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Founding Member Steps Down From Trails Alliance Board

Norwich — Hank Plaisted, board treasurer and founding board member of Upper Valley Trails Alliance, recently stepped down from the board. The nonprofit honored Plaisted at its annual dinner at Simon Pearce Restaurant on May 1, about two weeks before he formally left the board.

Plaisted was part of the original steering committee that voted to incorporate the organization in 1999 and apply for nonprofit status in 2001. He continued on the board in a variety of roles, including secretary, vice chairman, chairman and, most recently, treasurer.

He is the director of information technology for the Rivendell School District and an avid outdoorsman. His spent his early days with the trails alliance representing the New England Sled Dog Club and was an active musher for many years.

“Hank has been an invaluable asset to the organization, and his role on the board will be difficult to replace,” Russell Hirschler, the trails alliance’s executive director, said in a recent news release. “Having worked closely with Hank since 2008, his legacy will leave a lasting mark on the trail network in the region.” — Staff report