Two Pieces of Good News

Thank you to all of you who have expressed support for the Hickson Trail. We have two pieces of good news.
1. A hard working Hickson Trail Committee member has cleaned off the paint from our vandalized sign. There was some reaction between the plexiglass and the paint stripper but the sign itself is still legible. In the picture below you will see there is moisture inside the plexiglass. That is not damage.
2. The Woodstock Sentinel-Review printed an article entitled “Info sought on Hickson Trail vandals” in Thursday, 23 Aug 2018’s front page. Thank you Sentinel-Review!

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Vandalism On Our Trail

This summer, while a great many people have been enjoying our trail, a number of acts of vandalism have taken place there. Permanent marks have been scored with a knife on the expensive plexiglass that protects one of our new signs, a 22 bullet has been shot into another sign, the chain on one gate was taken off and stolen, the chain on another one was cut loose and a garbage drum was stolen but the garbage left. Several off road vehicles have been illegally using public roads to access the trail using the openings made by the vandalism.

The O.P.P. and Woodstock Police need identification details about the vandals. If you see any one abusing the trail please call the police.

Bullet:

Was this rider looking out for walkers?

Communities’ Money Paid For This:

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Oxford Trails Festival Events on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bird hike at 7:30 a.m. on the South section of the trail, between County Roads 17 and 33. Lead by Ken Dance and Richard Skevington.Tree Hike at 10 a.m. on Centre section of the trail, between County Road 33 and Braemar Road. Lead by Barry Merkley and Gord Piggot. Plant hike at 10 a.m. on South section of the trail. Lead by Larry Lamb and Marilyn Merkley.

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Grand Opening of the Hickson Trail Extension – June 2, 2018

Jim Donaldson giving a brief history of the railway and the beginnings of Hickson.Don Lazenby speaking about the beginnings of the Hickson Trail CommitteeRibbon cutting officially opens the newly expanded Hickson Trail.  Left to right are Addison Bond, Oxford County Warden David Mayberry, Neil Chorpitta of Sawmill Lane Lumber & Milling, Kate Henderson from Farm Credit, Jim Donaldson, Don Lazenby, Chair of the Hickson Trail Committee Ross Campbell, East Zorra-Tavistock Deputy Mayor Maureen Ralph, and Keaghan Bond.Grand Opening Cakes by Ana Ritsma of Tavistock.Many well wishers at our event.Excellent display by Shonna Ward with many historical photos.

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