USS Kauffman, USCG Seize USD 25 Mln Worth of Drugs

first_img View post tag: Drugs Share this article View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: USS Kauffman Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Kauffman, USCG Seize USD 25 Mln Worth of Drugs View post tag: americas USS Kauffman, USCG Seize USD 25 Mln Worth of Drugscenter_img View post tag: USD 25 Mln View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USCG July 9, 2015 View post tag: Navy In two separate operations conducted in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the US Navy’s guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59), along with the U.S. Coast Guard, intercepted a large quantity of drugs and detained suspected narcotic-smugglers.The team seized 582 kilograms of cocaine, estimated to be worth approximately $11.6 million. Three suspected smugglers were detained in this operation.After spotting the suspected smuggling vessel during a routine patrol, Kauffman’s embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment boarded the vessel and seized the illicit cargo. After which they took custody of the three crew members and recovered the illicit cargo, some of which was jettisoned overboard before the team boarded the vessel.In the second operation, conducted on June 21, the USS Kauffman (FFG 59), and USCG personnel, intercepted 598 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated $14.7 million, and detained three members of a suspected narcotic-trafficking vessel.Kauffman’s embarked SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron (HSL) 60, spotted the suspected smuggling vessel and Kauffman’s embarked USCG LEDET boarded the vessel, they discovered several bales of illicit cargo, which they identified as cocaine. Three crew members from the vessel were then taken into custody, along with the illicit cargo, and brought back to Kauffman.The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Martillo.Image: US Navylast_img read more

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first_imgMalcolm Proctor, Ciaran O’KaneIrwin’s BakeryNorthern Irish bakery firm Irwin’s, based in Portadown, has made two new appointments.Malcolm Proctor joins the company from Ulster Carpets as health and safety officer. He holds responsibility for health and safety compliance across the company, including both internal and external clients.Ciaran O’Kane is the firm’s new packaging technologist. He joins from the Kerry Group, where he was a graduate trainee, and will continue with his studies for a packaging diploma, while working at Irwin’s.He is responsible for providing packaging expertise throughout the firm.Barbara GallaniFood and Drink FederationBarbara Gallani has been appointed to head up the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery (BCCC) sector group.As manager of the group, Gallani will be responsible for directing and developing with members policies that reflect the issues faced by this sector.She will also provide a link between the group and broader FDF activities to ensure members of the group are fully integrated into the wider federation.Gallani previously worked as food policy executive at the British Retail Consortium and has over seven years’ experience of working for the food industry.Steven PurvesLees of ScotlandConfectionery manufacturer Lees of Scotland has appointed Steven Purves as its new supply chain director.He is based in the company’s Coatbridge headquarters and will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all aspects of the company’s supply chain, including warehousing, transport and purchasing.Purves will also be involved in new product development projects and long-term supply chain strategies.Purves most recently worked as purchasing manager for the Edinburgh branch of Total Produce, a subsidiary of the global Fyffes brand.Amanda WardleAcrivarnFood machinery engineer Acrivarn has appointed Amanda Wardle as marketing manager, with responsibility for helping the company strengthen its brand and develop a long-term targeted marketing campaign.Acrivarn makes equipment for the baking industry. Clients include Greggs, Higgidy Pies and Yorkshire-based baker HE Hinnit.Adrian ApodacaHoneyrose BakeryLondon-based organic wholesale firm Honeyrose Bakery has appointed Adrian Apodaca as marketing director, to oversee its growing UK customer base and international expansion.Duties include developing the Honeyrose brand and the company’s own-label business with some of the UK’s coffee shop chains and multiples.last_img read more

Notre Dame helps launch Indiana’s COVID-19 registry

first_img Twitter Notre Dame helps launch Indiana’s COVID-19 registry By Tommie Lee – September 1, 2020 0 337 Facebook Pinterest Google+ Google+ Previous articleBerrien County K9 officers receive donation of vestsNext articleElkhart County Board expands landfill, approves bridge design funding Tommie Lee (“Notre Dame – 28” by Garden State Hiker, CC BY 2.0) A research coalition based at Notre Dame has launched an Indiana COVID-19 registry.It’s an effort to track and spread the virus’ impact and provide more complete information to those making decisions at the state and local level in the Hoosier State.Research leaders at Notre Dame are leveraging the school’s membership in the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and its All IN For Health program to launch the registry.Lead scientist Marie Lynn Miranda says understanding how COVID is affecting the health and well-being of Hoosiers is critical to winning the battle.The registry is open to anyone 18 years of age or older and involves introductory and follow-up surveys. You can find the registry by clicking here. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Listen To Jack White’s Curated Led Zeppelin Playlist [Audio]

first_imgJack White’s Led Zeppelin Playlist:01. The Rover02. How Many More Times03. Two Ones Are Won (Achilles Last Stand) (Reference Mix)04. Since I’ve Been Loving You05. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (BBC Sessions)06. The Lemon Song07. St. Tristan’s Sword (Rough Mix)08. Traveling Riverside Blues (BBC Sessions)09. Moby Dick10. Out On The TilesView PlaylistJack White recently announced the return of The Raconteurs, one of his former projects, for a new album slated for release in 2019. The Raconteurs consists of White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. The new album will mark The Raconteur’s first release in more than a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely.Jack White has long been known to frequently change up his band lineups. Last fall, White wrapped up his world tour with the new band he convened for his most recent album, 2017’s Boarding House Reach. Jack White currently has no upcoming tour dates. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s iconic sophomore LP, Led Zeppelin II, the band has launched a new playlist curator program.The Led Zeppelin Playlist Generator allows fans to create their own playlist using any track from Led Zeppelin’s vast back catalog, including all of their studio and live albums, as well as the deluxe editions released in more recent times.A number of celebrities have shared their Led Zeppelin playlists, including modern-day rock icon Jack White. White chose 10 noteworthy tracks, including a reference mix of “Two Ones Are Won (Achilles Last Stand)” and rough mix of “St. Tristan’s Sword”, as well as studio renditions of “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair” and “Traveling Riverside Blues” from Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions. In a recent Facebook post, White calls the band an “immovable force in music” and adds, “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like them.”You can check out and listen to Jack White’s Led Zeppelin playlist below:Led Zeppelin x Jack White Playlistlast_img read more

Consumers may need help navigating health insurance exchanges

first_imgBased on a 2010 survey of people who used Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange (“The Connector”) to sign up for a health plan—and who experienced some difficulty with things like understanding and choosing plans—a group of investigators concludes that such exchanges should be designed with users’ experience in mind.States are now required to create health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These exchanges serve as marketplaces where individuals, families, and small businesses can go to a single website to find, compare, and select health plans. In 2022, 25 million people are expected to purchase health insurance through these exchanges.The new study, published in the January 2013 Health Affairs, was led by Anna Sinaiko, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. The researchers analyzed how a sample of Massachusetts consumers selected their plans. For the majority of those surveyed, the Connector was the only marketplace they used. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Netflix leads GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is once again the top contender at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. The streamer got 26 nominations, snapping up film nods for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The Prom,” comedy nominations for “Dead to Me” and “Big Mouth” and drama nods for “The ”Umbrella Academy” and “Ratched.” Netflix has for the past few years led the annual GLAAD nominations, which honors media for fair and accurate representations of LGBTQ people. HBO Max follows with nine nominations, and Amazon, Hulu and HBO each received four. The Hallmark Channel received its first nomination for the network’s first holiday movie featuring a gay lead character.last_img read more

Michelle Williams, NPH & More Dress to Impress at the Met Gala

first_img Leighton Meester View All (5) Neil Patrick Harris Red carpet events are typically a classy affair, but stage and screen celebs kicked it up a notch for the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5. This year’s fashion theme? “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” (Click here for an example.) Broadway stars hit the red carpet rocking some seriously fashionable looks: If/Then star Idina Menzel wore a very Elsa-esque gown adorned with feathers and beads, All the Way headliner Bryan Cranston wore a dapper white tux jacket, Cabaret star Michelle Williams looked pretty as a picture in a sparkly cocktail dress, Hedwig’s Neil Patrick Harris stepped out in tails and a giant white cummerbund and Of Mice and Men star Leighton Meester was decked out in a glamorous gold gown for the occasion. Other stars looking glam on the red carpet included Tony winner Hugh Jackman, Glee’s Lea Michele and Into the Woods star Anna Kendrick. Did these stars nail their classy couture looks or did they miss the mark? Tell us what you think in the comments below! Bryan Cranston View Comments Michelle Williams Star Files Idina Menzellast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Hedwig, The King and I & More!

first_imgSing Along with Jessie MuellerApril 18 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern AuditoriumLeaving your seat to join a Broadway production is, at best, a faux pas. Not at the Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Take the Stage with Broadway Stars. Join Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as she and other Great White Way performers lead a sing-along to Broadway hits. Yes, your family can sing in Carnegie Hall—without the authorities being called. Click for tickets! See Peter Sarsgaard Tackle HamletOpens April 13 at the Classic Stage CompanyShakespeare’s plays endure is they give great actors a chance to shine. Such as Peter Sarsgaard, who stars as Hamlet in Austin Pendleton’s contemporary rendition, which runs through May 10. Sarsgaard is renowned for his intensity (see the films Boys Don’t Cry and Shattered Glass) and the supporting cast—featuring Stephen Spinella, Penelope Allen, and Harris Yulin—is sublime. Go, get thee to Hamlet, go! Click for tickets! Rock on with a New YitzhakBegins April 14 at the Belasco TheatreLena Hall—and her packer—has left Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The upside is that her departure gives another actress a chance to rock out with her, well, you know. That would be the talented Rebecca Naomi Jones. Aside from having recently delivered a memorable, go-for-broke performance in Big Love, Jones worked with director Michael Mayer in another rock musical, American Idiot. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Click for tickets! Star Files Jessie Mueller Dance with The King and I, Etc., Etc.Opens April 16 at Vivian Beaumont TheatreRecently, there has been a rise in musical revivals featuring great duos: Comden and Green, Lerner and Loewe… Of course, Rodgers and Hammerstein have to get into the act—to which we say, “awesomesauce.” No matter your choice of lame exclamation, we can’t wait to see Kelli O’Hara, she of the five Tony Award nominations, and Ken Watanabe, film actor extraordinaire, enchant us in The King and I. Click for tickets! Renew Your Vows at 54 BelowApril 19 at 54 BelowRather than spend Sunday night worrying about how you’re going to endure Monday, why don’t you try something fun? We have a great option. No, not laying out your clothes for the next day. 54 Below is hosting a Wedding Singer reunion concert featuring original cast members, including Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger, and Felicia Finley. Don’t worry about sleep. That’s what the break room is for. Click for tickets! View Comments Hey, you, sweating over your taxes—it’s going to be OK. The IRS is totally cool with listing Broadway t-shirts as a business expense and claiming the cast of Les Miz as your dependents. Forget the numbers and fine print. Fun beckons, including an interactive afternoon with Jessie Mueller, a Wedding Singer reunion concert, and Peter Sarsgaard’s stab at Hamlet. Time for this week’s picks!last_img read more

Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015.But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating the 80-year-old Martin Drake Plant as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air.The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes.City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said.“Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.”More: Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedulelast_img read more

A Path Forward

first_imgDennis Markatos-Soriano, the executive director of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, said the goal is to create a place “where people can enjoy low cost transportation, lower costs in health care, and just have fun outside.” “A lot of people didn’t think it was going to happen,” he said. “Once it started to become a reality, the community really jumped behind this project. When communities get together, the potential they can unleash is really amazing. That’s what we did.” Georgia She tells them to be patient. Something is in the works.  “2018 was an extreme year of rain and storms,” Belling said. “We had a lot of landslides and washouts. It’s been pretty costly to keep the trails open and safe and welcoming. And so we constantly need support.” “I remember very well when the train was there, and the community was built somewhat around that train and the commerce it brought in,” Beaule said. “I am a complete advocate for a tobacco free lifestyle. But, at the same time, I acknowledge what it meant to my community and my family.” Take this 61 miles to the Alabama border where it connects with the Chief Ladiga Trail for an additional 33-mile journey.  Stop by one of the multiple stores and restaurants along the 22-mile trail to rent a bike for the day or to grab a bite to eat.  In addition to getting all of the right permits and meeting government regulations, one of the most challenging parts will be raising the funds to refurbish the 17 trestle bridges along the route. So far, one 67-foot trestle has been completed. At 600 dollars per foot, volunteers had to raise $40,200 for a single bridge through donations, sponsorships, and grants.  When members of the Tweetsie Trail Task Force began making plans for a rail-trail connecting Johnson City and Elizabethton, Tenn., they decided to turn down two major sources of funding to finish the project as quickly as possible. Bristol already has the amenities like hotels and breweries in place and draws crowds for various events like the Rhythm and Roots Reunion and race weekend. Volunteers hope the trail will help draw visitors year-round. Construction started in 1997 with the final mile completed in 2008. The trail begins at the West Virginia and Pennsylvania border, running along the Monongahela River. After passing through Morgantown, the trail splits in two directions. Visitors can choose to continue southwest along the river to Marion County or head southeast to Preston County. Rather than contracting the work out, the Johnson City Public Works Department did all of the construction on the trail except for two bridges that crossed major four lane roads. The entire project was completed in 2016, three years after construction began for a third of the estimated price. The rail-trails movement began in the Midwest as railroad companies consolidated and closed irrelevant lines. Communities were left with abandoned rails running through town. When a stretch of CSX line used to carry coal, sand, limestone, and other products out of West Virginia was abandoned in 1990, a group of grassroot volunteers came together to form the Mon River Trail Conservancy. The goal of the non-profit was to acquire property across several counties and to convert the 48 miles of rail line into a recreational trail.  Along the way, they stayed with family and friends. Strangers, many of whom had never heard of the project, provided bottles of water on hot summer days and showed an interest in one day undertaking a similar journey of their own. Whether for recreation or transportation, the 45-mile W&OD trail offers easy access through Northern Virginia to the Potomac River. Plans for the greenway have been underway since the early 90s when leaders of local greenway projects in major cities like Boston, New York, and D.C. came together to develop a connecting trail similar to the Appalachian Trail. Cities along the A.T. have experienced an economic revitalization as hikers pass through, stopping to refuel and enjoy a warm meal.  Construction of the first rail-trail began in 1965 on the 32.5-mile Elroy-Sparta State Trail in Wisconsin. According to the Rails to Trails Conservancy, there are now more than 2,000 rails-trails around the country, covering almost 23,700 miles.  Connecting the East Coast The project will give communities access to local trails as well as the opportunity to take on bigger adventures, traveling to far-away cities through human powered transportation.  “We knew if we took the state and federal funding, we would never get the project done,” said Dan Schumaier, chairman of the task force.  “Maintaining is not glamorous but it’s necessary,” she said. “We get hundreds of trees that block the trail every year, and that alone would end a trail if it didn’t have people out helping to keep it open and clean.” Traverse 22 miles of pristine wildlife and bustling cities on this once important line. This trail is part of a larger network of greenways in the Triangle area, making up the longest continuous stretch of any metropolitan area along the East Coast Greenway. Mammoth Cave, Ky. Beaule eventually moved to another part of the state and, like many smaller towns, the train and tobacco left the area, taking a large part of the local economy with it. A study done by Rutgers Professor John Pucher found that cities like Charlotte, Atlanta, and Richmond have seen the number of bicycle commuters more than double from 2000 to 2015. The popularity of the trail was almost instantaneous. Phil Pindzola, the director of public works, said the trail averages around 1,000 visitors a day with an event almost every weekend. Both downtowns have seen a revitalization as the cities try to attract new businesses and people to the area. Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail Markatos-Soriano said he feels a sense of urgency to complete the trail, setting what he calls an “audacious goal” for 2030.  The Great Allegheny Passage Swamp Rabbit Trail Funding for maintenance comes from a variety of sources, from federal and regional grants to fundraising. In 2016, Monongalia County passed a five-year levy to support routine projects along the trail system. Virginia After the success of the Tweetsie, Johnson City is looking at creating a major trail system through the city, connecting the Tweetsie to other smaller trails and public parks. Tannery Knob, a mountain bike park, is set to open soon. The Triangle area of North Carolina is home to the longest stretch of completed greenway with almost 70 miles of linked trails. A study of the impacts of greenways in the Triangle by Alta Planning + Design estimates that the region gains more that $90 million in health, environmental, transportation, property, and economic benefits from the trails every year.  For Watts, the south-to-north cross-country trip appealed to her more than an East-to-West Coast trip because there would be shorter stretches riding through unpopulated areas, and they would not have to cross the Rocky Mountains. “It’s fun to meet people on the trail and it brings people together,” she said. “But in the case of the Mendota, I also see it as a potential economic catalyst for what is fast becoming a lost community.” North Carolina “The longer your trail system becomes, the more it becomes a tourist destination,” Belling said.  “From the obesity epidemic to climate change, it’s really important for us to have tangible projects and infrastructure that help people live the healthy and sustainable lifestyle that they want to,” he said. In Morgantown, what was once an industrial wasteland has been revitalized into prime riverfront property. “There’s no wavering in my thought process,” she said. “I’m convinced that it will be the best thing in my lifetime that I will see to be an economic catalyst. People see that trails are safe, they’re economic drivers, and they bring people to the area who are good stewards of the land.” Heather Cleary owns Morgantown Running, located right off the Caperton section of the trail. On Monday nights, the store hosts group runs for all skill levels on the trail and several race events using sections of the trail. At 150-miles long, the passage is the longest rail-trail east of the Mississippi River. Connect with the C&O Towpath, another 184 miles, to continue your journey to Washington, D.C. Alleghany County, VA Pennsylvania A Trek Bicycle store opened in Johnson City due in part to the construction of the trail. Pindzola said sales are up more than 100 percent at the Trek store for the third year in a row. Local Motion, a full-service bike shop, opened at the trailhead on the Johnson City end in 2017. The shop offers bike rentals and repairs, as well as ice cream after a long ride.  “When you do end up riding a couple of miles on a greenway, it’s such a treat,” Watts said. “You’ve been managing traffic and noise on a busy road. Then you turn and you can ride side by side, talk to each other, and not constantly be worried about what’s coming up behind you.” Born and raised in Southwest Virginia, Eva Beaule’s family depended on tobacco agriculture for income. Washington County was one of the country’s largest producers of burley tobacco leaves and, at that time, a rail line linking Mendota and Bristol, Va., carried products in and out of the county. “I grew up in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Boston and always had this kind of notion of riding my bike at some point, connecting all of those dots,” she said. “It’s been on my bucket list since I was 25.” It’s an ambitious project to connect the entire East Coast, from Key West, Fla. to the Maine-Canada border, on one continuous greenway. center_img Now Beaule has returned to her hometown and is part of a growing effort to convert that abandoned Virginia & Southwestern Railroad line into the Mendota Trail, a 12.5 miles multi-use recreational trail. A study done by West Virginia University found that trail users contribute more than $6 million annually to the region the trail runs through. “Businesses that existed for a long time along that corridor added on back porches or added back doors or started advertising to their backside,” Belling said.  Instead, they raised the funds themselves through solicited donations and local government funds. Companies contributed bricks, signs, and other materials. Individuals and organizations donated funds for the naming rights to bridges, benches, and pavilions.  Although the majority of the East Coast Greenway is still on the road, almost 30 bikers and hikers have completed the entire route. Atlanta BeltLine The greenway could have a similar affect, although it is designed to be an urban trail connecting more than 450 communities across 3,000-plus miles. This is not the first time the citizens of Washington County have tried to convert the abandoned line into a new source of revenue. Several attempts to turn the rail line into an excursion train or a recreational trail failed for various reasons. Once completed, this 22-mile loop around the city of Atlanta will connect more than 45 neighborhoods, providing a place for more sustainable transportation and outdoor recreation.  Although it is possible to bike or walk the entire East Coast Greenway route as it is right now, the goal is to eventually move the entire trail off road. The most challenging part for the alliance and supporters of the greenway will be to keep the enthusiasm going as funds are continuously needed to acquire land and connect existing trails. As the greenway becomes more well-known and communities see the benefits this kind of trail network could bring, more people will be able to take advantage of the project. The Virginia Creeper Trail, a popular trail located about 45 minutes from Mendota, sees upwards of 250,000 visitors every year.  The current project began in 2016 when the city of Bristol deeded the property to the non-profit Mountain Heritage, Inc. Volunteers quickly began clearing the trail, opening the first mile at the northern end in 2017. Another four to five miles on the southern end are expected to be completed in 2019. “We’re trying to figure out how to grow,” Pindzola said. “If you enhance the quality of life in the community, then people may be more likely to want to be a part of the community. When we built the Tweetsie Trail, what was immediately recognized was the value that trail had towards the quality of life.” “We certainly have the interest, the energy, but like so many things, the bottom line is you have to pay your bills to continue to get things done that need to get done,” he said. “We made so much progress in the last two years. It’s helpful to remind yourself of that occasionally to retain your energy and enthusiasm.” Lisa Watts, the communications manager for the alliance, took two months off work in the summer of 2018 to bike the entire route with a friend.  Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park Like any infrastructure project, a number of factors influence how quickly a rail-trail project comes together. From acquiring the property and correct permits to raising the funds and community support, it can be a long and costly process. In some states, especially in the north, miles and miles of greenways and trails have already been built. Other states have some catching up to do. An economic impact study done by Key-Log Economics estimates that 50,000 visitors to the Mendota Trail would add $655,700 to the local economy and create 11 jobs.  After the success of longer distance trails like the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath, more communities are thinking about ways to leverage their trails as destinations for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a multi-day adventure and economic drivers for the towns along the path. “People are so kind,” Watts said. “A woman offered us her house in Georgia when we were planning to go to a motel. A host helped me change my tire. People gave directions and they’re always interested in what you’re doing. It just reinforces what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”  Walk or bike this nine-mile trail into Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the world’s longest cave. Over 390 miles of passageways have been discovered with many more yet to be explored.  Even though the trail is complete, Belling said people often forget about the continued cost to maintain the trails once they are opened. Silver Comet Trail Schumaier, an audiologist in town, said the citizens who were not as excited about the trail running through their backyards eventually became some of the project’s biggest supporters. Every day was an adventure and the realization of a lifelong dream as the friends navigated the trail.  Greenville, S.C. Horseback ride, mountain bike, cross country ski,  or fish. There is something for everyone on this 62-mile trail that travels through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  This was early on in rail-trails history on the East Coast and many locals and businesses were skeptical about the impact the trail could have on the community.  Like most rail-trails, the Mon River Trail is railbanked. This agreement between the railroad companies and trail agencies allows the land to be used as a recreational trail until a point the railroad may want to reestablish a line along that corridor. Under the 1983 National Trails System Act, ownership of the land transfers to the trail groups rather than reverting to adjacent land owners.  “It was somewhat of a challenge to convince people that it would be used and popular,” said Ella Belling, director of the conservancy. “With less than a mile of trail being built, people were walking up and down it. It saw immediate use. It didn’t take us long to show that people wanted it.” Before planning your next rails to trails adventure, make sure to research what activities are allowed on the route and the difficulty. The Rails to Trails Conservancy’s website offers detailed maps and history of each trail.  “This has been a dream for many people in this county for years, going back to when the railroad ceased operations in the early 80s,” said Bob Mueller, another trail volunteer working on grant applications and funding. “When you’re on the greenway, you’re not separated from other people by your windshield,” Markatos-Soriano said. “You’re encountering people and you’re developing relationships with people.” Atlanta, Ga.  “We’ve looked at other locations, but we want to be on the trail,” Cleary said.  It took the pair 57 days to ride up the entire coast, averaging between 60 to 70 miles a day. Pine Creek Trail The conservancy is also part of a larger network of trails and organizations working to connect more communities through these trail systems. As a part of the Parkersburg to Pittsburgh route and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, the Mon River Trail will one day be a part of more than 1,500 miles of connected rails-trails in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. Pennsylvania to Maryland American Tobacco Trail Paving the Way Beaule owns Adventure Mendota, a kayaking outfitter operating on the North Fork of the Holston River. After a day on the water, Beaule said visitors often ask what other outdoor recreation opportunities are available in the area. A study commissioned by the task force estimated construction of the entire 10-mile trail would cost around $6 million.   From Industry to Recreation: Turning Rails into Trails Jackson River Scenic Trail  By the end of 2018, more than 1,000 miles of trail built in patches up and down the East Coast are on protected greenways. Many of those miles come from abandoned rail lines turned into trails. The remaining two thirds of the trail are currently on right of ways on the side of roads.  A Community Effort In the heart of Western Virginia, just north of Covington, this scenic crushed gravel trail follows the former Hot Springs Branch of the C&O Railway all the way to the Bath County line for 14.3 miles.last_img read more