Briefly, Nov. 8

Straw bale house tours on tap

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is hosting tours of Little Portion Green straw bale house Monday at 194 St. Francis Ave.

Tours are every 30 minutes, starting at 7 p.m., with the last tour starting at 8:30 p.m.

Reservations for brunch and a tour Saturday and Sunday mornings also are available by calling Sister Jane Omlor at (567) 207-5393.

Annual meeting coming

for river watershed coalition

Watershed residents are invited to participate in the annual meeting of the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition 8:15-11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 in Sycamore.

Robert Barr, of the Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Indiana University-Purdue University Institute, is the invited speaker. He will present his monitoring results of Agricultural Best Management Practices on Source Waters for Indianapolis.

The conference is to take place at Mohawk Community Center, 295 S. SR 231, Sycamore. Cost is $10; reservations are required no later than Nov. 26 by calling (419) 334-5016.

The meeting is to begin with breakfast and include an overview of the accomplishments of the past year, as well as the election of members to the steering committee. It also includes recognition of a major donor to the coalition from the last two years and outstanding service awards.

In addition, the meeting will kick off the coalition’s upcoming fundraising event, Nashville Hitmakers.

For more information on the coalition or watershed, visit

Inland Trail gets funding

An extension of the North Coast Inland Trail is one of 24 proposals to receive funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund.

The $1.29 million extension will be 2.87 miles long and 10 feet wide beginning from the multi-purpose trail that runs from Clyde to Bellevue.

The local match is $176,368.

Statewide, 40 trail projects received $7.25 million in funding to develop and revitalize communities.

The Clean Ohio Trails Fund is one of four components of the Clean Ohio Fund, which is designed to restore, protect and connect Ohio’s natural and urban places.

Ohioans approved the establishment of the $400 million bond program in 2000.