Not just run of the mill

November 22, 2011

Editor:

As president of Eden Mill Nature Center for the last 10 years, I have seen the volunteers rise up to meet the demands of storms, projects and every special event. When tropical storm Lee came to Harford County, he left Eden Mill a mess.

Over the weeks after Lee's arrival the efforts of more than 100 volunteers contributing in excess of 950 volunteer hours cleaned the park, rebuilt boardwalks, shoveled mud, hauled debris, planted seed, and just worked till they dropped. They were so anxious to get to work; they were showing up at 6 a.m. the day after the storm to start work. Our volunteers were very ready, very willing and very able to meet the challenge of restoring the park for our visitors to enjoy.  Thanks everyone.  

On Nov. 5, Eden Mill had its Fall Fest, the purpose of which was to raise money for our scholarship fund to allow children to attend our summer camp who might not have had a chance on their own. During the event, we had more than 600 visitors tour the historic grist mill, visit the nature center, attend numerous programs and generally have a good time. As usual, the volunteers made this happen from planning, setting up, manning the stations, cleaning up after the event, and whatever was needed to make the day a success. We had 52 volunteers contribute more than 350 hours the day of the event and contributed more than 100 hours in planning the Fall Fest.

Saying the words thank you seems such an inadequate way to recognize the contributions and hours that the volunteers give to Eden Mill and the community. The hours and efforts shown here pale compared to the hours and efforts put in throughout the year.

Thank you, Eden Mill volunteers.

Sharon Miller

President of Eden Mill Nature Committee

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