American Tobacco Trail Workday Saturday, June 12 9 a.m. Scott King Road Read message!
billbus at gte.net
Fri Jun 11 08:31:49 EDT 2010
Hi Volunteers for the American Tobacco Trail,
This message is to remind you of our American Tobacco Trail workday,
*Saturday, June 12* at 9:00 a.m. at the 610 Scott King Road, Durham, NC
Check the link or Google 610 Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
*for directions from where you live.
You'll note that Google maps has now labeled this the American Tobacco
*Special Request! If you don't have your own mower, trimmer or loppers,
nor can work pretty much independently, please do not come to this workday!
If you are coming to this workday, you must let me know ahead of time!*
I'll be out most of Friday, so I won't be able to return messages until
Friday evening at the earliest.
Due to the fast growing grass, stubborn tools and personal job
commitments, we are behind on mowing and trimming this section of the
trail. I personally need to devote all of my attention to that. I don't
have time to babysit or give tours while walking down the trail
collecting downed limbs and trees. I've got to drive a mower or run a
string trimmer and don't have time to lead others who can't work rather
Kids, Youth and new folks, I'm sorry. This workday isn't for you! :-[
*So if you don't have a mower (any kind will do) that you can operate,
a string trimmer that you can operate, or loppers that you can on your
own inspect the trail and trim as needed, please do not come to this
We'll mainly be cutting grass and trimming the trail north of Scott
King. We'll be emptying the trash cans here. We'll be cutting the grass
around the Scott King Road Access, particularly around the kiosk and
*At this Saturdays' workday, as always, you should bring work gloves,
full shoes or boots, long pants, *and other
clothing appropriate for the weather. Please dress accordingly and be
prepared to work until about noon. Briars are out in force, as are
ticks, so be prepared.
Use your own judgment to make the call whether you want to attend the
workday in sketchy or uncomfortable conditions.
You will need to sign a waiver and participation list.
You will need to bring your own tools. I have one pair of loppers and
one saw that volunteers can use, but that is it.
We can use loppers at this workday.
And if you can bring a wheelbarrow, please bring it.
If you have a string trimmer and/or mower, *please bring it.* If you
bring it, you alone will use it. We'll supply the mix. If you have a
mower, please let Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104, so
we can bring some unleaded gasoline.
As the grass is growing very fast on the trail, trimming and mowing will
be a priority at this workday.
We can always use a pickup truck which you don't mind hauling materials
and tools. Please contact Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net>
919 545-9104 or Frank Bennett <mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992
so we can make plans.
Please let Frank Bennett <mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992 or
Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104
know anytime if you have any questions.
For more information on ATT workdays, please see our Volunteering page
Remember, you *can always *help the ATT and other trails, greenways and
paths in the Triangle - or anywhere on the planet - by *picking up and
hauling out at least one piece of trash*, or picking up and throwing as
far off the trail, at least one stick, limb or fallen tree, on *every
*visit or use. If everyone who used our greenways, trails or paths
picked up and removed at least one piece of trash, stick or limb, we'd
have the cleanest trails and open space around!
Soccer players can practice their soccer kick by kicking off dried horse
manure from the trail. Just kick it off to the side. It normally isn't
that messy, and if it is, you generally have a long walk to clean it
off. It is a great way to keep in shape.
Future workdays are still being planned. Here is the tentative schedule
for upcoming workdays. *Note that these can change if there is an area
on the trail that needs immediate attention.*
*Upcoming American Tobacco Trail Workdays *
*Saturday, June 12* Durham Workday 610 Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
crossing 9 a.m.
*Saturday, June 19* Probably Durham Workday 610 Scott King Road, Durham,
Construction of the Chatham County section of the ATT is finally complete!
For more information be sure to check out our TRTC/ATT News Link
*Do You Live Near the ATT in Chatham County?
*Do you plan on using the ATT in Chatham County on a regular basis once
it is completed? If so, the trail needs your help to be the "eyes and
ears" for safety and maintenance concerns, as well as to help keep the
trail clean. This should be fun and easy to do. It should be just an
extension of what you normally do on your walk or ride on the trail.
For more details, contact Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919
*Here is an easy way to help TRTC support the American Tobacco Trail
*while using your computer. Go to http://www.goodsearch.com/ . At the
"Who do you Goodsearch for?" button in the middle of the page, enter
TRTC, or Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Save it as instructed.
Or Better Yet, make it Your Homepage in your browser!* See your
browser's instructions on how to make this page your homepage.
Instead of using Google or Yahoo as your search engine, use
http://www.goodsearch.com/ . TRTC will get about a penny a search in
most situations. You can read all about it at the website. Check it
out!* It works very well!* It is now my search engine of choice! Please
let me know if you have any questions. comments or concerns.
*Please Remember the ATT in your charitable donations!
Thank you for your support of the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy!
Our work continues in 2010 and beyond, and donations
<http://www.triangletrails.org/MEMBERS.HTM> of any amount are gladly
accepted and needed. TRTC will continue to apply for trails-related
grants but funds from memberships and donations remain an important
mechanism for acquiring tools and supplies used in our year-round
efforts to maintain the ATT and other local trails. We need donations
and memberships to pay for our trail workday insurance as well as to
assist in matching grant funding. Thank you for your continued support,
and happy holidays!
You Lookin' for Maps?!
*You can print out our *brand new* ATT map *right now* at
http://www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM . Click on both links under the
thumbnail for both sides of the map. Thanks to Wayne Horton for this map
which is arguably one of the most popular trail maps in the triangle.
And let me take this opportunity to *Thank You* for all of your help
and support in building, cleaning and clearing the American Tobacco
Trail in 2010. Thanks to your hard work, expertise and
diligent efforts, we are making steady progress.
Thousands of trail users are
*now safely using* the sections of the trail and facilities
you have helped clear, clean and build. We get so many wonderful
comments and thanks on how well the trail looks when folks use these
facilities. These trail users are often *amazed* to find out that these
improvements were done *completely* by volunteers. Thank you for the
great work and for volunteering your valuable time to help with this
project. Know that it wouldn't be possible without the great work of
each and every one of you.
Thanks for your help and support in building the American Tobacco Trail.
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
americantobaccotrail at embarqmail.com
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