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About AssabetRiverRailTrail

Tom Kelleher is the president of the Assabet River Rail Trail 501(3)(c) non-profit and a 25-year resident of Acton MA.

New Maynard Book

Beacon-Villager columnist and ARRT Director David Mark has just published a book of his best columns and blog posts. It is titled “Maynard – History and Life Outdoors” and can be purchased in Maynard at The Paper Store, Gallery Seven and … Continue reading

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New Marlborough Business

After 2 years of stagnation, the Crowley Drive section of the trail is seeing new economic activity. Vestas Technology is a large wind turbine company from Denmark, that is building a generator  testing lab in the office park next to … Continue reading

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Storm Damage

Today I checked out most of ARRT route in Hudson and Marlborough. It’s been 7 days since the record-breaking October 2011 snowstorm hit New England and the ARRT wasn’t immune to the damage. Starting out at the east end of … Continue reading

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Caouette-Simeone Farm

On October 17th the Caouette-Simeone Conservation Restriction committee presented to the Acton Board of Selectmen the final draft of the conservation restriction for the Caouette property. This was the first town committee I’ve ever been appointed to and probably the … Continue reading

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The Big-3: Cambridge

The last of my Big-3 rail trail communities is Cambridge Massachusetts. The Alewife Circle neighborhood is the junction of 3 old railroads. The first was the Bedford to Cambridge commuter rail line, that was abandoned in 1981. Construction of the … Continue reading

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Alluring

It’s been a busy day. Started out by over-sleeping and arriving late for the annual Marlborough ARRT trail cleanup. This part of the rail trail was finished in 2005 and gets a  cleanup every spring. About 7 volunteers were already … Continue reading

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Lines and Boundaries

It’s amazing when a group of people with a shared interest get to talking, what interesting turns a real and virtual conversation can take. It all started last month, when Bob Brooks of Maynard, sent us a great winter photo. … Continue reading

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The Big-3: Bedford

My 2nd Big-3 rail trail community is Bedford Massachusetts. The Minuteman Rail Trail was first proposed in 1974, 7 years before the railroad was officialy abandoned. Construction first started in 1991 and most of it was finished by 1993.  In … Continue reading

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The Big-3: Northampton

Some communities embrace rail trails more than others. I’ve always felt that 3 in particular were above and beyond the rest. My criteria is simple, a Massachusetts city or town that has 3 or more distinct rail trails and community … Continue reading

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Eagle Project

Even after parts of a rail trail are finished, there’s always some interesting improvements in the works. On Saturday, I went out to the part of the ARRT that was completed in 2005 and checked out a new eagle scout … Continue reading

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