Vintage Financial Services – Our Newest Heritage Sponsor

The HWPI Board is very pleased to announce a comprehensive wealth management service headquartered in Ann Arbor as a Heritage level sponsor. Vintage Financial Services has committed $100,000 in support of the HWPI vision to develop new multi-use pathways connecting our local communities. Please join HWPI in extending a sincere thank-you to Vintage Financial Services for their most generous support.

Frank and Jennifer Moore, owners of Vintage Financial Services, were happy to support the trail with a commitment of $100,000 in December of 2016.

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Karen’s Trail

Karen McKeachie’s death is speeding work on the B2B Trail

Lew Kidder found his memorial for his wife in plans to expand the county’s Border-to-Border Trail
Photo © Mark Bialek – Used with permission

Karen’s Trail, a recent Ann Arbor Observer article by Brynn Raupagh, delves into Lew Kidder’s efforts to honor and preserve his wife Karen’s legacy. Lew’s efforts have now meshed with the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI), whose goal is to support the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission in completing an expanded Border-to-Border Trail in the next five years.

Karen McKeachie, a world-class triathlete, was killed during a training ride on Dexter-Chelsea Road in August of 2016, when the driver of a pickup truck pulled into the oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and hit her head-on. Karen’s legacy of athletic accomplishments and her role in the advancement of women’s athletics in Michigan will be honored at the upcoming Governor’s Fitness Awards on April 20th in Detroit.

Non-motorized trails, safely enjoyed by people of all ages, appear to be simple strips of pavement laid on the ground. But building these trails for current and future generations is far from simple, and building them is expensive. The Karen’s Trail article goes on to lay out the history of the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail to date, and enumerates many of the financial, political, and physical hurdles that are currently being tackled by a partnership of private organizations and government agencies.

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Show Your Support for the Border-to-Border Trail

Now that spring has sprung, we invite you to show your support for HWPI’s efforts to expand the Border-to-Border Trail in Washtenaw County by sharing your trail-related photos, experiences, and how you use (or plan to use) the trail.

Include the #hwpathways hashtag with your submissions. Post them on HWPI’s Facebook page, on Instagram, or on Twitter. We’ll reshare / regram / retweet them to our large and growing base of supporters.*

Each month a submission will be randomly selected to receive a high-visibility HWPI performance tee shirt, or something equally as fun!

*Like us on Facebook and follow @hwpathways on Instagram and Twitter!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from HWPI

We wish you and your special someone Valentine’s Day greetings, and we hope you will have a chance to take advantage of this beautiful February day to share some time together, perhaps on one of the existing Border-to-Border trails!

The Karen’s Trail Campaign is HWPI’s 2017 fundraising effort, to honor the legacy of Karen McKeachie by supporting the county-wide Border-to-Border Trail System development efforts. Today would also be a wonderful day to share your love with a donation!

Donations to The Karen’s Trail Campaign can be made through imATHLETE.

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Masco Cabinetry – Our Newest Heritage Sponsor

The HWPI Board is very pleased to announce a nationwide business headquartered in Ann Arbor as a Heritage level sponsor. Masco Cabinetry has donated $25,000 in support of the HWPI vision to develop new multi-use pathways connecting our local communities. Please join HWPI in extending a sincere thank-you to Masco Cabinetry for their most generous support.

Masco Cabinetry manufactures three nationally recognized cabinetry brands, KraftMaid®, Merillat® and QualityCabinets®. Our company has manufacturing plants and branches/service centers located throughout the United States. Offering an unmatched selection of stylish, high-quality products at a variety of price levels, Masco Cabinetry brands are favored by builders, dealers, distributors and home centers throughout North America. A leader in environmental stewardship, Masco Cabinetry products have been granted an Environmental Stewardship Program certificate by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. The company is a division of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), of Taylor, Mich., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of brand name consumer products for the home and family.

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