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Weirton To Paris Township (Portage County) #43 - #45 To Paris #3/Paris Township (Stark County) #46..

Updated: May 21, 2022

Comfort Inn

Marysville, Ohio

May 19, 2022

I made this trip yesterday, May 18.

Driving along the Ohio River you are bound to come across a coal-fired power plant.

The W. H. Sammis Power Plant is a 2.2-gigawatt (2,220 MW) coal power plant in Stratton, Ohio, in Jefferson County, Ohio. The plant is operated by Energy Harbor. It began operations in 1960.

Ohio Edison broke ground for W.H. Sammis in May 1956. The plan originally called for the construction of two, 170 MW units.[1] In September 1956, Ohio Edison announced they would double the facility with two additional units also at 170 MW each.[2] The first four units of Sammis were finished between 1960 and 1962 at cost of $118 million. It was dedicated in 1960 for Ohio Edison president and CEO, Walter H. Sammis.[3] Units 5 was completed in 1967.[4] Unit 6 began operations in 1969 at a cost of $75 million. The unit had an operating capacity of 625 MW.[5] During construction of Unit 6, its stator, constructed by Westinghouse, was featured on the cover in a March 1967 issue of Forbes.[6] Unit 7, with an operating capacity of 650 MW, began operations in 1971.[7] Unit 7's chimney had a height of 1,001 feet (305 m).

The power plant includes a four-lane tunnel for State Route 7, constructed in 1982 at a cost of $27 million. The road goes under the baghouse structure.[8] FirstEnergy assumed operations of Sammis after the former operator, Ohio Edison merged with Centerior in 1997.

Due to low wholesale power prices in 2012 exacerbated by the supply of natural gas, FirstEnergy temporarily idled Sammis.

FirstEnergy announced in July 2016 that it would retire its four oldest units of Sammis in 2020 due to increasing costs and market forces. Only 1,500 MW from three units would remain generating electricity.[11] FirstEnergy Solutions had announced in August 2018 that they will shut down the three remaining units at Sammis by June 2022. FirstEnergy Solutions blamed the wholesale market system, which PJM Interconnection operates on, for not relying on coal and nuclear plants.[12] Murray Energy, a supplier of coal for Sammis, floated the possibility of buying the plant and to continue operating it.[13] Ultimately, the retirements of the final three units were rescinded in July 2019 when the State of Ohio passed and signed into law a subsidy to support FirstEnergy Solutions' Perry Nuclear Generating Station and Davis–Besse Nuclear Power Station. However, the bill itself was a part of a public corruption scheme revealed by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in July 2020.

FirstEnergy's generating division Energy Harbor announced in March 2022 that it would close Units 5, 6, and 7 by June 2023.

The plume from the stack is at a minimum eye catching. What's in the plume? Most of it see is water vapor, but the plume also nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury (those emissions are regulated) and carbon dioxide which is not regulated.

Adjacent to the power plant is a Corps of Engineers' lock and dam.

The Dam Bar.

Paris Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 1,827 people in the township.


Located in the eastern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

  • Windham Township - north

  • Braceville Township, Trumbull County - northeast corner

  • Newton Township, Trumbull County - east

  • Milton Township, Mahoning County - southeast corner

  • Palmyra Township - south

  • Edinburg Township - southwest corner

  • Charlestown Township - west

  • Freedom Township - northwest corner

No municipalities are located in Paris Township, although the unincorporated community of Wayland lies in the western part of the township.

Formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve, Paris Township covers an area of 23 sq mi (60 km2). The Ravenna Training and Logistics Site covers the northern part of the township.

Name and history

Paris Township was established around 1810. The community derives its name from Paris, New York.[4] Variant names were Parisville and Paris Center.] A post office called Parisville was established in 1827, and remained in operation until 1890. Statewide, other Paris Townships are located in Stark and Union counties.

Site of the Parisville post office.

Moving on from "Portage Paris" to the Paris Township in Stark County.

Paris is an unincorporated community in northwestern Paris Township, Stark County, Ohio. It has a post office with the ZIP code 44669. It lies along State Route 172 between East Canton and Lisbon. The community is part of the CantonMassillon Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Paris was laid out in 1813 on a stagecoach turnpike. A share of the early settlers being natives of France most likely caused the name Paris to be selected. A post office called Paris has been in operation since 1822.

Paris Township is one of the seventeen townships of Stark County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 5,969 people in the township, 3,938 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.


Located in the southeastern corner part of the county, it borders the following townships:

  • Washington Township - north

  • Knox Township, Columbiana County - northeast corner

  • West Township, Columbiana County - east

  • Augusta Township, Carroll County - southeast corner

  • Brown Township, Carroll County - south

  • Osnaburg Township - west

  • Nimishillen Township - northwest

Part of the village of Minerva is located in southeastern Paris Township, and three unincorporated communities lie in the township: New Franklin in the northeast, Paris in the northwest, and Robertsville in the west.

Name and history

Statewide, other Paris Townships are located in Portage and Union counties.

In 1833, Paris Township contained four gristmills, seven saw mills, one fulling mill, one tannery, and five stores.

After leaving Paris, I headed toward Bellville where I would camp for the night at Love's.

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20 de mai. de 2022

Marysville, where you are spending the night, is the home of the US Honda auto manufacturing facility and the Scotts-Miracle Group lawn care company. I don't believe either company has public facility tours.

20 de mai. de 2022
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Clearly a booming economy in Marysville.

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