Saturday, April 20, 2002


Hiking club takes on local trails

        BATAVIA — With its state parks, scenic river areas and other rural places, Clermont County is made for spring hiking.

        The availability of rural terrain has led some area residents to form a new group, the Clermont Area Hikers and Walkers.

        “Our group is always interested in finding places where hiking trails are available,” said Lillian Benson of Batavia. “We just want to get out and enjoy nature. We're interested in exploring the county's natural areas.”

        But the outings aren't necessarily for the casual walker. Hikes are held rain or shine.

        The group's planning committee meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Clermont Inn in Batavia.

        Last week, members conducted a clean-up of the East Fork River and hiked through East Fork State Park campgrounds to collect trash.

        At 10 a.m. May 18, they'll hike at Stonelick State Park. Call 735-8979 to register or arrange for car pooling.

        To get to the park, take Ohio 133 north, turn left on Ohio 747 at Edenton, proceed across the dam, turn left on Newtonsville Road and go left on Lake Drive. The camp office is at the end of Lake Drive.

        The group will meet at the camp office.

        At 10 a.m. June 15, members will hike over varied terrain at the Smysor Nature Preserve, 6040 Price Rd., Milford, near Camp Friedlander.

        Pre-register by calling 965-9344. This hike is sponsored by Little Miami Inc.

        SHARONVILLE — A Walk for Celiac will begin at 10 a.m. May 4 at the Sharon Woods biking and hiking trail.

        The disease affects the body's ability to absorb gluten (wheat, rye, oats, barley). A strategy to combat it is a gluten-free diet.

        Hike registration starts at 9 a.m. Cost, $15.

        Information: Ava and Eric Koren, 860-4419.

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — The township will resume its monthly brush drop-off program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

        Residents may bring brush, limbs and bush and tree clippings to the Township Administration Building, 9323 Union Cemetery Road, for disposal.

        Leaves and grass clippings will not be accepted.

        You must show proof of residency. A driver's license and current utility bill will do.

        Information: 683-6644.

        WAYNESVILLE — The Waynesville Area Arts Council is looking for submissions for its juried art show at the Heritage and Cultural Center May 18.

        The council will accept entries from professional and amateur adults as well as children.

        Submit five slides or pictures; a statement; and stamped, self-addressed envelope. Cost, $10.

        Details: Sharen Eninger, 897-1280.

        HAMILTON — Trillium, a women's vocal trio, will sing at 8 p.m. today at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.

        They combine folk, country and classical influences.

        Tickets: $10 for members; $12, non-members; and $5, students.

        Information: 863-8873.

        Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at The Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester, OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150.



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