A hip happening Gathering update:
Along with our evening lineup we are happy to announce that we will be leading off the nights events with a dance presentation from Inside/ Out Dance Company from The Dance Studio
(The Dance Studio of Orange Ma) with 15 to 20 dancers regaling us in a high paced and entertaining 15 minutes.
Phone: 978 544 2935
NQTA/ FTH summer intern Ally Fraser a student at this dance studio has made this partnership possible.
So come see some dancers, honeybee apieres,mushroom castles and edible forests and more, Oh My!!
Hello All Forest Peeps
Monday August 14th at 6 o'clock at OIC is NQTA's monthly Gathering time.
Please bring those summer delicious dishes and desserts.
Sorry for the late notice there is a lot of moving parts going on right now in this development.
NQTA's 2 part Tick Gathering was an informative and educational success and we are ready for the same procedure with our Honeybee Gathering in partnership with Mary Canning and Follow the Honey .
Since our last Honeybee Gathering a lot has transpired at NQTA's and FTH joint headquarters at OIC and we are ready to unveil all this exciting community development to you.
At OIC the 'Shady Grove' backlot area that NQTA is cutting literally out of the brush and thorns, a true community vision has unfolded.
A picnic / amphitheater, exercise , artist areas along with a expanded 'agrian vision' has taken hold of the big 3 of Honeybee aparies, Shiitake mushrooms innoculation logs and Pollination habitat with the creation of a "edible forest".
We will start the evening meeting with Mary and the new players that are helping leading this effort getting us caught up.
Then a walkabout out to this back area to see all this as it has been initially constructed ,along with a artist rendition of what the future holds that you are all welcome to be a part of.
Then a walk over to Mary's new bee product production center at OIC with brand new products just now being created.
We are looking by utilizing the nearby Hosmer Woods, that NQTA has a trail easement with NEFF, to create a commercial entity for employment opportunities for the underserved in our community using these agrian products as a base.
So come see the new apiary, mushroom castle and the unveiling of 'Shady Grove' that is in line with the community vision of inclusion that our partners at OIC are providing for our community .
We have sent you an invitation to Mary's 'Hoedown at the Hollow ' that NQTA is partnering with and we welcome you all to join us.
Truly Upward and Onward
In NQTA's concerted effort to bring current , critical educational information to N. Quabbin (and beyond) we are tackling the number # 1 issue and concern on the trails and in your own backyard , the frightening amount of tick presence happening right now.
I have heard from multiple sources that this year is an all time high of tick infestation and Celtz my Collie and I have been ( on certain trails ) under a tick siege .
It's time to get fully educated and not let these nefarious ticks take away your enjoyment of your special outdoor time.
So for the first time NQTA is having a 2 Part Gathering series on this tick crisis.
Monday June 12th at 6 o'clock at OIC we will be presenting "Attatck the Ticks Part 1 " with a Open Forum of information led by Community Outreach / Public Health nurse Pam Jobst .
Pam will be educating us on the many facets of Lyme disease and prevention and other pertinent and current information .
Debra Vondal ,Town of Athol Board of Health Agent who has given her full support but unable to attend due to Athol Town meeting is providing some wonderful colored educational phamplets on ticks and mosquitos and tick identification cards, these will be available free of charge ( thanks Deb).
NQTA team has been working on collecting all forms of educational materials for use with humans and our pets and will have educational handouts on chemical, natural and holistic remedies and contacts for support groups again free of charge.
The positive information includes the
re-introduction of the native Bobwhite Quail that these ticks are their main diet , what a wonderful natural solution and NQTA will reach out to be part of this program.
NQTA will be instituting a new program of rating the trails from a 1 to 4 ticks for awareness of where to hike where the ticks aren't such an issue. ( Birch Hill / Lake Dennison Trails ) and trails to stay off right now.
Also information on the new tick Powassan virus (whew) .
So come get empowered on education and practical information on how to be part of the solution and be able to enjoy your outdoor time.
As this is an Open Forum all will be invited and welcomed to speak on your expertise and research , so put on those thinking caps.
Don't forget those Spring Delicious Dishes and Desserts , thank you all for your support in our membership drive and welcome all to continue to be a member and certainly welcome all new people to help NQTA grow its community betterment projects .
All membership maps will be available at Gathering.
So let's fight back and " Attack the Ticks" and see you Monday June 12th at 6 o'clock .
Upward and Onward !
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Hello All Forest Peeps ,
There has been an EXPLOSION of ticks out on the trails in the last week .
Don , Celtz and I walked the M/ B river trail and over the last couple of days I have hiked other trails and with OVER A 100 taking immediately off Celtz , he has the very best Seresto collar on and I sprayed insert repellant on him but the assault is on .
Please use all insect replellants and cloth precautions.
The best way to avoid a full attack is to plan your hikes on well established open trails and stay off grassey , not well maintained trails .
During breaks a full inspection on yourself and pets and remove the ticks IMMEDIATELY.
I personally and in discussion with forest veterans have NEVER seen these tick conditions !
In good news the vast majority are the larger ' dog tick ' not the smaller ' deer tick ' that carry Lyme disease .
NQTA will be having a 2 part upcoming Gatherings completely devoted to all control measures for human and animals and bringing in health specialists you are welcome to join us to educate yourself on this underspoken health crisis .
This is not meant to discourage anyone from the stunning beauty of Spring , but true awareness is needed for everyone out on the trails .
Please put this notice to all your circle of friends and social media .
Mary will be also bringing in Dr Kim Skyrm, Chief Apiary Inspector for the State.
The focus of this Gathering is not only awareness but with the assistance of Mary the creation of apiaries and pollination habitats both big and small utilizing the many, many land oppurtunies here in the N Quabbin.
So I'm putting out the Gathering notice early.
Monday May 8th at 6 o'clock at OIC
(Orange Innovation Center)
131 West Main st
Please bring those Spring Delicious Dishes and Desserts.
NQTA membership map
"Stratton/Mount Grace /Warwick Forest" in it's new format will be available at this Gathering and Please Remember NQTA's membership drive is on to keep this train rolling and thank you each of you for your continued support.
Next month we are working hard on compiling all information available for Tick Awareness and Prevention both for humans and animals, take care out there on the trails and check yourself and pets after hiking.
If you have any particular useful information on this subject please feel free to let me know.
Upward and Onward 🍀
Hello All NQTA Friends ,
This event marks the 1 year anniversary of the Red Apple Farm Freedom Chair unveiling and further enriches this burgeoning "Sociability and Accessibility for All " NQTA initiative getting EVERBODY out to enjoy the health and beauty of the N Quabbin woods .
All NQTA associates are welcome to join us on the Tully lake for this special time of adventure together . 🍑
NQTA's membership drive is on and your support is so important to keep these programs moving forward , thank you for those who have re-upped , maps are on there way for those that marked that option .
And thank you co Freedom Chair Leader Tammy for the time in putting together this great flyer .
Upward and Onward !
Hello All Forest Friends,
Spring and 70 degree weather is on the way ! 🐇
I have spent the winter hiking the western corridor of the unfolding Q+M and boy am I looking forward to walking a simple woods trail not covered in mush .
So an exciting program is set for NQTA's Gathering this month.
Monday April 10th at 6 o'clock at OIC ( Orange Innovation Center) 131 W Main St Orange .
Please bring a ' delicious dish ' to share .
We have Pat Worth who represents local non profit organization Hands Across Quabbin speaking .
Pat was a leader in the anti- pipeline movement were her lands on Gulf rd in Royalston was a vital contributor in this successful effort .
Pat has a tremendous concept and vision in engaging our underserved youth of N Quabbin to realize the economic and outdoor possibilities available and the formation of a " Youth Council" .
Pat is a highly motivated spiritual speaker and of course NQTA is giving her our full support and have a very exciting event to contribute to Pat's vision .
Now EXTRA bonus :
As a AT thru hiker the Gathering is modeled after my attendance to these AT Gatherings and when I was on the trail the couple I attended gave me tremendous respite of body and soul.
At our Gatherings while the food and educational speakers are vital the one thing always missing has been music.
So I'd like to introduce Michael Young , Pat's husband another jem of the N Quabbin who will be regaling us with his Native American fluetist songs and telling us some of his unique tales , cool huh !
Also I will be unveiling the newly defined trackline of the 200 mile Q+M trail.
A couple of housekeeping items
NQTA's close ally Mount Grace is having May 21 Earth Day weekend and we are giving our full support and a separate informational e mail will be forwarded please give a hand if your available !
NQTA's May 12th Freedom Chair Action Adventure Day with many exciting partners and events is on for Tully lake again information will be coming , all NQTA members are invited .
Last NQTA's membership drive is on and most of you have received our update letter .
In composing this updates NQTA has reason to be proud of its 5 years of accomplishments for the betterment of our community and our stand as a leading trails organization and much of it is due to your vital continued support .
100% of your contribution goes to keeping this all moving along and we now stand at over 20,000 volunteered hours .
NQTA's new membership maps are now a leading provider of mapping with new digital immersion .
Thank you and Happy Trails
( new motto )
NQTA were Everyday is Earth Day 🍑
All NQTA Members are welcome to join NQTA's very own " Insultant " Allen Young Thursday night at 7 o'clock at Moore -Leyland Library in N. Orange
Hello All Forest Peeps, Spring is coming,believe!
Please join us Monday March 13th at
6 o'clock at OIC and bring those delicious dishes 🌈
So after last months Gathering cancellation we are ON for having the NET ( former M+M ) caretakers being our guest speakers.
These caretakers are personally responsible for the well maintained and beautiful trails on N Quabbin western corridor.
They will be showing actual blazing techniques and behind the scenes on how the trail system is being saved in certain areas.
I have spent the winter gpsing , waypointing every inch of this western corridor and just finished on top of Grace last Sunday
This has given me have tremendous trail stewardship respect for their years of passion and commitments to these trails.
So please come join us and show your support .
Last its NQTA's 5th year membership drive time (wow)
Renewing members $20.00 Family $35.00
You can bring check to Gathering and Lynne will be happy and gracious to receive.
Or mail to :
131 W Main st
Orange , Ma. 01364
Amy will send you all updated maps.
We will be sending out mailer shortly
This includes NQTA's specialized Membership Maps, which at this Gathering will include the brand new Wendell Forest / Mormon Hollow / Farley Cliffs
This is the first NQTA map that will be utilizing the QR Code Technology.
Its been a fast moving happening year with the raising of the funds for NQTA's Freedom Chair (available for community use), help saving the Newton Reservoir from glossy buckthorn infestation, hopefully closing in on Tully trail road relocation resolution and other significant other community projects
NQTA is closing in on its original inception goal of the completion of the Q+M trail with a cutting edge trail map and guide book , a now 200 mile + trail with 16 overnight facilities
Every cent raised goes to keeping these projects moving down the trail and none of this get done without the tremendous community support NQTA has received and each of you !
So come join us Monday , pick up your new map , have a sharing meal and support some true trail heroes 🍀
Upward and Onward !!
A Western Gathering / Cancellation
Hello All Forest Peeps,
We had the Western Caretakers of the M+M trail now the New England Snenic Trail as our Education Speakers at NQTA's Gathering this Monday February 13th.
Highlighting all their hard work and dedication to our beautiful trail system.
However with the current storm just passing through and substantial snow and bad conditions forecast for Sunday and Monday this monthly Gathering is cancelled.
Also it was NQTA' s annual board of directors, if anyone is interested in being on NQTA board please Joann Deacon at email@example.com or Marilyn Elwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get out and get some fun snow playtime in and enjoy New England at its winter best.
The Town of Athol Open Space and Recreation Committee is in full swing working to update the town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. The plan will help determine what the town does in the next 7 years to improve our parks, beaches, playgrounds, ball fields, and natural areas available for wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, and more.
With an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan, the town will be eligible to apply for grants to help preserve the rural character of Athol and address the community's desire for recreation areas.
The committee needs your help. It has put together a public survey to gather the communities opinions to make sure the committee works on issues most important to the town. The best way to complete the survey is online at:
There will also be printed copies available at the Athol Public Library and the Athol Town Hall.
Welcome everyone for the first hike of the series part of the North Quabbin trails association
we will be meeting at lake Dennison recreation beach area in winchedon mass, baldwinville, templeton.
hike will start around 10:30 on sunday morning ...
Please everyone must bring winter gear water for the trail lunch snacks ect micro spikes are a must ...please do not bring any guess everyone hikes as a group and end as a group .... please follow these easy request for this event .... its going to be about 40 degress on sunday somewhat clear ... so I am looking forward to this hike series
I will be doing one a month in the NQTA area ... until lake spring ...... thanks again for followers
ps who is carpooling from Greendale mall meet at 9am left lot along fence line .. some people may just wanna follow that also fine ... hope this link will help you all out
Hello All Forest Peeps ,
Welcome to Winter !
Tomorrow Monday December 12th at 6 o'clock at OIC is NQTA's Gathering .
Hoefully the snow should be gone in morning so we will have a winter wonderland for our Gathering time.
We will be having a special seasons celebration so please bring those 'Delicious Dishes ' with a holiday twist.
( cooking the chili as I write )
Joanne Deacon will be leading our $10.00 limit Yankee Swap .
We all had a lot of fun with this last year so please bring an inexpensive gift to exchange. ( No Obligation ! )
Patsy again will be having her wonderful hand made soaps available ( great Christmas gifts) which she generously donates a portion of sales to NQTA.
It been a truly exciting and rapid developmental year for NQTA led by the purchase of the Freedom Chair and development of the Challenge Mobility team.
The new and exciting collaberation with The Winchendon School.
But mostly NQTA has met it's inception goal of the creation of the Q+M trail map and guide book.
A now 250 mile eastern - western loop trail with 15 overnight facilities in place !
Due to a generous grant from the Q2C iniative from the folks at Society for the Protection of NH Forests we have just completed this Prototype Q+M trail map and guide book (author John Burk) and we will have it on full display premiering at this Gathering .
Also NQTA's Membership Maps are Back!
We will have available for all NQTA members the new " Tully River Basin "
So many exciting things happening and none of this is made possible without yours and the community support. 💝
I look forward to seeing you all , if you haven't come for awhile please join us for this special holiday celebration.
Upward and Onward !
I got yesterdays paper Winchendon Courier in the mail free today and we were in there page 8
2 sections on the same page
I believe the write up was originally done by our wonderful insultant Allen Young :)
Hello all Forest peeps ,
We have a special guest speaker for NQTA's Gathering for Monday November 14 at 6 o'clock at OIC.
DCR N.Quabbin Regional Forester Fletcher Clark will be educating us the valuable role of a experienced forester has in managing and protecting our lands .
Fletcher as the DCR Forester has a special role in ensuring and enforcing proper land management .
We met Fletcher as he was fufulling this role for a private landowner that had received bad harvesting work and Fletcher was mediating a positive results. (mission accomplished)
Fletcher stepped out if his role and assisted NQTA in ensuring the ' Red Polka Dot Access Trail' was ready in time for use at the Garlic Festival.
Out on the trail NQTA is closing in on the completion of the Q2C grant requirements for a prototype trails map and guide of the now over 200 mile Q+M Trail , we will be unveiling the trackline.
NQTA's new Secretary Tammy Goodjion is now leading the Challenge Mobility team with a new newsletter that we also will be unveiling. (outstanding job thanks Tammy ! )
We have now started a collaberation with the Carson Center for Traumatic brain injury and are taking their group out on Challenge Mobilty hikes as well as longer hikes.
NQTA has also been working with Mount Grace on stewardship of the Gifford property along the Tully ,
coincidently with new Masslift Americorp also named Fletcher ( Harrington ) .
Mount Grace is continually bringing in these talented and educated young people to better our region , thanks Mount Grace !!
There will be a opening Saturday November 11th at 10 o'clock to dedicate this beautiful new fishing and picnic spot in honor of Sen.Wetmore .
The location is just past Noels nursery on Tully rd.
So please bring those ' Delicious Dishes' and some fluids and I hope you will join us for this upcoming Monday Gathering .
Upward and Onward !
Kris and I are reaching out to folks who most likely will be attending the celebration of life for Tom Hardy at Hartman's Herb Farm next Saturday. Would you be able to help us provide some finger foods/desserts? We spoke with family and they would greatly appreciate help with finger foods/desserts for up to 300 people. We thought it'd be a nice way for many people to pitch in and relieve the family of the burden. We have a sign up sheet here at the café so we can keep track of numbers etc. Hopefully we can all do enough to provide ample for the event.
Will you let us know and also provide some names of others we might contact for this donation? Many thanks.
Miller's River Café
1 South Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
Devil's Washbowl Hike, 10/30
Naturalist-educator Clare Green of Warwick and journalist Allen Young of Royalston will lead a hike on Sunday, Oct. 30, through the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area off Gale Road in Warwick, following a new loop trail that includes the Devil’s Washbowl. Although little water may be flowing, the hikers will have a chance to have a close-up view of how, over centuries, water has shaped the rounded concave rocky formation.
The hike is considered easy to moderate, with a total distance of about 2.5 miles. Please bring a snack and water and appropriate footwear since parts of the trail may be slippery because of fallen leaves. The starting point is located on Gale Road two-tenths of a mile from Athol Road. Access to Gale Road is only from Athol Road, as a bridge is out on the North Orange side of Gale Road.
Rain cancels. The hike is limited to 20 people. Please register at http://www.mountgrace.org/devils-washbowl-hike-1030
*WEEKLY TUESDAY HIKES
Join the Tuesday Trekkers each Tuesday for a hike on local trails. Meet at the Athol YMCA at 9:00 AM.
We gather at 6 PM on the second Monday of each month at :
OIC (Orange Innovation Center) Room 222
131 West Main Street
Orange, Ma 01364
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