Earlier this year members of the New London-Greenwich Rail Trail Inc. (NLGRT) purchased the right of way between the two communities from the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway.
Now that right of way has been named the AC&Y Trail to honor the Akron Canton & Youngstown Railroad that owned the right of way for the longest period of time, from 1920 to 1964.
The multi-use recreational trail will run parallel to the CSX tracks from the south side of West Main Street in New London to Townsend Street in Greenwich. Work has now begun on the job of turning the land into a real trail, and volunteers already have spent several Saturdays clearing brush and filling in low areas at each end of the trail.
The next workday is Saturday, Aug. 24 with volunteers starting at 8 a.m. on Euclid Road. Anyone who wants to help is welcome, but all volunteers must be members of the NLGRT for liability reasons and can join at the work site. Donations, which are tax-deductible, also are being sought to help pay for some of the closing costs for the land.
For more information, visit www.newlondongreenwichrailtrail.org online, call 419-706-2174 or talk to an NLGRT officer. They are Tom Dupee, president; Bob Buskey, vice president; Anna O’Donnell, secretary; and Jeff Harwood, treasurer.
The next NLGRT meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the basement of the Greenwich United Methodist Church, and all are welcome.
Volunteers are harvesting produce from the Community Garden each day and placing it on the tables under the canopy. Members of the community are invited to help themselves to fresh produce located on East Main Street behind the school weight room.
The members of the Alliance Church planned the garden and they and other volunteers tend it. Church member Buddy Workman describes the garden as "awesome—even better than we thought."
Donations from the Rotary Club, the CIC, the FFA, the Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Hospital Proceeds Fund and the public provided the money to buy seeds, plants and other items needed to get started.
Everyone is invited to help "Stuff the Bus" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16 at the Gas Depot. Backpacks and school supplies are needed, as well financial donations.