Rainy weather did not keep Towner from being honored
Estell and Towner
The Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship celebrated another year with its fall social Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, given the rainy weather, the party was inside the clubhouse at Bay Quarter Shores.
The NAPS membership ate, drank and talked about the years events as they waited for President Bill Estell to present Jane Towner with the organization’s “Distinguished Citizen” award for 2013.
Estell noted that Towner, who has lived in the Northern Neck for 29 years, led the successful effort to restore Shiloh School and put it back into use as site for educational programming about the area’s history, heritage and natural resources.
Towner was also a founding member of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy and continues to serve on its board. She also is a member of the Northumberland Historical Society and a former board member. In that capacity was instrumental in restoring the county’s old jail.
With her husband, Sibley, Towner organized a group of more than 50 volunteers to keep watch over and monitor Hughletts Point and Damerons Marsh, two of Northumberland’s natural areas.
Towner also was a co-founder of the Rappahannock Institute of Life-Long Learning (RILL). After serving on Rappahannock Community College’s educational foundation’s board for 10 years, she was recognized will a RILL scholarship established in her honor.
Towner has noted that conservation and environmental concerns have increased in the region as it has developed.”Many groups have gotten together not because we are trying to keep development out, we just want to see it done right.”
During 2013 NAPS treated 55 locations to eradicate phragmites, cleaned up Cockrells Creek, had an adopt-a-highway clean-up, provided funds to build a new shelter at the PAES greenhouse at the high school and awarded four college scholarships to Northumberland High School graduates. It also participated in educational programs and monitored and advocated regarding such environmental matters as the application of sludge on farmland and waterfront development.