[April 1, 2019]
On April 6 we gathered at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta for the 2019 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. Highlights included a State of the Park address by Park Director Eben Sypitkowski, a presentation by author Hope Rowan, and a review of the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps by Aaron Megquier. With deep appreciation for their service, outgoing Directors Jill Ippoliti and Gary Friedmann received awards from President Dick Klain. Incoming President Ellen Baum then thanked Dick for his five years of leadership and presented him with a trail sign from the North Peaks Trail. New Board members Steuart Thomsen and Matt DeLaney were elected and welcomed with enthusiasm. After the program attendees enjoyed lunch while continuing discussions about the past year’s accomplishments and this year’s goals. After the meeting several members hiked at the Howard Hill Conservation Area to enjoy one of the first nice days of spring.