B-G school board to meet Thursday

The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School will hold a board of education meeting on Thursday in the Guilford School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The business portion of the meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Unadilla to have cleanup day

The Town of Unadilla will be having a spring cleanup day on Thursday. Items can be taken to the town of Unadilla Highway Garage at 216 County Highway 3. White goods, scrap metal, electronics, tires (limit of four), and waste oil will be accepted. No household garbage, brush, tree limbs or paints will be accepted. White goods with or that have had Freon will have a $15 charge.

Rock Rift Trail to open Friday

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference and New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced the completion of a 7-mile hiking loop that includes the historic Rock Rift Fire Tower near Cannonsville Reservoir. All are invited to celebrate the opening of the Rock Rift Trail with a community hike at 11 a.m. Friday. 

The trail — which was cleared and will be maintained by local FLTC volunteers — follows the route of old telephone lines and logging paths as it ascends Tower Mountain to the historic fire tower. Parking for the event and trail is on the north end of the Apex Bridge, state Route 268, where it meets state Route 10 in the town of Tompkins.

The new trail is one leg of the 570-mile Finger Lakes Trail that stretches from the Catskill Mountains to the Allegany State Park in western New York. Several years ago, this portion of the larger Finger Lakes Trail ran along the shoulders of town, county and state highways for nearly 16 miles. Since 2011, FLTC has collaborated with DEP to relocate these sections of the trail onto city-owned properties, including Tower  Mountain. The 342-acre property was acquired by the city in 1957, and the trail marks the first time it is open for public recreation.

FLTC began working on the Rock Rift Trail in 2013, marking its path along a former telephone line corridor that had provided phone service to the fire tower, and a path that once was used to drag timber from the mountain. The group’s Alley Cat Trail Crew – named for the trail path from the Allegany Mountains to the Catskill Mountains – prepared the trail by clearing overgrown brush and removing fallen trees. The trail runs through a thick-canopy forest, a small section of meadow, and an active bluestone quarry. Some sections of the trail are steep, as it gains more than 1,000 feet of elevation over just a few miles.

The trail leads to the historic Rock Rift Fire Tower, which was constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was used until 1987. The tower, which sits on DEP property but is owned by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is one of the last unrestored fire towers in the Catskills. While the tower can be viewed from the path, the public is not permitted to climb it. Its lower stairs have been removed as a safety precaution. 

College loans available to Afton seniors

The Jane I. Schenck Trust Fund has announced that college loan applications for 2015 graduating seniors are now available, and may be secured from the Afton Central School High School Guidance Office. Completed applications with proof of college enrollment must be returned to the guidance office on or before June 19 to be eligible. Afton graduates may apply for a loan of up to $1,500 from the Jane Schenck Fund. Loan repayment begins once the student has left college. For more information, call the District Office at 639-8229.

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