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Galena Holds Grand Re-Opening of Trail October 26 at noon

galena-brick-trail-bridge-2016The Village of Galena invites you to the grand re-opening of the Galena Brick Trail, improved with a $286,592 Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant and many local contributions, at noon October 26 at the Depot Lot, 268 N. Walnut St.
The Galena Brick Trail, starting at Dustin Rd. and ending at Holmes St., is a 1/2 mile trail on the old Penn Central Railroad bed. This section of the Ohio to Erie Trail traverses a historic 145’ long railroad bridge high over Little Walnut Creek featuring scenic views. A deck, built on the old railroad water tower base, offers a peaceful, wooded picnic location overlooking the Hoover Nature Preserve.
The paved trail continues through Miller Park which features a train themed playground, a gazebo, basketball and volleyball courts, a .4 mile paved walking path, picnic facilities, a port-a potty, and parking. Galena Brick Trail and Miller Park facilities are available free on a first come, first served basis. Visitors may also enjoy Galena’s downtown restaurants and retail as well as the scenic Hoover Boardwalk.
North of Holmes St., the trail, which runs past the historic site of the Galena Shale Tile and Brick factory, becomes a .3 mile grass walking path with future plans to pave the trail and eventually connect it to the Sandel Legacy Trail in Sunbury.
Those helping to make the trail possible include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Delaware County Commissioners, the Delaware County Economic Development Department, Delaware County Friends of the Trail, the Village of Galena, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, the Delaware County Foundation, the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Sunbury Galena Rotary Club, CT Consulting, the Righter Company, Law Excavating, and all the people who donated to a Go Fund Me campaign.

Family Bike Ride planned for Saturday, August 13 on Camp Chase

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther invites you to his Family Bike Ride on the new Camp Chase Trail.

Saturday, August 13 at 11 am

Hilltop YMCA, 2879 Valleyview Drive, 43204

Bring your bike and helmet and be among the first people to ride the new trail with Mayor Ginther. Also get the chance to enjoy outdoor activities, food and prizes.

The City of Columbus is proud to celebrate the nearly complete Camp Chase Trail, which runs through the Hilltop and stretches over 12 miles, from Big Darby Creek to the west side of the city. The trail will also be a key link of the Ohio to Erie Trail, spanning over 325 miles from the Ohio River to Lake Erie.

Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Coalition Benefit Auction Set for June 11

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The 12th annual Benefit Auction for the Holmes County Rails-to-Trail Coalition is set for Saturday, June 11, starting at 9:30. Bring your friends and family and join us for a Saturday of enjoyment and make an investment in Holmes County’s unique non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor.

Other activities include breakfast and 5K.

Auction items include Play Mor Swing Set, Buggy, Hustler Walk Behind Mower with 48″ deck, BCS 718 16HP Honda 18″ with Tiller , Open Surrey, Lawn Furniture, Grandfather Clock, and a log cabin.

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Heart of Ohio Trail Maintenance Volunteers Needed

The trail is always in need of help to maintain it for all to use. We are looking for volunteers who would take on one of the following for the summer. Some of these are needed weekly. If you don’t have that much time maybe you could partner with someone else to alternate. If you can help let us know here and we can make arrangements, in some cases we have equipment or help with gas money. Thanks for your consideration for helping out HOOT.

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Mow berms and road approaches from Mt. Liberty to Clayton Street in Centerburg, and around brick storage building at Memorial Park.

Mow berms and road approaches from Mt. Liberty to Columbus Road in Mt. Vernon, and the parking and playground areas at Simmons’s Church and Thayer roads.

Mow berms , road approaches, and trail end parking lot on the trail from Clayton St in Centerburg to Huffman road.

Trim fence lines on both sides of Clayton St in Centerburg.

Trim fence lines on both sides of SR 314 in Centerburg.

Trim fence line, bike rack, parking blocks, and playground area at Simmons Church road access area in Mt Liberty.

Trim parking blocks, bike rack, and sign area at Thayer road access area.

Empty trash containers at Clayton St and SR 314 in Centerburg.

Trim vegetation back and/or spray all bridges with herbicide.

Remove trees along trail to at least 10 feet from the edge of the blacktop. (Those marked with orange X or banded.)

Trim vegetation back in late summer with bar chain.

Centerburg Stop on OTET Ride

Centerburg Stop on OTET Ride

Little Miami Newtown Trail Grand Opening

On Saturday May 21st in Newtown, just a few miles outside of Cincinnati, Great Parks of Hamilton County celebrated the opening of the 3.3 mile extension of the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail that in the near future will be part of the OTET route. A future bridge across the Little Miami River will then take the OTET to Lunken Airport Trail and replace 6 miles of current street route. The OTET Fund was well represented with Board Members Taft, Moffitt and Mills who took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Jack Sutton, Executive Director of Greater Parks of Hamilton County, led the ceremonies.

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Jack Sutton of Great Parks of Hamilton County, Don Mills and Tom Moffitt of OTETF, and Frank Henson of Queen City Bike.

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Ride bikes, study geology – Retired geology professor to conduct informative ride


Retired geologist Scott Brockman, left, points out to fellow rider, Gene Pass, what riders should look for on the south side of the Prairie Grass trail as they proceed toward South Charleston. Brockman will lead a geology study ride at 10 a.m. on Saturday from the shelter house behind the senior citizen center, 280 W. High St., London.

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Even though he’s retired from teaching geology, Scott Brockman now combines his lifelong study of the earth’s layers with bicycling. A recumbent bike fan, Brockman will conduct a geologic exploration ride at 10 a.m., which will depart from the Prairie Grass trail head and move southwest toward South Charleston. All are welcome and the ride is free.

Brockman taught geology for 10 years at the Marion campus of The Ohio State University. Prior to that, he worked as a geologist for the Ohio Geological Survey for 25 years.

Even as a child he and his brother were interested in rocks. “Where I lived (Cincinnati), there were fossils everywhere,” Brockman said standing trailside on Monday, where he was doing some preliminary exploring to be ready for Saturday’s ride. “I set up a museum (of rocks) in second grade.”

While he went on to pursue professionally the study of the earth and its layers igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, “everyone has had some experience with rocks,” he said.

Brockman’s branch of geology was the study of glacial deposits and glaciers existed in this area in the relatively short time ago, 15,000 to 20,000 years.

“London was once covered with ice,” Brockman said. He described a glacier as a “conveyor belt of stuff scraped up from the bottom.”

When climate change came — it existed b ack then — the glacier “stopped for a while.”

With the help of geologic and topographic maps, Brockman will show the glacier’s progress and at what points climate change caused the melting of the front of it.

He will mix in some more recent history, a mere 150 years ago, when London gained a reputation for livestock trade and why it was well suited to do it and South Charleston was not.

To learn more, come out Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to the shelter behind the senior citizens center at 280 W. High St.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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Buckeye Country Roads is introducing it’s latest tour this coming August. Join us for

our first ‘Trails Across Ohio Tour (South)’, and ride the Ohio to Erie Trail spanning the state from Cleveland

to the Ohio River. This first installment will explore the trail from downtown Columbus all

the way to Cincinnati, with a wonderful side tour to Dayton and all the exciting things to

see and do there as well.

Visit our website at for more information and the

registration materials. We look forward to introducing you to the gem of Ohio cycling, the

Ohio to Erie Trail. And stay tuned as next year we introduce the northern segment of the

trail, adding a tour from Cleveland to Columbus.

News from Friends of Madison County

Campsite in Works for Prairie Grass Trail

A small primitive trail-side camping area is being prepared at the Prairie Grass Trailhead in London. There is a restroom, water, electricity, shelter-house, and picnic tables available at the trailhead (no shower). Plans are to have two wooden tent decks and on-grounds tents sites available. This limited facility is not intended to fund-raise, but as a service for long-distance trail users. Camping will be on a first come first service bases with donations accepted, but not required. We encourage campers to take advantage of the large map and London Cyclist Guide in the shelter-house for the location of local restaurants and amenities. The facility is expected to be opened on April 16th in celebration of the RTC Opening Day For Trails.


Welcome Long-Distance Runner Passing through Madison County

Come help us cheer on a very special person on Saturday April 2nd. A long-distance runner will be running non-stop from Columbus to Xenia on the Ohio to Erie Trail! This is a training exercise for Sunshine’s goal to run the 153-mile Spartathlon from Athens to Sparta in Greece. Her only request is that you come out and help cheer her on to encourage her to press on. She plans to start at the beginning of the paved section of the trail on West Sullivant Avenue at 7 a.m.. Then arrive at the Battelle Darby Creek Parking Lot at 8:17 a.m., and London around 10:30 a.m. She will follow the signed business street route across London. Shops plan to be open and ready to welcome folks coming in to cheer. Please consider getting a bite to eat and check out the stores while you’re here. Since Sunshine is planning to run non-stop, she will have a police escort across London so it will be easy to see where she is at. She plans to reach South Charleston around 12:27 p.m., Cedarville approximately at 2:13 p.m., and Xenia about 3:55 p.m. This is rare to find long-distance runners on this section of the trail so we are delighted to have Sunshine pass through and wish her the best of luck! Please come join us and bring your family and friends.

RTC Opening Day Activities

As we noted above, Saturday April 16th is the National RTC Opening Day For Trails. Celebrations are located all over the United States. A few groups will be celebrating along the Ohio to Erie Trail on the 50-mile sections from Columbus (Haydocy Airstream and RV) to Xenia Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The London Coffee Peddler will be the sponsor location in Madison County. Trail Sentinels will be stationed on the East and West sides of London to help riders across town and to the coffee shop on South Main Street. Watch for the Welcome cyclist signs in business windows and stop in for cyclist’s discounts that day.

April 22 is the next Full Moon Ride. Join us at the Prairie Grass Trail in London at 7:30 p.m. for a fun go-at-your-own-pace ride!

Towpath Times – March 7

Taste of Tusc two weeks away – Order your tickets now!

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Sample some incredible food, wine, beer, and dessert from vendors across Tuscarawas County and the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area at Taste of Tusc on Friday, March 18! Now in its seventh year, Taste of Tusc brings together some of the best vendors in the area for a night of food, drink, raffle prizes, and live music. And don’t forget you can vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Awards!

Purchase your tickets now! Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and $5 for children ages 5-16. Purchase your tickets on our website, Buehlers in Jackson, Dover, and New Philadelphia, or the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Are you a member of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition? Call us today at 330-374-5657 to receive your special discount on Taste of Tusc tickets!

Not a member? Learn more here!

2016 Taste of Tusc Vendors

Benson’s Market & Catering • Biscotti by the Bunch • Breitenbach Wine Cellars • Broad Run Cheese House & Swiss Heritage Winery • Buehler’s Fresh Foods • Canal Street Diner • Canal Tavern of Zoar • The Canton Brewing Company • Creative Cake Bites • Georgio’s Grille • Hoppin’ Frog Brewery • Miller’s Creamery • Park Street Pizza • Raven’s Glenn Winery • Shy Cellars • Sraddha Coffee Roasting Company • Sublime Smoke • Sugarfuse! • Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. • Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau • White Velvet Desserts • YOLO Winery


Register for Healthy Steps today!

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Registration begins today for our free health and wellness program, Healthy Steps, taking place April 4-30, 2016! Healthy Steps encourages people to explore the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area while promoting healthy living and healthy eating. As part of the program, you can enjoy scheduled guided hikes every week, our Walker’s Weekly e-newsletter with healthy tips and recipes, and stepping your way to a better you with a team or as an individual.

Visit our website to learn more and sign up! Contact Lynn Williams at 330-374-5657 or lwilliams with any questions or to sign up as a team. We’ll see you on the Towpath Trail!


Welcome our 2016 Canal Boat Captain Nick Browning

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The 2016 Canal Boat Captain’s Ball will be held on Friday, June 10, at the Hilton Akron Fairlawn! Enjoy an evening of auction items, raffle prizes, and food as we honor Nick Browning, president and CEO of FirstMerit Bank’s Akron region. The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased individually or per table. Please contact Cari Danko at 330-374-5657 or for more information.

About our Captain

Nick Browning has been President/CEO of FirstMerit Bank’s Akron Region since November, 2003 and has been with FirstMerit since 1992. In this role, Nick is responsible for coordinating the activities of Retail, Wealth and Commercial Banking for the Akron Region, and has direct responsibility for all aspects of Akron Commercial Banking. In addition, he is a member of the FirstMerit Bank, N.A. Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Nick was with Ameritrust Bank and NCNB, where he began his banking career in 1987.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Marketing from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Kent State University. Current and recent community involvement includes: Greater Akron Chamber Trustee; Leadership Akron Trustee; Summa Health System Trustee; Akron Community Foundation Trustee; Sisler McFawn Foundation Trustee; Summit Education Initiative Trustee and Board President, Downtown Akron Partnership Trustee, past Board President, United Disability Services, as well as Greenleaf Family Center.


Eight spots open for 2016 Century Ride – Grab your spot now!

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Registration for the 7th annual FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride is open! This year’s ride will take place on May 14-15, 2016. Spots are limited to 125 bicycle riders, and with 117 already signed up, only 8 spots remain. So sign up today! To learn how to register, volunteer, or pledge to a rider, visit the Towpath Century Ride website.

The FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride offers participants a unique experience to see the entire length of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, while raising money to benefit the continued development of the Towpath Trail. Bicyclists travel 101-miles in either one or two days in a fully supported ride. The first Towpath Century Ride, held in 2009, supported only 17 riders who raised $22,000 for the Towpath Trail. Growing quickly over the past seven years, 117 riders participated in 2015, raising more than $143,000 for the cause.

Please contact Chelsea Skiba with any questions: (330) 374-5657, or

Check out our Century Riders in action!


Coalition receives $75,000 grant from GAR Foundation for iTowpath

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The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation awarded Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition $75,000 at its February meeting to fund iTowpath, a project aiming to better connect, activate, and enhance the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Akron from the Mustill Store to Summit Lake.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition began work on iTowpath in 2015 with the support of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation after realizing that while complete through Akron, the Towpath Trail could still be improved. The award from GAR will compliment funding from Knight Foundation, allowing work to continue on wayfinding, aesthetic improvements to underpasses, community connections to various attractions, and more.

“We are extremely grateful to GAR Foundation for their funding of iTowpath,” said Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. “This funding enables us to activate the Towpath Trail with artwork, lighting, and archways for the 2.5 million hikers and bicyclists utilizing the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.”


Buckeye Brine Gives $15,000 Donation to Zeisberger Trail


Steve Mobley, owner of Buckeye Brine, an oil field disposal company, recently gave a donation of $15,000, to the Zeisberger Trail and Parks Group. Andy Allensworth, a Chemist for the company, attended a ZTAP meeting on Wednesday evening, to make the contribution official.

“He is someone who wants to give to the community,” said Allensworth, of Mobley. “He’s a generous person and felt that this is a great cause.”

Buckeye Brine is in its second year of operation in the village of Tuscarawas and is located off of US Rt 36.

Krocker said he met Mobley at a Village Council meeting and they immediately hit it off. “We’ve been talking for a couple of years now,” Krocker added. “He’s seen what we’ve accomplished with the money we’ve raised through our various fundraisers and felt we put it to good use. The donation will now enable us to continue with work on our trail and add amenities to the park that is near the boat ramp,” Krocker explained.

For more information about the group or to make a donation, contact Krocker at 330-987-9021 or go to


Trailblazer Spotlight

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With the unofficial slogan of “putting heads in beds,” the Akron-Summit County Convention & Visitors Bureauis the clearinghouse for area travel and tourism information. The CVB was established in 1973 to promote Akron/Summit County as an ideal destination for business and leisure travel. With 150 Fortune 500 companies residing in the region and a wide array of attractions, Summit County is full of excitement, all of which the Akron-Summit CVB is excited to share with you.

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With multiple Honor and Grand awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, DLZ is one of the top consulting firms in the architectural, engineering, and surveying industry. The company is the sixth largest of its kind in the Midwest United States with locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The company not only works to build in the community, but also to support it. DLZ’s staff members support many organizations, including the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Ohio Riversweep for the Cuyahoga River Valley.


Determined to provide an unparalleled customer experience through the power of people, technology, and innovation,ComDoc brings state-of-the-art technology to businesses everywhere. ComDoc fields 4,000 service calls a month, boasting a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and solving 95 percent of all service calls the first time. The company also encourages their green initiatives, recycling paper and equipment. Recognizing their responsibility to their clients and employees, ComDoc strives to be a great place to work and be a customer.


PNC Bank works hard to deliver a variety of banking services to their customers, while maintaining the quality service as the company continues to grow. Having served customers for more than 160 years, PNC Bank holds great responsibility for responding to their customers’ needs and resolving concerns in a fair and timely manner. Performance, respect, integrity, and diversity are just a few of the values that make PNC Bank a trusted institution. The company also serves their community through sustainability practices, building a greener tomorrow for their community.

Thank you to all of our Trailblazers!

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