Annual Trail Cleanup planned for May 6
The annual Trail Cleanup will be held on Saturday morning, May 6, at 8:00 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 26, 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.
Manitowoc Parks and Recreation Meeting
The City of Manitowoc, as part of the process of updating their Comprehensive Park and Recreation Plan, is having a Public Information Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to educate the public about the process and to get their thoughts, opinions, and concerns. It will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Lincoln Park Cabin #1. This is your chance to let your voice be heard.
12th Annual Photo Contest rules posted
The rules for the 2017 Friends of Mariners Trail Photo Contest have been posted. As before, the 13 winning pictures will be used in next year's Trail calendar. There will be cash prizes for the four top pictures, with $100 each going to the first place and cover photos. 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.
Schuette named Trailblazer; Mariners Trail music debuts
At the FOMT Annual Dinner held on Wednesday, January 25, John Brunner named Clare Schuette the 2016 Trailblazer of the year. He praised Clare's dedication to the Trail through her work on the Calendar Committee, Garden Committee, distribution of Trail maps, and Trail cleanup. She also cares for one of the Trail flowerbeds with the help of her husband Bob. The picture shows Brunner, Schuette, and FOMT Board member Judy Corrado.
A new instrumental music composition written and performed by Greg Pagel of Manitowoc relating specifically to Mariners Trail was also introduced at the FOMT Dinner. The music was written to accompany a fifteen minute video made by FOMT member Deena Dawn Larsen from video clips from FOMT members. The musical piece, named Lakeside Journey, features piano and electronic instruments. To watch the video and hear the composition, click here.
New Board Members elected at October Meeting
Several new Board of Directors members were elected at the October FOMT meeting held on October 26. Joining the Board are Michelle Garnett and Dave Bourgeois. The full Board now consists of: John Brunner, president; Judy Corrado, vice-president; Lee Kummer, treasurer; Michelle Garnett, secretary; Mark Klaiber; Jeff Allen; Judy Goodchild; and Dave Bourgeois. Pictures of the new Board members are located on the officers webpage.
Contacting Friends of Mariners Trail
Friends of Mariners Trail can be contacted at: MarinersTrail@gmail.com
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