Business recognized for biking, hiking trail donations

From Local Sources

SANTA CLAUS — Trails of Santa Claus, Inc. recognized Frosty’s Fun Center as the 2016 Top Retail Location of the Year, exceeding donations of other area retail establishments by more than 50 percent.

Much of the success for Frosty’s donation level may be attributed to the example set by Cindy Somerlott, who contributes part of her tips each morning to the nonprofit. Cindy and her husband Carl own Frosty’s and are in the midst of a major expansion. Cindy hopes Frosty’s customers will support TOSCI at an even greater level after the business’s grand reopening in May or June.

TOSCI is a nonprofit organization that was created to raise private funds to complete, expand and maintain four biking and hiking trails and add quality amenities to those trails in and around the town of Santa Claus. Currently more than 87 percent of the estimated $10 million has been raised through various state and federal grants and private donations. The Trails Project, when complete, will result in increased tourism, more retail establishments and a safe recreational opportunity for residents.

TOSCI is also tasked with providing funds to maintain those trails once completed.

Construction of the first of the four trails — Yellig Park to Christmas Lake Village — is underway with tree clearing and bridge building along Ashburn and Louis J. Loch Blvd. The trail is expected to be completed by spring or summer 2018.

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