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Rail Trail celebrates 5 years

COLDEN — Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is holding a fifth anniversary event at Buffalo Ski Club, on Route 240 in the town of Colden, on Sept. 28 from 1-5 p.m. to recognize and thank the 6,000-plus community participants from Orchard Park, Aurora, Colden, Concord, Springville and Ashford, among others, for their ongoing support of the organization’s continued efforts to secure the right-of-way on the 27-mile former rail line that spans these communities.

Afternoon events will include a performance by national hammered dulcimer champion Dan Duggan. He and wife Peggy Lee will be performing from 1-3 p.m. John Sly of Beaver Meadow will conduct a nature walk from 3-4 p.m., and Carolyn Zimmermann and Jim Caughill will lead a drum circle from 4-5 p.m. Drums and percussion instruments for 200 participants will be provided.

Other activities include cider-making, face-painting, a scavenger hunt, bounce house, food and non-alcoholic beverages. The event is free to current and newly registered friends and supporters.

The ECRT’s new video, informational hand-outs and progress updates will be available, as well as an opportunity to contribute toward corridor acquisition expenses. The ECRT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community-based organization, with a stated goal of working to improve the quality of life and encourage economic development in the southtowns, by transforming an inactive rail line into a multi-use recreational trail. For more information, visit


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