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Saturday’s Paddlefest Paddle is postponed until August 2nd!

Per Brewster Rhoads at 6:31 p.m.tonight:

Just minutes ago we made the tough decision to CANCEL Saturday’s paddle on the Ohio.

We did this in close consultation with the Coast Guard, the national weather service and our local TV weather forecasters.  During the day today the forecast projected that the fallout from Hurricane Bill will drop lots of heavy rain starting as soon as 9 am on Saturday, about 3 hours earlier than last night’s forecast.

I recognize that weather forecast projections can be wrong and there is a possibility that the storm could drift to our south and miss us.  But Channel 5 said it looks like Bill is aimed for a direct hit on downtown in the middle of our paddle.

Teresa and I will be working as quickly as we can to notify registered paddlers, Finish Line Festival vendors, bus companies, etc. We will post a message on our Facebook page and our website and notify the local press as well.

We will note that the “high water” make up date is Sunday, August 2 – from Coney to the Public Landing.  More details on that as they develop.

This was a difficult decision.  But none of us want to put lots of paddlers, many of whom paddle once a year, in harms way.

. . . <remainder of message direcrted to his team>

Brewster Rhoads 513-324-1678

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Praises for our trail maintenance work

Don Mills, with the Friends of the Little Miami’s Adopt-a-Trail Program, recently joined us for some trail work. He took this photo and had had this to say:

Jay Freeman and his fellow Sierra Club members continue their hard work to improve the Trail between Milford and Terrace Park.

They clear the overgrowth through the far side of the drainage ditch and remove all growth in front and immediately behind the fencing.

Each week they use the Meet Up web site to recruit additional and new volunteers.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed:

1. To help maintain a fairly-new section of the Little Miami Trail in Terrace Park that Miami Group (in conjunction with Queen City Bike) has adopted (in place of the section we used to maintain on Wilmington Road). Our new section starts about a quarter-mile northeast of Avoca Park, and runs almost to the bike parking lot in Milford. We’re participating in the Adopt-a-Trail program run by the Friends of the Little Miami State Park (

Volunteers clear the trail and trail shoulders of debris, honeysuckle, brush and small trees. We meet once or twice a month and work for 2-3 hours. It’s a great way to get outdoors and meet like-minded people! To be notified of upcoming work parties, join and then join the Miami Group Meetup site at

2. To author, edit and/or post content to ou web site. As well: Volunteers to assist  in the conversion from WordPress to Drupal (we can teach you what you need to know). If interested, call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Cincinnati Water Sentinel Water Monitoring – April 27th 11:00am-1:00pm

Please come join us for the next event in our collaborative water sampling in the lower Mill Creek Watershed. We will be collecting water quality data on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month in conjunction with groups on the Little Miami river and the Great Miami River. Come to the Wooden Shoe Hollow Retreat House as we collect the monitoring data from locations throughout the area.

Do you have a river or stream that you visit frequently that may be contaminated by an outside source? If so, we will make sure you have the training and equipment you need to monitor its quality. Our next water monitoring training is April 27, 2013.

We will be doing the training in light rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Also, please avoid wearing open-toed shoes. To RSVP email us at [email protected] or let us know through our Facebook event page 



Miami Group Winter Retreat Feb 2-3

February 2 – 3, 2013
Join us at the Grailville Retreat Center in Loveland for a great winter get-away. Visit with old friends and make new ones. Learn something new & have fun! See Page 3 of the Jan-Feb Happenings for more info and the registration form.

We must have your registration (form for 2013) by January 28th.! Grailville needs our numbers early!

Information and directions will be sent after registration. If you have questions, please contact:

Karen Nagel ([email protected]) 513-542-5259, or

Jean Kantor ([email protected]) 513-522-5941.

Holiday Party! Saturday December 8th

Saturday December 8, 7:00-10:30 PM
at Avon Woods Nature Preserve, 4235 Paddock Road.

It’s that time of year again when we enjoy some holiday cheer together.

Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and the beverage of your choice for yourself, and come mix and mingle with old and new friends.
If you’ve never been there before, please call for directions, as this place is hard to find in the dark!
Should the parking lot fill up, please park on the right (not the left) on the lane leading to the nature center.

Snow emergency cancels. For questions, contact Elizabeth Durrell: [email protected] or 513-481-1926.