by Jean Elliot
In the town on the plateau off Brush Mountain lived a kind and gentle soul who loved the land. She arrived in the highlands, went to Tech and earned degrees and like many never left again, the valley works its peace. Loyal and dependable, she quickly earned respect and the town soon entrusted her to lead. So she penned the grants and taught the locals just what it would take to make The Burg sustainable, a greener kind of place: Reduce, reuse, recycle Plant more flowers, grow more trees A place for old computers, plasma screens and batteries Collect water in a rain barrel, conserve precious energy; Reduce your carbon footprint Use CFLs and LEDs. An environmental steward with horticulture roots, Susan trimmed the streets with baskets and we had a better look. Now we live in a "tree city" and "Best place to raise a family." We smile and nod with pride at her success. Now our Susan is up in heaven and it’s an even better place For she's rallied all the angels and persuaded all the saints You see … now on those glittering streets of gold sit new and shiny blue recycle bins.
We miss you, Susan, and honor everything you did for our town.