The public is invited to nominate individuals, groups, companies, or organizations for the Annual Greenways Awards which are presented by the Council on Greenways and Trails (CGT) serving Venango, Clarion, and Crawford Counties in western Pennsylvania.
In recognition of the Allegheny River having been named by the Commonwealth as “Pa. River of the Year for 2017,” this year’s award recipients, ceremony location, and spots where the resulting serviceberry trees are planted are all being focused on the Allegheny River in Clarion and Venango Counties. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 1, at 4 p.m. at the Franklin Trailhead along U. S. Route 322 just east of Franklin on the east bank of the Allegheny River.
The “James E. Holden Greenways Volunteer of the Year” award goes to a nominee which provided significant uncompensated hours and expertise to assist the CGT and/or its member organizations during the prior five years. The “Thomas Allen Greenways Partner of the Year” award is presented to the nominee which donated supported, resources, items, and/or expertise to assist the CGT and/or its member organizations during the prior five years. “Greenways Neighbor of the Year” is a person, group, business, or entity situated next to the trails along the Allegheny River; this award recognizes event-specific or ongoing involvement and assistance by adjacent property owners during the prior five years.
The public is also invited to attend the free awards ceremony, at which Mrs. Carolee Michener of Franklin will give a talk entitled “How the Allegheny River Shaped Human History.” RSVP’s are desired as refreshments will be served.