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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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