2010-07-03 / News

Library Friends successfully start to-be-annual 5K walk

BUCKEYE LAKE – More than 50 walkers braved the 90 degree heat June 26 for the Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library Inaugural 5K Walk along the historic Ohio-Erie Canal.

Baltimore historian Jim Reed gave walkers a history lesson on the hand-dug canal that connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River. It’s economic glory was brief thanks to the advent of the railroads, but the canal’s status as a construction feat still stands.

Friends President Pam Reed thanked retiring Licking County Library Director Steven Hawk for his support for a library in Buckeye Lake. “Without Steven, we wouldn’t have a library in Buckeye Lake,” she said. She presented him with a clock from The Friends for his continuing support for the local library.

Thanks to the Union Township Police Department and road crew, walkers headed north on Canal Road, passing under I-70 until they reached the halfway refreshment stop. Walkers headed back to the starting point at the Buckeye Lake Eagles along the relatively cool and tree-canopied former railroad bed now known as the Ohio Canal Greenway.

Staff from Autumn at the Lake heathcare facility in Thornville made up the largest contingent of walkers and youngest participants. Hebron Fire Department medics stood ready to assist any injured or exhausted walkers. Their services weren’t needed.

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