2007-01-25 / About Town

Conanicut Island Land Trust Volunteers honored

Participants in the recent land clearing on North Main Road were honored by the Conanicut Island Land Trust at its year's end meeting.

Held at the home of Jim and Darcy Estes, the land trust honored the landowners and volunteers who have participated in the ongoing project. The project started in 2005 with the clearing of 1,800 linear feet along the farm of George and Martha Neale and continued this year on the opposite side of North Road on the Hodgkiss Farm owned by Gail and Harry Chase.

Quentin Anthony, president of the land trust, said, "The land trust board wanted to express its appreciation to the Neales and Chases for participating in this project. The clearing confers little or no benefit on the farming operations since it involves, for all intents and purposes, only the 3 or 4 feet on each side of the stone walls, but the Chase and Neale families support the goal of opening the fields and walls to our community and graciously invited us on their farms."

Also honored were Archie Clarke, Brian Dutra, and Nick Di- Giando. Anthony said, "We would like to honor all the volunteers who have helped, but there are simply too many. Archie, Brian, and Nick have gone beyond what we could ever expect. Without the heavy equipment provided by Archie and Brian, we would still be there. They do in an hour what 10 men would do in a day. Nick has shown up for two years with as many as 12 of his crew and given us an enormous boost."

All were presented a framed photograph by local photographer Kate Petrie of the views opened up.

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