Lead Ranger happy to support the mission of The Last Green Valley
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., Jun. 17, 2013
Marcy Dawley has lived in northeastern Connecticut for less than 10 years, but the Rhode Island native considers it home. And since her seven-day-a-week work scheduled has been cut back to five days a week, she is finding time to get out and explore. She does much of that as a volunteer and member of The Last Green Valley.
Dawley volunteers at Putnam First Friday events, Third Thursdays in Willimantic, and other festivals as they come up. Last week she spent time in Southbridge, Mass., manning a booth and giving information on TLGV to anyone who asked.
“Volunteering for TLGV is very rewarding because they appreciate the uniqueness of this area and try to promote it and keep it as it is,” said Dawley. “They are an easy organization to volunteer for and they really do appreciate their volunteers. It's a very good fit for me.”
Dawley was recognized at TLGV's annual meeting on June 6 and promoted to “Lead Ranger” for her efforts. According to TLGV Chief Ranger Bill Reid, 12 TLGV Rangers and volunteers donated 869 hours in 2012. They participated in the annual Bald Eagle survey and 41 festivals and fairs. More than 1,000 volunteers have removed about 11 tons of trash during cleanups of rivers and trails. Dawley joined the Putnam effort this year. “It's amazing the kind of things people found,” she said.
Dawley grew up in North Kingstown, near the Quonset Point Naval Air Station. When she moved to Killingly in 2003, her explorations initially brought her to Putnam. “It was like a magnet for me,” she said. “This area is very special and unique. Some people take it for granted because they don't have anything to compare it to. Even though I grew up only an hour away, it's a world of difference.”
Dawley has the passion of a convert. She started the blog Putnamania.blogspot.com in 2010, and promised to find one positive thing a day to write about. That was 827 blogs ago. When she is asked about TLGV, she's just as positive. “They appreciate the uniqueness of this area,” Dawley said. “They try to promote it and keep it as it is.”