Photo credit: Hollywood Rides a Bike by Steven Rea.

Join us for the Orrville Firefighters
 Independence Day Kick Off Parade! 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29th, 7:00 pm

Meet in the Orrville High School Parking Lot
Line up begins at 5:00.  Be there by 6:45 at the latest.

Enter from Mineral Springs Street by
Orrville Elementary School, not from High Street.

Wear your bright green RTWC tee shirt.   
We will have some available to purchase
for $12  or email us to make prior arrangements.

Helmets required for all bicyclists. Walkers, equestrians, wagons, strollers and rollerblades also welcome.

~~Rittman Sleepwalker Festival Parade:  Thursday, July 28, 6:00 pm 
~~Creston Ox Roast Parade:  Wednesday, August 13, noon.  
~~Marshallville Historical Days Parade:  Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 am 
RTWC Board Welcomes
New Member 

The RTWC Board of Directors has appointed Susan Baker to fulfill the vacated term of Chris Oehl, who faithfully served for 12 years.
Susan, a partner at Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd., where she has been an attorney since 1992,  lives with her husband Jim in Creston, a quarter mile from the County Line Trail where she enjoys walking and riding her bike.  They have two children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Wayne County. They also enjoy riding horses on the Holmes County Trail.  "I have been a longtime supporter of Wayne County Rails-to- Trails," said Susan, "I believe the trails provide a tremendous opportunity to improve the health and lives of all of the citizens in Wayne County."

RTWC recently received a contribution for The Heartland Trail in the amount of $27,532 from The George T. Dunlap Community Foundation Fund.

We are very grateful for this generous support! 

2016 C&O/GAP Riders Ready to Roll in July
The next group to ride the 350 miles from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh are as follows:

Henry & Julie Danielson, Ashville, NY.
Joanne Fisher, Rose Jolliff, and Ted & Karen Short, Wooster, OH.
Cliff Reusser and Josh Reusser, Navarre, OH.
Tim and Diane Nehlen,  Hartville, OH.
Tom Peel, Massilllon, OH.
Katie Donoghue, Burlington, WI.

We will share daily e-reports as they experience the ride.

Let's Talk Trails
Plans Continue Forward for The Heartland Trail
The City of Orrville opened bids on Friday, May 27, for two Heartland Trail projects.  These projects are partially funded by a $416,831 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  The remainder of the money will come from donations to The Heartland Trail Fund of Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County.   The goal is to raise $1.5 Million dollars for construction of the first two phases of the Heartland Trail which will take us from downtown Orrville into Marshallville.  Thus far, $1.2 Million dollars have been raised.
The apparent low bidder for the restrooms and trailhead is Hoover Construction Services of Ashland.  Their bid is $122,000.  Orrville's trailhead will be located next to the Orrville Historical Museum on Depot Street in downtown Orrville.  The target completion date is mid-August so the construction can be completed prior to the Orrville Lions Club Rib & Music Fest on August 19 & 20.  

The apparent low bidder for the trail construction is Cavanaugh Building Corp. of Akron with a bid of $581,354.  The trail will begin in downtown Orrville and will pass through the Blackwell Williams park land between Ella Street and N. Vine Street.  Two bridges will be built as the trail crosses through the park land which is primarily field and woods.  This phase of the trail will end on N. Main Street in front of Serpentini's car dealership. 
The City's engineers will evaluate the bids with contracts being awarded during the first week of June.Plans are also being made to extend the trail from Main Street to Forrer Road in the next year or two.  More information will be included in future newsletters.

On May 3, a meeting was held to consider options for building the section of The Heartland Trail from Main Street to the northern edge of Orrville.  Gathering together to review plans and share ideas were Steve Wheeler, Kristin Endsley and Jeff Brediger from the City of Orrville, Becky Jewell and Don Noble II from the RTWC Board, and several business leaders from the N. Main Street area affected by the trail:  David Yonto, Dick Nicholas, David Renner Jr., and Mike and Diane Jarrett.  We greatly appreciate this group's interest, enthusiasm and support for the project.

Aaron and Abigail Schar, along with Kevin Winkler and LuAnn Schlabach, helped RTWC share our display and information at the HPAC 5K run in May.

Thank you for your help!
The County Line Trails looks terrific, thanks to Mike Miller, Ventrac, and the volunteer mowing team.
Top L: Chad Nolt.  Bottom L - R:  Shaun Blosser and Dennis Heil.

As The Heartland Trail comes closer to reality, not-for-profit organizations that will be directly impacted by and increased activity as a result of the trail, recently met to begin conversations about ways to develop better channels of communication, to share purposes and goals, and to work together on potential projects, especially in the historic district where the trail head will be located. Enthusiasm and anticipation to work together for the benefit of all were clearly evident.  This gathering launched a new era for each of the organization's leaders as they were all eager to share ideas and to have open discussions with their respective boards.

L-R: Matthew Brower, Orrville High School Alumni Association Board President,  Becky Jewell,  RTWC Board and Heartland Trail Manager,  Jenni Reusser, RTWC and OHSAA Boards, Shane Scarbrough,  Orrville HIstorical Society Board President, and Anna Davidson, Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Board President. 

This month we feature the Sabo family.  Thank you, Judy, for sharing your story with us!

The outdoors has always been my favorite place to be, and I've lived much of my life quite near the local Erie railroad tracks.  The abandoned rail bed that's now the County Line Trail was a walking path for our family years before it was transformed from a rocky, disjointed path to the smooth, peaceful paved trail it is today.  We are privileged to live quite near the trail, and have enjoyed it from the time the asphalt was newly-laid and still warm, and the Tommy Run Bridge had no sides on it.  My 
Jim Sabo with granddaughter Sarah at the  
Tommy Run Creek bridge.

husband and I walk parts of it almost daily, taking in the serenity of the wild flowers, the birds and other wildlife.  What a gift!  Thank you to the Trail Conservancy, for your tenacity when the future of the County Line Trail was in doubt years ago, and to all the volunteers who groom and maintain it year round.

The free County Line Trail app will be up and running (hopefully by the middle of June)--another tool to enhance the enjoyment of trail users.  The Norwayne HPAC club and their community worked hard and long to develop the app to encourage folks of all ages, but especially our youth, to get out and enjoy nature.  The 32 pavers along the trail will offer opportunities to learn a bit of railroad and local history, interesting nature facts, and exercise suggestions for everyone.  We hope you'll download the app and have some fun!

We want to hear YOUR story!   Why do you ride?  Where do you ride? Do you walk?  Are you an equestrian? Does your family use the trails?  To be featured in this Walk & Roll Wall of Fame column, please contact us at    

RTWC 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