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April 19, 2017: 2017 Student Move Out Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles
Ohio University students will be moving out of their dorms and off-campus residences beginning on April 24th, and it has never been easier to donate, reuse, and recycle. Ohio University Campus Recycling and Zero Waste estimates that eighty percent of all Move Out waste can be recycled or reused, and this goal can be accomplished if students either reuse their belongings, or take advantage of the numerous donation sites and free pickups available to them.

April 10, 2017: Small businesses and non-profits from across the nation to meet at West Virginia University for the second annual Appalachian Conference on Social Enterprise
Learn from top social enterprises from across the nation. Mountain Tech Media hailing from Berea, Kentucky, is a digital media firm that helps small businesses and organizations reach higher peaks. Democracy at Work Institute, coming all the way from Oakland, California, is the only national organization dedicated to building the field of worker cooperative development. Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, from Athens, Ohio, spurs Southeastern Ohio economies as a small business incubator. Liberty Mobility Now, from Lincoln, Nebraska, brings ridesharing to small urban and rural populations through an app designed for areas with low or no cell signal. Zero Waste, from Athens, Ohio, promotes the development of a zero waste economy by providing education on recycling, assessing the waste of homes and businesses, cleaning up dumpsites, and ‘zero-wasting’ events.

February 15, 2017: Owls star in evening event at Burr Oak State Park
“Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” Join Sunday Creek Watershed Group as they partner with ODNR State Park’s naturalist, Pat Quackenbush and Burr Oak Lodge for an exciting wintry Owl Prowl. The Owl Prowl will be held at Burr Oak Lodge, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster, OH 45732. The event will begin at 6:30pm inside the lodge with a short presentation and the opportunity to interact with live owls. An owl craft activity will also be available. Once it’s dark, attendees will be invited to head outside for a short hike to call owls. Children and adults alike can learn more about owls including their behavior and interesting adaptations by attending this free event.

February 13, 2017: Registration Underway for Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day 
Now it’s your turn to give back! The public is invited to join state and federal agencies, groups, and citizens across Appalachian Ohio in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

December 15, 2016: Debbie Phillips to Join Rural Action in New Role
After serving eight years as the 94th District’s representative in the Ohio House, Debbie Phillips will start a new career as Rural Action’s Development Director this January. Rural Action is a regional community development organization with an 18 county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across Appalachian Ohio.

November 8, 2016: Accomplishments Recognized at Second Annual Zero Waste Celebration
Community members will gather together at the Zero Waste Celebration to recognize the strides that have been made towards zero waste, create a map of local zero waste infrastructure, and look forward to a future without waste. The Celebration will include an engaging panel & roundtable discussion around issues of organics, construction and demolition, policy, and waste reduction, as well as the announcement of the winners of the Waste Not Awards. Registration is FREE and a dinner catered by Hocking College is included!

October 19, 2016: Teacher Scholarships Available to Attend Local Conference
Scholarships for teachers are available for the upcoming Inquiry-Based Education Conference taking place November 1st – 3rd at Burr Oak State Park. “We know that schools operate on tight budgets and we don’t want that to be a barrier for teachers to participate in the conference.” Said Joe Brehm Environmental Education Director at Rural Action. The teacher scholarships are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

October 10, 2016: City of Athens Kicks Off Recycling Cart Roll-Out With Press Conference
The City of Athens invites media to a press conference to learn more about the implementation of its new residential recycling cart program, which will be launched the first week of November. Join us as we celebrate this improvement to local recycling infrastructure, the public-private partnerships that helped make it possible, and the benefits carts add to local recycling initiatives.

October 4, 2016: 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education Conference will give teachers’ tools to take class outside
Registration is underway for the 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education conference at Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center, November 1-3. Organized by Rural Action and Camp Oty’ Okwa, the three-day event brings teachers’, administrators’, informal educators’, and students’ together around inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education.

September 28, 2016: Liaison with Secretary of State, Jon Husted, to Recognize Chesterhill Produce Auction Thursday, September 29th, 2016 for work in Ohio Agriculture
Members of the press are invited to the Chesterhill Produce Auction, 8380 Wagoner Road, Chesterhill, Ohio 43728, this Thursday September 29th, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Bob Kalish, a liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, will be on-site at the Chesterhill Produce Auction, to present a proclamation to the Chesterhill Produce Auction in recognition of being a featured business in the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Profile Program. Secretary Husted is recognizing Ohio Agriculture businesses during the month of September.

September 23, 2016: AmeriCorps members commit to get things done for Appalachian Ohio
National Service members are joining ranks on October 7th to “swear in” for their year-long term of AmeriCorps service in Appalachian Ohio. AmeriCorps members from Rural Action’s Ohio Stream Restore Corps (OSRC), Ohio University HCOM’s COMCorps, and Ohio College Guides will come together for a day of service and ceremony in Nelsonville. AmeriCorps members, National Service alumni, legislators, and community members will gather at Robbins Crossing on the Hocking College campus to lift up and energize members for their year of service.

September 6, 2016: Rural Action and ServeOhio to host 9/11 Day of Service project
The public is invited to join Rural Action and ServeOhio for a September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance project. The project will consist of storm drain stenciling in the Mineral City area. Volunteers are greatly appreciated and should meet at the Huff Run Watershed office in Mineral City by 2pm on Sunday, September 11th.

September 2, 2016: Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch Bison Farming Workshop Announced for October 15
Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch, in partnership with Women Grow Ohio and Rural Action, will hold their second bison farming workshop on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will be located at Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch (12320 Lonesome Road Thornville, OH 43076).

September 1, 2016: Community Potluck to Celebrate Local Food and Farmers on Labor Day
Rural Action invites the public to the seventh Annual Farmer Appreciation Day and Potluck at the Chesterhill Produce Auction on Monday, September 5, 2016. The potluck begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the auction at 4:00 p.m.

August 25, 2016: Southeast Ohio Entrepreneurs and Supporters Gather to Grow Zero Waste Business
Entrepreneurs, recycling-based businesses, and people who support the growth of business in southeast Ohio will gather at Eclipse Company Store on September 6th at 6 pm to tackle this question: What recycling-based businesses can we grow in southeast Ohio to get us closer to zero waste?

August 18, 2016: Black Walnut and Pawpaw drop-off location established at Chesterhill Produce Auction
Beginning September 1st community members will be able to sell locally collected black walnuts and pawpaws at the Chesterhill Produce Auction in Chesterhill, Ohio. Through an agreement with Hammons Products Company, a black walnut processing business based in Stockton, Missouri, and a partnership with Integration Acres farm in Albany, Ohio, Rural Action will purchase, sort, and process pawpaws and black walnuts on site at the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

August 5, 2016: Huff Run Celebrates 20 Years of Cleaner Water
This month marks the 20th year since community residents gathered in the Mineral City Fire Station to learn about a new government program to repair streams impacted by historical mining practices.

August : 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education Conference will give teachers’ tools to take class outside
Registration is underway for the 3rd Annual Inquiry-Based Education conference at Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center, November 1-3. Organized by Rural Action and Camp Oty’ Okwa, the three-day event brings teachers’, administrators’, informal educators’, and students’ together around inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education.

July 29, 2016: Earth Justice Network’s Low carbon diet workshop Seeks Eco-teams for Regional Sustainability
The Earth Justice Network (EJN) will be hosting the “Low Carbon Diet” workshop on Saturday, August 13, from 1-3 PM at Christ the King church on 75 Stewart Street in Athens, Ohio. The EJN is asking community members to attend and form “eco-teams” as a way to challenge themselves and their neighbors to reduce their carbon footprint.

July 13, 2016: Area Residents to Benefit from Environmental Stewardship programming
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced $402 million in AmeriCorps funding to put AmeriCorps members on the ground to address critical issues in communities across the U.S.

June 13, 2016: Locals recognized for sustainable practices at Rural Action’s Annual Meeting
Each year Rural Action recognizes an individual, a business, and a partner that create new models for living with respect to the earth and its systems that others can follow; have a generous spirit and willingly share knowledge, experiences, and personal resources with others; and leave the world a better place because of their personal and professional behavior.

June 6, 2016: Camp Watershed Offers Summer Fun Outdoors
This summer parents will be able to keep their children active, occupied and mentally engaged by signing them up for Camp Watershed with Huff Run and Mud Run Watersheds. July 18th through July 22nd, Rural Action staff and AmeriCorps members will host a summer day camp for area youth in order to provide learning opportunities and physical activity during the summer.

June 4, 2016: Rural Action to Celebrate 25 years ‘People Centered Development’ at Annual Meeting this weekend
This Saturday, June 11th  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 Fur peace Ranch in Pomeroy, is Rural Action’s 25th Annual Meeting, bringing together over 100 Rural Action members, community leaders, partners, and local entrepreneurs who will share ideas, best practices, and discuss ways to continue to engage and improve local communities and the environment in Appalachian Ohio.

November 3, 2015: Rural Action Hosts Ohio State University Extension Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Rural Action invites farmers and producers to an Ohio State University Extension Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Marion Community Center in Chesterhill Ohio located at 7474 College St, Chesterhill OH 43728.

October 28, 2015: Beginning forest farmers to be supported by USDA grant, Rural Action
Landowners interested in starting a forest farming operation are the focus of a new partnership between Rural Action and Virginia Tech University. Rural Action is part of a coalition that has been awarded $656,903 to promote forest farming for beginning farmers in the Appalachian region.

October 27, 2015: Season Creation workshop offers farmers, educators new opportunities to grow year-round
The workshop will focus on methods used in the Season Creation model developed by Green Edge Organic Gardens. Their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensures a year-round selection of seasonal vegetables, micro greens, and specialty mushrooms extending their growing season to include a fourth winter period.

October 27, 2015: Chesterhill Produce Auction Celebrates Annual Fall Consignment Auction on November 7th
The Chesterhill Produce Auction invites the community to attend the annual Fall Consignment Auction on November 7th at 10:00 am. The sale showcases local Morgan County wood products such as gliders, Adirondack chairs, chests, picnic tables, benches, and more!

October 15, 2015: Emerging Social Enterprise Development: ARC POWER Initiative 2015 Funding
Rural Action is being awarded a $68,700, one year grant for Emerging Social Enterprise Development in sustainable forestry and other locally rooted sectors by providing technical assistance and support to nonprofits and private enterprises in idea generation, market assessment, and business modeling

July 10, 2015: Huff Run Watershed to Benefit from $1.7M Grant Funded Mitigation Project
Rural Action, which coordinates work in the Huff Run Watershed, has announced a new partnership with Oxbow River & Stream Restoration, Inc., to conduct a stream restoration project in the lower sections of the Huff Run Watershed.

June 17, 2015: L&S Drive Thru and Rural Action Announce Country Fresh Stop Location in McArthur
On Friday, June 19 L&S Drive Thru in McArthur will become Vinton County’s first “Country Fresh Stops” location. Beginning this Friday, L&S Drive Thru will offer fresh produce in Vinton County, which has had no grocery stores offering fresh produce since August 2013.

June 11, 2015: R&R Gulf and Rural Action Announce Country Fresh Stop Location in Roseville with Kickoff Event
The R&R Gulf in Roseville is hosting an event Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00 am to kick-off their involvement in Rural Action’s “Country Fresh Stop” project. During the Country Fresh Stop Kick-off there will be a produce cookout, samples, information on the project, fresh produce available for purchase and more. 

May 26, 2015: Chesterhill Produce Auction Enters 11th Season
Rural Action is pleased to announce that the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) has launched into  its 11th season earlier this month. During the month of May, the Produce Auction features fresh local produce including peak-season strawberries and fresh flowers.

Rural Action In The News

News 5 Cleveland | 5/10/2017
Toxic consequences: Why Ohio refuses to help homeowners living with polluted water

The Athens Messenger | 4/28/2017
Students learn about local food production, environment at Chesterhill Produce Auction

Times Reporter  | 4/21/2017
Rural Action to hold riparian workshop April 25

Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter  | 4/21/2017
Energy Transfer Partners spills more than two million gallons of drilling fluid into local wetlands

The Post | 4/17/2017
Earth and Arbor Day events to celebrate trees and their many functions

Marietta Times | 4/15/2017
Conference on social enterprise

Athens News | 4/13/2017
Athens County ripe with Earth Week delights

The Post | 4/10/2017
City Planner Paul Logue proposes city work with Rural Action

Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter| 4/6/2017
Rural Action to host 2 riparian workshops

WOUB | 4/6/2017
Debbie Phillips discusses economic development and her new role at Rural Action

Perry County Tribune | 3/22/2017
Community service project was all about the litter

Athens News | 2/23/2017
Plan in works for new bike trails in the Wayne

Logan Daily News | 2/21/2017
Owls star in evening event at Burr Oak State Park

Athens News | 1/4/2017
Cooling Firm wins Rural Action ‘zero waste’ honor

Marietta Times | 12/28/2016
More than 1,000 attend YES Days at WSCC

Athens Messenger | 12/23/2016
Athens Middle School wins Rural Action recycling challenge

Athens Messenger | 12/18/2016
State Rep. Debbie Phillips to work for Rural Action after term expires

Athens News | 12/18/2016
Rep. Phillips to join Rural Action in new role

Times Reporter | 10/21/2016
Tuscarawas County agency seeks grant to protect Wilkshire Hills water wells

Times Reporter | 9/06/2016
Sept. 11 service project planned in Mineral City

Times Reporter | 8/02/2016
Huff Run Watershed group to mark 20th anniversary Friday

Times Reporter | 8/02/2016
Lake and Land Festival set for Aug. 13

Athens News | 8/01/2016
Turning coal mine runoff into art

Logan Daily News | 7/28/2016
Teen summer survivalist program

Athens Messenger | 7/23/2016
Local farmers talk living healthy

Logan Daily News | 7/21/16:
Summer reading participants enjoy outdoor programs

Waste Dive | 7/14/16:
Recycling Partnership announces grant for recycling carts in Athens, OH

Columbus Dispatch | 7/11/16:
Partnership fights illegal dumping in southeastern Ohio

Athens News | 6/29/16:
UpGrade funds education on renewable energy, agriculture

Perry Tribune | 6/27/16:
Independence Day corn roast and community potluck

WOUB | 6/22/16:
Boogie on the Bricks returns this weekend

Athens News | 6/19/16:
Rural Action gives Sustainability awards to local individual, organization, hospital

Athens News | 4/17/16
Projects help clean Hocking River upstream from Athens

Athens News | 2/11/16:
Restoration project documents bobcats, biodiversity near old mines

Athens News | 2/11/16:
Rural Action program helps locals with ‘forest farming’

Tuscarawas County Recycling News | 2016:
Kudos to Camp Watershed (pg. 9)

Athens News | February Insert:
Aided by Rural Action, local hospital ups the ante on recycling

Athens News | 12/16/15:
Here are the Recycling Challenge winners

Athens News | 12/16/15:
More than $117k goes to 25 local groups

Athens News | 12/09/15:
Area clean-water project focuses on stormwater

Logan Daily News | 11/20/15:
USEPA makes investment in helping Appalachian Communities

Athens Messenger | 10/27/15:
Pumpkins abound at Dairy Barn Arts Center

Times Journal | 10/16/15:
Brown applauds Appalachian Regional designation as small business administration regional innovation cluster to drive job growth in wood products sector

Harlin Daily Enterprise | 10/16/15:
ARC invests in Obama Administration economic initiative in coal-impacted communities

The Athens Messenger | 10/16/15:
Appalachian Ohio gets federal funding for wood industry

The White House | 10/15/15:
FACT SHEET: Administration Announces New Workforce and Economic Revitalization Resources for Communities through POWER Initiative

The Athens Messenger | 10/15/15:
Energy Education Fund, financed with a donation from Kleinpenny Education Fund, to help nonprofits develop energy-related curricula.

Perry County Tribune| 10/14/15:
Opera houses, children activities to highlight LCBD Day on Sunday

Morgan County Herald | 10/14/15:
Morgan County Heritage Day: Sharing our Roots event set for Oct. 17

The Athens Messenger | 10/11/15:
Athens County Public Libraries, Rural Action to offer historical walking tour

The Bargain Hunter | 10/9/15:
Clean water is a basic building block of strong communities

Times Reporter | 10/9/2015:
Annual Huff Run Watershed Fall Tour planned for Oct. 17

Columbus Dispatch | 9/29/15:
More Ohioans supplementing income by digging, selling ginseng

Circleville Herald | 9/25/15:
Ag Day teaches fourth graders importance of farming, agriculture

Times Reporter |  9/13/15
Cleanup continues after vandalism causes oil to leak into Huff Run

Times Recorder | 9/4/15:
Farmer appreciation day and potluck in Chesterhill

The Columbus Dispatch | 08/14/15:
Old coal mines still taint Ohio waterways

Logan Daily News | 08/13/15:
Students experience adventures in their own backyards

Logan Daily News | 08/07/15:
Hocking and Athens counties awarded funds for recycling efforts

The Athens Messenger | 08/04/15:
Rural Action gets federal funding for Zero Waste plan

The Athens Messenger | 07/22/15:
Cee Dee Mart open house will highlight Country Fresh Stop project | 07/20/15:
State offers $1.7 to boost biological recovery of Huff Run Watershed

WOUB Digital | 7/8/15:
Athens community discusses alternatives to plastic bag use

The Athens Messenger | 6/30/15:
Athens City Schools recognized by Rural Action for sustainability efforts

WOUB Digital | 06/25/15:
Audio: Local Group Brings Fresh Food to Underserved Communities | 06/22/15:
Catching the rain: Summer series kicks off with rain barrel workshop

The Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter | 06/19/15:
First Land and Lake Festival at Atwood Deemed a Success

The Zanesville Times-Recorder | 06/18/15:
Fresh Produce Available in Food Desert

Southeast Ohio Magazine | Summer/Fall 2015:
Growing Once, Growing Twice…Sold! The Chesterhill Produce Auction cultivates region’s top crops

The Athens Messenger | 06/12/15:
More than 94% of waste diverted from Nelsonville Music Festival

WOUB Digital | 06/08/15:
Rural Action, Inc., receives $330,000 grant to support AmeriCorps Programs

The Pike County News-Watchman | 06/08/15:
Sen. Brown announces funds to improve water quality in SE Ohio

Logan Daily News | 05/13/15:
Rural Action gathers support for a watershed planning initiative

The Athens Messenger | 05/07/15:
Athens students ‘dig’ local produce

The Jackson County Times-Journal | 04/16/15:
Rural Action looks to the future with new fund

Pomeroy Daily Sentinel | 04/15/15:
Rural Action invites Meigs Schools to take class outdoors

Logan Daily News | 04/14/15:
Get your Passport to the Outdoors with Rural Action

Logan Daily News | 03/07/15:
Rural Action purchases refrigerated delivery truck

The Columbus Dispatch | 02/27/15:
More Ohioans digging, selling native ginseng

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