To the Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors for the Equinox Preservation Trust, I would like to thank the volunteers from Eastern Mountain Sports Manchester store who assisted in constructing a bench for hikers on the Blue summit trail. Despite a heavy downpour and less-than-ideal work conditions the EMS volunteers hauled lumber, tools and hardware to the intersection of the Blue summit trail and the Upper Spring side trail.

After building the bench the volunteers retired to the parking lot for well-deserved cookies donated by the Equinox Resort bakery.

Please be sure to thank the EMS staff on your next visit to the store and enjoy the bench on your next trek on the Preserve.

Rick LaDue

Equinox Preserve Forest and Trails Steward