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Fall Wine & Dine

Join us for a wonderful evening under the stars!! We'll have a few "stars" of our own - Ric Luther and Greg Conley will provide music while you dine!

September 12, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00 pm
Silver Fork Winery


Funds from the dinner will help to pave the loop around "Round Hill" at the Joseph McDowell Historical Greenway in Marion. Dinner tickets are $30 each and include one glass of wine and dinner (steak and chicken). Purchase tickets by emailing mcdowelltrails@charter.net or calling 828-803-0222, or from an MTA member. A limited number of tickets are available so get your ticket soon!

Click here to buy your tickets online! 

Bill Hendley Presidential Trail Blazer Award

Bill Hendley Presidential Trail Blazer Award Bill Hendley, MTA's outgoing President was presented the first annual "Bill Hendley Presidential Trail Blazer Award at MTA's Annual Meeting.  


Bill has served the past eight years as President of the McDowell Trails Association.  This award was presented to Bill for his persistence to meet goals, imagination to realize the next big idea, cooperation to build a strong team and enthusiasm to inspire success!  

Baxter Recognition

Baxter Recognition

Baxter's North Cove facility Recognized by The McDowell Trails Association

Thursday, June 19, 2014 
Joseph McDowell Historic Catawba River Greenway

Members of The McDowell Trails Association's Board of Directors presented Baxter's North Cove facilities' Director of Business Human Relations, Donna Meyer, with a plaque recognizing Baxter for providing the first volunteer group to work on the Joseph McDowell Historic Catawba River Greenway. During planning for Phase I of the greenway there was a need to gain easy access through dense overgrowth to the Right-of-Way along the river bank.  Members from Baxter's Best Community Service Group joined at the base of Round Hill on a rainy morning in September 2008 with their chain saws, machetes, bush axes and loppers ready to clear a trail from the base of the hill to the river bank. Progress was slow, as the dense overgrowth reminded one of a jungle. However, by the end of the work day the group had reached the river's edge. The cleared trail wasn't straight as it followed a path of least resistance. But it became the primary route to the river while the Right-of-Way was being cleared. When the final trail from the river greenway to Round Hill was built years later, it followed the original path cut out by this group of volunteers. 

The following year, 2009, a Baxter's Community Service Group again in September, returned to the base of Round Hill to do additional clearing around the base of the Hill.

Although other volunteer work groups have since worked on the greenway Right-of-Way, the group from Baxter's was the first.



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