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NEW STORE FOR CABELA’S – Cabela’s announced plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new West Chester, Ohio, store on Aug. 19, with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities, guest appearances and more.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives and special guests, will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 10 a.m.

Opening day will kick off an exciting weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways, sales and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on when finalized.

The store is located at 7250 Cabela Drive off Exit 24 of Interstate 75 in a new retail development near Liberty Way. Cabela’s has employed approximately 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to staff the 82,000-square-foot location, most coming from West Chester and the surrounding area.

ARBOR DAY SEEKS NEW MEMBERS – Forests across America are a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month.

Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been devastated by wildfires, insects, and disease.

The cost for joining the Arbor Day Foundation is a $10 donation.

America’s national forests face enormous challenges, including unprecedented wildfires that have left a backlog of more than 1 million acres in need of replanting. The Foundation has worked with the United States Forest Service for more than 25 years to plant trees in high-need forests.

Our national forests provide habitat for wildlife, keep the air clean, and help ensure safe drinking water for more than 180 million Americans.

ADULTS CAN STILL REGISTER FOR HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAM – The University of Findlay and Hancock Park District’s upcoming horseback riding program for beginners, to be held at the University’s western farm from June 29 through July 3, is still accepting reservations for adult learners.

District Director Gary Pruitt said interest in the program has been widespread, with all available openings for youth filling rapidly. Adults must register by 4:30 p.m. Friday. They can do so online at The cost is $100 per person.

This is the first time that the University and park district have partnered to offer riding lessons. The program will offer 15 hours of instruction during five consecutive days at the James L. Child, Jr. Equestrian Complex, 11178 Township Highway 201 between Findlay and Arlington.

Head instructor will be Mark Smith, an instructor for UF’s western equestrian program. Smith has been a professional horseman for more than 35 years, training and coaching multiple world and national champions and serving as a judge with six national breed organizations.

In addition to riding time, basic horse care will be taught. More details can be found at and by calling the park district at (419) 425-7275.