Last Updated on August 30, 2017
Last month at the November Open Mic Night it was brought to our attention that Stan Hindman was about to celebrate his 100th birthday on Dec. 2. We all sang Happy Birthday and Stan said a few words. He was dressed dapper and looked fit as a fiddle. He was a bit hard of hearing and wore hearing aids but he was able to understand our sentiments and we learned he was married to his wife Penny for 68 years (who has been hospitalized since early December herself). It was very moving and Eric Queen, Manager of the Terrace Grill took this picture. Very few knew at that time that he was a WWII hero, having been awarded the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross for valor as a fighter pilot. Stan passed away one week past his 100th birthday on Dec.9.
Commander Stanley Eugene Hindman (Ret) graduated from the Naval Academy, class of 1939. His aforementioned feats of bravery are published on the Hall of Valor in the Military Times website Hall of Valor in the Military Times. The obituary and guest book can be accessed at John M. Taylor Funeral Home.
(Ret) USNA Class of ’39 1915-2015 An Officer and a Gentleman Stan passed away peacefully in Annapolis Maryland on December 9th, 2015, having met his personal goal of living to 100. He spent his last day on earth exactly as he would have wanted, surrounded by his loving family. Although Stan proudly served his country as a fierce warrior in the United States Navy, as evidenced by his being awarded a Silver Star for valor during WWII as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross, a more compassionate, loving and gentle man has never been born. Stan was loved by everyone he ever met, and for good reason. Stan had a lifelong love of flying, piloting a glider for the first time at the age of 84. He amazingly spent his 90th birthday at the stick in a T-6 Texan performing maneuvers such as an Immelmann and barrel rolls, reminiscent of his days as a Navy fighter pilot. Vying for his affection was the game of golf, which he met with great determination. He particularly enjoyed his rounds with his friends at the USNA Golf Club. Stan’s sense of humor was legendary, which he used to great effect, often to help others through difficult moments. His love of puns also led to some groans! Services will be held at the United States Naval Academy Chapel at a later date and will be posted on the funeral home website. In lieu of flowers, remembrances will be welcomed in the form of donations to The Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements by John M. Taylor Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
Published in The Capital Gazette on Dec. 20, 2015: View Guest Book | See more
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Chapel, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Internment immediately following at the USNA Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, remembrances will be welcomed in the form of donations to The Wounded Warrior Project.
Submitted by Charlie Eichenlaub
Last Updated on May 15, 2017
Erosion Control Measures
If you walk along the Nature Trail, be sure to notice the new erosion control branches staked into the hillside just downstream of the covered bridge. Members of the UMBC Lambda Chi Alpha service fraternity completed this backbreaking work during our recent Fall Trail & Stream Clean-up Day. We were more than happy to let them clamber up the hill, and more will be done in the future. The Clean-up Day also revealed a small old dump area in the bank of the feeder stream near the upper end of Herbert Run on campus. The dump area was long ago covered up by soil, but erosion of the bank was allowing bottles and crockery to fall into the stream. We picked up what we could of the debris, and we will do more to clean the area or at least contain it.
The gardens associated with our Nature Trail Committee have pretty much gone dormant for the season, with two exceptions. The Butterfly Garden still has its white Fall Daisies in bloom, although they are drooping a bit. In the Wildflower Garden, most of the flowers at the front of the Garden are still in colorful bloom, although many of them also are drooping. A few noticeable exceptions are the Giant Marigolds (Tagetes erecta).
These late-blooming plants have grown to 8-9 feet tall, considerably higher than their maximum height of 5 feet. I guess that we won’t have to add fertilizer to this garden for several years.
Out on the Lake Trail, you may notice a large number of invasive black locust saplings growing on the dam. Codes for earthen dams state that the structures should not have trees growing on them, but years ago when the dam was built, little was done to control what vegetation established itself on the soil surface. So we got mostly invasive species, like the black locusts, honeysuckle, and multiple types of weeds growing on the dam.
Invasive black locust saplings.
The locusts grew into full-fledged trees, which eventually were cut down, but the remnants of the trees continue to send up sucker saplings, which grow about five feet per year, so they have to be cut back. Our campus Invasive Plants Crew plans to cut these thorny trees in the early spring. That is when access to them is still easy, and the sap has started flowing so that poison applied to the cut stems will hopefully be carried to the roots and kill the trees.
This time of year be sure to enjoy the fall foliage on campus. The trees are a splendid part of our scenery, even if just viewed from our skywalks above the Nature Trail.
Nature Trail Committee Co-Chairman
Last Updated on May 15, 2017
The latest Nature Trail Committee news is our Fall Clean-up of the Trail and Stream. On Saturday, October 10, 23 people participated in a 2-hour weekend clean-up. Then on Wednesday, October 14, ten people participated in our weekday 2-hour clean-up.
We got a lot accomplished:
- The Trail was cleaned,
- ivy cut off trees,
- tree branches were disposed of,
- the stream was cleaned, and
- branches were staked across an eroding hillside to help prevent further erosion.
Three students from UMBC’s Lambda Chi Alpha service fraternity helped us on Saturday.
The Butterfly Garden has been cut back for the winter, except for the late-blooming fall daisies. The Wildflower Garden continues to show its abundant color. The milkweed in the Monarch Garden near Lake Charles has gone dormant, but it will regrow in the spring, supplemented by new plants.
As leaves start to fall off the trees, we will be able to see more and more of the Nature Trail and its parallel stream. The views from our skywalks that cross 50 feet above the floor of our small valley are especially good for viewing. Be sure and notice the changes from season to season.
Charlestown Nature Trail Committee
Last Updated on May 15, 2017
The Nature Trail continues to be a serene place to take a walk on the Charlestown campus. During the summer it has been at least 10 degrees cooler than upper, sunnier areas. A couple of trees came down across the western end of the Trail in July, but they were quickly removed by Grounds personnel.
The Butterfly Garden at the front of the Nature Trail had its usual seasonal beauty, with the flowers left to go to seed for the birds which enjoy them. The new Wildflower Garden on Erickson Way across from the Herbert’s Run building has been a successful show of color. It has sported a 10 foot tall specimen of Horseweed which we named “Goliath”, and it was left in place due to its unusual size. (The weed normally grows no higher than 7 feet tall.) The weed was topped when it started going to seed, since it’s considered a noxious invasive species in some states.
Swamp milkweed was planted last year in a narrow Monarch Garden above the Lake, and several varieties also are in the Butterfly Garden and the Wildflower Garden. These plantings were done to encourage Monarch butterfly populations, whose larvae feed only on milkweed. Monarch populations have been dwindling in recent years, and we like to try to do our part to support them. More than 20 Monarch caterpillars were seen this summer in our gardens.
The Nature Trail Committee also hosted a talk entitled How Many Trees Does It Take to Make a Forest? by local forester Jim Himel. Jim has supervised the planting of more than 500 trees in the Catonsville area.
The Nature Trail Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except August and December) at 10:00 a.m. in the Cross Creek Crafts Room on the Charlestown campus. Please join us as a member or guest.
Last Updated on May 15, 2017
The Nature Trail Committee’s Trail and Stream Clean-up Day on June 6 was not only a resounding success, but also a fun work day, with 19 persons participating. We worked on cleaning Herbert Run and its tributaries, removing downed trees from the stream, pulling garlic mustard weeds, erosion control on the hillside above the Trail, clearing portions of the Trail, picking up trash by the Lake Trail, and weeding the Butterfly Garden.
Summer view of bridge after brush clearing.
Winter view of bridge before brush clearing.
The 1915 map that shows where the bridge crosses Herbert Run on the old Abbott property before the seminary bought the area.
The Trail to the Old Stone Bridge below the dam is now complete, and Grounds has removed two fallen trees which have laid on the bridge for many years. The 1906 bridge is an interesting place to visit, and the Trail to it from the Lake Trail is only about 100 yards long. The old spring in the hillside just upstream of the Nature Trail’s covered wooden bridge has now been completely uncovered, and the arched brick opening is easy to spot. Water still trickles out of the spring. Our new Wildflower Garden (across Erickson Way from the Herbert’s Run building) now has growth in it up to 3 feet high. At least two species of flowers are in bloom so far, including Cosmos.
Our next meeting of the Nature Trail Committee will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15 in the Cross Creek Craft Room. Join us if you care to. As is our custom, there will be no August meeting of the Committee.