Conservationists are honored in verse
John Lee, former member of the Conservation Commission, announced the three winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award in verse. Lee poetized, in part:
Spang , Freedman and Zoll
Ok. Ok. I shall try to be brief
This can’t be too long or I’ll get some grief
From Doug here who is chomping at the bit
And wishing I would get on with it!
It is always an honor to present
The COY award to the residents
Who have given so much time and love
To insure that Carlisle’s citizens can rise above
The usual ex-urban sports and ennui,
to get outdoors and away from TV
to really walk in our fields and woods;
to forget for a while their coulds and shoulds,
relax a bit in the way we had ought
in the beauty the we in Carlisle have sought (or bought!).
This year my honor is thrice the fun:
There are three honorees instead of one!
Each one of them in their own special way
Has given all of us all about two years and a day
To produce the so-called O, S and R
(A better one, say we, than rest by far!)
So that those who venture out to recreate
Won’t get lost as they perambulate
from Castle Rock through field and fen
to Greenough Pond and back again.
They took note of every nook and feature,
Detailed every rare and common creature,
Described the trails, the fields for sports,
The fields for birds and the paths for walks.
This labor of love as you may guess
Takes hundreds of hours and great finesse
To produce a report that the State will bless.
But wait a moment while I digress.
Each of these people in their own special way
Has changed our town for the better we say.
(At least we would be none the worse
Were it not for my attempt to honor with verse!)
Steven Spang has been here for years.
On Conscom and the Land Trust
He has served with his peers
To save what we have thought was worth keeping
And articulated thus at so many town meetings.
In this case, he’s the shepherd who kept track of the flock-
Seven volunteers and people ad hoc-
Who sometimes were prone to getting off-track
Until Steve reasserted the plan of attack.
David Freedman is the quiet man
Who served for years on the Commission of Plan.
While there he has helped perpetuate
The quietude that is our estate.
His patience with formatting was put to the test
As edits and updates which were thought to be best
Had to be inserted, deleted, removed and replaced.
But he handled it all the consummate grace.
Mary Zoll you may not yet well know
yet her influence, too, is beginning to show.
Poet-in-residence and doctor of spelling and grammar
She is the best at giving bland text some glamour!
She was the editor who re-read and re-read
Until open space virtues spun in her head.
She never gave in to the need for reflection
Until they had nailed the open space and recreation connection.
Thus the triumvirate of Spang, Freedman and Zoll
Have reached the top of this year’s COY poll.
To them we owe a significant debt
For without their efforts we would not have met
The state’s requirements for an OS and R report
That should be your open space reference of first resort.
Therein is described our town in all of its glory
while telling our complete open space story
describing each asset in minute detail
so that you in your leisure may avail
Yourselves of the results of their travail.
Most other towns would hire outside consultants
But in Carlisle, you see, we have talents abundant:
These three word- and fact-wrestlers were put to the test
And every state agency knows that what we got was the best.
It is their type of energy, thought and concern
That exemplifies service for which most other towns yearn.
Their dedication to us and our open space
Is what makes Carlisle such a singular place.