2013 Fall Trail Town Summit – Save the Date
Tuesday November 12th
Fall is in the air, and Trail Town Program® is prepping for another networking event for businesses, organizations, and partners throughout the Trail Towns. The Fall 2013 Trail Town Summit will be held on Tuesday November 12th from10am to 2pm at Le Grande Catering – 111 South 2nd Street, West Newton PA. (Next to Gary’s Chuckwagon)
This Event will focus on two key topics: Partnering & Packaging and a Marketing Overview. Representatives from local businesses, including Bike-the-GAP.com, 7 Springs, and others) will discuss what trail users look for in planned/packaged trips as well as how they can develop their own packages. Also, Fireman Creative will be on board to show all the options available in the marketing field including website and ad design.
A free networking lunch will be included. For more information or to RSVP, please contact William Prince at 724-216-9160 ext 318 or email@example.com. RSVP by Friday November 8th.
New Trail Opening in Westmoreland County
New Connection in Slickville
More trail has been built in Western Pennsylvania. A new 3.7 miles will open this weekend along the Westmoreland Heritage Trail. This Saturday October 5th, beginning at 10 am (rain or shine), a dedication ceremony will start followed by an inaugural run/walk/bike along the brand new trail!
The ceremony will be held at the Slickville Lions Baseball Field in Slickville, PA.
To learn more, click here.
Tour de Mon & Bike to Feed Families Returns
The newest section of the Great Allegheny Passage in the Mon Valley has opened lots of activity and new annual rides. Two of which are happening this weekend! The Tour de Mon is presented by the Mon Yough Chamber of Commerce. This ride will begin at the historic Pump House and riders can head to the South Side or Boston on this family friendly ride.
Also, Bike to Feed Families will begin at the Carnegie Science Center and connect on to the GAP Trail to deliver food donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The Food Bank is located right on the GAP in Duquesne. To learn more click here.
Featured Property & Open House
101 South Water Street, West Newton, PA – Monday October 28th
Over the last 15 months, a transformation has taken place at 101 South Water Street in historic downtown West Newton. This property has been renovated to a
“vanilla box” with a new roof, windows, floor improvements, enclosed porch, and storefront. The first floor hosts 2500 square feet with opportunities for one or two commercial spaces. Potential uses include unique retail and fine or casual dining.
This building is for rent and will include tenant improvements upon final selection of tenant(s). The full first floor is $1200/month plus utilities. Half of the first floor space is $650/month per space plus utilities. Owner financing is available. The property also includes tenant parking and optional storage.
The enclosed porch offers beautiful view of the Youghiogheny River and West Newton Bridge. The 101 South Water Street Open House will be held Monday October 28th from 4pm – 7pm. Drinks and snacks will be available. For more information, check out this information packet on 101 South Water Street in West Newton: WestNewton3 – final.pdf
To RSVP to the Open House or more information about this and other available properties in the Trail Towns, please contact William Prince at 724-216-9160 ext 318 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Few Fall Trail Town Certified Business Tips
Trail Town Certified Business Network
Here are just a few ideas for the fall season:
- Consider adding cool weather clothing to your merchandise line up (sweatshirts, gloves)
- Restaurants: Offer to refill trail users’ water bottles. Even in cool weather, water’s necessary. It shows thoughtfulness and attentiveness, and makes a good impression that sometimes translates into return visit.
- With changes in the temperatures, monitor your thermostat for temperature and energy use control
- Add fall themed items to your menu or consider a “fall foliage” special deal
- Don’t wait any longer to make winter weatherization improvements or anticipate HVAC maintenance to your buildings. Better to plan for or make those improvements now rather than wait for the cold weather to snap to realize what needs to be done. You’ll have more days of comfort and energy efficiency when the weather does turn, and DIY projects are easier to undertake while the climate’s still favorable.
- Consider switching to more earth friendly cleaning products
Check out the Sustainable Supplier Guide here:Sustainable Supplier Guide.pdf
To learn more about Trail Town Certified Business Network or join, click here.
|Fall & Halloween Events Popping Up in the Trail Towns
October Full of Activities
The leaves are turning, the days cooler, and pumpkins are surrounding our region. It’s a great time to take in a ride on the trail, but why not pair that ride with one of the activities in the Trail Towns:
Delicious pumpkin treats and pumpkin carving is just a sample of the activities at this weekend’sPumpkin Fest in Confluence. Head to the Town Square and enjoy crafts, live music, and even fireworks.October 4-6
The Maple City is wrapping up their 2nd Annual Red Raiders Restaurant Week, but preparing for their annualOktoberfest on October 19th. Join the fun as the Meyersdale Area Merchants Association host this event at the Meyersdale Elks with plenty of good food and beer. Event begins at 5pm.
Get ready for Pumpkin Palooza in downtown Cumberland! Saturday October 19 from 10am to noon, there will be face painting, games, raffles, and more to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Looking for a different kind of race – try Running with the Zombies in downtown Connellsville! This inaugural run will take place Saturday October 26. Participants can either run from the zombies or be one themselves. For more details, click here.
West Newton will be celebrating the season with their Fall Festival and last 2013 Farmers Market at Simeral Square. The event will include Merrie the Clown and the Roaming Jack-O-Lantern. Join DWNI on Saturday October 26 from 9am to 1pm at Simeral Square.
Check out a new event in Trail Town South Side in Pittsburgh – the Masquerade Poker Parade is a family friendly costume walk and bike ride benefiting Friends of the Riverfront on Saturday October 26 starting at 10 am.
Check out the Community Calendar below for more events this October.
Survey for Laurel Highlands Shuttle
The National Road Heritage Corridor is continuing to collect survey data for tourist shuttle throughout the Laurel Highlands including Ohiopyle and the Great Allegheny Passage.
If you haven’t taken the survey yet, click here.
|C&O Canal Closed
Message from the Canal Trust
As you may be aware, our Federal Government has shut down for an indeterminate amount of time. What you may not have realized, however, is that the closure of the Federal Government means the closure of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and all other National Parks. For the C&O Canal, this means:
THE TOWPATH IS CLOSED
Visitor traffic, whether on foot, bike, or horse, is strictly prohibited.Bicyclists planning rides from Pittsburgh to DC on the GAP and C&O Canal should plan to turn back at Cumberland.All Visitors Centers are CLOSED.Hiker/Bikers and campgrounds are CLOSED.The Canal Quarters lockhouses are CLOSED.All restroom facilities, both permanent and portable, are CLOSED.Handles have been removed from all well pumps.The only Park staff that will be on duty will be law enforcement rangers.The portion of the Capital Crescent Trail that runs parallel to the towpath in DC is managed by the C&O Canal NHP and is CLOSED. All access roads to the Park are CLOSED. This means you will not be able to trailer boats to boat ramps along the towpath.Interpretive and educational programming in the Park will be temporarily suspended. School field trips to the Park will need to be rescheduled once Park staff has returned.Volunteer events and events requiring special use permits will not be able to take place.All volunteers working in an official capacity should cease volunteer activities immediately and not enter the Park’s premises.After working side-by-side with the wonderful staff of the C&O Canal NHP for many years, it’s heartbreaking for the Trust to see them closing the doors, given no choice but to turn away thousands upon thousands of visitors seeking to recreate and rejuvenate along the canal’s towpath.
While the Park staff has no choice but to stand idly by, we as civilians can take action:
Educate yourself and others on how the shutdown affects National Parks.Be vocal on social media and use #KeepParksOpen.Use any means of communication you can – letter, email, phone call, social media, or even a carrier pigeon – to appeal to Congress. Find your US Representatives and Senators on the National Park’s Conservation Association’s Legislative Lookup.Send notes of encouragement to the Park staff through our Facebook, Twitter, and email. To say this is a rough time for them is an understatement. We’ll forward your notes on and post them on social media, letting our Park Rangers know how much we appreciate them and are anxiously awaiting their return.Last but certainly not least, respect the closure. While we don’t like it one bit, we have to respect it. Disregarding the closure can create potentially unsafe and hazardous situations, damage Park resources, and create undue work and stress on the few staff left standing.Thank you,
President, C&O Canal Trust
||Now – OCTOBER 20
Rubber Duck Project
Point State Park
Bike To Feed Families
Science Center to Duquesne
Hard to Recycle Event
Tour de Mon
Starting at the Pump House
OCTOBER 11 – 12
St. Nicholas Church Fall Festival
Tangled Up in Brew
Fall Foliage Ride
Confluence Creative Arts Center
Geology Field Day
Ohiopyle State Park
OCTOBER 19-20, 26-27
Mountain Maryland Art Sale & Tour
Masquerade Poker Parade
South Side – Pittsburgh
Simeral Square Fall Festival
West Newton, PA
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Conference
Laurelville Conference Center
William P. Price Railroad Collection Exhibit
Frostburg State University
Ending October 30
Sip & Stitch
Confluence Creative Arts Center
2nd & 4th Tuesdays Each Month
Wine & Cheese Wednesdays
City Lights American Grill
Connellsville Carnegie Free Library
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
4th Friday Tea Social
Monthly – 4th Friday
West Newton Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9am – 1pm
Rockwood Opera House
Live Music at The Trailside
West Newton, PA
Live Music at Morguen Toole Company
Click here for a full calendar of events
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|The Trail Town Program® is a special project of The Progress Fund, a non-profit lender to businesses in the travel and tourism industry. The Trail Town concept was developed by the Allegheny Trail Alliance in conjunction with The Progress Fund and other key partners to realize the economic potential of the Great Allegheny Passage.
These partners have invested in the future of communities along the Great Allegheny Passage by financially supporting the Trail Town Program®:
|Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
- Richard King Mellon Foundation
- Anonymous donor
The Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Inc.
- The Student Conservation Association
|Community Foundation of Fayette County
- PA Department of Community and Economic Development
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources