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DANC trail dedicated to longtime board member


RODMAN — A new walking trail developed by the Development Authority of the North Country was dedicated Saturday in memory of the late Douglas L. Murray.

Mr. Murray was a longtime member of DANC and chairman of the board from 2004 to 2012. He co-owned and operated Murcrest Farms, Copenhagen, with his family until his death in August 2012 in a farming accident.

“We’re really honored that they did this,” said Mr. Murray’s son, Lynn A. Murray. “He thought a lot about community as well as the farm and family and religion. This is just so fitting that it’s an agriculturally oriented trail for the community.”

The Douglas L. Murray Agricultural Heritage Trail is half of a mile out from the DANC facility on Route 177. The trail contains two loops, each an eighth of a mile, and comes to just under two miles, full length. The trail is generally flat terrain. A map available at the trailhead shows several red dots along the path, indicating the sites of historic farmsteads.

At the dedication, DANC Executive Director James W. Wright discussed the agency’s plan to place a Douglas L. Murray Agricultural Trail Heritage Pavilion in the field at the trail’s start. The project would take the frame of an existing farmhouse and build a new “skin” on top of it. However, Richard R. LeClerc, Solid Waste Management Division manager for DANC, said the idea was still in the planning stages. He said the initial trail project cost less than $10,000 to put together.

The dedication was held in conjunction with DANC’s annual open house. In addition to members of DANC, local legislators and Mr. Murray’s family and friends, the event was attended by Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, and Sarah Compo, a representative of state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.

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