The completion of the TOBIE Trail, a hiking and biking trail that connects the communities of Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Eagle Bay and Inlet, was celebrated with dual ribbon cutting ceremonies on the new pedestrian bridge in Thendara and at the new Eagle Bay Welcome Center on Tuesday, November 5th.
Lani Ulrich, chair of the Adirondack Park Agency, and former Communities 2000 coordinator for the TOBIE Trail Team, who initiated the concept 14 years ago, provided the following oral history of the project prior to the bridge’s ribbon cutting.
My deepest congratulations to the Webb Town Board on the completion of the TOBIE Trail!
Ribbon Cutting…Webb Councilman Mike Ross, Mary Ann Nelson, Jim Ulrich, Councilwoman Katie Russell, David Winslow, Robert Moore, Mary Brophy Moore, Linda Contino Lamb (partially hidden), TOW Historian Peg Masters, TOW Clerk Nanci Russell, TOW Supervisor Ted Russell, Barbara Green, Marie Adams, Helen Estabrook, Lani Ulrich, Chuck White, Mike Farmer, Nick Rose. Photo by Clark Lubbs
The birth of the TOBIE Trail was a moment of unique energy and creativity. Fourteen years ago, Herkimer County Community College had a satellite office here in Old Forge, which I was privileged to run for several years.
This was before the turn of the century. Lots of folks in our state and around the country were looking to the new millennium and wondering what would happen.
What should we prepare for and what should we plan for five, 10, 20 years into the future?
HCCC had developed a community outreach program called Communities 2000. -2000’s mission was to guide our area into the 21st century…“while protecting and preserving the beauty and benefits of our natural resources.”