Officials plan trail-clearing venture
TRAVERSE CITY — City officials and members of Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. plan to work together to clear snow along the TART Trail.
TART Trails volunteers are clearing prioritized areas of the TART using equipment and fuel provided by the city.
Officials plan to clear snow along the TART from Carter Road to Bunker Hill Road in Acme when there is snow accumulation of at least three inches.
The Murchie Bridge underpass along the TART will be shoveled by young volunteer Carter Schmidt, who operates Carter's Compost in the Oak Park neighborhood, TART officials said in a press release. Volunteers also will shovel the Boardman Lake pedestrian bridge.
The Mall Trail from 14th Street to South Airport also will be cleared through service donated by Johnson Outdoors.
The goal of TART Trails' snow removal efforts is to maintain a trail network for year-round active transportation and outdoor recreation. Officials believe TART and Mall trails work will prompt more people to enjoy walking, running and bicycling outdoors through the winter.
For more information, contact Lee Kurt at Lee@traversetrails.org, or visit TART Trails' Smart Commute program webpage to learn more (http://traversetrails.org/programs/smart-commute/).
Toys for Tots numbers down from last year
TRAVERSE CITY — The annual Toys for Tots campaign in northwest Michigan accumulated about 21,000 toys that were distributed to an estimated 7,000 children throughout the region.
Toys for Tots officials said the numbers were down from last year, when about 8,000 children received about 25,000 toys.
"Our agencies are not really sure why toy requests were down this year," says Toys for Tots coordinator Maggie Kent. "We would have really struggled to meet the needs if the requests were as strong as originally projected."
The campaign distributed toys to 17 human service agencies in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim Counties, Kent said.
Toys are distributed through nearly every major human service agency in the region including; The Father Fred Foundation, Goodwill, Benzie and Leelanau Family Independent Agencies, the Mancelona Family Resource Center and others.