The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 31, 2012

$208G in grants to aid Millersburg rail trail

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— MILLERSBURG — About $208,000 in a pair of recently awarded grants will help Millersburg borough continue construction on the Lykens Valley Rail Trail, a 20-mile bicycle and recreation path that’s been under development for about 10 years.

The borough won a Community Conservation Partnership Program grant of $107,800, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It also received a $100,000 Dauphin County Local Share Municipal Grant, also known as a “gaming grant,” funded by revenue from state-licensed casinos, in this case the Hollywood Casino in East Hanover Township.

The borough announced the grant awards Dec. 18.

The funds will go to improving the hiking and biking trail along the old rail bed in Upper Paxton Township adjacent to Berry’s Mountain.

Part of the trail is the former Lykens Valley Railroad, the fourth railroad to transport anthracite coal in the United States. Ten or more small cars were coupled together and pulled by horses to Elizabethville, where they were unhooked and traveled by gravity to Millersburg.

“It’s great to be able to remember the heritage this way,” Millersburg Borough Council President Christopher Dietz said, adding that plans also call for connecting the new trail segment to the path in Riverfront Park, making a gateway of sorts to the rail trail.