To the Editor,

Our area has been very fortunate that Mr. and Mrs. McDonough have owned the Dorset quarry for the last 20 years. They have consistently gone the extra mile in their actions to preserve and improve the safety and access to this landmark.

They deserve a heartfelt thanks from all of us in this community. Thank you, thank you! They have done the repairs, research and development work on how to have this site handed over to the state for management as a park on a long term basis.

Dick McDonough's point made last week in these pages is completely reasonable and valid: Over the years the usage and fame of the Dorset quarry has propelled it into a different sort of community asset. It has become a well known destination and it has a positive impact on Dorset, our area, and the state of Vermont. In addition to being a fun place it is also an historic landmark.

It is unsustainable that the Mr. and Mrs. McDonough should have to keep subsidizing with their time and money what is, in actuality, a public asset and a public destination —and one now in need of more formal oversight. We should as a community assist in this last little push to raise the funds needed for a couple more items of necessity requested by the state before they will take it over as a park.

Funds (in any amount!) can be donated to the Friends of the Dorset Quarry, c/o Dorset Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 121, Dorset, VT 05251. It's a good cause.

John Nassivera