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September 14, 2007

Father-daughter team volunteer and bond

Father-daughter team volunteer and bond
By Stephen Huba for The Independent

At 64, David Winter admits hes no spring chicken, but thats not keeping him from volunteering for a week-long service project in the wilds of southeast Maine.
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Winter, of Massillon, leaves on Friday with his adult daughter, Angela Winter, for a volunteer vacation at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge near Calais, Maine, home of the bald eagle, the black bear, the moose and other wildlife.

Winter and his daughter will be among 10 volunteers who will clear and maintain hiking trails at Moosehorn under the supervision of the American Hiking Society and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

A guy like me recognizes that hes got more years behind him than hes got ahead of him. With a trip like this, you forge a bond with your daughter, he said. Maybe it can show that you can be a senior and still be pretty active and give back a few things by way of volunteering.

The idea for the service vacation came in the spring when Winter and his daughter were talking. She suggested they do something different and began doing some research on the Internet.

After discovering the American Hiking Society opportunity, the father and daughter registered online and waited to see if they were accepted.

Ive done a lot of volunteer work, but Ive never participated in anything like this, he said. This is a first for me.

A retired FBI agent, Winter said hes close to all three of his children and enjoys spending time with them. We were very much an outdoor-type of family, he said.

Winter and his daughter still go fishing and hiking on a regular basis, so the idea of spending a week in the woods of Maine was not a stretch.

We do travel quite a bit together, said Angela Winter, 33, of Perry Township. As kids, we used to travel a lot as a family.

Father and daughter are scheduled to arrive in Maine and begin their work on Sunday. Theyll spend the week clearing and maintaining more than 11 miles of trails at Moosehorn.

According the American Hiking Society Web site, the crew will use crosscut saws, bow saws, pruners/clippers and axes to cut back vegetation. Trails will also be raked, groomed and properly marked with directional signage and interpretive panels.

Moosehorn consists of 24,400 acres of wilderness that is protected as habitat for migrating waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, upland game birds, songbirds and birds of prey, including several nesting bald eagle pairs, according to the Fish & Wildlife Service.

The refuge is open to the public but only for walking and bicycling. Refuge roads are closed to all private vehicle traffic.

The project is described on the Web site as moderate to difficult. Crew members will stay in a dormitory facility with bathroom and showers. Food will be provided.

Winter said hes up for the challenge. Im guessing that I might be one of the oldest (on the crew), he said.

Father and daughter will wrap up and return home on Sept. 22



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