Letter: A Trail to Honor Linny Levin 

To the Editor:

Linny Levin had fun outdoors. Whether quietly observing the behavior of birds, amphibians, insects and mammals, noting the intricacy and beauty of nature, or engaging friends in vigorous activities and games, Linny embraced life with an inquisitive spirit and generosity. When breast cancer claimed her life in 2000, a fund was established to construct a trail in her memory, a place where others could love being outside.

This weekend, the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Thetford Conservation Commission will join with Linny’s family to dedicate the Linny Levin Trail at Zebedee Wetland in Thetford. The trail has been constructed by volunteers from the Thetford community and the whole Upper Valley. Zebedee Wetland is owned and conserved by the Upper Valley Land Trust and used by the Thetford Elementary School and other area schools. Thetford students played a key role in the conservation of the wetland and have created markers for the new trail and a poster for the trailhead kiosk. Inge Trebitz has created a special “quest” for the site, recalling Linny’s enthusiastic participation in the early years of the ValleyQuest program.

We invite you to join us, Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at Zebedee Wetland on Houghton Hill Road in Thetford. Please come walk the trail, share remembrances and fellowship, enjoy the conservation area, try out the new quest and honor the life of a teacher, naturalist and dear friend who gave us so much, and continues to inspire. All are welcome. Directions and details at www.UVLT.org.

Jeanie McIntyre

President, Upper Valley Land Trust