We're getting closer to paving 2.4 Miles!
Thank You for Your Support!
  384 Yards to Go ~ $100,000 needed.
Your gifts go straight to work on saving an old railroad line, turning it into a vibrant path for all to enjoy! 

Send your tax deductible donation to 
RTWC, PO Box 1566, Wooster, Ohio  44691
Include your name, mailing address and email address.
 
QUESTIONS?  Contact Don Noble II at 330.264.2111 or Becky Jewell at 330.201.1908 

 

PARADE SEASON IS HERE!
Will you join us?
Orrville: Tuesday, July 4 evening
Rittman: Thursday, July 26, evening
Marshallville: Saturday, Aug. 25, morning  
Please send an email to waynerailstotrails@gmail.com
if you will participate.  Thank you. 
 
 
JUNE 2018 
NEWSLETTER
 
 
 


Much of this issue is devoted to what your RTWC Board Members have been doing over the past month.  As we move closer to building another section of The Heartland Trail, an exciting step for Wayne County, we continue our fundraising campaign, pursue information, make contacts, and actively work on maintenance and preparation of our trails. 
 
Becky Jewell, Heartland Trail Manager, recently attended the Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference in Columbus.  Representatives from nine mid-western states gathered to learn about trails and greenways in America's heartland.   

Keynote speaker Peter Kageyama
Keynote speaker Peter Harnik, Co-founder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and many other park associations, gave insight into the Rails-to-Trails movement. He is currently writing a book on this subject.   
 
The other keynote speaker was Peter Kageyama, the author of Love Where You Live and For the Love of Cities.  
 
His primary message is that people want to live in communities that are functional, safe and comfortable and the most successful  communities are fun places to live with such amenities as trees, public art, parks and trails.    
 
Becky also attended informative breakout sessions on Trail Towns, Columbus riverfront redevelopment, south Akron's greenway connections, e-bikes, and healthier states through partnerships.  Becky experienced a common theme which was "walking and biking is something that most people can do to make themselves healthier."  Presentations also stressed the new "complete streets" movement where all modes of transportation are considered when looking at streets.  Normally transportation includes cars, trucks and motorcycles, but there is a need to also plan for bicycles and pedestrians.  "It was evident at MAGA," said Becky. "The rails-to-trails movement is in the center of what makes communities both physically and economically healthier!"
   
 
Greater Cleveland Trails & Greenways Conference
 
Five RTWC Board Members spent Thursday, May 31 in Cleveland with decision makers, planners and practitioners, and trail advocates to share ideas, discover new tools, and set the stage to transform plans and concepts into successfully completed projects, delivering a beautiful, high quality product to the public.   Don Noble II, Keith Workman, Phil Grimm, Becky Jewell and Jenni Reusser attended several workshop sessions as well as walking or biking portions of the Cleveland trail system.  Also present from Wayne County was Trevor Hunt, Director of the Wayne County Planning Department.    


Your RTWC Board Members at Work

Keith Workman and Ted Short cleared trees on the future Heartland Trail. Keith has also been clearing drainage areas and removing scrap tires.  So far he has taken seven, which, by the way, have to also be washed before delivery to Goodwill,.  
 
Ted Short, Keith Workman and Keith Winkler spent time looking into cracks on the County Line Trail.  In some cases roots can be found and cut to stop the damage. This investigation will continue in the coming months.  They are also working on methods to smooth the humps and seal the  cracks.

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Keith Workman has been doing lots of mowing and now has the future trail open for walking between Marshallville and Black Diamond Road.  
After heavy rains on Saturday, May 26, Board Member Keith Winkler wasted no time getting help to clear the County Line Trail for Sunday walkers and riders.

Keith and two of his helpers.
We cannot over estimate the importance of
The Heartland Trail to Wayne County
and the State of Ohio

The map on the left is from the latest edition of the
                     Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Guidebook,
                   Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

When you look closely you can see that the section through Wayne County is indeed the largest gap,  
a "missing link" in the completion of this exciting statewide project. Holmes County is actively pursuing completion of their final sections.  Thank you for your continued support on our current project!

Thank You to the Wayne Ohio Horsemen's Council
Don Noble II, President of the RTWC Board, accepts the check for $500 from Wayne OHC members Nancy Strayer, Tom Bahl and Marline Smalley, with Susan Baker and Leigh Litman on their horses. 
Bahl and Baker are also members of the RTWC Board.

The Wayne County Chapter of the Ohio Horsemen's Council was founded in 1976.  Today, the chapter includes over 150 members who enjoy horse related functions like trail rides, camping, driving, parades and volunteering to maintain bridle trails on state lands.  

 
Wayne OHC members have supported the Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County for years. Members have served on the board and others have assisted with trail projects.  Recently, Wayne OHC members wanted to show support for RTWC and decided to donate $500 to be used for trail development and maintenance.  Members enjoy the local rail trails with their horses, on foot and also riding bicycles.  
 
"We feel it is important for citizens to be able to have recreation locally. Rail trails provide a great opportunity for the young and the young at heart to enjoy the natural world," stated Nancy Strayer, Wayne OHC President.  
 
If you would like more information about Wayne OHC, please visit the club's website at www.wayneohc.org.  Or if you have questions, you can email president@wayneohc.org.  The chapter meets the last Thursday of the month at the Wayne Administration Building, except in June and July when the meeting is held at Mohican State Forest at a work day.  Meeting locations and times can be found on the website.
 
 
Norwayne and Orrville HPAC Groups Make Things Happen
Health Professions Affinity Community, or HPAC, is an extra-curricular program sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Medical University for students who want to make a healthy difference in their communities or who are interested in the health professions.    THANK YOU TO THE NORWAYNE AND ORRVILLE HPAC STUDENTS!  
 
NORWAYNE: Student-led run steps off for third year in a row.
2018 County Line Trail 5k, 10k, and Rainbow Run brings community together
RTWC Board Members Phil Grimm (far left green shirt) and Keith Winkler (center, blue shirt) participated in the run.
Norwayne HPAC student administrators L-R:  Secretary Trent McCune,
President Lance Larrison, and Vice President Tyler Ault. Ault organized the races on April 14.

Submitted By: Lance Larrison
 
Months of student-led planning and preparation culminated into the 2018 County Line Trail 5k, 10k, and Rainbow Run on April 14 held at the Creston County Line Trail Trailhead. Almost 300 racers came out and participated in the 5k, 10k, or family-friendly color run on the beautiful spring morning.
 
Winkler and Grimm with their division awards. 
The community day kicked off at 8:30 AM with the start of both the 5k and 10k races from the Creston Trailhead. The 5k finished at the Sterling School Park and the 10k looped around and finished back in Creston. After finishing, runners enjoyed a plethora of refreshments, granola bars, fruits, and baked goods -- the highlight items being Lerch's Donuts and Hartzler Family Dairy chocolate milk.
 
"It's nice seeing all of the smiling faces and people enjoying themselves," said Norwayne Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) Vice President Tyler Ault of the event.
 
Throughout the morning, a Family Fair with a wide variety of community organizations and local businesses entertained guests. Regarding the Family Fair, Norwayne HPAC Secretary Trent McCune said, "It's great to see the community enjoying their weekend together."
 
Later in the morning, HPAC co-founder Dr. Gina Weisblat of Northeast Ohio Medical University opened the 5k and 10k awards ceremonies with a moving keynote speech championing the outstanding efforts of the students who organized the race. Over 130 handmade, railroad-themed trophies were presented to the top three males and females of each race and to the top three males and females in each age group category in each race. The Norwayne High School Woodshop assisted in the building of the trophies.
 
The morning climaxed with the exciting color run at 10:30 AM, where volunteers threw non-toxic color powder at the runners as they passed. It's always the highlight for both the kids and adults. HPAC member Carlie Schlatter said, "My favorite part of the 2018 races was having a color war with one of my friends during the Rainbow Run!" Most participants finished the fun color run covered in a rainbow of vibrant color powder and they all agreed that it was a very memorable way to close out the day.
 
The race event gives HPAC members a unique opportunity to experience and enjoy philanthropy at an early age. Race proceeds will go to benefit a variety of community projects, wellness programs at the Norwayne school district, and the County Line Trail itself.
 
ORRVILLE: Students Make Public Art a Part of the Experience
From L-R- Nick McFarren, Abhi Patel, Andrea Brizis, Kayla Nofsinger, Kristin Lorson, Laurier Likens,           Emerson Hamsher, Molly Shoup, Jordan Skufca, Maya Hamsher

Submitted by Kristin Lorson

It all began, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, when the HPAC students were presented a check in the amount of $36,889 after receiving a State Farm Insurance Youth Advisory Board grant award. They chose to use part of the grant funds to make their concept of a mural a reality.   

I would like to thank, Laurier Likens, OHS Guidance Counselor, for commissioning me to create this mural for Health Professions Affinity Community of Orrville High School.  Their HPAC theme is "Get Smart, Strengthen Your Heart!"
 
The students' idea was a mural depicting what HPAC represents and how students interested in a career in the health field can build skills and gain knowledge. I was given information about the club's projects and began forming a concept for the mural. In the process,  I learned this mural would be permanently displayed  as public art at the Heartland Trail trailhead. With this exciting news in mind, I was inspired to capture the history of the club and also all of the other entities involved.      
 
HPAC has a greenhouse on school property where students learn gardening, which promotes healthy eating, so the central focus of the mural is a garden. Students will maintain the trail as well, tying in their mission of a healthy active lifestyle. The club has already helped by planting trees along the trail, as well as building benches to placed along the trail. They also made blue bird houses to have along the trail.  
 
It was also important to me to not only express the history of the eventual trail's connection to the railroad, but how as a walking and biking trail it fits the HPAC goal.  The mural took on a postcard look, telling the story of how these entities all weave together for our community and county.  I am honored to be a part of this exciting project!  
 
< Note:
Lorson's family surprised her on Mother's Day by having NRH Electric install spotlights over the mural.  Now it can be enjoyed 24 hours a day!"  
    
 
Spotted this custom made bike rack at the Orrville YMCA.

Whatever it takes to get out there and enjoy summertime!


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

 

Trustees:

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

Paul Vance, Orrville.         Keith Winkler, Sterling     

Keith Workman, Orrville