The Jannelle family has donated approximately three acres as an addition to the protected area of Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine.
Located at the end of Roundabout Drive off Black Point Road, the parcel consists of marsh and woodlands, and provides an upland buffer to the 3,200-acre Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
Scarborough Land Trust worked in partnership with Friends of Scarborough Marsh to fund and carry out the land transfer. The Town of Scarborough assisted with road title issues. The property has been deeded to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which owns and manages the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
“Our family is pleased to have added this property to the Scarborough Marsh,” said Alan Jannelle.
“The Marsh is a treasured part of Scarborough,” said Paul Austin, president of Scarborough Land Trust. “Thanks to the generosity of the Jannelle family, three more acres are now conserved for wildlife habitat and scenic enjoyment.”
The Jannelle family ran a building and contracting com- pany in Scarborough called F. X. Jannelle, Inc. on Ferry Road. They built and took care of many houses in the Prouts Neck area. The grandson of F.X., Neal Jannelle, Sr., died in 2009, and his wife, Barbara, in 2010. Their children, Karyn, Alan, Brian and Brenda, decided to conserve their family’s land and contacted Scarborough Land Trust.
It was agreed that adding the property to the Scarborough Marsh made the most sense.
“We were pleased to play a role in this project, and hope other landowners around the marsh will consider doing the same with their land,” said Rick Vogel, president of Friends of Scarborough Marsh.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock added, “We are grateful to the Jannelle family, Scarborough Land Trust, and Friends of Scarborough Marsh for taking the time and effort to protect this land as part of the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area.”
Garden club, library to host authors
The Scarborough Garden Club and the Scarborough Public Library will host Gardening in Tune With Nature on Sunday, May 4.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and take place at the library, 48 Gorham Road.
Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto, authors of the newly released book, “The New England Gardener’s Year,” will be the featured guests.
The program will focus on major aspects of the book, including how to create a healthy ecosystem in gardens and ways to attract pollinators and beneficial insects.
Manley has gardened in South Carolina, Washington state (while earning a Ph.D. in horticultural science), Massachusetts, and for the past 12 years, in Maine. He also writes a weekly gardening column for the Bangor Daily News, now in its eighth year. He taught horticulture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of Maine.
Peronto, a professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has been teaching courses in pruning, food production, and ecological landscaping in Hancock and Washington counties for 22 years. She is a statewide resource on native and invasive plants of the northeast, and she oversees the downeast region’s master gardener volunteers program. She has also developed nationally recognized School Gardening courses for teachers.
The event is free and refreshments will be served. Copies of “The New England Gardener’s Year,” will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the library at 883-4723, option 5, or visit www.scarboroughlibrary.org. To learn more about the Scarborough Garden Club, visit home.roadrunner.com/~garden/.
Speakers set for senior expo
Maine Senior Guide has announced the speakers for the senior expo scheduled for Wednesday, May 7 at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Hall in Scarborough. The expo is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Speaker’s Gallery with financial planning counselors Grey Terry and Pamela Mitchell of HighTower Securities. They will discuss simple retirement plans, including financial organization, understanding risks and income strategies. The Maine Senior Expo is hosted by Maine Senior Guide and Beach Glass Transitions. The event is free and registration is not requried. It will feature 44 booths, speakers, entertainment and experience rooms that will offer information to seniors and their families.
For more information and full list of speakers, visit www.MaineSeniorGuide.com.