Archive for the ‘FYI’ Category

National Talk Like A Pirate Day

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Ahoy there mateys!

It’s time for all ye land lubbers to step foot upon me canal boat to get ye sea legs on the Lehigh Canal.

The Josiah White II canal boat sure is a beauty. Take a voyage and learn about the history of the regional canals. But if ye don’t follow me code of conduct, ye walk the plank and end up in Davey Jones’ Locker.

On September 20, in honor of National Talk like a Pirate Day on September 19, we will be offering half price admission to anyone who dresses and speaks like a pirate.

All aboard the Josiah White II for a ride into ye yonder!

Walking a Half Marathon

Monday, September 15th, 2014

by Diane Kripas, right, Division Chief of PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and Lehigh Valley Greenway lead in Harrisburg, who walked the Harrisburg Half Marathon on September 7th.

Walking 13.1 miles. I don’t think so. It wasn’t on my bucket list nor something I had ever considered doing. The closest I ever got to a half-marathon was helping with the 2013 D&L Marathon. Then, I got the email – “would you walk the Harrisburg Half-Marathon with me?” Hmm. My friend lives in Maryland and had been checking out half-marathons in DC and Baltimore. They were either too hilly or had time limits. Having never walked a half-marathon before, the last thing she wanted was to not be able to finish because she walked too slow. She checked into the Harrisburg Half-Marathon and saw that the course was flat with nice scenery along the Susquehanna River, and had a five-hour time limit. She also had a friend there that maybe could be convinced to walk with her.

I’ll be 54 in a month and the most I’ve ever walked is 7 miles. While my dad was still running in his mid-70s, I had no interest. I’m a biker – walking just takes too long to get there. I started “training” about 7 weeks prior to the event. Sheri sent me the training plan but honestly, I didn’t follow it. My plan – walk every day at least 30 minutes, throw in a couple of 3-mile walks each week, mix it up with some biking, and the weekend before walk further than I ever had. It worked for me –BUT, I do exercise regularly. I recommend following a training plan like the D&L provides. D&L even has a walking coach!

When someone asks you to help them, it is quite motivating. I didn’t want to let her down. I walked before work – I hate to exercise at 5:45 a.m. in the morning, I talked friends at work into walking with me at lunch. I made walking a priority over other activities.

The experience – awesome, BUT after seeing D&L’s support for walkers; Harrisburg’s event could have been more walk friendly. Walkers went first so at about the 3 mile mark – 1,000 runners started passing us. Miles 4-9 we were surrounded by hard core runners and in a way it felt a bit like we were the slackers. The last three miles we were back on our own and thankfully volunteers, family members and friends were still encouraging the walkers to finish. Miles 11-12 were the hardest. While we talked almost the entire time, the body was starting to ache. By the end of 12, we reached our family cheerleaders and one last burst of energy kicked in. It took us 3 hours and 40 minutes.

The best part was afterwards having lunch together, eating a slice of our favorite pizza and hearing my friend’s joy at crossing something off her bucket list. 18 months ago she was recovering from a partial knee replacement. She had just walked 13.1 miles and WE did it together.

IRun4 Ashton

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Running a race is a choice that you can make. But what about the people who don’t have the option to run a race, or run at all? There are many children and adults that are not physically capable to run, let alone run a race.

“You can run for me anytime!” A simple phrase that sparked a movement.

IRun4 is a website that allows runners to pair up with individuals who cannot physically run. Runners are able to find a new sense of purpose for running while sharing who they are running for and raising awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types.

The D&L Heritage Half Marathon is honored to have Lori Ann running for Ashton in this year’s race.

At the age of 2, Ashton was beaten very badly by the person babysitting him. He was beaten so badly that the doctors did not believe he would survive. Ashton was taken off life-support a week after his injury because the doctors said he didn’t have any brain activity. After several surgeries, many doctor appointments, and many therapy appointments, Ashton continues to thrive into the happy and joyful child that he is despite everything that has happened.

Ashton’s grandmother applied on IRun4 to match Ashton with a runner and that is how he paired up with Lori Ann. They have run about 370 miles together. Lori Ann takes pictures and posts them to Facebook for Ashton to see and experience.

“IRun4 was started by Tim Boyle. The organization has grown with tremendous speed as it’s such a simple and pure concept: We run for those who cannot. Amazing. We are like a family and grieve when we lose a buddy to the angels. We are there to support each other, it’s truly inspirational. I was born legally blind but I am blessed with the ability to run for Ashton, whose gift of running was stolen. Kindred spirits, he has problems with his eyesight as well.” – Lori Ann

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Conversations on the Canal: Our Anthracite Heritage

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor has announced an autumn addition to its series of dinner cruises on the Josiah White II canal boat. “Conversations on the Canal: Our Anthracite Heritage” has been scheduled for October 4 from 4-6:30 p.m. in Hugh Moore Park, Easton.

Jay Smar, a renowned musician and anthracite coal historian, will take passengers back in time to the days when King Coal ruled the anthracite region of Northeast Pennsylvania. Armed with two guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, fiddling and singing, Smar will provide an “acoustical buffet” of traditional American and original folk, old-time mountain music and coal-mining songs, preceded by their historical origins.

Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed in the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BB movie, “The Welsh in America,” and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster.

The cruise will feature a dinner of traditional Polish and Slovak foods commonly found in coal country “patch towns” of Carbon and Luzerne counties, prepared by The Culinary Experience of Hellertown.

Seating on the cruise is limited to 80 people. The cost is $39 per person or $75 for couples. Reservations can be made by contacting Loretta Susen at 610-923-3548 x221 or

Increased Trail Usage Presents Parking Challenges

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The increasing use of the D&L Trail and Lehigh River has led to several parking issues at the Cementon, River Drive, Cove Road, and Slatington Trailheads. The D&L, our D&L Trail landowner of this section, and Lehigh County Parks Department, ask for cooperation in trying to help reduce the issues.

The following suggestions:

Park at one of the nearby, lesser used trailheads. For example, users of the Cementon and River Drive Trailheads can park across the river along Northampton’s Canal Park and enjoy the numerous eateries along Main Street and simply bike or walk across the river to Cementon.

Users of the Cove Road Trailhead, consider starting your ride in Walnutport and parking at the parking lot at the pavilion. You can then simply bike or walk across the river on Main Street to the Slatington Trailhead.

Utilize the trail in non-peak times. The parking issues occur typically during the day on weekends. Consider early morning or late afternoon usage. Weekend usage drops significantly after school starts.

Consider exploring different sections of the trail. While parts of the Lehigh Valley have a lot of usage, other beautiful, improved sections are waiting to be explored. In addition, the new Black Diamond section of the D&L Trail from White Haven to Mountaintop is well worth the trip.

The D&L and our trail landowners are pleased by the overwhelming usage of the trail, however, we ask that you be respectful of all signage and private property.

Vehicles may be towed if the conditions do not improve. The D&L is working with our partners on solutions, including adding additional parking, eliminating trail gaps to tie the trail to additional trailheads and increased directional signage along the Corridor.

Your cooperation is appreciated.