This in from Dodie Ransom:
On September 3rd the WRAP committee held a special meeting concerning the closure of the Wheelabrator incinerator
in Claremont which took our solid waste. After much research by Paul Colburn and guidance of the NRRA we chose
George Naughton of Branford, NH for two reasons -the best “bang for the buck”and to keep our footprint as small as
The George Watkins Memorial Garden is 90% complete. Two rock entry posts, courtesy of Cold River Materials, who
donated and delivered the big rock, should be in place by the time you read this. Our thanks to Fritze Till, a longstanding
WRAP committee member who designed the garden with spectacular native plants and paths. To Rob Grenier who
designed and built the beautiful benches. To the staff at the Center -Paul Colburn, Greg Given, Paul Clark and
Tom Fitzgerald who provided the muscles and Bobcat work without which would have been impossible. Also
Tom Firzgerald’s son Connor who drove to Maine to pick up the plants at Fedco and delivered them. Last but not
least to the finishers who came with their shovels and trowels- Phoebe Reynolds, Mary and Dick Holmes, Sharon
Tiullar, Carolyn Nordbeck, Inga Green and Barbara Plumley.
All of the expenses were covered by people like you that donated to the George Watkin’s Memorial Fund. It
is a lovely garden of which George and Betty would be proud as should we all. Come, do your recycling, bring
a picnic lunch and enjoy the view and the geese on the pond before they leave.
The WRAP committee is devastated to be loosing our steadfast pal Carol Christian. She and Roger are following
John Soule’s 1851 order “go west, young man”but they were smart to postpone it to 2013.Carol moved to
Walpole in 1995 and hit the ground running. She invested literally thousands of hours of volunteer work for
WRAP, the Library and the Historical Society.. She received the Grange Citizen of the Year Award in 2011.
On joining WRAP in 1998 , she volunteered on the line at the Center, made posters, wrote many articles for
our monthly column, traffic counting, organizing open houses, gardening. the drawing and notifying our free
lunch recipients each month and various field trips with WRAP members to outlying recycling facilities to
keep us on our toes. She was always there with her formidable organizational skills and sense of humor.
Carol mentioned at one point that she was not pleased at all with the recycling efforts in the area they are
moving. Should we warn them that a “force is coming” or just let them be blindsided? I prefer the later!
God Speed,Carol and Roger with many thanks. You will be sorely missed.
See you recycling. Dodie Ransome