June 1998

Hudson, Maynard, and Stow Town Meetings Approve Rail Trail Articles
Voters in Hudson, Maynard, and Stow all recently approved Town Meeting articles supporting the proposed Assabet River Rail Trail. The votes in Hudson and Stow were unanimous, while in Maynard, the articles passed by a substantial margin.

The measures authorized short-term borrowing for the reimbursable funds for acquisition of the ARRT right-of-way, and appropriation of each town’s 10% local match, as required by the federal ISTEA grant that ARRT received last fall.

The votes in Hudson, Maynard, and Stow follow a similar successful vote at Acton's Town Meeting in April.

Acton-Boxborough Seniors Participate in Resource Assessment
Six seniors from Acton-Boxborough High School recently completed a walk of the Acton section to assist in the identification of significant natural resources. The walk, led by Markus Pinney, a land-use specialist from Lexington, was one of a series of walks to be held in each ARRT town this spring and summer. In April, ARRT received a grant of $3,000 from the Department of Environmental Management to conduct a natural resource inventory and assessment of the proposed ARRT route.

Similar walks are planned for the other ARRT towns. For more information, call Jeff Richards, 978 568-1864. The ARRT volunteers thank Peter Christianson, of Maynard, and Roger Duchesneau, of Stow for their hard work in organizing supporters in their towns and their excellent presentations at Town Meeting.

Assabet River Ride Planned for June 14
On Sunday, June 14, the Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Nashoba Valley Peddlers are sponsoring an easy 22-mile bicycle tour of the Assabet River Valley through Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton. The ride, which will follow or cross the Assabet river a number of times, will parallel much of the proposed ARRT route.

The ride will start at 10:00 a.m. at the municipal parking lot on South Street in Hudson. Riders should arrive a few minutes early to receive cue sheets and instructions. Helmets are required.

For more information, or to register for the ride, call Mark Geoffroy, 508 485-0747.

Design RFP Nears Completion
Priscilla Ryder, Marlborough Conservation Officer, and Michelle Ciccolo, Hudson Assistant Administrator, have nearly completed work on the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design of the Marlborough-Hudson section. Once the RFD is complete, it will be submitted to the Massachusetts Highway Department for approval.

ARRT Receives Extensive Coverage in the Globe
The Assabet River Rail Trial was the subject of a lengthy article in the "West Weekly" section of the May 24 Boston Sunday Globe. The article, which provides an accurate and balanced view of the project, is included with this newsletter.

Upcoming ARRT Events

June 14 River Ride, cosponsored with Sudbury Valley Trustees and Nashoba Valley Peddlers Contact Mark Geoffroy, 508 485-0747, for more information

Sept. 17 volunteers' meeting:Monthly Location TBD.

Next ARRT Volunteers' Meeting
The next ARRT volunteers' meeting is planned for Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Meeting Room, 1st Floor, Marlborough City Hall, Main Street, Marlborough.