November 23, 2014

Deep River Township receives $10,000 to complete trail project

James Kuch
From left, Bob Budz, Deep River Twp Supervisor; Jack Swaffield, Treasurer; Karla Kroczaleski-Raymond, Clerk; Edward Ferns, and Chris Begres from Compassionate Care Home Health Services of West Branch, stand on the Deep River Township Nature Trail with a check for $10,000.
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STERLING — On Tuesday Aug. 10, received a $10,000 donation from Compassionate Care Home Health Services of West Branch to finish a nature trail near the township hall.

Deep River Township Clerk Karla Kroczaleski-Raymond said the township is grateful for the support.

“(Compassionate Care) has donated a lot of money and we appreciate it so much,” she said.

Raymond said that Compassionate Care has donated a total of $14,000 since the project began over six years ago.

“The township has also received $36,000 from the (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe) to use on grounds,” she said. “We will be using 2 percent of that money to help complete the trail.”

Raymond added that the township has been looking to complete this project for the last six years.

“Now we have the means to do it,” she said.

The nature trail is about 2200 feet in length and loops around several acres near the softball fields near the township hall on Sterling Road.

Raymond said the trail was started two-years-ago by an Eagle Scout, as a project.

“He was the one designed the layout and built a bridge,” she said. “The trail now has a sand base and is wider.”

After taking bid to widen the trail and put down the base, Raymond said Compassionate Care became interested in donating more money.

“We had discussed (finishing) it, but now we had to do it,” she said.

Corperate Systems Manager for Compassionate Care Chris Begres said owners Joseph and Cathy Wilk enjoy giving back to the community.

“A lot of our families are based here,” Begres said.

He added that without the coordination of Raymond the project would not be completed.

Budget and Finance Director Edward Ferns said Compassionate Care just wanted to give back to the community.

“This is something we have done before,” he said. “When people give to us, we want to give back.”

Raymond said one goal the township had for the trail was to make it accessible for people who have a hard time walking.

“Our main goal is to make the trail wheelchair accessible, in addition to having other people who want to use the trail,” she said.

Raymond added that the trail will be a great place for the community to enjoy.

“There are not many places like this for people here,” she said.

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