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Trail Group Receives Matching Grant

Plainfield — A volunteer group that maintains a popular trail system behind Plainfield Elementary School has received a $15,000 matching grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

Totaling about 15 miles, the trails are used for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running and mountain biking. The grant and matching funds would enable the Plainfield Trailblazers to buy a snowmobile and leave money for “much needed operating expenses,” such as fuel and parts, and general trail maintenance, including clearing blow-downs, the group said in a recent email to supporters.

“The Alpina snowmobile we are hoping to purchase is a strong utility snowmobile, and it is used but in ideal shape,” Nat Pierson, a member of the Plainfield Trailblazers, said in an email. “It would also come with two separate grooming drags that it would pull to groom and set tracks.”

The snowmobile, priced at $21,000, would replace one of the group’s two snowmobiles, both of which are “severely ailing,” Pierson said. As of last week, the group had $10,300 in donations and pledges, including $4,100 from individual donors and $4,000 pledged by the town of Plainfield. They hope to reach $15,000 by June.

Donations, which are tax deductible, can be mailed to Plainfield Trailblazers, care of Upper Valley Trails Alliance, PO Box 1215 Norwich, VT 05055.

Checks should be made out to Upper Valley Trails Alliance, with “Plainfield Trailblazers” in the memo line. For more information, call Bill Knight at 603-469-3700 . — Staff report