We will now have additional help in the ravine through a Boy Scout, Dominic Jannazo, who is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. An Eagle is the highest rank attainable in the Scouts. Since being introduced in 1911, over 2 million boys have achieved this honor. In order to become an Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout as to have at least 21 merit badges and finish a service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Dominic has chosen the Glen Echo Ravine as his service project and will be working on removing concrete and invasive honeysuckle, as well as planting native plants. We are very happy to have Dominic working in the ravine; every set of hands really helps.
Finally, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Mike McLaughlin, who has been so instrumental in moving our arboretum forward. He keeps us organized and focused on what we need to do. We’d be lost without his help (and that of all the other members of the steering committee!). Mike had a birthday party last Saturday that was a total blast. He had a dance floor with disco lights and a non-stop dance track playing for several hours. Which begs the question: why is it that I can dance for several hours straight, burning up calories without a thought, and riding the stationary bike for 20 minutes is pure torture? I sweated more on the dance floor!
On top of that, we couldn’t ask for a nicer neighbor, or a better friend. Mike and his husband Dan where the ones who took the baby finch (still struggling to get sout of its shell) to the Ohio Wildlife Center. They both have hearts of gold.
Happy birthday, Mike!
Until next time!