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Trails meeting brings out volunteers / October 29, 2012
Nine Halifax County citizens met Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the South Boston Public Library to share their ideas and aspirations for the Tobacco Heritage Trail and hear how volunteers can shape its future.

Their interests include running, cycling, horseback riding, bird watching, healthy living, railroad history and geocaching — all of which are brought together by the Tobacco Heritage Trail.

After a round of introductions, Trail Coordinator Heather Susee spoke about the history, big picture and future of the Tobacco Heritage Trail (FOTHT). As Trail Coordinator, she is organizing a “Friends of the Tobacco Heritage Trail” group for the entire trail, which extends across Southside Virginia, but was in South Boston to talk about a Halifax County chapter of the FOTHT.

During her presentation, Susee paused to have the participants brainstorm ideas for trail improvements and fundraising activities. Participants suggested horse drawn carriage rides to Berry Hill Resort, walking groups for women, installing a duck blind at the duck impoundment site and possibly having helmets available for bicycle and horseback riders.

It was an encouraging evening with enthusiastic citizens eager to get involved. The next meeting will be held in either November or January. Anyone who didn’t make it to the first meeting is encouraged to turn out for the next one. The Tobacco Heritage Trail needs volunteers and ideas, so stay tuned as the Friends organization takes shape.

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