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Ipswich, MA – August 11, 2014 – This past Saturday morning, August 9, friends and colleagues of Anna Marini gathered at Crane Beach in Ipswich to recognize and thank her for her more than 50 years of service working for The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees). A third generation Marini farmer and lifetime resident of Ipswich, Anna started working at Crane Beach in 1963 briefly as a bathhouse attendant and then quickly moved to the refreshment stand – making her the longest-running employee at The Trustees. The gathering took place early morning as staff honored her with a plaque and a catered breakfast. The celebration was a bit of a surprise for Anna, as she’s one to shy away from the limelight.
Peter Pinciaro, a 33 year Trustees veteran who also started his Trustees career at Crane Beach and is now the Deputy Regional Director for the Northeast, has worked with Anna over the course of his tenure. He notes, “She is one of the most committed staffers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. She’s been a great role model for the countless young people who have worked at the beach over 50 years. Kind, generous, and she sets the standard for productivity!”
Today, she also works at the family-run Marini Farm, harvesting in the morning and helping to clean and close the farm stand in the evenings, all before and after her Crane Beach shift.
Crane Beach Superintendent Chris Ward adds, “As an organization, we are so lucky to have someone like Anna on our staff year after year. She is such an inspiration to the younger generations working at our beach, leading by example with her dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. It’s folks like Anna who truly help to make our Trustees properties special places to visit.”
More about The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees)
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organizations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, we preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone and to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work... Today, we care for 112 spectacular reservations located on more than 26,000 acres -- from beaches to working farms, landscaped gardens, community parks, and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 100,000 members, we also offer hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events designed to engage all ages in our work., We invite you to “Find Your Place” and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.