Each one had pretty good turn outs, where we were able to come up with corps groups to work with from each town. It was great to get some of the community members to step outside and look at their towns from a visitors perspective and see how their views may change. Also, just hearing the input that a variety of people had on the area was encouraging, considering we are going to be working together to get a lot of these issues addressed. As a group, we are all contributing to a Mon River App through the PEC. This is going to be a great regional project for all of our towns. Giving people the points of interest at the tip of their fingers will be a great asset.
This month was especially great for me considering I was able to finally get my canoe out on the water where it belongs! We actually headed over to Ten Mile Creek, a tributary off the Mon, for a little day paddle. We were on the water for about 4 hours & covered roughly 8 miles. We luckily had a local as our guide, who also provided the kayaks. It was so awesome to finally get out and do something recreational. And our guide was great, passing on river & historic information, as well as his own stories. Another outing I had was a flat water paddle down at Yough Lake along the Maryland/Pennsylvania border.
After the town assessments were all complete we were able to all come together as a team and see what each communities focus as well as more of regional projects as well. Keeping in contact with our corps attendees will be very crucial to the sustainability of this project, which is why I will continue having constant contact with each person.
As part of the assessment on Point Marion, the idea of hanging historic photos of the area in window displays of the main street was brought up. Since then, I have been trying to gather photos from locals, historical societies, & local libraries. I am excited for this project to get started, just being able to see a small change will be good for all.
To finish of a productive month, myself and Laura also took a little bike ride over on the Green River Trail, starting at the trailhead in Millsboro. It was a quick 5 mile bike ride through Rices Landing & ending right outside, near Crucible. We were both impressed with the area, with the wooded fence in some areas, as well as an amazing black raspberry patch in Pumpkin Run Park in Rices Landing! Wonderful way to conclude June!