Rotarians build bridges in Shelburne

Proud bridge builders with Bridge #1, left to right, Carole Obuchowski, Bob Sanders, Dave Rice, Alan Hathaway, Dennis Webster, and Bill Deming. Gary Marcotte’s grandson, Mikey, is in the background.

On Saturday morning, a hardy group of Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club members and members of their families braved rain and mud to help to improve the walking trail in the LaPlatte Nature Park. For four-and-a-half hours, volunteers hauled lumber and built two bridges across low spots on the trail, improving access and safety for walkers.

Rotarian and work party organizer Michael Clapp worked with Shelburne Town Manager Paul Bohne to have plans drawn and materials ready for the project on Saturday. The Rotarians set the timbers across the muddy streams, drilled holes, fastened boards and railings in place, and made jokes about the rain that continued to fall throughout the morning.

“Everyone agreed it was a worthwhile project,” commented Rotary member Dave Jonah, one of the more than 20 club members who volunteered their time for the project. “It’s going to make the Nature Park and the new Overlook along the LaPlatte so much more accessible for walkers. This Park is a real treasure for the town–a quiet place, filled with unusual geological features and wildlife, and the falls that are so much a part of the history of the town.”

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