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Rolling on the Railings

We had a fabulous morning yesterday – and got the railings back on the trestle bridge at the Mass Central Rail Trail. Watch this quick video to see some snippets of our terrific volunteers in action!

Making Nature Art

20171105_155747webThis afternoon we set off on the blue tagged loop trail at Mandell Hill, on Barre Road in Hardwick. We found all kinds of things to collect and incorporate into our nature art project. We glued and painted tree cookies with our finds — leaves, seeds, moss, acorn caps. A wind chime full of our handiwork is waving in the breeze at the apple tree, just inside the entrance gate.

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New Decking Installed!

The trestle bridge at the Mass Central Rail Trail has new decking! Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the installation. The next step is to put the railings back, which is scheduled to happen next Sunday starting at 9am. Lots of volunteers are needed, so please come out to help.

Bridge Repairs Underway

We had a great work day today. Made lots of progress and will continue replacing the decking next Saturday, beginning at 9am. Hope you can join us!

It was a rainy morning, but that didn’t dissuade the runners! The kid’s got the brunt of it, with a downpour just as they were taking off on their one-mile run along the rail trail. All the runners were real troopers!

Thank you to all the runners, the volunteers and businesses that support the Station Loop Ramble. Your financial commitments help with the maintenance and repairs of the Mass Central Rail Trail.

2017 winners or the 5-mile Classic, Kate Fields and Matthew Twarog

2017 winners or the 5-mile Classic, Kate Fields and Matthew Twarog

2017 winner of the 5k Run/Walk is Bailey Metcalf and Aurelia Wilder (not shown)

2017 winner of the 5k Run/Walk is Bailey Metcalf and Aurelia Wilder (not shown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a 10 minute slide show video with photographs from Brian Miner and Steve Olvio.

Here are the race results:

First Name Last Name Time Town
Matthew Twarog 31:33 Hubbardston
Max Whitney 36:14 Barre
Kate Fields 39:05 Palmer
Mike Duquette 39.26 Shrewsbury
Brian Keleher 40:05 New Braintree
Eugene Rich 40:59 Gilbertville
Brian Patenaude 41:11 West Brookfield
Nicole Keleher 41:53 New Braintree
Tricia Sawyer 43:52 Oakham
Pamela Clark 44:03 West Brookfield
Andrea Roda 44:04 Milford
Kathleen O’Connor 44:25 Holden
Brian Farmer 45:44 Chicopee
Donna Holden 45:53 Hardwick
Jennifer Noorjanian 46:15 Milford
Mei Martin 46:16 West Brookfield
Elaine Dill 46:36 Monson
Richard Matteson 47:24 Westhampton
Evan White 48:15 Hardwick
Robin Langer 48:30 Hubbardston
Jenni DiMauro 48:56 Barre
Stacy Potts 49:33 Barre
Jeff Beker 49:33 Barre
Alan Gray 50:29 Gardner
Melissa Cucchi 50:39 Newton
Christine Palmer 52:45 Gilbertville
Paula Ouimette 52:57 Gilbertville
Jennifer Walters 53:37 West Warren
Edward Currier 56:15 Sturbridge
Marta Carlson 58:13 Paxton
Brandy Murphy 1:00:04 Leicester
5K RUN/WALK
First Name Last Name Time Town
Bailey Metcalf 20:07 Gilbertville
Benjamin Hood 20:43 Hardwick
JR Price 20:45 Washington
William Hood 22:21 Hardwick
Andy Price 22:45 Washington
David Maher 23:04 North Brookfield
Matthew Peabody 23:16 Phillipston
Ed Hood 24:23 Hardwick
Pete Mayes 25:17 New Braintree
Aurelia Wilder 27:43 Barre
Maddie Subik 27:46 Barre
Mark Kablack 28:02 New Braintree
Owen Twarog 28:49 Hubbardston
Jessica Wenke 29:46 Babylon
Richie Springer 31:16 North Brookfield
Lynn Wangeril 31:33 Barre
Amanda Blakie 33:13 Gilbertville
John Toal 34:24 North Brookfield
Jessica Powers 35:41 Ware
David Broschart 36:21 West Brookfield
Rachel McNaugh 38:30 Barre
Jenn DeSimone 39:36 Spencer
Sophia Laprel 39:57 Framingham
Robert Laprel 39:58 Framingham
Sara Subik 41:17 Barre
Jennifer Keaney 44:31 Oakham
Bethany Cogoli 44:31 Oakham
Pamela Robinson 46:53 Hardwick
Fiona Laprel 47.25 Framingham
Louie Gutterman 47:40 North Brookfield
Claudia Broschart 47:42 West Brookfield
Jessica Laprel 47:43 Framingham
Stephanie Korzec 50:09 New Braintree
Julie Bransfield 51:22 Brandon
Sandra McGuill 51:39
Ernest Breor 59:55 East Longmeadow
Doris Farmer 1:00:06 Ware
KID’S ONE MILE
First Name Last Name Time Town
Nathaniel Henshaw 6:38 Templeton
Jamie Paquet 6:55 Petersham
Tim Rodier 6:56 Oxford
Sophia Laprel 7:25 Framingham
Carlee Rich 8:32 Gilbertville
Caitlin Rich 8:32 Gilbertville
Charlotte Carpenter 9:07 Barre
Katie Twarog 9:36 Hubbardston
Sadie Cogoli 10:28 Oakham
Quinn Ouimette 11:11 Gilbertville
Connor Cogoli 12:09 Oakham
Cora Wangerin 13:33 Barre
Sadie Ouimette 13:50 Gilbertville
Rosalynn Cogoli 13:53 Oakham
Zack Cogoli 14:06 Oakham
Clara Cogoli 14:41 Oakham
Penny Ouimette 16:49 Gilbertville

The group pausing for a picture on the footbridge over Nelson Brook.

The group pausing for a picture on the footbridge over Nelson Brook.

A group of 17 hikers left the parking area at Harvard Forest on Sunday morning to begin the trek down to Tom Swamp. The trail is named after Bob Marshall, a former graduate student at the Harvard Forest and founder of The Wilderness Society (among other professional accomplishments) back in the 1930s. While completing his research, Bob would hike through the woods to his study site. This trail is meant to approximate how he might have gotten down to the Tom Swamp area. Sections of the trail still need approval to formally clear the trail and open it to the public. We traveled across permanently conserved properties along the way, and saw a variety of natural and cultural history pieces too. The humidity made it a challenge, but we mostly walked in the shade under the trees.

One of many piles of moose scat found along the trail.

One of many piles of moose scat found along the trail.

A moose skull. There were many bones found in the area including vertebra, thigh, shoulder and ribs.

A moose skull. There were many bones found in the area including vertebra, thigh, shoulder and ribs.

 

 

 

Parts of an old wood stove are out along the trail. Bob surmised that these are the remains of a stile left-over from Prohibition days.

Parts of an old wood stove are out along the trail. Bob surmised that these are the remains of a stile left-over from Prohibition days.

 

Looking at part of Harvard Pond from the Tom Swamp Road.

Looking at part of Harvard Pond from the Tom Swamp Road.

The shrubs have grown, blocking the view into Tom Swamp, but we tried to see northerly anyway. You could make out a stand of planted red pines  in the distance.

The shrubs have grown, blocking the view into Tom Swamp, but we tried to see northerly anyway. You could make out a stand of planted red pines in the distance.

 

 

 

Signs about Town

signs about townThese signs are out and about in the East Quabbin communities. Don’t miss this great event and all the proceeds goes towards maintenance of the Mass Central Rail Trail and other preserves.

Bring your family and friends to the Station Loop Ramble on Sunday, October 8th!

For full details go to StationLoopRamble.EQLT.org

 

Here's what Holly had to say about the 2016 Station Loop Ramble. Wont you join her on Sunday, October 8th for this year's run and walk events? See you then!

Here’s what Holly had to say about the 2016 Station Loop Ramble. Wont you join her on Sunday, October 8th for this year’s run and walk events? See you then!

 

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