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Patriots Day

This past Monday was a special day for us, as it has been for the last decade or so, with a handful (actually two handfuls this year) of our members competing in the Boston Marathon.  Each year, the marathon is held on “Patriot’s Day”, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.  And as it often does, this year’s event got me thinking… not just because a small part of me was missing being there… but more so because of the heroic efforts that took place (congrats to members and race finishers Kristen Prendergast, Kevin Horton, Alysia Puma, Steve Mruskovic, Jim Hardin, Frank Batiste, Eric Puma and Tom Churylo).  

I am incredibly proud of our members who pounded the pavement in Boston this past Monday… leaders in their own right who were willing to take action for something they believe in.  Equally, I am proud of the many upcoming community events that our membership is supporting, most especially those that promote the health of our fellow citizens and the land we call home.  

Sounds like patriotism to me!

Eric Eisenhart
BaseCamp 31

From the Chair
Join us for a little PLOG?  As the weather warms and we continue to get out in the community, we’re excited to kick off spring by inviting all to join us on Saturday 4/20 at 8a for a little “PLOG”
What’s that?  I had to ask too… simple really, Pick-up Litter while jOGging.  We’ll have a spare trash bag or two and a pair of gloves for you. 
 
Also – remember, we have reserved a slot for 9a-12p on July 27 at Grow-A-Row in Pittstown to harvest fresh vegetables that will be used to FUEL the less fortunate and needy in Hunterdon County.  RSVP HERE
 Hope to see you out there!
Mike

Patriots Day

This past Monday was a special day for us, as it has been for the last decade or so, with a handful (actually two handfuls this year) of our members competing in the Boston Marathon.  Each year, the marathon is held on “Patriot’s Day”, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.  And as it often does, this year’s event got me thinking… not just because a small part of me was missing being there… but more so because of the heroic efforts that took place (congrats to members and race finishers Kristen Prendergast, Kevin Horton, Alysia Puma, Steve Mruskovic, Jim Hardin, Frank Batiste, Eric Puma and Tom Churylo).  
I am incredibly proud of our members who pounded the pavement in Boston this past Monday… leaders in their own right who were willing to take action for something they believe in.  Equally, I am proud of the many upcoming community events that our membership is supporting, most especially those that promote the health of our fellow citizens and the land we call home.  
Sounds like patriotism to me!
Eric EisenhartBaseCamp 31
From the ChairJoin us for a little PLOG?  As the weather warms and we continue to get out in the community, we’re excited to kick off spring by inviting all to join us on Saturday 4/20 at 8a for a little “PLOG”.  What’s that?  I had to ask too… simple really, Pick-up Litter while jOGging.  We’ll have a spare trash bag or two and a pair of gloves for you.  
Also – remember, we have reserved a slot for 9a-12p on July 27 at Grow-A-Row in Pittstown to harvest fresh vegetables that will be used to FUEL the less fortunate and needy in Hunterdon County.  RSVP HERE
 Hope to see you out there!
Mike
Mike WellonsChairman, BaseCamp 31

Meaningful Work

It’s been hard not to sit back and smile these past few weeks knowing that the BaseCamp 31 community is doing good, meaningful work.   Having had the opportunity to jump in on a few group runs and a pick-up rugby game with members of the athletic club (BC-AC), it’s clear that these folks are creating an environment that facilitates active lifestyle and healthy human movement!  Couple that with the handful of conference calls I’ve been on that with various community leaders and stakeholders that are working to line up “Vamos Flemington” – a health focused community week, along with our board who has aligned with America’s Grow A Row for a summer service project!  But maybe most impactful for me personally this past month was the work that professional member (APHPT) Pat McSweeney did at North Hunterdon High School, in conjunction with the school’s guidance department and thanks to a grant from the Main Street Marathon team.  Pat, a doctor of physical therapy with additional background in community health, brought local high school sophomores evidence-based information on the latest in pain science and practical strategies for the prevention of opioid abuse – something our country needs more of!


It’s been a great month for the BC community…thanks for being a part of it!
Eric Eisenhart
BaseCamnp 31
From the ChairContinuing our focus on COMMUNITY for this year, we are developing some opportunities for this group to give back to the local community.  In addition to the now traditional Giving Tree during the holidays which benefits the Harvest Family Success Center, we are happy to announce that we will have events this year at Grow-A-Row and the Flemington Food Pantry.  We have reserved a slot for 9a-12p on July 27 at Grow-A-Row in Pittstown to harvest fresh vegetables that will be used to FUEL the less fortunate and needy in Hunterdon County.  RSVP HERE

Sticking with the FUELing theme, we are also finalizing a date in May for volunteers to unpack and shelve food at the Flemington Food Pantry.  Stay tuned for more details in the months to come.  Hope to see you out there!
Mike
Mike WellonsChairman, BaseCamp 31