The New Haven Register published this article in their January 7, 2013 issue about initial planning by Guilford Town officials and Milton Charlton, Shoreline Greenway Trail’s Guilford Town Team chair, to build the first Shoreline Greenway Trail section in Guilford, on State property. The Trail design will be the next step in the process.
Barbara Waggoner of Guilford, an early advocate for bicycling, died January 19, at age 91. She and her husband Paul have resided in Guilford since 1952. After a year living in the Netherlands during 1971, Barbara returned to Guilford with a new enthusiasm for bicycling for transportation as well as for sport. She formed the Guilford Bicycle Commission in 1973, and presented a bikeway plan to the Town. In 1977, she co-founded the statewide CT Coalition of Bicyclists, and envisioned a bikeway on the Trolley right-of-way to Hammonassett which was proposed to the State legislature. While her efforts were not adopted, her vision later inspired the founders of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to affectionately name her the “Mother of the Shoreline Greenway Trail”.
We are grateful to the Waggoner family for designating Shoreline Greenway Trail for memorial contributions in honor of Barbara’s life. Donations can be mailed to SGT, PO Box 148, Branford, CT 06405.
The first annual Trailblazer ‘Run the Gauntlet’ 5k obstacle race for the benefit of Shoreline Greenway Trail was a huge success! Over 500 runners participated – young and older – running under and over and through various obstructions on Hammonasset State Beach in Madison. These participants included two of our “older” leaders on the Board of Shoreline Greenway Trail, Chip Angle from Guilford and John Paulson from Madison.
The toughest obstacle was actually the beach itself; running for miles on loose sand isn’t easy! Trying to run through waist-high water was also difficult, and crawling under nets and construction blankets and through tubes somehow left John and Chip pretty darn sandy. That’s not to mention the 5 ft wall they had to scale, the tires they had to hop through or the hay bales they had to climb over!
The good news is that both Chip and John finished in one piece. In fact, Chip managed to get to the finish line ahead of roughly 200 other stragglers, actually placing first in his age group! (There was only one other septuagenarian whose sanity we question for even running the race). John at a young 67, easily persevered and came in third in his age group!
Nineteen enthusiastic folks joined our 15-mile bike ride on July 7 from the Guilford docks to Madison’s Circle Beach boat launch, visible just across the East River but alas, no bridge . . . so we traveled via historic Boston Street and busy Route One to Neck Road, leading to the boat launch and great views of the marsh and an osprey nest with two fledglings!
SGT members led the ride, with front group led by Bruce Simonds, the more leisurely bikers by Pam Simonds and Karen Stark, with Sabine Harris serving as the “caboose”. Everyone enjoyed seeing historic sites along the way – the Black House, the Civil War cannon, and a pastoral farm off Tanner Marsh Road. And of course, the most photographed and painted site in Guilford, the red cottage on Grass Island across from the Guilford docks.