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March for Parks held on towpath

April 22, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

About 30 hikers walked along a soggy towpath in Williamsport Saturday morning to raise money for C&O Canal educational services.

The hikers participating in the second annual March for Parks out of Williamsport raised almost $1,700, said Debbie Conway, chief of interpretation for the C&O Canal. Conway said some of the money will be used to reprint brochures given to tourists.

"We always walk along (the canal) and so we thought it would be a good cause," said Lisa Mummert, who lives near Downsville. Mummert and her husband raised $75 for the park Saturday.

Mike Zeller of Washington brought his wife and three children on the hike.

"It's a good cause," Zeller said. "We were going to ride our bikes but it's too wet. .. It's a little cold but still a good day."

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The March for Parks is scheduled during National Park Week, which is April 17-23. This year the event fell on Earth Day.

The hikers began at the Cushwa Basin and walked to Jordan Junction and back, a 4-mile round-trip hike.

The March for Parks is organized with the help of the C&O Canal Association. The event also served as a kickoff of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the C&O Canal, Conway said.

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