The Prescott Journal - July 2, 2003
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
All of us are very pleased with the results on our first week on the job and the first week of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Company's The Tempest. Challenges to meet all the deadlines of the various groups requesting assistance, only made this amazing journey of transformation, for many of the team, more incredible; something as simple as a new hair cut and clothes to seeing their name in print for something worthy.
Deborah Smith captures the audience with her riveting performances on stage, and also inspires our team as a skilled trainer and facilitator. Prescott Blossoms is under Deborah's charge (as Alonso in The Tempest) while performances run over the next few weeks.
The tenacity needed to keep everything together comes from our highly motivated and multi-skilled, Janice Spencer. As our field and administrative assistant, she secured communication devices for our team, being generously donated by the Kinsmen Club of Prescott. These hand radio sets are so necessary. We've found in the past, that much time was lost in traveling time for communicating between job sites. Now we can work so much more efficiently.
And speaking of different job sites (foundations); we will be tackling the empty Daniel's lot over the next few weeks. A fifteen-foot strip next to the sidewalk will be transformed into a small parkette with benches and a bit of a garden area. Thanks to the BIA for funding the materials needed and the town for supplying the benches. However, the owner wishes to have it made clear, that this will be a temporary parkette, until any plans for further development occur. A nautical focal point, on loan from the Canadian Coast Guard Prescott Base, will pull the whole area together.
The sweet fragrance of wild type shrub roses will fill the air, as many will be planted at the Prescott Heritage River Trail parking area this week. Also, Churchill Park weeding will be completed. And watering, watering and more watering - thanks to our wonderful power pump that was purchased from HRDC funds for Prescott Blossoms 2002. Most of our equipment, including a computer and desk has been purchased through the 2002 Prescott Blossoms project, all of it becoming property of the Town of Prescott.