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Section News and Notes (07/02)

GMC Honors Section Members

On June 8, the Manchester and Bennington Sections hosted the GMC’s annual meeting at Bromley Mountain Resort, a place so scenic, it could almost convert me to alpine skiing.

My favorite part of the meeting is always the volunteer recognition. This year, the Burlington Section was well represented. Gary Sawyer, adopter of Butler Lodge, and Mary Lou Recor, co-adopter of the Laura Cowles Trail, received Roy O. Buchanan awards for five years of service to the club. Clem Holden, co-adopter at

Buchanan Lodge, and Jeff Bostwick, adopter of Puffer Shelter, both received ten year service awards. For her 30 plus years as editor of Ridge Lines, Sally Spear became an honorary life member.

And Cathy Frank received the President’s Award for her work creating the GMC web-site, which won the American Trails Web-site Contest for a local organization or club. Congratulations to all and thank you for your dedication and hard work.

    —Mary Lou Recor

Help Wanted

The Burlington Section has an opening for a Trail Adopter Coordinator. The responsibilities include soliciting and choosing trail adopters for the side trails between Jonesville and Smugglers’ Notch, reading trail reports and coordinating trail projects, and nominating adopters for annual awards. If you are interested, contact Sue Girouard at 466-5941 or

Spring Trail Work

We had a successful spring trail work season with five outings averaging ten workers each! We found a slightly less than normal number of blowdowns and all were removed. We did the usual waterbar clearing and clipping.

The outings covered the Long Trail from Rte. 2 to Butler Lodge, with a small amount of work on the Butler Lodge, Nebraska Notch and Lake Mansfield Trails. The weather did not interfere with our work and the bugs weren’t a problem most of the time. The Trail is in good shape, but has muddy spots and a few places where the blazes need refreshing.

Thanks to all for the 48 volunteer days of trail work. Special thanks to new member Joel Tilley and to John Sharp who came out for four of the five outings, also to Phil Schlosser, Mitch Stupp and Robert Gillis who, along with me, went on three outings.

We have one more outing scheduled for August 17. If we get approval, we may re-open the winter bypass of the Lake Mansfield Trail. If not, we will pick a muddy section of the Trail and find large rocks to move.