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Cheshire's AT Campsite 'Smashing Success'

The Father Tom Campsite near the town garage opened earlier this year, more than a year after the idea was first broached to offer a replacement for St. Mary's Church, which had long hosted hikers. It's named for the church's former pastor, the Rev. Thomas Begley.

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Father Tom Tent Site Becoming a Reality in Cheshire

Named after the former pastor of St. Mary's Church, the Rev. Thomas Begley, the site will serve through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail and give them a place to regroup for a night or two while charging electronics, replenishing their water supply, and getting rid of refuse

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Cheshire's Trail Tenting Site Nearly Ready

The site is designed to give hikers a short one- or two-night respite and a place to charge their phones and get clean water. Hikers have been welcome to use an area at St. Mary's Church but will now be redirected very slightly down Church Street.

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking

Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.

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Cheshire Finalizing Plans For Appalachian Trail Tent Site

The tenting project has been in the works for a while but gained serious traction in early 2019 when a site was agreed upon and some other logistical issues were sorted out.

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Cheshire Sees Solution to Appalachian Trail Campsite

The school site had several issues, not the least of which was safety as some residents and officials were concerned about the imminent move of the Youth Center to the school building. The new site is located near the intersection of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

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Cheshire Will Try to Accommodate Hiker Camping

Town officials will apply for a special permit on behalf of Appalachian Trail hikers to accommodate camping on the Cheshire School grounds.

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Cheshire Sets Special Election to Fill Out Select Board

The Board of Selectmen made the decision Tuesday to hold a special election sooner rather than later and agreed to put both a debt exclusion vote and the selectmen seats on the same August ballot.

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Cheshire May Build Hiking Shelter for Appalachian Trail

Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen last week that he has met with community members to discuss locating a designated area for through-hikers in town.

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