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Thursday, July 18, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDMembers of the Egypt VFW Post 7293 Color Guard were on hand to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the dedication of the new pavilion at the trailhead of the Ironton Rail Trail, North Whitehall Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDMembers of the Egypt VFW Post 7293 Color Guard were on hand to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the dedication of the new pavilion at the trailhead of the Ironton Rail Trail, North Whitehall Township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, shares his thoughts on the value of the Ironton Rail Trail. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, shares his thoughts on the value of the Ironton Rail Trail. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong read a proclamation to the Ironton Rail Trail Commissioners praising their foresight and hard work. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong read a proclamation to the Ironton Rail Trail Commissioners praising their foresight and hard work. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Lehigh County Director of General Services Richard Molchany talked about the importance of trails to a community. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Lehigh County Director of General Services Richard Molchany talked about the importance of trails to a community. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
North Whitehall Supervisors’ Chairman Ron Heintzelman discussed the long relation between the Ironton Rail Trail and the township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography North Whitehall Supervisors’ Chairman Ron Heintzelman discussed the long relation between the Ironton Rail Trail and the township. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Wildlands Conservancy President Chris Kocher noted that trails are a wonderful asset to their communities. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Wildlands Conservancy President Chris Kocher noted that trails are a wonderful asset to their communities. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Presenters for the Ironton Rail Trail pavilion dedication were Wildlands Conservancy President Chris Kocher, DCNR Regional Recreation and Parks Advisor Lorne Possinger, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, County Director of General Services Richard Molchany, IRT Commissioners’ Secretary Ray Deutsch, North Whitehall Supervisors Ron Heintzelman and Mark Hills, state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Presenters for the Ironton Rail Trail pavilion dedication were Wildlands Conservancy President Chris Kocher, DCNR Regional Recreation and Parks Advisor Lorne Possinger, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, County Director of General Services Richard Molchany, IRT Commissioners’ Secretary Ray Deutsch, North Whitehall Supervisors Ron Heintzelman and Mark Hills, state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

IRT pavilion dedicated in North Whitehall

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Supporters and members of the Ironton Rail Trail Commission, along with North Whitehall Township supervisors, dedicated the new pavilion at the IRT trailhead on June 9.

The new pavilion, near the North Whitehall Township building, 3256 Levans Road, North Whitehall, adds an excellent kickoff point to the Western end of the IRT.

According to Ray Bieak, secretary of the IRT Commission, counters on the trail showed close to 110,000 users on the trail in 2018.

He added that as of end of May, trail use is on track to accommodate 250,000 users in 2019.

State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, praised all Pennsylvania workers for their willingness to work hard, volunteer for the good of the community and be productive.

As the Lehigh Valley has become the fastest growing community in Pennsylvania, the IRT is an example of the type of community service helping that growth.

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented a proclamation to the IRT commissioners praising the hard work of their volunteers.

County Director of General Services Richard Molchany said the IRT and all Rails to Trails in Pennsylvania increase property values of homes located near the trails.

Lorne Possinger, regional recreation and parks advisor with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, praised the hard work of the IRT volunteers, and added Pennsylvania leads the country in developing Rails to Trails with more than 1,500 miles to date.

North Whitehall Supervisors’ Chairman Ronald Heintzelman said he was pleased to note the IRT Commission and North Whitehall Township worked hand-in-hand from the very beginning of the IRT project, which began in 1996 with the formation of the commission with support from supervisors.

President of the Wildlands Conservancy Chris Kocher noted the wonderful asset a rail trail provides to a community.