ARRT Organization Hires Administrator
The ARRT volunteer organization is pleased to announce that Ellen Gugel has started work as our part-time administrator. Ellen, an ARRT volunteer for the last three years, brings strong management and administration skills to her position. As a part-time administrator, working four to five hours per week, Ellen will focus on facilitating communications among the ARRT volunteers and the local and state organizations with which we work. She recently helped complete our 1998 DEM grant proposal. Welcome, Ellen.

Stratus-section Design Nearing Completion
Design for the first planned section of the Assabet Rive Rail Trail, from Fairbanks Street to Fitchburg Street in Marlborough, is approximately 75% complete. This section of rail trail, which will run parallel to the new industrial access road to Stratus Computer, will be the first section to be built. Construction is expected to begin in late May or early June.

Appraisal RFPs Expected Soon
The towns of Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton are soon expected to send out Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for appraisals of the former Marlborough Railroad right-of-way that runs through each town. The appraisals, which must be performed by a firm with experience in evaluating former railroad rights-of-way, are a necessary step for receiving funds from the DEM grant the Assabet River Rail Trail was recently awarded. The appraisals are also part of each town's local match under the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).

Field Research Projects Available for Local Schools
The ARRT volunteer organization is looking for schoolteachers in Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton who are interested in class projects related to the proposed Assabet River Rail Trail. As part of a DEM grant that ARRT recently applied for, we have proposed assessing the historical, cultural, and natural resources of the ARRT route. A field research project could provide students with an excellent opportunity to learn about their local environment and history.

For information about the environmental assessment, contact Jeff Richards, 978 443-3638 (work) or 978 568-1864 (home).

For information about the historical and cultural assessment, contact Michael Voke, 978 568-9101.