Spring is here and that means it is time for our annual Spring Cleanup!
Please mark your calendars and save April 21st
the day you can make a difference at Buckingham Pond!
This year's annual meeting marks a real turning point for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy. We start a new era as Harry Ermides takes the helm as president. I hope all of you will join me in welcoming Harry to his new role!
Felton McLaughlin will take over Harry's former role as Vice President and Mark Bechard and Marsha Penrose remain as Secretary and Treasurer. We also welcome new board members John Caplis and Marjorie Geiger who join Tara Caligure and Brian Davis as at-large members. I'll still be on the board as the "past-president" - happy to take a back seat to Harry's leading role.
My three year term as the founding president showed me how much we can accomplish in a short time - big things like reconfiguring the path on the South side and little things like getting the plexiglass repaired on the interpretive signs. Taken together our many accomplishments have made the pond an even more lovely attraction in our neighborhood. There is still much to do - especially on our primary objective of ensuring that the pond's water quality and ecological health is secure - but we've done an amazing amount for a small, all volunteer group with an annual budget of not much!
If you weren't able to join us at the meeting you might like to review the presentation from Scott Kisbaugh from the NYSDEC. Each summer Conservancy volunteers sample the water from the pond under the auspices of the DEC's Citizen Statewide Lake Assesement Program. The basic summary is that the pond continues to have high nutrient levels. Scott recommended focusing on three main sources of nutrients: storm water runoff, waterfowl, and lawn fertalization. Scott complimented us on the implementation of the "no mow zone" which over time will allow native species to help filter storm water before it gets to the pond, and encouraged us to keep working on these and other mechanisms for limiting nutrients in the pond.
It was inspiring to see 50 or so people at the annual meeting despite the absolutely glorious weather that day. Whether you were able to come to the annual meeting or not, I hope you will find time to join us at one of the upcoming events listed at the right.
Buckingham Pond Conservancy Past President
Sunday April 14, 1:00 PM
Walk the pond with the board to identify priorities for 2013. Meet at the playground.
Spring Cleanup/Work Day
Sunday 4/21 1:00 - 3:00 PM
(Rain Date 4/28)
Help get the pond and park ready for the new season. Lots of projects large and small.
Tuesday April 23, 6:30 PM
Pine Hills Library
Board meetings are the best way to get involved and are always open to the membership.
Tomorrow night's board meeting (Tuesday, 3/19 6:30 PM) will not be held at the Pine Hills Library as planned. Instead, we'll be meeting in a private home. All are still welcome, but I'd prefer not to broadcast the address. If you'd like to come to the meeting, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the address.
Sorry for the short notice - Anne
In 2009 35 people came together to found the Buckingham Pond Conservancy. Since then we've grown in size and capacity - coordinating clean ups, hosting social events, finding grants to help the pond, building relationships with City staff, sampling the pond's water, installing storm drain medallions, and so much more. Each year we come together just one time to celebrate our successes and revisit our priorities. Be a part of it! Come to the:
Fourth Annual Meeting
Buckingham Pond Conservancy
Sunday March 10
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Bethany Reformed Church
760 New Scotland Avenue (Corner of Lenox Avenue)
Scott Kisbaugh, Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section Chief from the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation will be with us to help us understand the findings from our summer's work collecting water samples from the pond.
We will also be voting to elect new Board Members and amend the bylaws. (Want to be a new board member? Read on!) Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, but only members can vote. Membership is $5 per year per adult, and we're happy to take your membership contribution at the door.
We are seeking two energetic folks who love the pond to consider a two year term as a board member. If you are interested in finding out more about being a board member, contact us no later than Friday 2/22 at email@example.com.
Have an hour to help the pond?
We hope to find enough volunteers to flyer the neighborhood around the pond to make sure word gets out about the meeting. If you can help distribute flyers door to door, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org Even an hour of your time would help!
What a wonderful time - 200+ people out enjoying the spectacular day today, topped off with an actual rainbow to mark the occasion. Wow.
If you had a great time today, thank these people when you see them -
- Mark Bechard for arranging to food and permit paperwork and baking the oh so fabulous cupcakes
- Felton McLaughlin for arranging the treat donations and HessExpress and Dunkin' Donuts for making those donations.
- Marjorie Geiger for baking wonderful treats to share.
- Those folks plus Marsha Penrose, Harry Ermides, Tara Caligure, and John Caplis for staffing the table and making everyone feel so welcome.
- Eileen Gerrish for providing the stove and running out for more hot chocolate.
- The City of Albany for co-sponsoring
The shoveling crew who rose to the occasion when the City had to focus on little things like shoveling the streets and couldn't plow the pond:
- Jim Conroy,
- Kevin Creagan,
- Harry Ermides,
- Joe Toome,
- Shelly Justa,
- Marion Waldeman, and
- Melissa Baer, as well as
- Madeline Conroy (teen division), and
- Katie Myers & Isabella Waldeman (Youth Division) and
- Dustin (I hope I got his name right) who gracefully acquiesced to my request to snowblow a path to connect his fab hockey rink to our skating track.
And also thank the spouses and children of all these people for loaning them to us for hours to make all this happen.