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Purcellville Blog: ‘Hail to the Trail’ event honors local volunteers, draws hundreds of visitors

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoor activities at the 3rd Annual Hail to the Trail event Oct. 22, located at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville.

This year Patti Yarbrough and Boy Scout Troop 961 were honored by the Nature Generation with the McGranaghan Stewardship Award for their service and dedication.

Yarbrough has been an active supporter of the trail – she is often seen counting creek creatures with kids and families, hauling away trash on clean up day or leading groups of students on field trips.

Boy Scout Troop 961 also volunteered for the trail by helping move heavy picnic tables and replacing foot bridges along the path after a flood this past summer. They have helped to establish monthly trail clean-up days and helped remove invasives to help the pollinator meadow thrive.

The Girl Scouts also are doing their part to make the trail an educational resource by installing a small community library at the trail, stocked with books about nature.

During the Hail the Trail event, the pollinator habitat on the trail was officially named the “Amie Ware Pollinator Meadow,” in recognition of Ware's vision and dedication to the trail. The announcement was made by The Nature Generation Founder and President Amy Marasco, on behalf of her organization and other trail partners, Loudoun Valley High School and the Piedmont Environmental Council.

The Dominion Foundation showed its community support and presented a check to The Nature Generation for $25,000, earmarked for making the Chapman DeMary Trail more accessible by replacing existing footbridges and installing sections of boardwalk. Funds from this grant will also be used to develop educational materials to provide more information about the habitat which will be available at the trail throughout the year.

From 1 to 4 p.m., kids of all ages had a chance to learn about creek critters, streams, native wildlife, trees, pollinators, forests, monarchs, recycling, fire safety, leave no trace, bluebirds, and the habitat of the Chapman DeMary Trail.

Purcellville Town Council Member and Council Liaison for the Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee, Karen Jimmerson, welcomed everyone to the Chapman DeMary Trail and introduced Mayor Kwasi Fraser, who invited kids to help plant three trees at the trail. Mayor Fraser planted a maple tree while Vice Mayor Ogelman and Council Members Cool, McCollum and Bledsoe enlisted the help of others to plant a second maple and a swamp white oak from Purcellville Southern States. Another planting was held in the pollinator meadow later in the day, led by The Nature Generation.

The Chapman DeMary Trail is managed through a partnership among the Town of Purcellville, The Nature Generation, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and Loudoun Valley High School. Hail to the Trail―Purcellville’s Green Expo, is hosted by the Purcellville Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee.

HeroHomes Hosts Volunteer Day Oct. 28: HeroHomes' second home for a wounded veteran is nearing completion in Round Hill, and they hosted a volunteer day on Oct. 28 to build a patio and complete projects around the home.

Contributors included Amazing Earth, Sisler's Stone, Loudoun Milling, Frederick Block, Brick and Stone, Luck Stone, Dylan Stewart, Heritage Site Development, Home Depot Winchester distribution center volunteers, E3 Federal volunteers and Dominion Energy.

HeroHomes co-founder Jason Brownell said the home should be completed for the Davenport Family before Christmas.

Today was just another example of good people and organizations in our community coming together to show that we care about those who are injured while fighting for our freedom and democracy, Brownell said. For more information, visit herohomesloudoun.org.

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