Judy Sabo, President of the Garden Club of Rittman, recently contacted us regarding small artifacts found in the railroad locker in Rittman where the trail meets South Main St.  They found two paperback circa 1980's railroad safety inspection log books.  One has data written in and the other is blank. The club graciously handed the books over to the future Sterling Historical Society to add to their collection of memorabilia.  In the photo below, Judy presents the books to Keith Winkler, RTWC Board Member representing Sterling.  Thank you to the Garden Club of Rittman!

Work continues on The Heartland Trail.  Pano view: East-West at Route 94 and Fox Lake Road. 
The Heartland Trail 2.4 miles from Forrer Rd. to Marshallville
December 1,  2018: Report from Trail Manager Becky Jewell
Construction on the trail has continued into late November with cold and wet weather slowing the progress.  Still, beginning at Marshallville, nearly half of the trail has the stone base in place and it is ready for asphalt.  Unless we have an unusually warm December, the asphalt work will need to wait until next spring for completion.  If we don't have deep snow, the contractor will continue to work on the parking lot at Forrer Road as well as grading the south end of the trail. 

We look forward to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Marshallville
in the Spring of 2019!


Here are some observations and comments from Keith Workman regarding current status of construction as of Thursday, Nov. 29.  
The cut-in from Back Massillon is being completed at Forrer Road where the cut-in is done and the split rail fence is installed.
"The foreman I talked to said he has 400 tons of base stone coming tomorrow and he wants it installed before the rain on Saturday. He said he has never seen this much rain in the fall but hopes for some continued freezing weather, so they can scrape the level of frost off and get north of Back Massillon ready for winter."
Getting  things ready for winter does not mean paving, but rather protecting surfaces and preventing any activity from happening while waiting for better weather in the spring. 
Another view at Forrer Road, where piles of stone are brought in to be spread for creating a base. Work will continue dependent on precipitation and temperatures.

Thank You to Our Volunteers for Clearing Trees Off Future Trail


Register Now for the 2019 C&O/GAP Ride Tour
See Details Below

8 days on the Great Allegheny Passage & C&O Canal Towpath
Summer 2019 ~ It's YOUR Turn to Ride!
~ ~ AUGUST 3 - 11 ~ ~
The 2019 RTWC fundraising bike trip will be a west to east trip,  
on the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail and C & O Canal Towpath  
from Pittsburgh to Washington DC.  
This is a 9-day (8 days of biking) trip averaging 40-50 miles a day of bicycling, with the longest day being about 60 miles. The degree of difficulty of the trip is "moderate". We have not offered a west to east trip since 2014. In 2015 and 2016 the group rode from DC to Pittsburgh.    
Lodging is 4 hotels and 4 Bed & Breakfasts. We will leave Saturday morning and return 9 days later on Sunday evening. Cost, including: 1) Transportation from Orrville, Ohio and back, 2) Luggage transport, 3) 8 nights of indoor lodging and 8 breakfasts : $980 per person. There are two people in a room. Other meals are your expense.  
YOU should line up a bicycling roommate to share your room. If you do not have a reommate and we know of another person who needs a roommate, we can put you in contact with them.  
The trip is limited to 12 people and the bikes need to be normal two wheeled bicycles because our trailer will not accommodate 3 wheeled bicycles. Recumbent bicycles are subject to a try out on the trailer before committing.   
Amenities at the B&B's vary, so those booking early will receive the better accommodations. Not all B&B's offer two beds in a room. Most hotels offer either a king or two queen beds.

To book the trip, contact Keith and be prepared to mail a non-refundable deposit of
$200 per person BEFORE January 2, 2019.

The second payment of $390 per person is due by February 28 and the third payment of $390 per person is due by April 30. Lodging is very limited, so we need to book early to be sure of accommodations.

This trip has become quite popular and is expected to fill rapidly!

Refund policy: $200 of the $980 is nonrefundable. 90% of $780 is refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. 60% of $780 is refundable between days 90-60 prior to departure. 30% of $780 is refundable between 60-30 days prior to departure. After 30 days prior to departure, no refund. Should you find a replacement rider, repayment is between the two of you, but you need to inform us who the replacement is.

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

Paul Vance, Orrville.         Keith Winkler, Sterling     

Keith Workman, Orrville