Wampum Scarecrows

by wam_chapter on October 22, 2016

‘They bring in visitors and keep out the crows.’  Thanks to Dorothy and JoEllen for our Wampum Chapter scarecrow at the kiosk in front of the train station.

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October Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on October 19, 2016


Volunteer Deb Charleson repainted the Watt’s Mill Trailhead sign. Standing tall for another 10 years

Wampum Chapter volunteers kept the DR Field and Brush mower running hot this past month, tackling basic maintenance issues on the Cemex property from River Rd. to Fletcher Hill Road, and at the trailhead area at Watt’s Mill.  All in all we worked on about four miles of our North Country Trail sections to keep the multi floral rose and goldenrod pushed back away from our pathway.


We also utilized the mower to help out with our shelter-construction project at Wampum Underground, spending one morning clearing about a half mile of the non-maintained access road through the strip mine area so that we will be able to haul in material with our trucks.  We then worked to identify and clear the route beyond the drop off point so that we can Power Wagon the construction material the last 900 or so yards through the woods to where the shelter will be built.


Other trips out over the past thirty days involved a session to work on the switchbacks above the Dismukes’ bridge and also, a walkthrough of our reroute of the NCT at the Mines and Meadows ATV Park.  The new trail there is in great shape, with no overgrowth along that quarter mile, and no sign of ATV incursions.


Our Trail Maintainers worked hard this past month keeping our NCT sections in great shape for our hikers.  Appreciate their efforts to keep the weeds under control and sending alerts on blow down trees along the way that need to be cleared.  A reminder that the National Park Service and Ice Age/North Country Trail Associations have developed the Trail Safe! program for all volunteers who are out working on the trail to participate in.  Based on NPS Operational Leadership Training, this series of videos focuses on the Human Factor of safety.  The program can be found here https://www.nps.gov/noco/trail-safe.htm and we ask that all of our Trail Maintainers complete this program in order to receive their chapter maintaining patch.

Dave Brewer

October 17, 2016

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1000 Hours of Service recognition for Jim Houk.

John and Jim Rarick and Kay Houk recognized for 400 hours of service to the North Country Trail.
Matt Williams and Corinne Theileman recognized for 200 hours of service to the North Country Trail
Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, Matt Williams, Carol Wright, Sher Eiler, and Pastor Larry Reitz recognized for 100 hours of service.

The National Park Service and the North Country Trail Association appreciate the contributions of the volunteers who work to build, maintain, and promote the NCT through the seven states through which it passes.  Awards for hours of service are given each year at the association’s national meeting, held in 2016 in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Wampum Chapter is blessed with a large group of people who work with the organization in Lawrence and Beaver counties of Pennsylvania, and we’re gratified to have these folks dedicating their time, talents, and energy to the trail.

Jim Houk was recognized for 1000 hours of service and was awarded and embroidered fleece vest.  Jim Rarick, John Rarick, and Kay Houk were given embroidered North Country Trail shirts for their 400 hours of volunteer time.  Receiving a NCT water bottle for 200 hours of reported service were Matt Williams and Corinne Theileman, and receiving a certificate, name badge, and VIP pin for 100 hours of time were Carol Wright, Sher Eiler, Larry Reitz, Matt Williams, and Sr. Lyn Szymkiewicz.

Thank you to these National Park Service awardees and to all who contribute to the success of the Wampum Chapter and the North Country Trail.

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First Trail Maintainer Patch Awarded

by wam_chapter on October 4, 2016

Congratulations and thank you to Doug Lawrence, the first recipient of the Wampum Chapter’s Maintainer Patch.  Doug (along with Kathy Rea) keeps the North Country Trail section between Georgetown Rd. and the Dismukes Bridge in great hiking shape with their regular visits.  He completed the National Park Service Trail Safe! program this week and we’re happy to recognize him for his efforts on behalf of our hikers.

You can find information about the Trail Safe! video series here  https://www.nps.gov/noco/trail-safe.htm

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Recognition For Our Wampum Trail Maintainers

September 25, 2016

The Wampum Chapter is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who make their way out to our sections of the North Country National Scenic Trail and work to keep it in excellent shape for our hikers.  There are those who are regular attendees of the chapter’s organized trail work sessions and also individuals who’ve [...]

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September 2016 Trail Work Report

September 20, 2016

The big trail-work news for the Wampum Chapter over the past month has been the granting of approval from Wampum Underground to build a hiking shelter along the section of North Country Trail that they host, the selection of the specific spot, and the beginning stages of clearing the area for our construction.  We’ll be [...]

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Hiking Stick Medallions Available

September 20, 2016

The new, limited edition, Wampum Chapter NCTA hiking stick medallions have arrived! These are available to purchase from the chapter at this weekend’s McConnell’s Mill Heritage Festival, at the Pumpkin Pie Hike on October 16th, or at the regular Wampum Chapter monthly meetings (while supplies last). Thanks to volunteer Tracy Hager’s hard work to get [...]

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August 2016 Trail Work Report

August 23, 2016

  Natural bridge along the NCT at McConnell’s Mill This month’s shout out and kudos goes to our Wampum Chapter Volunteer Trail Maintainers.  As we’ve added more miles of off-road North Country Trail segments over the past several years the need has become acute to have people willing to get out and work with a [...]

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Volunteerism Rewarded

July 23, 2016

Wampum Chapter member Sher Eiler is one of those “under the radar” type trail volunteers – out maintaining and scouting the North Country Trail sections near her house, coming out for trail building sessions, hosting thru hikers as they travel through the area, and always talking to people that she knows and meets about the trail [...]

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July 2016 Trail Work Report

July 23, 2016

Basic trail maintenance was our program over the past thirty days, working to keep our North Country Trail sections open for the hikers.  We succeeded in many cases, working three of the five miles at Cemex, hitting the new Mines and Meadows reroute twice, working on the Sterling Rd. access trail reroute, at the 4 [...]

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