NOVEMBER 9, 2016

5:30pm – 8:00pm 


87 Edward’s Rd: from the fork in Jeffersonville village head up route 108 towards Smugglers’ Notch Resort for 2.89 miles.  Edwards Rd is on the left just past Brewster River Campground.


FREE Admission and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. CASH Bar 

RESERVE your place! contact us at friendsofLVRT2@gmail.com or call 888-0322. 

Please join the Friends at this joyous, informative celebration of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

All are welcome.

We are happy to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Craig Della Penna.  Craig, as an Inn owner, realtor and founder of the Northeast Greenway Solutions (NeGS) is a powerful advocate of Rail Trails.  He has spoken far and wide to great acclaim about “…subjects of rail-to-trail conversions and their tie-in to the issues surrounding smart growth, land preservation, effects on nearby residential real estate values, and other similar subjects.”  Of particular interest to the Friends’ members and guests will be Craig’s experience marketing rail trails as economic engines for surrounding communities. 

In addition to Mr. Della Penna we will welcome VAST to present an update on construction and maintenance of the LVRT; Don Balcom, VAST capital campaign manager with fundraising news; and Hilary DelRoss of Vermont’s Department of Tourism and Marketing. Of course we’ll also enjoy Martell’s famous and bountiful hors d’oeuvres.  (a cash bar is available)

This year we will also recognize our outgoing board members, welcome incoming board members and recognize a great number of volunteers’ efforts.

Please mark your calendars and make your reservations early as space will be limited.  Contact the Friends at:  friendsoflvrt2@gmail.com  or call 802-888-0322 with your name, the number of people in your party and contact information.

Thank you, Thistledown Inn, for supporting the FLVRT by accommodating Mr. Della Penna.  www.thistledowninn.com


The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail needs your help!

Morrisville:  The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail needs your help!  There will be two informational meetings for trail crew recruitment.  One on Tuesday, June 14th at Morrisville Centennial Library at 5:30pm and one on Wednesday, June 15th at 5:30pm in Jeffersonville, at the town offices on Church Street next to the Tavern.  The meetings should last no more than an hour and you can attend one or the other, no matter where you live.

At these meetings you will find out what trail crews do; when and how the trail is monitored for issues that need attention; how and to whom to report issues; and what a work day may entail.  You may be a ‘Worker Bee” that likes to pick up trash while walking or participate in an occasional, more organized work day; a monitor that is responsible for adopting and checking a short section of the trail for issues that need attention; or a Trail Chief who receives trail information from Worker Bees and Monitors and makes decisions about maintenance and work days.  Training and educational sessions will be available for each of these crew positions. 

These meetings are being run by the Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (FLVRT) in cooperation with the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), the builders of the trail.  FLVRT Trail Crews will be active during the spring, summer and fall months as VAST takes care of all maintenance during winter months.


If you are interested in helping the trail become one of Vermont’s premier attractions for 4-season recreation, plan to attend one of these meetings on June 14th or 15th.  The information is the same at both meetings so you can attend either one and, if interested, sign up for helping on a section of the trail that is nearest to you between Morrisville and Jeffersonville.  If you cannot attend a meeting but are interested in learning moreabout FLVRT Trail Crews please go to the Friends’ web site:  www. FriendsLVRT.org and contact us.  

Bicycle Rest Areas Coming to the Lake Champlain Scenic Byway: Volunteers Needed for Installation Day

Bust out your work clothes and gloves, eight gorgeous bike rest area kiosks and picnic tables are ready for installation - with your help! Volunteer for one or more days on April 8, 9, 15 and 16. No experience required! 

With your help, people biking on the Lake Champlain Scenic Byway and the 14-mile historic Island Line Rail Trail this summer will be able to rest and picnic at any of the eight brand new bike rest areas located at local business and attractions along the way in Isle La Motte, Alburgh, South Hero, Colchester and Shelburne. 

Local Motion has been working closely with our incredible local partners, VTrans, the Lake Champlain Basin Program and our contractor TimberHomes, to create these attractive picnic rest areas featuring covered picnic tables, informational kiosks, interpretive panels and bike racks. We've made it 75% of the way there, but we need your help to finish the project! 

Interested?  Click here for a list of sites, and sign up at: http://vols.pt/RnsoVc

Vermont Walk Bike Summit, April 1-2

Sessions at the 2016 Walk Bike Summit in Rutland will give you the tools you need to engage your community. See you April!

This biennial gathering of people who love to walk and bike, or who think that walking and biking are great for their communities, will be held April 1-2 in Rutland. Join us on Friday, April 1, if you want to go home with strategies for making your community more walkable and bikeable. And join us on Saturday, April 2 for mobile workshops exploring the arts, walking, and biking in and around Rutland.

FRIDAY MINI-WORKSHOP: Growing Our Voice for Walking and Biking

Bring your lunch and join a conversation about how to harness the power of our combined voices. Weigh-in on forming a statewide coalition to promote walking and biking, and what the agenda of such a coalition could be. Come and represent your professional and personal interests as we explore a game-

WANT TO LEARN MORE? Conference and registration details are here. 

And find a carpool buddy for Friday April 1 or for Saturday April 2