North County Land Trust (NCLT) has started a Gofundme for the customization and completion that NQTA is crafting for them at their beautiful serene wildlife viewing habitat the Underwood Property in Hubbardston.
//Here at North County Land Trust (NCLT), we believe when it comes to having limited mobility, it's the abilities that count. This is why NCLT is working to do everything we can to open up our natural spaces to those who may have mobility challenges. At our Underwood Conservation Area in Hubbardston, MA, NCLT is partnering with North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA) to introduce a Mobility Friendly trail. While this trail will not be ADA compliant, it is designed to accommodate rugged wheelchairs (such as the GRIT Freedom Chair), those with braces/canes, families with small children, seniors, and anyone else who needs wider, level trails with frequent resting stops. The trail aims to enhance access to this serene wooded property, while maintaining a natural feel with an improved, natural surface. Our Mobility Friendly trail will follow fairly level terrain and will be improved enough to create a safe walking path. Three benches will sit along this 1/3 mile trail.
NCLT’s mobility friendly trail project cannot move forward without your support! We need to raise $2,500 by April 1st in order to make this project happen. We are currently raising funds to help support the initial building of this trail- this includes helping us pay for a specialized trail building team and their tools, helping cover staff time, and funding our future stewardship of this trail. Our vision doesn’t stop with the building of this trail in the Spring- we look forward to seeking the community’s input on how they would like to see the trail made more accessible. We're exploring guide ropes and tactile indicators for folks who are vision impaired, increased signage and guided walks through the area, audio tours, and much more. Any money raised beyond the initial goal will contribute to North County Land Trust’s mission to make our natural spaces more accessible to everyone in our community. Please help us continue this journey and donate to our campaign! And thank you to our members for their continued support!
Our partner in this project, NQTA, is a veteran-led regional trail association, who, as one part of its mission, seeks to expand trail access for wounded veterans. NQTA has been working with GRIT Freedom Chair: a Massachusetts-based company who designs specialized, non-motorized wheelchairs for outdoor adventures.
The GRIT Freedom Chair, originally designed for people with disabilities in globally remote locations, allows people of varying mobility issues to go beyond the pavement, often under their own power. For many, including wounded veterans, this can be life transforming. Our Mobility Friendly trail at Underwood Conservation Area will be compatible with this type of chair which is now available as a benefit through the Veterans Administration for qualified veterans. You can learn more about the GRIT chair at goGRIT.com.
Want to see a GRIT Freedom Chair in action? We invite all to the opening day of our first Mobility Friendly trail on May 3 (Rain Date, May 10). We'll have a GRIT chair on site. You can even try it out for yourself! And you can also meet the team and enjoy light refreshments.//
Please visit the link below to contribute to the fundraiser. Thank-you!
Underwood Mobility Friendly Trail
Congratulations to Jenae, NQTA board member and Marine veteran! She has finally received her customized Freedom Chair through the VA adaptive sports department, becoming the first Massachusetts veteran under the NQTA/Grit compliance program with the VA to get a Freedom Chair.
Come to our November 12 Gathering where Jenae will be live and we will be unveiling this Freedom Chair compliance program for all Massachusetts veterans and beyond.
As a veteran myself this is NQTA's single proudest initiative achievement since our inception. Who would have thought that these trails programs would go to these kinds of places? Thank you to all NQTA board members past and present who have guided this program through with me.
Bobby Curley 👣
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
Rain or Shine
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October 6: The festival is almost here and preparations are nearly completed. Thanks to an amazing crew and volunteers, the 9th Old 78 Farm Fall festival will be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are still available at our facebook event page for the advanced price of $10, a $5 savings over the gate price. This is a rain or shine event, so feel free to come with rain gear, including your easy up, and celebrate with us.
The 9th Annual Old 78 Farm Fall Festival will take place this year on October 6th at the Old 78 Farm at 823 Orange Road in the small "Right to Farm Community" of Warwick, MA. This family-friendly event brings the feel of a large music festival to a small town in the Massachusetts hills of the North Quabbin. Just as you'd expect, this event features craft vendors, amazing food, and award-winning local and nationally-known musical acts to delight everyone.
The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is also proud of its commitment to the local community. Many of the craft vendors live in or around Warwick selling things such as handmade crystal-wrapped jewelry, recycled/reclaimed clothing, recycled glass candle holders, hula hoops, and other hand-crafted gifts. For the first time, we will be welcoming The Coloring Club from Northampton. During the day, Pixie Belle the Clown will be on hand to amuse the many children who join in the day's festivities with face painting and balloon creations. In the evening, the stage lights up to showcase music meant to keep you up and dancing late into the night.
Our loyal festival friends have come to expect food that is primarily grown on the property or from local farmers, including barbecue by championship team I'm a Hog for Q, Baby. There will also be amazing dishes from the Old 78 kitchen including squash soup, chili, quick breads, and hand-cut french fries. Don't forget to buy a jar of dilly beans, pickled beets or relish, because the canned goods sell out fast! And who could resist Grandma Lynn's pies, baked from scratch!
What about the music? This year's line-up features more first time bands than ever, and a few return performances. Greenfield's Colorway will make their debut, as will bluegrass band, August First. Also from Greenfield, blues and rock stylists, The Medicinal Purpose, will be making their first trip to Old 78. Award winning blues and soul artist, Dave Keller from Montpelier, Vermont will be returning for the first time since the inaugural Old 78 so many years ago with an energetic solo set. Rebel Alliance (MA) will arrive with their reggae rock jams for the fourth year in a row, and rice - An American Band (MA), the truly home grown band coming directly from Old 78 Farm itself will also make their fourth appearance. Also gracing our stages for the first time will be Northampton's Old Flame. Billboard AAA Top 40 Artists, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, will bring their full band. For the first time, Long Arm Rex from Boston, will appear. They won the Pioneer Valley Battle of the Band competition for Strangecreek Campout, and their sound encompasses elements of rock, jam, and reggae.
In the past, other bands such as Bella's Bartok, Outer Stylie, Adam Ezra Group, Secret Sage, The Mary Jane Jones, Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Roots of Creation, Way Up South, Rhythm Inc., Llama Lasagne, DeadBeat (Grateful Dead tribute), and After Fab (Beatles tribute) have graced the stage, and the list keeps growing.
RICE - AN AMERICAN BAND
rice - an American Band was born in the summer of 2014 and has been evolving ever since. Featuring a revolving cast of players from around the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the band concentrates on original music while sprinkling in various eclectic covers.
JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT
Devastatingly powerful vocals and retro-rock guitar, with lyrics that run the gamut from vulnerable to all-out venomous, siblings Jocelyn & Chris Arndt are creating a new generation of authentic album rock. The brother and sister duo perform at venues and festivals coast to coast, backed by a killer band and non-stop, full-throttle stage presence. They create live shows that are unforgettable. "In the last year Jocelyn & Chris have released an album which featured the single Red Stops Traffic. That song reached the Billboard AAA Top 40 for several weeks, and the video has over 100K views. Their current Album, "Go," held the #2 position on the Relix Jamband Top 30 for three consecutive months. The band played the Strangecreek and Mountain Jam festivals before embarking on their most ambitious nationwide summer tour.
LONG ARM REX
Long Arm Rex is a female-fronted reggae-jam band based out of Boston, MA that focuses heavily on the groove, incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock, pop and ska. Since hatching from its shell in 2014, this 5-piece powerhouse has continuously made it their mission to bring you a unique, rexified spin on modern reggae.
Combining the best of rock, reggae, improvisational jam and a whole host of other musical genres, Rebel Alliance is sure to surprise and please - wherever you see them. With musical backgrounds and tastes that are quite broad, each member of The Reb (as they are called by "in the know" persons) has much to bring to the party, and much to add to the song.
Old Flame is a machine of resistance. Born in the Western MA DIY scene, the indie-rock band spins grit and honey-rasp vocals into a psychedelic post-punk nostalgia with an afterglow of raw blues. Since forming in 2017, Old Flame has been nominated by The Deli Magazine as "New England Artist of the Month" and released "Wolf In The Heather" EP. The album documents the rise of the Trump presidency, and was lauded by The Valley Advocate for its "acid-tongued lyrics that rail against corporate capitalism and capture the spirit of proto-punk in a bottle; a rollicking anarchistic flair for damning it all to hell." In the words of 'Ear To The Ground Music': "Love this sound, retro and brand new all at the same time. Tows the line of vintage & psych rock. Addictively good." Old Flame recently completed a cross country tour to Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX, and released their second EP, "Hush Money," which debuted at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA, on March 27th.
THE MEDICINAL PURPOSE
The Medicinal Purpose is a sound and a feeling born of a singular devotion to create and capture emotions through the blues, soul, and rock and roll. Brother Sal (guitars, lead vocals), Chris Ball (bass, vocals) and Jimmy Robitaille (drums,vocals) write and record their material together as a unit. All veterans of studio and stage, the band puts on a powerful, unique, real performance every single night - never leaving audiences unfulfilled.
Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. His CDs have earned him national acclaim from the media (USA Today, Downbeat, Living Blues) and legendary musicians (Taj Mahal, Ronnie Earl), plus enough awards and nominations to fill a good-sized trophy case. Dave Keller’s devotion to his art is mirrored in the devotion of his ever-widening community of fans. "Everywhere I go, I see people who are hungry for connection. For something real. I think I give them that."
August First began as a shared dream between Nicole D'Amico, lead vocals/ukulele, and Rick Schiffman, lead guitarist/vocals. The two had spent the past 2 yrs playing in Boston-based band, Root Nine, and started their musical journey by collaborating on a song. Both have a deep love and passion for music of Jerry Garcia but not wanting to limit themselves to a specific genre, style, or even the artist himself, they decided to create this passion project towards the end of 2015. In summer of 2016, Nicole ran into her friends, Steve Lavalle and Brian Young at a Dead and Co. The three of them grew up spending time together and seeing live music together. Steve expressed interest in wanting to play more music and Nicole extended the invitation to come play with her and Rick. By Fall of 2016, Brian jumped on the mandolin, and the harmonies naturally followed suit. Bassist, Dan Crea came on board early 2017. His sound was an instant fit, and the 'Blues Grassicana' sound, grounded in traditional songs, originals, bluegrass, blues, classic rock, and blended with sweet harmonies that defines August First, came to life.
Hailing from Northampton, Mass and exuding the progressive, energetic and rootsy/indie leanings of the Pioneer Valley (home of And The Kids, The Sun Parade and Sebadoh) Colorway has put out two full length albums of finessed rock and roll (the latest release mastered by engineering god, Bob Ludwig). The band strive to make every live show a new experience where revelatory moments aren't sacrificed for the sake of a cookie cutter set devoid of rough edges. Bandleader/ vocalist/guitarist F. Alex Johnson gobbles up every inch of real estate on his guitar neck while bassist Matt Clegg and drummer, Riley Godleski, hold down the fort with equal parts grace and ferocity.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 D.O.S. Children under 12 are free. Gates open at 11am and music starts at noon and plays continuously until 11pm. Please, no pets. This is a working farm, and we do not want to compromise the health and safety of our animals. Thank you.
The Old 78 festival organizers are always looking for volunteers from now until the festival ends; pre-festival set up (getting the grounds ready), day of the event (front gate, security, etc.), and clean up. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend the festival free of charge. Email or call the farm if you are interested in being part of this grassroots event. Save the date, and come out and enjoy a day of music and good company!
We are happy to announce the return of OIC (Orange Innovation Center), Montague Webworks, and the towns of Athol, New Salem, and Orange as valued sponsors for this year's festival. We are welcoming some some new sponsors this year, Berkshire Brewing Company and SLAP (Steele Lighting & Production). We are always looking for sponsors for our festival; please email or call the farm if you are interested in a sponsorship package.
This year's festival is supported in part by grants from the Athol, Orange, Petersham, and New Salem Cultural Councils, four local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
October 6, 2018
823 Orange Rd, Warwick , MA
Old 78 Farm
Hello all NQTA peeps,
Please take a look at this opening at the Petersham art gallery for Sunday from 4 to 6.
Friend Gail Oswald has made many journeys with our trail group and her paintings come live from the trails that you have all been out on.
NQTA collectively will be purchasing her beautiful picture of Snaky Vista that you see below in the attachment that was a vital relocation that we did off the Tully Trail transmission lines and has created a beautiful alternative track line for a hike to enjoy and Gail certainly caught the magic of this new vista area.
So please come and join us in support and celebration of Gale's beautiful work of the trails of the North Quabbin region.
NQTA members will get a special 40% discount as a thank you for sharing good times and photos. They just have to let folks at the art center know that they are NQTA members!!
Gail Oswald: Quabbin Landscape Paintings
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
4 - 6 PM
Opening Reception with the Artist
Petersham Art Center
Bobby Curley 🦋
NQTA is proud to promote the Hunt Farm Open Barn on August 11. We are assisting in the parking detail and we will have a tent set up for our maps and Mary Canning's bee products.
I invite all NQTA members to come to this free, exciting and educational program.
This is a rain-or-shine event, so please dress appropriately. Dogs and cows don't mix, so please do not bring any pets; even Celtz can't come.
We openly welcome people of all challenges and will have a special area for parking and NQTA folks there to assist you. We're proud to partner with Hunt Farm for this community event!
Visit Hunt Farm on Facebook for more information.
Published on the 50th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's death, Duchamp's Last Day offers a radical reading of the artist's final hours. Just moments after Duchamp died, his closest friend, Man Ray, took a photograph of him. His face is wan; his eyes are closed; he appears calm. Taking this image as a point of departure, Donald Shambroom examines its context―the dinner with Man Ray and another friend, Robert Lebel, the night Duchamp died, the conversations about his own death at that dinner and elsewhere and the larger question of whether Duchamp's death can be read as an extension of his work.
Shambroom's research into this final night and his analysis of the photograph feeds into questions about the nature of artworks and authorship, which Duchamp raised in his lifetime. In the case of this once long-lost photograph (reproduced for the first time here), who is the author―Man Ray or Duchamp? Is it an artwork or merely a record? Duchamp's Last Day is filled with intricate details from decades of research into this peculiar encounter between art, life and death.
Donald Shambroom (born 1950) is a visual artist, writer and curator whose work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 1973, after graduating from Yale University where he studied philosophy and painting, Shambroom moved to Boston to pursue his career as a painter. His work has been shown at Francis Naumann gallery and Half Gallery in New York, and at Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. For the past decade, he has lived and worked on the banks of the Millers River in north central Massachusetts.
We had a wonderful and fun-filled day of hiking at Red Apple Farm with Shoulder to Shoulder, a military family support group through Jewish Family and Children's Services. NQTA provided the trail guides for the beautiful trails at Red Apple Farm, and the complimentary doughnuts were enjoyed by all. Please enjoy this small clip from the beginning of the day.
Hello all Forest Peeps,
Monday March 12th 6 o'clock at Orange Innovation Center 3rd. floor 131 West Main Street is the time and place for this month's Gathering.
Please bring those "Delicious Dishes" as always and I thank you for these Delicious Dishes for the past several years as they have made for a wonderful communal meal time together.
To continue the Hot Streak of quality speakers at our Gatherings for the past couple of months NQTA proudly presents--
Guest Speaker Bri Pena:
Bri is Mount Wachusett Community College's Career Developmental Coach. Last month's Guest Speaker Doctor John Henshaw is the Director of this program for the free Robotic and Advanced Technical training. He introduced us to this program.
Bri is the 'boots-on-the-ground' representative and lead contact to start the implementation process.
I will be reaching out to the Vet Organizations for the youths in their twenties and our own NQTA Youth Community leader Ally will be bringing in the youths of high school age to attend and take advantage of this wonderful program.
Bri will be there to set up campus visits and give detailed information to begin the implementation process (an NQTA favorite word ) for the youths in the Quabbin Region age 17 to 29.
All are welcome and encouraged to come learn more about this exciting program.
I am personally grateful and proud to announce that Red Apple Farm owner and leading North Quabbin entrepreneur Al Rose will be this month's Educational Speaker
Al's educational talk will focus on the history of the lineage of the generational changes to Red Apple Farm.
It will emphasize the business change from patriarch Bill Rose to Al's vision of the development of the business model "A Country Experience" for Red Apple farm.
Al has been a personal friend (and fellow A.T thru hiker) and has allowed NQTA in so many ways to develop as a outdoor trail organization.
The NQTA custom-designed Red Apple trail system is a personal laboratory of tick eradication, blazing, proper mapping and trail development.
I encourage all entrepreneurs both young and old to come and learn from Al on how we can utilize the natural resources of our North Quabbin for both community and financial betterment and sustainability.
The Red Apple Farm is also one of the area's leading youth employers during it's seasonal cycle.
⭐ And finally, NQTA is now in its Membership Cycle Time.
I have been so grateful and humbled by all of your support in the past and ask for your continued support. Our growth has created the need for General Trail Liability Insurance and funds to help with the daily cost of running a larger and more social community active organization.
Of course as part of your membership many new NQTA Custom Designed Maps will be coming out this year starting with the new Poplar Mountain Ridge Loop Trail now available.
All maps will be available at this Gathering to get everybody caught up.
Please go to nqta.org for more membership information ⭐
Thanks again for all of your support.
See you on March 12th with those Delicious Dishes.
Upward and Onward
Man in Motion
Maine to Georgia '85'
Hello All Forest Peeps,
A NQTA Gathering of true diversity has unfolded and I welcome All to come out of the cold of winter and join us for this very special February Gathering.
This month the time is Monday February 12th at 6 o'clock 3rd floor at our headquarters at Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street in Orange, please bring those Delicious Winter Dishes.
Our main Educational Speakers will be our close stewardship partners the Native American Nolumbeka Project.
More Information to follow below but a hot late breaking development
Straight from the words of the MWCC Career Development Coach enthusiastic Brianna Pina !
Mt. Wachusett Community College, Devens MA campus is currently operating on a US Department of Labor grant targeted toward youth (persons 17 -29 yrs.). MWCC, will be offering two different FREE 6-week programs in Quality Technician Training and Automation Technician Training that are run multiple times throughout the year. After completion of training, you will have the opportunity to work with the Career Development Coach to assist with job placement in manufacturing. For more information, please call 978-630-9552.
So what we are talking about here is free Robotic and Advanced Technology training that is immediately needed for our US economy and after training continual support in job career placement by Brianna and the Mount Wachusett team.
Bri will be away on a Tropical Breeze vacation but we are honored to have John Henshaw as the main introduction speaker.
John M. Henshaw, PhD.
Dean, Workforce Development
Mount Wachusett Community College
This introduction to this training will take place during our communal meal time together.
NQTA is proud to be partnering with this MWCC initiative and act as a Hub for continual outreach to N Quabbin Educational systems, Community and Veterans outreach centers.
I ask all that join us to put on your partner ears and eyes and think on how using your connections the word can be spread out far and wide of the North Quabbin Region.
The obvious benefits in creating a better life for our North Quabbin youth aged 17 to 29 cannot be understated.
Thank you sincerely MWCC for your efforts in bringing this program to the North Quabbin region, a truly needed initiative.
⭐ Back to our main educational speakers The Nolumbeka Project
NQTA has had some of its finest Spiritual and Stewardship days working over at Great Falls at the Wissatinnewag village, ancient burial grounds and Native American Gathering site and at this Gathering looks to continues this relationship in the upcoming stewardship season.
Building circular three sisters gardens, collection of lava rocks, invasive species work and wonderful education on this 12,000 year old Native American sacred site.
David Brule Nolumbeka Project Program Director will be coming to talk on this Wissatinnewag site and again directly from David's own words.
I will give a history talk about Tribal presence at the falls, a history of the National Park Service project we are working on studying the massacre there in 1676. I can also talk about future projects for the Wissatinnewag site in general terms of preservation, restoration, education, etc.
I do have a few slides on my flashdrive to share.
Again, please understand the thrust will be cultural history about the falls site, and developing a master plan for Wissatinewag..!
Brent Pitcher in working with Howard Clark's research on "The History of Maize" will be attending and an interactive display example of this back breeding maize and a few photos of this new presentation. (no maize, no social civilization)
Due to the amount of exciting information in this new "History of Maize" presentation NQTA will be looking to do a Part 2 series with the Nolumbeka Project folks to ensure that we get a full education and are made aware of stewardship opportunities.
There will be a stewardship sign up sheet so NQTA and the community can be a partner with the Nolumbeka folks in the upcoming spring and summer stewardship seasons.
So WOW technology meets history at this very special NQTA Gathering.
I have had a lot of requests for these Nolumbeka Project peeps to come join us.
So please come on out of your house, out of your pajamas and come join us for this very special Educational Monday February 12th at 6 o'clock Gathering at OIC and please remember those Delicious Dishes.
I also welcome all of our friends over at the Nolumbeka Project to join us for this communal meal and Gathering time together.
Hello All Forest Friends,
This upcoming Monday October 16th at the OIC, 6 PM on the 3rd floor, is NQTA's monthly Gathering time.
Please bring those Autumn Delicious Dishes!
We're happy that our October meeting will welcome a presentation from a local, family business. Heather Hunt of Hunt Farm will be attending to share some insight into the Mass dairy industry, including their own farm practices, and fun facts about dairy farms. She will leave time for question and answers at the end.
NQTA recently partnered with an event at Hunt Farm, assisting in the parking lot duties.
A true collaboration and friendship has, and is, growing.
This education program goes to the very core of the vision I've had of what a NQTA gathering should be of good food, fun and great educational resources.
I encourage ALL to join us for this special gathering and support Heather and Hunt Farm.
This is a free event for all in the community so please join us for a good meal and great education.
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 !
NQTA President 🍀
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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 🍀