Heritage Partners of Cherokee County
The River Walk Says THANK YOU!
It's hard to acknowledge the many acts of support in our community, or appreciate enough
the sense of personal pride and ownership of OUR RIVER WALK by so many individuals
and entities. With that said, here's a sampling of some of the more recent "thanks" via
excerpts from the River Walk Project Manager:
AMONG the RECENT ON-TRAIL VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES
•Bob Crisp, who noticed "The Fisherman's Loop" trail being graveled, offered and paid for
the last load of gravel the project needed to finish the job. Mark Kephart helped out with the
Bobcat loaner for this work and discounted other parts of the project requirements.
•The River Walk is always looking for reliable volunteers to take responsibility for parts
of the trails routine maintenance.
Sherry Carter, Mark Graham and others adopted the bluebird houses
to care for on the trail which involves their installation, monitoring, and taking care of things
like installing a baffle when a snake was discovered to be getting the eggs out of one!
•We didn't and don't always get the names of people on the trail, but a special thanks
to those who make it their business to bring a trash bag and help keep it
clean and litter free. Many do!
•Pam Strawn and Nancy Troxler organized "Earth Week" walks on the trail for 8 classes
from the Murphy Elementary and Learning Center Charter schools. Tony Ward from the Hiwassee
River Watershed Coalition led the students along the River Walk, who learned how to be good stewards
of our natural resources and and take good care of "their trail."
•Recently group of approximately 15 from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
did another community work day on the trail, their second on the River Walk. They are known as
one of the hardest working groups on the trail, and their work spreading mulch, weeding,
removing privet and multi-flora rose was so appreciated.
• College students from Bowling Green State University spent a day removing privet and multi-flora
rose from along the trail, the students being sponsored by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition-
they use their "Spring Break" to do community work, and over the years this "alternate Spring Break"
has provided some good long hard work days on the River Walk.
Donations/Contributions to the River Walk are tax deductible via Heritage Partners' 501(c)(3)
non-profit, all volunteer organization.
2015 GRANT APPLICATIONS AWARDED
•The Cherokee County Tourism Development Authority granted $3,000 for the completion
of the new River Walk Performance Pavilion. A $5,000 grant previously obtained by The Cherokee
County Arts Council also went toward that project. The rest of the project costs were covered by
private donations and contributions to the River Walk.
•The Dub and Murray Martin Foundation for Cherokee and Clay Counties has granted $3,000 for
the River Walk Native Landscape Enhancement project. The value of ALL donated native trees and
plant material involved by Johnny and Pam Strawn, Hanging Dog Valley Nursery, along with
private donations and contributions to the River Walk, provided the grant match and balance of additional
funds required for this project.
AMONG the 2015 FUND RAISING CONTRIBUTIONS
•Lisa Warner Makris, the daughter of the late Margaret & Ben Warner, and her husband Tony Makris,
have donated a generous $5,000 to the River Walk in memory of Margaret Warner. WOW.
•Debra & Dave Vanderlaan of the Celebrate Life Gallery created and paid for
the publication of the 2016 River Walk Calendar, in cooperation with Jon & Tammy Fleisher of
Digital Creations USA. The calendar features 12 of Debra's original, stunning photographs of the River Walk.
Linda Ray of The Curiosity Shop Bookstore is carrying the calendars for sale at $12 each-
and all $12 goes to the River Walk. Thanks to all who have, and will, buy the calendars! We hope to
sell out this limited edition of 500, which would raise $6,000 for the River Walk. WOW.
• Jeremiah Smith of Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant sponsored a music festival celebrating the River Walk
called "There's Something In The Water. . ." Jeremiah put together a wonderful slide show of
the River Walk for the evening's guests- it was a packed house on Doyle's porch. Over $600 was
contributed to the River Walk by guests that evening. Great!
•Sarah Tennyson, who works out of the Macon Co. Health Department in Franklin, made $1,200 available for a
new kiosk being built at the trail entrance by the Cherokee County Health Department. Sara Wilson of the
Cherokee Co. Health Department wrote up the benefits of trail walking that will be featured on the kiosk,
along with a new updated map of the trail system.
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are tax deductible. All projects, publications and events are made possible by private contributions and matching grants.
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Heritage Partners of Cherokee County
P.O. Box 1152
Murphy, NC 28906