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Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park dinner-auction set

Christopher Runyan -- Contributed

HOPEDALE — The 28th-annual Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park dinner-auction will be held May 7 in the social hall of the Hopedale Volunteer Fire Department, located at 103 Firehouse Lane, Hopedale.

The park is celebrating 30 years.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 5 p.m. and the live auction at around 7 p.m. of mining-related and non-mining items conducted by Rick Keffer of Rick Keffer Auctions.

Tickets are $20 and include a buffet style dinner and drinks. The meal includes chicken, swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, green beans, salad, roll and drink. The event also will include a Chinese auction.

For reservations, information or to donate items for the auction, call (740) 391-4135 or (740) 942-3895 or e-mail info@HCRHP.org. Reservations can be mailed to HCRHP, 143 S. Main St., Cadiz OH 43907. Make checks payable to HCRHP.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Harrison County Visitors Center, located at 143 S. Main St., Cadiz.

For information, visit the websites www.HCRHP.org. or www.coalpark.org or www.Facebook.com/HCRHP.

The keynote speaker will be Christopher “Chris” Runyan, president of the Ohio Contractors Association. He graduated from the University of Dayton after obtaining a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1981 and a master’s of science degree in 1982.

Since graduation, Runyan has worked for Erikson Engineering in Columbus; the Federal Highway Administration; the Ohio Department of Transportation; Trumbull Corp. of Pittsburgh; and MS Consultants Inc. of Columbus.

On Jan. 1, 2007, he began his tenure as president of the Ohio Contractors Association. In that role, he manages the association’s statewide operations, including legislative advocacy, regulatory agency coordination and member services offerings and interaction. The OCA staff provides services on behalf of the more than 200 contractor members and 300 associate members of the OCA.

Runyan and his wife, Noreen, live in Marysville.

The HCRHP is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of mining, construction, agriculture, transportation, logging and oil and gas history and equipment. The organization owns 20 pieces of equipment related to these industries.

Plans are for constructing a museum building and an open air area featuring mining, construction, agriculture, transportation, logging and oil and gas equipment. The intent also is to partner with area high schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities for their mechanic, agriculture, energy operations, natural resource, machining, welding, heavy equipment and marketing programs.

A miners reunion will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on May 7 at the Harrison County History of Coal Museum to honor the men and women who work or have worked in the mining industry.

The museum is located in the lower level of the Puskarich Public Library 200 E. Market St., Cadiz.

“If you work or have worked in the mining industry, for a company providing services to the mining industry, in the transportation industry that served the mines, this reunion is for you,” an event spokesperson noted, encouraging families of the men and women who work or have worked in the mining industry to attend.

“If you are attending the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park dinner-auction, this is a great opportunity to visit the Harrison County History of Coal Museum if you have never visited the museum in the past.”

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