Outdoor enthusiasts now have 22 miles of paved trail to enjoy between Winamac and Kenneth. Crews completed the paving of the Panhandle Pathway on Friday. The newly paved portion ends in a spur onto Superior Street on the south end of downtown Winamac which was previously surfaced with crushed limestone. The Panhandle Pathway lies in the former railroad bed that runs parallel to U.S. 35 through Pulaski and Cass Counties. The town of Winamac received a Safe Routes to School Grant to pave the trail to the depot at the corner of Main and Logan Streets. Environmental impact studies are under way for that project, which will be done next year. From there, plans call for a northward extension to Tippecanoe River State Park. Rails-to-trails advocates eventually want to connect the Panhandle and the Erie-Monon Trail, which runs southeast out of North Judson to U.S. 35. A small portion of that trail is paved in downtown Monterey. The challenge will be crossing the double-span railroad trestle across the Tippecanoe River between Monterey and U.S. 35.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.