Tuesday, July 30, 2013

News from the Buildings and Grounds Committee and call for help.

Has PUUC gone to seed?

No, no, no.  I was not talking about the minister, or the congregation which I think is more vibrant than ever.

Who in the past three Sundays that have attended a service have not noticed how the grounds kind of look seedy, ratty, and unkempt, to say the least? The place looks quasi-deserted and none too inviting. First impressions count, and we want people to have a good one beginning at the driveways and parking lots.

The main reason for the state of the property being as it is now is because we've been getting way too much of a good thing, mainly RAIN. Everywhere I look, it seems that nature is running amok due to an over abundance of water. The PUUC grounds have not escaped this weather.

The B&G group has lost ground (pun intended) in dealing with its responsibilities. We have had to deal with a big fallen tree at the front of the property, and we had to take down the dying elm in front of the sanctuary as it was evermore becoming a menace. Mowing and weeding has in consequence been more sporadic and less complete due to a lack of manpower.

The summer season is always a little more difficult for B&G to stay on top of ground's maintenance, and the new leadership is now endeavouring to not only get things back on track, but to set out a campaign to spruce up our curb appeal.

Starting on July 27th, the chair and co-chair of B&G, respectively myself, Pierre Fraser, and Jim Price, are going to spend every other Saturday from
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. addressing by order of priority the various tasks to bring the grounds back to top shape.

This is a call for volunteers to participate in keeping our grounds and public image as attractive to visitors and potential new members as possible.

Interested? Show up on the 27th to begin work, or contact Pierre Fraser or Jim Price to take on recurrent tasks at your leisure.

Pierre Fraser ’s contacts: pierrefraser@roadrunner.com


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