Wednesday, October 18, 2006


The Horseman Rides in Stewart

It is safe to say that South Eastern Ohio has an above average affinity for the Halloween Holiday. The Federal Valley Fright Nights Haunted House, which will be debuting it’s fifth year of terror this October, is located in the tiny town of Stewart. What makes this Haunt so special is that it is built, acted, and operated, completely by volunteers from the area. All of the proceeds generated from the Haunted House benefit the Federal Valley Resource Center, a community center that is located in what used to be school buildings in Stewart. The bulk of the actors who play the guides, ghouls and ghosts in the Haunted House attend nearby Federal Hocking High School. Other volunteers come from regional organizations, such as Rural Action, and Ohio University organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Campus Ministries, and Greek organizations. The 2006 Haunt has visitors entering the dreamy atmosphere of Sleepy Hollow.

You can join the bewitched inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow for “Sleepy Hollow Horror” every Friday and Saturday night in October beginning October 6th from 7 to 11pm. For more information, including directions to Stewart, go to

Plant Rescue

Another Native Plant Rescue was held on October 14, which also happened to be National Herb Day. Nearly 70 volunteers showed up to help rescue plants, including four volunteers from the Frontier Natural Products Co-op in Iowa (Frontier is one of our partners in the project). There were also informational displays by United Plant Savers, Project Learning Tree, and the Environmental Learning Program. Check out an audio/visual slide show below.

Challenge Grant Update

We are pleased to announce that with the support of members and friends, we have met our $50,000 goal for the 2006 challenge grant! Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, your donations made twice the impact, as every gift was matched dollar-for-dollar. We want to thank all of you who contributed to the challenge grant and helped us reach our goal!