CARPENDALE – Opening its community to over 400 visitors in August for the Knobley Tunnel Day, Carpendale is now taking the next step as neighbors come out to meet neighbors.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – Opening its community to over 400 visitors in August for the Knobley Tunnel Day, Carpendale is now taking the next step as neighbors come out to meet neighbors.
Residents of all ages are invited to come out from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27 for a hot dog roast complete with s’mores and pumpkin painting for children.
A hoagie sale is underway to raise funds for this event and residents are invited to bring their chair and cooler and settle in for a bonfire and s’mores.
“We’re working to get neighbors to be neighbors again,” said volunteer Vicki Hamilton.
Local business Kingsford is working with the volunteers on donations and a picnic tables and a bike rack for the tunnel entrance are a project being considered by the Mineral County Technical Center.
This fall get together is in addition to the annual Halloween Trick or Treat, which is tentatively planned for Oct. 31.
The town hall will be giving out treats and residents wishing to participate are urged to turn their porch lights on. The date will be confirmed as the event is set for Carpendale and Ridgeley.
A Christmas event in conjunction with the annual town tree lighting is also in the works with ideas for caroling, horse drawn wagons and more.
“It’s going to be exciting to see what happens when we get together like this,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert.
A long term project for the town is to finish the Rails to Trails project, running a trail to Ridgeley along the tracks to Canal Place where they can connect and come back through the Knobley Tunnel.
Lambert noted that officials with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) along with Delegate Gary Howell and Senator Charles Trump are looking into the project.
DEP is looking at the initial engineering, which is necessary to begin to funding process and is also interested in the history of the area with points of historic interest to be highlighted along the trail.
“There are a few obstacles to overcome,” said councilman Butch Armentrout. “If the vision comes through it’s going to be wonderful.”
With more awareness of the Knobley Tunnel the council noted that additional signage is needed to direct bike groups and others coming in to know where to enter trail.