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2015 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Trail Legends

Written by Jim Foster, Community blogger | Jun 14, 2015 6:48 AM

The fifth annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet was held Friday evening, June 5 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. 

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Photo by Dan Innamorato

2015 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame representatives. Clockwise, from top left, Bill O'Brien, representing Ned Anderson; Bill Torrey, representing Raymond Torrey; Judy Murray, representing Stan Murray; and Bob Almand, representing Margaret Drummond.

The highlight of the gala was the induction of the 2015 class of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame.  The honorees were: Nestell K. "Ned" Anderson of Sherman, Connecticut; Margaret C. Drummond of Atlanta, Georgia, Stanley A. Murray of Kingsport, Tennessee and Raymond H. Torrey of New York City, New York.  Complete details on the 2015 class are available at the Museum's website:  www.atmuseum.org

The Museum gave two additional awards. Nan Reisinger a/k/a "Drag'n Fly" was honored for her record breaking A.T. thru-hike, as the oldest woman to complete the trail in one year. 

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Photo by BJ Small

Nan Reisinger a/k/a Drag'n' Fly (left) with hiking partner Carolyn Banjak

Chuck Wood a/k/a "Woodchuck" was honored for his many years of service to the Museum and other trail organizations.

The emcee of the Banquet was Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR).  Randy "Windtalker" Motz entertained during the reception,  performing his unique contemporary style of Native American flute music described as "Native Soundscapes", accompanied by beautiful photos of the Appalachian Trail.  Ronald J. Tipton, Executive Director and CEO of Appalachian Trail Conservancy, delivered remarks prior to the induction.  The Hall of Fame weekend continued with a festival on Saturday, June 6, National Trails Day at the Museum's home in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

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