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Corridor pays tribute to Margaret Carroll in Millville

Pictured from left to right at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Margaret M. Carroll Greenway Access Area in Millville are Carroll McGahan, Maureen McGahan, former State Sen. Richard T. Moore, Jody Madden, Jeannie Hebert, Helen Kennedy, State Rep. Mike Soter and Jack Carroll. In the back row are Kylie Gibbons, Donna Williams, Devon Kurtz, and Val Stegemoen. Not pictured: State Sen. Ryan Fattman.

The late Margaret M. Carroll was remembered in appropriate fashion on October 27th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Blackstone River Greenway in Millville.
A town historian, educator, preservationist and charter member of the Blackstone River Valley Volunteers-in-Parks program and the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Ms. Carroll was well known and highly regarded for her contributions to community life. Recent legislation created the Margaret M. Carroll Memorial Greenway Access Area in Millville. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation is working on installing a sign and a memorial bench at the site.

Volunteer program flourishing
A message from Molly Cardoza, director of Volunteer & Community Engagement for the Corridor:
“I continue to be blown away by our Volunteers-in-Parks volunteers and their incredible commitment to the work they do in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. Thank you to everyone who has led programs, conserved historic cemeteries, cleaned up our watershed, maintained our natural resources and so much more this year!
“A personal thank you for the warm welcome you have given me in my first year at BRVNHC. This first year has exceeded my expectations and goals for the volunteer program.”
 The numbers are in for the Volunteers-in-Parks program for FY 2022. Volunteers logged 30,607 hours at a total value of $916,679.

Millbury scouts recognized for work
Five Millbury scouts from Troop 109 recently earned their Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Badge and two earned their Scout Ranger Certificate. These Scouts, led by Eagle Scout Candidate Adam Moroney, worked to create a path and make the spillway of the former Asa Waters Armory—a gun manufacturer in the 1800s—accessible as a recreational space. This spillway historically flowed into the Blackstone River, which is visible from this location behind the present-day Millbury VFW.