Friend of the Month

Volunteer Spotlight: Anna MacDougall


Volunteer Activities:  I started going to the monthly trail maintenance events two years ago.  I enjoyed it so much that I became a Trail Adopter, which means that I maintain it on my own.

Favorite activities with Friends of the Blue Hills:  I love doing the monthly trail maintenance events.   The people are great and I get to visit different parts of the Blue Hills.  That is how I found Hemenway Hill and all the great trails there.

Favorite Hike: I love walking Hemenway Hill and the surrounding trails.  It’s so peaceful there.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Tran

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How long have you been going to the Blue Hills? I’ve been going to the Blue Hills since high school, so roughly 10 years? That seems like such a long time!

What is your favorite spot in the Blue Hills? Any spot with a view. We tend to frequent Buck Hill when in the Blue Hills. I like the Blue Hills because there is just a plethora of hikes you can choose from whether it be easy, hard, long or short. It just depends on the trail(s) you take and what you make of it.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Therese Joyce

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Name: Therese Joyce

Town: Milton

FBH Volunteer activities: Program Committee Chair

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: Look at the beautiful views

Favorite activities with Friends of the Blue Hills: New Year’s Day Walk, Sunset Hike in the fall


Volunteer Spotlight: Colleen B.

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Name: Colleen Brombacher

Town: Randolph. MA

FBH volunteer activities: Trail clean up, anything else I can participate in.

FBH member since: 2013

Favorite Hike: It’s a combination of trails but I like to park on 28 and run or hike across part of the Forest Path loop over to Houghton Pond.  I bring my dog and she likes to cool down in the pond before we head back to the car.

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills:  Running and swimming with the dog.

Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills: I went running one day last summer […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Erica Quigley

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Name: Erica Quigley

Town: Jamaica Plain

Volunteer activities: I help out on the programming committee with event planning, particularly children’s activities. We try to go beyond standard crafts so that kids are engaging with the natural world and using their creativity. At Winter Fest, kids have experimented with ice and food coloring. I’ve also helped do some strategic planning.

FBH member since: 2006

Favorite Hike: Buck Hill. I like to come from Route 28 and go up the Forest Path, then approach Buck Hill from the north. The scrubby plants make me feel like I’m in the White Mountains.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Owen Hartford

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Name: Owen Hartford

Town: Milton, MA

Volunteer Activities:  While occasionally I attend the trail maintenance events, I devote most of my volunteer efforts with FBH to graphic design. I’ve been doing the layout for the newsletter since 2008, and also have worked on invitations, fliers, brochures, maps, letters, t-shirts, baseball caps, banners, web design and judging photo contests. I’ve also done photography and video for special events.

FBH member since: 2006

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: Hiking, photography. I’ve used photos taken in the Blue Hills as part of a multimedia composition for mandolin orchestra called, Neponset […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Casey Ajalat

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Name: Casey Ajalat Town: Billerica, MA Volunteer activities: Trail Maintenance in the Blue Hills, Organizer of the Blue Hills Hiking Club (Meetup), Assistant Organizer for the Random Group of Hikers (Meetup), AMC 3 season Hike Leader, AMC Spring Hiking Program instructor, AMC Fall & Spring Leadership program assistant. FBH member since: 2013 Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills:  I enjoy leading hikes for the Blue Hills Hiking Club around Elliot’s Tower and the Observatory.  I also enjoy mentoring others to become active in hiking. Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills: I went on […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Byrnes

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Volunteer Spotlight: name: Daniel Byrnes

Town: Braintree

Volunteer activities: Writing for the Friends of the Blue Hills Newsletter and Twitter account

FBH member since: 2013

Favorite Hike: Skyline trail

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: Hiking, wondering

Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills: Taking pictures of deer became like a fashion photo section when the deer kept getting closer and seeming to strike poses.

Favorite activities with Friends of the Blue Hills: Green Up, trail maintenance. Doing good work with good people for a place I love.

Volunteer Spotlight: Pete Tierney

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Name: Pete Tierney Town: West Roxbury Volunteer activities: Trail work FBH member since: 2011 (I should have joined way before) Favorite Hike: Skyline, although as I explore the many other areas of the Blue Hills I am adding a lot of “favorites.” Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: I like to hike.  It’s a great way to stay in shape and relieve stress.  It beats any gym. Most Interesting thing that happened at the Blue Hills:  I like talking to the people that I meet on the trail—ranging from families […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Sharkey

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Name:    Susan Sharkey

Town:   Randolph

Volunteer activities:   Trail maintenance

FBH member since:  2009

Favorite Hike: Walking around the great swamp area.

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills:  Hiking, looking at wildflowers, birds, meeting other hikers on the trails

Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills:  A few winters ago there was a lot of snow on the ground so I decided to take a short cut over a hill to get to another trail.  I had to skirt around fallen logs, trees and large rocks.  After a while I realized it was taking longer than it should.  I finally came upon another […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Miller

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Name: Christine Miller

Town: Cambridge

Volunteer activities: Organize events with the Friends of the Blue Hills Programming Committee

FBH member since: 2011

Favorite Hike: Skyline Trail-you’d never know you were so close to Boston. It has views like New Hampshire!

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: Hike!

Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills: One time my family was hiking there together and my dad suggested that we run down the ski hill to get down faster. My mom opted out of that one, but my sisters, my brother and I decided to follow my dad. I […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Campbell

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Name: Steve Campbell

Town: Jamaica Plain

Volunteer activities: Trail maintenance

FBH member since: 2012

Favorite Hike: Skyline trail

Funniest thing that happened in the Blue Hills: When my chow chow was scared to climb up an incline and I had to carry her uphill. There was a group of hikers watching and laughing at me carrying a 55 pound dog around.

Volunteer Spotlight: Les Tyrala

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Town: Quincy

Volunteer activities: Two separate geology walks for the FBH at Great Blue Hill and the Quincy Quarries.  Additionally, I have been leading geology walks for other organizations here in eastern Massachusetts for many years.

FBH member since:  ~1995

Favorite Hike: Hancock Hill and Sawcut Notch Path.

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: My wife and I spend time hiking and birding in every month of the year.  Additionally, walking along Burma Road, Fowl Meadow, during the bird migrations is always rewarding.

Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills:  Being surprised, then laughing, then pleased by the unexpected proximity of northern water […]

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