AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER
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We all know the saying, "Many hands make light work," and we are well aware many of you are often stopping to move a branch off the trail or to pick up litter along the way.  We really appreciate all you do!

If you would be willing to take on a bit more responsibility on the County Line Trail, give Patty or Keith a call - or send an email - and find out what you can do to help.  They won't ask you to do more than you are able and willing!      THANK YOU!


Have you ever wondered just how flat or rolling the Sippo Valley Trail really is?  As you ride and look ahead, the trail appears to be relatively flat.  Because they are former railroad beds, it is interesting to learn the true elevations of the trails.

The graph below shows the elevations of the Sippo Valley Trail from Dalton to 17th Street in Massillon. The Elevation Profile exaggerates the slopes, but it does give you a good picture of the rise and fall of the trail.

The map's red balloons are mile markers on the blue line, which show a birdseye view of the layout of the trail.  The numbers below the blue elevation graph also show miles 0,2,4,6 and 8. 

 
SIPPO VALLEY TRAIL MAP & ELEVATIONS
Red balloons L-R indicate: Dalton, Miles 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 17th St. NW.

 
To help you identify the high point, here are two visual clues. When you are riding from Dalton and heading east, look for this white fence and the culvert, which will be on your left.  This is the high point of the trail.  Just past that are the overhead power lines as another reminder you are at the high point.  Riding west to east,  the grade is a little steeper but not as long as riding east to west.  Now you know whichever end you start on, you will be riding uphill, but once you reach this point it's pretty much all downhill!


Back to the Rockies
WORKDAY COMING SOON
Geologist Ed Mack has alerted us a workday be scheduled for August or September. If you would like to help, you can be added to Ed's information alert list by sending him an email at
petromack@hotmail.com


 
You may recall, late last year Ed and other members of the Ohio Geologic Survey Team began a major clean up and restoration of the Marshallville Rock Outcrop, known locally as The Rockies. When the railroad first cut through to make way for their tracks, this significant outcrop showing an unconformity contact of Pennsylvanian and Mississippian rocks soon became of great interest to geologists and has continued so to this day.

You can read more about this project HERE.  

Orrville Railroad Days
at Historic Union Depot
AUGUST
FRIDAY 18th - 5:00 -9:00
SATURDAY 19th - Noon - 5:00
Take a step back in time to the days on the Pennsylvania Railroad as you tour the Depot built in the1860's.  Experience model railroading at its finest. Model trains of all sizes will be running, and maybe if you're lucky you can take a turn at the throttle.

Admission to the Depot is free, but donations will gladly be accepted.  The Depot and Gift Shop are located at 145 Depot Street in Orrville.

Please note that the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will not be offering train or speeder car rides at this event.  For the most up to date information about this event follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.orrvillerailroad.com.

This event is sponsored by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Marshallville Historical Days
August 25 & 25 


Let's Talk Trails 
 A Bonus on a Beautiful Ride 

  L-R: Abrams, B. Jewell, Regula, Reusser, J. Jewell, Rice

On Thursday July 28, Orrvillites Jim and Becky Jewell and Jenni Reusser road the Sippo Valley Trail from Dalton to Massillon, headed north on the Ohio & Erie  Canalway, then stopped at The Blue Heron, next to Ernie's Bike Shop, for lunch. 

It was their good fortune to see their cyclist friend, Mike Abrams, long time trail enthusiast, volunteer and member of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, who was riding with  Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula, son of
Congressman Ralph Regula. Richard was riding the full  Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath in four sections in four days, in memory of his father who died on July 19 at the age of 92.  Also accompanying Commissioner Regula was Daniel Rice, President & CEO of The OECC.   
   
As you are probably well aware, Congressman Regula was instrumental in turning a vision for preserving the rich heritage of the Ohio & Erie Canal in northeast Ohio into a reality.  Through his leadership and years of hard work, the Ohio & Erie Canalway was designated as a National Heritage Area, preserving and celebrating the region's important role in the development of the United States. Because of his leadership and passion, Congressman Regula created a 110-mile regional legacy for generations to come.  He was also instrumental in the establishment of Stark State College and NEOCOM (Northeast Ohio College of Medicine).

Abrams said, " I appreciated the opportunity to ride  with Commissioner Richard Regula and to honor Congressman Ralph Regula's commitment and support for the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. "
 
It was a privilege for the three Wayne Countians, out enjoying a day on the trails, to spend time in conversation with Commissioner Regula and Dan Rice. Both were very complimentary of the work Wayne County Rails-to-Trails is doing and were interested in the progress of The Heartland Trail.  Becky and Jenni, both of whom serve on the RTWC Board, were pleased to have this serendipitous opportunity to connect.
    
VOLUNTEERS WERE QUICK TO ACT
AFTER STORM DAMAGE ON THE CLT

After a big storm blew through Wayne County in mid July, volunteers immediately went into action to clear the trail. These photos show some of the sections that were most heavily affected, but many areas needed attention.  
We are very grateful to everyone who stepped up to keep the trail clear and safe.

 



Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County Board Members
President: Don Noble II, Shreve   
Vice President: Ted Short, Wooster 
Secretary:  Katie VanZile, Orrville 
Treasurer: David L. Lehman, Orrville 

 

Trustees:

Tom Bahl, Shreve      Susan Baker, Creston     Pat Glessner, Sterling                        
Phil Grimm,  Kidron        Becky Jewell, Orrville      Jenni Reusser, Orrville

Keith Winkler, Sterling    Keith Workman, Orrville