The Prescott Journal - September 24, 2003
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
What a blessing it is for this town to have the Canadian Coast Guard as part of their community. Their willingness to add to the community is just one reason why we're lucky. The resources that they share, and the staff's commitment to community have really helped create something special down at the town parking lot at the main dock.
It all started when I told Ray Young of the Business Improvement Association that we would receive an anchor and buoy for display at the old Daniels' lot, where we made a small park. When the coast guard delivered these, our impression was "that's not a real anchor." The next thing you know, we were told that "a real anchor" had been found. So, down at the town parking lot at the main dock, you'll see showcased a Trotman anchor built for the British Navy in the late 1800s. In fact, the unique design - a swivel anchor, was only built in the period 1872-1889, and was given to the colonies during that time.
Bill Mullin, acting supervisor of Field Services at the Prescott Coast Guard Base, co-ordinated the acquisition and moving of the boom timbers used to showcase the anchor. These immense timbers, measuring 14 feet by 22 inches, were donated to Prescott Blossoms by Ontario Power Generation in Cornwall - (they were used to block the flow of ice in the North Channel of the St. Lawrence River). It was quite a feat to move these 500-pound timbers. Helping with the construction of the "anchor planter" were coast guard personnel: Dan Stevenson, Stan Moore, Ron Hutt, Keith Winters and Bill Mullin. These timbers and the anchor needed to be secured and made safe. Our own, very committed and highly-skilled Ed Yandeau of Prescott Public Works got the job done at a moments notice. We are in the process of painting the timbers and creating planting spaces which the Canadian Tire Social Club will plant with a selection of shrubs and flowers.
Further up the road, Bill Countryman of the Prescott Fire Department cheers us on with the landscaping project we have undertaken at the Fire Hall. Mike Moulton, firefighter, volunteered much of his time to help us lay the complicated interlocking brick pattern. We've had so much support from Fire Chief Bill Lawrence, that this job has been a pleasure to work on. It's a complete makeover, which will end with the installation of the original fire department's bell dated 1838, four benches and a fountain, actually a "bubbler" (just wait and see). And once again, we couldn't have done it without public works and in particular, Ed