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									                   FALL 2010

Celebrating 40 Years
in the Outdoor Classroom
485 Chewonki Neck Road
Wiscasset, Maine 04578-4822
(207) 882-7323 • Fax: (207) 882-4074
email: info@chewonki.org • www.chewonki.org

CHEWONKI FOUNDATION STAFF As of November 1, 2010                       3     President’s Notes
Willard Morgan, President
Mark Adams, Big Eddy Campground Staff
Susan Adams, Big Eddy Campground Manager
Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, Semester School, Teaching Fellow
Garth Altenburg, Camp for Boys, Director                               4     News from the Neck
Scott Andrews, Semester School, History
Carob Arnold, Facilities Manager
Peter Arnold, Sustainability Coordinator
Tom Arnold, Outdoor Classroom                                          8     The Outdoor Classroom                   Page 8
Paul Arthur, Semester School, English, Assistant Head of School
Peter Bakke, Outdoor Classroom
Sandy Bandhu, Camp Assistant
                                                                             Chewonki’s unique and popular
Lauren Bangasser, Outdoor Classroom
Jennifer Barton, Gardener
                                                                             program is more relevant than ever.
Kate Braemer, Traveling Natural History Program/Outdoor Classroom
Sarah Burgess, Kitchen Manager
Emma Carlson, Outdoor Classroom, Assistant Director
Jason Chandler, Semester School, Environmental Issues                  11 Community Service
Margaret Youngs Coleman, Farm & Woodlot Manager
Betta Stothart Connor, Director of Communications                            With a push from students, a longtime
Keith Crowley, Traveling Natural History Program, Assistant Director
Jane Cullina, Outdoor Classroom
Todd Dowling, Outdoor Classroom, Lead Instructor
                                                                             activity expands its reach.
Rachel Edelman, Outdoor Classroom
Dominique Edgerly, Outdoor Classroom
Bill Edgerton, Cook
Charles Fear, Outdoor Classroom                                        14 Log of a Backwoods Cruise
Lisa Ferrel, Cook
Lynne Flaccus, Head Naturalist                                               Willard Morgan retraces the steps of             Page 11
Jenn Goldstein, Outdoor Classroom
Rebecca Graham, IT Manager                                                   Clarence Allen in Vermont.
Becky Harth, Outdoor Classroom
Leah Kramer Heyman, Traveling Natural History Program, Educator
Bill Hinkley, Semester School, Interim Head of School, Math
Sara Hircsh, Outdoor Classroom
Abby Holland, Semester School, Spanish                                 19 Lessons Learned at
Lucy Hull, Director of Development
Anna Hunt, Traveling Natural History Program, Director
Libby Irwin, Semester School, Director of Admission
                                                                             Monstweag Brook
Carol James, Housekeeping
Adam Janosko, Semester School, Teaching Fellow
                                                                             Removing a dam, we learned, is not for the
Rachel Jones, Outdoor Classroom
Aaron LaFlamme, Outdoor Equipment & Logistics                                feint of heart.
Chad LaFlamme, Outdoor Classroom
Don Lamson, Director of Operations
Bethany Laursen, Outdoor Classroom
Anne Leslie, Foundations Coordinator                                   22 Dirty Jobs—Clean Energy
Addie Liddic, Outdoor Classroom, Program Assistant
Ryan Linehan, Teen Wilderness Programs, Director
Prema Long, Traveling Natural History Program, Lead Educator
                                                                             Saving the world, one greasy batch of             Page 14
Chad Lorenz, Outdoor Classroom
Tamothy Louten, Supervising RN                                               biodiesel at a time.
Holly Lowe, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Dawn Mareckova, Nurse
Dana Mark, Outdoor Classroom
Rachel Marks, Outdoor Classroom                                        24 Singing Their Hearts Out
Colin McGovern, Traveling Natural History Program/Outdoor Classroom
Trish McLeod, Business Office
Ashley Nadeau, Outdoor Classroom
                                                                             Song is everywhere at Girls Camp!
Nancy Percy, Human Resources Manager
Scott Peterson, Waterfront & Boatshop Manager
Megan Phillips, Farm Educator
Ruth Poland, Semester School, Teaching Fellow                          26 Sunday Service at Boys Camp
Ben Redman, Semester School, Math
Christina Roach, Outdoor Classroom                                           Imagine 170 boys sitting still in the woods for almost
Amy Rogers, Semester School, English
Greg Shute, Wilderness Programs, Director
Chris Snell, Outdoor Classroom
                                                                             an hour. It happens every week at Boys Camp.
Peter Sniffen, Semester School, Science
Jamie Sonia, Business Office Assistant
Mark Stehlik, Outdoor Classroom
Jeremy Tardif, Assistant Farm Manager                                  31 People
Kelsie Tardif, Development Assistant
Dick Thomas, Director of Alumni Relations
Edward Tittmann, Chief Financial Officer
Katie Tremblay, Outdoor Classroom, Program Director
Tom Twist, Sustainability Assistant
                                                                       47 On My Mind
Genell Vashro, Camp for Girls, Director
Matt Weeks, Outdoor Classroom
                                                                             Lynne Flaccus has a passion for turtles.                    Page 19
Sue West, Semester School, Art
Marjolaine Whittlesey, Semester School, French
Peg Willauer-Tobey, Assistant Director of Development
Adam Williams, Outdoor Classroom                                       47 Step It Up for Sustainability
Ken Wise, Carpenter
Tom Zaleski, Maintenance Mechanic                                            Manage your household waste.
Elizabeth Pierson, Editor
Betta Stothart Connor, Assistant Editor
Fall Design, Graphic Design

Semester School
Camp for Boys
Camp for Girls
Wilderness Trips for Teens
Wilderness Vacations for Adults & Families                             Cover photo by Chris Riley.
Outdoor Classroom for Schools                                                                                                  Page 24
Traveling Natural History Programs
Sustainability Office
                                                                                      President’s Notes

A Vision for Chewonki

                   larence Allen had a vision for Chewonki even before founding a
                   boys camp on the shores of Lake Champlain in 1915. Intrigued
                   by an excerpt from his journal in 1904, last summer I set out to
                   retrace his steps and in the process connect with the roots of
                   both our founder and our philosophy. My account of that
adventure, which you’ll find on page 14, includes some reflections on my new
role as president of Chewonki. It has been an exciting first four months focused
on making connections across programs, staff, participants, neighbors, alumni,
and friends.
    Our cover story celebrates 40 years of teaching in the Outdoor Classroom,

                                                                                                                              JOCK MONTGOMERY
which began in 1971 when the Rivers School in Massachusetts sent its entire
eighth grade to Chewonki for the first time. Four decades later, the Outdoor
Classroom program remains rich with meaning and relevance in a world where
children spend less and less time outdoors. This story also links all three of
Chewonki’s previous leaders. Clarence was headmaster at Rivers, and Tim Ellis is an alumnus. Don Hudson helped lead
the first Rivers encampment. Last spring I met some of the teachers and students, and we expect them back for a 41st
program in May 2011.
    As I settle in to my new role, we have been reaching out to our neighbors, which is why I am glad to have the story
about community service in this issue. Our students and staff have been contributing more and more time in our local
communities in recent years. As we go to press, we have just hosted the third delegation of local government and school
officials to campus so they may learn more about our programs and help us create stronger connections to our local
community. Together we seek common ground in education and community development for Wiscasset and
surrounding towns through environmental education. We will keep you posted on this effort.
    As you thumb through this issue, you will notice the increase in pages. We have integrated the venerable semester
publication, Coastlines, into the People section of the Chronicle, to reflect that all of our programs share the same home.
I think you will enjoy seeing the connections between different Chewonki programs and reading about what our alumni
are doing.
    Meanwhile, our staff, trustees, and advisors are hard at work on a strategic planning process. The Board of Trustees,
under the leadership of Josh Marvil, has convened a process to set Chewonki’s course through 2015, our centennial.
As I travel this winter, I will be sharing some of our progress with alumni and friends and asking for feedback. We
will report our progress in the 2011 Chronicles. Finally, for those of you accustomed to seeing our annual report
in the Chronicle, know that we will publish it electronically in February 2011.
    Chewonki’s work is more relevant today than ever, and I am deeply motivated to make our programs
accessible to more children. I look forward with great excitement to the work ahead, and I appreciate all
the support that comes from our family of friends and supporters.

Best regards,

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         News from the Neck
               Chewonki Asks
               White House
               to Go Solar

                                                                                                                                                                            BETTA STOTHART CONNOR
               If you think you may have seen this photo
               somewhere else, well, you probably have.
               Communications director Betta Stothart
               Connor snapped it in front of the dining hall in
               early September, and a few weeks later it was
               front and center on climate activist Bill          Outdoor Classroom instructor Todd Dowling and semester school faculty member Jason Chandler worked with
                                                                  students to create posters and raise awareness about the Solar Road Trip.
               McKibben’s blog at 350.org. “How cool is
               that?” said Betta.                                 students drove one of the panels from Maine           that solar panels will be installed above the
                   Chewonki Semester School students and          to Washington, D.C. Activists around the              First Family’s living quarters by spring 2011,
               staff were asking President Obama to put           country, including our group shown here,              providing hot water and some electricity.
               solar back on the White House. In 1979,            supported the effort by getting the word out              “We did it!” said an elated McKibben,
               President Carter put solar panels on the White     about the Solar Road Trip.                            who thanked everyone who wrote letters,
               House. In 1986, President Reagan removed               Although the trip ended on a disap-               signed petitions, and supported the effort.
               them, and they were never replaced. Years          pointing note—the White House refused to              “Solar panels on one house, even this house,
               later, Unity College in Maine adopted the          accept the panel or commit to installing a            won’t save the climate,” he told supporters.
               panels, where they have lived ever since. Until    new array—success came a few weeks later.             “But they’re a powerful symbol to the whole
               September—when McKibben and three Unity            On October 5, the White House announced               nation about where the future lies.”

                  Chewonki Adds Wind to                                                                                     Welcome, Greenlanders
                  Renewable Energy Mix                                                                                       Chewonki has
                                                                                                                             welcomed interna-

        t’s the largest renewable                                              As of mid-November, Peter was                 tional campers for
        energy installation on campus                                     thoroughly satisfied with the                      decades, but Summer
        to date. On September 16, as                                      turbine’s performance. “It’s making                2010 marked the first
        staff, students, the local                                        power, and as we get more wind this                time we welcomed
        press, and a few neighbors                                        fall and winter, we expect it to make              Greenlanders. “Jens
gathered to watch and let out a                                           even more.” Asked if he’d had any                  Zeeb and Jens
cheer, Chewonki’s new 100-foot                                            complaints about noise, he replied,                Thomassen were a
wind tower rose from the ground.                                          “Not a one. It isn’t silent, but no one            wonderful addition to
All it took was an ingeniously                                            has complained about it.”                          our Maine Coast           RYAN LINEHAN
simple rig called a gin pole, a winch,                                         Funding for the system came                   Kayak trip,” said Summer Trips director Ryan
a dump truck full of gravel as coun-                                      from the Horizon Foundation in
                                                                                                                             Linehan. The two 17-year-olds live on the west coast
terbalance, and an excavator to pull                                      Portland, the Orchard Foundation in
                                                                                                                             of Greenland in the village of Uummannaq, about 600
it up—together with some careful                                          South Portland, an anonymous
                                                                                                                             miles north of the Arctic Circle. They came to
planning. Getting to this day,         TOM TWIST                          donor, and Chewonki. In addition to
                                                                                                                             Chewonki through a connection with the
however, wasn’t simple. It was a four-year effort on     contributing to savings in operations, the wind
                                                                                                                             Uummannaq Children’s House, a government-run
the part of Sustainability coordinator Peter Arnold,     turbine expands Chewonki’s renewable-energy
                                                         portfolio, enhances its model campus, and provides                  institution that serves young people who have been
who raised the funds for the tower and helped the
Town of Wiscasset craft a model wind ordinance           the Sustainability Office with a valuable teaching                  orphaned or suffered from neglect. “The boys were a
that has become nationally recognized. “This entire      tool. Peter expects the tower to reduce the amount                  delight and, among other things, taught their fellow
project has been a tribute to Peter’s tenacity and       of electricity Chewonki buys by about 7 percent.                    trippers some wonderful traditional Inuit games,”
creativity,” said Chewonki president Willard Morgan.     Chewonki pledged to reduce its carbon emissions 10                  said Ryan. Chewonki hopes to continue the relation-
     The tower sits at Saltmarsh Farm and carries a      percent from baseline 2005–2006 levels by 2010; 20                  ship with the Children’s House and at some point
two-blade, 6.6-kilowatt turbine that immediately         percent by 2015; and 80 percent by 2050.                            would like to take a group from Chewonki to
began providing power to the Warren, Chewonki’s              Peter takes particular pleasure in the tower’s                  Uummannaq.
largest staff housing building. Peter expects the        location on the farm. “I’m excited that Chewonki can                    Jens and Jens were among 55 international
turbine to produce about 6,000 kilowatt-hours per        produce an electricity crop as well as a food crop,” he             campers and trippers from 13 foreign countries who
year, slightly more than the 5,500 the Warren uses.      says.                                                               joined us for a Chewonki program this summer. In
The system is grid-tied, meaning any excess power            A link for getting real-time wind and energy                    their honor—and in hopes of welcoming future Green-
not used by the Warren will reverse the electric         production data from the new turbine will be posted                 landers—we’ll be adding the red-and-white flag of
meter and generate credits.                              on our website soon.                                                Greenland to the flag collection in the dining hall that
                                                                                                                             represents the homes of our participants.

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Summer Leadership Programs Offer Superb Training
          ince 1993, more than 130 former campers have spent a

S         summer preparing to become Chewonki’s future counselors.
          Now, we’re building on that tradition. In addition to the
          eight-week Guides Program at Boys Camp for ages 16–18,
Chewonki will offer two additional programs in Summer 2011: an
eight-week Leadership Program at Girls Camp on Fourth Debsconeag
Lake for ages 16–18 and a five-week co-ed Wilderness Leadership
Expedition for ages 17–20.
    Although each program is unique, all three share the goal of
equipping young people with the skills to be leaders at Chewonki and
beyond. Participants receive in-field training in group management,
activity facilitation, communication, and wilderness tripping, as well
as basic medical certifications, including Red Cross Lifeguarding and
CPR. As the summer progresses and they gain more experience, the
budding leaders take on more responsibilities.
    “The key to a great camp experience or wilderness trip starts with
experienced leaders,” says Wilderness Programs director Greg Shute.
“Learning to develop an itinerary and menus, pack food and
equipment, manage risk, use a map and compass, read whitewater,                                                                                                                        BRIDGET BESAW
and conduct a rescue and evacuation are just a few of the skills our             director Genell Vashro looks forward to seeing the same tradition
participants will hone. They’ll be well prepared to be future leaders.”          evolve at Girls Camp, which will mark its fourth year of operation
    Boys Camp director Garth Altenburg notes that in any given year,             next summer.
25 to 40 percent of Boys Camp counselors have completed the Guides                   For more information on the programs, visit our website or
Program. “It’s become the backbone of our staff,” he says. Girls Camp            contact Garth, Genell, or Greg.

Arctic Travelers “Truly Overwhelmed” by Cruise
Twenty-nine adventurous folks joined
Chewonki in September for a 10-day cruise
to the Arctic with the Inuit-owned company
Cruise North Expeditions. They sailed from
Resolute on Cornwallis Island in Nunavut, 750
miles north of the Arctic Circle, more than
2,000 miles south to Kuujjuaq in northern
    The landscape was spectacular, and the
history and culture, including that of polar
exploration, were fascinating. There were

                                                                                                                                                            CRUISE NORTH EXPEDITIONS
numerous opportunities to observe birds,
marine mammals, plants, and rocks. The
group saw many impressive icebergs,
regularly spotted polar bears (25 in total),
and even saw a wolf. Shipboard lectures and
opportunities to go ashore made for an
exceptionally well-rounded experience.             Chewonki cruise participants on a hike near Cape Dyer on the east coast of Baffin Island.
    “I think it is fair to say that without fail
every participant was truly overwhelmed, in           Chewonki will join Cruise North again                  Northwest Passage to Greenland; and
the best definition of the word, with the Arctic   next year, for its High Arctic and Northwest              return by charter aircraft to Montreal. Greg
and Cruise North,” said Wilderness Programs        Passage Cruise, August 30–September 13.                   expects the trip to fill quickly and encour-
director Greg Shute, who co-led the trip with      The group will rendezvous in Edmonton,                    ages interested travelers to contact him to
Don Hudson. “We came home full to the brim         Alberta; fly by charter plane to Cambridge                reserve a spot: gshute@chewonki.org or
with memories and stories to share.”               Bay, Nunavut; travel east through the                     207-882-7323.

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News from the Neck

  Baxter State Park Teams Up with Chewonki

            or the second year in a row,
            Chewonki leaders guided 10 high-
            school students on a 9-day
            exploration of Baxter State Park.
  The Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership
  Program was created after a Baxter State
  Park study revealed that the majority of park
  visitors are older adults. The Friends of
  Baxter State Park (FBSP), an independent
  citizen group that promotes the values of
  wilderness preservation, spearheaded the
  program in an effort to boost visits by Maine
       In 2009, FBSP contacted Chewonki
  Wilderness Programs director Greg Shute in
  search of leadership. “I was excited by their
  model,” says Greg. “The backcountry of
  Baxter provides an extraordinary landscape
  for exploration and learning. I was happy to
  support the effort with Chewonki leader-
  ship.” Greg worked with FBSP board
  president Barbara Bentley to develop a
  program whereby Chewonki annually

                                                                                                                                                   BOB JOHNSTON
  provides two trained guides to lead the
       This year, Registered Maine Guides and
  Chewonki wilderness trip leaders Keith
  Crowley and Leah Titcomb led the teenagers       published a feature-length piece in the         say it was one of the most fun and
  from South Branch Pond down the Pogy             paper), and others. These “guest speakers”      memorable weeks of my life!” The program
  Notch Trail to the summit of Katahdin. Along     met with the group and provided workshops       has received funding from the Quimby
  the way they met with Maine senior               in everything from natural history to photog-   Family Foundation for three years, and there
  geologist Bob Johnston, Penobscot cultural       raphy, painting, journaling, canoeing, and      has been no cost to students. New funding
  educator Barry Dana, park naturalist and         campsite maintenance.                           sources will be needed for 2012. To learn
  resource manager Jean Hoekwater, Bangor              John Fox, a participant from Unity,         more about the program or to download an
  Daily News journalist Brad Viles (who later      Maine, said about the trip, “I can honestly     application, go to www.friendsofbaxter.org.

  Chewonki Increases Financial Aid Awarded
  Chewonki is proud to announce that it                The aid is awarded in two ways: need-            The semester school awarded $245,000
  awarded $782,000 in scholarship and              based and through a series of partnered         in need-based financial aid for fiscal year
  financial aid for campers, trippers, Chewonki    summer scholarship programs. In 2010,           2010, representing 14.6 percent of gross
  Semester School students, and school             need-based aid totaled $660,000 across all      tuition. For the current school year, this
  subsidies for the Outdoor Classroom and          programs, and scholarship program aid           figure will increase to more than 17 percent,
  Traveling Natural History Programs in fiscal     totaled $122,000. Our largest partnership is    mirroring the increase in family need experi-
  year 2010 (which ended on August 31). This       with Summer Search, a national leadership       enced by independent schools and other
  amount represents 16.2 percent of                development program for low-income high-        programs across the country.
  Chewonki’s total tuition revenue for the year.   school students with which Chewonki has              “Chewonki needs a robust financial aid
      Chewonki is able to fund financial aid       partnered for 19 years. Last summer, 33         program to make our programs affordable
  largely through the generous contributions       Summer Searchers participated in our            and accessible across the socioeconomic
  of donors, both to our Annual Fund and to        extended wilderness trips across Maine.         spectrum,” says president Willard Morgan.
  our Capital Campaign, where financial aid        Chewonki also has scholarship partnerships      “How we continue to meet this need going
  endowment represents the largest of the          with organizations in Russia, Greenland, the    into the future, especially in light of the
  five campaign goals.                             Bahamas, and Maine.                             current economic climate, is a mission-
                                                                                                   critical issue for Chewonki.”

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                                                                                                                                                                             JOCK MONTGOMERY
    Family Camp participants jumped for joy in front of the Barn at Chewonki. It was mid-August, the days were hot, the nights were cool, bugs were gone, skies were blue, and
    38 hearty souls (more than half of them under the age of 10) made the pilgrimage to Chewonki Neck for five days of Family Camp. There were tasty meals in the dining hall,
    swimming and sailing at the waterfront, campfire, nature, and of course old acquaintances and new friends made. We hope to see you again next year. Mark your
    calendars: August 17–21, 2011.

                                                                                                             Chewonki History
                                                                                                             Available Online
                                                                                                             Although Chewonki founder
                                                                                                             Clarence Allen liked to say “the
                                                                                                             briefest history of the camp is
                                                                                                             that it started in 1915 and is still
                                                                                             BRIDGET BESAW

                                                                                                             running,” there’s a lot more to
                                                                                                             our history than that! A short
                                                                                                             history of Chewonki written in
Summer 2011 Programs                                                                                         2005 by former counselor, trip leader, and assistant camp

Already Enrolling                                                                                            director Jesse Dukes is now available online. And as our
                                                                                                             centennial approaches, we are beginning to envision a

If early registrations are any indication, it looks like Summer 2011                                         100-year history project and celebration. To download our
                                                                                                             short history, please visit www.chewonki.org/alumni and
may see record enrollments at Chewonki. Whether it’s Boys Camp,
                                                                                                             click on Alumni Publications.
Girls Camp, or Wilderness Trips for Teens, you can register your child
online or download a registration form at www.chewonki.org and
mail it to us. The deadline for financial aid applications is February 15.
  Please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or mail with any
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questions you might have about our summer programs.
                                                                                                                                       JOCK MONTGOMERY

             The Outdoor
           A unique and popular program
          is more relevant today than ever
                                                        ELIZABETH PIERSON

                        hewonki celebrates a significant            at Rivers and nature at Camp Chewonki; and Tim himself was

C                       milestone this year: our fortieth year of
                        teaching in the Outdoor Classroom. We
                        welcomed our first overnight school
                        group in the fall of 1971, when former
                        executive director Tim Ellis arranged
for the entire eighth grade from Rivers School in Weston,
Massachusetts, to spend 10 days camping on Chewonki Neck.
    It was a natural partnership. Chewonki founder Clarence
Allen was a former headmaster at Rivers; Hardy Ellis was
                                                                    a Rivers alumnus.
                                                                        “That first program was a challenge program with little
                                                                    natural history,” Tim recalled recently. “But we were learning,
                                                                    and over the years inserted more of a balance between natural
                                                                    history and challenge. We learned a lot about the valuable
                                                                    place that experiential learning and the development of
                                                                    character and community can and should have in formal
                                                                    curricula, and we continued to build on it.”
                                                                        Former Chewonki president Don Hudson, still a college
assistant camp director at Chewonki and for many years              student then, was on the small staff that led the Rivers encamp-
assistant headmaster at Rivers; Roger Tory Peterson taught art      ment, and he remembers it well. “The essential pieces of

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“For too long, we somehow forgot
 that some of the most important
learning happens outside of these
 brick buildings called schools”

                                                                                                                                                               CHEWONKI ARCHIVES
               William Shuttleworth,
  superintendant of Maine Regional School Unit 1

                                                                     Rivers School students setting up camp on their first visit to Chewonki, in the fall of
                                                                     1971. Their 40th trip, this past May, looked remarkably similar.

       today’s Outdoor Classroom were assembled in those 10 days,”                       utdoor Classroom director Katie Tremblay has been
       he says. Forty students were divided into four groups, and for
       each group there was a Chewonki teacher and a Rivers teacher.
       Together, they camped in tents and cooked their meals
                                                                            O            at Chewonki since 2001 and has watched with satis-
                                                                                         faction as the program has grown in size and scope.
                                                                            “This year alone we’ll serve 62 schools, including 3 collages,” she
       outdoors, explored with map and compass, crossed the Gulch,          said recently. Most come from Maine, Massachusetts, and New
       and canoed in the salt marsh. “The schedule was pretty loose,”       Hampshire, a few from as far away as Pennsylvania and North
       Don recalls. “This was one time when we were making it up as         Carolina. For many, their visit is an annual event and is much
       we went along!”                                                      anticipated by students and teachers alike.
           What Chewonki was “making up” in 1971 has endured                    Julie Raines teaches AP biology at Yarmouth High School in
       the test of time. Our Outdoor Classroom (originally called           Maine and has been bringing students to Chewonki for 27 years.
       Environmental Education) now serves more than 2,000                  “Chewonki has been a great place for my classes to compare a
       students a year in programs that range in length from one to         variety of ecosystems, practice field techniques, and learn more
       seven days and that incorporate lessons in ecology, sustain-         about animals and preserved specimens,” she said this fall. “In
       ability, teambuilding, and outdoor living. A highly trained staff    preparing for the AP exam we’re able to review all of their
       that numbers more than 20 offers day programs, overnight             coursework, do lab work, and enrich their understanding,
       encampments, and wilderness trips—all of them custom-                making lots of connections. Add in the terrific teaching approach
       designed to meet a school’s own interests and curricula.             of the Chewonki teachers, the flexibility of the program to meet
           For all its growth, the Outdoor Classroom remains remark-        my learning objectives, and it has been a perfect program for us.”
       ably unchanged in spirit. This June, 40 Rivers students once             The program’s popularity and growth have not come without
       again set up tents and cooked outdoors on Chewonki Neck. It          challenges, however, especially in the past few years. Declining
       was the entire seventh grade, and though they stayed only 3          enrollment may well be at the top of the list, but it is not the
       nights instead of 10, their trip looked remarkably like the one      only challenge.
       in 1971. These kids also crossed the Gulch, canoed in the salt           There’s a trend toward more schools coming to Chewonki for
       marsh, and explored with map and compass. Their eyes grew            fewer days with fewer students, Katie explains. Interestingly,
       wide when they learned their trip marked the fortieth year           budget cuts are not the only reason. “The culture of what kids
       Rivers has come to Chewonki—longer than any other school.            can do has really changed,” she says. Standardized testing limits
       “That’s so cool!” they said in chorus.                               the number of days students can be away from the classroom,
           These kids can also tell you why the program is valuable.        and many kids can’t miss mandatory sports practice.
       “At Chewonki you’re away from technology. You don’t see                  Katie also notes that parents seem more protective and less
       media, and that’s good,” said one of the students.                   willing to let their children venture outside their comfort levels.
           “I like that you rely on each other. It’s a good way to see      “A four-day trip for a fifth-grader is a much bigger deal with
       how teamwork works,” said another.                                   parents than it used to be,” she says. The result of these shorter
           And from another: “I’ve always wanted to camp in a tent          stays is a decline in enrollment but an increase in administrative
       and cook over a fire. Here I get to do it!”                          work.
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                                                                                                 expects to see it happen more and
                                                                                                 more frequently. She cites the cases
                                                                                                 of Bath Middle School and
                                                                                                 Woolwich Central School, both of
                                                                                                 which have come to Chewonki for
                                                                                                 almost 30 years—until this year.
                                                                                                 “It’s a shame when the schools
                                                                                                 closest to us can’t come,” she says.
                                                                                                     Chewonki is working on a
                                                                                                 strategic response to address the
                                                                                                 situation. “The bottom line is that
                                                                                                 we need more financial aid,” says
                                                                                                 Chewonki president Willard
                                                                                                 Morgan. Willard would love to see
                                                                                                 Chewonki be able to serve all local
                                                                                                 students within a certain geograph-

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                                                                                                 ical distance, and he and Katie have
                                                                                                 initiated discussions with school
                                                                                                 administrators. “I hope we’ll be
                                                                                                 successful,” says Katie.
    Health issues have added another, and much more serious,             So does William Shuttleworth, superintendant of Maine
layer of complexity. Katie sits on a state committee dealing with    Regional School Unit 1, which encompasses five midcoast
the epidemic of overweight youth. “One-third of Maine                towns. Shuttleworth believes passionately in the value of
children are overweight or obese, and it’s taking a terrible toll    outdoor education and says he is “fighting like crazy” to find
on their fitness,” she says.                                         funding for it. “For too long,” he says, “we somehow forgot
    Food allergies are also on the rise, resulting in students who   that some of the most important learning happens outside of
need custom-designed menus and sometimes even separate pots          these brick buildings called schools. When students have a
and pans and dishwashing stations. Outdoor Classroom staff           canoe paddle in their hand, or are scaling across a ravine or
put an enormous amount of time into coordinating such needs.         working with a team to identify wildlife and trees, they begin to
    And then there are the medications. Katie recalls the days       learn a lot about themselves as being competent, capable, and
when asthma and Attention Deficit Disorder were as compli-           confident.”
cated as things got in the Outdoor Classroom. Today the staff
routinely works with students who have diabetes, bipolar                       o spend a day, or even a few hours, in the Outdoor
disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other serious
conditions. “It used to be that when a group arrived they might
hand us a zip-lock bag with a couple of inhalers in it. Now it’s
                                                                     T         Classroom is to understand how much this program
                                                                               has to offer—especially in an age when Nature
                                                                     Deficit Disorder is a recognized pandemic. Visit the Chewonki
not uncommon for a school to hand us a duffel bag—a large            campus on almost any school day, and you will see kids living,
duffel bag—of meds when they get off the bus,” says Katie.           playing, and learning in the out-of-doors. They might be
    As challenging as the administrative and student manage-         catching frogs or watching earthworms, snowshoeing across a
ment issues are, Katie feels Chewonki is managing them well.         marsh, climbing in the Barn, running across a field, cooking
The Outdoor Classroom structures its activities so every             tacos over an open fire, or meeting Aquila, our resident Golden
student can participate, and although it’s requiring the staff to    Eagle. You will see them engaged both in organized adventures
make more and more accommodations—and even to add staff              and in simple, unstructured play.
positions—Katie wouldn’t have it any other way. “What the               Katie Tremblay sums up the value of all this in two simple
growing behavioral and medical needs say to me is that               sentences: “The more time children spend outdoors, the more
providing kids with outdoor experiences is more important            they care about the environment. And getting children to care
than ever,” she says emphatically.                                   about the environment ensures that we will have a future
    What Katie comes back to—what worries her most—is the            generation of environmental stewards.” ■
drop in enrollment, particularly from public schools. “Even a
relatively minor budget cut can make the difference in a             For more information on the Outdoor Classroom, or to
school’s ability to bring students to Chewonki,” she says. Katie     schedule a program, contact Katie Tremblay at 207-882-7323
hates to lose a school, but if current trends continue, she          or ktremblay@chewonki.org.

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   Service                                         It’s about giving back
                                                         and connecting with people

                                                                                                                               BILL HINKLEY
Charlotte Allyn of Semester 44 visits with a resident at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.

                very Wednesday afternoon during the school              humming. But increasingly, students are also expressing a
                year, a small group of semester students and a          desire to help keep our larger local community humming.
                teacher head off campus. It isn’t always the            As a result, every Wednesday work program now involves an
                same students or teacher, and the destination           opportunity to do community service off campus.
                changes too. It might be the Maine Veterans                 Chewonki students are reading to kindergartners at
Home in Augusta one week, the Lincoln County Animal                     Wiscasset Primary School, visiting with residents at the Maine
Shelter in Wiscasset another week.                                      Veterans Home, singing for patients who have Alzheimer’s
   Wednesday afternoons, like two other afternoons a week,              disease, and helping local farmers. They have done yard work
are devoted to work program, a signature activity for the               for neighbors in need, helped socialize abandoned dogs, and
semester since it opened its doors in 1988. Working together in         cleaned up the flooded basement at a local family shelter. On a
small crews, students and faculty glaze windows, stack wood,            canoe trip down the St. Croix River last spring, they even
harvest vegetables, shingle a building, sweep the kitchen, or           spread gravel for a new campsite.
make biodiesel. They help keep the Chewonki community
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    Bill Hinkley, math teacher and interim head of school this

                                                                       The Power of One
year, is delighted with the range of activities. “If one of the
reasons students come to Chewonki is to learn about the Maine
coast, then learning about the people and the lives they lead
here is important too,” he says.
    Community service has always been part of the semester             An essay by Leah Cooper, Semester 44
experience, but it wasn’t always a scheduled activity. That
changed shortly after Bill joined the faculty, in 2001. “We’ve

                                                                                  hewonki Semester School is the epitome of community
always helped our neighbors. And we’ve always emphasized the                      service. From watching the documentary King Corn to
power of service,” says Chewonki president Willard Morgan,                        cleaning the Hilton toilets, the Chewonki education and work
who was head of school for the last six years. “But when Bill          programs (even the less enjoyable ones) are founded on the philosophy
offered to coordinate a more formal community service                  that one individual can change the world. Each semester, 40 adven-
program, he took our efforts to a new level.” It began with one        turous, passionate, and slightly quirky juniors leave their high schools
full day of service a semester, in which all the students and          and dive into a kibbutz-esque community where everyone is on a first-
faculty participated. Now, smaller groups do weekly activities.        name basis and where dinner discussions begin with questions like “So
    Bill is a Maine native who runs an organic blueberry farm          guys—if you were plugged into the matrix….” The students leave
with his wife and their three young boys. He also teaches math         behind cell phones, say goodbye to 24-hour Internet access, and learn
at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston. “The regularity of             to create their own fun. We all come back a little bit changed.
going off campus with students is good,” he says, “and the                 Some of us leave Chewonki proclaiming “I now know I want to be a
long-term relationships we’re establishing are great. We want          glaciologist!” Others, once picky eaters, arrive home with a new love of
to continue expanding that. We want to help people on a                sauerkraut. But I think all Chewonki alumni share one thing in
regular basis, especially in our immediate area.”                      common: if they didn’t already believe in the power of the individual,
    No one has been more grateful for help than Art and Lee            they certainly leave imbued with this doctrine. For the Chewonki farm
Campbell of nearby Dresden. At least once a semester for the           and school would barely function if each individual did not help out.
past five years, Chewonki students have helped split and stack         After four fleeting months of being part of the Chewonki community,
the Campbells’ firewood. The couple heats their small home             we alumni are released back into the “real world,” where we turn our
primarily with wood. “I’m still a young fella, and I can still do      agency into action.
some things. But this sure saves me a lot of time and energy I             During my semester at Chewonki, in the spring of 2010, I initiated a
don’t have,” said 82-year-old Art recently. “I’m very thankful to      weekly community service option. Prior to this, the school facilitated a
Chewonki for sending those kids up here. I know it’s part of           service day outside the Chewonki community once each semester. After
their education, but still, I really appreciate it.” He and his wife   returning from spring break, I felt a strong desire to volunteer outside
enjoy the students’ visits and “try to make things fun for ’em.”       the Chewonki community, and to do it more frequently than just once.
    The students enjoy the Campbells too. In fact, inviting the        This desire may have stemmed in part from a bit of—no pun
Campbells to dinner at Chewonki each semester has become               intended—cabin fever. But I think my drive to volunteer was mostly the
something of a tradition. “It’s always a great evening,” says Bill.    result of a strong feeling that came over me once I stepped back on
“Our students often comment on how meaningful their contact            campus after a week at home. It was a feeling that I needed to give back.
is with the people and agencies for whom they do community                 I remember sharing my desire to start a weekly service program with
service. At many schools now, community service is mandatory,          my advisor, math teacher Ben Redman. His response? “You should talk
something to check off. There often isn’t any significant              to Bill about this. He would be really into it.” And Ben was right. Bill
connection with people. Our students see another way to do             Hinkley suggested that I present my proposal at a faculty meeting; he
service, and many of them continue it after they go home.”             also facilitated our first service trip, to the Maine Veterans Home in
    While Willard has high praise for Bill and the emphasis he         Augusta. After sharing the idea with my classmate Callum McCulloch,
has put on service at Chewonki, Bill deflects that praise to the       we presented the proposal. No surprise—our teachers were just as
students. “They’ve really pushed us to do more,” he says. “The         excited to get involved as our friends were.
initiative they’ve taken in expanding Chewonki’s presence in               One service trip in particular stands out in my memory. Amy
the local community is remarkable.”                                    Rogers, English teacher and beloved Decomposers conductor, Deirdre
    A case in point is Leah Cooper and Callum McCulloch of             Shea, Adriana Walsh, and I drove to the Alzheimer’s wing of The
Semester 44, who last spring pushed to make community                  Highlands retirement home in Topsham to sing for Amy’s father and
service a weekly option. For anyone whose faith in young               other residents. As we drove down Route 1, interlaced lyrics of
people may be faltering, Leah’s essay (opposite) will be a             “Amazing Grace,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” and “Siyahamba”
powerful and moving antidote. Her words—“I now know that               poured out of Amy’s car windows. We would soon meet “Frank.” A
each individual in this world has the power to make a positive
and lasting impact”—will make you a believer too. ■

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former policeman, church choir member,
and opera lover, Frank seemed to have a
memory for every song we sang. “You are
bringing my past back to life,” he said, with
tears in his eyes.
    In addition to singing for and speaking
with residents of nursing homes, students
and faculty made trips to an animal shelter
where we helped socialize rescued dogs.
Callum and Bill also organized a trip to the
Campbells, an elderly couple whom
Chewonki students have helped out in many
years past. There, students chopped enough
wood to heat the Campbells’ home well into
the frosty Maine winter.
    Semester 44 made the switch from being
Chewonki students to Chewonki alumni
                                                                                                                                                            SCOTT ANDREWS
five months ago. We are now part of that        Bill Hinkley (center) and Semester 44 students outside the dining hall with the Cambells. Leah Cooper and
network of super-empowered individuals,         Callum McCulloch are on the far right.

sloshing around the country, connecting different corners of the              sauerkraut, but I now know that each individual in this world has the
world. Since my transformation to alumna status, I have founded a             power to make a positive and lasting impact. Chewonki is the epitome
singing group at my school called “Musical Memories.” Each time we            of global community service for this reason—it empowers students by
sing at a retirement home, I think of my Chewonki semester.                   catalyzing the realization that just one person, that you, can change
    I am so thankful that I attended the semester school; I am very           the world, glacier by glacier, nursing home by nursing home.
grateful to have met Amy Rogers and Bill Hinkley, whose personal
commitments to volunteerism were essential for the success of the             Leah Cooper is from Washington, Connecticut, and is a senior at Loomis
service program. I do not want to be a glaciologist, and I still loathe       Chaffee School.

Community Service on the Trail
The growing trend in community service during the semester
builds on a long tradition at Chewonki—as Wilderness Programs
director Greg Shute knows well. “I did my first wilderness
service project 25 years ago, and even then there was nothing
new about it,” Greg recalled recently. Chewonki trippers have
been lending a hand in the woods and waters of Maine for
years. They routinely clear brush, haul gravel, build bridges,
paint buildings, and pick up trash. For many years, trippers have
assisted rangers on the Allagash and the West Branch of the
Penobscot with campsite maintenance. “There are a lot of
                                                                                                                                                                 CORY CRAMER

adults who can paddle those rivers today and recognize
campsites they worked on when they were Chewonki trippers,”
says Greg.
   This past summer, Chewonki’s five-week Boatbuilders expedition spent a day working on Hurricane Island in
Penobscot Bay, where they scraped the old rescue station (shown above) and cleared a mile of new trail. Once the home
of Outward Bound, the island is now leased by the nonprofit Hurricane Island Foundation, which seeks to preserve the
island’s rich history and provide educational opportunities for Maine youth. Chewonki helped organize a service day there
on 10-10-10 and will be a supportive partner in the future.
 Retracing the Steps
  of Clarence Allen                                    WILLARD MORGAN

                       y journey to New Discovery, District      pupils ages 5 through 18, often in temperatures so low they had
                       No. 9, in Marshfield, Vermont, started    to thaw the inkwells on the woodstove.
                       with an email in July of this year from       This particular entry documented a Saturday hike by
                       Schuyler Gould, step-grandson of          Clarence from his host family’s house across country and up a
                       Clarence Allen, the founder of Camp       nearby mountain. Reading it, I realized the rich well of natural
Chewonki. Schuyler had transcribed a journal entry written       history information it contained. After an early encounter with
by Clarence on December 3, 1904. That winter, at the ripe        a skunk, which lured away his canine companion, Pompey,
age of seventeen, Clarence worked a 10-week stint as school-     Clarence recounted the next leg of his solo hike (spelling and
master in a one-room schoolhouse, instructing over a dozen       grammar verbatim).

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   The foothill I struck first was covered with beautiful
   firs. They ranged from a foot high to fifty all rich green
   and being so thickly intergrown gave that healtfull firry
   oder in profusion. On the other side of this ridge of firs I
   came to a clearing. The trees had been felled and left
   branches and all as they were so that the thickly
   matted branches made a sort of mattress, which was
   appropriately covered with a blanket of snow. The
   blanket concealed the hollow places and wanting to
   rough it rather than going around, I started to cross.
   My foot would strike first a hollow and sink down to
   my hips, then a slippery branch or I’d stubb my toe and
   go headlong. It was great fun and exercise and I
   reached the other side in a little while. Another strip of
   firs, which like the first was literally covered with
   rabbit, mice, skunk, and many other tracks and beyond
   another clearing like the first.

Clarence’s description of this high country above Marshfield
village is classically post-agricultural New England. By 1904
much cropland and pasture had been abandoned in favor of
rich soils in the Midwest. Thirty- to 70-year-old forests were
fine sources of lumber and firewood as loggers cleared much
of the mountains across northern New England at the turn of
the century. The slash left behind fed a series of conflagra-
tions that incinerated peaks in the Adirondacks, Green
Mountains, White Mountains, and western Maine, leaving
soils exposed to erosion. Rocky bald peaks and a constellation
of fire towers, familiar to today’s hikers, are long-lived
reminders of that era.
    By 1904 deer, moose, beaver, mountain lions, wolves, and
other large mammals were extirpated from the region, so
rabbits and skunk would have been some of the larger wildlife
left in Marshfield. Clarence knew his trees and his tracks, and
he had a keen eye for detail. I wondered, could I retrace his
trail and compare the landscape of 1904 to 2010?
    Although natural history was my first interest, I soon
realized this would give me an opportunity to walk in
Clarence’s footsteps and consider my own role as the heir to
his Chewonki vision less than two months into my term as
    It was early August, with camps in session, trips scattered
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across the state, Family Camp close at hand, and the semester
on the horizon, but I chose a date, August 28, and made
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D      riving east along Route 2 from Marshfield village, I scan
       the woods all around, trying to make out the original
roadway along this grade. I usually drive the speed limit, but
with a story to follow, I slow down to wonder. Curiosity brings
me extra patience going up the hill and, right blinker, onto
Route 232 South. Past the Cabot–Marshfield town boundary I
cross a creek and head up the final grade toward the neighbor-
hood where Clarence lived and worked as he sought a winter
reprieve from the chronic bronchitis that dogged him in
Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
   Thanks to historical maps and modern aerial photography, I
know what I am looking for. The 1873 Beers Atlas recorded the
No. 9 schoolhouse across the road from the New Discovery
Cemetery. The map also located a “T. Lamberton” house
within a half-mile of the school; Clarence boarded with and

                                                                                                                                        WILLARD MORGAN
                                                                     The Lamberton house today.

                                                                   described the Lamberton family in his journal. He walked back
                                                                   and forth to the school each day; it had to be close to his
                                                                   residence, and this fit the facts.
                                                                       I find the cemetery first and soon find some Lamberton
                                                                   graves. Across Route 232, where the schoolhouse should have
                                                                   stood, I see only apple trees and shrubby regrowth. I crash
                                                                   through the goldenrod and blackberries, hoping to find some
                                                                   sign of the schoolhouse. Only 20 feet and I stop: my feet are
                                                                   resting on the old schoolhouse foundation.
                                                                       A rush of amazement floods over me. On this very spot
                                                                   Clarence battled a smoky woodstove, learned his first lessons in
                                                                   classroom management, and on some days struggled against
                                                                   numb hands to open the lock on this far-flung outpost of
                                                                   primary education. What of this winter in New Discovery
                                                                   influenced his later choices, including his pursuit of a career in
                                                                   education and, in 1915, the founding of Camp Chewonki?
                                                                       Buoyed by my success, I turn to finding the Lamberton
                                                                   house. East along 232 and on the right, I am quite sure I see it.
                                                                   Up the driveway I walk, just as a woman pulls out from the
                                                                   parking pad. She turns out to be the owner and yes, this home
                                                                   was owned by Lambertons.
                                                                       The family lets me park in the field so I can follow the
                                                                   December 3, 1904, hike. I leave a blackberry pie from the
                                                                   village general store as a thank you to my hosts, load up a small
                                                                   daypack, and set out southwest toward Burnt Mountain, a
                                                                   name that appears only on twentieth-century maps—after the
                                                                   widespread slash fires.

A page from Clarence’s 1904 journal illustrates his penchant
for detail. The cover of the journal is shown on page 14.

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                Pompey started with me but did not stay with me long.
                We were running through a field, he barking and I yelling
                                                                                                 W       ithin another 10 minutes, I find a seasonal hunting
                                                                                                         camp at the edge of a recent cut, with a steep hill
                                                                                                 covered by a tight network of ferns and blackberry bushes
                and whistling when about two hundred yards ahead I                               ahead of me. Because of the heat, I had worn only shorts and
                saw an animal running for the edge of the woods.                                 running shoes, to my dismay now. I recall Clarence’s account at
                                                                                                 this point as I rouse my enthusiasm for a brutal bushwhack.

             Although I do not have a Pompey, I feel the same exuberance
             as I walk through fields and stone walls toward the edge of the                        The task before me was no easy one. This hill has all been
             wood, seemingly unchanged. The animal Clarence saw was the                             burned over and a tangle or rather miniature jungle or
             skunk that lured Pompey on an all-day chase. I am on
                                                                                                    thicket of thorny berry bushes has sprung up around the
             Clarence’s trail.
                                                                                                    burned stumps and the fallen logs. Then too the
                 Before I reach the field-woods edge, I notice a white ash
                                                                                                    mountain is not one that a person looking for pleasure
             sapling with buds nipped off 5 feet above the ground—a
             moose. About 100 feet farther and I pick up a large feather—                           would pick out there being innumberable large boulders
             wild turkey. These are two animals that were extirpated in 1904                        on every side. But it couldn’t have been better for me if it
             but have returned in abundance today. I pass through a short                           had been made to order. I dug into the bushes and
             stretch of early successional forest before popping out on a                           boulders and fallen logs, pausing rarely but just going up
             woods road along a stone wall. Behind the wall is a stand of                           and keeping a sharp look out for animals. The tracks
             mixed woods, with much fir, just bursting with the most                                were scarce on the mountainside and I looked in vain
             succulent blackberries I have seen this year. Within another
                                                                                                    until I reached the very summit.
             100 yards I see a pile of bear scat and multiple moose bed sites
                                                                                                       There I was rewarded by the sight of a fine white
             amidst the blackberry bushes.
                 Clarence’s balsam fir woods remain, but the large mammals                          rabbit. The view from the top was inspiring. All around
             have returned. I load up on blackberries and then scurry along.                        were mountains of equal size with mine, and rolling back
                                                                                                    to the horizon they served as mere foothills to the larger
                                                                                                    and grander mountains. I could look all around the circle,
                                                                                                    seeing Camels Hump and others of the same height.
                                                                                                    They were of course covered with snow and many of
                                                                                                    them reminded me of the sacred mountain of Japan. The
                                                                                                    general impression of the green mountains I had been
                                                                                                    told was of an ocean rolling away. It is so—only grander
                                                                                                    and more impressive and when one sees the whole
                                                                                                    circumference as I have today it awes you and goes
                                                                                                    deeper than cathedrals or any works of man.

                                                                                                 Encouraged by the Clarence Allen spirit, I plow ahead through
                                                                                                 ferns and blackberries, which turn out to hide a tangle of
                                                                                                 logging slash underneath. A few headlong falls and “innumber-
                                                                                WILLARD MORGAN

                                                                                                 able” scratches on my legs later, I clamber out of this thicket
                                                                                                 and into a beautiful mid-successional northern hardwood
                                                                                                 forest. American beech, sugar maple, red maple, and yellow
                                                                                                 birch dominate the canopy, with some striped maple and
The view from atop Burnt Mountain. In 1904, Clarence wrote of this same
                                                                                                 scattered balsam fir in the understory. As I climb, the forest
view: “The general impression of the green mountains I had been told was
of an ocean rolling away. It is so—only grander and more impressive and                          becomes a woodland with a wide-open understory carpeted
when one sees the whole circumference as I have today it awes you and                            with hayscented and bracken ferns.
goes deeper than cathedrals or any works of man.”
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    In the fern carpet, I noticed periodic scurrying and associ-      outdoor adventure—what professor and writer David Sobel
ated jiggling of the fern fronds. Curious, I stop and ease myself     calls “wild play”—is fundamental to a Chewonki education.
to ground level. Looking under the fronds I catch sight of a              Finally, the intellectualism that brought Clarence
hare in its summer coat of brown fur. Here is Clarence’s              knowledge of Mt. Fuji at the age of 17, and that drove my own
“rabbit,” the snowshoe hare, which is ubiquitous in the north         journey through higher education, is an essential companion to
county year-round.                                                    what we call “experiential education” today. My opportunity is
    I encounter a few boulders, but no sign of the burn that          to guide Chewonki as we steward these elements into a second
earned Burnt Mountain its name; that evidence has long since          century of programs. It is an awesome and exciting task that
decayed and been reused in the forest of today. In fact, that         gives me energy as I take one last look at Camel’s Hump before
forest-woodland continues clear to the summit plateau from            downclimbing between the branches.
where Clarence observed the snow-covered Green Mountains
rolling away into the distance.
    For the first time today, I feel disappointment. Yes, I found        Returning my path was more dangerous than ascending.
the school foundation, the Lamberton house, wildlife signs,
                                                                         Often I slipped and slid between cracks in the ledges,
and plenty of sharp objects to thrash my legs, all in the spirit of
                                                                         scratching my clothes and body on the dense under-
Clarence Allen. But as a hiker and mountaineer, I had looked
forward to a summit view. The reference to Mt. Fuji had been             brush…. Coming through the firs a partridge flew up.
especially intriguing; I wanted to see for myself.                       I also heard a blue jay and a chick-a-dee.
    So, I push on, wandering in search of sky through the trees,
hoping to find a vista point. Then I see an opening and wend
through a stand of American beech trunks. All of a sudden I           In keeping with the style of Clarence Allen in 1904, I had
emerge onto the only rocky bald left on Burnt Mountain. It is         intentionally set out without a map or compass. As befits a
on the south exposure, where 100 years of sun and prevailing          naturalist, I spend much of my time looking around as I
winds have seared and scarred saplings so that lichen, low-bush       descend what I thought to be the reverse of my path up.
blueberry, and some hardy grasses still cover much of the rock.       Whereas climbing a peak is self-correcting—if you keep going
    One red spruce has overcome the odds to grow to 30 feet           up, you get to the top—descending a peak gives one many
and mostly obscure my view of the mountains that Clarence             choices to stray, especially since I had not ascended a fall line,
described. Quietly asking forgiveness of my students and              but rather bushwhacked a circuitous route through various
colleagues for ignoring the Chewonki rule against climbing            points of interest.
trees, I scratch my way up through the spruce branches until,             I soon find myself astray in a swampy dim lowland, where I
finally, needle-covered and sap-encrusted, about 25 feet up, I        trip over a forgotten rusty strand of barbed wire still strung
have an unobstructed view to the west of Camel’s Hump,                along some tree trunks, further abrading my shin. The swamp
Vermont’s second highest peak.                                        drains north via the stream I had crossed that morning on
                                                                      Route 232 just east of the Cabot–Marshfield line.

M       uch as a “solo” on a Chewonki program provides a
        camper, tripper, or semester student a respite to reflect,
this journey has given me the space to consider my place in
                                                                          So I come full circle, walking along Route 232 past farm-
                                                                      houses and field still largely the same as they were in 1904. I
                                                                      pass the cemetery and old schoolhouse foundation on my way
Chewonki history. Clarence Allen was a remarkable young               to the Lamberton house. Turning up the driveway, I imagine a
man, full of adventure and bold in vision. He had the audacity        young schoolmaster walking home to an afternoon of reading
to do at an early age and the curiosity to back that up with          and writing in his journal.
knowledge. He had a deep appreciation for the natural world,              At the house I wave thanks to the family gathered in the
and was inspired by its beauty, which invoked a near spiritual        kitchen and continue to my truck. There, on the hood, I find
response in him.                                                      an offering from them—a quart of maple syrup, boiled right
    Over 100 hundred years later, pursuing his roots has given        here on their land, the Lamberton land.
me space to mentally integrate my skills and vision with                  As I drive downhill to Marshfield village, I smile, satisfied. I
Clarence’s legacy. Only two months into my tenure as                  now know something of the place that Clarence Allen called
president, I am struck by the strength accrued to Chewonki            home for a few months 106 years ago, and something more of
over time. It is clear to me that natural history continues to        my own connection to Chewonki. I have a long drive ahead to
have a vital place at the core of our programs, for both literal      consider how New Discovery shaped us and also to plan the
and metaphorical teaching. And the elation I feel sitting in this     next trip, to the shores of Lake Champlain, where Clarence
red spruce, somewhat battered and bruised, reminds me that            founded Camp Chewonki 11 years later in 1915. ■

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  Lessons Learned
at Montsweag Brook
Dam removal creates a swirl of controversy

                                           BETTA STOTHART CONNOR

                                                                     emoving a dam, it turns out, is not
                                                                     an enterprise for the feint of heart.
                                                                     First, there’s the sheer cost of the
                                                                     job (nearly $800,000 in the case of
                                                                     Lower Montsweag Dam, which is
                                                                     entirely grant-funded), then the
                                                                     local politics (not everyone supports
                                           dam removals, especially when ponds are lost), and then
                                           there’s the practical matter of actually taking down an
                                           enormous concrete structure and restoring a habitat to its
                                           natural state.
                                                As this article is being written, Lower Montsweag
                                           Dam, situated a mile north of the Chewonki campus, is
                                           being demolished. Project manager Dan Creek is
                                           spending heroically long days at the site keeping an eye
                                           on heavy equipment and a crew hard at work. Chewonki
                                           head naturalist Lynne Flaccus has spent countless hours at
                                           the site, setting up monitoring stations and reseeding the
                                           drained impoundment with indigenous vegetation. By the
                                           time the Chronicle reaches your mailbox, the dam will be
                                           gone. The story of how we got there, however, will not be
                                                Lower Montsweag Dam was transferred to Chewonki
                                           as part of a natural resource damages settlement with the
                                           former Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Four years
                                           ago, when former Chewonki president Don Hudson
                                           proposed the Montsweag Brook Restoration Project at a
                                           staff retreat, there was great enthusiasm. Back then, the
                                           idea of a long-term endeavor to restore an ecosystem and
                                           its fish-breeding habitat sounded relatively straight-
                                           forward: find partners, raise funds, hire project manager,
                                           prepare a demolition design, procure necessary permits,
                                           remove barrier, restore fishery, be part of wonderful
                                           habitat restoration project in own backyard.
                         JOCK MONTGOMERY

                                                                                    Continued on page 20
                                           Fred Cichocki and a camper sample fish below
                                           the dam last summer.

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                                                                  “Dam removal has become a very important tool in our efforts
                                                                  to bring back fishery resources to the Gulf of Maine,” said
                                                                  Catena. “We try to get fish back to their natal streams where
                                                                  they can spawn and return to the ocean. Dams have been a
                                                                  critical factor in the reduction of the natural species that are
                                                                  inhabiting these streams.”
                                                                      Graber concurred: “There is no single better way to restore
                                                                  habitat quicker and more effectively than removing a dam.”
                                                                  The U.S. has removed more than 830 dams over the last few
                                                                  decades, said Graber, and many of the projects have included
                                                                  controversy. “The change that occurs when you take out a
                                                                  structure like this is significant for people who have lived here a
                                                                  long time. Change can be a challenge for anybody.”
                                                                      But both Graber and Catena agree that the benefits far
    In the end, this is what will be remembered. But the actual   outweigh the challenges.
journey toward completion of this project has taught us               According to Catena, the Montsweag project is one of many
valuable lessons about how we connect with our neighbors;         in Maine that NOAA is funding. The migratory fish being
how we work with town government, elected officials, and local    targeted here—alewives, American eel, and sea-run brook
newspapers; and how we deal with controversy when it arises.      trout—are linked to the Gulf of Maine and the broader Eastern
The journey includes a surveyor’s tree-cutting error on a         Seaboard, he says. “This is an interconnective project from a
neighbor’s land; a series of challenging meetings with town
leaders in order to explain the project and procure local work
permits; and a series of unfortunate newspaper headlines,
among them “Resistance to Chewonki Proposal Grows.”
    Despite a swirl of controversy and various levels of local
disapproval, staff at Chewonki continued to applaud the effort,
and the project received broad support from environmental,
state, and federal agencies, many of which have helped fund
this project. On September 29, Chewonki hosted a public
discussion and tour at Montsweag Brook, and attendance was
impressive. Speakers and guests came from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USDA
Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Rivers,
Maine Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, Kennebec Estuary
Land Trust, and other organizations.
    Speaker after speaker made similar observations: first,
stream and river barriers constitute an enormous problem for
fish populations in the Gulf of Maine, and second, dam
removal projects such as Montsweag need partners like
Chewonki to succeed.
    Standing at the dam, Brian Graber, a fluvial geomorpholo-
gist and water resources engineer with American Rivers, and
John Catena, northeast regional supervisor for the NOAA           Lynne Flaccus, Chewonki’s head naturalist,
Restoration Center, spoke about the importance of the project.    gathers data at the dam site.
“There is no single better way to restore habitat quicker
     and more effectively than removing a dam.”
                                   —BRIAN GRABER, AMERICAN RIVERS

                                                                           “Having an organization like Chewonki come in and do the
                                                                       monitoring and weave that into the education is a tremendous
                                                                       benefit,” says Catena. “We work with a whole range of organi-
                                                                       zations and municipalities, and having one that is here and will
                                                                       be involved at the site from a monitoring point of view is just
                                                                       tremendous. We don’t get that a lot.”
                                                                           Graber is enthusiastic too: “What a fantastic living
                                                                       classroom out here! There are so many things for students to
                                                                       look at, from macro-invertebrates that live in the river bed, to
                                                                       migratory and non-migratory fish and how populations will
                                                                       change when you convert a pond back to its native river
                                                                       habitat.” Graber sees great value in involving students and
                                                                       neighbors in this project. “We were excited to get involved
                                                                       with this project, and one of the things that appealed to us was
   fisheries point of view that helps the species themselves, but      the long-term educational possibilities Chewonki is intending
   these are also very important forage fish for Atlantic mackerel,    to implement here both with educating students at the site, but
   Atlantic tuna, stripped bass, blue fish, and any number of fish.”   also by having a long-term monitoring plan to help us see the
       The dam removal improves habitat for these fish, and it also    impacts and benefits we are having.”
   helps improve water quality, adds Graber. “As water sits in the         At the end of the day, what many of us at Chewonki have
   sun during the summer in the impoundment, it warms up, and          learned is that dam removals are almost always controversial,
   warmer water means lower dissolved oxygen, and that affects         but they are also essential. “Not many schools or communities
   everything in the pond and downstream.”                             can claim to have a real-life restoration and monitoring effort
                                                                       in their backyard,” said Chewonki president Willard Morgan.

               he intangible goals of dam removal projects are         “Aside from the environmental gains here, the educational
               perhaps more onerous than the removals themselves.      value of this project will benefit our programs and our local
               “NOAA is helping to restore the environment, but in     community for years to come.” ■
   so doing we are also trying to bring the community into a given
   site, to get stewardship going, and to instill some real under-     To learn more about the Montsweag Brook Restoration Project and to
   standing about the environment,” says Catena. This is where         see videos, go to www.chewonki.org/about/montsweag.
   Chewonki’s involvement becomes notable.                             ALL PHOTOS BY BRIAN PETERS, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED.
A day in the life of the
Sustainability assistant
                     orking in Chewonki’s Biodiesel Shed is kind         and dripping onto my work, and my hands are becoming too
                     of like being in a sauna, with the proviso          sweaty to properly push the plumbing connections together. I
                     that the sauna was first used to render lard.       glance over at Tucker—he is working away, blithely unaffected
                     The building has its own particular smell,          by the staggering temperature. After about 30 minutes, little
                     and every touchable surface is covered with         rivulets of sweat are poring into my eyes, making it hard to see.
a greasy sheen. I like to tell people it is by far the least aestheti-   Tucker turns to me and good-naturedly says, “It’s starting to
cally pleasing part of Chewonki, and no one seems to disagree.           get pretty warm in here.” I grimace and say “Mmm.” I’m afraid
    This is where we convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel,         that if I open my mouth, sweat will pour in. Squinting in the
which fuels Chewonki’s fleet of diesel vehicles: tractors, vans,         direction of Tucker, who is now only a wavy blur, I say, “I think
commuter cars, and a heavy-duty pickup truck. Each summer                the plumbing’s about done. Let’s see if it holds.”
we produce about 1,000 gallons, which is enough to displace a                Tucker moves over to the control panel, as I stay near the
quarter of our year-round diesel fuel use. The polyethylene-             newly plumbed vegetable oil tank. “OK, turn it on.” Tucker
covered shed is effectively a greenhouse, and in the summer it           switches on the pump.
can produce temperatures up to 120 degrees F.—which is good                  Even through my squinting eyes and fogged-up safety
for making biodiesel but bad for one’s personal hydration level.         glasses, I can tell immediately that something is wrong. From a
    On this early September day, I have a Chewonki Semester              loose connection, a flume of warm vegetable oil is spraying
School student with me for work program. The students                    horizontally across the room. I move toward the plumbing to
routinely help with our sustainability projects, doing every-            close the leak but succeed only in changing the direction of the
thing from making biodiesel to installing solar hot-water                spray so that it’s instead hitting me in the face. “Nope! Turn it
systems to building their own solar iPod chargers. The                   ugghff,” I yell over to Tucker, my words garbled by the
students are always excited about these projects, and the one            vegetable oil spraying into my mouth. “Turn it off,” I say again,
helping me today—Tucker Deane-Krantz from Riverdale                      this time more with resignation. Tucker switches off the pump,
Country School in New York City—is no exception.                         and the grease fountain cascades slowly to the ground. I stand
    Tucker and I get right to work in the Biodiesel Shed,                there for a few seconds, my head, shoulders, and chest covered
tearing out the old plumbing and replacing it with a new, and            with vegetable oil. I can definitely taste that this particular
we hope more efficient, system. It’s a hot, sunny day, and the           batch of oil was used to fry fish. I reach for a nearby towel and
temperature as I step inside immediately makes me start                  start to wipe my face off, wondering vaguely about what effect
looking for a chair to sit down on. Right away it’s clear to me          this will have on my pores.
that Tucker is so enthused about the work that he is taking no               I look back at Tucker and start phrasing an apology for this
notice of the sweltering heat. We get to work on the plumbing.           disastrous work program. “I’m sorry it didn’t work. We can try
About 20 minutes into the task, sweat is running down my nose            fixing it again tomorrow….” His expression cuts me off.

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                                                                                  Project To-Do List
                                                                                  A typical weekly to-do list for the Sustainability assistant—
                                                                                  this one from early September—illustrates the multifaceted
                                                                                  nature of the Sustainability Office.
                                                                                  • Help install wind turbine
                                                                                  • Organize energy audits and student-led weatherization
                                                                                   on oldest buildings
                                                                                  • Repair solar-powered waterslide at waterfront
                                                                                  • Replace batteries on electric truck
                                                                                  • Make batch of biodiesel
                                                                                  • Figure out new electricity monitor for CEE
                                                                                  • Design solar iPod chargers for summer camp
                                                                                  • Assemble and plumb solar hot-water system on Hoyt’s
                                                                                   with semester students
                                                                                  •Work on wind power podcast
                                                                                  •Work on concept for new Zero Waste initiative

                                                                    RHAN FLATIN   Tom Twist (right) with semester students during work program
                                                                                  at the Biodiesel Shed.

   “That was amazing,” he says, beaming. I find that I’m                          able agriculture, clean water, solar energy, solid-waste manage-
grinning in spite of myself.                                                      ment, and more.
                                                                                      There is not a single department on campus now that isn’t

          his is a working picture of a day in my job at                          involved with renewable energy, and the synergies and collabo-
          Chewonki’s Sustainability Office—and like a working                     rations that occur among the programs are really inspiring.
          harbor, it is only picturesque from a distance. The                     The Maintenance Department routinely comes to us with new
Sustainability Office is tasked with making Chewonki’s campus                     ideas about reducing the campus’s carbon footprint, and the
more sustainable in all aspects, as well as teaching and devel-                   teaching programs are constantly looking for ways to make
oping curricula for the 35,000 students that partake of a                         their renewable energy classes more thoughtful and engaging.
Chewonki program annually. The job is inspiring, technical,                           Our work also extends beyond Chewonki Neck. Chewonki
and complex. Some days it is also dirty and grimy.                                manages over 1,200 acres outside Wiscasset, including four
    There are three of us in the office: Peter Arnold, Ruth                       coastal islands and our Girls Camp and Big Eddy Campground
Poland, and myself. Ruth is a teaching fellow for the semester                    in the North Woods. The Sustainability Office has played a
school and teaches its weekly renewable energy class. Peter is                    significant role in energy education in Maine for many years,
the head of the Sustainability Office. He and former Chewonki                     and our annual Sustainability Conference is known throughout
president Don Hudson founded it 12 years ago, at a time when                      New England. The office has also begun to play a role in
few other people were talking about climate change or carbon                      helping to advance new commercial technologies, as Peter is
footprints. The office began with the writing of a waste                          currently doing with tidal power in collaboration with the
management manual. In 1999 Peter moved the endeavor into                          Town of Wiscasset.
the national spotlight with the first of two groundbreaking                           There is a palpable momentum to sustainability at
projects: the biodiesel production facility, followed a few years                 Chewonki, and it is wonderful to see. And though I sometimes
later by our renewable hydrogen system (the first such system                     leave work covered in grime of some sort or another, I wouldn’t
in the nation that was publicly accessible).                                      trade it for anything. Don Hudson, when asked what his job
    Today we are working on so many different projects that it                    was, would occasionally answer, glibly, “Saving the world.”
occasionally makes my head spin. And though we are often on                       This is how I feel about working in the Sustainability Office—
“the bleeding edge of technology,” the depth and breadth of                       saving the world, one greasy batch of biodiesel at a time. ■
our renewable energy systems have placed Chewonki at the
forefront of education on sustainability. Year-round, we                          Tom Twist is Chewonki’s sustainability assistant. Thanks to his
develop lessons and demonstrations on topics that range from                      constant work with used vegetable oil, he claims to have the softest
geothermal systems and wind power to climate change, sustain-                     skin of anyone on campus.

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   gingTheir Hearts Out
Sin mark transitions and become tradition
                                                               GENELL VASHRO

           t starts early, and it ends late—every day, rain or shine.      Songs have been uniting the Girls Camp community since
           It happens in the dining hall and on the dock. In the        its inception. Girls and women from all over the world join
           yurts and in canoes. Over dishes and on the trail. And       their voices to the lyrics of “River,” “Voyageur Song,” “I Knew
           especially at campfire. It’s singing, of course, and as      This Place,” and many more songs that speak to their adven-
           anyone who has spent time at Chewonki Camp for               tures and experiences at camp. As the summer progresses,
 Girls knows, it happens all day long.                                  the songs become more and more familiar, and many are
    In its third year of existence, our camp on the exquisite           memorized, so that the use of the songbook the staff created—
 shores of Fourth Debsconeag Lake has fully embraced the                and that continues to grow with recommendations from
 making of a small, unique community. One of the most                   campers and staff alike—is no longer necessary. Even the page
 treasured traditions the girls have established is singing. From       number a song is on gets memorized; when someone
 the youngest camper to the oldest staff member, we all join in         announces the page number of the song we’ll be singing, you
 the fun. On summer days and nights, the voices of young girls          can see the smiles widen and hear voices saying “Oh, I love this
 and women ricochet off the cliffs from the west side of the lake.      song” even before the songbooks are cracked open.
 Song fills the camp daily, almost hourly, marking transitions             Visitors often comment on how wonderful the singing is.
 and daily routines.                                                    “Song is everywhere at Girls Camp. It’s just a part of life,” says
    The harmonies often start as early as 7:00 A.M., when the           communications director Betta Stothart Connor, who visits
 counselors sing to wake the girls from their slumber. The              each summer. “The singing is beautiful and fun and powerful.
 singing increases as, three times a day, we join voices to mark        I’m always moved by what a joyful community it creates.”
 the end of our meals together. It is not uncommon to walk                 I think our campers feel the same way. They must, if the
 around camp during the day and hear the rhythm of a song               time and energy they devote to singing are any indication! I
 being tapped on a wooden paddle, the picnic table, or the dock,        look forward to watching this tradition they’ve established
 accompanied by humming, made-up lyrics, and often belly                grow and prosper through the years. In the meantime, I’m
 laughs.                                                                already looking forward to Summer 2011, when the voices of
    Many campers will tell you that campfire is one of their            Chewonki Camp for Girls will once again rise in unison above
 favorite activities at camp. The musical instruments make their        the lake. ■
 way out of their cases and into campfire circle for an evening
 filled with skits, songs, and storytelling. But it wouldn’t be a       Genell Vashro is the director of Chewonki Camp for Girls.
 campfire without first jumping to your feet and belting out the
 Girls Camp cheer! Just as our campfires start with a song, they
 also end with a song. Slowly walking away from campfire, we
 all sing “River” to mark the close of the day.
    Every yurt group at Girls Camp goes on a wilderness trip,
 which can be anywhere from 2 to 22 days long. The day a
 group returns to camp is especially full of song. Once a group
 is spotted paddling back to camp, the girls in camp run to the
 costume box to get ready for the “welcome.” What follows is
 an ongoing call-back of the Girls Camp cheer and multiple
 rounds of singing. Anyone who has witnessed this “welcome
 home” ceremony knows the excitement and energy that fill the
 air. Both from the canoes and the shore, the girls’ voices are
 strong, loud, and confident. Later, at campfire, the trippers
 often share their trail experience by singing a familiar tune with
 made-up lyrics that tell the story of their adventures.
                                                                        The newly renovated Lynn Harrison Lodge is bright and energy efficient.

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                                                                                                        Girls Camp Cheer
                                                                                                        (Sung to the same tune
BRIDGET BESAW 2                                                                                         as the Boys Camp Cheer)
Summer 2010 Highlights at Girls Camp                                                                    Debsconeag Lake, awake, awake
                                                                                                        Nahmakanta, ata, ama
• If all goes as expected, Girls Camp will soon receive American Camping Association accreditation!
A two-member accreditation team visited Fourth Debsconeag Lake on August 5 and had a great              Katahdin pow, Allagash now
time exploring the campus. “It is an amazing program, held in a magical location. You and your staff    Paddle and dip
do a wonderful job,” one of the visitors later wrote to camp director Genell Vashro. The 100-year-old   Chewonki, what?
ACA accredits more than 2,400 camps, ensuring that they meet recognized standards for health,           Chewonki, what?
safety, and program quality. Girls Camp attained 100 percent compliance with ACA standards. A           Chewonki girls!
formal vote on the accreditation will be held at the November ACA board meeting.

• Campers and staff celebrated the dedication of the Lynn Harrison Lodge with an official ceremony on July 19. The lodge is named in honor
of long-time Girls Camp supporter Lynn Harrison of Bridgton, Maine, who was on hand for the celebration. The building that houses the dining
room and kitchen was sorely in need of expansion and renovation. Don Lamson, Chewonki’s director of operations, and a hardworking crew
undertook the work last fall and spring. In addition to being more spacious and comfortable, the refurbished lodge has an updated kitchen,
expanded office and library, solar electricity, and new south-facing windows that make the building considerably brighter and more attractive.

• Girls Camp continues to grow! Our wilderness
offerings for girls ages 8–18 now include eight
programs and this year served 102 girls—an impres-          “I have NEVER seen [our daughter] as happy as she was when we picked
sive increase from 74 in 2008, when Girls Camp
                                                            her up after her ten days at Girl’s Camp!! She was glowing, beaming!....
opened. In 2010, campers and 28 staff came from all
over the U.S. as well as South Africa, Australia,           This was, by far, the best thing we have ever done for [her]. We will be
Spain, France, Kuwait, and Russia. Twenty-seven
percent of campers received financial aid.                  signing her up for Session I, 2011.” ~A camp parent from Ohio

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   Sunday Service at
Boys Camp A time for community                           GARTH ALTENBURG

        magine asking 170 boys to sit still in the woods for close
                      g               t                                               g           k ahead.
                                                                     are forthcoming in the week ahead I begin the service with our
        to an hour, engaging in quiet contemplation, singing,        traditional reading of the “Salutation to the Dawn” from the
        and sharing their reflections on community, the natural      Sanskrit, much as Dick Thomas and Tim Ellis did before me,
        world, and friendship. What may seem close to impos-         reminding our campers to “Look to this Day…”
        sible to an outsider happens weekly at our Sunday                From here, the service follows a Quaker-style meeting
Service under the Pines, just below Campfire Circle.                 format, with an open floor for songs, readings, and expressions
   The concept of a Sunday “Service” is a bit of a misnomer in       of gratitude. I am always impressed when a young boy is able to
that our time together is not a religious service, but rather a      stand in front of the entire camp and express thanks to his
time for our entire community to slow down, come together,           counselors for his experiences at Chewonki.
and reflect on the week that has just passed
and the opportunities that
    In the middle of the service, we are treated to a skit
based on a story with a theme or parable that we can apply to
life at Chewonki. Earlier skits have included Dr. Seuss’s The
Lorax. Campers are always surprised to learn that this book was      campers Matt Weeks, Charlie
first published in 1971, and saddened to learn that we still         Fear, Sam Pelgrift, and Zack Alfonse all
haven’t solved our environmental challenges in the almost 40         working hard and well as counselors was fulfilling in
years since then. This summer we enjoyed a presentation by           unforeseen ways. It was a huge part of my wonderful welcome back
the Jungle cabin of Leo Lionni’s Pezzettino. The moral of this       into the Chewonki community.”
story is that we all have unique elements to our personality,            Papa Osprey Wiley Robinson recalls a significant turning point
elements that are so valuable in a community like Chewonki           for one of his campers during Sunday Service. “I had a camper this
and in our larger home communities.                                  past summer who made it a point to let us all know that he would
    Guides director Jason Chandler considers Sunday Service a        definitely break down during the final Sunday Service because it
time of peace and calm, away from the bustle of camp life.           reminded him of how much he loved not only Sunday Service but
“Time slows down, you remember where you are and why and             Chewonki as a whole.” Remember, Ospreys are teenage boys, who
what lies beyond Chewonki Neck. The words and lessons of             are not known for their introspection!
campers and counselors are filled with light and space in that           While I know Sunday Service will probably never rank at the top
forested clearing. And the lessons shared there tend to infiltrate   of the list of favorite Chewonki activities such as Rocks, dodgeball,
your life outside Chewonki.”                                         or a cabin trip, I know our campers are often surprised to realize
    Jason also speaks movingly about one of the greatest gifts he    that some quiet time for reflection is indeed valuable, especially in a
received last summer. “At the final Sunday Service, I stood up       community as busy as ours. Our final Sunday Service is traditionally
to give thanks to friends and colleagues and to former campers       held at the Point, at the southern tip of our peninsula. During one
of mine who were now counselors. I shared feelings I hadn’t yet      final service, an Osprey took flight over the water within view of the
described—fatherly feelings of seeing those you have taught          entire camp. I will never forget the collective “Wow” that was
        and counseled grow into themselves and help others in        uttered by our community. It was a symbolic moment as our
                   turn. I had spent the previous three summers      campers prepared to take wing and head home.
                               away from Chewonki. On return,            On Sundays during the school year I try to incorporate a little
                                          to see my former           Chewonki Sunday Service into my morning. Sometimes I think of a
                                                                     favorite song such as “Willie’s Song” or “Caledonia.” At other times
                                                                     I go for a quiet walk to listen to and observe the world around me. I
                                                                      also try to find a few moments to give thanks for the many blessings
                                                                            in my life, including my place in the Chewonki community.
                                                                                      It is my hope that our campers will also find time to
                                                                                         connect with the lessons of a Chewonki Sunday
                                                                                              Service throughout their lives, as children or
                                                                                                   adults, campers or counselors. ■

                                                                                                          Garth Altenburg is the director of
                                                                                                              Chewonki Camp for Boys.

               Chewonki’s farm thrives on the
                shared work of many hands
                                                          MEGAN PHILLIPS

               m often amazed at what we accomplish when we             Loading the farm truck with buckets of sweet potatoes, I
               work together. On August 26—day two of               head to the wash station, where two students, Ben and Lydia,
               Semester 45—all 40 students and much of the          are dutifully rinsing each tuber. There, standing in the mud
               faculty of Chewonki Semester School came down        that inevitably forms here, these two potato washers have—
               to the farm for work program. The tasks we           without encouragement—incorporated a group of sixth graders
completed in that two-hour block were significant: more than        into their efforts. My heart swells. I came to the farm crew last
600 pounds of potatoes were harvested, washed, dried, and           November after three years on the Outdoor Classroom staff
packed away to store in the root cellar, and four rows of onions    and have worked in these past months to connect those two
and two rows of dry beans were pulled and set aside to cure.        pieces of Chewonki that I love so much, the OC and the farm.
For some of the students, it was the first time they had ever       This OC group just completed harvesting all of our leeks, some
really stopped to consider that potatoes grow underground—          destined for the root cellar, some for Packout, where the leek is
let alone that harvesting them is hard work.                        the featured “Vegetable of the Week” for school groups on
    Now, five weeks later, these same students seem like old        campus. The farm crew has imagined and offered opportunities
hands on the farm. Today seven of them are digging sweet            for OC students to get dirty on the farm, to do work here that
potatoes. Our new laying hens—bolder than our old girls—are         is real and meaningful as a way of connecting to the source of
intermingling with the diggers, pecking at the newly harvested      their food and furthermore to this place. And here,
potatoes. From time to time, we unearth a burrow of mice:           unprompted, our semester school students are making that
they scurry, we shriek. During shared harvests like these, I have   connection happen. Lydia is using her best teacher voice: “It
tried to be both fully present with my dirty knees and my           looks like some new help has just arrived. Thanks so much for
current company, and also to honor all that I recall experi-        helping with all the potato washing.” This is a simple thing,
encing in my exact location over the past months. Here, I           this particular form of outreach by Lydia and Ben to some
remember plowing this garden with our draft horse, Sal, in late     starry-eyed-because-big-kids-are-talking-to-us sixth graders,
spring; planting spindly sweet potato babies in early June;         but a significant thing too—a reaching out through the shared
reuniting with a former student returning to work a few weeks       work of hands.
on the farm; and weeding for days with our stellar farm crew            That heart-hands-head connection is further evident—and
under the blazing summer sun.                                       certainly at its tastiest—when we consider what happens to all

              “Words fail me when I consider what our kitchen staff has done
              all summer and fall, what they do three times a day, every day.”

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Megan Phillips (second from right) discusses the harvest with her helpers of the day, a group of Adventure Week day campers.

the food that moves from the farm to the kitchen. Words fail            when we were reeling from the combined effects of torrential
me when I consider what our kitchen staff has done all summer           rains, late blight, and pests. Midsummer, one particularly
and fall, what they do three times a day, every day. There is           enterprising young camper looked at our garden cart of vegeta-
much to celebrate here, beginning with the weekly conversa-             bles bound for the kitchen and asked why we don’t sell our
tion to establish what produce should be harvested for the              vegetables off the Neck. “Just think,” he said, “how much more
kitchen on the upcoming Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.                  money you would make. You could expand the farm. You could
Once harvested, that food is made into delicious meals that             buy tractors.”
nourish more than just our bellies. We have turnips hidden so               My response was a rambling one that touched on the ability
that eight-year-old boys cannot even find them. We have kale            of this land and our farm crew to support diverse but limited
stew, roasted potatoes, spinach salad, baked squash, tomato             vegetables and pastured animals, and went on to extol the value
soup, pesto. We have a kitchen crew that pours itself into its          of horsepower. But mostly what I had to say was this: we grow
work daily, that thinks creatively and flexibly about what and          food for people we love, for a community of which we are a
how to cook in order to accommodate what is most fresh and              valued part. And that is a good and a right thing to do. We on
in season. These days, each meal begins with an announce-               the farm are rooted deeply here, and so grateful to be a part of
ment: “Today from the farm we have…. And from other local               something greater than ourselves.
farms we have ….” Some meals end with an ovation for the                    Thank you for supporting our work. Come visit—there are
cooks, usually impromptu, always deserved.                              many more stories to tell. ■
    This growing season has been a precious time on the farm,
one of fullness and bounty and sheer exhaustion, and there is so        Megan Phillips is a Chewonki farmer/educator and former Outdoor
much more to come. It is an amazing contrast to last year,              Classroom teacher.

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          Returning to Chewonki Neck
                                                                                                                       JOCK MONTGOMERY

                                                          LUCY HULL

                          n a bright day in late July, Ellen Gould-Silcott (Maine Reach ’78–’79) returned to
                          Chewonki Neck with her family. Ellen and her brother, David, have a long connection to
                          the land here: they remember with obvious love the days they spent as children visiting
                          their family’s farm. The details are still vivid: there was a hand pump just outside the house;
                          David was tucked into bed under a thick layer of “horse blankets” in that little upstairs
                          bedroom. It was Ellen and David’s parents, Donald and Josephine Gould, who sold what is
now Saltmarsh Farm and approximately 150 acres to the Chewonki Foundation in 1974. This property comprises
much of the eastern side of Chewonki Neck.
   Years later, Ellen returned to Chewonki Neck to participate in Maine Reach. On this July morning, she was
delighted to reminisce about that experience too. It was a “wonderful, formative time” for her, she said, and she
fondly remembers her faculty and fellow students, including Craig Kesselheim and Beth Dilley, Mark and Deborah
Altemus, Kate McClain, Scott Andrews and Sue West, and Tim Ellis. Together we looked around campus, stopped
in to see Doc Fred at the Nature Museum, paused for Julian (age three) to ring the bell, and enjoyed lunch together
in the Wallace Center.
   On the day of their visit, the family’s mission was a poignant one. Donald and Josephine had always requested that
their ashes be spread on Chewonki Neck when the time came; this was the time. The mission was buoyed by the
lovely summer weather, the possibility of finding old haunts along Chewonki Creek, and especially by the ebullience
of Ellen and her husband Tom’s children. Harris (12), mature and responsible, asked to carry his grandfather’s ashes;
Naamah (5) and Julian bounced between their parents, their uncle David, and their aunt Sandra.
   We set out along the Back River Trail, dodging wet areas along the way. Harris, Sandra, and I came out on a
lovely, narrow point that juts north into Chewonki Creek. The tide was high, and the lush grass and green trees
made a vibrant contrast to the blue sky and water. I doubled back to find Ellen and David, who were standing
motionless on the shore, just south of the point.
   Ellen breathed, “This is the place!” David pointed to a flat rock. “We used to swim right here! I didn’t know if we
would recognize it.” The memories came thick and fast, tumbling out of both of them, the return to this spot a deep
pleasure for which they had distantly hoped. I was privileged to witness this family “coming home” to an iconic
place, and I left them to their family rite of passage.
   Being with the Gould descendants reminded me that there are countless stories rooted on this saltwater
peninsula. Some are known, some we will never know, but all are part of Chewonki’s history. I like knowing that
Donald and Josephine Gould are back for good. ■
                                                                          Lucy Hull is director of development at Chewonki.

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1930s                                 1980s
Douglas Allen (boys camp ’33–         Vera Buchanan (boys camp staff
’41; camp staff ’42, ’46, ’47;        ’81, ’93, ’94, ’96–’01; former
former trustee), son of               advisor), who served for years as a
Chewonki founder Clarence             volunteer librarian at Chewonki,
Allen, made the trip from his         wrote that at age 88 she’s not
home in Salem, MA, to attend          doing a lot of traveling, although
the send-off celebration for Don      her note shows that her memory
Hudson at Chewonki on 6-5-10.         is as sharp as ever. She has
                                      enjoyed seeing pictures of Colton
1950s                                 Thomas (boys camp ’00, ’03, ’07;
                                                                            Aaron Paul’s wedding.
Ted Haffenreffer (boys camp           boys camp staff ’08, ’10) and
’56–’59), who lives in Cape           Charlie (boys camp ’91–’93, ’95–      photo, left to right): Ryan Rodel     investment banking and consulting
Elizabeth, ME, writes that his        ’99; boys camp staff ’02, ’03;        (MCS 27; boys camp staff ’02–         in Europe. Kiko’s young cousins
son George is “best friends”          MCS 24) and Reuben Hudson             ’05), Will Ginn (boys camp ’97,       Juan and Jose Urquijo were at
with Will Altenburg, son of           (boys camp ’95–’03; boys camp         ’99; boys camp staff ’02, ’03, ’05,   Chewonki this summer, the latest
Garth Altenburg, director of          staff ’07–’10) “so handsomely         ’08, ’10), Aaron, Kristin, Lindsay    members of their extended family
Chewonki Camp for Boys.               grown-up,” in recent issues of the    Urquhart (boys camp staff ’02–        to bring Spanish culture to
George attended Chewonki              Chronicle. Her son Rob (Wilder-       ’05, ’08, ’10), Jeremy Johnson        Chewonki Neck.
Vacation Camp last spring.            ness Trips ’77) is a boat builder     (boys camp staff ’06), and Malte
                                      and yacht rigger, whose work          Reiss (boys camp staff ’01–’04,
1960s                                 takes him around the world. Son       ’07). Aaron is now a student at
Otis “Mac” Jernigan (boys             David works for the Massachu-         the Yale School of Forestry and
camp staff ’62, ’63, ’67, ’93–’04)    setts Department of Education.        Environmental Studies.
sent the happy news that he
married Susan McBane on 8-16-         Sabbath Sanchez (Wilderness           Jabali Sawicki (Wilderness Trips
10 in Boulder, CO. Mac and            Trips ’88) recently moved north       ’94) is living in NYC, where he
Susan live in San Francisco,          from Florida with his wife, two       founded and is the principal of
where he offers free help with        teenage stepchildren, and two         Excellence Boys Charter School,
repair and maintenance of Volvo       English bulldogs. He is studying      an all-boys public school in
544s and 122s.                        for a master’s degree in education    Brooklyn. “I hope to one day
                                      at the University of Massachu-        achieve what you’ve achieved
Spencer Woodward Simonds              setts, Boston, through the Boston     with Chewonki,” he wrote to
(boys camp ’63) enjoyed seeing        Teacher Residency.                    Don Hudson. Excellence Boys is
another Chewonki generation at                                              the top-performing public
the ’08 wedding of his nephew         1990s                                 elementary school out of
Spencer Taylor (MCS 21; see           Ken Berndt (boys camp staff           700 in NYC! To hear more
MCS Class Notes).                     ’97–’99) oversees the remote          about Jabali’s story, go to

                                                                                                                                                                 DAVID FOSTER
                                      Knights Cove campsite for Camp        www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKA
1970s                                 O-AT-KA in Sebago, ME.                8i66TLEg. Chewonki coinci-
Julius Alexander (boys camp                                                 dence: Brooks Eaton (MCS 39;
’75, ’76; Wilderness Trips;           Luke Brody (boys camp ’94–’96;        maintenance crew ’09) worked on
former advisor; current trustee)      Wilderness Trips ’99–’01) and         this video for NOLS!                     Don Hudson has been as busy as ever since
reports that his daughter, Emi,       Kelsey joyfully welcomed a son,                                                retiring from Chewonki last July. “My days
spent the summer working with         Arlo, on 12-22-09.                    Bob Smith-Petersen (boys                 have been filled with the restoration of fish
special-needs kids and is now a                                             camp ’92, ’94, ’96–’99; boys camp        passage to lower Montsweag Brook, planning
freshman at Princeton                 Gib Brown (boys camp staff ’93–       staff ’00–’05, ’07–’09) came to          for new European chapters for the Interna-
University. Son Jack, 15,             ’95, ’01, ’02) enjoyed a few          Chewonki for Don Hudson’s
                                                                                                                     tional Appalachian Trail, wilderness trips to
continues to love water polo, a       months of paternity leave in          send-off party. Bob is a second-
                                                                                                                     Labrador and the High Arctic with Greg Shute,
passion he has pursued in             Maine last spring thanks to his       grade aide at the Carlise, MA,
                                                                            elementary school. When not              and participation with a fisheries and
California every summer.              new daughter, Ada Kay Brown.
                                                                            teaching, he enjoys hiking,              renewable energy delegation from Maine to
John Robbins (boys camp ’78–          Jeffry Chase (boys camp staff         kayaking, art, fire dancing, and         Japan,” he emailed us in November. “Time at
’82; boys camp staff ’86, ’87, ’89,   ’96–’98; OC staff ’97, ’98) and his   blacksmithing.                           home with Phine and Charlie (who is working
’90, ’92–’95, ’97, ’98) and his       wife, Carey, made it to Chewonki                                               away at creating a new business) has been
wife, Shaye (Wilderness Trips &       to toast Don Hudson at the June       Kiko Urquijo (boys camp ’98–             filled with gardening and carpentry.”
camp staff ’93, ’94, ’95, ’98;        5 party for his reirement.            ’01) wrote a great letter                     More than 300 people gathered on the
former advisor), live near Spruce                                           reminiscing about camp,                  Neck on June 5 to celebrate Don and his
Creek in Kittery, ME, with            Aaron Paul (boys camp ’97–’00,        especially his friendship with
                                                                                                                     remarkable career. He’s shown here, with
views to the Piscataqua River         ’02; boys camp & Wilderness           Dick Thomas. Kiko was an
                                                                                                                     Phine behind him, holding the two beautiful
and beyond.                           Trip staff ’03–’06, ’08) celebrated   international politics and
                                                                            economics major at Middlebury            cherry paddles they received from the
                                      his 7-31-10 marriage in Waltham,
                                      MA, to Kristin Russell with a         College; he graduated in June.           Chewonki staff.
                                      hearty Chewonki contingent (see       He’s looking for a job in

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                       People                                                                    Dear Maine Coast Semester and
                                                     elementary school. She’s keeping            Chewonki Semester School alumni,
               Jason Chandler (camp staff ’02,       her hand in farming by working

               ’03, ’06; Wilderness Trips staff      part-time for a local organic farm                 n this issue, we are incorporating your Class Notes into the
               ’05; semester school teaching         in southern Vermont and grows a                    Chronicle for the first time. Your news has been accumulating since
               fellow ’09, ’10; semester school      big garden of her own.
                                                                                                        2007, when we put Coastlines, the magazine of MCS, on hold as we
               faculty ’10) now teaches Environ-
                                                     Alexander Martin (Wilderness                       sought to trim our budget. We were overjoyed this fall when
               mental Issues at semester school.
               Before coming back to Chewonki        Trips ’00, ’01, ’03) paddled down           everyone here decided it was important to include semester school news
               in ’09, Jason served in the Peace     a stretch of the Presumpscot                with updates from other programs in every Chronicle—a symbolic
               Corps for two years. He worked        River and landed at East Beach in           unifying step.
               in Armenia with Green Camps,          Portland, ME, after completing a
                                                                                                     This presented a daunting dilemma, however. We were sitting on a
               “a grassroots environmental           4,300-mile human-powered trip
                                                     across the U.S. from Portland,              LOT of news. Two and half years ago, many of you were in very different
               youth program that since 2001
               has educated underrepresented         OR. He traveled all but 800 miles           situations than you are today. You may have a different job, hobby, or pet.
               communities in ecology, conser-       by canoe, using a bicycle to haul           You may live in a different corner of the world. The child you wrote us
               vation, and environmental             his vessel across land when                 about then may now be trotting off to pre-school—or to Chewonki!
               responsibility…energizing and         necessary. See
                                                                                                     We considered all this as we discussed whether to print the dated
               empowering educators and              www.ajc.com/news/nation-
                                                     world/cross-country-paddler-co              information or simply delete it and start anew. But you are too wonderful.
               students toward community
               action,” writes Jason.                mpletes-621947.html. He’s                   Your news, even old news, was too important to ignore. We wanted to
               To learn more, see                    already thinking about his next             honor the amazing kaleidoscope you have created and the many paths
               http://greentavush.org/content/.      trip!                                       you’ve taken since you were here.
                                                                                                     So, here is a historical snapshot of what’s been happening over the past
               Hadley Clark (camp staff &            Susan Rodriguez (former
                                                     advisor; current trustee)                   few years in your lives. With a new home in the Chronicle, semester news
               MCS staff ’07, ’06) writes that she
               is enjoying life in Cambridge as a    announced in June ’10 that her              can now be shared in a much more timely way.
               student. “It is a lot of work…but     architecture practice has a new                 Thanks for your understanding. We look forward to your updates and
               the more I learn, the more it all     name: Ennead Architects.                    corrections. Please stay in touch! Your lives provide us with constant
               falls together and the more inter-    “Ennead” is the Greek term for a
               esting and intriguing it becomes,”    group of nine, reflecting the
               she says. “I think about Chewonki     number of architects in the firm.
               often and miss all of the             “We believe in architecture and             Bill Hinkley, Interim Head of School, Chewonki Semester School
               wonderful people and amazing          design as open, shared, and                 Elizabeth Pierson, Editor, Chronicle
               work that is being done up            enduring,” reads the announce-
               there!”                               ment, “in collaborating with our
                                                     clients for the benefit for their
               Corwith Cramer (boys camp             communities and the pubic              MCS & SEMESTER SCHOOL CLASS NOTES
               staff ’08, ’10) earned his master’s   realm; and in the creation of
               degree in education from              sustainable architecture.”             MCS 1
               Columbia University in June,                                                 Fall 1988
               then led trips for Chewonki           Caitlin Scott (boys camp staff         Class Agent: Torrey McMillan,
               Camp for Boys before heading to       ’01, ’02, ’06; semester school staff   vmcmilla@alumni.princeton.edu
               Midland School in California,         ’09, ’10) spent last year at
               where he’s teaching English and       Chewonki as a fellow in the            Kate McElderry (Wilderness
               an integrated humanities course,      semester school admissions             Trips ’89) and her husband,
               helping with the oudoor               office. She is now teaching grades     David Curson, welcomed a
               program, and coaching soccer.         K–4 in Tallahassee, FL, and            daughter, Mary Kells Huber
                                                     recently became engaged to Bob         Curson, on 10-6-09. Little Mary
               Emma Hallowell (OC staff ’05,         Ellis.                                 joins big brother Seamus and “is a
                                                                                                                                  Mary Kells Huber Curson.
               ’06; boys camp staff & farm                                                  peaceful, easy baby thus far….
               apprentice ’06, ’07) attends          Genell Vashro (director of             We’re all happy and doing really      tion’s global development
               Antioch University-New                Chewonki Camp for Girls ’08–           well,” writes Kate.                   projects, focusing on opportuni-
               England, pursuing environmental       ’10) married Saer Huston on                                                  ties for girls in the developing
               studies and getting her               9-4-10 on Cow Island in Casco          MCS 2                                 world. Kate consults for Mercy
               certification for teaching            Bay, ME.                               Spring 1989                           Corps. Alicia Gray married
                                                                                            Class Agent: Critter Thompson,        Adam London in ’08 and they
                                                                                            crittert@gmail.com                    live in San Francisco, where she’s
Connecting with Margaret Ellis                                                                                                    project manager of a small inter-
As many Chewonki friends already know, the vivacious Margaret Ellis is under-               Kate Goodrich Day (boys camp          national NGO called the Aquaya
going treatment for a rare form of intestinal lymphoma cancer. You can read her             staff ’93, ’96; former trustee;       Institute. “We work on drinking
journal and write a note to her at www.caringbridge.org/visit/margaretellis. Both           current advisor) lives in Portland,   water issues in the developing
Margaret and Tim love hearing from friends and cherish the messages of love and             OR, with her husband, Adam            world,” she writes. Most of her
support that come in almost daily. “I feel surrounded by such amazing support and           (boys camp staff ’96), and their      projects are in India. Marsha
strength,” Margaret wrote in late October.                                                  sons, Nolan and Quinn. Adam is        Lenz hasn’t “been back to the
                                                                                            manager of the Nike Founda-           Neck since the last day” and

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                                       MCS 3                                election in Mexico with his young
                                       Fall 1989                            son. Brandon Stafford (boys
                                       Class Agents: Teal Krech Paynter,    camp staff ’93–’95, ’97; staff ’04–
                                       tkpaynter@gmail.com; & Will          ’06), while working for
                                       Redfield, wredfield@gmail.com        GreenMountain Engineering,
                                                                            designed a 180 L ethanol fermen-
                                       Liz Bluhm has been living in         tation system that uses woodchips
                                       Washington, D.C., “working on        as its feedstock. Brandon and girl-
                                       some National Institutes of          friend Sharon Komarow (boys
                                       Health studies of environmental      camp staff ’04) bought a purple
                                       causes of cancer and genetic-envi-   house in Somerville, MA. If he
                                       ronmental interactions,” she         were to ignore traffic laws, he
                                       reports, but is about to begin a     says, he could coast to work on       Briana Eickhoff Brumaghim.
                                       job at the Washington Hospital       his bike. Goody-B. Wiseman is
Marsha Lenz’s son, Ezra.                                                    an artist living and working in
                                       Center, “where I hope we can put
hopes for a West Coast reunion         more of the research into action.”   Castine, ME. Her bronze sculp-
of MCS 2 sometime soon.                She also serves as a mentor for      tures will be exhibited over the
Marsha’s local-foods restaurant,       public-school students through a     next few months in Toronto, Los
Folie Douce in Arcata, CA              program called College Bound.        Angeles, Miami, and NYC.
(www.holyfolie.com), is getting        Tina Hartell works at the
rave reviews, while her children,      Mountain School in Vermont.          MCS 4
Ezra and Kobi, are busy with           “Recently, I’ve been writing         Spring 1990
Legos. Amy Mayer lives in              college recommendation letters,      Class Agent: Mitch Levesque,
Greenfield, MA, with little Elias,     weaning myself off coffee,” she      mitchlevesque@tuebingen.mpg.de
who is “fascinated with trucks and     writes. “I’m looking forward to a
sled dogs.” Her partner, Beth,         surf trip to the Dominican           Briana Eickhoff Brumaghim
continues work on a Ph.D. while        Republic next month.” Sarah          and husband Neal are relishing
teaching oceanography. Amy is a        Kapocias Maheras teaches             time with their daughter Cady
science and technology reporter        kindergarten in Walla Walla,         (born 1-11-05) as well as four
and on the board of directors of       WA, where she also enjoys            dogs and six cats (“from many
the Association of Independents        “sweet, sweet daughter” Mattie       years of volunteering/fostering
in Radio. Sara Kirby Mitchell          and “inquisitive and wild stepson”   with rescue organizations”).
(boys camp staff ’89, ’90; former      Mason. “I am forever grateful for    Briana works as a trusts and
trustee; current advisor) left her     the positive impact of MCS 3,”       estates paralegal in Hartford, CT.
teaching post at the Sheepscot         writes Sarah. Chelsie Wheeler        Gregg Carville (boys camp ’85–
                                                                            ’88) received a master of fine arts   Aimee Clark Morland.
Valley Children’s House in             Olney gave birth to Scout Elsie
Wiscasset, ME, and is now a full-      Olney on 10-24-08. Scout and         degree in lighting design from
time mother to Michael (now            her older brother, Myles, are        NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
almost 3) and Colin, born 1-21-        keeping Chelsie busy but very        and is now the technical director
10. She still finds time to serve as   happy. Teal Krech Paynter            for Merrill Auditorium and the
an EMT and has worked on the           moved to Washington, D.C.,           City of Portland, ME. Elise
Wiscasset ambulance crew. Laura        from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in     Elliott-Smith studied birds and
Borden Richter lives in Zurich,        ’09, with her husband, Nat           works in Oregon for the U.S.
Switzerland, and provides              Paynter (boys camp ’83), and         Geological Survey. She organizes
learning support to children with      their daughter, Clara. “It was fun   large-scale monitoring of shore-
dyslexia, ADHD, and other chal-        driving around Tanzania with a       birds of conservation concern,
lenges. She gave birth to her third    Chewonki bumper sticker on the       “no doubt due in a large part to
child on 5-29-08 and writes that       back of our car,” recalls Krech.     my field biology class at
she was “swimming in diapers,          “We met one person who had           Chewonki,” she writes. Hilary
breast milk, and Legos.” Critter       spent time on the Neck!” Will        Trenkamp Greenwood lives in
Thompson (boys camp staff ’93;         Redfield, who lives in Chicago,      Zurich, Switzerland, with her
former advisor) and his wife, Jody     sat out the ’08 presidential         husband and their son Bryn.
Kennedy, welcomed a son, Bryce,                                             They are enjoying great hikes in
on 4-4-08. Kathy Kwei Wong                                                  the Alps! Kristin Listerman
                                                                            Indge lives in Leominster, MA,        Mitch Levesque.
(advisor) was married in Bali in
’08. She and her husband now                                                and teaches first and second          Rowley, MA, with husband Erik
live in NYC, where she is the                                               graders in the Acton public           Morland (boys camp staff ’95), 6-
owner and designer of Katherine                                             schools, while her husband, Tom,      year-old Haley, and 3-year-old
Kwei Handbags, distinctive for a                                            serves as a police officer at         Emma. Mitch Levesque (boys
weave inspired by the Chinese                                               Bentley College. Kristin enjoys       camp staff ’93) continues to live
eternity knot. She received a                                               being godmother to Haley              in Germany with his wife and
master’s degree in accessories                                              Morland, daughter of Aimee            children, Leo and Beatrice. Mitch
design from the London College                                              Clark Morland (boys camp staff        is a scientist at the Max Planck
of Fashion.                                                                 ’93, ’95, ’96). Aimee lives in        Institute.
                                       Scout Elsie Olney.

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                                       ½ years), and Charlie (4 months).      Concepts of Advanced Mathe-
                                       She reports, “I have been back to      matics at the Tatnall School. She’s
                                       Chewonki once with my                  teaching her son Malachi that
                                       husband…It still looked the            boys can be anything they want to
                                       same—even Binnacle.” Bill Pugh         be: “astronauts, fire chiefs,
                                       and his wife moved to Alexandria,      doctors, math teachers, or
                                       VA, after two years in Hong            princesses!” Will Willis is
                                       Kong. She teaches English at           director of international programs
                                       Episcopal High School while Bill       and sustainability coordinator at
                                       works in urban planning, sharp-        Mercersburg Academy. His
                                       ening an interest in policy and        children are 3 and almost 5, “and
                                       advocacy. “If any of you work or       growing too fast.”
T.R. Amsler.                           have friends working in sustain-
                                       ability, transportation, urban         MCS 7
MCS 5                                  policy, etc., especially in the D.C.   Fall 1991
Fall 1990                              area, I’d love to chat,” he says.      Class Agent: Brooke Peelle Guthrie,
Class Agent: Laura Howard Leduc,       Mo Saldanha is “head of online”        bpguthrie@hotmail.com                  Kendall Pryles.
laura_howard@yahoo.com                 for Jamie Oliver, the celebrity
                                       chef. “We launched Jamie’s             Liz Brown (Wilderness Trips,
T.R. Amsler (boys camp staff ’95,      Ministry of Food [go to                camp staff ’92, ’93) writes,           MCS 8
’96) makes his home in San             www.jamieoliver.com] to promote        “Looking forward to additional         Spring 1992
Francisco, “a little slice of urban    people teaching each other to          excuses to come to Maine in the        Class Agents: Jenn Parfet Gudebski,
Chewonki. We just hosted a pig         cook, and then launched his new        future when my son is old enough       4jenn@tds.net; & Sarai Hinkley,
roast with a pasture-raised pig        lifestyle brand, for now only          to attend Chewonki!” Liz and her       saraihinkley@hotmail.com
from north of the city.” He and        available in Europe,” she writes.      husband run a digital studio in
wife Chalida are now parents, and      “In my free time, I am captain of      NYC called StudioE9, where they        Dylan (formerly Gabby) Bosseau
T.R. teaches English and history       my women’s doubles tennis team,        “create emerging media solutions       (camp staff ’92, ’94, ’95) has a
at the June Jordan School for          do loads of astanga yoga, and run      that help non-profits, educational     dual degree in social work and
Equity. “It’s not quite the Wonk,      Momaya Press, promoting the            institutions, and online publishers.   education with an emphasis in
but we bring a real community          short story amongst writers and        We are working with True-              early development (infants and
spirit to the tough situation in       readers worldwide and accepting        Carbon.org to help bring               toddlers) and families. Dylan
urban public schools,” he writes.      entries for the annual Momaya          accountability to carbon offsets       writes, “My partner of 6 years,
“My experiences at Chewonki            Short Story Competition. Last          and incentives for commercial          Barb O’Neill, completed her
definitely shaped my educational       but not least, I’m single again.”      entities to participate.” Katie        dissertation this spring, earning a
philosophy.” Amber Melosi              Jeff Urbanus is “still waiting for     Stein Fahey recently moved to          doctorate in early childhood
Aponte (boys camp staff ’94)           a Chewonki event in Anchorage”!        Concord, MA, with her husband          special education.” They live in
welcomed a daughter, Sophia            Jodie Townsend Willis now has          and their children, TJ and Ella.       Brooklyn, and Dylan studies
Louise Aponte, on 8-14-07.             three children and is “trying to       Rachel Godlewski now has a             acrobatics and static trapeze with
Jason Bilanin works for AIG and        stop practicing law.”                  master’s degree in education.          a company called LAVA, where
lives in his wife’s home state of                                             Brooke Peelle Guthrie                  she sees Zach Strassburger
New Jersey. Sarah Davies               MCS 6                                  welcomed twin girls on 8-22-08.        (MCS 26). Aaron Kadoch, an
teaches second grade at a private      Spring 1991                            She writes that her older daughter,    architect at ORW Associates in
school in Park Slope, Brooklyn.        Class Agent: Andy Wilbur,              Lyla, has been having fun with         White River Junction, VT,
She now has a daughter, Eleanor,       andrew_wilbur@hotmail.com              them, and Brooke “can’t wait ’til      married Camille Hensler, an
born New Year’s Eve ’07. She has                                              they are old enough to go to           attorney. They built their home
shown her husband around               Adam Hoverman (boys camp               Chewonki Camp for Girls.”              in Quechee and love Vermont
Chewonki “and even poked               ’87, ’88, ’90; boys camp staff ’91,    Meghan Jeans (boys camp staff          life. We are both sad and happy
around in Binnacle.” Joy Fyfield       ’92, ’95) is a doctor of osteopathic   ’92–’94, ’98) is “still living the     to print this note from Sam
lives just outside Portland in         medicine and works for the             good life in San Fran and enjoying     Maier (boys camp staff ’92), who
Milwaukie, OR. She and her             Yakima Valley Farm Workers as a        the tropical adventures that come      died in March ’09. A memorial to
husband are teaching children,         family physician. He sometimes         along with working in interna-         Sam appeared in the Spring ’10
Stella (5), Cyril (3), and Cole (1),   walks at a Don Hudson Pace and         tional marine conservation.” Liz       Chronicle. In this note, received in
to flyfish. Emma Jacobson-Sive         still savors Lao Tzu. Ben Lipson       Carmany Perreten now has a             February ’09, Sam warmly
is enjoying life in Los Angeles.       has been “living and studying in       daughter, Annie, and likes living      describes his life: “The twins, Liv
She is acting when not working in      Israel ever since Emily Kellert        just outside NYC. Sara Wight           and Dag, are 4, and Solveig
public relations at a Pasadena         Lerner, Jennie Kalberer, and           (Wilderness Trips ’92) and her         Grace is 2…. We have really
museum. Laura Howard Leduc,            Nivi Nord left me here on their        husband, Michael, live in New          found community in Maud’s little
her husband, Craig, and their          way to India. I am married with        Hampshire, where she is a sixth-       hometown on the west coast of
young daughter, Tessa, live in         five lively children between the       grade teacher at a small               Norway. Quiet street, everything
Arlington, MA. Laura’s finishing       ages of 1 and 11 and am currently      elementary school. “Though my          you need within walking distance,
her residency in anesthesia and        studying and teaching in the           students do not know me as             lovely walking trails and right on
will start a fellowship in pediatric   Raanana Community Kollel in            ‘Wigit,’” she says, “I have held       the ocean. Perfect for the kids,
anesthesia. Debbie Perelman            central Israel.” Veronica              onto the persona and am known as       and we have Maud’s family
and her husband live in New York       Vasquez teaches algebra 2,             ‘Auntie Wigit’ to my nieces and        here…. Thanks for all the good
City with Maia (4 years), Jacob (2     geometry, and a course called          nephews.”                              memories of Chewonki.” Kendall

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                                      still deployed as an Embedded          composting program for the
                                      Tactical Trainer in Afghanistan.       town.” Amy also works as a
                                      That means I’m taking care of          massage therapist and sells her
                                      our small farm and eight dogs by       own line of body-care products,
                                      myself!” She and Paul are              Safar Bodycare. Adam Borden is
                                      “working on a memoir about the         now the father of two children
                                      time we’ve spent apart,” in hopes      and runs a food-focused venture
                                      of helping other military families.    capital firm called Bradmer
                                      Alison Kemlitz, her husband,           Foods, while his wife, Meredith,
                                      Josh, and their son, Zachary, have     works for the Maryland attorney
                                      moved from Cambridge,                  general’s office as the Medicaid
                                      England, to the Minneapolis–St.        regulatory counsel. Adam serves
Allie Burke and Parker.                                                                                             Allie Burke and Betsy
                                      Paul area. Alison is “loving the       on the board of their synagogue
                                                                                                                    Stubblefield Loukes.
                                      healthcare field,” and Josh            and heads the D.C./Baltimore
                                      teaches geology at the University      Alumni Club of the University of       were born in May ’10. “I got to
                                      of Minnesota. Whitney Rapp’s           Michigan’s Ross School of              see Allie Burke (MCS 9) this
                                      work for the National Park             Business. Heidi Fessenden lives        summer with her little nugget,
                                      Service takes her to Katmai,           in Boston and is “having a great       Parker,” writes Betsy. Jane
                                      Alagnak, Aniakchak, and Lake           time teaching second graders           Spencer does environmental
                                      Clark in southwestern Alaska.          about geology, maps, affordable        reporting for the Wall Street
                                      Brooke Wilkerson (boys camp            housing, and Boston neighbor-          Journal. She has spent a lot of
                                      staff ’94, ’99, ’00), who is married   hoods.” She leads wilderness           time overseas, especially in Hong
                                      to Shale Rosen, studies forest         trips, too, and gets to the White      Kong. Becky Silverstein
                                      fragmentation in Uganda but is         Mountains to hike as often as she      Tinsley received a master of
                                      based in Bergen, Norway. She           can. Josh Haddock (boys camp           science in animals and public
Katie and Paul Dyer.                  writes, “We truly would enjoy          staff ’93, ’94) has been living in     policy from the Tufts-Cummings
                                      having Chewonki visitors here, so      Cambridge, England, and                Veterinary School and hopes for a
Pryles reports that all is well in    if you’re itching to climb some        working for a start-up company,        career in either animal law or
Miami. In her photo, she’s            mountains, sample some lever-          which is “both exciting and            animal welfare. She and her
enjoying a family trip to the         postei (liver paste), or wear your     exhausting,” he writes. “As I was      husband live in Paxton, MA.
Seaquarium. Pau Torruella (boys       raincoat in the rainiest city in       writing this, the Spin Doctors’ ‘2
camp ’84, ’85, ’87; boys camp         Europe, we’d be happy to have          Princes’ came on the radio. What       MCS 11
staff ’93) lives in Boulder, CO,      you!”                                  are the odds?” Taylor Swanson          Fall 1993
with his wife and daughter, Lia                                              Holley works on sustainable            Class Agent: Jessica Montgomery
Sofia. Pau has started his own        MCS 10                                 sourcing initiatives for the home      Green, jebbygreen@gmail.com
business, Eco-Flame Colorado, a       Spring 1993                            division of Walmart. “Never
distributor of eco-friendly fire-     Class Agent: Betsy Stubblefield        thought I’d end up in Arkansas,”       William Abbott (boys camp staff
places. He and his family try to      Loucks, betsyruth@gmail.com            she writes, “but we really like it.”   ’96, ’01–’03) has married
spend every winter weekend                                                   Betsy Stubblefield Loucks              Brunswick, ME, native David
skiing at Vail.                       Amie Arlen and her partner,            (boys camp staff ’94–’96, ’98) has     Paige in California, where they
                                      Matt, live in Brunswick, ME, and       earned a master’s degree in            live and tend 3 milking goats and
MCS 9                                 have “started an initiative that       business administration and is         20+ cover-crop-fed broilers.
Fall 1992                             picks up food waste from local         looking for work in sustainability     William is the conservation
Class Agent: Katie McClelland Dyer,   restaurants and composts it,” she      and business strategy while her        director for the Land Trust for
katie_mcclelland@hotmail.com          writes. “My big dream is to            husband, Eric, teaches at Brown        Santa Barbara County; David is
                                      establish a community-wide             University. Their twin daughters       cultural geography editor at
Karrie Amsler and husband Joe
welcomed identical twin girls,
Maisie and Anna, on 5-14-08.
“Things are busy, but very good,
too,” writes Karrie. Kipp Bovey
is still living in northern
Vermont, “working as a nurse
midwife when not on maternity
leave.” She and her husband,
Mark, have a daughter, Anna, and
a younger son, Charlie Isselardt,
born 10-9-08. Melissa
Schatzberg Dassori and her
husband, Frederic, are enjoying a
whole new side of NYC with
their young daughter, Charlotte
Willa Dassori, who arrived 3-25-
08. Katie McClelland Dyer
writes that her husband, Paul, “is    Adam Borden.                                                                  William Abbott and David Paige.

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                                                                            writes. “Would love to hear what
                                                                            you think and get constructive
                                                                            criticism from the Chewonki
                                                                            community.” Gen Pence Kent
                                                                            and her husband, Mark, who live
                                                                            in Cape Town, South Africa,
                                                                            welcomed a daughter in
                                                                            November ’08. “Zoe Grace came
                                                                            six weeks early (nearly on an
                                                                            airplane), weighing just 4
                                                                            pounds,” writes Gen, “but is now
                                                                            a chubby, grinning, gurgling baby
                                                                            girl!” Alex McMackin spends
                                                                            almost all of her life on wheels,
                                                                            she says. “When I’m not biking, I
                                                                            roller-skate for the Gotham Girls,     MCS 13 alums at reunion.
                                                                            New York’s roller derby league,
Danny Field and Jimbo Schley.                                               currently ranked #1 in the             SC. Danny Field and Jimbo
                                                                            country. For money, I am a             Schley shared a stupendous
ABC-CLIO publishers. Kenden           staff ’04–’06) and partner Sharon     gardener in Brooklyn, which I          journey from Bariloche,
Alfond (advisor) married Charles      Komarow (boys camp staff ’04).        alternately love and detest.”          Argentina, where Jim was an
Vincent in ’08 in Boston and gave     Says Justin, “The social network      Michael Morgenstern (boys              Outward Bound instructor, west
birth to a daughter, Yael Chava       that buys vegetables together,        camp ’87; boys camp staff ’93,         through the Andes and on to the
Alfond-Vincent, on 1-5-10.            stays together.” Elsa is working in   ’95, ’96, ’98–’00, ’02–’04) and his    coast of Chile, where they
Charles is head of the World          the Materials Systems Lab at          wife, Mish (OC ’99, ’00, ’05;          finished with sea kayaking and
Food Bank, and Kenden works at        MIT. Justin is working on his         Wilderness Trips leader ’02, ’03),     camping at hot springs. “Once,
the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,        Ph.D., researching how K–12           now have two children, Dylan           lost in the mountains, we tested
Tuberculosis, and Malaria.            students use Wikis.                   and Lucy, and live in Rockland,        ourselves by attempting to name
Jessica Montgomery Green,                                                   ME. Jo Reardon Prince (boys            every single MCS 13 member,”
her husband, Greg, and their          MCS 12                                camp staff ’96, ’97, ’99) teaches in   recalls Danny. “It took us some
daughter, Abi, welcomed little        Spring 1994                           the Elementary Education               time, but you’ll all be relieved to
James on 12-27-07. Jess still         Class Agents: Becky Palmer Dickson,   Department at the University of        hear that we succeeded. We
teaches high-school English in        rebeccapdickson@gmail.com; & Lara     Maine, Farmington. She and her         haven’t forgotten even one of
Pittsburgh. She writes, “Mont-        Fox, jlarafox@gmail.com               husband, Steve, live in Kingfield,     you.” Jimbo now lives in the
gomery and Rust, once my                                                    ME, a good base for skiing,            Northeast Kingdom of Vermont,
father’s and now my husband’s         Claire Anderson still loves           hiking, and gardening. Congratu-       where he is logging and reno-
company, just built a house in 106    teaching at Nightingale-Bamford       lations to Hayden Smith Temin,         vating his house. Caroline
hours for ‘Extreme Makeover:          in Manhattan and living in Park       who married Jon Temin in               Murphy Freedman and her
Home Edition’!” Hampton Kew           Slope, Brooklyn. She recently         Atlanta, GA, in June ’07.              husband, Joey, welcomed a
has been working in the ski           shared lunch and good conversa-                                              daughter, Audrey Anna
industry in the Rockies,              tion with David Liebmann              MCS 13                                 Freedman, on 5-1-08. They are
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho,              (MCS faculty ’91–’96; chair of the    Fall 1994                              busy renovating a home in the
Montana, and New Zealand but          semester school advisory board;       Class Agents: Erin Quinn,              hills of Austin, TX. Melissa
is now settled at Backcountry.com     trustee). India Landrigan Bayley      erin.quinn@alumni.brown.edu; &         Jencks teaches reading during
in Park City, UT. “No marriage        is married and recently did a         Besenia Rodriguez,                     the school year and arts and crafts
or babies yet,” writes Hampton,       pediatric residency at New York       besenia@yahoo.com                      in the summer—a perfect
“but hopefully now that I am in       Hospital/Cornell. Becky Palmer                                               balance. Jess Kemper (boys
one place it might actually           Dickson lives happily in NC with      Meghan Brennan is finishing            camp staff ’96, ’97) completed the
happen and I will have something      Silas (born 3-29-07) and Virginia     her residency in internal medicine     NYC marathon, calling it “an
more interesting to write about       (born 3-30-05). Mike Ellsberg         at the University of Wisconsin         incredible, eye-opening journey
next time!” Fiona Kouyoumd-           lives in Brooklyn with his girl-      and looking forward to an              through the five boroughs. Very
jian (boys camp staff ’94), a         friend. His book The Power of Eye     upcoming fellowship in infectious      inspirational!” She’s pursuing a
medical doctor, is also finishing     Contact, a guide to using eye         disease. When not working, she         master’s degree in public adminis-
her Ph.D. Justin Reich (boys          contact effectively in business,      often kayaks on Wisconsin’s lakes.     tration while working at a
camp ’87–’91, boys camp staff         sales, public speaking, and           Erica Catlin married Galeet            nonprofit called PENCIL.
’94–’97, ’99–’05; advisor) and his    romance, has received glowing         Cohen in San Francisco. Erica          Chen-I Lin is living in Boston,
wife, Elsa Olivetti (boys camp        reviews. He writes, “Getting a        loves teaching math at a charter       where she’s getting her Ph.D. in
staff ’01–’04), split a share of      book deal has been one of my          high school in Philadelphia. Paul      civil and environmental engi-
community-supported agriculture       biggest life-long dreams, and it      Davis is still working in the          neering and racing “dragon
vegetables with Ben Urquhart          finally came true!” Ginny             movie business, based in Los           boats”! Lauren Lochner is
(boys camp staff ’97, ’99, ’01–’03)   Gardiner reported from Macau,         Angeles but frequently shooting        providing academic, social, and
and his wife, Julie Shoemaker         where she was attending the           elsewhere. He recently worked on       emotional counseling to seventh-
(OC and Outreach staff ’01, ’02);     World Toilet Summit. “I made a        Brothers, which he says “should be     graders at a middle school in
and Brandon Stafford (boys            waterless toilet for my degree        a pretty powerful film,” in Santa      Shoreline, WA. Carrie Judd
camp staff ’93–’95, ’97; MCS 3;       project in industrial design,” she    Fe, and Dear John in Charleston,       Miller and husband Brett are

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enjoying parenthood in Eugene,                                                                                    foundation that focuses on
OR. With a master’s degree in                                                                                     economic and social development
education from Pacific Univer-                                                                                    programs in India. “I also just
sity, Carrie works as the dean of                                                                                 started my first knitting project
students and admissions director                                                                                  since MCS!” she writes. “It’s all
at Oak Hill School. She was                                                                                       coming back to me and I intend
thrilled to write a letter of recom-                                                                              to move on to Lopi sweaters as
mendation for a student who                                                                                       soon as possible.” Hilary
became part of MCS 41! Erin                                                                                       Williams finished her master of
Quinn enjoys catching up with                                                                                     fine arts degree in graphic design
other MCS alums in NYC. She                                                                                       at the University of Tennessee
works at Credit Suisse in fixed-                                                                                  with a thesis exhibition on local
income research and says this                                                                                     foods. “If curious, please visit
“has been an interesting and                                                                                      www.aforkintheroad.org to see
educational time to have started a     Glynnis Roberts and Emily Goodwin.                                         photos and resources,” writes
career in this field, to say the                                                                                  Hilary. She now teaches graphic
least.” Kate Renner (boys camp         Macleod is simultaneously            MCS 15                                design at Drake University in Des
staff ’95–’98, ’00–’01) lives in       building the sustainability          Fall 1995                             Moines and continues to investi-
New Hampshire with her                 practice at Fitzgerald Analytics,    Class Agents: Fitz Cahill,            gate “how design can prompt
husband, Ben Mirkin, and works         the specialized consulting firm      dirtbagdiaries@earthlink.net;         people to change individual habits
at the White Mountain School.          where she works, and her own         Emily Dellas, emilyd@gmail.com;       for the common good.”
“One perk of my job is that I get      straw-bale, timber-frame house in    & Glynnis Roberts,
to live and work in the same           Vermont. Loren Merrill is an         glynnis.roberts@gmail.com             MCS 17
dorm as Torrey McMillan (MCS           official candidate for a Ph.D.! As                                         Fall 1996
1),” writes Kate. (Torrey has since    his work moves forward, he’ll        Kate Figge is a social worker in      Class Agent: Page McClean,
moved to the Boston area.) Sarah       spend time “in the labs of a few     Los Angeles. Damaris Wollen-          pagemcclean@gmail.com
Scally, happily sharing married        researchers who do work on           burg Maclean (boys camp staff
life with Anthony Stevenson, is        ecological immunology and            ’96, ’97) is the associate director   Susannah Clark enjoyed an
the assistant horticulturalist for     endocrinology…an opportunity         of college counseling at the          internship at a farm in Tuscany,
the State of Maine. Ben                for me to learn some new tech-       Nightingale-Bamford School in         helping to harvest grapes and
Thompson has had a front-row           niques for measuring levels of       NYC. Ben Thompson (MCS 8)             olives, prune olive trees, feed
view of the market turmoil: he         immunity and hormones in wild        had been their roommate for           chickens and pigs, and do other
produces a CNBC financial news         animals.” He builds in time for      three years but is now himself        tasks around the farm. She
show in NYC. Ben married               volleyball, mountain biking, and     engaged! Glynnis Roberts works        enjoyed “going to lots of small-
Courtney Urfer on 8-21-10 in           surfing. Drew Mowery is              for NOAA in Washington, D.C.          town food and harvest-themed
Seal Harbor, ME. Sarah Wolf            engaged to Lucy Seche and has                                              festivals (wine celebrations,
finished law school at Rutgers         started a new job with Genentech     MCS 16                                sausage, mushrooms, chocolate,
and now works at a Manhattan           in San Francisco. Singer/song-       Spring 1996                           cheeses, chestnuts).” Tim
law firm. She and her husband,         writer Valerie Orth gave a           Class Agent: Bailey McCallum,         Kidman (camp staff ’97) earned a
Carlos, live in Jersey City.           memorable performance at the         bailey.mccallum@mac.com               master’s degree in environmental
Kirsten Klimt Zefting                  20 Years of MCS Reunion in                                                 science and management at the
completed her first half-marathon      August ’08 (hear her at              Lucy Diekmann (camp ’94)              University of California, Santa
and likes her work as a physical       http://valerieorth.com). Jamie       married Lee Panich in June ’08.       Barbara, and is working on devel-
therapist, but she and her             Shutzer married Jenny Morgan         They asked that guests give           oping greenhouse gas offset
husband are scheming a move            on 8-29-09 on Cape Cod. They         donations to Chewonki to              standards in Los Angeles with the
west from Syracuse, NY, to “put        are now the proud parents of         support MCS, the MCS Scholar-         California Climate Action
down some roots that stick.”           Julian, born 9-22-10. Tessa van      ship Fund, or the Andrews Fund,       Registry. Merrielle MacLeod
                                       der Werff Abbott (camp staff         in lieu of wedding presents.          has been living in Washington,
MCS 14                                 ’01) and her husband, Robert, are    Thank you so much, Lucy and           D.C., and working for the World
Spring 1995                            busy with farming and marketing,     Lee! Kyle Durrie spent a year in      Wildlife Fund since receiving her
Class Agents: Erika Brown,             although Robert recently found       Asheville, NC, working at a           master’s degree from Brown
erikabrown@hotmail.com; &              time to write a magazine article     letterpress print shop. He has        University. “I am definitely
Colby McGavin,                         about his grandfather. Arianne       moved to a winery in Washington       dreaming of when I can move
cmcgavin@stanfordalumni.org            Zwartjes lives with her “sweetie     where he spends “most of my           somewhere that is quiet and
                                       and their two dogs” in Tucson,       days stomping grapes and              starry at night but in the
Jess Brakeley LeClair and her          AZ, where she teaches English at     wandering around outside” and is      meantime things are fine here,”
husband, Matt, live in Durham,         the University of Arizona and        setting up his own letterpress        she writes. Morley McBride is at
ME, where Jess has started her         Pima Community College. She          print shop. Lizzy Grubin works        the Yale School of Management
own photography studio, Jess           also leads courses for NOLS and      on urban environmental policy in      after living in Aspen, CO,
LeClair Photography. “Check            is an EMT teaching wilderness        San Francisco. Annie Levy             working for an environmental
out: www.jessleclair.com,” writes      medicine courses for the Wilder-     moved to San Francisco after          research and consulting firm,
Jess. “I do portraits, events,         ness Medicine Institute. Her first   living in India researching and       Rocky Mountain Institute, and
weddings, and photo restoration.       collection of poetry, (Stitched) A   monitoring education initiatives      the Aspen Art Museum. Two of
I even offer discounts for MCS         Surface Opens, was published by      for seasonal migrant communi-         her roommates in Aspen were
alums!” Cynthia Rothschild             New Michigan Press.                  ties. She’s working for a             Allison Lassiter and Bailey

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McCallum (MCS 16)! Page               California, Thailand, and Massa-                                             programs, and events promoting
McClean (MCS faculty ’03–’04)         chusetts; the School of Natural                                              ecumenical contemplative inquiry
studied non-fiction writing and       Cookery in Colorado; a story-                                                into the science of mind,” writes
editing at the Salt Institute for     telling course in England; and                                               Nick. He wants “to build a cedar
Documentary Studies in                studies in “eurythmy” at the                                                 yurt in the Pacific Northwest and
Portland, ME, and was recently        Rudolf Steiner College in Sacra-                                             get off the grid as soon as
in Argentina. Rose Minier still       mento. “I feel like I am jumping                                             possible!”
lives in Seattle, where as a grass-   into the deep end of the richest
roots organizer she led many          compost bin with tinted goggles,”                                            MCS 19
different aspects of the Obama        writes Geoff, “but I am pretty                                               Fall 1997
campaign, including helping to        sure they have little windshield                                             Class Agent: Josie Rodberg,
set up the meeting Obama had          wipers and solar-paneled rims,                                               josie.rodberg@gmail.com
with Crow tribe elders. She’s         and I know I can swim, so I’m not
considering further adventures        too scared.”                                                                 Michaela Andrews lives in
into politics. Youssof Nadiri                                               Nachiket Pandya and Chloe Stevenson.   Providence, RI, where she
graduated from the University of      MCS 18                                                                       teaches middle-school English
California, Berkeley, then spent a    Spring 1997                           written by Peter Field called          and history at the Lincoln School,
year in his native Afghanistan        Class Agent: Sarah Klain,             Wolfe Sings Field. Henry performs      an all-girls Quaker school for
working for the UN and                s.klain@gmail.com                     under the name “Henry Wolfe.”          grades K–12. She spent three
American University. He’s hoping                                            You can hear two songs,                weeks in Japan with the Japan
to work in the field of environ-      Amanda Aikman is a lawyer at          “Birdseeds” and “Nobody Does           Fulbright program and enjoys
mental education. Stewart Peery       the Department of Justice. She        Nothing,” on Henry Wolfe’s             incorporating that experience
teaches biology at Charlotte          married Stephen Townley (boys         music page. Sarah Klain (camp          into her classes. Brewster
Country Day School in                 camp ’92–’94) in August ’08.          staff ’97–’99) is in a master’s        McCall is an actor and bartender
Charlotte, NC, where his wife,        Nicole Casper is studying for         program at the Institute for           in NYC. His family has released
Ellen Runnels, teaches English.       her master’s degree in marine and     Resources, Environment, and            its first vintage of wine from their
Jesse Reich (boys camp ’88, ’90,      estuarine science at Western          Sustainability at the University of    farm on the North Fork of Long
’93; camp staff ’97, ’98, ’01), who   Washington University in              British Columbia. Sierra, who is a     Island, NY, and they are
still believes that “Orchard House    Bellingham, WA. Jaed Coffin’s         fellow student there, gave Sarah a     converting the farm to wind
rules,” got his Ph.D. in chemistry    first book, A Chant to Soothe Wild    good welcome to Vancouver.             power. Jess Rochester is earning
from Texas A & M University and       Elephants, received very positive     Sarah Low lives in Venice, CA,         a master’s degree in public health
is an assistant professor of          reviews and launched Jaed’s           with husband Michael Cyrulnik,         from the University of
chemistry at Massachusetts            national book tour. He and his        whom she married in October            Minnesota. “Aside from class
Maritime Academy. He has              wife live in Portland, ME, where      ’07. Sarah is doing post-produc-       work, I keep busy with paid work
started two businesses: Berkshire     they are enjoying daughter Jae-       tion work on television                at a food bank doing development
Community Wind Power and              Yen, born 7-21-08. Her name           commercials while she plans her        and hanging out in all of the
Baystate Biofuels, a 10-million-      means “‘cool heart,’ ‘cool’ as in a   next move. Chad Martin lives in        urban nooks and crannies of
gallon-per-year biodiesel facility    summer breeze,” writes Jaed. His      NYC with his wife and young            Minneapolis and the wonderful
in Massachusetts. He is also          next book will be about “rough-       daughter and works for a               state parks,” writes Jess. Becky
running for state representative.     house boxing” in Alaska. Sierra       management consulting firm with        Seel is also studying public health
Jesse and his “very understanding,    Curtis-McLane is studying how         a client base consisting of social-    at the University of Minnesota,
patient, and charming” wife,          trees are expected to migrate in      sector entities in the US and          and she’s enjoying Minneapolis
Alene, live in Ayer, MA, with new     response to climate change as         Canada. “Chewonki lit a spark          with her husband, Jared
daughter Isabella, born March         part of her Ph.D. program at the      causing me to spend years              Goodman. Chloe Stevenson
’10. Molly Rosenman left              University of British Columbia in     working in and around the              (camp staff ’98–’02) sent happy
Wyoming (“sleeping in, spending       Vancouver. “My partner, Denny,        nonprofit sector,” writes Chad.        news of her marriage to Nachiket
long, lovely hours hiking in my       and I stay sane by doing fieldwork    Katie McAlaine has taught social       Pandya on 7-23-09.
favorite mountains”) to begin         in the summers and by biking to       studies and art at the Deep Creek
graduate school in Boston. She        school and hitting the mountain       Middle School in South                 MCS 20
invites MCS folk to make use of       bike and backcountry ski trails,”     Eleuthera, the Bahamas. With           Spring 1998
“the most comfortable sofa in the     writes Sierra. Lauren Downey          Katie’s help, two girls and two        Class Agents: Marley Aloe,
whole world” if they are in the       teaches Latin at Needham (MA)         boys from Deep Creek came to           marleyaloe@yahoo.com; &
Boston area. Carter Scott lives in    High School. Her two parrots,         camp at Chewonki last summer.          Kerry Quinn Granfield,
Portland, ME, with her longtime       Lucy and Olive, keep her              Chartey Quarcoo (advisor) and          kdquinn@gmail.com
partner and works for First Wind,     company while she’s grading           his wife, Ashley McCants, who
a wind development company.           papers. Anne Figge earned a           met at Harvard University, are         Jenny Olmsted Herring (boys
Nalyn Siripong works for              master of science degree in inter-    living in Washington, D.C.,            camp staff ’98) married “the most
UNAIDS on a joint                     national development from the         where Chartey works at a law           wonderful Renaissance man” in
UNAIDS/ADB project in                 University of Bristol, England,       firm. Elise Trucks (camp staff         March ’08 and also became
Bangkok. Billy Wailand and his        before working for the nonprofit      ’98) is studying for her master’s      curator at the Coastal Georgia
wife, Heidi, have moved to the        organization Five Talents in          degree in art history in London.       Historical Society. Malin Pinsky
great state of Alaska, where Billy    Tanzania. Her husband, a bone         Nick Vail is the operations            (Wilderness Trips ’94) and his
is practicing law. Geoff Wood         surgeon, joined her en route to       manager at Seattle’s Nalanda           wife, Kristin Hunter-Thomson,
has followed a path that’s already    Malawi. Henry Gummer                  West, “a Buddhist meditation           whom he met at Williams
included massage training in          recorded an album of songs            center that offers classes,            College, married in August ’09.

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They asked wedding guests to          giving for Harvard Law School,         working as the director of major       lenging.” Lindsey Horton
make donations to Chewonki in         when she reported to his office as     gifts for Teach for America.           moved back from the Marshall
lieu of gifts. Thank you, Malin       the new in-house website coordi-                                              Islands after three years and
and Kristin! Chewonki                 nator. “It’s a little chilly, so I’m   MCS 23                                 enrolled in a program in global
“continues to echo and resonate       wearing my green fleece                Fall 1999                              environmental health at Emory
through my life and the paths         Chewonki vest,” Charlie                Class Agent: Ariane Lotti,             University. “I spend most of my
that I choose,” writes Malin.         recounts. “The web designer            ariane.lotti@gmail.com                 free time studying,” she writes,
They are living in Monterey, CA,      shows up and sees the Chewonki                                                “but have also decided to train for
where Kristin is getting a master’s   emblem and says, ‘Oh! You went         Marselle Alexander-Ozinskas            my first half-marathon and am
degree in marine science while        to Chewonki? So did I!’ Eliza said     got her master of science degree       working to start a mentoring
Malin works on his Ph.D. in           that Chewonki was a life-              from Brown University after            program for high school girls
biology.                              changing experience. She’s very        studying nitrogen cycling and          who are refugees from
                                      good at what she does and we’re        climate change in arctic Alaska.       Afghanistan, Pakistan, East
MCS 21                                fortunate to have her here.” Kate      She then studied community-            Africa, etc.” She and her sister,
Fall 1998                             Petersen (boys camp staff ’99–         managed marine protected areas         Lauren Horton (MCS 29),
Class Agent: Malia Haddock,           ’00) lives in California but “feels    in Senegal with the World              recently enjoyed a trip through
maliahaddock@gmail.com                an undeniable pull to move back        Wildlife Fund and worked as an         Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
                                      to the East Coast,” she says. “I       environmental legislative assistant    Enyi Koene (advisor) studied for
Matt Altman has been studying         have numerous animal friends,          in the office of Congresswoman         a graduate degree while enjoying
hard at Harvard Medical School        including felines, canines,            Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam),          the local culture in Poitiers,
but found time to plant “a            horsines, and ratines.” Raisa          chair of the Subcommittee on           France. Tyler Lewis lives in
sizeable patch of corn, butternut     Rexer (boys camp staff ’99, ’01)       Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans.       Boston’s South End and works on
squash, peas, sunflowers, dinosaur    and her husband, Wesley Tate,          Meredith Benedict is an invest-        the trading floor for Fidelity
kale, and the like in the Fenway      live in Brooklyn. Spencer Taylor       ment analyst in the energy             Investments “for the fixed-
just across from my apartment,”       (boys camp ’95–’98) married            program at Innovation Works.           income sales people and traders.”
he writes. “City officials were not   Serena Hollmeyer in September          The program provides funding           He skis whenever he can. Devon
amused.” Ella Goodbrod teaches        ’08 before “numerous MCSers,           and services for energy companies      Liddell won a Fulbright grant to
outdoor education and ecology at      including Margie, Malia                in southwestern PA. Writes             do research on Moroccan immi-
Prescott College. Margie              Haddock, Kate, and Raisa. It was       Meredith, “I find it really exciting   gration to southern Spain and
Graham (boys camp staff ’99),         the best party ever and Andrew’s       work…. I am helping spawn tech-        hopes to get a Ph.D. in anthro-
who finished two years in the         sister, Amanda Gustafson, was the      nologies that could have a             pology. Ariane Lotti (boys camp
Peace Corps, is “living in            lead singer in the band!”              dramatic impact on the regional        staff ’01) was an intern with the
NYC…happily in law school,                                                   economy as well as radically alter     National Sustainable Agriculture
making time for long walks in         MCS 22                                 our relationship with the environ-     Coalition in Washington, D.C.,
Central Park, quiet dinners in        Spring 1999                            ment.” Andy Colbert is happily         before working on a
Hell’s Kitchen, and…more walks        Class Agent: Louisa Pitt,              married to Dana Schifman               “community-supported agricul-
in Central Park!” Andrew              lapitt@comcast.net                     Colbert, living on NYC’s Upper         ture” farm in the heart of corn
Gustafson (boys camp, Wilder-                                                East Side, and working in health-      country in Iowa. While there, she
ness Trips ’95–’98) has been          Clare Creighton loves life in          care mergers and acquisitions.         wrote a column for the environ-
“thinking a lot about energy-         Oregon and is finishing graduate       Rosie Dent, who lives in Quito,        mental blog Grist. She is now in
sustainable-architecture” and has     school in the Student Services         Ecuador, works as a clinical trials    Washington, serving as a senior
“tentative plans to collaborate       Administration. Emily Isaacson         monitor. Liz Dyke lives in             policy analyst at the Organic
with my state senators to launch      received a master’s degree in          Greenwich, CT, and works at            Farming Research Foundation,
the project soon.” Julia Judson-      choral conducting from the             Greenwich Academy. She                 focused on helping to develop
Rea (boys camp staff ’99)             University of Oregon and is now        manages to see Ginger Walsh            organic policy positions for Farm
attended a conference in Turkey       a doctoral candidate at the            Larsen (MCS 19), who was her           Bill 2012. Will Morris is
on a “new conservation ethic”         University of Illinois at Urbana-      proctor at Deerfield Academy,          finishing up his master’s degree in
and enjoyed seeing “old friends       Champaign. She got married in          often. Mia Farber does outreach,       chemical engineering at the
and hearing about their projects      Maine over the summer. Jon             marketing, and public relations        University of Utah. His research
in environment and community          Perez earned a master’s degree in      for Pennsylvania’s organic             focuses on oxy-fuel combustion, a
development in the Middle East.”      English and American studies at        farmers with the Pennsylvania          promising technique for carbon
Julia’s been working on a master’s    the University of Virginia and is      Association for Sustainable Agri-      capture and sequestration.
degree in Pittsburgh. Hannah          now part of the new class of           culture. She writes, “I feel great     Megan Nuttall is working her
Kapell (boys camp staff ’99–’03)      Ph.D. students at Rutgers              having found my professional           way toward a midwifery degree in
continues to live in Portland, OR,    University, where he will be           niche in ‘green’ PR…. Pennsyl-         Toronto while also loving life on
where she’s putting to good use       pursuing his doctorate “under the      vania residents should check out       her sheep farm. Julia O’Hern
her master’s degree in planning.      guidance of an interdisciplinary       www.buylocalpa.org to find out         spends a lot of time at sea while
Her specialty is bike transporta-     faculty dedicated to social change     about their abundant local             she works on her Ph.D. in
tion planning, and you can see        and progress.” Jon lives in            options!” Rebecca Garfield             oceanography from Texas A & M
the kind of work she does at the      Brooklyn. Chris Shutzer                teaches Spanish at Kimball Union       University. Her field research
website of Alta Planning and          married Georgia Walle in               Academy in New Hampshire.              focuses on the ocean between
Design. Eliza Mitchell met            September ’07. Chris is a student      “I’m also attending a Mandarin         Ecuador and the Galapagos,
Charlie Gordy (boys camp ’69–         of counseling psychology for           Chinese class with the high            where she studies whale habitat.
’75; boys camp staff ’89–’92;         adolescents at Harvard; Georgia        school students,” says Rebecca,        Andrew Schapiro is a designer at
advisor), the director of planned     is finishing business school while     “which has been fun and chal-          Chronicle Books in San

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Francisco. “We publish really         lives just a few blocks away from
terrific books,” he writes, “and      fellow MCSers Kate Moller and
I’m proud that there is quite an      Paige Ieradi, with whom he
effort to be eco-conscious, even      regularly meets at Starbucks for a
though our products are all           “Chew and Chat.” Kate loves
printed on paper.” Andrew has a       Manhattan, where she and her
huge garden, “sure to bring me        mother, Dr. Christiane Northrup,
back to the days of compost and       run Team Northrup (www.team-
dirt on the knees.” Ellie Shepard     northrup.com), which combines
lives in New Zealand, where she       women’s entrepreneurship and
is engaged to a Kiwi and works as     wellness. Allie Silverman has
a travel agent in Queenstown.         been working on energy policy
She’s a bungee-jumper and             issues in Chile. “It would be great
skydiver on her days off. Callie      if Chewonki alumni could be
Gates Slocum (boys camp staff         made aware of an absurd mega-
’00) married Jason Slocum, whom       hydroelectric scheme slated for
she met at Bowdoin College, in        Patagonia,” writes Allie. “This
June ’08. Jason attends Harvard       project would not only destroy
Business School, and Callie works     the beauty, ecological value, and
at New Profit, a venture philan-      uniqueness of Chilean Patagonia
thropy firm in Cambridge.             but also set a precedent for unsus-
Caroline Clark Sterkel got            tainable energy development in
married in Vail, CO, in July ’08.     the region” (see www.savebio-
She still teaches and leads hut       gems.org/patagonia/slideshow).
trips at Vail Mountain School.
Liz Tunick finally left New York      MCS 25                                Maggie Simon and Georgia Green.
and is back in New England,           Fall 2000
getting a master’s degree in the      Class Agent: M. A. Moutoussis,        “really geeky start-ups get talked   several other organizations
history of art at Williams College.   maryangela.moutoussis@gmail.com;      about in the press and online.”      important to them. Thank you,
After living in Guatemala,            & Chris White,                        Betsy Bradford also lives in San     Zach and Kate! Zach and Dylan
Marissa Vahlsing returned to the      cstuartwhite@gmail.com                Francisco; she works at Bain as a    Bosseau (MCS 8) are part of the
U.S. by riding a bicycle through                                            management consultant. Remy          same trapeze and acrobatics
Baja California and now attends       Stephanie Kellam married              Mansfield (boys camp ’94, ’95,       group, LAVA. Elsie White (boys
Harvard Law School. She wants         Chris White in Charleston, SC,        ’97–’99; boys camp staff ’00–’03,    camp staff ’02, ’03) is in a master’s
to emerge as a human rights           in March ’08. Congratulations to      ’05) moved to Sausalito, CA,         degree program in Spanish and
lawyer ready to litigate cases        both! Dave Liebowitz teaches          where he’s exploring nearby          Portuguese in Bloomington, IN,
to hold corporations more             high-school English in New            trails and the Sierras. “I’ve        and also teaches Spanish to
accountable.                          Orleans. “Having students read        been keeping busy with a             college freshmen.
                                      Thoreau’s ‘Walking’… tends to         digital storytelling project
MCS 24                                bring me back to New England          (http://themodernstory.wordpress     MCS 27
Spring 2000                           enough to make the bayou swamp        .com/) that I co-founded in          Fall 2001
Class Agent: Nora Gouge,              bearable,” he writes. M.A.            India earlier this year,” writes     Class Agent: Chris Clark,
nfgouge@gmail.com                     Moutoussis has resigned from          Remy. “A lot of what I learned       clizzy@gmail.com
                                      PETS2VETS to pursue a                 from working at Chewonki…
Rich Crowley is getting a             master’s degree. Molly Wilson is      profoundly impacted me in a          Alden Alexander has worked as a
master’s degree in environmental      a teacher and dorm parent, “one       positive way and now I’m looking     deckhand on a Ron Holland 72-
management at Duke University.        of the hardest jobs you’ll ever       to apply that somewhere else.”       ft. sailboat in the Caribbean;
When not studying, he plays           love,” at Shady Side Academy          Day Peery has been in Charlotte,     raced on boats out of Newport,
defense on the Duke hockey            in Pittsburgh, PA, one of             NC, since graduating from Elon       RI; served on the race crew of the
team. Miki Glasser lives in New       Chewonki’s member schools.            University and works for a           134-ft. schooner Altair from
Orleans and would love to host                                              recruiting firm. Annie Stamell       France; and helped deliver a Swan
any alums volunteering in that        MCS 26                                (Wilderness Trips ’98, ’99) lives    70-ft. to Sicily, Italy. She hopes
city. Nora Gouge completed her        Spring 2001                           in Santa Monica, CA. She and         “to do a few more boat deliveries”
master’s degree at New York           Class Agent: Andrea LaRosa,           Alexander White work at the          and then return to the Mediter-
University and is getting her         andreallarosa@gmail.com               same representation company,         ranean. Alvydas Alexander-
doctorate in clinical psychology at                                         where he is in film finance while    Ozinskas is studying holistic and
Yeshiva University. Charlie           BJ Atchley received a Fulbright       Annie works in market research       herbal sciences at Bastyr Univer-
Hudson (boys camp ’91–’93, ’95–       grant to do research in India.        and consulting. Zach Strass-         sity in Seattle. Rosie Bogan
’99; camp staff ’02, ’03) spent two   Lucy Baumrind works for an            burger, who lives in Brooklyn,       works at Columbia Medical
years teaching English in Japan       athletic/cultural/educational         works at the Legal Aid Society       Center in NYC. Megan
and is now a freelance videogra-      nonprofit in the Vail (CO) Valley,    helping poor people gain access      Flenniken, who graduated from
pher living in Maine. Noah Levy,      where she skis on the weekends.       to public health insurance. Zach     Mt. Holyoke, is studying marine
senior editor at In Touch Weekly,     Nadja Blagojevic lives in San         married Kate Jenkins in October      biology at Stony Brook Univer-
likes spending time with his dog,     Francisco and works for a small       ’10. They asked their guests to      sity. Laura Hartz (boys camp
Sophie, and boyfriend, Luke. He       public relations firm that helps      make donations to Chewonki and       staff ’04) earned a master of

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science degree from the              in Wellfleet, MA, where Elspeth       break. Zach Goodnough,                Life is not just good, it is stupen-
Friedman School of Nutrition         is a food writer and creator of       another Colby grad, is studying       dous!” Craig Hanson has taught
Science and Policy at Tufts          “The Local Food Report,” a            in Nanjing at the Hopkins-            science at Windham (ME) High
University. She also spent a         weekly radio show on NPR              Nanjing Center for U.S.-China         School. Rachel Hiles graduated
summer in Maine working for          affiliate WCAI. You can find a        Studies. Emily Guerin (boys           from Bates College and then
Outward Bound in the North           link to the show at her blog          camp staff ’04) spent a summer in     traveled from Alaska to India.
Woods. Sasha Shyduroff works         (www.dairyofalocavore.com). Jed       Chile before returning to             She’s headed to Europe and then
for the Sierra Student Coalition,    Weeks lives in Newark, DE, and        Bowdoin College to write her          home to NYC. Barbara Johnson
the youth chapter of the Sierra      has worked for the Democratic         thesis on the Chilean forestry        graduated from Hobart and
Club. The coalition’s goal is to     nominee for governor. He also         industry. Rock climbing, environ-     William Smith Colleges,
train young people to be leaders     tends “a big garden full of rapidly   mental education, and writing         completed a summer internship
in energy and climate change         dying vegetables.”                    continue to inspire her. Danielle     at the Museum of Modern Art in
issues. Maggie Simon is a full-                                            Horowitz, after graduating from       NYC, and is now the education
time waitress and student of         MCS 29                                Lafayette College, was an intern      coordinator at the Cathedral
horticulture in Philadelphia. She    Fall 2002                             at the Democratic Legislative         Church of Saint John the Divine
is most interested “in the art of    Class Agents: Nellie Black,           Campaign Committee in Wash-           on NYC’s Upper West Side.
growing plants that feed people”     nellie.peters.black@gmail.com; Cara   ington, D.C. She’s headed to          Allison Klein graduated from
and also likes aerial circus arts,   Brody, cara.lutz.brody@gmail.com;     Temuco, Chile, thanks to a            Middlebury College with a
acro-yoga, and indoor rock           & Greg Daggett,                       Fulbright ETA fellowship. Lily        degree in environmental studies
climbing. Somehow she ended up       gdaggett1@gmail.com                   Mitchell (boys camp staff ’03)        and geology. She’s hoping to
on a camel with Georgia Green                                              finished her studies in human         pursue work and study related to
in Israel (see photo)! Emily         Nellie Black writes that all is       biology at Stanford University        sustainable/green architecture in
Wellington and her boyfriend         well in NYC. Cara Brody               and is living with 11 roommates       NYC and Paris. Nick Kruse is
own an acre of land just outside     (Wilderness Trips ’99–’02; boys       in Palo Alto. She’s interested in     waiting tables in Bethlehem, PA,
Bozeman, MT, in the direction of     camp staff ’03–’05) graduated         public health, especially preventa-   while contemplating a creative
Big Sky. Emily has done              from Skidmore College before          tive care for conditions such as      future, perhaps in architecture.
rangeland health surveys for the     heading to Los Angeles, where         diabetes and obesity. James           Lindsay Leone graduated from
Bureau of Land Management and        she enjoyed an internship helping     Monaco graduated with high            Dartmouth College, where she
completed a stewardship appren-      to produce the Emmy Awards.           distinction and honors in             was an earth science major with a
ticeship at the Gallatin Valley      Willy Crichton spent a summer         chemical engineering from Penn        minor in environmental studies.
Land Trust.                          in Berlin, “speaking German and       State’s Schreyer Honors College       After a stint in South Africa,
                                     enjoying a city that’s full of wild   and is now studying at Penn State     where she explored Kruger
MCS 28                               activity,” as well as gathering       Hershey College of Medicine.          National Park, Namibia, and
Spring 2002                          information for his Bard College      Matt Stenovec is a teaching           Swaziland, Lindsay is working on
Class Agent: Ellie Stewart,          thesis on “the use of the             intern in Nevada City, CA, at the     her law school applications. Jason
elliestew@gmail.com                  Prometheus myth through               Woolman Semester, a program           Lilley is training for Peace Corps
                                     German literature of the past 200     for high-school juniors, seniors,     service in Paraguay, where he’ll
Jacob Dana (boys camp staff ’02)     years!” Greg Daggett is in a          and post-grads focusing on peace,     be involved with agriculture and
is taking time off from school and   veterinary medical science            justice, and sustainability. Pippa    environmental conservation.
works for a small company that       program at Drexel University,         White (boys camp staff ’04, ‘05)      Tommy Otey graduated from
makes water bottles in Boulder,      thinking about vet school, and        has settled into NYC after a          Warren Wilson College and
CO. Matt Dillon is a senior          training for triathlons. Katie        hiking/biking trip in Greece and      served as a NOAA marine
project associate, doing land        Eberle lives in Emeryville, CA,       time spent on the Obama               fisheries biologist on a commer-
acquisitions in New York, for the    and works for a green-energy          campaign in central Florida.          cial fishing boat in the Bering Sea
Trust for Public Land. In June ’09   consulting firm called Heschong                                             before joining the Western
he married Justina Kaminskaite in    Mahone Group (HMG). She’s             MCS 30                                Center for Integrated Resource
Vilnus, Lithuania. Jon Guss, a       researching climate, heating, and     Spring 2003                           Management at Colorado State
member of AmeriCorps, is             cooling systems for the State of      Class Agents: Will Davidson,          University. Lieutenant John Pitts
working as an education coordi-      California, a job with “potential     davidswr@gmail.com; Kiira             studied landscape design at
nator at a historical museum in      for true impact on how buildings      Heyman, kiirahey@gmail.com; &         Auburn University and completed
the North Bend/Coos Bay region       get permitted and what materials      Olivia Sideman,                       U.S. Army officer candidate
of the Oregon coast. He may also     must be used,” she says. Corinne      olivia.sideman@gmail.com              school before accepting a
be found “hiking through lush        Fay (boys camp staff ’03, ’04)                                              commission as an officer for a
forests with giant trees, on         graduated from Smith College          Dylan Atchley graduated from          field artillery unit in Elba, AL.
sandstone cliffs overlooking the     and works full-time for a food        Bates College with a degree in        Evan Schnidman (boys camp
Pacific Ocean, or sand-boarding      and cooking website called            biology and is working as a           ’98, ’99) is working hard at
on our local network of ridiculous   Cookthink.com. Christina Feng,        researcher in the public health       Harvard University for a Ph.D. in
giant sand dunes.” Blair Lamb        having graduated from Colby           and science programs at the           government. He’s already
has been teaching in Princeton,      College, is teaching high-school      Natural Resources Defense             received a B.A. in political science
NJ, but is contemplating a move      social studies in NYC through         Council in Washington, D.C.           and a master’s in political
to Boulder, CO. Elspeth Pierson      Teach for America. Caroline           Will Davidson writes, “I              economy and public administra-
married Alex Hay on 11-7-09 in       Goodbody works as a field             currently reside in a tent, a         tion. Bessie Schwarz works for
Brunswick, ME, with Casey            organizer for the Colorado            luxurious canvas-wall tent….          Green Corps, a field school for
Harwood and Lauren Miller in         Democratic Party and heads to         Whitman College was fooled into       environmental organizing. Jesse
attendance. Elspeth and Alex live    the mountains when she needs a        hiring me as a geology technician.    Shapell (boys camp ’95–’99;

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Wilderness Trips ’00; boys camp       works at a veterinary hospital.
staff ’02–’05, ’07), “after much      “Staying in Texas has allowed me
time in flux with school and the      to expand my small snake
world,” is now back at Oberlin        breeding program,” writes Luke.
College getting his Latin degree      He has a pair of corn snakes and
and hoping to become a teacher.       Nicaraguan boas.
Olivia Sideman is also at
Oberlin, playing a lot of             MCS 31
“Ultimate” and anticipating a trip    Fall 2003
to Thailand, where she will be        Class Agents: Sarah Kirk,
volunteering on a permaculture        sskirk@gmail.com; & Ben McGee,
farm in a sustainable community       ben.mtbm@gmail.com
on the Thailand/Myanmar
border that serves as an              Hilary Best writes, “Missing the
orphanage for Burmese refugees.       warmth of the Binnacle
Seth Silverman (Renewable             woodstove…. Into the home
Energy Fellow, Semester 38;           stretch at McGill, serving as an
former advisor) has finished a        environmental reporter for a
fascinating stint at the White        campus publication and working
House Council on Environmental        away on my thesis on an ecolog-
Quality, supporting the Intera-       ical economics approach to land      MCS 33 and 34 reunion.
gency Climate Change                  use around Toronto.” Axie
Adaptation Task Force—“the first      Blundon is pursuing a bachelor’s     MCS 32                                sity, was camping beside the
comprehensive effort to develop       of business administration in        Spring 2004                           Penobscot River in Maine when
federal recommendations for           business management with a           Class Agents: Julian Holland,         she ran into Dave Wells (MCS
adapting to climate-change            minor in music industry at James     jpholl05@gmail.com; & Molly           33) and Noah Isaacson (MCS
impacts,” on both the domestic        Madison University in Virginia.      Martin, mollymarti@gmail.com          34). They shared a great meal and
and international fronts. Seth just   He’s also managing and                                                     a campfire. Nina Murray (boys
moved to Bungoma, Kenya, to           performing with his own band,        Dave Brodell graduated from           camp staff ’08) is studying in
work for the One Acre Fund, “a        4DROCK!, raising Highland            Washington University with a          Ireland, where she’s soaking up
young organization that works to      cattle, and playing the bagpipes.    degree in biology and women and       the traditional music. Liz
provide smallholder farmers with      “Constantly reminded of the          gender studies. Contemplating         O’Neill, a Colby College
access to the resources and           amazing experiences in Maine,        medical school, he’s chosen           student, is studying English at
support they need to double their     both at camp and during my time      instead to work at Bank of            Oxford University. Grace
farm income.” Tessa Solomon-          in the dream world that is MCS,”     America in Charlotte, NC,             Rumford took a semester away
Lane graduated from Vassar            writes Axie. Tressa Eaton            inspired in part by his fascination   from Middlebury College, where
College with a degree in neuro-       enjoyed working at Gourmet in        with the unfolding economic           she’s focusing on geography, to
science and behavior and then         NYC “and getting to see Jill         crisis. Katie Chomiak is a senior     study in Argentina.
worked at a biology field station     Lingenfelter and Peter Kurtz in      at Penn State, pursuing her
studying the hormonal control of      the city…[and] Olivia Dooley         interest in communications and        MCS 33
maternal behavior in salamanders.     every day at school!” Ellen          public service. Leading up to the     Fall 2004
Dan West has been working as a        Flenniken graduated from             presidential election of ’08, Katie   Class Agents: Bryce Koukopoulos,
teacher and assistant coach for       Middlebury College after             attended both major party             bkoukopoulos@gmail.com; &
the World Class Kayak Academy,        studying international relations     conventions with Andrea Mitchell      Jasmine Smith, jsmith@coa.edu
which takes him all over the          and Chinese and hopes to do          from NBC. Sarah Dobro has
world. He’s been teaching             international environmental          studied biology and English at        A merry band of MCS 33 alums
physics, geometry, literature,        work. Sarah Kirk is researching      Skidmore College and is thinking      came together on the Neck for
Spanish, and videography, as well     urban development and designing      about medical school. Emily           the Five-Year Reunion in early
as coaching. “Just the other          costumes for student plays during    Grady is an environmental             June. Among those in attendance:
night,” writes Dan, “after surfing    her last year at Middlebury          studies major at Bates College,       Ellie Bomstein, Lisa Dadian,
on the beach in Oaxaca, we got to     College. Danielle Layton is          concentrating in global environ-      Hannah Gallo, Jane Koopman,
see a hatch of baby sea turtles       studying at the University of St.    ment and social change. Emily         Matt Larkin, Mikayla Lytton,
make their way across the sand        Andrews in Scotland, “after a        Tupper Jackson works in the           Ruth Sawyer, Rachel Schwerin,
and into the ocean.” Casey            difficult year of health problems.   Wise Lab of Genetic & Environ-        and Evie Smith. Ellie wrote to
Whittier ran an arts program for      As I find my feet again, I’m in my   mental Toxicology at the              Chewonki president Willard
homeless and at-risk youth in         bliss hiking in the Highlands.”      University of Southern Maine.         Morgan afterward: “So many
Kansas City before returning to       Hannah Waters is headed to           She helped fundraise for the RV       subtle parts of the semester did
Maine to become assistant             Costa Rica over winter break to      Odyssey, which was scheduled to       not impact me at the time….
manager for the Center for            research leaf-cutting ants—a big     collect tissue samples from           Upon returning for the reunion, I
Maine Craft in West Gardiner.         change from college in               marine organisms before and           began to see what you and the
Luke Yoder graduated from             Minnesota!                           after exposure to oil and oil-        rest of my semester experience
Baylor University with a B.S. in                                           cleaning chemicals in the Gulf of     did for me…the sense of
environmental science and now                                              Mexico. Maria McMorrow,               community, the connection to the
                                                                           who’s studying environmental          land, the deliberateness that goes
                                                                           science at Mount Allison Univer-      into each decision.”

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Max Cady is finishing Macalester      social studies to sixth, seventh,   Alexander-Ozinskas studied           graduating from Bates College
College with a bachelor’s degree      and eighth graders in Northeast     earth systems, specializing in       and is now assistant media
in psychology. Lisa Dadian is         Harbor, ME. She’s a student         ocean studies, at Stanford Univer-   planner at Universal McCann.
working with special-needs            herself, taking education classes   sity. She’s now back at Chewonki     He has also co-created a clothing
children on Cape Cod. Jane            part-time at nearby College of      as a teaching fellow in mathe-       label, JAQK Apparel. Emily
Koopman (boys camp staff ’08,         the Atlantic. She taught at         matics in the semester school!       Kuehn had a summer job in Utah
’10) is sailing and kayaking when     Chewonki Camp for Girls this        Caroline Beattie graduated with      working “on a small aquaponics
she’s not hitting the books at        summer. David Wells is in his       a degree in Spanish from St. Olaf    system for a summer camp that
Bowdoin College. She enjoyed          senior year at Bowdoin College.     College and moved to St. Paul,       grows fish and vegetables in a re-
being back at Chewonki for her        Last summer he raft-guided on       MN, where she’ll be a literacy       circulating aquaculture system,”
summer job. Mattias Lanas             the Penobscot River and worked      tutor (grades K–3) with the          she writes. “These systems reuse
loved his gap year in South           at Chewonki’s Big Eddy Camp-        Minnesota Literacy Council’s         water by establishing a complete
America (mostly Ecuador).             ground.                             AmeriCorps program. She’s            nitrogen cycle, so I set one up in
More recently, he’s worked as a                                           become a passionate ice-hockey       the kitchen of my house and have
field assistant at a research         MCS 34                              player! Chris Biddle writes,         been enjoying fresh lettuce all
station in southern Arizona (see      Spring 2005                         “The more time that passes since     year.” Cloe Shasha (Wilderness
www.stanford.edu/group/seeds/         Class Agents: Alex Beecher,         I was there, the more I feel as      Trips ’02, ’03) spent the summer
photos.html). Matt Larkin and         10anb@williams.edu; & Liz           though I was part of something       at ABC News as an intern
Alec Morrison rode their bikes        Franchot, efranchot@gmail.com       really important out there in the    reporter and writer. At Middle-
from Maine to Georgia starting                                            woods. I’m so proud of what we       bury College, Cloe enjoys writing
right here on Chewonki Neck.          Among those from Semester 34        learned there.” Chris is a nonfic-   for the newspaper, playing in the
After Matt hurt his knee, they        who made it to Chewonki for the     tion writer at Warren Wilson         band, and singing in an all-female
resorted to hitchhiking to get to     Five-Year Reunion in June were      College. Find his blog at            a cappella group. Katherine
California. Katrina Moreno            Peter Eustis, Liz Franchot,         http://othersidechina.wordpress.c    Ripullone is taking a year off
writes, “Chewonki really sparked      Peter Garber, Danny Growald,        om. Danny Growald is in his          from her British university to
my environmental interest! I am       Kit Hamley, Noah Isaacson,          senior year at Princeton, where      work on irrigation projects in the
now a history major concen-           Rachel Jacobs, Andrew Karp,         he’s studying ecology and            Dominican Republic and to serve
trating in environmentalism and I     Emily Kuehn, Stephanie              evolution and very active in         as a paramedic in Peru.
will be studying sustainability and   Schmiege, Cloe Shasha, Sarah        climate-change issues. Kit
human ecology in the Brazilian        Smith, and David Sonneborn. It      Hamley (boys camp staff ’09,         MCS 35
rainforest.” Mary Ellen Pearce        was a great weekend!                girls camp staff ’10) is studying    Fall 2005
spent a semester in Ecuador                                               tropical ecology and conservation    Class Agent: Cameron McKnight,
studying ecology and conserva-        Zarine Alam had a wonderful         in Costa Rica. Rachel Jacobs is      faithcameronmcknight@yahoo.com
tion through the School for           summer in NYC with Kate Bell-       enjoying an academic semester in
International Training. “Many         Hart, Sally Lemonick, Annika        Singapore and plans to visit the     Becca Abuza worked at
aspects of the program reminded       Alexander-Ozinskas, and Cloe        dragons in Komodo National           Chewonki Camp for Girls for her
me of MCS,” noted Mary Ellen,         Shasha. Zarine is now studying in   Park in Indonesia. Andrew Karp       third straight summer. Lilly
“especially our field trips to many   London for a semester. Annika       moved to Portland, ME, after         Betke-Brunswick also worked
different ecosystems.” Taylor
Phillips spent the summer in
Yellowstone National Park. Ian
Rutkowski is focused on envi-
ronmental studies and botany at
                                         Save the Date!
the University of Pittsburgh. His
particular interest is farm
                                         MCS 35 & 36 ALUMS
strategic planning. Evie Smith is
taking a year off from the Univer-
sity of California, Davis, and           Have you milked a cow lately, spent
works as an intern at the
Boothbay Region Land Trust,              time weeding carrots, or done a
trying to get local high-school
seniors out of the classroom and
                                         polar bear swim? Your chance to
into a community-based mentor-
ship program. The land trust has
                                         reconnect with your MCS classmates
a scholarship for students headed        and with Chewonki is approaching!
to Chewonki Semester School!
Jaz Smith (Canoe Expedition for          Come to your Five-Year Reunion on
Maine Girls ’04; boys camp staff
’05; girls camp staff ’08, ’09;          the weekend of June 10–12, 2011!                                                                           RHAN FLATIN
advisor) taught environmental
science at the Woolman
                                         More details will be forthcoming, but for now, mark your calendars.
Semester, a Quaker school run by
the Sierra Friends Center, before
                                         We hope to see you on the Neck next June!
becoming a teacher of science and

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there, before returning to            pates in the university’s Sustained   friends and enjoyed catching up       videos for NOLS in Wyoming.
Carleton College, where she is        Dialogue on Race. Teddy               with president-elect Willard          He worked on a great video of
captain of the women’s ice-           Newmyer, a student at Wesleyan        Morgan, Jenn, and Sierra as well      Jawali Sawicki (Wilderness Trips
hockey team. Trafton Bean             University, visited Chewonki last     as Outdoor Classroom assistant        ’94) that appears on the NOLS
spent a summer studying in            spring while his brother James        director Emma Carlson, who            website! Cammie Taylor is
Shanghai, China, where he             was a Semester 44 student.            were leading a trip there with        “enjoying and exploring the
discovered that “having red hair      Meredith Ruhl spent two               Semester 44 students. Liddy           Appalachian Mountains through
and white skin makes you some         summers in the Practical Farm         Hepner attends Virginia Tech,         environmental activism,
sort of a celebrity.” He is now in    Training Program at the Farm          where she’s pursuing a degree in      community service, work, and
his last year at the University of    School in Athol, MA. She is a         biology in the college of science.    classes” at Warren Wilson
Oregon. Linnea Paton spent a          student at Wellesley College.         Ailsa McCulloch is spending the       College. She’s also “addressing
semester in Morocco and wrote         Rebecca Siegel enjoyed working        fall studying with an international   the global food distribution issue
about her experiences at              at Chewonki Camp for Girls last       group of students in Norway.          at a local level through Food Not
www.moroccoa08.blogspot.com.          summer, while her younger sister      Annie Sprogell is heading for         Bombs, cooking otherwise
She recently won an Honorable         was a camper.                         France after having taught            ‘dumpstered’ foods into delicious
Mention from the Udall                                                      English in Uganda. Drew               vegetarian meals to share with the
Foundation. Elliot Steinhardt         MCS 37                                Tanabe was in Copenhagen with         hungry of downtown Asheville,
is a geography major at Clark         Fall 2006                             SustainUS and worked on finance       NC.” Cammie is pursuing
University, “studying global          Class Agent: Lizzy Tarr,              policy in the United Nations          environmental studies with
climate change and utopian            lizet345@gmail.com                    Framework Convention and the          concentrations in environmental
theory in urban reality!”                                                   Kyoto Protocol. He writes, “I’ve      policy and sustainable agriculture
Amanda Warren is at                   Karl Berger bumped into               been looking at things like where     and forestry.
Middlebury College, where she is      Willard Morgan at the Portland,       all of the needed money will
an environmental studies major        ME, airport last winter, just as      come from, how countries will         MCS 40
with a concentration in conserva-     Karl was heading back to Lewis        raise it, and how it should be        Spring 2008
tion biology. Over the summer         and Clark College. Karl is            effectively distributed on the        Class Agents: Rachel Madding,
she ran a children’s program at       enjoying his studies and art.         ground to help mitigate and adapt     maddingal@yahoo.com; & Nick
the college’s organic garden, and     Tarara Deane-Krantz continues         to climate change.” Zemora            McLeod, nickmc10935@aol.com
she lives in a student house that     to work in the NYC mayor’s            Tevah enjoyed worked with two
serves primarily local food.          office each summer and is active      community-theater projects in         Lucy Bates-Campbell is
                                      at Bowdoin College, managing a        Puerto Rico during her gap year.      enjoying art, theater, basketball,
MCS 36                                cafe and volunteering for Maine       One project was a collective          and “finding things I love about
Spring 2006                           State Representative Seth Berry.      dance and theater experience with     NYC and my school.” Audrey
Class Agents: Teddy Newmyer,          Maddie Hobbs graduated from           university students; the other        Boochever and Danny
tnewmyer@wesleyan.edu; & Chelsea      Milton Academy, then back-            involved “working with inmates        Forrester started a movement at
Pompadur, cp296@st-andrews.ac.uk      packed around Europe to               to create a play together about       their school called “Fossil Fuel
                                      celebrate. She’s now attending        their experiences both inside and     Free Fridays,” to encourage
Kelly Canfield is pursuing a          Emory University in Georgia.          outside of the prison.” Zemora is     students and teachers to carpool,
double major at the University of     Hugh McCormick returned to            learning to play the banjo as she     take the metro, bike, or walk to
Maryland, combining civil and         Chewonki, with his guitar, last       prepares for Hampshire College.       school one day a week. Gabriella
environmental engineering with        summer to serve as a counselor in     Olivia Woollam is traveling in        Gentile visited Chewonki in late
agriculture and resource              South Hall for Chewonki Camp          Europe, relishing “time away          summer to drop off her sister,
economics. Her international          for Boys. Irene Syphers finished      from the frantic race to the finish   Francesca, for the start of
focus and work with Engineers         high school by serving on the         line that is the norm in American     Semester 45. Douglas Gledhill is
Without Borders and the Ashoka        board of directors of the             high schools.”                        immersed in life as a student in
Foundation are taking her around      Cathance River Education                                                    China. “There’s a lot to do here
the world, including France,          Alliance and organizing Live          MCS 39                                and almost everything is an
Burkino Faso, and Peru. Cathy         Maine, a festival on the Mall in      Fall 2007                             adventure,” he writes. Zoe
Coursen went to Seoul, Korea,         Brunswick, ME. She is now             Class Agents: Dana Golden,            Mason is taking a semester off
to learn about NGOs and “sold         studying environmental writing at     rivergal@hotmail.com; & Maddy         from Prescott College, working
slush in a movie theater side-by-     Unity College.                        Woodle, xcrunner4260@hotmail.com      at Treats in Wiscasset, and
side a 12-foot-tall cardboard                                                                                     learning Italian at the Penobscot
superhero.” She is now at Bard        MCS 38                                Angela Baglione has had some          School, a language school in
College, “studying psychology,        Spring 2007                           great mini-reunions with fellow       Rockland, ME. Malcolm
organizing film festivals, working    Class Agent: Franklin Jacoby,         MCSers, including Dana                Richardson (Wilderness Trips
as an EMT, and occasionally           frjacoby@verizon.net; &               Golden, Annelise Haskell, and         ’08) is studying sculpture at the
raking Chinua Achebe’s yard.”         Maddy Schwartz,                       Wyatt Davis, who joined her for       Putney School in Vermont and
Marian Messing is happy at            madeleineschwartz@gmail.com           the Head of the Charles crew          mountain-biking whenever he
Princeton University, where her                                             races in Boston. Brooks Eaton         can. Eliza Taylor came to
favorite class of every semester is   Laura Coyne is thriving at            (boys camp staff & maintenance        Chewonki in August to deliver
Arabic. She volunteers for            Earlham College in Indiana.           staff ’09) spent part of his gap      her younger sister, Lily, a
Amnesty International, plays the      Evan Deutsch showed up in             year in Patagonia with NOLS.          member of Semester 45.
clarinet in a campus orchestra, is    Cumberland Island, GA, last           He’s also learning to cook and
an academic tutor, and partici-       spring with some Middlebury           serving as an intern producing

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MCS 41                                children in Uganda become more
Fall 2008                             financially independent through
Class Agents: Kevin Coleman,          education, vocational training,
colemankj@gmail.com; & Ali            and loans.” She’s having a busy
Connolly, alison.connolly@tufts.edu   senior year running her own
                                      firewood business, Freerange
Kevin Coleman began Colorado          Firewood, and participating in her
College in January and saw            Environmental Field Studies
Willard Morgan in September           Club. Lauren Harris, having
when Willard visited Colorado as      jumped out of high school a year
Chewonki’s new president. Fiona       early, is enjoying being a student
Haslett spent a summer at the         at Bard College. Rachel
Appalachian Mountain Club’s           Kleinman attended CITYterm in
Echo Lake Camp on Mt. Desert          spring ’10 and now attends the
Island, ME, and is now in Nepal.      Colorado Rocky Mountain
Hazel Jacoby worked as a farm         School. Brett Miller, who is busy
activity leader for Chewonki          working on sustainability issues at
Camp for Boys last summer,            his school, Riverdale Country
while John Russell served as a        School, took time to deliver his
counselor at the camp. Addie          sister, Corey, to Wiscasset, to
Namnoum and Lyla Amini                begin Semester 45. Rachel Ryan
                                      had a full summer—reading Great       Dave Liebmann and alums birding in NYC.
worked at Saltmarsh Farm.
                                      Books, carrying out a photojour-
MCS 42                                nalism project, and seeing friends.   FORMER FACULTY NOTES
Spring 2009
Class Agents: Carly Blumenfeld,       SEMESTER 44                           Meghan Giuliano (Teaching             has finished treatment and has
cnblumenfeld@gmail.com; & Emily       Spring 2010                           Fellow ’07, ’08) made it to           much more energy… She is
Busam, emily.busam@gmail.com          Class Agents: Charlotte Allyn,        Chewonki for the party in honor       skiing, taking dance lessons,
                                      charlotteallyn@gmail.com; &           of Don Hudson in June, then           reading, and honing her stubborn
Cassie Greenbaum explored             Hannah Perkins,                       moved to northern Virginia to         six-year-old behavior! Emily is
Peru’s rainforest while refor-        hannah_perkins@me.com                 start work with ICF International     starting a program to pursue
esting, chopping down invasive                                              as an environmental consultant        becoming a nurse practitioner.”
bamboo, doing construction            Degi Erdenesanaa, back at             focusing on energy efficiency. She    During the quiet season on the
work, and monitoring birds and        Milton Academy, sent us a copy of     keeps her hand in agriculture by      farm last winter, Brad took a week
monkeys. Diego Kendrick is            a letter she wrote to Working         volunteering at a couple of nearby    to ski in Glacier National Park.
planning to audition for the a        Villages International last           small farms. Don Hudson               David Liebmann (MCS faculty
capella singing group at his          summer. Alexander Petroff, the        (former Chewonki president and        ’91–’96; chair of the semester
school. He’s been on some inter-      director of Working Villages,         semester school faculty), who         school advisory board; trustee)
esting family excursions into the     spoke to the semester students        received L. L. Bean’s 2010            met with 11 MCS alums and 2
Australian bush. Alex Lee was a       when Degi was at Chewonki, and        Outdoor Hero award last June,         guests “for two hours of birds and
counselor at Chewonki Camp for        his efforts to create sustainable     makes a celebrity appearance          Chewonki chatter” in Prospect
Boys last summer, leading tennis.     work for people in the Demo-          in a video on L. L. Bean’s            Park, Brooklyn, on a morning last
Jack Phinney brought to our           cratic Republic of Congo              YouTube channel. See him at:          May. “I wish I could say the
attention an article about the        impressed Degi. Degi’s family         www.youtube.com/user/llbean#p/        group remembered all their birds
Great Pacific Garbage Patch. See      comes from Mongolia, and she          c/E21B9F8C6C80EE3C/3/ZhS3             and calls, alas…” writes Dave.
www.surfline.com/surf-                sees potential for a Working          mEswN94. Brad Johnson (boys           “We did see a Baltimore Oriole,
news/how-our-plastic-use-is-com       Villages project there. “A lot of     camp staff, MCS faculty ’99, ’00,     Scarlet Tanager, Magnolia
ing-back-at-us-in-waves_30095/.       people still herd animals” in         ’02–’07), his wife, Emily LeVan       Warbler, Black-throated Green
Jesse Wiener and her sister           Mongolia, she explained, “but         (boys camp staff, MCS faculty),       Warbler, Downy Woodpecker,
spent their winter break together     pretty much nobody grows              and their daughter, Maddie, are       Northern Flicker, Ring-necked
in a Spanish immersion school in      food…. Now, most of the food          enjoying life in Randolph, VT.        Duck, Mallard, Rough-winged
Cuzco, Peru.                          comes from China…and I can’t          Emily is working at the               Swallow, Belted Kingfisher,
                                      believe that importing food from      emergency department at Central       House Sparrow, Starling, and a
SEMESTER 43                           elsewhere is a sustainable practice   Vermont Medical Center and            bunch of warblers we couldn’t
Fall 2009                             that will last very far into the      Gifford Memorial Hospital.            name.” Pretty amazing for
Class Agent: Sara Clark,              future.” Callum McCulloch has         “Maddie and I have lots of time at    Brooklyn! Ted Oxholm
saraclark146@msn.com                  started an outing club back in        home on ‘All Together Farm,’”         (Teaching Fellow ’07, ’08) reports
                                      California. He decided to get         writes Brad “We are raising           that all is well in Boulder, CO,
Over the summer, Addie                running shoes after too much          vegetables, meat, and eggs for        where he can walk to beautiful
Bakewell volunteered for the          barefoot running in cross-country     ourselves as well as selling pork,    hiking trails and is working as an
U.S. Fish and Wildlife invasive       races in the fall. Adriana Walsh      beef, and chicken. There is never     AmeriCorps volunteer
plant program and also for            sang and played her guitar before     a shortage of work to be done,        teaching/tutoring/mentoring
Project Have Hope, “an                a big audience at the Common          and working with our hands            “at-risk” eleventh graders in the
organization that is helping a        Ground Country Fair in Unity,         outside suits us both well and        nearby town of Lafayette.
community of women and                ME, in September.                     keeps us out of trouble…. Maddie

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                                                                                                                 president. When the Maine winters took their
                                                         IN MEMORIAM                                             toll, Mardi moved in 1999 to live near her
                                                                                                                 daughter in Massachusetts.
                                                         Chewonki lost as devoted a fan as it has ever had            In addition to her son Don, Mardi is
                                                         when Marguerite McConnell Hudson died on                survived by her sons David (Camp ’59–’63;
                                                         August 4, 2010, at the age of 91 in Northampton,        Camp Staff ’65–’68, ’73–’79) and Ben (Camp
                                                         Massachusetts. “Mardi” came to Chewonki in              ’62–’63, ’67; Camp Staff ’68–’70, ’74), daughter
                                                         1962, when her husband, Bill Hudson, a                  Mardi Jane Abuza (Maine Reach ’73–’74; Camp
                                                         Methodist minister, agreed to spend the first of        Staff ’76), a sister, and eight grandchildren, who
                                                         several summers as Camp Chewonki’s assistant            have also spent significant time at Chewonki.
                                                         director. The couple’s four children, the oldest of          Gifts in Mardi’s memory may be made to the
               Meghan and Benjamin Arnold.
                                                         whom had come to camp in 1959, accompanied              Bill and Mardi Hudson Fund at Chewonki.
                                                         them. Never one to sit idly on the sidelines,
               NEW BABIES                                Mardi jumped wholeheartedly into camp life,             Henry L. Smith (Camp ’34–’36, ’40) of Brattle-
               ON THE NECK!                              helping out wherever a hand was needed. She             boro, Vermont, died on April 25, 2010, at the
                                                         remained an ardent fan of Chewonki for the rest         age of 82. “Hank loved the time spent at Camp
               Margaret Youngs Coleman (boys             of her life.                                            Chewonki, which gave him many fond
               camp staff ’01, ’05; Farm &                   That life was long and full. After graduating       memories,” wrote Barbara Smith, his wife of
               Woodlot Manager) and Chris                from college, Mardi served in the Red Cross in          58 years.
               Coleman (boys camp staff ’01–             England during World War II. After her                       After attending Marlboro College in
               ’05) welcomed a daughter,                 marriage, she nurtured her family and oversaw           Vermont, Hank served in the U.S. Navy and
               Lilianna Dorothea Coleman,                several moves as her husband took charge of             then worked for many years at the Brattleboro
               on 8-7-10, at the height of a             churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and             Daily Reformer. From 1967 until his retirement
               glorious growing season. Carob            Colorado. She loved jazz, cheered tirelessly for        in 1987, he was a senior safety supervisor for
               Arnold (boys camp ’86, ’87, ’90;          the Boston Red Sox, and never shrank from an            Ebasco Constructors in New Jersey.
               boys camp staff ’98, ’00, ’08, ’09;       adventure.                                                   Hank was an avid outdoorsman and espe-
               Facilities Manager) and Annie                 When her husband died unexpectedly in               cially enjoyed backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and
               Nixon (boys camp staff, ’99–’01;          1971, Mardi took a job in the Alumni Office of          biking. After he retired, he and Barbara became
               OC staff ’98, ’01) are the proud          Groton School, where she worked for 16 years,           serious bicycle tourists, traveling “self-
               parents of a daughter, Meghan             retiring just before her 70th birthday. She moved       contained” with camping equipment throughout
               Elizabeth Arnold, born 9-28-10.           to Arrowsic, Maine, in 1988 to live close to her        Europe, New Zealand, and the U.S.
               Older brother Benjamin was kind           son Don, who retired this past July after 44 years           Hank is survived by his wife, his oldest
               enough to take a toy truck to             on the Chewonki staff, the last 19 of them as           brother, and seven nieces and nephews.
               their first meeting.

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                                                                                                   Have Some Fun!
Shirt Sales                                                                                        Chewonki Vacation Camp
Benefit                                                                                            FOR GRADES 1–8
Financial Aid                                                                                      FEBRUARY & APRIL 2011
It was a limited edition item—
                                                                                                   Wondering what your kids can do during Maine’s one-week
                                                                                     SANDY BANDU

60 copies, to be precise—and
it sold like the proverbial                                                                        school vacations in February and April? Wonder no more! If
hotcakes. But more impor-                                                                          your child loves being outdoors, having fun, participating in
tantly, the T-shirt sporting the                                                                   hands-on activities, and playing with other kids, then
retro Chewonki “C” raised almost $600 in financial aid for campers. “While this is                 Chewonki is the place to be. Camp runs from 8:30 A.M. to
a drop in the bucket as far as dollars go, it’s a wonderful story that shows how
                                                                                                   3:30 P.M., and participants may sign up for one or more days.
dedicated our camp staff is to making Chewonki more accessible to more kids,”
said Boys Camp director Garth Altenburg. The T-shirt was designed by Boys                          All programs are taught by our experienced teachers and
Camp assistant director Andy Richardson and sold out instantly. It’s shown off                     naturalists at Chewonki’s Center for Environmental
here (left to right) by Papa Heron Matt Weeks, Osprey counselor Charlie Fear,                      Education in Wiscasset. For more information, contact
Garth, and guides director Jason Chandler.                                                         Emma Carlson, Vacation Camp Coordinator,
                                                                                                   at ecarlson@chewonki.org or 207-882-7323 ext. 164.

               46 / Chewonki Chronicle
 On My Mind
Turtle Seasons                                              tures rise enough that the wood turtles          year was marked by four turtles that
Lynne Flaccus                                               emerge; April is the best time to find           were each missing feet or legs, all healed
                                                            them, before riparian vegetation                 and healthy. Sometimes these
Almost everyone at Chewonki knows I                         provides cover. The painted turtles              appendages are eaten by raccoons or
have a passion for turtles. Greg and Kyle                   appear later, and about the time the             otters, but as long as the turtles don’t
would call it an obsession. I am simply                     snapping turtles also emerge. The                lose too much tissue, they manage to
amazed by turtles—their beauty and                          painted turtles, with their black shells         heal and move on. Each turtle I find tells
their evolutionary history.                                 shining and twinkling in the late                a story, even if I can’t read all of it.
   Each of us marks the seasons in our                      morning sun, bask on logs and rocks.                 When fall arrives I once again watch
own way, and my seasons are remem-                          Though easy to spot from a distance,             the roads for those turtles wandering
bered and marked by turtles. In spring I                    they are wary this early.                        back to their winter hibernacula, or
look forward to ice-out and the first                           June brings nesting season for               young turtles that may be hatching late
warming rays of sun, when the tempera-                      Maine’s turtles and means more turtles           in the season. There are always a few
                                                            crossing roads and wandering in search           warm fall days when turtles take
                                                            of nest sites. When I’m traveling, my            advantage of the low hanging sun to
                                                            eyes are glued to the roads so I can stop        warm and feed before their long winter
                                                            and help turtles cross to the other side         under the ice. A warm November day
                                                            safely. One June day traveling down              has not stopped me from jumping into
                                                            Route 1 with Kyle and a friend of his, I         the icy water to check out a basking
                                                            pulled over and did a U-turn to go back          musk turtle—a brisk swim for the reward
                                                            and rescue a turtle. Much to Kyle’s              of handling a usually secretive turtle.
                                                            embarrassment, the turtle turned out to              In another month or so, I will see
                                                            be a bagel. In my mind, everything on            turtles only in books and in my dreams
                                                            the road in June is a turtle in need of          until next April. Maybe one day I will
                                                            help!                                            learn from the turtles how to appreciate
                                                                Summers are marked by explorations           the warm sunny days at a turtle’s pace
                                                            through long grass and alders along              and perspective.
                                                            riverbanks, or canoeing quiet pond
                                                            coves. A perfect day off is one spent            Lynne Flaccus is Chewonki’s head naturalist.
                                               GREG SHUTE

                                                            “turtle hunting.” Just to look for, hold,        She lives in Alna, Maine, with her husband,
                                                            and admire a turtle, and then release it, is     Wilderness Programs director Greg Shute,
                                                            one of my favorite things to do. This            and their son, Kyle.

                              FOR SUSTAINABILITY                                                                HOUSEHOLD WASTE

                                                            that’s filled with floating plastic (listen to   excess packaging and let them know your
                                                            Charles Moore’s talk at www.ted.com).            thoughts; they provide this packaging
                                                                So what can we do to improve? First,         because they think consumers want it.
                                                            we need to educate ourselves and others.             Reuse—The little things count. Bring
Manage Your Household Waste                                 Some great resources include two short           reusable bags to the store, get clothes
RUTH POLAND, SCIENCE AND                                    films: Isla de las Floras (a Brazilian film      and furniture at thrift stores or have swap
SUSTAINABILITY FELLOW                                       with subtitles) and The Story of Stuff           parties with friends, and close the
                                                            (available at www.storyofstuff.com). For         recycling loop by buying recycled goods
“Reduce, reuse, recycle”—it’s been the                      some incredible visuals, check out               whenever possible.
mantra of the Green Movement ever since                     www.chrisjordan.com and click on his                 For more tips and info on the 3Rs, visit
the first Earth Day in 1970. While there is                 artwork “Intolerable Beauty.”                    www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve.
much to celebrate about recycling,                              Second, we can throw away less. You              Finally, we can get involved in town
garbage generation is still rising. Today                   can reduce your garbage generation by            and government policy to address the
the average American generates 4.6                          practicing the following:                        issue using a top-down approach. Look
pounds of trash daily, up from 3.25 in                          Compost—Biodegradable goods                  for opportunities to incentivize better
1970. This translates to 251 million tons of                represent over 50 percent of our garbage!        waste management, such as supporting
garbage a year. Managing this volume                        See www.composters.com for tips on how           “pay as you throw” programs, in which
raises a host of issues, including green-                   to get your pile started.                        communities charge for garbage bags or
house gas production, pollution, land use,                      Recycle—Call your local recycling or         waste removal. These programs provide
social and environmental justice, and                       redemption center to find out what they          financial incentive to decrease your
exploitation of natural resources to                        process. Visit www.obviously.com/recycle         volume of household trash.
replace the things we throw away.                           for more general info.
    To make matters worse, much of our                          Reduce—Buy items with minimal                The bottom line: Decreasing the amount
garbage doesn’t even make it to landfills,                  packaging. Unnecessary packaging of              of landfill-bound garbage you produce is
leading to environmental calamities such                    food and other goods is a major cause of         one of the best things you can do to
as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: a                       increased garbage production in recent           reduce your personal environmental
swath of ocean twice as large as Texas                      decades. Write to companies that use             impact.
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         Chewonki Joins Global Day of Service
                   n 10/10/10, Chewonki joined activists around the world for 350.org’s Global Work Party. We got behind the effort early
                   and invited all of our constituents—staff, trustees, students, and alumni—to join. The passion and the action were
                   impressive! Chewonki organized or participated in 15 events from Maine to Seattle.
            In Wiscasset, we improved trails, wrote to legislators, and served the “35 Mile Meal,” a delicious community supper using
         foods grown within 35 miles. Semester students gathered the ingredients from local farmers and cooked the meal themselves.
         We also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to weatherize 10 local homes and sailed out to Penobscot Bay to help the
         Hurricane Island Foundation rejuvenate its facilities.
            Spirits were high, the weather crisp and gorgeous, and the power of community strong. “It was gratifying to see the
         enthusiasm for service so evident among our alumni and friends, not only in Maine but across the country,” said Chewonki
         president Willard Morgan.

            We hope you’ll take part in our next Chewonki Day of Service on June 4, 2011—National Trails Day. Plan to partner with a
            local agency to maintain the trails that get you out on the land, bring some Chewonki friends together, and let us know
            about it. We’ll keep you posted about our collective efforts at www.chewonki.org.

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