bucknerblossom350IN THIS ISSUE
Include in this update from the Orchard are the following;
 
  •     Annual Meeting May 11
  •     Great News!
  •     Buckner House Renovation
  •     Membership Renewal - Is your's in?
  •     Blossoms!
 
ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Foundation will take place at 7 PM, May 11, at the Lake Chelan Reclamation District Offices in Manson.
  • Election of officers and board members
  • Financial Report
  • Orchard Report
  • Review of 2014 Activities
  • Interpretative Activities Review
  • Projects - Review and Funding
  • Goals Report and Adoption
  • Budget Adoption and Project Funding for 2015
 
GREAT NEWS AT THE ORCHARD!
Since purchasing the Buckner Orchard from Harry and Lena Buckner in 1970, the National Park Service has employed seasonal workers to maintain the orchard.  For the past 20 years, Laurie Thompson has, as a seasonal employee, cared and nurtured the historic trees. 
 
In March, that all changed.
 
With little fanfare, and after months of process, the orchardist position at the Orchard was designated a permanent position and Laurie was hired to fill it.  This is great news for both Laurie and the Orchard!  Laurie will no longer have to continually reapply for the seasonal work, and funding is now on a more secure basis for care of the Orchard.
 
BUCKNER HOME RENOVATION UPDATE
Attached is an NPS document laying out the how and why of the next phase of renovating the Buckner Home for future NPS housing at the Orchard.  This is a worth-while read if you are interested in what is happening with this historic house.
 
Renovation was begun in 2014 and was detailed in our http://bucknerhomestead.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BHHF-2014-ANNUAL-REPORT.pdf Annual Report and this document.
 
 
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Have you renewed your Foundation membership for 2015 in support of our work at the Orchard?  Forgot?  Its never too late!
 
Would you like to support our work by acquiring your first membership?  Guess what, its not too late for that either!
 
Memberships and donations can be sent to BHHF at PO Box 184, Manson, WA  98831.
Here the link to our membership page and how to be involved:  http://bucknerhomestead.org/get-involved/"
 
 
BLOSSOMS AT THE ORCHARD
The first apple blossoms of the year began emerging on April 19, and rushed head-on into full bloom three days later.    Unfortunately, or fortunately, we missed the full-bloom but did see the early blossoms as they began to sneak out in the warm April sun.