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Freemasons Restore East Path on June 28th

Freemasons Restore East Path on June 28th

Rich McElhinney (above) rallied a group of 18 volunteers (below) from the Freemasons lodge in Melrose to help clean up the Fells on Saturday June 28th.  This large and hardy group was pointed at one of the more onerous projects on the Fells cleanup to-do list … the removal of a truckload of asphalt shingles and glass illegally dumped by the side of East Path several years ago.  While the shingles were easy enough to scoop and bag, it was at times discouraging that each layer of shingles removed would only reveal another layer beneath.  The group stayed focused on the task, carting one bag after another of material down to the road for DCR to pick up and eventually, the shingles yielded to dirt!  Natural debris around the site was redistributed to blend this area with surrounding areas, and by next season we can expect new plant growth to finally return.  Thank you, Freemasons of Melrose, for an excellent morning of hard work!

Volunteers from the local Freemasons lodge

Volunteers from the local Freemasons lodge

Rich Sanford

Rich Sanford

Chairman at Friends of the Middlesex Fells
Rich began volunteering with Friends of the Fells in 2010 as a co-founder of the Hike'n'Carry series of family-oriented volunteer trail clean-ups.Rich then joined the FoF board as Volunteer Coordinator, and launched our revamped Trail Adopter program in 2014.In 2015, Rich was elected chairman of the board.
Rich Sanford
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