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Vermont, 1-3 p.m.

The official opening of Hoosic Bend Trail, located at the Pownal Waste Water Treatment Facility property on Dean Road at the south end of North Pownal,Vt., will take place. Parking will be available at the town garage on Dean Road off Route 346. Rain date is Oct. 20. The event will feature activities to celebrate the opening of the trail now that is has been completed, including a nature walk led by Matt Ball, a scavenger hunt led by Jennifer Boucher, an introduction to geocaching led by John Boucher and a storybook trail introduced by Dawn Rodrigues. Each event will repeat throughout the afternoon so that participants are able to enjoy more than one. There will also be an official dedication of the trail to acknowledge the late Bruce Martel for his contribution and support for the creation specifically of Hoosic Bend Trail as well as more recreation activities in general in the beautiful town of Pownal.

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Williamstown, 10 a.m.
HooRWA invites volunteers from the Berkshires to help clear the new Linear Link Trail in Williamstown. Volunteers will meet at the chapel on East Lawn Cemetery, right across from Aubuchon Hardware on Route 2 in Willamstown.  We will move the cars later once our teams are formed. Please wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. If you have them, bring loppers, clippers, and/or bow saws. Please contact John Case, 413, 458-8023, jocinparis@gmail.com, by October 10, if you intend to participate.
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North Adams

The Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the North Adams Public Library will host a hike and a Hiking 101 Workshop on the Hoosac Range Trail. Catch the bus at the NAPL at 1 p.m. or meet at us the Hoosac Range Trail 2441 trailhead at 1:30 p.m. The hike with be an easy pace with trail snacks and water provided.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Space is limited on the bus so please RSVP for transportation by email. Severe weather will cancel the event.

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Williamstown, 11 a.m.
Drew Jones, Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager,  will lead a hike from the Hopkins Forest Parking lot to the site of the old Wire Bridge on October 20. Hikers meet at the parking lot at 11:00. The entire hike should take about two hours. Hikers should wear boots or good walking shoes and pack a lunch and water. The trail winds through the ruins of an old summer camp, stands of towering bottomland hardwoods and majestic groves of old hemlock looking down on the Hoosic River. You might want to bring binoculars as wildlife and waterfowl are often seen along this route. This is and "out-and-back" excursion. This hike is offered in conjunction with Rivers and Reverence, a month-long collaboration between the Hoosic River Watershed Association and the Clark Art Institute celebrating our enduring connection with the river. The photographic exhibit is in the Lunder Center and runs from October 7 through November 17.
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