Volunteer of the Year Nomination – Beverly Blatchford
I nominate Beverly Blatchford as Volunteer of the Year 2020 for her dedicated volunteer service to our community and extended work at Rails to Trails this year. Beverly has been a Beautification member for more than 7 years and has served as secretary for most of those years. Many don’t realize that Beautification members are involved in hands-on volunteer activities 12 months of the year. Volunteer hours average from 2-10 hours a week throughout the year.
Beverly participated in all activities:
- Hanging and removing Holiday Decorations for Downtown, Wildwood Park and Vest Pocket Park
- Late winter tree and shrub pruning in parks and along Rails to Trails
- Digging out grass to create a new garden at the Wildwood Point, preparing the area for planting, then planting and watering as needed
- Spring cleanup & weeding in all park gardens, the Banner Sign, Town Welcome Sign, Rails to Trails Garden, and the Train Station Gardens
- Planting annual flowers in mid-May, at the Banner Sign, Town Welcome Sign, and in the Train Station Gardens. She also sowed annual flower seeds that she collected in the previous fall in park gardens and at Rails to Trails.
- Weekly weeding of all Town gardens in summer and watering as needed
- Planting native trees at the Dog Park and in Wildwood Park
- Beverly is one of four of our Commission’s University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners using research-based gardening techniques in the parks. Beverly takes time to talk with residents in the parks and answers questions about plants, insects and local wildlife …and also discusses resident’s suggestions and concerns about the parks.
- Beverly seeks out daffodil bulb donations from the public and leads the bulb project along the Wildwood fence line.
- Each year she chooses and arranges to pick up native tree seedlings for R2T as part of the Carroll County Forestry Board stream buffer program.
- This year, in addition to the volunteer hours spent on our regular commission activities, Beverly spent many additional hours with her shovel, loppers and pick ax to expand the Rails to Trails garden. She cleared a “huge” 21 ft x 28 ft patch (588 square feet) of invasive oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose, burning bush, bush honeysuckle, tree of heaven, poison ivy, garlic mustard, etc. Beverly has taken the lead for planting and continually removing invasive species and weeds in the newly expanded R2T native garden area.
Residents love Rails to Trails and the natural areas in our parks. The recent Town survey supports this. Beverly has become a familiar face to those who regularly walk along Rail to Trails and enjoy spending time in our parks.
In addition to serving as a Beautification Commission volunteer, Beverly is Chair of Civic and Roadside Committee of the Mt. Airy Garden Club. She leads club members in caring for the gardens at the Mt. Airy Library and the Club garden in Vest Pocket Park. She chairs the holiday decorations at Pine Grove Chapel, Library, and the Senior Center. She is an unsung hero. She doesn’t put herself in the spotlight but focuses on serving her community. She deserves to be recognized for her many hours of service to our Town in 2020.
Tina Swanson, Beautification Commission Chair