Sarah’s Snippets 1/25/2016

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On January 25, 2016, Posted by , In Sarah's Snippets,Trail Study News, With No Comments

“This is sooo BORING!” This place, this book, this job, this whatever. Have you ever thought this? For everyone, there are always valleys between the mountain tops, and even between the smooth plains of our lives. Those valleys can often feel as if they go on forever with no end in sight. These valleys, however, are often the times of planting seeds and laying the groundwork for what is coming over the horizon.

Such has been the case for SALT. Much of 2015 was spent “in a virtual valley”. The year was a time of planting seeds and laying the groundwork for programs we hoped would be funded. Times like that can seem boring and frustrating, especially when there is no absolute assurance that the funding will come. These times stretch people’s faith in the mission and vision. But these times are also vitally important to future projects since they provide the space needed to lay groundwork, to plant seeds, and to rejuvenate energy for the work ahead.

Now that three grants have become activated, and other program areas are in development, it will take a higher level of energy and time involvement to accomplish the deliverables as planned. However, because the groundwork was laid, seeds planted, and the energy renewed the staff and VISTAs are excited about the months ahead.

The Trail Feasibility Study is beginning its work with a graduate class from SUNY Albany that will be assisting with fleshing out the vision with points of interest and opportunity along the 38-mile proposed trail.  The class is under the tutelage of Dr. Jeff Olsen, who is nationally known for work with public health and trail development. This “Urban Planning Studio” class will combine with professional consultants to develop the potential trail layout. In addition, landowners along the path and residents will have multiple opportunities to share their thoughts about the trail over the 18-month duration of this grant.

Likewise the Geo to Go virtual website grant activity has begun with partners that include the NY Folklore Society, the Quilt Barn Trail association, an RPI professor, a professional web development company, and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce. As the year progresses many partners will be brought into the project coalition to ensure that all aspects of the county’s assets are included. Grants are being pursued to fund the project over several years so each envisioned aspect of the website can be developed.

Our third active grant is the AmeriCorps grant that provides VISTA volunteers for SALT. This grant will be supported through July of 2017 and will continue to bring talented people to this county to build the capacity of the long-term renewal work.  At present we host 5 VISTA volunteers. A sixth will join us at the end of February.

2016 promises to be a busy year as we live into these program grants, continue to develop more of the preparedness portion of our mission, and develop other dreams to help us keep moving forward toward our vision of renewal.  Robert Louis Stevenson said: “Judge your day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” SALT plants many seeds. Now we begin the work of nurturing some new sprouts so they will produce a bountiful harvest for the county and the region.

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