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The Athens Area Trails Association (AATA) met on Oct. 21.

In old business, Steve Brewster has not e-mailed the Badger State Games due to ongoing COVID-19. Concessions of the AATA group is to hold off on the snowshoe race plans for this coming winter.

If the Candlelight Walk occurs, it would be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. This date is penciled in. A final decision about the future of the Candlelight Walk for 2021 will take place closer to the event based on COVID-19 activity.

Adam Halopka will be looking at the AATA’s grooming equipment and making some modifications. Steve Brewster and Glen Luetschwager will coordinate the project. Jon Haines modified the poly roller with a sheet of steel so snow will not go over the comb in the back. Village of Athens employee Nick Belter is adjusting the limiter strap on the Skandic in an effort to improve steering. The AATA will access the project later this winter.

In new business, Randy Decker blew off the trails at Erbach Park with his Steiner blower. The AATA made and passed a motion to give Randy a $50 gift certificate to the Athens Cafe.

The trail from Corlad Road had 16 loads of fill added from the Mueller Street reconstruction. Someone leveled off the fill, which was an awesome start to this section of trail. Erbach Park has 10 loads of fill from this same project, which will be used in 2021 for trail build up in areas that are low.

The village of Athens purchased lumber for decking for the dam bridge project. The AATA dragged an old trailer house frame purchased in spring across the section when the old bridge is out. The old bridge will be repurposed to Athens Park on the south end of the village.

Luetschwager will follow up with Tom and Paul from Athens Veterinary Service about an easement to connect Waterside park with the high school. The school has plans for their section of woods behind the bleachers to make trails and it would go out to CTH M. Luetschwager and Steve Brewster helped plant trees for the 2020 Urban Forestry Grant around Waterside park. These trees will help delineate village land from private land.

Christmas display

Mark Schwalenberg, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, has the Christmas lights display at his village of Athens home ready for people to see.

People are welcome to drive by the pastor’s home, located at 616 Elm Street, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week until Christmas.

Passersby should tune in their vehicle radios to 106.9 to listen to the music choreographed with the light display.

Holiday meals served

Forward Bank and Forward Insurance are sharing their holiday spirit with friends and neighbors in Athens.

The Forward team is sponsoring free holiday meals for Athens residents to pick up between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at On the Square.

Meals will consist of ham and fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables and a dinner roll. The meals can be picked.

Athens residents need to call the Circle of Joy at 619-890-9211 before this Friday, Dec. 18, to pre-register for a free meal. People need to indicate to the Circle of Joy whether they want their meal hot or cold.