To the Editor:

The Board of Directors of the Dorset Historical Society wishes to salute a number of friends whose in-kind contributions make all the difference in ensuring that DHS functions at peak performance. These generous supporters include John and Cathy Rano of Manchester, who make available substantial space at their property for part-time storage of pieces in the DHS collection that are too large to be on permanent display.

Dave Lawrence and his crew of Rising Sun Maintenance keep the Bley House Museum landscape beautiful and in top condition year-round; last year they installed an entire in-ground watering system. Recently Rising Sun's Lisa Caler provided new marble mounting for the 1905 pole-top pulley wheel (retrieved in 1996 by scuba divers from the depths of the swimming quarry), which has been relocated behind Bley House near the scale model of the Freedley Quarry's inclined railway. These exhibits and others added in the lawn area are enhanced by a new corner garden full of fall blooms.

Arborist Joe Blair has volunteered to prune a large oak tree on the property, removing a potential threat to the museum and the parking lot.

Last year Ricky Wilkins, a Wells, Vt., builder, renovated DHS's gift-shop space at deep discount.

Such community-spirited neighbors fuel this organization's ability to tell the story of Dorset. The DHS Board extends warmest thanks to these special boosters of our efforts at the Bley House museum.

Richard Hittle

President, Dorset Historical Society

Dorset