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July 2018


For those of you who have not been to the Swezey House Park, you should come visit. The park has been transformed. There is a beautiful handicap-accessible boardwalk from the Swezey House to the spillway along the Lake front. The plantings are in and the sod has been put down. The Town still needs to finish the sun shade and build the bridge over the spillway. They are also going to put more native plants around the fish ladder and the spillway area. Even though it is not complete, the portion that is done is still a beautiful walk. The entire park is full of life. There are mothers with strollers and kids running around. There are fishermen walking to the front of the lake and people carrying their kayaks to the lake to enjoy a day on the water. There is something to do for everyone.

The mini libraries located at the entrance are always being used. There is a children’s library and an adult library and they are stocked and maintained by the Friends of the Library; our thanks to them for their generous support.

Longwood School is once again doing their summer program with the kids. Once a week they bring the kids to the Swezey Park and they enjoy a day of fun in the park and in the water. The school has purchased 20 kayaks and 20 paddle boards as well as fishing poles for the kids. Some of the kids have never been in the water before and it is fun just watching them.

In the meantime, we are very busy at the other end of town working on the Homan-Gerard house. The house restoration is nearing completion. We are putting the finishing touches on some trim work, the floors are being sanded in preparation for staining. There are still some doors and shutters to be made and hung and the stair rails are going to be installed in two weeks.

The grading of the property will be done by volunteers. Painting will also be done by volunteers. Painting should be starting by the end of July. Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the painting, please do not hesitate to call us.

Please don’t forget our summer tours that start July 8th and every Sunday in July and August from 1pm-4pm. All of our houses will be open and we will have docents in each house. The tours are free of charge.

- Robert Kessler, President



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