People Around Town: Christine Barnes, Sally Davidson

Have you seen someone go the extra mile for our community in one way or another?  Sure you have, probably at least once a week or so.  Maybe you’ve done it yourself.

So how about we take a moment and say, “Hey, good job!”

Take a picture and send a note about the person who should be recognized.  We’ll post it on NatesUpdates under the title, “People Around Town.”  It’s time for the unsung heroes to have their day.

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So, what’s the inspiration for this type of post?  Well, this morning we caught Master Gardener Christine Barnes tending perennials at the crosswalk next to the Common Cafe — and instead of driving by, we thought it would be great to take a picture and sing a praise or two.

“There’s a small group of people who have been trying to get a gardening club together but there hasn’t been much Christine Barnes original.jpginvolvement yet,” Christine said.  “Sally Davidson was down here yesterday.  We just want the Common to look good.”

Sally is an active member of the Recreation Committee and Christine is a member of the Friends of the Winooski and Northfield Conservation Committee.  However, it appears they are taking up the cause of downtown beautification on their own, not as an official duty.  Kudos to Christine and Sally for their work downtown!  Same goes for Vincent O’Neill and Christine Motyka and anyone we may have missed who prepare the beautiful downtown for summer.  Let’s think of them whenever we’re driving by or walking through the Common.  : )

And don’t forget, if you see someone doing a great job, send a picture and a note so we can celebrate People Around Town for everyone to read about and see!

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Author: Nate Freeman

-- DIrector of Strategic Partnerships Northfield Community Development Network (NCDN) -- Selectboard Member, 3-year term -- Member, Economic Development Committee -- Member, School Improvement Team at the Northfield Middle/High School -- Member, Northfield Teen Center Advisory Committee

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