Wednesday, September 14, 2005

RA News

Forestry Hosts Successful National Conference

A national audience of foresters flocked to Appalachian Ohio last week for the annual meeting of the National Network of Forest Practitioners. The conference, which was hosted by Rural Action Sustainable Forestry, received high compliments for being well-organized and fascinating. And according to Forestry’s Cynthia Brunty, many of the visitors fell in love with southeastern Ohio. “They really want to come back,” she said.

Huff Run Fun Day 2005 – Fun for All
The Huff Run Fun Day 2005 was held on August 27 at Mineral City Park and despite the rain, we had a great turn out. Thanks to our volunteers and everyone who came out to learn about Huff Run! See photos from the event.

Video Proceeds to Benefit Rural Action
An award-winning documentary on the beginnings of Wayne National Forest, narrated by Rural Action member Ora Anderson, will be screened throughout the community during September and at the Paul Bunyan Show in Nelsonville, Oct. 7-9.
Upcoming screenings include:
Sept. 19 – The Plains Public Library, 2 p.m.
Sept. 20 – Athens Public Library, 11 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Coolville Public Library, 1 p.m.
Sept. 22 – Athens Public Library, 2 p.m.
Sept. 23 – Chauncey Public Library, 4 p.m.
Sept. 26 – Athens Public Library, 8 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Wells Library, Albany, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 – Nelsonville Public Library (Final Fridays), 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Jean Andrews and Steve Fetsch of Athens produced the video, which illustrates the evolving relationship with the land through Anderson’s personal account, historical photos and “then and now” imagery. The music for the film was composed and performed by local musician, Bruce Dalzell. The film won the “Best Documentary” honors at the Appalachian Film festival and received First Place in the “Non-Broadcast Film” category at the Montana CINE International Film Festival. A portion of the proceeds from this film will go to Rural Action and Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council.

Give a VISTA a Home
There are a few Rural Action AmeriCorps*VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) seeking housing. If anybody has an affordable rental we would certainly like to know about it. To be a VISTA requires responsibility, maturity and commitment, so as a landlord you could not ask for better tenants. If you can help, please contact

Greeting Cards That Support Two Non-Profits!
ELP and Passion Works are partnering on a fundraiser to sell colorful greeting cards designed and packaged by artists at Passion Works with and without developmental disabilities. You can purchase any of three variety packs: Nature, Art, and Seasonal. These variety packs contain 10 cards, with 5 different designs and ten envelopes packaged in a clear gift box and tied with gold cord. All of the cards are blank inside so they can be used for all occasions! For only $10 a pack, this is a wonderful opportunity to support 2 outstanding non-profit organizations. To place an order, or to learn more, contact Diane at You can also reach her at 767-4938.

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