Greenways awards ceremony set

TITUSVILLE The public is invited to attend a free ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, in a picnic pavilion on the grounds of Drake Well Museum and Park, 202 Museum Lane, Titusville where the annual Greenways awards will be presented by the Council on Greenways and Trails.

These annual awards celebrate individuals, groups, and businesses which reach out to assist the communities of Clarion, Crawford, and Venango Counties to enhance or protect greenways and trails, which can be parks, land and water trails, hiking and walking paths, scenic and cultural resources.

The property where the greenway is located may be private or public.

The Thomas Allen Greenways Partner of the Year Award will be presented to Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council, recognizing their active technical assistance and grant management services provided to multiple trail owning and advocacy organizations in all three of the counties served by the CGT. This award is sponsored by the Franklin Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.

Drake Well Museum will be receiving the 2019 Greenways Neighbor of the Year Award for their work as manager of the Jersey Bridge Trailhead along the entrance road to this PHMC-owned historic facility and park; as well as their strong support and participation in the National Trails Day event in June; hosting the Farm to Market fund-raising dinner to benefit Titusville Area Trails Association; coordinating the Drake Well Marathon; and assisting trail users.

This award is sponsored by friends of the Council on Greenways and Trails.

The James E. Holden Greenways Volunteer of the Year Award is co-sponsored by the Holden family and the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism.

The recipient for 2019 is Leah Carter, an active and avid trail advocate who supports the local and regional recreational trails systems and organizations, including the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance where she serves as the vice president for membership.

All award recipients will receive framed certificates issued by the CGT, plus their choice of original artwork pieces commissioned by the Council during the Nature Art Showcases which have been conducted each February for four years.

Refreshments will be served at the ceremony; therefore, people planning to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling Marilyn Black, awards chair, at (814) 677-3152, ext. 105 or email her at mblack@oilregion.org.

For more information about CGT, please visit their website at http://www.nwpagreenways.org