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GOOD MORNING! GOOD NEWS! Belle Center couple assists Ironton hiker

An Ironton family’s winter hike at Hocking Hills was warmed up Jan. 19 by the generosity of a Belle Center couple.

Mike McFann e-mailed the Examiner to express his appreciation to the couple, whose names he can’t remember.

“A nice couple from Belle Center with a CRV offered to take us back to our car. We didn’t get their name, but we wanted to again say thanks to them for their help,” he wrote.

He and his adult son and daughter were participating in the annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike. The 48th annual event saw more than 4,300 participants for the six-mile hike which begins at Old Man’s Cave, includes a stop for a bonfire lunch three miles away at Cedar Falls, and then continues another three miles to Ash Cave where school buses return hikers to their vehicles at Old Man’s Cave.

Because of some logistical problems with the buses, the McFann family was not going to be picked up for two hours. The delay would mean Mr. McFann’s son, who works in the Ohio University athletic department, would have been late for that night’s Bobcat basketball game that he needed to attend for work.

Mr. McFann said the unknown couple had hiked from Ash Cave to Cedar Falls and back, and they mentioned they also hike a lot in Tennessee.

“They were about 50 years old and drove a silver Honda CRV,” Mr. McFann wrote.

Mr. McFann reported his family got back to Athens in plenty of time for the tip-off.

“We just wanted to publicly thank the Belle Center couple,” Mr. McFann said.

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