The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, First Baptist Church (FBC) of Franklin and Three Eagles Outfitters in NC were recently recognized for its support to the Appalachian Trail Community Program by a visit from AT Community Committee members.
Since Franklin’s formal designation in March 2010 as an A.T. Community the Chamber has helped build public awareness about the significant resources and economic opportunities the Appalachian National Scenic Trail brings to Franklin as an A.T. Community. The Chamber highlights Franklin as an AT Community in the New Comers Guide along with AT hike information, and they provide space for an AT display in the Chamber building.
Three Eagles Outfitters was recently recognized for their support to the Appalachian Trail Community Program by a visit from AT Community Committee members. For more than 20 years Three Eagles has offered support for AT hikers. They offer AT discounts, internet service, coffee bar & lounge, in-town shuttles to the store, and free mail drop service for hikers.
FBC serves a free hiker breakfast for four weeks in the spring, takes a photo of each hiker and mails the photo along with a hiker written note home. Last year the church fed over 800 hikers.
Bill Van Horn- ATCC co-chair, Linda Harbuck- CoC Executive Director, Kristina Moe- ATCC co-chair, Olga Pader- ATCC member, Cindy Cavender- CoC Special Events coordinator and Marketing Director, Diane Baldwin- CoC Administrative Assistant, David Lippy- ATCC member.
David Lippy- ATCC member,Olga Pader- ATCC member, Jackie Kussow-Sroka- Three Eagles, Kristina Moe- ATCC co-chair, Kevin Kussow- Three Eagles, Bill Van Horn- ATCC co-chair.
Front row: Dave Lippy & Bill Van Horn- ATCC members
Back row: Patsy Parker- FBC breakfast organizer, Jack Jarrett- FBC associate pastor, Olga Pader-ATCC member & Nantahala Hiking Club president, Mary Beth Houston- FBC office administrator, Robert Brown- FBC pastor.
The A.T. Community Supporter Program is offered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as part of its A.T. Community Program. The Community Supporter Program highlights non-profits, organizations, and businesses that provide support to the hiking community, the Appalachian Trail and/or the ATC by recognizing participating entities as “A.T. Community Supporters.” Once designated the “Supporter” is recognized with a window decal, certificate and highlighted on the ATC web site.