ACRE also houses the "New Coonskin Library" which is a FREE lending Library using books that have been donated by residents of Amesville. Books are located on the front patio area of ACRE (East side of the building facing Franklin Street). This Micro Library houses about 1,000 books on topics ranging from gardening, history, travel, classics and modern fiction. Take a book any time. Return it when you can and donate other books if you want.
In addition to the library ACRE also hosts the "Amesville Micro Museum". This is a small display showing the importance of the Coonskin Library, Underground Railroad and local agriculture to Amesville. The original books from the Coonskin Library are housed either at the Ohio History Connection in Columbus or at the Ohio University Archives. Find more detailed information about the Coonskin Library at: http://www.ohio.edu/people/deanr/coonskin.html
In the Athens News 2015 "Best of Athens County" voting Amesville was again selected as the "Best Small Town in Athens County" for the third straight year. Thanks to all the businesses, organizations and people make this recognition possible!
Amesville is one of the participating communities in the AEP Ohio Energy Savers 2014 pilot program. This initiative is meant to help residents and businesses reduce their energy bills by taking advantage of the available incentives and services offered by AEP Ohio.
By participating in one of the eligible energy efficiency programs, not only you’ll save on your energy bills, but you’ll also help Amesville receive funding to install a solar panel on the Frank and Catherine Hare History Shelter.
To find out how you can participate, visit www.EnergySavers2014.com or call 844-220-4128.
Welcome to our newest member David Colagiovanni. David is an artist and composer working in sound-sculpture, video and interactive and immersive environments. Website: www.colagiovanni.net
The ACRE Computer Lab is finally set up and ready to go. Computers purcahsed from Ohio University surplus have been reconditioned and installed for use. Classes will probably start in 2013.
The Future of Appalachia (from the website The Solutions Journal)
With the help of a dynamic group of academics, business leaders, and activists, Solutions has recently released a special issue dedicated to creating a brighter future for Appalachia. A new conversation is emerging in Central Appalachian coal country. Many groups are exploring how the region can grow a more diverse and more sustainable economy by reforesting barren mine lands, reclaiming rivers and streams, developing renewable energy industries, and supporting the region's many entrepreneurs. This discussion goes beyond the important goal of creating a restorative enterprise economy; it also includes investing in the region's social capital. Including a diverse range of perspectives, rich historical accounts, and detailed descriptions of solutions already in place on the ground, this Solutions special issue is Appalachia’s playbook for an economic and environmental transition.
All content will be available online at the Solutions website. Links to articles in the Appalachia special issue will be posted to this page, and we will encourage authors to use this forum to answer reader questions.
Look out for articles by Wendell Berry, Ecological Design expert John Todd, and Vernon Haltom of Coal River Mountain Watch.
As always, we welcome and encourage the involvement of our readers and invite you to use this online forum to contribute your own thoughts on the future of Appalachia.