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Trail Etiquette

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The fall season is one of the best times to explore the D&L Trail. However, it is also one of the busiest times of the year for trail use!

In order for everyone to have a great experience, we ask that you adhere to the following rules on trail etiquette:

• Be courteous to other bikers, hikers, etc.
• Communicate with others (Ex: “On your left, etc.”) when passing
• Yield to the right; pass on the left
• Riding too wide and not moving for other riders is rude
• Please respectfully share the trail
• Yield for the passage of park vehicles or other emergency vehicles
• Move off to the side of the trail if you stop for any reason
• Operate your bike at a safe speed
• Foul language in the presence of other riders is rude. Please be respectful of others

Trust 5k Run/Walk Winners Announced

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the Mauch Chunk Trust Company held their 2nd Annual Trust 5k Run/Walk on the morning of September 6 in downtown Jim Thorpe. The race began at the D&L Trailhead located at the north end of the county parking lot.

Staff members from Blue Mountain Health Systems were on hand to lend support and refreshments to participants. Water was provided by Jim Thorpe Market.

Each participant was rewarded with a distinctive dog-tag style medal and a t-shirt. The event’s logo replicates the ‘Old Company Lehigh” bulls-eye that was the trademark of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company.

The Trust 5k Run/Walk raised $1,160 for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. All proceeds support the construction and maintenance of the D&L Trail which connects visitors and residents to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage between Wilkes Barre and Philadelphia.

List of winners for the Trust 5k Run/Walk:
Overall Winners & Times: Run
Robert Muscovitch 21.07
Mariann Kmetz 28.06

Winning Categories & Times: Run
Ages: 14-25
1st Jay Marsden 22.32
2nd Marni Quevedo 42.45
3rd Renata Lawrence 55.19

Ages: 26-40
1st Nathan Zink 22.44
2nd Michael Shafer 24.16
3rd Adam Ridgdell 25.52

Ages: 41-55
1st William Kmetz 26.47
2nd Bill Mogilski 31.12
3rd Carolyn Albright 31.25

Ages: 56-65
1st Dave Ceci 22.58
2nd Lee Zink 23.50
3rd George Adams 28.50

Overall Winners & Times: Walk
Tom Lager 38.48
Donna Martino 47.55

Winning Categories & Times: Walk
Ages: 26-40
1st Tanya Kuehiner 49.43
2nd Michael Shafer 24.16
3rd Adam Ridgdell 25.52

Ages: 41-55
1st Mena Ramon 52.48
2nd Bill Mogilski 31.12
3rd Carolyn Albright 31.25

Ages: 56-65
1st Pamela Everett 50.45
2nd Thomas Nanovic 53.41

Ages: 66+
1st Nelson Steigerwalt 47.55
2nd Melva McArdle 53.42

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserve the historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company is an independent community bank with its main office located at 1111 North St., Jim Thorpe, and Carbon County, PA. Mauch Chunk Trust operates seven (7) banking offices, including five in Carbon County and two in Schuylkill County, PA. Incorporated in 1902, Mauch Chunk Trust is the successor institution to the Second National Bank of Mauch Chunk established in 1864. The company was named one of the top 200 community banks in the United States under $2 billion in assets by the American Banker newspaper for 2014 and 2013. For more information on Mauch Chunk Trust visit their Web-Site at

Haunted Hugh Moore Park

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

October 24th, 25th, 30th, & 31st

For four nights only, Hugh Moore Park unleashes its darkest secrets.

Halloween Activities:
• Ghost walk & canal boat ride
• Halloween tales around a camp fire by storyteller Judy England-McCarthy
• Pumpkin hunt
• Pumpkin painting
• Hay bale maze
• Caramel apple making

Participation is by reservation only. Activities begin at 6:00 pm.

The cost of the event is $12 per adult and $9 per child.

Call Loretta Susen at 610.923.3548 Ext: 221 to reserve your space.

Directions to Hugh Moore Park:

Please do not use directions from Google Maps! As of April 2014, Google Maps showed inaccurate information about how to get to Hugh Moore Park. Please Use our written directions below.

From U.S. Route 22: Take the 25th Street exit and turn south (right) at the end of the ramp. Follow 25th Street south approximately 2 miles (do not cross bridge), then turn right onto Lehigh Drive. At the stop sign, turn right onto the green metal bridge. Turn right at the end of the bridge to go into the park. Follow the road for parking, picnic facilities and the canal boat.

From I-78: Take Route 33 North to Freemansburg Avenue. At the end of the ramp, turn right (east). Stay on Freemansburg Avenue to 25th Street (look for the Aldi Store on your right). Turn right on 25th Street and go south approximately 1 mile, then turn right onto Lehigh Drive. At the stop sign, turn right onto the green metal bridge. Turn right at the end of the bridge to go into the park. Follow the road for parking, picnic facilities and the canal boat.

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.