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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Bike and Build Getting Ready For Cross Country Bike Trip

Thirty some students will be leaving Providence, RI on June 7, 2007 to ride their bicycles to Seattle, WA. They will be stopping in Coudersport on June 19. Solomon's Words will follow their journey. Watch here daily for information about each of these riders. They are raising funds for Habitat for Humanity and other affordable housing programs. Click on the title of this story to go to the bike and build website.

Hi! My name is Jackie Soo, and I grew up in sunny southern California. I went to UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2005 with a BA in English.
Unsure about what kind of job I could find with a major like that, I escaped the job hunt and went to Taiwan, where I taught English for a year. That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life – I fell in love with 5 year old Taiwanese kids who couldn’t put together a sentence of English, but who told you “I love you,” put their arms around your neck, and delivered big sloppy kisses on your cheek.
Then, I moved to Italy, and lived there for six months. I also taught English, but more to adults who didn’t tell me they loved me, didn’t drape themselves all over my legs, and didn’t kiss me every day. Oh, well.
Now I’m back in the States, and I’m really excited to be a part of Bike & Build this summer! While I haven’t had extensive experience with affordable housing issues in the past, public service and volunteerism have become increasingly important to me. The more I see and the more I understand of this world, the more I realize the necessity of actively working to create a world that I believe in. And I am ready to work hard!
For me, affordable housing means more than just building a house. It means building a whole system of sustainable and low-cost housing, a system that is integrated within the city or community in which it is located. Development must find some way to keep up with population growth. Ultimately, I would like to see a system of housing that provides simple, affordable units to people in need, that at the same time takes into account the environmental health of the city as a whole.
And to do all this while…bicycling across America! I love challenging myself, and I love doing things…differently. I can’t wait to see America the way few have seen it, and I can’t wait to share the experience with you all!

Semi Hits School Bus At Killbuck, NY--3 Injured

From WESB News:

05/19/07 --A school bus which was stopped to discharge students in Killbuck NY was struck from behind by a tractor trailer just after 3:30 yesterday.

The semi which was operated by Kevin Cornish of Coudersport, failed to stop in time for the bus. 3 students on the bus were transported to Olean General Hospital for examination and treatment of injuries.

Neither the bus driver - and no one in the semi - were injured. Cornish, the driver of the semi, was charged with following too closely in the Town of Great Valley and is to appear at a later date.

9 Acre Farm For Sale In Roulette Township, $119.000.

Check out this 9 acre farm right on Main Street in Roulette, PA. Lots of room for horses or your choice of farm animals. Two barns, with horse stalls, blacktop driveway, new 200 amp electric, new plumbing, new roof, new forced air furnace, large lot for parking. Great retirement community priced at less than half the price of an apartment in the city. Located in Potter County, God's Country. Roulette has a population of 1500. Click on the title to go to the realtor's complete listing of this property.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Feel the Burn 2007--Mike Manning

As Mike posted late Wednesday evening, despite a leg injury and saddle sores, Mike is continuing his journey feeling the burn across this great country of ours and raising $100,000 for Burn Survivors.

Thanks to Germantown Fire Chief, Chief Anding, Mike is going to be riding in style to San Jose on his 100th Anniversary Harley Ultra Glide Fire Edition!

We just had to share the photo of the bike and Chief Anding. Watch for Mike's new schedule coming soon. Click on the link on the lower right to check on Mike's progress anytime.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Warren Man Bitten By Bobcat

From WESB News: 05/17/07

A Warren man was attacked by a bobcat while turkey hunting last weekend. Joe Hennessy was hunting turkey in the Morrison Run area. While calling in a flock of turkeys a bobcat jumped onto his back and bit him on his head and neck. Hennessy was able to throw the bobcat off him and chase it away with a shotgun blast. He had the bite wounds treated and received a tetanus shot from a doctor.

For other local news items, click on the WESB News link on the lower right margin of this page.

Hebron Cemetery Work Bee Sunday

The Annual Hebron Cemetery work bee will be held Sunday, May 20. Lunch will be served at noon.

Shinglehouse Baseball Clean Up Day

The Shinglehouse Junior Little League will hold its annual clean up day on Saturday, May 19 starting at 10:00 am. The field will be improved and the concession stand made ready for the season.

Parents are encouraged to come out and help with the effort. More information about Shinglehouse baseball can be found at HTTP://

Quarter Bingo At Austin Firehall Friday

Quarter Bingo will be held Friday May 18, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Austin Firehall. Refreshments will be available and proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

Ulysses High School Alumni Reunion

The Ulysses High School Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, May 26, 2007 in the Ulysses Community Building. Social hour is 6:00 to 7:00 pm, with dinner beginning at 7:00 pm. Those attending should RSVP by May 23 to Elaine Flewellyn, Box 51, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Call 848-7519 or email

Turn Green Grass Into Green Bucks

The Tioga-Potter Sheep and Wool Growers Association annual meeting will be held Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Pine Creek Methodist Church in Gaines.

The meeting starts at 6:00 pm. The public is invited. Bring a dish to pass. David Albert Jr. will speak . His topic will be "Turn Green Grass into Green Bucks! Economics of the Sheep Industry."

The Pennsylvania Wool Pool will be held June 1. For more information contact Don Norman at 570-324-3562.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Approaching

Rep. Martin Causer (R- Turtlepoint) reminds residents that the deadline for submitting applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is June 30.

These are the first applications available under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 (Act 1), which expanded eligibility for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2006. This amount is up from $500 in previous years.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

The household eligibility income limit has been raised for homeowners from $15,000 to $35,000, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of four programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

Since the program began in 1971, more than $3.21 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. The 2005 Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Property Tax/Rent Rebate report shows that more than 313,000 claims were paid for that year.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting Causer’s offices in Bradford, telephone 814-362-4400, or Coudersport, telephone 814-274-9769, or by visiting his Web site at and clicking on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate button on the left side.

Click the title of this article to go to Rep. Causer's website.

Mike Manning Vows To Continue Ride On Motorcycle

Mike Manning, the Germantown, Ohio firefighter riding his bicycle across the USA for burn victims, was forced to interrupt his ride between Mansfield and Coudersport Tuesday. He has vowed to continue his ride on a motorcycle.

Mike writes:

"After leaving Mansfield in hot temperatures and a 22 mph headwind my body began to reach its breaking point. A saddle sore I had been nursing for 2 days finally became too much to overcome. I pushed and pushed, chewing aspiring and taking breaks. It felt like a lighter was being held under my seat, no matter if I was standing or sitting. I continued riding, tears rolling down my face from the pain, both emotional as well as physical. My legs were strong but it didn't matter. I could not pedal anymore and knew it would be at least a week before I could ride again, and knew it would just come right back in a few days of hot riding."

"I crawled off of my bike and sat on the side of Rt. 6 under the scorching sun weeping for all of the people I felt I was letting down. My sincere hopes of this ride were not to be via the way I had planned and trained for 4 months."

"I must ask for and accept the offered help of others. This started when I called the Coudersport FD chief Andy to come pick me up 50 miles from his station. He is a saint and sent his son Cecil to come get me. Thank you. I have never truly needed the help of others until 3 pm on May 15, 2007. I was immobile and in the middle of nowhere. They fed me a great spaghetti dinner and then gave me hotel money so my wife and I could get some sleep when she came to pick me up later in the night. We decided to drive home anyway and I am mailing your money back to you, thank you all for your generosity."

"I saw my Fire Chief this AM after arriving home late, I humbly broke the news of my injury and my new plan. He immediately insisted I take his 100th Anniversary Harley Ultra Glide Fire Edition to San Jose instead. After debating this offer I decided it was safer and more fitting to what we are trying to do here."

"Good night all and I'll resume the ride on Tuesday AM.Again, all are welcome to ride with me. I know there are a lot more motorcyclists than cyclists out there. C'mon, help me make lemonade out lemons and show our support, both in motorcycles and in fundraising dollars."

This is only a portion of the Mike Manning's post on his website Feel the Burn 2007. Click on the link on the lower right margin to see Mike's complete story and to follow his progress across the country to benefit burn survivors.

We are proud of you Mike, and admire your efforts in this cause.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Two Injured When Trucks Collide Near Ansonia

From Elmira Star-Gazette

WELLSBORO –May 16, 2007- Two men were injured, one critically, in a two-truck crash this morning that closed U.S. Route 6 near Ansonia for nearly an hour.

Michael Goodling, 27, of West Main Street in Galeton, was listed in critical condition this afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. A medical evacuation helicopter transported him from a Wellsboro landing pad to the medical center.

Joseph E. Kuhns, 56, of Pine Lane in Liberty, was listed in stable condition this afternoon at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.

State police at Mansfield said Goodling was driving a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck east on Route 6 in Shippen Township, two miles west of Ansonia at about 10:45 a.m. Kuhns was driving a UPS box truck west on the road, police said.

As Goodling’s vehicle went around a left curve, it crossed over the center line and struck the delivery vehicle nearly head-on, police said.

Wellsboro and Galeton firefighters assisted state police at the crash scene. Police said Goodling was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Kuhns was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Feel the Burn-Mike Back In Ohio

Mike Manning, the firefighter who was riding his bicycle across America for burn victims, is back in his hometown of Germantown, Ohio tonight. Yesterday he sent pictures from Mansfield, PA and was supposed to arrive in Coudersport yesterday afternoon.

A posting in the middle of the afternoon advised that Mike had hurt his leg again and promised further information.

We don't know much about the details, but in a phone call to his support team, we found out that his injury will prevent him from continuing his trip on his bicycle.

Alternative plans are being made and will be posted on his web site, probably tonight.

Cheryl L. Allen Wins Superior Court Nomination

Allegheny County Judge Cheryl Allen and Dauphin County Judge Bruce Bratton clinched the Republican nominations for two open seats on the state Superior Court in Tuesday's primary.

Cheryl L. Allen, who was not endorsed by the Republican State Committee, out polled the two endorsed candidates with 35 percent of the vote, according to returns from 99 percent of the state's precincts.

"When I entered this race, I entered it because I had faith enough to believe that I could win," Allen said Wednesday afternoon. "I really didn't think I'd win as big as I did."

Cheryl L. Allen was the only appellate court candidate to speak in Potter County and was the only Republican candidate rated "highly reccomended" by the state bar association.

Hymn Sing At Sartwell Church Sunday at 3:00

The Sartwell Creek Union Church will hold a hymn sing on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 3 pm. Dennis Bloss of Port Allegany will be the song leader. Light refreshments will follow in the fellowship room. Everyone is invited.

Coudersport Cleanup Days

The Borough of Coudersport will have clean up days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 21 st through May 23 rd. 2007. Containers will be placed at the Borough Maintainance Facility at 46 Damascas Road. See ad in this week's Potter Leader-Enterprise for a list of what is and is not acceptable.

Roulette Alumni May 26

The Roulette Alumni Association will hold their 69 th annual banquet on Saturday May 26, 2007 at the Roulette Fire Hall.

Social hour begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Dancing starts at 6:30 pm with deejay Bill Emerson.

Reservations can be made with Mandy Andreano at 544-8894. Tickets are $15.00 and can not be purchased at the door.

Fish Fry Friday At Roulette Fire Hall

There will be a fish fry featuring baked or battered fish, baked potato or french fries and choice of cole slaw or applesauce, at the Roulette Fire Department on Friday, March 18, 2007 from 5 to 7 pm. Cost is $7.00 per dinner.

Takeouts are available. Phone 814-544-7762 to order takeouts.

Cherry Springs Star Party This Weekend

Sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, the Cherry Springs Star Party or CSSP will be held May 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2007 at Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA.

Last year`s Star Party was a tremendous success and featured great speakers/programming and opportunities for observing. The Star Party will run from Thursday Night thru Monday Morning.

If you don`t live as close to Cherry Springs as you`d like, our 4 night Star Party offers you the ability to have an extended stay at the park, instead of spending a large amount of time driving to the park for just 2 `official` nights of a Star Party.

The Registration Desk will open at approximately 3 PM on Thursday and will be open throughout the weekend. We hope to see YOU at the Star Party!

May`s Munchables, absolutely the best food service provider for a Star Party, will be providing food 24/7 for the Star Party attendees. Registration in advance only (cost) by contacting the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg at .

Free observing for the public Saturday evening 9pm to 11pm.

Click the title of this article to see the complete rules for the star party.

Challengers Win Potter Commissioner Nominations

In the primary election Tuesday, the challengers garnered nominations for the November election. Cathy Bowers was the only incumbent that got enough votes to be on the ballot in November.

The unofficial totals were: Doug Morley R. 1,683; Paul Heimel R. 1,572; Susan Kefover D 659; Cathy Bowers D 502.

Not getting enough votes to be on the ballot were John Torok R 1,135; and Ken Wingo D 351.

Potter County voters will select 3 commissioners from the 4 nominated candidates in the November election.

911 Down in Bradford, PA

WESB has just reported problems in accessing 911 from Bradford exchanges:
News: 05/16/07 - Bradford 911 Exchange Down

The 911 Center in Smethport is reporting that their are problems with making 911 calls from the Bradford exchanges 362-, 368, and 363 numbers. You can use the 911 cell service however if there is an emergency or call 887-4911.

Verizon is working on the problem and the 911 Center will let us know when the problem is reticifed.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Amber Alert Cancelled


Mike Injured Again--Burn Support Team

Tuesday, May 15

Another Injury :-(
Folks,We just got another call from Mike. He is injured again/the first injury didn't quite heal. Mike is looking at his options right now on how best to manage this.Stand By.

Mike we are VERY proud of you. Hang in there!
Posted by Burn Support Team at 2:50 PM

We're anxiously waiting to hear from you Mike. You should be in Coudersport by now.

Feel the Burn--Mike to Arrive in Coudy Today

Monday, May 14--Well, I was chopping down mountains today. Felt strong after a few miles, my body did not want to get out of bed today.

After leaving Dalton's mid 30 degree temps I was on PA 87 most of the day. Today was the hardest day I've ever had in my 21 years of road cycling. Steep hills up to 2 miles long kept coming and coming, as well as logging trucks and old roads.

This is some of the most beautiful part of the US that I have seen. High rounded emerald mountains with farms and red farmhouses, crystal clear rivers and streams, deer, and birds.With the wind in my face I brought myself closer to San Jose one crank at a time.I stopped briefly in Dushore (halfway between Dalton and Canton) today and got a tour of their fire station by Lou. They have one truck that still uses wooden ground ladders, cool. The local paper did a small piece on me and the owner of the paper, Ron, bought me a great lunch at Pam's Restaurant

.Note to cyclists: PA 87 has a no leash law. I was actively chased by 6 dogs today (I have only been chased by 5 dogs total in all my years), whattayagonnado?I have not had cell phone service for most of the day including where I am now in Canton so pics will have to wait, I'm told to expect the same service tomorrow.

Chief Kim Jennings and the Canton FD escorted me into town about an hour ago and the Jennings family had generously opened their home to me. Canton is celebrating their 125th year of fire service and has refurbished their old fire bell as well as their old 1920's LaFrance fire truck. Both newspapers in town interviewed me upon arrival and Kim's wife is making spaghetti tonight.

I hope this post finds everyone well and thanks for checking in. Till tomorrow....Hi to all of the kids at Boston Shriners Hospital, keep smiling.:-)-Mike



The Pennsylvania State Police is issuing an Amber Child Abduction Alert for the Avoca Borough Police Department, Luzerne County.

The Avoca Borough Police Department is searching for Rose Doran, light complected white female, age 14, 5’5” in height, weighing 110 pounds, wearing a black zip up hoody sweatshirt with white lettering, blue jeans and black sneakers. She was last seen this morning at 7:20 leaving her residence en-route to the bus stop at Packer & McAlpine Streets in Avoca Borough, Luzerne County.

Anyone with information about this incident should immediately contact the police by calling 911.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Commissioners Were Going To Spend $12,000,000.00

By James Jones

The Potter County Commissioners last week, announced that they have saved Potter County residents 8 to 12 million dollars, by claiming the former Adelphia Headquarters Building as a new home for the Courthouse Annex they had planned to build.

Time Warner Cable, successor to Adelphia, has supposedly agreed to give the 56,000 square foot building to the County. The Commissioners made a move early on to go after the building, after Time Warner gutted their operations in Coudersport, putting over 500 people out of work.

The Commissioners, dedicated and named the building after Ferdy Gunzberger, who spent a lifetime guarding the finances of Potter County, as if to indicate that Ferdy would approve of their intentions. I personally believe that Ferdy would roll over in his grave if he could see what they have done.

State and local agencies working to bring jobs to Coudersport to replace those lost at Time Warner and Adelphia were aghast at the Commissioners actions, thwarting their diligent efforts to get a job producing employer or maybe a community college in that building. They made this known early in the process and thought that the Commissioners had seen the light.

But, without any public input, and no input from the committee they appointed to investigate the possibility of building a courthouse annex, they went ahead with their plans to take this building for themselves. Apparently no thought was given to the plight of the people who currently rent space in Coudersport to the County. These present county offices, if vacated will make Coudersport's main streets look like a ghost town.

And apparently none of them cares that this building may have the potential to be used as a college, as indicated in a May 11 th article by Donald Gilliland, published here earlier. And no thought about its potential for a job producing company to use.

That coupled with a hefty tax increase this year, a settlement for sexual harassment by a commissioner, the purchase of a $186,000.00 parking lot for the jail makes a taxpayer wonder how much more we can stand. Nobody paid much attention to their proposed annex project because we all know when it came time, that the public would get up in arms and put a stop to it.

The public in Pennsylvania put a stop to the Legislature's midnight pay raises by voting out the perpetrators. Potter County voters have the perfect opportunity to express their feelings about the commissioners actions tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the polls.

All three incumbent commissioners are up for re-election, and fortunately there are three very qualified candidates running against them whose dedication to the Potter County area is well known.

Susan Sullivan Kefover, Paul Heimel, and Doug Morley have all spent a lifetime enjoying and promoting Potter County and making it the God's Country that we all love. They know that we have to keep jobs here, that we need institutions of higher learning here, and that our elderly people with limited incomes can not afford to be taxed out of their homes.

It's time to change the leadership in Potter County. Vote in these challengers and I know they will co-operate to keep Potter County a great, affordable place to work, live, and enjoy.

Lock Haven University May Want Adelphia Headquarters

By: DONALD GILLILAND/Potter Leader-Enterprise

The president of Lock Haven University said Friday that his university may be interested in establishing some type of academic facility in Coudersport.

Dr. Keith Miller did not use the term "branch campus," but he said the university was exploring the possibility of locating academic facilities in Potter County.
"It's premature to talk about details," because the plans are only in the discussion stage, said Miller.

"We have a good number of alumni in the Northern Tier area, and it's just a matter of exploring what possibilities there are up there."

Miller said he has already toured one of the former Adelphia buildings recently vacated by Time Warner - the former Adelphia headquarters building - and said he thinks it might be a fit with his university's plans.

Enough of a fit to pursue discussions further.
"We're coming up just to talk to people in the community who are involved ... to see how we can be helpful perhaps," said Miller. "We're going to come up there with an open mind and see where the discussion takes us."

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, has been working with other legislators from the region to find new businesses to locate in Coudersport to help the community rebound from the loss of over 500 jobs at Time Warner earlier this year.

Representatives from Lock Haven University are scheduled to meet with Scarnati June 1 in Brockway to discuss the possibility of establishing an academic facility in Coudersport.
A spokesman for Scarnati said Friday, "We need to use every resource available to curb the job loss in Potter County, and if Lock Haven University is able to help us do that, we're certainly willing to discuss it with them."

Tom Bowman, aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, said, "I've been working with (Lock Haven) a long time on this."

Bowman said a university facility in Coudersport would mean "money into the economy."
"It's jobs, it's students coming into the area and spending their money, it's housing for students that could fill up some of our vacant apartments," he said.

The only catch is the building Lock Haven is interested in developing is the same building the Potter County Commissioners claimed earlier this week as their own.

The commissioners do not have title to the building, but they said Time Warner is willing to donate it to them and that it would make a perfect courthouse annex.
Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint, said the commissioners' announcement was "short-sighted."
Causer said, "I still think we should be looking to get a job creator in there and keeping that building on the tax rolls, but the commissioners have been firm in stating they're taking the building ... quite frankly, we disagree."

Previously, two of the three commissioners said they would abandon plans to turn the building into an annex if there was a company willing to move into it.

The commissioners were unavailable for comment Friday afternoon.

Lock Haven's president Miller said, "We're delighted to have the conversation, and if things work out well ... all the better for everyone."

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mike's in Dalton, PA Tonite

Sunday, May 13--Feel The Burn, Mike Manning bicycling across US For Burn Victims. Mike will cycle across Route 6 Tuesday, May 15 and stay in Coudersport that night.

This one's for you Bruce!
Dalton, PA! Made it after 11 grueling hours on the bike today. Restaurants were gone after the Port Jarvis area, so it was gas station food and Gatorade until I got to Dalton.

Chief Bob, his wife Nancy, and their daughter Tammy have let me sleep in their 1800's farmhouse tonight. What a generous family.

Dalton FD has a '71 La France, the kind I learned to first operate and drive as a young FF. Brought back memories when I sat in the open cab. They also have a Seagrave ladder and an International tanker w/ pump and roll, and a front bumper mounted pump panel.

I dedicate every pedal stroke today to my friend Bruce, a burn survivor who called me over the weekend. Bruce became a burn survivor in a town I went through today. I went over two extra big hills to take a picture of the intersection where Bruce rose from the ashes. Thank you Bruce for your inspiring and supportive words which pulled me through some tough climbs today. See you in San Jose my friend.

I'm absolutely exhausted. The wind was blustery and in my face all day. I was pedaling hard on some downhills and barely made it over 13mph. I'm slamming aspirin and going to bed in a minute. Good night and Happy Mothers Day.

P.S.:I would also like to express my love and thanks to my lovely wife, whom I miss very much. She has made me who I am today and has supported everything I've ever wanted to do, even after all the shenanigans that can sometimes follow. She is the perfect girl for me and makes me happy. I hope I bring her the same joy she brings to my life.

Judge Allen Only Superior Court Candidate To Visit Potter County Voters

Judge Cheryl L. Allen was the only candidate for the PA Superoir Court reported to visit Potter County voters. Judge Allen is Highly Recommended by the Pa State Bar. She spoke on April 1 at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle. She is running in the Republican primary on Tuesday, April 15.

The Republican-endorsed candidates are Dauphin County Judge Bruce Bratton and Westmoreland County lawyer Jacqueline Shogan.
They are opposed by Allegheny County Judge Cheryl Allen, who is the only one of the three who received a "highly recommended" rating from the bar panel; Bratton and Shogan received "recommended" ratings.
Click the title of this post to go to the previous story published on Solomon's Words on April 1.

Cheryl L. Allen wants your vote for PA Superior Court.

Aaron Faust In Virginia Hiking For Cancer Cure

Damascus, VA...Can You Believe It???
Quite a week of hiking from Erwin, TN to Damascus, VA. I am now 459 miles into the journey and things are going as well as ever. I hiked the 120 miles from Erwin to Damascus in 7 days, averaging about 17 miles per day. It was fairly exhausting, but worth it when I got to "the friendliest town on the trail.

Read the whole story of Aaron Faust's adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail for a cure for cancer. Click on the link on the lower right side of this page to read about Aaron's past week, just posted today.