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The Suburbanite
  • Four Seasons: Canalway Questing season has begun

  • What is questing? Think treasure hunt. One clue in a hidden box leads to another clue in another hidden box, leading to yet other clues.

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  • Questing season has begun in northeast Ohio.
    What is questing? Think treasure hunt. One clue in a hidden box leads to another clue in another hidden box, leading to yet other clues.
    For the third year, the National Park Service in Cuyahoga Valley National Park has teamed with Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area to present Canalway Questing, the interactive recreational activity that will take place in multiple areas of northeast Ohio. Questing began April 15 and will continue at your leisure — or haste — through Nov. 15, providing 30 different  quests in the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
    “Questing is free,” said Mary Pat Doorley of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “All you need are a pencil, one of the quest brochures, and comfortable walking shoes.”
    Canalway Questing is providing five new quests this year, noted Doorley. “Quest for Brushwood Boulder” and “Brushwood Water Quest” are in Furnace Run Metro Park in Richfield. “History Spoke to Us Quest” and “Tranquility Quest” are in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. And “Rise of Akron Quest” is one of three quests in Cascade Locks Park in Akron.
    For information about Canalway Questing or to download the quests, visit www.ohioanderiecanalway.com.
    HELPING HAND
    Green Parks and Recreation Division and Summit County Sheriff’s Department are holding the “Bring Your Bike to Boettler” bicycle safety event from 10 a.m. to noon SaturdayApril 27 at Boettler Park at 5300 Massillon Road.
    The event will center around Boettler Park pavilion. Activities will include a pre-season “tune-up” and bike check by the staff from Ernie’s Bicycle Shop. Summit County Sheriff’s deputies will hold a bike rodeo with the help of Cub Scout Troop 3330.
    The event is free. The City of Green will be accepting used bicycles that will be reconditioned and donated to those in need.
    Registration is required. Call 330-8967-6621 or visit www.cityofgreen.org.
    THE GREAT OUTDOORS
    The Udder Mudder 5K at Malabar Farm SaturdayApril 27 is a “cow-themed” and family-friendly noncompetitive run and walk.
    The goal? To “enjoy the fresh air of a spring day, interact with family and friends, and move,” according to the event organizers.
    Fees range from $10 to $55. The terrain is flat. Starts are staggered.
    To register or obtain information, visit malabarfarm.org, email mffspecialevents@yahoo.com, or call 419-8902-2929.
    TAKING A HIKE
    Hilltop Hikers club has scheduled the following rides:
    Saturday — Brandywine Falls, 10 a.m., 6 miles.
    Sunday — Quail Hollow State Park, 2 p.m., 5 miles.
    Reach Gary at 330-580-8303 or gary.brown@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @gbrownREP