Members of the Wayne County Community Youth Foundation spent their volunteer day cleaning up a section of the future Heartland Trail, north of Marshallville. They assisted with the removal of metal stakes, moved  small limbs and brush and 
picked up trash.  L-R: Noah Riggenbach (Smithville HS), Nathan Nussbaum (Dalton HS), Nichole Shaffer (Smithville HS), Seneca Doty (Dalton HS), Ryan Yoak (Chippewa HS), Jadelyn Milburn (Chippewa  HS), and Justin Hare, Molly Shoup, Joshua Squirrell and Emerson Hamsher (Orrville HS).  Also present was Mark Auble, WCCF Board Member.  RTWC Board members Becky Jewell, Keith Workman and Don Noble II were project supervisors.

The Youth Foundation is recruiting students for the 2017-28 class beginning this August.
Applications are available on the Foundation website. The deadline is May 25.

Recently, first grade students in the Dalton Local, Green Local, Orrville City and Rittman Exempted Village School Districts had the opportunity to learn about bicycle safety from local law enforcement representatives.
Officers from the Dalton, Smithville, Orrville, and Rittman Police Departments partnered with Quota   International of Orrville (through their "Cops 'n Kids" Program) and Aultman Orrville Hospital to present "Safety First" Assemblies in each district.

Safety rules, hand signals and the use of
protective gear were reviewed .
Volunteers from Quota Club of Orrville and Aultman Orrville Hospital individually fit each student with a bicycle helmet and provided a drawstring bag for easy carrying. The students also received a coloring/activity book on bicycle safety along with a letter to take home explaining the program.

Let us not forget, these safety rules apply to adults, too.   
Set a good example, follow the rules and wear your helmet!


Annual Meeting
Thank you to the 60+ attendees at our Annual Membership Meeting on April 26 at Orrville High School.  We hope you will share the trail updates you heard with your families and friends. Guest speaker, author Mark Looney,  had some very interesting insights and tips for us all. As Mark pointed
out so well, your behavior, choices and habits on the trails are not just about you. Every one of us sets an example for others and for the overall image of trail users.


Congrats to Norwayne HPAC
2nd Annual County Line Trail 5K and Rainbow Run
APRIL 22, 2017
Rittman Mayor Bill Robertson,  RTWC Board Member Keith Winkler, and Barry Romich at the HPAC event.

National Train Day

Let's Talk Trails 
Heartland Trail Capital Campaign Now Underway: 

Building trails requires significant dollars from many sources.  Our most urgent need at this time is to raise matching dollars for a grant.  We recently applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Being awarded this grant would be a tremendous asset to our ability to build the trail from Forrer Road, Orrville, to Market Street, Marshallville.

The grant would bring $500,000 to Wayne County from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund, but the additional $755,775 must be raised locally.  RTWC currently has over $550,000 in the Heartland Trail Fund in donations and pledges.  Therefore, another $205,000 is needed to successfully meet this REQUIRED match. 

In addition, we must raise additional funds to connect to the existing trail in Orrville, from Main Street to Forrer Road.  The estimated cost for this is over $900,000.

All donations for $250 or more received by May 31, 2017, will be recognized on the first Heartland Trail Donors Plaque.  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and will help us build this next critical portion of this trail for Wayne County. 

For more information email or call 
Don Noble II 330-254-2111 or Becky Jewell 330-201-1908 
Asphalt Access to Solar Field in Marshallville
One Third Mile Gives Us a Sneak Peek of the Future Heartland Trail

This is 1/3 mile of asphalt pavement 12' wide. The paving was provided to RTWC in exchange for access easement to the solar field. Superior Paving was the contractor.

Share the Trail
Reviewing Trail Etiquette and Safety Tips
Thank you to Elsie Zuercher for these wonderful photos of horseback riders on our trails. Horses are permitted on the County Line Trail and the Sippo Valley Trail, using the berm in most situations, and are permitted to ride across the bridges.
The standard on trails everywhere is bicyclists and walkers yield to horses. 

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 



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

Keith Winkler, Sterling    Keith Workman, Orrville