Harrybrooke Park and Harden House Museum in New Milford recently received a visit from Sam Gentile of Gentile Tree Care and his staff.

Gentile offered to remove two trees that had fallen into the Still River along the southern bank of the park property.

The trees crossed the river completely and were backing up the flow of the river itself.

The fallen trees’ removal was beyond the capability of the park staff.

“Sam loves this park and has been a part of all we do here for years,” said Harrybrooke Park Executive Director Billy Buckbee.

“If you’ve ever been to the Haunted Trail, you’ve seen Sam in his alter ego, Dr. Macabre,” Buckbee said. “He gives many hours to prepare the museum and turn it into the haunted mansion that many have grown to love.”

“This is yet another outstanding effort and we thank him for his donation of time,” he said.

Buckbee noted that the fallen trees were adding to the erosion on the banks of the river.

“They were literally taking land from the park. Removal was essential,” he said.

“Sam needed to get into the river to cut, so he utilized the canoe from the park to access the limbs in the river,” the executive director said.

“This canoe was a gift from Mrs. Harden, the park’s original resident, to Curt Fabische, over 50 years ago,” he explained.

“Curt’s parents worked for the Hardens and he grew up here in the park,” he said. “Her gift to Curt was put to work again, helping Sam help the park. I love the tie in of history on this. Mrs. Harden is certainly smiling down on us.”

Harrybrooke Park in New Milford includes Harden House and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that does not receive funding from the town, state or federal governments.