The first annual Peter Crowell Memorial Bike Ride on the Northern Rail Trail and ceremony of remembrance of beloved FNRT board member and volunteer extraordinaire, Peter Crowell. was held on Saturday, October 9 on the firehouse lawn in East Andover on October 9.  FNRT President Bob Ward conducted the ceremony expressing the feelings of all who gathered with heartfelt words of affection for this avid bike rider, trail builder and one of a kind character.  Bob presented J. Gefken, family friend and representative that day, a mounted golden spike as a tribute to Peter’s memory and contributions to FNRT over the years.  FNRT intends to sponsor bike rides on the rail trail in Peter’s name annually.


After the ceremony, about 10 people mounted their bikes to ride toward Franklin on Peter’s favorite section of rail trail.  That Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend was a beauty so several riders rode the 6 miles to Depot Street and back before enjoying apples, cider and cookies donated by the Hannaford’s in Franklin.


FNRT would like to thank the East Andover Fire Department for allowing it to use the BBQ pit area for the celebration and to thank the Crowell family for their continued support of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County.