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Meet our Volunteers

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Laura Lisitsky

Laura Lisitsky is a life-long Western New Yorker and a dedicated lover of the outdoors. Through her travels, chosen lifestyle and profession, Laura truly understands the value of trails. 

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Liz Birardi

Through mutual friendships, Liz became aware of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail. She has volunteered at tabling events, National Trails Day celebrations, donor thank-you hikes and at registration for the EA2EVL Fondo. She is also a current and valued member of the ECRT Development Team.

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Bernie Young

In his spare time, Bernie is one of ECRT’s valued, hard-working volunteers. Using an ATV four-wheeler and a tow-behind mower, he does a meticulous job maintaining the trail from Genesee Road to Old Glenwood. He also walks the trail frequently. For Bernie, the trail is a much-loved place he gladly takes care of and truly cares for; a place where he can commune with nature very close to home.

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Howy Holmes

Howy has been involved with Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail since its inception. “I mow, walk the trail in Orchard Park pretty frequently, take on maintenance jobs and participate in design and development. The new section [of the trail in Orchard Park] is so important. It links residents to the library, the depot and all the village has to offer. It’s such a great asset for the town and village. And this is just the beginning!”

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Jim and Cynthia Page

Volunteers Jim and Cynthia Page clearly demonstrate you don’t have to live on or near Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail to appreciate it, use it and support efforts to complete it.​

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Mary Brummer

Mary feels called to talk and work with community members and elected officials in order to forge the best way to get things done and move forward with the Eire Cattaraugus Rail Trail. 

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Karen Parysek

“My philosophy of life has always involved making the world a better place, and working with like-minded friends on projects we enjoy.” And that, gratefully, includes Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail!

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Steve Williams

Steve believes that joining the Orchard Park Friends of ECRT allows him to connect with nature and support his community. He wants to make his love for bike riding and the outdoors safer and better for everyone.​

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Jim Smolinksi

An ECRT board member since 2012, Jim is delighted with the trail’s noticeable, significant progress over the past four years or so. “I can’t wait for the new section to open up connecting the trail to the depot. It will have an enormous, positive effect on the Village. You’ll see people using the trail on a regular basis to come to the Village to visit the library, to shop or to attend events. I predict we’ll see a lot more interest in and activity around depot which, of course, we welcome!”

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Larry and Gretel Laing

Once apprehensive, Larry and Gretel have become big trail supporters. “We walk the trail all the time,” notes Gretel. “It’s become such an asset to have a trail like this so close. Both the grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoy it.

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Robin Frey

"Rail corridors have played an important part in my development as a child. They were, and still are, places to explore, enjoy nature and spark creativity. I really want to see a safe, accessible trail for everyone to use and enjoy.  This trail can make a huge difference in the quality of life for so many. The possibilities are endless!”  

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Jason Engel

ECRT and the Springville Community Trout Pond partnered for the Springville Trout Pond Renovation project, guided by Jason, a leader in the Springville Field and Stream group.  At the time, Jason explained, “We want to reclaim this popular and ecologically significant resource."

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Harry James

As far as the trail is concerned, Harry believes, “If you build it, they will come. There are lots of places to explore and enjoy here. It’s great when you see businesses interested and involved in the trial. I think you help communities grow by building and supporting cottage industries. You know, people will drive (or bike) to go to breakfast if the food is good!”

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Bill Krebs

The Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) has over 6,000 friends and supporters, but Springville Mayor Bill Krebs stands out from the rest!

Image of ECRT volunteer Laura Lisitsky snowshoeing on the trail

Tim and Lisa Scheidel

Tim and Lisa Scheidel have spent the past 38 years enjoying their beautiful Sharp Street home in the Town of Concord, in large part due to its proximity to what is now the ECRT trail. For the Scheidels, every season brings a different kind of beauty to their section of the trail.

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