Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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The First of Three Benefit Concerts Was a Rockin’ Good Time
Friday, September 7, The Paper Machetes, Silo Circuit, and The SNAILS rocked the Union Bar and Grille in Athens to benefit Rural Action. Over 100 people showed up for the concert, which helped us meet the fundraising goal for our first show in a fall benefit concert blitz organized by Rural Action graphic designer AmeriCorps*VISTA Matt Presutti. Rural Action would like to express our appreciation to The Union Bar and Grill for hosting, the bands for playing, and Matt Presutti for organizing this profitable (and very fun) event.

Two more benefit concerts are in the works. On Thursday, October 4, Jackie O’s will host a rock show featuring Bram Riddlebarger and His Lonesome Band, Casual Future, and more. On Friday, October 5, The Casa Cantina will host a Singer-Songwriter Showcase, featuring local musicians’ original tunes. The lineup currently includes: Chris Tomazic, Liz Pahl, Nate LaRue, Maceo Gabbard, J.J. Reed, Chris Biester, and Andrew Wieland.

(Pictures, clockwise from top left: Matt Presutti plays guitar for The SNAILS; Rural Action VISTAs enjoy the show; The Paper Machetes; Silo Circuit)


Our Friends at ReUse Need Your Help!
From Henry J. Woods, ReUse Industries Board President


Late in August, we here at ReUse Industries in Albany were the victims of a break-in. We lost a significant number of tools necessary for testing and repairing the goods we receive from our charitable donors. Also lost was much of the equipment we use for maintaining our grounds and facilities. While some of these items were purchased new, many more had been donated by businesses and members of the community. We take pride in our ability to utilize donated materials in our daily operations and never suspected that others would find profit in the theft of these items.

This incident serves to point out the great economic hardship that this community endures. It is unfortunate that an individual would feel forced to resort to such desperate measures. We’re here because we realize the importance of keeping reusable items out of landfills and providing basic household necessities to those who would not ordinarily be able to afford them.

Although we’re disappointed that this occurred, we feel that positive things often come out of negative circumstances. If you are able to help, we welcome donations of workshop/woodworking equipment such as saws, drills, screw/nail guns and other power tools; we will also gladly accept manual devices such as chisels, clamps, pry bars and levels. One irreplaceable item, however, is our Freon recovery pump, necessary for removing harmful Freon from unusable appliances. This is estimated to cost between $1,000 and $1,600.

We value the support we receive from our community; without it, ReUse Industries would not be able to fulfill its commitment to serve the residents and protect the environment of Appalachian Ohio.

To help, please contact Kathy Wilson, 740-698-8200, extension 12.


Pictures from The 9th Annual Pawpaw Festival
Gorgeous weather set the backdrop for one of the largest Pawpaw Festivals to date at Lake Snowden. Despite a significantly smaller crop this year due to an early spring frost and the summer drought, festivalgoers were still able to enjoy a celebration of Ohio’s first fruit. Rural Action volunteers and staff were lucky to spend the weekend at the festival. Volunteers from Rural Action hosted a Kids’ Tent with pawpaw-inspired activities including Bobbing For Pawpaws, a Seed Spitting Competition, and sack races. Monday Creek Restoration Project AmeriCorps*VISTA Matt Miller and Youth Act Americorps*VISTA Liz Bonny helped over 40 kids and adults tie-dye their Pawpaw Festival T-shirts using Acid Mine Drainage. Volunteers Elise George and Tanner Filyaw of The Sustainable Forestry Program led medicinal herb identification hikes throughout the forest surrounding Lake Snowden, which turned out to be very popular. Several volunteers provided information about Rural Action to festival attendees at a Rural Action information table. View the slideshow below for images from the pawpawesome weekend.

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Invasive Plant Trainings: Experiences in Appalachian Ohio

On October 12 and 13, the Rural Action Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture Programs will be hosting Invasive Plant Management Trainings, which will cover identification, control, and other issues related to the impact of non-native plants that affect Ohio's ecology. For example, two invasive plants that are especially problematic in our region are Asian Stilt Grass and Garlic Mustard. (Check out The Ohio Department of Natural Resources for more detailed information.)

The October 12 Training will be held at the Wayne National Forest Athens District Headquarters conference room from 9 am-3 pm. It will be geared toward Natural Resource Professionals. Speakers will include Dr.Brian McCarthy of the Ohio University Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ann Bonner State Urban Forester, Rory Lewandowski of OSU Extension, Cheryl Coon, Botanist for the Wayne National Forest, and Doug Albaugh from Friends of the Lower Muskingum. Topics will include Tree of Heaven control and current research, controlling invasive plants with livestock, and information on Poison Hemlock.

The October 13 Training, featuring many of the same speakers but geared toward landowners, will be held at the Federal Valley Resource Center Auditorium from 10 am-4:15 pm.

Continuing Education Units will be available for both trainings. These trainings are partially funded through the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program of the USDA. For more information please contact Jeff Hardin at 740 767 4938, or Tom Redfern at 740 742 4401.


SCWG Benefit Dinner This Saturday, September 22
The Sunday Creek Watershed Group (SCWG) will hold its 5th Annual Benefit Dinner and Chinese Auction this Saturday, September 22 at 4:30pm at the Moose Lodge in Glouster. Proceeds from the event will help pay for SCWG’s youth education programs, including a project initiated by Trimble Middle School and High School students through the Rural Action Youth Act program.

Youth Act is a youth leadership program in four schools in Athens County. Students design and implement service projects that benefit their school and community. Youth Act groups in Trimble Middle and High Schools have focused on environmental issues in past years, specifically litter awareness and prevention and the human impacts on the Sunday Creek Watershed.

During the 2006-2007 school year, students raised money to purchase clay-pottery trashcans for the city of Glouster. The trashcans will be purchased in the fall and decorated by Youth Act students. A similar project was undertaken in New Straitsville.

“Using the Annual Dinner to benefit a local service project is a new twist, and one that we’d like to continue every year,” said Kaabe Shaw, Coordinator of SCWG. Shaw plans to hold the annual dinner in a different community within the Sunday Creek Watershed each year, with proceeds from the events contributing to projects that benefit the community. “This year, we’ll focus on our hometown of Glouster,” said Shaw.

All are welcome to attend the dinner. "This will be an opportunity for people who are unfamiliar with our work to learn how we're involved in the community and the region," said Shaw.

Tickets for the dinner are available at the Sunday Creek Watershed Group office at 69 High Street in Glouster or can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. The Sunday Creek Watershed Group will award a $40 gas voucher to the person who sells the most tickets.

Do you have questions, comments, or a desire to volunteer? Call Emily Boyer at 740-767-2225.


Volunteer Action In Review
"Volunteer Action," the weekly radio show project produced by Rural Action on WATH with Ray Wagner (970 AM at 10:06 am), features local volunteers who are making a difference in their communities.

On September 11, representatives from Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCA) joined Ray Wagner to discuss a new Meals on Wheels operation in Nelsonville. Amy Swart, an AmeriCorps*VISTA who coordinates the Meals on Wheels program (including the new venture in Nelsonville) and Teresa Cline-Geer, Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center Operations Support Manager, talked about the history and future of the program, which serves over 900 meals a day in Athens, Perry, and Hocking Counties. Meals on Wheels drivers deliver hot meals to individuals who cannot leave their homes and qualify for food assistance, and often become a support system for the their clients. “They check in on individuals Monday through Friday, and are sometimes the only people they see all week,” Cline-Geer said of Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers. The new Nelsonville program aims to launch this month, but needs volunteers in order to do so. Anyone interested in being a volunteer driver can call 1-800-385-6813, ext. 244.

On September 18, Lynda Andrews, Chair of Friends of the Athens County Dog Shelter, was on the program. Andrews talked about the goals of the Friends organization to help increase adoption numbers at the shelter and save more dogs from euthanization. Andrews’ biggest project is taking pictures of the dogs and putting them on a website called Pet Finder, which has (so far) helped more dogs find homes. Andrews and the Friends of Athens County Dog Shelter also hope to raise funds for the Shelter in order to give more dogs vaccinations, effectively improving the health of all dogs that go through the shelter. For more information about ways to be involved with the Dog Shelter, contact Lynda Andrews.

On September 25, Cathy Trace of the Community Health Program will join Ray on the show, and on October 2, Emily Beveridge and Todd Dean of the Federal Valley Resource Center will talk about their upcoming Haunted House. Tune in to WATH 970 AM at 10:06 am every Tuesday.

Energy Learning Circle Update
By Katie Durham

The Energy Learning Circle is meeting regularly and making great progress. Its last meeting, on the evening of September 10, was an unmistakable success, exemplifying that SE Ohio’s alternative energy community is on the ball--and plans to wholeheartedly incorporate Rural Action’s next ten-year strategy into the mix.

The meeting began with a brief discussion led by Scott Miller, the Energy Learning Circle’s facilitator and senior project manager at the Voinovich Center Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (IGLARD). The group was reminded of our key objective: discovering the most “relevant approach to alternative energy” for both SE Ohio and Rural Action to take on as a team.

Jen Simon, the Economic Developer for the Chamber of Commerce in Athens, served as guest speaker. She took an impressively comprehensive approach to the concept of alternative energy in the region—incorporating a presentation to the group with a large chart of all of the area’s non-profits, universities, and corporations that already hold considerable stock in the future of energy. She then asked us to ponder just where and how Rural Action could most credibly hold some stock in the issue. The talk concluded with a call for defining some very “specific, yet feasible” steps Rural Action could take before the end of this year.

A few members of the Energy Learning Circle are reading this Grist Special Series on Biofuels and finding it very helpful.

The next Energy Learning Circle meeting will take place on Monday, September 24th at 7:00 at the Ridges, Building #22. Please contact Katie Durham for any inquiries!

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