Fall/Winter WCLT Newsletter
A Word from the President
Gillian Beamer was elected president of WCLT (2017-2020) at the Annual Meeting in June. She is a professor at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Gillian and her family have lived in Westborough for 6 years. She also serves on WCLT’s Education Committee.
Having grown up on Mount Desert Island, the island where Acadia National Park is located on the coast of Maine, I love the outdoors and view conservation as an important endeavor for all of us. Here, in Westborough, I feel strongly about maintaining a mindset focused on conservation. It is a goal that falls within WCLT’s mission. It takes a community effort to instill an appreciation for conservation and to encourage responsible use of conserved land. The effort, though, is not a burden but a pleasure. It will enrich our lives, children’s lives, grandchildren’s lives and future generations we will not know. The land and trails are in our backyards, waiting to be used.
One of my priorities as the new WCLT president is to build the number of active volunteers we have, so we can continue our mindset focused on conservation. WCLT is an all-volunteer organization and we are seeking volunteers for the following committees.
Membership Committee The Membership Committee communicates with members electronically and by paper mail; receives and acknowledges applications and donations; and maintains membership databases. Meeting schedule TBD. 
Education Committee The Education Committee plans and executes WCLT-related events, typically walks and hikes; speakers; the annual live animal show in February at the Knights of Columbus (owls, snakes, birds, etc.), and Earth Day clean-up. Meets monthly. 
Stewardship Committee The Stewardship Committee identifies and maintains trails and mentors scouts for projects. Meets monthly.
Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee recommends and interviews Westborough residents to serve on the Board of Directors, typically seeking volunteers with desirable skill sets. Most busy in winter/spring.
To find out more or to volunteer, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Meet the New Directors
Meet the three new directors elected to the Board of Directors by WCLT members at the June 2017 annual meeting: 
Peter Dunbeck
Pete Dunbeck and his wife Kathy moved to Westborough in 1979 and have raised their family of three now-grown children here.  Both Pete and Kathy recently retired from long careers in high tech, Pete from EMC and Kathy from Hewlett Packard. 
Pete is active in a variety of environmental groups.  Last year he started the Environmental Stewardship Ministry at St Luke’s.  With this group he is now partnering with Good Shepard and is talking to other churches in Westborough, Shrewsbury and Northborough to try to increase the awareness and activities to support our environment.  He is also on the Steering Committee for the Boston Catholic Climate Movement, which is an advocacy and teaching organization supporting carbon reduction and environmental sensitivity.

Michelle Scerbin
Michelle Scerbin moved to Westborough in 1999 from California, and has especially enjoyed Westborough’s suburban elbow room.  Three children and years later, she has been actively involved with many organizations that encourage outdoor activities, exploration and appreciation, including Boy Scouts, Venture Crew, WYSA, YMCA, and Girls Scouts.  As a troop leader, she has been encouraging first-hand experiences and outdoor skill development as well stewardship.
Michelle and her children have explored more than 30 National Parks across the US. She and her kids have experienced every national ecosystem and have participated and earned Junior Ranger badges in each park they have visited. Michelle has recently started her return to professional endeavors as an independent consultant to a number of high tech and medical companies.

Karen Yeowell
Karen Yeowell has always enjoyed wandering around the woods and sleeping in a tent. She was very excited to stumble upon the Westborough Community Land Trust’s trails when she and her family relocated to Westborough from Belgium in 2009.  As a Girl Scout co-leader, Boy Scout merit badge counselor, and Venture Crew assistant advisor, Karen actively encourages her two children and local youth to hike the trails and volunteer to help WCLT. Karen’s trail work experience goes back to 1984, when she rearranged rocks on the Appalachian Trail in western North Carolina, and in 1987 maintained the side trails and structures around Mt Moosilauke in New Hampshire.  She is currently attempting to walk all the trails in our area.
Karen also fosters kittens for the Worcester Animal Rescue League, volunteers at the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s shelter for homeless families in Worcester, and cooks for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program at Mt Cardigan Lodge.

Know Your Continuing Directors
Continuing board members include: Sue Abladian, Vince Acquilino, Warren Anderson, Gillian Beamer (now president), Ellen Bishop, Neil Feldman, Marjorie Fisher, Tim Foley, Adam Last, Jerry Lyle, Keith Martin, Bob Nolan, Polly Pearson, Christopher Sassetti, Kelly Thomas, and Eric Waite.

Executive Committee
 WCLT’s Executive Committee is elected annually and consists of the WCLT officers and two members-at-large selected from the board of directors.  Elected for 2017-2018 were:
President:  Gillian Beamer
Vice President: Chris Sassetti
Secretary: Marge Fisher
Treasurer: Kelly Thomas
Assistant Treasurer: Neil Feldman
Member at Large: Warren Anderson
Member at large: Adam Last
The new memorial bench in honor of Mark O’Connell offers a lovely view of Sandra Pond
Memorial bench in honor of Mark O’Connell at Sandra Pond
Flanked by shadbushes set to bloom in the spring, a new memorial bench now graces the shore of Sandra Pond in honor of the late Mark O’Connell of Olde Hickory Path.  The location offers a lovely view of the pond. Walkers will find the bench near the pond’s spillway, just off the Charm Bracelet trail (on the section between Minuteman Park and Bowman Street). Trail map showing Sandra Pond and Bowman Conservation Area.

Friends and family of Mark O’Connell gathered to dedicate the memorial in September. Also in memory of Mark, they have created the Mark O’Connell Foundation for Lake Winnipesaukee Safety.

WCLT deeply thanks the O’Connell family and Mark’s friends and former colleagues for their generosity to WCLT after the family asked that donations in Mark’s memory be made to WCLT.

WCLT worked with Mark’s former colleagues from MatrixOne to establish the memorial bench.  Thanks to Brian O’Keefe and other WCLT volunteers who helped coordinate the bench installation and watering of the trees. Thanks also go to the Westborough Conservation Commission and Department of Public Works.
WCLT Says Thank You!
We are grateful to:
Family, friends, and colleagues of the late Mark O’Connell for their generous donations to WCLT in memory of Mark.

RSA Media for a generous donation to WCLT for the express purpose of funding the construction (by the Town) of the new Upton Road trail segment, which completed the trail loop around Sandra Pond. People no longer have to walk on the roadway. 

The Westborough Cultural Council, Westborough Newcomers Club, and Knights of Columbus for their donations and support of WCLT’s two shows last March of “Owls of New England and Beyond” by Eyes on Owls.

Our business partner Arturo’s Ristorante, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 9, Roche Bros., and both Stop & Shop stores in town for donating food and beverages for the picnic lunch for WCLT’s 2017 Earth Day Clean-up volunteers; and Mugford’s Flower Shoppe for giving free bouquets to volunteers.

Our business partners Arturo’s Ristorante and Julio’s Liquors for their support in making WCLT’s 20th anniversary party in April a success.

Luanne Crosby for the special song she wrote for WCLT and for other music she played at WCLT’s 20th anniversary party in April.

The Willows at Westborough for choosing WCLT as the nonprofit organization to benefit from donations at the Willows concert in early August.

And of course, all  members, friends, volunteers, event participants, trail stewards, Boy Scout and Girl Scout volunteers, Town volunteers, businesses, and more who support WCLT in so many different ways! 
A Special Song by Luanne Crosby Celebrates WCLT’s 20th Anniversary

This year WCLT was honored when singer-songwriter Luanne Crosby wrote a special song for WCLT’s 20th anniversary.   Luanne sang and played the song, “Understand,” for the first time at WCLT’s anniversary celebration in April.  For the benefit of all members, a future WCLT e-newsletter will provide a link to this special song, which Luanne is in the process of recording. For now, enjoy Luanne’s lyrics:

Understand – by Luanne Crosby
It soothes our aching souls
Warms our weary hearts
Clears our minds of thoughts
When we feel we’ve come apart
It’s always there for us
In our darkest hours
Shades us with its trees
Delights us with its flowers
We in turn seek to protect this strong but fragile land
Anyone who’s roamed these woods surely understands
It cleans the air we breathe
Its waters quench our thirst
Restores our mood to calm
Even when we’re at our worst
Cools us with the dark
Warms us from the chill
We trust it will provide
And pray it always will
We in turn seek to protect this strong but fragile land
Anyone who’s climbed these hills surely understands
How can we not cherish
This place that is our home
This planet is our savior
To whom we must atone
For all that we’ve done wrong
For what we have destroyed
We can’t turn back the clock
But we know how to go forward
Our duty now is to protect this strong but fragile land
Anyone who’s walked these fields surely understands
Anyone who’s watched the sky
Seen the lightning, heard the thunder
All of us who know its wonders
Surely understand
© L. Crosby 2017
 (Written for the 20th Anniversary of the Westborough Community Land Trust) 
Stewardship Notes
Keith Martin has recently taken on the role of chair of the Stewardship Committee, following Marge Fisher who served as chair 2013-2017. This is Keith’s third year on the Board of Directors. He has been an active trail steward both through WCLT and as an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 100. 
Keith reports that most of the 50+ mile Charm Bracelet trail system is in excellent shape thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and a relatively mild 2016-17 winter.
  • New trail at Bowman Conservation Area (BCA): Earlier this year, with financial support from WCLT, the Town installed a new trail behind the guard rail on Upton Road. This new trail segment creates safe and convenient access to the Bowman Conservation Area from Minuteman Park and completes a loop trail around Sandra Pond. Trail map showing Sandra Pond
  • Scout projects: WCLT continues to sponsor multiple Eagle Scout projects, both ongoing and recently completed. Bram Townsend of Troop 382 recently finished construction of a bridge on the Malley Trail near the base of Veterans’ Freedom Park. Carter Fleming of Troop 100 recently completed an invasive species removal project at Gilmore Pond. Ongoing projects include repairs to the Gilmore Pond access road and additional bridging on the Malley Trail. Approximately 100 Eagle Scout projects have benefited WCLT since 1997. We also benefit from work with Girl Scouts on Gold and Silver award projects. Trail map showing Malley Trail   Trail map showing Gilmore Pond
  • Trail clean-up: This summer, the WCLT Stewardship Committee held three work sessions: one to create a new trailhead to the Libbey Conservation Area (LCA) at Adams Street, and two to remove large brush piles at Gilmore Pond. Trail map showing Libbey Conservation Area
  • Ongoing work: This year, work will continue at the Adams Street trailhead, along the Malley Trail, and on the Orchard Swamp Trail where the section from Haskell Street to East Main Street was severely damaged by a 2016 microburst.
You can help! If you regularly walk the trails in Westborough, it’s easy to help us keep the trails in good shape. If you notice any problem areas (fallen trees, trash, graffiti, or trails becoming too narrow due to foliage growth), please send a report by email to Keith. If you are interested in becoming a trail monitor, or you are willing to help out with some occasional trail work, send a note to the same address. We recently started a new mailing list for volunteers, and we’d be thrilled to add you to it!
A view of the new Upton Road trail segment at Sandra Pond, looking toward Minuteman Park from Bowman Conservation Area
New Upton Road trail segment completes Sandra Pond loop

What’s new on the trails?  This summer a short but crucial new trail segment along Upton Road was built, making it possible – at long last! – to walk all the way around Sandra Pond without having to walk on the road. This very welcome trail segment is situated between the Upton Road guard rail and the pond. It completes the trail loop around the pond and also provides a relatively short trail route between Minuteman Park and the Bowman Conservation Area parking lot on Bowman Street. Go to Minuteman Park and walk left (when you’re facing the pond) to get to this new trail segment.
The Town completed this trail segment with help from WCLT. Many thanks to RSA Media, which made a donation to WCLT for the express purpose of funding the completion of this portion of trail.  We are grateful for the generosity that made the trail construction possible. Trail map showing Bowman Conservation Area with Sandra Pond
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Cindy Kunz
If you’re looking for a local trail to walk this fall or winter, check out the suggestions in our Try a Trail e-newsletters::
 Try a Trail: John Malley Trail
 Try a Trail: Osprey Point
Try a Trail: Gilmore Pond
Try a Trail: Sandra Pond
Write About Your Favorite Trail
If you have your own favorite trail in town, write about it for Try a Trail!  E-mail us (300 words or less). We can add some trail information and share it with others.  Photos welcome!
In This Issue
Meet the New Directors
Memorial Bench
Thank You!
A Special Song
Nature Notes
Scholarship Essays
Stewardship Notes
Try A Trail
Westborough Walks
Dog Walking Policy
WCLT Videos
Make a Donation
WCLT’s 5 business partners show leadership & stewardship

Our five business partners – EMSEAL Corporation, Pearson Advisory Investor Relations, Thomas Financial Associates, Arturo's Ristorante, and Julio's Liquors – have shown both leadership and environmental stewardship in supporting the mission of WCLT. Thanks to these partners, WCLT can preserve and protect more land while offering trails and educational programs to the greater Westborough and Central Mass Communities.

To find out how your organization can join WCLT as a business partner, please email.
WCLT’s Gilmore Pond is a favorite fall foliage spot and a “charm” that’s been conserved on Westborough’s Charm Bracelet trail. Trail map

Read about Highlights of Conservation in Westborough
2017 is a year for thinking about history as we continue to celebrate both Westborough’s 300th anniversary (1717-2017) and WCLT’s 20th anniversary (1997-2017). Read about “Highlights of Conservation in Westborough” in a recent WCLT Nature Notes in the
Westborough News.

Gilmore Pond foliage photo (photo credit:  courtesy of Garry Kessler)
2017 WCLT Scholarship Essays
Congratulations to Westborough High School (WHS) graduating seniors John O’Connell and Kaleigh Wright, recipients of the 2017 WCLT Scholarships.  The two $1,000 scholarships were awarded on the basis of essays submitted in WCLT’s Earth Day Essay Contest, which runs every year in March. In addition, two other WHS seniors, Nicole Bates and Joseph Liebert, were recognized with honorable mentions in the contest. Read the two winning essays on the WCLT web site.
Here’s a brief list of upcoming WCLT spring events and important dates. For full information, updates, or cancellations, check the WCLT web site calendar. For more information: WCLT contact.

Sunday, January 21, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Secrets of Cedar Swamp Pond

(OR Warm-Weather Alternative Hike:
Explore the Headwaters Conservation Area in Winter)

NOTE: Before coming to this hike, check the WCLT website or the WCLT Facebook page. If the weather has been too warm for safely walking on Cedar Swamp ice, we will substitute the alternative Headwaters Conservation Area hike.
Secrets of Cedar Swamp Pond
Meet at the rear of St. Luke's Cemetery, 24 Hopkinton Road, Westborough

If the ice is solid enough, Marge Fisher will lead a hike to Cedar Swamp Pond, which can only be accessed by paddling in spring or by walking across frozen Cedar Swamp in winter. Hikers may want to bring snowshoes or traction devices depending on snow and ice cover. Hiking poles, cameras, and binoculars are also a plus. 2.5 miles over level but uneven terrain. Click for map.
Explore the Headwaters Conservation Area in Winter
Meet at the far side of the Mill Pond School parking lot, 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough

Enjoy a wintry walk near Mill Pond with Marge Fisher in one of Westborough’s most beautiful conservation areas; 2.5 miles on slightly hilly trails. Click for map.
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
The Birds and the Bees . . . and the Butterflies!
Westborough Public Library meeting room
55 West Main Street, Westborough

Dr. Martha Gatch of Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook will give a slide talk on Massachusetts pollinators. Learn about colorful hummingbirds and many fascinating types of native bees and butterflies, why they are important, and what you can do to help them thrive in Westborough. No pre-registration required. Email Events
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Live Animal Show: Nature of My Back Yard
TWO SHOWS:  9:00 & 11:00 am
Knights of Columbus Hall
17 Willow Street, Westborough

What do a flying squirrel, a woodchuck, and a porcupine have in common? All are native to Westborough, and you can meet them, plus many more live local animals, at this free event! Bring your family. Our popular spring live animal show is always a big hit with the young and the curious of all ages! Presented by The Creature Teachers. No reservation required. Free; donations gratefully accepted at the door. Plan to arrive early as seating is limited. PARKING in rear lot.  Overflow parking in Arturo’s parking lot, 54 East Main St., and walk around behind the Arturo’s building to cross directly into the KofC parking lot.  No parking allowed along Willow Street. Email Events
Monday, April 9, 2018
DEADLINE for WCLT 2018 Earth Day Essay Contest & Scholarship Applications

For contest & scholarship details: See WCLT web site or Westborough High School guidance office in late February/early March 2018.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Earth Day Town-Wide Litter Cleanup & Picnic Lunch
6:30 am & 9:30 am
PICNIC LUNCH at 12 noon
6:30 am – Meet at West Meadow Plaza or Bellows Road
9:30 am – Check in at Bay State Commons Green
Back this year: Optional online signup! Information coming soon.

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT. Come on your own, or rally your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors and form a team to beautify our town! Trash bags, rubber gloves provided. Email Events
Sunday, May 20, 2018
1:30-3:30 pm
Springtime Walk at Gilmore Pond & Libbey/Wile Forest
Meet at Gilmore Pond trail entrance: GPS address: 19 Quick Farm Road, Westborough

Join our new Stewardship chair, Keith Martin, in a springtime ramble through Libbey/Wile Forest, starting at lovely Gilmore Pond.

Monday, June 18, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm
WCLT Annual Meeting
Speaker:  Mark Richardson on “Earth-Friendly Gardening”
St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 1 Ruggles St., Westborough

How can you help the environment while creating beautiful gardens and landscapes in your own yard? Learn what to plant, and what not to plant, in order to save energy, use less water, help pollinators, and live sustainably in many other ways.
To find out about other, more impromptu guided walks taking place around Westborough, check out Westborough Walks, WCLT’s recently created online Meet-up group.
WCLT Dog Policy

This question sometimes comes up: Are dogs allowed on WCLT property?

The answer:  Dog walking is permitted on WCLT property and trails as long as dogs are on leashes or under their owner’s control.
Please consider making a donation!
We safeguard land to meet the environmental, recreational, agricultural, and scenic needs of the Town of Westborough and to preserve open space and the natural character of the land.

The Westborough Community Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization; contributions are deductible under IRS regulations. We are governed by a board of directors elected by the members.

See Videos of Recent WCLT Events
Have you seen these Westborough TV videos of 2017 WCLT events?
If you missed any of these 2017 events, or would like to enjoy them again, check out these videos by Westborough TV, or find many others on their WCLT page. These videos can help you get through the winter!
WCLT’s June 2017 Annual Meeting presentation “Coywolves” by Jon Way 
WCLT’s April 2017 live animal show “Owls of New England and Beyond” by Eyes on Owls
Dr. Mark Pokras’ February 2017 presentation for WCLT “Learning from Local Loons”

Garry Kessler’s January 2017 butterfly talk “The Secret Life of Butterflies”:
A 3-minute BUTTERFLY MEDITATION from Garry Kessler
The full January 2017 talk “The Secret Life of Butterflies” by Garry Kessler
Note that these events, as well as others recorded after January 10, 2014, can be viewed on any device, including iPad, iPhone and Android. For older shows you will need Windows media player.
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