Dear Members & Friends:
Hope all is going well for you & your families and that your enjoying the
great Spring weather, trees & flowers.
I have committed myself to get out on my bike more this year- to enjoy the
ride, get some exercise, & control a little too much of the middle-age
spread that was developing. Lately, I've been getting out just before
sunrise & when the weather is right it is a wonderful ride- the only
thing that would make it better would be riding on the Chester Creek Branch.
Hopefully all of you are getting to enjoy this Spring as much as I am, and
soon we can all enjoy the ride (or jog, walk, etc.) on the Chester Creek
In addition to riding, Friends volunteers will be busy this Spring laying
the groundwork for a successful release of our Feasibility Study. The
Feasibility Study is now completed but won't be released until our work with
SEPTA is completed. Hopefully this will be soon. In the mean time, we are
trying to get prepared for the publication of the Study.
Following are some of the issues we will be addressing over the coming
-We have to close out our Grants from the PA DCNR &
William Penn Foundation for the Feasibility Study;
-Continue to work with SEPTA;
-Hold our annual meeting & election of a Board of
-Release the Feasibility Study and explain its findings
to the local elected officials & the public.
As you can probably tell, this will be a very exciting, but busy, time for
Friends. Because of all of the work on our plate going forward, we decided
we need volunteers & fundraising to be successful with everything.
Anyone interested in volunteering?
On June 1st, National Trails Day, Friends will be holding a Silent
Auction/Wine Tasting Party at Newlin's Mill (in the actual Grist Mill!)
on Route 1 in Concord. The time for the party is from 6:00 PM - 9:00
PM. Prices haven't been set yet for the event, but will be soon. Also,
we will soon have a partial list of the items up for auction. We will need
both volunteers & paying attendees for this event. If you are interested
in volunteering, please get back to me- we need about five volunteers. Also,
if you are interested in attending, please get back to me & I'll reserve
some tickets for you. Finally, if you know of anyone else that would be
interested in coming, please pass this information along. This will be a fun
night for all of us & we'll be able to raise some money for the trail
while we're enjoying ourselves.
Our second and third opportunities for volunteers are on May 4th.
Starting at 8:30 AM on this Saturday we will be helping with the Creek Week
Stream Cleanup. Friends will be stationed at Mount Road & 452 in Aston
for the cleanup of the Chester Creek. We always have a great time with these
cleanups & help get some interesting garbage out of the Creek. Please
join us. There will be free T-shirts to the early arrivers & a free
lunch at Rose Tree Park.
Also on May 4th we will be participating in Middletown Township Pride Days
at the Rocky Run YMCA. Friends will be providing information on the progress
of the Trail & trying to generate support within the community. We need
volunteers for this event also- it starts at 11:00 and runs to 4:00.
Please get back to me if you would like to help us with any of the upcoming
events, or would like to attend the celebration of National Trails Day with
our Party at Newlin's Mill. Each of these events will be enjoyable, and will
be important for Friends to get our message out & to raise needed funds
for the trail ahead. Won't you help us?
As always, thanks for your support.