2013 DOC Spring Banquet


2013 DOC Spring Banquet
At Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
On May 9th, 6:30-9pm

An honor and a pleasure to be invited and included in this gathering. Many people seem surprised when they discover I am a volunteer and did not attend Dartmouth College. I attended Lebanon High School located ‘next door’, Class of ’95 and Keene State College, Class of ’99. I was the Vice President of the Environmental Outing Club at Keene State for a couple semesters. Although, it was my upbringing on a NH farm, a walk with my grandfather to the family corner property lines when I was in elementary school, and my mother’s expectation that after school my brother and I were to go outside and play that most influenced my love of outdoor activities and nature. I also have a deep and abiding love of reading, studying history, and I am fascinated by tradition. My three favorite books are The History of Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College up to 1815, The First 75 Years of the Dartmouth Outing Club and the double compilation of Walden and Civil Disobedience.

This program and why I put so much care into is not about me or for me.  I’m returning a favor to the universe.  My ultimate mission is to see students take ownership of this program.  To see students discussing the Boundary and Corridor.  To see students engaging local community, recruiting new volunteers and educating themselves and others.  My ardent desire is for students to become stewards of the land, the trails and the history of this Upper Valley region that has, is and will profoundly effect their lives.   I’m merely laying the groundwork.  I’m simply an intermediary for greater things yet to come.

This image is a detail shot of a bandana presented to me at this banquet for my volunteer service as the DOC’s Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator these past three years. I feel humbled by the recognition and appreciate the gift. I’m looking forward to the rest of year three, four and five of my voluntary commitment in managing the AT Stewardship program.

Nichole Hastings
Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator
Dartmouth Outing Club
Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Email: doc.at.corridormonitors@gmail.com
DOC AT Boundary Program Schedule: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/appalachiantrail/
Twitter ID: @DartmouthOuting

Vermont Volunteerism: Tropical Storm Irene Clean-up and Aid


[UPDATED 9/7/2011 @10am]

Please go here to the Vermont Volunteerism Facebook Page for more info and to contribute information.  Thank you


[UPDATED 9/4/2011 @10pm]

Please go here to see the updated information.

[UPDATED 9/3/2011 @6pm]
West Hartford Village Store

  • 10am on SUNDAY 9/4 – general volunteers 18 years and older
  • Please bring boots/gloves/rakes/shovels/dust masks
Here is a list of what they need:
Rubber work gloves, Rubber boots, Face masks, Cleaning supplies, Dry cardboard boxes, Paper towels, Heavy duty garbage bags, Newspaper, 5 gallon buckets

*Structural Engineer found!

*Currently working on setting up a donation fund specifically for the Village Store, Hartford Sign Company and Randy Hart for their support of the Appalachian Trail. TBA.

*And all mail is being diverted from West Hartford to Hartford. If A.T. thru-hikers are expecting packages at that post office they will not be there. Please ask them and share this information if you know a thru-hiker heading South or going North coming from Woodstock.

*Please Note the Green Mountain National Forest is temporarily CLOSED.
This means the Appalachian Trail through Vermont is CLOSED to hiking.
Here is a link to get updates on this closure:


PLEASE NOTE: No work will be done on Sunday 9/4.

Journey Church

  • is past the SoRo high school on the right in a green building
  • donations may be brought there

Here is a list of what they need:
NEW adult underwear, anything to do with Dentures, First aid items, Toilet paper, Batteries, Hammers, Crow bars, Mauls, Sledge hammers, Snow or grain flat shovels, Axes, Fans, Dehumidifiers, Coffee, Sugar, Flour

*They have to share: A LOT of dog and cat food

Vermont Law School

  • Jenny Jones is coordinating in the Hoff Building
  • Looking for clothing donations – mainly undergarments
  • please call Melissa Kumar at (603)667-3836 to leave name&number
  • please DO NOT drop off items yet, NO STORAGE prepared. Thanks!

*Cash Donations can go to the Randolph National Bank, the South Royalton Town Offices.

Here is a link with more information:


  • 10am on SUNDAY 9/4 and Monday 9/5 – Looking for general volunteers
  • meet at the Hartford Municipal Building
  • Please bring boots/gloves/rakes/shovels/dust masks
  • Please do not bring children under 18-yo

Here is a list of what they need:
Rubber work gloves, Rubber boots, Face masks, Cleaning supplies, Dry cardboard boxes, Paper towels, Heavy duty garbage bags, Newspaper, 5 gallon buckets

*Structural Engineers found!

Want to make a General Cash Donation to the Town of Hartford? Please send money to:

WRJ Rotary Club
P.O. Box 4003
White River Junction, VT 05000

*also any Mascoma Savings Bank and the Hotel Coolidge will accept money donations



Bread & Puppet will perform a volunteer appreciation show Sunday night at 6PM at the Lyman Point Park, White River Junction, VT! Rain or Shine.  Rain and Shine. Refreshments available. Bring your lawn chairs

Helping in SHARON:
Please check out their town website. The right column, ‘NEWS’ contains a lot of great information on road closures and updates, how to volunteer there, and links to sites for assistance.

Here is a list of items needed:
Fans, dehumiifiers (probably more…call them!)

TO VOLUNTEER please call (802)763-8268 ext. 4 or see the facebook page Sharon Vermont Volunteer Relief Effort.

Helping in BETHEL:
Folks in Bethel are also needing help. Please contact the town of Bethel or someone you know who lives there to find out what they need and how you can help.
1. Vermont Land Use Clinic/Insurance and FEMA Assistance Clinic
Vermont Law School Volunteers will help members of the
communty file insurance and FEMA claims. Go to this link to find
out more:

Other Disaster Relief Questions can be directed to Rep. Sarah Buxton at:

sbuxton@leg.state.vt.us or(802)763-0777

You can also call 211 for damage assessments to homes.

For updates on this information you may view the Hanover Area Friends of the A.T. facebook page event at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=264736403551696
Thank you!

Best Regards,

Nichole Hastings

Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator
Dartmouth Outing Club
Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Boundary Program Schedule: http://trunc.it/ghinx
P.O. Box 1143
Norwich, VT 05055-1143 

‘The Truth Will Set You Free’ Blog: https://nicholehastings.wordpress.com

Twitter ID: @nicholehastings @DartmouthOuting @HFoAT

“We can never have enough nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau