NEWS & EVENTS

2017 Eat, Play, Ride Save the Date

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2017 ARTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) is conducting its 2017 Membership Drive.   ARTA is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization committed to developing, maintaining, and promoting the recreational use of the Armstrong Trail along with working to preserve the natural resources and historical significance of the area.  Volunteers have helped resurface trail, clear vegetation, and work has begun restoring historical landmarks along the trail.  Memorial benches, mile markers and historical signs have been installed along the trail.  ARTA has placed Port-a-Potties at several locations along the trail and produced a new trail map and users guide.  We are proud to have worked with AVLT to complete 30 miles of trail from Rosston to East Brady (with only a few share the road sections) for everyone to enjoy.

While much has been accomplished, there is always more work to be done.  Your continued support is appreciated.  Membership rates for 2017 are:  INDIVIDUAL  $15.00 per year;  FAMILY  $25.00 per year;  BUSINESS  $50.00 per year; LIFETIME (available for individual or family)  $150.00.  If you wish to join, please complete the attached membership form and submit with your payment to:  ARTA, PO Box 422, Kittanning, PA 16201.

Thanks for supporting the Armstrong Trail and ARTA.

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ARMSTRONG RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP FORM

I wish to become a member of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association & support the conversion, maintenance, and management of the right of way of the Armstrong Trail for recreational use.

____  INDIVIDUAL  $15.00 per year                   ____  FAMILY   $25.00 per year

____  BUSINESS  $50.00 per year                      ____  LIFETIME (individual & family only)   $150.00

NAME _______________________________________  PHONE  ________________________

ADDRESS ______________________CITY  _________________ STATE  ______  ZIP CODE  _______

SIGNATURE  ______________________________   EMAIL  _________________________________

        Please send this completed form and your payment to:   ARTA,  PO Box 422, Kittanning, PA 16201

 

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2017 ARTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tabitha Reefer, Beth Kostella, and Luke Price were elected to the ARTA Board of Directors

            at the October 10th General Membership Meeting.

The new officers are: Anita Smith, President; Dan Kostella, Vice President;

and John Placha, Secretary

The ARTA Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Commissioner’s room at the Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning, PA

All members are welcome!

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EAST BRADY AND ARMSTRONG TRAIL BENEFIT FROM GRANTS

submitted by Toni Henry

The Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) two grants for trail connection work in East Brady.

The first grant is providing surfacing material for a 600 foot section of trail behind the East Brady Treatment Plant.  Improvements to this rough stretch will make the connection between the Shady Lane share-the-road section and the asphalt section that terminates at Purdum Street more rideable.  Phase one work was completed in late July.  Six local volunteers and four members of an AmeriCorp summer crew volunteered on two days to cut back brush, install signs, mile markers and a bench and to spread a base layer of stone.  A volunteer donated his time and tractor for a day and the borough provided a manhole riser and the labor to install. The Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT) provided guidance, expertise, project supervision and materials for the sign and mile marker installations. The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) prepared the grant application, built & installed the bench &provided volunteers and tools.Completion is slated for mid October of 2016.  Discussions are in progress to improve drainage on Verner Street & Waterway Lane with a goal of resurfacing the last unfinished 300 feet of share-the-road surface in 2017.

A second grant is providing funds to purchase a stencil and paint to apply  “sharrows” (share the road arrows) to borough and PennDOT roads.  Bike route signage from the trail entrance at Purdum Street, through town and to the Fish and Boat Commission Launch in Brady’s Bend will be installed also.  Signs will alert motorists that they may encounter bicyclists on the roads and direct trail users to town.  This project was a collaborative effort between The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA), East Brady Borough, Brady’s Bend Township and the East Brady Area Development Corporation (EBADC) Trail Town Initiative. Volunteers will complete the work this fall.  PennDOT advised on the project.

Grants by such organizations as The Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation not only fund small local projects designed and completed with volunteer labor but they are used often as leverage or matches for requests for public funding for other projects.  Both funded projects will enhance the trail user’s ability to link the trail to town, link parking to town and to the trail, and increase use of the trail by residents and visitors for biking, walking and jogging.  A shared goal of making the area a more attractive destination for travelers and locals is being realized one step at a time.

Recent projects managed by East Brady Borough through DCNR grants are restrooms near the trail parking lot (completed) and a fitness trail adjacent to these recreational amenities (funded but not yet under construction).  A Riverfront Park, directly accessible to the trail, has been created through a Greenways, Trails and Recreation grant.

The East Brady Area Development Corporation Trail Town Initiative is currently conducting a fund raising campaign to have two professional murals installed in the East Brady downtown area.  Other projects being researched are business signage and a boat launch.

 

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EAST BRADY RIVERFEST ACTIVITIES UTILIZE
THE ARMSTRONG TRAIL

  riverfest run 2016

Saturday, July 16th was a busy day on northern end of the Armstrong Trail.  According to race organizers, there was a good turnout for the Riverfest 5K run on the trail at 9 AM. ARTA hosted a Nature Walk on the trail from East Brady to Phillipston and back at 1 pm.  And a group of 16 riders on the annual Tour De Brady did half of their ride  on the roads and half on the Armstrong Trail (Templeton to East Brady).

It is great to see so many different groups enjoying the Armstrong Trail !

 

 

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TRAIL TALES

Over the Fourth of July holiday, two loyal trail supporters reported to me that they met trail visitors from Virginia.  The Virginians had previously ridden the Ghost Town Trail outside of Indiana Pa and made the trip to ride the Armstrong Trail.  Fantastic!  The trail visitors were using the Armstrong Trail map so thanks to the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association for producing the map.

Northern trail volunteers reported that in a space of five miles, they observed 31 trail users.  The majority of these folks were not trail regulars.  Our beautiful trail is providing much pleasure to out of town guests!  Thanks to the Armstrong Trail volunteers for improving and maintaining the trail.  Thanks also to the Allegheny Valley Land Trust for having the vision to create the Trail!

submitted by Kay Owen

 

SILVER AWARD RECEIVED

The Leader Times newspaper conducted a Best of Armstrong County survey.  The Armstrong Trail was noted as the second most tourist destination in the county.  The trail runs from Rosston to East Brady -a span of 30 miles.  It runs mostly parallel to the gorgeous Allegheny River.  The surface is mainly crushed limestone and flat and easy to bike, jog or walk.  We are blessed with a wonderful asset-the Armstrong Trail!!!

submitted by Kay Owen

 

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Firefly Watch

July 16, at 8:00pm

 Bringing Audubon into the Community

A free program are made possible by a generous grant from Dominion Foundation

Watching fireflies is an annual rite of summer enjoyed by people of all ages. Now learn how you can participate in this Citizen Science Corps project that helps scientists to track fireflies around the world.  You’ll learn to report on our favorite nighttime insect from your own backyard. Appropriate for adults and families.

 Free to the public, but donations are always welcome

Promoting Environmental Education and Responsible Resource Stewardship

 

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THANKS

to everyone who supported ARTA

during the Day of Giving

 

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DAY OF GIVING

HOW TO MAKE A GIFT TO THE ARMSTRONG RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION

It is simple and easy and very much appreciated.

Two options for making your donation:

  • Write a check to Armstrong Rails to Trails Association and hand deliver it on May 12, 2016 to NEXTIER BANK,  222 Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201.
  • Write a check to Armstrong Rails to Trails Association and mail it to NEXTIER BANK, DAY OF GIVING, PO BOX 895, KITTANNING PA 16201 on May 12,2016. Postmark must be May 12, 2016.

     

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THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE
TRAIL CLEAN-UP ON SATURDAY APRIL 23
GREAT JOB!!!

 

Clean-up Kittanning

On Saturday, April 23rd nine miles along the Armstrong Trail were the target for litter pick-up.  The event was held in conjunction with The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania/Keep PA Beautiful program.  Fifty-five volunteers collected 56 bags of trash and many larger cast-offs – parts of an old bike, old buckets, and a hula hoop to name a few!   Volunteers came from the Kittanning Rotary, Armstrong Probation, Habitat for Humanity, Grove City College, the Living Water Church in Kittanning and from the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association.  All supplies including vests, gloves & bags were provided by Penn DOT. Bottled water and snacks were donated by the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA), the organizers of the activity.  ARTA thanks the community and local organizations for a great turn-out.

 

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Project

NestWatch

Sunday, May 1@ 2pm

Presented by the Audubon Society of Western PA

Learn about how you can collect data on nesting birds. NestWatch is a nationwide monitoring program designed to help scientists learn more about when birds nest, and how successful they are. This program is good for adults and interested older children. Weather and time permitting we will do a short walk around the center to look for breeding behavior and nesting birds.  This is a Free Event, but donations are encouraged.

These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the Dominion Foundation. Act 48 credit is available for all Audubon programs. Call (412) 963-6100 to learn more.

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Volunteers clear brush to improve visibility near the Bernard Snyder Park on the Armstrong Trail.  The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association thanks all of our volunteers!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE ARMSTRONG TRAIL

submitted by Kay Owen

As the President of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association, I love to hear stories of people enjoying our beautiful trail.  A recent Saturday was a lovely warm and sunny day.  One of the Trail volunteers was taking a stroll on the Trail.  Below is what was observed:

*A couple in their mid-thirties from Detroit.  They were riding the Armstrong and the Redbank Trail from Templeton to Lawsonham.  They told the volunteer that our trails were much better than what they have around Detroit.

*Six young teenagers about 13-14 years old riding from East Brady to Lock # 9 dam.

* A man is his 70’s who drove in from the North Hills to see the coaling tower and turntable.

*Three people in their 60’s who drove from Greensburg to ride the Armstrong and Redbank Trail.   One man was taking his first ride on his brand new recumbent bicycle.

*A young couple in their late 20’s pushing their infant daughter in a stroller from Rimer to the Redbank Bridge.

The volunteer writes these words: “A total of 15 people, ages ranging from infant to 70’s out on our Trail on a Saturday morning in March!  Just think of what the tally would be on the entire trail today.”

For me, this information is heartwarming and makes all of our volunteer work worthwhile!  If you would like to volunteer for the Trail to help make a difference, contact Kay Owen at 724 543 3608.

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REI TRAIL EVENT

submitted by Kay Owen

Armstrong Rails to Trails Association volunteers, Steve & Kay Owen and Marty & Toni Henry, attended the REI Trail Event at the store in Robinson Township on Saturday March 26, 2016.

The event showcased a number of trails in western Pennsylvania.  The Armstrong Trail had great representation and distributed lots of trail maps, Armstrong County guides, Redbank Valley trail maps and Leader Vindicator tabs from 2015.  Many visitors and customers visited the Armstrong Trail table and there were many wonderful opportunities to share information about the Trail.

The Armstrong Trail offered a door prize that consisted of gift cards to a restaurant, Dunkin’ Donut, and Sheetz.  The door prize gift cards were a donation from a Board member.  The winner of the door prize was Lannette Winterberger of Greenville.

Special thanks to the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau for providing county guides and their banner.

Special thanks to the Montour Trail and REI for organizing this event!

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2016 ARTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Show your support of the Armstrong Trail by

joining ARMSTRONG RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION today!!!

CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM

 

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2016 ARTA EVENTS
April 23 – Keep PA Beautiful
May 21 – Eat, Play, Ride
July 15 – East Brady Riverfest parade event
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DOG SLED RIDES

Allegheny Valley Land Trust, owners of the Armstrong Trail, have given permission to ALLEN DUNN owner of PINE CREEK HUSKIES to provide Dog Sled Rides on the Armstrong Trail.  For more information please contact ALLEN DUNN at 724 548-1134.  

          COST:  $25 per person, $20 each for more than 4 people and FREE for ages 5 & younger.              Minimum of two people required.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL ALLEN DUNN at 724-548-1134

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On Sunday, Nov 22, 2015, ARTA held its annual board of director’s retreat.  Short & long term goals were established and committees developed.  It was agreed that 2016 goals should be relevant, realistic, affordable, and achievable.  The overall focus in 2016 will be on getting more people involved as general members, board members, committee members, and volunteers.  Projects that were deemed to be of the highest priority fell under the categories of membership, signage, historical sites, general maintenance, and events & fundraising.

Submitted by Kay Owen, ARTA President

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ARTA ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

At the annual meeting of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association the following people were elected to Board of Directors: Dan Kostella, Alan Smith, and Toni Henry.  The Officers elected for the 2016 year are Kay Owen, President; John Pryde, Vice President; Anita Smith, Treasurer; and Toni Henry, Secretary.

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EAT PLAY RIDE PHOTOS!!!

Click here

to view photos from  Eat Play Ride Trail Event

May 16, 2015

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MONTHLY RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

The Board of Directors meeting of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association is held on the second Monday on the month at 6:30 pm in the Commissioner’s Room of the Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning.   Everyone is welcome!

 

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EAT PLAY RIDE  –  MAY 17, 2014

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 DCNR GRANT AWARDED FOR TEMPLETON CONNECTION

Site of the future Templeton Connector

Site of the future Templeton Connector

 

DCNR has awarded $40,000 to complete the Templeton Connector which will eliminate the necessity of sharing the road through Templeton when completed.

 

 

 

 

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PHOTOS FROM OUR TRAIL WORKDAY – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Armstrong Rails to Trails Association Volunteers worked along the Armstrong Trail in the Lock & Dam 8 area on Saturday November 16, 2013

An historical sign , two memorial benches, and a new gate were installed

THANKS to all who helped!!!

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VIEW PHOTOS  FROM EAT, PLAY, RIDE  – SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 

 

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 VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE SEPTEMBER 23rd WORK DAY

Armstrong Rails to Trails Association volunteers worked in the Rimer area on Monday, September 23, 2013 installing 5 benches, 2 mile markers, & the historical sign at Lock & Dam 9.

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