2018 Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 at Orrville High School

Speaker: Dr. Randy Cronk 
Professor of Psychology 
Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. 
Dr. Cronk is the long-serving president of the Kokosing Gap Trail in Knox County, a trail that has many parallels to our current Heartland Trail project for Wayne County, but is much farther along in its development. He will talk about the ways his board and volunteers maintain the 13 miles of paved trail between Mt. Vernon and Danville, Ohio, and how it has developed over the years. Dr. Cronk is an avid cyclist as well as a trail hand. He has great enthusiasm for trail connectivity across the state.  We look forward to meeting Dr. Cronk.

A short business meeting will begin at 7:00 pm prior to Dr. Cronk's presentation.
Light refreshments served in the lobby.  Guests are welcome.

APRIL 2018 


Becky Jewell, Paul Vance and Tom Bahl walked the trail in February to determine which trees would need to come down.

Advance preparations for the 2.4 miles stretch of The Heartland Trail, from Forrer Road (Orrville) to Marshallville took an important step during the month of March.  Any trees growing in the future construction zone along the entire 2.4 mile stretch had to be downed by March 31 in compliance with the Department of Natural Resources regarding Indiana bats, an endangered species.  
Indiana Bats roost in the spring; therefore it is mandatory that RTWC have all potential roosting trees within the project area downed by the 3.31.18 deadline in order to be able to proceed with building the trail this year.  (This same effort was required in preparation for the one mile of trail built in Orrville in 2016.)  If the deadline was not met, we would have to wait until 2019 to proceed with building this important section of trail.

The work was done by Top Notch Logging.  The logs and firewood will be hauled away at a later date and the remaining brush will be chipped and placed along the sides of the rail bed.   On Friday, March 30th Becky Jewell, Heartland Trail Manager, walked the entire area to ensure all necessary trees were down.  Dan Lowe and John Scott, City of Orrville Services Department, were very helpful in advising and helping us see this project through.

673 Yards to Go!  $260/yard or $87/foot
It's not too late to contribute to this project.
Send to RTWC, PO Box 1566, Wooster, Ohio  44691
Include your name, mailing address and email address.
QUESTIONS?  Contact Don Noble II at 330.264.2111 or Becky Jewell at 330.201.1908

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Wayne County Community Foundation are pleased to announce Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County as the recipient of the 2018 "Worthy Works Award," given at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting on March 27, 2018. The award includes a check for $1,000.
"A major challenge facing many rural American communities, such as Orrville, is strengthening and diversifying the economy. Making a place welcomin g, beautiful, and usable for the community is a key step in development and ensuring a vibrant future for communities.
Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County is leading a new kind of economic development in our community. While some may see their work as simply building bike trails for recreation, the impact those trails will have on the economic health of our community in the future is much more significant." 
Don Noble's acceptance speech:  " On behalf of Rails to Trails of Wayne County, Becky and I gratefully accept this award. Thank you to the Wayne County Community Foundation and the Orrville Chamber of Commerce for recognizing Rails to Trails' efforts in helping to make Orrville a trail town. These funds will be directed towards our current project of constructing the Heartland Trail from Forrer Rd. to Marshallville this year. We are building this trail not only for those of us here today, but for future generations to enjoy and benefit from. The Heartland Trail will put Orrville on t he map of the Ohio to Erie Tail going from Cincinnati to Cleveland, as a unique destination trail town which people will want to visit. Additionally, the trail will add one more important piece to the quality of life mosaic which Orrville and Wayne County have to offer its citizens.Thank you again and we sincerely appreciate your generosity. 
Receiving the award were RTWC Board Members (L-R) Keith Winkler, Pat Glessner, Susan Baker, Becky Jewell, Jenni Reusser and Don Noble II. Also present was David Lehman. THANK YOU to the OACC and the WCCF. We are very honored to receive this award!
Receiving the award were RTWC Board Members (L-R) Keith Winkler, Pat Glessner, Susan Baker, Becky Jewell, Jenni Reusser and Don Noble II. Also present was David Lehman.  Thank you to the OACC and the WCCF.  We are very honored to receive this award!
Rails-to-Trails is Pleased to Announce!
We have received a grant in the amount of $620 from
the Wayne County Community Youth Foundation for the Heartland Trail. 

The Youth Foundation was created so local students can evaluate community needs and make grant recommendations for non-profit organizations that support Wayne County youth.  For the 2017-2018 school year, there are 42 students representing 10 local high schools.  Ferenc M. Relle, Jr. is the Youth Foundation Advisor.  For more information CLICK HERE

The OSU Wooster Campus will be home to the 8th Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

This fest ival celebrates, educates and demonstrates that "Green is for Life!" Free to the public, the fair features exhibits, demonstrations, recycling and food vendors in a fun-filled indoor and outdoor environment in and around Fisher Auditorium. Once again, the Renewable Energy Workshop will be held concurrently with the Green Fair. The Workshop features presentations and panel discussions by industry and academia experts. Registrants have the opportunity to engage with leaders in emerging green energy research and industry in addition to the Fair activities. More information to come. 

Saturday, May 19, 9 am - 1 pm 
1-800-291-0099    |    1-330-832-2771 

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 



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

Keith Winkler, Sterling    Keith Workman, Orrville