To the Editor:

The inauguration celebration committee of the New Milford River Trail Association would like to thank the many people who helped make Phase 2 of the New Milford River Trail possible, celebrating our town’s achievement on June 17.

In addition to the many generous donors whose names appear on a bronze plaque at Young’s Field, we would like to thank:

Mayor David Gronbach and Town Council members for their support;

New Milford Department of Public Works and Town Engineer Dan Stanton for his management of this project;

Molly Sperduto of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, representing the trustees of the Housatonic River Natural Resources Restoration fund;

Lynn Werner and Housatonic Valley Association for their generosity in making available useful information including RiverSmart and Paddling guides for those attending the inauguration;

Liba Furman for graphic design skills;

Mary Altermatt, Mike Jatremski, Kathleen Nelson and Richard Rosiello for their guidance on selection of appropriate drought-resistant native species shrubs and trees;

Volunteer professional tree-pruners Samuel Castillo and Victor Andrade;

Former Mayor Patricia Murphy, her mayoral aide Tammy Reardon and Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer Jim Ferlow, who worked together to secure the initial $180,000 funding from the Housatonic River Natural Resources Restoration Fund;

Dan Calhoun and New Milford Department of Parks & Recreation for their help with this event;

The New Milford Police Department for traffic assistance;

The activities organizers for the day, including Seamus McKeon for coordinating the impressive flotilla, Sharon Kaufman and Village Center for the Arts for the community project of creating a ceramic mosaic sign, Scott McKay for free fishing demos, Rob Wotzak for displaying his custom bikes and Debbie Bowman of Barkery Boo’Tique for leading the dog parade;

Dan Stra for his great work as our DJ and emcee;

Amy and Todd Berkun for photography;

NMRTA information table volunteers Melissa Alford and Lauren Pierson Gallagher;

Boy Scout volunteers Kyle Cyr, Morgan Marano, Colin Merrill and Daniel Vrba;

Giveaway bag fillers Sharon Harvey, Mary Heffernan and Michele Marano and additional volunteers Jon Binzen, Peter Daubner, Cindy Davis, Cece O’Brien and Pam Picheco, Big Y for providing bottled water;

Bike Express for donating a raffle prize of a bike tune-up; and

Alpenhaus German Restaurant for offering a special discount for those attending the inauguration.

Lisa Arasim

Julie Bailey

Eric Wildrick

Lucy Wildrick

Inauguration celebration committee