Clean-up proceeds at Armstrong memorial trail

The public can help out Sunday at 10 a.m. to help clean the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail.

One group has already been helping.

Now the public is being invited to help an Armstrong family with some spring cleaning.

Marie and Kirstie Van Diest invite the public to join them Sunday at 10 a.m. to help clean the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail.

The special walkway was built in Armstrong near the spot where Taylor was found severely beaten Oct. 31, 2011. She died Nov. 1 from her injuries.

“Our goal is to maintain this special walkway so that everyone who should use it can appreciate the significance of our efforts,” said Marie, Taylor’s mom.

Anybody wanting to pitch in can bring garden implements, wheelbarrows and, as Marie said, “the desire to see this beautiful walkway remain a safe, eye-pleasing addition to Armstrong.”

A record snowfall in January led to some trees along the trail losing branches because of the heavy snow.

Marie and her daughter, Kirstie, recently took a stroll along the trail to survey any other damage.

“Two solar lamps were severely damaged and one lamp has a broken glass,” said Marie. “We can easily replace that.”

The Van Diests praised the efforts of Armstrong Tree Fellers, which cleaned the trail of fallen branches after the snowfall.