To the editor of THE EAGLE:
For more than 25 years, Great Barrington's River Walk has depended on many kindnesses to get the job done. Our property owners grant access to their backyards so that we can reclaim South County's most devastated section of Housatonic River, create native habitat along the riverbanks, and lay in a trail for all to stroll along the water's edge. It's taken thousands of volunteers, and the dedicated services of Berkshire landscapers, arborists, craftsmen, stone masons, and haulers to create this half mile of National Recreation Trail we can truly call our own. Did I mention donations from local banks, businesses, foundations and individuals who keep money in our checkbook year after year?
Every once and awhile, a gesture of extraordinary generosity comes along that gives us pause. River Walk is in need of a place onsite to store our tools. After searching high and low for a suitable location, Riverschool LLC Development/Iredale Mineral Cosmetics stepped up to the plate and offered a spot that was close enough, yet out of the way. This may not seem like very much, but in our downtown location, Jane Iredale and Bob Montgomery know that putting a container on their premises adds to their exposure and gives them something else to worry about.
When you think of the myriad ways these good folks support our community, this seems like a very small thing. For River Walk, it's the very thing that makes our daily operation possible.
The writer is founding director, Housatonic River Walk.