Charlie Taney, our new Executive Director, finds that after six weeks on the job his impressions fall into three areas.
"First, what the NRVT has accomplished as an all-volunteer organization is truly impressive. A significant portion of the Wilton Trail has been built and Norwalk has established the Trail from the Maritime Aquarium to Union Park. Second, it's exciting to see the NRVT on the verge of going to the 'next level'. Over five miles of new Trail are designed, permitted, and funded (or are about to be funded), in Redding, Wilton, and Norwalk. As these additional trails come on line, the NRVT will gain 'critical mass', accelerating momentum toward realizing the dream of a 38-mile trail from Norwalk to Danbury. Third, the NRVT has built a great team. Everyone I've met, from the Steering Committee, to volunteers, to City officials in all the towns, has been welcoming, willing to help and really enthusiastic about the future. I'm very excited about the opportunity to help make the dream of the NRVT a reality across the five towns. It's great to be here."
2017'S HEADY POSSIBILITIES
Patricia Sesto, our Chairman, looks forward to what our "fine alliance" can achieve this year.
"2017 is poised to be a fabulous year, and it is all due to the dedication of many remarkable volunteers, generous residents of our towns, and the good fortune to have been the recipient of substantial grants. I must also acknowledge our municipalities and state agencies who have provided outstanding assistance, and also the extraordinary working relationship we have with our trail builders,
Timber & Stone LLC
. We are all part of an alliance, bringing to our endeavor the skills and assets needed to build more Trail! This fine alliance will see to it that 2017 is a year of achievement. In the following town updates you will see the full potential the year holds. It is pretty heady to think about the possibilities, and I am grateful we have been able to welcome Charlie Taney to help make it happen. Thank you to all who have played a part in getting us to where we are and where we are going to be. If you are as enthusiastic about the possibilities as we are,
are always gratefully received, and put to good use."
Could you be our Head of Communications?
The NRVT team always needs and welcomes volunteers to pitch in on everything from trail maintenance to fundraising. Right now, we particularly need help with our communications (media relations, newsletters, website management, etc.). If you can help - either as our Head of Communications or an occasional contributor - please reach out to us at
In September, we mourned the passing of Lisa Bogan who served on our Steering Committee for five years, giving generously of her knowledge and enthusiasm. We will be reminded of Lisa as the Trail grows in length and popularity.