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Thursday, February 15, 2007

New life for an old pond

WESTBOROUGH

The restoration of Gilmore Pond, a once popular fishing hole, is getting a kickstart via a $2,000 donation from the Westborough Civic Club, a local non-profit group says.

The Westborough Community Land Trust will match the donation with its own funds and use the money to bring the pond, which is located off Gilmore Farm Road in the southwest corner of town, back to life. The pond is on 35 acres of open space donated to the trust by the developers of the nearby Orchard Hill Estates.

Don Burns, the trustís stewardship chairman, says the plan calls for improving the pondís water quality so that it can again be a fishing destination, removing invasive plants, erecting benches and improving trails. The project is expected to take three to five years to complete amd will be presented in the coming months to the Conservation Commission for approval.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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