MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER
Mark your calendar now and plan to be on a trail on April 8.  Include a reminder to take pictures and send them to us, please!















   The Rails-to-Trails

Conservancy has set
Saturday, April 8 as
Opening Day for Trails.


Building trails is a slow process, yet there is always something happening to keep us on our toes and give us a reason to be excited about progress.  As we look toward continued development of The Heartland Trail reaching Marshallville, we are certainly interested in what is happening there.

Marshallville Mayor Bob Brooker sent us these pictures on February 11 to show activity at the MARCS Tower.

HERE IS an aerial view of the tower, which is adjacent to the new solar field.

Multi-Agency Radio Communication System.

At the time Mayor Brooker sent these photos, he noted that "the tower had reached 300' and electronics were being installed."  You can see three people near the top of the tower doing that installation.



RTWC ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 26
After a very active year, we certainly are looking forward to our annual meeting.  There will be updates about the Sippo Valley Trail, the County Line Trail, the Heartland Trail and the Wayne portion of the Holmes County Trail.

We are especially excited about our special guest speaker, Mark. J. Looney, author of the book "A Path Through Ohio."  

Looney, a veteran cyclist, journeyed across the newly opened Ohio to Erie trail, traveling south from Cleveland to Cincinnati.  In the book, he weaves thirty years of bicycle touring experience, including Road Rules, historical state markers and long forgotten history to his fascinating dialogue.

As always, the event is free and we will have light refreshments.  We are grateful to Orrville High School for hosting the event.


Norwayne HPAC
2nd Annual CLT 5K & Rainbow Run
All Aboard for the second annual County Line Trail 5K and Rainbow Run on April 22, 2017! The event is even better this year with a 5K, Rainbow Run, AND a 10K!  In addition to the running festivities, the popular County Line Trail Family Fair will also return with more vendors and booths! You can register and find more information by clicking the link below.

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Let's Talk Trails 
Heartland Trail Kiosk Completed
 

The kiosk at the trailhead is ready for action!  One side displays the current RTWC map board.  A second side shows the story of Orrville and its railroad history.  This is of special significance because the kiosk is located near the Orrville Historical Museum, which was once a  restaurant and boarding house, and the Orrville Railroad Heritage Depot, which was a central part of the railroad scene.  We are delighted people will stand and read this history in the very spot it was taking place.  The third side will be used for changeable current information.

We are grateful to the Orrville Rotary Club for their donor support in making the kiosk a top notch structure, to Kent Baker of Engineering Associates for the design, to Keith Workman for designing and building the roof "spider," to Edwards Roofing for the shingles, and to LetterGraphics Sign Company for their design and production of the history panel.

The  Heartland Trail project of building the restroom facility, the kiosk and the first mile will be recognized at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting as part of their 2016 Community Investments Recognition.  
 
 

 
New Ohio-to-Erie Trail Maps
Set of 4 for $15.00
You can place your order for the new OTET maps HERE



ORRVILLE ROTARY CLUB'S PANCAKE BREAKFASTS HAVE PROVIDED GENEROUS SUPPORT  
FOR THE HEARTLAND TRAIL. THANK YOU!

Next chance to enjoy delicious pancakes and help support Rotary projects: 
Saturday, March 25, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm, $6.00 pp 
Schmid Hall, Orr Park, Orrville 

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RTWC 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