The warm weather is around the corner, and with it will come an influx of people seeking to enjoy Millers Pond State Park in Durham.
Millers Pond is a natural gem, featuring a 38-acre, spring-fed pond that is full of creatures such as fish and turtles. Beyond the pond, there are miles of hiking trails that crisscross hundreds of acres.
I have been here dozens of times in all seasons and have many fond memories. But I have also noticed that some people mistreat this great natural resource. People break rules such as no camping, making fires, drinking alcohol and littering. It is not uncommon to see bottles and plastic containers scattered around the waterfront.
All of this is harmful to the environment and to the animals, and it makes Millers Pond less attractive for visitors.
We all need to take steps to ensure that Millers Pond, and many other places like it, are kept clean, safe and beautiful this summer and for years to come.
Ethan GreenwoodScout Troop 33
In the story "Lending a hand" in the last issue of the Town Times, I read about a young girl who raised funds for those less fortunate. It brought tears to my eyes. Lillian McMinn, thank you for teaching me how we are supposed to live. It always takes a child to teach adults.
The world can be cruel and heartless, but with children like Lillian, there is hope. If I were her father, I would be very proud of her.
Thank you, and may God continue to bless you, Lillian. Your actions have warmed my heart.
Mark J. Czaja