Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Open House on Tuesday, August 14 at 7pm!
Join us this Tuesday at 7pm for an Open House at the Trimble Office. We'll have free food, face painting for the kids, live banjo pickin' by Chris Tomazic and most importantly, lots of information about our current programming. Come take a breather from the August heat and learn about what Rural Action is up to this year.

From Matt with LOVE

Matt Presutti, Graphic Design VISTA, has been a busy, busy boy. You've noticed - I bet - the new Rambler design. That's courtesy of Matt. Hand drawn pictures! And, if that isn't enough, he's also had an eye behind the lense. He was out at the RARE Center (Rural Action Research and Education Center) taking pictures of their beuatiful flower gardens. The slide show is below! Thanks a bunch, Matt!

Check It Out: Brand New Visitors Guide to the Greater Federal Valley

By Kelsey McCoy, AmeriCorps VISTA for Media

A Visitors Guide to the Greater Federal Valley is hot off the presses and ready to be distributed. Rural Action developed the roadmap and directory over the past 3 with support from The Presbyterian Hunger Project and the Athens County and City Convention and Visitors Bureau. It has lots of information for visitors, but can also be a handy resource for people familiar with the area. Just as stated on the map’s cover, it includes “hidden treasures, beautiful places and home comforts for visitors to the Federal Creek Valley of rural Southeastern Ohio.”

The road map covers all of the Greater Federal Valley, from all the way up in Ringgold down to Guysville and from Athens over to Cutler. It’s colorful and detailed, with roads, highways, lakes, and inset maps of Glouster, Trimble, Chesterhill, Amesville, Guysville, and Stewart. With gas stations, points of interest, and quilt barns designated along the way, the map charts 150 miles of Federal Valley’s unique landscape.

The flip-side of the map features details about area attractions. Restaurants, parks, and historical sites are among the many categories of locations listed with a phone number, website and description.

Leslie Horner, the Federal Valley Watershed Coordinator, said that the goal of the map is “to encourage people to explore Federal Valley.” So even if you think you know every back road in the region by heart, pick up a copy and see what you may discover.

Copies are available at the Rural Action office in Trimble and at businesses in the region.

Get Your Ginseng While It Lasts!
Submitted by Tanner Filyaw, AmeriCorps VISTA with Forestry

The Sustainable Forestry Program is taking orders for the 2007 Fall Planting Seed Stock Program. Ginseng seed, always a very popular seller, is available again as well as limited supplies of goldenseal, black cohosh and blue cohosh. Preorders and advanced payment are REQUIRED this year. The deadline for preorders is September 5. Local pickup is scheduled for September 21. Ginseng prices are below. Contact Tanner Filyaw at 767-2090 or

Thanks and Good Luck to Our VISTA Summer Associates
By Kelsey McCoy, AmeriCorps VISTA for Media

This year’s AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates spent six weeks working on diverse projects in Athens County. From teaching kids how to cook dinner, to saving reusable materials from the landfill, to planting veggies, the projects varied in nature but shared a common theme of improving local communities.

On Friday, August 3, a group of sixteen Summer VISTAs came together to celebrate their service and share highlights, challenges, and a goofy picture or two.

Summer VISTAs worked with Good Works, ReUse Industries, Community Food Initiative, and the Rural Action Economies and Watershed teams. At each location, VISTAs worked full time on direct service projects and also completed a day-long project together in Glouster. With their service complete, each Summer VISTA will be awarded an Education Award to spend on student loans or future education.

Below is a rundown of just a handful of Summer VISTA activities.

At Good Works, two VISTAs helped out with running the Timothy House homeless center, did home repairs for community members, and coordinated volunteers at the Good Works Transformation Station.

At ReUse Industries, four VISTAs picked up reusable goods from homes in every corner of the county, painted new signs for the thrift store, and built structures to better organize the goods.

At Community Food Initiative, three VISTAs worked on maintaining the Community Gardens at West State Street Park and led workshops that taught children how to prepare delicious and nutritious dinner entrees.

At the Rural Action Research and Education (RARE) Center, five VISTAs helped conduct research on invasive plants, painted hundreds of signs for a new interpretive trails system, and planted rows upon rows of tomatoes.

Two VISTAs working with the Watershed teams spent most of their time helping with the Watershed Day Camps, where kids completed service-learning projects and enjoyed hands-on experience with fish, snakes, and canoes.

Check out the slideshow below for pictures of the Summer VISTAs in action.

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