Showing posts with label snett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snett. Show all posts

Saturday, April 30, 2022

FYI - SNETT Trail work underway on Bellingham section

"You may have noticed a construction trailer at Center St parking area and signs at Fox Run Rd and near Harpin St. Exciting things are happening!

The DCR has hired a contractor to improve the section of the SNETT between the Fox Run Rd and Rt. 126. The clearing will start soon. We will post more details as they become available.:

Shared from the SNETT Instagram account - > https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc6hfYJrcxw/

FYI - SNETT Trail work underway on Bellingham section
FYI - SNETT Trail work underway on Bellingham section

Friday, April 29, 2022

Reminder: Rail Trail Road Race 5K - May 7, 2022 - Help this SNETT fund raising effort!

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC). We hope you will join us and the Tri-Valley Front Runners in support of the local SNETT rail trail.

Date: May 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022
Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

FBRTC fund raising: Rail Trail Road Race 5K - May 7, 2022

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC). We hope you will join us and the Tri-Valley Front Runners in support of the local SNETT rail trail.

Date: May 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022
Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022

 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

SNETT Fund raising: Rail Trail Road Race 5K - May 7, 2022

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC). We hope you will join us and the Tri-Valley Front Runners in support of the local SNETT rail trail.

Date: May 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022
Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022

Monday, March 14, 2022

Take a Group walk on the SNETT Friday - Mar 18 at 9 AM

Please join us for our monthly group walk on the SNETT.  This month we will be walking on Friday, March  18 at 9 AM starting at the Center St trailhead in Bellingham. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Meet in the parking lot, wear good boots, we may encounter some muddy spots.
Please watch this post and our social media for further announcements should the date, time or location change due to weather or trail conditions.
Take a Group walk on the SNETT Friday - Mar 18 at 9 AM
Take a Group walk on the SNETT Friday - Mar 18 at 9 AM

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Walk the SNETT Monday morning - Feb 21 - 9 AM

Please join us for our monthly group walk on the SNETT. This month we will be walking on Monday, February 21 at 9 AM starting at the Center St trailhead in Bellingham. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Meet in the parking lot, wear good boots (ice grips are sometimes handy depending on the weather at this time of the year).

Please watch this post and our social media for further announcements should the date, time or location change due to weather or trail conditions.

Shared from the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail page ->
https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/event/february-2022-group-walk-on-snett/
 
Walk the SNETT Monday morning - Feb 21 - 9 AM
Walk the SNETT Monday morning - Feb 21 - 9 AM

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Rail Trail Road Race 5K - May 7, 2022

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope you will join the FBRTC and the Tri-Valley Front Runners in support of the local SNETT rail trail

Date: May 7
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022
Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022


Saturday, February 12, 2022

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - Annual Report for 2021

"Another year with COVID-19 behind us. Benefits of outdoor recreation during these unprecedented times are bringing many people to the SNETT rail trail. 
We have seen many different uses of the trail throughout the year, such as walking, running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog walking, strolling with strollers, younger kids riding their scooters or tricycles, nature watching and nature photography. 
We love to see everyone enjoying the trail! "
Read the annual report of the Rail Trail Committee
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z2TKKaUvAchsuoX-Wluarx8mTVGpVXcO/view 

For more about the Rail Trail visit their page ->   https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - Annual Report for 2021
Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - Annual Report for 2021

Monday, January 17, 2022

Upcoming FBRTC Group Walk - Jan 19, 2022


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Upcoming FBRTC Group Walk - Jan 19, 2022

FBRTC Monthly Group Walk
Wednesday January 19th, 10am

Grove Street Trail Head, Franklin

Join us for our monthly group walk on the SNETT in Franklin. The trail can be icy this time of year, so make sure to wear some appropriate footwear!

Visit our website for more information. We hope to see you on the trail!
 
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PO Box 68
Franklin, Ma 02038

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

FBRTC: Group walk - Jan 19, 2022 - 10 AM

"Please join us for our monthly group walk on the SNETT. This month we will be walking on Wednesday, January 19th at 10am starting at the Grove St trailhead. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Meet in the parking lot, wear good boots (ice grips are sometimes handy depending on the weather at this time of the year).

Please watch this post and our social media for further announcements should the date, time or location change due to weather or trail condition."

Shared from the Rail Trail page ->   https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/event/january-2022-group-walk-on-snett/

Please join us for our monthly group walk on the SNETT
Please join us for our monthly group walk on the SNETT (photo courtesy of FBRTC)


Saturday, August 28, 2021

New story walk is up at the SNETT, a cool day for a walk!

"The new #storywalk is up! You can find it at Center St trailhead in Bellingham (198 Center St for your GPS). Enjoy!

#SNETT #railtrail #FBRTC #BellinghamMA #FranklinMA #massdcr
— at Southern New England Trunkline Trail."
Shared from Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/185258844899495/posts/4292760737482598/

New story walk is up at the SNETT, a cool day for a walk!
New story walk is up at the SNETT, a cool day for a walk!


Sunday, July 11, 2021

CPA funds now eligible to use for rail trails

Via Senate President Karen Spilka:
"Great for our MetroWest communities- 
Included in our budget —
CPA funds can now be used to purchase Rail Trails!!

MetroWest rail trails bring us together and encourage environmentally sustainable transportation. With the Fiscal Year 2022 budget enacted today, Community Preservation Act (CPA) communities will be able to purchase rail property in order to expand existing rail trails and create new ones."
Shared from Facebook

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

SNETT tunnel closed July 1-July 2

"Trail Closure Alert!

The trail between Spring St (Franklin) and Lake St (Bellingham) will be closed on Thursday (and possibly Friday) for drainage repair at the tunnel. No thru traffic. 

Please plan accordingly. Thank you!

#SNETT #railtrail #FBRTC #FranklinMA #BellinghamMA"
Shared from Facebook: 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Still time for the 10th Annual FBRTC Virtual Race – 5K run or walk 2021

Register today and support the Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee and the SNETT rail trail. 

Thank you to TVFR (https://www.tri-valleyfrontrunners.com/) for partnering with us this year in organizing and supporting our event!

Register here: https://www.active.com/running/distance-running-virtual-events/10th-annual-fbrtc-virtual-race-5k-run-or-walk-2021

If you or your business would like to become a sponsor, please email us at fbrtcommittee@gmail.com for details. Thank you. 

When:  May 22 - May 31

 

Still time for the 10th Annual FBRTC Virtual Race – 5K run or walk 2021
Still time for the 10th Annual FBRTC Virtual Race – 5K run or walk 2021


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Sign up for the group walk on the SNETT - Jan 24, 2021

Please join us for a socially distanced group walk on the SNETT on Sunday, January 24 at 10 AM. We will start from the Center Street parking lot in Bellingham.

Masks are required for anyone 2 years old and up. Leashed dogs are always welcome. 
 

In case the parking area at Center St is full, please proceed to Fox Run Rd for additional trail parking (marked). 
 
Questions, please email us at fbrtcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you.
 
Shared from the Rail Trail Committee page

Follow the event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1540318952825885/?post_id=1540318959492551&view=permalink

Sign up for the group walk on the SNETT - Jan 24, 2021
Sign up for the group walk on the SNETT - Jan 24, 2021


"Please make sure you take home everything you bring on the trail. That includes dog poop bags. Thank you."
 
friendly reminder
friendly reminder

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Walk Off Those Cookies! - Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - 10 AM

Please join us for a socially distanced group walk on the SNETT on Sunday, December 27 at 10 AM. We will start from the Center Street parking lot in Bellingham.

Masks are required for anyone 2 years old and up. Leashed dogs are always welcome. ***Registration is required*** 


In case the parking area at Center St is full, please proceed to Fox Run Rd for additional trail parking (marked). Questions, please email us at fbrtcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you.

Walk Off Those Cookies! - Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - 10 AM
Walk Off Those Cookies! - Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - 10 AM



Shared from the FBRTC page

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

FM #392 SNETT Timeline - 11/12/20 (audio)

How do the Franklin Odd Fellows and a flat tire play a part in the story of the SNETT tunnel? Listen to find out.

FM #392 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 392 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the group conversation to talk through the timeline for the SNETT trail development in particular the work to make the tunnel a reality. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Participants in the timeline discussion are

  • Alan Earls
  • Marc Kaplan
  • Dave Labonte
  • Representative Jeff Roy

While the discussion was recorded with these folks, they all acknowledged the work of a host of others who at some point played a key role along the timeline.

The recording runs about 45 minutes, so let’s listen to the discussion on the timeline of the SNETT trail and in particular the work to bring the tunnel to reality.

Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/Hry5JRCS


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The Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee page  https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/ 

SNETT archive documents (Courtesy of Alan Earls)
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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

the new tunnel under Prospect St improves the SNETT experience
the new tunnel under Prospect St improves the SNETT experience


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

#SNETTPhoto2020 photos winners announced

"We are excited to announce the winners of the first annual photo contest #SNETTPhoto2020!

We would like to thank everyone who entered and we are looking forward to your participation again next year."

 

For the winning photos, please visit the Rail Trail Committee page
 
#SNETTPhoto2020 photos winners announced
#SNETTPhoto2020 photos winners announced (just a photo of the new tunnel, not a winning photo)

 



Monday, November 2, 2020

“It offers outdoor recreation and healthy exercise"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:  

"For years, a steep hill along the Southern New England Trunkline Trail in Franklin severed the path, leading hikers and bikers to climb the hurdle and cross private property to get back on.

Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin said he knew he’d get funding to fix that in 2016.

Roy, an avid cyclist and veteran rider in the annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, took Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton for a bike ride on the path one day to show him first-hand what residents were dealing with.

Before reaching the hill, located on Prospect Street, Roy told Beaton that he was going to walk up it with his bike. Beaton said he’d ride up it."

MA DCR SNETT Link  https://www.mass.gov/locations/southern-new-england-trunkline-trail

Rail Trail Committee page  https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/


And from a recent walk n October, actually the day the new tree identification signs were posted
https://photos.app.goo.gl/QqxR9VQA3VxhTbz48

autumn screen from a break in the treeline along the trail in Bellingham
autumn screen from a break in the treeline along the trail in Bellingham



Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee - marks the tunnel opening

The journey to upgrade the abandoned railroad path in Franklin & Bellingham began in December of 2008 when a representative of the Franklin Odd Fellows sat in on a meeting of the Grand Trunk Trailblazers in Thompson, CT and offered to be Franklin’s representative as the most easterly of (6) towns making up the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) from Franklin to the Connecticut border. 

The towns from East to West are Franklin, Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, Uxbridge, Douglas.  The grassroots committee that was formed in January of 2009 was called the Franklin Citizens Rail Trail Committee, but that was later changed to the Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) when Bellingham members joined the committee and we saw a need to expand.  

By December of 2009, the rail trail committee had secured an Opinion of Probable Cost from Pare Engineering in Lincoln, RI to improve the overgrown railroad right of way into a multipurpose walking and biking trail with a tunnel at the Prospect St. crossing.   For the next 11 years the committee advocated, fundraised and continually worked to obtain grants and petitioned our state government for funds to improve the SNETT.  

Both towns of Franklin & Bellingham have been active participants in the process adding parking lots and signage at road crossings.   The town of Bellingham made a significant contribution by burying a town waterline on the path and getting a significant portion of the Bellingham section completed to a finished grade.  The high point of the committee’s effort has been the funding and construction of the tunnel at Prospect St.  

State Rep. Jeff Roy and State Senators Karen Spilka and Richard Ross signed on to an initial Bond Bill that included the necessary funding for the trail and tunnel.  State Rep. Mike Soter of Bellingham, the Bellingham Planning Committee and Franklin Town Administrators Jeff Nutting and Jamie Hellen of Franklin have also been active participants.  

The committee is also grateful for the thousands of runners who have supported our 9 years of fundraiser road races and the numerous corporate donors who gave us much needed annual financial support and for the Town of Franklin for allowing us to use the Remington School for our Road Race site.  

The committee is also very grateful for all of the advice, support and “boots on the ground” manpower that we received over the years from the Department of Conservation (DCR) and we certainly understand that whatever success we’ve had as a grassroots committee would not have been possible without their full cooperation and support.

**  Written by Dave Labonte, original member of the FBRTC. 

For more about the FBRTC    https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/

In @TOFranklinMA The new SNETT tunnel was celebrated on Friday. @KarenSpilka @jeffroy @BeccaRauschMA   @Gannett       Look for upcoming  @laurenwhy_ @milforddaily story.  
 
Photo gallery here: https://t.co/f8i5BWGgOZ  
Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/fZnxTQEVLE


Additional photos from Rep Jeff Roy on Facebook


photo from Rep Jeff Roy on Facebook
photo from Rep Jeff Roy on Facebook