We have committed to improving and renovating the trails in the wildlands. Six residents have been trained to build bog bridges and water bars on the trails. See the work here!
Here’s your Monhegan Island memo for the fall, about the activities in the past few months. Dede Little-Werbe has retired, but our able young intern, Joy Longfellow, has taken over with assists from many others – a note from Lucia Miller, many pictures from Bob Bartels, etc. Fred Grey provides his trail report and Emily Morse the report of the Ecology Committee. This file was emailed to those who were on Dede’s list, so if you’re seeing this and you didn’t get it through email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to the list.
If you missed memos in the past, here are Dede’s..
We sadly share the news of Ann C. Hughey’s recent passing. Ann and her late husband George became summer residents in 1988, starting a quarter century (and counting) family presence as a very positive part of the Monhegan community fabric. Specific to Monhegan Associates, Ann ably served as both a Trustee, as well as President from 1992-1994.
Ann was a special lady in many ways, adding wisdom, wit and grace to every interaction she was part of. As I compose this note, I am fondly remembering her radiance at her granddaughter Helen’s wedding at the Trailing Yew last summer!
Glenn Burdick, President
The mailing of the Minutes of the Associates – and the all-important membership renewal – has been completed. I do hope you will renew your membership (on line, preferably!) soon.
It’s snowing heavily here in Maine but someday there will be spring, and then we will see you on Monhegan!
One of our longtime summer residents, Jane Varnum, died on Thursday, Jan 10, 2013.
Her son-in-law, Glenn Burdick, writes
I regret to announce the recent passing of Jane Varnum. Following her 1941 arrival and ensuing summer gig working at the Island Inn, Monhegan quickly became part of her DNA. Representative of an enduring strength of the Monhegan community, lifelong relationships took root during those youthful years, with other close friendships forged during the next seven decades.
Whether selling raffle tickets for Tea by the Sea from her cart, “Caning with Jane”, hosting a “grey panther” dinner party, or sunbathing with Lucia and Dede in svelte two piece suits at Pebble Beach (I have photos), Jane was intricately woven into the fabric of the Monhegan community. She will be remembered fondly by many for her steadfast determination, courage, and compassion.
If you wish to make a donation to Monhegan Associates in her honor, go here:
The trails are in serious need of attention. If you can possibly help, please meet at the tool shed on the Meadow opposite Tribler Cottage at 9:00 a.m. every Friday morning. Tools will be supplied. Thanks!
Job Description. THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED
Monhegan Associates (MAI) Summer Intern
Monhegan Associates Inc (MAI), a non-profit organization formed in 1954, seeks a personable, diligent individual willing to advance the MAI mission of perpetuating the ecology, understanding and enjoyment of Monhegan’s Wild Lands while simultaneously supporting the simple, friendly way of life of the Monhegan community. Job functions will be finalized upon actual retention of the Intern but are anticipated to focus upon many of the elements below:
- Education and Outreach.
- Organize and lead minimum of one scheduled nature walk per week for interested parties
- Serve as information/greeting resource at MAI information kiosk/garden cart at mid day. Maintain log of comments and interested parties. (anticipated to be up to 90 minutes per day, five days/week including some weekends).
- Support MAI Children’s program as appropriate, possibly including special nature walks
- Support lecture series (scheduled during four nights) and other MAI events as appropriate.
- Handle periodic distribution of MAI materials (event notices, Outreach memos, etc) to Monhegan hotels and businesses.
- Trail access and enjoyment.
- Lead minimum of one trail walk per week on trail of interest.
- Support trail maintenance as assigned, including Friday morning trail maintenance gatherings.
- Co-ordinate effective implementation of MAI “Adopt a Trail” program
- Maintain inventory/access to MAI tool shed.
- Research (as time and resources permit).
- Centralize all Island research that has been conducted by visiting scientists on the topics of:
- Invasive species management. Note; has a lot of ins and outs that should be looked at. For example, how we go about most effectively managing the spread of invasives?
- Use of a various herbicides.
Format of employment: Independent contractor working on an hourly basis. At MAI’s discretion, the tasks described above may be performed by one or more individuals
Anticipated work period: July and August, 2012. Requisite training to provide information regarding Monhegan Associates, Monhegan Island and anticipated Nature Walks will be provided upon retention.
Anticipated time commitment: 200-300 hours; representing 20-30 hours per week
Send expressions of interest and qualifications to:
info@monhegan associates.org attention Clare Durst, Secretary
Copy to: Glenn Burdick, President: Monhegan Associates; email@example.com
The Ecology Lecture Series for 2012
Save these dates and research the topics if you wish!
July 18 – Kristen Lamb, Director, Center for Wildlife, Neddick ME
– The Birds & the Bats; Sharing Ecology of the Sea & Beyond
July 24 – Tristan Vis – Introduction to Permaculture
August 8 – Lou Perrotti, Director of Conservation Programs, Roger Williams Park Zoo Bringing back the American Burying Beetle to Nantucket
August 15 – John Bunker, apple historian and author of Not Far From The Tree – A History of Apples in Maine.
As always, at the Schoolhouse at 7:30 pm. Monhegan Associates and children free, others $5.
And very busy he is, too. He has built a dam which has caused a flood on rte 1A between Little Whitehead and Whitehead. This is a very popular trail for those going around the island, but right now don’t plan on being able to traverse it. There will be signs on-island reminding you to ‘take an alternate route.’