Slatington's Trailhead project is one step closer to completion courtesy of a joint donation from PenTeleData and Blue Ridge Communications.

The project, expected to cost about $105,000, is being undertaken in an effort to better accommodate an estimated 36,000 people who use the trail each year for hiking, walking, biking and cross-country skiing.

It entails renovations to the land and construction of a railroad-style trailhead building, including modern bathroom facilities, a heated meeting room, a pavilion to stop and rest, and a parking area, all of which are vital to the eight trails that intersect in the area.

The construction of the building at Main and Railroad Streets is a project of the Venture Group, a coalition of local businesses, community groups and nonprofit organizations working together for the good of the Northern Lehigh area.

The entire project relies on volunteered time and monetary donations. Anyone who would like to make a donation can contact Jason Breidinger, Venture Group Chairman, at nlhs101@hotmail.com.

"Both PenTeleData and Blue Ridge Communications are proud to be actively involved in the communities we serve," said Jaime Mendes, Chief Administrative Officer at PenTeleData. "This project represents the same core values of teamwork and integrity that the Pencor family of companies was founded upon."

Founded in 1994, PenTeleData is Pennsylvania's largest provider of Internet service and data connectivity and remains a family-run organization with its heart based in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Offering quality unlimited Broadband and dedicated Internet access, data transport and consulting services throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, PenTeleData draws its resources from a consortium of cable and telephone companies, including Blue Ridge Communications, CATV Service, Inc., Ironton Telephone Company, Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, Service Electric Cablevision and Service Electric Broadband Cable.

Blue Ridge Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pencor Services, Inc.

As a full-service communications provider, their services include digital cable, Video On Demand, High Definition (HDTV), Digital Video Recording (DVR), High Speed Internet access, Digital Telephone and Home Security solutions.