Welcome to FNTG

Welcome to the Friends of Northampton (MA) Trails and Greenways, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton,
Massachusetts.

Updates and holiday appeal

As I write this, Amtrak is preparing to return to Northampton after too long of an absence. I can’t wait to take the train to Vermont or New York when it restarts once per day service from Northampton on December 29th. This change is a culmination of a long-overdue upgrade of the tracks and facilities, . . .
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Adopt a trail in full swing

The City of Northampton has created an Adopt-a-Trail program for all City rail trails. Volunteers, individuals or groups, are responsible for a short segment of the trails and engage in simple tasks such as litter cleanup and cutting brush behind guard rails, items that the Department of Public Works cannot do as often as is . . .
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Return of Amtrak (and the dangers of crossing the tracks)

Seven days from today, on December 29, 2014, Amtrak service returns to Northampton, with one trip daily north and one south. This is welcome news, but with it come concerns about safety. The passenger trains will move much faster than the slow freight trains we have experienced in the past. Furthermore, the new welded rails . . .
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Trail extensions

The City has recently received grants from the National Park Service and the Northampton Community Preservation Committee to design and construct an extension of the MassCentral Rail-Trail one-third of a mile northerly from the Grove Avenue access in Leeds to a point about halfway to the Williamsburg line.

On Monday October 6th, about 40 members . . .
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Mill River Greenway tours

Did you know that since 1666 there has been a dam below what is now Paradise Pond, installed a mere 12 years after Northampton’s founding in 1654? Or that Native Americans cultivated the land which is now the Smith College soccer field, land now covered with fake grass? Or that you can see remnants of . . .
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Trail Neighbor Award to James Lowenthal

Anyone who is the least interested or involved in the cycling scene in the Valley has probably gotten an e-mail at some point from James Lowenthal.

As the president of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) for the last several years, James is constantly gathering and disseminating information on important . . .
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Southington Plainville Farm Canal Greenway study

Information about the Southington Plainville Farm Canal Greenway study can be found at the following link: http://www.fvgreenway.org/pdfs/Southington-Plainville-Farm-Canal-Greenway-Study.pdf.

This is a great opportunity to help build the trails in Connecticut (and beyond)

Fall newsletter now available

The Fall FNTG newsletter is now available at http://fntg.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/news8-1.pdf. It includes an update from the trails (and the new Amtrak service to Northampton), information about the Mill River Greenway tours, a report from the Golden Spike Event at the Mass Central Rail Trail, glimpses of new trail expansion, and announcement of the winner of the . . .
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Valley Gives: Help Build and Maintain Trails in Northampton

TODAY IS VALLEY GIVES DAY! Join in Supporting the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways

Again this year we are joining with other non-profits in the Pioneer Valley for Valley Gives, a 24-hour celebration of giving taking place today, December 10. Check out our Valley Gives page at http://www.valleygives.razoo.com/story/Friends-Of-Northampton-Trails-And-Greenways. Throughout the day, donors will be . . .
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Giving Tuesday and Valley Gives

FNTG members will soon be receiving the 2014 Newsletter of the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways, along with our Annual Appeal. Please remember that next Wednesday, 10 December, is Valley Gives Day.

BUT Today is Giving Tuesday!

You can participate in both events by donating to FNTG now. All donations made from today through . . .
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