Category Archives: Our Supporters

2019 Contributors

FOUR PAWS ($150 or more)
Peter and Ellen Briggs
Marsha Perelman
Maria and Ken Pollack
Ellen Reese and Gary Stein
Barbara, Dan, Katy & Sam Yody
THREE PAWS ($100 to $149)
Diana and Lawrence  Alpert 
Yair and Judy Argon
Jill Cooper
Karen and Joan Garbeil
Richard Hamilton
Karen Hinckley
Michael and Selina Hoessly
Nora and Barry Kramer
Beth and David Mark
Karl and Dori Middleman
Craig Oliner
Shelly  Phillips
Kay Sude
John Bryan III and Nancy Winkler
TWO PAWS ($50 to $99)
Judy and Art Axelrod
Mary and Iain Black
Glenn and Jennifer Cooper
Mary  Field
Susan  Lichtman
Jay and Marya Margolis
Marjorie Paul
Linda Pitt
Craig and Cary Sellers
Helene Feinberg Walker
Rick and Karen Wilson
ONE PAW (up to $49)
Lars Pace and Michelle Detwiler
Gary and Linda Dorey Stein
Robby and Judy Freeman
David and Christine Hartzell
June Lauer
Mary Ann Sheldon
Judith Thompson

2018 Volunteers

In 2018 we held a total of 7 official work days – three dedicated to planting and maintenance, and 4 to cutting down our ever-persistent crop of invasive Japanese Knotweed.  Many, many thanks to our 14 wonderful volunteers, Judy Argon, Karen Barsotti, Ellen Briggs, Helen Chen, Art Gold, Karen Hinckley, Gary Kingaffer, June Lauer, Orsi Lazar, Linda Pitt, Ellen Reese, Mary Ann Sheldon, Christel Urmenhazi, and Helene Feinberg Walker who donated a total of 84 hours to our ongoing efforts to keep our park green and growing!  We should also note that, in addition to our official work days, ad hoc volunteers donated many additional but uncounted hours to general upkeep and maintenance (mostly weeding and invasive removal).   An additional thank you to you unsung heroes!  And last but not least, Matt Berk, Rich Cutshall, and Gary Stein have consistently been there to help with skilled projects such as gate latch repairs and affixing signage

2017 Volunteers

Some of the volunteers at October 2017 work day

In 2017

In 2017, our volunteers once again surpassed expectation.  During the year, we held 10 formal pre-announced work days.  Our work included:

  • Wildlife and Respite Garden maintenance 
  • Control of  Japanese Knotweed, an invasive plant that threatens the park’s ecological health
  • Planting new native shrubs in the low lying areas of the park in an effort to reduce mud

Seventeen of our members participated in these work days.  Including additional help from several young people fulfilling community service requirements, we logged a total of 134 volunteer work hours for the year!   Thanks a million to member volunteers Judy and Yair Argon, Ellen Briggs, Paula Burns, David and Tal Coren, Rich Cutshall, Michelle Detwiler, Pinkie Hamilton, Karen Hinckley, Tessa Lamont Siegel, June Lauer, Max Perelman, Linda Pitt, Ellen Reese, Cary Sellers, and Elaine Stern for all their hard work.  We also had a number of non-official work days so our actual volunteer work hours probably total around 160.

2018 Donations

FOUR PAWS ($150 or more)

Peter & Ellen Briggs

Anne Hamilton

Beth & David Mark

THREE PAWS (($100 to $149)

Judy & Yair Argon

Jay Bryan & Nancy Winkler

John & Jessica Cassimatis

Linda & Gary Dorey-Stein

Richard Hamilton

Karen Hinckley

Michael Hoessly

Joan Logue

Ellen Reese & Gary Stein

Eileen Rosenau

Kay Sude

Sherry & Lewis Wexler

Karen Zimmerman & David Preefer

TWO PAWS ($50 to $99)

Arthur & Judy Axelrod

John & Barbara Barr

Iain & Mary Black

Karen & Joan Garbeil

Jill Cooper

Hazel Murphy

Jay & Marya Margolis

Jill & Eric Sussman

Christel Urmenyhazi

Mark & Sonya Wassmansdorf

Rick & Karen Wilson

ONE PAW (up to $49)

Janice Asher

Amy Cohen & Tom Waniewski

Michelle Detwiler & Lars Pace

Mary Field

Helene Walker

2016 Volunteers

Volunteer Work Day Projects in 2016

Michelle, Paula, Ellen, Linda and Pinkie at a 2017 Garden Work Day

Our first project, begun three years ago, was the creation of the Wildlife and Respite Garden in the fenced area adjacent to the parking lot.  In 2016, we continued maintenance and planting of this area.  Our watering team kept the garden going during the severe drought, and additional volunteers kept after the weeds, cut back overgrown sedge, and did some more planting.

For the first time in 2016, we expanded our ecological efforts to the main park and held three work days centered on invasive plant removal –specifically,  Japanese Knotweed.  Knotweed crowds out many beneficial plants and is extraordinarily difficult to control.  We succeeded in cutting and removing 700 pounds of knotweed from the park!

Altogether 22 volunteers contributed 92 hours at our work days.  Thanks go to Judy Argon; Julian, Susan, and Paul Brenman; Ellen and Stephen Briggs; Paula Burns; Chris Bushnell; Daniel Cohen; Michelle Detwiler; Mary Field; Pinkie Hamilton; Bobby Harmelin; Karen Hinckley; Hazel Murphy;  Linda Pitt; Ellen Reese; Elaine Stern; and Mark Wassmansdorf.

Knotweed Penitentiary

In addition, freelancer members Rich Cutshall and Craig Oliner spent uncounted hours clearing trails and removing debris.  Rich even made us our Knotweed Penitentiary, where cut knotweed may be stored without danger of re-rooting itself into the park lands.

2017 Donations

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS TO FRIENDS OF WEST MILL CREEK PARK!

Four Paws ($150 or more)

Anne & Matt Hamilton

Bobby & Randie Harmelin

Jay & Marya Margolis

Marsha Perelman

Ellen Reese & Gary Stein

Peter & Ellen Briggs

Three Paws ($100 to $149)

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Judith & Yair Argon

Brenman Family

Karen Hinckley

Michael & Selina Hoessly

Sharon McGinley

Hazel Murphy

Shelly Phillips

Maria Pollack

David Preefer & Karen Zimmerman

Eileen Rosenau

Karl & Dori Middleman

Kay Sude

Two Paws ($50 to $99)

Judy & Art Axelrod

John & Barbara Barr

Mary & Iain Black

John Cassimitis

Glenn & Jennifer Cooper

Michelle Detwiler & Lars Pace

Linda Fairstone

Karen & Joan Garbeil

Susan Lichtman

Joan Logue

Karyn Lush

Marilyn Steiner

Helen Feinberg Walker & Kent Walker

Sherri & Lewis Wexler

Rich & Karen Wilson

The Yody Family

One Paw (up to $49)

Janice Asher

Amy Cohen & Tom Waniewski

Lee Dante

Mary Field

Martha Lombardo

John Newhall

Christel Urmenyhaz

Flaura Winston

2016 Donations

Thank  you for your generous donation to Friends of West Mill Creek Park!

Four Paws ($150 or more)canstockphoto thank you

Ellen Briggs

Fran Bryan

Marsha Perelman

Ellen Reese & Gary Stein

Three Paws ($100-$149)

Judith and Yair Argon

Duncan Busser

Scott & Kristin Edwards

Robert & Randie Harmelin

Nora & Barry Kramer

Susan Lichtman

Selina Luger

Jay & Marya Margolis

Karl & Dori Middleman

Hazel Murphy

Craig Oliner

David Preefer & Karen Zimmerman

Eileen Rosenau

Leslie & Neil Stone

Two Paws ($50-$99)

Judy & Art Axelrod

Jill Cooper

Karen & Joan Garbeil

Jon Goodman

Pinkie & Rick Hamilton

Stacey & Sergio Sauchuk

Kay Sude

Jill Sussman

Rick & Karen Wilson

One Paw (up to $49)

Linda Dorey-Stein

John Newhall

Tessa Lamont Siegel

Cary Sellers

Helene Feinberg Walker & Kent Walker

2015 Volunteers

Garden workday volunteers--L to R Wendy White, Martha Lombardo, Linda Pitt, Paula Burns, Karen Hinckley with Rocket and Lizzie

Garden workday volunteers–L to R Wendy White, Martha Lombardo, Linda Pitt, Paula Burns, Karen Hinckley with Rocket and Lizzie

In 2015, we held 8 official work days, plus ongoing watering duty during weeks of insufficient rainfall.  Altogether 21 people donated a total of 93 hours of labor in our Wildlife and Respite Garden.  Special kudos to our watering team for many hours of watering during a drought-ridden summer!

Garden Workday Volunteers:  Paula Burns, Chris Bushnell, Celeste DeBeese, Michelle Detwiler, Mary Field, Joseph Garrity, Gary Stein, Meredith Greenbaum, Karen  Hinckley, Martha Lombardo, Hazel Murphy,

L to R, Michelle Detwiler, Ellen Briggs, Ellen Reese and Melissa O'Connor pause for photo op in May 2015 marathon planting of 450 Blue Wood Sedge.

L to R, Michelle Detwiler, Ellen Briggs, Ellen Reese and Melissa O’Connor pause for photo op in May 2015 marathon planting of 450 Blue Wood Sedge.

Melissa O’Connor, Linda Pitt, Ellen  Reese, Toba Spector, Wendy  White, Ellen  Briggs, Peter Briggs, Steve Briggs.

Watering Team:  Mark  Wassmansdorf (Watermeister), Chris Bushnell, Michelle Detwiler,  Bobby Harmelin, Karen  Hinckley, Toba Spector, Ellen Briggs.

 

Chris Bushnell with newly installed garden sign

Chris Bushnell with newly installed garden sign

In addition, Chris Bushnell once again donated his woodworking talents to  frame and install our beautiful Wildlife and Respite Garden sign, which was designed by Ellen Reese and Gary Stein.  Gary  also fixed the gate hardware for us so it is now a pleasure to open and shut those gates.

P.S. We were so busy working that we didn’t get stop to make sure and get pictures of each of our volunteers–we’ll try to get photos of everybody in 2016!

2015 Donations

FOUR PAWS ($150 or more)Thank you clip art CanStock

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Ellen Briggs

Fran Bryan

Ellen Reese and Gary Stein

Rebecca Wells
THREE PAWS (100-$149)

Elisa Abeloff and George Landau

Judy and Yair Argon

Mary and Iain Black

Erik Bronstein

Chris and Claire Bunting

John and Jessica Cassimatis

Karen Hinckley

Jay and Marya Margolis

Karl and Dori Middleman

Hazel Murphy

Craig Oliner

David  Preefer and Karen Zimmerman

Eileen Rosenau

Elaine Stern
TWO PAWS ($50-$99)

Janice Asher

Jill Cooper

Kristin and Scott Edwards

Bobby and Randi Harmelin

Michael and Selina  Hoessly

Beverly Keefer

Karyn Lush

Narberth Area Garden Club

Cary Sellers

Mark Singer and Barbara Podell

Jood Thompson
ONE PAW (up to $49)

Matthew and Heather Cosgrave

Karen Garbeil

Maddy and Steve Kessler

Martha Lombardo

Jeff Rudnick

Mandy Steier

Helene Feinberg Walker

Karen and Rick Wilson

Flaura Winston

Many thanks for all of your generous donations!

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Friends of West Mill Creek Park wouldn’t exist without the generous support of our work day volunteers, organizational friends, and the donations of our Contributing Members–as well as all of you who have donated their special expertise to help us on our way.  Thanks one and all!