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Friday, August 6, 2010

2010 Ashland Conference, Thursday

2009 Hartzog Award Winner
NCTA receives Hartzog Award from National Park Service (photo by JHY)

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by JHY

The 2010 North Country Trail Association Conference kicked off today with the presentation of the George and Helen Hartzog Award from the National Park Service. This is awarded to an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer service. In 2009 the volunteerism increased a significant amount within the NCTA, and from a field of 58 organizations the NCTA was the selected recipient. The award was presented by Dan Watson of the NPS to Bruce Matthews, Executive Director and Bobby Koepplin, Board President.
2009 Hartzog Award
Hartzog Award (photo by JHY)
2500 hour volunteers
2500 hour volunteers (photo by JHY)

Next the NPS awarded individual volunteers for their hours of service to the North Country Trail. Recognition is given at 100, 200, 400, 500, 1000, and 2500 hours. Shown here are the winners of a jacket, for 2500 hours of volunteering. Shown are Rolf Swanson, John Heiam, Garry Dill, Marty Swank, Stan Kujawa, Kay Kujawa, and Ed Scurry with Ranger Dan Watson.
Take 3 Folk Band
Take Three (photo by JHY)

Following the awards, the folk band, Take Three provided entertainment. And at the close of the evening, everyone got to join in with some singing around the campfire. Good weather is predicted and tomorrow is filled with workshops, hikes and tours.
Campfire Sing-a-long(photo by JHY)

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