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Everything worked beautifully and I hope the community is very satisfied with the work and money that was saved. A special thanks to Tim Mong for assisting in this quarterly exercise of the spillway gate valve.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:12)
Tim Mong (Golden Pond rep) and Don Seiber ( Campers Paradise President) helped me work on the cleanup of Golden Pond. Ron Donnie Campbell did the excavating work. Stage 1 is complete though we ran into some difficulties. There are a few leaks of concern. We will have to address this at the June meeting. Also there was a small amount of cat tail clean up in Deer Trot Pond.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:02)
Thanks to the efforts of TOWLA volunteers and the new GMRS Radio System, a lost hiker was found and reunited with her family. Read the thank you letter below for more details.
The GMRS Radio System provided valuable support to our volunteers as they searched for the missing hiker in our beautiful but mountaineous community. The GMRS Repeater is provided by the North Georgia GMRS Network without cost to the association.
On Monday, Feb. 24, at about 5:00 PM, the TOWLA security team was notified that a hiker was missing and presumed lost in the GSMNP. Three members of our security team met at the trailhead of Goldmine Trail to discuss how we could help find the lost hiker then headed out to begin the search.
Three hikers, two men and a woman started their hike at Goldmine Trail headed for Cades Cove (about 11 miles). At some point, they became separated and the female hiker could not be located. The National Park Service was notified and a ranger was dispatched to Cades Cove. The two male hikers wanted to hike back in on Goldmine Trail to search for the missing hiker. It was about 6pm, getting dark, and temperatures were expected to fall below freezing.
In view of the emergency and to maximize the number of "boots on the ground" with communications gear, one of our GMRS handheld radios was loaned to the two male hikers so we could keep in contact with them. They kept us informed of their location and we assured them that we were searching the possible trails where she may go. Security member, Don Seiber went to Abrams Creek Campground and Hank Caruso stayed at Goldmine Trail. Mike McClurg kept in contact with the Rangers.
At about 8:30 pm, Don located the missing hiker at the Abrams Creek Campground. She was preparing to sleep on a picnic table...an understandable but cold, unsheltered location. We notified the two male hikers that their partner had been found and they hiked back out Goldmine Trail to be reunited.
The GMRS radios are a wonderful asset to our security team and the Top of the World Community, well worth the investment in the handheld devices and GMRS licenses for those using them. The hikers were very impressed with the performance of the radio system.