Monday, March 17, 2008

Article - Trail raises the likelihood of roaming Valley on foot, March 13

Almost daily consumers are bombarded with messages to eat less, plan better diets and exercise. Invariably these messages will suggest where to buy food, what brands to choose and how a particular health club can tailor a plan to meet individual needs.

But seldom are Luzerne Countians told where they can exercise – and simultaneously enjoy a slice of nature near their homes. This spring the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, the the Back Mountain Trail overseer, will begin work on a two-mile northern expansion. Planners envision that the trail eventually will be extended to Misericordia University, which will transform the entire length into an eight-mile hike.

Funding for the pending expansion is a $480,000 federal grant administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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