CAR­ROLL ON A ROLL

Black­stone Val­ley his­to­rian Mar­garet Car­roll rides new bike path on a bi­cy­cle built for 2

Woonsocket Call - - Front Page - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­call.com

BLACK­STONE – Mar­garet Car­roll of Mil­lville sure looked sweet upon the seat of a spe­cial­ized tan­dem bi­cy­cle built for two.

Car­roll, 93, the Black­stone Her­itage Cor­ri­dor’s long­est serv­ing vol­un­teer with over 27 years of ser­vice, had her dream come true Thurs­day when she took an as­sisted bike ride along the south­ern end of the Mas­sachusetts seg­ment of the Black­stone River Green­way Bike Path, a 3.7-mile stretch in Black­stone, Mil­lville and Uxbridge.

When the bike path was of­fi­cially ded­i­cated in Black­stone last month, Car­roll, pres­i­dent of the Mil­lville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and a strong sup­porter of his­tor­i­cal preser­va­tion in the Black­stone River Val­ley, ca­su­ally men­tioned to Mas­sachusetts Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Recre­ation Com­mis­sioner Leo P. Roy af­ter the cer­e­mony that she wished she was young and agile enough to see the en­tire bike trail for her­self.

When word of Car­roll’s bucket list wish got back to Me­gan DiPrete, BHC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, DiPrete reached out to All Out Adventures, which pro­vided a spe­cial­ized two-seat, three-wheel Terra Trike Rover uni­ver­sal ac­cess equipped bi­cy­cle to take Car­roll on her jour­ney.

Wear­ing a hel­met and strapped in with a safety belt, Car­roll and her front rider, BHC Pro­gram Leader Patti Dougherty, em­barked af­ter a brief cer­e­mony that was at­tended by DiPrete, state Rep. Kevin J. Kuros, Mil­lville Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Jen­nifer M.

Cal­la­han, BHC Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor Suzanne Buchanan and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the DCR and All Out Adventures, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides out­door recre­ation pro­gram­ming for se­niors, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and dis­abled vet­er­ans.

“Mar­garet is rid­ing this green­way to­day be­cause it was on her bucket list,” said DiPrete.

“This is our way of hon­or­ing her many years of ser­vice to the Black­stone River Val­ley Na­tional Her­itage Cor­ri­dor and de­vel­op­ment of the Black­stone River Bike­way.”

Car­roll was joined on the ride by DiPrete and vol­un­teers with the BHC’s Black­stone River Bike­way Pa­trol. She was also pre­sented with a spe­cial procla­ma­tion from the Town of Mil­lville by Cal­la­han and Mil­lville Town Clerk Diane Lock­wood.

“It was mar­velous. You couldn’t ask for a bet­ter day,” Car­roll said af­ter the ride, which in­cluded stops at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing eight bridges. “The bi­cy­cle was very com­fort­able and I had the priv­i­lege of not hav­ing to ped­dle.”

“It was amaz­ing to see the bike path from start to fin­ish,” she said. “It was so won­der­ful that they did this es­pe­cially for me.”

A char­ter mem­ber and chair­woman of the Mil­lville His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion since 1990, Car­roll has ded­i­cated her­self to pro­tect­ing the re­gion’s his­toric re­sources and pro­mot­ing pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. A

A mem­ber of the Mas­sachusetts His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion, Car­roll was in­stru­men­tal in the com­ple­tion of a sur­vey of Mil­lville’s his­toric build­ings, struc­tures, sites, and ob­jects, and was in­volved in the nom­i­na­tion of the Cen­tral Street and Main Street His­toric Dis­tricts to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

As a mem­ber of the Chest­nut Hill Meet­ing House and Ceme­tery As­so­ci­a­tion, she has con­ducted nu­mer­ous ed­u­ca­tional tours and pro­grams, has writ­ten a va­ri­ety of in­ter­pre­tive ma­te­ri­als, and co­or­di­nated the Grave Marker Pro­gram. She also played an ac­tive role in the adap­tive re­use of the Longfel­low School into the Longfel­low Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter, en­sur­ing the preser­va­tion of the build­ing’s dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments and cre­at­ing a plan to make the build­ing ac­ces­si­ble.

Car­roll was a char­ter mem­ber of the Vol­un­teers in Parks Pro­gram with the Na­tional Park Ser­vice, and earned an award for her 4,000 hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice. Her ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment were rec­og­nized in 2001 when she re­ceived the John H. Chafee Award from the Black­stone River Val­ley Na­tional Her­itage Cor­ri­dor Com­mis­sion.

Last year, she was one of five hon­orees rec­og­nized by the Black­stone Val­ley Tourism Coun­cil for their con­tri­bu­tions to the val­ley.

To those who have worked with her, Car­roll is, above all, an ed­u­ca­tor. She was a teacher in the Black­stone-Mil­lville School District for 37 years.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Ninety-three-year-old Mar­garet Car­roll, cen­ter, heads out Thurs­day for a bike ride to Uxbridge along the re­cently-ded­i­cated Black­stone Bike­way, with Patti Dougherty, left, and Val Stege­moen. Car­roll was hon­ored in a cer­e­mony be­fore­hand for her years of vol­un­teerism to the Black­stone Val­ley Na­tional Cor­ri­dor by lo­cal dig­ni­taries and town of­fi­cials.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Mar­garet Car­roll, 93, of Mil­lville, a long­time vol­un­teer for the Black­stone Val­ley Na­tional Her­itage Cor­ri­dor, waves to well-wish­ers as she pre­pares to ful­fill an item on her bucket list, a ride on the Black­stone Bike­way via a Ter­raTrike Rover uni­ver­sal-ac­cess equipped bi­cy­cle, in Black­stone on Thurs­day.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Mar­garet Car­roll gets out­fit­ted in a new hel­met by Patti Dougherty, pro­gram leader, be­fore tak­ing a ride on the Black­stone Bike­way.

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