On a Saturday morning in late November I went to a Piedmont Community Service Crew event by Lake Merritt. There I was met by Crew Advisor Ken and another member of the crew Miles Lee. For three hours we pulled weeds and learned how to move heavy objects. I learned a lot about using various construction tools and pieces of equipment I had never even heard of before the event. In the end, I felt like the event was worthwhile and fun. Entry by Julliette Lucas, Nov 25, ’12
In the nearby garden, we saw that one of the stone lanterns had been donated by Miles’ family.
In addition to the mundane but necessary garden weeding, one of the tasks that the crew helped to do was to move 2 huge decorative boulders from the delivery truck across the ground and to set them into holes that we dug just to cradle the boulders. A huge tripod constructed by thick timbers with chains and a chain hoist hung from the apex was set up to raise up the boulders off the delivery truck. A section of roller conveyor was used like a train car to move the boulder along wooden planks toward the target holes. Entry by Ken Li
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