Trail – Scottish Ultramarathon Series http://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Trail – Scottish Ultramarathon Series http://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ 32 32 Trail work requires clogs and helicopters | New https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/trail-work-requires-clogs-and-helicopters-new/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/trail-work-requires-clogs-and-helicopters-new/

It took years of groundwork to improve a trail just south of Bloomington in Indiana’s only wilderness.

Most trails are easier to maintain or reroute than those in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, just south of Lake Monroe in the Hoosier National Forest. Wheeled vehicles or objects are prohibited, so Hoosier National Forest personnel must rely on helicopters and mules.

The final stages of spreading 250 tons of gravel are underway on the Cope Hollow Trail with the help of staff and mules from Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California. The trail is used by hikers and equestrians, although over the past three weeks two or three teams of mules have walked to work on a one-mile detour of part of the trail to a better location.

The hope is that once the new section of the trail is completed, the visitor experience will improve, with more people using the southern trail, according to Rod Fahl, a ranger who helps with the Hoosier’s four mules, the only U.S. Forest Service mule team in the east. of the Rockies.

Katy Bartzokis and Erik Cordtz, both of Shasta-Trinity, have been working the trail in Indiana’s only National Forest and Wilderness Area for the past three weeks after driving five days from the National Forest just north of Redding , in California. Six mules have made the journey and are working alongside the Hoosier mules, carrying riders and heavy bags full of gravel. Bartzokis and Cordtz watched the leaves change on the trees while leading teams three miles along the Cope Hollow Trail from Blackwell Campground to the diversion area.

Why use mules?

As Clear Spring volunteer Butch Stidam rode his horse Blue ahead of one of the teams on a recent chilly morning, Bartzokis explained why the Forest Service uses mules instead of horses.

“They’re smarter, tougher, stronger,” she says as she attaches a saddle to mule Annie. “They think logically. … A mule will go around a tree on the wrong side once. A horse can do it every time.”

Mules, a hybrid between a donkey and a horse, are strong for their size, have better feet, better mental responsiveness and better athleticism than a horse, she explained. During wildfire season in Northern California, mule teams support fire crews and the stability and intelligence of mules is a huge plus. For the work on the Hoosier, she said they brought “Team A”.

Fahl expects work on the trail to continue for a few weeks. It will be the culmination of a project first proposed and approved in 2016. In fall 2020 and spring 2021, helicopters from Idaho and Illinois carried massive Kevlar bags carrying 1 ton of gravel each to the trail site, where they rested until work began this fall.

“There’s a lot of prep work to do,” Fahl said. It’s all about laying out the trail first, then putting flags where it will go, then getting approval for the work.

In September, clearing of the trail area began with small diameter trees along the trail removed to create a clearing approximately 8 feet wide. Then the mules began to plow the forest floor. A single plank plow pulled by a mule, driven by one person with another person plow and another clearing obstacles, opened up the ground. Roots, stones and other obstacles slowed down the work and injured a worker’s elbow.

The next ranking began to make a level route. “We want it on the side of the hill so the water can drain away,” Fahl said. “So we’re creating a bench on the side of a hill. … we’re making it flat.”

Although this is a trail for people and horses, it is narrow and the gravel will help reduce erosion from hooves and feet while allowing water to seep into the floor.

Learn more about the project

Even though work on the trail began in 2020, analysis of the project began in 2016. The long timeline shows the complexity, careful consideration and length of the process required, according to Forest Recreation Program Manager Stacy Duke. of the Hoosier National Forest. .

The first two phases of trail construction, with helicopters and the purchase of supplies, were paid for with 10-year funding from the U.S. Forest Service Trail Challenge. The final phase, with support from the California team, was funded by the Great American Outdoors Act.

The project is in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, which has 36 miles of trails for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding along the south side of Lake Monroe. Although designated a wilderness area in 1982, the 12,953 acres of Hoosier National Forest was originally mostly small subsistence farmland and the remains of farms are still visible, from cemeteries to house foundations and wellheads. dotted across the now mostly forested landscape.

In total, there are 37.3 miles of trails in the desert. Although most wilderness areas do not have roads in their interior, the Charles C. Deam Wilderness does, in part to access family cemeteries, but also to access the Brooks Cabin Visitor Center, Tower Hickory Ridge Fire Station on Tower Ridge Road and at Blackwell. Equestrian camp.

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Governor Kemp joins Herschel Walker on the campaign trail – WABE https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/governor-kemp-joins-herschel-walker-on-the-campaign-trail-wabe/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:01:47 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/governor-kemp-joins-herschel-walker-on-the-campaign-trail-wabe/

Gov. Brian Kemp joined Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker on the campaign trail Saturday.

The campaign stop at a popular Cobb County gun store marked the first time the two came together.

Walker is in a December 6e second round against Democratic US Senator Raphael Warnock.

Kemp is coming off his Election Day victory over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams and Libertarian challenger Shane Hazel.

“I just can’t thank you enough for being here. Listen, as we stand here today, I have never been more optimistic about the future of our state. And we’re going to keep moving our state in the right direction because we stopped Stacey and saved Georgia, and I want to thank you for that.

Addressing the crowd gathered outside Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Kemp focused his seven-minute speech on some of the same themes from his gubernatorial campaign, including blaming the Biden administration for inflation and housing prices. gasoline.

“That’s why we need Herschel Walker in the United States Senate. He’s going to fight for those values ​​that we believe in here in our state. And that’s why it’s time to retire Raphael Warnock and send Herschel Walker to the United States Senate.

During his 17-minute speech, Walker stuck to much of the stuff he’s campaigned on over the past few weeks.

This included his personal life story, the attacks on Senator Warnock, and Warnock’s connection to the Biden administration.

“All I heard from him was that he was going to go to Washington and represent us, but he went to Washington to represent Joe Biden. He likes raising our taxes and spending our money. Can you believe that? ?”

Continuing his speech, Walker spoke of his belief in the importance of supporting the police and the military. He also made several mentions of “putting men in women’s sports,” referring to transgender athletes playing in women’s sports.

Walker did not mention Fulton County court rulings this week blocking Georgia’s six-week abortion ban or allowing the Saturday, Nov. 26 vote.e.

Kemp asked the crowd to vote early and bring others.

One of the notable Election Day data points was that Walker finished more than 200,000 votes behind Kemp.

In addition to appearing on the campaign trail, Kemp is lending key campaign infrastructure to help Walker.

As first reported by POLITICO, this includes Kemp’s door-to-door, data analytics and telephone banking programs. They are transferred to the Senate Leadership Fund, which is a PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mandatory in-person early voting is Monday, November 28e until Friday 2 Decembern/a. Select counties will have in-person meetings early this week, as well as next weekend.

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Groups discuss plans for a railway project https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/groups-discuss-plans-for-a-railway-project/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 07:10:27 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/groups-discuss-plans-for-a-railway-project/


When construction of the Great American Rail-Trail is complete, it will connect the American coasts from Washington DC to Washington State, a distance of 3,700 miles.

It’s a huge work in progress with local residents pushing the needle to finalize the route in their area, taking bites from the elephant at an impressive pace. Mineral County is well on its way with various milestones of completion, including the Olympia Trail running from St. Regis to Haugan.

On October 28, Kevin Belanger, Rails-to-Conservancy Project Manager met with the Mineral County Rails-to-Trails group to tour the completed portion and discuss potential alternate routes for the trail through the county.

It follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade as much as possible and finds ways to bypass sections of road that have been sold to individuals.

Belanger’s tour actually started in Frenchtown, where a piece of the Missoula County trail system was reviewed that would eventually connect with the trail in Mineral County. The group then progressed through Mineral County, following I-90 from Alberton to the Cyr exit to access the old US 10 that cyclists can currently take to Crystal Springs, but it’s then a return to the highway.

Diane Magone, Chair of the Mineral County Resource Committee Recreation Committee, was energized by the progress made and confident about the challenges they face, especially the key part being negotiated between Alberton and Tarkio.

“We are in discussions with Amy Helena (Missoula Department of Natural Resources Unit Manager) to obtain a land use permit allowing cyclists and hikers to continue onto a section of school trust land for use. future,” Magone said. the three extremely narrow I-90 overpasses should be avoided by non-motorized traffic. Once done, a route from Cyr to Superior would provide a much safer alternative for those visitors to our county. »

At noon, the group met with County Minerals Commissioners in an open meeting. Magone provided a brief explanation of the role of the Mineral County Rails-to-Trails organization, including accomplishments and the next phase of the recreation committee. Kevin Belanger presented the findings of an economic benefits study, commissioned by the Conservancy and prepared by Headwaters Economics, which specifically pertained to Mineral County, then answered all questions about the proposed trail project as well as the Conservancy. in general.

The afternoon portion included a stop at the proposed Route of the Olympian trailhead site to be built on the Forest Service compound adjacent to St. Regis Community Park. Followed by a canyon trip to Saltese where Brooke Lincoln with the Montana Nightriders Snowmobile Club discussed the Saltese Trestle project which will eventually be a necessary link piece on the Great American Rail-Trail.

Although much of the trail is unmotorized, Belanger has made it clear that it is up to local entities to allow multiple use where appropriate. The Olympian Route and the Saltese Easel are open to certain types of motorized vehicles and will remain so in the future, while the portion of the trail that passes through the DNRC section.

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After the disaster in the Colorado mountains, getting back on the trail was just the start of recovery | Way of life https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/after-the-disaster-in-the-colorado-mountains-getting-back-on-the-trail-was-just-the-start-of-recovery-way-of-life/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/after-the-disaster-in-the-colorado-mountains-getting-back-on-the-trail-was-just-the-start-of-recovery-way-of-life/

Nick Noland lost both feet to frostbite after being lost on Mount Shavano in October 2019. During his months in hospital he was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Thanks to tough, bouncy new prostheses, he’s a runner again. (Video by Skyler Ballard)



The sun was setting over the mountains of Colorado Springs when Nick Noland strapped on a pair of blades in place of his feet.

The local man was a runner before his highly publicized disaster three years ago on a 14,000ft summit. Thanks to those sturdy, bouncy prostheses, he’s a runner again.

“When my accident happened in 2019, one of the first things I thought about was whether or not I could race again because it has been such a big part of my life,” he says. .

Three years ago, he didn’t think he’d be back on the track like this, moving with those steady, methodical steps that always got him through tough times. The husband and father of two children did not expect to find this kind of fulfillment, this relief.

The school teacher didn’t think he would teach again. He is. He now has a message for his young students.

“A lot of them come from underprivileged backgrounds,” says her mother, Susan. “And, you know, they can look at him on two prosthetic legs and they can see he’s made it. He rallied. »

Three years ago, in that hospital bed, Noland never expected his story to become so public. A reporter called about that night on Mount Shavano, then another.

“At that point, I just decided that I was going to document this pivotal moment in my life,” says Noland. “I’m glad I did.”

He was content to be a cautionary tale, he wrote in an essay published by Outside Magazine. “I don’t mind being the person someone thinks of when considering the risks of escalation,” he wrote.

Now he’s telling another side of the story.

As much as his recovery has been physical, it has been equally, if not more, mental.

Three years ago, just as he was leaving this hospital to navigate life as an amputee, he was left with a diagnosis that would change everything even more.

“I was really struggling even before the accident. … It was a struggle for months before the accident,” Noland says. “And it turns out it was bipolar.”

It was the diagnosis in the days following the operation. His behavior that preceded it prompted doctors to call in a specialist.

“I just burst into tears,” says Noland. “It immediately made sense.”

Those sleepless nights and days when he couldn’t get out of bed by will. The ups and downs of his life. The depression he tried to shake off that late afternoon three years ago when he decided to drive to Shavano. His wife insisted that he stay at home.

“I think I really wanted to feel accomplished or achieve something,” Noland says. “That’s part of the impulsive side. Not thinking about the consequences or the precautions you are supposed to take.

Big mountains were nothing new to him; it’s what brought him to Colorado in 2011. Getting up Shavano was no problem. He reached the top and watched the sunset.

Getting off was the problem.

In the dark, Noland realized he was off the track. He found himself in a deep, steep valley covered in snow and fallen trees. It was in October. It was cold and windy.

Search and rescue services advised him to stay put. He did it for a while, curled up and shivering next to the wood. He thought he would die there. He thought of his wife, his two boys. He thought of the friends he had lost in recent years, victims of drug addiction and suicide.

“I started thinking about them and the life they couldn’t live,” says Noland. “It motivated me to keep going.”

He continued, even though his feet were numb. Miraculously upon returning to his car, he discovered that they were discolored and mutilated. He was rushed to hospital.

“It’s all a bit blurry now,” Noland says.

Later, in his wheelchair in front of a psychiatrist, time seems to have stopped.

The bipolar diagnosis “was a lot at once,” says Noland’s mother. “I think it really opened our eyes to just being aware of your overall health. Much depends on your mental well-being. And as difficult as this news was, it was a relief.

A relief, Noland agrees. Now he didn’t have to suffer so much. He would go to therapy and start taking medication.

It’s strange to think, he says now. But “because of my accident, I was able to get treatment and a lot of things in my life started to make sense.”

Months later, time has slowed again amid the COVID-19 lockdown. It’s strange, maybe terrible to think, Noland knows. “But I’m grateful in a way because it put the whole world on pause and I was able to recover on my own at my own pace. … It gave me the opportunity to assess my whole life.

And he could assess the world around him, a larger population that he hadn’t known before. In the United States, nearly one in five adults lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Without his feet, Noland realized that people treated him differently. They were nicer, opening the door for him and so on. If only this larger population would get the same kind of treatment, he thought.

“There are a lot of people who have an invisible disability that affects their life, maybe even worse than an amputation,” he says.

The amputation posed no small adjustment. During the pandemic lockdown, Noland’s family could be there every step of the way. Before the steps of a first set of prostheses, there was a lot of crawling. There was a lot of pain.

There were many wishes. He wished he could run again, like he had since his high school cross-country days. These first prostheses were not adapted.

“There’s nothing quite like getting into a rhythm on a trail and forgetting about everything else,” says Noland. “I’ve always liked running because you have to focus on it. It kind of takes over your consciousness. It’s relaxing in a way.

It’s possible again thanks to blades from Levitate, the brand started by an amputee with the vision of making “sustainable sports gear for those who want to come back,” according to the company’s website.

Noland is back there. Not too long ago he ran his first 5K on the blades. People applauded on the sidelines, people who only saw what they saw, only the physical.

“I’ve heard people say things like, ‘Hell yeah! Look at this guy!’ I got a lot of high-fives,” Noland says. “I’m grateful that I figured that out. I’m lucky. I feel like everyone deserves that.”

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Letter: Terror Trail a frightening success | Letters to the Editor https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/letter-terror-trail-a-frightening-success-letters-to-the-editor/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 09:55:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/letter-terror-trail-a-frightening-success-letters-to-the-editor/

For the editor:

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Chief Michael Dwyer and West Newbury Police and Fire Services. Just in time for Halloween weekend, they provided security for our popular Maple Crest Terror Trail event, absorbing the cost of services into their budgets, allowing us to save significantly on expenses.

Terror Trail is an interactive performing arts piece presented at the historic Moulton Street Farm. This is part of our Arts and Agriculture initiative designed to use the arts to raise awareness about our local farms.

Sponsored in part by Newburyport Bank, this event, like all Pentucket Arts Foundation events, raises funds to benefit the arts in the Pentucket Tri-Town area. This was our second annual Terror Trail, and we are proud to announce that West Newbury First Responders have decided to partner with us in this way for two consecutive years. One officer even went so far as to donate his time!

The presence of West Newbury Police and Fire Services gives this unique and well-attended autumnal event an added assurance of safety. Their assistance included directing traffic, patrolling the trail, having emergency services on site, and putting up street parking signs. Moreover, they shared their considerable goodwill and kindness.

For 20 years, the all-volunteer, nonprofit Pentucket Arts Foundation has been dedicated to using the transformative power of the arts to help make our region a more vibrant and creative place in which to live, learn, work and be inspired. .

We are so grateful to our community partners like Police/Fire Chief Dwyer and his incredible team who have graciously embraced our mission and are always ready to help.

We can’t wait to see the community participate in our 20th Anniversary A Cappella Party on November 19 and our Holiday Maker Market on December 4! To learn more, visit www.pentucketarts.org

JOSEF ALLEN

JULIE MAICHOW

Maple Crest Terror Trail Coordinators

West Newbury

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15 local artists take part in the Route 3 Art Trail on Saturday https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/15-local-artists-take-part-in-the-route-3-art-trail-on-saturday/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 23:30:02 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/15-local-artists-take-part-in-the-route-3-art-trail-on-saturday/

Karen Mehos says her passion for glass art began when she was a “bored little girl in church”, admiring the light filtering through the stained glass windows on the pews.

“I’ve always been drawn to stained glass, the different colors and the way the light plays with it,” Mehos said during an interview at her Boscawen studio last week. “This is my happy place.”

It was a warm sunny day, perfect for creating glass art, which Mehos does a lot in the warmer months. She’s the artist behind Gadzooks Glass, which sells little fused glass treasures, from holiday decor and nightlights to votives (candle holders) and tableware.

His studio is a restored garden shed overflowing with glass of all kinds – stained glass, powdered glass, scrap glass, dichroic glass, opalescent glass, iridescent glass – which decorates the walls next to his workbench and hangs behind the door of his studio. ‘hall.

Inside is a baker’s shelf lined with trays of unfinished items, or “UFOs,” as Mehos calls them, which will eventually become pieces she can sell. There were green and blue fish, tiny bowls, and ornaments depicting holiday scenes: a cardinal atop a tree branch; a moose in a snowstorm; a red van carrying a Christmas tree.

Mehos had a lot to do before her next big event: the Route 3 Art Trail this Saturday, an open-door driving tour covering Concord, Penacook and Boscawen, which she is taking part in alongside 15 other artists. She said she might as well work now, before the studio got too cool.

“Glass doesn’t like to be cold, unfortunately,” she said, as she marked a room with an old-fashioned glass cutter for a trio of angel ornaments with rose glass, blue, white and transparent. “If you don’t do it right, his wing will fall off!”

After cutting, she sometimes needs to grind the pieces to smooth the sharp pieces. Then she washes and assembles them for her 13-inch oven, which she can program to heat to different temperatures depending on the finish she desires. Often, Mehos runs the oven overnight in front of a nanny camera so she can watch it from afar.

Mehos learned the trade in an elective while studying biology as an undergraduate at Franklin Pierce University. She had always loved art, but there was something about glass that particularly appealed to her; often you don’t know what you have until it’s removed from the oven. Some coins change color after being drawn. Others change shape.

“It’s like Christmas,” Mehos said. “But you have to wait for it to cool down before you can touch it, otherwise it will break.”

Stained glass art took a step back when Mehos became a mother, but now her children are grown. Ten years ago, when she bought her house on Route 3, she turned her shed into a workshop and invested in an oven.

Mehos works as a third shift at the Farnum Center, which allows him hours of daylight for art. Her kids love seeing that side of her and they support the business in a variety of ways, from helping set up her office to assisting with events like these.

Adele Sanborn, owner of Twiggs Gallery, started the Route 3 Art Trail a few years ago when NH Open Doors was canceled due to declining attendance. Sanborn had been sorry to see the event fade away; she had been involved with it for 20 years, back when her studio was at Webster.

“I loved having artists open their doors and people attending and being really interested,” Sanborn said. “I thought the Route 3 Art Trail could be something similar, and it worked out well. We had a lot of enthusiasm. Also, a lot of us artists are recluses, so it’s good for us to open our doors once in a while.

In addition to Gadzooks Glass and Twiggs Gallery, participating studios include Jo Shields Studio, Marshall’s Florist & Gifts, Garden Sculptures & Whimsys, Front Room Art Studio, Monica Cote, Chadwick Hill Rustic Furniture and the Bittersweet Fabric Shop.

The Route 3 Art Trail guided tour takes place on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrants who stop by five or more studios will be entered into a raffle to win a work of art from one of the participating artists. Visit route3arttrail.com for a map with addresses.

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Kal-Haven Trail wooden bridge over the faucet for replacement | Local News https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/kal-haven-trail-wooden-bridge-over-the-faucet-for-replacement-local-news/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 10:01:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/kal-haven-trail-wooden-bridge-over-the-faucet-for-replacement-local-news/

A covered wooden bridge that has become a focal point along the Kal-Haven Heritage Trail may be a thing of the past when work begins to renovate 17 miles of the trail.

Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources received $5 million in funding last summer as part of the Building Michigan Together plan to resurface the western portion of the trail from South Haven to Bloomingdale’s.

Part of these plans would lead to the widening and resurfacing of the trail, as well as the replacement of three bridge structures – including the Donald F. Nichols Covered Bridge near the South Haven Trailhead.

The possibility of the demolition of the 108-foot-long covered walkway over the Black River has worried some locals, including Scott Reinert, former director of the South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau. .

Over the years, Reinert has led efforts to expand outdoor recreational trails throughout the South Haven area; efforts that led to the city being named one of the first pure Michigan Trail cities in the state two years ago.

“We believe the covered bridge is an icon for our community, just like the lighthouse,” Reinert said. “In fact, the bridge is featured on the cover of the current Pure Michigan fall travel guide.”

A DNR spokesperson confirmed that plans still call for the replacement of the three bridges that date back to the late 1800s when the Kalamazoo & South Haven Railroad Co. operated a line between the two cities to transport passengers and freight . The rail corridor was abandoned in 1971 by Penn Central Railroad, said Jill Sell, southwestern Michigan trail specialist for DNR.

“The bridges can no longer safely support the weight of the vehicles and equipment that we use to maintain the trail,” Sell said. “The superstructures of the bridges are original when this corridor was used as a railway.”

To highlight concerns about the covered bridge, the DNR closed it for a week in October 2021 to carry out inspection and maintenance work.

Working with the DNR

While he’s certain the bridges will be replaced as part of the $5 million project, Sell said no final decision has been made on the design of a new bridge.

“MNR staff and engineers are evaluating several options,” she said.

Reinert said he hopes to have further discussions with the DNR to find ways to possibly preserve the covered bridge.

“We have scheduled interactions with the DNR in the coming week to discuss this and hopefully alternatives,” Reinert said. “We hope they will be responsive to see if any renovations can be made to the current bridge rather than replacing it with something modern.”

Jeff Green, interim president of Friends of the Kal-Haven Trail, also remains optimistic.

“We believe that if the problem is money…the sooner we know what the costs would be to keep this beloved icon, the sooner we can organize the community to raise the funds needed to keep it in place, give it a new roof,” he said, “and much-needed love and care that it can be done as part of the overall resurfacing project.

A timeline is unknown, but Sell said the $5 million granted for the project must be spent by the end of 2026 – with the DNR overseeing the improvements.

Funding for the Kal-Haven Trail upgrade is made possible through Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Building Michigan Together plan, a $4.8 billion infrastructure package signed in March.

The Kal-Haven Trail project marks the first time the western half of the trail has been resurfaced since the trail was first dedicated in 1989. The trail holds the distinction of being the first linear state trail to be created in Michigan. In 2015, efforts were undertaken to install over 30 heritage markers to showcase the history of the towns and people who once lived along the trail.

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Butler-Freeport ‘the little trail that could’ celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/butler-freeport-the-little-trail-that-could-celebrates-its-30th-anniversary-on-saturday/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 22:12:07 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/butler-freeport-the-little-trail-that-could-celebrates-its-30th-anniversary-on-saturday/

In October 1992, Franco Harris, WPXI news anchor Della Crews and Belgian horses were on hand for the dedication of the Butler-Freeport Community Trail.

Then some disgruntled landowners filed lawsuits, which took about a decade to settle.

“Among other managers, our trail is known as the ‘little trail that might,'” said Chris Ziegler, president of the Butler-Freeport Community Trail Council. The 30th anniversary of the 21-mile trail from Freeport to Butler will be more moderate on Saturday. There will be historical photos and exhibits at the Cooper Station caboose along the trail in Winfield. A Galaxy Donuts food truck will be available for visitors along with t-shirts, hats and more. Halloween decorations and candies will add to the festive occasion.

Buffalo Township Supervisor Albert “Ouch” Roenigk, 80, who owns the trail, remembers the grand opening of the Buffalo Township Fire Hall. “Franco made sure the kids were wearing helmets and walked them to Cabot.”

In an October 19, 1992 Sports Illustrated article, Harris’ presence at the trail opening was noted. The story focused on Harris promoting the use of abandoned railroad property for trails that young people could use for exercise. A Buffalo Township supervisor since 1979, Roenigk said he got the idea for a trail when he learned in 1988 that the Western Pennsylvania Railroad had stopped using the rail corridor.

“Buffalo Township was the only township that was interested in the railroad,” he said. “Our lawyer thought it would be good to have a small railway, but it would have been expensive.”

Ron Bennett, the first president of the Butler-Freeport Community Trail Council, asked supervisors what they could do to help, Roenigk said, adding that the trail council has since helped.

The township purchased the rail corridor for $90,000. He got that money back and more when they sold the ballast used for the tracks, Roenigk said.

But there was opposition from some landowners who wanted to absorb ownership of the railway line near their land as their own. Others didn’t want strangers near their property.

Some residents have filed lawsuits and some have even illegally erected barriers to prevent people from using sections of the trail.

“Some of the other townships involved backed down when we were sued,” Roenigk said.

The township has been in court for about 10 years; at one point, Buffalo Township supervisors were sued for about $1.6 million, Roenigk said. “Every time I ran for re-election, that was the topic.”

The municipality won the lawsuits.

Today, when Roenigk looks back on his 40 years as a supervisor, the track is one of his three favorite accomplishments.

“The township doesn’t have a traditional large park, but it does have a 20-mile ‘linear’ one,” he said.

The track’s success lies in the number of volunteers, which were about 180, for its sold-out half marathon recently, Ziegler said.

Ziegler, only the trails board’s second president, became involved after the lawsuits were settled.

“When it was over, it was over,” she said. “New people continued to get involved. The animosity did not follow the people.

Popularity skyrocketed during the covid-19 pandemic when the number of park users increased at Pittsburgh-area parks and more people headed to new destinations, Ziegler said.

For two weeks in 2020, the trail board recorded over 4,500 visitors. Although Ziegler doesn’t have exact numbers on trail usage, thousands of visitors make their way there every month.

“If it wasn’t for the community, it wouldn’t be a trail,” Ziegler said. “The community is very involved and the trail is maintained entirely by volunteers. They have skin in the game and treat it like their backyard.

A revival of the historic Butler-Freeport Trail Geocache is also scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. And there will be a demonstration of electric bikes.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary by email at mthomas@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Herschel Walker strains with Marjorie Taylor Greene https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/herschel-walker-strains-with-marjorie-taylor-greene/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:41:22 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/herschel-walker-strains-with-marjorie-taylor-greene/

A cheering crowd greeted the Senate hopefuls.

Rome’s Eulene Dupree said Walker’s appearance with Greene boosted her support for the former soccer star.

“I love Margie,” she said. “We need Herschel and we need Margie.”

GOP Lieutenant Governor hopeful Burt Jones introduced Walker and predicted, “This election cycle will come down to gas supply issues.”

Walker will make stops throughout North Georgia for the next two days before heading to suburban Atlanta on Thursday and then South Georgia on Friday.

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Abrams’ team loves early voting data, but calls SB 202 ‘voter suppression’

Georgia Republicans pointed to the record turnout among early voters so far as proof that SB 202, the state’s election overhaul, is not voter suppression. Democrats called the law “Jim Crow 2.0” when it passed the GOP-led Georgia General Assembly in 2021.

But in remarks to reporters on Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said the high turnout doesn’t mean the new law doesn’t suppress votes.

“Repression is about barriers to access. But the antidote to repression is overwhelming the polls with your presence and that’s exactly what voters did in 2018. That’s what they continue to do in 2020 and 21,” she said.

“In vernacular terms, more people in the water doesn’t mean there are fewer sharks,” she said.

Abrams campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said early data shows the number of votes by mail dropped drastically in Georgia between 2020 and 2022 due to SB 202 requirements that make voting by heavier match.

She also said language in the law allowing unlimited mass voter eligibility challenges has led to increased challenges against Georgia’s legal voters.

“That’s basically what Kemp’s voter suppression bill did in 2021. It said, ‘Oh, look at all those black and brown people who voted by mail. We’re going to make it harder.

Even so, Groh-Wargo said the Abrams campaign remains encouraged by early voting data from black male voters in particular.

“We’re seeing strong enthusiasm from Democratic-leaning voters and very strong early in-person voting, just much lower numbers on mail-in voting overall.”

Patricia Murphy

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The shooting occurs during the Grant-Monterey Trail football game https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-shooting-occurs-during-the-grant-monterey-trail-football-game/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 06:28:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-shooting-occurs-during-the-grant-monterey-trail-football-game/ A shooting occurred Friday night during a football game in Sacramento. A KCRA 3 photojournalist was covering the game between Grant High School and Monterey
Trail High School when the shooting happened in Grant High’s parking lot. They reported seeing a car with bullet holes and an empty magazine on the ground. There are no known reports of injuries. developing story. Stick with KCRA 3 for the latest.

A shooting occurred Friday night during a football game in Sacramento.

A KCRA 3 photojournalist was covering the game between Grant High School and Monterey Trail High School when the shooting happened in Grant High’s parking lot. They reported seeing a car with bullet holes and an empty magazine on the ground.

There are no known reports of injuries.

There was also no interruption to the game as no one seemed to be aware of a shootout.

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This is a developing story. Stick with KCRA 3 for the latest.

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