Second Fall Brush clearing October 23
A trail brush cleanup, sponsored by the City of Two Rivers, will take place from 8:00 to approximately 11:00 am on Thursday, October 23. Volunteers will meet at the "fish sculpture" wayside, opposite the former Green Power Coop. They are asked to bring a pruning shears or saw (hand operated, no power tools), if possible, and to wear appropriate clothing. Work gloves are recommended.
Volunteer workers can begin whenever they wish and work as long as they wish. No preregistration is required; volunteers can simply come to the Wayside on the morning of the cleanup.
2015 Trail calendar to be on sale soon
The Photo-Art Contest for the 2015 Trail calendar ended September 30. There were 156 submissions by 36 photographers and artists. The calendar committee is in the process of picking winners and getting the calendar printed. Calendars should be on sale at sales outlets by November 1. A complete list of sales locations will be posted on this website and in the message boards on the Trail.
Faith Church Serve Sunday benefits Mariners Trail
On Sunday, Sept 14th, members of Faith Church in Manitowoc assisted with needed work on Mariners Trail as part of their Serve Sunday. Several men and teen boys helped FOMT members Steve and Patty Sturtz clean up unsightly plant overgrowth at the Trail area across from the Dairy Queen. They removed dead trees and took out overgrown weeds that had embedded themselves into the rocks. In the spring, the area will have some low maintenance grasses planted to cover up electrical boxes.
Also that afternoon, several families from the church walked the Trail and picked up litter. For two years FOMT has benefited from the help received during Serve Sunday. We are appreciative of their help.
Pictured upper left are John Klatt and Steve Strutz removing dead trees. The members of the McBride family are pictured to the right as they picked up litter along the Trail.
October Monthly Meeting to be held October 22
The next regular FOMT meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 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, especially new members, are invited to attend.
The October meeting will be the final FOMT meeting of 2014. The next meeting will be the annual Dinner Meeting to be held on January 28, 2015.
FOMT participates in trail survey
On Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, some sixteen FOMT members surveyed Trail users passing by the Woodland Drive Wayside. The survey, organized by the Manitowoc County Visitors and Convention Bureau, gathered information about Trail use, as well as tourism-related issues. A count of Trail users was also made at the same time. Survey results relating to the Trail will be made available to FOMT and will be used to help plan future organization projects. A hearty vote of thanks to all the volunteers who gave up several hours of their weekend to administer the survey.
FOMT receives profits from bike ride
Friends of Mariners Trail recently received a donation of $500, the proceeds from the Fourth on the Shore Bike Ride. The ride, which took place on July fourth along Mariners Trail and involved approximately fifty riders, was sponsored by George Kapitz and Broken Spoke Bike Studio. Thank you, George, for your contribution to the betterment of Mariners Trail.
Friends of Mariners Trail was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from The Aschenbrenner Foundation, a component fund of Lakeshore Community Foundation. In announcing the award, Judy Corrado, FOMT president, stated, “Friends of Mariners Trail is truly honored and deeply grateful for this grant.” Corrado continued, “The money will be used for general operating expenses and will greatly aid our organization in keeping the Trail in prime condition.”
The FOMT Board of Directors wish to express thanks to The Aschenbrenner Foundation and the Lakeshore Community Foundation for their vision for Mariners Trail and faith in our organization.
New email address for FOMT
Friends of Mariners Trail has a new email address: MarinersTrail@gmail.com. Those wishing to contact the group should use this address.
Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail
Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at: MarinersTrail@gmail.com
Manitowoc WI 54221-2341