Annual Trail Cleanup planned for May 7
The annual Trail Cleanup will be held on Saturday morning, May 7, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Volunteers will meet at the Woodland Drive Wayside, across from the Aurora Hospital, to pick up trash and debris along the Trail. Workers should bring gloves; trash collection bags will be provided. Participants can begin whenever they wish, and can work as long as they wish. Those planning to work on the Cleanup are advised to wear warm clothing; the lakeshore can be quite cold in early May. No pre-registration necessary.
April Monthly Meeting
The April FOMT monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Manitowoc County building, 1515 Memorial Drive, adjacent to Mariners Trail. As always, the meeting is open to both members and non-members. Those interested in getting involved with Friends of Mariners Trail are especially invited to attend.
2016 Photo Contest rules posted
The rules for the 2016 Friends of Mariners Trail Photo Contest have been posted. As before, the 13 winning pictures will be used in next year's Trail calendar. The prize for the cover photo has been increased to $100. A drawing among all the entrants will be held for a $25 Chamber Bucks prize. Larry Corrado, Calendar Committee member, said that the committee would like to see more pictures showing action along the Trail, people actually using Mariners Trail. He mentioned, however, that photographers should get permission to enter the photo from any recognizable people in their photos.
A pdf version of the Rules/Entry Form for the contest is available here. The form can be printed, filled in, and sent in with submissions. Those wishing to email entries can simply provide the same information as on the form in the body of the email message. Anyone with questions about submitting pictures can contact committee member Kelly Keedy at 920-645-7786.
Trailblazer award given out at dinner meeting
The FOMT Annual Dinner was held on January 27 at the Two Rivers Community Center. Approximately 85 people enjoyed a sub sandwich dinner, socialized, and heard a summary of last year's Trail activities, as well as a preview of things to come for 2016.
The 2015 FOMT Trailblazer Award was presented to Bill Martin by John Brunner, president of FOMT, who praised Martin for his contributions to Mariners Trail. "Whenever there's work to be done on the Trail, Bill will be the first to volunteer," said the FOMT president. The picture shows Martin (left) receiving the award from Brunner.
New Board Members elected at October Meeting
Several new Board of Directors members were elected at the October FOMT meeting held on October 28. Joiining the Board is Lee Kummer, while Patty Sturtz and Judy Corrado were elected to two year terms. The full Board now consists of: John Brunner, president; Mark Klaiber, vice-president; Lee Kummer, treasurer; Larry Corrado, secretary; Patty Sturtz; Jeff Allen; Judy Goodchild; and Judy Corrado. Pictures of the new Board members are located on the officers webpage.
(posted: 11/5/15; modified: 3/2/16)
New attraction along Mariners Trail
The Manitowoc Garden Club recently donated and installed a floral kaleidoscope on Mariners Trail. The kaleidoscope allows viewers who peer through a small telescope on the unit to see a beautiful flower pattern created by live flowers growing in a large pot at the end of the telescope. Rotating the flower pot in its holder changes the view. Shown in the photo are Mary Jo Stangel, Diane Goen, and Kathie Nelson of the Manitowoc Garden Club.
The kaleidoscope is located just north of the Chamber of Manitowoc County building, next to the Human Sundial, which was also donated by the Manitowoc Garden Club. Thank you so much to the Club for this beautiful addition to the Trail.
Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail
Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at: MarinersTrail@gmail.com
Manitowoc WI 54221-2341