Friends of the Little Miami State Park
July 2013
TrailMail features articles of interest to all users of the Little Miami Scenic Trail as well as members and friends of FLMSP. Please send submissions (don't worry about format or polish) to:
In This Issue
New Board Members
Dedicated Donors
Trail of History: Peters Cartridge Factory
Culvert Clearing
Tales from the Trail: Birthday Ride
Help Wanted
Next Meeting
New Board Members 

This month the organization welcomes three new Board members: Michael Dresch, Don Mills, and Paul Morgan. We thank John Ewalt, our retiring treasurer, for his excellent years of service.


Michael Dresch, our new treasurer, has experience in budget preparation and administration, and has served as treasurer for other non-profits. "I saw the start of FLMSP," Mike says. "It has grown into a very successful organization in the maintenance of the trail. When we're working on the trail, many people take the time to thank us for our efforts. I see continued growth of the organization which will lead to additional trail improvements."


Don Mills, a segment adopter and active volunteer in a number of trail projects, has recently focused on building the membership base of FLMSP. Don says, "I look forward to seeking consensus with other Board members on how to promote the three "E"s for the adopters/volunteers: Enthuse, Empower, and Enable; and consensus on the three "M"s for the Board: Maintenance, Membership, and Money. We have a dynamic group with a lot of energy that will be channeled towards preserving this wonderful State asset."


Paul Morgan also comes with a proven track record as a trail segment adopter and team leader. He led the Fosters group of volunteers as they put in 248 volunteer hours to build the first Rest and Information Center, and he continues to bring in new volunteers to the organization every month through his dedicated personal recruiting while working on the trail. "I'll help the board in the general areas of Vision, Operating Discipline, and Leadership," says Paul. "Immediately and specifically, I'll recruit folks for email, membership and Adopt-a-Trail involvement."


The additions bring our board to its full complement of nine members.

Dedicated Donors
Paul Leiter

 The work of the Friends is dependent not just on volunteers, but also on donors whose contributions provide tools, materials, and professional services for the maintenance and enhancement of our trail. Thank you to all who have supported the group with membership fees and donations. This month we recognize two special donations. . . Read More

Trail of History: Peters Cartridge Factory

Incorporated in 1887, the Peters Cartridge Company was founded by Gershom Peters, son-in-law of the founder of the King Powder Co. across the river at Kings Mills. The Peters Company loaded shotgun shells with powder and shot that was made in the on-site shot tower. The original Peters buildings were "blown to atoms," as The Western Star described it, in an explosion when a train hit powder kegs on July 15, 1890. The explosion and resulting fire killed 11 people instantly and injured almost 100 others. The present building beside the trail at Grandin Road was built in 1916.


Culvert Clearing                              
Culverts and drains go mostly unnoticed by trail users--until they get clogged. Then in a strong rain, water running down the hills above the trail can't find its way into the culverts that direct water under the trail to the river. The result often is rainwater washing over the trail, bringing a mess of mud and debris that makes the trail impassable. Full article & photos
Tales from the Trail: Birthday Ride 2013

by Maxine Fischer
I have been ignoring birthdays for years, but this year it was time to celebrate my birthday and my good health. After all, I'm in better physical condition than I was ten years ago. I decided to take a 70 mile bike trip, a mile for each year of my life.  My sister Gennie (she's younger) took off work to make the trip with me.  We decided that a trip to Xenia would be nice since Xenia Station is exactly 35 miles from my house, the half-way point.
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The Friends is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the Little Miami State Park. We assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with development planning, routine maintenance, capital improvements, and safety concerns.   
Food, Fuel, Friends
You can help support and maintain the Little Miami trail at no cost to you! If you already have a Kroger Plus card, register it here and designate "Friends of the Little Maimi State Park" (NPO#82685) as your nonprofit organization. If you don't have a card, get one at the customer service desk of any Kroger store.
You will still earn all your fuel points, and FLMSP will receive a donation from Kroger every time you shop!
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   Monthly FLMSP Meeting
Sunday, July 28
4:00 p.m.
Milford City Hall
745 Centre St., Milford
All are welcome at the open meeting. Please join us!