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Welcome New Members By the middle of November, we again had over 200 individuals, couples, or businesses who had responded to our 2007 membership drive. Eleven new members were recognized in the Spring Newsletter and we welcome these newest members who have joined since May 2007:

Dawne Andrews, Rittman, Ohio Barbara Barden, Rittman, Ohio Dick & Sandra Beery, Shreve, Ohio Stefan Garcia, Wooster, Ohio Rick Gunselman, Wadsworth, Ohio Dan & Linda Houston, Wooster, Ohio Dana Keirstead, Smithville, Ohio Harold & Jane Laurila, Rittman, Ohio Steve & Chris Mathew, Wooster, Ohio Phil Mariola, Wooster, Ohio Carroll Meyer, Shreve, Ohio

Galen & Evie Moomaw, Wooster, Ohio Bob & Jane Moore, Wooster, Ohio Linda & Randy Plant, Wooster, Ohio Norm & Linda Ream, Smithville, Ohio Chris & Laurel Schmid, Wooster, Ohio Stephen & Catherine Schmid, Wooster Steve & Cheryl Shapiro, Wooster, Ohio Denise Snyder, Wooster, Ohio John Troche, Seville, Ohio Jack Visser, Wooster, Ohio Dan Wiles, Wooster, Ohio

Wayne County Fair

Rails-to-Trails seems to bring out the best people, not just the “best in people!” Volunteers gave generous amounts of time to staffing our booth at the Wayne County Fair. They sold a record number of the Ohio Rail to Trail guidebooks as well as hats, shirts, handbags, and maps. Many of the new members reported in this newsletter signed up at the fair. Public enthusiasm for our trail developments in both Wayne and Holmes Counties was most apparent. Thanks to all the member volunteers!

County Line Trail Funding We are really pleased to report that donors have continued to support the future County Line Trail with their generous gifts. And, there is still time (and plenty of need!) to become involved, or become more involved. We have a few new donors since the spring newsletter and some participants who have moved their donation to a higher level. So, we are posting the revised list of donations of $100 or more. We plan to establish a display of these names near a trailhead and provide additional recognition at benches/tables for gifts of $5000, at mile-posts for gifts of $10,000, and at the two new bridges for gifts of $20,000 or more. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in a new or additional donation. Also, please let us know if we have made any errors or omissions in the current list of donors.

We Love a Parade!! We have been invited to help celebrate Wooster’s Bicentennial on July 5, 2008 by entering a “float” in the parade. The parade theme of “Wooster’s Past, Present, & Future” should give us a chance to express our gratitude for the support that the Wooster community has given to our organization. We believe that somewhere within our ranks is someone who will be willing to help plan and coordinate our entry. If this is your kind of challenge, please contact Don Noble or Ted Short.

Sippo Trail Updates Our volunteers did a great job this summer of grooming the Wayne County section of Sippo Valley Trail for appearance, safety, and access. Rick Neil was able to organize multiple work sessions for volunteers to paint new approach lines at the road intersections and parking lane lines at the West Lebanon trail head. Rick also organized the removal of one bollard at each road crossing to allow easy passage of wide tricycle bikes and kid trailers. Please pass the word along to friends who may want to take advantage of this new accessibility. Two of our Dalton area members, Rich Ott and Dave Wengerd, again, gave numerous hours to mowing the entire Wayne County section with their personal equipment. Thank you Rick, Rich, and Dave!!

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