On May 1 RTWC is submitting an application for the Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation Program.  We are very excited about the possibility of acquiring 100.939 acres of land north of Warwick Road and adjacent to our future trail.  This land is partially wooded, but also contains the Chippewa Creek and 25 acres of Class 3 wetlands.  A conservation easement will protect this land for future generations! If we are successful in securing the grant, look for more details about the property and possible uses in future newsletters.


Students Keeton Stoller, Claire Keener, Cooper Myers, Claire Jarvis and 
Nick Sayre proudly hold their backpack bags and wear their new helmets.
Photo courtesy of Marcia Trent, Green Local Schools District Photographer
School resource office Christian Wertz reviewed bicycle safety with first grade students at Green Elementary School as they followed along in a coloring book. Then the students were fitted with a bike helmet and given a backpack bag. Orrville Quota Club donated the backpack bags. They partner with Cops 'n Kids, which promotes positive relationships between students and law enforcement officers. Aultman Orrville Hospital donated the coloring books and bike helmets. Officers from the Wayne County Sheriff and Smithville Police Department were also on hand to help fit the students with helmets.  

Thank you for helping us celebrate Opening Day on Saturday, April 13.  Here's to another great year of spending time on the trails! 
If you haven't sent your check yet, don't forget -  
our new option is to pay with credit card!   

Update on construction:  
Cavanaugh Construction is back to work after the winter shut-down.  They have poured the concrete cross-overs for the farm fields and the trail approaches at the intersections.  They plan to place more asphalt beginning April 29.  
John, born and raised in Marshallville, is a graduate of Smithville High School and Muskingum University. He and his wife Joanna have two daughters and two granddaughters.  John taught math for 7 years at Greene Middle School in Smithville, worked as an upholsterer with his father, and was co-owner of Howmar Carpet in Marshallville for 33 years, retiring in 2016. 
A member of the Marshallville Lions Club for 41 years and President of the Consistory Board at St. Michael's United Church of Christ in Marshallville, John also served 13 years on the Orrville Dunlap Hospital Board.
"Joanna and I have enjoyed biking for several years, mostly on the area trails," said John, "and I   grew more interested as plans for the trail through Marshallville became a reality.  I always appreciated the updates and information provided by Jenny Brooker while she served on the Rails-to-Trails Board and felt that it would be good to have a Marshallville area resident continue to represent the community as the trail is developed from Orrville to Clinton. The idea of a continuous bike trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie has always been intriguing to me and will be a great recreational asset that area families can enjoy for many years to come." 

Earth Day Volunteers in Rittman
Mayor Robertson and Chief Swigert
On Monday, April April 22 at 6:00 pm, Rittman hosted a clean up day on the section of The County Line Trail in their city limits. Volunteers with trash bags picked up litter as well as larger items that had been tossed along the areas bordering the trail.  Members of the Rittman Garden Club began work on the landscape beautificatin area at S. Main Street.  Thank you to Rittman Mayor Bill Robertson and Fire Chieg Don Swigert for organizing the project.
Amanda Nelson, Chris Walker, Judy Sabo, and Nikki Morris.  :::   Terry Walker and Kaiden Miller, with RTWC Board Members Keith Workman, Keith Winkler, and Jenni Reusser.  Board Member Sue Baker was also present.

3 Day Ride in Pennsylvania: Full and Good to Go
Thirteen people signed up to enjoy the three-day, two-night trip to the Allegheny River Trail in northwestern Pennsylvania offered by RTWC as a fundraiser. 
Thurs-Sat August 15-17.      
Watch for our photos and report in the Sept. E-News. 

This mysterious carved bird showed up along our future trail north of Marshallville and east of Coal Bank Road on the south side of our property.  Can you help us solve the mystery of how it landed there?
Send info to our email address HERE.  
Thank You!

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



Tom Bahl, Shreve                Susan Baker, Creston    
Pat Glessner, Sterling          Becky Jewell, Orrville       
John Stevic, Marshallville    Paul Vance, Orrville

Keith Winkler, Sterling         Keith Workman, Orrville