This is the table that existed at the Melville Nauheim shelter on the Long Trail for many many years. The entire top portion had seen many days of use by thousands of AT and LT hikers.
The Bennington Section of the Green Mountain Club had an idea:
Why don't we salvage what is possible and restore this table to usefulness?
Enjoy the pictures in this gallery; they tell the story of hope and restoration better than words
How did the new boards get to the shelter? It is about an hour hike to the shelter along the '20' bars route. We made 4 trips total during the project: reconnaissance, demolition, substructure rebuild, final table top. At each return trip we carried out the older rotten wood. Our team worked the miracle restoration.
Many thanks to Tim, Ken, (Freya the dog), Martha, Hubey, Kathy, Robin, Barb, Ann and Billy
From Sivia: Dear A.T. Community members and partners,
You are invited to a Bennington Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community Public Meeting on May 23d, at 6 pm.
Where: Bennington Fire House multi purpose room on the third floor. The facility is located at 130 River Street in Bennington and is handicap accessible.
Meeting Goals: Provide an update on activities, share plans for this summer, and to solicit input on future efforts.
We will begin with a presentation about what it means to be an A.T. Community and what activities and events the town has been doing so far. There will also be discussion about last year’s Trailfest event, its impact, and learn about planning and ideas for this year’s Trailfest. We will also hear from our organizational partner, the Bennington Chapter of the Green Mountain Club, about their plans for this year and how we can all engage with them to be more involved.
If you are interested in the outdoors, hiking, stewardship of the trail, and improving Bennington as a destination for outdoor recreation, we encourage you to join in the discussion to learn more about our local Green Mountain Club chapter and how the community can support our A.T. designation.
Most importantly is that we want to hear from the community. How can we maximize the benefit to our community by having this designation? What ways can we do more to support hikers visiting our town? What ideas do you have to make us more hiker friendly? What ways can we be leveraging our status as an A.T. community to focus attention on the outdoor recreational resources we have available?
We encourage you to come out and share your thoughts and ideas. Please let me know if you have any questions, have thoughts, or need accomodations.
Answering the question to WHO are 'US'
The following picts show a progressive increase in our view of 'US': beginning with GMC mothership, -> GMC Sections, -> Bennington Section, -> Bennington outdoor organizations, -> community organizations, -> southern Vermont/Northern Massachusetts/Eastern New York areas. Some of these graphics will be used at a meeting Tuesday, May 23, as part of an Appalachian Trailfest meeting. 3rd floor of fire station, 6 pm. All are welcome!
Our 'US' is as big as we choose to devote our energy.