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Matt Echelberry


At the Crawford Park District’s Jan. 16 meeting, it was clear how much the organization works with, and benefits from, various local businesses.

A new sign is up in front of Lowe-Volk Park, courtesy of Premiere Graphics in Mansfield. The new sign is bigger, boasts a bright yellow and green color scheme and makes the entrance to the park more visible.

The CPD commissioners passed resolutions to pay Burkhart Farm Center for tractor repairs, and Asphalt Systems for paving at Heckert Nature Preserve and Lowe-Volk.

The organization received a donation from Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, through a fundraiser the employees do each month. CPD Director Bill Fisher said the employees vote on the beneficiary each time and he thinks this is the third time the Park District has received a donation from Ohio Mutual.

The old copier machine at the Nature Center was recently donated to the Bucyrus Tourism and Visitors Bureau. In exchange, the BTVB donated two years worth of membership dues to the CPD and advertising space for its brochures.

Also, Commissioner Rich Carpenter provided an update on the storage building to be constructed at Lowe-Volk Park. He is working on the site plans and wants to bid out the project this spring. The additional building is needed to house the growing amount of maintenance equipment park staff uses.

The 2014 Audubon Christmas bird count was Jan. 4. Participants recorded the birds visiting the feeders throughout the day; a total of 7,653 birds were counted. The most common species spotted were the European starling, horned lark, lapland longspur and house sparrow.

Only 62 Northern Cardinals were counted, which is far below normal. Park Naturalist Josh Dyer noted its population is declining across the state, but no one knows why.

Friends of the Park District met immediately following. In December, the Community Foundation for Crawford County chose the group as the beneficiary of the annual Match Day. As a result of the donations received and matching funds from the CC4CC, the Friends’ endowment fund grew by $9,924.

“It was amazing,” Fisher commented. “Thank you to everyone who donated.”

Currently they are working with an accounting firm for an audit of financials. Fisher said there are two goals: To certify to donors that their donations are recorded properly, and to eliminate a finding of materiality that affects the state audit of the CPD.

Equipment for the WeatherBug station has been delivered. Later that day, a technician began setting it up. It will be an interactive weather education exhibit at the Nature Center, and weather readouts from the station will be accessible online.

Upcoming programs:

Jan. 25 - Animal Tracks and Signs, 9 a.m. at Unger Park

Jan. 30 - The Falcons, 7 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park

Feb. 1 - Walk & Stroll, 10 a.m. at Lowe-Volk Park

Feb. 6 - Highways as Habitat for American Kestrels, 7 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park

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