Outdoor Briefs

Straw bale house tours continue Nov. 11

Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings using local foods from Little Portion Green for a donation. The brunch includes a tour.

Reservations for brunch are available by calling Sister Jane Omlor at (567) 207-5393.

Mobility impaired hunters can register for Nov. 26-30 hunt

Registration is open through Nov. 13 for the 20th annual Miller Conservation Farm mobility impaired deer hunt.

The event, sponsored by Seneca Conservation District and Tiffin-Seneca Izaak Walton League, takes place during deer-gun season Nov. 26-30.

Hunters are escorted to and from hunting blinds by volunteers via a trailer. Blinds are located on the 80-acre farm owned by SCD. Hunters are equipped with radios so they are able to contact volunteers if they need assistance or are ready to return for a hot lunch provided by the volunteers.

Hunters must provide their own transportation to Miller Farm. There is no registration fee.

Applicants selected during a random drawing are to be notified by Nov. 19 by phone or email of an assigned hunt day.

To apply, visit



For more information, contact Mandy Brause at mbrause@conservesenecacounty.com or (419) 447-7073.

State: Park lodge

destroyed by fire in 2016 to be replaced

LOGAN (AP) — State officials say a state park dining lodge in southeastern Ohio that was destroyed by fire in 2016 will be replaced with an updated facility.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the new facility replacing the former day lodge and dining hall at Hocking Hills State Park will include overnight lodging, a conference center and dining and day-use accommodations.

The department said in a release that the new facility will be built where the former day lodge once stood.

State officials say the new lodge is expected to cost about $30 million. The release says a large portion of that funding will come from the insurance settlement the department received following the fire that destroyed the original lodge Dec. 8, 2016.


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