In Memory

Rosie Billquist Nature Trail In Sherman To Be Dedicated In Afternoon Ceremony

The Rosie Billquist Nature Trail will be unveiled at a ceremony today at the Ralph C. Sheldon Jr. French Creek Park. Billquist, who died in November 2017, was an avid runner and cyclist. Submitted photos

SHERMAN — Rosemary Billquist loved the outdoors.

A nature trail in Sherman will now help recognize the fact.

A sign dedicating the Rosie Billquist Nature Trail at the Ralph C. Sheldon Jr. French Creek Park will officially be unveiled during a ceremony today at noon. Billquist, an avid runner and cyclist, was killed in November 2017 in a hunting accident near her home.

The ceremony is being organized by Chautauqua Rails To Trails and the village of Sherman.

Bree Agett, vice president of the nonprofit outdoor group, said the particular stretch of trail had no official name beyond “Village of Sherman Nature Trail.” A native of Sherman herself, Agett said it “made sense” to name the trail after Billquist.

Billquist pictured outside UPMC Chautauqua, where she worked.

“She was an avid biker and runner,” Agett said. “It just made a lot of sense to rename the trail in an area where she grew up.”

Village officials are expected to say a few words at the ceremony. Those attending are asked to meet at the trailhead on Franklin Street behind the Ox & Rooster restaurant.

Light refreshments will also be served.

“After the unveiling we encourage those present to go on a hike,” Agett said.

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