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Spring Pond in Autumn

These beautiful photos of Spring Pond in Autumn are shared by Leslie Courtemanche.  
The second photo is of a Great Blue Heron.

Deer and baby fawn

This is a sighting on video, caught by Leslie Courtemanche, of a female deer nursing her baby fawn in Spring Pond Woods.

Seeking volunteers to survey rare species

Finding species listed with Natural Heritage of Endangered Species program is a rarity and special concern in urban areas.  The habitat of a rare bird has been observed in the greenbelt following the power-lines from Salem Woods to Spring Pond Woods to Lynn Woods and green areas in between.  The state has asked for our help to conduct a larger survey of the area.  

If (those fearlessly) interested in joining our efforts within one of these areas, to observe and document this genus during a couple warm nights in spring and summer under a specific moon phase between the survey window of May 18-31, and June 16-30, please inquire for more info. 

It is an extraordinary experience listening to the sounds of this nearly forgotten species between the disappearing edges of our growing large towns.  The importance of preserving greenbelts and wildlife corridors around our cities has been lacking in regional planning and is now of urgence to raise the importance.  Regulating greenbelt zones can be a means to cooperative planning between cities and towns, following the times new Ahwahnee Principles, helping protect our environment by creating buffer areas between municipalities, and avoiding boundary issues. 

For more info contact 
Katerina Panagiotakis Koudanis
phone: 617.418.3009
e-mail: nisi@katerina.info

Leslie Courtemanche

4th Vernal Pool Certification!

A fourth vernal pool was recently certified in Spring Pond Woods!  This little pond with connecting wetlands and buffer areas is now regulated by many state and local laws as an important wildlife habitat.   

Last year, two vernal pools became certified, and back in 1997 the first vernal pond in Spring Pond Woods was acknowledged for certification.

Thank you to those who visited this area continuously over several nights/ days into months, gathering research.   Much love and peace on...

20 Lynn Youngsters did what the city could not

Perilous Street Cleaned by Boys
With Picks and Shovels 20 Lynn Youngsters Toil All Day --- City Unable to Do Work.
Daily Item, February 28, 1936

When the city ran low on funds, snow removal had ceased for many neighborhoods.  20 youngsters, ranging from ages 6-14 were tired of seeing their elders slip and fall on the streets, and so they created 'Operation Cleanup' to clear Fays Avenue when the city could not.  

To read article:  Click on image.  In slideshow, right-click on image to view in another window.  Image will appear in actual size. E-mail peace@springpondwoods.com for more info.

Thank you to Leslie Courtemanche for sharing these news clippings of her father, Rene Courtemanche who was at the time one of the 20 youngsters and foreman of 'Operation Cleanup'.

Remembering Tom O

Some may remember reading posts on the history of the Fay Estate,  shared by TomO.  His posts were sometimes shared as Thomas Osborne.  A couple months ago, our dear friend Thomas passed away from an illness.  Thomas was raised in the Fay Estate, and had been  inspired by the history of the area and the environmental importance of the woods.  He was educated as an historian and was employed at Salem State University as the university's first sustainable manager.  He contributed in helping search through history to save these woods for future generations.  It is a coincidence the hills at the north end of Spring Pond are named Osborne Hills, in that, the gift of helping save these surrounding woodlands was important to Thomas to gift to many, as he would have liked his message (as shared in different photos) to say please "SAVE SPRING POND WOODS". 

From Tom's rememberance:

September 24, 2012
Thomas G. Osborne
Magnolia — Thomas Osborne, 50, of Magnolia, passed away Saturday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief illness with cancer.
Born in Lynn, he was the son of Martha (McGovern) Osborne and the late Richard Osborne. He was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn English High School and Salem State with a degree in History.
Tom was employed at Salem State University for 25 years, in the past seven years as the University’s first Sustainability Manager. Tom’s responsibility was to ensure the University optimized an earth friendly profile by meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. He accomplished this in many forms by monitoring the health of the natural salt marsh grasses, grant writing, tracking green house gases to disposal or donations of materials from construction projects.
In contrast to his responsibilities for the future, his passion was with the past. He participated in many of SSU’s Dr. Baker’s archaeological digs and loved all aspects from excavations to cataloging and processing artifacts. Tom enjoyed researching the history of Lynn, especially the Fay Estate. Tom loved gardening with indigenous plants and fishing.
In addition to his mother Martha, Tom is survived by his sisters, Ellen Corsetti and her husband Gary of Magnolia and Karin Ruck and her husband Jeff of Boxford and his sister-in-law, Joanne Osborne of Marblehead. He is also survived by nephews, Michael and Timothy Corsetti, Colby Leclerc and Max Ruck and nieces, Kelly Osborne and Sedona Ruck. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Osborne.   

Thomas will be remembered.  These are links to some of his posts:

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