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Item sales, boat race are fund-raising options for Greenway Committee

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AYER — With the Fourth of July celebration only five meetings away, Greenway Committee member Patrick Hughes said it’s time to look into new means of fund-raising.

Committee member David Bodurtha has been looking into selling items such as hats and T-shirts at the committee’s Fourth of July booth, possibly using the artwork graphic designer Kimberly Becker donated to the committee to use on trail signs.

Another long-running idea, said Hughes, is to stage a cardboard boat race or canoe race at Sandy Pond. A cardboard boat race would involve having contestants build their own cardboard boats within a short period of time and attempt to race them, most likely within the buoyed area of Sandy Pond.

Hughes said he’d spoken to the Parks Department director about the idea.

“The Parks Committee’s issue is who is going to run and organize it,” said Hughes. He said the Greenway Committee has no problem running it, it just needs the department’s permission.

Other fund-raising ideas included publishing local calendars and trail maps for sale and organizing a Global Positioning System (GPS) scavenger hunt.

The committee is also planning for its one-year anniversary celebration on Feb. 24.