Vermont had significant role in the development of the Appalachian Trail

first_imgThe Green Mountain Club today welcomed this week’s 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail which the club manages through Vermont. The club and the state played a key role in the creation and management of this iconic trail stretching from Georgia to Maine, which was finished on August 14, 1937. Vermont’s Stratton Mountain is thought to be the summit on which, separately, both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail (’A.T.’) were conceived by the trails’respective founders James P Taylor and Benton MacKaye.  In 1910, the Green Mountain Club began work on the Long Trail, completing it in 1931, thus establishing America’s first long distance hiking trail.  MacKaye returned to Vermont in 1922 to study the L.T. in detail, hoping to make it part of his plan for the ‘great super trail’to run from Maine to Georgia.  Today, the Green Mountain Club has MacKaye’s personal copy of the 1922 Long Trail Guide book (see attached) with notations he presumably used to help establish the A.T. and this Appalachian Trail Conference (now conservancy) to establish and manage the trail. MacKaye adopted from the Long Trail such lessons as the importance of an extensive trail shelter system, white blazes to mark the main trail, and a cooperative management system that relies heavily on local volunteer groups with responsibility for a specific section of trail.  Today, the Green Mountain Club has 14 Sections (i.e. chapters) and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy works with 31 trail maintaining clubs including the Green Mountain Club. The Bennington Evening Banner featured MacKaye’s visit on its July 17, 1922, front page: ‘Mountain Trail Asset of Back to Land Movement.’The article detailed how MacKaye sought to study the Long Trail ‘with the hope of making it part of the great super trail.’  His interest was not solely in developing a mere hiking trail.  ‘His project is something more, as he conceives it, than a trail for hikers,’the Banner wrote, ‘it is a ‘new approach to the problem of living’, â ¦ an offset and relief from the various shackles of commercial civilization.’ The Green Mountain Club today manages the A.T. throughout Vermont in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, and the State of Vermont.  This stretch of trail includes more than 100 miles where the A.T. runs along the Long Trail from the Massachusetts border to Maine Junction in Killington, and a more than 40 miles stretch of A.T. from Killington to Norwich, Vt. after the historic trails go their separate ways.Source: WATERBURY CENTER, Vt., August 16 ‘The Green Mountain Club FROM THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY:Two thousand twelve marks a major milestone for the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Seventy-five years ago, on August 14, 1937, the A.T. was first completed. This task of building the original trail took more than 15 years and involved a few hundred volunteers, state and federal agency partners, local Trail-maintaining clubs, workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The A.T. is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.Since the A.T was first completed in 1937, it has undergone a remarkable transformation. Most’probably 99%’has been relocated or rebuilt. Hundreds of miles of the original route were along roads and passed through private lands. Thanks to the determination of Myron H. Avery and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) he chaired for more than two decades, passage of the National Trails System Act, and the work of many partners and volunteers, more than 99.7% of the A.T. is now in public ownership. Not only is the footpath itself protected, but a corridor of land, averaging one thousand feet in width, is also protected.The Trail today is not only better protected but traverses more scenic landscapes than the original route. Many of the A.T.’s most cherished highlights were not part of the A.T. in 1937: Roan Mountain, Tennessee; the Mt. Rogers High Country, including Grayson Highlands, Virginia; the Pochuck Creek swamp, New Jersey; Nuclear Lake, New York; Thundering Falls, Vermont; and Saddleback Mountain, Maine, to name a few.The treadway itself each year becomes more sustainable. Except for places where the Civilian Conservation Corps was brought in (mostly in Shenandoah National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Maine), the original Trail often was routed straight up and down mountains, making for rough hiking and a treadway prone to severe erosion. The ATC’s trail crews and volunteer trail-maintaining clubs have relocated or rehabilitated countless miles of Trail, and each year continue to improve the treadway.Today, 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year and about 2,000 people attempt to ‘thru-hike’the Trail. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of home and work life, to meet new people or deepen old friendships, or to experience a simpler life.The A.T. is a unit of the national park system and is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors that includes, among others, the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, an array of state agencies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and 31 local Trail-maintaining is external)last_img read more

Nick Pileggi: A Conversation

first_img[email protected] Share Nick Pileggi, author of “Wiseguy” and “Casino,” started on the crime beat for the New York papers. Independent/Courtesy Nick Pileggi.After his sophomore year at Long Island University studying Irish literature, a fellow reporter on the school newspaper asked Nick Pileggi what kind of work he would pursue.Pileggi — who would later become one of the best crime reporters in America and the screenwriter of “Goodfellas” and “Casino” — told him he’d probably become a teacher.The reporter clarified his question, asking what summer job Pileggi was chasing. Pileggi, born to immigrant parents from Calabria in working-class Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, didn’t have a clue.“So, he told me the A&P was hiring and he gave me an address at 50 Rockefeller Center and the name of a guy in charge named Frank Kelleher,” said Pileggi. “So off I went on the subway to Rockefeller Center. But I don’t see a supermarket anywhere. I go into the lobby and see that there is an AP, for Associated Press, at that address. I went upstairs and Frank Kelleher was in charge of the mail room. He hired me.”Thus began one of the best journalism stories ever to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.For the next two years, Pileggi attended college by day and worked from 4 PM to midnight at the AP in the mail room, then a copy boy watching gritty “legmen” reporters who roamed the vast city phoning in stories to talented “rewritemen” who spun the details and quotes into solid stories picked up by the seven daily newspapers that then competed in New York City.“When I wasn’t running for copy or coffee, I started listening to the details the legmen reported to the rewritemen and I’d sit down and type out my own versions of the stories to see how they compared when they went out on the AP wire,” Pileggi said. “Soon some the guys saw what I was doing and they’d wave me over and ask to see what I’d written. They’d edit it, showing me how to make it better, how to sharpen the language and to move important details up higher in the story. They would take me to P.J. Moriarity’s saloon after work and talk shop, teaching me the craft of journalism.”Pileggi improved with each shift and by the time he received his college degree, AP’s city editor Joseph Nicholson asked him what he intended to do with his life.“I guess I’ll go for my MA and teach English,” said Pileggi.Tight Fraternity Of New York Journalists“Do you wanna be a reporter?” asked Nicholson.Pileggi, who answered yes, was sent on his first assignment on January 6, 1956, covering a teamsters’ convention at the former Tammany Hall. “I walked into this crazy scene filled with wise guys and union leaders and reporters and had absolutely no idea what I was doing,” he said. “I spotted a friendly looking guy with red hair taking notes and told him it was my first assignment and asked for help.” It was Murray Kempton, “one of the greatest New York columnists ever,” who introduced Pileggi to Abe Raskin of The New York Times, “the best labor writer in the country at the time.”The first-time reporter asked Raskin if he could explain the story to him. Raskin gave his copy to Pileggi, and then rewrote his own piece for the Times “so that they didn’t look too similar. Kelleher called me into his office and said I did a good job, that the Times didn’t have anything that I didn’t have.”Pileggi learned a lesson that day about the tight fraternity of New York journalism where although reporters competed fiercely they also treated each other — especially the rookies — like brothers of the same noble guild.They were not the enemy of the people. They reported on the enemy of the people to the people, as reporters still do today.Later, when I was at the Village Voice and New York magazine, where I worked alongside Pileggi, he welcomed young reporters like me, Michael Daly, Marc Jacobson, and many others to use his personal clip files on politics, crime, the mob, poverty, the Vietnam War, and every major hot button topic of the age. He’d also share his Rolodex of contacts and sources. Pileggi’s good name opened doors and made your life as easy as Abe Raskin had made Pileggi’s on his first day on the job.“Well, thank you for saying that, but I was just returning the same generosity I’d gotten as a young writer,” said Pileggi, who lives between his Manhattan home and a home in the East End he bought 34 years ago with his wife, the late Nora Ephron. “The only thing I ever asked other reporters was to return the clips the way you found them for the next guy or gal.”Organized CrimeBecause he’d grown up in Bensonhurst, the Little Italy of Brooklyn, Pileggi was comfortable around cops, firemen, laborers, shop owners, and gangsters who in his time rarely preyed on “civilians” outside of their insular world.“In Bensonhurst, the local hoods would never shake down working people like my father, who started as a musician in the orchestra pits of movie theaters and later owned a shoe store and later still, a clothes store,” said Pileggi. “Instead they’d tell you to make sure you always got a receipt when you paid your rent to the landlord. Because on rent day, they would rob the landlord. But you had a receipt to prove you paid your rent.”Pileggi covered organized crime after it was exposed as a national scourge on November 14, 1957 at the raid on the meeting of the Five Mafia Families at the home of Joe “Joe the Barber” Barbara in Apalachin, NY. “Before that, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI wouldn’t even acknowledge that there was such a thing as organized crime in America,” Pileggi said.“My first cousin, Gay Talese, was working for The New York Times, and he urged me to branch out and do feature magazine stories for Esquire Magazine and New York, which was then the Sunday magazine supplement of the New York Herald Tribune, edited by Clay Felker. Jimmy Breslin was writing for the Tribune back then, so were Tom Wolfe and a lot of great writers.”In 1968, Felker made New York magazine into a standalone weekly news magazine. “I had been writing for the AP for 12 years,” says Pileggi. “Felker asked me if I wanted to come work on the New York Magazine staff with Breslin, Hamill, Gloria Steinem. I loved the AP, but he tempted me by saying I wouldn’t have to show up every day at work. I would just write feature stories and file them when they were ready. That would give me the freedom to write longer pieces that I could expand into books.”Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy” about mob rat Henry Hill was optioned for film, and he co-wrote the screenplay with director Martin Scorsese that has become a classic mob film.The movie “Casino” was also adapted by Pileggi and Scorsese from another of Pileggi’s non-fiction books.Movie ScriptsToday, at age 86, Pileggi still has the instincts of a reporter but is too busy with a slew of movie and TV script assignments to be a journalist, although he reads the papers every day.“I think the Times and Washington Post are doing some of the best national reporting I’ve ever seen in daily newspapers,” he said. “But local reporting has suffered because of the staff cuts. I miss the days of reading Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill and Murray Kempton three times a week. There are no more cityside columnists, and that’s too bad because they helped put the city into focus with good reporting and great writing.”Pileggi was deeply moved by the HBO documentary “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,” in which he also appears. “Not just because it’s about friends of mine, but because it was about a lost city, a lost time, and a great profession,” he said. “But it also made me feel damned lucky to have been part of it. Part of the greatest days of newspapers.”Pileggi will be off to his East End home for the summer to write an American mob movie script based on a British TV series, “The Fear,” about a mob boss with Alzheimer’s. He’s also developing a TV series based on the Limelight disco in Manhattan.“It all started with a fellow student newspaper reporter sending me for what I thought was a summer job at an A&P supermarket,” says Pileggi. “I got to work at the AP instead, where we had talented rewritemen like Thomas Harris, the nicest, sweetest, kindest guy you ever met who was also writing a novel on the side called ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ and you wonder how the hell this sweet guy came up with Hannibal Lecter. But that’s the crazy business we come from. Speaking of which, that student reporter who sent me to the AP? He became an FBI agent and I later used him as a source on stories.”If he could, would Pileggi have done anything differently? “No way,” he said with a laugh. “I think if you’re a first-generation American like me, you owe it all to your immigrant parents who were brave enough to cross an ocean with nothing so that their kids would have a shot to have a better life. And if you had the kind of naiveté I had on my first day as a reporter and formed a bond with generous strangers in this business, you have to consider yourself blessed. I met the greatest group of people you’d ever want to meet in the newspaper and magazine business. The journalism led to books and the books to movies. It has been one helluva life. I would do it all over the same way again.”last_img read more

SPI Board of Adjustments aids disabled residents

first_imgBy ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSThe South Padre Island Board of Adjustments and Appeals met Tuesday morning for their regular monthly meeting. This month, the board unanimously approved a variance allowing for a disabled applicant to fully enjoy his home as he will now be able to access his second floor.Acting Chairman Paul Fedigan opened the meeting and the board approved the minutes of the January 6 regular meeting and June 6 memo. They moved on to consider taking action regarding the zoning request for a variance from Section 20-7.1 in the Residential and Multi-family Dwelling District for an encroachment in the front and side yard setback. City Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim gave a short presentation on the request.The applicant, who is disabled, wants to build a chairlift at his residential building that will encroach four feet into the required 25 foot front setback and 3.5 feet into the required five foot side setback so that he may access the second floor of his house. City Staff recommended that the board approve the setback variance request so that the owner can enjoy the benefits of his entire property. Based on the hardship, the board agreed that the owner should be able to access his property and quickly approved the variance request.The second request on the agenda was also quickly approved for an applicant to keep an existing Jacuzzi that is encroaching into the side yard setback. In that case, due to the existing condition, a literal enforcement of the Code would result in unnecessary hardship and as the variance is not contrary to public interest, the board agreed with staff recommendation for approval.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedBoard looks at parking for Clayton’s new ventureBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 8, 2015 The Board of Adjustments and Appeals met Tuesday morning for their first meeting of the New Year. Nine a.m. rolled around and with only three of five members in attendance, there was concern that the meeting would be cancelled due…January 9, 2015In “News”Board of Adjustments mulls variance requestsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The City of Port Isabel Board of Adjustments held a public hearing and regular meeting Tuesday evening. Orders of business included approval of minutes for the September meeting as well as variance requests for residential and commercial properties. Judy Woolverton of Woolverton Realty…October 9, 2014In “News”Board of Adjustments denies varianceBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Board of Adjustments and Appeals (BOAA) met Tuesday morning to consider only one issue regarding a variance for The Shores community at the north end of the Island to deviate from their city ordinance required side setback. According to…September 4, 2015In “News”last_img read more

2019 Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Defensemen

first_imgDefensemen isn’t the most exciting position in fantasy hockey, but with the 2019-20 NHL season almost ready to get underway, having a good set of D rankings on your draft cheat sheet is a necessity. Fantasy Alarm is here to help you spot the top players, sleepers, and potential busts at this position. There will only be a handful of defensemen drafted in the first three rounds, but the early-middle rounds should see a run featuring many of the players below. Fantasy Alarm is giving us a sneak peak of its D rankings with its top 20, but you’ll need more names filed away once your draft starts. For more defensemen and rankings at every position, get a free one-week subscription to Fantasy Alarm and check out its ultimate fantasy hockey draft cheat sheet! DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Free one-week Fantasy Alarm subscription We’ll update these rankings as needed before the season begins Oct. 2.  2019 DRAFT RANKINGS:Center | Left wing | Right wing | Goalie | Cheat sheet2019 Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings: DefensemenRankPlayerTeam1Brent BurnsSJ2Erik KarlssonSJ3Victor HedmanTB4John CarlsonWSH5Roman JosiNSH6Kris LetangPIT7Dustin ByfuglienWPG8Tyson BarrieTOR9Mark GiordanoCGY10John KlingbergDAL11P.K. SubbanNJ12Torey KrugBOS13Shea WeberMTL14Seth JonesCBJ15Morgan RiellyTOR16Thomas ChabotOTT17Drew DoughtyLA18Jacob TroubaNYR19Alex PietrangeloSTL20Keith YandleFLAFor more D rankings — plus rankings at every position — visit Fantasy Alarm for a FREE one-week premium subscription.last_img read more

Kilcar, Aodh Ruadh, St Naul’s and Pettigo all stay out in front in Donegal Senior Leagues

first_imgCloich Cheann Fhaola8404108118-108 Málainn/Malin8305114123-96 CLG Na Cealla Beaga10001065154-890 Ardara95041351221310 Naomh Ultan9315118132-147 Division 1 ReserveSat, 24 Jun, St Eunan’s 3-18 Milford 1-6Sun, 25 Jun, Four Masters 2-6 Glenswilly 2-5Gaoth Dobhair 2-9 Dungloe 2-8 Division 4 CLG Chill Chartha761092524013 CLG An Tearmainn96031501252512 Letterkenny Gaels910881131-502 Kilcar remain top of the Donegal Senior League following a 2-16 to 3-8 defeat of Bundoran yesterday, but defeat to Glenswilly means Four Masters stay bottom.Leaders Aodh Ruadh suffered a one-point defeat to Buncrana in Division Two, and second-placed Naomh Columba are just two points off the Ballyshannon men after their defeat of Glenfin.St Naul’s beat Moville to stay top in Division Three, while Naomh Brid beat Letterkenny Gaels and Naomh Ultan drew with Naomh Muire.And Pettigo’s defeat of Glenfin means they are still top in Division Division 1Thu, 22 Jun, Gaoth Dobhair 0-16 Dungloe 2-9Sat, 24 Jun, St Eunan’s 1-14 Milford 0-13Sun, 25 Jun, Glenswilly 2-9 Four Masters 0-8Naomh Conáil 2-16 St Michael’s 1-9Kilcar 2-16 Bundoran 3-8 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Urris8305122102206 Gaeil Fhánada10802130676316 Division 5 CLG Bun Cranncha11416126141-159 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin840482112-308 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS CLG Carndomhnaigh10604111961512 Sean Mac Cumhaill11506128157-2910 Naomh Ádhamhnáin/St Eunan’s97021401083214 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Naomh Bríd9306112126-146 Na Dúnaibh/Downings106041321102212 Ardara900947102-550 CLG Naomh Náille1080273601316 Naomh Ádhamhnáin/St Eunan’s9612122873513 Milford9324144154-108 Naomh Conaill832311010378 Glenswilly841311710899 CLG Na Cealla Beaga820673123-504 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Division 2 ReserveSun, 25 Jun, Glenfin 1-9 Naomh Columba 1-9Malin 4-24 Killybegs 2-9Ardara 2-8 Termon 1-9Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-8 Cloughaneely 1-7Buncrana 5-15 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 1-8 Málainn/Malin812587130-434 Red Hughs930690135-456 Division 3 Reserve CLG Chill Chartha97201501054516 St Michael’s10406103122-198 Milford11416158168-109 Naomh Conaill7502115110510 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Naomh Pádraig Leifear900968142-740 Red Hughs8314116126-107 Cloich Cheann Fhaola9702152737914 Naomh Colmcille9702157807714 Naomh Columba10514134136-211 Naomh Columba7511114843011 Division 1 Naomh Ultan72146082-225 Na Rossa107121381182015 Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh8611127883913center_img TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Division 2 Reserve Gleann Fhinne96121521025013 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Realt na Mara G.F.C810791156-652 CLG Bun Cranncha1140714514328 Gaeil Fhánada117041231101314 Sean Mac Cumhaill910870133-632 CLG An Tearmainn9504111109210 Naomh Conaill74129078129 Four Masters920774112-384 Division 2Sun, 25 Jun, Naomh Columba 2-8 Glenfin 1-6Termon 2-14 Ardara 3-9Buncrana 2-8 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 1-10Sean Mac Cumhaill 3-12 Cloughaneely 0-14 Division 3Sat, 24 Jun, Naomh Bríd 2-9 Letterkenny Gaels 1-6Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 2-10 Naomh Ultan 1-13Sun, 25 Jun, St Naul’s 1-13 Moville 1-9Burt 1-6 Fanad Gaels 0-8 Naomh Bríd11317113128-157 Gaoth Dobhair104241501044610 Letterkenny Gaels1010997171-742 Na Dúnaibh/Downings9234100114-147 Gleann Fhinne84049197-68 Gaoth Dobhair85121371191811 An Clochán Liath9504119136-1710 Division 2 Four Masters1011891141-503 Moville116141611392213 St Michael’s115151821532911 Ardara9603122962612 Realt na Mara G.F.C8206103146-434 Burt950410197410 Roibeard Eimid/Robert Emmets1020896163-674 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon107122201417915 Naomh Muire, Íochtar Na Rosann96121491123713 Division 1 Reserve Naomh Ádhamhnáin/St Eunan’s8404696908 Pettigo9711146875915 Burt72147275-35 Sean Mac Cumhaill12417162173-119 Glenswilly11326137148-118 Division 4Sat, 24 Jun, Robert Emmets 3-12 Urris 1-14Na Rossa 2-10 Naomh Colmcille 0-15Carndonagh 1-15 Naomh Pádraig Lifford 1-7 CLG Naomh Náille9801135845116 Naomh Columba96121211031813 Division 3 Division 3 ReserveSat, 24 Jun, Downings 1-14 Red Hughs 0-5Sun, 25 Jun, St Naul’s 2-11 Moville 2-6Fanad Gaels 3-11 Burt 0-6 An Clochán Liath85121131011211 Gleann Fhinne9522120112812 Moville92075983-244 Division 5Sat, 24 Jun, Pettigo 2-13 Glenfin 0-9Naomh Columba 1-12 St Eunan’s 2-6Naomh Conáil W/O Ardara  –Glenswilly 1-11 Sean Mac Cumhaill 2-7 Naomh Muire, Íochtar Na Rosann8800120606016 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon10604145175-3012 Glenswilly11416129135-69 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTSlast_img read more