Volunteers honored with flowering tree

  • Monica and Chris at the Legacy Tree. Contributed Photo

For the Recorder
Published: 6/17/2019 8:49:54 AM

The trustees of New Salem Public Library made a special presentation to Monica Winters and Chris Bouda at the grand opening of the town’s newly renovated library on Saturday.

Winters and Bouda were recognized for the exceptional support for the library over the years with the designation of New Salem’s second Legacy Tree, a flowering Sourwood, recently planted on the northwest corner of the library.

“No job has been too large or too small for Monica and Chris. They take on the big ideas like the Reimagining project as well as getting mulch to the garden and doing small repairs,” said Library Trustee Judith Northup-Bennett.

Winters has served as a library trustee, and is currently the co-chair of the Friends of the Library. She was a major force in the library renovations serving as the chair of the Reimagining our Library committee.  

The major interior reorganization of the library and creation of a community room, spearheaded by the New Salem Friends of the Library, was accomplished with mainly volunteer labor and contributions as well as a grant from the Community Foundation of West Central Massachusetts. 

“It’s our hope that the beautiful Sourwood tree will bloom for more than 50 springs in recognition and appreciation for all the Monica and Chris do for our library and our community,” said Northup-Bennett. 


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