To the Editor:

YardApes would like to extend its thanks to the 2012 volunteers who made the fourth annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Day of Service a success.

Thank you to YardApes employees Roberto Angulo, Bruce Brown, Jennifer Burks, Angel Ortiz Gavilanes, Keats Gill, Jessie Goble, Alfredo Hernandez, Florentino Hernandez, Michael Herrick, Armando Jiminez, Greg Kaiser, Greg Malmberg, Manny Parra, Ramiro Parra, Isauro Perez, Walter Singer, Thomas Tuminelli, Jr. and Matt Williams.

To the Brookfield BNI volunteers who've become part of the YardApes family, we extend special thanks: Maureen Arnold, Helen Curtin, Jon Dupree, Bob Gilchrist, Dipak Gosh, Doug Igoe, James Philapakos, Darren Trim, Kirsten Ursem and Michele Varno.

Warmest appreciation to the following YardApes' children and Brookfield BNI member children for their enthusiasm and hard work: Derrick and David Angulo, Ava Newman and Casper, Merije, and Maud Ursem.

If they are the face of our future, then we are certainly in good hands.

To the following area businesses and persons for donating their time, expertise, or materials, we are especially grateful: B & B Mason Supply, Home Depot, Peter Montgomery of Montgomery Gardens and Planter's Choice.

Many thanks to green-industry peer Chris Heiler -- all the way from Austin, Texas -- who made the rounds volunteering, as well as documenting our Day of Service efforts at each site.

Lastly, to those who, through nomination, brought to our attention the needs of our area homeowner and two nonprofits, The Abbey of Regina Laudis and The Children's Center of New Milford, we couldn't have done it without you.

This was truly a collaborative effort. We are fortunate to have a YardApes community whose generous support makes all the difference.

Our hats are off to you.

Shayne Newman

New Milford