By Karen Blackledge

The Danville News

DANVILLE — Borough council wants more information about a biking and hiking trail proposed for the borough farm across from the Danville Area High School.

Council president Dick Blosky told Bill Freeman, a Danville Area High School physical education teacher who has already secured an $8,000 grant, Tuesday night that Freeman would have to discuss his plans with the farmer who leases the land from the borough. Blosky asked Freeman to prepare a sketch of the trail by next Tuesday night's meeting if possible.

"If it will affect the farming, it can't be there," council member Betty Ann Moyer said. Blosky said the council can't give away land for the path without the farmer's approval.

Freeman has received an $8,000 grant known as a Highmark Healthy High 5 grant from the Highmark Foundation. The grant is titled Mountain Biking for Life and is aimed at getting kids interested in biking to stay fit throughout their lives. The grant will be used to buy 30 mountain bikes for use in the physical education department. The bikes would be available for use by community members after school hours.

The bike trial would be connected to a rail trail already existing behind Hunter's Dairy.

Freeman said the trails could be used for biking or hiking like the ones around Hess fields. "I use the trails around Danville all the time as do many other adults. I'm trying to encourage students to do the same. We are re-forming the Fitness/Outdoor Club at the high school in an attempt to get more students outside and active," he wrote in his proposal.

The council also received information from Danville Area Little League about advertising signs being sold at the Washies or Hartman complexes. The initial fee is $300 including the sign mounted on a fence and the fee would be $150 the following year.

"We supply the fields. I don't want to use taxpayer money for advertising. We get enough advertising in the news media," Blosky said.

The Little League is also seeking donations to repair and replace light fixtures at its fields. The current need is about $210,000, according to league spokesman Chuck Fausnaught Sr.

Donations should be sent to the Danville Area Little League Lighting Fund at P.O. Box 224, Danville, Pa, 17821.

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