So many of you are writing to Congressman Moulton and the FWS/Parker River Wildlife Refuge to tell them why you want to stop the demolition of The Pink House. And when you write, it's easy to cc: Senators Markey and Warren as well as your Rep Kassner or Rep Shande (if from their district).
While your letter should be all your own, in addition to writing what it means to you, you will increase your letter's power if you add compelling, value based reasons that fit your truth like:
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For much of the last 8 years, we at Support The Pink House (STPH) had been steered to keep quiet the details of our plan for the preservation and restoration of Plum Island's beloved and iconic Pink House and the agreement made with US Fish and Wildlife for land exchange. US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) and various stakeholders did not want to inform the public of our agreement. While not comfortable with that, we complied for the good of the project. We kept our focus on getting it done.
STPH has come so close to fulfilling our mission to save and restore the iconic Pink House under our perpetual Preservation Restriction on behalf of the tens of thousands of MA constituents who love the house and want to see it saved. This made Fish & Wildlife's sudden decision to not fulfill their part of the agreement in November 2023 and announcing a new plan for demolition of The Pink House more devastating than we could have ever imagined.
That being said, we can now share what the public deserved to know. Support The Pink House Inc. HAD completed all the steps necessary to make the house ready for trade by August 2022, and are still waiting for FWS’s part to complete the process.
Here is a list of STPH’s steps, funded by donors, including The Pink House Board:
ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2021:
ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2022:
Concurrently, Fish & Wildlife Division of Realty identified desirable land in their system, got it approved for trade, and informed STPH on July 6, 2022 that the swap land was ready. But by August 2022, the month we were to close, that land fell through. That was over one year ago.
STPH pursued meetings with FWS, who, in November 2022, asked for time to procure new land. To date, this has proved unsuccessful, and FWS has since paused their search as of March 2023.
THERE IS STILL HOPE! PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE PINK HOUSE & PRESERVE IT FOR POSTERITY!
Newburyport Magazine, out today in subscriber’s Newburyport Daily News, has a ‘Parting Shot’ of The Pink House, along with a great story by Lisa Powis of Newbury, MA.
The essay is testament to the many times we each may think “there’s nothing to see…” this article encourages you to go out anyway, because you never know until you get there what wonders you’ll find. In this case it was a raptor who flew to perch on the chimney of the Pink House - the highest viewpoint point for miles around.
Imagine what it looks like from inside the cupola - with it’s 360 degrees of uninterrupted views during sunrises, sunsets, high tides, storms, snows, rising moons and under the stars with very little light from any other source.
In a word, it’s MAGICAL!
You can also grab the issue at Jabberwocky Books in the Tannery on Water Street in Newubryport, MA.
Written by Kelly Page and Rochelle Joseph, Support the Pink House Board Members.