Hopewell Valley Central High School senior Alex Melman earned first place in the Lawrence Hopewell Trail T-shirt design competition. HVCS Art Teacher Dr. Robert O’Boyle organized the competition at the suggestion of Hopewell Township Deputy Mayor David Sandahl, who represents the Township on the LHT Executive Board.

Melman received his prize, a Giant hybrid bicycle donated by Harts Cyclery, at the Hopewell Harvest Fair on Saturday, September 30. His winning design will be on display at Hopewell Valley Central High School, and on the Lawrence Hopewell Trail website, www.lhtrail.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a joint community project inspired by Bristol-Myers Squibb that involves the two townships, Mercer County, D&R Greenway Land Trust, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Saint Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, and ETS. It is conceived as a 20-mile loop of multi-use trail that will become a hub for a network of local pedestrian/bike trails and provide healthy, non-motorized transportation and exercise opportunities for all ages.

In Hopewell Township, a segment of the Trail has been completed on the Bristol-Myers Squibb research campus, and work is underway at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to build an additional segment. Township officials are also hoping to extend trails from the LHT loop to local school and recreation facilities.