Planning for the management of the trail

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Today we had a meeting of the four government agencies that will eventually manage the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and the Friends of the Pumpkinvine to discuss how we plan to coordinate our efforts once the entire 17-mile trail is open. It’s an exciting development because it signals a level of cooperation that will be necessary for a successful trail. The …

Back to cross country skiing

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So much for hoping to ride soon on the trail. Goshen got five inches of snow today, so we’ll all have to postpone that first ride up the trail for a few more days or weeks.

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter — New York Times today

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There’s something sobering about the fact that the day we announced our Friends of the Pumpkinvine blog, an article appeared in the New York Time announcing the decline of blogs. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/technology/internet/21blog.html?_r=1&ref=technology. The happening places are Twitter and Facebook according to this article. Well, we do have a Facebook page, but so far I fail to see a value in Twitter …

Trail conditions

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Although the warm weather of the past week has melted the snow from the asphalt sections of the trail between CR 28 and CR 33, the section in the city of Goshen between CR 28 and SR 4 is still very soggy. I wouldn’t recommend trying to ride it on a bike, even a mountain bike. Trail managers everywhere debate …

Reflections on leaving the Friends’ board

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  Frances Ringenberg   By Frances Ringenberg Note: Frances Ringenberg resigned from the Friends’ board in November 2010. She lives in Middlebury and served on the board since 2005. She wrote the following reflection on her five years on the board. Serving on the Friends of the Pumpkinvine board has been a great experience for me.  I was …

Commuting by way of the Pumpkinvine

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[The following article by Buddy Dyck will be in the March Pumpkinvine Trail Talk.] Matt Lind  If you had occasion to ride the Pumpkinvine this past autumn in the so-called rush hours of the day, you would likely have met Matt Lind, on his 1972, 40-pound, Jacquef Anquetil two wheeler on his way from Goshen to Northridge Middle School in …

Blog topics

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What would be some of the topic a Friends blog would address? Drafts of articles for the newsletter, particularly “From the president.” Outline of the newsletter. Breaking news, e.g., a law suit settled Trail history. Many people don’t know how it got started Notes from board meetings, i.e., major decisions. Announcements of mailings. Announcements of coming events. Wildflower walks Annual …

Benefits of a blog for nonprofits

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Obviously blogging takes time to research and write.  So what are the benefits? Check out these links that address the benefits of blogging. http://blog.techsoup.org/node/456 http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2008/08/measuring-the-v.html http://www.fundraising123.org/node/594 http://www.fundraising123.org/article/10-reasons-why-every-nonprofit-must-have-blog

Welcome

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Blogging is another way for us to keep supporters informed about what is happening with the trail. In a sense, it is more private and direct than Facebook because just those interested in the trail get the news. What some people don’t like about Facebook is that all your friends know what you like and comment on.  A blog is a …