JULY 2018 
NEWSLETTER
 
 
 
In early June the Rittman Garden Club freshened up the landscaping and put in new plantings around the control box which Mayor Robertson and his wife Donna painted in the spring. Pictured here are Jim and Judy Sabo and Jeff McMillen. Thank you for this beautification project alongside the County Line Trail in Rittman!



Gentlemen! Would you like to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail in August?  A group has been planning for some time, but one fellow had to cancel due to recent surgery.  
 
There is now an opening for one male. 
   
Our 2018 RTWC fundraising ride is on the Ohio To Erie Trail (OTET) from Cincinnati to Cleveland, August 4 thru 12.  This is 9 days (8 nights) and includes
  • Transportation for you, your bike and luggage
  • Nightly lodging in hotels and one B&B
  • Breakfast each day (other meals on your own.)
  • A donation to RTWC
The OTET route is about 80% trails and 20% on roads.  
 
The rider has paid the full $860. Reimbursement amount is negotiable.  If you have interest, please contact Keith Workman at keith2786@gmail.com or (330) 466-5149 and leave a message as soon as possible and he will put you in contact with the rider.
 
Thank You to the Wayne County Community Foundation
 

We are very pleased to announce that The Heartland Trail was recently awarded
a $20,000 grant from the Wayne County Community Foundation
from an anonymous community fund. 
This grant will be used to help build Phase I of the Trail from Orrville to Marshallville.
We sincerely appreciate this tremendous support! 

On the County Line Trail
Earn for the Burn a Great Success!
Marcia Dodrill (center) and reps from Akron Children's Hospital. Marcia is event organizer from Rittman Fire.
On June 23rd, the poker run to benefit "Earn for the Burn" was held on the County Line Trail.  
 
Participants had the option to ride 14, 25 or 50 miles to raise funds for the Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institue at Akron Children's Hospital.  
 
Event coordinator, Marcia Dodrill, was excited to see another successful day. "We had 104 registered today despite the rainy weather. It keeps growing every year." 

The Earn for the Burn poker run is held annually the end of June. Check it out for 2019 so you can ride while raising money for this worthy cause!


Future Trail Now Open for Walking
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While the Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County Board of Directors continues preparing to pave a 2.4 mile section of The Heartland Trail, the public is invited and encouraged to walk two sections which have been cleared and mowed. Both are easily accessed by starting in Marshallville, where parking is available.
 
The section to the south is 2.4 miles and ends at Forrer Road. This is the section that will be paved in late summer. The section to the north is about 1.5 miles and ends at Coal Bank Road. These stretches will not only give you a quiet and largely shaded area to walk but will also give you the opportunity to see how beautiful this new Wayne County rail-trail will be!   Rails-to-Trails always builds on abandoned railroad beds. Old timers remember when trains traveled through Marshallville.
 
State Route 94 goes through Marshallville. Turn east onto Euclid Street. Parking is available in open areas on the east side of Marshallville just beyond Marshallville Meats. Looking north you will see a paved section that leads to the solar field. As you walk in that direction look for a short paved section that angles off to the right. That is the future trail section that heads toward Coal Bank Road. This stretch will also allow you to see "The Rockies" area that is an active project of the Ohio Geological Association.
 
Looking south, you will easily see where the grassy area leads to the mowed trail opening. This is our 2018 project section. For both of these areas we recommend wearing good walking shoes. Bug spray is also suggested.
 
Across the nation Rails-to-Trails organizations work to save old railroad lines, turning them into vibrant paths for all to enjoy. Often referred to as "long skinny parks," they provide recreation for walking, cycling and in many cases horse back riding.  RTWC built the Wayne County section of the Sippo Valley Trail, which begins in Dalton and heads east to the Stark County line where it continues on into Massillon to connect to the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail. (Towpath trails are built where mules used to tow boats through canals.) We also built a short section to help bring the Holmes County Trail into Fredericksburg. All of our trails are paved. Our most recent project was building the County Line Trail which stretches 7 miles between Rittman and Creston. If you have never visited a trail, we hope 2018 will be the year you make that happen!
 
Norwayne HPAC Reports and Contributes: RTWC Says Thanks!

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