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National Rails-to-Trails Opening Day Celebration

Although it was a little brisk for most people to be on the trails, FOXS hosted the Opening Day festivities for anyone brave enough venture out on March 28. Those who did show up were appreciative of the baked goods, coffee, and the opportunity to obtain more information on trails in the area.

A big thank you to: 

  • Bicycle Revival for providing information on all the trails in southwest Ohio. Hopefully Mike has thawed out by now!
  • Railroad Display Committee of the Greene County Historical Society for opening the caboose (and staying through the event after they ran out of fire wood).
  • GCP&T Trail Sentinels and Rangers for their informational table.
  • Xenia Fire Department for providing an engine on display.
  • Carol Sykes for organizing the bake sale.

FOXS at the Xenia Community Festival

FOXS had a blast at the 2014 Xenia Community Festival, which was held September 19 and 20 at Shawnee Park and included entertainment, food and crafts booths, a parade, and the new Rails and Trails (formerly "Rails and Art Festival").

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for a visit during the festivities, voted in the Junked Bike Art Competition, and volunteered their time to make this event a success!

Below, Mike Groeber escorts Mayor Bayless and her dog, Bruno, in the parade.



Carol Collett with her dog, Riley, in the carrier.



And bringing up the rear, FOXS Chair, Dennis Lewis.


Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of the First Annual Junked Bike Art Competition, Matthew (age 11), for his piece "Peanut Butter Cup"!
 


And a big thank you to our other participants!



"Scissortail Bikesaurus"

 
 
"Black & Red"

"The Wreck"

Little Miami Scenic Trail Voted Best Ohio Bike Trail

Ohio Magazine's readers voted the Little Miami Scenic Trail Ohio's best bike trail in the 2014 Readers' Ballot Best of Ohio competition! Check out the official proclamation below.
 

Vending Machine Back at XS

Look at what is new in Xenia Station (or finally back if you have been around the past 15 years)! Thank you to the City of Xenia officials who got us a vending machine!

 FYI - $1.50 per item.
 

Greene County Parks & Trails Spring Rally

GCP&T will hold its Spring Rally May 2-4. All rides will begin at Xenia Station, with a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. and the ride out at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 2: Ride the Little Miami Scenic Trail to Yellow Springs (rest stop), then on to the I-70 overpass, just beyond W. Possum Rd. On the way back, lunch at Young’s Jersey Dairy. (35 miles r/t)

Saturday, May 3: Ride the Creekside Trail to Beavercreek Station (rest stop), then on to Eastwood Metro Park (rest stop). At Eastwood, pick up the Mad River Trail West and ride to RiverScape Metro Park. On the way back, a late lunch at Wendy’s on Airway Rd. (37 miles r/t)

Note: If the trail is muddy or flooded near RiverScape, we’ll get on the Mad River Trail East at Eastwood Metro Park and ride as far as Huffman Dam.

Sunday, May 4: Ride the Xenia-Jamestown Connector Trail to the Frank Seaman Park Spur for a rest stop, then on to the Fayette county line where the trail ends. On the way back, lunch at Kelley’s Café in Jamestown. (32 miles r/t)

About the destinations…
We will always depart from Xenia Station; however, a change in destination could occur due to bad weather or unexpected trail maintenance. Changes will be posted to the Events thread on the GCP&T website if possible or announced at that day’s meet and greet.

About our rides...

  • We ride paved, multi-user trails. However, we often need to ride a short distance on roads to get to a lunch stop.
  • Most people ride 10-12 mph.
  • Rides are “out and back” Turn around any time to get back to where we started.
  • Most folks ride recumbents, but all riders are welcome.
  • These are “no support” rides. We have a saying: “You show, you go!” which means if you show up to ride, you need to be prepared for – well – anything.

Websites:

Greene County Parks & Trails: http://www.gcparkstrails.com/TrailSelector3.html

Miami Valley Bike Trails: http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/
 

Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce's "Trails to Sales" Event to be Held at Xenia Station

XACC's Professional Outreach Committee will be hosting a luncheon seminar at Xenia Station on Wednesday, March 26 from 11:30-1:00. The purpose of this event is to educate business owners in Xenia and the surrounding areas about the varying aspects of creating a cyclist-friendly business. FOXS' newly-elected Chair, Dennis Lewis, will provide the welcome for the event.

Registration is required for the luncheon, with a deadline of March 21. For additional event details and the registration form, please click the link below.
 

Upcoming Repairs at Xenia Station

On February 27, 2014 the City of Xenia awarded Gerald W. Matthews Contractor & Builder, LTD, a Xenia business, the bid for the Removal and Repair of Xenia Station Building Façade.

This is the same company that built Xenia Station, which was dedicated in 1998. As a historical note as stated on the company’s website, David Matthews “was honored to have been selected to build the replica of the Xenia Station on the Little Miami Bicycle Trail. The original station was built in the 1880's, and served thousands of Xenians - including Stanley and Gerald Matthews - as they departed and arrived on the Pennsylvania Railroad.”

As construction timing and details become available, we will post updates here as well as on Facebook.

FOXS Celebrates 3 Years!

FOXS' February monthly meeting was on Saturday, February 22 in the Railroad Museum at Xenia Station. In addition to celebrating our 3 year anniversary, board elections for the upcoming year were held. The FOXS 2014 board members are:

Chair - Dennis Lewis
Secretary - Kathleen Lewis
Treasurer - Randy Durrum
Publicity - Matt Thomas
Long Range Planning - Connie Crockett

Thank you to all who joined us. We are looking forward to another great year!

Christmas at Xenia Station

Be sure to check out our gallery for photos of the window displays and decorations at Xenia Station!
 

2013 Hometown Christmas and Window Decorating Contest

Once again, Xenia Station will be participating in the Window Decorating Contest for the City of Xenia's Hometown Christmas celebration. This year's theme is Christmas Movies, so the displays are sure to be fun filled. Join us at the Station for any or all of our decorating sessions to help us transform Xenia Station!

Community voting begins December 1 and goes through the close of Hometown Christmas, December 14 (4-8 PM). Our goal is to have the Xenia Station display completed by Thanksgiving, so our first decorating session will be November 16 from noon to 5 PM (following our monthly meeting, which starts at 10 AM). Check out our Calendar for the rest of the decorating sessions!

If you visited with FOXS at any of the First Friday events this season, be sure to stop by Xenia Station to check out the train decorated by the local kids (and some adults!) as it will be a focal point of this year's display.



 

'Dining by Rail' - November 9, 2013

Join the Railroad Display Committee at the Greene County Historical Society for the 14th annual 'Dining by Rail' event.

Enjoy a buffet dinner with real railroad recipes, entertainment, and door prizes!

This is the only event that supports the Railroad Museum at Xenia Station. We are asking for your support so the railroad history at XS can continue and grow.

Xenia Station Awarded City Beautification Award!

FOXS is pleased to announce that Xenia Station has received a City Beautification Award! As we have said many times, the success of FOXS and the Xenia Station hub is due to the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you again to everyone who came out to lend a hand this season, pulling weeds and laying mulch. Your support of Xenia Station and FOXS has not gone unnoticed!

National Trails Day Celebration and fiX-it Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
A Success!

We had a great turnout for our National Trails Day celebration on June 1. Thank you to everyone who came out to show their support for FOXS, Xenia Station, and the Xenia community!

 
The unveiling of Xenia Station's new fix-it Station was the highlight of the day, with several attendees making use of it shortly after its dedication. For more photos from the event, check out our new gallery.
 

A New Option for Donations!

FOXS has installed a secure donations stand at Xenia Station, conveniently located outside the restroom doors of the bike hub.

Just walk, ride, or roll on by and drop your spare change in the slot. This is an easy way to show your appreciation and support for the trail hub and park!

Check out our Facebook page for more information on the improvements being made at Xenia Station this spring!
 

FOXS at Xenia's First "First Friday" of the Season

We had a great turnout for the season's first First Friday event in downtown Xenia. Our younger visitors had fun decorating the train that will be part of our holiday display this year at XS. Be sure to stop by for a visit at the next First Friday, June 7 from 5-9 pm. See you there!
 

 

The Xenia Communicator

Check out page 3 of the Spring 2013 edition of the Xenia Communicator, the official newsletter of the City of Xenia, for a great article on FOXS! Don't get the Communicator? Don't worry, you can view the newsletter online by clicking here.

While you're at it, be sure to read the update about the Xenia Station Bike Spur Enhancement Project on page 8.

The Evolution of Xenia Station

A framed print of the poster shown below was presented by Ed Dressler, former Director of Greene County Parks, to the Railroad Museum at the October FOXS meeting. The artwork is currently on display in the Railroad Museum at Xenia Station.

Please click the link below for a closer look at the progression of Xenia Station.

Block Party Held on June 30th at Xenia Station to Encourage Neighborhood Participation in Preserving the Regional Trail Hub

FOXS will host a block party on Saturday, June 30, from 11 am until 2 pm at Xenia Station, located at 150 South Miami Avenue in Xenia. The mission of FOXS is to preserve and help maintain the Station and the surrounding seven acre park. Neighbors and others who value the property and its unique role as a hub for five trails are welcomed to join us in celebrating at the Station.

The group plans cornhole games and a free lunch while musicians “The New Old Fashioned” and Jim Buckner entertain. Greene County Parks and Trails naturalists will offer activities and kids can get up close looks at emergency vehicles brought in courtesy of Beavercreek Township. In addition, the Greene County Historical Society will have model train layouts in action and the B&O Railroad caboose will be open for tours.

FOXS is a non-profit group developing appreciation of the hub’s importance to the Xenia community. Although the Station draws hundreds of cyclists and walkers each week, the hub’s location in the middle of a former rail yard isolates it from the rest of Xenia. FOXS hopes to bridge that distance with the party and other activities.

FOXS is the most recent beneficiary of the philanthropic group “100 Women of Greene County”, which has enabled them to put on the block party. The grant will be used to increase awareness of the Station’s needs and to assure its future. The block party follows FOXS' recent participation in Xenia’s “Volunteer Clean-Up Day” on May 12, and a trail count promotion held Saturday, June 2, which was National Trails Day.
     


Xenia Station Preservation Group is Awarded $9,200

Friends of Xenia Station (FOXS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the popular regional trail hub. Although they got together only last fall, they just received a tremendous financial boost. 100 Women of Greene County, a local philanthropy, awarded FOXS $9,200 to continue their mission to preserve and enhance the station. Kathleen Lewis, Secretary of FOXS, made the case to 100 Women, which then selected the group for its quarterly award.

100 Women of Greene County meets quarterly to select a recipient for a donation of $100 from each member in attendance. Three speakers are randomly selected during the meeting and are then allowed to pitch the needs of their organization. After the speakers' presentations, a recipient is immediately selected through a secret ballot.

Kathy Lewis, FOXS secretary, presented the purpose and needs of her organization and won the grant. Because 92 members of 104 Women participated in the meeting, the trail hub advocacy group won $9,200. Sandy McHugh and Rebecca Morgan of 100 Women presented Lewis with the checks May 16 at the station.

McHugh and Morgan founded 100 Women of Greene County as an efficient way to support worthy tax-exempt organizations benefitting Greene County residents. In the two years since 100 Women was founded, the group has contributed to a wide variety of service and recreational causes.

FOXS is responding to the tight budgeting of the City Of Xenia and intends to assist them in maintenance and preservation. Most recently, FOXS organized volunteers to work with the city during its clean-up and beautification day by weeding and mulching flower beds. More importantly, FOXS intends to work within the park's vicinity to encourage neighbors to develop a sense of pride and ownership in Xenia Station. Members of FOXS consider neighborhood involvement to be necessary to discourage vandalism and other illicit activities.

FOXS is in a unique position to publicize their group throughout the bicycling community since Xenia Station is known as "the hub of it all" and is also mile marker 0 in the State of Ohio trail network. They intend to expand their volunteer membership to include cyclists from around the world who are drawn to the area because of Xenia Station.

Both FOXS and 100 Women welcome new members. The Friends of Xenia Station website, www.xeniastation.com, provides information on how you can help to keep this amazing bike hub and park alive. FOXS can also be reached by phone at 937-376-1080, by email at info@xeniastation.org and on Facebook.

100 Women of Greene County can be reached by calling Sandy McHugh at 767-1636 or through e-mail at smchugh1405@gmail.com.