New Town Manager in Monson

The fact that Monson is a favorite destination for Appalachian Trail hikers was another factor in Butler’s decision to pursue a job in the community. “The AT is the town’s biggest asset,” he said. “So I’m going to do what I can to help bring new business to the community.” – Posted from Bangor Daily News article 

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Read more about the new Town Manager in the Bangor Daily News article here.

 

Malvern scouts meet Warrior Hikers on Appalachian Trail

A small group of boy scouts from Malvern Troop 7 traveled to Duncannon, Pennsylvania to meet up with the 2014 Warrior Hikers on the Appalachian Trail. From left are, Shane Johnston, Vicki Sharpless, Cas Szupica, Jesse “The Viking” Swensgard, Matt Lanetti, Matt “Machine” Donnelly, Brody Plourde, Richie Cavallaro, Joe “QT” Young, Cosmo Brown, Cecil “Stitch” Thayer, Todd “Big Foot” Rogers & David Lanetti Courtesy Photo

 

On June 20, a small group of boy scouts from Malvern Troop 7 traveled to Duncannon, Pennsylvania to meet up with the 2014 Warrior Hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

The Warrior Hike ‘Walk off the War’ program is in its third year, the brainchild of U.S. Marine Sean Gobin who walked the entire 2,185 mile trail in 2012 to raise funds to purchase vehicles for disabled veterans. However, he recognized the therapeutic effects of this trek and decided the program would better serve as a way for veterans to decompress after their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year, the program has expanded to include not only the Appalachian Trail, but also the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. On March 17, 14 veterans began the hike northward from Georgia toward Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

Malvern Troop 7 became involved with the Warrior Hike program when Troop Committee Chairperson, Vicki Sharpless, challenged the scouts to raise $1,800 – the cost to sponsor one hiker for the 6-month trek. She had heard about Warrior Hike in 2013 and had followed the program through Facebook.

The scouts and their families and friends surpassed the goal, raising approximately $2,500. In fact, two of the scouts, Richie Cavallaro and Brody Plourde, raised almost $2,000 of the total with the help of the students and families of St. Norbert School in Paoli.

Scouts Cavallaro, Plourde, Cas Szupica, Shane Johnston and Matthew Lanetti, along with leaders Sharpless and David Lanetti, made their way to the sleepy town of Duncannon, north of Harrisburg at the junction of the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers.

The group met up there with the six remaining Warrior Hikers. The scouts and veterans formed a quick bond and shared hiking stories and other experiences. The scouts joined the veterans in their welcome ceremony, riding on fire trucks through the town and attending the evening’s community dinner at the local American Legion hall.

That night as the scouts and veterans parted ways, a promise was made. These new heroes – with trail names The Viking, Stitch, Cosmo, QT, Big Foot and Machine – plan to take a photo of themselves with a Troop 7 shirt at the top of Mt. Katahdin at the end of their journey, and the Troop 7 scouts will be cheering them the whole way.

Reposted from Dailylocal.com: http://www.dailylocal.com/lifestyle/20141002/malvern-scouts-meet-warrior-hikers-on-appalachian-trail

Hanover Shines!

“Not just stewards of this strip of land that runs through Norwich and Hanover, they are a caring community dedicated to creating the A.T. experience for others, whether they are through hikers trekking the whole length, section hikers tackling a section of the trail, or day hikers out for recreation.”

Hanover was featured in the latest issue of A.T. Journeys. Click here to read about the amazing volunteer efforts going on there!

2014 Warrior Hike Comes to Millinocket

                On Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sean Gobin, Marine combat veteran and founder of Warrior Hike, spoke at the Trails End Festival in Millinocket, Maine. Warrior Hike provides returning combat veterans a therapeutic experience to transition to civilian life and come to terms with their wartime experiences through thru-hiking a national scenic trail and connecting with the outdoors. Warrior Hike began in 2012 with Gobin’s thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and has experienced significant growth.

This year marked the first year in the program’s history that Warrior hikers were on the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. The growth of the program from the AT to other national scenic trails is an exciting development. Four Warrior Hikers who thru-hiked the AT were in attendance, having summited Katahdin the previous day, and represented each branch of the US military, with the exception of the Coast Guard.

Gobin also announced an expansion of Warrior Hike. Veterans, specifically those injured while serving and are unable to hike, expressed an interest in a similar opportunity to connect with the outdoors to help them heal mentally from their wartime experiences. The result will be Warrior Paddle, which will entail paddling the entire length of the Mississippi River.

                For more information on Warrior Hike or to learn how to support them, visit warriorhike.org

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See pictures on their Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/warriorhike

Speak up today to keep a casino out of the heart of Sterling Forest State Park!

From AMC enews blast:

In the New York Highlands developers are proposing a 1.4 million square foot casino hotel in the heart of Sterling Forest State Park. The proposal includes a new highway interchange off the New York Thruway for an expected seven million visitors a year.

AMC has worked side-by-side with our partners for close to two decades to protect the 22,000-acre Sterling Forest State Park, which offers outstanding recreational opportunities, including six miles of the iconic Appalachian Trail. Approximately $55 million in public open space funding was contributed toward the park’s purchase and protection by the federal government, New York, and New Jersey.  But now, this enormous development proposal threatens to devastate the ecological integrity and irreplaceable recreational values for which the land was initially protected.

Visit the Action Center to learn more.

Take Action TODAY to stop the proposed casino and help protect Sterling Forest State Park!
Sincerely,


Mark Zakutansky
Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager
Appalachian Mountain Club

New Community Supporters in Franklin

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.

 

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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.

AT Supporters Three Eagles

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.