Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong

Chaparral Prairie celebrates opening of new trails

On Saturday, Oct. 17 more than fifty officials and volunteers were on hand for the grand opening of The Chaparral Prairie’s new hiking trails.

Earlier in 2015, The Arc of Appalachia partnered with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to purchase a 60-acre property adjacent to the Chaparral Prairie near West Union. The purchase nearly doubled the prairie’s size, bringing the preserve up to 130 acres.

The new trails were constructed on the recently purchased parcel of land.

They link to the existing ¾ mile trail and pass through the various plant communities found on the prairie.

Chaparral Prairie is a State Nature Preserve, a rare botanical site and a public hiking destination located a few miles northwest of West Union. Of all the prairie remnants protected in this singular botanical region of Ohio, Chaparral is the most visually appealing – with its wide vistas of rolling green meadows, its dense colonies of prairie dock, and its spectacular floral showcases of dense blazing star and rattlesnake master.

Chaparral also boasts an impressive 22 state-listed species. It is covered with native prairie and open forests. The Arc has turned over the new acquisition to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage. The two new hiking trails will be open to the public every day of the year. A beautifully constructed new foot bridge fording a small creek on the new acquisition was built by Division of Natural Areas staff and funded by the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society.

Jeff Johnson, State Preserve Administrator Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources officiated the opening ceremony. There were also several speakers who provided information about the prairie including: Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley, Nancy Stranahan Director, Arc of Appalachia; Jeff Husmann of the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau, and Martin McAllister, Appalachian Forests Project Manager.

Guided hikes were conducted throughout the afternoon.

L-R: Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley, Director Arc of Appalachia Nancy Stranahan, and Jeff Johnson State Preserve Administrator at Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony at Chaparral Prairie
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Chap1.jpgL-R: Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley, Director Arc of Appalachia Nancy Stranahan, and Jeff Johnson State Preserve Administrator at Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony at Chaparral Prairie Photo by Tom Cross

Visitors spent the day hiking through Chaparral Prairie’s new trails.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Chap2.jpgVisitors spent the day hiking through Chaparral Prairie’s new trails. Photo by Tom Cross
Meandering paths lead visitors through the pristine prairie

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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