Trail Cleanup Thank You
About 25 people participated in the annual Trail Cleanup held on Saturday, May 2. Volunteers met at the Woodland Drive Wayside and were assigned half-mile sections of the Trail from which to pick up trash. It was a beautiful day along the Lake and they did a wonderful job. Thank You so much to all who took part.
2015 Photo Contest rules posted
The rules for the 2015 Friends of Mariners Trail Photo Contest have been posted. The rules are quite similar to those in previous years, although only photos are being accepted this year. As before, the 13 winning pictures will be used in the 2016 Trail calendar. 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 the 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 by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (920-645-7786).
May Monthly Meeting
The May FOMT monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Manitowoc County building, 1515 Memorial Drive, adjacent to Mariners Trail. Time will be allotted at the start of the meeting for input from FOMT members and others. Those interested in getting involved with Friends of Mariners Trail are especially invited to attend.
Gardeners plan for upcoming season
Friends of Mariners Trail held their annual spring gardeners' meeting at the Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers on Wednesday night, April 15th. Fifty-eight gardeners who have flower-beds along Mariners Trail were in attendance. Rob Zimmer, garden and nature columnist who writes for local papers, spoke to the group on plants that attract butterflies and humming-birds. The gardeners were encouraged to put some of these flowers in their flowerbeds along Lake Michigan and Mariners Trail to help support the monarchs during their fall migration.
Zimmer was presented the Friends of Mariners Trail media award by Judy Corrado, FOMT board member. Corrado said,“Rob often refers to our flowerbeds in his gardening columns. Many people from Appleton, Green Bay and other northeastern Wisconsin cities have come to use our trail, see our gardens, and enjoy our area because of reading Rob's column. We are honored to present this award to him for all he has done to promote our area.”
FOMT members introduced to Spirit of the Rivers
Approximately twenty-five FOMT members and friends were introduced to the Spirit of the Rivers Monument project at a reception held at the SOTR studio in downtown Manitowoc on March 10. Attendees heard artist R.T."Skip" Wallen, a manitowoc native, talk about the process he's using to create the larger-than-life bronze figures. Carol Wergin talked about what the project will mean to the Lakeshore Area and how members of the public can get involved. As many Manitowoc-Two Rivers area residents know, the Spirit of the Rivers is a monument to the American Indian that is being planned for placement along the Manitowoc-Two Rivers lakeshore alongside Mariners Trail just north of the Woodland Drive Wayside.
More information about the Spirit of the Rivers project can be found on the group's website, www.spiritoftherivers.org.
New Board Members elected at October Meeting
Several new Board of Directors members were elected at the October FOMT meeting held on October 22. Joiining the Board are Larry Corrado and Judy Goodchild. The full Board consists of: John Brunner, president; Mark Klaiber, vice-president; Patty Sturtz, treasurer; Larry Corrado, secretary; Jeff Allen; Judy Goodchild; and Judy Corrado.
The October meeting was the final FOMT meeting of 2014. The next meeting will be the annual Dinner Meeting to be held on January 28, 2015. More information on that meeting will be available on this website soon after the new year begins.
Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail
Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at: MarinersTrail@gmail.com
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