0900 on Friday, May 11th saw a team from Thermo Fisher Scientific arrive at the Park. This was the fifth occasion where the company has provided volunteers to help get the Park cleaned up from the ravages of winter.
Executive Director John Maier and Operations Manager Bernie McAfee had a lengthy list of tasks they hoped to have completed. The jobs included:
Tree trimming -
Brush cutting -
Weeding around the dolphin -
Removing bird droppings from the propellers -
Assembly of two new picnic tables -
Cleaning Albacore's stern area of bird droppings -
Patching cement work on the museum's entry ramp -
Applying weed killer along the walkway edges in the Memorial Garden -
Repairing damage done by the snow plow and applying grass seed to the repaired areas along the border of the parking area -
Moving dirt and stones to fill in snow gouges along the border of the parking areas -
Additional tasks tackled included picking up trash along the Route 1 By-Pass, raking up leaves and other debris throughout the Park’s grounds, cleaning monuments and benches in the Memorial Garden and across from the submarine, polishing brass plaques in the engine room, pulling weeds, painting and staining posts, cleaning fans taken from inside the boat and stuffing bags with sea creatures. Taking only a half hour for a lunch break of Moes sub sandwiches and cold bottled water, the eighteen-member team wiped out John and Bernie’s To Do List by 1500 and were looking for more.
Thanks to the Thermo Fisher team, the Park wore a fresh look and was looking great for the people attending the week-long festivities associated with the commissioning of the USS Manchester (LCS 14) on 26 May, the traditional Memorial Day ceremony at the Park on the 28th and the influx of those soon-to-arrive summer visitors.
Shown above, not in photo order, the Thermo Fisher Team members: Mike Adams, Chris Allen, John Bailey, Keomany Bouthdara, Earl Van Bramer, Lisa Breeze, Ben Bronano, Mark Day, Mike Duzau, Gabriella Holl, Nate Lang, Sheila Long, Susan Nachtysel, Ann Roberge, Derek St.Gelous, Joe Stocher and two others who missed signing in on the attendance sheet.