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Ultimate Backyard Makeover 2010 – Honoring a Local Hero! Pt. 2

29 Apr Ultimate Backyard Makeover 2010 – Honoring a Local Hero! Pt. 2

John Borovicka had donated much of his time to “Christmas in April”. On one project the crew could not finish the work on a particular house, so John went back on his own time, and finished the work by himself. The homeowner grateful for the extra effort John had shown on her behalf, offered to pay John for his work, but John declined, saying he was glad to be of help. Being of little means, the woman insisted on compensating John for his time so she paid what she could, a can of peaches, a bag of peanuts, and the coupons she had clipped from her newspaper that week.

These are the stories Linda Borovicka began to share with us as we began work on her backyard. Each story bringing a smile, and at the same, causing a sinking feeling that came from deep within. We have caught only a glimpse of the person John Borovicka was, but it was clear he was special.

Day one of the shoot was a mix of setting up camera shots and interviewing the principles. Our host, Fox 61’s Sarah Cody would be leading us through the week interviewing vendors, and checking in with me from time to time for updates on the project. My job is to create the overall layout of the project, schedule the work, apprise the camera crew of who they would be interviewing and filming each day, making sure materials arrive as needed, and keeping the Fox61 people up to date on the progress. Although it seems like a lot of work, my job has been easy, thanks to the fantastic efforts of each of the following parties involved;

Our Host Sarah checks here notes with two of our producers.

Dunning Sand and Gravel would be supplying all the hardscape materials. Readco management is supplying the labor needed to install the patio, grade and excavate, site cleanup, and just about everything else needed, including a couple of special projects at my request. More about those in a later post. Salem Country Gardens would supply the planting plan, the plants and the planting labor. Carefree Small Buildings a 10 x 12 shed. Giant Oak Power is supplying a Mower, and Big Y, food for the wrap party. We received a few last minute and surprise gifts, and we’ll find out about those later also.

Ben from Dunning Sand and Gravel chats with Drew from Readco about the upcoming week.

Our Director John, Checks the footage of the tree work.

Our job meeting the previous Friday with the principle contractors had gone well, and I had sensed that this group would be great team to work with. Not wanting to step on their generosity, I had laid out my ideas and rough schedule, and waited anxiously for Monday to arrive. What I found out, is that I had underestimated the generosity of this group. Here we were on day one, and already Dunning Sand and Gravel was dropping off a dumpster and a mini-excavator, and Readco had had called in Sullivan Tree Experts, to remove an oak that stood in the way of John’s patio (both companies had already kicked in more than they had pledged). I knew instantly that this would be an exciting week!

With the tree work finished and rain moving in, we cleaned up and headed home.

Check back in to follow our story, as we Honor a local hero from Vernon, CT!

I hope you find special people to build your team with!

Scott

www.blueheronlandscapes.com

6 Comments
  • rebecca sweet
    Posted at 21:50h, 29 April Reply

    Thank you for writing this post, honoring such a special man. I worked on a Christmas in April house one year and spent the entire day weeding. I never enjoyed weeding as much as I did that day – I wish more people volunteered for that awesome organization!

    Such a great feeling reading about all the people and companies who have pitched in so much for this project – look forward to the next post!

    • Scott
      Posted at 22:06h, 29 April Reply

      Rebecca, thanks for the your comments! I agree, it is so rewarding and helpful to pitch in. We have talked about doing some charitable work here in CT through APLDCT. I hope that happens.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 18:17h, 30 April Reply

    Scott,

    It must be such a bittersweet experience to work on this project. It sounds like John was a special man with an equally special family. I can’t wait to see how the project turns out.

    I’m glad to hear you’re still excited about an APLDCT volunteer day – I’m planning to talk to you about the ins and outs of planning one and of course asking for your help.

    • Scott
      Posted at 19:07h, 30 April Reply

      Bittersweet is good way to describe it, Debbie. I feel blessed to have been involved in this project.

      You saw my comments to Rebecca, I see. I am excited about an APLDCT volunteer day, and by the time it comes around i will have my batteries recharged and ready to go!

  • Susan Morrison
    Posted at 16:02h, 06 May Reply

    What a wonderful post, Scott. Thanks for sharing.

    • Scott
      Posted at 17:17h, 06 May Reply

      Your welcome Susan, thanks for the comments. There is more to the story, and I hope to have more posts and pictures up soon!

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