USS ALBACORE - "Forerunner of the Future" - AGSS 569 - Pioneering Research Vessel
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Fall Day of Caring - 2012

The fresh group at the start of the day

On September 11th, three members from Public Service, New Hampshire joined six members of the Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella Lawyers from Exeter, NH to give the Park a final going-over before the start of the fall and winter seasons. This was the final volunteer operation of the year, and was the last chance for Executive Director John Maier to get items completed that were on his "wish list."

After the usual tour of the boat, the group set to on John's list. At the end of the day, they had demolished John's list and then some. Under the direction of John and leadership of COB Norm Bower, items completed included: the removal of weeds and grass from the granite dust walkways within the Memorial Garden, painting of the inside and outside trim around the recently replaced large glass window on the north side of the museum building, the assembly of over 100 children's grab bags for the museum store, the cutting down of tall grass and weeds in front of Albacore, pricing of museum store merchandise, polishing of brass plaques inside Albacore, the cleaning of the small fans scattered around inside the boat, touch up painting of the white fencing and poles in the parking lot, straightening up of an inside museum storage locker, and painting of the exit door on the Albacore. As a reward for their efforts, everyone was provided a MOES sub sandwich and soda/water for lunch and their choice of an Albacore shot glass, water tumbler or coffee mug at the end of the day.

Our thanks go to Paul Skvirsky, Scott Morgan and Diane Charney from Public Service, NH and to Gretchen Hayes, Jessica Ecker, Bette Orcutt, Kristen Osborne, Nancy Cannon and Kate Miller from Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella Lawyers for their dedication and teamwork.

Doing the outside window trim

The thankless work of cleaning up the pathways

Pathway cleanup at the far end of the garden

Weeding around the circle

There's got to be a better way of doing this!

COB and Scott in the brier patch

Paul taking aim at some tall weeds

Who said weeding was easy?

The weary group at the end of the day