"A troop from Burlington is proposing an Eagle Scout project to put up signage along the trail," says Melissa Rozecki, office manager of the Garden State Council, Boy Scouts of America, in Westampton.And a number of municipal governments and local organizations have offered official letters of support for the proposal.In accordance with New Jersey law, individuals who have been convicted, adjudicated delinquent or found not guilty by reason of insanity for a sex offense must register under New Jersey's Megan's Law.
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The indefatigable leader of a grassroots effort to have about 60 miles of the north and south branches of the Rancocas designated as a national water trail - he likes the term "Blueway" - Anderson says he can feel momentum.
He's not only talking about the brisk outgoing tide that could carry his kayak the 13 miles west to the Delaware River.
"The trail would definitely be a plus," says Lavonne Bebler Johnson, a development committee member of the Friends of the private, nonprofit Rancocas Nature Center in Westampton.
"It would bring more people to the center," says Johnson, who lives in Willingboro. And in John Anderson, you have a leader who knows the creek inside and out." Indeed: Anderson, a businessman and a registered nurse, grew up in the farmhouse now used by the center. "They used to say back in the day that the creek had curative powers," he says.
"John invited me to come and check it out, so I got myself a kayak and fell in love with the creek," says Abe Lopez, deputy mayor of Westampton Township, which endorsed the water trail in March. "But I didn't know about the landings, and the history." Beginning in the late 1600s - nearly three centuries before the construction of the NJ Turnpike and I-295 - the Rancocas was "the major highway" through Burlington County, historian Paul W. The creek, which has headwaters in the Pinelands and two main branches, was used to transport timber, sand, agricultural products, and other goods and raw materials from Burlington County to the Delaware and on to Philadelphia.