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Welcome to the Orlean Community Trail System

Who We Are

The Orlean Community Trail System (OCTS) is a grassroots, community-based organization begun in 2004 and open to all residents living within ten miles of the Orlean Post Office. OCTS strives to create an inclusive community, engaging with neighbors and local organizations such as churches, commercial and civic groups, and the Orlean Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (OVFRD). OCTS organizes and encourages social activities, community improvement efforts, and assistance with neighborhood trails for riders and hikers. The OCTS Website is a source of information about the organization and its activities; the OCTS Facebook page provides daily updates on such things as interesting activities, lost and found animals, road and weather hazards, and recommendations for local services.

At its heart, OCTS is a loose association of neighbors who get together to better know one another and to encourage a cohesive and helpful environment with and for each other. It is not a Home Owners Association, does not have dues, and has no legal authority to direct or mandate anything. Its decision process is based solely on consensus of the Board members at its monthly meetings. These decisions generally correspond with various ongoing projects (e.g., litter pickup, pollinator meadow) and social events (e.g., Snipe Hunt, Barn Dance, Holiday Bonfire).

As of the beginning of 2019, OCTS has grown to:

  •  about 650 Facebook members
  • about 500 members on the email list
  •  about 250 participating landowners (PLOs) who represent an estimated 3,500 acres
  •  about 20 miles of trails for riders and hikers

OCTS has provided a platform for the launch of activities that include:

  • a weekly dinner meeting
  • art and craft groups
  • a walking group
  • food drives
  • fundraisers for the OVFRD
  • pop-up events for hiking, riding, and sledding
  • travel groups
  • book clubs
  • litter pickup
  • native plant pollinator meadow
  • field trips to sporting and educational events, concerts, and plays
  • providing firewood to neighbors
  • a photo contest to celebrate community
OCTS is a dynamic organization that provides new and long-term residents with opportunities to meet neighbors, to engage in fun and educational activities, and to improve the safety and quality of life for our community.

How Can I Join/Help?

This one is easy.

Simply complete the form on the "Contact Us" page of this website, email info@orleantrailsystem.org for further details. Landowners willing to participate in our trail system should contact our Trails Planner.

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   2019 NEWS & EVENTS

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ANNOUNCING
Photo Contest Winners!

Our “original” category:
Megan Batt, Cindy P. Blough, Jinx Fox, Tonya Harmon, Patty Lovett, Richard M. McWalters, Amy Mishey 
Our “new” Holiday category:
Megan Batt, Cindy P. Blough, Jinx Fox, Gail Keys, Cody Leeser, Patty Lovett, Amy Mishey 
Notecard Sets will be available soon at The Village Green in Orlean and at upcoming OCTS events. 
Thank you to everyone who participated!



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About Our Facebook
OCTS Facebook is a powerful tool that helps bind our community together. There have lately been several instances where comments have veered towards ugly, complaining, and personal, none of which supports our community. OCTS welcomes posts about things like:
  • Social, educational, cultural, health, and local charity fundraising events
  • Lost and found animals
  • Requests for new homes or training facilities for animals
  • Requests for recommendations for services
  • Community yard/moving sales and personal items for sale or give-away
  • Notices of road closings or dangerous conditions
  • Requests for leads on local housing
Use your good judgement and
sense of civility when you post
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GET TO KNOW US!
The OCTS Board is hosting a "Get to Know Us" event for new neighbors who have moved to the Orlean area within the past year. We would like to include you in the festivities. Bring your whole family! Please send us your contact information: name, address, telephone number and email address via 
Alison Jackson abrjax@gmail.com or 
Denise Wiitala mightyforce4good@gmail.com or use the PM feature on our OCTS Facebook.
Friday, June 14, 2019
5 - 7 pm at the Orlean Market

Complimentary beverage per person
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Annual Snipe Hunt
An enormous THANK YOU to all the folks who planned and coordinated, set up, cleaned up, carted stuff, led the trail ride and the hike, bought stuff, wrote about, welcomed, made snipes, collected and mounted all the photos, sold 50/50 tickets, went to the dump, etc., etc., etc. - you made the 2019 Snipe Hunt a rousing success.

Special thanks go to the Spriesers for the use of their beautiful trails for the ride & hike,
and to Jimmy Hitts for the use of his
property for the Potluck, and to mother nature for waiting a good hour after we wrapped up
to bring us a round of thunder, lightning
and more rain!

If you want to help with the same kind of jobs for the Barn Dance in Oct., please email Alice Shelman shoalice@aol.com. It's a terrific way to meet your neighbors. Don't be shy!
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Let's Get Trashy!
Thank you to the 28 neighbors who picked up 36 bags of litter along
Leeds Manor and to The Orlean Market for the "after party"!
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Barn Dance

Date: Sat., Oct 12, 2019
Location: TBD

Mac McCall again this year!

ISO... a venue for the evening Barn Dance on Saturday, Oct. 12 (the square dance caller is already booked, so the date is firm). 
The venue, not necessarily a barn, should accommodate about 150 people and 60-70 cars, have power for lights and music, a place for dancing and mingling, and space to set up tables for food and eating. The venue does NOT have to have trails; we can always find another place for the morning/afternoon ride. OCTS members will take care of set-up and clean-up, tables and chairs, food and drink, etc. 
If you have a place that will work, please contact me (364-2454 or shoalice@aol.com). Our 2019 Barn Dance coordinators are Alison Jackson and Denise Wiitala, so you know this will be another crackin' good event!

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Orlean Christmas

 Tramp Roast & Potluck
details to come
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