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Anna London at age 97.

Super volunteer Bob Farley.

Julie Hazelton-Dickerman Reflects on Anna London: Long Time Dedicated Lacawac Member and Volunteer

      When I was asked to write a piece about my Grandmother, the late Anna Haag Hazelton Schoenagel London, a couple of thoughts immediately came to my mind.  I share them with you. 

      My grandmother always had a smile and a “hello,” for everyone she passed.  She tried to instill this message in me, by telling me that, “Daddy (John Haag) always said, ‘You hold your head up high, look the person straight in the eye, smile and say Hello.”  I seem to think of this often now that she has passed away.  Passing people now, many look away.  I still smile and say hello, like grandma taught me.

      Gram also instilled a love of nature in me.  When I was very young, she took me out walking in the fields surrounding her house in Greentown and in the gravel pit, teaching me every different tree and flower, studying the leaves, bark or petals to distinguish them. Later, when I was a teen, she brought me to lunches and seminars at Lacawac Sanctuary. I am now attempting to teach my daughter Molly, just like Gram taught me.  I doubt I’ll do as good a job as she did, but we’re working on it.

      We also hunted for arrowheads, one of Gram’s favorite pastimes.  She had a substantial collection.  In fact, the other day I opened a not-often-used cabinet to clean it, and what did I find lying at the bottom of it?  An arrowhead!  She is still leaving me “gifts,” even after her passing.

      We are so blessed to live in Gram’s house.  It was built in 1933 and Gram and Grandpa Hazelton moved in around 1964.  Its attics, drawers, and cupboards still hold treasures from long ago, which we are slowly uncovering. Gram believed the history of this area is important. Now she is a part of it, too.

Bob Farley - A  Lacawac Volunteer Extraordinaire

      If you’ve been around Lacawac in recent years, you’ve probably been met by a warm smile, an extended hand, and this vibrant greeting: “Welcome to Lacawac. I’m Bob Farley,” a genuinely friendly approach well honed during Bob’s 35 years as a magazine executive in New York City.

      Upon retiring, Bob settled in upstate New York, but the pull of his family – all settled in New Jersey – drew him back closer to home, and he re-settled in Tanglwood Lakes Community, just across the lake from Lacawac.

       Outgoing and an explorer, Bob was soon driving up Sanctuary Road to find what sequestered gem might be atop it. He fell in love with Lacawac and has wooed it ever since. He’s taken the lead in the last three years as Chair of the Membership Committee in attracting new members and persuading members to renew for the next year. Yes, those 13 winsome reminders you’ve loved reading are children of his fertile imagination and his experience with Magazine Publishers’ Clearinghouse.

       If we listed all of the roles that Bob has held at Lacawac, there might be room for nothing else in the newsletter, but it’s worth noting that he’s almost certainly the only board member ever to be vice-chair, secretary, and treasurer simultaneously.  Perhaps his fondest recent achievement was shepherding to successful completion the boardwalk to and viewing platform on the edge of Lake Lacawac. 

      To show the depth and scope of Bob’s labors of love for Lacawac, we’ve got to list more: chairing the festive and successful 2006 Lacawac Auction at Ehrhardts’; organizing and promoting the annual Lacawac raffle for the last three years; monitoring carefully Lacawac’s annual budgets and encouraging a successful review of its investment policies; widely distributing Lacawac’s annual schedule of events, and leading the search for Lacawac’s new executive director.

       And there probably hasn’t been a recent Lacawac event where Bob hasn’t helped to set up the furniture, pour the wine, serve dessert, and repeatedly extend his warm greeting.  As one of his admirers put it: “Bob is endlessly patient, active, and good humored.”  Without his generosity of spirit and means, Lacawac would be a lesser place.