Geauga SWCD Celebrates Commitment to Conservation
October 14, 2021 by Staff Report

Because ice cream pairs well with almost every celebration, the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted an ice cream social at its annual election to celebrate the district’s 77th year...

Because ice cream pairs well with almost every celebration, the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted an ice cream social at its annual election to celebrate the district’s 77th year. Held outdoors at the Patterson Center on the Geauga County Fairgrounds, approximately 65 attendees stopped by to support the county’s commitment to conservation.

Dee Belew of Auburn Township, and Mary Slingluff, of Chardon, were re-elected to serve three-year terms as SWCD board supervisors and will continue charting the course for natural resources management in Geauga County.

Throughout the evening, conservation award winners and painted rain barrels were showcased. Free native plant calendars, milkweed seeds, resources, raffle tickets for a prize basket and ice cream cones and sundaes were distributed.

The conservation awards began with Martin Javorek, of Chester Township, being recognized for his champion black cherry tree on private land. Also recognized was the big tree champion black cherry on public land, owned by the City of Akron and nominated by Mark Bennett. The district also honored Bainbridge Christian Preschool as the Conservation Educator of the Year, with Director Pam Reisinger accepting the award on behalf of the preschool.

A special recognition was given to Yvonne Delgado Thomas, of Chardon, for painting 10 rain barrels for the district’s rain barrel yard art campaign. Thomas Kartley was also recognized as the 2021 Best of Show winner in the Geauga County Fair Hay & Grain Show.

In addition, the following 2021 poster contest winners were also acknowledged: Grades 2-3: first place – Amelia Shively, and second place – Henry Evans; Grades 4-6: first place – Janna Winningham, and second place – Caroline Yeager; and Grades 7-9: first place – Sarah Shively, and second place – Kate Brooks.

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District thanks all of its supporters in their commitment to natural resources management, which remains critical as Geauga County continues to grow and change.