Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Recent Events

Huff Run Watershed Tour
By Maureen Wise, Huff Run Watershed Coordinator

A tour of our restoration projects was held on Saturday, November 4. In the past, tours of Huff Run have been given during the work week to invite government officials and agency professionals. Because this year’s tour was held on a Saturday, citizens and Huff Run Watershed Restoration Project (HRWRP) members were invited. Fifteen people attended, including three students. Visits were made to Mineral Zoar Road project, Linden Bioremediation project, Fern Hill and the Thomas Restoration project. John Slack attended and took pictures. He said “This Fern Hill project is crazy. Everyone should see this site. They would want to be involved in Huff Run and want to make a difference. This should have been the first project we did – it looks horrible.”

Huff Run 10 Year Anniversary Banquet
By Maureen Wise, Huff Run Watershed Coordinator

On October 25, about 50 people gathered for a banquet at the Atwood Lodge to commemorate the HRWRP’s anniversary. Stir fry was served, custom made for each person, as well as cherries jubilee for dessert. A slide show of both historical and recent photos cycled through dinner. Awards were given to all current and past HRWRP officers, AmeriCorps*VISTAs, and past Coordinators. Special awards were given to Cheryl Socotch, Jim Gue and Sandy Chenal for their long time of service and dedication to the group. Also, our strong partners were given awards: Ohio Department of Natural Resources/Mineral Resources Management, Rural Action, Crossroads RC&D, Office of Surface Mining, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tuscarawas Soil and Water Conservation District. Instead of trying to find one speaker who knows the most about the HRWRP, we decided to open to floor to everyone to share their experiences. Ten people gave their account of the past ten years and their stories.